This Week’s Show 29th June 2017

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I begin this week’ show with the Wilderness Gathering, the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, My Bug-Out Belt, Mobile/Cell Numbers and Apps, Working on the Edge, Boot and Foot Care, Arbeit Macht Frei, Choosing your Bug-OUT Location, Survival Mistakes.

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Monday’s Pappy’s Place w/Pappy Canoli

I like this show because he covers prepping, history and common sense issues in a totally relaxed way.

In the Month of June, Pappy will be riding and raising money to help Fight Kids’ Cancer. His goal is to raise $600 and riding 121 miles for your generous donations. If you would like to the cause, please donate at ==> Great Cycle Challenge, USA Riding To Fight Kids’ Cancer and then follow along as he logs his rides.

Tuesday’s Surviving Dystopia w/DJ Cooper

Dj is our Excutive Producer, manager, well known author, publisher and host and has her own business, she never stops and is a true inspiration to me and many of her listeners.

The message is simple “shit happens”…could be a job loss, could be illness or accident, maybe a hurricane or full on Armageddon, invest in your personal utopia lest it becomes a dystopia.

Surviving Dystopia? What the heck does that mean?

In it’s most basic sense? “The art of Getting By”

Wednesdays Open

Thursday’s The UK Prepper

It’s little old me.

Friday’s The Family Preparedness Hour

Listen to the Preaching Prepper, as the purpose of his show is to help and encourage those who have started on the road of preparedness. He prepares for the “day after” any event, and his show is full of interesting personal stories and experiences.

Saturdays … Pioneering your way to freedom w/John Milandred

John is the founder of this great station, and he actually lives OFF GRID, his experience of growing his own meat, slaughtering and butchering, his animal husbandry, his total personal knowledge of living his life as a homesteader I would say is second to none.

Great show John I love it, and as for your youtube channel it’s the bees knees.

Sundays Reserved for all Hosts!

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Childrens Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked

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Mobile/Cell Numbers and Apps

Calling ‘112’ will direct your emergency call from any country in the EU

Pressing ’55’ during a 999 call signals that it’s not safe for you to speak out loud

The RapidSOS app lets you summon emergency services, even without signal

Every Brit knows to call 999 in an emergency.

But emergencies aren’t always that simple. What happens, for example, if you’re in a foreign country, or you have your phone but aren’t in a position to speak out loud?

From the little-known codes every traveller should have stored in their phones, to the app that fetches help at the touch of a button,

The universal EU number

Call ‘112’ from whatever EU country your’re in and it will route it to the right local emergency services

‘112’ is the emergency number people in distress can call in all 28 member states of the European Union to get immediate assistance from the fire brigade, a medical team or the police.

You can call the number 112 with a fixed or mobile phone, and the number is free everywhere.

It works by routing your call to the emergency department for whatever country you are in.

The 55 ‘silent solution’

There may come a time when a 999 call needs to be made but talking will put a person or others in more danger – in which case press ’55’ to signal this to the operator

It’s a potentially life-saving function that has been used by the emergency services for the past 15 years, but very few people are aware of its existence.

There may come a time when a 999 call needs to be made but talking will put a person or others in more danger.

The solution? Press ’55’ when given the option to do so. It’s dubbed the ‘silent solution’.

Hundreds of thousands of silent 999 calls are made to the police annually, so operators using the ‘silent solution’ to help filter out accidental calls.

When a person calls 999, an operator asks which service they require. If they don’t answer, they are prompted to tap the handset, cough, or make a noise.

They are then given the option to press 55. If there is no response to any of the prompts, the call is terminated.

Texting 999

Register with the emergencySMS service and you’ll be able to text, not call in the case of an emergency

If you are in a situation in which you can’t call 999, but are able to text, you can.

You must be already registered with the emergencySMS service for it to work, however.

To do so, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply, then follow the instructions you are sent.

The RapidSOS app

This app lets you call for help at the touch of the button in 135 countries, and is compatible with any three-digit emergency number in these regions

Users of this free app can call the police, fire service, report a car crash or seek medical help at the press of a button – and it works even if you don’t have signal.

It can be used in 135 countries, and is compatible with any three-digit emergency number in these regions.

Each of the four buttons on the app trigger a standard call to nearby dispatchers, and each call is placed with the phone’s GPS location, user details and any pre-entered medical information attached.

If the user doesn’t have signal on their network, the app lets them ‘roam’ onto another network to connect the call.

It also doesn’t require the user to speak the language of the country they are in, which again is useful when on holiday.

The ICE app

The ICE app puts your emergency information on you lock screen wallpaper so that anyone can access it, and can sit along with your own screensaver.

It’s always worth having an ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) number stored in your phone – a fast way for rescuers to contact your next of kin should you be unable to.

However, most smartphones are password-protected these days, making it impossible for others to scroll through your address book.

The ICE app puts your emergency information on you lock screen wallpaper so that anyone can access this vital information.

 In addition to displaying your ICE number, you can also list information including blood type, medical conditions like diabetes, or allergies to certain medications.

Disaster Alert app

If you live in, or are visiting an area prone to natural disasters, this free app will warn you – everything from floods and earthquakes to severe storms and avalanches the Disaster Alert app will give you warnings.

It alerts the user to everything from floods and earthquakes to severe storms and avalanches.

Citizen Aid app

Simply download The free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.

The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.

The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK. Access is left open internationally for the wider public good, but recognising there is detail that relates only to the UK (such as emergency service phone number). Additional country versions will be developed dependent on demand.” US Version is avaliable, search “citizenAID US” in google & iTunes.

Forager’s Buddy app

Forager’s Buddy is a free application for android smart phones and tablets, designed to help users mark on the map all remarkable places, where they can find various kinds of wild food resources (Using the GPS module of the device). You can use this application in various outdoor activities like: wild herbs / mushroom gathering, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, etc The designer says feel free to tell him about the changes you would like to see in Forager’s Buddy. Features (Free edition): 1. Route recording & viewing (Exporting route as .kml file format)**. There is ability to view nearby spots and converting .kml route files to .gpx format 2. Exporting and Importing data as CSV. 3. Data Filtering. 4. Attach a photo to a location 5. Viewing of the approximate distance of each item from user’s current location. 6. Emergency Call and SMS (Sends a SMS with user’s last known location and battery status of the device). 7. Favorites. 8. Item Location Sharing (e.g. via E-mail or SMS). 9. Current Location Sharing (e.g. via E-mail or SMS). 10. CSV file sharing (e.g. via E-mail or Bluetooth). 11. KML route file sharing (e.g. via E-mail or Bluetooth). Features (Pro edition): 1. All features of free edition / Ad free

British Red Cross app

If a friend or family member was having a heart attack or was choking, would you know how to help them?

Our free app features simple, easy advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.

With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to learn first aid.

The information you need is all hosted on the app itself, meaning no internet connection is needed, making it fast and easy to access.

Working on the Edge

Common knowledge states that a dull knife is far more dangerous to you than a sharp one. This becomes a problem for many people since most of us either lack the equipment or the skills to sharpen a knife.

As I always say a dull knife is a piece of metal.

If you have a knife sharpener then here are some tips to help you achieve a fine cutting edge.

The angle you hold your blade at is important. If you are sharpening a hatchet you want a 30 degree chopping edge. If you’re dealing with fine cutlery you’ll want a 10 degree edge. If you’re sharpening a knife for general use, you’ll probably want a 15 degree angle.

Anything above 30 degrees or below 10 degrees won’t actually sharpen the blade.

You use different coarseness levels for different levels of sharpness. If your knife is already pretty sharp and just needs a tune up, use the fine side of your sharpener. However, if your knife is dull, you’ll want to start with something coarser before moving to a finer sharpener to really put an edge on your blade.

You must sharpen each side of your blade an equal number of times. If you sharpen one side more than another, you won’t actually be sharpening it.


The first easy way to sharpen your knife is with a piece of ceramic. Most mugs are ceramic, so they are a good choice. The ceramic is used as a replacement for your fine stone. You just use the ceramic the same way you would a fine stone, 3 cuts both ways at a consistent angle


The second household item you can use is glass. Try using the top of a car window or the top of a glass cup. Either way, you use the rim of the glass in much the same way that you would the ceramic mug, making 3 cuts each way at a consistent angle until the blade is sharp.


The third thing you can use is a piece of steel like that found on a file or the back of another blade. The only thing is that you have to worry about the hardness of the steel. The steel on the sharpener needs to be harder than the blade you are sharpening, or else it won’t work. The Rockwell scale is a good measure of hardness to use in this situation. Otherwise, you just use the steel the same way you would a sharpener.


The fourth thing you can use is sandpaper. This is especially good if you need something rougher than steel or ceramic. In order to sharpen your blade, just hold the paper flat and use the paper like your sharpening stone.


The final thing you can use to sharpen your knife is concrete.When using concrete, make sure that it is a relatively smooth area with out any clutter. You may want to wet the concrete, but this isn’t necessary. This should only be used as a last resort however, since the concrete can damage your blade in the process of sharpening it. However, it can still sharpen your blade in an emergency.

Afraid of Wild Camping Alone

Wild camping is a life changing experience that (in my opinion) everybody should try at least once. Its the ultimate way to get away from it all but does this solitude and remoteness put potential wild campers off?.

For those who’ve never slept out in a tent, just the single night in a regulated campground can be unnerving enough. Getting them to head off out away from everybody else and all the resources a campground offers can often be a big ask.

The saying strength in numbers holds true both from a safety and confidence point of view. Even being in a group doesn’t give a cast iron guarantee of total safety these days no matter where you are, but its a much better introduction to this side of camping, if your not an experience wild camper.

Wild Camping in Urban Areas

This has always been a non started for me and something that should be approached with careful planning.

The main problems are an abundance of people compared to the level of population if you venture out in the countryside. The locals have different expectations too, happening across a tent in the countryside is going to be less of a novelty than finding someone camping in the local park.

In all the years sleeping out under the stars I’ve seen enough to stay away from parks, graveyards and the other places you’d expect to be empty at night but can attract the worse kind of visitor.

Not Just About Pitching a Tent

A campsite full of other people with all the facilities and instant communication (should something go wrong) is a far cry from a deserted field in the middle of nowhere. Reading up on the basic survival tips and getting a good camping kit together will ease you into wild camping but there’s nothing like having a few trips under your belt to know exactly what your doing.

Joining up with another wild camper who’s got the experience is a quicker (and safer) way to storm up that learning curve. You’ll properly be introduced to some great camping spots that would have taken years to find (if ever). That said some wild campers (me included) are sometimes a little reluctant to give up those amazing pitches for fear they’ll get misused to the point where access isn’t possible anymore.

Don’t Fear the Night

If you keep your wild camping off the beaten track, the chances of anybody stumbling across you in the night is very minimal. The other side of this is if you choose places that would require the use of a torch at night to walk out of, then your always going to see someone before they see you.

When I first started taking my wife wild camping she was concerned about trouble from other people but this happens very rarely. Anybody intent on harm has better picking grounds than wandering around the countryside in the dark with organized campsites being more of a likely target than the hard to find wild camper. My advice is do it, just get out and do it.

Boot and Foot Care

An army marches on it’s stomach, well i march on my feet.

I used to do road marching as a “hobby” and ended up building up to the Nijmegan 4 days march which is 25 miles every day with a minimum 22lbs small pack. This is usually bags of sand taped up weighed in and weighed when back.

Believe it or not we wore DMS boots, say no more.

I don’t recommend you hike 10 miles (16 kilometers) with a pack on your back in any boots — even the most perfect boots, gifted to you on high by a choir of footwear angles — without breaking them in first.

The need to break in a boot is especially true with burlier boots — the stiffer your boot, the longer it takes to break in.

The creases you make in your boots as you break them in will form the shape of the boot for its life, so be sure you do it right. Wear them around the house with the socks you’ll hike in and make sure the lacing is tight against the boot’s tongue, which should lay flat. Then start with short day hikes and slowly, slowly increase the distance.

If your new leather boots are killing you and you don’t want to buy a new pair, try this soak the boots in warm water before wearing them with your hiking socks. A wet foot in a wet boot is no fun to begin with and will quickly create blisters, but molding a wet boot to your foot can be a last-resort break-in trick.

You could also simply walk down or up a shallow river or stream. Or even as we where advised to pee in them then go for a walk.


A quick point here you should condition your feet too, one way to do this is to dab them every night with white spirits which will harden the skin on the soles of your feet.


Start with the right socks — a moisture-wicking synthetic liner inside a wool-mix sock is a popular choice. Then try to keep your feet clean and dry — fabric “gators” that wrap around your boot and leg close the gap at the top of your boot, not only keeping out moisture but also keeping grime from sneaking in.

If your feet sweat, take your boots and socks off during rest breaks. If possible cool your feet off in a stream and then elevate them. Consider carrying a few extra pairs of socks and changing into them at these rest breaks. Wet skin increases friction and friction causes blisters.

Rinse out your nasty, sweaty, grimy socks in a stream and hang them on the outside of your pack. Not only will this trick ensure you have another clean, dry pair of socks to change into, but perhaps it will keep your hiking partners from crowding behind you on the trail.

Rob at interviewed me for his site and has released part 1 of my 2 part interview. Thanks Rob you did a great job.

Arbeit Macht Frei

Work Makes you Free … were the words on the gates of Auschwitz and other Nazi work camps.

At first, expect millions of unemployed office and hi-tech workers – highly educated in suddenly-unwanted specialties.

Expect the conditions following economic collapse to lead to a new peasantry – office workers becoming field labourers or bandits; tied to food production by desperate circumstances.

But without modern sanitation and medical care, I think plagues and epidemics will run rampant.

Without modern education, many academic and professional categories will vanish. Expect religions and cults to experience enormous growth as oil-based societies return to more medieval structures.

Myths work as long as a majority believe them to be true. Leaders clad their agendas in the language and thought patterns of those myths.

Until the 20th century, leaders used religious talk … now people believe that democracy and the free market really exist and that they are the mainstay for everything dear and valuable … Thus to mobilize today’s population, leaders use democracy and free-market talk.

It is like the difference between official socialist/communist concepts and real-world socialism/communism.

Our societies require the on-going integrated functioning of many factors, including electricity, water, food, heat, transportation, communication, medicine and security.

An extended manipulation or failure of any of these sub-systems can damage or collapse the others; and the collapse of one country or region can have huge consequences elsewhere on our interconnected planet.

Food is power.

We use it to change behaviour. Some may call that bribery.

Catherine Bertini, UN World Food Program Executive Director, 1997 said

“A gradual collapse would not be SO bad. A fast collapse would be devastating. Most people will freeze, panic or reject the news – until they are motivated to move by thirst, starvation, looters and epidemics”.

Many people who wait for help will die. NOW is the best time to make emergency last-minute preparations. How can you arrange to keep your essential possessions … and your life?

The essential difference between survivors and casualties is preparation!

During a disaster – every second counts! Waiting for help may kill you!

The potential Stages of Societal Collapse are

Moral Collapse. You stop trusting people. You distrust your elected politicians, businesses, government employees, religious leaders and military. Unemployment soars and your neighbourhood becomes increasingly dangerous.

As riots and suicides increase, dysfunctional authorities may talk about the temporary crisis and seek scapegoats. I remember talking to Selco who described exactly this as the Collapse began in the Balkans.

Financial Collapse. You stop trusting banks. You cannot assess risk and your financial assets are not guaranteed. If financial institutions become insolvent; your savings may be wiped out, and you cannot access your capital.

As social unrest and suicide increase, airlines and borders may be closed. Authorities may call this a temporary measure and may blame computer hackers.

Commercial Collapse. You stop trusting businesses. Money may be devalued and/or become scarce. People hoard and trade basic commodities and medications, import and retail chains cease, and there are widespread shortages of survival necessities.

Supermarkets are guarded and you hear of food riots. Martial law may be enforced in cities. If your electricity stops – would you freeze in the dark?

Authorities may talk of a temporary emergency and may blame farmers and traders.

Political Collapse. You stop trusting governments. Official attempts to provide survival necessities are ineffective; and politicians lose legitimacy and relevance.

Emergency calls are not answered. Starving people want your food, medical supplies and weapons. You may hear of military coups or of millions of starving people. Authorities may blame terrorists.

Social Collapse. You stop trusting authorities. Social institutions become resourceless. Dead bodies become commonplace. Cities become centres of starvation and disease. Might is right … but who has weapons? Internment camps may conceal starvation and genocide … for a while.

Authorities may blame hoarders/ preppers.

Military Collapse. You stop trusting the military. Martial law transitions into local dictatorships. The military may perceive you and your family as targets competing for the same resources as themselves – or as potential slaves.

They may create systems of forced labour and slavery … fighting local wars over local resources.

Kindness becomes a strange concept. Authorities may blame communists.

Civilization Collapse. You stop trusting hope. Death is everywhere. People cannot afford to be kind. Urban regions become death zones. Nothing is more dangerous than desperate men.

Whose women and children will live – and whose will die? You hear stories of cannibals. You might be killed for a chocolate bar … you might be hunted for your meat.

The only authorities are people who can kill you.

Here is a story from a US Government report following the winter of 1609-1610: Concerning CANNIBALISM IN AMERICA

Driven thru insufferable hunger to eat those things which nature most abhorred, the flesh and excrements of man as well of our own nation as of an Indian, digged by some out of his grave after he had lain buried three days and wholly devoured him; others, envying the better state of body of any whom hunger has not yet so much wasted as their own, lay wait and threatened to kill and eat them; one among them slew his wife as she slept in his bosom, cut her in pieces, salted her and fed upon her till he had devoured all parts saving her head.

It hardly matters what causes it – financial collapse, global warming, an oil war or space aliens.

As infrastructure collapses, misinformation will dominate the media. Instructions and advice given to avoid widespread panic may worsen your chances of survival.

This may not be a good time to stay indoors and wait for instructions. It may be a good time to get out of a city fast while you still can.

Government agencies may tell you, while communications last, that their instructions will ensure your survival. But your survival may not support their survival.

Police in most countries (including the UK) are not obligated to protect you even now … and if you are not prepared, you may quickly die during a fast economic collapse.

But if you are prepared … you might just survive.

During a financial collapse your paper assets and perhaps even banknotes may lose value. Keep records of your stocks and bonds, certificates of deposit, insurance, taxes and other paper instruments in case of recovery.

Be prepared for hyperinflation and have a stock of useful money-substitutes for trading … coffee, sugar, salt, toilet paper, herbs, pain-killers.

Hoarding may not be a crime … yet.

During commercial collapse most consumer goods become unavailable, except as trade for useful items or services. Shops and supermarket staff hoard their goods and food awaiting some sign of recovery – and only distribute those goods in return for trade or protection, or at gunpoint.

Communications cease and food riots begin. Don’t expect police, military or firemen to protect you or your home. Suspected looters or terrorists may be shot on sight … which means anybody.

During martial law, little freedom remains, and martial law can be enacted with a signature. Expect curfews, rationing, closed borders and travel permits at first … later you may hear rumours of sealed cities, slave labour and concentration camps

During political collapse government services vanish. Your contracts, licenses and tax returns have little meaning.

Police and military use their weapons to protect their own homes and supplies from riots and starving people. Suicides skyrocket.

Motorways look like car parks. Starving city people converge on farms near cities, known food-producing areas and hoilday homes.

Expect stringent rules and road barricades to limit theft and contain epidemics. Expect summary executions for minor offences.

During social collapse most hospitals, clinics and schools cease to function. Their staff may not be paid and either be forced to work (perhaps at gunpoint) or become local enterprises trading their services for food, medications and essentials.

Disease is everywhere and medications are scarce. Equipment requiring electrical power may be operated from local generators while fuel is still available.

Few people care whether you live or die … and some would prefer to loot your dead body.

During military collapse the military forces become a new aristocracy based on scavenging and feudal farming.

Much of your food and property could be confiscated and little if any effort invested in your survival. Torture and executions are commonplace.

You’re on your own.

Unless you have needed skills you are an easily-replaced field slave or grunt soldier.

During civilization collapse most of your time is spent gathering and protecting whatever you can hoard, trade or scavenge; and avoiding being robbed, enslaved or eaten.

Pity has become a luxury! What skills are essential to your survival?

Choosing your Bug-OUT Location

When disaster strikes, you need a safe place for you and the ones you care about to ride it out: your bug out location.

The basic idea is to get out of harm’s way, to a prepared area with supplies and gear which can sustain you. Choosing where to locate this prepared area is an important decision that requires planning.

Before getting into your personal remote location belonging to you, it is important to note that depending on the kind of disaster and its reach, your best bet may be to drive to another county to stay with a relative.

Your bug out location need not be an isolated piece of owned property, and if you do have family connections you can leverage, it may be your best bet.

This is one of the first things you need to consider carefully. At first thought, a bug out location would be super far isolated to ensure the best odds that whatever disaster it is will not impact you.

While there are definitely some merits to the very remote location, there are some drawbacks to consider.

First, if your intention is to stock this location with supplies, you have to understand how difficult stocking it will be if you live extremely far away. If it’s too remote, stocking it from the nearest supermarket may also be an ordeal.

While you should have extra fuel anyway, an extra-long journey presents greater fuel risks, and at minimum forces you to carry a little more.

If your location is very far from your house, you may be very unlikely to ever want to go to it when there is no disaster. If you are spending hard-earned money on rural land, you should want to be able to take advantage of it as a quiet, natural vacation space, and so if it’s prohibitively far away, you lose that advantage.

If there is a disaster where you’re on the fence about whether or not to bug out, the pain in the butt distance might dangerously deter you from leaving.

That said, quite obviously the location has to be a decent distance away from your main home, otherwise there’s a risk that whatever disaster has convinced you to bug out will impact your bug out location as well.

Depending on where you like, a good two hour drive is probably sufficient.

Who lives nearby? This is connected to the remoteness point, but is a bit separate, too. If you are too isolated, no one will be able to see your property. While this may sound like a good thing, a neighbour can actually be a fantastic asset for you to ensure that if you do ever use your place, there’s less of a chance of it having been looted.

Having a line-of-sight neighbour you’ve met and know gives you options, and keeps you from having to make your location totally invisible from view.

If your location is extremely remote, a thief who finds it can likely take all the time they want removing your possessions.

Since burying absolutely everything at your location is time consuming, difficult to accomplish without a trace, and keeping your location from being a pleasurable retreat space, the neighbourhood option might be the better choice.

Even if the neighbour doesn’t actively watch your location, people will be less confident robbing you if they can see that they are within view of another residence, and if they rob you anyway, they might not take as much since they are more likely to consider themselves in a hurry.

During hard times, yes, other people can be a risk, but compared with an urban centre, a small community has potentially a good chance of taking care of itself and its residents.

If you get to know them well enough, you can get into prepping with them and help then get a handle on their own self-sufficiency to be less reliant on you in a time of need.

Also, absolutely go to the location before you buy and talk to the people in the area, if there are indeed people around. Make sure their values, concerns, and priorities are in line with yours so that you know you can feel comfortable going there and know you won’t be the neighbourhood nuisance.

This is that much more the case with direct neighbours.

Be sure to look into whatever homeowners associations or other regulatory bodies could either block or increase the costs of any development project you may have.

Are you on the grid, or off the grid? Which do you prefer? Off grid means less hassle from outside, but far more work from inside. The same goes for water availability. Choose a location based on the skills you have or are at least willing to learn in the short term.

Depending on how you intend to use the land at your bug out location, you may have different land requirements. Do you intend to have any kind of garden? How is the soil? Is it good for gardening? Is it contaminated? Is there wildlife in the area? Is there a water source nearby?

If it’s very remote, how difficult will it be to bury the structure and your supplies? Is it at least partially south-facing? does it have shade?

These factors can be very important to you, or less so, depending on our plans. But the best options, especially the water source which would be good for any survival situation, are likely to increase costs.

Remember, a bug out location is a very personal decision. Put time into thinking about it, and scout around for land prices before committing. If it seems too good to be true, there’s a very good chance it is. Good luck!

Survival Mistakes

Wilderness survival techniques are arguably a matter of life and death. Turning into a self-sufficient survivor does not happen at the snap of a finger.

It takes knowledge, proper gear, and preparation. By planning for the worst before it happens you could be saving your life and other’s.

According to some of the top wilderness survival websites, there are eight common mistakes that can cost you big in the wild. The first is no shelter, which really turns into a double barrelled mistake. If you do not have a proper shelter with you or lack the knowledge to build one with what is around you-you might be in trouble.

It is vital to create a shelter that keeps you dry and limits exposure to the elements, especially the wind.

The second biggest wilderness survival mistake is being caught without a working navigational tool. It is easy to get turned around in the middle of thick bushes and trees. A map and a compass are failsafe standards any wilderness adventurer should pack.

Thanks to technology, a GPS is a handy tool as well. GPS devices are small, compact, and generally able to work for a descent timebperiod if kept at full charge. Keep navigational tools with you at all times.

Learning how to utilize cardinal directions by the sun and stars is also beneficial.

Another common mistake that can cost you is lack of knowledge and preparation.

There are five key things you should be knowledgeable of first:

How to build shelter

How to signal for assistance

What is safe to eat and how to find it

How to build and maintain a fire

How to locate water and safely prepare it

Never underestimate the risk factor. The most innocent of outdoor excursions-fishing, hiking, hunting-can turn into a wilderness survival situation. Always be prepared.

Don’t be caught with the wrong clothing. A rule of thumb is to always dress in layers, making the outer layer warmer than what you should need. Research indicates that most hypothermia cases develop in temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to lack of proper clothing.

Water is essential to survive.

The problem is finding drinkable water. Waterborne organisms can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which increases dehydration. Carry a supply of pure drinking water along with the ability to filter water by boiling, chemical tablets, or filters.

Finally, be sure to have a signal plan and know how to create and maintain a fire. Almost any outdoor/camping supplier has sections dedicated to signal devices. Whistles, mirrors, high beam torches, and fire starting devices are all easy to carry signal devices. Couple these with learning how to create your own emergency signal by using trees, rocks, dirt, or even snow.

Fire is vital to wilderness survival. It can warm, protect, and heat food or boil water. You can even use it to signal for help.

Do not underestimate learning how to make and maintain a fire. Take time to prepare for your outdoor excursions and you will be able to tackle whatever kinks come your way.

When it comes to survival skills, the smallest of mistakes could have a huge impact on your ability to stay safe.

However, there are a few things which can help to avoid making such mistakes, and will ensure that your survival skills are as effective as possible.

If you find your survival skills being put to the test unexpectedly, then the natural reaction can be to panic.

However, this is often the worst thing you can do, as you need to be thinking as clearly as possible in such situations.

You might not be able to simply google ‘survival techniques’ whilst checking your facebook page and playing cheeky bingo, but if you have done your research, then you will already be well prepared.

You simply need to keep a clear head, and remember all the skills which you have learnt.

Often, people panic the most when it comes to putting up a shelter, and tend to rush the process. In actual fact, it is worth spending extra time making sure that your shelter is safe and secure, and unlikely to collapse without warning, OH! And water and wind proof as well.

Survival Napping

As experienced preppers and survivors we often think in terms of taking action in order to survive.

For example we have our bug-out bags pre-packed and are ready to go, so that we may walk or drive many miles with enough supplies to get us there.

Survivors know how to build a fire in many different ways under a variety of adverse conditions. Survivors can obtain drinkable water and forage edible foods from a plethora of sources.

As survival experts we can defend ourselves and our property to the best of our ability.

And that is just the beginning. When the going gets tough the experienced wilderness and urban survivor springs into action, taking adversity head on.

But not always. A wise old friend of mine once told me, “Sometimes the best thing you can do – is do nothing!”

When the going gets tough sometimes the best thing to do is to take a long nap. During very bad weather or social unrest it is often not wise to continue on with your plans.

Rather than flail about in wind and storm or risk altercation during social unrest, simply go to sleep and wait it out! You will save your energy, reduce the risk of injury, and get a good rest besides.

Sometimes the best thing you can do- is do nothing!

This strategy has been employed by experienced wilderness survivors such as the northern Native Americans during foul winter weather, arctic explorers, and high mountain expeditions like those on Mount Everest and K2.

Even the very squirrels and other animals, natures experienced survival instructors, will hunker down during the worst of conditions. They simply curl up in their dens and go to sleep.

During a survival situation of any kind, the ability to sleep warm, dry, and comfortable is very important and can mean the difference between health and the ability to take action during waking hours or possibly not making it out alive.

If you have the proper survival gear and knowledge, your outdoor sleep system can get you through the most trying of times with little expenditure of precious energy.





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