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  1. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

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

    rated 3.869387755102041 out of 5 with 245 reviews
  2. Checklists

    Day Hiking Checklist

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

    rated 3.709939148073022 out of 5 with 493 reviews
  3. 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 4.393939393939394 out of 5 with 33 reviews
  4. Skills

    How to Pack and Hoist a Backpack

    Learn the tricks for packing and hoisting your backpack, including ways to balance the load, organize gear and ensure essentials are handy.

    rated 4.078651685393258 out of 5 with 89 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs

    Learn how to shop for trekking poles: You'll consider weight, price, shock absorption, shaft construction and the type of grip.

    rated 4.329411764705882 out of 5 with 170 reviews
  6. 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 4.653846153846154 out of 5 with 104 reviews
  7. 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 4.3 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  8. 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 3.986206896551724 out of 5 with 145 reviews
  9. Skills

    How to Lace Hiking Boots

    Increase comfort on the trail by learning simple boot lacing techniques that help you deal with heel slipping, pressure points and toe pain.

    rated 4.846153846153846 out of 5 with 65 reviews
  10. Skills

    How to Train for Thru-Hiking

    Thru-hiking takes mental and physical strength. Use our sample workout to train for your next big adventure.

    rated 3.8333333333333335 out of 5 with 42 reviews
  11. Skills

    How to Size and Fit a Backpack

    Learn how to measure torso length and hip size so you can get the right backpack size. Then, learn to adjust the straps for an ideal fit.

    rated 4.914893617021277 out of 5 with 47 reviews
  12. Skills

    How to Use a Compass

    It's one of the Ten Essentials, but do you know how to use your compass? Learn the basics of declination, bearings and how to use them.

    rated 4.592592592592593 out of 5 with 54 reviews
  13. 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 4.615384615384615 out of 5 with 91 reviews
  14. Skills

    How to Prevent and Care for Blisters

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

    rated 4.514285714285714 out of 5 with 35 reviews
  15. 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 4.513513513513513 out of 5 with 37 reviews
  16. Skills

    Backpacking for Beginners

    If you enjoy camping and hiking, take it to the next level with backpacking. Here?s a primer on gear, hiking partners and route planning.

    rated 3.343283582089552 out of 5 with 67 reviews
  17. 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 4.666666666666667 out of 5 with 18 reviews
  18. Skills

    Winter Camping and Backpacking Tips

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

    rated 4.261904761904762 out of 5 with 42 reviews
  19. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

    Learn how to choose the best sleeping bag for backpacking based on bag temperature ratings, insulation type, bag shape and extra features.

    rated 3.3095238095238093 out of 5 with 126 reviews
  20. 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 3.9272727272727272 out of 5 with 55 reviews
  21. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Crampons

    Learn how to choose crampons for snow walking, mountaineering and ice climbing, and the benefits of hybrid, step-in and strap-on crampons.

    rated 3.966666666666667 out of 5 with 30 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    What to Wear Hiking

    Learn about clothes that can help you hike more comfortably, and get strategies for cutting the weight and bulk of clothing in your pack.

    rated 3.227272727272727 out of 5 with 22 reviews
  23. Skills

    Ultralight Backpacking Basics

    Ultralight backpacking done well can be safe and comfortable. Get tips on lightening up your Big Four items, plus water and food strategies.

    rated 4.0588235294117645 out of 5 with 85 reviews
  24. 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 3.9454545454545453 out of 5 with 55 reviews
  25. 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 4.8 out of 5 with 10 reviews
  26. Skills

    How to Go Backpacking in the Rain

    With the right mindset, a rainy backpacking trip can be fun. Get tips on wet-weather risks and gear, and how to keep things dry.

    rated 4.875 out of 5 with 8 reviews
  27. 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 4.857142857142857 out of 5 with 7 reviews
  28. Buying Guides

    How to Choose PLBs and Satellite Messengers

    Learn the differences between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and satellite messenger and which one might be right for you.

    rated 4.148936170212766 out of 5 with 47 reviews
  29. Care & Repair

    How to Waterproof Hiking Boots

    Learn how to tell when your hiking boots' durable water repellent (DWR) needs renewing and how you can restore their waterproof performance.

    rated 4.411764705882353 out of 5 with 17 reviews
  30. 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 4.478260869565218 out of 5 with 23 reviews