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Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen

Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen

We recently had the opportunity to test out the Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen.  This device is a nice little survival tool.  It has a bright LED flashlight at one end; a strikeable flint / fire-starter in the middle of the pen; and a hard carbide-tip sleeve that screws over the pen-end of the device. The flashlight is a lot brighter than you would expect from the size.  I’ve had several small LED lights over the years and this…

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Navigating without a Compass

Navigating without a Compass

An important survival skill is navigating without a compass, map, or GPS. Most people that lost…didn’t plan on it! Therefore, it’s not likely that they packed a compass, map, GPS or other navigation aid. Many people that get lost in the woods are campers separated from their group, families searching for a Christmas tree, or skiers that have taken the wrong trail. These aren’t the kind of outings that you’d expect to pack a compass! So knowing how to navigate…

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Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness navigation can be an invaluable skill when exploring the great outdoors. The best places to explore and go hiking have no roads and lots of vegetation, making it very easy to get lost. If you’ve ever been lost in the woods for any length of time, you’ll know that it’s a very humbling and unpleasant feeling. A little preparation and practice with a few simple navigation tools can help you stay on track and avoid getting lost. Before you…

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Making a Shelter

Making a Shelter

In a survival situation, making a shelter is critical to staying alive. A shelter keeps you out of the sun, wind, rain, snow, and ice. A shelter can prevent conditions that lead to hypothermia, heat stroke, and frostbite. But most importantly, a shelter can increase your positive outlook, comfort you, and give you a stronger resolve to survive! Sometimes the best shelter can be found and not made. Look for rock outcrops, caves, and low hanging evergreen branches. All of…

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Distress Signals

Distress Signals

Learning how to make effective and noticeable distress signals is a key survival skill. These signaling skills will also help keep you from slipping into a panic mode, as you focus your energies on being rescued instead of the fear of being lost. Depending on the time of day, lighting, terrain, and how long you’ve been lost, some signaling methods are more effective than others. An effective distress signal will grab the attention of your potential rescuer and sound or…

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Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness survival skills can be very important if you plan to go on an extended hike, camping trip, or expedition. Knowing about the environment you’re going into can help you prepare in the event that you need to survive in the woods. And while these skills are important, the things that will truly save your life are willower and attitude. One of the biggest impediments to survival is how we handle the discomfort and stress of living outdoors. Sometimes in…

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Removing Ticks

Removing Ticks

One of the less-fun things about camping is avoiding and removing ticks from your family and pets. This does not have to be a big deal and can be done quickly and painlessly if you get in the habit of checking. Many people fear ticks and avoid outdoor activities because of them. Perhaps it’s their vampire-like existence or the fact that many carry Lyme disease, but their not as intimidating as their reputation may seem. Lyme disease is caused primarily…

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Camping Scavenger Hunt

Camping Scavenger Hunt

A camping scavenger hunt is a fun activity that can keep your campers occupied for hours while exploring their wooded surroundings. You can make the list as challenging or as simple as you’d like. It can also be a fun day-trip or party idea with prizes and awards at the end for the best team. Before you start your scavenger hunt, it’s good to lay down some ground rules. Make sure they know things like what is “out of bounds”…

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Kids ID Tags

Kids ID Tags

Making kids ID Tags is a fun craft and a practical activity for your campers or scouts. Just like military dog tags are used in emergency identification situations, these tags can be used for your campers to wear or identify their belongings. For the craft, you’ll need some shrinky dink paper (see link at bottom of page), an oven or toaster oven, a permanent marker or roller point pen, and some scotch tape. Use can use this ID Tag Template…

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Illuminet

Illuminet

Over the past few weeks, my kids and I have had a lot of fun testing the Illuminet.  What is an Illuminet (you ask)?  Well, it’s a gadget-studded bug net that’s built to withstand the great outdoors.  If your next adventure is taking you to a beach, campground, mountains, or lakes – this handy toy is versatile enough to keep all of your campers busy.  And it’s durable enough to last for many more adventures down the road. The cool…

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