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10 survival items for beginning apartment preppers

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Suppose you live in an apartment with limited storage space – what are some of the first things needed to start being prepared?

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Survival Knives and Gear

Bark River Saex

Bark River Seax: Ancient design + modern materials = high performance knife

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There’s a reason this knife is a classic. It flat-out works.

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Food and Cooking

Pilot bread

Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack

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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Make Fire

Best survival firemaking method | Use cotton balls, Vaseline and ferro rod

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Here is my go-to fire making method for survival situations and how to use it. My number one choice is a combination of cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly and ignited with a ferro rod.

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Clothing

Warm feet are part of any winter activity.

Five tips for keeping your feet warm in cold weather

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If you’re outside in cold weather, your feet may get cold. These tips may help them stay warm.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

I was able to quickly excavate this snow cave, using a piece of plexiglass and a small shovel. There was plenty of room for another person to work at the same time.
Take the right tools for building emergency snow shelters
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A snow shelter can save your life, but if you don’t have the time, tools and know-how, you’re wasting your time.

wool clothing
Peter Kummerfeldt: Dress to survive in extreme wilderness conditions
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Your first line of defense against hypothermia is your clothing. Make the right choices to survive

The fuel supply of a Zippo-style lighter tends to dry out quickly,
Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival firemaking
600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

There isn’t one, single dependable ignition source for survival firemaking. But here’s how to modify a Zippo lighter to be more reliable in your firemaking kit.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival blog with tips and techniques to help average people survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, with survival skills and emergency preparedness. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.