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Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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Don’t panic | Simple survival tips for using a map and compass

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

It’s really hard to think when there’s this awful, nauseating realization that you may be lost. Suppose you have a map and compass along, and a basic idea of how to use them. But maybe you didn’t think about using the navigation tools until it was too late…

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are the wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

Stay found: Orient your map before heading out into the backcountry

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

The best way to keep from getting lost in the wilderness, is to always know where you are. This starts with orienting your map before going anywhere. Here is how to do it.

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What is survival? Expert Peter Kummerfeldt explains what to know to survive anything

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Have an idea of what survival is before you get in a bad situation! Then you can know what your next steps might be.

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Reliable Power For Your GPS: What are the best batteries?

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Your GPS is as reliable as the batteries in it! Make the best choices for consistent power!

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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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I always carry a pencil and notebook in my compass setup. (Pantenburg photos)

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

348 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Stay found to stay out of trouble!

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Topographical maps show the terrain features of an area.

Four more maps for emergency evacuation survival

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A recent post “Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations” was very popular. Here’s four more maps.

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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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