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Leon Pantenburg’s Survival Blog and Travel Log, covering tips and techniques for surviving a wilderness emergency or urban disaster.

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Videos: Ten+ survival items under $20 each that work really well

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Your survival gear needs to work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need the most expensive stuff. Here are 10 excellent survival items that cost under $20 each.

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Camp inside to survive power outages during winter storms

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Use your camping gear and skills to survive inside your house during winter storms.

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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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Video: Make safe, waterproof survival fire starter out of throwaway recyclable materials

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Survival gear doesn’t have to be expensive – it just has to work. This very effective – and waterproof – fire starter is easily made out of throwaway recyclable materials you probably already have.

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Bark River UP Gunny or Bravo – Which is the best knife for you?

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It’s a wonderful quandary: Bark River UP Gunny or UP Bravo? Which one do you want to buy? The UP Bravo is the knife I would have designed for me. But the BR Gunny is one of my favorite knife series. Which one will be the best choice for you? 

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Five quick tips to break in new boots or shoes

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What is the quickest, most effective way to break in new shoes or boots? Here are some tips.

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Happy anniversary Survival Common Sense!

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I never imagined writing a wilderness survival blog and getting a book published about survival skills. Most wilderness survival sites last about 18 months, Survivalcommonsense.com celebrated its eleventh anniversary this October.

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You need to know these six preparedness tips

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The most critical element of emergency preparedness is planning. If you fail to plan, you’re gambling with your life. Learn about the disasters that affect your area and how you can get alerts and emergency messages.

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Best outdoors pants | A review the UF PRO P-40 All-Terrain pants

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Your clothing is your first line of defense against hypothermia, hyperthermia, sunburn, frostbite, scrapes and wounds etc. Like any piece of survival gear, choose your pants wisely.

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Hunting and Survival Knives for Sale

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Check out these greatly-reduced prices on quality hunting and survival knives. These are Leon Pantenburg’s personal knife collection. Some are new and others are slightly-used after performing a detailed spec review for readers. I won’t recommend or sell a product I wouldn’t use myself.

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