Innovation And Adaptation, The Most Practical Of SkillsSurvival is all about preparation, but there are some things that you just can’t prepare for. If you get caught in a situation that you were just absolutely ill equipped to handle, the only thing that would save you is your innovation and adaptability under stress. A few days ago, I posted an article on Facebook that posed a question… If you were in a survival situation and found a Frisbee, how would you use it to your advantage? I wanted to test you all and see just how creative you could get with something as simple as a plastic Frisbee. After I posted the question I sat back and watched the comments roll in and I have to say you did not fail to impress me! In fact, I wanted to share with you a few of the responses. Here are my favorite uncommon, out of the box uses for a Frisbee. 10. Knock fruits out of trees 9. A weather vane 8. A shooting target 7. A makeshift paddle 6. A plate 5. A plate cover (to keep food warm and the bugs out) 4. Fanning your fire 3. A mirror or reflector when lined with tin foil. 2. “If you catch yourself around feral hippies, you can easily distract them with the Frisbee and make a break for it before any Phish starts playing.” (thanks @nick mackinaw, this one made me laugh!) 1. And my personal favorite is from @Mark Baca who uses it as a hunting tool. Read on: “I use one for quail and pheasant when they tend to be runners rather than flushers. Once they run I throw it over and past them. They see the Frisbee or the shadow and think it is a raptor (Hawk owl etc. not the dinosaur ….lol) and they stop in place to hide from the “predator” giving me the chance to catch up and try to flush them (if hunting) or just shoot them on the ground.( survival situation).” (Number 2 on the list actually made me laugh out loud!) Again, survival is all about thinking on your feet and doing what ever is necessary with whatever you have on hand in order to make the best of a bad situation.
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THE FINAL WORDOne day, while I was on the road heading home in my car, I found myself without a bowl for Tucker The Dog’s food. I did not have a bowl but I did have a coffee filter. Thus spawned my article 29 Reasons to Use Coffee Filters for Survival. Now it seems to be that I could have used a Frisbee as well. So now I need to ask you something. Have you ever used an item outside of it’s intended purpose to get something done?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! GayeIf you have not done so already, please be sure to like Backdoor Survival on Facebook to be updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or link to a free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon. You can also follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest. In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Bargain Bin: Here are links to the products mentioned in today’s article. In addition, as it turns out, the recent article on DIY cleaning turned out to be hugely popular all around the web. In case you missed it, here is a link to the article Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies and to some of the products that I use to make my own cleaners. Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. See How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries. Blocklite Mini Compact Size Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) claims that these work great. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”. Soft ‘n Style 8 oz. Spray Bottles: I happen to like these smaller bottles and you can not beat the price for a set of 3. Likewise for these Pump Dispensers. NOW Solutions Glycerin Vegetable, 16-Fluid Ounces: You will need this for your Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. I paid almost as much for only 4 ounces locally. This is a great price and 16 ounces will last forever. NOW Foods Peppermint Oil: I favor peppermint essential oil (okay, I like lavender too) so this is what I get. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way. Microfiber “Magic” Rags: No list of cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using green for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
Emergency Essentials will still honor the price and ship your products to you as soon as they are back in stock. As an example, the items I order on the 3rd arrived shipped this week. One of my personal favorites is the Mountain House Chili Mac (shown below) which is 40% off at $15.89 for a #10 tin. And for a snack or dessert, the Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwiches are one of the Survival Husband’s favorites. I am more of a fruit person myself. This is by far one of the best sales I have seen on Mountain House. The only problem I am having is deciding how to spend my $100 Emergency Essentials budget this month!
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