If you have ever watched a prison movie one of the staple bartering items is cigarettes. The Same will be true when the dollar collapses. If your a smoker you might consider buying an extra pack each time so you got one to smoke and one for your preps. Or even if your not a smoker buy a few packs for bartering. Cigarettes can go stale eventually (more quickly once the pack is opened) but you could probably slow that down by putting them in an airtight container or vacuum pack. Post-SHTF scenario though, folks won’t care if they’re stale. You’ll want to put them in an airtight container anyway. Rodents go crazy over tobacco. It’s like catnip to them.
The Way Back is a 2010 Drama film about a group of prisoners who escape from a Siberian Gulag camp during World War II. Travel 4000+ miles by foot from Siberia, Russia to Mongolia, then to China, Tibet, and Finally to India. Inspired by The Long Walk (1955), a book by Sławomir Rawicz, a Polish POW in the Soviet Gulag
For those that have Netflix it is currently available to watch. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who have survival interests or enjoys history. This is one of my all time favorite movies below is the key things i picked out as survival tips.
01. Kindness is a weakness it can kill you. In a SHTF Bug Out Survival scenario people will take advantage and it will get you killed.
02. You can eat the inner bark of Pine. Got to eat something
03. Get rid of lice from clothing by bury it in snow. Home Remedy
04. Carry as much food as you can, and a metal container to carry and boil water.
05. Build a primitive debris shelter. Get out of the weather, wind break.
06. You can’t go alone. You need others to help you on your way, but careful who you pick.
07. You need a knife in the woods.
08. Make mask from birch bark to shield your face from snow storm.
09. Navigation using moss on trees
10. Navigation using walking stick and pine cones
11. Matches don’t last forever, carry flint
12. Make a fish hook from barbwire.
13. Vitamin deficiency can cause night blindness.
14. Yes you can freeze to death in a snow storm. Don’t sit the night with out a fire.
15. Grubs are edible.
16. Forage birds eggs from the nests.
17. Carry a charcoal pencil draw on birch bark. Keep notes
18. Carry a walking stick fend off predators such as coyotes
19. Take shelter from rain under a large rock over hang
20. Heat stones by fire to keep you warm
21. Look behind you when waking to see if your being followed.
22. Make soap with wood ash and animal fat.
23. You can make a pack from elk skin and bone.
24. Learn to swim
25. Carve a spoon from wood
26. Learn how to repel mosquitoes using herbs
27. When in extreme heat suck on a water soaked rag to fight off thirst.
28. Use an extra shirt for a head dress to give you some shade from the sun.
29. When in the desert if you see birds there is water near by.
30. Sun dry fish to eat latter
31. Suck on small stones to make you feel less thirsty.
32. Make an umbrella to shade your self from sun using a pole smaller sticks and a shirt.
33. Take care of your feet. Blister hurt
34. Follow the animals they know where the water is.
35. Don’t have a knife fashion one from bone
36. Snake taste like chicken.
37. Use your blanket as an extra coat when its cold
I hope you enjoy this list and watch the movie if you get a chance.
The other day I received a newsletter from Rick Wiles of Trunews titled Amazon toddler speaks prophetic warning from Jesus!
I read it in full. America is going to burn!
Fire is coming! Prepare for the fire. Many folks are prepping for the economic collapse. How do you prep for the fire? You can plan and prep but were you prepped for a something a big as a wildfire? I do not know the cause of the fire. It could be nuclear war, widespread rioting, revolution, or an asteroid strike.
Below is a screen shot from the newsletter.
Please Take Time To read it for yourself Amazon toddler speaks prophetic warning from Jesus!You might not believe in dreams and visions but all I’m asking is for you to repent and not get angry with God when the SHTF.
OK so you got three years of food and water. Your bug out bags are packed and ready. You car has a get home kit. But what if “it” happens and for reasons unforeseen you can’t get to you car or home and you have to survive on only what you put in your pockets today.
Do you have what it takes? Did you practice the bushcrafting skills or were you depending completely on your gear and kits. Gear and a good knife is fine but what if you lost them. Did you study and learn the edible plants for your region? Can you find water and make it safe to drink.
Plan a day or two and test yourself survive in the woods with only what’s in your pocket.
Disclaimer: Before you try anything suggested below do your homework and learn to properly identify the tree. I suggest you get a field guide to trees to properly i.d. them. If you don’t have one already.
10 Ways To Use Box Elder (Acer Negundo)
The maple group of deciduous trees and shrubs of the Northern Hemisphere are found chiefly in more temperate regions and on tropical mountain slopes. Maples are very popular as shade trees and often have brilliantly colored foliage in the fall.
The box elder or ash-leaved maple is a smaller North American species also frequently planted as a shade tree. It flowers between March and May, during which time many people with hay fever suffer a great deal because of its high pollen count during this time.
1. Antidote for Mild Burns & Sunburns
Make an infusion (a process often called steeping) Boil one quart of water . Add 1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped box elder bark, cover and simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain, and refrigerate in a zeer pot fridge. Use on mild burns and sunburns, both as a wash and cold pack (with a piece of folded, clean cotton cloth). This decoction helps to relieve the itching and inflammation of such burns and expedites the healing process to some degree.
2. Wash Wounds, Back or Limb Pains, Hemorrhoids, Postmenopausal ailments and as a Vaginal Wash
Same steps to infusion as in #1
3. An Emetic (induce vomiting)
If you eat something toxic by mistake. You can use the same steps as in #1 only take orally instead of topically.
4. Primitive Friction Fire
The box elder is a softer wood and is great to make a friction fire set.
5. Edible Too
- Sap can be drunk as a sugary water or boiled down into syrup.
- Mix the boiled sap with shavings from the inner sides of animal hides and eat them as candy.
- Keep dry inner bark as winter food
- The winged seeds (samarascan) be eaten raw, taste first if bitter leach to reduce bitterness. Taste like peas. You can eat the wings if you don’t want to remove them but they can be bitter and hard to digest.
- The blossoms are good raw or cooked
- The new growth buds when still green
6. Around Base Camp
- Its a soft wood good for craving tasks (bowls, spoons).
- Since its safe to eat its safe to cook with
- Smoke your jerky
7. Make Charcoal
- Purification and filtration of water
- Fuel of a blacksmith’s forge
- Primitive tattooing
- Dietary supplement for gastric problems
- Inner Bark to make cordage. See link below
- Link to how to make primitive cordage
9. Primitive Shelter
- I’m not listing every way to make a shelter see link below
- Link to shelter building
- Build a Bow & Arrow
- Link to testimony of making bow & arrow from box elder
- Link to How to make a survival bow
Book: Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices by John Heinerman
Canned food or dehydrated. Bugging in or bugging out? Either way your stock pile of food preps, there will be trash. There is no more weekly trash pickup so the empty food containers are going to pile up. You don’t want your bug in/out location to look like an episode of hoarders. Will you be able to spare water to clean them out? If not your inviting bugs and rodents or worse. If yes how are you going to re-using recycling them? This is a question not asked enough in the prepper community. Do you have a plan for the empty can?
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Paracord survival bracelets are cool but some just don’t give you the length you might require in that survival situation. So I came up with this clever idea to carry a full 100 feet of paracord. Here is how I did it.
Step one: find the middle or half way point of desired paracord. Once you find the middle you will do this once more. Now you have basically folded it over twice.
Step two: Is similar to how some people wrap extension cords only you are removing the space in the loops and pulling them tight. If you don’t know this technic search youtube.
Step three: once you have done this and reach the end go back over its self and do once more
Step four: leave a little tag on the end when you have it to the desired length. That is we’re you clip on the small $1.00 carabiner.
Step five: clip on to belt loop on pants and flip it inward and down the pants leg. Make sure the length is not so long that it reaches your knee or this will become a problem.
I’ve been wearing this in my EDC for many months now and you forget it’s even there. Any never feel it.
I like it cause you can carry paracord a lot of it and as for the bracelets I prefer mine to fit around my ankle instead on my wrist so it’s not so obvious to people.
Pinterest is for Preparedness. So lets look in see. In Pinterest search engine under pins if you search general preparedness terms your likely to see the same names over and over. MomwithaPrep & Ed Todd. If you do a search under boards for general preparedness terms you won’t see theses popular pinners names cause there is too much to preparedness that you can’t be putting it all into one board. That’s when you have to be more specific in your searching. So If your looking for a good board to follow here are few tips on things to look for are number of pins, number of followers and when the last pin was posted. If the last post is a few months or more old this person may have stopped pinning or rarely pins so following this board may yield little to no posts in your news feed. Now if your looking to follow someone based on there alias this is a little easier but the same tips from board searching apply.
If you want more followers there are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way. To get more followers like, pin, and repin often and post original content. Another is start a group board and invite your friends.
The more repins a pin has the closer to the top of search results it will become.
Now if your a geek like me I like to google myself to see what there is out there on me. You can do the same in Pinterest to see were you rank in searches. If you do a boards search for “Cordage” your guaranteed to find my boards on the topic.
I’m not going list people to follow. There are too many and don’t wont to offend by forgetting someone. If you so wish just look though the list of who I follow here http://www.pinterest.com/j0theib/following/
If you know someone worth following let me know.
We learn from each other so lets get a pinning.
I hope this little article helps any new to Pinterest or people that been around awhile.
This is my rant for the day.