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The 10+ Best Fishing Knots for Every Situation

Among the many essential skills that go into successfully catching a fish, one reigns supreme – correctly tying the right type of knot. Although countless knots can be used for fishing, there are just a handful every angler should know, whether you’re a true beginner or a seasoned vet. Because tying a proper knot is …

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How to Tie the Haywire Twist

I don’t personally use the haywire twist for fishing often. But, if you frequently go after very big saltwater fish, including sharks, then it’s certainly a very important fishing knot to know how to tie. The haywire twist is specifically designed for use with wire leaders like those typically used when saltwater fishing for bluefish, …

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Off Grid Tools Survival Axe Elite Review

The Off Grid Tools Survival Axe Elite immediately impressed me. Just judging from looks alone, this is the type of hatchet axe you’d want to have in a zombie apocalypse type situation. After a few short camping trips, I’ve an even bigger fan of the Survival Axe Elite. It’s a super well-made multi-purpose tool to …

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Ozark Trail Paracord Axe Hatchet Review

This is my personal review of the Ozark Trail Paracord Axe Hatchet with Fire Starter available from Walmart. A quality hatchet is a staple for my camping trips. I also sometimes bring one backpacking. A hatchet is also a very important tool for wilderness survival. I’ve used this Ozark Trail Hatchet on several short camping …

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Schrade Shovel Saw Combo Review

A quality shovel and saw are two of the most important tools for long-term survival, no matter the situation. Although you can certainly buy a shovel and saw separately, the Schrade Shovel Saw Combo combines these two essential survival tools into a single package. Not only is this two-in-one shovel/saw surprisingly versatile, but it’s remarkably …

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Cocoon Sleeping Bag Hood Pillow Review

Simple and straightforward, the Cocoon Sleeping Bag Hood Pillow is one of the best camping pillows on a budget. Although it’s not designed specifically with wilderness survival in mind, it does make a good survival pillow for survivalists and preppers to stow in their bug-out bags or bug-out shelters. But, because most of those interested …

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Therm-a-Rest Air Head Lite Pillow Review

This is my in-depth review of the Therm-a-Rest Air Head Lite Pillow. I’ve tested this ultralight camp pillow extensively over the past several weeks in a variety of different settings, primarily on short backpacking trips here in the Pacific Northwest. Although there’s a lot to love about the Air Head Lite Pillow for backpacking, it’s …

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Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 Sleeping Bag Review

I’ve used the Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 extensively over the past few months, including in nighttime temperatures down to 32°F. Although it’s far from the best sleeping bag for survival, it’s a solid option for anyone looking for an extremely lightweight sleeping bag that packs down very small. Because we focus on survivalism and prepping here …

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Snugpak Basecamp Ops Air Mat with Built-In Foot Pump Review

A sleeping pad is a solid addition to any prepper’s go-bag. Although not strictly essential, the added comfort – plus, the extra insulation from the ground – makes a huge difference in a survival setting. Pretty much any camping or backpacking sleeping pad will work well for survival. But the Snugpak Basecamp Ops Air Mat …

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Snugpak Basecamp Ops Air Pillow Review

A pillow is far from a necessity for your survival kit. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a nice addition. Although balling up a jacket is a semi-comfortable alternative, nothing beats sleeping with an actual pillow in the wilderness. At just 3 ounces packed, the Snugpak Basecamp Ops Air Pillow provides a whole lot of …

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Snugpak Ionosphere One Person Tent Review

I’ll cut right to the chase – the Snugpak Ionosphere One Person Tent is currently my favorite survival tent for emergency situations. Why do I like it so much? Not only is the Ionosphere lightweight and very compact, but it’s also easy to set up, surprisingly spacious for its low profile, and extremely durable. All …

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