How Basic Can You Get? List #6
Are you ready for more? Did you work your way through Lists 1-5? This next list should keep you busy and out of trouble for a while!
1. Learn how to use a compass and a map. It’s a lot harder than you might think, but it’s a skill that just might make the difference between you or a loved one wandering around in the wilderness, lost, and finding your way back to civilization. Look for classes at stores like REI or Cabela’s. This video does a pretty job explaining the skill.
2. Do your kids know what to do if your home’s smoke alarms ever went off? Have a family meeting and make sure everyone knows these basic rules of home fire safety and where everyone should meet if there ever is a fire.
3. Have pets? Stock up on a month’s worth of extra food for each one. If you buy dry food, be sure to store it in a heavy-duty plastic bin with a tight fitting lid. Rodents, insects, and even the dogs and cats themselves will find a way into this stash. Trust me!
4. Hit a few garage/estate sales this month and buy some extra blankets. Thesealways come in handy! Be sure to keep a couple in the trunk of each car.
6. If the only knot you know how to tie involves taking, “the bunny’s tail through the loop,” you could be in big trouble! Learn how to tie rougher, tougher knots, and then make sure you have rope and instructions in each vehicle and with camping equipment. This is a great skill for the whole family to learn. Here’s a great app for your smartphone. By the way, on road trips, this would be a great skill for the kids to practice in the back seat.
7. Learn a new method for starting a fire. If you have never tried using a flint, give it a try. If you’ve never experimented with using dryer lint or Vaseline-infused cotton balls as a fire starter, they are both easy and effective.
8. Buy 5 or more pounds of oats and make at least 5 new, different recipes with them. Try different recipes for granola bars, cookies, or hot cereal. Here is a great recipe source. Oats are inexpensive and store well. I store mine in empty, clean 2-liter soda bottles with a 100 cc oxygen absorber.
9. Store a comfortable pair of walking shoes in your car, along with a pair of socks and 2 or 3 pre-cut pieces of moleskin.
10. Set aside at least 2 evenings a month for a date night with your significant other. Talk about survival and preparedness, if you like, but more importantly, re-connect with each other. A strong, stable home is a resilient one.
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