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Gear Review: How good is the SurvivalHax™ sleeping pad?

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A good camping sleeping pad is critical to survival camping, car camping, summer or winter camping. What are some of the characteristics of a good sleeping pad?

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Survival Knives and Gear

My every day carry knives: Left, Swiss Army Tinker, Swiss Army Classic and Fallkniven F1.

Survival Knife Review: The Swiss Army Knife Classic?

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In many emergency situations, the tools you have are what you’ve got. A Swiss Army Classic can be an important part of your survival kit.

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Hunting and Fishing

These three long guns are good, reliable choices for the beginner with no experience.

Video: The top three firearms choices for beginner outdoorspeople

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A consistent ” Where do I start?” firearms question keeps coming in from newcomers. If you don’t have any firearms, what should you buy and what do you need? Here are my top three choices.

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Survival Skills

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10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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Think about possible weather scenarios – hot or cold – as part of your family’s preparedness plans. How will you stay cool if some emergency knocks out the power grid during a heat wave?

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Survival Gear

How to pack an earthquake/disaster kit for college students

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What does a college student need for an earthquake/disaster preparedness emergency backpack? Here’s what I packed for my daughter.

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Make Fire

Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

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Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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Clothing

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Know which fabrics make the best winter survival clothing

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Different fabrics have radically different properties. Choosing the wrong type, or mixing clothing of different materials, can be disastrous!

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Take the right tools to build 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 to build one, you may waste your time.

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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

Try gluten free corn cakes made from storage foods
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I’ve been cutting back on eating wheat. But it is challenging to replace favorite foods that are wheat based. Here’s one for the recipe file.

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.