Category Archive: Prepping Strategies & Skills

Sep 10

91 Gallon Gasoline Storage Project for Emergencies

Preparedness is always about improving your foxhole, going from where you are to the next level bit by bit based on prioritization and available resources.  I currently have multiple 5 gallon containers on site which I cycle fuel storage through, but with three vehicles with a total tank capacity over 70 gallons plus two generators …

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Sep 04

Your Bugout / Survival Vehicle Achilles’ Heel

I have a large truck, it’s capabilities are extensive.  I can haul people and gear with the full size cab and large bed, I can tow or even winch my way out (or others) of trouble.  The powerful V8, 6 inch lift and large tires have gotten me through all sorts of mud, deep snow …

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Mar 08

SHTF Mystery Gear Box: Worth It? Maybe.

If you are like me you’ve spent countless cumulative hours in various big box stores, outdoor stores, dollar stores and even at swap meets looking for useful or even just cool preparedness items.  It can get to a point where you are once again standing in front of that vending machine in the break room, …

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Feb 26

SHTF: High probability low impact vs Low probability high impact

What are you preparing for and how do you prioritize accordingly?  There are some very real threats out but all of us are limited on time and resources.  Even the independently wealthy prepper with all the time and money in the world could not prepare for and mitigate risk for every potential disaster which exists …

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Feb 09

Travel Preparedness: Airports and TTP’s

Traveling is something that millions of people do every day and while not as frequent I too suck it up and play the airport / airline game.  Herded like cattle through various checkpoints, lines of people hustling to one location or another.  Stand here, sit there, and don’t move unless you are told to do …

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Sep 03

4 Things Wrong With Your BugOut / Survival Bag

I recently spent a few days out in the backcountry wilderness living out of my bag, miles away from the nearest town and long out of cell phone range.  It was myself and my dog hiking a few miles a day at over 10,000 feet in elevation, getting in touch with nature and evaluating some …

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Aug 10

Split Operations: Separated from your home base.

Home is where the heart is and for most of us where our preparedness stash is.  Should some localized or regional disaster (or worse) take place I’d like to think we would feel better about addressing that situation surrounded by what is familiar to us (read: having loads of preps and self sustaining infrastructure in …

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Aug 08

Prepper Mentality: Good Samaritan? YES.

I pondered writing this article because I absolutely do not want this to come across as a “hey look at me” moment.  Yet I think if we can examine what happened today it will shed light on what I believe is another slice of the proper prepper mentality: the good Samaritan role…something I do not …

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Jul 12

The One Thing I Spare NO Expense For

The old saying “you get what you pay for” does not apply unilaterally to every situation and circumstance, after all I’ve had a $15 steak that was just as delicious than a $50 steak occasionally (external factors at play beyond the quality of the cut of meat).  Yet it often rings true that if you …

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Jul 05

3AM Outside: Underwear, Flip Flops, Shotgun

Just like the title describes that was me two nights ago when I thought I might have had some evil doers outside my home.  Home defense now and especially post SHTF is always a popular topic so I thought to share my experience and some things which I might do differently next time.  Before you …

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Jul 01

Stockpiling Cash? Silver? If You Can’t TOUCH It, You Don’t OWN It!

Your 401k statement says you have a $50,000 balance as of July 1st.  Do you really have $50,000, or do you have a white piece of paper with some print on it which is virtually worthless?  I will concede in a perfect world you probably do have a nest egg somewhere which will supposedly grow …

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Jun 14

Prepper Convention / Expo: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

A while back I was traveling for work and managed to stumble across an announcement that a prepper convention was taking place in my area, I figured why not check it out so that I could report my findings here.  I had nothing better going on and slipping into the convention for a couple hours …

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Jun 10

EDV: Every Day Vehicle Kit Options

One could probably fill a bookshelf with the amount of information written on bugout bags and everyday carry (EDC) items, and that’s just the content published in the last year.  Yet what about EDV or everyday vehicle items?  These are standalone items that help you to be more prepared that may or may not fit …

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May 31

Gasoline Shelf Life and Lesson’s Learned

My hands still smell like gasoline even though I’ve washed them twice, I suppose it’s always been that way.  I just completed my gasoline rotation routine, having dumped three 5 gallon cans in one vehicle and then taking those cans to the gas station in order to refill them with fresh gas.  I might have …

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May 11

Eating Expired Food: Best By August 2013

I called my wife on the way home from work today and as any man should, inquired about dinner prospects.  She mentioned that we had some meat set out but were out of sauce for spaghetti.  Now I should insert a disclaimer here, if you fancy yourself a chef and make your sauce from scratch …

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