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  1. Expert Advice
  2. Hiking
  1. Skills

    The Ten Essentials

    You’ll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need them. Bring these on every outdoor outing.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 769 reviews
  2. Checklists

    First-Aid Checklist

    Our first-aid checklist for the outdoors includes wound coverings, medications, treatments, tools, personal care items and much more.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 503 reviews
  3. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

    Our comprehensive checklist for backpackers features required and optional gear, clothing and accessories.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 66 reviews
  4. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 130 reviews
  5. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 222 reviews
  6. Checklists

    Backpacking Repair Kit Checklist

    Our list of easy-to-carry repair supplies keeps you prepared for small backpacking gear emergencies.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 114 reviews
  7. 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 out of 5 with 92 reviews
  8. 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 out of 5 with 237 reviews
  9. Skills

    Backpacking with Kids

    Follow these tips for introducing kids to backpacking and to help keep them excited about backcountry trips for years to come.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 59 reviews
  10. Skills

    Backpacking With Your Period

    With a little knowledge (tampons vs. menstrual cups) and prep (bringing along a go kit), you won’t hesitate to head into the backcountry.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 208 reviews
  11. Skills

    Bear Canister Basics

    Planning a backpacking trip with a chance of bear encounters? Learn the pros and cons of bear canisters and how to use them correctly.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 143 reviews
  12. Skills

    Food Storage and Handling for Campers and Backpackers

    Learn how to deter bears and other animals from raiding your camping or backpacking food; also get tips on proper food-handling hygiene.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 120 reviews
  13. Skills

    Hammocking Responsibly

    This article offers simple tips for hammocking responsibly so you can minimize the impact to your surroundings.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 53 reviews
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    Hiking Boot Basics

    This series covers everything you need to know to purchase, use and maintain hiking boots.

  15. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 370 reviews
  16. Care & Repair

    How to Break in Your Hiking Boots

    Learn how to break in a new pair of hiking boots so you can maximize your comfort along the trail.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 272 reviews
  17. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 106 reviews
  18. Care & Repair

    How to Care for Leather Hiking Boots

    Leather boots last longer and perform better if you keep them clean and conditioned. We explain the supplies you need and how to use them.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  19. Skills

    How to Choose a Backcountry Campsite

    These backpacking campsite-selection tips will help you choose a site that's comfortable and meets Leave No Trace principles.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 74 reviews
  20. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 496 reviews
  21. 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 4 out of 5 with 205 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

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

    rated 4 out of 5 with 152 reviews
  23. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Camp Chair

    Hanging out in a comfortable camp chair is one of the great pleasures of a life outdoors. Learn how to choose the style of chair that’s right for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 2 reviews
  24. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Hammock

    Hammocks are a comfortable and popular way to hang out in Nature. Some are also great for backpacking. Learn how to choose one that's right for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 102 reviews
  25. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Water Filter or Purifier

    Learn about backcountry water risks, ways to treat water and factors to consider when choosing a filter, purifier or other treatment method.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 241 reviews
  26. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Gaiters

    Gaiters come in different shapes and sizes. Learn how to choose and use gaiters for hikes, backpacking trips, glacier climbs and snowsports.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 257 reviews
  27. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 941 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 4 out of 5 with 96 reviews
  29. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 78 reviews
  30. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Crampons

    Learn how to choose crampons for snow walking, mountaineering and ice climbing, and the benefits of hybrid, step-in and strap-on crampons.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 70 reviews