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10 Wacky Survival Tips That May Save Your Life!


Here are ten survival tips for the outdoors that aren’t of the regular kind. They stem from unusual tactics that people have come to experiment with. Remember them, in case you ever get lost in the great outdoors.

1. Take pieces of rat nests loose to make use as tinder. They can be located in caves and under rock ledges, so even if it rains, they stay dry. Usually, they are filled with dry grass, plant fuzz and other inflammable materials.

2. Polish bottoms beer or soda cans to use to concentrate sun rays in order to start fires. Chocolate can be used for polishing, but other natural substances may also be used. This is quite hard, though, and won’t work if the sun tends to be low or if the can isn’t very shiny. The can’s bottoms needs to be pointed towards the sun and the rays concentrated towards a tiny point of light onto pieces of paper, natural tinder, or even money.

3. One other great dry tinder source would be old milkweed pods that usually cling on stalks during the winter. Several of them generally come with silky seed fuzz inside that will be dry, even when it rains. Any flame source or spark can ignite it.

4. Glass bottles may be put to use similarly to magnifying glass in order to start fires. When the sun is bright, different kinds of glass are capable of concentrating sun rays to start fires. You can also try out using eyeglasses if you wear them, most of al those with thick prescriptions.

5. One other dry tinder source in wet weather would lie under things, especially under dry leaves or big logs. Just search for something dry and inflammable.

6. Keep batteries with you when the weather is cold since they lose power faster in the cold. Depending what you plan on using them for, they could be essential for survival.

7. In order to cross stream on slippery logs, throw some gravel, grainy dirt or sand onto them to give you some traction. Also, make use of sticks for better balance, if you think this will help you.

8. If you find yourself lost in a desert with a tent, you can use it to gather water. Let rain fly drape directly against it to trap moisture. The condensation that results will collect as small puddles inside the tent that can be drunk directly or scooped up.

9. If you are in need of food, you can find trout where water flows into pools. They can even be chased into shallows or caught by hand.

10. If you have ruined or lost your shoes, look for pine trees which ooze sap and then scrape this off with pieces of wood or bark. Thickly spread onto your soles to glue soft cedar bark strips onto them. It will offer some protection during your walks.

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3 Essential Tips for Backpacking with Children


Backpacking with kids could prove to be a real challenge. However, it would be a great way for children to learn more about the great outdoors, as well as develop responsibility and independence. Also, it is a good way to have some fun. Here are three essential tips that can help:

1. Get Them Interested.
If you force uninterested kids to go backpacking, they will resist, start problems, and simply ruin the entire trip for everyone. Therefore, you need to get them interested first. Several great outdoor movies might help. Search for movies with actors of the same general age. Then, suggest going backpacking to gauge their response.

If your children seem a bit too young for backpacking, though, you might want try camping out in your own backyard first. They can help pitch the tent and you can see how they will survive through that night. Do your best in making the experience as fun as possible for them.

2. Make the Kids Part of the Plans.
It is much better if the children are more involved with the entire process. Let them help you out in picking the hiking trails, but narrow down the options beforehand to more appropriate ones. Give them the chance to suggest which foods to pack, but (again) narrow down their meal options to those that would make sense on backpacking trips. Teach them how maps are used and how they can judge hiking distances by the day. They can also help you pack.

3. Give Them Certain Responsibilities.
Children who are of age can make fires or set up tents. Younger children can collect sticks that will eventually be burned or get their sleeping bags and pads ready for the night ahead. Give each child things they can actually handle and make sure you always tell them what a good job they are doing (provided they are doing so).

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