A pencil sharpener might not seem like something you should keep in your survival kit, but it's actually quite useful. The paper-thin shavings that you can make catch fire easily and make great tinder.

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How To: Make your own MREs

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Cool camping & hiking recipes.

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How to make fire from saran wrap and water.

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Hammock Sleeping Bag

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camping solar panels

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Seven secrets of Dutch oven cooking + 100's of recipes ~ wonderful site with so much camping information

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Interesting: Making an upside down fire. It’s a cleaner burn with far less smoke and better combustion, gives off more heat, needs less tending and uses the embodied energy in wood more efficiently than the tipi-esque fire method.

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Tutorial for a Woven and Half-hitched Paracord Pouch - having a pouch like this would be a great add-on to an emergency kit in a backpack. It will hold small items, and unravels to be about 30 feet of paracord.

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Very clever pot stand idea for cooking over a fire! Repurposed shelf brackets!

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Mailbox Woodstove

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Adding sage to your campfire or fire pit keeps mosquitoes and bugs away. Didn't know this!

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GreenwayFormula7 This is completely chemical free. It's main ingredients are purified water and clove oil. It has been tested at Okla. State Univ. labs and has been proven and certified to kill bed bugs and other critters. Makes home smell like the holidays. This product is AMAZING! It can be sprayed directly on pets and skin. It is the ONLY product I am comfortable using around my infant. I have killed Brown Recluse and other critters in just a few minutes!

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The Napsack

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Nutella & Berry Pie Over a Campfire...I know someone who would love this.

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use those large foam puzzle pieces for a soft tent floor

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Go Away Mosquitoes Vicks wards off mosquitoes. Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.

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Simply for camping or when electricity fails

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Razor cover for travel. Binder Clip!

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How to keep flies away when eating outside. Lemons and whole cloves.

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sunlight

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MSR's CamRing Cord Tensioners were made for the knot-challenged. Easily lace up the cleverly designed rings at home, then tension tent corners securely without fiddling (even with gloves on). DIY with PVC pipe.

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Re-purposed TicTac Boxes for Camping Spices

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Punch S-hooks through an old leather belt to hang clothes and pans while camping. :)

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so smart!!! Toothpaste Dots for camping. Lay out foil sheet or parchment and make rows of dollops of toothPASTE. Allow to dry for 2-4 days. Sprinkle baking soda on top to keep from sticking. Repackage in small bags. To use simple pop one dot in your mouth, chew, then add a small amount of water in your mouth and start brushing. This tip reduces weight in your pack.

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