Category Archives: Shelter

Sleeping Dry While Camping in the Rain

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Here you can see the ditch going around the tent.

It has been raining hard on and off for the last several days.  This resulted in a discussion about sleeping dry while camping in the rain.  I was very surprised about how little some of the young men knew about this subject.  Basically, it came down to the fact that they depended on their tents to keep them dry.

They had no idea of how to How to Select a Campsite  or an understanding of how to ditch around a tent.  So here are a few ideas to help you if you have to build a shelter in the rain.…

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A Comparison of Four Different Fire Starters

fire startersToday one of my granddaughters and I were experimenting with different types of fire starting devices.  It ended with us making a video of Randy lighting Vaseline soaked cotton balls in a short video which we posted on you tube.  Now Randy is interested in prepping and has been studying it for some time.

What we are doing with her is having her do everything herself, so that she really learns how to survive.  So we spent this afternoon on fire starting.  One thing she has learned is how that there is a learning curve on almost everything.  None of us are born Daniel Boones.…

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Sheltering in Place can be Easy If You Plan

sheltering in placeWith all the talk about sheltering in place going round I want to offer a few suggestion in case you have too. The need to shelter in place could be caused by everything from pandemics to economic collapse.  The other day I posted a blog with some outside games that kids could play without any special equipment.

I noticed that some of the people who had to shelter in place because of being quarantined for Ebola were complaining about the hardship bugging in caused.  Now these were people who had access to TV, computers, other electronic toys and phones.  The government was even making sure that they had food. …

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Shipping Containers and How to Insulate Them

Shipping ContainersI have always liked shipping containers for storage and other uses. My family has several and I have had one in my yard for many years. They are inexpensive to purchase, require little maintenance, and hold up well to the weather. In all the years I have had mine I have never had any problems with leaks or rodents.

My shipping container is currently stored under a carport to protect it from the sun. This helps to keep it much cooler. Recently I have decided to reorganize some of my storage and want to store some items in the container that are more heat sensitive.…

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Solar Lighters, an Interesting New Item

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The lighter ready to use

Yesterday I was down at Disaster Stuff, a local preparedness supplier located in Roseville, California and saw an interesting new item.  A solar lighter, now this was designed to be a cigarette lighter and I was amazed at how quick it would light one.  But not being a smoker, this aspect did not interest me, so I started thinking about what other uses I could put it to.

I figured if it could light cigarettes it could be used to light other things.  So I played with the solar lighter in my backyard.  Now as with any solar device, it is easy to expect more than they are capable off.…

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How Do I Know When to Bug out?

In my contacts with other preppers, I am often asked the question, how do I know when to bug out. Many seem to want a list of signs that they can look for, that will give them a clear signal to leave.  I am always surprised at the numbers that make bugging out their first choice.

The fact is that each of us will have to make this decision for ourselves.  Because of the different locations in which we live, each of us faces a different situation.  Personally, I intend to bug in as long as possible.  Do I have plans on how to bug out and where to go? …

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Improvised Shelters can Keep You Alive in Both Hot and Cold Weather

Building improvised shelters from the elements is not hard and can save your life.  If you get too hot or too cold, you can die.  Finding good improvised shelter can help you keep a normal body temperature.  Shelter will help keep you dry and out of the wind or sun.

If you have a vehicle with you, you can utilize it for shade or shelter.  If you are in the desert, the vehicle may become too hot during the day.  You may be better off sitting next to it for shade.  Remove a car seat and use it to keep you off the hot ground.…

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How to Choose a Good Sleeping Bag

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Here are the components of the US military 4-Part Modular Sleep System. Be sure and get US made bags an avoid the Chinese knockoffs.

 

Sleeping bags are something that I have given a lot of thought too.  Currently there are many good sleeping bags on the market.  They can vary from twenty-five to several hundred dollars in cost.  But how much is a good night’s sleep worth?

The first question you need to ask yourself is what type of weather are you likely to encounter.  Now I am talking about the worst weather in your area.  Your bag needs to be able to keep you warm and comfortable under these conditions. …

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Wind Chill and How it Can Affect You

Wind chill is a measure of the combined effects of wind and temperature.  Temperature alone does not give a true indication of the impact of cold.  The human body loses heat through convection, evaporation, conduction, and radiation.  Wind chill has a direct affect on convection.  As your body surface heats the air around it, it forms an insulating layer of warm air against the surface.  Moving air or wind disrupts this layer, allowing for new, cooler air to replace the warm air against the surface.  The faster the wind speed, the quicker you lose heat and the faster the surface cools.…

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Improvised Heaters can Keep You Alive in Cold Weather

 

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The improvised heater working

Depending on the climate, that you live in, heating your home in an emergency may be a matter of life or death.  Where I live it would be cold, but with dressing warmly, I could survive in my home without any additional heating.  Now I am not saying it would be comfortable but I could get by well with this improvised heater.

Now I know that many of you who live in ultra cold climates have multiple means of backup heat, wood stove, coal, propane and etcetera.  But what about these you who live in climates where a bit of heat would be nice but is not necessary or if you have to bug out and leave your preps.…

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