Articles from GPS1504

  1. How To Tell If A Mushroom Is Safe To Eat

    When out and about, it is natural to see mushrooms from time to time, and I don't mean in the produce section of your local grocer. Mushrooms grow wild, and while some are edible, some are not. Here's some information on how to tell which ones are safe and which ones to avoid. Remember, some mushrooms can make you become very ill or possibly even kill you, so if you are not absolutely certain you've successfully identified a type of mushroom, do not risk eating it! The three most dangerous...
  2. Surviving On Survival Potatoes

    Potatoes not only taste great but can also be prepared in many ways with a multitude of other foods. In addition to taste, the potato has many health benefits such as being a terrific source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It also protects against cancer! As if that isn\'t enough good news, the potato doesn\'t stop there. Consuming potatoes can increase brain function due to the fact that your nerve center requires certain things to function and the potato has them. Glucose? Yes! Amino...
  3. Survival Soap!

    In an end of the world scenario, cleanliness is probably going to be one of the furthest things from your mind initially. Once the smoke clears and you begin to re-establish a foothold, however, it will be only a matter of time before you realize the importance of having soap. Although there are arguments aplenty that you do not \'need\' soap, it sure is nice to have, especially in the civilized society that will hopefully evolve again post-apocalypse or other such event. Having and using...
  4. If You Want to Be Fruitful Don't Multiply

    The first thing that comes to mind after a worldwide catastrophe is rebuilding. We want to rebuild our homes, rebuild communications, and rebuild a functional, civilized society. We also want to rebuild the population to ensure survival of the human race long-term, right? Wrong! In the initial stages of life after the SHTF, it might seem logical to do your best to procreate. Lives were undoubtedly lost so the need to create more life is bound to be at the forefront of many minds. Though...
  5. Is Your Vehicle Bug Out Ready?

    You\'ve thought of everything you\'ll need for when the SHTF. You\'ve made a list and checked it twice. Your BOB is so flawlessly arranged that it brings a tear to your eye. In your mind, you have taken all the necessary precautions and are ready for what could be an uncertain future. You almost dare feel safe, but then you get to thinking about your vehicle. Will that vehicle be able to perform when faced with new-world challenges? Does it have 4 wheel drive capabilities? A few hurricanes...
  6. Headlamp + Water = Light

    Darkness happens. It happens every day, in fact (well, depending on where you live-in some places it does not get dark for long periods of time and in others it stays dark for long periods of time), so it is something you will have to face, especially if the grid collapses. Your eyes will acclimate to the dark to some extent, but there will still be more you cannot see than that you can. Seeing in the dark is important because there is so much you need to see to survive. In an urban area...
  7. Making a Pull Tab Into a Fishing Hook

    If you're out in the wilderness and need sustenance, Mother Nature is pretty good about providing. Options for food sources will exist, but food will not always come easy. There are times when you will have to do some work and get your hands dirty before your stomach can be filled. Unfortunately, in addition to Mother Nature's provisions, humans also provide us with fields of litter. It is fairly common to see trash strewn about in places it should not be. While this is a dismaying sight, if...
  8. Surviving Snow Strandings

    For many of us, it is the time of year for snow. There are few things more worrisome than having to deal with heavy snowfall, especially a blizzard or whiteout conditions. With snow also comes patches of dangerous and potentially deadly black ice. If you drive desolate roads that are seldom, if ever, plowed then your worries are more than the average city dweller with plow teams and road salt aplenty. Surviving heavy snowfall means being unfailingly prepared for it. Keeping items in your...
  9. Creating a Flat Cooking Surface

    When out in the wilderness, be it by choice or because the SHTF and the grid collapsed, at some point you are going to long for a nice, warm meal. Ideally you will have food items on hand that you socked away or foraged to acquire. Having access to an iron skillet is extremely useful as iron skillets are very versatile when it comes to preparing food. If you have food to cook and something in which to cook it, all that remains is a heat source. Building a camp fire is effective for cooking,...
  10. Lessons in Survival from the Pioneers

    Survival of the fittest is a theory that has been around for a long time. It embodies the concept of those who were hearty and strong being able to survive while the weak died off. Part of being strong was an ability to adapt and overcome, exhibiting ingenuity and being prepared for unexpected situations to arise. This entails having good ideas of your own, but also includes having the sense to utilize other resources as needed. In other words, don\'t be afraid to ask for help when your...
  11. Survival Uses for Tampons

    No one likes to talk about or even be seen buying tampons. They are a part of life but tend to err on the side of embarrassing and gross by nature. It would be ideal if they did not even have to exist, but they do, so let\'s forget about the awkwardness of tampon discussions and find some good uses for them other than the obvious. First of all, tampons are made with cotton, which is known to have absorbent properties. Depending on the size of the tampon, it can absorb up to 18 grams of...
  12. How to Open Cans Without a Can Opener

    Suppose you find yourself in a SHTF situation and you are hungry. Of course you took measures to ensure you would have food, so there are plenty of canned goods from which you can choose. However, you have to open those canned goods somehow. If the grid has failed or you have elected to go off-grid, then an electric can opener will not do you a drop of good. That is where a manual can opener comes in handy, but oops, you forgot that, too. Sure, you can beat your can on a post in hopes of...
  13. Uses for 55 Gallon Drums

    Survival goes hand in hand with being able to find multiple uses for items to which you have access. Being able to adapt through ingenuity will help you through TEOTWAWKI. One such item that can serve several purposes is a 55 gallon drum. These come in both metal and plastic, and each variety will have slightly different capabilities. Plastic seems more versatile overall, but metal has advantages as well. Probably the number one use for a metal drum is as a burn barrel or location for a...
  14. Preparedness Lessons from Chicken Little

    If Chicken Little were real, he would be working overtime running around yelling that the sky is falling. Perhaps he would be right, perhaps the sky is falling. What Chicken Little did not say was a single word about preparedness; all he did was run in circles freaking out. There are two things you can learn from Chicken Little. 1. Do not waste time running around like a chicken without a head. While it is natural to panic, it is not productive to go into full meltdown mode when the SHTF....
  15. Bugging In

    Frequently discussed are the items you need to bug out. You have your BOB and contents fully thought out, planning to utilize every square inch of space in your bag, figuring how to make the least amount of items go the furthest survival distance. You've considered how to keep your load as light as possible to make carrying easier when it comes time to move fast and practice the art of evasion. But what if you don't have to move fast or evade? What if the problem at hand does not require...
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