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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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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Choosing the Best Survival Knife

Choosing the Best Survival Knife

Choosing the Best Survival Knife

I have a saying that “In a Survival Situation, any knife is the best knife” but that said, if you have the option to plan what knife you have in any survival situation what knife is the best survival knife ? In response I don’t think there is a diffinitive best survival knife.

A Survival Knife can mean many different things to different people, depending on their own personal experiences and skill set ! Ex Military types will probably opt for a more tactical Survival Knife such as the ESEE-5 or BK2 whilst the more non Military Bushcraft types will opt for something like the Morakniv Bushcraft or the Condor CTK232-4.3HC Walnut Handle Bushlore Knife.

Always follow these steps when finding the best survival knife for you:

  • Knife Size
    Choose a Knife that is a good size for you ! The Biggest isn’t always best. Aim for a total knife length of 10 – 12 inches with a Blade Size of 5 – 6 inches. This will give you a good allrounder knife suitable for medium chopping tasks as well as the ability to dress small game.
  • Quality High Carbon Steel
    Avoid Chinese Wonder Steel ! Always choose a blade with a pedigree from a well known manufacturer ! The last thing you want is for your Survival Knife in a Survival Situation. Even if you a working to budget you will still find some dependable blades out there.
  • Good Blade thickness
    A good blade thickness gives your Survival more durability and that added weight needed for chopping.
    Best Survival Knife Blade Thickness
  • Fixed Blade
    A fixed blade knife is more robust and reliable than a folding knife.
  • Full Tang
    Full tang simply means that the knife is one solid piece of metal with handle pieces pinned one on each side, this makes for the strongest knives.
    Full Tang
  • Pointed Tip
    A pointed tip gives you survival more versatility. Not only is the pointed tip best for self defence (against Man or Beast) it is also better for many survival tasks such as drilling, dressing small and fish.
  • Solid Pummel
    A well designed and substantial pommel adds to your list of capabilities.
  • Single Edged Blade with 90 degree spine.
    For all Survival tasks, a single edged blade with a nice 90 degree spine is ideal. To Baton through wood or prepare kindling and the 90 degree spine is ideal for throwing a spark using a ferro rod.

 

Best Survival Knives – Considerations

There are 3 Survival Knives that always seems to be in the Top 10 of most lists of the “Best Survival Knives” and they are there for good reason ! firstly they all meet the all the above criteria ! next they are all within most peoples budgets and lastly they a widely available.

ESEE-5

The ESEE-5 Survival Knife was designed By Military SERE Instructors as a “hard use” downed Pilot’s Survival Knife. Thus it is capable of being used as a weapon, processing food or processing wood / shelter building. READ MORE ..

ESEE-5 Survival Knife

KA BAR BK2

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Survival Knife is an almost indestructible tank of a knife. The BK2 is one of the few knives to be awarded a very rare 5 stars by Ultimate Survival Tips, so that means its a very capable knife. READ MORE ..

Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Survival Knife

GERBER LMF II

Originally designed to free an aircrew from a downed aircraft … READ MORE ..

Best Survival Knife

A notable exception

Though using the above points to finding the Best Survival Knife for you should ensure you don’t go far wrong ! there is 1 notable exception to the above rules that should also be considered – The Morakniv range. Despite all but 1 Morakniv being partial tang designs, the Morakniv is a highly dependable Survival / Bushcraft knife and I personally have the Morakniv Bushcraft Black in my collection and I take it on nearly every camping trip.

Morakniv Bushcraft Black

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Turn Broken Mobile Phones into Survival Tools

Turn Broken Mobile Phones into Survival Tools

Turn Broken Mobile Phones into Survival Tools

There are many scenarios where you may find yourself in a SHTF situation with nothing on you except for your Mobile Phone ! Now if its fully operational, you can simply call for help and use the Location feature to allow rescue teams to locate you. However, ask yourself the question what if my Mobile Phones gets damaged or the battery dies ? All is not lost as there a few ways you can Turn Broken Mobile Phones into Survival Tools.

Turn Broken Mobile Phones into Survival Tools

Signalling Mirror

Your typical Smart Phone has many reflective surfaces from the External Screen to the Mirrored finish on the underside of the screen. Reflective surfaces are a great way of attracting the attention of Search and Rescue.  Plus, in the event of being found alive and well, you have the added advantage of being able to check your reflection before being returned to civilisation !

Cutting Tools

You can find a surprising number of cutting edges within a Mobile Phone ! From the Glass Screen, to internal circuit board that can be ground against a rock to give a very sharp edge ! You can even use the circuit board to form an Arrow or Spear head if it looks like you may need to start hunting to survive.

Make a Compass

Every Mobile phone will have a Magnet on the Internal Speaker. Use the magnet to magnetise a Pin or length of wire and then place your newly magnetised object onto a floating leaf … hey presto, you have a simple North / South Compass.

Simple Compass

 

Start a Fire

If you still have a little power left in your battery, you can essentially start a fire by connecting the positive and negative terminals using either wire (chewing gum metallic wrapper or wire wool works also) or maybe make use of some of the internal components found within your phone !

Another way to start a fire with your Phone Battery is to stab it a few times with a knife (have you Tinder to hand as this reaction can be quick)

I’ve not yet tried either of these methods myself and the reason is …. Mobile Phone batteries are rather prone to blowing up ! so more of a last resort Survival Situation if ever there was.

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