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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.

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.

Is Your Car Ready for a Road Trip?

Get your car road trip ready to avoid unintended stops, emergency tows, and visits to a mechanic so you can enjoy your trip.

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."

5 Things to Do During Summer

Here are 5 summer-season tips from AAA.

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.

How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip With Friends

Traveling with a group? Keep everyone happy vs. hangry with this road trip planner.

Jumpstarting Your Car and How to Keep The Battery Healthy

Here are some ways to keep your car's battery healthy—and to jump-start the car when it isn't.

Learning How to Love Camping

A camping-crazy husband tries to persuade his spouse to appreciate the great outdoors.