Remember those trick candles someone put on your birthday cake—the ones that stayed lit no matter how hard you blew on them? Because they won’t blow out, these candles make great additions to your fire-starting kit. Light one with a match or lighter, keep it sheltered in the cup of your hand and use it to ignite your tinder, even when it’s windy or a bit rainy outside. Liberally wet your fingertips to extinguish the candle and save it for another use.
Survival Smokers: If the situation and time allow, you should preserve the extra meat for later use. In warmer climates, you will need to use a drying or smoking process to preserve it. One night of heavy smoking will make meat edible for about 1 week. Two nights will make it remain edible for 2 to 4 weeks. To prepare meat for drying or smoking, cut it with the grain in one-quater inch strips.