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Outdoor Basics Articles(68 results)

  1. Expert Advice
  1. 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.

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  2. Buying Guides

    How Does Rainwear Work?

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

    rated 4.535714285714286 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  3. Care & Repair

    Rainwear: Durable Water Repellent (DWR) Care

    Learn how to test your rainwear?s durable water repellent (DWR) coating and how to revive existing DWR or apply new DWR.

    rated 4.088050314465409 out of 5 with 318 reviews
  4. 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 4.277777777777778 out of 5 with 90 reviews
  5. 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 4.111111111111111 out of 5 with 9 reviews
  6. 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 4.436893203883495 out of 5 with 103 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 4.155555555555556 out of 5 with 45 reviews
  8. 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 4.662650602409639 out of 5 with 83 reviews
  9. 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
  10. Skills

    Emergency Preparedness Basics

    Our emergency preparedness primer and checklist covers survival supplies, food, gear and documents, and how to store and maintain your kit.

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  11. 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 4.111111111111111 out of 5 with 18 reviews
  12. Checklists

    First-Aid Checklist

    Our first-aid checklist for the outdoors includes wound coverings, medications, treatments, tools, personal care items and much more.

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  13. 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 3.3902439024390243 out of 5 with 41 reviews
  14. Skills

    Hammocking Responsibly

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

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  15. 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 3.7868852459016393 out of 5 with 61 reviews
  16. 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.

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  17. 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 4.480769230769231 out of 5 with 52 reviews
  18. 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 4.6 out of 5 with 15 reviews
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    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 4.071428571428571 out of 5 with 28 reviews
  20. 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 4.117647058823529 out of 5 with 34 reviews
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    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 4.5 out of 5 with 92 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Batteries

    Our battery guide lists pros and cons of the batteries that power your outdoor devices, including NiMHs, lithium-ions, alkalines and more.

    rated 3.55 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  23. 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.

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  24. 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.

  25. 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 4.767441860465116 out of 5 with 43 reviews
  26. 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.

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  27. 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 4 reviews
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    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 3.823529411764706 out of 5 with 34 reviews
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    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 4.008695652173913 out of 5 with 115 reviews
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    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 4.376470588235295 out of 5 with 85 reviews