Island Wisdom

Take Island Wisdom on Your Travels

By Jill | January 13, 2023

Vacation is often a combination of relaxing and exploring. We want to shake off the stress of everyday life, have a little fun, and learn something new. Learning something about both ourselves and the culture we’re visiting, is an ideal way to take that information home with us and influence how we live our lives…

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Hoka Speedgoat 5 Shoes Handle Technical Trails

By Jill | December 30, 2022

A longtime trail runner, I always prefer dirt trails to pavement when it comes to going for a run. And while in my earlier years I may have prioritized lightweight shoes while training for trail races like the Dipsea, I’ve long since made the switch to stable runners because those priorities changed.   From the…

Paleblue Rechargeable Batteries

Recharge Your Gear with Paleblue Batteries

By Jill | December 23, 2022

When you see “batteries not included” on some gear packaging, do you immediately member to buy those batteries, or do you trust that you’ll eventually get them? And if you do wait, do you remember before you break that gear out of its package to use?   When you use rechargeable Paleblue Batteries, you don’t…

Case for Making 8 Color Travel Set

Appease Your Inner Artist with Case for Making 8 Color Watercolor Travel Set

By Jill | December 16, 2022

Everyone has their own skill. My mom’s the artist. I’m the word nerd. But lately, I’ve become fascinated with replicating hues on my travels. I don’t need to make images—just staring at the sunset and trying to find the same colors in a box of watercolor paint makes me happy.   When I discovered the…

Nomadix Original Towel

Dry Off with Nomadix Original Towel

By Jill | December 9, 2022

When you’re traveling, whether it’s on an adventure or a chill beach vacation, having a towel on hand is ideal. You’ll want to dry off after swimming, showering, and even hiking—and you won’t always be somewhere with towel service. Better yet, when you carry a travel towel along, you don’t have to worry about packing…


Sip Safely with LifeStraw Peak Series Straw

By Jill | December 2, 2022

Water filters aren’t only for backpacking or developing countries. Any time you purchase a single-use water bottle on your travels, it’s an opportunity to use a water filter instead.   I know what you’re thinking: Water filters are hard to use. That may have been true in the early days of consumer water filters, but…

Patagonia Women's Organic Cotton Roaming Joggers

Casual Comfort: Patagonia Women’s Organic Cotton Roaming Joggers

By Jill | November 25, 2022

We all want to be comfortable when traveling, whether it’s a road trip in our own vehicle or a long flight crammed into increasingly shrinking airplane seats. It’s a bonus when we can wear clothing that isn’t restrictive and can be worn for other purposes on our travels.   I’m always in search of the…

Arc'teryx Women's Atom Hoody

Arc’teryx Women’s Atom Hoody Performs Well as Midlayer or Standalone Jacket

By Jill | November 18, 2022

It’s not quite the “one ring to rule them all” approach, but packing only one jacket is the smart traveler’s way to rule the carry-on vs. checked-bag conflict. In winter, that means excellent performance across a range of weather conditions and output levels—whether you’re out skiing the backcountry or exploring a new-to-you city.   The…

Mountain Hardwear HiCamp Shell Jacket

Stay Warm and Dry with Mountain Hardwear HiCamp Shell Jacket

By Jill | November 11, 2022

When the weather’s cooler, we’re usually in search of two types of jackets: those that keep you warm, and those that keep you dry. At home, we may have space to store both, but when we’re traveling, it’s ideal to have those attributes in one jacket.   The Mountain Hardwear HiCamp Shell Jacket is a…

Roark Passage Primo Boardshorts

Embrace Warmer Temperatures with Roark Men’s Shorts

By Jill | November 4, 2022

As we slide into fall and winter, we’re tempted to follow retail focus on cold-weather clothing. But many of us live in climates that are still warm enough this time of year, or we’re planning trips to escape to some of those places. It’s totally legit to be thinking about shorts right now.   I’ve…