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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 prevent and treat blisters

blister-200x148There's nothing better than hiking or backpacking in the great outdoors, but a blister can quickly ruin your day. Here are tips for how to avoid getting blisters and how to treat them.

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.

Forms for planning your outing’s itinerary

Paperwork? For an outing? When it comes to the outdoors, keeping good paperwork is part of Being Prepared. You’ll need a trip plan, an emergency plan and a duty roster. Download our templates below to help you get started.

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.

Choosing the most effective bug spray

mosquito-200x148Mosquitos and other bugs can spread disease and drive you crazy in the wilderness. Have no fear; bug sprays are here. But before you buy something to spray on your skin, consider the pluses and minuses.

How to set up a tent

tent-200x148Before leaving for your trip, be sure you're comfortable setting up -- and taking down -- your tent. That means reading the instruction booklet and getting plenty of practice. Here are a few tips for when you're ready to pitch 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 campfire safely and responsibly

campfire-200x148Campfire building is an important camping skill. However, overuse of campfires and an increasing demand for firewood has degraded the natural appearance of many areas. When building a fire, remember to leave no trace.

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.