Prepping & Survival Tips

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Discreet Prepper Go Bag Water Filter Concept

One of the most important things you need in your go bag is a way to filter water. I have created an easy to build water filtration system that can filter gallons of water easily. This system can be taken apart, stacked inside each other and can be filled with other essential gear (fire strykers, poncho, emergency blanket, knife, etc.) . It is light, multi-purpose and extremely necessary for life support.



Prepping From The Hip

I came up with a neat idea on how to have your essential tools with you at all times. You never know where you are going to be when a crisis will strike, so I formulated a plan where I can keep 110 feet of para-cord, 2 knives, 1 multi-tool, 4 flashlights, 2 fire strikers, water purification, paper clips, 4 wet-fire fire starters and two knife sharpeners on my person at all times. In the cell case, I keep 1 flashlight, 1 fire striker, 12 water purification tabs a (1) quart zip lock, paper clips, 4 wet-fire fire starters and 1 knife sharpener. Right there alone I have 1/2 of what I need to get by in a crisis. My belt is made of 110 feet of para-cord which can be broken down to use for fishing, stitching, trip wire, etc. Then my normal gear ( pocket knives, multi-tool, and flashlight) give me double back up on the necessities.



Prepper Go Bag Idea -- Multi Tool Review

The tool I am reviewing is a "Leatherman" Super Tool 300. I also added a "Tool Logic" fire starter key chain and a "Tool Logic" diamond sharpener. Both "Tool Logic" key chains have a great LED flashlight on them. LED's last a long time and having a back up flashlight is always a great idea.



Prepper Go Bag Idea -- Truck Storage

Here is an idea for all the guys out there who want to carry everything in their truck that they will need for an emergency without sacrificing too much room. The shelf system I designed makes storage, organization and limited space for your gear a snap! This keeps my wife happy because she can still use the suburban while it makes me happy knowing we have what we need in the truck for an emergency.



DIY Truck Winch

I had an old boat winch and an old trailer hitch sitting in the garage. I bolted them together using a heavy duty strength 5/8” bolt, heavy duty over-sized washers, and then welded the metal receiving plates together.

You normally only see a winch on the front, but I think this could work well on the back too. Now, “What can this be used for?” you ask? Plenty! First of all, it can be used to pull heavy things closer to the truck. Second, with a pulley combination (which I always keep in the truck), I can lift heavy things up to the level of the back of the truck and slide them in. All you would have to do is mount the pulley overhead (tree branch, wooden beam, etc.), run the steel cable through it, and hoist away! Third, you could possibly pull your truck out of a ditch if you happened to slide off the road. Obviously, the pully does not have the strength to pull the entire weight of the truck out, but it would help by adding extra pulling pressure on the back as you slowly reverse out. Even if you could only back up a small portion at a time, the winch would keep you from sliding back in. I figure the only way to do this is to have my wife put the truck in reverse and as we moved back inch by inch, I would tighten up the slack. It is not perfect, but it could work in a pinch.

For those who complain that it is not strong enough, I used this same winch to lift a 350 Chevy motor and heads into and out of my boat by using it in combination with a winch. Not one problem. I also used it to pull down a tree I was cutting down. I cut through half the tree, put on the cable and winched it over. It snapped like a twig.


DIY Easy & Cheap Cookset & Heater

I created an easy way to cook food and stay warm for about $9. The candle holder was the most expensive part of this project. I came up with this idea in about 5 seconds when we needed a quick way to heat up hotdogs in a public park (with no grills). It boiled a huge pot of water in 10 minutes. It worked great and everybody loved how it worked!



Prepper Go Bag Idea -- Food Containers

Here is an idea for any of you trying to figure out what types of food to pack for an emergency. If you were on the go with no time to stop, prepare and heat up food, I would recommend Clif Bars and Pop Tarts. The other ideas are for when you make camp and you need a real meal. What I bring with me is light, good to eat, can be used in a variety of ways and doesn't take up too much room. You can mix and match different foods together to make more interesting meals in the wild. I did not show that I also carry cooking oil, pop tarts, beans and a few cans of chicken in the back pack. This combination should give my family enough food for at least 2 weeks. Along the way, I would be looking for any type of supplementary food to make mine last as long as possible. If I were you, I would add a plastic measuring cup to your pack so you can add the right amount of water in your pack. I put a flat skittle along one side of the pack, a large camping pot in the bottom and I pack all the food in the big pot. All the utensils I slide into the corners. I also have a small strainer in the pack so I can strain the rice.



Prepper Go Bag Idea -- DIY Survival Fishing Rod

Here is an idea for any of you on how to secure food in an emergency. These are simple instructions on how to make a Do It Yourself fishing rod by utilizing the gear that comes in my survival kits. As for the equipment list, I used the multi-tool, safety pins, duct tape, wire ties, spool of line and a stick to make this fishing rod. In an emergency, this idea can make your outdoor experience much easier and may save your life. Try it out and let me know how it works!



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