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Learn this tip to stay found in the wilderness

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A baseball field backstop keeps the ball from going to far. Here is how to create a “backstop” in the wilderness to keep you from going in the wrong direction.

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Handle design video | Most important part of choosing a survival/bushcraft knife?

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One of the first decisions when buying a knife should be how well the handle fits your hand. Here is how to find a knife handle that best fits your needs.

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Video: Ten things to look for when choosing a pocket knife

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You made the first decision in knife-buying, and opted for a folder over a rigid-blade knife. What else do you need to consider before investing in a quality folding knife?

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Mosquitoes can carry many different diseases.

Should You Buy the Hook and Tackle Bug-X shirt?

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What’s the best way to co-exist with biting insects? Here is a new product that might be what you need.

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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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Include an insulated pad for sitting upon, because the plastic bag doesn't have any insulation. (Photo copyright 2013 Peter Kummerfeldt)

Six survival uses for plastic bags

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I carry a variety of plastic bags in all my survival kits. They can be worth their weight in gold during an emergency.

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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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Ruger 10/22, best .22 rifle, .22 caliber survival rifle

Best .22 rifle for hunting or survival? Take a look at the Ruger 10/22

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Everybody needs a .22 rifle in their survival firearms battery. Some 50 years ago I bought a Ruger 10/22, and I still think it is the best choice for a .22 rifle. Here is why.

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best water shoe, Merrell capra water shoe

Best water shoe review: Merrell Capra

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Here’s a solid shoe designed for the canoeist, kayaker or anyone who does a lot of water activities, and who might need to portage.

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heat, stay cool when power goes down

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

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Think about possible weather scenarios – hot or cold – as part of your family’s preparedness plans. How will you stay cool if some emergency knocks out the power grid during a heat wave?

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