How To Pack A Week’s Food Into A PLCE Side Pocket

How To Pack A Week’s Food Into A PLCE Side Pocket

How To Pack A Week’s Food Into A PLCE Side Pocket

Paul Kirtley offers his advice on “How To Pack A Week’s Food Into A PLCE Side Pocket” using food all sourced from his local supermarket. I have long been a fan of Paul’s Youtube Channel and have learned some great Bushcraft and Survival skills from him.

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Paul Kirtley is a much respected Bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor safety professional instructor. Please subscribe to his Youtube Channel for more great videos like this or visit his website / blog.

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How to Build a Survival Kit

How to Build a Survival Kit

How to Build a Survival Kit

I have been a long time follower of the Black Scout Survival Youtube Channel and I find his videos very educational. In this video he lists items he feels are a great start to building a survival kit. If you are looking for advice on How to Build a Survival Kit I feel watching this offering from Black Scout Survival (indeed as with all his videos) is worth the investment in your time.

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Best Natural Mosquito Repellent

Best Natural Mosquito Repellent

Best Natural Mosquito Repellent

It’s that time of the Year when the Mosquitos can ruin any camping trip by making your life pure hell! fortunately, there are many great and effective Commercial Mosquito Repellents on the market today. However, if you ever find yourself in a Survival Situation without your Commercial Repellent, what would be the best Natural Mosquito Repellent?

Mosquitos are repelled by the scent of Pine

Mosquitos and other insects are naturally repelled by the scent of pine. Crushing Pine Needles and rubbing the oils released onto you clothes will act as a great Natural Mosquito Repellent. Also burning Pine Needles on your campfire will also help to keep these little pests away. I strongly advise against rubbing Pine oils onto the naked skin … 1. its very sticky and unpleasant stuff and 2. May cause an itchy rash worse than the bites themselves.

Recommended Mosquito Repelling Plants

Many Survivalists recommend crushing and then rubbing the following plant’s leaves and flowers onto any exposed areas of your skin (face, arms, legs etc). You could also consider building your shelter in areas where these plants are growing in abundance (Lavender, for example, can naturally occupy large areas of woodland).

Plants that repel Mosquitos

1. Basil
2. Lemongrass
3. Catnip
4. Mint
5. Marigolds
6. Chives
7. Citronella
8. Lavender
9. Rosemary
10. Ageratum

Whilst all the above do appear to repel the little biters, sadly the effects are limited and you’ll soon find the little bastards are biting you again. I strongly suggest collecting as many of these plants as and when you find them so you can always top up as needed.

Get to know your local plants

On my last few bushcraft trips, I have experimented with many of the local plants to see what provides the best Mosquito repellant qualities. Whilst all the plants listed above do help keep the Mosquitos at bay (though be it only for a short time) I found that nearly all plants crushed and rubbed onto the skin do in some way stop the Mosquitos from landing on you to take a bite. The more aromatic plants/herbs seem to work the best but be careful not to use anything poisonous or that may cause a rash such as Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and the Ragweed family.

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Top Survival uses for Brillo Pads

Top Survival uses for Brillo Pads

Brillo Pads in Survival Situations

There have been many articles written about Steel Wool in Survival and SHTF situations. Few of these articles however, have expanded to incorporate Brillo Pads. The Humble Brillo Pad has been a part of my Bug out Bag for as long as I care to remember.

Not only were Brillo Pads a favourite subject of the late Andy Warhol they are also a very versatile Survival Aid and should feature in any Preppers or Survivalist arsenal.

 

Cleaning Camp Pots and Pans

A Brillo Pads primary function has always been one of cleaning (especially dirty pots and pans). This is also true in Survival Situations. Brillo Pads weigh next to nothing and have built in soap, negating the need to carry separate containers of liquid soap (that I see so many preppers do). When carrying liquid soap, at some point, you are bound to get a leek and it makes an unholy mess in your kit. Hence I always take 3 or 4 Brillo Pads out on every camping / bushcraft weekend and they are always present in my Bug out Kit and Home Prepping.

Starting Fires

Just like normal Steel Wool, the Brillo Pad can be used to start a fire using a few different methods. Separating the Brillo Pads and fluffing them up ! allows the Brillo Pad to be used exactly the same as regular Steel Wool. The Battery Trick works just the same as on regular steel wool and they catch a spark from a ferro rod or match too. You can even use a magnifying glass and the sun to quickly ignite steel wool.

Sharpening Scissors on your Multitool

You can quickly sharpen the Scissors on your Multitool by using them to cut your Brillo Pads ! Remember to keep hold of the pieces you cut off as these can be used for fire starting at a later date.

Keeping your Survival Knife clean

In a Survival Situation, you Survival Knife will be put through its paces and it likely to get pretty dirty. Pine Sap and other sticky stuff can quickly start eating away away at the steel in your knife. Giving your Survival Knife or even Axe a good clean with your Brillo Pad will help you maintain your Survival Knife and clean away / prevent rusting.

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