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Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack

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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Go squirrel hunting to learn wilderness survival skills

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

How do you learn  the basic survival skills of marksmanship, stalking, concealment and skinning and processing game animals? Take up squirrel hunting.

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Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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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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Best survival firemaking method | Use cotton balls, Vaseline and ferro rod

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Here is my go-to fire making method for survival situations and how to use it. My number one choice is a combination of cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly and ignited with a ferro rod.

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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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knife fads, best survival knife, best bushcraft knife

Five knife fads and fashions that need to go away

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Cutlery goes through fads and fashion cycles just like anything else. Here are a few that need to fade into the sunset.

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How to choose the right grind for your bushcraft/survival/preparedness knife

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The grind, or edge confirmation, of a blade will determine what jobs it does well. Here’s how to choose that best grind for your knife.

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Feather sticks make good firestarting materials and they are easy to carve.

Five tips to make better feather sticks for firemaking

600 318 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Suppose you need to start a fire, it’s been raining, and all the sticks are wet. Here’s how to make dry firestarting materials.

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Gear you don’t need: Dump the mylar blankets from your survival kit

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Do you carry a mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

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