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.
There are number of valid reasons why it is important to know some emergency uses for paracord. You are going to find those reasons a little further on in this article. One reason, however, stands out head-and-shoulders above the rest. Having knowledge of emergency uses for paracord can save your life.
What Is Paracord?
You may ask yourself this question. What is paracord and why should I even care? Well, paracord (paracute cord) is a nylon kernmantle rope used in the suspension lines of parachutes since WW2. It has also been found to be very useful for many other applications and is used extensively in the military.
Naturally, it found its way into civilian life and has proved to be very popular for use in do-it-yourself projects, outdoor adventures and even as fashion accessories. The low-down is that paracord has many practical uses. Knowing emergency uses for paracord in the outdoors (especially for making knots) can be an extremely useful skill.
7 Reasons Why To Know Emergency Uses For Paracord
Here are 7 good reasons why you should know emergency uses for paracord. Each and every one of these emergency uses can save your life, depending on the circumstances.
1. Trap Small Game
Make a snare to trap small game on the ground. You will need the following:
- small piece of wood with a sizeable notch carved out of it (top end)
- bigger piece of wood with a similar notch carved into it (for the smaller piece of wood to fit loosely into it). The other end must be sharpened in order to be shoved into the ground like a peg
- some “bait” to attract the animal’s attention
- a bent over sapling
Cut open and remove the “guts” of the paracord. Use the thinner string to make a noose. The size of the noose will depend on what it is you have in mind to trap. Tie one end of the noose string to the small piece of wood. Shove the bigger piece of wood into the ground like a peg.
Use more string to tie the opposite end of the small piece of wood (the one with the noose tied to one end) to the bent over sapling. Add the “bait” to the end where the noose is tied. Now fit the two pieces of wood together. You are now ready to trap food for the table.
Source: Creek Stewart
In case you are not successful in trapping a small game, you can modify the snare trap slight to use it for fishing. You will have set the trap up next to the water. Instead of making a noose, you just tie a long string with a sharp hook on the end of the small piece of wood to serve as your fishing line.
Source: Creek Stewart
Alternatively, you can do the following:
- Find yourself a “rod” or use a walking stick
- Tie a long piece of paracord to the rod
- Use some thin “gut” string as a lead line with a hook
- Tie this lead line to the end of the paracord line
- Forget about the “rod” and just use the paracord and lead line (with the hook) and fish with a handline.
3. Make A Survival Tourniquet
Accidents happen and medical care is not always close by. Use the paracord or thinner string from the “guts” of the paracord to tie down injured areas to limit blood loss.
Source: My Medic
4. Use Paracord As A Trail Marker
Maintaining direction while hiking in dense woods during the day or night can be problematic. It is relatively easy to get lost if you don’t concentrate on where you are walking. Paracord, especially brightly colored cord, can come in very handy in such situations.
When you leave your camp to hike or hunt, just tie a piece of paracord around various trees along your route. The paracord will act as markers to help you find your way back to your camp.
5. Build A Survival Shelter
There is no reason to sleep under stars and risk getting wet or even worse … being harassed by unwelcome late-night visitors. Use your paracord to build a shelter for the night.
The Survival Outpost will show you how to go about building a survival shelter using your paracord.
6. Start A Fire
Finding yourself in a emergency situation without matches can be discouraging. In such circumstances you don’t have any other option but to try your hand at the age-old “bow drill” method (friction-based fire making).
It is definitely not an easy task, especially if it is your first ever attempt. Fortunately you have your roll of paracord with you and it is going make your task (a bit) easier.
The bow drill is probably the most effective friction based method to use because it’s easier to maintain the speed and pressure you need to create enough friction to start a fire. In addition to the spindle and fireboard, you’ll also need a socket and a bow.
Get a socket. The socket is used to put pressure on the other end of the spindle as you’re rotating it with the bow. The socket can be a stone or another piece of wood. If you use another piece of wood, try to find a harder piece than what you’re using for the spindle. Wood with sap and oil are good as it creates a lubricant between the spindle and the socket.
Make your bow. The bow should be about as long as your arm. Use a flexible piece of wood that has a slight curve. The string of the bow can be anything. A shoelace, rope, or strip of rawhide works great. Just find something that won’t break. String up your bow and you’re ready to go.
Prepare the fireboard. Cut a v-shaped notch and create a depression adjacent to it in the fireboard. Underneath the notch, place your tinder.
String up the spindle. Catch the spindle in a loop of the bow string. Place one end of the spindle in the fireboard and apply pressure on the other end with your socket.
Start sawing. Using your bow, start sawing back and forth. You’ve basically created a rudimentary mechanical drill. The spindle should be rotating quickly. Keep sawing until you create an ember.
Make you fire. Drop the ember into the tinder nest and blow on it gently. You got yourself a fire.
Source: Brett & Kate McKay
7. Make Paracord Handcuffs
You never know when you will be faced with an emergency situation where you are forced to tie someone or something down. It can be a situation where you are being attacked with the intent of bodily harm or where you have to make a citizen’s arrest.
Either way, you can use your available paracord to make a pair of handcuffs (also known as “Boatswain’s handcuffs”).
Here’s how to make paracord handcuffs …
You start of by simply tying a prusik knot around your finger. You take the ends of the cord and slide them in place of your finger. This will form the loops you need to put the wrists in. After that, just pull the ends until the cuffs are very tight (if you seriously want to restrain someone there is no need to be gentle. Blood flow is overrated).
Tie off the ends at least two times (as shown in the image) and you have yourself a nice little restraint. The prusik knot is chosen for a reason. It resist pulling by itself and tying off the end will make a very effective restraint.
Source: Paracord Guild
Paracord are readily available and should be one of the first items to go into your survival bag, regardless of what kind of outdoor activity you engage in. Just make sure you have it – be it in the form of a cord roll or a survival bracelet.
AND last but not least … make a point of getting to know the various emergency uses of paracord.
NEED paracord? Below is a table with options:
Thinking about rope hand restraint escape techniques, is probably not something the average person does every day. If ever, to be honest.
However, it is something that just might need some more consideration. Especially in the times we are living in. These days the media is full of kidnapping stories – almost daily in fact.
Stories of holiday makers being taken for ransom while traveling exotic destinations, aid-and-relief workers being kidnapped in certain “hot-spot” areas of the world, journalists being being kidnapped in war-torn areas, and so the list goes on.
One of the first things kidnappers would do is to tie your hands together with rope or cord so that you cannot use your hands and arms to defend yourself. Next, they would possibly tie your ankles together – immobilizing you completely.
After the initial shock has worn off, you find your yourself in a bind, so to speak – completely at the mercy of your kidnappers. Can you escape from these kind of situations? The answer is YES … you can.
That is providing you know what do, and how to go about implementing rope hand restraint escape techniques.
Images Source: DailyMail.com
Former CIA Agent Demonstrates Rope Restraint Escape Techniques
SurvivalTab found this very informative article about an ex-CIA agent which shows you two very effective rope hand restraint escape techniques. Here’s what the article has to say:
If you ever worry about the possibility of a kidnapping a former CIA agent has revealed techniques used to escape even the tightest of hand restraints.
Jason Hanson, who worked for the CIA for six years before starting his own security business, showed DailyMail.com two methods of escaping should you find yourself tied up.
The two tactics used include creating space to slip your hands out of a rope restraint or preparing yourself to cut yourself free.
Read More Here and Watch the Video: DailyMail.com
Rope Escape Advice From A Former Navy SEAL
In addition to the rope hand restraint escape secrets demonstrated by Jason Hanson, SurvivalTab has also researched the next video. Here, a former navy SEAL explains how to escape if you’ve been tied up. The video is well worth watching.
By just memorizing and practicing these demonstrated rope hand restraint escape techniques until they become second nature, you will have equipped yourself with a skill that could save your life one day, if not tomorrow.
Mass shootings are the order of the day. Let’s not beat around the bush here. We live in uncertain times and you need to educate yourself, and your loved ones on the topic of mass shooting survival. Actually you also have a civil duty to spot educate and protect everyone around you in case of an actual mass shooting scenario.
The statistics are a worrying reality and you have every reason to be concerned as well as feel the need to take action. According to the Washington Post, 869 innocent people have been the victims of mass shootings since August 1, 1966:
when ex-Marine sniper Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother, then climbed a 27-story tower at the University of Texas and killed 14 more people before police shot him to death.
Source: Washington Post
It is alarming to note that the researched data does not include other shootings related to family murders, robberies and gang killings.
The question you now have to consider is: What would you do? Are you ready to protect yourself, and your loved ones in case of a mass shooting crisis?” The problem is, that you just have no way of knowing when and where the next attack will happen. So, you need to be mentally prepared – get into your survival mindset.
Active Shooting Video
Source: Youtube – LA County Sheriff
7 Mass Shooting Survival Tips
Here are seven mass shooting survival tips that could save your life, as well as the lives of your loved ones and others:
- Always pay attention to your surroundings
- Flee if you can
- Leave your belongings behind
- Run, if you can’t hide
- Once in hiding, be quiet
- Try to avoid confronting the shooter
- Afterwards, exit carefully
Source: everydayhealth – read more here.
SurvivalTab cannot agree more with tip number six. Never get involved in a shootout with the shooter, even if your are carrying a firearm and you know how to use it. Chances are that you’ll just further aggravate the situation and endanger more lives. It is better to run or hide and survive to live another day.
Has the thought of crafting a survival coffee maker ever crossed your mind? Well … if you’re an ardent coffee drinker and find it challenging to start your day without your cup of coffee, then you should take note.
Imagine this …
You open your eyes. You realize it’s morning. You lie there for a little while. You are trying to get your mind to focus. With a thud, a sickening feeling hits you right in your empty, growling stomach. The coffee pot is gone! How are you going survive without your coffee?
Reality starts to set in … slowly … you are out in the wilderness somewhere and … yesterday was a ROUGH day. Disaster struck late afternoon while you were trying to cross the river. You lost a lot of your gear and supplies while attempting the crossing.
You look around – at least you still have your tent, some coffee beans, other odds and ends, and a few canned items lying around. Okay, time to roll out of the sack and figure this out.
First things first! A cup of hot steaming comfort coffee will give you some much needed warmth and a clear head, but … how are you going to make coffee with only a handful of coffee beans? You have come up with a way to craft a survival coffee maker.
Easy Steps To Craft Your Own Survival Coffee Maker
Wait! Suddenly you remember something you once read …
That’s right. You read this article somewhere …. ah yes, 101WaystoSurvive took you (step by step) through the process of making a rudimentary coffee maker. Now’s the time to put those acquired skills to the test. Just in case you forgot, here’s what they had to say …
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make an improvised coffee maker that could be used out in the field? Here’s one example of a simple project that only requires a few tin cans, a survival knife and a little bit of ingenuity. Follow the steps below, and you can almost duplicate what you are accustomed to brewing up at home.
Okay, it sounds easy. It only requires …
- A few tin cans
- A survival knife
- A little bit of ingenuity
- AND maybe a little bit of practice!
Easy enough, don’t you think? What’s your opinion? We think that the most important thing to remember here is … DON’T lose your coffee beans and filters. Oh yes, AND make sure you have some cans handy.
Enjoy making your own survival coffee maker – its a skill that will serve you well in the future.
We would like to make a bold statement and say that ‘an egg is the best survival food.
Here’s why we say so:
An egg is a highly nutritious foodstuff. It is loaded with most of the important nutrients that your body needs to survive. These nutrients include complete, and high quality proteins that are easily absorbed by your body.
The white of an egg contains over 40 different kinds of proteins and while the yolk contains proteins as well, it ALSO contains the necessary omega-3 fats, vitamins A, D and E.
To put this in a nutshell, or should we say “an EGG shell” … the egg is right up there with the best, if not THE best survival food when it comes to essential food sustenance.
We found this article for you and here’s what Survivopedia have to say about eggs …
One of the basic criteria for perfection in the prepping world is multipurpose utility. For foodstuff, the product also needs to keep well, be nutritious and be easy to acquire or stockpile.
Very few fresh items meet these criteria, but one most certainly does: the egg. Having a source of eggs for survival is just an example of good preparation if you can manage it. In addition to being extremely nutritious, eggs purportedly have more than 100 uses. We tend to think that’s a lowball estimate.
The Seven Reasons Why
Here are the 7 reasons why we say eggs are the best survival food …
- They’re Nutritious
- Food Fatigue Isn’t Such An Issue
- They’re Useful In Different Recipes
- They Keep Well Without Spoiling
- Egg Shells Have Several Uses
- The Membrane Is Rich In Protein And Antimicrobials
- They’ll Make For Excellent Barter
Read more here. The article goes into quite a bit of detail and makes for very useful reading.
Just in case you’ve missed the handy tip (video) in reason number 7 … here it is again …
Considering the best survival food when planning your survival food prepping is a bit of a task. At least you know that you can place eggs right at the top of your list.
Enjoy those eggs!
Does your survival pack have a “cluttered” feel to it? If so, you’re not the only one with those thoughts. Here at SurvivalTab we recently tackled the same issue and decided to go for a minimalist survival pack.
All this came about after an email conversation with a follower. His exact words on the matter were …
I have recently started throwing stuff (survival gear) away. Really good stuff too. I feel like all the stuff is suffocating me. I just want to get rid of everything and go minimalist.
So, what does it mean to go minimalist in terms of your survival pack?
Simplify Your Survival Pack
It means that you should simplify your survival planning and go with only the bare essentials. We think that you should start with the basics of survival. With basics we mean your survival bag, bug out bag, survival pack, or whatever you want to call it.
You need to consider the most essential survival items for your pack. The items you will need to get you through the first 72 hours of any kind of crisis. Planning for such a minimalist survival pack might sound easy, but it’s not.
So, to help you and give you some ideas, we found this video for you.
Source: Survival Lily
Here’s a list of what Survival Lilly has in her pack …
- 1 x Hatchet
- 1 x Fixed Blade Knife
- 1 x Wool Blanket Sleeping Bag
- 1 x Military Canteen And Cup
- 1 x Roll of Paracord
- 1 x Military Poncho
- 1 x Wool Cap
- 1 x Altoids Survival Kit (Fishing Kit, Matches, Ammo for Slingshot, Canvas Needle, Extra Thread For Sleeping Bag, Button Compass)
- 1 x Toothbrush Kit
- 1 x Mosquito Net
- 1 Set of Ear Plugs
- 1 x Bow Drill Set With a Skateboard Wheel
- 1 x First Aid Kit
- 1 x Pack of Tissues
- 1 x Sharpening Stone
- 1 x Slingshot Rubberband
- 1 x Paracord Wrist Bracelet
Minimalist Survival Pack – Additional Items
SurvivalTab thinks that it is a pretty decent setup, but would probably add the following items:
1 x Eye Glasses Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
1 x Sun Glasses (if you don’t wear prescription glasses)
A More Comprehensive First Aid Kit
1 x Small Flashlight or Headlamp
1 x Small Multi-Tool
1 x All Terrain Gloves
Ultimately you need decide for yourself what you would need in your minimalist survival pack. Look at each item and ask yourself this question.
What purpose would this item serve in a time of need?
All things considered, it is a good thing to have such a minimalist pack at hand when you need one for a 72 hour survival period.
What does kayaking have to do with survival? Well, let’s start with a bit of history. The kayak we use for adventure and recreational purposes today, was invented in the distant past for a good reason. It was used as as a means of survival – hence our use of the term “survival kayaking“.
The Inuits (Eskimos) of the northern arctic regions have been using kayaks to hunt fish, seals, walrus and other land animals for thousands of years. The kayaks were very effective in terms of approaching the hunted prey with extreme stealth. The Inuits survival depended on the mentioned food sources. So, they relied heavily on their kayaks for successful hunts.
The modern-day kayak is still an important means of survival out in the wilderness. Providing you have the necessary skill to use it effectively in terms of survival hunting as well as a means of traveling on rivers or open ocean.
The problem is that a kayak is not something you can just pack in your bug-out/adventure bag and carry around on your back.
Featured Image: Outsideonline
A Revolutionary Collapsible Kayak
You need a vehicle to transport a kayak and that could limit the usefulness of a kayak as a means of survival out in the wilderness. Well, until now that was …
Meet the Pakayak kayak. You can assemble this revolutionary six-segment kayak in a matter of minutes. It is just as easy to collapse it back to the six segments, pack it into a bag and carry it on your back.
Source: Instagram @pakayak
What exactly is Doug Mackro’s brainchild all about? We found out on Instagram and Outsideonline.com …
Just about every hard-sided kayak is made through a process called roto-molding, which sculpts a single piece of plastic into whatever shape a manufacturer chooses. That same process is used here to create the six segments that nest inside one another, Russian Matryoshka doll set-style.
When fully assembled, this Pakayak Blue Fin 14 measures 14 feet long—a sweet spot that makes it less unwieldy than a 16-foot beginner kayak, but more stable than shorter models.
Packed down, the Blue Fin is about three-and-half feet tall, two feet wide, and 16 inches deep. With the included case, you can carry it on your back or haul it around like roller luggage via the built-in wheels.
This invention is sure to take kayaking to a whole new level and suddenly there is now no reason why a kayak could not become part of your survival gear.
Watch the Video to see the Pakayak in action.
Source: YouTube – Pakayak
We wish you successful survival kayaking!
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
- Hey there SurvivalTab readers. Let's talk a [...]
- Having an emergency food prepping plan or [...]