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The Bug Out Bag

What if you had only three minutes to grab whatever you could take from your home, and the rest of your belongings would be lost forever?
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The Bug Out Bag

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

Survivalist Wish List

A roundup of the best and most innovative survival gear ever introduced.

Water Filtration Test

Aron Snyder hiked into the backcountry to test water filtration systems.

Big Ass Knives

Snow's favorite big blades, modeled by the hottest hunters on OL's staff.

Game Faces

Eight watches that do much more than just give you the time of day

Knife Test

Survival knives have advanced with new steel recipes and synthetic materials.

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Below you will be able to view a series of videos about the Florida Keys, a renowned fishing destination. As soon as one video ends, the next one will automatically play.

  • January 17, 2014

    Survival Skills: 7 Ways Lip Balm Can Save Your Life - 2

    Lip balm, by any other name, is still a useful product in the outdoors. Go shopping for some and you'll see dozens of choices on the store shelves, offering what may be an overabundance of variations. But more importantly, lip balm can be one of those odd little items that help to steer you back on track if your outdoor adventure starts to go sideways. If you think you're too tough to use lip balm, then check out these seven survival uses and carry some anyway.  

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  • January 9, 2014

    Survival Skills: How To Desalinate Water in the Field - 1

    Last week, I received a call from some friends who provide survival training for a branch of the Department of Justice. They were mid-experiment, trying to desalinate water with field expedient gear. Short of building a still as featured on the show Moonshiners, they couldn’t figure out how to achieve the necessary controlled water condensation. Their results were hit and miss, as many of my experiments with this technique have been. I have built several pressure canner stills (for water, don’t get too excited!) and some tea kettle water distillers, but these large pieces gear aren’t going to fit in anybody’s backpack or survival kit.

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  • January 6, 2014

    Survival Skills: The Ojibwa Bird Snare, Part 2 - 0

    After last week’s post about the Ojibwa bird snare, I wanted to follow up with some more details and options for this unusual trap. One of the most fascinating parts of trapping (for me anyway) is the variation that you can employ with your traps. This bird trap is no exception. Change up the “engine” that drives this simple machine, or place it in an unexpected location, and the Ojibwa bird snare can act like a whole new trap. Try out these two options on your next adventure. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 6, 2014

    Disaster Documents: 15 Things You'd Need In The Aftermath - 0


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    Ever wonder what it would take to start all over again? Not in a personal reinvention kind of way, but in the “start from scratch” kind of way. In the event of an emergency that would prompt an evacuation from your home, you’ll need a lot of paperwork to facilitate a reboot in a positive direction.

    Here are 15 critical documents to securely store, should you ever have to grab them and go. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 2, 2014

    Winter Survival Do's And Don'ts - 2

    Bad winter weather is one of the roughest backdrops you can have for a survival scenario. Every necessary task of subsistence becomes more difficult in the cold. Very often, little mistakes become amplified by these conditions. A winter survival situation is no time to cut corners or take unnecessary risks. This is about as challenging as it gets. To keep things simple, should you end up fighting the freeze, consider this list of do’s and don’ts for winter emergencies in the outdoors.

    SHELTER
    DO take shelter for your most critical survival priority. Use insulation and supplemental heat sources as much as possible. This might mean ripping up the upholstery in your vehicle to use as insulation, or placing hot stones in the floorboards of the car to warm it. Whatever you deem necessary to live, do it. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 31, 2013

    Survival Skills: 14 Resolutions for 2014 - 5


    While everyone’s making New Year’s resolutions to join a gym or start a diet, let’s think about resolving to do things that will help us save our butts, not just make them smaller. Here’s our list of 14 survival-inspired resolutions to start 2014 smarter and safer than ever before. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 30, 2013

    Survival Skills: Build The Ojibwa Bird Snare - 2

    With snow on the ground in winter, setting traps for food can be trickier than usual. But a skilled trapper should have plenty of options, including some classic traps of ancestral origins. If you have a pole with a hole drilled near the top, a bit of twine, a twig, and a rock, you can set up the Ojibwa bird trap to catch small birds to add to your emergency food supply. While each little bird is not a meal in itself (less than 100 calories), add them together and you’re getting somewhere.  [ Read Full Post ]


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