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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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Afraid of the dark?

Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this problem before it develops into a survival situation.

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Typical Idaho elk hunting terrain. Out here, you earn any game animal. (Pantenburg photos)

Leave a note and save your life!

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If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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Freezing fog and low visibility add to already hazardous driving conditions.

10 essential survival skills you need to know

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Probably the most-asked question about wilderness survival and preparedness is: “Where do I start?” and/or “What are the most important skills I need to learn?”

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Soapmaking 101 for a survival situation

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In a real survival scenario there won’t be any grocery stores to go buy soap or supplies. Learning to make soap is a very good skill to learn…before you actually need to use it!

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Survival book review: The Alaska Homesteader’s Handbook

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Ever wonder how homesteaders in the Alaskan bush manage to get by in the extreme conditions? This book can give some insight.

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Before the hurricane hits: What to take along if you must evacuate

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Nobody wants to worry about being forced to evacuate your home quickly. But what if you had to? Here are some suggestions from the American Red Cross about what to take along.

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Campfire Survival Cooking: Learn the Green Stick Tripod Method

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Some of the most valuable survival tools are simple, useful methods of doing everyday tasks. Here’s a simple way to cook over a campfire when you don’t have a grill or some sort of pot holder.

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How to make chicken fajitas with storage foods

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This week’s survival recipe features Dried Chicken Dices.

These chicken dices can be substituted in virtually any dish that uses fresh chicken. The chicken dices are great in Chicken Noodle soup, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Fajitas, Casseroles, Chicken Pot Pies, just to name a few.

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Pinto beans are a standard storage food staple, and cooking them is easy.

Biomass stove survival cooking video: How to make Re-fried Beans

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Beans are a staple of long term food storage, and for good reason. But how can you serve beans regularly, while still adding some variety?

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