Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Best Clothes to Wear in a Horror Movie Doomsday Scenario

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Are you the kind of person who worries about zombie invasions and apocalyptic events? Do you have nightmares about werewolves and man eating plants? If you've answered both of these questions with a resounding yes then it's time to take affirmative action. You could start out by considering the types of clothes that you'd wear in the ultimate nightmare scenario.

Shoes

If you want to make a quick getaway from a bloodthirsty attacker then you might be best off with a pair of running shoes. However, those of you prepared to stick around and fight should invest in a pair of high heeled boots. You could use these to stamp and grind the faces of your enemies into the cold hard dirt.

Jacket

What do fictional heroes such as Van Helsing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have in common? Well, they both have the courage to go toe to toe with creatures of the night and they also wear awesome black jackets. It seems that this item of clothing is mandatory if you want to look good while doing your bit for the survival of mankind.

Corset

You should wear a corset if you want to entice your terrifying pursuer into a trap. They'll be extremely keen to chase you down when the notice your natural curves (if you are indeed a damsel supposedly in distress). However, you'll be able to blow the kiss of death before they can lay a hand on you.

Spikes

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo must surely go down as one of the toughest female movie characters of recent times. You are advised to follow her example and complete your horror movie scenario outfit with spiked studs. They look mean and may even give you some added protection against your foe.

Hat

You're going to need a witch’s hat if you want to conjure some dark spells when the evil tormentors arrive. It might even be worth dressing up as one of the scary witches from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Alternatively you could follow the example of undead-slaying Tallahassee from Zombieland and wear a cowboy hat tso bring some Western style to your killer getup.

Mask

If Freddie Krueger has come to town then you should wear the mask of his arch nemesis, Jason. The disfigured serial killer may be a little perturbed at the thought of having his head chopped off for a second time. Of course you could create some alternative scenarios by wearing the mask of Chucky or Hannibal Lector.

Dress

You will fit perfectly into the aesthetic of the horror movie scene when wearing a black Gothic dress. If you want to look really intimidating then you should select a dress featuring human skulls and lilies. Or perhaps you'd prefer to wear a pretty frock and lure your enemies into a false sense of security.

Survival – in any scenario – is all about being prepared, so plan your horror scenario wardrobe and be ready for anything!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How Modifying Your Car Might Just Help You Survive the Apocalypse

Can you imagine life without your car? Well, when the apocalypse arrives, your four-wheeled friend could just be your key to survival. In this article, we consider how modifying your car could help in 5 different potential doomsday scenarios – now it’s just down to you to decide which one you think is most likely to happen first!

Before we continue, it’s worth pointing out that there are few things that any self-respecting survivalist should keep in their vehicle at all times. We’re talking about weapons (the deadlier, the better), food (stuff that won’t go bad anytime soon), fuel (lots of it), water (loads of it), maps, first-aid provisions, waterproofs, hiking boots… you get the picture. Make sure you’ve got these bases covered before you even begin to worry about the various logistical nuances of particular apocalyptic scenarios.

OK, now let’s take a look at 5 things that could put an end to life as we know it, and consider how some practical, and (reasonably) plausible DIY car hacks could give you the edge in an increasingly hostile environment…

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Zombies

None of us want to be confronted by a worldwide zombie invasion, but it would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that the massed zombie hordes will eventually make an appearance.

If this scenario does materialise, we can at least probably rely on our superior intelligence, driving ability and personal hygiene standards to improve our chances of survival.

If you want to zombie-proof your car, we suggest fitting a snow plough – perfect for mowing down large groups of zombies, or just clearing away their horribly mutilated corpses after your latest self-preserving killing spree.

Any other weapons that you can incorporate will definitely come in handy. In an ideal world, we’d recommend experimental military laser cannons, but if you can’t get your hands on anything like that, there are alternatives that you could probably rig up in a fairly basic workshop at home. We suggest taking some inspiration from Robot Wars, and rigging up an assortment of flamethrowers and hydraulically powered sharp objects to maximise your car’s zombie-repelling potential.

A New Ice Age

The idea that we’re heading for a new Ice Age is hotly-contested within the climate science community, but it’s clear that in some parts of the world, at least, winters have been getting increasingly extreme in recent years. And that pattern looks set to continue as solar activity reaches a low point.

If you sense we’re heading for an extended big-freeze, then now’s the time to start modding your car. Once again, the snow plough is a must-have addition – this time for more conventional reasons (i.e. moving snow out of the way).

Next, think about fitting caterpillar tracks to your vehicle to improve your ability to navigate difficult terrain in a frozen landscape.

Finally, make your car as warm as you possibly can. That means as much insulation as you can manage, and maybe even a Jeremy Clarkson-inspired in-car stove.

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A Global Pandemic

Ideally, in the event of a global pandemic, you want to be as far away from the rest of humanity as possible. That means getting to high ground, and fortifying yourself in case any marauders spot your alluringly-elevated hideout.

If you do end up needing to navigate the nearest city to stock up on supplies, however, there are a few basic car mods that might well improve your chances of evading the deadly outbreak.

Rather than forcing yourself to wear an uncomfortable respirator all the time, why not seal your doors and windows, add an air-tight escape hatch instead, and fit filters to your air-con system to keep out those malevolent microbes.

Last but not least, don’t forget to stock up on sanitizer!

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An Alien Invasion

In the event of an alien invasion, fighting back probably isn’t the way to go. Their weapons technology would probably reduce even Chuck Norris to tears, and even if it turns out they’re just looking for some orifices to probe, it makes sense not to draw attention to yourself.

Equipping your car with a telescope will help you spot the impending invasion early, improving your chances of escaping to somewhere safe before the alien army arrives.

If you don’t have a chance to avoid contact with the interplanetary intruders, then there’s another strategy that might just work. It’s quite possible that, if aliens do come to Earth, they’re actually just here to stop us destroying our planet and ourselves. Whilst they’re busy dismantling the military-industrial infrastructure, plaster your car with ban-the-bomb stickers and make it obvious that you’re passionate about peace and dedicated to keeping the planet green. That may just be enough to convince them you’re worth sparing!

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The Breakdown of Law & Order

It’s quite possible that civilisation could collapse without a traditionally apocalyptic scenario unfolding. Even if we manage to avoid alien invasions, climate chaos and killer viruses, there’s a good chance that our perennially precarious economic system could simply fall apart, and an unequal world ruled by an autocratic elite could give away to all-out anarchy; an every-man-for-himself mobocracy where ruthlessness and brutality rule.

The key thing to think about in this scenario is defending yourself against the prowling gangs of nihilistic outlaws. Replacing your windows with bullet-proof glass would be a good start, but attack is very much the best form of defence in this situation. In terms of practicality and versatility, the best option is probably a machine gun turret. Just remember not to take this on the roads until the police have disappeared!

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About the author: Mickey Hague blogs for Contract Hire a Car – the UK’s business car leasing specialists. When he’s not contemplating the end of the world, Mickey enjoys paintballing, foreign cinema and rib-eye steak.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Doomsday Preppers: Six Ways to Prepare Your Home for an Emergency

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The world seems to be getting a little scarier with each passing day. There has never been a time when it has seemed more important to prep your home for a doomsday scenario. If you want to protect your family, you need to plan ahead to be prepared. Follow these six tips to get your home ready in the worst-case scenario of a doomsday event.

Stock Food

The most important step in doomsday prepping is to stockpile the proper amount of food. You should have at least three weeks of food stored in case of emergency. If you want to really have your home prepared, you should try to store at least a year’s worth of canned and dried goods to keep your family fed during a doomsday event.

Plenty of Batteries

Power will be one of the most important things to have in the event of a doomsday scenario. If you want to keep your electric devices functioning, you should have plenty of batteries stored. Make sure to get all kinds of batteries to ensure that you can power any type of device that you need to use.

Store Water

Water is another crucial element for doomsday preppers to stockpile. A general rule of thumb is to store three gallons of water for every person to use for every day you expect to need it. Make sure to store this water in a cool, dark place to help keep it fresh.

Miscellaneous Supplies

Make sure to store the odds and ends that will come in handy to handle any emergency scenario. This includes things like duct tape, high quality PTFE tubing, zip ties, flashlights, paper and tools. These odds and end will come in handy when you are faced with a doomsday scenario.

Plywood

Having some plywood around is always a good thing for doomsday preppers. Whether you are faced with a hurricane or bands of looters, boarding up your windows with plywood will help to secure your home during an emergency.

Guns and Ammo

Having an arms stockpile can be the difference between life and death during a disaster or other doomsday event. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to safely handle a firearm in case of emergency.

If you follow these six tips, it will give you great peace of mind. It is always best to be prepared for anything, and in this day and age that unfortunately includes being prepared for doomsday.


Kandace Heller, from Orlando, Florida, has been working as a freelance writer since her graduation from the University of Florida. In her free time, Kandace enjoys reading and visiting the beach.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ways to Protect Your Home from a Break-In

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Being the victim of a break-in is one of the most violating things that can happen to a homeowner. Your personal belongings are exposed to the criminals who have chosen to enter the home. To prevent this from happening, there are a few steps that can be taken. Do this beforehand to keep your valuables safe.

Research before moving in

There are good and bad neighborhoods in almost every city. In some situations, just moving one street over can make a huge difference in some situations. Assess your price range before moving, and try to put yourself into the best neighborhood you can afford. This doesn’t necessarily mean to get into the most expensive neighborhoods, but into those that have the lowest crime rates.

There are statistics that can be found online for neighborhood criminal activity. An experienced real estate agent will also be able to guide you through the process. Even with this, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in an area. Take time to drive through at various times of the day and night before making a commitment. Make sure you don’t witness any suspicious activity during this time.

Security

For some, using the locks on the doors and closing the windows every night is enough to feel safe in their neighborhood. For others, additional security measures should be taken. Look into the cost of getting an alarm system. This could be the basic package, or include more add-ons such as window security and other features. Even just getting a sign and sticking it in your yard will prevent potential burglars from entering.

It has been statistically proven that homes with a dog are less likely to be broken into. Although not every homeowner wants a dog, it is something to consider in terms of safety. If you are completely against getting a dog or have a smaller breed, post a “beware of dog” sign somewhere on your property. Just the threat will make those looking to trespass think twice about the decision.

Secure belongings

Some people have been the victim of a break-in because of what they have inside. Be careful who you share information with, especially if the person you are talking to is only an acquaintance. There have been valuable objects stolen from some people’s homes all because they talked too openly of what they owned.

Investing in a fireproof safe is one of the best options for those who keep valuables in the home. Invest in a large safe to store firearms, cash, important documentation, and other things. This way, even if somebody were to break-in, they would have a hard time reaching these items. Place the safe in a place that is easy for you to reach, so you can protect yourself in any situation.

Take a few extra steps to protect your family from a break-in. By making these plans before the crucial time, you will be better protected, and prepared for any situation. Don’t assume just because you live in a nice neighborhood you are exempt from being cautious; be aware of your surroundings, and possible scenarios.

By +Cassie Costner

Cassie writes for www.cannonsafe.com on home security and protecting valuables. She has also written on the fire ratings of safes, and which one will work for you.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Summer Hurricanes and Winter Blizzards: Five Things That Will Protect You From Nature's Worst

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If you live in a part of the country that is known for bad weather or natural disasters, you need to make sure that you are prepared before emergency situations hit. Even if you live in an area that is relatively safe from nature's worst calamities, it is still important to protect yourself and your family from disasters that can be caused by human hands, such as social disorder or even the loss of a job. Here is a quick look at five things that will help you to be prepared for the worst emergencies.

  1. Non-perishable Food

    Food is something that is absolutely essential, especially since you more than likely will need a great deal of energy to be able to clean up after a disaster. Since storms won't always hit the day after you go to the grocery store, make sure that you are always prepared with a stockpile of non-perishable food you can live on until the storm passes. It is usually recommended that people have at least a month's worth of food for each member of their family, though, more is always better. It is also important to have a 72 hour supply of food and water packed away into backpacks for each member of your family, which will allow for you to get out of your home quickly if there is an emergency.

  2. Battery Powered Radio

    In an emergency situation, you will need to know what is going on around you and where you can go to find help. A battery-powered radio with extra batteries is an excellent way to keep in contact with the outside world when you have no power. A radio is also essential to receive instructions on where aid can be found, and what needs to be done after the disaster has passed.

  3. Clothing and Blankets

    No matter where you live, it is important that you have enough clothing and blankets to be able to handle the coldest possible weather for your area. If your heat goes out for days, you will need to find a way to stay warm throughout the chilly nights until everything is fixed and running again. Even brief exposure to cold weather can cause serious medical problems, especially for younger children and the elderly.

  4. Emergency Generator

    Emergency generators can be used for a variety of different purposes. They can charge cell phones, provide electricity for lamps in the evening, and provide electricity for space heaters to keep people warm when the heat is off. Emergency generators can also be used to power televisions, radios, and computers so people can catch up on the latest news about their situations. Even if your power is only out for a short period of time, a generator can help to keep your refrigerator and freezer running, which will prevent a huge loss of food and money.

  5. First Aid Kit

    During a severe weather pattern or natural disaster, people may get hurt and not be able to go to the hospital or drug store for medical care or supplies. A well-stocked first aid kit will contain items such as bandages, ointments, medications, pain relievers, and thermometers. These supplies can provide people with basic medical care until they can get to a doctor or hospital.

    While it is probably impossible to stock up on enough items for you to live a normal life during a natural disaster or severe weather pattern, stocking up on these basic essentials will improve your safety and make your life much easier.

Chaleigh is a writer and photographer that currently resides in NYC. She loves to write about everything, no matter whether the subject is emergency generators in Columbus or photographing the Rockies. While she spends most of her time writing, it is always a breath of fresh air to escape the apartment and photograph the buzzing city. Chaleigh also relishes every opportunity that she has to travel, no matter whether it is to escape out into the country or fly to Europe.

Monday, October 21, 2013

When the Lights Go Out

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While there are few things certain in life, especially in the hypothetical life after doomsday, one thing is almost a sure thing: the lights will go out. The way the U.S. electrical grid is set up, a catastrophic event in one area can have dire consequences in another area. Take the 2003 blackout of the northeastern United States and parts of Ontario, Canada; 50 million people, including major cities like New York, Baltimore, Buffalo, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, and Albany lost electricity because of an undetected software bug in a electrical control room in Ohio. Surely there have been measures taken to prevent this from happening again, right? Well, yes, a few, but not nearly enough.

According research done by a team of physicists lead by Shlomo Havlin, not enough has been done to the U.S. electrical grid to prevent another major blackout. The electric grid is a spatial network (defined by geographical location) which is dependent on a few key locations where the networks intersect. For the electrical grid to function, these key locations must be operating. As we saw in 2003, when a location fails the impact can be massive. Havlin stated in Nature Physics “Whenever you have such dependencies in the system, failure in one place leads to failure in another place, which cascades into collapse.” So, hypothetically speaking, let’s say another computer bug gets into a power plant, bringing the system down. That system brings another down, and another, and another before you know it the entire continent is in the dark. We’ve already seen it happen on a much smaller scale, so it’s no longer a question of “can it happen?” It can, and has.

So now what? Do we completely redo the United States’ electrical infrastructure? I think we all know that with the current state of the government that isn’t a priority for them. Now, the responsibility is placed on citizens to take the precautionary steps to prevent their homes from being plunged into darkness when the system fails again. Luckily, off-the-grid living has become a booming topic in recent years as the flaws of the electrical grid are being brought to the public’s attention.  It may require heavy costs, lots of planning, and  up front, but using these systems to create a zero-net home (one which creates and uses it’s own electricity) will pay for themselves and give you something money can’t buy: peace of mind, because when the next blackout comes, you’ll be prepared. Heck, if you pair it with a self-sufficient garden, you might never need to leave your property again (although socializing is generally encouraged).

So what exactly are the steps involved in going off the grid? Well, the first and most logical one for most people is to establish an alternate source of energy. You need to assess which source is going to work best for you (i.e. solar panels if you live in the desert, wind generator if you live in the plains), and figure out what your electrical needs are and how you will generate that much. There are ways to cheat the system and use less energy by purchasing things like tankless water heaters or wood-burning stoves, or heating your house with natural gas (plenty of other energy saving tips are everywhere online if you look around). After you have established your own electrical system, you’re going to need to drill your own ground well for water or install a cistern to collection rainwater or snow (depending on where you live, of course). Establishing a septic system for your sewage is usually the last step people take in getting themselves off the grid. Drilling for a well and installing a septic system are the most costly parts of going off the grid and prevents many people from taking the full leap to off the grid living.

So why, aside from saving your own hide in the event of sweeping blackouts and a destined-to-fail national electrical infrastructure, should you go off the grid? Well, for starters you’re going to save a lot of money in the long run. Despite heavy up front costs, electrical systems powered by renewable energy and sources for collecting your own water pay for themselves and then some within a matter of years. Think about never having to pay an electrical or water bill ever, for the rest of your life. I don’t know about you, but I will gladly forgo paying any bill, no matter how much it is.

Another benefit that is drawing more and more people to off the grid living is the fact that it’s incredibly environmentally friendly. By using renewable energy from the wind or sun, your carbon footprint becomes almost non-existent. So, not only are you saving yourself money now while making sure you’re completely prepared so survive a total collapse of the electrical grid if the worst were to happen, but you’re also doing your part to save the planet for future generations. It’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.

Elizabeth Eckhart is a freelance writer with an interest in energy conservation, living off the grid and the outdoors. You can link to her on Twitter at @elizeckhart

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Choosing an Appropriate Doomsday Weapon

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The apocalypse has come. Quick - grab a weapon! Wait, you don't have one? How are you going to protect yourself against the marauding hordes (zombies or not). Well, here's a rundown on some common weapons and the pro's and con's of adding them to your survival gear. This is a very general overview with some very broad-based generalisations, once you’ve decided on the type you’ll want to do more research for the specific kinds.

Ranged Weaponry

In general, ranged weaponry allows you to dispense harm at a distance – an important point to consider. In addition, and perhaps more importantly in a survival context they allow you to hunt for food. Since you aren’t going to be able to carry months of food on you; planning for a secondary food acquisition method is important.

Firearms

There are 3 major types of firearms – rifles, shotguns and pistols. Rifles are the most overall useful in a survival situation as they can be used to hunt over a wider range of distances. Shotguns have the most stopping power but require a lot of space for ammunition and have low ranges compared to rifles. Pistols are only useful at short ranges and are not at all useful for most hunting.

Pros:
  • Generally require the least amount of training for ranged weaponry
  • Easy to acquire (in North America)
  • Amazing force equalizer – a 105lb individual is still as dangerous with a gun as 220lb individual
Cons:
  • Bullets are an exhaustible commodity
  • Requires licensing to acquire and keep pre-apocalypse
  • Not as effective at close distances as you’d think (see Tueller Drill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tueller_Drill )
  • Requires care and maintenance on a frequent basis


Bows (including crossbows)


Pros:
  • Silent weapon, no muzzle flash
  • Arrows can often be used multiple times
  • Requires very little maintenance compared to firearms
Cons:
  • Stopping power (force applied) of arrows are generally lower than most firearms
  • Lower rate of fire and you generally have to ‘ready’ the weapon (cocking the crossbow, stringing and drawing the arrow)
  • Requires significant amount of training to become accurate, especially over greater distances

Melee Weapons

Staves and staff-like weapons

These are generally easy to acquire – a walking stick, a bo staff or a trimmed branch all fall into this category.

Pros:
  • Useful walking tool. Ask any hiker – a walking stick can reduce energy expenditure significantly over a long hike
  • Less obviously a weapon
  • Easily readied - it’s in your hand
  • Child-friendly (during non-apocalypse times or when you are in camp!)
Cons:
  • Impact damage from these weapons can be low unless properly trained
  • Requires a lot of space for full effectiveness
  • Can be awkward to carry around and often heavier (especially if coupled with above ranged weaponry)


Bladed Staff Weaponry (Polearms)

Javelins, spears, naginata all fall under this category.

Pros:
  • Can be used as a walking tool too (with care!)
  • Often can be thrown to add distance (and as a hunting tool with training)
  • The blade makes this a much more dangerous weapon than a normal staff, allowing you to keep attackers at distant melee range easier
Cons:
  • Requires training to use properly and safely
  • Harder to acquire working practical copies – most commercially available are showpieces or for sport


Blunt Weaponry

Crowbars, walking canes, baseball bats, wrenches – it’s all blunt weaponry. Easy to carry, easy to find; anyone can use this...

Pros:
  • Extremely easy to acquire
  • No training required for use and can cause significant amount of damage
  • Generally easy to carry with you
Cons:
  • Impact damage is easy to absorb / mitigate
  • Less ‘intimidation’ factor if needed


Swords


Pros:
  • Probably the most effective melee ranged weapon in trained hands
  • Can often be easily carried (scabbards)
  • Not as awkward to use if untrained (compared to staves and other long weapons)
Cons:
  • Requires significant training to use properly
  • Quality varies greatly – many commercially available swords are not meant for use and will break very easily
  • Has no other secondary use

Authors note – a good substitute is a machete or parang which provides many of the advantages of a sword with the addition of usefulness as a survival tool

Hatchets


Pros:
  • Extremely useful in a survival situation – can be used for cutting wood, clearing paths, etc.
  • Bladed weapon that can cause significant, focused damage
Cons:
  • One of the shortest ranged melee weapons
  • Requires a high level of commitment on the attack generally


Knives


Pros:
  • You have one already, right?
  • Extremely useful for general survival situations (stripping branches, creating kindling, cutting string, etc).
Cons:
  • Generally an extremely close ranged weapon
  • Against a longer weapon, you’re likely going to get injured. Heck, against another knife you’re likely going to get injured


Tao Wong
Tao's a martial artist and backpacker who has trained in Tai Chi, Karate, Western Martial Arts and now Mixed Martial Arts for the last 18 years. You can read more of his writing on Western Martial Arts on his blog Arms and Armour.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Survival Slingshot Review

by Shane White

Survival Slingshot


I saw this product on another site and it looked amazing so I just had to get my hands on one. I was pleased that the folks at Survival Slingshot sent me a standard model to "play" with.

Assembly was very easy. Literally just a couple of parts that snap together. I do recommend looking at the directions so you don't have to take it apart after realizing that it doesn't look quite right like I did. It will save you a little bit of time that you could be using on target practice. Once it is assembled, it is possible to take apart again, but it is not easy. It is pretty solid after it is put together. I am just keeping mine assembled and putting it in my Bug Out Bag. Please note that this is for the assembly of the standard model and not the Archer model or any other model.

Now, I will have you know that this slingshot is NOT a toy. I am confident that this slingshot can be used to hunt small animals so I would not recommend target practice with Rover the dog unless you plan on putting him on the menu.

This feels very solid. It is build with a hollow aircraft aluminum tube with various places to mount some of the optional extras that you can get for it. Options include an arrow attachment and a flashlight attachment (not reviewed since I don't have them). I couldn't find a place on the web site that allowed you to order the options at the time of this posting, but I am going to suggest them to the people at Survival Slingshot so hopefully we will be able to order them soon.

The base of this slingshot unscrews in a similar way that some Rambo style survival knives do which actually works well for this slingshot. The aluminum handle is water tight and has a compass built into the cap. Included inside is a needle and thread, a small fishing kit that includes a couple of hooks, some fishing line, and a couple of weights, some waterproof matches and a striker, and some steel shot ammo. I personally would pull out all that other stuff and just keep the tube full of ammo, but there is plenty of room in the handle for this stuff and plenty more in my opinion.

This slingshot is quite fun to shoot. I found that it shot quite consistently and is pretty easy to aim with a little practice. The handle is reasonably comfortable, but the same thing that makes this so cool (the tubular handle) is also the one thing that makes it a little uncomfortable to shoot. Not terrible, but just not as comfortable as a slingshot with a grip more designed for your hand would be.

The manufacturer states that the slingshot will shoot 250 yards. While I did not actually measure this, I will say that it does shoot quite a long ways. I never did find my shots again.

Overall, this slingshot is a great addition to your survival supplies. Ammo can be replenished anywhere you find a pile of rocks, the built in water tight storage is a great adder for stuff you don't want to get wet, or just for ammo. Shooting the slingshot is a breeze. With a little practice you will be hitting your targets. I also recommend that you buy some replacement bands just in case. I think the bands will last a long time, but I strongly suggest you have them just in case. At the time of this posting they are just $6.95 so it is well worth it.

One final note. There are several videos showing the slingshot being folded by slamming the slingshot together. Don't do this. The slingshot tube is made out of aluminum and is subject to metal fatigue and will break as mine did. The proper way to fold this is to gently pull apart the arm support and then fold. After I broke mine, the people at Survival Slingshot quickly replaced it within a few days. They stand by their products.

For more information on this product, be sure to check out their web site for more information on this cool product. You can find them at http://survivalslingshot.com/

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Learning the Essential Skills that Will Help You Survive a Disaster



When emergency strikes, fast thinking can mean the difference between survival and disaster. Prepare for emergencies with the six essential skills that will help you get through a crisis.

Perform CPR and First Aid

Every adult should know basic CPR and first aid. Knowing how to bandage a wound, stop bleeding and deal with an impalement is crucial to surviving an injury. The American Red Cross offers courses for First Aid and CPR certification that will teach you everything you need to know to render medical aid in an emergency.

Filter Water

If you are ever lost in the wilderness, you will need to know how to filter water so that it is drinkable. While humans can live for months without food, they can only survive for a few days without water. Getting adequate water is crucial, so it is important to learn this skill.

Basic Car Repair

Many people are injured every year when they encounter an unexpected car repair. Learning how to use road flares, change a tire and make minor repairs. Keep your tires inflated and rotated by finding a tire shop at http://simpletire.com/.

Start a Fire

If you are stranded in the wilderness, it is important to know how to start a fire, even if you don't have matches. If you are lost, a fire will provide warmth, cooking heat and a signal to rescuers. There are helpful courses that will teach you how to start fires and survive in the wilderness.

Stay Calm

In an emergency, the first instinct is to panic. By teaching yourself to remain calm, you will be able to think clearly and exercise sound judgement. This may take practice, but it can mean the difference between life and death. Practice deep breathing and other calming exercises that will help you make good choices in an emergency.

Maintain Your Body Temperature

Maintaining your body temperature is crucial in the first moments after a disaster. In some cases, maintaining your temperature simply means staying in your car after an accident. Many people have perished trying to walk to find help in subzero temperatures. There are ways that you can keep warm in cold weather and keep your major organs functioning properly. Always pack extra blankets, gloves and hats in case of emergency.

Staying safe during a crisis means understanding basic survival skills. By learning how to handle medical emergencies, training yourself to stay calm and knowing basic car maintenance, you will be prepared for any emergency that strikes.



Author Bio

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ten Things That You Will Need After Doomsday But May Not Have Thought Of

by Shane White

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As I rummage through my survival stash, I am always trying to think about what kinds of things I am missing. I thought I would compile a list of a few less obvious items we should make sure we have. Now keep in mind that this list is in no particular order and is certainly not everything we will need.

  1. Maps

    It is a good possibility that you will not have cell service or electricity so you will not be able to listen to the gentle voice of your smartphone's navigator directing you to your destination. Also, in certain events such as solar flares, the GPS satellites may not work properly so your car GPS will not work either. In the long term, a lack of batteries may also be a problem. Your best bet is to have several maps and road atlases on hand. I personally like the ones covered in plastic that you can find in certain gas stations since they can't get wet and should last a lot longer.

  2. Meat Grinder

    What happens if your favorite grocery store is overrun by zombies and you want a nice juicy hamburger? You should have a hand crank meat grinder. This is probably a better way to make ground beef anyways since it seems that there are some creative meat alternatives and additives added to the ground beef anyways. It is also a good idea to have other meat processing items around. Avoid electrical if you can so you can still keep providing your family with tasty cuts of mean even when the power is out. Don't worry, your arms will only be sore from grinding your own meat for a little while.

  3. Radio

    It is a good chance that during and after any event, there will always be some sort of radio station, HAM operator, or random guy with a CB out there with some useful information or tips about what is going on. Who knows, maybe someone with an old record collection and some technical know-how will share his collection with the world over the airwaves as well. Having at least one radio is a good idea. A nice hand crank radio is a good way to go if you don't have power. Other radios will need batteries or something to plug into, but are still useful. Learning how to operate a HAM radio is also a good idea.

  4. Seeds

    If you don't have seeds, you might just be in trouble. Everyone should have lots of long shelf life seeds to keep the produce coming in. Seeds are very cheap and can provide you with an enormous amount of food for a very long time. Heirloom seeds are essential because if you know how to extract the seeds from what you grow, you can dry them and save them and plant them next later.

  5. Pencil and Paper

    This item is good for taking notes, sending messages, and many other things that we use our computers for now. Without power, this item becomes an essential item.

  6. Tools

    I know this one is really broad category, but having the right tools for the right job is a must. Consider tools that you don't have to plug in or fill with gas if you can. These will be better for the long term if these resources become hard to get. If you and all your friends have an assortment of tools you can always share and swap them as needed.

  7. Toilet Paper

    Now eventually, you will run out of this unless you figure out how to make it. This is one item I will dearly miss. The worst part of this item is the huge amount of space it takes with the minimum or return that it provides. Eventually we will need an alternative to this item, but for now lets stock up.

  8. Femenine Hygeine Products

    I blushed a little when writing this one down, but it is definitely true that without this product, life would be a little more difficult on a regular basis. I don't think I need to say more about this one.

  9. Reading Glasses

    If you need glasses, you should make sure you have a pair in your survival bag, or at least have an extra pair somewhere. Believe me when I say that it is a very uncomfortable feeling to have the necessary instructions in front of you but you can't read them because you don't have your glasses. A magnifying glass is a good alternative for some people. If you need glasses to read or to see, that won't change after the apocalypse.

  10. Books

    I would say that Books should by no means forgotten from this list. They are excellent sources of information on everything you can think of and they also serve as a great source of entertainment. Books are not just important. Books are an essential addition to your survival storage to help preserve your sanity, knowledge, and also to help you to understand the steps needed for your survival.

I am sure we can all think of many more items that we can put on this list. Maybe this list will help you think of some other ideas as well. If you can think of some ideas that you feel might be forgotten, please add them to the comment section below.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creating Your Mobile Survival Vehicle

by Stacey Thompson

Living in a house with wheels comes with an underserved stigma in our country. Derogatory terms like trailer trash are tossed around in popular culture, as if living in a mobile home exclusively dictated a person’s economic status and level of decency.

Seeing the volatility of our world in environmental and geopolitical aspects, it’s about time that we change our views on mobile living. If you think about it, being able to move around with relative ease (moving furniture from one place to another is either expensive and/or laborious) is the way to go.

The average RV or trailer is fine for the most part, but most of them are not really built by default as a vehicle that can provide its inhabitants with all the essentials of living. Given the lack of resources, one has to get a little more creative and innovative in order to maximize what resources they have on hand.

Here are a few clever ideas that have already been done by people in order to make mobile living just as good, or even better than living in a regular immobile residence:

Convert a Truck or Bus


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Buying an RV is so mainstream. Some very resourceful students have done this and converted a school bus into a rather comfortable-looking home. Depending on the size of your family or group, you might not need a vehicle as large as the one pictured above.

Since limited resources are a factor here, it would be best to seek second hand vehicles for this endeavor. Fortunately, there are many online sales and auction portals that can provide shoppers with a wealth of choices, and with the built-in search tools, finding the right vehicle for the right price isn’t going to be inconvenient. Sites like NextTruck is a great place to start your vehicle search.

Plant Your Garden On Your Mobile Home


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Who says you need to abandon your plants when you move? If you managed to find a bus or a truck that you can call home, why not plant your garden on top of it as well? You may want to skip on trees and other tall-growing vegetation, but surely smaller plants can easily make a home in plant boxes on top of your home-ride.

As for the kind of plants to grow, it would be a good idea to grow fruit/root bearing and medicinal species that you can harvest and make use of. A few flowering and ornamental plants would be good too, but do remember that if the proverbial doodoo hits the high-RPM fan, beauty will most definitely take a backseat to utility.

Fortify Your Truck


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This might be the least important among the three suggestions, unless you’re pretty sure that you’re going to be parking around rougher neighborhoods (or actual war zones, for that matter). This is also not going to be cheap, so learning how to weld and bolt/rivet stuff onto your truck will be a very useful skill if you do choose to make your vehicle a little more combat-ready.

With all the stuff you’ve loaded onto your vehicle, remember that a substantial amount of weight has been added to the chassis, and that will mean that the engine and suspension of the vehicle will be under additional stress to keep this thing moving. Again, this is why fortification should be the least of your priorities when customizing your apocalypse-ready rig.


About the Author

Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and maintains a blog with her friends, Word Baristas.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Five Essential Foods for Apocalypse Survival

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Survivalism is all about being prepared for the worst. This means that you have plans for what you will do if there is a terrible natural disaster, an outbreak of pandemic disease, a war on home soil or a breakdown of social order.

Survivalists plan for such events by mapping out escape routes to safe locations, by building bomb-proof bunkers, by keeping stocks of medicine and water in case it no longer becomes easily available. Food is of course another essential consideration in the face of any apocalyptic occurrence, but which foods should you keep stored up, just in case?

There are a number of things to consider when choosing your emergency rations. They should cater for all your nutritional needs to help keep you healthy wherever you are holed up. They should provide you with plenty of energy, as you may need to defend yourself and to be able to flee if you’re in real danger. You should be able to keep this food for months or even years without it perishing, and if possible it should taste good!

With all of these considerations in mind here is a list of five essential foods for apocalypse survival:
  1. Rice

    Rice is cheap so you should be able to afford plenty of it and if stored correctly it can last for up to 10 years. It is perhaps a little bland and of course is limited nutritionally but it is a great staple food which will fill you up and give you energy. It can also be combined with other foods and flavours to create delicious dishes, whether you’re sat around the dining table or in a nuclear shelter.

  2. Protein bars

    Protein bars also store pretty well – usually for up to a year – and, as the name suggests, they provide valuable protein as well as plenty of calories, plus vitamins and minerals. A variety of flavours are available such as cookie dough and these bars are compact so you can store a large amount.

  3. Canned food

    Cans are perfect for survivalists who want to stock up on all kinds of food. This storage option gives you over five years to work your way through as much meat, fruit and vegetables as you have bought. This is therefore a fantastic way to achieve a balanced diet, wherever you have escaped to.

  4. Sugary candy

    If you are living a survivalist’s lifestyle you will also need quick bursts of energy, so it is a good idea to stock up on candy. Hard candy is a good choice because it will keep for a long time and provide you with some sweet treats, which you will be sure to miss if you are away from cake, cookies and chocolate for a while.

  5. Trail mix

    Trail mix is an excellent food choice for survivalists as it covers major food groups, therefore offering excellent nutritional value. This combination of fatty, protein filled nuts, raisins and candy is great for energy and can be stored for months at a time.


Sam Butterworth is a writer, an eater and a survivor. He is cautiously prepared for apocalyptic events and looks forward to the chance to start on his 300 cans of chilli.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Top Tips for a Self-Sufficient Garden

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There are lots of reasons to live a self-sustainable lifestyle and in particular to grow your own food. One reason is that it is satisfying to provide for yourself and your family – to grow, harvest and eat your own produce. There is something incredibly fulfilling about this process and it seems to make your vegetables and fruit taste even better than shop-bought goods.

Providing your own food is also wise in case of any number of things that could affect how easy it is to acquire food. Consider what would happen in the case of economic collapse, for instance. And that doesn’t seem all that farfetched at the moment does it? Recession, depression, national shutdown in the US! With these events now part of everyday life it would be wise to have some stores of food to fall back on in case stores were closed, or some economic disaster led to riots and looting, and you couldn’t even go shopping if you wanted to.

If a war broke out it could be useful to have your own garden of fresh food too. Not a Middle Eastern war but one close to home, or even within its boundaries. Many countries in the past have turned to rationing and in the Second World War lots of people did plant their own veg and fruit gardens to provide extra food. War could also affect imports, of which many countries are heavily reliant today – another reasons to grow a variety of food yourself.

Another reason to be self-sufficient is the mounting food prices in shops today. And these prices are only going one way so it makes economic sense to grow your own, as well as being a shrewd move in case of any number of national or global calamities.

With this in mind, let’s look at a few top tips to help you grow a self-sufficient garden.

  • Plan your goals

    When plotting out your plot you should firstly think about what you would like to grow. Consider the vegetables and fruit that your family eats now but also think about what will give you a good yield and provide large amounts of food. Don’t forget to plant things that will give you much needed flavour in your self-sufficient meals, such as garlic and chillies.
  • Be kind to your plants

    To grow delicious food you need to really nurture your plants. Make sure they are planted where they will get some sun and be generous with your hose pipe and give your plants a drink if it hasn’t rained.
  • Grow as much as you can

    If you really want to be self-sufficient you should grow as much food as you can. Vegetables and fruit can be used in a multitude of ways for myriad different meals, combined in endless ways. And if you have excess that you won’t eat you could even sell it to make some extra cash.
  • Keep your garden safe

    Usually this just means from bugs and birds that might try and nibble through your prized cabbages or runner beans, but if society has collapsed and food is in short supply you might have to worry about people too! So, build a strong, high fence around your allotment and put up warning signs to frighten off any would-be intruders. Something like ‘Beware of the dogs’, or ‘Trespassers will be shot’ will do the job, even if you don’t have a dog or a gun.

Sam Butterworth is a writer, a fan of home-grown food and a believer in the considerable advantages of self-sufficiency. He is currently growing a selection of vegetables, herbs and spices and is looking forward to trying them out!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Review of Vigilant Trails "Bug Out Box" Survival Kit

by Shane White

Survival Kit


Vigilant Trails was kind enough to send me one of their "Bug Out Box" Survival Kits for review. This 87 piece kit has many essentials for starting a fire, collecting and purifying water, catching food, signaling for help, and staying warm.

My first thoughts were that this box was quite a bit smaller than I had thought and how could they possibly jam 87 useful items in this 5-inch by 3.5-inch by 1.5-inch box. Well, they did it. I believe that someone who knows how to use most these items would have a much better chance of survival than that same person without this kit. Probably the best way to give you an idea of what I mean is to show you the list of contents from Vigilant Trails web site;

Contents:
(1) Vigilant Trails Survival Guide
(1) Crush Proof Metal Container (4 3/4 X 3 3/8 X 1 1/2)
(1) Nylon Compression Strap w/Integrated Emergency Whistle
(1) Flint Fire Starter with Steel Scraper
(8) Storm, Wind & Water Proof Matches
(1) Match Striker
(1) Fresnel Magnifier X3 Power (3 X 2 inch)
(5) Fire Starter Tinder Tabs
(1) Matchbook (20 Matches)
(1) Emergency Space Blanket (84 X 52 inches)
(1) Shatter Proof Emergency Signal Mirror with Sighting Hole
(2) Liquid Filled Compass (20mm)
(1) Airline Tubing (2 feet X 3/16 inch)
(5) Water Purification Tablets
(2) Coffee Filter
(1) Liter Plastic Bag (re-sealable)
(1) Clear Plastic Sheet (42" X 31")
(1) Lock back Knife, Single-handed Opening (5" overall length)
(1) Stainless Steel Surgical Blade
(1) Stainless Steel Needle (3 inch)
(1) Pencil (3 1/2 inch)
(1) Olive Drab Paracord (5 feet)
(4) Heavy Duty Plastic Zip Ties
(1) Heavy Duty #69 Nylon Thread (10 feet)
(3) Size 2 Nickel Plated Steel Safety Pins
(1) Vitamin A & D Ointment (Petroleum Jelly, 5 gram tube)
(2) Antiseptic Povidone-Iodine Pads
(2) Alcohol Prep Pads
(3) Sterile Strip Bandages (1 X 3 inch)
(3) Butterfly Bandages (3/8 X 1 13/16 inch)
(1) Sterile Patch Bandage (2 X 3 inch)
(1) P-38 G.I. Can Opener
(1) Mini LED Flashlight (water resistant housing, includes 2- CR2016 batteries)
(1) Insect Sting Wipe with Lidocaine
(1) First Aid Burn Cream
(3) Split Rings (10mm)
(4) 100% Cotton Balls
(1) 24 Gauge Bronze Snare Wire (5 feet)
(1) Fishing Kit:
     (3) Eagle Claw #7 Split Shot Sinkers
     (3) Eagle Claw Size 10 Gold Treble Hooks
     (6) Eagle Claw BB Split Shot Sinkers
     (1) 50 feet, 6 # Fishing Line
     (3) Foam Floats / Hook Protectors
     (3) Artificial Worms (3 inch)

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As you can see there are quite a few items in this little can. Let me break it down for you a bit into a few categories so you can see how well thought out this package is.

Fire

Now Just to give you an idea, there are several things in this kit that you can use to start a fire. Most obvious is the book of matches, followed by the weatherproof matches, the flint fire starter and steel scraper, and also the Fresnel Magnifying Lens. All are great ways to start a fire with just a little bit of kindling, or even with some of the items in the box (like the cotton balls for example).

Water

Water is something that you cannot live without. This kit has several items you can use to keep yourself hydrated. There is a 1-liter zip seal bag that you can store clean water in. There are 5 water purification tablets that are good for 1-liter of water. Some coffee filters can be used to get some of the crud out of the water you find. You should be able to get 5-liters of water (one at at time) if you take care of the bag. There is also a water solar still kit. This is a simple kit that utilizes the airline tubing, the zip bag, and one of the included plastic sheets. Not to worry. There are simple instructions in the box. You can also use the can to boil water in.

Food

My first choice would be to use the P-38 can opener, and cook a nice meal in the survival tin itself if you have some with you. After that, probably the most obvious thing is the fishing kit. With the books, bobbers, line and artificial worms, you have a chance of catching a fish (unless you are me who fish manage to elude). You can also use the wire and rings to construct a snare trap. The instruction kit has a friendly reminder to not eat foliage if you don't know what it is so you should learn about your local plants in case all the squirrels and snakes are hiding from you.

Shelter

The kit has a few simple items that will keep you alive in many situations. The first is the mylar blanket. Mylar blankets can keep in up to 97% of your body heat. This means you have a better chance of not freezing to death. Also included are some simple instructions on how to make a debris shelter. You can probably utilize the paracord if your shelter doesnt stay up like it does in the picture.

First Aid

This kit has this too. Included in the kit are a few bandages, a surgical needle, a surgical blade, some thread, paracord, and a few assorted creams and ointments that you can use to clean and treat various injuries and bites.

Signaling

This kit has a whistle that it built into the strap, and also a signal mirror with sighting hole that will work good on sunny days. Of course you can always build a fire to attract attention.

Other Items

There is a magnifying glass that you can use to start fires, find that splinter, read those small print instructions, or whatever. A small LED flashlight will keep you out of the dark. There is a small 5-inch knife (not the best but it will do). There are two compasses included to help you get unlost. I guess they figure you will lose one if you managed to lose yourself. A nylon compression strap can have several uses. There is also some paracord, some plastic zip ties, a pencil, and an instruction sheet that briefly explains how to use some of the items included.

It is my recommendation that you learn all you can about how you can use these items in a survival situation. The more you know about how to use these items, the better. Just find a nice YouTube video here and there on each of these items every now and then and you will see how easy it is to use. A little bit of creativity can come in useful as well. You don't always have to have to exact tool you need to solve a problem. The variety of items in this kit will definitely help you in solving some of the many problems you will no doubt run into if you find yourself in a situation where you need this kit.

Now, just a disclaimer. This kit should not be your only means of survival. This kit is an excellent kit, and I would think that someone who knows how to use these items could survive long enough to get to a safe location. I suggest you put one of these kits in your Bug-Out Bag. Put one of these in your Car Survival Kit. This kit is an excellent start or supplement to these kinds of kits. If you are just starting your Bug-Out Bag, get one of these and throw it inside, and build from there. It is that good. For $29.99 you certainly cannot go wrong considering many of the items there are in this one can. This is an excellent product.

If you are wondering...It is possible to fit everything back in the can after getting everything out with a little practice.

You can order yours from Vigilant Trails web site. The "Bug Out Box" Survival Kit can be found here.

Friday, October 04, 2013

4 Ways to Gain Experience of Living ‘Off the Grid’

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If you’re planning on becoming self sufficient in the near future, it’s worth looking out for opportunities to experience ‘off the grid’ living. Gaining real experiences will prepare you for what’s ahead in your new lifestyle, and you’ll pick up invaluable tips to help you make the most of what you have. Whether you want to brush up on your survival skills, get hands on with farm animals, or experience life in a home without running water, these resources will help you to get the experience that you need.

Take to a Wilderness Survival Course

Most survivalists will have considered taking one of these courses, and they’re definitely a good investment. Not only will you learn skills that will serve you well when SHTF, you’ll also get to see what it’s like to be cut off from civilisation. Most of the courses take place in the heart of the wilderness, and you’ll be able to conceptualise what it’s like to live without electricity, running water, or ready food supplies.

Take a Vacation

A slightly less stressful way to experience off the grid living is taking a vacation designed for people who want to get away from modern conveniences. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of companies already jumping on the bandwagon to offer this style of getaway. From campsites with no running water, to old homesteads, a quick Google search brings back plenty of options. Some of the destinations are fairly romantic, too; the perfect way to introduce this style of living to a sceptical significant other.

House Sitting

Looking after someone’s home and beloved pets may not sound like the best way of getting essential survival experience, but scratch the surface of housesitter sites and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to experience off the grid living. You’ll find homes that rely solely on solar energy, homes that don’t have running water, and homes where you have to source and chop your own wood; or risk freezing to death. The best thing about these assignments is that there’s very little competition for them. Most house sitters are looking for luxurious free accommodation, and owners of off the grid homes are looking for sitters who understand the subtleties of septic tanks.

WWOOFing

Worldwide Working on Organic Farms (or WWOOFing, as it’s affectionately called) is a gap year favourite with college kids who want to see a bit of the world. It’s also great for getting a bit of hands on farming experience before purchasing your own land and animals. There are all sorts of opportunities available, from rearing herds of goats to growing fruit. As well as getting to do a bit of travel, you’ll learn some great lessons that will help towards your own organic gardening efforts.

So there you have it: four easy ways to get experience of back to basics living.


James is a freelance writer who's been practising living off the grid for the past two years. You can follow him on Twitter here (@j_cave).

Thursday, October 03, 2013

First Aid Essentials for Survivalists

The image if from Wikipedia Commons and is by Riley Huntley (Huntley Photography)


Survivalism is all about being prepared for the unexpected. Survivalists are people who think about the future, and prepare themselves for any kind of emergency or calamity they can think of.

The kinds of emergencies that ‘preppers’ (as they are also known) plan for include anything from pandemic diseases to nuclear war, natural disasters, the collapse of society and maybe even zombie apocalypse! Hey – who knows?

A hugely important part of being prepared for these eventualities is knowledge of first aid and a comprehensive first aid kit. If you are going to live off-grid, away from doctors and hospitals it is vital to have a number of first aid essentials, to keep you healthy and to treat any injuries you or your companions might suffer.

Let’s take a look at a few first aid kit essentials that every survivalist should have, if they really are intent on surviving:

  • • Waterproof first aid case/bag

    If you are living off-grid, perhaps even in a shelter of your own construction, waterproof items are a God-send. Keeping your first aid kit dry is very important to ensure that its contents remain sterile and effective. Thankfully there are waterproof first aid cases available, which are ideal for the great outdoors, whether you are on a camping trip or fleeing an apocalyptic event.

  • • Selection of bandages

    An outdoor or off-grid existence may involve more risk than living in a comfortable home – in fact it definitely will – and accidents probably will happen. If you are building a shack or hunting your dinner you will be at risk of injury, so it is essential to have a selection of bandages at hand. A comprehensive first aid kit will contain bandages of various sizes, sealed in plastic bags to keep them sanitary and ready to use on cuts and scrapes. You should have a suitable tape too to hold bandages firmly in place.

  • • Hand sanitizer gel

    If you are required to treat yourself, or someone else, who has been injured, it important for your hands to be clean. Of course you can’t always find a sink and a bar of soap in the middle of a forest or at the top of a mountain, but hand sanitizer gel will make a decent substitute.

  • • Foil blanket

    Foil blankets are ultra light yet they retain over 90 per cent of your body heat. They will also protect you, your family or friends from the rain and wind. These facts make foil blankets absolutely essential in your survivalist’s first aid kit.

  • • Resuscitation aids

    Hopefully you will never need to use resuscitation aids, but if you do you will be very glad you invested in them as they can literally make the difference between life and death. Rebreath pocket masks and mouth to mouth valves are inexpensive but could save a life.

  • • Burns treatments

    Living in the wild probably means relying on fire, man’s oldest method of staying warm, cooking and providing light. Of course with fire there is the danger of burns, so every prepper should have a burns treatment kit, containing suitable dressings for various types of burn.

    If you are a true survivalist then you have to be prepared for anything. A well stocked first aid kit will help ready you for any eventuality, and in the meantime it is a valuable piece of kit to have in your home.



Sam Butterworth is a writer, a blogger and an extoller of the virtues of being prepared for anything. He increasingly enjoys the great outdoors and is subsequently teaching himself some essential survival skills.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Doomsday Giveaway for October 2013!

For October 2013, we want to give someone a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Pick out your own survival gear to help you get ready for the ever nearing end of the world. Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!



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