Go anywhere, do anything: This month, our designer Emma road tripped through Utah on a road trip from Zion to Moab, passing through Arches, Sundance, and ending in Northern Utah Aspen groves near Mount Timpanogos.
Over on our Instagram Stories
she documented the whole thing...and here we're relaying a few of her brass tacks on travel hacks, packing ideas, and what music she had on repeat while cruising down the highway.
"A loaded sprinter van + supplies for the week, and we're off on the open road. A road trip is the ideal pace for a wanderer, with a loose itinerary and ample opportunities to stop, take a stretch break, and take in your surroundings. Kicking off day 1 with a drive from Northern Utah into Zion (plus a dusk hike at the legendary Angel's Landing...)
+ here's the playlist
we've been listening to and loving...tell me I'm not alone in making specific playlists to accompany a trip?!"
"A uniform for the journey = Living in loose, light as air jumpsuits that can double up as pajamas if necessary (+ love how quick these dry if you want to throw it on after jumping in a swimming hole!) Scroll to the bottom for my favorites..."
Emma's top 6 camping tips and tricks:
1. Always have enough water...even if you think you have enough, bring more! (Especially in the desert.)
2. Toolkit: My favorite hiking socks are the brand Darn Tough (made in Vermont). Backpack: I like the ones by Osprey (both their 50L for backpacking and the smaller daypacks.) And if you don't want to suffer and break in boots go for Keens or Merrel...they may not be the sexiest choice but they are super practical and comfortable from the first wear.
3. Bring a bandana: When you get hot, drench it in water and put under your hat to cool off.
4. Download the AllTrails app
— super easy way to find a mix of hikes and trails in any location.
5. National parks can get super crowded in the summer — check out state parks as an alternative (they are often better maintained, too).
6. Use an (actual) map: You're gonna lose service and/or you might just want to wander the backroads. Have a backup plan just in case!
My travel mantra:
"To dig deeper into the self, to go underground, is sometimes necessary, but so is the other route of getting out of yourself, into the larger world, into the openness in which you need not clutch your story and your troubles so tightly to your chest. Being able to travel both ways matters, and sometimes the way back into the heart of the question begins by going outward and beyond. This is the expansiveness that sometimes comes literally in a landscape or that tugs you out of yourself in a story."
— The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit