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Sound as a Weapon Part 3: Protection from Damaging Sounds

Being susceptible to a auditory attack is something few people think about on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there are those out there who seek to attack in stealthy ways and you shouldn’t leave yourself, or your family, in a state of passive vulnerability. Read on and understand the need for protection from damaging sounds that attackers can weaponize.

Sound as a Weapon Part 3: Protection from Damaging Sounds

If you could build a sonic gun it would function much like the design in Figure 1. The frequency generator would be set to produce a single frequency—like a tuning fork. Or it could be designed to produce two frequencies with a warbling sound. Its output would be applied through an amplifier set to the volume (dB intensity) desired. The amplifier output would pass through a tube-like barrel to focus the sound wave into a narrow beam—a directed sound beam.

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Fig-1 Sonic Gun

The enclosure would be protected by a sound insulating material so the only energy released is at the focus horn. The output of this sonic gun could then be used for protection based on the frequency and decibel intensity produced. Its range could be adjusted using the amplifier controls.

Generating a sound signal with a sonic gun to protect you and your family from threat is one thing, and it’s important to keep all of you from exposure to harmful sound waves. Protection from sound waves generated by an adversary is another issue. Both events require protection from sonic energy that can cause harm. You must protect you and yours—not the threat.

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What is sound?

Whether we can hear it or not, sound is a wave of energy with frequency and amplitude components. This energy is produced by a vibrating source that causes the medium around it to vibrate with an effect that travels in all directions away from the source of the sound—unless the direction is controlled like the focus horn in Figure 1. If it’s audible, any ear in the path will vibrate in unison, causing the inner ear to vibrate sending tiny electric signals to the brain where it’s interpreted as sound.

Sound requires a medium such as air, glass, metal, or liquid to exist. (The English scientist, Robert Boyle showed that sound waves can’t exist in a vacuum.) The sonic energy from a source travels in a straight line, thumping energy through the medium and vibrating the medium in the same direction as the wave’s travel. But the path of the sound wave can be altered by temperature, humidity, nearby objects, various materials, and by various surface shapes.

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Once a sound wave is created, it will travel at a speed determined by the medium. At sea level, sound travels through the air at approximately 340 meters per second (760 miles per hour). In sea water, sound travels at 1531 meters per second (3,425 miles per hour). And it travels at 5950 meters per second (13,310 miles per hour) through granite rock—close to its speed through steel (5960 meters per second). Its speed through wood is between 3850 and 4670 meters per second—861 miles/hour and 1,045 miles/hour respectively.

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The propagation of sound is affected by reflection, interference, refraction, and diffraction:

Reflection means the wave can bounce off a surface like an echo.

Interference occurs when a sound wave encounters an obstacle in its path, or when other sounds are present, such as the sound of rain or wind.

Refraction is a change in the direction of a sound wave at it travels at different speeds along the movement of the wave front.

Diffraction is the spreading of a sound wave as it bends around the edge of an obstacle in its path.

Your goal is to reduce the sound energy to a minimum so it can’t hurt you. There are several ways to reduce the sound pressure reaching you—increase the distance between the source and you, dampen or block the sound waves, absorb some of the sound, or reflect the sound up and away.

Using Distance to Reduce Sound at your Ears

A sound wave loses energy as it travels through a medium. By doubling the distance between the source of the sound and yourself, the intensity of the sound is reduced by 6 decibels. Every doubling in distance reduces the sound by another 6 dB. This is shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1

Reduction in Sound Intensity as Distance Increases

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If you wanted to reduce the power of a sound source by 30 dB, increase the distance by 32 meters. Thus, using the above table, a 100 dB sound source—measured 1 meter away and blasting through an environment with an ambient noise level of 65 dB will be reduced by 30 dB to 70 dB (5dB above ambient) simply by placing the listener at a distance of 32 meters (105 feet) from the sound source. Therefore, the farther away you are from a sound source, the lower the intensity that sound is in your ears.

As shown in Table 1, a 100 dB sound can be further reduced to just 46 dB (a 54 dB reduction) by increasing the distance to 512 meters—a full 1,680 feet! This is like reducing the sound of a loud garbage truck to the sound of soft rain at three tenths of a mile away. This table can be extended to a point where little or no sound can be heard. Just increase the distance and reduce the loudness of that sound source.

Other ways to Reduce or Stop Sound?

If you can’t distance yourself from sound, then block it, reflect it away, or attenuate it so much that it is no longer a threat. You can construct your home so sounds are blocked by the material used—think of the adobe and earth berm homes. Their walls are thick and their interiors are quiet.

You could install obstacles between you and the sound source, reflect it away from you—roadway berm walls are constructed to reflect sound away—usually up. A berm barrier around your home could keep loud sounds from reaching you. The barrier wall should be solid and tall enough to block potential sound sources.

You could install materials that absorb sound energy, or you could “decouple” the inside of your home by constructing a room within a room, so vibrating sound energy remains outside your quiet sound sanctuary.

The idea is to take all steps you can to reduce incoming sound. Block sound paths as much as you can, and combine sound reduction techniques where possible. This could include installing material that will absorb or dampen the sound energy that does get in.

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Sound Reduction Techniques:

Sound reduction techniques to provide protection from damaging sounds include the installation of floor carpeting, lined drapes, foam ceiling tiles, and insulated double-paned windows. There are also baffles, and wall coverings that reduce the sound energy that gets in and then bounces off walls and other interior surfaces at lower sonic energy.

Cover walls so 25% of every room has drapes, blinds, fabric wall decorations or canvas paintings, and place filled bookcases along the walls, and use deep, upholstered furniture with thick rubber or cork pads on the legs. You can install rubber or cork tile on the backs and shelves of cabinets and picture frames. And you can add insulation inside the walls, ceiling and attic. Insulating the attic and walls—doubling the insulation thickness—can lower the effective sound by 5 decibels.

You can replace hollow-core doors with heavy solid doors that block sounds from getting through and you could add weather stripping to all exterior and interior doors. Caulk all windows and install good weather stripping. Seal any opening that could let sound enter. Since the elements take a toll, consider storm windows and shutters on windows.

You can install flexible rubber threshold door seals or “draft catchers” in the spaces below doors. Likewise, you can also plant conifers and broadleaved trees near your home to help block outside noise. Also, you can use noise-canceling headphones to keep sound waves from reaching your inner ears during moments of sonic threat.

Even the angle of a sound wave as it reaches your home exterior affects the acoustic energy that gets in. Table 2 shows how sound transmission loss is adjusted for the angle of incidence—the more perpendicular to the building, the greater the sound energy. At low angles of incidence, the resultant dB level is reduced (adjusted down).

Table 2

Decibel Level Adjusted for Incidence Angle

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A sound source striking a building at an angle of 60 to 80 degrees produces +2 dB more sound energy than it would if it struck at a small angle of incidence.

Absorbing materials soak up incoming sound energy vibrations and convert them into heat. These materials include foam, fiberglass, rubber, or vinyl plastic with ceramic. Any sound that isn’t absorbed is reflected into the room, but this sound travels a longer path so its sonic energy is lower.

Do everything you can do to lower the sound intensity. By reducing incoming sound energy by just 10 dB, you make the sound half as loud. This is shown in Table 3.

Table 3

Equivalent Sound Reduction by dB

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How Do Sound Reduction Materials Compare?

Transmitted sounds that pass through ceilings and walls are measured in decibels. So, table 4 shows transmitted sound reductions for various materials.

Table 4

Transmitted Sound Reduction Capabilities

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Table 5 describes the percent of sound energy absorbed by various materials. So, just by doubling the amount of insulation in walls and ceilings can reduce sound energy in a room by 5 decibels.

Table 5

Sound Absorption Capabilities

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Notice that acoustic foam, ceiling fiberglass, porous fiberglass padding, and fiberglass panels have major impact on reducing sound.

An acoustic soundproofing blanket can reduce sound by 20-40+ decibels. Just reducing the sound energy by 9 dB will eliminate 80% of unwanted sounds.

Sound reduction really works! There are many ways to protect you and your family from damaging sound. Adopt all you can so your home is soundproof and safe. Everyone knows that information is knowledge, and forewarned is forearmed. Keep safe. Be silent and use sound as your friend. In the next article, I’ll describe where you can get sonic weapons and products specifically designed to reduce sound.

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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.

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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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