Category: Survival Kit Tutorial

How To Put Together A Realistic Urban Survival Kit

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Having a survival kit will make your life a lot easier during a critical situation. In this video, Weekend Wanderer shows us what is inside his urban survival kit.

Many people feel that putting together a survival kit is a waste of their time because nothing bad has ever happened to them… however this is the worst thinking when it comes to survival. No one can ever be overly prepared for an emergency. The contents of survival kits will vary depending on the area of the country, the location, and the purpose. For example, a kit for someone living on a rural area will differ from a kit for someone in an urban area. However, there are some basic items that are universal like water bottles and purifier, non-perishable foods, pocket knife or tool, first aid items, whistle, etc.

The idea here is to tailor-fit your survival kit to your immediate needs. When planning what to include in your kit, consider the following urban survival scenarios:

1. There is probably less need for emergency shelter as there should be many buildings around and debris available to make a shelter if needed.

2. Broken glass, toxic smoke and dust are likely hazards. A respirator should be considered an urban survival essential – ideally the type that processes chemicals as well as particulates. Basic dust masks may be helpful but not in the same league as the classic 3M Reusable Respirator. Check out also the cartridges that go with it. This 3M P100 Respirator Cartridge is “NIOSH approved against certain organic vapors, chlorine, hydrogen chloride, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen fluoride, and non-oil and oil particulates”. Potential life saver!

3. Increased likelihood of opportunities to scavenge water and food from abandoned buildings. I don’t mean to encourage looting but it is inevitable that this is what people would do if their survival depended on it.

4. Roads may be blocked. A car may be stuck or gridlocked. A bicycle or e-bike would give you far greater options in terms of being able to cross the city. It’s also quiet and a bicycle does not need fuel. A good mountain bike is gold if SHTF.

5. It’s highly likely that you will have to deal with humans. Some may be useful allies but desperate people can be dangerous so give this due consideration and protect yourself.

In my opinion, knowledge and skills should be obtained before going out and spending a ton of money on survival gear. No kit can ever replace good old-fashioned knowledge and training but having your kit is also an important part of the preparedness equation.

Ok, here’s the video:

How To Make Your Own “Pill Bottle” Survival Kit

How To Make Your Own Pill Bottle Survival Kit
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The internet is laden with emergency and survival kits of all shapes and sizes but this one fits in a small pill bottle! This is a very simple miniature survival kit that covers a number of bases and could save the day in a number of situations. The good thing about having a miniature kit is that you are less likely to leave it behind on account of it being too much hassle to carry with you. A miniature EDC is a wonderful thing…

The contents of your kit are only limited by the size of the bottle and your imagination. Here’s a quick rundown of contents you could include:

1. Paracord – Wrap the outside of your pill bottle with 550 paracord for cordage.

2. Matches – To start a fire for warmth, cook food or to send a signal.

3. Match striker strip – Take just the strip from the box to save space.

4. Birthday candles – Use for light after dark, or melt the wax over a flame to increase the fire’s strength.

5. Safety pins – Use to fix clothing, attach two items together or use one as a makeshift fishing hook.

6. Sanitizing hand wipes – If wounded, clean the wound first with one of these little wipes. Sanitation is very important in survival.

7. Band-aids – Keep small injuries covered to prevent potential infection.

8. Mini red finger flashlight – The bright red led gives you enough light to see in your immediate area.

9. Cotton balls – You can use these cotton balls as either a blood clotting agent or as tinder for starting a fire.

10. Fire straws – You can store your tinder inside your drinking straws to make it waterproof and a lot more portable. To do this, cut the drinking straws into lengths of about 2.5 inches each and using your pliers, pinch off one end of the straw and burn it closed with the lighter. Take 1 cotton ball and put a little petroleum jelly into it. Stretch out the cotton ball and twist it up a bit then slide the end of the cotton into the straw and continue to twist while you push it in. Once you have the cotton ball completely shoved into the straw, clamp the open end with the pliers and burn it shut with the lighter again.

11. Neosporin in a straw – Fight infection from scrapes and cuts. Use the same method stated at number 10 but place Neosporin inside the straw instead of tinder.

Gather all the supplies and neatly pack them inside the bottle. If you have extra room in your bottle, you might consider packing the following items: fishing wire, strips of duct tape, gauze, tweezers, or a small pocket knife. This survival kit takes up very little room and it’s a perfect fit for your backpack, pocket or glove compartment.

Here’s the tutorial video:

For more ideas on a similar theme, see our Altoids tin survival kit tutorial.

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The Top 5 Ultimate Medicinal Herbs For Your Bug Out Bag

The Top 5 Ultimate Medicinal Herbs For Your Bug Out Bag
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Health care and first aid are amongst our top priorities when preparing for a disaster or a survival situation. Here are 5 medicinal herbs to include in your bug out bag:

1. Willow
Willow, particularly its leaves and bark, has special properties that can provide temporary relief for pain. It is often known as the natural aspirin and its active component is almost chemically identical to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). It’s also a remedy for inflammation, fever, and headache.

How to use:
a. Make a tea. Simmer 2 tsps of its inner bark in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. You may want to add sugar.
b. For small wounds, you can do a compress by crushing the bark and apply it on the wound.
c. You can also chew the small green twigs and drink the juice.

2. Garlic
Garlic is well known for its medical uses because of its antibiotic properties. It is referred to as a natural penicillin.

Here are some of the uses of garlic in survival situations:
a. Fights cough, stomach bugs, and other infections.
b. For cold sores and ear infection
c. Repel mosquitoes, parasites and other invasive bugs

3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper has miracle-working properties that have been reported to stop injuries from bleeding. Just put dry red pepper powder on the affected area. You can also ingest it with food. Cayenne pepper has anti-fungal properties and helps digestion, cures headache, and treats ulcer. It is also claimed to prevent heart attacks.

4. Feverfew
As its name suggests, its main use is to treat fever. But this herb is not just for fever, it can can also cure sinus pressure, arthritis, migraine, headaches, and inflammation.
How to use: Chew its flower.

5. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is considered a calming herb and provides relaxation from stress and anxiety. It can also be used to heal wounds and treat insect bites and stings.

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