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In a real emergency, it doesn’t matter whether you are bugging in or out, you may need to be warned of intruders. Today many of us sit at home with the doors locked, window closed and air conditioning keeping the temperature under control. After a disaster, we may have to keep all our window open, to try to stay cool. This eliminates some of the security we normally have. If you have people, who are trying to take advantage of the situation by looting you may need to rig up some early warning systems.
Fortunately there are many simple ways to give you early warning of intruders. Dogs are great, one of the best early warning systems. Often smaller dogs are more alert and will be quicker to bark. Get your dog ahead of time and get to understand your dog’s reactions. With a bit of training your dog can be a very effective early warning system. In addition, depending on the type of dog they can discourage prowlers.
One of the simplest early warning systems is to set up tripwires. Tripwire systems are very simple to put up and use. You just have to be sure that the tripwires blend in well with the surrounding. Some types of fishing lines works well, you can get fishing line in different colors.
Another simple alarm that can be used in your home or even a motel room is to put an empty glass jar upside down on your doorknob. This will fall (and make a loud noise, except on carpet) should someone turn the doorknob. (Warning- the bottle can break leaving glass fragments on the floor). A soda can filled with loose change balanced on the doorknob will make a lot of noise if someone attempts to enter. Windows also easy to trap with cans of change or jars.
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I found a really unique item a couple days ago. It’s a steel straw. I found it at Marshalls department store. How do these play into a survival situation? Let me give you a couple of ideas.
A survival straw can help you with your thirst. If you are in an area that has a limited Water Supplies but maybe has a few Springs, these straws can be carried with you and help suck the water out of a spring and placed into a container to boil.Or , if you are adventurous I have no other choice , drink yourself.
You’re thinking that drinking water from a non pure source may be dangerous Well chances are you could get sick. However, you could die of thirst a lot quicker. It’s an expedient measure in order to soak up water in areas that are difficult to reach. Areas such as Hollows in rocks, ledges where water seeps into from a steep cliff, Gathering water from very very shallow pools. Your uses are only limited by your imagination.
A straw can be used in fire starting. How you ask?
Well once you’ve gathered your tender and your fluff and your rest of your fire itemd needed to make the fire, go for the rest of the night, a straw can be used as a bellows to fan the flames of your tender bundle. The bundle can either be in your hand or can already be in place in your fire pit. the steel straw can be used to supply a regulated air flow in order to get those charcoals to burst into a glorious Flame.
Another situation a straw could be used would be to splint a broken finger. It’s expedient and strong.
This unique tool has a lot of uses if you think about it.
If anybody else has any ideas please forward them to me and I’ll post them on this post or you can add it in the comment section.
Until next time be safe practice your rules at 3 I remember when you get in a bad situation to use stop.
round well-being. These are some of Dale’s tricks to make sleeping outside in winter a warmer, more comfortable experience.
1. Don’t Be Naked
Dale says you might be tempted to wear a minimal amount of clothing in your sleeping bag. This would be a mistake. Definitely wear a hat to prevent heat from escaping, plus socks and a thermal layer. If you’re still cold, add a layer. If you’re still cold, add another. If you need to, wear all of your clothes.
2. Use a Sleeping Pad
The winter ground sucks the heat from your body, so be sure to have a thick insulating layer between your frame and the snow.
3. Get Sheltered
A tent always works, and the warmest shelters are made out of snow, like igloos and quinzee builds, but if heavy snowfall or high winds are not expected, you can easily sleep outside and use a tarp for cover.
4. Treat Your Feet
Even if your feet feel dry, switching to a pair of fresh, dry socks before going to sleep can instantly make you feel warmer. Consider bringing a pair of socks just for sleeping. If your feet are still wet or cold, put them in your sleeping bag’s stuff sack to reflect your body’s heat before getting in your sleeping bag.
5. The Pee Bottle
You don’t want to take a 2am bathroom break in the snow. Put an empty bottle in your bag to urinate into. Gatorade bottles work well.
6. Fill Your Bag
The inside of your bag is going to be the only warm place overnight. Stash some water inside to keep it from freezing. Keep your breakfast inside, too. Damp gear from the day, like boot liners, socks, and base layers can be stuffed in the empty spaces in your bag. Your body heat will dry them by the morning.
7. The Hot Bottle Trick
If you really want to sleep like a king, melt some snow, bring it to a boil, and fill a hot water bottle to put in your bag as a heater.
8. Seal Up
Seal up your mummy bag’s hood so there’s just a small breathing hole, keeping out both cold air and the moisture from your breath.
9. Position Yourself
Instead of sprawling out, consider curling up — pull your legs close, hug your arms in and center your body’s warmth.
Combine them all, and Dale says, you’re gonna be just fine.
—‘9 Tips For Warm Winter Camping’ was shot and edited by Erik Nelson.