There are lots of ways to show-off your love for the national parks, from park-specific hats and pins to T-shirts. Now, through a deal orchestrated by the National Park Foundation, you can travel in style with national park-branded luggage.
The heavy canvas luggage is being manufactured by the J.W. Hulme Co., a century-old Minnesota-based company that started out making canvas tents and which prides itself on its U.S. roots and manufacturing operations.
All of the bags are classic J.W. Hulme Co. designs, and feature extra brass tags and park pass holders designed in collaboration with the Foundation staff. And they're all guaranteed for life.
“As a century-old company, we have tremendous respect for preserving legacies. Our national parks certainly have a legacy that is worth preserving and are one resource we can’t afford to neglect. We think our customers will agree that this collection is a great way of showing our support,” said J.W. Hulme Co. CEO Jennifer Guarino.
Not only can you outfit yourself with luggage to match your passion, but a portion of the sales goes to the Park Foundation to be used in the national parks.
“We are excited to announce this unique partnership with J.W. Hulme," said Foundation CEO Neil Mulholland. "We commend them for their dedication to our national parks, and welcome their support as we work to safeguard these treasured places for generations to come.”
There is an interesting variety of bags available:
* Classic Duffle Bag (above, MSRP $490), which measures 20 inches wide, 12.5 inches high, and 10 inches deep. It features a zippered main entry covered by a three-buckle rain/dust flap and rolled leather handles. There is a zippered external pocket, an interior pocket, and full leather bottom.
* Overnight Briefcase (MSRP $420), big enough to hold extra clothes for an overnighter, this piece measures 16 by 12 by 6, features solid brass hardware with a matte nickel finish, and is fully lined with marine canvas.
* Slim Portfolio Briefcase (MSRP $320), this is big enough to hold laptops up to 15.5 inches. Overall the briefcase measures 16 by 12 by 3. There's a single zippered main compartment and two exterior pockets.
* Log Carrier (MSRP$130), lets you keep your hands somewhat clean while toting firewood into the house. It measures 25 by 10 by 11 and features boxed ends to contain bark and wood chips.
Each bag comes with a solid brass luggage badge that you can have monogrammed with your engraved initials, a park pass holder, and extra D-rings for more functionality. The National Park Foundation logo is embossed on one side of the bag, as well as on the park pass holder and luggage tag.
You can find more items at this site.