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!

Tents

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Photo: Ben Matthews

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

Keeping Your Tent Clean & Dry Between Trips

Five Tips for Longer Tent Life

Choosing the Right Tent Stake

How to Set Up Your Tent in the Wind

Stoves

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Photo: @Berna333

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

Water Treatment

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Photo: @thecomforttheory

How to Avoid Cross-Contamination

Backflushing Your AutoFlow™ or HyperFlow Filter

Maintaining Your MiniWorks® Microfilter

Maintaining Your HyperFlow™ Filter

When is Backcountry Water Considered Safe to Drink?

Cookware

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Photo: OnLocation Co

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

The Perfect Stove & Cookware Pairing for You

 

Originally Published April 21st, 2016.