How to Make a Christmas Survival Kit

How to Make a Christmas Survival Kit

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We take survival very seriously here at Survival by Southern Zoomer. However, it’s the holiday season! There are more types of survival kits needed than First Aid and Car Kits.

Sometimes, you have to survive your in-laws… or even your misbehaving nephew! Let’s face it, the holidays are hard to survive for many reasons.

There’s the stress of shopping for gifts, and the stress of putting delicious food on the table for all to enjoy. Family gatherings can be a real stressful time. It can be sorrowful for many, who have lost loved ones.

For people all over the world, it’s their first Christmas without someone they love. Some are thousands of miles away from their families. Others are even serving their countries instead of enjoying the holiday season. It can be a tough time, but a Christmas Survival Kit can make things much easier to handle.

Items for Yourself

  • Chamomile Tea – To sip on something that is extra relaxing and de-stressing
  • Bath Salts – For tense muscles from making all of those holiday treats
  • Lavender Essential Oil – To smell wonderful and to reduce stress
  • Eggnog – For taking a break from it all and grabbing a moment for yourself

Items for the Family Gathering

  • Board game or Card Game – To keep all ages entertained
  • Gifts – To please even the pickiest family members
  • Coconut Oil Peppermint Fudge – A healthier, tasty alternative
  • Photo Booth Props – Take funny pictures to lighten the mood!
  • Christmas Movies – Gather around and watch a Christmas classic such as “A Christmas Story”
  • Hot Cocoa – A warm treat everyone can enjoy

How do you go about surviving the holidays? What do you put in your Christmas survival kit? We love hearing from you. Let us know your thoughts on surviving the holiday season in the comments section!


How to start Campfires

How to start Campfires

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Campfires are a great way to light up the night when camping. If you’re in trouble out in the wilderness, this is also a good time to start a campfire. It improves visibility, deters certain pests, and allows you to cook food.

How you start your campfire depends on what is available to you at the time. Let’s go through a few different ways on how to start campfires.

First, make sure you know how to build a campfire. You need to light the tinder, which will help the kindling catch flames. Carefully place the lit tinder on top of the other tinder, which is there to help ignite the kindling.

You also need to make sure you have an understanding of campfire safety. It’s imperative to know this before you start building fires and camping in general. After all, you don’t want to start a fire that you don’t know how to put out!

Here are some ways to start campfires

  • Matches or a lighter – This method is easy enough. Matches can get wet and become useless, and lighters can run out of fuel. Keep this in mind.
  • Lightning Nuggets – Simply place the round side down in your campfire, and light around the flat edge. It will create a flame that lights the rest of your campfire.
  • Fire Starter – This is an easy item to always carry with you. You strike the two components together to begin a flame. Easy-Peasy!

Now that you know how to start campfires, it’s time to go camping! Don’t forget to pack all of your camping gear and emergency supplies.

After all, the wilderness is no longer man’s natural environment. We must re-educate ourselves on how to survive in nature’s harsh landscapes. Good thing we can also have a fun time doing it!

How to Choose Hiking Boots

How to Choose Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are one of the most important elements to any hiking experience. It’s important to know how to choose hiking boots in order to have a great hike. You don’t want to have to worry about your feet on a hike, or shoes slipping off, or worse falling off altogether.

There are many hiking scenarios in which things don’t go your way. Let’s prevent one important element from leading you astray.

Find the right size

You don’t want hiking shoes that don’t allow your toes to wiggle. You also don’t want the back of your hiking boots to slip up and down against your ankles. This could cause irritation, blisters, and other longer term issues after continued wear.

This is why it’s so important to find the right size hiking boots. Get your feet measured at a specialty store, or use this comprehensive fit guide from REI.

Day hike or Backpacking

For a day hike or an even shorter hike, you probably want to choose a hiking boot with a low to mid cut. For example, this pair works well for short hikes. They do not take long to break-in, and they flex fairly easily.

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If you are taking  longer hike and backpacking, you want to choose a higher cut hiking boot like this pair. It provides more support, is more durable, and does take longer to break-in. It’s an investment worth making!

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How to choose hiking boots is important to know. It’s an investment worth making, and saves your feet a lot of trouble! Even if you are a casual hiker, you need to have a pair of hiking boots.

Trust me when I tell you, it makes a world of difference! Choose a pair of hiking boots that fit you well. Fit is the most important thing to remember with hiking boots. Happy hiking, y’all!

Best Wood for Campfires

Best Wood for Campfires

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If you’re building a fire for survival, chances are you don’t have many options for types of wood to use. However, if you know ahead of time you are going to build a campfire, use the best wood for campfires you can find. This is not limited to just one type of wood, but there are different types of wood that are a cut above the rest. Also, consider cooking. If you want to cook over your campfire, you want to use a good wood!

Hardwoods are very dense, and will therefore burn for longer periods of time. This makes them one of the best options available. However, some softwoods burn well also. Let’s go through a few of the options for the best wood for campfires.


Oak is very popular firewood, for both campfires and fireplaces alike. It’s dense, it burns slowly, and therefore lasts a very long time. Chances are this wood makes your fire last much longer than any other choice. It makes more heat and less smoke than other types of wood as well.


Maple is also a dense wood. It can be difficult to chop if you’re using logs. However, it’s another fantastic firewood that burns long and strong. The smoky scent from maple campfires has a sweet tinge to them.


Ash wood is one of the most common types of wood burning in campfires and fireplaces alike. It’s tough, yet still lightweight and slightly easier to chop than other woods. It burns hot, which is perfect for a Winter time campfire.

So, what’s the best wood for campfires? Any of the above will do the trick. Make sure to use an all natural fire starter for your campfires to reduce air pollution. If you’re cooking, you can put a grill right over your campfire. Never forget about campfire safety – prevent forest fires and injury!

How to be Safe around Campfires

How to be Safe around Campfires

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As with most things in this world, campfires carry an element of danger. As Smokey Bear says, “only you can help prevent forest fires.” However, forest fires aren’t the only things that make campfire safety important. You don’t want yourself or others to get hurt when trying to camp and have fun. It’s important to practice safety when building and when near a campfire.

Where to build a campfire safely

Do not build your campfire in extremely dry conditions. This makes nearby debris more likely to catch fire easily and quickly. Choose an area at least 15 feet away from your tent, branches from trees, small plants, and other hazards. It’s also important to make sure there are not many dry leaves in the area. If it is windy, find a location which the wind is blocked. You don’t want flames to go in every direction.

General Campfire Safety

Make sure to keep children and pets away from the fire. You should never, ever leave a campfire unattended. This is when the most danger can occur. Remember to never have any flammable materials near the fire – such as aerosol containers, gasoline, hairspray, etc.

When you want to put out your campfire, try to first let the wood burn completely out, until it is all ash. Pour water over the fire afterwards. You need to drown all of the embers, whatever the color is. You may notice a hissing sound – pour until there is no more hissing. If water is not available, use a shovel to stir sand or dirt in until the fire is completely out and there is no more hissing noise.

Campfire Fun

Being safe is important, but you can still have a ton of fun around a campfire. You can make s’mores and sing songs around the fire with family or friends. Popcorn is another fun campfire food that the kids can enjoy as well. You can even use mystical fire flame to change the color of the flames temporarily. It’s quite a beautiful site!

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit

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We have lists of supplies for something going wrong with your vehicle. We also have a list of survival supplies to keep in your car. But, if you live in an area where Winter can be harsh, you need a whole other set of supplies.

You have to keep in mind the conditions you may be in when disaster strikes. Cold weather is no joke! It can be extremely dangerous, even as dangerous as high heat environments. Snow storms, blizzards, avalanches… the list goes on.

Don’t wait until Winter to stock up and buy items for your Winter vehicle survival kit. Have these ready and in your vehicle well in advance. It could save your life when disaster strikes, and help you stay calm instead of panic. Here are the items you need to have in your Winter vehicle survival kit:

Get these items today!

  • Cell Phone Charger – If your battery dies, it will be difficult to charge your phone to contact emergency services. Keep a phone charger and battery pack with you.
  • Snow Shovel – In some areas, a foot or two of snow can drop in one day. You have to use a shovel to be able to move your vehicle. Get something collapsable like this.
  • Warm Clothes – Keep at least one extra set of clothes that are extra warm. If you get wet somehow because of snow, you need to get dry immediately. Make sure you have snow boots.
  • Emergency Blankets – Something wool that will stay warm – make sure you have one for each person in the vehicle.
  • First Aid – No matter what the weather conditions are, you need to have a First Aid Kit with your emergency gear.
  • Water and Food – You can dehydrate easily no matter if it is cold or hot. Have emergency water supplies and food. The calories from intaking food help keep you warm.
  • Jumper CablesThis is a must have no matter what.

What else do you keep in your Winter vehicle survival kit? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 10 Survivalist Supplies

Top 10 Survivalist Supplies

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This is a difficult list to create. We’re trimming the fat, the convenience items, and the less important (but still important) supplies. The supplies we are listing here are the TOP 10 survivalist supplies, the best of the best, and the most essential to survival.

Food and water are of course the most important things you need to survive, but for the purposes of this list, I’m not including them as “supplies.”

These are products that can help you get out of a sticky situation, or just help you get through one. Some situations are unavoidable, but survival is ALWAYS possible. There are always ways to escape, or thrive, in an unrelenting environment.

We live in uncertain times, so let’s be prepared and not scared – keep these items on hand. They may one day help to save your life! Survive when you must, thrive when it’s an option.

Top 10 Survivalist Supplies – Keep these available!

  1. Survival Knife – There are thousands of survival situations that call for a knife.
  2. Survival Shelter – You must stay protected from the elements to survive.
  3. Tactical Flashlight – Be able to see at all times. There’s no telling what’s lurking.
  4. Emergency Radio – You need to know what’s going on. When it’s safe, unsafe, etc.
  5. Fire Starter – To cook food, signal for help, and to stay warm.
  6. ParacordRope is something that you can use to set traps, climb, and tie down shelter.
  7. First Aid – You have to have a complete first aid kit. This includes medications that you or your party members need daily.
  8. Backpack – You need a way to carry your survivalist supplies with you at all times.
  9. Axe – When you need more shelter or firewood, an axe will do the job.
  10. Carabiners – You may need to climb or repel at some points, or use carabiners to tie shelter down.

Emergency Car Supplies

Emergency Car Supplies

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There are two types of supplies you need to keep in your car. Car safety supplies consist of the things you need if something goes wrong with your car. Emergency car supplies, however, are the items you need if you get stuck somewhere. This can be for a short amount of time, or a longer amount of time.

Your vehicle is an extension of your home, and you should keep supplies in it as if it may have to be a temporary home during disaster. If there is a catastrophic event in your home town while you are away, you need supplies to keep alive and thrive.

What if your home is flattened or a sink hole swallows it whole? If family does not live nearby, and money is tight, you need to turn to your vehicle.

A reliable and well stocked vehicle can keep you alive and comfortable. Emergency car supplies are imperative to have at all times. Let’s go through a list of items to keep in your vehicle at all times.

Keep these items in your car at all times

Emergency car supplies are important. These items are in case of disaster, which can strike any time. Who is to say disaster will strike when you are comfortable at home? Anything can happen. Instead of being afraid, just be prepared!

Car Safety Supplies

Car Safety Supplies

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Your vehicle is an extension of your home. You can take your car away from home, thousands of miles away, and still have some familiarity. Vehicles can have many things go wrong. A tire can pop, or slowly deflate thanks to a nail on the road. A window can stop working, a bumper can fall off, etc.

There are two sets of items you should have in your vehicle – car safety supplies, and car survival supplies.

Today, I’m focusing on the car safety supplies. In an emergency, you need your vehicle to work. When something happens on the road, you need to be able to make repairs, and make due. You wouldn’t let your home’s windows break and do nothing about it, right?

Treat your car the same way you treat your home. Know how to make repairs, read your instruction manual, and keep the following car safety supplies with you at all times.

Car Safety Supplies to Keep with You at All times

These car safety supplies help ensure that if something breaks or something goes wrong with your vehicle, you can make due. It’s important to always be able to safely get to your destination, or a safer location at any given time. No one needs to be stranded on the side of a freeway in the middle of the night.

These supplies are important, but it’s also important to know how to use them.  Make sure you know how to change a tire, use jumper cables, and any other important motor vehicle skills.

Are there any emergency supplies I forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!

Why You Should Be Self Sufficient

Why You Should Be Self Sufficient

Why You Should Be Self Sufficient

There is so much fear in the world today, and it’s easy to see why. Political relationships between the U.S. and other countries are not currently in the best state. North Korea continues to be a threat to the West. At times, it seems as though we are moving towards a police state. There have been terrifying attacks from both terrorists and psychopathic citizens in the past decade. It feels less and less safe to go to the movies, see a concert, or fly on an airplane. We can not let fear defeat us. We must stay prepared and remain vigilant.

The best way to feel safer is to rely on yourself, and no one else. What if there was no government after today? Are you ready to live and thrive in that sort of a scenario? It’s best to be ready for this scenario and more. The power lines could be completely shut down by a simple virus or hack into the system. A mega storm could knock out power for weeks, months, or even longer. The government could run out of funding for social security and more. A virus could wipe out 90% of our population. As far fetched as these scenarios may seem, it’s important to be ready for anything that could come your way. This is why you should be self sufficient. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, however you can secure yours as best as you can.

Luckily, there are helpful guides to becoming self sufficient available online, namely on Amazon. These guides can help you start the process to being able to live without any interference if necessary. My favorites are listed below.

Guides for Self Sufficient Living

What is your favorite guide for self sufficient living? Let us know in the comments section!

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