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How To : Tie an Arab-style shemagh two different ways

A shemagh, or a keffiyeh, is a traditiona Arab headdress that's worn by Arab men. Made from a square scarf, it protects their heads and face from desert wind and sun. It's also multifunctional - warm at night and lightweight during the day. These scarves have even become adopt ...more

How To : Make a sleeping bag from a wool blanket

This video is about making a mummy type sleeping bag or an over bag for a hammock with a woolen blanket. The first task is to make coat rings and hooks. Take a piece of flexible wire and bend it into a ring of diameter 1 3/4 inch or 2 inches with a overlap of about 1 1/2 inche ...more

How To : Recognize and avoid poison ivy

Life is not always a walk in the woods, but when it is, make sure you don’t step in the poison ivy. Leaves of three, don't touch me or Leaves of three, let it be is a pretty good rule of thumb as poison ivy comes in many colors and varieties. This video nature safety tutorial ...more

How To : Survive a silver back gorilla encounter

Gorillas are 400 lbs and 6 feet tall. They are the largest primates and the silver back, the dominant male is known to become aggressive if confronted. It begins with chest thumping and then a charge. If it charges you should crouch down. Don't run or chest thump.Your body lan ...more

How To : Read a paper map

Have you ever found yourself lost in the Appalachian Mountains, or stranded in the Mojave Desert? Maybe it was because you couldn't read a map… a real map… a real hands-on, folding paper map. Reading a map is an important skill that may be lost in the internet and GPS era, but ...more

How To : Construct a shelter out of tarp, string, and trees

If you ever find yourself stranded in the woods, then making a shelter is one of your biggest priorities. ITS Tactical created this detailed and approachable video on how to rig a shelter in woods out of only a tarp, a ball of heavy-duty string, and four metal tent-posts, thre ...more

How To : Make a fish hook from a bush

The video is about making a fish hook for the winter bushcraft national winter tutorial. The first step is to take a small stick and cut it so as to make it thin. Then an angle is cut at one end of the piece. The angle cut can be according to the maker's wish. Then cut out the ...more

How To : Prepare an emergency kit for your car

You may think you'll never be in an emergency situation, but you can never be too prepared! This video provides excellent tips on what to bring and do in an emergency situation. It takes only a small investment of your time and money to be prepared should you run into a probl ...more

How To : Purify water

Thoreau said, “Water is the only drink for a wise man.” Here’s how to purify yours when you’re out in the wild. To purify water, you will need a camp stove or campfire, water purifier, water purification tablets, and a container to collect the clean water. Learn how to make sa ...more

How To : Tell directions without a compass

No compass or map? No problem. Figure your way out of the wilderness just by looking around you. You will need a stick, two rocks, and the ability to find constellations. Learn how to tell directions when lost without a map or compass by watching this video nature safety tutor ...more

How To : Make a basic survival shelter from a Mylar blanket

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a basic survival shelter using an emergency blanket. The materials required for this shelter are: an emergency blanket, paracord and duct tape. This is a basic shelter that would be great for certain conditions. This setup woul ...more

How To : Make fire with a magnesium fire tool

Do you want to learn how to make fire with a magnesium fire tool? Then all you need is a magnesium fire tool and this video. First of all, you need some kindling ready such as dry grass, small leaves, twigs, etc. Create a small pouch for the magnesium strips, then shave small ...more

How To : Navigate with a compass

Learning how to read a compass might just save your life one day! Know how to use a compass and you'll never get lost in the wild. Follow these simple steps & you'll learn this valuable skill. What you will need: • A compass • A map • A baseplate compass (optional) • A co ...more

How To : Avoid insect bites while hiking

Insects can be a big nuisance while you are hiking. Different parts of the country and different parts of the world have different kinds of stinging, nasty, biting insects. Preventing insect bites is easy with these tips. Get advice on backpacking, hiking, and the great outdoo ...more

How To : Use a ladder safely at work

Ladder Safety is a video tutorial designed to highlight the important safety procedures associated with ladder use on construction sites. The video uses classic B&W comedic film footage and computer graphic simulations to illustrate safe ladder techniques. Learn how to use a l ...more

How To : Drive off road and get un-stuck

Learn how to stay in one piece while driving off the road. Ray Mears from the BBC shares his top tips on driving on the sand. With patience, concentration, and the ability to keep your thumbs out of the wheel, you can learn how to float across the top of the sand before gettin ...more

How To : Avoid mosquito bites

The female mosquito feeds on blood so she can develop eggs, but in the process she can transmit disease. This video gives tips on how to avoid mosquito bites like avoid going out at dusk, application of repellent, wearing long sleeves and more. Avoid mosquito bites. Click thro ...more

How To : Create a fixed loop using a locked brummel splice

This video tutorial will show you how to create a fixed loop knot using a piece of amsteel, and the locked brummel splice. This type of knot comes in very useful, especially when you're camping. You've got to be prepared for anything and everything! Just follow along, and you' ...more

How To : Survive a shark attack

Sharks. The first thing that comes to mind is "Jaws", Steven Spielberg's horrifying shark film that scared generations of young adults from entering the ocean waters. But not all sharks are as violent (and hungry) as "Jaws", so jump in the water and know a few guidelines to st ...more

How To : Make natural rope from Douglas Iris leaves

This video demonstrates how to make natural fiber rope using Douglas iris, a plant which is found along the Pacific coast from Santa Barbara from to Oregon. Before beginning, you should know that Douglas iris is poisonous when eaten, but it should be safe when you are handling ...more

How To : Survive a white-water rafting accident

Know what to do before you find yourself tossed around by a raging river. Step 1: Wear your life jacket Wear your life jacket. Make sure it’s snug, and keep it completely buckled at all times. It’s also a good idea to wear a helmet, and absolutely necessary in strong rapids. ...more

How To : Survive a killer bee attack

Africanized honeybees, also called killer bees, can be far more aggressive than other types. Here's how to survive when they're on the rampage. You Will Need * The ability to run quickly * Soap and water * A flat, straight-edged object (optional) WARNING: Seek immediate medic ...more

How To : Protect yourself from stingrays

Death by stingray is extremely rare, but getting hit with their barb still hurts like hell – which is why you need to learn how to play footsie safely with these sea creatures. You Will Need * An ability to shuffle your feet * Very hot water or a chemical heat pack * Water sho ...more

How To : Survive riptides

A riptide can be terrifying. But if you keep your cool and know what to do, you'll stay safe. You Will Need * Precautions * Riptide telltale signs * The ability to remain calm WARNING: Only swim when a lifeguard is on duty and, when you do, stay between the flags. If you’re n ...more

How To : Choose an inflatable PFD personal flotation device

The best flotation device is the one you wear. There are many choices when it comes to picking the PFD that will keep you safe on the water. Now there is a new option, inflatable PFDs from Mustang Survival. There is one to suit just about every water activity from sailing, kay ...more

How To : Survive a bear attack

Learn how to deal with a black bear or grizzly encounter with Shannon Davis and Ted the Bear. Black bears are distinguished from brown bears by lack of a prominent shoulder hump; a Roman profile or sloping nose and forehead instead of a dished forehead; and shorter, thicker cl ...more

How To : Treat poison ivy, oak, and sumac with jewel weed

Jewel weed is found in swamps lakes and wet places. This how-to video demonstrates using the jewel weed stems on the infected area until the bumps or blisters break open. Jewel weed has a chemical that neutralizes poison ivy, oak, or sumac oil, so it's okay to scratch with Jew ...more

How To : Survive a snake bite

Check out this instructional safety video to learn how survive a snake bite. Snakes are not uncommon in the continental United States. There is no region in the country where you'll be completely free from a venomous bite. When a snake bites out of hunger, it releases venom th ...more

How To : Use a watch as a compass to navigate when lost

Are you lost? This how to video teaches you a simple way to turn your watch into a compass. An analog watch is even more effective than a compass because it is not influenced by the earth's magnetic fields. You'll never be lost again as long as you have an analog watch with you.

How To : Use fire paste to spark a fire quickly

Fire paste is a handy tool to help start a fire out in the wild. This is a great supply to pack along on any camping or hiking trip. Never hassle with flint again. Watch this video outdoor safety tutorial and learn how to use fire paste to start a fire quickly.

How To : Use a mirror or compass for signaling

When lost out in the wild, or even just trying to get someone's attention, you're going to need to signal for help. A mirror, compass, or any reflective surface will do the trick. Watch this video training tutorial and learn how to use a mirror or compass for signaling.

How To : Survive against large predators in the wild

Big predators pose a big threat unless you know what to do under attack. HOW TO SURVIVE advises making lots of noise, freezing when confronted, and playing defense in order to survive. Watch this video outdoor safety tutorial and learn how to survive an attack from a large pre ...more

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