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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

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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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heat, stay cool when power goes down

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

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Some parts of the country are already suffering through a heat wave. An emergency situation, caused by a summer storm, may be worsened by hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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A shovel and toilet paper (in a waterproof container) are vital aspects of any backcountry privy construction. (Leon Pantenburg photos)

Make a portable privy or ‘How to do number two’ in the woods

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Where’s the bathroom? Where will you do Number Two? If you’re camping, or setting up a campsite, one of the first and most important tasks is to set up the latrine.

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As a hardcore survival stove, i.e. one that will keep on functioning regardless of the circumstances, you can't beat one that's fueled with biomass. Here's one worth considering.

Review: The improved SilverFire Survivor biomass stove is a good addition to your emergency gear

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If the powergrid goes down, your propane, charcoal or gas stove will work great as long as you have fuel. But a biomass stove never runs out of fuel. Here’s a good choice.

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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wool mittens, wool, wool clothing

Five wool clothing tips to keep you from itching

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Can’t wear wool because it makes you itch? Here are some things to consider before you give up on the natural fiber.

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The Mini-Sportsman is a quality fillet/boning knife.

Knife review | The Bark River Kalahari Mini-Sportsman may be the fillet/boning knife for you

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A fillet knife may end up being the most useful blade you have. Here’s a new version of an already great piece of cutlery.

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Pilot bread

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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Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

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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 drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But combining several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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