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Gear review: Wiggy’s Thule is a great winter camping sleeping bag

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

A reliable sleeping bag is a vital survival tool, and a faulty one can be dangerous. Here’s what I learned about Wiggy’s sleeping bags..

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Mark's hardtack recipe is tasty and nutritious!

Try making hardtack: A great, cheap addition to your survival gear

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Even after yeast was discovered by the Egyptians, there was a purpose for unleavened breads.

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Pilot bread

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

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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Wilderness area, Oregon Cascades.

Serious as a heart attack: Would you know the symptoms if and when they happen?

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Everybody needs to know the symptoms of a heart attack. Here’s the story of my wake-up call.

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snow trench tarp shelter

Learn these eight tarp and equipment tips for emergency snow shelter camping

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A tarp shelter can provide very comfortable sleeping quarters in deep snow. Here’s some gear tips to help you build that shelter.

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Protect your head with a wool hat | WeatherWool Boonie Hat review

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If I’m outdoors, chances are I’m wearing wool. The WeatherWool Boonie™ is a hat to consider for cool, wet weather.

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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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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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Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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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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