Bug-Out Gear for Your Dog

Bug-Out Gear for Your Dog

If you’ve got a canine companion, you’ve probably thought about keeping extra food and provisions around for them. But have you considered prepping a bug-out bag for your dog? If you’ve got a larger breed of dog, you’re probably planning on taking them with you when you bug out, so you can prepare a bag for them too! There’s a wide variety of dog backpacks and satchels on the market, so choose one that’s right for your dog’s size and strength. Here are some suggestions for what to pack in it: Food This is obvious, of course. But don’t just […]

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Concealed Carry: Best Practices

Concealed Carry: Best Practices

Last week, we shared some concealed carry newbie tips, for those who are interested in concealed carry and just going through the process of getting permitted or purchasing their concealment set-up. When you are concealing a weapon, it is no small matter. It is not to be taken lightly, and you should always make sure you are using best practices. Here are a few additional tips to ensure you are having a safe experience. 1. Know the Law Make sure you are intimately familiar with the local law in your city, county, and state regarding concealed carry. Your instructor will […]

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Treating a Gunshot Wound Before Help Arrives

Treating a Gunshot Wound Before Help Arrives

There is an adage in the pro-Second Amendment community, “a gun in your hand is better than a cop on the phone.” The reasoning is that no matter how quickly our first responders can reach us in the event of an emergency, if we are being threatened with physical violence, those of us who are armed will always be able to respond quicker than a police officer who will still need to identify and travel to our location. The same is true of course for ambulances. If you or someone you know is injured in a shooting, odds are your […]

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Tips for Disaster Preparedness

Tips for Disaster Preparedness

You never know when a disaster could strike, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. A big part of survival is having knowledge that you can call on when you need it. Even though you might not know when a disaster will hit, you can still be prepared. Keep in mind the following tips. First, make sure you know the most likely possible disasters in your area. If you live along the coast of the Atlantic or the Gulf, you are at a higher risk for hurricanes. Someone hunkered down in Butte, MT does not have to worry about […]

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The No-Nonsense Way to Cook Beans, Fast

The No-Nonsense Way to Cook Beans, Fast

Every prepper knows the value of having a stockpile of dried food in the event of an emergency, or just to keep your grocery bill down! But for all their value as a cheap and shelf-stable source of protein, B vitamins, and minerals, the soaking and cook time involved can make them a bit of a pain. However, this method of quick-cooking dried beans is not only faster and easier, it also retains more of the bean’s nutrients! To start, you’ll need: one pound of dried beans of your choice (black, red, pinto, etc) and ½ tablespoon of salt Large […]

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How to Add a Patina to Your Carbon Knife Blades

How to Add a Patina to Your Carbon Knife Blades

Carbon steel knives can be great. They are sharp and they hold their edge. However, if you are outdoors often, you will find that these knives have more of a tendency to gather rust. This looks bad for the knife, and you do not want to have rust rubbing off onto the things you cut, including the animals you skin. It might not be a big deal, really, but if you are like many people, you can’t stand the idea of a rusty knife. It makes it appear as if you didn’t take care of it, even though you did. […]

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Tips for Staying Safe in an Urban Environment

Tips for Staying Safe in an Urban Environment

A number of cities in the country are actually very dangerous. If the world were thrust into a survival situation, you have to imagine that they would become even worse. Many times, survival manuals provide you with information on how you can survive in the woods or the desert. It is just as important that you learn how to survive in an urban landscape. Be Aware of Your Surroundings It’s sad, but most people today have very little idea what is happening around them. Everyone who has their phone just a couple of inches away from their face and who […]

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Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Self-defense is a huge element of survival, not just in a world after the SHTF, but in today’s very dangerous society. To make things clear up front, typical martial arts just aren’t going to do the trick when you are fighting for your life. Perhaps someone with 20 years of experience in a martial art could hold his or her own, but that’s just not the case with most people. There are a few fighting forms that can work, such as krav maga, though. Learn to fight on your feet and on the ground. Essentially, you need to learn to […]

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Winter Camping (Video)

Winter Camping (Video)

  If you’re a prepper in any climate that experiences a true winter, cold-weather survival skills are one of the most important and overlooked tools in your arsenal. Disaster, natural or manmade, could strike at any time, but often we fail to prepare for survival in the harsh winter months. Unless you prefer to be “taken care of” in a FEMA camp or be a burden on your better-prepared neighbor, take the time now to develop your survival skills cache to include thriving in the winter. The good news is that you can start now with the gear you already […]

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Surviving in Your Vehicle

Surviving in Your Vehicle

What would you do if you were stranded in your vehicle and you had to survive there for 48 hours? If you don’t have the right gear in your car and you don’t know what to do, you could be in for a very bad time. Whether you have broken down, gone off the side of the road and are injured so you can’t leave the car, or you are stuck in a snowstorm, you need to have basic supplies in your vehicle to give yourself a better chance of survival. First, you will want to have a blanket in […]

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Survival Skills You Need to Learn

Survival Skills You Need to Learn

Do you know the most basic skills you need for survival? Even if you have been preparing by purchasing all sorts of different pieces of gear and goodies from the web, that doesn’t mean you really know how to survive. It simply means you know how to shop online and use gadgets. You need to cultivate real skills that are essential for surviving in the wild. One of the first skills you need to know is how to make fire. This doesn’t mean striking a match or using a lighter. You should learn how to make fire using several different […]

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Tips for Surviving in Predator Country

Tips for Surviving in Predator Country

Whether you are trying to survive after the world goes to chaos, or you are trying to have a good time when you are hiking and camping, there’s always a chance that you could run into a predator in the wild. Many different types of animals may see humans as threats, and therefore they may attack. Some of the predators to watch out for in the United States include mountain lions, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, among others. Even though attacks by these animals are rare, they can and do occur. It is always best to be prepared. Be […]

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Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

If you are in a location where the weather is getting cold, and you are in a survival scenario, things can start to look grim pretty quickly. However, there are some things you can do as a means to improve your survival capabilities. Let’s look at some quick and easy cold weather survival tips you can start using. If you know you’re going to be out in cold weather, make sure you dress in layers of loose clothing. Having multiple layers is a good idea because it is able to trap air between those layers. The trapped air can then […]

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4 Survival Items You’ll Wish You Had More Of

4 Survival Items You’ll Wish You Had More Of

We all know to stock up on food, basic medical supplies, and ammunition. But what are less common survival items that you might regret having in your survival stash? Vinegar Vinegar isn’t very exciting and it doesn’t seem like you’d need it to survive. But you’d be surprised how many things it can help with, that might even save your life. You can use it as a sanitizer and to cure many afflictions like rashes, fungal infections, colds and flus, to wash foraged food, to marinate and sanitize meat, and to clean dishes and cups if you have no soap. […]

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How to Make Hardtack

How to Make Hardtack

Hardtack is a classic survival food, one that can last for years, even dozens of years. It used to be made on ships because it would never rot, and it was found among Civil War relics and placed in museums. It’s said to still be edible, even all these years later. It’s a great food to make at home and keep in your survival rations. It can be made very cheaply and easily with ingredients and tools you probably already have at home. What it is is essentially thoroughly dehydrated dough. All it takes is flour, water, and some salt. […]

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Concealed Carry Newbie Tips

Concealed Carry Newbie Tips

When you first get your CCL, it is very exciting. But carrying a concealed weapon is not a force field that protects you from any and all aggressors, it is something you need to think about, get used to, and have a good plan. Here are some tips for making you gain the right experience with carrying a concealed weapon and are prepared for the moment when it could save your life. 1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions There’s a sort of bravado in the gun world of being able to talk with an informed tone about different kinds […]

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A Bow Drill You Have NOT Seen Before (Video)

A Bow Drill You Have NOT Seen Before (Video)

We’ve all seen the standard bow drill for starting fires, but YouTuber Survival Russia has a very unique way of making one that you’ll have to see to believe. He starts out in the woods in deep snow, finds a fallen log and well, you’ll just have to watch. This is a great YouTube channel to follow if you’re interested in deep snow survival, as a lot of his videos are about just that. This bow drill design is meant for deep snow, but he says it would work well in the swamp too. In conditions like snow or swamp, […]

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Fitness for Bugging Out

Fitness for Bugging Out

Everyone has a plan for when SHTF, but if your plan includes bugging out, or hiking a long distance with a big pack in any capacity, you have to understand this will be a very physically challenging, and you will need strength and conditioning beforehand. Prepping is so much more than simply deciding which items you want in your bug-out bag, your body is your most valuable tool, and you need to prepare it as well. Check out our post on the importance of staying healthy as a part of disaster preparedness. Here are some great exercises to start doing […]

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Never Rely on Your Electronics

Never Rely on Your Electronics

Most people today have an abundance of electronics they rely on for just about everything. They have electronics that help them navigate when they are in their vehicle, they have electronic fish finders, and all manner of items that have made life, including survival, much easier. However, if you are relying on your electronics and you have not taken the time to develop your actual skills as a survivalist, you are in for a world of trouble. Whether it is an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that wipes out electronics, or your electronics simply run out of juice when you need them, […]

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How to Escape a Sinking Car With Children (Video)

How to Escape a Sinking Car With Children (Video)

This is many parent’s worst fear. Trapped in a sinking vehicle with children in the backseat. A lot of parents have probably wondered how on earth they would manage to escape a horrifying scenario like this one. This video from the YouTube channel #NewsMom explains that there is a simple procedure for saving your children from a sinking vehicle, if you can remember these simple steps: Take your seatbelt off, as you Open your window, then reach around behind you and Grab your child, either undoing their seatbelt or car seat clip and then, Get out, child first. If you have more than […]

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WD-40 for Survival (Infographic)

WD-40 for Survival (Infographic)

You may have heard from mechanics or engineers that WD-40 is one of the most useful products around. Like duct tape, vinegar, or coconut oil, you can use WD-40 to fix almost anything! And for survival, this couldn’t be more true. This handy infographic, source unknown, pictures a number of ways in which WD-40 can be used for survival. It’s a great item to have in your stash or to keep around the house, and you never know, reading this today could help you out greatly one day! Enjoy: If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What Are the Signs […]

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The Time for Procrastination Is Over

The Time for Procrastination Is Over

Many people out there really like the idea of prepping and learning survival skills. They know just how important it is to start gathering the supplies they need and gaining knowledge of how to survive in the wild. Even though they know it is something they should do, and they may have even halfheartedly started a few times, they continue to procrastinate. These people are going to be angry if there comes a time when they really could have used those survival skills and some extra water. They were the ones that knew it was important and still chose to […]

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Make a Wax Coin Fire Starter

Make a Wax Coin Fire Starter

You already know how important it is to know how to get a fire started as a survivalist. You probably have the knowledge and the tools to do it, even without matches or a lighter. However, you can never have too much knowledge or too many tricks that you can use when it comes to building a fire. Let’s look at a very simple way to make a fire starter that you can use for survival or the next time you go out camping. You will be making wax “coins” and there are a couple of different ways that you […]

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Free Ways to Prep

Free Ways to Prep

When you’re just getting started, disaster preparedness can be very overwhelming…and expensive. There are a ton of products on the market out there, some that are real quality investments, some that are pretty much just designed to make money. But if you are a low-budget or fully broke prepper, it can seem like there’s not much you can do. If you’re thinking this, don’t worry! There’s still plenty you can do to prepare entirely for free while you’re saving up to build that bunker. 1. Learn Skills The #1 free way to prep is to learn survival skills. Read this blog, watch […]

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Trump Presidency: Peace At Last or The Beginning of the End?

Trump Presidency: Peace At Last or The Beginning of the End?

Donald Trump was sworn in yesterday as the 45th President of the United States. The country is greatly divided between two drastically different emotions, and almost everyone lies somewhere between extreme excitement and relief and great despair and loathing. But what does a Trump presidency mean for preppers? Whether or not you support Trump and his policies, it’s important to put everything into the context of preparedness. It seems a lot of folks who four years ago were building their bunkers and stocking up on guns and ammo are now breathing a collective sigh of relief and settling in for […]

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How White Birch Can Help You Survive

How White Birch Can Help You Survive

When you are out in the woods and trying to survive, knowing a bit about the trees and the plants out there can help you immensely. One of the trees that offers a wealth of help for those in the wild is the white birch. If you happen to live in an area where this tree grows, count yourself as being very lucky. They tend to grow in the northern parts of the country. Let’s look at some of the many ways you can use this tree to help you survive. Benefits of Birch Another name for the white birch […]

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Staying Left of the Bang

Staying Left of the Bang

In the military, soldiers are trained to have a mindset that is proactive and that is always on the lookout for potential problems. Developing this mindset helps people to anticipate bad events before they happen. It doesn’t have anything to do with being psychic. Rather, it deals with recognizing patterns and analyzing situations, and then having the ability to add in problem-solving and critical thinking to put a damper on the situation before it escalates, or to leave the area. Soldiers call this staying “left of the bang”. The bang is the dangerous event, and it could be anything from […]

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Carbon Steel Blades vs. Stainless Steel

Carbon Steel Blades vs. Stainless Steel

Knife blades are made from many different types of materials, including bone and even wrought iron. However, the most popular types of knives, and the most common, are made from steel. They will be stainless steel or high carbon steel blades. It can be confusing to know exactly which one you should choose, as there is no clear answer as to which one is better. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. More than just survivalists and hunters have their opinions on which is best. Chefs are just as particular about the blades they use. It is important to understand each […]

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Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

A lot of people who end up attacked and injured say they never saw the attack coming, or that they saw it at the last minute and didn’t know what to do. Many people simply don’t know how to recognize a bad situation even when they are in one, and it’s getting people hurt and sometimes killed. You need to learn how to improve your situational awareness. Constant awareness can be tiring, but it is possible. In fact, it is essential if you hope to last for long. Know your surroundings. Be aware of what’s happening in them. This means […]

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Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation in the middle of the desert, or any other hot climate for that matter, you need to know a few basic tips to help you increase your chance of survival. The heat can take quite a toll on the body, and you need to be extremely careful if you hope to stay healthy. The following tips can help. Stay Out of the Sun as Much as Possible One of the first and most important things to do in these situations is to keep out of the sun. Try to find a […]

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Myths About Survivalists and Preppers

Myths About Survivalists and Preppers

Over the course of the last few years, more and more people have started to learn about survivalists and preppers thanks to increased media attention. The Internet makes it easy to find out about what preppers do, but many people who have no interested in survival simply look at the surface and assume they know everything there is to know about “those survival people”, and that has caused quite a few myths to pop up about those in this field. Now is the time to dispel some of those myths for those who are interested in the reality of survival. […]

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Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)   

Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)  

  The Mojave scissor trap is a highly effective small game trap that is known to us because of the natives of the American South West.  One great thing about the Mojave scissor trap is that it is possible to build using only material that can be gathered from the wild unlike snare traps that require wire.  The Mojave scissor trap can be placed on a trail that has been channelized and left without bait, or, if bait is available the trap can be used more effectively with bait.  This video not only demonstrates how to construct the trap, but […]

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Dangers on the Road   

Dangers on the Road  

  When most people think of the dangers involved in driving they think of excessive speed, blowouts, and bad weather.  These are all real threats, but they are threats that we can mitigate with or even eliminate with our actions.  If we drive carefully we can greatly reduce our risks, but there are factors that we do not have control over, like other drivers and their actions, including road rage.  In fact, over 65% of driving accidents involve “aggressive driving” and 37% of those incidents involve a firearm being pulled or even fired.  Here are some steps you can take […]

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Preparations for Solar Interference    

Preparations for Solar Interference   

  According to a recent study by the University of Cambridge solar storms pose a serious threat to the American economy, our way of life, and life itself for many.  The study suggests that depending on the severity of the incident 2/3 of the country could be without power for extended periods and the economic impact could cost anywhere from $6 billion to $40 billion a day. But commerce and industry won’t be all that is affected by massive prolonged power loss.  For most this will mean that their water supply will vanish, their heating or air-conditioning could be out, […]

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Armed Robbery, Nobody Hurt   

Armed Robbery, Nobody Hurt  

  This video contains the surveillance footage from multiple cameras at a convenience store that gets held up.  Luckily, despite the use of a firearm, nobody involved gets hurt, including the armed robber.  There are lessons that we can learn from this video, so that if we are placed in a similar situation, we too can come out unharmed.   As always, the first lesson is situational awareness. It is common knowledge that convenient stores are frequently robbed, if you are in or around one you need to be aware that you are at an elevated risk and keep your […]

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Chickweed   

Chickweed  

  Chickweed, or Stellaria Media, is a prolific wild edible green.  In most areas Chickweed is an early spring crop, that prefers to grow in partial shade, but in warm areas with enough moisture it is capable of growing year round.  Chickweed can be identified by its alternating pairs of egg shaped leaves, small white flowers, and its unique stems which have “hairs” on only one side.  Here are some of the characteristics that make Chickweed an important addition to your wilderness menu…   Though most common in Europe and North America, Chickweed can be found all over the world […]

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The Most Important Piece of Gear   

The Most Important Piece of Gear  

  Whether facing an inhospitable wilderness environment, natural disaster, or being forced to defend yourself from an attacker, your body is the most important piece of equipment you have, everything else is either meant to augment it, or protect it.  A healthy body can better deal with the physical stresses of any survival situation.  Inversely, an unhealthy body will require more supplementation compensate for its shortcomings.  This doesn’t mean that we need to all be professional athletes to be able to survive, but it does mean that we need to consider our individual body’s abilities, weaknesses, and potential when planning […]

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Tips for Survival Trapping   

Tips for Survival Trapping  

  Food stores run out, as does ammunition, and snares are quieter than gun shots.  Whether lost in the wilderness, struggling after an urban disaster, or if you have intentionally fled into the wild, trapping is a skill that you will need to be able to implement if you hope to have a sustainable supply of meat.   Here are a few tips on how to increase your effectiveness with traps for survival.   Know your intended prey. Traps are not universally effective on all animals so you will want to know, from direct observation or from track interpretation, what animals […]

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Attack on TSA Agents (Graphic Video)

Attack on TSA Agents (Graphic Video)

I have repeatedly said that a distance weapon such as pepper spray, or even a high lumen flashlight, can be combined with a knife to multiply their effectiveness.  Anyone blinded by an irritant, or bright light, will be unable to effectively protect themselves from the knife.  Normally, if you are being sprayed with pepper spray (or any other irritant) the best defense would be to close the distance and tie your opponent up, but if they also have a blade, that strategy will be deadly. In this video, we see just how effective this sort of combo can be when […]

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Continued Threats of Riots   

Continued Threats of Riots  

  Maybe one day we will again have something resembling law-and-order here in America, but it certainly won’t come before Friday.  There have been online postings in dozens of cities that offer as much as $2,500 to anyone willing and able to disrupt the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump this Friday.  Though the inauguration itself will take place in Washington D.C., the “disruptions” are not likely to be so localized.  As we saw, following the election, there were riots and violent attacks on perceived Trump supporters across the nation.  If you are living in areas that were affected by this […]

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