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25 Ways to Get Clean Drinking Water in an Emergency

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If you love the outdoors or you have gone on a trip in the wilderness you know how fast you could gulp down a bottle of water. It can be the intense heat of the sun beating down on you or you’re sweating profusely from all the rigorous activities that your body has been through. What if you run out of water in the middle of nowhere? You may come across a body of water but you’re not too sure about it being clean unless you’re an extreme survivalist. You wouldn’t want to end up with diarrhea or stomach problems, would you? Whether you’re outdoors or at home, being able to get clean drinking water in an emergency is vital to quench your thirst and survive.

The following list will show you’re a number of ways to get clean drinking water should you find yourself in a pinch.

  1. Rainwater

    – This can be the most basic substitute next to having a direct source of potable drinking water. You can collect them in rain barrels attached to the downspouts from your roof. The need for straining, filtering and purifying is still needed prior to consumption.

  2. Hot Seat

    – The tank of your toilet seat that has a removable lid, more often than not, can be a good source of drinkable clean water. Since it comes directly from your tap then it may be good to drink. However, that would depend on the age of your toilet.

  3. Water Heater Tanks

    – You will not have to boil the water taken from these tanks as it has already done that for you. Just make sure you turn off the gas or electricity before unplugging the drain at the bottom of the tank.

  4. The SODIS Way

    –  SODIS or solar ultraviolet water disinfection utilizes solar energy(UV-radiation) to purify water to rid it from diarrhea-causing pathogens and other harmful microorganisms. All you need is a clear water bottle or a plastic water bag, sunlight and a short waiting time.

  5. Boiling It in a Pot

    – Pour the water through a coffee filter or a piece of cloth to rid it of visible debris and dirt. Heat up the water until it starts to boil. If you have a thermometer it is best that the water temperature reaches a boiling point of 212° F or 100° C to kill all pathogens.

  6. Soil/Sand Filter

    – Without the latest technology water filters, one has to go back to the basics. Using a clean empty container, place a shirt or piece of cloth over it then fill it with sand or soil which will act as your filter. Other than removing sediments and particles, there is no assurance on the presence of bacteria.

  7. Use a Solar Still

    – Just by digging a 3 feet deep hole into a ground, and using a wide plastic container you’ll be good to go. It may take some time but if you really don’t have any other option then waiting for your drink can be far off better than ingesting potentially harmful water.

  8. Evaporation Distillation Method

    – You can even turn salt water into drinking water through different methods. It may require a bit more energy and more complex tools. However, it may be worth the wait especially if you’re located near the beach or floating aimlessly on a boat in the ocean.

  9. Filtrating Through Moss

    – Moss absorbs moisture and can give you a quick sip if water can’t be found anywhere else. The web-like structure of moss also helps sift visible dirt and debris. But this doesn’t ensure the that the water you take out of moss is 100% purified.

  10. DIY Pocket Water Filter

    – A small tube-like piece of material like bamboo can be used as your base. Fill it with moss, then charcoal, then moss again in respective order. Top it with the top end of a plastic bottle sealed with pine pitch will give you an instant water filter.

  11. A DIY Water Filter

    – With the use of ordinary day to day items such as a  gallon bucket and a little bit of patience you can have your own filtration system when out in the wild. Adding bleach or chlorine will give you safe drinking water to end your hydration worries.

  12. Purify a la Pool Shock

    – Also known as Calcium Hypochlorite which can be a substitute for bleach in purifying water. It has a very long shelf life, occupies very little space for storage, very cheap and most of all is readily available almost everywhere.

  13. Fire It Up System

    – With the use of 2 metals drum, a sheet of metal sheet and a fire you can get distilled water for drinking. Place a fire at the bottom of the drum with bad water then arrange the metal sheet in a curve-like manner in an angle where it will drip steam into the catch drum.

  14. Bleach Your Way Out Of It

    – You can disinfect a gallon of water with just 16 drops of chlorine bleach or a quarter with just 4 drops. This does not substitute the boiling method though. Don’t forget to filter the water from sediments and debris.

  15. Through Hydrogen Peroxide Purification

    – This household ingredient has that capacity to purify water like that of chlorine and bleach. You will have to treat the water with twice the amount than that of chlorine or bleach. Shake or stir then let it sit for half an hour. There should be a slight peroxide odor after that. Otherwise, it may not have done a significant purification effect.

  16. Iodine Tablets

    – Filtering the water from sediments is still needed since all that these little wonders can do is purify your water. 1 small tablet can purify up to a liter of water. Drop it in, give it a little shake and let it stand for 30 minutes before drinking.

  17. Potassium Permanganate Purification

    – KMNO4 or more commonly called Condy’s crystals is a water softener that is sold in pill or powder form. 1g or 3 to 4 crystals can purify a liter of water.

  18. Combo System

    – A combination of all the basic ways to get clean water would ensure it is indeed safe to drink. Filtering, distilling, chlorinating/disinfecting water from different water sources will give you peace of mind that you’re drinking safe water.

  19. Hydration Backpack System

    – You can fill the Geigerrig pack with water taken from lakes, rivers, creeks, and streams to name a few and then attach the filter. You’ll be drinking clean drinking water even on the go in no time.

  20. The Berkey Light Purification Device

    – This lightweight, shatter-resistant purifier needs no electricity and is capable of filtering 4 to 8 gallons of the murkiest water. Getting clean water has never been this safe because it’s more than “just another water filter…”

  21. Sucking It Up System

    – You will have to embrace the suck on this one as you will surely be sucking it up since your life will surely depend on it. All it takes for you is to pop, dip and suck then you’re good to go. This little compact tool is called the Lifestraw and it weighs only about 2 oz. you will not have to worry about a worry about bringing a bottle anymore.

  22. SteriPEN It

    – This revolutionary handheld water purifier is tested and certified by the WQA against US EPA Microbiological Water Purifier Standard. It uses UV light to make your water safe to drink. You will have to filter the water from dirt and debris though as it just sterilizes your water.

  23. Sweetwater Purifier System

    – With an easy-to-use lever action pump handle that can provide 1 Liter of drinkable water per minute. This system weighs only 14 oz. and can be easily stored and pack in your bag.

  24. Katadyn Water Filtration System

    – This mini filter can produce one to two quarts per minute depending on the mode applied. Depending on the quality of the water source the cartridge can give up to 500 gallons of water.

  25. DIY Water Storage

    – Preparation for long-term is also a must. Carefully clean containers to be used for water storage, sanitize and label according to date filled, store in a cool dark place and then rotate container every six months to a year.

There are a lot of other ways or methods as well as tools and equipment that one can put into good use to get clean drinking water in the event of an emergency. Making sure of the unsure should the situation call for it is the most basic survival tool that any survivalist must utilize.  You are sure to survive longer or even get through an emergency situation if you master the basic techniques above.

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28 Tips for Staying Safe in a Crowd or Riot

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Times have changed for a lot of people living in urban areas.  The traffic, the busy streets,  and the seemingly never-ending streaming crowds, especially during rush hours can be an overwhelming feeling. With the freedom of speech and expression constantly in effect, people can flood the streets as a form of protest. More often than not,  riot police can be expected to emerge to keep things under control.

However, that protest then can turn into a full- scale riot as the tension builds up.

The clubbing, the running, rocks and other objects whizzing by, Molotov cocktails and looting can be a petrifying experience. It could be a life-threatening situation if caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.

What would you do in case you get caught in the midst of all this chaos?

Here are a few tips on how to stay safe in a crowd or a riot.

1. Research About the Venue of the Event


This is the best preventive security measure that you should practice.

Memorize the entrance and exit points, emergency evacuation protocols, parking areas and other facilities in reference to where you will be sitting.

2. Be Prepared


Why wait until you find yourself in an unlikely situation? It is best to be prepared at all times so that if it does happen you will know what to do.

3. Remain Calm

tips-for-staying-safe-in-a-crowd-or-riot-3 For sure your adrenaline will fly right off the roof but keeping your emotions in check, even if those around are frantic, should be your main priority.

It will take tons of effort to meticulously bring yourself to a safer place but it will surely be worth every endeavor.

4. Pay Attention to Your Intuition and Feelings

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If you happen to choose to be in such a crowd, you need to follow your intuition and feelings when it comes to the mood of the crowd.

You’ll definitely feel it when things are going to go south.

5. Move On

tips-for-staying-safe-in-a-crowd-or-riot-5 As fast as you can, leave the area when protesters start to become unstable.

6. Avoid Confrontation

tips-for-staying-safe-in-a-crowd-or-riot-6 While looking for a safe exit you should keep your head down.

While you’re at it, chances are you’ll get pushed or hit. Don’t retaliate and just keep on going.

7. Go with the Flow

The objective is to be able to get away from the crowd the fastest way with as little harm as possible. Even if it leads you the opposite way of where you intend to go.

8. Stick to the Edge of the Crowd

tips-for-staying-safe-in-a-crowd-or-riot-8 It is much safer to stay in this part of the crowd and away from the leaders or agitators

9. Always Carry Around a Small Amount of Cash tips-for-staying-safe-in-a-crowd-or-riot-9

You’ll never know when you might need it.

Purchase a basic need for survival, arranging for a quick transportation, and paying off looters are the basic examples of when cash might come in handy.

10. Always Have Your Gear on You


If you really need to leave your house, it’s better to leave packed with a gun, a knife or a tactical pen.

11. Prepare for an Attack


Crowd behavior in a riot is extremely complex. Pulling out a gun or a knife should always be your last resort. However, if it’s a matter of survival, it is vital that you use it to  your advantage by creating space as a means to escape. If you fail to do so at exactly the  right moment, the results could be fatal.

12. Avoid Bottleneck Areas

These areas where a lot of people will try to squeeze through a small opening. Once chaos  strikes it will be a death trap for those caught in it.

13. Avoid Law Enforcement


The common riot police do not know if you’re one of the violent ones. Nor do they care. The farther you are from them, the better it is for you from taking the full impact of their response.

14. Get Upwind or Escape to Higher Ground


Worst case scenario, the riot police throws in tear gas. If this does happen going uphill or a building rooftop is advised since tear gas stays low to the ground.

15. Watch Your Step

With the sea of people around you, it could be easy to trip and fall. You could be trampled amidst the chaos of a stampede or a riot and suffer from fatal injuries. This is something that you would not want to happen.

16. Keep your Loved Ones Close

Your first priority is to stick together. Lock elbows or grip your hands together while moving towards a safe location.


17. Arrange a Meeting Place


No matter how hard you try to hold on to each other in a heavy crowd, the chances of getting separated are high.That’s why you should agree on a meeting place beforehand.

18. Avoid Heavily Congested Areas


If you happen to break away from a crowd, chances are you might come across other groups of rioters.

19. Detering Pickpockets

Bring only what you need.Women should have their purse run along the front of their bodies with one hand on it. Men should have wallets or cell phones in their front pockets.




20. Blend In


Make sure that you don’t stand out in the crowd. Otherwise, you might as well paint a bulls-eye sign on your back. One way to do that is to wear muted colors.

21. Don’t run from the Crowd


Just act like them until you find an opportunity to slowly break away once you get to the outer-most part of the mob.


22. Seek Shelter


Securing oneself in a self-contained building, or one with a basement can be a good move to steer clear from the full force of a riot.



Always remember that a crowd of protesters can kickoff in a peaceful manner.However, the longer it continues it will definitely attract a variety of participants.  As the numbers continue to rise, emotions will run high. Thus, the greater the chances of a full-scale riot.

If you happen to be caught in the middle of a civil unrest or a sea of people in an event, make sure that you apply these tips for staying safe in a crowd or riot. Chances are, you and your loved ones may get out of it. Maybe not unscathed, but alive and breathing.

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-10)

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Which Water Filter Do You Have?

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Interesting article:

A drinking water filter is a highly recommended prep item for anyone and everyone – regardless if you’re a ‘prepper’ or not… Clean, pure drinking water is essential for healthy living. Even having an ordinary ‘Brita’ style water filter in your fridge is a water commodity asset! As most of you know, there is quite a variety of water filters. There are also lots of factors that you might consider when choosing a water filter. Some factors may include: – Filter media type – Effective minimum porosity – Tabletop vs. Portable – Overall size, weight – Form factor (functional design)

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7 Survival Benefits of Cinnamon

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When you hear the word cinnamon, I bet you'll automatically think of a decadent sweet treat, but you might be surprised to know there are a number of benefits of cinnamon for survival!

7 Benefits of Cinnamon You Must Know

Cinnamon is one of the most well-known spices around the globe, used in many recipes and drinks. But, preparing delicious desserts is not the only thing you can do with cinnamon. The next time you stock up on cinnamon in your kitchen, you might want to put some in your bug-out bag as well. Why? Well, there are a lot of benefits of cinnamon which can be practical for your survival outdoors.

1. Reduces High Blood Pressure

Reduces High Blood Pressure | Benefits Of Cinnamon For Survival
When you have hypertension, your blood pressure might shoot up while you're outdoors. What you can do is get a cinnamon stick and add it to the food you eat or infuse it with water. Cinnamon can also help in regulating one's blood sugar.

2. Antioxidant Properties

Antioxidant Properties | Benefits Of Cinnamon For Survival
Cinnamon contains antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols, and phenolic acids, which gives an anti-inflammatory effect. When you consume cinnamon, it lessens inflammation in your body, resulting in a reduced swelling. This spice can also help in repairing tissue damage and relieving muscle pains.

3. Weapon Against Infections or Viruses

Weapon Against Infections or Viruses | Benefits Of Cinnamon For Survival
There are organic compounds found in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde and eugenol which help ward off different kinds of infection. There's a study regarding the antibacterial effect of cinnamon, stating an effective treatment for respiratory tract infections as well as greatly reducing the growth of dangerous bacteria like salmonella.

4. Keeps Teeth Healthy

You may have noticed there are toothpaste brands with cinnamon as an ingredient and you might be wondering why. Cinnamon helps in killing microflora — the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, bad breath, cavities, and mouth infections. You can simply seep cinnamon sticks in warm water, then drink it.

5. Stomach Ache Remedy

Stomach Ache Remedy | Benefits Of Cinnamon For Survival
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Since cinnamon has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it can help in keeping the stomach healthy and fight infections causing stomach ache. Just drink water infused with cinnamon for a bad case of indigestion. Doing this can also help settle your stomach when you eat a rare done meat or fish.

6. Antibacterial Solution

Antibacterial Solution | Benefits Of Cinnamon For Survival
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When you're out in the wild and you forgot to take with you soap for cleansing, you can make an antibacterial solution using cinnamon and water. All you have to do is mix the two and, voila! You got yourself an antibacterial solution to fend off toxins.

7. Bug Repellent

Don't have an insect repellent with you? No problem! This is my favorite among the benefits of cinnamon, especially when I go out camping in the woods. Cinnamon is great for repelling bugs such as mosquitoes, ants, or bees. It has a distinct scent that insects and animals don't like, which keeps them at bay. Don't do this trick when you're out hunting though because you'll probably drive away your prey.

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It's amazing how an ingredient of your favorite dessert could save you when you're out in the wild. With all these benefits of cinnamon, I'd surely recommend you to stock up on cinnamon sticks in your bug-out bag!

What other benefits of cinnamon do you know? Share them in the comments section below!


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How To Build An Igloo in 5 Easy Steps

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Originating from the Inuit word iglu, which means house, an igloo is a snow hut built using snow blocks. Survive the cold outdoors by learning how to build an igloo in this Survival Life guide.

A Foolproof Guide On How To Build An Igloo

If you're one of those people who loves the snowy outdoors, then it is a must to learn how to build an igloo. This could be one of your best survival shelters to help you out in the cold. Igloos have three traditional types (smallest, intermediate, and large) depending on their use and size. The smallest type of igloo is used for temporary shelters, the intermediate ones are used for a family dwelling and can house one to two families, while the large ones consist of two structures, one for special occasions and the other for settling. If you're clueless on how to make a snow hut on your own, this foolproof guide will teach you how to build a sturdy igloo.

Selecting Good Snow

Selecting Good Snow | How To Build An Igloo | Survival Life Guide
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In order for you to build an igloo, make sure to look for good snow to be used as blocks for your snow hut. You have to check the snow around if it is hard and packed enough but not too much. Ensure as well there is enough good snow you can use to finish the entire igloo. After finding the right snow for your blocks, you can start carving them out into blocks using a snow knife or an ordinary handsaw. The snow blocks are usually three by two feet and are four inches thick.

Marking the Rectangular and Circular Pattern

Making the Rectangular and Circular Pattern | How To Build An Igloo | Survival Life Guide
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The first blocks are to be cut rectangular which will serve as your igloo's entrance. Mark a circular pattern around where you cut your first few blocks to be used as your guideline in placing the snow blocks. The igloo must be nearly circular or it could collapse.

Building Rows of Snow

Building Rows of Snow | How To Build An Igloo | Survival Life Guide
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Following the markings you made, continue building the first row of snow blocks around it. Use the snow inside the circular pattern for your snow blocks so you can also start making your flooring one snow block deep. After the first row is made, cut-off a portion of it to have a slope, thus letting it have an upward spiral shape.

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Building the Walls

Start building the walls on the portion where you cut-off the first row of the wall for the upward spiral shape. Work from the inside of the wall as it will be easier for crafting and placing the blocks. Fit and carve each block carefully to prevent it from collapsing. Cut the lower portion of the block to form an acute angle making it lean inward. The angle of the block should be acuter as the walls get higher.

Finishing the Walls

Finishing the Walls | How To Build An Igloo | Survival Life Guide
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The higher portion of the snow block walls is beveled for it to have support from the previous row. After the last snow block is placed above, you can now carve your door and go out of the igloo. The last construction job is for you to plug in the holes on the walls from the outside using snow.

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Learn how an igloo keeps you warm when you're out in the snow by watching this video:

If you're an adventurous type of person, chances are, you can get stranded in the Great White North or in the snowy Arctic. You'll definitely need a place to keep you warm when you're out in an extremely cold area and learning how to build an igloo will come in handy. Just follow our Survival Life guide in building a snow hut and you'll flourish in a winter environment.

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Your Tiny World Without Communication & Transportation

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Thinking once again about hypothetical results from an event or events that may happen in our future: The loss of our electrical grid. That is, power grid infrastructure damage either from man made circumstances (EMP, electromagnetic pulse) or that from our own nearby fireball, the sun (CME, Coronal Mass Ejection). This time however I thought about it from a slightly different viewpoint than previous articles on the subject. I thought about how tiny our world would become. Our personal spheres would shrink to become incredibly small. That alone would be shocking for most people living in today’s modern world. Without

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6 Adaptogenic Herbs to Relieve Stress in the Wilderness

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When you're in the wild and encountering a lot of stress or fatigue, you should consider taking adaptogenic herbs. You might find these herbs in nature, and they could very well save your life.

Adaptogenic Herbs: Relieve Stress and Fatigue Naturally

Stress crops up in many situations, not only when you're out in the wilderness, but also in your everyday life. You can be stressed about your to-do list, or relationships, or issues at work. This is when adaptogens come in. Adaptogens are natural substances known to empower the hormonal response of your body to stress. Adaptogens can be commonly found in the herbs around you.

1. Asian Ginseng

Asian Ginseng | Adaptogenic Herbs You Can Use In The Wild For Survival
Also known as Panax Ginseng, Asian ginseng is used as traditional medicine for ages because of its health benefits. It has antioxidant properties that could help in strengthening and restoration of the immune responses of the body system. However, this is not recommended for pregnant women and children.

2. Eleuthero

Eleuthero is a shrub common in Northeastern Asia. It is known as the “King of the Adaptogens”. Chinese people have traditionally used this as an herbal medicine for muscle spasm, joint pain, and fatigue. It helps the body to adapt to stress and makes the body's response to stress more effectual. Additionally, eleuthero enhances your memory and keeps you focused when under pressure.

3. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is also referred to as Indian Ginseng. It is a shrub that has yellow flowers and circular leaves. This adaptogenic herb strengthens stamina and increases energy. Ashwagandha is also used as an ayurvedic medicine, intensifying the functions of the adrenal and endocrine gland which actively responds to stress.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary | Adaptogenic Herbs You Can Use In The Wild For Survival
Rosemary is a fragrant plant having spike-like leaves and purple flowers. This herb is usually used in cooking. In addition, rosemary also increases the activity of the hormonal responses of the body. It supports some organs of the body like the heart, liver, and most of the digestive system, which can improve one's mood and boost memory.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera | Adaptogenic Herbs You Can Use In The Wild For Survival
Aloe Vera is traditionally cultivated as a medicinal plant in many countries. Some apply it to their hair for extra shine and smoothness, while others use it to boost their immune system and adrenal health. Another reason why you should consider taking aloe vera is that it increases diffusion of oxygen into the blood stream through the blood cells, relieving stress.

6. Bacopa

Bacopa is a creeping herb common in wetlands. It is known to reduce anxiety and induce memory functions of the brain to keep you sane in the most stressed moments. Additionally, bacopa helps in keeping you focused, thus, reducing stress tendencies.

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Adaptogenic herbs contain adaptogens that bring balance to the regulatory functions of the adrenal system which in turn reduce stress and anxiety tendencies of a person. These adaptogens could be added to your daily intake of food. However, it is best to hear advice from medical practitioners, especially for pregnant women and children. You can always ask professionals or research on your own about what adaptogen fits your body's needs.

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How to Make a Hammock in The Rainforest

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Knowing how to make a hammock is an important survival skill, whether you're out there exploring a rainforest or trying to live through a natural disaster. Learn how to make a hammock or at least set up one in this post!

Survival Shelter: How To Make A Hammock

A good ‘ole hammock is your best friend while you're in the rainforest camping, backpacking, or, in a worst-case scenario, trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. Just hang it on tree trunks and tree top branches and you'll have a decent survival shelter off ground. Boost your survival skills by learning how to make a hammock or at least set up one. Read on and enjoy!

Setting Up The Hammock

Gear up.

Make sure you have the complete gear before you venture out into the rainforest. To set up a hammock between trees, you would need a static rope, dynamic rope, polyester webbing straps, locking carabiner, throw line, harness, belay device, and of course, a hammock. Take note, these things must be durable enough to support your weight.

Find solid trees.

Scout the area for solid, sturdy trees. Hammocks are ‘traditionally' hung between two trees, which are around 12 to 15 feet apart. Sometimes, depending on the style of your hammock, you would need three trees. But you can also set your hammock on just one tree if it is solid enough and has strong branches.

Do the climb.

You don't need to climb a tree if you're thinking of setting the hammock just a little bit off the ground. But there are risks when you sleep in a rainforest and hanging your hammock on treetops is one way to avoid them. To ascend tall trees properly and safely, you would need to learn some climbing techniques first—like how to rig a tree and how to use the throw line.

Wrap protective straps around the trees.

The trees' health is affected when you use them to hang your hammock. To lessen friction and prevent any other kind of damage to the trees, you need to wrap their trunk or branches with protective straps. You can even use sticks between the trees' surface and the straps to avoid further friction.

Attach hammock rope to the straps.

After placing protective straps on the tree's surface, you can tie or attach the hammock rope to the webbing straps. Sometimes, you only need an S hook to connect the tree straps and the hammock's ropes. But if you set up your hammock on treetops, you must use strong knots and good quality carabiners to secure the hammock.

Secure the perfect sag.

Secure the perfect sag. | How To Make A Hammock In The Rainforest | Survival Life Tips

Test the hammock and adjust it until you're comfortable. A 30-degree angle from the hammock rope to the tree is a pretty comfortable sag. When a hammock is hung too tightly, it becomes unstable. You would want to secure a deeper sag to decrease your chances of falling off the hammock.

Add tarp.

Protect yourself from rain, debris, and cold by placing a tarp over your hammock. Just simply add a ridge line by tying a rope on one end of the hammock to the other end. Then you pitch the tarp by hanging it on the ridgeline.

How To Make The Hammock

Use canvas.

Canvas, a very durable fabric, is popularly used to make sails and has also been used by sailors to make hammocks. That's why hammocks made from canvas are called naval hammocks. Making a naval hammock is not an overly complicated process and would be a relatively easy DIY project.

Use ripstop nylon.

Good quality ripstop nylon is a pretty durable fabric as well and makes a good material to create a hammock. Actually, it has been used to make much of the camping gear sold in stores. What's great about this fabric is its resistance to tearing. Even if the fabric does get ripped, the tear would not spread easily.

Use ropes or paracords.

Rope hammocks are more suitable for a warmer climate. They take longer to make, especially for beginners. But if you want to channel your creativity in making a hammock, this project would be great for you.

Watch this DD Hammocks video to learn more about hammocks:

If you have spare time, learn how to make a hammock. It's more than just a DIY project and a hobby. You're basically cultivating a skill which may come in handy any day during your lifetime.

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Home Remedy for Upset Stomach

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The following natural home remedy (remedies) may likely offer temporary relief for an upset stomach or stomach pain – while you consider the underlying cause (a particular food sensitivity, your current diet, etc.?). I wonder how many people today have forgotten that their grandparents and ancestors had discovered countless natural home remedies for all sorts of ailments. I wonder how many home remedies have been lost or forgotten, not having been passed down to recent ‘modern’ generations… Well here are a few to consider for an upset stomach:   Ginger Root For Upset Stomach Pain During a conversation some time ago

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