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Tapping Trees for Water

Tapping Trees for Water

Clear, clean-flowing steams will not always be available to you if you are in a wilderness survival situation.  Even if you do come across a source of water that looks clean, you would still have to boil, filter, or treat the water before consuming it to avoid dangerous parasites such as cryptosporidium.  This may be difficult if you need to spend your time on other necessities like making shelter, finding food, or gathering firewood.  But there is a way that you can get clean, nutrient enriched water passively in the wilderness: tap a tree. Before we get started with the […]

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How to Open a Can With a Spoon

How to Open a Can With a Spoon

Canned food is some of the most common survival food there is, but there is one crucial tool you need: a can opener. So what if you don’t have one, or yours breaks when you need it the most? This amazing trick could literally save your life one day: you can actually open a can with a spoon. Check it out! This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Last Resort Home Defense and More… Natural Healing Secrets You Need to Know… The Healthy Primal Diet Everyone Should Try… […]

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3 Survival Hacks for When Tools Are Not Available

3 Survival Hacks for When Tools Are Not Available

You are less likely to be put in a struggle for survival when you are well-prepared and well-stocked with gear and supplies.  So it’s a good idea to learn some hacks in the event that end up in a situation in which you don’t have the tools and gear that you would like to have. Here are a few ways to get what you need without the usual tool for the job: No Axe Wood Chop If you are in the woods looking for firewood, it’s unlikely that you are going to find a lot of 18-inch logs just right […]

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Preserving Meat in the Wilderness

Preserving Meat in the Wilderness

  If you kill anything much larger than a squirrel you won’t be eating it all at once.  If you manage to kill large game like deer, you could have meat enough for months.  But without a refrigerator, the meat will spoil if you don’t properly preserve it.  One of the oldest methods of preserving meat in the wilderness is jerking.  Here’s how to jerk your meat and get the most out of your kill. Be prepared prior to hunting. You don’t want to drag a deer carcass through the woods, butcher it, and then have to build a rack, […]

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Advanced Urban Survival Gear

Advanced Urban Survival Gear

Usually,  I talk about survival from the standpoint of doing the most possible with least available.  That’s a large part of survival, especially long-term survival, but it’s not the only aspect. Increasing your odds of survival through acquiring the proper gear (and of course training with it) is another aspect of survival.  If your budget allows for it there is no shortage of gear available.  Here are a few items that would work in wilderness survival, but are more applicable to urban prepping.   Body Armor Your greatest threat in an urban environment is going to come from hostile forces.  […]

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What to Do After a Defensive Shooting   

What to Do After a Defensive Shooting  

Whether you are forced to use your firearm to defend yourself in your home or on the street, the sad reality is that you might not be out of danger.  The internet is full of news stories in which defensive shooters face murder charges.  It sounds ridiculous, and it is, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen and couldn’t happen to you.  If you have a firearm in your home, and especially if you carry a firearm with you in public for protection, you need to know how to handle the legal aftermath of a defensive shooting.  Here are […]

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How to Build an Arctic Survival Shelter

How to Build an Arctic Survival Shelter

When most people think of arctic shelter they probably think of an igloo.  Igloos are great shelters for arctic conditions, but they require just the right snow, tools, and specified skills to build.  An easier survival shelter that can be built with only a shovel, and without any prior experience is a quinzhee.  A quinzhee is basically a hollowed out mound of snow.  Here are the basic instructions on how to build one.   First select a location that has deep snow for building material. Start shoveling the snow into a round pile until it is about 8 feet high. […]

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Acorns for Survival Food

Acorns for Survival Food

Winter can be a tough time to survive in the wilderness.  Not only will you initially face the dangers of hypothermia, but forests will seem to be completely barren and devoid of any source of food. While many wild edibles are going to be off the menu in winter, one of the best sources of survival food will just be coming into season: acorns.  Depending on the variety of oak the acorn comes from it could be over 30% fatty oils, or 10% protein, and in some cases almost 90% carbohydrates.  In all In all cases, they will be full of […]

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Self Defense with a Cane

Self Defense with a Cane

Those with mobility issues that necessitate the use of a cane should not neglect self-defense training and preparation. If one has physical limitations, that is even more of a reason to train and prepare. Whether you are injured or elderly, you are in a vulnerable target population.  Criminals don’t think like decent people, when they see an old lady having trouble with her groceries they don’t think about helping her, they think about how much easier she would be to victimize than a man of their size and strength.  But being vulnerable doesn’t mean that you have to be a […]

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Instructions for Building Thermal Stealth Suit (Video)

Instructions for Building Thermal Stealth Suit (Video)

In a world with ever-advancing technology that threatens to further restrict freedom and autonomy, we need advancing responses, such as drones, satellite technology, the average person’s ability to resist tyrannical rule is being eroded. While low-tech measures can make you less vulnerable or even be used to combat this technology, sometimes the only option is high-tech. In this video, we are shown how to build a suit that is capable of hiding your body’s thermal signature by up to 90%.  All the material used is easily obtained and the design is relatively basic.  But if you do not want to make […]

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Safety in Bear Country

Safety in Bear Country

In a survival situation, one is much more likely to die from hypothermia or dehydration than from animal attack, but that’s not the case for backpackers.  Backpackers should have the gear necessary to protect them from the elements and a water filter keeping them safe from the two biggest dangers of the wilderness.  They also have food on them, which is why they will be at a greater risk for bear attack.  Whether surviving or backpacking, here are a few tips for safety while in bear country.   Never Bring Food to Camp Never bringing food to camp doesn’t just mean […]

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Wilderness First-Aid Plants

Wilderness First-Aid Plants

The last thing you need when already fighting for survival in the wilderness is to have your strength and abilities diminished by illness or infection.  Knowing how to make use of some of the plants around you for medicinal use can more beneficial than knowing how to forage for wild edibles since infection can kill you in days but one could last weeks without food.  Here are a few of the common plant sources of medicine that you can find in wild and how to make use of them.   Plantain A common plant usually thought of as a weed […]

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Filtering Water With Nothing

Filtering Water With Nothing

  As I always say, if you have all the gear you need, it’s called camping, not survival.  The same is true when it comes to acquiring water in the wilderness.  Preferably you will have a water filtration device and a container with you, but in reality, you might not have anything with you at all.  If you have been exerting yourself, especially in heat, you might not be able to pass up taking a drink from water you come across just because you don’t have a filter or iodine drops.  But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can […]

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Proper Techniques for Using Pepper Spray

Proper Techniques for Using Pepper Spray

Pepper spray may seem like a fool-proof self-defense method that anyone could properly use in any situation, but like any piece of equipment there is a wrong way and a right way to use it.  If you are unfamiliar with your pepper spray you are reducing your odds of being able to properly deploy it in a high-stress situation.  If it is used improperly you may not be able to properly disable your attacker, and you may even end up on the receiving end of your own weapon.  Here are some tips for how to properly defend yourself with pepper […]

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Survival Food Available on the Go

Survival Food Available on the Go

Knowing how to fish and trap meat is a lifesaving skill in wilderness survival, but there are a variety of circumstances that would not allow for one to take the time necessary to hunt or trap.  Perhaps you are anticipating bad weather, you are injured, or you know that you are within several days journey of safety and your time and energy would be better spent covering ground.  Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to only have a survival plan that requires you to stop what you are doing and devote your day to getting your food, you […]

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Starting a Fire in Wet Conditions

Starting a Fire in Wet Conditions

Ironically, as your need for a fire increases the difficulty in starting that fire will also increase.  One reason is that many of the common sources of wilderness tinder are absorbent, and in damp conditions they will be full of water, making them nearly impossible to use as tinder.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to carry some all-weather fire starters with you, but because things happen, we’ll cover a couple tinders to avoid in wet conditions and some to search out.   Old Man’s Beard Old man’s beard is one name for the gray wispy lichen that hangs […]

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Tips for Crossing a River in the Wild

Tips for Crossing a River in the Wild

 If you are stranded in the wilderness and trying to get to safety, you may come to the point where you need to cross a river.  Or if you are backpacking you may choose to cross a river, but if you don’t do it safely you can quickly find yourself fighting of survival.  Whether you are crossing a river out of need, or want, here are some tips to keep in mind to prevent injury or worse.   Find the right spot Crossing a river may be absolutely necessary for your survival, but don’t let that drive you to jump […]

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Emergency Home Birth

Emergency Home Birth

Having a kit ready when expecting a birth is a great thing, but it won’t get the baby out for you.  And as we go into winter the chances of roads being too dangerous to travel is increasing, raising the probability of an emergency home birth.  If you are expecting a baby soon you need to have a plan to deliver it if you are unable to get to the hospital or birthing center.  Here are some tips to keep in mind if the need arises.   Don’t Panic Giving birth is not in and of itself a medical emergency, […]

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Secrecy of Prepping

Secrecy of Prepping

Prepping is very important to you. You are getting all the items you need for you and your family to survive, and you are learning the skills you need to make you more independent. You are probably proud of this as well, and you should be. However, this doesn’t mean you should be advertising to people that you are a prepper. Think about all the people that have been on those prepping television shows. Everyone in their neighborhood now knows where they should go in case of an emergency, and this could end up putting their family in danger. We’ve […]

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Survival Birth Kit List

Survival Birth Kit List

Pregnancy and birth are a reality of survival that need to be addressed and prepared for adequately. No matter who you are, you never know when you might need to deliver a baby. Obviously, this might not be at the top of the list for the majority of preppers, but if you are or have a woman in your family who is of childbearing age and likely to Obviously, this might not be at the top of the list for the majority of preppers, but if you are or have a woman in your family who is of childbearing age […]

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Personal Safety In Riot Situations (Video)

Personal Safety In Riot Situations (Video)

OK, maybe I’m being a little paranoid for posting more about that, but the anti-Trump protests are turning into riots in some major urban areas. Hopefully, they will die out over time, but I don’t think we can be too prepared, especially if you live in a major city like San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, LA, Chicago or New York. I’ve always had a bit of a bone to pick with violent protestors because most of the people who end up suffering from their violent agression are not the people who the rioters are angry with, and opportunistic young people tend […]

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Wilderness Candle

Being able to see at night in the wilderness is an ability that you don’t want to go without.  Of course, you should always have an headlamp with you, but batteries run out, gear breaks, or you could lose it.  This could put you in a situation where you can only perform necessary tasks during daylight hours.  Especially during the winter months, this could have you at a dangerous disadvantage when you are already facing harsh temperatures.  Being able to make a wilderness candle will help you function without a headlamp or conserve dying batteries.   First, you will need […]

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Below Zero Without a Sleeping Bag

Below Zero Without a Sleeping Bag

If you always had the right gear at the right time, it would be called camping, not survival.  But the reality is that weather changes, people get lost, and the wilderness can be unpredictable.  Don’t be overly reliant on specified gear like a cold weather sleeping bag that you might not bring with you while backpacking in July, and remember that in mountainous terrain weather conditions can change drastically.  Backpackers in the Rockies have seen 12 inches of snow fall on what started as a warm summer day.  If you have versatile gear like a hatchet or an axe, you […]

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Surviving Yet More “Civil” Unrest

Surviving Yet More “Civil” Unrest

  Violent protests and even riots are not as rare as they should be these days.  Donald Trump’s victory has a lot of people upset, some of which care little for the rule of law.  Protests are already occurring in several major cities around the country, and despite how the media portrays them, they are violent and dangerous to those in the area, especially those the rioters disagree with.  If you are living or working in a large urban area, whether or not you are a Trump supporter (since we have seen a mob mistakenly attack and beat a Sanders supporter […]

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Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Unstuck

Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Unstuck

Whether you have gotten your vehicle stuck in the mud off road, or the sand in the remote desert, or even in high snow on a highway during a bad storm, getting your vehicle moving again could be the difference between getting home and a struggle to survive.  If your vehicle isn’t able to move, you could stuck in remote areas or in weather that could kill you in hours.  Here are a few simple tips for getting your vehicle moving again and getting you back to safety.   Be Prepared If you are in an area that is prone […]

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Pocket Survival Tin

Pocket Survival Tin

Survival gear is only helpful if you have it when you need it.  Selecting gear that is easy to carry will increase the likelihood that you will be willing to keep it with you more often.  Building a survival tin will make it possible to carry essential items with you at all times.  It can be carried in your pocket, purse, or backpack.  The idea is not to have everything you would ever need, but to have items that would always be beneficial and that you would also be able to carry.  Here a few tips on building your own […]

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3 Dirty Fighting Techniques that Work

3 Dirty Fighting Techniques that Work

Rules exist in combat sports like MMA and boxing for a reason, mainly to protect the fighters from serious injury or death.  But there are no rules on the street, and if you are being attacked you aren’t going to have the luxury of being able to tap, or having the ref stop the fight because you can’t defend yourself.  Your life may depend upon the outcome of such encounter.  It would be foolish not to take advantage of every technique.   Headbutt The front of your skull, where the hairline meets the forehead, is the hardest part of your […]

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Boiling Water With Rocks

Boiling Water With Rocks

  In the last couple of articles, we’ve talked about how to get water from vines if you can’t drink ground water, and how to manufacture a bowl to store or transport water without a modern container.  But, what if you do have ground water, and no container to boil water in?  You don’t have to just take your chances and drink water that is likely to have harmful bacteria in it.  All you need is a fire, a few stones, and a little patience. Here’s how to get it done:   First of all, you will need something to […]

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Making a Water Bowl from Bark

Making a Water Bowl from Bark

You don’t need to have table manners when you are struggling for survival in the wilderness.  But you may need to have some utensils.  If you have gotten lost, stranded because of weather or an accident, then you might not have your gear with you.  This might leave you without a container for water.  It that is the case you will be at a great disadvantage since you will not be able to transport water to consume later, and if you are getting your water from a vine like we talked about yesterday then you be lying on your back […]

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Bugging Out with Children

Bugging Out with Children

You’ve trained for years. You can walk with an 80-pound pack for miles without breaking a sweat and you can shoot the wings off a fly at 50 yards. You have planned your bug out perfectly. There’s nothing that can stand in your way. Then you feel a gentle tug at your hand and look down at a peanut butter and jelly-covered face that whispers up to you, “I gotta go.” Just because you might be ready and prepared to bug out doesn’t mean your kids are ready. As much as you love them, kids can make anything a challenge, […]

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Getting Drinking Water from Vines

Getting Drinking Water from Vines

Not every source of ground water that you come across in the wilderness will be drinkable.  It could be stagnant swamp water or contaminated after a flood.  If you do find a clean water source you might not be able to stay near it.  For these reasons and more it is important to know alternative methods of getting your drinking water.  Wild grapevines are a great source of drinking water in situations like this.   First, you need to identify the vine.  I have included pictures of the vine itself and the leaves, these should help, but there might not […]

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Lost in the Wild, What Now?

Lost in the Wild, What Now?

  Being lost in the wild is a serious threat to your survival.  The fear that goes along with it can overwhelm and cloud your mind making you response slow or irrational.  This is the last thing you want when you are already fighting just to stay alive.  Here are some tips on what to do if you find yourself lost in the wild.   Don’t panic because you aren’t sure of your exact location. Finding or building shelter might be a higher priority than determining where you are at the moment. Take a minute to consider where you are […]

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Making a Wilderness Survival Cache

Making a Wilderness Survival Cache

Some disasters come with warnings like hurricanes, but you won’t always have that luxury.  You could be at work or otherwise about your daily life separated from your supplies when disaster find you.  Going home might not be an option, your home might be inaccessible, destroyed, or otherwise too dangerous for you to go to.  If you have to flee, or “bug out” you don’t want to do so empty-handed.  For this reason and others, you might want to consider making a wilderness survival cache.   What Items? The items you want to include in your cache will differ on […]

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Hygiene for Survival

Hygiene for Survival

  While it would probably be a little excessive to put a toothbrush and a bar of soap on your EDC list, hygiene is a crucial factor for survival.  We can see examples of how important hygiene is for survival by looking at the military.  Most people think of the term “causality” as meaning someone who was killed, but in reality, it means anyone who has become “battlefield ineffective”.  In conflicts like Vietnam, massive amounts of soldiers were out of the fight due to preventable health issues related to hygiene.  When you are relying on yourself in a survival scenario, […]

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Urban Stealth for Survival

Urban Stealth for Survival

  A struggle for survival in an urban setting could take place at any time.  Massive grid failure or zombie apocalypse isn’t a requirement.  Look at how many people have been shot in Chicago this year already, or how many people have been victims of mob violence in other cities.  Whether after a disaster or tomorrow on your way home from work, survival in an urban setting requires one to make stealth a high priority.  Here a some tips on how to stay undetected in an urban setting.   Light Discipline Nothing draws the eye like a light in an […]

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Making Arrows in the Wilderness

Making Arrows in the Wilderness

  Recently I posted an article describing how to build a survival bow in the wilderness.  Since a bow wouldn’t be much good without an arrow to fire from it today we’ll talk about how to build arrows in the wilderness for survival.   Shaft Selection First, you will need to select straight, sturdy shafts for your arrows.  You do not want to use dead wood for this since it will break easily and you do not want lengths with knots or branches.  Look for young growth, about head height and as thick as your finger.  Cedar, maple, birch, and […]

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Desert Shelter for Heat Relief

Desert Shelter for Heat Relief

As we’ve talked about before, shelter should be your foremost concern in almost every survival situation.  Many would overlook this in the desert and opt to search for water.  Since finding additional water might not be likely, or even possible, your survival is going to hinge on your ability to reduce your need to sweat and ability to conserve the water you do have.  For this reason, daytime shelter in the desert is one of the most important factors.  This is how to build one of the most effective shelters for protection from the heat using tarps.   Dig Look […]

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Preparing for a Slow Disaster

Preparing for a Slow Disaster

If you have been watching the news much, no matter which outlet you have been getting it from, you have undoubtedly heard plenty of fear mongering over potential consequences of the outcome of the upcoming election.  Liberal media will tell you that Trump’s policies will cost jobs; conservative sources will warn of government paralysis if Clinton is indicted and impeached after taking office, which could lead to numerous economic downward trends.  Either way, the potential for disaster is not going away anytime soon. But not all disasters are the same, often we think of disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes that […]

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Considerations for a Survival Knife

Considerations for a Survival Knife

When looking for a survival knife the considerations are not going to be the same as for an EDC.  Your survival knife isn’t going to be on your body every day, only when you are taking a camping trip, hunting, or even just stored with your survival supplies or bug-out-bag.  Your survival knife should not be something you purchase impulsively, it is going to be the most important piece of gear you have in your survival plan.  Here are few things to keep in mind while you are shopping for a survival knife. Design When looking at a knife for […]

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How to Make a Shepherd’s Sling from Paracord (Video)

Without a weapon, your survival menu will be extremely limited.  In this video we see how to manufacture and use a survival weapon, the shepherd’s sling, using only paracord.  Having this skill added to your arsenal will make it possible for you easily carry all the necessary material to help you put food in your stomach in a wilderness survival scenario. If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What is ‘The Final Bubble’, and Are You Ready for It? Understanding the End Times Natural Healing Secrets Doctors Don’t Want You to Know Related Post Makeshift Weapons That Are Allowed […]

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