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    13 Survival Items No Hiker/Camper Should Be Without

    As we get ready for Hiking/camping/hunting season, it's time to consider the survival gear that we will be taking along with us. And as we wander off the beaten path, we should be carrying the equipment to handle the most common emergencies that we could face in the field.

    1) If you need daily heart medicine, blood pressure pills, insulin or any other vital meds, bring an extra supply of them on all your outdoor trips. Also bring any event-related medications like asthma inhalers in case of an attack, or epinephrine pens if you are allergic to bee stings or certain foods.

    2) A fully charged cell phone or 2-way radio in a waterproof container could be your ticket home.

    3) Wear appropriate clothing and outer wear. Skip the cotton in most conditions, unless you are trying to activate your life insurance policy.

    4) Lighters and other fire makers should be scattered throughout your equipment and clothing.

    5) A metal cup to boil water provides you a safe and unlimited water supply, providing you have water to begin with.

    6) Bring a rugged, waterproof light source, like a headlamp.

    7) Carry a whistle and other signaling equipment.

    8) Bring an emergency shelter like a space blanket or a Heat Sheets emergency bivy from Adventure Medical Kits.

    9) Carry a quality knife for dozens of obvious reasons.

    10) You'll need a first aid kit to keep the red stuff in, and the bad stuff out.

    11) An emergency food supply can give you energy to keep going, and you'll sleep warmer at night with a little food in your belly.

    12) Water purification tablets and a container for water should be on your list.

    13) Bring a map and compass, or a GPS.

    What else do you bring on your outings ? What do you wish you had brought last time out? Let us know in the comments.


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    Very beneficial article and comments, thanks to all.

    Useful for fire starting is a small sheet of aluminum foil (easily packed & carried) that can be shaped to contain and direct the sparks for the tinder/fire starting material (cotton balls & petroleum jelly or other). It helps contain & direct sparks to intended area and can be useful in windy conditions or as a cover rain or other precipitation.

    The foil can also be used as a reflective material for mirroring or signalling.

    Should you carry enough you can use it for cooking or as a fire/flame shielding hand warmer & clothing heater/dryer. (Just vent it to let any moisture out if drying wet items.)

    Can even be used as a 'fuse' or conductor/wire replacement for battery/steel wool fire starter, etc.

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    Starting Fires in extreme conditions: Two items your first aid kit should have Pottasium Per-Mangenate (Conde's Crystals) and Honey. Works in rain (at least did on military survival course on Mt Ruapahu NZ). Small drop of honey on crystals instant exothermic reaction, enough to start hexi-stove tablets for cooking.

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    With the Vaseline cotton balls, you should not soak the cotton. Dipping one side of the cotton ball into the Vaseline gives you a better chance, since the cotton by itself takes a spark easily. Once the cotton is burning (you may have to blow on it a bit, mostly it smolders), it acts as a wick to draw up the Vaseline. I always carry several in an Altoid Sours tin (the round ones with a better seal).

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    Consider Steelwool instead of the Vaseline-cotton balls.

    Steelwool can be ignited with flame, spark, or electrical current.

    Steelwool is also functional to clean your knife / tools / metal cup (vaseline-cotton balls have no other functional use besides fire starter).

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    You can use a spent brass shell for a whisle. Wooden matches in a zip lock, stuff inside a 1/2 roll of T.P. inside another zip lock for personal and as fire starter. A bandana is a must for so many reasons. I copy the hunting area section of topo maps to 8" X 11" and fold. I also have a larger area in a plastic sleeve, I then mark the general location for my wife with a dry wipe marker to give her a basic idea where to look, but I wipe it off so no one knows my best hunting areas and use it again. Food from the pantry, water in a canteen w/metal cup. I also have a small stuff sack I made, Xlarge shoe laces for drw string & eyelet at bottem, put a jacket in it for a pillow or worn like a backpack, but folds up into a pocket.

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    Number 13 says map and compass or GPS. In my experience if you bring a GPS the batteries are gonna die right when you need it. Better to just bring the maps and compass with the GPS as a paper weight when the batteries die. Also, I would add a pair of leather work gloves for gathering wood so you tear up your hands when your light weight hunting gloves get ripped up. Just my opinion though.

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    That's a good list. According to search and rescue members in my area, a light is THE piece of gear that would prevent most of their call-outs. A backpacker's headlamp goes a long way in preventing injury while you are later than expected in leaving the woods and is also very helpful if you have to gather material for a fire and/or a shelter after dark. I am happy to see you included a whistle too.

    I like to have one contractor's heavy duty garbage bag with me always. It is for carrying out the heart/liver but can also be used as an emergency blanket or ground cover in addition to a space blanket.

    In the late season where I hunt it can be below zero F, so I carry a spare pair of clean long underwear and socks in a freezer bag. I know if I have to spend the night outside that I will be thankful for an additional layer of dry long johns and socks.

    I prefer to use a small hatchet for gathering a nights worth of fire wood, cutting boughs to sleep on and build a shelter. For me it is much easier to do this with a hatchet than any knife, especially when it is very cold.

    Lastly-tinder. If you are depending on a sparking device as your back-up fire starter, you need a way to catch the spark and fan it into a flame. VERY IMPORTANT-This is something that needs to be practiced before hand. Last winter I tried out a flint striker and I had no trouble making a lot of sparks, but could not get a fire going. I had gathered the driest birch bark and old man's beard (moss) that I could find on that day, but neither would hold the spark long enough to blow into a flame. Then I tried some TP from my pack and same story. I have not yet tried Vaseline soaked cotton balls, which is next. Do not just throw a sparking device in your kit and figure you are good to go. When it's all on the line, every one of us will reach for our lighter or storm matches first, but there is a good reason to carry a striker as a back-up as long as you have a system that works.

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    I always bring some rope with me also. I bring orange marker tape to mark trails of downed game, there is survival reasons for having that to. And the most important item, toilet paper.
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    Solar Lanterns + Provisions ~~ nice for camping
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    Three Picture Tutorials – How To Build A Fire & Cook Over It
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    How to Make These Four Sling Shots – Primitive Skill

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    The whole link is very useful with different handmade tools! And the whole website seem good for survival information.
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    http://www.woodcraftwanderings.org/hunting.html#Sling

    scroll up in the link and there's advice on how to make bola's!http://www.woodcraftwanderings.org/hunting.html#Sling




    Sling - Hunting : Throwing Stick, Bolas http://www.woodcraftwanderings.org
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    "GRILLED SHRIMP"

    2 lb. frozen or fresh shrimp, shelled & deveined
    1/2 c. olive oil
    1/2 c. chopped onion
    1/2 c. lemon juice
    1 1/2 tsp. dill weed
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/2 c. snipped parsley
    1 1/4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

    Thaw shrimp if frozen. Combine oil, onion, lemon juice, parsley, Worcestershire, dill weed and salt. Place shrimps in a plastic bag set in a bowl. Pour marinade mixture over shrimp. Close bag. Marinate 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours in the refrigerator. Drain shrimp well and reserve marinade.

    Place shrimp in a greased wire grill basket. Grill over hot coals for 20 to 25 minutes, turning basket or individuals shrimp often and basting with marinade. Makes 5 servings.


    GRILLED TROUT

    6 (4 oz.) trout fillets
    3 tbsp. butter, melted
    2 med. lemons, thinly sliced
    Pam cooking spray
    Fresh parsley sprigs (opt.)
    2 med. lemons or limes, thinly sliced (opt.)
    Sauce (recipe follows)

    Brush trout fillets with butter and arrange lemon slices on top of each fillet. Coat a wire grilling basket with cooking spray. Place fish in basket, grill over medium hot coals 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Turn often, discard grilled lemon slices. Arrange trout on serving platter and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon or lime slices, if desired. Serve immediately. 6 servings.


    SAUCE:

    3 tbsp. butter
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    2 tbsp. lemon juice

    Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat until golden brown, being careful not to burn butter. Stir in pepper and lemon juice. Each 4 ounce serving = 4 ounces protein, 1 tablespoon oil.

    GRILLED FILETED FISH

    Trout, bluefish, cod or flounder fillets
    Seasoning salt
    Lemon pepper
    Granulated garlic
    Italian dressing (pkg. + vinegar + oil + water) 8 oz. per person

    Prepare fish at least 4 hours prior to cooking. Sprinkle seasonings on fish, the pour dressing over fish. Let it marinate for at least 4 hours. Take grill grate from grill and put aluminum foil on grill. Punch holes in paper with fork. Grease grill grate with Crisco (solid). Place fish on grill and cook until fish flakes. Fish may be turned. Baste with butter sauce while cooking. Remove from grill and serve with salad, baked potatoes, either rolls or cornbread and tea.


    GRILLED BEEF AND VEGETABLES

    1 lb. (16 oz.) baby portabella mushrooms
    1 lb. beef sirloin steak or sirloin tips (3/4 inch thick)
    2 cups pearl onions, peeled (frozen, thawed or fresh)
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
    1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1 cup cherry tomatoes

    Heat grill (about 350F). Cut meat into cubes and remove/discard fat. In a non-metallic bowl, combine all ingredients (except tomatoes) and allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain marinade into a saucepan. Brush grilling basket with oil. Transfer drained ingredients to basket and shake and stir over high heat, adding tomatoes last. Grill until beef is tender and cooked through. While beef is grilling, bring reserved marinade to a boil in saucepan and boil for 15 minutes to make sauce. Serve grilled beef and vegetables. Top with a spoon of the sauce, if desired.

    4 Servings


    GRILLED VEGETABLES

    Preheated grill and a wire grilling basket. A selection of your favorite vegetables including: Plum tomatoes (halved lengthwise) Spanish onions (thickly sliced) Fennel (thickly sliced) Peppers, green, red or yellow (quartered) Any other veggies that you like.

    THE MARINADE:
    3/4 c. olive oil
    1/2 stick butter (optional)
    2-4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp. dried rosemary
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Combine ingredients for the marinade in a microwaveable container and microwave for 1 1/2-2 minutes to bring the flavors together. Let cool in the refrigerator until at least room temperature. Lightly coat the vegetables with the marinade shortly before grilling. Transfer the marinated vegetables to a wire grilling basket. The basket will save the vegetables from the fire and make it much easier to turn them when they are nicely crisped.
    These vegetables may be used to accompany other foods, but if you are preparing a vegetarian meal here are a few suggestions:
    Place the grilled vegetables on a baking pan, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is cooked onto the top of the vegetables.
    Add appropriate grilled vegetables to your favorite sauce, such as marinara, Alfredo or pesto sauce and serve over pasta.
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    Pot-in-Pot Refrigeration (aka Zeer Pot)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDSGKB_fDBo&sns=fb

    When we were kids ... we would dig a hole in the ground... use water and clay to smooth the sides ... sink a clean terracotta pot in the hole ... make a lid with a handle ... cover the lid with plugs of live grass to hide the location ... and use this to hide snacks and sodas in our "forts" and "hide-a-ways". Kept everything cool and safe. Didn't realise then we had "discovered" something that had been in use thousands of years.

    Flower Pot Fridge - Zeer pot cooler
    2 DIY designs - no electricity! (evap. cooled)


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nctr9xJIxUs

    Flower pot fridge (zeer pot) refrigerators cool the air up to 40 degrees. no power needed. uses only 2 or 3 clay pots, sand, water and a towel. will cool the inner chamber up to 40 degrees (relative to the outside air). uses no electricity. will keep food fresh longer.
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    52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat
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    Edible Wild Plants in Louisiana


    Louisana is home to hundreds of species of edible plants. Many of these plants make their homes in both urban and rural areas. You just have to know where to look. .

    Read more at Trails.com: About Edible Wild Plants of Louisiana | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/facts_2391_edi...#ixzz2QaovE9jJ

    This site has photos and descriptions of which plants are good to eat ...


    Category Archive: Wild Food Foraging

    Proper identification of edible flowers is essential Use flowers that are pesticide free For best flavor, use flowers at their peak and picked early in the day Introduce new flowers into the diet slowly to be able to pinpoint allergic reactions ( once again proper identification is very important )

    http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/cate...food-foraging/

    Workshops

    Plant Identification Walks and/or Workshops Available On DemandWould you like to learn to Louisiana wildflowers, graminoids, edible plants, trees or any other plants? Any combination of walks and/or workshops are available for groups of five or more so get your friends together and call (337-328-2252) Cell: 337-378-9151or email. This would also be great for your church or gardening or other group. You can choose wildflowers, grasses, sedges, rushes, trees, shrubs, vines, or even edible plants or a combination. And you can opt for a tour or inside workshop or both. The teacher is Dr Charles Allen, author of Edible Plants of the Gulf South, Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Louisiana, and Grasses of Louisiana. He has led many tours and workshops during the past 30 years. Tours and Workshops generally last about four hours but longer or shorter ones can be arranged. The minimum number is five (surely you have that many friends) and the cost is $30 each for groups of 5 to 10 and $25 each for groups of 11 or more. This price includes plant lists and a signed copy of your choice of one of the three books. Call or email to schedule a walk or workshop
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    Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants
    by Brett & Kate McKay on October 6, 2010


    So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on? Some plants will keep you alive and are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals, while some could make you violently ill….or even kill you.

    Which of course makes proper identification absolutely critical.

    http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/1...edible-plants/
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    How to Make Acorn Flour http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/?p=21451



    Nice pictorial on making flour from acorns. If you live where there are many oak trees and you can gather the acorns this could be a free food for you. Also if you were ever needing to find food in the wilderness and there were acorns at least you would know how to use them. Nice work from Tactical intelligence. http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/...corn-flour.htm





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