One of the reasons why people tend to face emergency preparedness to deal with at a future date is the cost of having to buy all the items they may need for such occasions. Fortunately, you can start your preparation right now and save a significant amount of money with a DIY survival kit. Making equipment on your own allows you to find innovative ways to meet your needs in case of an emergency. If you have children, this is the perfect time to teach them about preparation for survival and that innovation is, in fact, the mother of invention.
It is an understanding given that emergency preparedness is important, and it is something that we should all think about at some point.
Whether you are planning a camping trip, a walk, or the day the power grid finally fails, if you are not prepared for such emergencies, it can have serious consequences for you and your family members.
DIY mini survival kit
Part of being a good survivor is adhering to common sense. If you know you are going on a hike or are planning a camping trip, then a survival kit should be a must in your backpack. If you get lost in the forest, you fall and injure yourself, or if you experience any other number of unforeseen situations, the package will prove to be an incredible tool.
With the right items inside, it can help you survive until you return to safety or a rescue group finds you.
The larger survival kits will contain enough elements to help you survive for at least 72 hours or more. These bags are expensive if you buy everything you have to put in the bag plus the cost of the bag itself. However, you can make a mini version of the larger kit so you do not get caught without anything to help you in a survival situation.
A mini survival package should take you from 24 to 48 hours, which gives you time to regroup and discover your next step. These are just some of the things you can take with you in an effort to be prepared:
|Carrier||Use an old backpack or buy a cheap bag for your homemade survival gear.|
|Tools for making fire||Lighter
Fluff or other fire starting material.
Medications you need (at least seven days)
Mix of nuts
|Tools||25 feet of nylon rope
A small knife
|Purification tools / water filter||Straw filter
Water purifying tablets
DIY power bars
Energy bars are the best food to take with you on any excursion, whether you are walking your favorite trails or camping in a new territory. The best part of energy bars is that they are full of nutrients and are small, so they are easy to transport.
Some people choose to buy their energy bars at the local supermarket, but one can find that these items cost a good amount of money and can be quite tasteless and boring in terms of taste.
On the contrary, you have more control over the ingredients of the bars if you choose to make the bars yourself. In case you have children, this is another project you can do with your children: it can teach them how to mix ingredients, bake and the importance of choosing nutritious foods. This is what you need to make homemade energy bars to pack in a homemade survival kit:
|Ingredients of the energy bar||Alternatives|
|Oatmeal: 9 cups|
|Raw cane sugar: 2 cups|
|Butter: 2 cups|
|Chocolate Chips: 4 Cups||Peanut Butter Chips, White Chocolate Chips, or Candy Chips / Add Reese’s pieces or candy bowls if desired, instead of simply adding chocolate chips.|
|Pure raw honey: 1/2 cup|
|1/2 cup peanuts||Cashews, almonds, walnuts, or include all of these for extra crunchy bars|
|Maple syrup: 1/3 cup||Try the molasses as an alternative.|
Put everything in a bowl and stir well. Turn the oven to 350 degrees and let it heat up. While the stove is heating up, take the mixture and place it on a cookie sheet measuring 9 “x 18”. Turn until the mixture begins to bubble (about 15 minutes). Pull the oven and let cool. Be sure to allow the mixture to cool completely before cutting it into small bars, as this prevents the bars from crumbling.
Once the bars are cut, wrap them with plastic or wrap them in vacuum-sealed bags to ensure the bars last as long as possible.
Homemade cassava rope
Yucca is a perennial shrub. It has long, firm, vertical green leaves in the shape of a blade on a sword. The plant is native to North, Central and South America. More specifically, in North America, the plant is in the west starting in Baja, California, and advancing northward in the southwestern region of the United States.
The shrub is also found in the interior and in the middle states up to Canada. Cassava is accessible throughout the easternmost region of Virginia and the coasts of the Texas coast. The plant is often seen growing wildly along the road and in wooded areas, as well as in open fields.
The leaves of this particular plant are flexible and durable, which makes them an excellent homemade rope material. If you do not have access to the Yucca shrub, you can use alternative plants with similar leaves to make ropes.
Below is a list of items you need, in addition to the Yucca leaves, to make a durable rope for survival uses. The list of things you need will vary depending on your current situation. In the first situation, you are relaxed and at home, so you have access to some tools and materials, and in the second way, you are already struggling to survive and it is possible that you have limited materials at your disposal.
|Creative and relaxed way||Already in Survival mode|
|Butter knife or scissors.||Knife|
|Flat table||Work area that is flat.|
|Hammer||A flat edge rock (alternative: a stick)|
How to do it
Gather some cassava leaves that are fresh and have a green color along the base of the leaves. Using the tool you have available, cut the leaves of the bush near the base. Remove the needle from the blade.
Use the stone, the stick or the hammer to make it easier to remove the first layer of the leaves so you can see the fibers. Separate the sheets into four sections and trim them by weaving one piece at a time. Make sure to tie the end securely. If you do not know how to braid, twist the fibers until they are tight and form a rope-like structure.
DIY Outdoor Emergency Shelter
You can create a water and windproof emergency shelter from some simple items that you can get from your home or from the local hardware store. The refuge is definitely a minimalist refuge, but it will serve you in case of an emergency. You will need the following items:
- Scotch tape
- Security blanket
- 55 gallon drum lining
- Knife or scissors
Open the bag and locate the bottom edge of it. Cut about one inch from the bottom edge of the drum liner. When finished the bag should have two openings. In a lei of a bag, you can also use a large tarp for an emergency shelter.
Run the paracord from one tree to another beyond the length of the bag you just cut. Be sure to pass the cable through the bag before attaching each end of the paracord to a tree. Glue the top edge and corner to the paracord to stay in place.
Run two more paracord lines through the liner to make a triangle. The shelter should be about two inches off the ground: this air space should be filled with soft leaves and other debris to keep away from the ground: This will help prevent you from losing body heat.
Homemade fire plow
Fire is as necessary as water for your survival. When you are in the desert and have no matches, lighter or lighter, you can make a tool called a fire plow as a means to start a fire.
The plow consists of a base and a rubbing stick: the two pieces are rubbed together and the friction produced by the friction produces a spark. The fire plow is, by far, one of the easiest homemade survival tools to make:
- Step 1: The base will have a small cut grain: this means that you will need a solid piece of wood, free of cracks, for the lower part of the plow. The piece should measure about one foot long, two inches thick and about 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide.
- Step 2: If you are wise, you have packed a small sheet and you have it with you. You need to cut a straight line that runs through the middle of the board, starting from the left and moving down the length.
- Step 3: Using your knife, you have to widen and deepen the line you just cut about 1/4 inch into the wood.
- Stage 4: You need a stick that is between 9 and 12 inches. The end of the piece of soft wood should be cut into a rounded tip. The end of the tip must be able to fit firmly into the 1/4 channel that is cut into the socket.
- Step 5 #: Make sure you have some kindling on hand. The plow is an exercise of patience and physical resistance because you have to use the stick and rub it against the base several times until the embers appear.
Do it yourself survival knife.
A survival sheet made by oneself is something that only an adult should try to do, since it is a dangerous process. This survival blade is made of a saw blade and a paracord. If you are going to participate in this project, you can present the sheet with a basic file, but it is much better if you have a bank and a grinder.
You can save up to two hours if you have the power tools to make the project run smoothly.
Here is a complete list of the tools you will need to complete the task:
- A grinder
- Case file
- A saw blade
- Pair of scissors
- Step 1: Take the hacksaw carefully and wrap your dominant hand around the blade, with the teeth of the hacksaw, very gently. Take note of where your hand stops and the blade begins so you can use it as a reference to make the handle of your knife. Using the file, cut a small forest on the saw blade to mark the place.
- Step 2Cut into a half-grove that begins at the small hole you just made and work back toward where your ring finger might be if the blade was in use.
- Step 3: Use the file to remove any remaining metal burrs.
- Stage 4: Longs for the saw to form the blade in a curve that ends in a point. You will have to sharpen it before you can use the blade.
- Step # 5: Wrap the handle area in paracord; in fact, wrap it in several layers at once to keep your hands cut.
For more information on how to make a homemade blade.
Watch the previous video “Mini MOD Monday: DYI Survival Knife” on YouTube.
A homemade catapult can be useful in a survival situation, especially if you are looking for some food or if you need a weapon for self-defense. You can make a catapult from items in your home and with some very cheap items from the local store.
You will need the following items to make a slingshot at home:
- Scotch tape
- Hole driller
- Nylon rope
- Zip Ties
- Electric tape
- Thin wire
- Top of the soda bottle and part of the screw
- Bicycle tire tube
- Cut the tire tube of the bicycle in ten-inch strips and reserve.
- Tear a piece of duct tape the length of your hand and cut it to the middle of the center (widthwise). Fold over one of the edges. Take the edge that has just been folded and fold it to the remaining open edge. Turn the remaining piece of exposed tape downwards: it must have a rectangle shape. If there is excess tape, cut it.
- At each end of the piece you just made, place a punch on it about 1/4 of the edge.
- Pull the metal paint roller holder out of the black handle. Open the perforator and place it. Place the brush handle over the open piercer. It should look like you created the letter “Y”. Connect the two pieces by wrapping it firmly several times with the thin wire.
- Once you have the two pieces very tight, take the paracord and wrap the brush handle tightly.
- You can add the black electrical tape so that the handle is smooth: place the tape on the wrapped paracord.
- Cut the top of the soda bottle and the portion to which it is screwed to: Glue this to the end of the sling shot brush handle (it now has a storage area for additional slings).
- Attach the cut rubber tube to the bicycle rim and use the flanges to attach to each end of the drill that now serves as the “Y” section of your sling. For more information, watch the video “DIY $ 5 Survival Slingshot from Household Items!” From GreekGadgetGuru on YouTube.
Watch the video above how to make a survival catapult.
Now that you know that it is possible to save a significant amount of money if you use DIY survival equipment, there is absolutely no reason why you should be surprised or ill prepared for an emergency.
When you manufacture homemade survival kits, you can also turn it into a family moment where you and your children spend time together while learning lessons vital to survival. In fact, disaster preparedness lessons or emergency preparedness practice can be something that you spend the weekend teaching your children. The DIY team is a great project for the summer months when your children are also out of school.
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