Do Not Just Have A Plan Practice

You may have read many books on different approaches to survival and also have viewed YouTube educational video clips. But until you really take the time and get out into the field with your survival gear and practice those skills yourself, all you will really have is a false sense of security that you would know what to do in a survival situation.

If you have not mastered these outdoor survival skills there is no time like the present to start practicing and learning those skills, and get to know all about your survival gear and what it can do for you. Bring with you a friend or family member that does have some of these outdoor skills along for some instruction and guidance. Do not forget to let someone like a friend, family member, park ranger know exactly where you are headed before you take off to your learning adventure.

Look for a suitable location for a campsite, You want a place that to stay high and dry. Avoid valleys and areas where water may flow toward you if it rains. Choose a site free from the natural dangers like insect nests and widow-makers, dead branches that may fall down with the wind, as well as areas that may have falling rocks. You will want to be close to resources like running water, dry wood, and resources from which you can build your shelter, and a fire. An area that has a rocky wall or a formation that can shield you from the elements can be a bonus.

In a prolonged survival situation building a shelter will be very important as hypothermia is the number one killer in cold weather conditions outdoors. This means that a well-insulated shelter should be your top priority. To make a simple lean-to find a downed tree resting at an angle, or set a large branch securely against a standing tree, and stack smaller branches close together on one side, then layer smaller branches, leaves, and moss, across the angled wall. Insulate yourself from the cold ground, which will draw heat from your warm body, by layering four to six inches of branches, leaves, and moss to lie on.

Building a fire has four key ingredients: a tinder bundle of dry fibrous material such as cotton balls covered in Vaseline or lip balm are an excellent choice, also a selection of wood in three sizes such as toothpick, Q-tip, and pencil size. Then use a forearm-sized log as a base for a windscreen for your tinder. When the tinder is lit, stack the smaller kindling against the larger log to allow oxygen to pass through and feed the flames. Then add larger kindling as the flame grows. Then add larger pieces of wood as needed.

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You should have found a source of clean water. There are two kinds of water in the wild, potable water that is already purified and clean, and then there is the water that can kill you. When it comes to questionable water which is essentially anything that has been on the ground long-term, such as puddles and stagnant small streams, your best option is to boil the water, which is 100 percent effective in killing pathogens. Sometimes boiling is not an option especially if you have no container to boil the water in.

Rain, snow, and dew are reliable sources of clean water you can collect with ease, and they will not need to be purified. With a couple of bandannas, you can collect two gallons of water in an hour by soaking up dew and ringing out into a cup. You can also squeeze water from vines, thistles, and certain cacti. If there are any maple trees around you can cut a hole in the bark and let the watery syrup flow, nature’s energy drink.

Plants “sweat” throughout the day, a process called transpiration. To take advantage of this clean, pure source of water put a clear plastic bag over a leafy branch and tie it tightly closed. When you return later in the day the water will have condensed on the inside of the bag and ready to drink.

You should learn about and know how to identify the various edible plants, as well as small critters like fish, frogs, and lizards that are safe to eat. Separating the plants you can eat from those that will kill you is a matter of study and memorization. Buy a book to familiarize yourself with plants in different environments. Do not take any chances if you are uncertain. A few common edible plants include cattail, lambs quarter (also called wild spinach), and dandelions.

Use a multi-pronged spear to catch animals. Hunting with a multi-pronged spear is the simplest way to catch anything from snakes to fish. Cut down a small tree or branch of about an inch in diameter, and then split the larger end with a knife (or sharp rock) into 3 to 4 equal sections ten inches down. Push a stick between the tines to spread them apart, and then sharpen the points. You now have got an easy-to-use 3 to 4 pronged spear. This method is much easier for catching food than one single sharp point.

Navigating By Day. If you ever find yourself without a GPS (or a map and compass) you can still utilize  the sky to find your way. The easiest method to get your bearings by day is to look at the sun. You can also use an analog watch to find the north-south line. Just hold the watch horizontally and point the hour hand at the sun. Imagine a line running exactly midway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock. This is the north-south line. (On daylight savings time, draw the line between the hour hand and one o’clock.)

Navigating By Night. Find the North Star, which is the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. If you can find the Big Dipper, draw a line between the two stars at the outer edge of the constellation’s dipper portion. Extend this line toward the Little Dipper, and it will line up with the North Star. Face the North Star, and you’re facing true north. If there is a crescent moon in the sky, connect the horns of the crescent with an imaginary line. Extend this line to the horizon to indicate a southerly bearing. Once you determine your direction, pick a landmark nearby or in the distance to follow by daylight.

Tying a Bowline knot. Knots come in handy for a slew of survival scenarios, tying snares, securing shelters, lowering equipment or yourself down a cliff face. You should have a good knowledge of tying knots, from hitches to bends to loops. But if you learn only one, learn the bowline. It’s the number one, go-to rescue knot, particularly when the rope will be loaded with weight: the harder you pull, the tighter the knot gets. The Bowline is also the easiest knot to undo.

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Signaling for help. When you have a debilitating injury, your only hope of getting saved is to maximize your visibility so that rescuers can find you. Two methods to help guarantee that if someone is looking for you that they will see you are the Fire, and the Mirror.

First a signal fire built out in the open for visibility. That means hilltops or clearings in a forest where nothing will disperse the smoke so the smoke and fire can readily be seen. Create a platform to raise the base of the fire off the ground so moisture doesn’t saturate the wood. Save your absolute best combustible material for your signal fire to guarantee a quick light. Once the fire is lit, pile on green branches, like pine boughs in winter, to produce thick smoke. You will need about 15 seconds of smoke, as that’s about all you’ve got when you hear a plane before it flies out of sight.

The second is a signal mirror. A flash from signal mirror, even at night, by moonlight, can be seen for miles. Improvise with any reflective surface you may have, from rear-view mirrors, headlights, to a cell phone screen. Aiming the reflection is the key, and it is simple. Hold out your two fingers in a peace sign and place your target, be it plane or boat, between your fingers. Then flash the reflection back and forth across your fingers.

Plan, prepare, protect, get through, hold on, hold out, make it, and keep body, soul and family together. You need a plan to prepare and to protect yourself and your family. Survival is the Strategy!”

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A Few Survival Skills

Today, few people can make it through in the wilderness for even a couple of days without modern conveniences such as electrical energy and electronic devices. However, learning a couple of survival skills can really make the difference between life and death in the event you get lost or get injured while hiking or camping outdoors. With that in mind, here are a few ideas on the best ways to endure in the wild:

Navigation

To make it in the wild, you should be able to move from one point to another with or without a compass. To put it simply, you should be able to use the navigation tools readily available in the wild. To start with, the sun constantly increases in the east and sets in the west, suggesting you can use it as a navigation reference point if you do not have a compass or map. You can likewise use the moon to navigate in the evening. For example, the illuminated side of the moon will roughly face towards the West if it rises before the sun sets. Another convenient night navigation trick is to locate the North Star if you are in the northern hemisphere. This star is generally sandwiched between the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. If you remain in the southern hemisphere, the Southern Cross is a trusted night navigation help. This constellation consists of 5 stars set up in two almost perpendicular lines. The top line has 2 stars while the bottom line has 2 brighter stars at both ends and a dimmer star in the middle. Draw an imaginary line linking the rightmost star on the top line of stars with the leftmost one on the bottom line of stars. The bottom part of this line will approximately point to the south. Navigation are an important part of learning any survival skills.

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Shelter

Having really good shelter is important since it helps to safeguard you from wild animals in addition to various weather conditions. When picking a location to build your shelter, select a dry area that is not near waterways or water accumulation points since wild animals have the tendency to go to those locations to drink water. If in a forest, find two little trees about 2 to 3 feet apart. Cut a tree branch and secure it at about hip-height in between the trunks of the two trees you have picked. If you have a water resistant tarp, secure two ends to the tree branch you have tied in between the tree trunks. Stretch the other end of the tarpaulin toward the ground and secure it there to form a sloping roofing system. Cover the sides with branches and logs until you have a safe place to sleep or hide from animals or the weather.

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Food and Water

To endure in the wilderness, you must have the ability to locate sufficient food and clean water. More significantly, you need to be able to process various foods for intake. For instance, you will need to be able to trap/kill, then prepare (skin the animal) to roast such as a bird, rodent, snake or any other edible creature. Furthermore, you should have the ability to recognize edible plants and insects. These are important skills for any outside survivalist because you are unlikely to last long in the wild without food and water.

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You must try to not panic, try to stay calm. Utilize your best weapon, which is your brain. With proper training in survival skills you will be well on your way to experiencing save adventures.

Pack These 20 Items in your Survival Kit

Everybody should have an emergency survival kit or emergency kit. If something should happen, you will need to be prepared, have have to live with the basics for at least 3 days. The Red Cross recommends a 3 day supply for an evacuation from home and a minimum of a 14 day supply for the house. So just exactly what items and things are absolutely necessary to include in your survival/emergency kit? Well here is a list of 20 things youshould absolutely need to pack.

1. Water: This needs to be at the top of any survival or emergency kit. We can not live without water. We need water. Plan to include 1 gallon of water per person per day. Remember, this water is needed not just to drink, but also to wash with.

2. Bleach: Plan to also include bleach. If you have stored your water any length of time or it has been exposed to the air, then adding just a little bit of bleach will make it safe to drink in an emergency. 1 gallon of water needs about 8 drops of pure bleach to make it safe to drink.

3. Food: We need to eat. Again, plan for 3 days if you get evacuated and 14 days if you are able to stay at home. Include foods that will not spoil, and that are easy to prepare. Many stores sell survival food a good choice is where all you have to do to is add hot water to make it.

4. Utensils: are handy such as forks, knives, and spoons.

5. A Multi-utility tool: These are tools that have included several tools in one. You will most often find these including a flat-head screwdriver, scissors, a knife, pliers, a bottle opener, etc.

6. Flashlight: Make sure you have some form of light. In an emergency, most likely the power will be out and you will need the flashlight to get around in the dark at night. If you can find one that is solar powered or  a crank-able type, then all the better. In addition to a flashlight you may also want to bring some portable lights. Solar power lights are ideal. If you can find waterproof ones all the better. Not only are they good for light but for comfort also.

7. Radio: You will need a radio to listen to news and/or send out help messages. One that is hand-cranked is the better option.

8. Batteries: If your flashlight or radio are battery powered then you need to have extra batteries cache on hand.

9. Medication: If you are taking any kind of medication, make sure to keep at least a 7 day supply of it.

10. First-aid kit: You never know what will or can happen. You will require a first-aid kit at some point in time.

11. Toilet paper: Toilet paper is useful for so many things. Keep some in your survival kit too so you will have something to clean and wipe with, start a fire etc.

12. Toiletries: This would include toothbrushe, toothpaste, soap, and whatever else you use for hygiene and sanitation.

13. Underwear: So you can stay clean.

14. Copies of important personal documents: You will want to have these documents handy if you find that you can not go back to your house for whatever reason. These include passports, citizenship papers, driver’s licenses, medical information, birth certificates, and insurance information.

15. Cell phone with chargers: An extra cell phone battery may be helpful in case you do not have access to electricity, and cell service is available.

16. Important phone numbers: Keep a list of emergency contact information, local police, and family contact numbers.

17. Cash: If there is still some form of civilization you may need to purchase something and there are places still in operation, you need cash.

18. Emergency blanket: This is a thin thermal blanket that has many uses. Some are also reflective and can be used to make light signals.

19. Matches/Lighter: If you need to make a fire for heat, and cook you will need a match or some other form of starting a fire. If you can, choose one that is also waterproof and can be reused over and over again. Having a fire is also a good way to sterilize metal objects.

20. Maps: If you need to get somewhere and your usual routes are blocked, the map will help you plan an alternate route.

Your Rain Water Usage Guide

 Water is one of our greatest natural resources.  However, when it rains, most of the water ends up in storm drain systems where it has to be treated to be recycled.

But you can actually create systems to store and use rainwater where it will do the most good.  You can also save money and natural resources by following a rainwater usage plan for your household.

The Benefits of Storing and Using Rainwater

There are many reasons to store and use rainwater.  It benefits both you and the environment around you.  People have stored rainwater for thousands of years, so this isn’t a new idea.

It’s just become more popular in recent years as we’ve learned what a great benefit it can be.  Understanding more about these benefits can help you make the decision to begin using rainwater.

First, storing rainwater actually reduces flooding and erosion that can be caused by the downspout of your gutters.  This can help keep your yard looking great and prevent water from ending up in storage drain systems.

When you store and use rainwater, you can also save money.  Normally, you have to pay for the water that you use to irrigate your lawn or to wash your car.  But with stored rainwater, this becomes a free resource for you.

When you use rainwater to water your plants, you’ll actually provide them with better nutrition.  Rainwater is naturally full of minerals that are good for plants.  It’s also free from pollutants and chemicals found in tap water.

If you live in an area that can be prone to drought, storing rainwater can provide you with a water source during those dry times.  City water sometimes becomes restricted during drought conditions, but your rain barrels will be accessible to you.

When it comes to the environment, freshwater is an extremely limited resource.  Only 3% of the world’s water supply is able to be used for drinking and other home use.

Because water consumption is high in industrialized countries, natural sources of water are beginning to dry up.  Harvesting rainwater captures a renewable resource and prevents water from entering storm drainage systems where it can become contaminated. This is where your rainwater barrel come into play.

 

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Creating a Storage System for Rainwater

Collecting rainwater has become a popular way to conserve water in recent years.  That’s good news – because it’s made it possible to find many different systems for storing it.

One of the most popular and least expensive methods is using a rainwater barrel. Rain barrels are large containers that can collect rainwater from the gutters of your home.  They can be made from materials such as large trash cans or buckets.

You can also purchase commercial kits that you can put together easily designed specifically for storing rainwater.  Once you have a system in place, your bucket will begin to fill each time it rains.

With a rain barrel it’s important to make sure you take some safety precautions.  For example, the top needs to have a child and pet proof top that doesn’t allow small ones to fall in.

You also need to have a filter at the top that prevents debris from going into the barrel along with the rainwater.  If you find that this system works well for you, you can even add multiple barrels so that you don’t have any overflow during a rainy season.

Rain barrels typically have a tap at the bottom for you to remove the water.  Some of them allow you to attach a standard garden hose so that you can use the water directly in your yard.

Always make sure that any material you use for your rain barrel is food grade.  This means it won’t leach harmful chemicals into the water and the water will be safe to use.

While rain barrels are the least expensive and simplest to install, there are more sophisticated systems if you’d like to have more water storage and can afford the extra cost.

A rain barrel typically holds around 50 gallons of water for use.  You can have several barrels to hold more water.  But if you’re interested in storing much more, you’ll need a different type of collection system.  One choice is called the Rainwater Pillow.

The Rainwater Pillow is a system that holds up to 1,000 or more gallons of water using a fabric container.  The amount it holds will depend on the size that you purchase.  For the typical homeowner, the original 1,000 gallon size is sufficient.

This system is much more expensive, costing thousands of dollars, but if you use a lot of water in your household for gardening or even farming this could be a valuable investment for you.

You can also invest in an underground system that catches rainwater and allows you to pump it out for use.  You can purchase a system that will provide water for your lawn and garden, but can also be used for toilets.

This system is quite a bit more expensive than other options because of its size, underground placement, and materials.  However, it can pay for itself in the long run by replacing your dependence on other water supplies.

In order to have this type of system, you’ll want to look in your local area for a company that specializes in it.  The cost will depend on your area and your specific needs.

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First Flush Systems for the Cleanest Water

One concern people have when using a rainwater barrel system from the rooftop is that it can become polluted by materials on your rooftop as the rainwater heads to the gutters.

This is a real concern as debris can contaminate the water in your barrel.  A great solution for this is to use a first flush system.  The first rain you’ve had is usually the most polluted as it washes away debris.

With a first flush system, the first five or even 10 gallons of water are stored and set aside from the rest of your rainwater barrel storage.  This is the water most likely to end up with sediments or chemicals.

You can simply use that water for your lawn and use the rest of the water for your purposes such as a vegetable garden or household cleaning.

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Plan Your Retreat

You have decided to start an emergency survival plan just in case that time comes. In your plan you are considering to go at it big time and have your own off grid homestead, to either live on or have it as a place to retreat to. Pretty big decision yes but one that will be well worth it.

Preparing for a  disaster is a never ending process, learning all there is about survival you now know that you will need to have a survival plan B; this survival plan B maybe include living on a homestead, or to live off grid. This choice will take time to accomplish but well worth it in the end. The best way to go about this is to do it in small steps, you really need to plan out just what you want to do and try to have a vision on what the outcome will be. You will then need to re-evaluate your emergency survival plan situation on a regular basis. A few of the items to consider; do you want to have some land in an area with like minded people or go it alone? Purchasing the land is important, the area selection, does it have running water, good soil, trees, good sunlight, . There will be lots of planning on the type of building and the type of energy sources you will require there will be some MUST HAVES: water, method of electricity,  food storage, possible livestock and chickens, and a method to defend yourself etc. There will certainly be lots of work but well worth it in the end. Then if it is just not for you there are lots of people looking to do the same you might have an easy sell, then move on to another emergency survival plan.

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You Can Still Start A Homestead Today

Homesteading is once again gaining some real popularity in North America, United Kingdom, and Australia. Homesteading goes by several names; farming, off-grid, simple living, self-sufficient life, independent living, back-to-basics, and more. But homesteading what is it really? Homesteading has come to mean today any home that practices the same skills found on those early homesteads such as growing food, keeping livestock, canning, drying and preserving food, and producing basic furniture and clothing at home. Many times you will hear someone describe the way they live as “simple” or “basic” and what they are really talking about is homesteading. What you may think of as the typical small family farm is the most common usage of the word homestead today.

Homesteading these days you are very unlikely to find free property. There are no national programs that provide land in exchange for developing it anymore. The programs that do exist are local, and tend to be in remote areas of the country such as Alaska. You will most likely have to purchase your homestead property, and may mean you will have to have a mortgage to do so. Even if you are able to acquire the land and build on it mortgage-free, there will still be the property taxes to look after. So these days as compared to the pioneer days homesteading today will require more money to keep it going.

Therefore today’s homestead you will need a plan to support yourself to have some income coming in, with a work from home business, or some employment off the homestead. Or it is possible to run your homestead as a mini farm you can raise vegetable crops, livestock, and chickens to help feed yourself and with a surplus that you can sell.

So you can see that homesteading is still happening and gaining popularity, but there is just not any free land anymore. This may mean you will have to earn some extra money to make a go of it. The benefits of having and living on your own homestead for whatever your reasons will be well worth it in the end.

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The  Egg Shaped Ecocapsule

Well here is a great alternative for those people that would like to have the option to quickly set-up and live off grid. Slovakian architects have just revealed a super-compact capsule that promises to deliver a nomadic lifestyle, with all the renewable-powered comforts of home. The whole thing is pretty cramped, measuring just 2.55 m x 4.45 m x 2.25 m, but it is designed to be entirely self-sufficient for two adults, and is kitted out with a retractable 750 W wind turbine and 2.6 square-metres of solar panels.

 Ecoapsule

Live Off Grid In An EcoapsuleThe egg-shaped abode, which has been named the Ecocapsule, also has a 9,744 Watt hours battery to store all that power for a rainy (or cloudy) day. The pod is specially shaped to help collect rainwater and dew and funnel it down into a tank below the pod’s floor, filtering it with a clever surface membrane along the way to remove any bacteria.

Inside, there’s a toilet and shower, mini-kitchen, bed, table and storage. The walls are super-insulated to help keep the pod at a comfortable temperature and the home is even capable of charging up your electric car while you tow it.

EcoCapsule

EcoCapsule

This is pretty cool

Check out the next page to see a video on this capsule so you can get a real good look.

Eco-Friendly Floating Home

Here is another idea for your OFF Grid Homestead a floating home. When you see the pictures and watch the video you will see what I thin is a lot of wasted space. Having said that it would be very easy with all that space to make it more usable. You just have to put your mind to it.

Italian architect Giancarlo Zema has designed a new eco-friendly floating home. The WaterNest 100 is a circular pod-like structure that provides 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of living space. Up to 98 percent of the structure is made of recycled materials and it is powered by a roof-top solar array.

The WaterNest 100 is made of recycled aluminum and wood (Image: Giancarlo Zema Design Grou…The WaterNest 100 has a 60 sq m (646 sq ft) solar array integrated into its roof (Image: G…The WaterNest 100 is designed for being moored on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm sea…The WaterNest 100 uses a micro-ventilation system with ceiling and floor air grilles (Imag…View all
Zema is no stranger to designing innovative aquatic residences. His previous concepts have included the Trilobis 65 yacht-cum-home, a semi-submerged cliff-side dwelling and a five-level floating apartment block. Unlike these designs, however, the WaterNest 100 feels practical and like something you might actually live in one day.

A Floating Home Bedroom

A Floating Home Bedroom

“The inspiration came from observing the aquatic nests of water birds all over the world where they can live and growing their babies in total harmony with nature,” explains Zema to Gizmag. “So I thought of designing something similar that can help us to embrace life and allow us to live a floating experience in a natural and energy saving habitat.”

The WaterNest 100 has a 60 sq m (646 sq ft) solar array integrated into its roof (Image: G…
It’s designed for being moored on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm seas. The gorgeous curved structure is 12 m (39 ft) in diameter and 4 m (13 ft) high. It has a recycled aluminum hull, a laminated wooden supporting frame, and curved wooden cladding and partition walls that are treated to be weather-resistant.

Electricity is generated via a 60 sq m (646 sq ft) solar array that is integrated into the roof of the structure. Amorphous solar panels are used, which are shaped to match the curve of the building’s roof. EcoFloLife, which has developed the WaterNest 100 based on Zema’s design, says the array has a peak output of 4 kWp, but that the WaterNest 100 can operate on around 1 kWp.

In addition, a micro-ventilation system is employed, with ceiling and floor air grilles allowing for the introduction of fresh air to the interior. EcoFloLife says an automated temperature control system ensures very low energy consumption and minimal maintenance.

floating home dinning room

A Floating Home Dinning Room

The WaterNest 100 uses a micro-ventilation system with ceiling and floor air grilles (Imag…
The interior of the WaterNest 100 can be configured in a variety of different ways, each generally incorporating a central square space and accommodating up to a family of four with two bedrooms. As well as being used as a residential unit, it’s possible to set up as an office, lounge bar, restaurant, shop or exhibition space.

A home automation system allows users to control lighting, draw curtains and blinds, and control the sound system. Preset lighting, air conditioning and sound profiles can be triggered, and users can monitor energy consumption and temperature. EcoFloLife also suggests a variety of different eco-friendly furniture options.

Zema says that the WaterNest 100 will be realized very soon. We’re waiting to hear back on more detail of when that might be, if any prototypes have already been produced and how much a WaterNest 100 might set you back.

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