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Survival Gear

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.

Survival Skills

Hypothermia Warning

Even though the weather is warming up, most people forget just how cold the water can be....

Tornado Survival Tips

Tornado season is here and several cities around the country have already been...

Flood Survival

Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

Survival Videos

Daily Blogs

  • July 18, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Gerber Edict Tactical Folding Knife - 1

    Looking for a lightweight tactical knife? The new Gerber Edict folder is a feather-weight tool at only 3.6 ounces, but delivers the strength and features that you’d expect from a heavier blade.

    While the Edict was designed as a back-up weapon and utility blade for soldiers and police, it’s available to the public for these same tasks. The Edict makes a great tactical Every Day Carry knife with its full size tanto-style blade and fine edge. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 17, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Survival Tricks Your Kids Should Know - 1

    Many outdoor activities often take place during the peak of summer. And as families go camping, hiking, fishing, and living-it-up in the outdoors, their risk of entering a survival situation goes up as well. As a caring and responsible parent, it’s your job to prepare the kids as best you can, in case they get lost or get stuck out overnight. Here are five things your kids should know to do if they get into trouble outdoors this summer. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 14, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways to Make a Better Signal Fire - 0

    I probably don’t have to tell you that fire is a significant element in a survival situation. We all know that it cooks food, boils water, provides warmth and light. Fire is also one of the better methods of primitive signaling. The light of your fire and the accompanying smoke can work as a signal both day and night. But is your signal fire adequate? Use these three tricks to make your fire work even harder as an emergency signal. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 11, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Eton FRX1 Emergency Radio - 0

    Since most natural disasters give us very little notice, staying on top of current events and warnings can be vital to your family’s safety. Even the one-way communications from a radio can provide life-saving information, such as evacuation orders, instructions to seek shelter, and other critical directions. It turns out that a small emergency radio can be huge asset to you and your family, and the Eton FRX1 is the most affordable one that I have found. Before hurricane season really gets rolling, here’s why you should consider adding this small and inexpensive device to your preparedness supplies.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 10, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Cool Uses for Summer Berries - 2

    My favorite part of summer is the berries. Raspberry, blackberry, black raspberry, wine berry – you name it, I’ll go pick it. And now is the time to begin. The wild ones are coming in now around much of the country. You could just eat them as-is, and be quite happy. But if you come into a wealth of berries, it’s nice to know some other uses for an excess of these sour/sweet gems. These are just five of the things I do with my berries, when I’m not eating them right off the canes. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 7, 2014

    Survival Skills: The Ten Essentials, Then and Now - 2

    Ever heard of the Ten Essentials? The original list of Ten Essentials was drawn up in the 1930’s to aid mountain climbers and outdoorsmen. A Seattle-based group called the Mountaineers designed the list for two reasons. First, it gave people a list of gear to acquire in case of emergency or accident. Second, it provided resources in the event someone was forced to spend an unexpected night–or longer–in the wilderness.

    In 2003, the Mountaineers updated the list by focusing on systems rather than ten specific items. Does this list work for hunters, anglers, survivalists, and other outdoors lovers? See for yourself.

    [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find Wild Edible Plants, Worldwide - 2

    Wherever your travels might take you around the globe, remember that many common wild edible plants have also gone global over the past few centuries. Some plants were carried to new continents because of their valuable edible and medicinal properties. Other plants have inadvertently tagged along with travelers and established themselves as invasive weeds in new lands. However the plants have spread, familiar edibles can now be found far from their places of origin. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 2, 2014

    Survival Skills: Smoking Meat and Fish for Flavor and Preservation - 0

    Smoking meat and fish can produce some remarkably flavorful results, and it can be done without much in the way of modern conveniences. Smoking can also be used in conjunction with drying to save and preserve your meats and fish, all without the need for electricity or special equipment.

    There are two traditional ways to smoke fish and other foods: hot smoking and cold smoking. Either can be performed with the same meats and the same apparatus, the only difference being the amount of heat used. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 30, 2014

    Survival Skills: Build a Cage Fish Trap - 1

    Fish traps offer the fisherman many of the same rewards that terrestrial traps offer the hunter. Chief among them is the ability to catch something to eat while you’re not around. Given some time, some flexible vines, and a bundle of reeds or tree shoots, you too can build an “automatic fisherman” to bring in fish while you’re busy elsewhere. These traps can be worth a great deal to a starving survivor in a wilderness area. They can also help an angler collect some useful bait fish (where legal to do so). Here’s how to put together a simple fish trap at home. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 26, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Survival Kit on a Budget - 3

    As with most consumer goods, the cost of survival gear is creeping upward. But don’t let inflation stop you from being prepared for emergencies — it’s entirely possible to pull together some critical gear on a miniscule budget. Here’s how to build a life-saving survival kit with just $10. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 25, 2014

    Teach Your Kids These Survival Skills This Summer - 1

    Not sure what to do with the kids this summer? How about teaching them some handy survival skills? If you can educate them in a way that’s fun, it won’t seem like work for them or you. And think about the big picture: You will be providing them with skills that could save their lives someday. Before you pack your summer schedule with useless entertainment, take a look through our list of fun summer survival skills for kids.  

    Grow A Kid’s Garden [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 24, 2014

    How to Mend Your Feet, With Wild Medicine - 1

    Foot injuries and ailments in the field can be crippling. And once your mobility is compromised in the outdoors, you’ve opened the door to all manner of potential downfalls. Luckily, there are plant compounds you can use as field treatments to get back on your feet again. Follow along, and find out four ways to patch up your feet with natural wild remedies. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 20, 2014

    STARI and 3 Other Tick-Borne Illnesses You Probably Haven't Heard About - 3


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  • June 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Dry and Pickle Wild Edible Plants - 0

    Some of the best wild edible plants are only available for a short window of time. With summer berries and many of the wild vegetables coming into season soon, now is a great time to get set up for the preservation of these free seasonal foods. Two of the easiest methods to preserve your wild harvest are drying and pickling. Here’s how to get started. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 18, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Tricks With Matches - 2

    Talk about a survival story: A full century has passed since the invention of the lighter, yet matches remain a staple in survival kits. Lighters last longer and can resist water better, but there’s something about matches that keeps them in circulation.

    Maybe it’s the fact that they’re plentiful and often can be obtained for no charge from bars, restaurants, and some stores. Or maybe people like matches for nostalgia reasons. Whatever your fixation, here are three match tricks that will give you a boost when you’re down to your last box or book. [ Read Full Post ]


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