You have got to learn how to set up a pencil snare for your own good. This simple guide will you show how. Knowledge of this simple trapping mechanism will prepare you for any survival situation. Learn how to trap game for food and defend your bug out cabin with this pencil snare! Click to read more
2. A Beta Testers Review Of The New HR-17
I’m known as a “knife guy”. I come from a long line of “knife guys”. Growing up in a rural setting, I was raised that if I wasn’t in school or church than I better have my knife on me. So the knife that I trust to carry day in and day out is a big deal… Click to read more
3. Amazing Hiking Trails You Have To See To Believe
Exploring hiking trails is a great way to stretch those legs and get your blood pumping, or just get out and enjoy nature. It’s a great feeling when the cool wind touches your face and you can smell the fresh air. Here are a few of the world’s best hikes that are sure to take your breath away… Click to read more
4. Survival Skills | Guide to Venomous Spiders
Bugging out in natural disasters or SHTF situations means you have to try to survive out in the wilderness. You may find safety in a bug out cabin or decide to simply set up a camp. However, being out there exposes you to a different set of problems, such as potentially deadly venomous spiders and other critters… Click to read more
5. 9 Smart Soda Can Survival Hacks You Need To Know
Check out these soda can survival hacks, and see if you can come up with any survival hacks of your own! I’ve said it before, but I really can’t emphasize this enough: there’s no survival skill more important than improvisation. Take a soda can, for example. You can get a ton of uses out of an empty soda can, including these soda can survival hacks. So don’t throw them away just yet! Also, you are likely to find soda cans anywhere, which means you can survive by arming yourself with these simple soda can hacks! Click to read more
6. 13 Winter Survival Methods To Keep You Warm
Knowing a few winter survival secrets never hurt anyone. That’s why, we’ve outlined 13 in this article to help you when a winter storm brings in snowstorms, freezing rain, snow pellets, graupel, and rime. They can also minimize your winter problems like having to keep the heat in check at home, blackouts, and frozen water pipes… Click to read more
7. How to Practice for Bow Hunting
Bow hunting is a challenging sport that takes a lot of practice and preparation. If you set out on a hunt without sighting your bow beforehand and spending several hours practicing your shots, you’re likely to have a disappointing time. As with just about everything in life, with bow hunting, it pays to be prepared. Here are a few bow hunting tips before setting out… Click to read more
8. Ready-Made Survival Meals That Actually Taste Good
Finding the best ready-made survival meals isn’t always easy. With so many on the market, it can be hard to know which survival food will actually taste good. So, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ready-made meals out there, both for outdoor activities and survival preparation… Click to read more
9. 5 Wilderness Survival Myths That Could Kill You
We debunk 5 common survival myths that can contribute to your wilderness survival skills as well as the difference between life and death. As survival experts, we think we have what it takes to make it in the most extreme situations. But how much of what we’re taught is actually true? Click to read more
10. 21 Refreshing Redneck Recipes And Camping Food Ideas
These redneck recipes and kitchen tips will let you cook gourmet no matter how far off the grid you go. They are convenient, creative, and downright tasty. From Southern dishes to traditional hillbilly recipes, this list has got you covered… Click to read more
What have you done this week? Let us know in the comments below.
You need to know how to fall properly for one simple reason: you’re going to have a bad fall. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but most of us will suffer some kind of fall in our lifetimes. Americans alone suffer around 7.9 million serious falls annually. These falls account for over a third of all emergency room visits nationwide. At these rates, stereotypes really don’t hold up. It’s not just senior citizens; anyone can have a serious fall.
Then, there are the insane falls.
As you might have noticed, even insanely high falls are survivable. Indeed, whether it’s a small or ridiculous fall, the secret is understanding how to fall safely and correctly. A well-executed fall can save your life, or at least save you a broken bone or two.
How to Fall Properly: Basics
If you’re falling far, then the first thing you’d better do is chill out. Seriously, relax. Relax your muscles, and relax those joints. Relax, or they’ll be shattered when you land. A relaxed body is better at distributing the force of the impact. This could somewhat reduce the amount of damage it inflicts and might save a few bones.
The case of WWII-era Soviet pilot Ivan Chisov is a perfect example of how relaxation could save your life. During a dogfight, Chisov leaped from his bomber but passed out before he could deploy his parachute. He fell from around 22,000 feet and survived. In part, Chisov survived because his limp, unconscious body absorbed the impact better than the average mass of flailing limbs.
2. Protect Your Head
If there’s one thing to know about how to fall properly, it’s this. The golden rule of how to fall is to protect your head at all costs. I’ll be repeating this throughout because this one golden rule ties into all others. After all, if your fall proves to be fatal, it’ll almost certainly be due to a head injury. Likewise, if you survive your fall, it’ll be because the force of impact was redistributed away from your head somehow. Remember: surviving is all that matters. So seriously, protect your head.
While we’re talking about relaxing, don’t forget joints. Keep joints like elbows and knees loose, and don’t lock anything. This is really important. When you land, you’re going to want your joints to collapse in the right direction. Otherwise, you might literally kick your own teeth out. Don’t let that happen.
3. Don’t Stretch Your Arms
This rule is especially important for shorter falls when the worst injuries are often broken wrists. Even if you’re trying to break your fall with an arm, you shouldn’t stretch out too much. Remember that you’re trying to distribute weight away from joints like the wrist and elbow. It’s not easy, but you need to keep that force focused on wider areas like your palms, and the meatiest bits of your arm.
How to Fall Properly: Legs first
4. Bend Those Knees
Closely related to the previous point, you need to bend your knees. Studies have repeatedly shown the single most important factor in most serious falls is keeping those knees slightly bent. Don’t bend them too much. It should be just enough to keep your knees from locking, but not so far as to be crouching. Martial arts practitioners will already know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s just your standard ready-stance.
5. Land on your Feet
Cats always land on their feet for a reason: it’s the best way to survive a fall. Research has repeatedly shown that standing beats rolling, landing back first and just splatting by wide margins. The secret is that it concentrates the force of impact in just the right place – your feet. You might be confused as to why we’re suddenly interested in concentrating force. After all, you’re usually told to spread the force out when landing. While this rule will crop up later on the list, standing wins because it protects vital organs better than the alternatives. If your feet are absorbing all the impact force, then that’s less shock for your heart, kidneys, and lungs. Likewise, your feet just so happen to be on the opposite side of your body to the most important organ of all. If you survive a major fall without brain damage, then you should consider yourself lucky.
Even if there isn’t much left of your feet.
6. Use the Balls of Your Feet
Assuming you’re aiming to land feet first, you should likewise try to land with the balls of your feet out. Landing on your heels will push the shock further up your body. So instead, extend those toes out and back, and use the balls of your feet to absorb as much of the initial impact as possible. Yes, it’ll hurt, but it might save your life. Also, try keeping your feet together, as though you’re standing at attention. Or, at least, you’re standing at attention with your knees bent.
Anyway, try to get both feet to hit the ground at the exact same time. This will help distribute the shock across both legs evenly. It might reduce the risk of a serious injury in one leg.
How to Fall Properly: Directions
7. How to Flop Sideways
When you do hit the ground, you’re inevitably going to fall to the ground. You might fall forwards, backwards or to either side. Data from fall victims suggests people who fall to either side are more likely to walk away from the fall. Even paratroopers fall sideways.
“The idea is to orient your body to the ground so when you hit, there’s a multistep process of hitting and shifting your body weight to break up that impact,” said Sgt. First Class Chuck Davidson once told the New York Times.
Second place goes to falling forward, where you can use your arms to protect your head. Falling on your back is the worst, so don’t do that.
If you can fall sideways, make sure you use the entirety of your arm to break the fall. For example, if you fall to your left, use everything from your left palm to left shoulder to break the fall ahead of the rest of your body. At the same time, tuck your chin into your chest and squat. You’ll also need to avoid landing directly on your hip, focusing instead on your arm.
8. How to Fall Forward
If you can’t fall sideways, you’re going to want to fall forwards. As with sideways, the trick to how to fall forwards mostly boils down to using your arms to protect the rest of your body. Try to hit the ground with your palms and forearms at the same time. Meanwhile, turn your head to the side. This will lessen the risk of smashing your jaw or nose on the ground.
9. How to Fall Backward
Try to avoid falling backward if you can. If you can’t then get into the same squat position as you would for a sideways fall. Remember to tuck your chin into your chest, bend those knees and round the back. Ideally, you’d like to hit the ground with your palms first, both hands at the same time. Don’t let your head loll back, and keep it from impacting the ground.
How to Fall Properly … From Really High
Some of these tips contradict previous suggestions on how to fall properly. That’s because from now on, we’re just talking about ridiculously high falls.
10. Grab Something – Anything!
Sometimes, you’re not going to have a clean fall. You might get knocked around a bit, or have little or no control of the fall. This might seem a bit obvious, but grabbing something can seriously impact. During the fall, immediately try to grab absolutely anything in arm’s reach. Obviously, this means trying to do so while avoiding actually hitting the ground with your wrist or elbow. If you’re falling from a window, try for any outcroppings on the building. This could include protruding brickwork, hanging signs, cables – whatever. If we’re talking a cliff, go for rocks, branches, roots. If it can even hold your weight for a moment, it could save your life. Heck, you might even be thankful for something that can slow your fall for a split second.
A good example of this in action was the 1943 case of B-17 pilot Alan Magee. Magee discovered his B-17’s emergency parachute was faulty at an inopportune moment. Abandoning his craft at 20,000 feet over France, he found said parachute was nonfunctional. Moments later, he crashed through the glass roof of a train station. Magee was captured by German soldiers, who were apparently shocked the pilot was even alive. One key factor in his fall was the glass ceiling, which likely reduced the impact of the final landing.
11. Hold on!
So let’s say you’ve tried grabbing stuff, but nothing holds your weight. At the very least, you could try grabbing something simply to hold. If you can grab something big, it could actually help cushion the fall. Look out for something that can spread your weight out. For example, a flat, wide piece of wood positioned beneath you could absorb a small amount of the impact. You’ll still feel it (a lot), but it could be the difference between a cracked skull and a very cracked skull. So that’s nice.
12. Try Hitting as much Stuff as Possible
This one will sound counter-intuitive. Imagine your favorite action movie. Odds are, it includes a scene where someone falls. For dramatic effect, they’ll probably hit tons of stuff on the way down. Heck, this scene is even more common in slapstick, where the poor victim is seen colliding with some blunt surface over, and over, and over. Check out this classic scene from The Simpsons for a perfect example of what I’m talking about.
Surprisingly, those multiple collisions were probably actually good for Homer. Each little collision reduces your velocity. This is good because it means the final impact will be less severe. Hence, when you’re falling, remember to be like Homer. Hit as much stuff as possible, preferably with the most durable parts of your body. You’ll end up suffering from more superficial injuries, but hopefully less severe blows. In other words: more busted teeth and black eyes, but fewer collapsed lungs (hopefully).
A real-life example of this rule in action is the story of Juliane Koepcke. In 1971, she survived falling from a passenger plane over the Peruvian Amazon. If you’re wondering, the plane itself was also both falling apart and nosediving into the jungle. As the only survivor, Koepcke is believed to have survived the fall after slipping from the plane, but not getting a clean fall. Instead, she was knocked around by the thick Amazonian foliage all the way down. This probably hurt, but it also probably saved her life.
By the way, you can find more tips specifically about how to survive a plane crash here.
13. Land on Soft Meat
This should go without saying but always aim to make contact with the meatiest parts of your body. If you can’t land on your feet, then the next best options are buttocks, thighs, or any muscular or fatty parts of your back. We don’t have any hard and fast rules on which body parts in particular. After all, we’re all built differently. Whatever you do, just don’t land on any bones. Pay particular attention to knees and elbows, which should never hit the ground first.
14. Roll With It
If you find yourself totally falling out of control, the best thing to do is just roll with it. Likewise, if you can’t stop the fall, go with it. This is the advice of professional stuntwoman Alexa Marcigliano.
“Spread the impact across a larger part of your body; don’t concentrate impact on one area,” said.
Check out this video by GMB Fitness about how to roll to break your fall:
It’s hard to remember these instructions in the event of a fall. You’re most likely to end up in a bad fall especially if your body is in an awkward position. On the other hand, one of the items in this list might save your life when executed perfectly. There’s a very big chance for you to get hurt, but that doesn’t matter if it keeps you alive.
Do you think these tips will really help in an actual fall? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 21, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Have you ever wanted to make your own survival ration bars? Like the ones they sell in stores but homemade so you know what’s in them. Well, I got together with a few friends to make some homemade survival ration bars and here’s how it turned out. Make sure to read through the comments when you’re done for some suggestions on making them better!
Apparently, there are a couple of different recipes out there for these bars, we just used one I had been given by a food storage lady. This was really an interesting experiment because there were 6 of us making these survival bread loaves, and of course, they turned out 6 different ways. We’ll discuss what happened as we go through the directions.
Homemade Ration Bars | A Step-By-Step Tutorial
What You’ll Need:
2 cups of oats
2 1/2 cups of powdered milk
1 cup of sugar
3 TB of honey
1 3-oz package jello (orange or lemon)
3 TB of water
Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients
Mix the oats, powdered milk, and sugar together in a bowl: A couple of us used regular oats, a couple used quick oats. I really don’t think it matters which you use–whatever you have on hand is fine.
Step 2: Boil Water, Jello, and Honey
In a medium pan mix water, jello, and honey. Bring to a boil. This is just the 3 TB water called for, not the cup of water you’d usually use when making jello. We found that a rolling boil was better than just beginning to boil for the mixing step. The recipe I had specifically called for lemon or orange jello, but we didn’t know why that would be, so we made some with raspberry and watermelon jello also. After we tasted them, we figured the lemon or orange were specified due to the high amount of sugar in this recipe! The loaves made with sweet jello flavors were REALLY sweet when they were done!
Watch this interesting video by Steve1989MREInfo and watch him eat the oldest ever recorded chocolate, and biscuits:
Ration bars are essential in survival situations. When you start to run out of food inside the house or anywhere that lacks access to food, these bars will save your life. Knowing at least one emergency ration bar recipe is a fundamental survival skill. Try this simple recipe and start adding ration bars in your emergency food storage.
Do you have any other ration bars recipe you want to share? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 21, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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Check out these soda can survival hacks, and see if you can come up with any survival hacks of your own! I’ve said it before, but I really can’t emphasize this enough: there’s no survival skill more important than improvisation. Take a soda can, for example. You can get a ton of uses out of an empty soda can, including these soda can survival hacks. So don’t throw them away just yet! Also, you are likely to find soda cans anywhere, which means you can survive by arming yourself with these simple soda can hacks!
Soda Can Survival Hacks that Could Save Your Life!
1. Soda Can Improvised Lamp
It might not seem like much–in fact, it probably seems like a piece of trash. But there are several surprising survival hacks which can turn a common soda can into a useful survival tool.
Take this improvised soda can lamp. Simply draw a big “I” on the side of the can. Cut the lines with a razor, then open it up and put a tea candle inside. Use the tab as a hanger.
2. DIY Soda Can Survival Torch
See this wonderful video from Open Green Energy and see how these unlikely tools can make an effective torch. To make this simple torch/lamp, take two soda cans and cut them in half. You will only need the bottom half of the soda cans. Join the soda cans to make another container, and punch holes on the top half. Pour some cooking oil or tiki torch fuel into the can. Dip a rolled paper towel into cooking oil or tiki torch fuel, then insert into the hole. Light the paper towel/fuse and voila! You got yourself a lamp or a torch.
3. Penny Can Stove
What is great about soda cans, survival- and improvisation-wise, is that they’re easy to work with. You can easily cut and punch holes through its pliable aluminum material with any cutting tool. Soda cans and your regular Swiss army knife can go a long way. Any pointed tool will even do to make this penny can stove. You can also learn how to make a twin tin survival stove from soda cans here!
4. Survival Whistle
A whistle is important in a survival situation where you are trapped and need rescuing. You should know by now, shouting at the top of your lungs for help will do you no good. A whistle should take care of that for you, but how many of us always keep a whistle in handy? You are likely to find soda cans lying around in a survival situation than you would a whistle. Watch this video from Black Scout Survival and learn how to make a whistle from a soda can!
5. Hanger or Hook
Survival hacks are a great way to put your skills to the test and see how many uses you can come up with for a common object. How about this: Paracord + pull tab = strong hanger hook! You will doubt this little baby but put it to the test and you will be just as amazed as I am. It can lift objects heavier than expected. This is perfect when you want to put food higher to keep out of animals’ reach when out camping. You can also use this to lift objects up high if you can’t carry them all up to an elevation.
6. Fishing Hook
It can be pretty tricky to make this fishing hook survival hack from a soda can tab. But if you have the proper tools (like pliers, which you should always have in your toolbox), you can make this fishing hook easily like how it’s done in this video from All Entertainment. If you are in a survival situation, you just have to explore all options. This may seem not much, but it has been tested to have actually served its purpose. Meaning, it did catch fish!
7. Use Soda Cans to Make Char Cloth
Starting a fire seem easy enough on television. Even Survivor has episodes where the contestants struggled to start a fire on the first days. Even with a flint or an igniting device, the struggle doesn’t end there. You will need an effective tinder to start a fire fast and easy. A char cloth is one of the most effective tinder, but even then, you still need fire to make some. But with a char cloth, starting a fire with improvised objects will be easier. Learn how to use soda cans to make char cloth in this video from UK Survival and Bush Craft Tips, and start a fire easier next time around.
8. How to Start a Fire with a Soda Can and Char Cloth
With a char cloth, bright sun, and patience, you can light a fire with the bottom of a soda can. Now you have a char cloth (as shown in the item above), an igniting device in the soda can. Find out how you can make an effective reflector/igniting device as you read the next entry on this list.
9. A Reflector or Signaling Mirror
This soda can survival hack is pretty much straightforward. The bottom of the can be tweaked to work like a mirror. It can work as a signaling device and you can even use it to start a fire. Simply buff the bottom with a cloth and aluminum polish. The shinier it is, the better!
Learn how to make a survival stove with two soda cans in this video from Nuclear Studio:
You might think, things like empty soda cans and other discarded items are useless, but think again. Soda can survival hacks like the ones listed above can turn your trash into survival treasure. Knowing these survival hacks could mean your ultimate survival. It also goes to show, you can do anything with a little creativity and skill!
Will you put these soda can survival hacks to the test? We’re excited to know how your improvisation is going to work out. Do share them in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 17, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Looking for Valentine’s Day gifts? If her safety and peace of mind matter to you, then show your undying love and affection by giving your lady self-defense weapons that she can carry. Choose the best Valentine’s day gifts for her and let it be known that your love will always protect her.
If you’re thinking of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your wife, girlfriend, daughter, or even your mom, then a reliable and concealable self-defense weapon is what you need. Weapons they can bring every day without the hassle or inconvenience of carrying it make thoughtful presents, because what you’re really gifting them is a sense of security. Scroll down and choose what you think will suit her best.
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her Safety And Protection
Customarily, a pen’s sole duty is for writing, but when faced with imminent danger, it can also be a very powerful self-defense weapon. So this coming Valentine’s Day, give your lady a tactical pen she can use for writing, but also to defend herself from any perpetrator. With these tactical pens, it clearly shows the pen is mightier than the sword. She’ll love this exceptional pen — Click HERE!
Lipstick Pepper Spray
A stylish lipstick pepper spray is one the best Valentine’s gifts for women. This non-lethal and concealed deterrent is a very effective self-defense weapon that will provide you and your lady some peace of mind. Click HERE to get this chic lipstick pepper spray!
Cold Steel Honeycomb Hairbrush
Looking for unique Valentine’s gift ideas for her? This hairbrush is something you should look into. It is not an ordinary hairbrush. An 8-inch dagger made from tough nylon and fiberglass material is hidden in the comb’s head. This personal grooming aid may seem harmless, but an attacker will be caught by surprise when this brush transforms into an assailant neutralizer.
Paracord Monkey Fist
This monkey fist is one awesome weapon to add to your list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas. It will surely put her assailant on the ground. It may look like a cute keychain but it’s a really powerful weapon. Wrapped in high-quality paracord is a 1-inch steel ball that can knock an attacker out cold when smashed on the head. It also comes in different colors she will certainly love.
Cat Personal Safety Keychain
These cat personal safety keychains are absolutely adorable. But don’t be fooled by its cuteness because it is an effective self-defense that can ward off an assailant. This keychain is a set of brass knuckles in the shape of a cat’s head, with its eyes as the grip. It’s the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day to ensure her safety and survival every time she walks through dark streets.
Go Guarded Self Defense Ring
In the event of imminent danger, and with zero time to look in her bag and grab a bulky and heavy self-defense weapon, this Go Guarded self-defense ring can surely save her against assailants. It has a pointed tip that protrudes automatically every time the wearer makes a fist. She just needs to slide it on her finger before she walks home and for sure she will feel safe. Another awesome Valentine’s Day gift for your lovely lady.
Lipstick Stun Gun
This self-defense weapon looks like real lipstick–no intimidation factor involved. But once you take off the cap, any attacker will surely hesitate to make his move. It contains millions of bolts and its flashlight can leave an assailant blind. Inconspicuous and easy-to-conceal weapons such as these lipstick stun guns will definitely put a smile on her face this Valentine’s Day.
Check out this video from BlackScoutSurvival for more self-defense weapons you can give your old lady this Valentine’s Day:
This coming Valentine’s Day, show her you really love her by giving one of these remarkable weapons as one of her Valentine’s Day gifts. Because at the end of the day, her safety is what matters to you most. Empower her to defend herself and stay away from harm through these exceptional weapons. But take note — when choosing the best self-defense weapon for her, you need to keep in mind that comfortability of carrying it every day is one of the biggest factors. If she finds bringing it a burden, then most likely she will not have it on her and that defeats the whole purpose of an everyday carry self-defense weapon.
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We debunk 5 common survival myths that can contribute to your wilderness survival skills as well as the difference between life and death. As survival experts, we think we have what it takes to make it in the most extreme situations. But how much of what we’re taught is actually true?
Protect Yourself from These Survival Myths
Myth #1: Your Priority Should Be Looking for Food
The truth: Your first priority should NOT be looking for food – you can survive many days without food. Focus instead on finding water and shelter. Even with all your survival gear, the harsh environment and the cold in the wilderness will be too much to bear without shelter. The human body is also in constant need of hydration.
Stock up on survival food here!
Myth #2: A Shelter Means a Roof over Your Head
The truth: A shelter isn’t just covering your head with a roof – it means a bed you can survive the night in. Use dry vegetation to make a safe place to sleep. The key is to make a shelter that’s warm enough to protect you from the cold of the night.
Myth #3: Conserve Your Water for Later
The truth: Drink water when you’re thirsty. You need water sooner rather than later. It’s a great thing to learn how to locate water sources in the wild. This is valuable knowledge to help a person survive longer when lost outdoors.
Myth #4: You Should Drink Your Urine in an Emergency Situation
The truth: If it’s scorching hot and you’re severely overheated, drinking your urine could cause your body’s cooling systems to malfunction. It’s only going to do more bad than good so erase this belief once and for all.
Check out my favorite solution, the Aquastiq the compact “weird” little blue tube that filters water.
Myth #5: You Should Suck the Venom out of a Snake Bite
The truth: A lot of times the movies tend to influence how we’re supposed to view things. Sure enough, you’ve seen these done in the movies many times. Don’t try to suck out the venom! Sucking a wound does not prevent the venom from affecting the body. Don’t panic – seek immediate medical help.
Note: Make sure to always carry a first aid kit with you when you’re out in the wilderness.
Check out the video below to learn more about these wilderness survival myths:
A lot of these myths still dwell in people’s minds. A great part of our overall knowledge is influenced by what we often see and hear. Not all of these sources are giving correct information. So it’s really important to be well-informed for the sake of everyone’s safety. One single mistake can lead to a life and death situation.
Which of these myths did you happen to believe once in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 24, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
1. 7 Cost-Effective Uses For Shipping Containers Survivalists Should Know
Check out these building ideas and learn how you can use shipping containers for more than just a tiny home! With recycled shipping containers, you are looking not only at its potential for living quarters. You will be surprised there are more to shipping containers than meets the eye. Continue reading and discover the potential of shipping containers for your survival needs! Click to read more
2. How To Make Water Drinkable
Learn to make water drinkable and survive any emergency situation where drinkable water is inaccessible! Find out about the methods of purifying water which is simple, effective, and inexpensive… Click to read more
3. Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger… And Your Ring
One of the most common injuries in the world is a hand injury. In normal, day-to-day situations, a broken finger, gash, cut, or sprain on your hand can be frustrating. But in a survival situation, the condition of your hands and feet can spell the difference between life and death. And if you’re wearing a wedding ring… a ring stuck on finger injury can go from bad to worse very quickly. Check out this trick on removing a stuck ring with plastic wrap before the condition gets worse! Click to read more
4. Weather Forecasting the Old Fashioned Way
The first thing I do every morning is open up the weather forecasting app on my phone so I can see what the temperature and conditions will be like for the rest of the day. This determines what I’ll do, how I’ll dress, and oftentimes how I’ll feel that day… Click to read more
5. All You Need to Know About Pocket Knives For Everyday Survival
A good pocket knife is all you need to be prepared for everything, from basic tasks to self-defense. It’s one of the most versatile and useful items to have in your arsenal. This is the survival tool that should never leave your side. Check out the post below to learn why cool pocket knives are tools that no man should be without… Click to read more
6. 11 Common Prepper Mistakes
What are the common prepper mistakes you need to be wary of? In the prepper community, we all have different ideas on how to get ready for “the big one.” We’ve learned to focus not so much on how and when it will take place, but on being ready to do what’s necessary to survive no matter what happens… Click to read more
7. Paracord: Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know
A paracord is a prepper’s best friend. Also called parachute cord, it is a strong, versatile, inexpensive, lightweight and easy to carry with you wherever you go. DIY paracord projects are fun to make, and also practical, as making things from 550 cord assures you will always have lots of useful string to make things from in case of emergency. By wearing a bracelet made of this rope, you can assure you always have your ever-useful cord handy. Read on to learn more about the amazing properties of and many uses of this amazing survival material… Click to read more
8. Bug Out Cabin Tips | How To Build The Ultimate Survival Shelter
There is probably no stopping your now from building a bug out cabin or a secret survival shelter. With all that’s happening around us, anyone can dream of having a place to wait out an SHTF scenario but few get around to doing it. If you have the means and serious desire about having a good contingency plan when SHTF, you should have your own bug out cabin or retreat. If you are dead-set on getting yourself a survival shelter but have no idea how to get started, these tips are just what you need! Click to read more
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When it comes to flood survival, it is important to know as much as you can about this natural disaster. There is no need to be reminded of the devastation caused by floods since they happen every year in our country. Properties are destroyed, lives are lost, and recovery is painful and difficult. You have two goals when it comes to natural disasters. One: Survive. Two: Recover. With the proper knowledge of flood survival, you can do both excellently. Here’s how! Click to read more
10. 145 Self-Sufficiency Skills Every Prepper Should Learn
This set of self-sufficiency skills is essential for either preppers, survivalists, homesteaders, or every flat-out hardworking self-sufficiency freak. It will seem overwhelming at first, but if you plan to go completely off-grid or if you only want to live a self-sufficient lifestyle, you need to start with a few self-sufficiency skills. No one is an expert the first time, but with these self-sufficiency skills, you will find yourself teaching others to be self-sufficient in no time, too! Click to read more
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One of my favorite shows, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead is finally coming back on air August 12, 2018 and it’s got me thinking…
If we were really to get hit with a walker-type disaster, sure. Load up on guns, bullets, and supplies (and ideally you have these stored in advance like I do). But you also want to be prepared with weapons that don’t require ammo. Inspired by Fear the Walking Dead, here’s my list of the essential weapons to have in your arsenal just in case we ever get hit with a crazy epidemic that turns dead humans into walkers.
When we think about fearing the walking dead, the one vision that seems to populate our minds is a walker staggering towards us with outreaching arms. No matter how slow the walker approaches, they always tend to reach their target (eventually). For many, the thought of an epidemic apocalypse is better reserved for the TV show as opposed to a real-life occurrence. Even some of our own friends would ridicule us if we were to give them any inclination that the walking dead is something that we fear, not just on a TV series, but deep down in our gut.
If you are like me, you pay attention to events that are happening all over the world. Chemical and biological attacks are becoming more prone in various areas throughout the world. Most of this information tends to get buried by the mainstream media, but if you do your own research, the information is quite easily accessed. However, we do not even need to look to some third world country for these atrocities… Our own military is more than capable of releasing viruses that will make us, fear the walking dead!
In order to prepare for any type of mass epidemic, I want to share with you a few weapons that, when wielded correctly, will never have you fear the walking dead again. Let’s get started.
8 Essential Zombie Attack Weapons
1. The Ninjato Sword
Ninjato swords a shorter than Katanas (Michonne’s weapon of choice), but will get the job done. When it comes to dealing with the walking dead, the only surefire way to de-escalate the threat it to destroy their brains. The Ninjato is a sword that has been used by Shinobi for centuries. It is also the preferred weapon for modern day ninjutsu practitioners. The Ninjato resembles a Katana in size and length. It is a short sword which makes it ideal to carry around in various environments. It is also extremely sharp which is what we want when it comes time to lop off the head of an undead attacker.
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You do not need to have ninja-like skills to be able to utilize the Ninjato. If you have swung a baseball bat with either one or two hands and have relatively good aim, decapitating one of the walking dead can be achieved in short order.
2. A Tactical Pen
You may be in an area where previously, no zombie attacks have occurred. There is also the issue of gun and blade free zones. Having a trusty tactical pen built from aircraft grade aluminum may be your only option in an unforeseen battle with a zombie. Tactical pens are easily wielded by utilizing a reverse or hammer-fist grip. The tips on these tactical pens are made from tungsten. When a blow is rendered to the cranium of one of the walking dead, it will easily crush the skull and penetrate deeply into the skull scrambling the brains.
If the skull is not a viable target at the time, shoving the tungsten tip of the tactical pen into one of the eye sockets, will certainly do the trick lobotomizing your zombie attacker.
3. A Shovel Or Entrenching Tool
In the United States Marines, we were issued shovels or entrenching-tools (e-tools) as part of our kits. Not only were these shovels great for digging holes but they also were a viable tool when it came to self-defense. We trained with these shovels and became quite proficient with them. Many of us even sharpened the edges of our shovels in order to make them a more formidable weapon, this no doubt would help against zombie heads.
A quick search on Amazon and you will come across a whole new line of e-tools that would make any zombie killer proud. The edges are designed for slashing and the tips of these shovels can easily penetrate a neck or skull. The e-tool can be staged in your vehicle or conveniently carried in your rucksack. The fact that to the common eye, it is just a shovel… makes it a weapon that easily flies under the radar.
4. A 12 Gauge Shotgun With A Bayonet Attached
A shotgun with a bayonet mount is a no-brainer (pun intended) when it comes to an ideal weapon to battle the walking dead. With the right slugs, you can easily take the head off of a zombie while maintaining a safe distance. When you couple the shotgun with an M9 bayonet, you add a bit of redundancy to your killing ability. If you run out of ammunition and/ or just have issues with your sight picture and sight alignment, you can always slash or stab causing the correct deadly force needed for the situation at hand.
Keep in mind that having a good bayonet, such as an M9, is a formidable weapon on its own. Stage it on your belt and be at the ready for whenever a zombie comes a’ callin’.
5. A Tactical Flashlight
Thinking along the same lines as a tactical pen, the tactical flashlight is ideal for those situations where more formidable weapons are just not an option. These flashlights are also built from aircraft grade aluminum and feature a beveled end that we commonly refer to as a skull crusher. Deploying a simple hammer fist motion with the tactical flashlight can easily split a zombie skull like a coconut. The brains will be exposed to smash away and your mission will be accomplished.
6. An Aluminum Baseball Bat
Playing baseball is somewhat of an American pastime. Many of us get exposed to the game of baseball at an early age. Being able to Swing Away and to try and Hit It Out Of The Park are ideal attributes that come in handy when it comes time to bludgeon an undead attacker. A good swing of the bat to the cranium will cause blunt force trauma. The zombie’s head will be crushed like a watermelon removing any threat as well as fear.
A baseball bat is also a formidable weapon because of its ability to simply be a baseball bat that is staged in your vehicle or pack. My only advice would be to also include a baseball and a glove… Your lawyer will thank you for it, zombies will still hate you.
7. A Molotov Cocktail
Since the walking dead are not winning any awards for their speed, anytime soon, a good way to diffuse their threat is to set them on fire. You won’t split their skulls but you will certainly cook the hell out of their brains. A Molotov cocktail is an improvised incendiary device that is used for igniting. This is a great option when the battle is clearly defined. You want to ignite the zombie, not your valuables or family members. You also want to make sure that they are at a distance when you deploy the Molotov cocktail. You do not want them in a close enough range where they can get ahold of you causing you both to go up in flames.
8. A Hatchet Or Ax
Having a sharp ax or hatchet as part of your gear list can help to combat any would-be zombie that is trying to eat your brain. An ax can be used to deliver blunt force and it could also be wielded to chop. Either option, when deployed to the head, will get you the result that you want; a dead zombie that used to be able to walk.
Just like other weapons in this article, the ax can be deployed with just one hand. This will allow you to use your empty hand for other tasks. It is also feasible to double up on axes (one in each hand) or add a different weapon of choice as part of your offense. One weapon is good but 2 are great!
After you are done making minced meat out of the zombie attacker, you can always use the ax to cut wood as well as many other preparedness tasks. Multi-purpose applications are ideal in any well-designed preparedness plan.
There are many other weapons that will keep the walking dead from having you join their ranks. The one main focal point that I want you to keep in mind is preparedness. Having the weapons at your disposal is only part of the equation. Perfect practice with these tools is what will give you the confidence to remove fear and accomplish the task at hand.
Whatever you choose to bring to battle, make sure that you are well versed with that tool. They may be walking while they are dead but you are the one with the functioning brain. As the old adage states… Use It Or Lose It! In this case, truer words may never have been spoken.
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These redneck recipes and kitchen tips will let you cook gourmet no matter how far off the grid you go. They are convenient, creative, and downright tasty. From Southern dishes to traditional hillbilly recipes, this list has got you covered.
Redneck Recipes That will Rock Your Camping Menu!
1. Campfire Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
This recipe is easy and fun to make with kids over a campfire. Just wrap your pre-made rolls around a stick and hold over the fire. Then, drizzle on your frosting and you’re all set! These quick-cooking campfire cinnamon rolls should take care of your hungry tummies while the rest of the dishes are still cooking.
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2. Ba-Cone Recipe
A cone… made of bacon… filled with eggs, cheese, and grits… then topped with a biscuit? Yes, please. This ba-cone recipe is one of the delicious redneck finger foods you can easily prepare and enjoy in the outdoors!
3. Breakfast Grit Cakes Recipe
These breakfast grit cakes are filling and loaded with veggies for a perfect campsite breakfast. There’s nothing better than breakfast finger food for people always on the go!
4. Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit Recipe
Originating from a Texas fast-food chain, this honey butter chicken biscuit recipe teaches you how to make your own version of this wildly popular country breakfast meal. Get a taste of this comforting food even out in the wild with a version of your own.
5. Tator Tot Breakfast Casserole Recipe
This quick and easy tater tot breakfast casserole gives you maximum tastiness with minimum fuss. Tator tots offer an easier alternative for hash browns, but still give you that crunchy, potato-y goodness.
6. Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe
These breakfast quesadillas are like breakfast tacos, only easier to eat. They are completely customizable, so the possibilities are endless!
7. Chicken Fried Steak on a Stick Recipe
Chicken fried steak is good on its own. But this chicken fried steak on a stick version makes it even better by eliminating the need for forks and knives. Who has time for silverware with all of this deliciousness on your plate?
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8. Walking Taco Recipe
A walking taco is a personal size bag of Doritos filled with all of the makings for a taco. This is the ultimate in convenience without sacrificing flavor.
9. Best Chili Recipe
Camping is bound to get cold sometimes and nothing is more comforting than chili with pork and beef. This is a great, hearty dish perfect for camping out. Make it in a dutch oven over your campfire and have an authentic redneck lunch.
10. Spicy Coleslaw Recipe
This southern delicacy adds some refreshing crunch and sweetness to any meal. For extra redneck points, add this spicy coleslaw to a barbecue sandwich.
11. Dutch Oven Campfire Bread Recipe
This no-knead campfire bread recipe is easy to throw over the campfire for fresh, delicious bread. You only need 4 ingredients and you have a bread to go with your redneck main dishes.
12. Sausage Wrap Recipe
This sausage wrap recipe is like a hot dog, only better. Fill a wrap, flatbread, or tortilla with your favorite toppings. Add a grilles sausage link, and roll it up. It’s a delicious redneck finger food you can enjoy anywhere.
13. Beer Can Chicken Recipe
Barbecuing a whole chicken without drying it out is a tricky task. Use this beer can trick for juicy, delicious chicken. An outdoor or camping meal is made even more special with juicy whole roasted chicken in beer cans.
14. Fried Catfish Recipe
Catfish straight out of the fryer with some homemade tartar sauce is about as good as it gets when it comes to redneck cuisine. Get your fresh catfish catch for the day on the frying pan with this fried catfish recipe.
15. Campfire Jambalaya Recipe
If you’re longing for some comforting Southern soul food, this foil packet campfire jambalaya recipe will take care of it for you. This popular Cajun dish has been adapted to easily cook on a campfire inside of an aluminum foil package.
16. Grilled Corn with Honey Butter and Smoked Salt
Is there a camping meal which a corn on the cob doesn’t go with? If there is, I’ve yet to find it. You’ll even love this grilled corn recipe with extra seasonings and added flavor in honey and smoked salt.
17. Grilled Pizza Recipe
Make pizza even when you don’t have an oven with this great grilled pizza recipe. Make sure to bring your favorite ingredients if you want to enjoy pizza out in the wild.
18. Chicken Enchilada Skillet Recipe
This easy chicken enchilada casserole goes straight into the Dutch oven and over the fire for a quick, easy, and delicious campsite dinner.
19. Hillbilly Caviar
Make room for some redneck appetizer recipes in your survival menu. This super simple and easy hillbilly caviar recipe deserves a spot in your menu for a healthy meal you need out at camp.
20. Redneck Beans Recipe
Take this redneck beans recipe by the BBQ pit boys and make something completely your own. Nothing is more comforting than a helping of beans and chili during breakfast, lunch, or dinner outdoors!
21. Hillbilly Pie
This is a super simple pie recipe but a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream will definitely take it to the next level.
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Camping food can be a tricky thing to plan for. Without all the conveniences of your kitchen, how do you make a camping meal that is practical and still delicious? Now that we’ve let you in on our secrets to redneck cuisine, we trust we’ve got your camping menu or hillbilly hoedown party covered. Whatever is the occasion, and heck, SHTF may come, these redneck recipes will keep you fed and comforted!
Which of these redneck recipes will make it to your camping menu? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Bow hunting is a challenging sport that takes a lot of practice and preparation. If you set out on a hunt without sighting your bow beforehand and spending several hours practicing your shots, you’re likely to have a disappointing time. As with just about everything in life, with bow hunting, it pays to be prepared. Here are a few bow hunting tips before setting out.
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1. Use your rangefinder to sight in your bow.
Your rangefinder yardage should match exactly how your sight pins are set. That’s what you’ll be using in the field. Always consider the durability, battery life, distance range, and features when choosing your rangefinder.
2. Learn how to accurately pace off your yardage.
Apart from your archery equipment, knowing how to accurately pace off your yardage is very important. Don’t guess and don’t rely on a hunting buddy to tell you how far something is.
3. Set your first pin at 20 yards.
On a whitetail hunting setup, start out by setting your first pin at 20 yards. See how far that 20-yard pin will take you. While aiming at this distance, step back to 21, 22, 23, and see where your error starts to drop off.
4. Figure out your maximum limit for your first sight pin.
The previous tip leads to figuring out the maximum limit for your first sigh pin. Most hunting setups will get you out to at least 25 yards and maybe more.
5. Sight in your second pin at 30 yards.
30 yards distance is easy to remember. You have to know the in-between yardages of your setup. What sight pin do you use in deer hunting with a buck standing out there at 26 yards? That is why you need to practice at those in-between distances.
6. Practice at “odd” distances between pins.
Don’t assume that you might raise your first pin or lower your second pin when a deer is standing at these odd distances. Know exactly how low or how high your arrow will hit. We sometimes get in the habit of only practicing at even distances. Practice at odd distances too.
7. Don’t forget to practice at close distances (5, 6, 7 yards).
Do you think close distances don’t need any practice? You actually need to know where your arrows hit at 5, 6, and 7 yards. Sometimes we have up-close skillet shots. There are unfortunate times when we miss them simply because we haven’t practiced up close.
8. Practice the shots you know you might take.
After knowing the distances around your stance, practice the distances where your confidence is soaring when you take the shot. You know when you’re going to have a great dinner just by aiming at the target.
Check out this video by BowHunting Tips about things to keep in mind before the hunt:
Now you know what you need to prepare for before going bow hunting. Hunt with a really good shot placement. What’s important is for you to commit your best performance every time you take the shot. The bow performing at a very optimum level depends on the best practices of the archer.
Do you consider these tips helpful for your next whitetail deer hunting trip? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.