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Are you really prepped or are you doomed for failure?
You have a survival bag made and you believe that it is up to par.
However, many times those which take on off grid living find that their survival gear is greatly lacking.
Understanding the common mistakes which new wilderness survivalist make concerning their survival gear will ensure that you do not do the same.
So here they are, the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your Survival Gear.
1) Keep away from Goliath Sized Packs
You want to ensure that you can carry all your gear in your survival pack, but at the same time the pack has to be manageable.
Getting a pack that is huge will only make you a target for others which are trying to survive as well as become a burden to you.
As you will be toting the pack over large distances, ensure that the pack does not weigh more than you.
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The best survival packs are those which contain all the necessary items in the smallest space.
Consider, if you have to tote a 70 to 100 pound bag on your back that is the equivalent of carrying a 9 year old child all day.
2) Don’t pack just water, pack water purification tools
If you pack bottled water and a few canteens and expect to survive then you have already been defeated.
Water will be your primary objective in wilderness survival.
You need to ensure that your pack has water filters, water purification tablets, and that you have a way to heat up water.
Water purification tablets should be used with any water which is held for a day of more to ensure that you do not get contaminants.
When possible, you should save those bottled waters and canteens for days when you cannot find any fresh water.
3) Don’t forget to pack paracord
String is often overlooked as a luxury item.
However, a nice amount of paracord can be used to make fishing line, it is needed for a bowdrill, it can be used to hang your clothes or to make a very quickly shelter (if you have a tarp or large sheet).
Where it may not appear at first glance that string is important, you do not want to have to sacrifice your clothing or weave rope cords if you can avoid doing so.
4) Go beyond the standard first aid kit
Your emergency preparedness kit needs to go beyond the everyday first aid kit.
By this I mean that you need to have ample gauze, bandages, tweezers, superglue, needle, thread, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Nail clippers, pillars (for when tweezers just won’t work), and if possible a survival heat blanket. These are best to have packed in your bug out vehicle.
Do not forget to pack Benadryl or the equivalent either as you may have an allergic reaction to plants and other digested food.
5) A pack without a whetstone is a doomed pack
Regardless of how sharp your knife and axe are currently, they will become dull. Yes, you can make you a “natural” whetstone, but why?
This is time that can be dedicated to hunting and tracking and other survival skills.
Besides, if you are in a situation where you need a sharp blade you do not want to have to go about finding a suitable substitute for a whetstone.
The size of the stone does not matter too much (though you do not want to get one that is too small) so long as you can keep your knife and axe sharp.
6) You forgot to pack dehydrated food
Until you can actually do so, you have to eat.
Finding a good game trail can take days to find. If your wilderness survival begins in winter, plants and game may be unavailable for a substantial amount of time.
To minimize the probability of starvation, you need to have non-perishable food. The best way to do this is with dehydrated food.
Dehydrated food lasts a very long time, and let’s face it if you forget food it will probably outlast you.
7) Don’t pack your gun
You may have seen on prepper videos and other survivalist broadcasts that certain survival gear packs have guns stored in them.
This is a very bad idea.
First, it is impractical to have one in your pack.
If someone comes up on you and you need a gun, the time that it takes to get out the gun and then use it will be too long.
The person will already have fled or mugged you.
You’ll want to have your gun on your person, ideally in a gun holster.
8) Avoid florescent colors when selecting a survival pack
Logically, a fluorescent survival pack will hinder your chances of survival.
First, as a survivalist you want to blend into the surroundings and not be noticed. Colors which attract attention are a danger to you.
The more attention that you draw from other survivalist the lower your chances of survival become.
Yet, your main concern should not be from the other survivalists.
Consider, if you are trying to track or capture game and you have a bright pack giving away your location you won’t be successful.
This is why camo was invented.
Pick a pack that has natural greens, browns, or one that has a cameo pattern.
By picking a design that accents your natural environment your chances for survival increase dramatically.
9) Have a way to repair your pack
The easiest way to have your survival gear go to ruin is to have a damaged pack. You can easily avoid such by packing a small sewing kit, or better yet, choose duct tape.
Tears and rips are bound to happen to your pack.
If left unattended, they will grow leaving you to decide what gear can be carried and what gear must be sacrificed.
10) Pack a complete pack; do not rely on a partner survivalist
Finally, do not pack a half pack.
Those who go into a survivalist “partnership” do so with the lowest probability for survival.
If you are in a wilderness survival situation, your pack should have everything you need to survive.
Think about it.
If food rations get low and your pack does not have the food in it, who is going to be the person to control the food.
If an emergency happens and the decision comes down to you or him, do you think that your survivalist buddy will let you live and die?
More than likely they will not.
Make sure you pack a complete survival gear kit.
Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.
The policeman who was videoed slamming a teen girl to the ground and pulling his gun on other teens during the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident has resigned.
As reported by Western Journalism, the most controversial part of the video was when McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.
Brandon Brooks, 15, who shot the video, said in an interview afterwards: “I think she was quote unquote running her mouth, and she has freedom of speech and that was very uncalled for him to throw her to the ground. When he pulled his gun my heart dropped. As soon as he pulled out his gun, I thought he was going to shoot that kid. That was very scary.”
The video also shows Casebolt manhandling and yelling expletives at other teenagers.
Casebold was placed on administrative leave following the incident, pending an investigation.
The officer’s resignation comes after hundreds of protesters marched through McKinney Monday night, carrying signs calling for him to be fired and chanting that he should be “charged.”
The AP reports that Nikki Perez, a black resident of McKinney, attended a city council meeting Monday to express her concern about the incident.
“I don’t excuse the behavior of those teenagers, but if I call 911, then I wouldn’t want that cop to respond,” Perez said. “He blew his credibility when he opened his mouth and started cursing at the kids.”
The McKinney Police are scheduled to have a press conference Tuesday night to further address their actions at the pool party.
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.
Share these historic photos today!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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We live in an age when an increasing number of people are relying on the government.
Reliance on the government does not just extend to social welfare programs; even middle class people are taking advantage of the ‘free’ public education and low cost health care insurance programs that their taxes fund.
However, there are a multitude of reasons that many of us insist on doing for ourselves. Here are the top nine.
Is anyone else concerned about increasing the scope of power that a small amount of oligarchs wields over us? Every day brings a new example of Big Government telling people what to do with their most intimate lives.
For example, in some states the government has done away with all exemptions for vaccination.
If you want your children in a public school or a state-funded hospital (and they’re all state-funded now), you have to let them decide how your children are raised. Rather than biting the hand that feeds you, stop taking the food.
Anyone who has been in the military or any government service can attest to the immense amount of paperwork needed for even the smallest decisions.
Committees of experts and a team of consultants are necessary to make a decision on what color of toilet paper to put in the restrooms.
Government employees spend their days in meetings and pushing papers, with very little actually getting done. Depending on a government program for any necessity means becoming yet another piece of paper on a desk somewhere.
Bureaucracy is expensive.
All of those paper pushers sit on government-funded chairs at government-funded desks writing on government-funded laptops and then take home government-funded paychecks.
Most tax dollars are spent on all of the people working in big shiny buildings before they ever reach the intended target.
Sure, a lot of us are paying taxes for these services we will never use.
However, it is usually impossible to avoid taxes. It is, however, possible to avoid becoming another drain on tax dollars.
When fewer people use government services, the government will have less of an excuse for its blatant waste of funds.
Hurricane Katrina is a fine example of the government being a day late and a dollar short.
People waited for Uncle Sam to dig them out of the wreckage left behind but no one came until the formerly world-renowned city of New Orleans was a cesspool of sewage, looters, and rotting bodies.
They’ve done little more than damage control since then; the waterfront has still not been rebuilt and many levees remain in such poor condition that another hurricane might cause the same situation.
You might as well send a check to the mafia every month; they probably have less overhead.
There are a few people who can successfully depend on the government, but they’re lobbyists and the cronies of our representatives.
Unless you can afford to pay off a few senators, the government cannot be relied upon.
Even worse, collectivist government programs are where some of the worst and most egregious corruption occurs.
Contractors for bridges and roads, for example, are chosen by who they know and how many minorities work in the back office while the well-connected CEO pockets millions.
When you rely on the government for anything at all, you are feeding the beast.
Anyone who thinks that the government cares about the people it claims to help needs a reality check.
The government doesn’t care about your kid or your grandma. Institutions are not people; they do not have a heart or emotions. Only people can care, and that’s why charity is best handled in our own homes and neighborhoods.
Don’t get too comfortable relying on the government to handle the distribution of aid and benefits.
Programs like Social Security are being driven into the ground and costing far more than the benefits paid–and far more than taxpayers can financially sustain.
The programs simply cannot continue to exist in their current form. Smart people don’t let themselves become dependent on aid that is, at best, temporary.
If you’ve ever seen a four-year-old feed the chickens or complete even the simplest chore, you have seen pride. Yet somehow our society beats this important human feeling out of us by adulthood.
We forget how good it feels to do things ourselves.
Refuse to let go of that simple joy.
Taking care of yourself and your own is sometimes difficult, sometimes a sacrifice, and always worth it.
Even the best and most hardworking people of our times have an odd sense of entitlement.
It’s easy to see how this develops.
Most Americans work hard and pay their fair share; it’s only right to expect something in return. However, there was a time when government dollars were not a fact of life.
People maintained their own roads, grew much of their food, and lived without carefully tracked and rationed public utilities we now take for granted.
I can run my life just fine without government assistance, so I will.