Telluride Packing List

Telluride Colorado Bike Park Opens 2019
Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort

Packing for any vacation can be a bit of a challenge, but packing for a Telluride vacation comes with its own special demands. Our little box canyon is an active destination with weather and conditions that shift on a whim. While this is certainly part of our unique appeal and charm, it also commands a certain amount of preparedness. A little know-before-you-go can go a long way toward making sure that your getaway to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado is everything you need it to be, getting you out on our slopes or streams swiftly for the vacation of a lifetime!

The Town of Telluride and neighboring Mountain Village are exceptional family destinations any time of year, but we are at our best in the summer and winter. The season of your visit can have an impact on your packing list, but there are also items that will come in handy all year-round.

Apparel

Summer

When it comes to clothing, the short tip is: keep it comfortable, casual, and layer-able! If you think flip flops don’t have a purpose in Telluride, then you must not be familiar with our summers! Summer festivals and community events make Telluride’s Main Street the center of activity during the warmer months. Visitors flock to the center of town for casual daytime strolls and long nights of fun. Ranging temperatures from daytime highs in the 70s to nighttime lows in the 40s call for a wardrobe that’s ready for anything. It’s just as logical to pack t-shirts and shorts as long-sleeved shirts and a light sweater or waterproof jacket. Like any mountain town in the United States, activities in higher altitudes can demand cool-weather attire even if the valley is warm.

  • T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and collared shirts
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Comfortable running shoes or boots and flip flops
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Winter

Winter wear in Telluride is dictated by activity as much as weather, but chances are pretty high that when you visit a ski town, the slopes are in your sights. If a ski vacation is on your horizon, being properly equipped is critical. Let’s just be frank – It’s not realistic to pack light for a Telluride ski vacation, but it’s important to plan your wardrobe for both time on the slopes as well as around town après ski. Who wants to be sloshing around town at dinner time in soggy ski gear after a day at the ski resort? Smart skiers know that layers are essential, with thermal wear or running gear being the ideal base layers.

  • T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and collared shirts
  • Long pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Waterproof jacket or coat
  • Comfortable shoes, boots
  • Gloves and scarves
  • Ski boots
  • Ski pants
  • Ski jacket
  • Ski socks

Outdoor Gear

Summer

While the majority of your recreational equipment needs are available for rent while visiting, there may be some items that you just prefer to be your own. For instance, hikers tend to prefer their own backpacks and seasoned anglers with fly fishing on their mind just wouldn’t dare use a rented lure. It may be a good idea to consider what activities you will partake in so you can be sure to bring along any essential accessories that you may be particularly attached to. Below is a list of items to keep in mind:

  • Fishing tackle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Backpacks
  • Compass
  • Reusable water bottle
  • First aid supplies
  • Specialized swimming gear (goggles, earplugs etc…)
  • Other essential hiking or fishing needs

Winter

Winter activities are no different from those in the summer, many items will be available for rent through local outfitters. Consider what needs you may have based on the activities you plan to enjoy and the items you may already have on hand. You may not wish to lug along a pair of skis, but your goggles may fit snugly in your suitcase! Top winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. If there’s anything related to your adventure plan that you would prefer not to rent, make sure you pack accordingly. Below is a list of items you may want to consider packing:

  • Ski goggles
  • Ski gloves
  • Any specialized ski gear
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Backpacks
  • Compass
  • Reusable water bottle
  • First aid supplies
  • Other essential hiking or fishing needs

Vacation Rental Needs

Your luxury Telluride vacation rental will come equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. While you could certainly call it a turn-key experience, let’s be real – everyone needs some personal comforts and general necessities that no one wants to be bothered shopping for in a last-minute scenario. So before you leave, make sure you have these essentials:

  • Personal identification (photo ID)
  • Any necessary medications or prescriptions
  • Dental hygiene needs
  • Quick sample bundle of feminine hygiene products, aspirin, over-the counter anti-nausea and heartburn/indigestion medications, bandages, hand sanitizer
  • Any mobile device chargers or battery packs
  • A great camera or smartphone for Instagrammable moments
  • Any personal comforts – pillow, blanket, slippers, a good book or journal