Toilet Paper – Everything You Wanted To Know

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Toilet paper is one of NRP’s favorite subjects to discuss and joke about here on MSB. I have been waiting for this day when he finally submitted a guest article about this topic. He is the resident expert on this. So, buckle in, here we go… But first, a note about the image shown above, which is perhaps The Best Toilet Paper Holder ever. At least it is at NRP’s house! Hilarious! Guest article, by ‘NRP’… Ok; you all knew this Article was coming so stop rolling your eyes!   Toilet Paper Statistics A few facts before we get into

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Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It

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In every major disaster, in most of recorded history, and all of prehistory, these animals (rats, mice, insects) may have been the number one most common cause of death. You must be adequately prepared for them, or they can very easily be the major problem that kills you, your family, neighbors, or your group.   Guest post -by Papa Smurf Unfortunately, guns simply are not adequate to deal with the problem. These animals can be fun to hunt, but that simply will not be enough. What am I talking about? Just rats, mice and insects. These can destroy far more

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Five Benefits of Paracord

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Paracord is a highly versatile multi-filament nylon cord with nearly unlimited uses, applications and benefits, and is pretty much a “must have” for preppers (or anyone!). It’s like the duct-tape of cord! Here are more details about this amazing cord and a good supplier here in the United States of U.S. Made Military 550 Paracord: […]

Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

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4 Factors That Affect Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life Temperature Moisture Oxygen Light UPDATED:   Nesco Food Dehydrator   Temperature affects shelf life Storage temperature has a significant affect on shelf-life. The cooler the better! For every reduction in storage temperature of 10-degrees-C (18 F) the expected shelf life will double! That is pretty significant. […]

How Do I Get Prepared?

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The following is a comment from our very own ‘NRP’ here on the blog who was responding to an article that I wrote awhile ago entitled, “Getting Started With Survival Preparedness” I felt that his comment was perfect for a subsequent article, especially geared towards those who may be just starting out in prepping / […]

List The Most Important Preps That You Own

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I was sitting here thinking about my preps – something that I do from time to time while reassessing my readiness. You might ask, “Readiness for what?”, and I would answer, “Just about anything”. One’s readiness and preparedness might be as small or as large as you make it to be. Sometimes there are limiting […]

Birch Bark Fire Tinder

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Birch Bark is one of the best tree barks for fire tinder and it will light even when it’s damp. Why? Because the natural oils in birch bark is very flammable. For a successful “survival” fire, preparation is critical. Most all of the work is done prior to sparking or lighting the fire. Other than […]

A Survivalist’s Motto

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“If you don’t prepare, you could lose everything. If you prepare for the worst and nothing happens, you’ve lost nothing.” Given the dangers and risks in the world today, it just makes sense to prepare. The prepper / preparedness movement has gained a-lot of traction over the years, and it has been happening for a […]

Bugging out with Kids!

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Bugging out with Kids! Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! The ole question is, how do we bug out with kids? This is as topic that can put a crimp in many people’s preps, however we have to preserve the next generation as best we can. Imagine if you will the loud … Continue reading Bugging out with Kids!

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The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order!

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The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! On this show our host have a special message for you. Forrest and Kyle collectively have decades of prepping, firearms experience, training, and survival experience. That collective knowledge, experience, and research would like to say … Continue reading The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order!

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Insect Killing Repellent For Your Clothing And Gear

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I just wanted to fill you in on a tip how to keep insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and mites off your clothes and your body… This stuff is also effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus. It is completely odorless after drying and ideal for any outdoor activity […]

Your Favorite Small Pocket Knife

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A small pocket knife is likely an every-day carry item for most who are reading this, and they are a great little tool for a multitude of uses. Chances are you also have more than just a “small” pocket knife to choose from, however you probably carry that one particular special little knife because…it’s small! […]

A Small Bullet Space Pen For Everyday Carry

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I just wanted to fill you in on something that I carry in my pocket as part of my everyday carry items. It is something that you might consider to be “old school” and something that might not be recognized by many people today, especially those of the smart phone or tablet generation… 😉 It’s […]

My Visit At Ready Made Resources

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Today I had the pleasure of meeting Bob (and his family and working crew) over at Ready Made Resources (ReadyMadeResources.com) located in the hills of eastern Tennessee. Ready Made Resources has been a long time advertiser and sponsor of ModernSurvivalBlog.com and it was great to get together… It is always a great feeling when able […]

Travel Hotel Preparedness

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Some or many of you may travel once in a while (or more often) for work. Others will occasionally go on a trip, a visit, or a vacation where you will be staying in a hotel overnight. So the issue of the day is, How do you apply preparedness for an overnight stay in a […]

Modern Survival In Suburbia: The Intangible Prep

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by Eric E. Borton: INTRODUCTION Most of my friends and family live in subdivisions in suburban neighborhoods stretching from North Atlanta to Athens, Georgia. As turbulent times surround us, some of them are taking their preparedness more seriously. They’re beginning to understand that their absolute dependency on the grid, city utilities and services, and modern […]

A Portable Shortwave Radio To Discover What Happened After SHTF

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Regarding a hypothetical nationwide ‘grid-down’ SHTF event while being 1000 miles away from home in your vehicle, I wrote, My very first action would be to deeply asses the situation as best I can, because further decisions will hinge greatly on that assessment, so it better be right (or close to right). “This involves verifying […]

Spring Cleaning Those Preps!

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Spring Cleaning Bob Howkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! While snow is on the ground in the grips of winter, for me that means spring cleaning. I confess, I’m a bit of a hoarder. There’s a very fuzzy border between stocking up & stock piling & I tend to lead more to the “pile” … Continue reading Spring Cleaning Those Preps!

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Things You Can Do For Prepping While Spending Little Money

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Yes indeed, prepping can get mighty expensive if you let it. There is a seemingly endless array of products to acquire for preparedness – some of which are quite useful. That said, there are LOTS of other preparedness related products that sure are “nice to have’s”, while still others are merely gimmicks and not so […]

New Improved Eneloop Rechargeable Battery AA & AAA

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There’s a new battery in town. It’s an improved ‘best’ new rechargeable battery (AA-size & AAA-size). It’s made by the same manufacturer of the previous ‘best’ rechargeable battery (Panasonic Eneloop), who has increased their battery performance such that their new ‘Pro’ version AA & AAA now holds more energy capacity than ever before. I have […]

Gloves With Thinsulate™ Insulation

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The other day I was reminded of how important it is to wear insulated gloves during the winter, and how Thinsulate™ insulation is something to look for when choosing winter gloves. Not only from a comfort standpoint, but from a preparedness point of view, insulated winter gloves (e.g. with Thinsulate™) of varying purposes and degrees […]

Bug-Out And Survival In A Travel Trailer Or RV

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Ever thought about a ‘mobile’ bug-out with a travel trailer or RV? Pros? Cons? For many, purchasing another home or piece of property away from ‘the city’ or dense suburbs to have as a ‘bug-out location’ is unattainable. Given a worst-case-scenario whereby a bug-out to a safer location is or would be a matter of […]

What Is Bleach – And How Much To Use For Disinfection?

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What is bleach? According to Dr. Laundry on the Clorox website, “The active ingredient in household bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is derived from salt.” In fact, Clorox is headquartered in Oakland, California because they started making bleach there by running electricity through salt water from San Francisco Bay. So household bleach begins and ends […]

Vegetable Oil Fuel For A Lamp

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Did you know that you can use Olive Oil as fuel for a do-it-yourself lamp that will produce as much light as a candle (or more)? Did you know that the Romans and other ancients regularly burned olive oil in their lamps? The concept is proven, and there’s no reason why it can’t work for […]

Do You Have A Handheld GPS Receiver?

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A handheld GPS Receiver is an excellent navigation tool and they come with a wide variety of form factors, features, and options for many different intended uses. Being a ‘modern’ survival site, we certainly acknowledge this particular high-tech gadget and its wide array of functionality and usefulness in our lives today. while a compass, map, […]

10 Tips for Staying Prepared While You Move

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10 Tips for Staying Prepared While You Move Are you currently or going to be moving in the near future? Take a look at this article to learn some ways to stay prepared while you’re making your move. Whether you’re moving to another neighbourhood, town, city, or state, there are ways to stay as prepared …

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Keeping Warm with Winter Preps!

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Keeping Warm with Winter Preps! Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” Audio in player below! BRRRRR! Getting cold out there! What are you doing to keep warm in the beginning months of winter? Well fall is almost over and winter is right upon us. In this episode I will be talking all about how to keep warm. … Continue reading Keeping Warm with Winter Preps!

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Do Not Underestimate The Value Of Food And Water

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This morning while reading an article/interview between Jim Sinclair and Greg Hunter regarding the ‘pressure cooker’ financial/economic time bomb of our current system and how it’s going to blow one day, they were talking about the value of having some gold and silver as a ‘savings account’ for one’s extra wealth (no counter-party risk compared […]

A List Of Electronic Devices For Your Emergency Preparedness

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Which specific types of electronic devices may be useful for emergency preparedness? We sometimes talk about the preparedness basics such as water, water filters, food, food storage, etc.., but this time lets consider the electronic ‘gadgets’ or electronic systems that may be beneficial towards preparedness in one way or another…   First, before someone beats […]

A List Of Shopping & Gift Ideas For Preparedness

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If you are looking for shopping ideas, perhaps a gift or gifts for others having to do with general preparedness, then have a look at the following ‘Prepper Shopping List’ to spark the imagination. Comment with your own preparedness gift ideas too…   Lunch And Dinner Emergency Pail (21,000 calories) 30 Day Food Storage Emergency […]

20+ Other Uses For Soap

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To a chemist, soap is what you get when you boil down the sodium salts of fatty acids. To you and I, it’s just soap – known mostly for removing dirt from grimy hands or washing clothes and dishes. Here are a few other uses for soap…   Keep your fingernails clean: While you’re working […]

How To Use The Israeli Bandage

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The ‘Israeli Bandage’ is a highly recommended item for First Aid Kit trauma preparedness. The Israeli Bandage consists of a large sterile non-adherent pad surface to cover the wound, and is attached to a length of elasticized material (like an ‘ACE bandage) to wrap and uniquely apply pressure to a hemorrhaging wound with a built-in […]

Building on Basics for Survival Preparedness

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The following may be considered basic foundational categories for preparedness. The entire process of prepping and preparedness begins with basic ‘ingredients’ to survive and stay alive. Each of these are relatively inexpensive to purchase for storage, they store easily for long periods, and they provide a foundation for adequate calories and nutrition to sustain life. […]

Preparedness Beyond Just Short Term – Think Local…

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Preparedness ‘101’ is pretty simple. Enough food for several days or a week without resupply, some water storage in containers, a water filter, and other ‘ordinary’ preps for a short term disruption. Not too much skill is required here – just some extra supplies. Preparedness ‘201’ builds on ‘101’ with more supplies and several definitive […]

Best Free Preps!

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Best Free Preps! Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” This is all about those free preps you might not have known you can get for… well free! What about all those different items that you can reuse for prepping? Not only the reuse but also what we can do to make a little extra money for our prepping … Continue reading Best Free Preps!

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20 Items For Outdoor Survival

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While there are seemingly countless survival items that you could choose to have with you for outdoor survival, there certainly are items that are more common among those who are asked what they would carry. In addition, whenever possible, the selection of survival items to carry would likely be tailored for the outdoor circumstance itself. […]

4 Preps You Can Do Right Now for an Economic Collapse!

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4 Preps You Can Do Right Now for an Economic Collapse Many experts agree that an economic collapse for the U.S. is not a question of “if” but a question of “when” with perhaps some disagreement over exactly “how” it will happen. Some believe it will involve a stock market crash. Regardless of when or … Continue reading 4 Preps You Can Do Right Now for an Economic Collapse!

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The Best Waterproof Boots

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Yesterday, after putting on my waterproof boots, I hopped on the ATV and rode down to our spring to clear out some brush, branches, and limbs along the first hundred feet or so of the babbling brook resulting from its runoff. As I trudged through the water and muck, making my way down the brook […]

A Highly Recommended Survival Rescue Item For Emergency Kit

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One of the most important items to have in your emergency survival kit is that which may help get you rescued. While it is crucial to include items for survival such as a fire-starter, a portable water filter, cordage, knife, emergency blanket (‘space blanket’), tarp (shelter), container (water, boiling, etc.), compass & area-map, emergency food, […]

Test Your Preps – Go Camping!

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Test Your Preps – Go Camping! There are many ways to “practice” prepping but one of the most fun ways is to go camping. Not only can you test your gear, but you can also test your skill at fire-making, cooking outdoors, fishing and a whole lot more. My wife and I go camping 4 …

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Solo Stove Review

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Solo Stove review by a MSB reader:   I came across a backpacking stove on the internet that burns twigs and sticks. The stove is made and sold by Solo Stove. I have several backpacking stoves, but they all need some kind of packed in fuel such as white gas, IsoButane, alcohol, etc. I have […]

Time To Run Your Generator…

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My two Yamaha’s… This is a reminder to do your due-diligence and start up your backup generators… Generator maintenance involves checking the oil level and then simply running your generator from time to time to keep its internal parts lubricated, batteries charged (if it has a battery), and just to make sure the thing works […]

A Gasoline Siphon Pump For Preparedness

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The scenario: The grid went down (either regionally or wider) but the root cause of the collapse was not an EMP, so the vehicles still run, and so does your generator. Among the multitude of problems that you are facing, one of them is non-functioning gas pumps (no electricity) and when your tanks run dry, […]

Keep Spare Parts With Your Preps

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Especially for ‘do-it-yourself’ types, good preparedness may include the importance of keeping spare parts on hand – particularly for your ‘essential’ systems. Moving parts will eventually wear out. Things sometimes just break. That includes essential ‘electronic’ parts too. During a time of disruption (or worse), you might not be able to drive to the store, […]

Another Survival Preparedness List

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Preparedness lists are helpful in that you will often find a new idea within — something that you may not have thought of before. Here is a list, in no particular order, of items that you might consider in your overall survival preparedness inventory.   This list of prep items is meant to promote thought, […]

Getting Started With Survival Preparedness – Skills, Categories

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While getting started with prepping and preparedness, it may seem overwhelming to figure out what you need, and what you need to know. Don’t worry too much though, because the fact that you’re even thinking about it puts you way ahead of nearly everyone else. There are logical ways to go about starting your preparedness, […]

The Best Wrist Watch For Preparedness

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Most people (except maybe the ‘old farts’) don’t wear a wrist watch anymore. Since nearly everyone carries a ‘smart phone’ these days, a time check is always available, and there are all sorts of timer apps to fulfill the needs of anything to do with counting time. However, there are the ‘what if’ scenarios that […]

How To Be Prepared When You’re Dead Broke

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If you’re ‘broke’, but breathing, while you may be strapped for cash – you’re still eating – because you’re not dead 😉 If you wish to become better prepared (for disaster, SHTF, etc..), although you’re short on cash, there are some things that you can do to help yourself for your preparedness: (UPDATED and re-posted […]