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Good To Know: Beasts of Belize

Ah, Belize — one of the most easiest places to travel in Central America. It’s got everything you come expect of the region: Mayan ruins, an immense barrier reef, dense jungles rife with wildlife, and bustling metropolises — and the official language is English. But…there also lurks a few deadly threats that you should familiarize yourself with before you put boots on the ground.

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Good To Know: Sunscreen

Myth: The Higher the SPF rating in a sunscreen, the better.

Truth: Your confusion is understandable. In the last decade, it wasn’t uncommon to see sunscreens that boasted SPF ratings as high as 70+, often with little actual instruction in terms of how often one should apply coverage. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration recently stepped in and has clarified things considerably.

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Good To Know: Climbing

As the dog days of summer start to wane, the great pilgrimage begins as climbers venture out of the gyms and man-made climbing walls and head back outside toward natural rock. It’s a worthy crowd to join–the approach routes to even the biggest peaks are typically navigable by anyone with a pair of hiking shoes and a bit of perseverance. As you look to step in line, here’s a few climbing tips, corralled from our team of experts, that’ll help you, whether it’s your first or you 15th year on the cliff.

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Good To Know: 5 Aussie Animals That Can Kill You

As illustrated by Bill Bryson, Australia is a dangerous place. In his national best seller In a Sunburned Country, the famed memoirist spends the first several pages of the book listing all the different ways that the country and its natural inhabitants can kill you. And we’re not talking about some sort of crazed serial killer in the Outback (as exploited in the recent Wolf Creek horror movies franchise). We’re talking about things that occur…in nature…that can kill you with little effort.

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Good To Know: Duct Tape

Duct tape—the miracle adhesive tape that can be used to fix almost anything. And its origins speak to its enduring, hardcore character: during World War II, the Revolite division of Johnson & Johnson developed a new adhesive tape for the US military, intended to seal ammunition cases against moisture.

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Good To Know: Does Cotton Really Kill?

Myth: Cotton kills.

Fact: The short answer? No. Unless you’re in some B-movie where a cursed concert t-shirt ends up strangling you in your sleep, cotton will not kill you.

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Good To Know: Can You Drink Too Much Water?

Myth: You Can Never Drink Too Much Water

Fact: You can, in fact, drink too much water.

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Good To Know: Do You Need Hiking Poles?

The first time you encounter hikers using poles, it’s easy to do a double take. But soon you acclimate to the idea (not to mention the rhythmic click-click sound of their poles hitting earth as they approach—and then pass—you). Soon, the query you’ll be pondering mid-hike is whether or not you need these popular accessories.

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Good To Know: Should You Really Recycle Your Own Fluids?

Myth: Urine is sterile, so it’s great for cleaning out wounds and drinking if you find yourself without water.

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Good To Know: Lighten Your Feet, Lighten Your Load

The Myth:

Every pound you wear on your feet equals five pounds that you carry in your backpack.

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