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Survival Foods For Hikers

Survival foods are not the most important thing in most emergency situations in the wilderness. You survive weeks without eating if you have to, so it is usually more important to find shelter, water, and stay dry and uninjured. On the other hand, just knowing you can find food out there, and having something in your stomach, can do wonders for your state of mind, which CAN be crucial to your survival.

What then, do you need to know about survival foods? First forget the idea that you need to learn every last edible wild plant. I love learning about new edible plants, but very few of them provide enough calories to be worth the effort in a survival situation. What you need s to know a few basic categories of animals you can eat, and some of the most abundant and calorie-rich plants.

Survival Foods – The Animals

Mammals in North America can all be eaten (except for the livers of some arctic mammals). Since many carry parasites, wash your hands after handling them, and cook the meat if possible.

North American birds are all edible, and there eggs are too. I’ve even eaten seagull eggs cooked on a hot rock, and they tasted fine.

Fresh water fish in North America are all edible. Catching the fish is the difficult part, but they can be quickly and easily cooked over a fire.

Amphibians and reptiles are usually safe to eat – if you remove the skin. I have cooked snake in a stew and over a fire, and I recommend the latter.

Survival Foods – The Plants

Cattail is one of the most abundant and calorie-rich foods in the wilderness. The white part of the stalk at the bottom, and the new shoots, can be eaten raw or cooked. Flower spikes can be cooked like corn-on-the-cob when green. Roots can be mashed in water to release the starch, which can be added to soups. Pollen from the flower spike can be shaken into a bag and used in soups. Cattails grow in swamps or wet soil, and you really should get to know this plant.

The inner bark of pine trees is edible. It’s a good survival food to remember, because it is available year-round. That white spongy layer between the outer bark and the wood is what you want. Although it is mostly fiber, it contains enough carbohydrates to be worth boiling into a soup if nothing else is available.

Edible berries can be a delicious and filling survival food in the right season. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries all have their wild forms. If it looks like the domestic one (usually smaller) and smells and tastes like it, it’s safe to eat.

Of course, it’s fun to know which mushrooms you can eat, and even which flowers are edible, but both of these have almost no calories. To quickly learn what you need to survive, concentrate first on the common animals and the most abundant and calorie-rich edible plants. Those are the survival foods that will most likely save your life.

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Wilderness Survival Skills That Can Save Your Kids’ Lives 

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Teaching children wilderness survival skills can be an enriching and empowering experience, fostering their confidence and independence while instilling a deeper connection with nature. However, it’s essential to prioritize safety and age-appropriate learning experiences when introducing children to outdoor skills. 

It’s important for a prepared parent to find age-appropriate wilderness survival skills for children. These skills should emphasize hands-on learning and the importance of supervision.

Shelter Building For Kids

Building a shelter is a fundamental survival skill that children can learn and practice under adult supervision. Start with simple shelter designs using natural materials such as branches, leaves, and tarps. Teach children how to assess their surroundings for suitable shelter locations and how to construct sturdy structures to protect against the elements.

Identifying Edible Plants For Kids

Teaching children to identify edible plants can enhance their foraging skills and knowledge of the natural environment. Begin by introducing them to a few common edible plants in your area, emphasizing safety and the importance of proper identification. Supervise children closely and guide them in harvesting and tasting edible plants responsibly.

Fire Safety and Fire Starting For Kids

While starting a fire may seem like an advanced skill, children can learn basic fire safety principles and techniques under adult supervision. Teach them about fire safety rules, including selecting a safe location, clearing the area of debris, and using proper fire-starting tools such as matches or fire starters. Demonstrate how to build a small fire and maintain it responsibly, emphasizing the importance of fire management and extinguishing techniques.

How Kids Can Signal for Help

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In emergency situations, knowing how to signal for help can be a life-saving skill. Teach children basic signaling methods such as using a whistle, mirror, or brightly colored clothing to attract attention. Practice signaling techniques in a safe outdoor environment, and discuss the importance of staying calm and alert while waiting for rescuers to arrive.

Hands-On Learning Experiences

Encourage hands-on learning experiences to reinforce wilderness survival skills and build confidence in children. Plan outdoor activities such as nature hikes, camping trips, or wilderness outings where children can practice shelter building, plant identification, fire starting, and signaling for help under adult supervision. Provide opportunities for children to apply their skills in real-life scenarios, fostering a sense of self-reliance and problem-solving abilities.

Teaching children wilderness survival skills can be a rewarding and educational experience, fostering their appreciation for nature and their ability to thrive in outdoor environments. By introducing age-appropriate skills such as shelter building, plant identification, fire safety, and signaling for help, children can develop valuable life skills and a deeper connection with the natural world. Remember to prioritize safety and supervision, and encourage hands-on learning experiences to empower children to become confident and capable outdoor adventurers.

How do you teach your children survival and preparedness skills? Share your thoughts on how to teach children in the comments below. 

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The Right Multi-Tool Can Mean The Difference Between Life and Death

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In the world of prepping and survival, versatility is key. While a reliable survival knife is a cornerstone of any prepper’s arsenal, the integration of additional features elevates these tools to a whole new level. This guide explores the advantages of incorporating multi-tool knives into preppers’ arsenals, shedding light on knives that seamlessly blend functionality with convenience. 

Discover the best survival knives with built-in features such as fire starters, signal whistles, or integrated flashlights, making them indispensable tools for a wide range of survival situations.

The All-in-One Advantage: Why Multi-tool Knives?

There are a number of advantages to having a multi-tool instead of, or even better, in addition to a traditional folding knife:

  • Reduced Gear Load: One of the primary advantages of multi-tool knives is their ability to consolidate various functions into a single, compact tool. Preppers can carry fewer items, reducing the overall weight and volume of their gear without compromising on functionality.
  • Adaptability to Diverse Scenarios: Survival situations are unpredictable and diverse. Multi-tool knives address this by incorporating features that cater to a range of needs. From starting fires to signaling for help, these knives are designed to adapt to the challenges presented by different environments.
  • Space-Efficient Design: Multi-tool knives maximize the use of limited space. Preppers with constrained storage options, whether in a bug-out bag or a backpack, can benefit from a tool that combines multiple functions without sacrificing efficiency.

Built-in Fire Starters: Igniting Survival Success

Fire is a fundamental element in the survival toolkit, providing warmth, a means of cooking, and a signal for rescue. Survival knives with integrated fire starters, such as ferrocerium rods or magnesium strikers, empower preppers to easily ignite fires in challenging conditions. These knives serve as reliable fire-making tools, ensuring that the ability to create warmth and signal for help is always at hand.

Signal Whistles: Making Your Presence Known

In survival situations, communication can be a lifeline. Multi-tool knives equipped with signal whistles provide an audible means of alerting others to your presence. Whether in the wilderness or an urban environment, a loud whistle can cut through ambient noise, serving as an effective distress signal or a way to communicate with fellow preppers.

Choosing the Best Multi-tool Knife: Considerations for Preppers

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to choosing the best multi-tool for survivalists and preppers. 

  • Quality of the Blade: Despite additional features, the primary function of a survival knife is cutting. Ensure the blade is of high quality and suitable for various tasks.
  • Durability: Multi-tool knives should be built to withstand the rigors of survival situations. Look for robust construction and materials that can endure challenging environments.
  • Ease of Use: Features like fire starters and signal whistles should be easily accessible and simple to use, especially in high-pressure situations.
  • Weight and Portability: Balance the desire for additional features with the need for a lightweight and portable tool. Consider the overall weight and size of the multi-tool knife when making a selection.

For preppers seeking the ultimate tool for survival scenarios, multi-tool knives offer a level of versatility that traditional knives simply can’t match. From fire starters to signal whistles and integrated flashlights, these knives redefine the concept of preparedness. 

As you build your prepping arsenal, consider the advantages of a multi-tool knife—where functionality meets convenience, and adaptability becomes second nature. In the unpredictable journey of survival, equip yourself with a tool that not only cuts through challenges but illuminates the path to safety and preparedness.

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The Suburbs Are NOT Safe: How To Survive Outside Of Cities

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The suburbs often seem like a place of quiet and tranquility, far away from the dangers of the big cities. However, during a survival scenario, this will very quickly change. Your friendly neighbor that you drink a few beers with at the cookout will quickly become a man willing to do anything to feed his own family… including taking the lives of yours.

This isn’t an impeachment of anyone’s character as such. Rather, it’s a simple statement of the cold, hard facts of just how far people will go to make sure they and their loved ones are warm, fed, and clothed when the grocery stores stop operating. Don’t let the suburbs lure you into a false sense of security – you’re arguably in a more difficult situation out there than you would be in the inner cities. 

However, like every other doomsday fact that we drop here, this isn’t a reason to curl into a ball and give up. Rather, it’s meant to educate you so that you can make the appropriate decisions about how to ensure the survival and safety of your own family in the event that a cataclysmic disaster – or even temporary disruption of civilization – occurs and you’re forced to make hard choices. 

With that in mind, here are some tips for helping you to do just that. 

Safeguarding Your Sanctuary

We’ve got some excellent news for the lawn guys out there:  When it comes to securing your home, a well-thought-out landscape can be a powerful ally. So consider planting thorny bushes or dense shrubbery around vulnerable entry points, creating a natural barrier that deters intruders. 

Additionally, during an emergency, you could cover your lawn in garbage and debris to make it unattractive to intruders. It will either look already raided or else like you have nothing of value in your home. 

Whether you’re getting ready for the end of the world or just worried about crime, you need to install DIY perimeter alarms to alert you of any unauthorized movement around your property. Simple motion sensor lights or wireless alarms can be strategically placed to cover key areas. These low-cost, effective solutions add an extra layer of security to your suburban fortress.

While it won’t do you much good about an organized band of armed raiders, you should reinforce the entry points to your home to make it more fortified against more everyday threats like common criminals. Strengthening entry points is a fundamental aspect of home fortification. Reinforce doors with longer screws and additional deadbolts. Consider installing window security film or laminates to make it more challenging for potential intruders to gain access.

Finally, it’s important to create hidden storage spaces for valuables within your home. False walls, secret compartments, and even custom-built furniture can help you to conceal your valuables. They’re not immune to a “rubber hose” treatment, but they will conceal them from simple raiders and criminals. 

Using Your Garden For Stealth 

Too many prepared families don’t think creatively enough about their backyards and gardens. However, they should, because these can be incredible tools in the defense of your home against common criminals and post-apocalyptic warlords alike. 

First of all, if you’re not using your garden to supplement your food supply, you’re just allowing your garden to be a useless space. A home survival garden can supply your family with fresh, homegrown produce when times are at their hardest. At the very least that can be a much-needed morale booster. 

It can also offer an additional layer of concealment to your home. Think about incorporating fruit trees, berry bushes, and vegetable beds discreetly throughout your yard.

You can use these plants and other elements in your backyard to conceal your emergency supplies in plain sight. Utilize large, decorative planters to store essential items like emergency food rations or survival gear. Paint them to match the surrounding aesthetic for seamless integration.

What’s more, you can strategically position large planters or raised garden beds to create natural barriers around your property. Not only will this deter unwanted foot traffic in peaceful times, but it will also enhance the overall security of your suburban fortress.

Strength In Numbers

There’s always a slight danger to letting people know that you prep and the degree of that. On the other hand, there aren’t going to be a lot of successful lone wolves in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. So exercise caution, but also look for ways to build community in your town and neighborhood. 

Strengthening the security of your suburban enclave by actively participating in or initiating a neighborhood watch program doesn’t require you to disclose anything about your prepping. What’s more, it also allows you a fair bit of insight into who you can trust and who you cannot in a survival scenario. 

When you have some idea of who you can trust, consider collaborating with trusted neighbors to organize workshops on emergency preparedness. Share knowledge, discuss local threats, and collectively plan for potential scenarios. The more informed and prepared your community is, the safer everyone will be.

Turning your suburban home into a family fortress involves a combination of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and collaboration. By implementing these creative and practical strategies, you can enhance the security of your home and fortify your family against potential threats.

Remember, survival in the suburbs goes beyond physical fortifications; it’s about fostering a resilient community spirit that can weather any storm. Start small, involve your neighbors, and together, turn your suburban enclave into a haven of safety and preparedness. In the face of uncertainty, the strength of your family fortress lies in the unity and preparedness of the community it belongs to.

What are you doing to make your suburban home into a fortress? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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