Gear Archive

Smartphones are our frenemies (when we travel)

By:  Julie Kreutzer  Assuming you made sure your smartphone will work where you’re traveling, you might think you are set with your dear friend who allows you to talk with anyone on your contact list, call up maps, find out about restaurants and otherwise be your constant companion in your hour of need.  Hahahahaha. No. Having just traveled to Alaska, where my smartphone works, let …

How To Enjoy Outdoor Winter Activities

Imagine going outdoors in cold, snowy weather to play. Perhaps you think, “No way! It is cold out there!” But it doesn’t feel cold when you dress properly. Skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, ice climbing, ice skating, sledding and sleigh riding are super fun activities. Don’t miss out. As with many sports, summer and winter, there are ways to improve safety and comfort. Below are 8 tips …

Snowshoeing Basics

What are snowshoes? What is a hut? And what is wilderness? A young man from California I met while traveling, learned that I live in Colorado and asked what I like to do there. I replied that in the winter, I enjoy snowshoeing to huts in the wilderness. I was met with a puzzled look. Then he asked, What are snowshoes? What is a hut? …

Outdoors Woman’s Daypack – Checklist

The outdoors is always trying to lure us out.  Blue skies, sunshine,  and great views can suck you out of doors before you know it.  Just for a little while, not for long.  Except that we know that can often turn into a few hours or a day out. And, on rare occasions, the night out because mistakes were made on directions.  Because the unexpected …

Best Travel Socks & Tights

I am a huge fan of Merino wool as it makes the best socks and tights. I use these items summer and winter and consider them travel necessities. Why? Merino wool is soft, durable, resists odors, wicks moisture away from the body and can dry with your own body heat while you are wearing it. Merino wool is touted as keeping you warm when it …

Best Women’sTravel Shirts

Packing the right clothes can help make your trip easier, more comfortable and stylish. A few aspects put shirts into the Best category—cool-looking clothes that travel well, wear nicely, and are easy care. We want to focus on the adventure, not spending a lot of time taking care of our clothes. And the absolute best travel shirts, also, fit into one’s normal business or school …