Camping in Colorado during the fall is one of the most beautiful sights that you can imagine. As the scenery begins to turn bright gold it is important to prepare for the cooling weather. We have a comprehensive list of some of the things that you need to make your adventure with CAMP ACT as comfortable as possible. 

Prepare ahead of time

1. Check the weather before you pack 

Colorado weather can be unpredictable; on average temperatures range from the 70s and 60s during the day and can drop to freezing at night in early October. We always recommend checking the projected weather report regularly before you head off on your adventure! 

2. Make a checklist

It is always frustrating when you forget your sunglasses or favorite card game on a camping trip. Be sure to write one up for yourself before you start packing! We have a basic one to help get you started down below. 

Prepare for rain or snow

Like we said, Colorado weather is very unpredictable! While the weather tends to be mild in the early months of fall, it never hurts to be prepared to get a little bit wet. 

1. Pack all of your items in a waterproof bag and airtight containers 

Pro tip: you can put a trashbag over your backpack to use as a makeshift and budget friendly rainfly. 

2. Bring extra socks and a pair of shoes 

Avoid walking around in sloshy socks by packing a few extra wool or quick-drying socks. 

3. Waterproof hiking boots will be your best friend! 

Stay cozy and warm 

1. Layer, Layer, Layer! 

Since the weather can be so variable, layers are the best option to make your trip as comfortable as possible. We recommend quick-drying t-shirts and tank tops, thermal underwear if its going to be cold, a water-wicking midlayer (think wool), a lightweight fleece jacket or sweater, and a rainjacket just in case! 

2. Bring your favorite beanies and a pair of gloves/ mittens 

Depending on the weather, gloves may not be necessary. But beanies are one of the comfiest pieces of camping gear we don’t leave home without. 

3. Keep your clothes and sleeping bag warm

Depending on how cold it is, you may want to bring some extra hand warmers to throw into your sleeping bag to keep it cozy while you sleep. 

Pro tip: in the morning when you’re waking up, throw your clothes for the day next to you inside of your sleeping bag to warm up. 

Don’t get bitten or burned! 

1. Sun protection

Colorado is the *real* sunshine state, so be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a brimmed hat, and chapstick with SPF! 

2. Bug spray! 

The bugs aren’t as prevalent in the fall, but bug spray helps to keep the stubborn ones away. 

Personal items 

1. Don’t forget your toiletry items 

Think items like your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, dry shampoo.. Whatever it is you feel like you need to stay clean and comfortable! 

2. Glasses and contacts 

We want you to be able to see all of the beauty that Colorado has to offer! 

3. Portable chargers/ any personal electronics you want 

While we would love it if you put your phone away to fully experience nature, you may want to bring a portable charger for your cameras, go pros, etc. 

4. A reusable water bottle 

It is so important to stay hydrated, especially with how dry Colorado weather can get. 

5. Fun items! 

If you have room in your bag for activities, we recommend bringing your favorite card games, personal journal, kindles, hammock, guitar, ect. to make you feel more at home around the campfire.

free checklist of fall essentials

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Breanne Ward