Prepare for SHTF - or just everyday life

Prepping supplies and gear

A good bit of what you need to know is about what prepping gear and supplies you should buy and which are the best. However, it's not just what kind of prepping gear to buy, but also how to use it. Even better is how to make things that will help your prepping with things that you can find around your house or in the nearby trash. This is what this category is all about - Prepping gear; how it's made, how it works, and how good it is.

What weapons should you use to defend your home?

Beretta Vertec 92FS home defense pistol

The question about what the best home defense weapon is is a pretty hotly-debated one. Some people thing it’s a .45, some people think it’s an M-16 or AK-47, and some people think it’s a shotgun. Here’s what I think.

Renovo Trio – 3 Stage Water Filter & Purifier Straw Giveaway Contest

Renovo Trio Filter Giveaway

I have a Renovo Trio – 3 Stage Water Filter & Purifier Straw that I’m giving away. This isn’t a random drawing – this time you’ll have to earn it ;).

Top 10 best selling prepper gear you should consider

Top 10 best selling prepper and survival gear

I was going through a bunch of things I’m either looking to buy or that others were asking about and thought you migh be interested in knowing which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. It’s a great indication that what you’re buying is a good value, and you can always read […]

Start a fire without matches using a cheap Fresnel lens

Using a fresnel lens to start a fire

As you should know by now, you should have backup methods to do important things like starting a fire or purifying water. A good backup is something cheap, something lightweight, something that doesn’t take up much room, and something that doesn’t run out of fuel. A Fresnel lens magnifier is one of these great fire […]

Is your child’s bug out bag going to hurt them?

Choosing the right size bug out bag for your child is important

Having the wrong size bug out bag for a child, or even the right one if it’s not fitted properly, can damage your child’s shoulders or back. Not only that, but if they aren’t comfortable wearing it; they won’t. So you’ve gone through my popular post on what to pack in your bug out bag and […]

The best water filtration system I’ve ever reviewed

Sawyer Mini filtering vodka

So a lot of people are using the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter as their go-to water filtration system, and for good reason – it’s portable, filters well, and isn’t all that expensive. Well I think that’about to change. I think the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration Systems is superior, and here’s why… My Sawyer Mini water filter […]

Look what this guy would have bought for prepping…


Remember the other day when I said it would be a fun thought experiment to see what you would buy at Amazon if you had $1,00 to spend? Well, we have our first reader’s list – and it’s a good one. David Hausam did a great job with his list, so I’m going to list it here […]

57 bug out bag gear ideas you may not have thought of


There are a lot of good articles with lists and other information out there to help you figure out what you should put in your bugout bag or in your other gear. I’ve written a couple myself, including (these will open in another page/tab so you can read them without losing this page. What to pack […]

What prepper gear would you buy if you had $1,000?

Contest winner

So I was going through all the really neat things out there for prepping and survival gear that I can’t afford and I had an idea. I’m not so good at finding all the things I want because I get so distracted. This is kind of a contest but more of a fun thing to […]

Placing caches in case SHTF? You’re probably doing it wrong

Map of cache locations

There are tons and tons of articles on the web about what you should cache, what they should go in, and how to place them. What I don’t see very often is much that explains how to plan and select cache sites and how to properly document them so the intended person can retrieve them. […]

So what’s in my bug out / go bag?

Graywolf's bug out bag contents (go bag)

There are a lot of different things you can put on your bug out bag list and there’s not really one list of contents that you should follow. Each item in your kit will depend on your skill set and what you’re trying to prepare for. It’ll also change depending on your region, the season […]

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