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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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The Right Way to Use a Mylar Blanket

The Right Way to Use a Mylar Blanket

A mylar blanket emergency blanket is a very common item to throw in a bug out bag or emergency kit. It can be a very handy item, but it’s not necessarily supposed to be used the same way you would any other blanket. There are a couple of things you should know about mylar before depending on it as your wilderness survival or post-disaster blanket. Mylar was designed to be used in emergencies, and you’ll often see people wrapped in mylar blankets they’ve been handed by emergency personnel after a traumatic accident or event. Mylar blankets are very handy, for […]

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6 Non-Food Items You Can Vacuum Seal

6 Non-Food Items You Can Vacuum Seal

Vacuum sealing is a fantastic way to preserve food, and if you’re a survivalist, homesteader, or prepper, you’re probably very familiar with them. But did you know that there are a lot of non-food applications for vacuum sealers as well? Most definitely. See, the way vacuum sealers work is by sucking all the air out of the bag and sealing it off. So, anything that might experience degradation by exposure to oxygen (which is many, if not most, items), will be better preserved in a vacuum seal bag. This is especially true if you live in very humid or extreme […]

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10 Items for Every Survival Pack

10 Items for Every Survival Pack

  Whether you currently live in an area with vast wilderness and need to keep a pack with supplies in your vehicle all the time in case of emergency, or if your disaster plan is to get out of the urban area you live in and head for the hills, here is a list of 10 items you will not want to be without and can be carried in your pack. This list may not contain every item you want for your survival plan in your area, but with few exceptions they take up very little room.  There should be […]

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Best Food for the Bug Out Bag

Best Food for the Bug Out Bag

You want to have a bug out bag that is full of all the items you need for survival until you reach your bug out destination. Naturally, you need to have food in this bag. The food needs to be calorie dense and nutritious, and you don’t want it to be too heavy, as it will add to the overall weight of your bag. Let’s look at some of the best foods to have ready to go in your bug back. Raisins and peanuts, or trail mix, could be a good option for you. However, it’s a good idea to […]

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What Clothes to Pack in Your Bug-Out Bag

What Clothes to Pack in Your Bug-Out Bag

One of the first things we pack when we go anywhere is usually clothes. But bugging out is certainly not your average weekend getaway. You’re packing for survival, for durability, flexibility, reliance and efficiency. Here are some tips for what clothes to pack in your bug-out bag. Clothes You’ve Worn You don’t want to pack worn-out, old clothes that might fall apart under stressful conditions, but you don’t want to pack anything brand-new either, this could be deadly. If you have something that’s not worn in or that might not fit quite right, you could get blisters, limited movement, or […]

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Survival Uses for Zip-Ties

Survival Uses for Zip-Ties

Zip ties are awesome, in so many ways. They can secure so many things very securely, and they’re totally adjustable to whatever you need. Not to mention with one easy tug, they’ll get as tight as you need them to be, and literally cannot be loosened. So zip ties are an excellent survival item as well, you’ll definitely want to get yourself some for your bug-out bag or bunker. Here are just a few ways you can use them: Shelter If you find yourself in a situation where you’re trying to create a makeshift tent or shelter, zip ties can […]

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A Simple Guide to DIY Seed Vaults

A Simple Guide to DIY Seed Vaults

It is always a good idea to assemble your own seed vault, as opposed to buying one ready-made. There are several good reasons for this, mostly having to do with the fact that you decide what goes into the seed vault. You can choose the best foods for your needs, your climate, your capacity for growing. Ready-made seed vaults tend to be one-size-fits all, which simply isn’t going to work for every zone. Picking out the right seeds for your seed vault is up to you. You will of course want to consider your zone and what will work there, as […]

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4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

Every time you get a prescription from your doctor, your medication comes in a new medicine bottle. While it might be tempting to throw those bottles away or recycle them when they’re empty, you might want to think again. Medicine bottles have a lot of interesting uses that can help you survive a disaster situation. A Compact, Weatherproof Fire Starter Pack one medicine bottle with cotton balls soaked in Vaseline. Pack another with matches and/or a lighter. The Vaseline-soaked cotton balls make great fire starters, and the bottle will keep them from getting wet in inclement weather. And, if you’re […]

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Dollar Store Survival Items

Dollar Store Survival Items

Bugging out doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are definitely some items you’ll want to invest more money in, like backpacks or tents, or maybe weapons or hunting tools, but there are many items at the dollar store that are not only great to have in a bug-out bag, they’re dirt-cheap so they’re easy to hoard. Every dollar store is different, so check your local one and see what they have! Here’s some good items to look out for: Lighters/Matches Dollar stores and even big box stores typically have cheap packs of lighters and matches. Butane […]

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Common Household Items for Your Bug-Out Bag

Common Household Items for Your Bug-Out Bag

We all know to keep items like knives, radios, flash lights, first aid kits, emergency blankets etc. in our bug-out bag. But for the frugal prepper, there are number of simple household items that have great survival applications. Odds are you have them sitting around your house already. Check them out: Baking soda: Baking soda is something most households have, and has a ton of uses in every day life. It can be used to clean virtually anything in the house and even our hair, teeth, skin and body. For survival, it’s a great item for the bug-out bag for just […]

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Brilliant Bug-Out-Bag Packing

Brilliant Bug-Out-Bag Packing

I wanted to highlight these bug out bag packing techniques from gray wolf survival. They do a good job of coving things that would otherwise be looked over. Let us know what you think in the comments below. 1 Don’t pack more than what you’ll need. When you’ve made your list of what you need, go through it and start getting rid of things. A bob bag should hold essentials, not your whole life. You won’t be able to carry 80 pounds of gear very far, and even if you do, you won’t be very fast. Make your list, then […]

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Double Duty Bug Out Gear

Double Duty Bug Out Gear

When building your Bug Out Bag, one of the biggest concerns is weight. In addition to reducing weight by removing items or choosing lighter versions of items, one of the best things that you can possibly do for your survival is to choose bug out gear that performs two, three, or more duties. Any time you can choose a tool with multiple uses, over a variety of tools that each perform only one duty, you are saving yourself space, weight, and probably money. Small personal tools are often the best place to start looking for double-duty replacements. Get rid of […]

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