How Much Range Can You Get From a Ham Radio?

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The expected effective range of ham radio is a subject that is constantly talked about but poorly understood among many preppers not specialized in radio communication skills. For all but the shortest-ranged line-of-sight broadcasts there are many factors that will affect the range of your transmissions, and knowing what to expect within a given set … Read more

Top 10 Urban Survival Kit Items You Should Have

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Most survival priorities apply in any kind of environment you happen to be in. You’ll always need shelter, you always need food, water and a way to protect yourself. Urban environments offer their own share of challenges, and many of them are the equal of some of the most hostile natural environments on Earth. The … Read more

So, How Does a Rocket Stove Work?

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I’ll go on and bet if you’ve got any friends that are heavy into hiking, camping or homesteading you have heard then go on and on at length about rocket stoves, the new marvels of efficient cooking and heating. Well, got a little spoiler for you: they aren’t new, but boy, oh boy are they … Read more

Prepper Christmas Guide – Survival and Self-Reliance Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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Prepper Christmas gifts comes in as many shapes, sizes, and types as the survivalists who will use and cherish them. Our prepping holiday wish list includes gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas shopping list – no matter their age, self-reliance level, or even the degree of reluctance, they have shown to embrace the preparedness … Read more

How to Put Together The Ultimate Bug Out Bag

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Disasters, both natural and man made are becoming more and more frequent in our world today. If you woke up in the middle of the night to find yourself in a situation where you needed to leave your home within minutes, would you be prepared to do so? Or would you run around the house … Read more

50+ Tools You Should Have on the Homestead

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If you’re longing to switch to the homestead lifestyle but are frustrated by the fact that circumstances just won’t come together to make it happen for several months, or even several years, there is something you can work on right now. There are certain tools you should have on the homestead and the more of … Read more

114 Survival Supplies You Can Get at the Dollar Store

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When it comes to stockpiling survival supplies, it’s not hard at all to blow your budget pretty quickly. But quality gear that you can count on is important. There are just certain things you don’t want to cut corners on when it comes to survival gear. But if you’re looking to gather some inexpensive supplies … Read more

Should You Employ Multiple BugOut Bags

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Bug-Out Bags form a sort of central hub of prepping. A bug-out bag, or BOB, is a self-contained survival stash containing tools, weapons, clothing, shelter material, medical supplies, calories, a way to get clean water, a way to start a fire and many other items essential to human survival when the niceties of civilization give … Read more

New to Prepping? Get these 15 Survival Items before Anything Else

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If you are reading this article, chances are you have made the decision to start living a life of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. Congratulations! While sometimes derided as paranoia or doomsday prophesying, prepping is really just a modern resurgence of specialty skills that would simply be called life skills a few generations ago. Even so, … Read more

How to Make Your Bug-Out Bag Modular

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by Contributing Author Ah, the BOB. The prepper standby and source of constant tinkering, consternation and much discussion. There are a 1,001 ways to choose, fill and pack a BOB, but one method in particular I have been experimenting with over the past year since an associate introduced me to it has been a real … Read more

9 Essential Pieces of Gear for Any Disaster

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by Tim Makay Discussions or guides that offer recommendations about what supplies and items you should have in what quantities in to order to survive a given type of disaster are common. No two crises and climates are alike, and so this format has merit. Differing climates and situations mandate different approaches. I myself might … Read more

The Best Pepper Sprays for Survival

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by Derrick Krane The use of force continuum ranges from Command presence, in which your very presence deters aggression, all the way up to lethal force. Between these two far ends of the spectrum are less-than-lethal self-defense tools, including a Taser, Stun Gun, or Pepper spray. Pepper spray, more technically known as OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) … Read more

8 Overlooked Bug-Out Bag Items

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Tweaking your bug out bag is a never-ending endeavor. The more you learn, the more you add and remove items, the goal being to make it more lightweight, more functional and more tuned to your unique situation and the disasters you’re prepping for. Today we’re going to talk about some of the things you may … Read more

What’s the best multitool for edc?

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by Eric How many times have you ever been out and about on your daily business and found yourself needing a screwdriver or a pair of pliers? No? So it’s just me then? Yeah, I find myself in need of a tool of some sort several times throughout the day, but then, I do a … Read more

15 Bug Out Bag Essentials You Must Have

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Bug out bags are essential items for any survivalist. Deciding what to put in your bag can be difficult. Each person has different needs and requirements. You may have a large family, or you could be a single person, prepping for the future. A bug out bag is meant to carry items to allow you … Read more

The Best Gloves for Survival

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by Ryan In my experience, I have often found my gloves lacking.   In addition, I have found times that I thought I would be fine without gloves only to end up with hands that are blistered and bloody.  It my be my poor circulation or may be the circumstances, but I often find my hands … Read more

Tactical Pens

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by Ryan The best items for your everyday carry kit are items that are hidden in plain sight.  Items that you can use in your everyday life allow you to expand your kit without having to keep that item concealed.  A tactical pen is simply a pen designed for uses other than writing.  It must … Read more

Get Home Bags 101

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Unlike the bug out bag with everything (or almost everything) you need to survive away from home, the Get Home Bag (GHB) has what you need to help get you home in an emergency. Without further ado, let’s talk about what it should look like and what to pack in it How Big Should the Get … Read more

How to Assemble an INCH Bag

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by Karen In the prepper world there seems to be a bag for everything. There is your bugout bag (BOB), your get home bag (GHB), and your everyday carry (EDC) bag. But there is another bag that might just be more important than all of these because it is the bag that you leave home … Read more

Check Out The Best Survival Backpacks

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via BugOutBagExperts.com Finding the right backpack to keep your BOB items in is not an easy task. You need something reliable, you need something you can carry. Depending on your age, sex, location, climate, level of fitness and so on, you need to make a decision on which backpack to get. Hint: if you’re on a tight budget, you might … Read more

How to pack a bug out bag

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via BugOutBagExperts.com If you want to optimize your bug out bag to save space, make it lighter or simply to fit more gear, know there is a lot you an do. From figuring out the right backpack and containers to knowing cool tips to pack them all together, you should definitely spend some time on this. One way … Read more

A Guide to the Best Survival Lighters

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I think it is fair to say that the ability to start a fire is arguably the most important aspect of survival. Fire allows you to purify water, cook food, avoid hypothermia, dry clothes, deter insects, keep away predators, and see at night. Dehydration and hypothermia are the two most common ways that people die … Read more

Do you Have These Go Bag Essentials?

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by Nicholas Revised & updated November 2018 by Derrick Krane It’s not uncommon for preppers to use the terms Go Bag’ and Bug Out Bag as if they were the same thing. But the reality is that a Go Bag and Bug Out Bag are two vastly different setups. They each have different intended purposes, … Read more