101 Best Preparedness Products on Amazon

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July 12 is AMAZON PRIME day! What does that mean? There will be all kinds of deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members (we love Amazon Prime from getting free 2-day shipping plus tons of other great member benefits). You can get a free trial of Amazon Prime today AND take advantage of Prime Day so it’s a win-win. Click here to start your free trial now!

Did you know you can get A TON of great emergency preparedness and food storage related items on Amazon at great prices? Add in the free shipping benefit and it’s even better. Here is a list of 101 of our favorite things to buy from Amazon when we don’t feel like venturing out to “real” stores … because … shopping = gross.


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Books

Food Storage Education

Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival
Store This Not That
Country Beans
Survival Pantry: Beginners Guide with New Tips on Food Storage and Preserving
Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food
Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook

Food Storage Cookbooks

Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy
I Can’t Believe it’s Food Storage
Cookin’ with Home Storage
The Essential Food Storage Cookbook
The Prepper’s Cookbook
Cooking with Sunshine
Dinner is in the Jar
6 Meals in a Jar
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes
The Meals in a Jar Handbook

Emergency Preparedness Education

Survival Mom
Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness
All New Square Foot Gardening
Dr. Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook
First Aid Manual
One Second After
Lights Out


Emergency Preparedness

Car Kits / 72 Hour Kits

AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Kit
AutoClubHero 185-Piece Deluxe Roadside Emergency Kit with Car Survival Gear
Portable Car Battery Jump-Starter
Ready America: 2-Person, 3-Day Emergency Kit
LDS/Mormon 72 Hour Survival Kit
Mountain House Just In Case… Essential Bucket
Wise Foods Company Favorites 72 Hour Cook-in-Pouch Meal Kit
4 Person Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe

Heating / Cooling

Emergency Blanket (6-Pack)
Hot Hands Hand Warmers
Mr. Buddy Portable Radiant Heater (propane powered)
Evaporative Cooling Towel
Battery-Powered Fans

Powerless Cooking

Butane Cans
Small Propane Cans
InstaFire Emergency Cooking Fuel (granules)
ReadyFuel Emergency Fuel (gel)
Camping Stoves (wide variety)
Bushbox Outdoor Camping Stove
Dutch Ovens
Volcano Grill
All-American Sun Oven
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven

Sanitation / Hygiene

Emergency Sanitation Kit (including bucket toilet)
Emergency-Ready Family Hygiene Kit
Compressed Toilet Paper Towlettes (with travel carry cases)
Solar Shower

First Aid

Wide variety of complete first aid kits

Camping Gear

Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent
Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse 250 Portable Lantern + USB Charger
InstaFire Fire Starter Packs

Tools / Safety Gear

Emergency Safes
Car Shovel
Tactical Knives
Hunting and Fishing Supplies


Food Storage

Shelves / Organization

Gorilla Shelving Units
FIFO Can Organizing System
Spicy Shelf (spice organizing rack)
Shelf Label Maker
Gamma Lids for Buckets

Water Storage

Waterbrick (our favorite storage container)
Portable Water Pouches
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Sawer Mini Water Purification System
SteriPen UV Water Purifier
Aquamaria Water Treatment Drops
Bottled Drinking Water

Food Preservation Tools

Waterbath Canner
Presto Pressure Canner
All-American Pressure Canner
Canning Supplies Kit
Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
Food Dehydrators
Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer

Self Reliance

SproutMaster Sprouting Kit
Homemade Bread Slicer
Bread Loaf Pans
Garden Boxes
Survival Seed Vault: Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds

Kitchen Tools

Tortilla Press / Cooker
Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
SwingAway Ergonomic Crank Can Opener
Cuisinart Hand Blender with Attachments
WonderMill Wheat Grinder
NutriMill Wheat Grinder
Bosch Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Pasta Maker

ACTUAL FOOD

Amazon Prime Pantry (groceries to your door for just $5.99)
Augason Farms Food Storage
Mountain House Food Storage
Wise Food Storage
Lindon Farms Food Storage
SAF Instant Yeast
Vital Wheat Gluten
Coconut Oil

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9 PRINTABLE Food Storage Cookbooks PDF

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Food storage is, for many of us, the most expensive prep.  However, not all of our food storage preps need to cost money.  The Prepper community is growing (YAY!!!) which means there are a wide variety of resources available to us and some ofRead More

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Food Storage Essentials-Prepper Recon

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On today’s show, I go over the basics of food storage for beginners and give some great tips on canning and finding space for your stockpile.

Click HERE for  your FREE copy of The Seven Step Survival Plan!

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In  Behold Darkness and Sorrow, Ambitious college student, Daniel Walker, has a prophetic dream about an EMP attack which will wipe out America’s electric grid, sending the country into a technological dark age. If he wants to live through the most catastrophic period in American history, Daniel will have to get prepared, before the lights go out.

ReadyMadeResources.com  offers great prices on Night Vision, water filtration, long term storage food, solar energy components and provide free technical service.

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CampingSurvival.com has all of your preparedness needs including; bug out bags, long term food storage, water filters, gas masks, and first aid kits. Use coupon code PREPPERRECON to get 5% off your entire order at Camping Survival.

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The dollar has lost over 90% of its purchasing power since 1971. Silver, on the other hand, has proved to be a very stable form of wealth preservation over the years. Silver.com offers fantastic prices on silver and gold. Check out Silver.com today.

Happy Prepping!

Mark

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Forget peak oil – now its peak energy

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WorldEnergy_smallUnited States is leading a decline in energy use amongst advanced economies – with use down 2% last year despite GDP growth. The previous year (2013-2014) EU countries saw a 10% drop in energy use – partly due to economic chaos in Greece, Spain and Italy.

Th uneexpected fall is due to greater efficiency, new materials and the rise of renewables — all the standard projections still predict ever rising demand driven by population growth and the spread of prosperity in emerging economies. That assumption, however, begins to look too simplistic. The reality is more complex. Forget the old debate about peak oil. Now it seems we are approaching peak energy.

The data speak for themselves and are summarised here by Enerdata. It covers the 20 nations which represent more than 80 per cent of global gross “democratic” product.

Economic growth. Energy consumption

2015 + 2.8 % + 0.5 %

2014 + 3.4 % + 1.1 %

2003-13 + 3.7 % + 2.1 %

Within this aggregate data there are a number of different national stories reflecting the influence of different patterns of economic activity and of course the very different resource bases.

In the EU total primary energy demand is down by almost 11 per cent in the past decade. Oil consumption has fallen by 17 per cent; natural gas by almost a fifth.

In China demand growth has slowed in the past three years — as a result of the recession but also because of the changes in industrial structure. Coal remains the dominant fuel but falls in steel and cement production, and in efficiency gains, appear to have decoupled energy demand from GDP. The caution, as ever, is the quality of Chinese statistics.

In the US total energy consumption has been flat for the past decade, with a strong shift in the mix in favour of gas as a result of domestic shale developments.

India is in many ways the outlier. Strong economic growth is fully reflected in increased energy use, and in growing use of coal as the primary source of energy. Coal in India, as the Enerdata commentary puts it, is privileged and low cost. Some 35GW of new coal-fired power plants have been installed in the past two years alone.

Even though coal use fell in almost every other country, Indian consumption was sufficient (along with high levels of use in nations such as Germany) to allow coal to remain the largest single source of primary energy across the G20. The strongest growth in GDP and energy consumption is in areas still heavily reliant on coal in the absence of any readily available low-cost alternative for the production of power and heat. This tempers the impact of the slowdown in energy use on CO2 emissions. The trend is positive — emissions barely increased in 2015 — but not sufficient to meet the targets set at the Paris climate meeting last year.

The stagnation of total energy consumption highlights the fact that demand is not driven by price alone. The standard assumption might have been that sharply reduced prices — for oil, gas and coal — would lead to a rise in demand. The reality is that price signals are often muffled by subsidies (in countries such as India) and by taxation (as in the UK). In most countries factors other than price are clearly more important in determining how much energy we use.

The crucial factor in the shift in the relationship between economic growth and energy use is not price but technology. Those thinking of the future should take note of the fact that the obvious gains in energy efficiency and intensity clearly have further to go. As yet we have barely seen the benefits of smart meters and grids, the application of advanced materials and the continuing gains in areas such as fuel efficiency. There is more to come and an obvious target is the amount of energy that is still wasted.

Stagnation does not mean that we have yet reached peak energy demand. We do not know the details of what is happening in China or the extent to which the emergence of the Chinese from recession will push energy demand back up again. India is now the main driver of energy consumption and unsurprisingly, given the need for basic infrastructure and construction, energy intensity there continues to rise. It is hard to see that trend reversing. Worldwide, population growth continues and in addition there are still well over 1bn people excluded from the world market by poverty. If that number can be reduced, energy demand should grow — but, with OECD demand beginning to fall, the net result could well be that we will see peak global energy demand within the next decade.

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9 great places for a UK break

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Bring your Yurt or Camper Van or rent one from these sites below – to learn how you will cope with a longer, or total, off-grid experience. Many of the places below are in the South-West England – Britain’s off-grid heartland.

1. DRIFTAWAY CAMPING WOODLANDS Chard, Somerset

ENJOY a peaceful and secluded retreat at Driftaway, where there are just two fully equipped safari tents.

Everything is provided, including bedding and towels. Each tent can accommodate two adults and three children – or kids can sleep in a small tepee.

There’s a sink, gas cooker, wood burning stove, a washstand, plus two baskets of firewood and a toilet cabin. Two nights is from £250, based on five sharing (£25 pppn). To book, see bit.ly/29tysQZ

2. LOWARTH GLAMPING Wadebridge, Cornwall

SURROUNDED by fields in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the small and secluded Lowarth Glamping is an idyllic retreat for summer. The fully equipped Belle Tents have wood-burning stoves and a small kitchen annex, with cupboard, cool box and worktop area. Each is named after a wildflower, even if they look more like garlic cloves.

The site’s amenities are spotless and there’s a communal fire pit with cushioned seating for al fresco dining. There’s even a spa cabin for shiatsu treatments.

A seven-night stay during the school holidays in the Bluebell tent sleeping four people is from £540. See more at bit.ly/29rYoLf.

3. LONGTHORNS FARM Wareham, Dorset

FOR a chilled-out, back-to-basics break, relax in a simple shepherd’s hut.

While shepherds would have made do with just basic furnishings, this version has a double bed, wood burner and kitchenette with traditional Dutch oven for cooking hearty stews.

There is also an outside fire pit – perfect for grilling and heating water.

For added authenticity, the farm even has its own herd of cows and alpacas. A seven-night holiday from August 7 costs £613. Check it out at campsites.co.uk/go/21991.

8. GRANGE FARM Newport, Isle of Wight

YOU don’t have to travel to the plains of Africa to see water buffalo – simply catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight for a stay at Grange Farm.

This working farm campsite, yards from the beach, allows children and adults to interact with a wide range of animals, from water buffalo, alpacas, micro pigs and common farm breeds.

Onsite amenities include free hot showers, a laundrette, shop and children’s playground.

Large pitches start from £423.50 for seven nights during the school holidays, based on eight sharing, working out at £7.56 pppn). See bit.ly/29m74V6.

3. BLACKBERRY WOOD Ditchling, East Sussex

THIS leafy site is well known for its quirky accommodation and in May unveiled a new fairytale treehouse.

It even has its own turret and terrace and there is space enough for a loft bed, shower room and kitchen.

Other ways to spend the night at the extraordinary Blackberry Wood include in your own double-decker bus or helicopter.

Three nights here from August 1 will set you back £735, based on four people sharing.

For further details, see campsites.co.uk/go/17610.

3. GLENCOE MOUNTAIN RESORT Argyll, Scotland

IF you have a taste for two-wheeled adventure, it’s worth aiming high – to the Highlands of Scotland.

Mountain bike facilities are second to none in Scotland and Glencoe Mountain Resort in the Highlands offers everyone a chance to improve their skills – with lessons from former junior European champion Sam Flockhart, no less.

Glencoe has bike trails of varying difficulty on site, from a basic Valley Trail all the way up to chairlift-accessed downhill Black Route.

Stay in a tiny microlodge with space for four, from £350 for seven nights, starting August 15. Bike coaching available on August 17 at £70 per person. For more information and to book, see campsites.co.uk/go/21426.

4. HAPPY DAYS RETRO VACATIONS Saxmundham, Suffolk

FOR the ultimate in kitsch cool, try this place with its classic tin-can Airstream caravans. All have been updated to make them cosy and welcoming, but many of the original features remain.

Another nice touch is the abandoned army truck in the kids’ play area. Prices start from £325 for a four-night stay from August 11, sleeping up to five. See campsites.co.uk/go/26976.

5. CAMP KATUR Bedale, North Yorks

IF you have a head for heights, this site offers a whole range of activities for all ages.

You can go quad-biking along woodland tracks, take a Segway tour, clamber over a giant adventure playground or check out the bushcraft area.

There is also a treetop adventure course with a climbing wall that leads to a rope bridge, which crosses to a zip wire that then flies you safely back down to the ground.

Prices start from £760 for a safari tent sleeping four, based on four nights from August 15. See campsites.co.uk/go/20824.

9. BRANWEN THE VINTAGE LORRY Whitland, Wales

STAYin Branwen, a 1946 Austin truck sited on a traditional five-acre farm on the borders of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

Inside, the decor is boho chic and you will find a comfy double bed, tables and chairs and a wood burning stove. Just outside is a cabin with loo and shower, plus a picnic table, barbecue and outdoor sink. The off-grid location provides a tranquil break.

Prices start from £70 per night for two (£35pppn), minimum two-night stay. Book at bit.ly/29m7afB.

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doTERRA Wellness Advocate Volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association

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I wanted to share a little story with you. While I don’t know anybody personally that has been impacted by Alzheimer’s, I love what doTERRA stands for and the global impact they are having! Someday I would love to do a service project much like this Wellness Advocate is doing. My project would be educating single moms on taking care of their children naturally.

“As Alzheimer’s patients succumb to pneumonia and infection, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate strives to help.

During her years of college, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Mary Gauldin began volunteering for the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her love of the elderly and her desires to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease connected her with those she worked with, and when her grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it only fed her desire to help the cause of eliminating Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that occurs because of the degeneration of the brain, and it can interfere with memory, thinking, and behavior. These symptoms are likely to influence a person’s ability to perform daily tasks like walking, remembering, and swallowing. The loss of everyday capabilities can also lead to additional health issues such as infection. For example, people with Alzheimer’s are at a greater risk of getting pneumonia because of complications associated with swallowing. Swallowing inabilities can cause individuals to inhale food and liquid into airways which may lead to infections like pneumonia.1 Aside from pneumonia, other infections and side effects that can occur from Alzheimer’s symptoms include urinary tract infections (UTI), the flu (influenza), and broken or fractured bones from falls.2”

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Protests Heating Up: Chicago Streets Shutdown, Atlanta Mayor Discusses Curfew and Calling in National Guard

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Activists throughout the country are planning another night of chaos, as major cities throughout the country are all gearing up for trouble. […]

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How to Install a DIY Pallet Wall

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How to Install a DIY Pallet Wall Give your house a unique look in one day with pallets. Easy and frugal. This is a great DIY project. Actually this could be a FREE DIY pallet wall if you use the power of the internet 🙂 Use craigslist or the local supermarkets to get free pallets. …

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35 Reasons You Should Never Be Without Vinegar

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35 Reasons You Should Never Be Without Vinegar Vinegar has been one of the mostly used food items for centuries, find out why you need this is your preps today! Whether you are storing up supplies for hard times or just want to save a little grocery money on cleaning supplies, one thing you should …

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How To Make A Sawdust Emergency Candle

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How To Make A Sawdust Emergency Candle I absolutely LOVE this emergency sawdust candle project! I will have to make a few buckets and keep them covered up in my garage for that just in case moment! This is for a long burning light and heat source for times when the power is out. If …

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Survival Skills: How To Make A Torch

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Survival Skills: How To Make A Torch Hollywood always makes everything look so easy. The scene opens with someone stuck in a cave, tunnel, temple or another suitable backdrop for an adventure movie. Our hero grabs up a leg bone from an expired adventurer, wraps it in rags and lights the contraption on fire to …

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The 55 Best Herbal Remedies Known To Man

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The 55 Best Herbal Remedies Known To Man While some people may dismiss herbal remedies as quackery, the use of botanicals is well rooted in medical practice. Ancient doctors methodically collected information about herbs and developed well-defined pharmacopoeias to treat a variety of ailments. More than a quarter of all drugs used today contain active …

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6 Reasons Plants Love Cinnamon

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6 Reasons Plants Love Cinnamon I never even knew that you could use cinnamon in your garden. After reading the reasons why plants love cinnamon I think I will stockpile the stuff. Cinnamon isn’t cheap but I found a great deal on it here. I can pretty much guarantee that while growing your seedlings you …

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Dunning-Kruger Effect and Survival

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The internet is an amazing tool. It has enabled the exchange of information which may have otherwise only been known to no one but a few people. The rate, freedom, and amount at which knowledge is spread is unbelievable. This, however, is also the dark side of having this ability—Along with good information, and no filter in place, an amazing amount of bad or dated information is also passed on. And certainly the survival community is not exempt of such exchange. Unfortunately, following some of the bad information can make a bad situation worse.

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Solar Panel Care when on vacation and EMP Damage

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I had two questions about my solar panels that needed expert answers to. For the answers, I went directly to the manufacturer of my panels, Grape Solar in California. To get the answers I spoke with their Technical Help, an Electrical Engineer at 1-877-264-1014 for the answers to my questions.
(1)  I plan on traveling, leaving the house empty and unattended for 30-90 days in length multiple times a year. I needed to know what is a safe way to leave the solar system during that time, operating or disconnect the panels?

Grape Solar said no, do not disconnect the panels but instead leave a light load on the system such as a small inverter or a 12-volt night light hooked up directly to the batteries.

(2)  Will solar panels be damaged by an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) event?

Grape Solar said the panels should not be affected by an EMP Event. If not already, ground the frames to a typical 8-foot ground rod driven into the ground. However, the rest of the components connected with long wires will probably be damage!


The Police Shooting Data The Media Is Hiding From You

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The Police Shooting Data The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know

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The picture of police shootings presented by the mainstream media, the Left and the Right is grossly inaccurate, according to an analysis of data by Off The Grid News.

In fact, few media outlets or analysts give all the numbers.

Here is the data, unfiltered. Some of it supports the conclusions of the Left, and some of it backs those on the Right.

1. All total, 990 people were shot and killed by police in 2015. Of those, 494 were white, 258 were black, 172 Hispanic, 38 were “other” and 28 unknown. (Source: Washington Post.)

2. Proportionally, blacks are 2.5 percent more likely than whites to be shot and killed by police. This is because whites make up 62 percent of the population but 49 percent of those killed by cops, while blacks comprise 13 percent of the population and 24 percent of those shot. (Source: Washington Post.)

3. In some of America’s largest cities (Houston; Austin, Texas; Dallas; Los Angeles; Orlando, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.) blacks are less likely to be shot at by cops than are whites by cops in encounters that did not result in death, although in physical encounters that did not involve a shooting, blacks are more likely to be involved. (Source: study by Harvard professor Ronald G. Fryer.)

4. In America’s 75 largest counties in 2009, blacks constituted 62 percent of all robbery defendants, 57 percent of all murder defendants and 45 percent of all assault defendants. (Source: Heather MacDonald, author of The War On Cops.) “Officer use of force will occur where the police interact most often with violent criminals, armed suspects, and those resisting arrest, and that is in black neighborhoods,” MacDonald wrote in a Hillsdale College.

5. A full 40 percent all cop-killers the past decade have been black, meaning that a police officer is 18 ½ “times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is likely to be killed by a police officer.” (Source: MacDonald.)

6. Black and Hispanic police are more likely to shoot a black person due to a “threat perception” than are white police. (That is, a belief that the suspect is armed.) (Source: Justice Department, 2015.)

7. Black officers in the New York Police Department are 3.3 times more likely to use their guns at shooting scenes than white officers. (Source: University of Pennsylvania criminologist Greg Ridgeway.)

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Bug Out Bag List – Build a Custom Bug Out Bag

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Bug Out Bag List (essentials + more!)

We’ve put together a packing list of essential gear for your bug out bag.

With our handy bug out bag list, you’ll be packed in no time.

Of course, this list is a starting point, and you can customize your bag further to tailor it to your environment and individual needs.

As a good rule of thumb, a well-designed bug out bag should weigh no more than 30% of your body weight. Any heavier would make carrying the bag highly strenuous and limit a person’s ability to hike over long distances as may be required during an evacuation.

To keep your bag light, you’ll want to limit your bug out bag gear to the essentials: items that have a high probability of helping you survive a disaster scenario.

To help you pack your custom bug out bag, our tool below is not only a checklist, it will also dynamically estimate how much your bug out bag will weigh, with the option of entering your body weight to see if your kit is below the 30% weight threshold.

Additionally, if you enter your email address and press the “Submit” button you will get a copy of your personalized bug out bag checklist sent straight to your inbox, to help you pack.

If packing your own bug out bag sounds too time-consuming or confusing, have a look at our premade bug out bag buying guide for a ready-to-go alternative, such as the Zippmo Urban Survival Kit for Two.

Don’t miss: Below the tool, we’ve included an example bug out bag list with links to some of our favorite gear so that you can get inspired!

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Example Bug Out Bag Loadout (with links!)

Here’s an example bug out bag for inspiration. We’ve picked specific gear that we trust enough to recommend.

The Backpack

We love the 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 for a 3-day bug out bag. It is designed by professional survivalists and is built to last. For more backpack options and to expand your knowledge further, read more about how to choose a bug out bag backpack.

Essentials

Remember, the above is just an example bug out bag list, but it’s all gear that we trust and recommend.

Are you ready to start packing your bug out bag?

Video – After Armageddon

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Remember when [insert name of animal] Flu was the big apocalypse du jour? I was down the YouTube rabbit hole and got sucked into this video.

Man, if this doesn’t make you want to redouble your efforts, nothing will.

This is one of the reasons I think it isn’t a waste of time to watch/read surivivalist fiction (or non-fiction). It gives motivation and makes you think about things you may not have thought about. And wargaming these sorts of things is always an interesting exercise.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go check my stocks of bleach and AA batteries………

U.S. States Most And Least Likely To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

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Here’s something fun for a change. The writers over at estately.com made a chart that lists every U.S. state in order from most to least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. They used 11 metrics to figure this out: Active Military Personnel Military Veterans Physically Active Martial Arts Enthusiasts People with Survival Skills People with […]

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American Survival Radio #16

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio,  Joe and Amy Alton note the mess that Olympic Host Brazil is in, but look no further than the border to find a country in worse shape: Venezuela. After hurling insults our way for the last decade or so, the socialist country wants to re-establish diplomatic relations. We wonder if it’s because their people are starving and none too happy about it? Hear the sad story as Venezuelans wonder where their next meal is coming from. Also, summer has arrived and you’re going to be visiting lots of places that could make you seriously ill if you don’t watch out. The Altons tell you what these are, and how to stay healthy in the hot, hot sun.  Plus, a few thoughts about FBI director James Comey’s statements last week and how Hillary Clinton, probably President Hillary Clinton avoided a  trip to the Big House and cemented a trip to the White House.

All this and more in American Survival Radio #16 with Joe and Amy Alton!

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In Japan, A Newly Elected Governor Is Anti-Nuclear, Replacing A Tool Who Was Pro-Nuclear and Pushing Hard on Nuke Restarts

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stock here.   There does seem to be some hope.   Things always look bleakest right before a tipping point.

TIPP it good!

Then at the same time the nuke cartel is coordinating a worldwide effort to pretend that everything in the ocean is “back to normal”

From the article, we see a new meme from the nuclear cartel, a new lie.    The new lie is “because radiation is invisible, we fear it too much”.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36735687

But some sort of normal is returning to the wider ocean.
Nuclear energy is an emotive issue – besides the political, environmental and economic arguments, some believe radioactivity has a psychological dimension that prods at our inner fears.
In terms of human evolution, it’s not that long ago since we were hunter gatherers facing dangers all around us – from poisonous plants to predators.
Because we’re hardwired to react to the dangers we can see, smell or taste, radioactivity – which is an invisible threat – perhaps has a particular resonance. Human beings are particularly useless about being able to assess risk but surprisingly, there is a bunch of academics who study this stuff.


Measuring up
•A becquerel (Bq), named after French physicist Henri Becquerel, is a measure of radioactivity
•A quantity of radioactive material has an activity of 1Bq if one nucleus decays per second – and 1kBq if 1,000 nuclei decay per second
•A sievert (Sv) is a measure of radiation absorbed by a person, named after Swedish medical physicist Rolf Sievert


And it seems our perceptions of risk from radiation are somewhat fickle.

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What to Consider Before You Bug out by Boat

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You could conceivably bug out by boat if you live within a short drive from the coast, lake, large river or even stream. Before you throw in with Gilligan and the Skipper though, here are some things to consider.

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Its Probably A Good Time To Get Your AR-15 Now…

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If you have been thinking about getting one, now is probably a good time to acquire your AR-15…before the gun-grabbers implement a ban by either some sort of ‘executive order’ or some other method. Additionally, ‘if’ Hillary wins the election, you can almost guarantee that the following things will hinder or eliminate your ability to […]

The Truth About Precious Metals for Survivalists

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precious metalsA friend sent me this article on Precious Metals and I thought you might find it intesting.

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There are a few common misconceptions associated with precious metals and how they may not be helpful to a preparedness plan for either a SHTF scenario or potential economic collapse.

  1. If I can’t eat it, drink it, or use it to defend myself, I don’t need it.
  1. I’ll just get stuck buying some worthless coins and never get anything out of them.

Although these are some generally popular perspectives, they are completely misguided and incorrect.

So how can precious metals be useful for survivalists when the economy collapses?

The truth is, precious metals are essential for survivalists and will help you stay prepared for all sorts of upcoming turmoil.

Below, you’ll find rebuttals to the common misconceptions about gold and silver and how they can literally save your life when the SHTF…

  1. “If I can’t eat it, drink it, or use it to defend myself, I don’t need it.”

Precious metals have been used as a stable store of value and a medium of exchange for thousands of years. Although you cannot actually eat, drink or use it to defend yourself you can use it in barter or trade to get any potential needed items.

For example, if you are trying to trade with a neighbor for ammunition and you only have water, food, ammunition and first aid, chances are, he/she has those exact items also. You need to pay with something that can be used as a medium of exchange so that your neighbor can buy whatever he/she may need from someone else.

You won’t always know what people may need in a barter or trade situation. That’s why having a form of currency is essential!

  1. “I’ll just get stuck buying some worthless coins and never get anything out of them.”

I say this to prospective precious metals buyers, it seems like, a thousand times a day:

“Stay away from collectible coins! Don’t do it!”

Collectible coins, or “numismatic coins,” are like art. Their value is largely subjective. Some people might pay millions of dollars for the Mona Lisa. Personally, I wouldn’t pay 20 bucks for it!

Don’t put yourself in a hard spot to try to get a buyer who will pay as much as you did to get some mint special coin. The liquidity just isn’t there when compared to gold and silver coins, bars, and rounds that are traded at their melt value.

So buy BULLION!

Bullion is the term that is used when trying to buy precious metals closest to the spot (sometimes called stock market) price. Ask your buyer, if they don’t have it listed, how much over spot you are paying per ounce. The price of gold and silver is fully transparent and can be determined around the clock around the world. Getting the lowest price per ounce is generally the smartest choice.

After the 2008 real-estate fiasco, the economy was trash! In 2011, however, silver jumped up to $40 an ounce even though the rest of the country and economy were still trying to pull themselves out of the grave. Precious metals are not only a good option for a survivalist perspective but they also help to hedge against inflation and perform well in periods of economic turmoil.

What You Need to Know for a Survivalist/SHTF Scenario

In a barter/trade situation it’s important to remember that having different sizes and metals is always smart. Having Pre-65 junk silver is a great option, it is in smaller fractional sizes, and, because it is 90% silver (containing 10% copper), it will wear well being handled more frequently.

Silver rounds, especially in the smaller fractional sizes, is also an attractive option. And consider getting gold for some larger cost barter situations too. Fractional gold coins are small but carry a larger amount of value compared to silver.

With our government racking up a national debt of over 19 TRILLION dollars and climbing, it’s time to start preparing for our currency to be obsolete in SHTF scenarios…

Remember: “You won’t always know what people may need in a barter or trade situation. That’s why having a form of currency is essential!”

Money Metals Exchange website: https://www.moneymetals.com/

Dan Novak is an avid survivalist and precious metals specialist at Money Metals Exchange. Staying educated on economic turmoil and maintaining a survivalist mentality are incredibly important in the world we live in today.

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13 Ways to See Your Doctor Less Often

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Do you enjoy visiting the doctor? If you’re American, it costs you money coming and going. No matter where you are, it involves appointments and waiting, and sitting in rooms full of sick people. The last time I visited my gynecologist, I waited three and half hours before she could see me. It’s the nature of doctors, of course, that emergencies take precedence over appointments but it still means that you can lose an entire day to a doctor’s appointment.

Taking control of your health with some simple lifestyle changes can drastically cut down on the time you spend in your doctor's waiting room.

Seeing a doctor at all is becoming more difficult these days. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of about 30,000 primary-care physicians in the United States by 2025. I’d love to say it’s better here in Canada, but we have a doctor shortage, too. That gynecologist that I mentioned? She’s taking maternity leave this month with no plans to return – leaving our region with two male gynecologists and not a single female.

The same situation happens with general practitioners. Every time I hear about a doctor retiring, my heart sinks. Throughout North America, we have too few doctors (and nurses, but that’s another issue.)

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And of course there is another reason to stay away from the doctor. A heavy reliance on the medical system to keep you healthy and alive is simply poor preparedness.  There are very legitimate reasons to see medical professionals (and I will forever be grateful to my brain surgeon!), but we are being lazy and ill-prepared when we rely on them to fix problems that we have ourselves created.

It may take more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, but a healthy diet and other simple lifestyle changes can keep you out of the waiting room. Learn how to develop habits that will keep you fit and strong.

Dietary Changes

Many experts blame the Standard American Diet (SAD) for high rates of obesity, diabetes, depression, and other serious conditions. Good nutrition can strengthen your immune system and lower your risk for many illnesses.

Eat more produce

Fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense and light in calories. They’ll boost your immune system and help you stay hydrated. Plus, all that fiber can lower your risk of diabetes. One trick that I learned when I spent time with Old Order Mennonites was to serve fruit at every meal. It is not considered dessert – it’s just a part of your meal that everyone is expected to eat.

Focus on whole foods

Processed foods are usually loaded with excessive fat, sugar, and salt. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these, but an imbalance is unhealthy. Plus these foods generally contain preservatives and highly modified ingredients. Try eating foods in their natural state.

My grandfather’s advice has always seemed the best to me – eat food that remembers where it came from.

Who wants fewer doctor appointments? I do! Here are some simply lifestyle changes that can improve your health and keep you out of the waiting room.

Limit alcohol

Too many cocktails can damage your liver and other organs. Most experts recommend up to one drink a day for women and two for men, if you drink at all. There is not a thing wrong with refusing alcohol. It is empty calories and not good for your body.

Manage your weight

Carrying around too many pounds increases your risk of heart conditions, arthritis, and certain cancers. Stay slim by watching calories and leading an active life. When I stepped on the scales and sighed recently, the nurse said, “Oh, you’re far slimmer than many who consider their weight just fine.” 

There should be no argument that maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of a healthy life.

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Other Lifestyle Changes

Here are a few more changes to go along with your balanced diet. They’ll have a major impact on your body and mind.

Move around

Physical activity strengthens your heart and muscles. Aim to exercise at least 3 days a week. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.


Sit less

Research suggests that the longer you sit, the poorer your health may be even if you exercise. If you have a desk job, try taking walking breaks every half hour. Cut back on your TV time.


Do yoga

While any form of exercise and relaxation can be beneficial, yoga seems especially powerful. There is no need to study the spiritual forms of yoga in order to get the benefits. A study at Massachusetts General Hospital recorded a whopping 43 percent reduction in healthcare use among patients who studied yoga for a year.

Deal with stress

If yoga is not your cup of tea, there are other ways to keep tension from piling up. Book a massage or listen to gentle music.



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Be happy

The more you’re satisfied with your life, the less you’ll need your doctor. On a scale of 1 to 6, a patient could expect an 11 percent decrease in doctor visits for each level of higher life satisfaction, according to one University of Michigan study.

Adopt a pet

Holding your cat is good for mental and physical wellbeing. The CDC says pets help people lower their blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. They also provide an antidote to loneliness.

Connect with others

Speaking of loneliness, support from humans helps too. Close social ties can help you catch fewer colds, and may even extend your life.

Sleep well

Adequate rest and sleep is vital to healing. Turn off the computer and TV in the evening and go to bed on time.


Quit smoking

Giving up tobacco may be the most important thing you can do for your health. It takes an average of 5 to 10 attempts to quit for good, so hang in there. Of course giving up tobacco will also save you a lot of money, too.
It’s important to have a good relationship with your health care team and follow their recommendations when you’re sick or injured. However, you and your doctor can enjoy spending more time apart as long as you’re making decisions that increase your well-being.

“On Earth, As It Is In Heaven”

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      I would like to think I am an optimist.  And my spirit is desperately crying out for a shred of hope.  It is apparent that our nation is at a time of great testing.  There is a fear that hangs over our collective consciousness … How do we stop a race war?  Is there any way to dispel the distrust and hatred?  How do we forgive, rebuild, and restore human decency to each other?

     The one thing I can say is that at this moment in time, I am extremely proud of my state, and especially the city of Dallas.  From the Governor, to the Mayor of Dallas, to the Police Chief, to the citizen in the street (both black and white), there is a sense of “we’ve had enough”.  There is some kind of innate discernment among all groups involved that, yes, there is a war being provoked … but we’re not going to participate in it.  And whether or not the public understands that the war is spiritual, I believe that the righteous of this nation are combining their voices in powerful and effective prayer, holding the spirits of chaos and disorder at bay.
     Let me put it another way … my spirit is sensing that not only is there a war in the streets of America, but there is a war against America in the heavenly realms.  And in the early hours before dawn this morning, I lay awake in bed, trying to figure it all out.  I asked God to show me what that looks like, hoping for some clear download from His Throne Room; for a voice or a vision to make it all clear to me.  Nothing came; no supernatural revelation or unveiling of a divine mystery … just a sense that there is something big happening.
     Then you are probably going to think I’m crazy, but I found my mind wandering, and all of a sudden I pictured that scene in one of the installments of the classic movie series, Aliens; the scene where Ripley wanders into a vast cave-like room and finds the Queen of the alien monster/demons and her nursery of unborn demon pods.  Maybe I just have an active imagination, but in that moment, I got a picture of what the battle against America might look like.
     First, let me tell you that this past weekend, my husband and I participated in an advanced spiritual warfare conference, and I will tell you that my mind was greatly challenged.  One of the important things I learned was that within the second heaven, or what is commonly referred to as the spiritual realm, there actually reside many realms …. realms within the realm, if you will.  And within each of those realms, the Enemy has placed a throne on which sits one of the high-ranking commanders within his evil army.  (Remember when Paul refers to the rulers, the powers, the world forces of this [present] darkness, the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places?  This is what he is talking about).
     Well, that image from Aliens gave me a picture of what might be satan’s battle plan.  Each of those pods is a ruler our adversary has placed over some area of our national experience.  Think of it as a commander controlling abortion; a general over race relations; a king in charge of sexual perversion; a prince covering the Church.  And the Queen Mother of the Aliens is the Prince of the United States, much like the Prince of Greece and the Prince of Persia mentioned in the Bible.  I don’t know the name of this Prince of America — the principality of satan that claims authority over our country — but I do know that he is trying to gain authority over every domain of this nation.  But I also know that he is no match for the host of heaven that the praying saints can call down to destroy his schemes.
      I have heard numerous stories of people on both sides of the issue that has consumed our nation for the last several days, vowing to not let the madness lead them down the road to further mistrust and hatred; pledging not to turn against each other.  They are rising above the rhetoric of politicians and agitators, to extend the hand of mercy to another human being.  And believe me, that is not what the Enemy wants.  He doesn’t want us to reach out to those who may not be of our clan, our tribe, our race, or our nationality.  He wants us to sow the seeds of blame and judgment instead of showing compassion to each other.  And most assuredly, he does not want us to experience healing.
      And that’s when my picture from the movie, Aliens, comes back into view.  I see Ripley taking that flamethrower and destroying those alien/demon pods, and I see the prayers of the righteous within our nation ascending to the throne room of God.  He uses them like a holy fire to scorch and incinerate the spirit of hatred that the enemy is so desperately trying to sow.
     Then this verse of Scripture comes clearly into view: “But the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”, and I believe that is exactly what is happening today.  The word “availeth” has such a powerful meaning.  According to Strong’s Concordance, it means “to be strong, to have efficacy (effectiveness), force or value; this word denotes strength, to prevail, and indicates a more forceful strength or ability than dunamai, or what we can accomplish on our own”.  In other words, I believe that the calm we see in Dallas and among other communities can be effected by our prayers which can call down heavenly fire and armies of angels to do battle on our behalf among these spiritual realms.
     Don’t get me wrong, the war is being fought with deadly power in the second heaven.  There is an assigned ruler over Baton Rouge, and one over Atlanta, and one over every major city where we are seeing protests and violence.  And we will continue to see small victories by the Enemy’s agents, but I am going to keep on believing that our prayers can and will have a mighty and binding impact upon the spiritual forces determined to take control of this nation.
     The Enemy and his wicked forces have tried to make us a culture of sin and death, and to divide us by the color of our skin.  They are trying to sow seeds of wickedness, violence, chaos and division, and the people of this nation are suffering from the fruits of the Enemy’s strife and discord. But I believe that impassioned prayer can soften a hard heart, and I know the hearts of this nation are tender and broken right now.  But we can endure and survive.  Our prayers can strengthen the fabric of this nation and allow God to rebuild us and restore us.  As we pray, we need to repent, and confess our sins, and ask our Father in Heaven to redeem us and heal our land.  So, keep praying, and trust God to hear your prayers — even if we see continued strife and hatred.  Just picture your prayers igniting His holy fire and destroying all the plans of the Enemy and his operatives; those in the heavenly realms and those here on earth.  And remember … His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.

James 5:16    “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.”

How To Build Your Own Irrigation System

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In the summer time, when the weather is hot (actually scorching hot in some places), what can be more important than knowing how to build your own irrigation system for your garden?

DIY irrigation systems will save you some of your hard-earned dollars, and they also make for an interesting learning experience. They help you with acquire new skills and that’s a big part of a prepper’s way of life, isn’t it?

Now, irrigation systems are essential whether you’re growing roses in your back yard for winning prizes or what not, or, more importantly, for your survival garden. Hose-watering your plants is quite a chore. You’ll have to move the hose around every 30 minutes or so and then store the hose in your yard afterward etc.; basically it’s a waste of time and resources.

Today’s article is built around a few ideas about DIY drip irrigation systems, as they’re very efficient and simple. As a matter of fact, their beauty is their simplicity, like a Swiss watch. Oh, and they’re also dirt cheap and easy to build using readily-available materials. That’s a huge plus in my book.

Soaker Hose vs. Drip Irrigation System

Taking into account that not all irrigation methods are created equal and obviously, there are quite a few systems of irrigation available, let’s begin with the basics.

While soaker hoses are the most common irrigation method for “amateurs”, i.e. home gardeners, they’re rarely used in commercial gardening for several reasons. One of the reasons is they will end up costing quite a lot. They’ll also cause you more problems than they solve.

The biggest problem with soaker hoses is that they don’t water your garden evenly. Due to their intrinsic design, i.e. they seep water all along the hose’s length, the water delivered at the beginning of the hose will always be considerably more than the quantity delivered at the end of the line; that’s a law of physics folks. Basically, there’s no way of delivering the optimal amount of water for all of your plants using soaker hoses.

Long story short, that’s inconsistent watering and it’s a big no-no for your survival garden, as it leads to rotting in some places (too much water) and your plants dying of thirst in others. Also, soaker hoses don’t function properly on slopes because they’re not pressure-compensating. The maximum length of such a system is less than 200 ft.

Another disadvantage of soaker hoses is that they’re prone to clogging easily and that leads to even more inconsistency over time. When left in the sun, soaker hoses are also prone to damage, as they’ll harden (rubber doesn’t cope too well with UV light) and get brittle in time, breaking over when you’ll need them most.

To make things worse, the soaker hoses are also prone to bursting, making a huge mess and leaking large amounts of water. And yes, a burst soaker hose is pretty hard and expensive to repair if needed, especially if it’s hardened and brittle from sun exposure.

Just check out this cool video about soaker hoses vs drip irrigation; you’ll see with your own eyes what I’m talking about. On the good side, soaker hoses are cheap and fairly easy to install compared to drip irrigation systems.

Video first seen on CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY.

Now, talking about drip irrigation, these babies are built using flexible plastic tubing that features tiny emitters (holes basically) that allow water to drip slowly into the soil.

There are a few advantages of using drip emitters over soaker hoses: they are not wasting as much water as the latter, they’re totally fixable when they break, and even if they require some maintenance, many of the parts are re-usable. They’re one hundred percent repairable, which is very important in my book.

Besides the almost–zero waste of water, a drip emitter puts the water directly where it’s needed, with pinpoint accuracy so to speak. For example, you will be able to space them (the drippers) so the water drips exactly over the root zone of your plant.

How to DIY The Drip Irrigation System

Project #1

Now, let’s see about how to DIY a PVC-made drip irrigation system. Here’s an extremely interesting video depicting the advantages of a homemade drip irrigation system compared to regular flood irrigation.

Video first seen on Utah State University Extension.

This PVC-made drip irrigation system will help you save money, time, and water. A fabulous advantage of using this design is that you’ll be able to reduce water use by up to 75%, and that’s quite a lot, especially in a survival situation. All you’ll have to do is turn it on and forget about it, as it doesn’t require monitoring or supervision.

This system uses water wisely and you’ll end up with a beautiful garden that will provide you with fresh veggies for you and your family all summer long. Also, this project is not expensive: the estimated cost for a 15ftx15ft garden is under $50 and the time to build it is approximately 5 hours. You’ll only need ¾-inch PVC pipe, a drilling machine, and connectors/fittings. These are intuitive to use, user friendly, easy to set up, and lots of fun.

Project #2

The next project is about a small-scale DIY gravity-fed drip irrigation system. The complete plans for the project can be downloaded from here. Here’s a video tutorial depicting the system working and most of the DIY details.

Video first seen on Ross Lukeman.

The materials required for this project are dirt cheap and readily available; you probably already have them lying around your property somewhere. You’ll need a 5 gallon bucket for the reservoir, a drill, garden hose fittings, irrigation tubing, some planks of wood for building the structure that holds the bucket in place (you’ll have to cut them), and that’s about it.

For added precision, you can throw in a digital irrigation timer, which gives you a lot of flexibility because it allows you to do whatever you want. For example, if you want to water your plants every morning at 8 AM with a predetermined amount of water and so on and so forth, you can arrange it; just take a look at the video.

Project #3

Now, let’s talk about the easiest way to DIY a rain-drip watering system for keeping alive a relatively large garden. This DIY project is very efficient. It uses an electronic timer, a back-flow system, and a water filter to prevent clogging. It will help you with your bills and also with conserving water if you’re living in a remote area.

Thanks to the electronic timer, this irrigation system will save you a lot of physical labor, as it will basically automate the whole process and you’ll not have to water every plant by yourself. Also, this system is expandable, adaptable and relatively cheap, and it can be used with basically anything: flowers, veggies or hanging baskets. Take a look at this video and start working.

Video first seen on RedneckResponder.

Project #4

Last but not least, here’s an interesting idea about DIY-ing a self-watering container garden. The main benefit of a container garden is its efficiency, as the plants will draw the exact amount of water required from a reservoir placed below the soil; no more, no less. Also, there’s no loss of water through evaporation.

Video first seen on XoletteLife.

This project will provide you with better-tasting veggies and fruits, as the plants are free to use as much water as needed for optimum growth. The main benefit of a self-watering container garden is its relative self-sufficiency, i.e. you can go on vacation for extended periods of time. As long as you set the hose on a timer, the plants will take care of themselves.

The total cost of this project is about $50, so you’ll not have to break the piggy bank either. Materials required:

  • Commander 27-Gallon Tote
  • 10′ Orbit Polyethylene Riser Flex Pipe,
  • FLEX-Drain Corrugated Pipe with Filter Sock 4″ x 25′
  • Apollo 3/4″ Polyethylene Drip Irrigation elbow
  • Miracle-Gro 64 qt. Moisture Control Potting Mix
  • Apollo 3/4″ PVC Drip Irrigation Female Adapter

The rest is up to you.

I hope the article helped. If you have any other ideas or questions, feel free to comment in the dedicated section below. And click on the banner below to discover one amazing tool that any prepper should have for building what he needs for survival!

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Why You Need To Get To Know Your Neighbors

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I have talked about why you need to get to know your neighbors before, but today’s post is a small reminder about how important it is to at least meet them. I took a video a few years ago showing rainwater coming off the hill behind our home’s back wall rushing like a river, and I mean a river. It was pretty scary realizing we had no control to “turn off the rain”. I asked the HOA, (Home Owner’s Association) for permission a few years ago if I could put in a block wall because we were almost flooded back then. They agreed. I want you to think of the people you would feel good about asking for help if your home was being flooded or something even worse.

 Here is my rushing rainwater picture coming off our back hill:

Rainwater Flooding

Our friend, Wally sent me a text asking if we were okay the day I took this picture. I asked why and he then told me the damage he had witnessed in our subdivision while driving home. We had no idea of the damage going on in this little community. So Mark and I got in the car to go see if we could help anyone in need. As we drove around the neighborhood to assess the damage of others we were shocked at what we saw. We immediately started checking on the homes of the people we knew were not home at the time. We had heard a local store was providing free sandbags and we were ready to go get some if the rain continued. We didn’t want to rush and get some if others needed them more than we did.

Luckily our yard was spared from the trees being uprooted. We did not have water or mud rushing into our home, this time anyway. Other families were not so lucky. Two homes were filled with mud, yes, completely filled with mud. They could no longer live in their homes because of the damage created by the excess rainfall. My point is this, we need to know our neighbors now not when we have a major disaster. Here’s the deal, I would rather meet my neighbors today rather than after a disaster.

I was pretty discouraged with our HOA group because they would not share the names of the people on my street. Yep, it’s all about privacy. Good grief, I hope those people are happy with their privacy when their house is flooding with rainwater and we don’t know who to contact. Just saying. I know a few handicapped people on my street and it’s a good thing I know them otherwise they may be in trouble and no one would know. I would like to start a block group so we all have names and numbers of those who live nearby. There are a few of us who know each other, but man I live on a ghost town street. I rarely see anyone outside.

How to meet & know your neighbors:

1. Meet your neighbors, knock on their doors and introduce yourself if you don’t know them. I am not saying you have to be best friends, someday you might just need to know that neighbor.

2. Greet, wave or say hello if you see your neighbor at their mailbox.

3. Have a barbecue or potluck with neighbors, maybe a “street party”.

4. Invite someone over to play cards, crafts or games.

5. Have a neighborhood movie night.

6. Have a “Clean Up Our Street Week”, let your neighbors know about other neighbors who could use help in some way. They might be a single mother or elderly couple.

7. Remember, I am not suggesting to be a nosy neighbor, just be aware of what is going on. I saw a van driving slowly down the street the other day. I went outside to make sure they were not looking to cause trouble in our neighborhood.

8. Suggest a girl’s luncheon or girl’s night out.

9. Be aware of garage doors that are left open, or garage exterior lights that are burned out. Let your neighbor know if their garage door is open when normally it is not.

10. Ask your neighbors for personal home and cell phone numbers and if they are willing to share some numbers of extended family for emergency purposes.

11. Have a block party and share the items you have that we can all share in an emergency. You have heard me say this before, that guy with a chainsaw down the street just might be your new best friend someday.

12. Most people would love to meet their neighbors and know they can call them if they needed help in some way. If you make bread, take a loaf to a neighbor. Cookies work great, too!

13. Mark and I bought a firepit last year and we have really enjoyed having a few neighbors over to roast marshmallows with graham crackers and chocolate bars. MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Set of 8 Telescoping Smores Skewers & Hot Dog Forks 32 Inch Patio Fire Pit Accessories Camping Cookware Campfire Cooking Kids Fireplace Accesories – FREE Canvas Pouch, 10 Bamboo Sticks & Marshmallow Sticks Ebook

14. Thanks to Pamela who left a comment about “get a dog”. I am adding it to the list. You can take your dog(s) for a walk and meet all kinds of neighbors! Thank you, Pamela!

Please leave a comment about any ideas you may have to meet your neighbors and I will add it to the list! If you are lucky enough to have family close by that’s awesome! If not, please let me know how you are getting to know your neighbors. Let’s tell the world how to do it! May God bless you in your efforts to be prepared for the unexpected.

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Homeschooling High School: Curriculum that Worked for Us

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Homeschooling High School. Curriculum that Worked for Us

Our Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for High School

Homeschool curriculum choices can be over.whelm.ing!
Like, over the top, make you crazy trying to choose which is best for your children, crazy. If you are like me, each child has a different learning style, but you can’ justify 2 or 3 or even 4 different sets of books to cater to each child.

I don’t call myself an expert, but I have gone around the block a few times and read my share of curriculum catalogs.
While we have run the gamut of styles from K12 to Unschooling, I have really enjoyed Charlotte Mason style the most.
I use (loosely) Simply Charlotte Mason as a guide. There is also Ambelside Online.

We are on our 10th year of homeschooling and down to only 1 child who will actually be enrolled at the local community college.
This list is of our favorites for high school. All 4 of my kids enjoyed these curriculums. Yes, they all had different learning styles, but they enjoyed the Charlotte Mason style of schooling.

Critical Thinking
Anything from Criticalthinking.com

History:
Living History. Books from the library. This is where I use Simple Charlotte Mason as a guide. The books are listed in age appropriate sections by era.

Literature
I use the Simply Charlotte Mason literature list as a guide as well. I get the books from the library or search Amazon for free downloads.

Math:
Teaching Textbooks.
We have tried Saxon and Math U See. Teaching Textbooks seems to be the best for our family. The kids watch the cd on the computer and it teaches them as they figure the problems.

Science:
Apologia for Science.
We have loved ALL of our Apologia science over the years. I have heard both good and not so good about their Biology. My kids aren’t going to an Ivy League College so this works for us. There is also the Living Science list. I will get these books from the library

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Outdoor Survival Tips

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Author Bio: Hi guys, I am John. I love spending my leisure time outdoors – backpacking, camping, etc. If you would like to learn more about me, definitely check out Epic Wilderness.

The prospect at having a getaway or relaxing weekend from our bustling, hectic city lives certainly seems a great antidote for the mind, body and soul. And where better to spend it if not with Mother Nature? The cheerful chirping of the birds and the lush green scenery will leave you feeling revitalised and ready to take on the stress and challenges of the upcoming week.

However, camping in the woods/forests or even hiking or trekking is certainly no walk in the park, for danger could strike at any moment. After all, you are out of your element and sharing space with some of nature’s most fearsome creatures! Fret not however, for here are some tips that will help you stay safe and enjoy your trip.

Note: These tips will also come in handy in the scenario of you being stranded in the wilderness.

Find a good shelter

natural-shelterNow, if you are camping, you will want to be sure to set up camp where food and water are easily accessible. Choose to set up your tent on a level ground and pin them down, otherwise in times of a rainstorm, your tent will most likely be blown away!

The same case goes for if you are stranded. It is most unlikely for you to be carrying a tent about, thus you will have to make do and find shelters of your own. High, tall trees make very good ones and you can easily build makeshift ones with sticks for the time being. Be careful however of venturing into caves or dens, for some other animal may have already made it it’s home first.

Be wary of poisonous plants and fruits

poison-ivyDo not underestimate the powers of these plants or fruits, for even a simple brush against one of these plants will cause you to break out into rashes and have a very itchy nightmare! Poison ivy is well known for this and are very common in most parts of the jungle. Some of the others include, akar saga, wolfsbane and white baneberry which have been known to lead to a series of complications such as kidney failure, cardiac arrest and eventually death.

Moreover, only choose to consume fruits that you know of and are familiar with. Do not be fooled by a fruit’s smell or colour for it is just a ploy that will end up in you being the victim. Take cherries or some berries for example, chew on the pip, and hydrogen cyanide is released. The reactions range from vomiting and headaches(mild) to increased blood pressure and heart rate(serious). Therefore, it is wise to take note of the appearance and effects of these plants and fruits.

Building a fire

Not having a cheerful fire to bask in its warmth in the darkness of the chilly night, is hardly a comforting feeling at all. Plus it may even serve to keep you from being attacked by wild animals. Thus it is very imperative that you supply yourself with the knowledge of building a fire.

You will want to start out by gathering dry twigs and sticks, basically anything that will catch on fire. Then build a ring of rocks to serve as your fire pit and slowly stack up all your kindling on top of one another, leaving a few spaces in between so that the flames can get to the topmost sticks. Once that is done, all you have to do is rub two sticks together and blow gently to get your fire started. This may take some practice of course.

Having a sense of direction

compassIn the event of you being lost, the most important thing to do is not panic! Take a few moments to calm yourself down by taking deep, long breaths. In finding your way out, a compass will be your best friend of course. If you don’t own one however, no worries, if you are able to locate the sun shining over the tree tops, align either your right or left shoulder with the sun and follow its blaze to lead you the way out.

Another most used way would be to locate water. Even if it is only a stream and not a river. Following a stream or river downhill is an extremely smart move as these often lead to roads and civilization. However, this also increases your chances of slipping into the stream or river itself or meeting more wildlife such as crocodiles.

Thus it is advisable to stay at least a hundred feet away just to be on the safe side. If in the event you are not lost and want to do some exploring of your own , but afraid of the possibility of getting lost, use rocks to carve out markings or symbols on every fourth or fifth tree. In doing so, you will be able to find your way back without a hitch.

Be respectful and cautious of the wildlife and surroundings

In order for you not to draw attention to yourself, you will want to be as quiet as possible and refrain from talking loudly if you are in a group walking through open ground. If you do however come face to face with an animal which in most cases is a bear, do not run!

Yes you heard me right. With all that adrenaline shooting across your system and your heart pounding, fleeing the scene seems like the best thing to do. However this increases your chances of being chased by the bear and probably be clawed or bitten. The bear would not eat you of course since humans are definitely not part of the bear’s food chain, but it might view you as a threat and in defense, attack.

To prevent something as horrifying as this from taking place, stop and crouch behind a tree or a bush and remain very still. Chances are the bear will lose interest and walk away.

Also always, always be wary and alert of your surroundings. Do not wander off into quiet, eerie areas of the jungle and also if paths are visible, remain on them. Do not turn about rocks or logs over , for these spots are usually homes to rattlesnakes and scorpions! Agitate them, and you’ll pay dearly for it. It is very important to keep both ears open and eyes peeled. You will thank yourself for it later.

Finding clean water

It is best to keep in mind that not all sources of water are clean and purified. Especially ones from rivers and streams. The amount of bacteria and parasites from animal faeces in one mouthful of water may be enough to poison and kill you. Water that flows from the tops of mountains are very pure and safe to drink, however on leveled ground this is hardly the case. Thus, it is always advisable to boil any source of water before consuming it. Other sources of clean water include rain and dew.

You can even obtain it from plants! Here’s how. This only works if you have a plastic bag at hand with you. If so,tie the plastic bag tightly over a leafy branch and leave it for a few hours. Since plants undergo a process called transpiration, whereby water is loss from the plant into the surrounding, water will have collected in the bag fit for consumption. Pretty cool if you ask me since even the most common of things end up being so useful!

And there you have it!

Tips that are fit to guide you into surviving your ordeal in the wilderness. Although, there are tons of other factors that need to be considered too of course, the 6 ones above are some of the most important ones and will undoubtedly help keep you alive and at the same time, enjoy your camping trip or trekking activity. After all there is no better cure or treat, than spending time out with Mother Nature, for it is truly one of God’s greatest creation and gift to mankind.

Money Mondays: Should You Pack Emergency Gear While on Vacation?

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Many people prepare for emergencies at home, but decide to forgo prepping while on vacation. After all, being on vacation means being carefree, and no one really wants to think about disasters while on vacation. Should you pack emergency gear while on vacation? The inescapable fact is, you shouldn’t leave home without at least a minimum amount of emergency supplies.  Pack items you already own to minimize on cost. Of course, your emergency kit would have to be portable, inconspicuous […]

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Storage food recipe: How to make country hash brown breakfast

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Survival food is sustenance that can be made easily during a survival or emergency situation with simple, long-term storage food items, cooked outdoors, using off-the-grid methods.

Country Hash Brown Breakfast

2 c potatoes, hash browns, dehydrated
3 Tbs onions, chopped, dehydrated
2 Tbs, mixed peppers, chopped, dehydrated

Dutch oven cooking is simple and delicious.

Dutch oven cooking is simple and delicious.

1 tsp sale
4 Tbs mushrooms, sliced, dehydrated
12 Tbs scrambled egg mix, mix with 12 Tbs water
1/2 c sausage, crumbles, freeze dried or canned, or use sausage TVP
1/2 c cheddar cheese, grated, or freeze dried mozzarella cheese, grated freeze dried

In medium pan, bring to a boil 6 cups of water, add potatoes, onion, mixed peppers and mushrooms, lower heat to medium, allow to cook until vegetables are tender, remove from heat and add sausage and let stand for five minutes to rehydrate.  Drain well.

Ina medium bowl, mix scrambled egg mix with water until smooth, set aside. Over medium heat in a large skillet, add a tablespoon of oil, add drained vegetables, slowly add scrambled egg mix and start to scramble. Continue cooking until eggs are almost set.

Sprinkle with cheese and stir again lightly. Turn off heat and let eggs finish setting up and cheese melt. Serve with your favorite breakfast toast.

For variety, you can also serve this with tortillas as breakfast burritos, and serve with salsa.

– From “Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes: Converting Stored Foods into Usable Meals” by Jan LaBaron

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4 Survival Lessons From The Family That Vanished For 42 Years

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Reality is often different from our vision of it. For example, I recently went on a bear hunt out west. In my mind I envisioned picturesque skies, beautiful weather and numerous bear sightings. But in reality the hunt was much different. It snowed on me practically each day — and enough one day to smash my tent. My rain gear proved inadequate against the amount of rain and snow it was up against, and finding bear would be like finding hen’s teeth. After a week I finally ended up scoring a bear, but not without unexpected trials and tribulations. Such might be the case in an extended survival situation.

I would wager that many folks envision their survival situation similar to my pre-bear hunt mindset. One only needs to look at the story of the Lykov family – who disappeared into the Russian woods for 42 years without anyone knowing — for evidence of what to expect. Their story of true self-reliance provides insight for those who may seek a similar path. After analyzing the Lykov story, we can see four survival lessons that stand out for those who want to make it in the wilderness.

1. Food can be scarce

The mother, Akulina, starved to death one unexpectedly tough year, and a general absence of food was present. Annually, the Lykovs held a family meeting to vote on whether to eat all the food or save some for seed. It is worth noting that here in North American, Native American tribes typically expected to experience times of intense hunger each year. The fact of the matter is that making all of your own food can be difficult, and unexpected challenges pop up. Sure, the Lykovs battled an unfriendly environment for agriculture, but every region has its own challenges.

2. Meat is a luxury

Even if the Lykovs had taken a gun along on their 150-mile trek into the wilderness, it wouldn’t have been without its own set of challenges. For one, they would have had to conserve their ammunition to last for years. (That is, unless they carried a flintlock and could produce their own gunpowder and shot.) Additionally, after hunting game in their immediate area, animals would have moved off and the Lykovs would have had to venture further and further for game.

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Hunting has always offered up good rewards in terms of calories, but also requires more movement to pursue game. (You also need a way to preserve it.) It would definitely take balance and razor sharp land management to live in one spot and consistently hunt for game. Another option would have been to produce a primitive bow and arrow.

 

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One bonus of a primitive bow and arrow would be the decreased impact on local animal herds. Due to its quiet nature, a bow would be less likely to scare away game. On the other hand, having a primitive bow and arrow (instead of a gun) substantially decreases a hunter’s chance at success.

3. Expect your modern goods to wear out

Much of the modern gear we would initially use will fall apart. For years and years, the family used the same kettle and pots. Ever so slowly, rust overcame the metal, and soon the cookware became useless. In addition, their clothes had become rags, and were only held together by leftover sacking and cloth they had woven from hemp. Anyone who is preparing for an extended self-reliant situation should take note and plan their gear accordingly.

4. Bushcraft knowledge is mandatory

At the point when your food is gone and your house is caving in, knowledge in bushcraft can kick in to save the day. We see this from the Lykovs’ understanding of what foods they could eat when times were lean. This also becomes apparent when their cookware deteriorated. They needed to figure out how to cook without metal ware and using only the resources within their local range. The solution they came up with was to use birch bark containers for cooking, an acceptable method, but one with drawbacks. The family also fashioned their shoes out of birch bark when their leather shoes gave out. Like anyone living in a long-term survival situation, they had to adapt to the resources they had on hand and do the best they could.

The Perks

So far we’ve covered the doom and gloom portion of survival lessons from the Lykov family. It is worth noting the positive experiences of the family. For one thing, Karp and the rest of his family were free once they fled into the forest. They were free to spend their time how they wished, free to worship in accordance with their beliefs, and free to do as they darn well pleased.

Also, we can see the Lykovs preferred their self-reliant situation to a more plugged-in existence. After their discovery by the team of geologists, the family continued to live in their remote mountain cabin with sporadic contact with the outside world. To this day, Agafia, the last remaining family member, has chosen to live a self-reliant life by choice. This should serve as clear evidence that this type of life may be difficult, but some people enjoy it and thrive on it.

At the end of the day, by understanding both the challenges and benefits of living such a life, you can be better prepared to deal with any survival situation that is thrown at you.

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The Vegetables You Gotta Grow If Society Collapses

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The Vegetables You Gotta Grow If Society Collapses

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We live in troubled economic times. A raging debt, stagnant wages, severe unemployment and underemployment, and an unsteady housing market are all signs that the economy could collapse.

Many off-gridders and homesteaders are preparing and stockpiling for an unknown future, but one often-overlooked area is examining what grows in the garden. If society collapses, it may be necessary to change what we plant.

When considering the right vegetables to grow when planning for an economic or societal collapse, there are many factors to consider.

Long-Term Storage

An economic or societal collapse may disrupt the electric grid, or at the very least make power unaffordable. With the exception of those living completely off the grid with no need for fuel, many homesteads will have to turn to traditional storage methods for preserving vegetables. Therefore, vegetables that can be stored long-term in a cellar or cold room should be part of the garden. Even in the hotter climates in the United States, cellars can be dug underground.

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Good choices for long-term storage are potatoes, onions, carrots and similar root vegetables, as well as dry beans, dry corn and winter squash.

Appropriate to Your Climate

Americans love to grow a wonderful array of vegetables that are not native to their particular climates. For example, tomatoes are the favorite vegetable to grow, even though they are perennials native to the tropics. We start them in early spring and grow them as annuals. We also do this with peppers and eggplant.

The Vegetables You Gotta Grow If Society Collapses

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However, if no electricity is available, grow lights are out of the question, and many households in the north may not have enough sunlight or heat to start the plants.

So for those Americans in cold climates with short summers, opt for vegetables that thrive in those conditions. Potatoes, Cole crops, root vegetables and peas are good choices. Those in the south with long growing seasons have more choices.

Spring and Fall Crops

In most areas of the country, vegetables can be grown to maturity in the spring, summer and fall. Without refrigeration, a variety of fresh vegetables throughout as much of the year as possible is desirable. So in a typical American garden, you can get lettuce and peas in the spring, summer vegetables in the summer, and Cole crops in the fall.

Perennial Vegetables

Starting a garden is hard work — especially getting the soil right. With perennials, you can do all the hard prep work one time and then let the perennials like asparagus and artichokes reward you, year after year.

Barter

With economic or societal collapse, Americans would likely turn to the old way of buying and selling items — bartering. So look around you and your community and see if there are vegetables you could grow to barter. For example, if your neighbors raise rabbits and feed them pellets from the feed store, they would likely be happy to trade for fresh food when the economy forces feed stores to close. Or perhaps your neighbors have a few pigs, and would appreciate root vegetables to supplement their feed.

Many neighbors likely will be desperate for fresh food when the grocery stores close and the power goes out. Long-term vegetables, discussed above, would be a good idea because you could trade them through the fall and winter.

Fruits and Nuts

Many homesteaders focus on annual vegetables because they mature quickly within a few months. However, if you have the space, soil, sunlight and water, consider longer-term investments like fruit vines, fruit trees and nut trees. Once established, these can provide a bounty of fresh fruits during the summer and fall, as well as preserves throughout the year.

Conclusion

Whatever vegetables you decide to grow, learn how to do it now. It will take a few years of practice to find reliable cultivars for your area, and learn the skills of seed saving and long-term storage.

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The Silent ‘Stealth’ Survival Rifle That’s Compact And Lightweight, Too

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The Silent ‘Stealth’ Survival Rifle That’s Compact And Lightweight, Too

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Air rifles have been around for quite some time. The Austrian army equipped some of its units with air rifles in the early 1800s, and the Lewis and Clark expedition carried one on its westward journey. Back then, a huge flaw of the air rifle’s design was that it was delicate and had to be pumped over 100 times to fill its air reservoir.

I fondly remember my 10th birthday. It was the day I opened up that beautifully wrapped box to find a Crossman pump action air rifle. The rifle was capable of not just firing your standard BB, but also .177 pellets in single shot mode. I was given a carton of BBs, and a box of wad cutter pellets.

For that glorious summer I was Wyatt Earp, or a big game hunter in the Yukon. Many mourning doves fell to my deadly aim, as did a great many tin cans and hornet’s nests. The rifle was joined that winter by a pellet pistol and now I was armed for whatever situation boyhood could throw at me.

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Today, the pellet rifle is starting to come into its own among survivalists and hunters, and is seen as more than just a child’s tool before they own a real firearm – for a host of reasons.

The pellet rifle has proven itself to be a fine small game implement, and can feed a man lost in the woods on squirrel, grouse and rabbit. The pellet rifle is compact, and can allow the carrying of more ammunition than even a .22 long rifle, especially if it is pump-operated and does not employ C02 cartridges. And a pneumatic air rifle can deliver velocities within a range equal to that of many big game rifles.

It is not uncommon to see Internet photographs of hunters who use air rifles posing with their big game kills such as a wild boar or deer. No, I don’t recommend you take even the most powerful air rifle with you on your next Alaskan brown bear hunt. But a proper air rifle is suited to most game found in the lower 48 states and much of Canada.

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As a survival tool, an air rifle equipped with a pump rather than a CO2 cartridge is a fine choice to provide food in a desperate situation. In fact, as long as you have pellets, your air rifle can keep supplying you with needed protein. Pellets, being as small and light as they are, can be easily carried in large amounts in a pocket or backpack. The amount of pellets carried can easily be in access of several hundred, and an equal amount of standard ammunition would be a weight too great for most wilderness travel. In fact, just 100 rounds of ammunition can weigh several pounds.

An air rifle, while not being as long ranged as many rifles, can certainly provide you with more range than a sling shot. An air gun is also silent, a trait that you will not find with your .30-06 or even a .22. Often, an air gun will allow for a follow-up shot if you miss a game animal, since they won’t be spooked by noise.

The Right Air Rifle

Picking the right air rifle is just as important as picking the correct hunting rifle or your home defense weapon. It should come from a reputable manufacturer, and should work every time you need it. I strongly recommend that you pick a rifle that utilizes an air pump system rather than CO2, simply for the fact that if you run out of CO2, you are carrying a giant paperweight. You will not be running out of air to pump into your rifle anytime soon.

There are two manufacturers I really count on for a quality air rifle – Gamo and Benjamin. Both have been in the market for a long time, and both build quality products. They offer rifles in .22 or larger calibers, and their prices are affordable. It will not cost much more for one of their air rifles than if you were to go out and buy a new .22LR rifle.

Depending on your needs, you may even want to put an optic on your air gun. I have done so before, and I use a decent .22 scope. I get around the same results as when I mount one on a rimfire.

So before your next wilderness trip or trip to the firearm store, consider an air gun.

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8 Essential Oil Alternatives To Over-The-Counter Drugs

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8 Essential Oil Alternatives To Over-The-Counter Drugs

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Natural essential oils have been used throughout time for healing, as well as for treating many physical and mental ailments.

Essential oils are non-toxic, natural substances which are easily eliminated from the body. Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, on the other hand, are synthetic substances which the body is not designed to metabolize and eliminate. Because our organs do not know how to break down these man-made compounds, the synthetic toxins pass through our kidneys, liver and spleen, and can end up in waste-holding areas such as fatty tissues, and even the brain. Perhaps most alarming, after attaching themselves to these tissues they can disrupt normal body functions for years afterward.

Here is a list of common health ailments that can be treated with natural essential oils instead of OTC drugs, along with a few recipes to try:

1. Colds, coughs, allergies, congestion and sinusitis

Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils ─ Both have decongestant, expectorant and antiviral properties.

Angelica, thyme, camphor, bay, myrrh and spruce essential oils ─ All of these oils help relieve sinus congestion when inhaled.

Laurel leaf essential oil ─ This natural oil is known to help strengthen the body’s resistance to viruses by building up the immune system and boosting the respiratory system.

Try a mixture of 10 drops of any of these oils and 4 tsp of a carrier oil of your choice. Rub it into the chest area so that the molecules can be inhaled.

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Add any of these oils or a mixture of them into a bowl of steaming water. Wrap a towel around your head and inhale the molecules released by the steam.

 2. Acne

Jojoba oil ─ Otherwise known as a carrier oil, jojoba is known to balance oily skin and clear acne. You can use it alone or try blending it with other essential oils. Try this recipe:

  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 4 tsp jojoba oil

Tea tree essential oil ─ A potent antiseptic that kills bacteria which cause acne. It is also useful for eliminating blackheads. Tea tree oil can be used alone by applying it to a cotton swab and wiping it over the face in an upwards motion. It will pull up dirt while killing bacteria that clogs pores. You can also try this mixture:

  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 tsp jojoba oil

3. Athlete’s foot

Lavender essential oil ─ Lavender has antiseptic and healing properties.

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Tea tree essential oil ─ Tea tree is antifungal.

Geranium or birch essential oil ─ Both have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Lemongrass essential oil ─ Lemongrass oil is deodorizing and drying.

Athlete’s foot recipe: Mix 2 drops of each of the above listed essential oils with 4 tsp of a carrier oil. The properties of these oils will fight the fungus that causes athlete’s foot and aid with anti-inflammatory conditions while healing, soothing, deodorizing and drying your feet.

4. Backache and other muscle pain

Helichrysum essential oil ─ Helichrysum has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities which decrease muscle pain by lowering swelling, inflammation and improving circulation.

  • 10 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 4 tsp sweet almond carrier oil
  • Massage the blend into the back or any other body area that is experiencing pain.

Rosemary essential oil ─ Rosemary has a high-camphor content which makes this a great warming oil for aching muscles. It also has soothing and stimulating properties that relax muscles and encourage circulation of blood flow within them.

  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 4 tsp sweet almond oil or a carrier oil of your choice.

5. Burns and cuts

Lavender and tea tree essential oils ─ Both have soothing, healing and antiseptic properties and can be applied undiluted to burned skin or abrasions immediately.

Chamomile essential oil, geranium essential oil, marigold essential oil and rose essential oil ─ These essential oils also have soothing and healing properties which are ideal for treating burns and cuts.

Try a blend of 10 drops of any of these essential oils, and …

4 tsp pure aloe gel to help sooth and heal burns and cuts, as well as to prevent infection.

6. Rashes, eczema, psoriasis, or dry, itchy skin

Try a mixture of 10 drops of any of these oils along with 4 tsp of castor oil or coconut oil and rub it into the affected area.

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Chamomile, bergamot and violet essential oils ─ All of these oils have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which are suitable for treating inflamed skin.

Lavender, geranium and myrrh essential oils ─ These oils have healing properties which help heal damaged skin.

Marigold essential oil ─ Treats itchy skin.

Sandalwood essential oil ─ Treats extra dry skin.

7. Headache

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Lavender, Violet, Ambrette, Rose, Chamomile and Helichrysum essential oils ─ All of these oils have analgesic and relaxing properties.

Frankincense, Clary Sage and Thyme essential oils─ These oils are known to relieve tension.

Mix 10 drops of any of these oils along with sweet almond carrier oil and rub the blend into your temples and the back of your neck.

8. Indigestion, upset stomach, nausea or morning sickness

Peppermint essential oil ─ Peppermint oil is very helpful as an aid in digestion. Peppermint oil is also an excellent tonic for those who have a low appetite, and it helps to treat motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs.

Inhale peppermint oil straight from the bottle or until the symptoms depart.

Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale. You can carry the tissue around with you.

Add 10 drops to 4 tsp sweet almond oil and massage the blend into your stomach or chest area.

Look for approved ingestible peppermint oil and add to your tea or water bottle.

If you are looking to use natural remedies, detoxify your organs and tissues, and help to restore you body’s natural functions, try using natural essential oils instead of OTC drugs.

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This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional to determine which treatments are right for you and any individual health condition(s) that you may have.

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