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Backpacking Articles(75 results)

  1. Expert Advice
  2. Hiking
  1. Skills

    Backpacking Training Tips and Exercises

    Learn how to train properly for a backpacking trip: We'll cover training schedules, cardio workouts, training hikes and resistance training.

    rated 4.078125 out of 5 with 64 reviews
  2. Skills

    How to Size and Fit a Backpack

    Learn how to measure torso length and hip size so you can get the right backpack size. Then, learn to adjust the straps for an ideal fit.

    rated 4.835164835164835 out of 5 with 91 reviews
  3. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

    Avoid leaving out key items by using our comprehensive backpacking checklist. Includes the Ten Essentials for safety and survival.

    rated 3.8475750577367207 out of 5 with 433 reviews
  4. Skills

    The Ten Essentials

    You?ll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need them. Learn what to bring on every outing.

    rated 4.122270742358078 out of 5 with 229 reviews
  5. Skills

    How to Train for Thru-Hiking

    Thru-hiking takes mental and physical strength. Use our sample workout to train for your next big adventure.

    rated 3.4086021505376345 out of 5 with 93 reviews
  6. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Backpack

    Learn how to choose a backpack based on trip length and pack capacity, as well as fit, frame type and features.

    rated 4.69811320754717 out of 5 with 159 reviews
  7. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

    Learn how to choose the best sleeping bag for backpacking based on bag temperature ratings, insulation type, bag shape and extra features.

    rated 3.5625 out of 5 with 160 reviews
  8. Skills

    Sleeping Tips for Campers

    Learn to sleep soundly in a tent?whether at a campground or in the backcountry?with tips on gear, getting ready for bed and staying warm.

    rated 4.476190476190476 out of 5 with 42 reviews
  9. Skills

    How to Lace Hiking Boots

    Increase comfort on the trail by learning simple boot lacing techniques that help you deal with heel slipping, pressure points and toe pain.

    rated 4.58955223880597 out of 5 with 134 reviews
  10. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Backpacking Tents

    Learn how to shop for backpacking tents: We'll cover tent capacity, seasonality, weight, livability, setup and materials.

    rated 3.9591836734693877 out of 5 with 49 reviews
  11. Skills

    How to Pack and Hoist a Backpack

    Learn the tricks for packing and hoisting your backpack, including ways to balance the load, organize gear and ensure essentials are handy.

    rated 3.8461538461538463 out of 5 with 169 reviews
  12. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs

    Learn how to shop for trekking poles: You'll consider weight, price, shock absorption, shaft construction and the type of grip.

    rated 4.414285714285715 out of 5 with 280 reviews
  13. Skills

    How to Use Insect Repellents

    This article provides tips on insect-repellent usage; includes details on repellents with DEET, plus some fun facts about mosquitoes.

    rated 4.333333333333333 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  14. Skills

    How to Build a Campfire

    Learn how to build a campfire when you?re camping or backpacking, as well as fire etiquette tips.

    rated 4.310344827586207 out of 5 with 29 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Backpacking Stove

    There are many ways to cook a meal in the backcountry: Learn the pros and cons of different types of backpacking stoves and fuels.

    rated 3.8947368421052633 out of 5 with 95 reviews
  16. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Headlamps

    Our guide to headlamps helps you understand light output, beam distance, run time, size and weight so you can choose the right one for you.

    rated 4.375 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  17. Skills

    Backpacking in Bear Country

    Before backpacking in an area where black bears or grizzlies live, learn what precautions you can take to protect you and the bears.

    rated 4.142857142857143 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  18. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Cookware

    This backpacking cookware primer offers the pros and cons of different materials and has tips on which and how many pieces to carry.

    rated 4.161290322580645 out of 5 with 31 reviews
  19. Skills

    How to Go Backpacking in the Rain

    With the right mindset, a rainy backpacking trip can be fun. Get tips on wet-weather risks and gear, and how to keep things dry.

  20. Skills

    Leave No Trace Principles

    Learn about Leave No Trace Principles for protecting and preserving outdoor spaces so you can be a responsible hiker and camper.

    rated 4.123287671232877 out of 5 with 73 reviews
  21. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Bag Liners

    Sleeping bag liners are great for backpackers or travelers who sleep in hostels; this article explains their benefits and how to choose one.

    rated 3.7241379310344827 out of 5 with 29 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    How to Choose PLBs and Satellite Messengers

    Learn the differences between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and satellite messenger and which one might be right for you.

    rated 4.2 out of 5 with 60 reviews
  23. Care & Repair

    Tent Care Basics

    Learn how to extend the life of your tent by proper setup and takedown; also get tips on how to clean, dry, store and restore it at home.

    rated 4.777777777777778 out of 5 with 18 reviews
  24. Skills

    Thru-Hiking Basics

    Learn what thru-hiking is and how it differs from regular backpacking. Our primer covers trail options plus planning and gear tips.

    rated 4.583333333333333 out of 5 with 12 reviews
  25. Care & Repair

    How to Clean Hiking Boots

    With proper cleaning and care, your hiking boots will last you for many years and many miles along the trail.

    rated 3.8174603174603177 out of 5 with 126 reviews
  26. Skills

    Backpacking Tips for Women

    Whether you?re a first-timer or veteran backpacker, find inspiration and tips from other women to help you prepare for your next trip.

    rated 4.545454545454546 out of 5 with 11 reviews
  27. Care & Repair

    How to Store a Sleeping Pad

    Storing your sleeping pad properly is super easy: We explain how to do it so that you and your pad enjoy many peaceful slumbers together.

    rated 4.8 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  28. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Bivy Sacks

    Learn to choose a bivy sack for ultralight backpacking trips and mountaineering. Includes info about materials, construction and designs.

    rated 3.738095238095238 out of 5 with 42 reviews
  29. Skills

    Hiking or Backpacking with Your Dog

    Learn the basics of hiking and backpacking with your dog including getting them ready, gearing up, food, water, and trail hazards to avoid.

    rated 4.198529411764706 out of 5 with 136 reviews
  30. Skills

    Backpacking for Beginners

    If you enjoy camping and hiking, take it to the next level with backpacking. Here's a primer on how to get ready for your first trip.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 12 reviews