I want you to imagine something for a moment. You wake up tomorrow on what seems like a typical day, go to the bathroom, get your coffee, or do whatever you do in the mornings, and then you check your phone or computer or TV… and discover that it’s happening. The shit has officially hit […]
A triangular bandage is one of the most common types of bandages, and for good reason. Basically, it’s a large piece of cloth in the shape of a triangle with a right angle, like this. It can then be folded into a long narrow band called a cravat. One of the most popular ways to […]
As we all know, after a major collapse, many important supplies will be hard to come by. This is why preppers stock up on essentials ahead of time. But while a lot of attention is given to stockpiling supplies, not much is given to making your own supplies. If you find yourself living through a […]
Are you one of the many preppers who plan on bugging out to the woods after the SHTF? I’ve heard many people say they plan on doing this (both in person and online), and most of them think they will hunt for food while they’re at it. This always makes me cringe. First of all, […]
Other than a full-blown nuclear war, a widespread EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is probably the scariest thing that could happen. The whole world would be plunged into darkness, followed by months–if not years–of anarchy. Your best chance of surviving such an event is to hole in a shelter or bug out retreat that you can defend. […]
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Ever since I saw Little House On The Prairie as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by how the pioneers lived. How could anyone be happy without indoor plumbing, central heating, microwaves, refrigerators, and televisions with dozens of channels? Well, not only were many of them happy, they were arguably happier than most people today, but […]
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When someone breaks into your home, you don’t usually get a five-minute warning. Oftentimes, you won’t even see the intruder until he’s already inside. If that happens, you won’t have time to run to your room and get your gun out of your safe. You might be forced to defend yourself with something that is […]
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When Barak Obama was president, preparedness was a very popular topic. Many people were certain that Obama’s policies would eventually crash the economy, so they wanted to be ready. And although preparedness is still a popular topic, now that Donald Trump is president, most conservatives aren’t as worried as they used to be. In fact, […]
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Are you as ready as you think you are? You might be prepared to ride out a disaster in your home, but what if you have to evacuate? Be honest with yourself. How quickly could you get yourself and your family on the road and out of town? The only way to answer this question […]
The year is almost over, which means millions of people are going to try to lose weight and get in better shape over the next few months. Sadly, most of them will fail. But if you’re a prepper, you can’t afford to fail at this. I believe physical fitness is one of the most important […]
This article is several years old, but I just came across it recently and the advice is timeless. There’s a reason John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” Some people are more independent than others, and some people might be capable of surviving a very long time on their own. But […]
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How would you stay warm if the power went out during a winter storm? If you only have one answer to that question (or no answer at all), it’s time to prepare some extra emergency heat sources. As they say, two is one and one is none. If your main source of emergency heat is […]
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If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]
HAM radio is one of the best ways to communicate after a disaster, especially over huge distances. The thing is, they’re a bit complicated. As with most electronics, it’s easier to learn as you go. The problem is that you need to get a license before you can even use one. Tin Hat Ranch wrote […]
Ever heard of Gallaher Cigarettes? Probably not. Back in the day, cards were inserted into cigarette packs to make them stronger, and Gallahar Group would print life hacks on them. Now a century later, people are have taken notice of these hacks and started sharing them on the Internet. A few weeks ago, Preppers Will […]
I want to be clear about something right up front: I am not condoning grand theft auto. Hot-wiring is a very useful skill, but not so you can steal cars. However, after the SHTF there could be situations where you desperately need a vehicle to escape danger, go on food and water runs, get an […]
I’ve been worried about World War 3 ever since I saw the movie Red Dawn as a child and learned about Russia and the Cold War. And although the Cold War is long over (officially), I believe the possibility of World War 3 breaking out is as real as ever. The situation with North Korea […]
If you truly want to live off the grid, but you don’t want to give up electricity, then you’ll need to spend some time learning about battery systems. It’s not as simple as plugging your home into a battery bank, turning on your lights and AC, and calling it a day. There’s a lot to […]
Every generation is skilled at using the technology of its era. For example, people today are very good at driving cars, using smartphones, setting up home entertainment systems, and so forth. The problem is, if the end of the world as we know it ever happens, all those skills will be useless. The skills of […]
I’ve learned countless crime prevention tips over the years–some good, some bad–but when they come from a veteran cop, I pay close attention. Police officers have about a thousand times more experience with crime than the average citizen. They learn the many ways burglars break into homes, hear stories of home invasions straight from the […]
If you’re the type of prepper who likes to spend time in the garage or outside building your own things, then you need to check out these articles from Skilled Survival. There are enough DIY projects here to keep you busy for a while. The first article is about DIY survival gear and includes a […]
Recently I read an article about the medicinal benefits of lactuca virosa, otherwise known as wild lettuce. I found it very interesting because I’ve seen it growing in my neighborhood. Lots of it, in fact. I remember learning that it has effects similar to opium, but since there are other ways to ease pain, I […]
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As some of you may have noticed, I’m no longer curating two articles every week like I used to (in case you don’t know, “curating” is when I make a post about an article on another site). Instead, I’ll just be doing this once a week on Sundays. Sometimes I’ll comment on an article I […]
We are right in the middle of summer, and it’s a hot one. Parts of the United States have seen record high temperatures, and in Phoenix, nearly 50 flights were canceled because some planes can only operate in temperatures of 118 degrees F or less. Of course, the heat is no big deal if you […]
Thanks to disaster movies and survival TV shows, most people have a very unrealistic idea of what will happen after the shit hits the fan. You know what I’m talking about: The power goes out, and immediately people flood into the streets and start rioting and killing each other while the police are nowhere to […]
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At this point, there are literally hundreds–maybe even thousands–of articles about finding and purifying water, but every now and then I come across one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This one, in particular, is my personal favorite and anyone who is interested in wilderness survival–or really any kind of survival–should bookmark it. […]
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 […]