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Survival: Survival Gear Stories

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Saved by...Dental Floss

A string, several strands, and even the box can all come in handy.

Saved by...Tampon

Don't cringe. Tampons were used by battlefield medics to plug bullet holes as early as World War I. Use them to...

Saved by...Skin Care

How to start a fire and treat minor wounds with basic toiletries

Saved by...Trash

Turn your trash into life-saving treasure

The Survival Issue: Saved by a Sock

"Improvise, adapt, and overcome." Bear Grylls and his crew lived by this mantra while filming episodes of Man vs. Wild. Here's how hikers can adopt it.

Master Class: Lighten Your Pack

Drop 5, 10, or 15 pounds (or more!) by packing smart, planning ahead, and fine-tuning essentials.

Survival Lab: Vital Signs

When you’re lost or injured, you need a foolproof way to get your rescuers’ attention. Ted’s testing team tried more than 25 devices—here are their ratings of 9 top tools.

Survival Lab Knife Test--The Final Cut

Can your keychain knife hack through rope? Wood? Bone? Didn’t think so. We tested 14 packable blades to find the toughest, most versatile survival tool for hikers.

Survival: Bring Your Own Gear

Don't scrimp on survival equpiment.

How To: Make a Survival Bracelet

Learn to make a handy survival bracelet with this step-by-step slideshow.

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