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How important is a hat in your hot weather survival gear?

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Don’t overlook your hat when choosing outdoor survival clothing. Here is how to pick a hat that may save you from heat stroke and/or severe sunburn.

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Cutlery Reviews

The L.T. Wright Next Gen worked really well to process 80 pounds of chicken at a company picnic.

Check out these ten top everyday carry knives

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What are the best choices for that knife you’ll carry every day and use for everything?

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

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Survival fishing video: How to bait a hook with chicken liver

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One of the most effective baits for catfish is chicken liver. Here is one method for keeping it on the hook.

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Making Fire

The L.T. Wright Next Gen (top) and Rouge River are great user knives.

How to: Baton firewood with a butter knife

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Most survival knife reviews at some point show the blade being pounded – or batoned -through a block of firewood. But batoning is not a big deal if you use the right technique. This method is so simple you can baton firewood with a butter knife.

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Emergency Shelter

Urban camouflage: Why you should blend in to walk home after a disaster

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You’re driving home from work, something “big” just happened and you’re completely stuck in gridlock on the highway. But, you’re prepared for this scenario. You abandon your car, grab your Get-Your-Ass-Home backpack out of your trunk and start walking. How do you blend in with all the unprepared people, so you don’t become a target for muggers? Here are some ‘fashion’ tips to get you home safe.

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Survival Gear

Review: African Ranger barefoot boots

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Barefoot boots have become a “thing.” The concept is that barefoot shoes/boots allow the foot to react to the ground as it would if the walker was walking barefoot. These Jim Green Barefoot Boots are sturdy hikers that may be a good entry into the barefoot boots world.

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Survival Skills

Review: Gerber Impromptu tactical pen best choice for extreme conditions

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Your survival tools should include some way of communication. Electronics are wonderful, but consider a reliable pen and notebook. The Gerber Impromptu tactical pen may be what you need in your survival gear, and here is why.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

The L.T. Wright Next Gen (top) and Rouge River are great user knives.
How to: Baton firewood with a butter knife
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Most survival knife reviews at some point show the blade being pounded – or batoned -through a block of firewood. But batoning is not a big deal if you use the right technique. This method is so simple you can baton firewood with a butter knife.

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Video: Bushcraft Basics teaches wilderness skills to help urbanites survive
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Can bushcraft skills and techniques be adapted to urban settings? I think so, and that is what my book is all about: “Bushcraft Basics: A Common Sense Wilderness Survival Handbook”.

Video: Make a tasty, healthy tea with common ‘weeds’
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Summer is here, and if you’re doing anything outside you need to stay hydrated. Try weed (or herb) tea. Drinking lots of water isn’t enough – you also need electrolytes. This video shows a simple tea recipe that supplies vitamins and minerals and uses common weeds

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help typical folks 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.