Survival Cell Phone Recharge

My phone’s dead, well now what do i do? i’m totally stranded did you know that you can charge your phone with a car charger and a 9-watt battery and some house keys?

It’s actually quite simple just touch one side of the battery with the end of the car charger and the other side with the end of the key then press the key so that it touches the metallic part of the side of the charger you can see that when I do this, the blue light on the charger turns on this made me so excited when I saw this clip for the first time so secure the key onto the side and plug your charger cord into the charger and your phone connect your circuit and voila! You have power!

Phone Charger

So in case of emergencies i will keep a 9-watt battery in my car and with this I can charge my phone for long enough to make a phone call and get help desperate times calls for desperate measures, right?

Emergency Water filter

If you’re lost in the wild, dehydration is a huge problem so finding a source of drinking water is often the first priority for a survival. If all you can find is a dirty creek, then you may not have any option. But there’s a way to filter the water; first all, you need 2 containers and a piece of cloth. You may even  want to use the shirt on your back if you have nothing else.

Fill up one container with the dirty water and place it on something elevated. Place the empty clean container next to it and connect the bottles with a piece of cloth. This might take a while to get going but once it starts, its actually pretty fast the cloth will basically absorb and filter to clean the water and transfer it into the clean container with the help of gravity! After a while, you will have a clean container of water! Don’t drink this immediately because there might still be bacteria in it because this filter only cleans out debris.

Water Filter

The best thing is to boil it before drinking it but at least it will be clean when you do!


Rain Collector

Rain is often the safest source of clean drinking water but catching it can be pretty challenging and catching it with your mouth is not very efficient …but kinda fun. You can turn a plastic bottle into a very efficient water collector just cut the end of the bottle…

Cut the bottom of the container off and then cut 3/4 on the sides of the bottle bend each of them at the base to fan them out and now you have your own rain water catcher! Place another container underneath the opening and wait for your delicious drinking water to fill up this works so well! This is similarly out of nature’s book but copying the way a lot of plants collect rain water! The fanning of the petals can increase the surface area which rain is collected.

Rain Collector


How To Make Fire With An EMPTY Lighter

Today,  I want to show you how to establish fire with an empty lighter and actually make a fire in a survival situation.

It is one of the most important things in the wild as making a fire scares away predators, it keeps you warm in the night and it cooks your meat.  Cooking your food so it is safe to eat is probably one of the most important ones when it comes to survival but also don’t forget you can purify water with fire by boiling the water prior to drinking.


Sometimes you may have seen people leave trash in the wilderness. While this is bad and pollutes the great outdoors, trash can be treasure for survivalist when it come to getting a fire started. This is an old lighter that has been left behind here but it’s in pretty good condition, it’s still running except for the gas. The gas is already empty but the flame zone is still operating and today I want to show you how you can still make a flame with an empty lighter.

    Let’s get started!

So usually when you find an empty lighter you can take some dry grass and try to get the dry  grass lit with the sparks from the flame stone however today everything is pretty damp and wet. So I want to create my own tinder out of the plastic from the from the lighter body.

First thing that I’m going to do is I’m going to take my knife and I’ll start scrubbing off or shaving off of the lighter plastic.How To Make Fire With An EMPTY Lighter

Plastic scrapings

You’re just creating a small heap of plastic but the plastic won’t catch fire easily. Next, I work the trigger back and forth to let off some of the striker material to catch fire. So I’ll do that by now by collecting some of the dust inside of the lighter by merely moving the roller here gradually without generating a spark. I can collect a little bit of the dust on top of the lighter and then I just pour it on the plastic shavings.

Let’s try it out so here! I have prepared some tinder shavings and birch tree back to catch the flame.

How To Make Fire With An EMPTY Lighter
Tinder and Birch Tree Bark

First I ignite the tinder shavings then the birch tree bark. This get the fire started and then you can place larger sticks on the fire to maintain the fire.

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DIY Faraday Box Cage Construction for your Phone

A Faraday Box or Faraday Cage is a box lined with metal that will protect electronic devices in the very unfortunate event of an EMP or electomagnetic pulse attack. These attacks can be brought on by the detonation of a large conventional or nuclear warhead in the atmosphere well over our heads. The electrical waves of energy that would cross the continent would render electronic devices unable to operate to include computers, power plants and engines that use computers to operate.

As you can imagine the effects on a modern society like the United States would be devastating. The effects would be similar in other nations as well, even a third world nation would be affected but they are not as nearly dependent on electronic devices as we are here.

These effects can also be brought on by a CME or coronal mass ejection from the sun. CME is very similar to an EMP but the energy comes from the sun that is blown away from the Sun to the Earth by way of a solar flare and filament eruptions. These do happen occasionally where we can have problems with radio signals but Astronomers can generally give us a warning and let us know ahead of time. They do not happen very frequently where they cause great problems on Earth.

How Do You Build One?

Commonly used enclosures include metal garbage cans, popcorn tins, cookie tins and even tightly sealed metal filing cabinets.  One important things for all cages, the metal container must be lined with insulating material to prevent the delicate contents from having any contact whatsoever with the metal.  Examples of insulating material are rubber, wood, cardboard, styrofoam, and even carpet scraps.

Here is another basic cage you can build with very fine chicken wire around a wooden frame. Nothing fancy, furring strip will do, as long as the items do not touch the metal wire.

In an absolute emergency when you don’t have time to build a box, use your microwave oven. It doesn’t have the same protections as a well-prepared cage but it is better than nothing.

I’ve even seen ammo cans lined with a soft material used as a good basic and small cage.

What to Put in the Faraday Cage?

Anything electronic or has a chip, such as: credit cards, cell phones, laptops, cable tv converter hehe, radio and any USB storage devices.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Knowing how to start a fire is so important for essential survival skills. If you have kids, they may have asked you a time or two, “how do you start a fire?” Knowing how to start a fire without matches is genuinely high-speed/low drag. Now if you have matches stashed all over, that’s great and even better if they are waterproof matches. But do you think they will work when you really need to make a fire? Just nod your head side to side. So let’s learn how to make a fire in the wild, true survival style!

We need three things to start a fire:

1) Tinder – materials which will readily ignite with a spark.
2) Kindling – Small pieces of grass, leaves and twigs
3) Wood – Sustaining fuel. (gradually increase the size of the wood)



So before you start, get some good, dry tinder. What’s the best tinder? Cotton Balls! A little spark will get them burning so long as they are dry. Put some in a sealed plastic bag and put it in your firestarter pail with some Vaseline. Cotton balls with Vaseline will burn very nicely for a few minutes.  You can also use almost any dead vegetation such as dry grass, crumpled up leaves, pine needles, inner bark or wood shavings.

How to Start a Fire without Matches
Dry Grass
How to Start a Fire without Matches
Pine Needles

Got any jute twine laying around? That’s pretty flammable, especially if you pull the strands apart. Whatever you use, make sure it’s dry and have kindling ready to go once you have the fire started.


Kindling can be many things such as pine cones and small branches. Once again, they must be dry to catch fire and it’s best to be less than an inch in diameter.

How to Start a Fire without Matches


Now look around for larger burning material. Bigger sticks or even logs split for campfire size is just fine. This will keep the fire going for some time and you don’t have to keep a constant eye on the fire. Now let’s get to the fire starting methods.

Fire Plough Method

How to Start a Fire without Matches
Fire Plough Method

Cut a groove in a board or a good sized branch. The spindle or another branch will run in this groove. Rub the tip of the spindle in the groove and have your tinder close by so when you develop embers, you can place the tinder on top of the ember. Blow a little air into the ember to help catch the tinder and FIRE!

Bow Drill Method

How to Start a Fire without Matches
Primitive Fire Starter

This is probably the best way to make fire without matches as you can control the friction action on a small area relatively easy. The socket is important to keep the shaft from making a hole in your hand and it can be just about anything.

The bow is a branch that will be bent and tied together with a string such as shoelace or some of the jute twine. Make the bow roughly the length of your arm for plenty of power to start the fire.

Cut a notch in the fireboard and place some tinder beneath the notch to catch the ember when you are ‘sawing’. The spindle should rotate pretty fast and in not much time you will be able to generate enough friction/heat to start pieces of the fireboard embers to catch the tinder.


9V Battery and Steel Wool Fire Starter

Fire from steel wool and a battery
How to Make Fire with a Battery?

Now this method is kinda fun so I had to throw it in here for a possible way to start a fire. Unroll some steel wool and rub the contacts of the 9 Volt battery against the steel wool and it will start burning pretty quick. Get your tinder on the wool and again you have fire.

Note: A charged battery is necessary for this to work and the stronger the charge in the battery the quicker the wool will catch fire.

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How to Start a Fire without Matches
Flint Fire Starter

No this is not a match! It is a basic flint system. Pull the serrated handle out of the unit and strike across the edge of the unit to get a flame. No fuel required for this system and you get over 15,000 strikes. Lots of fires!!

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After you get the fire started, you put some kindling on the burning tinder. Once the kindling get going, put some wood on the burning kindling. You can place the wood on the fire in a teepee, pyramid or log cabin method, either way will keep the fire going and you will have succeeded in making a fire without matches.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

There you have it, a quick and dirty primitive fire starting primer with some newer ideas with steel wool, batteries and flint starter that is not so primitive.

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

Ever wonder why more people don’t open carry today? Some would say, “Why would you”.

There are many different ways of looking at the issue. But it’s something to consider even after a terrible incident as we just saw in Las Vegas a few days ago (which would not have changed considering the issue we speak of today).

I do understand the notion of potentially becoming a target during the highly unlikely event of a violent encounter. However a potential violent situation may also be averted if the criminal sees someone else who is openly carrying. Would you agree or disagree? It must also be said that being in a crime prone area would increase the potential to be involved in a violent situation which shows the old adage of location is key, still holds true.

open carry vs concealed carry

I also understand the potential for a percentage of the common public to become uncomfortable seeing another who is openly carrying. This is specially true in population dense areas where many are ‘programmed’ anti-gun or certain cities/states that do not agree with the 2nd Amendment.

Would we feel compelled or more comfortable to open carry if we saw more doing it around us? What about concealed carry? How many of them are around us?

I think the most important aspect of carrying a firearm on your person is knowing how to use the weapon. 

Did you hear that? Yes, know the weapon before you carry it. Go to the range and practice with your carry weapon. Please don’t think you are going to get a concealed carry permit (if you need one), buy a new gun and strap it to your waist and be safe; it’s folly! You need training and practice to get prepared for an event you never want to have to deal with. Trust me! Protect yourself and your family!

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Looking for Curious what your state is?? Look below for your state and always check with local law enforcement to verify.

Open Carry States Without Permit

New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Check for caveats!
(e.g. vehicle, rural only, city jurisdictions, other restrictions)

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Open Carry States With Permit

New Jersey
North Dakota
Rhode Island

Check for caveats!
(e.g. vehicle, rural only, city jurisdictions, other restrictions)

No Open Carry States

New York
South Carolina

Constitutional Carry States

Idaho (residents only)
New Hampshire
West Virginia
Wyoming (residents only)

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You Might be a Survivalist if……..

You might be a Survivalist/Prepper IF…

– you have more food than the local Mini-Mart.

– you can spout the location of every mosque, nuclear target, and possible civilian targets in a tri-state area.

– your wife has to remind you to leave the college fund money alone when puchasing “stuff”.

– you have more money tied up in your BOV than you do your BOL.

– the local police chief calls you when the have a question about firearms.

– the Fire Department has you on the list as a source of available water during a time of crisis.

– You have enough experience with shaking cans so that you can tell what is in it even when there is no label on it.

– You know 15 ways to preserve meat, but can’t answer the question “what’s for dinner honey?”.

– The aforementioned Fire Department has a map of your house indicating powder and silver storage (think falling safe) locations to be aware of if ever there is a fire.

– You know what a “fan Di-Pole” is and you actually have a six legged one on your property.

– Your three year old learned “the 10” of firearms safety before he even knew how to read.

– Your one year old practices OPSEC.

– You bought diamonds that had nothing to do with making a woman happy.

– You have 3 backups to every resource that enters your home.

– Your will is written so cryptically that the attorney calls it a “Scavenger Hunt”.

– You have parts guns that support your backup guns.

– you know that hail and solar panels = SHTF

– You own more rounds of ammo than you have dollars in the bank.
–  Walmart calls to let me know the 5 gal. buckets are in stock again.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

A survival pocket knife or credit card knife as they are often called can be a very useful item to have when you need a portable sharp little knife. This folding pocket knife is about the size of a credit card (about 2mm thick) and can be stored in your wallet or just about anywhere you may need a knife. There is even a way to get this for free, keep reading.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool ReviewBest Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review


Opening the wallet pocket knife is very easy. Simply flip the blade out and fold the two sides in over the blade securing it from closing on your hand. Yes, it’s that easy!


The blade is made of 440 stainless steel, very light and razor sharp. Also, it will never rust which can be very important depending on where you store your stainless steel survival knife. Do NOT try to get this through a metal detector, it is metal and will set off the alarms.

There is a built-in protective hand guard to keep the knife from cutting you if your hand slips.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

Honest Review

This is a cool little knife for small operations. It’s sharp as a son of a gun and very small making it easy to store. I haven’t tried sharpening it yet but I am guessing it may be a little tough as stainless steel is pretty hard so diamond stone is probably the best option.

It has smooth operation and feels pretty good in an average sized hand. I don’t think you want to use this knife all day as it will likely get uncomfortable but it’s designed for small emergency jobs; so use it that way!

Good Places to Have a Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool (in my opinion)



Kitchen drawer (the misc. drawer everyone has)

Night Stand


Go Bag

This pocket knife is not a toy! Do NOT put it in your kids backpacks unless you want to meet the Principal, School Resource Officer and possible a judge.


You can get this great survival knife for free, you just have to pay the shipping and handling. Click on any picture in this article to get this knife sent to you and as I’m writing this, they are giving a second knife away for free too. Not sure how long it will last. This is the best pocket knife I know of that is available.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

Human beings can go about a week without food but no more than a few days without water. Which is why it is so important to be able to find safe drinking water and if you can’t find it, make it! Water is also important enough that scientists believe that in order to find life beyond Earth, water is essential. So it’s necessary for us and whoever else is out there.

If possible, try to drink safe clean water to avoid getting sick. Anything that does not belong in water such as microbial and organic contaminants can make you sick. We will discuss 3 main methods of purifying water. There is also a cheating method of making clean and safe water with filters down below, if you want to know more Click Here.

Before doing these methods, allow the water to sit in a bottle for about 10 minutes to allow the physical contaminants to settle to the bottom. Pour off the top 3/4 of the bottle and you are ready to move to the next step.

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

5 sec                      30 sec                  1 min                     5 min

TIP: You can also us a coffee filter to get rid of sediment in the water by running the water through the coffee filter.

  Boiling (Very Easy)

  1. Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for 1 minute (above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes).
  2. Let the boiled water cool.
  3. Store the boiled water in clean sanitized* containers with watertight covers.

*For clarification, a few drops of bleach in 1/2 cup of water will sanitize the container.

This is the easiest method to purify tap water at home.


How to Make Water Safe to Drink
Bleach, 1% typical

Disinfectant (unscented household liquid chlorine bleach)

If supplied, follow directions on bottle to make drinking water. If not, continue reading….

  1. Based on 1% concentration of sodium hypochlorite use the following amounts:

For 1 quart of water use 10 drops of bleach from a dropper OR 1/8 of a teaspoon of bleach

For 1 gallon of water use 40 drops of bleach from a dropper OR 1/2 of a teaspoon of bleach

2. Shake the mixture up well and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

3. Store the boiled water in clean sanitized* containers with watertight covers



This process involves boiling water then collecting the vapor that condenses back to water.

  1. Fill a pot halfway with water.
  2. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot’s lid so the cup dangles right side up while the lid is upside down to collect the water.

This is also a safe way to make salt or ocean water safe to drink as the salts will remain in the pot.

How to Make Water Safe to Drink


How to make water safe to drink
Aquathin KT90 Kitchentop Water Purification System

There are too many filter to discuss here on the market. If you want to take a look at a few highly rated water filters,  Click Here. Read the packaging to see if it purifies water from unknown sources. This is a topic for another time but this is more of a prepared survivalist to have the proper drinking water filter to make water safe to drink before the filter is needed.


Water Storage


Here are some very nice 7 gallon water containers from Amazon.


  • Rigid, 7-gallon rectangular water container with molded contour grip
  • Space-saving design for easy storing and stacking when empty
  • New and improved screw-on vent; hideaway spigot for on-demand water dispensing
  • Suitable for outdoors activities and emergency water storage
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 Must Have Items

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017

Source: Wikimedia Commons

As of 9/18/17, it’s been over a week now since Irma hit Florida and we still have over 250,000 homes in the dark. Just to remind you, it’s still in the 90’s here during the day and as I write there is another storm ‘Maria’ in the Atlantic ready to strike the Eastern Antilles.


Hurricanes are amazingly powerful storms that do unbelievable amounts of damage in a very short time. The wind can easily take down trees which takes down power poles and lines leaving us in the dark. The rainfall can cause flooding during the storm and even a week or two later as we are seeing with the Withlacoochee River.

The sound of generators, people trudging through flooded homes and dogs taking cover on top of cars to keep from being swept away are still very fresh in our minds. Thorough planning and execution of a disaster plan is essential and necessary to deal with the occasional natural disaster. Here is Florida, we generally have lots of time to prepare which is good for us but begs the question. What do I need for a hurricane.

Here are the top 10 must have items that are required to have on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017:

  1. Bottled water – any size you can find (1 gallon/person/day)
  2. Non-perishable food (canned food is great but have a can opener too, especially if it can be eaten right from the can)
  3. Way of cooking your food (BBQ grill works great but keep it outside)
  4. Flashlights and batteries, including (especially) for your phone
  5. Battery operated radio (to hear weather reports and emergency updates)
  6. Basic first-aid kit (band-aids, gauze and ointment to fix minor scrapes as well as ibuprofen or aspirin)
  7. Toilet paper and paper towels or wet-naps
  8. Insect repellent preferably with DEET (the bugs grow fast after a water borne storm)
  9. A complete set of important documents (identification, birth certificates, insurance, marriage license, property deeds, vehicle titles and cash) in a waterproof container
  10. Rain gear (ponchos and boots; forget the umbrella they fly away in a storm)

Keep in mind that most of these items will go fast when the storm is getting close. Three days out of Irma and I couldn’t get bottled water. Water generally is good for a few years so don’t be shy about getting a few extra gallons, you’ll use them in more ways down the road.

Solution to this problem: Save a few milk or water jugs and fill them with water while the water is still flowing.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017
empty milk jugs

Store these item on high ground in your home. If they need to be on ground level, get some 5 gallon buckets to seal the items in if they will be destroyed by water exposure. If not, then just put them in a tote together so you can find everything.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017
5 gallon buckets

This is not an exhaustive hurricane supply list but the bare necessities to get you by when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready.

Feel free to print out the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 must have items for future reference.


Stay tuned for a more detailed list and more specific topics and kits to help you get ready for the “Big One”.