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BioScarf, winter hat

BioScarf™ provides air filtration with warmth and protection

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Think a scarf is just a fashion accessory? Most probably are. But when the Shinola Hits The Fan, this BioScarf™ might also be a survival tool

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Survival Knives

Benchmade Puukko knife, scandi knives

Review: Traditional design Benchmade 200 Puukko is super scandi-style belt knife

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Check out this utility knife with a design that goes back about 1,000 years. The Benchmade Puukko may be that user you have been looking for.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Review: L.T. Wright Large Northern Hunter

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It’s one thing to call a knife a hunter. It’s another if the knife actually works in the field as a hunting knife. In this case, the L.T. Wright Large Northern Hunter is accurately named.

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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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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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Survival Skills

Encourage preparedness mindset with this book: “The Unthinkable”

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“The Unthinkable” is not about disaster recovery: It’s about what happens in the midst of one – before emergency personnel arrive. It’s about the human reaction to disaster and how you should act if you want to survive.

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Survival Gear

Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t slip on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

How to make tasty venison meat loaf in a Dutch oven

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Try this tasty recipe for venison meatloaf that can be made in a Dutch oven. There is comfort food and there is survival food, and there is no reason a recipe can’t be the same for both dishes!

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Emergency Shelter

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Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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Just about every survival manual shows how to build a snow cave. But the reality is that most people don’t have the skill, tools or time to effectively use this technique. These young scouts did it and you can, too.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?
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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

Afraid of the dark?
Video: 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 fear of darkness issue before it develops into a survival situation.

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Video: Make your own solar powered emergency interior lights
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Have some of those solar-powered outdoor garden lights on the path outside? Here’s how to adapt them to an interior emergency lighting setting.

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