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Starting in late August 2014, survivalright.com began providing practical advice to help readers become more self-sufficient. These tips were then assembled in this easy-to-read format for quick reference.
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Tip of the Day: Butterfly bandage’s unique design works well on clean, deep cuts by pulling skin together in lieu of sutures. You can make a butterfly bandage from a length of tape by cutting out sections in the middle, leaving a thin strip down the center.
Tip of the Day: In an emergency, an often overlooked source of protein is the bone marrow of your kill. Crack the bones between rocks to extract as many calories as possible. (Remember to do this with the brains too.)
Tip of the Day: To save fuel and lower utility costs, plan chores ahead. If you like a cup of tea in the morning, fill up the tea kettle the night before. Instead of having to heat 40 degree water from the tap, you’ll be heating 70 degree, room temperature water. (You’ll get your tea quicker too.) Once you’ve made your tea, pour the left-over water in the sink and do the dishes.
Tip of the Day: Save seeds from store-bought produce. (The success of this will depend on what type of produce you get, organic vs. GMO, etc.) I’ve purchased green peppers from Aldi’s, dried the seeds for a couple weeks in a bowl on my kitchen counter. Planted in the garden, they produced many pounds of large green peppers the following Spring.
Tip of the Day: Purchase some emergency dental cement to temporarily replace a lost filling or crown until you can get to a dentist. Find it in any drug store for about $5. This is a must have when traveling, and especially when overseas.
Tip of the Day: Ticks can be a real pain when camping in the woods. Before you make camp, use a “brush burner” attached to a 20# LP tank to scorch the ground. This will kill off any unwanted pests while you make camp. Of course, be mindful of burn bans.
Tip of the Day: If you don’t have a heater and need to warm up a tent, dig a hole slightly smaller than the rim of an old metal bucket. Place some hot coals in the hole, place the bucket upside down over the hole and pack around it with dirt and clay. This will radiate heat without smoking up your tent.
Tip of the Day: If you need a brush to spread glue, just use the end of a large-diameter rope. When you need to use it again, simply cut off the section of rope dried with glue.
Tip of the Day: Save old metal food cans. The smaller ones are great for cooling grease when browning meat and they make handy containers for nuts, bolts, nails, drill bits, pencils, etc. in the workshop. The larger, No. 10 cans make an excellent improvised camp stove. Tip the opened can upside down, cut a flap at the bottom for kindling, then punch some air holes around the top edge. Set your pan on top and start cooking.
Tip of the Day: Include passports for every member of your household (including children) in your bug-out-bag. While unlikely, if you must exit the country on short notice, or during an emergency, it’s best to have your travel papers ready and easily accessible. Why limit yourself to bug out destinations within the USA? A valid passport gives you more options.
Tip of the Day: Most of us are aware that castor oil is a time-tested and effective natural laxative, but it also has mold inhibiting, anti-fungal properties. Additionally, what many don’t know is castor oil was used as an aircraft lubricant in WWI. In a pinch, castor oil can lubricate mechanical components, but note that it tends to gum fairly quickly, requiring more frequent maintenance.
Tip of the Day: Don’t forget the camping gear when making your bugging out preparations. You don’t know where you’ll end up in an emergency. Remember that crowds are dangerous; being prepared to rough it in the back country could be a life-saver. A tent large enough for your entire household, mess kits, sleeping bags and a portable toilet with paper are the essentials. At the very least, you’ll be prepared for future impromptu camping trips.
Tip of the Day: Stock vitamins. Access to a variety of healthy, nutritious foods may be limited or non-existent following a natural disaster. If you’re subsisting on ramen and rice, a daily multi-vitamin can help keep you healthy until the grocery store restocks their shelves.
Tip of the Day: Keep a supply of eye drops on hand. Because they’re sterile, they’re good for flushing a wound to help prevent infection. The small bottles are perfect for hiking trips.
Tip of the Day: Include rubber bands in your first aid kit. They make excellent tourniquets and are useful for bundling and organizing your other supplies.
Tip of the Day: Paperclips have dozens of uses around camp. They can repair broken zippers and eyeglasses frames. They can be filed into a point and used as a needle, a skewer for cooking, a dart tip for a blow gun, or a fish hook. In an emergency, they just may come in handy.
Quote of the Day: “Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.” - Emerson
Tip of the Day: Dress in layers. On fishing trips my grandfather always said, “Bring it with you, you can always take it off. But if you don’t have it, you can’t put it on.”
Tip of the Day: If you have a fireplace, install and use a blower. It will heat the room faster and you’ll burn less wood/gas.
Tip of the Day: If it’s cold, put on a jacket. It seems so simple and obvious, but I’m amazed at how many adults - people who should know better - do not dress appropriately for the weather. Wear a hat, gloves and boots too. If your car breaks down, you’ll really wish you hadn’t worn shorts and flip-flops when you’re sitting in the cold waiting for the wrecker.
Tip of the Day: Put your electronic devices on power strips and shut them off (especially at night) to save electricity.
Tip of the Day: Write all important phone numbers (spouse, work, doctor’s office, emergency road side service, etc.) on a piece of paper in your wallet. If you lose your cell phone, it’ll be hard to remember all of the numbers in your speed dial.
Quote of the Day: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” – George Washington
Tip of the Day: Never keep a house key in your wallet. If it gets stolen, you’ll not only have to replace your cash, credit cards and driver’s license, you’ll need to change your locks.
Tip of the Day: Place pillar candles and a book of matches in each room of your house. They look nice and if the power goes out, you’ll be ready. You can do this with flashlights, but you’ll need to check the batteries regularly.
Tip of the Day: Keep a quality portable indoor propane heater for emergencies. They cost around $100 and use disposable propane canisters (which are good for a decade) available at any hardware store or big-box retailer.
Quote of the Day: “A small loan makes a debtor; a great one, an enemy.” – Publilius Syrus
Tip of the Day: Buying garbage bags is literally throwing money away. Get a small trashcan and use plastic shopping bags.
Tip of the Day: When you leave for vacation, shut off your water at the main. That way, if a fixture starts leaking while you’re away, it won’t completely ruin your house or someone else’s. This is especially important for people in condos with units below them.
Tip of the Day: The best commercially-made soap scum cleaner I’ve found is Goo Gone. It works instantly.
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