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  1. Expert Advice
  1. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 559 reviews
  2. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

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

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 97 reviews
  3. 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 153 reviews
  4. 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 240 reviews
  5. Checklists

    Backpacking Repair Kit Checklist

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

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 137 reviews
  6. 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 101 reviews
  7. 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 309 reviews
  8. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 74 reviews
  9. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 229 reviews
  10. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 131 reviews
  11. 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 167 reviews
  12. Skills

    Cold-Weather Hiking Tips

    Cold-weather hiking doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Learn to have a good time with these clothing, gear, food, hydration and health tips.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 138 reviews
  13. Checklists

    Day Hiking Checklist

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

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 145 reviews
  14. Care & Repair

    Electronics Protection in the Outdoors

    Get an overview of electronics cases and other protection options for your phone and valuable gadgets like a camera or GPS unit.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 6 reviews
  15. 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 547 reviews
  16. 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 130 reviews
  17. 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 68 reviews
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    Hiking Boot Basics

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

  19. Skills

    Hiking for Beginners

    Hiking is simple but some basic knowledge is required: Learn how to choose a hike, what gear and clothing you need and other essentials.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 107 reviews
  20. 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 403 reviews
  21. Skills

    Hiking with Infants, Toddlers and Kids

    Help your child develop a lifelong love of hiking with these tips to make sure they have fun and stay comfortable and safe on the trail.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 188 reviews
  22. Skills

    Hot-Weather Hiking Tips

    Learn how to have an enjoyable hike in hot weather with our advice on planning, clothing and health tips for hot-weather hiking.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 77 reviews
  23. Skills

    How Much Stove Fuel Do I Need for a Backpacking Trip?

    Want to figure out how much fuel to bring on your next backpacking trip? You can do it using a meal plan, your stove’s specs and a little arithmetic.

  24. 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 303 reviews
  25. 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 112 reviews
  26. 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 21 reviews
  27. 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 93 reviews
  28. 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 214 reviews
  29. 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 164 reviews
  30. 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 3.75 out of 5 with 5 reviews