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13 Survival Must-Haves You May Not Have Thought Of

I’ve read dozens, and I mean dozens, of lists telling me everything I need to have with me to survive.  Usually there are no surprises. This list of 13 survival must-haves has some genius suggestions for items your emergency kit might be missing. I know a flashlight, pocket knife, and water are essential for my survival or emergency kit, but every now and then I come across some unusual piece of equipment that are brilliant but that I never would …

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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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Battle of the Mini Survival Kits: Which one is best?

Earlier this year I was intrigued when asked the question, “Which is the best mini survival kit?” I had never purchased a store-bought kit, so I ventured over to Amazon and ordered several, just out of curiosity. Here is my review of those kits and, at the end, the #1 mini survival kit that is, by far, the best of all those tested. If you’re interested in any of the first 4 kits, they are available on Amazon. Teaker Professional …

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20 Slightly Unusual Items for Stocking Up

Everyone is slightly different in the things they need and we all find different unusual, cool things to include in our preps. Rather than having one person create a list of their favorite unusual items, this has items from other survival experts. An Altoids tin with a small plastic container of denatured alcohol to make a small, portable stove. (Jim Cobb) A Land Shark Bag is a patented instant emergency shelter that keeps you warm, dry, and visible to search …

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20 Prepper Gifts under $20

20 Quality Prepper Gifts Under $20

Most preppers have so many things on their wishlist that it may seem like only those with a lot of spare money can manage it. Starting out, most of us have purchased cheaply made items, not realizing just how low-quality they really were. Imagine being in a severe emergency only to find that the gear in your bug out bag either breaks the first time you use it. That’s a nightmare scenario, for sure. You don’t have to be a victim …

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Wilderness Survival Gear

7 Pieces of Essential Wilderness Survival Gear

Time and again, we see news stories involving people who became lost in the woods during a routine hike or camping trip. It happens all the time and, unfortunately, sometimes these stories have a very tragic ending. What often happens is the person walked away from the campsite to collect firewood or something, got turned around, and couldn’t find their way back. That’s very easy to do if you’re not intimately familiar with the area. In most news stories I’ve …

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