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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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make charcloth, survival firemaking

How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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L.T. Wright GNS

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

600 343 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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People enjoy talking about new technology, equipment or skills that they have learned. They are justifiably proud of their new knowledge.

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

375 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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The SPOT Gen3 locater beacon should be accompanied by navigation gear.

Start with these basics for your wilderness survival gear

600 318 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Let this be your mantra: “I will save me. My survival kit won’t save me. My equipment or gear can’t save me.”

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Agnes and Charles Hallowell, my great-grandparents, probably about 1920 (?)

Ten skills that helped my family survive the Great Depression

600 346 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

What lessons from the Great Depression might apply today? Here’s how my family got by.

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A wall tent may be the best choice for extended periods of camping or survival.

How to choose a canvas wall tent for hunting, camping or long term survival

533 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

A wall tent could be a long term emergency shelter or a hunter’s home in a remote location. Thinking about getting one? Here’s what you need to know before investing.

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Pilot bread

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

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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