Tip of The Day

Used tuna can lantern – next time you’re in the woods either camping or surviving, build a candleholder from a used tuna can.  When you open the can, do not cut the lid all the way.  Simply bend the lid up at a 90 degree angle and place the candle inside. Light the candle.  Not only will the can catch the wax, the lid will act as a light reflector and wind deflector!

First-aid Dressings and Hygiene – Dressings act as poison
collectors, so do not reuse them.  In a survival situation, where you may be using strips of clothing for dressings, you will have to reuse them.  Wash them thoroughly and boil for at least 15 minutes.

Duct Tape Use – You know that duct tape in your Bug Out Bag?  You can use it on your camp cook gear.  The handles of the gear can get very hot.  If you wrap the handles with duct tape, you can handle the gear without burning your hand.  Just don’t put the duct tape portion in the flame.

Got Skunks? – To rid your garden or yard of skunks, simply place pieces of chewable laxatives in areas where the skunk will find them.  It will get rid of your smelly pest and you won’t get sprayed!

Marking a Trail – If you have to move from one position to another, leave trail signs to give search parties or other people information about where you have gone, or to provide details about what lies ahead.

Sap on your Tent? – Rub the sap stain with a little bit of margarine until the sap is worked out.  Next, wash the spot with a wet, soapy cloth.  This will not harm the tent’s waterproofing, but it will remove the sap!

Dry Tent Storage – Are you worried about moisture and mold when you store your tent?  Place a few scoops of kitty litter in a sock and tie it shut.
Place the sock inside your tent bag.  This will help absorb moisture out and
away from your tent while in storage.

Hurricanes and Candles – Don’t use candles in your home while the storm is still raging outside.  Wait until things have calmed down.  The last thing you want is an accidental fire, especially when all of your doors and windows are secured with storm panels.

Hurricane Satnding Water – Power outages are a sure thing during and after a storm.  Make sure you do not walk into standing water.  There
may be a downed power line in the area that has electrified the puddle.

Every Penny Counts – Create a change jar and every time you
have loose change, throw it in.  You would be surprised how fast your pocket change can add up and how many inexpensive preps it will pay for.

Plastic Ponchos – Cheap and versatile, plastic ponchos will provide protection from the elements, shelter, and even collecting rain water.  They fold up small and are lightweight.  Get a couple for your Bug Out Bag.

Hand Line Fishing – A hand line for fishing, along with several small hooks and split-shot sinkers, are an outstanding addition to your Bug Out Bag.  Don’t overlook fishing for pan fish as a way to provide food during a survival
situation.  Almost every type of fish is edible and an excellent source of
protein.

Vacation and the Get Home Bag – Whenever you are on a road trip make sure you inspect your vehicle.  When doing so, check the contents of your get home bag to make certain it is fully stocked, not expired, and applicable to the area and time of year you are travelling.

Clean Ears and Clean Guns – Stock up on Q-Tips.  Not only are they an excellent hygeine item, they also come in handy for cleaning guns, firestarting, and a host of other useful purposes.

Keep Your Powder Dry-Just like food, ammo needs to be stored in appropriate conditions.  The biggest concern is moisture.  Make sure you store your ammo in cool, dry places within waterproof containers.

Keep your old shower curtain – Before you pitch your tent, place an old shower curtain on the ground where the tent is going to be.  This will help keep moisture from wetting the tent floor and keep rocks from poking a hole in the tent floor.

Fix Your Flat – If you don’t already have one, purchase a tire pump that runs off your car battery. Also, go to the local auto parts store and pick up a tire plugging kit.  Keep these items in your car at all times in the event they are needed.

Fire Starting with Glass – Concentrate rays of the sun on tinder using a magnifying glass, a camera lens, the lens of a flashlight, or even a convex piece of bottle glass.  The heat will start ignition.  Blow gently to encourage a flame.

Hand Tools – If the power goes out and your batteries run dry, how are you going to repair things in a post-SHTF world?  Almost everybody relies on power tools but what happens when they no longer work? Acquire hand tools and start practicing with them.

Water Purification – 5 drops of 2 percent tincture iodine in a quart of water
will make your water potable.  If the water is cloudy or very cold use 10 drops.  Make sure you allow the iodine / water mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes prior to consuming

Get a Canteen Cup – the metal GI canteen cup is a great all-around tool for preparing food and drink over a fire.  The canteen cup can be used for water purification, meal preparation, and hygiene. They are inexpensive and will last you a long time.

Hurricane Water – Need a quick receptacle to hold a large amount of water in the event of a storm.  Pick up a new trash can and fill it up.  The water can be used for toilet flushing, pets, hygiene, etc…

Hurricanes and Gas – Make sure you have full gas tanks in all of your cars before the storm hits.  Once the power goes out, there is a chance you will not have access to gas for some time.

Post-Hurricane Activities– After the storm passes over your
location do not go out and wander around looking for destruction.  The sitaution immediately following a storm is fluid and dangerous.  Take the time to survey your home and belongings without becoming another statistic of the storm’s legacy.

Wire and Survival – Place a spool of thin wire in your Bug Out Bag.  It is
lightweight, small, and can be used for mending, building, and making snares.  Snares are a productive method of capturing game with little
effort.

Ten Yards of Duct Tape – Make sure you have at least 10 yards of duct tape in your bug out gear.  It can be used for repairing broken gear, Patching tents and clothing, and first-aid.  It has so many uses that I carry an entire roll in my ALICE pack.

Bug Out Bandanas – It’s a good idea to keep a couple of standard
bandanas in your bug out bags.  The bandana is a versatile, cheap, and
lightweight prep.  It has several applications including but not limited to;
water filtration, body cooling, washing, first-aid, etc…

Don’t Forget the Hydrogen Peroxide – A great antiseptic for household first-aid kits, it is effective and inexpensive.  Pick up several bottles of hydrogen peroxide for your supplies.

Pocket Mirrors – pocket mirrors are an outstanding tool to have in your gear.  Mirrors can be used for personal hygeine, signalling, and fire starting.

Work Gloves – Get several pairs of work gloves.  Make sure you have a pair in your bug out and get home gear.  Also, it is a good idea to have a few pairs stored away in your preps.