Learning how to make your own makeup not only saves money, it saves your skin from the nasty chemicals so many cosmetics feature. There are numerous organic options available these days; however, learning to make your own foundation, lip gloss and eyeliner is pretty darn nifty. It’s also handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse that includes the total destruction of your mak... Continue Reading →
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Posted on July 7, 2016 by Kent Page McGroarty
Pine needle tea is made from, you guessed it, pine needles. The drink is loaded with vitamin C and vitamin A, it acts as a decongestant, and it also quenches thirst. Learn how to make pine needle tea and add it to your growing list of survival skills.
Pick one or more cups of fresh pine needles. T... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 30, 2016 by Brian Meyer
What exactly do you need to survive? If you’ve read up on survival at all, the first thing that probably comes to mind is water. Without water you won’t survive more than a few days, at best. Next comes food, shelter, medical supplies — the list goes on and on, and it’s these lists that we typically build our prepper plans around, making sure we have what it takes to survive the worst case scenario.
While, yes, these are all critical components to a successful survival plan, in the end all the supplies in the world won’t be enough if you don’t have the will to sur... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 26, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
Drones, or unmanned, remote-controlled flight vehicles, are proving to have many uses. In the past, they have been used mostly for military operations and intelligence gathering. However, we’re seeing more and more uses in everyday life. They can be used for everything from surveillance, scientific research, and rescue operations to food delivery, photography, and monitoring the weather.
The FAA predicts there will be over 30,000 drones in U.S. airspace by 2030. The bad news is drones... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 12, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
One of the scariest situations to find yourself in is being a victim of a home invasion. A home invasion is defined as an illegal, often forceful entry into a private dwelling with the intent to harm the occupants. Home invasions include the threat of violent crimes against homeowners including burglary, assault, murder, rape, or kidnapping. According to the FBI, about 135 home invasions happen every day in America.
So what can you do to fight off a home invasion and protect you... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 10, 2016 by Kent Page McGroarty
Did you know coffee filters are capable of much more than filtering coffee? That’s right! The stuff you use to make your morning brew offers a plethora of little-known uses, many of which are helpful in survival-esque situations. Let’s check out some of these many uses to help you strengthen your survival/homesteading skills.
Use coffee filters to clean windows without the lint. Mix together ¼ cup vinegar with 1 cup water and... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 6, 2016 by Kent Page McGroarty
If you find yourself in the wilderness without soap, don’t panic. It’s still entirely possible to clean your gear with...wait for it...wood ash. Wood ash actually makes a fantastic alternative when suds aren’t available or you decided to skip bringing bars of the stuff entirely to make room for other things. Wood ashes have been used as a source of lye in soap making for years upon years.
Posted on March 14, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Posted on February 25, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Many preppers and survivalists not only stockpile long-term storage food to make ready for a SHTF scenario, but they also perfect their aim so they can take down copious amounts of wild game as well. It would be a mistake to assume that because you are an expert shot and a quality hunter, you do not need to grow your own groceries or pile up buckets... Continue Reading →
Posted on February 18, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Posted on February 11, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Posted on January 26, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Making your own cooking oil is a must for dedicated homesteading families and preppers. While you can use butter made from your dairy cow’s milk to cook and fry many food items, oil will still be a very beneficial item to have in ample supply after the SHTF.
Although there are various typ... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 6, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Calling 911 will most likely not be an option during a massive or long-term disaster. Medical preparedness is often considered the most difficult obstacle when forming a well-rounded and thorough survival plan. Enhancing our first aid skills by taking a course is one important way to increase the chance of surviving a SHTF scenario. Learning how to use available items to naturally prevent, treat and cure common ailments is an equally important aspect of medical preppi... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 11, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Wood ash is the powdery residue left after the combustion of wood. Anyone who grew up on a homestead was likely tasked with scraping out ash from a woodburner and taking it outdoors for disposal. Before engaging in some research on the many possible uses for wood ash from a
Posted on December 3, 2015 by Kent Page McGroarty
To those who don’t know what Death Valley is, well, let’s just say the name can conjure serious fear. Death Valley National Park is the largest national park outside of Alaska, and occupies a section of California on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s known for serious, serious heat and very little rain and also features the lowest point on the North American continent.
Posted on November 18, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Posted on November 16, 2015 by Brian Meyer
The Boy Scouts of America are a pretty great group to be a part of. They teach young boys the basics of survival. When taken seriously, this training gives boys skills they can bring into their adult lives for not only emergencies, but for everyday use, too.
Cooking is something that must be done even if there’s an emergency going on. Just about every food requires some type of cooking, and during or after a disaster you’ll be cooking everything you eat, so knowing how to cook is pretty important business.
Just like almost every other survival skill, there’s a lo... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 11, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Preppers are experts at penny-pinching and finding multiple uses for many of the items in their survival stockpiles. Expanding upon that notion, I decided to do some research and conduct a thorough inventory of the “non-preps” already gathering a bit of dust around the house.
The results of my very unscientifi... Continue Reading →
Prepping With Babies: Everything You Need To Know To Prepare The Entire Family For A Long-Term Disaster
Posted on November 5, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Incorporating babies into your preparedness plan, both current and future little bundles of joy, takes a significant amount of detailed planning. We have four incredibly intelligent and adorable grandchildren ranging in age from not-quite-here-yet to 17. Thoroughly reviewing their essential needs and developing a plan to meet those needs ... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 27, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Baking soda is capable of doing far more than just reducing food odors in your refrigerator. Rediscovering the skills of our ancestors and learning how to become more self-reliant is an ongoing process of both education and discovery.
During World War II women left waiting on the home f... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 23, 2015 by Kent Page McGroarty
Survival skills are pretty darn important, and there’s much to be learned from the animal kingdom. Most animals have several very effective ways to protect themselves from predators, with methods ranging from the practical to the bizarre.
Let’s check out a few of the many ways the animals in our world protect themselves from harm and how their skills can help you out of sticky si... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 14, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Distilled white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are dual-use and inexpensive products, making them a perfect item for preppers to stockpile. The plethora of ways vinegar can be used now in our daily lives and after the
Posted on October 7, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Honey has a multitude of emergency medical survival and natural hygiene uses. During a long-term disaster it will be difficult, or perhaps impossible, to call 911 and receive help. Grocery store shelves will empty quickly during a SHTF scenario. If you are fortunate enough to find a bottle of over-the-counter medication, the sticker price may be more than you could afford due to extreme price-gouging.
Growing your own pharmacy and stockpiling natural alternatives to commo... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 23, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Posted on September 16, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
We can live without a lot of things, but water is not one of them. During any type of disaster, potable drinking water could (and likely will) become in short supply rather quickly. American pioneers lived during an era where clean drinking water was readily available from natural sources and possessed the skills to easily filter questionable water before... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 10, 2015 by Rebecca Maxwell
Every year millions of people head outdoors for camping. Camping is a great way to enjoy nature and spend time with friends and family. However, there is the possibility of returning home with a few extra pounds if not careful. It might be tempting to indulge in traditional camping foods that are loaded with unhealthy amounts of fat, sodium and sugar.
Eating healthy is always a challenge while away from home. Plus, the nature of camping means that living without modern ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 20, 2015 by Rebecca Maxwell
Millions of people hit the road every summer for vacations, and some of the best family memories are made on road trips. Many parents, however, might dread these extended travels for good reason: it can be a frustrating experience trying to keep young children entertained for endless hours in the car. After all, there’s only so many times a parent can answer the question, “Are we there yet?” or keep their... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 17, 2015 by Brian Meyer
Recently I finished the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir. In it, a man named Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after his fellow crew mates escape a disastrous storm in which they believe him to be dead. I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but that’s the basic idea. The rest of the book (and soon to be movie) takes you through his experiences surviving on the red planet.
While the writing is amazing and the characters are solid, the thing that really got me about this story is the innate want to survive that’s inside every human. With no hope of rescue Watney took... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 12, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Prepping is more often than not done on a shoestring budget, or at least a rather small budget consisting of the flexible funds left over from the weekly paycheck. Self-reliant folks are very good at stretching their dollars to build what they need themselves or searching out bargains to satisfy the
Posted on March 9, 2015 by Brian Meyer
One of the most important pieces to the prepping puzzle is making sure you have enough food to get you and your family through an emergency. Whether it’s a snow storm that cuts you off from the grocery store for a few days, an earthquake that can cut you off for weeks, or a true SHTF scenario that cuts you off indefinitely…food storage is vital to survival.
While food storage is important, many people don’t investigate how to store food properly before getting started. This means there are mistakes in how food is stored, what food is stored, and how much is kept. There ... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 21, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Illness and injuries during a disaster will likely cause more deaths than the bullets fired high-powered rifle or via the actions of marauding hordes. Stocking up on over the counter remedies, following the tips offered by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy in their bestselling Survival Medicine Handbook, and purchasing protective medical gowns, masks, and gloves - are just the beginning steps necessary to keep your family healthy when emergencies occur and you can't call a doctor.
Ta... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 7, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Medical preparedness is often the most difficult aspect those who wish to live a self-reliant lifestyle face. The recent H3N2 epidemic is a prime example of how deadly a common seasonal ailment can become, especially for the very young and the elderly.
Stockpiling over the counter pain remedies such as Tylenol, Pedialyte, and cough syrup are an excellent way to help prepare for an epidemic, pandemic, or long-term disaster - but so much more should be done to protect the health of the family.... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 3, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
A naturally-occurring mineral also known as sodium borate, Borax is an eco-friendly cleaning solution featuring a host of other benefits. If your emergency or camping kit needs another component, check out some of the white stuff's many uses:
Want to put your campfire out? Need to put your campfire out because someone thought dumping whiskey on... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 8, 2014 by Catherine Alford
It’s a fact of life that most things you want require money, and money usually takes more effort to earn than to spend. Relying on income from a 9-5 full time job may not be enough to help you accomplish your life’s goals whatever they may be, or at least not in as timely a manner as you would like.
So, it’s important to develop a way to earn income on the side so that you can achieve your goals faster no matter if your goal is to travel the world or save a lot of money and retire at an early age.
Here are some ways to make an income on the si... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 1, 2014 by Catherine Alford
Everyone loves to save money when shopping, so it’s no surprise that membership at warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club has soared over the last few years. In fact, from 1997-2002 shopping in club stores increased by 231%*!
Though this type of shopping has become very popular, it’s important to ask, “Is bulk buying really saving money?”
Here are some things to consider before you begin buying in bulk.
Consider Price Per Unit<... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 27, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Believe it or not, people were actually able to predict the weather before we had satellites to look down on moving weather patterns, and iPhones to get severe weather alerts. There was a time where farmers were the best meteorologists and grandpa was who you asked about the weather later today, not the guy on TV.
These people of a time forgotten didn’t have super powers, and they didn’t go to school to predict the weather. Instead, they paid attention to the world around them and understood that most things in the world are connected, and ... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 15, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
Beans, bullets, and bandages are of course a must. While budgeting for potentially life-saving staples and engaging in self-defense and survival training, don’t forget about the important role morale boosters play during a long-term natural or man-made emergency.
Board games, cards, candy, and flavored drink mixes are commonly purch... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 14, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
As the CDC and our government continues to ‘slow-roll’ their cards (not providing timely, accurate and complete info to the public), Americans need to get educated and take effective action to protect themselves. Some people may ask; ‘why would they be ‘slow rolling’ the info? One reason is they want to have the political damage control in place if possible before making any disclosure. Another possible reason generally involves incompet... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 10, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Bugging out is something we talk about often, but just as often the true meaning behind bugging out is forgotten. Bugging out isn’t a mythical mass egress from your house, but instead it’s simply the act of leaving where you are for someplace safer. More likely than not, the result of bugging out will be you in the wild for a period of time either waiting things out or moving on to find a better place. Whatever the reason is, you’ll probably be in the woods for a little while.
The only thing that comes close to this is something that many prep... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
Foraging for food could very well become a necessity during a disaster. Being able to identify what plants are safe to eat is just step one in the process. Knowing how to prepare and store food plucked from the forest should also be a preparedness priority.
In North America two species of cattails are common – Typha latifoliaand Typha angustifolia. Typha, a Greek word, means “marsh.” The disease known as typhoid and the phrase Typhoid Mary both stem fro... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 10, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
Homemade cleaning products should also important part of your preparedness stores. Growing your own food, self-defense training, survival gear, and long-term food storage products may be at the top of your self-reliance shopping list, but items necessary to keep a garden healthy and the home free f... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
Like any natural disaster, earthquakes are pretty darn terrifying. Defined as a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth due to breaking and shifting of subterranean rock, earthquakes occur without warning and can happen any time of year. All 50 states and five U.S. territories are at risk, though the risk is greater in some regions than others. Let's look at a few tips regarding earthquake preparation:
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Posted on August 30, 2014 by Catherine Alford
If you’ve recently had a baby (or babies like me!) it won’t be long before the little bean(s) will be crawling around your home and getting into things, like cabinets, cupboards, and trouble! So, it’s important to be sure that you and your home are ready to safely be explored.
The best way to see what your kiddo will see when crawling around your home is to get down on their level. Go around your home on your hands and knees. It sounds crazy... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 26, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
The ability to make your own soap is another strength to add to your growing list of survival skills. As fun as soap projects can be, it's important to remember that soapmaking isn't for children! It can actually be quite dangerous, as you're working with lye a lot of the time. If your chosen recipe calls for lye, wear... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 21, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
There are many advantages to making homemade ice cream. Commercial flavors are readily available in most places but making your own has its particular benefits. Homemade ice cream is more cost effective and superior in quality to even the least expensive brands at the store. Moreover, you can control what is in your ice cream. Store bought brands contain dozens of additives.
By making your own ice cream, ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 18, 2014 by Brian Meyer
The recent unrest in the town of Ferguson, Missouri seems more like a wartime environment than simple protests, and much of this has to do with what is turning out to be a far more militarized police force than anyone would have suspected existing in and around a small Missouri town of around 21,000 people.
While the cause of the shooting and identity of the officer involved are still not known, but what you can see from the events in Ferguson is that the police in this town are not about protecting and serving the people, but instead about protecti... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 16, 2014 by Catherine Alford
As parents, our main job is to protect our kids and raise them to become healthy adults. Here are just a few things to think about when considering how to keep your kids safe from harm’s way.
Keeping Kids Safe at Home
In many homes, the kitchen is a main gathering place, so be sure to have lower cabinets and drawers locked with child-proof locks... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
Interested in learning how to make your own lotion, but don't want to end up with greasy, goopy messes? Fear not! There's plenty of awesome DIY lotion recipes out there that easily absorb and won't leave you feeling like a greaseball. Check out a few of the many options available and have fun!
Tangerine Face Cream
Create a yummy-smelling face cream using the following ingredients:
- 1 capsule of vitamin E oil
- Juice from 1 tangerine ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 8, 2014 by Brian Meyer
One of the first things people notice when they get out of the city and into the middle of nowhere is the lack of sound. There’s still the sound of crickets, locusts, and the wind mind you, but there’s not even a hint of cars, trains, trucks, or other people to ruin the stillness and quiet of a night in the woods.
While this is great for a weekend getaway to recoup and relax, it’s a very real and dangerous obstacle to overcome when in a survival situation. In a grid-down environment there won’t be electrical signals to make noise, no power ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 5, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
Numerous homemade sunscreen recipes are floating around out there, with most highly effective and a heck of a lot better for you than the nastified stuff found in most commercial sunscreens. Let's take a brief look at some of the chemicals you'll want to avoid, as well as an easy recipe for homemade sunscreen. Check it out:
Bad, Bad Chemicals
Many of the chemicals found in commercial sunscreens have unpleasant effects on the body. Some h... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 23, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
First aid and medicine will be in short supply when you can't call a doctor. Growing your own medicine is not difficult and doing so could ultimately save your life. The salves, poultices, wound washes, and tinctures which can be made from trees also have a long-shelf life and can be stored for ... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 9, 2014 by Lorin John
So, what kind of a “prepper” are you? From not one at all to ghilly suits for the whole family, our preparations for emergencies run the gamut. So let’s take a look and see where you fall. There are really not right and wrong answers, and I realize some categories, especially firearms, might be sensitive for some folks, that‘s why we have ranges of points. And like the title says, have a little fun with it.
Food: You sto... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 18, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
With summer just around the corner, many of us will be heading outdoors for camping trips. In general, when we refer to camping, it usually means car camping. Car camping is when we pack our necessary gear in our vehicles, drive to the camp site, and basically live out of our cars for the duration of the trip. This kind of camping is distinguished from backpacking in which all our gear is carried with us in a pack. Car camping is normally limited ... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 4, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
Many folks consider dandelions nothing more than a nuisance weed, but they counldn't be more wrong. The Taraxacum officinale, the scientific name for dandelions, can be used for both natural remedies and as an ingredient in a plethora of recipes.
There are many varieties of dandelion leaves, some lobe (or segments) of the plant are clearly cut into segment, other do not have such distinct definitions. Rabbit, tortoises, pigs, small bird... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 6, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Water is an element essential for human survival, and during an emergency or disaster, clean drinking water may be scarce. Main water lines may be shut off during an incident or may be contaminated and therefore compromised. Prepare ahead of time by safely storing enough water for you and your family.
When preparing your survival kit, water should be one of your top priorities. Everyone’s water needs are different, varying by age, health, activity, and climate, but there are st... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 23, 2014 by SurvivalBased
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.
"It's awesome. It's exciting — seeing something new every day," Pontz said during a recent appointment at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. The 55-year-old former competitive weightlift... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 21, 2014 by SurvivalBased
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Posted on April 8, 2014 by Lorin John
I’m a lucky guy. Like many Americans, I have a modest suburban home, with a decent sized yard. A yard big enough that a 15x30 patch in the back corner, separated by old railroad ties from my lawn, serves as a vegetable garden. We also have a few cherry and peach trees and a small patch next to the house populated with raspberry bushes. It’s not enough for self-sufficiency, but from June through October, we don’t buy many vegetables at the store, and if you have a garden, you already know that fresh picked to your table beats store produce ever... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 2, 2014 by Jacob B.
LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) — Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.
The Puente Hills thrust fault, which brought Friday night's magnitude-5.1 quake centered in La Habra and well over 100 aftershocks by Sunday, stretches from northern Orange County under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood — a heavily populat... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 31, 2014 by Jacob B.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.
The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be pa... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 7, 2014 by Jacob B.LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.One is that Jesse James' gang deposited it in hopes of someday financing a second Civil War. Another postulates that the gold originally belonged to gentleman robber Black Bart, who wrote poetry when he wasn't sticking up stagecoac... Continue Reading →
Posted on February 27, 2014 by Jacob B.WASHINGTON (AP) — Those "Nutrition Facts" labels on nearly every food package in grocery stores are getting a new look.Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes proposed by the Obama administration Thursday. Serving sizes would be updated to make them more realistic. A serving of ice cream, for example, would double to a full... Continue Reading →
Posted on February 21, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Wherever you live, disaster can strike. It is important to prepare ahead of time so that you are ready for any scenario. Maintaining a well stocked and rotating emergency food storage supply will help you prepare for an emergency as well as save money and time in your daily meal plans.
The best thing about cooking with freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients is that they can be substituted into almost any recipe seamlessly, and are much more cost efficient than fresh produce. By simply following reconstitution instructions on packaging, you can use most rehydrated ingr... Continue Reading →
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Our skin is our body’s natural barrier against harm to our vital organs, muscles, tissue, and bones, and often takes a beating in the form of scrapes, scratches, rashes, bites, and burns. There are many pharmaceutical cures to these common skin problems, but if you prefer to keep your body chemical-free, you will find these common herbal remedies satisfying and helpful!
Nature has provided us with many practical and simple herbal remedies that can help us maintain healthy, happy skin. There are many easy ways to prepare these special plants, and most of them can be grown in your ga... Continue Reading →
Posted on February 15, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
As winter and cold temps continue, it’s time to make preparations and goals for the coming months. However, there is one thing that no one looks forward to dealing with and that is getting sick. The peak of the flu season is the months of January and February. This is also a time when many people spend much of their time indoors due to the weather, and being around people who are already sick means that the chances of you coming down with someth... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 21, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
The concept of using a bunker for shelter during times of disaster is nothing new. However the technologies that affect bunkers have changed radically over the past 20 years!
For the purposes of temporary shelter, most basic underground bunkers will perform as hoped. And when it comes to shelter from a passing tornado, even some homemade bunker... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 20, 2014 by Brian Meyer
A good Bug Out Bag (BOB) is one of the most important pieces to any prep. Things can go bad in a moment, which is why having a pre-packed bag with everything you need for 72 hours ready to go is more than smart, it’s just common sense.
Packing everything you need for 72 hours into a single bag isn’t easy, but there are a few key areas you need to focus on to get the most bang for your buck. You could pack more, or even plan for more than 3 days, but remember this is all supposed to fit into a bag you’re going to carry on your back while on the move, so the less it has in it, th... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 15, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
It’s always a drag to come down with a mild illness or to suffer a minor injury, at home or in the back country. Fortunately there are an abundance of home remedies to help soothe your scrapes and burns, to settle your pounding headache, and to ward off your colds and sore throats. Below are several helpful home remedies that can be useful in uncomfortable situations. Please note that I am not a doctor. If you need medical attention, please visit a doctor or emergency room.
The... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 8, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
A hand-powered wheat grinder or grain mill is an important tool for your survival kit, with the most obvious use being to grind wheat. There are, however, many other fun ways to utilize your wheat grinder whether you’re in survival mode or simply in your kitchen.
If you’re in an emergency situation and the power goes out, your electric grain mill will serve no purpose. It is important to be prepared and a hand-mill is a versatile, incredible tool to have in your kitchen or em... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 13, 2013 by Brian Meyer
Prepping can be a pretty expensive venture, which is why any time you can prepare on the cheap without sacrificing quality; it’s a good thing. Best of all, most cheap preps are usually pretty small, so they fit perfectly into a bug out bag or other larger kits.
Save your money for big things like food stores or that cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Here a... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 6, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
With autumn upon us and the crisp cold air, we are reminded of one of the basic necessities of life and in survival; staying warm. I could spend a few hundred words writing about various types of garment materials and which have the best thermal properties, etc… but there are larger more important considerations which are seldom discussed, when compared to ‘which jacket or camp stove is best’... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 4, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Many of us spent our summer tending to our crops. Whether our gardens are on a large plot of farmland or a small garden oasis in the heart of a bustling city, it’s time to start packing in those planters and using or preserving your bounty.
All gardeners know that the yield from their garden can vary every season. Sure, it may be exciting to wake up one morning and see that all of your tomatoes are ripe and ready to be eaten, or sad to see that your zucchinis are starting to go bad because you’re leaving them outside for too long. Just as it is important to know how plant and to ... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 1, 2013 by Brian Meyer
With the recent shutdown of the US government it has started to become clearer how fragile the civilized world around us really is. If voting on a single topic can shutter the entire government, what would happen is something major happened?
The more things like this happen, the better an underground bunker starts to look. No matter how good your bug out location is, if it’s above ground it can be v... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 22, 2013 by Kent Page McGroarty
Hydrogen peroxide is commonly found on drugstore and bathroom shelves, but features many more applications than most realize. A compound that contains one more atom of oxygen than water, hydrogen peroxide is a weak acid with plenty of household and personal applications, and is a great liquid to bring when camping. Check out a few of these applications and add the brown bottle to any wilderness or emergency preparedness kit.
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Posted on October 2, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Home Remedies. It’s always a drag to come down with a mild illness or to suffer a minor injury, at home or in the backcountry. Fortunately there are an abundance of home remedies to help soothe your scrapes and burns, to settle your pounding headache, and to ward off your colds and sore throats. Below are several helpful home remedies that can be useful in uncomfortable situations. Please note that I am not a doctor. ... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 23, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
As I have said in past articles and in radio interviews; I have confidence that Americans can deal with short-term or regional/localized disasters. However, I stand with many of the Governments chosen experts who are for the large part gravely concerned about America’s current inability when it comes to dealing with large-scale, long term disaster scenarios. As far as I can tell in my own research, about 5-million Americans have ... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 19, 2013 by Catherine Alford
It’s always a great feeling to be prepared when it comes to the food in your home. Whether you are bracing for a potential natural disaster or simply readying yourself for a hungry toddler, having these 10 food items always on hand will make your life easier and your house a little bit more self sustaining.
The best thing about honey is that it never goes bad. It can actually withstand broad tem... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 11, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
An emergency preparedness kit is something everyone should have: a set of household and survival items that you might need during an emergency. Having an emergency kit and a survival plan will increase your chances of remaining safe during a natural disaster or survival situation.
Don’t wait until danger is imminent to build a survival kit and organize a preparedness plan – you may not have time to gather all of the items and information you need for your kit as a storm approaches. Follow these... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 30, 2013 by Catherine Alford
If you've ever wondered how to clean with vinegar, it’s actually really easy. Here are some tips for making your house sparkle with this simple household item:
Use An Old Sock
If you like to dust your home and wipe down y... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Are you looking for an easy way to maintain a healthy balance of fruit in your diet and satisfy that sweet tooth? Look no further! Freeze-dried fruit helps you easily make that wish into a reality. This crunchy treat stays fresh for years, and can substitute fresh fruit in almost any recipe.
The fruit is able to stay good for so long due to the dehydrating process of freeze-drying. By removing all of the fruit’s water, you’re left with a nutritionally equivalent, light, crispy piece of dried fruit! When you bake or cook with freeze-dried fruit, the liquids in your recipes will re... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 26, 2013 by Andy Selby
Instafire. In a survival situation, the ability to start a fire could mean the difference between life and death. Fire can provide light, heat, and fuel for cooking food. Being able to start a fire quickly under difficult conditions could dramatically improve your odds of survival when the SHTF.
One of the best products available to help start a fire is Instafire. Instafire is a scientific blend of recy... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 31, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Incorporating freeze dried fruits and vegetables into your recipes is a great way to maintain a nutritional balance in your diet, and it can be very helpful in emergency situations. Freeze dried fruits and veggies are a perfect addition to your survival food supply or to your camp food collection because they are lightweight and can be stored for a long time.
The method used for freeze-drying is a process in which the fruits and veggies are first frozen, and then pressure is applied to turn the wate... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 15, 2013 by Andy Selby
For anyone just discovering the prepping community, it is very easy to quickly become overwhelmed with the amount of strategies and information available. It also doesn't make a whole lot of sense to read reviews on state of the art home security systems when you don't even have a first aid kit.
It is important to remember to start with the very basics and then branch out from there. Whether you are l... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 5, 2013 by Andy Selby
These are the first things that come to mind when preparing for the end of the world as we know it. You probably have all your bases covered when it comes to the necessary prepper items. You know you're in great shape and have a better chance of survival than the average person, but are the... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 24, 2013 by Andy Selby
Prepping can be overwhelming. Whether you’re stocking up on a few canned goods or keeping three years worth of groceries in an
Posted on June 20, 2013 by Jacob B.
Sun Oven Video. Being able to make and prepare food in an emergency is very important for survival. Sun Ovens enable the sun to bake, boil and steam food enhancing taste and making you more prepared for an emergency.
SurvivalBased is a proud seller of the All American Sun Oven and we put together a special video with our marketing director Peter and special guest Paul Munson from Sun Oven demonstrate the unique benefits of cooking with solar power.
Posted on June 19, 2013 by Jacob B.
Recipe #1: Here is my favorite recipe that includes Mac n' Cheese: Just add 1 can Tuna Fish and a can of Mushroom Soup per 1 pouch of Mac n' Cheese, this has been a kids favorite for years and now they make it for their kids.
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Posted on June 12, 2013 by Jacob B.
How to make Homemade Granola. Granola is a great, healthy, energy-providing snack to keep around the house or to bring with you on a trek. The store-bought stuff can come with a hefty price tag and tons of calories and sugar, but making your own granola is a fun and healthy alternative!
Making homemade granola is incredibly easy and allows you to add all of the things you like and omit anythin... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 5, 2013 by Jacob B.
By: Tom Linden of UK Preppers Podcast Radio Network
Here is what I consider to be my list of needed items for a bug out bag (72 hour kit) and think that it is well worth sharing. The only thing I would add is to remember to add at least a pistol, rifle, and a good blade in with this preparation. So…prepare for the worst and pray for the best. You’ll never... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Jacob B.
By: Mark Kenyon from Wiredtohunt.com
Hunting Can Save Your Life.Twigs snapped. Feathers fluttered and then exploded from the brush. His heart jumped, but upon recovering from the surprise, his gun swung towards the noise, aimed and fired. Ten yards away now lay a grouse, and his initial reaction was one of momentary sorrow and reverence. But as he... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 23, 2013 by Jacob B.
A lot of times people just getting started with their food storage have a big hang-up about wheat and how to use it. We are told to store hundreds of pounds of this food that we actually NEVER cook with in our daily cooking. For a long time we decided we wouldn't store any wheat until we had a wheat grinder so that we could “use it”. We didn't r... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 18, 2013 by Jacob B.
Uses of Salt. Salt is often known for being an added ingredient in our food and is primarily used for cooking your favorite dishes. However, household salt actually has a variety of ways it can be used besides add flavor things and preserving food for storage. For decades, many have used salt to solve common household problems. Some of these problems are often the cause of your frustrations. So what can household salt be us... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 8, 2013 by Jacob B.
How to filter water. Being out in the wilderness poses some challenges to getting drinkable and safe water for people. It depends on if you have planned on going into the wilderness prepared or for some reason you find yourself there. Ground water must be filtered to remove particles and germs because animals, birds, and bugs ... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 7, 2013 by Jacob B.
Planning for an emergency can sometimes be a challenge because it is so unexpected. When the unexpected natural disasters occur like a power outage, earthquake, snow storm or typhoon, depending on which side of the world you live, you must take preventive measures for storing food. One of the main things people need when all else goes wrong is to sustain your body with food along with the proper storage of it in the right... Continue Reading →
Posted on February 25, 2013 by Jacob B.
Bug out Bag Packing Checklist. For those of you who have never heard the term bug out bag, it is a transportable kit that is used in emergencies and contains the items that a person will need to have to survive for about 72 hours. In order for it to be effective, you must stock your
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
When preparing a 72-hour survival kit, there are many things to consider. Here are some thought starters:
Food and Water: Water is almost always your number-one priority in a 72-hour kit. If it’s not, and you don’t have any or enough, it soon will be. Almost every guide says you need a gallon per day for drinking and hygiene, but that’s 24 pounds of water per person for a three-day supply! If you are likely to not have access to water, especially in hot climates, pay the price and lug the water. If there are water sources nearby, purification may be a better id... Continue Reading →