Is Oatmeal Any Good as Survival Food?

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Preppers are smart to store all kinds of staples in their pantry in order to plus-up their SHTF food supply. One popular breakfast grain does not get discussed very much, though: Oatmeal. You can find oatmeal served for breakfast all across North America and in many parts of the world, but despite this wholesome reputation, … Read more

10 Comfort Items to Make SHTF Survival Bearable

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Many discussions revolving around survival supplies are focused on efficiency, finding something that can do the job better, do it lighter and do it longer, or finding multi-purpose solutions that can radically reduce the amount of room or carrying capacity you must devote to your supply cache. This is definitely a smart approach most of … Read more

Florida State Knife Laws

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Florida is a broadly benevolent state when it comes to the ownership and carry of all kinds of knives. You can carry pretty much any kind of knife you want so long as it is carried openly, and a standard concealed weapons permit from the state of Florida, or a recognized permit from another state … Read more

How Dangerous Are Copperheads?

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North America is full of snakes, all kinds, and some of them are venomous. Among these venomous snakes, the copperhead is one of the most common, and also the most likely to bite people according to various studies. Considering the copperhead’s wide distribution, behavior and likeliness to bite preppers would be well-advised to become acquainted … Read more

So, Why Are Knives So Expensive?

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The knife is one tool that no prepper should ever go without, and you’ll never find anybody in the prepper-sphere or the business of survival instruction that recommends otherwise. Many of the popular and high performance bushcraft and survival knives carry with them a correspondingly high price tag. Especially for compact knives, you might be … Read more

7 Survival Items You’ll Regret Buying

Prepping is more about skills and mindset than equipment and supplies, but there is no arguing that having the right equipment and the right supplies will go a long way toward helping you survive any sort of crisis or disaster. It is also true that many preppers naturally gravitate towards the “geardo” side of the … Read more

New Hampshire State Knife Laws

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New Hampshire is a remarkably good state for knife ownership and carry since a major overhaul of their laws beginning in the second decade of the 21st millennium. In fact, except for one quibbling potential restriction on knives with integral “D” handguards or knuckleduster handguards you may own and carry absolutely any other kind of … Read more

Is War Between the U.S. and Russia Possible?

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Though, in recent years, the United States and Russia have enjoyed amicable, if uneasy, good relations, the question that remains perched on the edge of everyone’s lips is if these two superpowers might yet come to blows overtly. Though the Russian Bear might be sleeping, as far as the United States is concerned, Russia remains … Read more

Exactly What Color Berries Are Safe to Eat?

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Anytime one is in a wilderness survival situation bolstering your calorie intake by taking advantage of natural food sources is always a good idea. Depending upon your region and the current climate one of the best and not to mention tastiest gatherable foods found in nature are berries. But like so many things found in … Read more

10 Survival Items that Will Fly Off Shelves When the SHTF

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Most of our readers will definitely fall more on the prepared end of the spectrum than your average citizen. And it is unfortunate, then, that these average citizens that will place such a terrible strain on supply lines when a sudden and unfortunate SHTF situation strikes society. The shelves of every store will be stripped … Read more

Can You Eat Insects for Survival?

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Any prepper worth the label will be prepared to face a survival situation by stockpiling the essentials. One of these essentials is food, and though you can live for weeks or even upwards of a month without it, your body and mind will degrade precipitously. Sourcing your own calories in the wild is not easy, … Read more

Here’s How to Pull Out a Rotten Tooth at Home

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Though the thought of facing the dentist’s chair sets most people’s skin to crawling, it is nonetheless my responsibility to remind you as a prepper that you will not have access to a dentist, most likely, when facing a medical emergency in the middle of an SHTF situation. It has often been said regarding self-sufficiency … Read more

Vermont State Knife Laws

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Vermont is one of the more reasonable states in New England when it comes to the ownership and carry of knives, with very few overarching restrictions on type, length or any other essential characteristics. What is notable is that Vermont is serious about punishing violations of the law, with surprisingly harsh prison terms, and monetary … 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

Does Pinewood Work as Firewood?

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One of the most important considerations for successfully building and managing a fire is fuel selection. Much of the time this will be wood of one kind or another. Each and every species of wood has different characteristics that will affect things like intensity, burn time and other pertinent factors. Pine is one wood that … Read more

Camping for Beginners: 20 Steps to Get Started

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Camping is an enjoyable pastime, and also an essential skill; knowing how to live outdoors comfortably, securely and safely can give you the confidence you need to head off into the wild on journeys both short and long, knowing you will be able to provide both shelter and provision for yourself. The popularity of camping … Read more

Arkansas State Knife Laws

Arkansas is a predominantly knife friendly state, one that has a few regulations regarding ownership, carry, and concealment of knives. This was not always the case, but thanks to a concerted effort back in 2011, the state now enjoys far less restrictions and broader inclusivity when it comes to concealed carry. The expansion of natural … Read more

Pepper Spray – Can You Store it In Your Car?

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Pepper spray is a popular and commonly employed self-defense implement that is equally effective as a less-lethal option for those who carry a firearm or as a primary defensive weapon for those who are not comfortable or permitted guns. Pepper spray is legal to own and carry almost everywhere, and is extremely prolific throughout the … Read more

20 DIY Weapons for Self-Defense

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Being prepared to defend oneself and one’s holdings is a big part of prepping. As it turns out, we won’t all just be able to get along. Weapons are an important part of these plans and preps, as they will afford you the power, effectiveness and sometimes the range needed to fend off desperate looters, … Read more