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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...

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

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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

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Flood Survival

Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

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Daily Blogs

  • January 21, 2014

    Field Test: 6 Best Fire Starters - 5


    Photo by Brian Klutch

    Fire is your best friend in the wild. It can make water and food safe to consume, let you signal for help, and provide warmth. But the cold, wet, windy conditions that can cause hypothermia can also hamper fire building. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches. We tested six very different spark rods—and tinder—to determine the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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  • January 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to and Why Make Bone Broth - 0

    If I could get back all the wild game skeletons that I have discarded the years, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I’d also have a very creepy freezer that would scare the kids, but that’s what you get when you venture down the path to make broth from bones.

    Take a look at the culinary traditions from distant history, and you’ll find that many of the cultures that had mastered the production of large cooking vessels were also making soup in those pots, sometimes perpetually. Since the cooking fire was both the heat source for the home and the cooking hearth, these fires ran constantly in colder weather and gave the home dweller a never-ending heat to make soup. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways To Get Your Kids “Survival Ready” - 1

    Being both a parent and a survival instructor, it’s easy for me to spot opportunities that will better prepare my kids for emergencies and survival scenarios. There are many ways train yourself and your kids in self-reliance skills. There are also many people who you can pay to provide your kids’ training.

    But no one knows your kids better than you do, and by providing this training yourself you can tailor the skills perfectly to their ages and interests. Let’s look at three areas where you can work on survival with your kids every day. [ Read Full Post ]


  • 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 14, 2014

    Survival Skills: Finding Winter's Wild Onions - 1

    Yes, it's a cold time of year to run around outside, just to forage for wild greens. Yet it's still worth the trouble, if you can find this pungent wild relative to cultivated onions and garlic. Grab your field guide, a small shovel and a bag to hold your greens because we're hunting down one of nature's wild super foods.

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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 ]


  • December 27, 2013

    Survival Skills: 3 Wild Plants to Cure the Flu and Common Cold - 1

    Can’t make it to the drug store right now? Whatever the reason, you do have some natural medicinal options in the winter season. Look for these three plants to lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration of your next case of the cold or flu. All you need is a sharp eye and a patch of wild growth to find these common and potent medicinals. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 23, 2013

    5 Survival Uses For Less-Than-Trophy Antlers - 2

    A freezer full of venison is a beautiful thing as deer season winds down, but what do you do with all the “leftovers”? Hides can be tanned, organs can become dog food, and sinew can be dried, but what about smaller antlers that you might not want to turn into a mount? Here are five pieces of survival gear that you can make from antler scraps during the long, dark winter ahead. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 19, 2013

    Survival Skills: Make A Swedish Marshmallow For Water - 0

    Being snowbound is a bit like being stuck in a life raft in the middle of the ocean. In both cases, you’re surrounded by water, but it’s not suitable to drink unless you do something to it first. In the raft, you’d need a solar still or a reverse osmosis filter. But what’s the approach with snow?

    Since you’d be in a condition cold enough for snow, eating the stuff to stay hydrated is out of the question. Weather that’s cold enough for snow is plenty cold enough to give you hypothermia, and chilling your body core directly with snow is the last thing you’d want to do. It would also take too long to hydrate with snow. Snow is mostly frozen air. Depending on the snow crystal type and size, most snow is about 9 parts air and 1 part frozen water. This means that you’d need to eat 10 quarts of snow to have one quart of water in your belly. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 17, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Identify and Utilize Evergreen Trees - 3

    Winter tree identification can seem like a very daunting task in most areas. With the broad leaves having fallen in autumn, many trees require a very close inspection to determine their genus and species. Even then, you could still be completely stumped (pun intended). Lucky for us, though, the evergreens don’t change much over the colder months, and they offer many handy parts and materials. Here are three of the most useful needle-bearing trees that are common through much of America. [ Read Full Post ]


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