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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

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Tornado Survival Tips

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Flood Survival

Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

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  • March 10, 2014

    Would You Drink From A Wooden Water Filter? - 2

    Before you answer this post’s title question, think back carefully. If you’ve ever tasted tree sap that was dripping from a maple, birch, sycamore, or hickory then technically you’ve drunk from a wooden water filter.

    After the first sip of sap I took years ago, I’ve always wondered why it was safe to drink. I thought it might have had something to do with the size of the pores in the tree’s roots, or some similar screening process. According to some interesting recent research, it turns out that the wood itself may be the filter element. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 7, 2014

    Fire Building: How to Find the Best Tinder in Survival Situations - 4

    Tinder is the dead, dry plant-based material that is capable of turning a coal, spark, or tiny flame into a crackling fire. You typically need it to get a fire going with flame ignition sources (matches, lighters); and you definitely have to have it for spark ignition sources (flint and steel, ferrocerium rods) and friction fire building. Tinder is the first “food” that a fire will eat, and it’s the foundation of most fire-making endeavors. Luckily for us pyromaniacs, there are many different plant materials in the wild that can either be processed into tinder or used as is. Before you spark your next fire, gather some ideas with the following collection of tinder materials.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 6, 2014

    Survival Gear: StatGear Auto Survival Kit - 0

    Vehicular breakdowns, car crashes, and other automotive emergencies are a fact of life. And in many of those situations, you typically only have the gear that’s in your vehicle to deal with the situation. Having dealt with more than his fair share of accidents and emergencies, paramedic Avi Goldstein designed the StatGear Auto Survival Kit to fill many of the needs of a roadside crisis. Will I be adding this kit to my ride? Read on and see. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find Enough Calories In Winter - 0

    There’s a good reason why animals hibernate: Winter is a lean season. For both man and beast, the colder air creates a huge drain on a body’s energy reserves. If you don’t have incoming calories or a massive fat reserve, you won’t make it through this season. This fact makes food procurement a much higher priority in a winter emergency than in a summer emergency. Compounding the issue, food gathering is often at its hardest in the winter. Many plant foods are hidden or non-existent, and the animals we would seek for game meat can be scarce. If you have to survive in the winter wilderness, look for these top foods. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 28, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways to Easier Friction Fires - 3

    Being a huge fan of friction fire building, I always want to see others succeed as I have over the years. No, you don’t get a fire every time you try, but I’d like to think we can learn something new every time we fail. I often hear from others that they think friction fire is impossibly difficult. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at three areas where you can improve your friction fire building skills, and make this process a lot less difficult. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 26, 2014

    Survival Gear: 5 Survival Uses for Glass Beer Bottles - 5

    As maddening as it is to see litter and other castoff remains of modern civilization in the wild, certain items can be can be a welcome find in a survival situation. One of the most enduring and useful trash items is the beer bottle, which has the potential to last for centuries — and the potential to help us survive an emergency. Here are my top five uses of an empty glass bottle. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 25, 2014

    Survival Skills: Get Your Pets Emergency Ready - 0

    The time and money spent on emergency preparedness is often focused on ourselves and our family members, and rightfully so. But what if your family includes a few pets? Most Americans own a dog or some other kind of companion animals. Reward these loyal friends by including their needs in your family’s disaster planning. From bugging in to getting out of Dodge, your animal friends need protection and provisions. Here’s are a few things to keep in mind.

    Safety
    Protecting your animals from harm is the first point in “pet survival.” If the conditions outside aren’t safe for a human, then there’s no way they’re safe for animals. Get them all inside the house during severe storms, floods, and other disasters. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 24, 2014

    How to Make a Quick Can Stove - 1

    If you suffer sticker shock after shopping for wood-burning camping stoves, you’re not alone. I’m not about to pay $60 to $100 for a titanium backpacking wood stove when I can make one out of a bean can for nothing. Sure, you could build a fire without any containment at all, but the low weight, efficiency, and minimal set-up time of a tin-can stove could make you a believer. And as long as there are sticks to burn, your stove will have fuel. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll have a lightweight bug-out-ready survival stove in no time. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 21, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Aurora 2SA Fire Starter - 0

    If you’re already a fan of ferrocerium spark rods, then you know how indestructible and long lasting they can be. These fire starting tools are completely unaffected by water, which would kill your matches or even some lighters. Spark rods are also impervious to the degradation of time. The spark rod you’re using now will work just as well in a few decades, providing you don’t lose it or use it up entirely. But before you run off and buy the first product you see, you should know that not all spark rods are equal. I recently had the chance to work with a product from Solo Scientific, a company who is committed to keeping production in the U.S. Here’s what I found out when I got the opportunity to light stuff on fire with their Aurora 2SA. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: Be a Modern Caveman - 3

    There's a reason why bears and other beasts hole up in caves: They're ready-made shelters that provide immediate protection from rain, snow, wind, or brutal sun. No need to work at erecting a hut—just move in and set up housekeeping.

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  • February 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Ways to Build a Fire Without a Match - 1

    Even if you don't have matches or a lighter, you can still spark a blaze with the right tools and techniques. Be sure to have your tinder bundle, kindling, and fuel wood ready before you start.

    Bow Drill Method

    Notch a board or a flat piece of bark. To make a bow, stretch a string between the ends of a flexible branch and tie it in place, then use a second stick as a vertical spindle. Place the spindle inside the bow with one end in the notched base. Turn the bow once to loop the string around the spindle, then hold the spindle's other end in place with a stone. Place a leaf under the notch and saw back and forth to create a coal. Then move it to the tinder bundle, and blow gently into flame. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 18, 2014

    Survival Skill: 10 Ways Snow Can Keep You Alive - 0

    A white-out storm during a hunt or a vehicle stuck in a snow drift can often lead to a deadly serious situation. But, strangely, that same snow is a versatile and useful substance that can help to get you out of trouble. Here are my ten favorite ways to use snow for survival purposes. Your first concern in an emergency is shelter. Snow can be turned into many styles of survival shelter. From igloos and quinzees to snow caves and tree wells, a shelter of snow can mean survival on a sub-zero night.

    Your second survival priority is water, which snow can also provide. Just be sure to melt it first for safe consumption. Boil the water if the snow is old and potentially contaminated by animals.   [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 15, 2014

    Step-By-Step: How to Tie the Fisherman's Knot - 0

    Got two short ropes, but need a long one? A fisherman's knot can join the short ones together.

    Step One

    Loop one rope's end around the other rope, then bring it over both ropes. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 14, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Zippo Outdoor 4-in-1 Woodsman - 0

    Feeding your campfire and pitching your shelter are major chores for both recreational camping and survival scenarios. The new 4-in-1 Woodsman from Zippo Outdoor was built to handle many outdoor tasks with just one easy-to-modify tool. So how did it work in my camp?

    Right out of the package, the Woodsman was easy to handle and had enough heft to chop respectably. The entire tool weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces, making it a little heavy for backpacking, but plenty light enough to take to deer camp or for strapping onto a Bug Out Bag. The ax handle seemed a bit long, but the 20-inch length is necessary to accommodate a saw blade of decent length. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 13, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Find and Use Birch Tinder Fungus - 2

    Birch tinder fungus (Inonotus obliquus) is a woody type of fungus that grows on a variety of species of birch trees. You’ll find this crusty, black growth primarily on yellow birch and white birch trees, often at higher elevations. And if you’re looking for something raw from the wild that catches sparks like char cloth, this is it.

    Although birch tinder fungus (also known as clinker polypore and chaga) is often used for alternative medicine treatments, its value for survival fire starting really puts it on the map. This punky material is better than traditional char cloth, even without being charred. Here’s where you’ll find it, and how to make it work. [ Read Full Post ]


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