Curling up with your pet to stay warm certainly does work, just ask the authorities of Elgin, SC, who have recently credited one family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old boy safe and warm as he spent a night lost outside with temps in the 40s.
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Hot stones have been used for cooking for thousands of years. Three of my favorite rock-cooking methods are frying, boiling, and stir fry. The upside to these methods is that they don’t require a lot of materials from home. Most or all of the gear for these low-tech culinary techniques can be sourced in the field. If you’re a careful cook, you’ll even make some meals that taste good. Seriously, this is nowhere near as nasty as you would think.
Warning: For all of the methods in this post, make sure you gather the rocks from a high and dry location, as waterlogged rocks can explode dangerously when they heat up in a fire. The steam builds pressure in the rock causing it to blow up like a grenade. Also, avoid slate and shale, as they are prone to explosion regardless of where you find them. [ Read Full Post ]
Although we all should know better, I’ve seen a harmful trend among the preparedness crowd in recent years—the massively overloaded, heart attack-inducing, mega bug-out-bag. It seems that the bigger the pack, the more likely you are to put a cast iron frying pan in it. OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but you get the point. In a quest to save myself from myself, and to help others down the minimalist path, I began researching smaller bags and backpacks that would do the trick. I think I have a winner, and you won’t believe the price tag! [ Read Full Post ]
Whether it’s backup for a jammed firearm or your only tool for self defense, a knife can make all the difference in an emergency. The smaller, discrete folding blades in this post can be tucked in your pocket as an everyday carry item for utility and defense. And, a few of the bigger folders are designed to be strong enough to fight with and big enough to intimidate the bad guys. Don’t get caught empty handed and find out which knife is right for you.
See my roundup of the best fixed-blade knives for self defense.
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Abundant throughout the U.S., the many species of yucca hold useful attributes beneath their spiny exterior.
These large perennial plants grow from coast to coast, naturalized as far north as New England. Whether you are fighting your way through an emergency, or you are just living off the land because you like it, the leaves, flowers, roots, and stalks of yucca can provide you with valuable food and supplies. [ Read Full Post ]
Largely advocated for developing countries, solar water disinfection is gaining some traction in the survival skills crowd. Imagine an end to boiling your water in order to make it safe. Consider how nice it would be to no longer need expensive water filtration devices or potentially toxic water-treatment chemicals. Sounds great, right? Too good to be true, even… [ Read Full Post ]
As I mentioned in our post last week on signal methods, the humble whistle is a signal device that works day or night. As long as you have the breath to blow it, the whistle can attract attention in foul weather or fair. But like most things, there is more to the use of a signal whistle than just blowing on it until you deafen yourself. [ Read Full Post ]
We all know that wrapping up in a space blanket can keep us warm. These reflective Mylar blankets and bivy sacks usually only cost a few dollars, which make them a great investment considering that the lives they can save are priceless. But besides being a blanket to shelter us from the elements, what other tricks can the simple space blanket pull off? [ Read Full Post ]
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