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Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations

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What kind of maps do you need to function in urban and/or wilderness situations? What happens during a disaster where you are forced to evacuate and need to travel by road, then go off road and finally cross country?

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Bandanas come in any color and design.

10 ways to use a bandana as an urban/wilderness survival tool

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I carry a bandana, or handkerchief, everywhere. Here’s why you should, too.

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Prepare, practice these tips to keep kids safe outdoors

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Here are some steps to make your child as safe as possible outdoors. The outing preparation should start long before you arrive at the trailhead.

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Soapmaking 101 for a survival situation

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In a real survival scenario there won’t be any grocery stores to go buy soap or supplies. Learning to make soap is a very good skill to learn…before you actually need to use it!

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A shovel and toilet paper (in a waterproof container) are vital aspects of any backcountry privy construction. (Leon Pantenburg photos)

Check out these 10 natural substitutes in the wilderness for toilet paper

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What if you don’t have any toilet paper when nature calls in the woods? Here are 10 natural substitutes.

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How long should the blade be on a survival/bushcraft knife?

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Suppose you want to invest in a knife for bushcraft and/or overall outdoor use. Which blade length is best?

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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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Video: Survival lessons from the 1845 Meek’s Cutoff Wagon Trail through the Oregon desert

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One of the most desperate survival tales associated with the westward expansion was about a lost wagon train in 1845 in the Oregon desert. Here’s what I found when I went searching.

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Video: How to make charcloth, a miracle survival kit fire starter

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember.

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