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  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Insect Repellents

    Learn how to combat mosquitoes, ticks and flies with DEET, picaridin and natural lotions, air-emitted repellents and permethrin-treated clothing.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 145 reviews
  2. 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 213 reviews
  3. Buying Guides

    How to Choose First Aid Kits

    Learn how to choose and resupply a first-aid kit for the outdoors or make your own from scratch.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 156 reviews
  4. Buying Guides

    What is Reef-Safe Sunscreen?

    Chemicals in some sunscreens are harmful to coral reefs, leading sunscreen makers to offer "reef-safe" formulas. What does "reef-safe" mean? Find out.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 9 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sports and Energy Drinks

    Learn why replenishing electrolytes with sport/energy drinks is important and what to look for when shopping.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 15 reviews
  6. Skills

    How to Treat Burns

    Everything from the sun to camp stoves can cause burn injuries. Learn how to prevent, assess and treat burns, and when evacuation is needed.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  7. Skills

    How to Treat Insect Bites and Stings

    Learn first aid—both prevention and treatment—for bites or stings from mosquitos, biting flies, ticks, bees, wasps, spiders and scorpions.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  8. Skills

    Blister Prevention and Care

    Learn the conditions that cause blisters, how to prevent blisters from happening and how to treat them after they form.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 254 reviews
  9. Skills

    How to Go to the Bathroom in the Woods

    Before you gotta go, make sure you know where to go and how to Leave No Trace when you do.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 257 reviews
  10. Care and Repair

    How to Clean a Hydration Bladder

    Cleaning your hydration reservoir can be an awkward task, but it’s not hard to do. We’ll give you a few tips to make it easier.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 121 reviews
  11. Skills

    Wilderness First Aid Basics

    Learn the differences between wilderness and urban first aid. Also get care tips and find out how to assess a patient in the backcountry.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 63 reviews
  12. Skills

    How to Treat Cuts, Scrapes and Gouges in the Backcountry

    Cuts, scrapes and gouges are a common occurrence in the outdoors, which makes knowing how to treat them an important skill. Learn how.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 23 reviews
  13. Skills

    How to Treat a Sprained Ankle

    An unfortunate reality of living and playing outdoors is the ample opportunity to twist an ankle. Learn how to treat a sprained ankle.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 95 reviews
  14. 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 837 reviews
  15. Skills

    How to Choose Energy Bars, Gels and Drinks

    Energy bars, gels and drinks can give you the carbs, sodium, potassium and vitamins you need for endurance sports. Learn how to choose.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 31 reviews
  16. Skills

    Managing Chafing

    Painful chafing can put a damper on your outdoor fun. This article teaches you how to prevent and treat chafing to improve your comfort.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 88 reviews
  17. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 39 reviews
  18. Skills

    How to Maintain Your Emergency Kit

    Every emergency kit needs maintenance to keep it fully ready. Learn how often to check, what to check and when to replace your emergency supplies.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 16 reviews
  19. Skills

    What to Do if You Get Sick in the Backcountry

    Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of common backcountry illnesses and provide treatment.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 10 reviews
  20. Skills

    Wildlife Safety Tips

    Seeing wildlife can be a highlight of a day outside. But some up-close encounters can be a nuisance or dangerous. Learn more about wildlife encounters

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 7 reviews
  21. Care and Repair

    Water Bottle and Reservoir Care

    Learn how to keep your plastic water bottles and hydration reservoirs clean and odor-free. Includes tips on usage, washing and drying.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 113 reviews
  22. Skills

    Emergency Preparedness Basics

    Our emergency checklist has gear, supplies, food and more; this preparation primer also covers making a plan and doing research to fine-tune it.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 34 reviews
  23. Skills

    Wildfire Safety Tips for Outdoor Recreation

    Wildfires are becoming more common; learn how to plan for and avoid them, and get tips on reading and reacting to wildfires when you’re outdoors.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 4 reviews
  24. Skills

    Hydration Basics

    Staying properly hydrated is key to your comfort and performance. Learn how much to drink and to recognize dehydration and overhydration.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 110 reviews
  25. Skills

    How to Identify and Treat Altitude Sickness

    Learn about altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 228 reviews
  26. 5

    Hydration Basics

    This beginner-level series covers the basics you need to know about hydration.