A quick Google search for ”DIY survival gear” returns 159.000 results.
That’s a lot of pages to sift through. And how do you know which guides and tutorials are really worth your time?
Well, don’t worry. I have done all the hard work for you. And in this post you will learn everything from how to make a water filter with a bottle and start a fire with an egg carton…
… to make your own survival knife, your own medicine, and your own flashlight. Heck, I will even show you how to make paracord from a 2 liter water bottle.
DIY Survival gear: Why should you even care?
Here is the deal:
Like building shelters, finding water, and signaling for rescue, making your own survival gear is a skill.
And when it comes to surviving natural and man-made disasters, nothing trumps skills and knowledge.
“Why you ask?”
Because gear and supplies are worthless if you don’t have them when you need them. And in an emergency situation, you most likely won’t.
In fact, you may very well lose it, break it, or forget it.
But that’s only part of the puzzle. You see, sometimes disasters can bring out the worst in people – desperation, greed, and selfishness.
In other words, even if you have all the gear you need, chances are that other people may take it from you.
And that’s why you need to learn how to improvise, adapt, and make your own gear using what you have on you at the moment.
And that brings me to the meat of this post…
The ultimate list of the web’s best DIY survival gear links and resources
From improvised water filters to homemade survival food, this guide has you covered.
You have heard it before. Water is one of your top priorities in any survival scenario. But what do you do if all you have is a bottle of cloudy water?
Well, you make an improvised water filter or purifier (surprise surprise). And that’s what this chapter is all about.
By making your own survival food, you know exactly what it contains. Not only that, but you can get the exact taste and flavor you want.
Below I have linked to a few recipes that will help you get started. If you are like me and love cooking, you should definitely try them out. Bon appetite 🙂
We all know that hammocks, tarps, and tents are heavy and bulky. By learning how to build your own shelters, you can easily shave off a few pounds of your packs weight.
Sadly, most people never learn how to set up a basic shelter. But that’s about to change. Because in this chapter you will learn the ins and outs of shelter building.
In wet and rainy conditions, you may not be able to find twigs and leaves that are dry enough to be used as fire tinder.
And considering that fire has a plethora of survival functions, learning how to make your own fire starters is something you want to devote time to.
A prepackaged first-aid is great to have. But what if you could make your own medicine? Do you think that would be a skill worth learning?
Absolutely! And in this chapter, you will learn how to use the plants that are all around you to treat things like diarrhea, insect bites, and burns. Enjoy.
Commercial soap, toothpaste, and hand sanitizer can contain nasty chemicals that do more harm than good.
And that’s why learning how to make these things yourself is something you should strongly consider doing.
Here are some excellent resources that will help you maintain personal hygiene should a disaster strike.
Have you ever wondered how to make your own survival knife, paracord or solar charger? Then consider yourself lucky. Because below you will find some incredible resources on how to build these items yourself.
Making your own lighting sources is a skill worth learning. Sure, a good flashlight will help you see what is going on. But it can also be used to signal for rescue. And if it is bright enough, you can even use it to temporarily blind an opponent.
Getting lost or stranded in the middle of nowhere is no fun. However, with a few basic communication tools on hand, you can greatly increase your chances of finding your way back to civilization. And in this chapter, you will learn how to make these tools yourself.
Improvised weapons are sometimes a better option than traditional weapons. Why? Because they are easy to conceal, don’t cause suspicion, and can be made from things you already have. So do yourself a favor and learn how to make your own weapons.
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