Rubbing alcohol survival uses—this is among the things a survivalist must know. Rubbing alcohol is one of those things that we always have in our homes. We mostly use it to disinfect. But do you know that rubbing alcohol actually has multiple functions? You will be amazed just how many survival uses it has! Let’s take a quick look at this article and see why we must always include a bottle of rubbing alcohol in our survival kit.
Oddball Rubbing Alcohol Survival Uses When TSHTF
1. Fire Starter
A bottle of rubbing alcohol is extremely flammable and should always be kept away from an open flame. However, this makes it the perfect fire starter!
Just simply squirt very small amounts onto the wood and you will have no trouble getting a fire started in dry weather conditions. I suggest using matches and not an actual lighter as you can just throw the match into the wood pile. Using a lighter puts your hand way to close as it will light up immediately!
2. Remove Ticks
Ticks are always a nuisance! If you have a tick attached to your skin, you can easily remove it with rubbing alcohol, may it be isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and place it on the tick. As the tick reacts to the chemicals, it will release itself from your skin. Remove the tick with tweezers.
3. DIY Ice Pack
This DIY hack is genius! To make an ice pack using rubbing alcohol, mix 3 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol in a large Ziploc bag. Then, freeze it. Keep a stock of these DIY ice packs in your fridge and you’ll be ready whenever something happens. The best part is they are reusable!
4. Dry Out Cold Sores
Rubbing alcohol is great for drying out cold sores which, in turn, could help speed up the healing process. Place a cotton ball with a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the cold sore for a few seconds. When you do this, don’t be surprised to feel a slight sting.
5. Destroy Unwanted Pests
You can kill insects with rubbing alcohol by simply spraying them using a spray bottle. You can also spray rubbing alcohol on your mattress, for example, to kill insects such as bed bugs. We do not recommend spraying rubbing alcohol on wood furniture, any type of flooring, or yourself (including your clothing), unless you really have to,
6. Soothe Mosquito Bites
Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and place on your mosquito bites. It relieves the itching, cleanses the skin to prevent infection, and dries out the bite to promote faster healing.
7. Clean Your Eyeglasses
It is important to have a clear vision, especially in a survival situation. If your eyeglasses are dirty, you can easily clean up the smudges using rubbing alcohol. Simply wet a piece of cloth with rubbing alcohol then use it to wipe the lenses clean.
8. Use As A Degreaser
When camping, you want to make sure to have super clean dishes after your meal to ensure that predators stay clear of your campsite. Most predators can smell food from miles away! Rubbing alcohol makes a great degreaser for your pots and pans. Soak the greasy areas with rubbing alcohol for a few minutes then wash with regular dish soap.
9. Soothe Sore Joints And Achy Muscles
Did you know you can relieve sore joints and achy muscles with rubbing alcohol? Simply massage rubbing alcohol onto the affected area to relieve the pain. Rubbing alcohol acts as a liniment to increase blood flow to the area and could help soothe aches and pains after a day on your feet.
10. Sanitize Your Hands
Pour about a quarter size amount of rubbing alcohol into your hands and rub your hands together (much like you would do with hand sanitizer) and you’re all set! No germs!
11. Dry Out Wet Ears And Prevent Infection
Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and place it inside your ear. Doing this may help dry out your ears, preventing infection.
12. Get Rid Of Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is pretty common but can be remedied using rubbing alcohol. Mix equals parts of water and rubbing alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture and place on the affected nail for a few minutes. You may do this several times a day to kill nail fungus and prevent any potential infection.
13. Sterilize First Aid Equipment
Every survivalist probably has a first aid kit that is a tad bit overused. But when you’re in a dire situation, you have to make do with what you have. Still, your equipment has to be clean in order to prevent infection. To sterilize your first aid equipment, give them a good soak in rubbing alcohol to help kill the germs and bacteria.
CrazyRussianHacker shows a survival tip using alcohol as part of an alcohol stove:
When you’re in a survival situation, a bottle of rubbing alcohol may make a difference between life or death. Now you know the rubbing alcohol survival uses, always make sure you have one in your survival kit. Have a bottle stationed in your bathroom, work desk, car–or any other strategic location in case of emergencies.
What do you think about these rubbing alcohol survival uses? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on August 10, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
How would you like to learn about natural tick repellents for you and your pets? If you’re like me, you consider your pets part of your family. Our pets give us companionship, comfort, and sometimes even help with certain tasks like hunting and herding that are essential for a survival or homestead lifestyle. It’s so important to protect your pets from parasites, which at best will make them itchy and uncomfortable, and at worst infect them with harmful and sometimes deadly diseases.
Natural Tick Repellents | Protect You and Your Pets From Ticks
All Natural Tick Repellent for Humans
It’s so important to keep ticks under control, and the best way to do that is to prevent them from latching on in the first place. You should exercise extra caution when venturing into a moist or wooded environment, as these are the areas where ticks flourish. Just in case you do end up with a tick on you, you should learn how to remove a tick safely. But using these natural tick repellents below, you will make yourself much safer if you have something to repel ticks.
Recipe #1: Tick Repellent For Your Clothes
This insect repellent is applied to your clothes instead of your skin. It will stop fleas and ticks in their tracks before they even have a chance to latch on to you. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about any sticky residue on your skin.
Check out the recipe below and learn how to make your own tick spray.
What You’ll Need:
Spray bottle (for mixing water with essential oil)
1 cup of water
10 drops of rose geranium oil
5 drops of cedarwood oil
2 to 3 drops of lavender oil
2 to 3 drops of lemongrass oil
Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water.
Add the essential oils and shake well.
Shake well before each use and spray it on your clothes and shoes. The scent caused by the active ingredients will keep ticks away and act as a natural insect repellent.
Recipe #2: Repellent for Your Clothes, Skin, and Hair
This all-natural tick repellent will work on any part of your body, clothes or hair. The peppermint oil also gives it a great aroma.
What You’ll Need:
2 cups of distilled white vinegar
1 cup of water
20 drops of peppermint oil
Fill a spray bottle with all the ingredients and shake well.
Spray this mixture onto your clothes, hair, and skin before going outdoors.
If you are going to be outside most of the day, reapply every 4 hours.
Recipe #3: Tick Repellent for Your Clothes
Here’s one more tick repellent you can apply to your clothes to keep those creepy crawlers off of you.
What you’ll need:
20 drops of rose geranium oil
10 drops of sweetgrass oil
5 drops of lavender oil
5 drops of citronella or lemon oil
4 oz of rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, vodka, apple cider vinegar, OR distilled water
Instructions: Add all of the ingredients into the spray bottle, shake well, and spray on clothes before going outside.
All Natural Tick Repellents for Your Pets
Summer is the worst time of year for flea and tick infestations, and our pets seem to be the ones who are affected the most. Ticks love to burrow under their hair and attach to the skin in dark, damp areas such as the elbows and groin. You should check your pets for ticks daily, especially after taking them for a walk, hike or swim. These natural tick repellents below will also help protect them from an infestation.
Recipe #1: Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs
If you have outside dogs, it’s very important to keep them protected from fleas. But even if your pooch only goes outside for an hour or two a day, you’d be amazed how quickly ticks can latch on.
This natural tick repellent for dogs will keep Fido safe and tick-free.
What you’ll need:
1 cup of water
2 cups of white distilled vinegar
2 tsp of almond or vegetable oil
Spray the mixture on your pet’s dry coat. It is important to keep the repellent away from sensitive areas like nose, eyes, genitals, and mouth.
When your pet is outdoors for extended periods, you should spray the solution about 2-3 times every day. On the other hand, if your pet is only outdoors for potty breaks, you should spray the solution just once every day.
Tip: If you want to make a repellent that can also repel fleas, add 1 tsp of citrus oil, lemon juice, OR peppermint oil.
Recipe #2: Natural Tick Repellent for Cats
Most cats aren’t at as much of a risk for tick infestation due to spending most of their time inside. Still, it’s very important to protect them as well, since ticks can find their way inside from time to time. Obviously, if you have an outdoor cat, it’s even more important.
Here’s our recipe for natural tick repellent for cats.
What you’ll need:
2 cups raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of dried organic neem leaf
1 tbsp of dried organic catnip
a tbsp of dried organic lavender
1 tbsp of dried organic peppermint leaf
1 tbsp organic pure aloe vera gel (optional, but helps with skin and hair health)
Combine apple cider vinegar and herbs in a mason jar and steep for 1-2 weeks, shaking daily to combine. Strain with a cheesecloth or coffee filter before keeping in a glass mason jar for use.
In an 8 oz. spray bottle, combine 1/2 cup herbal infused apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, and distilled water to fill.
Aside from these natural tick repellents, there are other things you can do to avoid tick bites. Here are some additional tips.
How to Avoid Tick Bites
>Wear pantyhose underpants (yes, even guys too!)
Don’t walk in high grassy areas.
Keep your grass cut.
Don’t sit on logs – If you sit on a log for only five minutes, you raise your chance of getting bitten by 30%.
Wear hats when walking in the woods.
Wear tight (not loose) braids, ponytails or buns.
Put on clothing that covers the skin and has elastic on the wrist and ankles.
Wear boots or shoes that can be tightened at the ankles.
Tuck your pants into your socks.
Always walk in the center of trails when taking nature walks.
Shower within two hours of coming indoors. (I personally shower immediately after being outdoors. Showering immediately also helps to prevent chigger bites.)
Inspect your clothes and body, especially: under the arms, around the ears, inside the belly button, back of knees, and in your hair.
Watch this video by RealtreeOutdoors about making your own tick repellent:
Many ticks are found in wooded areas, tall grass, shrubs, and even in your lawn. Ticks like to hide in places that have significant moisture and areas that are out of direct sunlight. Avoid these areas to help prevent being bitten by ticks. Ticks can transfer bacteria and can cause diseases such as Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases. Protecting ourselves and our pets against these bloodsucking pests is a must. These natural solutions scare ticks away as well as serve as a mosquito repellent and bug repellent as well. Do you have any tips of your own for how to avoid ticks? Share them with us and your fellow readers in the comments section!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Homemade weapons are actually pretty badass and they come in handy when you have no weapons left in your arsenal. Improvised weapons are great against an intruder or attacker. But if the situation really calls for it though, these homemade weapons would be handy. Homemade but badass weapons are great non-firearm weapons when you need to improvise. Check out the updated list below to see the top 14 picks of homemade weapons!
14 Badass Homemade Weapons To Add To Your Arsenal
1. PVC Pipe Compound Bow
Get all raw and basic with your skills by making your own compound bow. Bows and arrows are badass weapons but they can be pretty expensive. But this DIY project does not put a strain on your wallet as it can be made from inexpensive, readily available materials.
2. Homemade Pepper Spray
Pepper sprays are for everyone because it is convenient to carry and can protect you when SHTF. Just spray it in the face of the attacker and escape the situation instantly to call for backup or help. These homemade self-defense weapons are easy to make. This pepper spray may become one of your personal favorites, check it out here.
3. Multifunction Pocket Tool
If you’re looking for very convenient homemade weapons then you need these bad boys. Other than being weapons, multifunction pocket tools also help you with your everyday tasks. They’re the perfect life hacks! You can easily make and customize these DIY pocket tools to fit your specific need.
4. Pump Action Rocket Gun
Looking for homemade guns or improvised firearms? This inexpensive rocket gun is a fun project and a cool item to have around. The DIY is very simple and relatively cheap as well. The entire project, including a bunch of ammo, could easily be made for around $20.
5. Homemade Taser Gun
Hand-to-hand combat and a pepper spray aren’t the only survival options against an attacker. When talking about self-defense, some people tend to purchase a taser gun or a stun gun. That’s what most people think of buying when they want to have some protection or weapon they can easily use in an emergency situation. But instead of buying a taser gun, you can also make your own.
6. Primitive Club Tool
If stuck in the wilderness with limited resources, knowing how to make this tool could come in handy for your survival. This simple technique will quickly transform a few items into a very useful weapon and bring out the Ragnar Benson inside you!
7. Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge
This homemade bolt action 12 gauge is one of the best homemade weapons you’ll come across. You can just imagine the power this awesome weaponry is packing. Although you can’t take it anywhere, this weapon is very reliable and can protect you from attackers or home intruders especially when SHTF. Homemade firearms like this air rifle does not need to be registered and never runs out of ammo.
8. War Hammer
Other war hammer designs may be a bit more difficult to make because they require you to weld, drill, and file. This is one of the easier homemade weapons, and you need nothing more than a black pipe. It’s a simple design, and the name says it all. Don’t underestimate the power of the war hammer!
9. Saw Blade Tomahawk
As you can probably tell already, this is one unique homemade weapon. The name leaves little to the imagination when it comes to what this thing is made to do. Almost completely made with a couple pieces of wood, this saw blade Tomahawk is inexpensive to make if you have the right equipment.
This particular flamethrower is made to fit in a normal backpack. With an air compressor, a diesel nozzle, a fuel tank, hose, and some fittings, you’ll have a flamethrower! What’s more awesome about this homemade flamethrower is it can run on tiki torch fuel. You can buy one from Amazon.
This classic weapon is brought to another level with this DIY project. This giant trebuchet has an equally giant amount of power, making it capable of catapulting things with immense force. Since this project is pretty big, you can invite your buddies over to help you make an awesome trebuchet.
12. Homemade Landmine
You can actually make an airsoft landmine by using airsoft pellets. But since you’re making a landmine, be very, very careful. You might be making this one for fun but things can go badly for you and other people if you’re not careful enough.
13. Death Ray
Have an old television around? You can turn it into something way cooler than it’s former, dated identity with a few steps. With some simple disassembling, you can have 2000 degrees of heat to use for cooking, water sanitation, or just to burn things. You can actually use the screen of an old TV to make a death ray!
14. Pipe Gun
This is another one of the classic homemade weapons. Using a few items from your garage, you can make your own pipe gun. But remember it takes risk to make one, so please be careful. Don’t mindlessly test this pipe gun by shooting someone or something as it can potentially hurt you and other people.
Watch this video from Be Amazed for more homemade weapons!
You don’t always need firearms to feel safe. These homemade weapons are fine for home protection but you have to be extra careful in making these—especially when you are testing them. You can also use these homemade weapons for your outdoor survival trips. Remember these weapons are still dangerous even if they are homemade.
Do you know how to make homemade weapons? Tell us what you know by writing a comment below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on March 19, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Knowing how to fix a broken zipper is a skill people take for granted because we are now used to everything being instant. At the sight of a broken slider or a separated zipper, many go to a tailor right away and are more than happy to spend money just to have a little trouble fixed.
If not for the tailor, I know these clothes will never see the light of day again and most probably will go straight to the trash or to a donation box. Well, you never have to let these things happen again with these easy steps on how to fix a broken zipper.
How to Fix a Broken Zipper
You will need:
A pair of pliers
Thick thread – This is thicker than regular sewing thread, often used for buttons.
Step 1: Remove the bumper.
Using a pair of pliers, detach the metal bumper from the bottom of the zipper. With a little bit of muscle, you’ll be able do it. Pull the zipper down, and stop just before you reach the last teeth. Don’t remove the zipper completely.
Step 2: Arrange the teeth.
Using your hands, straighten out the teeth of the zipper. The goal here is to remove all sticky teeth on one side of the zipper. After doing this, you may now pull the zipper up, stopping halfway. Watch out for teeth that are locked together. Fix them as you go along..
Step 3: Once they are straight, let’s stitch it up.
Now, stitch up the spot where the metal bumper used to be. A thread should now be in its place. Although this can’t just be any thread because it needs to be able to withstand pressure and strain which were the problems to begin with. At least six stitches should replace your metal bumper, so sew as much as you need to achieve this. Take your time sewing and use as much thread as you need until the replacement thread is strong enough to last another round of wear-and-tear. Finish it off by tying thread into a knot on the zipper’s backside.
Step 4: Zip it Up.
Now, your zipper is good to go! Pulling it up should feel as smooth as a brand new purchase. No more failed attempts at tugging at that zipper. Since you can’t avoid accidents forever, here’s an easy remedy for when your zipper breaks again. Use a seam ripper (or any razor blade should work) to undo the stitching and repeat all the steps above.
Check out this video from TVProductsUSA for more tips on how to fix broken zippers
Now while knowing how to fix an entire zipper or even a broken zipper pull isn’t going to save you from things like hurricanes, riots, or terrorist attacks, it will help you get quite a bit more mileage out of your clothing. This alone will save you a ton of money in the long run, and when the store’s aren’t open it will keep you fully clothed! I recommend keeping a zipper repair kit in the house or car at all times as well. No need for another replacement zipper
Do you have other handy tips for fixing a broken zipper? Let us know in the comments below! Up Next: Fixing Backpack Straps and Zippers while Outdoors
Editor’s Note: This post was first published in August 2013 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Knifemaking is an ancient art. But like many other skills, the skill making knives seems lost in our modern world of convenience. You can include knifemaking in your essential primitive survival skills. Challenge the blacksmith inside you and transform an old wrench into a knife!
Knifemaking Skills Using an Old Wrench
In this article:
Knifemaking Tools and Materials:
Every knife, whether made from ancient damascus steel or modern carbon steel, comes from a set of tools. A knife maker needs the following materials before making a blade.
an old wrench
Also, don’t forget that a knife maker needs protective clothing. You don’t want to burn yourself with sparks from the belt grinder or get bits of steel in your eye. Use goggles, gloves, even breathing protection so you’re making knives safely.
Choosing the Knife Side of the Wrench
First, choose which end of the wrench you want for the knife blade and the handle. Use a portable grinder to straighten out the end you chose to be the knife blade. Then, use the grinder to cut through the steel to shape the blade.
Setting Up the Blacksmithing Forge
Meanwhile, you can create a simple blacksmithing forge at home. You can use an old grill or any solid platform where you can place a burning coal. And, make sure to incorporate a blowing mechanism in your forge to make enough heat for forging steel.
Putting the Wrench on the Hot Forge
After using the grinder on your knife, place the knife side of the wrench on the burning coals. And, keep it there until it’s hot enough for the steel to be shaped. You should be able to determine when the steel reaches forging temperature. At this point, the color of the steel should be red hot or yellow.
Pounding the Steel
Once the steel gets really hot, place it on an anvil or any metal surface hard enough for support. Now, you can manipulate the steel. So, pound it with a hammer until you get the desired shape for the blade. The metal may move in strange ways when hit by the hammer. Take this as a test of your blacksmithing skills.
Making the Blade
You can start making the blade as soon as you have achieved the form you want for your knife. A belt grinder or belt sander for metal is perfect for the job, since it helps refine the blade. It also gives the blades an even, smooth stainless appearance.
Heat Treating the Steel
After you’re done working on the blade’s sharp edge, put it back on the hot forge. Wait for the color of the blade to turn into glowing red. Then, remove the knife from the forge then douse it in engine oil to conclude the process. Finally, try not to apply pressure on the blade and allow it to cool for an hour.
Sharpening the Blade
Once your blade has cooled down, give it a nice edge. So, keep your knife sharp by making sure you have these materials.
Appreciating Your Work
After making the knife, appreciate your work! Only a few people make custom knives and can call themselves knife makers today. If you want some knife sheaths for your blade, follow these steps. Soon, you can try making pocket knives, hunting knives, and other blades to test your skills.
If you want to see the full video knifemaking video, check out this video from Trollskyy:
Knifemaking is a really great first blacksmithing project? We’re lucky to have modern tools at our disposal to simplify the work. Forging steel and blades must have been really difficult, centuries ago. Lucky for us, we have all the tools and means needed to transform any old wrench into a knife. Take advantage of this opportunity and continue improving your knifemaking and blacksmithing skills!
What can you say about this knifemaking project? Have you ever turned an old wrench into a blade? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2017, and has been updated for relevance.
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Survival, at the most basic level, is staying alive despite circumstances. Most people want to, and some people work towards, surviving “forever”. This, sadly, is not (at least currently) possible. What people should be interested in improving is their survival chances. What they should concentrate on is surviving for a period of time. To help guide this thought methodology, there is the “Rule of Threes”.
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In any extreme situation, a person cannot survive for more than:
3 minutes without air
3 hours without shelter
3 days without water
3 weeks without food
Note that this is not a guarantee. Take shelter, for instance. If you fall into and stay in a large body of really cold water, it is highly unlikely you will last three hours. On the other hand, being dry, on land, in nice weather, you might last considerably longer than three hours. No, this is a guide for survival priority thinking towards various learning paths where experience is different from learning on a book. You want to survive for a period of time; what skills and equipment will help you to do so?
Applying the Rule of Threes
Let’s expand on this and consider three seconds. What can kill you in three seconds? Some possibilities are: someone trying to kill you with an effective weapon, falling, or something smashing into you. The first scenario leads to consideration of weapons and defensive equipment and skills, the second scenario leads to consideration of climbing equipment and skills, and the third scenario pretty much is limited to dodging skills. Actually, all of these should also bring to mind avoidance skills. Also, it would seem like darkness would greatly reduce the ability to avoid any of these, so a good flashlight or other light sources would seem to have more importance than it might seem at first glance.
Three Minutes Without Air
Three minutes without air is definitely a problem, but there is not a lot one can do about that. If you KNOW you are going to be in a place without air, then perhaps you can include having tanks of air on your to-do list. But this is not practical just “in case”. No, about all you can do is have a filtration mask to filter out “bad” stuff in any air which does exist. This might be a full CBRN mask, all the way down to a wet bandana, depending on likely circumstances, weight, space, and even budget.
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Three minutes with severe bleeding is also a problem, and there are practical options for this, including various types of tourniquets and combat bandages. Although this is not considered as one of those in-demand skills.
Three Hours Without Shelter
Shelter is a difficult subject which requires more in-depth discussion. A really good shelter is not portable, and decent shelter (a good tent, insulating pad, and sleeping bag), while portable, tends to be larger and heavier than other equipment. On the other hand, it is often possible to make a shelter using material at hand, although this may be a long process, and in some circumstances may not be practical within the time necessary. Thus, the rule of thumb is having materials and tools to assist in building shelter is usually wise.
Consider what “shelter” really entails. Basically, it is that the human body can only exist for a limited period of time in an environment which is significantly outside its “normal” range. “Exposure” is perhaps the leading cause of death for those lost or trapped “in the wild”. If the body is kept “too cold” or “too hot” long enough, it will shut down or at least result in serious injury. Thus, “shelter” requires materials and skills to keep the body dry when it is wet, warm when it is cold and/or cool when it is hot. Keep in mind that the temperature of a large object (ground, body of water) with which the body is in contact is at least as dangerous as the temperature of the air, thus any consideration of shelter must include insulation from the ground.
Fire can be a key component of “shelter” as well as many other survival aspects. That is why having fire making equipment and skills is critical.
Three Days Without Water
Water is pretty straightforward. Although it is possible to live three days without it, this should be avoided. It will be very unpleasant, reduces your ability to think and act in support of other survival aspects, and may cause long term damage. To minimize this, you can have water stored and/or have ways of getting, carrying and using water you find. It is wise to always assume that water may be contaminated with particulates, chemicals and/or biological hazards, and consider the skills and equipment necessary to “purify” these problems. Not to mention, the skills to “find” water which may not be readily visible.
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Three days with a serious illness could be a problem as well, so consider ways of preventing and curing infections, as well as other dangerous diseases.
Thirty Days Without Food
Food then would be the lowest priority, but should not be ignored. Like with water, going without food for significant periods of time is not only unpleasant, but reduces your ability to think and act, and can eventually result in long term damage. Again, you can have food stored and/or have the skills and equipment to get food from the environment around you. Keep in mind that all “food” is not created equal. Be aware that filling your belly may be ok short term, but should not be your long term goal. You want to have food which has the stuff your body needs (vitamins, minerals, protein) and as little “harmful” stuff as practical. Something to keep a particular eye on is “calories”. If you look for storage food, you may find places which brag on the number of “servings” they offer. Do the math. If the calories per day is under 800, then you are looking at a diet which is usually only appropriate for an extreme weight loss regimen which is doctor monitored. This would not be appropriate for long term survival. Usually, the recommendation for a minimal survival diet is 1200 calories per day, and if you will be active, 2000 calories per day may not be too much.
Another Application of the Rule of Threes
As we see, the Rule provides guidance on selecting which skills and equipment you might need. It also is a key factor in deciding your ACCESS to the equipment.
If you have the defensive equipment, it needs to be immediately available. In a holster or sheath or pouch on your person is just barely adequate. I suspect that if someone was to attack you, the odds are pretty low that you could talk them into waiting while you dig out your defenses from the bottom of your pack.
Similarly, your air filtration and severe bleeding equipment should be easily and reliably available in under a minute. This means in an external pocket(s) or pouch(s), probably with nothing else in there. A light source should also be readily available, and reliably accessible in total darkness.
After this, access becomes less critical. Fire equipment should be fairly accessible, and perhaps some of the shelter supplies. Everything else can be packed where it best fits, within reason.
Things Which Are Not “Critical” Can Still Be Important
When considering long term survival, remember that there are a number of things which although not a matter of “life or death”, make survival easier or at least more pleasant, and reduce the long term impacts of the emergency. Toilet paper and toothbrushes are things which first leaped to my mind; I’m sure there are things which occur to you.
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Watch this video from Andy Froy-Survival Bushcraft & Survival Courses to learn more about the survival rule of threes:
Note that the Rule of Threes is a guide to PRIORITY, not IMPORTANCE. If you don’t have food, you will die just as surely as if you don’t have air. Both are equally important to staying alive; one deals with an immediate problem while the other deals with a longer term problem. When you are evaluating the gaps in your skills and materials, look at your needs in priority order, but do look at ALL of your needs. Consider the amount of space available and your budget, and use this to figure out a realistic survival timeframe. Try to “match” the amounts of any supplies. It might not be useful to have a years supply of food and a months supply of water, or a years supply of water and a months supply of food. Unless you knew that you could replenish whatever it was you only had a months worth of.
Are there other survival tips or rules you want to share? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Understanding how to stay hydrated in the hot season is something everyone should take the time to learn. Heat-related illnesses may occur when your body temperature rises too rapidly. By staying hydrated, you can avoid these sicknesses this summer season!
How to Stay Hydrated | Heatproofing in the Hot Season
It’s really important for us to stay hydrated, especially in the summer when it’s so hot, and we sweat a lot. Sweat isn’t just made of water. It also includes essential minerals our body needs, like sodium and potassium. That means it’s actually risky if we lose too much of our fluids through sweating. This is often when dehydration comes into play. Yes, summer is a fun season for everyone, but as the beach gets more crowded, you should learn the steps of how to stay hydrated and protect yourself as well.
1. Always Drink Water
You need to drink more liquid in the hot weather. You shouldn’t have to wait for your body to tell you that it is already very thirsty. Although the body pretty much knows when you need to hydrate, it’s different in humid conditions when you sweat more than you may otherwise.
2. Consider Air conditioning
Having air conditioning at home helps a lot in keeping you and your home cool. When temperatures are in the high 90s, an electric fan is not enough to prevent heat-related illnesses. If you don’t have air conditioning at home yet, you may want to consider paying the public library or the mall a visit to cool off.
3. Pace Yourself
Try to limit the time you spend in the heat until your body is used to it. This applies especially when you’re exercising or working outside on a daily basis. Nevertheless, you should know when your body needs the rest it deserves. Bear in mind that when the body is exhausted, the immune system can go down, making you more vulnerable to illnesses.
4. Avoid Alcoholic Drinks
Who doesn’t want a couple of ice cold beers under the hot sun? There is nothing more delicious. However, beer is not a good idea if your aim is to hydrate yourself. Beer causes you to urinate more, thus making your body lose fluid faster. In the truly hot weather, nothing beats drinking a glass of cold water.
5. Natural Flavoring
Some people don’t drink water as much as they should because of its dull taste. Well, there are ways to spruce up your drinking water if you want a little bit of flavor in it. Natural flavoring with cucumber, lemon, and strawberry are just some of the options you can choose from. Detox water is also a very refreshing drink in the summer!
6. Sports Drinks When Working Out
When you’re about to engage in strenuous exercise, you sweat more and you lose fluids your body needs. In this case, it’s better to replenish these fluids with more than just water. Most sports drinks contain electrolytes and nutrients the body needs to stay hydrated.
7. Ditch the Soda
I have to admit, seeing a really cold can of Coke and drinking it feels like a good idea in the hot summer weather. However, it’s actually more detrimental to your health, considering all the sugar it has. You’ll end up getting more unwanted calories with these beverages and that’s not cool at all!
Again, nothing compares to water’s thirst-quenching abilities. It may not taste as good compared to juice or soda, but it gets the job done… and done right!
Do you need some help in encouraging the kids to drink more water? Watch this video from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation:
One important thing to point out is that kids and the elderly are more susceptible to dehydration. It is even more important to keep them hydrated at all times. They will also need more reminding than others. Whether for yourself or others, always have a bottle of water ready whenever you go out. Hopefully, these tips on how to stay hydrated will help you have more fun this summer!
What do you think about these hydrating tips in hot conditions? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2017, it has been updated for relevancy and accuracy.
Bushcraft skills uses the natural materials around to get food, build shelter, and defend yourself. As a survivalist, you should not be content with knowing just a few bushcraft survival skills. Learning new bushcraft and survival skills and practice applying them to whatever disaster situation you might find yourself in greatly increases your chances of survival. So start learning the following bushcrafting skills and adapt to the mindset of using the resources in your surroundings to get through any disaster, be it in the wilderness or an urban setting.
25 Bushcraft Skills Every Survivalist Should Brush Up On
1. Learning from History
Don’t just rely on a survival skills magazine to build your wilderness skills. Take it from the survivors of the Great Depression. These people have learned invaluable survival lessons the hard way which should not be taken for granted.
2. It Boils Down to the Basics
If you’re an experienced survivalist or just starting out, these basic skills are the foundations every prepper needs to know in order to survive. Preppers survival is going to rely on simple outdoor skills or even a simple survival kit.
3. Build Your Own Emergency Shelter
With just your natural surroundings, you can use bushcraft skills protect yourself from the elements. You don’t need to be a master woodsman when it comes to shelter building in the wilderness. Build your own emergency shelter for your bushcraft camp.
4. DIY Survival Cement
You’ll never know when you need to fortify your makeshift shelter in order to withstand the elements or be able to cook inside without worrying that it’ll catch fire. To know how to make survival cement is definitely an important skill for survival which is beyond primitive skills.
5. Why and Why Knot?
Why not learn more about tying different knots with your cordage? Start with the most basic ones which have more than a handful of uses in a survival situation. Then slowly progress to advanced knots as you master each one. Make sure you know how to use non-conventional materials as a rope if you don’t have any handy.
6. Tie a Knot with a Purpose
Cordage is an important bushcraft equipment you need to always have in hand. Knowing which knot is the right one for the task at hand is essential for survival bushcraft. Master these knots to keep yourself prepared for any situation.
7. Cut a 550 Paracord Without Using a Knife
You don’t need a knife to cut through your paracord. With the use of your feet to keep the paracord in place and friction from the same paracord you can create friction through a sawing motion to sever it at your desired length. It’s one of the most ingenious primitive living skills for wilderness bushcraft!
8. Make Cool Paracord Bracelets
These paracord bracelets may look fashionable, yet in times of survival, these little handiworks can do wonders from sawing trees, catching fish, starting a fire to keeping survival gear and bushcraft tools inside them. You can even make a dog collar for your pet.
Check out the Firekable paracord bracelet: the perfect EDC tool on your wrist.
9. Paracord: From Fashion to Practical Uses
From tying down your tent, for survival bow and arrows, setting up traps, use as a tourniquet to sutures. This life-saving cord has tons of uses that can certainly be a life changer. Always make sure your paracord is in your survival kit before heading out into the wilderness.
10. Learn to Open a Can Without a Can Opener
Forgot or lost your can opener? That doesn’t mean your canned goods are suddenlt deadweight. Learn how to open a can without a can opener. This amazing bushcraft skill will make sure you have your fill whenever you get hungry.
11. Identify Different Types of Wood for Your Fire
Different firewood types have their respective pros and cons. Having the ability to determine which ones make the best firewood will surely make your stay around the campfire enjoyable. Brush up on your bushcraft skills by making sure you know what types of trees are growing in your neighborhood, and which works best for campfires in extreme conditions.
12. Learn to Cook Off the Grid
Learn to cook your food or boil your water without the use of electricity. Unless you want to eat your meat raw and your water unsterilized, master this bushcraft skill to let yourself enjoy warm food while in the wilderness.
13. Start a Fire with Everyday Household Items
One of the best household items that can be used as fire starters is by dipping cotton balls in Vaseline. With just one strike of a flint, it will most likely catch fire. Be sure to practice precaution when disposing this fire starter to avoid accidentally starting fires around your camp.
Here’s a kit that has everything you need to start a fire, wherever you are!
14. Start a Fire with a Gum Wrapper
These little fire starters are often in your pockets anyways. Refrain from throwing them away as they can still come in handy. One of the basics of bushcraft skills is being able to ingeniously utilize anything for your survival.
15. Start a Fire Without a Spark
You can actually start a fire without the use of a lighter, a match, a fire starter and a lighter. With the proper know-how and tools at hand, you’ll be one heck of a fire starter. This is one of the most important bushcraft skills to master.
16. Learn about Survival Archery
Survival Archery is great for hunting your own game while in the wilderness. Being an all-around tool, one can use it in different scenarios. Being as stealthy as it already is, your target will never see what’s coming
17. Improve Your Crossbow Shooting Skills
If you’re hunting for your wilderness survival, it’s important to brush up on your crossbow shooting skills. A miss on your target can mean more hours of stalking another prey. Improve your accuracy by adding accessories, such as a rope cocking device and a bipod/monopod. Make sure you have the correct bolt and spine for your crossbow!
18. Learn Alternative Fishing Techniques
The different fishing technique you can apply (depending on the body of water and type of fish you wish to catch) could be the difference between eating and starving. Know more about alternative fishing techniques to give yourself the best chance of surviving the wilderness. Having the proper tools will also surely shorten the waiting time.
19. Learn to Tie Different Fishing Knots
What’s the best fishing knot for your fishing line? Learn to tie a knot for fly fishing, clinch knot, Palomar knot and the loop knot, just to name a few, and you’ll have perfected one of the most valuable bushcraft skills.
20. Learn More about the Art of Fishing
Before you can master any skill, having some knowledge of tips and tricks will definitely help. There are so many ways and tricks to catch fish. With these unique tips, you’ll soon be fishing like a pro.
21. Convert your Neck Knife and Wallet into a Fire Starter Kit
Convert your neck knife or wallet into a fire starter kit. All you need is a 550 paracord, duct tape, a ferrocerium rod and a little bit of creativity, and your neck knife and wallet can be instant fire starter kits!
22. Handle a Knife Safely
Learning the different safety tips in handling fixed-blade knives begins when you reach for it. Basically, you just have to keep two things in mind to be safe: the point and the long edge. Proper handling of your tools can heighten your survival skills anywhere.
23. Make Your Own Rope
Forgot your cordage and a paracord? With the use of different materials such as the roots of spruce or fir trees, milkweeds, Dogsbane, maple or Cedar trees you can make your own rope by utilizing various methods.
24. Learn Survival Tactics Like No Other
Learn to bake your own ration bars and use duct tape in 10 different ways. This may be the cream of the crop of survival tactics that will give you the highs if you want to learn more than what is already out there.
25. Learn to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Situations
Sometimes it’s not enough to master every bushcraft skill if your mental state isn’t suited for the outdoors. The ability to stay calm under any wilderness situation will definitely be a key to your survival.
Watch this video from Bushcraft Bear to find out how to turn a wood bark into a food container!
Bushcraft skills, from the basic to the most advanced, can take some time to master. Whatever your level of mastery, these skills will have you better prepared, boost your confidence, and enhance your ability to adapt to new challenges. It is easier said than done but like every skill, it can be mastered.
There surely are a lot more Bushcraft skills out there which may not have been mentioned. Don’t hesitate to let us know about them in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on July 14, 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Are you looking for the best DIY camping hacks for your upcoming trip? Most survivalists live by the motto, do more with less, but it doesn’t stop at your emergency preparedness plans. It’s something you can take with you across all aspects of your life, especially for your next camping trip. So on that note, here are some awesome camping ideas to impress your friends and family and make your trip a lot easier!
Camping Hacks For A More Awesome Outdoor Experience
What better way to experience camping than with these DIY camping tricks that are borderline genius. Of course, the traditional Boy Scout survival skills are always welcome, but it’s also refreshing to think out of the box sometimes. Check out these camping hacks we have pulled from our previous posts (plus some new ones!) Just remember, the great outdoors does not solely belong to you. The plants and animals have as much right to it as you do. Let’s share and enjoy nature together.
1. Craft a “Drinkable Lantern”
This DIY drinkable lantern is one cool camping stuff. You can easily make an ambient lamp out of a milk jug. All you need to do is fill the milk jug with potable water and point a headlamp in it. It will create a soft light that is perfect for reading and writing inside the tent.
2. Camping Lantern
In today’s culture, if we need something, we buy it. Fortunately, improvisational skills can be learned and thanks to the vastness of today’s resources, it’s never been easier. Books on the topic of Survival abound, but the real boon lies on the World Wide Web. A Google search for “survival tactics” yields 10,600,000 results! The following improvised lantern how-to was actually passed on to me by a friend some years ago. Read more about this project here.
Here is my recommendation for a camping trip lantern to have handy.
3. Silicone Drinking Cups
Plastic cups are not environment-friendly and they don’t really sit well with long travels because they get crushed by other camping gear. These break-proof cups are perfect for your camping trip as they are easy to use, wash, and transport. Get your cups here.
4. Soap Pouch
Make this out of a washcloth and a bar of soap for convenient campsite scrubbing. Who said you need to be filthy all throughout the camping trip? Click here to learn more about how to make your own soap pouch.
5. Cowboy Bed Roll
The basic idea of a cowboy roll is a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag all rolled up in a big piece of canvas. This makes sleeping on the ground, under the stars comfortable, warm, and weather resistant. The canvas is a waxed canvas that is not waterproof, but if dew falls at night, you will not get soaked. So the canvas should be a little more than twice as wide as your sleeping pad and a little more than twice as long. For more info about bedrolls, read more about them here.
6. Outdoor Toiletry Kit
Too often situations occur when a properly packed outdoor toiletry kit is truly needed. These times mostly happen when we’re outdoors, far away from the comfort of home or during desperate scenarios commonly labeled as emergencies. In short, everybody knows the uncomfortable and vulnerable feeling of having to use an unfamiliar latrine or simply having to go outside. Fortunately, though, there is a way to beat such a terrible dilemma by keeping properly prepared outdoor toiletry kits in the car, at home, and even with various outdoor gear in case such an emergency arises. Learn more about making your own kit here.
7. Tin Can Grill
Make your own grill out of a tin can. You don’t need to bring a large grille to make your favorite campfire food. Learn how to make this awesome tin can griller.
8. Natural Insect Repellant
Sometimes, commercial mosquito and bug repellents are not enough. There are just those bugs that are too stubborn. Get Mother Nature to help you and throw a bundle of sage in the fire to keep away those annoying bugs. Find out more about these bug-repelling plants right here.
9. Egg Carton Firestarter
This is a fun little project for a rainy or cold day, any day. You just need a paper egg carton, wax and dryer lint. Takes an hour from start to finish to make them and only about 10 minutes of your time. (Your wax will be cooling most of this time) Making fire starters is pretty cool and I needed some motivation to get my laundry done, anyway. Two birds, one stone. These light amazingly well. I never knew dryer lint would do that! Be sure to check out my burn test at the end of this post. Read more about this project right here.
10. Frozen Water Jugs for Your Cooler
Do you find it difficult to keep your food and water cool all throughout the trip? Use frozen water jugs for longer lasting cold in your cooler. Get more info about this cool trick right here.
11. Foam Floor Tiles
Sleeping bags can only do so much to provide us with a comfortable sleeping experience outdoors. But when you’re faced with rocky terrain, your sleeping bag will be as comfortable as a bag of rocks. Don’t sleep on the hard, uncomfortable ground! Put down some of these cheap and easy tiles for ultimate camping comfort. Know more about what else you need to bring for your sleeping needs in this article.
12. Solar Charger
You can create this one on your own or buy one like it off the internet! If you’re interested in the homemade version, find the full instructions, click here.
13. DIY Toilet Paper Dispenser
The call of nature is too difficult to resist, so if you need to go, it’s best to be prepared. Keep your TP clean and rolled up with this easy DIY. Find out how you can transform your Folgers can into a TP container right here.
14. Cook with Foil
One of the biggest challenges when planning your camping meals is keeping food cold in advance. A great way to plan for this is to eat the food that needs to be kept cold first. Plan a meat-based dinner for the first night and then try to use canned or dry goods for the next day. Try to think outside the box when it comes to refrigerated foods. For more info on how to cook with foil, click here.
15. Know Which Plants to Avoid
Poisonous plants are everywhere. They’re in the woods, the forests and the mountains. In fact, some of them may even be in your garden. This makes bugging out look like a dangerous proposition when the SHTF. However, these plants would not cause harm if you did not eat or touch them. As you read our guide, you will realize how simple and easy it is to avoid these poisonous plants. Just stick to your regular food and avoid the bitter stuff. Avoid eating seeds and flowers. More info about these poisonous plants can be viewed right here.
16. Make Matches Waterproof
Whether you are getting ready for a weekend camping trip, a natural disaster, or the end of the world, you are going to need something to start a fire with. A firestarter is possibly the most important item you should have in your backpack or bug out bag. Learn more about how to make your own waterproof matches.
17. A Bathtub in the Wild
If you’re camping in or near a sand-river, dig yourself a nice pit and line it with a groundsheet — and voila, you have a makeshift bathtub. Heat some water on your campfire and pour yourself a whiskey as you fill the tub. Recline under the stars for the ultimate Al fresco soak and watch as the night unfolds around you. Know more about bathing in safety in this article.
18. Don’t Forget Your Knots
As any Boy Scout knows, knots aren’t a one-type-fits-all deal. Learn a few and it’ll make your camping (and your life) easier. From fishing to first aid, these knots can go a long way to make or break any camping experience. Learn more about the different knots in this article.
19. Stay Organized
You’re dealing with a ton of crap when you’re camping: millions of little things, gloves everywhere, socks lying around, a penknife, you have your boots lying somewhere. It’s really easy to lose stuff. Having a really well thought-out system for where you put stuff once you’re inside the tent means you don’t risk losing things. Learn how to organize your camping gear in this article.
20. Beer/Soda Can Popcorn
Popcorn in a Beer Can. Pour some popcorn kernels into an empty beer can (about ¼ of the way full), add some popcorn oil, and place the can on the edge of the fire. Allow the kernels to do their thing until the pops slow down to more than a couple seconds apart. Cut the can in half and enjoy! Read more about this awesome trick right here.
21. Prioritize Your Sleeping Comfort
Your choice of shelter is up for debate, be it a big tent, small tent, hammock or tarp. But don’t you dare skimp on an A-list sleeping bag and sleeping pad. They are the two most important deciders of your comfort when in the wilderness. Click here to know more about sleeping outdoors.
22. Practice Fire Safety with the Kids
Firepits get hot to the touch almost instantly. Use rocks to surround the firepit. It makes the pit look great (style points!) and creates a bit of distance between kids and the flame. Explain the process of fire building to your kids so they understand what you’re doing and how it all works. Giving them an activity like collecting tinder can make them feel included. Establish a “one poker” rule. Kids will want to poke the fire but it can be avoided when the poker is in the hands of an adult. Consider what your children are wearing. Some synthetic garments can be dangerous when exposed to an open flame. Read more about fire safety here.
23. Easy-to-Spot Bear Bag
I take a reflective cord for my bear bag. It lights up when your headlamp hits it and makes it easy to find at night or for an early morning departure. Tie your aluminum cup up with your bear bag near the clip so if something tries to get at it, you will hear it. See more examples of bear bags here.
24. Campfire Pizza
Surprise your family with pizza on your camping trip! Using pre-made pizza crust from a tube makes it a snap to prepare. Remember, any type of pizza you can make at home, you can make in a Dutch Oven! You can make your pizza over this camp stove kit. Learn how to make this delicious pizza here!
25. Duct Tape Around Your Lighter
Duct tape can be a lifesaver. But carrying an entire roll takes up valuable space inside a backpack—and you probably won’t need much tape. Wrap a couple feet around a Bic lighter, so you always have a short supply inside your pocket. Read more about it here.
26. Prepare Food at Home
Because I’ve grown somewhat tired of freeze-dried fare, these days I often cook something I like at home, something in the one-pot category, and freeze it in plastic, let it thaw in my pack, and warm it up over the old MSR XGK set on low heat. Get more recipes here.
Watch this video and check out the 26 most ingenious camping hacks ever!
Camping doesn’t need to be a stressful or expensive experience for you and for the whole family. With these camping hacks, you’ll be able to cut down on costs and maximize whatever gear, equipment, or food for the entire camping trip. But 26 is just the tip of the iceberg. You can come up with your own ingenious camping hacks. All have you have to do is let your creative juice flow.
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Ultimate survival tips are nothing if you don’t have the right tools at your disposal. This ultimate survival guide will unveil every item you can make out of an empty pill bottle.
Ultimate Survival Tips: 9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle
1. Survival Kit
You can put anything you want in your survival kit as long as it fits without damaging any other components. The bigger your pill bottle, the more stuff you can put in your survival kit. While it’s not a full-fledged bug-out bag, what you put in your pill bottle can help you in emergencies. Remember, knowledge is your ultimate survival tool – everything else is just helpful!
As shown above, the list of items for this particular pill bottle survival kit includes:
Mini Red Finger Flashlight
Further details and instructions can be found here.
2. First Aid Kit
Here, we’re going to zoom in on medicines you must add to your pill bottle. You can’t afford to go out with a fresh wound since it will likely get infected. Also, bring needle and thread in case you get a deep cut. Stack it with the following items:
Alcohol prep pad
Iodine prep pad
Non-aspirin pain relievers
3. Sewing Kit
These decorated pill bottles can turn your never-ending search for a particular crafting item into short work. This survival guide should help you make a well-rounded sewing kit.
4. Waterproof Money Container
Regardless how precarious the situation is, you will always need to take some money with you. Unless it’s a zombie apocalypse or something even worse, be sure you have some dry money with you.
Supplies you’ll need:
A pill bottle
A nylon cord
A drill or a large screw
Click here for the full tutorial.
A pill bottle has the perfect shape and size for hiding a spare key. To help it blend a little more, glue a rock on top of the bottle. Bury the bottle in a hidden spot with the rock showing to help you find the bottle when you need to retrieve it. Click here to read more.
6. Ammo Storage
Keep your ammo in a pill bottle to prevent it from getting wet. This will also keep it together in one place rather than loose in your pocket or jingling around at the bottom of your BOB. Read more here.
7. Battery Storage
Place batteries inside for cool, dry storage and easy access when needed. It’s always a plus to have an alternative source of energy outside your solar-powered equipment.
8. Seed Collecting and Storage
An empty pill bottle makes a good seed storage. Survivalists store different seed variants in case there’s a shortage in their food supply. For starters, here are the easiest vegetables to grow:
9. Pill Bottle Fire Starter
This is a fun and easy project to do with your kids. It’s also a useful survival skill. This item is also a great alternative if other fire-starting methods aren’t available. Click here for the tutorial.
Watch this video by kipkay to learn how to make the most affordable pill bottle survival kit:
This item may not appeal as a necessity in survival situation before, but it sure does now. Its portability and versatility make it a great addition to your inventory. Be sure to keep an eye on some empty pill bottles at home as they may come in handy in the future.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.