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Survival Gear

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What if you had only three minutes to grab whatever you could take from your home, and the...

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Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

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  • April 23, 2014

    Survival Gear: 5 Ways Your Cell Phone Can Save You - 0

    Mobile communication has become so commonplace in our modern lives that we often don’t recognize it for its tremendous value in an emergency. A cell phone with at least some battery juice can be absolutely priceless in a survival situation. Here are five ways it can save your life. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 23, 2014

    Survival Tip #140: Build a Raised Bed Garden - 0

    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    A raised bed garden can provide you with a surprising amount of food from a very small space, and it works in a variety of climates. This type of versatile garden bed can tackle a number of common problems in gardening, as it can make for good drainage in rainy climates and warmer roots in cold climates. Here’s how you can set up a 32-square-foot (10-square-m) raised bed garden. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: How Get Emergency Food From Wild Eggs - 2

    No doubt, there were a lot of brightly colored eggs hidden in yards and town parks across the country this past weekend. Now is also about the time we start to see the eggs that are laid by wild birds. The emergency use of spring eggs for sustenance can make a big caloric impact in an otherwise lean foraging season. Just keep in mind that it’s illegal to collect most wild eggs, and this is for emergency survival situations only. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 18, 2014

    Survival Tip #221: How to Make a Bow Out of PVC - 0

    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    Whether you need to hunt for food or fend off post-apocalyptic barbarian hordes, a bow is a good, versatile weapon and tool. Building a simple wooden longbow takes a fair amount of know-how, but with these directions and a length of PVC pipe, you can improvise a bow with a draw of up to 60 pounds.

    You’ll Need:

    - 3/4-inch- (2-cm-) wide, 5-foot- (1.5-m-) long PVC pipe (schedule 40 white pipe is stiffer but prone to cracking from UV exposure or cold; schedule 80 gray pipe is softer but may weaken over time if the bow stays strung constantly). [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Survival Tip #11: Pack a BOB for Any Situation - 3

    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    A BOB (bug-out bag) is a collection of goods that you would need to survive if you had to flee your home with no guarantee of shelter, food, or water during an emergency. Think of the BOB as your survival insurance policy for any disaster or mayhem.

    There may not be one perfect, universally agreed-upon set of equipment, but with a good core set of items (similar to those used in backpacking) you can put together a BOB suited for a wide variety of situations. Most people use either a backpack or a duffle bag as a container for their goods, which should include basic survival essentials and a few irreplaceable items. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 11, 2014

    3 Must-Haves for Your Survival Fishing Kit - 3

    You’ve got a good chance of providing food in a wilderness survival scenario if you have a little fishing gear in your survival kit. All you need is a small coil of monofilament line, some weights, and one or two dozen hooks. This seems simple enough, but over the years, I have found that the fishing gear in common survival kits is not that useful.

    People expect the fishing gear to provide them with food in a survival scenario. But this gear often comes wadded up into little bundles and shoved in the corner of the box, tube or pouch with the other items. They seem more like an afterthought rather key items used to improve your odds in the game of survival.

    Here’s how to make a survival fishing kit that works — if you treat it right (and if the fish are biting). [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    7 Ways The Buddy System Can Keep You Alive - 1

    It’s always more fun to go on outdoor adventures with a friend or family member, but did you know that it’s also much safer? Heading out by yourself can be a great respite from the everyday cares of the world, but a solo emergency situation is not so nice. The buddy system is a common procedure in which two people, the "buddies," work together for mutual benefit and operate together as a two-person team. Here are seven good reasons to never go in alone. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    5 Reasons to Stock Honey as a Survival Food - 0

    Just because honey is one of humanity’s oldest sweet treats, doesn’t mean it’s an outdated relic. It’s a top-choice food item for preppers and survivalists to stock in their emergency food stores. Here are five good reasons to join Pooh bear on the honey band wagon. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    How To Plan And Plant A Hidden Survival Garden - 0

    Spring is finally here, and many of us gardening enthusiasts can’t wait for the last frost to be out of the way so we can set out some vegetable plants and seed. But what good is a garden if people steal all your vegetables during times of economic downturn?

    While some experts keep espousing that the economy is growing, others predict 2014 will see hyperinflation, stock drops and another crash like 2008. I’m no economist, but my parents and grandparents did turn me into a gardener. Since I can’t eat dollar bills or silver coins, I’m going to grow some food that won’t even look like food to the casual passerby. And even if the current financial system keeps limping along like a three-legged dog, I can still eat the delicious and healthy vegetables and share them with my family. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 31, 2014

    Survival Book Review: Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia - 1

    From a standpoint of long-term survival, you need to know everything you can about the great outdoors. And as someone “living off the land,” you’d need to know how to effectively catch every critter under the sun, as well as camping, survival, and first aid skills. Even if you just want to know the outdoors better, there is much to learn. Thankfully, almost everything you’d want to know has been covered in one big brick of a book, the Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 31, 2014

    Survival Gear: Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter - 0

    The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter  is a unique and functional product in that it is both a fire starter and a water-tight tinder box with a rubber O-ring seal. The puck-shaped box offers generous storage space, and its seal proved to be waterproof during the cold March showers experienced during testing. When the sun popped back out, we clipped the tinder bracket onto the parabolic mirror piece and had instant tinder ignition once we achieved the right angle to the sun. We easily lit the char cloth that was provided in the kit, as well as cattail fluff and tulip poplar bark tinder. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 24, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find These 3 Spicy Wild Cresses - 0

    Springtime is one of the best times of the year to forage for wild edibles. The tender new growth is usually at its most mild and flavorful at this time. Wintercress, watercress, and Pennsylvania bittercress are three members of the mustard family with intense flavors. From bitter mustard to peppery spice, these plants will stand out in a wild salad or dish of cooked greens. 

    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

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  • March 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: Set Up A Disaster Water Treatment System - 0

    Alternate plans to provide your own utilities might seem like a complicated matter, but they don’t have to be. If, after an emergency, water is no longer running, there’s no need to die of thirst sitting in your house. Replicate the actions of your local water treatment facility and you’ll have safe water in no time. Here’s how to set up a small system for water disinfection and usage right on your kitchen countertop. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 20, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make A Vault From PVC   - 0

    Whether you’re storing beans, bullets, or bars of gold, you’ll need a secure place to keep these potential survival currencies. For a quick solution, you could purchase some expensive olive-drab burial vaults, but does it really matter what color they are if they’re buried in the ground? Follow these easy steps, and you can put together a PVC pipe vault for $15 or less. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 18, 2014

    Survival Hacks: How to Stay Alive Without Breaking a Sweat - 1

    We’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what happens when you have the wrong gear at the wrong time? This is where a few creative survival hacks can save the day. In the modern vernacular, hacks are alternative plans, utilizing materials at hand, to get a job done. They are usually smart, expedient, and easy to perform. Here, we’ll examine a few hacks that will come in handy on a hunt, in your camp, or, God-forbid, during a survival situation. And if you still find yourself trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, just ask yourself, “WWMD?”—What would MacGyver do?

    Hack Your Fire

    Can’t get that damp tinder to light? Then dip into your food supply and pull out some high-calorie comfort food—especially chips. Delicious greasy snack chips make an outstanding fire starter when you apply an open flame to them. Sacrificing two or three corn or potato chips won’t put much of a dent in your food supply, but they can have a massive impact on your fire building.  

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