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  1. Expert Advice
  1. 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 484 reviews
  2. Skills

    Animal Welfare and Outdoor Gear

    Learn how animal welfare issues, like the Responsible Down Standard and Responsible Wool Standard, relate to outdoor gear and clothing.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 44 reviews
  3. 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 219 reviews
  4. 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 116 reviews
  5. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 151 reviews
  6. 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 3 reviews
  7. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 4 reviews
  8. Skills

    Fair Trade Food and Clothing Basics

    Learn about Fair Trade and how it helps farmers, workers and the environment and how you can choose Fair Trade products when shopping.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 47 reviews
  9. Skills

    Geocaching with Kids

    Geocaching is a fun family-friendly way to explore the outdoors. Learn the basics, including what geocaching is and how to get started.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 64 reviews
  10. 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 50 reviews
  11. Skills

    How Does Waterproof Raingear Work?

    Find out what makes GORE-TEX and other rainwear technologies tick. Learn exactly what water resistant, waterproof and breathable mean.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 78 reviews
  12. Skills

    How to Adjust the Declination on a Compass

    Declination, the difference between magnetic north and true north, is key to accurate navigation. Learn how to adjust for it on a compass.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 107 reviews
  13. Care & Repair

    How to Care for Gore-Tex Rainwear

    Keep your Gore-Tex clothing waterproof with these cleaning tips, and learn how to tell if the durable water repellent coating needs renewal.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 48 reviews
  14. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Compass

    This clear, concise guide helps you understand features, terms and technology to find the right compass for your needs.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 114 reviews
  15. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 95 reviews
  16. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use a GPS

    Learn the capabilities, basic functions and key features of handheld GPS receivers and get tips on how to use your new GPS unit.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 64 reviews
  17. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 52 reviews
  18. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Base Layers

    Choosing the right underwear (base layer) is essential—learn how moisture-wicking materials, fabric weight and fit affect comfort in the outdoors.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 304 reviews
  19. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Batteries

    This battery guide lists pros and cons of the batteries (NiMHs, lithiums, alkalines and more) that power your outdoor devices.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 60 reviews
  20. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Binoculars

    When shopping for binoculars you'll discover wide price ranges on similar-looking styles. Specs will help you narrow down your choices.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 1671 reviews
  21. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Camera Bags

    A good camera bag will protect your equipment from getting knocked around and damaged by dust or moisture. Learn how to choose the best one.

    rated 3.25 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Daypacks

    Choosing a daypack can be daunting. Learn how to find the right one by looking at how you plan to use it, plus capacity, features and fit.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 118 reviews
  23. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 13 reviews
  24. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Energy Food and Drinks

    Learn how energy foods and drinks can help you excel in your sport, whether you're looking for sustained nutrition or just a quick boost.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 13 reviews
  25. 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 3.75 out of 5 with 72 reviews
  26. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Flashlights

    Learn about types of batteries and bulbs, lumens, beam distance, run time, modes and more to help you choose the right flashlight.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 224 reviews
  27. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Headlamps

    Our guide to headlamps helps you understand light output, beam distance, run time, size and weight so you can choose the right one for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 163 reviews
  28. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hydration Packs

    Which hydration pack is best? Learn about reservoir size, gear capacity and other key pack features for cyclists, runners, hikers and more.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 116 reviews
  29. 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 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  30. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Insulated Outerwear

    Can't decide between down or synthetic insulation? Learn to compare the compressibility, warmth and weight of insulated outerwear options.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 170 reviews