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Find simple gear to make everyday carry survival kits

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It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a quick snowshoe trek or an hour-long stroll along a wooded path – basic survival tools should be taken along. This gear, or kit, must be lightweight and convenient to carry, or it gets left behind. Here’s what to get.

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Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?

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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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Why you should make a mini survival kit part of your wardrobe

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This collection of survival items in your wardrobe may get you through an emergency!

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How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Charcloth is a material that has been “cooked” like charcoal is at high temperatures until it becomes black. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember. This ember can be transferred to a tinder bundle and blown into a flame.

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How To: Combine charcloth and a non-functional lighter for ignition

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Suppose your butane and/or Zippo-style lighter both fail, but continue to spark. Here is how you can use a piece of charcloth to catch a spark and get that initial ignition.

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