Friday, August 18, 2017

Stuck in the Woods: How to Truly Prep Your Homestead for a Natural Disaster

A natural disaster happens in any corner of the world with some or little warning. These situations are frightening, especially when you live in a rural region. When it comes to your homestead, you need to be prepared for almost any situation. Consider these top tips that truly prep your home in the event of a disaster.

Stock up on Supplies

Canned food, water and batteries should be prioritized as your homestead stock. Disasters often cut off food and water supplies almost immediately. Be sure to have enough water for both drinking, cooking and cleaning. Nearby municipal supplies might be out of commission for several days, depending on the disaster's extent. Always rotate your canned-food stock too. You don't want to experience a disaster, and the food has expired several years ago.

Inspect the Building Envelope

Before a disaster occurs, make it a habit to inspect your home. Look at the roof, walls, and foundation. Collectively, these components are referred to as the building envelope. Deal with any minor issues that you observe, such as cracks or broken materials. If these items are ignored, a disaster can quickly worsen them. In fact, it's possible for the homestead to have severe problems as the disaster weakens any cracks or compromised areas.

Invest in a Generator

Don't rely on nearby electricity because it can go out for days or weeks at a time during a disaster. Ideally, purchase a portable power generator. Some companies, such as Renogy, know that these kinds of devices uses oil, gas, or a battery to generate electricity. You'll have limited power with the generator, but it's enough to keep you going through a disaster. Without power, boiling water and heating your house can be nearly impossible.

Prune Away Hazards

When your homestead is in the wilderness, you're surrounded by nature's beauty. Be aware of the hazards that are all around you, however. Dangling tree branches and brush on the ground can quickly become hazards. Branches might fall on the home, or the brush goes up in flames. Prune away these items so that they're a safe distance from the home. You can still have nature to enjoy, but just at a distance where the home is safe from immediate harm.

Practice disaster scenarios with your loved ones. Create drills that everyone participates in so that you're ready for almost any disaster. Although it's impossible to be completely ready for the unexpected, these drills will simplify your response as you keep everyone safe from harm.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gone Fishin: How to Deck Out Your Boat for a Successful Fishing Trip

There are lots of ways to have an enjoyable fishing experience. Sitting by the side of the lake with your basic rod and reel and some worms can make for a great day. However, there's really nothing quite like the feel of being out on the water for an afternoon of smooth sailing on your pontoon boat. You can relax with friends or family, get some sun, have a picnic lunch and, of course, do some angling. Having the latest and greatest boating accessories and equipment can make things even better. Read the tips below to learn how to deck out your boat for a successful fishing trip.

Choose Your Vessel

First and foremost, you and your companions need a quality boat to carry you along the lake. You may already have a pontoon boat you're proud of and happy with. Even so, dedicated fishing aficionados tend to upgrade their vessel every six years or so. If you're in the market for a new boat, be sure to research your options for getting the best deal on a quality boat. Investing some extra time now will ensure the best experience on the water later.

Equip Yourselves

Next, you and your fishing comrades will need to have the best rod and reel to suit your needs. In this case, "the best" doesn't always mean the most expensive. Consider the type of fish you're angling for, the age of each angler, your overall budget and the reviews of other consumers. This is an area in which satisfaction depends upon personal preference, but you can at get a general idea of what brands and types of equipment are well-loved on the market these days.

Ensure Safety

Safety is essential to having a wonderful fishing trip. This encompasses many aspects. Read up on the latest boating regulations in your area. Make sure to have the proper life vests and other safety equipment aboard your boat so you're prepared in case of accident or malfunction. Also, don't forget the safety of your actual boat. Deck equipment like ladders, navigation lights and corner caps ensure measures are taken to prevent accidents before they can occur. When buying boating accessories, always choose reputable companies like Pontoon Stuff for your purchases. Don't risk receiving inferior products when it comes to safety measures.

There are so many other ways you can enhance your fishing trip. Adding fun tech gadgets like fish finders and the like is fun, but decking out your boat with the essentials in fishing equipment, safety measures and a good quality boat itself will have you on your way to a successful day on the lake.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Call Of The Wild: 4 Strategies To Prep For The Best Hunting Season

When the hunting season’s either coming or underway, it pays to be prepared before striking out. How you decide to embark depends on how, where, and what you’re hunting, but good precautions and planning can make a good trip great. Hunting is no mere walk in the park, so consider the four hunting tips below to get a head start. Once everything’s in order, take to the woods!

Prep Weapons

Having your weapon in working condition will be key to a good start, so fine tune your rifle or bow before the season starts. It’s also a smart idea to practice beforehand, whether it’s out in the field or in a self-made shooting “range.” Try different angles and different distances if you’re feeling rusty. If you need to replace whatever weapon you use, professionals at outlets like Kidron Sports Center will help you find the right one.

Research the Area

You can end up more successful with a little added effort to understand the land on which you’re hunting. Talk to people familiar with it, like farmers and landowners, for inside tips and recommendations, as well as to form friendly relationships. Also get to setting up trail cameras and markers to know how your game is moving and behaving. You’ll be well-versed in how to proceed by the time the season begins.

Prepare the Land

When you have adequate permission, you can get your hunting grounds in shape to lure the best marks. Establish food plots, or make certain the landowners have done so before the season starts. Start clearing paths to your chosen perching and shooting spots. Keep an eye on any trails your game might leave and use it to establish hunting plans.

Be Healthy

It goes without saying that you’re at risk if you go in sick or otherwise indisposed. Be sure you’re fit enough and follow proper safety procedures. Account for where you’re hunting, including the terrain and any dangerous wildlife that could interfere with your hunt. If you know someone willing, bring a hunting partner along.

A watchful eye is important to successful hunts, but so are steps taken with care. Preparing yourself and your equipment could be the difference between a catch and nothing, so take heed this hunting season. Your game won’t wait, so take the right approach to get them before they escape. These four tips should have you on your way to big catches ahead of time.

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Into the Wild: 4 Useful Skills You Should Have for Camping Trips

Globalization has created a new breed of eclectic traveler. The Popular website Airbnb reports that trips to Havana Cuba have increased by 940% since 2016. A recent article on the Fox News Travel site shows that the number of Americans who go camping is also on an uptick. Those with experience trekking through national parks and forests of the great U.S. wilderness, know the art of pitching tents and boating wild rivers without skipping a beat. Those interested in joining in on what appears to be a rising national trend, however, should probably first get the hang of the following skills.


A camp side dinner’s the perfect way to culminate a day of touring the great outdoors with your entourage of fellow adventurers. While there’s all kinds of high-tech cooking equipment you can consider using, nothing beats pan searing fresh trout in a cast iron skillet over a bonfire of dazzling flames. Pick a clearing where there aren’t dangling branches or surrounding brush that’s combustible. Gather stones and arrange them in a u-shaped pattern with a large rock at the center. Try to replicate a hearth. Pile it with layers of kindling on which you’ll cook. There’s an art to it that's less about obsessing over the latest electric induction stove, and more about living off the fat of the land.


Of course, you’ll have energy bars and bags of granola. You won’t forget to bring cans of your favorite beer, but camping’s not camping without going fishing. How lucky you get will have to do with where you cast your hook as much as your technique. There’s a way to finesse and direct a rod once you put bait on it. Reeling your catch out of the water calls for the right timing. You’ll also need to bone up on the best bait to bring. It won’t hurt to arrive with trustworthy fishing equipment and gear such as portable refrigeration to store your catch in.

Handling a Firearm

Bears populate the forests of Alaska, Montana, Ohio, and Wyoming. They’re in Upper Michigan and the woods of New York. Recent statistics have shown that their populations are surging due to wildlife laws that protect them, which is a good thing. Many believe it’s also good to carry a loaded firearm in bear country, however. While most avoid people, some can be aggressive and threatening. Knowing how to accurately load and aim a firearm with a MadKC bolt head will give you the confidence that you’re ready for the worst. Mastering trigger squeeze and aim doesn’t come easy, but there’s nowhere better to hone these skills than out in the outdoors.

Purifying Water

The assumption is that you’ll bring everything you need and won’t run out of basic staples. Still, surprises abound out in nature. Humans can live without eating for a number of days. Having water on hand is always essential. Boil snow or stream water to sterilize it. Add iodine or chlorine in measured amounts. Lakes and ponds are known to contain lots of bacteria. Learn how to select the safest water sources.

Spending recreational time in the great outdoors has been a part of American culture since the 1800’s. It wouldn’t be such an historically popular family pastime if fatal animal attacks or other catastrophes were a regular occurrence. Planning for the unexpected before you begin your trip into the wilderness doesn’t mean you’re embarking on something risky. Your time spent outdoors is more likely to be a rare chance for you and your loved ones to marvel at beautiful sunsets, rare bird calls and go skinny dipping.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook:

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

4 Ways to Keep Your Home and Property Safe and Secure

Home security is a huge topic in the media today and even among friends and neighbors. Burglaries and vandalism are real threats, and nobody wants to own the house on the block that is targeted. In fact, four burglaries are committed every minute in the United States. Thankfully, homeowners can beef up their security without spending wads of money and even without hiring professional services.

Sturdy Windows and Doors

Choose solid core wooden doors for outer doors, or pick steel or fiberglass options, which are difficult to break. Windows should have secure locks, and individuals living in crime-prone neighborhoods may want to invest in break-proof glass. Casement windows are often seen as the most secure options. Be sure to protect valuables inside from peering eyes by installing window blinds or shades, particularly on lower level and basement windows.

Smart Shrubs

While shrubs should not grow so tall around doors and windows that they help burglars hide, they can actually protect homes when trimmed to the correct height. Shrubs near doors and windows should grow no higher than three feet tall. A smart choice is a thorny bush beside a door or window, which will reward any unwelcome visitor with pain.

Security Cameras

Security cameras can easily be placed at key points around the property by oneself. The best places to install them would be by doors leading outside, including patio doors, as well as by the garage door and the sidewalk or driveway entrance to the street. Some companies, like Infrared Cameras Inc., know that these are the most strategic places to place cameras. Homeowners should invest in infrared cameras, which provide excellent night vision, as well as in a large hard drive to store hundreds of hours of footage.

Plenty of Lights

Well-lit pathways, porches and driveways deter burglars and vandals from staying on the property. Motion sensors can turn on lights when tripped and can help guests see their way to the doors. Even solar lights along pathways and around landscaping by the home can deter anyone from lurking on the property. While professional security services can be useful in some instances, most homeowners will benefit significantly from do-it-yourself tips and tricks that can be set up in a few hours or less. Many of these security devices can be seen from the outside of the house and may deter burglars or vandals from coming close to the doors or windows. Plus, they can add exponentially to the feeling of calm and security that families have as they relax behind their locked doors and windows.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Best Air Rifles and Pellet Guns For Survival

Air rifles and pellet guns are becoming increasingly popular among preppers and survivalists, and with good reason. Whilst in the past some people have been a bit skeptical about the usefulness of these weapons in a survival situation, there are many reasons why a good air rifle or two should be in your bug-out kit. Today, I’ll explain why you should have an air rifle for survival situations, take a look at the different types available, and then give you our recommendations of the best air rifles and pellet guns to choose.

Why An Air Rifle?

A lot of people point out that an air rifle can never have the power of a full-sized rifle. This is certainly true, but in reality you are not going to need an AR-15 all the time. A reasonably powerful air rifle will be able to take down most types of small game – think rabbits and small birds – with no problem at all. In a survival situation, being able to collect game like this will make all the difference. In addition, air rifle ammunition is cheap, easy to carry and store, and much, much lighter than traditional rifle rounds. A coffee tin full of pellets is going to cost you less than $50, and will last for years with conservative shooting.

Types Of Air Rifle

There are several types of air rifle available, and not all of them are good for survival situations. First, stick with larger caliber air rifles: whilst it’s certainly possible to hunt with a .177, a .22 is much more effective.

Second, stay away from CO2-powered rifles. While these rifles generate a huge amount of power, the canisters that they require to function are going to get pretty hard to find in a survival situation. In addition, these canisters are pretty bulky, and essentially eliminate one of the air rifle’s biggest advantages, its lightweight, compact design.

To my mind, the only serious contenders for a survival situation are spring and pneumatic air rifles. Both of these types of air rifle make use of a simple design that is reliable, but also generate a good amount of power. In addition, a good pneumatic (i.e. ‘pump-action’) air rifle gives you the ability to vary the power generated by the rifle, so your pellets don’t over-penetrate small game.

Our Choices

There are a huge number of high quality air rifles available, but to our mind the most important features in an air rifle for survival is reliability. What you’re looking for is a rifle that has built up a great reputation in the field.

For that reason, one of our favorites is the Diana RWS 34. This is a relatively inexpensive air rifle that has a great reputation for both accuracy and reliability. If you’ve got a bit more to spend, it might be worth considering a ‘gas-ram’ rifle, which generates even more power than the traditional spring mechanism. Our choice here would be the Gamo Whisper Silent Cat, which offers huge power in a compact design.

Written by Sam Bocetta

Friday, August 04, 2017

Successful Self-Sufficiency: 4 Tips for Growing Your Own Food

You can start living a more self-sufficient lifestyle by having your own supply of home-grown food. Growing your own food can be done easily even if you don’t have any previous experience cultivating crops. Here are four great tips for growing your own food.

Know the Right Growing Seasons

Different crops grow better during certain time of the year, so it’s important that you know the right growing seasons in your particular area. In general, spring is the best time of year for growing asparagus, pea greens and sweet onions. Cranberries, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower often do best in the fall. Crops that you can grow throughout the entire year include carrots, collard greens and mushrooms.

Have a Reliable Irrigation System

It’s important that you always have a working irrigation system that works efficiently enough to keep all your produce watered. The best irrigation systems come with multiple sprinkler heads that disperse plenty of water and are easy to program. Some systems can even be programmed to automatically turn on and shut off at specific times so that you won’t have to remember to manually perform these functions yourself. Work with a professional like Hydrotech Irrigation Co or someone similar to get something set up that will work for you in the long term.

It’s also a very good idea to have a back-up source of water on your property, such as a well, in case you ever experience issues with the water supplied by the city.

Use Growing Containers

Not all fruits and vegetables need to be grown in the ground, and you can use containers to grow food in many areas around your property. These containers are particularly handy if you don’t have your own field or large yard and would like to grow much of your food indoors. Herbs, peppers and blueberries are just some of the foods that you can grow in these containers. Just be sure that your containers are placed in areas where there is adequate sunlight or artificial light.

Beware of Pests

Whether you choose to grow most of your food indoors or outside, you’ll want to find ways to protect your crops from pests. You can spray commercial pesticides to kill off many of the bugs that may try to invade your fruits and vegetables. If you don’t want to use pesticides that might contain harmful chemicals, you can try one of several natural remedies. Some of these natural concoctions use items like garlic, red pepper and baby shampoo. Typically if you want to protect your whole property you would

Growing your own food can unlock the door to a freer, more self-sufficient life. By learning the proper growing methods and taking the right precautions to ensure healthy crop growth, you can start cultivating your own food in no time.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sting Salves: 5 Ways to Treat Different Types of Bug Bites

Some bug bites are a mere irritation, while others can be painful or even dangerous. Fortunately, first aid strategies can help mitigate the issues associated with common types of bug bites. Here's what you need to know.

Mosquito Bites

Perhaps the most common type of bite to be afflicted with, mosquito bites are characterized by a red, itchy bump. This occurs when the insect inserts a proboscis into your skin to feed on blood; in response, the body releases a histamine response that causes the itchy inflammation. For that reason, an over-the-counter antihistamine cream provides the fastest relief. You can also try soaking a green tea bag and placing it over the affected area, or taking an oatmeal bath.

Bee and Wasp Stings

If you've been stung by a bee or wasp, the first step is to look for the stinger. This can be easily removed by scraping the skin with a credit card in the affected area. Then, treat symptoms like inflammation and burning by first cleaning the skin with mild soap and water, then taking an NSAID like Advil. Seek immediate medical attention for signs of an allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing or swelling of the throat or tongue. Before summer rolls around, consider consulting a company like Allstate Pest Control to check your property for bee or wasp nests.

Fire Ant Bites

As its name suggests, this insect's bites cause painful burning, followed by itching and blistering. Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can usually soothe these symptoms. Be aware of signs of infection, such as a fever or increased pain in the area of the bites.

Spider Bite

Depending on the type of spider, symptoms can vary from small, pimple-like bumps to chest pain, nausea, and vomiting, according to Real Simple. When you have a spider bite, apply ice every 20 minutes for 72 hours to slow the spread of venom throughout the body. Over-the-counter pain medications can help with discomfort. Seek medical attention if you have severe pain, nausea, or any other unusual symptoms.

Tick Bite

If you've been bitten by a tick, you may notice redness, itching, or burning as well as the tick still present on your skin. In some cases, the insect can be as small as 1 millimeter. Remove the tick with tweezers as carefully as possible to avoid crushing the insect, which can make illness more likely to spread. A bulls-eye shaped rash or flu-like symptoms can be a sign of a serious disease, such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so seek immediate medical attention.

When spending time in a wooded area this summer, protect yourself from bug bites by using a repellent spray and avoiding scented lotions and skin products.

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tips to Pack Up a Motorcycle for a Long Trip

There is nothing that compares to the feeling of feeling the wind on your face and the freedom that comes with riding on the bike of a bike. Traveling by motorcycle is a popular choice for solo travelers. You get to experience the freedom of a road trip in a unique way. Going on a long journey can be difficult if you don’t know how to pack everything on the back of your bike. Luckily, there are several tips you can use to pack up your motorcycle.

Roll Your Clothes

By rolling up your personal clothing, you will be able to fit in a lot more of your clothes than you would have if you had folded them. Make sure you pack up synthetic clothing instead of cotton that will dry a lot faster than other materials. This is important when the clothes are washed or rained on. Go for lightweight, non-wrinkle options and fold by outfit so you have ready to wear gear right on hand.

Choose Weather-Appropriate

Make sure you pack all your weather appropriate gear. This depends on the time of year and area where you plan to take your road trip. During the summer months when there will be sun and heat, you are going to need to pack a cool neck wrap, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Leather gear for riding can be found with breathable options for a cooler ride. If you are going to be riding in the winter months, you will need to pack some gloves, heated vest liner, waterproof outerwear, and long underwear. It might also be a good idea to pack both types of seasonal clothes.

Pack Practical

Pack all the tools and supplies you will need for maintenance while on a long road trip. Some of these supplies will include a tool kit, bike cover, jumper cables, motor oil, and the tire inflation kit. It might also be a good idea to pack some spare parts like spark plugs, clutch cable, and replacement fuses. A good long-distance bike will probably have room and places to store these items built on. Don’t forget to pack some personal comforts. This might include ear plugs, toiletries, lip balm, and some of the other things that make you comfortable while on a long trip.

Store Secure

Make sure your luggage is secured safely. Avoid the hanging saddlebags around the exhaust pipes and drive chains. You should also avoid strapping any items to the front fender where you might block the airflow to the engine. It is probably a good idea to use extra straps in order to keep the bags safe and secure. The last tip is to arrange the items based on when you are going to need them. Items that you need while riding should be on the right, while other things can be stored on the left side of the motorcycle for better safety and driving.

Getting on the back of a bike and riding off to your favorite destination is a dream of many motorcyclists. Use these packing tips to stay safe, comfortable, and prepared on your next trip.

About the Author:
Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

4 Essential Pieces of Equipment Every Survivalist Needs in Their Shed

As a survivalist, there are many helpful tools and pieces of equipment that will facilitate your safety in an emergency. While you cannot keep one of everything in your supply shed, these multi-functional pieces of gear could make the difference between life and death in an emergency. Be sure to have these four pieces of equipment in your cache of supplies.

Weather Radio

Weather radios are an essential piece of equipment that alert you to weather emergencies and other natural disasters. A hand-cranked weather radio requires no electricity, which makes it ideal for your survivalist supplies. Weather radios could inform you of an impending severe storm or alert you to the potential for a flood. Weather radios also provide information about where and when to evacuate when a natural disaster is in progress or has just occurred.


Tarps are useful in a variety of situations. If you have a pile of wood that needs to be kept dry so that you can use it for a fire, a tarp will keep moisture away from the tinder. Some companies, like Nans Tarps, know that tarps are also key to protecting your sleeping bag, food, and other fragile or perishable items. If you need to sleep on the ground, a tarp could provide a clean and dry surface for your sleeping bag.

Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron cookware is made to last. These helpful pieces of cookware can be placed directly over or even in a campfire. With cast iron cookware, you can cook without electricity while camping or practicing for a life without modern conveniences. Consider a couple of pieces of cookware to keep with your survivalist supplies, including a pot with a lid and a frying pan.


In addition to other basic tools, your survivalist gear should include a hacksaw. These tools make it possible to cut through a variety of materials. If you needed to cut your way out of an enclosure or cut pieces of metal or plastic pipes, hacksaws make quick work of the project. Be sure to regularly maintain the hacksaw. Its blade could get corroded or dull while in storage or after a few uses. A blade sharpener keeps the hacksaw in good condition.

These four pieces of essential equipment are affordable. In addition to using them for survivalist activities, you will also find many other uses for them. Purchase the best quality of survivalist equipment you can afford and maintain it in order to make the most of your investment.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Everything You Should Know About Bowhunting

Bowhunting is enjoyable and can be an addictive sport if you have the right equipment. Experienced bow hunters know the where to start because they have the required information. If you what to start bow hunting do not worry. You can learn a few things that will get you started. Experienced bow hunters also require additional tips that will enhance their expertise. Once you have the right bow and right bow stabilizer you can get started. The preparation and position are important while hunting.

How to Start Bow Hunting

First, ensure you have a draw weight of about 50 pounds. Your arrow should be about 900 grains. Before you get in the action, it is good to know the hunting policies in your state and the right season for hunting. Beginners should start practicing before engaging in real bow hunting. You can practice at your backyard before proceeding other the fields or woods. The idea is to ensure you have some knowledge of bow hunting to avoid frustrations when you go for the real action.

It’s advisable to have a good preparation if you want to be a good bow hunter. While you practice archery, consider wearing clothes similar to the outfit that you will be wearing while hunting. This tip might sound ridiculous, but it really comes in handy when you go for the real hunting. Wearing your hunting gear will orient you to the real action.

When hunting, there are different kinds of bows that you can use. Some of the best options are a cross bow, composite bow, and compound bow. You can use any of these bows, and you can also consider having the right bow stabilizer. Even if you are a skilled bow hunter, you might have to practice when you get a new bow. Beginners can start with the compound bow, but the choice will depend on your preferences. When practicing, try to shoot from different positions and angles. Remember the more comfortable you are with the specific bow, the better chances you have at successfully shooting your prey. You will also want to know how far you can shoot. Your prey might not pass close to you. Continuous practice will improve your shooting distance. If your best distance is only 40 feet, you will be unsuccessful if you target a prey at 60 feet.

Now you have practiced enough and can start bow hunting. Positioning is very fundamental in bow hunting. In case you are upwind, the prey might not come your way because they will have smelled you. So the best position is downwind. At this position, you will likely see many animals, although you will have to stalk them. At times, the positioning is a challenge. If you don’t know how to determine the best position, you will likely miss all animals. In fact, most hunters just let the prey to come their way because they choose to remain quiet. If you alarm the animal, you might not be able to shoot, and you will miss a chance.

You will have to measure draw length for the best results. Your physical size and the mechanical setting of the bow need to match. For example, if your physical size requires a draw length setting of about 29 inches, then your draw length is 29 inches. The shooter and the bow should have a draw length that matches up. To get a draw length that will be best for you, measure yourself and then search for a bow which will adjust to fit your size. Alternatively, you can just select a bow with average draw length, and it will adjust to your specific size.

In Conclusion

This bow hunting guide offers a few things that will make your hunting simple and predictable. However, there is no any guarantee you will be successful when hunting. Your success will be determined by your bow, skills, and position. Practice will, however, increase your chances of shooting an animal. Depending on the time of the day or season, the weather conditions might impact your shot. The animal might not even cooperate with you. They might keep running away. These hunting tips will give you an edge in bow hunting. Remember to prepare sufficiently before you go hunting to increase your chances of shooting a prey.

Author Bio: Mitchell is the founder of MusketHunting. At Musket Hunting, He provides guides on how to hunt effectively, answer reader's questions, and review on the latest hunting gears. Hunting will give you the experience that nothing else in this world can provide

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5 Apps Every Survivalist Needs

When disaster strikes, there won’t be any time left to prepare. There’s no telling what situation you’ll be left to deal with, so prepping as much as possible as soon as possible is the wisest choice. Aside from books and in-person classes, apps can help you learn new skills efficiently, and since to use them all you need is a smartphone, you can prepare wherever and whenever, without having to use too many of your resources.

If you get into the habit of using these apps now, you’ll expand your knowledge base, allowing some of this information to become second nature. So when order and civility go down the drain and people are scrambling to find an internet connection to learn which plants they can eat or how to build a shelter, you will already be well-equipped with these skills and in a superior position to survive.

If electricity is still available when the apocalypse hits, there are some apps that will remain useful no matter how much you’ve learned. Either way, though, a solar powered phone charger will likely come in handy. Here are five apps every survivalist needs.
  1. Emergency

    The “Emergency” app by the American Red Cross provides severe weather alerts, as well as the opportunity to verify the safety of your loved ones during a natural disaster. It can also assist you in creating a family emergency plan and contains pre-loaded content you’ll be able to access without internet or mobile connectivity. A flashlight, audible alarm and strobe light are included within the app, too, making it a useful all-around resource for nearly every survival situation.

  2. Cures A-Z

    Developed by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., “Cures A-Z” is a mobile medical guide that can help you treat hundreds of health conditions. Both natural and prescription therapies are listed in this guide, so even if you don’t have access to a doctor or pharmacy, it’s a great resource. Information on herbs and nutrition is also included, as well as general advice for a variety of ailments.

  3. Wild Edibles

    Foraging for your next meal is going to be essential at some point, and “Wild Edibles” will help you prepare for doing so. It provides information on over 200 plants, and with several high-resolution images available for each plant, it’ll become your go-to app for identification. Descriptions to further help you with identification, as well as explanations about how to use each plant, are also listed.

  4. ExpressVPN

    If the internet is still available when the apocalypse hits, it’s likely it’ll be controlled by the elite, at least to some extent. Our government has already been trying to regulate the internet for some time now, so you should get into the habit of protecting yourself online now so that you can’t be tracked, spied on or hacked. In a survival situation it may be necessary to hide out or keep a solid distance between you and other people. A Virtual Private Network app, such as ExpressVPN, is the best way to prevent your phone and personal data from being used against you.

  5. SAS Survival Guide

    A mobile version of the book “SAS Survival Handbook,” by John Wiseman, “SAS Survival Guide” will assure you’re prepared to survive no matter where you end up. Jam-packed with tutorials, videos, photo galleries, checklists and even quizzes to test your knowledge, it’s one of the best survivalist apps available. This app also doubles as a Morse code signaling device, as well as a sun compass, so it ultimately provides what other survivalist apps are lacking.

The above is only a short list of apps that will come in handy. Have you found any others that have been useful? If so, please share them with us by posting a comment below.

About the Author: Sandra is a blogger and prepper who enjoys writing about alternative news when she’s not busy blogging about survivalism. In her spare time, she likes to go camping with her family.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Outdoor Optimism: 4 Ways To Minimize Your Impact In Nature This Summer

As soon as temperatures begin to rise, your family's carbon footprint might grow as well. Everything from road trips to outdoor hiking adventures can have a major impact on the environment. Unfortunately, even a small family can do quite a bit of damage in a short period of time. Here are four simple ways you and your loved ones can protect the environment while you are out enjoying nature.

Carefully Follow All Posted Rules

Almost every campground and trail will have its own unique rules depending on the nearby wildlife and safety hazards. One campground might allow you to have a fire pit while others will give you expensive tickets for any open flames. If you can't find the area's rules online, then you should contact the closest wildlife station to ask them for a list of rules.

Pack Out What You Pack In

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect nearby flora and fauna while you are out in nature is to always leave the area cleaner than you found it. Very few people realize just how much of an impact they can have on the environment when they leave a few scraps of food or an old bottle of sun lotion in a campground. Those items can end up killing animals and spreading unusual diseases.

Invest In An Eco-Friendly Ride

Purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle from a local auto dealership, like Young Automotive Group, is going to reduce your environmental impact and potentially cut back on your expenses. Older cars that haven't been maintained often leak dangerous fluids and use an incredible amount of fuel. Taking your next road trip in a certified used vehicle is going to give you peace of mind knowing that you will be impacting the local environment as little as possible.

Protect Water Sources

Most experts agree that campsites should be at least 200 feet from freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. Those who camp too close to bodies of water run the risk of contaminating them. You should also avoid using local water sources for any hygiene practices such as bathing or brushing your teeth. Even relatively safe hygiene products can kill off species and damage habitats.

As a general rule, you always want to leave the area as untouched as possible whenever you are out enjoying nature. Seemingly innocuous actions such as lighting a cigarette or feeding a wild animal could end up causing a tremendous amount of damage.

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Five Preparedness Lessons Learned from Recent Natural Disasters

In the last 30 years, the number of disasters in the world has been increased several times, as well as the devastating impact they have on society and the environment. Accidents in various forms - fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes - can happen at any time and without warning. The consequences of disasters can be substantially reduced if people are well informed and aware of ways to prevent the disasters. Every disaster leaves serious damages behind, but also the life lessons you learn. You learned the procedures and steps of behaviour in these moments, which are of great importance. Here are a few lessons you learned after every natural disaster.


Natural fires may be caused by natural phenomena such as thunder strike (this type is the rarest) or from the tropical heat. Forest fires are fires in the open air, which spread quickly and affect forest areas and other vegetation - shrubs, undergrowth, grass near agricultural areas, uninhabited and inaccessible areas. Special weather conditions, such as high temperatures, strong winds and dry weather, affect the emergence and spread of fire. In such situations, the best thing you can do is to call the fire department and give them precise information on the fire so they could intervene as quickly as possible. Such fires can spread rapidly if there is wind and thus include homes, crops and cause more damage. For evacuation, get ready to meet with dense smoke and heat, so if you have time, put on shoes with thick soles, wear a coat and tie required rags and towels soaked in water over your nose and mouth, as a source of oxygen for some time.


Floods are frequent natural disasters that may be of local scale - if affect the settlement or less community, or large scale - if it affect entire river basins and many municipalities. The time of developing flood varies from case to case. Floods can happen everywhere. Even very small streams, rivers, canals for drainage of rain or channels which are usually acting harmless, can cause large-scale flooding. Track information through radio, television and via the Internet. Be aware that flash flooding is possible. If there is a risk, immediately move to higher floors of the house. Do not wait for instructions to do this. Keep away from electrical cables. Avoid areas that are known for landslides and mudslides, and do not interfere with rescue teams in their work.


An earthquake is caused by the movement of tectonic plates, the movement of the Earth's crust or the occurrence of volcanoes. The results are tremors due to the release of large energy and their strength depends on several factors. An earthquake cannot be predicted, but we can learn how to protect ourselves. It is crucial to keep cool mind and do not panic, because panic can be fatal. If you happen to be in the lower areas, when you feel the first tremors exit to the free space away from trees, street lights, electrical cables and objects, and if you are on the upper floors, stand next to the load-bearing walls, under door frames, the inner corner of a room, under the table, and protect your eyes with your hands. Step back away from the glass surfaces and walls. If you are in the car, do not stop on bridges or underpass, stop outdoors and stay in the car. And what is very important, be aware that some earthquakes are just the initial earthquakes that may occur shortly following the stronger one.


Tornado is a violent storm characterized by reversing a cloud in the shape of a funnel. In countries where tornadoes are a common thing, there is the National Agency for Emergency Situations giving advice to citizens how to behave before, during and after any natural or man-made disasters. Before the tornado, it is best to listen to media reports about the storm, and then you should follow the changes in the sky: the gathering of clouds and their color (if the color is dark green, which is the main indicator). There are also weaker winds that are recognized as the announcement of a tornado. If a tornado already reached your environment, it is best to go to a shelter prepared in advance, which will contain enough food and drink supplies. If you do not have one nearby, then you should go to the basement, bathroom, a room with a minimum of windows and doors. If you're outdoors, it is best to find any kind of dent in the earth, lie down and cover up with hands. In case you are in the car, leave it immediately and seek shelter or a nearby one-storey house.


Landslides are movements of earth, rocks and sediments. They activate and develop rapidly when water is stored in the soil as a result of strong and heavy rains, groundwater, snow melting and inadequate exploitation of the land. They can occur as a result of poor treatment of the land, especially in mountainous areas, canyons, or near coasts. Pay attention to the strange noises that may be indicators of launching landslides or avalanches - such as breaking trees and the like. Consider leaving the affected area on condition that it can be safely done. Move away from the landslide zone, since that this is the best protection. Make sure that you check the ground and environment prior to building a house.

These are very unpleasant and difficult moments. The nature has always something to say, this way or another. However, you must be prepared to respond to its every question. It is always better to be safe, then to be sorry.

Robert Foster is a 30-year-old fitness instructor, nature survivalistand a part-time blogger for He spends most of his free time outdoors and if you can’t find him for a couple of days, he’s probably somewhere on a biking, cycling or a hiking holiday again.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

4 Pieces of Marine Equipment Any Prepper on the Coast Needs

When you are a prepper, your emergency supplies and equipment should extend to your boat. Living on the coast allows you to evacuate land by boat and reach another safe destination. If you are on the water during a disaster, the equipment could help you to reach rescuers or find safety. Consider these four pieces of marine equipment every prepper should have.

Flares and Emergency Signals

Flares and emergency signals are key to getting noticed by other boats and search planes if your vessel becomes disabled on the water. Preppers on the coast should have their boats fully stocked with these emergency beacons in case of a power outage. Other boats will be able to find a vessel in trouble even if the radio goes out.

Boat Lifts

When you need to move your boat between two different elevations of water, a boat lift is a wise choice. As an alternative to a canal lock, companies like Abbotts’ Construction Services Inc., know that a boat lift helps to get your boat to where it needs to be without having to wait for outside assistance. Using a boat lift facilitates getting into a port or harbor, especially in the case of severe weather, power outages or another type of natural disaster.


Communications radios are also helpful pieces of marine equipment. Radios allow a boat captain to issue a mayday in case of a dangerous situation. They can also be used to call for coast guard assistance. If a captain needs the aid of another boat, using the radio is a simple way to find help as quickly as possible.

GPS Tracking Units

GPS tracking units are an important piece of marine equipment that every boat owner should have. These units pinpoint the boat's location. In case a severe weather event were to take place, you could use the unit to find the nearest place to come into shore and dock your boat. Consider a GPS unit that has a battery backup in case your boat loses power. If you had to come inland, you could remove the GPS unit from your boat and use it to get to safety.

Each of these pieces of marine equipment should be considered an investment in your safety. Many of these pieces of equipment can also be used on land if needed. By purchasing and installing these pieces of equipment as you can afford to, you will be able to prepare for a wide variety of emergency situations that could occur.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

3 Hiking Preparedness Tips To Consider Before Hitting The Trails

Hiking is great fun and an excellent form of exercise. An adventure through the woods can be dangerous for the ill prepared, however. Before you set off on your next hiking adventure, make sure you perform these three preparations first.

Research The Trail

Before hitting the trail, know what you'll find when you get there. There are many maps and trail books available at your local bookstore and online. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact local hiking clubs or plan your hike in a nearby park or nature reserve. Doing so allows you to contact the park ranger for trail information and conditions. Compare the trail information you receive with the skill and fitness level of your group. Know your limits and only hike trails within them.

Pack A Bag

While you don't want to weigh yourself down unnecessarily, there are a few basic supplies you should always carry with you on the trail. Always bring along the following:
  • Fresh water

  • Healthy snacks

  • A flashlight or head lamp

  • Matches

  • Rain gear

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • A whistle

  • A first aid kit

Stock your first aid kit with the usual supplies and any medications you take routinely, just in case you're out longer than planned. Be conscious of stinging insect allergies, as well, and carry your EpiPen or other life-saving medications prescribed by your allergy doctor. If you’re unsure if you have allergies or not, consider getting tested, like the services offered at Oak Brook Allergists.

Dress Properly

Your favorite jeans and a worn cotton tee may be perfect attire for a lazy Sunday, but they're terrible for hiking. Cotton dries very slowly, is worthless when wet and causes chafing. Instead, wear modern moisture wicking fabrics that will keep you cool and dry. Some of these fabrics even include built-in insect repellents and UV protection. These garments are a worthwhile investment, as are the right hiking boots. Buy the lightest, most comfortable boots you can find without sacrificing ankle support. Never compromise on boot comfort. If you don't find boots comfortable on a level floor, you'll be downright miserable on rough terrain.

Hiking is a terrific hobby and there is a trail that can accommodate almost every age and fitness level. The key to a safe and enjoyable hike is matching the trail to your physical abilities, wearing the right clothes and bringing along the right supplies. Doing so ensures you'll have a fun trip and be prepared to handle whatever crosses your path.

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

4 Types of Security Doors Every Prepper Should Be Aware Of

Your home is only as strong as its doors and windows. Many intruders are able to gain access to a space simply by kicking in the door. Smoke, wind and fire could also easily get through a weak door. When you are prepping your home for a natural or man-made disaster, consider these four types of security doors.

Vault Doors

If you have created a safe room in your house, you might consider fitting it with vault doors. These doors allow you to enter the code to get into the safe room. Once inside, you quickly and easily lock the vault. No intruder would be able to break into the vault. A vault is ideal for storing essential prepping supplies such as ammunition, food or protective gear. These doors also work well for storm shelters.

Security Doors

Key cards for security doors are a helpful way of gaining access to a building or room without having to worry about keys. Key cards, like those available from Arapahoe County Security Center Inc., make use of an embedded chip that emits a signal that opens the door. Another option is a magnetic strip that unlocks the door. If you need to change access, doing so is easy with the use of the card reader system's proprietary software.

Fireproof Doors

When you are prepping for a natural disaster, consider installing doors that are fireproof. These doors could protect you in the event that your home catches fire as the result of a wildfire or lightning strike. They could also protect you in a time of civil unrest. Fire doors are heavy, insulated and form a tight seal against smoke intrusion. They may also have a protected glass window.

Bullet-proof Doors

In the event of civil unrest or a burglar invading your home, bullet-proof doors could come in handy. These doors are able to resist splintering and shattering if bullets were fired at them. In most cases, the doors are able to retain the bullets or slow them down enough so they do not cause bodily injury if they were to strike you after passing through the door.

When designing a shelter for storms, intruders and other disasters, consider one or more of these types of doors. Also keep in mind how easy or difficult it will be for you to use the door, especially during an emergency situation. Selecting the right type of security door can make all the difference when it comes to your security.

About the Author:
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Heavy Equipment: 4 Useful Vehicles for any Emergency Situation

An emergency situation can happen anywhere and at any time. When there is heavy equipment available during the initial response and rescue stage, more lives could be saved. Heavy equipment facilitates the removal of large and potentially dangerous debris. These pieces of equipment also make it easier for rescuers to reach out-of-the-way places. Keep these four useful vehicles in mind when preparing for emergency situations.


In a natural disaster, a forklift makes it easier to unload supplies. Drinking water, meals ready to eat and other heavy items can be unloaded with ease. Forklifts also make it easier for emergency responders to lift up and move pieces of debris so that larger vehicles can make their way through a road. Forklifts may work in concert with digging equipment such that the diggers scoop up the debris and the forklifts move it.

Marsh Buggies

Marsh buggies are designed to traverse water and mud as easily as a dirt road, grassy field or asphalt road. In a disaster such as a flood, a marsh buggy, like those available from Specialized Enviro, could make it easier to get across an impassable road. Marsh buggies may also facilitate the rescue and transportation of people when a bridge has been washed away due to flooding.


Jeeps and other similar vehicles that can go off-road are helpful in a variety of emergency situations. People could be stranded in wilderness areas when there is a forest fire or another type of emergency. With an off-road vehicle, emergency response crews will have a better chance at navigating rough terrain and reaching the people who are in need of rescue.

Dump Trucks

Dump trucks also play an important role in mitigating an emergency situation. After a severe weather event such as a tornado, windstorm or hurricane, dump trucks can be loaded with the debris. The dump trucks are able to haul bulky and heavy loads, including parts of houses, totaled vehicles, trees and other items. With dump trucks available, roads and streets can be cleared of debris so that people can be evacuated to an emergency shelter.

Every community should have access to these four useful emergency vehicles. These vehicles are also helpful for non-emergency situations. First responders should make regular practice runs so they know how to operate the vehicles. It is also important to keep the vehicles well-maintained so they are ready at a moment's notice. These pieces of heavy equipment can make all of the difference when a natural disaster occurs.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How to Make Your Home an Impregnable Fortress for a Safe Family

When it comes to the safety and security of your family, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Even in a relatively safe area, criminals are constantly on the lookout for insecure homes and vulnerable families. Here are a few steps you can take to make your property more secure than ever.

Update the Door Locks

Experts believe that around 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door. Those who have recently purchased a home should immediately change the locks on all of their doors. An ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt lock is generally seen as the most secure option for residential entryways.

Upgrade the Windows

Older windows are not only easier to break, but they can also be opened with nothing more than a screwdriver or knife. If your windows are more than 10 years old, then you might want to think about upgrading to lockable aftermarket windows. You should also invest in a handful of affordable glass break detectors that will go off if the glass is cracked or rattled.

Eradicate Blind Spots

Criminals are often drawn to homes where they can hide in tall bushes and dark corners of the yard. All of the trees and plants throughout your property should be trimmed so that an adult can’t hide behind larger branches. You should also consider installing lights throughout your property so that every single corner is well-lit. Many motion-sensor floodlights can be attached to solar panels, and that means they will draw little or no electricity from your home.

Add a Safe Room

Those who want to make their home as secure as possible should consider having a safe room installed. A typical safe room is made from concrete, steel, and other materials that can withstand a tremendous amount of abuse. Some companies, like Southern Screen Scene, know how important it is to keep your family safe. In addition to keeping you safe from criminals, these rooms are also an excellent form of protection against dangerous storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

Meet the Neighbors

Very few people realize just how beneficial it is to become friends with their neighbors. Whenever you are at work or away on vacation, your neighbors could be your first line of defense against a home invasion. Once they get to know you and your family a little bit better, they will begin to recognize when unusual people are on your property.

As an added bonus, many of these security upgrades can have a major impact on your insurance premiums. Whenever you add a new security feature to your property, you should contact your insurance provider to see if they will bring your monthly premiums down.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Six Steps to Take for Summer Hiking Preparedness

When hiking, it is important you prepare properly to have a fun and safe trip. We’ve all been on the hellish hikes where you wore the wrong shoes or didn’t pack enough sunscreen. Don’t fall victim to these amateur mistakes. If you take all the right steps you can be prepared for anything that may come your way.

Step 1: Bring Plenty of Water
It seems obvious, but water is very important when going on a hike. Dehydration is very real when being active, regardless of the temperature. Bring enough water to drink plus a little extra, since you may need to clean a wound. Some people enjoy a snack or even an entire meal when on a hiking trip, depending on the length of your trek. Since so much energy is being used by your body, having fruit or a granola bar handy wouldn't hurt.

Step 2: Protection from the Sun
While journeying through a beautiful environment, it’s nice to enjoy the outdoors and get exposed to a little more vitamin D. Just remember, the sun can be damaging as well as warm. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and some people even wear long sleeve shirts and pants for additional protection.

Step 3: Pack a Backpack
You are preparing for a fun day and you have many needs. If all your supplies won't fit in your pocket, it’s good to have a small backpack for water, food, and maps. Prepare to pack light. Do your best to bring all the important things, but also remember you will be carrying this backpack the whole time.

Step 4: Bring a Friend or Headphones
Hiking with friends is always a great pastime. You can engage in conversation and take in the sights together. It is a great way to come together and bond on a more personal level. If you can't find a friend to take the trip, you still want to skip the phone, music can be great when you stop for breaks. You want to be aware of your surroundings during your hike, but when eating a snack, lunch, or taking a breather, you can indulge in some sounds to match your views. Be sure you always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.

Step 5: Have First Aid Supplies
While hiking is a fun and healthy activity, remember anything can happen while out on the trail. There is the threat of dehydration, sunburn, bug bites, animal attacks, and other unknowns. Just be mindful and stay prepared. It's best to try to avoid most issues by having the correct supplies on hand. In the end, you won't have control over nature, so keep some band-aids and first aid supplies with you. You may also want to have your doctor’s number on hand just in case you run into a wild animal or unleashed dog.

Step 6: Have Fun!
Being outdoors is enjoyable regardless of the risks, and should be a good experience. Make sure it is by following the above tips and being prepared.

About the Author:
Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

4 Ways to Set Up a Backup Electrical System in Case of Disaster

Your house goes quiet and dark when the power goes out. The background hum of the refrigerator or the sound of a furnace or air conditioner stops. It gets quite dim in some rooms indoors even at noon. If the power stays out for a few days, your refrigerated and frozen foods spoil, and your HVAC system shuts down. There is no power to charge cell phones or lights. Here are four ways to establish backup power in case of a disaster.

Whole-House Generator

This backup power plan is not cheap, but it is very effective. You can even have one big enough to power every circuit in your house to make it like the power grid was never interrupted. Smaller units can be wired to power a limited number of circuits such as some lights and outlets along with refrigeration, heating and cooling.

Whole-house power generators can be purchased that run on liquid or gas fuels. Natural gas supplies often remain intact in hurricane, tornado and flooding disasters. If you already use propane, this can be a fuel of choice. If you live on a farm and store diesel in tanks, it would be a good fuel option.

Portable Power Generators

Portable does not necessarily mean underpowered. There are small generators on wheels you can roll outside and hook a few extension cords to them. Then there are large units that are lifted by forklifts onto trucks or flown in by helicopter. However, for household purposes, they are usually mounted to a frame that has inflated rubber tires about the size you would find on the front of a riding lawn mower.

The standard ones sold in stores are usually gasoline powered, but you can buy diesel, natural gas and propane models. They are used to run some lights, power your refrigerator and freezer and maybe power the blower on a forced-air natural gas furnace. They do not usually have enough power to run air conditioning.

Fixed Solar Panels

This can give you a complete off-grid power system for your home if your house gets enough sun year round. Solar panels installed on the roof absorb energy from the sun to create electricity that is immediately used with the surplus being stored in batteries to keep things running at night.

Power inverters are used to step up the battery power to run your lights and connected household appliances. This is another system that is fixed in place like the whole-house generator. They can be great if you can shelter in place during a disaster but are useless if you have to become mobile.

Portable Solar Power Generation

These are the same as portable power generators, but they use the sun for fuel instead of gasoline, diesel, natural gas or propane. The Lycan Powerbox by Renogy is one example. These systems are look like a wheeled suitcase and have an inverter, battery and solar panel. There are receptacles to plug devices into that run on household current, and you can get a system with a spare battery for an instant power reload.

Typical portable solar power generators can also be charged by plugging them into a wall receptacle at home. This lets you keep a full charge on your batteries before a disaster hits, and you have the solar panel to maintain a charge while the grid is down. Plus, you can take it with you if you have to become mobile, and they can be used for camping and other outdoor recreation and adventures where electricity is desired.

Failure of the power grid due to a disaster doesn't have to leave you in the dark. Planning ahead can keep your life powered and running no matter how long the power stays out for everyone else.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5 Solo Car Camping Tips for the Wilderness Wanderer

Now that the days are warming up nicely and the nights are only slightly cool, you may want to consider enjoying nature a bit more. Solo car camping trips are often the way to go if you need some time by yourself to relax, unwind and get away from the stressors of work. However, because solo camping is not for the faint of heart, consider these tips before your first time roughing it.

Get Familiar with Camping

If you have never been camping before, solo car camping is most likely not for you. You need to be familiar with the basics of roughing it, such as laying a fire, keeping away from wild animals and hiking. You should also know the basics of first aid and wilderness survival to ensure that you will not make a newbie mistake on your first solo camping trip.

Pack Lightly

Since you will need to be transporting everything yourself, you should pack lightly, particularly if you plan on parking your car and hiking to a nearby location to sleep. Water and food are some of the biggest items you should carry, but make a few adjustments to lighten your load. For example, instead of carrying an entire water purifier, use space-saving purification tablets, and instead of using firewood for cooking, carry a small gas or alcohol-burning stove.

Pick the Right Car

Your car is probably your best bet for safety because you will count on it to get you back home and to keep you and your belongings safe from wildlife and weather. Visit a dealership and choose a small SUV that is good for rugged terrain, such as the GMC Acadia or the Jeep Grand Cherokee. A Subaru Forester is a great compact SUV that has plenty of space for cargo.

Stay Slightly on the Grid

Make sure that someone knows where you are going to be before you leave. While camping is not a time that you want to stay connected to your phone, you may want to have access to a phone charger while you are gone in case of emergency. Additionally, make sure that your contact person knows your license number and make and model of vehicle.

Travel with Emergency Devices

You may not have cell phone capabilities everywhere you camp. Definitely invest in a battery-powered weather radio and a whistle. You may also want to purchase or rent a personal locator beacon to help rescuers find you should you need help.

While your first solo car camping trip may be filled with worry over whether something bad will happen, if you will run out of food or if you will encounter a dangerous wild animal, you will quickly begin learning the ropes and realizing that if you practice basic safety techniques you can have a pleasurable and safe trip by yourself. Soon you will begin connecting with yourself and discovering more about what makes you who you are. Also, remember that if you are camping in state or national parks, you can reach out to park rangers who will have helpful information about the lay of the land.

About the Author:
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How to Prepare an Electricity-free Kitchen

There are a number of situations in which you may find yourself without electricity and you want to be prepared all of them. Depending on the number of people in your family or group, your setup needs may vary. Here are some options to explore for making sure that you can still prepare wholesome homemade meals in the event you find yourself without power.

Small but Powerful

For something small and compact that can travel easily, consider getting a Pocket Rocket by MSR. They are a longstanding staple of backpackers all over the world and can literally be assembled with one hand and weigh mere ounces. They pack enough heat to boil a couple cups of water in a few minutes. However, their gas canisters typically do not hold more than 6 hours of burning fuel and have to be replaced frequently. If you are looking for a small but portable way to boil water in less than two minutes for your dehydrated meal, a JetBoil may be your best bet in that arena. The size of a large coffee cup, they screw into the top of a gas canister for added stability and windproofing. JetBoils also come with attachments to turn them into a French press, a frying pan and a cooking pot.

Feast or Famine

For larger groups, you are going to want a stove and cooking area that has multiple burners and a larger surface. Stoves that collapse and are easily transportable, like the classic Coleman double burner, are a great option for a family of four or small group of people. What these kinds of stoves do not offer is a cooking platform or a food preparation area. If you are going to be stationary for a while, consider getting a table with legs and a side food preparation table. Stoves, like the Camp Chef Pro Series Deluxe Three, are equipped with propane tanks that hold a large amount of gas and are refillable and the dual platforms on either side are useful for setting utensils, condiments and cutting boards.


For the sake of longevity, invest in metal, rather than plastic, utensils. Melting or breaking a plastic spatula will render it useless. Metal utensils hold up for a long time — same goes for your plates and cups. Put together a kitchen box with long lasting supplies such as reusable towels (as opposed to one time use paper towels), waterproof matches and fire starter. It is wise to stock up on gas canisters or propane to ensure that you have enough cooking fuel in the event that you lose power and have to fire up one of your cook stove substitutes. If you don't want to worry about fuel, consider getting a large griddle to turn any camp fire or heat source into a cookable surface as long as the area is flat.

Author Bio: W.M. Chandler is a Colorado native and works best with her head in the clouds. She is an avid researcher and enjoys writing about unfamiliar subjects. She writes passionately about nature and the outdoors, human connections and relationships, nutrition and politics. Twitter: @wmchandler1212

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

8 Reasons Why You Need Food Preparedness in Your Life

As the political climate, acts of terrorism, and natural disasters threaten the peace and security of people worldwide, it’s not uncommon to feel uneasy and anxious about the future. While you don’t have control over much of what happens in life, making sure you’re adequately prepared in case of an emergency can help you regain some peace of mind. Here are the 8 reasons you need to establish food storage in your home today.
  1. Peace of Mind During a Disaster

    As mentioned above, perhaps the best reasons to have food storage in your home is for the peace of mind this preventative measure will give you during a disaster. Rather than having to worry about how and where to get food, you can rest easy that a major basic need is already taken care of.

  2. Food to Sustain During Financial Crisis

    In the event of a cut in pay or the loss of a job, you know you have a way to provide food for your family while you get back on your feet. Unemployment is a real problem these days, but you can shore up against financial windfall, providing you and your family some wiggle room in the event of a crisis.

  3. Comfort that Your Family Will Be Provided For

    A lot can be said about peace of mind and the comfort that comes with knowing you’re prepared for even the direst situation. Your family is your most important asset, and knowing they’ll always have food to sustain them is a great comfort.

  4. Ability to Help Others

    There are always people in need, whether due to homelessness, financial problems, or natural disaster. With the help of food storage, you can share what you have with others who are less fortunate. Share food with a neighbor, donate to a charity or a food pantry. There is a multitude of options, but you can’t use any of them unless you’re prepared first.

  5. Help During a Pandemic

    In the event of a pandemic, you could potentially be housebound for months. With long-term food storage built up, you can survive this time without the risk of being contaminated trying to get food or water.

  6. Peace in Social Chaos

    There is continued civil unrest around the globe, and as this social chaos inevitably increases, there may come a time your city is affected. In the event you won’t have access to food, whether from fear of leaving your home or due to the destruction of riots and looting, having food storage might be a lifesaver.

  7. Sustenance During War

    In times of war, food is more scarce; prices drive up, and rationing often limits what’s available. With food storage present in your home, neither of these scenarios need to be a worry for your family.

  8. Severe Weather or Natural Disaster

    During a flood, earthquake, tornado, fire, or any other natural disaster, you may be left trapped in your home for days or weeks on end. If you have food storage in your home, you care rest assured that your family will survive these troubled times until help and relief can reach you.

Peace in Preparedness

During times of turmoil, preparation equals confidence, and making sure you have adequate food storage is an excellent way to prepare. Stock up on canned goods, fill containers with water, and consider using mylar bags and vacuum sealers to help keep food fresh longer. Being prepared in the face of disaster gives you one less thing to worry about.

About the Author:
Rachel Libby is a content crafter. She has a passion for writing and providing people with mountains of knowledge. In addition, Rachel also works at Big Leap and enjoys all things marketing and helping businesses grow. Speaking of mountains, you can find her exploring the wild terrain of Utah in her quest for adventure and cool Instagram photo opportunities.

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