Survival gardening is something to look forward to during the spring season. We recently posted tips on preparing your garden for the winter and now it’s time to get back to your backyard and make the most out of spring. Self-sufficiency is just one of the wonderful benefits you get from maintaining a garden, especially one that includes vegetables and herbs. Aside from enjoying the natural and nutritious food you harvest, you’re also saving money in the process. Here are some of best foods to grow for survival that can supply your essential needs and hopefully sustain your family in times of disaster, crisis, or when SHTF.
Survival Gardening | Plants to Grow This Spring
Potatoes have been a staple of many people’s diets for thousands of years. They are fairly easy to grow, although they do have certain pests and diseases to contend with. Potatoes are also great for storing and cooking delicious and hearty meals any time of the day. Here are homemade potato dishes you can try with your harvest.
Beets offer a great deal of nutritional value in the form of beet tops or greens, while the storage-friendly beetroots offer calories and nutrients.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato is a perennial vine that will expand over a large area if not guarded properly. This vine plant grows fully under the heat of the sun but can also remain in shady areas. Sweet potato is a sub-tropical/tropical crop but is worth trying in cooler areas after all chance of frost has passed.
Beans are great rotation crops to help maintain soil quality by restoring nitrogen to the soil when depleted by other crops. Beans are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and are low in fat. They are also very good food for the human diet and can be a healthy substitute for meat.
Eggplants are warm weather plants and should be planted after frost. This nightshade vegetable is high in fiber, antioxidants, and a good source of vitamins B1 and B6.
Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to grow. There are lots of varieties to choose from. Nothing compares to picking a fresh ripe tomato straight from the vine. Tomatoes are also versatile. They can be preserved for later using different methods such as canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Grow tomatoes with this survival garden guide.
This is a hot season plant and should be planted in April until early June. Peanuts are a good source of healthy fats, Vitamin E, protein, and antioxidants.
Carrots are essential root vegetables in our kitchen. They are rich in fiber, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, K, and B8. Read this guide to grow carrots and you’ll soon enjoy a fresh produce to add to your healthy and delicious recipes like stew, bread, and more!
Snap peas are an excellent addition to your survival garden. As nitrogen-fixing legumes, they can enhance the fertility of the soil they’re grown in. They are moderately nutrient dense and doesn’t require much attention to grow.
Cabbages keep their nutritional elements regardless of the length of cooking. Whether you eat cabbages raw or shred and cook it, a cup full will give you a total of 33 calories. Doing this once every week may keep you healthy.
Berries, a great source of potassium, are said to be perfect for losing weight. These beauties are also an excellent source of the fiber and vitamin C our body needs. You can put berries in your smoothie, salad, pastries, or snack on them alone.
12. Grain Corn
Contrary to popular belief, corn is actually not a vegetable. It’s a type of grain that’s a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Since it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, it can be a good addition to your wholesome survival garden.
Barley is rich in fiber which can be planted during spring and winter. It has several benefits and is consumed by both humans and animals. And yes, barley is used for making beer, so you can make that your next project.
Cooked broccoli in a cup only has a total of 44 calories. It has tons of fiber and no fat–an ideal vegetable for those on a strict diet.
Squash was one of the original “three sisters” in American Indian agriculture along with beans and corn. Squash are vining crops that store well. This plant is also an excellent source of nutrients and calories which makes it a perfect addition to your recipes.
Did you know that plantain is an edible and almost magical “weed” which grows freely in backyards, meadows, and roadsides? The use of plantain goes as far back as the ancient Persians, so it’s definitely something you want to have in your backyard.
People may not expect this herb to have any healing effect, but it wasn’t labeled the “king of herbs” for nothing. This is also great in pesto and any other pasta dish! With a life cycle of one year only, you will have to plant basil every year to keep your supply going.
Peppermint contains menthol properties which make it an effective natural remedy, food flavoring, and even as an ingredient for cosmetics. This herb is adaptive and grows well in almost all locations. It also spreads easily and is best contained in a pot.
Every herb garden needs lavender! This amazing plant can be infused into your drinks like tea and lemonade. Plant lavender in a sunny location with average to dry soil. Do not overwater.
Chamomile contains volatile oils such as bisabolol oxides A and B, matricin, flavonoids, and other therapeutic substances. The flowers of chamomile are famous for their medicinal purposes. It can be consumed as a tea, can be dried, extracted, and even turned to creams and serums.
Watch this video posted by Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens and learn some survival gardening tips on planting an edible food garden at home:
There are a lot of other plants that have been known to have medicinal benefits and practical uses for humans since the old times. There are actually other new discoveries made each year. You can even plant during the late summer with a few of these helpful gardening tips. If you have the time to grow these plants then you have a greater chance of surviving if the SHTF.
Do you have more survival garden plants you want to add? Let us know in the comments section below!
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I rotate several Contour Action Video Cameras when i’m out in the field fishing day or night if it’s for above or below water usage. My Roam#3 from 2015 has a near frozen switch & is getting impossible to use. So after i contacted Contour Cameras Mr Daniel T authorized a replace unit for me to use & a new R3 switch to try to repair my original unit.
The new unit works extremely well & today i replaced the old switch so i thought filming the repair might help others. I use my Contours for everything from bowling to fishing day & night. Also underwater for Catch & Release segments. Currently the Roam#3 is their latest unit. Latter this year the new Contour#4 will be available.
All my posted videos & many of the images that i use are from the Contours. I like the light weight & ease of operation when using these units. It’s all personal preference.
If you’ve decided to read this post, chances are you own at least one gasoline container with a broken fuel spout. I, too, have a couple of old fuel containers with broken nozzles. About a year ago, I came across a product that looked promising, the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout. I decided to give it a try, thinking I could use it for my old gas cans. What were my thoughts? Read on to find out!
EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout | To Spout or Not to Spout?
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Over the past few decades, fuel containers have evolved significantly. The biggest change is in the materials. Most gas cans these days are made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is a rugged plastic material. The containers made from this material are lightweight and last for a long time under normal use. Their weak point, though, is their spout. These are made from more lightweight and flexible plastic, which have a tendency to crack and break after a few years.
This is exactly the problem I have experienced myself. I had two smaller gasoline containers that I used in my vehicle emergency kits. Since I live in Arizona, the heat and the dry air caused the fuel spouts to crack, defeating the purpose of the containers. But, I didn’t want to throw them away. They were still in perfectly good condition. That’s when I started looking around for replacement spouts. Eventually, I found the EZ-Pour online and purchased a couple for my containers.
Combined Manufacturing, Inc. makes different versions of the EZ-Pour Spout. There is a Water Jug Spout, a Hi-Flow Fuel Spout, and a Hi-Flow Water Spout. The most popular one is the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout which I will review here. They also make various adapters for Jerry Cans, Chilton Gas Cans, and Racing Jugs. In other words, if you have a plastic fuel container, they probably have an EZ pour spout kit for it.
Only pre-2009 gas cans fit spouts currently out in the market. The reason is the EPA, in their bureaucratic wisdom, decided that fuel can spout needed “improvements” to meet new standards. The result was spouts that are almost impossible to use. One perfect solution is the EZ-Pour Spout. For residents of most US states, you can purchase it and replace the existing one in your older gas can.
The EZ-Pour Spout is priced at $10.95 on the manufacturer’s website, plus shipping fee. Retail and online prices will vary by a buck or two.
I purchased two of the regular EZ-Pour spouts because they fit my fuel containers (a Blitz and a Wedco). The first thing I noticed is how long they are. This is apparent because both of my containers are small ones—on larger containers they will seem normal.
The spouts don’t fold-up or collapse into the container. Instead, they’re both detachable and extendable. This does take up less space and would normally increase the risk of spillage, but the quality of the top cap and the base cap will prevent this from happening. The tube is strong yet has some flexibility, which is what you want in a spout. The caps are very sturdy and fit well with both the spout and the container. The kit also contains a second cap for the spout or can vent, a replacement push-in vent, a second base cap, and a flame arrester.
When I put mine together and installed them on my gas containers, I was pleased with how everything fit together. The materials are high-quality and solid. I wasn’t afraid of breaking anything while I put it all together. In addition, it only took me a couple minutes to assemble and install.
Putting EZ Pour Hi Flo to the test
A few weeks ago, I decided to put these to the test with real fuel and a real vehicle. I went to my local gas station with my old containers and their new spouts. It takes an effort to unscrew the fuel spout from the can, which is a good thing. That means its threading is good and is unlikely to either unscrew or spill. After I filled the can, I screwed the spout back on and put it in the trunk of my car. When I got home, there was no fuel in my trunk and the cap was still on the spout.
After, I went to my other car to fuel it up from the can. I took the cap off, put the spout in the tank, and tilted the container up. Everything flowed easily and in a few seconds, the can was empty. Plus, no fuel was spilled. The only catch is the flap on the fuel filler tube wanted to hang on to the fuel spout. After a little wiggling, it came out, and I replaced the car’s fuel cap. In other words, the EZ-Pour spout worked like a charm.
Solid construction from good materials
Threads prevent fuel from leaking
Somewhat long spout for small containers takes up extra space
West Texas Prepper shows a video on replacing his old jug spout with the EZ pour replacement spout:
If you have any pre-2009 fuel containers laying around, you should consider getting an EZ-Pour fuel jug spout for them. They will allow you to continue to use your old style gas can with a spout that actually works well. The EZ-pour fuel jug spout could easily be the best gas can spout solution out there. I highly recommend them, and they won’t disappoint! Overall Rating 8/10.
What are your thoughts about the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout? Let us know in the comments section below!
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With my truck down i haven’t fished for awhile. Today i had the chance to go Spin-Casting & Chunking Baits using Bait Bags. I first tried a new prototype grub from Completely Hooked Lures today, the “Hīnālea” on my Okuma T40X rod & Shimano Stradic 3K spinner. This grub mimics the color of the Saddle Wrasse. On my 5th cast spin-casting i had a Barracuda tear into the grub almost destroying it all the while avoiding the hook. I only had 1 more proto-grub but decided not to use it because i only had the 2 prototypes, and with a hungry cuda around i wasn’t going to waste it.
So i broke out my Daiwa 13’3″ Ballistic with a Shimano Ultegra 10K for chunking whole frozen shrimp using Big Vic’s Bait Netting to form bait bags. After a hour passed the rig took off for 5 fast seconds. A powerful hit that looked like someone was hanging on the rod’s tip! Then it seemingly let go. I reeled it in to discover a mutilated bait bag that was shredded. I deduced it must’ve been s large shark as this area is famous for large females giving birth to their pups there. For years i’ve used these bait bags but never seen a bag shredded this badly, it was falling apart in my fingers.
This day ended badly with no more strikes. I just felt blessed to be out on such a beautiful day. When i walked out on the flats to reel my line in i felt something soft on my toes. I looked down to see a large Greenhead Moray Eel just swimming over my toes. At least he came back to get his picture taken & i never moved since it appeared non-aggressive in nature.
Some days you catch, other days you just enjoy the view. Just wanted to share my day. Thanks.
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Sometimes it’s hard to know how to start a fire. Perhaps you’re out of matches, or maybe the weather is horrendous. Sure, there are plenty of smart, easy ways to start fires, but why be conventional? Over the years, generations of fire starters have figured out some pretty weird ways to start fires. Are they all practical? No. Are they all awesome? Yes… Click to read more
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, drivers in the United States generate nearly 300 million old tires each year. I think you would agree that letting such a mountain of resource go to waste would be a bad thing, and since I love using “free stuff” around the retreat, I’ve been brainstorming ideas on how I can put them to use around my place. Here are a few of the ideas I’ve come up with… Click to read more
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Use the kettlebell for optimal preparedness training for a change! You see, when it comes to preparedness, there is a long list of gear and skills you need to learn and implement. The more skills we become proficient in, the less gear we need to burden us with. Getting prepared can be overwhelming at times so a few things tend to slip by the wayside. One facet of preparedness you cannot overlook is our physical preparedness. Yet, it remains the most ignored aspect of emergency preparedness. Learn about kettlebell workouts and the benefits of kettlebell workout routines as you read on!
Kettlebell As The Ultimate Tool For Physical Preparedness
Physical preparedness training
I can completely understand the dilemma most survivalists face when it comes to their physical fitness. Most think they need to give up a couple of hours of their day to head to the gym. And it doesn’t even include the commute! With full-time jobs, children, other responsibilities, and even budget concerns, who the heck really has time for PT? Let’s not forget the daily due-diligence of working on our other preparedness needs.
But let’s get real for a minute here. We both realize we may need to move out on foot when a crisis arises. After all, it is why we spend so much of our time tweaking our go-bags. We want to be prepared and have a great chance of surviving through any SHTF scenario. But if we do not have the physical ability to get to our destination? How can we possibly hope to accomplish our mission?
Benefits of physical preparedness
Even if the situation dictates we hunker in or move out via our vehicles, our health will play a big role in our chances of boding well through the crisis. The more our physical shape lacks, the more of a liability we become to ourselves as well as our loved ones. The more physically fit we are, the greater the amount of work we can perform regardless of the situation. Our fitness readiness even has a direct correlation to our motivation level. If your body is not at its peak, your mind will also be misfiring when you need it the most.
So you do realize your physical fitness level is not only a luxury. It’s a must in any emergency situation. But you still have time constraints from your busy life to deal with. It is nearly impossible for most to devote an hour to PT. Even a few times per week. I realize you cannot fit any more hours into a single day, But…
What if there was a way to train smarter, not harder?
About a decade ago, I finally decided to get off my ass and get back into proper shape. I was one of those guilty of being a gear collector. Basically, I would forego anything that had to do with my physical fitness and throw money at new, shiny gear as a form of compensation. As a former active-duty infantry Marine, I knew better. But after experiencing a serious injury in the Corps, let’s say I was a bit hesitant to reveal my physical limitations after being part of the elite.
Kettlebell Workout Benefits
One day I was searching the Internet and came across a couple of fellow disabled veterans performing impressive physical feats. It was a reality check because even as an active duty U.S. Marine in my 20’s, I couldn’t move the way they were moving in these videos. The injuries they suffered were also much worse than mine.
At this point, I had no excuse but to delve further and figure out what their secret was. It wasn’t long before I came across this strange looking tool they were using. It basically looked like a cannonball with a handle on it. This awkward looking tool was called a kettlebell.
As I delved further, I learned the kettlebell was not only a great corrective exercise tool which restores the body. It also considerably shortened the time needed for an effective workout. There was plenty of science to back up these claims but watching these fellow vets move the way they were, that’s what really sold me. I bought DVD’s, books, digital downloads and invested in a good kettlebell coach. In virtually no time, my body began to change.
I Was Once Again Feeling Like One Of The Elite!
Unlike Olympic free weights, the kettlebell has a displaced center of gravity. In order to properly move with the kettlebell, various muscle groups need to be utilized. Your core has to be continually activated while the kettlebell is in play. So even shorter workouts have better results than longer bouts of conventional training. The efficiency this brings to our PT makes it ideal for those who focus on preparedness.
There are various ways and even styles of training when it comes to the kettlebell. There are countless protocols to plug into your workouts depending on what your goal is. Some utilize the kettlebell for strength training while others use it to maximize their “cardio & V02” levels. You basically have a whole gym worth of options by having access to one kettlebell.
One of my favorite and go-to exercises for conditioning is the kettlebell swing. When put into a proper protocol, it has helped my NTC Members lose weight, tone muscle and reach peak health levels. One of the more practical benefits of swinging a kettlebell is it builds endurance. I have seen members go from falling out of a hike on mile 1, to completing 30-mile treks over a weekend! I personally used the kettlebell swing as my main conditioning tool when training for marathons.
It saved me precious time, saved my feet and legs from extra countless miles… And enabled me to achieve my goal!
Hopefully, you are starting to see why I feel the kettlebell is the ultimate physical preparedness tool. It is basically catered to those focused on preparedness.
Another benefit is, training with a kettlebell requires very little space. You can find a small corner in any room or even bring your kettlebell outdoors which works perfectly with our lifestyles. There is no need to spend money on an expensive gym membership. Why be confined to a box and restrained by the hours that the gym is open?
Invest in a kettlebell of 2 and when it comes to your PT… You are set for life!
Just like any tool I choose to add to my preparedness plan, I prefer those which serve more than one purpose. Kettlebells come in various shapes, sizes and even construction. I have never met a kettlebell I didn’t like but I am partial to the ones made of solid cast iron. Not only will they last a lifetime but also offer me diversified purposes when it comes to my emergency preparedness.
I would like to go ahead and share my top 5 reasons which make the kettlebell an ideal conditioning tool for the preparedness community.
Endurance & Strength:
I mentioned time is a big factor when it comes to people forgoing their physical preparedness. When you implement proper protocols “workouts” with the kettlebell, you can work on your strength and endurance at the same time.
This directly correlates to being able to move out of foot for great distances with heavy rucks. The kettlebell is not a replacement for getting your “legs” by hiking for distance. But you can cut down the time devoted to long hikes by adding kettlebell workouts into your PT.
Since most of my kettlebells are 100% solid cast iron, I can use them to accomplish various tasks. We mentioned the PT aspect but you can also use it as an anchor, hammer, tie down, trap and snare tool. Also use it as a counterbalance, nutcracker, a weapon and whatever else your mind can conjure up in an SHTF situation.
You Can Cook On it:
Yes, since some of our kettlebells are made of 100% solid cast iron with no coating, this makes the kettlebell a perfect platform to cook on in a pinch. If you like dutch oven cooking or cooking on hot stones… then give the kettlebell a try.
Durable & Portable:
The kettlebell will most likely outlast us due to its solid construction. You can drop it, throw it, burn it and even yell at it with very little damage being done. 😉 For someone preparedness-minded, knowing your tool is always at the ready makes it a keeper!
Whether you are moving out via your vehicle or hunkering in, the kettlebell can remain a part of your plan since it takes up little space. You will have the ideal PT tool at your side ensuring you maintain your health and fitness levels.
Develop Combatives Attributes:
My initial kettlebell teachers would always remind me certain kettlebell exercises are the closest we will ever get to a combative situation without throwing a strike. Well, years later… I still agree with the statement.
This idea rings true for survivalists because self-defense is a critical part of being prepared. I even named my kettlebell training method… Kettlebell Combatives.
The kettlebell can mimic movements a training partner would deploy. The good thing about the kettlebell is it becomes your ideal training partner.
It always wins as you can only hope to move with it, as opposed to defeating it.
Doesn’t give you a false sense of security while training.
It never gets sick and it always shows up for training.
It doesn’t lose motivation.
There are many great training methods to get your physical preparedness where it needs to be. Your job is to find one, implement it and stick to it!
The kettlebell has worked wonders on my preparedness as well as countless members I have personally coached. In 10 years I have seen people’s physical and even mental lives change… All because of the kettlebell.
Just like any skill, you need to remain safe when first learning the various exercises and drills. The kettlebell can be your best friend but it can also hurt you. Be smart and be sure to get proper instruction before attempting any form of PT, let alone kettlebell training.
If you are serious about taking your physical preparedness to the next level, take a very close look at kettlebell training. You too may consider it the ultimate conditioning tool.
Do you have any workout experience with the kettlebell? Tell us all about your workout experience in the comments section below!
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There are so many must-haves when it comes to EDC kit (Every Day Carry) items. As with the contents of an everyday carry bag, for example, the contents of a much smaller pack can change—and will change due to new items that become available through time. There is always something brand new that catches our attention. For a smaller pack (one I carry everywhere I go), I try to keep the contents to a minimum. Each item serves a very important purpose—to aid in a survival situation should you face one. Here is a list of my everyday carry essential all of which I carry every single day.
EDC Kit | Essential Items I Need Every Single Day
The Pack – Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer
This is the pack I use. It’s extremely durable and it accommodates all of my EDC items quite well—with a little extra room to spare.
The Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer is a great organizer for your EDC valuables and can be purchased here on Amazon.
A multi-tool is my number one item. No person should be without one in his survival EDC kit. I carry the Leatherman Juice XE6, and as of late it is my favorite multi-tool to carry. Survival Life also makes their own awesome multitool, the Hoffman Richter HR100, which you can buy here.
The HR100 includes:
Needle nose pliers
Mini slotted screwdriver
Phillips head screwdriver
Large straight edge blade
Large slotted screwdriver
Small straight edge blade
Medium slotted screwdriver
Ultrasafe locking mechanism
All 440 stainless steel construction with an ultra-tough titanium coating to ensure it lasts a lifetime of use and abuse
1000D nylon case with belt clip included
Another necessary item is a flashlight, such as the Hybeam micro flashlight. I carry a Hybeam micro flashlight. It’s small but good enough to be your go-to flashlight too. It’s super bright, shock resistant, waterproof, and made from high-grade aircraft aluminum.
A whistle can be used for a couple of survival situations. One is for personal protection in the event of a possible attack. If you suspect an oncoming attack, blow the whistle. The last thing an attacker wants to do is draw attention. Wearing a whistle around your neck when you know you are going to be alone in public is a good defensive idea.
A whistle can also be used as a device to signal for help or to ward off predators in a wilderness survival situation.
This particular whistle is the one I carry and can be purchased here on eBay.
My pack is never without paracord. I buy paracord in bulk and I divide it throughout all my packs. I also have quite a few paracord bracelets which, if you are tight on extra room in your pack, allow you to wear your paracord in the form of a bracelet. A bundle of paracord can be purchased here at Survival Life Store.
Notepad with a Pen
You know you can’t rely too much on your gadgets for note-taking when there’s no power source. This particular notepad is a perfect choice in size and durability as it has waterproof paper. It also fits well in the Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer.
This set can be purchased here on Amazon.
Alcohol Prep Pads and Adhesive Bandages
These two items are great for “on the go” first aid for minor cuts and scrapes. In my pack, I include 10 alcohol prep pads and 2 of each sized adhesive bandages. You’ll never know when it’s necessary to treat an open wound. These things will be one of the first lines of defense.
Fire Starting Materials: A Bic Lighter and Cotton Balls
In my pack, I carry fire starting materials. First of which is a Bic lighter. I buy them in bulk and place one in every emergency pack I own. My second item is cotton balls—my tinder of choice. I usually carry 4-5 in my small pack.
A List of Important Contacts and Other Information
Cell phones can die on you which also means that you lose all the important information you have stored. This mini address book is perfect to record all of your important contacts and other viable information such as allergies, medical conditions, medications, your doctor’s name and phone number, etc.
This particular address book is the perfect size for the pack I carry. It can be purchased here on Amazon.
Watch this video by SurviveN2 for a review of the HR-100 multitool:
Any of these items can be very useful in a certain situation. There’s no telling when you will need a flashlight, a whistle, a lighter, or any of the things mentioned in this list. The best thing to do is to be prepared at all times which is the very reason why these items are considered everyday carry items. They’re very important whether you need a little assistance or when you’re stuck in an unexpected survival situation.
Are any of these items also part of your EDC? Tell us in the comments section below!
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There are 6 survival laws that all preppers need to know. Each and every person has their own needs and wants. There is no “single solution” that will solve all your survival supplies preparedness problems. That being said, the 6 “Unbreakable Laws of Survival” are key if you want to survive any crisis. You should consider the survival laws guidelines to create your own plan and consider them the framework of your survival strategy. Learn these survival laws well and put them to good use and in a crisis. You’ll have a much easier time than most. Before you start, check out this short video about survival laws below.
The 6 “Unbreakable Laws of Survival” Every Prepper Should Know Before SHTF
Survival Law #1: Storing Water
Fact: Your body is made up of 60 percent water. Even losing a small amount without being able to replenish it can quickly become dangerous.
Water is the #1 priority. That’s why it’s one of the most important survival laws.
Don’t drink just any water. Drinking dirty or contaminated fluids isn’t an option. With a little forethought, you’ll never find yourself in that situation.
Imagine this: An earthquake or a massive storm hit your town hard and your water source is damaged or destroyed. Ask yourself: “Have I stored enough potable water to last my family for two weeks?”
A prepper sees the importance of having a water backup, and the task of storing water entails several considerations. You should have the knowledge, ability, and tools to filter your water.
Life in an urban or suburban environment does not afford an average Joe the means and opportunity to store as much water as you’ll actually need. Space is a major concern since water can’t be compressed or condensed. This is why planning is so important!
A good start is to identify the exact number of gallons of water you need. Remember that the average person consumes approximately a gallon of water every day. It may be more or less, depending on your activities. With that said, one gallon per person per day is a good baseline.
You might not drink that entire gallon of water, but you will need it for other activities like cleaning, cooking, and sanitation. The rule of thumb dictates that a family of 4 (2 kids and 2 adults) needs at least 4 gallons of water to last a day. This number is enough for your drinking and sanitation needs. You will have enough for flushing the toilet and even for taking care of your pets.
The next consideration is the number of days you will likely need an extra water supply. An average person can only last up to 3 days without water. You should start storing 3-day or 72-hour equivalent of water. You can store more if your finances (and space) allow for it. A good goal for your long-term storage is a one month’s supply, but be sure to set milestones so you don’t get overwhelmed. Start small. Try for 72 hours’ worth, then work toward a week and finally a month.Over time, your stored water may become contaminated with dirt, dust, or worse.
Remember: Drinking dirty water is almost as bad as not drinking any water at all.
Luckily, you can boil, treat, or filter the water, and it should be safe.You can extend the life of your water by using preservatives and stabilizers. These chemicals can help your water stay potable for up to 5 years.
Ultimately you want to try and cycle through your water storage once every 6 months so just to keep it “fresh.” You also need to make sure that you use a clean and proper container for your storage. Never use milk or juice containers for long-term storage since the risk of contamination is too high. Stick to well-cleaned 2-liter bottles, air/watertight containers that have only ever held water in them, pre-bottled water, or drums made specifically for water storage. Make sure that you keep them out of the sun to avoid bacterial growth!
Once your water has sat for a long time, you may also run into an issue with “stale water,” where there is nothing wrong with it other than on “off” taste. This can be quickly and easily fixed by pouring the water between two glasses to aerate it (add oxygen) and improve the flavor.
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Survival Law #2: Storing Food
Compared to water storage, this survival law is far simpler and easier. You don’t have to store as much food as much as you need to stock up on water. In addition, the process of preparation in storing food is not as demanding. The trick is to just buy more of the usual food in your pantry.
When you go to the grocery store, get some extra pieces of your favorite canned food. If there are food items on sale, seize the opportunity to stock up. Food coupons are also a great way to stock up your storage. In other words, do whatever you can to bulk up your supply.
The key to a healthy diet is the balance, so when you are working on storing food, be sure to balance these macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Don’t limit your food choices to canned fruits. Obviously, fruits and vegetables are nutritious but they don’t have the energy that animal protein can easily provide. Whether you have tuna or chicken in cans, always think of a balanced diet.
In the event of a disaster survival, you will be doing more physical work and the protein found in canned meats will help give you strength to keep going and keep moving. You need to be careful with the sodium because most canned meats have plenty of it. Same with canned soup. You will need to drink more water to counter the effects of too much sodium in your diet. Looking back at storing water, drinking more is not a good thing for your preparedness plan.
Always take your macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats) into account when stocking up your food supply. A jar of peanut butter, for instance, is a great source of fats. Actually, peanut butter can be considered the ultimate prepper food because it is rich in calories and is easy to store. When it comes to carbohydrates, brown rice is a good source.
Brown rice and peanut butter should not be the only foods in your storage. There are fruits, vegetables, eggs, and many more foods you should consider. Remember, balance is key. Avoid focusing your diet on just one macro. Even during downtimes or crises, you still need to ensure proper nutrition.
When the power grid fails during a disaster, you will be faced with the dilemma of which food to consume first. It’s simple, just start with the perishables or those that have a shorter shelf life, spoil or rot easily, and are usually stored in your fridge.
In case the gas lines are cut off, you need something to cook with. Having a gas grill, for example, will help a lot, so it’s important to keep some extra tanks if you can.
With all the food and water you’ve decided to store, you will have to find a place to keep them. The idea is to keep the storage items dry and cool in order to prevent them from spoiling. If you don’t have a secret room for your food and water, then look for a dark, cool, and strong part of the house. If your home has a staircase, use the space under the stairs for storage. Those who do not have stairs can use closets instead.
Survival Skill #3: Having Medical Supplies and Basic Medical Skills
Everyone must have a first aid kit in their supplies. But there’s also one more important factor to this survival law which is the four basic medical skills. Without the following 4 skills, your kit would be useless.
Creating an Open Airway and Confirming a Heartbeat
You need to know if the person’s heart is still beating and that he or she is breathing. If you think CPR is necessary then perform it.
A tourniquet will be the best solution in case there is heavy bleeding or trauma. A RATS tourniquet is one such medical tool and it is easy to put on with just one hand. An Israeli bandage or Quickclot combat gauze can also do the job. Add these to your first aid kit because they have plenty of uses. You never know when you’ll need them. They can save a life in times of disaster or emergency, maybe even yours.
Treating Minor Wounds
When you or a loved one suffers a minor wound, use a bandage and apply pressure on the affected area for about 10 minutes. The pressure and the bandage will work together to form a clot, stopping or minimizing the bleeding as a result. Make it a point to use running water to clean the wound, then dress it in sterile gauze, bandage, or band-aids. Hygienic treatment is crucial to avoid worsening the scrape or cut. Otherwise, the wound can become a major injury. If you think the wound does not need stitching or hospitalization, you can stop infection with an antibiotic like Neosporin.
Shock is experienced when your body does not get enough oxygen. This condition could lead to injury or illness, making immediate treatment crucial. A simple loss of body fluids may cause serious, irreversible damage to the body. Therefore, as part of prepping, make sure you have plenty of clean water to drink.
Shock can also be caused by heart disease, sudden intense emotions, intolerable pain, extreme fear, prolonged inactivity, unpleasant experience, and many others. Avoid or deal with these causes as much as possible.
If you observe shock in a family member or loved one, increase the blood flow to the heart, which can be done by elevating the feet.
Handling Broken Bones
Treating broken bones can be difficult and risky. When SHTF, paramedics may not be around. This is precisely the reason it is important to invest in first aid training. Do not move the person unless you know which part of their body is broken.
Learning these basic life skills is important. You never know when you need them, so take the time to learn and commit them to memory. Proper training will not only get you a certificate but also an assurance that you will know what to do when someone gets hurt.
Survival Law #4: Having Cash on Hand
Having extra funds is just as important as the other survival laws on this list. When everything collapses, you still need to buy food, water, medicine, and even gas for your car.
Make sure you have enough cash on hand to get you and your family through a week, at least. ATMs and even the internet can go down, so you can’t depend on credit cards.
If you live near the border, it’s a good idea to have some cash in the currency of your neighboring country. This way you have money that’s ready to use in case you have to evacuate and cross the border.
On a side note, it’s also wise to store some gold or silver in case the financial system collapses.
Survival Law #5: Being Able to Secure your Home or Family
On any ordinary day, people go on with their lives without even noticing what is happening around them. They are generally nice and polite to one another. This situation may change when a disaster takes place. When supplies run out, people get hungry and desperate.
In the aftermath, law and order go out the window. You may no longer rely on law enforcers to keep the peace or deal with an intruder. Things will definitely get out of control. These conditions only mean one thing: you are left to your own devices.
It is every man for himself and in a lawless society, you need to defend your life and those of your loved ones against intruders who want what you have. You must defend your home, life, and property from these bad elements.
A confrontation is the last thing on your mind, but when cornered, you have to be ready to fight. Just like your first aid and medical skills, it is important to learn how to use a firearm responsibly and properly. Having a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun will not be enough. You have to know how to use a gun, shoot with precision, and maintain it.
After your firearms training, you’ll be more proficient and most of all confident that if and when the need arises, you are able to provide safety and security to your home and family.
Survival Law #6: Being Ready to Bug Out
The last of the survival laws is making sure you’re ready to bug out. Leaving the safety, security, and supplies at home is not an easy thing to do. You and your family will have to go into a real survival scenario. No matter how difficult the future might seem, bugging out could be the only way for you to stay alive. This is the time when your survival skills will be put to the test.
As preppers, we need to learn all the survival skills that we can before any disaster comes. From the basic to the high-level ones, you will not regret all the time, money and effort spent trying to learn them all. If possible, have your loved ones or family members get survival training as well.
If your finances permit, invest in a bugout cabin. It doesn’t have to have all the amenities that your home does. Just stock up on the necessary supplies like food, water, and meds. This way you’ll have another safe place to stay, a second home. The location would be crucial, among other things so you will need to put a lot of thought and research on a bugout cabin.
The simplest way to make life easier if and when you bug out is to have a go bag. It contains necessary tools and materials to help you get through 3 days of wilderness survival. Try to prepare a bug out bags for each member of the family. Then you can rest easy knowing that you’re prepared for emergencies.
Here’s a video by AsapSCIENCE about what will happen if you stop drinking water:
You never know when a survival situation will occur. It’s best to stay prepared at all times to guarantee you and your family’s survival. You can’t spend every waking moment prepping and stocking, but you should prioritize these 6 survival laws. Make them an integral part of your prepping for better chances of getting through the ordeal when SHTF!
What can you say about these laws of survival? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on February 8, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Have you left yourself open to the 7 deadly sins of survival? Do you have what it takes to conquer your inner demons and come out on top? You’re stocked up and prepared for any sort of crisis. Your house is full of canned goods and ammunition. You’ve got backup plans and you’re ready to bug out at the first sign of trouble. But, are you aware of the 7 sins of survival and how to overcome them? Learn it here!
Avoid These 7 Deadly Sins of Survival!
Survival Sin #1: Sloth
Being lazy is the easiest way to fail in a survival situation. Don’t wait until disaster strikes to get prepared. The more work you do ahead of time will save you from having to make the tough decisions down the line.
Test out your gear ahead of time to make sure you’re comfortable using it. Don’t just buy a bugout bag and forget about it. Routinely check it to make sure your supplies are still good and upgrade it every chance you get. Having an arsenal of guns and ammo will do you little good if you’re not used to firing and cleaning them.
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Being a sloth doesn’t just matter before a crisis; once SHTF, you’re going to want to stay busy. Focus on being proactive instead of reactive. Set traps and hunt for food before you run out. Have a secondary shelter ready in case you have to leave in a hurry. Don’t be a sloth, there’s always more to do!
Survival Sin #2: Gluttony
The opposite of sloth, you’ve done everything you can to be prepared, but too much stuff will slow you down.
Having an arsenal of guns is great, but what do you do when you are forced to leave your house? Instead of spending money on gear you’ll never use, concentrate on having the right amount and practice hauling it around. Once you get in the habit of carrying it around, you will quickly figure out what you need and what is superficial. Learn to live sparsely and you will feel right at home when SHTF.
Survival Sin #3: Envy
As desperation sets in, you’re going to find it tough not to turn on each other. Running low on supplies will cause a panic that will fracture your group if you’re not careful.
Don’t make the mistake of letting your base instincts take over. It’s easy to think of survival as every man for himself, but in reality, the best way to survive is to work together. Instead of taking what you want by force, communicate to make sure everyone in your group is looking out for each other. This is the only way to survive. Work together, not against each other.
Survival Sin #4: Wrath
Know when to let things go. If you run into another group that acts threatening or is competing with you for resources, don’t let your emotions get in the way. It’s always better to play it smart, even if you have been wronged. You can justify revenge but will eventually place you in danger.
Survival is about controlling your emotions. You’re going to need to be cold and calculating when it comes to staying alive. Anger and rage can come in handy but will not help you if you lose control.
Survival Sin #5: Pride
Just like wrath, this is another emotion that will get you into trouble. Having too much pride can make you think you have all the answers, but the truth is, no one knows what the future will bring.
Constantly learning new knowledge and training is the only way to fully prepare for whatever will happen. When it comes to dealing with hostile adversaries, pride is the last thing you want to feel. It can keep you defending a shelter that’s doomed to be lost or falling into a trap you should have seen coming.
No matter how much better you think you are than your enemies, never underestimate them. They are just as desperate as you are to stay alive. Don’t just conquer your enemies, but also learn from their mistakes.
Survival Sin #6 and #7: Lust and Greed
The two of these are pretty much the same and are synonymous with excess. Hoarding is a natural impulse when faced with deprivation. Stocking up on food and ammo is your top priority, but how far are you willing to go?
When faced with death, the human mind will start to rationalize all sorts of bad decisions. Should you kill everyone you run into, just to take their supplies? Or screw over your own group to keep all the loot?
Don’t let greed turn you into a monster. It’s better to have more allies with shared goals than to be on your own. Be happy with what you got. Survival is about learning to reach an equilibrium with life, and being alive is as good as it gets.
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Don’t be a victim of these seven deadly sins. Prepping also means you must also have the right balance in dealing with certain situations. Beware of the things that will place you in danger instead of what helps you with your original goal. You can let human weakness decide your fate, or you can master your emotions and do whatever it takes to survive.
Do you have what it takes? Let us know in the comments section which deadly sin you think is the hardest to avoid!
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Survival items come in different forms and monetary value, and this list comes dirt-cheap! At only $5, you can complete an emergency survival kit. From food, tools, and OTC drugs, there are a lot of survival items you can get at this small amount and even less. Complete your survival kit with low-cost survival items in this list!
Must-Have Survival Items You Can Get for Only $5 and Under!
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Building a Survival Kit
I am always on the lookout for great deals for prepping my survival supplies. I was scouring through a few forums and ran across this post from way back 2008. Even though I’m sure that inflation has taken its toll on the items below, they are still an incredibly cheap and quick way to boost your preps without destroying your budget.
After reading scores of threads of people asking how to get started prepping, having to “sneak” prepping from their spouse, or “don’t have the money” to prep, I thought I would put together a thread that would cover each.
The goal of this thread is to demonstrate that prepping is possible for just $ 5.00 per week. I do not think that I know anyone who could not spare five bucks per week to invest in the ability to feed yourself and your family in the event of being affected by some form of disaster.
For just $ 5.00 +/- you can buy the following storable things:
First off in this list are the essentials tummy fillers:
1. Five packages of Idahoan instant potatoes (flavored)
2. A case of ramen noodles (20 packages)
3. Five cans of sardines
4. Five gallons of purified water
5. Nearly two cases of bottled water
6. Four cans of peaches, pears, or fruit cocktail
7. 2 jars of mandarin oranges
8. Five pounds of rice
9. Three to four pounds of spaghetti
10. Two cans of spaghetti sauce
11. Three bags of egg noodles
12. Eight packages of gravy mix
13. Four cans of whole or sliced new potatoes
14. Four cans of green beans or at least three cans of carrots, greens, peas, or mixed veggies
15. Two cans of Yams
16. Six cans of pork and beans
17. One 40 ounces can of Dinty Moore beef stew
18. Two 12 ounce cans of chicken, tuna, or roast beef
19. One 1lb canned ham
20. Three cans of refried beans
21. Three 12 oz cans of ravioli or spaghetti O’s.
22. Two 12.5 ounce cans of salmon
23. Five pounds of oatmeal
24. Four packages Dinty Moore heat and eat meals
25. Five packages of cornbread mix
26. Four pounds of sugar
27. Five pounds of flour
28. 1.5 quarts of cooking oil
29. Three one-pound bags of dry beans
30. Two cans of apple juice
31. A jar of peanut butter
32. Two boxes of yeast
33. Two bags of generic breakfast cereal
34. 10 8 oz cans of tomato paste or tomato sauce
35. Four cans of soup
36. Four cans of Chunky soup
37. 8-10 pounds of iodized salt
38. Two bottles of garlic powder or other spices
39. Two boxes of kool aid
40. A can of coffee
41. 2 bottles of powdered coffee creamer
Tips When Packing Food Items for a Survival Kit:
Consider your family’s tastes and needs (these must be food items family members are familiar with to help relieve stress in a traumatic survival situation, in short, foods to lift their spirit).
Take foods which do not require special preparation and refrigeration.
Always check the expiry date.
Use tight-seal containers when storing perishable foods like biscuits.
Items in this list include tools for hunting food, self-defense, and shelter-making. There are also items to help you prepare food and drinking water. There are also items essential for safety or for first-aid. Make your life a bit easier even while on a survival situation with the following items:
43. One manual can opener
43. Two bottles of camp stove fuel
44. 100 rounds of .22lr ammo
45. 25 rounds of 12 ga birdshot or small game loads
46. 20 rounds of Monarch 7.62×39 ammo
47. A spool of 12 lb test monofilament fishing line
48. 2 packages of hooks and some sinkers or corks
49. Artificial bait
50. Two packages of soft plastic worms
51. Three Bic lighters or two big boxes of matches
52. A package of tea lights
53. 50 ft of paracord
54. A roll of duct tape
55. A box of nails or other fasteners
56. A flashlight
57. Two D-batteries, four AA or AAA batteries, or two 9v batteries
58. A toothbrush and toothpaste
59. A bag of disposable razors
60. Eight bars of ivory soap (it floats)
61. A box of tampons or bag of pads for the ladies
62. Two gallons of bleach
63. Needles and thread
64. A ball of yarn
OTC Medications (at Dollar General)
If you do not have in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants, then these OTCs are must have survival items. These are items to combat small to serious health issues or help ease your ailments as you are on your way for help. At $5 or less you can make an emergency and first-aid kit with the following items:
65. A bottles 1000 count 500 mg generic Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
66. A bottles 500 counts 200 mg generic Advil (Ibuprofen)
67. A box of 24 counts 25 mg generic Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCI)–also available at Walgreens under “sleep aids”
68. 2 bottles 500 count 325 mg aspirin
69. A box of generic Sudafed
70. 2 bottles of alcohol
71. A box of bandages (4×4)
View the original forum thread here
Watch this video from Drop Forged Survival for tips on completing your survival items list:
A jar of peanut butter and a box of bandages can mean survival for you or someone with you in a survival situation. These survival items, individually, may seem unimportant but combined and it could be just what saves you. Complete your survival and emergency kit $5 at a time and you can have the ultimate survival essentials in time!
What can you add to this list to help the rest of us get prepped for under $5.00? We’re eager to have this list bumped up with your ideas in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 16, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.