Category Archive: Survival Tips

What Exactly are Vital Signs and What do They Mean?

Most of us have heard of vital signs or checking vitals at one point or another, and these are the go-to indicators that are used to assess basic functions of the body that are essential for our survival.  They cover heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and temperature, and they normally fall within a specific range …

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Tick Paralysis:  Little-Known Condition With Big Risks

  Did you know that there are around 40 tick species that can cause paralysis in their hosts?  While this most-commonly affects dogs, thousands of people become exposed each year as well.  Let’s take a closer look at the cause, symptoms and treatment for this potentially-fatal condition. How it Occurs Certain female, egg-laying ticks produce …

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Turn These Everyday Items into Simple Survival Resources

  Your ingenuity and ability to make useful resources out of whatever material may be on hand is one of the most-important survival skills to nurture.  In fact, some of the best tips and tricks that come our way are so effective because of their simplicity.  Here are a few examples that illustrate this point, …

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How to Make Homemade Dish Soap the Easy Way

  Did you know that you can make safe, effective and all-natural dish soap by combining a few household ingredients and following a few basic steps?  The finished product can be nearly as effective as items purchased in stores, and it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to whip up a batch as …

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How to Add Fat to Powdered Milk

Powdered milk is a staple in many pantries and emergency food stockpiles, and it represents an excellent source of protein and calcium.  However, most products also lack the flavor and texture found in regular milk because the fat has been removed.  This is necessary in order to give the powdered milk a long shelf life …

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How to Open a Coconut With no Tools

Imagine that you’re stranded on an island where your only immediate source of food and water is from coconuts.  You don’t have any tools, and you haven’t stumbled on appropriate rocks that can be used to pry open the husks and shells.  What do you do?  Well, there’s an alternative that will work almost every …

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Surprising Benefits of Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are not nearly as popular as their hen-made counterparts, but that’s surprising considering how beneficial they are. While raising ducks isn’t as hands-free as caring for chickens, their eggs can make the extra work seem more worthwhile. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you may want to think about having a …

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Getting Trapped in Quicksand: Myth vs Reality

  There is a lot of misinformation about quicksand out there, from how it traps people who accidentally fall in to how to get out.  The good news is that getting stuck in quicksand doesn’t have to lead to an unfortunate outcome.  Here’s what you need to know to avoid turning a problem that has …

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How to Turn a Beer Can into a Survival Resource

  Empty beer or aluminum cans have so many practical uses in the field that they should be one of the first things that we look for in a survival situation.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of how you can turn someone’s trash into treasure when resources are scarce.   Related video: …

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How To Make Your Own Fishing Net

A simple “Do it Yourself” net that can be made out of any type of cordage or string. This net is awesome as a gill net for fishing, a net for trapping birds and can be used as a makeshift bag to hold items. Make it with para-cord for a net that can be used …

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