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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How to Repair a Tent

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There are times when we wonder how to repair a tent. It can seem daunting but there are great solutions. Here are some useful videos and blog posts to help you repair a tent.
How to Set Up a Tent : How to Repair a Tent
Duct tape can repair holes in tent fabric, as well as broken poles. Learn how to repair a tent in this free campingvideo from an Eagle Scout. Expert: John Stewart Bio: John Stewart is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and has instructed b…

tent pole repair
A broken tent pole need not be a major issue! Tulsa shows you how to fix a broken tent pole with minimum hassle. If you need spare replacement tent poles they can be purchased on our website If you’re already at the campsite…
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Tent Repair Video
Learn the proper procedures for patching tent vinyl in three common techniques; Hot Air Patching, Glue Patching, and Adjesive Tape Patching

Video Quick Tip: Tent Pole Repair Sleeve Sometimes accidents occur within the back country. Maybe you’ve broken the tent pole that came with your tent? Well you have a solution. Learn how to use your tent pole repair sleeve in this video!
Trailer Tent Wall Repair
Dan had some walls that were oversized. He brought them into our custom sew shop, and we trimmed and hemmed them for a perfect fit for his trailer tent.

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Fix your tent for Cheap
BigSarge101 give a quick how-to on repairing lightweight tent poles.
tent pole repair
A broken tent pole need not be a major issue! Tulsa shows you how to fix a broken tent pole with minimum hassle. If you need spare replacement tent poles they can be purchased on our website If you’re already at the campsite…

Ten Minute Tent: Field Repair Aluminum Pole 11-25-10
Mr. Tent demonstrates a quick easy tent pole repair for most large REI Tents. Most poles break at the end piece. Find a hardware store and a tube cutter and fix your own tent pole! From Austin, Texas. Need a tent? Find our latest at austin.craigslist…
Temporary repair on broken pole
Alex is show how to do temporary broken pole repair

How To Repair A Tent: Blog Posts

Useful Tent Repair Products
Here are some useful tent repair products that will help you be prepared for your camping tent emergencies.
Publish Date: 05/24/2011 4:55
Tent Pole Repair – Baker & Rainier 2011
Tent Pole Repair · Leave a comment ». After carrying the almost 9lb REI Extent up to Snow Lake, I decided to give the REI Clipper my dad had a try. Well, what I didn’t know was that my dad bought the tent back in 2002

Publish Date: 06/26/2011 21:44
Replacement Tent Poles Questions And Answers | Tent Poles
Tent poles replacement discussion. sells repair parts. And by all means try contacting the manufacture MM posted to see if they can help. Otherwise, I’m afraid its time to find a new tent. David asks…

Publish Date: 08/01/2011 3:48
Repair a tent pole
Sick of fighting with your tent pole(s) every time you set it up? Are you wondering why you are fighting with them? Well chances are that the elastici…

Publish Date: 03/15/2011 23:49
Duct Tape Tent Pole Repair
This is a rather last minute entry into the instructables Scotch Tough Duct Tape Great Outdoors Contest as this instructable kinda just happened by …
Publish Date: 06/19/2011 22:21
Tent Pole | Tent Pole Repair Kit

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Publish Date: 07/30/2011 4:36
Broken Tent Poles? Quick fixes to common problems | Adventure
Head to your local outdoor specialty store and purchase several pole repair sleeves. Take a pole section with you so that you be sure the sleeve fits properly (not too loose). Slide the sleeve over the damaged section of pole and then

Publish Date: 06/20/2011 19:41
How to Repair a Bent Camping Tent Pole |
For anyone with camping gear, the sight of a broken or bent camping tent pole is a familiar one.

Publish Date: 06/28/2010 17:00
I hope these videos and blog posts have been helpful in giving you ideas on how to repair a tent. ~Richard Davidian
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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Construction of Secret Hiding Places

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I love alternate views of our normal notions of domesticity and home economics. On a recent trip to the book section of a large surplus store I noticed our first book The Urban Homestead right alongside books on burying weapons caches, wiring solar panels, acting as your own dentist and assembling SKS rifles. We certainly have exciting company on this journey.

One book in particular caught my eye, The Construction of Secret Hiding Places by Charles Robinson. You can download a pdf of this book for free here. Of course the fact that this info exists in book and interweb form means that the secrets aren't, well, secrets anymore. Nevertheless, I'll never view a stairwell, baseboard or that useless space under the dishwasher in quite the same way again.

Do you have a favorite secret hiding place? Anonymous comments are welcome . . .

10 Things To Do With Your Money

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Here are a few ideas of what to do with your money, from a practical-preparedness-frugal point of view.
(Not all inclusive, of course)
Ground rules:

Do not spend into debt. Spend only what you have available to you.
1. Set aside the money that you need for the bills that are required to be paid. This requires that you figure out first, what your monthly bills total. That means figuring out a budget. It’s not very hard to do. The point is, first set aside the money that needs to be paid on your bills, and then consider moving to step #2. Hopefully you have some left over after the bills.

Tip: If your cable costs $80 a month, see if you can do without some of the premium channels and instead get it for $60 a month. Cha-Ching!
2. Save an amount of your leftover money, until you have enough cash saved up to hold you for a time, in case of an emergency, or if you lose your job. 6 months worth of cash to cover bills is an excellent goal. Start small though – set a goal for 1 month worth of bills. Then 2…
Tip: Don’t feel as though you have to devote every extra penny each week to building this goal, unless you want to use all of it for that. For some, it is motivating to witness a pile of money growing.
Tip: It is much more motivating to take the cash money that is leftover and keep it at home in a safe, instead of putting it all in the bank. Actually ‘seeing’ the pile of cash grow is more motivating than watching the electronic numbers of your bank account. Besides, interest rates are so low right now that you really won’t get much of anything in a typical savings account.
3. Use cash for the groceries and things that you normally purchase each week, instead of a debit card or writing a check. When you use cash, it is very ‘real’ when you hand over the money to the clerk. Trust me, it makes a big difference and will help you to control yourself.

Tip: If your paycheck is direct-deposited, withdraw cash money from the ATM each week in the amount that you normally would spend with your debit card at the grocery store, etc…
4. With some of your leftover money, purchase extra food items that are a regular part of your diet. Food prices will only continue to go higher as the dollar continues to be debased. You cannot go wrong by buying more food now rather than later. Start with a goal of 1 month extra food, but build towards 3 months, then 6 months… It’s not that hard to do, and you will feel good about it when you look in your cupboards or pantry and see all that food.
5. Think about the consumable supplies that you go through each month and purchase more of them as extra storage. Things like toilet paper, soaps, trash bags, coffee filters, plastic wrap – aluminum foil, etc…
6. Productive tools and supplies that will assist you while growing and managing a home garden from germination to production.
7. Tools and supplies that will assist you while repairing things around the house, or purposed towards building or cobbling together solutions around the home and yard.

8. Items that will help provide security for your person, family, home, and property.
9. Extra gasoline, propane, diesel, etc… for your vehicle and fuel-powered items. Purchase proper storage containers (e.g. 3 or 5 gallon gasoline jugs). Know the number of miles that your vehicle gasoline tank will get you, and realize that a 18 gallon tank will require six 3-gallon containers, which may be more than you first thought (the number of containers).
Tip: Use an additive like ‘Stabil’ to prolong the life of gasoline in storage.
10. Splurge. So long as you are, for the most part, smart with your money, it is important to occasional splurge on self-indulging items or ‘toys’. Treat yourself once in a while. It is important.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

5 Easy Steps to a Clean Gun

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Gun Cleaning, How to Clean a Gun

Mechanical devices demand regular and proper maintenance.  This certainly includes all firearms which do require a good cleaning and lubrication after use to keep their operational performance at a peak for a survival scenario.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to

Generally though, regular maintenance does not imply that a firearm needs to be disassembled to the last screw and spring in order to clean it.  Any firearm can get a basic fundamental cleaning in five quick steps.

1. Unload and Remove Bolt

Before cleaning any gun, open the action to make sure it is unloaded, and then read the owner’s How to clean a gunmanual for specific gun model instructions.  Remove clips or magazines.  Take out the bolt in a rifle, or lock open the action of a semi-auto rifle, shotgun, or pistol.  Brush with solvent, clean, dry off, and lightly lube the bolt.  Make sure you brush the extractor and/or ejector as well.

2. Swab Bore

Set the cleaned bolt aside and working from the breech or chamber end only run a cleaning rod How to Clean a Gunwith attached bronze brush soaked in gun solvent down the barrel and out the muzzle.  Repeat this same action if the barrel is particularly dirty.  Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  This allows the solvent to dissolve and soften bullet jacket material, lead, and powder fowling.

3. Scrub Bore

After the solvent soak, run the solvent soaked bronze brush down the barrel again several times to loosen the gunk in the barrel.  Purists would say to unscrew the brush at the muzzle at each stroke of the cleaning rod rather than pulling it back up and out the chamber.  If you are a professional target shooter, this extra effort might make a difference, however for the average everyday deer rifle or .22 LR, this is not necessary.  You make that judgment for your gun especially if the application is law enforcement or security or the like.
After ten or so runs of the brush, I do recommend next running a cloth patch down the bore to push any excess carbon out the muzzle. In this case do not pull the patch back out.  Take it off the rod, put on a clean one, and then pull the rod back out the chamber end.  Repeat again with the brush scrubbing.  As a rule of thumb on most hunting guns running the brush 25 times should do the job.

4. Run Bore with Patches

Next run several solvent soaked patches down the barrel and out the muzzle end.  Replace each How to Clean a Guntime with a clean patch, pull back up, and replace patch again. Do this until you are satisfied with the relative cleanliness of the patch. They may never come out completely white, but if they come out black, with shades of blue and green, then keep cleaning. Solvent can turn a lot of barrel fowling bluish or green.
If this continues, you may need to soak the barrel again, rest it, and then brush again. It all depends on how many rounds were shot since the last cleaning.  If you deer hunted and shot the gun a half dozen times in a season that is of course much different than running 500 rounds through a .22 rimfire rifle, or a .223 AR rifle on the shooting range or a 9mm handgun doing police qualification shooting.
Another great tool for cleaning the bore of your rifle or pistol is Hoppe’s Bore Snake.  Here is a quick video product review of the Bore Snake.  I own a few of these (Joel) and had success using them.

To buy a Bore snake of any caliber (click here and choose your caliber)

5. Apply Light Lubrication

Contrary to popular belief guns do not perform well swimming in oil. After all the swabbing and How to Clean a Gunscrubbing, the barrel just needs a light coat of rust prevention oil as does the bolt. Use a clean soft cotton cloth with oil to wipe down all the metal surfaces of the gun.  A very little on the wood stock does not hurt it.  Don’t overdo oil.

I do this final step wearing those $1 brown cotton gloves to keep fingerprints from ending up on the metal before storage. As to storage, do not put any firearm in any kind of a sealed case, either fabric or plastic for long term.  If you do, add a packet of moisture desiccant in the case, otherwise, just prop the gun up safely locked in a closet or secure area.  Ammo should be kept in a place separate from guns.
Are there other steps that could be added?  Sure.  Use a clean toothbrush to dust in the juncture of the barrel where fitted to the stock.  Brush off sights, mounts, scope metal, too.  Clean optical lenses like any high quality glass.   Brush around the trigger area.  Clean the clip or magazine and oil lightly.  Brush up into the magazine insert cavity below the action.  Brush off the butt plate that usually ends up in the dirt.

There you have completed a basic gun cleaning to prepare for a survival situation.  Be sure to check the gun ever so often to make sure no rusting has slipped up on the metal surfaces.  It is also a good idea before shooting your gun again to run a dry patch down the barrel to clean out any left over oil or dust.   If you continue to maintain your guns after each use, they will be ready when you need them.
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Group Survival - The Logistics Nightmare

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As with any endeavor, the larger it is; the more problems you will experience. The logistics of providing the proper level of support for any size survival group can literally become a nightmare without the necessary planning and preparation. Providing for the essentials needed by a large group will be a full time job without a lot of time to do anything else unless your efforts are focused and well organized.

It is going to take a well-structured environment to be successful. This involves structural integrity. If all the necessary parts aren’t in place, your survival group will quickly disintegrate into a mass of confusion and disorder. The manner in which your survival group is structured will be of vital importance for its success.

Examining the different areas that will require your attention on a daily basis will give you a better understanding of just how much work will be involved when trying to form a survival group. Remember, the bigger your group is; the bigger the problems will be and the more work that is going to be required.

Consider your food and shelter needs for a survival group. At a minimum, a single person will require at least a 100 square foot of space. This is not a lot of room when you consider sleeping requirements and storage space for personal items (which will probably need to be limited out of necessity) for a single individual. The space requirements for the preparation of meals and food storage will also increase dramatically. Preparing meals for a large group on a daily basis will take a large amount of food, a great deal of planning, man-power and space. The average size kitchen may not be able to accomplish this unless you have things very well planned in advance. It’s going to take a lot of calories to keep everyone well-fed.

Sanitation needs must also be considered as well and the necessary facilities to maintain a proper level of hygiene for members in your group are probably going to be one of your bigger problems. Maintenance and cleaning will also be a very real problem. Things break, wear out or simply refuse to work when needed and will create problems on a daily basis that will require immediate attention. Even doing the laundry will become a daunting task. Considering how big a job laundry is for the average family and you will begin to realize the problems and difficulties that will occur. It will require everyone to do their part and then some.

Another important factor is the decision-makers. In any group there will be those who can lead and are able to make sound decisions that may be critical to your survival. There will also be those who will need leadership and instruction to accomplish things in a timely and efficient manner. Each will serve an important role in the survival of the group depending upon their skill sets. Just as there are those who will recognize what items are needed, there are also those who will be able to create or build the necessary item or items to fulfill that need.

Meeting the health requirements of a large group will also be a very real challenge. Illness and injury can deal a crippling blow to your survival efforts without the proper planning and preparation. This is an area that cannot be comprised when it comes to proper planning for your survival group. People get sick and accidents happen on a regular basis. This is one thing you can rely on to occur on a regular basis.

Of utmost importance is the trust factor. You will need to be able to trust everyone in your group to do their part to maintain the structural integrity of your survival group. It will need to function without the interruptions that conflict or confrontations may cause from differences in personal opinions, viewpoints or beliefs.

Forming a survival group is a lot like building a bridge. It will require a great deal of structural integrity for it to bear the burden of its intended purpose.

Got structural integrity?

Staying above the water line!


They aren't laughing any more

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

4 Tips for Raising Your Kids as Preppers

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4 Tips for Raising Your Kids as Preppers

While you may have understood the importance of learning survival skills and living self-reliantly, your children, especially those who live in a modern world with all its conveniences, may not quite grasp it. Why it is that you spend so much time developing the ability to live without the technologies and products that they are used to? Why make things harder on yourself, your children may be wondering. If you are scratching your head about how you can instill a self-reliant mindset in your kids, here are a few tips:

1. Develop in them a love for the outdoors early.
One thing I've learned is that once you get that "outdoor bug" at a young age, it never leaves you. Every summer, my family and I would spend time on the family farm, and we'd often leave the house and go camping in the woods. At first, I absolutely hated the camping part, especially since I was somewhat whiney about everything—bugs, heat, hunger, etc. However, once I got over the initial hardships, I absolutely loved communing with the great outdoors. As such, in order to instill that love for the outdoors, its best to ignore their initial complaints; they will love it soon enough.

2. Consider having them join groups like Boy/Girl Scouts or summer camps.
Although going camping is very important for developing that taste for the outdoors, having your kids join outdoor-focused groups and activities is also important for developing those basic survival skills that far too many children have no idea about anymore. Boys and Girls Scouts of America is usually a good place to start.

3. Without frightening them, explain why it is important to always be prepared.
Of course, for many kids, they need an explanation when you need to motivate them to do anything. As a parent, I always try to be as honest with my kids as possible, after considering age appropriateness. Depending if you're children are old enough to understand and not be too frightened, make it clear to them that we live in an uncertain world for various reasons, and that taking all possible precautions to live without anyone's help is a good creed to live by. Also note that learning to live independently with only the emotional support of friends and family is something that develops pride and responsibility, two qualities that are good for their own sake.

4. Limit access to some of the technologies that so many children especially are addicted to.
Almost every technology out there, from computers to smart phones and more, are designed for the express purpose of having users completed hooked. Being addicted to such devices dulls the senses and gives a false sense of security. Children, whose psychological faculties are still developing, are especially prone to this sort of addiction. As such, in order to continue in the vein of the Prepper, self-reliant lifestyle, it is important that you limit access to these technologies so that they don't depend on anything except their own intuition and creativity.

These are just a few basic thoughts on instilling in your children the idea and practice of self-reliance. Be forewarned, however—it will be an uphill battle considering that so few young people understand the importance of living truly independently. At the same time, raising your children to become responsible, caring, and self-reliant adults is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever experience, especially once you witness the results.

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Food Storage - Top 10 Foods to Get Now

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Interesting short video!

Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Dehydrate and Store Food PART 4

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There are many more videos online from Dehydrate2Store!
Check them out here or visit their website for other great tips!

Making a Lockable Ammo Can

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I ran across this video on Youtube showing how to make a lockable ammo can, and thought it worthwhile to pass on.


How to Dehydrate and Store Food - PART 3

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Simple Survival Tips - Safety Pins for Survival

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Survival gear doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t even have to make your own when it comes simple items that are invaluable for your survival. Safety pins are available in numerous sizes and at a very low cost. They are a simple piece of survival gear that can serve a multitude of purposes.

One of the most disastrous things that can occur in a survival situation is the loss of your gear. If you are dependent on a piece of gear, you will want to keep it secure. Keeping it secure can be as easy as using a safety pin.

Safety pins are a lightweight and compact piece of gear that makes it very easy to secure your gear. The amazing thing is that they can serve other purposes as the need arises. They can be used to dig out a splinter, as an emergency toothpick, as an improvised fishing hook or to secure a bandage on an injury or as clothes pin to secure items drying on a line. Fasten one or two to your bandanna and you’ve really got a multi-use piece of gear that fits easily in your pocket. Safety pins have almost as many uses as a bandanna. Although they don’t work too well when trying to filter water.

Safety pins are also easy to carry. Clip one or two to your hat, use as a replacement for a zipper pull that is broken on a gear bag or just place a couple in your pocket first aid kit. They add minimal weight but can be of vital use in a survival situation. 

They come in a wide variety of sizes that can also help solve problems with manual dexterity. You can get safety pins that are almost monstrous in their proportions that can be easily opened and closed by persons with limited dexterity. The eyelets on some of the larger safety pins are also large enough to accommodate a strand of paracord. If it’s big enough, the simple safety pin could also be used as very sharp pointy object for defensive purposes as well.

Compact and lightweight items are always a great addition to any Personal Survival Kit and a couple of safety pins should always be included in your kit to give it added versatility.

Got safety pin for survival?

Staying above the water line!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

How to Dehydrate and Store Food - PART 2

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Episode-717- Every Day Carry and Beyond

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Today we are going to discuss EDC (every day carry) and a little about BOBs (bug out bags), GO Bags, medical kits and active shooter bags. Today we will focus though mostly on the EDC aspect and cover the others … Continue reading →


How to Dehydrate and Store Food - PART 1

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DIY Solar Battery Charger - Maximizing Your Solar Power Output

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You can easily maximize your solar power output during the summer when solar power is more readily abundant. Even a simple 6 volt solar cell can give you an easy way to take advantage of abundant sunlight and help you double the output of your solar cell. Most conventional usage of a six volt solar cell is for either charging a spotlight battery or to run a deer feeder but you can use it to charge AA or even AAA rechargeable batteries which are commonly used in a variety of other devices.

By using a couple of 4 cell battery holders (AA in this case) that can be obtained at most electronic stores for a couple of bucks, you can add versatility to your 6 volt solar cell. Adding a wooden mounting board for the battery holders and hooking them up in parallel will allow you to charge 12 volts worth of batteries off a single 6volt solar cell. 

With the longer daylight hours and generally more intense sunlight of summer, there have been no problems in getting a good charge rate for all the batteries using this type of setup. In the winter time and when the sunlight is less intense and the days are shorter, simply charge 4 batteries at a time versus 8 batteries.

Using a small bolt with a wing nut allows easy connections to be made and allows the larger alligator clips on the solar cell to be easily attached or detached when charging a regular 6 volt gel battery. The wing nuts also allow you to easily disconnect the leads from the battery holders when they aren't being charged and the battery holders are being used to simply hold the extra batteries. 

This is important because batteries, which are basically little chemical power plants, when hooked in parallel will feed off themselves and you will wind up with discharged or dead batteries as a result. 

Got maximum solar power output?

Staying above the sunny water line!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

10 Essential Items in a Survival Kit

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Here is a list of 10 essential  items that should be included as a minimum in any survival kit, be it a small kit or large. Start with these items, and build from there depending on your survival kit purpose.


‘Strike Anywhere’ matches, NOT the type that you must strike on the box (if the box gets wet, or if you lose the box, you’re in trouble). Store the Strike-Anywhere matches in a water-tight case (sold at most Sporting Goods stores). Include a ‘Striker’ (wet rocks don’t work so well…). An emery board or women’s nail file works well. Keeping a lighter in addition to matches is a good idea.


There are all sorts of fire-starter materials available. Magnesium fire-starters are popular (know how to use one).
Pocket Knife

A multi-purpose tool with a knife is ideal.

Simply having a good map of the region you’re in, could get you out of trouble. Know how to read and navigate with maps. The basics are simple.

A compass is ideal for establishing bearings while used in conjunction with a map. A GPS isn’t so good for that.
Flashlight, extra batteries

A LED flashlight, preferably a head-mounted style, is an ideal choice. Even though LED flashlight batteries last a considerable time, keep extras.
Extra Food

Quantity and type of food and packaging depends on kit purpose (day-pack, overnight backpacking, vehicle kit, etc.)
Extra Clothing

Even if it’s warm outside, if you get in trouble without extra clothes, hypothermia becomes a risk. A stocking hat, a rain jacket, and avoid cotton which is worthless when wet.
First Aid Kit

Keep at least the basics, bandaids, sterile gauze, etc.

Good vision is essential. There are some great sunglasses out there that will enhance your vision, provide polarization for water or snow, and will prevent eye fatigue – especially during winter – snow.

This top-ten list of survival kit items is a great starting point for putting together your own kit. These items will not take up much space, and are easily integrated onto your person or in your pack.

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