10 Tips for Your First Time Van Rental in Colorado

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A journey through the picturesque landscapes of Colorado in a rented van is an exciting adventure, but it comes with its own set of considerations. Whether your team is playing in a Colorado tournament, you are planning an escape to the Rockies, or taking a cross-state road trip, traveling with a van is an exciting adventure but requires planning and preparation, especially if it is your first time! In this guide, we will walk you through 10 essential tips to make your MileMarker van rental experience in Colorado smooth, enjoyable, and memorable. 

1.Book in Advance: 

Colorado is a popular destination for van travel, especially during peak seasons. Secure your rental by booking in advance to ensure availability and make sure you get the best rates! Especially during peak seasons, rentals will prove more expensive closer to the date of your rental. 

woman reading map

2. Understand Rental Terms and Insurance: 

Familiarize yourself with the rental terms and insurance options. While your auto insurance may provide some coverage, MileMarker also offers additional protection plans. Renters 25 and older have the option to purchase comprehensive and collision insurance. Supplemental insurance and roadside assistance are also available. Consider your travel plans, and choose insurance coverage that aligns with your needs, so you start your journey prepared. 

3. Plan Your Itinerary: 

Colorado offers a myriad of scenic routes and attractions. Plan your itinerary in advance to make the most of your van rental experience. Research the destinations you want to explore, check for any seasonal road closures or restrictions, and have an idea of where you will be spending each night. 

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4. Pack Smart: 

Efficient packing is crucial for a comfortable journey. Utilize storage space wisely, and pack essentials such as clothing layers, outdoor gear, and any specific items required for your activities. Consider the van’s size and weight capacity when planning your packing list. Discover our essential road trip packing list to help you narrow down your options.

packing for trip, suitcase, camera

5. Bring Entertainment: 

Long drives and scenic routes call for entertainment. Whether it is a playlist of your favorite road trip tunes, audiobooks, or podcasts, having entertainment options will make the journey more enjoyable. Consider bringing games or activities for downtime at rest stops or to keep both kids and adults entertained in the back. 

two men looking at car stereo

6. Be Mindful of Altitude Changes: 

Colorado’s diverse terrain means you will encounter various altitudes during your journey. Be mindful of altitude changes, especially if you are coming from lower elevations. To combat altitude sickness, stay hydrated, take breaks to acclimate, and be aware of any altitude-related symptoms to ensure a comfortable and safe trip. 

winding Colorado road in fall

7. Mindful Driving in Mountainous Terrain:  

Colorado’s stunning landscapes often involve navigating mountainous roads with varying elevations and curves. Take your time driving through these terrains, especially if you are not accustomed to mountain driving. Use lower gears on descents to control your speed and prevent brake overheating. Be aware of signage indicating steep grades and sharp turns, and exercise caution to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. 

Plan your fuel stops strategically, and plan accordingly if you are traveling through remote areas where gas stations may be scarce. Keep an eye on your fuel gauge, as well as consider the fuel efficiency of your van to factor its gas mileage into your budget and travel time estimates. 

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8. Emergency Preparedness: 

 Prepare for unexpected situations by having an emergency kit on board. Include essentials like a first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, and basic tools. Check the condition of these items before your trip, and make sure you have a reliable means of communication, such as a charged cellphone or a portable charger. All our vans come with USB ports and outlets, so charging should be a breeze. 

9. Practice Responsible Camping: 

If you are planning to camp during your van rental adventure, familiarize yourself with Leave No Trace principles. Respect nature, follow camping regulations, and dispose of waste responsibly. Leave your campsites as beautiful as you found them to preserve Colorado’s great outdoors. 

Leave no trace sign

10. Stay Informed about Weather Conditions: 

Colorado’s weather can be unpredictable, especially in mountainous regions. Stay informed about weather and road conditions along your route and be prepared for sudden changes. Pack accordingly and have emergency supplies in case you encounter unexpected challenges. 

driving in snowy conditions, Denver

Whether traveling throughout Colorado or staying in Denver, renting a van for your Colorado adventure allows your entire group to experience the adventure together. With a little bit of planning, your first-time van rental experience can be a seamless and exciting journey.  

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