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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War Preparations   

War Preparations  

  With less than a week before the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump, Obama has ordered US troops into Europe, accusations of Russian hacking continue, China is rapidly taking military control of disputed waters and islands, and Syria is still smoldering and continues to draw the West and East closer to world war.  With all of this going on, what can we do to prepare and increase our chances of surviving if war does break out and even makes its way to our location?  Here are a few steps that can be taken now to give yourself and your family […]

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Sugar as Medicine   

Sugar as Medicine  

  If you are like me, you might be a little skeptical when you first hear that sugar can be used medicinally, but I’m not getting my medical advice from Mary Poppins, this is real.  My dog got in a fight not too long ago, and had a sizeable chunk of flesh torn from his shoulder area (he’s ok though), when I took him to the vet I tried to explain that I only wanted him to get what he really needed since I couldn’t afford to over treat him and he gets himself into trouble all too often (yes […]

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Dressing for Survival   

Dressing for Survival  

  We’ve all probably heard the phrase “dressed for success”, and while it’s doubtful that the phrase originated from anything to do with survival, it certainly holds true for survival.  Your clothing will be your primary shelter in a survival scenario, and it might be your only shelter.  The wrong clothing could get you killed, and what works in one scenario might not work in another.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when about what you might need out of your clothing to increase your chances of survival.   Cotton kills. The hoodie that you wear to stay […]

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What You Need in a “Get Home Bag”   

What You Need in a “Get Home Bag”  

The purpose of a “get home bag” is, as the name implies, to carry the items you would want if the worst case scenario took place while you were out, at work, the store, or running errands.  It is not meant to be a long-term survival kit, or even a bug-out bag, it is only meant to hold what you need to get back to your home where the rest of your gear and your loved ones are.  While individual needs and available resources may vary, these are some items that everyone should consider putting in their get home bag. […]

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How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

This brave guy was kind enough to demonstrate how to survive falling through the ice of a frozen lake. In the video below he outlines 3 different methods to get out alive. Although, the last one requires the assistance of the local fire department and won’t be of much help in the wild. A few things to keep in mind. Don’t try this at home! These are somewhat ideal circumstances, in that the hole was intentionally made through a thick sheet of ice. In reality ice often breaks in the process of getting out. Breathing is important! This is a topic […]

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Taking Care of Blisters

Taking Care of Blisters

If you’ve spent any time running, jogging, or hiking, then you understand blisters can be a real pain. In today’s modern world, if you get a blister, you simply go home, put your feet up and rest. Of course, when you are in a survival situation, things are far different. You need to make sure you take proper care of the blister so it doesn’t become infected and cause you many more problems. If you find that you’ve developed a blister, you should resist the urge to pop it, if it is not painful. This will provide you with a […]

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Why You Should Always Have a Needle and Thread in Your Survival Kit

Why You Should Always Have a Needle and Thread in Your Survival Kit

  Generally when one thinks about items to include in a survival kit a knife, fire rod, iodine tablets, and things like that come to mind.  But not all items that are valuable for survival are the ones that first come to mind or usually make the list for camping.  One such item is a needle and thread or a pocket sewing kit.  Here are a few reasons why you should make what little room is required to add this to your survival kit.   Gear Repair It may seem like a minor thing to you now, when you have […]

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3 Necessary Skills for Long-Term Grid Down Survival

3 Necessary Skills for Long-Term Grid Down Survival

Being able to start fires and build lean-to shelters will keep you alive for short-term survival in the wilderness, but if the world as we know it comes to an end it’s going to take a lot more to make it.  You will need to be able to repair and replace your gear, your clothing, and build long-term shelter.  But those skills are still dependent upon other skills.  If you really want to be able to live in a world without modern technology then you will need to have a working knowledge of these three skills at least.   Blacksmithing […]

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Flowers for Food

When building and planting a vegetable garden, especially when space is a major factor, it can be tempting to use every available square inch for edible plants to increase food production.  It seems logical enough, and to some extent it is, space should not be wasted.  But is it a waste to plant ornamental flowers in your vegetable garden?  You might think so, but here are a few reasons why to reconsider. Pollinators All fruiting plants require pollinators like bees to produce their fruit.  You might think that their flowers alone can do the job of attracting bees, but if […]

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Tapping Trees for Water

Tapping Trees for Water

Clear, clean-flowing steams will not always be available to you if you are in a wilderness survival situation.  Even if you do come across a source of water that looks clean, you would still have to boil, filter, or treat the water before consuming it to avoid dangerous parasites such as cryptosporidium.  This may be difficult if you need to spend your time on other necessities like making shelter, finding food, or gathering firewood.  But there is a way that you can get clean, nutrient enriched water passively in the wilderness: tap a tree. Before we get started with the […]

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Wilderness Candle

Being able to see at night in the wilderness is an ability that you don’t want to go without.  Of course, you should always have an headlamp with you, but batteries run out, gear breaks, or you could lose it.  This could put you in a situation where you can only perform necessary tasks during daylight hours.  Especially during the winter months, this could have you at a dangerous disadvantage when you are already facing harsh temperatures.  Being able to make a wilderness candle will help you function without a headlamp or conserve dying batteries.   First, you will need […]

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Learn How to Survive, Don’t Just Read About It

Learn How to Survive, Don’t Just Read About It

You are a prepper, or at least you think you are. You’ve been acquiring knowledge regarding survival in a variety of situations, and you have been collecting the gear and goods that you need. You have what you feel is the right equipment, and you believe that you are ready for anything that might come your way. However, you might not be. If all of your knowledge so far has been theory, then you might find that being in a real survival scenario is much different. What can you do to remedy this? The answer is simple. Actually put some […]

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How to Make a Stealth Shelf (Video)

How to Make a Stealth Shelf (Video)

I recently came across this very cool video on how to make a “stealth shelf” in your home. It is a great way to hide cash, jewelry, valuable medical supplies, weapons, whatever. It’s a great idea to have as much of your survival stash as possible hidden in various places to reduce the likelihood of looters or FEMA agents (half-kidding) will be able to seize all of your goods. And I love the idea of making one since the price of a stealth shelf and similar furniture can run really high!    

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Popular Handgun Concealment Positions: Strengths and Weaknesses   

Popular Handgun Concealment Positions: Strengths and Weaknesses  

  With the threats of Islamic terrorism and rising violent crime rates first-time gun ownership is also understandably on the rise.  Thousands of Americans that never thought they would even own a gun are now considering carry a handgun with them everywhere they go for personal protection.  This can be an intimidating concept for those that have never carried a firearm before.  To help, here a few of the popular carry positions and their strengths and weaknesses. 12 o’clock The 12 o’clock carry is when the firearm is carried on the front of your body, inside the waistband, on the […]

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Static Fish Trap

Static Fish Trap

  Life is dependent upon water, so when you find a source of water in the wilderness, chances are it’s a good place to look for your food too.  There are numerous designs for fish traps, and in this article, we’ll be talking about a static funnel fish trap.    How it Works A static funnel fish trap works by channeling or funneling the fish from the open body of water, into your trap, and making it difficult for them to find the one way back out.  Fish aren’t that smart, it’s basically like building a fence maze in the […]

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Practical Self-Defense

Practical Self-Defense

It is estimated that the average American will see 200,000 images of violence in the media by the age of 18.  Putting aside the moral implications of this, because that’s a whole other topic, there is another result these images will have on the viewer.  Namely, they will have a completely unrealistic concept of fighting and self-defense.  The vast majority of fights do not include spinning jump kicks, multiple opponents that wait their turn, or anything seen in any Jet Li movie ever.  As entertaining as these fight scenes are, they don’t resemble reality and they can taint one’s approach […]

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The Ultimate Survival Food & More

The Ultimate Survival Food & More

Pemmican is a dehydrated survival superfood that is nutritionally complete and incredibly long-lasting. It is made with nothing else but lean meat, tallow, and berries. It was invented by the North American Plains Indians, as a way to store the meat through the winter. It quickly caught on with early Frontiersmen and even British explorers who prized the high nutritional value and portability of pemmican. It’s effortless to make, and you can do so using ingredients that are easy to find and equipment you already have in your kitchen. The recipe for pemmican is from the book ‘The Lost Ways’, […]

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Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

One of the biggest concerns for long-term self-reliance or survival is energy. Most energy sources that we rely on seem to be finite. Gasoline, propane, coal, even wood, all will run out at some point and are difficult to regenerate. Batteries in particular run out quickly, and rechargeable batteries can be costly and unreliable. But what if you could have nearly unlimited battery power …for nearly no cost? Enough to live off-grid and power all of your electronics and devices? Sounds too good to be true, right? I definitely thought so, but there’s actually a way to do this, and this […]

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How to Survive During a Hurricane

How to Survive During a Hurricane

With Hurricane Matthew closing in on the east coast, hurricane preparedness is on everyone’s mind.  It’s important to inform yourself on what to expect and how to prepare. High winds are what most people think of when it comes to hurricanes, and while they do pose a threat, wind is one of the least dangerous things about a hurricane.  Flooding is actually most often the deadliest threat, which causes drowning and can cut off resources and access, making rescue and escape more difficult.  Even after the storm is gone the threat remains in many forms: power will be out, water […]

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Situational Awareness in Transitional Spaces

Situational Awareness in Transitional Spaces

Most attacks occur in what is called transitional spaces.  These are places where you are transitioning from one environment to another and where the attacker can easily come and go.  Examples would be parking lots, convenient stores, gas stations, elevators, and bus or train stations.  When you are in these spaces, as many of us regularly are, you need to be aware of potential threats in order to respond properly and reduce your risk.  These are a few things to keep in mind when you are in a transitional space. Transportation station Having your face in your phone, especially with […]

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Self-Defense From A Vehicle

Self-Defense From A Vehicle

People have a tendency to feel safe in their vehicles in a similar way to feeling safe in your home.  And while being in a vehicle has its safety advantages in a defensive scenario, it is no fortress on wheels.  When facing an attack in your vehicle, knowing its strengths and vulnerabilities will greatly impact our ability to defend ourselves and our loved ones. Speed is not always dangerous When in your vehicle you are always at a greater risk of being attacked when your vehicle is stopped.  If you are coming to a stop light, allow yourself enough room between […]

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Powerful Lessons From Holocaust Survivors

Powerful Lessons From Holocaust Survivors

I recently came across a very interesting article from the 90s about the skills and coping mechanisms of Holocaust survivors who escaped to America and made a life here following their harrowing ordeals. The article covers various studies that have been done among Holocaust survivors as to how they have learned to cope with their experiences as well as what qualities those who seemed the most stable may have had in common. It’s a very interesting article and I definitely recommend reading the whole thing, but here are a few key takeaways that I thought would be particularly interesting to the […]

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Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

You know how important it is to have a good first aid kit in a survival scenario. However, you might not simply want to buy a prebuilt kit from the market and call it a day. Instead, think about adding some other items to the kit that will come in extremely handy, and that you might not have thought about adding before. Even though these might seem as though they are some rather strange items, they work very well for different purposes. Some medics in the military would stock their med kits with these types of items, and they can […]

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Bow Hunting Tips for Deer

Bow Hunting Tips for Deer

If you plan to use a bow and arrow to hunt deer as a means of getting meat in a survival scenario, you need to know what you’re doing. Instead of waiting until the SHTF, you want to have a bow and a deer hunting license now. Get out there and learn how to hunt before you actually have to do so in a survival scenario. The following are some of the tips you need to take to heart if you are going to be a good bow hunter. First of all, you need to be patient. Hunting deer is […]

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Safe and Effective Firearm Storage

Safe and Effective Firearm Storage

If you own firearms, or are planning on purchasing your first firearm, you are probably torn between listening to people who tell you that you need to keep your firearm unloaded, in a safe, within a larger safe, with ammo in a separate safe in another building, and people who tell you not to worry and to keep your firearm loaded with a round in the chamber and the safety off under your pillow at night and tucked in your waistband during the day. It’s safe to say you should listen to neither of these opinions, and you should make […]

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The Off-Grid Room

The Off-Grid Room

I was recently browsing some of my favorite survival blogs and saw an article that I thought was brilliant. It was on the site PreppersSurvive.com and it was about “the Off-Grid room“. I was thinking it was about a room that you kept all your preps in or something, but when I read the article it got me very excited. The blogger got the idea from Fernando Aguirre’s book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, in which the author described how his whole family would sleep and live in one room of their house during the economic collapse in Argentina […]

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What to Do If You’ve Got the Wrong Batteries

What to Do If You’ve Got the Wrong Batteries

If you are in an emergency and need the use of an electronic device like a flashlight or headlamp, but don’t have the batteries your device takes, all is not lost.  As long as you have batteries that fit in the battery slot (smaller batteries will fit, and then have extra room, batteries that are too large will just not fit, but if you have a 9 volt you still might be in business) and some aluminum foil, you can make it work. Simply place the batteries that you do have in the device. Tear off some foil, either aluminum […]

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Carrying Your Fire

Carrying Your Fire

It’s getting colder this time of year, and if you find yourself stuck outside with temperatures dropping, fire could be the difference between life and death.  But starting that fire is only the beginning.  Unless you are in a situation where staying in one place is favorable, you are going to have to start a new fire after covering some ground.  One solution is to transport the fire that you already have to your next location. Why transport fire? Three benefits to transporting your fire instead of starting a new fire include: Saving time, if you are arriving late at […]

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How to Zero an AR-15

How to Zero an AR-15

These days AR-15s are a popular choice for home defense weapons, and even for game hunting.  When using your rifle for hunting, you will need to be able to shoot at a greater distance than the vast majority of defensive scenarios.  And if your next meal is riding on your shot, you will want to hit exactly what you are aiming at. What is zeroing? Zeroing a rifle is basically getting the sights of the rifle (or additional optics) to align on the point that the rifle is shooting.  This is your “zero”.  Once your rifle is set to zero […]

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Essential Skills for Survival Newbies

Essential Skills for Survival Newbies

Few of us are former Green Berets or grew up in the Alaskan wild. In the event that we might need to transition from our soft modern lives to primitive ones, even if only until we can find our way back to civilization or get rescued, will probably be rough.  But it doesn’t need to be one that we face blind. Many of the skills that we would require to survive after a disaster or a zombie apocalypse are ones that we can work on in our spare time and can even be enjoyable. Fire starting One of the most basic […]

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Concealed Carry Basics for Women

Concealed Carry Basics for Women

These days, more and more women are getting their concealed carry permits. Firearms are often referred to as “the great equalizer” because they can give women, especially smaller women with no specific training in self-defense, an advantage over would-be attackers. All politics aside, if you’ve ever been stalked, mugged or sexually assaulted, your views on guns might change once you realize the advantage a firearm can give you over a would-be attacker. While handguns are also not the ideal survival weapon, getting familiar with handgun basics now can definitely still be an advantage after SHTF. Especially right when disaster strikes, […]

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3 Survival Myths and Reality

3 Survival Myths and Reality

1. All you need is a bug-out bag While having a bug-out bag is very important, it’s not the end-all be-all to survival. Even if you have it with you when disaster strikes, and are able to make it to some idyllic wilderness cove with fresh water and plentiful hunting, there’s still lots of hard work ahead of you and the supplies and equipment in your bag will only last so long. And let’s be real-you will most likely not smoothly transition from complete disaster and chaos to an idyllic wilderness cove with fresh water and plentiful hunting. A bug-out bag is […]

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Self-Reliance During Distaster: When The Government Can’t Help

Self-Reliance During Distaster: When The Government Can’t Help

We have all seen the video and images of people suffering in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina at the Superdome, waiting for government assistance that seemed to never arrive.  We can learn a lot from the unfortunate events that transpired after this disaster.  Let’s consider three of those lessons and what you can learn from them about taking your life in your own hands. First, have a supply.  This goes for everything you need.  You should have at least a week’s worth of food for everyone in your home.  And while canned food is cheaper than freeze dried food, it […]

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Self-Defense Without a Firearm

Self-Defense Without a Firearm

The most effective tool for self defense is a firearm.  But what if you are one of the people living in an area where your right to defend yourself is being limited?  Or if you can’t afford a firearm yet, can’t carry one where you live, or simply do not want to buy one? Then you are going to have to stay smart to say safe, and improvise.   If you are being robbed, for example, especially by an armed attacker, you should always appear to comply and be submissive, even while planning your counter attack.  There’s always the chance […]

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Preparing for Life Without Oil

Preparing for Life Without Oil

We know we can’t rely on gasoline forever, especially after SHTF. While it is certainly prudent to store whatever gasoline you can for vehicles and generators, it will only last for so long. As grids fail and the infrastructure for large-scale industrial oil drilling is no longer in place, or even if you simply want to be more self-reliant and live off the grid, learning to be less dependent on petroleum is key. Here are a few ways you can take a few more steps towards preparing for life without oil. 1. Learn Fire Inside and Out Learning how to […]

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Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

GMO plants and seeds are ubiquitous these days and trying to keep Monsanto out of your kitchen can be very difficult. It can also be intimidating trying to keep them out of your garden, especially considering they are now the largest seed company on earth. They even own many smaller seed companies that sell non-GMO and organic seeds. That means it’s hard to avoid giving your money to Monsanto, even if you are buying certified organic! But it’s not entirely hopeless. There are still a few ways in which we can keep Monsanto out of our gardens and seed stashes. Know […]

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Simple Tricks for Hiding a Survival Stash

Simple Tricks for Hiding a Survival Stash

It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to think about one of the more disturbing threats to a hearty survival stash: less-prepared people. Not everyone has a armored doomsday bunker to stash their food and supplies, so here are a few simple tricks for hiding the things that will be highly sought after-and potentially even banned or confiscated-after SHTF. Use Decoys When people are scavenging, they’re going to grab the first things they can find. So consider placing small amounts of food or less valuable supplies in more obvious places, while using the more ingenious hiding places for your longer-lasting and […]

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Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

It can be overwhelming to pick among the many options for first aid kits and medical stockpiles, especially if you’d prefer natural, holistic remedies over synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs. Here are a few natural products with a multitude of first-aid options that are ideal to add to your first aid stash. Activated Charcoal Every natural medicine chest should have activated charcoal. When taken internally, it absorbs toxins in your stomach, so it is incredibly important to have in case of ingestion of poison, food poisoning, and other digestive sicknesses (note: it is not, however, effective for alcohol, cyanide, lithium or iron poisoning). But […]

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3 Primitive Cooking Methods to Master Today

3 Primitive Cooking Methods to Master Today

Some forms of technology will never be fully obsolete. These three primitive cooking methods are still great options for low-tech cooking. But what distinguishes these three methods of cooking is they can be done out in the wild, using nothing more than sticks, leaves, rocks and fire. Pit cooking Traditional in Hawaii and elsewhere in the South Pacific, pit cooking is ridiculously low-tech and makes for an incredible flavor. You probably recognize the Hawaiian  name for this method: “Kalua”, as in, kalua pork. A large pit, just big enough to fit the animal and accompanying vegetables-sweet potatoes or breadfruit in […]

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