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 SoloStove.com 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

Everyday Items You Should Have on You to Withstand an Apocalypse

By Cherie In the event of an apocalypse, you want to be fully equipped with tools that increase your chances of long-term survival. Prepare yourself through tactful outfitting of everyday accessories that can withstand harsh conditions. Many of the devices you use are powered by battery or electrical energy, which may not be at your … Read more

SHTF Scenario: Armed man knocks on door and asks for food

Scenario’s are valuable tools to get you thinking about possibilities and corresponding decisions/actions BEFORE being confronted with an actual situation. By reviewing and processing a scenario over and over again in your head the ability to process a real event becomes much less stressful. Less stress = a better chance of making the right decisions. … Read more

Efforts in preparedness organization

Organizing supplies is going well but taking longer than I would like. Trying to use some common sense in placing those items used more frequently to be most accessible while those rarely needed stuck in the back behind something. I have ammunition housed in ammo cans and labeled by caliber and quantity. Those are meant … 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

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

Call to Action: December 15′ – Shelter

This is the second installment of a new monthly series called “Call to Action”. Call to Action (CTA) is a monthly reminder to review one part of your prep’s and strengthen it. This month is looking at what I consider an often overlooked prep…..shelter. Full disclosure here….this is one of the preparations that I lack most. Like many others … 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

Scenario: Do you leave your kids to look for your spouse?

  Scenario’s are valuable tools to get you thinking about possibilities and corresponding decisions/actions BEFORE being confronted with an actual situation. By reviewing and processing a scenario over and over again in your head the ability to process a real event becomes much less stressful. Less stress = a better chance of making the right … Read more

THE WILL TO SURVIVE

Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline. Author: Matthew D. Goebel, Disabled Veteran, Retired US Marshal, Patriot &  Survivor. I believe the most important necessity needed to survive any disaster or breakdown in society..is the WILL to survive.  I know this because I’ve faced death and the total destruction of what I understood … Read more

SHTF/WROL scenario videos – thoughts?

YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1 has many, many helpful and educational videos to watch. Something unique he has done is create a series of fictional scenario videos which take place AFTER an event which left the country in a WROL situation.    In case you are unaware what WROL stands for – Without Rule of Law.  Below is … Read more

A Prepper’s Nightmare

Any prepper worth their weight will scenario plan.   Mental rehearsal is important.  As an educator, I have studied brain-based research as it pertains to education. In my studies, I have learned that the brain doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination.  If you doubt this, recall the last time you had a nightmare.  You most likely … 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

Need a gun? On a budget? Here are 3 possibilities…..

Regardless of what the government figures and mainstream media reports the economy has left many families struggling. Those on a tight budget may find themselves overwhelmed and disappointed during a trip to the gun shop. With just a few hundred dollars it is absolutely possible to secure a very capable means to defend the homestead. Here … Read more

BOV Considerations by Burne51

In any bug-out scenario, your vehicle becomes, and remains until further notice, the place where you live, along with everything you own in the world. You may be the best-equipped prepper in your circle, or the smartest gal on the block, but when TSHTF, you may find yourself to be just another weary traveler looking … 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

Rourke’s AR Pistol Build – “Venom”

  AR pistols are all the rage today and for good reason. They offer much of the size and maneuverability of an SBR(short barrel rifle) without the cost and time involved in a NFA tax stamp. “NFA tax stamp?” You see the government in all its infinite wisdom decided long ago that owning a rifle … Read more