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I love sleeping out under the stars. While I will not use my tarp or tent, I won't forgo my Downmat 7!

Choose the best sleeping pad for camping or backpacking

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Getting a good night’s sleep in the wilderness depends on a lot of variables. Don’t forget the sleeping pad! Here’s how to pick one that works for you.

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Bark River Saex

Bark River Seax: Ancient design + modern materials = high performance knife

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There’s a reason this knife is a classic. It flat-out works. It’s a blade design that has withstood the test of time. It’s my do-it-all knife.

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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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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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For Wilderness and Urban Safety | Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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Dry sticks can be found in wet situations if you know where to look.

Five tips for finding dry sticks in wet weather

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Murphy’s Law states that the more desperately you need a fire, the harder it will be to build one. Most firemaking lessons stop with the initial ignition. But that first flame won’t last long if you don’t have dry sticks to feed the fire. Here’s how to find them.

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Happy Birthday Survival Common Sense: Why I started a survival blog that has lasted 14 years

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In the wilderness survival industry the average lifespan of a website is about 18 months. Survival Common Sense has been around for 14 years in October. Here is the “why” of that continued success. 

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These knives are carried by the elk hunters I hunt with. The designs and style reflect a variety of opinions on the subject of the best hunting knife!

Ten things to look for in a survival/bushcraft knife

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Everyone has different ideas about what they need in a survival/bushcraft/hunting knife. Here’s my top ten items to consider before buying one.

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make jerky, small game jerky, make venison jerky

Go squirrel hunting to learn wilderness survival skills

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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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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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