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Sep 01

Summer Vacation in the Mountains?

Colorado Mountain Resort Offers ‘Top 10' List on What to Pack

Hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, golfing, swimming… If you're headed to the mountains for a summer getaway, the details in your preparation can help create memories that will last a lifetime. Mountain Lodge Resort in Telluride, Colo., offers these tips on what to bring - and what not to bring - to make those memories good ones. Don't Forget to Pack:
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses: Higher altitudes can produce severe sunburns, even with cloud cover and temperatures in the 50s.
  • Moisturizer: Higher altitudes, especially in the western United States, bring very dry air. Bring along a favorite moisturizer and use it liberally.
  • Layers: Temperatures can drop 40-50 degrees from day to night at higher elevations. And even during the day, weather can change dramatically in a matter of minutes. Bring a sweater, jacket, and clothes made of wicking materials. Be prepared to take layers on and off to stay comfortable and dry.
  • Rain jacket: Afternoon thunderstorms are a daily occurrence in many mountain areas.
  • Water bottle: When you're active and at altitude, it's easy to become dehydrated and not know it. Fill your bottle with water on your way to the hills - in the car, train, bus, or plane - and keep drinking throughout your trip. Plenty of water also helps to prevent headaches often associated with visits to high altitude.
  • Toys, books, and games: If you're traveling with the family, be sure to bring something to entertain the kids. Don't forget books for the adults. Even the most energetic may have some "quiet" time.
  • Swimsuits: For you and the kids. Most hotels have hot tubs and indoor/outdoor pools.
  • Good walking shoes: You'll want to be comfortable walking around town, the hotel, and to restaurants. Going hiking? Bring sturdy boots, and make sure to break them in at home to avoid a trip full of blisters.
  • Thin socks: Hikers often make the mistake of wearing thick socks. Thinner socks made of a wicking material will keep your toes and feet dry and comfortable.
  • Groceries: Whether you're driving or flying, try to keep some healthy snacks on hand. Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can put extra energy into active days, especially at altitude.
"Preparation can make a good vacation great, or turn disappointment into fun," says Neil Hastings, director of sales and marketing for Mountain Lodge at Telluride. As a premier lodging property, the resort welcomes guests from throughout the United States and many foreign countries each year. "It's difficult to know what to expect from altitude, drier air, and the climate if you don't live here year-round," he says, "so we encourage visitors to prepare in order to get the most out of their vacations."
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