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First-aid kit buying guide

What should you include in your first-aid kit? Be prepared with advice and checklists to help you get the best first-aid kit for your next adventure.

How to pack a backpack

backpack-200x148-1VIDEO: Backpacking can be hard, but here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.

Scout outdoor essentials checklist

camp-200x148Need 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.

Learn to tie knots

knots-200x148Step-by-step videos to help you learn to tie a bowline, clove hitch, diagonal lashing and other useful knots and lashings.

How to set up a tent

Before leaving for your trip, be sure you're comfortable setting up -- and taking down -- your tent.

How to avoid heat exhaustion

hot-brain.jpgYour body is more than half water. If you don't hydrate, you can cook your brain -- and die. Know the symptoms and how to treat them.

How to build a survival shelter

survival-200x148Being prepared to live — and live well — when you’re far from the comforts of home starts with being able to take effective shelter from the elements.

How to care for hiking boots

boots-200x148VIDEO: Boots are one of the most important pieces of gear you'll take on the trail. A worn-out pair can make you miserable. So take care of your footwear, and it'll take care of you.