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Don’t panic | Simple survival tips for using a map and compass

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It’s really hard to think when there’s this awful, nauseating realization that you may be lost. Suppose you have a map and compass along, and a basic idea of how to use them. But maybe you didn’t think about using the navigation tools until it was too late…

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This pocket survival kit has many items that could help you survive disasters or emergencies.

Learn how to make an urban/wilderness survival kit

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Learn how to make an urban/wilderness survival kit you can carry everywhere.

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Worth Reading: ‘Camping’s Forgotten Skills: Backwoods Tips From a Boundary Waters Guide’

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One way to prepare for potential emergencies is to read and learn from informative books with practical, usable information. “Camping’s Forgotten Skills: Backwoods Tips From a Boundary Waters Guide” by Cliff Jacobson is a literary resource that should be part of any survival or prepper library.

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

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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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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Dry Canyon, near Bend, Oregon.

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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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

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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