As we’ve now added a Skills and Tips section to the site, here are a selection of our best Gear Care articles from the 50 or so articles published so far. We’ve even managed to stick to the five things as mentioned in the title, sorry!

1 – Check your boots – There are a couple of articles outlining how to proof your boots, be they leather boots or fabric boots that need the proofing. Once a year, at least, it’s worth giving your boots a proper overhaul. This is especially true if you’re setting off for a walking holiday, or on a long distance trail, rather than having them fail on you in the middle of Knoydart.

2 – Waterproof your shell garment. It’s important to keep your waterproofs clean and proofed if you want them to continue to keep you dry. Here we proof Paramo kit, but the principle is similar for GoreTex and eVent gear. Just be careful to follow the specific instructions provided with your garment!

3 – Clean Merino Wool. Whenever I hear the words Clean and Wool in the same sentence, I expect a bit of a chore. However, it seems that modern merino is a lot more forgiving. Of course, the most important bit of advice we can give here is to read the label!

4 – How to clean a down sleeping bag. Probably the most difficult task of all is cleaning your sleeping bag. If in doubt, get it sent to a professional. If you decide to do so yourself, then our step by step guide will explain how.

5 – Clean your Pot. Titanium is light, but a bugger to cook with. If you’ve tried anything more adventurous than boiled water in yours then you’ve more than likely burnt it at some point. Here’s our guide to getting it spotless again! You’ll be able to see your face in it, though that may or may not be a good thing…

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