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Quick Test: Where’s your nearest emergency light source?

10 January, 2013
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Quick: Close your eyes. Okay, open them again, you need to finish reading this first. Once you finish reading this, THEN close your eyes. Now, suitably blinded, find your nearest emergency light source. Can you get to a flashlight, lighter, book of matches, etc.? How’d you do? Did it take long? When you finally found…

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Lazy Survival’s Gift Guide – 2012 Edition

1 December, 2012
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Gift

  So, it’s that time of year again. As we power firmly into December, the specter of the gift giving season hangs heavily over our every waking moment. And even if you should forget for a moment, don’t worry, every TV, radio and website will remind you. Why buck the trend? Here are some Lazy Survival Approvedtm…

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A good, simple flashlight

8 May, 2012
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flashlight

Coming back from a short writing-break and I wanted to hit on something very “core”, the simple, lowly flashlight: something you should always have readily available. In my opinion, you can’t have enough flashlights. I think you should have one within arm’s reach wherever possible. Keep one at your desk, in the car, at your…

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Quick-tips: Quick Five for Friday

6 April, 2012
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   Here’s five quick and easy things you can do to improve your disaster readiness.

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Things You Don’t Need: CamelBak’s All Clear UV water bottle

4 April, 2012
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What is it? The CamelBak All Clear is a medium-sized water bottle (.75 liters) that has an integrated UV light system in the cap. The light is powered by a USB-rechargable battery system and is estimated to be good for about 80 uses per-charge. When used as directed the UV bulb and gentle agitation from…

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Equipment: BioLite’s CampStove

30 March, 2012
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BioLite CampStove

Whether your out backpacking or dealing with a significant, regional disaster, being able to easily cook food and boil water is a real boost to your survivability. There are a lot of great, portable cookers for hikers and survival enthusiasts. The clever kids over at BioLite have taken one bottle design and added a thermoelectric…

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Rated S for Survival: Mythbusters – Duct Tape Island

27 March, 2012
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Recently the popular show Mythbusters launched a new season with a special episode “Duct Tape Island”. The hosts were “stranded” on a deserted tropical island equipped with nothing more than a never-ending pallet of duct tape. They had a check-list of key tasks or goals that had to be accomplished using duct tape and whatever…

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That time of year again…

11 March, 2012
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That time of year again…

That time of year again: day light savings time. As you turn back all of your clocks watch all of your clocks automatically jump-forward and resync to a server somewhere, take a moment and hit the SOTL quick-list of things-to-do, our quick list for your day light savings weekend. Don’t worry. It’s painless.

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Survival Thinking: Thai Flood Hacks

26 February, 2012
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I found this Tumblr page a little while back. It’s amusing, albeit about a not-so-amusing topic, but for our purposes demonstrates something I want everyone to develop: good survival thinking skills. This Tumblr page is a collection of photos from south-east Asia, primarily Thailand and some of the clever ways that locals have come up…

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Equipment Review: Tool Logic SVC2 “survival card”

23 February, 2012
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This review could just as easily be for any of a dozen or so similar products, but this is probably the best-in-breed for our purposes. The SVC2 is a credit-sized mini-tool kit. It includes a small steel knife, a magnesium fire stick, a whistle, tweezers and a red LED flashlight. It’s about the same dimensions…

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