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Complete Your Gear With A Blackout Kit

Complete Your Gear With A Blackout Kit

Ideally, you’ve already got your bug-out bag (BOB), your every day carry (EDC), and “I’m Not Coming Home” (INCH) gear all packed and squared away. Have overlooked another equally crucial survival kit? The blackout kit (BOK) has its own unique components and is indispensable in certain scenarios. Why do I need a blackout kit? Imagine having all your preps, food, water, sanitary items, and weapons right where you want them in a disaster situation. Now, imagine the power goes out across town and it’s dark. I don’t just mean “nighttime in the city” kind of dark, I mean pitch-black dark […]

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Is Your Body Ready for the Bugout?

Is Your Body Ready for the Bugout?

You have spent time gathering knowledge and skills when it comes to building shelters, hunting, fishing, and choosing the right bugout location when the SHTF. You know how to find game and forage for wild edibles. You have the gear and the supplies you need, and you feel as if you are ready for anything that comes your way. However, you really need to make sure that your body is physically ready for the bugout and everything that lays beyond. Many people do not realize just how difficult it is. You aren’t merely going on a nice hike with a […]

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Locate a Suitable Site for Your Camp

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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Bug Out Bag Training (Video)

I found this video recently and was pretty impressed with this man’s dedication to training with his bug out bag. This is serious stuff, and honestly, anyone who’s planning on bugging out should take note. He fills up his pack and runs a certain distance, to see how he can manage with the supplies he has packed up, and strengthen and condition his body for a bug out. If you fill up your pack with everything you need and don’t actually train yourself to carry it for long distances, it might not actually be worth anything at all to you, […]

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How to Survive WWIII

How to Survive WWIII

To be honest, people have been expecting the next WWIII since I was a kid. That being said, this definitely seems to be one of the craziest times in world history, and tensions are high at home and abroad. We have for years been wondering when the next major global cataclysmic event might hit, or the next major financial crisis, or, of course, this massive nuclear war everyone has been anticipating since the Cold War. As we’ve been covering in our survival news articles, the US recently deployed an aircraft carrier to disputed territory with China, Iran is doing their […]

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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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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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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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Gear for a Stealth Bug Out   

Gear for a Stealth Bug Out  

  One major principle in selecting survival gear is versatility, you want gear that can do more than one job and is suitable for more than one situation.  However; there are times when gear that would normally be on the top of anyone’s list is not going to suit your purposes.  One of these cases is when stealth is your primary concern.  Here are some pieces of gear that you should consider substituting in your bag if stealth is necessary to your survival.   Folding Saw There are few tools more quintessential to the woodsman than an ax, but if […]

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Seasonal Adjustments to Bug Out

Seasonal Adjustments to Bug Out

If you have a disaster survival strategy that involves getting out of your area in case of emergency, then you are going to want to plan for seasonal adjustments.  Your route, destination, and the gear you will want with you will greatly change from summer to winter.  Now that winter is officially here and most areas are experiencing cold weather have you thought about what changes you might need to make to your bug out plan if you disaster strikes this time of year?  Here are some things you should consider to adjust for the season in your bug out […]

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Benefits to Bugging Out by Water

Benefits to Bugging Out by Water

When most people think of bugging out they think of making their way out of a heavily populated area by foot, or even by vehicle.  But these are not the only methods of bugging out one should consider, for many there is the possibility of bugging out on the water.  Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of this strategy.   Avoid Roads Chances are you are not the only one in your area thinking about getting out after a disaster.  Roads will be crowded, possibly covered with debris or otherwise impossible to pass, they might even be intentionally […]

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Your Bug Out Vehicle

Your Bug Out Vehicle

One of the biggest mistakes that some of the survivalists out there make is with their bug out vehicle. They go overboard and buy something ostentatious like a Hummer decked out with “survival accessories”. Some even advertise that they are preppers right on the vehicle. These tend to be the same preppers who go overboard and buy the biggest and best gadgets that they can find, and the ones who think having more accessories, gadgets, and red dot sights on their rifles will help them to become the biggest and toughest survivors on the planet. Mostly, it just shows that […]

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Pocket Survival Tin

Pocket Survival Tin

Survival gear is only helpful if you have it when you need it.  Selecting gear that is easy to carry will increase the likelihood that you will be willing to keep it with you more often.  Building a survival tin will make it possible to carry essential items with you at all times.  It can be carried in your pocket, purse, or backpack.  The idea is not to have everything you would ever need, but to have items that would always be beneficial and that you would also be able to carry.  Here a few tips on building your own […]

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3 Reasons To Bug-out, and 3 Reasons Not To   

3 Reasons To Bug-out, and 3 Reasons Not To  

  One of the most important decisions to make in your preparations for survival is whether you should stay in place or head for the hills.  In this article I am not attempting to advocate either option as a one-size-fits-all solution to any situation.  This is simply meant to show the benefits to, and limitations of both strategies to illustrate the need to prepare for anything when one is planning to prepare for their survival. First, 3 reasons to bug-out: Civil Unrest If you are living in an urban setting currently, all you have to do is turn on the […]

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Simple Everyday Carry Items

Simple Everyday Carry Items

What items do you want to include in your everyday carry (EDC)?  The list usually starts out the same for everyone, and then it gets longer and longer and more extravagant until you need a 3-day pack to contain it.  But the point of EDC is not to be prepared for everything from an asteroid strike to a zombie apocalypse, the point is to have items that you are going to willing and able to carry with you every single day that will have the most versatility while giving you the minimum hassle. Here are the best basics Knife A […]

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