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.

What to do to Defend Yourself and Homestead

When a Disaster situation happens, it’s highly likely that at some point, you’re going to have to know what to do to protect yourself and those you care about. Whenever there’s chaos in an area, those who intent on doing harm to others will look to find someone to target. They will want to steal your possessions from you, take your money – and in some cases, cause you and or your family physical harm. For the sake of yourself and those you care about, you need to defiantly be prepared.

One way that you can be prepared is by having the right weapons to defend yourself, your family, and home. Remember that the closer someone is near to you and able to grab you or a family member the higher the stakes become. A person intent on causing bodily harm will not care what he (or she) has to do to defeat you or get you out of their way, so you will want to defuse the situation as soon as possible, which means before it may happen.

This is why sometimes you will need to have guns in the home. Hopefully most times you will not even have to use them in order to scare people off who intend to rob you or harm you. In many cases, all it takes is for that person to see that you have a gun and particularly the self-confidence and they will chose a different path and run off.

You will need a gun that’s capable of long range shooting, such as a rifle, and for short range a shot gun, or a pistol. When there’s a disaster situation going on in your area, you should keep your gun on you at all times. More important keep your wits about you. Use you first weapon of choice your brain.

Besides a gun, you could also benefit from having a knife as a weapon. You can keep these on you for hand to hand combat, and a knife can quickly convince your opponent to leave you alone. Keep in mind though that you need to train with it, statistics have shown that people that do not know how to defend themselves properly especially with a weapon will have that weapon taken off them and used against them. When using a weapon most people rely on that weapon, you still have your brain, your other hand, knees, elbows, feet, etc. to defend yourself use them all, do not just depend on that knife or baseball bat. I personally prefer just my hands (mostly using my brain) to defend myself.

Sometimes, though, the best course of action is to run or hide if you are facing too many opponents. Two to one or three to one are terrible odds and you could get seriously injured or even killed. So if you do not feel that your chances of surviving a disaster situation is in your favor, then hide and remain hidden until the threat has passed. Teach all your family members to do the same. There is definitely no shame from hiding from a fight that will not come out in your favor.

You will want to know how to defend yourself physically if you do not have access to a weapon. Plus, sometimes, having self-defense skills may be the only weapon that you will need. Like I have said the main skill you have is the use of your brain, use it to its potential.

When you have the right knowledge and strength, you can use that to your advantage in a survival situation. The reason to have the knowledge of martial arts is so that you will have the skills and knowledge to give you the edge in the event that you can’t get to your weapon or that you are outnumbered.

Martial arts can even the playing field when you are up against more than one opponent and getting a weapon or hiding is not an option. You can learn the skills of martial arts by taking classes that teach karate, kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Tae kwon do and more, really take the time to educate yourself on the martial arts, there are clubs that only train in the traditional aspects, (nothing wrong with this there are amazing martial artists that can comes out of this) but you will need a club that has everything from distance fighting such as kicking distance, to closer such as boxing, to infighting, then ground fighting. You will want to be all rounded. Again your best defense and offence is to utilize your brain.

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Survival Skills We Need To Know

Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us wouldn’t know what to do.

This situation is actually becoming worse, rather than better. When I compare my generation (I’m in my 50s) to that of my children, I see some striking differences. In my generation it was normal for a boy to grow up learning how to do a wide variety of trade skills from his father, and seemingly everyone knew how to do basic carpentry and mechanic work. But that’s no longer normal.

If we extrapolate it back, we can see that my father’s generation knew even more – and my grandparent’s generation even more. Those older generations were much more closely tied to the roots of an agricultural society, where people were self-reliant. There are multiple skills they had which modern society no longer considers necessary.

But if we were to have a breakdown in society, those skills which we never bothered to learn would become essential. Those who don’t know these skills would either have to learn or die trying.

Here are 10 skills our grandparents knew that most of us have long forgotten:

1. Gardening for Food

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During World War II, there was a campaign for people to plant “Victory Gardens” at their homes. These vegetable gardens were needed to alleviate food shortages, because so much of the nation’s produce was being sent overseas to keep our troops and those of our allies fighting. With fewer men available to work the farms, there was less produce available.

This custom of having a vegetable garden in one’s backyard survived for many years after the war was over, but it gradually died out. Today, when many people think of gardening, they are thinking of a flower garden. While those are nice to look at, they don’t give you much to eat.

2. Animal Husbandry

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Although the industrial revolution took place more than 100 years ago, many people continued to raise at least a small amount of their own livestock at home. This led to cities enacting ordinances limiting what animals people could keep within city limits.

3. Food Preservation

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It’s rare to find people who preserve their own foods, but in our grandparent’s generation, it was common. Canning food, smoking meats and even making one’s own sausage were all common home tasks, which ensured that people had enough food to get through the winter. Today, it’s rare to find people who know these methods of food preservation, let alone having the equipment needed.

4. Blacksmithing

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Maybe we don’t need blacksmiths today, but if an EMP hit the country and we were without electrical power, the skills of a blacksmith would allow people to have their tools repaired — and new ones fashioned. Since the manufacturing plants presumably would be shut down, that ability would be essential for rebuilding America.

5. Basic Carpentry

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Everyone should know how to make basic repairs to their home. Without the ability to repair damage from a natural disaster, it might not be possible to use the home as a survival shelter.

6. Basic Mechanical Repair

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Depending upon the type of disaster that hits, the family car may just end up being a large paperweight. But there are many survival scenarios where it would be useful to be able to fix your car, keeping it running for general use. As long as there is gasoline, that car would be useful.

7. Herbal Medicine

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The roots of medicine were herbal medicine. While doctors have existed for millennia, it hasn’t been until recent times that those doctors had such a wide range of pharmaceuticals to work with. Before that, doctors made their own medicines.

8. Horseback Riding

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Riding a horse is actually more complicated than the movies make it appear. Breaking a horse is a skill that few know. Likewise, there are few today, outside of the drivers for the Budweiser Clydesdales, who know how to hitch and drive a team of horses. But in America’s past, our ancestors drove teams with as many as 40 horse or mules in them.

9. Hunting

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Real hunting, at least what they did in the past, involved knowing the animal’s habits and staking out a place where the animals were likely to come. It required patience, understanding of the animals being hunted — and a pretty good shot with the rifle.

10. Butchering an Animal

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Raising an animal is one thing, butchering it is another. Few hunters even know how to properly butcher an animal, as most take them to a butcher for cutting up and packaging. Yet, an animal which is not properly cleaned and butchered can cause disease. You can also waste a lot of good meat by not doing it correctly.

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Have A Supply of Survival Food

Everybody eventually in their lives questions exactly what they would eat if they were caught in the forest or stuck on a dessert island. While you may not necessarily find yourself in these specific situations, having a supply of survival food on hand cannot harm when it comes to staying ready. Here are a couple of ways that survival food packages can benefit you.

In many cases, packing survival food is ideal for small emergencies. Keeping a small supply of hearty food with a high shelf life in your automobile, camping kit, or hiking equipment is a good way to ensure that you’re never without a snack if you require it. These foods consist of granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, jerky, and granola.

You may find yourself in a circumstance where you need survival food that lasts a bit longer than even these foods. You may also want to buy them wholesale. These kinds of foods are best for emergency situation kits, storm shelters, prolonged hunting trips, and other circumstances. These foods are readily available canned, in buckets, or in packages and typically have a larger life span than even jerky or dried fruit. Best of all, there aren’t lots of storage requirements to worry about– most of the times all you have to do is keep them in a cool, dry area and they’ll last you for several years.

What sort of survival food are readily available? Canned foods are renowned for lasting for ages. Freeze dried and dehydrated foods are a useful and surprisingly delicious method to keep several dishes on hand. Other basics consist of dried milk or dried fruit juice. Just add water and you’ll have an ideal dish.

A few things to keep in mind, when choosing which survival food are best for you you will have to also ensure you have everything you need to prepare it.  While the point of survival food is to be able to enjoy it in the roughest circumstances, you will still need can openers, a clean water source, and a heat source to prepare things on. If possible, this is why it is a good idea to keep clean water and a battery or solar powered hot plate. If eating out of the package isn’t really for you, you might also want to consist of a couple of eating utensils and bowls.

Another vital thing to consider when picking out survival food is choosing a variety of healthy foods. Make sure to include ideal sources of vitamins and iron in addition to grains and meat. Fortunately, there are a variety of vitamin and supplement packets to think about as well when it pertains to organizing well balanced survival food strategies.

While you may not necessarily find yourself in these exact scenarios, having a supply of survival food on hand can’t hurt when it comes to staying prepared. You may find yourself in a situation where you require survival food that lasts a bit longer than even these foods. While the point of survival food is to be able to enjoy it in the roughest scenarios, you’ll still require can openers, a clean water source, and a heat source to prepare things on. Another important thing to think about when picking out survival food is choosing out a wide range of nutritious foods.

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DIY Rocket Stove

Here is a great video showing you how to make a Rocket Stove. In the video he shows you a step by step DIY to make a rocket stove for emergency use, survival or just as a hobo stove!

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