“How-To” & Survival Skills

What Services Will Be Valuable For The Purpose Of Barter?

What Services Will Be Valuable For The Purpose Of Barter?

No one person has the abilities and skills to do everything. Today we trade our services for 'money' (currency) and we then use those FRN's (federal reserve notes) to buy the things and services that we need - which we otherwise do not have or know. When that system...

People Who Panic In An Emergency

People Who Panic In An Emergency

I've read statistics that 80 to 90 percent of people will panic or will be unable to stay calm during an emergency or survival situation. This leaves just 10 to 20 percent of us who are less likely to panic and who will be able to grasp the situation clearly. Have you...

Tools For The Woods – Shovel, Hatchet, Bowie, Saw

Tools For The Woods – Shovel, Hatchet, Bowie, Saw

While out in the woods - perhaps on an overnight (or longer) excursion - there are some tools which you might consider bringing along to help you build shelters and build fires. The question is, what are some of these tools?   Trench Shovel Digging trenches for...

Fresnel Lens Fire Starter For Your Wallet

Fresnel Lens Fire Starter For Your Wallet

A fresnel lens, unlike a traditional glass or plastic magnifying lens, is flat. In fact, most are fairly flexible. Fresnel lens design enables a substantial reduction in thickness and they are often made of plastic. Recently I bought a small pocket size fresnel lens,...

Find Your Direction By The Moon

Find Your Direction By The Moon

It is possible to find your direction at night by the moon (if you can see it). Whether you're lost, or navigating by night, there are ways to discover the general compass rose, North-South-East-West by using the moon. Here's how:   These basic principles relate...

Learn And Practice Survival Skills

Learn And Practice Survival Skills

Do you have everything that you need in case of the worst case scenario? Water? Food? Tools? How about skills? Regardless of how much equipment or how many supplies that you stock up on, skills are still your most valuable asset.   by Charlie Mike Adkins of...

How To Flush A Toilet Without Running Water

How To Flush A Toilet Without Running Water

If you need to flush a toilet while the running water is off at home, here's how to do it, and what to watch out for. First of all, you're going to need water storage (before the crisis). Check it out, then come back and read on... Water Storage For Your Tub I'll...

Practical Skills That People Once Knew

Practical Skills That People Once Knew

Here is a list of practical skills that people knew 'back in the day', that the majority of the population do not possess today. This (and your comments) might help preppers in an area they didn’t think of...   Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional...

Skills For An Uncertain Future

Skills For An Uncertain Future

The skill set that you posses for your current job might not be transferable to a post-modern lifestyle, a post-collapse society, or a post-SHTF world that will require skills more aligned with down-to-earth survival, practicality and self-sufficiency. Learning a...

Build A Survival Shelter While Considering These Guidelines

Build A Survival Shelter While Considering These Guidelines

Shelter is a number one priority for survival under some circumstances - namely hypothermia. Our core body temperature can quickly drop to dangerous levels from exposure to the elements and the effects of cold. If in the wilderness, building a simple survival shelter...

4 Deadly Poisonous (Venomous) Snakes in America

4 Deadly Poisonous (Venomous) Snakes in America

For your safety, know these 4 poisonous (venomous) snakes, and what they look like - to avoid being bitten by one. There are thousands of types (species) of snakes in the world, while more than one hundred species are found in North America - and some of them are...

Its Time To BUG OUT But Where Will You Go?

Its Time To BUG OUT But Where Will You Go?

Think about this... you live either in the city or in the densely populated metroplex of suburbia immediately surrounding the city. One afternoon while you are at work, the power goes out. You don't think much of it at first, but after an hour or so, you discover that...

Don’t Make These Mistakes While Hiking

Don’t Make These Mistakes While Hiking

Planning a day hike or a couple hour hike on the trail? That's great -- but don't rush off without considering the following mistakes that people make while hiking:   Don't Take The Wrong Trail This is especially important for newbies who many wander onto trails...

The Benefit Of A Campfire

The Benefit Of A Campfire

Evidence of the first man-made fire (campfire) dates as far back as the stone age, while no other living creature on this planet has acquired the ability (intelligence) to make fire. From man's first campfire to today, many of it's benefits and reasons for use remain...

Survival Skills Cross Training

Survival Skills Cross Training

Learn what you don't know how to do - particularly those skills that you may need to know in a survival situation - be it short term or a long term SHTF scenario. Most of us have focused our skills and careers on just a few areas and we tend to invest our time in the...

What are Survival Skills?

What are Survival Skills?

Survival skills include the combined knowledge and abilities of methods and techniques that will be used in situations where modern conveniences and infrastructures don't exist or have been damaged. Survival skills are typically thought of in the context of wilderness...

Ground Water Source: A Dug Well

Ground Water Source: A Dug Well

A dug well is a simply a hole in the ground dug by shovel or backhoe. Years ago, a 'dug well' was used for many a household's water supply, but most are "relics" of older homes, dug before drilling equipment was readily available or when drilling was considered too...

Water Clarification And Purification

Water Clarification And Purification

To get safe drinking water may require a process of clarification and then purification. Here are the details including water filtration and various methods to purify water...   WATER CLARIFICATION Water foraged from natural sources is often contaminated with...

Find Your Direction With A Stick And The Sun

Find Your Direction With A Stick And The Sun

There are many ways to determine the direction of north-south-east-west. A compass anyone? If you ever find yourself in a jam during the day without a compass (shame on you), one way to find your direction is by simply using a stick, two small stones, and the sun....

Survival SKILLS – More Than Just Food And Water

Survival SKILLS – More Than Just Food And Water

The prepper's of today will vary in their range of risk tolerance - from the casual prepper (high risk tolerance) to the extreme prepper (very low risk tolerance). Their preparations and preparedness will also vary corresponding to their risk tolerance and/or...

How To Choose A Suitable Campsite

How To Choose A Suitable Campsite

Selecting a comfortable and suitable tent or shelter campsite is a useful skill, regardless of whether you set up camp in a designated camping area or if you stealth camp in a natural, unprepared site. I know it's off-season as of this post date, but it's good to...

Overcome Your Normalcy Bias

Overcome Your Normalcy Bias

Normalcy bias is dangerous, and most everyone has it. You might say it is somewhat normal to have normalcy bias, but here's why you should do your best to overcome it...   Normalcy bias is a mental state people enter when facing the possibility of a crisis or...

How To Make a Solar Still

How To Make a Solar Still

A solar still will provide you with 100% pure water, and will not require purification or boiling prior to drinking. The solar still technique will work just about anywhere, provided that there is enough sunlight to assist the process. Here are simple instructions how...

Basic Map Reading (Latitude – Longitude)

Basic Map Reading (Latitude – Longitude)

Image globes: geographyworldonline.com Latitude and Longitude are at the core of map reading, in that they are the imaginary lines which lay on the surface of the earth to form a matrix of coordinates. Here is a basic explanation, and an easy way to remember which is...

Things To Keep On You For Emergency

Things To Keep On You For Emergency

The most useful survival tool is the one that you have with you when you need to survive. So, having said that, what do you have with you, right now, on your person? Or, what should you have on you, right now?   We often talk about the preps and supplies that we...

How To Escape A Sinking Car

How To Escape A Sinking Car

In the United States, approximately 400 people die each year because their cars are trapped in water. Most people do exactly the wrong thing in that moment... we roll up the windows and hope for an air bubble or call 911. Here is the right thing to do if your car is...

How to use a Watch as a Compass

How to use a Watch as a Compass

Northern Hemisphere A surprisingly simple and easy way to use your watch as a compass only requires having enough sunlight to cast a shadow from a twig. If you ever become lost, and do not have a compass, you can easily discover your direction by establishing a...

Topographic Map Contour

Topographic Map Contour

A topographic map is a two-dimensional representation of the three-dimensional surface of the land. A topographic map enables you to visualize the hills and valleys of the land itself, and provides specific details as to the elevation of the surface. Topography is the...

Are You In The Wrong Job?

Are You In The Wrong Job?

Survival isn't just about disaster, preparedness, or the end-of-the-world doom and gloom... today's modern survival can be as important as having the right job. Ask yourself this: "Are you in the wrong job?", and be honest with yourself. Trust me... having the right...

Olive Oil Bar Soap Recipe

Olive Oil Bar Soap Recipe

Regarding preparedness supplies and/or general self-sufficient living, one item that will be important to you is soap. Most people today have no idea where soap comes from (except from 'the store'). You could choose to stock up with plenty of extra soap, or you might...

Some Of My Basic Survival Reference Books

Some Of My Basic Survival Reference Books

Today I thought I would share just a few of my survival books. My books are a little different than Ken's as they pertain to household matters such as cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting etc. Ken's pertain to alternative energy, survival methods, firearms and tools!...

Survival Preparedness for a Broke College Grad?

Survival Preparedness for a Broke College Grad?

Maybe you've taken out a college tuition load (or maybe you haven't), you've completed four years of college, have a Bachelors degree, and can't find a job that pays anywhere near what you expected. Or maybe you can't find a job at all? You have come to realize the...

How To Tie A Square Knot

How To Tie A Square Knot

One of the most useful knots to learn how to make, or tie, is a square knot. It is the type of knot that fastens two lengths of rope, or string, together. It is a knot that will not slip in most cases. It is not a knot to depend on with your life, but is ideal for...