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10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out “On Foot” During A Crisis

Learning and training for a situation where bugging-out on foot could be necessary is of vital importance. Read on to learn Coach Helder’s 10 simple ways to bug-out on foot successfully in a SHTF scenario.

Since most of my NTC Members follow the gear reviews that I post, there never seems to be a loss of quality gear during our training sessions. Their backpacks, mess gear, radios and even the dog gear is high-speed!

But… there is a common issue that I see with a big percentage of those that want to go out on the trail and travel for distance…They rarely make it to the midway point!

I have seen many factors, continually repeated, that contribute to this failure.

I would like to go ahead and share 10 of the issues that stand out the most to me in hopes that you do not make the same mistakes. My goal is to help you accomplish your mission when the SHTF.

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out “On Foot”

1. Physical Fitness Level:

Unfortunately, this may be the biggest aspect of preparedness that most preppers overlook. They feel that collecting gear and having survival skills is more than enough to be READY when SHTF. Well… If the only option in your preparedness plan consists of bugging-in, and all goes perfectly for you, then you may be OK. But for those like me, that include planning for being mobile and even on foot, we need to train and train often.

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There are various methods to achieve a strong, physical fitness level that will enable you to accomplish your mission, with some reserves still left in the tank. There isn’t one supreme method that works for every individual. We are all different and what motivates one may be a chore for the other person attempting similar protocols.

The most important physical activity to adapt is one that is bio-mechanically sound and just as important… The one that you will stick with!

2. Proper Footwear:

Wearing the right shoes or boots during your hike is a must. Something as simple as a blister will not only impede your mission but could complicate matters if it becomes infected. During an emergency scenario, where antibiotics will be scarce, we need to instill as many preventative measures as possible.

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis proper foot ware

We need to be comfortable when we are out there hiking, for countless miles, on varied terrain. Your first point of contact with each passing step are your feet. If discomfort and pain begin to set in, it is literally a chain reaction that will impact the rest of the body.

Sizing has to be correct in order for your shoes to fit properly. Even a 1/4 inch too big or too small can wreak havoc on your feet. Wearing good quality socks and changing them often during your hike is a must. You also need to keep in mind that just like your physical preparedness, your shoes need time to break in. Covering great distances, without a proper break-in period, is never a great idea for either your body nor your shoes.

3. Proper Nutrition:

Similar to physical fitness preparedness, a healthy diet tends to also be overlooked by many that are preparing for disasters. They take great care in combining the best components for their gear and the best fuel for their stoves… But when it comes to putting the best ingredients into their bodies, let’s just say that Ronald McDonald would certainly approve of their diet…

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis nutrition

Our bodies are incredibly designed machines. If you put inferior software into your computer, you usually open up the door for viruses and other annoyances. Well, your body works in a similar fashion. If you mainly consume food with very little nutritional value, your immune system becomes weak and vulnerable. When we add in the stress that is caused by physical activity such as hiking, your nervous system can go out of whack in a heartbeat.

When SHTF, we may be limited on the choices of food that we have to consume.. But luckily, in a training environment, we can easily add nutrient-rich food to our daily intake. This will not only keep you moving while on the trail but also maintains your immune system in peak condition. In an emergency situation, it may mean the difference between being an asset or a liability to your group.

4. Backpack Placement:

How you pack your backpack or rucksack is more crucial than most are aware of. The contents need to remain stationary while you are on the move. The gear in your pack also needs to be balanced. As we traverse the terrain, we are continually shifting our weight and momentum. If our gear is able to shift, sporadically, along with us, it places added strain on our joints & connective tissue. Knee, lower back and shoulder pain are usually the repercussions that we face when we allow our gear to move around freely in our packs.

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis backpack placement

However, the more prevalent issue with backpacks is their placement on our backs. I see many individuals wear their pack very low on their backs. This puts a lot of undue stress on the lower back. While we are hiking, the problem compounds because as we fatigue our core, we tend to lean forward, rounding our backs. That isn’t even a good position to walk from let alone trekking with a heavy bug out bag.

When we couple the shifting contents of our pack with it’s lower back placement, you can see why this can be a huge problem when we are trying to bug-out on foot.

To address these issues we need a quality pack. I’m not stating that you need to break the bank… but getting good quality straps, that aid in the placement of the pack on your back, is usually reserved for the higher quality packs. The way that we compartmentalize our packs, in order to stop the contents from shifting, also depends on the features and construction of our packs.

Wear your backpack high on your upper back. This will allow you to maintain proper alignment (a long spine) while on the move. This will alleviate a lot of the stress on your shoulders, knees & back allowing you to accomplish your mission more efficiently.

5. Hydration:

In the United States Marine Corps, we did a lot of forced marches. “Hiking” is not an adequate enough word to describe the action… so we refer to it as “humping.”

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis hydration

As we went on these humps, we had anywhere from 75-100lb. packs. We would hike for miles on end, regardless of the weather conditions.

A usual occurrence during the warmer months was to have at least one Marine fall out of the hike and perform the “Funky Chicken Dance.”

Due to extreme heat exhaustion, these Marines would fall to the side of the trail and begin to convulse. Hence the name, the Funky Chicken Dance.

Hey, no one ever said that Marines were sensitive…

One of the biggest contributors to this funky chicken dance was dehydration. The individual was either dehydrated from the start or failed to keep up with his water intake. Taking frequent water breaks is imperative. We need to hydrate even when we don’t feel thirsty. Like most things, do not over-do it and remain consistent.

6. Spread Heavy Gear Amongst Your Group:

When we bug-out as a group, there may be certain gear that is for the benefit of the whole group. This gear is in addition to your personal gear. It is crucial that you do not overload any individual on your team with group gear. You need to divvy up the group equipment amongst all the individuals. This practice is not only fair but also important for the sustainability of your group. If one person slows down… You ALL slow down!

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis group

I agree that certain members of your group can carry more than their share if they are bigger, stronger and have greater fitness levels. But at the same time, you don’t want to dog-out your group’s “star-athletes.” They won’t be nearly as effective if you wear him or her out before you even get to your basecamp.

Another good idea is to rotate the heavier packs amongst the whole group. Every couple of miles, backpacks can be switched allowing for greater recovery time for all the individuals in the rotation. This will keep your group moving, with energy to spare, throughout the duration of the emergency.

7. Take Frequent Breaks:

If you are like me… when I’m on the trail, I just want to GO! I’ll barrel through the trail with one purpose on my mind… To get to my destination as fast as possible!

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis breaks

But once I get to my destination, I may need to rest for a while before I can get to whatever the next mission may be. But if it’s a SHTF situation, rest may be a luxury that I will not have access too. I have worked on this aspect of my training over the years by forcing myself to take frequent breaks. Just like we need intervals for intaking water, we also need to address our rest stops while on the move.

A good way to make these intervals easier for you is to combine your water consumption with your rest breaks. This will take more of the thinking out of the process allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand. More importantly, by taking these frequent breaks, you will be able to arrive at basecamp and perform further necessary work (both expected and unexpected.)

8. Wear Proper Clothing:

Failing to address your clothing needs will certainly contribute to you falling out of the hike. In the colder months, hypothermia is the obstacle that we have to deal with. When it comes to the warmer months, sunburn and heat exhaustion can contribute to our failure of the mission. One way to address both of these issues is with proper clothing.

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis proper clothing

Wearing a head-cover is important in any season. It protects you from the sun as well as the cold. I feel the same about long sleeve shirts and blouses when it comes to any climate.

The additional benefit that we get from wearing long sleeves and long pants is the added protection from the environment. Tree branches, insects and poisonous plants are all obstacles that can take you out of commission.

Dressing in layers is also key when it comes to bugging-out on foot. As you progress through your hike and your body or the weather heats up, you can easily strip off a layer of clothing. This will enable you to cool down without wasting precious much time digging through your gear.

9. Pack Light:

I always stress to my NTC Members that the more skills they possess, the less gear that they need to bring along in a SHTF situation. The heavier your pack, the easier it will be for you to fall out of the hike. When your pack is light, you are more mobile and can also cover much more ground enabling you to hike for longer distances.

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis pack light

We have the tendency to want to bring the “kitchen sink” along with us, even in a training scenario. Once again, if your fitness level is where it needs to be, you can certainly bring along more “conveniences.” The extra gear is great to have but not always necessary. If adding extra weight to your backpack disables you from completing your mission, then it’s a no-go.

Train more and learn more, so that you need to carry less!

10. Mental Fortitude:

If you believe that you cannot accomplish the mission… You probably won’t. Positive thinking will go a long way in helping you ride out any emergency situation. Staying motivated is crucial for your survival but it also impacts your group.

10 Simple Ways To Be Successful When Bugging-Out "On Foot" During A Crisis mental fortitude

Emergency situations are extremely stressful. If we break down mentally, all of those countless hours that we invested in our preparedness training become useless. This breakdown, if it continues, will impact your whole group. You need to be a productive member of your group as opposed to an anchor, weighing them down…

Embrace the little positives that may be happening within your group. Realize that things can always get much worse. Be thankful and know that, “This Too Shall Pass…”

Bottom Line: Keep in mind that getting to our destination is only the beginning. Once we get to our basecamp… That’s when the true mission really begins.

I shared 10 thoughts to help get you started and to stimulate your thinking. If you plan on heading out on foot during a SHTF scenario, get your practice in now. The more that you get out there with your gear, the better prepared that you will be when an emergency arises.

Remember, failure to accomplish the mission will not only affect you, but also impacts the ones that you love.

Prepare Yourself and Train Even Harder For Those That Depend On You!

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

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4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

Part One:

Part Two:

How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

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While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

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In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.


  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.


  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.


  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)


  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.


  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

Have you had to deal with chigger bites before? Tell us how, including more useful tips which worked for you in the comments section below!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

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In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

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Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

Hiker is crossing the river in Sweden | Hiker in Caucasus mountain | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | survival hiking stickWhen you're crossing a log bridge over a stream or you're going through the stream itself or other bodies of water, a walking stick can help you balance so you don't fall over. If you're walking through a muddy or rocky waterbed, a walking stick will help you up.

If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

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Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 11, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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