Ultralight Emergency Shelters To Duck and Hide From Mother Nature

Remember when you were a kid and were scared urineless of that loud, explosive thunderstorm outside? All you wanted to do was bury your face and torso in the deepest, most inwardly crevice of the house and create better times with your imagination. You may not be that kid anymore, but getting caught in an onslaught of nasty weather can have you regressing in seconds. These shelters will be your proverbial dark closet with teddy...
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New Survival Gear For Backcountry Adventures Gone Awry

Everyone wants to survive, but not everyone has Les Stroud-like skills. The best way to even the playing field and ensure you make it out alive is by packing the right gear. Sometimes that means the basics, and sometimes it means the latest innovative solution designed to give you a slight edge over Mother Nature's wrath. Blizzard Survival Gear Blizzard's Survival line is similar to other emergency blankets and bivies with one big difference: Instead...
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Nathan Vitaband Combines Emergency Info and Electronic Payment

We've seen a few emergency identification wristbands in these parts, but the Vitaband being distributed by Nathan Performance Gear (a company known for hydration gear) is the first to include an electronic payment system, something that's actually quite useful when you're exploring the outdoors in light, pocketless running shorts. Payment is available via an optional electronic chip, which can be used at businesses that accept electronic payments. The chip fits securely into the band and...
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Tiny, Ultralight Esbit Stove Not Much Bigger Than a Credit Card

  While at Outdoor Retailer, I came across a stove perfect for emergency back-ups or hard-nosed ultralight applications. Its the improved Esbit Emergency Stove, which starts shipping this month. The stove folds completely flat and isn't much thicker than a credit card. Each of the sides fold up to hold your cooking cup in place over the solid Esbit fuel cube. The NATO-approved stove weighs a mere 2.4 ounces, and at 3.6" x 4.6" x...
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Tentpak: Backpack and Tent Rolled Into One

  I was planning on taking a look at TentPak during the Outdoor Retailer, but unfortunately I didn't get the chance. The TentPak is an all-in-one backpacking solution that includes an integrated, two-person, 3- or 4-season tent. The TentPak comes in 12 different models. The packs and tents are built on Germany's High Peak platform. Designed for grab-and-go use, the TentPak was created by Gaven Bench, who realized the advantage of having all your gear...
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Water-Powered Batteries

The NoPoPo (No Pollution Power) Water-Powered Batteries, which are available in both AA and AAA size, can be powered with not only water but with nearly any kind of liquid. Soda, beer, spit, pee...etc. You just draw up the liquid on hand with the included eyedropper and then squeeze it into the battery. The batteries, which are 100% non-toxic, can be recharged up to five times. They have a 10 year shelf life. Interested? They'll...
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Battery Snaps

Battery Snaps are little 'hats' for 9-volt batteries that turn them into single LED lights. They have an on/off switch on top, so you don't have to remove them every time you want to turn off your light. When the 9-volt stops working, just pop the snap on a new one. You can find them at Perpetual Kid for 5 bucks each.
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Heat Sheets

The Heat Sheet takes advantage of its generous 60" x 96" size by having survival and first aid instructions printed directly upon it. The 2.88oz blanket reflects up to 90% of radiated body heat and sports a bright reflective stripe to get attention when you need it. It's available through Adventure Medical Kits and through local retailers for about 6 bucks. Via.  
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How To: Altoids Tin Emergency Candle.

Using old, melted candles, some matches, and a recycled altoids tin to keep everything dry and organized, create an emergency candle for camping, hiking, canoeing, or simply to keep around the house. Materials: tin can/soup can candles matchbook matchescrayon for color hot glue gun duct tape  
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How to survive severe weather while camping.

Picture this: you’ve had a lovely day camping. You’ve just returned to home-base tired and hungry. You’ve been having so much fun, you haven’t noticed that the sapphire blue sky of that afternoon is being quickly replaced by an ominous-looking storm front. Suddenly, the severe weather sirens from a neighboring town start to blare. A minute later, a park ranger drives through your campground announcing over his vehicle’s loudspeaker that you can go to the...
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How To Pack a Survival Bag.

"It fits in a one-gallon Ziploc. It weighs just a couple of pounds. It costs a fraction of what one of those GPS-equipped cell phones costs. But this survival kit could save your life." Coupled with a first-aid kit and some careful planning, you'll be good to go on your next adventure.  Shelter: Large plastic garbage bags, an 8-by-12-foot plastic drop sheet, and 25 feet of parachute chord. Fire: Waterproof matches in Ziploc bags, a lighter...
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Emergency Concrete Shelter - Just Add Water

This looks like it would come in handy next time I get caught in a snowstorm: an emergency shelter that can be set up in 40 minutes. It's delivered in a bag which is ripped open and then has water added. The concrete is activated by soaking up the moisture, and the unit is inflated by a battery operated pump. In 12 hours, the whole thing is solid, and will withstand a bullet shot!Obviously, not...
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The Hanging Sleeping Bag Shelter

Check out designers John Moriarty and Billy Harney's concept emergency shelter, which they call 'Cocoon', although a more descriptive name might have been 'Uvula'. But I digress. Basically, it's an insulated sleeping bag that users could hang from such things as tree limbs or cliff faces.
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A perfect little headlamp

The Petzl e+Lite headlamp is the perfect tuck-it-in-the-back-of-the-pack-and-forget-it emergency lighting system. About the size of a sports watch and weighing less than an ounce, with batteries installed, the little headlamp won’t eat up a lot of space or add to the weight load. Even with the hard-plastic carrying case, the unit tops out at just over 1.5 ounces.And, into that small package, Petzl has packed three white LEDs, capable of throwing a beam 62 feet...
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Survival Tip: Build an Emergency Shelter.

Make a Den in the Woods:  Build a Shelter in 6 Easy Steps: Build a Shelter in Cold Weather Climates (Good technique, but please do not chop down a tree unless it's an absolute emergency.) Barking Mad Survival School.  
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