Health & Safety

How To… Choose and Use Sunscreen

Whether the sky above is a bright blue or steely grey, the sun’s rays are raining down billions of photon particles per second on us. And, in addition to the warmth and light we crave, those kaleidoscopic rays contain ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the source of sunburn, premature skin ageing and…

How To… Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel

Being an adventurous traveler is a good thing, but having health issues during your journey is not the way anyone wants to step outside their comfort zone. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting sick when you travel:   Research Your Destination the items a traveler needs to…

How To… Identify and Treat Altitude Sickness

You don’t have to be climbing the south face of Annapurna to encounter altitude sickness. Anyone who is hiking, trekking or simply hanging out at several thousand feet above sea level can be stricken. Altitude illnesses come in three variations, the last two of which can turn fatal: Acute Mountain…

How To… Use Insect Repellents

Biting insects can mar an otherwise perfect day outdoors, and they have the potential to transmit serious diseases. A little knowledge about your enemy can go a long way. This article provides some tips on safe, effective insect-repellent usage.   How Insect Repellents Work First, a few words about your…

How To… Address Hydration Basics

The adult human body is about 60 percent water, and even light exercise can deplete that percentage, leaving you feeling crummy and interfering with your athletic performance. So, whether you’re hiking, biking, skiing, running, climbing or simply strolling across town, it’s important to hydrate properly. To help you learn how,…

How To… Choose a Hydration Pack

Hydration packs are designed principally to transport water and make drinking convenient and efficient. In fact, with most hydration packs, you don’t have to stop, or even slow down, to take a sip of water; you simply grab the drink tube that’s connected to the included water reservoir (sometimes called…

How To… Prevent and Care For Blisters

The first blister probably occurred shortly after the first humans strapped something on their feet to protect them from primeval terrain. Today, the lowly foot blister has evolved into one of the most common injuries to hikers. The good news is that our knowledge about them has also evolved. There…

How To… Clean a Hydration Bladder

You might be thinking, “how does something we fill with clean water ever need cleaning?” But bacteria and mould are resourceful little buggers, and will inevitably find their way into your CamelBak, Platypus or other brand of hydration reservoir. Your best defence is to clean your system regularly. It’s not…

How To… Care For Water Bottles and Reservoirs

Over time, reusable plastic water bottles occasionally develop unpleasant odours and/or tastes. This typically occurs when bottles are stored incorrectly or cleaned infrequently. Most rigid water bottles are made out of either polyethylene plastic (which tends to be cloudy in appearance) polypropylene (which comes in medium to dark colours) or…

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