Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (link)

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This looks so easy to do I think I’m going to start saving my apple scraps and give it a shot this month. After all, my wife loves the stuff for a variety of reasons, from use in recipes (such as to make buttermilk) to topical skin aid (like wart remover), as part of a sore throat tonic, and plenty more. Other than having to stir the batch once or twice a day for a week or two, this couldn’t be easier…

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TIP: Keeping Feet Warm in Your Sleeping Bag (video)

I thought most folks knew to do this but maybe not. FYI, you could also warm a water bottle and stuff it in the bottom of the sleeping bag to help keep your feet warm…

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Altoids Tin Survival Kits Are Silly

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I’m sure I’ll upset a few people here, likely due to some nostalgia they have for Altoids tins or whatever, but, in my humble opinion, these mini survival kits are silly.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve made versions of them myself and I even carried an “improved” version in a GSI Lexan N-Case (because it’s waterproof and very sturdy) for quite a long time but I continued to find that these “extra” mini kits, whatever they were contained in, ended up getting left at home more often than not.

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20 Uses for 2 Liter Bottles (link)

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The following is quite a compilation of ways to use a typical 2-liter soda (or water) bottle for survival, including plenty of videos. I’m surprised, however, that it didn’t mention SODIS but I did discover a few interesting ways to use them which I hadn’t considered before, such as a makeshift pillow, bowl (duh! I should have realized that), wind turbine, and more:

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12 Self Defense Tips for Children (video)

I’ve been focusing on older folks self defense lately, particularly the ladies, when I realized that I hadn’t pointed out self-defense tips for children yet! Here’s a decent video on the topic, though, I would add/emphasize a few things as well:

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Earbuds Case Fire Kit (video)

This video just goes to show you really CAN put a fire kit in anything, even an old earbuds case. Personally, I would prefer an Altoids tin for the size and because it’s likely more waterproof than an earbuds case, but I like the effort.

She’s added a good variety of fire starting supplies and gear, including fat wood, lighters, stormproof matches, “trick” birthday candles, various fire starters such as live fire, and something I’d never knew could catch fires… guitar pics.

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7 Survival Uses for Plastic Shower Curtains (link)

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My shower curtain was never something that crossed my mind as a potential survival item but it sure can be used in a variety of ways if you’re short on supplies. One or two ideas are stretching it a bit (like the makeshift greenhouse) but the others are certainly ones to consider and since the shower curtain is waterproof most of the other ideas make sense:

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5 Wrist Grab Escapes for Women (video)

Self defense is good for all of us to know and practice and, since this video is geared towards women, I’d say this is a great time to point out my 29 must-do safety tips every woman must know post I wrote not too long ago. Now, here’s a few easy wrist grab escapes to learn; ladies just be careful when practicing on your hubbies… try not to hurt them. Skip to about the 1:00 mark to get to the heart of the video…

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DIY “High Volume” Activated Carbon Water Filter (video)

With just a few items you can make an expedient “high volume” water filter! You’ll need a one or two liter bottle, coffee filter, activated carbon, a piece of mesh, and a “diffuser” made from what appears to be the bottom of a can of food (or something similar) and you’ve got yourself a water filter that can be very useful as a pre-filter and even as your sole water filter in a pinch…

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Practical Bug Out Bag (video)

His focus is on developing a “practical” bug out bag for when he feels you’re most vulnerable or when things are most likely to happen: while you’re sleeping… precisely when you may not have time to “get ready” and gear up.

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness