What to Pack for TBEX 2012

If it's June, it's summer, right? Well, yes, but remember you'll be staying at 9,600 feet above sea level when you visit Keystone, Colorado for TBEX 2012. Weather in the Colorado Rockies is unpredictable. Storms can develop quickly and the weather can change from warm and sunny to cold and windy in minutes.

Here are some 10 suggested items and tips to help you prepare and pack for TBEX 12:

  1. Layers. Start with breathable, non-cotton under-layers then build outward with a light sweater or sweatshirt, and top it all off with a fleece that can be worn under a warm and preferably waterproof shell or jacket.
  2. Long pants and shorts: Definitely bring some long pants. It will be chilly in the evenings. But, don't forget your shorts or other activewear for hiking, biking or any other mountain-type activity that you'd like to enjoy.
  3. Sunglasses. Don't overlook protecting your eyes from the sun and the elements. Sunglasses are a must.
  4. Gloves, hats and maybe a scarf or two: You might want to pack gloves, a hat and a scarf or two for the chilly evenings.
  5. Comfortable shoes: You're in the mountains and might want to take a hike or just get some fresh air in between meetings. We highly recommend you bring cute (or stylish) but functional and comfortable shoes.
  6. Sunscreen and lip balm: Colorado has more than 300 days of sun a year, and at 9,000 feet, you'll definitely need to slather yourself in SPF 30 or higher before enjoying time outdoors.
  7. Backpack: You might want to bring a small backpack for outings to hold your laptop or iPad in addition to a bottle of water, sunscreen and other daily must-haves.
  8. Other Supplies. Bring a water bottle and make sure to hydrate often. Pack any medications, contact solution, a spare pair of eyeglasses, etc. Keystone has local "mini" stores at the resorts and have major supermarkets and pharmacies in our outlying resort community areas (within driving distance).
  9. Paperwork: Of course, do NOT forget your passport or photo ID. Also, make sure to bring an extra copy of your medical insurance info and any other paperwork that you would typically bring on a trip away from home.
  10. Evening Attire: Our mountain towns and communities offer the quintessential laid-back Colorado vibe. Meaning there aren't many restaurants where jeans, sweaters and general casual wear aren't appropriate attire for dinner. You will NOT need a suit, tie, dress slacks, dress shoes, gowns or anything with sequins! However, if that's your style, then by all means go for it. We highly encourage you to be yourself and enjoy your time in Colorado.