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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.

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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?

7 Unique Redneck Camping Tricks

As we all are aware, everyone has camping tips. This article is going to give you a couple tricks for those of you who fancy yourself as “rednecks”.

We’ve got your back when it comes down to unique camping tricks.

While some of these will give you a laugh, others will give you an “aha” moment where you’ll say “why didn’t I think of that??”

 

1. Place Sandpaper on a mason jar lid for strike-able match storage

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Find the instructions here.

 

2. Create outdoor candle sticks for easy, portable lighting

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Instructions here.

 

3. Doritos can be used as kindling.

 

4. Put frozen water jugs in your cooler to keep food cold with an end result of water!

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Instructions here.

 

5. Create a pocket-sized oil lamp from a travel shampoo bottle

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Instructions here.

 

6. Create travel-friendly coffee brewers from filters and floss

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Instructions here.

 

7. Make your own grill out of a tin can

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Instructions here.

Want a full list of these things? Check out the post at Camp Like a Redneck | 14 Unique Camping Tips

10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Survival Food Supply

Does the thrill of a new adventure keep you traveling the world — planning your next expedition to far-flung locales?

Do you plan for months for your big adventures only to find something goes wrong while scaling that mountain or hiking that trail?

If you’ve encountered a mishap while out in the wild, you’re certainly not alone.

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When you traverse remote terrain, it’s almost inevitable that something will go wrong at some point — and that’s why you need to be as prepared as possible to take on the challenge and to improvise when it really counts.

One way you can immediately change your current wilderness obstacles around is to know how to improve your survival food supply.

With a little creative thinking and a little research ahead of your trip, you will be able to live off the land until you can make it out of the proverbial and literal woods.

If we want to learn how to survive in the wild, we need only look back to the very first survivalists — our ancestors made it through life eating the plants of the forest and later fishing and hunting animals.

You can do the same with a little practice.

Follow our guide of “10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Survival Food Supply,” and you’ll be prepared to take on any food insecurity challenge during your next big adventure.

Let’s start hunting and gathering:

1. Make High-Energy Trail Mix

Because of the strenuous exercise you’ll endure during your expedition, you always need to be eating and hydrating.

One of the easiest ways to supplement your food supply is to make a batch of high-energy trail mix.

Not only is trail mix healthy and boosts your energy levels, it’s fairly cheap. Make a big batch using unsalted nuts of your living, dried fruit and karob chips.

Pack the high-energy trail mix in small bags and pack them in your backpack. Whenever you need a little boost, grab a bag and eat.

2. Pack Energy Bars

Pack energy bars to ensure that you always have access to a healthy snack.

The best feature of energy bars is that they are lightweight and packable.

You can slip them into the nooks and crannies of your backpack so that you always have something to satiate your hunger until you can get to your campsite to start the fire and cook dinner.

3. Study Edible Plants

At some point you may find yourself in a remote forest without an animal in sight. This is where your gathering instincts will need to come in.

You can forage any forest for delicious mushrooms and green plants.

The key is knowing which ones you can safely digest. If you’re going solo on your trip, you especially don’t want to get sick and poisoned by eating a plant that is not edible.

So study the forest plants in the area where you will be traveling.

Consider purchasing a pocket guide that identifies the plants that are safe to eat. When your food supply is getting low, you literally can live off the bounty of the forest.

4. Pack Fishing Line and Hooks

As your travel, you are likely to happen upon a river or body of water with fish. This is where a rudimentary fishing pole can really help you out.

So pack a small fishing kit that includes a few hooks and fishing line.

You can attach the line to a sturdy stick, tie it to a large branch stretching over the water, or use just the fishing line to catch a fish or two for your campsite dinner.

A beginner’s tip: You’ll want to make sure these items are in a hard plastic case instead of a flimsy plastic bag.

You don’t want an injury from hooks poking out of your pack.

5. Prepare a Mini Chef’s Kit

Once you’ve caught your fish for dinner, you’ll need to be able to prepare them for the open-fire skillet.

So make sure you’ve prepared a mini chef’s kit.

This can be very simple — a hunting knife, some aluminum foil or parchment paper, and a meat/fish thermometer.

Of course, not all of these items are essential.

You probably can cook fish without a thermometer. But it’s also nice to be safer than sorry when cooking fish and meat, so bring it along if you can make room.

A mini chef’s kit sounds luxurious, and it will feel that way if you get the opportunity to eat something other than trail mix and forest mushrooms.

6. Pack Water Purification Supplies

Your survival food supply is not complete without an endless amount of clean water.

You need water to stay hydrated so you can continue on with your expedition, and that’s why this is one component of your food supply that you really have to pay attention to and prepare for, as you don’t know what kinds of conditions you ultimately will meet out on the trail.

Food will only go so far.

Without water you can get very sick.

Dehydration sneaks up on you quickly, so prepare ahead of time to be able to transform any freshwater into safe drinking water by investing in some kind of packable water purification solution — such as a wand or purification tablets.

7. Purchase Flavored Water Tablets

Every now and then, it will feel good to drink something other than water.

Packing a few flavored water tablets that you can just add to your bottled water will feel like a treat. In addition, many flavored water tablets also can be good for you.

Look for tablets that include a dose of Vitamin C, for example. You probably can’t drink OJ on the trail, but this solution is a good second option.

8. Invest in a Multi-Vitamin

When you are eating a limited amount of food — and a limited kind of food — your body may not be getting all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Your iron levels, for example, can drop very low if you are eating mostly vegetables and plants, and low iron can lead to all kinds of health problems including depression.

To mitigate this risk, consider investing in a multi-vitamin. It will boost your food supply by giving your body the vitamins you are missing in your daily trail diet.

9. Pack a Lighter

Have a lighter on hand at all times. This is important because you always want access to fire.

When you have the option to cook a meal you’ve collected from the wild, you’ll want to take it. Forest mushrooms can be delicious — but even more so when cooked on an open fire.

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If you catch a fish but can’t cook it, you may be in trouble if you eat it raw.

So prepare ahead by packing a lighter. You’ll diversify your food supply in innumerable ways with this simple gadget.

10. Throw in a Bottle of All Spice

After a while, all trail food can taste a little bland.

If you’ve got room, through in a bottle of all spice.

This works well on everything you might gather from the forest — from making a salad of forest plants and flowers to seasoning fish.

It’s a small luxury that will make reaching the campsite each night even sweeter.

What would you include? Let us know in the comments section below:

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11 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started

11 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started

If you’re an adventure seeker like me, you know how thrilling it can be to take on the next new challenge.

I’ve climbed the Seven Summits, hiked through the Amazon and camped out in more remote map dots around the globe than I can count.

What I’ve learned over the years is that having the right survival gear is key to a successful mission.

Without the right survival gear you’re either miserable or worse, injured or dead, so it’s important to make wise choices.

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Why invest so much time, money and training into an extreme adventure only to have it fall apart because you didn’t have the right gear?

Read on to learn from me in my guide, “11 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started.”

You’re on your way to a successful mission if you can prepare ahead of time and get the right gear lined up.

Let’s get started:

1. Not All Gear Is Created Equal

First things first: Not all gear is created equal. You want to save money, save it on the things that you really can skimp on — like generic hand sanitizer for your first aid kit.

Don’t skimp on the important gear that is going to keep you alive in extreme conditions.

You really do need the sub-zero sleeping bag if you’re going into the Arctic.

Save your money and budget wisely.

Having the top gear that matches the rigors of your trip matters.

2. Don’t Forget the Headlamp

The headlamp is a life-saver no matter where you’re adventure may take you.

It makes everything easy. Gutting a fish in pitch blackness?

The headlamp saves you. Trying to set up your tent under the stars? The headlamp saves you.

Writing home to mom? You get the picture.

Buy the headlamp. Click here to get yours today.

They come in a variety of sizes and colors, which makes selecting one fun, and many have a long battery life.

Make sure to pack extra batteries, however, because you’ll probably be using the headlamp for long periods of time, and you’ll always want to have access to light.

3. If You Have the Choice, Buy Waterproof

It doesn’t matter where you go, at some point it’s going to rain. And it probably will rain a lot.

There is nothing more miserable than being tired and cold and wet.

You can get sick very quickly, and so you need to prepare ahead for damp conditions. If gear that you are eying has a waterproof option, then buy it.

It’s better to be safe than to be soaking wet.

Consider getting waterproof pants, a jacket and boots.

Make sure your tent is weather resistant and is made to withstand extreme weather and temperatures.

4. Invest in a Sub-Zero Sleeping Bag

When it’s cold, it’s cold — and there’s nothing that a fire can do to help.

Sub-zero sleeping bags are designed to keep you toasty when the world outside is shuddering.

They come at a price, but again, this is an item you don’t want to skimp on.

It’s important for your body heat to stay at a normal temperature so that you don’t get hypothermia.

5. Never Leave Home Without an Emergency First Aid Kit

Things are going to happen.

You’ll cut your finger with a fishing hook.

You’ll stumble on the mountain and twist your ankle.

You’ll need triage, and you’ll be the only person to do it.

So make sure you’ve got an emergency first aid kit complete with all of the items you need to sanitize, bandage and even splint.

You’ll be thanking yourself when those moments arrive.

6. Bring Back-Up Hydration

Water equals survival, so it’s wise not to just have one water bottle (What happens when it floats down the river?). Have back-up hydration that is packable.

There are lots of water packs designed for easy transport. And while you’re at it, it doesn’t hurt to carry a few packs of water purification tablets.

These will be a lifesaver when you can’t find clean drinking water and you need to be hydrated quickly.

7. Buy Gear That Retracts and Backs

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as I’ve completed by missions is that you’ve got to be able to carry and unload your gear quickly and easily.

Lots of survival gear is made to pack up tightly and retract easily.

Look for those convenient features in the gear you buy so that everything rolls and packs nicely and makes it easier for you to get from Point A to Point B.

8. Your Head and Your Toes

Your head and your toes are too of the most important parts of your body to protect when you are trying to survive in the wilderness.

Most of your body heat escapes through your head, so make sure you’re protecting it with the right gear if you’re going into bitterly cold environments.

The same advice goes to your toes.

Invest in good all-weather boots that are going to protect your toes and keep them warm.

You don’t want to get frostbite in the wilderness and lose your toes as a result.

9. Light a Fire

It’s always good to carry a cigarette lighter, and if you can fit in it, a fire starter.

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Sometimes you’ll find that the wood at your camp site is too damp, and you’ll need to start the fire with a little dry kindling you’ve brought along.

Having a working lighter is easy to pack and will make it a cinch to get that fire going on those cold camping nights.

If you think it might rain in the location where you’ll be camping for the night, be looking for dry wood to collect as you make your way.

Depending on where you are, the weather can change quickly, so it’s wise to gather supplies where you can and to always be anticipating the most important thing about building a campsite — how you are going to start your fire.

10. Get a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)or a Satellite Phone

There was one time I got very lost in the middle of the Canadian wilderness.

But I had a little device called a Personal Locator Beacon, or a PLB.

This little device allowed me to send out a signal to let rescue personnel know that I needed help. It was very easy to use.

Literally at the push of a button, you can send a signal that is beamed up to the satellites of the world and let’s the emergency spirits know you are in need of help.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. The Personal Locator Beacon will work for you.

It is your beacon.

The Personal Locator Beacon was one of the more expensive items I’ve invested in for my adventures because it cost several hundred dollars, but it was well worth the investment, as who knows what would have happened to me out there in the wilderness, otherwise.

Emergency responders found me, and they got me back on the right track.

Additionally, you also can consider purchasing a satellite phone.

Again, they aren’t cheap, but they another option for getting emergency help quickly, especially if you don’t purchase the Personal Locator Beacon, and the satellite phone allows you to have an actual conversation with another human being.

11. The Good Old-Fashioned Compass

Some things never change, and that it true for carrying a compass on your adventure. Invariably, you will get lost.

I told you about one mishap, but it’s happened many times to me.

Compasses today are very accurate and smart thanks to new technology, and so it’s wise to invest in one in case you are off the beaten path and need to get back on it.

Best of all, these gadgets are fairly cheap in comparison to many of the survival gear items you’ll buy in preparation for your trip.

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How to Build an Awesome BBQ Rotisserie Pit for less than $250

Having barbecue at home is one the best ways for us to spend time with family and great friends while enjoying the best foods at the same time. If you have big family and network of friends you’ll definitely need what we are about to show you.

Click “Next” to see step-by-step instructions…

 

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This awesome how to guide to build BBQ rotisserie pit will just suit you perfectly. This simple homesteading project is made of bricks and food-grade drum.

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Photos Source: http://www.dailysurvivalpro.com/how-to-build-an-awesome-bbq-rotisserie-pit/

Detailed instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Large-Rotisserie-Pit-BBQ/

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