101 random survival tips

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101 Random Survival Tips
Survive with what you have.

"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice." - Henry Ford.

101 Random Survival tips: Survive by improvising! Get more out
of life with these prepper "life hacks"!

Survival tips #1-7:
  • #1: Build an easy soda can light.
  • #2: Filter clean water quickly with a cloth and two
    containers.
  • #3: Do something creative with an egg carton: make a
    charcoal accelerant
  • #4: Repel mosquitoes using herbs and spices in your pantry
    or garden.
  • #5: Craft a solar oven from a cereal box.
  • #6: Make a compass with a needle, a leaf and a small bit of
    standing water.
  • #7: Forge a speedy oil lamp from a can.


















Survival tip #8: Survive with a safety pin!
Ever wonder why you'll find safety pins in your mini survival kit? A
safety pin has infinite uses. With safety pins you can:
  1. create an instant fish hook (you'll need cordage of course);
  2. craft an arm sling from T-shirt for first aid;
  3. improvise tweezers for splinter or tick removal;
  4. secure a bandanna to make a bandage and compress
    bleeding;
  5. make a finger splint;
  6. hang stuff to dry while out on your journey;
  7. affix gear to your bugout bag;
  8. mend a broken shoe lace;
  9. close your pant legs to keep out snow;
  10. use it like a toothpick;
  11. connect blankets, bags or clothes to create shelter;
  12. close wounds (in extreme cases where no doctor is available
    you can use it like a skin stapler);
  13. open cans;
  14. defend yourself; and
  15. repair your clothes.

  • BONUS: Did you know you can start a fire with a battery and
    safety pin? Attach a safety pins to the terminals of the
    battery. You can do the same with aluminum foil.

Survival tip #9: How to handle dehydration.
Do you know the first signs of dehydration? Besides hoarding
water and medical supplies, you must understand treatment and
care of people who are experience dehydration.

  • Recognize the signs of dehydration. Learn to recognize the
    signs of  dehydration, including dizziness, nausea, muscle
    cramps and tiredness.

  • Quick way to remedy dehydration: To remedy dehydration,
    mix a pink of salt in almost a pint of water and drink. (Use a
    mason jar in the pint size, and fill it up about 3/4 of the
    way.)

Survival tip #10: Storing Chocolate? Store dark chocolate.
Did you know that milk chocolate will store one year, but dark
chocolate will store about three years? The difference in storage
is because of milk fat present in the milk chocolate, which is
much more than in dark chocolate. Generally fats don't store well
(they become rancid quickly) and such is the case with milk fat in
chocolate. Preppers should always rotate their oils, including
their chocolates.

If you're wanting to put chocolate in your long term food storage,
choose dark chocolate because it lasts longer than milk
chocolate.  Another reason to choose dark chocolate for your food
storage is because it is high in antioxidants.

Survival tip #11: Know the proper use of alcohol prep pads!
Did you know that those little alcohol prep swabs in your first aid
kit are not  intended for cleansing of open cuts or scrapes? Made
of 70% isopropyl alcohol, those little pads will sting an open
wound and actually inhibit healing!

How do you use alcohol prep pads then?
  • You can use prep pads to clean the tweezers or a
    thermometer in your first aid kit.
  • Diabetics may use prep pads to clean the injection site prior
    to puncturing their skin for testing or injecting insulin.
  • Physicians and nurses use prep pads to clean the injection
    site before vaccination or an IV.
  • Preppers use them as fire accelerants to get a fire going!
    Alcohol prep pads burn nicely in a pinch.

Survival tip #12: Split a match.
The trick of splitting a match was first started during World War
II when people had to make do with very little commercially
produced products, since all the efforts were directed towards the
war effort. When you split a match you get two chances to light a
fire or a candle. Not only is this tip economical, but also a
practical way to conserve your resources.


















Survival tip #13: Make your own baking powder.
Baking powder is a leavening agent that consists of a
combination of baking soda, cream of tartar, and a moisture
absorber. If you have cream of tartar, you don't need baking
powder if you know how to mix it properly. Either way, these
things expire, because they won't make your bread, cookies and
cakes rise properly. That doesn't mean you should throw them
out! Baking soda has a number of uses for cleaning and more.


















Survival tip #14: Hunting tips from Native Americans.
When Native Americans deer hunted in the traditional method,
they did not eat food, they also did not smoke, prior to a hunt. In
fact, they would bathe prior to the hunt to minimize their smells.
They would also rub yerba Buena leaves to blend and disguise
human scent. (Yerba Buena are aromatic plants, most of which
belong to the mint family). Clothing also made too much noise,
though sometimes they would cover their heads in tall grass. And
they never used dogs in hunting. They would hunt in an ambush
until noon and pre-arranged with women to the scene prepared
for a feast. The women would cut and cook the meat -- first
eating the liver and heart, and saving the prime meat for jerky to
dry. There's much more to learn about
Native American survival.

Survival tip #15: Stay warmer camping/ bugging out.
Remember this trick to stay warmer camping (or bugging out):
sleep on a full stomach, and you will stay warmer. For the coldest
nights of your trip, eat a protein bar just before bedtime. The
protein and fats of the energy bar will keep you warm. As your
body digests fatty foods, it increases your body heat.

Survival tip #16: Use a grain mill for bonus uses.
A wheat grinder is dandy, but you'll have a dandy time expanding
use for it beyond making wheat flour!

  • Coffee. When the power goes out you still have an
    opportunity to grind your coffee if you have a hand-powered
    grainmill.

  • Oats. Grind oatflour from whole rolled oats for a nutritious
    and gluten free alternative. (Pure oats are gluten free, but
    don't grind your oats with the same grinder used for wheat if
    you have a gluten intolerance.

  • Cocoa nibs. Make your own cocoa powder from fresh cocoa
    nibs. Cocoa is high in potassium and magnesium as well as
    being an excellent source of antioxidants, with a pleasant
    semi-bitter flavor. In fact, chocolate contains more health-
    promoting catechins, a type of antioxidant, than green tea.
    Cocoa also contains amino acid tryptophan along with small
    amounts of phenylethylamine and theobromine which is said
    to elevate your mood. Can be used as substitute for nuts in
    baking goods, or even as a flavor kick in a cup of espresso.

  • Popcorn: Expand your supplies and stock long-lasting and
    versatile popcorn! Use a grain mill for popcorn, and you can
    grind the kernels into cornmeal flour.

  • Whole herbs. Grind herbs and make savory crepes.

Survival tip #17: Make a Char cloth.
A charcloth should be an every day carry. Making a charcloth is
easy. Here is a concise tutorial:


















Survival tip #18: Make your own baking powder.
In a pinch, you can make your own baking powder. The simple
secret is to mix baking soda with cream of tartar and cornstarch.
Save this recipe for inclusion in your personal survival manual.:

Survival tip# 19: Get a Pair of Pantyhose, Dude!
An old military trick is to wear pantyhose underneath the socks to
help avoid friction and blisters for long hikes. It's just one of
those
weird survival tricks that works. You'll also stay warmer
when wearing pantyhose and keep chiggers and ticks at bay.
With pantyhose you can filter water or improvise a fishing net,
even use it to carry food you gather in the wild. Wear them dude!


Survival tip #20: Steel wool and a batter makes a firestarter!
Did you know that steel wool is an excellent fire starter when
combined with a 9-volt battery?


Survival tip #21: Stash a pair of old shoes in your car.
Do it now. Place a pair of sturdy and comfortable old shoes or
boots in your car and another at your place of work, so you'll
always have a means of walking out on foot, should you be
unable to take public transportation or your car home. Old shoes
have worn to your foot, so you'll be less likely to blister. You
won't want to walk home in flip flops, sandals or high heels. After
a disaster, you may find broken glass or people to evade. You
may have to run, kick or hike out to safety! Think with your best
foot forward.

Survival tip #22: Know the first signs of dehydration! Thirst,
headache, decreased urine (or strong smelling urine), these are
among the telltale signs you're not drinking enough water. The
first signs of dehydration, include dizziness, nausea, muscle
cramps and tiredness. To remedy dehydration, mix a pink of salt
in almost a pint of water and drink. (Use a mason jar in the pint
size, and fill it up about 3/4 of the way.) Add a teaspoon of sugar
to help cure diarrhea.

Something not often talked about in prepper circles are
emergency drinks, and yet the smartest and happiest preppers on
the planet will pack not just water, but a variety of emergency
drinks and drink packets for energy, vitamins, and nutrients,
electrolytes, a boost in morale, and more! Pictured right is
RecoverORS, it's like the Pedialyte for adults.

Survival tip #23: Thirst for more survival knowledge.
When you realize that your number one priority in prepping is
securing potable water, you want to meet Bob. He doesn't ever
want you to be without water. A water bob will help you s ore
water in the last moments of an emergency -- either just before
a hurricane or after an earthquake. Be prepared with extra water
on hand.


















Survival tip #24: Go Camo on a Rain Poncho.
The Gerber Bear Grylls rain poncho, pictured left, in orange, is
ideal for unexpected emergencies or for ordinary camping, where
you want to be seen to be able to survive, but for prepping
purposes, it's better to go camouflage. When the stuff hits the
fan you'll want to go incognito.

Survival tip #25: How to Use a Tea bag for Survival.
Did you ever stop and wonder why a tea bag is in a first aid kit?
Tea has amazing health benefits, but when applied topically a
wet tea bag can remedy medical ailments to soothe
inflammation: it's an excellent pain reliever for toothaches! A dry
tea makes an excellent tinder!so be sure to pack some bags of
tea in your bugout bag and discover more uses of tea in
preparedness.

Tea is important in surviving uncertain times! We've compiled ten
compelling reasons to include tea bags in your stockpiles, bugout
bags and medical kits.


Survival tip #26: Get a Wool Blanket (It's Fire Resistant.)
A fire-resistant wool blanket for first aid during fire emergencies
is a valuable prep to own. Pictured right, the flame-resistant,
fluorescent pouch holds the 62" x 80" blanket. Built-in handle
with heavy-duty grommets for hanging pouch on wall. Quick-
release hook-and-loop nylon fasteners open instantly in an
emergency.

Survival tip #27: Stash a Pencil Sharpener as a Tinder Maker!
Clever preppers pack a pencil sharpener, along with their fire
starter, to always have a means to shave sticks or pencils into
tinder!

  • Bear Grills Tinderbox, pictured right, is better than a pencil
    sharpener. It has a high grip rubber exterior and oblong
    shape for easy maintenance in the palm. It has a grater-like
    steel cutting surface that creates fine tinder when applied to
    wood. The Tinderbox works as well with wet wood as with
    dry, because the grating surface simply shaves off the wet
    outer layers to expose the dry interior. After shaving wood
    into the Tinderbox, the cutter opens to allow easy removal
    of the tinder that's been created. At the point of prepping to
    build a fire, empty the dry tinder contents of the Tinderbox
    onto the desired surface of collected items to be burned. Do
    NOT start a fire in the Tinderbox. Place the plastic cover
    over the cutting surface when not in use to provide
    protection in a pocket or gear bag. The Tinderbox's attached
    magnifying glass can be used for a spark to ignite the
    gathered tinder if matches are wet, or worse, unavailable.
    An emergency signaling mirror is located on the bottom of
    the Tinderbox, because even getting a fire started doesn't
    equate to finding an escape route.

Survival tip #28: Need tinder? Here are three Strange places to
find tinder!nTinder is the fluffy, furry and fuzzy-light material
you'll find to burn
  1. Your snack chip may act as the perfect combustible material!
    Cheetos and Pringles, for example will light easily.
  2. A bird's nest makes excellent tinder material. If you're lucky
    enough to find an abandoned bird's nest for fire building in
    the wild.

Survival tip #29: Zap a sting with Tobasco.
Did you know Tabasco can work like an antiseptic to take the bite
out wasp and bee stings? Strange, but true! What's the secret
ingredient of Tobasco? It's none other than
cayenne pepper,
which has many survival uses.

Survival tip #30: Nail it with clothespins.
For hanging your laundry clothespins are mighty useful; but use
them also when using the hammer to hold the nail in position so
you don't hammer your hand!

Survival tip #31 Unstick sticky zippers.
In a survival situation it absolutely may be necessary to zip a
tent or jacket to preserve warmth and possibly your life as a
result! You can unstick a sticky zipper with a pencil and heres'
how: lubricate the teeth of your zippers with a pencil. The
graphite you rub from the pencil will unstick the zipper. To work
this pencil magic, rub a pencil on both sides of the stuck zipper's
teeth. Repeat until you can move the zipper up and down again.
If you're concerned about the mess, you can place a paper towel
or newspaper around your work area and then wipe away the
excess graphite with a damp paper towel. So that's why you
should bring a graphite pencil in your every day carry.

Use a graphite pencil to lubricate jackets and sweatshirts, too!

Survival tip #32: Get more juicy juice!
Get into the squeeze of things by rolling your lemon or other
citrus fruit on the countertop before slicing. The added step will
help you squeeze more juice. If you don't have a lemon squeeze,
use a fork to press into the lemon.

Survival tip #33: Hang bounce dryer sheets to the wind.
Want to avoid the all the buzz of the wasps and bees while
eating outside? Your picnic will be more pleasant if you hang
Bounce dryer sheets. Bugs hate the smell, particularly wasps.

Survival tip #34: Headlamps are for bugging out!
Use your noggin! A headlamp is a happy prep for bugging out,
because it allows you to navigate the terrain of your journey
hands free.

In an article from
RealWorldSurvivor.com (page, January 5, 2015
issue), page 129, "Struck by Lightening," a distance runner
survives a powerful lightning strike. The deadly threat may have
been averted by the headlamp the runner was wearing. The
lightning strike fried his headlamp And guess what the runner
managed to finish the race in third place!

A headlamp is also good for jacking, which is a generally
forbidden practice of blinding an animal to attract long enough to
shoot. A word of caution is to be prepared (steady aim, ready
loaded and cocked) in case the animal comes charging!

Survival tip #35: Button up!
Carry hard candies with you on a trip into the wilderness or your
bugout bag for its morale, energy and thirst quenching; however,
do not sleep with sweets in bear or raccoon country as it will
attract them. In absence of water and hard candies, it's good to
know that a small button in the mouth will help decrease the
sensation of thirst.

Obviously, this idea is not suitable for children under five as it
poses a choking hazard. Save the hard candies for them.

Survival tip #36: Kitchen cleanup type for apocalyptic times.
Some of the dirtiest places in your home are lurking in your
kitchen!
Learn the 50 most germiest places to get sick.

  • Kitchen sink drain: The drain in your kitchen sink can cause
    you to become sick. Don't ever eat anything which has
    dropped in the kitchen sink.

  • Sponges harbor mold and bacteria: Do you use a sponge
    to clean countertops? Stop! Sponges are potentially deadly
    in a post apocalyptic world because they're havens for mold
    and bacteria growth, which can make you sick with
    dysentary. Dysentery kills. Happily there is a solution. You
    can prevent mold and bacteria on your household sponges by
    using binder clips to hang them.  In this way they can dry
    out thoroughly. Another way is to clip the sponge and make
    the binder clip a stand. Then let it stand to dry on your
    kitchen counter.

#37: Get nuke pills.










Survival tip #38: Seven Ways socks could save your life.
This will knock your sock off – your socks can save your life. Here
are seven ways socks could save your life:

  1. Make a Weapon. Feeling on the defensive without a
    weapon on hand? If you’ve got some foresight, you can put
    a soda can inside your sock (or other heavy object) to make
    an improvised weapon to defend yourself.
  2. Add flood protection. Is flooding imminent? All the socks in
    your home (along with pillowcases, tied off T-shirts) can
    help you divert water if you’re caught without sandbags.
  3. Water filtration. Caught on a desserted island without
    water? Filter with charcoal, rocks and sand using the sock as
    the vessel.
  4. Avoid Trench foot. The painful condition of trench foot can
    cause gangrene and could lead to amputation! It’s caused by
    standing in the trenches. Being waterlogged and soggy isn’t
    pleasant and it could be deadly. Clean, dry socks are the
    answer to avoiding trench foot. Wear wool socks! Keep them
    dry also by wearing waterproof boots.
  5. Fear not the Frostbite. When you wear a thin pair of
    polypropylene socks underneath a heavy pair of wool socks,
    you’ll help prevent frostbite. Or pair pantyhose with wool
    socks. As a winter survival rule you’ll find wool socks will
    wick moisture from your feet and the thin socks (or
    pantyhose) will help prevent blisters.  The key is to make
    sure you have the wiggle room for your toes.
  6. Prevent a heart attack or stroke. This one is a shocker,
    but it’s true! Traveling cramped for long duration? Learn
    about compression socks, which could save your life. There’s
    a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which is a
    serious risk for long distance travelers. High altitudes seem
    to cause issues for some travelers who are predisposed to
    blood clots. In short, the threat of DVT is that a clot may
    break apart, travel to the heart and cause a heart attack! Or
    the clot could travel to the brain to cause a stroke.
    Compression socks ease.
  7. Keep the mosquitoes away. Deadly malaria-ridden
    mosquitoes could be attracted to smelly socks. Certainly this
    is something to remember, if you’re traveling to the deep
    jungles of Africa. Drape the stinky socks around your neck
    and keep a fresh pair on your feet.

Who knew you could wear socks to save your life? Always bring
an extra pair of socks, even on day hikes. are nice!

Survival Tip #39: Here's a N-Ice savings and survival idea.
Fill a few baggies with water and put them in your freezer in
preparation for the next blackout to keep your frozen goods
chilled through the outage, which could last a couple of days.
This will save you from buying bags of ice like everyone else.
Best of all, when they thaw, you’ll have some drinking water on
your hands.

Survival Tip #40: Pine cones are edible and more!
Lots of preppers talk about cat-tails, and Dandelions, sometimes
about pine needle tea, but not so much about Pine cones.
Pine
cones are incredibly useful in survival.
  1. Kindling. Pinecones make a beautiful kindling for your
    firestarter because they catch quickly and have a high resin
    content, they will sustain your fire. Dip them in candle wax
    and you’ll have a nice prep.
  2. Scrubber for dishes (if you forget one in your backpack).
  3. Roof covering for survival shelter.
  4. Food. Remember pinecone seeds are edible (pine-nuts)!
    Getting at the nuts is hard, because you’ll have to whack it
    with a rock, but they are worth the effort. You can toast
    them over a fire and even bake or boil young ones.

Pine needles are edible and have other uses!
  1. Food: Pine tree needles are high in Vitamin C (and it's also
    a good source of Vitamin A). While they are soft they are
    edible. The stiff ones are edible but uncomfortable. Will
    have a citrus flavor.
  2. Antiseptic: Pine needles also have a mild antiseptic effect.
  3. Pest control (snails and slugs):  Pine needles are acidic and
    for this reason slugs and snails don’t like them. That’s right,
    pine needles will make them escargo-away!  To use as pest
    control, just sprinkle pine needs near the plants. (Be sure
    the plants like the acidity).
  4. Mulch. Pine needles make an excellent mulch covering to
    enrich the soil. Another bonus in that the pine needles as a
    mulch will keep the plants warmer in harsh winter weather,
    and help your landscaping resist erosion, particularly on
    slopes.

Survival tip #41: Don't act like a prey.
When wildlife attacks a human it's usually because of a predatory
response, so do not act like prey. Hold your ground. Look larger
than you are by banding together holding hands in the air to
appear larger.

  • Do not look a bear in the eye or it may consider you a
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Survival tip #42: Mosquitoes prefer blue.
Who knew? According to Bradford Angier, in his book "How to
stay alive in the woods - a complete guide to food, shelter, and
self-preservation... anywhere,"  mosquitoes prefer blue.

Because blue is "particularly attractive to these pests," you may
like to choose another color to wear while camping or bugging
out. Also he divulges that wet clothing is more appealing to
mosquitoes than dry by about four times as much! So stay dry
and un-blue to
avoid mosquitoes.

Survival tip #43: Don't pick your nose!
Admittedly, the typical adult picks his or her nose up to four
times daily. Have you ever considered that many viruses pass to
your system when your fingers touch contaminated surfaces and
people? You're transferring germs directly unto the body if you
pick your nose. Stop the madness. If you must pick your nose,
use facial tissues to dislodge the dried or sticky particles. Let
your nose do it's job of protecting. Those tiny little hairs in your
nostril are there for a reason: they filter out particicles, dust and
viruses.

Survival tip #44: Use neosporin as a fire accelerant.
Neosporin is an analgesic and helps prevents infection PLUS it's
an accelerant to light a fire. The same is true of Polysporin. Pack
both in your first aid supplies and at least one in the
bugout bag.

Survival tips #45 to #95 (a total of 50 tips from AlfieAesthetics):


















Tips #96-101: Take what you like from this final video, because
you shouldn't believe everything that you read on the Internet.
Happy prepping!


















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