Bug Out Bags

 

Bug Out Gear: How Much Bug Out Bag Food Will I Need? When considering bug out gear, bug out bag food should be at the top of your list, right behind water and shelter. Your
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Bug out Bag Gear
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
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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
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Pack in a bug out bag
Room to Spare? Include Convenience Items on Your Bug Out Bag List We've already covered the basic items that should go in your bug out bag, but if you have the space, or even enough
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HURRICANE KIT
Hurricane season 2013 began with tropical storm Andrea, which brought high winds, tornadoes, and record rainfall to portions of the southern and northeastern parts of the US. Fortunately, it didn'€™t cause massive amounts of damage
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Two of the most important aspects to consider when deciding how to make a bug out bag for yourself or your family are weight and accessibility. If you can't carry your pack comfortably for 20
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Vehicle breakdowns can happen anywhere, but with the availability of cell phones and roadside assistance services, most people don't bother to carry an emergency car kit. Even fewer know how to change a tire or
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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
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Survival Skills
Hurricanes bring to mind destructive winds and heavy rains, but in fact, the wind is often the least of your worries! It's OK though because we've put together an excellent Survival Kit for Hurricanes that you
Read More
Why Do You Need a Bug Out Bag Packing List? Putting together a bug out bag is not difficult, but putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires more attention to detail. A
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Zombie Bug Out Bag Must-Haves Some people believe in the possibility of a Zombie apocalypse and others don't, but the capacity for a naturally derived or chemically engineered virus that causes widespread infection and zombie
Read More
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
Read More
If this is your first foray into the land of bug out bags, many of the items that are on the must-include list may seem bizarre, and you probably have questions about what should be
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What is a bug out bag? In a nutshell, a bug-out bag is a way for you to be better prepared to leave your home, office or vehicle in a moment's notice, just in case
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 Bugout Profile: What are the weather realities? Let’s suppose that you live in a northern U.S. city and disaster strikes, say citywide riots, and you need to grab your bug out bag and get (far)
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Addressing Your Personal Needs When You Pack a Bug Out Bag: When you begin to pack a bug out bag, you need to consider some personal needs, medicine for example, may be critical. Other items,
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Bug Out Vehicle
Bug Out Vehicles? Wherever you are going, how will you get there? When disaster strikes, it’s a good bet many people think they can jump into their favorite petroleum fueled bug out vehicle and bug out. Not
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Planning Bugout Bags: How long will survival conditions continue? Most disasters don’t cause generalized survival conditions, bugout bags need to be planned accordingly. Their effects, though severe, are usually dangerous (a matter of life or
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Survival Skills Quiz Bugout Profile: Assessing your survival skills and ability A disaster situation, especially one where survival may be at stake, exerts a lot of unusual pressure – on you. If you can grab your
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Bugout Profile: Family Bug Out Plan This is a common image for bugging out: You hear a warning, some kind of impending disaster. You run to the closet and grab your bugout bag. You head
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Bug Out Bag List
Our Bug Out Bag List If you've read our tutorials you have probably noticed that we have shied away from publishing a definitive bug out bag list ... mainly because a real bug out bag
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Should I Buy or build a bug out bag? Bug Out Bag List Why in the hell would I buy a bug out bag when I can build a bug out bag? We here this
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Bug Out Plan
Why Develop a Bug Out Plan? Are you are a prepper? Great! Do you have a bug out plan, or very strong bug-in plan? If not, you are basically wasting your time prepping if an "end of the
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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
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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
Read More
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
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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
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 Ultimate Bug Out Bag - Overview: Updated: This tutorial references "Ultimate Bugout Bags" which we used to build and sell. We no longer sell bug out bags. Building or buying the "Ultimate Bug Out Bag" is
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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
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Emergency Preparedness

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Bug out Bag Gear
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
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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
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Water Storage: How To Store the Most Important Emergency Item. The average human can survive without food for a month or more depending on the circumstances, but cannot survive without water for more than three
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We'd like to welcome Phil Cox, CEO of Legacy Food Storage, to our Food Storage Review Series. Phil has graciously shared his knowledge of the issue of GMOs in food storage, and how consumers can
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Food Storage Review – Food4Patriots – Consumer Warning!
Hey guys. Doing our research on food storage vs. marketing companies we came across this gem of a company: Food4Patriots.com. If you have been on Facebook for any length of time you have probably seen
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Nutritional Value of Long Term Food Storage If you’ve done any research, you’ll know that buying food for emergencies is a bit different from routine shopping. While nutritional value is (or should be) always a
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Are All Food Storage Companies the Same? Have you ever wondered why #17 at most Mexican restaurants is almost always Chile Rellenos? Or why the menus are eerily the same among Mexican restaurants from city
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Food Storage Companies: Are They All Created Equal? As sellers of emergency food storage, we feel that we owe it to our readers to be upfront and honest about the products we sell. That is
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Would You Like to Begin Prepping, But Don't Know Where to Start? Survivalist 101 contributor M.J. Buchanan shares her tips for beginning the prepping process, including food and water storage, as well advice on how
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One of our contributors, Zac Ward, shares his take on surviving a disaster that occurs when you're away from home. Whether you are at work or running errands, always be prepared for any emergency that
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Have You Reviewed Your Blackout Preps Lately? Over the past couple weeks, we here in the Ozarks have braced twice for possibly severe winter weather. The Weather Channel has even begun naming winter storms, for
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Self-Suf·fi·cient: Able to provide for oneself without the help of others; independent  Our contributor, Pat Bellew, shares his family's journey on the road to self sufficiency, along with strategies for planning your projects and saving money,
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Pack in a bug out bag
Room to Spare? Include Convenience Items on Your Bug Out Bag List We've already covered the basic items that should go in your bug out bag, but if you have the space, or even enough
Read More
Building a self-sufficient lifestyle is no easy task under the best of circumstances. If you are a city dweller, or even a suburbanite, it can be downright daunting. Don’t be too discouraged, though. Even if you
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Prepping Mindset Began with Dad I guess that I was a bit of a prepper by birth. My dad grew up in a cash challenged household and successfully hunting for squirrels and rabbits was often
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Living the Prepper Life
Introduction After 9/11 my husband and I moved from Florida to rural Tennessee and began a "prepper" life on just five acres of land. We haven't always been successful at what we've tried as we
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Choosing a Survival Gun - Survivalist 101's Top Three Survival Guns
Survival Guns on a Budget  I was asked by the boss to write an article on which survival gun I’d have if I could only afford ONE. When I was given this assignment, the first
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What is a Pandemic? What’s the difference between a nasty weekend flu that’s going around and a pandemic? Body count. That’s one way to look at a major catastrophe caused by a rapidly spreading disease.
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EMP Event - A Real Threat or Trivial Doomsday Scenario?
What is an EMP? In 1952, the classic science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still depicted a moment when all the cars stopped, lights went out, radios went silent and telephones no longer
Read More
Dirty Bomb Attack: Facts and Threat Assessment
What is a Dirty Bomb? In simple terms, a “dirty bomb” is a conventional bomb (dynamite, C4) combined with radioactive components (powder, pellets) so that the explosion creates a cloud of radioactive material. That makes
Read More
Converting Family to Prepping Mindset
Potential Catastrophes and Natural Disasters There are many potential natural disasters – flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, hurricane, meteor strike, to name a few. In the last fifty years or so, we human beings have added
Read More
HURRICANE KIT
Hurricane season 2013 began with tropical storm Andrea, which brought high winds, tornadoes, and record rainfall to portions of the southern and northeastern parts of the US. Fortunately, it didn'€™t cause massive amounts of damage
Read More
I was recently watching a show where the character was lost in the woods and looked for moss growing on a tree so that he could figure out his direction. I had always heard this
Read More
How Much Does Off-Grid Energy Actually Cost? The answer is…well, there isn’t one. The amount you will pay to ditch public utilities for off-grid energy is based on a ton of variables. Although it may
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Going Off-Grid - Three Questions to Ask Before You Take the Plunge
Okay, so you’re convinced that you want to move away from public utilities and become more self-sufficient. Great! But before you start buying up solar panels, you should take some time to plan out exactly
Read More
Off-Grid Living: The Next Big Thing for Survivalists?
We often hear about people going “off-grid.”  What does that mean exactly?  In fact, what grid are we even talking about? The grid originally referred to the power grid.  During the late 19th century, power
Read More
Survival Mindset Secrets of the Navy SEALs
Often when we think about survival, we think about tools and techniques that can save our lives in the face of imminent danger. These are definitely important skills to keep in mind – but there
Read More
How to Build a Hurricane Kit
Build a Hurricane Kit If you live in the Atlantic states or along the Gulf Coast and haven't yet made preparations for hurricane season, now is the time to do so. Every year hurricanes cause
Read More
Vehicle breakdowns can happen anywhere, but with the availability of cell phones and roadside assistance services, most people don't bother to carry an emergency car kit. Even fewer know how to change a tire or
Read More
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
Read More
Survival Skills
Hurricanes bring to mind destructive winds and heavy rains, but in fact, the wind is often the least of your worries! It's OK though because we've put together an excellent Survival Kit for Hurricanes that you
Read More
Why Do You Need a Bug Out Bag Packing List? Putting together a bug out bag is not difficult, but putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires more attention to detail. A
Read More
Zombie Bug Out Bag Must-Haves Some people believe in the possibility of a Zombie apocalypse and others don't, but the capacity for a naturally derived or chemically engineered virus that causes widespread infection and zombie
Read More
Survival Skills
Hurricane Begins Soon - Do You Have a Hurricane Preparedness Plan? If you live in any of the Atlantic states, hurricanes are a very real threat to you from June 1 to November 30, the official window
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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
Read More
If this is your first foray into the land of bug out bags, many of the items that are on the must-include list may seem bizarre, and you probably have questions about what should be
Read More
What is a bug out bag? In a nutshell, a bug-out bag is a way for you to be better prepared to leave your home, office or vehicle in a moment's notice, just in case
Read More
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Gear & Reviews

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Is a $25 Tent from Walmart Waterproof? Is Ozark a brand which you should consider purchasing? Are they worthy of your hard earned money? Found out now! Ozark Customer Service Number : 1-800-325-4121 Ozark 1-Person
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Outdoor Vitals was founded 3 years ago by Tayson who was finishing college and trying to afford premium gear. Once he found out he was paying an extra 50% to buy through retail stores, he
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Originally designed to provide the IDF with a lightweight, piece of equipment used as a covering or field blanket in any environment, the poncho liner provides additional comfort and warmth while involved in combat or
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The ALCS­™ 1P SE with GORE-TEX® shell fabric is the most advanced individual combat shelter on the market. These shelters can be carried and used individually or linked to bring together two or more Warfighters.
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The Kelly Kettle Overview The Kelly Kettle is a unique water boiler that is essentially a water jacketed double walled aluminum chimney with a removable aluminum fire pan. To use, a small fire is built
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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
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Why You Need an Emergency Stove In Your BOB Everyone has their own opinion of the “ideal” survival gear, I know I certainly do. The problem with having an idealistic view of survivalism is that
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Boiling water to purification
Preppers - Is Your Food Storage Boring? It seems that every prepper, regardless of their reason for prepping, sooner or later focuses on food. I have seen many takes on food storage. One thing that
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Homesteading

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The Benefits of Raising Meat Rabbits Raising meat rabbits is one of the most space efficient means of growing livestock for meat. Whether you live on a full blown many acre homestead, or on a
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We Thought We Knew Everything About Raising Cattle... When we decided to buy a homestead in rural Tennessee, we wanted a more peaceful, quiet existence. We didn’t necessarily want to be isolated from people, but
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Winterizing your chicken coop - 4 ways to avoid frozen chickens
As most anyone who has raised chickens will probably tell you, they are, overall, pretty easy to care for. Regardless of whether they are raised in the confines of a coop or free-ranged, they require
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Honeybees - The Forgotten Livestock When we think of livestock for survival and in general, we tend to think of four legs and fur. However, in terms of return in the form of a diversity
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Once you have decided to take the livestock plunge, it is time to get down to the serious business of choosing what type or types of stock you will raise. Some of this decision making
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Homesteading Livestock for Survival
In preparedness, as well as in our normal lives, my family has adopted a strategy of self-sufficiency on the homesteading model. While food storage, arms and ammunition, communications gear and generalized survival equipment and skills
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Choosing the Best Foods for Canning
How to Choose the Best Foods for Home Canning Last week, I sat in the kitchen watching as my in-laws carefully canned a dozen quarts of tomatoes from their beautiful garden. They are pros, and
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Home Canning Basics
Whether you're preparing for a long winter or an emergency survival situation, canning is one skill that every survivalist needs to know. All the bounty of your summer garden will quickly disappear once cold weather
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Cold Weather and Extended Season Survival Garden
A steady supply of fresh vegetables for as much of the year as possible is a good thing in the best of times. In a long term crisis it can be the difference between simply
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Survival garden seeds
So you’re ready to start survival gardening, but where do you begin? Step one is to adjust your mindset. Don’t think of it simply as one of your preps, but as a new part of
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Emergency Fund Survival Seeds
A lot of time has been devoted to the subject of food storage in the prepper/survivalist community. While food storage is a vital part of your preps, a survival garden lasts year after year. In
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Off-Grid Living

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Raising Fish for Survival Food Raising fish for survival food has gained popularity in recent years as more people seek to provide a healthy food source for their families. Due to the overwhelming evidence of
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Left Your Survival Can Opener Behind Yet Again? Whether you're a prepper or not, chances are that you have some canned goods stored in your pantry. And like most people, you probably open them with
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Building a self-sufficient lifestyle is no easy task under the best of circumstances. If you are a city dweller, or even a suburbanite, it can be downright daunting. Don’t be too discouraged, though. Even if you
Read More
How Much Does Off-Grid Energy Actually Cost? The answer is…well, there isn’t one. The amount you will pay to ditch public utilities for off-grid energy is based on a ton of variables. Although it may
Read More
Going Off-Grid - Three Questions to Ask Before You Take the Plunge
Okay, so you’re convinced that you want to move away from public utilities and become more self-sufficient. Great! But before you start buying up solar panels, you should take some time to plan out exactly
Read More
Off-Grid Living: The Next Big Thing for Survivalists?
We often hear about people going “off-grid.”  What does that mean exactly?  In fact, what grid are we even talking about? The grid originally referred to the power grid.  During the late 19th century, power
Read More
Cold Weather and Extended Season Survival Garden
A steady supply of fresh vegetables for as much of the year as possible is a good thing in the best of times. In a long term crisis it can be the difference between simply
Read More
Survival garden seeds
So you’re ready to start survival gardening, but where do you begin? Step one is to adjust your mindset. Don’t think of it simply as one of your preps, but as a new part of
Read More
Emergency Fund Survival Seeds
A lot of time has been devoted to the subject of food storage in the prepper/survivalist community. While food storage is a vital part of your preps, a survival garden lasts year after year. In
Read More
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
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Survival Skills
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
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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
Read More
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
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Survival Skills

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Instead of diving straight into the survival knife reviews, let’s start with something very basic – what a survival knife is for. Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to
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Cleaning Is the Most Crucial Part of Gun Maintenance  This article will explain step-by-step the most basic of gunsmithing skills, cleaning. Of the hundreds of guns I look at each year, 65% of them just
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DIY Prepping Projects: Soup Can Coffee Pot
Quick and Cheap DIY Prepping Project At  Survivalist 101, we are always on the lookout for unique and practical handmade gear that can be made from simple items or recycled materials. One of our readers,
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Left Your Survival Can Opener Behind Yet Again? Whether you're a prepper or not, chances are that you have some canned goods stored in your pantry. And like most people, you probably open them with
Read More
Have You Reviewed Your Blackout Preps Lately? Over the past couple weeks, we here in the Ozarks have braced twice for possibly severe winter weather. The Weather Channel has even begun naming winter storms, for
Read More
Reloading the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) Part 3 Part three of our series Reloading the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) covers testing the completed rounds with a shooting chronograph, building a ballistics table, and testing terminal
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The Swedish Torch: Easy to Make, Effective, and Free Open fire cooking is an art that has been developed around the world for centuries and it is fascinating to see the different systems mankind has
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Boiling water to purification
Preppers - Is Your Food Storage Boring? It seems that every prepper, regardless of their reason for prepping, sooner or later focuses on food. I have seen many takes on food storage. One thing that
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This article is the second part of our Reloading for the 5.56 NATO (Remington .223) series and covers the aspects of powder charging, slug selection, bullet seating, and crimping. *Reloading ammunition is a skill and an
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Reloading 5.56 NATO Remington
This article covers the basics of reloading for the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington), including how to choose the right equipment, component explanations, and the prepping of brass for accepting a powder charge and slug. *Reloading
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Skinning Deer by Hand I’m sure that you’re all familiar with the old adage “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Well let me tell you, there are COUNTLESS ways of skinning a
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Prepping Mindset Began with Dad I guess that I was a bit of a prepper by birth. My dad grew up in a cash challenged household and successfully hunting for squirrels and rabbits was often
Read More
Living the Prepper Life
Introduction After 9/11 my husband and I moved from Florida to rural Tennessee and began a "prepper" life on just five acres of land. We haven't always been successful at what we've tried as we
Read More
Choosing a Survival Gun - Survivalist 101's Top Three Survival Guns
Survival Guns on a Budget  I was asked by the boss to write an article on which survival gun I’d have if I could only afford ONE. When I was given this assignment, the first
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Building a squirrel pole in three easy steps
Feeding Your Family in SHTF Situation Imagine if you will S.H.T.F.  Be it from a complete socioeconomic fall out or a natural disaster, the grid is down, there is no power, no water, and whenever
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What is a Pandemic? What’s the difference between a nasty weekend flu that’s going around and a pandemic? Body count. That’s one way to look at a major catastrophe caused by a rapidly spreading disease.
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EMP Event - A Real Threat or Trivial Doomsday Scenario?
What is an EMP? In 1952, the classic science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still depicted a moment when all the cars stopped, lights went out, radios went silent and telephones no longer
Read More
Dirty Bomb Attack: Facts and Threat Assessment
What is a Dirty Bomb? In simple terms, a “dirty bomb” is a conventional bomb (dynamite, C4) combined with radioactive components (powder, pellets) so that the explosion creates a cloud of radioactive material. That makes
Read More
Converting Family to Prepping Mindset
Potential Catastrophes and Natural Disasters There are many potential natural disasters – flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, hurricane, meteor strike, to name a few. In the last fifty years or so, we human beings have added
Read More
I was recently watching a show where the character was lost in the woods and looked for moss growing on a tree so that he could figure out his direction. I had always heard this
Read More
How Much Does Off-Grid Energy Actually Cost? The answer is…well, there isn’t one. The amount you will pay to ditch public utilities for off-grid energy is based on a ton of variables. Although it may
Read More
Going Off-Grid - Three Questions to Ask Before You Take the Plunge
Okay, so you’re convinced that you want to move away from public utilities and become more self-sufficient. Great! But before you start buying up solar panels, you should take some time to plan out exactly
Read More
Off-Grid Living: The Next Big Thing for Survivalists?
We often hear about people going “off-grid.”  What does that mean exactly?  In fact, what grid are we even talking about? The grid originally referred to the power grid.  During the late 19th century, power
Read More
Survival Mindset Secrets of the Navy SEALs
Often when we think about survival, we think about tools and techniques that can save our lives in the face of imminent danger. These are definitely important skills to keep in mind – but there
Read More
How to Build a Hurricane Kit
Build a Hurricane Kit If you live in the Atlantic states or along the Gulf Coast and haven't yet made preparations for hurricane season, now is the time to do so. Every year hurricanes cause
Read More
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
Read More
Survival Skills
Hurricanes bring to mind destructive winds and heavy rains, but in fact, the wind is often the least of your worries! It's OK though because we've put together an excellent Survival Kit for Hurricanes that you
Read More
Why Do You Need a Bug Out Bag Packing List? Putting together a bug out bag is not difficult, but putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires more attention to detail. A
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Zombie Bug Out Bag Must-Haves Some people believe in the possibility of a Zombie apocalypse and others don't, but the capacity for a naturally derived or chemically engineered virus that causes widespread infection and zombie
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Survival Skills
Hurricane Begins Soon - Do You Have a Hurricane Preparedness Plan? If you live in any of the Atlantic states, hurricanes are a very real threat to you from June 1 to November 30, the official window
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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
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If this is your first foray into the land of bug out bags, many of the items that are on the must-include list may seem bizarre, and you probably have questions about what should be
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What is a bug out bag? In a nutshell, a bug-out bag is a way for you to be better prepared to leave your home, office or vehicle in a moment's notice, just in case
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Survival Food Storage Do’s and Dont’s
Stockpiling Food: Buy the Calories, Not the Servings! Hi all, this is Samson B.K. I wanted to give you a few tips on how to get your best deal when buying survival food packages. The
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Glenn Beck is famous for getting to the truth of things, here's one truth he may have overlooked... My company, Survivalist 101, sells food storage and other survivalist  gear. A little more than a month
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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
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Survivalist 101 Tutorial: Survival Trapping - Introduction
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
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Building Survival Shelters
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Survival Skills
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
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Weapons & Tools

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Instead of diving straight into the survival knife reviews, let’s start with something very basic – what a survival knife is for. Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to
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As a gunsmith and competitive shooter, I know a lot about firearms but I have never been in a firefight. Not knowing about Gunshot Wound Treatment in the event I am in one and someone I care
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Cleaning Is the Most Crucial Part of Gun Maintenance  This article will explain step-by-step the most basic of gunsmithing skills, cleaning. Of the hundreds of guns I look at each year, 65% of them just
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Reloading the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) Part 3 Part three of our series Reloading the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) covers testing the completed rounds with a shooting chronograph, building a ballistics table, and testing terminal
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This article is the second part of our Reloading for the 5.56 NATO (Remington .223) series and covers the aspects of powder charging, slug selection, bullet seating, and crimping. *Reloading ammunition is a skill and an
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Reloading 5.56 NATO Remington
This article covers the basics of reloading for the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington), including how to choose the right equipment, component explanations, and the prepping of brass for accepting a powder charge and slug. *Reloading
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Choosing a Survival Gun - Survivalist 101's Top Three Survival Guns
Survival Guns on a Budget  I was asked by the boss to write an article on which survival gun I’d have if I could only afford ONE. When I was given this assignment, the first
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PACKS-ALL
Two of the most important aspects to consider when deciding how to make a bug out bag for yourself or your family are weight and accessibility. If you can't carry your pack comfortably for 20
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Food Solutions

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#10 cans or mylar bags
#10 cans or Mylar Bags If you have been shopping for long term food storage recently you've probably wondered about the difference between food producers that use #10 cans or Mylar Bags. So I thought
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Do you know the difference when comparing MRE vs. Freeze Dried Food? One of the most common mistakes people make when considering food storage is the mistake that MRE's and freeze dried food are synonymous, which
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5 Golden Rules of Survival Food Storage Having been in the survival food business since 2008 we have seen a lot of survival food storage companies come and go; as well as a lot of
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We'd like to welcome Phil Cox, CEO of Legacy Food Storage, to our Food Storage Review Series. Phil has graciously shared his knowledge of the issue of GMOs in food storage, and how consumers can
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Food Storage Review – Food4Patriots – Consumer Warning!
Hey guys. Doing our research on food storage vs. marketing companies we came across this gem of a company: Food4Patriots.com. If you have been on Facebook for any length of time you have probably seen
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Nutritional Value of Long Term Food Storage If you’ve done any research, you’ll know that buying food for emergencies is a bit different from routine shopping. While nutritional value is (or should be) always a
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Are All Food Storage Companies the Same? Have you ever wondered why #17 at most Mexican restaurants is almost always Chile Rellenos? Or why the menus are eerily the same among Mexican restaurants from city
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Food Storage Companies: Are They All Created Equal? As sellers of emergency food storage, we feel that we owe it to our readers to be upfront and honest about the products we sell. That is
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Would You Like to Begin Prepping, But Don't Know Where to Start? Survivalist 101 contributor M.J. Buchanan shares her tips for beginning the prepping process, including food and water storage, as well advice on how
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Choosing the Best Foods for Canning
How to Choose the Best Foods for Home Canning Last week, I sat in the kitchen watching as my in-laws carefully canned a dozen quarts of tomatoes from their beautiful garden. They are pros, and
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Home Canning Basics
Whether you're preparing for a long winter or an emergency survival situation, canning is one skill that every survivalist needs to know. All the bounty of your summer garden will quickly disappear once cold weather
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Survival Food Storage Do’s and Dont’s
Stockpiling Food: Buy the Calories, Not the Servings! Hi all, this is Samson B.K. I wanted to give you a few tips on how to get your best deal when buying survival food packages. The
Read More
Glenn Beck is famous for getting to the truth of things, here's one truth he may have overlooked... My company, Survivalist 101, sells food storage and other survivalist  gear. A little more than a month
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Survival Food Storage 101
Survival Food Storage 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 ...
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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
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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,
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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
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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.
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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
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Prepping

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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  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
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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
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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
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Survival Skills
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
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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,
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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
Read More
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.
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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Homesteading

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Survival Skills

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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
Read More
Survivalist 101 Tutorial: Survival Trapping - Introduction
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
Read More
Building Survival Shelters
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
Read More
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
Read More