Aug 09

Took the Missus to the Woods, This is What Happened

Ah yes, the fantasy is alive and strong.  SHTF occurs and we all grab our packs and head for the hills, this assuming our plan to hunker down is absolutely compromised and no other option is left. We’ll live like pioneers and carve out a life for ourselves while dodging the golden horde and various …

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Aug 06

10 Simple Ideas to Get Started Prepping for Disasters

By Carlee You may think it can never happen to you. But all it takes is a quick look at the news to realize chances are good that at some point in the near future you will find yourself in some sort of emergency situation. It may be as localized as a house fire or …

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Aug 03

The Importance Of STOCKPILING Water

Water is arguably the most important prep that any of us can stockpile.  Not only should we have various ways to filter water and locations identified from which to collect water, we should have quite a few gallons of potable water on hand in long term (5 year) storage containers.  That half used package of …

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Aug 01

Mannerisms: Some Things I Do

Mannerisms…might not be the scientific term, some refer to it as non verbal cues and others put it more plainly: how you carry yourself.  Whatever you call it, how you interact with those in the general populace can have a direct impact on your success or failure in negotiations.  After all almost EVERYTHING is a …

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Jul 30

Keeping a Low Profile – Cutting dependencies and going anonymous in the age of information

By Gale. As a determined and committed prepper, part of the battle is keeping off the grid and out of the eye of the government. Granted with the way the world works these days this can be extremely difficult, but still doable to a certain extent. For example, utilizing smart phones (according to whistleblower Edward …

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Jul 29

Nitro-Pak: Mountain House Review

Note from PJ:  All products in this review were provided from, visit their website for more information on food storage solutions.  I’d also like to thank frequent reader / contributor J for agreeing to review the products with his family. *************** I have been given the opportunity to review several Mountain House freeze dried …

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Jul 28

Assessing Your Off-Grid Power Needs

Realistically, most of us are not ready to take the plunge of going off grid where power is concerned. We don’t know how to live without it, we use too much of it, and we don’t have any idea what is actually using how much electricity. If you are considering going off-grid temporarily or permanently …

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Jul 27

Life in the Woods: What Worked and What Didn’t

I recently had the opportunity to live out in the woods (not by choice) for a couple weeks.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call it camping for most of the creature comforts traditionally associated with camping (read: tent / sleep) did not exist.  Being in the south it was extremely hot and humid …

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Jul 26

Always Be Ready: SHTF Could Be A Localized Event

As I sit here and type I’m reflecting on last night’s festivities, which culminated in me sleeping in a half lit parking lot (in my sleeping bag next to my vehicle) somewhere in WV.  I bedded down next to a run down motel and Adult video store, hoping that some stranger didn’t attempt to stab …

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Jul 13

Thoughts on “Taking People’s Stuff”

Stealing.  It’s bad right?  Of course it is and under normal circumstances the line is very black and white, it’s pretty easy to distinguish right from wrong and adhere to the rules.  But what if an extended SHTF has plunged society into a state of utter chaos / WROL, where simply being able to survive …

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Jul 04

Dangerous Assumption: Mental Toughness / Adrenaline Will Be Enough

You’ve read about it, probably heard it countless times and no doubt experienced it yourself at some point: Mind over matter…as in if you don’t mind it won’t matter.  Suck it up, grind it out, push through the pain and you’ll make it to whatever the objective might be.  However I would argue that mental …

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Jun 25

Surviving any Situation – Alcohol tips and uses

By Luke. When it comes to self-reliance and being able to adapt and change to any given situation, utilizing a single item for multiple purposes will separate you from the other denizens of society. You’ll need to be able to secure your home, family, and valuable resources. One of the most valuable items when it …

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Jun 19

Our Dependency on Modern Conveniences Exposed…AGAIN

Last summer I wrote about our own little personal experience with SHTF, that being the AC unit going out during a string of 90+ degree days.  Talk about misery, sure it was uncomfortable but the familiy had it worse and the home (not built for air flow) started to stink and feel incredibly musty.  Well …

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Jun 17

Why You Should Own A German Shepherd

Maybe this is an irrelevant dog lover post, but for those interested in the safety and security that a dog can provide both PRE and POST SHTF, I encourage you to do your research and pick up a German Shepherd (GSD).  Granted, other dogs out there will serve similar purposes but from someone who has …

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Jun 16

Beware the Military Mindset

Lots of military inspired prepper blogs out there, this is one to be sure.  While some are great others can lean too far towards the military mindset, trying to link up all training with the art of survival / prepping.  While military experience is a serious feather in the cap the perfect prepper it does …

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