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Survival. It’s in the genetic code of every living thing. Yes, we’re talking about every living thing in the form of a plant or animal or even a single-cell organism.
Strange, isn’t it?
Since the four seasons also play an important part in their survival, hibernation is a way by which these beasts of the field survive these harsh months.
Another interesting aspect of surviving the winter is the storing up of food, and animals know which foods to pick which can last them for as long as the winter as there won’t be much food to gather during the cold months.
But does this activity of storing food pertain to humans as well?
You can be sure it does… so as to prepare oneself for a natural or man-made disaster!
Survival Food Storage – Tips
I’ve got survival food packed in my Bug Out Bag, but I also know that it is going to run out quickly. That is why one of the most important survival skills to know (whether for camping or the zombie apocalypse) is being able to tell if a plant is edible.
In the ideal world, we’d all get copies of edible plant field guides, and learn every single plant in them. But this just ain’t gonna happen. Even if my memory was good enough to remember all of the edible plants, putting this knowledge to use in survival situations is a lot harder. Lots of edible plants resemble poisonous ones (especially the case with mushrooms), so going on visual ID just isn’t going to cut it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t memorize edible plants (start with these ones) – but you should also learn the Universal Edibility Test too.
The Universal Edibility Test
The Universal Edibility Test is a series of steps you take to determine whether a plant is poisonous or safe to eat. The idea of the steps is to gradually expose your body to the plant and see if any reaction occurs. This way, if the plant is poisonous, you won’t get it in a high dose and any negative effects will be minimal.
Duct tape has become so popular because of its versatility. Ask anyone who is familiar with the polyethylene-coated, pressure-sensitive roll of adhesive about how they have used it and they will tell you about the many ways it has helped them.
There seems to be an endless supply of projects and anecdotes that one can get from other people about this product. In fact there are even sources online that show you how to make a duct tape wallet!
How about ideas for preppers and survivalists like us? Of course there are plenty as well, and these are good reasons to add a roll or two of this product to your bug out bag or survival kit. When SHTF, you don’t want to be caught without this multi-purpose tape. Check out these cool survival projects you can make.
If you are dependent of electricity like me and like the rest of the world, you should have a backup plan for your kitchen appliances if the grid goes down. If you aim to become self-sufficient, manual kitchen tools are mandatory for when there is no power.
Cooking becomes a time consuming activity during a grid down event and it pays to have a backup for your modern appliances. There are many reliable hand-operated kitchen tools that can replace their modern electric peers. Even more, you can find these manual kitchen tools at garage sales or you can get them cheap from various stores. Below you will find a list with some manual kitchen tools that my wife bought over the years as a backup for when the grid goes down.
Manual kitchen tools to consider for your off-grid kitchen:
If you can’t use a food processor, a manual chopper is the next best thing as it will help you chop food instead of mashing it. These manual kitchen tools are sturdy and provide enough force to grind not only veggies, but also fruit and meat. My wife also uses it as a pastry cutter when she makes her pies.
LifeStraw is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. The straw-style filter design lets you turn up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water.
- Ultralight: weighs only 2 ounces (57 grams)
- Meets US EPA drinking water standards
- Portable: only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter
- Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
- BPA free and contains no chemicals
- Raw materials meet US Food and Drug Administration regulations and standards
- No aftertaste: LifeStraw doesn’t use iodine or iodinated resin chemicals
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella
- Removes 99.9% waterborne protozoa, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium
As an avid backpacker and camper (real backpacking camping and not with a trailer or mobile hotel), I have used super glue to repair tents, backpacks, equipment, and just about everything. Think about all of its uses: it can repair weapons, electronics, tools, and all kinds of things that might break or fail when you really need them to work.
Now there are a few limitations with super glue. Once opened the shelf life is probably only a month, but left unopened it can last a year or more. Make sure you rotate your stock of tubes so you have fresh glue readily available in case of emergency.
First Aid Uses for Super Glue: by John Landry Saturday, October 11, 2014
FOOD and COOKING Projects
1. Make a rocket stove with empty cans. You might need to have soup for lunch to get enough cans for this.
With the surge of disasters that have hit the country in the past few years, Americans are finally waking up to the need to stockpile emergency supplies. Even if you can make it to a supermarket during a disaster, items are going to quickly disappear off the shelves – and you might even have to fight your way to get products. So, you MUST have non-perishable foods, like canned goods, and a lot of water stockpiled to help you get through a disaster (get a list of foods to stockpile here). But, sorry to break it to you: stockpiling food isn’t going to be enough to get you through a long-term disaster. Here is a list of non-food items you will also need to stockpile.
Hygiene isn’t just a matter of smelling nice while you wait out a disaster. If you get dirty, then it can become a serious health risk. Of these items, the most important is going to be buckets and trash bags to serve as a toilet. You can read more about survival hygiene and how to make an emergency toilet system here.
Surgical Tools and comprehensive First Aid Kits will be vital in any situation where a severe injury occurs and help can’t reach you.
If you are unable to get to a medical facility or if they are no longer functioning, advanced first aid will be something each us needs to be prepared to do in case of a medical emergency.
One surgical and suture kit should be in every stocked survival and trauma kit. If you’re camping, hunting or fishing one severe injury that causes severe blood loss could be lethel in the great outdoors. Make sure your backpack or your bug out bag has our Military Surgical Kit as part of your medical supplies. You hope you never need to stitch a wound, but if medical help is unavailable this sutures kit will make all the difference when needed.
Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.