Elements of Survival
We will die in a few hours of hypothermia in cold conditions if we are unable to find adequate shelter from the elements. Shelters can be built simply and efficiently out of common materials in a pinch.
Few have ever lived more than a few days on little to no water, and water's life giving qualities are no luxury earned easily. Water is an absolute survival necessity for mental & physical energy
Fire is an important asset when in a survival situation for it's many provisions. It's ability to keep us warm, boil our water, cook our food, fashion tools and ward off predators make it a survival necessity
Tools & Equipment
The selection of tools that you choose to pack in your survival bag will help determine how much you are able to accomplish out in the wood. Be sure to take with you a careful selection of trusted tools.
Energy sources will be required in order to sustain an energetic mind and body, food is a necessity that must be acquired for longevity. Nature provides a host of forage-able foods based on the season.
The selection of tools that you choose to pack in your survival bag will help determine how much you are able to accomplish out in the wood. Be sure to take with you a careful selection of trusted tools.
Mindset is an important factor that will determine how you fare in long-term survival. You could have all the best gear, the best food, the best everything, however if you can't get a hold of yourself, that's it.
Being able to properly traverse terrain in the back country is no easy task, unless of course you have a keen ability to navigate. Stay up-to-date on your ability to navigate across great distances so you can make it home again.
After a season, a former shelter has fallen to nature. So quick does it reclaim our habitat and return it to a neutral state.
This is when the fun part begins, for building a shelter with all natural materials is sure to ease any travelers mind.
Enjoy this colorful, well shot video for ideas on how you can build future shelters with material on hand.
Press play for a refreshing shelter revitalization…
In this video, Survival Lily builds a shelter nestled in around two trees.
To accomplish this, note the two separate Y sticks and their respective crossbar as it is rested against the trees.
Around this structure, natural materials can be easily stacked and layered to provide respite from the elements.
Press play on the video to learn how to build this type of shelter…
This Winter Survival Shelter is ‘tight’ in my opinion. It could easily be built with nothing except a bow saw, and would provide a certain amount of asylum from the cold.
Overhanging the fire pit with the upper structure is a great tip to keep in mind for when your next fire faces a rain storm!
I must add, clever use of the bark sheeting to cover up the wood pile and keep it dry.
Click play to learn how to build a Winter Survival Shelter…
Brush up on your knots with one of my favorite bushcrafters Mike, from MCQ Bushcraft.
These are some of the most simple, effective and quick knots that could come in handy for you on the trail.
Don’t miss this video, if you do, you may find yourself cursing in the dark…
Press play to learn the most useful knots you may ever use on the trail…
A helpful video that is a refresher for any woodsman or woman looking to set up a shelter quick with minimal effort and no tools.
The basic survival shelter depicted in this short video is a staple and a standard formation of shelter that can truly save your life.
The trick is to build it low to the ground and to fill it full of insulating materials so there is not too much wiggle room.
But don’t just take my word for it, build it and try it out for yourself!
Joe Robinet takes us on a night of camping in a winter wonderland setting… the only catch – limited gear.
Take note how Joe builds his camp, because if you find yourself in a similar situation you will recall these methods to your aid.
It isn’t rocket science, however it is essential natural lore that all of us should know how to survive a night in the cold.
So click play and absorb this winter survival lesson…
This is a water overview on a particular water filter that has proven itself in the field. Not only do I rely on this filter for my expedition packs, but countless others have and do as well.
The sawyer filter does not filter out liquid chemicals or viruses, however it has a 0.1 micron filter, which means no bacteria or particles. It can last 100,000 gallons which is insane.
It assumes that you are drinking water away from industry and potentially filtering and boiling when water is questionable.
It weighs almost nothing, it is a STAPLE PEOPLE! like 25-30 dollars only!
This is an important video for us all to watch as a reminder of the simple process involved with making a Natural Filter.
A few ingredients are required, and an old pop bottle becomes a useful multi-stage filter equipped to improve the water quality of anything you run through it.
It would be a good Idea to use this as a pre-filter and to use another better filter after.
Brush up on your natural filter making skills…
This video serves as a potent reminder of the harms that we can encounter by not taking careful consideration toward our drinking water in nature.
Have you ever thought about drinking a questionable water source, or may have done it anyway and got diarrhea?
What you risk in drinking that water may not be worth it, for it could do you more harm than good.
If you are in dire need of liquid, it will suffice however your clock begins to tick as a potential bacterial infection takes hold.
There is WAY more to water than I could ever contain in a water survival section, and truthfully, I expand on water research and repurposing water for health on another page. Click the button below to visit the SURVIVAL ADVANTAGE Water page, where the biggest most badass secrets about water `
I’ve always appreciated Ray Mears’ approach to starting a fire with a fire steel. Take notes on his etiquette, Ray is respectful and full of insight when it comes to his technique.
Ray Mears went all across the world studying bushcraft with native indigineous tribes. He is a well rounded and highly respected bushcraft expert with ancient wisdom to his ways.
Don’t miss the Ray mears videos they’re here to help sharpen your skillset so you can do more with less!
Click play to check this video out now…
Ray mears Approach to making a fire bow drill. I love watching how different survivalists approach this task, and Ray never fails to impress.
The minimal amount of focused effort to get the result quickly and efficiently.
The way Ray Mears bends nature to his will is something to take note of for there are lessons and tips at every turn.
Attention to detail will serve you well in this task, so brush up on your bow drill chops, because this stuff is fun anyway!
This early settler pioneer era fire starting technique shows the utility of a Firesteel, Flint and Charcloth when used in combination with a tinder bundle.
Bringing it back to the basics in this one, talk about getting a fire going with the original bic lighter.
It is really simple once you get the hang of it, and you may just even prefer it!
Click play to watch this pioneer fire trick now…
This video serves you a quick reminder to check around your work bench, because you probably have 3 or four fun ways to make fire that you’ve never tried!
Check out this impressive video that will outline a few different ways to make fire, that you probably never heard of!
Keep these in your back pocket, because you are going to learn something new my friend!
I got a lot of value out of this, you try!
This video is a friendly reminder to those out there who might be getting cocky or may be greenhorn. Remember, nothing is guaranteed in survival, and you might just realize one day that a refresher is wise.
I also dig those pieces of his kit, I like the idea of that orange fishing spool.
The moral of the story in this video is that skills are needed in order to get the most use out of your tools.
For many, this is where all the fun begins…
Tools & Equipment
This is a bugout bag video to pay attention to. Former American Army Ranger gives a deeply insightful look into his picks for gear selection.
Whenever I see videos by detail oriented military personnel, I get super inspired, because their picks come from a distinct tactical approach to prepping.
Be sure to take note of the simplicity and tactical precision of this backpack and make sure to tighten up your kit where you need to!]
Hit play to dive into this pack..
MCQ Bushcraft unveils his custom bushcraft pack. Take note, this is another top UK bushcrafter with incredibly informative videos.
In this video you’ll learn how simple and elegant your item selection for outdoor expeditions really could be.
Natural materials and improvised items are at the heart of Mike’s packs, and they are assembled with an artistic touch.
When you are looking for inspiration for your next trip, check out some of MCQ bushcraft’s kit videos.
Very often we miss the potential of a long-term bug-out scenario that needs surviving.
It is at these times that we can be grateful for videos like this, videos which can allow us a clearer view of the types of gear we should be packing for a longer haul.
Intended as a 1-year-in-the-bush pack, this is a larger than normal bug-out bag to give you an idea of the items that would come in handy.
Click play to find out about a few items you may have been missing…
US Marine Core Survival Kit, Circa 1991. This was a 24-hours and beyond kit for ground troops.
Intuitively designed from the top down and designed for maximum effectiveness, you ought to make sure to check this out to see what is packed for troops.
The entire kit is fascinating from a tactical perspective, two different sides with two different purposes.
One for the curious, and may give you some tactful ideas!
5 More Ideas to Help You Prepare for Survival...
Preparing for disasters before they strike is always a good idea. Waiting until disaster is about to strike will not allow you to survive. Today, we are going to go over some ideas to help you prepare for survival.
First things first. Don’t panic! It can seem overwhelming and a little daunting to think about what lies ahead of you but you can do this if you break it down into small chunks.
Start out by doing some research and start some lists of items that you are going to need. Break out the lists into categories such as Water, Food, First Aid, Gardening, Security/Firearms, Hunting/Fishing Supplies, Power/electrical, Communications to name a few. Include on the list any of the items that you already have in your possession.
Go through each list and see what you need to do in order to collect water for instance. Do you want to collect water in barrels? Do you have a swimming pool full of water? Do you live by a lake or stream where there is fresh water?
Food is the next big item you need to start thinking about. What should I buy? Where am I going to store it? What are the best foods to purchase for long term or short term survival? How long will the food stay fresh? There are definitely staples that you don’t want to be without like flour or rice. You can put these two items in sealed Mylar bags and 5 gallon containers to retain freshness. You will also need a nice dry, moderate storage area where there is not a lot of light.
Canned foods have a long shelf life. Again, do some research to see which canned foods are best to store for survival.
Survival Classes. Take some survival and protection classes ahead of time. If you don’t own a gun it is wise to think about purchasing one. You want to be able to protect yourself, your loved ones and all of the preparation supplies you have purchased. Take first aid/CPR classes. The world will not be the same if disaster strikes.
Learn how to garden. Start experimenting now so that if and when the time comes you will know how to grow your own food.
If you live in an area that allows chickens, buy some chickens and build a coop for them. Fresh eggs will be a great bartering item when the time comes.
How are you going to hunt for food? Do you have a bow and arrow, rifles or shotguns for killing larger animals?
What about a plan to get out of Dodge? Do you have a way of communicating with your loved ones when the cell towers go down? You need to put a plan in place where everyone will meet if disaster strikes. It can be your home or a safe place out of town if everyone can make it there.
Stock up on items that you will be able to barter away. Items such as bullets, ladies supplies, salt, clothing, tools, sewing supplies, first aid items, bottled water, cigarettes, alcohol…basically anything that someone will barter with you.
I have given you a few ideas to help you prepare for Survival. Again, do your own homework and research and get prepared today!
The #1 Rule in Becoming a Survivalist
Have you been preparing for any disaster and checking off your items as you go about storing supplies? Wonderful! But, do you know what the #1 rule is in becoming a Survivalist?
Most people do not know and it is, unfortunately, to their detriment if a disaster were to occur. Give up? Don’t tell ANYONE that you are a prepper or survivalist and have been preparing and storing items in your home or safe place.
Why you ask would I not tell anyone? There are numerous reasons but we will touch on a few here.
Let’s say you have been storing food, supplies, fuel, etc. and your neighbor happens to see you bringing all of these weird items into your house. What if you have started growing vegetables, fruit trees, bought some chickens and built a coop. The nosy neighbor asks you what you are up to and you tell him. Or, you tell your kids and they tell their friends.
You are rolling along doing your own thing when disaster strikes—either man-made or natural. What do you think that neighbor is going to say or do?
Because they have not taken the time to prepare and are now in a panic they are going to remember that their neighbor, you, did take the time and a bonus—you live right next door, you are their neighbor and of course you want to share…NOT!
As much as you like your neighbor, extended family and friends you should NEVER tell anyone that you are prepping. We will feel sorry for these people because they did not take the time to prepare as we have and if you are to survive you have probably only put enough of the items away to sustain you and/or your immediate family.
If you let someone into the group, and they tell their friends, they WILL come after your stuff. When disaster strikes everyone is desperate and the world will have changed in the blink of an eye.
You will need a way to protect your provisions whether it is with a gun, a knife or other means because you will have items that people are going to desperately want: food, shelter, fuel, batteries, lights, etc. Are you prepared to protect all of your hard-earned work and preparation?
Don’t think it will happen? It can and will. Just because you took the time doesn’t mean anyone else did. Again, the #1 rule in Survival? Don’t tell anyone that you are prepared!
Prepare to Survive in Your Home
Preparing and surviving in your home is something that can be accomplished if you put some time and effort into it. This is also called, “Homesteading.”
When preparing for disasters, you have to stop thinking about the world you live in today. You have to concentrate on what the world will look like without all the comforts of home you have right now.
It is never too early to start preparing. You are going to want to do some research to find out the basics of survival. One thing that you will become is self-reliant meaning that you won’t be depending on outside services or others for your survival. You will be living off the land, so to speak, but you have to know how to do that in order to survive.
There are two things you must provide for you and/or your family in order to survive any length of time: food and water.
Learn how to garden and grow your own food. It really isn’t that hard and you can do it anywhere. If you have a backyard, great! If you live in an apartment or high rise, buy some big 5-gallon buckets and dirt or use your flower pots. You can grow food anywhere there is soil. There is also a way to garden without dirt called Hydroponics.
You want the capability for the seeds (normally vegetable) that you buy to germinate and produce over and over again. Make sure you buy the right type of seed: heirloom seeds.
If you are in a temperate climate where you can grow fruit it would be wise to plant a couple of fruit trees. Fruit trees produce every year and you can preserve both fruit and vegetables for later when the temperatures have dropped.
Fresh water is essential. Period. If you don’t have water, the average person can only survive about three days. Finding ways to store water and purify water, if there is no fresh water available, is an area you want to research and put at the top of your list.
Not only are you going to need water, your livestock and garden will need water. You will want water for boiling, bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc. Catching water in rain barrels is your best bet for storing water.
Do you live in an area where they allow chickens? Build a chicken coop (fun project with the kids) and buy some chicks. You will have an endless supply of eggs. And, the eggs will be a great barter item when you need things you forgot to buy.
Being able to protect yourself and/or your family is also something you are going to want to do in these uncertain times. You may not like it but weapons are going to be your best friend. What if someone has heard about your prepping or decide to invade your home or garden? How will you protect all of the assets you have so carefully taken the time to prepare?
Don’t just limit yourself to a firearm. Buy several. Take gun safety and shooting courses. Also buy knives. Knives are not as effective but they will do in a pinch. You can also use your knife for all sorts of tasks.
Don’t be caught off guard when disaster strikes. Learn how to prepare to survive in your own home now before it is too late.
Survival Concepts in a New World
We are living in a dangerous world and it appears to be getting more dangerous each year. With all of this uncertainty, do you know survival concepts in a New World and what it is going to look like?
Everyone in today’s society is merrily rolling along as if we all have good sense. The world is in turmoil and it appears there are not many people who are aware of this.
I want to cover a few concepts so that you will be one of the few who are prepared and can look at what will happen when disaster strikes.
We are a world dependent on energy. Satellites and power grids are our lifeline to anything we do these days. If we lose either one of these, our world will collapse and the life you know, love and have been accustomed to will come to an abrupt halt.
Law and order will no longer be the same. People will turn quite quickly to savagery. Riots will break out which in turn fosters looting. This phenomenon will happen overnight.
Most people don’t keep a large supply of food on hand. This is never a truer statement than in large metropolitan areas. Most people don’t have more than a few days’ worth of food much less food for disasters. What are you going to do when the food is gone if you haven’t learned to grown your own or you haven’t bothered to prepare?
People will be running from cities. That once cozy life they had will come to an end. People who live in suburbs, or rural areas will have a better chance of survival because they will have land that they can farm (if they gathered/purchased seeds).
You want to have an alliance such as a neighborhood group where you have all been meeting for some time. At these meetings you should have set roles for each person and what they are going to contribute. Adults and capable children should be included in the list. You are going to need roles such as security, doctor, nurse, hunters, gatherers, food preparers. The most important thing you are going to want to do is to protect whatever perimeter you have established as a group.
It is going to get ugly. Let’s face it. Policeman and law enforcements officials are overwhelmed in today’s society. Can you imagine what is going to happen when there is no law enforcement?
Practical hands-on skills have decreased and are almost becoming non-existent. Everything in today’s society is automated. Have you thought about what will happen when that is no longer the case? It would be wise to educate yourself on skills that you think you will need to survive in a world where everything will be acomplished manually again.
If you can afford it, I would recommend finding a safe place and moving there. Move away from large cities and populated areas. Live “off the grid.” That means providing everything you have by and for yourself. Electricity, Food, Water, etc. When the power goes down, you will be able to survive because you are not dependent on these outside sources.
Plan and plan again. Don’t just be satisfied with Plan A. Sit down, think and plan out your next moves if Plan A doesn’t work. You will need a Plan B or maybe even a Plan C. You can never be too prepared.
Again, I ask, do you know survival concepts in a New World and what it is going to look like? Plan now before disaster strikes.
The Difference between Preppers and Survivalists
What is the difference between preppers and survivalists? They are interchangeable terms that are similar and have small differences between them.
Either way, the preppers and survivalists are preparing for situations that may arise insofar as natural or man-made disasters.
Preppers are people who prepare for the long haul and go beyond just surviving a short-term or long-term interval. These people are preparing to be self-reliant or go “off the grid” (self-sustaining) in order to live as normal a life as possible.
Self-reliance is the name of the game for preppers. They will do whatever it takes to make sure that they and their families survive no matter how long it takes, no matter what the situation. A lot of preppers begin by making sure that they can survive in their homes. Everything they do and store is for survival or self-containment.
Preppers make sure that they can provide food and water for themselves and family and also a way to protect those assets. They usually have a minimum of three days’ worth of food but also have taken the time to learn how to garden and grow their own food.
If a prepper lives on a farm or piece of land, he or she will also make sure that they have livestock such as a cow, goats, pigs, chickens (maybe one rooster) and honeybees. If they have room for sheep they will most likely purchase a couple of those as well. A horse can also come in handy for transportation and some of the harder labor items.
Chickens can provide eggs, cows and goats can provide milk which can then be turned into cheese. Honeybees can provide the sweet honey you might be craving for food that you are preparing and are also used for pollination. And sheep can provide wool.
This sounds like going back to the old days doesn’t it where everything was accomplished by hand? Well, that is exactly what will happen if a large disaster occurs. The modern day of life as we know it will probably go away and it may not return in your life time so better to be prepared (prepper) ahead of time.
Preppers not only grow the food but they also find resourceful ways to store it. Do you have a basement? How about an old tornado shelter? Can you dig a deep hole? These are all excellent places to store food long term.
Preppers think along the lines of how their ancestors used to live. The self-reliant way of life was a long time ago but those people relied on themselves and good old-fashioned hard work. Their kids were a part of this equation as well.
A survivalist is someone who is preparing for the short-term only. They make sure that in the event a disaster hits their town they are prepared to survive until the resources are put back on line. A short disaster could last weeks or a couple of months.
Preparing to “bug out” is something that a survivalist is prepared to do. A survivalist will have “bug-out bags” ready to go for himself and each member of his family. The bug-out back will have everything someone will need to survive in case you have to hike out of your current area and survive for a few days.
The bug-out bag will have things like food, water, clothing, sleeping equipment and first-aid or safety items. They will make an escape route on a map and a safe place for everyone to meet in the event of disaster.
The line becomes blurred in figuring out what the difference is between a prepper and a survivalist but the name of the game is to survive disasters!