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50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots

Want more ideas on the perfect easter egg hiding spots in your home? Me too, so I asked my friends their best easter egg hiding holes and here’s what I got! Read on to know more.

50 Sneakiest Easter Egg Hiding Spots

I don’t know how Easter has been for most of you but growing up in Texas, every Easter of my childhood had at least a few hours of torrential rain. But even if the rain makes it impossible to venture outside this Easter, there is still no reason you can’t have an Easter egg hunt. You just have to get a little creative and have one indoors. I have to say I was pretty impressed with some of what they came up with and I figured I would share the list with you, just in case you were having trouble figuring out where to hide all those eggs.

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25 Outdoor Hiding Places

1. Gutter Downspouts

Gutter Downspouts | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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The ordinary house feature is just like an everyday thing for the kids. It will be the last place they would care to look into.

2. Watering Can

Watering Can | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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The kids may want to keep using this watering can so they could play with water in their sandboxes, but with easter eggs in mind, they probably wouldn’t bother to look into it.

3. Mailbox

Mailbox | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Egg hunters wouldn’t mind a mailbox being an everyday item on your front lawn. Unless they would really want to check the mail…

4. Hanging Plant

Hanging Plant | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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When most egg hunters would be looking down low, hanging it up high is an excellent idea to keep things interesting. Here a sneak peek of 10 creative DIY easter egg projects your kids might love.

5. Small Bush

Small Bush | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Keeping an egg in an isolated small bush may be the least likely place an egg hunter would be looking into. A money egg would be a good spot for this one.

6. Gardening Glove

Gardening Glove | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This gardening glove is something kids might not even use on an ordinary day. Keep it lying around the usual spot and stuff in a prized easter egg.

7. Low Tree Nook

Low Tree Nook | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Just make sure there is nothing more than an egg inside this low tree nook once the kids reach in for an easter egg. We wouldn’t want them to get hurt and take away all the fun.

8. Buried In A Sandbox

Buried In A Sandbox | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Hiding an easter egg in plain sight is something parents do so as not to give their kids a hard time. But burying some in a sandbox will give the kids a little bit more of a challenge.

9. Behind A Picnic Table Leg

Behind A Picnic Table Leg | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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When most would be sitting on the table for foods and snacks, the kids would be looking somewhere else but under the table. Keep it behind and close to the table leg as possible.

10. Tire Swing

 Tire Swing | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Everyone’s energy is amped up during easter egg hunting. Anyone would least likely have any thought of using the tire swing.

11. Playscape

Playscape | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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A playscape is an area loved for your kids and it’s a home with a lot of nooks to hide your easter eggs in. Place the eggs in inconspicuous places to make the kids want to search for more.

12. Bike or Sports Helmet

Bike or Sports Helmet | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Ordinary day-to-day items like this bike helmet is a good hiding spot for an easter egg or two. Hang it on its usual spot like a wall or on a handlebar of your bike and they would not think much of checking it out.

13. Interior Of A Coiled Garden Hose

Interior Of A Coiled Garden Hose | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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What a great way to water up your idea by placing your prized easter egg inside a coiled up garden hose. They will surely try to look inside it but it will kick the idea other prized eggs might be tucked away in some areas where they least expect it.

14. Behind A Lawn Ornament

Behind A Lawn Ornament | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Try hiding those easter eggs behind your lawn ornaments to amp up the fun. This will stir up the egg hunters for quite a bit.

15. Within An Empty Birdbath

Within An Empty Birdbath | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Make a few redecorating touch ups with your empty birdbath prior to easter and it would make it more fun. Adults and kids alike would be pumped up finding easter eggs in the newly designed bird bath.

16. In A Real Birds Nest

 In A Real Birds Nest | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Triple the fun by placing your easter eggs in a real birds nest. Just make sure it isn’t owned by a big predatory bird or you’ll get some pain in return, if you know what I mean.

17. Window Box

Window Box | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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If your window box is decorated like the one shown above a few days before, this would give you an advantage of keeping easter eggs in them. If your egg hunters are determined enough, they would most definitely take a closer look.

18. Underneath Exterior Stairwell

 Underneath Exterior Stairwell | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Make sure you clean up your stairwell from other unwanted occupants before stashing your easter eggs underneath. This may be one of those area where they search for last.

19. Ornamental Grass Or Groundcover

Ornamental Grass Or Groundcover | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This may be a typical yet not so ordinary hiding place. Just remind your egg hunters not to ruin your ornamental grass or groundcover.

20. Cushion Of A Patio Chair

Cushion Of A Patio Chair | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Place the egg on the rear corner of a cushion or patio chair. You wouldn’t want to have someone accidentally sitting on it would you?

21. An Empty Light Socket

An Empty Light Socket | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Make it look like a decorative light bulb for all to see. It is hidden in plain sight unless they would really take a closer look.

22. Behind Gardening Tools

Behind Gardening Tools | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Garden tools are clumped up in a spot and you can place your easter egg behind any of the tools for a more dynamic approach.

23. Inside The Barbecue Grill

 Inside The Barbecue Grill | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Just make sure you’re not in need of the barbecue grill while all your family and friends are around for the egg hunt. Usually, such gatherings require a good barbecue with a bottle of beer.

24. Inside A Jacket Pocket While Someone Is Wearing It

Inside A Jacket Pocket While Someone Is Wearing It | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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What’s more creative than a mobile hiding place…very sneaky indeed. All the more when that person pretends to be a part of the egg hunting team. A few clues might just give it away but it will surely be loads of fun.

25. Attached To A Pet’s Collar

Attached To A Pet's Collar | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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What can be more fun with a mobile hiding spot than attaching it to your pet’s collar? Loads of cuteness! Kids will be running after your pet for sure once they see the egg dangling on its collar.

25 Indoor Hiding Places

Before we continue, I’d like to remind you it is also a good idea to keep an inventory of all the eggs hidden. You don’t want to move a piece of furniture six months from now and accidentally crack open a wayward egg.

Remember, when choosing spots to conceal eggs, always think of safety first, as well as personal privacy. Don’t place Easter eggs in an area that could be hazardous to children, and do your best not to violate anyone’s personal space – especially if children outside of the family are involved in the hunt.

Easter is many things for many people. But did you ever think that it was also a way to shore up your own preparations and also a good way to get your children involved? Here are 3 reasons why you should join a survival group.

Think about it for a minute. Easter is the one holiday out of the year where you spend your time trying to find THE BEST hiding places for those brightly colored eggs. I don’t know about you but I have seen some very creative hiding places. Survival is all about being prepared and being creative, just like the ones below.

1. Inside An Actual Egg Carton In The Fridge

Inside An Actual Egg Carton In The Fridge | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Even I would never have thought of this one. Everyone would be looking elsewhere but where you actually keep the eggs.

2. Inside The Bed Frame Or On Top Of The Headboard

Inside The Bed Frame Or On Top Of The Headboard | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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An adult overseer would be needed if you wouldn’t want your bedroom to look like a mess after they’ve been through all the corners and possible hiding spots.

3. Cereal Box

Cereal Box | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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I think the only time they would find out an easter egg is in one of these boxes is when they’re hungry and would want to eat cereal. A good hint is to point them in this direction.

4. Opaque Kitchen Canister

Opaque Kitchen Canister | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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An opaque canister is also a good hiding spot. Remind the kids to be careful when opening such canisters though as they might break it.

5. Teapot

Teapot | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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A subtle yet ingenious way to hide an easter egg. Make it even more challenging with people drinking tea around the teapot.

6. Slippers

Slippers | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Hide easter eggs in each of these pair of slippers for a fun way to hunt eggs indoors. Don’t forget to double check it’s clear before sliding any one of these on.

7. Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Before the hunting starts, you have to unplug the appliances prior to placing one or two eggs inside. This is one way to weed out the competition.

8. Tissue Box

Tissue Box | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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A tissue box may just be lying around in your home. Just have a piece of tissue hanging out of the lid to make it more convincing that there’s no easter egg inside it.

9. Computer Desk Cubby

Computer Desk Cubby | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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The kids wouldn’t dare mess up with their parent’s working space. I guess you would have to nudge them a little bit more to encourage them to do so.

10. Interior Of A Boot Or Shoe

Interior Of A Boot Or Shoe | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This is indeed a very good hiding spot to give the hunt a bit more challenge indoors. Most would easily find an egg in their slippers because they would most definitely need it. But inside their own pair of shoes is something else!

11. Empty Coffee Mug

Empty Coffee Mug | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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If this is the set-up of your coffee mugs, this could be a good hiding place for the easter eggs. Kids are used to seeing this every day, they wouldn’t think a treasure is actually hidden here. They know they shouldn’t mess around with mom’s favorite mugs.

12. Inside A Sack Of Potatoes

Inside A Sack Of Potatoes | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This is like finding a needle in a haystack which makes it even more fun for self-confessed easter egg hunters. Leave the sack of potatoes lying open on your kitchen table or floor to make it sort of an invitation for them.

13. Sweater Pocket

Sweater Pocket | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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A lone hanging sweater in your laundry room or room is a good hiding spot for your easter egg. Not everything should be that hard you know. It might spoil the fun in the long run.

14. Behind A Picture

Behind A Picture | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Hiding an easter egg behind or inside picture luminaries might not be a good idea. If you’re not going to turn on the led or light the tea candle, then this is a good hiding place too.

15. Interior Of A Cake Carrier

 Interior Of A Cake Carrier | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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The inside of a cake carrier is a great way to keep the hunt going. Unless that one child with a sweet tooth comes running for a piece of cake.

16. Dresser Drawers

Dresser Drawers | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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You wouldn’t want your clothes to get messed up but you also wouldn’t want to spoil the fun by not including your dresser drawer as a hiding spot. I would recommend only plastic eggs go in here.

17. Kitchen Chair

 Kitchen Chair | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Pushed in kitchen chairs with eggs underneath is a good place give the children the idea of where they can find easter eggs.

18. Cookie Jar

Cookie Jar | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This time, actually seeing your kids sticking their hand in a cookie jar is a fun thing to watch. Here are 12 inventive easter egg hunt ideas kids will love.

19. Bread Box

Bread Box | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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The bread box is an everyday item for the kids. They would think twice before looking into it. Still, what would be egg hunting without any challenges right?

20. Underneath Sofa Edging

Underneath Sofa Edging | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Place it at the edge or you’d end up with a squashed easter egg underneath your sofa. This way when they try to take a peek underneath by just lifting one side up they wouldn’t find it immediately.

21. Among Stuffed Animals

Among Stuffed Animals | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This is a good hiding spot for your easter eggs. The kids could just dive in and grab as much easter eggs they want. Try to place a lot in this pile to keep the fun flowing.

22. Bookcase

Bookcase | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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Using a bookcase on egg hunting will give every parent an opportunity for the kids to go through their favorite books once more, or at least perk up their curiosity into reading again.

23. Kitchen “Junk” Drawer

Kitchen "Junk" Drawer | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This junk drawer can be a gold mine for kids, if you know what I mean. They will definitely be going through this as soon as they start finding easter eggs in other parts of the kitchen.

24. On Top Of A Ceiling Fan Blade

On Top Of A Ceiling Fan Blade | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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This may be a difficult place to reach but it will surely keep the kids on their toes once they find an easter egg lying on top of a blade. Just remind yourself to double check if the egg is gone before turning it on.

25. Potted Plant

Potted Plant | 50 Easter Egg Hiding Spots
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A potted plant is a great way to keep the fun going. Especially if you have a lot of them lying in and around your house.

Watch this video by B2cuteCupcakes for her easter egg hunt lambie easter basket + surprise eggs opening:

So while your creative brain is active this Sunday, take advantage of it and see if you can figure out new ways to do things!

Here’s an idea to help gauge the interest your children have in preparedness as well as test their skills a bit:

Instead of simply hiding the Easter eggs, create a map of the area you are hiding them in and mark the general location of each egg. Then give your children the map to see if they can find all of them. This will help them learn how to follow a map, but more importantly, it will engage their creativity and deductive reasoning in trying to figure out exactly where the eggs are.

(If you really want to mess with them, keep one of the eggs held back and watch them go nuts trying to find that last egg)

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and enjoy the time you have! Happy Easter!

Do you have any easter egg hiding spots you think I missed? Please add them in the comments below!

Want to teach kids more than just hunting easter eggs? Then why not start them young and teach them survival training for kids!

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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:

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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.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

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

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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.

Steps:

  • 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

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

Steps:

  • 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

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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.

Steps:

  • 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

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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.)

Steps:

  • 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

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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.

Steps:

  • 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

Hiker in Caucasus mountains is crossing mountain river | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | hiking staff
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

Man carrying blue backpack | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | walking staff weapon
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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