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What to pack for a stay at The Little Nell depends on the time of year and what sports or activities you plan to do while you’re there. Sporting equipment can take up a lot of space in your luggage, but everything from ski equipment to clothing can be purchased or rented when you get there. And while Aspen is a fashion-savvy town — its streets are lined with designer boutiques like Gucci, Dior and Prada — the dress code is mountain casual. With this in mind, be sure to pack these five things for your stay at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. Lots of layers. In the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains, temperatures can oscillate wildly from hour to hour and even day to day. Everything is a bit more extreme when you’re 8,000 feet above sea level, so even if the sun goes behind the clouds the temperature can drop 10 to 15 degrees. That’s why breathable, waterproof layers (think fleece jackets, polypropylene long underwear and Gore-Tex jackets) are a must.
2. Sunscreen. No matter the time of year the sun is strong when you’re almost two miles high (the summit of Aspen Mountain is 11,212 feet). Be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen.
3. Sunglasses. These are essential as cornea burn due to sun exposure is a very real risk while skiing (sun that reflects off the snow is particularly harmful). Not to mention that it’s sunny in Colorado more than 300 days a year.
4. Comfortable walking shoes. Aspen is a walking-friendly town and The Little Nell is located in the epicenter of its downtown. You’ll want comfortable shoes for perusing the shops and exploring the 80 bars and restaurants.
5. Camera. You’ll want to document the jaw-dropping scenery around the luxury hotel.
For any stay in Aspen, it’s important to pack layers. In winter, make sure you bring a warm jacket as well as shoes for walking on ice and snow. In the summer, nights can be cool, so be sure to bring a jacket. It’s Aspen, so feel free to bring your glittery ball gown and/or your cowboy boots — both are equally at home in this town. If you forget to pack something, just let us know. We’ll be sure to find it for you.