You planned, organized, created lists and prepared all your meals. After checking everything and getting it all packed, you feel confident you have everything you need for your camping trip. However, you might not have thought about these five essential survival items to take with you, just in case.
Power outage, survival, camping, hiking, and natural disasters—there are plenty of situations when you may be without electricity. However, that does not mean you need to go without power.
A few months ago, I was chatting with my boss when, out of the blue, he asked if I ever had considered getting my amateur radio (ham) operator’s license. It never really had crossed my mind. My parents were into CB (Citizen’s Band radio) when I was a kid, and I certainly had spent time on radios in the Navy, but it really did not seem like a hobby I needed. The truth be told, I am busy enough without another hobby.
Spring and summer bring out the bugs. Try having a Fourth of July barbecue without mosquitoes and flies. Camping, hiking, hunting and even picnics in the park can result in bee stings, tick bites or a chigger attack. Though some areas of the United States have more problems with fire ants and scorpions than others, I have identified six typical stinging and biting spring and summer insects, how to prevent them and how to treat their bites and stings.
If you are like me, at some point it just gets too dang hot to tent camp in the summer. Spring weather in North Texas is optimal for camping—nice, warm and sunny during the day, with temperatures dropping in the night for a cool and comfortable sleeping environment. Plan your trips now before the heat turns sweltering. To get you ready, I have complied Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top six camping posts.
When venturing outdoors this spring and summer for a hike, swim, overnight camping, or even just a short nature walk, here are six essential tips that could possibly save your life.
As we start going outside more, so do North America’s black bears. When the weather warms up, black bears wake up from their deep sleep very hungry! After all, it has been a few months since they have eaten.
If duct tape has thousands of uses than chances are its junk drawer companion and skinny little cousin the zip-tie does as well. Two things I wish I would have invented.
The common goal of most preppers is to simply be as self sufficient as possible. This means keeping an adequate supply of necessary items in case of an emergency. The number of what-if scenarios, which can happen and constitute an emergency, are as varied as the number of items you need to be stockpiling. One of those essential items for preppers is batteries.
Private landowners—especially farmers—have quickly realized that leasing their land can net additional income, which is certainly a boost for farmers, but not so great for the hunter. One glance at land prices and you can see it has become a land-grabbing nightmare as the price tag for hunting leases and land purchases continue to climb to record prices around the country. Adding to the sting, professionally guided hunts are quickly being priced out of reach of the average hunter.
Preppers, hunters, and even farmers understand the importance of having quality tools made specifically for certain jobs. A good knife is important whether you raise your own chicken, beef or other meat, or you are a hunter or angler who simply enjoys filling your own freezer. When it comes to butchering meat or filleting fish, a good knife set is a must have for any do-it-yourselfer.
Making a fire on the fly is tough already without snow and ice on the ground. I hope you never have to fend for yourself overnight in a winter storm, but in case you must—knowing how to start a fire in wet and adverse conditions can save your life.
Every fall, my grandpa and I would head into the woods with an axe, small spade shovel and a bucket or two. My grandpa seemed to know just when the time was right and exactly what area in the woods held the most flavorful roots. Often we would spend all day in the woods going from one area to the next as my grandpa explained the unwritten the rules of the woods.
Whether you’re alone in a remote location, pumping gas past the hours of normal street traffic or dropping the kids off at school, everyone runs the risk of being a first responder. It may be your best friend, a loved one at a gas station…or it could be you.
Two common items found in abundance in your home can be used to charge rechargeable batteries. Unlike solar power panels, the G-MAG salt-water battery charger will work in the dark, when it is overcast and in bad weather. Using typical table salt and tap water, you can create an electrical current powerful enough to charge six AA batteries in just two hours.
Camping, hiking and backpacking can have a detrimental impact on wildlife and vegetation. Studies throughout the United States have proven that trampling through the wilderness and camping have depleted trees, polluted fresh water systems, caused loss of vegetation and increased run off and erosion.