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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Survival kits: Video gear review of the Kelly Kettle Trekker backpacking stove

553 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Biomass-fueled outdoor implements are the way to go, IMO, and here is a great way to cook and boil water quickly, using sticks, twigs and other forest debris.

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This pocket-sized box holds all the lures I need for a day of smallmouth bass fishing on Oregon's John Day River.

Should you include fishing gear in a pocket survival kit?

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Many commercial personal survival kits include hooks, sinkers and fishing line. I don’t see much value in fishing equipment as part of an emergency survival tool. Here’s why.

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Afraid of the dark?

Video: Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Here are some ways to help you deal with this fear of darkness issue before it develops into a survival situation.

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Video: Make a Scandinavian log candle for emergency lighting

448 325 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

What if there isn’t much wood available, you want to stay warm and also be able to see in the dark? One possibility might be to make a log candle.

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