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Gifts for the Survivalists in Your Life

Gifts for the Survivalists in Your Life

Do you have people in your life who you want to be safe in the event of a disaster? Maybe you have some survivalist family members or friends you are going to be buying for this holiday season or perhaps for their birthday. Of course, you might simply be looking for something interesting that you can give to yourself. Fortunately, you can find plenty of good options out there today, and we will be looking at some of the best types of gifts to consider. Books Of course, this is one of the top types of gifts when people are […]

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Practicing the Bug Out

Practicing the Bug Out

Even though you might have everything you need as a prepper and survivalist, that doesn’t mean you are prepared to survive. That’s why it is so important to practice bugging out and moving from one place to another with a full pack. It needs to be as realistic as possible, so this means no stopping at fast food joints on the way to your bug out location. Everyone involved needs to treat it as a drill. The practice will allow you to have a better idea of how quickly you are able to get from Point A to Point B. […]

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Wilderness Cold Medicine

Wilderness Cold Medicine

If you think that you need a sick day from an 8-hour job, then how do you think you are going to feel when you are struggling to survive in the wilderness and you begin to get sick? As you know, a simple cold can make everyday simple activities into agonizing tasks. And it will only get worse when the tasks are more physically demanding and when you are exposed to the elements all day and night. If your illness is left untreated in the wilderness, a simple cold could make you too weak to gather firewood, haul water, and […]

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Survival Cooking   

Survival Cooking  

  If you are surviving in the wilderness protein from small game is going to be invaluable to you.  The last thing you need after trapping or hunting an animal successfully, which won’t be easy, is to waste your kill and end up with less food than you could have had.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your meat with primitive cooking skills.   Spit Cooking Cooking on a spit is one of the oldest and simplest methods of preparing meat over fire.  Other than the obvious fire, you will need to get two strong green […]

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Why Combat Ranges are Not Just for Gun Nuts

Why Combat Ranges are Not Just for Gun Nuts

Many people who have chosen to carry a firearm for self-defense only go to a standard pistol range.  They stand in their lane and they fire one round at a time, one magazine at a time, and then bring their target back for inspection.  This is not without its benefits, but it is one-dimensional training.  If you have a combat range near you I would urge you to go there at least a few times to get a feel for a more realistic course of fire that resembles what you will need to do in a defensive shooting.  Here are […]

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Counter Tracking

Counter Tracking

If you have “bugged out” into the wilderness, then one of your major motivations for this strategy was undoubtedly to avoid potentially hostile people.  But you might not have been the only one with this in mind, and some of those that took the same course of action might themselves be hostile.  So, what do you do if you believe that you are being perused by a potentially hostile person or group in the wilderness?  Here are some tips and strategies used by the military for escape and evasion that could be put to good use in this scenario.   […]

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Throwing Stick

Throwing Stick

  The name is pretty self-explanatory.  A throwing stick is a stick that you throw at things you want to eat.  There’s a little more to using it successfully, but basically, you throw the stick at what you want dead.  One of the animals that a throwing stick can be successfully used to hunt is a rabbit.  Here are some tips on how to successfully use this primitive method to obtain food in a survival situation.   First, you need to select the right stick. Not just any stick will do.  You want a stick that is about the length […]

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Hot Rocks

Hot Rocks

Sometimes the heat from your fire won’t be enough, or it might be too much.  Whether you have a low amount of fuel, or you are trying to dry your clothes and not burn them, a great option for long lasting slowly released heat is to heat rocks in your fire.  The rocks can then be placed in your shelter or sleeping bag at night to provide heat while you sleep, or in your wet clothes or boots to help dry them.  Here are some tips on how to do it.   Most important is rock selection. You do not […]

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Chicken of the Woods   

Chicken of the Woods  

  It would always be nice to come across a live chicken in a wilderness survival situation, but the next best thing is “chicken of the woods”.  Not a chicken at all, it’s a mushroom, several species of mushrooms really, from the genus Laetiporus.  They are commonly sought after edible mushrooms not only for their taste, but because they are not easily confused with poisonous mushrooms as some edible verities are.   Chicken of the woods mushrooms are brightly colored when they are young and at their most nutritious. They are so bright that they can be spotted against the […]

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Tips for Desert Survival

Tips for Desert Survival

With approximately 1/5 of the world’s land area being classified as a desert, it’s worth considering when learning about survival even if you don’t live in the desert.  As with all survival scenarios, you will first need to take care of shelter, then water, and last of all food.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself stranded in the desert fighting for survival.   Shelter Shelter in the desert, like everywhere else is mainly to regulate body temperature.  In the desert, this will usually be to keep from over-heating.  Find any possible shade during […]

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Defense from a Stick or Bat Attack (Video)   

Defense from a Stick or Bat Attack (Video)  

  Blunt objects are one of the most common weapons of opportunity, but that means that not only should you familiarize yourself with using them offensively, but that you are likely to need to defend against an attacker using a stick or a bat as a weapon while you are unarmed.  In this video, a practical and effective method of defense is demonstrated against an attacker with a stick.  The instructor walks through the technique explaining the importance of distance, maintaining defense while counter attacking, and how to finish the fight when the technique is done properly.  Even if you […]

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Tips for Spear Fishing   

Tips for Spear Fishing  

  If you are stranded in the wilderness near a body of water, fish are a potential source of nutritious food.  But if you don’t have any line or anything to manufacture a hook from, you are going to have to come up with an alternative method to acquire your meal.  One possible method that is possible in most circumstances with only the material available in the wild and a knife is spearfishing.  Here are some tips for raising your probability of success. Split the end of your spear, or carve barbs into the tip. This is to prevent the […]

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Safety Considerations While Answering the Door

Safety Considerations While Answering the Door

I recently watched a news broadcast that featured a story where a woman came to a man’s door asking to use the phone because she claimed to have car problems.  He ended up sending her away, only to have to shoot at her and her accomplice when they came back to rob him.  The man and those in his house were uninjured, the woman was arrested, and her accomplice died.  Things went well for this man, but after watching the story (I watched it online) I was targeted with numerous other videos in which people did not fare so well.  […]

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Hide Tanning (Video)

Hide Tanning (Video)

  Long term survival is going to require the ability to manufacture clothing and other products from the natural materials available.  Brain tanning hides to make soft leather is one method that will make this possible.  This video demonstrates each step necessary for the process and gives insights into why they are required and what the goal of each step is.  If you want to be able to survive long term, then this is an essential skill.   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… The Ultimate Woodworking Course.. Holistic Medicine Basics… Ever Considered Taking Yoga? Read this… Related […]

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Making Survival Medicine

Making Survival Medicine

In a post-disaster scenario, medical supplies will be limited to what you have on hand, or what you can make.   The risk of infections will be much greater than normal circumstances, the disaster itself could cause injuries, debris will make necessary movement dangerous, and clean water will be hard to come by.  For this reason, it is important to store antibiotics, and to be able to make them in case your supply runs out or is destroyed by the disaster.  The original antibiotic is penicillin, it is a mold that grows on bread and fruit.  Here are directions on how you […]

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Taking Care of Blisters

Taking Care of Blisters

If you’ve spent any time running, jogging, or hiking, then you understand blisters can be a real pain. In today’s modern world, if you get a blister, you simply go home, put your feet up and rest. Of course, when you are in a survival situation, things are far different. You need to make sure you take proper care of the blister so it doesn’t become infected and cause you many more problems. If you find that you’ve developed a blister, you should resist the urge to pop it, if it is not painful. This will provide you with a […]

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Great Fire Tinder Options

Great Fire Tinder Options

When you need to make fire, one of the most important elements is some good tinder. We feel it’s important to always have some tinder material available. Put it in some airtight containers, such as an old Altoids tin and put it your bug out bag, your tackle box, your hiking pants pockets, your car and anywhere else you can think. Now, here are some simple ways to get your tinder. First, you can use the tried and true trick of cotton balls covered in Vaseline. The Vaseline is flammable. When you light it, the cotton will burn for quite […]

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Create a Fast and Easy Emergency Shelter

Create a Fast and Easy Emergency Shelter

Even if you have all the food and items you need to bug out in a hurry, are you ready to survive in a wilderness survival scenario right now? How would you create a shelter if you don’t have a tent with you? It’s very important that you take the time to learn how to make a variety of different shelters based on different locales. Today, you can learn how to make a very basic and simple shelter in the woods. This type of shelter shouldn’t take more than an hour or so to construct, and it requires minimal effort […]

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Heal All

Heal All

While it might come just short of fulfilling the expectations one might have given it’s common name, Prunella Vulgaris, or “heal all”, is a great source of both wilderness survival food, and medicine.  It is widely distributed throughout the world, being found in North American, Europe, and Asia.  It can be found in grasslands, or on the edge of forested areas, especially in moist areas.   Food The leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked.  Younger leaves are tastier but the plant remains edible throughout its life.  The leaves can be used to brew tea, or soaked in water and […]

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Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Clean, flat ground and sharp right angles all around can make camouflage difficult in an urban setting.  But after a catastrophic disaster things will look a little different.  Garbage and debris are likely to be scattered all over.  You can use this to your advantage to camouflage yourself when you out scavenging after a disaster.  Here are some tips on how you can use trash as camouflage in a post-disaster urban environment.   Observe what trash and debris items you see in your environment that would be light enough to attack to your gear or clothing for camouflage. You don’t […]

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Cigarettes and Booze for Survival   

Cigarettes and Booze for Survival  

  Most people would not think of things as unhealthy as cigarettes and liquor as items that should be stored for survival, but they are not without their uses for post-disaster survival.  Here are just a few ways in which you can make use of these items usually associated with unhealthiness so that you can increase your survivability after a catastrophe.   Stings Insect stings and bites can be treated with tobacco.  Remove the fine tobacco from a from a cigarette and mix it with spit.  Given the taste of cigarette tobacco and the additives in it you might not […]

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Why You Should Always Have a Needle and Thread in Your Survival Kit

Why You Should Always Have a Needle and Thread in Your Survival Kit

  Generally when one thinks about items to include in a survival kit a knife, fire rod, iodine tablets, and things like that come to mind.  But not all items that are valuable for survival are the ones that first come to mind or usually make the list for camping.  One such item is a needle and thread or a pocket sewing kit.  Here are a few reasons why you should make what little room is required to add this to your survival kit.   Gear Repair It may seem like a minor thing to you now, when you have […]

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Zip Tie Escape from the Rear

Zip Tie Escape from the Rear

  Needing to escape from having your hands zip tied behind your back might seem like an unlikely scenario if you are not prone to engaging in riots.  But the unfortunate reality is that people in their own homes have been zip tied and beaten by intruders, others have been restrained for kidnapping using zip ties.  There are crazy people in this world, and ignoring them and their potential methods is not going to protect you from them.  Here is a video less than a minute long that shows how you can get out of zip ties even when your […]

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Ant Harvest

Ant Harvest

  Insects are the most abundant forms of animal life on the planet, and should not be passed up as a source of food in the wilderness.  Ants are a great insect for survival food because they make colonies with massive populations.  But with their small size, it can be difficult to gather up enough of them to satisfy your hunger.  Here’s a technique for making that a lot easier, all you need is a tarp or even a large trash bag.   Most importantly you need to find an ant colony first. The technique will work better if you […]

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Cattails, the Survival Supermarket

Cattails, the Survival Supermarket

It’s not unusual to find plants that offer more than one benefit for survival, but few come close to the versatility of the cattail.  Cattails can be used to start fire, build shelter, manufacture tools, and for nutritious food.  They are widely distributed, growing in almost any environment that water can be found.  Coming across a clump of cattails while struggling for survival is like finding a supermarket in the wilderness.   Fire Starting When the heads of cat tail have turned brown they will be filled with a light fluffy material that is a perfect tinder.  If the head […]

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Why Whole Foods are Better for Prepping   

Why Whole Foods are Better for Prepping  

  Having a stash of non-perishable food on hand is absolutely essential for preparedness.  It’s probably the first thing new preppers start with.  But there is some debate on what should make it into that supply, and what should be left out.  Some people just have a hard time giving up their junk food despite the fact that they shouldn’t be eating it now, let alone under the physical stresses of post disaster survival.  There is no changing people’s minds, but this article isn’t really for those hardcore junk food addicts as much as for those that understand some of […]

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Night Sights, Lasers and White Light

Night Sights, Lasers and White Light

Versatility in an important quality for all survival equipment and skills.  That goes for your pistol as well, and your defensive shooting skills and strategy.  One of the major considerations for versatility in defensive pistol shooting is low light shooting and target acquisition in low light.  Three pieces of gear that help with this are night sights, laser sights, and white lights (mounted on your pistol or in your weak hand).  This is a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of these items.   Night Sights Night sights will allow you to get sight alignment in low light […]

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Starting Them Young-Getting Children Involved in Survival Preparedness

Starting Them Young-Getting Children Involved in Survival Preparedness

In a time when it is not unusual to see kids as young as two years old using a touchscreen device to entertain themselves while being pushed around in the shopping cart through the store, it should be obvious that most kids are disconnected from the real, natural world around them. Children of this generation are less likely to take an interest in the outdoors, and less likely to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to survive in the wilderness.  Getting them started young can give them a greater appreciation for the natural world, start a foundation for future survival […]

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3 Survival Uses for Soda Cans

3 Survival Uses for Soda Cans

  It’s a shame when hiking in a remote area with pristine wilderness to find trash that careless people have left behind.  But if you are struggling to survive in that same wilderness, that trash might look a lot better.  One common item that can be found even in remote areas that has potential for use in a wilderness survival situation is a soda can.  Here are 3 ways that you can make use of a soda can for wilderness survival.   Fire Starter You can start a fire with nothing more than a soda can, if it’s sunny day.  […]

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Fish Snare

Fish Snare

Fishing is a great way to get meat in a survival scenario.  But it can be difficult to do if you need to spend your time tending to your other needs like gathering wood, building shelter, or hauling water.  You could always just tie a line to a stick and leave it with bait in the water.  It’s likely that if there are fish in the water that you will get a bite, unfortunately, it’s also likely that before you come back to check on the line that the fish has gotten itself free and stolen your bait.  To prevent […]

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Psychological Threats to Survival

Psychological Threats to Survival

The physical threats to your survival like temperature loss, dehydration, or starvation are obvious to just about anyone.  But less obvious, and just as dangerous are the psychological factors that can erode your ability, and even your will to survive.  Just as with the physical threats, the psychological threats to your survival can be dealt with if you can identify them and respond appropriately.  These are some of those threats and how you can deal with them.   Panic When you realize that you are facing a life or death situation panic is a natural reaction.  But panic can make […]

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Debris Shelter

Debris Shelter

  In most cases of wilderness survival shelter will be your number one concern since hypothermia can kill you much faster than starvation or even dehydration.  One of the easiest and fastest shelters that can be built in the wilderness is the debris shelter.  One person, with no equipment, can put one together in less than two hours with the material that is available in most forested areas.  If you find yourself stranded in the woods facing a cold night, before thinking about a fire, get a quick debris shelter built, here’s how.   Locate a health tree that doesn’t […]

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Transpiration Bag

Transpiration Bag

Water is one of the three most important elements for survival, and in some circumstances, it might be the most important.  Even in temperate environments with plenty of vegetation, it can be hard to find sources of water.  But if you have a plastic bag, all you need to do is find the vegetation.  I have already written about in-ground stills that use vegetation and sunlight to harvest water, here is an easier way, that can yield greater results.  It’s called a transpiration bag and this is how to use one.   The only piece of gear that you will […]

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Upside-Down Fire

Upside-Down Fire

As I’ve said before, if all you know about fire is the tee-pee camp fire, then you don’t know enough about fire to survive in anything be the most ideal scenario.  The more versatile your fire building skills are, the better chance of survival you have in a variety of scenarios.  The amount of, and the type of fuel available to you in the wilderness will not always be the same.  Likewise, the purpose of your fire, and the weather conditions that you are going to be using it in will change.  For times when you will need a slow […]

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What to Barter in a Disaster

What to Barter in a Disaster

Recently I mentioned in an article that I don’t recommend keeping sizable amounts of cash stored for disaster, and why I don’t think it would to you any good to do so.  One of those reasons is that after a disaster there will be extreme inflation on the items that people will need most.  One strategy for preparedness is to store items that you will be able to barter with after a disaster to get what you need.  Here are a few of the items that I would recommend storing more of than you think you will need, so that […]

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Wilderness Toothbrush

Wilderness Toothbrush

If you are stranded in the wilderness for any length of time, hygiene will quickly become an issue.  It won’t matter so much how you smell, since nobody ever died of body odor.  But poor dental hygiene can lead to serious issues that could have you incapacitated and dying a slow, painful death. As always, being able to use the material available to you in the wilderness for whatever needs may arise will increase your chances of survival, and elevate your standard of living while you do it.  Being able to make a toothbrush in the wild is one example […]

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Lean-to Fire

Lean-to Fire

Not every fire building technique will work for every situation.  The lean-to fire is a great design for windy situations.  It provides a built-in wind block and allows for you to continually add fuel as the fire grows.  Here’s how to build one.   Gather all your tinder, kindling and fuel before trying to start the fire. Take the log with the largest diameter that you have available and lay it in position, perpendicular to the direction the wind is blowing. This will serve as a wind block to help get the fire started, and as your bed of coals […]

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Best Toilet Paper Protection (Video)

Best Toilet Paper Protection (Video)

Some things aren’t going to change much in the wilderness; you are still going to need toilet paper.  You might even have a greater need for it.  The toilet paper that you bring with you won’t be safe like it is hanging from the wall in your bathroom.  You are going to have to protect it.  So far every method of toilet paper protection I have seen is either so obvious it doesn’t need to be addressed, or it adds size to the toilet paper which will make it more difficult to carry with you.  This video demonstrates an awesome […]

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3 Necessary Skills for Long-Term Grid Down Survival

3 Necessary Skills for Long-Term Grid Down Survival

Being able to start fires and build lean-to shelters will keep you alive for short-term survival in the wilderness, but if the world as we know it comes to an end it’s going to take a lot more to make it.  You will need to be able to repair and replace your gear, your clothing, and build long-term shelter.  But those skills are still dependent upon other skills.  If you really want to be able to live in a world without modern technology then you will need to have a working knowledge of these three skills at least.   Blacksmithing […]

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Saws vs Axes

Saws vs Axes

There is no tool that can equally perform all tasks.  But the more versatile the tools that you carry are, the fewer tools you’ll need to carry and the lighter you pack can get.  One tool that is compact, light, and versatile is a folding saw.  Without suggesting that it can replace the time-tested ax, here is a comparison for you to consider when putting together your gear for “bugging out” or wilderness survival.   A folding saw, even a large one, will take up much less space than an ax. Folding saws can be carried inside of your pack so […]

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