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How to Set Up Your Tent in the Dark

Setting up camp in the dark can be tricky, here’s the best way to get it done and stay safe.

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Camping is an exhilarating experience. You spend time in the Great Outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of Nature. You get to experience the natural world at its best. And for a few days, you can say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of your daily life.

But a great camping experience can turn sour very fast if you aren’t properly prepared. Let’s say you underestimated the amount of time it would take for you to reach your campsite. Maybe you started out early, but the traffic on the roads was so horrible that the Sun was already setting by the time you neared your campsite. Maybe you had no choice but to set out late, or maybe you planned to reach your chosen campsite after sunset.

Whatever the case may be, setting up a tent after dark is usually not a good idea? Why? Because with the reduced visibility around you, setting up your tent would be a lot harder than normal. But hard isn’t the same as impossible. With the right preparation and equipment, you can set up your tent at night very effectively.

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Why is it harder to set up a tent at night?

The most important factor behind setting up a great campsite is adequate visibility. When the Sun is up in the sky, you don’t have to worry about visibility at all. However, once the Sun sets, your surroundings will be pitch black.

People who haven’t been camping before don’t understand how dark it can get in the woods at night. There are no street lights to guide you, no lights visible from some tall building far away. Urban areas always have measures in place that provide lighting during the nighttime. In the Great Outdoors however, your main source of light at night is the Moon. And that isn’t good enough to help you set up a tent.

Setting up a campsite is hard enough during the daytime, especially if you’re an inexperienced camper. At night this difficulty increases. The only way to alleviate this is to carry alternate sources of light with you. Unless you have a car, this means more luggage to haul. That is why preparing ahead of time will help you set up your tent at night.

What artificial lighting should you carry?

If you want to set up your tent at night, you need to bring artificial sources of light with you. Without these, you’ll not be able to navigate or see anything in the woods.

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Artificial Lighting sources that work best

All sources of light don’t work nearly as well. So what should you do? Here are the artificial sources of light that work best, and those that don’t.

  • Headlamps: Always carry a headlamp if you think that you’ll be setting up your camp at night. To set up your tent, you’ll need to use both your hands. It’s a laborious job and the last thing you need is to need to hold a flashlight in one hand.
  • Flashlight: While these shouldn’t be your go-to source of light while setting up your tent, they are necessary anyway. Flashlights are reliable and if you need to look for something and your headlamps aren’t providing enough light, shine a flashlight on the area for added visibility. If you have a friend whose hands are free, then ask them to hold the flashlight. This gives you more light while you set up your tent.
  • Phone’s Light/Camera Light: If you’re going camping, then chances are that you’ll be carrying these with you. However, they are not good enough to help you set up a tent. At most, the can provide additional visibility, but never rely on only these while camping.
  • Solar Powered Lights: Although carrying solar powered lights will require additional preparation on your part, these are great sources of artificial light for camping. Remember to charge them up during the day and you’ll have a good source of light to help you set up your tent at night.
  • Floodlights: These provide great visibility but carrying them could be a problem. You would need a portable generator to help you set up your floodlights. If you have a car and think you can manage a small generator and floodlights, go for it. These will really help you.
  • Headlights: If you’re driving to your campsite and your chosen campsite, you may wonder if your car’s headlights can help. If your campsite happens to be near the place where you parked your car, then this is a great source of light for you. Usually camping spots tend to be away from roads and parking spaces. That is why you shouldn’t rely on these unless you already know that you’ll be parking in visible distance of your campsite.

Always carry extra batteries with you for your headlamps and torches. You don’t want to find out that the batteries have run out and you don’t have any artificial light while setting up your tent at night.

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What should you do to set up your tent at nighttime?

The first thing you need to consider is your tent. What kind of tent are you using? Some tents are more complex to set up than others. There are all kinds of tents available, from single person tents to family tents. You could also carry a hammock instead. If you know you’re going to set up camp at night, always opt for a tent that is simple to set up. The more complicated your tent is, the more difficult setting it up at night will be.

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Steps you should follow once you know what Tent you’ll be using:

Once you’ve picked out your tent, this is what you should do next:

  • Practice Beforehand: Setting up a tent can be difficult even during the day, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. By the time you’re ready to leave for your campsite, you should already be familiar with how to set up your tent. Most tents come with a manual that give you detailed instructions on how to set it up. Practice every day until you feel confident that you can set up the tent with ease at your home.
  • Make a Checklist: This checklist should include all the necessary components of your tent. These are the tent, the footprint, the poles, the stakes, the rainfly, and the guylines. Remember to add a mallet to the checklist so you can drive in the stakes easily. When you’re ready to bring out the components you’ll need to set up your tent, cross each item off as you lay them on the ground.
  • Clear the area: Before you start working on your tent, you’ll need to clear the area you’ve selected as your campsite. Remove small branches, rocks, and anything else that you can trip over. Once the area is clear, set up your light sources. You may want to build your campfire at this time as well. Not only will it provide some more light to you, it will also help you determine where you should set up the tent. Your tent should always be far away from your camp fire. You don’t want to run the risk of your tent catching fire from embers.
  • Set up the Tent: Now you can set up your tent. Do it the way you practiced at home. First lay the footprint on the ground. Then, use your mallet to stake down the edges of the tent. Now set up the tent poles. Tent poles are usually color coded. If yours aren’t – then remember to color code them before you leave for camp. This will help you easily determine how to properly set it up. Once the poles are ready, set up the body of the tent. Now, attach the rainfly so that your tent doesn’t get wet. Finally, attach guylines to your tent to secure it to the ground.

If you’ve practiced how to set up a tent at home, then the process will be more manageable. If there are multiple people in your group, then you may need to set up multiple tents. In this situation, consider setting up two tents at night and the rest in the morning.

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What should you be aware of when setting up your tent at night?

There are guidelines about setting up camp that you should always follow. While this will be harder at night, you should try to follow them nonetheless.

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Guidelines to follow while setting up camp at night:

They include:

  • Pack intelligently: Always pack the items you’ll need earlier in more accessible areas. You don’t want to have to take out all your clothes before you find your tent and the other components. Your sources of light should also be near the top so you can grab hold of them first.
  • Don’t camp in low lying areas: If you do this, you run the risk of being affected by water overflows or floods. Even though they’re rare, always camp in higher ground.
  • Don’t set up camp close to a water source: Mosquitoes tend to gather near water sources at night. They carry diseases and can make you fall sick. Always camp at a distance from any water source, even if that source is a small pool.
  • Don’t keep your lights on for too long: Bugs are attracted to light, especially white light. If you don’t work fast to set up your tent, you could find that many bugs have made their way to your campsite. Similarly, once you’ve set up your tent, don’t keep your lights turned on. Red lights don’t attract as many bugs as white lights, so a headlight with the red color option can help you keep your lights on longer.
  • Food: Eating beforehand is the best idea if you’re setting up your tent at night. You’ll already be tired from setting up the camp, and may not want to cook afterwards. You can also carry dry food with you. If you want to cook that night, then make sure you hang your food from a tree branch afterwards. This way, animals won’t be able to get to your food.

Setting up camp at night is not hard if you know what you’re doing. This becomes even easier if you’re camping in a location you know well, or if you’ve reserved a campsite for your group. With the right preparation, you can easily set up your tent at night.

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis

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Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

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One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

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Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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7 Ways to Survive an EMP Attack

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An electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP” for short, is a sudden burst of energy that overloads the fragile components within an electrical system, causing them all to short out. It causes actual hardware damage resulting in the failure of any unprotected electrical devices. Typically EMPs are generated by technically advanced devices such as nuclear weapons. 

The least realistic but most dangerous scenario that can take place is that someone detonates many EMPs over a nation, or crazier, the whole world and renders all the technology and electric grids everywhere useless. If this happens, you should know how to prepare for it to ensure your survival during this unprecedented attack.

Lighting 

Candles are the obvious choice in any scenario like this. We have them handy; they are cheap and readily available everywhere in quantity. The only few negative things one might mention are the strength of light the candles can provide, how unstable they can be depending on which type of candle you use, or how the wind can blow them out anytime. 

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If candles just don’t cut it for you, let me introduce you to an alternative. Oil lamps; works under any condition. No weather or atmosphere is strong enough to keep an oil lamp down.

Faraday Cage

A Faraday cage, named after its inventor, Michael Faraday, is a device or structure made and used to protect the cage’s contents from electrical impulses. It’s an excellent option for security, and easy to make. Nevertheless, an old microwave or a metal cage, i.e., a safe, can be as good.

The Faraday cage may do well against an EMP attack, but we can’t be too sure. We cannot foresee the impact of the electromagnetic pulse or the level of damage it might cause, so it is pretty much impossible to predict if the cage would protect the devices or not.

Communication Devices

Communications would be an arduous task after almost everything is rendered useless because of the EMP attack. It is always good to have many backup options to communicate with those important to you if a situation like this ever strikes. Devices such as a two-way radio, CB radio, or long-range walkie-talkie can be handy. If you find any of these devices in good shape after an EMP attack, put in some batteries and see if it works as there’s a high likelihood it will.

Communication is one of the more essential tasks after any disaster, and it is the very thing that you’d probably overlook. 

Backup Electricity

The primary issue after the attack is the question of electricity and how to source it if the grid becomes empty. Well, one option is to make electricity from solar panels by installing the panels around your home. Another is to set up wind turbine generators and produce electricity. 

Luckily, there are many backup electricity options, but they require preparation and hard work.

Defense

Any type of gun, be it shotgun or rifle, is useful for defending yourself. You can use these weapons to protect yourself and hunt animals, and depending on your preferences, for game. Another resourceful thing to do if you want alarm systems around your house would be to hang bells on the inside of your doors. Even if they seem like nothing, they are very consistent and can make you aware of intruders if they try to sneak in. Try to do this for every entry point in your house so you and your family can rest assured of your safety.

Sourcing Food

Sourcing food will be another significant problem if the restoration of power takes months or even years. Therefore you should know how to grow your food and manage your livestock. Books on farming and breeding livestock will help enormously with this, and there are countless out there.

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Be Ready, So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

Many preppers already know how to live off the grid because they have started living that life to be ready if and when the time comes. All of this will eventually prepare you to survive an EMP attack if you go off the grid entirely and learn not to rely on anything that works with electricity.

Keeping a stock of first aid kits and bare medical essentials is also a requirement if anyone needs medical attention. The EMP attack is often called the ultimate doomsday attack that will eventually happen.

You can always do things on an individual level to help protect you and your loved ones better. The practices and ways that we discussed above are known by much of the preppers community, so if you’re new to being a prepper, now you know how to survive an EMP stack.

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