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Is An E-tool Part Of Your Survival Kit? | Survival Life Essentials

When it comes to my go-bag, there are items that are essential and others that are just good to have. Keep in mind that my go-bag isn’t just sitting around waiting for an emergency to happen… I have it with me every time that I am in the field. The more practice that I get while wearing my go-bag, the better off that I will be when a SHTF scenario occurs. This is why I now keep an E-tool in my go-bag.

Is An E-tool Part Of Your Survival Kit?

I must admit… My go-bag is certainly heavier than what I would recommend to others. But to be honest, I also work on my physical preparedness much more than most. For me, it’s not about abs and muscle tone… It’s about getting out in the field and being able to accomplish my mission. In an emergency, I want to be able to carry as much weight as possible for great distances. The best way to accomplish this is to get out on the trail with your ruck and move!

Being out in the field isn’t just something that I have passion for, but it’s also part of my job. Luckily, this allows me to gather a lot of information, test it and bring that info to motivated individuals… Just like you.

I have survival kits that are catered to deploying with my vehicle and I have others that are intended for moving out on foot. Many of the items contained in both types of those kits are redundant. But as I stated earlier, some items are essential for all situations. One of the items that I consider a must is an entrenching tool (E-tool.)

I was first introduced to E-tools as a young U.S. Marine. As a Marine, I found that I couldn’t operate as efficiently in the field without my E-tool. As a civilian focussed on enjoying the outdoors as well as being prepared for emergency situations… Let’s just say that I have an E-tool in every survival kit that I own.

I want to go over a few reasons why I find the inclusion of an E-tool in my preparedness kits a must. By sharing this information with you, it will enable you to decide if the added space and weight of an E-tool is the right choice for you.

So let’s get right into it…

Used For Digging:

Granted…. This reason is basically a given. The word entrenching is right in its name. The initial E-tools that I used were military issued. I spent plenty of time getting acquainted with my E-tool as I dug countless foxholes. Apart from digging foxholes and filling sand-bags, there are various situations where being able to dig is a must. If you plan on sticking around your basecamp for extended periods of time, there is going to be some entrenching & trenching to do..

One of those instances would be to build a latrine area for you and your group. Sanitation and hygiene has to be a part of your plan if you want to stay healthy and comfortable. Having access to an E-tool will certainly make the task easier. Many prefer to use a trowel for latrine building. But I can tell you from experience, you will burn a lot more energy, using a smaller tool to dig with, than you conserved by opting to move-out with a trowel over an E-Tool. My suggestion… Carry, both! ?

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I keep an fixed handle E-tool in my Jeep. My primary purpose for this E-tool is to be prepared in case I need to head out with my vehicle during an emergency. However, just this winter season alone, I used my E-tool twice to dig my Jeep out of a snowstorm.

Honestly… That was a use that hadn’t entered my mind. We tend to think of an emergency as only pertaining to an actual crisis situation. But we have to realize that we can use our gear to help prevent a few of those emergencies from ever affecting us in the first place.

For longer stays in the field, you may want to plant a garden. Once again, the E-tool can make that task much easier for you. If there is digging to be done, a trusty E-tool will go along way in making your work a bit easier.

It Packs Easily:

Most E-tools are made to fold up. Some fold into 3 segments, while others have modular handles that can be adjusted as needed. My military issued E-tools come with a durable, rubber, pouch. Other E-tools that I own pack easily into a small, tactical-type, bag. These pouches and bags have fastened clips so that I can attach them to my molle webbing on the outside on my ruck. Since I’m able to stage the E-tool on the outside of my pack, I can maximize the interior space for other gear.

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Most E-tools are made from steel, aluminum or other light metals. I wouldn’t say that they are feather light, but from the uses that I mentioned so far, I certainly feel that for the extra 3-5lbs… you would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile tool to use in the field.

Campfire Cooking:

My favorite way to cook outdoors is by using a Dutch oven. Since I enjoy baking chocolate cakes and other tasty treats… I need a way to remove coals from my fire and place them on or under my Dutch oven. My folding (non-fixed handle) E-tools perform the task perfectly.

I can adjust the length and the angle of the spade so that I can be more precise with the placement of the hot coals. The durable steel construction of the E-tool allows it to handle incredibly high temperatures from the fire. In addition, its design stifles the heat-transfer to the handle allowing it to remain cool to the touch.

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At times, when there is a long activity planned, I bury my Dutch oven and let it cook while we are accomplishing our mission. This is where the E-tool is key… I can use it to dig the hole as well as for transferring coals from the fire. By the time that our activity is done, we have a delicious meal waiting for us at basecamp. I’d say that’s putting a multi-purpose tool to great use!

Self-Defense:

Due to the attributes of the E-tool, it makes a viable self-defense tool. The spade has a great point and edge to it. Some even choose to sharpen their E-tool to a nearly razor’s edge. For safety concerns, I keep my E-tool unsharpened but if I had to, I can wield it quite effectively in a close-quarter battle situation.

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It is well documented that E-tools have been used, with great success, as a self defense weapon during trench warfare. There are currently various military combatives methods that utilize a spade or E-tool in their training. Just like any skill… The more that you practice, the better that you will fair if you need to count on that skill in an emergency or crisis.

Chopping:

OK, I wouldn’t replace my field axe with an E-tool for the purpose of chopping. But in a pinch, I was surprised at what my E-tool could accomplish. The spade part of most E-tools are constructed quite well; They are made of quality steel. Since the handle and stem are usually much lighter than the spade head, it makes the E-tool top heavy. When wielded similarly to an axe, it can effectively chop through most kindling (or smaller bones.)

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It also aids in clearing out paths while in the bush. Once again, some choose to sharpen a finer edge on the E-tool to help it perform this task with better results. It really depends on the mission at hand as well as your current options.

Stationary Post:

In areas where trees may be scarce or just not an option, I can drive my E-tool into the ground and use it as a post. I have seen Marines utilize this method for applications such as a toilet paper dispenser, an improvised chair or even a rack for their helmet. Some of the current E-tool options even allow you to attach a flashlight to the handle making it a viable lantern.

Is An E-tool Part Of Your Survival Kit? | Survival Life Essentials stationary post

You can also use this method to tie off an end of a rope for a small laundry line or attach a poncho for wet weather protection. If you need a temporary post for whatever task, the E-tool can certainly provide a temporary solution.

Added Features:

Just like most of the gear these days, there are constant options being added to E-tools. Some are designed with a self-defense application in mind while others contain multiple survival necessities, i.e. flashlight, fishing kit, fire starter, etc. They are basically mini-survival kits encased in an E-tool.

Is An E-tool Part Of Your Survival Kit? | Survival Life Essentials added features

Keep in mind that you want your E-tool to be able to perform its primary job… Which is entrenching. Other features are great to have in a pinch, but do not substitute the quality and integrity of your E-tool just to add some extra, redundant, gadgets.

Bottom Line:

You have a lot to think about when it comes to the contents of your go-bag. Your budget, health, fitness and skill level will often dictate which gear is best suited for you. What I want to convey to you with this article is how the E-tool has been a valued piece of equipment in my experience.

If you haven’t thought about an entrenching tool before, I’m glad that I was able to bring this diverse tool to your attention. It may be a piece of gear that has very little purpose for you or it may become your next must-have item. My goal with this article is to have you think and put what will work for you into action.

In an emergency, it will be too late to address this issue. The time to test, evaluate and prepare is now! Take advice from those that you trust. But in all reality, it is you that has to walk the talk to truly know what you will need when things go awry.

While the e-tool featured here, the Titan Shovel, is currently sold out, you can grab other survival essentials (including a few items that comprise the shovel) at the Survival Life Store here.

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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

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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.

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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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