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5 Great Smartphone Apps for Hikers

For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking is one of life’s great pleasures.
Fortunately, there’s now a whole series of apps out there, each aiming to make hiking just a little bit easier or more accessible.
Whether you want to …

What Are the Best Walking Shoes for Men?

Walking is a healthy activity that everybody should do a good amount of at least once a day.
According to TheWalkingSite.com, you should walk at least 10,000 steps every day in order to stay healthy.
Despite this, …

5 Surprisingly Useful Items to Have in Your Backpack

Before you start packing for a trip, it’s a good idea to make a list of all the items you need to take, then cross each one off as you pack it in your bag.
These …

A Guide to Buying Airline Approved Pet Carriers

In order for your dog or cat to travel on an airplane with you, they’ll need to be in an airline approved pet carrier.
Traveling can be an extremely stressful time for your pet, so you …

A Guide to Travel Trailers

A travel trailer (or caravan) is a portable camper that can be towed by other vehicles (as it cannot be driven independently) that provides a comfortable, protected sleeping area for 2-8 people (depending on its …

Buying a Backpacking Chair – The Definitive Guide

Before buying a lightweight backpacking chair there are a lot of different things you should consider.
For example, how comfortable does it need to be? How lightweight do you want it? How easy should it be …

How to Make a Single-Can Backpacking Stove

Ever wanted to make your own stove?
Avid DIYer Charlie Nourse (from Instructables.com) has come up with a way to make a single-can backpacking stove for next to nothing.
Such a stove can be used when out …

A Guide to Camping Lanterns

When buying a lantern specifically for camping, there are many different choices available to you.
The main difference between most lanterns is the way they’re powered (although this goes on to affect their size/weight/light output).
Lanterns can …

The 10 Best Travel Books in the World

Throughout the years there have been many amazing travel books written.
The best travel books are the ones that draw you in to their world completely, show you a new side of the world and inspire …

A Guide to Backpacking Stoves

Whether you’ve going camping for the weekend or hiking the Appalachian Trail, a backpacking stove is a useful item to take with you as it’ll let you heat up foot and water on the go.
There …

The Pros and Cons of Two Person Sleeping Bags

Many couples, while camping, prefer to share the same sleeping bag.
This isn’t possible with regular sized sleeping bags (as they’re made to only fit one person in), so for occasions such as this, two person …

A Guide to Backpacking Water Filters

For first-timers (or even for seasoned veterans), choosing a backpacking water filter can be a little overwhelming if you’re not sure exactly what it is you’re looking for.
This guide should help give you an insight …

Ultralight Bivy Bags

I recently wrote a guide to bivy bags (also known as bivy sacks and bivvies), but one thing I didn’t mention were ultralight bivy bags.
On this page I’ll be focusing more specifically on lightweight bivy …

A Guide to Bivy Bags & Bivy Sacks

Bivy bags were developed many years ago as single-person shelters.
Originally, bivy bags were little more than a waterproof sleeping bag, used primarily by ultralight backpackers, mountaineers, climbers and those requiring an emergency shelter from the …

How to Use Trekking Poles

You don’t need to be a genius to know how to use trekking poles – you just plant them in the ground for support as you walk along.
That being said, if you want to get …

How to Choose the Right Trekking Poles For You

For a long time, trekking poles have been an essential item for people venturing into the wild.
Backpackers, hikers and trekkers have all used trekking poles to help support themselves over tricky terrain and slippery surfaces, …

Lightweight Trekking Poles – Are They Worth It?

Trekking poles are an extremely underused and underappreciated piece of gear when it comes to backpacking.
Most backpackers I’ve met have never used them, and would never consider using them.
But then, why would they?
The average backpacker …

Buying an Ultralight Sleeping Bag

The average weight of a person’s bag when backpacking is usually between 30 – 60 pounds. The term ‘ultralight backpacking‘ typically refers to backpacking with a base pack weight below 10 pounds (4.5 kg).
To …

Buying Earplugs for Sleeping as You Travel

As a traveler, you’ll often find yourself trying to sleep in less than ideal conditions (such as on a long bus ride, in a hostel dorm room or on a plane journey).
Using earplugs for sleeping …

How to Clean (and Care for) Your Sleeping Bag

At their best, sleeping bags provide you with a protective bubble and allow you to sleep in comfort almost anywhere.
With high-end sleeping bags costing potentially hundreds of dollars, it’s important that you know how to …

Buying a Flashlight

Although headlamps have grown in popularity in recent times, the usefulness of flashlights will never diminish.
While headlamps allow you to carry a light while keeping both of your hands free, the advantages of flashlights are:

They …

How to Buy Child Carriers for Hiking

If you have a baby or a young child, you might feel like you’re anchored down by them and that your mobility is a bit restricted (as you’ve always got to have them by your …

Choosing the Correct Sunscreen

The American Cancer Society recently reported that over 1 million people a year are diagnosed with sun-related skin cancer in the US.
This is a frightening statistic, and is one that surely could be reduced through …

A Buyer’s Guide to Laptop Bags

One of the benefits of laptop computers is that they’re extremely portable and mobile. Because of this, it’s important that every laptop user has a laptop carry bag/case for transporting their computer around.
Not only do …

Choosing the Best Carry On Luggage

There are so many different brands, styles and types of carry on luggage that it can be hard to know which bag/case is best (or which one is right for you).
People often ask what the …

The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

Most people you see on an airplane these days have some kind of iPod or MP3 device that they use to listen to music during the flight.
The problem with planes is that they’re extremely noisy.
Because …

Buying Money Belts for Traveling

One thing that can turn a great traveling experience into a real nightmare is having your travel documents (passport, etc.), money and/or credit cards stolen.
What’s the easiest way to ensure all of these things remain …

Travel Hair Straighteners

In an age where more and more people are going traveling and where hair straighteners are used by a large percentage of people, it seems there is a need for portable hair straighteners that one …

What Are The Best Travel Pillows for Airplanes?

If you’ve ever tried sleeping on an airplane (or in a car, for that matter) you’ll know how uncomfortable and difficult it can be.
One of the travel secrets of the experts is to bring a …

Mosquito Nets for Beds – Everything You Need to Know

If you’re traveling around a region where mosquitoes (and malaria) are a problem (such as Asia, Africa, etc.) and you don’t want to be eaten alive while you sleep, it’s a good idea to invest …

How to Break in Your Hiking Boots

The first thing to remember when breaking in a new pair of hiking boots (or any kind of boots) is that you need to take it slow. Boots are made to be tough and durable …

How to Find the Best Hiking Boots For You

Finding the right pair of hiking boots is largely a process of matchmaking and elimination.
Get it right and you’ll feel like no terrain can stop you. Get it wrong and you’ll be walking around for …

How to Buy a Cold Weather Sleeping Bag

What Are Cold Weather Sleeping Bags?
As the name suggests, cold weather sleeping bags are sleeping bags designed for extremely cold conditions and are typically used during the winter months of the year or cold regions.
Most …

Travel Compression Socks – A Detailed Guide

What are Travel Compression Socks?
Travel compression socks (also sometimes known as compression stockings) are design to encourage blood flow and circulation in your legs during air travel (or when you’re sitting down for long periods …

Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds – A Triple Review

When looking for noise cancelling earbuds there can be a lot of confusion about which ones to buy and which ones are right for you (partially down to the fact that noise cancelling headphones haven’t …

Using Electrical Items Abroad – Plug Adapters and Converters

If you’ve ever been abroad before, you’ll know that different countries have their own electrical sockets, and that getting an electrical item from your country to work in another can sometimes be a bit of …

What are the Packing Essentials for a RTW Trip? (VIDEO)

In this excellent 20 minute video Philip Cotsford (of Locomote.org) gives you a detailed tour of his packing essentials and what he likes to take with him when he travels around the world.
Philip starts off …

Why Vibram FiveFinger Shoes Are Great For Traveling

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans (or whatever our ancestors were referred to as) walked around barefoot. As a species, we evolved to be barefoot (if indeed you believe in evolution).
One of the major …

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag for Traveling

Depending on how you’re planning to travel, a sleeping bag can become an essential piece of gear.
Getting the right sleeping bag is crucial, as after a long day traveling there’s nothing worse than trying to …