Fathers Survival Wisdom!
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As we sit on the threshold of another Father’s Day it calls into question the idea of what fathers teach their sons and what skills you might have learned from your father as you grew up. That is most often the measure of your relationship with your father. It is hard to have a great relationship with a father who never taught you anything.
Just around the corner is the one day a year that we all take a moment and thank Dad for all he does. If you were lucky enough to have a good Father, you probably look forward to this day each year. Its a reason to go and hang out with Dad. Its a reason …
Men! They can be so hard to buy for. My own husband is possibly the worst. This year I bought him a beautiful menorah and, wouldn’t you know, he just happened to open that particular Amazon box — after I had spent weeks wondering what I should get him. Bah, humbug!! If you, too, are […]
10 Awesome Survival Gifts for Father’s Day Father’s Day is coming up soon. Whether you have a dad that you are looking to give a gift, or if you are that dad dropping a hint for your kids- an awesome survival gift on Father’s Day never hurts. If you are an avid prepper and survivalist, …
Happy Father’s Day (almost). Do you have outdoor plans for the weekend? I’ve culled some choice posts to help get you prepped to survive.
Before we get to that, I want to thank you for responding to my request for book reviews last week. I have the best readers ever—really. Thank you for taking time to tell others what you think of The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. I’ve included some excerpts from reader reviews at the end of the post.
And now, here are some posts I suggest glancing over before the big weekend because nothing should ruin Father’s Day—especially heatstroke.
“This an excellent, reasonably priced, compendium of practical emergency medical information …. This is one text that I will keep close at hand and will not be loaning out.”
“It has great anatomy illustrations. The information is presented in a very understandable way. … This book does not just cover basic first aid, there is also information on blood clots, heart attacks, seizures, strokes, concussion, earaches, gynecologic issues & childbirth, common children’s issues.”
I am so excited to see the new book … and, although I have several first aid books, and even one called ‘What to Do When There Is No Doctor’ (which really focuses more on medicine in far off places), I found them lacking. I have been a nurse working ER and Critical Care Units (among other areas) over a period of 46 years …. This book is quite comprehensive addressing many conditions not even mentioned in other such books. … I might add that, despite my extensive experience in managing injury and critical illness, I learned much from this new book!!”
“There are thoughtful ideas for alternative natural medicines when a pharmacy is not available. The author discusses supplements and home remedies. … The drawings are easy to understand. This book is fun to read and amazing! I’m a High School Biology teacher and plan on using one of the pop quizzes about the heart with my students!”
“This is an excellent book to have in your Emergency Kit. The author is very knowledgeable, but the book it still VERY readable, enjoyable even with his anecdotes.”
“[In survival situations] you are going to want have access to real advice, provided by a real doctor who has treated real patients, and not some anonymous source on the internet. James Hubbard. MD is the real deal who provides some practical and easy to follow solutions to medical emergencies. His book is highly illustrated which makes it easy to follow along and understand, regardless of whether or not you have had first aid training. You will not regret adding this book to your library.”
—Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival
“The range of topics is very thorough. This is an extremely useful book for anyone who lives in a rural area or spends time in the outdoors, especially hikers, kayakers, hunters, etc. The book is also useful for anyone living in a metropolitan area where help is just a phone call away because it teaches you things to do to mitigate damage to the body in those precious moments before help does arrive. A worthwhile book and reasonably priced.”
“Lots of great information in this book !!! Easy to read and understand.”
“I think this is a great resource for backpack, first aid kit, or home. The instructions are easy to understand – which is important in a crisis. I bought one for our home and one for my husband to keep in his troop first aid kit.”
“[I]t is very thorough.”
“An excellent read. Full of tips on finding supplies as well as handling many emergency situations.”
“Simply put, everyone needs this book. I’ve a copy on my Kindle and the book in my bug out bag … and have sent copies to loved ones as presents.”
Father’s Day is close at hand. How about getting the old man something a little different this year? Something he can use—that might even help him survive the unexpected.
Here are 10 survival gift ideas for Father’s Day that I think any man would relish. Whether Dad is a camper, fisherman, hunter, hiker, prepper, DIYer, homesteader, or even a traveling businessman, there’s something in this list for him. And I bet he doesn’t already have everything on it.
Full disclosure: Most of these links are Amazon affiliate links. But the products are simply examples, not meant as specific recommendations. Short on time? Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, and you can get many of these gifts within a couple of days.
Gifts Under $20
If Dad can’t pass up a good chainsaw, loves hiking where wild animals roam, or is a dedicated prepper, get him a tourniquet! Israeli bandages, such as this one, are popular because they’re pretty easy to use, and they tend to work. You can use one as a tourniquet or a compression bandage. Combat Application Tourniquets—also easy to use—are especially popular among first responders.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve treated someone who’s had their day ruined by being in their yard, or with machinery, and getting a speck in their eye that they can’t get out. Everyone needs a good pair of goggles. This is a pretty cool-looking pair. If Dad wears glasses, consider an over-the-glasses kind.
If Dad has any winter weather at all, consider some snow/ice chains for the shoes. They can save him from a bad fall. And the beauty is, they’re small enough that he could put a pair in his pocket or briefcase and slip them on only when he needs them. There are different types of “chains” designed for different lifestyles. Yaktrax Pros and ICEtrekkers Spikes are pretty versatile. If Dad’s a hardcore winter outdoorsman, he might like the ICEtrekkers Diamond Grips. There are even STREAMtrekkers for summertime fishermen.
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
My newest book is a best seller and the perfect gift for any father. The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook covers a large variety of medical problems, but it’s easy to read, interesting and packed with illustrations. If Dad is an outdoorsman or traveler, consider my more compact Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid as a lightweight, portable guide to complement the Handbook.
Hikers, campers, hunters, and fishermen will appreciate a LifeStraw for emergency water backup. If they get stranded in the woods and didn’t carry enough extra water to get them through, something like this has the potential to help save their life. A LifeStraw is a large straw with a filter inside. According to the company, the filter will remove almost all bacteria and parasites. It’s so small and light that it’s a must for backpacks and travel bags.
Preppers, homesteaders, outdoorsman, DIYers, and adventure travelers love my online, video-based training course. Dad will learn learn essential first-aid techniques and much more to help him survive emergencies and help his family survive too.
What’s your favorite survival gift idea for Father’s Day? If you’re a dad, what survival gift would you really like to receive?
Note: A previous version of this post was originally published June 9, 2014.
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