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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Six Visual Distress Signals

The slightest slips in judgment have found many experienced and inexperienced hikers in jeopardy. Even the most practiced outdoorsmen can be lost or injured in the field. Are you prepared to spend a night, or even a few days in the wilderness when you least expect to? To help search and rescue find you if you happen to get lost during an outdoor adventure, pack essential survival items, learn how to use a compass and know the international distress signals for help.

Mag of Jade Helm 15 military exercise depicting Texas as a "hostile" state

Camping & Survival

Jade Helm 15—What if Martial Law Was a Reality?

Martial Law would be one way President Obama could actually take our guns. Operation Jade Helm 15 began this week in seven states. This massive military training exercise, of the likes the country has never seen before have many speculating on what it is exactly the military is training for. Is Jade Helm preparing the U.S. Military for nationwide Martial Law? Are Blue Bell and Wal-Mart in on it? Read to find out all you need to know about Jade Helm and how to survive Martial Law.

Picture shows a broken down car with the hood up and a man on his cell phone beside it.

Camping & Survival

27 Emergency Vehicle Kit Essentials

If you live in a hurricane- or tornado-prone area, you are no stranger to power outages, floods and going days without, possibly weeks without city utilities. You are prepared by keeping food, water, flashlights and extra batteries in the pantry, garage or basement, but do you have an emergency vehicle kit? An emergency vehicle kit is a bug-out bag that stays in your car, filled with all the essentials to see you through until help arrives. Like your disaster kit at home, your emergency vehicle kit includes food, water, a way to stay warm, but also tools like a shovel and other important things to help get your car back on the road if you are stranded. In this article, you will find 28 essentials to keep in your car.

Green clay container with the words Survival Skills on the outside

Camping & Survival

A 3-Day Survival Plan

Whether an emergency is man made or natural, you need to have a plan. These few words are not a complete plan, and are geared toward leading you in the right direction.

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Camping & Survival

The Essential Preppers Guide to The First 24

The first 24 hours of an emergency may be the most critical. If you are stuck without shelter or warmth, you can die of exposure. The first 24 are all about survival. Whether you are lost in the woods, evacuating due to hurricane, floods or a tornado, stuck in severe winter weather or just without power for 24 hours do you have the survival kit to see you and your family through? For the first 24 hours after a disaster, you will need a way to start a fire, find water and construct a shelter. For the ultimate guide in surviving the first 24 hours, check out the Essential Preppers Guide to the First 24.

Military Surplus

90 Survival Uses for a Plastic Poncho

What is the most important thing during SHTF? Your brain! To pack your bug-out bag light, you need items that serve multi purposes. One such thing is the rain poncho. In this blog, I have detailed 90 different survival uses for a plastic poncho. However, not just any old cheap poncho will do. I put Cheaper Than Dirt’s Swiss military rubberized poncho finished in bright Alpenflage camo to the test and realized for the price tag, this military surplus poncho is an invaluable addition to any survival gear, preps, emergency vehicle kit, or your bug-out bag.

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Camping & Survival

Uncommon Uses for the Common Emergency Blanket

Cheap, lightweight, space-saving, and multi-use are just of the few words we could use to describe this item. However, possibly the most important word associated with this item could be life-saving. The item I am referring to is the inexpensive, Mylar emergency blanket.

Picture shows someone's EDC including a GLOCK 19 and Kahr Arms 9mm.

Blades and Knives

EDC—Everyday Carry

Everyone’s choice is different when it comes to their EDC—everyday carry gear. From the bare essentials—a gun, knife and light—to primary gun and a backup gun—whatever you choose should be dependable, reliable and easily fit in your pockets or bag. Rather you are just starting out in concealed carry or an old pro looking to upgrade your equipment and would like to see what everyone else is carrying; I got six anonymous men to snap a picture of their EDC. How does yours compare?