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.