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Top 5 Everyday Items You Can Repurpose in a Survival Scenario

Have you ever thought about what you would do in emergency situations?

Maybe you’re caught in a freak snowstorm while driving home from visiting family. Or maybe you wandered away from your campground during a weekend in the woods. Here you are, uninjured but with no camping or survival gear with you. What do you do?

If you’re anything like MacGyver, you’ll whip something up using a paper clip, sock and a candle and can catch and cook fish or small game using just those things. However, the chances are high that you aren’t MacGyver…yet.

Surviving in the wilderness becomes a matter of life and death relatively quickly. As humans, we have some basic needs to survive; shelter, water, sleep and food. If these needs aren’t met, disaster can follow.



Everyone should have a survival preparedness kit stored in your car, but how many of us actually do? When we have no formal supplies, you’ve gotta improvise.


In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top 10 survival items — and they’re all things you probably carry around with you every day. If not, it wouldn’t be hard to start. 

5. Condom

Before dismissing this and thinking we’re crazy, hear us out. As you know, drinking water is a must. If you are fortunate enough to find water, you’ll still need to have a way to transport it. If you are familiar with Cody Lundin, author of the survival book “98.6 Degrees“, a condom can easily hold up to a gallon of water — enough to keep you alive for a full day — without getting overstretched [source: Lundin].

Condoms are also easy to carry around when they aren’t filled with water. Lundin talks more about this in his book “98.6 Degrees” and you can read more about that in the book. You can also use condoms to keep other items dry, such as matches.

4. Bandana

While some of you may be familiar with Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson can always be seen wearing a bandana, many people don’t wear them or even carry them. According to Cody Lundin’s book on survival, “98.6 Degrees,” a bandana has some fairly obvious uses in survival situations, including as a signal to catch the attention of possible helpers, as a sling or as a hat to protect against the sun. Lundin points out that a bandana is helpful in both hot and cold conditions: Used to cover the neck, a bandana will hold heat in if there is a chill and reduce heat gain when it’s hot.

As well as the bandana being quite fashionable, you can also use your bandana as a filter to breathing in dusty or cold conditions, straining water, as well as a tourniquet for bandaging a wound.

3. Garbage Bags

Garbage bags are an amazing thing to carry around. Many experienced campers bring plastic bags because it not only allows you to take everything you brought and used home with you, but you can also use them to cover your backpack or yourself to stay dry during a quick rain.

Another use for garbage bags is that you can cut a hole in the top of a large bag to turn it into a rain jacket or windbreaker. These can even be used as protection from the sun, you can turn it into a mattress or pillow by putting leaves in it. You can also use garbage bags to obtain drinking water. You can fill it with snow and leave it to melt in the bag.

2. Wrist Watch

While time of day is probably the least important thing for you in a survival situation, your watch can still help. Everyday watches can be used as compasses!

First, you’ll need a non-digital watch in working condition and a sunny day. Hold your watch with the dial facing up and parallel to the ground. Turn it, while keeping it parallel, until the hour hand is pointing in the direction of the sun. If it’s morning, south should be about halfway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock, clockwise. If it’s afternoon, south lies about halfway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock, counterclockwise. North will be on the same line but in the opposite direction [source: Farmers’ Almanac]. The technique isn’t 100 percent accurate, but it will give you enough of an approximation to make some informed choices about which way to go.

1. Shoelaces

Shoelaces can serve a number of purposes — whenever you might need rope or string, your shoelaces usually can do the job. You can use them to make a splint in case of injury. If you have a sharp object to use as a hook, a shoelace can make a decent fishing line. Tie sticks together to make a quick lean-to shelter or even a raft.

You can quickly build an emergency “poncho shelter” by using your shoelaces along with a tarp or rain poncho. Tie the laces together, stretch them between two tree trunks, tie them around and hang the plastic over, like a tent. You can then use some sharp sticks as tent stakes.

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Alternative Energy – Simple System for Free Energy Systems for Your Home

What are the benefits of free energy systems?



One of the biggest benefits to free energy systems is that you won’t have to pay monthly electricity bills ever again. This is the number one reason that people start looking into free energy systems. If you are anything like me, you’re sick of paying for energy!

Before we get started on exactly how to build a free energy system, we’re going to learn a little about how it works. Don’t worry, it won’t be too technical but it is important to understand the basics before you dive head first into this.

Free energy products work on different principles and are developed by free energy specialists all over the world. Out of a wide variety of techniques, some free energy methods have been found to be more effective and dependable than the others.

One of these techniques involves the generation of electricity from TV and radio waves around us. These waves are constantly floating around whether we are aware of them or not. Especially in major cities.

All-people-everywhere-should-have-free-energy-sources-Electric-Power-is-everywhere-present-in-unlimited-quantities-and-can-drive-the-worlds-machinery-without-the-need-for-coal-oil-or-gasAnother involves the production of electricity from electrostatic charges in the atmosphere. Yet another method focuses on the conversion of radiant energy ever present in the atmosphere to electrical energy.

Whatever the technique used, free energy systems are reliable and easy to set up. The installation process is so simple that you can easily do it yourself, without the help of any professional electrician. To set up a free energy system for your home, you would need a few auxiliary devices such as a charge controller, a battery, and an inverter. You could also use a system meter between the battery and the inverter, to determine how much electric charge is left in the battery.

The free energy device is connected to a charge controller for regulation of electric charge from the device. The charge controller is then connected to a battery for storage of energy produced by the free energy system. Batteries tend to work better in warm temperatures, so it might be a good idea to encase the battery in a battery box. The battery box also helps you keep things clean and organised.

The battery, with or without the battery box, is then connected to an inverter. Once done, the output of the inverter can be connected to the mains of your house. That is all the set up required for a free energy device. Once done, you can say good bye, and happily too, to your electricity bills!
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How to Improve Your Sense of Direction

Did you know?

A quarter of the cars on the road right now have GPS systems.

This should mean it’s almost impossible for someone to get lost, right?

Wrong! People still get lost all the time. In survival situations, you need to be able to get around without your phone, GPS or any other technological advantage and know which way to go. What would you do if your phone died and your only source of direction was through the phone? Would you be lost?

Would you know how to get to safety?

This article is going to help you improve your sense of direction and improve your chances of getting to safety.

how to improve your sense of direction


There are a lot of factors that determine your directional skills. It has been proven that directional orientation is an acquired ability. This means you’re in luck!

Whatever your current aptitude, even the stubborn men out there like myself, you can learn how to improve your sense of direction.

Here’s how you can improve your sense of direction.

At Home

While you will need to get out of your house for further improvement, it all starts at home. Here are some tips on how you can start in your home, starting today.

  • Eat well – Foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries and pinto beans have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain. This helps with improving memory-related tasks like remembering directions.
  • Exercise – Aerobic exercise likewise increases blood-flow to the brain. Numerous studies show that the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for memory, including spatial memory — is larger in individuals who exercise regularly.
  • Rest Up – Keeping well rested is one of the most important things for all aspects of your life, not just for improving your sense of direction. It helps your brain to more effectively take in and store spatial relationships.
  • Study Maps – Yes, studying maps can actually help improve your sense of direction. By finding and studying a map of your route (even day to day routes) you can visualize your route and note features that you will encounter on your route and how they’ll be in relation to one another.
  • Find North – Keeping the cardinal directions in mind at all times is important. Know which direction your home faces and then use that to orient yourself inside it. Which direction do you face when you do the dishes? What about when you watch TV or sleep? Do you know?
  • Play Games – Games are one of the best ways to train our brain for anything. Activities that require you to exercise your spatial awareness, Tangrams or Pentominoes can help improve your ability to intuitively understand how distances relate to one another.


Out and About

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the car or out in natures hiking on trails, here are a few things you can do when you’re out and about that will improve your sense of direction.

  • Visualize – Visualization is one of the first steps you’ll always want to take. Whether you are thinking about driving somewhere or walking down trails, you’ll want to visualize the route you’ll take in as much detail as possible, before you start. Picture specific landmarks and where they are in relation to one another. When you begin traveling, compare what you see with what you’ve visualized. Is your memory accurate? It will get better with time.
  • Pay Attention to the Time – Check out the time before you begin and continue to take note of the time as you pass specific landmarks and once again when you reach your destination. This will help you get a feel for relative distances This will be helpful if you find you’ve missed a turn or went too far. You’ll have a more accurate idea of how far back you’ll need to go.
  • Verbalize What You See – Verbalizing anything helps to solidify the information in your brain. Say each landmark out loud while you pass it to reinforce where it is in your mind.
  • Make Up a Story – Stories are one of the best ways to get our minds to remember information. Connecting landmarks in a story form (even if it’s made up and crazy) can help you to better remember the information.
  • Think Big – When you are going somewhere, try to get a birds eye view of the route on a map. Basically you want to recognize where you are on a map. Relate your position to a fixed frame of reference so you can better acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Always think in the cardinal directions.
  • Take a New Route – Most of us have habits of going one specific way every single day. Our route to work likely hasn’t changed, the same as we don’t usually change the way we go to our family or friends’ houses. Switch up your normal route and imagine different routes on a map, even if its just taking a parallel street a block or two away. This will help you with orienting yourself better.
  • Get a Different Perspective – Many times we’ll forget where we parked our car in parking lots. We tend to blame this on getting older, however there are ways you can improve this. As you walk from your car to your destination, turn around and look back at it every 10 seconds or so. This will help you solidify in your memory where your car is, along with familiarizing yourself with what you’ll be seeing on your return trip. For longer distances like hikes, just increase the interval between backward glances.
  • Don’t Panic – Panicking happens. It’s important to stay calm when these situations occur. People tend to move quicker when their anxious, and that will potentially get you more lost than you already are. If you find yourself lost, remember STOP: Stop, Think, Observe and Plan

If you are someone who has lived your entire life confused about directions, don’t worry.

It’s never too late to start working on your directional senses. Take the time and practice these activities and develop the habit of awareness. Practice this and apply it in your day to day life. You’ll notice that the more you practice this skill, the better you will get at determining directions.

Do you have any other tips that help you with directions?

How to Make a Basic SNARE Trap with Paracord or Wire

In this video, David from shows you how to improvise basic snares from wire or paracord so that you can catch some tasty, nutritious, survival food and stay alive when times get tough.

Why is it important to know how to make basic snares?

Snares and Traps are designed to choke, crush, hang, or entangle the animals you’re trying to catch.

When you’re in a survival situation, you need to know how to catch food, find food or get nutrition from your bug out bag. This is simply one way for you to prepare for survival situations.

The best traps are usually pretty simple to make, as you see in the video above, and should be placed in multiple locations. When you are using traps and snares, the amount of them you set up is important. The more traps you set up, the better your chances are of catching something.

It is a good idea to use a variety of traps, as certain traps work better in different locations.


Gear you’ll need

As Promised… Here are Links to the Gear Mentioned and Used in this Video:



Surviving Alone in Alaska


Heimo Korth is the last man standing in 19 million acres of Alaskan wilderness. His neighbors are polar bears and caribous. Say good bye to civilization and see how they do it in the arctic circle on the last frontier in America. 

In 1980, Jimmy Carter established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaskan Interior, cutting off 19 million acres of prime boreal wilderness from the mitts of fur trappers, oil tycoons, and would-be lodge owners alike. Only six families of white settlers were grandfathered in and allowed to keep cabins in the refuge—of them, only one still stays there year-round living off the land. His name is Heimo Korth, and he is basically the Omega Man of Americas Final Frontier.

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DIY: How to Create Your Own Net – Tips for Survivalist

In this video tutorial you’ll learn how you can create a simple net. This is a very simple “Do It Yourself” project that can be made out of any type of cordage or string. This net can be used as a gill net for fishing, for trapping birds, and can even be used as a makeshift bag to hold items in. If you make this out of paracord, you can easily hang items in your home with it. If you have kids, you can create a net in the top of your childs room to hold all their stuff animals and keep them off the floor.

In the image below you’ll see a few of the ways you can use this net.

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 Do you have any other ideas for your new skill?

Leave a comment below!

Survival Tips: How to Catch Fish With No Pole

This video gives you a survival tip on how to catch fish with no pole. The method discussed in this video is something that anyone can do, even the beginning survivalists out there.

The basics of this method are to move the fish to a small section of the creek and using a large rock or tree limb, smash or stun the fish.

The video contains a few tips and examples how to find good areas to build a natural fish hold or fish corral in a creek.

This survival tip could be very valuable to remember the next time you’re out in the wild without a fishing pole.

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DIY Solar Panel System: Components, Cost & Savings

Below are all of the components used in the video above for a DIY Solar Panel System, where you can buy them and how much was paid.
– Grape Solar 250 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel:

– BZ 500 MPPT500 Watt PV Charge Controller:

– 6Volt Rayovac Ultra Pro Golf Car Battery:…

– Samlex PST-150S-24A 1500-watt 24V Pure Sine Wave Inverter:

– Battery Tender 24 Volt Battery Charger:

– Battery Saver Desulfator:

– 24″ Starter to Switch Battery Cable:

– 6 AWG Multi Strand Copper Wire, 60 Feet:

– 4’x8′ 1/2″ Plywood for Battery Box:…

– 2-1/2 in. Polypropylene Wheel Swivel Plate Caster:

– KIll-A-Watt Meter:

– 35 Watt & 200 Watt Fuses:



6 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches – Tips for Survivalist


Start a Fire Without Matches

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How many of you remember starting fires with magnifying glasses like Bart is doing in the picture above?

The ability to start a fire and watch the flames burn things has always been fascinating to me. Every man/woman needs to know how to start a fire, especially in survival situations. After all, this is a tips for survivalists site.

You never know when you will find yourself in a situation where a fire is essential and guess who forgot their matches? That’s right… you!

Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, or maybe your just out camping and lose your backpack. While these situations are pretty rare, other situations arrive where you can’t use matches. Extremely windy or wet conditions render matches pretty much useless. Whether or not you need to use this new skill, it’s valuable to know that you can start a fire wherever and whenever you want.

Friction-Based Fire Making

Friction-based fire making is one of the most difficult of the non-match methods and that’s why we’re starting with it. There are a variety of different techniques you can use to make a fire with friction, but the most important aspect of it all is the type of wood you use for the fire board and spindle.

What is a spindle? It’s the stick you’ll use to spin in order to create friction between it and the fireboard. When you create enough friction between the spindle and the fireboard, you create an ember that can lead to a fire.

What are the best woods for spindle sets? Cottonwood, juniper, aspen, willow, cedar, cypress, and walnut.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have to dry the wood out before using it, otherwise you won’t get the spark for the ember.

  • The Hand Drill

The hand drill method is by far the most primitive, and extremely difficult to do. All you need is wood, tireless hands, and determination that you will start a fire without matches.

How do you do it?

Build a tinder nest. You’ll use the tinder nest to create the flame you get from the spark you’ll be creating. Build your tinder nest out of anything that catches fire easily such as dried grass, leaves and bark. If you’re prepared you could use vaseline soaked cotton balls, but this is assuming you aren’t prepared.

Make your notch. Cut a v-shaped notch into your fire board and make a small depression adjacent to it.

Place bark underneath the notch. The bark will be used to catch an ember from the friction between the spindle and fireboard.

Start spinning. Place the spindle into the depression on your fire board. Your spindle should be about 2 feet long for this to work properly. Maintain pressure on the board and start rolling the spindle between your hands, running them quickly down the spindle. Keep doing this until an ember is formed on the fireboard.

Start a fire! Once you see a glowing ember, tap the fire board to drop you ember onto the piece of bark. Transfer the bark to your nest of tinder. Gently blow on it to start your flame.

  • Fire Plough

Prepare your fireboard. To start off, cut a groove in the fireboard. This groove will be used as the track for your spindle.

Rub! Using the tip of your spindle, place it in the groove of your fireboard. Start rubbing the tip of the spindle up and down the groove.

Start a fire. You’ll want to have tinder at the end of the fireboard, so that you’ll plow embers into the tinder as you’re rubbing. Once one of them catches blow on the nest gently to start the fire.

  • Bow Drill

The bow drill is one of my personal favorites out of all the friction based methods for starting a fire. It’s easier to maintain the speed and pressure needed to create enough friction to start a fire. In addition to the spindle and fireboard, you’ll want to get a socket and a bow.

Get a socket. A socket just needs to be either a stone or another piece of wood. If you choose wood, find a piece harder than what you’re using for the spindle. Woods with sap and oil are good because it create a lubricant between the spindle and the socket.

Make your bow. The bow should be about as long as your arm. Use a flexible piece of wood that has a slight curve. The string of the bow can be anything. A shoelace, rope, paracord, or strip of rawhide works great. Just find something that won’t break. String up your bow and you’re ready to go.

Prepare the fireboard. Cut a v-shaped notch into the wood and create a depression next to it in the fireboard. Under this notch, you’ll want to place your tinder.

String up the spindle. Catch the spindle in a loop of the bow string. Place one end of the spindle in the fireboard and apply pressure on the other end with your socket.

Start sawing. Using your bow, start sawing back and forth. You’ve basically created a rudimentary mechanical drill. The spindle should be rotating quickly. Keep sawing until you create an ember.

Make you fire. Drop the ember into the tinder nest and blow on it gently. You got yourself a fire.

  • Flint and Steel


This is an old standby. We recommend always carrying around a good flint and steel set with you on a camping trip. Matches can get wet and be become pretty much useless, but you can still get a spark from putting steel to a good piece of flint. We recommend the Bear Grylls fire starter.

Strike! Grasp the back of the steel striker or use the back of your knife blade. Strike the steel against the flint several times. Sparks from the steel will fly off and land on the char cloth, causing a glow.

Start a fire. Fold up your char cloth into the tinder nest and gently blow on it to start a flame.

  • Lens-Based Methods

Start a Fire Without Matches

Using a lens to start a fire is an easy matchless method. Any boy who has melted green plastic army men with a magnifying glass will know how to do this. If you have by chance never melted green plastic army men, here’s how to do it.

Traditional Lenses

To create a fire, all you need is some sort of lens in order to focus sunlight on a specific spot. A magnifying glass, eyeglasses, or binocular lenses all work. If you add some water to the lens, you can intensify the beam. Angle the lens towards the sun in order to focus the beam into as small an area as possible. Put your tinder nest under this spot and you’ll soon have yourself a fire.

The only drawback to the lens based method is that it only works when you have sun. So if it’s night time or overcast, you won’t have any luck.


  • Batteries and Steel Wool

 Start a Fire Without Matches

This is one that might seem a little out of the ordinary, but it is an interesting way to start a fire. All you’ll need are a battery (any work, but ideally a 9 volt battery) and steel wool.

Stretch out the Steel Wool. You want it to be about 6 inches long and a ½ inch wide.

Rub the battery on the steel wool. Hold the steel wool in one hand and the battery in the other. The wool will begin to glow and burn. Gently blow on it.

Transfer the burning wool to your tinder nest. The wool’s flame will extinguish quickly, so don’t waste any time.

Do you have any other ways to start a fire without matches? 


Do It Yourself: Paracord Keychain with Instructions – Tips for Survivalist

Learning how to make a Paracord Keychain is an invaluable skill you can develop. Sure, it may seem a little difficult but we’ve come across a tutorial that we had to share with you that simplifies the process for you.

Tools You’ll Need

  • 3-5 Feet of Paracord
  • Key Ring
  • Small Scissors
  • Lighter

Once you have all these tools in place, continue to step 1 so that you can create your own paracord keychain.

This is a tutorial from

  • Step 1: How to make a paracord Keychain 
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Your first step is to attach the paracord to the key ring, like in the picture above. You’ll notice that the paracord ends point in opposite directions. You can make this loop as long or as short as you’d like. You’ll want to leave about an inch loop on the end. Then you’ll fold the Flatline in half and put it in between the knots.
  • Step 2: How to make a paracord Keychain
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With one piece of the paracord, bend it across the front horizontally, about an inch below the key ring.
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Now bring the second piece of paracord over the top of the first, behind the back and up through the hole made by the first piece.
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Keep repeating this paracord weave, lay the first piece across, bring the second piece over the top of the first piece of paracord, around the back and through the hole.
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Continue the weave, always laying the same piece of paracord across the front. Until you have around a inch loop of paracord on the end left.
  • Step 6: How to make a paracord Keychain
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Once you have the loop at the end and the size is one you want, all you have to do is cut the paracord ends as close as possible and then melt them.
Congratulations! You now can make a do it yourself paracord keychain  

Of course if you don’t want to create your own, you can order some already created paracord keychains by clicking here or clicking the image below.

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