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The more skills you learn, the more self reliant you are and the higher your chances for survival become. Here we are going to talk about some basic survival skills and teach you how to best utilize them to protect yourself and your loved ones when disaster strikes.
When you are out on your own without the support net of a functioning society, these are the traits and basic survival skills you need to master in order to succeed.
This is actually more important than any of the others because when you are relying on your ability to wring survival from your surroundings, once you give up hope you are done. There are many astounding stories of people who have survived avalanches, fires, floods, and being stranded for extended periods and surviving thanks to an undying will to survive. They are ordinary people who would simply not admit defeat. Keeping a positive mental attitude will give you the strength to never give up on yourself no matter the situation.
Some ways to instill this mentality are:
In addition to your own internal vigor, water is the most important resource you will require. Finding it and knowing how to make it fit for consumption are two of of the most crucial basic survival skills you can master.
Hiking with your Bug Out Bag loaded with your bug out bag essentials will cause you to burn 400-500 calories in an hour. To keep your body working as an efficient machine it is vital to keep it fueled up. First off, ration what food you have with you. You are concentrating on survival, not feasting.
A well prepared person will have a method of sheltering themselves from the elements as a part of their survival kit. However, a TOTALLY prepared person will also have learned survival shelter building as one of their basic survival skills. A survival shelter does not need to be complicated or fancy but it should keep rain/snow out, keep heat inside, and be easily cobbled together from local materials.
Fire can provide many things when in a survival situation and both building and maintaining one are essential basic survival skills. A fire will give a morale boost, provide heat and light, and enable you to purify water and cook food.
The fundamental requirements to build any fire are to give it air, fuel, and an ignition source.
There is no doubt that mastering basic survival skills will significantly boost your chances of survival. Putting in some time now to teach yourself these survival skills will make you better prepared and help you provide for yourself and your family when disaster strikes.
About the Author
Chris Ruiz is a lifelong outdoorsman and has been interested in survival tactics and practices for many years. He currently helps people prepare for unforeseen disasters at The Bug Out Bag Guide. For more information please visit:
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Tis the season for gardening and any prepper can tell you that the more food you can grow on your own, the better.
I have a huge clump of chives in my back yard. They come back every year and spread from their roots so I had no idea they had seeds or that I could harvest the seeds to share.
To start, you need to find a clump of chives that has flowered. Select flowers that have mostly dried out.
The tips of the flowers should be white and thin like tissue paper. The next thing I do is separate the flower blooms from the stem, to make them easier to sort.
The dry flowers I set aside for processing and the not so dry flowers I either let air dry for a few days or compost if they are not even close to being ready.
When you pull apart the flower, inside you will find a dark green to black ball, this is where you will find the seeds. Cut this apart, it should divide into three parts, leaving you with some sacks covered in a thin green film.
In each of these sacks is two chive seeds, gently remove the green film to reveal two small black seeds. Set the seeds aside to dry (I put mine on a paper plate away from any breeze) and then store. Chive seeds can be finicky and may only last a year even under optimal storage, so be sure to share with your friends.
I believe it was Albert Einstein who said that without bees, the human species would go extinct within four years.
Honeybees are so essential to our entire food supply and they’re dying off in scary numbers. Between colony collapse and sheer lack of food, our honeybees are disappearing. In my city, we can’t own bees without a whole lot of paper work and fees and inspections etc, etc, so I decided to dedicate part of my garden to bee friendly plants.
Since I live in Canada, I can be somewhat limited to what plants will live here. This year the weather has been especially all over the place (to the point where several people I know had their furnaces on last night, almost a full week into June) and I’ve only seen two honeybees in my yard. But here’s a quick list of what I’ve planted that my local bees seem to love.
Lavender – I have several lavender plants that I use for my soap business but even when I harvest, I leave several stalks that are constantly visited by our bees.
Bee balm – (monarda) produces amazing spiky flowers and is always surrounded by bees.
Strawberries – although I don’t grow these specifically for the bees, the flowers bloom fairly early and give the bees something to pollinate before the other plants show up.
Clover – I have a small piece of the property that isn’t maintained and it is crawling with clover. Anytime I pull up clover from any other part of the lawn, I throw it there to help seed it. I’m sure we’ve all heard of clover honey?
Lilac – although this plant belongs to one of the neighbors and not me, I stay away from it because its surrounded by bees while in bloom.
Most of these plants are fairly hardy regardless of where you are in North America, so consider placing some of them on your land. We all need bees. Please try to avoid commercial insecticides as well and try a natural alternative such as companion planting, soapy water or manual pest removal.
When it comes to raising honeybees, there’s plenty of buzz out there. Before you get started, be sure that you are ready to handle the task.
Be sure to check with your local laws. Your county or municipality may have restrictions on beekeeping, such as how many hives you may have (which can serve to provide a means for controlling bee diseases). There may even be an ordinance prohibiting beekeeping. In many sates, there is a regulation that requires beekeepers to register their apiary locations and pay a small annual registration fee.
Beyond the laws, it’s important to make sure that your neighbors are comfortable with and not seriously opposed to your keeping bees in the community. Find out if anyone has serious allergy issues—so serious that they would need to visit a medical facility if stung.
We use the term “beeline” for a reason. Bees will take the quickest path from their food source to the hive. Sometimes, this results in disturbing humans or animals and pets. Also, bees defecate in flight on their way to food and water. This can stain car finishes and leave colored spots on everything below. If the bees will be flying across a pathway where people walk, consider installing fencing or tall plantings near the hives to encourage the bees to gain altitude quickly.
Bees don’t like to be too hot or too cold. We’ll talk about building a hive in another post, but be sure to face the hive toward open country and where the entrance will receive plenty of sunlight.
Also, place your hives in a sheltered area. Try to avoid hilltops, as they tend to be windy. Also, avoid low spots that hold cold air for longer periods. Be sure that your hive area doesn’t have flooding issues so that you can always access the apiary.
As well as sunlight, bees need water every day of the year. Is water accessible?
Bees also need nectar and pollen. Will you have to feed the bees to ensure their survival? This brings us to food sources . . .
Bees make their honey from nectar. This can be found in plants such as white clover, asters, dandelions, maple trees, citrus trees, etc. After some time, you will come to recognize when the heavy nectar flows occur and when the nectar flow is scarce. Be sure to use this information when calculating the honey output that you will receive at the end of the year.
Before owning bees, make sure that you provide them with a safe, natural habitat. Pesticides on flowers are a major cause of death for honeybees. Be sure that no large areas around you are being treated with commercial insecticides. If a worker bee is not killed on site by the poison, it is possible for her to bring it back to the hive, killing the other bees and even the queen.