How to Practice Bugging Out

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How to Practice Bugging Out The bugout has been turned into a bit of a game over the last 5 years and its a real pet peeve of mine. Maybe its the funny Disney kind of name we have given it. I blame much of it on the idea that it was once a focal …

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6 Money Mistakes that Decrease Preppers Survivability

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6 Money Mistakes that Decrease Preppers Survivability Managing money is a tough enough task when you aren’t dealing with thoughts of the end times. Just paying bills and not eating out too much can be a practice in sheer willpower. Not to mention we are working harder to make money these days. Most people are …

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Have You Taken Prepping Too Far?

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

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Outdoor Kitchens For Sustainability

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Summer Kitchen Revival

Before the days of electricity in the house or the air conditioner cooling off the living spaces from the heat of summer and cooking, there were outdoor kitchens.

It was an effort to keep the house as cool as possible. They are also known as Summer Kitchens.

The summer kitchen’s purpose was for putting up food for the year, canning, preserving, pickling, and processing. It all took place on a wood-fired stove, which created enough heat to chase everyone out of the house.

Outdoor Kitchens Still in Use Today

When I lived on a small island in the Caribbean, our tiny beach cottage had a kitchen on the porch. Why? So cooking a meal wouldn’t heat up the entire 400 sq. ft. house. Unlike summer kitchens of North America, this little work space was our main kitchen year-round rather than seasonally.

In the past, the food was often prepped in the kitchen, but it wasn’t stored there. Herbs would dry in the attic, flour and vegetables were kept in a cool cellar. You would walk all over the house to gather the ingredients for a meal.

When electricity started making its way into homes, the summer kitchen was abandoned.

However, these outdoor kitchens are starting to make a comeback because people want to get closer to their food supply. There is no better way to get closer to nature and the food we eat than having a summer or outdoor kitchen.

What do you need for an outdoor kitchen?

When planning your outdoor/summer kitchen, think about function, efficiency, and comfort. What do you need and what can come later?

An efficient summer kitchen space could be as simple as you want it to be or as elaborate. Oh and that pizza oven you want, is it necessary or is it a luxury?

Here are some questions to ask yourself about your Summer Kitchen:

  1. Do you want it to be seasonal or permanent?
  2. Does it need to be enclosed, partially enclosed, or open to the elements?
  3. Does it need shade?
  4. Do you need seating? A table?
  5. What will you need to store? Food? Spices? Cutting boards? Silverware? Plates & Bowls? Cookware?
  6. Is there a nearby herb or veggie garden?
  7. Do you need running water?
  8. What about a greywater catchment system?
  9. Is a compost pile nearby?
  10. What will you cook on?
  11. Do you need an oven? A Sun Oven? A dehydrator?
  12. Is the ground level where you want to put the kitchen?
  13. Do you need refrigeration?
  14. What will you do when it rains? When it’s windy? When it’s blistering hot?
  15. Who will be using the kitchen?
  16. Who will be in the kitchen, particularly at the same time?
  17. How do you spend your time in the kitchen? Cooking or baking? Entertaining? Dishes? 

Think triangular work space

The triangle is a great shape when designing an efficient kitchen workflow. No matter the location of the kitchen.

How do you work in the kitchen when you prepare a meal?

You take the food out of the fridge. Then it is taken either to the sink or the stove area, cleanup goes from the stove and prep areas to the sink, and leftovers get put in the fridge.

Have a plan before you create your outdoor kitchen. Take a good look at what will fit in the space that you’ve allowed for your summer kitchen. Two ways into and out of the space will help with flow.

Start with the Sink. That’s where you’re going to spend a lot of your time, cleaning, prepping, and doing dishes. You’ll also want a beautiful view while you’re doing your work, right?

In the Cooking Area, you’ll want to be able to socialize with family and friends.

You’ll probably want between 18 in. to 36 in. for a comfortable prep area. There’s nothing worse than not having enough prep area. Am I right?

Think about walkways and flow into and through your summer kitchen, too.

Set the kitchen up into 5 zones:

  • Food storage (fridge, cabinets, or pantry)
  • Dishes
  • Clean up (sink area)
  • Prep area
  • Cooking

Store items as close to their zone as possible. For example, knives, mixing bowls, cutting boards, and wooden spoons should be in the prep area. Cooking and baking pans should be in the cooking area.

Store your dishes close to the sink. Having a cabinet above the sink where your dishes dry and store all in one place is amazing.

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Food preservation in your summer kitchen

When my grandmother canned her summer vegetables, outdoor kitchens were the norm, not a luxury. She’d set up her outdoor kitchen under a giant poplar with the chickens running all around the yard. If grandma did it, so can you!

Preserving your harvest is wonderful in the cold, winter months. It may take time and effort right now, but it is well worth it.

Life slows down a little bit, so you can enjoy family and friends.

There are three ways of preserving food that can be done in your summer kitchen: storage, canning, and drying.

The important thing is to start where you are. Check out this video for more tip.

Storage

A handful of vegetables can be stored, but only for a limited amount of time. Here is a great article about storing fruits and vegetables from the University of Missouri Extension Office.

You can store:

  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • beets
  • turnips
  • parsnips
  • carrots
  • leeks
  • radishes
  • horseradish
  • rutabagas
  • garlic
  • onions

Make sure veggies are firm. Remove any dirt, but do not wash the veg. Place the veggies in a box or bin. Air should circulate around the veggies. Slatted wooden boxes and wire baskets work great for this.

Canning

If you’re going to be canning, make sure you have all of your supplies handy.

  • Canning jars and lids
  • Water bath canner
  • Pressure canner
  • Funnels
  • Ladles
  • Pectin
  • Spices
  • Salts
  • Jar Lifter

Here’s a recipe for “Canned corn that’s sweet every time.”

Know which fruits and vegetables need to be pressure canned versus water-bath canned. The book, Stocking Up is invaluable for this purpose.

Drying

It’s super-easy to dry fruits and vegetables. You can even do it in a Sun Oven! Dried foods can be stored indefinitely, as long as they are kept dry.

You can dry:

  • root vegetables
  • beans of all kinds
  • cereal and grains
  • celery
  • herbs
  • peas
  • peppers
  • berries
  • fruits with high sugar and low moisture

Here is a great article with dehydrator recipes.

If you’ve ever thought of having a summer or outdoor kitchen, perhaps now is the time. Share your thoughts on how you would set it up. We’d love to hear from you. Leave your comments below!

 

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The Solo Prepper Resource Run

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The Solo Prepper Resource Run James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! To build a home of self-sufficiency and preparedness one of the most important things you can do is to include all of those involved in the technology, skills and procsses that allow you to live that lifestyle. In other words, you want … Continue reading The Solo Prepper Resource Run

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Stress Management: When Wildfires Threaten … Do This First

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The horizon around me was choked with dark smoke.

We were literally surrounded by five separate wildfires. I needed stress management and fast!

One of the longest, most respected scientific studies has shown that there is a STRONG correlation between proper breathing, stress management, and a long life.

According to that study, the No. 1 indicator of life expectancy is…

…well, you’d probably be better off just watching the latest video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.  In it, I explain all that, give detailed how-tos on various breathing techniques—and a whole lot more.

Watch the video for more on my story and how I overcame the stress of the situation. (Length: 21:22 minutes)

And, as I sat on the roof of my barn, I knew we were one wind shift away from having our property engulfed in flames.

We were ready to evacuate if the fires started coming our way. But until then, I focused on the one thing that could help me maintain a clear head, stay calm, and avoid stressing out…stress management!

I breathed. Deeply. In through my nose, filling my belly, then my chest, counting strategically, and then exhaling through my mouth.

Despite the circumstances, I could feel the increased oxygen jump-starting my brain. Whatever came next, I was ready.

Thankfully, that wind never shifted. The wildfires didn’t destroy our homestead. Our family and livestock were safe.

But I still remember that rooftop moment as a great (maybe extreme?!) example of a time when deep breathing helped me manage stress in a healthy way.

Proper breathing really can save your life.

  • What do you think? 
  • What’s your go-to in times of stress?
  • What are your favorite breathing tips?

Have you seen the other Grow Book videos?

I’m talking it out as I write it, and I’d love to get your feedback. You can see them here:

Grow Book Overview

Be Wealthy – Even If You’re Not Rich

Can You Be Healthy Eating From The Grocery Store?

What Toxins Are Hiding In Your Home?

Staying Healthy and Free—Even into Old Age!

How I Almost Lost My Leg!

I so appreciate you watching these videos and giving your feedback. So, please leave a comment below.

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The Art of Fishing and How to Get Your Kids to Love It

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The ability to fish is one of the most important tools in a survivalist’s arsenal. It pretty much guarantees that as long as they have access to clean water, they’ll be able to feed and hydrate themselves sustainably. Fish is a clean, tasty and nutritious food source and the act of fishing itself is a noble and therapeutic endeavour that rewards skill, wits, planning and patience.

It’s a really important skill to pass on to your kids too. Many fathers, sons, mothers and daughters have bonded throughout the centuries over the planning of the trip, celebrating the catch and preparing, cooking and eating the fish together as a family. It’s a great experience for any family, but the survivalist it’s doubly important because you’re imparting a skill that will ensure their health and wellbeing in difficult circumstances, giving you peace of mind and pride in their accomplishments.

But in today’s world of social media and video games, kids are finding it harder than ever to muster the focus required to fish. Here are some helpful tips to get them used to appreciating and enjoying the art of fishing.

Start Young

Kids are never too young to learn the value of nutrition and where their food comes from (more on that in a moment). You might think that your child lacks the patience or maturity to take an interest in fishing but the truth is that you can start laying the foundations for an appreciation of nature at a very early age. Taking them for walks in the woods and getting them used to the sights, sounds and textures of trees, dirt and water will predispose them for a love and understanding of nature so that they’re just itching with anticipation when the time comes to get in the water.

Many children lose interest in activities if they do poorly at the start so before they even get near the water, so make a game of practicing their side-arm cast in advance of their first fishing trip so that they’ll be gratified when their preparation pays off.

Kit Them Out

Your kids need to understand the importance of having the right equipment so it’s important not only to get them the right stuff but involve them in the process. Talk them through the different rods, fishing reels, lines and bait; their virtues and shortcomings. There are many starter kits on the market that vary wildly in quality. If they’re rushing for the kit that features their favorite superhero or Disney princess, just let them know that the kit contained within is likely poorly made and disposable and that they deserve better.

For Goodness’ Sake

Make sure your kids know the value of this activity for them. So few kids these days know where their food comes from and they might even struggle to see the correlation between the fish you catch in the lake and the fish they see on the plate. Be sure to sell them on the nutritional benefits of fish and the benefit that fishing will have on their lives.

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Essential Apps for Survivalists

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By Sandra – Guest Post

While many of us likely picture SHTF scenarios completely devoid of technology such as smartphones and electricity, there are many emergency and disaster scenarios where technology could prove quite useful and perhaps even save your life.

Aside from common apps you probably already have on your phone, such as a flashlight app and the compass app, there are quite a few others you should add to your smartphone that could prove very useful in any emergency situation.

Here are six essential apps every survivalist needs.

 

Wild Plant Survival Guide

You might have read our previous post on apps that can help you identify animals and plants in nature. Well, the Wild Plant Survival Guide app takes it a step further and helps you identify plants that are edible. In a situation where you’re on your own without extra food, this app could save your life. It provides details and color photos about more than 100 plants to help you identify which are edible and which are poisonous. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $1.99.

 

Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to access your files from any location. You can download the app to your phone and use the free storage to back up your important documents. Having copies of identity documents, passports, insurance policies, financial information and medical records immediately accessible during an emergency can save valuable time. The Dropbox app is free for iOS and Android devices.

However, accessing important personal documents online does present some risk. If you are accessing the information from the cloud, especially over an unsecured WiFi connection (which will likely be the norm in a SHTF scenario), you should consider taking extra steps to secure your information, such as using a proxy software service. A proxy software service will encrypt your data and ensure it can’t be accessed by other parties who might attempt to steal it.

 

5-0 Radio Police Scanner

In an emergency or disaster situation, police and first responders often have the most information about what’s happening. An app such as 5-0 Radio Police Scanner allows you to listen in on the radio frequencies of police and other emergency personnel. You can choose the feeds based on your current location, so whether you’re home or traveling, you can always be aware of what’s happening around you. The basic version of the app is free for iOS and Android devices, but there is also a PRO version that includes an additional 50,000 radio feeds for a one-time fee of $3.99

 

First Aid by American Red Cross

Knowing how to perform first aid accurately can save lives in an emergency. The First Aid by American Red Cross app provides step-by-step instructions for the most common emergency first aid situations. The content is all preloaded into the app, so you don’t need to have an internet connection to access any of the information; it’s available whenever and wherever you need it. The app is available for free for iOS and Android devices.

 

Storm Shield Severe Weather

The Storm Shield Severe Weather app provides severe weather updates for your location. You can get real-time voice or push notification alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter storms and other life-threatening weather events. This app is the best way to keep track of any potential weather-related dangers in your area when your television and weather radio aren’t nearby. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $2.99.

 

Disaster Alert
The Disaster Alert app provides real-time monitoring and alerts about hazards being tracked around the global. The app is part of the Pacific Disaster Center, which monitors potential hazards including natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and volcanoes; weather-related hazards such as droughts and wildfires; human-made problems such as nuclear hazards; and biomedical hazards such as disease outbreaks. You can receive push notifications for specific types of hazards or those within a certain distance and receive updates. The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

As a survivalist, the goal is to be prepared for any situation. Downloading these apps is just one more way you can be prepared for whatever happens next.

What apps do you rely on in case of an emergency?

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About the Author:

Sandra a freelance writer and survival expert. She’s passionate about teaching others how to prepare for emergencies and other disasters, from severe weather warnings to major human-caused disasters. She regularly contributes to The Right Side of Truth and several other sites.

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This is Why Location is Key for your Long Term Wilderness Survival Shelter

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This is Why Location is Key for your Long Term Wilderness Survival Shelter This author has put it all together in one article. When you are considering a location for long term survival that means your situation is dire enough. You have to focus on several things when you are considering a place for long …

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How to Process a Coffee Plant From Tree To Delicious Cup

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A delicious cup of coffee is a luxury many of us can’t do without. This tropical beauty (the coffee plant) has us wrapped around her little finger from the first sip to the last drop. 

Now that I live in the tropics, I’ve jumped in with both feet to grow a coffee plant and process the beans. Today, I’ll show you how I do it. Now, we didn’t process our coffee plant the easy way. I deliberately didn’t look up all the labor-saving ways to process coffee, much to my wife Rachel’s chagrin. Instead, I decided to do it all by hand.

It started with harvesting the coffee cherries from the coffee plant we discovered in the cocoa orchard.

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After that, there are four distinct phases to processing the beans from the coffee plant.

  1. Harvest the fruit from the coffee plant
  2. Remove the coffee beans from the fruit
  3. Ferment/clean the coffee beans
  4. Dry the coffee beans
  5. Remove the “parchment” layer from the dry beans
  6. Roast and grind the beans

I created a couple of videos showing the whole process. You can watch the two-part long version or the short version.

In Part One, we remove the coffee beans from the fruit and start the fermentation process. (Length: 18:29 min)

We did this all by hand, so it was a rather time-consuming process. Using your teeth is not necessarily recommended but works much better than any implement I’ve found, unless you do it the easy way and smash with a big board, like this (Length: 1:43 min):

In Part Two, we show the final process from drying to roasting. (Length: 17:39 min)

If you’re short on time, watch the short version. I demonstrate the whole process from coffee plant to cup in 2.5 minutes:

And, just because…I’m sure you have a cup of coffee close at hand. Have a little fun with the Hip-Hop version!

There’s really no excuse for the rap, but I guess you could call it “edutainment.”

Can’t handle the caffeine in coffee? Try some Dandelion Coffee.

A few years ago, I did a post sharing the entire process as a Hawaiian couple does it.

Sounds like fun and you get coffee?! That’s a win-win! So are you going to try to grow your own coffee plant? Tell us in the comments below.

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57 Best Cabin Plans

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57 Best Cabin Plans Building your own log cabin and starting to live off-grid can be a great way to start prepping. For those who don’t know, log cabins can be built for a surprisingly small sum of money (<$20,000) and can be hidden away making them an ideal home for preppers. Cabins can be …

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13 Tips to Survive a Protest

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13 Tips to Survive a Protest This is an incredible concept but in 2017 we are dealing with protests is a dangerous things. We have seen the fall of the peaceful protest  on campuses all across American. Though it might make you feel upset that we have reached this point I think its important that …

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2017 EDC Items You Haven’t Heard Of

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2017 EDC Items You Haven’t Heard Of Tech is changing everything. Innovation. We are America. Everything is going to continue to get better .Of course, the issue is the China made products that fall apart and you do not want on your person everyday. Still, there are great American companies created incredible products for your …

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Home Defense – Do You Need a Gun to Garden?

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Guns aren’t useful for digging or anything like that. However, if you are becoming self-reliant, you may want a gun for home defense.

Let me tell you a true story that happened to me and made me decide to go buy several guns. This from a woman who couldn’t even look at the glass case where the guns were kept in the sporting goods area. Avoiding my eyes on the way to the camping section was the norm.

In the early days of The Grow Network, back when we first produced the DVD “Grow Your Own Groceries,” I went to several local stores to see if they would sell it.

Watch the video to hear the rest of my story (Length: 4 min.15 sec)

How scary is the thought of being without a home defense strategy?

Think about what you would be protecting.

  • Your family
  • Your animals
  • A big cache of backup food supplies
  • Your garden and food for the coming year
  • Your property

If you don’t own a gun, are you really prepared for any scenario?

When he looked at me for a long moment, as if I was stupid…

…and pulled out a big, black semi-automatic weapon, at first, I didn’t understand. Then, as he carefully laid it on the counter between us, I was stunned. He wasn’t threatening me. Looking back on it, he was opening my eyes.

His words, “Well, if anything happens—it is like this—with this gun, I can get all the food I need from people like you.”

I was speechless. Note: I didn’t sell any videos either.

Now I live in Texas, which has a proud tradition of gun ownership.

Buying, selling, and swapping guns is easy and legal. In fact, it is a major pastime for many Texans. While that doesn’t mean that everyone in Texas would be part of a marauding band of gun-totin’, food-stealin’ individuals, that mentality exists in some form everywhere. It’s the “haves” versus the “have nots,” and feeling like you’re owed something for which you didn’t put in the blood, sweat, and tears.

In recent history, it is well-documented that crime and violence go up as economic conditions go down. Certainly, there are scenarios where law and order could break down. In that case, having some level of home defense is not only an important skill, but smart!

After the experience with the shop keeper…

…I realized I needed to learn a whole new set of skills that included home defense. Getting over my fears and prejudices about guns and putting emphasis on understanding defense became a priority.

In an upcoming article, I’ll write about what guns I choose to use and why.  I’ll also do a short series on resources that I’ve found particularly useful for understanding principles of home defense.

As shocking as the experience with the shopkeeper was, I see it as a good thing. It opened my eyes to a reality I hadn’t been willing to see.  While this site is mostly dedicated to food and medicine, I will let you know what I’ve been learning about personal and home defense, too.

What a shocker! Huh?

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Stay Clean While Camping Using the Waterless Hygiene System by CombatOne

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Stay Clean While Camping Using the Waterless Hygiene System by CombatOne Rashes, skin lesions and abrasions as well as infections are some of the most common ailments of the camper. When we talk about bugging out most of us are talking about hiking and camping. There aren’t many people who have a giant bugout location …

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The Utility Knife- A Prepper Favorite

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The Utility Knife- A Prepper Favorite There are countless tools preppers can use, as they are undeniably resourceful. One of the favorite knives that gets used for everyday carry (EDC) is not your typical folding knife. It’s not a fixed blade knife either. A replaceable blade utility knife probably sees the most work for everyday …

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How To Introduce Kids To Survival In The Great Outdoors

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Even though you, and most probably your partner, might be adept at getting out into nature and living off the environment on a regular basis; the younger members of your family may not understand what all the fuss is about. Kids learn quickly and pick up knowledge and skills at an enviable rate, so they are the perfect students to teach the ways of the outdoors, and how to deal with any danger that may head their way in the future. The following are some ideas to inspire you to get the family in the 4×4 and head out into the wilderness for some fun.

 

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The Gear

You’ve probably got all of the essential gear for a successful camping or survival trip; however, if you’re the only one using it, you won’t be teaching your kids a thing. Your children can start learning when you start prepping for the journey ahead. Ask them to help put things into rucksacks and load up the wagon; make sure they know the name of everything they pick up, and what it’s used for. The knowledge you give them before you leave will ensure they’re off to a great start when they help to set up camp. Try to think about any items that could prove hazardous to little ones; it’s important that kids know what to steer clear of, and learn to respect the things that they will utilize in the future, so bear that in mind when you spot their curiosity.

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The Accommodation

You might want to take the minimal, and sleep under the stars. However, you’ll want your kids to have a positive first experience of the wilderness, so it’s worth making them as comfortable as possible. They’ll toughen up the more they experience various terrains, so show them a variety of environments and locations. If you’re thinking of investing in a family-sized tent, you can find out here what the best on the market are, and which ones to consider for your adventures together. Keep the kids engaged at every stage of the vacation; they might want to run off and play tag as you sort out the sleeping arrangements, but it’s important that they come and help you set-up. You can still make every step a fun challenge; you kids will learn more if the are having fun and partaking in some sibling rivalry.

The Tricks And Tactics

Once you’re all embracing the outdoors in your desired location and your camp is all set; the enjoyment can really begin. Kids will grow a deep passion for everything the outdoors has to offer them, as long as they have positive memories and associations with it. Teach them as much as you can; all the tricks and lessons that you may have learned the hard way will come in handy as you inform them of how to do things. Keep their safety and happiness as a priority at all times, and the whole family won’t want to go back to normal life again; you’ll make great memories, and your kids will become adept little survivalists in no time!

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Essential Items For The Ultimate Survival Kit

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TV presenters such as Bear Grylls have made surviving in the wilderness cool. Even President Barack Obama spent a few days with Mr. Grylls for a trek across the Alaskan wilderness. Essentially it was a great TV show in which President Obama could chat about climate change, his family and home life while at the same time looking effortlessly cool with a survival expert. Survival skills are worthwhile. You may never find yourself stranded in the middle of a jungle or without water in a desert, but you just might enjoy the thrill of a survival skills weekend. Read on to explore the what every survivalist needs in their backpack.

Safety First

A first aid kit is the most fundamental bit of kit you should be packing. Accidents happen, and while there will be tree sap somewhere in the forest that may help with the gash on your hand, it’s always safer to clean it with an antiseptic wipe and stick on a band-aid. Ensure you have painkillers, band-aids, gauze, antiseptic and bandages as a bare minimum.

Know Where You Are

Gone are the days of navigating by the stars; get yourself a nifty little compass. This tiny feat of engineering can slip into your pocket and can save you from getting stranded. Used in conjunction with a map or ordinance survey record, you will be able to locate key points along your trail or within your environment.

Blend In

If you are keen to take on the true survivalist mentality, then it’s essential that you get yourself some effective camouflage gear. Camo has been around for years, used by armed forces and survivalists across the globe. A more effective range of 3D camo now enables you to blend even more efficiently into your surroundings by using laser cut leaves to break up your outline. If you find yourself hunting animals for food, your camo gear can make or break whether you will be going to sleep having had a satisfying meal.

Tools

It’s vital that you pack tools that have a range of uses. With a swat knife, you can build a shelter and start a fire. Find a swat knife that is durable and locks open and closed to prevent accidents.

In Case Of Emergency

It doesn’t happen very often, but you may need to call for help. As a survivalist wanting to get away from it all, it may pain you to take a phone with you, but you don’t even have to switch it on and can leave it floundering at the bottom of your bag. Just make sure you have one. A cellphone is vital if you are going to ensure your safety at all times.

If you are just starting out learning about survival techniques, think about meeting like minded people on a survival course. You’ll be able to venture into the woods, and with expert tuition, you’ll get to test your newfound skills in a safe and controlled environment. Any wilderness is a daunting place, but treat them with respect, and you can enjoy the challenges they present.

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5 Unusual Self-defense Methods for Survival Situations

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While many people hope that they will never have to use them, having survival skills can help ensure that you make it through a life-threatening situation. You’ve likely seen advice on preparing survival kits and adopting self-sufficient habits. These things are quite important, but it also is vital to learn self-defense skills in case you find yourself … Read more…

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FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid

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FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid FEMA is preparing. They are always preparing. That’s what they do. What they do a really bad job of is communication. It may not even be their fault entirely. People are fractured in how they consume information. Some get it through social …

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The Last Minute Shopper’s Guide to Panic Prepping

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When a disaster draws near, suddenly, preppers don’t seem quite so crazy anymore. It becomes mainstream to engage in a flurry of activity that looks like an episode of Doomsday Preppers being fast-forwarded across the screen. Panic prepping happens more often than you might think. We see it frequently when the news outlets warn of …

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Five Ways To Teach Your Kids Situational Awareness

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Five Ways To Teach Your Kids Situational Awareness What we do with kids and how our preparedness lifestyle effects them is a tricky situation. There is a magic in being a kid and its very important that we do not extinguish that magic. The world will dump gallons of reality on that flame, don’t you …

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The Wrath of Traveler’s Diarrhea

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The Wrath of Traveler’s Diarrhea Only you know the true extent of your bugout. This article is written by someone who has been on a five year bugout. I really enjoy the content here by someone who is living and traveling out of a backpack. I think there is so much for preppers and survivalists …

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This is Why the Community Rules for Preppers

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This is Why the Community Rules for Preppers There is only once chance for preppers to reach their full potential. It has nothing to do with a network of spider holes or a deep buried bunker. For preppers to take advantage of what they were truly put on this earth for they must consider the …

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Manual Kitchen Tools To Get For When There Is No Power

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Manual Kitchen Tools To Get For When There Is No Power It shouldn’t be a secret by now that our national power grid is fragile and vulnerable to attacks. Even more, people should understand that our electricity “addiction” will have a poor outcome when the grid goes down. You and me, like all other Americans, …

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What Should You Keep In a Faraday Cage?

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What Should You Keep In a Faraday Cage? We all have probably heard of a Faraday cage at some point in our lives but do we really know what to keep in one? I have been confused about what to keep in one too and I have been prepping for years. See an extensive list …

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The Practical Application of Gear, Load and Weight Considerations

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The Practical Application of Tactical Gear, Load and Weight Considerations We all love some good tactical gear. Its one of those things you just cannot help. Once on this prepping journey its not long before you are spending hours drooling over various EDC setups or gear loadouts. I like this article because it comes from …

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Survival Knife Review: The Swiss Army Knife Classic?

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In many emergency situations, all you’ll have are the tools in your pockets. And a tiny knife is better than no knife at all. A Classic can be an important part of your survival kit.

Testing the Bell and Howell “TacLight”

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Testing the Bell & Howell “TacLight” This light is very affordable and holds a special place in my heart. I used this light professionally for about 6 months. There were definitely issues with it but I thought it a pretty functional and useful light for the money. If you are a true lumen addict you …

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Picking The Right Wood To Build A Fire In The Wild

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Building a fire in the wild is mandatory for survival and it also a great morale booster. You should know how to build one, regardless if you are fleeing the collapsing civilization or if you are enjoying a camping trip. Picking the right wood to build a fire is the most important step to get … Read more…

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Feeding Yourself the Self-Sufficient Way

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When the world’s ending and there are no more manufacturing companies and farmers left to provide you with food, will you be able to survive? If the answer is “yes” because you’ve saved up tonnes of canned food, then there’s some bad news waiting for you: what will you do when it runs out? You can’t rely on the possibility of the world fixing itself after an apocalypse, and unless you’re going to hunt other people for their canned food then there’s only one way to feed yourself: being self-sufficient.

It’s easy to be self-sufficient, but you need to remember that there’s some skill involved and a lot of knowledge to pick up before you can really become self-sufficient with your food. So to help you get started, we’ve detailed four different methods of getting your own food so you can practice in the event the world is turned upside down.

Gardening

Gardening is basically just farming on a smaller scale. Start by learning how to grow vegetables and fruits in your backyard. Remember that the climate makes a huge difference to what you can and can’t grow, so don’t expect to grow everything in your backyard. Start with easy things to manage such as salad leaves, potatoes or beans. They’re relatively easy to get started with and they don’t require much work to get started. Once you’re comfortable with your gardening skills, expand by stretching your backyard, buying more plots of land, or writing down some farming notes in a handy notebook so that you’re ready.

Fishing

With so much water out there, there’s bound to be some fish in nearby lakes and rivers. If you’re lucky and live near a larger body of water, then the fish will be fresh and full of life. However, you may need to invest in a fishing boat or a similar device to get out further into the waters in search of more bounty. Check this trolling motor buying guide if you need a bit of assistance in picking the right motor for your needs. Remember that fishing requires a lot of patience and not everything you fish up is edible. Some fish might be infested with parasites and some might be covered in sewage and sludge from inner-city rivers.

Foraging

Foraging is a key still for any survivalist. Living off the land is something that many in the prepping community speak about, but people usually don’t know much about what is edible or not. You need to know where to find edible plants and fruits, you need to know what is poisonous and what is edible, and you need to be able to stomach nutritious plants even if they taste horrible. If you find yourself in a survival situation in the future with nothing but the land to live off, then you’ll be glad that you studied edible plants.

Hunting

Lastly, we can’t forget about hunting. While using a gun is the simplest method of hunting your prey, you may want to learn how to throw a spear, use a bow, or even create traps to get a hold of fast animals. Survival hunting, much like foraging, is an essential skill to learn but you need to be prepared to kill an animal for the sake of your own survival—something that not everyone can stomach.

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Five Prepping Things To Accomplish in June

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Five Prepping Things To Accomplish in June We live in a click bait world and it can be terrible sometimes. I have a weakness and though this article is not click bait it works that way for me. When I see a number of things to accomplish and a time frame to accomplish them it …

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Make a Mini FIRE PISTON on Lathe

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Make a Mini FIRE PISTON on Lathe Thanks to demand and the busy slave labor benches in China most people would never imagine making a mini fire piston from machined metal. The truth that with a few machines you could probably create 90% of your survival kit yourself. When you talk about true preparedness you …

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Realistic Prepping Priorities

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

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Considering having others join me and my wife

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  • Not positive this is something I want to do,  but entertaining ideas.

I have 22 acres in western North Carolina that’s absolutely PERFECT for off grid living!  I had 26 but sold 4 to a neighbor last week.

I am surrounded by 3 mountains to the rear and both sides and for any kind of EMP, blast of any kind, chemical warfare, whatever, I am well protected!

The rear of my property is National Forest Land and basically there’s just hundreds and hundreds of usable acres!!!

I have a very nice home and there is a year-round creek that splits the property long ways and runs 20 foot off the front porch of the house so starting with  this creek runs all the way down splits my 22 acres and keeps going.  

So as far back as you can imagine we have running water because we are located at the very very bottom and all the water that runs off the mountains feed this creek!

Even though I am in a subdivision (not like you are thinking)  I am still extremely secluded and very remote.

I am retired and financially stable but having financial assistance of some sort would never hurt as let’s just say I have more than enough money to cover all the bills but for any additional projects I lack resources.  Well I don’t so much slack as I would be apprehensive to use any of it because I have to live off of it for the rest of my life.

I have a pioneer 1000 UTV which can get you just about anywhere on the property as well as a dual sport motorcycle.

And I am 90% positive I will be buying a new Kabota mini excavator as there are just more uses that I can imagine but would come in real handy for digging and making hidden areas, protection embankments, just about anything you can think of as well as branching off the creek to put it in a pond.

Because the creek runs long ways there are just numerous sites somebody could pitch a tent or build a cabin right off the creek or one of the many waterfalls (small ones the tallest is about 5 foot) and in fact could use the trees that are here as the area has never been cleared and there are tons of mature hardwoods!

But I am 57 and I’m getting old and I’m losing energy and so I’m just talking out loud here.

I have been a prepper all my life but I’m not a crazy over the line prepped.  What’s the difference?  I don’t WANT it to happen I’m just prepared if it does  🙂

I have EVERYTHING that’s needed, every resource you can think of to say the land, water, year round game (Bear, turkey, wild hogs, you name it)  seclusion, natural protection, a respectable amount of stockpiled food, water purification, weapons and ammunition, gas, diesel and propane stockpile, multiple generators to feed the house and anything else,  chainsaw, will gas leaf blower, basically if you name it I probably have it!

What I need is some additional mind power and man power. The mind power to say which way to head now, what to do next, some creative thinking.  The manpower to pull it all off. And again, some financial assistance would not hurt!

I am NOT looking for free loaders, lazy pot smokers, people who just want a place to hang out for free..

Would prefer a family type, married with kids, as I would think there’s more stability there but I am not limited to that. I am wide open to anyone and everyone as long as you are stable, and by stable you know what I mean, of the mind not of your current circumstance!

 I’m extremely honest and I expect the same. You don’t need to hide your current condition from me. If you’re good people who are down and out and need some assistance this could be for you, who knows. I understand life has hurdles 🙂

But to reiterate, i’m not looking for people who think they can take it advantage of me. I’m very streetwise and it’s just not going to happen.

Don’t come thinking you’re going to figure out a way to gain my confidence and then start using me to live off of and giving you money that’s just not going to happen!

I’m looking for the following type people, whether they are single, married, boyfriend girlfriend, I don’t really care, as long as you fit this criteria.

You must have honesty and integrity I’m not interested in anything else.

You’re hard-working… but I’m not looking for slaves either!  I don’t want you sitting around all day, all week staring at the creek, watching the sun rise and set. At the same time, I don’t expect you to get up at sunrise and work yourself to death till nightfall!

Have a slight tendency to prefer more females than males as my wife could seriously use some girlfriends she’s feeling pent up.

Looking for someone who could earn some income and contribute, though I would not be looking for that immediately  if your circumstances didn’t allow you to. In other words if you’re down and out and just need a place until you can get on your feet and get a job that’s fine with me as long as there is an effort being made.

Now look, I haven’t really figured all this out so nothing is engraved in stone and I’m just talking out loud as I say. I’m really confused about the situation myself and I don’t really know how it’s going to play out.  

All I know is I’m open to all situations and to either one or multiple parties but the one thing that any one or many have to have is they ALL have to be basically “good people”.

I am all about utilizing the resources here and preparing for the end of the world however I’m NOT looking for any fanatics, people who want to do nothing but target shoot all day and talk about kicking someone’s ass! ( yes you can target shoot 🙂

I’m also open to just living off the land as a theory, in other words not worrying about whether or not the world is going to end and just having a commune type area where we could have some friends that turn into more like family 🙂

Just use your heads here. I’m not out looking for addicts or drunks or lazy homeless people. I’m looking for good people who either are kind of down and out and need a safe secure place that they can live and make this place their home or   people who are not down and out, have jobs and work but have been looking for this type dream and just don’t have the resources to pull it off and so this way we could combine our lives together.

You could continue to work and contribute financially and on your time off use the trees here and clear out a little site and build yourself a cabin by the creek!

You could have access to all my resources that you have dreamed of while not having to pay for it and be able to keep your jobs.

Not trying to be repetitive but again I don’t really know what I want and so I’m just open for almost anything as long as we are all dealing with good people.

Open to single moms with children, married couples, boyfriend girlfriend, I’m open to just about any situation.

Initially I will be VERY leery and reluctant about letting someone stay in my home.

I have no children and it’s just me and my wife so the entire upstairs is not being used.  I have two bedrooms and one full bath upstairs. One bedroom is absolutely gorgeous and has a king size bed, a big screen TV, a built-in fireplace, and is really something equal to a hotel honeymoon suite that is breathtaking.

The other bedroom has a queen size bed, a loft bed, and TV as well but it’s a regular size room and not what I would consider big.

MAYBE eventually if trust is earned I would MAYBE feel comfortable letting someone stay in it as they built the little mini home site off the creek but until that time and initially you would have to stay on the property and not in my home.

You would need a tent and sleeping bags but if you were so down and out you didn’t even have that I could lend you all of my outside gear which is very plentiful and will be all you need.

Because my wife has taken sick she is unable to do the normal duties of a housewife and I have been her full-time caretaker for over three years.

It’s very rough on me to be honest not having a housewife and so I’m even open up the possibility of having a full-time live-in person to replace her. That would be to say do grocery shopping, make dinner, clean dishes, do laundry, everything a normal housewife would do.

I end in saying again, I have many directions we could all head in right now this is the first up of seeing what we can all come up with!

Eventually it would be really nice if we had a half dozen or so families living here in our own little mini commune in Western North Carolina, where everybody loved and respected each other and there was total trust, no theft, and we could all live as one big family!

This is not “easy land”  to work with because as I say I’m surrounded by mountains.

Other than 50 foot or so of flat area around the creek you’re going up a mountain very fast!  I rent an excavator and put in 4 roads to the areas that were extremely incline and that helped a lot having access with a Honda UTV.

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6 Common Misconceptions About Prepping that Mislead Many

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6 Common Misconceptions About Prepping that Mislead Many Prepping is one of the top 10 undertakings that is grossly misconceived. Dare I say top 5. From the outside looking in and from the inside looking further in. The movement was adopted and defiled by the Doomsday Preppers show where contestants shared many of the common …

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Massive Government Preparations and Stockpiling Point To One Thing: “An Event Is Going To Happen”

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Massive Government Preparations and Stockpiling Point To One Thing: “An Event Is Going To Happen” For years we have been reading about things like FEMA camps and coffins. There have been sightings of strange trucks on highways that gave us pause and there has been this concessions that the government is planning for some thing. …

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Why Do You Need An Air Rifle For Survival Hunting?

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When you look at the hunting scenario, a lot has changed over the course of time. Back in the day, people used to use stones, bow and arrows for survival hunting but today there is enough feasibility to use many other tools. When you seek advice from hunters on what to use for hunting, they … Read more…

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5 Skills And 5 Tools For Every Prepper

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Who knows what could happen tomorrow? This is the philosophy that most preppers live by. No matter the situation, when danger suddenly appears, a prepper’s heightened organization and awareness will greatly increase their chances of survival. There are roughly 3.7 million preppers in the United States, and each one most likely understands that being a prepper takes a lot of time and money. So how do you make sure that you’re being efficient? Apart from the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter, what are the other tools and tricks you need to survive? Check out this list of five tools and five skills to have under your belt in case of an emergency.

5 Handy Skills

Navigation and compass skills

Being able to navigate yourself in an unknown area is a skill that will get you far. Literally. In times of danger, who knows where you could end up? You may have to escape your house on foot, escape your town or state and in extreme cases, the country. In its most basic form, practicing a good sense of direction can be great, but also mastering the use of your compass can be better to avoid getting lost in an unknown area like a forest or even an unfamiliar city.

First aid

Performing first aid is essential to ensuring that you and those around you are out of any immediate danger that could lead to serious injury or fatality. This could be especially helpful in natural disasters in which people are prone to drowning, suffocating or choking. But there are many dangerous situations where people may need assistance through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or other first aid techniques.

Finding and producing water

More so than food, enough water is an absolute necessity to survive. And with such an abundant supply of water all over the earth, it’s just a matter of knowing where to find it. Even if you feel like Tom Hanks in “Castaway,” you may be able to find your very own coconut to feast on. Apart from collecting rainwater, there are other ways to be creative. When in snow or ice, boiling it can be a great way to make water safe from bacteria, however, this requires fire or another heating source. If you find yourself in a mountain, make your way down it, as water always runs to the lowest point. In a desert, finding water can be a bit trickier, but try digging a few feet below creek beds or building a solar still.

Fire making

This skill is one that will help you with a number of things — cooking food, boiling water to make it potable and staying warm. While it doesn’t take many materials to start a fire, it does take some practice. In order to prepare for this, try out different fire starters and see which works best for you. After that, it’s a matter of practicing how to collect the right wood and branches and correctly arranging them for a fire.

Knowledge of flora and fauna

In extreme circumstances, you may find yourself out of food, water, and shelter and may be forced to use the natural resources around you. However, with so many different species of plants and animals, a sound knowledge of flora and fauna can go a long way. This is a way of making the environment work for you and knowing what can be used as food or as survival materials, as well as what can be potentially harmful.

5 Handy Tools For A Prepper

Multi-function survival tool

It’s always important to make sure you have as many tools on you as possible without taking up too much space because you never know what you might need. A multi-tool can be used as a knife, screwdriver, can opener, ruler, bottle cap opener, 4 position wrench, saw blade, butterfly screw, wrench, direction ancillary wrench, 2 position wrench and other configurations based upon what you select.

Hunting knife

Keeping the need for food in mind, a hunting knife is a useful tool to carry in case you’re stuck in a situation where you have to hunt for your food. Matched with educating yourself about hunting, this tool can be the difference in feeding you and your family or not.

Fire starter

As mentioned, the use of a fire is multifaceted, so it’s important to make it a major focus. Experiment with different types and brands of fire starters to see what you like best. They often come in different styles and can have other things attached to them such as torches or whistles.

Water tools

Water is essential and should be included in any prepper’s schedule. As a base, preparing hydration packs is a great way to ensure that everyone stays hydrated, especially in a circumstance when you’re leaving on foot and will be prone to exhaustion and dehydration. Once your water supply ends, another great water tool to carry is filtration tablets. When added to dirty or bacteria-infested water, these tablets kill the germs and make the water drinkable.

Flashlight

One of the worst parts of natural disasters or other dangerous situations is that you’re often left without electricity or a source of light. Having a readily available flashlight can mean that you’re able to not only find food and water at all times but can also remain aware of your surroundings and therefore avoid any further danger.

As a prepper, remaining organized for any situation is vital. And there’s usually a fear that you’re forgetting something, which could end up putting you and your family in even more danger. Make use of these five tools and five skills to ensure you’re always prepared to keep you and your loved ones safe in a variety of scenarios.

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Triangulating Your Position in the Wilderness

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Triangulating Your Position in the Wilderness What are you capable of with a simple compass and map? Even if you are someone who is not often in the wilderness its important to ask yourself how your will find your way without a phone. We have become so dependent on maps that are generated by satellites …

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How to Make an Improvised Gas Mask

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How to Make an Improvised Gas Mask We have trash. What I like about the construction of this improvised gas mask is that you need a very minimal amount of materials to make it work. What I will say on a very serious note is that I have no idea how effectively this things may …

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Seven 15 Minute Preps to Get Ready for Hurricane Season

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Seven 15 Minute Preps to Get Ready for Hurricane Season Yes. That time of year is upon us again. If you are on the Atlantic coast then you will be concerning yourself with hurricanes again. The annual threat never ceases to remind us why we need to get generators and flashlights in check before those …

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If We Don’t Fight For It, The Liberal World Order Is Going To Kill Our Way Of Life

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If We Don’t Fight For It, The Liberal World Order Is Going To Kill Our Way Of Life This article is an astounding look at  the workings and the agendas all around us. Things are changing in the nation at a speed that is almost too fast for us to comprehend. With the help of …

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6 Methods of Thinking Like an Operative

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6 Methods of Thinking Like an Operative Thinking like an operative is a very appealing idea to many. We are all undergoing some sort of transformation on the journey of preparedness. We are all looking to be more efficient and maybe even looking to impress those around us with our change. Along the journey you …

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Vaseline & Cotton Balls – the Perfect Fire Starter?

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Vaseline & Cotton Balls – the Perfect Fire Starter? One of the most critical parts of survival is the warmth, protection and cooking ability of a fire. There is no other part of your survival arsenal that will provide you with as much as fire will. It can protect you from the cold, protect you …

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Top 5 Essential Oil Picks for the Homestead

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Top 5 Essential Oil Picks for the Homestead My first experience with essential oil was using some powerful mint oil on my temples to help with a headache. Like most people from the ibuprofen world I was doing this ‘experiments’ half heartedly.  I was surprising impressed at just how effective it was. It took a …

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Essential Disaster Preparedness Tips for College Students

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No one likes to think about it, but disasters can happen anywhere, and that includes at college. If you’re studying away from home, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place, just in case the worst happens. How you view your own personal disaster preparedness options could be the difference between life and death. Here’s what you should do if a disaster happens at your school.

Prepare before the worst happens

Being prepared is the key to avoiding the worst in any disaster. If you take the time now to get a plan together, you’ll be a step ahead if anything occurs:

  • Find out what’s likely in your area: Depending on where you’re studying, you could be at risks of floods, or maybe earthquakes. Take the time to look up what natural disasters are likely to occur in your area. That way, you can start planning for these properly.
  • Put essential contacts in your phone: If you don’t have your emergency contacts in your phone, now’s the time to program them in. “When you do so, make sure you start the contact name with ‘ICE’ or ‘In Case of Emergency’. That way, emergency workers can easily contact the right people if needs be”, – says Emelle Ruth, a College Coordinator at Paper Fellows.
  • Know your escape routes: In the buildings you frequent most, like your dorms or your classrooms, know where your nearest exits are. In the event of a disaster like a fire, you’re going to need to know how to get out quickly. It’s worth practicing these routes a few times, so you know where you’re going if the eventuality occurs.
  • Take a course in first aid: This is always a useful skill to have, but especially in a disaster situation. A course in first aid or CPR won’t cost you much, but you’ll have the means to help yourself and others if the time comes.

Make a disaster kit

Another good way of making sure you’re prepared is to make a disaster kit. Keep it stored in a safe place in your dorm, and you’ll be ready if you find yourself without power, or stranded in the building or an extended period of time. This should include:

  • First aid kit: This doesn’t have to be too involved, but you will need the essentials. Buy items such as bandages, non aspirin painkillers, anti septic cream, burn spray, and gloves. Make sure you have enough to patch somebody up if you need to.
  • Food and water: Keep some non perishable food around, as well as a few large bottles of water. The water will be a great help if the water is cut off, and the food should last for a few days if needed. Check the dates on the food regularly, as even emergency rations do have an expiry date.
  • Flashlight: Essential if the lights are shut off. Make sure you put fresh batteries in it, and put away some spares, too.
  • Blankets: If the heat goes off and it’s the middle of winter, you’re going to want an easy way of staying warm. A pile of thick, warm blankets will do the trick.

Prepare for the most common emergencies

Now you have the basics down, you’ll need to ensure that you’re prepared, no matter what happens. Here are some of the more common emergencies that happen, and how to deal with them.

Fire

Fires can happen anywhere, but they’re an eventuality that most schools are actually well prepared for. Mary Walton, psychologist and author of SimpleGrad comments the issue: “When you start at your school, you’ll have the fire alarm system explained to you. Ensure that you’re listening carefully, as there’s a lot of important information you’ll need to know”.

Typically, you’ll see fire exits clearly marked in every building you go into. If you hear the alarm go off, you need to exit using these routes, without stopping to collect your belongings. At your school there will be clearly marked meeting points. Make your way there, and wait for further instructions.

If you encounter a fire, the best thing to do is to set off the fire alarm yourself, and then exit the building. If you have the means to fight it and you feel safe to do so, you can attempt to put it out yourself. If you’re unsure though, it’s best to remove yourself from danger.

Earthquake

There’s no pre-warning system in place for when an earthquake hits, so the first you’ll know of it is when it happens. However, you can still keep yourself safe.

If you’re in class, your teacher will instruct you to drop to the ground and take shelter under the desks until the earthquake subsides. Then, they’ll evacuate you as soon as it’s over. This is to get you to safety before aftershocks occur.

Hurricanes

These sound frightening, but you’ll usually get good warning before a hurricane reaches you. This means you can be prepared.

Make sure you’re paying attention to warnings when they occur. Take heed, and get to safety as soon as you can. Your school will have a plan to get students out of danger, and into a safe place, so look into yours. You’ll want to stay away from buildings with large windows, as the risk of breaking glass is high.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes can have up to 3 minutes warning time, but they can often have little to no warning at all. Once they form, they move quickly, so you must be prepared. The key is to move quickly once you know it’s coming.

You’ll want to evacuate to an area that’s lowest on your campus, and stay away from any span roofs or windows. Staying crouched down on the floor is the safest place to be, until the tornado passes. Your school will hold drills for this kind of emergency, so make sure you’re paying attention during them.

Disasters sound frightening but you can get through them if you’re prepared. Use these tips to get a plan together, and know what to do if the worst happens. Being prepared is the best way to get through any disaster.

About the author: Gloria Kopp is a content manager and an elearning consultant from Manville city. She graduated from University of Wyoming and started a career of a business writer and an educator, now she works as a tutor at Assignment help company. Besides, she is a regular contributor to such websites as Engadget, Academized, Huffingtonpost etc. Read her latest blog post here.

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Make Your Own Pill Bottle Survival Kit

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Make Your Own Pill Bottle Survival Kit I am not really a big fan of these minimalist, project survival kits. Unless of course they are used as project survival kits.When I look at this one and its contents I see some great little additions. You might call them mini additions. There is more in this …

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You’re A Pepper. Your Family’s Not. What Should You Do?

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Perhaps one of the hardest things to do when prepping is convincing family and friends to join you.

Ask any long-time prepper, and they’re likely to have had trouble discussing the topic with loved ones. Prepping isn’t something you can hide from immediate family, either.  A basement full of food supplies would be hard to keep a secret, as would a cabinet stocked with guns and ammo.

Need help? You definitely can win people to your side, even through small, incremental ways.

1. Find examples of people and situations they can relate to. All of us know people who’ve suffered through a disaster, a sudden job loss, a health crisis or something that’s drastically disruptive of normal life. This is where facts and history can be your best resource. Whether they be calamitous events from recent history (Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the 2008 economic crisis) or those from decades past (World War II, The Great Depression), there always will be real-life devastations to discuss. If you stick to news and factual events, there’s a higher chance you’ll get people to seriously consider preparing for a disaster.

2. Use the government’s own advice. FEMA and DHS advice the public to be ready to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. This means one should be able to provide for one’s own shelter, first aid, food, water and sanitation for three days. This is because local responders may not be able to reach calamity victims immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

3. Books, TV and movies might help. Hollywood never runs out of apocalyptic films to titillate people into thinking the end of the world can and will happen within our lifetime. World War Z. 2012. The Day After Tomorrow. If fiction won’t get your friends thinking, there are loads of non-fiction material they can peruse. Nat Geo documentaries like American Blackout and The Next Mega Tsunami point to the probability of a grid-down scenario and a devastating tsunami. Science-based books like Our Final Hour:  A Scientist’s Warning – How Terror, Error and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in this Century (Martin Rees), The Coming Plague:  Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Laurie Garett) and Cyberwar:  The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About it (Richard Clarke) explain just how fragile and vulnerable our world is to different kinds of calamities.

4. No date-setting. Don’t prognosticate that the world as we know it is sure to end next month, next quarter or next year. Even the best or most-followed financial analysts, geo-scientists, astrophysicists and prophetic preachers have made wrong predictions about when the dollar would collapse, when Planet X would do a fly-by or when the Lord’s return will be.

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Again, just stick to realistic data about natural disasters, unemployment, soaring food prices and the closure of stores. They’ll get your drift.

5. Understand the diversity of people’s backgrounds and opinions – and be patient. Most people have not gone through any life-threatening crisis, so they’ll have a hard time relating to your concern. A great majority of the populace are too busy, distracted or simply too stressed from the regular demands of daily life. So, the concept of societal collapse may not only be foreign to them, but also a bit too far-fetched.

You’re A Pepper. Your Family’s Not. What Should You Do?

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6. Pitch it on grounds of pragmatism and concern, not fear and paranoia. Tell loved ones you want them to prep out of genuine concern for their welfare, not just because hundreds of families are doing it on Doomsday Preppers. Pitch it as a smart, practical thing to do to provide for one’s family in cases of emergency. It’s not very different from taking out a health, accident or life insurance policy.

7. Go easy with the gals. Most women don’t take to guns and ammo as quickly as men do. There’s certainly a place and a time for learning to shoot and stockpiling weapons, but don’t let it be the start of a prepping discussion with the ladies. A better area to start on would be food security, such as gardening and food storage.

8. Wait. Once you’ve delivered your message, let it sink in. People take time to process surprising new concepts, and a doomsday situation is certainly a big one for them. Let them chew on it first, hoping they’ll come around to the wisdom of prepping, in due time. But give them leeway to approach the subject at their own pace.

9. Lead by example. When people see how serious you are in prepping, they just might see the value in it, too, on their own. Be the example of preparedness that they need. Once you’ve finished trying to convince them, you’ve done your part. People have the freedom to agree with you or not, anyway. If and when things do start to unravel, then you’d be in a great position to help them. Lastly, don’t give in to the temptation to say “I told you so.” That’s the last thing people want to hear when they’re suffering.

What advice would you add? Share it in the section below:

You’re A Prepper. Your Family’s Not. What Should You Do?

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You’re A Pepper. Your Family’s Not. What Should You Do?

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Perhaps one of the hardest things to do when prepping is convincing family and friends to join you.

Ask any long-time prepper, and they’re likely to have had trouble discussing the topic with loved ones. Prepping isn’t something you can hide from immediate family, either.  A basement full of food supplies would be hard to keep a secret, as would a cabinet stocked with guns and ammo.

Need help? You definitely can win people to your side, even through small, incremental ways.

1. Find examples of people and situations they can relate to. All of us know people who’ve suffered through a disaster, a sudden job loss, a health crisis or something that’s drastically disruptive of normal life. This is where facts and history can be your best resource. Whether they be calamitous events from recent history (Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the 2008 economic crisis) or those from decades past (World War II, The Great Depression), there always will be real-life devastations to discuss. If you stick to news and factual events, there’s a higher chance you’ll get people to seriously consider preparing for a disaster.

2. Use the government’s own advice. FEMA and DHS advice the public to be ready to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. This means one should be able to provide for one’s own shelter, first aid, food, water and sanitation for three days. This is because local responders may not be able to reach calamity victims immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

3. Books, TV and movies might help. Hollywood never runs out of apocalyptic films to titillate people into thinking the end of the world can and will happen within our lifetime. World War Z. 2012. The Day After Tomorrow. If fiction won’t get your friends thinking, there are loads of non-fiction material they can peruse. Nat Geo documentaries like American Blackout and The Next Mega Tsunami point to the probability of a grid-down scenario and a devastating tsunami. Science-based books like Our Final Hour:  A Scientist’s Warning – How Terror, Error and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in this Century (Martin Rees), The Coming Plague:  Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Laurie Garett) and Cyberwar:  The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About it (Richard Clarke) explain just how fragile and vulnerable our world is to different kinds of calamities.

4. No date-setting. Don’t prognosticate that the world as we know it is sure to end next month, next quarter or next year. Even the best or most-followed financial analysts, geo-scientists, astrophysicists and prophetic preachers have made wrong predictions about when the dollar would collapse, when Planet X would do a fly-by or when the Lord’s return will be.

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Again, just stick to realistic data about natural disasters, unemployment, soaring food prices and the closure of stores. They’ll get your drift.

5. Understand the diversity of people’s backgrounds and opinions – and be patient. Most people have not gone through any life-threatening crisis, so they’ll have a hard time relating to your concern. A great majority of the populace are too busy, distracted or simply too stressed from the regular demands of daily life. So, the concept of societal collapse may not only be foreign to them, but also a bit too far-fetched.

You’re A Pepper. Your Family’s Not. What Should You Do?

Image source: Pixabay.com

6. Pitch it on grounds of pragmatism and concern, not fear and paranoia. Tell loved ones you want them to prep out of genuine concern for their welfare, not just because hundreds of families are doing it on Doomsday Preppers. Pitch it as a smart, practical thing to do to provide for one’s family in cases of emergency. It’s not very different from taking out a health, accident or life insurance policy.

7. Go easy with the gals. Most women don’t take to guns and ammo as quickly as men do. There’s certainly a place and a time for learning to shoot and stockpiling weapons, but don’t let it be the start of a prepping discussion with the ladies. A better area to start on would be food security, such as gardening and food storage.

8. Wait. Once you’ve delivered your message, let it sink in. People take time to process surprising new concepts, and a doomsday situation is certainly a big one for them. Let them chew on it first, hoping they’ll come around to the wisdom of prepping, in due time. But give them leeway to approach the subject at their own pace.

9. Lead by example. When people see how serious you are in prepping, they just might see the value in it, too, on their own. Be the example of preparedness that they need. Once you’ve finished trying to convince them, you’ve done your part. People have the freedom to agree with you or not, anyway. If and when things do start to unravel, then you’d be in a great position to help them. Lastly, don’t give in to the temptation to say “I told you so.” That’s the last thing people want to hear when they’re suffering.

What advice would you add? Share it in the section below:

Survival Tip: Cash on Hand

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Survival Tip: Cash on Hand If you really want to get nervous about he condition of preparedness in this nation just look up some statistics on how much cash on hand the average American has access to. In the event of a financial collapse or cyber attack that affects the ability for Americans to pay …

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Dangerous Threats You Haven’t Thought To Prepare For

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Dangerous Threats You Haven’t Thought To Prepare For For a person who is preparing for the basics of preparedness this article takes you down a path of the more terrifying threats we face. What are you truly preparing for. Though we all want to hit as many buckets with our preps as possible I think …

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Goose as a Survival Game Meat

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You may remember from Dickens, and the stories of that era, what a big deal a goose was on Christmas. The goose is one of the most underrated meats in abundance. These creatures are made up of dark, succulent meat and a nice fatty skin that crisps up when roasted. If you have ever had …

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Building a Simple Barrel Stove

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Building a Simple Barrel Stove Are you aware that the wood stove is illegal in some states in American. The act of heating your home seems so elementary because you rarely have any issues with it. Simply set your thermostat when it gets cold and go from there. What happens if the power goes out …

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Make Remote Camping Manageable

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Make Remote Camping Manageable Are you really looking to practice some survival skills. This is a big question. Do you prefer being the armchair survivalist with all the knowledge or would you like to get out into the world and become proficient at survival, bushcraft and woodsmanship? There is no better way to improve than …

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The Best Cache Location on Your Property

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The Best Cache Location on Your Property The survival cache is one of the most important parts of any stockpiling plan. You should never have all of your resources in one place. Better is to have them spread all over your property. The truth about survival is that we do not know where or when …

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The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

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The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List When it comes to designing a bugout bag you can go real deep. You can spend half a day just playing around with bag types and contents. There are tons of videos on YouTube with any number of survivalists telling you what should or shouldn’t be in your bag. …

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Prepping For Your Period – A Sensitive Topic For Preppers

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Prepping For Your Period – A Sensitive Topic For Preppers Upon seeing the title, many preppers will be reluctant to read this article. The funny thing is that some of them stock up on tampons and menstrual pads. They do so thinking these items could stop severe bleeding caused by a gunshot or other serious …

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5 Myths of GMRS and FRS Radios (Busted)

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5 Myths of GMRS and FRS Radios (Busted) This piece of writing articulates that lesson we all learn as little kids, so well. When it comes to hand radios we have all had an experience where you give your friend a radio to take home and you go to your room to phone him and …

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What a Modern Survival Kit Contains

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If you’re going to be spending time in the wilderness, you had better come as prepared as you possibly can. It’s not always easy predicting what will happen to you when you’re hiking through a dense forest, it’s good practice to have everything that you might possibly need. Your survival may depend on having and … Read more…

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10 Prepping Activities To Do With Your Kids This Summer!

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10 Prepping Activities To Do With Your Kids This Summer! With good weather upon us its time for the prepper in the family to get laughed out of the dining room when they start talking about drills and bugout practice. If you take the wrong angle when it comes to training and engaging the family …

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Salvaging Rechargeables for Projects

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Salvaging Rechargeables for Projects This article is not from a prepper or survivalist website but offers up a skill that all of us can appreciate. The process is actually a two parter. Its about harvesting rechargeable batteries from various electronics. This is a unique and highly effective skill of its own, for the prepper. The …

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Cache is King: Learn How to Plan and Create Your Own Survival Cache

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Cache is King: Learn How to Plan and Create Your Own Survival Cache There are very real physical limits to what can be carried and unfortunately in the current state of affairs your average American cannot carry very much very far. One of the biggest mistakes preppers will make in the early days of a …

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99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand

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By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

Prepping isn’t all about whiling away your hours in a bunker, reloading ammo. It’s about the everyday things we do and the differences in our mindsets from non-preppers, and these are things that only real preppers will understand.

Preppers know these are actually signs of sanity, but we get used to being misunderstood by the unprepared and the mainstream media, who all seem to think that we’re crazy. Sometimes it’s fun to have a good laugh about their misconceptions of what we actually do.

You might be a prepper if these signs relate to you.

Many of the following signs will be so relatable that they’ll probably give you a warm glow. Feel the prepper solidarity!

  1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house.
  2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously
  3. Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom.
  4. Your kids know what OPSEC means…at the age of 4.
  5. You have topographical maps of your area…plural.
  6. When you’re forced to interact with “the others” you feel like you are awkwardly censoring your true opinions
  7. You think nothing of treating an injury or illness yourself because “what if there was no doctor?
  8. Paintball and laser tag are no longer just a fun way to spend an afternoon  …they are tactical training.
  9. You’ve purchased duct tape in bulk.
  10. With every major purchase, you contemplate going for the off-grid version.
  11. You have more manual tools than power tools.
  12. You’ve washed entire loads of laundry by hand for either necessity or practice. (And not just your dainties…we’re talking about jeans and stuff!)
  13. Your kids are not afraid of guns…or fingers pointed like guns…or pastries in the shape of guns…or drawings of guns.
  14. When house-hunting you look for multiple heat and water sources.
  15. You store food in buckets…lots of buckets…like, maybe even a whole room full of buckets.
  16. You garden with a determination and time commitment normally reserved for endurance athletes training for an Ironman triathlon.
  17. If you don’t have a water source on your property, you have put in miles of footwork searching for one nearby, and have mapped multiple discreet routes to and from the source, and figured out how to haul the water back to your house on each route.
  18. Your first instinct when hearing about some event on the mainstream news is skepticism. (False flag event, anyone?)
  19. You read articles about multiple ways to use white vinegar and nod your head throughout.
  20. You believe that FEMA camps are real and that you are most likely on “The List”.
  21. Instead of CNN, you have alternative news sites bookmarked in your favorites on your computer.
  22. You have enough coffee/tea/favorite-caffeinated-item-of-choice to last you through 3 apocalypses.
  23. You could outfit a small-town pharmacy with all of the over-the-counter medications you have stashed away.
  24. You have an instinctive mistrust of anyone working for the government.
  25. You could sink a ship with the weight of your stored ammo. In fact, you put it in the basement when you became concerned about your floorboards.
  26. Looking for a fun weekend outing with the kids? Forget amusement parks –  the shooting range is where it’s at.
  27. When the power goes out, you calmly light the candles and proceed with whatever you had been dong previously.
  28. A longer-term power outage is called “practice”.
  29. If a like-minded person comes over to your house, they’ll realize you are “one of them” by seeing your reading material. Other folks won’t even notice. The FBI might call your copy of The Prepper’s Blueprint and your A. American fiction  “subversive literature”.
  30. Your children carry a modified bug-out kit in their school backpacks.
  31. You can and dehydrate food with the single-minded fervor of an Amish grandmother facing a 7-year drought.
  32. Calling 911 is not part of your home security plan.
  33. You spend your days off digging an underground bunker in your backyard.
  34. You have more than a thousand cheapo lighters that you purchased in bulk, stashed away in the back of your linen closet…and you don’t even smoke.
  35. You eat a lot of survival food now, so there is no ‘system shock’ when you are forced to eat only the items you have stocked (or that you GROW – hint hint).
  36. You stock alcohol in mass quantities so you can comfortably numb after the SHTF.
  37. You stock alcohol in mass quantities – and you don’t even drink. (Barter, baby!)
  38. You know what? Forget stocking alcohol.  You have your own still.  You’ll make alcohol.
  39. You have enough salt to create another Dead Sea.
  40. You don’t move – you strategically relocate.
  41. You purchased 50 of these little EDC multitaskers already for stocking stuffers for your friends/family/workmates/neighbor/random stranger.
  42. Speaking of Christmas, you gave Conflicted to everyone last year.
  43. When your friends ask about your favorite authors, instead of Hemmingway, Tolkien, or Kerouac, you get a blank stare when you tell them it’s John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman.
  44. You know exactly how many Mountain House buckets it takes to make a base for a single bed.
  45. You don’t stock up on milk. You get an actual cow.
  46. Your family doesn’t dare take something from the food stockpile without marking it off the list.
  47. Your kids know how to don a gas mask in 30 seconds.
  48. Everyone in your survival group carries the same firearm so that ammo is standardized.
  49. You have non-electric versions of appliances like wheat grinders, washing machines, and coffee makers.
  50. You yell at the TV every time a commercial for Doomsday Preppers comes on.  Oh. Wait. You don’t have a TV. But if you did, you’d yell, because you know how positively ridiculous and unrealistic that show is.
  51. Your family is no longer surprised when you announce, “Hey, we’re going to learn how to make (insert anything here)!”
  52. You have more how-to books stored on hard-drives than most public libraries have on the bookshelves.
  53. Your children have a plan in case they need to bug out from school.
  54. Alternatively, you homeschool and bugging out is part of the curriculum.
  55. You have more than three ways to cook dinner if the power goes out: a woodstove, a barbecue, a sun oven, a fire-pit, and/or a volcano stove.
  56. First Blood and Red Dawn are basic training films for your family.
  57. You have long since accepted the idea that if you’re not on someone’s list, you’re probably not doing it right.
  58. Your 7-year-old knows Morse code.
  59. You’re secretly disappointed when the electricity comes back on after only a few minutes.
  60. You know more ways to make a homemade knife than the entire population of your local prison combined.
  61. You don’t just rotate food, you rotate ammo.
  62. You know the distance from your door to your front gate is precisely 207 yards.
  63. Moving to a new house is no longer “moving”, but “strategic relocation“.
  64. You have mapped out at least 3 different routes by car and 2 different routes on foot to get to your bug-out location.
  65. You know the difference between “Tyvek” and “Tychem” suits, and in which instance they should be used.
  66. Ditto the finer points of N-95 vs. N-100 masks.
  67. You watch The Walking Dead in order to critique their survival tactics. (And you were secretly delighted to see Beth building a fire in a Dakota pit.)
  68. Speaking of fire, you can start one in at least 3 different ways, and you always carry a lighter, a fresnel lens, and a magnesium firestarter.
  69. You have two (or more) of everything important, well, because “one is none.”
  70. You have a decoy food supply.
  71. Your kids think it’s a fun game to see who can find the most potential weapons in a room.
  72. Even your dog has a bug out bag – which she carries herself.
  73. You have elected NOT to purchase greater armament because you plan on upgrading with your future assailant’s weaponry.
  74. Your EDC includes a knife, firearm w/extra mag, flashlight, mylar blanket, Chapstick, and an ounce of silver — and that’s just for when you’re walking the dog.
  75. The trunk of your car has enough supplies to carry the family through an entire week during a major blizzard.
  76. One criterion for your new winter coat is that it fits over your body armor.
  77. Your neighbors separate their compost for you into a) chicken food b) garden food and c) other
  78. You scour travel size aisles because they fit better in bug-out bags and they make great barter items.
  79. You check out the garden center and pest control section for potential weapons.
  80. Your subscribed channels for YouTube and bookmarks now contain more prepper and alternative media sites than cute animal sites.
  81. Christmas and birthday gifts have a prepper theme.
  82. You actually know what the letters “EMP” stand for.
  83. Every time there is a small household “disaster” like a power outage or local water “boil order” you just grab your emergency supplies and remind dubious family members. “See, told you it pays to be prepared.”
  84. Your freeze-dried food has a longer expiration date than you do
  85. You know how to make bows out of skis and arrows out of garden bamboo.
  86. You have (or are seriously considering, buying) an old armored personnel carrier to turn into your RV.
  87. You know that Falling Skies has better idea for post-apocalyptic survival than The Walking Dead or Z Nation but you still watch them all just in case
  88. Your friend asks “Do you have enough bullets?” then you both laugh and laugh because you know you can never have enough.
  89. You changed your home page from MSN (or any other propaganda media) to Drudge Report or SHTFplan.
  90. You have no problem knocking on strangers’ doors to ask for fruit tree cuttings
  91. You have vacuum packed underwear in a plastic tub stashed somewhere in your house
  92. You just might have more medical supplies than the local ER.
  93. The Co-op and Costco recognize you but pretend not to. They know better than to ask questions about your purchases.
  94. If you’re a man you are no longer embarrassed to buy tampons and sanitary napkins because they make great bandages.
  95. If you’re a woman you know you don’t need to buy tampons or sanitary napkins because so many other options exist.
  96.  You actually own a toilet seat that fits on a bucket.
  97. You have enough wood cut and stacked to form a barricade around your whole property.
  98. Admit it. Every time the power goes out, you go see if your car starts so you can get the jump on hunkering down or buying out the store with case in the event that this one is actually an EMP.
  99. You have considered filtering water with a coffee filter or a t-shirt.

Do you have more prepper signs to add?

These signs that you might be one of those “crazy preppers” are consolidated from the hive mind of two previous articles and comments from the readers. (Find them here and here.) Do you have more signs to add?  Share them in the comments section below.

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand

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Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her websites, The Organic Prepper and DaisyLuther.com She is the author of 4 books and the co-founder of Preppers University, where she teaches intensive preparedness courses in a live online classroom setting. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter,.

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What Preppers Are REALLY Getting Ready For

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 What Preppers Are REALLY Getting Ready For This article is a great, no nonsense, look at the goals of prepping. I find that there are a number of conflated situations that we prepare for but as the author states, ‘we are all just preparing for an interruption in the day-to-day life we’re used to.’ This is …

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Finding Order in the Middle of a Disaster

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Finding Order in the Middle of a Disaster If you can keep your sense in the event of a disaster you will have a leg up on much of the competition. Its important that you do your very best to remain calm and that sorta thing. Still, the only way to truly remain calm is …

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3 Rabbit Breeds You’ll Want When Society Collapses

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3 Rabbit Breeds You'll Want When Society Collapses

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Americans raise millions of rabbits each year for many reasons – including for show and for pets — but homesteaders, off-gridders and preppers raise them for meat. Selecting the right breed for your homestead requires consideration of several factors.

First, you want an efficient dressout. This means that there is a high meat-to-bone ratio. You want a rabbit that converts its feed to meat, not bone. Second, a high feed conversion is important. Feed conversion refers to how efficiently a rabbit converts its feed into increased weight. In other words, we’re talking about rabbits that consume the least feed to reach slaughter weight. For those interested in pelts, a secondary consideration is quality of the fur. Similar to dual-purpose chickens (eggs and meat), there are dual-purpose rabbits (meat and pelts).

Several rabbit breeds successfully meet these criteria.

1. New Zealand

The history of the most popular meat rabbit in the world and the United States is murky, but they probably did not come from New Zealand. Rather, southern Californian breeders likely developed them through cross-breeding Flemish Giants with the now rare Belgian Hare. New Zealands are renowned for their large size (up to 13 pounds) with thick bodies that yield a lot of meat. New Zealands are my favorite rabbit breed and make up the core of my rabbitry. Not only are they efficient meat producers, but they also have a gentle disposition that makes handling them easier than some other breeds.

2. Californian

This breed is second in popularity to New Zealands and widely recognized for its all-white bodies, except for dark areas on the nose, ears, feet and tail. They are also a large breed, weighing in at up to 11 pounds. The knock against Californians, in my opinion, is that they are not as easy to handle as New Zealands. However, I usually keep a Californian buck on hand. When they are cross-bred with a New Zealand doe, the litters tend to be larger in number and size.

3. Rex

One day more than a hundred years ago a French peasant noticed that his doe had birthed a new-looking rabbit. It was smaller but had the softest fur he’d ever felt. Over the years, he worked hard to reproduce these rabbits, calling them “King” in French for their plush fur texture that yields superior pelts.

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You may want to consider Rex rabbits for two reasons. First, if you’re looking for a dual-purpose breed (meat and pelts), this is a good choice. Second, Rex rabbits are smaller than New Zealands and Californians, rarely weighing more than eight pounds. Many people who raise rabbits for meat prefer smaller rabbits because they take up less space. Some also feel that the meat from a smaller rabbit is more economical.

I own a couple of Rex rabbits, because I have found them to be better resistant to heat than New Zealands. This is my subjective opinion, but heat is an issue where I live.

The Best Prepper Breed?

So what’s the perfect breed for an off-the-gridder or prepper? None of the above. The key to raising rabbits sustainably is survival. So, you need a mixture. While many breeders selectively breed one type of rabbit to get the “perfect rabbit,” we need to focus on survival. Some genetic diversity and the resulting hybrid vigor is key to healthy rabbits. That’s why I have three breeds — New Zealands, Californians and Rex rabbits.

I have two lines of rabbits going: one purebred New Zealands, and the other line, which is a New Zealand-based breed but with varying amounts of Californian and Rex genes. They may not all look the same, or be the same weight, but the hybrid vigor in them keeps them strong and healthy.

Selective Breeding for Preppers

Rabbit-breeding purists will frown at this article, pointing to the needless genetic deterioration and variability in size caused by cross-breeding. But our goal is different — it is the perfect breed for our homestead. Where I live, it rarely gets lower than 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the winter, but summers can get up to 100 degrees. So for me, I’m always observing my stock during the summer. Which ones are really struggling, and which ones seem fine on hotter days? Those that deal with the heat and otherwise have no poor characteristics make up my breeding stock. Those that start panting when it gets up to 80 degrees become meat in the freezer. Your situation may be different. The key is having rabbits that thrive on your homestead.

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MegaCities: The Future of Combat (Time to Move now!)

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 MegaCities: The Future of Combat (Time to Move now!) Some are funny and some are informative and some articles are just plain creepy. This is one such article. The title will make cringe and the video included will make your hair stand on end. What’s so unnerving about this article is its source. You see, …

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7 Collapsible Weapons: Packable Weapons for Your Bug Out Bag

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7 Collapsible Weapons: Packable Weapons for Your Bug Out Bag Weapons that disassemble or collapse are even more useful for bug out bags. Where every amount of space and weight matters, collapsible weapons can give you the opportunity to hunt and defend yourself as you could with a larger weapon. Not only do they take up …

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How To Make Dead Batteries Last 8 Times Longer

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How To Make Dead Batteries Last 8 Times Longer This is truely a revolutionary product. This little device could see you through power outages and even save your bacon if you are without a battery charger! Most new batteries contain 1.5V of energy when first bought. The problem is that many devices stop functioning at around …

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56 Essential Items for A New Homesteader

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56 Essential Items for A New Homesteader Starting a new homestead, especially as someone who has been living in the city the whole life, takes a huge amount of courage. It’s not easy, mentally and physically. But that’s not the only thing you need. Realistically, you’ll also need tools, equipment, and supplies to help you live …

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Why You Need a Survival Drone

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Why You Need a Survival Drone I am finding lots of solutions in tech lately. I think as preppers and survivalists its our duty to maintain survival skills, bush craft and master the natural world. Still, we cannot pretend like technology will not help us out with all of that. Tech should definitely be a …

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Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Are You Ready To Die?”

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 Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Are You Ready To Die?” The failings in Washington on foreign policy are adding up. There is no getting around it. We were all worried about foreign relations going forward as things heated up in North Korea, Syria and Russia. Its a terrifying thing. This article details a statement made by …

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Surviving When SHTF – How To Tell When People Are Lying To You

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Surviving When SHTF – How To Tell When People Are Lying To You Trust is hard to find these days when everyone is competing in the rat race. Imagine how it would be when the brown stuff hits the fan. You would have a hard time separating friends from enemies when survival is at stake. …

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Barter will become the new economy after the global financial collapse, so make sure you have plenty of these items

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Following the global collapse of the world’s financial system, which no one knows when will happen but many believe is inevitable given the massive debt held by the world’s biggest economies, the concept of “money” will change virtually overnight.

Like post-World War I Germany, when hyperinflation made the currency – the mark – so devalued and worthless that German waiters in restaurants had to climb on tables to announce new menu prices every 30 minutes, the world’s currencies will similarly collapse, since they are all based on the U.S. dollar.

Five years ago an MIT study noted that an earlier analysis predicting a “global economic collapse” by 2030 had not changed and was “still on track” to occur. But the key is the dollar.

And more recently Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, predicted that should President Donald J. Trump fail to convert to the Church of Globalism, like the Deep State and the global elite want him to, they are more likely to crash the economy on purpose and blame him for it, in order to retain their own power and prevent him from draining the swamp.

While that reasoning is certainly sound – and most Americans probably would blame him – in many ways it won’t matter who is responsible, only that the economy as we knew it no longer exists. Which means what we typically used to obtain goods and services – money – is no longer valuable.

But our needs won’t change. We’ll still need food, water, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene items, ammunition, firearms, and other things in order to carry on with our lives as best we can. And though money might be obsolete, the things we need to live will still retain value.

How will we obtain them? Through a barter system.

Barter is a system of exchange where goods or services are exchanged for other goods and services. If you have something of value – even a skill – you can use it to trade for something you need that someone else has.

Here are some of the most popular items that you’ll need to obtain to use as currency in a post-collapse world so you can still get what you need:

— Precious metals like gold and silver

— Alcohol – believe it or not, this will be in high demand; buy small quantities though, like half-pints and single bottles

— Tobacco – even stale, someone will want a smoke

— Ammunition – all popular calibers like .22LR, 9 mm, .45 ACP, .223, .40 cal (Read : Top 5 Ammo Types for Your Survival Guns )

— Over-the-counter meds like Tylenol/ibuprofen, aspirin, allergy medications and antibiotic ointment (Read : 17 Natural Antibiotics Our Grandparents Used Instead Of Pills)

— Bandages/band aids

— Bar soap

— Individual sanitary wipes

Water (in individual bottles); having your own water supply will become invaluable – and something you’ll have to guard day and night

— Hygiene supplies, especially for women

— Gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene

— Cooking oil

— Fishing gear and tackle

— Batteries (9V, AA, AAA, C)

— Food – individually packed like military meals ready to eat (MREs)

— Nails, screws, bolts, nuts, lumber

— Paper

— Books and magazines – yes, it will get boring during the apocalypse without electronic games, Facebook and Netflix

— Plastic sheeting and trash bags – for shelters and waterproofing

— Board games and playing cards will come in handy

— Tooth brushes

— Any prepper items like fire starters

— Disposable lighters, flints and steel

— Plastic storage containers (think Tupperware ®)

— Ziplock bags

— Zip ties

 

These skills will also come in handy to use as barter:

Medical skills – like EMT/Paramedic, nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors

— Construction skills – builders, carpenters, masons, electricians

— Military and former military professionals and veterans

— Farmer and expert gardener

— Automobile mechanic

Homesteader – someone who knows how to make soap, candles, and other consumables that you will need and use over and over again

— Gunsmiths and ammunition reloaders

There are others but these suggestions give you an idea of what will come in very handy in a post-collapse world, when things we take for granted now because we can drive a few miles to a store and get them with ease become very scarce – yet just as necessary for our comfort and survival.

One more tip: You should learn one of the valuable skills mentioned above or perhaps even a combination of them, to give yourself more barter value.

Source : naturalnews.com

 

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The Seven Principles of Safe Camping When Bugging Out

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There are few things more frightening than camping for several days in a remote backcountry shelter, only to be disturbed by unwanted guests. If your bugging out plan implies camping in the wild, you need to learn seven principles of safe camping. Once the brown stuff hits the fan, it will be every man for … Read more…

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Summer Family Prepping Activities

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Summer Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Summer time is usually filled with outdoor activities anyway, why not add in some fun activities that also add to your survival knowledge. It’s a great way to discreetly hide ‘survival lessons’ by playing games instead! That trip to the …

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected We are living on a changing world. There is no getting around that. No matter what reasoning you subscribe to when it comes to the reason for this changing world we are still on it. If you don’t believe its changing than I don’t think you are paying enough attention. …

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Prepper Dating

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Prepper Dating Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! You hear about it, we get questions about it often but yet there is no good sources for it. This show is to be dedicated to those that already prep together and for those searching for another to share in the thinking, this life style … Continue reading Prepper Dating

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Try These Unusual Fish Baits for a Successful Catch

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Every fisherman knows that fishing success depends on finding the perfect spot and using the proper fish baits. Most of them prefer to use worms, maggots or homemade bait to bring back home a basket full of fish. However, when you lack the proper bait, you can still enjoy a good catch with these unusual … Read more…

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New To Prepping? 12 Tips To Get You Started

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New To Prepping? 12 Tips To Get You Started If you are new to the prepping world let me first applaud you. You see, this is no easy road. You will be ridiculed for merely planning to protect your family but you are taking on a noble cause that could change everything. The better prepared …

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Six Ideas for Building a Bug Out Shelter in the Woods

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Six Ideas for Building a Bug Out Shelter in the Woods I spend a lot of time talking about public lands to people. I think it is the untapped bugout gem for those without funds. If you establish a wildlife management area near you and come to know it well it can be just like …

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How to Choose a Bug Out Bicycle to Escape Chaos

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In every disaster movie we see that bicycles have inexplicably vanished. While this may be a flaw in the movie script, I like to believe survivors recognized their true value and put them to good use. Having a Bug out bicycle ready can help you get out of dodge faster than you would expect. Being … Read more…

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