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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?

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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

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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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Survive this: Make a Scandinavian log candle for emergency lighting

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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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Survival book review: The Alaska Homesteader’s Handbook

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Ever wonder how homesteaders in the Alaskan bush manage to get by in the extreme conditions? This book can give some insight.

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Survival Recipe: Make Marionberry or raspberry breakfast bars

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These breakfast bars can easily double as energy bars for a quick snack on a hike or any kind of outing. Just make the night before, place in plastic sandwich bags, and eat one whenever your energy starts dropping!

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Survival kit review video: The J. Bullivant Solar Backpack for urban survival

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Most people who would need survival tools after a disaster live in urban areas. In that case, the J. Bullivant Solar Backpack may be worth looking into.

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Survival kits: Video gear review of the Kelly Kettle Trekker

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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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Stay found: What are the best five back-up magnetic compasses?

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Do you carry a back-up compass when you leave the trail head? How accurate is it? Here are some of your options.

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