How To Design A Rainwater Collection System For Survival

Rainwater Collection SystemShould you install a rainwater collection system? The simple answer is yes. Because water is vital.

Hopefully, that’s not news to you. It’s the only resource on Earth that’s guaranteed to hold (or increase) in value during a crisis. Oil, gas and even gold all pale in comparison to the real value of fresh drinking water in a survival situation.

It’s the stuff of all living things. It’s so essential, in fact, that astronomers search for water on other planets more than other chemicals for signs of life.

We wouldn’t exist without our best friend, H2O. Without water, human beings would shrivel up like raisins. We’d die like a plant in a severe drought.

So learning how to collect a sustainable source of drinking water is a vital survival skill. [Read more…]

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…]

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. Desert’s 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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Water Purification Is The Key To Your Survival

Water Purification - Clean Glass Of Water On A Rock CliffWater Purification Matters, Here’s Why

The CDC claims; 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases, and 88% of these diarrheal deaths are due to unsanitary water conditions.

That’s 1,936 children deaths PER DAY related to lack of water purification.

Now most of these deaths are outside the US but these statistics are still staggering. [Read more…]

Is Tap Water Safe To Drink? Filtering Out The Misconceptions

Water Dripping Out Of A Facet

There is one chemical that can be thanked entirely for life on Earth; Water. Without water, every life form on this planet would shrivel up and die a very thirsty death.

Humans consume water in extremely large quantities and at an exceptionally rapid rate. And the most convenient way to go about quenching thirst is by turning on the tap and pouring yourself a glass. But is your tap water safe to drink? Should it be trusted? [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…]

LifeStraw Review: Skilled Survival’s LifeStraw Field Test

Lifestraw ReviewHave you ever been thirsty?

I’m guessing you answered “yes” to that question.

I’d also guess that you’ve never really been thirsty.

Most people, with access to clean drinking water, take their seemingly endless supply of safe, clean water for granted. Most have never really experienced the pains associated with true thirst.

This is a good thing. It means that the thirstiest you’ve ever been might be after a run on a hot day or that one time you forgot your water bottle while playing tennis in the hot sun.

Now, don’t go trying this at home, but after you’ve gone more than 24 hours without a single sip of water… that’s when you’ll be starting to get thirsty.

Could you imagine going 48-72 hours without water? You probably can’t imagine it and I hope you never have to since you’d likely be close to death by that point.

You know what’s even worse that being thirsty and not having water? Being thirsty and having dirty water but no way to purify it.

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Water Purification Tablets: Don’t Bug Out Without Them

2 Packs of Water Purification TabletsIn the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge spoke of water being all around, but there was not any to drink.

The reference is to the salt water of the ocean that surrounded ancient mariners who could be at sea longer than their freshwater supplies lasted.

The same fate may face those in a crisis situation such as a natural disaster where there is water all around, but none of it is safe to drink. [Read more…]

Best Survival Water Filters and Not The “As Seen On TV” Sort

Best Survival Water Filter - Life StrawThe ground stops rumbling.

It is the moments after a horrible disaster.

The radio in your quaint little cabin only reports static on every frequency. Even your old multi-band scanner, which sweeps the emergency bands, produces no updates.

Your wife and kids are huddled up on the couch waiting to hear the news, but still nothing but perpetual static.

This is the moment you have been preparing for. [Read more…]