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3 Travel Tips to Survive in the Wilderness

3 Travel Tips to Survive in the Wilderness

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Most preppers have their homes stocked with canned food, ammunition and portable generators. But those living in urban areas are likely to face forced evacuation from their homes either by undesirables or government officers.

The best way to prepare for these Armageddon-type conditions is living in the wild for at least a week to test your will and skill. The following provides tips to prepare for a one-week survival simulation.

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Safe Destinations

There are a few places on Earth that Google’s snooping satellites either cannot or will not allow the public to see. Most of them are military testing sites, royal palaces and corporate facilities. You’re unlikely to find a 100 percent private sanctuary anywhere. But you do want to have a good idea of where you’ll head when the time comes.

Safe places are far from large clusters of people and not easy to find. In its exploration of 19 states, Project Remote, found that these remote places were always within five miles of a road (a sign of human presence) regardless of how far off grid the place appeared. You won’t be able to be too picky when choosing a refuge.

Spontaneity is the best way to find safe havens within emergency range of your home. Fill the gas tank in your car, load the backpack with a portable GPS and a satellite phone that you’ve rented for the week, and hit the road. The latter two items are fail-safes to keep from getting completely lost.

Find a few remote areas (in case one becomes inaccessible) that can be reached on a tank of gas. Ideal spots are those with water sources (with signs of wildlife for meat) and a lot of trees for firewood and building. Force yourself to live off only the food and water found in the wild. Saltine crackers should be the only emergency food you bring along.

Cold Weather Survival

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It’s tougher to survive winter cold than summer heat. The more practice runs you take, the better off you’ll be when the real show begins. Humans can live comfortably in temperatures between 40 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit as long as relative humidity stays below 50 percent, according to NASA data.

Few places in the Continental U.S. exceed 95 degrees on a regular basis, but most of the country has a winter season of at least five months. Long johns, thermal shirts and stocking caps will help, but you’ll need to acclimate to frigid conditions to survive long-term.

Moisture must be avoided at all costs when trying to stay warm because heat loss is accelerated in cold, wet conditions. Keep your clothing dry and clean. Always brush snow off your clothing before entering a warm shelter. Hang wet socks, gloves and other items in direct sunlight before putting them back on. Don’t overdress or you’ll begin to sweat; perspiration eventually evaporates and will further cool your body.

The Ugly But Necessary

Every resource becomes more valuable in survival situations, including human waste. Urine aged for several months and mixed with an 8-to-1 water ratio makes great fertilizer for plants. Human feces can be used as compost if aged for at least a year and mixed with other organic material. Granted, you can’t grow crops in a week-long survival simulation. But this is the time to figure out how to store waste and get used to using leaves for toilet paper.

Sanitation is very important in preventing disease. Bathe with heated water and natural soap made with wood ashes, animal fat and oils from plants. Chew sticks are a great alternative to toothbrushes and toothpaste.

When your survival simulation concludes, go back to your warm bed, clean shower, toilet and all the other modern conveniences of American life. But for at least a week, immerse yourself into survival camping to determine your overall readiness.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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