Can You Really Sharpen an Axe with a Rock?

There is hardly a better tool for fieldcraft in a woodland environment than an axe. So varied and so multi-purpose is this tool that you are likely to use it for pretty much everything. Unfortunately, axes can do relatively quickly, and continuing to work and work and work with a dull axe will likely lead … Read more

7 Clever Survival Uses of Potassium Permanganate

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Savvy prepping means being prepared for anything, and since time, resources and materials are always limited clever preppers will rely on choice gear and provision selections that can be used for a variety of purposes, or adaptable to different situations. Flexibility is key when you never know just what you’ll be facing day to day. … Read more

Sharpening Your Hatchet: 6 Effective Methods

When you spend enough time prepping, you will find that many common hand tools we take for granted today take on new life when considering them in the context of a survival situation. Owing to the importance of building and maintaining a fire in order to stay warm and stave off the threat of exposure, … Read more

6 Places to Safely Store Large Amounts of Cash

If you are like most people, you probably think the best way to safely store large amounts of cash is in the bank. But you are not most people, and you know that banks do not typically store your cash as cash, converting it instead to electronic currency, but they will also be one of … Read more

2 Clever Tricks to Recondition Old Gas on Your Own

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Any prepper, from a complete newbie to a grizzled old-hand understands the value of stockpiling vital provisions and supplies before things get bad. You don’t need me to tell you that you won’t be able to run down to the store, and get what you need after society has collapsed. Most of you probably already … Read more

How to Tell if Someone is Lying or Telling the Truth

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Everyone reading this right now knows how it feels to get hoodwinked. Ripped off. Tricked. Scammed. Straight-up lied to. There is one category of people that you will always have to deal with, and those people are liars. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do liars will always be there to complicate … Read more

10 Lost Pioneer Skills for SHTF

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The term “pioneer” evokes a gritty, somewhat romantic image; the first people in a new land or frontier to start carving out civilization from the wild and sometimes hostile bounty of nature all around them. In every culture around the world it is the pioneers who command a certain respect and not a little bit … Read more

22 Clever Uses for Sandbags

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Sandbags are excellent at keeping back flood water, and deserve a spot on every homesteader’s supply list – even if they live far away from the floodplain. They’re really cheap to buy, and have almost as many uses as the often lauded duct tape. Not only is stockpiling copious amounts of sandbags an extremely inexpensive … Read more

The Right Way to Bury Money

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If you are like me you have probably long hoped that you would come across some buried money in your excavations. It is a pleasant thought, but you likely have not given much serious thought to burying your own cash for safekeeping. Pirates did it, your great-grandparents did it, and perhaps the time is right … Read more

7 Mental Tricks to Survive Quarantine and Isolation

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With pandemics sweeping the globe and governments responding more and more frequently with total societal lockdowns that stifle all civilian movement, non-essential businesses and much of the comings and goings of commerce… …many citizens are for the first time experiencing being under what is effectively house arrest for the first time: allowed to leave only … Read more

24 Jobs That’ll Put Food on the Table Post-SHTF

Putting food on the table during a SHTF event is the motivation behind why many folks start prepping. But, we must think ahead to how we will all continue to do the same post-SHTF as stockpiled supplies eventually dwindle, game is hunted out, and society begins to rebuild. Unless an asteroid hits the Earth, life, … Read more

7 Secret Agent Skillsets For Everyday Readiness

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If you’ve been prepping for any length of time, chances are you’ve probably encountered someone who is a little bit too taken with the idea being a sort of secret agent. I can certainly understand why: the roguish, completely self-reliant badass with a checkered past that stops at nothing in pursuit of his objective is … Read more

Trucker’s Hitch Knot – Easy Step by Steps

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The Trucker’s Hitch is a mechanically advantageous block and tackle (pulley) system made only of one piece of rope. This has hundreds of uses. It’s great for guy lines for tents and tarps, it makes hoisting weights vertically significantly easier, it can produce some of the tightest tie-downs for lashing things onto a truck, cart … Read more

13 Ways to Do Laundry Post-SHTF

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When it comes to an extended power outage, whether living off grid by choice or due to a SHTF situation, one of the things just about everyone will have to figure out eventually is how to do laundry. Your standard electric powered washer and dryer set most likely won’t be functioning unless you’ve planned ahead … Read more

The Top Bartering Skills to Have Post-Collapse

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by Tara When preparing for a doomsday disaster, we must also prep to survive (perhaps even thrive) during what comes next. Stockpiling items for bartering purposes is a common prepping practice, but thinking beyond what might be needed after an apocalyptic event, could vastly enhance the chances of long-term survival. Eventually, society will begin to … Read more

Try These Shotgun Drills on Your Next Range Day

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by Charles My readers know that I am a proponent of shotguns, so long as one understands their limitations and trains to mitigate them. One of the biggest general limitations compared to other types of firearm used for self defense is the simple fact that your average shotgun demands more thought and engagement from the … Read more

How to Heat Yourself in an Emergency

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by Tara Staying warm during a long-term disaster will be as essential to your survival as having access to water and food. Failure to stay warm can lead not only to the obvious frostbite and hypothermia, but also cause a person to become sick at the exact time it is most dangerous to contract even … Read more

These 14 Urban Survival Skills are Critical

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by Megan When SHTF, the most important thing for you to understand is that everything you know about how the world works can change very quickly. Most new preppers do their planning as if they will all be at home when SHTF. But the truth is you and your family members could be anywhere when … Read more

How To Find Water: The Most Valuable Survival Skill

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You probably already know that water is essential to your survival… …and a huge problem if you’re stuck without. (In fact, just 3 days without can be fatal) Imagine you’re stranded outdoors with no water, desperate to stay alive. What would you do? How would you get water? Today I’m going to show you the … Read more

Master These Basic Survival Skills to Survive

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by Ryan If you want to become more prepared for a survival situation, the information available can be overwhelming. Some sites are trying to teach you how to start a fire with a block of ice, while celebrities on television are telling you to drink your own urine. What? Thankfully there are a few simple … Read more

How to Become a Gray Woman

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It’s no secret that in a post-SHTF situation, most women will be at a distinct disadvantage. Men are perceived as stronger, more prone to violence, and naturally more intimidating than women. The only thing women can do to combat this is to use this perception to their advantage when becoming a gray woman. We notice … Read more