Search: Advanced | Preference
Traveling Boy means the travel adventures of the Traveiling Boitanos
Travel adventures of Eric Anderson Boitano
Travel adventures of John Clayton
Travel adventures of Deb Roskamp
Travel adventures of Fyllis Hockman
Travel adventures of Brom Wikstrom
Travel adventures of Jim Friend
Travel adventures of Timothy Mattox
Travel adventures of Corinna Lothar
Travel adventures of Roger Fallihee
Travel adventures of Tamara Lelie
Travel adventures of Beverly Cohn
Travel adventures of Raoul Pascual
Travel adventures of Ringo Boitano
Travel adventures of Herb Chase
Travel adventures of Terry Cassel
Travel adventures of Dette Pascual
Travel adventures of Gary Singh
Travel adventures of John Blanchette
Travel adventures of Tom Weber
Travel adventures of James Thomas
Travel adventures of Richard Carroll
Travel adventures of Richard Frisbie
Travel adventures of Masada Siegel
Travel adventures of Greg Aragon
Travel adventures of Skip Kaltenheuser
Travel adventures of Ruth J. Katz
Travel adventures of Traveling Boy's guest contributors

Ketchikan Bed and Breakfast Service

Panguitch Utah, your destination for outdoor discovery

Alaska Sea Adventures - Alaska Yacht Charter and Cruises

Colorado ad

Sorrel ad

Polar Cruises ad

About Greg   write me    Feeds provide updated website content        

Orvis – A Traveler's Best Friend
Story and photos by Greg Aragon

here is nothing like traveling with the proper gear. Whether it's comfortable walking boots, a sturdy, wide brimmed sun hat, a cool safari shirt, or a luxurious, yet practical backpack, the sights and sounds of a new destination are easier to absorb when one is prepared.

This is why I love Orvis. Ever since I began to travel seriously, I have relied on this online store for not only the right clothing and adventure gear, but also for new ideas and unique travel inspirations.

Orvis sun hat, safari shirt and bison leather backpack on a traveler
From sun hats and walking boots to safari shirts and bison leather backpacks, Orvis can be a travelers best friend

Founded in 1856 by Charles F. Orvis, the company is America’s oldest mail-order outfitter and longest continually-operating fly-fishing business. Privately owned by the Perkins family since 1965, Orvis is today an international retailer with roughly 1,700 employees. In addition to being a world leader in fly fishing, the company offers a wide assortment of men’s and women’s sportswear, luggage and travel accessories, as well as fine shotguns, gear, and technical apparel for wingshooting and sporting clays.

Orvis sporting services also include fishing and shooting schools, an international sporting and eco-travel agency, and an Orvis-endorsed network of lodges, outfitters and guides.

fly-fishing with Orvis
Besides travel clothing and gear, Orvis offers fly-fishing trips, outdoor schools and adventure vacations

My latest acquisition from Orvis is the Coronado Bison Leather Backpack. A masterpiece of workmanship, the bag is 100% designed and crafted in California by the Coronado Leather Company and is sold through Orvis. Thick, substantial, and shrunken to beautifully accentuate the beautiful, brown grain detail of bison leather, the bag oozes adventure and travel.

Measuring 16" high, 13" wide and 4½" deep, the bag can easily carry your mobile office or enough clothes and gear for a weekend getaway. And with its sleek, rugged and luxurious design, it looks at home on the trail or in the lobby of a fine hotel, which happen to be two of my favorite places! Detailed with latigo leather on the shoulder straps, the backpack is fully lined with a heavy duty red, tartan plaid lining, and features two exterior slip pockets, a laptop or tablet slip pocket, and with two smaller pockets for loose items.

Orvis bison leather backpack
The Bison Leather Backpack is a rugged, yet luxurious piece of travel gear

The bison backpack, which is literally built to last a lifetime, goes great with two of my other recent Orvis purchases: the Bush Shirt and the Sombriolet Sun Hat.

Orvis bush shirt
The Bush Shirt is perfect for walking through
town or the trail

The authentic safari Bush Shirt is another of my favorite, go-to travel pieces. Made of Bush Poplin, the shirt breathes well and wicks dust and moisture to keep you dry and cool while walking or hiking. Made for the outdoors, poplin has been standard issue in expedition and safari clothing for nearly a century, and was used widely in the field during WWII.

Bush Poplin is a light and soft natural microcanvas fabric able to withstand years of wear and washings, yet remains crisp and neat. Each yarn of the fabric is composed of several fibers twisted tightly together, resulting in a fabric that is abrasion- resistant, yet feels cool and relatively weightless on the body. Cotton poplin was the preferred fabric used by British colonists when on safari and the Orvis collection offers the timeless and classic style of this traditional attire.

The UPF 50+ sun protection Sombriolet Hat is another item always stashed in my backpack. This lightweight, breathable hat is perfect for sunny days at the beach, on the water, or on the trail. Strategically placed vents, mesh lining, and wicking fabric in the crown is designed to keep you and your head cool and dry when things heat up. And a foam-reinforced brim is built to float. The nylon/polyester hat also features an external draw cord and is washable.

Orvis logo
Orvis is America’s oldest mail-order outfitter and longest continually-operating fly-fishing business

The Orvis website offers more than 5,000 products and the company has 69 retail stores and 10 outlets in the US. For more information on Orvis products, fly fishing trips and other vacations and outdoor schools and services offered by Orvis, visit:

Related Articles:
Traveling in Rugged Style with a New Saddleback Leather Backpack; Exploring in Style with a New LederMann Leather Gear Bag

Name: Required
E-mail: Required
City: Required

Let Greg know what you think about his traveling adventure.

* * * * *

Feedback for Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Going to Universal Studios Hollywood to see the Harry Potter "land" is on my bucket list!!

-- Nancy, Hawaii

* * * *

Feedback for A Spring Escape to Maui And Hotel Wailea

I leave here April 21 for Maui and can hardly wait. It'll be my 15th trip, more or less and I love it, and your pictures.

-- Ellie – Port Ludlow, WA

* * * *

Hi Greg,

It's not a forest of banyan trees in Lahaina by the harbor. It's one huge tree, about 140 years old. It's an important landmark of Lahaina, and one of our favorite views.We always stay at the Pioneer Inn, overlooking the harbor and the banyan tree. Every evening thousands of mynah birds fly into the tree, chattering and fluttering until they settle down for the night. Otherwise, great article.

-- Virginia – Northridge, CA

* * * *

Feedback for Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

Very nice story, Greg.

-- Maris Somerville – Los Angeles, CA

© All Rights Reserved. 2015.
This site is designed and maintained by WYNK Marketing. Send all technical issues to:
Friendly Planet Travel

Lovin Life After 50

Big Sur ad

Tara Tours ad

Alaska Cruises & Vacations ad

Cruise One ad