10 Survival Tips & Tricks that will Impress Your Friends

By Kacey Herlihy

200236962-001If you’re going to spend time in the outdoors, there are tips and tricks you should know to help you survive and make your time in the wilderness more comfortable. Whether you’re car camping or navigating the backcountry, these tricks will impress your friends and can save you in a sticky situation.

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Using Aluminum Foil as a Tool for Survival

By Michael Levanduski

If you’re in an emergency or survival situation, you often have to make due with the things you happen to have with you.  Knowing how to use common household items is essential for any emergency planning or preparation enthusiast.   In this post, the many uses of aluminum foil will be covered, with a special focus on what it can be used with to help you survive in difficult circumstances.

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The Many Survival Uses of Coffee Filters

By – Jeff Mann

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There are many things you can do with Coffee Filters and it requires very little money. I like the big once available at Sam’s, and any dollar store. Every Survival Kit & Bug-Out-Bag should have these added. I have listed some of my uses below. There are many other uses that did not come to mind as I wrote this.

  • Pre-Filter any water needed for drinking, cooking, or cleaning when in the woods or trails. This will help save your water filter.
  • Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain used frying oil through a coffee filter. It will be ready for it’s next use.

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Survival Uses for Pine Resin

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Pine resin or pitch is the secretion from pine trees caused by cuts in the tree trunk or from broken limbs. The trees secrete the resin to seal up any cuts or damage to the tree. If you find yourself lost or stranded in a wilderness environment one of the best-case scenarios is that there are pine trees in the area.

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Diabetes and Survival

When it comes to dealing with medical issues in a survival situation, one of the most frequent questions I get has to do with treating diabetes when drugs are no longer widely available. Since I am not a medical or a healthcare professional, I have always had to beg off answering, because I simply do not have the knowledge to address this topic with any degree of credibility.  Because of this, I was delighted to see  the issue of diabetes in a survival situation finally addressed by an experienced physician who is well versed in emergency and medical preparedness.

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Survival Basics: 10 Steps for Preparing a Family Emergency Plan

DPpic1Sometimes it is the simplest things that are overlooked.  Case in point?  The Family Emergency Plan.

Here we are, so diligently putting away food, storing water and purchasing gear when perhaps one of the most important aspects of emergency and crisis planning has to do with having a plan to get in touch with family members and loved ones after disaster strikes.  Equally important is having a plan for meeting up at a safe location as well an evacuation plan for getting there.

Whew!  Sounds like a lot of work pulling this all together.  But it does not have to be difficult.   Below you will find ten easy steps for creating a family emergency plan as well as on online tool to get you started. 

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DiY Fire Starter in a Drinking Straw

This is one of the best and most convenient fire starters that I’ve come across in a long time.  Many of us know that cotton balls rubbed with petroleum jelly make great fire starters, but they are messy and not real convenient to carry.  This method makes it easy to carry these little fire balls and they won’t leak and get on your clothing or other gear.  All you need to make these is some cotton balls, petroleum jelly, a plastic drinking straw, a pair of scissors, and a small stick.

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Survival Crop: Corn

SweetCorn01Would you believe me if I told you this is the first year I’ve ever grown corn in my garden? It’s true. In spite of it’s time tested homesteader friendliness, I’ve never grown it before.

Corn is so ubiquitous up here in Iowa, that there’s really no reason to grow my own corn. The trucks full of sweet corn in the hardware store’s parking lot are there all season, and it’s hard to beat the 4$ a dozen price tag.  I am growing some this year, but it’s proving right all the reasons I gave myself for not growing my own.

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5 Easy To Carry Foods For Your 72-Hour Kit

When something unexpected happens and your family needs to evacuate your home, either by car or on foot, a proper 72-hour kit can provide everything you need to sustain yourself for up to three days.  Many people tend to overburden their kits with food—forgetting that they are for survival, not gourmet dining.

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Cooking Without Power

campfire-tripdSo you’ve stocked up on all the food you’ll need after the end of the world as we know it. You’ve got wheat, flour, dried foods, canned foods, all kinds of food. But if the worst case scenario happens, will you still have power? There might be power in some areas, but always assume there won’t be where you are. And if there isn’t, how are you going to cook all that food?

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Survival for Pregnant Women and Babies

I finally got around to watching these two videos from The Patriot Nurse. They’re about survival for pregnant women. My wife is not pregnant and we don’t have any small children, so it didn’t seem like a priority. However, we’ve talked about having a child. We could continue to wait until after the economy collapses and recovers, but no one knows how long this train wreck could last or how long the recovery might take. And people have raised happy families in difficult times before. Unless you know for a fact that the end of the world is imminent, I see no reason to delay having children. You could wake up an old person and realize you waited for nothing. Having said that, if you are thinking of having children you’ll have to know how to care for pregnant women and babies if the SHTF. These videos will get you started :

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Survival Balcony Gardening (VIDEO)

Someone pointed out that I haven’t made many posts about gardening, so I want to share a few videos from TuxsRams that cover some of the most common vegetables you can grow on a patio or balcony and what types of containers to put them in. The second and third videos show the results of his work. This a great introduction for anyone interested in balcony gardening.

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How To Bug Out From Mother Nature

Bug_Out_Plan_Survival_Knife_Bug_Out_BagAre you prepared for an emergency evacuation due to Mother Nature?  Between forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other natural and/or man-made disasters, none of us are completely immune to the threat of having to bug out from our homes.

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A Survival Guide To The Debt Ceiling Default Apocalypse

n-DEBT-CEILING-DEFAULT-SURVIVAL-GUIDE-large570America may be on the verge of a catastrophic default on its national debt. There would be no real reason for this default — it can easily be avoided, and is only being considered because our politicians, particularly Republicans in Washington, have gone insane. So what should you do, in the meantime, to prepare yourself?

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The Survival Food Pyramid

From personal experience I know, when you first get into surviving/prepping the information thrown at you can be overwhelming. The Survival Food Pyramid will get you started stocking food in a logical, simple, and economical way.

Everyone who has a basement full of canned goods and a survival garden started somewhere.  We will help get you started.

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