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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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How much water is enough to survive?

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Without water, our bodies can get into serious trouble quickly – just a matter of days before dehydration sets in. Why do many people keep extra food, but don’t store water?

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

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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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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The Battle Horse Feather Stick, top, is based on the classic Scandinavian do-it-all knife design.

Review: Battle Horse Feather Stick may be the ultimate Scandi knife

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Love your Mora™ knife, but want something tougher? Check out the Battle Horse Knives™ Feather Stick™.

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Eight tips for staying warm when cold weather camping

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You don’t want to get cold when you’re camping and the weather gets chilly. Here are some tips to help you stay warm.

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This T-18 Mora knife has had the sheath modifed for safety and is moderately priced. (Leon Pantenburg photo)

Best beginner knife? We (video) review the Mora 840 Companion

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Take a hard look at the Mora 840 Companion if you’re looking for the best beginner knife.

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12 tips for finding a safe campsite

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Setting up for the night, or making an emergency camp in the wilderness? Here are some things to think about before you camp anywhere.

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Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t fall on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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Five tips for accessing the water stored in a water heater during an emergency

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You have a large reservoir of potable water in your house, just waiting to be tapped. Here’s how to use the reserve stored in the water heater when an emergency happens.

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