That’s right, the secret weapon in my bug out bag is pantyhose. Er, maybe I should call them “man-tyhose.” But after you stop laughing you might want to read on to see just why I keep these in my bug out bag. You may just find yourself grabbing a few pairs afterward.
If you are heading out for a weekend camping trip or a disaster is on its way and you need to hoof it on foot to get out of dodge, make sure you always have a few pairs of these in your bug out bag list. It might not be a very manly thing to carry, and I get a few funny looks when I step up to the counter at CVS with a pair of pantyhose, but this is survival planning and you looking manly is trumped by being prepared.
Bug Out Bag | Survival Uses of Pantyhose
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Practical and Functional
Not only are these cheap to buy, but there are dozens of alternative uses for them. They also take up practically no space. Check out the list below for a small sampling of what these can be used for:
You can wear pantyhose as an extra layer beneath your normal clothes to keep warm in cold weather.
Use pantyhose to prevent bites and stings. Wear pantyhose under your shorts or pants to protect against chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects.
If you are going to be trekking through water, wear them to protect yourself from jellyfish stings and leaches.
Stretch a pair of pantyhose over a “Y” shaped branch or stick and use as a skimmer or a fishing net. You won’t catch a 10lb catfish in this, but you may be able to pick up a few smaller fish to eat or use as bait for a larger fish
Use pantyhose to secure bait while fishing. Place bait in the pantyhose and secure it to a tree or anything sturdy in order to keep from losing bait while fishing.
Use pantyhose as a pouch or bag to carry things.
Use pantyhose to fasten or bind things together instead of twine or bungee cords.
You can use pantyhose as a belt to keep your pants hiked up.
In first aid, you can utilize pantyhose as a tourniquet or to hold and/or secure a bandage or hot and cold pack.
Use pantyhose as a first-round filter to strain any collected water. The water will still need to be treated or boiled but this first line of defense will help to clear the water of any large particles.
Use pantyhose to prevent blisters. I saw a lot of comments in one of my previous articles about using pantyhose to keep your feet blister-free and I just wanted to highlight it again here. Cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose at the ankles and wear them under your socks. They will help cut down on the friction between your shoe and your foot, thus reducing the risk of blisters.
Pantyhose look terrible on men, plain and simple. They were never designed for us. But the great thing about them is that they are extremely stretchy and most have a sizing guide so that you can take a guess at the size you should buy.
I’m not saying that these should be worn on a regular basis, but in a survival situation, the benefit of having those in your bug out bag checklist outweigh any blow that your pride may take when purchasing them. And if you really can’t break down and buy a pair of them for yourself, I’ve actually seen a few places that sell them in camouflage for the real manly man.
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These are just a few examples of what a little ingenuity can bring you in a survival situation. If you have the extra cash you can always buy under armor, but when you can get 10 pairs of pantyhose for the cost of 1 pair of under armor, I would rather save my money for something else.
Are you man enough to include pantyhose in your bug out bag? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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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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Plastic bottles are some of the most versatile resources you can have in a survival scenario. I have been on dozens of survival challenges, and have yet to complete one without finding at least one plastic bottle. In this article, we will cover ways you can use these plastic bottles to survive in the wilderness.
Plastic Bottles | Turning Garbage Into A Survival Tool
Re-purposing Empty Plastic Bottles For Better Use
When you find yourself in a survival scenario, it may seem as if you are all alone. However, you often have more resources at hand than you realize. Other than the abundance of natural resources all around you, there is another option to consider. Where you see water meets land, you can find an abundance of plastic bottles. This may be sad for our environment, but it is a win for survival.
1. Containing/Purifying Water
One of your biggest priorities in a survival scenario is water. You can only survive three days without water, and if it is not purified you could end up with nasty waterborne illnesses. Of course, bottles help you carry and store water at your shelter. In addition, they can help you purify water. If you put water in a clear plastic bottle and set it in the sun for at least six hours, it will kill most of the harmful bacteria and parasites. You can also add sand, rocks, and charcoal to a bottle to create a filter. This will eliminate debris and draw out contaminants.
2. Start A Fire
A plastic bottle can actually be used to start a fire. Fill the bottle with water and gather some fine and dry tinder. You will need a sunny day and water that is completely clear. Use the light from the sun to position the bottle in a way that focuses light on a small point. Move that point onto your tinder, and hold it there until it starts smoking consistently. Then pick up your tinder bundle and blow gently on the ember to coax it into a flame.
Editor’s Choice: This clever tool is an invaluable, possibly life-saving utensil.
3. Make Cordage
One of the hardest materials to replicate in nature is cordage. You can find it or make it, but often it is not as strong or flexible as you need. Cut off the bottom of a bottle and start trimming a thin strip from the remaining bottle. Keep trimming this thread until the bottle is gone. This should give you several feet of cordage.
Food is a major priority in a survival scenario. Fish are a great source of calories and protein. If you cut the top off of a plastic bottle just below the taper, you can flip it over and insert it back into the base. After this, you can punch holes through both pieces and use cordage to attach them. Put some stones inside along with some bait, and then sink it to the bottom of a water source. You can make the opening larger if you are targeting larger fish. They will swim into the trap and not be able to find their way back out. A simple yet effective DIY plastic bottle fish trap!
5. Make a Lantern
Often people have a flashlight for lighting a specific spot, but they are unable to light an entire room and keep their hands free. A lantern accomplishes exactly that. Fill a plastic bottle with water and turn on your flashlight. Press the lens against the bottle, and then tape it to the side. The light should refract against the water and light the whole room.
Here is a video by Roman UrsuHack on 56 brilliant ways to reuse plastic bottles:
It’s sad that we’ve come to a point where tons and tons of destructive plastic are disposed every day. It’s alarming that large percentage of the garbage we produce consists of plastic bottles. These simple recycling methods won’t solve our greater problem on plastic management but they’re not too little to help.
Do you have other survival ideas for plastic bottles? Please let us know in the comment section below!
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These tool hacks can vastly increase your productivity and efficiency by getting the most out of your everyday tools. Our tasks can be a lot easier if we have the right tools within our reach. What if the right equipment is not in your toolbox? Below are ingenious tool hacks that can cut down your work time and save your hard-earned money just by using the full potential of your already existing tools.
Tool Hacks: New Uses for Old Tools
1. Cut a PVC Pipe Using a String
Cutting mounted PVC pipes can be difficult and tricky if you don’t have the right tools, but with the use of a string, you can easily slice through pipes. The string works as quickly as a saw and fits into tight spaces. All you have to do is cut a shallow notch using a file or hacksaw blade to give it a starting point and then pull the string back and forth until the pipe comes loose.
2. Shine Shoes with a Drill
Polishing your shoes to look new and shiny can take a great deal of your time. To reduce the time you spend making your dull shoes glossy, a drill-powered buffer can simply do the task. Just change your drill bit with a buffing ball and it will instantly transform into a high-speed polisher. You can also apply polish to your shoes before buffing to make them look even more lustrous.
3. Use a Comb to Hold a Nail
Have you experienced accidentally bashing your fingers while hammering a nail? Now, you don’t have to feel the excruciating pain ever again! Just insert the nail between the teeth of a comb to hold it in place before you hit it with a hammer.
4. Clean with a Leaf Blower
Don’t limit your good old leaf blower to a single yard task. After all, it’s also an excellent cleaning tool which performs faster than a broom or vacuum. You can use it to dust your room, clean cobwebs in your garage, dry your car, air out sheds, and a whole a lot more.
5. Mix Concrete Using a Rake
Instead of using a hoe, you can try a garden rake to mix concrete. The rake tines can do an exceptional job in mixing water and powder without splashing too much water over the edge. Besides, pushing powder around the mixing tub with a hoe can consume a lot of your valuable time.
6. Glue with an Air Compressor
Applying glue into cracks using a tiny brush or toothpick can require you to spend hours of doing it. You can glue a lot faster, deeper, and evenly by using an air compressor. Just squeeze a line of glue along the crack, then blast it with an air compressor to force the glue inside. This will also start the drying process, thus helping you finish your job quicker.
You can also use the air compressor for varnishing as it can drive the stain deep into the grooves, inside corners, carvings, or any other hard to reach spots.
7. Shorten Bolt Using a Drill
If there’s a need to shorten a long bolt, you can simply do it by using a power drill and a hacksaw. The first thing you have to do is mark the spot on the bolt where you want to cut it. Screw two nuts onto the bolt and tighten them against each other. Attach the bolt to the drill and hold the hacksaw blade against the mark. Run the drill and once you’ve cut through most of the bolt, twist off the part of the bolt you still need to use.
8. Uncork a Bottle with a Screw
When you need to open a wine bottle but can’t find the corkscrew, an ordinary screw with coarse threads can do the job. Drive the screw into the cork with a vise-grip, a screwdriver, or a drill. It may take a little muscle to yank the cork out but the wine is worth it in the end.
9. Refill Car Oil with a Screwdriver
Need to refill your car engine’s oil, but the funnel is nowhere to be found? Well, worry no more because a screwdriver can do the trick. Remove the oil cap and place the tip of the screwdriver into the oil intake. Smoothly pour the oil towards the intake while hitting the screwdriver’s shaft.
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Innovative makers intricately built every tool for a particular purpose. But for a more imaginative mind, these tools are not restricted to only one job. You can turn your everyday tools into something useful when the right tool isn’t available. Sure, you can stop working and head out to the nearest hardware store, but it slows down your progress and costs you more money. All you have to do is let your creative juices flow and think outside the box to change the game. For all you know, you can come up with your own ingenious tool hacks!
Do you know other tool hacks to make our lives easier? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on October 18, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.