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Try these easy hydration sources from the grocery store

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So there is an opportunity to go on a quick, not planned hike. But you’re away from most of your gear, and need to carry some water. Before you go, stop at the grocery store and looks for these drinks and containers.

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Survival Knives

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Review: Bark River Edwin Forrest Bowie knife shows classic utility, design

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Bowie knives have always been the rage on the American frontier, ever since the 1830s. Today’s Bowies are better than ever and the traditional, proven design, combined with old-time craftsmanship and modern materials creates a new classic.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Five reasons to own a .22 rifle

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A firearm using the diminutive .22 rimfire cartridge should be in every survival/preparedness gear collection. Here is why you should consider adding one to yours.

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Make Fire

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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

Make room in your wallet for survival gear

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How do you add survival gear to an already overflowing wallet? Do you need to invest in a new one? Before you buy anything, put your current wallet on a reduction plan.

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Survival Skills

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Recipe: How to make frontloader washing machine laundry soap

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I’m not buying laundry soap again. This recipe is too easy and cheap, and it works too well to go back to buying commercial laundry soap products.

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Survival Gear

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Best survival knife? We take another look at the L.T. Wright Genesis

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Some knives you want to keep and use, no matter how many others you might have. The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of those keepers. In a moment of weakness, I sold my first one, regretted it immediately, and just had to get another. Here is why.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Emergency Shelter

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Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

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Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Video: Save big bucks with these laundry and dishwasher soap recipes
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My personal rebellion against high-priced laundry soap has spread to dishwashers. Check out this video and simple, easy recipe that will save you money!

This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.
Video: How to season cast iron cooking implements on a barbecue grill
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Cast iron cookware will last forever if you take care of it. But what happens if an implement is neglected and develops some rust? Or what about that crusty, dirty relic of an unsuccessful camping trip you find at a garage sale?

This pocket survival kit has many items that could help you survive disasters or emergencies.
Learn how to make an urban/wilderness survival kit
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Learn how to make an urban/wilderness survival kit you can carry everywhere.

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.