Gravel Origin Story
We're Gravel - We’re passionate about designing travel products that become trusty companions. Why the name Gravel? You know that sound when your tires leave the pavement for a dirt road? That's where the adventure begins, that's Gravel.
Dirt roads have led us to some our favorite places in the world - hot springs, mountain trails, and beautiful scenic routes. To us, Gravel is the means to take us somewhere amazing.
Where did it all begin?
I (Chris) had been using a toiletry bag for 10 YEARS that his grandmother gave him. It was falling apart and I started looking around for a new toiletry bag. With no luck and finding that the toiletry bags he found were just one giant pocket (where your toothbrush rubs up against your toenail clippers), I though it would be cool to make my own version. I met Lance at a Kickstarter party in Utah, USA and shared my idea for a new way to carry toiletries while traveling.
The problem we saw was that many travelers were packing their toiletries into ziplock bags, giant “catch all” bags, and sometimes foregoing a toiletry bag all together. "Why should your toothbrush rub up against your toenail clippers" we thought. After many late nights researching & designing we launched “The Best Toiletry Bag For Traveling” on Kickstarter in spring 2017 - making an organized, compact, & easier way to travel light. We successfully funded at $217,264!
We learned a lot from out backers and released "The Best Toiletry Bag For Travel The Explorer PLUS" on Kickstarter.
Goodness gracious...to date we've raised raised over $1.4 million in crowdfunding between Kickstarter & Indiegogo. Gravel has now shipped thousands of our bags to countries all over the world. We’re blown away and humbled. Our backers brought Gravel to life.