34 Best Survival Hacks You Should Learn Right Now

survival hacksSurvival hacks are solutions that break the rules. The best survivalists don’t just blindly follow rulebooks, so we hack when necessary. Sure, there are hundreds of survival guides we learn from but you’re at a huge disadvantage when you rely too heavily on any one resource.

Real survival is a creative endeavor that requires fast thinking and an open mind. Sometimes you have to improvise, adapt, and make it up as you go along. You have to make split-second decisions. You have to work with what you have got.

You have to think like McGyver by survival hacking your way to safety. [Read more…]

How To Build The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit From Scratch

winter car survival kit

If you’ve yet to build a winter car survival kit, now’s the time.

With fall currently in full swing, those of us who live, work, and play in the mountains are seeing the first signs that winter is near.

Soon, the mountain peaks will be capped white with snow and roadway conditions will change for the worst at the drop of a hat. Icy roads and deep snow are extremely dangerous for travel and a leading cause of stranded vehicles. [Read more…]

10 Simple Survival Shelters That Will Conquer The Elements

Survival Shelter In The Woods

I love the great outdoors. I hate being exposed.

Wait…Don’t those two statements contradict each other?

They do if you can’t build a survival shelter. But if you can…then the answer is: NO.

Let me explain.

Being forced to ride out Mother Nature’s worst without a survival shelter is not only crappy time, but it’s also deadly. When unprepared humans go up against extreme weather, weather wins. You lose.

And even if the weather decides to “play nice,” there’s just something comforting knowing you can build a safe barrier between you and the rest of the world.

Cold, wet, heat and fierce animals reduce your survival chances. And at the extremes (blizzards, torrential downpours, heat waves, and attacks), you’re survival window slams shut. So if you can’t build a survival shelter fast in harsh conditions, you’re done for in mere minutes.

Survival shelters are essential to your survival success. Whether you’re planning a long-term wilderness bug out or want to be prepared for an emergency.

That’s why you should learn how to build survival shelters.

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Urban Survival Skills: Thriving In A City Of Chaos

Urban Survival Skills

Urban survival scares the hell out of me. Too many people, living too close together.

But that’s why I’ve prepared for it. Don’t run away from what scares you, stare it down, and get prepared.

So let’s start by agreeing “What Urban Survival Is” and “What It’s Not”.

The definition of Urban Survival differs slightly depending on who you ask. Many take it to mean your “day-to-day city survival and safety measures” – a.k.a. “street smarts.”

But for us, I define it as follows:

The skills, tactics and ability to survive a widespread prolonged disaster while remaining in a densly populated urban environment (even if it’s just for a few days).

Urban survival is having the ability to tough it out in the belly of the beast. [Read more…]

These 10 Desert Survival Tips Will Help Make You An Expert

Desert Survival Tips - Desert Landscape With Bleach SkullIf you live in, near, or travel through a desert, listen up because this article was written for you. Deserts present a unique survival challenge.

They are unlike other survival environments and have a totally different set of survival rules to follow. That’s why I’ve put together this list of my 10 best desert survival tips.

Desert Survival Introduction

The dry, hot, thirsty desert, where the bleached bones of too many unprepared souls still remain. Picked clean in years past by a flock of opportunistic vultures.

And yet, this dangerous desert environment never even crosses your mind from the safety of your air conditioned vehicle. Because you’re safely isolated from its unbearable heat. You absently take a drink from a chilled water bottle to quenching your thirst. You don’t have a care in the world.

But don’t be fooled, just one silly mishap and you’ll get your chance to experience this unforgiving place.

Are you prepare for it? I sure hope so.

And not only does the desert inflict its pain with heat and dry alone, but it has more hidden survival traps to offer. Dangerous ones such as venomous snakes, scorpions, dust storms and flash floods.

So here are my 10 best lifesaving desert survival tips to help you prepare, adapt, and overcome.

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Survival Retreat – How To Plan And Build Your Own

Survival Retreat - remote cabin in woods

There are lots of reasons you should build a survival retreat: Maybe you want to prepare for the threat of a doomsday or a “sh*t-hits-the-fan” scenario. Maybe you just want to have a backup shelter in case you someday lose your primary place of residence. Or maybe you’re just desperate to get off the gridfor criminal, personal, or recreational reasons.

Whatever your motive, having your very own survival retreat is one of the best ways to ensure your safety should you ever have a real reason to get-out-of-Dodge. Such a retreat can act as a large personal survival cache for necessary survival supplies, or as a sustainable place to hunker down and defend yourself.

A survival retreat also acts as a permanent “bug-out-location” – a place where you and your family/friends meet up if things get real bad.

Even if you never actually use this refuge retreat for survival, it can still be an incredibly rewarding DIY project. Working with your hands to create your very own shelter is a primal experience that most human beings never get to experience.

What project could be more satisfying than building your every own roof over your head?

And besides, in times of peace this little sanctuary can function as a great place to get away from the monotony of social life. A place to bask in the glory of the natural world, hike, fish, hunt, ski, mountain bike, meditate, and breathe the cleanest freshest air available.

This article serves to guide you through the process of creating your very own survival retreat. It will cover the following:

  • Budget considerations
  • Legal Considerations
  • Where is the best place to build a survival retreat
  • Several kinds of structures available and how to create them
  • Storage and supplies
  • How to fend off unwanted guests (both human and otherwise)

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17 Best Home Fortification Tactics To Keep Criminals At Bay

Home Fortification - Glass On Top Of A Wall - Home Defense

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Few human initiatives are as ancient and respectable as home fortification.

We separated ourselves from the animal kingdom by the strength of our wits, and our knack for self-defense. So in order to defend our family from others, we need to become home fortification experts.

Especially if the world we know collapses and desperate people want to take what’s ours.

Now good home fortification doesn’t require a full castle moat and a mangled barbed wire fence ringing your lawn. Creating a secure home can be done by adding up a lot of simple tactics. It all depends on how far you want to take it.

So first you must ask yourself:

  • Do you want a secure house that looks as normal as possible?
  • Or are you trying to remodel the structure you live in to resemble a bunker with maximum defense capabilities?

The bottom line is this: The more difficult your home is to penetrate the more likely a criminal will choose an easier target.

That’s the ultimate goal. Make it an absolute pain-in-the-ass for the enemy, and he’ll move on to easier targets. (a.k.a your neighbors). [Read more…]

Paracord Uses: How To Actually Use Your Survival Paracord

Paracord Uses

The Ultimate Guide to Paracord Uses For Survival

Name one survival item with more uses than some high-quality survival paracord.

Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Done? Well, I bet the first items that came to mind were a good survival knife, a survival hatchet, multi-tool or duct tape; and you’d be right. However, today I’m going to argue that paracord belongs in this “many uses” category as well.

When left intact, paracord has lots of important survival uses and if you unweave the threads of the cord, the number paracord uses grow. Honestly, the real number of paracord uses is only limited by our lack of imagination.

In this article, we are going to cover the 35 best survival paracord uses. However, before we deep dive into these 35 paracord uses, you should first learn how to tie a few basic paracord knots:

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Cold Weather Survival: How To Keep Warm and Alive

Cold Weather Survival - Keep Warm and Stay AliveThe unprotected human body is ill-equipped for cold weather survival. The colder it is, and the more exposed we are to it, the deadlier the results.

Cold weather is often a deadly obstacle, especially for the unskilled and unprepared.

They didn’t ask for it, they didn’t expect it, it’s not fair, but Mother Nature doesn’t care. She’s cold and heartless when the seasons change. When the winds shift and she drags the frigid Canadian tundra down into the lower 50.

So you have a choice. You can either be a cold weather victim or a cold weather survivor. [Read more…]

Basic Survival Needs: The 5 Things You Need To Stay Alive

Basic Survival NeedsLet’s Do A Quick Basic Survival Needs Thought Experiment.

If we strip away all the BS…what does a human being really need to survive?

  • Not taking into account what makes us comfortable
  • Not discussing how to avoid injury or disease
  • Not figuring out what it takes to thrive

At the end of the day, what are the basic human needs for survival to avoid a premature death? [Read more…]