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!
We know that the idea of survival bicycling does not immediately jump to mind when thinking about bicycling. Also, bicycling does not appeal to everybody and maybe a bicycle doesn’t quite fit into the monthly budget.
BUT, here’s why you should at least entertain the idea of owning a bicycle. Especially if you are not already an enthusiast … and … if you ARE an enthusiastic cyclist, then the list of reasons could give you some additional points to ponder on …
- Bicycling As A Means Of Transport And Transport Alternative
- Health Benefits Of Bicycling
- Adventure And Sport Bicycling
- Bicycling As A Life-Long Family Activity
- Survival Bicycling
That being said, let’s take a closer look at the mentioned reasons …
Featured Image: Flickr – Pebble Pedalers
The Reasons For Survival Bicycling
Here are 5 noteworthy reasons why you should consider survival bicycling:
- Bicycling saves money in terms of car maintenance and gas, and it helps to avoid traffic jams. It also increases the mobility of anyone that does not own a car or motorbike, and it is certainly faster than walking.
- The health benefits of bicycling are numerous. Cardio fitness as well as muscle and joint health comes to mind when talking about the health benefits.
- Many people out there are avid adventure, or sport bicycling enthusiasts. Think about off-road adventure trails, adventure and camping trips, road bike races and other bicycle-specific events.
- Bicycling is a lifelong activity enjoyed by the young and the not-so-young alike. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family in any kind of setting.
- Survival bicycling is not something that immediately jumps to mind when one thinks about bicycling, but it something that needs to be seriously considered and here’s why …
Before Hurricane Sandy took out power, subways, buses, and some roads this week, New Yorkers stocked up on food, water, duct tape, flashlights, and batteries. After the storm, they stocked up on bicycles. An overlooked survival tool, the bike has become the only realistic mode of transportation for thousands of residents of the nation’s densest and most populous city. That shouldn’t come as a surprise.
From post-Sandy New York to rush-hour in Jakarta, the bicycle steps up where infrastructure falls short. It’s narrow enough to squeeze through traffic, efficient and fast enough to cover lots of ground, and simple enough that just about anyone can operate and maintain one.
Further to this …
The common bicycle is fast, quiet, muscle-powered, and easy to maintain. Add to this the additional advantage that it is the only vehicle you can pick up and carry if the terrain gets rough. People using bicycles to escape from infested areas have almost always fared better than those on foot.
Image Source: Flickr – Brad Wenner
No truer words have been written about the common bicycle and is definitely a good motivation for putting survival bicycling on the “To Do” list.
SurvivalTab found this interesting video which is certainly worthwhile watching. The host, Nick and his father (a professional hunter), show us how to make a short bow using an umbrella (of all things).
We are of the opinion that you can definitely call it a survival bow, since the only reason you’ll ever want to make such a bow is when you’re in a survival situation and you need to hunt for food or defend yourself against an attack or bodily harm.
Making A Survival Bow Is A Skill Worth Aquiring
Making a survival bow by using an umbrella, is a skill well worth acquiring. Simply because you never know when you might find yourself out in the wild, in the kind of situation where your have mouths to feed with no supplies at hand.
Not only that, you could also be in a dangerous situation where you have defend yourself against attackers of any kind without a weapon to do so.
The kind of dangerous situation we are talking about could very well happen in your home or on your property, and not necessarily only out in the woods somewhere. We all know what dangers you could face during an out-of-control riot or a law and order meltdown.
Having said all that, let’s watch Nick and his father show us how it’s done …
Source: Youtube – HF Survival School
Traditional Short Bow Hunting
After watching the video, we commented to ourselves that Nick’s survival bow doesn’t appear to be very strong and capable of inflicting much damage, but we decided that it must be seen in context of the circumstances that you’ll need it.
First of all, something is better than nothing and you’ll need to adapt your strategy to complement the tool/weapon at your disposal. The kind of strategy that the San people of Southern Africa (commonly known as the Bushmen) have been using for centuries.
Namely, to use a short bow for close range hunting (also referred to as persistence hunting).
Source: Getty Images
Secondly, in terms of defending yourself, you’ll have to make peace with the fact that the only way you’ll neutralise your attacker is if the survival bow is used in close proximity to your attacker, regardless if it’s a man or a beast.
Why don’t you get hold of a tired-looking umbrella and give it a go! Your kids can always use it as a toy, but just make sure you give them blunt-tip plastic arrows to play around with.
Having an emergency food prepping plan or guide at hand is important for newbies and experienced preppers alike. A well “thought-through” personal plan can not only save you time during the execution process … but also save you a ton of money. Unplanned, or haphazard buying, can be very expensive. It also leads to waste.
Many food products will become unavailable very quickly during an emergency situation or natural disaster. Having a well researched list of such, and other essential food products, will help you speed up your emergency food prepping process.
BUT, let’s face it … emergency food prepping is not an easy task. You have to sit down and plan. That takes time, right? Time is is a commodity these days and something like an emergency food prepping list doesn’t seem like a pressing “to-do” task. So, the idea goes into file 13, or simply gets trashed quite quickly.
A Handy Infographic To Guide Your Prepping
Now you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by simply being guided by a researched emergency food prepping plan. We found an infographic to point you in the right direction and save you a ton of time. This is what WiseFoodStorage have to say about the infographic …
No one thinks that they will be caught up in a natural disaster or some other emergency, but it can happen to anyone. If the situation arises, will you be prepared? With Wise Food Storage’s new infographic, learn how to store food for emergency situations.
What foods are easily preserved? What equipment will you need to store and cook this food properly? Plan ahead with this food guide and be prepared for anything that comes your way.
This infographic should really set you on your way towards a structured and cost effective emergency food prepping plan.
It is always nice to hear or read about a survival story with a good ending, but this story has a little edge to it. It is about one man’s complete awareness and calm acceptance of his situation after he suddenly changed from an adventurer to a survivor in the Moroccan Desert.
Rewind to 1993 and meet Emile Leray, the Frenchman who drove into the desert with a Citroen 2CV, and drove out of it on a “Mad Max” style survival motorcycle.
Source: History Garage
Exactly how did the French adventurer come to find himself in such a situation?
I wanted to do it off road because I had travelled round Africa about 10 times, so I knew the region well and therefore had no concerns.
I decided to do it in a 2CV because, although it is not a 4×4, it is tough. In Africa they call it the ‘Steel Camel’ because it goes everywhere — provided you drive it gently. One must not be rough.
I obviously was too rough because I broke it.
Yes, he broke it and found himself stranded in the desert about 20 miles away from the nearest civilization.
I could not have gone back on foot — it was too far. I put myself in what one calls survival mode. I ate less; I monitored my supplies of water and of food to make them last as long as possible.
Fortunately Emile planned well and he had enough supplies to last him several days. What happened next is the stuff of legends that has earned him the title of … “the most extreme mechanic in the world”.
Emile slowly transformed his tough little Citroen 2CV into a survival motorcycle and drove out of the desert almost two weeks later.
Emile Leray’s Survival Motorcycle
Not all stories end with the hero riding off into the sunset – at least not in this case. This hero drove straight into the Moroccan Police … who promptly gave him a big fine because his survival motorcycle did not resemble the registration information of the car that he drove into the desert – go figure?