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Here are wacky fishing tips for you so you can fish like a redneck. For ease of execution, you need to keep in mind that fishing is an art. And just like all artists, fishermen all have their own set of tricks to get the job done. With this in mind, we compiled a list of these redneck-approved fishing tips that we bet your fishing buddies have never seen.
Wacky Fishing Tips That Will Make You Fishing Like A Redneck
Unique Fishing Tips and Tricks
From creative fishing lures to improvised fish hooks, we have the wackiest and most useful fishing tips that will have you REELing with excitement. You won't be able to wait to get out there and show off these new hacks. Go try out these unique fishing tips and impress your fellow fishers with the number of crazy tricks you have up your sleeve. To fish like a pro, read on and discover our unique fishing tips and tricks.
1. Keep your fish hooks organized with safety pins.
Sort the different sizes of fishing hooks in your tackle box by using a safety pin. This will also help keep your hooks organized. Simply insert the needle point into the eye of the hook until you fill the whole pin. Works like a charm!
2. Vacuum seal your first aid pack to keep it safe from water damage.
Our stuff sometimes falls into the water when we go fishing. Keep your first aid kit dry in a vacuum seal preserving it when you need it most. Plus, it keeps things organized. You can toss in your fire starting kit if you like!
3. Keep salmon eggs on the hook with a little table salt.
That’s right, the secret weapon in my bug out bag is pantyhose. Er, maybe I should call them “man-tyhose.” But after you stop laughing you might want to read on to see just why I keep these in my bug out bag. You may just find yourself grabbing a few pairs afterward.
If you are heading out for a weekend camping trip or a disaster is on its way and you need to hoof it on foot to get out of dodge, make sure you always have a few pairs of these in your bug out bag list. It might not be a very manly thing to carry, and I get a few funny looks when I step up to the counter at CVS with a pair of pantyhose, but this is survival planning and you looking manly is trumped by being prepared.
Bug Out Bag | Survival Uses of Pantyhose
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Not only are these cheap to buy, but there are dozens of alternative uses for them. They also take up practically no space. Check out the list below for a small sampling of what these can be used for:
You can wear pantyhose as an extra layer beneath your normal clothes to keep warm in cold weather.
Use pantyhose to prevent bites and stings. Wear pantyhose under your shorts or pants to protect against chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects.
If you are going to be trekking through water, wear them to protect yourself from jellyfish stings and leaches.
Stretch a pair of pantyhose over a “Y” shaped branch or stick and use as a skimmer or a fishing net. You won’t catch a 10lb catfish in this, but you may be able to pick up a few smaller fish to eat or use as bait for a larger fish
Use pantyhose to secure bait while fishing. Place bait in the pantyhose and secure it to a tree or anything sturdy in order to keep from losing bait while fishing.
Use pantyhose as a pouch or bag to carry things.
Use pantyhose to fasten or bind things together instead of twine or bungee cords.
You can use pantyhose as a belt to keep your pants hiked up.
In first aid, you can utilize pantyhose as a tourniquet or to hold and/or secure a bandage or hot and cold pack.
Use pantyhose as a first-round filter to strain any collected water. The water will still need to be treated or boiled but this first line of defense will help to clear the water of any large particles.
Use pantyhose to prevent blisters. I saw a lot of comments in one of my previous articles about using pantyhose to keep your feet blister-free and I just wanted to highlight it again here. Cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose at the ankles and wear them under your socks. They will help cut down on the friction between your shoe and your foot, thus reducing the risk of blisters.
Pantyhose look terrible on men, plain and simple. They were never designed for us. But the great thing about them is that they are extremely stretchy and most have a sizing guide so that you can take a guess at the size you should buy.
I’m not saying that these should be worn on a regular basis, but in a survival situation, the benefit of having those in your bug out bag checklist outweigh any blow that your pride may take when purchasing them. And if you really can’t break down and buy a pair of them for yourself, I’ve actually seen a few places that sell them in camouflage for the real manly man.
Check out these top 10 forgotten bug out bag items by Survival Know How:
Top 10 Forgotten Bug Out Bag Items - YouTube
These are just a few examples of what a little ingenuity can bring you in a survival situation. If you have the extra cash you can always buy under armor, but when you can get 10 pairs of pantyhose for the cost of 1 pair of under armor, I would rather save my money for something else.
Are you man enough to include pantyhose in your bug out bag? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Knowing heart attack signs is crucial, especially if an attack strikes you when you’re alone or unable to call 911. To increase your chance of survival, make sure you know some heart attack treatment and recognize warning signs, so you know what to do in case of emergency. Treatment within the first onset of heart attack signs and symptoms can decrease the damage to your heart and even save your life. Here are the heart attack signs to keep in mind plus the things you need to do for each sign… Click to read more
Survival items come in different forms and monetary value, and this list comes dirt-cheap! At only $5, you can complete an emergency survival kit. From food, tools, and OTC drugs, there are a lot of survival items you can get at this small amount and even less. Complete your survival kit with low-cost survival items in this list! Click to read more
A “hobo stove”(or rocket heater) is an incredibly versatile outdoor cooking tool that you can build quickly and easily from scraps you most likely already have around the house. It’s small, lightweight, and because it’s made from scraps it’s easily disposable! If done right, a Hobo stove can be an amazingly efficient outdoor cooking equipment that cooks at insanely high temperatures (you can fry an egg in seconds using only a handful of twigs)… Click to read more
Have you left yourself open to the 7 deadly sins of survival? Do you have what it takes to conquer your inner demons and come out on top? You’re stocked up and prepared for any sort of crisis. Your house is full of canned goods and ammunition. You’ve got backup plans and you’re ready to bug out at the first sign of trouble. But, are you aware of the 7 sins of survival and how to overcome them? Click to read more
There are 6 survival laws that all preppers need to know. Each and every person has their own needs and wants. There is no “single solution” that will solve all your survival supplies preparedness problems. That being said, the 6 “Unbreakable Laws of Survival” are key if you want to survive any crisis… Click to read more
Survival gardening is something to look forward to during the spring season. We recently posted tips on preparing your garden for the winter and now it’s time to get back to your backyard and make the most out of spring. Self-sufficiency is just one of the wonderful benefits you get from maintaining a garden, especially one that includes vegetables and herbs… Click to read more
There are so many must-haves when it comes to your EDC kit (Every Day Carry) items. Similar to your everyday carry bag, for example, the contents of a much smaller pack can change—and will change due to new items that become available over time. There is always something brand new that catches our attention. For a smaller pack (one I carry everywhere I go), I try to keep the contents to a minimum… Click to read more
If you’ve decided to read this post, chances are you own at least one gasoline container with a broken fuel spout. I, too, have a couple of old fuel containers with broken nozzles. About a year ago, I came across a product that looked promising, the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout. I decided to give it a try, thinking I could use it for my old gas cans. What were my thoughts? Click to read more
Use the kettlebell for optimal preparedness training for a change! You see, when it comes to preparedness, there is a long list of gear and skills you need to learn and implement. The more skills we become proficient in, the less gear we need. Getting prepared can be overwhelming at times so a few things tend to slip by the wayside… Click to read more
What have you done this week? Let us know in the comments below.
Interested in container gardening for your limited patio space? You can grow and harvest significant crops by growing them in containers. It's the perfect option for balcony and patio gardens. Check out this list of vegetables to grow for urban gardening and growing in containers!
Container Gardening | Top Five Plants to Grow on a Patio or Balcony
Tomatoes are probably the easiest plant to grow in a container. Here are some urban gardening ideas to help you successfully grow a tomato plant.
Start with a large container. My preference is a clay pot with adequate drainage. The bigger the pot the better. Tomato plants can grow quite large over time.
The secret to a large and healthy tomato plant is consistent watering. Always keep moisture in the soil, but not wet. Pouring more water than how much the plant's root needs will cause it to rot.
Tomato plants need at least 6-8 hours of sun a day. Sometimes with a covered apartment patio or balcony, giving the plant enough sun can be challenging, but it is definitely possible. Check on your tomato plant throughout the day to make sure it’s getting adequate sunlight.
It's easy to grow peppers in containers! Here are tips for growing a successful pepper plant.
Just like growing tomatoes, starting peppers out in a large pot is important for a healthy plant. For the smaller peppers (less than 12 ” tall), use a container of about 2 gallons. On the other hand, use a 5-gallon container for the bigger pepper plants. A container twice as large is also good if you need more room to grow your peppers. Make sure the pots have adequate drainage
Frequent watering is necessary for pepper plants in containers. One way to determine if your pepper needs more watering is if the soil is still dry after sticking your finger one inch into the soil. You'll soon be able to determine a suitable watering pattern for the plant.
The growing habits of some peppers are one way to know if they need to be caged or staked. For example, the weight of bell peppers requires stake method in growing them.
First-time gardeners should try radishes as they require little maintenance to grow. Growing radishes in containers will guarantee a nice harvest. Here are some tips for growing a successful radish plant.
Planting radishes in a container requires well-drained soil in a wide gallon pot. Combine an ample amount of sand and grit with peat mix and compost. Also consider a mix of vegetable fertilizer prior to planting for a good growth of the roots after germination.
Make sure to use pots that evaporate excess moisture and has a good drainage hole. See to it that the container is not always filled with water if you're using a saucer.
The roots are the edible part of the radish plant. They form the vegetable and start to grow bigger. Carefully watch the plants by making sure the roots are covered with soil to prevent splitting and drying.
Carrots can also be grown in containers and will flourish throughout the year with proper care. Here are some tips for growing a successful carrot plant.
Choose a deep enough container. Find one that is at least one foot (30.48 cm) deep or more. Carrots develop underground and the root system needs a lot of space to grow.
Make sure not to overwater your carrot plant. Whether its container-planting or garden-growing, carrots are grown pretty much the same way. Be sure to have drainage holes in your container and expect progress in approximately one week.
Onions are known to do well in container-planting. Here are some tips for growing a successful onion plant.
Plant the onions in a planter with a depth of 5 inches. This makes the onion grow to its full size.
Plant onion sets 4 weeks before the last average frost. Several onions can fit into a container by planting them in sets. Give them at least an inch of space before planting the next one.
Onions are grown in containers and usually need more water than those grown in garden beds. Keep the soil slightly moist. As soon as it dries out, water again.
Check out this video by naztazia about container gardening for beginners:
Learn How to Garden for Beginners - Container Gardening - Urban Rooftop Porch Patio Balcony - YouTube
Growing your own veggies is fun and you're also aware of what exactly went into the plants at every stage. Unfortunately, this is not the case with food you buy in stores. This short list of crops can grow in pots and sit beautifully on your small porch. The good thing about this style of growing food means you won't have to deal with stubborn weeds either.
If you have any container gardening tips you would like to share please share in the comment section below!
Dental floss does a lot more than help prevent gingivitis. Conveniently compact and incredibly affordable, you have every reason to stock up on it. And, there is no reason not to have at least one pack in your survival gear. Remember that one of the most important rules for packing a good go bag is to pack light. It's always a good idea to include multipurpose and ultralight items in your kit. Of course, dental floss should make it in your bag, too! With a little skill, this little white waxed string could help save lives! Get in the know with these 7 remarkable ways you can use dental floss for survival.
Dental Floss: A Useful Addition To Your Survival Kit
1. Make a Tripwire Alarm
When settling down in your camp for the night, you can never be too cautious. To keep intruders and critters in check you can easily set up an improvised alarm system by only using empty food or soda cans and dental floss! The material of floss can be a strong and reliable backup when you don't have any strings or ropes on hand.
Materials you need:
2-3 packs of dental floss
2 wooden sticks/triggers that have a carved notch in it
Soda and beer cans (preferably with tabs in place)
A Whippy tree branch
Hammer one of the carved wooden sticks/triggers into the ground. Make sure it is close to a whippy tree branch.
Using the dental floss, tie the other carved wooden triggers to the whippy tree branch. Then, connect the notches together.
Prepare the cans (slightly crush them as this can create more noise).
Tie the cans together through their tabs using the dental floss.
With the cans tied together, connect them to where the sticks and the whippy branch meet.
Once you have the cans connected to the main triggers, tie a new line of floss to something across you.
Place the tripwire about 4 inches above the ground.
You DIY tripwire alarm is now set and ready.
Keep your alarm system hidden behind a tree or with a layer of dry leaves.
Dental floss is coated with a wax material which can burn easily making it a good substitute for tinder. This is one of the best survival things to do with floss. Follow these instructions and learn how to use floss in starting your fires :
Cut off a few feet of dental floss.
Group it into a sizeable bundle.
Ignite it with sparks by using your Ferro rod and striker.
Take note that you can also use the floss to keep your fire stable and burning for longer periods of time.
Floss is made up of strong and sturdy materials which you can use to create snare traps. Floss makes an excellent substitute for ropes or paracords. It can also help you catch small to medium-sized critters, so you won't need to pack other supplies for making a snare. These supplies should include heavy wires and cords in your bug out bag. Below are the things you will need and steps to make a snare trap with dental floss.
Materials you need:
2-3 packs of dental floss
Look for two medium-sized sticks and hammer them deep into the ground. They should be in at an angle where the other end of the sticks will cross each other.
Tie the ends of the sticks together so they will cross completely. It should make an “X” shape.
Put your hand in between them and try pulling them up to check if they are sturdy enough. The sticks shouldn't be popping out of the ground.
Look for a fairly thin stick and hit it into the ground directly in line with the other sticks.
Look for another stick that will serve as your bait stick and put it in between the crossed sticks. Keep inserting the stick forward until it meets the other stick that will hold it.
Carve a notch wherever the two sticks meet. It will hold the bait stick until the prey pushes it down on it causing it to get out of the notch. This will make the snare go and eventually trap the prey.
Look for a sapling or a tree with a thin trunk. It needs to be alive and fairly small.
Choose the correct height depending on what prey or animal you want to catch. Make sure you strip it down until there are no more leaves or branches because this will affect how fast it will snap back.
Cut a ring that will go all the way around the tree or sapling, then put your dental floss inside of it. You need to be sure the dental floss has the same length of the tree before you tie them up.
About 6 inches down, tie your bait stick.
At bottom, tie a snare depending on how big the prey you want to catch.
Bend your sapling down and put the snare in front of the angled sticks.
Put you bait stick in between the angled sticks. Make sure the side of the bait stick that you tie your floss to is facing the sapling.
Barely hook it to the notch.
Put the bait on the other end of the bait stick.
Wait for the prey to eat your bait, and it will eventually be trapped in the snare.
Click the link to watch the full tutorial on how to make a snare trap.
4. Build Fishing Equipment
If you are in a survival situation that requires you to fish to stay alive, you can make a fishing net or a fishing line with a dental floss. This is a great alternative to a cord or string net in case you don't have one in your pack. Check out this link to watch the tutorial video on how to make a net.
If you don't want to go through all the trouble of making a fishing net, you can also make a fishing rod using dental floss as your fishing line. Here's how you can make your own DIY fishing rod using a stick and dental floss:
Materials you need:
A long stick
A pack of dental floss
Tie the dental floss to the base of the stick using a simple slip knot or any fisherman's knot you prefer. Make sure you still have enough space to hold on to.
Wind the floss up the stick and then tie another knot on the end of the stick.
If you have wet clothes, you're probably at risk of hypothermia and frostbite. It's vital to keep your clothes dry as much as possible, especially during long hikes. Use the dental floss as your clothesline by tying some floss to tree branches, poles, or posts nearby, then hang your clothes to dry.
6. Use It as a Rope
How strong is dental floss? Braiding multiple strands of dental floss will create a strong rope or cordage which you can use for tying, pulling, lifting, and dragging. It is a sturdy alternative for a paracord, especially when you're in a survival situation. Below are the simple instructions to make a rope which is also a good dental floss strength test:
Cut several pieces of floss to the desired length. Make sure it is long enough because it will get shorter as you twist the floss.
Lay the threads together until they are all lined up and tie a knot on one end to keep them secured together.
Divide the bunch into two even sections.
Hold the two sections, one in each hand, and twist them in the same direction. It can be clockwise or counterclockwise as long as it is in the same direction. This motion will cause the two strands to wrap one another.
If you still want to make the rope longer, splice an additional bunch of threads into the tail end before it runs out.
Simply twist the new bunch right alongside the old bunch. You now have longer tails where you can continue spinning your rope.
Once you have reached the desired length, tie a knot at the end of the rope to keep it from unraveling.
When you accidentally suffer an injury while outdoors, using dental floss can prevent further damage. Below are some of the first aid uses of a floss:
Wrap a broken finger to the finger next to it, so that it serves as a splint that can provide a sturdy support.
Secure a swath or a sling for arm or shoulder injuries.
Use it for stitching cuts and hold gaping wounds together.
Click the link to watch the full tutorial video on how to suture, so you can sew yourself if you acquire a nasty cut!
Learn more dental floss hacks in this video from SensiblePepper:
Dental Floss Survival Hacks 20 + Uses - YouTube
These are just 7 ways to use dental floss in the wild, but there are endless possibilities. Being efficient in the wild is not a bad thing — you just have to use your imagination and get creative sometimes. By the way, dental floss can also be used as restraints or to replace a broken bowstring. If you're thinking of another valuable item to add to your survival kit, the obvious answer is dental floss!
Have you tried any of these dental floss hacks? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!
A lot of preppers daydream about having the ultimate bug out vehicle. It becomes a hobby for some. For those with plenty of money, it becomes a “Toys for the Big Boys” kind of thing. For those on a budget, you can still prep your vehicle for when SHTF. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of bug out vehicles out there rolling the streets right now, they just don't look like one. The end goal of the bug out vehicle is to quickly and safely get you and your family where you need to go in an emergency situation. Almost any vehicle can become a survivalist vehicle with the right preparation. Still, it's nice to dream about having the ultimate badass bug out vehicle. Here are a few of our favorites for inspiration.
The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle Come Doomsday
1. The Tactical Armored Beast
This 4×4 fully armored vehicle weighing at a whopping 20,000 lbs with a 6.7 L V8 Diesel engine that roars 300HP and 600 lbs-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed auto tranny and a 40-gallon tank.
2. The Hyundai Zombie Survival Car
Features a zombie plow with massive spikes, spiked all-terrain tires, and armored windows just to name a few. It's amazing how Hyundai was able to come up with an anti-zombie ride by transforming an Elantra Coupe.
3. Paramount Group Marauder
Fully armored and can withstand TNT explosions. It has long range fuel tanks and can even run on a flat tire. It can reach up to 120 KPH despite its heavy weight. With a fording depth of half the vehicle, it can practically swim.
4. M1126 Stryker Combat Vehicle
This eight-wheeled armored vehicle weighs about 19 tons. It has a central tire inflation system and has room for 9 people, plus a crew of two. It can mount either an MK-19 or a .50 caliber machine gun and has a 40mm grenade launcher.
5. Mike Penhall's 1986 4Runner
If budget is an issue for you and you would still want to make your own bug out vehicle, this is the one for you! Start from the basic vehicle and work your way up with upgrades as you go.
6. The Survivor Truck Bug Out Vehicle
It’s a Chevrolet C70 upgraded into a bug out vehicle and weighs about 13 tons. Its storage capacity for food, water, clothing, and gear can last weeks (even months!) when need be.
7. Gurkha Armored Tactical Vehicle
This badass vehicle can be made available for civilians. It uses the Ford F-550 chassis, 6.7L Powerstroke diesel which can give up to 300ho and 660 pounds-feet of torque. It’s a 4×4 which uses automatic transmission and is installed with disc brakes.
8. The Silverado Black Ops
This vehicle is like a survival kit on wheels. Made by Chevrolet, this badass bug out vehicle setup can be fitted with any ready-made accessories to fit the need of every Prepper.
9. The Mobile Assault Bunker Level 1
This badass truck is called MAB1 for short. Has ¼” bulletproof AR500 steel to armor plating, bulletproof windows, a fuel mileage of 8 to 10 MPG, 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide, 25 feet long and weighs 24,000 lbs. It even has a bulletproof 220-gallon diesel fuel tank.
10. The M117 Armored Security Vehicle
This is just one of the many used military vehicles for sale. Purchasing a used military vehicle will require very little upgrades since it may already be armored plated and have bulletproof windows. Not to mention a lot of other weapons that you can mount on these things.
11. Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 Custom
Originally made for the military, this truck features a 7.2-liter turbo diesel engine boasting of 326 hp. It is a six-wheel drive with three locking differentials. This custom bug out vehicle even has a satellite dish and a flatscreen.
12. EarthRoamer XV-LT
This is a totally badass bug out vehicle with lots of comforts. It took the 2008 Silver Ford F550 and modified it with the latest technological features to date. It can carry 90 gallons of fuel, 85 gallons of fresh water and has 510 watts solar panels.
13. Buffalo MPCV
This badass truck has a 440 HP CAT C13 12.5L engine and can go up to 55MPH. With a fuel tank that can store up to 85 gallons, it can travel up to 300 miles.
Check out this video of the Mercedes Benz Zetros by auto imagen:
Mercedes Benz Zetros 2733 6x6 - YouTube
Just look at these state of the art bug out rides. Zombies won't have a chance to get their hands on you once you're inside. With these Badass Bug Out Vehicles, the post-apocalyptic world doesn’t stand a chance against you! So make a choice right now in case of SHTF the next day.
Do you think these bug out vehicles is enough to keep you safe if SHTF? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Interested in great bushcraft ideas? I was searching around on the web a few nights ago and ran across a great YouTube series from Dave Canterbury ( from Dual Survival Season 1 & 2). Dave is someone whom I admire for his ingenuity, survival skills, and bushcraft skills. He is all about being prepared but also being practical about it. Dave knows that survival needs to be put into the hands of the common man and that your survival gear doesn't always have to be a huge brand name in order to be high-quality. I loved this video series and wanted to share it with you. Dave talks about the importance of sleep and the quality gear you can acquire at a reasonable price. Check out the series below and let me know what you think.
Bulletproof Bushcraft | Quality Sleeping Gear for All Seasons
Bullet Proof Bushcraft on a Budget Cover - YouTube
If you have the money to spend, you can go for quality lightweight tarps that are fairly expensive. It will be at a price range of around $65-100. On the other hand, these inexpensive tarps are an alternative bushcraft camping gear:
Regular Polypropylene Tarp – Choose a thickness of 4 mils for this tarp. It's a pretty good thickness that will last at least a season. At 6 x 8 ft, this tarp is big enough to cover one person and costs only $4-5 depending on where you buy it. This tarp is also going to fold up really small to put in your pack in emergency situations.
Canvas Tarps – The canvas tarp in this video has grommets in about 8 to 10 places on the tarp. It costs $35 but this one's going to last longer than a season. Canvas tarps are water resistant and are not as susceptible to flame as Polypropylene and other more expensive tarps.
There are high-quality wool blankets that are thick and big for you to wrap up in comfortably below freezing point. However, if the temperature goes down below 20 degrees, it's going to be hard staying comfortable unless you spend more money on a good one. Keep in mind that if it's not 100% wool, there's not a whole lot of advantages. Wool blankets have to be fire retardant, water resistant, and maintain the insulative value even if wet. This can only be accomplished if the wool blanket is 100% wool. The difference in price between ordinary wool blankets and hand-woven 100% wool blankets is huge. Ordinary wool blankets costs around $15-20 whereas 100% wool can be 10 times the price. The big advantage of 100% wool is it keeps you warm below freezing point.
The modular sleep system for the military uses the bivy bag and arctic bag. It's a sleep system designed for harsh weather conditions considering what soldiers go through in the field. The bivy is a gore-tex bag which is 100% waterproof. You can lay in a puddle with it and not get wet. With the use of the bivy and arctic bag, you can sleep on top of nine inches of snow in minus 13-degree weather and still feel warm. Sleeping bags have the advantage for their lofting that keeps you warm and traps dead airspace. However, the big disadvantage is that you can't use them around a campfire. A small mistake can easily burn these materials. Looking at the brighter side, this waterproof sleeping system costs around $75.
This is really good information for preppers out there. There are advantages and disadvantages to any system that you want to use. If you have the money to buy, there isn't going to be a problem looking for the most durable and comfortable sleeping system. If you have a tighter budget, then you need to be able to mix and match the cost and quality of your gear.
What do you think about Dave's presentation in choosing your sleeping gear? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
The best time of the year to cool off at the beach is now! But if you’re a homebody, you’re probably thinking of ways to keep your house cool during the summer. Turning on the air conditioning is the most convenient solution, but you won’t be too happy once you get your power bill… Click to read more
Sometimes it’s hard to know how to start a fire. Perhaps you’re out of matches, or maybe the weather is horrendous. Sure, there are plenty of smart, easy ways to start fires, but why be conventional? Over the years, generations of fire starters have figured out some pretty weird ways to start fires. Are they all practical? No. Are they all awesome? Yes… Click to read more
You probably don’t realize just how many items you have at home that you can use as a fire starter. It’s important to know which item is effective as a fire starter so you’ll be able to carry one or two of these fire starting materials wherever you go… Click to read more
Today we all rely on bottled water and tap water that only a few of us know how to filter rainwater. Rainwater is an abundant source of water for any domestic and agricultural need and can be harvested easily. But filtering rainwater can be difficult and costly in modern times. Instead, find out how they filtered rainwater 100 years ago and make your own! Click to read more
This campfire infographic will help start your fire at the camp in no time. Whether you’re building a campfire to enjoy with friends on a camping trip or keeping yourself warm through a cold winter night, knowing how to build a great fire is a must-have skill. To build the perfect campfire, you need the right combination of tinder and fire starter, as well as the right way to feed your fire with oxygen for it to burn as long as possible… Click to read more
Dugout houses make you invisible to trouble such as wild animals, and they also naturally stabilize heat, serving as your protection. Various stories will tell us about how people survived by living in pit-houses. Even soldiers who were away on war lived in a dugout for some time. This survival shelter is flexible for any kind of situation. With the proper design and structure, it will help you survive. In order for you to create a dugout in case SHTF, we share a helpful survival life guide… Click to read more
Ever wanted to make your own DIY alarm system? Believe it or not, you can make your own wireless DIY home security for only $10 with a few simple hacks to a prepaid cell phone. You can easily catch intruders who set off the tripwire because this neat little gadget calls your cell phone right when it happens. Well, I’m going to show you how to make a cellular alarm system and all it’s going to take are a few common tools, a couple of hours, and a $10 Tracfone from Target… Click to read more
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, drivers in the United States generate nearly 300 million old tires each year. I think you would agree that letting such a mountain of resource go to waste would be a bad thing, and since I love using “free stuff” around the retreat, I’ve been brainstorming ideas on how I can put them to use around my place. Here are a few of the ideas I’ve come up with… Click to read more
Camping tricks and tips are a dime a dozen, but this camping checklist is chock full of ideas we bet you’ve never seen before. From improvised camping gear to camping food prep, we’ve got you covered with truly unique camping hacks. To camp like a pro, read on and discover some of our unique camping tricks and tips! Click to read more
With a survival knife, a trusty new tool in your hand, you probably felt like you could take on the world. Until you dulled down that new pocket knife blade, that is. But you just needed good sharpening equipment and a solid sharpening technique (of the two, the technique seems harder to come by). Whether you are sharpening with rods, a whetstone, or an actual stone from the creek, these five tricks can help you turn your dull tool into a sharp blade again, at home or in the field… Click to read more
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If you've decided to read this post, chances are you own at least one gasoline container with a broken fuel spout. I, too, have a couple of old fuel containers with broken nozzles. About a year ago, I came across a product that looked promising, the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout. I decided to give it a try, thinking I could use it for my old gas cans. What were my thoughts? Read on to find out!
EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout | To Spout or Not to Spout?
Over the past few decades, fuel containers have evolved significantly. The biggest change is in the materials. Most gas cans these days are made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is a rugged plastic material. The containers made from this material are lightweight and last for a long time under normal use. Their weak point, though, is their spout. These are made from more lightweight and flexible plastic, which have a tendency to crack and break after a few years.
This is exactly the problem I have experienced myself. I had two smaller gasoline containers that I used in my vehicle emergency kits. Since I live in Arizona, the heat and the dry air caused the fuel spouts to crack, defeating the purpose of the containers. But, I didn’t want to throw them away. They were still in perfectly good condition. That’s when I started looking around for replacement spouts. Eventually, I found the EZ-Pour online and purchased a couple for my containers.
Combined Manufacturing, Inc. makes different versions of the EZ-Pour Spout. There is a Water Jug Spout, a Hi-Flow Fuel Spout, and a Hi-Flow Water Spout. The most popular one is the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout which I will review here. They also make various adapters for Jerry Cans, Chilton Gas Cans, and Racing Jugs. In other words, if you have a plastic fuel container, they probably have an EZ pour spout kit for it.
Only pre-2009 gas cans fit spouts currently out in the market. The reason is the EPA, in their bureaucratic wisdom, decided that fuel can spout needed “improvements” to meet new standards. The result was spouts that are almost impossible to use. One perfect solution is the EZ-Pour Spout. For residents of most US states, you can purchase it and replace the existing one in your older gas can.
The EZ-Pour Spout is priced at $10.95 on the manufacturer’s website, plus shipping fee. Retail and online prices will vary by a buck or two.
I purchased two of the regular EZ-Pour spouts because they fit my fuel containers (a Blitz and a Wedco). The first thing I noticed is how long they are. This is apparent because both of my containers are small ones—on larger containers they will seem normal.
The spouts don’t fold-up or collapse into the container. Instead, they're both detachable and extendable. This does take up less space and would normally increase the risk of spillage, but the quality of the top cap and the base cap will prevent this from happening. The tube is strong yet has some flexibility, which is what you want in a spout. The caps are very sturdy and fit well with both the spout and the container. The kit also contains a second cap for the spout or can vent, a replacement push-in vent, a second base cap, and a flame arrester.
When I put mine together and installed them on my gas containers, I was pleased with how everything fit together. The materials are high-quality and solid. I wasn’t afraid of breaking anything while I put it all together. In addition, it only took me a couple minutes to assemble and install everything.
Putting EZ Pour Hi Flo to the test
A few weeks ago, I decided to put these to the test with real fuel and a real vehicle. I went to my local gas station with my old containers and their new spouts. It takes an effort to unscrew the fuel spout from the can, which is a good thing. That means it is threading good and is unlikely to either unscrew or spill. After I filled the can, I screwed the spout back on and put it in the trunk of my car. When I got home, there was no fuel in my trunk and the cap was still on the spout.
After, I went to my other car to fuel it up from the can. I took the cap off, put the spout in the tank, and tilted the container up. Everything flowed easily and in a few seconds, the can was empty. Plus, no fuel was spilled. The only catch is the flap on the fuel filler tube wanted to hang on to the fuel spout. After a little wiggling, it came out, and I replaced the car’s fuel cap. In other words, the EZ-Pour spout worked like a charm.
Solid construction from good materials
Threads prevent fuel from leaking
Somewhat long spout for small containers takes up extra space
West Texas Prepper shows a video on replacing his old jug spout with the EZ pour replacement spout:
EZ-Pour Replacement Kit - Gas Can Rehab! - YouTube
If you have any pre-2009 fuel containers laying around, you should consider getting an EZ-Pour fuel jug spout for them. They will allow you to continue to use your old style gas can with a spout that actually works well. The EZ-pour fuel jug spout could easily be the best gas can spout solution out there. I highly recommend them, and they won’t disappoint! Overall Rating 8/10.
What are your thoughts about the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout? Let us know in the comments section below!
There are so many must-haves when it comes to EDC kit (Every Day Carry) items. As with the contents of an everyday carry bag, for example, the contents of a much smaller pack can change—and will change due to new items that become available through time. There is always something brand new that catches our attention. For a smaller pack (one I carry everywhere I go), I try to keep the contents to a minimum. Each item serves a very important purpose—to aid in a survival situation should you face one. Here is a list of my everyday carry essential all of which I carry every single day.
EDC Kit | Essential Items I Need Every Single Day
The Pack – Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer
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This is the pack I use. It’s extremely durable and it accommodates all of my EDC items quite well—with a little extra room to spare.
The Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer is a great organizer for your EDC valuables and can be purchased here on Amazon.
A multi-tool is my number one item. No person should be without one in his survival EDC kit. I carry the Leatherman Juice XE6, and as of late it is my favorite multi-tool to carry. Survival Life also makes their own awesome multitool, the Hoffman Richter HR100, which you can buy here.
The HR100 includes:
Needle nose pliers
Mini slotted screwdriver
Phillips head screwdriver
Large straight edge blade
Large slotted screwdriver
Small straight edge blade
Medium slotted screwdriver
Ultrasafe locking mechanism
All 440 stainless steel construction with an ultra-tough titanium coating to ensure it lasts a lifetime of use and abuse
Another necessary item is a flashlight, such as the Hybeam micro flashlight. I carry a Hybeam micro flashlight. It’s small but good enough to be your go-to flashlight too. It's super bright, shock resistant, waterproof, and made from high-grade aircraft aluminum.
A whistle can be used for a couple of survival situations. One is for personal protection in the event of a possible attack. If you suspect an oncoming attack, blow the whistle. The last thing an attacker wants to do is draw attention. Wearing a whistle around your neck when you know you are going to be alone in public is a good defensive idea.
A whistle can also be used as a device to signal for help or to ward off predators in a wilderness survival situation.
This particular whistle is the one I carry and can be purchased here on eBay.
My pack is never without paracord. I buy paracord in bulk and I divide it throughout all my packs. I also have quite a few paracord bracelets which, if you are tight on extra room in your pack, allow you to wear your paracord in the form of a bracelet. A bundle of paracord can be purchased here at Survival Life Store.
You know you can't rely too much on your gadgets for note-taking when there's no power source. This particular notepad is a perfect choice in size and durability as it has waterproof paper. It also fits well in the Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer.
Alcohol Prep Pads and Adhesive Bandages
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These two items are great for “on the go” first aid for minor cuts and scrapes. In my pack, I include 10 alcohol prep pads and 2 of each sized adhesive bandages. You'll never know when it's necessary to treat an open wound. These things will be one of the first lines of defense.
Fire Starting Materials: A Bic Lighter and Cotton Balls
In my pack, I carry fire starting materials. First of which is a Bic lighter. I buy them in bulk and place one in every emergency pack I own. My second item is cotton balls—my tinder of choice. I usually carry 4-5 in my small pack.
A List of Important Contacts and Other Information
Cell phones can die on you which also means that you lose all the important information you have stored. This mini address book is perfect to record all of your important contacts and other viable information such as allergies, medical conditions, medications, your doctor’s name and phone number, etc.
This particular address book is the perfect size for the pack I carry. It can be purchased here on Amazon.
Watch this video by SurviveN2 for a review of the HR-100 multitool:
Hoffman Richter HR-100 Multitool Review - YouTube
Any of these items can be very useful in a certain situation. There's no telling when you will need a flashlight, a whistle, a lighter, or any of the things mentioned in this list. The best thing to do is to be prepared at all times which is the very reason why these items are considered everyday carry items. They're very important whether you need a little assistance or when you're stuck in an unexpected survival situation.
Are any of these items also part of your EDC? Tell us in the comments section below!