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Hey there SurvivalTab readers. In this post we are going talk about how important it is for us to know how to use trees for survival. Trees, generally, have a great many benefits.
These benefits range from esthetic value to environmental, community and personal benefits. For example …
We plant trees primarily for their beauty and to provide shade but they do create many other benefits. Trees can sooth and relax us and help us connect to nature and our surroundings. The color green – is a calming, cool color that helps your eyes quickly recover from strain. By planting and caring for trees, you help improve your surroundings, reduce pollution, lower energy costs, improve the appearance of your community and increase the value of your property.
Using Trees For Survival
Let’s continue by concentrating on the matter of how to use trees for survival situations. When we think about trees in terms of survival in the wilderness, it’s just natural to have mental images of using trees to make survival shelters and firewood or keep wild animals away. The reality is that trees have so much more to offer other than providing firewood or branches for building crude structures to protect us against the environment and elements.
Onpointpreparedness agrees about the importance of trees for survival, given the circumstances …
Trees are an incredible resource for the outdoor survivalist. Their uses are numerous, and include some of the following:
- Water / Sap
Animal indicators / trapping
Cordage or glue
Let’s take a closer look at four of the mentioned uses pointed out by Onpointpreparedness.
Depending on the environment, a good number of tree species can supply us with vitamin rich fruits. On some of these trees, the foliage are edible too. Believe it or not, but tree bark is also a source of food.
You can drink the sap from trees like the sugar maple and the white birch tree. Sometimes you can actually drink the sap without purifying it first. If the sap is too thick for drinking as is, you can mix it with water to make it easier digestible.
Many trees have natural medicinal uses. For example, pine resin can stop the bleeding in case of a cut and close the wound. It also acts as a disinfectant as it prevents bacteria from spreading in the wound.
Here’s a good example of how to use trees for medicinal purposes. It’s a video made by Crocket 20 where he demonstrates the sealing of a wound using resin from a pine tree.
Video Source: CrOcket20
Certain trees, or parts thereof, can be used to make survival equipment such as rope and adhesives. It can also be utilized to make weapons such as hunting bows and wood daggers to name a few.
The fact that we can use trees for survival, is a gift from nature. We just need to learn how to use them.
Hey there SurvivalTab readers. Let’s talk a little about a long burning fire. Making a fire is an essential part of camping. It can make or break your camping trip. Having said that, let’s face it – about 7 out of every ten campfires are failures.
They just never get going properly or they burn out too quickly. Sadly, a fire that burns out too quickly equals a failed camping adventure. It just generally puts a damper on proceedings.
It goes with saying that your campfire is vital for your cooking, warmth and comfort. To achieve all this, you really need to get the most out of your fire – you want it to be a long burning fire. HOW do you do it? It’s actually pretty easy if you know WHAT to do.
Here’s How The Long Burning Fire Is Done
We found an interesting video and it may just change your take on a campfire. Here’s what the owner of the video have to say:
I am going to teach you something different here, I’m going to re-visit it actually. I made this video a long long time ago and it’s called the upside down fire. So, we’re going to take what you’ve learned, and we’re going to turn it upside down. We’re going to start with the biggest stuff first, and then, we’re going to go to the smaller stuff.
Video and Image Source: CrOcket20 on YouTube
It might take a bit longer to set up and require some management, but a good campfire should never be a rush job anyway.
Just remember to always keep safety in mind. You don’t want to be the person who made the headlines for setting the woods or camping area on fire. When you are out camping, check if there is a designated fire making area. If it’s there, use it. If you are out in the woods, make a small clearing away from your shelter, any bushes, dry leaves or wood.
Happy camping – don’t forget to practice making your long burning campfire BEFORE you go!
Hey there SurvivalTab readers. In this post we are going to talk a little bit about choosing a bug out bicycle. First of all, something to take note of is that there is no such thing as a specific kind of bug out bicycle.
Meaning, you can’t just walk into a cycle shop and ask for the bug out bicycle section. You have to choose the right bicycle for your specific needs and then fit it with accessories and survival gear that you think you’ll need.
Image Source: PoliticsAndPreppers
Choosing The Right Bicycle
Choosing the right bicycle requires some thought. Simply because everyone’s circumstances are different. Bicycles don’t come cheap these days and buying a decent bicycle(s) can rock your bank balance. So, you should do some brainstorming and consider the following questions:
What Kind Of Bicycle(s) And What Is Your Budget?
The kind of bicycle to consider buying, or using, is a personal choice. There are many to choose from – road bike, mountain bike, hybrid, fat bike etc.
There are many factors that determine the price of a bicycle (new or used) as well as the type of bicycle you should consider buying. You can read more about buying your first bicycle at Bicycling.
Be sure to look at a bicycle that will be able to travel on any kind of surface. Immediately mountain bicycles and touring bicycles come to mind. Further to this, we have added this link to Bike Radar.
The article is a review of a new Specialized touring bicycle and it provides good insight into the anatomy of a touring bicycle that can double up as a bug out bicycle.
Image Source: Bike Radar
Survival Gear And Other Accessories For You Bug Out Bicycle
Fitting the bicycle with the right survival gear and accessories is important. This is where you start to turn your bicycle into a bug out vehicle. Handy accessories to consider fitting to your bicycle are carrier bags, frame bags and handlebar bags.
Accessories don’t necessarily have to be store-bought. Old bags, backpacks, crates and straps lying around can just as easily be converted into useful bicycle accessories.
Are You In Good Physical Shape Or Not?
Riding a bicycle requires a certain level of fitness, more so if riding under challenging circumstances. Before you spend money on a bicycle, you should assess your physical condition and get yourself into shape accordingly.
This will also help you during your decision making process as to what kind of bicycle is best for your needs.
In addition, we also found this informative video made by the ‘Wandering Beast’. He talks how he personally benefits from using his bicycle as well as the components, survival gear and other fittings.
Video Source: Wandering Beast
To conclude, we want to emphasize that you should not underestimate the value of a bug out bicycle. It’s faster than traveling on foot and you can carry more gear. Just make sure that your bicycle is reliable and that it can last you a long time.
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