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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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No Power Needed Fun and Game Ideas

No Power Needed Fun and Game Ideas  
By Karen Roguski


The latest natural disaster we are facing, Hurricane Harvey, got me to thinking about ways in which to entertain oneself and family, especially since so many of us have grown to rely on electronics. Thus, finding ways to unwind, have a bit of fun, or even keeping the little ones entertained isn’t always the easiest.


Today we hope to offer some inventive and enjoyable options to help ignite the imagination, while getting one's mind off of life’s grind and stress, in a way that does not require electricity. For items that require props we have also tried to utilize and focus on using and repurposed items to help maintain a “greener lifestyle”.

Fun and Games For All Ages

Sack Racing-

Oldie but a goodie for loads of laughter can be found in the classic sack racing. No need to buy a potato sack when you can use pillow cases or even sleeping bags for the same effect.

Board Games-

Family game night can resurface to fulfill this super fun option. Monopoly, Scrabble, The Game of Life, Candyland, or you can even create your very own imaginative board game.


Outdoor Gaming-

Here we have some additional old school ideas such as Dodge Ball, Hide and Seek, Tag, Mother May I, Tug Of War, or anything else the mind can create.


Card Games-  

No matter if your favorite is Poker, Go Fish, Blackjack, Spades, Rummy, Solitaire, or a card variety that only your family knows. Card games are an all time winner.

Bubbles-

One tablespoon soap to one cup of water and walla, fun and laughter is the guest of the hour. Bubbles can be fun for kids of all ages.


Mad Libs-

No need to purchase Mad Libs books when you can easily create your very own. Shhhh...these are also a great way to help teach in a fun manner.


Scavenger Hunt-

The world is an oyster, the sky's the limit, the boundaries are only those you make when it comes to scavenger hunting. Simply make a list, set a time limit, ensure a boundary, and take off running.


Puzzles-

Yet another classic way in which to pass the time that needs no power of any kind. Don’t forget you can even create your very own puzzles in a number of different ways.


Paper and Pen-

Using these items one can do so many different things such as Tic Tac Toe, journaling, story writing, hang man, draw, card making, or so much more.

Books-

Books come in many shapes and sizes from those to be read to crosswords, mad libs, joke books, riddle books, and even sudoku. The often not thought of book can be found in the good old coloring books that have become so popular recently.  


Ghost Stories-

Although ghost stories are usually used around the campfire they can actually be done whenever the mood fits, though in the dark is always the best.

Music-

Time to break out the guitar, harmonica, drums, or even just the pots and pans. Music has been said to calm the savage beast, so why not have it help to erase the boredom as well.


Tire Swing-

A great old school outdoor idea that is easy to make and utilizes recycling in a huge fun, power free manner, is the classic tire swing. Again a super fun time passing adventure for the kid of any age.


Collecting-

Creating custom collections dates back to the old ages. For many, these collections might be options such as bugs, stamps, rocks, butterflies, or absolutely any item that strikes you fancy and catches your eye. The fun continues when one takes the time to create the perfect way in which to highlight their showcase collection.


The Sky-

The sky can be such an enormously gratifying thing in which to look at, admire, study, relax and have fun. One can incorporate pastimes such as naming cloud creatures, naming the star clusters, following the moon phases, or even bird watching to name a few.


Crafts-

Crafting can include so many various means, textiles, and items. Some examples can be scrapbooking, paper mache, pillow making, doll making, creating musical instruments, and so much more.


Building Toys-

Think Lego, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, cardboard boxes, or any other item that can be used to build. No matter the medium being used hours of fun can be had with almost anything.


Forts-

Building forts require breaking out the sheets and blankets. Toss them over some furniture and open the imagination.


More Family Favorites

What are some of your family favorites? We would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment them below, upload your video, or share a picture. Who knows you might start a new and innovative trend.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fourteen Everyday Household Items That Can Improve Outdoor Survival

By Karen Roguski


There are so many items that you use everyday that can improve outdoor survival, help achieve a missing item in your camping kit, or make it easier to eat outside. More often than not survival items can be just about anything if you take the time to think outside the box a bit.

That being said here are our top fourteen everyday household items to help make life a bit easier, dryer, safer, and all around more functionable.

  • Shower Curtain or Garbage Bag
An everyday shower curtain or garbage bag can have numerous uses. They can be used as a ground tarp, shelter, a means to catch rainfall, or a watertight means of storing items.

A fun outside the box idea can be digging a hole and then use the shower curtain or garbage bag as a liner - instant outdoor bathtub.

  • Watch
Besides simply a means for telling time watches are great makeshift compasses, timers to ensure water safety, or even a blade when taken apart.


  • Can - Aluminum Or Tin
The aluminum or tin can can be the perfect pan in a pinch, fill with kerosene for a lamp or torch, a popcorn popper, a candle holder, a scoop, when strung can become a noisy alarm, poking a  hole in the sides can make a lantern, or they can even used for a campfire cake pan.

  • Ziplock Bags
Some of the many uses for ziploc bags can be found by reading this article.

When thinking outside the box the ziplock bags can be filled with water and then hung from a tree in the sunlight to warm the water. When ready poke small holes in the bottom for a makeshift shower. For a bit more showering privacy use the shower curtain or trash bag from above to shelter your backside from others.


  • Tool Belt or Apron with Pockets
Yet another item that is often overlooked as a means of outdoor use or survival. They can be attached to trees for clean storage, storing items away from critters and animals, or any other hack one can come up with when thinking outside the box.

  • Rope, Bungee Cord or Shoe Laces
Ropes, bungee cords, and shoe laces can have complete books written about there many outdoor and survival uses, For example these can be used for virtually anything from a  tourniquet, a snare, a splint, a clothesline, or even bundling wood.


  • Dental Floss
Dental floss is great for way more than just great oral hygiene. Dental floss is also great for fishing line, a means to hang food bags, patching or sewing holes, for snares, trip wires, cutting food items, and even for clothesline. Dental floss is a must have in every home, kit, or pack.

An outside the box hack that many look is using dental floss to fix pack or backpack straps.  


  • Bandana
The square cloth bandana can easily make life easier or possibly even save your life. For this list we think bright colored bandanas are the best as they are easier for you to be spotted if hurt, lost or otherwise in need of a quick rescue.

Other uses for the bandana also include water straining, face coverage, bandages, splints, a sling, or a means of keeping the head cool and shaded.

  • Nail Polish
Waterproofing matches can be done by using nail polish. Simply paint the match about halfway down the stick for a guaranteed way to light a fire every time.


  • Gallon Jug
The gallon jug is another item with more uses than many possibly consider. Obviously they can be used for water storage. When cut can become a scoop, or even a spoon.

When thinking outside the box one should consider filling the gallon jug with water and freezing it to make the perfect outdoor refrigerator.

Another creative outside the box idea can be to poke numerous small holes in the cap, add water and place in the sun to warm, hang at an angle for a quick shower.

  • Book
The book is great for reading and helping to pass the time. But thinking outside the box a book can also be used in a pinch for toilet paper, or a great fire starter.

  • Coffee Can
Much like the aluminum can, tin can, or gallon jug the coffee can (the kind with a lid) can be utilized in a number of ways such as a toilet paper holder, food strainer, bowl, utensil holder, or even a scoop.

  • Paperclip
The common paperclip cannot be forgotten when it comes to improving outdoor survival and outdoor hacks. They can be used as fishing hooks, as a hook for hanging items, keeping packages closed, a zipper pull, and even a sewing needle.


  • Duct Tape
Duct tape ideas are too numerous to list. I mean seriously what can you not do with duct tape?


As one can obviously notice this is by far nowhere near all of the items around that can be utilized in a number of ways or for alternative means but merely the top fourteen my family have used personally.

We would love for you all to let us know of any everyday items that you use or have used to help with outdoor living or outdoor survival.