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  1. Expert Advice
  1. Checklists

    Ultralight Backpacking Checklist

    We'll help you pack what you need so you can go faster, farther and lighter on the trail while still keeping an eye toward safety.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 131 reviews
  2. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hiking Boots

    Use our guide to find the right hiking boots for you. Includes expert tips from heel to toe and info on boot types, materials and fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 294 reviews
  3. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 84 reviews
  4. Skills

    The Ten Essentials

    You’ll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need them. Learn what to bring on every outing.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 409 reviews
  5. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

    Avoid leaving out key items by using our comprehensive backpacking checklist. Includes the Ten Essentials for safety and survival.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 710 reviews
  6. 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 54 reviews
  7. 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 121 reviews
  8. Checklists

    Backpacking Repair Kit Checklist

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

    rated 4 out of 5 with 26 reviews
  9. 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 3.75 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  10. 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 3.75 out of 5 with 165 reviews
  11. 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 25 reviews
  12. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 71 reviews
  13. 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 59 reviews
  14. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 89 reviews
  15. 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 62 reviews
  16. Checklists

    Day Hiking Checklist

    Our comprehensive checklist for day hikers features required and optional gear, clothing and accessories. Includes the Ten Essentials.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 1433 reviews
  17. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 2 reviews
  18. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  19. Skills

    Hammocking Responsibly

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

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 25 reviews
  20. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 34 reviews
  21. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 256 reviews
  22. 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 3.75 out of 5 with 99 reviews
  23. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 26 reviews
  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 211 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 59 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 4.75 out of 5 with 7 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 4.25 out of 5 with 41 reviews
  28. 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 298 reviews
  29. 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 148 reviews
  30. 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 out of 5 with 35 reviews