HIKING, CAMPING & BACKPACKING GUIDES

Which Outdoors Activity Do You Need Help With?

Thinking about taking your kids car camping for the first time? Want to know the most efficient way to layer clothes for cold weather? Looking for some trip guides for your next hiking adventure? How to (avoid or) treat for poison ivy? Look no further than My Open Country, where our in-house experts give their advice on all the above and more.

From camping, backpacking, hiking, health & hygiene, clothing, environment & safety, navigation, food & water, family adventures, fitness, trail entertainment or survival techniques. Just pick your topic below to get started!

Hikes on top of a mountain

HIKING FUNDAMENTALS

From beginner to seasoned hiker, our experts cover a range of topics to help you get the most out of your next hike.

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CAMPING RUDIMENTS

Camping comes in many flavours from boondocking, to car camping to ultralight backpacking enthusiasts.

A hiker pauses for a rest at a clearing while ascending into the mountains

BACKPACKING ESSENTIALS

Aiming to complete the triple crown? or just looking to hit the trail for a few days? Get off on the right foot.

Maps and Compass

NAVIGATION

Learning to navigate may just be the most important outdoors skill you'll need. We show you how to get from A to B.

How to pack a backpack

PACKING A TO Z

For the uninitiated, packing is simple, right? Our years of experience will help you keep your pack light and back pain-free.

Woman hiking in winter cold dark winter forest

CLOTHING BASICS

Possibly the most critical gear to determine the success (and safety) of a trip is the choice of clothes on your back.

woman taking water from forest spring on hiking trip

FOOD & WATER

 How to keep fuelled and hydrated while out in the wild. You know not to drink stream water, no matter how clean it looks, right?

traveler on the top of the mountain with panoramic view

ENVIRONMENT & SAFETY

Covering the gamut of Leave No Trace, to how to prepare for specific weather conditions or wildlife encounters.

Hiking backpacking First Aid Kit

HEALTH & HYGIENE

Keeping healthy, pain-free and (reasonably) clean doesn't need to be difficult if you have the know-how.

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TRAIL ENTERTAINMENT

Forget your smart phones and social media, and have a great time round the campfire on your next trip.

kids scavenger hunt

FAMILY ADVENTURES

Taking the little ones into the great outdoors can be incredibly rewarding (and/or frustrating). Plan ahead with our guides.

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SURVIVAL SKILLS

Fancy yourself as a bit of a MacGyver or Bear Grylls? Pick up some handy bush skills to help your next trip go smoothly.

RELATED GEAR REVIEWS

GEAR GUIDES

INDIVIDUAL PRODUCT REVIEWS

Trail Entertainment


Forget your smart phones and social media, and have a great time round the campfire on your next trip.

Family Adventures


Taking the little ones into the great outdoors can be incredibly rewarding (and/or frustrating). Plan ahead with our guides.