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Make a survival kit, read reviews on survival gear, learn the best gear for emergency shelters, backpacking, sleeping bags and survival knives. Focusing on outdoor wilderness survival situations and snow camping.

How to: Choose the right sleeping bag

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Too light a sleeping bag can put you in danger of hypothermia. Too heavy a bag may be too hot for comfort. Here’s how to pick a good one for your specific needs.

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For Wilderness and Urban Safety: Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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Prevent loss of small critical survival items by attaching a poptop, and securing them to a clip or lanyard.

Don’t lose your gear: Pop a top for equipment safety

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Hanging on to your survival tools can be critical. But many of the items are difficult to secure. Here’s how to use a pop top to secure just about anything.

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Don’t be left in the dark – prepare for power outages now!

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What steps for emergency lighting should you take to make sure you don’t end up sitting in the dark?

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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The Bark River Trakker Companion is designed for the smaller bushcrafting tasks.

Another look at the Bark River Trakker Companion

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to knives.

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Why you should make a mini survival kit part of your wardrobe

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This collection of survival items in your wardrobe may get you through an emergency!

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Survival lights: We check out the 5.11 XBT A2 compact flashlight

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You need a good, rugged light when getting off the pavement. The XBT may be an excellent choice for you.

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Tool review: Huron 13-inch Half Hatchet

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Looking for a good, usable hatchet to add to your preparedness gear? Then check out this Huron.

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