Gearist Gretchen spends a lot of time on the road during the year as a freelance photographer and filmmaker and here are a few of the goodies you might find in her bag on the road:


Stio Flannel Review | GearistThere is nothing better on the road than having a comfy, cozy flannel stashed in the bottom of your bag. Whether I wear it at the end of a long day or throw a sweater over it for a retro preppy presentable look, I never leave home without one. The Stio Dovetail Flannel is made from a brushed cotton flannel with a custom yarn dye. The shirt has princess seams which create a comfortable feminine silhouette and the classic shirttail hem is long enough even for taller ladies. Now gentlemen I don’t want you to feel left out, so I’ll share that Stio also makes a rad flannel for you – the Junction Flannel which is made from the same yummy fabric, but with double breast pockets and a men’s cut. [SHOP STIO MEN  |  SHOP STIO WOMEN]


I’ve been told I’m a bag lady – constantly leaving home with at least two (or three or four) bags. So I’m working on that with the help of myTOPO DESIGNS ACCESSORY BAGS | Gearist little friends the TOPO Designs Accessory bags that help me bring one (or two) bigger bags but still keep all of my accessories organized. These bags come in three sizes(Micro: 4.75″w x 3.25″h, Small: 8.5″w x 5.5″h, Medium: 9.5″w x 7.5″h) which you can purchase in sets or individually and I stuff full of memory cards, cords, chargers, business cards, knitting needles, cash, and other “I don’t want to loose this!” items.  Made in Colorado with 1000d CORDURA® fabric with coated pack cloth liner and exterior, these bags have the sturdiness of your favorite backpack, but small enough to fit all of your little things plus the little parachute cord hook loop is perfect for fastening it to a bag handle or the like. [SHOP TOPO DESIGNS AT BACKCOUNTRY]


Yeti Rambler Lowball Tumbler | GearistI never leave home without a hot cup of tea in the wintertime and I love the simple design of the Yeti Lowball Tumbler with lid(sold separately).  Drinking from this tumbler on the go is not for the faint of heart as hot liquid may pour from the lid that doesn’t close, however, it fits perfectly in the cupholder of my car(which is exceptionally wide) so if I make it that far I’m good to go!  Really though, I love the size of this 10oz double walled stainless steel tumbler.  It keeps my beverages hot or cold for far longer than a ceramic mug or glass cup and it’s tough as nails so I don’t have to worry about dropping it or throwing it in a bag.  The best part about double walled drinking vessels?  No sweat!  (And no chance of me putting yet another stain on my coffee table). [SHOP YETI AT REI]


These little bright colored notebooks from Sperry (who knew!?) have gold text on the front of each with encouraging and inspiring text thatSPERRY INSPIRATIONAL JOURNALS | Gearist reads things like “On To The Next Adventure” and “Take Epic Chances” and are a perfect size to stash in your backpack or travel bag. These notebooks are roughly 6×4 inches, have 144 lined pages and are printed with soy ink on FSC(R)-Certified paper.  Perfect for writing down travel details or jotting down memories you don’t want to forget! [SHOP SPERRY]


URSA MAJOR KIT | GearistSkin care on the road is super important to me. I can’t tolerate showing up at a shoot feeling like my face is greasy or dry and flakey, so one of the first things I pack when I travel is my Ursa Major VT travel face kit. It’s filled with their Facewash, Tonic and Face Balm and some of their individually packaged face wipes.  My favorite in the kit for travel are their Individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes that are infused with a generous dose of our 4-in-1 Face Tonic formula. Get the same benefits as our Face Tonic in a convenient pocket-sized format! These little single served packets of fresh smelling goodness are stashed in every bag I own. They are perfect for a little refreshment before you head out to get drinks with friends or greet your family after a long day of traveling. [SHOP URSA MAJOR]


Made from recycled sails on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine USA, this toiletry bag is a great gift for any traveler in your life.SEA BAGS TOILETRY BAG | Gearist This durable, sustainable bag has a one compartment travel kit design and is perfect for every day use as a makeup bag or shave kit. It has a zip top and convenient handle for storage or carry.  Oh, and it’s quite large for how big it looks, measuring 5″ l x 10″ w x 5″ h this bag fits everything I need for a week away in one bag.  Granted I don’t wear much makeup, but I was able to fit travel-sized: contact lens solution, shampoo and conditioner, hair product, toothbrush, paste, a razor, lotion, mascara and a few other odds and ends with room to spare! [SHOP SEA BAGS]


L.L. BEAN STOWAWAY BACKPACK | GearistDue to my aforementioned bag problem, I love bags that pack down to fit into larger bags so that I don’t have to go without a little daypack when I am only packing a carry on.  The Stowaway Daypack from LLBean has a surprising number of features given the fact that it can pack down to 8×7″ inside its own pocket.  The pack is made from a super light and extra-tough ripstop nylon fabric, has padded foam shoulder straps and back panel with wicking air mesh for increased comfort. My favorite feature is that this pack has two water bottle pockets and a bunch of other little pockets for organizing gear and an easily accessible front “shove it” pocket. [SHOP L.L. BEAN]


I’m a sucker for clean socks especially on the road, so I always have a pair stashed in the bottom of all of my backpacks and pack plentyTERRITORY RUN CO. EVERGREEN WOOL SOCKS | Gearist extra when I travel.  The Evergreen Wool Socks from Territory Run Co are made in the USA from a quick dry Merino/Nylon blend perfect for anything from a long hike to daily life.  The 6 inch cuff is perfect for keeping your ankles warm in chilly weather and the socks come in 4 sizes so their fit is quite excellent.  My favorite things about these socks are the fun wilderness graphics stitched into them and how lightweight they are – perfect for my more snug shoes! [SHOP TERRITORY RUN CO.]


ACORN NOVELLA SLIPPER | GearistThere is nothing better after a long day of traveling or exploring a chilly new city than to be able to take your shoes off and put on something a little more comfortable and warm. At home I love my wicked good LLBean Slippers, but on the road I always tuck these Acorn Novella’s into my bag as they pack down quite small. The Novella has a cotton-blend upper and lining with a comfort cushion insole and a non-slip vegan rubber weatherproof outsole for indoor/outdoor wear. They come in a variety of fun, festive patterns, and are a classic cut so they look great at any festive get together you might attend this winter season. [SHOP ACORN AT BACKCOUNTRY]

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