These survival tips from Bear Grylls will come in handy once you’re out there. Learn how to adapt, survive, and overcome the odds in man vs wild!
Survival Tips from Bear Grylls: Learning the Mindset
Surviving the Wild
These Bear Grylls jungle survival tips will be very helpful when you’re exploring uncharted territories. With no idea what to expect, remember that there is no set of rules to follow except just be prepared for anything and everything. It is safe to say that anyone who follows his exploits will have a higher chance of surviving the wild. Prepare yourself the best way possible and take a look at his best outdoor survival tips below:
1. Finding Water Like Bear Grylls
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Finding something to drink is the top priority to survive longer. You may have to rely on strange sources of water, which most of the time is limited and disgusting. Bear Grylls has been famous for drinking his own urine, fluids from a plant, or even from a dead snake. But remember, only relatively clear urine will hydrate you.
2. Learn What to Eat Like Bear Grylls
This doesn’t look like a tasty Bear Grylls food, but it will keep you nourished in the wild. Generally, not everything that looks edible is really edible. You have to question your surroundings and observe what other animals are eating. You have to be creative and stomach any creepy creature you might encounter — may it be snakes, centipedes, and other creepy crawlies.
3. Be Steady and Survive Like Bear Grylls
It’s natural instinct to listen to that voice inside your head telling you to act immediately. Still, you have to remind yourself of your order of priorities: protection > rescue > water > food (PRWF). Do not make impulsive decisions out of panic. View the situation logically, and take one small step at a time.
4. Find Shelter Like Bear Grylls
Build your shelter probably on a higher ground but near a source of water and a spot that’s visible for rescue. Bamboo is the best wood to use for its flexibility and strength and is also used for making a raft.
If you find yourself stuck somewhere hot, the shade is incredibly important, as well. Keep yourself warm and dry as long as possible. When you get wet, your body will start to lose heat up to 20 times faster.
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5. Face Your Fears Like Bear Grylls
You will never know what to expect when stuck in the wild. When confronted with a difficult and potentially dangerous situation, will you run away or face it head-on? It will be normal to feel fear; it can keep you alive and push you to do what it takes to survive. Take a deep breath and overcome your fear!
6. Start a Fire Like Bear Grylls
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Making fire will be one of the most challenging things you have to do to stay alive. Not only will it keep you warm, but it can also be utilized for cooking food, purifying water, and keeping wild animals away. It will be good to have a bow drill, flint, and steel, or waterproof matches. But, when there’s no other choice, grab two sticks and start rubbing.
7. Compose Yourself Like Bear Grylls
It is very easy for anyone to panic when placed in a dire situation. As a result, you won’t be able to think straight and your decision-making may fail you. For Grylls, the best way to overcome this is to let your heart rate slow down, think of all the scenarios possible, and make sure the decision you will make is not an impulsive one.
Can’t get enough survival tips from Bear Grylls? Here’s how you can utilize blades and other sharp objects when in the wilds courtesy of Coltelleria Collini:
Learning from Bear Grylls, a veteran in this field, will definitely increase your chances of survival if you get lost in the wild. He is a proven expert and utilizing his mindset will help get you out of harm’s way in almost every situation. Expect more death-defying acts as the daredevil is not stopping anytime soon in defying the odds when he ventures deeper into unfamiliar territories.
Were you able to apply survival tips from Bear Grylls during a trip to the wilds? Share other noteworthy survival tips from the legend in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 26, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Food is one of the pillars of survival. Read on and learn the art of making beef jerky. It’s a great way to preserve all that meat you’ve hunted in the wild.
Making Beef Jerky: How to Preserve Meat for Survival
What is a Jerky?
Jerky is simply meat that has had all of the moisture drawn out of it. No matter how you make jerky, understand that you are drying the meat, not cooking it. If you dry the meat properly and keep it in a cool, dry place, it will stay good for months. This is perfect for a survival scenario, in which you need a preserved protein source that is easy to pack. Jerky can be made out of virtually any animal you might catch and kill. There are dozens of ways to season and flavor your jerky, so you can make a product perfect for your taste. In this article, I will cover how to make jerky in your home or in a survival scenario.
To prepare your meat for drying, there are a few steps to take. The first is to trim down the meat. This means you must remove as much fat as possible. Then cut it into thin strips. If preparing in your home, a meat slicer is awesome for this. Otherwise, a knife will work fine. Your slices should be less than ¼ inch thick or they will not dry properly. This takes some practice and care, so take your time. From there you should pat the meat dry and add salt and spices to help with the drying process. The spices you choose are up to you, but all spices help with drying. You can also use marinades to add flavor if you like.
The key to the drying process is to keep the meat at a temperature between 100F and 200F. The lower the temperature, the longer it takes. You cannot let the meat cook at higher temperatures. For drying in the oven, I like to set it to 175F and dry it for six to eight hours. I put all the meat on racks over baking sheets and check it every few hours to remove the pieces that are done. The pieces will not all finish drying at the same time.
For drying over a fire, you will need to build a tripod and let your fire burn down to coals. You can either build a rack within the tripod or you can use cordage to string the meat from the tripod. To test the temperature, you have to hold your palm over the fire at the height of the meat. If you can hold it there between five and ten seconds before pulling it away, you have the temperature about right.
You will know that the meat is done when it is stiff but not brittle. You should be able to partially crack it when you bend it, but it should not fall apart. When you squeeze the jerky, it should be hard and no liquid should come out. Once your meat is finished, you have to find a way to store it in a cool dry place. If it gets any moisture or gets too hot, it will spoil in days. Otherwise, you are good for months.
Steve’s Kitchen shows us a video of how to make beef jerky without a dehydrator:
If you are lucky enough to take out a pig or deer in the wild, you will need a way to preserve the meat. Jerky is the obvious option. The process of making jerky in the wild is not easy. I suggest you take the time to try it out well before you ever must rely upon it. If you learn the process and are ready for it before procuring meat, you will have protein for weeks.
Have you ever tried making your own beef jerky before? If yes, we’d be glad if you share your simple beef jerky recipe in the comments section below!
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1. Cowboy Bed Roll Instructions For Comfortable Camping
Want to know how to make a cowboy bed roll with your own efforts? While sleeping bags are convenient and popular these days, the cowboy bed roll has an old world charm reminiscent of the romantic Wild West. After all, bed rolls are the precursor of today’s sleeping bags. Both have advantages and disadvantages where bedrolls come cheaper than sleeping bags. So in the debate of bedroll versus sleeping bag, it’s really a matter of personal choice. If you’re up for some adventure, this DIY cowboy bed roll is just perfect! Click to read more
2. Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain
These tips for backpack camping in the rain will help make the adventure more comfortable, if not enjoyable. Check out KennethKramm’s video on tips for backpack camping in the rain. Share some tips of your own! Click to read more
3. Do You Know These 25 Native American Survival Skills?
Native American survival skills included crafting their own survival tools and building their own shelters. They foraged for their food and hunted their prey, all by hand. It is astounding to think how well they survived and thrived based on necessity alone. Would someone like you or me be able to do the same if we were put into such a hostile environment? Probably not, and that it is why it is good to be aware of old-school Native American survival techniques. How did the Native Americans survive? How were they so deftly able to sustain themselves in the unforgiving North American wilderness? Click to read more
4. Best AR15 Hacks To Unlock Your Gun’s True Potential
The best AR15 rifle is the one that suits the person using it perfectly. So, if you want to make the most out of yours, then you’ll need to set it up just right. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start because we’re here to help you out. We’ve compiled a list of no-nonsense tips to help you trick out your gun… Click to read more
5. 10 Survival Uses For A Contractor’s Trash Bag
Did you know that there are a lot of uses for a trash bag when SHTF? Read on to learn 10 ways to use a trash bag for survival situations… Click to read more
6. Send Raccoons Packing With These 8 Natural Deterrents
Raccoons may look cute and even pitiful at times, but they do pose a threat. By being potential rabies virus-carriers, they are a danger to you, your family, and your pets. We can never stress enough the dangers and troubles these critters pose, so check out these tried-and-tested natural raccoon deterrents we’ve collected for you… Click to read more
7. How To Build An Urban Survival Kit
Take time to build an urban survival kit before your vanity kit. An urban survival kit is a must for city survival, with all kinds of natural and man-made emergencies which could inevitably occur near you. These urban survival tips and tricks, along with a checklist of urban survival equipment and tools, will help! Click to read more
8. How to Build A Wickiup
A wickiup, also known as “tipi” or “teepee,” is a conical tent used by indigenous tribes a long time ago. Find out how to make a wickiup yourself! Click to read more
9. 10 Must-Have Items For Your Airport Go-Bag | For The Prepared Traveler
Airport security can deter you from bringing along adequate prepper supplies but having an airport go-bag can save you. Your wallet can take a sizeable hit, you can miss your flight, or you can have your trip categorically ruined if you get detained just because of a piece of gear you unwittingly packed inside your bag… Click to read more
10. During and After a Natural Disaster
When we think of preparing we think about preparing before something happens and for during. Often times the aftermath of a survival situation is overlooked. Here we have some first-hand accounts for what a survival situation was like both during and after a natural disaster. These are true first-hand accounts provided by our lovely members of the Family Protection Association Facebook Group. These individuals agreed to share their stories in hopes of helping others in their long-term preparations… Click to read more
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All the emergency and disaster preparedness in the world means nothing if you don’t know the basics of survival skills like building an emergency shelter!
Emergency Shelter | A Step-By-Step Guide
Learn This Survival Skill and Never Be Without Shelter!
1. The first thing you will need is a ridge pole. Your pole should be very sturdy and as long as your height, plus your arm extended in the air.
2. Prop the ridge pole up on one end to give your feet extra room. You may also prop it on the ground, although not giving the pole the additional height creates a triangle with the ground that reduces your foot space.
3. Lay down on the ground and measure how long your ridge pole needs to be and mark out where your body is. It’s important to create a shelter that is the right size for you. You need to be able to fit in the shelter without having too much extra space. This is especially important when you’re stuck out in the cold. Your shelter needs to be small enough that your body temperature can heat the space and keep you nice and warm.
4. If the space inside is just enough, and there is not much room to move around, you did it right!
5. You will also need some Y-sticks to prop up the ridgepole at the other end. Make sure the Y-sticks are really solid and grounded – this is your framework. If you push your weight down on the Y-sticks and it falls over, you’ll need to find sturdier sticks.
6. The next thing you need to do is insulate yourself from the ground. Avoiding direct contact with the ground will help you maintain a more comfortable body temperature.
7. Leaves serve as a great insulator, but you will want to put them in before you build up the rest of the shelter.
8. Keep in mind that the leaves are going to compress. Make sure the compressed material beneath you is at least four fingers deep.
9. Now you need to add ribs to your debris shelter, which will provide structure on the sides and will give support to the leaves that will go on top.
10. Your ribs should be strong. Dead branches should work okay as long as they do not break or crumble. There will not be a ton of weight on the ribs, but the stronger the branches the smaller the chance that your shelter will fall apart.
11. You also want them to be fairly close together and not to extend very high above the ridge pole. If it rains and the ribs are too tall, water will penetrate the leaves and run inside the shelter. If the ribs are roughly the same height as the ridge pole, water will run down the sides.
12. The ribs do not necessarily have to be identical in size. As the triangular shape gets smaller towards the other end, shorter branches will fit in perfectly. If you come across a log with a large bend, make sure the curve stays on the outside. If the bend falls to the inside, it will take up a lot of space inside your shelter.
13. To prevent the leaves from falling off of your shelter, place smaller branches with the ends pointing up to help support the leaves.
14. Once you are finished with the ribs and lattice, you may add the leaves on top to insulate the shelter and help capture the body heat escaping from you.
15. Leaving the entrance open will allow heat to escape. A great option is to create a doorway and close it off as much as possible to reduce the amount of heat escaping. This will also allow you to build the leaves up and over the doorway.
16. To construct the door, gather four Y-sticks and create a framework on either side of the entrance. The purpose of the doorway is to reduce the size of the opening, so place them where there is just enough room for you to wiggle your way inside.
17. Once the Y-sticks are grounded, put sticks across the top and along the sides to finish off the frame.
18. Now you can add the last bit of leaves around the doorway. Be sure to start building from the bottom and work your way upward to prevent leaves from falling through.
19. When you have finished constructing the debris hut, crawl inside on your back, feet-first, and you’ll be all set in your shelter!
Watch this video by NorwegianBushcraft for another great idea on building an emergency shelter specifically during the winter time:
Our friend Dave Scott, who you may know from the Bushmaster Bible, is back again to teach you the best tips for your survival arsenal. Through his time as an instructor at the Earth Native Wilderness Survival School, Dave has become an expert on all things survival. We hope you enjoyed this post stuffed with his awesome tips to build an emergency preparedness survival shelter, which you can build with nothing more than what you can find in nature.
What do you think of this tutorial on building a DIY emergency shelter? Do you have other ideas on making temporary emergency shelters? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Make an awesome Polish Army Bread Bag kit out of a surplus item that can be purchased for around $10.
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The Polish Army Bread Bag
Polish Army Bread Bag Kit Contents (To Date)
Polish Army Bread Bag Kit | Make Your Own for Survival
The Polish Army Bread Bag
The Polish Army Bread Bag is a military surplus bread bag that can be purchased for around $10 for an unissued item. The bag is made totally from a lightweight cotton canvas measuring approximately 11 inches wide x 10 inches tall x 4 inches deep. The straps are heavier canvas webbing with metal tips and fasteners. The metal came a little “dull” but the quality is there.
The top flap folds up, giving access to a split compartment interior. The bag is divided into a smaller compartment at the left and a larger one to the right. The left side perfectly holds a wide mouth water container; the larger right accommodates other essential gear. There are four button-flapped smaller pockets sewn to the inside as well. These are perfect for stashing smaller items like spoons, pocket knives, and Ferro rods. The outside front of the pouch has two small pockets adequate for lighters and flashlights.
Polish Army Bread Bag Kit Contents (To Date)
Char Cloth Tin
Large Ferro Rod
Striker & Tin (for making Char)
Jute Twine Tinder
Stainless Steel Cup
5×7 All Weather Space Blanket
Small First Aid Kit
Fixed Blade Knife (Condor Kephart)
25 feet of Paracord
My kits change with the seasons, but you can see the bag will accommodate plenty of gear for a day hike or for a survival kit. The items above still allowed plenty of room for food and maybe a pair of gloves.
The front straps are really simple in design. The flap ring fits down over the first ring sewn to the bag, and then the strap slides through both the retaining rings. Surprisingly, these hold very well and are super easy to get into the bag for gear.
The bag came with a non-adjustable shoulder strap that is sewn to D rings on the back of the bag. As you can see in the photo, attachment straps are secured in multiple points and totally wrap under the bag. The back/bottom straps have some adjustment to attach gear like tarps, jackets or ponchos to the bag. Heavier tools like camp axes or survival shovels may be a little much for the straps, but I haven’t tried it yet!
I think the Polish Army Bread Bag has real potential as a haversack for bushcrafting or an inexpensive EDC bag. This kit set up is very light so the likely hood of leaving it behind is minimal. I forgot to mention the handle at the top of the bag for grabbing it when jumping in the car. I’m already thinking of a few modifications like waxing the material to make it waterproof and a square of Velcro to attach patches.
Here’s a quick review of the Polish Army Bread Bag by John Sherwood:
So, if you are looking to experiment using a haversack for bushcrafting or EDC, the Polish Army Bread Bag might be an inexpensive option. They are well made for the price point and have a very rustic look.
Do you have your own Polish Army Bread Bag? How was using the bag been going so far? Let us know in the comments section below!
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It is definitely a fascinating challenge to apply urban survival skills you have mastered in your everyday life.
37 Useful Urban Survival Skills to Have
Why Do You Need Urban Survival Skills?
Visions of zombies flooding the streets might come to mind, but in the real world, there are still a lot of dangers that we have to face or prepare for. If you look at the current events in our country, you will always find plenty of good reasons to have or learn urban survival skills.
In the end, it’s your urban survival skills that can save your life. It doesn’t matter if the threat comes from your job, your neighborhood, the road, or right in your own home. You’re a prepper/survivalist and you will try everything you can to help yourself and your loved ones get through difficult scenarios. Here are some abilities that you need to learn and master.
1. Open a Can Barehanded
A can opener may not be around when you need to access your precious supplies. Learn this trick to stop depending on the device.
2. Cook the Old-Fashioned Way
Old recipes not only taste better, but they also help preserve our culture.
3. Survive a Fight
With all the violence going on, you need to be ready for any attack. Acquire skills that’ll help you survive a fight, or better yet, win. This will prevent anyone from planning to attack you in the future.
4. Tampon Hacks
Find out how to repurpose a sanitary item in ways you never imagined. This compact item can come in handy in a number of situations.
5. Unexpected Survival Tricks
Hacks like these make being a survivalist fun and interesting. Always keep an open mind and be ready for any situation.
6. Pointers from the Modern Age
There are more lessons that can be learned from today than ever before. Use them to your advantage.
7. Grow your Own Food
Because you can’t depend on the market or someone else to sell you food when the economy collapses. Growing your own food will give you reassurance that you’ll survive any shortage.
8. Use a Tin Can in Every Possible Way
There’s always a lot to learn when it comes to repurposing. Tin cans are an especially great item to turn into various tools.
9. Make Tea for Vitamin C
Tea with vitamin C is a great source when you need to boost your immune system in the winter.
10. Escape a Shooting
A safety expert shows you how to get out alive when your workplace is attacked. Learn how to escape a shooting from any intruder.
11. Get Rid of a Tail
Know when someone is following you and what to do. Stay alert on the road and think about how you can get rid of a tail. This can save your life or at least prevent anyone from following you.
12. Make a Long-Lasting Flashlight
A reliable light source may not always be available. Make sure you’re always prepared and ready if there’s a power outage.
13. Fix your Bugout Bag
Parts will break as you use your gear to the fullest. Learn how to fix them.
14. Prepare Survival Food
It is important and to have food that won’t go bad for a long time. One of the most important items in your urban survival kit list should be emergency food.
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15. Make Water Safe to Drink
Having a WAPI ensures that you won’t put dangerous microbes into your body. This is especially great for urban disaster survival.
16. Light up the Darkness with Tuna
When the grid is down and you have no light source, a can of tuna can save the day or night. You can turn your emergency food into an urban survival equipment fit for any blackout.
17. Turn a Battery into a Firestarter
Use electrical energy to light a fire. This is one of the best urban survival essentials you need to keep yourself warm and fed in any situation.
18. Defend your Home from Invaders
Learn to protect your house and family from invaders. One of the essentials of urban survival prepping is establishing a safe home.
19. Resurrect Dead Batteries
We live in an electronic world, so know how to get those gadgets to work. Your urban survival backpack should have a few extra batteries just in case
20. Repurpose Soda Cans
Turning your garbage into very useful items is one of the best urban survival tips to remember. Don’t just throw them away. Keep them and turn them into useful items for preppers.
21. Survive Anywhere in the World
Here’s what you need to do when things get awry and you’re in a strange place.
22. Get Out of a Dangerous Situation
Find ways to get safely out of a hostage or terror scenario. This may be one of the most useful skills in an urban survival guide.
23. Exit a Car Before it Sinks
It’s imperative to get out of the vehicle before it reaches the bottom. Break the window as soon as your car hits the surface of the water to give yourself enough time.
24. Escape Zip Ties
It’s not easy to break free from zip tie, or so you think. This isn’t something books will teach you but it’s an essential.
25. Practical Intelligence
Sometimes all you need is to think out of the box or adjust to the situation. Approaching any situation with flexibility will help you get through anything.
26. Live Through Winter
Even when you’re indoors, the coldest season can be unforgiving.
27. Make Waterproof Firestarters
It’s important to be able to start a fire whatever the weather throws at you.
28. Be Street-Smart
Learn all the skills necessary to get through a bad situation, starting with awareness. The best survival books will tell you being street-smart can be as good as book-smarts.
29. Hide in Plain Sight
To any survivalist, the benefits of using camouflage no longer need to be discussed.
30. Answering a Door Safely
If you’re not careful, bad guys can invade your home from your front door. Answer your door safely to prevent any intruders from entering your home.
31. Stay Fit
Being in top shape is important if you want to make it through any survival situation. This is an imperative in any urban survival books.
32. Be like Harry Houdini
No one wants to be held captive, especially people like us. An expert shows us how to escape bound hands.
33. Know What to Expect
If you have an idea of what could happen in a certain place or condition, you are better equipped to survive.
34. Keep your Cool on the Road
Don’t turn a simple trip into a life-and-death situation. Always try to stay calm on the road to approach any situation logically and in a safe manner.
35. Deal with Urban Terror
It has happened, and it’s still happening, so it’s best to learn how to deal with senseless violence.
36. Hunker Down in Your Car
Your personal transport does not have to be a tank or tricked-out zombie survival vehicle to help you get through the night.
37. Save Yourself from an Active Shooter
Hard as it is to accept, but we all need to learn how to handle this new kind of terror.
Watch this video from The Survival Outpost for urban survival tips in the concrete jungle:
Master these survival skills, and you might just be able to save your own or someone else’s life when society collapses. Take this as a list of things to add to your urban survival manual and make every day a lot safer for you and your family.
Do you have your own set of urban survival skills? Mention them in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 10, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
When it comes to self-defense, learning martial arts is one of the smartest things you can do. Knowing certain special techniques will help you be sure that you are able to fight off attackers. If you are met with an opponent who is ready and committed to taking you down, you must also be able to defend yourself and hopefully walk away unharmed. There are different forms of martial arts you can choose from. Some evolved from ancient forms of self-defense and others are considered combined or mixed martial arts. The following are some of the most popular types of martial arts for self-defense… Click to read more
2. 3 Easy Ways To Make Homemade Waterproof Matches
Waterproof matches are indeed an essential addition to your outdoor supplies. A bug out bag wouldn’t be complete without fire starter gear. Ordinary matches don’t mix well with wet conditions and being in the outdoors. You can slip and fall into a puddle, getting your backpack wet. Your tackle box can be knocked into the water by a big fish you reeled in. Fortunately, there is a simple solution–waterproof matches. You can buy water-resistant matches, but they can be expensive. Good thing there are simple ways to make your own effective waterproof matches that won’t take much of your time and won’t cost you an arm and a leg… Click to read more
3. Survival Skills Everyone Should Know And Be Able To Do
Survival skills have been around since God knows when. Even with the advent of modern technology, these survival skills proved time and time again that they are still important, essential, and relevant to outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, preppers, and even your average Joe and Jane. No, buying all that high-end survival gear does not make you a survivalist, but learning these most important survival skills will! Click to read more
4. Camp Like A Genius | 25 Additions For Your Camping Gear
Camping gear doesn’t have to be all about utility. Sure, you have basic camping checklist covered, but why not treat yourself to some gear that’s pretty awesome and fun to use? This camping gear list isn’t full of things that you necessarily need to make it through a camping trip, but it definitely has some cool stuff you never knew you wanted… Click to read more
5. Lost in the Woods 101
The possibility of getting lost in the wilderness while camping or hiking is one of the most common reasons people learn survival skills, even if they don’t think of themselves as survivalists. And if you like to camp, hike, or hunt, wilderness survival skills are essential, even if the world as we know it doesn’t end… Click to read more
6. Bring Dead Ni-Cad Batteries Back to Life | Prepper Skills
You might have been wondering how to bring dead Ni-Cad batteries back to life since your favorite appliance simply died out. Recharging it has absolutely no effect. Now your power tool is not working and you cannot continue with your project. The cordless phone that used to be there whenever you needed to call someone. The razor just won’t turn on no matter how long you leave it on the charging dock. Your kid’s remote control car is set aside, leaving you wondering whether it is still worth keeping in the room… Click to read more
7. Papa’s Famous Catfish Bait Recipe
Let me tell you a story of my Papa’s catfish bait.
I recently visited my grandparents and had to help Papa clean out his tool shed.
While I was moving a toolbox around, I knocked over and broke a glass bottle and was quickly hit with an absolutely disgusting smell. I couldn’t pinpoint it but I knew it was vaguely familiar… Click to read more
8. Warm a Room with Only a Candle and a Few Terra Cotta Pots
Terra cotta pots concentrate heat using the convection method. Although you can’t warm a whole house with it, this method can definitely help keep you warm and make a cold night much more bearable. When you have several of these going at the same time, that can help keep the room at a comfortable temperature. You can purchase one of these from Heatstick.com and see just how they work. Or if you’re on a tight budget, you can DIY it at a lesser cost… Click to read more
9. How to Make a Tuna Oil Lamp
Have you ever heard of a tuna oil lamp? A tuna oil lamp is a light source that uses the oil from a typical tuna can. Survival and emergency situations always push us to be ever more resourceful. When darkness catches you in the middle of nowhere and you don’t have a flashlight, you can turn to the food you brought along as an alternatives light source… Click to read more
10. Crossbow: Its Advantages Over Guns
Let’s talk about crossbows and why you should learn how to use one and later on improve your crossbow shooting skills. If you’re a regular reader, you know the argument I’m going to start with for any non-firearm form of protection and hunting tool… Click to read more
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A wickiup, also known as “tipi” or “teepee,” is a conical tent used by indigenous tribes a long time ago. Find out how to make a wickiup yourself!
Building A Wickiup | Creating Shelter for Survival
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What is a Wickiup?
The term “wikiup” originated from the Algonquian word “wikiyap” which means “dwelling house.” This type of shelter may be old but it’s definitely not outdated. During the olden times, Indian tribes use the wickiup as a shelter. This type of shelter allows you to build a fire inside without you suffocating. Its spacious area allows more than one person to sleep in it. This is the most fitting kind of a survival shelter in forests because it is easy to build and the materials to do so are readily available. It can be used as a temporary or a long-term home.
Location and Material Selection
Find a suitable place to build your shelter. It should be well above the waterline and away from any visible flood areas. You should also take care to check for animal tracks and other signs to avoid any late night visitors. And, don’t forget to collect branches for your campfire and all the other things you’ll be needing to maximize the hours left while the sun is up.
The base of your shelter is important because it will keep your house standing firm. Your wickiup is cone-shaped, so you should design the frame like a tripod. Use three strong poles or wood available around you and build a tripod that will secure its place. For it to be stable, look for strong vines that will hold your tripod in place, preventing it from being dislocated. Tie it around the upper end of your frame and spread apart the other ends of the poles to make a space for you to get in. You can also use rocks to keep your frame from falling apart.
Animal skins are the material normally used for covering a wickiup but there are plenty of other options available in the wild. Branches, debris, and even moss are all fantastic options for covering. It’s also a great idea to keep a few contractor trash bags in your kit because they make an incredible covering that holds in heat and makes it waterproof. This will provide you with insulation and protection from severe weather conditions. Make sure not to leave holes or spaces to keep the heat from escaping, providing you warmth inside.
Look for large leaves or even small branches to create a nest for you to sleep on inside. Don’t collect branches or leaves with spikes or sharp ends to avoid discomfort and injuries. Make sure to have sufficient space for you to lie on.
Add additional poles or wood to keep the debris stable. This will also support your framing. You can add another layer of debris to make sure the insulation is enough. Add leaves to avoid raindrops from running through your covering. Always store extra wood in case your fire burns it all up.
See how comfy you can be in a wickiup in this video by Driftwood george:
Forgot to bring your tent for your camping trip? No problem! Now you know how to build a wikiup, you can just make one as your temporary shelter in the woods. It would be a fun and satisfying experience for sure. Just don’t forget to bring your survival food kit so you won’t starve.
Have you tried building a wickiup? What was the hardest part in making one? Share your experience in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 6, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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