Sunday, August 13, 2017

Top 10 Must See Survival Movies

By Karen Roguski

Every time new movies come to the big screen we are reminded how box office numbers continue to hit record numbers. Okay, so these numbers include movies in every style, genre, and type one might possibly imagine from remakes, animated, fictitious, based on true events, disasters, catastrophe, and of course survival.

Inspiration Behind Of The Top 10

The Top 10 Must See Survival Movies idea came to me after stumbling across an amazing documentary, Return To The Wild. I had grabbed the disc at my local library not realizing it to be a documentary or even a look back at the true story of Christopher McCandless, AKA Alexander Supertramp.

Watching Return To The Wild pulled at the heartstrings in a way I will never forget in so many ways that I ran right out and found a copy of Into The Wild. The outcome of watching both is the true inspiration into this must see movie listing. Many you may have already seen, or like me hope, you shall stumble across one you have yet to view. That being said it should come as no surprise to that we, without further ado, in no particular order, begin our top 10 must see survival movies…...

Into The Wild

One man’s journey into the Alaskan frontier. This is the true story of Christopher McCandless highlighting why he gives up life as he knew it to find peaceful happiness as Alexander Supertramp.

Cast Away

The Pacific Ocean can get a bit rough. Chuck Noland discovers this once he becomes stranded on a desert island with only one companion, Wilson the Volleyball.

Grizzly Adams

One man’s escape into the wild to prevent wrongful imprisonment. James “Grizzly” Adams finds companionship with his new Ben, the bear.

127 Hours

The canyons of Utah can be a bit tricky. This is the true life account of Aron Ralston and his 127 hours confinement by a boulder that showcases his will to live.

Adventures of The Wilderness Family

The true story of the Robinson family comes alive on the big screen when they decide to give up the life they grew bored of in Los Angeles. Along with their children, the Robinson family moved to the Rocky Mountains.

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Becoming stranded in the Andes Mountains this movie brings us the survival of an Uruguayan rugby team. After their plane goes down this group of men show us how they survive at all costs.

The Shallows

This film showcases the survival and will to live of Nancy Adams. As if the grief of losing her mother wasn’t enough now she must do all within her power to return to safety.

Jeremiah Johnson

Growing tired of civilization and wishing for a bit of solitude, Jeremiah Johnson discovers that he will need help if he is to survive his wilderness stay.

All Is Lost

Here we have the privilege of watching one man’s survival while stranded alone in the Indian Ocean.

A Cry In The Wild

The world is unaware of the downed plane and its sole survivor, thirteen-year-old Ben. Now stranded in the Canadian wilderness Brian must learn to survive in order to live.

In Conclusion

There are hundreds if not thousands of movies currently on the market in regards to survival, some real and some not. This listing is by no means near all of the great titles one may wish to see. However, as you might notice with this gathering many various timescapes are awaiting your viewing pleasure.

Our goal here at Family Survival Farm Blog from the start has been to help, teach, and even entertain those interested in the areas of Outdoors, Prepper, Farm, Survival, and more. I take it upon myself to say that every writer here hopes that you are enjoying all of our hard work and efforts to date.

Please comment below allowing us a bit of insight as to what you have loved, what you didn’t previously know, or what other topics you would enjoy seeing in the future. We look forward to hearing from each and every reader.

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...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Frugality: What It Means Now and What It Can Mean Later

What Is Frugality?

When you hear the word frugal, what comes to mind? I guess that depends on your position on the subject. To me, it means doing the best you can with the least amount possible. I have written various posts on the subject, as it spans across a wide number of topics. Being frugal has to be a mindset in order to work.

For you, it might means spending less on groceries each week by purchasing things that will stretch further. It might mean mending clothes and other home fabrics instead of purchasing new. It might mean conserving energy in various ways. It might mean learning to live with less in the "right now" in order to make sure the "long term" is covered.

Frugality With Food

I cannot stress enough how important it is to practice food preservation in some form or another. There are many various ways, and even subcategories within those ways. For instance, canning is a wonderful method of putting up food. You can pressure can, water bath can, and you can even can in the oven! Oven canning is used mostly for dry goods such as flour, meal and grits. Check out this video on the topic from HamPrepper.

Dehydrating is another great option for food storage for many different types of food. You can freeze foods easily as well, though this option will let you down in the event of a power outage. If you have an alternate means of power, such as a generator or solar system, you should be good.

Frugality With Clothing

We've all heard the old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine!". That means that if you mend something now that only needs one or two stitches, it will keep the hole from getting larger in the future and needing more stitches to close it up. I learned the truth in this the hard way when a favorite blanket of mine became torn. Just a bit in the corner turned into a disaster when I put it in the washer! Most of the stuffing came out and I wound up having to throw it away and clean my washer out to boot!

So when my daughter's goose down blanket got a hole in it, we immediately set out to sew it up. It only took a couple of minutes and there hasn't been another problem since! We've done the same thing with curtains that were coming apart at the seams, pant pockets that got a hole in them, pillows and so much more. 

Instead of purchasing new fabric for mending, I save any and all old clothing that would normally be thrown out. Anything that is stained, badly ripped or torn, or something that has already been mended a great deal (such as jeans with patches), I recycle. I have tubs full of fabric for those "just in case moments" and jars that contain buttons, zippers, elastic and hem pieces. Everything is usually reusable so don't throw it out!

I purchased a variety pack of sewing needles from the Dollar General store that has come in handy more times than I can count. I highly recommend getting it for your supplies if at all possible. It only cost a couple of dollars and believe me, I've already gotten my money's worth! It contains needles for repairing gloves, carpet, awnings, upholstery, tents, car seats, knit fabrics, elastic and more. Also, I recommend buying spools of thread in various colors whenever you see them on sale. 

Frugality With Energy

One of the things some people are still surprised to hear from me is that I do not own a microwave. In my own opinion, not only does it makes things too simple, it also consumes a lot more energy than you might think. Even a small one operates at roughly a thousand watts. At about .10 cents per kWh, if you use that microwave for about one hour per day, you will spend almost forty extra dollars each year. It may not sound like much, but when money is tight, every little bit counts!

You can multiply that by two if you're using a clothes dryer. How many loads do you go through each day? A medium sized family can easily do at least two loads per day, which doubles it again. So hanging clothes out to dry isn't going to save the world, but it might save a few dollars you could easily put somewhere else.

Something else that people don't often think about is the energy used when devices are plugged in but not operating. Coffee pots, microwaves, DVD players and so much more. My rule of thumb is that if there is a light that stays on all the time, you can unplug it when you're not using it. Again, this is not a life changing amount of money, but when you add all the little things up, you're sure to see a big savings. 

Benefits of Learning To Live With Less

If you practice a lifestyle of frugality, you are far less likely to suffer as much in the case of an emergency or catastrophe. You will already be use to living with less, so if you lose power or something similar, you will get along better than those who have practiced posh living their entire lives. Not that it can't be done, it's just much simpler.

It's also possible that adding up all the savings will give you the ability to stockpile a bit of cash. If things go south at some point in the future, cash could well become a commodity and will be worth much more than it's worth now. Especially if you save it somewhere in your home instead of in a bank or account of some sort.

If you believe that nothing bad will ever happen, you're not as likely to accept an idea like this. And you might be right. You may never see a major world catastrophe in your lifetime. However - and again, this is me personally - I would rather live prepared than be caught unaware.

I hope this little article has helped you in some way. If so, feel free to pass it along!