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Building an effective snow cave takes hard work and the right tools.

Do you need a machete in your emergency kit?

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I carry a machete in my car survival kit, and there are some tasks that a machete is ideally suited for. If you think one of those big South American knives is only good in the jungle or rain forests, think again!

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Know which fabrics make the best winter survival clothing

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Different fabrics have radically different properties. Choosing the wrong type, or mixing clothing of different materials, can be disastrous!

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Wiggy's sleeping bag, best sleeping bag, choose sleeping bag

How to: Choose the right sleeping bag

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Too light a sleeping bag can put you in danger of hypothermia. Too heavy a bag may be too hot for comfort. Here’s how to pick a good one for your specific needs.

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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

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

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Review: Is the Wood Mite Gravity Feed Rocket Stove the best choice for emergency use?

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Everyone, IMHO, ought to have a biomass stove in their survival/emergency gear. The Wood Mite Stove may be what you’re looking for. by Leon Pantenburg Wood Mite supplied this stove for a review. I was not paid to write this, and all I guarantee on any review of any product is a fair shake. At the time of publication, Wood…

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The L.T. Wright Next Gen is a great choice for an everyday carry knife.

Review: Best everyday carry knife? We check out the L.T. Wright ‘Next Gen’

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The best everyday carry knife is easy and convenient to take along. The “Next Gen” could be what you’re looking for.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: How to avoid becoming a flash flood victim

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Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States! Here are some of the things to look for in an area that might have a flash flood!

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How to survive recipes: Award-winning Dutch oven beer-braised rabbit

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In a survival situation, good tasty recipes you can do under primitive conditions are a survival tool. Here’s a great recipe for rabbit, either wild or domestic, that can be cooked outside, using the coals from a campfire.

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Video: The A-Frame Tarp Shelter: Simple, Lightweight and Effective

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It is virtually impossible to make an emergency waterproof shelter out of natural materials, even if you have the time, tools and practice! In many instances, the A-Frame tarp shelter may be the best choice!

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Preventing Dehydration During Emergencies

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“TREATING DEHYDRATION IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN PREVENTING IT, AND MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE IN THE OUTDOORS”

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