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.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The power of distraction...

By: Sebastian Berry

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

Ladies and gentlemen, FOOTBALL IS BACK!

I crave distraction. I love having things to do. As the old saying goes, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” I work incredibly hard, to the tune of 65+ hour weeks, regularly. I work full time in one emergency room, as needed at the other emergency room in the same town; I’m a substitute instructor at our local technical college, and other side jobs like this one.

We all need distraction in our lives. In the family survival situation, yes, there is a ton of work to be done but as another old saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” There is such a thing as “burnout”. There are several articles and studies that speak to this. Herehere, and here as well as many others.

Burnout is detrimental to productivity and overall health, which in the family survival scenario can be disastrous. I acknowledge that if society as we know it crumbles, football is probably not going to be around and I’m going to have to find a different distraction/hobby. Another of our illustrious contributors here at Family Survival Farm, Karen Roguski, wrote about fun and games with the survival family when the power is out. Read it here.

I am a religious man, a Christian. As such I do try to hold my sabbath day holy as best I can and not work. I also am employed in healthcare, at a hospital no less, and sometimes I have to work. There is something to be said about setting aside a day or two here and there to rest from our labors.

Sometimes we just have to stop and smell the roses, slow down, and take some time to ourselves. This time to ourselves has many names. Younger kids call it a mental health day. For those of a certain vintage, I like to say that I work for the weekend. With my schedule as it is, sometimes my weekend is in the middle of the traditional work week. I think my sentiment is pretty well summed up with the song of the same title that you can listen to here.

The point I'm trying to make here is simple, sometimes we just have to do something different than we are currently doing to break up the monotony. There is nothing wrong in doing something other than work. Again, several studies have shown the positive effects of taking vacation or holiday as some might call it. You can read a couple here and here.

In the survival family and even at Family Survival Farm you just have to have a little fun sometimes. I know that this posting is a break from my other writings. I hope that you can take the hint that it's okay to do that every once in a while.

What do you do to take a break from your everyday routine? Tell us in the comments. Also, make sure that you have signed up for our monthly giveaway here.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Key To Survival Food: Preparation

The Key To Survival Food: Preparation

In a survival situation, one of the most important things to have is a good supply of food. Without it, the average person will not last very long, as we all know. However, if you wait until an emergency takes place, it’s likely that you will not be able to procure the food items you need. Even more sure is the fact that you will not be able to get them in the amounts it will take to last, should the situation turn dire.

Start Preparing NOW

If you haven’t already started an emergency food pantry, go ahead and do that now. Even an allotment of ten dollars per shopping trip will add up faster than you think. The more you’re able to put towards food preservation the better, just remember that you want food items that will need no refrigeration or freezing.

Some of the best items to make sure you have on hard are:

  • Canned Food: Canned good will last several months to several years, depending on when it was canned and what the expiration date is. Make sure that you can read that date well and replace any items that happen to expire before they are needed. Restocking, if done right, costs very little and can add up quickly. Shop sales, discount grocery, thrift grocery stores and scratch and dent sales.
  • Freeze Dried Foods: These prepackaged foods will generally last several years on the shelf or in your pantry. With the proper equipment, you can even make your own, but make sure you follow all detailed instructions so that no bacteria are able to get inside your food.
  • Non-perishable Foods – These foods also tend to have a long shelf life, however some can go bad faster in hotter climates. For emergency pantry purposes, with modern air conditioning that is available, we don’t have to worry. However, choose these items carefully if you do not have air conditioning or will not have it for long periods of time. For instance, following a major disaster, loss of electricity will means these items can go bad quickly.
  • Military Rations: Also known as MRE’s, or Meals Ready to Eat, these are generally the last chosen rations because they are bland in taste, at best. However, in a true emergency, they will do if there is nothing else to be had and can sustain you for a while. They do last a very long time in storage and climate usually does not affect them over those long storage times.

The Use of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements

In the case of a disaster that leaves you without the ability to get fresh fruits and vegetables for long periods of time, it’s possible for your health to deteriorate very quickly. If the only things you have to live on as far as food is concerned are the above-mentioned items, you will probably not meet the nutritional values that you should have.

In a case like this, it’s a good idea to have a stockpile of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy for longer periods of time. This is likely to be an area that many people will not consider when stockpiling their food.
When choosing your vitamins and supplements, make sure to choose a manufacturer that is trusted and has no ongoing issues such as lawsuits or recalls. The more trusted the manufacturer, the more likely your health is to be truly sustained when you are dependent on these types of things.

Stockpiling Your Own Food From Scratch

This is a great idea and one that will save you loads of money over the long haul. However, especially with canned goods, make sure you consider the type of container these foods will be kept in. For instance, glass jars are great for keeping food safe and edible for several years, however, you will not be able to transport them easily.

Home freeze-drying and smoking are also great ideas for putting up food, but again, make sure your containers will be able to withstand the time and the movement it may take should the necessity arise.

Final Note

Whatever you think you will need, remember that the key is preparedness. Choosing the method that best suits your family and your family’s needs is a personal choice. What works for one family may not work for yours, and vice versa.

It might be something you want to spend some time researching before coming to a definite decision. Remember, safety first. Your life may depend on it.