UST Base Tube Tarp 1.0 Reviews

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A tarp tent is a wonderful addition to your bug out bag as it can be used in many different ways. A tarp tent is a tarpaulin, a plastic or nylon sheet, used in place of a tent. It is usually rigged with poles, tent pegs, and guy lines. Ultralight backpackers use tarp tents because they are easy to set up and lightweight compared to other backpacking shelters which makes for a more pleasant hike. Especially if you need a quick shelter when hit with a sudden downpour.


Recently I was looking for a good, reliable tarp/tent for my husband. We wanted something light, durable, and affordable. We decided, at the recommendation of others, on the UST Base Tube Tarp/tent 1.0. (Ultimate Survival Technologies) We have never been happier with a purchase.

UST Base Tube Tarp 1.0 Features and Specs:

• Ultra-light, compact, tubular tarp protects against foul weather
• Multi-use tube tarp can be used as a ground cloth or sleeping tent
• Reverses for reflective signaling surface
• Flame-retardant
• Sets up in minutes
• Compact and easy to transport
• Aluminized side provides thermal insulation and reflectivity for signaling
Hidden zipper transforms the tarp into a tube-shaped sleeping tent, providing protection from the damp ground below and the elements above
• Can be used as a sleeping tent or all-weather tarp
• Complete instructions are included and also conveniently located on the exterior of the stuff sack
• Includes stuff sack, guy lines, and steel stakes
• Erected HxWxD: 39” x 84” x 35” (99 x 213 x 89cm)
• Packed HxWxD: 15” x 4” x 4” (381 x 102 x 102mm)
• Weight: 1lb 12 oz. (794g)

We did a lot of shopping around and found the UST Tube Tarp to be one of the most affordable, reliable and used ones out there. Before this was shown to me the only recommended tarps I found were $80 or more. That can really hit your pocket if you have 4 bug out bags to supply for. that was a nice change from expensive basic gear. Below are some wonderful review videos for you to check out and decide for yourself if this will be an addition to your bug out or camping gear. A list of products in the videos will be posted at the end of the article.


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The Reality of 2 Weeks of Food Storage

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The thought of food storage can be very overwhelming, especially if you are new to being self sufficient. You have just realized the need for food-storage and the dangers of what is happening in the world. So now what are you going to do about it? You may find some very good answers in the video below.

The best answer that I have is research and lots of it. You Tuber ObessivePrepperAz shares her thoughts on an easy and affordable way to start off making sure you have two weeks’ worth of food. She walks you through how to calculate food storage for your family and points out some very helpful hints.

However, ObsessivePrepperAZ is just touching on the bare minimum you will need in her video, but by adding things like rice or noodles to some of your storage you can turn one can of soup into a pot of stew. Her tips and secrets are very helpful for a beginner prepper.

She focuses on how many cans of Campbell Chunky Soup you would need for one meal a day. One of her viewers suggested a very effective way to stretch those cans to feed four people 2 or 3 meals per day. That is a LOT more than one can of soup for one person.

“Tip: Double that food storage with one bag of rice, one bag of dried potatoes, and two packs of cubed bullion. Take two cans of that chunky soup, add I cup rice OR potatoes, and a bullion, add at least 3 cups water; make it into a large pot of stew. Feeds four, 2-3 meals per day. Stew is salvation.”

We hope you enjoy her suggestions and please feel free to comment some of your tips and advice to help the newbies!! We all have to help each other become reliant on ourselves.

The Reality of 2 Weeks of Food Storage


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Raising and Butchering Rabbits Part 1

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When it becomes mandatory for us to raise our own food to feed our families, space can become an issue for many reasons. You may have thought that raising and butchering rabbits was out of the question if you live in urban areas, within city limits, or live in a small town but still live in an apartment or perhaps even rent a house.

Well we have good news! It is possible to accomplish feeding your family the old fashioned way verses the supper market way if you live in tight quarters. Raising rabbits might be an option for you. It is very cost effective, delicious and taste better than processed store meat. You avoid paying sales taxes, all the chemicals and antibiotics that are added and is overall healthier for you as well.

The New Survivalist provides us with a series of videos that walk us through how to get started and what you need.  In part one, (shown below) he shows wonderful tips and tricks to maximize space and keep the environment clean for the rabbits. He shares everything from what kind of rabbits to choose when starting, the supplies you will need, manure pros, how he sets up a simple watering system, nesting boxes, baby saver wire and many other things you will need to know.

In part two of his series he goes over his rabbits habitat, breeding them and birthing the bunnies according to “Story’s Guide to Raising..,” by Bob Bennet. He shows us how to prepare the nesting box and the bunnies that were just born in one.

We hope you enjoy this video and please feel free to leave some comments and advise in the comment section below!

Part ThreePart Four- Killing and skinning (warning, not for children or the weak)Part Five- Butchering 

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Survival Training for Kids PT1 (Video)

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Survival training is very important for us to learn as adults but also for our children. When we think about natural disasters hitting us, or getting turned around somehow while camping, we naturally think to ourselves, “Well, they have me and i can take care of them”. The question you should ask yourself is, “What if I cant because something happened to me”? Let’s pray it doesn’t but it is always wise to train them to take care of themselves. We teach them this in all aspects of life, so why not wilderness/disaster survival?

After asking people this question I often got the following  statement, “Oh my goodness, where do I even start?” That’s a good question and the answer is always going to be; water, shelter, fire, food. In that order. What you teach them about these things will depend on their age of course but water and shelter are a great place to start.

Rob from Sigma 3 Survival school has put out a series of videos titled, “Survival Training for Kids”.  In part one he introduces us to his 4 year old daughter Shilo and his dog. (Both are exceptionally adorable by the way.) I was captivated with this video because he demonstrates his love for his daughter through the way he teaches her and sets a wonderful example for people starting with a toddler. He shows us her “mini” survival kit and her back pack and how to treat her clothes to avoid ticks and chiggers.



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Vehicles to Bug Out In

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You have probably seen hundreds of articles and videos on ‘The Perfect’ bug out vehicle. Well truthfully, there is not one ‘ideal’ bug out vehicle that works for everyone. There are many factors to consider before deciding what is perfect for you and your family. For some the best BOV might be a motorcycle, bicycle or even a horse or donkey. The possibilities are endless.

One of APN’s favorites, Shane at LoneWolf Survival School, is back with their first episode of season 2. In this video Shane talks a little bit about combat gear and then gets into their own personal bug out vehicles and their differences. Of the two vehicles one is a designated bug out vehicle while the other is a daily used bug out vehicle.

Shane touches on what type of vehicle you should consider based on your bug out location, how many people you intend to have with you,how far is it, what area do you live in and your budget. He also discusses what you should carry with you that would be necessary and would make surviving easier based on certain situations. He teaches the basics in a vehicle bug out bag and tools for the vehicle maintenance that should be kept in your vehicle at all times. All things considered, you decide what is best for your family.

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Wool Blanket Roll

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I have always been fascinated with how survivalist, campers, hikers etc. were able to tuck their survival gear inside a military style wool blanket and then turn it into a pack that can be carried in multiple ways. I have personally had a wool blanket like the one in the video for a very long time and just used a basic roll to attach it to my pack.

A wool blanket can be used in multiple ways. The most obvious is a way to keep warm by fashioning it into a sleeping bag. It can also be used as a coat/poncho, a back pack, a lean to, an insulated cushioned seat, cordage or even a water filter. (Note: As a water filter that simply means to filter out debris, not diseases or parasites that may lurk in the water.)

In the video posted below, produced by BlackOracle69, he will show us all how to easily roll and tie down a compact pack using only the blanket. The items he rolls into the back are your very basic needs. A tarp shelter, a cooking pot and fire starter, some dry socks, a bandana, a light, para-cord, and a hammock. He shows the placement of each item and how to fold a pocket to keep things you might need, such as a fire starter or dry socks, accessible without undoing the blanket.

I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to leave comments below.

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How to Tie a Siberian Hitch (Video)

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Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you how to tie a Siberian Hitch used to hang a ridge-line, which is a great quick release hitch perfect to use to secure a ridge-line for a tarp while you’re camping, backpacking, or just picnicking in the outdoors.

He goes step by step and slowly shows you how easy it is to accomplish. It may take a couple of tries but once you get it, it quickly becomes a favorite knot to be used.

There are many other types of knots out there that can be used. Several are mentioned in his comment section. I urge you to try different different ones until you find one that satisfies you. The Know How of Knot Tying shows great animation videos to teach you multiple knots.


How to Tie a Siberian Hitch

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How To Hang A Ridge-line

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Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you the basics of hanging a ridge-line. Whether you use it for a clothes line or for a tarp shelter, knowing how to set up a secure ridge-line is an important skill to know. Especially if you need to hang your shelter relatively fast because a storm is coming or dark crept up faster than you thought.

Tying knots to secure ropes and go fishing is one thing a lot of people tend to over look. Not knowing how to tie a good knot can mean the difference in dinner and hypothermia.

To hang this ridge-line you need to know how to do a Siberian Hitch Knot to secure one end of the para-cord to the tree. Krik also has another short video showing you exactly how to tie this sort of knot. Please feel free to view that video here.

How To Hang A Ridge-line


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Setting Up a Tarp Tent Shelter 4 Easy Ways

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Carrying a tarp for shelter is a very convenient and efficient way to travel when you’re camping, hunting or hiking for the day. It is also wonderful to add to your bug out or emergency bag that you carry with you and countless other uses.  There are many different styles of tarps but the cheaper you go the more often you have to replace it. On the flimsy tarps the grommets can tear easily in the wind or it might get a tear in the actual nylon material. It is better to get a good one to start with even though you pay a little more than the average tarp. There are some things you just shouldn’t skimp on if you are going to survive in the woods.

My personal favorite tarp tent only weighs 1.9 ounces and compresses down to 6x6x3.5 inches. It is very well designed and will last for a substantial amount of time and in all types of weather. At 13x 9 it is 100 percent water proof and comes with 16 nylon hoops and 1 top center loop.

In this video Forest Walker Outdoors shows us four very easy ways you can set up your tarp tent quickly and efficiently for any situation. It is important to know how to protect yourself in all different types of weather. He also shows you how you can set up the tarp tent if you have no rope.


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Sigma 3’s Survival Shelter Lean To

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In this video Sigma 3 demonstrates for us how to create a cold and wet weather survival shelter with a custom bed and fire place. This is more of a permanent camp shelter verses an on the go survival shelter. It would be great for camping with your buddies or just to get away from the world for a while. This video will not show you how to do this with just a knife, even though it is possible. It will just take a lot more work. He does recommend bringing some bigger tools to build this shelter.

The fire pit is different than most I have seen. It shows how to run it through the shelter long ways so you have to cut less wood and can save your energy. He also touches on how to add a door to close the shelter up to make it wind proof if you choose or to contain the heat. After all, this is a cold weather shelter.

Sigma 3 Survival school has many more videos on their You Tube as well as their own website and Facebook page. Their school also has an option to learn how to become a survival instructor.

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16 Preppers Reveal Their Favorite Survival Tool

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16 Preppers Reveal Their Favorite Survival Tool

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I think we can all agree:The right Survival Tool can mean the difference between life and death. And since there are thousands of survival products to choose from, how can you decide which one to buy?

To better rephrase the question:

“If you could only choose one survival tool, which would you choose and why?”

To get to the bottom of this, we asked 16 preppers/survival experts what their favorite survival tool was.  

Here were the top 3 recommendations:

  • Knife (4 Votes)
  • Knowledge (3 Votes)
  • All Others (1 Vote Each)

Keep reading to discover why each expert considered these items to be the most crucial for survival. Note, you can also use the following links to navigate to each professional’s website and/or social media page. We hope you find some value in this post. Enjoy!

Michael – On Point Preparedness

Recommended Tool: Bolt Cutters

“There is one prepper tool that I have not seen written about too much. However, it is critically important: small bolt cutters. Scenes of refugees climbing through razor wire and border fences bring a stark reminder that we may face similar situations. While these small bolt cutters cannot cut through pad locks or other thick metal, they can definitely chew through razor wire and wire fencing. They are also small enough and light enough to add to your BOB.”




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Expert Bio: Michael is the owner of On Point Preparedness, a website dedicated to teaching people how to prepare for any SHTF situation. Since 9/11, he’s been involved in liberty, truth seeking, and preparedness movements across the country. Be sure to check out his site!

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Dan – Survival Sullivan

Recommended Tool: Band-Aid

“I know many preppers are going to choose the survival knife or the multi-tool as the most useful survival item and- they’re probably right. But my favorite survival item so far was the one that actually helped me survive: the small and humble Band-Aid. I used it last year when I visited some piers with some friends and injured my fingers. I used it a few days ago when I cut myself while using a folding saw to cut wood.

Many forget the possibility of injury or death in SHTF situations. When you’re injured, you’ll be unable to perform basic tasks, just like I was a few days ago. A small bleeding can prevent you from carrying wood, washing your hands, jumping, climbing and doing anything efficiently. Get an assortment of bandages (that are dirt-cheap, anyway), and keep them everywhere: inside your survival bags, in your gym bag, your laptop bag, your purse and even in your wallet.”


Expert Bio: Growing up, Dan spent a lot of time outdoors. He’s been a prepper since 2014, and today shares his knowledge with people across the world. He’s not a conspiracy theorist nor does he believe in the zombie apocalypse- he’s just a regular guy who wants to be prepared…for anything.

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John – Prepper Zone

Recommended Tool: Knowledge

“Knowledge. When you have knowledge, you can create everything from cutting tools (via techniques such as flint knapping) to constructing cordage (while utilizing both natural & man-made materials around you) all with your bare hands. Understanding how to leverage your knowledge regardless of your surrounding is key to every successful survivalist’s strategy. Equipment alone will not guarantee your survival – ever. You need to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can prior to a survival situation taking place.”


Expert Bio: John is the founder of Prepper Zone, a site dedicated to teaching people how to prepare for anything- biological attacks, nuclear war, natural disasters, and much more. When disaster strikes, you’ll be glad that you read this articles.

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Alan – Urban Survival Site

Recommended Tool: Multi-Tool

“Since I spend most of my time in an urban environment where anything can happen, I like having a multi-tool because it can help me out in a variety of situations. My personal favorite is the Leatherman Wave. The latest model (830040) has 17 tools, several of which can be accessed without even opening it. The knives, pliers, scissors, ruler, wire stripper, screwdriver and bottle opener have all come in handy on countless occasions, which is why I never go anywhere without it.”


Expert Bio: If you’re trying to survive in the city after a disaster, Alan is the authority figure to turn to. His website contains loads of information for surviving in an urban environment post SHTF. You can also follow him on any one of his many social media channels.

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LeAnn – Homestead Dreamer

Recommended Tool: Knowledge

“The most recommended survival tool is not a piece of gear. It’s not the latest and greatest knife or tent, cooking set or water filter. Those are just things that can be lost, broken, or stolen from you and then you’re down to just your hands and head. SKILL is the most important tool out there to survive.

More often than not, it’s not the gear you have that saves your backside, it’s your head. The knowledge and practice of survival skills will serve you long after the knife breaks, the ferro rod is lost, and you have nothing but the clothes on your back to work with.”


Expert Bio: Not only does LeAnn teach people how to become more self-sustainable, but she’s also an avid prepper. From gardening, food storage, recipes, to preparedness articles and more, her website contains a lot of valuable information.

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Steve – Let’s Talk Survival

Recommended Tool: Knife

“I live in an urban environment where you can run around in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops at 2am in the morning in the middle of winter so there is really no need for me to carry tools for starting fires or to building elaborate shelters. I am more concerned with my car breaking down miles from home, buildings falling from an earthquake or being attacked by unruly crowds so if I didn’t have my EDC pack hanging from my shoulder, a Leatherman or Swiss Army-style knife would likely be my go-to survival tool if I could only choose one. But a high-power tactical flashlight would definitely be a close second.”


Expert Bio: Steve’s blog, Let’s Talk Survival, is focused on teaching people about self-reliance and emergency preparedness. At his website, you’ll learn a ton about survival skills and techniques. Check out his website and social media pages to learn more!

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Robert – Off Grid Survival

Recommended Tool: Knowledge

“I’m usually pretty reluctant to give gear advice. What’s good for one person may be totally wrong for another. The best thing a person can do is to get away from thinking they need a certain piece of gear or tool to survive; instead, I recommend stocking up on knowledge. It’s the one thing that can’t be lost, can’t break, and will always be there for you when you need it. The less reliant you are on gear, the better off you will be when something bad happens.”


Expert Bio: Robert is the founder and writer at Off Grid Survival. With 20+ years of experience, he knows his stuff about survival and preparedness. His articles have been featured in major news outlets as he continues to educate people today.

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Jason – The Survival University

Recommended Tool: Knife

“Other than my brain, knowledge, and acquired skills, my most valued survival tool is my knife. I could make a primitive knife but having a quality blade at my side makes jobs 1000 times easier. Though I do not need two, I carry two bushcraft style blades with me.  The first is a Benchmade Bushcrafter, the second is an ESEE5.

One is smaller for more precision work while the other I use for larger jobs such as chopping or batoning wood. With these two blades I can make just about any other survival item that I need. I can craft a bow, arrow, spear, trap, shelter, dress and skin an animal, defend myself and so much more with a knife. I can use it to fashion a digging stick to dig a seep well to purify water. I can use it to craft a bow drill to create fire. I can skin an animal to make clothing or shelter. There is little I cannot do with my knife.”


Expert Bio: Jason is a primitive survival instructor for Sigma 3 Survival and the Owner of Mountain Man Survival. He owns and operates a survival school located on 1,500 acres of land in Colorado. His website, The Survival University, teaches people about how to survive in the wilderness.

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James – Plan And Prepared

Recommended Tool: Cell Phone

“Hi, I’m James L. from David asked me to list what I think would be the most important survival tool. If I could pick only one thing, I’d pick my cell phone. A charged cell phone can help in about 95% of all emergency situations. Simply being able to alert others to your emergency condition and your location can save your life faster than just about anything else out there. But I know saying “Cell phone” may not be a sexy pick. So in that case, I would say a good, solid knife. With a solid knife and the clothes on my back, I can build a fire and make a shelter depending upon my location. Hence, my pocket knife (and cell phone) is ALWAYS a part of my EDC.”


Expert Bio: James is a former outdoor survival instructor, and currently works as a police officer in Oklahoma City. He’s a firm believer in being prepared for unforeseen events. You can check out more of his work at his website, Plan And Prepared.

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Evan – Know Prepare Survive

Recommended Tool: E-Reader

“My favorite prepper/survival tool is an e-reader. I know it isn’t the most popular or obvious tool, most people would say a knife or flashlight or paracord. But, to me, having a resource that I can consult at any time to find out if a mushroom is poisonous or how to skin a raccoon is invaluable.

I’m never going to remember all that stuff on my own so having dozens of survival/bushcraft/homesteading books in a package that weighs almost nothing and takes up little space is a no-brainer for me. Plus, you can put some fiction books on there to keep your morale up when things get tough.”


Expert Bio: Know Prepare Survive is an excellent resource for learning how to survive any disaster. Here, you’ll find articles ranging from archery to preparedness and everything in-between. Evan also writes gear reviews that are worth checking out.

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Chris – The Bug Out Bag Guide

Recommended Tool: Tomahawk

“My most recommended tool: A Tomahawk. Why: It is a great multipurpose tool that can help make a lot of survival situations easier. You can use a tomahawk for self-defense, shelter-building, cleaning game, hunting, breaching doors and windows, building traps, signaling (banging on another object), fire starting (bang it against flint or use it to build a fire drill or bow saw), cutting cloth to make bandages, and a lot more! The tomahawk has been used by outdoorsman for hundreds of years, it is a reliable tool that is easy to use and serves as a force multiplier when out in the field.”


Expert Bio: Chris is the founder of The Bug Out Bag Guide, a website that teaches ordinary people how to prep for SHTF. If you’re interested in building a bug out bag, he’s the guy to get advice from. Be sure to check out his website for more awesome tips!

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Stefan – Knife Scout

Recommended Tool: Knife

“The best survival and prepping tool is obviously a good knife: If you have nothing but a knife you can survive almost anything. No matter if you’re stranded on a tropical island, Canada’s harsh northern forest or somewhere in the desert in Nevada. A good knife allows you to trap, hunt, skin and prepare food. Dig for water. Make a fire. Build shelter. Fish. Do first aid.

And in the worst case you can use your knife to defend yourself. The most important thing though is that a knife helps you to build other tools: Yeah you could bring an axe, or make one from your knife. Sleds, weapons, traps, a makeshift hammer. The list is endless. A well-chosen knife costs less than $100 and lasts for a lifetime. I am sorry, but if you don’t own one you’re a moron. You can check my website for recommendations on how to choose a good survival knife.”


Expert Bio:  Stefan is the founder of Knife Scout, a website where he writes about knives and survival. He focuses on providing readers with honest reviews on the latest survival knives on the market. Stefan also writes about survival backpacks and more.

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Cari – American Preppers Network

Recommended Tool: Gill Net

“Aside from the basics that we all carry in our gear such as knives and fire starters I would say my favorite thing to have is a gill net. They are light and do not take up much room. Gillnetting is a common fishing method. The fish may be caught by gill nets in 3 ways.

Wedged – held by the mesh around the body. Gilled – held by mesh slipping behind the opercula, or tangled – held by teeth, spines, maxillaries, or other protrusions without the body penetrating the mesh. Most often fish are gilled. A fish swims into a net and passes only part way through the mesh. When it struggles to free itself, the twine slips behind the gill cover and prevents escape.

There are bodies of water all over the place and if we are in a survival situation I feel that this would be a wonderful way to obtain food that has a lot of nutritional value.  You can set it up and forget about it while you get your shelter ready and take care of other important things. Another plus…you do not need bait. Just make sure you do your homework on the different mesh sizes and decide which is right for you and the area you will most likely be in. You will want a net that will fit the size fish that are plentiful in your areas.”


Expert Bio: If you’re looking for quality, well-researched information on emergency preparedness and survival, then check out American Preppers Network. They are followed by people all around the world and are a top resource in the industry.

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BG Smith – Bug Out Military

Recommended Tool: Portable Water Filter

“As the rule of three states: water is a high priority item in a SHTF event. One of my favorite Items to help me with water is my Sawyer Mini. I am a firm believer in you need to build your bag around your Sawyer Mini. For the price and size I don’t think you can beat it. You can run it in multiple ways to produce nice clean water for consumption.

In conclusion, you also need a good way to carry your water. The Sawyer Mini can be run in tandem with a camelback or other hydration systems straight off the line. That works well if you need to grab and go then filter later. At 100,000 gallons of clean water for $20 the Sawyer stands alone.”


Expert Bio: BG Smith runs a popular Facebook page, BUG OUT Military. If you’re looking to meet like-minded people in the industry, I highly recommend you join his page. Not only will you learn a lot, but you’ll also be able to connect with people from around the world!

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Steven – The Weekend Prepper 

Recommended Tool: WaterBOB

“As someone who has lived through three hurricanes, the thing I found the most useful was a WaterBOB. Hurricanes (and all extreme weather events) could cause you to lose power – which means no well water. And even if you are on city water, the storm could stir up the reservoir and cause a boil water alert – sort of hard to do with no electricity. A WaterBOB gives you a full bathtub full of water in a sealer container to keep it clean. It even includes a pump to extract only the water you need.”


Expert Bio: Chris is the founder of The Weekend Prepper, a website that will teach you how to survive any disaster, natural or man-made. From food preservation to self-defense and more, his website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in prepping or survival.

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Aaron – Smart Prepper Gear

Recommended Tool: Knife

“Out of all of the survival gear that I currently use, I would highly recommend the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife. Cutting and building a fire will be essential in a survival situation. The Schrade SCHF9 does an excellent job of chopping wood, cutting, fettering and can even be used to spark a flame for a fire. The fire will be essential to keep warm, to purify water and cook food. Chopping wood can also help you build an emergency shelter to keep you safe from any harsh weather. So this knife is something that I would highly recommend as it is capable of performing many functions.”


Expert Bio: Aaron is a 33-year-old prepper from Central Florida. You can learn more about him at Smart Prepper Gear. Here, he not only reviews the latest survival gear, but he also teaches people survival tips and tactics for any SHTF situation.

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A huge thanks to everyone who contributed to this article.

Hopefully, you’ve been able to find something of value in it. If you did, consider sharing it on social media. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more survival tips.

Now it’s your turn:

If you could only choose one survival tool, which one would you choose and why?”


My name’s David, and I’m an avid survivalist, outdoorsman, and prepper. I built this website to teach newbies about survival and disaster prepping. If you enjoyed this article, please share it on social media. Also, join my Facebook community for daily survival tips. Thanks for stopping by!


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USA Made Fire Steel: Have You Tried it?

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Recently I went to a preparedness convention in Georgia and had a great time. I was very impressed with a lot of the booths that were set up, but I have to tell you about one of my favorites, the Fire Steel Booth with Georgia Pyro.

I have seen a LOT of fire starters in my day and have tried many different kinds. This one takes the cake. What drew me to his booth was the amount of sparks I saw flying from one strike, but also the size of the sparks. They were HUGE!

So I started asking questions about their product and found out some very interesting things. For starters, they are USA hand made right here in Georgia, but also that their fire starters produce an amazing amount of 3000 degree sparks and their magnesium burns at 5000 degrees. WET or DRY and their larger rods give over 20,000 strikes!

Their scrapers are 1/4″ square high speed steel tool Bits. They are very sharp and very easy to strike. So much so that you can actually use it to scrape wood shavings to use as tinder. David Bailey demonstrates in the videos below.

Look at all those sparks!

Starting a Fire with Cotton

Scraping Off Tinder

If you want to see for yourself, he has a list of shows he will be at on his website. There are nothing but outstanding reviews there as well. We purchased the fire block at the show but will be getting the Tiger Maple one soon to add to my husbands bag. I can not stress enough that you will not be disappointed in this product. You guys know me, if it is USA made I’m all about it. Especially if it is done by an individual verses a corporation. I personally prefer supporting the little guys. 🙂

Check David Baily out at and let us know what you think!!

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