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I would like to start a discussion for everyone to post short tips to help with survival situations. Heres a few to get things started.
Dip cotton balls into melted vaseline to create a great fire starting tinder. Get some jumbo straws from McDonalds, cut to 3". Melt one end shut with an iron. Stuff full of this mixture and seal other end with iron. I flatten one end about 1/2" and poke a hole through it with a hot nail. Put several on a key chain or lanyard with your ferrocium rod. Tear one lose when you need it. Works good for chapped lips or to keep zippers from jamming.
Raisins make a good addition to survival rations and make good bait for small perch or deadfall/snare sets.
Cleaned snuff cans make great waterproof containers for keeping small items from getting lost in your pack. I keep my fishing kit in one, small game snares in another, melted pine resin in one, 22 shells, plus medications in another.
To help reduce smoke from fire remove the bark, try to use wood with little to no resin.
Learn to make and use a dakota hole for fires.
To help reduce smoke from a fire, build little fire underneath trees with lots of foilage helps break up smoke.
Learn how to make and use snares and trout lines.
These can be made in morning and then rechecked around dusk,so as to leave you with more time to do what ever else you got to do.
candle wax is better than vasoline. it's not greasy.
Greasy fingers on a bitter cold wet night make starting a fire even harder than it needs to be.
If in an area with no visible water source. Collect the morning dew.
Wake before the sun attach hankerchief/shirt/socks etc your anckles and start walking threw fields/grassy areas etc.
Once materials gets wet, ring out into collection container,redo until you are satified with enough water for your needs.
lets face it we will not always be in a wilderness area, If you need to shelter and use an abandoned building you will need to start a fire in winter. You can build a three sided box with cinder blocks, start a small fire and cover the box with a damp piece of cardboard and that will absorb smoke and light.
Travel by night, and you can use the sewers. if everyone has left the area the sewers will clear out in time, but it is an underground highway, and you can get all the info needed at the library, underground maps and all it is there and durig datrina no one bothered the libraries.
You may need to stay put and having supplies in place and knowing where to get what you need ifs very important.
In cold weather you can use newspaper for insulation under our cloths to keep warm street people do it all the time and I have seen this as a medic in the city.
sounds like some good tips.