Stuck In A Jam? Basic Items To Include in A Car Emergency Kit

Car emergency kits are among the things that many people do not think much of until it is already too late, and they end up wishing that they hadn’t left their house without one. The key to this is being ready and here at Ready Tribe we want to inspire you to be ready for any situation.

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If we drive a new car, with a full warranty, or we pay for premium breakdown cover, we can often become lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to our car breaking down. Unfortunately, vehicle breakdowns can happen anywhere and at any time. There will be times when you have to stop in a remote area that is not very well lit and has poor cell phone reception. An emergency car kit can help in easing the pain and reducing the hassle of this kind of breakdown situation.

Your car might seem to be in good shape right now, but there is no guarantee that problems won’t arise in the future. You just don’t know when something can happen to your vehicle even if you maintain it properly and carry out all necessary checks before use.

While such incidents can occur right on your driveway, there are many instances when you have to deal with auto problems when you are several miles away from your home. Not only do you need the right equipment for the task, you need to make sure you are physically able to carry out the task. If you are traveling where the weather is bad or the area is remote then it is imperative that you carry a car emergency kit even if you are covered for roadside assistance. These kits are specifically designed so that you can survive until help finally arrives.

There are several prepackaged kits that you can find on the market today that contain everything that you will need. However, you will be able to save some money if you choose to assemble your own car kit. Even after purchasing a prepackaged one, you may choose to add additional items that are more specific to your needs, depending on where you are traveling.

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Here are some of the must-have items that you should include in your auto emergency kit:

Cell phone charger– Most people will carry a cell but taking the time to make sure it is fully charged before setting off is sensible. Carrying a car charger is a must!

First aid kit – It must include band aids, gauze pads, adhesive pads, antiseptic, aspirin and any other specifics that you or any member of your family needs.

This video goes into a bit more detail about items needed in a car first aid kit:

Reflective warning triangles – Although most prepackaged kits come with a single warning triangle, experts suggest that you should have three placed at a distance of 50 feet for warning any oncoming traffic.

• Spare Tire, Jack And Wheel Brace – If you get a flat or a blowout you need the right equipment to get it changed.

Tire gauge – You should use a tire gauge to regularly check the air pressure on ALL your tires, including your spare. Making sure your spare is usable is often ignored until it is needed. Don’t be a victim of this!

• Windscreen washer fluid – Always carry a bottle of washer fluid in case you run out and you can’t see through your windshield.

Battery Jumper cables – These must be a minimum of 10 feet long and coated with a minimum of 8 gauge rubber.

Foam tire sealant – This is a quick and inexpensive way to repair a flat tire with no need to change the tire. However, always carry a spare as foam sealant will not work if you have suffered a blowout.

Gloves – Protect your hands when making any repairs. Look after yourself!

Waterproof flashlights and extra batteries – Trying to change a tire in the pitch black is extremely difficult. Carry extra batteries at all times.

Duct tape – This is the universal solution for all fixes :-) . Never leave home without it!

Drinking water – hydration is a killer! Keep a stock of drinking water at hand.

Tow rope or tow strap – Make sure it is strong enough to be able to tow your vehicle.

Nonperishable snacks – Stave off hunger for you and your passengers.

Rain poncho – A cheap plastic poncho is better than nothing if you have to make repairs in the pouring rain.

Warm blanket – Helps to stay warm in the vehicle overnight.

Windshield ice scraper – When temperatures plummet, you want to be able to make sure you can see through the windshield.

Visit Amazon now and make sure you have these items in your car emergency kits for a safe and hassle-free road trip.

Can you think of any additional items that we have forgotten? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Stuck In A Jam? Basic Items To Include in A Car Emergency Kit by Robert Holder via Ready Tribe – Don't Just Survive, Thrive!.

Foraging For Food? Check Out These Five Tasty And Edible Plants

Have you ever watched shows where some people got stranded in the wild but managed to survive using their bare wits and living off the things that nature has to offer? Sometimes you might see how a poor guy ran into trouble after eating a plant that he assumes to be safe but is, in fact, poisonous. Maybe his survival instincts were not at the top of their game and he should have done more research into edible plants? Do you want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you? Read on to find out more about 5 plants that are safe to eat in the wild.

No matter where you might be in the world, identifying the plants that you can eat and the ones that you shouldn’t go anywhere near is critical for your survival. You will never know when you might end up stranded in a wild forest, or washed up on the beach of a deserted island and have to fend for yourself in a survival situation. Are you ready for that?

It is important to know what the best edible plants are and knowing which ones are poisonous. Some plants smell nasty or look unpleasant but are quite nutritious and delicious to eat. Some plants taste disgusting and smell bad but can have all the right nutrients in them that can mean the difference between winning and losing.

Here are some of the useful plants that can help you make it through your survival situation and give your body the nutrients that it needs.

Cattail

cattail1Also known as Bulrush, it is an easily recognizable plant because of its brown and cigar-shaped head that stands on top of a long stalk. Cattail is among the most common and most important wild foods, and it has various uses at different times of the year. You can read about them here at NativeTech. Inside the fresh shoot’s stalks, you will find tasty food that you can eat as it is, or if you prefer it can also be sautéed or stir-fried.

Amaranth

AmaranthAmaranth is a kind of weed that resembles a pigweed: a tall, broad-leafed and upright plant that grows all year round. It comes in various colors, shapes, and sizes. It is a type of leafy grain and vegetable that has been eaten in different parts of the world for many centuries. Its seeds, in particular, have a high content of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and Lysine (an amino acid). Amaranth has a much higher nutritional content when compared to spinach, Swiss chard and beets. Also, the leaves of the plant contain three times more niacin and three times more calcium than found in spinach leaves.

Burdock

burdockBurdock is a common stout weed that has annoying burrs that stick to anything around them, such as clothing of hikers walking past, or animal fur. This biennial plant contains volatile oils, carbohydrates, tannins, fatty oils and plant sterols.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center it is used as a blood purifier, diuretic and also as a remedy for skin ailments such as acne and psoriasis.

Clovers

cloverIf you find yourself stranded in the wild and feeling hungry, finding a clover field can be considered as a stroke of luck, primarily since this wild plant is 100% edible. The clover leaves are very delicious in juices and salads and are also valuable survival food since they have a high protein content. This is great news as clover is found in plentiful supply throughout the world. It might not be too easy to digest raw Clovers but you can fix this problem by just juicing and drinking them. The seed pods and dried flower heads can be ground up to create a nutritious flour that can be combined with other foods. You can also steam the dried flower heads in hot water to make a healthy and very tasty tea.

Chickweed

chickweedChickweed is among those weeds that you can commonly see springing up everywhere. This hardy plant is wild and edible, and grows all year round and has a very delicate appearance of a thin hairy stem with oval pointed leaves. Chickweed is very healthy to eat and is full of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients.

According to Drugs.com“The young shoots are edible and have been used as salad greens.” 

Having additional knowledge of which plants are edible is great when you need to find alternatives when in the wild. Want to find out about natural items used for healing? Read this post now.

This video by Primitive Pathways shows some more edible wildflowers that you can find while out foraging.

Source: Foraging For Food? Check Out These Five Tasty And Edible Plants by Robert Holder via Ready Tribe – Don't Just Survive, Thrive!.

How to Survive a Tornado

The flowers are growing, the birds are singing, and the storm clouds are gathering. Yes, it’s tornado season once again.

We had several thunderstorms here in Tulsa last month, and the tornado siren has already gone off three times (all of them in a single night), so preparing for a twister to come barreling through my neighborhood has been on my mind lately. Statistically, more tornados happen in May than any other month of the year.

With swirling winds that can reach up to 300mph, tornados are both fascinating and frightening. On average, 60 people die each year from tornado outbreaks, but in a particularly deadly year, like 2011, they can kill over 500. I’ve been through two big tornadoes during my time in Oklahoma that flattened entire parts of cities. It’s one of the most surreal and sobering things to see.

Tornado safety is pretty elementary – quite literally; if you grow up here in “tornado alley,” sometime during your grade school years a kindly local weatherman will probably show up at your school and teach you how to survive a twister. For me, Gary England was that kindly local weatherman. The man is a cult hero roun’ these parts.

He’s calmly talked Oklahomans through tornadoes and severe ice storms for 40 years. Gary England is so beloved, there’s even a drinking game named after him.

Yet despite growing up in the panhandle state, I learned a surprising number of new things (as well as how advice has changed over the years) while researching this article. And if you’re a new arrival to the Midwest or Southeast, tornado survival 101 is something you should definitely take the time to learn. Also, just because you don’t live in a tornado-prone part of the country doesn’t mean this bit of lifesaving know-how doesn’t apply to you; tornados have occurred in all 50 states, and you never know when one might touch down on a 14,000-foot mountain or come roaring through the Big Apple.

How to Survive a Tornado

Be Prepared

Before the storm clouds even gather, know exactly where you’ll take cover in your home if a tornado approaches, and store some padding materials in this designated “shelter” (we’ll talk about this more below). When you’re out and about at the stores and restaurants that you frequent, take note of where the bathrooms are and if shelters are available. If you live in an apartment or mobile home park, know what the tornado evacuation drill is and where you’re supposed to go for shelter if a tornado is imminent.

Since tornados can knock out power and utilities for several days, I also recommend having a 72-hour emergency kit at the least, and ideally, supplies for a longer period of grid-down as well.

Be Observant

Tornados can occur without warning any time of day, even if there isn’t a thunderstorm in the area. And if it’s nighttime, or there is heavy rain and clouds in the vicinity, you may not be able to see signs of a potential tornado. That being said, most tornados occur in the afternoon, and they are sometimes preceded by a few telltale conditions. Signs of a possible tornado include a pea-soup green sky and/or a low, dark cloud; spotting a wall cloud around here is always a cause for concern.

If a tornado is imminent, it may be accompanied by the following signs, provided by theNOAA Storm Prediction Center:
  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base — tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.
  • Day or night – loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night – small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
  • Night – persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning — especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.

$500K payout for East Tennessee man who won fishing tourney

Four days of tournament bass fishing in Arkansas was exhausting. It required skill, preparation, patience and, as always, a little luck.

The most excruciating part, however, was still to come for Brad Knight, Morgan County’s new celebrity.

“Sunday after we checked the boat in at the lake,’’ Knight said, “you’ve got a 40-minute drive to Hot Springs for the weigh-in.

“Everything I could do was over. I didn’t think I had done enough to get it done. I couldn’t hardly hold my hands on the steering wheel.’’

Knight had in fact done enough. He had won the biggest prize in bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, and its life-changing $500,000 payday.

Fifty of the best bass fisherman qualified to gather at Lake Ouachita last week for the big event on the Fishing League Worldwide calendar.

“You have the FLW, that’s like the NASCAR of bass fishing,’’ Knight said Wednesday. “It’s the upper tier. The Forrest Wood Cup is basically the Super Bowl of our sport.’’

Read more here: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/500k-payout-for-east-tennessee-man-who-won-fishing-tourney_44526743

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