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Gear reviews, emergency preparedness tips and news to help you keep your family safe in tough times! Knowledge and preparedness are the keys to survival!
Gear reviews, emergency preparedness tips and news to help you keep your family safe in tough times! Knowledge and preparedness are the keys to survival!

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#SurvivalTipOfTheWeek: How To Make Cheap, Reliable Emergency Tinder

Anyone who’s tried to make a fire without dry tinder will tell you that it is hard, really hard to get it alight. The secret to a successful fire is bone dry tinder! Sometimes this is just not possible such as in wet weather where very thing is wet and thus not suitable as tinder. There are a number of brands out there that make artificial ready-to-use tinder such as Tinder Quick and WetFire to name a couple.
To make your own affordable, cost-effective tinder, put a dab of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) on regular cotton pads or cotton balls. In Australia, Vaseline is available from most pharmacies as well as the health care sections of most supermarkets. And of course you can get cotton balls or pads from your bathroom!

Read the full article: http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/how-to-make-cheap-reliable-emergency-tinder/
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#GearReviewOfTheWeek: EXOTAC fireSLEEVE™, nanoSTRIKER XL™ and candleTIN™ Review

I’ve been interested in Exotac’s products for quite some time now after I’d seen some great reviews of their products. In case you don’t already know, Exotac (www.exotac.com) is a privately held, family owned small business based out of Buford, Georgia in the good old USA. On their website they state their vision “is based upon designing extraordinary, high-quality and unique outdoor and urban gear. We spare no expense and make absolutely no compromises when it comes to product design and manufacturing quality. Our products are not mass-manufactured by the lowest bidder. We manufacture each product in smaller quantity runs which allow us to make improvements along the way.”

All their products are proudly made in the United States of America.

I got in touch with Jeremy from Exotac and he kindly sent out a some samples of their best-selling products: the fireSleeve, nanoStriker XL and candleTIN Review.

You can view the rest of their product lineup at: http://www.exotac.com/product-list/

Read the full review: http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/2016/03/07/exotac-firesleeve-nanostriker-xl-and-candletin-review/
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#SurvivalTipOfTheWeek: 6 Practical Survival Uses for Condy's Crystals

What is Condy’s Crystals? Also known as KMn04, potassium permanganate and permanganate of potash it is a purple compound created by a London chemist named Henry Condy in the 1860s. It’s use was as a topical antiseptic and anti-fungal solution when added to water in the right proportions. For the survivalist, Condy’s also has a couple more amazing uses including lighting a fire with glucose and purifying water found in the wild to ensure that it is potable.

Read Full Article: http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/6-practical-survival-uses-for-condys-crystals/
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#GearReviewOfTheWeek: Survivor Filter Personal Water Filter Straw

Survivor Filter is a North American company with a simple goal – to provide people with access to clean water in any environment when they need it most. They offer emergency water filter systems for your Bug Out Bag, survival kit or just for the outdoors. The Survivor Filter Triple Filtration Straw which filters down to 0.05 Microns and the Survivor Filter Pro Portable Pump Filter which filters down to a whopping 0.01 Microns! Today we are going to be taking a look at the Survivor Filter Triple Filtration Straw, so let’s get started.

Read Full Review: http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/2015/07/02/survivor-emergency-water-filter-review-comparison/
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With the hot weather comes the snakes. Here in Australia we have the second most deadly snake in the world – the Eastern Brown Snake (AKA Common Brown) which is responsible for 60% of snake bite deaths here in Oz.
It is important to know how to deal with snake bites that may be received whilst trekking through the bush or even around your own house. If a bite from a venomous snake isn’t treated as soon as possible, the venom can travel through the lymphatic system uninhibited, causing death within 4 hours. A snake bite is a medical emergency and it must be treated as such. So the faster you apply snake bite bandages, the greater the chance of the casualty surviving. Act fast but keep calm at the same time (a very difficult task to do!)
Take comfort in the fact that very few people (approximately between 1-4) die in Australia each year from a brown snake bite. Most snake bites will not result in severe envenomation and will not usually require anti-venom although you should always get it checked out by medical staff at a hospital.

Learn how to recognize and treat a snake bite: http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/aussie-snake-bite-treatment-101/

Get your snake bite treatment kit now: http://outdoorgearaustralia.com/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=163
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#SurvivalTipOfTheWeek: 7 Survival Uses for Garbage Bags

At Ultimate Survival Gear, we understand that some preppers are on a tight budget and for those of you who are new preppers, you’re most likely finding it challenging to find good quality items that have a reasonable price tag.

A humble garbage bag is one of those things that is very inexpensive and believe it or not, has literally dozens of survival uses. Not only are garbage bags affordable, they are also versatile and lightweight and don’t take much space in survival kits and bug out bags. A regular 1mm thick garbage bag from your kitchen will do if that’s all you have available. We recommend a heavy duty, preferably 3 mm thick “contractor grade” or council bin size bag. You can get these in clear, black and white. Black is good for most tasks but clear is recommended for best results for use as a transpiration bag.

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http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/7-uses-for-a-garbage-bag/
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#GearReviewOfTheWeek: Gerber Strongarm Tactical Knife

If you’re looking for a great knife for urban survival, combat, military operations, tactical response or self defence – this is your go-to knife! Why? It’s designed to be durable It also makes a great backup knife for any Bug Out Bag , 72 hr pack or INCH bag. We think its a really great price for a great knife and it should serve you well for many years to come – so make sure you check it out!
The StrongArm came in a pretty standard plastic blister-type package and was quite difficult to remove from the packaging… nothing major really. The first thing I noticed about this knife was that it has a very similar design and resemblance to two of Gerber’s top iconic knives, the Prodigy and the LMF2. So it is basically a next generation LMF2/Prodigy in a sense. The second thing I noticed about this knife was that its made in Portland, Oregon in the USA, not in China so this is a big plus. One of the great features of the StrongArm is that it is full tang and of course we know that full-tang is regarded by experts as the absolute best way to design a survival knife. In terms of colour, you can get this knife either in Black or Coyote Brown. The good news is that it is available either as a partially serrated blade or fine edge – for those of you who prefer the latter option. I have read many reviews of the LMF2 and Prodigy and noticed that many people complained about the fact that they were not available as a fine edge version. Having said that, we really recommend that you get the serrated version. Why? The reason for serrations is that they can cut through rope, seatbelts etc faster than a fine edge would… not to mention that they are still sharp long after the fine edge may have become dull. If sharpening serrations is an issue, we recommend that you check out the Smith’s Pocket Pal Sharpener which is an inexpensive yet reliable solution for easily sharpening both fine edges and serrations. The length of the blade is 4.8″ (12.2 cm) and its overall length from tip to pommel is 9.8 in (24.8 cm) so its just shy of 10” (25.4 cm) which is the overall length of its cousin, the Gerber LMF2. Weighing in at just 10.9 oz (309 g) this knife feels very solid yet is surprisingly light-weight.

Read the full review:
http://ultimatesurvivalgear.com.au/2015/07/02/new-gerber-strongarm-fixed-blade-tactical-knife/
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