DIY Rain Roof Build: Rainwater Harvesting for Survival, Gardening

If you live anywhere with a bit of open space (even your own backyard) you could use this idea to collect a lot of water in a short period of time. Coupled with large collection containers, such as the IBC totes he uses, you might not even realize the grid is down, lol. Plus, the metal roofing material makes the system easy to clean regularly–much more so than a typical house rooftop–thereby reducing contamination. Stick around and watch the latter-half of the video for his informative Q&A…

Winter Boot Hack (to avoid slips and falls on ice)

Winter is coming and that means icy roadways and driveways, both of which could wind you up in the hospital if you’re not careful. Worse, if it’s SHTF and there are NO doctors to help then you could be out of luck for weeks or longer. Don’t let that happen to you!

Here’s a nifty shoe or boot hack that may be just enough to keep you from slipping and falling on icy roadways, especially if you can use an old pair of rubber boots you don’t mind sacrificing for this purpose. He says you really DO need to pay special attention to the style of screw you use because apparently 1/4″ flat head socket screws are ideal.

And be sure to watch five or six minutes into the video to see just how much of a difference this simply boot hack makes…

Urban Altoids EDC Kit

Normally, I’m not a big fan of makeshift EDC kits like this, but The Urban Prepper usually does a good job with this kind of stuff and this project is no different. To give you an idea of the unusual contents, he includes a mini Leatherman multi-tool, USB charging cable, and a mini ratchet tool as a few examples. He also includes commons items you would expect, such as a mini Bic lighter, money, a few medications, and plenty more.

Overall, it’s a well thought out kit and one that fits his needs specifically. As such, you should tailor the contents to fit YOUR needs if any of the items included aren’t particularly useful to you. FYI, if you want to view the PDF he references in the beginning with all of the kit contents listed, you’ll need to navigate directly to the video description and use the link he provides there.

DIY Salt-Water Survival Bottle (Compact Desalination Kit)

Now this is a really neat idea on how to make a portable/personal DIY salt-water desalination kit using a single-walled stainless steel water bottle (you don’t want it to be double-walled or “insulated” for this project) some 1/4″ copper tubing, a lot of solder, a single right-angle compression fitting, and that’s about it. The best part? It can be used as a normal water bottle when not being used to distill salt water…

DIY $30 Bullet Resistant Armor?

This DIY armor was hit with 9mm as well as various shotgun loads, including birdshot, buckshot, and a slug… and the DIY armor stayed intact! Unsurprisingly, it didn’t survive any 5.56 rounds, but if it did then THAT would’ve been a miracle and he should be patenting the process right now.

In any case, they start off the video with testing various firearms and then show the build process at around the 5:00 mark. Of course, this DIY build shouldn’t be considered a substitute for REAL body armor, but it was neat to see that it could be done with a little ingenuity…

DIY Solar Tracking System Inspired by NASA

I just love DIY ideas like this, don’t you? After all, I wrote an entire book about DIY survival projects, so it only stands to reason that I would, lol.

In any case, the neat thing about this solar tracker is that it doesn’t need any GPS signal or computers to work but, instead, simply “follows” the movement of the sun using small light sensors throughout the day!

Apparently, he got the original idea from this video which includes more details about the build, if interested…

Self-Contained DIY Fire Starter Kit

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this fire starting kit is something you can purchase as a pre-made solution, but you can certainly copy the idea well enough if you’re interested in a wilderness or bug out bag fire starting kit to emulate…