How to Stockpile Emergency Toilet Paper

Not everything we need to acquire as preppers falls into one of the three Bs: bullets, beans and bandages. Some preps are everyday items that are entirely mundane, perhaps even considered luxuries depending on your standard of living in the world, but are nonetheless one of those items that can make things just a little … Read more

What to do with $1000 right now

A little while back I read a post concerning a recommendation on where to spend $900 on survival & preparedness preps. I love thinking about stuff like this. It is sorta like “What would I do if I won the lottery?” Back to reality. There are many people across this great country that are just … Read more

Growing Potatoes in Buckets

bucket potatoes

Over the past few years I have tried growing potatoes. Not wanting to use precious garden space for experimenting with potato’s – I tried growing them in containers. I found it surprisingly easy. In the Spring of 2010 I planted 27 buckets and had great success. Potatoes are generally started in cooler weather. For those … Read more

Equipment Review: Solo Backpacking Stove

I was recently contacted by the folks at about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.   Upon initial inspection the fit in finish was immaculate. I deal with Quality Control in my regular job … Read more

Is Post-Disaster Bartering a Possibility?

By BD The answer to that question is a wholehearted YES. Whether you know it or not, the barter system you learned about oh so long ago is still up and running. You make use of it every single day to do a whole variety of things! The barter system (which is thought to have … Read more

Underrated Survival Prep – Candles

emergency candles

My wife is a candle freak. We have spent a small fortune on candles over the years. They are decorative and are functional, providing light in a lightless room. When it comes to preparedness, candles are a huge resource often overlooked. Incredibly inexpensive with an indefinite shelf life, candles have been around since 200 BC. … Read more

Free Survival & Preparedness Kindle eBooks

Here are today’s FREE Survival & Preparedness Kindle eBooks. Grab these books while you can – most are available for free for a Limited Time Only! You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! These … Read more

INFOGRAPHIC: Bug Out Bag the Essentials

  This infographic looks pretty good and I like the organization method of using different color internal bags. A couple things not mentioned include a water purifier and a firearm. There are lots of great water filters on the market including the Lifestraw, Sawyer Mini Water Filter,  the Katadyn line of water filters.  As far … Read more

Body Armor Test – Part 1

Every time I get around other like-minded folks the topic of firearms always comes up. What do you have? What do you recommend? What is the minimum number of magazines to have? What do you consider to be a good minimum amount of ammo to put back? Ak or AR? 9mm or 40S&W or 45ACP? It … Read more

Review: Olight S1 LED Baton Flashlight

I have dozens of flashlights ranging from very small and just a couple of lumens to larger super bright models. Ever since I was a kid and had an old silver flashlight that had an ultra-cool button on the switch that allowed me to do morse code with it I have been hooked. Flashlights today … Read more

Review: Xiaomi 16000mAh Mobile Power Bank

Today’s world offers tremendous capabilities with portable multimedia and communication devices. I hear the argument all the time that “real preppers” should stay away from modern technology. I disagree. These are tools and if available and operational use them to your benefit. Over the past couple years I have used numerous portable power banks to charge … Read more

8 Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

Most all of us have a bottle – or twelve – of hydrogen peroxide put back. Did you know that its uses are more than just wound disinfection? Hydrogen peroxide actually has a multitude of uses and makes the storage of it even more important. Oh and by the way there is a reason hydrogen … Read more

What would you put in an Operational Cache?

Operational Cache: A storage unit of supplies meant to be accessed while traveling to resupply on the go. Often these caches are buried but not always. Defensive supplies are often a major component. Scenario – You have a few friends in the area surrounding your home or your bug out property. You have stationed operational … Read more

Review: Canik TP9SA 9mm Semi-Auto Pistol

Colt. Springfield. Glock. Smith & Wesson. H&K. Ruger. All these brands are well respected and have been putting out high quality firearms for years. For most the mention of any of those brands and it is easy to think of at least a half dozen quality models offered. Canik? Not so much. Canik is relatively new … Read more

Prep Like a Pro in Under an Hour

By Lee Flynn When you first start implementing an emergency food storage system, you might quickly feel overwhelmed by everything that’s out there. Should you focus on building your pantry, or making sure that you have a garden that will sustain your family in the event of an emergency? Where on earth are you going … Read more

7 Things to Expect After the SHTF

7 things to expect after the SHTF. This is just 7 and there are many more. Most of these would hold true if the SHTF-event was local or national/world. The point of this post is to get people thinking of their own life and lifestyle and go through some mental exercises as to how life … Read more

“Redneck” Air Conditioner

I have never made one of these but certainly can see how they work. Although effectiveness is pretty limited, in the right environment and in a small area it could provide some comfort. Ever make anything like this? Did it work? Please share! Rourke  

A few thoughts on EMP protection

  Quite often I receive questions and comments related to EMP protection. Let me start by saying I am not an expert on EMP. I will also tell you that I have talked to some very knowledgeable people when it comes to EMP and electronics. For me the answer to what will happen if there is … Read more

Gear Review: Alocs Alcohol Stove

Alcohol stoves are very popular with backpackers and campers who look for lightweight cook systems that burn inexpensive fuel. There are no moving parts, no electronics, no valves, and no pipes. Simplicity. They are also inexpensive and can be made from common household materials if so desired. Alcohol stoves are mostly used for boiling water for … Read more

Survival Library After TSHTF

The Survivalist book series by Jerry Ahern was one of my favorite reads as a teenager. My favorite part that I remember was a “shelter walk-thru”. You see – the main character had a hidden underground shelter that after the first several books – he finally makes it to. Upon entering – the book describes … Read more