Hi, I’m Helen, one of Trail & Kale's founders. Things that bring us joy are spending time together running, hiking and adventuring in beautiful places around the world, working towards being more self-sustainable and living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. We changed our lives to realize our dreams and share advice on how you can do the same.

The Best Dog Beds Buyer’s Guide

Not all pet beds are created equally. We've picked out the best dog beds when it comes to orthopedic, memory foam, bolster, nesting, durable & washable beds for adventure dogs.

Lululemon Running Gear: Men’s & Women’s Top Picks

If you want to know what Lululemon leggings, shirts, shorts and pants are best for running, we've picked out our favorites in this Lululemon running gear list.

Best Backpacking Stoves For Cooking On The Trails

The best backpacking stoves by type of backpacking, including cold weather and mountain hiking and ultralight stoves for thru-hikers and minimalists.
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The Best Camping Chairs: Our Top Picks For Folding, Portable Outdoor Seating

The best portable, folding camping chairs you can also take to beach and concerts - including everything from luxury reclining to ultralight backpacking chairs.

The Best Silicone Wedding Bands For Men & Women With Active Lifestyles

Silicone wedding bands are a safer alternative to metal rings for men and women with active lifestyles, including watersports, physical jobs or lifting weights.

CBD For Dogs: Everything You Wanted To Know About Dog CBD, From An Expert

Kat Donatello, founder of pet CBD company Austin & Kat, explains CBD for dogs including the benefits, dosage & choosing the best CBD oil blend for your dog.

The Best Quick-Dry Pack Towels For Camping, Travel & More

The best quick dry towels for camping, the beach, boating, watersports and other adventures, including ultra-lightweight pack towels for travel and backpacking.

Pique Tea Review: Organic Antioxidant Tea Crystals

Our Pique Tea review explains how tea crystals are made, the nutrition and antioxidant benefits of tea, and reviews Pique Tea's most popular organic varieties.

5 Simple Ways To Make Outdoor Adventures More Sustainable

5 practical ways to enjoy more sustainable outdoor adventures, from choosing outdoor gear for hiking & camping to practicing mindfulness and learning in nature.

The Best Camping Hammocks and Hammock Tents For Backpacking

From comfortable two-person camping hammocks to portable ultra-lightweight hammock tents for backpacking, plus advice for finding the best hammock for you.

Chil Wellness CBD Review – CBD Topicals for Muscular & Joint Pain Relief

Review of Chil Wellness CBD topicals for muscle and joint pain relief, including one of the most concentrated full-spectrum CBD topicals currently available.

SIDAS Review: Insoles For Running Shoes and Hiking Boots

Review of SIDAS insoles for running shoes and hiking boots which replace the shoes' foam insert, providing extra comfort and support.

Best Roof Top Tents: Rooftop Campers For Your Car, SUV or Truck

The best roof top tents for cars, trucks and SUVs from iKamper, Thule Tepui, Roofnest and more, plus how to choose between soft and hard shell rooftop campers.

Adventure Road Trip Essentials: The Full Packing Checklist

Wondering what to bring on a road trip? Here's the definitive list of adventure road trip essentials to take with you so you know what to pack in the car.

Best Coolers and Ice Chests: Hard Shell, Wheeled & Soft Backpack Coolers

The best coolers and ice chests compared, including hard and soft sided, with wheels, backpack coolers and more: YETI vs RTIC, Igloo, Hydro Flask + more.

Best Camper Van Rental Companies for US Road Trips

Find a camper van rental company for US road trips California, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii (and more), in Sprinter vans, VW campervans and custom conversion vans.

5 Best Double Sleeping Bags and Pads For Adventure-Loving Couples

The best double sleeping bags and camping pads for two people: a 2-person sleeping bag and mattress is ideal for couples camping, backpacking, or car camping.

Hiking For Beginners: 10 Essential Hiking Tips and Hiking Gear Checklist

The hiking for beginners guide, including the 10 essential tips to know before you start hiking, what to wear and bring, including a FULL GEAR CHECKLIST.

Tread Labs Review: Insoles for Performance and Plantar Fasciitis Foot Pain

This Tread Labs review includes the carbon fiber insoles for hiking and running performance and explains their insoles for plantar fasciitis foot pain relief.

DIY Sprinter Van Conversion Part 7: Our Campervan’s Hidden Toilet, Secret Door & Custom Overhead Cabinets

This DIY van build update includes a tour of recent additions to the build, including custom overhead cabinets, our campervan's hidden toilet and a secret door!

DIY Sprinter Van Build PART 6: Installing a HUGE Bed and a Dog Crate in our Campervan

In this luxury DIY Sprinter van build update we explain where we installed a dog crate in our campervan, which sits under our huge permanent platform bed.

DIY Sprinter Van Build PART 5: Cabinets, Hidden Composting Toilet, Oak Countertop and more

This DIY Sprinter Van Build update shares a look at our campervan's custom cabinets, oak countertop, hidden composting toilet, LEDs and more.

The Best Places for Trail Running in California

Announcing our top 10 best places for trail running in California. Whether you live there or are planning a visit, there's somewhere for you on this list!

The Best Women’s Hydration Packs for Ultra Running and Trail Marathons

We've picked out the best women's hydration packs for ultrarunning: race vests suitable for trail marathons, ultramarathons and long days in the mountains.

5 Best Women’s Hydration Vests [Running Packs For Trail Running, Ultra Marathons & Hiking]

The best women's hydration packs for trail running, ultras & hiking! Find the best women's hydration vest for you based on comfort, features, style, and cost!

Runners Emergency Kit: Ultra Marathon Survival Gear

What essential trail and ultra marathon running clothes, first aid and survival gear should you include in your runners emergency kit, and why do you need it?

Everything You Need To Know About Running Gear For Women [Trail Shoes, Jackets, Bras + More]

Whether you're a beginner trail runner or looking for new women's-specific gear, our women's trail running gear guide cover all, from shoes to sports bras.

6 Reasons Your Back Aches From Running (And How To Prevent It)

Why we runners can experience back aches from running, how to stop it and ultimately how to do as much as possible to prevent it from happening again.

Foot Care for Trail Runners: 8 Ways To Look After Your Feet

Is running bad for your feet? Not if you look after them. Our guide to foot care for runners shares 8 easy ways to care for your feet and keep them healthy.

How To Calm Your Dog Down After Exercise

Try these 6 brilliant ways to calm your dog down after exercise! Featuring the best ways we help our Border Collie relax and find his off-switch.

10 Self-Improvement Ideas [for Runners and Outdoor Enthusiasts]

Practical self-improvement ideas to grow your skills, improve your running and knowledge of the outdoors, ready for future outdoor adventures in 2021.

DIY Sprinter Van Build PART 4: Installing Wood Paneling in our Sprinter Van – Plus, Flooring and our Off-Grid Electrical System

How we installed wood paneling in our DIY Sprinter van build, including how to attach tongue-and-groove planks straight to look awesome and reduce squeaking.

Advanced Primate Outdoor Adventure Gear: Mission Pack Review

Advanced Primate is an American online retailer specializing in adventure gear from American brands, with quality, sustainability and the environment in mind.

LynQ Review: An Essential GPS Tracker for Hikers and Trail Runners?

This LynQ review covers the LynQ Smart Compass, which doesn't require any wifi, phone signal or subscription to locate your group members during your adventures.

The Best Reflective Running Vests For Running At Night

Wearing reflective running gear such as a reflective running vest over your running clothes can help you stay safe running at night. Here's three of the best.

Lululemon Gifts for Runners – Gift List 2021

Delight the runner in your life with a gift from Lululemon! We've picked the best Lululemon gifts for runners - for both men and women.

How To Use The Fi GPS Dog Collar With Other Collar Brands in 5 Steps

How to use the Fi GPS Dog Collar with other collar brands, so your dog can wear different styles and colors with his Fi GPS unit, such as Kepler's Ruffwear collar.

3 Mindful Reasons We Choose To Wear prAna Clothing

This prAna clothing review covers why we love the prAna brand, and a brief review of the prAna women's clothing and men's clothing we have been living in lately.

2XU Compression Running Tights Review: Running Leggings Designed For Quicker Recovery

This 2XU compression running tights review explains what they are, why wear them, the benefits and how they reduce fatigue, injury risk and recovery time.

Why You Fall Over Trail Running… and How to Avoid Tripping

Here are the common reasons why you may fall over trail running (or fall over when running in general) and how to reduce your chances of tripping.

Van Build PART 3: Getting Flarespace Flares Installed in our Sprinter Van (Plus Windows, Espar Heater & More)

In addition to adding a heater, roof vent and opening windows, we also had Flarespace flares installed in our Sprinter van. But are they worth it?

Viakix Review: Elegant & Affordable Women’s Hiking Sandals

This Viakix review features the Acadia Women's Hiking Sandals, which are designed to handle everything from hiking to watersports as well as everyday wear.

CBDPure Review: Organic CBD Oil, Softgels, and CBD-Infused Cream

This CBDPure review includes an overview of CBDPure's CBD oil, softgels and CBD-infused cream, and our experience using the products to aid athletic recovery.

KEEN Astoria West Review: A Versatile Women’s Sandal

This KEEN Astoria West review covers their key features as well as how these versatile active wedge sandals perform for everyday, on trails and when wet.

Trail Running With Your Dog: Tips, Safety, Handling the Heat & Dog Running Gear

Real-world advice for trail running with your dog: in this post we share everything we wish we knew when we were new to running with our own adventure dog.

5 Ways to Improve Running Form and Prevent Running Overuse Injuries

How to improve running form and reduce running overuse injuries, including ITB pain, low back pain, shin splints and blisters cause by poor technique and gait.

The 5 Best Places for Trail Running in Spain

It was hard to come up with a short list of the best places for trail running in Spain, one of the best countries in the world for trail running, but we did it!

The Best Motivating and Inspiring Running Quotes: Endurance Athletes, Explorers and Adventurers

Our favorite motivating and inspiring running quotes that apply particularly to trail running, ultramarathons and other tough survival and endurance challenges.

The Best Lightweight Hiking Sandals for Summer Adventures

Having too much choice can be overwhelming so here's our list of the 5 best lightweight hiking sandals for summer hiking, water hikes, adventures and travel.

Van Conversion PART 2: The 8 Essential Factory Options For Our Sprinter Van Conversion

Read our list of the Mercedes factory option must-haves for our Sprinter van before we start converting it into a tiny home on wheels and why they're important.

4 Ways To Run With Someone Slower Than You (Or Faster Than You)

How do you run with someone slower or faster than you and both still get a workout? Here's 4 ways to run with a friend or partner when you have different paces.

Building The Finest Off-Grid Sprinter Van Conversion – PART 1: Planning Our Luxury Tiny Home on Wheels

Introducing our Mercedes Sprinter Van which we're converting into a luxurious off-grid Tiny Home on Wheels. Here's how we planned our van build and what's next.

5 reasons to take the Mock ONE Hammock on your next camping trip

Elevate your camping game: 5 reasons why you need to take the compact, free-standing Mock ONE Hammock on your next camping trip or just to your backyard.

Revelry Drifter Backpack Review 2021

Revelry Drifter Backpack Review: Key features, detailed photos, and a video review of this Instagram-worthy, odor-absorbing, and water-resistant travel bag.

10 Easy Yoga Stretches For Runners

Follow-along video: 10 easy yoga stretches for runners focus on on strength, stretching and flexibility in the areas that tend to get worked hard when running.

5 Reasons a Leatherman Makes a Useful Mother’s Day Gift

Practical reasons why the Leatherman Signal makes an awesome useful Mother's Day gift for an adventurous Mom, especially when hiking, camping or traveling.

Mighty Vibe Review: Stream music from Spotify or Amazon Music without using your phone

Our Mighty Vibe Review covers the advantages, disadvantages and key functions you need to know about this portable Spotify and Amazon Music player for running/workouts.

Outerknown Clothing Review: Women’s Clothing from Kelly Slater’s Surf-Inspired Brand

Introducing women's clothing from surf legend Kelly Slater's brand, Outerknown clothing, which is focused on sustainable, organic cotton and fair trade apparel.

The Best Camping Gear to have for an Emergency: From Power Cuts to Survival Situations

The best camping gear to have for an emergency that will help you survive and manage the situation case of a power cut, wildfire, earthquake or flood.

Building The Ultimate Garage Gym For Runners

There are many articles on the best garage gym for crossfit and weightlifting but what gym equipment do you need to build the ultimate garage gym for runners?

Adventure-Ready Outfits from REI Co-op Women’s Clothing Range: Currently 25% Off

I don't know about you but I'm so ready for Spring, especially once the current global pandemic dies down and we can head outside...

10 Productive Low-Cost Things To Do While Social Distancing during Self-Isolation

We're sharing our list of productive low-cost things to do while social distancing that you can do in and around your home and actually enhance your life.

FitTrack Scale Review: The Best Home Smart Scale Available?

Full review of the Fit Track scale, a home smart scale proven to provide accurate tracking of body composition metrics such as weight, BMI and body fat.

The Best Home Gym Equipment For Runners

Reduce your risk of getting Coronavirus in a public place. Our list of the best home gym equipment for runners features the 8 essentials for home workouts.

REI Force Of Nature: How REI is inspiring and Encouraging Women in the Outdoors

What is REI's Force of Nature Campaign? The outdoors has always been there for us all to go out and explore. But how many women...

REI Used Gear website: How to buy discounted REI gear WITHOUT needing coupons or promo codes

Get up to 60% off used outdoor gear at REI Used Gear, which sells discounted backpacks, tents, clothes, boots and outdoor gear with no coupons or promo codes.

Avanto Lifestyle Belt Review: Multi-Purpose Lifestyle & Running Belt

The Avanto running and lifestyle belt is designed for carrying essentials and keeping your hands free. This review covers the key features.

5 Best Women’s Waterproof Running Jackets for Trail Running in 2021

Our list of the 5 best women's waterproof running jackets will help you decide which jacket to buy for wet winter trail runs and ultras.

Is Trail Running Harder Than Road Running? Is It Better For You?

Is trail running harder than road running? Is trail running better for you than road running? In this post we explain the pros and cons.

5 Tips For Keeping Feet Warm on Winter Hikes & Everyday Adventures

Having cold feet is not pleasant, or great for the joints. Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your feet warm during winter hikes.

Best Women’s Running Books – Inspiring Books by Female Runners

Our curated list of the best women's running books, showcasing true stories from inspiring female athletes and adventurers.

Randolph Fusion Sunglasses Review 2021 – Elinor & Archer Frame Styles

Randolph's Fusion Sunglasses Collection features the lightweight Elinor and Archer frames, a spin on Aviator and Aviator-inspired designs. Read our review of these Italian-style, US-made sunglasses.

Accelerating Our Puppy’s Training Using High-Value Dog Food

Our dog wasn't exactly falling over himself to earn his treat rewards until we found this high-value fresh dog food that we can use for training as well as his regular meals.

On Cloud Terry Review – All-Day Performance Vegan Running Shoes

The Cloud Terry from On Running is an innovative, good-looking vegan running shoe suited to road runs and everyday wear. Read why it is the fastest-selling On Running shoe ever!

The Ultimate Guide to Running at Night: Getting Started, Benefits, Staying Safe

The risks of running at night in the dark can be mitigated by having the right gear and exercising good judgement to help you stay safe.
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