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Tips for Sleeping Outside without a Tent

This post features tips and techniques for sleeping outside without a tent while camping, backpacking, hiking, a military deployment, or in the field on a training exercise. I discuss how to tent camp comfortably, sleeping gear, animals at your campsite, and how to pick the best site for setting up camp.

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How to Stay Awake at Night: 29 Tips I Learned in the Army

This article details 29 tips on how to stay awake at night that I have learned during 19 years of Army service. Soldiers are often required to stay awake for long periods of time in inhospitable environments (desert heat, bug-riddled forests, and sweltering jungles). When you are exhausted staying awake and staying focused is one of the hardest things to maintain. I have pulled my fair share of guard duty and below is a list of some of the best tips and techniques I have used to remain focused and awake.

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How to Make Coffee in the Field

Coffee in the field makes everything better.  One of the best morale boosters in the Army is a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning (or at least after stand-to).  The extra weight of coffee brewing gear can seem like a lot. But, if you have access to …

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How to Stay Warm Outside in Cold Weather

In this post, I will share with you some tips and techniques I have used to stay warm in the field. One thing every veteran knows is that training or combat doesn’t stop just because it is cold outside. I have been to some cold locations (Fort Drum, New York, South Korea, and Afghanistan) during my career and quickly learned the fieldcraft associated with staying warm. This is especially important when you are deployed and have no means of warming up in a vehicle or tent, no ability to sip on some hot cocoa by the fire to thaw out, and the inability to go to Academy and purchase more suitable gear.

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What is Pogey Bait in the Army: Snacks for the Field

Pogey Bait is any type of non-issued food snack or candy used in the field to supplement meals, give a quick boost of energy, or to use as a bartering tool. This post gives you some tips on packing food, and a list of popular pogey bait choices for the field.

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6 Concealment Tactics from an Army Scout

These 6 concealment tactics will help you own the battlefield, regardless if its the hunting grounds, paintball, airsoft, a training exercise, or real life combat. The goal of camouflage is to remain undetectable by looking like nothing or looking like something else. This post explains how to do that and also how to defeat the other senses of game or adversaries.

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Field Hygiene Tips: Keeping clean with less

One of the less glamorous topics, but definitely an important one is that of hygiene while in the field or on the trail. Over the next few paragraphs, I will instruct you on how to remain healthy through some proven field hygiene methods. We will cover how to keep your feet healthy and blister free, how to use the bathroom in the woods, some feminine hygiene tips, bathing, washing clothes, and what to keep in your field hygiene kit.