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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

  • December 13, 2013

    Water Purification: Which Tablets Should You Use? - 4

    Anyone who has ever had a waterborne disease can tell you that being sick like that is no picnic! There are many ways to prevent these illnesses from happening (i.e. boil the water, use filters, etc.), but the leanest and most effortless method to make water safe to drink is to drop a purification tablet into a bottle of the suspect water.

    So, which tablet is best? Let’s take a look at two of the most common and popular options—Katadyn Micropur and Potable Aqua—and let you be the judge.

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  • December 11, 2013

    Missing Adults And Four Children Used Warm Stones To Survive Winter Emergency - 1

    Finally, we have an exemplary story where people used their heads to stay safe and survive a situation that could have easily turned deadly.

    This past Sunday, a group of six family members from northwestern Nevada took their Jeep Wrangler into the backcountry to enjoy a ride through the snow. But after the vehicle turned over, slid down a bank and landed upside down in a crevice, their trip took a horrific turn. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 10, 2013

    Survival Medicine: Don’t Fall For Immersion Foot - 0

    Frostbite is a scary, injury that can cause permanent damage and is a constant threat in sub-freezing winter conditions. But did you know that moisture combined with cool temperatures can give you similar damage to frostbite—at temperatures above freezing?

    This condition is commonly known as immersion foot, and it is a chronic issue for cold-weather outdoorsmen and many homeless people. If the skin on your feet (or other extremities) is subject to days of uninterrupted moisture and cold temperatures between 32 and 50  degrees, the tissue can swell and shrivel; and some of the tissue can even die. This damage is similar to frostbite injuries, though immersion foot tends to sneak up on its victims, as opposed to the rapid harm and obvious surface symptoms of frostbite. The tissue does not freeze with immersion foot, but the circulatory, nerve, and skin damage can still be significant. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 6, 2013

    Survival Skills: Finding Fall’s Last Berries And Fruits - 1

    Despite the plummeting mercury, there are still many wild edible fruits and berries that an enterprising forager can take home in the late fall season. Don’t let winter get its grip on your area without collecting some of these choice edibles first.

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  • December 6, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: K12 Pocket Survival Cards - 1

    Not sure if your friends and family can hack it in a survival situation? Maybe they need a “cheat sheet” to walk them down the path to survival. I’ve seen a lot of booklets and survival cards over the years in my on-going search for concise, high-quality survival literature. What I’ve never seen before, though, is a set of waterproof, tear-proof survival cards that give you the tools to light a fire, too. That is, until I came across the new K12 Pocket Survival Cards.

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  • December 2, 2013

    Survival Gear: Grate Chef Firestarter Packets - 3

    Considering the wintery weather we are already encountering in late fall this year, you better be ready to do some fire building in the event you get into trouble over the next few months. Cold, wet, and windy conditions make fire building a very difficult chore. Use this time to stock up on lighters, matches, and various forms of tinder and fuel to add to your emergency equipment. When it comes to fuel, it’s hard to beat the good old cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly, but Grate Chef FireStarter packets make a great back up. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 25, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For A Trash Bag - 1

    The humble garbage bag doesn't often get the recognition that it's due, probably because of its association with trash and other “worthless” items. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll see that this plastic pariah has loads of emergency uses. Here are ten of the most important reasons to add a few large trash bags to your survival kit.

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  • November 25, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Identify and Treat Hypothermia - 2

    Every outdoor enthusiast has probably had a touch of hypothermia at one point or another, and perhaps you’ve had more than just a touch. This dangerous cooling of the body occurs when a person’s body core temperature drops below 95  degrees Fahrenheit.

    Water, wind, and cold temperatures can work against you, causing the loss of critical body heat. But how do you spot this condition in yourself or others? [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 21, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Streamlight Microstream Flashlight - 0

    LED flashlights have come a long way over the past few years, and shrunk in both size and price. I recently received the Streamlight Microstream as a gift (thanks, Wes!) and here’s what I thought of it. Spoiler alert: great stocking stuffer, if you’re planning that far ahead already.

    From the size of the light and the AAA battery enclosed in the package, I was expecting the Microstream to perform like a typical keychain light: Handy, but for short-range use only. But when I installed the battery and clicked it on, I realized that this little sucker is bright. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 20, 2013

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways To Improve Signaling Equipment - 2

    Since signaling for help is your ticket to getting home, it makes sense that your signaling gear should work to its fullest potential. Just a few little tweaks can get your gear working harder and signaling farther. Here are three handy options for common signal equipment. Let’s just hope we never need them. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 19, 2013

    Survival Tips: 5 Important First-Aid Items To Replace - 1

    A first aid kit is an essential piece of survival gear, and keeping it stocked and accessible is a must. But what happens when your good intentions go wrong? Perhaps someone you are treating is allergic to something in your kit. Or what you are doing just isn’t helping. You may be doing more harm than good.

    Here are five important items in a first aid kit to consider replacing: [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 14, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Chinook BleederPAK Trauma Kit - 0

    Traumatic injuries can end lives in minutes. Gunshot wounds, deep punctures, and long lacerations can leave the unprepared person helpless as precious blood spills onto the ground. These types of injuries require specialized gear, like the kind found in the new Chinook BleederPAK ($30).

    Why carry a separate trauma kit? There are a number of good reasons to have this type of gear in its own container. First, it speeds up first aid application. You have the needed supplies in one pouch ready to go at a moment’s notice. Another point to consider is if someone is bleeding profusely, you’re going to get blood (and maybe other fluids) on all of the gear in a single-compartment medical bag. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 11, 2013

    How To Use Fire As A Tool - 1

    Fire has a number of uses in the wilderness. Among many other things, it can generate heat, boil water, and summon rescue. But have you ever used fire as a “tool”? Fire has the amazing ability to consume materials, as well as to modify them. Here are three uses for fire that you might not have considered. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 8, 2013

    Navigation Tricks To Keep You On Track - 4

    Getting lost is one of the primary reasons that people find themselves in a survival situation in the outdoors. It can happen to anyone, anywhere; but it’s much more likely to occur when someone fails to keep track of their location, or when navigation skills are lacking. Getting lost can be a preventable problem, if you take the right precautions.

    To avoid getting lost on your next hunt or hike, put the following tricks into practice: [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 7, 2013

    Lost Couple Rescued In Wyoming - 1

    What would you write to your loved ones if you thought you were about to die? A Wisconsin couple spent some time thinking that over before they were rescued last Sunday night.

    According to the Billings Gazette, Mark and Kristine Wathke left Yellowstone Park on their way to Miles City, Mont., on Oct. 28. The Google Maps app on their phone instructed them to take Highway 212 over Beartooth Pass, but what it failed to tell them was that the road had been closed since September. At 10,000 feet in the mountain pass, their Kia Forte became stuck in snow around 5 p.m. Out of cell phone range, and mired in near-blizzard conditions, calling for help wasn’t an option, and neither was walking. So the Wathke’s spent the next few days living off some groceries in the car, huddled in piles of their clothing. [ Read Full Post ]


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