Locate a Suitable Site for Your Camp

When it comes to survival and doing it right, one of the most important skills you can have is knowing how to find and choose the best site for your camp. Simply having a nice flat area is not good enough. You need to think about a range of factors first. One of the most important things will be elevation so you are away from areas that might be affected by a flash flood. Setting up your campsite in a valley or a gulley is a bad idea for this very reason. If you are near a lake, you do […]

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How to Choose the Right Recurve Bow

How to Choose the Right Recurve Bow

When you are choosing tools that you will want to have with you in a survival situation, a good recurve bow should be among them. They can help you with hunting, as well as defense. What should you look for? Naturally, you want to have a quality bow, and you should choose one from a well-known manufacturer. Make sure the bow has plenty of good reviews from professionals, as well as actual archers who use the bow regularly. Since this is for hunting, you want to make sure that the bow has a draw weight of at least 40lbs. If […]

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Survival News: Expansion of US’ Missile Defense System in South Korea

Survival News: Expansion of US’ Missile Defense System in South Korea

Tension continues to mount in Asia as US officials express the urgency of moving forward with a vast missile defense system in South Korea. These comments come after North Korea fired a missile off its east coast that apparently failed, as missile detonated within seconds, according to US Pacific Command. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a visit to Asia last week, made clear to North Korea that the US will take whatever means possible to thwart Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, but the determined dictatorship seemed to shrug off the warning, performing a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine a mere two […]

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Survival Nuclear Holocaust (Infographic)

Survival Nuclear Holocaust (Infographic)

If Fukushima has taught us anything, it’s that you never do know when nuclear disaster can strike, and just how many people will be affected. Five years later, the Fukushima nuclear disaster is still impacting not only the immediate area, but potentially the whole West Coast of North America and possibly even the world. Nuclear weapons are certainly a possibility for something any one of us might have to prepare for and survive, but just nuclear meltdowns at one of the nation’s hundreds of nuclear plants is a realistic prospect as well. I thought this infographic from Backdoor Survival was great, and […]

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Bird Flu: Overdue Pandemic Time? (Video)

Bird Flu: Overdue Pandemic Time? (Video)

We’ve written a bit about the spread of avian flu over the last few months, and while the threat is mostly still restricted to birds, it has no subsided, and there have even been reports of bird flu among flocks here in the US. I always love Patriot Nurse’s take on current events, but anything medical is definitely her forte and she’s got some great insight into how, and why, to be prepared. The thing is, you’re seen as a crazy kook until it’s too late to protect yourself, so you might as well stock up on vital supplies now, […]

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Why You Should Sleep When You’re Trying to Survive

Why You Should Sleep When You’re Trying to Survive

This might be a very confusing title. Sleep while you’re trying to survive, how could that possibly be a good thing? Well, consider this. If you find yourself caught up in a situation in which you will need to fight for your survival, you do need to try to get rest, especially your first night. If you have just been in a plane crash, found yourself lost and stranded in the wilderness with no way to call for help, driven out of your home or community by a disaster, terrorism, or war, etc., you will most likely be exhausted. Either from the […]

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Survival News: The Latest on the London Attacks

Survival News: The Latest on the London Attacks

We mentioned on Thursday the developing story about a potential terrorist attack in London, and you’ve probably heard by now that it was indeed to be a terror attack plotted out by a radicalized English national. Khalid Masood, 52, was killed in the attack after plowing through crowds of pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before trying to crash into the barrier of the House of Parliament, stabbing a police officer before being gunned down himself. So far, five people have died as a result of injuries from the attack, either on impact or in the hospital. The fifth victim died Thursday […]

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Knives: The Ultimate Survival Tool

Knives: The Ultimate Survival Tool

You’ve all heard the question “If you were trapped on a desert island, and you only had to have item with you, what would you choose?” Well, there are many fun and throught-provoking variations to this question for the sake of casual conversation, but if you were to turn that into a serious question about survival, in almost any situation, there is one, clear, answer: a knife.  The knife is the ultimate survival tool. It serves a multitude of uses, as well as being easy to carry with you at all times, ensuring the likelihood that it would actually be on […]

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How Hydroponics Can Save You Money on Animal Feed (Video)

How Hydroponics Can Save You Money on Animal Feed (Video)

Rising food prices have affected farmers all over the globe, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better anytime soon. But for what looks like a sobering vision of the future for us, is a current reality in some parts of the world. These innovative farmers in a small village in Kenya were inspired by technology they researched online, and have come up with an amazing system of using hydroponic gardening to feed their pigs and chickens. I love this innovative solution to expensive animal feed, and I think any survivalist or homesteader could glean from this […]

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Are You Really a Good Shot?

Are You Really a Good Shot?

How good of a shot are you, really? You might be an ace at the range, and you might have some tight groupings. That’s a good start, but it does not mean you are as great a shot as you might think you are. There is always room for improvement, and even the best shots in the world will tell you that. Once you are comfortable holding and shooting a firearm at the range and you have your basic skills mastered, you will want to move on to something that provides more of a challenge. One of the ways to […]

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Survival News: Attack in London One Year After Brussels Bombing

Survival News: Attack in London One Year After Brussels Bombing

Exactly one year ago today, Brussels, the cosmopolitan capital of Belgium, home to the EU and NATO headquarters, experienced a devastating, violent, terror attack that ripped the city apart. In two separate bombings, the city’s main airport and a busy, rush hour subway station were struck, killing 32 and injuring over 300. The attack came in the midst of a heated debate over the security risks of mass migration from war-torn, Middle Eastern countries, and were sadly confirming to those who had been concerned. Since this tragic event, Europe has continued to see rising crime rates, several terror attacks in […]

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All You Really Need to Know About Morse Code

All You Really Need to Know About Morse Code

Morse code is one of the oldest forms of modern communication. The set of “dits” and “das” that correspond with the American alphabet were used before the telephone, and certainly long before email and text messages, to communicate messages across the country and eventually the world. While it has long been demoted by many different forms of more modern communication, it still remains as a vital communcation skill that every survivalist should have a handle on. Does this mean you need to get out there and memorize how to speedily send long, descriptive messages in morse code right away? Not […]

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Edible Plants You Can Forage (Infographic)

Edible Plants You Can Forage (Infographic)

I don’t think you can ever have too many resources for edible plants, and we’ve written about them plenty on this site. Sometimes, though, you just need a handy reference, and this infographic is a great chart that you could print out and stick in your bug out bag or other hard copy survival resources you might have. The key to learning edible plants is to become very familiar with them, rather than simply learning about a few wild edibles here and there and expecting you’ll remember them when it comes time to rely on this knowledge. So something like […]

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Rockerfeller Dead-Insider Info (Video)

Rockerfeller Dead-Insider Info (Video)

A few weeks ago I shared a video from a YouTube channel I enjoy, called Full Spectrum Survival that shares survivalism, homesteading, and alternative news videos for the survival-minded prepper. I had heard the news that billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller passed away on Monday, and the man who runs Full Spectrum Survival has some interesting thoughts regarding what his death might mean for the global economy and beyond. David Rockefeller was not just a wealthy philanthropist, he was also very deeply involved with UN initiatives that could have a potentially massive effect on the way wealth, resources, and population is […]

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The Lowdown on Ham Radios

The Lowdown on Ham Radios

Ham radios might seem like a relic of the past to you, but if you’re preparing for disaster, you might want to consider looking into getting yourself set up with a Ham radio system. Ham radios, also called Amateur Radio Service, is a 2-way radio system between yourself and other operators of ham radios. It is not the only system for 2-way radios, but ham radios are considered to be the best for emergencies, due to its long range and multiple channels. They used to be far more popular, before the advent of so many means of constant communication, such […]

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Survival News: Sweden Updates Nuclear Bunkers, Fearing War With Russia

Survival News: Sweden Updates Nuclear Bunkers, Fearing War With Russia

A few weeks after it was announced that Sweden has reinstated conscription, they have begun to update and prepare nuclear bunkers that have not been attended to since the 1990’s. While Sweden has been neutral since the close of WWII, the Northern European neighbor to the former USSR remained prepared for an attack from Moscow until the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 90’s. Until now, at least. As Swedish Parliament holds its first war games in 20 years, preparing 50 MP’s in a secret location who would be set to take over the government were the Parliament to […]

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To Stay or to Go: How to Decide in a Survival Situation

To Stay or to Go: How to Decide in a Survival Situation

If you are in an accident or end up injured or stranded in the wilderness, one of the biggest questions you might face will be whether or not to stay put and try to stay alive there, or venture out and look for help. Existentially, you will of course have no idea which will get you saved, but there are a number of factors you can take into account that will help you make a prudent decision based on which option is better for you at the time, considering the circumstances. This is a simple guide as to how to […]

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Survival News: FBI Begins Investigation Into Russian Election Hacking

Survival News: FBI Begins Investigation Into Russian Election Hacking

FBI director James Comey, a controversial figure himself during the 2016 election, has announced that his bureau has begun an investigation into the claims of Russian interference. This comes amidst a flurry of controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s claims on Twitter that President Obama wiretapped his election headquarters at Trump Tower two weeks ago, a claim which the left is demanding evidence for. FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency head Michael S. Rogers set to testify at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on possible collusion between President Trump and the Kremlin. As Comey announces how seriously the FBI is taking the […]

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Two Survival Skills to Start Practicing Right Now

Two Survival Skills to Start Practicing Right Now

Learning about survival and survival skills is quite beneficial. Reading about different methods of survival in books and online can provide you with a nice foundation from which you can begin, but you need to remember that it is only the foundation. You are responsible for taking the information you learn and then applying it to situations in the real world. It is time that you took your knowledge outside of the house and started to use it, so you know that you have the real skills it will take to survive. The following are three skills that you should […]

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Camping Equipment Then and Now (Infographic)

Camping Equipment Then and Now (Infographic)

I found this infographic recently on Survival-spot.com and it definitely really struck my interest. While I sure love my modern luxuries, I tend to think of most older products as superior. And when it comes to camping and survival gear, while some tools and resources have certainly evolved, I also felt myself wishing I had some of this old gear. I think what was particularly striking to me about this infographic though was how the older gear was not only manufactured using stronger materials in some cases, but, particularly in the case of the map vs. GPS, the older gear […]

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Edible Plants in the Arctic

Edible Plants in the Arctic

Being stranded in the arctic is certainly no small crisis. While it’s not impossible to survive, it would certainly be a huge challenge, but if you travel to arctic regions at all for hunting, fishing, or other sporting, you should prepare yourself, just in case, for the unfortunate disaster in which you might end up stranded. Of course, being able to make or find shelter, start a fire, and simply survive the freezing temperatures is the biggest priority, if you have those down, you will need to sustain yourself. While hunting and fishing will probably be you best bet, there […]

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How to Rack a Slide Like a Lady (Video)

How to Rack a Slide Like a Lady (Video)

There’s a common misconception out there that women shouldn’t use semi-automatic handguns as their concealed carry weapons of choice because they’re too difficult to rack. While it is true that most women have smaller hands that perform differently than men, females still have entirely sufficient arm and hand strength to rack the slide on a semi-auto. It’s just about technique, and using your muscles efficiently. Collen from Keeping the Piece: Defensive Handgun Training for women, explains in this video how easily women can rack a slide, with a little practice and the right form. This is a great video for any […]

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DIY Paracord Bracelet

DIY Paracord Bracelet

I just shared an article all about paracords, and since one of the most popular ways to carry paracord for EDC is in a handy bracelet, I thought I’d share some really simple instructions on how to make your own from DIYReady.com. These are great DIYs, in my opinion, because they’re really simple to do, and what could be smarter than keeping something as versatile and useful as a paracord on your person at all times? Plus, they make great gifts for survival-minded friends and family, and making your own is much more affordable than buying them. You could probably […]

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Radicalized French National Shot Dead in Paris Airport

Radicalized French National Shot Dead in Paris Airport

Hours after shooting a police officer in the face, a French man of North African descent was shot dead in Paris’ Orly Airport after seizing a security officer’s gun. The attacker, 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was wanted for questioning by police, and earlier in the day had opened fire on a police officer in a suburb of Paris during an identity check. He then abandoned his vehicle, which was found later, and hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint. At some point before being shot dead, he texted his father to tell him he’d shot at a police officer. His father and […]

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How Many Ways Can You Use Paracord?

How Many Ways Can You Use Paracord?

When it comes to survival, you will find that some tools are better than others, naturally. You will also find that some of the tools you choose can do more than just one thing. That is always one of the things that you should consider when you are choosing items that you know you will want with you when bugging out or when trying to survive anywhere. If an item can do several jobs, it means you can pack lighter. Take paracord as an example. This is one of the most helpful and handy survivor tools out there, and having […]

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Bad Habits to Break Now If You Hope to Survive

Bad Habits to Break Now If You Hope to Survive

Having great skills and a lot of knowledge is essential for survival. Perhaps you have been working hard to develop those skills. However, if you still have some bad health habits, you will find that even with great skills, you are not going to survive very long. Let’s look at some of the most problematic of these vices. If you have these issues, or others that could inhibit your ability to survive, it is a good idea to make sure that you put in the effort to break those habits sooner rather than later. After all, when it is later, […]

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5 Budget Survival Foods to Start Your Stash

5 Budget Survival Foods to Start Your Stash

There’s a lot of expensive survival gear out there, but you can definitely get a good stash going with very little money. Here are a few suggestions for survival foods to stock up on now that won’t break the bank. Rice White rice is an awesome survival food, and it will keep for a long time on the shelf. Plus, you can usually pick up a bag for very cheap, especially at discount grocery stores or places like Costco. Spend $10 a month on rice and you’ll be in very good shape! Beans If you buy nothing but rice and […]

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Safety Tips for Survival Travel

Safety Tips for Survival Travel

If you are in a wilderness survival situation, there are a great many reasons why you might find yourself needing to travel. In fact, most of the time, if you are stranded in the wilderness, it is going to be your prime objective. But even if you are staying in place, you’ll probably find yourself traveling to look for food or water, scout the area, or scavenge for supplies. Here are some tips for how to travel smartly in the wilderness. High Road When you are moving uphill, take your time, and try to avoid raising your heart rate or […]

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Fukushima-It’s Coming for California (Video)

Fukushima-It’s Coming for California (Video)

I’ve written about the recent news coming out of Fukushima, Japan recently, and there is pretty much no good news that relates to the greatest nuclear disaster in history. Bill Still breaks down exactly what is so deadly about the radiation that continues to seep out of the now-inoperable nuclear plant, which was damaged in the 2003 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan’s West Coast. The media doesn’t even seem to be denying what is happening in Fukushima, simply downright ignoring it, or at best, downplaying it. But the reality is, it is most likely going to continue on as […]

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Survival Uses for Salvaged Bones

Survival Uses for Salvaged Bones

If you are in a true wilderness situation, odds are, you’ll either be killing animals, or you have a good chance of finding an animal carcass lying around. Even if the animal is of no use to you as food, the bones are most likely still strong and useful, and how. There are many ways you can use bones for survival purposes, and most ancient cultures show us this. Bones have been used for centuries for a wide range of tools, weapons, and even jewelry. If you are stranded in the wilderness, you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout […]

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Edible Plants in the Jungle

Edible Plants in the Jungle

The jungle definitely has its pros and cons as a survival landscape. While jungles are typically quite lush, you also have to bear in mind that not everything is going to be edible, just because there are a lot of plants and flowers growing. Here is a guide to everything edible you’ll find in most tropical jungles, and a bit about each. Palms Found in most jungles and even other landscapes, palm trees truly are amazing plants. Not only are they an excellent source for nutrients, but you can also use many parts of the tree for tools and supplies, […]

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Survival News: Growing Conflict Between Turkey and the Netherlands

Survival News: Growing Conflict Between Turkey and the Netherlands

A conflict between Turkey and the Netherlands that began last week has been growing as Dutch officials warn their citizens against travel to Turkey Monday. Last week, the Netherlands blocked Turkish officials from holding rallies in the Netherlands, as they were concerned about several crowds anticipating the arrival of the Turkish family minister turned violent. She had been there to campaign for upcoming Turkish elections, since there are nearly 3 million Turkish nationals living in the Netherlands. Government officials barred the family minister from entering the country, and the Turkish government was not pleased. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly vowed […]

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Campfire Popcorn the Old Fashioned Way (Video)

Campfire Popcorn the Old Fashioned Way (Video)

Well, this is just one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. The vastly experienced bushcraft YouTubers, Far North Bushcraft and Survival, show us how to pop popcorn right over an open flame, and it is pretty awesome. I actually really love popcorn as a survival food, it’s not too heavy, keeps forever, and there aren’t a whole lot of foods that you can prepare so quickly and easily with little more than some cooking fat and heat, or, open flame in this case. I will definitely be bringing along some popcorn on my next trip to […]

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Simple Homemade Mini Greenhouse

Simple Homemade Mini Greenhouse

Spring is coming quick, and if you’re itching to get your survival garden planted, you will probably want to start seeds as soon as you can. If you don’t have the budget for one of those homemade PVC pipe DIY greenhouses, or you can’t build one because there’s still two feet of snow in your yard, I’ve got a great idea for how to get seeds started quickly and easily indoors, greenhouse style. This DIY mini-green house is ridiculously easy to make, and will hold in warmth and moisture just like a real greenhouse, only in miniature. If you’ve got […]

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Survival News: Deadly Fungal Infection Detected in US

Survival News: Deadly Fungal Infection Detected in US

A highly drug-resistant fungal infection that doctors have been fearing has been found in nearly three dozen people in the US. Federal health officials warned in June of last year to be on the lookout for this deadly fungus, which has been spreading around the world in the last year. This is a strain of the Candida yeast, but unlike garden-variety yeast infections, this can cause infections in the bloodstream that can have devastating effects on circulation, heart, and lungs. It is also highly contagious, and can be communicated through the skin as well as live for weeks on bed rails, chairs, and […]

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Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Ideally, you’ll always have a firearm or knife when stranded in the wilderness or stuck in a precarious situation in which we had to defend our own life. But of course, you never know when you might find yourself without a man-made weapon, and you’ll have to improvise. These are a few ideas for ways to use you environment to protect yourself from an attacker. Dirt or Sand How to use sand or dirt for self-defense is a great thing to know in general, and could always be incorporated into any self-defense situation. You’ve probably seen it in the movies, […]

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Survival News: Studies Indicate Daylight Savings is Bad for Health and Economy

Survival News: Studies Indicate Daylight Savings is Bad for Health and Economy

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who hates the time changes of daylight savings, it probably will not surprise you to hear the conclusion of a recent study on the effects of daylight savings on the body. Not only is the practice of changing clocks each fall and spring annoying and disruptive, it’s also unhealthy to unnaturally change our sleep schedules and daily routine so abruptly each year. And not only that, it could actually be increasing energy costs, rather than saving them, which is one of the few reasons daylight savings is done, year after year. A recent trend […]

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Gunshot First Aid Must-Haves (Infographic)

Gunshot First Aid Must-Haves (Infographic)

I wrote an article awhile back on first aid for a gunshot wound. I covered some bare-bones basics, but recently found this great infographic on first-aid must haves for a gunshot wound from ModernSurvival.com. Now, my original article was mostly in the context of waiting for paramedics to arrive, so considering this site is for survival preparedness, it is also going to be important to prepare for treating a gunshot wound if help isn’t going to come. Since we truly don’t know if world war or civil war are a real possibility, treating gunshot wounds in battle is honestly something […]

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5 Creative Ways to Signal for Help

5 Creative Ways to Signal for Help

If you are stranded in the wilderness or trapped somewhere, your top priority beyond basic survival will be to signal for help. This might be from passing aircraft, boats, or anyone within eyesight who might be able to help; whatever you can do to alert someone else to your location could be life-saving. Here is a guide to a few different creative ways to signal for help. Keep in mind that you might not always want to signal for help, though, after a large-scale disaster, for example, in some cases, it might be more prudent to lay low and camouflage […]

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How to Get Hydration From Cacti

How to Get Hydration From Cacti

Finding water in a cactus is common survival lore, but it’s not exactly true. While you can, in fact, find hydration in a cactus, it’s not as simple as cutting one open and glugging down some fresh, clean, drinking water. Cacti can, on the other hand, still save your life, if you know what you’re doing. They do in fact retain water, or moisture, rather, and if you open them up correctly, you can access that life-giving hydration. Here’s a simple guide: Flat cacti There are two main types of cacti, and one is the kind with flat parts. What you do […]

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