Tools and Gear

We talk about which tools and gear are best for survival situations, we give you our top picks, and even teach you how to use some of these.

 

But remember, skills and knowledge always trump tools and gear.

Are Sleeping Bags Safe for Toddlers?

Sleeping bags are designed with a specific occupant in mind and lots will change depending on whether the occupant is a 200lb adult or a 35lb toddler. A child can sleep in an adult sleeping bag, but will the child be comfortable and safe? The short answer is no, sleeping …

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Top 5 Rooftop Tents for Camping and Survival

rooftop tent mounted on SUV

It’s easy to get tent envy when we pull into a campsite and there is that couple who pop up their rooftop tent within minutes and settle down to watch the sun slip below the horizon while sipping a glass of champagne, and popping strawberries into each other’s mouths. Meanwhile, …

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Are Sleeping Bags Fire Retardant?

If you are concerned about how flame-retardant your sleeping bag actually is, and what that little label really means in terms of protection should a fire break out in the campsite, then this article should clear up those questions. A common fear is how much time there will be to …

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The Ultimate Urban Bug Out Bag

ultimate bug out bag

For preppers, one of the most central tenets of preparedness is the concept of the BOB, or bug-out bag, that one, vital piece of luggage that contains everything you need to drop what you are doing and escape to someplace safe ahead of or right behind a disaster. The BOB …

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Are Sleeping Bags Machine Washable?

Technically yes they are, BUT the more you wash your sleeping bag the more likely it is that the filling may shift and compress and then you lose the loft of the sleeping bag that makes it so comfy. If however it has got so grimy, and the loft isn’t …

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The Best Battery Backups and External Batteries

power bank

The modern world is full of wonderfully portable and amazingly capable rechargeable electronic devices. The now ubiquitous smartphone is a miracle do-all gadget that handles everything from email and voice comms to record keeping and even star charting. The latest GPS systems are more accurate and small enough to ride …

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Can You Dry Clean a Sleeping Bag?

sleeping bag

A lot of people are wondering whether or not dry cleaning their sleeping bag is a safe and effective means of getting it ready for the next camping trick. But is it really a good idea? The short answer is No! Avoid dry cleaning because the chemicals are quite harsh …

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Top 10 Best Backpacking Chairs

backpacking chair

Amidst all the gear and survival supplies you might carry with you when camping or bugging out, you could be forgiven for forgetting all about a place to sit. Even in the midst of a long trek into the wilderness or real-life SHTF problem, you should not underestimate the value …

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Kelly Kettle Full Review

kelly kettle kit

A Kelly kettle is not just another brand of electric or gas kettle, it’s a unique camping kettle that requires just a bit of grass and a few twigs to deliver boiling water in just six minutes. For anyone who has tried boiling water over a fire is a pretty …

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Top 21 Best Dog Camping Gear Items

dog on camping chair

Taking along camping items for your dog has a two-fold purpose – it makes the dog’s trip more comfortable and your own trip hassle free so you can enjoy exploring the outdoors together without glitches. The food your dog eats is not on this list – just make sure you …

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