Subaru owners show off their rides at Overland Expo

Flagstaff, AZ: We’re not the only ones living out of our car. Each May, 14,000 people descend on Northern Arizona with their tricked-out lived-in vehicles for the annual Overland Expo West. This massive event celebrates self-guided travel, exploring by vehicle, camping every night, and living life on an endless road trip. Sound familiar?

We spotted a few Subarus among the herd of much more massive RVs at this annual mechanical rendezvous, and decided to ask a few owners what they love about their Subaru, and how they Leave No Trace when they’re exploring their world…

Names: Jason and Jessica W.
Hometown: Onalaska, WA
Year and Model: 2016 Outback 2.5l
Mileage: 88,000+

What do you love about driving a Subaru
This is our first Subaru … We've enjoyed the comfort, fuel economy, size—we routinely bring our dog with us on most of our travels—and performance overall, including being really happy with the all-wheel drive and ground clearance.  We also tow a T@G Max XL teardrop trailer and it handles it well. The freedom of traveling the road in our Subaru along with our trailer in tow allows us to see so much we'd miss otherwise by flying. Set-up once we arrive at our destinations takes minutes and then we're ready for exploring.    

What steps do we take to Leave No Trace while exploring in our Subaru
We’re happy to say we do pretty good at following Leave No Trace. We like to live with the principle of treat people and places how we'd like to be treated. We like to pick up garbage left behind by others in the areas we visit and camp and dispose of it properly.  It is frustrating to visit a beautiful area and see it littered with wrappers, bottles, etc.

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Name: Bruce D.
Hometown: Vista, Calif.
Year and Model: 2018 Outback
Mileage: 12,500

What do you love about driving a Subaru?
It’s a very comfortable and quiet vehicle. I haven’t had a real opportunity to take it off the beaten path but it has such great utility.

What steps do you take to Leave No Trace while exploring in your Subaru?
We felt responsible for the environment well before we had a Subaru, but I feel that Leave No Trace falls in line with Subaru’s credo, and we’re very happy to be a part of that family. Whenever we’re out, we bring home more than we take. Whether we’re at the beach or a campground, we make sure everything is properly disposed of and make sure there’s no trash or damage. We also have a line of products we sell [at Nomad Ventures in Southern California] called James Baroud tents, and I’m very interested to see how those intertwine with Subaru. [Camping above the car] is becoming more accessible for folks. The Forester and Outback are easily worked into it.

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Overland Expo returns this November in Asheville, NC. Until then, enjoy your world, leave no trace, and keep loving your Subaru.

Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Taxa, and Klean Kanteen.