UST Outdoor Skill Card Set

UST Outdoor Skill Card Set

UST is a company specializing in survival and outdoor gear. They’ve been around for a while but have recently really been making a name for themselves with providing great gear for the budget-conscious user. Make no mistake, this isn’t junk masquerading as survival gear. In my experience, they are offering pretty decent stuff at affordable prices. (more…)

Mechanix Gloves

Except perhaps for that lump of gray matter that resides between your ears, your hands are likely your most valuable natural tool. Those fingers and opposable thumbs allow you to create and use any number of things. We often take our hands for granted, though, and fail to protect them properly. While a splinter or scrape might not be a big deal while working in the backyard, any injury, no matter how small, could turn into a major issue during a bug out or other true survival situation.

Gloves are but one component of an overall Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) loadout that should be part of your Get Home Bag or Bug Out Bag. (more…)

Bug Out Personal Hygiene Kit

As the saying goes, cleanliness is next to godliness. I don’t know if that’s true or not but I do know that keeping at least reasonably clean is important for health and morale. Both of those are vitally important during a bug out. The cleaner you are, the less risk of infection from small cuts and scrapes. On top of that, few people enjoy the funk that comes from not washing for several days at a time. Yet, in spite of all that, hygiene supplies are rarely seen on bug out bag content lists. I’ve advocated for years that people include a few hygiene basics in their kits and was happy to see this product come out.

This small hygiene kit comes from Survival Resources. It is compact, inexpensive, and (more…)

K&R Alpin Compass

Reviewed by Robert Camp

One of the essentials of any survival kit should be some form of
navigational aid, usually a compass. During the last thirty five years of outdoor guiding, I’ve used four different compasses by three different manufacturers. The most recent being a K&R compass by Kasper and Richter of Germany, which I purchased two years ago on By far, it has been the best.

This professional grade compass is made to take abuse and keep on ticking. (more…)

Wild Cards

Camping Survival has some really cool stuff in their product line. They are an excellent resource for just about anything you can imagine that is prepper or survival related. While surfing their site a while back, I stumbled across an item that I recommend to all who are interested in learning more about wild edibles.

Wild Cards is a deck of playing cards with a twist. Designed by author Linda Runyon, each cards gives quite a bit of information on a specific plant that could be beneficial in a survival situation.

The back of each card has a full color photo of the plant and its name, one or two line drawings of the plant, and a shaded map of North America, showing the range of where you’ll find it growing. (more…)

Figure 9 Carabiner by Nite Ize

I stumbled across this nifty little gadget a few days ago.  It is used in conjunction with rope or paracord when securing loads.  What is really cool is there are no knots to do or undo.  You simply wrap the cordage around the prongs and away you go.

The Figure 9 Carabiner is about 4.5″ long and a little over 2″ wide.  It is made from aluminum, which accounts for the light weight.  According to the manufacturer, it will support up to 150lbs.

To use, you simply attach the carabiner to a fixed object, say a tree branch.  You then loop the free end (more…)

Land Shark Survival Shelter

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Having a way to get yourself out of the elements and keep warm is a priority in any survival situation. Hypothermia is a killer and can set in quickly without you realizing it, even in relatively moderate conditions.

The Land Shark Instant Survival Shelter is sort of an emergency blanket on steroids. It is comprised of a composite, ripstop material with a lamination of aluminum film. It is much thicker than the average emergency blanket. It is both waterproof and windproof. One side of the shelter is printed with a digital camo print and the other is a solid blaze orange.

It arrives in a pouch that is about 8.5 inches by 7.5 inches and less than an inch thick. Deceptively small, given the actual size of the shelter is large enough to provide shelter for someone up to (more…)