SURVIVAL TIN KIT- ULTIMATE BASIC KIT Review
It has been said that size matters, which implies that bigger is better. Well to buck the rule it appears small is better. Certainly where the ULTIMATE BASIC KIT from Survival General is concerned.
It is only 3.9″ by 2.5″
I have had the pleasure of using just this kit to provide water, fire, boil the water, cook and even fish although to no avail that time, but that is why it is called fishing and not catching.
So what has got me all excited under the collar then?
Well the “Ultimate Basic Kit” has what you need to help your chance of survival!!! This kit will help you complete the absolute basics of survival: water, food and shelter/fire.
Using this tin kit provides you with the tools to start a fire to stay warm, cook your food, build a shelter, obtain drinkable water, catch small game (provide food), go fishing, navigate, 1st Aid, light for the dark, sew, open a can, write a note, protect yourself and signal for help.
Ultimate Basic Kit
Weighs ONLY 3.75 oz
Contains over 40 Plus Items!!!
1-Tin Can 3.9″ by 2.5″- use as a reflective mirror to signal for help and to cook your food.
1-Razor Blade w/ Sleeve- multi-purpose tool
1-P38 Shelby Can Opener- open cans, use as a knife, Phillips and Flathead screw driver.
1-Magnesium and Starter/Striker w/ 12″ of Twine – Magnesium to help start a fire, Striker to start a spark and can be used to cut things. Striker has a black coat to help prevent corrosion. Once black coat is removed you will have plenty of sparks!
1-Glow Stick Approx.12hr- Help navigate at night and to signal at night
2-Safety Pins 1″ and 1.5′”- Use as hooks, traps, 1st aid, and sewing
1-Large Needle- Sewing, 1st aid and for setting traps
1-Small Reusable Bag for Fishing Kit- use to hold things. Waterproofs whatever it holds.
1-Fly Hook(Each fly hook will vary by color)-Fishing
3-Assorted Size Hooks-Fishing
1-Compass Liquid Filled-Navigation and use oil to help start fires
2-Aquatabs (One tablet purifies about 64 oz. (2 liters) Exp. 2/19)-Provides over 4 liters of drinkable water!!!
1-Index Card Folded-Use for writing a note, or to help start fires
1-Wood Lead Pencil- For writing and wood can be used to help start fires
1-(12″x2″)- Duct Tape-To fix most anything and everything! First Aid Bandage and to tie things down
1-Butterfly Bandage-1st Aid.
1-2.75″x.75″ Standard Bandage-1st Aid.
1-2″x3″ Patch Bandage-1st Aid. Can also be used to help start fires
1-Alcohol Wipe-medical and fire-1st Aid and fire fuel
1-B-Day Candle (Assorted colors)- light and to help start fires
1-Trick B-Day (Assorted colors)-won’t blow out!!! Good for light and to help start fires in extreme weather
1-(10′) Brass Snare Wire-for making snares to provide you with food. Can be used to help create a shelter and tie things down
2- Weather Matches-Matches for the extreme weather to help start fires
1- Striker for Matches-Striker and Fire Starter
1-(12″x12″) Foil- Use to make a cup to boil water. Can also be used as a mirror/reflective signal to get help
1-Zip Tie 8″- Use to tie things down
2-Ranger Bands- This tin kit is loaded with tons of stuff. Ranger bands help to secure the tin kit. Also used as fire fuel
2-Q-Tips w/ Petroleum Wrapped in Plastic Wrap- Great fire fuel!
1-Cardboard Flat Bobbin- Can be used as a fishing bobbin and as fire fuel
1-(36′) Military OD Thread- The “everything” thread!!! Super super strong!!! Use for fishing, to make a shelter, snares, to tie things down. The best thread ever!!! This is the 550 paracord of threads!
2- Paper Clips- Multi Purpose item. can also be used as a key ring
1-Wooden Toothpick-for snares and fire fuel
2-Nails 1.5″&2″- Multi-tool item. Use as a knife and for your traps
1- Reclosable 2″x4″ Bag 2mm Thickness- Waterproofs whatever you put in the bag and can also be used to transport fresh water
1-(12″) Electrical Tape to Waterproof Tin- Waterproof your tin by wrapping around the tin. Can also be used as bandage and to start fires
This “Ultimate Basic Kit” has what you need to help enhance your chance of survival! Tools herein help to provide Water, Food, and Shelter/Fire!
Disclaimer: This tin kit in itself cannot and will not “guarantee” your chance of survival. You are responsible for yourself. As with most things, proper knowledge is essential to enhance your chance of survival.
The first thing about this kit is it’s size, it will fit into any pocket, it is light and very well thought out indeed.
The amount of kit is “just” enough to manage to survive, but at every stage of using the kit you must plan and prepare. For example, when fire lighting, if you do not have dry tinder you are wasting your time. You should have more tinder than you think you need in a pile, then the same with the kindling and bigger fuel sticks etc.
Please do try starting a fire with just one match in adverse conditions as it is not easy at all.
However the magnesium rod and striker will come to the rescue if required.
I really like the two back up candles as well, not only for fire lighting but light too.
Once the fire was going it did not take long to get the water boiling and a coffee was well received.
Using the OD thread I attached shot and a hook and a worm and launched it into the stream and waited, but it was not to be.
In a survival situation I would have attached all the hooks with a different bait on each and secured it to the bank over night, (illegal pre SHTF).
Most of the first-aid kit will help in fire starting and burns quite well, especially when the Alcohol Wipe is combined with the bandages.
The razor blade is a fantastic addition as it has so many uses, apart from the obvious, I used it to make small feather sticks, cut the twine in two and test with the magnesium rod which worked quite well.
I have to admit that not needing to sew anything the sewing kit was surplus to requirement, but if I was to have to sew up a gash or deep wound I know it would come into its own.
My shelter was to say the very least very basic indeed, but it did the job. Remember a shelter must protect you from the weather elements.
So using two discarded large fertilizer bags split and opened out I placed one on the ground and the other in the form of a small lean-to using a large fallen tree to fix it to.
The bottom end I pegged into the ground and then piled soil onto it.
I fixed the top to the fallen tree with large stones and then covered everything with branches and leaves, not forgetting the ground where I placed around 18″ of vegetation under the plastic bag.
I tell you what guys it was out of the wind and rain and quite cosy too with the fire flickering away.
Just as with the Chap-Stick having multiple uses, practicing this mind
set is an excellent way insure that as much of your survival gear as possible
meets the needs of our Bug out Plan.
Consolidating items to save space will free up room in your Bug out Bag
to carry other useful survival tools or more food and water.
the kitchen sink, so reducing the number of items you carry will pay increasing
dividends the longer you have to travel.
the first aid kit!!!! It’s in there somewhere, under all the other cool
survival supplies that I packed…..just wait a minute….. I just need to find my
torch/flashlight… The more items you pack the harder it will be
to find what you need. Stick to the essentials – Pack less and improvise
more for an efficient survival kit.
consider when building your best survival kit.
you who do not have the time or inclination to search on their own based
on utility, size, and weight.
jobs of a hatchet (obviously), pry tool, shovel, and wrench.
ratio items such as steel tools to build the best survival kit, so being able
to leave behind any of these is a good step.
Companion for chopping etc. and a small survival knife for skinning, gutting
and finer work like the Chris Caine Survival Knife, So I do not need or carry
an axe but this is my choice, and mine alone.
Some survival whistles combine a compass, dry container with the whistle
and some even have a fire starting flint within.
look at. There are a great many options for multi-tools – focus on weight
and practicality when looking. Are you going to really NEED the one with
the Allen key and corkscrew? Stick to the basics of a straight blade,
saw, and tin opener and add what few other options you see fit.
and USB stick. These come on some multi-tools and can be used to start
fires and store important family records, respectively. But do not forget the
itself. Besides the obvious of keeping gear dry and being used as a
shelter, they can also be used for signalling and be easily turned into a
stretcher to carry the injured and can even be used to collect rain water plus
much, much more.
very light and small. Plastic bags can be used to carry water, keep
clothes and fire starting kits dry, store food, and organize small items, and I
recommend using zip lock freezer bags because they are resealable.
Tape can be used as an emergency bandage, to secure a splint, to reinforce or
repair waterproofing, as a rope replacement for shelter building, and taped
over sore spots to prevent blisters and of course to secure a prisoner for
cool, be used to filter water, will protect you from the sun, be used as a
bandage, it can be utilized to tie on a splint, or be a replacement for
rope in tasks such as shelter building.
person to safety or used in shelter building, ascending or descending inclines,
as a clothes line, to fasten a splint, or to build a snare.
intended use, a sanitary pad can be used as a bandage, it can be shredded and
used as tinder, and it can be used to filter sediment from water.
you have. The “WILL TO SURVIVE” is the best survival tool that you will ever
have. Many, many people have survived dangerous life threatening situations
with just that alone.
mentioned, will get you out of most sticky situations alive.
an antenna you’ve got on something, what voltage it is, or whether or not they
operate with batteries—all non-protected electronics will be affected by an
“shorting” as well.
impervious to the effects of an EMP. Rubber containers are insufficient
protection against an EMP.
If it’s NOT grounded, then the Faraday cage merely becomes a reflector or an
world would you want to use it for that? That’s just silly when you can make
instead of the often misused term—“box.” In fact, many of them that you can
build yourself or will see on the internet will resemble a bird cage or a very
finely meshed chicken coop wire.
of foil on a box will not protect you. It’s not thick enough to withstand the
pulse. However, you CAN protect your items if they are buried a couple of feet
underground in every direction (up and sideways.)
to withstand an EMP incident. It has some similar components, yes. Most cars
made today consist of fiberglass and disjointed parts, not a continuous metal
NOT serve as grounding. Folks are simply getting an EMP strike confused with a
that had its tires removed, that was also attached to an Iron or copper pole
and that was ALSO on dirt—not gravel—then yes, you may have a car that doubles
as a Faraday cage.
constructed continuously without gaps between the protective material.
cardboard to act as a faraday cage or metal biscuit tins for example, just
check the net out and you will find many examples of how to make a faraday cage
of sense — no matter what happens.
an enormous impact on how you survive the first few days after any type of
hit Britain that would have loved to have such a bag for each member of their
member that contains all the items that individual may need during the first 72
hours after a disaster strikes.
important papers (see below), change of underwear and clothes, some bottled
water, snacks, a few bags of freeze-dried food that only require two cups of
hot water to reconstitute within self-contained bag, water purification device,
mini-cook stove with fuel, sleeping bag, towel, ability to make fire,
flashlight with extra batteries, glow sticks, ground cloth, tarp, rain gear,
plastic forks, knives, spoons, parachute cord, personal cleaning wipes,
multi-tool, fishing line, small fishing hooks, compass, cash, physical gold and
silver, map of areas you may need, and any other items that would make sense
to be considered as well.
birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, medical records, pet medical
records, bank account information, deeds and titles to cars, homes etc.,
in plastic against the elements.
calamity would allow you to grab and go because it’s already prepared.
them in the basement of our house in a heavy-duty large trash bag for
protection against the elements.
can affect you.
it possible for us to engage in seemingly mundane day-to-day tasks like filling
up our petrol tanks, loading up our shopping carts at the local supermarket,
obtaining necessary medications, and even pouring ourselves a clean glass of
these things will work today the same way they worked yesterday.
involved in the underlying infrastructure that allows goods, services, and
commerce in GB to flow.
of these systems or the consequences on food, water, health care, the financial
system, and the economy if they are interrupted.
delivery systems leaves us incredibly vulnerable to a nationwide disaster.
so most manufacturers and retailers rely on a continual flow of deliveries that
are scheduled to arrive “just in time,” which significantly reduces
their operating expenses.
manufacturers and retailers, but it also means that if there was a major
nationwide transportation disruption, our economic system would grind to a halt
to be replenished until trucks could get back on the road. In the event of a
major nationwide disaster, that could be quite a while.
highlights just how critical our “just in time” inventory and
delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the
event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the
truck transportation systems responsible for carrying some millions on tons of
commodities and supplies across the United Kingdom each year.
threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report,
have “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare,
transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial
cyber-attack that could shut down global positioning systems and the computers
responsible for inventory control.
before is liquidity problems within the financial system stemming from currency
crisis or hyperinflation…
built upon the unhindered transfer of money and credit, but when credit flow
becomes restricted or money becomes worthless, no one will be able to pay for
their goods. Likewise, no one will trust the credit worthiness of anyone else.
and the consequences on the health care industry in that country have left many
without lifesaving drugs. When there’s no money, no one will be transporting
would be immediate (in some cases, within hours) and absolutely catastrophic.
may seem unlikely to many, recent history suggests it is fully plausible — and
the blowback can be devastating…
government officials stopped all transportation flow into the region, forcing
hundreds of trucks loaded with emergency supplies like food and water to wait
for permission before they could enter the area.
without items essential for survival. It took days before truck routes were
re-opened and supplies were allowed to flow.
knowledge, and personal politics were responsible for restricting the flow of
goods into New Orleans, potentially killing hundreds of people
America stop, all commerce and delivery stops with it.
and take measures to store food.
the best ways to store food. I personally have read many books on the topic,
and one of the most important features is trying to gather materials that have
a long shelf life and which keep their nutritional value…
don’t work well for long-term food storage. Canned goods can work, but these
must be stored in a cool, dry environment well below room temperature for
increased shelf life (but not freezing).
— and the taste can sometimes be questionable. (There are many different
manufacturers, and you need to educate yourself before purchasing. I like
tasting the items first before making any major purchases.) as most taste of
cardboard to me.
sugar, oats, etc. — which, if stored properly, can last up to 30 years.
have a long life.
person should consider what method would work best for their circumstances.
what I consider the best available situation on the planet…
provide clean, pure drinking water. I have spent a lot of time searching the
best way to purifying water, and in my opinion, there’s nothing better whilst
in a bug out or in location.
as the best water purifier on the market for those on the move.
form of water storage — whether it’s five-gallon containers, 55-gallon plastic
drums, or some other form of storage, all of which can be obtained from many
safe source(s) of clean drinking water and a way to store it.
drinking water from the tap in your home, but in times of emergency and/or
civil unrest, the water may be shut off — or you may be displaced from your
home and will need a way to access clean water.
probably the most important one.
water will be there.
will likely need to be purified — and this means some reliable filters or boiling
(which requires heat from a fire along with pots to boil it in).
make milk from powder, and of course, for personal hygiene.
often vastly underestimated.
owning a firearm and knowing how to use it to protect yourself or others.
defend themselves with knives or clubs, but in reality, they are going to lose
98% of the time against someone else with a firearm.
firearms in a defensive manner will almost always win the day in a gun battle.
a very high level.
care of them. Access to a gunsmith may or may not be available to you during an
person, but this feeling changes abruptly when they see one of their family
members at risk.
and these people should consider some form of self-defence such as the
non-lethal devices (stun batons, pepper sprays, TASERS, even baseball bats).
society, and many good people will — but there are plenty of bad people in this
world. And it may come down to you or them.
self-defence armament they have so there is no hesitation when it comes to
saving one’s life from someone that is willing to take yours or your loved
shotgun (12 gauge) with large-size buckshot and a long-range rifle with a
friend who is who can help you through the process of buying handguns,
shotguns, or rifles.
to know how to safely use those guns without hesitation if needed. If you are
not familiar with the handling of guns I highly recommend you find someone that
can properly train you in a safe environment.
guns. So it is in your best interest to go through whatever permitting or
paperwork hassles necessary to obtain legal weapons of any kind in your own
below from someone who experienced an earthquake serves as a great reminder why
we want to have the ability to cook our own food during a crisis…
food lines after an earthquake hit California. Many of the people in the damage
zone spent hours in breakfast lines, then long lines for lunch, then a repeat
either they had no food reserves or had no means of cooking their stored food.
emergencies. Had these good people stored a little food, fuel, and invested in
a good quality Dutch oven for example, they would be set for cooking in their
back garden instead of relying on hand-outs to supply their family’s nutrition.
tastes great, and they’re invaluable in emergencies. They require charcoal to
prepare your food.
neighbour who was in control during many minor emergencies may be the one
pounding on your door with whacked-out eyes demanding what you have because
they did not prepare for anything.
and you need to prepare for this possibility.
help should it occur. You always hope that disasters will bring out the best in
your fellow human beings, but often this is not the case.
within the armed forces because disease and sickness can and do take down the
toughest of soldiers.
not like someone going camping, comes back dirty, and taking a nice long shower
or a hot bath…
water heater, may not work. Bathing on at least a semi-regular basis is
necessary to avoid all sorts of bacteria from building up on the skin and
causing a variety of concerning ailments that will then have to be treated.
think sponge baths or using personal wet wipes as an option.
world countries and the pre-flush toilet era, one of the leading causes of illness
and death was (and still is) improperly discarded waste. If the toilets won’t
flush because there is no water to make them work, human waste is going to be a
huge whopping problem for people trying to survive.
human excrement can lead to disease. Portable toilets, toilet paper, and
disinfectant (bleach, for one) should be one of the top items in any survival
dangerous animals around drawn to the stench. Burning of trash is one method;
plastic rubbish bags and the means to find some place to dump them is another
this before, this is a problem that led to about half of Europe dying several
hundred years ago with the Black Death.
that stay inside their own homes will have to deal with this problem. People
outside will have to contend with the fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, mice,
rats, and so on…
citronella, even the smell of garlic will repel most vermin. Stocking up on
insect and other commercial repellents is always an excellent idea. It only
takes one bite to make a person deathly sick.
This is one of the least understood of the survival precautions taken. There
are hundreds of nuclear power plants that could fail after the world as we know
it goes down the tube.
available for war should countries decide to use them.
that you cannot even see… and until you are sick, you might not even know you
have been contaminated.
against EMP is a wise idea. Understanding about radiation accumulation dosage
(rad) and how to shield oneself from exposure is paramount.
probably be the only thing someone can do, as medical professionals are going
to be few and far between.
want people in the community to be prepared. A good first aid book along with a
first aid kit is something every household should have before, during, and
after a disaster.
helping someone after a catastrophe. A stockpile of antibiotics is always a
any circumstance — but particularly in SHTF events when medical personnel may
not be available in a convenient time frame.
nothing to fool around with. Just consider what scurvy, the lack of Vitamin C,
can do to someone…
mistake of only being concerned about calories to keep them going. Certain
vitamins (A, B1-B12, C, D, E, K), minerals (Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron,
Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc) and trace minerals
are necessary to keep a body going.
supply should take this need as important as the food itself. Many survival
foods have some of what your body needs, but sadly lack in others…
if someone is unsure about what they are getting. Trace mineral drops are a
liquid that can solve this problem, and are a good addition to any emergency
Having a fire and keeping it going when you need it has been the essence of
survival for thousands of years.
and gives light. Having a lighter, matches, and a starter is one thing; but
actually keeping the fire going is another…
shelter is something not everyone thinks about. Burning of toxic wood or other
material is something to remember as well.
there is much more to it. As a matter of fact, a church group recently tested
some of their members and gave them matches to start a file.
though they had matches. This is a skill that you must acquire that allows you
to consistently start a fire anywhere at any time.
will only last so long, and eventually self-sufficiency will mean acquiring
your own food — by either growing it or hunting for it.
growing your own food will feed the family. However, growing food has many
drawbacks that people need to look at.
guarding your yield, as two-legged problems could be a bigger issue to your
crops than some beetle infestation. Hungry people will see food growing and
take it, 24 hours a day. No one can grow enough food to feed all those seeking
to go the hunter-gathering route. There are many good survival shows on
television today that are very informative on surviving off the land.
you already have your long-term food storage and other preparations in place:
canned goods, grains, rice, pasta, paper products, and freeze-dried foods that
store well over time…
while most other people are trying to secure what you already have.
supermarket to secure these last-minute items before the shelves are empty.
These are typically items that don’t store well for the long-term, but would be
critical to own once a breakdown occurs.
when a crisis happens.
known to cause toxic shock)
now — before trying to survive the aftermath of a horrible event.
stops functioning, so too does everything that most of us depend on.
stocked-up survival supplies run dry.
when food, water, and other necessities cannot be found. The other part is
being ready for everything our new situation could throw our way. For this, we
all need to learn survival skills.
individual can probably add many more survival skills to the items I have
talked about above.
the SHTF so you and your family have a better chance of surviving.
cuts can strike at any time, sometimes without warning.
potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives.
that can affect you and what you can do to be prepared before they happen. And
knowing what to do during and after these disasters will also help you and your
loved ones keep safe and get through.
Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least three
days or more.
as well as a portable getaway kit a, Bug-Out-Bag in case you have to leave in a
hurry. You should also have essential emergency items in your workplace and in
lighting is the safest and easiest. Do not use candles as they can tip over in
earthquake aftershocks or in a gust of wind. Do not use kerosene lamps, which
require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.
Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies
such as a pandemic.
Everyone should have a packed getaway kit in an easily accessible place at home
and at work which includes:
glasses or mobility aids
energy bars and dried foods in case there are delays in reaching a welfare
centre or a place where you might find support. If you have any special dietary
requirements, ensure you have extra supplies
formula and food, nappies and a favourite toy
identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences and
passports), financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage
information), and precious family photos.
knowledge of first aid will be invaluable. Many organisations provide first aid
training courses. Consider taking a first aid course, followed by regular
refresher sessions. You can buy ready-made first aid kits or make up your own.
office, school or neighbourhood at short notice.
evacuate. If you do not own or drive a car, ask emergency planning staff at
your local council about plans for people without private vehicles.
for announcements from your local emergency planning officials.
relatives in your neighbourhood as well as outside the area you are in.
evacuation routes in case roads are damaged or blocked.
them in your emergency plans.
fuel tank. Keep in mind that if there are power cuts in an event, fuel stations
may not be able to operate pumps.
officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community
getaway kit with you. If you are outside the evacuation zone when a warning is
issued, do not go into an at-risk area to collect your belongings.
when leaving for an extended period.
time. Do not turn off natural gas unless you smell a leak or hear a blowing or
hissing sound, or are advised to do so by the authorities.
If there is time, move livestock and domestic animals to a safer area.
may be impassable or dangerous so avoid shortcuts. Do not drive through moving
water. If you come upon a barrier, follow posted detour signs.
car when a disaster strikes. In some emergencies you may be stranded in your
vehicle for some time. A flood, snow storm or major traffic accident could make
it impossible to proceed.
car. If you are driving in extreme winter conditions, add ice scrapers, brush,
shovel, tire chains and warm clothing to your emergency kit.
medicines, snack food, water and a torch in your car.
areas that are prone to natural disasters.
earthquake, flooding, hurricane, bush fires, tsunamis, etc. A bug out bag is
not only necessary for all households but for sportsmen as well.
death and this determines the well-being of a person during emergencies. Making
a survival kit does not only equate to the preparation of some items to survive
a catastrophe being trained to use the actual survival kit items is also
survival kit. This is due to the fact that people who make them do not really
have the actual hands on experience with the items.
that these survivalist are correct. What will be the use of these materials if
a person does not qualify or know how to use them?
important the making a survival kit is but how the 10 most important items are
to be used. Scenarios such as being lost in a wood can turn out into an ugly
situation, however if you have your urban survival kit things can be steered
into a more positive experience.
devastating snow storm. She remained inside her house for 5 days. When rescue
arrived, she was asked if she wanted to evacuate, she refused evacuation and
asked for fire wood instead.
herself by burning fire wood she does not have knowledge of making a survival
kit. Using her common sense and being prepared at all times helped her through.
several horrific incidents however not all stories have a happy ending but
being equipped with the correct tools and knowledge may ensure safety.
important things to include in your very own kit. Create a list of the things
you may need once a disaster or emergency occurs.
in your list. The container should be easy to carry around and have a room for
all the items that you may need.
that will aid you once you are on the run or looking for an evacuation centre
where food and other necessities are present. We will break down the materials
that you may need while you are looking for a suitable temporary shelter.
persons in the household are accounted for. One gallon of water is suffice for
a person for one day. Your kit must contain supplies that will last for 3 days
or 72 hours.
scarce. When making a survival kit, make sure to include food that has a long
shelf life, a good source of energy and no cooking is necessary
warm and comfortable for movement.
that will allow you to know what is going on around you. Prepare a battery
operated transistor radio with fresh batteries. Also include whistles, flares
supplies such as over-the-counter medicines, special medical equipment if someone
in the household needs it. Although some medical apparatus is heavy and may
slow you down find an alternative for it if possible. If there are infants,
make sure that the supplies they need are also included in your kit.
survival kit is not easy, but it will prove to be useful in the future.
making a survival kit
who has it does not know how to use the items included in it.
included in your kit. Read manuals ahead of time to ensure that the emergency
arrives you are well prepared.
do not have to have all the materials right away, however you will have to
complete it as soon as you can. In doing so, you are well prepared and ready
for an emergency.
do, ensure that you think clearly and assess the situation. Your survival kit
items are your life line during emergencies.
ensure your safety however it increases your survival rate dramatically.
sure to see more before spring. Every time there’s a storm, someone is sure to
get stranded, but being prepared makes it easier.
you’ll be glad you did, should that fateful time come when conditions cause you
to stop and stay that way for hours – either on the road or because you slid
the size of a couple of plastic grocery bags. You’ll be able to establish the
right size after reading through this list of suggestions.
waterproof and made of a material that will remain pliable in extremely cold
of the bag and the other(s) in a remote corner of the boot or load space.
the boot, it won’t be constantly sliding around. If the boot is carpeted, you
can probably use only the hook side of the Velcro If there is a suitable
tie-down spot, you can also use a bungee cord or two to secure the bag in
with fold-down ear covers or pair of ear muffs.
dead when you need it, so make sure it will also operate off the 12-volt system
or use an LED version, which is compact yet powerful, and will use less energy,
allowing batteries to last longer, (spare batteries)
prevent it from moving around in the boot
old juice can. The candle in the can is capable of supplying some much-needed
heat and light when stranded in a dark, remote location.
health food shop.
certainly be appreciated if the incident has left your vehicle in an unfriendly
place like a river or down a bank.
windows and keep the elements out and heat in.
could be critical
equipment in one place, it may hold car parts in place or a door closed after a
hold things together. It’s also useful to stick up above a snow bank to help
others locate you.
oil-soaked cloth: put it in a water-proof baggie to make sure it doesn’t get
some type of widespread emergency, be it a hurricane, tornado, blizzard,
earthquake, volcano, tsunami, flood, or wildfire.
planning and preparation can go a long way to minimize the adverse impact on
you and your family in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Once a
crisis is imminent it may be too late; think about it now and take the
necessary steps to protect yourself and family.
25th June, 2007, Hull received an unusually high amount of rainfall that led to
widespread flooding across the city and the surrounding area.
damaged impacting upon the livelihoods and well-being of tens of thousands of
route between Glasgow and Edinburgh for 12+ hours as the snowy conditions
blanketed the central belt of the country and recently over 80,000 people in
the North East were hit by a power cut.
public services being disrupted. You can probably carry on without electricity
or natural gas, but once water and sewer service are lost we quickly realize
how much our civilized world depends on indoor plumbing and in particular the flush
must be prepared to survive on our own for at least the first few days after a
disaster. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to
evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home.
or telephones–were cut off? Perhaps it is true that local officials and relief
workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right
away, you will be on your own.
preparing your home for an unexpected disaster.
the flooding Hull in 2007 showed how widespread flooding can get. And you don’t
need to live near water to have your home inundated with water, a friend of
mine had four-inches of water in his basement from a nearby ruptured water
to your home is to put a sandbag into the toilet bowls. This will not prevent
your home from being flooded, but it will prevent sewer waste from backing into
emergency seal for toilets. It looks a bit like a lid to a small rubbish bin.
The seal is quick to fit, easy to store and secures the toilet during a flood
to prevent backflow.
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defence. I remember numerous newspaper and magazine articles on preparing our
homes for a widespread disaster.
throw out an empty bleach bottle. They make great containers for storing water.
Rinse out, fill with water, seal and label them, then store in a dark spot in
usually a one and a half gallon size. While you should replenish the water
every six months (use to water your plants), it’s not hard to forget to do so,
but it’s easy to disinfect the water if you need it for drinking purposes.
Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 per cent sodium
hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, colour safe bleaches or bleaches
with added cleaners.
stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odour, repeat
the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes. The only agent used to treat water
should be household liquid bleach.
sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 per cent sodium
hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not
treat before you use it for drinking, food preparation or hygiene. In addition
to having a bad odour and taste, water from questionable sources may be
contaminated by a variety of microorganisms that can cause dysentery, cholera,
typhoid and hepatitis.
follow these steps:
to remove solid particles
the chlorine treatment described below will not work.
water, or 8 drops per 2-liter bottle of water. Stir to mix. Sodium hypochlorite
(concentration 5.25% to 6%) should be the only active ingredient in the bleach.
There should be no added soap or fragrance.
does not smell of chlorine, repeat steps 4 and 5. If after the second try the
water smells of chlorine, you can use it. Otherwise, discard and find another
source of water.
sterile water. Your doctor can tell you whether you fall in this category.
for surviving a disaster
build an emergency toilet. If water pipes are broken or sewer lines are not
working then a sanitary emergency toilet can be built. This is an easy project
that can be finished in 10 minutes.
flush toilet into an emergency toilet.
another appropriately sized waste container with two heavy-duty plastic garbage
bottom of the bags.
securely tied and removed to a protected location such as a garage, basement,
outbuilding, and so on, until a safe disposal option is available.
public sewer, or septic system, or they may bury the waste on their own
included with the regular garbage if a public announcement has been made that
allows this method of disposal.
not have the time and tools to prepare a complex emergency sanitation system.
service to your neighbourhood, you may find that disposal is a big problem.
bucket with a garbage bag. (If the sewage lines are broken but the toilet bowl
is usable, place the plastic garbage bag around bowl.) Make a toilet seat out
of two boards placed parallel to each other across the bucket. An old toilet
seat will also work.
container to avoid infection and spreading of disease.
and human wastes in the ground to avoid the spread of disease by rats and
insects. Dig a pit two to three feet deep and at least 50 feet from any well,
spring or water supply.
septic system may not work. To be prepared, store materials to make a sawdust
potty in your emergency kit as well. All you need is organic material such as
sawdust, peat moss or soil, and a 5-gallon bucket with a lid. After you use the
potty, just pour a layer of organic material in the bucket and put the lid on.
weapon is a necessity.
an effective survival spear from many different materials.
relatively easy to make is the wood tipped spear.
and a knife. You then take the knife and sharpen one end of the straight wooden
piece into a spear point.
tip of it.
place the tip of the spear into the fire and let the tip begin to burn. As soon
as the tip begins to burn, you remove the spear from the fire and extinguish
the burning end of the spear.
wood from the tip of the spear. The spear is now finished and the tip has been
fire hardened to make a sharp and durable weapon.
is the rock or glass tipped spear. To make this type of spear, you simply need
a straight piece of wood, a knife, a sharp piece of rock or glass, and a length
of some kind of cordage.
straight wooden piece down the centre of the shaft for a length of about 2
inches. Then you place the blunt end of the sharp piece of rock or glass into
the outside so that the tip of the spear will be sharp. Next use the cordage to
tightly tie the split back together. Once this is done, the spear should be
firmly locked into position. If there is any slack in the spearhead, then you
should tie the cordage tighter around the split in the wooden piece until the
spearhead cannot move. Once this is accomplished, the spear is completed.
is the metal tipped spear. This type of spear requires you to have a sharp
piece of metal or a few straight sharp metal pieces, like bike spokes.
will also need a knife, some form of cordage, and a straight wooden piece.
spear. To make this type of spear, you need
to either split the wood down the middle in the case of a single metal
spear point, or you will need to sharpen the wood piece to a tip in the case of
using several sharp narrow metal pieces.
the wooden split, if this is the type of spear point you are working with.
you are working with multiple narrow metal points, then you will use the
cordage to secure these pieces to the outside of the spear around the sharpened
types of spears mentioned here for survival, this is the most durable and
also be used for fishing and defending yourself against threats.
spear will serve you well, should you ever be in a survival situation. It will
allow you to quickly and easily make a weapon that can help you to procure food
and to defend against threats.
building your own survival skill could one day save your life.
air rifle, the first one is what do you want it for, plinking or hunting, two,
spring or gas and lastly which calibre .177 or .22
that for the survivalist and prepper that the best air rifle is a spring
operated one because they are dead simple to maintain and fix should things go
wrong with it, and the main reason I recommend spring operated air rifles is
because they never run out of air, which is ideal in a survival SHTF situation.
pellet adequate for squirrel hunting? It certainly looks very tiny, and
suppose it is a fair question as to whether or not it is a viable hunting
caliber in air guns.
uses this rule of thumb: “.177 for feathers, .22 for fur.” In other words, if
you are shooting birds, a .177 is sufficient. If you are hunting non-avian
game, then consider a .22 caliber. In my experience, it really comes down to
the issue of pellet placement on the target.
calibers in squirrel hunting, and the caliber issue is less of a concern to me
than the issue of what particular air gun do I want to carry around with me
huge price spread in airguns today, picking one specific gun is a challenging
task. It’s even more difficult for someone new to airgunning who has to learn
the technology before making a choice.
whether it’s the right gun? If there were airgun stores in most big cities the
problem would be somewhat easier to solve, but even then how would you know
whether you had found exactly what you wanted?
Competition? For each of these, there are a host of other questions,
like…What will you be hunting or what kind of competition will you be
such as the rules for target shooting that govern the few models that exist.
Spring-powered guns require a cocking effort measured in pounds.
1250 Hunter, can be much more difficult to cock and only a strong adult male
and very few strong women will be able to operate it.
hard to shoot. If so, choose a spring gun that’s easy to cock, or better yet,
get a precharged pneumatic or CO2 gun.
almost certainly mandated. There are very few air pistols powerful enough to
kill animals reliably.
are a greater number of pellets available in that calibre, and the .22 hits
game with more authority than the smaller calibres.
are up to the challenge of hunting with an air rifle.
and a great deal of fun.
a lot of practice not only with the air rifle itself, but with hunting the game
species in question.
get you started hunting with your airgun.
Before every hunt verify the rifle is properly sighted in.
holding air pressure and not leaking.
spring guns this means verifying the guns cock easily and without binding or
interference. Always make sure the
safety is on and working properly.
the woods. Air rifle, unlike firearms
have a pronounced “loop” in their trajectory and will require a
certain degree of holdover at longer hunting ranges.
shooter practice to be effective in the field.
conditions. Flat headed and hollow point
pellets work very well on smaller pests and offer less penetration around
buildings, where safety and damage to property may be an issue.
longer range shooting and often provide the best accuracy and penetration. Select round or pointed pellets for larger
game and in instances where shots may be taken at longer distance.
hunting you are doing. It is even more
important when hunting with airguns, as you need to be very close to your
quarry before attempting a shot.
hunting small game. This will aid you in
getting the close shots required in airgun hunting.
of 50 yards. Until you become very
familiar with your gun, it is best to keep your distance and shots in the 30
yard range or less.
be dispatched easily with shots placed in the chest or head.
rabbit, rats, etc. It is best to stay
with head shots.
relative low power and thus safety of the weapon. Regardless of the guns limited range it is
always important to be aware of pellets trajectory and where it might land if
it either passes through the game or if you miss entirely.
good back stop for you projectile.
intend to hunt. If you are hunting
squirrels you need to learn about what types of food they eat, where they stay
during the day, and how to stalk and approach them without being seen. Same is true for other species such as
Rabbit, Crow, Rat, Starlings, etc.
a little time to research before you hunt.
There is a wealth of information available on the interment on hunting
of all types. Take advantage of it.
following a set of simple, commonsense safety rules, you can ensure that you
are never the cause of an accident.
accidents have happened with guns their owners ‘knew’ were unloaded.
you are carrying your gun in public, keep it fastened securely away in a
gunslip or case.
be a safe one.
be endangered by the shot and ensuring there is a suitable backstop to catch
pellets and prevent ricochets.
it in a secure place to which children cannot gain access. Store ammunition in
a separate secure place.
outdoor sports shops.
pounds (16.3 joules) and air pistols with muzzle energies of less than six foot
pounds (8.15 joules) can be bought by any person aged eighteen years or more.
greater than twelve foot pounds, you must first obtain a firearm certificate
from your local police firearms licensing department.
energies greater than six foot pounds or air pistols and air rifles which use
the self contained gas cartridge system (these used to be manufactured by
Brocock as BACS Cartridges and does NOT include the CO2 cartridges used in CO2
rifles and pistols) are prohibited weapons which may only be acquired with the
authority of the Secretary of State.
your local police firearms licensing department.
purposes including target shooting, vermin control and hunting small ground
to a shooting club with an airgun section and learn from a qualified instructor
how to handle your gun safely and responsibly and become an accurate shot.
find that target shooting provides all the challenge you need or you may want
to move on to shooting live quarry.
careful only to shoot on private property over which you have permission to
be able to shoot safely and enjoyably even on quite small pieces of ground.
above, are not required to be kept on a firearm certificate, they are still
classed as firearms and fall under the control of the firearms legislation.
law and keep within it. If you don’t, you could find yourself in court facing charges
with sanctions ranging from heavy fines right up to life imprisonment.
following is a list of the laws by which you must abide and you might be
surprised at just how long it is:
to a person under eighteen years of age.
weapon unless – they are under the supervision of a person aged twenty one or
more or they are on private land and have permission from the occupier or they
are shooting as a member of an approved club or they are shooting at a shooting
gallery for miniature rifles.
unsupervised on private land to allow any pellets to cross the boundaries of
in possession of an air weapon in a public place without a reasonable excuse. A
reasonable excuse might be carrying a gun to and from a target shooting club or
to and from land on which you have permission to shoot. It would also include
taking a gun to and from a gunsmith for repair or service or taking a new gun
home from the dealer.
in a building or on land.
prohibited from possessing a firearm by section 21 of the 1968 Act. This
section prohibits anyone who has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of
between three months and three years from possessing an air weapon or other firearm
for five years from the date of release. Anyone sentenced to three years or
more is prohibited for life.
(fifteen metres) of the centre of a public road in such a way as to endanger or
impede any road user.
When live quarry shooting, it is your responsibility to make sure that you only
shoot legal quarry.
abhorrent to most people, this is, above all others, the offence that gives all
air weapon shooters a bad name.
than common sense. If you use your gun safely and responsibly, you will be in
no danger of committing an offence.
inflicting severe injuries and even of killing people.
have given airgun shooters a bad name by breaking windows, shooting pets and
protected wild birds and even sniping at people.
your gun in a way that demonstrates that air weapon shooters are, in the main,
responsible people who pose no threat to anyone.
set out in this information.
Survival Handbook” bought the concept of Survival Kits to the public
crammed full of fishing hooks and candles and anything else small and useful
you could fit into them.
they didn’t keep you warm at night, the realisation dawned on schoolboys up and
down the country that carrying survival tins for wilderness situations was,
perhaps, a little foolish.
the preserve mainly of the military.
natural disasters have increased in modern times but the explosion of the
travel industry into more remote areas, a greater number of independent
travellers and increased urbanisation in and around areas with high probability
of Natural disasters have increased our exposure to such events.
civil unrest, military action and the Post-9/11 7/7 world of modern terrorism.
‘Preparedness’ for major incidents in urban environments, at home and abroad.
should reflect your needs and situation, the equipment you might consider
should similarly reflect your:
targets – typically western city centres, especially business districts.
frequent traveller Proximity to definitive safety
of experiencing a hostile situation (kidnapping, terrorism etc) or natural
disaster (earthquake, flooding etc.) and deciding which Tier of preparedness is
appropriate for you.
would always want to have about you to help get you home safely or safely out
of harm’s way.
‘everyday’ list is that it needs to be a small list and things that you would
really have the tenacity to carry with you all day, every day. It is very easy to let this list grow.
pouches and your bulging key ring is full of whistles, torches, compasses,
knives and so on, which becomes an inhibitor to carrying it.
stolen. If you have a smart phone there
are a range of useful Apps which in tandem with most smart phone’s GPS will be
able to give you an accurate location which is important when trying to
establish help, be it in a foreign country or a nondescript British B road in
the dead of night.
much limit as you can negotiate which you never use. This requires willpower. In most urban areas, anywhere in the world,
having a Visa or MasterCard with £1000 can get you food, accommodation or even
a plane flight home.
and sometimes real money is actually worth more.
that makes sense.
emergency money, not spending money.
old travelling tip is to carry two wallets; your real wallet secreted somewhere
and a sacrificial wallet with a few pounds which you are willing to hand over
(nothing looks more suspicious than a brand new wallet with a single bank note
in it) use an old wallet and add a couple of supermarket club cards, some
stamps and a photo.
is not wanted in a hostile situation and a cheap one won’t hurt if it gets
stolen or broken.
good watch is to ask yourself “what do I need it for?” The answer should be ‘to tell the time’ and
needs to be uncluttered and easy to read.
Esoteric chronographs have overtones of the ‘professional pilot’ but you
will never need to time anything down to 1/100th of a second.
accessories and features is unnecessarily bulky, unnecessarily difficult to
read and unnecessarily expensive.
Numbers, Day, Date. That is it. If it glows in the dark or illuminates
properly, all the better.
features as its size and weight will put you off carrying it around with you
all day. The Leatherman Wave and Gerber
Multiplier are both regarded as benchmark multi-tools.
LED ‘pinch’ torch which is small enough to fit on your key ring. Whilst you would not expect it to illuminate
you journey home, these powerful little torches provide enough light to guide
you out of a dark or smoke filled building or even signal your location over
term are shelter, food, warmth and signalling.
A lighter and any combustible material can provide the last two.
making notes and can write on more surfaces than a ballpoint pen. Don’t worry too much about carrying a
notebook as you can usually lay your hands on some writing material somewhere.
should be essential. Avoid gadgets or
gimmicks such as credit card sized multi tools or carabiners with a built in
torch and compass.
to be self-sufficient for longer.
Again, less is very often more.
It is very easy to choose an overly large bag and fill it with things
you do not need.
should be plenty. Messenger bags have
their advantages as well, being less obtrusive in a cosmopolitan area and it is
easier to carry a messenger bag if already carrying another, larger
rucksack means it won’t be fine dining but make sure that whatever you carry is
high in calories and easily digestible.
Try several brands of dehydrated food or foil packed ‘wet’ food such a
Wayfarer meals to ensure they do not disagree with you.
next to no space when not in use. Also
consider carrying a larger fold-flat water carrier such as the ones from
Ortlieb or Platypus, if you need to stock up on clean water when it becomes
in areas where water is expected to be dirty as well as contaminated, or when
larger quantities of clean water will be needed a water purifying system such
as those available from Purificup and
Lifesaver systems will solve the problem
SC600 offers a ridiculous 750 lumens on full power and a range of lower level
outputs for longer lasting usage.
Headlamps have the ‘hands free’ advantage. The Zebralight H600 is a headlamp version
with similar output levels. Both of
these torches are some of the most powerful on the market but require expensive
and obscure 18650 rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. Other well-known high power torches include
Fenix, Led Lenser and Sure Fire which use more commonly available CR 123, AA or
AAA batteries. Always carry spare
notably for marking people and places.
details and contacts of the nearest hospital, Embassy and transport hubs. Either carry the originals or
photocopies. If you do carry the
originals, have photocopies kept separately but secure. Of course nowadays it is possible to store
scans of these documents and carry the information on memory sticks but hard
copies are more user friendly in developing countries or when there is no
cost the earth. These documents may be
the difference between getting home or not, so keep the dry, clean and safe.
hours talk time will quickly be eaten up if trying to arrange repatriation home
from abroad or if you are the only point of contact via phone with the
and toothbrush. Wet wipes have the
advantage of not needing water to give yourself a rudimentary clean. Shower Gel in an arid environment or when
there is no water will just be frustrating.
It is not so much about personal appearance but more about good
hygiene. Hygiene prevents illness and
infection which can be debilitating.
lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers together with a hat and pair of
gloves. The warmest of places can become
very cold on a cloudless night.
use abroad or when evacuating an urban area.
Maps of the local area and a compass and knowledge of how to use them
are always useful.
psychology, whether it is on the floor of an airport waiting area or an
emergency refugee camp. Down filled
sleeping bags provide the best warmth to weight/size ratio but provide no
insulation when wet.
to weight. Choose the lowest warmth
rating (expressed as ‘Seasons’) as you can get away with. A combination of a 1 Season sleeping bag
with a 3 Season sleeping bag can provide a more flexible system depending on
the climate at less than the cost of one Down filled sleeping bag.
being without shelter then a solution must be considered. The two best lightweight shelter systems are
a bivvi bag with tarp (or ‘basha’) or a Hammock with tarp. Hammocks are more comfortable and don’t
require an even, flat surface beneath you to get a good night’s sleep but they
do require two good fixing points from which to hang.
systems. Conversely, you will probably
find more suitable locations to bed down in a bivvi bag. .
not least for setting up your tarp to sleep under.
Hexamine stove is often favoured for its diminutive size but it is far from the
most efficient stoves and is limited in fuel choice – typically hexamine fuel
block, fire lighters, charcoal etc. The
Jetboil is one of the most efficient gas stoves on the market and is sold as a
complete cooking system together with pot and lid, that stacks away inside
itself for ease of storage.
be available. If traveling, remember
that there are strict laws on traveling with pressurised canisters. The most robust multi-fuel stove is the
Primus Omni-Fuel which will burn almost any liquid fuel and also works on
conventional gas canisters.
can’t be beaten, certainly not on price.
At the other end of the scale the MSR Titanium Kettle is favoured with
alpinists as their all-in-one camp kitchen.
An 850ml pot with lid that is large enough to cook something in and
small enough to drink straight from as a mug.
Whatever you choose it is an added benefit if your stove can fit in you
pans to save space.
‘spork’. But do pack a green hairy
scourer and a small bottle of washing up liquid. This may sound luxurious but hygiene is not
a luxury, it is a necessity to prevent illness.
or drab green colours: It can be a
benefit to be unobtrusive but there is also a benefit to being easily seen if
you need rescue. In many parts of the
world camouflage clothing or army surplus equipment will make you look like a
terrorist or member of a paramilitary organisation with serious consequences.
to carry more equipment, expedite yourself away from danger and remain self-sufficient
for longer. The contents should be
securely and unobtrusively stowed. Most
accidents on expeditions involve vehicles so seek further training if appropriate
and learn the basics of vehicle repair.
holidays, business trips or pioneering expeditions for unexplored areas – are
caused by vehicles. The incidence rate
of accidents increase ten-fold when driving off road. The use of a vehicle should be seen as a
responsibility rather than a luxury.
more wound dressings for serious bleeding.
and Water – sealed water if possible. In
a vehicle Hot Cans can easily be carried
for your area.
Antifreeze, Coolant, Oil and Spare Fuel
Wheel brace and Foot Pump
spanners – open and ring
bits and driver
Enough fuel in both the main tank and a reserve Jerry Can
of Engine Oil, Brake, Clutch and Power Steering Fluids.
coolant and Anti-Freeze levels are checked.
all lights and wipers.
(including the spare )for tread depth, pressure and uneven wear. Check wiper blades and drive/fan belts. Carry spare of both.
innovation in many fields, including the arts of self-defence.
the rules of the London Prize Ring (later the Marquis of Queensberry Rules)
were immensely popular spectator sports. T
such as French Savate and la Canne, Japanese Jiu-jitsu and the English
adaptation, “Bartitsu”, were enthusiastically debated in newspaper
and magazine articles.
such as the bayonet and cavalry sabre, and research into antique methods of
swordplay was undertaken to improve their skills.
between 1870 – 1900 was a Golden Age of close-combat.
arts” also included quarterstaff fencing. In this sport, players wearing
fencing uniforms and protective armour competed for points by sparring with
lightweight staves, typically up to eight feet in length.
the rules and techniques were produced; Sergeant Thomas McCarthy’s
“Quarter-Staff” in 1883, and a chapter of “Broadsword and
Singlestick” by R.G. Allanson-Winn in 1898.
quarterstaff fencing was taken up by members of the Boy Scout movement, who
produced a simplified manual for training towards their “Master at
Master-at-Arms George Silver wrote:
self-defence, as a weapon of expedience used by travellers or in formal duels.
with the winner receiving both gate-money and the proceeds of wagering.
famed English stage gladiator James Figg promoted the art, along with back swording and pugilism, in bouts at
Southwark Fair, and after his retirement from the stage in 1735 he taught it to
young aristocrats at his own School of Arms in London’s Oxford Street.
quarterstaff-play between 1748 and 1870, probably because during this period
armed prize-fighting was virtually replaced by the new sport of boxing.
staffing was militarily obsolete and does not appear to have been a popular
rural pastime, so it is possible that the art effectively became extinct.
practised between 1870 and 1898 was not a direct, lineal continuation of the traditional
art, but rather a Victorian innovation or reconstruction drawing upon three
in sporting equipment manufacture, and the popularity of the Robin Hood
similar hardwood, difficult to manoeuvre with any regard for a sparring
were professional fighters, willing to risk injury in un-armoured, full-contact
bouts with weapons (although it was suspected at the time that some
professionals fixed their fights, in the manner of modern pro-wrestlers.)
danger of fencing with oak staves may have dissuaded amateurs from taking up
the art recreationally, in contrast to the gladiators who fought to earn their
were light enough that players could strike to the body at full speed and risk
only a welt or bruise, and a slender eight-foot length was flexible enough to
absorb impact without splitting.
weapons in lance manoeuvres, following the example of Indian soldiers they
encountered during the “Raj” period, beginning in 1858, and bamboo
quarterstaves are recommended in all of the surviving Victorian-era manuals.
relatively affluent urban middle-class with time to pursue sports and other
were established, leading to a rapid evolution in sporting equipment design and
shins, groin, hands, temples, throat, and eyes were still vulnerable to serious,
even if accidental, injury.
could choose from a diverse range of protective equipment designed for other
accurately, “foilists”) had been a simple wire mesh screen across the
training bayonet, mask designs began to incorporate hardened leather panels to
protect the top and sides of the head, or helmet attachments woven out of
internal framework of heavy wire that reduced denting and the chances of
broadsword helmet” for use in training cavalry soldiers, with additional
protection for the back of the head.
aprons in a variety of styles, providing some degree of protection to the groin
area and effectively padding the thighs against cutting attacks.
same time, new knee and shin guards, constructed out of bamboo strips backed
with padding, were invented for the sport of cricket.
availability of commercially manufactured boxing gloves allowed a measure of
hand and finger protection beyond the requirements of sword fencers, but ideal
for quarterstaff players whose weapons lacked guards.
distant memory, and the quarterstaff was most widely associated with the
legendary outlaw hero of Sherwood Forest.
hundreds of books, songs, plays and poems were produced, commemorating and
elaborating his adventures.
today, is Robin Hood’s quarterstaff match with Little John, taking place on a
bridge over a shallow stream.
of the later Victorian period was influenced as much by the popularity of the
Robin Hood legends as by the memory of Figg and his peers fighting on the stage
at Southwark Fair.
in the trenches of the First World War, and the generation that might otherwise
have perpetuated the new sport of quarterstaff fencing was all but lost.
similarly afflicted, some experiencing a brief revival in the 1920s (such as
quarterstaffing as practised by the Boy Scouts) before finally succumbing
during the Great Depression and then World War Two.
Olympic movement caused many obscure sports to fade from memory through lack of
publicity and funding. It is only in comparatively recent years that these
activities have been researched and, in some cases, brought tentatively back to
fact is, it is British tradition is to make your own staff. The ancient ballad
of Robin Hood (15th century or earlier) describes how Robin cuts a staff in
order to fight with Little John.
branches or sections of a tree.
hawthorn. It is easy to find straight hazel and ash; both are light and
springy. But neither are as strong as oak (the wood used by Robin in the
ballad) or thorn and will not last as long.
to flake and split. Thorn has proved itself the toughest and most durable
material. The sapling should be at least 2.5 inches in diameter at the
plus about 3 inches.
sap. This will make it heavy and more important will tend to cause it to warp
as it dries out. The best time to cut a staff is in winter.
staff, you can easily strip off the bark with any kind of knife. It is best if
you store the staff without stripping the bark for a period of a few months, it
improves its durability. But the removal of the bark is then more difficult.
double-handed, so even balance is helpful in alternating right and left handed
blows. The best implement for trimming a staff is a draw-knife, which is a
curved and inclined blade about 9 inches long with wooden handles at each end.
option is the electric plane, but the draw-knife is actually more efficient.
but the old method was the shaving horse, a log raised on three legs with a
pivoted bar/footrest for gripping the staff while trimming.
but perfectionists may use a spoke-shave (a small plane with a 2-inch blade and
metal handles allowing you to draw it down a length of curved wood) or even
absorbing moisture, which may cause it to split- repeat this every few months.
lighterEmergency candles/candle lantern
Multi=purpose tool or knife
hoses, clamps, strapping tape, assortment of screws, nuts, washers and bolts,
bailing wire, tow chain, sand, flares, booster cables)
pliers, crescent wrench)
and dry, protected from the weather. Trying to dig your way out of a ditch, or
attempting to walk back to town can be fatal.
know your location and predicament then sit tight.
to -30 F) if you want you can idle the motor for a few minutes at a time — but
only after making sure the exhaust system is not damaged and the tail pipe is
clear of snow and debris.
snowy/icy night dressed as a normal driver would be I can tell you that running
the engine for a few moments does not really help as it takes ages for the
engine to warm up enough for warm air to be blown into the car, and once you
turn the engine off the temp. drops very rapidly indeed.
minute you’re feeling normal and the next you’re unconscious.
unintentional deaths caused by carbon monoxide are from motor vehicle exhaust.
So don’t use the engine for heat — use your head — and your winter survival
compartment, you’re set. Settle in, put on those warm clothes (socks, hat,
gloves, long underwear and fleece or wool layers) and relax wrapped in your
sleeping bag or blankets.
something during a severe blizzard, first put on your outer layers and goggles,
then use the nylon cord to tie off a life line so that you can find the way
back to your car — visibility can be as low as 12 inches!
away from the wind and blowing snow) approximately 1/2 inch. Fire up your
candle lantern — the candles burn for 8 hours and will raise the temperature
in the car 8 to 10 degrees F.
chocolate Bars, etc. sure taste good in a situation like this — and
will provide the protein and fat you’ll need to keep warm. Use your water
sparingly (you should keep 2 large bottles in your kit) but don’t let yourself
hours, things get a little trickier, but you’ll do just fine. When you run out water
and dry food, you’ll have to do some cooking’. If the snow and wind have
stopped blowing hard, gear up and head outside.
and set up the stove. If the storm is still raging clear out an area in the
car, protect it with the floor mats and set up a galley.
pan with snow and fire up the stove — carefully! Pour the first pot of melted
snow in your bottle.
water to near boiling. Open one of the backpack meals (buy the kind that you
cook in its package — all you do is add hot water) and enjoy.
just around the corner — severe storms don’t usually last much longer than a
day — you can survive 4 or 5 more if you’re prepared.
use so we have lost that natural knife instinct, that natural ability to use
this survival tool without even thinking about it, or that fact that we might
accidently cut ourselves when using it.
to be very careful initially as this ultrs sharp survival tool can cause us or
others great harm.
cause you harm if you aren’t careful using it. The most basic safety measure is
to always cut away from your body.
keep a firm grip on the knife and whatever you’re cutting so there are no
slipups. You also want to make sure you don’t run with a knife, try to grab a
falling knife or leave a knife lying around unsheathed.
you’re closing a folding knife.
knife as it not only firmly attaches the knife to your hand but if you do drop
it the knife will just swing below your hand. You just simply put your thumb
through the lanyard loop and then wrap it around your hand.
focused on the task at hand. Hunger, thirst, cold and exhaustion can all be
powerful distractions, so make sure you’re up to performing whatever activity
want to take great care you don’t damage or lose it. If you don’t let it down
in this respect, it’s much less likely to let you down in return.
some are less durable than others so it’s usually best to avoid getting too
creative when using them.
can break if you try to use them to pry things open. You also want to avoid
using then as awls because this can damage the tip. Don’t stick your knife into
the ground and don’t heat it unless it’s essential.
sharpen it, be careful to maintain the point and overall shape of the blade or
it could weaken. Always make sure you put it away (ideally fastened to your
belt) after you’ve finished using it, because otherwise you could break camp
without grabbing it.
plastic or cloth. Whichever you choose, make sure it’s reinforced and attaches
firmly to your body. A hole for hanging it on a lanyard can be handy, too.
is also a good way to lose it.
someone knowledgeable in the field. It’s worth the trip to a specialty store to
know you have a knife that won’t let you down, even in the face of dire
tampons. I know, it’s hard.
have ever seen or heard of them and it is a new survival product on the market:
the Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity (T.A.M.P.O.N.).
to a survivor. One could even argue for
including a couple in your survival kit.
Ultimately, I’ll let you be the judge.
might surprise you.
Drug Administration as a Class II Medical Device. The word “tampon” is a derivative of the
French word tapon which means “a little plug or stopper.”
that tampons were used as early as the 19th century as battle dressings to plug
bullet holes. There are even accounts of
tampons being used as wound plugs in modern warfare.
uncommon for Army Medics to carry tampons in their med kits. They are also the perfect product for a bloody
nose. There seem to be mixed accounts of
whether the tampon was used as a feminine product before or after its use on
practical survival uses.
waterproof sleeves, and are designed to be ultra-absorbent — making them the
perfect first aid bandage. They can be
opened and then taped or tied over a wound as an improvised dressing. And, as I’ve already mentioned, they can be
used to plug a bullet hole until more sophisticated medical attention can be
back to World War I. Many items in
modern society were first developed as a facet of military research — tampons
may very well be one of these products
filter. While it will not filter out
biological, chemical, or heavy metal threats, it can certainly be used to
filter out sediments and floating particulates.
increase the life and efficacy of your main water filter.
out larger particulates. In this
example, I’ve pushed a tampon into the neck of an empty water bottle. I poked a small hole in the cap and then
poured in dirty water to filter through the tampon and into the container
below. The water dripped out nearly crystal clear.
tampon are pulled apart and hit with a spark or flame, they will burst into a
nice steady fire. If you’ve done the
right amount of fire prep work, you can easily split 1 tampon into 3 or 4
fire-starting tinder bundles.
some chapstick or petroleum jelly, and you’ve got even better fire-starting
Survival Straw from the plastic housing and cotton from a tampon. As you can see in the photos below, just tear
off a bit of the cotton and stuff it into the plastic housing.
sticking out to make the housing pieces wedge tightly together.
biological, chemical, or heavy metal threats, but it will filter out sediments
and particulates. This would be a last
ditch effort if no methods of water purification were available.
typically made up of several 4-6″ pieces of twine. Though it’s not much, it is usable
cordage. This amount of cordage could
easily be used to make a Paiute Deadfall Trap.
history. From Native Americans to tribes
in New Guinea, the Blow Gun and primitive darts have put food on the table for
thousands of years. They are silent and
deadly hunting tools, especially for small game.
natural cotton was used as blow dart fletching.
Thus, the cotton from a tampon is a perfect candidate to make cotton-fletched
the tampon to lash it into place on this bamboo skewer.
tampon-fletched blow dart!
as matches and tinder dry can be a challenge.
The waterproof tampon package/sleeve makes an excellent improvised
“dry-sack” for any items that are moisture sensitive.
off with the tampon string and you’ve got a great waterproof match case.
method — especially when using live bait such as grubs and worms.
a tampon float make the perfect combination for a survival fishing rig. Watch out Blue-Gill!
over and tying off the top to create a little bubble that will float your
bait. If the package isn’t water-tight,
just put some of the cotton inside and it will float just fine. Then, simply tie it to your fishing line.
double or even triple survival duty. For
the size, weight, and cost, a tampon has an impressive list of survival functions.
the importance of looking at everyday products through the eyes of a
Are you manly enough to include a tampon or two in your survival kit?
week long adventure in the wilderness, always plan for the unexpected.
wilderness survival kit is a great idea.
due to something as simple as slipping on wet rocks or a muddy section of trail
and spraining an ankle. Naturally, if this happens, you hope you’re not alone,
but what if you are? Or even worse, what if your companion is unable to provide
saving your companions life?
BEFORE it becomes necessary. It’s impossible to anticipate every contingency,
but you can take steps to prepare for what you may encounter as you explore
items you’ll need in your survival kit. You need to dress appropriately, from
head to toe. You may not have thought about it, but the very clothing you wear
is part of your wilderness survival kit.
treeline, protection from the sun and wind is necessary. Once you’re out of the
trees, your body temperature will drop quickly as wind chill becomes a factor.
40 may not be good enough to prevent a bad case of sunburn at higher
elevations. While on that subject, don’t forget the sunblock!
virtually waterproof. When I started spending time outdoors, we wore mostly
wool because when it got wet, it still retained some insulating qualities. It
was heavy, it itched and when you did get wet, you smelled like a wet dog.
washable. They come in a variety of colours. Extreme weather clothing available
today is much more comfortable than the clothing I wore 30 years ago!
jacket or poncho in your Daypack – Just In Case.
in cold weather and protects you from the heat during the really hot days. I
have two favourite hot weather hats. One is a new leather wide brimmed hat that I’ve had around for about two months now.
keeps the sun out of my eyes and my head warm in the cold. The other is a
Wooley hat that’s also seen better days, but it’s warm and comfortable.
going to be out for any length of time. A simple wool stocking cap will
suffice, but a balaclava that can cover my nose and mouth is much better for
keeping warm. Cover that with the hood of a parka, and I can keep warm!
survival kits. One personal kit to carry with you when you hike and a second,
larger, survival kit geared for long term survival in an urban survival
scenario. What if you need to evacuate your home?
in a BOB of essentials?
one you’ll be carrying when you hike and explore. Later we’ll take a brief look
at the essential elements of a BOB for a home evacuation plan.
be carried on your body without being a burden. Anything which is an
inconvenience will be more apt to be left behind.
items to survive an emergency situation of a short duration. After all, you’re
not going into the wilderness to homestead.
enjoy natures’ wonders.
they are readily accessible. Less important items can be stowed away in your
I use a GPS (Global Positioning System) a lot more than a compass.
word of warning, NEVER rely solely on a GPS as a means of navigation.
fragile. It can be dropped and break. Learn how to use a compass. Also make
sure you carry extra batteries. If it’s cold, carry the extra batteries in an
inside pocket to protect them from cold. I like to put extra batteries inside a
ziplock bag to keep them dry.
recommend adding this item to your gear list. Adding a way point for the trail
head to your GPS makes finding your way back a lot easier. It also lets you
know just how far you need to go to get back before dark.
items that have more than one purpose whenever possible. DO whatever you can to
cut down on the size and weight of your survival kit. Above all else, do not
mate of mine uses an Army Surplus Ammo pouch to carry his things in. A bum bag
can work well for something when you’re not going to carry a day pack. An empty
Band-Aid box or even a soap dish works well for a basic survival kit container.
air tight, small enough to carry easily and durable.
essential for a survival kit?
talking survival, I mean REAL first aid item, not band aids and first aid
ointment. Get a triangle bandage and some large gauze pads to use for
a Band-Aid, you need serious help. A triangle bandage can be used for a
pressure dressing or to attach a splint. This is useful.
Better yet, pick up several and put one in every one of your backpacks so you
never go off without it.
should have. Normally, I always carry a Chris-Caine Companion on my belt and a
True Utility multi-tool which It has a variety of blades and tools and comes in
handy every day.
knife with a full tang blade comes in handy, I carry the Chris Caine ® Survival
the unknowing, but it’s not really all that useful. Stick with a good quality
blade, and learn how to keep it sharp!
weapon when venturing into the wilderness. To be honest about it my advice is
unless you’re going hunting, ditch the weapons. They only get in the way.
parts of the UK any discussion of survival needs to include a brief mention of
how to prepare for an urban disaster which could throw anyone of us into a
of nature that could interrupt our lives and disrupt the pattern of support
we’ve become accustomed to.
“shelter-in-place” (staying where you are) and wait out the disaster.
disaster supplies kit can save lives.
an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or large, covered plastic
container with handles for easy carrying.
not require preparation or refrigeration; at least three gallons of water in a
tightly sealed container per person (roughly three days’ worth of water);
special needs items for any member of your household (such as infant formula,
medicines or items for seniors or people with disabilities);
flashlight and extra batteries; a change of clothing; sleeping bags or quilts;
a battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries; cash; and copies of
items at least twice a year, including things like food, batteries and medications.
wilderness skills so you’re prepared if you ever need to use survival
techniques. Take a First Aid course and learn CPR.
attempt to travel farther in one day than is a realistic goal. Don’t allow
others to force you to overextend your limits. If you’re not comfortable with a
trail or the pace, speak up!
the sights, but remember that you are responsible for yourself. Plan for the
unexpected. Make your wilderness survival kit.
incident to force you into a survival experience.
mind, as the name Survival Knife was actually coined after his film First
on single edge fixed blade knives because of the safety and function factors
that should be addressed in a survival situation.
with hollow handles and saws on the spines.
and mass production and a cheap price kept them popular. But trust me; there is
a reason for the low price.
for the most part, are all fad and a huge “no no” in the survival
the time and use the right materials to make these knives work well like the
LMF II Survival Knife by Gerber.
held together with a single nut or rolled pin and they call it good.
they will fail. Just take one on a camping trip and try to build a shelter with
one like I did. 10 chops and that was all she stood..
handle, let’s stick to a full tang with a comfortable, secure handle. You won’t
big danger in a survival situation. You can’t afford the risk in the woods.
large blade can, and will, do everything a small blade can do plus more.
foreword blades with a thick spine cut your work in half. That’s why machetes
are a huge part of outdoor life in many tribes around the world.
aircraft escape, and found their way onto all outdoor knives mainly for looks
than for function.
wood, and it’s easy to pack a nice saw in a small survival kit. So if you
decide to stay with a small blade, you will have a saw to make up for it.
crew may want to stick with the 499 Air Force Survival Knife – Ontario Knife
Company Stainless versions that require less maintenance.
hand, they are harder to sharpen in the field. I like a blade with a high Carbon
content. It takes more care and maintenance, but the trade-off for a scalpel
sharp edge that’s easy to keep is worth it.
to sharpen your blades and keep a sharpener with it at all times.
prefer the Chris-Caine Companion do some homework and decide for yourself what
would be best for you.
long under stress. Remember your life is on the line. That being said, let’s
look at the specs of a good survival knife.
construction with a reasonable. Put that into a full tang knife with a
comfortable secure handle, along with a good sized thick blade for chopping,
with the right steel for you and round it out with a usable sharpener and
you’ve got yourself a nice survival companion.
around for a long time, and they work well. In many cases it is better to find
a sheath the fits securely that is made of a strong webbing and lined with a
thick plastic or better yet Kydex insert.
knife for years to come. They usually hold up well in all conditions. Try to
make sure it has a drain hole so no water or dirt stays on the blade.
sure and use it. I have seen too many sit in kits or on shelves and when the
time comes for the survivor to use it, they don’t know how.
your blade until it becomes an extension of your arm.
things survival. With a little preparation and practice, you will come to trust
your blade and yourself in any situation.
to be prepared for it. People have known this for years; it’s the reason our
society has storm cellars and fire extinguishers.
obstacle when trying to prepare for an unfortunate camping, hiking, hunting, or
in the woods, or even Bugging Out for real.
happen to an even seasoned outdoor enthusiast makes it especially hard to
prepare essential tools and supplies before leaving on an adventure.
of one item? Not enough? Putting together a survival kit for you can be
frustrating, time-consuming, and costly. Luckily, many outdoor supply companies
carry pre-assembled survival kits, or can at least help you put yours together.
dangers your outdoor activity presents and the best ways to protect yourself
challenges to enthusiasts. These different challenges require different types
of survival kits.
concerned with reliable navigation tools, such as maps and compasses, and
making sure he or she has plenty of provisions.
more concerned with his or her protection against potentially dangerous
animals, while those who fish will obviously want to bring plenty of dry
specific outdoor activity, however. Just because the main point of your trip
may be camping doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring along a hunting knife or
eventualities while either training or seeking a covert life style.
deciding on a survival kit is the climate and terrain of where your outdoor
activity is taking place. Different weather extremes can cause problems for
outdoor enthusiasts, even on a single trip.
still experience heat exhaustion, especially in the summer, just as desert
campers can easily freeze at night despite the daytime heat.
your survival kit if you are unfamiliar with the climate and weather patterns
of the area you’re exploring.
survival kit, no matter what your outdoor activity of choice. The most
important components of a survival kit are ones that satisfy the following
needs: protection against the elements, or, shelter; first aid or medical
supplies; food, water, or the tools needed to procure them; ways to signal
rescuers; and finally, tools to help guide outdoor enthusiasts back to familiar
you should pack your survival kit, but here are a few essentials.
is by packing lightweight, water-resistant clothing and blankets. Reflective
aluminium blankets help retain body heat and act as signals to rescuers.
climates, as well as being lightweight and easy to pack.
easy-to-pack, effective protection method against nasty elements.
survival kit tools that will help you do so. Waterproof matches and lighters
are easy and convenient, but if you happen to be in an outdoor setting for long
you run the risk of running out of matches or fuel for your lighter.
you with warmth longer and with greater reliability.
for outdoor enthusiasts.
meant to treat a wide variety of health problems or accidents.
if you happen to experience a flesh wound while aspirin, antacids, and allergy
medication will help with internal afflictions.
want to include are insect repellent, lip-balm, sunscreen, toilet paper,
feminine hygiene products, and a large supply of any prescription medication
unfortunately difficult to pack in bulk. It is recommended to have at least
three gallons of water – a three to six day supply – on hand for any outdoor
trip, unless you plan to filter your drinking water un-route.
space in a kit. High-energy foods, such as chocolate, nuts, and dehydrated
fruits, are a better bet; they are more compact and are easier to ration, making
them last longer.
situation you may not be getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay
search-and-rescue workers find you more easily. Lightweight LED flashlights and
lanterns are perfect. They have long battery lives and can be spotted from
quite far away.
carry the risk of starting an unwanted fire. A good compass can help you find
your way back to more familiar areas or, at the very least, get you comfortable
with the terrain you’re currently in.
have miniature compasses built in.
items you have to carry in your survival kit.
your specific outdoor adventure.
don’t want to over pack and weigh yourself down unnecessarily.
your enthusiasm lies – camping, hiking, hunting, fishing – a well-packed,
well-prepared survival kit will add peace of mind to your adventure, even if
you never have to use it.
we have in our supplies. When it comes to prepping, everyone usually talks
about having food.
that at all. In fact it is the first step in a prepping plan. However, trying
to maintain some sort of a household, survival retreat, or ‘home’, will require
more than just food.
supplies, while I was looking for something else and I thought I’d share.
item, we found to be quite impressive. Whether you are bugged out or bugged in,
you will need the ability to clean some clothes and undergarments, particularly
if you are out of power.
doing your normal laundry on a regular basis, but I am sure you will have some
things that need to be washed. Our washboard removed stains and cleaned
steel ridges to get your clothes clean. Again, it’s a simple, inexpensive item
and it’s great!
recommend that you have them in your first aid supplies/kit. Why would you need
maxi pads with your first aid supplies?
so use them when you are trying to stop heavy bleeding coming from someone’s
wound. If the bleeding is light, then by all means, use some gauze.
will be much more helpful when trying to stop heavy bleeding so that you can
apply bandages once the bleeding has stopped.
pressure to stop the bleeding.
these. They are primarily used by electricians. However, they are great
fasteners. Generally, they have a one time use. They are inexpensive and
tarps together as long as they have grommets. They also come in handy in your
garden for tying plants, such as tomatoes, to a stake to hold them up.
are many uses for these lightweight, but effective fasteners.
survival item. First of all, some more obvious uses would be to use them as a
washcloth or a dishrag. I love to use one as a sweatband and I use one to
cover my head to help prevent heat exhaustion.
help to prevent your neck from getting sunburn. You can also keep some in your
first aid kit to use as a sling or a tourniquet. They also make a nice
impromptu little ‘basket’.
loop on your backpack and you have an extra way to carry things.
meat and veggies in it, throw it in a fire, and a few minutes later have a hot
water. In addition, it can be used to enhance an antenna, to sharpen scissors,
to make sun boxes for small plants, to collect dew from trees, and in the
summer it can be put in windows to keep the heat out.
usage: Tin foil hats!
or Yahoo maps and many don’t even have a physical map anymore.
dangerous areas. It can also be used for identifying the shortest, safest route
to a friend or relative’s home, a place with supplies, etc.
great for all preppers. There are so, so many items that are handy for
prepping. It’s always fun to list a few that are not typically in the
the UK and around the world we have seen earthquakes, extreme heat, landslides,
tsunamis, blizzards and tornadoes which have forced thousands of families to
flee their homes.
follow a natural disaster with an activity survival kit. What are the benefits
of a disaster activity survival kit? What are a few suggested items that can
reduce stress and help a child cope with the disaster?
taken to an evacuation shelter?
shelter for very long. Some people have to wait for days or weeks after a flood
or other weather disaster has passed before they can safely return home.
disaster survival kit can help keep a child (or teen) occupied for much of the
waiting time. Let the child help pack his kit; older children and teens can
pack their own.
the event the family has to evacuate on short notice.
survival kit for each child is to stave off boredom. Here are some other good
reasons for building a kid’s survival kit?
kit gets a sense of understanding and control in disaster planning.
hopefully keep stress and anxiety levels manageable in strange surroundings
during a disaster crisis.
drawing and colouring sets) gives the child an alternative way to vent feelings
and fears about the disaster.
the child’s age and personal preferences.
going to be staying for the next few days or longer. Use a backpack or duffel
bag to hold a child’s survival kit items.
a child’s imagination
batteries and headphones. Don’t count on being able to plug in a battery
charger at a shelter, and don’t expect Internet service.
centre for example? There are rules parents need to be aware of – guidelines to
follow when making activity suggestions to a teen or helping a child make a
noise unless shelter rules are observed. Know too, that space is extremely
limited – spots are taped off in some shelters – so limit your belongings.
loud music are not tolerated.
reading or a diary to write in. If you want music, then bring a radio, personal
CD player or similar player and a good set of headphones.
everyone is going to like your kind of music.
noisy toy instruments, remote control cars (can cause people to trip, too),
whistles, or toys that emit sirens or other loud sounds.
Frisbees or anything that might invade another person’s space.
easily become lost. Leave messy things like glue, moulding clay and paint sets
unless it’s an older child that is responsible.
basement shelter for a lengthy bit of time, then you still might want to follow
the public shelter guidelines above.
and bring a few favourite belongings to an emergency shelter or other place of
peace for other evacuees.
when a weather or land crisis strikes.
allow them to make an activity kit.
and flooding and other natural disasters a whole lot easier.
prepper and survivalist there is no firearm I am allowed to carry, and no
pepper spray either.
self-defence is an Offensive weapon, figure that one out.
whatever they want but if I try to defend myself against a future attack by
some drug crazed knife wielding scumbam I get arrested for carrying an
knives are illegal as is any knife blade longer that 3”, when I was a kid
hundreds of years ago I always carried a pen knife or a boy scout sheath knife
and it never crossed my mind once that they were weapons as to me they were and
always will be just tools.
foul of the law and not by carrying what would make the difference in an attack
time, tides, temp, electronic compass, A king cobra paracord bracelet from
www.paracord.com, a Multi-tool +lite from www.trueutility.com with a paracord lanyard,
a Stop a red marker spray from www.stopashop.co.uk.
UK road map, a Yorkshire Dales OS map,
Dextrose tablets, a wind up torch, a SOL survival kit and the SOL emergency
Bivy Bag from www.adventuremedicalkits.com, A compass, A whistle, three MX3 ready
meals from www.bushgear.co.uk, a Swedish gel cooker from www.landmineadventure.co.uk, a
small saucepan, a spork, spare walking socks, a pen and a note pad, bag of
www.prepared-4.co.uk and an egg box filled in with my home made tinder, it is made
from the lint out of the washing machine placed into each egg compartment in
the cardboard egg box and the I drip melted candle wax over each one, it burns
for ages, tea, coffee, whitener and bovril.
driving in the car.
encounter the first tool.
there’s always a stick at hand. Even a crude broken branch has a myriad of
potential uses, from brushing aside the webs of spiders to keeping enemies at a
loss of those two other feet with sticks.
is a rare item. People are almost embarrassed to carry them.
weakness? a mark of age? a fashion miss statement? Unless it’s a high tech
trekking pole, the staff has fallen out of favour.
where people travel isolated and wild pathways yet do not wish to present a
without looking like a paranoid invader, the staff is the perfect choice.
UK, as tame and civilized, the reality we face in the wilderness isn’t so
different from that of older and tougher days.
world with us and get cranky about it, and you can’t trust everyone you meet on
the trail. A good poking stick can preserve the peace without causing serious
violence has been to eliminate both species and ecosystem. I think we’ve grown
beyond that, but not far beyond that. In modern instances of predation against
humans, the individual animals pay the price–as well as any suspect animals
who just happen to be in the area.
they test one of us, and learn that we are pointy and belligerent, they probably
will not try us out again.
not dangerous to the balance; the guy without one is.
of the art of Stick. The most common encounters I’ve had are with cows and the
loose dogs who probably already had a low opinion of humans.
was with a grumpy young bull who showed up in a bad mood as I was trying to
cross his field. No real carnivores have ever attacked me, and they probably
won’t. I carry a big stick.
tool. It will be used most often for very ordinary things like keeping your
footing. I can think of any number of reasons to have one.
on a trail, to take some weight and balance before you shift from this boulder
to that ledge, to prop yourself against a current on a swift water
crossing–the needs and the uses are endless.
the spot, when you happen to need one–no, if you choose that last minute
response, you won’t have anything dependable.
A rotten branch won’t.
Best Survival Knife
the outdoors will vouch for the effectiveness of a good knife but to the survival
professional his knife is one of their best friends and the most securely
guarded of his survival equipment.
knife should not disappoint.
always having a survival knife.
who are scared of knives and question people who keep them. It is an
unfortunate fact that many present day individuals have no clue regarding the
numerous functions of a great survival knife.
me a pen knife and I used it every day from sitting on my back step whittling
to using it every day, all day without even thinking about it.
the boy scouts and was able to wear a “bone handle sheath knife” and I have to
tell you that whichever knife I had it never crossed my mind to stab someone
with it, even in anger on the day my next door neighborough shot my frog
with an air rifle as I released it into a local stream
equipment and is among the essentials that all survivors need to have with him
to thrive as well as succeed in the outdoors. With this in mind, your selection
of the best survival knife for your requirements has to be dependent on solid
build quality, correct parts, craftsmanship, and capability.
the huge Rambo style knives as shown in Hollywood cinema.
powerful tools that could take on everyone, these oversized blades really are a
phony from the best of blades used by survival pros.
they are very hefty and huge. Additionally, double edged knives are recommended
mainly for thrusting. As their tips are fairly weak they are prone to breaking
idea being you can stash survival necessities like matches, compass, and
various strings within the water-tight handle.
blades experience is that they are prone to being sluggish compared to solid
handle selection and also they can easily break at the hilt as the handle or
the blade fly’s during heavy use.
survival gear somewhere else.
of things they are often called upon to do. At the same time mass and weight
are crucial considerations just like any survival items.
length is approximately four to six inches long. This particular size blade
gives good mixture of size and control.
possibly be best taking a machete or an axe. Whatever the case, you would still
do well with a normal sized survival knife.
metal, to which there might be sections of material joined to create a snug
grip. This kind of construction is well known in the blade community as “full
tang” or “narrow tang”.
fuses the handgrip. Typically 2 parts of materials attach to each side of the
steel to create a secure handle.
some knives avoid adding grips and the steel remains bare, these can be wrapped
with paracord to make a comfortable hand grip for example.
blade material as it makes its way into the grip of the knife. A handle is then
connected on the smaller bit of the blade.
leather-based disks. Narrow tang knives sometimes use a pommel attached to the
handgrip end of the tang.
metal blade is split from the handgrip. The weaker point on these terribly made
blades is when the blade and grip are bolted and glued together. You’d do best
to stay away from such cheap knifes in favour of the full tang or narrow tang
need, specifically smooth and serrated. Serrated survival knife blades do best
at slicing artificial materials, garments, and skin.
paramedics, serrated sides make the perfect choice.
to sharpen effectively in the wilderness. This is really a major disadvantage
in a survival situation where keeping a sharp edge in the course of tough use
is extremely necessary.
blade for carving and chopping.
almost all survival circumstances. This kind of blade is useful for chiselling,
dicing, and sawing.
clothes, or flesh as efficiently as a serrated blade, the straight bladed
knives will still make quick work of such elements.
normal blade is that you may sharpen your survival knife on a stone or piece of
cement should you not have a normal sharpening rock on hand whereas the
serrated blade typically needs special sharpening equipment and technique.
designed for sawing through metal or solid wood. In lots of situations, as in
the Rambo variation knives, these saws simply do a bad job at very best.
event you require a small saw in your survival tools you would thrive to add a
tool specifically developed for this instead of use your knife for this
around 6/32 and 9/32 of an inch. Any thinner and the knife will become too
bendable. It is crucial that the tip of the knife sustains its durability, as
this is a likely spot where the knife could fail.
quality survival knives:
function really well in damp settings. They need much less care compared to
carbon steel knives. Disadvantages to using stainless steel in knives is
because they tend to be more costly, are more tough to sharpen, and might not
hold an edge as nicely.
frequently or sprayed. Many people think carbon steel knives hold an edge much
better than their stainless steel counterparts.
complete survival tool