Let’s Go Camping: What You Need to Take with You

A woman applying an arm bandage on a male camper. If you have a large family and want to take them camping it is important to make sure you have all the appropriate tools and supplies to keep your family safe on your trip. You will need to take more than just a first aid kit that is for sure. It is crucial that you know what to bring with you on a camping trip to protect you and the ones you bring with you.

First Aid Kit

If you are traveling in a large group you are going to want to make sure you have the essentials in your first aid kit. You may want to pack multiple first aid kits for different types of emergencies. Here are some of the items you will need to bring with you on your camping trip to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Adhesive bandages (multiple sizes)
  • Pain reliever such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl to treat allergic reactions
  • Butterfly bandages
  • First aid instruction cards
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers for splinter removal

There are various other medications that you should also bring with you on a camping trip.

  • Foot powder
  • Aspirin
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Poison ivy treatments
  • Antacid tablets
  • Throat lozenges
  • Prescription medications

Tools & Supplies

There are several tools and supplies that will come in handy when you are on your A happy woman camper on a hike in the forest. camping trip.

  • Rope is definitely one thing you will want to bring with you. You can use it to hang wet clothes, help get a family member out of a tough situation, as well as help build a shelter if need be. And, don’t forget knot-tying lessons for the kids. It has a number of uses and you should never go camping without one.
  • When you are camping it is pretty much a given that you are going to need to start a fire. So unless you are a professional at doing this on your own, you should bring matches with you – preferably wooden matches (without their tips they can be useful for shims). This will ensure that you always have light and always have a way to start a fire.
  • Speaking of light, it is crucial that you have a way to see to get where you are going when you are walking through the woods. Make sure you pack several flash lights of all sizes as well as some lanterns. Never go on a hike or walk without various ways that you can see, especially if you get lost.
  • Having a map and/or a compass with you will ensure that you never get lost while you are hiking. It can be difficult to track where you are going when you are in the woods since most everything looks the same. Always have a compass in your pocket and a map in your backpack.
  • Always have a pocket knife handy and make sure that all adults carry one. You never know when there will be an incident or an emergency and it will be needed.

These are just some of the very important things you will need when you go camping in a large group. All of these items will ensure your safety and well-being during your trip.

Tips for Short-Term Prepping

Lone hiker exploring.

Even though you may think you are ready for a short-term disaster, you may have forgotten something very important. Many preppers tend to skip over the basics and get right to the guns and ammo. While those things are definitely important, there are some basics that most people who prep often forget. Here are some tips to having everything ready for a short-term disaster.

Off-Road Vehicle

A typical car is not going to do the trick. Make sure you have a vehicle that has off-road capabilities. Something like a Jeep Wrangler or something similar that will give you the ability to drive through floods and other poor conditions.

Have a Generator

When everything starts to go downhill in an emergency it is crucial that you have a generator that is ready to go. You will need to set up your generator as well as make sure it has plenty of fuel. You can purchase a portable generator that is less than $500 online or in a local home improvement store. Make sure it is always stored in a place that is easy to get to and fuel is kept in it at all times.

Solar Power

It is crucial that you invest in solar power in preparation for a disaster. Solar power has the ability to provide you power when everything goes south. It also allows you to use significantly less fuel for your generators. You can either invest a couple thousand dollars to have them installed by a professional or you can go to a local home improvement store and install the panels yourself.

Offsite Supplies

During an emergency, you may find yourself without any access to your home. It is Home security system. important that you have an offsite storage area that contains a number of different essentials from food to weaponry. Make sure it has a one-month supply of everything you could possibly need during a short-term disaster. This will ensure that you have the supplies you need no matter where you are.

Your Bugout Bags

You should have several bugout bags prepared for a short-term disaster. Make sure you have multiple bugout bags available if you have to leave in a hurry. A bugout bag should contain the following:

  • Cash
  • Maps
  • Pistol and ammo
  • Two day-worth of food
  • Three days-worth of water

It is crucial that you keep this bag away from all other home supplies. If something happens to your home you need to be able to have access to the bugout bags in order to survive. Keep them in a place that you have easy access to during an emergency.

It is important to always have your short-term emergency supplies ready at any given time. There is no way to know when a disaster could occur and you don’t want to wait because it could be too late at that point. Make sure there is enough supplies for you and your family to survive on.

Gardening in an Apartment for Survival

Tomato vines on a rooftop. Let’s face it, in today’s demographic, the vast majority of the population now lives in urban or suburban areas. Single family homes have been largely replaced by apartments, and more and more people occupy an apartment than ever before. So, what are all of these people to do to achieve some level of sustainability? The truth of the matter is that there is plenty that can be done in an apartment to help you prep for the future

First and Foremost

If you are planning on gardening in your apartment, you might want to take this into consideration when choosing your apartment in the first place. Of course, this isn’t always possible. However, if you’re apartment-hunting, take the opportunity to look for a place with the lighting and space to accommodate your future plans.

Some things to look for are windows that let in a lot of sunlight and extra space to accommodate pots. Balconies are also great for gardening purposes.

What to Grow

What you choose to grow is going to largely depend upon the amount of space you have, the amount of sunlight you receive, and the amount of time you have to devote to your gardening.

Tomatoes and cucumbers are both great apartment crops. They grow well as long as they have plenty of sun. Balconies are ideal, and cucumbers can vine up a trellis or lattice, particularly if you opt for plants that produce smaller fruit. Just a couple of each of these plants can keep you in veggies throughout the summer, and tomatoes preserve well.

Other options include herbs, onions, a grow-box of potatoes or beans/peas (to name a few).

How to Plant

Clearly, if you are growing your garden in the confines of an apartment, space is going to be an issue. How you plant and what you plant in is largely going to depend upon how much space you have and the layout of your apartment.

There are a few constants, however. You are going to want to use high-quality potting soil and pots that drain well. Standing water/over-saturated pots will lead to root-rot and can compromise your efforts.

When to Start

If you are going to grow your plants from seed, you are going to want to start early in the season. Seed Garden on roof of apartment. packaging and almanacs are great resources for determining the best time to start your planting in your area.

If you’d prefer, and presuming you have access to the resources in your area, you can alternatively get a later start on your gardening by utilizing pre-started plants. These are usually available in most nurseries or garden centers. Either way, be prepared to transplant later when they’ve begun to grow up and get hardy.

Contingency Plans

If you are in an apartment with little light or other contributing factors that make gardening difficult, don’t fret. There are lighting fixtures and compact shelving that can be incorporated into virtually any apartment for a successful garden. If this isn’t compatible with your lifestyle, urban community gardens are growing in popularity. If there’s not one in your neighborhood, you may want to take the initiative to start one.

What Is With TEOTWAWKI?

Water jug being filledWhen you’ve been in the world of survivalists for awhile, you’ve likely heard a lot of different terms and acronyms being thrown around. Because of that, you want to know and understand them. One commonly used acronym is “TEOTWAWKI;” it means “The End of the World as we Know It” and it was coined sometime during the 1990’s on a survival forum online. This has lead to a wide variety of discussions and ways for people to do things, so it’s interesting to look at.

Why is TEOTWAWKI Important?

As survivalists, we put a lot of thought and energy into what’s going to happen to the world if a disaster strikes. We know the world a certain way now, but if something apocalyptic or catastrophic were to end up occurring, we would end up with a world that is completely different than what we already know. All that being said, it’s important because it ends up opening the door to a wide variety of different scenarios, all of which could end up giving people like us pause when we’re trying to figure out the best course of action in a particular scenario. It’s a big question for a lot of people, and you’ll see a lot of speculation when it comes to TEOTWAWKI.

What Does TEOTWAWKI Mean For Us?

This is, of course, the big question, isn’t it? Why does TEOTWAWKI even matter? There are a few reasons, actually, and that’s what we’re going to take a look at here.

  • TEOTWAWKI is the reason that we do what we do in the first place. If you don’t believe that, Father and son prepping for disasterpossibly, in the end that something huge and catastrophic could end up changing the entire world (for better or for worse), then why would you be a survivalist in the first place? Obviously, a lot of people will prepare for an emergency, but those like us take it to a new level because we’re aware that the world isn’t always going to be the way it is now.
  • TEOTWAWKI is a way of life for some people. A lot of people believe that we’re on the way toward something catastrophic, and so they do everything that they can in order to ensure that they’re going to make it through whatever it may be. They get started a lot earlier than some of us, trying to ensure that they’re away from civilization and self sufficient before disaster strikes. These sorts of people have embraced the concept behind TEOTWAWKI whole heartedly and do what they can to prevent that from turning their world upside down.

So, what do you think will happen at TEOTWAWKI? Do you use it as a philosophy that guides your way of living, or is it something that you speculate about and then just go about your way with various survival scenarios like you would have otherwise? This is, of course, vital to consider and to keep in the back of your mind at the very least, so it’s something that we felt would be important to explore anyway.

Living Off Of The Grid

Solar panel on a grassy background. There are millions of people every year who decide to say “forget it” when it comes to paying for power. They will, instead, find ways to make it so that they don’t have to waste as much money and give it to companies that are supplying them with power. This is referred to as “living off of the grid.” In this article, we’re going to explore what “living off of the grid” is and how it can affect you as a survivalist.

What is Living off of the Grid?

In short, living off the grid is using some sort of technology (solar, wind, etc) to get off of the power grid. That is, you’re making it so that you don’t have to get your electricity from any other source than the one that you’re producing yourself. This is a big deal, because that means, if the power goes out for any reason, you’re likely to not be affected by that outage at all. On top of that, it also means that you will be able to continue creating and utilizing power, even after something catastrophic happens that would destroy the grid anyway.

Living off of the grid has only become popular in recent years, and estimates say that there are at least 4 million people, if not more, who are doing this. It’s hard to say, mainly because they’re off the grid, so you can’t really find them very easily as well. It’s estimated that more people will be doing this as it becomes even more inexpensive for people to install wind turbines and solar power panels. We’ll have to keep an eye on this and see if and when it becomes more affordable.

Why Live off of the Grid?

As you would expect, there are as many reasons to live off the grid as there are people who do it. Roof with solar panels and wind turbines aside. Some of the main reasons that people live off of the grid include the fact that they want to save money, the fact that they want to be prepared in case the grid goes down at some point, and the fact that they want more independence. If you’re like many of us, you don’t really trust the system to be able to protect us if a disaster were to occur, so living off the grid means that you’re not worrying as much when it comes to those sorts of situations. In short, if you want to make sure that you’ll make it during a disaster, living off of the grid can be a great solution to your problem.

There are a ton of reasons that you may even start to consider living off of grid and, because of that, it’s really a good idea for those who are survivalists to do. That being said, you could really get a lot out of it. Have you converted your home to be without dependence on others that may give you power? Or have you found ways to live off the grid.