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How Much Time Should You Spend In The Sun To Get Vitamin D (And Avoid Skin Cancer)

How Much Time Should You Spend In The Sun To Get Vitamin D (And Avoid Skin Cancer)

- The advent of summer, in theory at least, brings with it the glory of sun-filled days filled with barbecues, trips to the seaside and all manner of other enjoyable outdoor pursuits. It seems churlish to dampen any enthusiasm for that time spent in the sunshine, but as with almost everything, there are health concerns to consider. Chief among which is the time-honoured battle between your vitamin D requirements and the risk of skin cancer.

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How to Go Beach Backpacking

How to Go Beach Backpacking

- Camping on the beach doesn’t work like camping in the woods. Rather than a hole carved out among the trees, an entire swath of land appears, at least at first glance, to be ready for pitching a tent. Then just camp anywhere? Not quite. Just like when you’re pitching your tent in the forest and you look up to find dangerous tree branches or other debris, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind on the beach, as well.

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How To Treat Sunburn

How To Treat Sunburn

- If you are someone who has succumbed to sunburn, then after scolding yourself for being so careless it’s time to consider some treatment options. We asked dermatologist Dr Stephanie Munn from Bupa Health Clinics for her top tips for soothing sunburn. Take it away, Dr Munn.

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10 Amazing (and Attainable) Thru-Hikes Across the Country

10 Amazing (and Attainable) Thru-Hikes Across the Country

- Weekend backpacking trips are one of the greatest gifts of the summer. You can get so much in just two to three days: a breathtaking vista, a serene mountain lake, a secluded old-growth forest. The only problem is that all too soon you’re back at the trailhead, preparing for the long drive home and wondering how you’ll get through five more days before your next big adventure. Here are 10 amazing thru-hikes across the country that can all be done in a month or less.

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Backcountry Bartender: Searching for the Best Ways to Booze on the Trail

Backcountry Bartender: Searching for the Best Ways to Booze on the Trail

- If you wake up early enough in any national park, you can bear witness to a unique ritual: Employees meeting before sunrise in the staff cafeteria, drinking coffee and making last minute changes to the contents of their backpacks. During my first season working in Glacier National Park, I would come to witness this and participate in it many times, eventually learning which items were essential and which ones weren’t. One item which always made the essential list? Alcohol.

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How To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

How To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

- Summers are getting hotter every year—the vast majority of us have become well acquainted with the crucial ways to protect our skin when heading outside for long periods. However, it’s not just skin that needs protecting from the sun – our eyes can also be damaged by UV radiation.

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How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

- Food tastes better in the outdoors… we’re pretty sure it’s science. But no matter how delicious your favorite freeze-dried meal is, or how much you swear by tortillas and peanut butter, trying something new never hurts.

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Diving For Sharks with Jenna Ushkowitz

Diving For Sharks with Jenna Ushkowitz

- We hit the deep blue sea with actor, singer, author, and Tony Award-winning producer, Jenna Ushkowitz. She might be better known for her role of Tina Cohen-Chang on the hit comedy-drama series Glee, but she's also a certified scuba diver and ambassador for Oceana, who takes the business of preserving and restoring the world's oceans very serious.

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LA Food Trucks You Don’t Want to Miss

LA Food Trucks You Don’t Want to Miss

- Los Angeles may be best known for its movie industry and car culture, but its foodie scene is becoming just as iconic, especially when it comes to its array of food trucks. From east to west and north to south, LA’s best food on wheels includes everything from short rib tacos to bagel and lox and even ice cream sandwiches. Whatever your comfort food may be, here are the best food trucks in LA you don’t want to miss.

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Thinking of Getting a Dog? Here’s What to Consider First

Thinking of Getting a Dog? Here’s What to Consider First

- When it comes to unconditional, faithful friendship, you can rely on a dog. It’s a sympathetic pair of ears when you’re working out a dilemma and a trusted confidant for whatever is running through your mind. The decision to get a dog, however, is not one to be made lightly. You’re committing to take care of its health, natural behavior, companionship, diet, and environment. Here are the main factors to consider before getting a dog.

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