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A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

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In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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Why you should make a mini survival kit part of your wardrobe

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This collection of survival items in your wardrobe may get you through an emergency!

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Tool review: Huron 13-inch Half Hatchet

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Looking for a good, usable hatchet to add to your preparedness gear? Then check out this Huron.

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Typical Idaho elk hunting terrain. Out here, you earn any game animal. (Pantenburg photos)

Rain suit or poncho: What is the best rain gear for your outdoor survival needs?

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Carrying rain gear should be a no-brainer. But what is the best rain suit? Or, is a rain suit even the best choice for you?

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Gaiters are an integral part of snowshoeing equipment.

Gaiters | Five tips to choose the best pair for any conditions

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Low cut, ankle-high or ten-to-18-inch boots? Before you invest in some expensive footwear, give some thought to gaiters.

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The Orion 65 has large capacity and really good insulation

Best extreme cooler | Orion 65 Cooler review

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Most of us don’t need a high end cooler. But when you do need one, it could be worth every penny of the investment. We check out the Orion 65 quart cooler.

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Reader’s comments: Controlling panic when canoe capsizes in whitewater

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After my immediate shock of being in the water, gasping for air between waves, I recalled something one of your newsletters or blog posts mentioned about survival. I thought you might be interested that in the face of a stressful situation, your words of advice came to me and helped me.

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Five reasons to use a survival knife lanyard

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Ever wonder what to do with that hole in the knife handle? It can be an important safety feature. Here’s how to use it.

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Biomass backpacking stove review: Check out the SilverFire Scout

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Looking for a way to cut backpack weight? Or a practical stove for an emergency kit? A biomass stove might be what you need, and here is one worth considering.

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Survival gear review: Solo Stove Titan biomass-fueled

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My biomass Solo Stove has been a constant companion in the backcountry since I got it last year. But the latest offering from the company, the Titan may prove to be even more useful to the prepper/survivalist.

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