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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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How To Make Improvised Outdoor Survival Clothing

Perhaps you believe you don’t have any need for learning all about clothing for survival. Perhaps you already always go hiking with spare jackets in tow. Maybe you have no plans of ever going to the wilderness for a night because you’re more of a day person. Or maybe you always bring a lot of warm clothing pieces with you whenever you go backpacking.

Either way, thousands of people still die or come extremely close to death annually due to exposure. These people probably thought they went prepared. They probably did not expect that their clothes would get wet because they fell into in a stream; they probably did not think they would have to stay outdoors overnight; they probably did not think they would ever get lost for several days.

When I was coming back down from my hike on Mount Whitney, a couple of young men dressed in t-shirts were on their own ways up, with hopes of getting to the very top. They did not have any gear with them; there was not enough time left; yet they made it up there by the time it was sunset anyway. Naturally, they had no time to make the 11-mile hike back down to their vehicle. That night, the temperature was below freezing, so I bet they were utterly uncomfortable.

What kind of clothing could these men have brought with them for survival in that particular situation? One of the men had a seemingly light jacket with him. He may have taken off his t-shirt to use on his head since that is where most of our heat is lost. He could have filled up his jacket for insulation with the help of cattail seed heads fluff.

The essential principle here would be insulation. Jackets, pants, shirts or sweaters can be stuffed with bracken ferns, milkweed down, dry leaves, or practically anything that can create tons of dead air. It would be better to have two sandwiched layers. This may turn out to be quite itchy, but that is still better than freezing to death.cargo pants

In such a predicament, you may also make use of cattail plant flat leaves to make vests which could block out the rain and the wind. You can fill bread bags with silky plant fibers or milkweed down to create warm mittens that can be tied up at the wrists. Plastic bags filled with the same things can also be tied onto your own head to make a hat.

In general, take a look at what is available to you before you go out and kill animals to make use of their skin, or make grass skirts. Sleeping bags can double up as coats; all you have to do is wrap them around you. Mittens can be made from socks and snow pants can be made from garbage bags.

Garbage bags can even end up as raincoat. Otherwise, grab grass brunches and tie them together with string or cloth strips, then wrap this around your shoulders to repel light rain. Birch bark can be used to make rain hoods, too.

When in a desert situation, sun-hats can be made out of huge palm leaves. Just string them together and wrap them around your shoulders; this can prevent sunburn.

Animal skin will generally never have to be used when it comes to clothing for survival. There are also very low chances of shoes getting lost, so you won’t have to result to gluing tree bark onto your feet for hikes, with the help of pine sap. Still, if you know how improvising works, you can create a couple of simple pieces of clothing for survival that can help give you comfort and even save your life.

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