Showing posts with label family survival first-aid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family survival first-aid. Show all posts

Friday, February 16, 2018

6 Essential Things For Your Survival Backpack

Education Articles | March 28, 2012
Premium Author Justin Mountford

It sounds a bit dramatic but a survival backpack could mean the difference between life and death. In this article I share my 6 essential survival backpack ideas covering everything from food and shelter right through to essential first aid things.

Life and death-It sounds a bit dramatic, but a survival backpack could mean the difference between life and death. In a critical situation where you have to flee your house, workplace or local area, a backpack filled with survival gear transforms from being a "nice to have" and becomes your life in a bag. Imagine running for your life with your family only to discover you have no food, no water and no shelter. Not a good situation. Now imagine you have some basics, it could just be enough to get you through until help arrives.

Forget Armageddon-Armageddon is not really the reason I prepare. I like to be prepared for things like massive bush fires (really common where I live), floods, and man made disasters. I live in a quiet part of the world and it's easy to think "It won't                                                      happen to me"…..

6 Essential Ideas-I'm a survival enthusiast and love researching survival related ideas, theories tips and tricks. After extensive research, my own experimentation and years of camping I've created my own "essential survival backpack" checklist.

Checkout my 6 essential survival backpack ideas:

Water-To put it bluntly we need water to survive even for 1 day. For this reason, water is top priority. If you don't want to carry water you need ways to purify it, or boil it.Ideas:-Way to boil water e.g. portable stove -Purification System-Mechanical Filtration System like a Pocket Water Microfilter

Clothing-While you can certainly live with the clothes on your back, it's morale boosting to put on a fresh pair of socks while you clean the others. Pack a spare set of everything, you'll really appreciate this when the time comes. Ideas:-Waterproof coat with hood-Spare socks-Long sleeve shirt with quick dry- Quick dry pants

Shelter-Shelter is part of our basic human needs. Shelter can often be made from rubble, forest or natural features however, you can make things easier on yourself if you have a basic tent at the ready.Ideas:-Basic lightweight tent-Sleeping System-Mummy sleeping bag-Sleeping pad

Food-Not as important as water, however the morale effects of a little snack cannot be underestimated. It's easy to throw in a few MREs and some energy bars. Go for food that doesn't require much water to prepare.Ideas:-Energy bars- MRE- Freeze dried foods

Essentials-Many experts agree that the ability to make fire is extremely important. With fire you can cook, boil water and signal help. For this reason I suggest you pack a sparking device in your survival backpack. While multi tools (the plier type) a pocket chain saw and a flashlight (the wind up type) may not be considered critically essential, it will definitely help you in your survival attempts.

First Aid-Kit Nothing can assist a genuine survival situation more than a fully trained medicComputer Technology Articles, however since most of us don't get around with one of these we have to make do with a first aid kit. Ideas:- Bandaids- Insect repellent- Cloth Tape- Bandage- Large Safety Pins- Large Gauze Pads A survival backpack could make the difference between life and death. Keep one in your car and at home and be ready no matter what life throws at you.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Surviving MacGyver Style: Duct Tape Survival Tips

By Karen Roguski

MacGyver, televised from 1985 - 1992, gave millions a sneak peek of using unconventional items in an entirely different manner than they were intended. Almost every episode showcased MacGyver in a survival necessary situation that he was able to escape, survive, and thrive.

One product that was highlighted numerous time and in hundreds of ways was duct tape. Here is our very own MacGyver style list of ways to help survivors with the use of the fix-all duct tape.

Twenty-Three Survival Uses For Duct Tape

Originally invented in 1942, for military waterproofing, “duck tape” has inspired many a person in the art of quick fixing. Later the name was changed to duct tape, but the many practical uses remained the same.  

Blister Protection

Reduce the friction of blisters, especially on the feet, by covering the blister with moleskin and duct tape.

Clothing Repair

A quick way in which to patch a snag or hole in garments is to make a patch out of duct tape.

Off- Ground Sleeping

To avoid bugs, water, or any other potential ground issues a quick solution could be an inexpensive hammock.

Location Marker

Wishing to mark the trail back to home or camp is easy with the use of duct tape as it easily adheres to almost any source.

Tent Fix

To prevent bugs, water, or other issues from bothering you or your belongings no matter the material duct tape is one of the best ways to go in a pinch. For best results place tape on both sides of the hole.

Hang A Light

In the event of electrical power failure, one can attach a flashlight to the wall to allow a better light cast throughout the space.

Bandage Wrap

Duct tape bandage wrap can be used for keeping the dressing dry, wrapping a sprain, covering stitches, or so many more medical means.

Drying Clothes

Clothesline made out of duct tape can be done by twisting or braiding until strong. This same technique can be used to create rope, belts, or even means to hang supplies.

Animal Treatment

Just like with humans, animals are often in need of medical or support like means of attention. Duct tape can be used for hundreds of various animal needs.

Tiki Torch

Wrapping duct tape on the end of a large stick and setting the duct tape on fire is a great means of extra light.

Mending Patch

Duct tape is an awesome way in which to patch a leaking hose, duct work, or virtually any object in need of a temporary patch.

Spear Creation

Need a tool, weapon, or food hunting source make a quick and easy spear.

Injury Sling

The following images show just how simplistically making a sling out of duct tape can be created.

Frostbite Prevention

By placing duct tape directly on exposed areas of skin in cold, windy, and snowy conditions can help prevent frostbite and help with overall warmth.

Arrow Fletching

Duct tape can make arrow fletching quickly and easily. One will be easily surprised at how far your arrow can fly.

Weather Preparation

Sealing cracks, stopping air leaks, or even hanging plastic over windows is a perfect use for duct tape.

Sprain Support

Keep a sprain or potential break from getting worse by wrapping the area with duct tape. You can even add sticks, bark, or other items to help support the area in question.


The use of bright or fluorescent duct tape can help save a life or allow help to find you much easier. Create a giant S.O.S. or a large arrow to guide rescuers or help in your direction.


Nothing is worse than having to walk about with wet socks. To remedy this add or cover shoe or the hole with duct tape.

Restrain Someone

Strong means in which to bind someone’s hands and feet until you come up with a plan or means to contact authorities.

Stop Leak

Fix a leaking water bottle, Camelbak, bowl, or any other container by placing duct tape over the hole or crack.

Butterfly Stitches

First aid in a pinch is a must when off the grid. The use of duct tape can help seal, cover, or protect a wound.

Bug Catch

Fly or flying bug catcher use duct tape to make flypaper. Hang duct tape from the ceiling, the inside of the tent, or anywhere around the camp site.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Family Survival First Aid Kit (Part 2)

By: Sebastian Berry

Here at Family Survival Farm, in my little slice of paradise, I have been given a very wide berth when it comes to what topics I present and how I write them. As I and others have written our total view count continues to climb and the view count on the posts I have written continues to climb. I want to thank you, our/my readers. Sincerely, I believe that we have a good thing growing here (pun intended) at Family Survival Farm and you, the reader are a very important part of that. I can only hope that you continue to like and share our content here with your family and friends.

And now, for the rest of the story...beginning with my standard disclaimers.

DISCLAIMER: Instructions and information here is not a substitute for professional medical care and treatment. If you are having an emergency call 911 or your local emergency number for assistance.

I do not claim credit to any of the images used unless specifically indicated. All rights and credits remain with the original owners.

In my last post, Part 1, we discussed the following:
  • The first-aid mindset
  • Making your kit fit your specific needs
  • The container
  • General supplies
I promised in part 1 that I would show you my kit and its contents. It worked out really well because I just came back from a 10 day vacation with the family and it needed reorganized desperately. Some photos do contain duplicates, I'm not the best photographer, sorry.

Credit: Sebastian Berry

Credit: Sebastian Berry
I'm sure some of you didn't believe that I actually used a tackle box for my family survival first-aid kit. I have a couple of different reasons behind using something like this.
  1. It's hard plastic-my kids beat the crap out of this thing and its held up well.
  2. Lots of organizing slots
  3. Space in the bottom for large/odd shaped things
In part 1 I wrote about the purpose of your family first-aid kit and some of the things your kit should help you take care of.
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Aches and pains
  • Bug bites
  • Splinters and slivers
Below are individual shots of the contents of my kit. I want to note that you will see several different kinds of band-aids, including Band-Aid brand. Personally, I am partial to no brand in particular. 

In the brown bottle is a product called new skin. It is a polish type covering for very small cuts and scrapes. It burns like hell to put on but I like it for tricky spots to put a band-aid, like a finger tip. The clear bottle is hydrogen peroxide, my kids peeled the label off of it. You will also see moleskin, steri-strips and chloraprep.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
Credit: Sebastian Berry
Foot and general wound care items. Having served in the Army, I know what it is to have bad feet. I have seen some bad feet in my time. Foot care is definitely one of those things where the ounce of prevention is worth the pound of cure. There is almost nothing more miserable than having to carry on with injured feet. When your feet are your main mode of transport, you have to take care of them. The items above can be used to care for feet before, during, or after.

Like was mentioned in part 1, your first-aid kit should not be a replacement for your medicine cabinet. Keep enough items that you specifically prepare for. In my family, my wife and I both suffer from sinus issues, the kids get canker sores in the mouth, and I specifically have several fillings in precarious places. This is the part where you can really think about your specific situation. You have to think about some things that might happen before they happen.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
Here are some things that I think people forget about. Three things stand out to me here.
  • Cutting tools in the razor knife and scissors
  • Nail clippers
  • Small treats
Credit: Sebastian Berry
We can all think of reasons why cutting tools and clippers are good ideas. I don't think I really need to expound further. I keep only a couple of small treats in the family first-aid box-again for obvious reasons. However, there is almost nothing better in this world to take away the ouchies in both kids and us bigger kids than a little bit of chocolate..

You may notice some things not included in mine-like tweezers or a needle. That's because on our most recent survival family adventure my kids lost those items. I typically keep a sewing kit and tweezers together in the very bottom. 

A couple of other things not shown are cough drops and iodine. Keep in mind that if you keep cough drops in your kit you have to keep them in a sealed bag so that your kit does not take on the smell and flavor of your preferred cough drop. I love iodine. Yes, the brown stuff that your grandma poured all over your cuts and scrapes. My bottle leaked and luckily it did not get everywhere. That is also something that needs to be stored in a sealed bag or two.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
 I wanted to take this picture to show just how much you can fit into a kit. This is not terribly heavy or bulky. My kids, other than the baby, are able to carry and open this on their own.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
Yes, it all fits. The lid closes and when you are done you can place your cold beverage of choice in the cup holders on the top. 

What do you put in your family survival first-aid kit? What different things or things that you think are specific for your family do you include? Tell us all in the comments...