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Sit for stability
Place yourself slightly behind the middle of the boat with your weight low and centered. [ Read Full Post ]
When it comes to survival, there’s always plenty of expensive gear available to separate us from our hard-earned money. But occasionally we can take advantage of a real bargain, and sometimes the most valuable thing in an emergency is also one of the cheapest things on the store shelf.
Here are some of my favorite $2-or-less preparedness items. [ Read Full Post ]
The location you choose to build a campsite is very important, regardless of your reason for being there. Whether you are camping out for fun, or you are stuck in the middle of nowhere, you want to pick a safe campsite that offers natural advantages against the weather and has ample resources nearby.
I always encourage everyone to look up, look around and look down when surveying a potential site. We look above us for things that could fall down and cause harm. We look around for hazards and protection from the elements. We look down for pests, drainage issues and other problems. The following simple guidelines can help you determine a good place to build a camp. But remember that there is no “perfect” campsite, so don’t spend precious hours wandering around. Pick a fairly decent spot and start building. [ Read Full Post ]
Wild animals sure can be a problem when they get into your food on a camping trip. Even though you cleaned up your food scraps and trash, the aroma of some human-grade delicacies can be more temptation than most beasts can resist. So how do you keep them from getting into your food? You can do it with a combination of bear bagging and a metal container.
Why both? Because a squirrel can run down a bear bag line and chew right through your food bag. It’s happened to me, and probably to more than a few of you. [ Read Full Post ]
Although the WetFire Fire Starting Tinder is not a new product, I am often surprised by the number of folks who have never heard of it, or at least never tried it.
Quite frankly, I love these things. The WetFire product is very lightweight; easy to ignite; and it is long lasting in both burn time and storage life. Each cube weighs just .16 ounces, and is capable of burning up to ten minutes at temperatures around 1300 F. They work in wet and windy conditions with ease. They even float and keep burning while floating in water. [ Read Full Post ]
The idea behind every-day-carry (EDC) gear is to not get caught with your pants down: Regardless of the scenario, you have something in your hands to work with. You might not always have the perfect tool for the situation, but at least you have something for when Murphy draws your name out of his hat.
So why not take a second to prepare for success and continued survival, by adding useful gear to something that almost everyone carries—a keyring.
For starters, you should have a light source. Whether you are in the country or the big city, nighttime can create a variety of problems for those who do not have light. A small flashlight on your ring can come in rather handy when the lights go off. [ Read Full Post ]
While there are plants growing in the wild that have medicinal compounds, nothing beats bringing the meds with you. In the second installment of this medical two-part post, we have a list of the top 10 medicines that you would commonly have access to, and would be of benefit in an emergency.
1.) Epi-pen – This is the one prescription medicine that I’m going to put on the list, because it is worth the trouble to try to get a prescription for it. An epinephren shot can save a life quickly if an adult or child has a severe reaction to a food or an insect sting. When you ask the doctor for the prescription, make sure you take notes of the symptoms, which you would need to see to administer it. [ Read Full Post ]
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