Showing posts with label water. Show all posts
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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.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Importance Of Water Storage



By Forest Puha

As of this writing, I’m watching the residents of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and search around their areas for fresh water to drink. Federal aid workers and rescue squads of all types are gradually coming into the island, but with electrical power lines broken and roadways cluttered with debris, help is slow in coming. This article will cover some points about storing water that I think can be useful in your home.

Analyze how many people you have in your immediate family. You should have at least one gallon of water per person, more in hot weather or depending on personal needs. FEMA emergency guidelines say to have enough for three days at minimum, for both drinking and basic sanitation. I have a couple of clear five-gallon plastic jugs that supplies my family with the minimum amount of water. These jugs are available in your local grocery or retail store for relatively cheap, and to refill them in-store can be done for a couple of dollars.



These are common and found everywhere. Get ones with screw on caps.



It’s also a good idea to buy a pallet of commercially bottled water and store it in a cool and dark place.






These pallets are good for both storing in your car and at home, but not as reusable as a larger jug.



If you have your own containers to store water in, make sure you completely wash them out with regular dish washing soap, hot water, and a teaspoon of unscented chlorine bleach. Seal and shake them up before emptying and rinsing out. This will help kill any bacteria growing inside the bottles and caps and keep you from getting sick.



When you run out of stored water, there are also a number of ways you can purify water around you. Make sure any water you intend to drink comes from a reasonably clean source. Sealed water heaters are your best bet for potable water with minimal treatment. Once that’s done, you can treat your water in the following ways:

Boiling: usually the safest and most common method of making drinking water. In a large stove pot or tea kettle (even better if it’s copper for additional antibacterial properties) cover the pot or kettle with a lid and bring the water to a boil for at least a minute. Let it cool to the touch before drinking or storing, as excess heat will burn skin and melt plastic.





A watched pot never creates Cryptosporidiosis.





Chlorinating: only unscented household liquid bleach with a minimum of 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite will kill organisms inside the water and make it safe to drink. The rule of thumb is to add 16 drops, or about 1/8 of a teaspoon of bleach, per gallon of water. Shake well and let it work for half an hour. The water will smell slightly of bleach, and that’s perfectly normal. If it doesn’t, repeat the dosage and let it stand for another 30 minutes. If you still don’t smell the bleach, it’s beyond the ability of bleach to sterilize it. And remember: ONLY unscented household liquid bleach will work for drinking. Don’t use scented bleach, sprays or any other substance that may harm you when ingested.



Chlorine tablets also work well too. Use as directed.



Distillation: this process involves collecting the water vapor that condenses from boiling. The condensed vapor is usually rid of bacteria through the process. A quick way to distill is to angle a metal or glass baking sheet above the spout of a tea kettle, so that the rising steam will collect and drip down the inside of the baking sheet into a bowl or cup below as the kettle whistles. There are many ways to distill water with a boiling method, and all are useable in a situation with no electricity.




 From the National Self Reliance Association. How to build a small water still. Salt water can be substituted with the cleanest water you can find for distilling.



In an emergency, water is life and the key to survival. Make sure you have enough on hand to last you for as long as the emergency lasts, and you’ll be able to think straight and tackle any other problems that come your way.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About


There are lots of reasons people make mistakes when first beginning their prepping journey. One of the main ones is that it is rushed into with very little planning put into place first.

Really though, the lack of information is usually at the root of every mistake made. That’s good news, because it’s easy to get your hands on information these days! While there are some places that have faulty information, you should be able to discern, sooner than later, between the good and the bad.

To kick-start your momentum, we’re going to offer you some tips right now that will help you with your prepping and hopefully catapult you into your own research. Remember, do what’s right for you and yours, and you will have successfully prepped. It’s just that simple.

Live Below Your Means

Pinching pennies pays off!


We live in a day and age where the American dream seems to be the rule of the land for most people. Everyone wants a college degree, a home on some land, a new car, a couple of credit cards and plenty of money in a savings account in case anything goes wrong. While some of this makes great sense, in a real emergency scenario, much of this will no longer matter.

We could spend pages and pages explaining all the things that could go wrong and wind up causing you to leave the home, land and vehicles behind. We could talk at length about banking systems and what can ultimately happen to your money. However, we’ll leave that topic for another day.

The point is, in order to do your best prepping, living below your means is incredibly important. It’s tempting, I know, to put tons of prepping supplies on a credit card and feel accomplished. However, it’s better still to be frugal and save money that can be used on those supplies instead.

If you’ve never lived in a frugal manner before, the task might seem daunting at first. In this case, don’t make all the major changes all at once, but rather pick one a week. Over time, you will have moved into a lifestyle that allows you to save a lot more money than you ever thought you’d be able to.

The Important of Water Cannot Be Stressed Enough

Saving water is important too.


The fact is, you will last a whole lot longer without food than you will without water and in an emergency, you will use a whole lot more of it than you think you will. Keep in mind that you will not only be drinking water, but bathing in it, washing your dishes in it, providing hydration for any pets you might have, and more.

So the two or three gallons per week per person that most agree you have to have is really only for drinking purposes. Figure in much more than this for other things, especially if you are on the move and won’t be staying in one place for long at a time.

There has been a lot of discussion as to what the best storage containers for water are. Try to stay away from the bottles that single-serve drinking water actually comes in. Experts agree you shouldn’t even reuse these because chemicals from the plastic will leach into the water and can make you sick.

Empty milk jugs are another go-to container for many preppers, but this could be a bad idea overall as well. If you’re not carefully, you might not get all of the residue from the milk cleaned out. This gives a perfect environment for bacteria to grow in your water, eventually resulting in you or your family getting sick. Food grade containers, especially those made specifically for storing water, are the best.

Another important note on this topic is that you don’t have to go out and purchase water. It’s just as easy, over time, to catch and store your own. Again, we suggest using the right containers because safety is of the utmost importance in an emergency situation.

Don’t Store What You Won’t Use

Sometimes, you might come across a deal on canned goods that just seems too good to pass up. Perhaps it’s spinach or artichoke hearts. My advice in this situation is to think before you buy! Filling the shelves of your emergency pantry might be important to you, but if you buy foods your family won’t eat, you are wasting money, plain and simple.

It’s more than ok to pass on items like this and just wait for sales on foods that will be used. This way, not a penny is wasted, nothing will have to be thrown out because it wasn’t eaten, and in the event that there is no emergency, years down the road, you can serve it for a regular meal.

Rotate Your Emergency Pantry



If you haven’t already done so, make sure to keep a running inventory of all the food items you have in your prepper’s pantry. One of the most important pieces of information to keep on this inventory is the expiration date of each item. Of course, the expiration date isn’t the “magic day” on which that particular item goes bad, but it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to.

If you’ve had food stored for a while and find yourself nearing an expiration day, go ahead and serve that item for a meal. Then simply replace it with the same thing, or with something similar. It all depends on your desire for the contents of your pantry.

The Importance of Regular Exercise

It’s not always first on the list that you need to be in shape in the event of a large-scale catastrophe. However, if something were to happen, it’s likely that there would be a great deal of moving, hiking, lifting and more to be done. All that involves strenuous physical labor, and if you’re not in shape, you might be in trouble.

Even spending a few minutes on a treadmill a couple of times a day will help. If you’re able to do more, by all means, do it. Regular exercise benefits you every single day and in some cases, can stave off illness and certain diseases that are linked to being out of shape.

In Closing

Just remember, you don’t have to do everything in a day, a week or even a month. The fact that you are getting started is the most important thing. And so is finding quality information you can trust to help you make all the right decisions.


Hopefully, if you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, these tips will have helped you get a decent start on the right things. Good luck and happy prepping!