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Learn how to use the environment you are in to make a survival shelter, whether in the wilderness during the rainy season or in deep snow. Staying dry is the key to survival.

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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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Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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How to choose the best wool pants for winter comfort, camping and survival

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One of the first winter camping items you should get is wool pants. Here is how to pick the ones that will suit your needs best.

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Cotton kills | Do not choose this material for outdoor wear

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Cotton has wonderful absorption properties. But those very same qualities are what makes cotton a poor choice for preparedness clothing. Here is why cotton is a really bad choice for your outdoor wear.

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10 tips for warm sleeping in cold weather camping

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Nothing is more miserable that a night spent shivering from the cold or where you just can’t stay comfortably warm. Here are 10 tips for staying warm and getting a good night’s sleep.

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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!

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Review: Elk Mountain Tent may be best choice for long-term, harsh weather camping

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Canvas wall tents have been a shelter standby since the Middle Ages. Today, a wall tent may still be the best choice for a survival/preparedness long-term shelter. Here is a good one to consider.

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A wall tent may be the best choice for extended periods of camping or survival.

How to choose a canvas wall tent for hunting, camping or long term survival

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A wall tent could be a long term emergency shelter or a hunter’s home in a remote location. Thinking about getting one? Here’s what you need to know before investing.

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This tent is designed for winter camping, and cold temperatures.

Choose the best four-season backpacking tent for winter camping

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How do you choose a four-season backpacking tent? Well, the right tent for you for winter camping may take some looking, so get started now. Here are some considerations and suggestions.

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Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out

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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

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