Five Stages of Acceptance in SHTF Scenario The five stages of acceptance are the number of responses that Sheep will go through when placed in a SHTF scenario. I think it is important to understand them if you want to be good at dealing with people in a SHTF scenario. What are the stages of …
It’s easy to go overboard when shopping for seed supplies. Not only is it exciting to start growing things again, but there are so many tempting products. If you’re not careful, starting seeds can become surprisingly expensive. But with a little planning, you can get your hands on everything you need at a low cost — or even for free.
Reusing, repurposing and making your own planting containers is one of the easiest ways to pinch pennies.
If you don’t mind transplanting your seedlings, all kinds of plastic food containers can be repurposed into pots: yogurt cups, cheese tubs, milk jugs, water/juice/soda bottles, plastic clamshell containers from purchased fruit and vegetables, or K-Cup coffee pods. Soft plastic containers have an advantage — when you’re transplanting, you can squeeze the soil and seedlings out, without worrying about injuring the seedlings or their roots.
However, if don’t want to mess around with a bunch of different-sized pots (which can be a headache as far as positioning your grow lights), you can make seed flats out of larger containers. Foil containers with clear plastic lids are especially useful, because they will create a greenhouse-type effect. Rotisserie chicken trays, frozen cake pans, or trays from the deli section, used for family-sized meals like lasagna, work well.
If you prefer biodegradable pots so that you can avoid transplanting, there are free options for those, too. It’s easy enough to cut toilet paper/paper towel/wrapping paper tubes down to peat-pot size. You don’t really need a bottom on these. Paper egg cartons provide excellent individual seed pots, too — just cut the cups apart when you’re ready to plant. Or, if you’re looking for a project on a blustery winter day, you can fashion pots out of newspaper. There are lots of online tutorials with instructions. All you need is newspaper, a glass or small mason jar to roll the paper around, and tape.
The next step, of course, is filling your pots with a planting medium. While bringing in garden soil might be the cheapest option, this is the one item that you really should spend money on (one bag goes a long way). Garden soil might contain insects, weed seeds, or pathogens, and it’s likely too heavy and dense to have good aeration and drainage. If you really want to use garden soil, you should sterilize it by baking in your oven, and then amend it by mixing one part soil with one part peat moss and one part perlite or coarse builder’s sand.
You also can make your own soilless mix, which costs more than amending garden soil, but is still cheaper than buying the premixed stuff. A basic recipe is to mix together one part perlite with one part peat moss and one part ground sphagnum moss. Another recipe, posted at The Prairie Homestead, is to mix two parts coconut coir with one part perlite and one part sifted compost.
The last essential product you need to start seeds is, well, seeds. If you don’t already save your own seeds from year to year, you might want to plan for that this season. If you buy seeds, you might have extras lying around that you didn’t plant in years past. It’s always best to test the viability of old seeds before planting them. The germination rate of seeds decreases over time.
It’s easy to test the viability of seeds. Simply moisten a couple of layers of paper towels, and space out about 10 seeds of any one variety. Roll or fold up the paper towel and place in a plastic bag. Keep the bag in a warm, bright spot, and make sure the paper towel stays moist until the testing is done, which might take up to two weeks, depending on the type of seeds. Check every few days to see if any seeds have sprouted. If at least some sprout, it’s worth planting them — but make sure to plant extras to make up for the ones that won’t germinate.
One last tip: if you love seed tape as much as I do, you can pinch pennies by making your own. All you need is toilet paper, homemade flour and water paste, and seeds. There are several online tutorials about how to make seed tape, and it’s another great project for a blustery winter day.
Gardening is already a frugal way to feed your family, but you can stretch your food dollars even further by starting seeds at an extremely low cost.
Do you have any more tips on how to save money while starting seeds? Share your secrets in the comments below:
7 Reasons To Stockpile Baby Powder In a SHTF situation we all will come to realize that probably everything you think of now as useless or very little use can be a great lifesaver or get you out of a sticky wicket, Baby powder, is one. This product does the hard work of protecting little …
It better be an emergency if you use this thing, because this is not your Daddy’s tackle box. All 3 versions of the Best Glide Survival Fishing Kits (Standard, Basic, Compact) are pretty sparse but that is why they are called emergency fishing kits. If you are building your own Bug Out Bag, I think you could do better with a few hours at the local fishing store creating a small tackle box for you and your family. But, if you are lazy or just want a cheap insurance policy to throw in your emergency kit, the Best Glide kits will cover your basics.
I would not stake my life on this product but for the size and the weight, it is worth having with you if you don’t have any other options. Out of the 3 choices, I personally like the Standard version (which you can buy on Amazon for around $20). Take a look, we tried to fish with the standard version using just a stick, no luck catching a fish but we only tried for about an hour before giving up. In a survival situation, you might be there a while. Watch the video below, see what you think. Like I said, I built my own but I am old school.
Video – Best Glide Emergency Fishing Kit
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400 Butler Creek magazines later, I’m pretty much done with that little deal. My vendor shipped me one last case of 100 and then let me know that they are now officially “Out Of Stock”..at least, at the price they were at previously. I hope everyone who wanted some was able to get a bunch. If you missed out, hope is not lost…I’ve a few bundles of 12 left.
Speaking of mags, Friend Of The Blog(tm) Harry over at Self Sufficient Mountain Living has a post up about magzines for his M1A. His experiences with USA-brand magazines is pretty much the same as mine and everyone else – they’re a useful way to carry spare ammo in the butt of your pistol, but not very good at actually feeding the ammo into the gun. I usually go for the OEM mag, or a respected military contract version, but if you are careful…and vet thoroughly…you can often find an aftermarket version that is just as good (or in rare cases, better) than the factory mag. The easiest and most common example are aluminum GI contract mags for the AR platform. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with one of the big contractors who cranked out hundreds of thousands of the things. Not always, though….sometimes a contractor will screw the pooch and put out a craptacular run of mags…but it’s usually a sure bet to buy contract mags.
Mec-Gar has a great reputation and actually is the ‘factory’ in ‘factory magazine’ for many handgun makers. They are pretty much the only source I’ll use for my HiPower mags other than Browning and military contract. I’ve posted about this at length elsewhere, but the point is still valid – save money elsewhere.
The Prepper’s Guide to Non-Dairy Milk Most preppers stock a significant amount of dry milk because it’s so highly perishable that it tends to be one of the first things that people run out of when a disaster strikes. But for someone who has difficulty digesting lactose, adding that kind of milk to their coffee …
We’ve recently touched upon things to do before you retire (5 Steps BEFORE You Retire) which included investigating the property taxes of a potential retirement location (because property taxes are always due, and they NEVER go down – only up). There certainly are parts of the country with much higher property taxes than others and […]
Often times solar power is viewed as a highly desired, yet unaffordable option to the farmer and homesteader. While a full solar system may not be in the budget for everyone, there are still numerous ways that solar can be an asset to your farm, without breaking a budget! Due to the huge interest in […]
Survival belts have come a long way…
When thinking about belts, I bet the last thing that comes to mind is versatility. Because the primary function of a belt is to hold up your pants (or discipline children).
And since the latter is frowned upon, we’re left with the basic task of holding up one’s trousers. Beyond that, they are of limited use on a day to day basis, right? That’s what most people think.
But belts are surprisingly useful. A belt can be one of the most functional accessories you wear. A good solid belt is durable, designed to cinch and bind, and can secure things in place.
They can also work as a makeshift self-defense tool. When you really stop to think about it, the survival uses for a good belt are nearly endless.
And more recently belts have become available specifically for survival.
Some survival belts are not much different than regular belts but with much-improved durability.
While other survival belts are designed to with built in survival tools and functions.
That’s why finding the right survival belt for you can quickly become an overwhelming process.
So in this article, we’ll first cover a few of the better survival belts on the market covering the highlights of each belt, and then wrap up by talking about the best survival uses for belts.
So if you’re in the market for a survival belt, I recommend you pay attention. And if you’re not, maybe you should be.
Different Survival Belts and Where to Buy Them
Different belts serve different purposes. And the survival belt niche is growing fast and not all survival belts will accomplish the same things. So when selecting a survival belt, it’s important to consider your goals.
Classic style and rugged versatility, meet utility with this belt. Made by the Side Belts team, this belt’s strap has an internal webbing core and coated in a TPU alloy protective shield. This webbing and coating give it maximum resiliency and durability for emergency situations.
The buckle of The Survival Belt is made of durable nylon. It also features a built-in folding knife, a bottle opener, LED flashlight, and a fire starter rod. This belt has all the essentials for an emergency.
It’s one of the better survival belts on the market today. Watch the video below for an excellent overview of all this survival belt has to offer:
Like the survival belt above, the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Belt has a lot of built-in features. The strap is durable nylon, and the buckle is a composite plastic that can resist a lot of wear and tear.
The buckle comes with a small compartment to carry a few fishing hooks, fishing line, lead weights, and some clips. Plus, it also includes a signaling mirror and a removable mini-screwdriver with flat and Phillips head.
There is not a lot of “extra” room inside the compartment on this survival belt. However, there’s just enough room for an additional small item or two (i.e. matches, a picture of a loved one, a small blade, etc.)
The Elite Cobra Riggers Belt is a reliable option for tactical climbing needs. It’s got a built-in D-Ring Cobra buckle that allows for repelling from sheer face cliffs.
The strap is constructed using military spec type 13 webbing and is rated for 7000 lbs of tensile strength.
This is one of the simplest, most effective tactical belts on the market.
For obvious reasons, paracord belts make for fabulous survival tools. Paracord belts are durable, and they serve many survival purposes. Just unravel the 550 paracord to offer many yards of high-tensile cordage.
This style of belt is modeled after the paracord survival bracelets. Which serve a similar purpose, but in belt form provides much more length.
Beyond being useful when unraveled, these belts are also durable as is. They can be used for a variety of purposes without ever being unwound.
The Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival Belt is an excellent option for bushcraft survival.
This is the most basic survival belts on this list. I include them not because they’re insanely useful, but due to their reliability. Their dependability is exactly why the US military has been using the same style pistol belt for decades. They work because they are simple.
The material they are made from is both durable, and cheap. It’s a material made for attaching lots of extra tools and weapons. Sometimes simple is best, and if you’re looking for a basic, easy, reliable survival belt, then the Military Style Pistol Belt is the right one for you.
Want a tactical belt and 2 mag pouches for under $15? Look no further than the Condor Tactical Belt.
This tactical belt is designed to carry a pistol and a couple of magazines (plus, whatever extra gear and pouches you can fit).
It has a plastic buckle familiar to the kind used in by the military during the 1980’s and 90’s. It’s a sturdy buckle, but as a caution, if left exposed to the cold for a prolonged period it can be prone to getting brittle and breaking.
The belt itself is extremely versatile. It can be quickly adjusted by the velcro and comes with two adjustable pistol magazine pouches as well. Both of which can be repositioned as needed.
The Many Survival Uses For A Belt
Serious Medical Uses
Tourniquet: Any solid belt can make a great makeshift tourniquet (which is why heroin users are so fond of them). If you must stop bleeding, slip off your belt, and cinch it up tight. Whether it’s to stop a massive cut or in preparation for an amputation, in a pinch a good sturdy belt will get the job done.
Injury elevation: With broken bones or joint sprains; elevate. Elevating an injured limb is key to helping it heal faster. With a belt, create a loop to hold the injured limb and fastened it to something above you.
Splint Fastener: Should you, or someone in your party, break a bone you’ll want a splint. That means attaching a rigid, straight object to the outside of the broken limb to hold it in place.
Pipes, straight branches, ski poles, all work perfectly for this. With your belt, you can secure one or more makeshift splints in place around a broken bone. Keeping it stable to avoid further damage.
A Lethal Self Defense Weapon
A whip: Yeah, using a belt as a whip is a great way to get people to take a step back. When you swing a belt, you can generate enough whip force to break the skin and cause bleeding. And if you’re swinging the buckle end, you can inflict some serious damage. Because now you have an improvised flail.
I’ve even seen some people fasten a rock in a loop at the end of the belt, which also works in a flail-like fashion.
Garrote: It doesn’t take a hyper-creative mind to figure out how you might choke someone with a belt.
Sling: With only a few modifications you can turn a belt into a projectile launching sling. Send rocks or other projectiles hurtling with greater force than your own arms alone. Slings are a very rudimentary, ancient, very reliable form of projectile weaponry.
Make a Spear: Take a knife, strap it to the end of a long stick using your belt. Viola. You’ll have to stick a few holes in your belt to do this effectively. But in desperate times, weapons are more important than pants-holders so keep your priorities straight.
Physical Restraint: You took a hostile prisoner captive and must restrain them. Or maybe someone in your group has gone crazy, and you want to keep them from hurting themselves.
Well, belts are great makeshift restraints. You can secure someone to a tree or pole, or you can use them more like handcuffs. Without a rope or actual cuffs, belts are your next best option.
Fastening Things For Easier Hauling
Carry Many Items: Wrapping your belt around a stack of books, a bundle of firewood, or a bundle of tools allows you to secure them into a single bunch. Making carrying a bunch of stuff much easier.
Cordage: When two objects need binding, but you haven’t any cordage to bind them with, slip off that belt and use it! You can use the belt as a whole, or, if the need arises, you can cut the belt into strips of leather. In this way, you get a multitude of thin cords with which you can secure whatever you need to.
Hoisting Food: At night, you will likely want to keep your food elevated up and out of harm’s way. Belts are great for exactly this purpose. Fasten your food all together into a bundle, tighten the belt around it, and hang it up in a tree.
Storing it up high will keep it away from unwanted thieves and other would-be scoundrels.
A Survival Belt To The Rescue
Pull People Out Of Harm’s Way: If someone falls in a hole, a well, a ditch, or quicksand, you can use your belt to save them. Like a rope, it will extend your reach by several feet, making it easier to pull them to safety.
Drag a Stretcher: If a group member gets injured, or you’ve killed a big game, you’ll want a stretcher to move the load. And if you are alone, that means you are going to have to drag it alone too. Which is easier with a belt or two fixed up as strap handles.
An Extra Note – On Survival Ingenuity
So now that you know how to turn a belt into a meaningful survival tool, you should feel comfortable with your odds. Right? Well, sort of.
If you do, then that’s great, because confidence is half the battle when it comes to survival. But it isn’t the belt that will save your life. It’s your survival ingenuity. Because even if you own the fanciest survival equipment and don’t know how to use it; you don’t stand a chance.
This article serves two purposes: first, to talk about survival belts. And second, to help stimulate the creative survivor in you. If you can turn a belt into a tool that can save a life, you’re honing your survival ingenuity.
Creative survival is the most useful survival and the most effective survival tool. Thinking inside the box can get you killed in an emergency. Being able to think in a non-linear, innovative way will put you a step ahead of the rest. And increase your chances to live another day.
The Final Word
No, belts are not the first tool you think of when planning for an emergency. But for many of use, it’s a tool we wear every single day.
That’s part of what makes a survival belt such incredible tools. The fact that they are almost always there, on your waist, holding up your pants.
The other quality of belts that gives them such utility is their simplicity. Simple objects can be most versatile.
Even if you never use a survival belt as a whip (or a tourniquet) it may still come in handy in other ways.
New survival gadgets are cool, but because they’re so complex they often lose utility. So think carefully when you are packing your bug out bag, or getting ready to evacuate in the face of an emergency.
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When winter rolls around, most of us simply curl up in front of the wood stove or fireplace, or even turn on our electric blankets, but what would you do if those things were suddenly gone?
If the worst-case scenario occurred, would you know the ways that our ancestors stayed warm during winter? During those times, we might not be able to have a fireplace or a cozy home to sit out the winter months. So this might be a good time to familiarize yourself with the old-fashioned ways people have used to stay warm when they were outside.
My mother, during the depression, often took a hot baked potato to school, worn inside her coat. This helped keep her warm on her wintery walks to school.
Other warming items, which are easily heated in a stove or in a pot of boiling water, would be hot water bottles, rocks, bricks, flat stones, potatoes and even shoes or underwear! My mother often said that, before she got dressed, she put her underwear and shoes right next to the wood burning stove on a cold, icy morning.
Dressing in layers — but not the types of layers you and I use — was perhaps one of the best ways our ancestors stayed warm. They weren’t too picky about what it was, either. Layers of items create air pockets which keep heat in and cold out. Today, we have a great selection of fibers to choose from, so we can put on a couple pair of silk undergarments and a synthetic coat.
Before these materials were invented, however, some of our ancestors knew how to do what my grandmother called “crazy layers.” This means wool long John’s or undershirts and leggings, perhaps several pair. If you had them, you wore multiple pairs of pants or several petticoats (or slips). Stories in my family say that my great-grandfather only had two pairs of pants, so he would put them on, stuff the hems into his socks and boots, and then he stuffed chicken feathers in between the pants for insulation!
Most women wore several layers of clothing, a couple of scarves and hats, along with fur-lined gloves. It was not uncommon to see women wearing blankets tied about their neck or across the shoulders. This left their arms free to work, but helped to keep them warm.
Even More Unusual Ways to Stay Warm
Of course, we all want to believe that the truly desperate fights for survival are behind us. However, since none of us can foresee the future, we should at least be aware of some of the extreme, or at least unusual, ways that our ancestors stayed warm when dire circumstances were more common.
Sleeping next to or under animals is a good way to stay warm if need be. Yes, it’s true that sleeping under a cow or next to a couple of goats or sheep might not smell great and might not be all that comfortable, but it will surely beat freezing to death.
Also, in a pinch, you can use some of nature’s own insulating materials, such as leaves, hay, feathers, hair (such as horse hair), straw, dried grass and even pine boughs to insulate your clothing, make a shelter and provide a dry floor for bedding.
Let’s not forget that there are other things to burn besides wood. If you want a fire but can’t find wood, remember that you can burn most dried animal manure (cow, horse and buffalo “chips” are great for this), as well as bird nests, straw, hay, charcoal (partially burned wood), paper, cloth, tires and leaves.
I don’t know about you, but after thinking about burning cow patties to stay warm, I am really grateful for my wood burning stove and electric blanket right now!
Do you know of other ways our ancestors stayed warm during winter? Share your thoughts in the section below:
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The new head of the EPA has vowed to dismantle US environmental protections. No suprises there, given his previous record.
Once he has laid waste to the environment, here are some indicators about what he might try to ruin next
“Parents should be notified when women seek an abortion” (The Oklamhoman 18 June 2002)
“Physicians who perform an abortion without parental consent should be liable for cost of subsequent medical treatment” (Ditto)
“women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them while they are having the abortion” Associated Press Newswires, 26 March 2013,
“Its necessary and urgent to defend Oklahoma’s Constitution against a federal government and president that have gone too far in their overreach of power and authority.” (Reuters 7 Jan 2011)
EPA EMISSIONS CUTS
“Action by the EPA inappropriately usurps the state’s authority to dictate our own energy and environmental policies.The appropriate stakeholders to address Oklahoma’s energy and environmental needs are Oklahoma’s citizens, energy producers, industry consumers and policymakers.”
McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – 8 March 2011
“We may may probe Google’s dominance” (he didn’t)
Bloomberg 25 June 2011
“Feds should pay Oklahoma’s cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants” The Daily Oklahoman (MCT), 30 July 2011,
OPPOSING REGULATING FRACKING USE OF CHEMICALS”
“This law would have significant and destructive impacts
SNL Daily Gas Report 18 December 2012
Whether you are an avid hunter or just love watching animals behaving normally in their natural habitat, you will want to read this.
A trail camera is a relatively low cost way to improve the efficiency of hunting as well as being the only way you can watch animals in their every day situations without disturbing them by your presence.
Trail cameras have huge possibilities for hunters. You can carry out a survey of the animal population in your chosen location, study the habits of your prey and even catch poachers and trespassers who have no right to be in the area. This last benefit is also one for animal lovers and vegans who wish to protect their local fauna from invasive hunting.
One thing to worry about is your beautiful new camera being stolen by other humans – whether they be hunters or just ramblers. That is why camouflage is an important consideration.
At around $150, one of the best buys is the Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor No Glow with Xtra Camo. As well as having excellent battery life and great night vision, it is also extremely hard to spot (other than when it actually goes off and uses the built in flash).
Choosing the best camera for your needs though leads you to consider the correct criteria. Features that matter most include portability, image resolution, night vision and storage space. To guide you in selecting the best option, have a look at this buyers’ guide .
Whether bedding down in a sturdy home, on the move, or making a temporary camp for the snowy season, there are a lot of lessons we can take from history to keep us safer and more comfortable.
NEW YORK — Inflation is on the rise and driving the biggest price increases seen in four years.
Inflation rose .6 percent in January, the highest one-month increase since February 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index. Over the previous 12 months, prices were up 2.5 percent.
“Consumer prices have gained momentum in recent months,” Chris Christopher, an economist at IHS Global Insight, told CNBC. “This is not the best thing in the world for lower-income households living paycheck to paycheck.”
The price of gasoline has helped drive the increase. The gas index increased 7.8 percent in January and the overall energy index was up 4.0 percent.
Among other highlights in the report:
- Transportation prices rose by 2.2 percent.
- Clothing prices rose by 1.4 percent.
- Prices for nondurable consumer goods increased by 1.2 percent.
- Prices for commodities (raw materials) increased by one percent.
- Prices for all consumer goods increased by .6 percent.
- Medical care prices increased by 3.2 percent.
The speed at which inflation is growing has more than doubled in the last year, rising from .3 percent to .7 percent, Market Mad House reported. Steen Jakobsen of Denmark’s Saxo Bank believes inflation could be much higher by the end of the year. He predicted that prices for Bitcoin, which many investors use to protect their assets from inflation, might increase by 165 percent by the end of 2017.
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I’ll admit, when I first started gardening the idea of growing ornamental grasses made no sense to me.”If you can’t eat it, who cares?” I thought. Well, I’ve changed my ways!Ornamental grasses add an extra layer of beauty and depth to your garden and landscaping, and are surprisingly easy to grow.In this article, we’ll look […]
How To Fold Plastic Bags For Easy Storage I keep plastic grocery bags for use as garbage bags, and as we all know they do accumulate. At one point there were far too many bags overflowing the container under our kitchen sink and the situation was quickly getting out of hand. Fortunately, my sister –who uses plastic bags when camping and backpacking, taught me an easy trick to tame these unruly bags. Her simple secret helped me to both save space and organize the kitchen. I’d like to share this great idea with you too, so in this short video you
Stockpiling food is a key part of being prepared. Even if you have the skills and space to grow your own, you can’t be sure that a disaster will leave
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Beefy Burger Casserole That’ll Make Everyone Want More And More Welcome back to another amazing recipe that I absolutely LOVE! This dish will for sure set your sinner table apart from any-other table in your neighborhood! This hamburger casserole will win hearts and tastebuds whenever it is served at your dinner! If you have had the internet for as many years as I have you will know that there are so many recipes out there all trying to get you to make them. Well, let me let you into a secret! They are all garbage. The recipe I am sharing
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EVERYONE should keep a 72-hour emergency survival kit in their vehicle. No excuses. Why? Because if you unexpectedly have to evacuate or get away for any reason, or if you are unable to return home, your 72-hour emergency kit will provide you with the essentials that you might need to survive for up to 3 days. […]
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Bit by bit, the ranks of preppers are growing all the time. More and more people are waking up to the fact that the government can’t protect them and doesn’t even do a very good job of providing support in the aftermath of a disaster. Oh, they throw money at it, but money isn’t the answer to everything.
Every new prepper is faced with the same problems and the same questions they have to answer for themselves. It’s not that there’s no information available for new preppers to use, it’s that there’s too much information.
Check online for prepping or survival and you’ll find an enormous amount of information, not all of which agrees with other sources. Wading through all that and finding the information that one needs can be a daunting task.
You might very well be one of those newbies; someone who has just decided to look at prepping for the first time. If so, welcome to one of the most important movements in our country today.
Prepping is an individual journey that each of us take, with no two walking exactly the same path. Yet we are preppers together, part of a fellowship of like-minded people who have decided that it’s time to do something for themselves.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already decided that just looking at information isn’t enough. Being a prepper means taking action; preparing yourself and your family for whatever problem or disaster might come your way. Preppers believe in self-sufficiency; trusting in themselves in an emergency, not in the government.
But where does one begin? Of all the things that one can do to become more prepared, which one or ones are the most important? What does one have to do, in order to truly be prepared?
These questions are complicated by the fact that each person’s situation is unique. Oh, we all have things in common, but we also have our own needs, our own family, our own skills, our own resources and our own risks that we face. So cookie cutter prepping doesn’t work. Each person has to determine what their own needs are and how to best meet them.
Even so, there are some things we should all do at the beginning; things to get us on the road to becoming better prepared. The first steps we need to take on this journey may not be what you’re thinking. In fact, I’d be surprised if many preppers thought about these steps, before walking along the path for a ways.
It’s easy to think of prepping as just stockpiling supplies for a rainy day. That’s actually where most of us start off. Whether we just buy a couple of bags of beans and rice or go hog wild buying prepackaged survival food, squirreling food away for a rainy day seems like an almost instinctive act; something we easily gravitate towards, as a starting point for our prepping.
There’s nothing wrong with stockpiling food and in fact you need to do so; but before you start stockpiling, it’s a good idea to know what to stockpile. Not all foods keep well, nor do all of them provide the right nutrition to get you through an emergency. Take some time to research, before running off to the grocery store.
While you’re at it, you need to research much more than just what foods to stockpile. Our modern society doesn’t prepare us well for survival. If anything, it prepares us to die blaming others. But you can’t count on those others to help you survive. They don’t know how to either.
Our ancestors of 200 years ago were much better suited for survival than we are. For them, every year was about survival. They either stockpiled enough preserved food and cut enough firewood to make it through winter or they died. There weren’t too many other options available. Their lives were simpler, their needs and wants more closely associated with surviving and they had the skills they needed to take care of themselves.
There are a wide range of skills that you need to learn, some of which you might actually already know. If you like to go camping and spend time in the outdoors, you’re off to a good start, as the skills associated with those activities are closely related to survival skills.
Remember that a knife is a must have tool for outdoor survival as it helps you hunt, make shelter, start a fire and defend yourself.
Hunting, fishing, and starting a fire are all good survival skills. But you’ll also need to know how to grow food in your garden, purify water and defend your home as well.
For preppers, learning isn’t something that begins or ends, it’s just something that is. We start out learning about survival when we get into prepping, and we keep on learning for the rest of our lives. There’s always some new skill or information to learn; all of which is ultimately useful.
Develop a Survival Mentality
Most people tend to look at survival as a physical activity; but it’s as much mental as it is physical. You have to have the right attitude to survive or no matter what you do, you’ll fail.
What do I mean by the right attitude? I mean the attitude of a survivor. You have to be convinced that you’ll survive. You have to be convinced that you’ll overcome. You need to be convinced that you can do whatever is necessary to keep yourself and your family alive.
Here in America we’re protected from many of the harsher realities of life. Few Americans have had to kill and prepare their own food. Unless you’re a hunter; you probably don’t have the slightest idea of how to kill and clean a chicken for dinner, let alone how to properly field dress and butcher a deer or other large animal. But if it’s not done properly, the meat from that animal can be tainted in the process.
But you know the hardest part of killing and preparing that animal? It’s getting over the idea of having to do it. Most of us are squeamish when it comes to things like that; squeamish to the point that we’d die before killing that chicken.
Yet for millennia our ancestors hunted, killed and ate their own game, without the slightest bit of squeamishness. Men would bring the game home from their hunt, and their wives would clean and cook the animals. They didn’t throw up; they didn’t feel funny about it; they did it, and they enjoyed the meal that they prepared.
For us, here in America, overcoming the imprint of our society and accepting the needs of survival is paramount to being able to survive. Most have to do so at a moment’s notice, when they are faced with their first disaster. But those who develop a survival mentality learn to make the adjustment at their leisure, when it’s easier to do so.
Interestingly enough, attitude is so important to survival, that every military manual on survival starts off with a section on attitude. When you consider the amount of money and effort that goes into the preparation of those manuals, that one single fact is rather telling. Attitude is key to survival.
Analyze Your Family’s Strengths and Weaknesses
Each of us has a different family, with different strengths and weaknesses. Some family members might have skills or abilities which easily translate to a survival setting. Others have special needs that have to be considered when making our survival planning. Typically, we find a bit of each in our families.
Surviving as a lone wolf is much harder than surviving as part of a team. In a team, each individual is able to take part of the load, helping each other. With each one learning the necessary skills and doing part of the necessary tasks, not only does the work become easier; but more importantly, the chances of the team’s survival becomes greater.
Your family is your first survival team. Even if you join with others, in a larger survival team, your family is still the core of your personal team. As such, it’s important that you understand what your family is capable of doing, what it is capable of learning, and even more importantly, what you might need others to do for you, because you are incapable of learning to do it for yourself.
As part of this, you also need to analyze the assets you have at your disposal.
Do you have a vacation home somewhere, that you could use as a survival retreat if you needed to? Do you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle? Do you have enough land to turn your home into a homestead? Do you have camping equipment? How much money do you have available to use for prepping? What tools do you have, which will help you survive? Does your home have a fireplace? All of this, and more, will ultimately affect your ability to survive.
This process of analyzing your family will ultimately tell you what you need to do, in order to get from where you are today, to where you need to be. But don’t just do it once; from time to time you should reanalyze the situation and make any necessary adjustments.
Decide What Risks You Face
Prepping is ultimately about being ready to face a disaster, whether that’s a personal disaster, a regional disaster or a nationwide disaster. The problem is, none of us know the disaster that we are going to face. That makes prepping a little bit difficult.
But not knowing doesn’t mean that we can’t prepare. It just means that we prepare for likelihoods, rather than certainties. In other words, while it’s safe to say with certainty that we’ll all face some sort of disaster, sometime in our lives, what exact disaster we might face is nothing more than a likelihood.
So, the thing you need to do is figure out what the most likely disasters are, that you are going to face. That stats with figuring out what possible disasters you could face, ranging all the way from loss of a job to a zombie apocalypse, with natural disasters and the loss of the electrical grid in between. Don’t leave anything out at this point, as all you’re really doing is brainstorming possibilities.
Once you have your list of possible disasters, you need to give each of them two scores, say on a scale of one to five. The first scale is how likely you feel it is that you’ll actually face that disaster. The second scale is how much of an impact that disaster would have on your life. Some disasters, such as a zombie apocalypse might have an extremely low likelihood, earning it a one on that scale, but an extremely high impact, should it actually happen, earning it a five on that scale.
(Note: The term TEOTWAWKI is commonly used by preppers to stand for “The end of the world as we know it.” This does not mean the literal end of the world, but rather, the end of our modern lifestyle that we are accustomed to.)
Combining the two scores gives you a number from 2 to 10. That number is the one you use to prioritize considering that particular disaster in your planning. The way that usually works out, is that we concentrate on the highest ones and ignore the lower ones.
But in preparing for the highest ones, we are probably going to be prepared for whatever happens with the lower ones.
Now that you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you have to work with and what you’re likely to face, you can start your survival planning. Once again, this is a process that will continue throughout the rest of your life. Everything you learn has the potential to change and improve your plans.
Your plan needs to define what you will do in each of the potential disaster situations you are likely to encounter, especially the high likelihood, high impact ones. You will find that there will be some overlap between different scenarios, but there will also be things that are unique to each one.
From this, you can determine how much you need to stockpile, whether it’s for a month, six months, a year or the rest of your life. You’ll also be able to determine the best place for your family to survive, in a variety of different situations. In many of those scenarios, you’ll be better off sheltering in place, or “bugging in.” But there might also be some which require you to bug out and go to a survival retreat somewhere.
Don’t expect that you’ll get everything right the first time around. You will most likely forget some items, because of being focused on other needs. That’s okay. As you continue to study, you’ll find the places you need to fill in, to make your survival plans and your stockpile more complete.
Prepping is a process, not a destination. You’ll probably never reach that point of perfection, where you sit back and say to yourself: “Self, I’ve arrived. I’m ready for anything.”
But rather, you’ll gain more and more confidence that you can take care of yourself and your family, no matter what comes your way. Each little step will give you and your family more security, and ultimately, that’s what prepping is all about.
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I recently found myself with a few moments of quiet time, contemplating about what God is doing in my life. So this post will be a little lighter in content than the last ones, but it’s message is what has led me to this blog and the weightier opinions I’ve shared. For one, I am amazed at the people He is bringing into my life. Among them are new people, with whom I have no prior history — friends of friends, or family members of friends who have heard of our ministry, and are tired of fighting their demons and willing to give our unorthodox calling a try. My husband and I are always grateful for the opportunity to speak Jesus into someone’s life who isn’t really familiar with Him. We are willing to plant the Seed and let the Holy Spirit water it.
And lately, I have been marveling at the renewal and restoration of old friendships; people that I know God has put in my life for a reason. These are people who encourage me with their persistent obedience to God. They are people who, like me, are not perfect, but they have a heart for serving God and are trying to walk that narrow path that leads to God’s Kingdom.
But it hasn’t always been that way — in their lives, or mine. There was a profession of faith, alright, but my mind was not centered on God; my heart followed its own desires; and there was no evidence of consistent fruit in my daily walk. It’s easy to say I believe in Jesus as my Savior. It’s hard to live my life as if I do. First, you have to want to live a righteous life. That’s been a journey … as it has been for these old friends. But we’re all making progress. And how did we come to that decision and start down our individual paths? It really began with a simple step — we opened our Bibles.
I know that sounds corny and simplistic, but it really is the impetus that changes minds, hearts, and spirits. When I challenged myself to read the Bible (the first time) it was basically to familiarize myself with the order of it; with how the events in the Old Testament led to the circumstances in the New Testament. I loved the historical aspects of the Book and was able to see how [and where] concepts I had heard in Church sermons fit into the grand scheme of things.
When I began to read it the second time, it was then that I was really seeking to know about God and how He wanted to relate to me. I saw Him as a more personal and intimate God, while seeing just how detached I was from Him. My life, as a so-called Christian, looked no different from an agnostic’s, an atheist’s, or someone who worshipped Buddha, Allah, or Mother Earth. And I realized that my spirit wasn’t happy with the things of this world. I wanted more of Him!
It was when my husband felt the same longing for more spiritual substance in his life — and he began immersing himself in the Word — that the Bible truly began speaking to us. It’s hard to explain, and again it will sound like a cliché, but God really does begin revealing Himself to you when you spend time with Him in His Word. And the by-product of that relationship is this: You want to be a better “you”; you want to live a life that is pleasing to Him; you want to change the parts of you that aren’t Christ-like; and you want to change how you relate to this world, and the impact you will make on it.
It is this third time through the Bible that is truly revolutionary. It is as if a veil has been lifted. Both my husband and myself are seeing God like never before! The Word is alive with new meaning, and we are receiving new impressions on our hearts of just who we are in Christ — and it is so much more than we’ve ever been told or imagined! It has changed how we see ourselves in this world, and it has made us bold in our faith. And the greatest blessings come when we see the same transformation in our Christian friends; both old and new.
We are reconnecting with old friends in Idaho and realizing that God is doing the same amazing work in both families — creating a hunger to be closer to Him, to walk more humbly with Him, and to be fearless in declaring His power in us to do great things for His Kingdom here on earth. We are finding that when we saturate ourselves with the Word, we are able to press into Him and the distractions of our daily lives don’t divert us from following in Jesus’s footsteps. And we’ve discovered that distance is no barrier to walking this narrow path together.
And God is blessing us with new relationships among Christians who aren’t afraid to step outside of the “Church box”; these new friends actually believe what the Bible says about how we are to exercise the Authority given to us by Christ [as His disciples], and aren’t afraid to do the works He has commissioned us to do, using the Power He has given us. It strengthens our faith to share this boldness with other followers of Christ; not fearing failure, but continuing in the maturing [of our faith]. We are trusting Jesus and the Father; and we are confident of this, that He who began a good work in us will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. All we have to do is believe what the Word tells us and try. We won’t always succeed, but it is God who has called us to heal, cast out demons, and share the message of His Kingdom. And what He has begun in us will be refined and purified each time we act out our faith. And with each step of the way, we are taking back territory from the Enemy!
But as much as the Word unites us with fellow Christians, it is exciting to introduce the Word to new friends; even those who are not yet saved. It is amazing how the Bible can speak into someone’s life if we will just spend the time studying with someone one-on-one. It has truly been inspiring [for me] to watch my husband study the Book of Matthew with unchurched people and to hear how they respond. At least three nights out of the week, he is on the phone introducing these people to Jesus; and they actually experience an encounter with a man who is at the same time, God. They learn how He wants us to live, and how the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables really speak volumes to them about how He can be real in their lives. Sometimes these people are left weeping at the realization of the time they’ve lost, but they are well aware that Jesus is ready to receive them now and transform the rest of their lives. They may have lost time with Him here on earth, but they can spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
And that’s the beauty and the glory and the majesty and the power of the Bible. It has the supernatural ability to speak to each individual and thoroughly transform lives. Each time we immerse ourselves in the Word, we get another glimpse of the One who created us; another chance to see ourselves as He sees us, and to serve Him out of an abundance of gratitude. Let His Word be a lamp to your feet [as you proceed forth, doing all that He commands], and a light to your path [as it guides you in the footsteps of Jesus].
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”.
Years ago I was watching an interview with Joe Rogan and he mentioned that he was taking some jobs he normally wouldn’t because he was trying to build up a stash of “F*** You Money”. (And, for brevity’s sake, I’m just going to call it Screw You Money since I try to keep the harsh profanity to a minimum in the blog.)
He went on to explain that Screw You Money is the stash of money you have that gives you the freedom to not have to do something you don’t want to do. Imagine your boss is being a real jerk…you put up with it because you have a mortgage, a car payment, etc, etc. But, if you had, say, a million in cash in the bank and the boss starts riding you, you could just say “Screw you”, walk out, and have virtually zero negative impact on your life.
Here’s an article that sums it up very nicely.
F*** you money, as you may have guessed, is uncommitted cash sitting in your bank account which you can use to live on when you need to say “f*** you!” to an asshole boss, customer, or employer of any variety.
It’s really that simple. It’s the stash of cash you will have which will allow you to operate and live as a free human being rather than a slave. I’m not saying you will have to quit work and spend your days stroking your beard on the porch and reading philosophy (although you can do that if you wish), but it will give you the option to quite simply pack up your things and tell anybody you don’t like to get out of your face.
If you carry this idea further, you could probably have a stash of “Screw You Guns”, or “Screw You Food”, etc, etc. A stash that lets you be completely indifferent to the situation involving the stashed items.
In the broader picture, who wouldn’t love to have the freedom to just drop what they are doing and walk away from a situation they don’t like? In some ways you don’t really need a stash as much as you need to minimize your obligations that force you stay in a situation you don’t like. For example, if you don’t have a house payment, don’t have a car payment, don’t have a student loan, and have a few months worth of money in the bank…well…then your Screw You Money stash doesn’t have to be that big. The less debt and obligations you have, the less you would need for your stash.
I’m a big fan of freedom so anything that enhances my freedom is going to get a thumbs up from me. Moral of the story: minimal debt, maximum cash and you have options that you may not have had otherwise.
In one of my recent posts I wrote (answering one reader’s question) about perspectives of surviving SHTF between being alone in urban settings or being in wilderness settings and similar, and just like always, I concluded that it is very hard to survive alone when SHTF especially in urban settings.
I’ve written numerous posts about advantage of having a trusted group when SHTF.
Still I get questions about how to actually survive alone when SHTF, or how to be lone wolf. So it make sense to write a post about it.
Yes, people managed to survive alone when SHTF, but in much lower percentage and at much higher price (and effort).
So, based on the my experiences, of what I saw, and what kind of folks survived alone (and how). Here’s some advice for all you lone wolves out there:
Mental Strength – Having A Cause
Being alone in hard times gives you much more chances to find yourself without emotional or psychological support when you need it.
SHTF situation will have huge impact on your mental state, your emotional strength, and since you are going to be alone, you will lack that everyday small and big support from your family and friends in group.
Do not underestimate the effect of this. If you forget, over time you may well just turn into an animal, or simply get yourself in a state where you going to make some basic mistake and end up dead.
I was in group during my SHTF, and I had support from other family members, but still I had moments when I had doubts about everything, when I was so deep down that I could not see and sense and reason to move on, I had my own method for coping with that, together with support from close family and friends.
What you can do if you are alone?
Find yourself a cause and purpose in the chaos that will unfold around you.
If you are believer, a religious man (or woman) you may have an advantage here, that can give you strength and sense in everything.
Other things help also, be sure to find out what helps in your case before SHTF, because remember – you are going to be alone with your fears and doubts.
I knew a man who was alone during the SHTF, and he wrote everyday a journal about things that happened around him , he told me later that he started with that without any plan, over some time it became almost ‘sense of everything’, to carefully monitor all what happening and to preserve it in written form.
I already mention that if you are planning to be alone when SHTF you need to be mobile, very much, what does that mean?
It means that you need to be ready to move more, in any case , much more then if you had a group.
Acquiring information, getting resources, scouting etc etc it all come to you only, you are everything in your survival circle.
That can change lot of things.
For example how much firepower you can have alone in defending your home against invaders, let’s say against 15 invaders?
It simply mean that there is much more chance that you can not defend your home because you are one man, that equals that there is much more chance that you ll be forced to leave (run) from your home.
All that means is that you must be ready to have more. More then one shelter, more than one secret stash with ammo, weapon, food, etc more then one option for almost everything.
You need more options because you are alone.
It is simple- lone wolf needs to pay attention on same things just like any other group of survivalist, but much more and much deeper. Because you will pay for your mistakes much higher, and usually only once and you are gone.
Every survivalist need to have certain skills, group or no group. Lone wolf survivalist need to have skills to, but again on a much deeper level.
He needs to be expert in at least one (Relevant) field. As a lone wolf you’ll be forced (especially in prolonged SHTF) to form some kind of alliances to get stuff, or simply you’ll be forced to join (for shorter or longer period) to some group.
When all you other „valuables“ are gone (and you have more chances for it to be gone because you are alone) you will have that precious skill as a bartering value. Your skill will be much more important to you because you are alone.
Choose today, before SHTF, some skill that you feel and find best suits you and learn everything about it.
Think about weapon repairing, gardening, medical skill, herbal knowledge…
Become a real master in it.
One more thing about being alone and skills. Simple fact that you are alone asks from you much more effort and skills then having trusted friends or group, and it goes like that for every aspect of survival.
It take much more time to gather firewood, start fire and prepare food for you alone, than if two or three men do that. Not to mention how many skills have three men combined together comparing to one survivalist.
Let me give you example, and it is real life experience based, if two survivalist travel through urban area and decide to spent night or few hours resting in some ruin it is easy more or less, they choose building, check it,and take rest with one man on watch.
If you travel alone, you will look for building, you will do that with more effort, it will take more time, you will look for a bit different type of building because there is one defender (you), you will have to make some traps (warning or killing) which will take more time, and you’ll sleep with „one eye open“ and so on…
As I said, both examples are from my experience and my SHTF. Being alone is not impossible, it simply requires more effort and skills.
Other People and You
You are lone wolf, but you will be forced to deal with other folks, that is for sure. You will come in situation to cooperate with other people, or to trust to other people.
My survival philosophy when it comes to urban survival is that urban SHTF means more people, and more people means more problems, because you’ll have to deal with people more or less in order to survive.
That „dealing with other people“ when you are lone wolf is much more dangerous then dealing with them while you are in group.
It is simply because you are more vulnerable, less protected.
For example if you are going to trade deal it is much more dangerous for you alone to make safe trade setup, as opposed to having you and two more group members with you.
With that in mind you come to the point where you may conclude that you’ll be forced much more to avoid people because you are lone wolf. It is simply safer like that.
There is reason why most of the lone wolves who survived SHTF were kinda weirdos who avoid people.
Aftermath and Consequences
Again let me explain through my experience and my example.
I survived SHTF.
I have PTSD for years, which drives my mind everywhere, from thoughts of ‘reasons for still being on this world’ up to the thoughts of writing the book.
I can say that I am pretty much not capable of living normal everyday life, I cannot stand crowded places, in nice cafes I look for possible exits… in exchange for this pain I am completely sure and ready for another SHTF.
But again that does not give me ease of living normal life, simply I have lost that ability long time ago because I went through SHTF.
I forgot names of people, or streets or places, I even sometimes forget when exactly my kid is born.
But I remember so clear how grown up people cried before they died, gaping wounds and blood that always gave me „how much blood is there“ thoughts, smell of building on fire, crackling noise of fire and glowing that mesmerized me.
And I remember much worse things, they are carved in my brain…
I am all that and I remember all that, even though I had support through my group of family members. We cared about each other, about mental state of each one of us.
I feel sorry for lone wolf survivalist who will survive SHTF, he is going to be mess.
There is reason why most of lone wolfs who survived SHTF were kinda weirdos who avoid people before and have terrible time with the aftermath after…
As you might conclude up to now, there is no magic formula about how to survive alone when SHTF.
Rules of survival are mostly same like being in group, but much harder or sharper in a way, with much less margins for error…
*Toby Comments* – Selco raises a REALLY important point today about the ‘aftermath’.
So many of us are focused on surviving bad times, but we have to think, what ‘price’ will that journey cost?
One of the reasons we do so many of our physical courses in the Balkans is to clearly show people the ‘aftermath’ of such events. Even now, 25 years after the war, you will see people, ‘regular’ people, just wandering in the streets and the towns, still clearly struggling with what they went through. It is ‘normal’ in this area.
Every village, every town, has the people that are ‘known’ (by the locals) to be ‘still fighting the war in their mind’, to visiting outsiders it is a often shocking, very clear and sobering indicator of the cost of living through terrible times… This is an aspect you cannot afford to overlook.
The essence of emergency preparedness teaches us to get by with what we have. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the woods or in the kitchen. Being able to improvise with scarce resources is perhaps the most useful skills you could develop. Today we will discuss about the use of leftover fruit peels in the … Read more…
Whether you’re about to enter the wilderness or a bad neighborhood, or if you become aware of an impending disaster, you have time to dress appropriately for what’s coming. But as we all know, dangerous situations aren’t considerate. They don’t always wait for you to be prepared. And in those situations, there are certain articles of clothing that can get you killed.
I’m not going to say that you should never wear any of these things just on the off-chance that something bad could happen. I don’t know about you, but about 99.99% of my life is spent without danger. It would be crazy for me or anyone to completely abandon something convenient over such slim odds. But I will say that you should be aware of what these clothing options can do to you when things get rough and prepare accordingly.
Avoid Wearing These Clothing Garments in a Disaster Situation
They may be comfortable and breathable, but cotton socks, t-shirts, and underwear can be your undoing in the wilderness. That’s because cotton is a very poor material for maintaining warmth. It can absorb as much as 27 times its own weight in water, which means that if gets wet, it’ll take a long time to dry out. It will cling to your skin, and suck the heat from your body. It won’t matter if you’re wearing better materials like wool over the cotton. If your cotton undergarments get wet from excessive sweat or rain, you can succumb to hypothermia, even if the weather isn’t extremely cold.
Because of the poor insulating properties of cotton, most experienced hikers and backpackers will wear synthetic materials for their base layer, such as polyester or polypro. Although these materials are significantly warmer than cotton and dry out very quickly, they can also be quite dangerous around open flames. Most synthetic clothes aren’t fire-retardant at all. A small burning ember can ignite these materials, and in some cases they will burn uncontrollably. And what’s worse, is that as they burn they can stick to your skin.
Of course, survival situations don’t always occur in the wilderness. Sometimes, what you have to worry about the most isn’t the elements, but other people. If someone tries to be violent with you, one of the worst things you can wear in that situation is high heels. You can’t maintain a decent fighting stance at all in high heels, and you certainly can’t run away easily either.
James Bond may look pretty damn cool when he’s fighting bad guys in a suit and tie, but in the real world, a necktie is a serious liability in a fight. There’s a reason why prison guards and security guards wear clip-on ties. If you have a necktie, you’re basically wearing a handle around your neck. Anyone can grab it, and either choke you or throw you around.
Flip Flops and Sandals
Honestly, flip-flops and sandals are some of the worst things you can wear in almost every situation outside of your own home. They offer little or no protection from the elements, and with a few exceptions, they offer no protection for your toes from blunt trauma. You can’t run as fast in them as you could in tennis shoes, and they don’t provide nearly as much ankle support as boots do. Worst yet, it’s very easy for this type of footwear to snag on something as you walk or run, and cause you to trip. For those reasons, they are bad choice to wear in a fight, and they are a bad choice to wear in the wilderness.
A way to circumvent this issue is to have alternate clothing options for bugging out tucked away in a bug out bag or stashed in your vehicle along with items to help you get home safely. As well, consider a few items hidden in your workplace preparedness supplies. Some alternate clothing choices are seasonal appropriate items that wick moisture away (this is helpful in both warm and cold climates). Having items that can be layered is a great option. Here are some ideas:
- If it is the winter season: Pack all cold weather essentials for maintaining body heat: Layered clothing, warm hat preferably with flaps over the ears, waterproof pants, mittens, etc.
- Work gloves
- Have at least one change of clothing in your bag and two extra pairs of socks.
- A good pair of boots (hiking or combat boots) with a deep trench in the sole.
- Rain suit
- Hat to keep the sun off your face.
While we are safe a majority of the time, it’s that 1% we need to prepare for. Having a few items stashed away for these unexpected disruptions in your life will give you the added advantage you need to get through a shtf scenario unscathed.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
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Lucky number 7! Week 7 of 2017 is already upon us and the Suburban Steader Homestead has been a busy one. Snow really hosed up our lives for a few days and illness ran rampant through the house. But, in the end, we made progress towards the end goals of growing our garden and getting
What would it be like to eat bland food every day? Besides not being much fun, it could lead to slow starvation due to food fatigue. For those who are ill-prepared for a disaster, that could be their reality, especially if supplies were difficult to procure. If you think about what kind of spices and oils are important to have on hand for survival cooking, there are a few that would be on my ‘must have’ list.
Spices & seasonings to store
- Kosher salt (we also store Celtic sea salt)
- Herbes de Provence
- Ground Pepper
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Cinnamon
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Ground Ginger
- Baking Soda
- Italian seasoning
- Chili powder
- Paprika (different varieties if you really like paprika)
- Onion Powder
- Dried Parsley
- Ground Turmeric
- Dried Onion Flakes
- Dried Cilantro
- Celery Seed
- Celery Salt
- Beef bouillon
- Chicken bouillon
- Dried Basil
- Poppy Seed
- Sesame Seed
- Black pepper
- Curry powder
I also recommend storing these supplementary ingredients to add even more variety to your use of these spices:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Canola oil
- Corn Starch
- Brown sugar
- Hoisin Sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- White and apple cider vinegars
- Soy sauce
This is a wide variety of seasonings, spices, and herbs that lend themselves to mixing sauces, marinades, rubs, dressings, and so much more.
Create something new
With spices and seasonings, you can mix and match and come up with new flavors again and again. Chili powder on its own might become humdrum, but mixed with cumin, salt, garlic powder, paprika, a little cayenne, and you have an awesome, spicy rub. Experiement with chili powder and come up with something totally different, just by combining different herbs and spices.
Picture a plain pot of beans, a meatless meal if there ever was one. Those beans can become a pot of Cuban Beans, Creole Beans, Mexican Beans, West African beans…I could add more to the list, but you get the idea. Mix up the spices and you might barely notice you were eating beans for every meal!
Beans are a staple in most preppers food storage, so here are instructions for storing them. Another staple, rice, can be stored in a similar manner and also is extremely versatile. Here’s a recipe for skillet-cooked Mexican rice that can be doctored up with a different combination of spices every time.
Mix up your own
My wife used to buy envelopes of Schilling and McCormick spice mixes but a few years ago started mixing up her own. I’ve mixed up my own meat rubs, put them in labeled spice jars (we re-use spice jars), and they last for months. When my son needed a gluten-free diet, we got away from all commercial spice mixes, which typically contain gluten, sugar, and too much sodium.
Here’s a good article with spice/seasoning mix recipes if you haven’t made your own before.
Grow and dry your own
When we first got married, my wife had a herb garden that belonged on the cover of gardening magazines. Basil bushes so huge that we had to prune them back as though they were rose bushes. The cilantro alone could have supplied a chain of Mexican restaurants for 6 months.
Growing herbs is simple and dehydrating them is even easier. Right now we have oregano growing in a shady spot in the backyard where nothing else wants to grow. You can dehydrate herbs with a dehydrator like this one (Excalibur is the best brand) or simple by laying the herbs out on a screen and allowing them to dry until crispy.
These dried herbs will need to be stored in smaller containers and in the shade. Light and oxygen cause them to deteriorate and lose color and flavor.
Remember centuries ago when spices were very, very expensive? So pricey that only royalty and nobles could afford spices? Even salt was dear and hard to get. Yes, spices can get expensive even today, but if you order in bulk and split the spices and shipping cost among spice-ordering friends, your wallet won’t hurt as much.
I’ve found that Amazon is a good place to look for spices. I’ve been able to buy my personal favorites in bulk and smaller packages of spices and seasonings I use just on occasion. They also have organic spices and herbs.
So, how is your pantry looking? Are you prepared? Or do you need to spice things up still?
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