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6 Ways You Can Survive Without Water

Run out of water but want to stay alive? Here’s how.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I want to talk to you about what you can do if you find yourself in a situation where there’s no water anywhere to be found.

We all know the human body is 60% water, and because of this we can only live a few days without it. If you’re in a very mild environment, you may be able to push it to a week, tops. However, what many people aren’t aware of are exactly how many sources of water are all around us, if you know where and how to find them.

When you’re in a survival situation, the last thing you want to do is allow yourself to become dehydrated. The risks of dehydration include:

  • Death
  • Brain swelling
  • Organ failure
  • Heatstroke
  • Seizures
  • Shock


Even if you get to water before these serious symptoms have time to take hold, you will still suffer from low energy and exhaustion, right when you need your strength and stamina most of all. If you’re hiking, building, hunting, or even fighting, especially if you’re in the hot sun, your blood volume will drop. Once you stop sweating, you can expect to be dead in a few hours.t

The longest anyone is known to have survived without water is 18 days. This is how long 18-year-old Australian Andreas Mihavecz was locked in a holding cell in 1979. How did Mihavecz do it? It is said that he may have licked condensation off of the cell’s walls. So he did have access to some water, even if it wasn’t from a usual source.


How to Survive Without Water

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink? No problem! At least for a few days. You can survive in the desert, ocean, or anywhere else you find yourself without water if you follow these tips.


The Animals Know

If you can follow animal tracks, you can find water. The presence of animal life in an area means there is water there somewhere, even if you can’t see it. Most animals will visit water sources first thing in the morning and again at sunset, so this is the best time to search for fresh tracks. You should take time to familiarize yourself with the tracks of animals that are known to be in your region so you’ll make sure you don’t accidentally track someone that is dangerous. You don’t want to end up becoming food because you were looking for water!


Let It Snow

If you’re in an area that snows and it’s winter, you’re in luck. You won’t have to worry about finding water! Snow and ice are excellent sources of water, but only if you know how to safely drink it. If you eat snow or ice directly without heating it up first, you’ll make yourself even more hydrated by lowering your body’s temperature. To drink snow safely, be sure to boil it first, or, better yet, purify it.


The Law of Gravity

Water doesn’t flow upstream, so if you want to find some, start walking downhill and let gravity do the work for you. Another way you can use gravity to collect water is to set containers or tarps at an angle where the morning dew will collect on it. You’ll be able to drink from the containers and wring the tarp out to get the moisture from it.


A Different Kind of Cactus Cooler

In the desert, you can use your machete to hack a cactus open. No matter how dry the desert, you will find moisture in the pulp of any living cactus. This isn’t something you want to eat, because it can make you sick, but you can definitely suck the water out of the pulp.


Don’t Sweat It

If you can avoid it at all, DO NOT OVEREXERT YOURSELF. If you don’t have enough water, it is imperative that you conserve the fluids in your body. Grueling activities can cause you to sweat out 1.5 liters, and in a TEOTWAWKI situation you won’t be able to risk that. To keep cool, anything you absolutely must do, do early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to really start heating things up.


Don’t Go Bananas – Drink from Them!

In the mainland US, you can find bananas in Florida, California, Louisiana, Arizona, and Texas. If you are bugging-out in these places and you don’t have enough water, you can cut a banana tree down, leaving approximately one foot of tree at the stump. By carving a bowl into what’s left of the stump, you’ll be able to access the water inside. This water will naturally fill the bowl with water. Incredible!



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The Best Survivalism Schools in the USA

After the SHTF, It’ll Be Too Late to Enroll

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about pursuing training that will enhance your skills. Could you live without modern conveniences? How long would you survive if you were responsible for your own water, fire, food, and shelter? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you may be an excellent candidate for survivalism school.


The Benefits of Enrolling in Survival School

No matter what your level of skill and experience, there’s a program out there that will benefit you. For beginners, you will find everything from one-day clinics that are a quick drive from the city to remote wilderness retreats. Experienced preppers may have been honing their skills for years without having a chance to try them all out in a real-life setting. You will find specialty schools and programs that will allow you to test your skills to make sure they’re up to snuff. If there’s any area you know you need to be stronger in, this is your chance to focus on those weak spots.


3 Top Survival Schools

There are fantastic schools all across the country. Although many are incredible, these are three of the best.


Aboriginal Living Skills School

You may have seen the owner of this Prescott, Arizona school on the Discovery Channel, where he appeared on the show Dual Survival. Cody Lundin’s Aboriginal Living Skills School is located in the harsh Southwestern desert. Thanks to the extreme client, going here means being able to learn the ins and outs of desert and winter survival.


Lundin has over 29 years of field experience, and his focus is on teaching survivalists the skills they’ll need to get by in the wild without gear. In Aboriginal Living Skills School you’ll develop primitive living skills and the skills you’ll need to survive in urban areas after TEOTWAWKI.


One thing you’ll appreciate about this school is on top of their courses, Lundin also offers one-on-one training for those who want privacy and individualized attention while they learn. ALSS is a small school because the owner values being able to provide a higher level of training to a select group rather than spreading himself out so thin that the quality of his programs could be compromised.


Learn more about Aboriginal Living Skills School


Boulder Outdoor Survival School

Are you ready to take on the mental and physical challenge of a lifetime (at least, pre-SHTF)? You’ll find it at southern Utah’s Boulder Outdoor Survival School. One thing that’s interesting about this school is it was established in 1968, making it one of the oldest survivalism schools in the country. BOSS is dedicated to helping people personally develop through the preservation of traditional living skills.


BOSS offers field courses that teach wilderness survival in the breathtakingly beautiful Utah landscape. Here you’ll have the opportunity to go on an adventure for anywhere from seven days to 28 using only a knife, poncho, and the skills you’ll learn on the course to survive. They also offer specialized courses in desert navigation, survival rescue, and slickrock gathering.


If you want to become a wilderness first responder or you already are and you need to get recertified, this is the place to do it. If you’re low on funds, this is also a great school to attend because they offer financial aid. This is also the place to go if you need AmeriCorps training or if you want to get college credit for your efforts.


Learn more about Boulder Outdoor Survival School

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Mountain Scout Survival School

Don’t think being a Manhattanite means you can’t learn prepping and survival skills in the wild. If you’re looking for an affordable experience close to New York City, you’ll find it at Mountain Survival Skill. MSS offers a range of single-day survival courses just outside of the city. They also offer survival courses in the heart of the city at Central Park.


MSSS was founded by Shane Hobel, one of the most highly trained people in the country. You may have seen Hobel on Doomsday Preppers, MonsterQuest, and CNN as well as in The New York Times and the The New Yorker. Despite his television appearances, Hobel is far from being an actor. Instead, he’s a former professional stuntman who appeared in films and live shows for 15 years. He is also a national licensed motorcycle instructor.


This is one of the most comprehensive survival schools you’ll find, with a wide variety of course offerings that teach basic to advanced skills. One-on-one private training is also available, and there are special packages as well. Hobel was trained by a Native American, and today he remains dedicated to teaching others how to live off the land the way the indigenous people did.


Learn more about Mountain Scout Survival School



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The Preppers Guide to Making and Storing Coffee

Without power, there won’t be any Unicorn Frappuccinos.

Hello all! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, here to bring you Part Three of my three-part series on what you’ll need to keep coffee in your daily routine after TEOTWAWKI.

After a catastrophic event, coffee will become a scarce commodity. Once you run out, you may be out for good. Even if you manage to find some coffee beans, they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to property make and store coffee.

In this final entry in my coffee series, I’ll be discussing various ways you’ll be able to make coffee without Mr. Coffee’s help—and even if you don’t have a grinder. I’m also going to go over proper coffee storage techniques. Can you imagine how devastated you’d be if your coffee stash developed mold or other problems that made it unfit for consumption or for trade?

Don’t worry, you’re about to learn the ins and outs of coffee prep and storage for survivalists, so your coffee will be fine.


Can You Brew Coffee Without a Coffee Maker?

No coffee maker? No problem, because there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Here are two that’ll have you awake, alert, and ready to face the day.


Pan Method

You can make coffee using nothing more than a pan, water, and ground coffee. Simply add the amount of water you need to the pan, adding just a little extra water. Once the water is boiling, add the amount of coffee you normally use. Remove your pan from your heat source and cover it. After five minutes, ladle the coffee off the top, being careful to leave the grounds that are settled below undisturbed. It really is that easy!


Whole Bean Method

This method takes longer because the purpose of a grinder is to break coffee beans down into smaller particles to speed up the brewing process. If you find yourself in a situation in which you have the time to relax, consider giving whole bean coffee a try. It’s worth the wait because the flavor is simply incredible. To make it, get a mason jar with 3 oz. markings and a lid. You’ll want to add one cup of hot water to the jar to start. Put a pot of water on your heat source, then place the mason jar inside it, filling it until the water level matches the level in the jar. Simmer for one hour, then carefully remove the jar, making sure to protect your hands because it’s going to be extremely hot. Pour the coffee out of the jar, and what you’ll have is the best-tasting cup of coffee of your life.


Can You Grind Coffee Without a Grinder?

You can grind coffee without a grinder using these four methods:

  • Rolling pin – Put the beans in a freezer bag, then place the bag between towels to protect it. Roll your rolling pin across the towels using enough force to break them into small pieces.
  • Hammer – Prepare your beans the same way you would to roll them, and use a hammer, mallet, meat tenderizer, or other blunt object to crush them, making sure they’re protected in a bag and between towels first.
  • Blender – If you have a generator, you can use your blender to grind coffee beans on the pulse setting.
  • Mortar and pestle – This one is self-explanatory. You won’t need any other equipment, but be prepared to spend a lot of time grinding your beans in a mortar and pestle.


How to Store Your Coffee

There is no one “right” way to store coffee, and many preppers swear their own method is the best. The truth is, their method probably is what is best for them, because no one’s situation is the same so we all may need to adjust our expectations after TEOTWAWKI. Some preppers prefer to buy canned coffee, which you can safely store in any cool, dry, dark place. You can also store beans in a root cellar. Just make sure you dig it as deeply as possible to keep the beans fresh.


One method many preppers swear by is storing green coffee beans and pan roasting it before use. The benefit of this is the green beans will keep longer, so there’s less risk. Like brewing whole-bean coffee, this is also something you’ll only want to consider if you’re sure you have the time, as pan roasting your beans every time is a lengthy process.


The best time to perfect your off-grid coffee making technique is now, while the grid is still operational, because you won’t have time to learn in a crisis situation. Remember what I always say: BE PREPARED.

Learn more about storing coffee now and after the SHTF.


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