There is something uniquely human about a passion for road trips. The need to roam truly seems to be built into our DNA. At GoSnug, we designed a Merino Wool blanket to take with you that's durable and sourced from premium materials. In many ways, it was designed for the road-trippers out there.
There is a rush that comes with hitting the open road, heading into the mountains and breaking free from all those things in our daily lives that tie us down. Driving away from our routines, we connect with our nomadic beginnings and take hold of a feeling of freedom. Whenever the world feels crazy, the road brings sanity.
Luckily, many intrepid and industrious road trippers out there work hard to keep the wanderlust spirit alive and well. Here are 10 images and the blogs they came from that will trigger your imagination and spark the desire to hit the open road.
Jasper Tramway, Canadian Rockies (John Hall’s Alaska Blog)
Sometimes the beauty of a road trip is the company you keep and the friendships you create. John Hall’s Alaska Blog chronicles years of tours through Alaska, the Yukon and the Canadian Rockies, as well as offering great tips and tricks for Alaskan vacations.
Michael Lanza at TheBigOutside.com has years of experience as a writer, outdoor photographer and general outdoor enthusiast. His blog is a fantastic resource for anyone who needs pointers on gear, advice on trip planning or just a little info about outdoor recreation!
The Adventure Blog is a haven for outdoor adventure seekers with a constantly updated feed featuring pictures and videos spanning the globe. If you need some ideas of where to take a road trip, but are thinking GLOBALLY, this is a great place to start.
Glacier Park (theconstantrambler.com)
For anyone ready to take road tripping to the next level, The Constant Rambler is required reading. This husband and wife team offer road trip guidebooks, advice on traveling with-or-without kids and ratings on some of the best and most rewarding road trips around.
Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line Blog (thecleanestline.com)
Patagonia is a household name in the outdoor gear universe. With their blog, The Cleanest Line, the company has created a hub for the people and passions that make Patagonia tick.
Glacier Park (Motorcyclephilosophy.org)
Four wheels are definitely not a necessity when hitting the road. For riders, this blog shares some excellent motorcycle road tripping info, including Google Maps of great pit stops and some truly epic insights on life.
Yellowstone National Park (Let’s Be Wild Blog)
One of the core goals of a road trip is tapping into the feeling of being wild and untamed. The Let’s Be Wild blog documents road trips that keep going long after the pavement ends. The photography is incredible, as is the variety of locales.
@IdleTheoryBus on Instagram
These two are making road tripping their purpose! Follow their feed on Instagram to see them explore the balance between work and play in their VW bus named Sunshine.
One of the best ways to fully capture the rejuvenating power of a road trip is by keeping it simple. Your wheels and your gear need to be dependable and ready to handle anything that the road has to offer. We think that the GoSnug blanket is a quintessential part of perfect road trip planning.
Thank you to everyone who captured the feel of the open road and keep the fire alive inside of each of us through their excellent blogs and photographs. Keep up the good work. Oh, and if you have any questions about these blogs or our blankets, feel free to reach out to the GoSnug team.
From Peaks to Pillows: the Benefits of Merino Wool
Nature has been busy perfecting a wool that helps sheep roam and survive the extreme environment. Known across the world for its quality, comfort and warmth, the benefits of Merino wool are undeniable.
Merino is the most versatile and durable wool known to man, as well as incredibly soft and surprisingly light. This makes it a perfect match for anything and everything nature can throw its way. When we set out to create a blanket that would somehow meet the needs of both outdoor enthusiasts and connoisseurs of comfort, Merino wool seemed like the perfect place to start.
Photo credit: Mike Dewey at https://unsplash.com/photos/SDi1hBdoHe8
From sheep to sleep: the warmest wool on the planet.
When you have a passion for the outdoors, you understand that versatile and durable gear are an absolute necessity. Merino wool stands up to the test. From the beginning, the team at GoSnug focused on creating a Merino wool blanket because selfishly, it's what we wanted. Turns out, we weren't the only ones.
We believe that there is no reason why we can’t bring comfort, durability and versatility with us wherever we go. We wanted a blanket that was perfectly suited to both a weekend camping trip and a weekend at home with family and friends. The GoSnug is our solution, a blanket that blends state-of-the-art technical fabrics with the world-famous benefits of Merino wool in designs that look equally good in the campsite or draped across the living room sofa.
It's All About the Benefits!
What makes Merino wool so amazing? Well, it’s incredibly adaptable with an awesome list of benefits.
GoSnug: the Merino wool blanket for all occasions
It’s important for us to create something that represents our belief that a passion for outdoors doesn’t end once you head inside. Whether you are curling up on the couch on a snowy afternoon or laying out under the summer stars, the GoSnug blanket is the perfect blend of comfort and durability for the outdoor adventurer and connoisseur of comfort in all of us.
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Photo credit 1: Ariana Prestes at https://unsplash.com/photos/24bzOuENxHc
Photo credit 2: Mike Dewey at https://unsplash.com/photos/SDi1hBdoHe8
1. A state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.
2. The easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress.
It's funny to say, but blankets wield comfort power. You know the feeling. It's the feeling of putting in a hard week of work to enjoy relaxation on a rainy day, it's the chilled camp-site at a remote lake, and it's the quiet of a house all-to-yourself (if only for a couple hours). It's these things, when accompanied by the right blanket, that help the brain recharge.
Since we find ourselves in the midst of an exciting Kickstarter campaign, we wanted to spread the love to some of our other Kickstarter companions. Since launching, we've sensed the power of community Kickstarter provides. From strangers helping to fund to messages from supporters around the world. It's been a great journey thus far and we're excited to keep the momentum rolling.
Here are some Kickstarter campaigns both completed and live building products that we believe pair well with a GoSnug. Think of this like your Kickstarter menu: GoSnug pairs well with:
For at home or on-the-go! Sound familiar? The MoJoe is live right now and we think deserves some Kickstarter love. With some awesome engineering, the MoJoe brews coffee with the push of a button. Add water at any temperature and you're good to go. Now, when you're at the remote mountain lake or halftime at your nephew's football game, GoSnug + MoJoe makes for a great combination of comfort.
"Most bags are a mixture of bags that have been done before. At Peak Design, we take a different approach. We invent."
It was important to us to make a blanket that not only delivered premium comfort, but also embodied the style of the Rocky Mountain West. Durable enough for the weekend trip and stylish enough for the home. Just as versatile, the Everyday Messenger bag works in boardrooms and bike-commutes.
Although the bags are considered a messenger bag, the unique ladder latching system and storage compartments make it ideal for creatives. The Everyday Messenger makes it possible to tote around small camera equipment, laptops and, well, anything else creatives feel the need to put in a bag.
We think this pairs nicely because it's stylish, innovative and it just feels like something our fans would find valuable. We created GoSnug because we couldn't find anything like it, it looks like this bag was thinking the same way.
"You're day depends on your night. But you don't know what's happening in your sleep ... until now."
Of course, when you hear about a blanket designed and produced using Merino wool, it's hard not to think about the comfort of sleep. True, GoSnug promises comfort like you've never felt before in a blanket, but when we came across Sense, we felt like it added a dimension to sleeping that we hadn't though about.
Sense is much more than a fancy alarm clock. Sense will actually monitor what happens while you sleep. Temperature, light, noise, humidity and particulate sensors all relay information to your smartphone. This information is used to determine at what level in each of these categories do you sleep best. Yeah, we think this pairs quite nicely with GoSnug.
Sometimes the quest for peace and quiet can be difficult. When all you want to do is wrap up in your favorite Merino wool blanket and tune out the world, the Ultimate Sleep Sanctuary headphones are a pretty awesome selection. Fully funded on Kickstarter, the Kokoon headphones solve the simple problem of laying down comfortably while wearing headphones. In addition to premium comfort and sound, the headphones have some built in sensors that take wearable technology to a new level of comfort and cool (literally).
High definition audio combined with their design process (test, test and test more) reminded us of the attention to detail we place in each and every GoSnug. These two are a match made in comfort.
As a giant success on Kickstarter, the Hidden Radio Bluetooth speaker brings premium sound and simplicity to the home-audio world. The speaker has the ability to get the party going or to fully cure a post-work headache with some soothing instrumentals.
We love the simple design and feel that sometimes, comfort is accompanied by your favorite new song. With the rise in popularity of podcasts and audio books, wrap yourself in a GoSnug and enjoy a good book ... being read to you by the author!
Inspired by the mountains. Filled with one of the greatest things on planet earth. GoSnug? Nope. A North Drinkware pint-glass. A beer glass with Mount Hood molded into the bottom. This Kickstarter was fully funded and you can order on their website (looks sold-out at the moment).
We love this because it combines the outdoors with the comfort and camaraderie of enjoying a drink. Whether it's lemonade or your favorite local craft beer, it's an elegant and stylish nod to the home-town mountain.