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Before you decide to channel your inner Indiana Jones and run off to explore nearby caves, deserts or mountain trails, you may want to take a step back and think if you are completely prepared for that kind of adventure. Learning how to tie a few popular knots won’t take an extreme amount of time and you will be surprised how often you can actually use them when you know what you’re doing. Here are five knots that every camper, hiker, mountain climber and survivalist should know.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Good quality water bottles are great, but the lid for many of them can get lost if you remove it while camping or hiking. Tactical weblog ITS Tactical shows how to tie a handy retention strap using 24 inches of paracord.

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Having cordage on hand can often save the day when your shoelace breaks or you need to tie down a piece of furniture as you drive it home. Paracord is the best type to keep on hand for general use, and as the video above from ITS Tactical shows, it's easy to keep a hank of cord nearby using a storage lanyard.

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Last time you moved something in your car that was too large to fit in your trunk, you probably lamely cobbled together a few insecure knots. (Oh wait, that wasn't you - that was me.) The Trucker's hitch is a relatively simple knot you can tie with one rope that secures anything with the power of pulleys.

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Corn — it's in everything. Now it can be in your strings and shoelaces, detangling your knots. Home and living blog Woman's Day notes that a little cornflour will do the trick on those stubborn twisted burls.

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Tugboat bowlines, fisherman's knots, sheet bends. The best knots are named for their jobs on the ocean, but they have numerous, practical uses on land as well. Here's how to tie the versatile bowline (and more properly tie any knot).