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Monday, 5 May 2014

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 Show Notes

This week I begin with THE BUSHCRAFT SHOW PRESS RELEASE, Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Prepping for the Worst Case Scenario, The Survival Uses of Pine Resin, The Austrian Pup Tent review, Support these companies, 30% Discount from RIBZ, Campfire Cooking, Survival weekends-going off into the woods, Wilderness121’s 10% discount, Hunger in Briton, Unusual Survival Tools that could save your life, More companies to support, Insulate Your Clothes to Survive the Cold, Yes Vegans Prep too, Keeping Clean in the Wilderness, When You Have to Go-You Have to Go, Further companies to support, Dustin Bushcrafttools interview, Every Day Carry list, MidiMax 10% Discount, Living in the woods, Medicinal Pickled Garlic, THE WILDERNESS GATHERING PRESS RELEASE 


 When: 24-26 May 2014

Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire

The Bushcraft Show is set to enthral and entertain families and individuals of all ages in a celebration of all things bushcraft over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Visitors are travelling from around the world to attend the most exciting, entertaining and educational bushcraft event of the year.
The show provides an all-inclusive experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world…
Why? We have Massai Warriors from the Rift Valley Kenya who will entertain and teach you some of their Massai ways; from cultural dancing to native beadwork, find out if you have what it takes to be a Massai Warrior. CODY LUNDIN, co-host of Discovery Channel’s television series Dual Survival and author of 98.6 Degrees and When All Hell Breaks Loose is coming from the USA to teach his skills in a hands-on practical manner. Also coming over from the USA is DAVID SCOTT-DONELAN who is regarded as one of the world’s most effective and capable tracking instructors, sharing knowledge and experience gained over almost 50 years.
Very few people have the skills to match JOHAN SKULLMAN’S outdoor knowledge. As an officer in the Swedish Armed Forces, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable environments.
He is the author of classic books such as, Soldat I fält (Soldiers in the Field) and Vintersoldaten (Winter Soldier) that are still used in the Swedish Armed Forces. Today he works at Fjällräven as an equipment expert and test manager and he will be sharing his skills and expertise at the show.
John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, author of The SAS Survival Handbook, says he wouldn’t miss coming to the
Bushcraft Show for the fourth year running! This survival expert led numerous operations including the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team that ended the Iranian Embassy siege in London and brought the SAS into the media spotlight, he also ran the SAS Survival School and trained the first members of the US
Green Berets who returned to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces).
We have the author and living legend of British canoeing RAY GOODWIN teaching you how-to pack a boat and the art of portage, hear his personal accounts of bushcraft on his inspirational canoe trips and wilderness journeys and you can even take a tuition session with him! Tracking Expert PERRY MCGEE, son of the late Eddie McGee author of No Need to Die, will be teaching you essential tracking skills on a variety of terrains. In addition, there are many leading bushcraft, wildlife, woodland craft and survival experts on hand at the show.
If that’s not enough you can experience numerous activities, demonstrations, talks and see a host of trade stands, specialist instructors, expert speakers and so much more... all in a wonderful setting, with like-minded folk. Whether you’re a bushcraft enthusiast, love the outdoors or simply want to learn more about this fascinating topic, there is something for everyone!
There’s plenty for the children to do - Stories from the Wild Man of the Woods, Birds of Prey, Craft
Activities, Woodland Games, Low Ropes Course, Weaving and Whittling, Knife Safety classes and much more...
You will be able to track animals in the woodland and find their prints and signs without disturbing the animals, learn about all types of plants and wildlife with one of the many bushcraft experts, see a wonder of nature as a Land Rover is pulled by blades of grass! There are activities running throughout the whole weekend and with most of them included in the price of your ticket, it really is great value for money!
Hold the world’s most extreme animals in your hands, cuddle a cockroach, snuggle up to a snake and tame a tarantula, there’s Open Canoeing, Archery, Axe Throwing, Campfire Cookery,
Tracking, Fire lighting, Star Gazing and Storytelling. And, that’s not all 4X4, Raku Pottery Firing,
Whittling Sessions, Campfire Music, Wilderness First Aid, Bushcraft Career Advice, Expedition
Preparation, Competitions, Rifle Shooting, Flint Knapping, Game Preparation, Woodland Crafts and so much more! Add to this delicious locally sourced food, local ales, evening entertainment in the Tipi’s and an evening campfire surrounded by newfound friends.
“We just can’t wait!” says Simon Ellar show organiser, "We have created a show that cannot be experienced anywhere else, with such talented and skilled outdoors people gathered together in one place to learn from one another and most importantly, have fun!
We specifically placed the show in the half-term week to open up the event to families. As a father of four, it is important to me that the show includes as many children’s activities as possible to encourage children to learn new bushcraft skills and increase their love of the outdoors, moving them away from indoor activities which usually involve technology."
The Bushcraft Show this year has a new location at the stunning and privately owned Catton Hall
Estate, ideally situated in the centre of England, in Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire. The 250 acre Estate has been owned by the same family for over 600 years and is perfectly laid out for The Bushcraft Show 2014, having a 10 hectare Showground and Campsite surrounded by a lovely deciduous woodland with the River Mease to one side and exclusive access to an exquisite lake and the River Trent.
The show is sponsored by a select number of outdoor companies whose support helps to make the show a great success, our thanks to this year’s sponsors; Woodland Ways, 1948 Original Equipment,
Nordic Outdoor, BG Craghoppers and Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.
With only three days to try all the activities at the show, it is set to be a fun-filled weekend full of adventure and discovery!
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Prepping for the Worst Case Scenario
A particular way of thinking is becoming more popular around the world. Some say that the massive problems we face are unsolvable and once any one or group of problems reach a critical mass, then chaos will take place.
It has happened on small scales before during the past few decades. It can be a natural weather or geological event, a financial one, or fuel shortage. 'Preppers' are people who try to predict what kind of disaster is likely to happen in their part of the world, and find a way of avoiding the worst part of it in advance.
In the UK, we are very vulnerable to fuel shortages and price hikes either through wars, depot fires, strikes, or panic buying.
LPG fuel is the last to run out at garages as so few people use it. Diesel doesn't decay when stored and cannot ignite on fumes, petrol does.
A simple threat of fuel tanker strikes in March 2012 led to panic buying and queues at the pumps were taking an hour or more to fill up; once you found a garage with fuel left that is.
Look preppers are not (entirely) crazy, they just want to avoid chaos as much as they can. The more people that prepare for such events, the more stable and resilient the whole economy becomes too.
Rarer but more extreme situations are likely to happen in the future. Electricity & Gas shortages due to an old infrastructure and extreme price hikes I feel are the most probable for the UK based on current trends.
From 2015, the electricity supply will drop below the demand. France may stop selling us their power too as their own grid is failing due to an aging fleet of nuclear power stations. 8% of our power comes from there which will tip our supply over the edge with a flick of a switch. Holland may do the same with us too.
The power companies are trying to avoid this scenario by hiking up the price of electricity now in the hope of reducing demand, (they give a different reason). The result if it doesn't work will disrupt businesses, income, the job market and all could spiral uncontrollably downward as it takes so long to improve such a massive infrastructure.
We should be taking steps for this too, paying off loans, mortgage etc. ahead of time, reducing expenditures, and avoiding any investments involving the stock market & banks. In the UK we produce five times more electricity than we use and store some of it in heavy duty deep cycle batteries that can run TVs, computers, lighting etc.
We also have LPG gas for heating as standard gas boilers need electricity to operate. If the prediction is wrong, we save thousands of pounds a year in bills anyway and have peace of mind knowing we are mostly prepared; so would we have panicked for nothing? Of course not.
 A few words on LPG & Hydrogen....
LPG, sometimes known as Autogas, is around half the price of petrol or diesel. This is not because we are given an incentive to purchase this fuel, but because the energy content per gallon is roughly half that of petrol or diesel.
You achieve half the mileage per gallon. So if you hear of a dealer selling LPG vehicles and they advertise that you can save 50% on fuel costs, just politely explain to the manager "... would Trading Standards agree with that statement?" From personal experience, they will soon withdraw it.
The big advantages though is that LPG is cleaner burning; such vehicles only require servicing every 15,000 miles or so instead of 8,000, exhausts and engines last longer, poisonous particle emissions are much lower, and is the last to run out during a fuel crisis.
Also many such vehicles can run on Hydrogen, the first garage to sell it is in Swindon. It can be made at home via electrolysis of ionised rain water connected to solar power if possible... a hint of what can be done; the technology already exists on ebay. (To ionise rainwater, just vaporise it in a mini greenhouse and re-collect it in a trough). Such fuel is completely free with zero emissions!
Survival Uses of Pine Resin
As we know pine resin has multiple uses for survival. This sap is produced by the pine tree to seal up cuts or damages to the tree.
If you ever find yourself lost in a wilderness environment, having a pine tree in the area is one of the best case scenarios you can hope for. There are many different species of pine trees but they generally prefer open and sunny areas. They are found abundantly throughout North America, they are also found throughout Central America, Europe, North Africa, in the Caribbean region, and in some places in Asia.
Native Americans used pine sap for medicinal purposes. The resin is either chewed on or made into a beverage by mixing with water. It is known to be very effective in treating stomach ulcers and rheumatoid arthritis. Modern medical experts have not verified the medicinal benefits of pine resin though.
Look for the damaged part of the pine tree because that will be where the resin secretions are. The resin will be dry and hardened but can be softened with heat. Look for damaged or fallen limbs first before you purposely cut into the pine tree’s bark for the sap.
If you have to damage the tree, do it in a small area on one side only. Also, take only as much resin as you will need and leave some on the tree to protect the cut from boring insects.
The Survival Uses of Pine Resin
1. First aid.
When you’re outdoors camping or in a survival situation, cutting accidents will almost always happen. Pine resin can be applied directly over the wound to stem blood flow almost at once. The resin will also inhibit the growth and spread of bacteria because of its sticky nature which denies the bacteria the moisture it needs to survive.
Just leave the resin in place until it dries out and then peel it out. The resin will close the wound up the same way stitching it up would. You may reapply resin as needed. There are many instances where wounds have been stemmed using pine resin, like this shared by Scott in his site.
You can also use the sap to treat blisters, burns and abscesses.
2. Use the resin to make shoes and other items waterproof.
Heat the resin to liquid form and then apply it to the material you want to make impervious to water like the lower half of your hiking boots. You can also use resin to seal seams, repair holes in shoes, boats or structures to prevent leaks.
When heating the resin, use a deep container to keep the sap away from open flame. Pine resin can ignite easily.
3. Light and heat.
Pine resin can be used to make a lamp. Look for a stone with depression, a can, a clam shell or anything that can be filled with resin. For a wick, use some twisted cloth. Fill the depression with the resin, lay the wick on top and ignite the wick.
The wick material will ignite the resin which will burn like a candle. Feed more resin to maintain the flame.
To use the pine resin as a heat source, get a metal container and punch holes in its side. Place it over the ignited resin. The metal will absorb the heat and conduct to the surrounding area.
This will not heat a large area but you get enough heat to warm hands and feet.
4. Make glue out of pine resin.
Heat the resin to liquid form. While the pine resin is heating, crumble some charcoal from the fire to fine powder (or as fine as you can make them). When the resin is ready, remove from heat and stir in the powder charcoal – the amount of the charcoal powder should be about 1/3 of the resin’s volume. Dip a stick repeatedly in the mixture to form a ball of pitch on the end.  Store the glue like this until it is needed. Heat the hardened glue until pliable.
You can form fishhooks with the glue, repair holes in water containers, repair the soles of shoes, apply feathers to homemade arrows or harden the ends of hunting spears to keep them from splintering, etc.
5. Start a fire with pine resin.
You can use a pine resin to start a fire in damp conditions. Look for some hardened pine resin and some pine sticks. You will see streaks of resin when you split the pine sticks. Lay some dried pine needles near the resin.
When you ignite the resin, it will burn long enough to dry the  pine needles and you can add small pieces of the pine sticks which will burn even if somewhat damp because of the resin. Once you’ve got a sizable flame going, you can start drying out other wood.
The Austrian Pup Tent review
This army surplus tent comes packed in two halves, to be issued to separate soldiers in the field and it Includes all tent pegs and poles waterproof neoprene backed nylon material and is an olive green colour.
  • The two halves button together to make 1 tent and it was designed for 2 people to share the weight - 'buddy system' each man carries half a tent each - 1 set of poles & half the pegs.
  • You then simply button the 2 halves together to make the tent and use the cord loops to peg down and then button the ends to close the doors
  • I think it is a great survival item and it is also very cheap. Its size is approx. 66 inch from pole to pole length and 32 inch from the pole to the tapered ends / doors
  • This tent does not include a ground sheet, so therefore I would use it as an A-frame shelter or a debris shelter and plan to use vegetation on the ground to prevent ground chill.
  • I would also recommend piling soil or sand around the bottom edge of the Pup tent which will help seal the base which will also help trap heat, the soil used will in turn leave a small trench which would drain off any excess rainfall which you could then collect if required.
I have to say that I was impressed with it, although it is a cheap make do type of shelter it does what it says on the tin and that is all I can ask. OK I improved it with the soil and the vegetation base but would you not agree that everyone will improve their shelter if they can? You can always buy a ground sheet for a few quid but then that is even more weight to carry around.
Weighting around 1.4kgs complete it is 5' 10" long 4' 7" wide and 3'6" tall. I do see it as an emergency or survival shelter that would keep you dry and safe if the need arose and when shared between two would be useable for hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, and of course survival and prepping. Combine that with a price of £14.99 it is very easy to see the attraction in this low price entry survival system. You can get yours at
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Campfire Cooking
Camping is what I really enjoy doing wither in a tent or a survival shelter.
The best part of any camping trip is sitting around a fire that you built yourself, surrounded by your closest friends in the middle of the woods, and charring a hot dog or bannock on a stick. But cooking outside doesn’t mean you’re not eating well.
Here are some of the best recipes I know for campfire meals that are sure to impress your mates next time you head out into the woods for the weekend.
Sunrise Breakfast Bowl: A super easy and super delicious breakfast than can be made anywhere. Ingredients:
12 slices of bread with crust taken off
1 dozen eggs
1 package precooked bacon
Optional: spinach, cheese, tomato, etc.
Grease a cake tin with butter and place one slice of bread into each hole pressing down in the middle.
Crack one egg directly onto each slice of bread (you can also scramble if desired). Warm the precooked bacon over the fire a bit, and then put one cooked slice into each egg. You can add spinach, tomatoes, cheese or any other topping you like to your egg.
Place the tin over your fire and bake until egg is just cooked, or until desired consistency. Once you pop each one out of the muffin tin, the breaded bottom makes this breakfast easy to eat with your hands.
1 package precooked bacon
Optional: spinach, cheese, tomato, etc.
Mini Grilled Pizzas:
Perfect for making on the campfire, individual-sized and easily personalized. Ingredients:
1 package of English muffins
1 jar pizza sauce
1 bag shredded cheese
Your favourite pizza toppings
Spread pizza sauce on English muffin halves. Sprinkle cheese on top of each slice. Add toppings as desired. Put foil down and cook on an open campfire with a grill on top until cheese is golden brown. It’s that easy! Turkey and Apple Campfire Panini: You don’t need to haul a Panini press around with you to get a great sandwich in the woods.
1 loaf of unsliced artisan bread
Cranberry horseradish mustard or your favourite condiment
1 red delicious apple or a granny smith for a tarter taste
Blue cheese or brie
1 lb deli turkey (peppered turkey is best)
Salt and pepper
Brick or a big rock
Cut a loaf of artisan bread in half lengthwise. Spread cranberry horseradish mustard on the bottom half of the bread. Slice red apple and place in a single layer on the bottom of the bread, and add turkey on top. Layer with cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and wrap in tin foil. Place over fire on a grate and press down with the brick or rock. Cook until toasty, and slice into servings.
Sushi Hot Dog:
Hot dogs are a given on any camping trip. This one, though, is both incredibly unexpected and incredibly good.
Hot dogs
Hot dog buns
Sliced avocado
Seaweed flakes
Cook hot dog as per usual on a stick or skewer over the campfire. You can grill your hot dog buns over the fire too, if desired. Top your dog with avocado and sprinkle some seaweed flakes, and enjoy!
A front pack is a pack or bag that allows for access of equipment from the persons chest. Front packs first and foremost allow for easy access of gear without the removal of any equipment.
In many adventure outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to have the ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of a backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but there are many additional benefits as well.
Weight distribution and balance is a key element in the utility of the front pack. Shifting weight forward in situations when carrying heavy loads can be critical to the comfort and balance of an individual.
Backpacking is a sport where in many situations it is critical to both minimize and maximize the contents of your load for a longer or lighter duration of stay. The ability to move small amounts of weight to the frontal region significantly reduces overall stress on a person’s shoulders and back.
Moving a small amount of heavy equipment forward to a front pack can allow for an individual to either maximize or minimize the overall load contained in a backpack.
In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and simplicity are required. From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking. All sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack is your best solution and as you can imagine it is going down a storm within the prepping and survivalist community.
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Survival weekends-going off into the woods
Whether you'll be moshing in the mud or existing on a beach, there are common health hazards that can be avoided.
Many injuries and health complaints could be avoided with better planning
If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly and stick within the recommended limits. Men shouldn't regularly drink more than three to four units a day. For women, it's two to three units. Alcohol dehydrates you, so drink plenty of water to help prevent a nasty hangover.
First aiders are not allowed to hand out medication except over-the-counter remedies such as paracetamol for example. If you're on any medication, bring your supply with you and take it as prescribed. Keep it on you or get it stored safely. If you're asthmatic, don't forget your inhaler and spare cartridges.
Have a pack of plasters and some disinfectant for minor grazes and cuts, and medication for headaches and stomach upsets.
Personal hygiene
Reduce your risk of picking up or spreading the germs that cause sickness and diarrhoea by washing your hands before you eat and after you go to the toilet. Wash your hands if you've been handling rubbish or preparing wild food.
Bring wet wipes and antibacterial hand gel to use on your hands after going to the toilet and before you eat, if you get a cut, wash it with clean water. If you think it's infected, get help from a medical source.
Foot health
Survival trips can be hard on your feet. It's important to keep them clean and dry to prevent problems such as blisters, fungal infections or trench foot. Trench foot typically develops after prolonged exposure to the wet and cold. The only way to prevent trench foot is to keep your feet dry.
Wear waterproof footwear and have dry socks to change into. If possible, take your shoes and socks off at night.
Sun protection
Using a sun cream with a minimum factor of 15, and applying it regularly, will give you protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you do get burned, apply after-sun to soothe the affected area. "t doesn't take much sun to get severely burned or have sunstroke when you're outside all day at a festival.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your neck and ears, and cover your back and shoulders, even if you're wearing sunscreen.
Drink plenty of water. Have a bottle of water with you at all times. The combination of lack of water and working can quickly dehydrate you.
Waterproofs and warm clothing are essential. People can get hypothermia (when your body temperature drops below safe levels) on survival trips when the temperature drops at night, especially if their clothes are damp from sweat. If it rains, try to stay as dry as possible
Camping gas accidents are the most common cause of serious burns at. Never change gas canisters in or near a tent. Check that the canister is threaded properly before lighting.
Despite these warnings please get out there and have fun.
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Hunger in Briton
I think that hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem.
There is a drastic surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals and this I say represents all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action.
Despite mounting evidence for a growing food poverty crisis in the UK, ministers maintain there is “no robust evidence” of a link between sweeping welfare reforms and a rise in the use of food banks. However, publication of research into the phenomenon, commissioned by the Government itself, has been delayed, amid speculation that the findings may prove embarrassing for ministers.
Because the Government has delayed the publication of research it commissioned into the rise of emergency food aid in the UK, I can only speculate that the cause is related to the rising cost of living and increasingly austere welfare reforms.
Look malnutrition can have a long-lasting impact on health, particularly among children. 
Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the largest national food bank provider said that one in three of the 350,000 people who required a food bank hand-out this year were children.
Figures recently released by the Government which revealed a surge in the number of malnutrition cases diagnosed at English hospitals since the recession – up from 3,161 in 2008/09 to 5,499 in 2012/13. They also draw attention to reports from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which found a decrease in the number of calories purchased by families, as well as “substitution with unhealthier foods, especially in families with young children”.
Malnutrition in children is particularly worrying because exposures during sensitive periods can have lifelong effects, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and other adult chronic diseases, I say that access to an adequate food supply is the most basic of human needs and rights.”
This is a national scandal people should not be suffering from malnutrition in the UK.
This shouldn’t be happening in 21st century Britain, with hundreds of thousands having to access emergency food aid, it’s sadly unsurprising that people are both eating less and eating less healthily. David Cameron needs to listen to what the experts are saying and tackle the cost of living crisis driving people into food poverty.”
More than 50,000 people in have signed a petition calling for Parliament to hold a debate on the causes of food poverty in the UK.
I don’t think this is acceptable in the seventh richest country in the world – and I’d really like to know the reasons why it’s happening so we can stop it we need to stop turning a blind eye.
I suppose one benefit “if it can be called that” is that prepping is growing here in the UK as families try to make less go further.
Unusual Survival Tools that could save your life
When it comes to survival, there's just one rule: you must forget all the rules!
In a period of extreme civil unrest, your survival may depend on doing things you wouldn't
do ordinarily, as well as using things for a purpose other than originally intended.
 In short, you might do some weird things to survive. Below is list of weird survival tools
to consider when your life depends on it...
Tobacco. Yes, a cigarette is a survival tool for medicinal
purposes and beyond. Here are just some of the uses of tobacco:
Cigarettes as an anti-parasitic: On page 248 of his book, Hawke's Special
Forces Survival Handbook
, available left, Mykel Hawke, a former Captain of the U.
S. Army Special Forces, and star of Man, Woman, Wild on the Discovery Channel,
explains how eating cigarettes can shock gut worms out of your system.
Cigarettes for toothache relief. The properties of tobacco include a naturally
occurring antiseptic to help prevent infection, and also has medicinal properties
for relieving pain. It could be just the relief you need to get you back to
Cigarettes as tinder. They don't call it a "smoke" for nothing. It's certainly a
better idea to light a fire with one than to smoke one.
Cigarettes for bartering. As a bartering tool, a cigarette has amazing powers.
Steel Wool. Sure, Steel wools will scrub your pots, but you
can create fire with it too! Just touch steel wool to batteries and you'll be amazed
how it ignites so easily.
Vaseline and cotton balls. Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, has
a number of prepper uses. Vaseline with cotton balls makes an excellent tinder. (Dryer
lint is also a substitution for cotton.)
Tampons. Even men can use tampons for their survival!
Tampons are extremely useful in survival situations:
Unwrap a tampon when you need to clot wounds. With a little duct tape
you've got a bandage. This is especially effective for deep injuries.
Survival water. 
The plastic tube itself can be used as a straw and the filling as a filter.
Use a tampon as tinder.
The plastic tampon shell can become an improvised fishing float.
Duct Tape. Backpackers, preppers and survivalists love duct tape.
With dozens of survival uses for duct tape, can you blame them? From
patching up a tent or torn clothing in a pinch to repairing just about anything, duct tape will serve a prepper well.
Every prepper knows that bullets will someday run out, and that's where duct tape comes in handy to help craft makeshift weapons. Affix duct tape to a knife on a broom stick and you have defensible and threatening space between you and an attacker. You can even roll up a magazine and duct tape a pair of scissors to create some extra space between you and an attacker. Indeed, a prepper's home defence strategy should include duct tape.

Pencil Sharpener. A pencil sharpener and some twigs can provide you with instant tinder.

Dental Floss. Dental floss is good to have, but it's not just for your teeth.

Glue with duct tape or a shoe lace. Super glue isn't instant, so if you need to fix your boots to complete your hike, you'll want to super glue then use duct tape or a shoe lace until you reach your destination.

Lollipop. A lollipop could save your life! How? Grasp one in the palm of your hand with the stick pointing up between your fingers as you make a fist. Your lollipop fist is now ready to punch an attacker in the eyes or stab the neck or groin region. Now that's a tasty but weird survival tool that you can stuff in your purse or backpack.

Cheetos, Pringles, Noodles: Tinder helps ignite a flame. It's all the little things (furry, fuzzy, light and fluffy) that you can grind into a powder. Stuff you hold in your fingertips, as in nature: bark, pine needles, dried leaves, birds nest. Man-made tinder includes things like pocket lint, and toilet paper. Food items that are tinder include spaghetti noodle, or snacks like Cheetos, Pringles:
Cheetos and Pringles. Your favourite snacks, including Cheetos or Pringles can act as tinder when you need it most to help you light a fire. Try it. Just light your favourite snack to get your fire going.
Noodles. You can also use a spaghetti noodle as tinder. It is an excellent way to light a candle wick that's too short to reach with a match. Now that's an excellent way to use your noodle!

Medication for Fish. Antibiotics will be hard to come by in the end of times, even with a prescription, as supplies may not be available. Consult your doctor about FishMox* (the antibiotic Amoxicillin) and whether this medication is right for you in a survival situation when your life depends on an antibiotic and none other is available.  

Animal repellents. If pepper spray is illegal in your locale, then you should have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp spray, which each have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't carry these items on your person, but they are good alternate items to own. In an SHTF survival situation, law becomes invalid: it's do or die.
Wasp spray. Used in self-defence, wasp spray does not require a license to purchase or use. This weird survival tool is an option in a world gone mad where the rule of law does not apply. The advantage of wasp spray is that you will have a longer range of defensible distance between you and an attacker.
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Insulate Your Clothes to Survive the Cold
What if you get stranded somewhere overnight during very cold weather? And what if your clothing is not good enough to help you survive this scenario?
You can’t always build a shelter or make a fire to get warm. Sometimes the clothes on your back are all that you have as shelter from the cold.
In the event that your clothes do not offer enough insulation, you can use one of the oldest tricks in the book: Stuff your clothing with insulating materials to make the clothing warmer. The goal is to create dead air space around your body so that the elements cannot strip away your body heat so quickly.
This can be accomplished by adding materials that can be found in nature, and by creatively using things from modern life.

Natural Insulation

Maybe you have done this before, or seen it done, but you can fill your shirt and trousers with many natural materials to add warmth. The stuff can be alive or dead, but dead is usually a better choice. The materials can also be wet or dry, but if you are already hypothermic, your cold skin may not warm up the wet insulation to a point where it can help you.
Use leaves, grass, moss, ferns, pine needles, bark fibres and weed tops for insulation. Yes, it’s all prickly stuff, especially the pine needles and grass, but a little temporary discomfort is better than freezing.

Modern Insulation
Your home, office and vehicle can provide abundant insulation to fill your clothing and keep you warm from your own body heat.
Packing peanuts, foam, bubble wrap, crumpled balls of paper, wadded-up plastic bags, and bundles of cloth are all good choices. A worst-case option would be fiberglass insulation.
This should only be pulled from the walls and added to clothing in a life-or-death scenario. For example, you are lost and your clothing is soaked. You find a building with no heat source, rip the insulation from the walls and wrap it around you.
Anyone who has worked with insulation should be laughing right about now, and cringing. Home and building insulation is usually made of fiberglass, which is horribly itchy, and it’s downright dangerous to breathe the fibres. Like I said, that would be a life-or-death option.

The Best Insulation Technique
The best way to effectively add insulation to your clothing is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Select the loosest clothing you have as an outer layer, so you can fill the layer between your clothes. If you only have one layer of clothing, then you have no choice but to put the insulation in the clothes next to your skin. Tuck your trousers into your socks, undo your britches, fill both legs of your pants with insulation on all sides, and then try to get your pants secured again.
Now, turn your attention to your top half. Tuck your shirt into your pants and fill the front, back, and both sleeves with insulation. You’ll look like a scarecrow, but you should also be warm by the time you are done. A final touch is to pull up a hood, or put on a hat filled with insulation. This get-up is itchy, prickly, crunchy and ridiculous looking, but it might also save your life.
Yes Vegans Prep too
Zebra Finch tweeted to me about vegans, prepping and protein and here is a solution to finding protein and buying preps.
Meat-eaters will never stop asking and vegans always get sick of hearing it: 
How do you get your protein?
The image of a skinny (not to mention gangly and dread-headed) hippie has typically been the poster child of veganism. After all, there’s no way they can be muscular, fit and even bulky as vegans, right?
So how do vegans get their protein? Here are 10 vegan sources to try on for size:
1. Veggies: Yep, good old greens will pack a protein punch. One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. You get the idea.
 2. Hemp. No, you don’t have to get high to get your protein. But toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein – just like that.
 3. Non-Dairy Milk. Got (soy) milk? A mere 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. Eat with some fortified cereal and you’ve got a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.
 4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.
5. Quinoa. I think quinoa is God’s gift to vegans (and gluten-free too!), as it’s versatile, delicious and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. And at about 2 bucks a pop, it’s a cheap vegan’s BFF.
 7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. They really are the magical fruit. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fibre.
Not too bad then and really quite normal food as well.
Keeping Clean in the Wilderness
One of the biggest things over looked by both survivalists, and preparers alike is hygiene. Hygiene is one of the most important factors of human life. In some areas of the world, good hygiene can be the difference between life and death literally.
In survival situations having good hygiene can boost not only your physical health but your mental health a well.
Most people think of those insane high school films when you mention hygiene. Perhaps you think of the dentist? Hygiene is just a word that you don’t associate with survival, but it is essential. Imagine being stuck in the wilderness for 3 months. Are you going to brush your teeth? Are you going to bathe? How are you going to do this? How do you keep yourself clean?
In truth it is not as hard to perform personal hygiene, as you might think. For thousands of years people have done it, so why can’t you?
The best thing about being in a survival situation is the type of food available to you. You will not have a high sugar diet that westerners love so much. Without the high sugar diet, then your oral hygiene will actually be better.
The bacteria in your mouth needs a source of food and sugar tends feed them causing the bacteria to grow. Without the high starch and high sugar diet then the bacteria in your mouth do not have that constant source of food.
That being said however it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to clean your mouth.
Now in order to clean your teeth, without a tooth brush, you can do a few different things, the first is to use a fir tree twig to brush your teeth. Take a small twig with pine needles, cut the pine needles to a small length and brush your teeth.
It is not as effective as a tooth brush but it works. The second method is to take a small branch of a tree and cut the twig with the cut side at an angle. Then use the angled side to in essence scrape your teeth.
This was the most popular method among ancient cultures. If you find yourself a mint tree then you should have a minty fresh mouth.
Have you ever chewed gum? Gum does clean your teeth and likewise you can use tree gum to clean your mouth. You can chew gummy sap to clean your teeth like orbit gum.
The last method you can use is to make a chew stick. A chew stick is as simple as a piece of wood that you chew on. The hard surface helps to clean your teeth as you chew.
The hardest form of hygiene is the bodily form. Washing yourself is hard without some form of soap. So the ancients figured out two methods, lye and ash.
Using ash from your fire is a great way to scrub your skin clean. Of course you will need some water to rinse off the ash, but it works well in keeping your body clean.
I highly recommend this method if you are in an environment where your feet will constantly need cleaning.
Hygiene and survival can happen together. If you are going to be in a survival situation for a while it may mean processing your own soap to keep yourself healthy. Keeping your health up in survival situations is crucial and best of all does not require a great deal of work.
When You Have to Go-You Have to Go
There is probably no place on earth that's not at risk for some type of widespread emergency, be it a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, earthquake, volcano, tsunami, flood, or wildfire. 
A little common-sense planning and preparation can go a long way to minimize the adverse impact on you and your family in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Once a crisis is imminent it may be too late; think about it now and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and family.
Every crisis has its own special features. Way back on the 25th June, 2007, Hull received an unusually high amount of rainfall that led to widespread flooding across the city and the surrounding area.
Over the wider city region, over 10,000 properties were damaged impacting upon the livelihoods and well-being of tens of thousands of people. 
In December 2010 hundreds of drivers were stuck on the main route between Glasgow and Edinburgh for 12+ hours as the snowy conditions blanketed the central belt of the country and recently over 80,000 people in the North East were hit by a power cut.
After any widespread disaster there is the likelihood of public services being disrupted. You can probably carry on without electricity or natural gas, but once water and sewer service are lost we quickly realize how much our civilized world depends on indoor plumbing and in particular the flush toilet.
A major lesson from past disasters is that as individuals we must be prepared to survive on our own for at least the first few days after a disaster. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home.
What would you do if basic services--water, gas, electricity or telephones--were cut off? Perhaps it is true that local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away, you will be on your own.
Below are ideas and suggestions to help you get started in preparing your home for an unexpected disaster.
Flooding is always a threat to homes located near water. But the flooding Hull in 2007 showed how widespread flooding can get. And you don't need to live near water to have your home inundated with water, a friend of mine had four-inches of water in his basement from a nearby ruptured water pipe.
One of many steps you can take to help minimize the damage to your home is to put a sandbag into the toilet bowls. This will not prevent your home from being flooded, but it will prevent sewer waste from backing into your home.
Emergency toilet seal
There is a unique product in the UK that provides an emergency seal for toilets. It looks a bit like a lid to a small rubbish bin. The seal is quick to fit, easy to store and secures the toilet during a flood to prevent backflow. 
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Value of Household Bleach
In the mid-50s the country was also concerned about civil defence. I remember numerous newspaper and magazine articles on preparing our homes for a widespread disaster.
The one suggestion that I've never forgotten is to NEVER throw out an empty bleach bottle. They make great containers for storing water. Rinse out, fill with water, seal and label them, then store in a dark spot in your house.
I always buy bleach in the largest container available, usually a one and a half gallon size. While you should replenish the water every six months (use to water your plants), it's not hard to forget to do so, but it's easy to disinfect the water if you need it for drinking purposes.
You can use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 per cent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, colour safe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners.
Add 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odour, repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes. The only agent used to treat water should be household liquid bleach.
Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 per cent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.
If you are uncertain about the purity of any water source, treat before you use it for drinking, food preparation or hygiene. In addition to having a bad odour and taste, water from questionable sources may be contaminated by a variety of microorganisms that can cause dysentery, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.
To treat water, follow these steps:
1. Filter the water using a piece of cloth or coffee filter to remove solid particles
2. Bring it to a rolling boil for about one full minute
3. Let it cool at least 30 minutes. Water must be cool or the chlorine treatment described below will not work.
4. Add 16 drops of liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water, or 8 drops per 2-liter bottle of water. Stir to mix. Sodium hypochlorite (concentration 5.25% to 6%) should be the only active ingredient in the bleach. There should be no added soap or fragrance.
5. Let stand 30 minutes.
6. If the water smells of chlorine, you can use it. If it does not smell of chlorine, repeat steps 4 and 5. If after the second try the water smells of chlorine, you can use it. Otherwise, discard and find another source of water.
People with certain medical conditions may need distilled or sterile water. Your doctor can tell you whether you fall in this category.
How to build a toilet for surviving a disaster
After a disaster or in an emergency it might be necessary to build an emergency toilet. If water pipes are broken or sewer lines are not working then a sanitary emergency toilet can be built. This is an easy project that can be finished in 10 minutes.
How to convert a flush toilet into an emergency toilet.
1. Line the inside of a toilet bowl, 5 gallon pail, or another appropriately sized waste container with two heavy-duty plastic garbage bags.
2. Place kitty litter, fireplace ashes, or sawdust into the bottom of the bags.
3. At the end of each day, the bagged waste should be securely tied and removed to a protected location such as a garage, basement, outbuilding, and so on, until a safe disposal option is available.
4. You can dispose of the waste in a properly functioning public sewer, or septic system, or they may bury the waste on their own property.
Note: During a declared emergency, these bags may be included with the regular garbage if a public announcement has been made that allows this method of disposal.
Temporary Toilet Provisions
Right after an emergency, or during one, you will probably not have the time and tools to prepare a complex emergency sanitation system.
If there is a delay of several days in restoring sewage service to your neighbourhood, you may find that disposal is a big problem.
Build a Make Shift Toilet
To build a makeshift toilet, line a medium-size plastic bucket with a garbage bag. (If the sewage lines are broken but the toilet bowl is usable, place the plastic garbage bag around bowl.) Make a toilet seat out of two boards placed parallel to each other across the bucket. An old toilet seat will also work.
After each use, pour a disinfectant such as bleach into the container to avoid infection and spreading of disease.
Cover the container tightly when not in use. Bury garbage and human wastes in the ground to avoid the spread of disease by rats and insects. Dig a pit two to three feet deep and at least 50 feet from any well, spring or water supply.
Sawdust Potty
During a flood, your city's sewer system or your household's septic system may not work. To be prepared, store materials to make a sawdust potty in your emergency kit as well. All you need is organic material such as sawdust, peat moss or soil, and a 5-gallon bucket with a lid. After you use the potty, just pour a layer of organic material in the bucket and put the lid on.
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Every Day Carry list
Some people limit their daily carry to a multi tool, a set of keys and of course, an EDC USB stick. This list is for those who want more...
Which EDC bag?
It's up to you. More than anything, your EDC bag should be something that you're comfortable carrying in all situations. It can be a messenger bag, a backpack, or a tactical style EDC bag.
Think about where you will carry your bag - school, work, public transport, etc. If you're in an urban environment, keep in mind that carrying a military style or tactical EDC bag may attract unwanted attention. I carry the Maxpedition Jumbo EDC from Blackcat Survival
The list
This is not a check list. Carrying everything on this list would be impractical. The primary purpose of this list is to make you think about what you need to carry.
EDC USB stick containing encrypted scans of your ID, licenses, birth certificate, passwords, Portable Apps etc.
Spare cash
Coins for payphones/vending machines
Multi tool
Keychain multi tool
Keychain flashlight
Lock pick set (check local laws before carrying)
Sewing kit and safety pins
Duct tape and/or gaffer tape (folded in a Ziploc bag)
Cable ties (various lengths)
Cord or rope
Spare sunglass
Spare optical glasses or contact lenses if required
Ear plugs
BIC lighter
Fire starter
Tinder (Vaseline soaked cotton balls)
Disposable rain poncho
Aluminium/aluminium foil (Good for everything from signalling to making a cup - or even for a tin foil hat)
Spare batteries
Water bottle
Secondary flashlights/torches
It's a good idea to carry a few cheap flashlights that you can give to other people.
Personal Items
Hand sanitizer/antiseptic
Lip balm/ChapStick
Insect repellent
Antibacterial Wet Ones
Toilet paper (folded in a Ziploc bag)
First aid
First Aid Kit and First-Aid Manual
Emergency space blanket
Aspirin and Ibuprofen
Bail out/bug out extras
Pocket binoculars/monocular
Portable shortwave receiver
Headlamp flashlight
Camp stove
Fuel bottle
Dehydrated food
Water purification tablets
Camo rain poncho
High visibility vest (useful for road accidents and when in hunting areas)
Spare mobile phone capable of making emergency calls.
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Living in the woods
What type of shelter you choose is ultimately up to you: Do you want to erect a magnificent log cabin or are you more at home in a tent? What can you build that would take advantage of the sun, the trees, not be an eyesore, and withstand the elements? And where is the best place to make your home base?
There are dozens of ways to erect a tent. Before you go about settling for a lean-to, spend a little bit more time on the internet as there is a plethora of camping articles you've yet to use to your advantage
Master survival techniques. You're not just camping for a week or spending most of it floating down a river drinking beer. You need some serious skills because this is your life 24/7.
Here's a very non-exhaustive list of skills you are going to need! You need to eat, stay warm, and be hygienic above all else, but the entire list is useful.
How to Build a Fire
How to Purify Water
How to Create a Tripwire Trap
How to Make a Snare Trap
How to Make a Day Survival Kit
How to Fish
How to Hunt
How to Take a Bath in a Sink, Bucket, or River
Stay hygienic. When it comes to pooping in the woods, you basically have two options: going about your business wherever and however you like or developing some long-term system. Did you know there's such a thing as a composting toilet where you can use waste to fertilize the ground? If you're there for a while, might as well make the world a better place for it!
While you can go for the traditional ditch latrine, there's also the option of a regular camping toilet. With all your free time, you could develop a brand new system, too.
And then there's bathing. Hopefully there's a river nearby, right? Aside from having drinking water, it's also good so your own stench doesn't drive you batty.
Consider living near something urban. While you may consider having a reprieve from the wilderness life defeating the purpose, it can come in very handy to live ten miles away from a petrol station.
If you're dying, just really need a real toilet, or would kill the next person you see for a package of beef jerky, it can be a true Godsend. Or if you live semi-near a town, you can go in once every few months for a few staples.
There's no harm in it, your eco-footprint is already marginal compared to the rest of us!
If this is something that intrigues you, you may need a form of transportation. A bicycle makes the most sense, though a motorcycle or moped may also be feasible.
Just know that it's one more thing you must know how to maintain. If you do go down this route, familiarize yourself with the mechanics of your vehicle. You should be its master -- not the other way around.
Perhaps you might consider the best 4x4 ever a horse.
Consider upgrading. Since you plan on being there for a while, why not upgrade?
Go off the grid and provide yourself your own sustainable energy and way of living. It'll take some money, but do think about installing solar panels in your home (or utilizing wind energy), drilling a well and starting a septic system, using a generator, starting composting, and even starting farming!
Have a craft. You'll probably want something to do with your time, many preppers and survivalists make soaps and lotions, make cloth, blankets, etc. from animal hides, carve wood, make teas and syrups, and master other hobbies that utilize nature. You could even make a little side money, if that interests you. Whether it's for a profit or just for you, having an art is a very good, life-affirming thing.
Always do what's best for you. Living in the woods is an enormous feat. Even doing it for days is nothing to shake a stick at.
It also can cause a person to get inside their own head and drive themselves crazy. You may come to realize that you don't know who you are, what this thing called life is all about, or what really to do with yourself.
It might be infinitely more disturbing than you could ever imagine. Or it could be so freeing you don't know why you didn't do it sooner.
Either way, always keep your mental health in mind. People will question your sanity, you may even question your own sanity, but if you're happy, continue on. Stay safe, warm, healthy, and strive to live the life you dream of. Whatever that is.
Medicinal Pickled Garlic
Garlic helps treating sore throats, colds, flu, and poor digestion and is a potent antiseptic and antimicrobial agent effective against many types of infection. Above all, it really helps your immune system and you won’t be caching colds that easy.
Garlic contains allicin, an antibiotic and anti-fungal compound that protects it against pests and is believed to be the source of the health benefits. And to be honest, I love it!
The evidence that the mixture of honey, garlic and vinegar not only ease the symptoms of colds but also can boost the libido and energy; it instantly treats common ailments like indigestion, heartburn and headaches.
How to Prepare Medicinal Pickled Garlic with Honey
What do you need?
A normal jar with garlic cloves
Apple cider vinegar
Half a jar of honey
One jar
Fill the garlic jar with apple cider vinegar and leave the jar at (room temperature) for 4 weeks. After this period strain off the apple cider vinegar and place ½ of the liquid in a sauce pan and add half a jar of honey.
Warm stirring until the honey and the vinegar mix together. Pour this back over the garlic and place the jar in a cool dark place for another 4 weeks.
After that you can use the garlic to cook food, as a side dish or just eat it like that because it’s very tasty. Keep in mind that this medicinal pickled garlic would last for almost a year.
Once you’ve learned how to prepare medicinal pickled garlic with honey you can improve the recipe by adding all sorts of spices to make it taste even better (like bay leaves, thyme or you can make it spicy).
Spicy Pickled Garlic with Peppercorns and Saffron Threads
What do you need?
1 pound of garlic
Peppercorns (12-40 peppercorns – depending on how spicy do you want to make it)
Saffron threads
Apple cider vinegar
Bay leaves (4-8)
Sugar (1/3 cup)
4 jars (of 4 ounce)
Using this recipe you will make four jars of spicy pickled garlic.
First sterilize the jars in a pot of boil water (10-15 minutes) than peel the garlic. Place the saffron, the sugar and the vinegar into a pan and boil them. Put the garlic cloves into the jars, adding one or two bay leafs and peppercorns.
Pour the hot mix over the garlic, and top with the lid and band. If the jar doesn’t seal within 2-4 hours, you can put the jars in a hot water bath for ten minutes, or store in the refrigerator.
Once you’ve caned your first jars of garlic you can improve the recipe by adding all sorts of spices to make it better for your own taste.
The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous ten years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.
The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.
The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.
The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.
There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.
You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.
There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.
There are local scout and explorer groups onsite promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.
The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.
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