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  1. Expert Advice
  1. Checklists

    Camp Kitchen Checklist

    Our checklist for camp chefs includes all the pots, utensils and basic foods popular for campground meals. Useful for backpacking chefs, too.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 489 reviews
  2. 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 566 reviews
  3. 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 237 reviews
  4. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 90 reviews
  5. 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 115 reviews
  6. 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 51 reviews
  7. 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 102 reviews
  8. 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 5 out of 5 with 18 reviews
  9. 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 18 reviews
  10. 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 200 reviews
  11. 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
  12. 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 96 reviews
  13. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Lantern

    This guide to choosing a lantern covers electric/LED and gas models. Includes tips on comparing lumen output and average run times.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 28 reviews
  14. 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 44 reviews
  15. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 52 reviews
  16. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Car Racks

    Our overview of car racks offers advice and helps you sort through the extensive variety of vehicle racks and gear mounts.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 145 reviews
  17. 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 76 reviews
  18. 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 226 reviews
  19. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 166 reviews
  20. 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 out of 5 with 64 reviews
  21. 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 out of 5 with 155 reviews
  22. 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 365 reviews
  23. 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 256 reviews
  24. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 83 reviews
  25. Care & Repair

    How to Fix a Sleeping Bag Zipper

    When your sleeping bag won’t zip properly, the slider is often to blame. We explain how to repair or replace a worn-out zipper slider.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 15 reviews
  26. Care & Repair

    How to Fix a Tent Pole

    Learn how to fix a broken tent pole in the field and at home.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 17 reviews
  27. Care & Repair

    How to Repair a Sleeping Pad

    Got a hole in your inflatable sleeping pad? Most of the time the fix is easy. We explain the basic steps to make your pad cushy again.

    rated 3.25 out of 5 with 9 reviews
  28. Care & Repair

    How to Repair a Tent

    Learn how to do some simple tent repairs, such as fixing a pole and patching tears, both in the field and at home.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 26 reviews
  29. 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 418 reviews
  30. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 66 reviews