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Prepare, practice these tips to keep kids safe outdoors

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Here are some steps to make your child as safe as possible outdoors. The outing preparation should start long before you arrive at the trailhead.

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

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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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Tool review: Huron 13-inch Half Hatchet

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Looking for a good, usable hatchet to add to your preparedness gear? Then check out this Huron.

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Video: 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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Survival fishing: How to make a trotline from paracord

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Time is precious during an emergency. If you can make a fish trap or run a trot line, these can gather food, even while you’re doing something else.

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The Kellam Hawk

Knife review: Kellam Hawk is traditional puukko design with modern materials

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Check out this Scandinavian, traditionally-designed user knife. This small, compact knife may be all you need.

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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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