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Thursday, August 31, 2023

5 Tips to Sleeping Better in the Woods from a Survival Instructor

The Safest Places To Sleep In When SHTF

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When we find ourselves in an actual SHTF situation, one of the first things that many of us will do is to either bug out to a secure and safe location or make our way back home.

Either way, it is possible that you could find yourself having to travel over a couple of days. This means that you will have to hunker down for the night.

The question is, where are the safest places to sleep when SHTF?

Things To Consider When Choosing A Sleeping Location

When you need to put your head down for a few hours of sleep, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

What A Doctor Told Me About SHTF...

Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

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I often get questions from people who ask: “I take this medicine or that medicine for this health problem. What do I do if there’s an emergency?”

I usually start off by saying: Well, what did your doctor say?  The response is often “I haven’t really asked.” Not many do. OK, how bad is your condition?  “Umm, I’m not too sure…I haven’t really asked that, either, but the doctor wants me to do this test”. What’s the test for?   “I’m not really sure, but I’m supposed to get it done”  Do you see a problem here?

In the movie “I, Robot,” the hologram representing the deceased robotic designer says: “My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.” The main reason for people being unclear about why they’re taking this medicine or why they should undergo this or that test is that they don’t ask the right questions. Or any questions at all.

For various reasons, patients seem to be reluctant to ask medical professionals important questions. When I first opened my medical office, I would recommend a medicine for a patient with a medical condition and I was always surprised when the only response was “yes, doctor”.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The #1 Survival Skill

VIDEO: Primitive Skills and Why You Should Learn Them

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By Jason Salyer

While modern day survival can be all high-tech gadgets and cutting edge hardware for the issues you may have, Jason’s here to make a case for primitive skills that could get you out of a bind or supplant your modern solutions if they somehow fail.

Using just stones found in a local creek, he shows some examples of primitive methods that will get you out of a tough spot when you need to rely on yourself and make do with whatever’s available, which, in a SHTF scenario, is unfortunately likely.

Monday, August 28, 2023

How to Make Freeze-Dried Lemon Powder

SHTF Uses for Lemon Juice

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By Percy Matthews

Lemons-FI (2)

The more you know, the less you need. This particular adage is of great importance to the prepper as it can keep you from turning your home or bug-out bag into an environment worthy of the show Hoarders. If you know how to squeeze the maximum usefulness out of everything around you, you’ll have boosted your survival ability. So why not learn a few prepper uses for lemons?

If you live in Florida, citrus is everywhere. Also, if you live in Florida, you know that when hurricanes hit, they hit everywhere. If you find yourself in an austere environment where you have to make do with what is around you, but your home and your preps were swept away by floodwaters and wind, are there things you can do with the humble lemon to help to improve your situation?

I would argue that the answer is yes.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Food Storage: Not Just For Preppers

17 Types of Food Storage and Preservation Techniques

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Preparing for a long-term survival situation, or just a massive downturn in society, means accumulating the right gear, supplies, and provisions.

home canned food on pantry shelves
home canned food on pantry shelves, mostly pickles

The one provision that most of us are predominantly preoccupied with is food, and with good reason.

You might be able to go without food for weeks and still survive, but slow starvation will degrade the body and mind in equal measure.

No matter what kind of food you are considering, it must be stored properly if you want to rely on it for any length of time. This is where proper food storage procedures and techniques must be enacted.

When most people talk about methods of preservation they are really talking about food storage, a practice or set of practices that decreases food loss and improves food security.

Good food storage practices will decrease loss, improve your overall diet, reduce waste and help you stay prepared for emergencies, major SHTF events, or just intermittent instances of scarcity. In this article we are bringing you 17 food storage techniques to cover any situation.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

SHTF Survival Skills, Is Beekeeping One

15 Things To Do For Your Bees To Keep Them Healthy

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Between a lack of food supplies and a rise in the use of harmful pesticides and urbanization, bees have had a very rough ride over the last few years. Sadly, this has put the environment in a very tough spot.

bees in a beehive

This has put bees in a bit of a tough spot as well and, as beekeepers, you want your hive to be in the best possible condition. You want the residents healthy!

Beekeeping is a Year-Round Responsibility

Friday, August 25, 2023

How To Build a Fire with Wet Wood | Bear Independent

How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood (with pictures)

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By Diane Vuković

Making a fire is one of the most basic survival skills to know. Honestly, it’s pretty easy to get a fire going when the conditions are right. But what about after it has rained (or while it is still raining!) and all you have is wet firewood?

Here’s what you need to know to start a fire with wet wood like a pro.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

20 Foods I Keep in MY SECRET PREPPER PANTRY (Food Storage 101)

Foods You’ve Been Storing Wrong Your Whole Life

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Storing food in the right conditions is key to enjoying them for a longer time and preventing wastage of food and money. It is also quite possible to store food without a fridge/freezer, and this includes items that people have been led to believe must be refrigerated.

This is good news for preppers who don’t like to be reliant on electricity. Contrary to what some people believe, some foods actually keep fresher, last longer and taste better when they are not refrigerated. The ability to keep food fresh without a fridge will be a bonus when SHTF.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Buy Meat NOW And Preserve It With NO REFRIGERATION | Prepping | Canning ...

What Can You Do With Meat Scraps? 5 Good Ideas

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There are so many different ways to use meat scraps in your kitchen. You can use them to make stocks, and sauces, or simply add them to your favorite recipes.

cooked meat scraps on a table

In this blog post, I’ll give you some ideas of how you can use your meat scraps in a frugal and eco-friendly way. Remember, composting is an option – but only if you do it the right way.

What You Can Do With Meat Scraps

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Survival Knife - A Skill Every Survivalist Needs to Know for Survival an...

How To Pick A Bushcraft Knife For Your Outdoors Needs

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A good-quality knife is one of the most vital instruments to have, according to most bushcraft instructors. Therefore, it is important to learn how you should select a bushcraft knife based on various principles because your knife will become your best wingman in the wild.

While there are numerous ways to make a cutting tool (such as knapping a piece of flint or finding a piece of broken glass in a roadside ditch), taking the time now to shop for and pick a knife that meets your demands and your budget will save you a lot of grief and stress later.

A bushcraft knife is similar to a multi-tool, and it must accomplish multiple tasks with a single design. A bushcraft knife, like a multi-tool, may be used to do things its makers never imagined.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Pheasants on the Homestead

Can Pheasants And Chickens Breed?

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You might know already that there are a great many breeds of domestic chicken out there. Pretty much all of these birds are descended from the ancient jungle fowl native to Asia.

pheasant and chicken collage

But did you also know that our chickens are also close cousins with pheasants? It’s true. In fact, they are close enough that it might make you wonder if crossbreeding them is possible.

Hybrids do happen in nature, you know! So, can pheasants and chickens breed? 

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Dutch Oven for Prepping, Survival, and SHTF

36 Delicious Dutch Oven Skillet Recipes

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A Dutch Oven is a must-have for a prepper because providing it’s a plain cast iron one versus the enameled version, you can cook over campfires, on gas stoves, and even in electric ovens.

marinated chicken in cast iron skillet

The range of meals you can make, ranging from sweet to savory, is endless. This is what preppers, hunters, and campers place over the campfire to have soup or stew steaming hot, ready when people get back from their hunting/fishing/foraging trips.

Dutch ovens are often handed down through the generations if taken care of. Even if they have been abused, it is possible to ‘revive’ them to see many more years of service.

If you are not already familiar with a Dutch oven then read this article for a bit of background and on how to obtain the right temperature for cooking in your Dutch oven.

We have chosen recipes to use everyday meat like chicken and beef but also recipes to enable you to use what you have hunted – ranging from squirrel to moose. We haven’t forgotten the fishermen and have some real treats.

Then we have a variety of bread recipes to accompany soups and stews or simply to enjoy on their own with homemade jams.

Items like apple tart, Dutch oven cinnamon rolls, and peach cobbler provide a sweet ending to a meal.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

10 Urban Survival Tips after Grid Down Collapse

Urban Preparedness: Tips for Surviving in City and Suburban Settings

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Guest post by J.E. 

Most of us will not bug out on foot when a disaster or emergency strikes. Most disasters and emergencies send us to the homes of friends, family, or motel/hotel rooms to “weather the storm,” not to the backwoods. This might be for a few days, weeks, months, or even years, and most of us will get there via our vehicles or maybe even catch the first flight outta Dodge.

It’s a survival mistake to gear up for the wilderness while overlooking the reality and possibility of the need for urban preparedness. Although we need to be ready to rough it in the wilderness, we have an equal or increased need to be URBAN-ready.

Tips for Urban Preparedness

Friday, August 18, 2023

550 Paracord Uses

This is How Strong Paracord Really Is

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If you ask any prepper what one tool was that they would never go without, they would probably answer paracord.


Cordage is always valued in a survival situation, and many other situations besides, but out of all the kinds of cordage you might have paracord reigns supreme as one of the best all-around choices.

It is renowned for its versatility, flexibility, and durability, and also for its tremendous strength. Just ask anyone who has used it seriously and they will tell you.

But just how strong is paracord, really?

Thursday, August 17, 2023

How to Store Coffee Long Term

How to Grow Your Own Coffee

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We drink a lot of coffee here in Venezuela. It’s a part of our culture.

It’s a tradition to offer coffee to visitors. Even in the humblest of homes, and if the infusion has to be a little bit watery, with little sugar, visitors will still receive a cup of coffee. Mind you, our Italian/Spanish and even Arabic mixed society has brought along the national desire for strong and tasty cappuccinos, lattes, and a much-extended version: the gravity brewed. That last one is not my favorite, as I prefer to use a small coffee maker to pressure-brew one cup at a time.

However, in every home, there is a gravity brewer. You may now have an idea of the extent of our coffee consumption. When the commies here decreed that all the coffee production had to be sold to the “State,” this just further contributed to the coffee scarcity we saw during the Hyperinflation Period (2017-2021).

You can prep coffee, but how do you grow it? I would like to tell you what my family did to keep coffee in our mugs during the collapse of our country.

It’s no secret that Venezuelans have had it rough over the past few years.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Truth About Backpack/ Bugout Bag Weight

Get-Out-Of-Dodge (GOOD) Bags: 20 Essentials to Pack

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When disaster strikes or major unrest is on the horizon, it is probably time to get out while the getting is good, and before things turn for the worst.

a green backpack with molle webbing
a green backpack with molle webbing

If there is one thing that experience has taught preppers by now, it is that things can always get worse!

This is why you need to be prepared to get out and sustain yourself until things get better or until you can start over somewhere safer. You need to “get out of Dodge” as the saying goes!

A Get-out-of-Dodge bag, or a GOOD bag, is an important piece of prepper gear. It’s a bag that you can grab in a hurry if you need to evacuate your home or bug out.

A GOOD bag should include the essentials that you would need to survive for at least 72 hours in any conditions and in the environment as you’ll find it, not as you want it.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of a GOOD bag and provide a list of 20 essential items that should be included!

Why Do I Need a GOOD Bag?

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Prepper Comms & Family Communications

A Prepper’s Tutorial To Communicating In An Emergency

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By Nancy Howard

Every year or even more often, scientists surprise us with news related to the upcoming worldwide disaster that awaits us. We all have heard numerous predictions about the beginning of the worldwide war, huge natural disasters that will ruin our whole planet, global crises that will increase poverty to the highest level, etc. And the huge number of these forecasts are fake, while others have no proof to this day. However, for instance, when one such day comes, there are so many things and processes that need to be set for critical situations in advance. And one of the core things is communication and a possible channel to connect with people far away from you.

 In this article, we are going to take a closer look at how you can arrange smooth and consistent communication under any circumstances and situations that one day may occur to you and the entire world.

How to set the right communication flow

Monday, August 14, 2023

Prepper: My Hurricane SHTF Prep

20 Super Easy Ways to Be Prepared for a Tropical Storm

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By Linda Loosli 

To help keep you and your family safe, I’ve taken the time to mention ways that you can prepare ahead of time, but also what you should do during and after a hurricane. My hope is that you take what I have to say very seriously because your family’s lives could very well one day depend on this kind of information and how well it is implemented in your preparedness plan. Keep reading on how you can be better prepared for a tropical storm. In case you missed this post, Hurricane Katrina And How One Family Survived

Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Simplest Deadfall Traps You Will Ever Use

Deadfall Trap 101: Types, Applications, and More

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Trapping is one of the best ways to find a food source when you are off the grid or in a survival situation. It helps ensure that you have enough protein to overcome extreme conditions.

A deadfall trap consists of a weight (a flat rock or log) neatly placed on a trigger that is simple to trip. The trigger is pushed and lowered when a tiny animal tries to eat the bait, causing the weight to fall on the prey and either kill or capture it.

Whether you’re looking to build your own or want to know what kind of trap would be best for your situation, read on. This article aims to help you learn more about deadfall traps and their different types.

How Do Deadfall Traps Work

Saturday, August 12, 2023

How to Build a Home Surveillance Plan for a Post SHTF, WROL Situation

Seven Key Elements Your Home Defense Plan Needs

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Home defense should not be taken lightly in these uncertain times. To be adequately prepared, you must have a comprehensive home defense plan that includes training, planning, and gear.

In today’s article, we will provide you with the information you need to improve your home and be certain your home defense plan is not faulty.

Recommendations to improve your home defense plan

Friday, August 11, 2023

7 prepper tips for teenagers

5 Vital Wilderness Survival Skills For Teens

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By Linda Loosli

Wilderness survival skills are essential for anyone who wants to be able to handle themselves in a difficult situation. For preppers, it’s essential to make sure that your teens know these essential skills. As they branch out and spread their wings, often teens and their friends try camping out and hiking on their own.

Being in the wild can prove to be a fun adventure, but also presents some new risks and challenges they need to learn about. This guide will teach you 5 of the most vital wilderness survival skills for teenagers. With practice, your teen can become more confident and capable in the great outdoors!

5 Vital Wilderness Survival Skills For Teens

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Free Pig Feed - Save BIG Money On Feeding Pastured Pigs

Here’s How To Feed Your Pigs

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There’s no doubt that pigs are one of the most versatile animals on a homestead. They grow out quickly and are a valuable source of meat. Plus, they’ll eat just about anything.

a pig enjoying a watermelon
a pig enjoying a watermelon

But what do you feed your pigs – and perhaps more importantly, how do you do it?

In this post, we’ll outline different options for feeding your pigs and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

The Truth About Inflation: How to Survive It

Prepping in the Midst of High Inflation

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By Bill White

Everyone but high-ranking Democrats and their allies have taken note of the high inflation that we’re facing. Each month the percentages get higher and no matter how hard the White House tries to spin it, a momentary slowing of the increase doesn’t equal things getting better. Economists are now telling us that the current trend of rising inflation is going to be with us for at least a couple more years. 

Don’t allow yourself to be hoodwinked by the rhetoric going around. The inflation we’re seeing is caused by the federal government, not “greedy corporations.” It’s all those trillion-dollar spending packages that Congress has passed, along with ever-tightening regulation that has driven costs up. Businesses responding to that creates second-order inflation; but if the government hadn’t started the cycle, businesses wouldn’t have to raise their prices to keep from losing money. 

Some of you may not remember it, but I lived through the same sort of inflation about four decades ago. Things were just as bad then as they are now, with the exception that life has gotten more expensive in the ensuing years. Not only have costs gone up, but the standard of living has as well. We didn’t have $1,000 cell phones, $7 cups of coffee, and four subscription services for our movies back then. 

Yet this is the world we live in and somehow we’ve all got to manage. For those of us who are preppers, that not only means managing to pay the bills; but we’ve got to find money for our preps as well. That means making the most of the money we have. In order to do that, we need to reevaluate our priorities. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Urban Survival in the Apocalypse: Secrets 90% Don't Know

These Items Disappear First When SHTF

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Stockpiling survival items before the SHTF will prevent you from being among the panicked hordes of the unprepared. Waiting in line to pay price-gouging amounts for both common everyday items and crucial supplies would not only be costly and time consuming, but also potentially dangerous.

Knowing what you need before you need it is the key to spending money only on what you actually need – and not finding empty shelves in place of the necessary items.

The great run on toilet paper of 2020 due to Covid-19 is but one recent history example we should all keep in mind when organizing our prepping budget.