How To Start A Fire (Extensive Guide)

One of the most important and difficult survival techniques is starting a fire.  Learning how to start a fire in the wild helps you cook food, purify water, keep predators and insects at bay, and maintain body temperature.

Fire is also great for boosting morale.  There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting around a roaring fire after a long day of tromping through the woods.

Do you know what materials to gather, how much of each you need, and how to use them?  Do you know how to get the fire started and keep it going? Let’s discuss exactly what you need to know to accomplish all of these things.

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7 Simple DIY Homemade Survival Weapons (Step-by-Step) – w/ Video

Keeping a weapon at home can make you feel safe at nights, and learning how to make them yourself can be a great hobby and may be a lifesaver someday. However, as much as these weapons can provide security, they are still weapons and you should treat them with respect.

I have identified some weapons you can make at home with instructions on how to make them.

Compound Bow from PVC pipes

Compound bows can be expensive, but you can actually make one using PVS pipes. Here is how.

  1. Heat and bend both ends of the PVC pipe and the riser to make the bow.
  2. Flatten the limbs and cut out a rectangular piece on each end. Then drill holes on each of the limb’s sides.
  3. Cut 8 circles from the PVC pipes to make the cams. 4 should take the largest circles while the other 4 should be roughly smaller by half.
  4. Laminate 4 circles (2 large for the outer walls, 2 small for the inner walls) with PVC cement to form both cams. Cut out part of the cams to make a hook for the strings.
  5. Assemble the cams and the bow with nuts, washers, nylon spacers, and threaded rods.
  6. Fold the end of a long cord and twist it around itself to make the bow string. Coat it with hot glue.
  7. Measure the proper length of the cord and twist the other end of the string. Attach it on the cams and idler wheel.

Pro tips: For a smoother, non-sticky surface, use epoxy into the tracks of the cams to seal small gaps.

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Best Self-Defense Weapons

Self-defense weapons come in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re planning to buy one, you need to know what the best self-defense weapons are.

Guns may not be the best option for everyone and it may not even be allowed in some places. Learn about the best self-defense weapons to select a weapon that will work for you.

Below, I have categorized the weapons you can use for self-defense and explain how they are used so you can choose the one for your needs.

Types of Weapons You Can Use for Self-Defense

Less-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons

Baton

While it may seem like a glorified stick, the baton can be a devastating weapon if used correctly. The ability to purchase an expandable baton and carry it in a concealed manner makes this a great non-lethal self-defense weapon.

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Camping For Couples: 11 Tips to Stay Sane and Make it Romantic

If you love being out in the wilderness and you love your spouse or partner, then why would you not combine the two together and go on a romantic getaway out into your favorite campsite?  However, there’s no denying that there’s a lot that can go wrong during any camping trip, from being cold and wet to getting lost to forgetting to pack something important.

These eleven tips can make your next camping trip as a couple as sane and romantic as possible:

Selecting a Destination That’s Romantic

The very first thing to do is to select a camping destination, and specifically a place that’s romantic.  Choose a location that matches you and your partner’s preferences, whether that be next to a waterfall, in an open field under the stars, or next to the ocean or a lake with a good view of the sunset..

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How To Plan A Camping Trip

Knowing how to plan a camping trip is crucial if you want to enjoy this time with nature and away from all the usual perks of modern life. That first camping trip can make or break your decision to have more sojourns with nature. If you can start if off perfectly, you’ll find that the next outdoor trips will be so much easier as well as pleasurable.

Identify your Campsite

Choose a campground taking into account the people you’ll be camping with and the activities you plan to have. If you’re camping with the kids, then something a little nearer to civilization with a few modern facilities (like a toilet) is ideal. For adult-only excursions however, something a little rougher shouldn’t be an issue.

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How To Start A Fire With Wet Wood

You never really know when you’ll need the skill of knowing how to start a fire with wet wood – so it’s best to learn as early as now. The fact is that when camping or hiking, there are instances when your provisions and the weather fail you. Even if it doesn’t however, you’d at least be more confident when communing with nature because you know that should there be any problems – you’ve got it covered.

Challenges Due to the Wet Wood 

Water kills off fire, moisture in the wet wood prevents it from catching fire. This problem is double if the ground and the general condition of the environment are wet. However, wet wood doesn’t make the task impossible as you’ll soon see!

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How To Survive A Hurricane

A hurricane is one of Mother Nature’s most deadly creations, but with some preparation and diligence, it is possible for people to survive even the worst of these storms.

A hurricane is a severe tropical cyclone. It comes with heavy winds and rains that move at 12 on the Beaufort scale, or between 73 and 136 knots. That’s 74 miles (or 119 km) per hour!

Prepare In Advance

Your best chances of survival is to prepare beforehand, and the first step is to determine whether you live in a hurricane-prone area. Contact the local authorities (such as FEMA and NOAA) to determine the history of hurricanes in your country.

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How To Survive A Shark Attack

Knowing how to survive shark attack should leave you marginally feeling safe whenever you enter waters that are known for having these predators. Despite “Jaws” however, shark attacks aren’t nearly as common. From 2006 – 2016, there were only 62 shark attacks reported worldwide, and only four of them were fatal.

Safety Measures to be Undertaken

Minimizing the instances of encountering a shark involves knowing when and where to swim.

First off, check if there are any posted warning signs that tell people that sharks have been spotted in the area.

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How To Survive A Plane Crash

Air travel is generally safe, but no one will blame you if you’re a little apprehensive when boarding a plane. A good way to alleviate some of your fear is learning how to survive a plane crash – you know, just in case something does happen.

Statistics on Plane Crashes

The odds of dying in an airplane crash are 1 in 29.4 million. This means you are more likely to die in a car crash than in a plane. In fact, as of 2015 to mid-2016, there have only been three fatal crashes reported all over the world.

Keep Safety in Mind When You Prepare for Your Flight

Wear comfortable clothes and flat sturdy shoes when boarding a plane. This not only lets you enjoy the flight more, it also increases your odds of survival in the event of a plane crash. Comfortable clothes will not get caught in anything and the shoes allow for maximum movement.

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How To Survive An Avalanche

Do you know how to survive an avalanche? You should, especially if you live in an avalanche-prone area or if you’re about to go on a skiing trip. But before anything else, let’s answer the million-dollar question: What triggers an avalanche?

Contrary to popular belief, a loud noise is not the main cause of an avalanche, but rather it is the rapid accumulation of snow. By immediately adding weight to a weak area of snow, a huge slab would naturally slide off from the mountainside. Even your own weight can cause this rapid release of snow.

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