What Happens When You Block Traffic (Video)

What Happens When You Block Traffic (Video)

While it’s always great to see anyone on the political spectrum taking advantage of their first amendment rights, an unfortunate tactic of many protestors over the last year or so has been to block traffic. This video of Portland protestors being swarmed by riot police is an important reminder of what can happen if an impassioned demonstration turns into blocked traffic. I think people are often just fueled by everyone’s enthusiasm and mob mentality kicks in, but it’s a dangerous reality of protesting that peaceful demonstrations can quickly turn into something that will land you with your face in the pavement […]

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The Smart Way to React to a Tornado Siren

The Smart Way to React to a Tornado Siren

Tornados are no joke. They form quickly and can plow through whole communities in a matter of minutes, destroying everything in their path. It can be terrifying to hear that blaring siren, so it’s important to know ahead of time what to do when you hear it so you can make smart choices as to how to react. Know the weather Keep an eye on the weather in your area daily. Download a reliable weather app that will give you alerts for severe weather warning, but also check the weather regularly so you know when to anticipate a tornado. Know […]

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7 Useful Thrift Store Finds for Survival

7 Useful Thrift Store Finds for Survival

It can be overwhelming shopping for survival items, especially if you’re buying stuff brand new. We have dollar store survival product suggestions here, but there’s another goldmine for survival supplies you may not have thought of: secondhand stores. Here are some suggestions for stuff to look for at thrift stores that will be useful in your survival stash. There are a ton of great bargains to be found, and one really great thing about second hand store is that you can find really high-quality stuff for cheap. However, when you’re buying stuff second hand, it may be very cheap for […]

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Three Ways to Preserve Meat

Three Ways to Preserve Meat

A few days ago, we published a master guide to food preservation methods. Today I wanted to zero in on preserving one particular food product: meat. Meat is crucial to store, because besides rice and beans, it’s probably going to be your primary source of calories, protein, and iron, which are essential to actually stay alive and thrive. Vegetables will only provide you so much energy when you’re trying to keep your strength up. But of course, it can be tricky to preserve. We normally store meat in the refrigerator or freezer, as it can spoil very quickly otherwise. But […]

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The Necessities for Survival

The Necessities for Survival

When many people, including many of your friends and family, discuss the topic of survival, the conversation steers toward the latest gadgets and gear aimed at preppers and survivalists. You might have a closet or a garage full of this gear. While it is certainly true that some of this gear will help to make survival substantially easier and more comfortable, you need to learn that you cannot rely on it. You need to take steps to become more self-sufficient and not gadget reliant when it comes to survival. Sure, you can buy all the gear that you like, but […]

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Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Learning how to tie knots is crucial, and back in the day, many little boys would learn their share of scout knots that would be useful throughout life. These days, knot tying isn’t really taught anymore, but for survival, it can be a really great skill to have. There are a ton of suggestions for the most important survival skills to learn, but Lonnie from Far North Bushcraft and Survival on YouTube really knows his stuff. He shares his seven favorite camp knots, and they’re knots he actually uses. They’re really great to know for use in camping, fishing, hunting, […]

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The Seven Major Methods of Preserving Food: A Guide

The Seven Major Methods of Preserving Food: A Guide

When faced with the task of storing and preserving survival food, if you’re just getting started you might find yourself overwhelmed and confused by all the methods of preserving food for the long-term. Today, we’ll look at the seven major methods of food preservation and how to choose which one is right for you. Canning This is a very popular and age-old method of preserving food. When you buy canned food at the grocery store or make it yourself at home, it’s essentially preserved in the same way. Using heat and pressure, the food is preserved in a vacuum created in […]

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How to Make a Candle From Crisco

How to Make a Candle From Crisco

Crisco is not only a great, non-perishable, and cheap cooking fat that you can find at virtually any supermarket, you can also use it to make a ridiculously easy survival candle that will burn for hours and takes literally seconds to make. What Crisco is is vegetable shortening, which is basically a processed, vegetable-oil based lard. It’s not too healthy to use in your everyday cooking, butter, lard, or tallow are much healthier and less fattening. Lard and tallow will last for at least a year when stored in a cool, dark, place, and you can render your own using […]

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Why You Should Never Put Out a Grease Fire With Water (Video)

Why You Should Never Put Out a Grease Fire With Water (Video)

OK, I’m not really sure where these super bad firefighter demonstrations were at my fire drills when I was a kid, but if they’d been there, I might have paid more attention. I hope it’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t put a grease fire out with water, but you never know who might not know that. The fact is, it’s a serious safety risk. Before I share a very cool and sobering video demonstration of what happens when you put grease fires out with water, I’ll explain a bit what happens: When you throw water onto a grease fire, bear […]

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Tips for a Family Survival Plan

It’s very common to have a survival stash at home, for your kids to do drills at school, or for you to have an EDC survival kit or bug out bag stashed in your car, but do you and your family have a contingency plan for when disaster strikes your area? If there is ever a large-scale terrorist attack, sudden act of war, natural disaster, or sudden outbreak of disease (OK, fine, zombies. It’s cliche but a good example), you and your family might be separated from one another and the prep stash you’ve been carefully building in the basement. […]

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How to Pop Popcorn Without A Microwave

How to Pop Popcorn Without A Microwave

Popping popcorn without a microwave is something I’ve done for years, so I forget that for many people, it’s a novelty. Many people have only ever known popcorn as something that you buy in a bag, at a movie theater concession stand, or that you make in a bag in the microwave. What’s great about popcorn is that it has a very long shelf-life and, as you’ll see in this video, you don’t need a microwave to prepare it at all. You can buy it in bulk and keep in your pantry or survival stash for literally years, and it […]

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How to Make Herbal Tinctures

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

There are many amazing medicinal herbs out there, as we’ve discussed before, and knowing how to harness their healing properties is a crucial survival and self-reliance skill to have. Making a tincture involves steeping the herbs in a natural liquid that extracts and concentrates its healing properties. Tinctures are more potent, longer lasting, and effective than teas or other remedies.   To make a tincture, you will need: A glass container with a lid (pint jars work well) Extraction liquid: consumable alcohol like vodka or rum, 80 proof or more. For a gentler tincture, you can use apple cider vinegar, […]

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Why Should You Learn How to Hunt with a Longbow?

Why Should You Learn How to Hunt with a Longbow?

You might be sitting in your comfortable, warm home right now with a full belly. As a survivalist, you might be comfortable knowing that you have a nice high-powered rifle that you can use to hunt for food just in case the SHTF and you need to feed you and your family. Of course, what happens down the line when the rifle has issues you cannot fix or you run out of ammunition? You can remedy this by learning how to hunt with a bow. When you know how to bow hunt, you can always go hunting and bag game whether […]

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What Does The Walking Dead Teach You About Survival?

What Does The Walking Dead Teach You About Survival?

The Walking Dead is one of the most popular television shows of the past several years, and seems to have struck a chord with just about everyone for one reason or another. If you are a survivalist, then you might have watched it with an eye toward how things might work in a real situation. Of course, we’re not talking about zombies, but any other SHTF situations that could happen. You might be surprised, but there are some things that you can learn from the show. No, you will not learn the right way to build a shelter or decontaminate […]

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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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