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Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations Page

Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations. Gear, books, blogs, forums, facebook pages, and more.I’ve created this page to collect all my recommended best prepper websites, gear, books, and other online or offline resources so you guys would have one place to send people or to reference for the good stuff.

Also, I’ve pulled in all the recent posts from every recommended prepper blog out there with an RSS feed so you can check them all at one time. Isn’t that cool?

Here’s what I got for ya here. You can jump down to each section from the links below:

  • TL;DR
  • Best Prepper Gear Recommendations
  • The Best Prepper Websites and Online Resources
  • Best Prepper Book Recommendations
  • Best Prepper Blogs Most Recent Posts Feed
  • How you can recommend things to add to the list

TL;DR – I write long posts with lots of detailed information, and this won’t be any exception. Because I know a lot of you will be reading this from a phone, I’m going to list everything out real quick and then go into the what-for afterward. This page is going to be well over 10,000 words so I wanted to give you a shortcut. BTW, TL;DR means “Too Long; Didn’t Read.”

The Best Prepper Gear Recommendations

As you’ll see here I’m not going to have recommendations for each category such as food, water purification/filtration, firestarters, shelter, clothing, etc.

This list will be driven by the gear itself and not individual categories. That way I don’t have to try to find an interim solution for each category just to fill the spot. Each thing will have to be something special or it won’t be listed.

So here’s the first gear I’m gonna put on the list, in no particular order:

5.11 Rush 72 backpack

When I asked everyone on my facebook page what their number one recommended bug out bag was, this bag was suggested more than all others BY FAR. So much that I actually got one for myself. If you’re looking for a very tough and useful tactical bag, I would definitely suggest it. If I ever deploy again, I’ll be taking this bag. It also comes in two smaller sizes: The Rush 48 and The Rush 24.

Osprey Atmos 65 backpack

This is what I use for my personal bug out bag. Like the 5.11 Rush series, this bag comes in several sizes, and even those sizes come in small, medium, and large to fit your body size. This is by far the best backpack I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned a bunch. It’s strong, lightweight, has a built-in rain cover at the top, and has the right balance of pockets and access points.

If you’re new to prepping and not sure what kind of bug out bag to get, get this one.

Solo Stove Wood Burning Backpacking Stove

I like to be as flexible as possible with scenarios. I do carry a Trangia Alcohol Spirit Burner Stove and some Yellow Heet for fuel because it makes cooking on-the-go really convenient, but I don’t like relying on cooking with only what I can carry.

The Solo Stove not only cooks really well with twigs and other combustible things, it actually makes an alcohol stove more efficient by focusing the heat onto your pot – and the Trangia fits inside it while it’s in your pack. This way I can cook very efficiently with the small amount of alcohol I carry but have a never-ending supply of fuel for it once that runs out.

CREE 7W Flashlight

I forget now where I first heard about these little gems but damn, I was pretty surprised when I finally got a hold of one. So surprised, I ended up writing a whole review of them.

They’re under $5 but built like you could literally run them over with a truck (I haven’t tried it yet but I’d lay money that it would be fine).

Not only are they super cheap and super strong, they’re SUPER BRIGHT for a single-cell flashlight, and run off an AA battery, which is one of my requirements (so I can use the rechargeable setup to always have batteries and could always find batteries if I lost all the ones I had).

These are so good that I’ve seen a lot of people buy like 20 of them (I’m probably getting close to that now) and put one in each vehicle, give one to each family member, and give them out as great little gifts.

MPOWERD Lucy Inflatable Solar Lantern

I hunted for a long time to find a good lantern for my bug out bag and for camping. Flashlights and headlamps are cool and all but when you’re sitting in your tent or RV either reading or going through your stuff, a lantern is much better.

The problem was that all the lanterns I could find were WAY too bulky and heavy to carry in a pack. Then one day, MPOWERD contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a review of their product. I almost said no (because I usually say no when people want me to review their stuff unless it’s super awesome stuff) but I started reading about how they were using these in Africa and became curious. I certainly could have used one of these when I was in Northern Uganda.

These are absolutely wonderful little lamps. They fold up to about the size and weight of a CD case, are water-proof (they float, actually), and they recharge with the built-in solar panel.

Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

Currently, I have several different solar panels that people have sent me for reviews. I like to be able to charge AA batteries for my flashlights or to keep my cell phone running.

There are many options out there for solar panels, and each have their strengths and minuses, but this setup is the best I’ve found for an out-of-the-box solution to making sure you have AA batteries for your electronics and can also charge your cell phone or tablet through a USB output.

Doan Magnesium Fire Starter

I’ve tried a LOT of fire starters out there over the years. After much thinking, research, and feedback, I think the Doan fire starter is the best overall solution. They’re very cheap, very portable, won’t ever run out of fire-starty stuff, and won’t get ruined when they’re wet.

Just don’t get a cheap knockoff one because the magnesium in those doesn’t work. The real thing is so cheap that there’s really no reason to go with anything else anyway.

SOG Seal Pup Survival Knife

I carried this knife’s big brother, the SOG Seal, in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan but it’s just a bit too big for my personal bug out bag gear at home.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know how important it is for me to cut down on weight and space as much as possible without sacrificing quality. This knife is the right balance for me of everything a good knife should be.

Fiskars X7 14″ Hatchet

You can certainly bang out a shelter and chop up firewood with a good, strong knife like the SOG Seal or Seal Pup but batoning is much harder than just using a good old-fashioned hatchet.

The Fiskars X7 is the one I chose to go with, and I recommend it for your bug out bag or camping gear, but you should also consider the Estwing E24A above. It was really a toss-up between the two when I got mine, and I did a crap-ton of research.

Sawyer Mini Portable Water Filter

I’ve tried several different water filtration systems but this is the best overall. It’s inexpensive, extremely portable, can be attached in-line to a Camelbak or similar system, and with the backflush syringe can filter 10’s of thousands of gallons. Per gallon of filtered water, it’s the cheapest thing out there.

Suunto M-3 D/L Compass


There are a few compasses that Suunto makes that are similar to this that would work very well but this is the one I landed on. I used my Army-issue tritium lensatic compass for a long time but wanted to drop the weight and space for something that would still work well. This one does.

The Best Prepper Websites and Online Resources

For this section, I’m going to list each website here and a blurb about it but if you head to the Resources and Recommendations page, you’ll also see the most recent posts for each blog that has an RSS I can tap into. This means that page will be updated pretty much live with the best articles on the web about prepper-related topics.

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t other very good websites out there on prepping and survival. I just haven’t had a chance to check them all out. It also doesn’t mean there are a lot of really good sites out there, because there aren’t. Most of them suck.

The quotes for each are from the owner of the site:

Prepper/Survival Blogs

Backdoor Survival –

Backdoor Survival is a lifestyle website that promotes the pursuit of a preparedness lifestyle. It speaks to the need to prepare without fear and without being overwhelmed by the daunting nature of storing food, water and gear. At the same time, there are plenty of articles for learning life-skills such as fire-making, cooking from scratch, and making your own soaps, salves, and first aid remedies. I think of Backdoor Survival as a kinder, gentler, prepping and survival blog.

Gaye Levy consistently puts out some great information on her site. Her articles are well-researched and thorough – and relevant.

Prepper Website –

Prepper Website exists provide links to quality articles and websites that focus on preparing for emergencies, survival, homesteading, simple life and alternative news.

There are only a couple sites I’d list that don’t write their own material because almost all of them just post random articles and the worst of them just outright steal posts from people who take the time to actually research and write them. Todd Sepulveda’s site is different. It’s actually very useful. It’s like the Drudge Report of prepper information. Not only does he have a LOT of articles listed on his site, he personally vets each one. If you’re looking for a good article on some topic or a great list of sites to look into, this site is where to start.

Survival Sherpa –

This Todd writes survival articles. What I also like, other than the fact he has good information, is that he does videos as well. If you’re looking for bushcraft articles or DIY projects, check this one out.

American Preppers Network –

This site is a gateway to a LOT of information about prepping and survival. It’s not just a prepper website, it’s a community (several communities, actually) of preppers from all around the US. Their mission statement is, “To bring knowledge and understanding of living a Self-Reliant lifestyle into the mainstream and teach it to every household in America.”

Ready Nutrition –

My name is Tess Pennington and I am an author of two preparedness books: The Prepper’s Cookbook and The Prepper’s Blueprint, and founder of Ready Nutrition. I started my website as a testament to the preparedness path that I found myself on. As time went on, I realized how important it was to develop skills, plan accordingly and to be more mindful of the way we are living. Since then a great community has developed and I hope you will come and visit with us.

Tess Pennington has a very good thing going on with this site. She has some very thorough articles on more than just canning etc.

The Organic Prepper –

I have a background in alternative journalism. When I read the news, I automatically relate it to my two greatest passions, preparedness and nutrition-based health. This is evident in my website, where I tie all three subjects together. As well, I like to encourage those beginning their preparedness journey, so you’ll find a lot of articles geared towards those just getting started.

This is the prepper site to go to if you have an anti-GMO/vaccine or similar bent. Daisy doesn’t ONLY write about those topics but a lot of her articles have a sort of rational anarchy rant to them.

Prep for SHTF –

Preparing For SHTF is an Emergency Preparedness and Survival blog that touches on Homesteading, Bushcraft and other various skills needed to survive an impending disaster.

This site has a balance of bite-sized information or videos along with more thorough posts.

Tin Hat Ranch –

Sometimes campy, often entertaining, the Tin Hat Ranch is a unique website tied to an equally unique Youtube channel. While they solidly cover the tenants of emergency preparedness, survival gear, and a bit of homesteading, for subjects such as “How to Hide From Drones” and “How To Survive a Nuclear Bomb”, you might need to break out the Reynolds Wrap. All in all, the site is a great place to follow for new and old prepper’s alike.

Some great information on this site but make sure you check out his youtube channel (listed in the menu at the site). He has over 20,000 subscribers to his channel and sometimes it’s just easier to watch someone than to read about it.

Mom With a Prep –

Mom with a PREP is a blog dedicated to helping families be prepared for whatever life throws at them, through learning more about emergency preparedness, survival, homesteading for the whole family.

This site is more about homesteading and gardening but is geared toward preppers (hence the name) and has prepping-specific information as well. The articles aren’t fluff so you’ll actually get something out of reading them.

Survival at Home –

Survival at Home is a site that focuses on homesteading and preparedness for the modern family.

Patrick has some really good information on his site about gardening, homesteading, food preservation, survival skills, and basic prepping. Unlike most sites out there, he writes good information and gives enough detail so you actually learn something.

SHTF Preparedness –

SHTFpreparedness.com is an aggregator for the best prepping, homesteading and DIY articles from around the web

This is another prepper content curation site but Matty not only chooses each link carefully, he writes his own take on them instead of just pulling the intro from the post like most sites do.

Camping Survival Blog –

CampingSurvival.com. It’s not about the END OF THE WORLD – It’s not about surviving a hypothetical PLANE CRASH – It’s about the SATISFACTION YOU GET knowing you can take care of yourself and/or your family in ANY SITUATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

This site is a good mix of prepper information with some down-to-earth camping and outdoor articles. They have a separate site (in the quote) that sells camping- and survival-related gear.

Survival Mom –

The Survival Mom blog gives moms tools, tips, and strategies to help them worry less and enjoy their families more. Lisa Bedford, blog founder and editor, is also the author of Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Emergencies and Worst Case Scenarios.

One of the big ones out there in the online prepper world. Great articles on healthy living and preparedness. There’s a lot more to this site than it looks at first glance.

Offgrid Survival –

OFFGRID SURVIVAL, run by emergency preparedness expert Robert Richardson, Author of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, is a website devoted to giving its readers essential tactics and step-by-step instructions for surviving real-world disasters, threats, and crisis. From detailed articles on both urban and wilderness survival, to real-time preparedness news and threat alerts, OFFGRID SURVIVAL gives you real-world advice on how to survive the very real threats present in today’s society.

Very good and thorough articles about much more than just off-grid living. Good articles on camping, prepping, survival, and quite a bit more.

Survival Magazine –

(currently hacked – sorry for now) This site has survival-related articles and a very strong facebook page following but one of its real strengths is its forum.

Food Storage and Survival –

Sharing the peace of preparedness from our family to yours. Simplified, no hype help with food storage, survival, preparedness, and self reliance.

Not only does this site have a ton of great food preservation, survival, and homesteading articles, it has its own podcast.

Ultimate Survival Tips –

This site has not only good survival-related articles, they have some really good product reviews and even some videos. I just found this site but I already like it.

Survival Blog

SurvivalBlog.com is a comprehensive blog on family preparedness that has been posted daily since 2005.  This site has an emphasis on “how to” practical skills and has more than 85,000 archived articles and letters.

This is James Wesley Rawles’ own website. It’s been around forever and has TONS of information on it. He has lots of people send in articles and they choose the best to post on the site.

Prepper/Survival Facebook Pages

You’ll notice that some of these pages belong to the blogs above but that’s not necessarily the case. These Facebook pages were chosen on their own merits because they provide good information outside of just reminding you when they publish posts on their site. Facebook pages that only promote their own website were not chosen.

Survival Watch

Survival Magazine

Homestead & Survival

The Survival Mom

Food Storage and Survival

American Preppers Network

Camping Survival

Prepper-related Forums

PrepperForum.net – This forum has grown quite a lot since I came across it during my last deployment to Afghanistan. They now have almost a quarter million posts and over 8600 members.

The Best Prepper Book Recommendations

There are many different kinds of books that could be listed here as the best book for preppers and those interested in survival but I have to keep the list manageable to be useful to people. I have a lot of these books myself but a few are those that have a crap-ton of really good reviews and were suggested to me.

In the future, I may divide this section into different categories but for the moment, this is essentially the list of books I’d recommend for pretty much anyone interested in prepping or just being prepared for emergencies. If you’re looking for a book to read or to give as a gift, this list will help you.

SAS Survival Guide – I haven’t found any book better for teaching survival skills. I’m not alone in thinking that either. Every time I ask for feedback on the best survival or prepper books out there, this book is recommended more than the others by far.

LDS Preparedness Manual – This book has a lot of information for people who would like to be prepared to bug in instead of bug out. It was written by several members 0f the LDS church so there are a few pages of religious information in it but the majority of the book by far is information on being prepared, and they do a good job with it.

The Prepper’s Blueprint – This book is more of a pure prepper book than the others and has tons of good information in it. This is the book you have in mind when you’re looking for a prepper book.

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family – This book is a great complement to the Prepper’s Blueprint. Some of the information is obviously the same but it’s written from a different perspective and covers a few different scenarios.

Prepper’s Long term Survival Guide – This is a great book to get started. It has a good reference list in it that you can use to get even more information. This book is definitely written with practicality in mind.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself – This book has a LOT of good info in it. If I were going to head off into the woods to start a small colony, this would be the book I’d take.

The Preppers Cookbook – Surviving most scenarios doesn’t have to mean eating bugs and snakes. It also doesn’t mean you have to be bored to death if you have to spend some time eating out of your survival stores. Not only that but there are some good recipes in there that you can use today, especially if you’re into canning or other food preservation.

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way – Great book that covers a lot of what you need to know if someone needs medical attention but there isn’t a doctor or hospital around.

One Second After – This book is good for getting you in the mindset of what could happen if SHTF. It’s set just after an EMP hits the US and explores the changes in society and how people deal with things once normal life changes.

Ancestral Plants by Arthur Haines – You can never learn enough about what to eat out in the woods. The more you know, the more food will be available and the less likely it is that you’ll accidentally eat something to make you sick.

Going Home series by Angery American – If you liked One Second After, you’ll really like this set – and you can go through the whole series. It’s written in a very approachable way by A. American. Start with Going Home and read the whole Survivalist set.

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Written by Dana Thompson on Survival at Home. Raising meat chickens in your backyard is an achievable (and easy) way to maintain a self-sufficient supply of protein for you and your family! The post A Guide for Raising Meat Chickens appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
Coping With Life Threatening Allergies in a Post SHTF World via The Survival Mom
We have lived in our home for nearly a decade and I love it. I truly love my yard, but the feeling is not mutual. My yard is trying to kill me. After a lifetime of thinking of myself as allergy free, I have been proven wrong. As it turns out, oak trees, along with other things, cause me to have an extreme allergic reaction. Care to guess where I live? Yes, in the middle of a 150 acres of forest. I had no idea that this could be a life-ending allergy for me. Huge portions of this country have primarily [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Valerie Worwood Complete Book of Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival
Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use them, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by. For years, the Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been the definitive source of information about essential oils. Recently updated, read an exclusive interview with the author, Valerie Worwood, and learn what she recommends as a budget-friend "Basic Care Kit". Plus, enter the giveaway to win a copy of her newly updated book for free! The post Prepper Book [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
Gather up all of the major American cities and place them in one area and you will find they only encompass four percent of the country's land mass, while 62.7 percent of the population calls one of these major cities home, this according to the U.S. Census Bureau ( U.S. Census Bureau, 2015). A large […] The post When the SHTF Where You Live Makes a Difference appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Prep for SHTF
It's gardening time! Have you ever planted your garden and then not remembered what was growing where? Me, too. Every year I make a garden map, but then somehow it gets displaced and I end up wondering what I have growing where until it sprouts. Enter garden markers. These can be simple or complex, plain […] [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
A tarp tent is a wonderful addition to your bug out bag as it can be used in many different ways. A tarp tent is a tarpaulin, a plastic or nylon sheet, used in place of a tent. It is usually rigged with poles, tent pegs, and guy lines. Ultralight backpackers use tarp tents because they are easy to set up and lightweight compared to other backpacking shelters which makes for a more pleasant hike. Especially if you need a quick shelter when hit with a sudden downpour. Recently I was looking for a good, reliable tarp/tent for my husband. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
The short answer is no, but with a caveat. The more complicated answer is it depends. Much depends on you, your skill, the area in which you are likely to find yourself, and your mental attitude, and what type of situation you find yourself in. A cheap sleeping bag is nothing more than a blanket […] The post Do I Need That to Survive: Sleeping Bag appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
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Using firesteel in a survival or emergency situation can be tough. Here's how to properly use a ferro rod and knife to start a soul-warming, life-saving blaze – every time… Here's What You'll Need: First, you'll need some REALLY DRY tinder (this is the fine stuff) because this is ONE of the MAJOR keys to SUCCESS. Dead grass or weeds, fine, dry wood shavings, twine pulled apart, dryer lint or cotton balls all make good tinder. Next you'll need a campfire all set up and ready to go – I recommend a teepee fire for beginners – we'll talk more about this [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
Spring is in the air, summer is on the way. This is the time of year when many people begin to pack up their winter gear and spring clean their home in preparation for the summer. If you are like me, I have piles of items I do not need anymore but still have good use left. These items can be donated to help others, and there seems to be a plethora of ways and places to give to. You could possibly help in more ways than you know by being a charitable prepper. TIP: For help with your spring cleaning, [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
How do you get tax free emergency preparedness supplies!? Check the list below to see if your state participates. Saving from 6-12% on a box of bandaids doesn't seem a lot, does it? Maybe you'll save 10 cents, especially if you take advantage of all the dollar store has to offer. But you can put […] The post Tax Free Emergency Preparedness Supplies – Here's how! appeared first on Mom with a PREP. [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Mom With a Prep
Prepping in Real Life It is Never Too Late | Backdoor Survival
Prepping and being a survivalist prepper is hard work. Learn to stay motivated during those times when you are burned out, stressed and it all seems futile. The post Prepping In Real Life: It is Never Too Late to Change Course by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival. [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
According to the South Korean news outlet Yonhap News, two additional U.S. Aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, have been deployed to join the USS Carl Vinson, which is currently heading towards the Korean Peninsula. [...] The post North Korea warns ‘nuclear war could break out at any moment' Reports say US Deploying Two More Aircraft Carriers appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
A tree stand was referred to as a deer stand back in the days as it was constructed for deer hunting purposes only. A tree stand is a structure that helps hunters in spotting the game from a considerable height. And what this does is improve the accuracy of your shot. So why wouldn't you want to learn how to build a tree stand? It's not important for you to use tree stands to hunt deer only. You can also build one for other types of game. Spotting your target from a great distance and height goes a long way in [...]
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
Clever Gifts For Your Non-Prepper Loved Ones via The Survival Mom
You love your non-prepper family members, but they think you're nuts. Until you show them your Life Straw or cool Swedish Survival knife, and they say, “Hey, that's a good idea!” With graduation and wedding season around the corner, and for every gift-giving season, perhaps you would like to get your loved ones something that will leave them better prepared and motivated to think about preparedness. Where do you begin and how do you figure out what to get them? People can be hard to shop for anyway, and if they're already skeptical, you will want to start out slow. You [...]
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Walk USA Discover
Introduction My name is Edward Mjelde, I am a 24 year old recent college graduate from sunny San Diego, California. This is my story about how I gave away and sold nearly all my possessions and left home with a backpack to walk coast-to-coast across the country following the 5,100 mile American Discovery Trail in pursuit of beauty, truth, and a life of risk and adventure. My goal is to share the knowledge I have gathered from my adventure in hope that it will inspire people to take risks in order to chase their own dreams and aspirations. I have dubbed my epic adventure [...]
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: Survival Magazine
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week's news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared. This Week in the News This week on Survival Saturday, let's … Read the restThe post Survival Saturday: April 15, 2017 appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Sat, Apr 15, 2017
Source: The Organic Prepper
Sometimes an accessory is surprisingly good. So was the case with the Hardened Power Systems USB Multi-Tap. This USB charger might just be the world's most powerful gadget charger. Where to find: (Mention THR in the order details for the free adapter) HPS USB Multi-Tap 12V/7A Power Supply HPS Operator G1 [...]
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
How Training For a 5K Race Taught Me to Be a Better Prepper via The Survival Mom
When I sat down last December to write down my goals for the year, I knew one of them had to be getting in better shape. Many preppers know they need to be in good shape to survive hard times. I decided 2016 would be the year I would try to become a runner. There is an annual 5K/10K/half/full marathon race near us every fall, so I registered for the 5K in January and started on the path to better health. I also learned several lessons along the way that taught me how to be a better prepper. Part of my [...]
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Can ladybugs really help with aphid control in your garden? You bet! Here's how to do it, and spring is the perfect time to get started!! Every spring, as the blossoms on the apple trees begin to open, the green shoots of the garden are getting tall, an invasion happens. It's the aphid invasion. These […] The post Release the Ladybugs! a Natural Way to Control Aphids in Your Garden appeared first on Mom with a PREP. [...]
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
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Dating your food and other rotatable preparedness supplies like batteries or cleaners, helps keep things fresh and usable in your storage. Here's how I do it. First, I use a Sharpie to mark the date or circle the expiration date on food items when I bring them home from the store so I can easily […] [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Written by Dave James on Survival at Home. I've got guns - lots of 'em! But when the SHTF, survival bows for preppers will be worth their weight in gold! However, not all bows are created equal. The post An Introduction to Survival Bows for Preppers appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
A Las Vegas-based company called SPI has a color night vision sensor called the X27 and has the X28 in Development. The 1.5-minute video above shows what the 10-megapixel sensor can capture in extremely dark places. According to SPI The X27 is the highest performing true gen 4 color night vision low light sensor imaging system. The low noise real time 60hz HD detector is the first of its kind breakthrough technology that offers day like imagery in the darkest of environments. The X27 color low light camera images from 390 to 1.2 Um and sees IR military spot lasers. The [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Survival Magazine
The North Korea State Media warned that the government of North Korea was ready to launch a 'nuclear attack on the United States' President Trump dispatches an "armada" to the Korean Peninsula [...] The post North Korea Threatens ‘WE'LL NUKE YOU' – Trump ‘Sending an Armada' to Confront the Threat appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
Your weapon of choice could mean the difference between life and death when the shit hits the fan. [...] The post Prepper Guns: Your weapon of choice when the SHTF appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
PeteLinforth / Pixabay Are there ways to stop your home from getting carried away from a flood, or to protect you and your loved ones? Yes, there are. Preparing for a natural flood is something every household needs to consider, especially in this era of weird weather. Here are ten things you'll need to do. Get flood insurance Homeowner's insurance doesn't cover flooding. You need separate flood insurance for that. Yes, it will cost extra money, but might be the only thing that can keep you afloat after a major flood. Disaster relief funds from the federal government are actually a loan you [...]
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
How to dehydrate and preserve tarragon – whether you grow it in your backyard herb garden or buy it fresh from the produce section, tarragon is easy to preserve, and makes a tasty addition to your food storage! Whether you are using the French, Mexican or Russian variety of tarragon, it is an herb that […] The post How to Dehydrate and Preserve Tarragon appeared first on Mom with a PREP. [...]
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
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Written by Dana Thompson on Survival at Home. Meat animals provide a way for you to become self sufficient - a reliable source of backyard food at your place that is an achievable goal for you! The post Top 5 Meat Animals Best Suited for Your Backyard appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Mon, Apr 03, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
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Preparing for Disaster – Especially the End of Our Modern World as We Know It – is NOT a Pleasant Thought and CAN Seem Overwhelming. So to Simplify Things – Here is a Great Visual Guide from the National Geographic Channel to Help YOU, “Be Prepared – Because You Never Know…” Here's the Best Book on PRACTICAL Disaster Preparedness… Watch Ultimate Survival Tips on Carbon TV Online (it's FREE)… [...]
Sat, Apr 01, 2017
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Wild plants are a great, free source of nutrition and energy while camping, hiking, or “surviving” in the wilderness. But eat the wrong plant and you could be sick as a dog or worse – die. However, abide by these 5 Rules of Wild Edibles and you'll eat like a King (or Queen) and live… Rule #1: NEVER eat anything that you are not 100% certain what it is, what parts are edible and when you can eat it. Some plants have only certain parts that are edible. Some parts of plants are only edible at certain stages of growth. Many edible [...]
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. What happens when you can't get your food from the grocery store? Learn to grow your own food in your back yard, and you'll never have to worry! The post 13 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
Off-Grid Firewood- Lessons from Staying Warm with an Ax - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Imagine having only one off-grid tool to heat your home, would your family stay warm or freeze to death? Silly question, right? Only a lunatic would rely on one tool for firewood getting… especially with the antiquated ax. Call me crazy, but I chopped a full cord (128 cubic feet – 4'x4'x8′) of firewood with an ax. Here's why and a few things I learned in the process… Off-Grid Firewood ~ Stay Warm with an Ax I began Steven Edholm's Axe Cordwood Challenge on February 7th and finished a cord of ax-cut firewood the last day of winter, March 19, 2017. [...]
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
Call it a radio go box or Ham-O-Can, the Operator G1 by Hardened Power Systems IS the Ham-O-Can…only better. The original Ham-O-Can video is here. This comms box is one awesome piece of kit. Check it out: Products in the video: HPS Operator G1 Midland MXT 105 Operator Magnetic Kickstands New 15 Watt Midland MXT … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
When you think of every day carry items, it is common to think of things you may need in a big emergency. But when I decided to participate in this post round up with my other preparedness blogger friends, I knew exactly what my favorite every day carry item was. Because I actually carry it […] [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
3 Essential EDC Fire Starters I Carry Everywhere ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker What's in your pockets? If you look at the popular trend of pocket dumps on social media, the answer appears to be everything, except the kitchen sink. I seldom see fire tools in these pocket dumps. Of course, our Everyday Carry items will look different depending on our jobs, lifestyle, and skill level. Several of us from the Prepared Bloggers are sharing different EDC (Everyday Carry) items we never leave home without. Being the pyro that I am, I choose fire. Be sure to read the other value-adding articles by my friends in the links below this article. The concept [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
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by Todd Walker Crazy eyes! They stare at me when I tell folks I'm cutting a cord of firewood with an ax. No chainsaw, no bucksaw, no maul… just an ax. Real-world ax skills require massive, deliberate action. February is history as are 88% (probably more) of the 2017 New Years resolutions. Following the season of overindulgence, these were the top five according to the Google: Exercise more (38 per cent) Lose weight (33 per cent) Eat more healthily (32 per cent) Take a more active approach to health (15 per cent) Learn new skill or hobby (15 per cent) Expensive gym memberships, designer workout clothing, and faddish fitness [...]
Sat, Mar 04, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
2 Ax Techniques for Fast Firewood Splitting ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker The permanent scars on my parent's car port floor are a reminder of that grand idea Craig and I came up with while splitting firewood in 1977. The winter wind felt like we were tied to a whipping post. “Let's get out of the wind.” “How 'bout the car port? The wood's gotta be stacked in there anyway.” Not our best idea ever, but we set up shop on the two-year old concrete floor. Driving the metal wedge with 8-pound sledge hammers, a few, quite a few actually, shot like bullets through the wooden rounds followed by a distinctive twang of [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
Electric cars are gaining prevalence on the roads throughout the world. Check out this video to find out why they are not the answer, without even knowing the question. In the video I mentioned a letter. If you would like to see THR work with Tesla on a complete off the grid system, it is … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
It is an exciting time in solar power. Storage is shifting from Lead Acid batteries to Lithium Ion. Panels are appearing everywhere in all shapes, sizes, and forms. What happens when you don't have the space or funds for a large system? What can you do with smaller solar power systems? It turns out the … Continue reading » [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
We've been on this series for some time and here it is, the COMPLETE How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle. Bug Out Vehicles, they can mean different things to different people. Not all “bug outs” may be permanent, some could be. In this video we talk about the fundamentals of building a bug … Continue reading » [...]
Sat, Feb 04, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
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Everyone needs a versatile, portable Bug Out Bag to throw in a vehicle, everyday carry or grab to “get out of Dodge” on a moments notice. So after months of testing and research, I came up with this base Bug Out Bag kit that you can assemble and customize to meet your needs. It's only 14 lbs (or 6.3kg) and contains the core gear that can form the essential foundation of any bug out bag you build… and should help you get through a 72 hour crisis with ease. Here's What's in this Kit (click each item for more info): UTG Tactical Messenger Sling [...]
Fri, Feb 03, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
Leftover soup, throw together soup, clean out the fridge soup. Whatever you call it, this soup is a staple at our house for finishing off the leftovers and stretching our meal budget. After many years of creating these fresh soups from leftovers, I am ready to share with you the secrets that will turn your […] [...]
Mon, Jan 30, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
This list is part of my eBook, Prepared Kids: A Parent's Guide to Raising the Next Generation of Self-Reliant, Responsible Adults! Looking for preparedness movies you can watch with your kids? Do such things exist? Yes, yes they do. While many movies in the preparedness/survival genre aren't appropriate for little viewers (ie. rated R), I've […] [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
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Long ago, was a plant known as Filius ante patrem, which means ‘the son before the father' because its golden flowers appeared and withered before the leaves would ever be seen. With its tufted yellow heads and later-appearing, decoratively lobed, hoof-shaped leaves, coltsfoot was (and is today) a treat to the eyes and spirit when it exploded into color along the roadsides and pathways declaring that spring had come! Apart from being the initial burst of color after a long monochrome winter, coltsfoot, or Tussilago farfara L.,as it is now classified (a distant relative of the sunflower) also provides essential healing [...]
Mon, Jan 09, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
We recently found these guys and their line of compact go anywhere campers. We were truly amazed at the utilization of space, seems like they thought of everything. Like & Share if you'd try one out. The UEV-440 is a true Jack of all trades; it offers the maneuverability and capability of a camper trailer as well as caravan benefits such as a hard roof, sides and floor. The 440 has a number of sleeping arrangements, you can simply fold out the front & side for 2x double beds, fold out one side for 1x double bed and 1x single, or [...]
Sun, Jul 06, 2014
Source: Survival Magazine
Walk USA Discover
WalkUSA's Adventure Series: Planning Introduction Catch a glimpse of what it's like walking across America with the first video compilation of my adventure! My name is Edward Mjelde, I am a 24 year old recent college graduate from sunny San Diego, California. This is my story about how I gave away and sold nearly all my possessions and left home with a backpack to walk coast-to-coast across the country following the 5,100 mile American Discovery Trail in pursuit of beauty, truth, and a life of risk and adventure. My goal is to share the stories I have gathered from my adventure in hope that it [...]
Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Source: Survival Magazine
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While this isn't Survival per say it can fall under homesteading and improving the simple way of life. We thought it was an amazing project and had to share! This post is by way of Dave Larnerd over at bow hunting, Thanks Dave great job! It took me just about 3 days, first day was digging the holes and setting the uprights. All the wood is pressure treated 6×6's. Next day was finishing building it. and the 3'rd was spreading the gravel and setting the fire pit and staining the pressure treated. I bought the swings offline from Louisana Cypress Swings and [...]
Sun, Mar 23, 2014
Source: Survival Magazine

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mitchf1 / Pixabay With a little help from my contacts at doTERRA, I'm going to touch on just what essential oils are, and the best way to make them part of your life as a prepper; whether for health, beauty, or simply as household products. I'm not the best in the world when it comes to DIY I'll be honest, but even I didn't have any problems following the really simple tips doTERRA had. Keep on reading to learn some of their advice and become an expert with essential oils in no time. You'll surprise your essential oil loving friends with [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
NSC Report: 17% Drop in Unintentional Gun Deaths We will always have a fight on our hands. Defending the second amendment will be our war and it will carry on for generations to come. Much of it has to do with a person's unwillingness to understand guns and how they work. Many people have irrational fears … Continue reading » The post NSC Report: 17% Drop in Unintentional Gun Deaths appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalist Should Know Humans have existed for hundreds of thousands of year and our ancestors have moved from places to places to find a home. It is without any doubt that they possess an incredible willpower and a repertoire of survival skills. The latter, unfortunately, was forgotten over the course. … Continue reading » The post 34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalist Should Know appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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59 Survival Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the Great Outdoors The reliance on technology in today's modern world has left many who travel out into the wilderness for hiking and camping adventures vulnerable if they should lose their equipment. Every year, thousands of people are injured and die from several different causes that all took … Continue reading » The post 59 Survival Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the Great Outdoors appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness
President Trump to speak at the Meeting today....https://www.courthousenews.com/trump...nnual-meeting/ And a taste of what is new.... New Springfield XDE [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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In case you were curious if 40 year old shrimp creole is any good....A new 40-year-old Mountain House taste test | The Ultimate Answer to Kings [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32503660 US ship? Initial reports said it was a US cargo ship in international waters. US govt is denying that it is ours! [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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“The most dangerous gangs after SHTF haven't even been formed yet.” – Canadian Prepper. Travis stared at his TV screen, a mixture of irritation and dejection on his face. He wasn't a gamer by any stretch, but he had been doing pretty well this round on his favorite war game. He thought about the old surge protector everything was plugged into; it had shorted out before. He didn't immediately notice the lights were out, since the lights were currently off. He preferred natural light, and so had his blinds open. He glanced at his digital clock, a battery operated model that [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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What is your biggest fear? For people in the preparedness realm, we look at the fears of other people and instead of trying to ignore those fears, we look them … Read the restThe post What Is Your Worst Prepper Nightmare? appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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Hi-Point 995TS 9mm Carbine from $240 [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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Springfield Armory today released their newest product, a hammer fired version of their XD pistol, at the 2017 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting. The Springfield Armory XDe is a 3.3″ barreled pistol designed for concealed carry. The single-stack polymer gun holds 8 rounds of 9mm ammunition in a flush-fit magazine or 9 rounds in an[.....] The post Springfield Armory Releases Hammer-Fired XDe Pistol appeared first on AllOutdoor.com.Read the full article here... [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Survivalist Boards
A comprehensive threat assessment first compares the impact of a threat, or situation if you will, with its anticipated frequency. Threats that are anticipated and may be considered ones that would occur with some frequency would be tornadoes if you live in an area prone to such, and wildfires, hurricanes, snow and ice storms, and […] The post Threat Assessments: Prioritize Then Get Organized appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
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The Surprising Identity Of The Average Couponer There is something to be said for taking on survivalist projects and reusing materials which both help lower environmental impact and cut the cost of living. By reusing or creating materials ourselves, we go against the very core of consumerist ideals that are deeply ingrained into today's … Continue reading » The post The Surprising Identity Of The Average Couponer appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness
5 Easy Tips for Choosing Your First Handgun It seems like we can hardly make it a week in this nation without see a protest turn bloody in this nation. I knew this would be a bloody year and civil unrest would reach a fever pitch in America. Now is your chance to prepare for … Continue reading » The post 5 Easy Tips for Choosing Your First Handgun appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness
As happily organic as we all try to be, sometimes we have to deal with noxious weeds. While strong white vinegar will get rid of many of these weeds, occasionally … Read the restThe post How To Make a FREE DIY Weed Killer from Someone's Bad Habit appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: The Organic Prepper
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by Todd Walker Image credit Bewildered, you approach two doors. One reads Self-Reliance. The other reads Books About Self-Reliance. Which will you open? 500 years after the life of Leonardo da Vinci, his words resonate in my soul. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci In one of his thousands of notebook entries, da Vinci wrote, “I know I am not a man of letters, experience is my one true mistress, and I will cite her in all cases. Only through experimentation can we truly know anything.” In 1452, born a bastard son, [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
Watch Your Back Roger Eckstine | Backdoor Survival
As prepper's it is easy to focus on being prepared to defend what is ours when situations get dire following a disruptive event. The reality, however, is that dangerous situations are a part of everyday life. This includes visits to the local ATM, a drive down a busy freeway, or any seemingly mundane situation that involves waiting in a crowded line. It is important to recognize that avoiding deadly situations should be the rule and not the exception. Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life, by Roger Eckstine, will prepare you for both [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
Written by Dana Zamprogno on Survival at Home. If you've never tried making soap at home before, this beginner's guide will give you the confidence you need to start making soap like a pro! The post A Beginner's Guide To Making Soap at Home appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
Local government officials in the Washington, D.C. region are planning a 'full-scale' terror attack drill for Wednesday, April 25th [...] The post ‘Full-scale terror attack drill' planned in Washington D.C. appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
Preppers know that being prepared for everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios can cost money. Sometimes a lot of money if you factor in a multi-month food supply, a top notch Berkey water filter, and developing a lifestyle that is as self-reliant as possible. Composting toilets, solar energy, and the like aren't exactly budget-friendly. But a frugal lifestyle isn't just for preppers, it is for everyone. Everyone should care about their financial security and living within their means, just as preppers aren't the only ones who should care about 72-hour kits and food storage. But, sadly, sometimes it seems like we [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Prepping isn't all about wiling away your hours in a bunker, reloading ammo. It's about the everyday things we do and the differences in our mindsets from non-preppers, and these … Read the restThe post 99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: The Organic Prepper
When a Prepper Relocates | Backdoor Survival
It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago I decided to pull up stakes and search for the perfect survival retreat. More than a retreat, I wanted to find a forever home. It has been quite the journey and now that I am within days of fully moving into my new home, it is time to come clean on the how-to's of moving, prepper-style. Learn where I landed as well as some first-hand tips to help overcome the challenges of relocation. The post When a Prepper Relocates: Finding and Moving to the Perfect Survival Retreat by [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
How to Filter Water LifeStraw Mission | Backdoor Survival
We need water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, and overall hygiene. Without good water, we will suffer and could even die. That said, a struggle for many is not how to source water but rather how to make bad water good. After all, the last thing we want to find a source of water, use it, and end up married to the toilet god or worse. Over the years, I have learned to trust Lifestraw products for their ease of use and portability.Learn how and why the LifeStraw Mission is the perfect water purifier for those times [...]
Sat, Apr 22, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
With power outages crippling cities across the nation, the potential for a nasty solar flare, and geopolitical tensions, it might be time to revisit your long term power outage plan. … Read the restThe post Why Low-Tech Prepping Is a Better Option for a Long-Term Grid-Down Scenario appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: The Organic Prepper
In a previous article we talked about living in a city and how, because of your location, you may be the target of an attack. A target simply because of the population density, or in some cases, you may be a target because of critical infrastructure, or your city may be having a symbolic celebration, […] The post Survival: City Life Versus Country Life appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: Prep for SHTF
Navigation, Family Practices for Security, Experience, and Fun What if you had that one essential prepper/survival related item with you at all times that not only gave you security and peace of mind but was also family friendly, educational, entertaining, and fun? We all practice self-reliance in one form or another to some extent in various degrees. For many of us it can become mundane and the important reasons that got us started forgotten about. We become complaisant and lose interest more often than not because it does not include others, or we simply get bored. Outdoor activities are something I [...]
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
If you have served in the military then you are very familiar with the terms light and noise discipline. The military takes this seriously, as should you, or anyone else who has to move about at night and must stay concealed from an enemy or anyone that may be a bit too inquisitive. Military vehicles […] The post Noise and Light in a Survival Situation: How to Stay Hidden appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Prep for SHTF
With little more than a bit of paracord and a tarp, you can quickly set up an improvised shelter that will keep you warm and dry. [...] The post Survival Tarp Shelters: Why A Tarp is one of the Best Things you Can Carry appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
Written by Dana Thompson on Survival at Home. Raising meat chickens in your backyard is an achievable (and easy) way to maintain a self-sufficient supply of protein for you and your family! The post A Guide for Raising Meat Chickens appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
Coping With Life Threatening Allergies in a Post SHTF World via The Survival Mom
We have lived in our home for nearly a decade and I love it. I truly love my yard, but the feeling is not mutual. My yard is trying to kill me. After a lifetime of thinking of myself as allergy free, I have been proven wrong. As it turns out, oak trees, along with other things, cause me to have an extreme allergic reaction. Care to guess where I live? Yes, in the middle of a 150 acres of forest. I had no idea that this could be a life-ending allergy for me. Huge portions of this country have primarily [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Valerie Worwood Complete Book of Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival
Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use them, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by. For years, the Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been the definitive source of information about essential oils. Recently updated, read an exclusive interview with the author, Valerie Worwood, and learn what she recommends as a budget-friend "Basic Care Kit". Plus, enter the giveaway to win a copy of her newly updated book for free! The post Prepper Book [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
Gather up all of the major American cities and place them in one area and you will find they only encompass four percent of the country's land mass, while 62.7 percent of the population calls one of these major cities home, this according to the U.S. Census Bureau ( U.S. Census Bureau, 2015). A large […] The post When the SHTF Where You Live Makes a Difference appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Prep for SHTF
It's gardening time! Have you ever planted your garden and then not remembered what was growing where? Me, too. Every year I make a garden map, but then somehow it gets displaced and I end up wondering what I have growing where until it sprouts. Enter garden markers. These can be simple or complex, plain […] [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
A tarp tent is a wonderful addition to your bug out bag as it can be used in many different ways. A tarp tent is a tarpaulin, a plastic or nylon sheet, used in place of a tent. It is usually rigged with poles, tent pegs, and guy lines. Ultralight backpackers use tarp tents because they are easy to set up and lightweight compared to other backpacking shelters which makes for a more pleasant hike. Especially if you need a quick shelter when hit with a sudden downpour. Recently I was looking for a good, reliable tarp/tent for my husband. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
The short answer is no, but with a caveat. The more complicated answer is it depends. Much depends on you, your skill, the area in which you are likely to find yourself, and your mental attitude, and what type of situation you find yourself in. A cheap sleeping bag is nothing more than a blanket […] The post Do I Need That to Survive: Sleeping Bag appeared first on Preparing for shtf. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Prep for SHTF
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Using firesteel in a survival or emergency situation can be tough. Here's how to properly use a ferro rod and knife to start a soul-warming, life-saving blaze – every time… Here's What You'll Need: First, you'll need some REALLY DRY tinder (this is the fine stuff) because this is ONE of the MAJOR keys to SUCCESS. Dead grass or weeds, fine, dry wood shavings, twine pulled apart, dryer lint or cotton balls all make good tinder. Next you'll need a campfire all set up and ready to go – I recommend a teepee fire for beginners – we'll talk more about this [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
Spring is in the air, summer is on the way. This is the time of year when many people begin to pack up their winter gear and spring clean their home in preparation for the summer. If you are like me, I have piles of items I do not need anymore but still have good use left. These items can be donated to help others, and there seems to be a plethora of ways and places to give to. You could possibly help in more ways than you know by being a charitable prepper. TIP: For help with your spring cleaning, [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
How do you get tax free emergency preparedness supplies!? Check the list below to see if your state participates. Saving from 6-12% on a box of bandaids doesn't seem a lot, does it? Maybe you'll save 10 cents, especially if you take advantage of all the dollar store has to offer. But you can put […] The post Tax Free Emergency Preparedness Supplies – Here's how! appeared first on Mom with a PREP. [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Mom With a Prep
Prepping in Real Life It is Never Too Late | Backdoor Survival
Prepping and being a survivalist prepper is hard work. Learn to stay motivated during those times when you are burned out, stressed and it all seems futile. The post Prepping In Real Life: It is Never Too Late to Change Course by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival. [...]
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: Backdoor Survival
According to the South Korean news outlet Yonhap News, two additional U.S. Aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, have been deployed to join the USS Carl Vinson, which is currently heading towards the Korean Peninsula. [...] The post North Korea warns ‘nuclear war could break out at any moment' Reports say US Deploying Two More Aircraft Carriers appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
A tree stand was referred to as a deer stand back in the days as it was constructed for deer hunting purposes only. A tree stand is a structure that helps hunters in spotting the game from a considerable height. And what this does is improve the accuracy of your shot. So why wouldn't you want to learn how to build a tree stand? It's not important for you to use tree stands to hunt deer only. You can also build one for other types of game. Spotting your target from a great distance and height goes a long way in [...]
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
Clever Gifts For Your Non-Prepper Loved Ones via The Survival Mom
You love your non-prepper family members, but they think you're nuts. Until you show them your Life Straw or cool Swedish Survival knife, and they say, “Hey, that's a good idea!” With graduation and wedding season around the corner, and for every gift-giving season, perhaps you would like to get your loved ones something that will leave them better prepared and motivated to think about preparedness. Where do you begin and how do you figure out what to get them? People can be hard to shop for anyway, and if they're already skeptical, you will want to start out slow. You [...]
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Walk USA Discover
Introduction My name is Edward Mjelde, I am a 24 year old recent college graduate from sunny San Diego, California. This is my story about how I gave away and sold nearly all my possessions and left home with a backpack to walk coast-to-coast across the country following the 5,100 mile American Discovery Trail in pursuit of beauty, truth, and a life of risk and adventure. My goal is to share the knowledge I have gathered from my adventure in hope that it will inspire people to take risks in order to chase their own dreams and aspirations. I have dubbed my epic adventure [...]
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: Survival Magazine
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week's news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared. This Week in the News This week on Survival Saturday, let's … Read the restThe post Survival Saturday: April 15, 2017 appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Sat, Apr 15, 2017
Source: The Organic Prepper
Sometimes an accessory is surprisingly good. So was the case with the Hardened Power Systems USB Multi-Tap. This USB charger might just be the world's most powerful gadget charger. Where to find: (Mention THR in the order details for the free adapter) HPS USB Multi-Tap 12V/7A Power Supply HPS Operator G1 [...]
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
How Training For a 5K Race Taught Me to Be a Better Prepper via The Survival Mom
When I sat down last December to write down my goals for the year, I knew one of them had to be getting in better shape. Many preppers know they need to be in good shape to survive hard times. I decided 2016 would be the year I would try to become a runner. There is an annual 5K/10K/half/full marathon race near us every fall, so I registered for the 5K in January and started on the path to better health. I also learned several lessons along the way that taught me how to be a better prepper. Part of my [...]
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Source: Survival Mom
Can ladybugs really help with aphid control in your garden? You bet! Here's how to do it, and spring is the perfect time to get started!! Every spring, as the blossoms on the apple trees begin to open, the green shoots of the garden are getting tall, an invasion happens. It's the aphid invasion. These […] The post Release the Ladybugs! a Natural Way to Control Aphids in Your Garden appeared first on Mom with a PREP. [...]
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Source: Mom With a Prep
Dating your food and other rotatable preparedness supplies like batteries or cleaners, helps keep things fresh and usable in your storage. Here's how I do it. First, I use a Sharpie to mark the date or circle the expiration date on food items when I bring them home from the store so I can easily […] [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Written by Dave James on Survival at Home. I've got guns - lots of 'em! But when the SHTF, survival bows for preppers will be worth their weight in gold! However, not all bows are created equal. The post An Introduction to Survival Bows for Preppers appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
A Las Vegas-based company called SPI has a color night vision sensor called the X27 and has the X28 in Development. The 1.5-minute video above shows what the 10-megapixel sensor can capture in extremely dark places. According to SPI The X27 is the highest performing true gen 4 color night vision low light sensor imaging system. The low noise real time 60hz HD detector is the first of its kind breakthrough technology that offers day like imagery in the darkest of environments. The X27 color low light camera images from 390 to 1.2 Um and sees IR military spot lasers. The [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Survival Magazine
The North Korea State Media warned that the government of North Korea was ready to launch a 'nuclear attack on the United States' President Trump dispatches an "armada" to the Korean Peninsula [...] The post North Korea Threatens ‘WE'LL NUKE YOU' – Trump ‘Sending an Armada' to Confront the Threat appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
Your weapon of choice could mean the difference between life and death when the shit hits the fan. [...] The post Prepper Guns: Your weapon of choice when the SHTF appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Source: Off Grid Survival
PeteLinforth / Pixabay Are there ways to stop your home from getting carried away from a flood, or to protect you and your loved ones? Yes, there are. Preparing for a natural flood is something every household needs to consider, especially in this era of weird weather. Here are ten things you'll need to do. Get flood insurance Homeowner's insurance doesn't cover flooding. You need separate flood insurance for that. Yes, it will cost extra money, but might be the only thing that can keep you afloat after a major flood. Disaster relief funds from the federal government are actually a loan you [...]
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
Source: American Preppers Network
How to dehydrate and preserve tarragon – whether you grow it in your backyard herb garden or buy it fresh from the produce section, tarragon is easy to preserve, and makes a tasty addition to your food storage! Whether you are using the French, Mexican or Russian variety of tarragon, it is an herb that […] The post How to Dehydrate and Preserve Tarragon appeared first on Mom with a PREP. [...]
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
Source: Mom With a Prep
Written by Dana Thompson on Survival at Home. Meat animals provide a way for you to become self sufficient - a reliable source of backyard food at your place that is an achievable goal for you! The post Top 5 Meat Animals Best Suited for Your Backyard appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Mon, Apr 03, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
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Preparing for Disaster – Especially the End of Our Modern World as We Know It – is NOT a Pleasant Thought and CAN Seem Overwhelming. So to Simplify Things – Here is a Great Visual Guide from the National Geographic Channel to Help YOU, “Be Prepared – Because You Never Know…” Here's the Best Book on PRACTICAL Disaster Preparedness… Watch Ultimate Survival Tips on Carbon TV Online (it's FREE)… [...]
Sat, Apr 01, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
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Wild plants are a great, free source of nutrition and energy while camping, hiking, or “surviving” in the wilderness. But eat the wrong plant and you could be sick as a dog or worse – die. However, abide by these 5 Rules of Wild Edibles and you'll eat like a King (or Queen) and live… Rule #1: NEVER eat anything that you are not 100% certain what it is, what parts are edible and when you can eat it. Some plants have only certain parts that are edible. Some parts of plants are only edible at certain stages of growth. Many edible [...]
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. What happens when you can't get your food from the grocery store? Learn to grow your own food in your back yard, and you'll never have to worry! The post 13 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Survival at Home
Off-Grid Firewood- Lessons from Staying Warm with an Ax - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Imagine having only one off-grid tool to heat your home, would your family stay warm or freeze to death? Silly question, right? Only a lunatic would rely on one tool for firewood getting… especially with the antiquated ax. Call me crazy, but I chopped a full cord (128 cubic feet – 4'x4'x8′) of firewood with an ax. Here's why and a few things I learned in the process… Off-Grid Firewood ~ Stay Warm with an Ax I began Steven Edholm's Axe Cordwood Challenge on February 7th and finished a cord of ax-cut firewood the last day of winter, March 19, 2017. [...]
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
Call it a radio go box or Ham-O-Can, the Operator G1 by Hardened Power Systems IS the Ham-O-Can…only better. The original Ham-O-Can video is here. This comms box is one awesome piece of kit. Check it out: Products in the video: HPS Operator G1 Midland MXT 105 Operator Magnetic Kickstands New 15 Watt Midland MXT … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
When you think of every day carry items, it is common to think of things you may need in a big emergency. But when I decided to participate in this post round up with my other preparedness blogger friends, I knew exactly what my favorite every day carry item was. Because I actually carry it […] [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
3 Essential EDC Fire Starters I Carry Everywhere ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker What's in your pockets? If you look at the popular trend of pocket dumps on social media, the answer appears to be everything, except the kitchen sink. I seldom see fire tools in these pocket dumps. Of course, our Everyday Carry items will look different depending on our jobs, lifestyle, and skill level. Several of us from the Prepared Bloggers are sharing different EDC (Everyday Carry) items we never leave home without. Being the pyro that I am, I choose fire. Be sure to read the other value-adding articles by my friends in the links below this article. The concept [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
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by Todd Walker Crazy eyes! They stare at me when I tell folks I'm cutting a cord of firewood with an ax. No chainsaw, no bucksaw, no maul… just an ax. Real-world ax skills require massive, deliberate action. February is history as are 88% (probably more) of the 2017 New Years resolutions. Following the season of overindulgence, these were the top five according to the Google: Exercise more (38 per cent) Lose weight (33 per cent) Eat more healthily (32 per cent) Take a more active approach to health (15 per cent) Learn new skill or hobby (15 per cent) Expensive gym memberships, designer workout clothing, and faddish fitness [...]
Sat, Mar 04, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
2 Ax Techniques for Fast Firewood Splitting ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker The permanent scars on my parent's car port floor are a reminder of that grand idea Craig and I came up with while splitting firewood in 1977. The winter wind felt like we were tied to a whipping post. “Let's get out of the wind.” “How 'bout the car port? The wood's gotta be stacked in there anyway.” Not our best idea ever, but we set up shop on the two-year old concrete floor. Driving the metal wedge with 8-pound sledge hammers, a few, quite a few actually, shot like bullets through the wooden rounds followed by a distinctive twang of [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Survival Sherpa
Electric cars are gaining prevalence on the roads throughout the world. Check out this video to find out why they are not the answer, without even knowing the question. In the video I mentioned a letter. If you would like to see THR work with Tesla on a complete off the grid system, it is … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
It is an exciting time in solar power. Storage is shifting from Lead Acid batteries to Lithium Ion. Panels are appearing everywhere in all shapes, sizes, and forms. What happens when you don't have the space or funds for a large system? What can you do with smaller solar power systems? It turns out the … Continue reading » [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
We've been on this series for some time and here it is, the COMPLETE How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle. Bug Out Vehicles, they can mean different things to different people. Not all “bug outs” may be permanent, some could be. In this video we talk about the fundamentals of building a bug … Continue reading » [...]
Sat, Feb 04, 2017
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
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Everyone needs a versatile, portable Bug Out Bag to throw in a vehicle, everyday carry or grab to “get out of Dodge” on a moments notice. So after months of testing and research, I came up with this base Bug Out Bag kit that you can assemble and customize to meet your needs. It's only 14 lbs (or 6.3kg) and contains the core gear that can form the essential foundation of any bug out bag you build… and should help you get through a 72 hour crisis with ease. Here's What's in this Kit (click each item for more info): UTG Tactical Messenger Sling [...]
Fri, Feb 03, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
Leftover soup, throw together soup, clean out the fridge soup. Whatever you call it, this soup is a staple at our house for finishing off the leftovers and stretching our meal budget. After many years of creating these fresh soups from leftovers, I am ready to share with you the secrets that will turn your […] [...]
Mon, Jan 30, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
This list is part of my eBook, Prepared Kids: A Parent's Guide to Raising the Next Generation of Self-Reliant, Responsible Adults! Looking for preparedness movies you can watch with your kids? Do such things exist? Yes, yes they do. While many movies in the preparedness/survival genre aren't appropriate for little viewers (ie. rated R), I've […] [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: Food Storage and Survival
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Long ago, was a plant known as Filius ante patrem, which means ‘the son before the father' because its golden flowers appeared and withered before the leaves would ever be seen. With its tufted yellow heads and later-appearing, decoratively lobed, hoof-shaped leaves, coltsfoot was (and is today) a treat to the eyes and spirit when it exploded into color along the roadsides and pathways declaring that spring had come! Apart from being the initial burst of color after a long monochrome winter, coltsfoot, or Tussilago farfara L.,as it is now classified (a distant relative of the sunflower) also provides essential healing [...]
Mon, Jan 09, 2017
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
We recently found these guys and their line of compact go anywhere campers. We were truly amazed at the utilization of space, seems like they thought of everything. Like & Share if you'd try one out. The UEV-440 is a true Jack of all trades; it offers the maneuverability and capability of a camper trailer as well as caravan benefits such as a hard roof, sides and floor. The 440 has a number of sleeping arrangements, you can simply fold out the front & side for 2x double beds, fold out one side for 1x double bed and 1x single, or [...]
Sun, Jul 06, 2014
Source: Survival Magazine
Walk USA Discover
WalkUSA's Adventure Series: Planning Introduction Catch a glimpse of what it's like walking across America with the first video compilation of my adventure! My name is Edward Mjelde, I am a 24 year old recent college graduate from sunny San Diego, California. This is my story about how I gave away and sold nearly all my possessions and left home with a backpack to walk coast-to-coast across the country following the 5,100 mile American Discovery Trail in pursuit of beauty, truth, and a life of risk and adventure. My goal is to share the stories I have gathered from my adventure in hope that it [...]
Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Source: Survival Magazine
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While this isn't Survival per say it can fall under homesteading and improving the simple way of life. We thought it was an amazing project and had to share! This post is by way of Dave Larnerd over at bow hunting, Thanks Dave great job! It took me just about 3 days, first day was digging the holes and setting the uprights. All the wood is pressure treated 6×6's. Next day was finishing building it. and the 3'rd was spreading the gravel and setting the fire pit and staining the pressure treated. I bought the swings offline from Louisana Cypress Swings and [...]
Sun, Mar 23, 2014
Source: Survival Magazine

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NSC Report: 17% Drop in Unintentional Gun Deaths We will always have a fight on our hands. Defending the second amendment will be our war and it will carry on for generations to come. Much of it has to do with a person's unwillingness to understand guns and how they work. Many people have irrational fears … Continue reading » The post NSC Report: 17% Drop in Unintentional Gun Deaths appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness
34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalist Should Know Humans have existed for hundreds of thousands of year and our ancestors have moved from places to places to find a home. It is without any doubt that they possess an incredible willpower and a repertoire of survival skills. The latter, unfortunately, was forgotten over the course. … Continue reading » The post 34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalist Should Know appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness
59 Survival Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the Great Outdoors The reliance on technology in today's modern world has left many who travel out into the wilderness for hiking and camping adventures vulnerable if they should lose their equipment. Every year, thousands of people are injured and die from several different causes that all took … Continue reading » The post 59 Survival Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the Great Outdoors appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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The Surprising Identity Of The Average Couponer There is something to be said for taking on survivalist projects and reusing materials which both help lower environmental impact and cut the cost of living. By reusing or creating materials ourselves, we go against the very core of consumerist ideals that are deeply ingrained into today's … Continue reading » The post The Surprising Identity Of The Average Couponer appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness
5 Easy Tips for Choosing Your First Handgun It seems like we can hardly make it a week in this nation without see a protest turn bloody in this nation. I knew this would be a bloody year and civil unrest would reach a fever pitch in America. Now is your chance to prepare for … Continue reading » The post 5 Easy Tips for Choosing Your First Handgun appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: SHTF Preparedness

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