Month: August 2014

How To Build a Survival Shelters Like A US Marine

You should have a store bought proper  tents with you when you are enjoying the outdoors.  However, we are all human, and you may be caught unprepared. That is why it is essential to learn how to build survival shelters when you are without your bushcraft gear.  First of all, certain criteria needs to be considered to make sure that your shelter is both safe and serves its purpose.  Here are some of the fundamentals to keep in mind: The Basics First,  you need to scope out the space where you will build your shelter and make sure it is free from natural hazards. This means that you should make sure your shelter site isn’t near any natural hazards.  And you need to look for potential rock falls or any standing dead trees. In addition, you need to make sure that your shelter is constructed to protect you from the elements like snow, wind, sun, and rain. If you are planning on starting a fire within your shelter, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, you need to make sure your shelter is properly ventilated. Moreover, ventilation will also make it easier to start fire.  If possible you should try to make room for a drying rack where you can dry your clothes, blankets, sleeping bags and other gear. Concealment Normally, you’ll want to make your shelter as visible as possible....

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DIY Long Term Food Storage Cheat Sheet

     There are four major reasons for canning food: a safe method for safeguarding emergency food supplies, self sufficiency, special dietary considerations and an aversion to commercially scanned food. Science Behind Food Canning       Microorganisms such as yeasts, molds and bacteria are invisible to our eyes and are present all around us.  Some of these microorganisms are beneficial, and some others are harmful. To a certain extent, nearly all foods contain some of these microorganisms. It is these microorganisms though that will make food spoil. So, If you don’t properly preserve your food, it will undergo change in color and flavor and eventually decompose because of the growth of these microorganisms. Canning helps to prevent the growth of microorganisms by heating food in a sealed container. Heat not only destroys the harmful microorganisms, but it also drives the air out and creates a partial vacuum inside the container. This prevents re-contamination of the food as other microorganisms cannot enter vacuum-sealed containers. Two Different Kinds Of Food For canning purposes, there are two types of food: High-Acid and Low-Acid foods. High-Acidic Foods: These are foods that consist of natural acids in them. The acidity of each food may vary. In general, fruits, including tomatoes, are classified as acid foods. Low-Acidic Foods: These foods contain very low levels of natural acids. Typically, vegetables, meats, seafood, mushrooms, poultry and...

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USMC Reveals How to Assemble The Ultimate Emergency Survival Kit

 The following is an in depth analysis for assembling the best survival kit for wilderness areas during the summer months.  Please note though that this list is only a guideline and you should use your common sense when gathering the supplies for your kit. For example, you will be able to carry more equipment if you are driving a car versus you are on foot. Also, this list is not a “How To” guide on survival techniques. Other areas on Living Dead Prepper will have in depth tutorials on various survival techniques. So, the following is list of the best practices for assembling a survival kit. Introduction- Basic Considerations Before even beginning to assemble your kit you should consider the following: Location-The proper assembling of a survival kit depends upon your environment. Thus, you will need different supplies for winter months versus being in the dessert. Transportation- How much gear you have for your kit will depend upon your mode of transportation. So, your kit will have less equipment if you are on foot vs. driving. Organization- you need to place your most used items near your body. As an example, your map and compass need to be placed in your coat pockets. And you can place your items that are less likely to be used in your backpack or whatever container you have for your kit. Dual Purpose-you...

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Use a Survival Axe Like Outdoor Survival Expert Ray Mears

Image courtesy of Stock.xchng   This video, by Ray Mears, is a great introduction on the appropriate selection and the proper use of a survival axe. First of all, learning to use a survival axe is one of the most essential bushcraft survival skills. An axe is an all-purpose survival tool that can help you in a variety of situations. From building a fire to making shelter and ax is essential bushcraft equipment. However, selecting the proper axe and knowing how to use an axe can be daunting. This video solves this problem by giving a great intro on the uses and selection of your ax.   Some of the things that you’ll learn with this video are: Types of Axes: You will learn about the different sizes of axes. Newbie Axes: Mears will tell you the best axes for the novice pepper. Purposes: You’ll learn about the various purposes of axes. For example, you’ll find out the best axe for kindling and the optimal axe for chopping a tree down. Bushcraft Skills: The ability to start a fire can be the difference between life and death. And an axe is an essential tool for getting the fuel needed to build your fire. This video shows you how to best an ax for firewood and the proper way to make kindling. Safety: As with any bushcraft gear, an ax...

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