Articles from GPS1504

  1. Prepping for Comfort

    It is discussed all the time what we need and must have for survival. Between stock piling life or death type items, however, it is a good idea to incorporate something you want once in a while. When the SHTF you are going to need to have a level of comfort. Giving up some of the things you enjoy will surely be necessary, but not everything has to be discarded as you prep for an uncertain tomorrow. Here are a few things you might want to consider incorporating or that might inspire you to...
  2. Prepper Camouflage: Smile, Nod, and Maintain Your Facade

    Have you ever met someone so drastically different from you that they immediately drove you away? In life, it is natural to meet people who are different. While some of those we may meet will seem odd to us, it is also possible that we may seem odd to them. As a prepper, you are going to at some point encounter people who do not agree with your belief system. They might even think you are crazy. Others, however, may be intrigued and wish for you to be their mentor. How you handle each of...
  3. Taking Advice from Senior Preppers

    Preppers come in all types, from clueless beginners to those who have decades of experience under their belts. They also come from a wide array of locations and life styles. Variances in age are also present, from young adults to senior citizens. When you consider all of these variables, the logical conclusion is that there is no 'typical' prepper because for all we have in common, there are many things about us that are vastly different as well. An unfortunate trend amongst younger...
  4. Prepping for Bike Problems

    Since we recently discussed the advantages of having a survival bike, delving into maintaining it is also worthwhile. Bikes are a simple enough mechanism but they are not without failure points and do at times need work. The type and frequency of work will depend on your climate and the level of performance you demand of a bike as well as naturally occurring wear and tear, but you might as well prepare to do that work from the outset. Some bicycle components will be more difficult to repair...
  5. Got a Survival Bike?

    Vehicular transportation is a luxury we enjoy now, but in the event of TEOTWAWKI it will be tougher to come by. As gas supplies dwindle, we will be forced to rely on other means of transportation. It is possible that we could resort to the old days of using horses for transportation, but acquiring and caring for a horse is expensive and few of us have the property to accommodate one. That leaves us with the option of relying on our own bodies to move around. Walking and hiking are...
  6. Don't Forget Foot Care!

    When the SHTF, unfortunately your vehicle may do the same, leaving you with a primary mode of transportation that consists of walking followed by more walking. The more you walk or hike, the more stress you will be putting on your feet, which can rise exponentially if you are not acclimated to such activity. This can result in foot pain and other issues that will need to be addressed in order to enable your feet to hold up to the new tasks set out before you. Since having healthy feet...
  7. 5 Locations for Starting Seeds

    Starting seeds indoors before the actual outdoor planting season begins is a great way to get your vegetables growing early. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will have sprouts, and the sooner food will be on the table. Even if it is still a little on the inhospitable side outdoors, there is no reason to put things off when the ability to get started indoors exists! The first thing you will need to do to get your seeds started is to come up with containers. This is a task that can...
  8. The Benefits of Prepping Privately

    When it comes to preparedness, there is a lot we can learn from one another. Because of this, we tend to group together and share information as well as important supplies and tactics. Whether we realize it or not, we are forming a network of sorts. As we get to know each other and share information to help one another, we are also sharing information about ourselves. While it is good to share knowledge and learn from each other, sometimes putting yourself out there can have a negative...
  9. Alternative Cooking Means

    One of the ways we will likely have to feed ourselves post TEOTWAWKI is by cooking food in methods that are not the norm for us. If your stove top and oven are rendered out of commission, there will be a need to cook in other ways if you're going to cook at all. Depending on what's for dinner, it very well may be edible while cold. In the case of meats, however, cooking to the proper internal temperature is necessary for your health and well-being, so in that case, grill you must. For...
  10. Off Grid Electricity: Not as Cheap as You May Think...

    Paying that electricity bill every month sure is the pits. As summer looms and the temperatures rise, it is going to get even higher if you are one to enjoy the benefits of air conditioning as many of us are. With temperatures already hovering in or near to the 80's in the southern states, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the country joins us in warmth and we watch together as temperatures soar. It is, of course, possible to live without air conditioning. Growing up as a kid...
  11. Essential VS Expendable: Survival Budgeting

    One of the most common phrases you hear these days is something along the lines of either, "I'm broke," or, "I can't afford it." This holds true for a lot of us; money simply does not grow on trees and is harder to come by in present times than it was in the past. A few years back, if you didn't like your job, another was right around the corner, which is simply not the case anymore. Those of us who have work and get paid regularly are now amongst the lucky, and while we hold onto those jobs...
  12. Got Tarp? Get Tarp!

    Tarps are big, noisy, and should be a part of everyone's survival plan due to the many things for which they can be used. The versatility of a tarp should not be underestimated as they can rise to many occasions and fill a lot of the different voids we many experience in our life and travels. Above all else, tarps are cheap, so why not add a couple to your stash for when the time comes that you just might need them? The word tarp comes from tarpaulin, which is defined as a large sheet of...
  13. Which Compass Type is Best for You?

    In a situation where you are forced to find your way across unknown terrain, a compass can be beyond useful. With its directional capabilities, the guesswork of which way you are going can be eliminated, giving you more precise directional clarity. While cardinal points are useful as well, being in a situation where you cannot find them may force you to rely on a compass. The alternative is to stay lost or get even more off course than you may have already been, neither of which is conducive...
  14. Home Defense Measures

    Your home is your castle, but is it an inviting castle or a fortified fortress to which access cannot be gained? While many of us hope for the latter, fact is that there are many advantages we give to the criminal element without even realizing it. Taking steps to secure your home is important, not just for when TEOTWAWKI strikes, but also for every day in the meantime. Crime is something seen every day regardless of the turmoil brewing in the world around us, and from protecting ourselves...
  15. Survival Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    One of the many items that can be and has been proven useful in survival situations time and time again is petroleum jelly (also known as Vaseline). With its medicinal, hygienic, and emergency uses, tossing a container of petroleum jelly in your pack may prove useful many times over. Here's why: Petroleum jelly is flammable. It makes for an easy fire starter; all you have to do is dip a cotton ball or some paper in it and ignite. If the only thing standing between you and getting soaked is...
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