Friday, December 16, 2011

Substitute Hygene Items. Save $. Save the Planet

Here are some substitutions for personal hygiene items that are 100% planet friendly:

Shampoo/Body Wash: Baking Soda and Vinegar (mix together to make a paste)
Facial Wash: Honey
Toothpaste: Baking Soda
Deodorant: Baking Soda
Hand Soap: Apple Sauce and Baking Soda
Hair Gel: Concentrated Lemon Juice

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Secret to Staying Awake

I've looked for an all natural substance to help me stay awake for a long time and finally discovered a great combination. I've found that sipping orange juice increases my blood sugar, which wakes me up and doesn't drop me like cane sugar (If I take anything containing regular sugar, 5 min later I'm asleep) Then I supplement the orange juice with peanut butter. This helps neutralize all the acid in the orange juice and it gives me protein. I've had lots of time to test this since I pull approx. 2 all-nighters a week.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Many Uses of a Cheap Flashlight

A cheap flashlight can be used for it's light but also the parabolic lens can be used to start fires, the batteries can be used with steel wool to ignite fires or overheated by connecting the ends with wire to make hand warmers. The plastic case can be modified and stuffed with charcoal to make a survival straw for water purifying and the spring can be used as a fish hook.

Cattails Could Save Your Life

Cattails are one of the best survival resource you can find. All parts of a cattail are edible, raw or cooked. The roots are very starchy and taste like a potato on steroids. The fluff in the head of a cattail can be used as fire tinder, diaper fluff, or flour.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Honey Rocks!

Honey is a wonderful antiseptic. You can put it on cuts and even use it as face wash or gentle body wash. It also makes wonderful cough syrup. I was told this by a doctor and it works! A half a teaspoon seems to suppress coughing for about an hour and a half.

Survival Skills

When you really need survival skills it is probably too late to learn them.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Perfect Survival Food

I've done some serious research and have found several sources that would back me up in saying that one of the best foods to carry with you wherever you go are ALMONDS. Granted they are not the most satisfying entree in the world but they have few rivals when you analyze the effect eating almonds has on your body. First, they have an almost perfect PH which means they can never give you canker sores or throw off your bodies PH no matter how many of them you eat. Second, they are said to be a mood picker-upper that helps your brain and makes you feel better. They are a source of protein that won't go bad like meat or eggs. You can soak them, sprout them or grind them into flour.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Items you can always rationalize buying

Here are some items that are always a good investment in your physical survival:

-Canned Food
-Propane (grilling gas)
-Fishing Supplies
-Fuel (gasoline/diesel for your vehicle)

All of these are an indirect source of heat for your body and the #1 rule of survival is maintaining your bodies temp of 98.6!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Alternative Mosquito Repellant

Here are a few natural mosquito repellents that are suppose to be very useful. I have tried a couple with success.

#1 Citronella Oil
#2 Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
#3 Cinnamon Oil
#4 Castor Oil
#5 Rosemary Oil
#6 Lemongrass Oil
#7 Cedar Oil
#8 Sage
#9 Smoke
#10 Mud

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Survival Bracelets

An easy way to carry cordage is to wear a survival bracelet. This means you can carry up to 25' of cord with you every where you go. Some of the main uses of "para-cord" type cord are: Shelter ridge line, Tent guy out string, Boot laces, Belt, Arm sling, Fishing line, Snares and traps, Rock sling/staff sling, Gear repair,Gun sling, Lashing cargo, Log pull, Crossing rivers, Descending cliffs/crags, Pole lashing, Knife lanyard, Necklace, Sewing repairs, Hang food from a tree in bear country, Tourniquet.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

30 Uses for a Bandana

1. Signal (also see signal mirror)
2. Neck Gaiter for cold weather
3. Tourniquet (But for Snake Bites use a Sawyer Extractor)
4. Pot Holder
5. Collecting Wild Edibles
6. Sun block for neck
7. Sling (first-aid – also see medical kits for you BOB)
8. Sling (as in David and Goliath)
9. Sling (for a staff )
10. Cordage (strips or as is)
11. Washcloth/Towel (Bathe out of a Collapsible Bucket)
12. Sweatband
13. Waist pack/pouch
14. Hobo Pack
15. Padding a hotspot
16. Cleaning Patches for Firearm
17. Bullet Patches for Muzzleloader
18. Gun Wipe Cloth (with oil)
19. Toilet Paper
20. Mark a Trail
21. Dish Rag
22. Napkin
23. Eye patch
24. Pre-water Filter (like Coffee Filters)
25. Clean Glasses and other lens
26. Ear Muffs
27. Bind a stone and toss a line over a limb
28. Dust Mask (in Urban Survival)
29. Wet and wear for Hot Weather
30. Sneezing

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Carry Water, Save Money

You won't believe how much money you can save by carrying a case of bottled water in the trunk of your car. Not only is it great for emergencies such as situations when city water becomes unreliable, but you always have a drink when you need it. How many times a week do you purchase soda or bottled water on a whim just because you're out running errands and you get thirsty.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Superb Firestarter

A cotton ball dipped in petroleum jelly will burn for several minutes and could mean the difference between life and death in a freezing situation. These are a great item for a day pack, survival pack, or 72 hour kit.

A Sun Oven vs. A Convection Oven

So I cooked my meals on a sun oven yesterday. I made it from a pattern I found online and I used only cardboard, clear plastic wrap (kitchen wrap), and aluminum foil. At first I thought it hadn't worked because the food looked so different from typically baked food, but after setting up the oven and leaving it for several hours it did it's job! How beautiful and easy it that?

How Library's Save you $$$

Think how much money you spend in movie rentals/purchases, music, and books and then stop and think of the public library system in America. Books, movies, and music are all available at no cost within 122,000 public buildings of information. And why do we have a budget for media?

Save Money with Surge Protectors

Plugging electronics into surge protectors doesn't just protect them from power surges, it saves you money. That is if you turn off the power when the electronic devices aren't in use. By shutting off the surge protector when you don't need the power you can save up to 6 per cent on your utility bill.

Baking Soda for Deodorant

So I haven't worn deodorant for over a year. Yeah, yeah, don't get grossed out! I use baking soda. That's right, once or twice a day, and especially when I get out of the shower I dampen the ends of a finger on each hand and dip them into a bowl of baking soda, then I cross my arms and rub the soda into my armpits. It works fast and seems to last at least 8 hours even on real sweaty people. If you're like me you'll never go back to that gooey, sticky, soapy bar of artificial fragrance. And by the way, baking soda costs about 50 cents a pound.

Purify Water With Bleach

Did you know you can purify most water with a few drops of bleach? If you're ever in a situation where you're not sure if you can trust tap water add 4 drops of bleach per quart of water and wait an 1/2 hour. This is much simpler than boiling and tastes fine.

Clean With Boiling Water

Cleaning with boiling hot water kills 99.9999 percent of germs and requires no soap whatsoever. Save money on all the chemicals you buy for floors, sinks, tubs, and toilets and let heat do the work for you. Also, the slower you clean with boiling water the better it cleans. Say goodbye to elbow grease. Make sure to use multiple layers of yellow rubber gloves. DO NOT BURN YOURSELF.

Boil Brushes

Boil things like scrub brushes, toothbrushes, combs, dish scrubers, and plastic loofa's instead of throwing them away and buying new ones. Boiling kills 99.99999 percent of germs, loosening and removing most, if not all, of the scum within the bristles.