A carpenter’s pencil is a useful item to have in you BOB. It’s durable, you can sharpen it with any blade you happen to have and you could even drill a hole in the end of it to tether to your bag. The Home Depot ones are pretty cheap and come in an orange color so if you do happen to drop it, you can find it easily.
- Putting toothpaste on a sting stops the pain
- Baking soda is an excellent antacid
- Eating activated charcoal will bind ingested chemicals and poisons
- Aloe Vera gel takes the heat out of burns
- Natural yogurt stops the irritation and clears vaginal thrush
- Natural yogurt takes the heat out of sunburn
- A strong magnet will draw metal to the surface of a wound
- Olive oil smothers head lice killing them. Repeat after 5 days
- Olive oil treats psoriasis and dry eczema preventing cracking
- Cling wrap is the ideal covering for burns
- Cinnamon sticks in a jar with water makes antiseptic mouthwash
- If a wound has glass in squeeze both sides of the wound and it will pop out
- White vinegar treats fungal nail infection. 1 part vinegar 2 parts water
- Duct tape will hold a large wound together until you can deal with it
- Scrape stings out with an ATM card. Pinching it out puts more venom in
- Sanitary towels make excellent pressure dressings
- Seal a sucking chest wound with a plastic bag fixed on 3 sides over the wound
- Clove oil relieves toothache
- Strong, cooled black tea relieves conjunctivitis
- Parsley stops bad breath and contains masses of vitamin C and vitamin A
- Eggshell is the best form of calcium supplement
- Olive oil loosens solid earwax
- Regular sugar heals wounds, just pour it in.
- Tampons work well to plug penetrating wounds
- Curved upholstery needles are good for suturing wounds
- Dental floss is a good substitute for suture material in emergencies
- Toothpaste applied to a blister or cold sore will dry them up
- A patch of duct tape over a wart will kill it. Change patch daily.
- Maggots make excellent cleaners for infected wounds
- Children under 16 should not be given aspirin
- Anyone with clotting disorders should not be given aspirin
- 1/4 aspirin a day helps prevent heart attacks/strokes by thinning the blood
- Cut toe nails straight across to prevent in growing and infection
- A small blob of softened candle wax will seal a tooth where a filling is lost
- Pleasant smells lift the spirit and enhance your mood
- Pregnant women should not eat foods high in vitamin A ( foetal blindness)
- The trace elements in homemade chicken soup does make you feel better
- Sniffing onions or vapour rub causes tears which washes debris from eyes
- Petroleum jelly seals grazes and stops bacteria entering the wound
- A large elastic band/ hair band makes an emergency tourniquet
- keep a hand/foot dressing in place with a fingerless rubber glove
- Hold an arm/leg dressing in place with cut off piece of panty hose
- Strap a broken finger with tape to an unbroken one next to it
- Strap two broken fingers together to immobilise them
- Sneeze into the crook of your arm to avoid contaminating your hands
- Push elevator buttons with your knuckle so your fingers stay clean
- If you can’t wash your clothes seal them in bags for 5 days to kill typhus lice
- Damp dust weekly to prevent mite infestation
- Clean wounds however minor as soon as possible to prevent infection
- Never burst blisters it lets infection in. Blister fluid is sterile.
- Barley water relieves cystitis. (Boil grain and drink the juice)
- Cranberry juice relieves cystitis
- If you pop an abscess use a sterile needle at the bottom to aid drainage
- Files spread disease. Clear all waste, food, human and pet immediately
- Never give alcohol to hypothermic patients, it will cool them more
- Re-warm hypothermia victims with gentle heat and do it slowly
- Don’t rub areas you suspect to be frost bitten it causes more damage
- Prevent scurvy with adequate vitamin C
- Prevent rickets with adequate vitamin D
- Prevent spina bifida in babies with folic acid in pregnancy
- Prevent anaemia with adequate iron intake. Cast iron cookware helps
- Prevent bone/tooth problems with adequate calcium
- Prevent pregnancy by using natural sponge as a barrier to ejaculate
- Natural sponge can also be a reusable feminine hygiene product
S – Size Up the Situation
U – Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste
R – Remember Where You Are
V – Vanquish Fear and Panic
I – Improvise
V – Value Living
A – Act Like the Natives
L – Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills
US Army Field Manual 21-76, “Survival”
via Soldier Systems
With the US raising their debt ceiling, are we in a global bail-out bubble that will eventually burst? This doc offers a fresh insight into the greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.
The financial storm that has rocked the world began brewing in the US when congress pushed the idea of home ownership for all, propping up those who couldn’t make the down payments. When it all went wrong the government promised the biggest financial stimulus packages in history and gargantuan bailouts. But what crazed logic is that: propping up debt with more debt? “They’re giving alcohol to a drunk: it just sets him up for a bigger hangover.”
Found this link the other day and thought it was a brilliantly simple way to brew a cup of Joe during a power outage or other disruption. After all, coffee is the most important food group.
Available from Home Depot (online) for $39.98/ea. One piece forged with utility edge. Other styles available. Great price.
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The 4SEVENS Quark AA Tactical Flashlight is my EDC (Every Day Carry) light. Honestly, I use this thing all the time. It’s about the length of a roll of quarters and sits length-wise at the bottom of my left front pocket.
It is an LED light and has a programable head with seven output modes: Moonlight , Low, Medium, High, Max, Strobe, Beacon (You get to pick two). I usually run the light on high (which is enough for most tasks) to save a little on battery life. My second setting is Max mode. The “Tactical” part of this light refers to the tail cap which protrudes from the back slightly and allows for momentary on/off along with the full click on/off.
It has a durable T-6061 Aircraft-grade Aluminum Body which is holding up well to being dropped on the floor in my pants daily and more than a few trips through the wash.
The primary reason I chose this light over, say a Surefire is that it takes one very common AA battery. You can find a replacement battery for this anywhere and I suspect it will be easier to find one of them rather than trying to find a CR123 or some other exotic battery after the SHTF. I also keep a spare on my keys in a waterproof case which has come in very handy.