Road Trip Hacks

Packing light and right can be a difficult task. Here are a few pointers I’ve discovered in my travels. One thing I’ve found to be true on every trip is that the more uses an item has, the more it comes in handy. Here are a few of my dual purpose road trip hacks.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

Key products to bring along on any western road trip: Carhartt Women’s Calumet Long-Sleeve V-Neck, Carhartt Chicago Logo Tee (exclusively available in Chicago stores), Women’s Minot Shirt, Women’s Halley Shirt, Women’s Equestrian Belt, Women’s Cascade Jacket, Women’s Series 1889 Slim-Fit Double-Front Denim Dungaree, Carhartt Water Bottle, Clarkston Cami Tank, Carhartt Women’s El Paso Shorts, & Carhartt Legacy 23″ Gear Bag. All of these items are staples for an outdoor adventure. Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered and re-worn. The weather can be unpredictable. Come prepared.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

Use mini storage bins to organize snacks, toiletries, and even jewelry. This helps when packing in a duffle bag where things get messy fast. On a road trip, having a variety of snacks at your fingertips keeps you entertained and satisfied with less food. Avoid salty items if possible. It will keep you from drinking too much water and the need for multiple bathroom breaks.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

I always pack a few dryer sheets in my luggage. They keep dirty clothes from stinking up the rest of your things. Also, by rubbing a dryer sheet over a garment, you prevent static. That is an invaluable trick to know, particularly when it’s colder outside.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt
Save old pill bottles. They come in handy as waterproof containers. You can pack a mini first aid kit, fit a bottle filled with quarters into your car cup holder to facilitate paying road tolls, or even use it for moisturizers or hair care products. The secure lid will set your mind at ease. No one wants shampoo exploding all over their clothes.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

Shower caps are a normal enough travel item. Obviously you can use them in the shower, but they’re also perfect for packing dirty boots. Let’s face it, Carhartt girls very rarely have clean boots. Truthfully, I leave shower caps on my Wellington’s even when I store them in my closet at home. If you’re staying a hotel, ask the front desk if they have extra caps available.
Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

Ziplocks are another packing favorite of mine. I use them to optimize my organization. Keep your electronic cords and chargers together. Pack a bag with each day’s outfit, then load up the outfit bags into your duffle. This will save you time later and you won’t have to dig around for socks or a certain shirt later on. I often keep my phone in a ziplock when I know I’ll be outdoors a good bit of the time. Your phone can still sense touch through the plastic and it’s protected from dirt and rain.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

Binder clips are a great thing to carry. You can use them for clipping sunglasses to the car visor, managing hair bands, covering shaving razors, clipping together receipts from your trip, etc… The possibilities are endless. Just buy a bag of these things to keep on hand. You’ll be glad you did.

Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt
Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt
Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt
Road Trip Hacks / Crafted in Carhartt

Now get out there and have an adventure!

my travel outfit: Carhartt Women’s Pondera Shirt, Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, & Women’s Wellington Boots 

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Store in Bozeman

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

After spending a week in Montana, you’re never quite the same. I just got back from a road trip across the beautiful state in search of hardest working women around. The talent I discovered and the beautiful scenery I took in blew me away.
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Store, based out of Bozeman, was designed with the ranchers’ needs in mind. From extra large parking spots out front to the down to earth staff inside, every detail of the store invites you stick around and enjoy the shopping experience. I was able to outfit 19 women in Carhartt gear at Murdoch’s so that they’d be ready for a hard days’ work. In the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing each one of these Montanans’ stories with you.

Take a closer look at Murdoch’s and find a store near you. You can even live chat with a ranch hand for advice and tips. 

Packing for Portland: The Carhartt Women’s Guide

Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt

Packing for Portland means preparing for weather. I spent most of last week there, enjoying spring and the rain that comes with it. Take a look at the essential Carhartt items I took with me. When you have reliable rainwear, you can focus on the beautiful scenery around you. I’ll tell you what, I put the Mountrail Jacket to the test. The Storm Defender® waterproof breathable membrane is designed to keep you dry and not too stuffy.

Here’s to You, 2013!

Crafted in Carhartt New Years

Crafted in Carhartt New Years

Crafted in Carhartt New Years

It’s that time of year again where we all get nostalgic as our thoughts pour over the year we’ve left behind. So often we look back wishing we could have been better, done better, or looked better. Maybe this year, we can take a more positive glance back on the past 365 days. Posted above are some of my favorite moments of 2013. I am so grateful for all of the tremendous Carhartt spirited women I’ve been able to meet and photograph. Each one of you has left an impression that propels me to work harder, see more, and appreciate what I can bring to the world. The chance to get to share those stories with you all makes my job feel like it isn’t a job at all. Thank you to the real women who work hard, defy the odds against them, and tackle the day excited to see what they can accomplish. Pat yourself on the back! You deserve a celebration over the close of year and the start of another.

Carhartt Deals and Where to Buy

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Carhartt Black Friday

Turkey Day has come and past. I hope you all had a great day full of family and tasty food. As everyone knows, it’s Black Friday. Carhartt has some online shopping deals for those who’d like to shop from the comfort of their home. If you’re heart is set on getting out of the house, you can look for our retailers here. You might be lucky and located near one of our very own Carhartt Company Stores. We have locations in Albany, Bloomington, Chicago, Dedham, Huntington, Lynnfield, Murray, Portland, Seattle, Syracuse, and Woodbridge. The pictures above are from a few of our locations. Each store has its own theme, suited to the city it’s located in. For example, the Boston store is covered in boat parts and even has a few boats that float overhead. Albany is decked out in old railroad equipment and other interesting odds an ends. Whatever you decide to do with your lovely day, have fun and be safe!

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt Potomac

Carhartt is proud to be an American company. Just check out the store in Woodbridge, VA. Its military theme pays respect to the 3 nearby bases. The store is full of Carhartt goodies and rare collectables. It’s cool to see a retail location that reflects the community so well.

Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

Carhartt Portland

I’ve been in Portland the past few days meeting some awesome Carhartt women. What I love most about this beautiful city is that it’s a good mix of metropolitan and nature. It’s easy to be a foodie, a music lover, and an outdoor adventurer. If you’re in the area, check out the Carhartt store. (And grab a rain jacket. You’ll probably need it.)

Carhartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

The Carhartt store in Seattle is located just a few blocks down the street from Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public farmer’s markets in the U.S. It’s an area full of history, farmers, and crafts people. When you walk in the Carhartt location, the old-timey feel of the neighborhood is continued in the lumber camp theme across the store. Beautiful reclaimed logs line the walls, door handles are made of axes, and the dressing rooms look like camping tents. Logging was Seattle’s first major industry, so it is a very fitting theme. I love how this store hints back to the history of the city. Old photographs of loggers past are hung on the back wall. It helps knowing that you came from a city of hard workers. I think it can only spur you on to continue the legacy.

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

Carhartt in Albany

I landed in eastern New York yesterday, and I’m blown away by how gorgeous this area is in the fall. The Albany Carhartt store is filled with old railroad signs and equipment. This was the starting point of the first railway system in New York, and one of the first systems in the world. You can’t help but think of all the history surrounding the city as you browse through the shop, filled with tools from times past. Carhartt was originally founded to make clothes for railroad workers, and has now expanded to make gear for the contemporary work force. It’s comforting to know there are still folks out there who love to put in a hard day’s work of manual labor. I really do believe that is a theme that ties us together and makes us strong.

Carhartt in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

Salt Lake City and Carhartt

I’m in Salt Lake City, visiting the Carhartt store in the nearby suburb of Murray. The location has an outdoor recreation theme tying the space together. Old motorcycles suspended from the ceiling and antique machinery are displayed throughout the store. The fun spirit is extended through a jukebox in the middle of the room and a graffiti mural on the back wall. If you’re in the area, you need to swing by and see the great location.