A pair of muddy hiking boots in the grass.

Finding the Perfect Pair of Hiking Boots

Every hiker eventually conducts a search for the perfect boot in the mission for ideal foot comfort and freedom from blisters. While there are many entries in this search—in fact, so many that it can be confusing—there is a way to find that perfect boot for you.

A backpacker in a tee shirt and shorts stands on a cliff above a valley with her arms outstretched.

Learning the Art of Layering to Better Enjoy the Outdoors

The most important element for enjoying the outdoor experience in any condition is to stay dry and warm. Thus comes the theory behind layering, which suggests that as your body temperature fluctuates or the weather shifts, you simply peel off or add available layers as needed—and have a waterproof shell available in case of rain.

A cat emerges from a tiny orange classic tent in the grass.

Camping Tips: Picking a Good Sleeping Spot

When surveying a camp area, the most important consideration should be to select a good spot for sleeping. Everything else is secondary. Here are expert outdoorsman Tom Stienstra’s tips for ensuring a good night’s rest.

A chipmunk pauses alertly on a fallen, weathered log.

How to Get Kids Excited About the Outdoors

How do you compete with the television and remote control? How do you prove to a kid that success comes from persistence, spirit, and logic, which the outdoors teaches, and not from pushing buttons? The answer is in these Ten Camping Commandments for Kids.

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Gearing up for a Family Camping Trip

Now that spring is here, it’s a good time for families to start planning their summer vacation, and for many, there’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned camping trip. Laura Martone offers tips and resources for getting the gear you need to go out and set up camp.