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  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Binoculars

    Numbers on binoculars can be a little confusing; this article explains basic specs, why prices differ so much and how to choose based on your end use.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 3022 reviews
  2. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 1530 reviews
  3. Skills

    The Ten Essentials

    You’ll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need them. Bring these on every outdoor outing.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 1425 reviews
  4. Skills

    Meal Planning for Backpacking

    Plan snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners for your next backpacking trip with helpful tips on calorie counts and types of food.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 1302 reviews
  5. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 814 reviews
  6. 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 795 reviews
  7. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 719 reviews
  8. Skills

    How to Train for Hiking

    Learn how to do a few basic strength-training exercises to prepare you for hiking; this article also offers a simple workout plan and training tips.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 625 reviews
  9. 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 621 reviews
  10. 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 617 reviews
  11. 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 608 reviews
  12. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 599 reviews
  13. Skills

    How to Go Hiking in the Rain

    Learn how to prepare for rain when you go hiking: Get tips on gear to bring, how to keep it dry and special concerns for wet-weather hikers.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 564 reviews
  14. 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 560 reviews
  15. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 554 reviews
  16. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 511 reviews
  17. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hiking Socks

    Choosing the right hiking socks will keep your feet happy during the long haul. This article covers sock height, cushioning, fabric and fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 511 reviews
  18. 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 4 out of 5 with 505 reviews
  19. 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 503 reviews
  20. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 421 reviews
  21. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 420 reviews
  22. 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 3.5 out of 5 with 412 reviews
  23. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Insoles

    Insoles for your boots or shoes can improve fit and alleviate foot problems. This article explains the basics on how to choose a pair.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 396 reviews
  24. Care & Repair

    How to Clean Hiking Boots

    With proper cleaning and care, your hiking boots will last you for many years and many miles along the trail.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 393 reviews
  25. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 392 reviews
  26. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Between a PLB and a Satellite Messenger

    Learn the difference between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and a satellite messenger, and which emergency signal device might be right for you.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 392 reviews
  27. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 377 reviews
  28. 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 371 reviews
  29. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

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

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 362 reviews
  30. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Water Filter or Purifier

    Learn about backcountry water risks, ways to treat water and factors to consider when choosing a filter, purifier or other treatment method.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 333 reviews