What are the best Hiking Shoes?

When boots are too heavy and bulky for your hiking trips, hiking shoes come into play. But, what are the best hiking shoes? The best hiking shoes will be lightweight, durable, waterproof, and supportive. You do lose some ankle support when not opting for boots, so that is one factor to keep in mind.

In case you find yourself in an emergency situation, footwear is extremely important. If you have to track across mud or it is raining, you don’t want the water to get to your foot. Make sure to pair your hiking shoes with some waterproof socks for added protection.

Hiking shoes are an investment, and they are priced as such. The materials and quality of craftsmanship come into play, and you truly get what you pay for. Now, let’s get to the best hiking shoes available!

1. Merrell Moab Waterproof

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These shoes have a total weight of 2 pounds. They are sturdy, are water resistant, but are not 100% water proof. Make sure to add on a pair of your best water-proof socks if you will be near water!

2. North Face Ultra Trail Running Shoe

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This pair is one of our absolute favorites. The weight comes in at just under 2 pounds. These shoes are truly waterproof, making them great for hiking in areas that will have water or mud. They have great arch support, and fit snugly.

3. Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Gore-Tex

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If you want to be able to get around, fast, this is the hiking shoe for you. It’s pricey at $185, but the quality and features are enough to make us swoon over this shoe! The weight is only about one pound and 11 oz, making it the lightest hiking shoe on our list. You can tie the laces in less than a second using the single pull system. The stability is great, and the arch support is perfect for hiking.

So, what are the best hiking shoes? Each of these pairs have their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. These three are our favorite, and all available online. Hiking can quickly turn into a disaster situation if you are not prepared. Make sure your shoes are as ready as you are!

Survival Clothes

Survival Clothes

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The clothes you need for survival will largely depend upon the weather conditions. There are many different clothing items you should have for each weather condition. We will go over some essentials for several different types of weather.

Wind

Wind can be a big problem. If you want to avoid wind-burned skin, you will need clothing that helps to prevent this from happening. One essential item to own for this type of weather is windproof pants. This pair is not only wind-proof, but they are also quick-drying. If you come into contact with moisture, getting dry is a top priority for survival. You will need a wind-proof shirt to go with your pants. This base layer shirt can be put on comfortably underneath the rest of your clothing.

Water

Waterproof clothing is also an essential survival clothes must-have. In the short-term, wet skin can lead to hypothermia or worse. In the slightly longer-term, it can lead to fungus or even gangrene if a wound is wet. A light-weight poncho will help protect you from water, and can even double as an emergency shelter covering.

Shoes are extremely important when it comes to staying dry. Feet are what you use to travel, so they are the most susceptible to injury and can slow you down or keep you moving. A pair of survival boots like these can save your life by keeping your feet dry and warm. This pair is more cumbersome, but is even snake-proof. If you know you are going to be in an area with snake activity, go ahead and make that investment. It’s better than having a snake bite in the middle of nowhere!

Cold

Hypothermia is one of the main causes of death when people go hiking or become lost outdoors. You need clothing that is not only water-proof, but that will keep you warm in extreme conditions. These specialized socks help to retain your body heat, which is something that must be considered.

The top layer of your clothing should be water-proof and light as well. Having a tactical jacket like this as a top layer can prevent moisture from seeping into your other clothing, and down to your skin. Make sure your base layer is waterproof as well.

Survival clothes are an investment that is well worth making. These clothing items can survive for years, and can help improve your chances of survival.

Weekly Survival Prep Checklist

Weekly Survival Prep Checklist

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You can learn all about how to prepare for disaster situations in this blog, and also with survival courses readily available online. But, do you have a weekly survival prep checklist? These are things you should do every single week. Having knowledge is not the only thing you need for survival. You should regularly implement this knowledge to ensure you are prepared for these disaster situations. Here is a check list to go over every single week.

First Aid

Check your First Aid kit. Are there any medications or prescriptions expiring soon? Is anything missing and you need to buy it? If you have any new medical conditions requiring medication, it’s time to add these items to your First Aid Kit.

Escape Plan

Make sure your family and household  members understand your escape plan in case of disaster. Where and when are you supposed to meet up in case of bug out? What items is each family member responsible for finding and bringing? What is your code word to send out when a plan needs to be implemented? This is something to go over with the whole family, regularly.

Weapons

Weapons and ammunition should be regularly tracked and kept up with. Are your guns clean and in working condition? Your knives need to be kept sharp, and not dull. Is there enough ammunition to last as long as it takes? Take the time to make sure weapons are ready to go. On another note, weapons safety is extremely important. Whether you have guns or bow & arrow, everyone in the family needs to know how to properly use these weapons without harming themselves or your family.

Electricity

Do you have a power generator? This equipment needs to be kept clean and also tested regularly. A generator is no good if it is not in working order. Flash lights need to have batteries which are fresh and powerful. Throw out any expired batteries.

Food

Check out your food storage situation. Do any items need to be replaced? Is your water supply well stocked and ready to go? If you have taken out any food items this week from your survival food storage, it is time to replace these items and stay well stocked.

Training

Is everyone in your household CPR & First Aid certified? Make sure you are up to date on your certifications. Take an online refresher course, and ensure you are always prepared for medical emergencies. This knowledge needs to be practiced regularly once obtained. Practice stitching on a First Aid Dummy. Perform karate moves in a contained and safe environment.

Important Documents

Make sure all of your important documents such as social security cards, birth certificates, and others are properly stored. A fire-proof and disaster proof box should be used to store these items. Also make sure each family member knows where this is stored. You may have to grab this item quickly in a disaster scenario.

Do you use our weekly survival prep checklist? What do you do to stay prepared on a regular basis? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 Survival Skills

Top 5 Survival Skills

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Not all survival skills are created equal. Knowing and perfecting a set of 5 specific skills can improve your chances of survival, while other survival skills may just make the survival life easier. Here are the Top 5 Survival Skills you need to have to be a pro survivalist!

Finding Shelter

You must be able to find shelter, no matter what environment you are in, or what the conditions are. In any emergency situation, it’s imperative to seek shelter or build one yourself. In a cold environment, you will need a shelter to keep your body temperature warm. A hot environment on the other hand will require you to shield yourself from the sun’s harsh rays.

Finding Water

Not only will you need to always have access to water, you also need to purify that water. You may need to boil water before drinking. Bacteria found in running or sitting water can cause grave danger to the consumer of this water.

Building a Fire

Fire is necessary in all survival situations. You may sometimes need it to stay warm, but you will always need it to cook food. Know what type of fire to build, and how to build it. There are many tools you should always keep on you for making the creation of a fire easier. You will not want to spend over an hour creating a fire when time is of the essence.

First Aid

You must know your way around a First Aid Kit and how to best utilize it in cases of medical emergency. Simply having one is not enough, you must know how to perform procedures as it may become necessary.

Food

Finding food, identifying poisonous plants, and hunting all fall under the food category. You can survive much longer without food than you can without water. However, you will eventually need to eat. Eating the wrong food can lead to illness or even death. Eating the wrong berries can cause vomiting or even severe dehydration. Do not wait until you find yourself in survival mode to learn about hunting, cooking, and foraging in the wilderness.

What survival skill is number one for you? Sound off in the comments!

Surviving a Flood

Surviving a Flood

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Be Ready

  • Listen to the news. Make sure that you are well prepared if there is a flood “watch.” This means that flooding is possible. A flood “warning” means there are already floods occurring.
  • Have a First Aid Kit prepared and take it with you when you seek higher ground.
  • Make sure to have food and water supplies to last at least one week.
  • Seek higher ground quickly and immediately. Flash floods can occur, so you may even need to leave with emergency supplies only.

Driving

  • If you find a road is already flooding, do not drive through it!
  • If you find yourself in a flooded area in your vehicle, then quickly exit the vehicle and move to safety. Your vehicle can be swept away as a result of more flood waters.
  • Two feet of flood waters is enough to carry away most types of vehicles. It does not seem like much, but in reality it can be deadly.

After a Flood

  • After a flood, there are things to keep in mind. The most important thing is to avoid flood waters. They can be contaminated with sewage, broken glass can be within the water, and even snakes may be present.
  • Do not enter buildings that are flooded. Seek the highest ground possible, and avoid buildings that have water damage. This could indicate structural problems which occur after water damage.
  • Listen to the news, again. They will most likely indicate shelters that are in place, and let you know when it is okay to go back home. Always listen to authorities on whether or not it is okay to return home.

Surviving a flood can easily be done if you stay prepared. Do not panic in these situations, because panic can lead to mistakes. Remain calm, and do not forget about flood safety.

How To Cook Survival Style

How To Cook Survival Style

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Getting food in disaster situations is imperative. Not only do you need food to survive, you will need it for warmth and to have the energy to complete various tasks. Depending on where you are, fish or small mammals will be the easiest form of protein and nutrition. These foods must be cooked, and must be cooked well. After using a survival knife to skin and clean game, it’s time to cook your food.

First,  you must wrap your food to save it from the flames and fire. Non-poisonous leaves work, just make sure you know where to find the leaves and which ones are not poisonous. If you carry foil with you, this is a luxury that will come in handy for meals. Once wrapped, you can make a primitive grill to place over a fire. Or, you can have a camping grill like this one ready. If you have pots and pans, consider yourself lucky! You can mix cooked meat with vegetables and stocks to make a hearty stew.

Extra Tips

If possible, carry a meat thermometer with your survival gear, because it can become disasterous to ingest meat when it is not cooked properly. Illness can’t be afforded while trying to survive and thrive. Go right now, and find a guide to the proper temperatures to cook different kinds of meats. Study it, learn it, and know it. Keep it as a reference, but it’s much more helpful to memorize this information.

When you cook survival style, you need to make sure that your utensils are kept clean and sterile. This way, food particles won’t attract bugs or animals. This also prevents bacteria and mold from forming. Learning how to cook survival style can be intimidating, but it’s easier with practice. You can practice when you go camping, or even in  your own back yard. One day, it may just save your life!

 

Survival Knives

Survival Knives

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Survival Knives serve many different functions, and are extremely useful. They are one of the most diverse tools you carry with you in camping, hunting, and survival situations. Here are just a few of the uses for survival knives –

  1. Cutting down rope, which is needed to tie down shelter or traps. Sometimes even for repelling.
  2. Close Range Hunting, which is necessary at times for survival. Works for larger game as well as smaller game like fish.
  3. Cleaning game – you need to be able to skin an animal before cooking and eating it.
  4. Clearing Brush – Thick brush is a constant struggle, and a larger knife can cut through this and improve vision and mobility.
  5. Weapon against hostiles – If your country or region is taken over by hostiles, you need multiple ways to protect yourself with weapons. Knives don’t run out of ammo!
  6. First Aid – Knives can be used to be heated and seal wounds. They can be used to dig out a bullet, and cut stitches after wounds are healed.
  7. Amputation – If things are not going well for someone, a knife may need to be used for amputation of small limbs.

Here is a video about Survival Knives that is very useful:

 

There are many different types of Survival Knives. Here are several.

  1. Pocket Knife – These fold, and are compact.
  2. Swiss Army Knife – This knife functions as a variety of different tools. With the Adventurer Model, you have a screw driver, bottle opener, tweezers, awl, and toothpick all in one. That’s a lot of uses packed in one small knife!
  3. Full Size Ka-Bar Straight Edge – This knife has a 7 inch blade, and works well for hunting and up close and personal protection against wildlife and hostiles. It gets the job done.
  4. Ontario RTAK II Fixed Blade Knife – This is less of a knife, and more of a machete. It has a carbon steel blade, and can cut through foliage. The total length is about 16.5 inches long.

What is your survival knife of choice? The best option is to always have many options. If you want to be fully prepared, you will want to have all options available to you. Each knife serves a unique purpose, and will come in handy in times of disaster.

Survive a Tsunami

Survive a Tsunami

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Tsunamis, when they happen, can be devastating to all life surrounding them. Tsunamis are a series of huge, awesomely powerful waves that result from underwater disturbances. These disturbances are usually earthquakes and volcanic activity. You can not stop a Tsunami from happening, but you can prepare yourself if you live in an area prone to Tsunamis.

Be Prepared

If you live in an area which is considered a Tsunami hotspot, you will need to be prepared at all times. Make sure you always have a First Aid Kit near you, whether you are at home or in your vehicle. Water, food, and climate appropriate clothing are all essential items to have stocked.

Know the signs of a Tsunami. Local authorities will help with this, as well as paying attention to the news and radio. Underground tremors are major warning signs of a potential Tsunami. Do not ignore the signs! If you see the signs and feel the warnings, immediately follow these next steps.

Higher Ground

Immediately head to higher ground. Ideally, this will be at least a few miles from the coast, or 100ft above sea level at minimum. The further away from the coast and the higher above ground, the better.

Wait it Out

Tsunamis are a series of waves. As in, more than one. Once you reach higher ground, you need to be prepared to wait out the waves and destruction. Make sure that you are in a safe location for waiting this out. When disaster strikes and others are not prepared, they are more likely to become desperate and loot. Protect your family and belongings. You may have to wait weeks before anything returns to normal.

Prepare your Family

For any time a Tsunami strikes, you need to have a plan in place ahead of time. Not only is this plan needed for yourself, but for your family as well. Have a family meeting and go over drills, plans, and evacuation and meet-up plans for when a Tsunami does strike. Make sure each person knows the warning signs of a Tsunami. Give your family easy to understand plans, and go over them regularly. It can be the difference between panicking, and calmly escaping grave danger.

Aftermath

Since rebuilding after a Tsunami can take months or even years, you must have a back up plan. First, you need to have plenty of food and water to last as long as possible. Next, have somewhere to go and remain after a Tsunami strikes. You may never be able to see your home again. Do you have relatives who live in an area where Tsunamis are not likely? Contact them well ahead of time, and ask if they are willing to be your backup plan for in case of disaster. Once you survive a Tsunami, you will need to survive the aftermath.

Survival Gardening

Survival Gardening

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Food supplies are running short around the world. To “solve” this problem, GMO mega-corporation Monsanto is creating and selling genetically modified foods. There are no studies to show whether these genetic modifications cause cancer, or if they even yield larger crops than organic farm grown foods.

In places like Venezuela, the food crisis is at its peak already. People are looting in order to survive, stealing food, and even eating zoo animals. It’s horrible, and it is a desperate situation. How far away is the US from reaching a crisis of this magnitude? Well, we really can not know. In order to ensure your family will aways have food, it is time to start Survival Gardening.

Here are some important factors for creating your survival garden:

  • It needs to be low-maintenance. If water supplies are short, you need that water to drink and bathe. A survival garden must be very self-sufficient.
  • The garden must attract bees and other helpful insects, while repelling insects which eat gardens.
  • Survival Gardening should be a very private endeavor. When a food crisis strikes, you do not want anyone else to know you have a survival garden which can easily be spotted or stolen from.
  • It must be able to fertilize itself. When disaster strikes, you will not be able to simply go to the store and buy fertilizer. There are techniques to ensure your garden will fertilize itself.
  • Space is an issue. If you make it too large, you won’t be able to maintain it and keep it a secret.
  • Survival gardens need to be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. You can not afford for a freeze or heat wave to destroy your entire yield.

Lucky for you, we have found a guide available for purchase for survival gardening here. This comprehensive guide will teach you how to start and maintain your survival garden. This guide follows every bullet point we just listed, and then some. You can plant your survival garden now, and stop taking frequent trips to the grocery store. This garden can literally last a lifetime, and even after!

[Video] – What Can You Do To Prepare For A Disaster

How Can We Prepare For Disasters_1AA quick search revealed that many are asking “What Can You Do To Prepare For A Disaster?”

I answer this question and more in this Video…

I encourage you to watch it.

Once you’re done, jump over here to learn even more about how to prepare for disasters and what to do when they happen.

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