The Vail Valley is best known for its ski resort and amazing skiing and snowboarding, but visiting in the summer is incredible, too. Blue skies for days, great food, loads of hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewings, wildflowers, fishing, whitewater rafting – there’s no limit to ways to enjoy the Rocky Mountains.
I grew up going to Vail nearly every summer and now I treasure any summer that allows me to get back to the beauty that the valley holds. It’s such a happy place for me – year round.
Following the success of my Vail Ski Trip Packing List and Vail Valley Travel Guide, I wanted to put together some recommendations if you’re heading to the Valley for the summer. Here’s a look at what I always pack when I head to Vail in the summer. Vail is casual and people spend a lot of time being active and enjoying Mother Nature so this packing list will get you started with what you want to be sure to have on hand!
Vail Summer Packing List
1. Denim Jacket
I always pack a denim jacket to wear over summer dresses and my workout clothes.
2. Easy Dresses
Be sure to pack some easy and casual dresses for lunches in the sun. More affordable dresses.
I always have a lightweight puffer jacket for chillier mornings and this one packs up so well.
Be ready for hikes or yoga in the valley with a favorite pair of leggings.
My very favorite joggers (and they’re also internet famous!) are always in my suitcase to head to Vail.
6. Workout Tops
This super soft workout top is a favorite of mine for hikes in the valley.
Lots of hotels in the Vail Valley boast a pool you can soak up the mountain rays at so pack a suit!
Be sure to pack sunglasses you can wear sun up to sun down.
Classics that go with everything.
10. Denim Shorts
Part of my Vail summer uniform.
11. Bike Short
It can get hot by mid-day in the valley so you may want a pair of shorts for your workouts.
You’re at a real high altitude in Vail and the sun’s rays are super strong so be sure to be applying SPF every day. This one is my favorite for every day.
13. Ball Cap
I always have a ball cap ready for sun protection while on hikes or at the pool.
14. APL Sneakers
There’s nothing better than hikes in Colorado in the summer. There are so many to choose from and you’ll want comfy yet stylish sneakers that can go from the hikes to athleisure easily.
I love my Dudley Stephens tops so much and I always pack one in my suitcase for cool Vail mornings and evenings. They are so soft and cozy and perfect for over pajamas for your morning coffee on a crisp morning.
16. Water Bottle
Altitude sickness is a real thing so you’ll want to be drinking way more water than you’re used to. Keep a water bottle at the ready to stay hydrated. This one is unique in that it gets rid of any bacteria.
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