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
21 Awesome Ways To Use Pennies In The Home And Garden Never underestimate your pocket pennies that have the ability to transform into amazing crafts, decor and art. It makes you believe the almost valueless penny could be of tremendous value. To complete a “penny project” is very simple; you only need to prepare a hot glue gun. Who would have thought the humble penny could be so useful in and around the home and garden? I love the way pennies look, I love the color and I love how inexpensive projects can be when using them. Raid your piggy
25 DIY Fun Water Games And Activities For Kids Summer is here. The heat is here. Kids are off school and already getting under our feet. Well, they are mine, so that means fun water games that they can all enjoy and keep cool in the heat. The picture above shows you the 4 favorite water games we are going to be trying first this summer. Splash through summer with fun water games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Use the hose to have a limbo contest, or invite the neighbors over for a water balloon relay. The
CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade Recipe This CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade is going to quickly become one of your favorite frozen treats this summer. A blend of CopyCat Chick-fil-A Lemonade (with a bit more lemon) and Vanilla Ice cream. Tasty and totally refreshing! We made a few of these today and let me tell you a little secret… they are WAY better than the original from chick-Fil-A. I promise these will make give your tastebuds a real treat. Easy to make, yummy to drink and keeps you cool on a hot day. Check out how to make one… CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted
Bulb-Stacking For Blooms All Year Long The gardener with limited space can take advantage of the special attributes of bulbs that require little room for root space, take up little space above ground as they mostly grow straight up rather than spread sideways and have foliage that dies back after blooming. Layering is the perfect way to maximize the flowering potential of a small garden. In a hole as little as 18″ wide by 12″-14″ deep, you can get a wonderful display of bloom from early spring until well into August, even fall. Don’t worry, I know spring has come
Alternative methods of communication are easily overlooked since we rarely use them in our day-to-day lives. Cell phone networks have gotten so reliable that most people feel like their smartphone is all they’ll ever need. But if a widespread disaster strikes, cell phone towers could be jammed or stop working altogether. If you still don’t […]
Hurricane season has officially begun. Meteorologists are forecasting an average season with 12 named storms and the potential for a few major hurricanes in 2016. But just because they’re expecting an average season doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother preparing. There were only 6 named storms the year hurricane Andrew destroyed much of South Florida. Considering […]
Bandanas are incredibly versatile. They’re just little pieces of cloth, yet they can be used in so many ways: making fire, filtering water, cleaning gear, building shelter, treating the wounded… the list goes on and on. Originally I was going to write my own post about survival uses for bandanas, but then I came across […]
We’re in that strange part of the year where some days are nice and some days are too cold. If it’s a nice weekend where you live, you should get outside and practice some prepper skills. But even if it isn’t a nice weekend, there are plenty of skills you can practice indoors. One of […]
If you can afford to install solar panels on your roof, you’ll have a huge advantage during any disaster that knocks out the power. You’ll be able to keep running your lights, refrigerator, and possibly even your air conditioner. However, you’ll need a battery backup to make sure your solar panels continue working properly. Unfortunately, […]
I know I’ve complained about this before, but I can’t stand preppers who are actually looking forward to TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). Sure, disaster movies are exciting, but talk to anyone who has actually lived through a major disaster and they’ll tell you how awful it is. That’s why […]
If you’re someone who thinks a lot about prepping, but you don’t have enough reasons to goad you into getting started, maybe this article will help. Jane from MomWithAPrep.com made a list of 150 reasons to be prepared for the many unexpected emergencies that happen during a disaster–and during life in general. Some of them […]
In my browser I have a folder where I’ve bookmarked dozens of my favorite articles from around the web. They’re usually articles full of links and resources that I refer to over and over. One of my favorite articles is from Homemade Home Ideas and it’s called “524 Ways to Reuse Things You’d Normally Throw […]
It’s finally happening! The shit is about the hit the fan. Maybe a hurricane is on the way, maybe the economy is crumbling, maybe World War III has begun. Whatever it is, you only have a few hours (or days, if you’re lucky) to prepare. So what exactly should you do? The writers at Food […]
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As I’ve said many times before, it is possible to be a prepper without spending a lot of money. However, there’s nothing wrong with doing a little “Internet window shopping” every now and then. Everyday there are cool new survival products entering the marketplace. And even though many of them are way out of my […]
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I recently came across a very haunting post on PreparingWithDave.com. He made a list of things the average person would say if the power grid went down. The first few are pretty banal, like “I’m cold” and “I’m hungry” and “This soda is warm.” But further down the list are scarier things, like “Why isn’t […]
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I found an article with a great overview of urban survival skills. What makes it interesting is that it looks at urban survival from three different perspectives: The Stockpiler, The MacGyver, and The Survivalist. For example, when it comes to food: the stockpiler needs to store food, the Macgyver needs to know how to cook […]
We’d all love to have a great bug out vehicle in case of disaster, but unfortunately they’re way too expensive. Especially if you want to go off road. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never personally met anyone who can afford a UNICAT. And how are you […]
What can you learn from homeless people? Lots of things! Especially if you’re interested in learning street smarts. There are a number of scenarios in which you would have to abandon your home and/or vehicle and bug out on foot. If you’re in the city when this happens, […]
I see commercials for home security systems all the time, and there’s something that’s always bothered me about them… What if the burglar breaks in anyway? Sure, most criminals flee when they hear an alarm, but not all of them, and it takes police an average of 7 […]
It’s not enough to have lots of supplies after the SHTF. Sure, they might get you through a temporary disaster like an earthquake or hurricane, but what if someone gets hurt? All the medical supplies in the world won’t help if you don’t know how to use them. […]
In case you don’t know, Les Stroud is a survival expert who produced, directed, and starred in his own show, Survivorman, in which he survived for up to 10 days in remote locations with little or no supplies. He is both very knowledgeable and highly respected in the […]
There are certain items that usually get left out of survival supply lists. Consequently, preppers tend to overlook them. But once they need them, they’ll be kicking themselves to no end. For example: bicycles. During a major disaster, roads could be blocked and gas could be in short […]
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