American Survival Guide - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Michael D’angona

Crit­i­cal gear for win­ter sur­vival

In many sit­u­a­tions, the right gear can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. With so many sur­vival and emer­gency prod­ucts on the mar­ket to­day, your choices to pre­pare for emer­gen­cies dur­ing an un­ex­pect­edly cold and harsh win­ter are plen­ti­ful.

How­ever, the most im­por­tant as­pect of cold­weather sur­vival prepa­ra­tion lies in stock­ing gear that fits your or your fam­ily’s needs as a whole. Ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments with lit­tle or no pro­tec­tion will se­verely limit your chances of mak­ing it back alive.

Key items that must be added to any “win­ter­ized” kit in­clude a four-sea­son tent, hand warm­ers, wood-chop­ping or -cut­ting tools, wind pro­tec­tion, and, of course, fire-mak­ing gear.

If you live in an en­vi­ron­ment that is nat­u­rally cold year-round, a stock­pile of cold-weather gear is not an op­tion; it’s an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity. Things can turn bad in a heart­beat, so don’t be left out in the cold with in­ad­e­quate gear.

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