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Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: Perform a Gear Check

It has been a year since you have packed up the tent and other camping gear. That gives mice and bugs plenty of time to make a meal out of your stuff. Before finding problems out at the campsite, set up your gear in the backyard to avoid disappoints and heart ache. Performing a gear check gives you a chance to repair, patch and replace.

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Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: Take a Tarp… or Two

You learn a lot of lessons when you are still a wet-behind-the-ears camper. Through numerous camping fails, I have learned that packing a few extra multi-purpose items can turn a potential camping disaster into a weekend of camping success. One of those items is the humble, plastic tarp.

Cheaper Than Dirt! Quick Camping Tip

Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: Five Essential Survival Items

Even during the most luxurious camping trip can have tragic consequences; bad weather, accidents, bears and getting lost are quite probable during even the shortest of trips. You may think you are fully prepared, but what will happen if bears rip up your tent while you are out hiking or raccoons ransack your food? Pack along these five essential life savers to put your mind at ease.

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Gear, Parts and Accessories

The Five Most Useful Solar-Powered Gizmos and Gadgets

There are roughly eight or so hours of natural power a day. On a clear day, why not turn to solar power? (Alaska, you get plenty more during the summer.) The sun transforms four million tons of hydrogen into energy every second. Just one hour of sun provides enough energy to meet the world’s needs for a year. That’s a lot of free, renewable energy. Why not harness it? I found five of the most useful solar-powered devices for survivalists, preppers, hikers and campers.

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Gear, Parts and Accessories

30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 24: Winter Prep Overkill

There are quite a lot of adventurers out there—many who brave extreme temperatures to have an adventure of a lifetime. Like the 2,000 plus people who have successfully climbed Mount Everest. Others live in far Northern places— I’m looking at you, Alaska — where no one blinks an eye at minus freezing temperatures. When weather is going to be really nasty, for a while, wouldn’t you prefer to have the best winter-rated gear? Call it overkill or call it more comfortable, the following five products don’t come cheap, but you will be much better off than your neighbors.

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Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 22: The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate is not only yummy and comforting; it actually warms your up. You don’t have to forgo this delicious treat when the power goes out—severe winter weather is the perfect time to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate using a few ingredients from your long-term food storage and a gel fuel camp or survival stove. I whipped up my own ultra chocolaty version in about 20 minutes. Here is my favorite single-serving hot chocolate recipe using a Swiss military surplus gel fuel M1 stove kit.

Camping & Survival

Salt and Water to Recharge Batteries: G-MAG Salt Water Battery Charger

Two common items found in abundance in your home can be used to charge rechargeable batteries. Unlike solar power panels, the G-MAG salt-water battery charger will work in the dark, when it is overcast and in incremental weather. Using typical table salt and tap water, you can create an electrical current powerful enough to charge six AA batteries in just two hours. Cheaper than stocking up on tons of batteries for your flashlight, emergency radio and other necessary electronics, the G-MAG salt water battery charger comes with the plastic charger, six rechargeable AA batteries, one 4-ounce water bottle, six salt packets and instructions.

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How-To

How to Use Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

Potable water is a top priority during a natural disaster, survival situation or when traveling overseas. As campers, hikers, explorers, hunters and survivalists, we know how important it is to have a back-up water supply for when clean, drinkable water is not available. Packing Aquamira’s chlorine dioxide water treatment drops guarantees safe drinking water when you have none. Here is a simple guide how to use the water treatment drops.

Dutch Oven Cooking Supplies

Camping & Survival

Alternative Cooking Method for Preppers

The image of a Dutch oven is often associated with camping trips or even chuck wagon cattle drives from days gone by, but the truth is Dutch ovens are still being used by many folks today. In a nutshell, the Dutch oven is a timeless alternative for cooking delicious homemade meals without using electricity and is a perfect tool for the home prepper.