Articles from GPS1504

  1. 15 Uses for Coffee Filters

    Certainly you are aware of how useful coffee filters are for making coffee, but have you ever pondered whether or not they could serve a dual purpose? How about 15 purposes? Many things we use every day can be used to achieve different goals and get other jobs done. Coffee filters are very much one of those multi-purpose items in your cabinet waiting to be used for something other than a cup of Joe. 1. Makeshift plates or bowls can be made with coffee filters. This will be most useful if...
  2. Know Your Interstates

    Suppose a time comes when you need to make your way across the country without luxuries such as a GPS. Those convenient little devices have spoiled a lot of people over the years. I have always kept a road atlas in my vehicle and always will. It is a very thick and detailed one that covers the entire country. Without it, however, I am still confident that I can eventually get to where I need to be. It is all a matter of knowing the interstate system and selecting roads that correspond with...
  3. Always Be Prepared; Even if You Don't See It Coming, Things Can Change Instantly

    Well, I got lost in the woods this weekend. It was the most stupid, preventable thing and I would like you to learn from it if possible. I say 'if possible' because I broke every common sense rule there is and hopefully none of you can quite say the same. It started off being the first nice day I've seen in ages, so I wanted to spend it outside. By 'outside' I mean in unfamiliar terrain a few hours from where I live. What I wanted to do was hike to a bald eagle's nest and take some...
  4. Monitoring Your Property with Game Cameras

    Cameras are depended upon more and more for surveillance of events and locations. They have been used as theft monitors and deterrents in stores and retail outlets for quite some time in addition to being used at banks to watch over money handling and, ideally, to prevent robberies. If you\'ve ever set foot in a casino, you\'ve done so on camera. Cameras have even been added to police cruisers to record interactions between police and the public, ensuring proper conduct on both ends of the...
  5. Five Possible Ailments for which You Should Prepare

    There are a lot of problems that may plague us after the SHTF. We talk all the time about preparedness and stockpiling, but there are things for which we cannot always adequately plan until they happen. One such example is illness. With so many things that can go wrong, it is hard to take everything into consideration. From headaches to foot fungus, we are often plagued by a plethora of unpleasant things. When you start to think about your medical needs, think also about what is most likely...
  6. See Your Way Through Survival By Protecting Your Eyes

    As we mull over things that should be in our BOB or stockpiled in your basements, it is hard not to wonder what you may be forgetting. Perusing your supplies and reading labels or instructions, you probably stop to consider at multiple times if what you have is enough. Looking over the security of your home, it most likely occurs to you if it is truly safe and if it provides you the necessary field of vision to spot approaching danger from afar. It sure is helpful to be able to see things...
  7. Like It or Not, Survival Skills Need Nurturing

    In survival, much as in all areas of life, there are going to be things you are better at doing or that you like doing more. Say, for example, that you enjoy going to the shooting range and as a result a lot of your survival preparedness centers around using firearms. That is an excellent skill set to have and can benefit you in many ways. However, since you enjoy this particular aspect of survival so much and throw a lot of energy into it, have you ever paused to contemplate whether other...
  8. Don't Let Survival Stress You Out

    On the best of days, it is still possible to experience stress. Regular, everyday occurrences can be stressful with things like kids, work, bills, and so much more weighing on our minds. Coping with stress is easier said than done but is something we should all make an effort to do. Learning to manage your stress, and stress triggers, will go a long way towards keeping you sane and grounded. Making survival plans just one more thing that can stress you out. What to buy and where to store...
  9. Knowing the Phonetic Alphabet

    Have you ever had to give an address or other significant information that required spelling over the phone to another person? This is something that can go off without a hitch if the information you are sharing is all spoken clearly and easily spelled, but we are not always so lucky. As creative street names pop up all around us, spelling them is not always the easiest thing, whether or not you are on the giving or receiving end. This is equally difficult if you live in an area settled by...
  10. Safeguard Your Stuff with Help from Grandma

    We talk all the time about bug out bags, but have you ever considered the obviousness of those bags? Say, perhaps, someone breaks into your house or car and that person (or people!) has even the vaguest survival knowledge. They may be easily able to recognize that bag for what it is and, upon snagging it, be taking some items of great value to you. Think about the items you keep in that bag. We all know credit cards would be useless in a SHTF scenario, so you will need cash. Is that cash in...
  11. Does Your Flashlight Float?

    When we discuss survival supplies, having a light source frequently makes the top of the list. No one wants to be fumbling around in the dark unaware of what is around them, so it is good to have a means of lighting up your immediate area. There are many ways to do this and many types of flashlights available, so in which ones do you put your faith? What is most important, brightness or battery life? There are surprisingly many things to consider when selecting flashlights. The lifespan of...
  12. Uses for Aluminum Foil

    Is aluminum foil part of your survival stockpile? If not, put it on the list of things to add! There are many uses for aluminum foil and it can serve you well to have some around. It is also cheap, so picking up a few rolls will not set you back too much, especially when you consider the things for which you can use it. The first and most obvious use for aluminum foil is cooking. It is great for wrapping cooked foods and helping them retain their heat until they can be eaten. You can also...
  13. Survival Uses for Liquor

    Most of us enjoy a good drink from time to time. This means the odds are good that we will have some form of alcohol on hand. Ideally that alcohol will come in the form of liquor, which is a multi-talented liquid that offers many benefits. Sure, you can drown your societal collapse sorrows in it, but it is actually good for much more than that. First of all, liquor is flammable. If you need to make a fire in a pinch, dousing your logs with a splash of liquor before lighting will get things...
  14. Know Your Spiders

    Whether or not the world as we know it comes crashing down upon us, we will always have one thing to deal with: spiders. I like to think I have a pretty good relationship with spiders, although a lot of people cannot say the same. I can appreciate them for what they are and the purpose they serve, so my contract with them outlines that their living to serve that purpose depends on them not biting me. That works out for the most part, although there have been exceptions. Having spent a lot...
  15. Buidling an Emergency Woodland Shelter

    Chances are, at some point in your life and travels you will need to create a makeshift shelter for its survival benefits. This could be due to a hike that ran late or resulted in getting lost or perhaps because the SHTF has run you from your home. Regardless of the reason for it, knowing how to assemble a temporary shelter is advantageous for keeping you dry and buffered from the elements. One good thing about Mother Nature is that she always provides. What she provides, however, can vary...
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