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Wilderness survival should be taught to everyone. It can save lives, thus is an important body of knowledge.
This is the most essential of all essentials.
EDIT: In light of recent information " There's always a 'GOTCH' to a good idea isn't there.... With this system (and all systems that use plastics as evap-chambers/collectors) is that the plastic should be UV stable and BISPHONOL free.
SO YOU HAVE an emergency supply of water, but you're not sure how pure it is.
This is something I made on a whim.
This is my first Instructable so bare with me.
I've just designed and built a practical, portable 12 Volt 17 Watt wind generator that is ideal (and appropriate) for setting up in campgrounds, parks, Earth Day exhibitions, research stations, and third world homesteads. On "light breeze" days (5mph = 2.2m/s) when most wind generators are becalmed, this light-and-nimble unit reliably generates power, at charging levels, fully taking advantage of the erratic, gusting winds that are so common in near-ground conditions.
Camping's all about enjoying the outdoors; but let's face it - electronics are hard to power in the outdoors...There's nothing worse than pulling out your camera to snap a photo of a great view and finding out your battery's dead! Generators are heavy and difficult to lug around, and so the perfect solution is a green source of free energy: the wind! Although this turbine -because of its small size and lightweight nature- isn't exactly going to run at 120V, it's capable of charging batteries and such.
I am not going to repeat all the details on how to build a solar panel, there are plenty of other instructables for this (search tool is your friend!).
video Cheap and Easy Passive Solar Water Heater for your Home. ($300) Heat your water for free with a solar water heater.
An Alcohol Stove made from Aluminum Bottles
There are many different ways to start fires however some of the most difficult involve catching a single spark.
"Camping Gear" gives you the complete step-by-step instructions for 14 different DIY camping projects. Learn how to build fire, make your own tent and what to bring on your camping trip! All projects come from Instructables.com , are written by our creative community, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily make these yourself.
Materials Needed: 1.) Large peice of ripstop nylon - 3 & 2/3 yards - You can get this at most sewing stores: JoAnns, Michaels, even Walmart (if they have a sewing section). 2.) Sewing machine 3.)