78 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

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34 Uses of Duct Tape for SurvivalUPDATE: Note this is a combined resource, recently updated with all the relevant uses for duct tape that Gaye originally put together! I have always claimed, and not altogether jokingly, that you could build a house with Elmer’s glue and Duct Tape.  Both items are readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to tote around. Given. . . Read More

Have You Taken Prepping Too Far?

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Have You Taken Prepping Too Far? At some point, every person who is into preparedness, survivalism, and even homesteading ask themselves if they’ve taken things too far. Especially in the first and second groups, the question may come up more than once – “Am I taking prepping too far?” You may feel like the only thing …

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What You Should Know About Getting Sick

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What You Should Know About Getting Sick Did you know that you could get sick two different times, having the same symptoms, and yet the cause was completely different? There’s a big difference between illnesses that are usually lumped together with the label of either ” a cold,” or “the flu.” There are two different …

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Realistic Prepping Priorities

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Realistic Prepping Priorities   New preppers tend to get either very overwhelmed, discouraged, or both. They set the bar too high and tend to go to the extremes instead of setting realistic prepping priorities. Is a nuclear war possible? Yep. Is a solar flare taking out all electrical power on the planet possible? You bet! …

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What You Should Look for When Shopping for Food Storage

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What You Should Look for When Shopping for Food Storage Being prepared is big business and it is easy for the newbie to get completely overwhelmed. Each company claims they are the best value for your dollar, or the best priced, or the highest nutritional value; what about the things that are best for your family? Shopping …

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The 6 Pillars of Preparedness

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The 6 Pillars of Preparedness When it comes to prepping, you need to start from the ground and work your way up. Rare is the person who can just go to the store and buy all they need in one shot! Even if you were able to, you still aren’t anywhere near prepared. Just because …

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Leaving Footprints on the Sand of Time

Leaving Footprints in the Sands of Time | Backdoor Survival

At Backdoor Survival, we have come a long way since 2010. Back in the day, the term “prepper” was a new-fangled term for “survivalist” and the movement, as I like to call it, was just beginning to come out of the closet. Since then we have seen the coming and going of the end of the Mayan calendar, Fukushima, and too many natural disasters and terrorist events to name. What a wild ride this has been!

That said, in every journey there comes a time when it is necessary to step back, re-evaluate, and then move forward again with renewed spirit and energy. This is especially true with blogging. You research, you write, and you educate. Then you pause, think about the next step, and start all over again.

Today I am stepping down from Backdoor Survival as I turn the leadership over to a new team led by Ewen Finser and his colleagues at Owl Mountain. Going forward, they will be managing the site and be bringing you so much more than I could even think about doing on my own. It is all good, I promise.

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Leaving Footprints on the Sand of Time

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Leaving Footprints in the Sands of Time | Backdoor Survival

At Backdoor Survival, we have come a long way since 2010. Back in the day, the term “prepper” was a new-fangled term for “survivalist” and the movement, as I like to call it, was just beginning to come out of the closet. Since then we have seen the coming and going of the end of the Mayan calendar, Fukushima, and too many natural disasters and terrorist events to name. What a wild ride this has been!

That said, in every journey there comes a time when it is necessary to step back, re-evaluate, and then move forward again with renewed spirit and energy. This is especially true with blogging. You research, you write, and you educate. Then you pause, think about the next step, and start all over again.

Today I am stepping down from Backdoor Survival as I turn the leadership over to a new team led by Ewen Finser and his colleagues at Owl Mountain. Going forward, they will be managing the site and be bringing you so much more than I could even think about doing on my own. It is all good, I promise.

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Putting A Gluten Free Meal Pouch to the Taste Test

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Putting A Gluten Free Meal Pouch to the Taste Test | Backdoor Survival

One of the more frequent issues with food storage is the lack of viable options for those that must, for health reasons, maintain a gluten-free diet. I am not talking about individuals who do so by choice, but those who have Celiac disease or are seriously gluten intolerant.

Since I do not have any issues in that area, I have been hesitant to write about gluten free food storage. On the other hand, a number of readers have asked, no begged, for recommendations. While I am still not in a position to make recommendations, I am thrilled to be able to share the experience of one reader and her family. This is an impartial review, where you can read about the good things (pros) and the bad (cons). Does one outweigh the other? You be the judge.

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Prepper Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Retribution + Giveaway

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Brushfire Plague Retribution | Backdoor Survival

One of the first post-apocalyptic fiction books I read was Brushfire Plague. I liked it so much that I left a review on Amazon which is something I almost never do (shame on me). The day the second book in the Brushfire Plague trilogy was released, I scooped it up and read it. Finally, we have the third book, Brushfire Plague Retribution, and it is another winner.

The Brushfire Plague series by R.P. Ruggiero, for me, set the standard for survival fiction. I liked that the characters were interesting and even more important, believable. They were strong, but they also had their weaknesses, just like we do. Perhaps most important, the books were a reminder that no matter what happens, we need to stay in touch with our relationships and the human side of prepping. With that introduction, I am thrilled to share an all-new interview with R.P. plus I have three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in to learn about the giveaway.

Bonus: Take advantage of a short-term offer to get a copy of the eBook versions of Brushfire Plague and Brushfire Plague: Reckoning for only 99 cents each.

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code   Morse Code is one of those things that many people in the civilized world consider to be outdated and not worth knowing. If they even know what it is in the first place! The truth is, though it may be “old” and we have updated and faster ways of …

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Review: The Fantastic EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove + Giveaway

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Fantastic EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove | Backdoor Survival

When I first got an EcoZoom Versa rocket stove back in 2011, I barely knew how to start a fire, let alone keep one going. These days, I am pretty darn good at starting fires using my own DIY fire starter plus gathered biomass and kindling. I have even been known to chop a log or two. But most of all, I have become proficient at using the EcoZoom Versa, not so much because I had to, but because it is fun to use. Yes, I know. Preppers can be strange sometimes.

A couple of weeks ago, longtime sponsor EarthEasy.com asked if I would like to review the EcoZoom Versa and to share my experience with Backdoor Survival readers. After explaining that I already owned two EcoZooms, and was a big fan, they offered one up as a giveaway. How could I refuse?

Read a review of the EcoZoom and see how it is used to prepare chicken chili from food storage. Recipe included! Plus enter the giveaway to win one for free thanks to www.eartheasy.com.

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Review: The Fantastic EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove + Giveaway

Fantastic EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove | Backdoor Survival

When I first got an EcoZoom Versa rocket stove back in 2011, I barely knew how to start a fire, let alone keep one going. These days, I am pretty darn good at starting fires using my own DIY fire starter plus gathered biomass and kindling. I have even been known to chop a log or two. But most of all, I have become proficient at using the EcoZoom Versa, not so much because I had to, but because it is fun to use. Yes, I know. Preppers can be strange sometimes.

A couple of weeks ago, longtime sponsor EarthEasy.com asked if I would like to review the EcoZoom Versa and to share my experience with Backdoor Survival readers. After explaining that I already owned two EcoZooms, and was a big fan, they offered one up as a giveaway. How could I refuse?

Read a review of the EcoZoom and see how it is used to prepare chicken chili from food storage. Recipe included! Plus enter the giveaway to win one for free thanks to www.eartheasy.com.

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Why Is There So Much Sodium in Freeze Dried Meals?

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Why Is There So Much Sodium in Freeze Dried Meals | Backdoor Survival

A lingering question in the minds of many preppers is “why the heck do freeze dried entrees have such a high sodium content?.” I had my own thoughts on the matter but they were unconfirmed so I decided to take the question to my two favorite freeze dried meal companies, Mountain House and Legacy Food Storage.

In this special report, I am sharing their responses and invite you to come to your own conclusions.

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4 Secrets to Becoming a Successful Gardener

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4 secrets to becoming a successful gardener | Backdoor Survival

Gardening is a skill and anyone who tells you something different is not being totally honest. That being said, having a successful gardening experience depends on many outside factors including, but not limited to soil conditions, available sunlight, the length of the growing season, seed quality, and pest control. Still, many of these factors can be overcome with skill and experience.

In this article, Dan Chiras shares his time-proven tips on what it takes to become a successful gardener.

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Prepper Book Festival: Centerfire Rifles A Buyers and Shooters Guide + Giveaway

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Centerfire Rifles Steve Markwith | Backdoor Survival

Bring up the subject of firearms and everyone will have a strong opinion one way or another. That said, guns and ammo are an important part of a prepper’s overall strategy not only for defense but for hunting and food procurement. Today I introduce Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide. It is the latest book in the Survival Guns series by firearms expert Steve Markwith.

What I like about Steve’s books is that they emphasize usability, including dependability and the availability of ammunition and accessories. The other thing I like is that he stresses safety and good value, or as he likes to say “An honest rifle at a fair price can keep a lid on expense. Read the exclusive interview and enter to win a copy of his book for free.

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The Every Day Carry Bag aka EDC

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The Every Day Carry Bag aka EDC There are numerous articles written on this topic and most of them claim to be the end all, be all of Every Day Carry bags (also calls an EDC bag). Do a Google search and you will get literally thousands of hits from multiple companies who are eager …

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50 Mistakes Made By Preppers and What to Do About Them

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50 Mistakes Made By Preppers and What to Do About Them | Backdoor Survival

The longer you have been prepping, the more you realize how easy it is to get sidetracked and to prep for things, that in the big picture, are of a relatively low priority. It is no wonder that articles on prepper mistakes and lessons learned are so popular.

With the wisdom gained from living as a prepper for the last seven years, here are fifty common and uncommon prepper mistakes we can learn from.
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Review: Mountain House Emergency Food Supply Kit + Giveaway

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Review Mountain House Emergency Food Supply Kit | Backdoor Survival

Over the years, I have not been shy about stating my personal preferences when it comes to food storage. It is not that I want you to emulate exactly what I do, but rather that you consider the pros and cons of my decisions as you develop your own food storage strategy.

It is because of those preferences that most of you may already be familiar with Mountain House meal pouches. Even if you are not, I want to give you an update on why I prefer Mountain House. Read an honest review of MH entree meal pouches including six reasons to consider making them a cornerstone of your food storage strategy. Plus, in my usual style, I offer up a free 4-Day Emergency Supply Kit worth $84 in a giveaway.

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Prepper Book Festival: Alone Beth Ann’s Story of Survival + Giveaway

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Alone by C.M. Hollerman | Backdoor Survival

ALONE is the story of what happens to a young woman following a catastrophic EMP. The electric grid is down and all of our worst nightmares have come to fruition. Who will survive and how? And who will take advantage of the situation for personal gain? Read the interview with author C.M. Hollerman and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.

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Medical Aspects of Camping and Other Tips You Need to Know About

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Medical Aspects of Camping | Backdoor Survival

Most of us plan to hunker down and shelter in place in the event of a disruptive event. That said, if our homes are no longer safe, either due to location or to physical destruction, we must have a plan to evacuate. In some cases, the answer will be short-term camping.

Dr. Joe Alton is here to weigh in on what we need to know about the medical aspect of camping plus some other tips to make the overall experience both pleasurable and educational.

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Medical Aspects of Camping and Other Tips You Need to Know About

Medical Aspects of Camping | Backdoor Survival

Most of us plan to hunker down and shelter in place in the event of a disruptive event. That said, if our homes are no longer safe, either due to location or to physical destruction, we must have a plan to evacuate. In some cases, the answer will be short-term camping.

Dr. Joe Alton is here to weigh in on what we need to know about the medical aspect of camping plus some other tips to make the overall experience both pleasurable and educational.

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Medical Aspects of Camping and Other Tips You Need to Know About

Medical Aspects of Camping | Backdoor Survival

Most of us plan to hunker down and shelter in place in the event of a disruptive event. That said, if our homes are no longer safe, either due to location or to physical destruction, we must have a plan to evacuate. In some cases, the answer will be short-term camping.

Dr. Joe Alton is here to weigh in on what we need to know about the medical aspect of camping plus some other tips to make the overall experience both pleasurable and educational.

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Cooking With Backdoor Survival: Download a FREE Cookbook

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Cooking With Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that survivalist preppers know how to cook tasty meals from the ingredients in their pantry and garden. Because of that, I put out a call for pantry recipes that could be cobbled together using five ingredients or less. I asked and you came. In a break from our usual prepper fare, today I share with you a compilation of your recipes. What follows is a booklet that includes those recipes along with a hat tip to each submitter. How cool is that?

This is a cookbook for you to keep, to print, and to share. Enjoy!

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Prepper Book Festival: Watch Your Back – How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments In Life + Giveaway

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Watch Your Back Roger Eckstine | Backdoor Survival

As prepper’s it is easy to focus on being prepared to defend what is ours when situations get dire following a disruptive event. The reality, however, is that dangerous situations are a part of everyday life. This includes visits to the local ATM, a drive down a busy freeway, or any seemingly mundane situation that involves waiting in a crowded line.

It is important to recognize that avoiding deadly situations should be the rule and not the exception. Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life, by Roger Eckstine, will prepare you for both everyday dangers and those that are more extreme. In addition to an interview with the author, three books are up for grabs in this newest Backdoor Survival giveaway.

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When a Prepper Relocates: Finding and Moving to the Perfect Survival Retreat

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When a Prepper Relocates | Backdoor Survival

It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago I decided to pull up stakes and search for the perfect survival retreat. More than a retreat, I wanted to find a forever home. It has been quite the journey and now that I am within days of fully moving into my new home, it is time to come clean on the how-to’s of moving, prepper-style.

Learn where I landed as well as some first-hand tips to help overcome the challenges of relocation.

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Review: How to Filter Water With a Lifestraw Mission + Giveaway

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How to Filter Water LifeStraw Mission | Backdoor Survival

We need water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, and overall hygiene. Without good water, we will suffer and could even die. That said, a struggle for many is not how to source water but rather how to make bad water good. After all, the last thing we want to find a source of water, use it, and end up married to the toilet god or worse.

Over the years, I have learned to trust Lifestraw products for their ease of use and portability.Learn how and why the LifeStraw Mission is the perfect water purifier for those times when portability, affordability, and ease of use are important.

Learn how and why the LifeStraw Mission is the perfect water purifier for those times when portability, affordability, and ease of use are important. Plus enter the giveaway to win one for free.

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11 Tips That Will Help You Succeed at Prepping

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11 Tips That Will Help You Succeed at Prepping –  Prepping for anything from a burn at a cookout to a full on economic disaster brings with it many challenges that go beyond the things you can buy. Your skills and mental aptitude largely determine your chances for actual success in a survival situation, not …

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Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy + Giveaway

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Valerie Worwood Complete Book of Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use them, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by.

For years, the Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been the definitive source of information about essential oils. Recently updated, read an exclusive interview with the author, Valerie Worwood, and learn what she recommends as a budget-friend “Basic Care Kit”. Plus, enter the giveaway to win a copy of her newly updated book for free!

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Alternative Food Garden: Straw Bales

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Alternative Food Garden: Straw Bales Though not everyone like to garden or grow food, everyone does need to eat! From a preparedness point of view, it makes sense to have the knowledge of several different food garden methods. It’s even better when you are able to practice them so you don’t have to try and …

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25 Ways to Use Flour Sack Dishtowels Around the Home

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25 Ways to Use Flour Sack Dishtowels Around the Home | Backdoor Survival

One of the cornerstones of being prepared is to identify items that multitask and to embrace their use during normal times. Doing so not only saves money but also saves storage space and eliminates having to choose which product or item to use for what. A good example is the common Mason jar. Another is the flour sack dishtowel.

Here are 25 ways a flour sack dishtowel can be used around the home. Can you think of others?

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Prepper Book Festival: EMPulse by Deborah Moore+ 10 eBook Giveaway

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EMPulse by Deborah Moore | Backdoor Survival

Deborah Moore’s new book, EMPulse, is a story of what happens to a woman after her world is turned upside down following a catastrophic EMP. Enjoy an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the eBook version for free. There will be 10 winners!

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The Emergency Preparedness Test

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Survival Basics Preparedness Test | Backdoor Survival

In January 2011, I did a walk-around-the-house inventory to assess my state of my preparedness. On that day, I officially became a prepper. Since then I have made it my mission to educate myself and the world as I put into place long-term survival tactics to ensure both safety and comfort in the event a major incident or disaster. Something I did annually during those early days was to take a Preparedness Test. I had forgotten about it until recently but decided with my recent move, it was time to bring it to the forefront and take it again.

Are you interested in taking or re-taking the preparedness test? If so, keep reading.

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Patient Advocacy For Good Times and Bad

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Patient Advocacy For Good Times and Bad | Backdoor Survival

Becoming medically prepared can be one of the most difficult aspects of prepping. First, there is the unpredictable nature of medical emergencies themselves. Then there is the prospect of inadequate medical training coupled with the lack of supplies and medicine.

Even during normal times, doing the right thing medically can have dire consequences. Something you may not have considered is the need for patient advocacy, both now and in the future when the prospect of getting good proper medical care is not likely. Dr. Joe Alton is back again with an all-new and all-important article of medical preparedness.

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Prepper Book Festival: Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils + Giveaway

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Smart Moms Guide to Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

Essential oils are tools that preppers of all ages can use to their advantage to maintain health and wellness. Today’s book is a book written with moms in mind but that is just the beginning. The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils has information on the twenty-five of the most useful and commonly available essential oils. Plus, it is chock full of recipes of all types, including a robust section on using essential oils in DIY products for the home and for personal care.

In addition to an interview with the author, three copies of the print book are up for grabs in a giveaway.

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Growing a Robust Pantry

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Growing a Robust Pantry There is more to having a well stocked pantry than just buying a bunch of food and putting it on a shelf. A robust pantry has a healthy mix of home canned and store bought foods. A pantry is a revolving thing and though it can take a bit to start, …

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Get 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life for Free

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Get a Free Copy of 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life | Backdoor Survival

I was recently interviewed by Todd Todd Sepulveda, the editor of The Pepper Website. He has a new website, The Prepper Website Podcast, and today he is featuring an interview with both me and my BFF, George Ure, who many of you know from Urban Survival.

We are both honored and thrilled and to celebrate, a copy of our eBook, “11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times” will be available on Amazon for free between April 5 and April 9.

What is this book about? Strategic Living, of course!

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20 Strategies and Tips for Creating a Rainwater Catchment System

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20 Strategies and Tips for Creating a Rainwater Catchment System | Backdoor Survival

Living in the desert has taught me not to take water for granted. Unlike the Pacific Northwest, I am not footsteps away from streams, ponds, or a vast sea just waiting for me to collect and purify for personal use.

In a continuing effort to educate our readers on the finer aspects of self-sufficiency, I have invited Dan Chiras to share his best strategies and tips for creating a rain catchment system that works. Learn what you need to know about building a rainwater catchment system.

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Your Choetech Flashlight Does What? A Backdoor Survival Giveaway

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Review Choetech Flashlight& Powerbank | Backdoor Survival

This Choetech Emergency Flashlight includes a power bank to charge your mobile devices. It is also rechargeable and has a built-in seat belt cutter and window breaker. It is value priced at only $7.99 but you can enter the giveaway to win one for free. There will be five winners.

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Prepper Book Festival: Survive In Style The Prepper’s Guide to Living Comfortably During Disasters + Giveaway

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Survive In Style | Backdoor Survival

Survive in Style: The Prepper’s Guide to Living Comfortably During Disasters is a handbook for accomplishing self-sufficiency in the areas of water, energy, food, transportation, economics and just about anything else you can think of. In this newest Prepper Book Festival title, enjoy an interview with author Dan Chiras and enter to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.

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12 Disasters Everyone Should Prepare For

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12 Disasters Everyone Should Prepare For Prepping for the smaller things is where every prepper should start but eventually, you get to the big stuff. The stuff that can lay waste to everything you know and rely on. Though circumstances change based on age, location, health, etc., the really big disasters that affect more than …

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How To Prepare For An Earthquake

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How to Prepare for an Earthquake | Backdoor Survival

People who live in an earthquake zone know that an earthquake will happen eventually. For them, it is just a question of how bad, and how much it will affect them personally. For that reason, if you live near a fault line, you better be prepared for the inevitable shaker because it is going to happen. But it does not stop there, In this article learn that earthquakes can happen anywhere.

Learn the strategies and skills you need to survive an earthquake!

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Don’t Overlook These 6 Preps

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Don’t Overlook These 6 Preps It can be overwhelming when you’re trying to get your preps in order. It seems there is so much to consider and plan for! There is the food, water, and first aid to consider. Every prepper worth their salt takes care of the most basic needs first before they tackle …

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Healing Herbs: What You Need to Know About Mint

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Healing Herbs What You Need to Know About Mint | Backdoor Survival

Mint is a prolific garden herb with many useful healing qualities. Learn to grow, harvest, preserve and use various types of mint for wellness purposes. This is the second in-depth article in the series on healing herbs you can grow yourself.

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Prepper Book Festival: The Preppers Canning Guide + Giveaway

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Preppers Canning Guide | Backdoor Survival

Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment’s notice.

And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don’t let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. With The Prepper’s Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! Enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners!

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Catching A Cold: 10 Myths Busted

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Catching A Cold: 10 Myths Busted    The common cold is not something anyone wants to get. It can leave you feeling weak and miserable and many people take great pains to avoid contracting the virus. There are certain things that have been passed from generation to generation, believed to prevent getting sick. From dressing …

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10 Basic Household Items to Use in a Survival Situation

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10 Basic Household Items to Use in a Survival Situation | Backdoor Survival

No matter how prepared you are, survival is really about making the most of what you have on hand. Did you know there are many items sitting around your house that can protect you, no matter what kind of catastrophe strikes?

If this list is any indication, women may be the ones to stick closest to since they have some of the most useful items. If you aren’t one, know one since they likely will have the best multi-purpose goods when the SHTF.

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What Kind of Prepper Are You?

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What Kind of Prepper Are You? Though no one likes to really be labeled, the fact is we all fall into some category or another. When a disaster strikes, there is generally a lot of noise, chaos, injuries, and panic. People are running everywhere or simply standing in shock, others are trying to help, and …

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Review: Learn About Wiebe Specialty Skinning Knives + Giveaway

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Wiebe Specialty Skinning Knives | Backdoor Survival

If there is one piece of gear that is universal in any bug out bag or survival kit, it is a knife. Simply put, in situations of self-reliance, there is no shortage of work to be done with a knife. Having the right knife is simply a must.

One company that is doing their best to put out a lineup of quality knives is Wiebe Knives. In this review, learn about the Wiebe line of specialty knives plus enter to win a set of two knives in a giveaway. There will be two winners.

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Prepper Book Festival: Without – A Survivalist Novel + Giveaway

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Without by EE Borton | Backdoor Survival

Living and breathing preparedness is hard work and so, when the day is done, it is nice to kick back and think about something else. It is for that reason that a few months back, I personally took a break from survival fiction and immersed myself in popular fiction and adult coloring instead.

A few weeks ago that changed. A new crop of really excellent books crossed my desk, and I was once again hooked. One of those books was the novel, Without, by E.E. Borton. It gives me please to introduce his work to you as I share an exclusive interview and offer up three print copies of his in a book festival giveaway.

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How to Raise Meat Rabbits in Small Spaces

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Raising Meat Rabbits in Small Spaces | Backdoor Survival

Whether you are planning to survive disasters or simply want to be self-sufficient and less dependent on outside resources, raising your own meat animals is a smart choice. That said, raising farm animals can be tough for those who live in urban areas, small homes or apartments, or under the rule of restrictive homeowners associations. If that sounds like you, consider raising meat rabbits. Rabbits make it possible to produce your own meat without raising an eyebrow!

If you have a garage, a basement, a porch, a backyard or even a small corner of a living room, you can raise meat rabbits and produce quite a bit of meat for you and your family. Sound interesting? In this article find detailed information about selecting healthy rabbits, breeding, housing options, butchering, and more.

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Survival Tools for Chopping Wood

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Survival Tools for Chopping Wood I know what you’re thinking: “Survival tools for chopping wood? All you need is an axe or hatchet!” For some, the idea that all you need to chop wood to burn is an axe or hatchet is true. There are people on the planet that could take an axe and build a …

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Be Ready With the FREE Are You Ready Guide

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Be Ready With the FREE Are You Ready Guide | Backdoor Survival

There are times when nothing but a print book will do. In addition, it has been my experience that retention of the written word is far greater when the printed word is just that, printed on paper and not in a digital format.

With that in mind, learn how to get a print copy of the ARE YOU READY guide for free.

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Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

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Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness | Backdoor Survival

It is not often that I become indecisive but earlier in the week, as I was deciding how to lead this latest book festival, I just couldn’t decide. There were too many good books, each delivering value to preppers in their own unique way. Ultimately, the winner was a book by Ron Melchiore, someone many of you may recognize as a periodic guest contributor here on Backdoor Survival. Ron and his wife, Johanna, have lived a good portion of their life together off-grid in what most of us would call the remote wilderness.

In spite of his isolation, Ron is quite sociable and remarkably witty eloquent as he shares his journey in his book Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. This is a book about sustainable living, starting in the seventies and come full circle to today. Read the interview with Ron and enter to win a copy of his book for free. There will be three winners.

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Surviving A Fall Through The Ice

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Surviving A Fall Through Ice If you were to fall through ice into freezing water that is over your head, do you know what to do? What if there is a current? Even if there’s people with you, they may not be able to assist you without falling in, too. Do you know how to …

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How to Prepare for A Pandemic

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How to Prepare for a Pandemmic | Backdoor Survival

The best time to prepare for a pandemic is when a serious disruptive event of the pandemic-type is not on the immediate horizon. That said, a pandemic can occur at any time. It is this unknown aspect of pandemics that make them a potential reality we must prepare for. Learn about the skills, strategies, and supplies you need in order to prepare for a pandemic.

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Tips For Building Emergency Food Stocks

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Tips For Building Emergency Food Stocks Have you been trying to build an emergency food supply, only to turn around and use up all you worked to stock up? It can be incredibly frustration and make you feel like you’re failing when that likely isn’t the case at all! Most people, when first starting to …

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Cooking Off-Grid with the SolSource Solar Cooker + Giveaway

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Cooking Off Grid with the SolSource Solar Cooker | Backdoor Survival

Harnessing the sun to boil water and cook food is a dream come true for anyone but especially so for preppers and self-sufficiency types who want to reduce their dependence on the electrical grid and traditional sources of cooking fuel. The SolSource Solar Cooker does just that; it harnesses the sun and effortlessly becomes an all-in-one cooker, stove, and grill. Not only that, it is fun to use (actually a blast to use!) and the prepared food is super-delicious.

In this review, I will explain how the SolSource works, from installation through cleanup. In addition, One Earth Designs is giving a complete SolSource Solar Cooker bundle to one lucky ready. This is a $569 value. How cool is that?

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The Most Important Survival Skills According to Grandpa

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The Most Important Survival Skills According to Grandpa   When people think about survival skills, they tend to lean more toward things like starting fires, making shelters, gardening, hunting, and being able to filter water. While all of these are indeed fantastic survival skills, they are actually secondary to the most important skills that people …

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DIY Emergency Lights From Solar Yard Lights

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DIY Emergency Lights From Solar Yard Lights Being able to see when the sun is down and the power is out is usually not a big deal. Emergency lighting in most buildings and the flashlight feature on millions of smart phones around the globe is enough for the general populace. The main problem with that …

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Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything

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Prepper Book Festival #14 | Backdoor Survival

Prepper Book Festival #14 includes the latest books to teach you how to be better prepared, more self-sufficient, and better informed. Twelve books are included, featuring everything from a comprehensive, 16-month program to achieve self-sufficiency, to personal safety, canning, essential oils, and more. Not to be left out are titles in the survival fiction genre. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for author interviews and a weekly giveaway to win free copies of one of these fantastic new books!

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The Next Gen of Preppers

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The Next Gen of Preppers Regardless of what you may think or feel about the millennial generation, there are certain things about them that have far exceeded their parents’ generation. Information, for example. All they’ve ever known is to Google search. They have little to no concept about the Dewey decimal system, cassette players, or …

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Prepper’s Guide to Dental Equipment and Dental Exams + Giveaway

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Preppers Guide to Dental Equipment and Dental Exams | Backdoor Survival

Dental equipment and dental exams are not often written about within the context of long-term survival. This is surprising because our mouths are a portal into our body. Oral bacteria and decay can quickly move throughout our system using saliva as a carrier. The result is sickness and a compromised immune system.

In this article from our Survival Medic Series, Dr. Joe Alton explains what procedures and supplies we need to know about when dealing with dental health. Learn how to perform a dental exam and about the tools and equipment you need resolve dental emergencies, Plus, enter the giveaway to win a Survival Dental Kit valued at $199.

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Using a Wood Burning Stove to Cook Off Grid

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Using a Wood Burning Stove to Cook Off Grid Using a wood burning stove to cook off grid is not as easy as many people would think! Sure, anyone could start a fire in the stove, put food into a pot or pan and heat it up but would it taste good? Will it be …

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Healing Herbs: What You Need to Know About Comfrey

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Healing Herbs Comfrey | Backdoor Survival

Late last year, I set up a poll asking about herbs. More specifically, I asked the question “Name herbs you would like to learn more about relative to wellness and healthcare”. There were close to one hundred responses with the clear leader being Comfrey.

What is Comfrey? How do you grow it? What is it used for? In this first of a series of articles on plants used for health and wellness, I share what I know along with what I have learned from Susan Perry, a practicing herbalist, educator, and master gardener who is also a Backdoor Survival reader. Learn about planting, growing, and harvesting comfrey, along with instructions for making a poultice, infusion and more.

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16 Reasons Why a Second Great Depression Will Be Different

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16 Reasons Why a Second Great Depression Will Be Different | Backdoor Survival

It is no secret that prepper-types use the Great Depression as an example of what can and will happen when the stuff hits the fan. We do this because the possibility of a national or even a global economic collapse is something we prepare for.

Learning about life during the Great Depression has its value and the lessons we can learn will go a long way in helping us formulate our own plan for survival under such dire economic circumstances. That being said, life in the 21st century is much different than it was during the thirties. This makes it important to toss some modern realism into the mix. Here are both reasons and facts why a second Great Depression will be different the next time around.

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DIY Miracle Healing Salve

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DIY Miracle Healing Salve Healing Salves have been used to treat wounds and promote healing on every continent and by every culture for thousands of years. Even in modern medicine, different types of salves are used to treat burns (aloe based gels), keep infection down and promote healing (antibacterial ointments), and correct skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis). …

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Storing Vegetables Without A Root Cellar

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Storing Vegetables Without A Root Cellar Most people think that if you don’t have a root cellar, you can’t store vegetables long term. That simply isn’t true! Each vegetable can be stored for longer than normal with just a few tweaks here and there, depending on which vegetables you want to store. You really don’t …

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Is Prepping a Monkey On Your Back?

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Is Prepping a Monkey On Your Back | Backdoor Survival

At one time or another, every prepper on the planet has asked themselves whether they have taken things too far. Has their passion for preparedness gone too far? Has it taken over daily life in such a way that every trip to the store involves scouting out that perfect something for when the poop hits the fan? How do you determine whether being prepared is an addiction, an obsession, a chore, or simply smart living? Has prepping become a monkey on your back?

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Catching, Cleaning, and Cooking Fish for Survival

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Catching Cleaning Cooking Fish for Survival | Backdoor Survival

When you think about being out in the woods, what do you envision as a staple meal? Do you see yourself sitting by the fire roasting some fresh venison on a spit? Maybe you live in an area with a great deal of waterfowl, and you can see yourself enjoying some roasted duck? What you imagine in your mind is probably in large part dictated by the environment you live in. Wherever you live, one food that should be on your list of wild food is freshly caught fish.

In this article, you will learn the basics of cooking, cleaning, and cooking fish in a survival situation.

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What Type of Prepper Are You?

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What Type of Prepper Are You | Backdoor Survival

When disaster strikes, a lot of things happen. There are people fleeing the area, people rushing into the area to help, people in shock who can’t figure out what to do, people who jump into action right away — and the list goes on. Everybody is different, and everybody reacts differently when put in a disaster situation.

Learning how to prepare for a disaster is an important thing to do, even if you don’t think it will happen to you. Some people may be born preppers, meaning they are constantly doing what they can to get ready for a disaster. Some people believe that nothing bad will happen to them, so they don’t bother. Here are some of the most common types of people during disaster situations and what you should know about them when preparing for or dealing with a tough and possibly dangerous situation.

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Advanced Prepping: How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice

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How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice | Backdoor Survival

Let’s face it. There is a whole lot more to prepping than having plenty of water, food storage, medical supplies, and an arsenal of weapons to protect yourself and your property.

In this exclusive article from contributing author, Joe Alton, learn what you need to know to survive a fall through the ice. With a few easy to remember strategies and some basic items in your pack, you will not only escape safely but will also avoid hypothermia. I call this “advanced prepping”.

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Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children

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Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children No matter how old you are, going through a disaster or emergency situation is scary. As adults, it is our duty to introduce children to preparedness activities at a young age. Doing so helps them to build critical thinking skills, practice survival techniques, and gain the confidence …

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Be a Better Prepper With Camping!

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Be a Better Prepper With Camping! If you think about it, camping for a prepper is kind of a no brainer as far as training goes. Sadly, few ever take the opportunity to actually go camping for various reasons. Maybe they think they know it all already, or they can’t stand the idea of sleeping …

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Be My Valentine: Win a Diffuser and Essential Oils from Spark Naturals

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Win a Diffuser and Essential Oils from Spark Naturals | Backdoor Survival

I feel that every household should include a diffuser. So does my favorite essential oil company, Spark Naturals. When they contacted me late last week and asked if I would like to give away a Sirq Diffuser and the Winter Blend collection of essential oils, I said: “of course”.

Be my valentine and enter to win a fantastic diffuser plus a collection of essential oil diffuser blends!

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Getting Started With Straw Bale Gardening

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Getting Started With Straw Bale Gardening | Backdoor Survival

Gardening can be a huge hassle when you are first getting started. Not only do you need to find an optimal location with adequate sun, but you need prepared beds and decent soil conditioned with plenty of organic material. Preparing the beds is not difficult but it can take time and significant expense, especially if you are starting from scratch.

As a result of my recent move, I faced the prospect of building beds, bringing in soil, and doing the arduous work of getting my food garden ready for to go in time for spring time planting. All of this was complicated by my lack of familiarity with the area as well as need to assess fencing given the local wildlife. Luckily, serendipity stepped in and a long-time reader and author in her own right, Susan Perry, wrote to me about her great experience with a straw bale garden. I invited Susan to share her expertise with us, including the steps needed to get started.

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Reasons to Learn Basic Morse Code

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Reasons to Learn Basic Morse Code Basic Morse code is not something many people know. Full Morse code is something even fewer people know. They may be able to recognize that it’s Morse, but have no clue what the message is saying. Few people are interested in something so rudimentary when it comes to communication …

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Books To Help Newbies Prepare

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Books To Help Newbies Prepare There are thousands of articles, posts, stories, and how-to books out there on just about any subject you could ever want to learn about. When it comes to being prepared though, the pool of information to pull from gets smaller. Even with a smaller pool, it can be hard to …

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Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain

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Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain & Survival The use of essential oils, extracts, and all parts of various plants and trees is an ancient practice for healing and easing ailments. Even the drinking of certain kinds of teas provide well established medicinal benefits that our bodies are made to work with. …

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How to Make Cold Pressed Aloe Vera Soap

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How to Make Cold Pressed Vegan Aloe Vera Soap | Backdoor Survival

Late last year I put out a call for topics that would enhance your ability to become self-sufficient. One of the topics that was suggested over and over again was step by step instructions for making soap from common ingredients that could be stored as part of our long-term preps.

As part of the Backdoor Survival “doing it my way” initiative, I put a call out to colleagues who had not only made soap themselves but were will to share their experience so we could learn ourselves. In this article, experienced prepper and soap-maker, Carmela Tyrell teaches us how to make cold pressed soap safely and easily using common ingredients plus gel from the Aloe Vera plant.

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Are You EMP Ready?

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Are You EMP Ready? An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is just about the only disaster that can be both man made and nature made! If an EMP were to hit just right, you can kiss the entire system you grew up with goodbye. Movement of information, goods, and services would absolutely cease to function. Could you handle …

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Review: Be Prepared with the Archeer Jump Starter + Giveaway

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Be Prepared with the Archeer Jump Starter | Backdoor Survival

Most of the time when a vehicle will not start, it is due to a dead battery. This can happen at any time and it seems that the newer the car, the more likely this can happen. I know this from experience. We have a fairly new Subaru and unbeknownst to us, the battery stayed “hot” with the key in the ignition but turned to the off position. Until we figured this out, we had a vehicle that would not start at the most inopportune times.

As annoying as this situation can be, it is even more so in the winter months, when being stranded in a cold vehicle while waiting for help to arrive can be miserable. Today I present a solution, the Archeer Car Jump Starter & External Battery Emergency Kit. The compact device will not only jump start your battery but will also serve as a battery pack to charge your phone or tablet while on the go. This great little unit is compact and portable and I have one up for grabs in the latest Backdoor Survival giveaway.

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Animal Snaring For Survival

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Animal Snaring For Survival The hunting, trapping, and snaring of animals is something that goes back to truly ancient times. If not for these practices, the human race wouldn’t exist! We would have died off millennia ago! From a survival point of view, having these skills can literally save your life and make the difference …

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4 Tools to Cut and Chop Wood for Survival

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4 Tools to Cut and Chop Wood for Survival | Backdoor Survival

One of the basics of survival is having the ability to cut and chop wood. It is wood that will fuel the fires that keep us warm, boil our water, and cook our food. It seems simple enough, right? Grab your tool of choice, head outdoors and chop away. Alas, if it were only that easy. How many times have you gone to the garage or outdoors to the shed, only to be perplexed when it comes to choosing the best tool for cutting or chopping wood? Been there done that.

For this article I have reached out to experienced outdoorsman, Cody Assmann, to share his knowledge with those of us that have yet to select the perfect tool to meet our needs.

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Diffusers and You: What You Need to Know

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What You Need to Know About Diffusers | Backdoor Survival

Using a diffuser to dispense the healing qualities of essential oils is one of the easiest ways to become accustomed to their use. Say, for example, someone in your home is sick with a cold or flu. Adding 5 or 6 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil to a diffuser will allow the healing qualities of the oil to disperse and circulate around the room, benefiting all if its occupants.

Likewise, if you are having problems breathing, a few drops of an essential oil running in a diffuser can clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more easily, especially at night. If this sounds familiar to the old fashioned vaporizer our mother’s put in our rooms as kids, you are correct. The concept is the same but instead of breathing in a chemical cocktail invented by the OTC drug industry, you are breathing something plant based that is actually good for you.

In this article, I share with you some of the benefits of using an essential oil diffuser along with alternatives for those times when a diffuser is not available. I also suggest specific oils and blends to get you started. (Part 1 of a 2 part series).

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