5 Powerful Life Lessons from Outdoor Adventures

Believe it or not, your next outdoor adventure could be doing more than merely fulfilling the adrenaline junkie in you. There are a surprising number of powerful life lessons thrown into the mix when embracing the great outdoors. And you probably aren’t even aware of them.

Take a leap of faith and embrace the great outdoors and you could be giving yourself much more than an exhilarating day out or weekend away. Life in the great outdoors has an extraordinary way of teaching us the greatest of life’s lessons. We’ve picked out 5 powerful life lessons you can make the most of on your next outdoor adventure.

Smart Spending for Preppers Looking for Financial Freedom

Using your money wisely can pay many dividends for you over time. Learning to spend your money wisely is a habit most people must learn through discipline, it is usually not inbred into a person’s lifestyle. All, or at least most, of today’s advertising is focused on emotional appeal for your money, not logic and common sense. If we can think logically instead of emotionally we will be far better off in almost every situation we find ourselves in, especially financial ones.

We got serious about a self-reliant lifestyle several years ago and this article is designed to give the reader some food for thought, some direction and glimpses of things that worked for us.
One of the first things we had to adapt to was determining a “want” from a “need”, it took a while to develop that mindset, It was not easy and it took discipline, lots of discipline.

The ability to purchase things you need is governed by your own personal cash flow. Remember that cash flows both ways, in and out just like the tide. Our goal was to plug the money leaks in our cash flow pot. We are retired, so we are on a fixed income. Increasing inflation over time has eroded the buying power of everyone’s dollars. This really hits home when you are on a fixed income.

The Art of Situational Awareness

A civilian approach to “Chance favors the prepared mind”

Depending on where you live, no doubt on any or every given morning you can wake to the doldrums of newscast reporting on the crimes against everyday people that have taken place in the last few hours. They run the gamut with 5-10 second blurbs about a deadly assault, robbery, rape and murder at such a pace that not only are we (purposely) constantly desensitized to the plight of others and the state of affairs around us, we are also somewhat unknowingly reduced to a quick reaction to match the quick reporting. Leaving most of us with a response something like “Those poor people”, or “Isn’t that sad”.

How to be a strategic thinker and survive TEOTWAWKI (or everyday life)

I consider myself to be relatively normal, middle of the road type person. I was sailing along in my life, not completely oblivious, but leaning more towards mild apathy, when it came to TEOTWAWKI scenarios. I occasionally watched TV shows like Doomsday Preppers and while I admired their preparedness, I had the mindset of most Americans, “I have more important priorities”.

After the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce, I was left to essentially re-invent my life. Initially, I was stuck in the same thought patterns, regarding my “McMansion” and other life essentials. I have always been a saver, my ex-wife a spender. That was the wedge that eventually split us up.

Proven Techniques For Putting Together A Survival Binder

What’s the most important part of your preps? Water. Food. Shelter. Defense.

And the correct answer is …. none of the above.

Yes, you need those essential life supporting items but if you asked me what is the most important part of survival prepping, I’d have to say information. Some will disagree with me on this, but that’s okay, we all have our opinions and that’s great – but don’t let your beliefs nullify your good judgement lessening your chance of survival.

Information and individual survival skills are key to survival and I can not stress the importance of a well-rounded and organized survival library. Having a good survival library is in my opinion just as important as having a stocked pantry, as they say; knowledge is power and when it comes to survival you can’t have too much information.

Awareness and Survival – Did You See That…

Ask yourself, why am I busy storing, planning and preparing while most of my neighbors and friends continue with their casual, routine lifestyles? The answer can be explained with one simple word: AWARENESS.

Does that mean we are living under constant fear, awaiting the next SHTF event? Because of our increased awareness we have a greater understanding, and the knowledge to be able to respond properly to these events. The more you know about a potentially fearful encounter, the more aware you become; the more likely you will survive. If we live under fear we often make irrational and spontaneous choices. In awareness mode, we can make choices based on knowledge, and clear, calm thinking.

Prepping For the Frugal Minded

Many of us want to be prepared as much as possible when the crap hits the fan. A favorite and another practical method of obtaining items that may of be of such interest is visiting your local recycling center. I have been making frequent visits (every 7-14 days)to a local recycling center for the last 5 plus years. I was and still am amazed at what items end up there. Some of these items can be very useful and others you may want to just to pick them up for a resale. I have found by selling a few of my finds it is a good way to help subsidize your other purchases. Or just hang on to them for bartering items down the road. Scrap prices do fluctuate and depending what the item is made out of, will be a factor when purchasing. But typically all my purchases are around five to ten cents on the dollar of what the item would cost elsewhere. Except for scrap, I pay around twice what they pay out. Keeping in mind that this article is more about acquiring and not on construction or refurbishing items.

Advice for the newly awakened and overwhelmed

There are many aspects of personal preparedness that make sense, and I know firsthand that once you take a trip down the rabbit hole, the path to preparedness can be daunting at best, if not completely overwhelming. To this overwhelming state of mind, I wish to remind everyone that you must walk before you can run. I know it sounds obvious, but once you start “waking up” to the real world we find ourselves in many are drawn into panic because there is so much to do and seemingly so little time.

Where to start? What’s most important? Bug out bags? Food storage? Water purification? HAM radio? Alternative energy systems? Defense “tools”? The list of needs in a SHTF situation is staggering. However, I believe that while all those things (and more) are important, maybe even essential given the scenario, what I see most overlooked is just good ol’ common sense personal safety in the home.

Would Your Children Survive On Their Own?

There is a distinct possibility that something could happen to you during or after a disaster leaving your children or grandchildren on their own. Could they survive? Have you done anything to increase their chances?

Could your children survive on their own after a major disaster or TEOTWAWKI event? What would they do if you were no longer there to care for and protect them? Could they make it on their own – would they know what to do?

Blending prepping into your “normal” lifestyle

I enjoy prepping. I value independence, self sufficiency, and taking responsibility for myself. I consider it a hobby with perks. I like growing my own food, canning, hunting, shooting, reusing or repurposing materials. I love reading apocalyptic fiction as well as survival nonfiction; homesteading, organic gardening, Mother Earth News, Outdoor Life, Guns and Ammo.

But I also live in the “real” world of having a wife, 2.5 kids, full time job, a mortgage, car payments, vacations, soccer, baseball, and gymnastics. Trying to find a balance or better yet an “integration” of the two worlds is what I try to achieve. Not everything can fit in both worlds. But I use this as a guideline. The more integrated I make prepping into my life the more I can work towards being prepared. Here’s how I do it.