Surviving One Year in Hell: Interview With Selco of SHTF School

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There are so many voices in the survival world. There are at least 20 sites that you should visit each and every day! That is truly something fantastic when you think about it. Each of these sites may offer a great article. Now, there is something else out there, too. What you will find is …

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Cyber Security for Preppers

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With technology advancing on a seemingly daily basis, and with everything being connected to everything, cyber security for preppers is becoming increasingly important. With governments and companies gathering your data, and tracking every move you make, and hackers trying to take every dime you have, protecting ourselves is a full time job. Last week we […]

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Tin Cans :12 Survival Hacks/ Uses

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No matter what where you go on this planet people have left their mark. I wish I could say that we leave these areas with great art or improvements but the fact of the matter is, we just leave our trash. Its really ugly. There is a serious problem with how much trash we have …

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4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can

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Editor’s note:  We always recommend everyone keep a spare can opener around, but should you find yourself without one, it is good to know a few other ways to open a can. 4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can Written by Luisa Brenton Your face falls. The cold sweat breaks out. You look around at the deep wilderness that encircles your campfire and family. You shout, “Whaddaya mean nobody brought a can opener?” It can happen to everybody. That’s the problem […]

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17 Important Survival Hacks That Can Save Your Life

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17 Important Survival Hacks That Can Save Your Life Who popularized the hack? For a long time it was just an easy way to get around computer security. Soon it would become on of the hottest words in the English language. People were hacking diets, hacking DIY and even hacking their minds. I guess you …

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45 Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago

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Ever heard of Gallaher Cigarettes? Probably not. Back in the day, cards were inserted into cigarette packs to make them stronger, and Gallahar Group would print life hacks on them. Now a century later, people are have taken notice of these hacks and started sharing them on the Internet. A few weeks ago, Preppers Will […]

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How to Make Hot and Cold Packs for First Aid

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This post is by Bernie Carr, Being prepared includes getting into shape.  I started exercising at the gym and found myself feeling sore after a workout.   A hot or cold pack can usually help with minor sore muscle aches. Having a well-stocked first aid kit is great to have, but if you don’t happen to have a hot or cold pack, you can make them with common household items. Hot Pack Materials Tube socks 2 cups uncooked rice Microwave […]

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Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

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This post is by Bernie Carr, Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

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Survival Hacks! on I Am Liberty

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Survival Hacks Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! All over the internet people are doing things that are truly noteworthy in the survival realm. Its very interesting to scroll through the numerous websites filled with survival hacks. In a capitalistic society like ours we often forget that there are options outside … Continue reading Survival Hacks! on I Am Liberty

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21 Urban Survival Hacks That Will Save Your Ass

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Most people have become so dependent on technology that they’re not even a little prepared for a true survival situation, let alone attempting to survive it without any traditional survival gear. In a situation such as a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or economic collapse where you are stranded away from your home and without any […]

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18 Urban and Wilderness Survival Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud

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Editor’s note: The following tips are excerpted from Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival by Creek Stewart.

Having taught survival skills to thousands of individuals from all over the world for nearly two decades, I’ve come to one conclusion: the most important survival skill is innovation. Using what you have, to get what you need, is what will ultimately make the difference between life and death in a sudden and unexpected survival scenario. I often call this “survival hacking.”

Over the years, I’ve learned (and sometimes invented) some very interesting survival hacks that I think everyone should know. Why? Well, it’s like I always say: “it’s not IF but WHEN.” Below are a few survival nuggets for the when.

Framework Collar Connector


If you need a long pole, you’ll often have to lash together two limbs or saplings to get the right length. This is the case when making a dome framework for wigwam-style shelters, for example. If cordage is in short supply, using an energy shot bottle (like a 5-Hour Energy or similar product) from your trash may be the solution. After slicing off the top and bottom of the bottle, a very strong cylindrical tube remains. You can use this tube as a collar for connecting the ends of two limbs. Taper the ends of the limbs so they slide into the tube opposite each other and form a snug fit when wedged together. This collar will hold them surprisingly well and will not stretch with moisture, as many lashings do. If the collar is a bit loose, heat it over coals or a flame and it will shrink and tighten the fit.

Blanket Chair


Finding a good place to sit in an improvised survival camp can be very frustrating — especially when the ground is wet or snow covered. This hack improvises a very comfortable seat in just a few minutes. The only parts you need are four sturdy poles and a blanket or scrap piece of durable fabric. Cut three poles that are 6′-8′ long by 1″-2″ thick, and then cut a fourth that is the same thickness and 4′ long.

Connect two of the long poles together at one end using a bipod lashing. Fold the blanket or fabric in half, bunch the end together, and suspend this end with rope from the cross at the bipod lashing. Insert the 4′ pole in the unsecured fold of the blanket so that it sticks out at both ends, and rest it against the longer poles. Finally, kick lash the last long pole in the center as a support, and lean back to relax.

Condom Canteen


Many survivalists, including myself, suggest packing non-lubricated condoms in survival kits. They are small, compact, and inexpensive, and have a plethora of survival uses. One noteworthy function is as a compact emergency water container. Here are a couple tips I’ve learned from experience for using a condom as a canteen:

  • Fill the condom in a sock to protect it during travel.
  • Use any rigid hollow tube such as an ink pen, elderberry branch, or bamboo section as a spout and secure the base of the condom around it using duct tape or paracord.
  • Carve a spout stopper from any dry branch.
  • Add a sling, and you’re ready to make tracks with more than a liter of drinking water. 

2-Liter Rain Collector


The ability to collect rainwater, especially if stranded on an ocean island, is critical. Luckily, that task can be easily done with just a plastic bottle (be sure it has a cap; the mouth must be sealed). Start by cutting off the bottom of the bottle. Next, cut vertical slices 1″-2″ apart up the side of the bottle, starting at the bottom and going a little more than halfway. Fold the sections out, giving the bottle a flower-like appearance. (Using heat during this step makes the bottle more pliable and speeds up the process; it also helps keep the petals in place once finished.) Finally, plant the top of the bottle a couple inches into the ground and wait for rain.

This water collector is modeled after nature itself — the leaves on many plants and trees help funnel rainwater toward the main stem or trunk. These plastic “petals” help to funnel water into the central reservoir. The water can then be drunk with a straw or piece of hollow reed grass, or poured into a canteen.

Match Feather Stick


If you’ve studied survival or bushcraft very long, chances are you’ve heard of “feather sticks.” With a sharp knife, you shave long wood slivers down the side of a stick. Just before a sliver is completely shaved off, you stop and begin another sliver from the top. After several minutes’ work, you’ll have a stick covered in feather-like wood shavings. These shavings catch fire much quicker and easier than the larger solid stick. Consequently, feather sticks are an excellent and easy fire starter that’s found in nature.

Let’s take that concept a step further and apply it to wooden matches. In extremely difficult conditions, when you might need additional help starting a fire, use your knife to shave small wooden slivers just above the match head, creating a mini feather stick. When the match ignites it will very quickly catch these shavings on fire, which will create a stronger and bigger flame.

Jumper Cable + Pencil = Fire


Using a battery power source is a very popular firestarting method. There are many different ways to do it using many different types of batteries. This one involves using a car battery, jumper cables, and a regular No. 2 pencil. Start by shaving down an area on each end of the pencil to expose the lead. Then clamp on the positive and negative jumper cable clamps, one on each shaved area. Be sure the clamps are touching the pencil lead. Place the clamps and pencil on top of your tinder bundle, clamp the other ends of the cables to the car as you normally would, and turn on the engine. The electricity from the cables will turn the lead into a red-hot ember and the wooden pencil will erupt into flame in about 2 minutes’ time. Use the flame to ignite your tinder bundle.

9-Volt Razor Hack


As mentioned above, batteries can be used in all kinds of different ways to make fire. Another way is using the very thin blades from a disposable razor to short-circuit a 9-volt battery. A tiny spark will fly when a blade touching the positive terminal is crossed with a blade touching the negative terminal. The correct tinder at this intersection, such as char cloth or thin shreds of tinder fungus, can be ignited with little effort.

You can use nearly any metal or wire to short-circuit a low-voltage battery, but it must be extremely thin in order to deliver positive results. Also keep in mind that repeated attempts can drain the charge from your battery source.

Mylar Emergency Survival Blanket Lens


Yet another fire-starting method involves harnessing the sun’s rays using a Mylar blanket, a container with a plastic snap-on lip, and a hollow tube or ink pen. First, trim out the interior of the plastic lid so that it is just the rim that snaps onto the container. This circular rim will tightly hold a piece of Mylar placed over the top. Pierce a hole in the side of the container and insert a hollow tube or ink pen. This allows you to suck the sealed Mylar into a convex parabolic shape that can create a solar ember in direct sunlight on suitable tinders such as punky wood, agave pith, deer poo, char cloth, and tinder fungus (chaga).

The Fire Pick


Did you know that guitar picks make incredible fire tinder? They are made from a material called celluloid, which happens to be extremely flammable. For this reason I always keep a couple in my wallet as emergency firestarter. They will ignite when exposed to an open flame such as that from a disposable lighter or match.

However, you can also ignite them with just a spark. Start by carving a small divot in a piece of wood or stick about half an inch in from the end. Then, split the stick on that end, all the way into the divot. Next, using your knife, fill the divot with shavings from the guitar pick, which you make by scraping your knife at a 90-degree angle against the pick. Finally, slide the pick into the split until the edge of it is buried in the shaving-filled divot. Now you can ignite the small shavings using a spark from a flint rock or ferro rod (a manmade, flint-like metal), and they will in turn ignite the pick. Voilà — fire with a guitar pick!

Gum Wrapper Fire


A foil-backed gum wrapper (or any foil-backed paper candy wrapper) can be used to start a fire if you have a battery source, such as a AA battery from a flashlight or remote control. Start by trimming the wrapper to an hourglass shape. Simultaneously touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery with the foil side of the wrapper. The electrical current will converge on the thinnest part of the hourglass shape and ignite the wrapper to flame. If the battery is too weak to bring the wrapper to flame, consider adding a second battery for more electrical current. Be sure to have a good tinder bundle ready because you’ll only have about 3 seconds of flame!

Ramen Noodle Stove


I love items that do double duty. Ramen noodles are not only a lightweight pack food, but they can also serve as a great little cooking stove in a pinch. All you have to do is saturate the dried brick of ramen with a flammable liquid such as alcohol or HEET brand antifreeze and it will burn like a solid fuel puck for up to 20 minutes per side. The dried ramen noodles help to control the rate of fuel vaporization. Build a makeshift frame to balance a pot and cook away!

It helps to soak the ramen brick in one of the fuels mentioned above for a while before use, but it isn’t necessary. A standard yellow kitchen sponge also works in nearly the same way and makes a handy little impromptu stove when soaked with alcohol or HEET.

Paracord Fishing Fly


One of my students showed me this hack several years ago, and I’ve tested it time and time again in the fishing pond at Willow Haven. Slide a 1″ section of paracord over a bare fishing hook to make a very appealing fishing fly lure. Fluff up the end over the hook for disguise and then heat the other end with an open flame to melt and weld it just below the eye where the line attaches. Live bait is always best, but when live bait isn’t available you’ll never miss an inch of paracord from your shoelaces or bracelet. This improvised fly lure also floats very well for top-water bluegill and bream fishing.

Spoon Broadhead


Whether you’re hunting with bow and arrow or a spear, it’s always better for it to be tipped with a sharp metal broadhead. Believe it or not, you can use something to kill your food that most people use to eat their food — a spoon! As you can see in the illustration, the evolution of a regular spoon to a killer broadhead is a simple process. Pound the spoon flat with a rock or hammer. Next, file the edges down to a point, using a standard metal file that can be found in almost any auto repair shop or garage. Finally, snap off the handle at the base with repeated bending, and lash the finished point into a split at the end of an arrow with any kind of cordage.

Slingshot Whisker Biscuit


Any slingshot can quickly be converted into an arrow-shooting sling bow with one very simple addition — a paintbrush. Cut a .5″-wide depression from the bristles of a 2″-wide paintbrush to create a perfect whisker biscuit cradle for a full-sized hunting arrow. The cut notch in the paintbrush bristles will create an arrow rest, and the arrow fletching will slide through the bristles without hesitation. Pinch the arrow nock in the slingshot pouch, pull back, aim, and fire. Although the brush can easily be taped in place, a Velcro strap makes putting it on and taking it back off a breeze in the field.

Bra Cup Debris Mask


Toxic ash and debris can be a serious problem during natural or manmade disasters. Breathing in ash, pulverized concrete, and debris particles can slow you down as well as result in severe long-term conditions such as asthma and lung cancer.

Most women carry two emergency debris masks on their person at all times — a bra! The padded cups of most bras fit perfectly over the mouth and nose and can act as a crude debris filter in an emergency. The combination of foam, padding, and two layers of fabric is much better than most store-bought masks. You can even rework bra straps and ties to hold the mask securely on your face for hands-free travel.

Makeshift Butterfly Bandage


I learned this particular hack from an Army field medic while taking a wilderness first-aid class a few years back and thought it was great. Bandages are a luxury in a survival scenario, and you want to make the best possible use of them when necessary. And especially on the hands, fingers, and knuckles, traditional bandages just don’t work that well. To make them more flexible and adaptable, cut a center slice through each of the adhesive strips long-ways, from the ends up to the bandage portion. Now, with four adhesive strips instead of two, you can apply the bandage more effectively to stubborn body parts.

A Not-So-StrAWEful Tick Puller


Ticks are nasty critters and the bane of many a woodsman. The best way to rid yourself of ticks is to pinch the head with tweezers and pull upward with steady, even pressure. In the absence of suitable tweezers, make a tick puller from a plastic drinking straw. Using a knife or scissors, cut an eye-shaped hole toward the end of the straw, large enough to fit over the tick’s body. The outside tip of the eye cut (the side closest to the edge of the straw) should come to a very fine point. Slide the eye over the tick and pull from the side, wedging the tick’s head and neck in the corner of this fine-cut point. Steadily pull until the tick detaches, and then wash the affected area with soap and water.

Bullet Casing Whistle





Using just an empty bullet casing, a file (or sharp corner of concrete), and a branch, you can make one of the best makeshift rescue whistles in the world. File a groove .5″ from the opening of the bullet casing as shown in the illustration. Be sure that there is a flat 90-degree portion toward the open end. Next, carve off the top fifth or so of a branch that is the same diameter as the inside diameter of the bullet casing. Cut this piece so that it is the exact length from the opening to the 90-degree, flat-filed edge and insert it into the end of the casing as shown. This bullet will now produce a piercing whistle to signal for recue.


Your imagination is your only limit when it comes to emergency survival scenarios. I am amazed every day at the creative survival solutions and ideas that I see from friends, students, survival enthusiasts, and fellow instructors. Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN.

History has shown us many times that it can all fly away in a split of a second. The biggest misstep that you can take now is to think that this can never happen in America or to you! Call me old fashioned; I don’t care…but I completely believe in America and what our ancestors stood for. They all had a part in turning this land into one of the most powerful countries in the world. Many died and suffered before a creative mind found an ingenious solution to maybe a century old problem. Believe it or not, our ancestors skills are all covered in American blood. This is why these must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same for our children and our children’s children. Our ancestors laid the bricks and built the world’s strongest foundation…that we are about to -irreversibly forget! I don’t want to see our forefathers’ knowledge disappear into the darkness of time…and if you care for your family…and what America stands for…then neither should you! Watch the video HERE .



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Compilation of 10 Survival Life Hacks

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Compilation of 10 Survival Life Hacks Living off the grid, or surviving in a SHTF situation will take skills, ingenuity and some luck. Ultimately, I believe skills are the most important component. For example, I am always trying to learn different ways to start a fire from items I may find around me, that I have …

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7 Survival Life Hacks

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Household Hacker makes videos with all sorts of interesting tips and life hacks. A while back they did a survival edition with 7 survival hacks. There are some really cool ideas in this video including: how to get more light from a candle, how to filter dirt out of water, how to get a fire […]

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Book review | Survival Hacks by Creek Stewart

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“Survival Hacks: Over 200 ways to use everyday items for Wilderness Survival” by Creek Stewart

by Leon Pantenburg

For a do-it-yourselfer, wilderness survival is a natural. Us gearheads are always looking for the latest and most advanced equipment, but half the fun of preparedness and urban/wilderness survival is figuring out how to adapt ordinary items to extraordinary circumstances.

book: Survival Hacks by Creek Stewart

Survival Hacks by Creek Stewart is a good read for DIY survivalists.

That’s why Creek Stewart’s latest book “Survival Hacks: Over 200 ways to use everyday items for Wilderness Survival’ such a fun read.

Stewart is a wilderness survival instructor, and the author of the bestselling Build the Perfect Bug Out series of books. He’s also the host of Fat Guys in the Woods on the Weather Channel, a show where Stewart and several overweight men take to the woods for a week of hardship, starvation, sleep deprivation and self discovery. He’s the owner and founder of Willow Haven Outdoor survival training schools in Central Indiana.

The fully-prepped and outfitted outdoorsperson will not end up in a survival situation, but rather, may experience an inconvenient night out.

But when the shinola hits the fan, and you don’t have your stuff, improvisation is the only choice.

I leafed through the book, looking for some of my favorite improvs that don’t work (for me). There was no firemaking using a soda can and Hershey bar. On the other hand, there was the Hobo Candle heater, which uses two terracotta flower pots and small candles. The heater I made, using a similar pattern, didn’t produce much heat.

But the rest of the tips seem to be valid.

I didn’t know:

Ramen noodles can be used to make a stove. (I knew they are inedible!) Just saturate the noodles with HEAT gasline antifreeze, and light, and the noodles are supposed to burn for about 20 minutes.

Author Creek Stewart is a survival writer and instructor.

Author Creek Stewart is a survival writer and instructor.

Cut up a bra to make a debris mask. This could be very useful when there is a lot of wind-driven sand, ash or particles in the air. Not to mention, the cup could filter out some airborne disease-carrying germs.

Make a fire with a guitar pick: I generally carry a pick in my pocket, since you never know when a jam session might break out. According to Stewart, picks are made of celluloid, which is highly flammable. Scrape shavings off the edge, and ignite them with a ferrocerium rod or other ignition source.

Get a magnifying glass from the drug store. Those credit-card-sized magnifying glass are designed to be used to enlarge print. This makes them a very practical firestarter tool. I got one after reading this.

Make a knife sheath from old CD cases: The black plastic on CD cases is kydex, a plastic that can be heat formed and molded. Heat the plastic over a fire or in an oven, and you’ll be able to mold the material around the blade, making for a sturdy, safe sheath.

Probably the best part of the book is the how-to section at the back that describes how to improvise seven different survival kits from common items. These suggestions should get you thinking about how you can make the best survival kit for your particular needs.

Survival Hacks isn’t a survival manual, and all the equipment hacks should be tried before you consider adding them to your survival gear. But the book is an  entertaining read.

While I wouldn’t recommend this as a must-have survival book, it is fun. And it would be a good book to have around during a rainy afternoon in camp.

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Monday Mania – 3.21.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: It’s Time To Stock Up On Ammunition, Survival Hacks: With These 17 Tricks, You Can Improvise Through Any Crisis, “The 2nd Amendment Will Be Under Siege Before The Election” – New Supreme Court Nominee Supports Whatever Big Government Wants, The Fallacy of Hunting as a Survival Technique & 9 … Continue reading Monday Mania – 3.21.2016

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120 Survival Tips That May One Day Save Your Life

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The writers over at Survival Sullivan have put together one of the longest lists of survival tips I’ve ever seen. And they’re not just generic tips like “stock up on plenty of food.” Rather, these are mostly overlooked tips that new (and some experienced) preppers will find very […]

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15 DIY Prepping Ideas to Learn New Skills

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15 DIY Prepping Ideas to Learn New SkillsWhen it comes to prepping there is no shortage of DIY ideas and projects that we can find. Let’s face it, if we spent money on all the products we wanted like food storage shelving units, long term food storage, solar generators, rocket stoves and sun ovens it would break the bank.

DIY prepping isn’t just about saving money or being cheap like I am, it’s also about learning new skills that might be useful if our lives get turned upside down and the resources we are used to are not available.

Last week I talked about why buying an older vehicle is not only good in the event of an EMP, but it also gives you an opportunity to do your own repairs on the vehicle, and gives you a better understanding about how everything works in the event that an auto mechanic is not an option.

Another example is the long bow I made in the past. I didn’t start this project to become an avid bow hunter, I did it to learn why and how it works like it does. Because of this long bow project, I have become more interested in archery, and who knows, maybe I will be that avid bow hunter someday.

At its core prepping is about becoming more self-reliant, and what better way is there to be less dependent on someone else, than to learn how to do it yourself.

DIY Prepping Resources

The odds are, if you have an idea and want to do it yourself, someone already has, and they have posted a video or written an article about it. There are a few options when it comes to finding information or directions for DIY prepping ideas.

Google it: You can always just type it into a search engine, but if you do be prepared to search through the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone and their brother want to throw up a video (pun intended) about the DIY project they just did. Just make sure and do your research and don’t take bad advice. Just like going to the doctor…get a second opinion.

Prepper Website DIY: Todd over at Prepper Website publishes links to new preparedness articles every day, he also tags these articles and archives them into categories. When you go to Prepper Website and look to your right, you will see a button that says “Quick Links” just change that to “Prepping Topics” and you will see a huge list of tags. Here is the DIY category.

DIY Prepping on Pinterest: This is also another great resource for DIY prepping ideas. Pinterest is a place where can save articles you have found, or find some other people have found. Be careful though, it can be addictive. You can start by looking for DIY ideas, and an hour later you are looking at something totally different. Here is my board on DIY prepping, and here is a link to a Pinterest search on DIY Prepping.

15 DIY Prepping Ideas

In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about why DIY prepping is about more than just saving money, and also went over a few ideas that we had that you could try in order to learn some new skills.

SPP132 DIY Prepping Ideas

Altoids Survival Tins: These little survival tins are great to put in your car or carry in your bug out bag and can be made to fit your needs. You can make one for first aid supplies, fishing kits or just a general survival kit. The great thing about these, is they force you to look at what survival supplies you might need, and then transfer that to a larger scale kit.

DIY Solar Generator: You can buy one of the Goal Zero solar chargers if you like, or you can try your hand at making one yourself. I recently built a solar generator, and in the process learned quite a bit about how to harness energy. It’s much more than connecting a solar panel to a battery.

Paracord Projects: There is no end to what you can do with paracord, you can make bracelets, lanyards, wrap knives, make zipper pulls, make shoe laces and so on. The great thing about these projects is they help you keep your paracord under control. 100 feet of paracord can get tangled and hard to store once it’s out of the package.

Stoves (Rocket Stove, Tin Can Stove): We can buy a little Coleman stove (and probably should) but making a rocket stove or other DIY stoves will give us an idea about how the fuel, oxygen, fire process works. Someday our camp stove might not be available, so knowing how to make one might come in handy.

Food Storage Shelves: We are always looking for more ways to store our food and keep it organized, a great way to do this is to build some shelving. Doing this could give you extra useable space in closets or even shelves next to the refrigerator like I plan on doing in the near future.

Survival (Zombie) Weapons and Primitive Tools: Not all of us want to be mountain men or outdoors men or woman, but there every well could come a time in the future when primitive skills and tools will become necessary. what would you do if and when everything we have stockpiled is gone? Can we do without the technology we have today?

Shelter Building & Tying Knots: Right along with primitive skills goes shelter building. Not only do we learn about how to make the forces of gravity work for you and learn about how to use mother nature to your advantage, you also learn the proper way to tie knots. Learning how to tie different knots is not only valuable for building a sturdy shelter, it is valuable in everyday life.

Char Cloth and Other Fire Starters: Even though we probably have 10 Bic lighters laying around and in our bug out bags, it never hurts to know a few different ways to start a fire. As simple as char cloth is to make, it surprises me how many people don’t know how to make it.

Crisco Candles: this one is so simple it’s almost stupid. The odds are I would never need to do something like this, but as simple as it is its worth at least knowing how it’s done, all you need is some wick material, oil and a container. This can also be done with sardine cans or crayons.

Survival Food: With prepping being all about becoming more self-reliant it only makes sense to learn how to make and preserve food for survival. This can be something like making beef jerky, making your own survival food bars, learning to smoke meat or even making your own yogurt, cheese and Butter.

Food Storage Buckets: Here is another one where you can buy prepackaged food storage buckets, but for half the cost you can do it yourself. At first it can seem pretty complicated, but it really isn’t that hard to do. This article and podcast Lisa and I did goes through different food storage ideas, and how easy the 5 gallon bucket method really is.

Growing Your Own Food: Gardening and growing your own food includes a wide range of topics, and there are plenty of websites dedicated just to gardening. If you have the means, growing your own food will reduce your dependency on the food supply line because the supply line is from your yard to your kitchen. There are also other techniques you can learn like hydroponics and aquaponics.

Hunting and Butchering Meat: Along with gardening hunting or growing your own meat will also reduce your dependency on grocery stores. You don’t need to raise beef, you can raise rabbits, quail, chickens and other small game that don’t require much room. Raising your own meat is only the first part, then you need to clean and butcher it to eat.

Canning: If you are gardening or growing your own food you are going to need a way to preserve it. Canning is a great way to take the food you grew and preserve it for later when you need it most. Even if you don’t grow your own food, you can still buy in bulk and can it for your food storage.

Sewing: Because cloths are more readily available than any time in history, sewing is becoming a lost art. The truth is that if there ever comes a time when the cloths on our backs and the shoes on our feet are all that we have, we better know how to fix and mend them.

The Tip of the Iceberg

This list of 15 ideas is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DIY prepping ideas. This article has even more that I didn’t mention here. Even if you try something and totally mess it up, just call it a learning experience and try again. After all, that’s what it’s all about, learning to fend for ourselves.

What DIY prepping projects have you done or plan on trying? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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These Battery Hacks Could Save Your Ass

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The first thing most people do in a power outage is get a flashlight. Hopefully you have them in easy-to-find locations around the house and with fresh batteries. But what if you don’t? What if you don’t have enough batteries, or don’t have the right size batteries? In the video […]

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