With mud season in full force, Aspenites are activating the jet set. Hearing the variety of destinations that have come up in recent conversation quickly reminds me how much of a traveling town this is. In the past several weeks I’ve had friends head everywhere from Mexico to Milan. Along with this quintessential ritual of rejuvenating the bones after the long winter, here are a few travel favorites I’ve been loving this off-season.
Backcountry On the Go Pant — The Backcountry brand has been cranking out some great outdoor apparel lately, and these pants are a new favorite. Made with 13 percent spandex, they are extremely comfortable without looking too casual and transition wonderfully from the plane to trail to town. A drawstring waist makes them adjustable and three pockets (one is zippered) are convenient for stashing small items. $80
Fjallraven Leather Passport Cover — I hate the shuffle that always seems to happen as I’m going from check-in to security to boarding. Stashing things in pockets and packs, at some point I’m searching for something I’ve mindlessly misplaced. I used to think the recent passport cover trend was lame, but having tried it a couple weeks ago I’m hooked. This beautiful and rustic leather one is handmade in Sweden and has two large compartments for your passport and boarding card and three smaller pockets for credit cards, cash, etc. I loved having just the main essentials readily available at all times in one organized spot. $80
Eddie Bauer BC Uplift Jacket — Nearly weightless, this fully waterproof, seam-sealed rain jacket is easy to throw into your carry-on or pack without taking up too much space. At just over 5 oz., it packs into its own chest pocket, but is still burly enough to protect you from unexpected precipitation. It’s by far the lightest waterproof jacket I’ve ever had. $199
Arc’teryx Granville 16 Courier Bag — As someone who often works while traveling, I’m always trying to find better ways to haul around my laptop. I need it to be well protected, but convenient and portable. The weather resistant Granville bag is made with a clean, sleek design while remaining lightweight and durable. This bag is right in line with Arc’teryx’s bomber product construction, and has intuitive internal organization for all the tools and tech you’ll be carting around. $199
Fjallraven Kanken Laptop Case 15” — I learned a lesson the hard way several years ago when I slipped on ice here in town and fell directly on top of the unprotected laptop I was carrying in my bag. Ever since then I never leave my laptop without a case when I’m on the go. This reliable one from Fjallraven comes in great color choices and also has a 13” option for smaller laptops. An outside pocket is convenient for stashing documents. $60