Sometimes people complain when I post survival information that is “obvious” or “for newbies.” I understand where they’re coming from, but I think they’d be surprised just how many of my visitors are brand new preppers. I regularly get messages from people asking where to start or what to read first, so I’m going to […]
Here’s a great article for those who are new to prepping. Unless your home is burning down, getting flooded, or being overrun with looters, or in the path of some other dangerous threat, you’re best off hunkering down in your home during a disaster. With any luck, you can just wait it out until things […]
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The whole underground shelter thing is not as cut and dry as you may think. I have serious reservations about long term bunker living. How effective would it actually be? How mind-numbing would it be? Having a short-term bunker or storm shelter, on the other hand, is an idea that I can get behind. Even […]
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The economy is a tough thing to keep up with. If you don’t have irons in the fire and allow much of your investments to be handled by others, understanding the economy is just a dog. It’s hard for people to get the whole picture and that’s not getting around all the contradictory views and […]
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Not only is the idea of backyard chickens a fun one, there is so much to gain from this little, feathered friend. Owning chickens for me is about a mutual relationship where they offer me so much and I am responsible for protecting them. This is not always an easy thing to do. Chickens are […]
Bugging out is one of the most popular topics in the prepper community, but most of the discussion is about what to put in your bug out bag. Although this is important, we ought to spend more time talking about where to go when bugging out. After all, you can’t just wander into the wilderness […]
I’ve written about the importance of stocking up on antibiotics, but since antibiotics require a prescription, it can be difficult to stockpile enough to last a long time, and they won’t last more than a couple years anyway. Plus, if the people in your group get a lot of infections, you might go through your […]
There are some tough guys out there who are going to read this article and think, “Books, blankets, hot cocoa? What kind of wimp needs all that?” But the fact is, everyone has comfort items they use to deal with stress. You might not be the type of person who curls up with a book […]
Nutrition is a topic that doesn’t get much attention in the prepper community, but it should. Let’s say you’re living through a long-term disaster and every day you’re eating rice, gravy, pasta, sauce, and canned soup. You’ll certainly be getting enough calories, but what about vitamins and minerals? Without a well-rounded diet, you will slowly […]
There must be a million articles about the things you should do after the shit hits the fan, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an article about things NOT to do… until now. I really enjoyed reading this article by Bob from Preppers Will and I’m happy to share it with you guys. The […]
Here’s an interesting and controversial article worth reading. It’s about the wrong types of preppers. At first, some people will probably disagree with the author. After all, what’s wrong with being religious, a gun enthusiast, or interested in “conspiracy theories”? Nothing at all! The point of the article is that you don’t want to be […]
I’ve known many people who talk about prepping for disaster but never actually do it. Their reasons vary, but the reason I hear most often is, “It’s too expensive.” While it’s true that stocking up on supplies can cost a lot of money, that’s no reason to give up on prepping altogether. There are many […]
You don’t have to be an expert at every survival skill to survive a disaster–very few people have mastered all the skills. However, there are a handful of skills that everyone will need in a true SHTF scenario, especially if they’re on their own. In this article from Modern Survival Online, Ryan explains what he […]
If you’ve ever baked bread from scratch, then kudos to you. Most people wouldn’t even know where to begin. But chances are, you used an electric oven, and there could come a time when electricity is either too expensive or completely unavailable. That’s why you should learn how to bake bread without an oven. There […]
Paracord is one of the most versatile survival tools. Originally it was used for parachutes, but people quickly found many other uses for it. Paracord was even used by astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble telescope! Standard strength paracord can hold up to 550 pounds. The reason it’s so strong is because the […]
The term “bug out vehicle” gets thrown around a lot in the prepper community, but it almost always refers to a car or truck of some kind. That is great if you have a family, but if you’re single and in good shape (or have a partner who is also in good shape) and don’t […]
Most houses are not designed with a post-apocalyptic disaster in mind. There are multiple entry points, weak locks, and thin windows, which means gangs of looters will have no trouble breaking into your home in search of food and supplies. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your home easier to defend. […]
When I use the term “survival skills,” most people think of classic skills like making fire, purifying water, building shelter, first aid treatment, and so forth. Few people think of unarmed combat as a survival skill. But if you think about it, unarmed combat is one of the most important skills, especial in urban areas. […]
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I grew up in the early 1980’s at the height of the Cold War, and my parents were very paranoid about communist Russia. In fact, Red Dawn was one of their favorite movies. I was less than 10 years old when they warned me that a scenario like Red Dawn could happen someday soon. Naturally, […]
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With all the garbage piling up in our landfills, everyone should take the time to recycle whatever they can. Especially if their local government provides recycling bins. But even if they don’t, it’s still worthing finding ways to recycle and upcycle used items, if only to save a little bit of money. Odds are, you’re […]
The only weapons that most preppers own are a gun and/or a knife. But in a long-term survival scenario, you’ll need a wider variety of weapons. For example, bows are quiet but can hit targets from a long distance. Sling shots don’t reach as far, but there’s an unlimited supply of ammo on the ground. […]
Of all the tools you can use to cook food off the grid, the best one (in my opinion) is the Dutch oven. Every prepper who is concerned about long-term power outages should get a Dutch oven and learn how to use it. Why? Well for one thing, a good cast iron Dutch oven can […]
If you’re a prepper, a simple prescription pill bottle can be incredibly useful. It’s durable, waterproof, and small enough to fit in your pocket, making it a perfect container for a mini survival kit. A couple years ago I wrote about Survival At Home’s pill bottle survival kit, but that is just one of at […]
The “gray man” concept is something all urban preppers should be familiar with. If you’re in a populated area during a crisis of some sort, it’s best to blend into the background rather than draw attention to yourself. This should be a no-brainer, but how exactly does one blend into the background? Graywolf Survival wrote […]
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One great thing about the Internet is having access to literally tens of thousands of delicious recipes. The only problem is, most of them are needlessly complicated. I know some cooks like to fancy themselves gourmet chefs, but when I cook, I like a simple recipe that has no more than 10 ingredients and doesn’t […]
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This article from The Organic Prepper was published last summer, and it was written when some major protests against police officers were happening across America. But frankly, the protests we saw last year were a picnic compared to the kind of protests we’re already seeing now that Donald Trump has become President, and it’s only […]
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In a long-term grid-down scenario, ammunition will be crucial for both hunting and self defense. The problem is, when you run out of ammo, you might not be able to run to the store for more. That’s why learning to reload your own ammo and make your own gunpowder are very valuable skills. Joshua Krause […]
When people hear the term “survival weapon,” usually the only weapons that come to mind are guns and knives. But for Jeff from Modern Combat And Survival, the weapon that comes to his mind is: a big ass machete. In this article, he makes a good case that a machete is a great thing to […]
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If you like making your own weapons, or just enjoy woodworking in general, you should check out this guide to making your own longbow. This detailed guide is about 2000 words long and explains longbow making terms, lists all the tools and supplies you’ll need, and even includes several videos to show you how it’s […]
I haven’t always been good at saving money. When I think about all the money I wasted in my twenties, it makes me sick to my stomach. I may as well have been lighting cash on fire. After the Great Recession began, I finally learned how to find great deals and cut down on household […]
We’ve all heard this story before: someone goes into the hospital for a minor operation, gets an infection, and ends up dying from it. Although this is rare, it does happen, and it’s a reminder of why it’s so important to sterilize medical instruments. If you find yourself doing or assisting with minor surgery during […]
Crock Pot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Recipe I fell in love with the recipe but didn’t have the time for a crockpot meal so I made it on top of the stove. All the same ingredients just in my new cast-iron skillet. It only took about 45 minutes from start to finish. (the boneless chicken breasts were frozen so some of that time was for thawing) Once I tasted the sauce, I HAD to double it so that I would have PLENTY left for lunch tomorrow. I also topped it with chopped green onions. Absolutely AWESOME! Recipe and photo courtesy
There are several advantages to learning home remedies for common ailments: you’ll save money by not purchasing expensive medication, you’ll avoid the unpleasant side effects that come with those medications, and you’ll be able to treat ailments in a post-disaster world where medications are unavailable. Anne from Ask A Prepper wrote an article that is […]
The best thing about the Internet, in my opinion, is all the free information. Unless you’re looking for a particular survival course or plan, most of the info you need can be accessed with just a few clicks. One example of this is all the recipes. Back in the day you had to spend $20-$30 […]
There are some survival items that you’re probably only going to buy a few times in your life, if that. Things like gas masks, rain barrels, portable generators, and other large and/or high-ticket items. On the other hand, there are many survival items that you’ll want to buy repeatedly–the kind of things that you’ll either […]
Saving money isn’t just about finding good deals–it’s about finding cheap alternatives. For example, rather than buying a terrarium, you could make your own out of picture frames. And instead of buying a mini grill, you could make your own out of lasagna pans and cooling racks. Here are a few more ideas: Turn pool […]
The other day I came across a guide to home defense by Jeremiah Johnson, a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces. What’s great about this guide is it offers a very different perspective than most home defense guides, and thus has several ideas most people have never considered such as covering […]
Most people have no idea how much their lifestyles depend on the rest of society. As Leonard Read explained in his famous essay, I Pencil, even the construction of a single pencil requires the cooperation of countless people. If a single pencil is that complicated, then how complicated would it be to leave behind the […]
Survival Life recently put together an awesome article based on a video by the Youtube channel, City Prepping. It serves as an excellent introduction to preparedness and survival. What do you think are the 6 most important preps / abilities every prepper should have? This article has the answer. Vince writes, “When it comes to […]
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A lot of older preppers think it’s funny how young people refer to things like gardening, purifying water, or building a fire as “survival skills.” There was a time when these things were considered common knowledge, but now you’re considered some kind of survival guru if you can start a fire without a lighter. In […]
Although I try not to let it worry me, sometimes the thought of a major disaster keeps me up at night. Not because I’m not prepared, but because other people aren’t prepared. When the SHTF, hungry and desperate people are going to ransack the stores, and then they’ll start looking for food elsewhere–maybe in their […]
Today I want to share what has become my favorite article on rifles. When it comes to rifles–and all firearms, for that matter–there isn’t a perfect choice that would be ideal in every situation. Rather, it depends on what your goal is. As the author says, “In the right application, a dump truck is extremely […]
If you haven’t yet, you should check out Modern Combat & Survival Magazine. Every week they post a podcast and at least one article about things that would interest preppers in the city: home security, self defense, weapons, and so forth. In this article, they talk about how to lose a tail. If you spend […]
The number one complaint I hear from new preppers is that they don’t know where to begin. There is so much information online about emergency preparedness and survival that it’s really easy to get overwhelmed. If that’s something you can relate to, then I have the perfect article for you. Daisy Luther from The Organic […]
When filling your pantry and closets with emergency supplies, it’s important that you keep everything organized. While it may be tempting to just set your supplies wherever and forget about them, when an emergency happens you’ll wish you’d put things where you can find them. Just imagine the power is out and you can’t find […]
If you’re a knife enthusiast, then you should definitely be following the blog, More Than Just Surviving. The owners/writers, Thomas and Elise Xavier, are both experts on knives and have written dozens of articles and reviews of them. In this particular article, Thomas made a massive list of the best EDC knives on the market. […]
Although the Great Recession is officially over, our economic problems have just begun. Wall Street and the Federal Reserve essentially papered over the systemic problems that led to the stock market crash in 2008. They may have kicked the can down the road, but they are almost out of road. I believe shortly after the […]
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Many people fear that if they start stockpiling supplies for a disaster, it will be a total waste if nothing ever happens. Consequently, many would-be preppers never even get started. This is a shame for many reasons. First of all, if you’re smart about it, you will mainly stockpile supplies you can use anyway, so […]
People don’t normally think of non-food items as having expiration dates. As long as it’s not something you consume or some kind of liquid, it should last forever, right? Wrong. There are plenty of solid, non-food items that go bad, and many people are surprised to learn that ammo is one of them. As long […]
Most of the food-related articles on this site are about long-term food storage. For example, canning, dehydrating, and so forth. But it’s also important to learn about short-term food storage. For example, making fruits and veggies last a few weeks instead of a few days. There are two reasons: First, most disasters are short-term. If […]
In the survival community, the term “SHTF” (shit hit the fan) get’s thrown around a lot, but what exactly does it mean? The truth is, there is no single meaning. It just depends on how you want to use the term. If world war 3 has started, the shit has hit the fan. But if […]
In almost any home, you can find one or two old bed sheets crumpled up in the back of a closet. They sit there for years, and eventually they get thrown out when someone moves or decides to do some spring cleaning. What a waste! Almost any bed sheet makes great material for several other […]
If you ask preppers what the top threat they’re concerned about is, they’ll usually give obvious answers: economic collapse, food shortages, ravenous looters, etc. That’s what it’s all about, right? Making sure you have food, water, and safety. But there are a few other threats that aren’t so obvious. What if you’re unable to get […]
In my opinion, fall is the best time of year to go camping. In addition to the beautiful colors, fall comes with cooler weather, less bugs, less people, and cheaper rates at most campgrounds. If you live anywhere near a campground, October is a great time to go. But before you go, you need to […]
Most gardeners call it quits in the winter. After all, how are you supposed to have a garden when there’s several inches of snow covering your backyard? Simple. You start an indoor container garden. Even in the winter, you can grow plenty of vegetables as long as you park them in front of a south-facing […]
If you haven’t already stocked up on survival food, you should get started right away. There are plenty of nutritious, long-lasting foods that you can find in any grocery store. Keep in mind that during a disaster, your body will need more calories than usual due to all the stress and work involved, so focus […]
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As important as it is to gather disaster supplies, it’s even more important to learn survival skills. You could lose all your supplies, but barring some kind of brain injury (or years without practice), you’ll never lose your skills. However, reading about skills is not the best way to learn them. We only retain 10% […]
This is one of those articles every prepper should read because it makes some points that I rarely hear mentioned. First of all, if you have a family, then you shouldn’t have just one bug out bag. You should have a bag for each family member. But if you do that, there are several questions […]
MRE’s are very convenient. You just open it up, add water to the heater and, once it heats up, put your entree package into the hot water. Within a few minutes, you have a hot meal with enough calories to sustain you throughout the day. The problem is, most MREs aren’t very appetizing, and some […]
To survive an apocalyptic scenario requires imagination: many of the steps you take in preparation for a sudden change in your way of life come from thinking about abstract eventualities. You may not be able to perfectly replicate the resources that big movie heroes use to prevail in hard times, but such fictions are a […]
Aquaponics is the fastest and most efficient way to grow lots of food in a small space. So why don’t more people do it? First of all, it’s a bit more complicated than planting and watering seeds. You have to set everything up properly, and you have to get fish and take care of them […]
Martial law is actually more likely to happen than most disasters. The reason is because it could be declared during any number of disastrous events: earthquakes, hurricanes, economic collapse, widespread terrorism, etc. So if you’re going to prepare for those things, you should definitely prepare for martial law as well. In the article, Bob from […]
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I don’t normally post doom-and-gloom articles. In my opinion, constantly obsessing over disasters that could happen is a waste of energy. You’re better off focusing on your preps and enjoying your life. However, I think it’s a good idea to poke one’s head up every now and then and see what’s going on. And over […]
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Have you ever thought about completely disappearing from the grid? Maybe you’re in over your head with some dangerous people, maybe you want to get away from it all before society collapses, or maybe you’re just curious what it would take to vanish from civilization. Whatever your reasons, this article has the answers. Skilled Survival […]
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If the western world ever reverts into a bunch of third world countries–whether due to economic collapse, world war III, or something worse–the survivors will have to go back to cooking simple recipes from scratch. Recipes like the ones pioneers made on the frontier. But that doesn’t mean everyone will be eating bland, disgusting food. […]
In my opinion, fall is the best time to go camping: The weather is cool and less humid, campgrounds are usually a lot cheaper, and fall colors are more beautiful (to me, anyway). If you’re thinking about camping this fall, don’t just eat canned food and trail mix. Cook something delicious that everyone will love. […]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: disasters are when you need your firearms the most! During major disasters, police are stretched to the limit while desperate people loot their neighbors’ homes and criminals take advantage of the lack of law enforcement. Robberies, assaults, and murders skyrocket during such times, which is why […]
I’m not much of a cook. In fact, I almost always eat plain food–sandwiches, grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, etc. If I ever do follow a recipe, it’s a recipe for survival food or preservation, and never for anything really fancy. So naturally, I don’t visit recipe sites like AllRecipes.com very often. But recently a friend […]
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Situational awareness isn’t something anyone can do whenever they want–it takes practice. Even if you start paying attention to your surroundings, you still won’t notice if you’re being watched or followed if you don’t know what to look for. Situational awareness isn’t just observation, it’s also orientation. What is orientation? It has to do with […]
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Stockpiling rice, beans, pasta, and other basic survival foods is a great idea. However, there is one major problem with storing foods like that: you have to cook your meals from scratch. This is fine if you have plenty of time, fuel, water, and cleaning supplies. But if you’re running short on any of these, […]
If you’ve been prepping for a long time, you might feel like you’re running out of things to do. Once you’ve gathered plenty of disaster supplies and learned all the most important survival skills, what else is there? A lot, it turns out. Ask a Prepper made a list of 17 things you can do […]
Responsible people usually have specific goals they’re working toward: losing weight, earning a promotion, getting out of debt, etc. Responsible preppers have even more goals. If you really want to be ready for anything, there are certain things you’re gonna have to accomplish. One of my favorite survival blogs, TheSurvivalMom.com, made a list of steps […]
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that I love lists. Well recently I came across the ultimate list of preparedness items. It was made by Jane from MomWithaPrep.com, and it covers just about everything you could possibly need to survive a major disaster. The best thing about this list […]
If you’re a gun owner with young children, then at some point you’ve faced a dilemma: You want easy access to your gun in case of a home invasion, but you don’t want to just leave it lying out where your kids can find it. Even if you’ve taught them gun safety, there’s still the […]
5-Ingredient Mini Cheese Balls Recipe 5-Ingredient Mini Cheese Balls Recipe ~ The perfect appetizer or snack for parties. You can’t go wrong with some ooey, gooey cheesy balls! The recipe makes around 30 cheese balls and takes around 30 minutes to prep and cook. All in all, not a bad amount of time for a delicious appetizer. My husband would like to try this recipe tonight so keep your eyes peeled on our FB page when we tell you how they turned out. If they look anything like the pictures I am sure they will be a big hit. Our kids
Almond Cream Cake Recipe If you are looking for one of the best tasting cakes on planet earth, this almond cake recipe will rock your world. Light, moist and velvety, this Almond Cream Cake has a homemade cooked, whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with the almond cake. Decorate the cake simply with sliced almonds. Check out the recipe and let me know what you think when you give it a whirl. If you have other recipes you would like to have featured on our Facebook page, feel free to send us a message. We will get it online and shared with thousands of
Here’s something fun for a change. The writers over at estately.com made a chart that lists every U.S. state in order from most to least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. They used 11 metrics to figure this out: Active Military Personnel Military Veterans Physically Active Martial Arts Enthusiasts People with Survival Skills People with […]
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Most preppers have a bit of a hoarding mentality. We want to stock up on as many things as we can reasonably fit in our closets and storage spaces. That’s why I was a bit surprised when James from PlanAndPrepared.com wrote an article about things you shouldn’t stock up on. Here’s his list: Toilet Paper […]
If you’ve never visited SHTFpreparedness.com, you’re missing out. They gather the best prepping, survival, homesteading, and DIY articles from around the web (including several dozen from this site). And to date they have over 2,500 posts! Recently they made a list of the 21 most important things you can stockpile. If you’re a new prepper, […]
If you’re reading this, you no doubt want to be prepared in case of a widespread disaster. But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a lot of money. Hopefully you can come up with $100, but how prepared can you actually get with so little money? More than you think. Although you […]
For many people, self-defense after a disaster is a frightening topic. It’s much more fun to think about food, water, survival gadgets, and so forth. But the reality is that your chance of being attacked, robbed, or worse after the SHTF will be significantly higher than it was before. People will be desperate, so you […]
Obviously the more survival skills you have, the better. But there are three in particular that will especially useful if society collapses. In a total societal collapse, you would find yourself right back in the 19th century. And if it gets that bad, then even the best preppers will eventually need something from someone else. […]
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How To Make Great Smelling Anti-Mosquito Incense Mosquitoes are everywhere right now and are only going to get worse as the heat and humidity continue to build. I recently came across the recipe for an all-natural loose incense which is not only not toxic or harmful, but also effective! It may be a little more involved than using citronella, but this incense can be used indoors and around your deck / patio in the evenings while having cookouts too. This is a little known way to deter the mosquitoes and biting bugs this summer. Give it a go and let me
How To Make A Custom DIY PVC Dog Washer Well, I have seen it all now. I can’t belive I didn’t know about this before today. Not only will this make washing your dog a lot easier it also conserves water too. I like that aspect of this PVC dog washing unit. Easy and cheap to make this will transform the way you wash our dog going forward. If you have kids they can use it to play in he sun too, so its a multi purpose item too. So its a win win. Check out how to make one
Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe This recipe is sure to be a new family favorite! The tangy flavor of the dill pickles adds a delicious pop of flavor to this salad! We gave this a recipe a whirl last night and this is now our go-to potato salad recipe. It was so easy to make, tastes way better than my family recipe (sorry gran) and left us feeling satisfied. This potato salad is for sure going to be made at every BBQ going forward and possibly every pot luck we have at work. Check out the recipe and give it
Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe Can I give this 10 stars?!?!?! Amazing cupcakes, me and my guests loved every bite. I made about a week in advance, froze (with out lemon and topping) and thawed about an hour before go time. Not one person could tell they had been frozen. All in all I would make these for any occasion, they are light, lemony and delicious. They may look a little complicated to make but trust me they are not. They are so simple to make. Check out the recipe and give them a go. You will NOT be disappointed. Lemon