The following is a compilation of the survival tips published daily on survivalright.com's Facebook page.
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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Survival Tip of the Day: Almost without exception, amazon.com will have the lowest prices on non-regulated gun smithing parts and accessories, like AR-15 hardware, pistol holsters, magazines, etc.
Tip of the Day: For a simple, effective toothpaste, mix water and baking soda with 1 -2 drops of peppermint or cinnamon extract/oil.
Tip of the Day: If you have an emergency supply of heirloom seeds, be aware that certain plants do not produce seeds until their 2nd year. So in order to harvest seeds you may not harvest the actual crop the first growing season. These include: beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, onion, parsley, parsnips, rutabagas and Swiss chard. So always make sure you have enough food stored to get you through the first growing season.
Tip of the Day: Rhubarb, asparagus, and most fruits and berries are perennials, meaning they will bear fruit year after year without replanting. But note that if may take years, for asparagus and blueberries for example, before the plant yields a harvestable crop. If you have a bug-out location, it would be beneficial to plant these crops now, so hopefully they’ll be ready when you need them.
Survival Tip of the Day: Consider homeschooling your children. Homeschooled kids learn more and do better on standardized tests than those in public schools. They’ll benefit from the 1-on-1 attention and, though you have to satisfy the educational requirements of your resident state, you’ll still control their learning schedule and much of the curriculum.
Here's a list of resources from parents.com to get you started.
Tip of the Day: Acquiring supplies is only one part of your preparedness plan. Practice practical skills (sewing, knitting, fire starting, chopping wood, shooting, archery, etc.) so in the event you need them you’ll be ready.
Tip of the Day: Get a good encyclopedic book on herbal medicine in the event you need to treat ailments and do not have access to modern treatments. “Herbal Medicine” by Diane Dincin Buchman is one of my favorites.
Tip of the Day: Learn home repair. You can save lots of money repairing, replacing and renovating your home by yourself. There are tons of free information available online and at your local library. I’ve found YouTube to be an invaluable resource on “How-to” instruction. I also subscribe to “The Family Handyman” magazine to stay abreast of the latest tools, techniques and even building code changes available to the DIYer.
Survival Tip of the Day: Fevers have gotten a bad rap. Though they can be dangerous and even deadly if left unchecked, a fever is your body’s way of killing germs by, essentially, cooking them to death. Bringing a fever down prematurely stops this process and can actually lengthen healing/recovery time. Again, fevers are deadly (that’s the point) and allowing them to run their course may prove beneficial. Still, monitor any fever closely and do not hesitate to seek medical attention if necessary.
Tip of the Day: Change factory passwords on all electronic devices. Some wireless routers and video baby monitors for example can be “hacked” by criminals surprisingly easily.
Tip of the Day: Make your kids do chores. My kids clean their rooms, feed the dog and wash the dishes, among others. Instilling a healthy work ethic early on can help encourage kids to become productive members of society when they reach adulthood.
Tip of the Day: John Seymour said “Nothing should be wasted on the self-sufficient holding. The garbage collector should never have to call.” Take a look at your refuse and see what can be reused or repurposed. Be creative. For instance, instead of throwing old socks away, you can knot them and turn them into dog chew toys.
Survival Tip of the Day: Reinforce window and door locks. A large portion of burglars report entering homes through an unlocked door or open window. If you add additional window locks (available for a few dollars apiece at hardware stores) and additional security (chain locks, bar locks, etc.) this will make it harder and less attractive for thieves to enter.
Tip of the Day: Add security film to sidelights. If you have windows around your entry doors, these bring in extra light but make your house less secure. Prevent burglars from easily breaking these windows to unlock your door by adding a security film which will laminate the glass and prevent it from shattering.
Tip of the Day: Be very aware of what visitors see in your home. If you have workers or friends of friends come over, they can easily “case” your house for later burglary. If you have high-end furnishings, expensive electronics or a visible gun safe, either attempt to disguise them or make sure your security measures (extra locks, security monitoring system, big dogs, etc.) are obvious and intimidating, making your house less attractive to thieves.
Tip of the Day: Comfrey is one of the rare plants that supply vitamin B12. This is particularly important to vegans.
Survival Tip of the Day: If you find yourself lost in the woods without a compass or GPS, a way to determine cardinal direction is to study the trees. In the northern hemisphere, and in the absence of high winds, tree branches will grow more horizontally on the south, or sunny side, and more vertically on the north, or shady side. Find an isolated tree or one that extends above the canopy for best results.
Tip of the Day: Knives made with 01 tool steel make some of the best all-purpose backwoods/camp knives.
Tip of the Day: Waterproof strike-anywhere matches (the ones with the white tips) by dipping them in melted paraffin wax. A good and widely available brand is Gulf Wax. Matches can also be waterproofed by painting them with a coat of clear fingernail polish.
Tip of the Day: Recent studies suggest that consuming coconut oil may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. With healthcare and insurance costs on the rise, the best healthcare may be prevention.
Survival Tip of the Day: You can grind popcorn kernels to make your own corn meal.
Tip of the Day: To help prevent disease naturally in your garden, use a 4-year rotation in your plots, planting different crops each year. Alternate legumes, root, stalk, vine and cover crops, etc., for best results.
Tip of the Day: Looking for cheap investment, homestead or bug out property? I’ve found landwatch.com to be a great resource and starting point.
Survival Quote of the Day: “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” – President George Washington
Survival Tip of the Day: Everyone has a dominate eye. To improve consistency at shooting, archery, sports, etc., you need to figure out which eye is dominant. Do this by punching a small hole in a piece of paper, then hold the paper at arm’s length and close one eye and look through the hole. Repeat with the other eye. Your passive eye will cause the object seen through the hole to “jump” out of view. Your dominate eye will keep the object in focus.
Tip of the Day: If you carry a concealed weapon for self-defense, practice drawing your pistol from concealment every day. We take for granted that we’ll be able to do this smoothly in an emergency, but adrenaline dulls our ability to perform fine-motor tasks. Create muscle memory by practicing drawing your weapon from the same holster, concealed in the same way, all the time.
Tip of the Day: Improve your defensive shooting skills by competing in matches held by associations like the IDPA or the IPSC.
Survival Tip of the Day: Save plastic coffee cans, applesauce jugs and pickle jars instead of buying Tupperware containers.
Tip of the Day: Save junk mail from insurance agencies and credit card companies. The paper is often printed on one side and can be reused as scrap paper or for coloring/sketching pages for your kids.
Tip of the Day: Save old newspapers for emergency fuel for a wood burning fireplace. Pack the papers tightly into the grate with the fold down, and open side up. This will allow it to burn slowly and longer.
Tip of the Day: Splitting firewood is easier if you angle the wedge slightly (approximately 30-40 degrees) before striking it with a maul.
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