Can Mud Repel Mosquitoes and Other Bugs?

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I don’t think there is anyone alive who has spent any amount of time outdoors who hasn’t been plagued by mosquitoes and other biting critters. Whether they are trying to suck your blood for dinner or are just biting you out of some misguided instinct of self-defense, it is always aggravating, sometimes painful, and potentially … Read more

10 Ways to Improve Your Bug Out Bag

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Preppers spend an inordinate amount of time packing, customizing, and generally fussing over their bug-out bags. This is understandable, as the bug-out bag is a central and crucially important prep in all kinds of scenarios. Whether you are facing a calamitous natural disaster or a man-made catastrophe, your bug-out bag, bristling with precious gear and … Read more

Do Ramen Noodles Ever Expire?

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Ramen noodles. You love them, or you hate them, and probably not much in between. That being said, you have to respect them for becoming so ubiquitous and so cheap. Whether they are tossed into a pack as a reliable if uninspired camping meal or used to desperately stretch the dollars of broke college kids, … Read more

What Can You Store in a Root Cellar?

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Root cellars used to be the residential standard for storing food long term prior to the advent of modern refrigeration technology. With increasing uncertainty about the status of modern society and especially utilities, root cellars are making a comeback in prepping circles. But what all can you store in a root cellar? Root cellars are … Read more

The 20 Best EDC Flashlights

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Ounce for ounce, you will never do better for a useful daily carry tool than a good, dependable flashlight. There is no gun, perhaps even no knife that is as vital in all situations, all seasons, and all places as a flashlight. From boring everyday chores to hardcore survival situations, you’ll always have a need … Read more

How to Make Water Safe to Drink: 10 Ways

filtering water with an Aquamira Straw filter

No prepper needs to be told how important water is in a survival situation. When it comes to material needs, the only resource more important than water is oxygen. Depending upon your environment, you might have water all around you when you need it, but the irony is that the water could be of uncertain … Read more

These 8 Traps Will Catch You a Raccoon

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Raccoons are one of the most iconic North American animals, and instantly recognizable thanks to that adorable ringed tail, charming black mask and those expressive, dexterous paws so very much like human hands. Sure, raccoons are cute, but they are also an enormous pain in the butt in many settings, especially one where you are … Read more

10 Ways to Stay Warm in the Wilderness


Exposure is a constant threat anytime you are outdoors. Or at least it is if you don’t live very near the equator! But in seriousness, no matter where you live and no matter how seasonally warm it is you should not discount the threat you could be facing should the weather turn against you. When … Read more

15 Must-Have Truck EDC Items

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One of the most important tools in a prepper’s arsenal is their vehicle. Serving as a conveyance for evacuation or bugging out, a prime mover for mass amounts of cargo or a taxi to get you and your group where you are needed, when you are needed, it is difficult to overstate the flexibility and … Read more

Is it Safe to Heat Food in a Can?

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Canned food is a reliable, convenient option, and aside from being an everyday staple in the kitchen it also serves as a fundamental part of a long-term food storage plan. You might have seen various depictions in media of people heating up canned food right in the can prior to eating it, but is this … Read more

These 6 Improvised Spears are Easy to Make

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For most preppers, weapons will be among the many things you accumulate to get ready for a survival situation, be it a long-term or short-term one. Chances are that means firearms much of the time, perhaps with a smattering of bows or crossbows along with our personal knives. You definitely won’t hear any complaining out … Read more

The 15 Best Conservative TV Shows You Should Watch

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There is no doubt that the vast majority of Hollywood leans to the left. With its strong focus on progressive values and social justice, it can be difficult bordering on impossible for conservatives to find TV shows that reflect their worldview and values. But take heart! There are quite a few great conservative TV shows … Read more

The 10 Best Emergency Water Filters

filtering water with an Aquamira Straw filter

Water is absolutely essential for survival. there are very few preppers who need reminding of that fact, but I fear that there are quite a few who truly understand just how bad things can get, and how fast if you do not have reliable access to clean drinking water. Clean water is all around us, … Read more