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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.

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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.

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  • May 16, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Escape a Flash Flood - 2

    You’re exploring a canyon when all of a sudden the air rumbles like a subwoofer. Then you see it: a wall of water churning with felled trees and boulders. And it’s headed your way. Here's how to survive... [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 11, 2012

    How to Drink Bog Water and Not Get Sick: Dig a Gypsy Well - 5

    The art and trade of well digging has almost been forgotten by modern people. This is an unfortunate loss, because wells have historically been the center point for so many farms and towns, especially in the drier parts of the world.

    While it is neither safe nor practical to suggest that novices in an emergency could dig their own well to find water, it does make sense to use a version of the classic well.

    If we have a fresh water source that is muddy, stagnant or otherwise afflicted, we can dig a “Gypsy Well” to help clarify that surface water. This water filtration technique does not filter out contaminants, but it can filter larger particles from the water which makes most water disinfection techniques work better. This rough form of filtration of the water will make it look better and taste better. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 10, 2012

    Survival Skills: The Wild Foods that Will Keep you Alive in the Spring - 1

    When the time comes to practice survival skills, or use them for real, the first question is usually "what's for dinner?" Despite the fact that shelter, water, signaling and fire are more important than food, the menu is the age old subject that most people worry about.

    When it comes to food, you should be asking what's abundant, nutritious and obtainable with the least expenditure of energy? Spring is one of the leanest seasons of the year. Sure there is plenty of plant material to eat, but it is almost all low in calories.

    Here are a few guidelines to think about in wild food collection: [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 7, 2012

    Survival Gear Test: WetFire Tinder from UST - 1

    Although the WetFire Fire Starting Tinder is not a new product, I am often surprised by the number of folks who have never heard of it, or at least never tried it.

    Quite frankly, I love these things. The WetFire product is very lightweight; easy to ignite; and it is long lasting in both burn time and storage life. Each cube weighs just .16 ounces, and is capable of burning up to ten minutes at temperatures around 1300 F. They work in wet and windy conditions with ease. They even float and keep burning while floating in water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 4, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Cook With a Tin Can - 2

    Using the humble tin can to cook food goes way back through history, and it is still just as useful today. It also goes to show us that a piece of trash, can sometimes be a valuable treasure.

    The Tin Can Cook Pot

    A cooking pot is an easy and versatile use for an empty can that would otherwise be garbage. Use the tip of your knife to punch a hole just under the can’s rim, punch a second hole on the opposite side of the can, and string a piece of wire through each hole. Twist each loose end of the wire to secure your new bail, and you have a cooking ready stew pot. That is, providing that the can did not have a plastic lining. Some cans have a white or clear plastic lining to better protect the food flavors inside. Just burn the open, empty can in the fire for 5 minutes to remove this lining and you’ll be ready to move forward. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 3, 2012

    Important Items to Add to Your Every-Day-Carry Survival Keychain - 3

    The idea behind every-day-carry (EDC) gear is to not get caught with your pants down: Regardless of the scenario, you have something in your hands to work with. You might not always have the perfect tool for the situation, but at least you have something for when Murphy draws your name out of his hat.

    So why not take a second to prepare for success and continued survival, by adding useful gear to something that almost everyone carries—a keyring.

    For starters, you should have a light source. Whether you are in the country or the big city, nighttime can create a variety of problems for those who do not have light. A small flashlight on your ring can come in rather handy when the lights go off. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 1, 2012

    Survival Gear: 10 Essential Medicines for Your First Aid Kit - 3

    While there are plants growing in the wild that have medicinal compounds, nothing beats bringing the meds with you. In the second installment of this medical two-part post, we have a list of the top 10 medicines that you would commonly have access to, and would be of benefit in an emergency.

    1.) Epi-pen – This is the one prescription medicine that I’m going to put on the list, because it is worth the trouble to try to get a prescription for it. An epinephren shot can save a life quickly if an adult or child has a severe reaction to a food or an insect sting. When you ask the doctor for the prescription, make sure you take notes of the symptoms, which you would need to see to administer it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 30, 2012

    Survival Gear: Which Fuels to Use and Which to Avoid for Oil Lamps - 3

    When you’re prepping for disaster or stocking your backwoods camp, you always need to have sufficient lighting sources on your gear list. Light sticks, candles and flashlights are good, but what about something that is fuel efficient and works in all weather?

    That’s where oil lamps come into play, my favorite being the lightweight Dietz Original lamp. This classic lamp works indoors and outdoors, through wind and rain. At 10½ inches tall and weighing 2¼ pounds empty, this little lamp’s 8-ounce fuel capacity provides an 11-hour burn time. The heat output is around 900 BTUs per hour, and it puts out an average of 7 candle power with a half inch of burning wick exposed. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 30, 2012

    Wilderness Cooking: How to Use Skewers and Spits - 3

    Skewers, spits and kabobs can go way beyond their simplistic use in roasting marshmallows. These versatile cooking tools represent one of the fastest survival cooking methods you'll find. Cooking directly over the campfire with your food on a stick can give you greater control over temperatures than other cooking methods, as the height of the food from the fire can be easily changed. And if you are using a small, smoky fire, you can slow cook your foods to perfection and give them a great smoky flavor.

    While green wood skewers and spits are probably the most primitive tools for cooking over a fire, don’t think that primitive is synonymous with being bad. This is one of my favorite cooking techniques. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 20, 2012

    Gear Test: Survival Straps Paracord Bracelets - 4

    Maybe you are starting to see paracord bracelets as often as I see them. This creative cordage storage option has been around for a while, but it really seems to be catching on recently. And with good reason. These bracelets are a handsome looking excuse to carry a piece of Military Spec 550 cord everywhere we go, making it a great every day carry item.

    But that wasn’t good enough for the Florida based Survival Straps company, who have devised a way to sweeten the deal, and provide you with something the competition and the homemade bracelets don’t deliver -- a brand new replacement in the event that you use the Survival Strap in an emergency. That’s right, use their bracelet to get out of a jam; send in the story with 5 bucks for shipping; and they’ll send you a replacement Survival Strap. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2012

    Survival By Beer: How To Brew For Food, Medicine and Fun - 0

    Liquid bread. That’s what some have called beer. It’s a drink with life sustaining calories. Just ask Clifton Vial, who survived -17 degree temperatures by eating canfuls of frozen beer when his truck went into a snow drift near Nome, Alaska last December. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough, consider that our ancestors have been brewing for the past 10,000 years, in an effort to create a consumable item that lasted longer than other foods and provided a drinking source in which no human pathogens can survive.

    Since ancient times, people have recognized that the consumption of alcoholic drinks was a way of avoiding water-borne diseases such as cholera. Beer was also frequently used on wounds as a disinfectant, and even as a sterile bath water for baby’s first bath. Sounds nice. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2012

    What to Pack for Emergencies: The Bug Out Bag vs. Get Home Bag - 3

    The names pretty much say it all. The differences between a Bug Out Bag and a Get Home Bag are not so much in the gear, but in the application of the kit.

    The typical Bug Out Bag is for a situation where you must leave your familiar stomping grounds, and set up camp in a new location. There are usually a lot of backpacking and lightweight camping items in this bag to give you the gear to create a new, temporary home in the event of a localized disaster or a variety of other situations.

    Your Get Home Bag is leaner and meaner than the average BOB, and its purpose is clear—to get you home. If you are using a Get Home Bag, you’re planning on camping out in your own house, not in the woods. So, why should you consider having both? [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2012

    The Toxic Truth About DEET and Permethrin - 4

    Many people respond to their fears of West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease (as well as their annoyance of chigger bites) by slathering on insect repellent, and quite often drenching their children in the stuff too. The prevalent choice in most stores will be a DEET-based repellent, which has proven effective at repelling bugs in study after study.

    But here’s the problem: DEET- and Permethrin-based repellents aren't just hazardous to ticks, mosquitoes and other pests; they may be hazardous to us, too. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 6, 2012

    Wilderness Cooking: Secret Ash Cake Recipe - 3

    Out of bread? No oven to cook in? The coals of your camp fire can bake up some tasty bread—if you have the secret ingredient to make your dough.

    I’ve been whipping up ash cakes for years, and serving them to pleasantly surprised survival students for a while now. Although, it wasn’t always easy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 5, 2012

    Survival Gear: Pick the Right Clothes for Springtime Weather - 0

    Clothing selection is a critical part of planning for any trip into the outdoors. This preparation becomes even more important if you actually end up in an emergency situation. 

    Spring weather can be very temperamental throughout much of the country. From scorching afternoons and cold rainy days to sub-freezing nights, you need a set of clothing that will keep your body at the right temperature all the time, despite the whims of Mother Nature. [ Read Full Post ]

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