SURVIVAL GUIDE

Boreal Forest (CANADA) Survival Guide by Drew de Roca

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TOPO x JOHN FELLOWS

Classic 24 oz. aluminum water bottle that is lab certified to be 100% BPA FREE with a food grade coating that is nontoxic and non-leaching. Simple 1/4 turn on/off cap design and a wide mouth threadless design makes for easy cleaning and is ice cube friendly. Made in USA from recycled materials.

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Memobottle

"The memobottle is described as “the balance between environmental responsibility and improved life convenience”. Inspired by standard paper sizes, this slim and reusable design suitably slides into any carry bag alongside the computer, books and valuables. The project is made from BPA-free Tritan, which counts for a high level of durability and is dish-water friendly.

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Eau Good water bottle by Black + Blum

Our first ideas were based loosely around the aesthetic of the army/camping style water canteen. We felt the outdoor/vintage/functional aesthetic would give the water bottle a cool utilitarian look. This is also why we used a cork stopper rather than a standard threaded top. The sound of cork being pulled out of a bottle has an almost romantic, thirst-quenching allure. It definitely differentiates the bottle from others on the market.

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canteens

OHYO the collapsabottle by Guy Jeremiah

Ohyo is the handy, collapsible water bottle that’s easy to take anywhere. An extended Ohyo holds 500ml. When empty an Ohyo will squish down to fit in a pocket.

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"Life" by Andrea Pontil

”Life” is a product designed to dissuade people from using plastic bottles with a one-day-use bottle easy to be recharged and recycled again. This bottle is held together by a single stitch and made from recycled paper without harsh chemicals, and… it has zero effects on the earth when thrown away.

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sleeping bags

MARMOT'S TRESTLES x BEN GUTHRIE

Inspired by King Tut's iconic Pharaoh mask...Designed for sustainable manufacturing, these bags support Marmot's brand identity and their environmentally conscious consumers. 

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Cocoon Emergency Shelter Design by Billy Harney + John Moriarty

The architecture can be hanged off a tree or a cliff face or anywhere needed. Inside the Cocoon, user is comforted by a warming colours and materials that will ensure they stay warm no matter what the conditions are like outside.

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Coleman Adjustable Comfort Sleeping Bag by LPK

When it's hot, just cover up with the lightweight sheet. As the temperature drops, swap it out for the traditional sleeping bag experience. When it gets really cold, you can snuggle up with both covers. A specially-designed zipper offers added flexibility by allowing you to cover up just your legs, just your chest or both. A pillow pad cradles your head for even more comfort.

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OSTRICH PILLOW ® by  KAWAMURA-GANJAVIAN for STUDIO BANANA THINGS

It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes...

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axes

Yellowed Design Studio

We carefully restore vintage axe heads and custom paint the handles. Each one is unique, usable and perfectly imperfect. All of our axe restorations come with a leather sheathe which is also customizable.

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No Place Like Home GPS Shoes by Dominic Wilcox

One of the No Place Like Home shoes has GPS technology embedded in the heel and an antenna in the red ankle tag. It communicates wirelessly with the other shoe. Custom-made software plots the location of home on a map before the data is uploaded to the shoe through a USB cable that plugs into the insole. The ring of LEDs in the left toe points the wearer in the right direction while those on the right toe show the journey's progress.

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pots

Trail Lite Duo System by MSR

Nesting design fits two DeepDish™ Bowls and Double-Wall Insulated Mugs inside pot.

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Airborne x Base Camp X

Our Double Bit throwing axes are designed for competition and for maximum fun. Airborne is a serious piece of steel to throw down range and it can become a bit of an addiction.

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EMIL Experience Outdoors by Andrea Schoellgen

The EMIL Experience Outdoors is up to date by being a handheld console that functions as a GPS compass, letting you form and execute a treasure hunt your style, alongside other functions such as mapping out biking routes and expeditions...

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EINTOPF Pan by Barbara Ott

It starts off as a shallow sauce pan but extension rings and a flexible outer shell can increase the pot’s volume by almost 3x.

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Trust Co.

The simplicity and purity of the axe resonates in everything we do. We restore the tools, knowledge, traditions that have been missing from our everyday lives. Trust Co. heritage goods are a blank slate for you to write your story – and pass it on.

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First Aid Kits

One-Handed First Aid Kit by Gabriele Meidaikyte

The first aid kit is divided by injuries and every injury is described in steps, guiding the casualty through the treatment process. Furthermore, the kit has been specially designed to be used with one hand so an injury to the other hand can be treated efficiently, even if the accident occurred while a person is alone.

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lighters

Que Metal Stick Lighter by Tsubota Pearl

These functional and fashionable gadgets provide the most elegant way to strike up a flame...

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Best Made Company

A Best Made axe is a tool for survival and productivity and at its heart it's a symbol of many admirable virtues. We paint our axes as a measure of respect for this tool and all that it represents. The tradition of adorning tools is a long and storied one, upon which we are proud to have cast a bold and fresh coat of paint.

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Nursing Kit by Yu-Lin Chen & Sheng-Hung Lee

Inside, you’ll be able to find Curvy Scissors, Tape Dispenser, Tweezer Clip and Medicines Cap. Each component has been designed to provide easy-to-use and optimum functionality, the design aims to not only take care of you physically but also spiritually in terms of health. Nursing Kit is the new generation of family first aid kit, it provides not only health care but also illumination as well as decoration.

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Sushi by Rodrigo Torres for Alessi

Sleek, simple and fluid shapes, characterize an object full of collective-memory, comfort and beauty. Its body, colors and material combinations emphasize its domestic nature, reminding us of the warmth and emotiveness present in home-appliances since the 50's. All these characteristics are embodied in a compact, pocket sized product, suitable for either domestic or portable uses.

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6 Items you find in the Wilderness

  1. WOOD - Uses: Can craft weapons and tools, fire and a material for shelter
  2. DRY GLASS - Uses: Help build a fire
  3. FRESH WATER - Uses: Hydration
  4. TREE BRANCHES - Uses: Help build shelter and can also be used as a rope
  5. MOSS - Uses: Used like a bandage
  6. BERRIES - Uses: Food
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Gutting a Fish

If you manage to catch a fish, these are the steps on how you are able to prepare:
Step 1: Using a pocket knife or a stone knife, slit the fish up toward the head and away from your hand.
Step 2: Separate the head by cutting just below the gills.
Step 3: Open the fish and pull the head and bones away in one piece.
Step 4: The best part of the fish is the gills/cheeks. Make sure to cut the gills, hold the gills meat and swoop around it so you can cut it off.

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The 4-Figure Deadfall Trap

Step 1: Look for 3 branches and a large stone
Step 2: Cut notches in the branches as indicated in the illustration below.
Step 3: Hold up the rock with one hand, while positioning sticks "A" and "C".
Step 4: Once the weight of the rock is resting on "A" and "C", use your free hand to insert and mount the trigger stick "B".
Step 5: Let go and the trap should be balanced and set.
Step 6: When a bird or animal comes along to eat the bait, the trigger stick will trip and the rock will kill with a fatal blow.

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SHELTER

Where to find and build a shelter:

  • An open field
  • Near a lake or a river
  • Where there are trees
  • High ground
  • Possibly in a cave
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HYPOTHERMIA

Hypothermia is the condition of having a negatively low body temperature, often one that is dangerously low.

How to avoid hypothermia:

Avoid hypothermia by staying away from dehydration, extreme tiredness, cold winds, and wet clothes. 

  • Dress warmly and in layers.
  • Make sure that you’re keeping yourself warm.
  • Keep yourself away from wind, rain, and snow. Avoid these things by wearing clothes that avoid wind and moisture.
  • Eat a snack that gives you high energy and drink a lot of water.
  • Do not over use your energy.
  • Avoid frostbite.
  • Do not blow on your hands if it gets cold.
Symptoms

• Shivering is an early hint of hypothermia, shivering starts mildly, but it will get worse to the point you cannot control your body.
• Loss of sorting. It might start by you not figuring out how to tie your own shoelace and worse stumbling and falling to the ground.
• Confusion
• Apathy (Not taking care of your body).
• Foolish behavior.

Treatment
  • Move somewhere there is a roof over yours head. Move fast because you might pass out any minute. If somebody else is having hypothermia carefully carry them to the shelter. 
  • Remove any wet clothes you have on . Replace them with dry and warm clothes.
  • If you are having hypothermia drink warm water not hot but warm. Only drink it if you are fully conscious. If you are extremely weak you might choke.
  • If you are strong enough and able, moderate exercise such as walking will help to generate heat.
  • Stay near a fire to keep you warm.
  • Heat up your neck, armpits and groins.
  • Wrap your selves around warm blankets or sleeping bags.
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FIRE

Where you should build a fire:

  • close to fuel source 
  • located on a non-burnable surface (bare rock is best) 
  • located away from burnable materials (such as very dry branches -close overhead, or dry grasses nearby) 
  • convenience of the location (for example, close to your camp) 
  • but not in the way, either -- you don't want to have to navigate
  • carefully around a fire that is squarely in everyone's way
  • wind direction and speed (wind can blow the fire onto neighboring burnable materials, such as dry brush) 
  • proximity to a means of extinguishing the fire (such as water)

How to start a fire:

You will need a lighter, dry grass and some kindling.
Step 1: Put the dry grass on the ground and post the kindling around it making a teepee shape around the dry grass. Leave enough space to get your lighter to the grass.
Step 2: Light your lighter and set the dry grass on fire. Once the wood starts burning the flames and the heat will rise.
Step 3: Add small pieces of wood. If the fire looks stable enough, add slightly larger wood.

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Lean to shelter

Step 1: Search for a large branch and lean one end onto a tree.
Step 2: Place smaller branches at 45 degree angles along the length of the large branch.
Step 3: Cover the entire structure with leaves and vegetation.

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WATER

How and where to get water:

Streams/Rivers

Any stream or river with running water will be a good source, but keep in mind that just because it looks clean does not mean that it is. You will need to boil the water to kill any bacteria before drinking it. If you have a tin/aluminum can, this will be an effective container to boil water over a fire.

Lakes

If you come across a lake, this is a great resource for water. You should boil this water also in order to avoid becoming sick from bacteria.

Rain Water

If it rains, be sure to set out any containers you have to catch falling water. Any large leaves can provide an effective surface for catching rain and funneling it into a container.

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Solar Water Still

If any of these are not available for you and you have a sheet of plastic then you can make solar water still.

Step 1: Dig a hole where you want your solar water still to be. 
Note: make sure where you’re building your solar water still have a clear surrounding 
Step 2: Place any container you have in the center of your hole.  
Step 3: Fill the gaps surrounding the container with anything wet, such as leaves.
Step 4: Place your plastic sheet over the hole and hold it in place
Step 5: Place one small rock in the center of the plastic, just over the container.
Step 6: Condensation will occur on the underside of the plastic and run down to the center. It will drip into the container filling it with condense drinking water.

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Instructions on how to make fire without tools:

Step 1: Find a flexible wood and cut a notch in its center.
Step 2: Put some sticks at one end that you will set alight.
Step 3: Using a firm stick, plow the end up and down this groove to create friction.
Step 4: The tinder will begin to smoke, blow on it to help fuel the fire catching process.
Step 5: When the fire catches, place more tinder and small twigs on the fire to help it grow.

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How to keep fire alive:

To keep your fire alive make sure you throw in some kindling as soon as your fire looks stable.Throw kindling every time you see your fire weaken, but don not wait for your fire to weaken. 

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One man shelter

Step 1: Take a rope or a tree branch and tie it to a tree trunk.
Step 2: Take a sheet of cloth or a poncho/raincoat and put it on top of the rope.

Note: This shelter is little and tiny but it does have wind protection and it protects you from the snow when it is winter and it also will keep you warm. It is pretty easy to build and it is worth while making for a small shelter.

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Dehydration:

Dehydration is when more water and fluids are exiting the body then entering. If you do not drink water for 8-10 days it means you will die.

Symptoms
  • thirst
  • cracked lips
  • dizziness or lightdeadedness
  • dry, sticky mouth
  • extreme headache and nausea
  • dark or less urine
  • constipation
  • sleepiness or tiredness
  • few or no tears when crying
  • dry, cool skin
  • sunken eyes
  • foolish acts
Avoiding Dehydration
  • Make sure you dress appropriately for the right weather and make sure you are not sweating as much as you need to. If it is sunny and hot outside, wear lighter clothes.
  • Dehydration can often appear with stomach sickness, like vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Drink lots of water before doing something that will make you sweat and tired.
Treating Dehydration
  • Drink lots of water, but don’t chug it, you might vomit or get sick.
  • Do not keep working, rest for a few minutes.
  • If you are sweating a lot, wear fewer clothes, example if you have pants change into shorts.
  • When you are eating, make sure to drink water.
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BASIC FIRST AID TIPS

Sprains + Strains:

Ice the sprain or strain for a few minutes. Wrap it with an elastic compression bandage and keep it elevated when possible.

Blisters:

Blisters are swellings that are caused by something rubbing against your skin. Avoid blisters by wearing comfortable footwear and good thick socks. 

Treating a blister

Cushion it with a bandage, don't prick it unless you have a sterilized needle. You will need a lighter, dry grass and some kindling.
Step 1: Put the dry grass on the ground and post the kindling around it making a teepee shape around the dry grass. Leave enough space to get your lighter to the dry grass.
Step 2: Light your lighter and set your dry grass on fire. Once the wood starts burning the flames and the heat will rise.
Step 3: Add small pieces of wood. If the fire looks stable enough add slightly larger wood.

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A Based Shelter

Step 1: Start by searching for a tree with forked branches that is 3 to 4 feet above the base of the trunk. Break any other branches that may hurt you or might hamper the assembly of your shelter.
Step 2: You'll need to find a fallen tree, that’s about 12 to 15 feet long to be your ridge pole. Place this tree in to the split of the support tree so that you can make a 30-degree angle among the pole and the land. You can use a loose tree that happens to be at a 30 degree angle to the ground or lay a firm ridge pole against a 3 to 4 foot high end.
Step 3: As with the lean-to, lay support poles crosswise the ridge pole. This time, you'll be arranging them on the two sides and at a 60 degree angle to the ground. Support poles need to be long enough to stretch above the ridge pole and should be fixed about 1 to 1 1/2 feet apart.
Step 4: Crisscross miniature branches into the support poles.
Step 5: Cloak the structure with grass, moss, and leaves. Start covering the roof from the bottom and overlap the materials. Doing so will prevent rain from coming in to the shelter.

Note: You could make the high part of the shelter higher up off the ground, but you will then need a longer ridge pole to maintain the 30 degree angle. A steeper angle will result in added exposure to rain and wind.

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How to purify and store water:

Purifying Water

The easiest way to purify water is to boil it, provided you have a pot, plus a fire or a camp stove. Bring water in a pot over a high heat until you have rolling bubbles, and let them roll for at least five minutes. Then let it cool down before drinking, or you'll badly burn your lips and tongue.

Storing Water

Store your water by simply putting your water inside any container you have. If you don’t have a container you can use big leaves.
Step 1: Cut them into six-inch squares
Step 2: Roll each into a cone
Step 3: Fold and hold the end of your cone so water won’t escape

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CLOTHING

What to wear:

• wool socks or liner socks ( Winter and Summer)
• Roomy pants that can become shorts if needed (Summer)
• synthetic or silk underwear (Summer and Winter)
• nylon or man made t-shirt (Summer and Winter)
• light, fleece sweater (Summer)
• shell parka or windbreaker (Winter)
• mittens (Winter)
• wool or man made knitted cap or hat or beanie (Winter)
• Shorts (Summer)
• Running Shoes (Summer)
• Thermal (Winter)
• Warm and strong winter boots (Winter)
• Scarf (Winter)
• Warm gloves (Winter)
• Sunglasses (Summer, optional)

What not to wear:

• Shorts
• Flip Flops
• Skinny Jeans
• Uncomfortable Clothes
• Baggy Clothes

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Dressing a wound:

Step 1: Before touching the wound clean your hands and put on some gloves.
Step 2: Clean the area where the wound is. Use Antiseptic wipes.If the wound is bleeding gently add pressure to it by using sterile gauze pads. Use tape to keep the pad on top of the bleeding wound.
Step 3: Carefully wrap your bandage around the wound and keep it on by using a bandage clip.

Medicine Plants:

Plants can also help soothe and heal minor injuries. Common plantain is a weed that helps stop bleeding . Crush the leaves to a pulp and place it on top of the wound. Use a long strip of material or long grass to hold them in place. Moss is also useful for controlling bleeding.

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