Backpacking: Our Ultimate Prep-for-the-Season Guide

Ready to hit the trail? You might be eager to get out and into the hinterlands, but is your gear all set? If it’s been a while since your backpacking equipment has seen light beyond the gear closet, it might be wise to inspect it and ensure that it’s ready to support you in the back of beyond—before you head out.

Here’s a list of resources that can help. These articles cover everything from performing annual maintenance checks to tips for keeping your gear running smoothly in the field, and even how to choose the right gear for a particular trip. If you haven’t been out already, we hope your first backpacking trip is right around the corner!

Packing for backpacking trip


Tent Care & Repair: The Best Ways to Patch, Protect & Restore

Keeping Your Tent Clean & Dry Between Trips

How to Wash a Tent

Five Tips for Longer Tent Life

Choosing the Right Tent Stake

How to Set Up Your Tent in the Wind

WhisperLite International Stove


Maintaining MSR Stoves and Fuel Pumps

Choosing the Right Fuel for Your Liquid Fuel Stove

Stoves 101: How Much Fuel Should I Carry?

How to Get the Most Out of Your Fuel Canisters

Finding Stove Fuel in a Foreign Country

Flying with a Camping Stove

Measuring Your Canister Fuel Levels in the Field

How to Recycle MSR IsoPro™ Fuel Canisters

A runner stopped to filter water a small lake while trail running the Taboose Pass Trail to Cardinal Mountain in California's Sierra Nevada

Water Treatment:

How to Avoid Cross-Contamination

Water 101: Decoding Water Filter Testing Claims

Demystifying Backflushing: Water Treatment 101

Guardian Gravity Purifier Guide – For Safe Water Anywhere

Water Treatment 101: When & Why Should I Treat Backcountry Water

When is Backcountry Water Considered Safe to Drink?

Our Complete Guide to Water Treatment


Choosing the Right Cookware: Titanium vs. Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel

The Perfect Stove & Cookware Pairing for You

Camping Cookware – 10 Essentials for Your Camp Kitchen

Backpacking Cookware: Making It All Fit in Your Pack

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Updated. Originally Published April 21st, 2016.