Exiling Fear in Survival Mode

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In most cases, the first thing to strike in a crisis-like circumstance, be it lone-surviving a plane crash in the ocean or finding yourself stuck as a hostage to violent terrorists, is fear. As we preppers should be fully aware, it is fear that inevitably leads to panic. This is precisely what happens to many … Read more…

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5 Reasons Why Pure Silver Will be the Currency of the Collapse

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Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions, and race. A person may not like someone else’s religion, but he’ll accept his gold. Robert Kiyosaki There is something that just feels right about silver. Its coded in our DNA. It has to do with the weight and […]

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America’s Vulnerability When it Comes to Internal Crises: US Now vs. US Then

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As preppers, we assume that in a major crisis most people aren’t going to be able to look after themselves. That’s why we worry about securing our property, our supplies

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3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips

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One of the most rewarding things I have ever been apart of was raising livestock that produced something for my family to use and eat. Of course, you are not to get too attached to the animals but you are still responsible for taking care of them. Also, following a disaster these animals will be …

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The Herbal Prepper on A Preppers Path

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The Herbal Prepper on A Preppers Path!
Host: Lynna “The Other Side… A Preppers Path”

The so dubbed Prepper Movement has opened eyes in every sector of society, from wealthy to poor, the environmentalist to the throw away aficionado.  In some way each of us has or is thinking about doing things differently.  Being more prepared in one aspect or another, in looking at alternatives to what has become normal.

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12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

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If you’re involved in the preparedness lifestyle, you’re probably into planning. Most likely, you research and study the excellent preparedness strategies put out by experts. Whether we prepare for incidents … Read the rest

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Crisis Communication Advice – Ditch the cell phone (or not?)

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Not very long ago (hardly a handful or two of years back) our communicational availability was a quarter (or less) of what it now is. If you could not reach John Joe on his kitchen phone and he didn’t come to the door when you knocked, well, you just figured he wasn’t home. Boy how … Read more…

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‘The Antidote to Waking Up’

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In my recent interview with Dylan Charles of Waking Times, I explain that you really only need 2 acres to produce all the food you need for a large family … and you can produce half of the calories your family needs in an average backyard.

You can listen to the interview, titled “How Growing Food Can Diminish Stress and Evoke a True Sense of Security,” here: http://www.wakingtimes.com/interview-how-growing-food-can-diminish-stress-evoke-true-sense-security/

So, since my Texas homestead is quite a bit bigger than 2 acres, I cultivate the equivalent of a half-dozen backyards where I just try things out.

I test various growing methods, compare the usefulness of different products in the same category (self-watering planters or game cameras, anyone?), and strive for high-efficiency, low-work methods for food production. (I mean, I travel a LOT—my food supply has to be at least partially self-sustaining!)

In the interview, I also joke that growing your own food is the “antidote to waking up” in a country that’s bankrupt and still teetering on the verge of economic collapse.

I’m sure you agree—gardening provides such a sense of security and relief!

In fact, growing your own really nutritious food with as little work as possible is the focus of my new video, “Grow Half Your Own Food (in your own backyard in just an hour a day).” We actually just did a free 72-hour screening of the film this week, but if you missed it, or want to be able to refer back to the information in it, you can still buy the video here: http://thegrownetwork.pages.ontraport.net/growhalf

Then, let me know in the comments below: What benefits have you gained from growing your own food?


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Finding Your Own Food As A Vital Survival Skill

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Green garden plants

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

If you ever stop to think about how prepared you are for a sudden survival situation, do you feel
a little worried? There are so many things that we could all be doing to try and prepare better for
those situations – and the more likely they become, the more important this is. There is plenty of
debate surrounding what is and is not essential as a survival skill, but one that nobody can
argue with is having the ability to find food – for yourself, for your family, or anyone you care for.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the major things you can do now to improve your
ability to find food, no matter what the situation brings.


Despite what else might or might not happen, foraging is always going to be a hugely important
skill to have. Even if you find yourself without tools and stuck in the middle of nowhere, being
able to forage at least a little could mean the difference between life and death. What’s more,
foraging successfully might not even be as hard as you might think. In general, it can easily be
done just by following some basic rules of thumb. Let’s have a look at some of those now, to
give you a better idea of how to forage properly.

First of all, it is important to make sure that you never just jump right into eating something that
you have not absolutely, one hundred percent positively identified. This could lead to poison,
possibly death. Instead, you should carry out a series of checks to ensure that whatever you
have found is safe to eat. First rub a small part of it on the skin somewhere, ideally the back of
the hand. Then wait a few hours and see if it causes any problems such as itching or swelling. If
it does not, try rubbing a small part against the lips and again waiting to see if anything happens.
If you are still fine, you can try eating a small part and waiting a day to see if it does anything.
This, however, is all a last resort attempt – in general ou sound only eat something when you
know what it is. If in doubt, leave it out.

That being said, most habitats are full of vegetation which you can readily eat, so long as you
know how to identify it. This kind of information varies hugely depending on where you might
end up, but there are certain things which you can almost always find to eat in the wild. It is
worth researching this stuff early on, and possibly treating yourself to a good handbook or two
as well. You should also be sure to pick your food from the right locations – in other words, not a
polluted stream or a nuclear landfill. Learn the seasonal changes and what you should and
should not eat. If you are clever about it, one day you could use your foraging skills to literally
keep your family alive – so it is worth learning the essentials now while you can.

Fishing boats berthed in the marina of Old Town of Nessebar, Bulgaria

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Hopefully, if anything happens you will still be able to find the opportunity to go fishing, as this
can be a great way to get food in when you are trying to survive in the wild. If you were to only
forage, it would be hard to get all the nutrients and minerals you need. But if you can
successfully catch fish too, then you will be able to get your protein and irons as well.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to learn how to fish, and you don’t even need much to do it. In
most cases, you could cast a crude rod out in the wild – but if you have the chance, it will
definitely be preferable to try and get together a fishing kit now which you can try to hold on to in
the future if possible. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you might want to aim to have
in such a fishing kit.

For a start, you will obviously want some kind of a rod or spear in order to be able to catch fish.
But you might also want to take this opportunity to treat yourself to some more high-tech fishing
equipment, to make it as easy as possible for yourself in the future. It might be worth looking at
some HawkEye Boating & Fishing Electronics to see if you could benefit from fish finding
technology, for instance, as it is always a good idea to try and make things as easy for yourself
as possible. With the ability to fish, you will be able to find food much more easily in a survival
situation, and that will mean that you won’t have to worry quite so much about surviving.

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As well as fishing, there might be times when you actually need to hunt land animals too. There
is of course plenty of debate about whether human beings actually need to eat meat at all. But if
you are in a survival situation you will probably find that being able to find meat will provide you
with plenty of sustenance in a short space of time, and as such it can be particularly good to be
able to hunt for meat when necessary. If you are not sure where to get started on this, the first
thing to bear in mind is that when it comes to it, you will instinctively find that you are able to do
it – as long as you are hungry enough, of course. But it is a good idea to make sure that you are
prepared in some way for what hunting entails. You should spend some time practising with
basic tools in places where it is safe to do so, and prepare yourself mentally if possible as well.
As long as you know how to hunt, you will always be able to find food when you really need to.

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Prepper’s Gear – LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle Review

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Nowadays, you can find a variety of innovatively designed water bottles which include filters and some other features which makes them ideal for preppers but not only them. If you are looking for water bottles that have a filter incorporated, LifeStraw Go may be the right option for you. I have two LifeStraw Go bottles, … Read more…

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Winning the Prepper Lottery

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Winning the Prepper Lottery

Winning the Prepper Lottery
Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below!

In this show we are going to be playing a little bit of fantasy. Sometimes you need to take a break from the doom and gloom and have fun. So tonight we are not going to be teaching a skill or cool prepper tool. Tonight we are going to talk about what we would buy if we won the lottery.

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Antiseptic Healing Cream For Your Prepper First Aid Supplies

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When it comes to guns there is an endless debate on what a prepper should have. When it comes to bags the same could be said. In fact, there is a usually a knock down drag out debate about everything that we do or purchase. How we put together our preparedness plans even can come …

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Barter For Survival: Top Ten Barter Items Every Prepper Should Have

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The barter is not something that must wait till the collapse. Its just a forgotten art. its just something we stopped doing. That said, there are some serious situations in  collapse that could call for a solid barter. In fact, you could argue that recovery depends on channels of respectful barter. This could be the …

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10 Reliable Pocket Pistols For Your EDC

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Self-defense can be a controversial subject, especially if firearms are involved. It’s always in the news and drives people in different directions. Part of this topic implies armed self-protection in most cases, which may not necessarily be right for everyone. However, this decision is personal and it brings in a series of responsibilities, not to … Read more…

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How I’m Going To Build A Simple Tall Raised Garden Bed

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Tall raised garden bed

By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

First of all, why would one build a raised garden bed at all?

The most likely answer is for the sake of bending over and your back.

Other reasons include the comparative ease to amend and control the garden soil, and the potential to construct / attach a sort of green house cover in order to start the growing season earlier in the Spring.

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How To Reinforce a Shipping Container To Bury It (EMP proof)

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EMPs are potentially one of the most destructive weapons that could be used against today’s society. Just a single nuclear bomb detonated at high altitude over a major city could

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Worth Reading: ‘Camping’s Forgotten Skills: Backwoods Tips From a Boundary Waters Guide’

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One way to prepare for potential emergencies is to read and learn from informative books with practical, usable information. “Camping’s Forgotten Skills: Backwoods Tips From a Boundary Waters Guide” by Cliff Jacobson is a literary resource that should be part of any survival or prepper library.

How To Get Prepper Fit

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How To Get Prepper Fit I am so glad that we have reached a point in the prepping community where fitness is no longer debatable. There was a time when people thought they were immune to physical fitness as long as they had a loaded .38 and that was sad. Smart people, too! Instead we …

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Major Powers Mingle in Syria in an Explosive Mix

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Major Powers Mingle in Syria in an Explosive Mix The situation in Syria has all the makings of our third world war. When superpowers are conducting a proxy war there is always the opportunity for one mistake to change the world forever. Like two alpha male dogs its best if nations like America and Russian …

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Forward thinker therefore prepper!

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Forward thinker therefore prepper!

Forward thinker therefore prepper!
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I am a prepper therefore I am a forward thinker. I am a forward thinker therefore I am a prepper. Its a one hand washes the other situation. While I am a young man I still appreciate that this ride has an end. This short dance in the sun will eventually be clouded over and the infinite dark will follow.

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14 Immediate Natural Remedies for Lymph Nodes

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Your lymphatic system runs throughout your body in much the same way as your circulatory system. It works to fight off infection, and isolate pathogens from the rest of your

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What $50 Can Do for a Prepper

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What $50 Can Do for a Prepper It seems like you can stumble into a gift card just for answering your phone these days. Sometimes these cards come in small denominations. You may look at these small gift cards and wonder if they are good for anything but a simple tank of gas or something …

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Restoring a Cast Iron Treasure: How to clean and season the old time cooking utensils

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A little elbow grease, and some steel wool, can help you salvage a badly rusted cast iron cooking implement. Somebody’s rusty, dust-covered survivor of a failed camping trip may end up becoming a valuable addition to your cooking tools.

WOW! Ultra-clean, ultra-efficient, ultra-sustainable winter heat!

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So I was going through some of my old YouTube videos and came across this video of me talking with Paul Wheaton about rocket mass heaters:

I had honestly forgotten some of the statistics on this thing, but it’s pretty incredible:

  • If you use a rocket mass heater instead of a wood-burning stove or fireplace to heat your home this winter, you’ll use 1/10th the amount of firewood.
  • Since the rocket mass heater captures smoke and uses it to produce heat, you’ll be releasing 1/100th to 1/1000th the amount of smoke into the atmosphere.
  • The core of this thing reaches about 3,000°F, versus the 600°F or so generated by a fireplace.
  • This is the perfect DIY project. You can build it yourself in a weekend.
  • It’s inexpensive to make. In fact, some folks build theirs out of cob, discarded pieces of ducting, and old 55-gallon steel drums … for less than $20!
  • And–here’s the kicker–many people heat their homes with a rocket mass heater using nothing but the branches that naturally fall off the trees in their yard. (In fact, one guy made it through the winter on just junk mail!)

Rocket Mass Heater 1

Because rocket mass heaters are so awesome in so many ways, I got in touch with Paul and worked out a special deal for you on the 4-DVD set you hear about in the video:

Better Wood Heat: DIY Rocket Mass Heaters
(Click here to buy now.)

In this 4-DVD set, Paul shows you:

  • DVD 1: “Building a Cob-Style Rocket Mass Heater”—Two separate designs using cob (one in a log structure, and one in a teepee)
  • DVD 2: “Building a Pebble-Style Rocket Mass Heater”—Three pebble-style rocket mass heater designs, including information on building on a conventional wooden floor
  • DVD 3: “Building a Rocket Mass Heater Shippable Core”—Covers building several different styles of shippable cores
  • DVD 4: 2014 Rocket Mass Heater Innovator’s Event—Covers the most difficult part of any rocket mass heater build (the manifold) and shows several new designs from the Innovator’s Event, including a rocket mass heater that doubles as a cooker and smoker; the cleanest rocket mass heater design ever; and an indoor rocket griddle, oven, and water heater

Rocket Mass Heater 2

As part of this special offer, Paul has agreed to give you instant online access to streaming of the 4-DVD set in HD

… plus access to 20 hours of presentations from the 2017 Wheaton Labs Permaculture Design Course (including the 5-hour tour of Wheaton Labs)!

If you’re ready to learn how to put this extremely efficient, ultra-clean, highly sustainable heating method to work for you, click here to buy the 4-DVD set (and get your bonuses!) for just $79, including domestic shipping. (This link will take you straight to PayPal, which is Wheaton Labs’ preferred payment method.)

Rocket Mass Heater: "Better Wood Heat" 4-DVD Set

Look what just arrived in the mail!

(And yes, I bought this set for myself … and actually for several of my team members, too! The information in it is just too good to pass up!)


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Prepper Notes and Weekly Threat Assessment

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Prepper Notes and Weekly Threat Assessment Sometimes there are a number of threats and issues that pile up while you are at work or living your life. There is no way for a human to keep pace with the amount of content that is exploding out of the media world. Most of it is horrendous …

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Build A Better Bug Out Bag!

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Build A Better Bug Out Bag
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O this episode of The Gunmetal Armory, we are discussing ‘Building A Better BOB’. When analyzing your BOB, there are multiple things that you must look at. We will discuss them in detail, look at how to optimize what’s in your BOB, and how to streamline how its carried. We will also dive into various products you may not have heard of, redundancy protocols, what is and is NOT needed, weight reduction, and low-coat options for the frugal-minded prepper.

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Who will join your group?

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Who will join your group?
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Dave answers questions from last week’s show on how to conduct a Prepper exercise. He reviews what “crawl, walk, run” means when exercising alone or in a group. Then Dave talks about a very important question that every Prepper needs to ask and that is how to pick people to join your group.

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Budget For Now Or For Survival? Money Worries For Preppers

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By The Survival Place Blog – Staff Writer

When it comes to prepping and focusing on your survival plan, there is one unavoidable
issue that many people find themselves experiencing: where do you find the money to pay
for all this stuff?

There’s no way of sweetening the truth, unfortunately; prepping is an expensive business,
The reason for this is simple: you’re shopping for your life in the future, as well as trying to
maintain the budget you spend on the life you’re living right now. Finding the funds to
undertake all the survival strategies you want to have in place is undoubtedly going to cost

Below, we’ll explore a few ideas you might want to either keep in mind or utilize for your own
purposes. If you have budgetary constraints that are damaging your ability to prepare
efficiently, then here’s what you need to know…

Getting started is the hard part

When you first begin to look into establishing a survival plan, you will find yourself needing to
find money for a variety of supplies. The initial cost of prepping can be extremely expensive,
so much so that some people decide to ignore the need to prep due to budgetary constraints
Try and see the starter phase as just that; something you have to endure that allows you to
make a start, and then things will settle down. Step one is always the hardest to take; just reassure yourself that the startup costs are not a true reflection of the amount of money you need to spend on a monthly basis.

When you have established the basics and fought through the starter phase, you should find that the demand on your budget becomes more reasonable. You should find that, in time, prepping will actually save you money if you do it correctly. So while the starter phase is tough and may lead you to having to go without a few luxuries, try to see it as a short-term pain for a long-term gain.

Start with an essential kit

Your first step for prepping should be an essential kit; something that you can transport or use at home. Thankfully, a basic kit does not have to cost the earth if you’re short on cash.

Here’s a quick list to get you started:

Baking soda

● Puts out fires,

● Can be used as a toothpaste and deodorant,

● Effective antacid for stomach issues…

● … and many more.


This video provides excellent insight into just how useful paracord can be:

Tin Cans

● Can be turned into cutting cools,

● Can be used to make arrowheads or hooks for fishing,

● Can be punctured to create a shower head of sorts.

Dry-packaged foods

● Buy products near the end of their “best before” date; any prepper will know that “best before dates” are to be treated with suspicion anyway.


● Buy off-brand medication; it’s just as effective and is far more cost-efficient.

● Don’t go overboard on bandages, as other items of clothing can substitute in if needed.

Duct Tape

● Buy cheap off-brand versions; they might not be as effective, but they’re better than nothing. You can usually find cheap options on eBay that will be suitable for most tasks. Plastic Tarpaulin

● Again, look online for the best deals; you should be able to find a decent size tarpaulin relatively cheaply.

The above items are inexpensive, easy to find, and incredibly beneficial in a survival situation. While you may want flashier, more expensive items, they’re not essential. Focus on the basics to begin with, and then you can begin to add more items from the helpful list provided on Free Survival Gear as your funds allow.

Focus on small changes you can make at home

When you have an essential kit put together, you can then move on to inspecting your home to see what changes you can make. Just remember to take it slowly.

What you should prioritize here depends on your personal feelings. Some preppers put weaponry at the top of the list, others prefer to stockpile food. Just remember to focus on slowly building your supplies piece by piece.

Many of the changes that you can make can save you money rather than cost it. If you’re concerned about food, then you’ll want to make use of some of the ideas found in this video:

Or if weaponry is your main concern, the cheap, simple catapult this video shows you how to make is definitely better than nothing:

Okay, so the above aren’t going to create a six-month supply of food overnight or provide army-level defense, but they are better than nothing. This term should become the motto for anyone who is prepping on a budget: you’re not making the huge preparations you wish you were, but what you are doing is better than nothing.

A final thought…

It can be tough to keep your motivation going when you’re prepping on a budget; you won’t
have an impressive stash to show off, or an armory to delight in, or all the latest gadgets to
bring a smile to your face. However, it’s important to remember that anything you do is still
going to make you more prepared than 95% of the populace. Even the smallest, most minor
survival prep you do is beneficial when compared to almost everyone else, so don’t be
dissuaded from your goal.

In conclusion

Prepping is expensive, but it’s also necessary. If you keep the above points in mind and try
out a few of the provided tips, you should be able to build a survival plan without risking
bankrupting yourself to do it. Slow and steady wins the day, so be patient, and you’ll get

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The Get Home Bag and its Contents

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  A. Choosing Your Bag Type
    1. Backpack
    2. Messenger Bag
    3. Hydration Pack
    4. Lumbar Pack
  B. Get Home Bag vs EDC Kit vs Bug Out Bag

  C. Get Home Bag Contents
  D. Managing Your Get Home Bag
    1. When is a GHB Necessary?
    2. Storage
    3. Organizing
    4. Customizing

get home bag contentsYou’re driving home from work one day, and BANG, it goes down. The Shiz has hit the fan. Your car is out of commission and like most commuters, you’ve got a good distance to go to make it home. You quickly check your Get Home Bag, strap it on and start moving!

What separates you from everyone else stuck on that stretch of road? The contents of your GHB (Get Home Bag) and a few items from your Automobile EDC Supplies is what separates you from them!

The Get Home Bag and its Contents

First let’s figure out what constitutes a Get Home Bag.

I like to think of a Get Home Bag as a backpack, filled with enough tools and supplies to get me home. We may not have to hike a thousand miles, but some of us might end up on foot for more than 40 miles.

A. Choosing the Type of Bag:

1) Backpack:

You don’t have to use a backpack, but I want something I can strap on and go! You’ll probably want to avoid anything expensive,  fancy or tactical. I used an old computer backpack. You’ll want a backpack that looks very similar to what the other commuters would carry.

You don’t want the other stranded motorists to think that you may have anything that they don’t. People get real sketchy in life or death situations. See our Post: Covert Prepper Backpack

Backpacks are staples because they offer hands-free carrying and hefty storage space. In situations where you’ll need to sneak, run or climb, backpacks won’t slow you down or give you trouble. One notable downside is that backpacks aren’t easily accessible if you’re mobile. Plus, a large backpack is more noticeable as compared to the other bags on this list.

2) Messenger Bag:
Messenger bags are great for retrieving stuff from your bag while you’re on the go. It also works as a discreet get home bag if you’re more on stealth than brute storage space. One disadvantage is that you’ll have to position the messenger bag so it won’t get in your way while you’re running. It becomes more cumbersome the farther the distance and weight distribution becomes more noticeable over time. 
3) Hydration Pack:
Hydration packs are for those who’d like to exercise minimalism in their get home bags. It stores an adequate amount of water and can easily be carried over large distances. The waist and shoulder straps add a nice touch in terms of efficient weight distribution. One downside is that you can only hold water and very little else.
4) Lumbar/Mountaineering/Hiking Pack:
Lumbar packs are designed to put the weight on your hips. It’s compact and the pack’s contents can easily be accessed if needed. One downside is that you can’t fit in additional items and you’d need to rely on the external straps to do so, which sacrifices a bit of mobility.
Here’s what you can do to determine which one works best in your situation. Assemble everything you’d need and spread it out. This will give you an idea of how large you’ll need your get home bag to fit them all in. 
A bug out bag and a get home bag primarily works in the same way. If your get home bag and bug out bag are roughly the same size, then you may want to re-prioritize what you’ll really need in order to get home safely. The only exception is that if it takes you more than an hour to get to work.
 B. Get Home Bag vs. Every Day Carry Kit vs. Bug Out Bag
You’ll need all three of these survival bags in order to be prepared for anything. The Every Day Carry Kit will contain the necessary tools, items and survival materials you’ll be using daily. If you’re at a loss to what that is, think about the most common tools you wish you’d have when you’re faced with a problem, i.e., a flashlight, scissors, extra batteries, etc
The Get Home Bag will contain the necessary tools, food and other elements that give you a greater chance to make it home safely and in one piece. It doesn’t matter whether you’re commuting or driving your own car.
In cases of civil unrest, natural disasters and minor inconveniences such as experiencing a car breakdown and road closure, you’ll want to be equipped with things that will tide you over the course of roughly 24 to 48 hours. Keep it as compact as possible while still being versatile.
The Bug Out Bag will contain items that you’ll need to survive for a few days. Everything you need should fit in and it should still be light enough for you to carry. Bug Out Bags are stored in a convenient part of the house and should be ready within a moment’s notice.

C. Get Home Bag Contents:

The contents of your Get Home Bag should contain these types of items:

  • Extra Medications / Fever reducers
  • Flashlight or Headlamp – You’ll need a sturdy, water-proof headlamp or flashlight. It should have a stable hands-free feature and has several light modes including strobe signals, dimming and flash. Be sure to have extra batteries.   
  • Sensible Walking or Hiking Shoes – If you wear heels or dress shoes to work, keep a comfortable pair of sneakers or walking shoes in your car.
  • Extra Socks – Traveling long distances won’t be so great for your feet. You’ll need extra socks to keep comfortable and in instances where you need to ward off sores and blisters. Pack in wool socks if you know that you’re going to travel long distances.
  • Knife. We’re talking about a survival knife. One that can baton wood, cut cord, skin game, and do all the things a good, rugged, outdoorsy knife can do. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be decent. This is exactly why I have a Cold Steel Bushman knife. $15 for a pretty tough knife. We did a couple posts on knives: Budget survival Knife: Cold Steel Bushman knifeBecker BK2 Companion Survival Knife, and the recent Bushcraft Buyers Guide.
  • FireFiresteel, waterproof matches or a bunch of Bic Lighters, just have some way to make fire. It’s best to pack in several means to start a fire because this element can mean the difference between life and death. One firestarting product to consider is a compact and waterproof/ windproof lighter that starts reliably in rough conditions.
  • Military Rain poncho – This can act as your rain gear and your shelter tarp, or in a pinch you add a poncho liner or jungle blanket and you’ve got a weather-resistant sleep system. That’s right multi-use gear, 3 birds with one stone (I know I just blew your mind). If you can’t envision how a poncho becomes a shelter here are a few links to help you out: 9 Military Poncho Survival Shelter Configurations and Poncho and Tarp Shelters

  • Rope / Cordage – pick up at least 100 feet of 550 paracord. You’ll need it to rig your poncho into a shelter and you’ll probably need it for a bunch of other things.
  • Duct Tape – I just take an old plastic card (library, shoppers rewards, etc) and wrap a decent amount of duct tape around it. I don’t want to carry a huge 8 inch thick roll of duct tape, but I want some, so I make sure to have about 1/2 inch thick roll of ductape, conveniently off the roll and around the flat card. This will fit easily in our GHB.
  • Multitool – Like most of the items in your get home bag your multi tool should be high-quality and carefully considered. It should have at least wire cutters, cross point and flat drivers, pliers, a saw blade and a solid knife blade. This will be your go-to item for cutting rope, small pieces of wood, building a tent and more. If you’re handy and well-trained with a knife, you can opt for a fixed blade or a machete depending on the perceived situation.
  • Backpack first aid kit – You can buy one or make your own. Basic first aid items such as medical tape, moleskin, gauze pads, splint, tweezers and bandages should be included. You’ll also need medications that provide relief from common aches and pains such as antacids, aspirin, Tylenol, etc. If you wear eyeglasses it will be wise to pack in a backup just in case.
  • Bandana or Shemagh – Head covering, sling, sediment water filter (will not purify water) and a trillion other uses. Trust me, these are awesome to have.
  • Hat – Keep sun off head, if winter have a stocking cap (WOOL).
  • Compass (or GPS) and MAPS! – Get the Delorme atlas for your state and keep one in your car.  You should assume that the main roads are congested in times of emergency. A map that will show you detours and alternative routes will come in very handy. If you have the time, you can scout in advance for possible routes to take.
  • Sun Screen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Food and Snacks – Simple is best when it comes to emergency food rations. You’ll need around 3 to 6 energy bars to get started. Trail mixes and high calorie bars should do well. You won’t need to heat them up and they can be eaten while you’re on the go. The nutrition you get from these bars should power you up physically and mentally.
  • Water / Water purification tabs or Water filter – You wouldn’t want to risk getting sick from drinking local water sources.
  • Stainless Steel water bottle – This can save you from buying the $4 bottled water on road trips and can be used to carry and boil water if you find yourself stranded far from home! If you don’t go stainless steel, you still need a way to carry water so consider a Nalgene bottle or a Collapsible water bottle, if space is tight.
  • Toilet Paper – Walking a long distance sucks, and you will have nature call.
  • SunglassesSunglasses – to protect eyes from sun and debris (goggles might even be good).
  • Work or utility gloves – You’ll be working with your hands most of the time outdoors, so it’s best to protect it. Pick the best one in the current season. Get thick ones and gloves that will protect you against scrapes, scratches, cuts and burns.

  • Wet Wipes / Baby Wipes
  • Cash – Cash is always useful to have, especially in emergency situations. Don’t carry large bills- instead, a bundle of 20’s should do the trick quite well. It’s wise to spread your money out in different places so you won’t reveal all of your money at once.
  • PrePaid Calling Card (in case you need to use a payphone)
  • Prepaid Credit Card
  • Rope or Cordage – It’s light and serves a thousand outdoor uses. It would be foolish not to put one in your get home bag!
  • Wet Wipes – A pack of wet napkins provide handy and convenience for when you need quick spit baths. Hand sanitizers are small enough so don’t forget to put one or two for good measure.
  • Paper and Pencil– Use this for recording information and leaving a note. With it, you can map landmarks or write down coordinates of places that could be useful later.
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing –  One of the first things you’ll need is a change of clothes for practical reasons. Don’t forget to include a comfortable hat and a tough pair of gloves. Extra clothing should be rotated constantly depending on the season. You’ll certainly need dry clothes in wet and cold conditions or else you won’t survive the trip home. Layering up is essential to keep body warmth intact as you travel outdoors.
  • N95 Face Mask –  You’ll be needing an N95 Mask to keep away that dust, dirt, sand, bacteria and viruses floating about. A t-shirt won’t be as effective.
  • Emergency Radio –  The best one to pick is a hand-cranked dynamo that’s small and compact. Check and see if the radio gets NOAA Hazard and Weather Alerts. If the city or state goes into a blackout, you can rely on your emergency radio for useful information. If possible, get a unit that also has a charging port for your smart phone or mobile device. You may not realize it now but having timely information regarding weather and emergency alerts will prove to be useful in catastrophic events.
  • Firearm and Extra Ammo –  Get this type of self-defense if you live in a state that allows it. Pack a few extra magazines or rounds into the get home bag in times when you need stopping power.
  • Walking Stick – There’s a very good chance that you’ll be walking most of the time. Collapsible walking sticks are convenient and provide support for your knees while on extended travel. This item can also double as emergency shelter when coupled with a poncho.
  • Glowsticks –  Get the ones that give you 12 hours of light. It’s useful as it could be attached in shelters or when you need to light the trail in unfamiliar terrain.

Bonus Items

  • Personal Defense items (legal in your area) – Mace, Pepper Spray, etc. People panic and are often irrational in large-scale emergency situations. It’s a breeding ground of confrontation and desperation. You should keep this in mind and think about self-defense as part of surviving the ordeal. Avoid hand-to-hand combat; it’s wise to pack in a strong pepper spray, a firing taser or a compact handgun to show hostile forces that you shouldn’t be taken lightly.
  • Solar charger for phone (and GPS)
  • Small Binoculars – You’ll want to be able to check for obstacles and “situations” before you get to them. These don’t have to be pricey. I’ve linked to a small Coleman 10×25 pair for about $17.
  • Emergency Signal – Pack in a small mirror or a flare for when you need long-distance signaling items. A whistle can also come in handy. 


 D. Get Home Bag Care & Management

1) Is a Get Home Bag Even Necessary?
The short answer is yes. One of the best things you can do is to prepare for the unexpected. There are a number of unforeseen circumstances that can happen anytime- earthquakes, riots, flooding, plagues, hurricanes, fierce storms, terrorist attacks and nuclear war.
A get home bag serves to increase the chances of you making it home and planning the next step. Even if these calamities didn’t happen, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re ready at any given time. At the very least a get home bag can make you more comfortable in non-calamities such as extreme traffic, road closures and forced overnight stays.

2) Storing Your Get Home Bag
A get home bag can get you home even amidst huge calamities and disasters, but it only works if you have it with you most of the time. Stashing it in the trunk of your car is not recommended as your vehicle may prove to be inaccessible in certain situations, i.e., riots, earthquakes, etc. Good storage places include your office, a nearby public locker or a PO Box. The key here is that it should be accessible most of the time.
If your line of work requires you to travel by car, then it will be acceptable to keep it stored in your trunk. This is because most of the time you’ll be inside the vehicle as compared to being far away from it.
3) Organizing Your Get Home Bag 
Your get home bag will consist of roughly 3 levels. Every level will have items you’ll need to survive for a specific time period. The bottom items are more of the long-term variety while the ones on top are the ones that you’ll be sure to need right away.
Level 1 
The first level should be the most accessible of the three. This level will ensure that you get home safely within a 3-hour period. The items here will prove to be very useful but aren’t helpful when it comes to overnight stays.
Level 2
The second level should have items that will tide you over after a length of time has passed, i.e., 8 hours or more. Consider putting items that you’ll need for a 12-hour journey here.
Level 3
The third level should contain essential sleeping gear and anything that will be of value for long-term travel. Pack in items that you’ll need for an overnight trip.
4) Customizing Your Get Home Bag
Each individual can have special needs. How you customize your get home bag will depend on your personal circumstances or situation. You’ll need to think about the season, your region and the type of commute that’s available to you. For example, an urban environment may have require more specific items as compared to the rural routes.
Your job, office location and career may change how you prepare your get home bag. Plus, you’ll need to think about possible emergencies and the geographical location to see if there’s anything else you’ll need.
Think about your commute from home to work, then work to home. Do you know of any alternate routes or paths that could prove to be useful? A detour through the park, a trail or unused alleys are just a few examples.
Think about what you’ll need so you can travel without compromising your health or safety.  Get a bird’s eye view of all the possible scenarios. Answer the following questions- will you be walking through the woods or around bodies of water? What are the quickest routes to take? Which ones take the longest? What are the ones that get you the most exposed to the public?
All of us naturally think of getting home as soon as possible when disasters strike. For this reason you’ll need to have a get home bag prepared. Increasing the chances of making it to your home base gives you the confidence and motivation to survive.
A get home bag is absolutely essential if you have loved ones or family members who will rely on you to get them home safely. Remember to take the “When” and not the “If” approach when considering the items you’ll need. You will be glad you did!

Make sure to grab your EDC Survival Kit and some extra gear from your Automobile EDC SuppliesMake sure to grab that Automobile Sun Shade from your car before you head out. This can act as a makeshift sleeping pad, and to reflect heat back to your body when it starts to get cool or cold. You should probably make a list of these items and put it on your GHB so you don’t forget to grab them from the Car supplies.

Make sure to add any other item that makes sense for the season, your region, commute or personal needs!

Download the printable Get Home Bag Checklist in pdf format.

Last but not least, take your brain. There will be a lot of lost, scared and predatory people. Use your wits. Watch out for traps. Gangs use “helpless” damsels in distress to lure in people all the time. I’m not saying don’t be a good Samaritan and don’t be chivalrous and charitable, but use your binoculars to observe for a while to make sure you don’t become the victim.

No matter what happens, you want to get home. What separates you from everyone else stuck on that stretch of road? Your Get Home Bag and your planning is what separates you from them!

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Must-Have Survival Kit Items for 2018

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By Joe Humphries – High Tech Safety

Packing a useful survival kit depends a lot on what sort of emergency situations you expect that you’ll encounter. However, there are some items that are more universally helpful than others. Here are five items every survivalist needs in their pack.


When it comes to survival kits, you want to maximize every inch of real estate in your bag, which is why a multi-tool is an absolute must for any prepper. No matter how prepared you may be, you can’t always predict what you’ll encounter in a survival-type situation. So, including a tool that serves multiple purposes is a good way to cover all your potential bases.

A multi-tool can be as basic or feature heavy as you’d like. They range from the classic Swiss Army Knife to tools that boast 20 or more features—including everything from saw blades to pliers to wire cutters. Even the most complicated of multi-tools are generally small and lightweight, so don’t be afraid to purchase one that’s got as many gadgets as your budget will allow.

Water Purification System

In a survival situation, locating drinkable water will be one of your first and most important priorities. A water filtration system makes this task easier by converting a water source that might be dangerous for consumption into one that’s safe and usable.

You now have several options when it comes to choosing a purification system. The most basic choice is water purification tablets. These pills are dissolved in water and are designed to kill bacteria and other pathogens that can cause illness in humans. They are incredibly lightweight and easy to pack, which makes them appealing. However, some tablets can take up to an hour to be fully effective and may not neutralize some chemical pollutants.

Purification straws are another popular option. Their recent boost in popularity also brought a decline in once high prices. Like the pills, they are lightweight and easy to transport. Opposed to the traditional pumps that can are rather bulky. However, they are not ideal for purifying large quantities of water (since you have to drink it through the straw) and may not eliminate all viruses found in water.

Ultimately, choosing the correct water purification system will come down to personal preference and determining what kind of emergency situations you’re likely to encounter.

Solar Lantern

Space is valuable in your survival kit, which can make it difficult to justify the inclusion of something as bulky as a solar lantern. However, if you anticipate being without electricity for a long period of time, it might end up being a lifesaver.

In addition to providing light, many modern lanterns also come with USB ports perfect for recharging your phone or other electronic devices. Because of its multipurpose capabilities, this is definitely a smart item to include in your kit. Some even have bug zappers included in them.

Stun Gun

You never know when you will need to defend yourself in an emergency situation, but carrying an actual gun is not a possibility for everyone. Depending on the model, a gun can take up too much space in your kit—not to mention the space that ammo will take up too. For these reasons, a stun gun is a must for any survival kit.

Many brands are no bigger than a cell phone, which makes storage and transport incredibly easy. Additionally, stun guns won’t draw unwanted attention to yourself. It’s a discreet, lightweight alternative to more traditional forms of protection.

Compact rifles that can breakdown into the stock are also highly recommended. It is always good to have a defense mechanism for attackers of two legs or four legs. Although, these will not bring the lightweight approach that some tasers can, there provide a lot more stopping power then a taser.

Poncho Shelter

If you find yourself in the wilderness, you’ll need some sort of shelter, but tents can be bulky and take up space in your kit that’s better utilized by other items. A poncho shelter provides all the protection of a traditional tent without taking up any space in your kit. You can literally wear it on your back!

Granted, it might not be as luxurious as a fancy tent, but when it comes to survival, it will absolutely get the job done. In some situations I prefer sleeping under a tarp, I can exit easier and faster as opposed to a traditional tent.

About the author:

Joe Humphries is a contributing writer and media Specialist for High Tech Safety. He regularly writes for survival and personal defense blogs, with an emphasis on nonlethal self defense.


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Six Things To Check Before Going To A Shooting School

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For many Americans, shooting has always been their second nature. While some are fast learners, others require a lot of time and dedication to improve their shooting skills. No matter how much time you put into improving your shooting game, you will never be able to cover everything without the help of a shooting school. … Read more…

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What $50 can do for a prepper!

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What $50 can do for a prepper!

What $50 can do for a prepper!
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I approached The Prepper Journal a couple months ago for a client. I already knew of the site and loved its content. I was a fan long before all of this freelance writing. Well, I posted some great content on there about setting up a base defense. It just so happened that this site was running a writing contest at the time of the posting, unbeknownst to me.

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What You Should Do Within 60 Minutes After SHTF

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As you should probably know by now, the first 60 minutes after SHTF could be the most critical moments of your life. That time-frame is crucial for your well-being and the lives of the ones you love. This is what you need to do and learn how proper planning prevents poor performance when things go … Read more…

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Our Prepping Goals for This Year

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Our Prepping Goals for This Year As another year comes to an end it’s important for us to look back and reflect. The year 2017 was something amazing. It was really a disaster of a year in more ways than one. We faced some incredible cataclysmic disasters that changed the world forever. It was, by …

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How to Protect Against Chemical Attacks with the Right Survival Respirator

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Preparation is key, at least this is the mindset of a “doomsday prepper” who is ready and prepared for any attacks, natural disaster, or potential apocalypse to strike. Visions of burly men sheltered away in a far-off bunker, geared up with supplies to aid them in their survivalist plan invade most people’s heads as they … Read more…

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The Prepper as an Ambassador

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The Prepper as an Ambassador

The Prepper as an Ambassador
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With the influx of disasters and attack in 2017 I made the proclamation back in October that it was the year of the prepper. Never before have we been faced with so many major league disasters that touched on so many issues. Just think of the various conversations that are brewing in this nation based on the year 2017.

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Smart Strategies To Keep A Low Profile During SHTF

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Smart Strategies To Keep A Low Profile During SHTF If you live in a densely populated area, you always have to think about the human factor and how it may influence your life. While this may not be a big concern during your day to day life, things can drastically change when the brown stuff …

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The Best Bug Out Bag Backpack – Finding the Optimal Tools for SHTF

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The Best Bug Out Bag Backpack – Finding the Optimal Tools for SHTF There are plenty of backpack options for your bug out bag out there. Just like the gear in your bug out bag, the backpack you go with varies for each person. Still, there is a wide range of quality out there and …

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Prepping Up 2017 Review!

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Prepping Up 2017 Review!
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Don’t miss the last show of the year with Dave The NBC Guy. Show number 8 for Dave will do a review of all his past shows and a look ahead for this coming year. He will go over all of the subjects he covered and hit the high points of each to include a review of all his special guests.

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7 Steps To Prepare Yourself For An Epidemic Outbreak

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Most of the disasters that people prep for involve a threat that you can see and react to with some sense of confidence. Even societal collapse brought about by an economic freefall or government coup still generally presents its threat as other people. However, for an epidemic outbreak, people are only part of the problem. … Read more…

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Prepper Leadership!

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Prepper Leadership!
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This week Dave tackles a tough question that many Preppers have thought about. Only a few have done anything to ensure success with Prepper Leadership. If you are the leader of your group either by design or by simple happen stance you will want to know things you should do to make sure you have success.

Listen or download “Prepper Leadership” in player below!

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Body Armor and Protective Clothing for Survival Situations and Civilian Use

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

Ballistic body armor has become an integral part of the gear of gun owners. It is one of the greatest modern marvels that has saved thousands of people from death or serious wounds. And while it is part of the standard work equipment for American law enforcement officers, gun enthusiasts are also discovering its many benefits.

People are well aware of the deadly power of guns and proper safety starts with securing tactical armor to protect yourself in case of a dangerous situation. Plain and simple – wearing body armor can save your life. Modern advancements in production and design have made it possible to find a balance between high-level protection, comfort and usability. Body armor has advanced considerably and is now made from lightweight and breathable materials that protect against a variety of threats. There are many levels and styles to find your optimal fit. Manufacturers offer a large selection of lighter and more effective body carriers that can protect you from life-threatening shots.

Armor effectiveness and comfort are both very important elements in choosing the style and type of vest that best works for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to body armor. It may seem like a good idea to go by the saying of ‘the more the better’, but this does not apply here. Higher levels of protection are heavier and bulkier, making them a poor choice in certain urban environments or when they need to be worn for hours at a time. Ideally, you want to choose body armor only for the types of threats you expect to face (for example, there is no need to go for additional spike and stab resistance if there won’t be close combat) as this only adds extra weight to your gear. Do some research, learn about your surroundings and make a decision based on your physical qualities and skillset before purchasing body armor for best results.

Understanding the different levels available helps you determine which one is most suitable against certain pistol and melee weapons and choose accordingly.

The most commonly used body armor for civilian protection is Level IIa. Rated for pistol rounds and light fragmentation, it is soft armor, and is good against 9mm, 40 SW and 45 ACP. However, many consider this level to be the bare minimum armor protection.

When it comes to a decent array of pistol weapon threats, versatility and affordability – the best choice is Level IIIa. This armor is considered as standard armor for law enforcement at this time. If offers enhanced protection over level IIa up to a 44mag and it also stops 357 Sig, which is a high velocity round for a handgun.

The style of the vest is equally as important as its level of protection to ensure the best fit possible. There are two types of tactical body armor styles – overt and covert (concealable). Gun owners generally find that the latter offers greatest advantages as it is usable in any scenario as opposed to hard armor which is impractical for daily use and high-risk situations. Covert body armor offers reduced chances of detection, which is particularly important as it won’t draw anyone’s eye. In some cases keeping your body armor out of sight may actually end up saving your life as attackers won’t specifically aim for those body parts left unprotected by your armor.

One of the best advancements in the field of body armor came with the introduction of lightweight ballistic plates. Designed to supplement soft armor – they are a convenient way to enhance the protective qualities of the carrier. The addition of lightweight ballistic plates expands the variety of weapons your vest protects against. This allows the wearer to move through different types of environments adequately prepared.


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Survival Food Most Common In Preppers Deep Pantry Storage

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Which survival food choices are the most common?

If all preppers were able to peek into the deep pantry food storage of others, what survival food types would be the most commonly found?

What is Survival Food?

It’s any food that you have purposely acquired and set aside (or rotate through) for preparedness.

Typically a well thought out storage of survival food will include a variety of foods and food types. Not just a case of MRE’s and we call it good…

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Best Survival Rifles For Protecting and Defending Your Family

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I had to passionately spend considerable time researching on a variety of rifles in the market today that you can use to protect and defend your family. I was awed by incredible designs and crafts flooded out there, including lackluster ones. But don’t worry; this post has got you covered.  Having pointed that out, first, … Read more…

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10 Ways To Keep Your Car From Becoming Trapped In Snow

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A relaxing drive up to a mountain cabin can turn into a disaster during this time of the year. All it takes is a wrong move, and in a blink of an eye, your vehicle is covered in snow. You are now stranded, cold and isolated in your own car. Being trapped in the snow … Read more…

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Prepper Gift Guide!

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Prepper Gift Guide
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Whether you find yourself here because you are a prepper yourself or, maybe, you are doing some intel for that special survivalist in your life, you have come to the right place. What I am looking to achieve is the ultimate guide to 2017 gifts for the prepper. Now, this is going to be much more than simply lists of items that are prepper centric.

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How to Survive a Nuclear Attack

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Editors note: Here is a great read from our friends over at twowayradiotalk.com, make sure and follow the link and check this article out, plenty of useful info for keeping your family safe.

By Craig – Two Way Radio Talk

I think we can all agree that the likelihood of a nuclear war was contoured very nicely on this year’s news feeds. People all over the world know that North Korea is preparing its missiles for an attack against the US, but no one knows if the threat is real or it’s just an image stunt.

Besides the scary test launches performed by North Korea’s army, there is nothing to indicate that this is a real threat. However, the idea stands and the ruler in Pyongyang fuels it with new actions such as safety drills that teach the population what to do in the case of a nuclear attack.

Now, while American senators and politicians accuse North Korea of running illegal nuclear programs, it seems to have little to no effect on the outcome of this deadly game. However, the extremely sad side is that, in the case of a nuclear attack, the entire planet will suffer not just North Korea or the US. We are in the middle of a possibly fatal confrontation that could throw us in the next Ice Age, and this is definitely a scary thought.

But could we survive such a horrible attack? According to specialists in survival and military training, survival is possible, but only if you know the steps to take. That’s why below you’ll find more information on how a nuclear attack works and the steps to take in order to make sure you survive. After all, it’s the stake is none other than the survival of the human race!

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Shedding The Mental Struggle Of Hive-Living

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

One tidbit of wisdom which all interested in outdoor living understand – living in the hive can be bad for your health. The biggest cities often draw the zaniest and most odd characters. It’s not hard to understand why. Large cities, particularly the mega-cities which are fairly recent developments, seem to foster a sense of mental displacements. The environment is very artificial, so it’s not hard to see why. Sometimes, withdrawing from all of that difficulty is something you absolutely need, as a fundamental aspect of healing your soul.

We’re not trying to disparage the good work done in cities, or the great people who live in them. However, we are critical of those who feel that inner city living is perfectly fine and naturally in a long-term perspective. Nothing will ever be as healing for our human spirit and psyche than a long sting in the forest or wood. Recalibrating to the natural creative power from which you come can heal even the most chaotic of hearts.

If you find yourself struggling, or simply need a break which works for you, you might consider a long hike or camping stint in the woods. We have detailed the benefits of doing so below. Sometimes, survival preparation is as important as restoring your own mind to the natural pace of life.

No Mirrors

Mirrors are great inventions. They help us manage our appearance, staying attractive to those we hope to attract. They let us know if we have any misplaced food on our lip, or if we mishandled our shaving process in the morning, leaving half our moustache intact. However, it can become an almost obsession to keep looking in the mirror throughout the day, rectifying your appearance as you see a flaw.

This leads to a constant state of tension and worry. If you head to the woods and neglect bringing any mirrors with you, you’ll notice something wonderful. Not only do you forget about your appearance, but you become more connected to yourself and your present experience. You become more able to show your real personality, as opposed to one you’re carefully curating throughout the day. This can be revolutionary for mental health, as peace of mind is improved when you’re neglecting to focus on your flaws.

Good Survival Practice

You might be a newcomer to this blog. If you understand the benefits of preparing or having a modicum of survival knowledge, you’re in the right place. However, you can’t expect to jump in the deep end, surviving in the Amazon for months at a time. It’s good to start slow. If you’ve lived in a city for the majority of your life, some concepts might be completely new to you. Connecting with your raw human ability to survive surely helps you connect with the inner knowledge of our species.

You’ll feel a primal sense of achievement after building a shelter, or starting a fire for the first time. This time will also serve as a great opportunity to build a bug out bag. This rugged approach to task achievement feels much more satisfying than working with accounts all day, or facing a customer service role. It’s likely that the experience of the outdoors will give you a desire to work in the forest more and more, and get out of the hive as often as you can.

Living away from the hive for a time can give you a real revolution in your internal thinking, and improve your mental matters to no end. You’ll never know if you don’t try.

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Drinking Water Survival Myths You Should Know

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Water is one of the most crucial items you will need in any survival scenario. In fact, it’s the first thing that everyone runs out of. Drinking water in the wilderness becomes quite a challenge because people keep following blindly a few dangerous myths that have no scientific basis. During our normal, day to day … Read more…

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Top 6 Ideas For Creating Survival Shelters In The Wild

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Today we are going to go over one of the most vital things to know when spending time outdoors for an extended period. That’s right, knowing how to build various survival shelters can save your life when spending time outside, fighting against the harsh weather. Survival experts have long known about an idea called the … Read more…

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Prepper Fitness Plan!

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Prepper Fitness Plan!
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It is early in the evening. The long day is leaning on me. The kids are too loud and the wife is unhappy. The house is a mess but we still have one more mountain to climb. There is a pit in my stomach and the only thing that’s giving me solace is that my wife is right there with me.

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6 Important Things You Should Have In Your Hunting Backpack

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Do you consider yourself as an adventurous person? Do you frequently go on hunting in your spare time? Hunting in the wilderness is one of the most adventurous and beautiful experience that one can have. It can be fun, tiring or even a near-death experience; depending on the area, you go to and simply, your … Read more…

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Prepare For War At Home: 10 Quick Tips For You

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The survivors of Holocaust will attest how hard life it will be if another war will happen today. Even the attack on Japanese soldiers in Pearl Harbor will give goosebumps just merely having a recap; this may be a worse nightmare ever a person could imagine. But, is it really possible that war could ever … Read more…

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5 Prompt Recovery Tips After An Injury

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Suffering an injury is never fun. Not only can it be extremely painful depending upon the injury you are suffering from, but it can also leave you sore and unable to perform daily tasks for quite some time. This can really help to make the injury far worse in your own mind. The Problem with … Read more…

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Prepper EDC and Prepper Pocket Tech!

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Prepper EDC and Prepper Pocket Tech!

Prepper EDC and Prepper Pocket Tech!
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This time on the GunMetal Armory, we’re  talking about “EDC and other Pocket Tech”. We go into what the average prepper might carry in their pockets, what they SHOULDN’T carry in their pockets, and the things that I would suggest that they do carry in their pockets. There are a lot of misconceptions as to what you “need” versus the things that you may want.

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15 Essential Tips For Surviving In The Wilderness

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15 Essential Tips For Surviving In The Wilderness No matter how hard you fight against Mother Nature, you will always fail if you’re not prepared. Nature doesn’t give second chances and surviving in the wilderness is much more difficult than you think. People should learn what to do if they get lost in the wilderness. …

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5 Ways To Prevent You And Your Pet Dog From Heat Stroke

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Heat stroke is a very serious, sometimes lethal condition that affects all of us, animals and humans alike. While some animals enjoy specialized defensive mechanism to protect themselves from the effect of sun exposure and heat, it is fair to say that for the rest of us, heat stroke is an equal opportunity offender. Prolonged … Read more…

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4 Military Skills Every Prepper Should Master

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4 Military Skills Every Prepper Should Master

U.S. military personnel operate all over the world, often in extremely challenging conditions. In order to accomplish difficult missions, they have amassed a wealth of critical skills. Many of these skills are applicable to preppers, homesteaders and survivalists. If you want to survive, or even thrive in periods of uncertainty, here are four military skills you need to master today.

1. Land Navigation

At one time, using a map, protractor, and compass to navigate were basic and essential military tasks. However, even the military relies heavily on GPS to navigate these days, just like you probably do. But what happens if you cannot power your handheld devices, or the GPS satellites overhead are dismantled? That’s when basic navigation skills become critical.

Every prepper should be able to determine their location on a map, and navigate using a map and compass. These skills will help you move from one place to another as expediently as possible, saving time and energy. They will also help you do other tasks as well, such as place a garden to achieve optimal sun exposure. So study the basic principles of land navigation, and start practicing as soon as you can.

2. Starting Fires

Whether you’re isolated and exposed to the elements, or in a situation where electrical power and fuel are unavailable, you’ll likely need to build a fire sooner or later. Fire can sterilize your water or medical equipment, cook your food, and keep you alive when temperatures plummet. It can even help you signal to others for help or as a warning.

Good preppers should be able to start a fire and boil a cup of water in 15 minutes or less. You should also maintain a fire kit on hand at all times. When traveling, keep your fire kit on your body; it should be one of the last pieces of gear you discard in an emergency, like when you’re evading people who want to hurt you. Practice building fires with your fire kit, until you’re proficient. Also, study different types of survival fires, so you can have a heat source regardless of the situation you’re in.

3. Apply a Tourniquet

For today’s military, blood loss due to traumatic injury is a major cause of combat fatalities. Most military units preparing to go to a war zone focus a great deal of time on how to stop the bleeding as rapidly as possible. For traumatic injuries where a simple bandage dressing won’t work, one of the best ways to do so is with a tourniquet.

A tourniquet normally consists of a wrapped bandage strip and a device, such as a piece of wood, that can compress a wrapped bandage to the point that it stops all arterial bleeding on a wounded extremity. Applying a tourniquet properly on a wound can often mean the difference between life and death for an injured person. Preppers should learn how to apply tourniquets effectively. They should also keep ready-made tourniquets on hand in their homes, survival kits and vehicles at all times.

4. Find and Purify Water

You also won’t fare very well in a survival situation if you drink contaminated water. Learning how to find and safely purify water is a military skill that every prepper needs to master if they want to be ready.

Preppers should learn how to find water in any type of environment. In some cases, that may require them to build solar stills, and trap water condensation. At other times, knowing where to dig on a dry riverbed may be critical to getting access to a water source. All preppers should know how to purify water, as well, especially if they are unsure of the water’s quality. Survivalists and preppers should keep water purification gear on hand at all times as well.

Parting Thoughts

Don’t wait until you’re in dire straits before you practice these skills. Find someone who can teach you the right way to become proficient. Then practice these skills often – until they’re perfected.

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Disaster Preparedness: Surviving a Man-Made Disaster

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According to Eastern Kentucky University, disasters are unfortunate events that almost always end with individuals losing their lives. Perhaps the biggest difference between a natural disaster and a man-made is the human intent to cause environmental damage. A man-made disaster can generally be divided into different categories like terrorism, transportation hazards, environmental accidents, and technological … Read more…

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This time, we’re going to be talking about “Building the Prepper Armory: Part 2”. In the next installment of Building the Prepper Armory, we’re going to talk about various accessories, Optics, calibers and which calibers to stockpile, primitive weaponry, slings and sling bows, archery, blowguns, ammo for the more primitive of these weapons, and a whole lot more.

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7 Items For Your Bugout Bag You Never Knew Existed

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“Of packing of many bags there is no end.” I think Ecclesiastes said that. His quote may have been a bit different, but the king was getting at the same idea. The bugout bag is an evolution. You must not look at your bugout bag as a stagnant entity. If you do, it will provide … Read more…

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Going Off Grid: Is It Right For You?

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

Going off grid is something that few people have chosen to do, but those who have would never go back to the way things were before. Going off grid isn’t for everybody, but for the right people, it’ll completely change their lives.

Taking this step isn’t something that should be taken lightly, so you’ll need to consider a few things first. After reading this, you should have a good idea of whether going off grid is truly right for you:

Is Going Off Grid Right For You?

You need to figure out if going off grid is right for you. Ask yourself, do you want to stop paying electricity bills? Are you ok with spending money to create your off grid paradise? Do you want to teach yourself all about alternative energy?

If the answer to those questions is yes, then this could potentially be a good choice for you.

There are plenty of reasons people choose to live in this way. For example, finding a place in the world that you think is absolutely amazing but you’ll have to come off the grid to live there is a perfectly good reason. Producing your own energy and doing other things related to coming off the grid are also good reasons, as they are so empowering. You will be producing your own clean energy, and there’s nothing in the world quite like it. Especially when you’re not receiving utility bills anymore!

Reasons To Go Off Grid

  • Being concerned for the environment. You can use less energy and make your own from renewable resources.
  • You want to eliminate vulnerability from utility outages.
  • Your political/social values.
  • It makes economic sense for you in terms of cost.

The Time Needed To Maintain Your System

Figure out how much time you have to maintain your off-grid system. It’s going to take plenty of work in the beginning, and you’ll more than likely make some mistakes while you figure out what’s right for you. Your lifestyle will need to change considerably, and it can take some getting used to. You’re going to need to pay attention to your energy stores too, so you know you’re not depleting what you have faster than you generate. It takes a lot of thought and planning, but if it’s something you really want, you can do it.

Finding The Money/Resources To Go Off The Grid

Going off the grid doesn’t need to be expensive. You can do so many things to your home to get started and many are inexpensive. Solar panels, for example, or rechargeable batteries can be used to generate your own power. Many of the items you purchase will be a one time payment. There are all kinds of resources online to help you too. You can find out how to make well water drinkable, how to generate your own power from scratch, and more. This will be a huge change of lifestyle, so you need to make the commitment if you decide this is what you want.

You can learn more about becoming energy self-sufficient through various resources. It’ll take time, so if this is what you want to do, make sure you start now.

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Keeping Preparedness Simple: Tips from the Health Ranger

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Keeping Preparedness Simple: Tips from the Health Ranger This is a great article from a prepper. I have said this in the past but to get a first person representation of the struggles that new preppers face is so important. You always feel like a new prepper. That’s the secret, right? There is always something …

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Are You A Prepper Or A Hoarder? (Here’s How To Tell the Difference)

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Are You A Prepper Or A Hoarder? (Here’s How To Tell the Difference)

Even though your stockpile may fit the definition of a “hoard,” chances are quite high that you are NOT actually a “hoarder” in the contemporary and now commonly used sense of the word.

The contemporary and common use of the word “hoarder” indicates a person who accumulates things in a disorganized, messy, emotional and non-functional manner. Hoarders typically hold onto non-utilitarian (even broken) things, and collect to the point where their living space does not work for its intended function. When you hear or read the word “hoarder,” the image of a pack rat house stuffed to the rafters with every table top covered and only narrow spaces to walk through comes to mind. The hoarder is driven by emotion. The items hoarded do not serve a useful function and tend to actually interfere with the individual’s capacity to function or use their living space as intended.

In contrast, a prepper’s main goal is a functional supply of items. Preppers accumulate items with a plan and a purpose, and prioritize the collection and storage of items in an organized manner.

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The definition of a prepper (according to Urban Dictionary) is: “A person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.”

You are a prepper if the majority of the following statements are true:

  1. Your stockpile and home are reasonably clean.
  2. The items you stockpile are functional.
  3. Your stockpile is organized.
  4. You can use the items you are storing within your lifetime.
  5. You agree with the saying “store what you eat and eat what you store.”
  6. You are prepared. You do not have to go to the store to “pick up a few things” when a major storm is predicted.

You are a hoarder if three or more of the following statements is true:

1. Items in your house are taking over space or furniture meant for eating, sleeping, walking, or other normal human activities.

2. Despite the fact that items in your house are taking over space and furniture meant for eating, sleeping, walking or other activities, you are emotionally attached to these items and reluctant to let them go.

3. You are storing non-functional items. For example, broken items, or perhaps stacks of newspapers, or stacks of magazines, plastic bags, shoes or any particular item or groups of things for which there is no realistic use or functional purpose for amount stored. How does this differ from a collection? A collection is organized and/or has monetary or sentimental value. These items do not.

4. Your items have been gathered without a plan, and you’ll organize them “someday.”

5. During a resource shortage, you collect more than you need, or more than you can reasonably use, and you hide these resources away (in comparison, a prepper will already have resources stored and will not rush out to secure more).

6. You do not have the food and supplies at home needed to get through a three-day power outage without running to the store to “pick up a few things.”

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Top Skills You Need To Perfect In Order To Survive

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By Mike B. – Guest Post

Survival isn’t just a skill – it’s a conglomeration of many skills, all of which you need to learn, master, and perfect to stay safe, secure, and comfortable in survival situations. Many of these skills are overlooked by preppers who focus purely on stockpiling materials without the know-how needed to use them – or replace them when stores are compromised.

In this article, we’ll give you a run-down of the 5 most important survival skills to master – including why they matter, different techniques you can use, and resources to learn. No matter how well you stock, build, and lock your stores and shelters, you never know when life will throw you a curveball and put your real knowledge to the test. These skills can be used in every situation – from the mundane, to the extreme – so study up, and get ready.

#1: Shelter Building

Any wilderness survivalist will tell you that the in almost all climates, exposure is the biggest threat. Shelter is essential in every situation, whether it’s cold, hot, polluted, exposed to animals, or even seemingly safe. Shelter provides security for your body and your material goods – but sometimes, our pre-prepared shelters become unavailable. Learning how to create your own shelter with the materials around you is absolutely vital to staying safe.

There are several ways to build shelter, and the type you build depends on your surroundings. In cold weather, lean-tos, A-frames, and other enclosed brush shelters can protect you from insects, hypothermia, and rainfall – and all of these can be created using a tarp. In the absence of a tarp, learn to handle a knife – like one of these best combat knives – so you can effectively chop saplings and other vegetation to create your structure. In snow, learn how to dig snow caves – a long-time favorite shelter of mountaineers and explorers that provides a surprising amount of warmth, even in sub-zero temps.

Although it seems counterintuitive, shelter in hot weather is also extremely necessary. Shelter from the sun prevents life-threatening conditions like heat stroke, dehydration, and severe sunburns, and can be used to store perishable goods like freshly hunted meat and fish. Shelter is the first priority of nearly all wilderness survival experts in a tough situation – make sure you’re prepared to make your own in a pinch.

#2: Water Gathering

The next most important skill to learn is water gathering. Although humans can go several weeks without food, we can only last a few days at most without water – and we deteriorate fast. Water is available in all environments, even seemingly dry ones, and learning how to collect it effectively and safely is incredibly important. Here are some tips for different types of climates:

  • In snowy conditions, water isn’t hard to find – but it can be harder to prepare. Snow should be melted before consumed so as not to drop the body temperature dangerously, and try to gather freshly fallen snow or snow pack from high points.
  • In wet climates, rainwater can be collected using buckets, tarp traps, or any other type of container. If possible, filter rainwater before drinking.
  • In dry climates with no precipitation, dew and underground water are your best sources. Dew can be collected in tarp traps in the morning, but it may be scarce. Condensation pits are also useful, and are created by placing a jug or cup into a hole in the ground, insulating, and covering with plastic or a tarp. Condensation from the ground will collect in the cup. Use this water sparingly.

Water is vital to survival – make sure you know how to find it with primitive tools.

#3: Fire Starting

The last of the “big three” basics for survival is fire starting. Fire provides not only heat, but a way to cook and preserve food, signal for help, and sanitize water and medical supplies. Most survivalists won’t be caught without some kind of firestarting tool – whether it be waterproof matches, lighters, or flints – but in the absence of these tools, make sure you can start a fire without them

Bow drilling is an ancient practice of starting fires that uses the friction between materials to create heat. You’ll need several tools to start a fire with this method, but they can all be found in almost any environment. For an in-depth guide to the bow drill method, check out this resource.

#4: First Aid

The next skill we’ll discuss is first aid. A lot of first aid is pretty intuitive, and chances are you can handle scrapes and bruises without too much trouble. However, other injuries like animal bites, dislocations, breaks and sprains, burns, and allergic reactions often require a little more know-how to manage in the best way.

Make sure that you’re well equipped with a basic first aid kit everywhere you go that includes materials for infection control, splinting, bleeding control, and allergic reaction control. There are tons of guides for how to put together a good kit, so we won’t go into it here, but there’s one more thing we will mention: you don’t need a first aid kit to provide first aid. In situations where medical supplies aren’t available, you can use everything from ski poles to ripped up clothing to manage wounds, breaks, sprains, and insect bites. Consider taking a first responder or wilderness first responder course to learn how to utilize the things around you to take care of injury and illness.

#5: Plant Identification

Our final skill of note is plant identification. Most people don’t realize just how many plants around them are edible and medicinal, and many beginners make the mistake of consuming incorrectly-identified plants that make them sick. Plant identification, while not generally considered a “rugged” skill, is unbelievably useful for providing extra nourishment, treatments for common conditions, and learning to harvest and grow your own garden.

Start learning plant identification with easy-to-recognize vegetation. This category includes berries (like huckleberries, blackberries, and raspberries, which grow across the U.S.), edible flowers (like pansies, nasturtium, dandelions, and violets), and seeds (like pine nuts and sunflower seeds). Then, work your way up to more difficult-to-recognize plants with possible imposters, like wild garlic and onions. Always make sure you’re absolutely sure what you are eating before you eat it – and practice before you actually need to use the skill.

These skills are only a few of the amazing things you can learn to survive when modern comforts aren’t available. Make sure to master them before you need them, and you’ll be safe in the most difficult of situations.

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About the author:

Mike is a passionate hunter and his favorite grounds are Alaska and British Columbia. He’s also an expert in hunting gear and he is one of the most reliable resources when it comes to choosing the right tools for the job. He also writes for OpitcGearLab.com

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This Is Your Wake-Up Call: How to Start Prepping

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By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

Out of all the years that I’ve been writing about prepping, this has been the year of the wake-up call. If one good thing has come from all the disasters, it’s the fact that many people have seen the light and learned a hard, firsthand lessons and want to start prepping.

  • Hurricane Harvey taught people that places which didn’t normally flood were still not exempt from Mother Nature and that the aftermath was rife with danger.
  • The wildfires in California taught people that they needed a rapid evacuation plan for themselves and their pets.
  • Hurricane Maria taught us that life could completely and utterly change for millions of people whose homes were destroyed and who may not have the grid back anytime in the near future.
  • Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the state in many years. Millions of people were warned to evacuate. Residents faced destruction and lengthy interruptions in power and the availability of supplies.
  • Throughout all these disasters, we got confirmation that all hell DOES indeed break loose and that we won’t be able to rely on 911, no matter how stringently the “everything is okay” myth is reinforced by the media.

Now there’s an epic storm in the Northeastern US that was sudden and brutal. A friend called me yesterday and told me she and her family could be without power for more than a week. She wasn’t ready for it. “This really drove home what you do,” she said.

All of these horrible things have one silver lining…more people than ever realize that the government won’t be rushing to save them anytime soon and that they must be prepared to be completely on their own.

So if this is you, welcome to the prepped side. I have put together a little primer for you. It isn’t over the top. You don’t need a bunker and an AK47 for each family member. You just need food, water, shelter, and an evacuation plan. No tinfoil required.

There are links in each section where you can go to learn more about that topic. At the end is a resource list with some shortcuts and some useful books.  You don’t have to do every single thing RIGHT NOW.  This is just a preparedness overview and if you have recently been through an emergency, you will probably recognize what your priorities should be.

Water preparedness

If you never buy a single canned good or bag of pasta for long-term food storage, please store water. Every time there’s a pending emergency, the shelves at stores are completely cleared of water within a matter of hours (if not sooner.)

If you went out and bought it, a full month’s supply of drinking water for a family of 4 would cost approximately $150, depending on the prices in your area. I recommend the refillable 5-gallon water jugs for this. This is a small investment to make for your family’s security and well-being in the event of an emergency.

As well, fill empty containers with tap water. Every container that comes into your house can be used for these purposes. When you empty a jar or bottle, wash it, fill it up, and stash it somewhere. Even if these containers aren’t food safe, you can use them for flushing, cleaning, and hygiene.

Once you have water stored, consider adding filtration devices, secondary water sources, and water harvesting to your preparedness endeavors. You can learn more about water preparedness in my book on the topic, and  HEREHERE, and HERE.

Build a pantry

Lots of preppers like to keep a year’s supply of food on hand. If you’re just getting started out, that can bein incredibly overwhelming. Start out smaller than that – focus first on an extra two weeks, then on a month’s supply. You can always build from there.

Keep in mind when building your emergency food supply that you might not have electricity during some disasters. In that case, you’ll want to have food that doesn’t require lengthy (or any) cooking times. Look for just-add-water dehydrated foods, or better yet, foods that don’t need to be cooked at all. Search for an off-grid cooking method that will work for your home.

Do not make the mistake of loading your pantry with nutritionless processed foods. In a crisis event, you want your body to work optimally, and junk in means junk out. Focus on nutrient-dense foods for good health and energy no matter what’s going on in the world around you.

  • Learn how to build a pantry HERE.
  • Learn to build a food supply fast with emergency buckets HERE.
  • Find a list of foods that don’t require cooking HERE.
  • Shop for emergency food HERE.
  • Get an emergency stove that can be used indoors HERE.

Power outage survival

A great starting point for someone who is just getting started on a preparedness journey is prepping specifically for a two-week power outage.  If you can comfortably survive for two weeks without electricity, you will be in a far better position than most of the people in North America.

Lighting is absolutely vital, especially if there are children in the house.  Nothing is more frightening than being completely in the dark during a stressful situation. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest things to plan for, as well as one of the least expensive.

Some lighting solutions are:

Learn about prepping for a two-week power outage in more detail HERE.

Have a plan for sanitation preparedness

A common cause of illness, and even death, during a down-grid situation is lack of sanitation.  We’ve discussed the importance of clean drinking water, but you won’t want to use your drinking water to keep things clean or to flush the toilet.

For cleaning, reduce your need to wash things.

  • Stock up on paper plates, paper towels, and disposable cups and flatware.
  • Keep some disinfecting cleaning wipes and sprays (I don’t recommend using antibacterial products on a regular basis, however, in the event of an emergency they can help to keep you healthy.)
  • Use hand sanitizer after using the bathroom and before handling food or beverages – there may be a lot more germs afoot in a disaster.

Look at your options for sanitation.  Does your toilet still flush when the electricity is out?  Many people discovered the hard way that the toilets didn’t work when the sewage backed up in the highrises in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  At our cabin, the toilet won’t flush without power because the pump is electric.

If you are on a septic system, with no risk of the toilet backing up into the house, simply store some water for flushing in the bathroom.  (At the first sign of a storm, we always filled the bathtub for this purpose when we had a home on septic.)  Add the water to the tank so that you can flush.

If this is not an option, another solution is to stock up on extremely heavy duty garbage bags (like the kind that contractors use at construction sites) and kitty litter.  Place a bag either in your drained toilet or in a bucket.  Sprinkle some kitty litter in the bottom of the bag.  Each time someone uses the bathroom, add another handful of litter. Be very careful that the bag doesn’t get too heavy for you to handle it.  Tie it up very securely and store it outside until services are restored. Learn how to make a kitty litter toilet in more detail HERE.

Heat (depending on your climate)

If your power outage takes place in the winter and you live in a colder climate, heat is another necessity.  During the first 24 hours after a power outage, you can stay fairly warm if you block off one room of the house for everyone to group together in.  Keep the door closed and keep a towel or blanket folded along the bottom of the door to conserve warmth.  You can safely burn a couple of candles also, and in the enclosed space, your body heat will keep it relatively warm.  As well, dress in layers and keep everything covered – wear a hat, gloves (fingerless ones allow you to still function), and a scarf.

  • Click HERE to learn how to stay warm with less heat.
  • Click HERE for some cozy options to get your home ready for winter.

However, after about 48 hours, that’s not going to be enough in very cold weather. You will require backup heat at this point in certain climates.  If you are lucky enough to have a source of heat like a fireplace or woodstove, you’ll be just fine as long as you have a supply of wood.

Consider a portable propane heater (and propane) or an oil heater.  You have to be very careful what type of backup heat you plan on using, as many of them can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used in a poorly ventilated area. Also, invest in a  Carbon Monoxide alarm that is not grid-dependent.

Learn more about off-grid heat options HERE.

First Aid kit

It’s important to have a basic first aid kit on hand at all times, but particularly in the event of an emergency.  Your kit should include basic wound care items like bandages, antibiotic ointments, and sprays.  As well, if you use them, keep on hand a supply of basic over-the-counter medications, like pain relief capsules, cold medicine, cough syrup, anti-nausea pills, and allergy medication.

If you want to put together a more advanced medical kit, you can find a list HERE.

Special needs

This is something that will be unique to every family. Consider the things that are needed on a daily basis in your household. It might be prescription medications, diapers, or special foods.  If you have pets, you’ll need supplies for them too.  The best way to figure out what you need is to jot things down as you use them over the course of a week or so.

Plan ahead for home defense

It’s an unfortunate fact that disaster situations bring out the worst in many people. Because of this, even if you stay safely at home, you could be called upon to defend your property or family.  Some people loot for the sheer “fun” of it, others consider chaos a free pass to commit crimes, and still others are frightened and desperate.  You can have a 10 year supply of food, water, and medicine, but if you can’t defend it, you don’t own it. The article The Anatomy of a Breakdown explains the predictable patterns of social unrest.

The best way to win a fight is to avoid getting into that fight in the first place. Secure your home and lay low, but be prepared if trouble comes to visit.

Here are some tips to make your home less of a target:

  • Keep all the doors and windows locked.  Secure sliding doors with a metal bar.  Consider installing decorative grid-work over a door with a large window so that it becomes difficult for someone to smash the glass and reach in to unlock the door.
  • Keep the curtains closed. There’s no need for people walking past to be able to see what you have or to do reconnaissance on how many people are present.
  • Don’t answer the door.  Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.
  • Keep pets indoors. Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them. Sometimes people are just mean and hurt animals for “fun”.  Either way, it’s safer for your furry friends to be inside with you.

If, despite your best efforts, your property draws the attention of people with ill intent, you must be ready to defend your family and your home.  If the odds are against you, devise a way to get your family to safety.  Your property is not worth your life.

It’s very important to make a defense plan well before you need one.  This book can also help. You want to act, no react.

Have an evacuation plan

Not every emergency can be weathered at home. Sometimes there is no option but to evacuate. Some examples of this are the pending collapse of a dam, a volcano, a massive storm, flooding, wildfire, or a chemical spill. In some cases, you’ll have an hour or two to get ready before you have to leave. In other situations, there may barely be enough time to put on your shoes.

Have things set up ahead of time so your evacuation can be quick. Even if you have more time, getting on the road before everyone else gives you the advantage of being less likely to be stuck in a traffic jam while disaster bears down on you. Keep important documents in the cloud so you can access them if your home is destroyed.

Don’t wait for the evacuation order. When officials are trying to cover mismanagement or when an event occurs suddenly, you may not be warned in time.

Survival Supply Checklist

Here is a general list of supplies to have on hand. Remember that sometimes power supplies are lost during a variety of situations, so keep the potential for a down-grid situation in mind when preparing.  You don’t have to get everything all at once.  Just get started and build your supplies as you can. After a quick inventory and re-organization, you may be pleasantly surprised at how many supplies you actually have on hand.

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day (We use 5-gallon jugs and a gravity water dispenser
  • Water filter (We have a Big Berkey)
  • Necessary prescription medications
  • well-stocked pantry – you need at least a one-month supply of food for the entire family, including pets
  • This is a one-month food supply for one person – it’s not the highest quality food in the world, but it is one way to jumpstart your food storage
  • An off-grid cooking method (We use this one for inside and this one for outside, plus our barbecue)
  • Or food that requires no cooking
  • First aid supplies: This one is good for basics and this one is good for traumatic injuries
  • Lighting in the event of a power outage
  • Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusable, this would include cleaning supplies and toilet supplies)
  • A way to stay warm in harsh winter weather (This Little Buddy propane heater with a supply of propane is our choice)
  • Over-the-counter medications and/or herbal remedies to treat illnesses at home
  • A diverse survival guide and first aid manual (hard copies in case the internet and power grid are down)
  • Alternative communications devices (such as a hand crank radio) so that you can get updates about the outside world
  • Off-grid entertainment:  arts and craft supplies, puzzles, games, books, crossword or word search puzzles, needlework, journals (Find more ideas HERE and HERE)

Books to Help You on Your Journey

Welcome to the preparedness community!

I’m always so happy to welcome people who are new to preparedness.  Read books, go to websites, and join forums an Facebook groups. While there ARE some curmudgeonly folks out there, most are delighted to answer questions and help you on your way.

Please, don’t let the thought of all of the preps that you do not yet have bring you down.

It’s a process.  Once you know the possibilities, accept them, and begin to prepare, you are already far ahead of most of the neighborhood. Don’t be discouraged by how much you have left to do, instead, be encouraged by how far ahead you are compared to your former unawareness.   Just making the decision to get started is the biggest step towards preparedness you’ll ever take.

For those of you who have been doing this for a while, please welcome our new friends. And tell us in the comments, what is your best advice for getting started?

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: This Is Your Wake-Up Call: How to Start Prepping

About the author:

Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com She is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menarie. You can find Daisy on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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