How-To Tips & Tricks

AAA's Via Magazine helps you outsmart life's challenges at home and on the road. Browse all our how-to guides on topics including your car, home, and money.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Outdoors

Going camping? These essentials—and a few luxuries—will help you sleep well, so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day’s adventures.

How to Stay Dry and Comfortable Outdoors

From hot-weather camping clothes to special snow gear, here’s what to bring for every climate.

6 Essential Tips for Taking a Car to College

From routine maintenance to distracted driving, here’s everything students and parents need to know about having a car at school.

Camping Gear: Rent, borrow, or buy?

Get what you need for an epic trip without cluttering your home or spending a small fortune.

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag

Whether you’re car camping or ultralight backpacking, here’s how to pick your perfect match.

Camping Checklist: Everything You Need for a Successful Trip

Pack for your upcoming trip, or put together a complete camping kit, with this handy gear list.

Complete Car Seat Safety Guide

From infant car seats to boosters, here’s everything you need to know to keep kids safe on the road.

How to Make a Campfire (and S’mores!)

Ignite your love for campfire cooking with these simple instructions for building a campfire and making perfectly melted s'mores.

How to Keep Animals and Bugs Away Outdoors

Outsmart raccoons, avoid bears, and repel mosquitoes, flies, and ants while camping and hiking with these tips.

How to Pick a Campsite

Learn how to book the perfect campsite (and being a good neighbor once you set up camp).

Q&A with D'Arcy Carden of The Good Place

Q&A with actress and television star D'Arcy Carden of "The Good Place."

Huckleberry Foraging in the Pacific Northwest

Huckleberries are the flavor of the summer in the Pacific Northwest. Here's where to pick, buy and celebrate them.