Outdoor Survival – Camping Tent and Hiking Tips

When you are planning for your next camping tent or hiking trip, typically you find yourself going through a checklist. Making sure you have your camping tent, backpack, pocketknife, food and even more items depending on the type of trip you are going on. The one thing some people do not do before their trip is re-familiarizing themselves with simple survival tips. Most of these tips could be the difference between life and death. Before going out on your hike to explore the nature around you, make sure you have scanned your surroundings. Be aware of any mountains, hills, or any other major landmarks around you and the camping tent site. When beginning your hike try to stay around a valley, river or mountainside if possible. Just by doing this it will help keep you going in the same direction. The next step seems simple enough, keep track of time. Make sure you are aware of the time when you leave your campsite. By doing this you will know what rate you are hiking at and then by the time you reach your destination you know exactly how far you are from the camp site. If you have a GPS make sure it is in good condition and you are very familiar with all its settings. If by chance of you do get lost the first, do not panic! This will not solve the situation and will cause you to lose energy that could be used towards other things. Sit down regain your thoughts.

Think back and try to retrace your steps. Ask yourself, what direction did I come from? Can I get back? How long have I been lost? Once you have come up with a game plan try to find a place high where you can see your surroundings, search for a river, familiar areas or even signs of civilization. You are probably asking yourself, should I stay or should I keep moving? In order to answer this question, you want to make sure that you have a shelter to protect yourself.

Preparing for Disasters With Emergency Food and Water

What do you consider an emergency? A hurricane? An earthquake? Or, what about a mass power outage? While these emergencies come in varying degrees, the preparation for all is similar: have an emergency preparedness plan that includes food and water. When your home has no electricity and no running water, how do you prepare your food or stay hydrated? For these extreme instances, emergency food storage must be in your home and needs to be part of your lifestyle. No human being can live without water. Along with food, water is the top tenant of emergency preparedness, and enough should be in supply to be used over cooking, drinking, and hygiene. For including water in your emergency food storage, two options are essentially available: buy it in a large quantity or accumulate it over time. For the former, cans of emergency water have a lifespan of 30 years. For the latter, invest in a rain barrel or water storage tank to build up your supply over time. While the latter approach may result in a greater supply in the long run, all water is in a raw, or undrinkable, state and must be filtered or purified before use.

Going hand-in-hand with water is a year’s supply of emergency food. Although having a foundation of basic items, such as rice, beans, salt, sugar, oil, powdered milk, and seeds, is recommended, a kit of freeze-dried and dehydrated items adds variety and rounds out your meal possibilities and calories. Available in pouches or #10 cans, freeze-dried emergency food kits cover entrees, breakfast, and individual vegetables, fruit, carbohydrates, dairy, and protein. To prepare any of these foods, all you need to do is add hot water and wait. After a few minutes, the food is rehydrated and ready to eat. Although both emergency food and water are necessary for disasters, your home needs to have ideal storage conditions.

Because freeze-dried food and water are both affected by light and moisture, the storage space – preferably a crawlspace or a closet – must be dry and dark. The space should be kept at a temperature of 50°F to 60°F and should not have any chemicals. Food should not be stored in a trash bag or liner and should not be kept in the ground. While emergency food, with its lifespan of five 25-plus years, is designed for long-term use, an unopened can exposes the contents to light and oxygen. To keep the leftovers, the large #10 can must be resealed, or the contents kept in another airtight container. Although the leftovers can last a year, not storing them properly results in quicker decay. What are your options? To keep the can, use a commercial re-sealer to fully close it. Or, the leftovers can be frozen or stored in an airtight bag or container.

Emergency Food Storage, Silly or Smart?

I compare having a back up food supply to insurance. We have auto insurance, home owners insurance, etc… why not food insurance. I look at food insurance just like I do any other insurance it’s best to have it and never need it than to need it one time and not have it. With a back up emergency food supply if you don’t need it you can always eat it. You have a couple of options when it comes to having a back up food storage plan. You can prepare your own back up food storage supply or you can purchase ready to go meals that will last 15 plus years. The upside of preparing your own food storage is you can store food you and your family know and like. The downside is typically the shelf life is short and you have to stay on top of rotating your emergency food supply. Your second option is to purchase ready to eat meals that are designed to last 15 plus years. There are tons of companies that offer emergency food storage meals with a shelf life of 15 plus years. The only problem is most of the meals taste like well… I will be nice and say not so great.

Make sure before you purchase any back up food supply the company sends you samples of the food so you and your family can pick and choose what you like. I can’t think of many things worse than being in the middle of an emergency with a food shortage and having to eat food that I do not like. That would make the situation much worse. With lots of natural disasters taking place throughout the world and lots of uncertainty with our current economy food storage companies have been raising their prices. It’s all about supply and demand. Millions of people who thought it was silly to have an emergency food supply are now thinking it’s a good idea. A lot of companies are taking advantage of the situation which is a big part of me writing this article. It makes me angry to see people gouge people when they could be helping them and still make a good living.

Before you purchase an emergency backup food supply from any company make sure they are willing to do these four simple things and this will let you know what type of company you are dealing with:

#1 Send samples so you and your family can decide who likes what meals.

#2 Compare quality; make sure the products are produced in packing facilities that are FDA Certified for handling real meat and eggs. (Not all companies do this)

#3 Make sure the company you purchase your emergency food storage from lets you make small purchases. Some companies will only sell a minimum of a six month supply which can be a little pricey for most people to spend at one time especially if you are talking about a family of four or five.

#4 Make sure you can pick and choose what you order, don’t do package deals unless you have tried each of the foods in the package and you and your family are happy with the quality and the taste.