In these harsh economic times every penny counts and prepeprs know it all too well. We can live with older clothes, we can drive an older car, but we must have food. Water and food are a must for whatever scenario the future throws at us. Without a good stockpiled pantry, our chances of survival are slim. Some preppers consider they have to struggle twice as much compared to their average neighbor, since besides the daily cost of living they have to also stretch their budget for additional supplies. There are some tips to make your life easier and help you save some money.
Garlic, this wonder food, is both a vegetable and an herb. It has been used in medicinal remedies for thousands of years, since the ancient Greek and Roman times. It is an easy to grow plant that should be part of every garden, since garlic consumption protects you against infection, environmental toxins and even cancer. Not to mention that it is a non-toxic pest control substance and has many other benefits you might not be aware of.
Bugging in can be defined as staying in your house and holding down the fort during an emergency situation. If you have everything you need in your home in order to survive there is no need to leave and head for a distant location. You will have to bug out only if there are solid reasons to do so. Reasons that are usually a threat for you and your loved ones. Even though the trend is to bug out and there is a lot of literature dedicated to it, for some this isn’t an option. In fact, bugging in is usually the first choice for suburban and urban preppers when a crisis occurs. Since, not everyone has the chance to go for the hills or get access to a bug out location (BOL) is better to know what to do in order to bug-in and survive.
When it comes to creating electricity off the grid, there are many solutions available for your home or your bug out location. However, if you are mobile and you need to find a solution for your bug out bag, you don’t have many options. You have to rely on the classic batteries or rechargeable batteries. Luckily, there are some new developed solutions available out there. Most of them are unknown to preppers and you will see them in the following article.
Spiders are everywhere and you are never more than 12 feet away from one. A single house and garden may have more than 80 species of spiders. Estimates show that there are more than 4000 species in the United States. All these spiders have venom, but only a few spider bites are considered to be lethal to humans and pets.
Picking out a knife for your EDC is harder than one would expect. There are so many different models in an amazing number of styles and materials and the price range greatly varies from a model to the other. Most of the times, one will choose a blade only if it looks cool, without knowing that looks can be deceiving and the knife he chose might not be the right one for him. You should at least know why the blade is shaped in a particular style and what it is good for.
There is no greater sustainable energy source than the sun. Mankind has been trying to take the most from it since PV panels were invented. There are all sorts of DIY projects involving solar panel and harvesting solar energy. However, most of the PV panels have a low efficiency and even more, their performance is affected by the sun movement and setup location.
There are many reasons why you should learn the vital points of the body and you never know when you have to use this knowledge to get out of a nasty situation. Your gun will not always be at hand and you need to know how to protect yourself. You will make use of your hands or improvised weapons to stop your attacker and this information will come in handy when you least expect it. This is the type of information that someday may save your life.
When no medical expertise is available you have to take care of yourself, the best way you know. When it comes to treating bad burns most people will aggravate the situation due to their lack of knowledge. There are many things that can cause burns, from heat sources to electrical wires and even UV radiations coming from the sun. Burn treatment shouldn’t be complicated and should be learned by everyone.
We take water for granted as we turn on the faucet and it pours out. We fail to notice that due to global warming and intensive farming, water has become the most precious commodity on earth. Even more, in the coming decades water will become more precious than gold. Collecting rainwater can be a viable solution for assuring the water needs for you and your family. And with the recent discussions regarding whether or not to allow the use of rain water, collecting rainwater has become a hot topic.
What would happen if one day you won’t find food in the stores? Or what will you do if you get stranded somewhere away from civilization with nothing to eat? In these situations you will have to rely on the outdoors and your knowledge about what plants can be eaten without the risk of getting sick. You will have to forage to avoid starving and keep going.
Bartering should not be a skill forgotten in ancient past or used when you try to bring down the price of cheap, vacation souvenirs. Trading goods for goods or goods for services might someday become a need in our modern society due to its vulnerability to economic collapse.
Living on seashores and beaches has its advantages and besides providing an escape route, the sea can offer so much more when it comes to food. From fish, to the plants growing along the seashore and even the highly nutritious seaweed, which is versatile and easily accessible. Here is what edible seaweeds you should forage if you are at the beach.