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Security expert Benjamin Tedesco found an illegal cash skimmer on an ATM machine whilst on holiday in Vienna, Austria.
The skimmer was located on the ATM machine near St. Stephen’s Cathedral, based in the Austrian capital.
His video of the incident has already amassed two million views.
Tedesco noticed glue around the skimmer which instantly determines that it’s fake.
To prove it, he pulls off the skimmer and shows us how identical the real and fake machines are.
He then speaks to an ATM user to warn her about the danger of the fake skimmer as soon as she goes to insert her card.
Tedesco said, ‘While on vacation with my family in Vienna, Austria, I went to grab some cash from an ATM.
‘Being security paranoid, I repeated my typical habit of checking the card reader with my hand as I have 100s of times…; today’s the day when my security awareness paid off’.
‘In addition to the magnetic strip reader, it has a battery (the large silver object on the right), some sort of switch (the small silver object in the middle with the small black tab sticking out of it), and of course the control board with the 4 pin connector (the large green board to the left).’
He added, ‘I have since notified the Vienna Police Department regarding this discovery’.
Tedesco noticed something else suspicious after watching a spoof of his video by Ali Rahmoun. It shows a missing grey slip that could have been a camera.
The camera was positioned over the keyboard so that PIN codes can be recorded. Whilst it was in Tedesco’s video, it was removed in Rahmoun’s.
So if you’re on a luxurious holiday this year, keep alert for potential threats like this.
Nature’s greatest allure is how it allows us to rekindle our connection with our primal senses – the forgotten aspect of our nature.
The beautiful thing about nature is that, it requires us to strip down to the bare essentials and live off the natural elements. In this article we will share with you 18 essential bushcraft skills that all successful preppers share.
These skills will help you experience the liberation that a person gets from self-reliance and adventure.
18 Bushcraft Skills All Successful Preppers Share
The Craft of Fire
A bonfire can serve many purposes. Not only does it help illuminate the surrounding areas, but also helps in getting warmth, cooking food and boiling water.
There are two primary mediums for navigation: a compass and a map. If you have these two pieces of equipment you can almost never get lost, especially if you’re familiar with the area.
However, for a master navigator, all that’s necessary is keen observation skills and nature.
The sky becomes their map and the sun and stars become the directives.
Foraging for Food
Foraging is one of the most important skills as it allows us to find edible plants. Nature is filled with many delicacies along with just as many toxic plants.
A person’s ability to find wild berries, fruits and mushrooms is essential for their survival.
Hunting your Dinner
Hunting is probably the most primal of all the bushcraft skills and the best way to add some protein to your diet.
A good hunter will possess the ability to observe their prey and create a plan to either track it down or trap it.
No one can survive in the wild without sturdy shelter. This particular skill, is the foundation of an adventurer’s and their time in nature.
You must know how to create an appropriately sized shelter that can protect its inhabitants from rain.
The adventurer should also know about various different types of shelters and their proper use.
For example, a swamp bed is a type of shelter that allows shelter on wet surfaces or even water.
Understanding your Ropes
One of the most important, yet basic skills in bushcraft is the ability to tie poles or sticks together to create a rope.
Although, survivalist can take nylon ropes, but their real ability will be tested when they can create ropes from bush materials such as grass or vines.
Knots and Lashings
Your ability to tie knots will help you several other essential skills necessary for survival.
In bushcraft work you will be forced to learn many different types of knots and lashings, which will help you build shelters, ropes, beds and so on.
If you are ever forced to make your own shelter from the bush materials that are available at hand, thatching is a skill that allows you to do just that.
It is not difficult to construct a hut exclusively using with local materials. In place of nails you will use lashings and thatching with long grass ferns for weather proof roofing.
With some basic tools and know-how, anyone can set up a temporary or permanent camp.
Knowledge in camp craft will help you establish a u-shaped stone fireplace or a dug in fireplace.
Hooks, fire-throngs and forks from me made from bush material. It teaches you diverse set of skills such as stone baking, creating lamps or making camp-furniture.
Reading the Sun-Clock
Believe it or not, but our sun acts as a clock if we can learn to learn its rays. Well, all you really need is a stick to create a shadow, which will help you tell the time in the most primal manner.
We don’t really need refrigerators to preserve food for later. The best ways to keeping our wild animal meat fresh under bush conditions are by smoking or drying the meat.
Fishing and Fish Traps
Although, the most usual method for fishing is by using a rod and a line, however, we can devise a number of creative traps to catch fish.
This helps us free up time to perform other tasks during the day.
There are many natural indicators that can help us find water in the wild.
Water can be found in hollow trees, under the soil and water can also be extracted from vegetation.
Since water can be found and extracted in the driest of terrains, it is an essential skill for bushcraft.
Analyzing Animals and their Habits
The ability to recognize animals is of enormous benefit for an adventurer. Species identification can help you in finding water and food sources.
It can help you stay out of danger by avoiding threatening animals such as poisonous snakes.
There was a time when we could tract almost anything literally anywhere.
However, modern civilization has taken this skill away from most of us.
Ability to read tracks can help you avoid dangerous animals, while helping you find food.
Although, everyone carries a first-aid or survival kit, but a person’s ability to give first-aid can be extremely important and can even be the difference between life and death.
On the lesser extreme, it is important for one to understand how to properly clean a wound to prevent infections and other complications.
Understanding Your Weather
There are many effective ways to predict weather without the use of technology.
For example, observing cloud patters is an effective way to anticipate changes in weather.
This is a particularly important skill, as preparing for rain can make your life quite easier in the wild.
Emergency Signal Codes
Although, bushcraft and the wild are quite safe, it is still important to be properly prepared for the worst, because accidents and emergencies are not predictable and our disaster preparedness shouldn’t be lacking.
If you really are serious about mastering bushcraft, then you need to at least familiarize yourself, if not master these 18 survivalist skills all successful preppers share.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to experience the joys and purity of nature in it’s true form, which we all know is WILD.
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Being mentally tough is a very impressive way to live.
People that have this extraordinary ability have trained themselves to behave in this particular way.
Since it takes concentration and focus, you will need to understand that there are habits that these people utilize.
They practice these habits on a regular basis. It becomes second nature for them to be on top of things in order to get more done on a regular basis.
When you use the 7 habits of the mentally tough, you will able to have your life in order.
Mentally tough people have priorities that they stick to, and they continue to handle their responsibilities making them very successful in all areas of their life.
Here are the 7 habits that you can use to increase your mental toughness. You should begin to do them on a regular basis and practice them thoroughly.
1. Focus on what is important in your life.
Developing the ability to focus on certain issues takes training.
It’s important to write down your goals and attain them.
In order to reach your goals, you need to focus on them at all times so that you can succeed in getting what you want in life.
Take a small notebook and write down your goals.
As you achieve them, you can mark them off. Once you develop other goals write them down to.
Always strive to have a variety of goals that you want to achieve in your life so that you work hard to attain them at all times.
2. Do not concentrate on failures, but decide to remain positive about your successes.
The people that can see that they aren’t perfect have been able to continue to try to improve on their positive traits.
This allows them to leave the failures behind them and move on.
When you have something that goes wrong, and you inevitably will, it’s important to put it behind you.
Not everyone just goes through life getting everything that they want, but the trick is to not dwell on the bad aspects, but to totally increase your ability to see how well you have completed several accomplishments in your life.
Take a notebook and write down all of your accomplishments.
Concentrate on them so that you can always use them as a basis for your continuing successes.
This exercise is simple and works well.
You will know what all you have done and feel better about yourself in the process.
Never spend any time dwelling on your failures because it will lead to a lack of energy to increase the positive aspects into your life.
If someone you know or love has a problem with focusing on their successes and always complaining about their failures, you can have them practice concentrating on their successes too.
Sometimes having more people involved can lead to a great amount of positive energy.
3. Practice letting things that are no longer important to leave your mind so there is more room for what is important and retain it.
Since brain matter doesn’t retain everything all the time, you will want to let the unimportant things go.
When they are freed from the brain matter, there will be many more thoughts and processes that can enter the space.
Keep the great information, and what is outdated and from the past will be let go.
Once you get used to doing this, it becomes easier to let those unnecessary aspects out of your mind so that you don’t think of them.
Think of it like cleaning out your closet and getting rid of older clothes.
It’s the same kind of process with letting the older and outdated issues to leave your mind.
If it’s difficult for to do at first, just keep trying to let those parts of your memory leave and gradually they will.
4. There is always more than one way to get things done.
It’s important to remember that there are always other avenues to take when something needs to be accomplished.
Mentally tough people know this. They are always looking for other ways to complete tasks in the fastest way possible. It’s a good habit to get into. Always look for other ways that will allow you to fit more into your life in an easy way.
A good way to put this into perspective is to think about a computer.
There is more than one way to save your projects, and they accomplish the same goal. This type of behavior is necessary in order to move onto bigger and better things in your life.
5. Just like a physical athlete trains their muscles, a mentally tough person needs to exercise their mind on a regular basis.
Learning more and staying interested is a must for the mentally tough. You will fare batter by striving to achieve more and more brainpower by doing mental exercises every day.
Crossword and word search puzzles are extremely beneficial for keeping the brain working and engaged. Lots of people enjoy gathering family and friends around them when they want to get involved in these types of puzzles to add power to their brains.
Reading the latest events will also keep your brain functioning well. Newspapers and the Internet provide excellent sources for having the information that you need right on hand.
6. Boredom will create a lackadaisical way of life, so it’s important that a person cultivate many interests in their life.
Getting bored will lead to complacency. Mentally tough people are never bored.
They create new and interesting things to do in their life in order to stay engaged in the present and look forward to the future.
They constantly strive to encourage themselves to find new and better pastimes that challenge themselves.
You will want to make sure that you have interesting things to do. If you do find yourself bored, strive to attain something else in your life that you can work at to bring back your interest in obtaining a healthier attitude.
Taking a class is a great way to develop a better mental attitude and keeping yourself from getting bored. You can take classes online so you can fit it in when it is convenient for you.
If you want to teach a class, is another way to keep from getting bored in your life. Helping others to learn something that you’re good at is a way to give to others and know that you are capable in that area.
7. Refuse to have a negative attitude, and cultivate positive influences in your life.
Having a negative attitude will bring you down in many areas of your life.
Make sure that you continue to look to the future with an open mind and heart. Mentally tough people see adversity as a catalyst to bring about changes that will benefit their life.
They don’t dwell on what is negative, but use it to help them to achieve even greater things in life.
Since this can be a difficult thing to do, you need to make sure that you’re constantly putting positive influences in your life instead of the negative issues that will always be present in life at one point or another.
This will get you in the habit of looking on the brighter side of things versus the opposite way. Having the ability to do this is something that you should strive for on a daily basis.
You can use positive affirmations on a daily basis to keep the negative aspects from taking over.
Have your positive affirmation somewhere that you will see them.
Good places to put them are your desk, your dresser or on a bathroom mirror.
Take a look at this video of Jessica’s Daily Affirmations and you’ll get the idea!
At work, you can keep them next to your workspace in order to be able to read them often. These positive affirmations allow you to be constantly giving yourself a boost and believing in the better aspects of life will increase your ability to handle the daily pressures in your life.
Practice these positive affirmations with other members of the family too. Allow them to get the advantages too.
Practicing reading them as a family is a good idea because it will develop family unity and encourage all members of the family to strive to make the most out of their lives too.
Being absolutely stringent on following these 7 habits will allow you to become a mentally tough person.
Since you can do these things on a regular basis, once you develop these habits, they will come easy and natural for you.
In all cases, becoming mentally tough can lead to remarkable successes in your life. It is something that you will want to strive for to increase the enjoyment you will have in all areas of your life.
A mentally tough person is a happy and healthy person too.
You can and will be able to be this type of person when you practice the 7 habits regularly.
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Fishing is easily one of the most fun activities to do in the ocean. It has one major drawback, however: Sitting on a boat in the middle of nowhere can often get quite mundane. After all, what can you do to add a little excitement to your fishing?
This grandpa has an idea on how to make fishing riveting. He uses some old-school methods of striking fear into the hearts of fish everywhere, and it takes his family by total surprise.
When these abandoned shacks were discovered in Antarctica, researchers hit the jackpot when it comes to understanding how explorers in the frozen land lived nearly a century ago.
Ernest Shackelton and Robert Falcon Scott were two of the first men to reach the South Pole and call the frigid, harsh landscape home for any length of time. Now a few of the structures they erected are still there and they shed light on how these men survived in such a desolate, frigid place.
Pip Cheshire is a conservation architect who has been working hard to restore Shackelton’s buildings in the coldest place on earth.l
He has been working to restore them to the condition of when the great South Pole explorers had lived there.
The shack seems very unassuming from the outside.
And it is clearly in a cold, harsh landscape.
Scott’s Hut is surrounded by nothing but winter wilderness.
Life was crowded in these Antarctic huts. Scott is pictured working at his desk.
Clothing was hung up to dry and despite being inside, the temperatures were still cold.
Supplies were brought in and stored in boxes and jars inside the shack.
The ancient-looking stove needed to provide heat to the explorers who had left civilization to venture into the subzero wilderness.
The average high in the summer was 20 F while the average low reached about -56 F. And that stove was the only source of heat…
The men survived on lots of carbohydrates like flour and crackers.
Fortunately the men never had a shortage of salt.
Do you enjoy the rustic look of the place?
The buildings were supposedly abandoned because they leaked water.
Shackelton and Scott were brave explorers who survived the unendurable cold to bring civilization in touch with the South Pole.
Bushcraft is gaining popularity in a modern world where we are separated from nature. Those skills once considered necessary to live have fallen to the wayside in modern times.
There are several influential personalities who have brought attention to the importance of these skills. Among these are the modern-day founders of bushcraft, TV personalities, authors, leaders, experts, and historical figures.
1. Les Hiddins
Les Hiddins is famously known for his expertise in survival research. He was responsible for the Australian Army’s military survival manual in 1987.
He inspired a television series and sparked the modern interest in bushcraft.
This Canadian bushcraft instructor became internationally recognized for his knowledge concerning wilderness survival. He has been enlisted to instruct civilians and military members across the globe and has been dubbed the modern founder of Northern bushcraft.
This Vietnam vet started Survival.com which is now considered to be one of the best survival training aides. He has also been featured on numerous television shows and taught wilderness skills at UCLA for over 20 years.
This survivalist has published over 35 books focusing on how to live with minimal resources. Many created a lifestyle from his book “One Acre & Security,” which proposed living organically on 1-acre of land.
He is best known for his 14 publications focusing on Special Air Service Survival techniques. When he was 18, he became the youngest man to pass selection for the SAS and during his time serving, he became a legend.
Most known for his survival publications in magazines and newspapers, Mandeville is often asked for advice on expeditions. He spent 23 years teaching survival training to soldiers in the jungles of South America and Asia.
He founded and led the Australian Jungle Rescue Detachment which was responsible for 300 rescues. His survival skills allowed for every mission to be successful. He later went on to run a bushcraft school and publish ten books.
21. Ricky McGee
After being left for dead in the Australian outback, he survived for 70 days on insects until he was found by farm hands.
He led several expeditions in the West during his time and served as an interpreter for the government.
From the modern-day founders of an interest in bushcraft skills, to historical survivalists, these influential role models have provided the knowledge necessary for everyone to have the skills they need to survive in the wild.
Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.
They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.
This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.
Benefits of the prepping lifestyle
A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.
They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.
Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.
1. Preppers have their own resources.
They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.
Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.
If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.
2. They are handy.
Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.
A good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.
3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources
Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.
Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.
4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.
The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.
These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.
Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.
5. They are realistic.
Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.
For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.
Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.
6. They fight for freedom.
The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.
This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.
7. They can be your insurance plan.
Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.
They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.
8. They help the entire community.
Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.
The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.
9. They are independent.
A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.
They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.
10. They see the world differently.
Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.
Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.
They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.
Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.
There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!
We wanted to create a list of the Top 10 Forums For Survivalists because we previously made a post of the top 20 websites for survivalists that has gotten a lot of positive comments. We didn’t want to leave out the forums, because they are different than traditional websites so we felt that it was important for us to share forums as a separate post.
Becoming a survivalist is not so much as a destination as it is an ongoing journey. A true survivalist is constantly looking for ways to not only improve their prep gear, but to also find the absolute best information wherever they can get it.
Anyone that wants to be a true survivalist should take a look at these top 10 forums that will help them answer major questions, find the newest gear, discuss pertinent news stories, and enjoy a sense of community with like-minded individuals.
American Preppers Network is a comprehensive website that will be useful for those that are new survival techniques as well as highly-trained preppers that have been living this lifestyle for years.
The forums are filled with helpful threads covering everything from basic 3-day kits to simple tips for surviving in different environments. Users also maintain a working map of upcoming expos, items for bartering, and meetups.
While the name may sound a bit odd, Zombie Hunters is actually one of the most popular survivalist forums to-date and has been going strong for over 12 years.
In addition to basic tips and suggestions, there are also a number of relaxed threads with funny, interesting, and though-provoking “what if” questions about certain survival situations such as getting caught in traffic during a zombie apocalypse.
Prepperforums.net has recently undergone a major renovation with a clean, responsive, and intuitive layout.
Members will be able to find any information that they will need on bug out bags, survival kits, hunting tips, and more. The highly-active community also discusses current news and events from around the world with a focus on how it may affect their prepping.
Survivalists that want to avoid the frills or unnecessary discussions may enjoy Wildwood Survival forums.
This website breaks down its forums into basic categories such as shelter, fire, tracking, and foraging. The discussions often focus on a specific location such as the Pacific Northwest, and then offers tips and suggestions for surviving in that area.
These forums do focus on knives, hatchets, and other bladed tools, but it also has quite a bit of information for the survivalist.
Every survivalist is going to have at least a handful of blades on them at all times, and the members of these forums offer in-depth reviews of various bladed products and can even help survivalists save money with upcoming sales and redemption codes.
The Survival Mom is a sister site to American Preppers Network and focused on busy mothers that use a minimalistic approach to their prepping.
While the layout is geared towards women, anyone can join the forums and enter into discussions on survival products, upcoming sales, foraging, home gardening, and countless other topics. This is one of the best websites for those that are prepping on a strict budget.
Survivalist Boards is another comprehensive site for those that are ready to get serious about their survivalist mentality. The community is extremely active and members continue to help one another with everything from new bargains on gear to trades and bartering.
As an added bonus, Survivalist Boards also has regular giveaways for active members with prizes such as new knives, backpacks, flashlights, stoves, and more.
This website is useful in the fact that it covers many of the topics that a survivalist may wonder about but is generally not covered in other forums.
The primary focus of Survival Cache are the products that most preppers will want to acquire with regular reviews done by members and moderators. he forums are primarily used to discuss recent articles or make suggestions on what future articles members would like to see.
Much like the name implies, the AR15.com forums focus on the guns, ammo, and knives for survivalists. Members often post their experience with certain guns and how they feel those weapons would hold up in a survival situation.
While there is quite a bit of information on AR-15s, members will be able to find broad information on other guns and manufacturers including pistols, AK-47s, precision rifles, and hunting rifles.
The Wilderness Survival forums covers some of the highly-specific skills that a survivalist will need when out in the wild.
The discussions often bypass the basics and move directly into more advanced information such as the medicinal uses of specific plants or how to make emergency repairs on specific vehicles. Overall, these forums are a great option for the advanced survivalist.
Becoming a true survivalist is about constantly searching for the best information, new techniques, and advanced gear that can be used to survive and thrive in any situation.
These 10 forums are great places for preppers and survivalists to collect information as they move toward self-sufficiency.
Do you have any idea what you would do if you got lost or hurt while out in the wilderness? What if your car broke down and your cell phone died, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere? By planning ahead, you can save your life when caught in an unexpected situation.
Must-Read Wilderness Survival Hacks
It takes a bit of planning and a small budget to compile the necessities you’d need if you were unexpectedly alone in the wilderness. The most important supplies would help you stay warm, hydrated, and fed, while alerting others to your whereabouts.
1) Find Flammable Materials in the Wilderness
If it’s wet out and you’re getting cold, you’ll need to build a fire stat. It’s not always easy to come across dry, flammable materials. Peel long strips of bark from a cedar tree or a birch tree for tinder. If you’ve planned ahead, you should have emergency tinder on you, or even baggies of dryer lint, which are flammable. In a pinch, you can also douse cotton balls in Vaseline.
2) Build an Emergency Shelter
If avoidable, don’t try to sleep on the ground without any shelter, and make sure to get the shelter up before the sun goes down. Shelter is one of the most important things to have when you’re stranded outside in an unknown place.
You should have a tarp or an emergency blanket with you if you’ve been hiking or camping, which you can rig up with paracord (get a paracord belt or bracelet so it’s always nearby).
3) Build Makeshift Fishing Gear
If you’re stuck near water and you need to go fishing for food, you can create a fishing spear from bamboo. This may be difficult to use if you’ve never spear fished before, though, but it may be your best option.
You can also fashion a fishing hook from the tab of a canned beverage by snipping away part of the thin circular part at an angle. All you’ll need is something to attract the fish (the sparkly tab may be enough) and something to use for line.
If you think of it ahead of time, pack an emergency tackle kit in a Tic Tac box.
4) Increase Your Light
If your flashlight’s died (or you didn’t bring one in the first place) and all you have are a few candles, increase the light by cutting a soda can to make a “doorway” with flaps on either side.
Place the candle inside – the light will be brighter as it reflects off the can. You can do the same thing with a tuna can.
5) Makeshift Water Filter
Ran out of water? Too bad you didn’t pack that fancy water filter you have sitting at home. Take a piece of cloth and two containers, one empty and the other filled with the yucky water.
Run the strip of cloth from the dirty water to the empty glass. After a little while, the “filtered” water will make its way into the empty glass to give you something drinkable (after it’s boiled, of course).
6) Repel Bugs
If you’re at least a bit prepared with something to start a fire and a few herbs for cooking, sprinkle rosemary or basil on the fire – bugs can’t stand the smell and they’ll leave you alone for the night.
Sage works well at repelling bugs, too. If you need to keep ants away from your campsite, sprinkle grits wherever you see the ants – they’ll steer clear of that area.
7) Impromptu Microwave
Cut three sides of a square into the top of a food box and line both the flap and the inside with aluminum foil.
Place food inside, fold the flap down, and leave the box out in the sun. The food inside will cook in your makeshift solar microwave.
8) Simple Compass
If you’re completely turned around and don’t know which way is home, find a small sliver of medal, like a needle, and rub it against your clothing multiple times.
Float a leaf in water and place the metal on top. The needle will point north.
Make sure you’re watching the needle as it readjusts so you know which way is north and which is south.
9) Emergency Oil Lamp
Empty out a soda can and fill it halfway with olive oil. Roll up a napkin or paper towel and put it in the mouth of the can with part of the cloth still sticking out of the top. Light the end of the cloth – the oil lamp will burn for hours.
Not working? Make sure the bottom of the cloth is far enough in the can to reach the oil.
10) Whistle for Help
If you didn’t pack an emergency whistle and your phone is out of range, find an acorn – you can use the cap to whistle for help.
You need just the cap, not the entire acorn, and you want to find a cap that’s whole, not broken or misshapen. Take the cap in both of your hands, holding it between your index finger and thumb.
The inside of the cap should face you. Place your thumbs near the top of the cap with your thumbs touching each other. Put your upper lip on your thumbs and your lower lips on the bottom of the acorn cap and blow through the triangle that’s formed by your thumbs.
11) Mark Your Way
If you’re lost and trying to find your way out of the woods, use biodegradable tape to mark where you’ve been.
If you retrace your steps without realizing it, you at least won’t think you’re someplace new. If you don’t have trail tape on you, use something to keep track of where you’ve been, even if it’s simple rock formations.
12) Calm Annoying Mosquito Bites
If you’re getting eaten alive, rub a bit of deodorant on a nasty mosquito bite to quell the itch.
You find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere with the sun setting fast.
It’s too late to try to find your way back to civilization, and you only have about an hour of good sunlight left to seek shelter and protect yourself from the chill that is coming.
Luckily, you know the six most important survival skills that every person must master.
By thinking quickly and putting your skills to good use, you can find a suitable location, build a shelter and protect yourself from the elements.
The Six Survival Skills You Must Master
Survival training protects you in the event that you find yourself battling the elements. Hopefully, you won’t find yourself in a situation where you need to call upon this training.
However, knowing how to protect yourself can mean the difference between life and death if you do get stuck in the wilderness.
1. Finding and Building a Suitable Campsite
You may not have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a place to set up your camp. Look for a location that is high, and avoid paths and valleys that make it easy for water to flow directly toward you.
Look at the area around you and make sure there aren’t any dead branches hanging above you that might fall during the night. When possible, look for an area close to running water and against a rock face to help protect you from the elements.
Building a fire requires tinder and kindling ranging in size from a toothpick to a pencil. Place a large log as the base and then add your tinder. Tinder consists of fibrous material that tends to burn easily and quickly.
Look for dry brush, leaves or shred branches to create your tinder. Light the tinder and then start stacking the smaller pieces of kindling. Gradually add larger pieces of kindling in the shape of a lean-to.
This allows air to flow through and fuel your fire. Once the fire gets big enough, add additional logs to the fire. If the logs are damp, keep them close to the fire to dry them out and make it easier to keep your fire going strong. A fire can act as a signal for help and protect you from the cold.
3. Finding Clean Water
Ever wondered why cats tap water with their paw before they drink it?
It’s a behavior that stems from a knowledge that stagnant water is not safe to drink. Running water is your best option for clean water.
Avoid anything that has been standing for a long time, such as water you might find in puddles. The best option is to boil your water, but that isn’t always possible.
Rain, snow and dew are also fairly safe options for water. If there is a waterfall or a river with water that cascades over rocks, that source should be your second option.
You can filter the water by taking some clean clothing, soaking the water in the clothing and then wringing it out. Maples trees and cacti contain good sources of water if you cut a hole and let the water drain out. Water can also be squeezed from vines and thistles.
Finally, consider filtering the water yourself if you have good sunlight. Find a leafy branch and tie a plastic bag around the leaf, come back later in the day and drink the condensation that formed on the inside of the bag.
4. Finding Edible Food
One of the biggest mistakes people in a survival situation make is trying to hunt big game. In a survival situation, you need to conserve your calories and the time and energy required to hunt, cook and prepare game might overextend you.
Plus, if you fail to find food or can’t cook it correctly, you’ve just wasted a day’s worth of energy. Look for easy to catch and find foods like edible plants.
Additionally, you can catch small game like fish, frogs and even lizards. Just make sure to cook anything you catch properly. This is where good survival training becomes important.
Being able to identify the plans that can kill you from those that are safe to eat is crucial to surviving. Memorize the plants common to the area you frequent most often. Safe plants common to many areas include cattail, dandelions and wild spinach.
5. Finding Help
If you are injured, you won’t have time to find your way home.
You need to send out a signal for others to find you. In fact, sending up a signal is a good idea even if you aren’t injured. Each day, find time to create a signal so that any planes overhead or search parties can find you more easily.
Use a signal fire on top of a clearing or hilltop. Create large amounts of smoke by piling on green branches, pine boughs and other green plants.
If you have a mirror, cell phone screen or any other reflective surface and use it to reflect the light from the sun. A reflective signal can often be seen for miles at day or night and is far more effective than a flashlight.
6. Finding Your Way Home
While surviving, you also need to make progress towards civilization. If you’re lost and you don’t have GPS, you can use your environment to ensure you don’t go in circles.
If you’re on a mountain, choose a direction and head down. Follow any streams or lakes when possible, since these natural flow along the line of least resistance and will lead you to the mountain’s base.
If there is no sun, then look for moss on trees. Moss doesn’t grow exclusively on the north side of a tree, but it does grow the most on the north side. This only applies to the northern hemisphere. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, it’s the reverse.
If you find a trail, road or any other indication of civilization, stay on the trail. The important thing is to make a decision on a direction and stick with that choice. Create large markers every 500 feet. This way, if a search party is looking for you they can follow your trail markers.
You are moving your family to a vast homestead in the country.
You have an excellent start on your prepper plan: a large wood pile, plenty of backup medication, a huge stash of non-perishable food and water filtration tablets, a strong method of home defense.
What plans have you made for alternate energy?
It is essential to remove your household from the grid. The following are the top 10 reasons why you should consider using green energy instead.
1. The inevitable energy crisis.
The fossil fuels (coal, gas, and oil) many Americans currently rely heavily on have become very limited resources. One day they will completely dry up. You need to ensure your home’s continued functioning by implementing green energy practices.
2. An energy crisis is critical.
Americans continue to drive around in gas-guzzling Hummers, leave lights on around the clock, and keep television sets running day and night. Once the fossil fuels are gone, panic will ensue. Cars will not be drivable. People will be at a loss regarding how they should function in this new, powerless world.
3. Water will be in short supply.
Without power, water will no longer magically appear from your kitchen faucet. There are over 300 million people in the United States alone. While it is usually easy to find a body of water, not everyone has the knowledge or means to ensure this water is properly and safely filtered.
4. The modern oven will no longer cook food.
Most American households are only equipped with electric or gas fireplaces and stoves. Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves have become unwelcome dinosaurs in our modern age.
5. All forms of communication will effectively be cut off.
Most people will not be able to get in touch with loved ones living far away. There are many devices out there that run off of solar or hand-crank power, such as radios, phones, and flashlights.
6. Solar panels are an excellent source of energy.
They are unbelievably easy and fairly cheap to build from scratch with tools and materials you can find at your local hardware store. The guide found here will give you all the information you need to build them. Solar power can be used as an energy source, it can be used to heat your water, and it can also be used to cook your food. It is clean, free, and readily available. Just ensure that you have a suitably sized battery bank to store your solar power for nighttime use and cloudy days.
7. Windmills as power generators.
Windmills as power generators are another excellent energy source that is easy and cheap to build by using the instructions in this guide. You will need to ensure you have an appropriate sized battery bank to store this wind power for times when the wind is low or not blowing.
8. Hydropower is an effective way of generating home energy.
If you live near a flowing stream of water, you can build a water mill that will provide continuous power.
9. Vegetative roofs
Vegetative roofs are a fairly new enterprise for America, but they have been around for centuries and they offer many benefits to the user and the environment.
They provide insulation, reduce rain runoff, and you can even plant a vegetable garden up there. Get rid of those shingles and add some vegetation.
10. Geothermal is a method of using the internal ground energy.
In this technique, fluid is piped through the ground to capture the Earth’s natural heat. It is then piped into a geothermal heat pump located in the house. The pump then uses this energy to heat and cool your house.
These are ten important reasons to convert to green energy. There are many more reasons that can be found with a little research. In the end, the crucial question is just how ready do you want your home and family to be for an energy deficiency?
We decided it would be a great idea to put together a top 20 list of the best websites for Survivalists. This is what we’ve come up with from our research and we wanted to provide you with the best information possible.
– This site is particularly helpful for preppers with families, and is chock full of links to other resources across the web. Great for people at any experience level, particularly those with small children.
– While this site appears to cater to women, don’t let the name fool you! This site is great for beginners of all genders who want tips on organization, prepping food, and keeping your kids entertained in the event of a crisis.
– Authorized Boots is for all things related to Army boots and tactical gear. They provide their expertise as well as team’s insights to provide high quality reviews of your favorite army boots based on their experience, opinions, and relentless research to be a trusted source in your purchase journey.
– While this site is slightly more difficult to navigate, it has a wealth of in-depth preparation tips, particularly for those with large families and those who want tips on training their mind as well as their bug-out bags.
– This site is all about educating you about a threat so powerful it will wipe out 281 million Americans in the first year. And while NASA, the CIA and the Pentagon are warning us like crazy…no mainstream T.V. or radio outlet is talking about it.
Regardless of your situation everything starts in that melon sitting on your head. If you don’t have the right mindset you could very likely find yourself less prepared than you thought you were. Prepping shouldn’t start with stockpiling a bunch of beans and rice, it starts with you taking an honest look at your situation and fixing it. The things you do in your daily life that could hinder your ability to survive any sort of chaotic situation.
How you prep and what you prep really depends on your situation. If you live in an urban area, or an apartment you might not have the room store 100 gallons of water so you might be better served preparing to bug out. If you live in a suburban or rural area you might want to work on your homesteading skills.
If you are in debt up to your ears or have a limited income (like most of us) you might want to take a hard look at what you need and what you don’t need, and what you can spend money on that could serve you better elsewhere.
Unfortunately preppers have this stigma of being alarmists who have their houses filled with MRE’s and Guns just waiting for the end of the world. As you know this is not the case. We just choose to look at the bigger picture, keep our eyes open and plan for our own safety and survival without any government assistance. Preppers and survivalist are not all about doom and gloom, we should all be working towards being responsible self-sufficient adults.
The Survival Podcast
I have recently listened to a couple of episodes of the Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko called “Holy crap, I just found out everything isn’t super” (2 part series) and I have to say, if you have never listened to Jack you should at least check those episodes out, he offers some great advice about how you should look at prepping as a lifestyle and not just preparing for the end of the world.
Jack goes into detail in the podcast about how and where to start you’re prepping but one thing that stood out to me, and I feel is overlooked is the prepper mindset. You can get all the information you want about how much water you need to store, how to purify it and what you need in a good bug out bag, but there is not that much information about how we should think as preppers.
This is the direction I would like to take our upcoming podcast, a direct and realistic look at the modern survivalist lifestyle. Its not all about doom and gloom, it’s about preparing for our future, whatever that may be.
Lower Your Debt
The first step you should take is figuring out what you do on a daily basis that puts you at risk. This could be anything from eating at McDonald’s everyday which affects your health and your wallet to how financially stable you are.
If you are $50,000 dollars in debt, you might want to solve that problem before you go out and spend thousands of dollars on solar panels, generators and bug out supplies. Getting out of debt is not only necessary, it is our responsibility. As he says in the podcast, you can’t blame your momma and you can’t blame Obama, you dug this hole yourself and you need to get yourself out of it.
If we continually buy everything on credit we are not getting out of this imaginary money market that we all know will inevitably collapse. In turn, that problem becomes our problem. It honestly might take you 5 years to get out of debt, but once you are out of debt, you can invest in your future, whether that be gold, silver or solar panels and taking steps towards living off the grid.
When you say investment people automatically think stocks, bonds and 401k’s. As a prepper we need to think the opposite, get away from the paper assets and move towards investing in your future. Someone who has 50K in a retirement plan could have all of that wiped out in no time at all. But someone who has invested in gold and silver will still have that when and if the economy goes to crap. If you can’t hold it in your hand, it’s not real.
All investments are not just monetary, if you spend $600 on a generator, home fortifications or even 20 gas cans to store fuel, these are investments. Think of everything you do as an investment in your future, if you cannot honestly label it an investment you should ask yourself “can I live without this?”
Ask Yourself What If?
Always ask yourself what if? This is why we prepare; we are basically our own insurance policy. We need to take our personal situation and ask ourselves “what poses the biggest threat to me and my family right now?” and “what if this happens?” We need to always keep our eyes open and our ears peeled because even the smallest inconceivable situation could turn bad in a second.
We get terribly complaisant as we go through our daily routines. We drive the same route to work every day, we stop at the same gas station and we basically have a schedule set for our daily lives. Because of habits we take mental shortcuts to streamline our everyday lives, but these types of patterns are exactly what criminals prey on.
If someone knows you take the same route to work every day and always stop by the bank on your way home, you are a target. If you go to a gas station and leave your keys in the ignition, you are a target. Even if you live in a rural area like me you still have to think what if?
My kids are terrible about locking the door behind them as they go to school because they think “we live in the boonies; no one is going to break in.” This drives me bonkers! And the fact is, it could happen anywhere at any time.
Something as simple as locking a door or taking your keys out of the ignition takes 5 seconds, and could save you hundreds of dollars, undue stress and even save your life.
Prep With A Plan
It’s always good to have food storage and a plan in place if a natural disaster, economic collapse or EMP were to affect your life, but as preppers we need to look at the big picture and take steps towards becoming self-sufficient.
How this all plays out really depends on your personal situation and what steps you need to take before you fill your house with 1000lbs of beans and install solar panels, if your house gets foreclosed on or you have to move, these mean nothing.
Start from the inside out, make a list for yourself and layout the path that is the most plausible and will allow you to reach your goals.
And remember, it doesn’t have to all be done overnight, prepping is a lifestyle and you will never really be fully prepared for anything, and fully Prepared to bug out if that becomes necessary.
“The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals.”
Now the word:
Senior Airman Tony R. Ritter, U.S. Air Force
The definition of grit almost perfectly describes qualities every successful person possesses, because mental toughness builds the foundations for long-term success.
For example, successful people are great at delaying gratification. Successful people are great at withstanding temptation. Successful people are great at overcoming fear in order to do what they need to do. (Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t scared — that does mean they’re brave. Big difference.) Successful people don’t just prioritize: They consistently keep doing what they have decided is most important.
All those qualities require mental strength and toughness — so it’s no coincidence those are some of the qualities of remarkably successful people.
Here are ways you can become mentally stronger — and as a result more successful:
1. Always act as if you are in total control.
There’s a saying often credited to Ignatius: “Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you.” (Cool quote.)
The same premise applies to luck. Many people feel luck has a lot to do with success or failure. If they succeed, luck favored them, and if they fail, luck was against them.
Most successful people do sense that good luck played some role in their success. But they don’t wait for good luck or worry about bad luck. They act as if success or failure is completely within their control. If they succeed, they caused it. If they fail, they caused it.
By not wasting mental energy worrying about what might happen to you, you can put all your effort into making things happen. (And then if you get lucky, hey, you’re even better off.)
You can’t control luck, but you can definitely control you.
2. Put aside things you have no ability to affect.
Mental strength is like muscle strength — no one has an unlimited supply. So why waste your power on things you can’t control?
For some people it’s politics. For others it’s family. For others it’s global warming. Whatever it is, you care … and you want others to care.
Fine. Do what you can do: Vote. Lend a listening ear. Recycle and reduce your carbon footprint. Do what you can do. Be your own change — but don’t try to make everyone else change.
3. See the past as valuable training … and nothing more.
The past is valuable. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the mistakes of others.
Then let it go.
Easier said than done? It depends on your perspective. When something bad happens to you, see it as an opportunity to learn something you didn’t know. When another person makes a mistake, don’t just learn from it — see it as an opportunity to be kind, forgiving, and understanding.
The past is just training; it doesn’t define you. Think about what went wrong but only in terms of how you will make sure that next time you and the people around you know how to make sure it goes right.
4. Celebrate the success of others.
Many people — I guarantee you know at least a few — see success as a zero-sum game: There’s only so much to go around. When someone else shines, they think that diminishes the light from their stars.
Resentment sucks up a massive amount of mental energy — energy better applied elsewhere.
When a friend does something awesome, that doesn’t preclude you from doing something awesome. In fact where success is concerned, birds of a feather tend to flock together — so draw your unsuccessful friends even closer.
Don’t resent awesomeness. Create and celebrate awesomeness, wherever you find it, and in time you’ll find even more of it in yourself.
5. Never allow yourself to whine. (Or complain. Or criticize.)
Your words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems always makes you feel worse, not better.
So if something is wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that mental energy into making the situation better. (Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you’ll have to make it better.)
So why waste time? Fix it now. Don’t talk about what’s wrong. Talk about how you’ll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.
And do the same with your friends or colleagues. Don’t just serve as a shoulder they can cry on. Friends don’t let friends whine; friends help friends make their lives better.
6. Focus only on impressing yourself.
No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title, or your accomplishments. Those are all “things.” People may like your things — but that doesn’t mean they like you.
(Sure, superficially they might seem to like you, but superficial is also insubstantial, and a relationship not based on substance is not a real relationship.)
Genuine relationships make you happier, and you’ll form genuine relationships only when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself.
And you’ll have a lot more mental energy to spend on the people who really do matter in your life.
7. Count your blessings.
Take a second every night before you turn out the light and, in that moment, quit worrying about what you don’t have. Quit worrying about what others have that you don’t.
Think about what you do have. You have a lot to be thankful for. Feels pretty good, doesn’t it?
Feeling better about yourself is the best way of all to recharge your mental batteries.