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Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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tarp shelter, survival tarp shelters, make tarp shelter

Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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Make room in your wallet for survival gear

560 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

How do you add survival gear to an already overflowing wallet? Do you need to invest in a new one? Before you buy anything, put your current wallet on a reduction plan.

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D Day, D Day Omaha Beach

La Pine, Oregon veteran recalls Omaha Beach landing on D Day

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

On this 74th anniversary of D Day, I hope to honor my friend, the late Bob Shotwell, by posting his recollections of the D Day amphibious assault.

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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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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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Hunting photos should tell the whole story.

10 tips for taking better hunting photos

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

That once in a lifetime photo of your trophy didn’t quite turn out like you planned? Here are some tips to help capture that elusive moment.

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Freezing fog and low visibility add to already hazardous driving conditions.

10 essential survival skills you need to know

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Probably the most-asked question about wilderness survival and preparedness is: “Where do I start?” and/or “What are the most important skills I need to learn?”

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This spoon fishing lure was made from a common kitchen spoon. It works very well! (Pantenburg photo)

Make a fishing lure from a kitchen spoon

300 246 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

One of the most useful, and effective fishing lures is the common spoon. Here’s how to make a good one, for pennies, from recycled materials.

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Three never fail Dutch oven recipes for campfire cooking

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New to Dutch oven cooking? These recipes are (virtually) foolproof. Learn how to wow your camping crowd with breakfast, dinner and dessert.

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Any of these lightweight saws are a better choice than a saw blade spine.

Peter Kummerfeldt: How to choose the best saw for a survival kit

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Saw or axe? Here’s some advice from a long-time survival expert.

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