Articles from GPS1504

  1. 20 Survival Uses for Duct Tape

    The answer to everything that breaks or ails you very well may be duct tape. Okay, so it is not the solution to 100% of the world's problems, but you must admit it seems to come pretty close. Duct tape has not only a lot of uses in everyday life but also in survival situations. When the going gets tough, the tough had better have duct tape. Here are 20 reasons why: 1. Seal food packages. Opened up a granola bar but only want to eat half now and save half for later? Duct tape it closed to...
  2. Use Discarded Trash to Create an Early Warning System

    It has become an unfortunate trend amongst the lazy to litter. Regardless of where you go, you are almost certain to see trash strewn about. The most commonly discarded items seem to be cans and bottles, but they are by no means alone in the land of litter. While it is a natural reaction to be repulsed by litter and want to put trash in its place, perhaps the carelessness of others can serve a beneficial purpose at just the right place during the right time. No one wants to live in or see a...
  3. Convenient On-The-Go Water Filtration

    Having clean water to drink is something you will really appreciate after the SHTF. Since drinking contaminated water can wreak havoc on your body in more ways than one, being able to drink free of worry that you will ingest waterborne bacteria or waterborne protozoan parasites and cysts is of the utmost value to you. Avoiding things like Giardia, E. Coli and Cryptosporidium in an already uncertain world post TEOTWAWKI is priceless, but the good news is that you can do so for about $20.00....
  4. DIY Buddy Burners

    Building and igniting a fire over which to keep warm or cook a wilderness dinner is something we've all discussed many times. By now it should be burned into our brains (no pun intended) what we need to create a fire and get it roaring. Collecting items for that fire or improvising with other items in your pack is great, but so is getting right to the point by having something small that burns easily. For sale in many online outlets and probably stores as well is something called a Buddy...
  5. BTU's of Different Wood Species

    It can be hard to predict how long a fire will last and how hot it will burn if you are unfamiliar with the wood types used in that fire. Different species of woods will burn hotter or cooler than others, just as some will burn more quickly or slowly. Knowing the type of wood you are using and having a reasonable expectation of its performance will help you use the correct wood for the task at hand to get what you need out of a fire-nothing more, nothing less. In situations where you lack...
  6. Owning & Operating Generators

    Having access to a generator after a world changing event can be of great use to you and your family. Generators can be used to power a lot of different devices, although only a few at the same time. Even so, those few things may be all you need to restore a sense of order or even comfort to your world turned upside down. There are a few things to keep in mind when owning and using a generator. While they are beneficial to have, that only applies when you gave the gas to power them. Stocking...
  7. Are You Ready to Bug Out in the Cold?

    Spring may be less than five weeks away but you a quick step outside might not have you believing it. With record cold temperatures plaguing much of the country and plenty of snow still falling to add to that already on the ground, spring is more of a mirage than a reality. Wishful thinking may bring thoughts of spring, but that is as good as it gets while we deal with ice, snow, and bitter cold. What if you had to bug out right now, in the type of weather we are currently experiencing? Do...
  8. 8 Tips to Prevent Smartphone Hacking

    Having a cell phone is extremely common in this day and age. Smartphones are particularly popular and widely used amongst people from all walks of life. You may remember a time when smartphones were only affordable to those with padded back accounts or who used such devices for business purposes. Well, times have changed. With cell phone plans to fit every budget and prepaid phones being available for purchase, it is more common now to see a smartphone in the hands of people rather than the...
  9. Is Lock Picking One of Your Survival Skills?

    I read an article recently about lock picking and feel it worthy of sharing. I guess you could say it hit close to home, and therefore resonated deeply within me. The article can be read here, but my story is below. In 2006, my father was diagnosed with cancer. Not just a little bit of cancer, but cancer everywhere. The prognosis was pretty bad, as in a total no hope scenario. Brain cancer especially has a way of cementing your doom. At the time I lived across the country from my father but...
  10. Data Survival for Windows XP Users

    We talk all the time about prepping and what you need to survive TEOTWAWKI. By now there is a lot of information out there that you should be soaking up like a sponge. Survival, however, can mean a lot more than stockpiling food and ammunition. It goes beyond having shelter and transportation. Even if we are sent back in time with a worldwide catastrophic event, there is something more that we will need, and that something is data. Think about all of the things you use your personal...
  11. Got Blankets?

    If TEOTWAWKI were to hit right now, how warm would you be? Or moreover, how warm would you stay? With yet another winter storm bearing down on us, it is rather cold outside. In a lot of cases, it is rather cold inside as well. While many people may have heat now, what if that heat were to fail? What if, under the cover of this winter storm, a world altering event were to take place? Would you be able to stay warm while hunkered down in your home? Fireplaces are an excellent tool when it...
  12. 10 Survival Uses for Chapstick

    Chapstick (brand name of lip balm) is available pretty much everywhere you shop, be it a big box store, drug store, or gas station. There are several different varieties and brands that make all kinds of claims about the level and degree of awesomeness they provide. Some of them come in a tube with a twist applicator and some come in a cream form that you can squeeze out for use. Whichever you prefer for your lips is up to you, but when it comes to survival, the stuff in the tube is the way...
  13. Makeshift Knife Sharpeners

    Something that will without a doubt be very important to you post TEOTWAWKI is a knife, and a sharp one at that. While having a knife seems second nature, having one that is sharp and keeping it that way can pose some challenges. You may be forced to use your knife more than usual, which will dull the blade faster than it might have dulled under the demands of normal use. While sharpening stones or other handheld sharpening tools are ideal, you have to have them in order to be able to use...
  14. Surviving Splinters

    When the time comes to get busy with the rebuild of society as well as our own personal lives that may have been damaged by conditions when the SHTF, we are going to have to use our hands quite a bit. Whether it is planting food items to nourish us, building structures to shelter us, or cleaning up the messes left behind, our hands will be kept busy. Since your hands will be working so hard and thus such an integral part of survival, you need them to be in tip top condition. Wearing gloves...
  15. Snow Traction for Cyclists and Walkers

    In much of the country, it is freezing cold (literally!) and the ground is frozen. While this is not the most fun thing with which we must deal, it is a part of life. For several months of the year, snow and ice are simply another set of obstacles we have to face. This year has been particularly hard on many of us, with heavy snowfall and even snow and ice plaguing parts of the country where it is usually not a factor, but even so, the show must go on and the world cannot stop spinning over...
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