outdoor survival

36 Lessons Learned From Testing a 72-Hour Kit

Over the last two months, on two separate occasions, I had the opportunity to test my 72-hour kit.  Yes, these tests were intentional. Testing a 72 Hour Kit…Why? My background is one of preparedness.  In the military, we made casualty response plans, then tested those plans.  We called them “drills.”  Now, in my post-military life, I’m CERT-trained, and FEMA IS-22 certified and both deal extensively with emergency response and preparation. I’ve noticed many web sites that promote preparedness do not …

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Stay Alive! by John D. McCann

Book Review: 5 Stars for Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need, By John D. McCann

Have you been looking for a book that covers survival kits and gear as well as basic survival skills? Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need, by John D McCann, is a book you should consider. After reading and reviewing the second edition of McCann’s first title, Build the Perfect Survival kit, for the blog, I could not wait to dig into this one. I wasn’t disappointed. “Stay Alive!” is a Must Read… Stay Alive! essentially picks up where the author’s first book ends, focusing …

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How To Safely Remove Ticks From Your Skin

Ticks: How to Safely Remove This Parasite From Your Skin

Summer is here in all its glory and so are those blood-thirsty little arachnids, ticks! If you are hiking through an infested area, these tiny eight-legged creature will wait on brush, shrubs, bushes, grass or low growing plants and cling to your clothes as you sweep by. It then climbs upward looking for an area of exposed skin to burrow into and literally sucks your blood, which is used for food. Ticks are in the same animal family as spiders, scorpions and …

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8 keys to survival

Keep it Simple and Survive!™: 8 Keys to Outdoor Survival, Part 1

The first axiom of survival is that the most successfully handled emergency is the one which is prevented. However, if you are in the outdoors long enough, or even if you are not the outdoor type, you will eventually happen upon a survival event in progress or be part of one. You don’t have to be in the great outdoors for it to happen – it’s only a matter of time. Consider the following: Some Food For Thought Your family is …

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Make a Garbage Bag Shelter Part of Your Survival Kit

I’m not sure how the early settlers along the Oregon Trail or the western frontier got along without duct tape, WD-40 or trash bags, but life surely would have been easier with them! Trash  bags, in particular, are included in all my survival kits. They have a multitude of uses, including being containers for picking up trash! But in an emergency, when correctly used, trash bags can prove a quick, temporary shelter from the elements. I first noticed this trash bag shelter …

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Add a Cheap, Reliable Firemaking System to Your Survival Kits

The best fire-starting system can also be the cheapest and the materials are the easiest to find at any drug or grocery store.  This Boy Scout Hot-Spark and a prescription bottle filled with cotton balls and petroleum jelly make a reliable fire starting method that is cheap enough to be placed in all survival kits. After extensive testing, my nomination for the best overall survival fire starting method is cotton balls, slathered with petroleum jelly, combined with a magnesium or …

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