Rationing Food After SHTF: Who Eats Last?

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Here’s an interesting question that I don’t hear very often: If you start running low on food, how do you ration what’s left? Hopefully, you won’t ever run low on food, but there are plenty of scenarios where it could happen. So in the interest of preparedness, I think it’s important to think about this […]

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Urban Survival Gardening: A Guide for Beginners

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According to a 2015 survey, 62.7 percent of people in the United States live in the city, despite US cities taking up just 3.5 percent of the total land area. No doubt, living in a city provides plenty of advantages, from dining and entertainment options to proximity to your place of employment. One advantage that […]

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Urban Survival Gardening: A Guide for Beginners

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According to a 2015 survey, 62.7 percent of people in the United States live in the city, despite US cities taking up just 3.5 percent of the total land area. No doubt, living in a city provides plenty of advantages, from dining and entertainment options to proximity to your place of employment. One advantage that […]

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How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels

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When I first started prepping, I knew I needed to store plenty of water, but I didn’t realize how much. Every time I went shopping, I would pick up a case of 32 half-liter water bottles. I did this for a couple months, at which point I was satisfied that I had more than enough […]

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11 Highest Calorie Crops for Your Survival Garden

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Right now, most of us live in a world where the fewer calories a food has, the better. Should the day ever come when food is in short supply, though, that trend will reverse. When preparing to grow a survival garden, the number of calories a crop offers is an important consideration. Although veggies like […]

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20 Pioneer Foods We’ll Be Eating A Lot After Doomsday

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Ever since I saw Little House On The Prairie as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by how the pioneers lived. How could anyone be happy without indoor plumbing, central heating, microwaves, refrigerators, and televisions with dozens of channels? Well, not only were many of them happy, they were arguably happier than most people today, but […]

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25 Supplies You’ll Need to Survive the Next Pandemic

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Right now, the United States is experiencing the worst flu season in nearly a decade. Over 100 people have died, and as of this writing, the flu virus continues to spread rapidly. Experts thought it would peak weeks ago, but it still hasn’t. Currently, no one knows how bad it will get. All of this […]

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5 Medical Uses for Raw Honey

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I’ve written about the health benefits of honey, but it also has many other uses, particularly in survival scenarios. In this video, SkinnyMedic shares 5 ways raw honey can be used for first aid. I typed them up, but be sure to check out the video below for more details. Note: If you try any […]

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30 Best Foods For Your Bug Out Bag

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Food is one of the most important things you can put in your bug out bag. After all, the whole point of a bug out bag is to help you survive, and you definitely need to eat to survive. But this is where most people mess up. They fill their bags with canned soups and […]

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Quick Trick for Keeping Your Feet Warm in Freezing Weather

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Are you sick of your feet freezing every time you go outside in the winter? Sometimes even multiple socks won’t stop your toes from going numb, especially if there’s snow on the ground. There’s a really easy way to keep your feet warmer that only costs a few dollars (if that). I learned this trick […]

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15 Improvised Weapons You Can Find Around the House

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When someone breaks into your home, you don’t usually get a five-minute warning. Oftentimes, you won’t even see the intruder until he’s already inside. If that happens, you won’t have time to run to your room and get your gun out of your safe. You might be forced to defend yourself with something that is […]

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33 Over-the-Counter Meds You Need to Stockpile

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(Updated 1/15/18 with 16 more meds!) It’s easy to take the power of medicine for granted. We all grew up with the idea that you can just pop a pill and get rid of your cold and flu symptoms, but just a little over a century ago this was completely unheard of. Back then, people […]

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9 OTC Items To Help Fight Radiation Poisoning

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Every day it seems more and more likely that we will end up in a nuclear exchange with North Korea. Although the concept of mutually assured destruction has kept a nuclear war at bay, it’s possible that if the U.S. invades North Korea and Kim Jong Un believes his dynasty is about to collapse, he […]

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9 Most Overlooked (But Important) Survival Skills

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There are many different survival skills that could prove invaluable in a disaster scenario. Some of these skills–such as marksmanship or the ability to preserve food–receive a lot of attention, while others often fly under the radar. Nevertheless, these skills are each incredibly valuable in their own right, and some of them may prove just […]

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25 Survival Uses for T-Shirts

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Survivalism isn’t just about gathering supplies. It’s also about making use of everything around you–or on you–in a survival scenario. As you’ll see in this video by Sensible Prepper, even a simple T-shirt has at least a couple dozen survival applications. Here’s the list, but I recommend watching the video below so you can see […]

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7 Reasons to Keep Prepping (Even Though Trump is President)

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When Barak Obama was president, preparedness was a very popular topic. Many people were certain that Obama’s policies would eventually crash the economy, so they wanted to be ready. And although preparedness is still a popular topic, now that Donald Trump is president, most conservatives aren’t as worried as they used to be. In fact, […]

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How to Make a Soup Can Stove in Just 5 Minutes

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Here’s a quick and easy DIY stove tutorial by NightHawkInLight. All you need is a soup can and an old fashion can punch opener like this one. The great thing about this video is he actually tests out the stove by cooking a full meal on it. For those of you who prefer written instructions, […]

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How to Make a Biogas Generator In 7 Easy Steps

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In poorer countries, where blackouts are common and supply lines are tenuous, people have to be inventive if they want to heat and light their homes. One way they do this is by building their own biogas generators. You would think this would be very complicated, but it’s a lot simpler than you might think. […]

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The 5-5-5 Bug Out Test: Are You Really Ready?

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Are you as ready as you think you are? You might be prepared to ride out a disaster in your home, but what if you have to evacuate? Be honest with yourself. How quickly could you get yourself and your family on the road and out of town? The only way to answer this question […]

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Warning: Crime Skyrockets During the Holidays – Here Are 17 Things That Are Making Your Home a Target for Burglars

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Everybody loves the holiday season, including burglars. Every year, the rate of theft and property crime skyrockets between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. There are two main reasons for this: 1) Burglars know that after Black Friday, most homes contain expensive gifts and gadgets. 2) Burglars know that many people are off visiting relatives, leaving […]

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5 Preventive Health Measures To Take Before The SHTF

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In the past, I’ve written about the importance of getting your teeth fixed and stocking up on contacts and glasses before an emergency. I admit, it’s not the most fascinating topic, but it’s extremely important and I don’t think preppers talk about it enough. If you’ve ever had a horrible toothache, you know how important […]

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5 Preventive Health Measures To Take Before The SHTF

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of getting your teeth fixed and stocking up on contacts and glasses before an emergency. I admit, it’s not the most fascinating topic, but it’s extremely important and I don’t think preppers talk about it enough. If you’ve ever had a horrible toothache, you know how important […]

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6 Ways to Minimize Generator Noise

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In a survival scenario, few pieces of machinery are more valuable than a quality generator. At a time when we have become almost entirely dependent on electricity for survival, having the ability to generate power when the grid is down could be the difference between the life and death. However, generators are also known for […]

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6 Things That Preppers Often Don’t Do Enough

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The year is almost over, which means millions of people are going to try to lose weight and get in better shape over the next few months. Sadly, most of them will fail. But if you’re a prepper, you can’t afford to fail at this. I believe physical fitness is one of the most important […]

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12 Surprising Uses for Super Glue

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Some products are famous for their versatility. For example, both duct tape and paracord come to mind as items with an almost unlimited number of uses. However, another product that falls into the category of surprisingly versatile and useful is super glue. In survival and emergency situations, super glue is definitely something that you want […]

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Active Shooter Medical Kit

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When the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012, it was the deadliest in U.S. history with 27 casualties. A few years later, the Orlando nightclub shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history with 49 casualties. And now the Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history with 59 casualties. That means the record for […]

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Active Shooter Medical Kit

When the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012, it was the deadliest in U.S. history with 27 casualties. A few years later, the Orlando nightclub shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history with 49 casualties. And now the Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history with 59 casualties. That means the record for […]

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Active Shooter Medical Kit

When the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012, it was the deadliest in U.S. history with 27 casualties. A few years later, the Orlando nightclub shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history with 49 casualties. And now the Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history with 59 casualties. That means the record for […]

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5 Survival Skills to Learn From Native Americans

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This article makes an interesting point about Native Americans. It calls them “survivors of the highest order” because not only did they live off the land, they protected their resources and lived sustainably. They may not have had much in the way of technology, but there’s still a lot we can learn from them. In […]

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5 Tiny Items That Will Keep You Nourished in a Survival Scenario

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This video is a little different from all the other “survival food” videos out there. In it, The Green Prepper talks about five tiny items that are often overlooked, yet pack a big punch in terms of taste, energy, and nutrition. Here’s his list: 1. EmergenC – Mix this stuff with water to make a […]

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19 Best States To Go To When SHTF

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If you live in the United States, which state do you live in? If the grid went down nationwide and society as we know it collapsed, would be people be escaping from your state, or escaping to your state? Hopefully, you live in one of the latter states. If not, you might want to think […]

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Top 100 Bug Out Bag Items

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Here it is, the ultimate list of bug out bag items! Now to be clear, this is not a checklist. It would be very difficult to squeeze every one of these items into a single bag, nor should you. Rather, it is a list of suggested items from which you could create any number of […]

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How To Survive A Dog Attack

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I live in a very large neighborhood where I go jogging on a regular basis, and every now and then, a dog runs into the road and starts barking at me. If it’s small or friendly-looking, I just ignore it and keep jogging. But a few times, I’ve had a very vicious-looking start toward me, […]

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10 Reasons Why Building a Community is Key When SHTF

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This article is several years old, but I just came across it recently and the advice is timeless. There’s a reason John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” Some people are more independent than others, and some people might be capable of surviving a very long time on their own. But […]

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What if a Disaster Strikes While You’re Away from Home?

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A person’s home is their castle. For preppers, almost every aspect of their survival plan is centered around them being at home when disaster strikes. But what if disaster strikes while you’re away from home? Everyone spends some time away from their home for one reason or another, be it a vacation, a business trip, […]

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5 Reasons People Don’t Prep

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2017 had the worst hurricane season in a long time. Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Texas. Hurricane Irma caused damage all over Florida. And Hurricane Maria absolutely decimated Puerto Rico. You would think that this would be enough to cause most people–or at least those on the gulf coast–to become preppers. But sadly, 99% […]

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8 Survival Hacks Using Safety Pins

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There are a lot of items you may start reaching for when SHTF – a gun, a HAM radio, even duct tape and its seemingly endless list of uses may come to mind. One item that probably doesn’t come to mind is the lowly safety pin. It turns out, you can do a lot with […]

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5 Emergency Heat Sources to Get You Through the Winter

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How would you stay warm if the power went out during a winter storm? If you only have one answer to that question (or no answer at all), it’s time to prepare some extra emergency heat sources. As they say, two is one and one is none. If your main source of emergency heat is […]

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How To Turn Salt Water Into Drinking Water

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Everyone living in a coastal area should learn this skill. If you run out of drinking water and there’s a drought or you have no access to lakes or rivers, you might have to gather water from the ocean. The cruel irony of planet Earth is that there is water almost everywhere, but less than […]

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Make Your Fuel Storage Last As Long As Possible

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During a disaster, fuel is an invaluable resource. The problem is that everyone else needs it as badly as you do, and supplies are limited. That’s why any time a natural disaster strikes, the lines at gas stations seem to stretch on forever. Even if you do have the time and patience to sit in […]

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101 Paracord Projects

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If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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101 Paracord Projects

If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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101 Paracord Projects

If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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11 Home Security Tips for Life After SHTF

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the biggest threats during any type of disaster is people who are unprepared. At first, they’ll stay in their homes and wait for the government to send help. But after several days, when they start running out of food and realize no one is […]

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10 Critical Principles Of Tourniquet Use

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A tourniquet is a crucial medical item that should be in every prepper’s first aid kit. If someone has a major wound, applying pressure might not be enough. You may need to use a tourniquet if you want to save their life. But how exactly do you use a tourniquet? Like most first aid items, […]

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Get Your HAM Radio License in 7 Days

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HAM radio is one of the best ways to communicate after a disaster, especially over huge distances. The thing is, they’re a bit complicated. As with most electronics, it’s easier to learn as you go. The problem is that you need to get a license before you can even use one. Tin Hat Ranch wrote […]

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27 Hygiene Products You’ll Need After The SHTF

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A few years ago, the New York Times published an article about how a third of people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, not even when they’re out in public. It’s pretty gross thinking about some stranger’s germ-coated hands touching the same chairs, doorknobs, and banisters that you touch, but it’s okay since […]

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Secret Places To Bug Out To When The SHTF

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A lot of preppers have this idea that when a disaster strikes, they’ll just bug out to a rural area. They think they’ll be safe in an area with so few people. But the thing is, unless you’re deep in a national park, you’re going to end up on someone’s property, and eventually a local […]

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5 Things That Could Go Wrong With Your Survival Plan

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There’s a famous quote by Mike Tyson which says, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.” With that said, few things can punch you in the mouth harder than a life-threatening disaster. While it’s certainly important to have a survival plan in place, it’s also important to know what could go […]

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DIY Emergency Heater for $5

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It’s getting cold out, which means it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for a winter power outage. If you don’t want to spend money on expensive propane space heaters and the like, you could try making your own space heaters, like VP Prepping & Survival does in this video. All you need to make […]

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100 Best Survival Books of All Time

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If you’re reading this, you probably already know the importance of studying books about emergency preparedness and survival, so I won’t bore you with a long intro about why you should read. Instead, I’ll just briefly explain how I came up with this list. Over the past 8 years or so, I’ve read and enjoyed […]

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Medical Kit On A $50 Budget

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This video actually several years old, but I just came across it recently and I thought it was worth sharing. There are basic first aid kits out there for $10 or $20, but you get what you pay for with kits that cheap. If you really want a quality kit that will cover a wide […]

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45 Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago

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Ever heard of Gallaher Cigarettes? Probably not. Back in the day, cards were inserted into cigarette packs to make them stronger, and Gallahar Group would print life hacks on them. Now a century later, people are have taken notice of these hacks and started sharing them on the Internet. A few weeks ago, Preppers Will […]

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10 Tips for Surviving an Active Shooter

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The tragedy in Las Vegas last week has everyone talking about gun control, as usual. And I understand why: mass shootings are terrifying. They happen unexpectedly, and they can happen to anyone. So naturally, many people start demanding a solution that will make them feel safe. But here’s the thing about this particular shooting: stricter […]

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10 Tips for Surviving an Active Shooter

The tragedy in Las Vegas last week has everyone talking about gun control, as usual. And I understand why: mass shootings are terrifying. They happen unexpectedly, and they can happen to anyone. So naturally, many people start demanding a solution that will make them feel safe. But here’s the thing about this particular shooting: stricter […]

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6 Easy Meals to Cook Over a Fire After a Disaster

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There are a lot of preppers out there with portable stoves, cast iron skillets, and lots of survival food, yet they’ve never actually cooked a meal without electricity. It’s important that you practice off-grid cooking on a regular basis so you’re not doing it for the first time during a power outage. Otherwise, you’re liable […]

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How to Hot Wire a Car When the SHTF

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I want to be clear about something right up front: I am not condoning grand theft auto. Hot-wiring is a very useful skill, but not so you can steal cars. However, after the SHTF there could be situations where you desperately need a vehicle to escape danger, go on food and water runs, get an […]

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Top 20 Places to Scavenge for Supplies After SHTF

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Some of you might be thinking, “I’m a prepper, I won’t have to scavenge for supplies. I already have everything I need.” Maybe, maybe not. Even if you’ve been prepping for years, it’s still possible you forgot a few things. But even if you didn’t forget anything, you could still end up in a situation […]

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20 Things NOT To Do If You Bug Out

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Imagine a disaster is imminent and you’ve decided to get out of dodge. You grab your bug out bags, load your vehicle, and hit the road. You might think that once you get out of town, you’re in the clear. But the truth is there are dozens of things that could go wrong when bugging […]

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21 Ways to Prepare for World War 3

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I’ve been worried about World War 3 ever since I saw the movie Red Dawn as a child and learned about Russia and the Cold War. And although the Cold War is long over (officially), I believe the possibility of World War 3 breaking out is as real as ever. The situation with North Korea […]

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35 Tips to Survive an Earthquake

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Over 200 people died in the horrific earthquake that struck Mexico City on September 19th, 2017, reminding everyone that earthquakes are one of the only natural disasters that can completely destroy a large area without a hint of warning. Not only do they collapse buildings, destroy bridges, cut water pipes, and knock down power lines, […]

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Why 90% of the Population Would Die Without Electricity

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Experts predict that an EMP strike that wipes out electricity across the nation would ultimately lead to the demise of up to 90% of the population. However, this figure begs an important question: if we were able to live thousands of years without even the concept of electricity, why would we suddenly all die without […]

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6 Best Off Grid Battery Options

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If you truly want to live off the grid, but you don’t want to give up electricity, then you’ll need to spend some time learning about battery systems. It’s not as simple as plugging your home into a battery bank, turning on your lights and AC, and calling it a day. There’s a lot to […]

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25 Survival Uses for Ammo Cans

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Old ammo cans are incredibly useful if you’re a prepper. They’re designed to be sturdy, stackable, waterproof, and easy to transport (with handles on the top and the front). That’s why militaries have been using them for decades. There are several sizes and shapes, but they all have the same basic design which hasn’t been […]

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13 DIY Projects Using Cinder Blocks

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Concrete and cement are the building blocks of humanity. When you take concrete and make it into a literal block, though, what you’re left with is a cinder block – an item with almost unlimited DIY potential. To help spark your imagination about how to best make use of cinder blocks, we’ve put together a […]

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9 Tips for Buying the Best EDC Flashlight

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Across the entire Internet, I doubt there’s a single list of survival supplies that doesn’t include a flashlight. Even people who have never heard the term “prepper” know you should have a flashlight in case of emergency. Unfortunately, 99% of people don’t put any thought into the type of flashlight they buy. As long as […]

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5 Tips for the Best Bug Out Location

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When preppers start looking for a good bug out location, the main feature they care about is “not in the city.” But what about other features? You don’t want to go just anywhere after the SHTF. You want a location that is safe and well hidden, among other things. That is the subject of this […]

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7 Reasons Preppers Will Die After a Worldwide Collapse

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When the chips are down, mistakes can be fatal. Even those who have spent the better part of their life preparing for a disaster are prone to mistakes. And once you make them, there’s no going back. Some of these mistakes are rooted in misconceptions, others in heat-of-the-moment errors. However, the outcomes are the same. […]

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