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Outdoors & Gear

Guide to camping, hiking and other outdoor sports and adventures. Includes buying guides for tents, camping gear, sleeping bags and other outdoor equipment.

How to Prevent Smelly Gear

I'm going to the 2017 National Jamboree. What is the best way to prevent my gear from getting smelly as I use it?

Packing Checklists for Camping Trips

Need to know what to bring on your next outing? Every packing list starts with these items. They're called "Scouting Outdoor Essentials" for a reason.

Tips to Lighten a Backpack

Q. My troop likes to go backpacking. I’d like to participate, but my pack is really heavy. How do I lighten it?

Is It OK to Eat Snow?

There's a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow in your backyard. Is it OK to grab a handful and take a bite?

Staying Warm in a Hammock

Q. I think hammocks are comfortable, but I don’t like being cold at night. What’s the best way to stay warm in one?

How to Build an Igloo

A brilliant use of engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks is both strong and versatile.

How to Buy a Tent

Valuable tent buying tips, plus a look at seven of Gear Guy's favorite new tents.

How To Clean Your Lantern

Q. I have a lantern that has a removable glass covering, and it has soot all over it. How can I get it off?

Cot or bedroll?

Q. On camp-outs I see some boys with cots and others with bedrolls. Which should I use?