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Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Where in that urban wilderness maze of outdoor stores, catalogs, websites and eBay will you find the gear you need? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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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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wool mittens, wool, wool clothing

Know which fabrics make the best winter survival clothing

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Different fabrics have radically different properties. Choosing the wrong type, or mixing clothing of different materials, can be disastrous!

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Troop 18 bought 50 Mora 840 Companions for the scouts to use.

Five reasons Boy Scouts should use rigid blade knives

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Many Boy Scout councils and camps ban fixed-blade knives. Here’s why they shouldn’t. (And why the well-prepared survivalist/prepper should consider adding a fixed blade to his survival gear.) by Leon Pantenburg I love folding knives, and carry one daily. As an assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 18 in Bend, Oregon, and a skills trainer, I am sometimes asked for…

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moss myth busted, find directions from moss

Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

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Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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How to make healthy Hudson Bay Bread for outdoor energy

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Need energy on the trail? Here is a time-tested favorite from the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota! Not only does it supply energy, but also tastes great!

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, start by anticipating where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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Check out this first aid product for stopping bleeding

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Get reliable gear: No first aid kit is any good if you don’t know how to use it. No miracle product is going to work if you don’t know what to do with it. Take a first aid class now, before you need it.

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Video review: Take a look at the SilverFire Scout backpacking twig-fueled stove

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Biomass cooking, where the stove is fueled with twigs, wood chips and other pieces of organic stuff is an idea whose time has come. I really liked the original SilverFire Scout® biomass stove. But this new, improved model is even better.

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Mora knives, best beginner knife, best survival knife

Survival knife review: The lightweight, practial and inexpensive Mora may be the best all-around choice

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While I’ve yet to find the ultimate do-everything survival knife, a Mora can come really close!

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