What To Pack – Denver

This month’s lifestyle file will be a “what to pack” style blog post. Whenever I’m planning a trip, I love to read blogs about what to pack, wear, do, or see in that specific area. Last month, I had the opportunity to go to Denver to see downtown & to do some hiking in the mountains.


I wanted to wait until after my trip to do a “what to pack” blog so that I could be really honest and let you guys know what worked and what didn’t work.

My first tip to smart packing is to use travel organizers/containers/bags. It really helps to make your bag so much more organized and you can easily find what you’re looking for instead of searching through a big pile of clothes and things. I got mine on Amazon (of course, right?)

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My next tip is to physically plan out your outfits. I am 100% guilty of over-packing; I always feel like I need options and “what if” pieces. But I think that laying out my outfits really helped me to narrow it down, instead of just randomly throwing pieces into a bag. (And then throwing in more.. and more..)

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When we were planning our trip, we kept hearing that the weather in Denver can change drastically within a day (similar to Michigan \_(ツ)_/¯) So I wanted to bring layers to accommodate for weather changes. Also, we were planning on doing some hiking so I needed clothes for that. Below is our complete itinerary, day-to-day, along with the outfits I wore and links to either the exact product or something similar!

Day 1 – Garden of the Gods

On day one, we went straight from the airport to hiking at Garden of the Gods so my outfit had to be appropriate for a plane ride anddd hiking. I went with leggings, a t-shirt, tennis shoes and a hoodie. Since we weren’t that high in altitude, it stayed fairly warm throughout the hike so my t-shirt was sufficient and I put my hoodie in my backpack.

plaid/checkered scarfscarf in the mountainsDay 2 – Rocky Mountain National Park

Well, we hiked the equivalent of 94 floors, up to 10,000 feet in elevation and had only 75% of the oxygen that we typically have sooooo it’s safe to say I felt like I couldn’t breathe BUT it was 100% worth it. It was absolutely beautiful. – It’s colder in the mountains, but also sunny. So, we still wore layers. Hiking base layers to regulate body temperature, leggings, hiking boots with wool socks, a hoodie and a vest. Also, our Plaid/Checkered Two Sided Scarf made it into the mountains! Scarf Link Here. 



RiNo Art District OutfitDay 3 – Explore Downtown/Beer Trail

Denver is known for breweries. As of October 2017, Denver has about 70 breweries!. We found a cute beer trail map (link here) and walked from brewery to brewery. The picture is from the RiNo Art District that had quite a few of the breweries and some cool murals! My original planned outfit for this day was jeans, a t-shirt, and a light trench coat, thinking it would be chilly. However, it was 78 degrees so I was thankful that I threw in an off the shoulder, light, long sleeve shirt that I wore with jeans. SO, even though I planned outfits, having SOME extras is beneficial! For a similar look, a cute top like our Button It Up Crop Top (link) would be great for something like going into a downtown area. Or, our Hi-Low Vest (link) would be a comfy and versatile addition; you can wear it over long sleeves if it’s cold or short sleeves if it’s hot!




airport outfitDay 4 – Botanic Gardens and head home

Again, I needed an outfit that would be appropriate for exploring during the day and for the airplane ride home in the evening. I went with sneakers, leggings (comfy ones here! 😉 ), and an off the shoulder sweater. Comfy, cute, and versatile. For a similar look, our Long Sleeve Crochet Tunic (Link) would fit the mold and work perfectly!


Additional Colorado Pictures

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So, there you have it. My complete day-to-day Denver itinerary, outfits included. Have you been to Denver? What are your favorites spots? Have any questions? Leave me a comment or send me an email![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”9916″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]


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