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Kent Page McGroarty

Kent Page McGroarty is a freelance lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in AZ Central Healthy Living, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, SF Gate Home and Garden, LIVESTRONG,, I Do Take, and many other online publications. Twitter: @KentsStuff.

Kent Page McGroarty Posts

  • Improvised Floatation Device Ideas

    The thought of getting thrown into the ocean, a river or fast-moving lake with no life jacket is pretty darn terrifying, particularly if already afraid of water. Whether you find yourself in deep water from a capsized boat or other means, knowing how to make a flotation device can definitely save you from certain doom. Let's look at a few DIY flotation device options that could easily save your life:


    Believe it or not, the clothes on your back w... Continue Reading →

  • Borax: Its Many Uses

    A naturally-occurring mineral also known as sodium borate, Borax is an eco-friendly cleaning solution featuring a host of other benefits. If your emergency or camping kit needs another component, check out some of the white stuff's many uses:

    Fire Retardant

    Want to put your campfire out? Need to put your campfire out because someone thought dumping whiskey on... Continue Reading →

  • How To Stay (Relatively) Clean During Long Hiking Trips

    Planning a long, long, long hiking trip? Whether "long" means "the weekend" or "several months," keeping clean is often a challenge. Unless staying in a campground with available showers, you'll have to get creative to remain clean and (somewhat) fresh. Check out a few ideas to help you avoid saying "What IS that horrendous smell?" and  realizing it's you:

    Baby Wipes

    Baby wipes take up very little space and are an ideal item to bring on lon... Continue Reading →

  • Winter Survival Prep

    Winter is on its way! Unless spending the upcoming frigid months on a tropical island, it's necessary to prepare for cold weather. Severe winter weather conditions can occur quickly, after all! Prepare for Old Man Winter by utilizing the following tips:

    The Right Supplies

    Add a few items to your emergency kit, such as rock salt or its eco-friendly equivalent for melt... Continue Reading →

  • You and Your Pet: How to Survive a Hurricane/Severe Flooding

    Surviving a hurricane or other severe flooding often requires caring for family members as well as yourself, including those of the four-legged variety. Your disaster plan must include your pets, so check out a few tips for ensuring Fluffy and Fido remain safe during extreme weather:

    Create a Pet Emergency Kit

    Such kits ar... Continue Reading →

  • Plants For Cuts And Scrapes

    Whether lost in the wilderness or simply enjoying a camping weekend, the likelihood of sustaining minor cuts, scrapes and burns is fairly high. It therefore helps to know which plants feature the properties you need to heal flesh and make pain go buh-bye. Check out a mere few of the many plants you can use for minor skin abrasions:


    A common garden plant, yarrow features tall green stalks and small white blooms. If you find yourself bleeding ... Continue Reading →

  • Tsunamis: How To Survive

    The result of major landslides into the ocean or earthquakes beneath the ocean floor, tsunamis are no joke and can easily cause massive damage and many deaths. Those who live on the beach or in coastal areas need to know what to do if a tsunami hits, as it only takes minutes for these enormous waves to reach land. The "danger period" can last for hours. Since tsunamis can occur any time of day or night year round, it's important to be prepared and know what to do first.

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  • Volcano Eruption: What To Do First

    The sight of a volcano erupting is pretty darn terrifying, and it's easy to completely and totally panic. Rather than screaming and flailing about, know what to do should lava start to flow! This is especially essential if you live in an area with an active volcano. There's many things you can do to protect yourself and your family...check a few tips out:

    Leave. Duh.

    If lava is flowing towards you, vacate the area as soon as possible. Drive rather than wal... Continue Reading →

  • When Disaster Strikes and You Aren't Home: What To Do First

    Many plan for disasters expecting they'll be home when the worst happens. This is not always the case! Often times a natural disaster hits and people are at work, school, vacation, etc. In addition to creating preparedness kits and plans for the home, it's also important to know what to do when you aren't home during an emergency. Let's take a look at a few tips to ensure you remain safe:


    If possible, one of the first things if not t... Continue Reading →

  • Most Common Preparedness Mistakes

    Being prepared is a survival skill that takes a little time to get right, and it's not uncommon for mistakes to happen along the way. If looking to seriously strengthen your preparedness/survival skills, check out some of the most common preparedness mistakes!

    1) No or Not Enough Water

    While survival without food is possible for about a month or so, the body starts to shut down from lack of agua in a matter of da... Continue Reading →

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