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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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Ruger 10/22, best .22 rifle, .22 caliber survival rifle

Best .22 rifle for hunting or survival? Take a look at the Ruger 10/22

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Everybody needs a .22 rifle in their survival firearms battery. Some 50 years ago I bought a Ruger 10/22, and I still think it is the best choice for a .22 rifle. Here is why.

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best water shoe, Merrell capra water shoe

Best water shoe review: Merrell Capra

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Here’s a solid shoe designed for the canoeist, kayaker or anyone who does a lot of water activities, and who might need to portage.

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heat, stay cool when power goes down

10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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Think about possible weather scenarios – hot or cold – as part of your family’s preparedness plans. How will you stay cool if some emergency knocks out the power grid during a heat wave?

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How to pack an earthquake/disaster kit for college students

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What does a college student need for an earthquake/disaster preparedness emergency backpack? Here’s what I packed for my daughter.

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kerosene lanterns, emergency lighting,

Propane or gas: How to choose a lantern and/or stove fuel

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Should you get a propane or gas lantern or stove? Tank or canister? What are the advantages, disadvantages and what considerations should you be aware of?

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These three long guns are good, reliable choices for the beginner with no experience.

Video: The top three firearms choices for beginner outdoorspeople

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A consistent ” Where do I start?” firearms question keeps coming in from newcomers. If you don’t have any firearms, what should you buy and what do you need? Here are my top three choices.

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D Day, D Day Omaha Beach

D-Day: A La Pine, Oregon veteran recalls Omaha Beach landing

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Today, on on the 73nd anniversary of D Day, I hope to honor my friend, Bob Shotwell, 93, of La Pine, Oregon, by posting his recollections.

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The Dechstein 100 percent wool mittens, sweater and socks are durable, effective choices for cold weather wear.

Five reasons to try wool socks for summer hiking comfort

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It may seem counter intuitive, but the best socks for hot summer hiking may be wool.

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Why don’t all Boy Scouts carry and use fixed blade knives?

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A rigid blade knife is the best choice for bushcrafting, IMO, but some scouts aren’t allowed to carry and use them.

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