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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

Survival Knife Review: The Swiss Army Knife Classic?

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In many emergency situations, all you’ll have are the tools in your pockets. And a tiny knife is better than no knife at all. A Classic can be an important part of your survival kit.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Best .22 rifle for hunting or survival? Take a look at the Ruger 10/22

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Everybody needs a .22 rifle in their survival firearms battery. Some 50 years ago I bought a Ruger 10/22, and I still think it is the best choice for a .22 rifle. Here is why.

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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

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Review: Lightning-Strike Fire Starter

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During a backcountry emergency, you may stake your life on your firemaking tools. Here is a system that is worth looking at.

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Clothing

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Best water shoe review: Merrell Capra

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Here’s a solid shoe designed for the canoeist, kayaker or anyone who does a lot of water activities, and who might need to portage.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

A 55-gallon trash bag can make a quick, effective emergency shelter.
Video: Make a trash bag shelter part of your survival kit
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No piece of survival equipment is worth anything if you don’t have it with you! A trash bag shelter is compact, lightweight and convenient to carry. Consider including one in your survival kit!

Bark River Knives, best survival knife, best hunting knife
Video: Best belt/hunting knife | Check out the Ambush Tundra
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The new Ambush Tundra, made by Bark River Knives, combines a classic blade design with an ergonomic handle that just won’t quit.

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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.

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.