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How to Make an Inexpensive 1200Wh Portable Power Station for Camping and Vanlife

Portable power stations are expensive. I needed a portable battery-powered power station that I could use to power my electronic devices such as my laptop and a small refrigerator. I also wanted to charge my phone and cameras without draining my car battery. I decided to make one that fits my needs.


What's the Cheapest Satellite Phone?

Are you considering a satellite phone for camping, hiking, overlanding, or boating? For reliable off-grid communication with the outside world, there's really no alternative to a satellite phone, but can you afford one? Here's the pros and cons of the three major providers of satellite phone plans.


Which Two-Way Radio Is Best for Outdoor Adventures?

Choosing a two-way radio for outdoor recreation depends on multiple factors, including distance, etc. Here's some advice to help you pick the right two-way radio device for camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.


My Cheapo EDC Pouch Failed After Three Months

In this review of the inexpensive EDC pouch that I ordered online, a valuable lesson is learned—you get what you pay for.


How to Make a Fuel-Free Reusable Lighter Using a Floor Mop (With Pictures)

Learn how to make a 100% fuel-free, windproof and flameless lighter using a floor mop, (or string or rope), perfect for everyday use, camping or as a survival tool.


What I Think of the Zip Tie Mod on Folding Knives

The Spyderco zip tie mod seems like a good idea, as the zip tie should make deployment quicker, but will it work for me? This article summarizes experience modifying a tactical folding knife.


Freeze Dried vs. Dehydrated Foods: What's the Difference?

Storing food is always a smart thing to do. Besides saving you a lot of time and money, it prepares you for the near future should a disaster strike. But between freeze-drying and dehydrating, which method keeps your food fresh the longest? Let me help with that.


Ultimate Lighter Reviews: Pros, Cons, Tips and Tricks

Everything you never thought you needed to know about lighters. You'll never look at a lighter the same again! Find reviews, tips and hacks for 10 of the most common types of lighters.


Top 5 Reasons to Keep a Book in Your Evacuation Bag

An evacuation bag is the thing to grab whenever one must leave quickly. Stocked with critical items, space is limited but here's why adding a book could be a smart move.


My Problems With the Stealth Angel Survival Kit

The Stealth Angel Survival Kit works, but this equipment seems to be designed for mall ninjas. Here's my review of where it goes wrong.


The Butterfly Knife Is a Flawed Weapon

In the hands of an expert, all blades are weapons. Yet butterfly knives are not an ideal entry-level defense tool.


Victorinox Climber Review: The Perfect Pocket Knife (and Gift)

"Victorinox Climber? But I'm afraid of heights!" Don't worry, my friend! So am I. Contrary to what the name implies, the Climber is a pocket knife for anybody, not just outdoorsy people. Read my Victorinox Climber review for more info.


Klik Belts 2-Ply Tactical Search and Rescue Belt Review

When you are out on a search, the last thing you want to think about is your pants falling down. This review of the Klik Belts 2-Ply tactical belt tests out a trouser securing device that won't let you down. From a search and rescue perspective, this may be the ultimate outdoor belt.


What to Do If You Encounter a Rattlesnake

Hiking is a great sport that is all fun and games until someone gets bitten by a rattlesnake. Find out how to avoid them, what to do if you see one, and the course of action if you are bitten.


Review of the Wild Frontier Survival Kit

This 12-in-one survival kit from Wild Frontier is good value. In this article, I will break down all of the components featured within the kit.


The Best Folding Knives for Everyday Carry

Looking for affordable, reliable knives for everyday use? Here are five of the best folding knives.


The Best Tactical Flashlights

A list of the most high-tech flashlights for security professionals and serious outdoorsmen.


7 Tips for Hiking in the Desert Southwest

The American Southwest requires some special precautions for day hikers, especially during those hot summer months, when temperatures can soar above 100 degrees.


8 Basic Survival Knots You Should Know

This knot-tying guide will tell you the best knots to know and help you to improve your survival skills.


How Long Does a Bic Lighter Last?

How long does a Bic lighter burn, how long can you use a Bic lighter, and how long can a Bic lighter be stored for use and still work when you need it?


Survival Skills: Directions Without Compass or Maps Using Airplanes, Trees, & Ants

Do you find yourself lost in the mountains without a compass or maps to guide you home? Don't worry, you can still get out alive! Learn how to navigate with methods such as airplanes, trees, ants, a puddle of water, and a needle. And be better prepared next time!


Survival Skills: Long Term Food Storage of Grains

Properly storing any grains for the long term can extend their shelf life. Find out which grains are the best for long-term storage and which are not suitable.


Survival Skills: Clean Drinking Water

How can you make water that is safe for consumption when no other potable options are available? Find out how to get clean drinking water in a survival setting and how to purify water from wild sources.


Alternatives to GoTenna for Off-Grid Communications

For off grid communications, GoTenna has some merits. However, if you're looking a GoTenna alternative, there are options that may work better in the backcountry.


5 Survivalist Measuring Hacks Using Everyday Objects

Here's a collection of emergency or handy tricks and hacks using everyday household items to get measurements in a pinch (with photos). These could even be used for fun and educational party tricks!


How to Repel Mosquitoes, Midges, and Summer Biting Flies

Mosquitoes and biting flies can ruin a summer evening. Here are some of my tried and tested strategies to help you repel biting insects.


How to Use Magnetic Declination With a Compass

If you depend on a map and compass for wilderness navigation you should learn about declination. This article teaches you how to compensate for magnetic declination while traversing the wild.


How to Avoid Poisonous Plants and What to Do if You're Exposed

Learn how to identify poisonous plants like poison oak, poison sumac, and poison ivy, and what to do if you are exposed.


Top Ten Plants for Emergency Survival

Knowing which plants are safe to eat and which can help you build a fire or shelter could make any wilderness survival situation much more pleasant.


Survival: Finding and Purifying Emergency Water

Although you can survive for up to three days without water, having a safe and drinkable supply will go a long way toward maintaining your health and morale in any survival situation.


Midge Attack! Or, How to Repel Midges During the Summer Months

Midges are a nuisance during the summer months. Here are a few tips to help repel them.


Tips on Surviving a Wolf Attack

Did you know that while wolf attacks are rare in nature, they are often caused by habituation to humans or rabies? Learn how to prevent confrontations with wolves and how to survive an attack if necessary.


How to Create Your Own Umbrella Tent

An umbrella tent can be handy in a number of ways. To create your own umbrella tent, you'll only need three or four items and a few minutes of your time.


How to Build an Emergency Quinzee Snow Shelter

In this article, I provide step-by-step instructions and a video on how to build an emergency snow shelter called a quinzee. They can also be used as snow forts for the kids.


Can Humans Use Their Pets' Flea and Tick Shampoo?

Can you use your dog's tick shampoo? Why would you use it? Here's my experience using it on myself after the ticks kept biting me so you can make an informed decision.


How to Build a Wilderness Survival Kit

A wilderness survival kit needs to include tools for starting a fire, lighting your way, signaling for rescue, preparing food, staying hydrated, making shelter and more. Are you prepared?


Four Knots to Know How to Tie

Here are four useful knots with accompanying videos on how to tie them. You may need this skill in the wilderness!


How to Create a Bug-Out Bag (72-Hour Bag): Packing List

What is a bug-out bag, and how do you create one? It's a bag you plan to utilize in case of an emergency, and it's packed with your survival needs. Find out what to pack in your bag, including the most important necessities, with this list.


How to Join a Search and Rescue Team

If you love the outdoors and want to help other people when they need it most, you may want to join a Search and Rescue team. This article provides tips and explains some of the training involved.


Field-Testing the Esee Izula Neck Knife for Survival and Backpacking

Named for the Bullet Ant, the Esee Izula neck knife is the perfect companion for wilderness adventures. Backpackers will love the simple elegance and survivalists will admire the stout construction.


What Would Happen If You Were the Last Person on Earth?

Have you ever thought about what you would really do if you were the last person on Earth? Here's an insight into what such a scenario may look like.


How to Wash and Waterproof a Rain Jacket

Did you know that your backcountry rain jacket might need to be waterproofed again? Here are instructions for cleaning and conditioning the DWR on Gore-tex, Mountain Hardwear's DryQ Elite, Marmot's Precip, and many more waterproof breathable garments.


Top 6 Best Survival Books

Informative reviews of the best survival books available today, helping you pick the right one for you.


How to Purify Drinking Water on Camping Trips and Disaster Situations

Did you know that our water supply can potentially be attacked by toxic and biological threats? Having safe drinking water is essential to avoid infection, sickness, or even death. Here are water purification methods you can use during a camping trip or a disaster situation.


How to Wash and Waterproof a Softshell Jacket

Do you know how to wash and waterproof your softshell jacket? Take care of your technical garment by following these helpful hints to properly maintain the DWR on your softshell apparel. By following just a few steps you can restore breathability and waterproofness to your jacket.


Winter Camping Water Purification Guide

Backpackers and hikers must change their water gathering and treatment tactics for winter adventures. This article explores the best ways to treat water and melt snow while in the backcountry.


Backpacking Gear Review: British Army Pattern MoD Survival Knife

Survival knives are a favorite of backpackers, bushcrafters, trekkers, and regular old campers. The British army MoD (Ministry of Defense) survival knife is a robust, multi-use tool that has been military proven for decades, and trusted by the likes of the SAS (Special Air Service). This is my own take on this bomb-proof knife.


Homemade Oilskin: My Experience Reproofing Cotton and Canvas With Wax

Oilskins are hard-wearing, durable, tough, waterproof and windproof, and last for generations. Here's my experience applying wax to clothing and a shoulder bag.


Oak vs. Poison Oak: Can You Tell the Difference? (With Photos)

Before you head into the outdoors, be sure you can identify poison oak so you can save yourself from a nasty rash and lots of misery. Join me on my video walks and study the provided photos to learn to recognize poison oak through every season.


Top 10 Things to Have on a Deserted Island

What would you do if you were ever stranded on a deserted island? How could you survive? Here's a fun look at ten useful items you might want to have with you, just in case.