Different Types of Tarp Shelters

Crazy what you can do with one tarp and some paracord.  Let us know if you are aware of any other types of shelters that you can create with minimal items.

Tarp Shelters

10 Awesome Survival Tips You Should Know!


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Did you know that household bleach can be used to purify water? If you did know, then congratulations, you are probably a prepper.  If you did not know this then by all means…please read the following:

1.    Before you attempt this, please make sure you have the ratio correct and do more research! Remember, question everything on the internet. The ratio of bleach to water is 2 drops of bleach to purify 1 liter of water.  Do not forget to use unscented bleach only!  We prefer to boil water but if you don’t have a means of doing that, then this is another alternative.

2.    If your Zippo lighter has ran out of fuel, that’s okay.  You can still use the cotton that is inside of it and the spark from the flint to light it up! A spark from a regular lighter that has also ran out of fuel can also be used.  All it takes is a spark.

3.    Who would have thought that a simple item like a disposable rain poncho can be used for multiple things? For example, it can be used not only as a rain coat, but also as a makeshift shelter.  You can also use it to collect water and make a solar still to gather and purify water from the sea.

4.    Glowsticks are not just for going to raves, you can actually tie them to a 3 foot string/rope and twirl it in the air so that rescue helicopters can spot you in the dark!

5.    Do not throw animal entrails away. They can be used as bait for fishing and in traps.  Just make sure that you process it away from your camp.  You wouldn’t want predators such as bears visiting you because they smell food.

6.    Always make sure to carry with you some aluminum/tin foil.  There are many uses for this such as shaping a cup or potential pot with it and boiling water or lay it flat on wet ground so that you can start a fire on top of it. 

7.    Use the top of a can to make a fish hook.  Here is a picture to demonstrate how it should be cut.

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8.    Carry at least two spare socks in your survival kit.  You can actually use them not only to keep you warm but also to filter water!  They will help you get dirt and sediment out of your water supply.

9.    Did you know that termites, crickets and worms are edible? Yes indeed!  Termites have a lot of calories, about 6 per gram but they are hard to get to.  We would recommend trying to catch crickets or worms instead which have fewer calories but are much easier to catch.  By the way, all of these, especially worms, can be used as bait for fishing.

10.    Make sure to secure a location where you can bug out to.  Establish a plan of action with your family and make sure to tell them not to disclose the location to anybody else, ever.  If people knew you had a “secret” bunker full of supplies then you will most likely be raided.  When people are desperate, they are more than willing to do almost anything!

How Long Does it Take for Food to Go Bad?

According to the following chart, wine can last from 4-6 months in the freezer after being opened! That's if you can resist the temptation of drinking the entire bottle in one night. But hey, to each their own.

Courtesy: survivalpunk.com

Why Raise Chickens?

Didn't know that a single chicken could contribute so much! Always wanted a chicken farm...
The power of one chicken.

The Art of Bushcraft

 

Bushcrafting involves surviving out in the wild. Someone trained in the art of bushcraft would be able to survive in the wilderness with minimal tools and resources.  Nature provides us with everything that we need to live and bushcrafting reflects that.  Hunting and gathering becomes the norm and it is necessary to always be improving your skills.  This is genuine off grid living because you are completely independent from society and government.  There are no grocery stores out in the wild so being able to survive directly off the land is the entire point of bushcrafting.

There is a lot of knowledge and different skills that have to be attained in order to succeed in bushcraft.  It’s not an easy task to live directly off the land but with some practice and motivation it is absolutely possible to train oneself and be able to survive.  Some skills that should be acquired are hunting, fishing, trapping, foraging, firecrafting, shelter-building and purifying water. It is important to know how to do these things because even though nature is abundant, it still does not make it easy.  The more skills you know, the higher your chances of surviving in any situation.

Hunting and foraging for food is absolutely important because without food, we do not survive.  It’s the same case with water and shelter.  In the world of survivalism, the Rule of Threes is important to remember.   You can survive three minutes without air, three hours without body core temperature, three days without water and three weeks without food.  That means that when presented with a survival situation, remember the Rule of Threes and arrange your priorities accordingly.  Different situations and scenarios require different tactics but ultimately the goal is to survive.

Teach yourself how to build a variety of shelters under different circumstances. Also learn how to find and purify water given different scenarios including how to start a fire.  Learn how to hunt for different kinds of animals including how to fish, track, and trap potential wild animals.  Gain knowledge on how to forage for food in case hunting becomes difficult or if you are a vegetarian (In a survival situation however, everybody is capable of eating almost anything). Don’t limit yourself.  Learn and practice as many skills as you can acquire. Without them, living in the wilderness is virtually impossible.  Unless you get taken in and adopted by a pack of wolves, your chances of surviving in the wild without this knowledge is bleak.

Tornado Survival Infographic

Check out this simple tornado survival infographic from Survival Life. Seems like common sense but you would be surprised how many people panic and lose their focus in these types of situations. You can prepare all you want for a tornado but remember to remember the basics: 1. Stay calm 2. Hurry the hell up into a basement!

Survival Life Tornado Infographic

What To Eat In The Wild


What To Eat In The Wild

Came across this article earlier about eating wild plants and animals when lost in the wilderness.  There are many good tips in this post that every person should be aware of.  The author of the article teaches us the safe process for conducting taste/toxicity tests for unknown foods. He even talks about how he has eaten cockroaches which according to him, don't taste bad at all, but he recommends not eating them because of diseases. This guy has over 14 years of Royal Air Force SERE experience and is a military survival expert.  He knows what he is talking about.  If you are new to survivalism or are planning a camping trip any time soon, read this article in case you get lost in the wild. Because you never know...