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Building the Ultimate Bug Out Bag Tutorial (Top)

 

Putting together a bug out bag is really not that difficult if you have a bug out bag list to go by. However,  putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires a little bit more attention to detail. Using a bug out bag list will help you stay organized,
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Bug Out Bag Essentials. Every article that you read about how to build a bug out bag is going to have a list of 50 or 60 items that you should include, but what if you just want to start a basic bag? Can you get away with just a
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Survivalist 101 sells both the bags/packs and much of the contents for the do-it-yourself assembler of a bug out bag. We also sell pre-loaded bug out bags; in fact, these are among our most popular items. It’s your choice which way to go. However, we don’t think it’s off the
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Considerations for a Bug Out Bag Backpack When it comes to a bug out bag backpack, there’s a spectrum of options. At one end, there’s literally a non-descript bag, into which you throw survival gear and get out of Dodge. At the other end is a bug out bag, or more exactly
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Redundancy in Bug out Bag Gear This may seem obvious but redundancy in bug out bag gear doesn’t always mean having two of something. It’s closer to the old saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Redundancy in survival gear means having more than one way to cover
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Why Develop a Bug Out Plan? Are you are a prepper without a bug out plan, or very strong bug-in plan? If so, you're basically wasting your time if an "end of the world as we know it" event happens. This is a pretty strong statement in which some people may not agree.
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Should I Build or Buy a Bug Out Bag? Why in the hell would I buy a bug out bag when I can build one? We here this quite often, and the truth is, you shouldn't if you have the time and money to do it yourself. How's that for
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Financial Preparedness Tutorial (Top)

 

Financial Prepping 101

While it can'€™t be foretold with absolute certainty what lies ahead of us on the other side of major catastrophe, one thing we can count on is eventual food and supply shortages, and very probably, cash shortages. When preparing for such a situation, you have a choice: Have severe frugality
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Financial Survival for Doomsday Preppers

By now, most of you have already heard about the show Doomsday Preppers, which spotlights the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it (TEOTWAWKI).  To be clear, this is not about setting up a one week shelter to survive a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or
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Quick Advice for Financial Prepping

When financial prepping for TEOTWAWKI, the last thing that might come to your mind is paying down your debt. After all, aren'€™t there more important things to worry about like staying alive? While that may very well be the case, you need to also prepare for the possibility that the
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Frugal Prepping – Saving Money for Prepping

While it can'€™t be foretold with absolute certainty what lies ahead of us on the other side of major catastrophe, one thing we can count on is eventual food and supply shortages, and very probably, cash shortages. When preparing for such a situation, you have a choice: Have severe frugality
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Prepping On a Budget: Build a Survival Emergency Fund

What is a Survival Emergency Fund? We've all been lectured throughout our lives about the importance of building an emergency fund. It should be the number one priority for your savings dollars until you've built a sufficient fund. When planning for normal times, an emergency fund should consist of enough
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How the Coming Currency Collapse Will Affect You

Only the truly delusional would dispute that the fiscal health of the United States is in serious decline. In fact, its key vital sign, the US Dollar, is dangerously close to flat lining. which would cause a total currency collapse. The world'€™s central bankers have opined their diagnosis that the
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Getting Ready for Hyperinflation

What is Hyperinflation? Historically, hyperinflation is often associated with wars, their aftermath, sociopolitical upheavals, or other crises that make it difficult for the government to tax and govern the population. But those are just the symptoms. Hyperinflation is a man-made disaster arising out of the collapse of the currency, and
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Top Five Items When Prepping on a Budget

If you have followed any of the articles or shows on prepping, you've probably seen some pretty elaborate plans and set-ups with costs running into the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. That'€™s all fine and dandy for those who have the disposable income or capital to invest in
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Buying a Vacation Home? Make It Your Survival Home

If you need to get out of Dodge quickly and safely, the absolute key element to a bug-out plan is to have a destination that, if need be, can accommodate and protect your family for an indefinite period of time. And the only way to ensure that such a destination
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A Prepper’€™s Best Investment – Learn DIY Skills

In the aftermath of a major calamity there are certain things you must have to ensure the safety and survival of your family. In these pages you will find an abundance of information and advice on food, supplies, and bug-out bags, all of which are essential when you'€™re in survival
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Bartering – The King Currency of Survivalists

In the aftermath of a catastrophic disaster, cash may be in short supply, and if the financial system collapses, maybe even worthless. Food goods, fuel and other basic staples will likely be the more acceptable medium of exchange, (i.e. bartering), because of their scarcity. And, until an acceptable currency is
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The Real Value of Gold for Preppers: Is It Better Than Stocks and Cash?

Should a calamitous disaster, such as hyperinflation or an electromagnetic pulse attack result in the collapse of our financial systems, our currency will almost certainly collapse. Any dollar denominated investment, such as bonds and many equities, will become worthless. Gold is the obvious currency substitute, and even it will have
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Basic Outdoors Skills Tutorial (Top)

 

Outdoor Skills 101

Outdoor Skills 101

Our outdoor skills 101 guide was developed with the purpose of teaching various skills that are useful in camping, hiking, and survival situations. In addition, we provide helpful tips for using materials that are found in nature to construct shelters, determine direction, or trap small game. You will find valuable
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Fire Building Basics: Location, Fuel, and Firestarters

Fire building is integral to any survival situation. We need fire for warmth, cooking, food preservation, and water purification, among other uses. Survival dictates that we understand how to build a fire with whatever materials are available. Locating Your Ideal Fire Building Spot Although the mechanics of fire building are
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Building Survival Shelters

Survival Shelter: Building Temporary Survival Shelters in the Wild

Why is Survival Shelter Important? As humans, shelter is one of the things that we absolutely need. In the desert, shelter protects us from the sun. In colder climates, shelter provides protection from the wind and cold. When we think about shelter in terms of survival, however, all bets are
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Finding water outdoors

Finding Water Outdoors: How to Find Water for Survival

The Importance of  Potable Water in a Survival Situation The importance of water to the human body should be obvious to most of us. Comprised of 75% water, we need to consume approximately 2 liters per day to maintain healthy bodily function. Even though the Earth is predominantly water, it
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Survival traps to catch small game

Survival Traps to Catch Small Game – Deadfalls and Snares

A sustainable food source is arguably one of the most important aspects of a successful survival plan. Building survival traps are an excellent way to diversify your current food procurement plans without spending a lot of money. The Benefits of Survival Traps Food stores deplete over time and you can only
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Wilderness Navigation Techniques – Skills and Tools to Find Direction

Why Should You Learn Wilderness Navigation Skills? Survival often dictates that we make do with the materials we have on hand. Although it would be nice to have an electronic GPS unit with an unlimited supply of batteries at our disposal, we should be capable of navigating through any terrain
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Survival Knives 101 Tutorial (Top)

 

Survival Knives 101

Survival Knives 101 – How to Pick the Best Survival Knife

Survival Knives 101: Introduction Here’s the idea: The survival knife should be a part of you. You wear it all your waking hours (at least). You feel comfortable using it in almost any situation. Excluding hunting or combat, the survival knife is more important than a gun, and a lot
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20 + Survival Knife Uses – Who Knew?

Instead of diving straight into the technical details of a survival knife, let’s start with something very basic –  Survival Knife Uses.  Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to 8 inches in blade length with relatively thick blades and sturdy construction. They need to be
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Choosing a Good Survival Knife

Survival Knives 101-3: Characteristics of a Good Survival Knife Blade If you’ve read Survival Knives 101: The Uses of a Good Survival Knife, you’ll know that the name of the game for this type of knife is versatility. Just how versatile a good survival knife can be is a function
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Determining the Best Knife Steel

Blade Steel – Determining the Best Knife Steel for Survival Knives

It would be simple to say that when you purchase a survival knife, especially an expensive one, what you’re paying for is the best knife steel, or the quality steel of the blade. The thing is, the type of steel in a knife is (or should be) chosen by the
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The Different Parts of a Knife: Anatomy of a Survival Knife

Parts of a Knife: What Makes a Survival Knife? Before discussing the parts of a knife we must first discuss what type of knife we are discussing. As with most things that people prize, collect, and use, almost everything about knives is up for discussion and often disagreement. So if we
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Overview: What to Look for in a Survival Knife

Survival Knife Blade Design & Type

Survival Knives: Blade Design There are thousands of blade designs – wandering through a well-stocked knife shop or website can be bewildering. The design of a blade is supposed to be the result of intended function. It’s ‘supposed’ because with knives as other things, form doesn’t always follow function. Sometimes
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Overview: What to Look for in a Survival Knife

What to Look for in a Survival Knife:  Quick Study Sheet Knife Brand – Ultimately, the reputation, policies and specifications of a brand (knife manufacturer) are the only things short of your own field-use that indicate the quality of a survival knife. Knife Type – Fixed or folding blade. Almost all
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Homesteading 101 (Top)

Homesteading 101

Table of Contents Who Are the Homesteaders?  Perception vs Truth of Homesteading Why Homestead? Forming an Action Plan  Choosing Your Homestead Land  Sources of Water on the Homestead  Types of Energy Sources Types of Alternative Energy Food on the Homestead  How to Preserve Food Communications on a Homestead What is
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Who Are the Homesteaders?

So you might be wondering what kind of person decides to get back to the land and shoulder their own food responsibilities. In a historical sense, the term was originally used for those tough pioneers who first came to settle the western United States. They were taking advantage of the
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Perception vs.Truth of Homesteading

Because many people today live a "city" life before starting to homestead, they really don't have too much personal experience with it before they begin. That means they are making choices based on a lot of preconceived notions that may not be too accurate in reality. Hearing stories from older
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Why Homestead? Considerations for Homesteading

Making the Decision This should be your first consideration. Why are you even thinking about getting into homesteading to begin with? Be honest with yourself when figuring this out. Are you looking for a slower-paced lifestyle, a way to be more environmentally-friendly, or perhaps a way to take more control
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How to Form an Action Plan

How to Form an Action Plan So you've been doing your research and have been looking into all the areas that you think you need to know about before getting out onto your own homestead. But have you forgotten anything? Here is a summarized list of all the areas you
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Choosing Your Homestead Land

Choosing Your Land There is nothing as important to a homestead as its land. If you are shopping for that perfect homestead parcel, make sure you take the time to do your research and think about all the variables before you buy. Other than pulling up stakes and moving, you
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Sources of Water on the Homestead

Water on the Homestead Land is very important for a new homestead, but so is water. You are going to need sources of water for your own family (drinking, bathing, etc.) and also to keep your garden growing and for any livestock animals. This is definitely not a minor detail
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Food on the Homestead

Food on the Homestead A huge part of homesteading is the production of your own food. There is a real primal sense of accomplishment to produce the food you eat, not to mention the fact that it is going to be healthier and tastier than anything you'll get at the
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How to Preserve Food

Preserving Your Harvest So once you've embarked on your homestead garden, you need to have some sort of plan to handle the bushels of produce you're going to have come harvest time. That's assuming your garden is large enough to produce more than your family will use up right away.
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Types of Energy Sources on a Homestead

Have Energy on Hand You're going to need energy to run your homestead, but that can come from a number of different sources. Though alternative energy sources are big with homesteaders (especially the more remote ones), this article is going to cover the more conventional types of energy sources. Most
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Types of Alternative Energy on a Homestead

Alternative Energy Sources One of the great things about launching a homestead is that you can strike out in new directions. Turning to various types of alternative energy is one area that has greatly increased in popularity. A big reason for the appeal is that these renewable energy sources fit
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Communications on a Homestead

Homestead Communications It's not talked about as often as gardening or water supplies, but managing your communications on a homestead can be a vital issue. Communications infrastructure can be poor in some rural areas so be prepared to down-grade your expectations a bit. Standard phone lines aren't usually a problem,
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Prepping 101 (Top)

 

Prepping 101 – Survival Guide

When we first started prepping the biggest question that we had was "where do we start?" It's a pretty daunting task to try to prepare for everything that could  possibly go wrong in life. So, what we decided to do is to begin with the basics and build on that
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What’€™s the Big Deal about Prepping?

Why Disaster Preparedness is Important If you've been watching TV, listening to the radio or following current events, you've surely heard about a new movement referred to as prepping. But what exactly is it, why should you do it, and how do you get started? There are many different levels
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Ten Steps to Disaster Preparedness -The Beginning Prepper’s Guide

Disaster Preparedness - Where Do You Start? Whether you'€™re preparing for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or even a zombie apocalypse, there are some common steps that you need to take. By the end of this article, you'€™re going to learn where you should start your prepping adventure and you'€™ll know
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Storing Water: How Much Water is Needed to Survive?

Determining Water Needs and How to Store It You can go without clean clothes, shelter, and even food for a few days but without water, your body will start to decline pretty quickly. In fact, you can only last 3 days without water. Fortunately, water is an extremely cheap resource
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Finding Sources of Water Post-Disaster

The Prepper'€™s Guide to Finding Sources of Water At some point, you may find yourself running out of stored water and finding sources of water to fill your needs will be crucial. To ensure that you have what you need to survive, it's vital that you know how to find
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Top 5 Ways of Purifying Water

Water Purification Methods How to Make Collected Water Safe to Drink Even if you have a long-term source of stored water, it'€™s still a good idea to have multiple ways of purifying water. You should at least have one alternative purification method just in case something happens to your supply
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Preppers Guide: Stockpiling Food

Post-Disaster Food Needs What You'€™ll Need, How Much You Should Store, and How You'€™ll Afford It One of the first things that people think of when they hear the word "€œprepping"€ is mass food storage. TV shows that highlight extreme preppers and even extreme couponers have really brought this aspect
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The Advantages of Freeze Dried Emergency Food

Why Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Foods Are Awesome Chances are good that at some point in your life, you've eaten beef jerky or one of those "€œjust add water"€ camping meals. If so, you've experienced dehydrated and freeze-dried foods. Both processes operate on the premise that removing water from food kills
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How to Preserve Food

Do It Yourself Food Preparation How to Supplement Your Stockpile with Foods You Preserve at Home We'€™ve already discussed commercially-prepared dehydrated and freeze dried emergency food in our article, The Advantages of Freeze Dried Emergency Food, but there are other methods that you can use to preserve food for your stockpile
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How to Cook Food Without Power

Top 7 Alternative Ways to Heat Food If you'€™re stuck in a post-disaster situation without power to fire up the stove, you only really have 2 choices: use the alternative heating source that you'€™ve acquired for just such an emergency, or go without coffee and eat cold spaghetti rings. Needless
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Top 5 Ways to Keep Food Cold In a Disaster

The minute that your power goes out, your freezer starts to lose its cool. How fast it will warm up depends upon how much stuff is in it and how dense the products are, but generally speaking you'€™ve only got about 24 hours before your food is defrosted to the
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Sanitation and Hygiene In a Disaster

Oh No! The Toilet Won'€™t Flush! Maintaining Sanitation and Hygiene without Running Water One of the biggest sources of disease and food-borne illness is contact with human fecal matter, or, as many of you may prefer to call it, pooh. That'€™s right. This may not be a pretty topic, but
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How to Build a Survival First Aid Kit

  A well-stocked first aid kit is every bit as essential to your stockpile as food and water. After all, how dumb would it be to die of infection from a little cut when a dab or two of iodine would have saved your life? The problem is that there
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Top 3 First Aid Skills You Need to Have

Learn Necessary Survival Skills from Trained Professionals When you think about survival skills, you may be thinking more along the lines of squirting blood and broken bones, but in reality you'€™re probably going to face more mundane issues such as heart attacks, diabetic issues, and other "normal"€ medical issues in
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Top 11 Survivalist Hand Tools and Their Uses

Hand Tools That Everybody Should Have Handy Especially if you live in a condo or apartment, you probably don'€™t put much thought into owning tools, but should a disaster occur, you'€™re going to need a few of them in order to survive. Electric tools will be useless if there is
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Building Your Own Fire Starting Kit

Emergency Heat Sources to Keep You Warm in a Disaster One of the primary things that you'€™re going to need in a post-disaster situation is fire. You may not think much about it now but if you lose power, fire is going to be one of your best friends. You'€™ll
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Top 4 Alternate Ways of House Warming in a Disaster

How to Keep Your House Warm in a Disaster We've already discussed ways to start fires in order to stay warm, but if you'€™re in your home, you can'€™t exactly build an open fire. You'€™re going to need something to build your fire in, or another source of heat that'€™s
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The Beginning Prepper’€™s Guide to Bug-Out Bags

Bug Out Bags, Quick-Grab Bags, Get-Home Bags, and Vehicle Bags What if something happened and you had to get out of bed and leave your home in 3 minutes or less? It may sound unrealistic but anybody who'€™s survived a natural disaster will tell you that it'€™s entirely possible. If this
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Survival Food 101 (Top)

 

Survival Food 101

Survival Food 101

Survival Food Buying Guide 5 Golden Rules of Survival Food Survival Food Packaging How Much Survival Food Do I Need? Calories vs. Servings Survival Food: The Hard Way or Easy Way? Survival Food ... Ingredients Matter. Survival Food: Taste Matters. Survival Food Packages (Not Packaging) Survival Food Shelf Life MRE
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Survival Trapping 101 (Top)

 

Survival Trapping 101 – Trapping Small Game in a Survival Situation

There are many survival scenarios; some take only a few days, others might run into weeks, months or even years. The longer the time, the more critical food supply becomes. Even for the best-stocked bug-out location, a long period under survival conditions will strain the food reserves, and the need
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