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When you find yourself in a survival situation, you need to have the knowledge to make use of what you can find. In the woods or a more rural environment, the resources available to you may be different than the ones you’ll find in a more urban environment.
One of the items that is easily overlooked as a survival resource is cardboard. Cardboard comes in many forms and shapes and is often readily available in an urban environment. We’ve included 10 Ways to Use Cardboard for Survival below.
1. For Shelter
We’ve all seen the homeless people using cardboard boxes for shelter in the city alleyways or under bridges. In truth, when protected from direct exposure to wind and rain on either side by buildings or other structures, a cardboard box can be a temporary shelter. This is because it’s easier to heat a small confined space than a larger space. It’s not ideal of course, and only works for survival if you have cardboard available around you, but it’s better than nothing.
When it comes to preppers and homesteaders, members of the two groups can live very different lifestyles. But which are better, preppers or homesteaders? And are they really that different? It’s true, the person you visualize when you hear the term “prepper” is likely very different from who you picture when you hear the term “homesteader”.
If I were to say to you, my new neighbor is a “prepper” what picture do you get in your mind? Most people will likely picture a single male in his late 20’s to late 40’s wearing camouflage and loaded down with guns, knives, and ammo, right? You’d expect to find his basement, or maybe even an underground bunker, piled high with MREs, water, and bulk bags of rice and beans packed away in mylar bags and food grade buckets.
Stockpiling fire wood is a sensible precaution and preparation for potential power outages and longer term emergencies. Before coal, oil and electricity, wood was our primary source of fuel, with dried peat and buffalo chips taking its place in climates and situations when wood was scarce. If you don’t want to resort to burning feces though how should you go about building up your reserves of fire wood?
Wood for immediate use
If you need wood for immediate use, make sure it is seasoned as well as possible. Yes there are some species of wood which will burn even when green such as ash due to it’s relatively low water content and the oils it contains but it still burns better when it has been seasoned.
You can also burn green wood more easily if you have a proper wood burning stove and of course once your fire is hot enough you will of course be able to burn as much green wood as you want although it won’t produce as much heat as it would otherwise and will produce lots of smoke and soot so you are much better off using properly seasoned wood and you should plan on procuring plenty of it for emergencies.
You don’t need enough space for a full-size greenhouse to kick start a growing your own groceries plan. Even if you are an urban prepper or a suburban survivalist, you have enough space to get seeds started indoors to develop plants to cultivate crops outdoors (or continue growing indoors) in the spring.
Greenhouses provide two essential things all seeds need: sunlight and humidity. You can create the same conditions indoors on a shoestring budget if you get a little clever with your approach. Soaking the seeds overnight might be part of the planting instructions on the seed packet. Read the instructions carefully and do not skip and steps for the sake of expediency.
Greenhouse in a Bag
This is a great hands-on growing project to do with the kids – and it is not the least bit messy. Simply put up to three seeds in a quart freezer bag with well-dampened cotton balls. Press the bag closed and hang it in a window that gets decent sun throughout the day.
In a perfect world, we could walk into our kitchen, turn on our faucet, trust the liquid flowing out of it and drink pure, clean water until our heart’s content and our tummies are full. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world, though. Instead, we live in a world with constant distractions.
TV, internet and print brings us a new “breaking news” story seemingly every five minutes, and we trust federal state and local governments who reassure us that our ever increasing cases of cancer and other deadly diseases have little or nothing to do with what they’ve approved as “safe” for human consumption.
The truth is, we genuinely cannot sit back and casually expect safety in our drinking water unless we fully confirm its safety for ourselves.
When you find yourself in a survival situation there are a lot of hacks or alternatives that you can use to get the job done. But if SHTF and you or your loved one gets an infection, such as a toothache, life is going to get pretty awful very quickly.
There are a lot of options for treating the symptoms of an infection, such as pain, swelling, or fever. But if you don’t eliminate the infection, the root cause of those symptoms, treating the symptoms is only a temporary relief. Some preppers have explored the option of fish antibiotics in a survival situation as a last resort option.
Why I Added Fish Antibiotics to My Stockpile
I have young daughters still at home, one of whom is prone to respiratory infections and being able to treat her if she gets sick in a SHTF situation is one of my main concerns. So, although I’ve also research natural treatments, I did some research and ordered a bottle of fish antibiotics, cephalexin (Keflex). I had planned to order several other kinds later on, but I started with cephalexin. It arrived, and I added it to my SHTF stockpile of supplies and didn’t think much more about it.
You’ve been up and on the move since 3:00AM. It was raining at 3:15AM, and it shows no sign of stopping. You found out shortly after 4:00 in the morning that your waterproof hooded jacket and pants, aren’t.
You are utterly drenched. Fate, it turns out, is not without a sense of humor; the large, fallen oak tree you planned to shimmy across over the river, the one that has lain in that exact spot for over a decade, has shifted in the rain-swollen river. Now you must wade across in water over your belly.
You do. Now, besides your shivering, the only thought you have is of your ammunition. Your rifle and optic, if quality, will hardly suffer from mere water, but your ammo; it has been wet, soaking wet, for hours. You know you will have to make the shot soon. When you go off-safe and take the slack out of the trigger, what will happen?
If you are anything like I was about a decade back, all you needed to know about ammunition storage was ammo could survive the trip from your shopping cart to the checkout, and from the checkout to the range.
Ammunition had a short life as far as I was concerned, destined to be bought and promptly consumed in the chamber of a gun. I lived in Florida at the time, a very gun friendly state, and with ranges and gun shops on every corner, ammo practically grew on trees. Yep, planted right next to the oranges. You don’t need to stash what you can never run out of. After all, you can just buy more.
You have made the decision to be well prepared for most of life’s eventualities. Well done. You have stocked food, and medicine. Stored tools, batteries and equipment. You have a bug-out bag packed, and another, redundant BOB in your car. Every important document is backed up in triplicate.
You bought a pistol, holster and a handful of magazines. You go to the range once a month to practice and you think you do alright. On the way out you eyeball the racks of rifles and shotguns. Pretty soon, you think, you’ll be adding one to your safe at home. Then, you’ll finally be “ready.” Right? No.
In this two-part series, we will explore what training you should be seeking to guide your growth as a shooter, and what techniques should be a part of your repertoire to ensure that you are well-rounded as a shooter and prepared for any eventuality that may be a part of the fight to come.
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