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  1. Checklists

    Camping Checklist

    Our camping checklist includes all the essentials, plus some handy extras to make your next camping trip as comfy and convenient as home.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 3875 reviews
  2. Skills

    How to Set Up a Comfortable Campsite

    Learn how to create a campsite that mirrors the comfort and organization of your own home.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 737 reviews
  3. Checklists

    Winter Camping Checklist

    Our comprehensive checklist for winter camping includes the Ten Essentials, plus other important gear, clothing and footwear.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 697 reviews
  4. Checklists

    Camp Kitchen Checklist

    Our checklist for camp chefs includes essentials like pots, utensils and basic foods that are commonly made in campgrounds, as well as the backcountry

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 635 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Pads

    Sleeping pads offer cushioning and insulation for sound sleeping. Learn about types of pads, insulation, R-value and other key features.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 607 reviews
  6. Skills

    Camping for Beginners

    First time car camping? Learn the essential gear you’ll need to bring and read our helpful tips for making your outdoor overnight a success.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 563 reviews
  7. Care & Repair

    Sleeping Bag Care

    Learn how to wash, dry and store your down or synthetic sleeping bag. Get tips on care and repair in camp and at home.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 419 reviews
  8. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Flashlights

    Learn about types of batteries and bulbs, lumens, beam distance, run time, modes and more to help you choose the right flashlight.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 408 reviews
  9. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 390 reviews
  10. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 377 reviews
  11. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Tents for Camping

    Learn how to choose a car camping tent. This article with video covers capacity, seasonality, features and optional accessories.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 342 reviews
  12. Skills

    How to Camp with a Baby

    The idea of camping with a baby can be both exciting and daunting. Armed with these tips you’ll be ready to take your little one out there.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 288 reviews
  13. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Camping

    Learn about temperature ratings, insulation types, bag shapes and more, so you can decide which is the best camping sleeping bag for you.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 265 reviews
  14. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 261 reviews
  15. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 250 reviews
  16. Skills

    Winter Camping Basics

    Get the tips and info you need about gear planning, clothing, food and shelter to make winter camping comfortable and enjoyable.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 250 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 238 reviews
  18. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 231 reviews
  19. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Sunscreen

    Learn how to use sunscreen to guard against UV radiation. Topics include ingredients, SPF, UVB, UVA, broad spectrum, and water resistance.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 202 reviews
  20. 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 188 reviews
  21. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Roof-Top Tent

    Wondering what’s up with roof-top tents? We cover the basics so you can decide if this new style of camping is right for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 188 reviews
  22. Checklists

    Festival Camping Checklist

    Headed to a summer music festival? Use our festival camping checklist to make sure you don’t leave any important camping gear behind.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 182 reviews
  23. Care & Repair

    How to Waterproof a Tent

    If your tent is leaking, it’s time to shore up its waterproofness. Learn how to seal seams, apply urethane coatings and refresh the DWR.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 177 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 169 reviews
  25. Care & Repair

    How to Clean a Tent

    Properly cleaning your tent will allow you to enjoy many years of happy camping. Learn how in this article.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 163 reviews
  26. Care & Repair

    How to Wash a Sleeping Bag

    A dirty sleeping bag is also a less-warm sleeping bag. Learn how to properly launder it to get peak performance from the insulation again.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 134 reviews
  27. 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 131 reviews
  28. Skills

    How to Hang Your Hammock

    The beauty of hanging a hammock is that it’s simple; learn how to pick the perfect place to hang it, plus a few tips to ease the setup.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 121 reviews
  29. Skills

    How to Set Up a Tent

    Learn how to select a good campsite and get tips on setting up your footprint, poles, rainfly and guylines when you’re pitching your tent.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 110 reviews
  30. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 105 reviews