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  Condor Solveig Assault Pack The best just got better. The redesigned Condor Solveig pack is a highly functional pack for both urban and outdoor environment. Main compartment with contour shaped zipper for the benefit
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  Primose (Primula vulgaris) It is a perennial growing 10–30 cm (4–12 in) tall, with a basal rosette of leaves which are more-or-less evergreen in favoured habitats. It flowers in early spring in the northern
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If you’re looking for a sustainable way to stockpile fresh fruits and vegetables without spending tons of cash, then consider building a DIY greenhouse. Don’t get me wrong; I think every prepper should have canned
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  Wind Turbines vs Solar Panels I am often asked which is better - a wind turbine, or solar modules. The answer, of course, is that it isn't as simple as stating which technology is
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Hurricane Florence is hurtling toward the US East Coast. It strengthened to a Category-4 storm on Monday afternoon. Its wind speed is about 130 mph. It is expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday morning
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Many preppers plan on having a garden and growing crops when SHTF…but what about a reliable source of meat? For those who are interested in raising animals, you might be wondering which animal you should
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Instead of diving straight into the survival knife reviews, let’s start with something very basic – what a survival knife is for. Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to
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There are tons of articles on survival antibiotics, specifically, fish antibiotics for humans. Most are are filled with outdated information and are little more than pitch pages for crappy books. We decided to put this
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Bug out Bag Gear Redundancy Solutions
Redundancy in Bug out Bag Gear This may seem obvious but redundancy in bug out bag gear doesn’t always mean having two of something. It’s closer to the old saying, “There’s more than one way to
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Alaska has more guns per citizen than any two states combined, except Texas, and is 46th out of 50 states in gun related deaths and violence. As horrible as these home-grown terrorist tragedies are, they
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Water Storage: How To Store the Most Important Emergency Item. The average human can survive without food for a month or more depending on the circumstances, but cannot survive without water for more than three
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Survival Trapping 101
Videos Courtesy of Georgia Trapper In a survival situation, survival trapping using specific traps can capture animals that provide us precious calories from meat and fat. Think of them as little hunters that you put
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#10 cans or mylar bags
#10 cans or Mylar Bags If you have been shopping for long term food storage recently you've probably wondered about the difference between food producers that use #10 cans or Mylar Bags. So I thought
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As a gunsmith and competitive shooter, I know a lot about firearms but I have never been in a firefight. Not knowing about Gunshot Wound Treatment in the event I am in one and someone I care
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The Mother of All Bug Out Bag Lists If you are a regular reader then you know that we used to own and build the "Ultimate Bug Out Bags" line of professional bug out bags.
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Why are Survival Shelters in the Woods Important? Why do you need to know how to build a survival shelter? When most people are asked "what is most likely to kill you in a survival
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September 21, 2018 GENEVA (Reuters) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards and army carried out a joint aerial military drill in the Gulf on Friday in what official media said indicated the “pounding reply” that awaited
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Are you fascinated by lost at sea movies? Don't you think it's fascinating how the characters come up with strategic ways to survive using only what they've got? While you might think it can only
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Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans.
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Survival Knives 101

Survival Knives 101

Here’s the idea: The survival knife should be a part of you. You wear it all your waking hours (at least). You feel comfortable using it in almost any situation. Excluding hunting or combat, the survival knife is more important than a gun, and a lot more versatile. In fact, using it should be so automatic that you’re free to think creatively about what you can do with it.

The reality is that like guns, it’s difficult to carry a large survival knife all the time and practicing with it is not necessarily easier than going to a shooting range. So many people, even those with military training or considerable backcountry experience might not be proficient with a survival knife in a true survival situation.

For the average survivalist, if there is such a thing, acquiring and using a true survival knife is often a new experience. It can also be confusing. There are many knives on the market, some explicitly labelled survival knives. Which of them is really designed for survival situations?

What to Look for in a Survival Knife:  Quick Study Sheet Knife Brand – Ultimately, the reputation, policies and specifications of a brand (knife manufacturer) are the only things short of your own field-use that indicate
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Survival Knives: Blade Design There are thousands of knife blade types – wandering through a well-stocked knife shop or website can be bewildering. The design of a blade is supposed to be the result of
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Ever Wondered What the Different Parts of a Knife Called? Before discussing what the different parts of a knife are called, we must first discuss what type of knife we are discussing. As with most things
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It would be simple to say that when you purchase a survival knife, especially an expensive one, what you’re paying for is the best knife steel, or the quality steel of the blade. The thing
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Survival Knives 101-3: Characteristics of a Good Survival Knife Blade If you’ve read Survival Knives 101: The Uses of a Good Survival Knife, you’ll know that the name of the game for this type of
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Instead of diving straight into the technical details of a survival knife, let’s start with something very basic –  Survival Knife Uses.  Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to 8
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Outdoor Survival Skills 101


Outdoor Skills 101

Our Outdoor Survival Skills 101 guide was developed with the purpose of teaching various skills that are useful in camping, hiking, and survival situations. In addition, we provide helpful tips for using materials that are found in nature to construct shelters, determine direction, or trap small game.

You will find valuable information about bush-craft skills such as locating and purifying water from natural sources and finding suitable camping grounds. Learn fire building basics, including choosing the best wood, tinder, and fire starters. Discover techniques for simple first aid, emergency survival skills, and much more.

Whether you are an avid outdoors person or a beginner, we hope these guides inspire you to experience the great outdoors in new and exciting ways.

Why Should You Learn Wilderness Navigation Skills? Survival often dictates that we make do with the materials we have on hand. Although it would be nice to have an electronic GPS unit with an unlimited
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A sustainable food source is arguably one of the most important aspects of a successful survival plan. Building survival traps are an excellent way to diversify your current food procurement plans without spending a lot of
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Product: Katadyn The Importance of  Potable Water in a Survival Situation The importance of water to the human body should be obvious to most of us. Comprised of 75% water, we need to consume approximately
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Why are Survival Shelters in the Woods Important? Why do you need to know how to build a survival shelter? When most people are asked "what is most likely to kill you in a survival
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Fire building is integral to any survival situation. We need fire for warmth, cooking, food preservation, and water purification, among other uses. Survival dictates that we understand how to build a fire with whatever materials
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Survivalist 101 - Survival Blog & Survival Store

Ultimate Bug Out Bag Tutorial

Building or buying the “Ultimate Bug Out Bag” is relative to each person’s situation. This is because these bags are designed to save your life and help you escape from danger or keep you alive while you head towards safety. The scope of this tutorial will be dedicated to the thought that is needed when planning and your bug out bag.

A “Bug Out Bag” or BOB is a pack you can carry that contains various items you will need to survive for a short or extended period of time. It should be designed to grab and take with you if you have to leave your residence in the event of an crisis. Read Full Tutorial

 Bugout Profile: What are the weather realities? Let’s suppose that you live in a northern U.S. city and disaster strikes, say citywide riots, and you need to grab your bug out bag and get (far) away from town. What’s the first thing you need to know is in your bug out bag? Lots of possible answers: Guns, food, medical supplies, but shouldn’t a question come first, where are you and what season is it? If
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Addressing Your Personal Needs When You Pack a Bug Out Bag: When you begin to pack a bug out bag, you need to consider some personal needs, medicine for example, may be critical. Other items, such as a Bible, speak to different needs in a survival situation. The point is not everything you put into your bugout bag is generic survival gear. Some of the gear should relate to your personal needs. This includes your
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Bug Out Location: Where are you most likely to be should you need to bug out? It’s an important question, because it’s a big part of determining your bug out plan and survival strategy. A lot depends on the type of disaster, survival means avoiding it, not running into it. Your bug out location could also influence what kind of bug out bag you maintain (and how many). Here are some points to consider. How much
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Bug Out Vehicles? Wherever you are going, how will you get there? When disaster strikes, it’s a good bet many people think they can jump into their favorite petroleum fueled bug out vehicle and bug out. Not so fast. Literally, it won’t go so fast. For one thing, assuming the disaster hasn’t wiped out most of the population or totally destroyed the road system, lots of people will be trying to do the same thing – bug
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Planning Bugout Bags: How long will survival conditions continue? Most disasters don’t cause generalized survival conditions, bugout bags need to be planned accordingly. Their effects, though severe, are usually dangerous (a matter of life or death) for only a few hours, days at most. It’s mainly disasters that radically change the economic and social environment, which create conditions where survival is difficult for most people and for a long period of time. Sometimes natural causes
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Survival Skills Quiz Bugout Profile: Assessing your survival skills and ability A disaster situation, especially one where survival may be at stake, exerts a lot of unusual pressure – on you. If you can grab your bug out bag, throw it in the car and drive to safety in a few hours – great. If not…. As we’ve mentioned several times in other bug out profile articles, there’s a big difference between disasters and emergency situations
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Bugout Profile: Family Bug Out Plan This is a common image for bugging out: You hear a warning, some kind of impending disaster. You run to the closet and grab your bugout bag. You head for the car, throw the bugout bag in the back seat, and drive away to your hideout in a nearby forest. Easy peasy. Except your two kids are in school, your wife is shopping at a local mall, and your
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Our Bug Out Bag Checklist Putting together a BOB from a generic bug out bag checklist (like the one below) can lead you to over-pack or to completely pack the wrong stuff.  Planning a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires an attention to detail, which is why we urge you to read our bug out bag planning tutorial in concert with this bug out bag checklist. On the plus side, using this bug out bag checklist will
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Should I Buy or build a bug out bag? Bug Out Bag List Why in the hell would I buy a bug out bag when I can build a bug out bag? We here this quite often, and the truth is, you shouldn't if you have the time and money to do it yourself. How's that for an opening line from a website that sells bug out bags? Bug out bags are personal; you should
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Why Develop a Bug Out Plan? Are you are a prepper? Great! Do you have a bug out plan, or very strong bug-in plan? If not, you are basically wasting your time prepping if an "end of the world as we know it" event happens. This is a pretty strong statement, especially from a website that specializes in prepping. A statement in which I'm sure some people may disagree. I used to be  one of those preppers; the ones
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Redundancy in Bug out Bag Gear This may seem obvious but redundancy in bug out bag gear doesn’t always mean having two of something. It’s closer to the old saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Redundancy in survival gear means having more than one way to cover a basic function. For example, some kind of stove can do the cooking, such as a backpacker’s butane stove. You can also cook over an
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Considerations for a Bug Out Bag Backpack When it comes to a bug out bag backpack, there’s a spectrum of options. At one end, there’s literally a non-descript bag, into which you throw survival gear and get out of Dodge. At the other end is a bug out bag, or more exactly a backpack, designed for emergency get out of town scenarios and pre-loaded with survival gear. This article focuses on the bug out bag itself (alternatively
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Bug Out Bag Essentials. Every article that you read about how to build a bug out bag is going to have a list of 50 or 60 items that you should include, but what if you just want to start a basic bag? Can you get away with just a handful of items? The answer is yes, but if you're only building a small bug out bag, you need to be choosy about what goes
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Putting together a bug out bag is really not that difficult if you have a bug out bag list to go by. However,  putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires a little bit more attention to detail. Using a bug out bag list will help you stay organized, allow you to check off items as they are packed, and highlight any items you may have missed or additional items you want to include
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So, You Want to Build the Ultimate Bug Out Bag, Right? If you're like me, you're just looking for the list of ideas so you can start building the bug out bag, right? We've got that in spades. This tutorial will give you every piece of knowledge you need to build the very best BOB at the very best price because we ARE the bug out experts. What you may not know is, Survivalist 101
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Survival Quiz

 

Question #1: Which crucial need you should first address if you are lost in the woods during a thunderstorm?

Shelter from the elements is your first priority. Hypothermia can set in within 20 minutes, shelter will keep you from losing more heat and allow you to raise your body temperature. Once your shelter has been established you can focus on water, then food.

Question #2: What feature of the snake is NOT used to determine if the snake is venomous?

Tongue. Venomous snakes tend to have elliptical pupils, while non-venomous snakes have round pupils. This is not foolproof though, as the venomous coral snake has round pupils. Not to mention you don't want to get that close to a snake to find out!

Question #3: If your feet stay wet for a prolonged period, you can develop:

Trench foot is a medical condition caused by prolonged exposure of the feet to damp, unsanitary, and cold conditions. It was also the number three injury, behind bullets and shrapnel, in both world wars, that disabled soldiers.

Question #4: Why should you melt snow or ice before drinking it?

Eating frozen snow and ice will reduce your core body temperature and can lead to dehydration.

Question #5: It’s a good idea to build your shelter near what?

Staying near a source of water is a good idea when building a shelter. You should avoid natural hazards like cliffs and dry river beds.

Question #6: Which of the following does NOT provide clues to help orient you toward true north?

Wind speed. While not precise directional guides, moss on trees and ant hills can help you to figure out what direction you're facing. In the Northern Hemisphere, moss on the south side of trees will be thicker and greener because that side often gets more sun; ants often build their nests on the south or southeastern side of trees, where it's warmer.

Question #7: What do lush vegetation and swarming insects often indicate?

Plant life, insects, bird flight paths and animal tracks can all point toward water sources.

Question #8: What’s the LEAST important survival tool for a novice in a jungle scenario?

The ability to shelter yourself from the elements, start a fire, clear brush, defend yourself, and provide clean drinking water are the most important tools. A compass is a very important tool, however if you are lost, the most recommended strategy is to shelter in place for those who will be looking for you.

Question #9: On Average, How Many Days Can You Survive Without Water?

The human body begins severe dehydration, that leads to death in 3 days.

Question #10: What internal temperature is required to break down bacteria cells in meat?

Bacteria begins to break down at 160° Fahrenheit.

Question #11: An insect diet can actually save your life by providing you with which of these much-needed bodily sources of energy?

The majority of an insect’s body is pure protein. Insects actually hold more than three times the amount of protein (for their size) as beef. carbohydrates

Question #12: Insect larvae contains a lot of protein. Where are the best places to find these insect eggs?

Insect eggs can be found in moist areas under rocks and inside rotten tree logs or stumps.

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