General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • Creating a Flat Cooking Surface

    When out in the wilderness, be it by choice or because the SHTF and the grid collapsed, at some point you are going to long for a nice, warm meal. Ideally you will have food items on hand that you socked away or foraged to acquire. Having access to an iron skillet is extremely useful as iron skillets are very versatile when it comes to preparing food. If you have food to cook and something in which to cook it, all that remains is a heat source. Building a camp fire is effective for cooking,...
  • Don't Let Survival Stress You Out

    On the best of days, it is still possible to experience stress. Regular, everyday occurrences can be stressful with things like kids, work, bills, and so much more weighing on our minds. Coping with stress is easier said than done but is something we should all make an effort to do. Learning to manage your stress, and stress triggers, will go a long way towards keeping you sane and grounded. Making survival plans just one more thing that can stress you out. What to buy and where to store...
  • 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...
  • 50 Survival Skills You Should Have...Just For Starters

    In order to survive whatever life throws at you, there is one universal thing that can help: knowledge. What you know how to do and what you have practiced are skills that will contribute to your success or, in the event that you lack knowledge, failure. Knowledge is easy to carry with you because it is weightless, taking up only space in your brain. It is also unbreakable and does not expire, so the more you have, the better off you will be. In life, and in survival, there are basic things...
  • 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...
  1. Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin

    I am proud to be an American and I thank a service person each time I see one. Occasionally I pay for their lunch when I see a one of them at a restaurant. I know freedom comes with a price and at times those who serve will be called on to pay the ultimate price for others to enjoy their freedom. I nearly did more than once, and I don’t forget. I am grateful God saw fit to spare me and allowed me to live on when many of my comrades were cut down in the flower of their youth. Caseyboy All...
  2. You Have to Know Where you are Going to get There

    That should be self evident, but how many people do you know who are like a dog chasing his tail? They keep going around in circles and can’t seem to get anything done. I’ll give you an example of what I mean. Let’s say that you suddenly come into a great deal of money and your expenses are no longer a problem. You decide to go on a long globe-hopping trip. You pack a small bag, you know, toothbrush and a few miscellaneous items, you don’t have to take much remember, money is no object so...
  3. How do you think others see Americans?

    I don’t know if any of you know I used to go to archaeological digs in South and Central America as a hobby and as an author. Back in those days I would find myself away from the beaten path most tourist go to. As it turned out a few years ago, I was visiting Nicaragua. and while seated at a table in an outside restaurant having breakfast, I heard two young women talking about the states. I didn't say anything, I just listened. Granada is an amazing place. Most of the buildings are over...
  4. Memorial Day

    Memorial Day Many of us don't understand the significance of Memorial Day, and yet, if we go back in time, we realize the reason for having such a day is to honor those who fell in battle. It is more than just a day to honor the dead. It is a day reserved to honor men and women who gave everything they had in the pursuit of freedom. Not just for Americans, but people all over the world. If you go to Hawaii you will see a cemetery filled with white grave markers. In Arlington, Virginia, is...
  5. The End of the Toilet Paper as We Know It

    There are many basic comforts what we may take for granted once the SHTF. Simple pleasures like walking into the house and flipping on the lights or grabbing an ice cold drink from the refrigerator will all be things of the past, leaving us longing for the days when they existed at our fingertips. Losing these things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creature comforts that will no longer exist after TEOTWAWKI, and though foraging on without them will be unpleasant, it is...
  6. Tin Cans into Survival Gold: 20 Uses for Used Cans

    Stockpiling food is an important part of every survival plan. While dry goods will make up some of your food supply, also included are canned goods. After dining on a meal of pork and beans, you may be tempted to dispose of the tin can in which they came, but it might prove more beneficial to keep it. Once opened, these cans cannot be resealed, but they can definitely still be used for many tasks. Photo: Costco At some point it becomes wise to consider dual purposes that can be served by...
  7. Survival Prepping for Your Car: Supplies You Should Have Inside

    Some might say that a man's car is his castle and in a lot of cases that has been proven true. Because we spend so much time in our cars, it is only natural that they become a sort of extension of our homes and are stocked accordingly with survival supplies. Having useful items in your vehicle makes perfect sense when you consider travelling through unfamiliar and often sparsely populated areas. On every road trip, be it across the country or across town, exists the possibility for something...
  8. How Does the Worm Fit into Your Survival Plan?

    Kids everywhere are fascinated by the earthworm. Whether it is watching them writhe across the ground or wriggle in their fingers, there is something intriguing about worms. What we known today as the modern day earthworm was likely imported from Europe. Due to freezing temperatures brought on by glaciers, the native earthworm population died out. The worms that arrived here to take their place did so due to their own attempt to avoid freezing, which included holing up in cocoons to survive...
  9. Are You and Your PC Ready for 2015's Leap Second?

    Have you ever thought about the difference a second makes? We've all told someone to 'wait a second' or declared that certain tasks will take 'just a second' but have you ever really thought about the significance of a second in your day, or even your life? Sure, it takes a many seconds to make up more important units of time such as minutes, hours, days, and weeks, but the second itself is still pretty important, especially if that second is a leap second. In the year 2015, a leap second...
  10. 5 Scenarios to Inspire Survival Prepping

    The act of prepping is universally understood as planning for the survival of yourself and your loved ones. It is implied that some sort of failure will occur that in turn creates a need for prepping. Since the government has in the past proven its inability to mitigate disaster, self-reliance has become the only choice. As you go about the act of prepping, what type of scenarios should you have in mind? There are many reasons to stockpile supplies and plan for your own survival and...
  11. The Original Survival Lighter: The Zippo

    Preppers everywhere are no stranger to the need to plan for fire when the SHTF. We talk about it all the time along with the various ways to make fire happen. No matter what fire starting method you choose, there is one thing that will come in extremely handy in a survival situation. That item is a good old fashioned lighter, but not just any lighter will do. Photo: GSanders It may be tempting to pick up a cheap multipack of disposable lighters to split up, throwing some in your BOB, car,...
  12. Need Fire? Try Matches!

    To many of us, life includes the luxuries associated with having a roof over our heads. Beneath this roof we enjoy such creature comforts as a place to cook hot meals and stay warm when cold weather arrives. While enjoying such an existence is paramount for much of the population, it may not always be possible to partake in such a lifestyle. The time may come when TEOTWAWKI forces a change and a dependence upon new means to survive. Part of life after the SHTF is likely to include leaving...
  13. Survival Uses for Pool Noodles

    Every now and then you come across an item or object that makes a light bulb come on above your head. Usually this is when something you are using seems as though it could be useful for another task, making it dual-purpose. Better yet, it is sometimes possible to find even more uses for an object, making it become a practical tool for survival. While going for a swim recently, I noticed a pool noodle that was left behind. Admittedly, I have never really seen what the appeal of a pool noodle...
  14. 20 Reasons to Consider Apple Cider Vinegar

    Since storing items requires space and for many of us space is limited, it is important to make the most of what room we do have. Because of this need to use every inch in our favor, it is key to buy and store items with multiple uses. The more you can get out of one particular item, the more valuable it will be to you, especially in cases where a little bit goes a long way. Photo: Bragg Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not just a salad dressing anymore. Organic, raw, unfiltered, and...
  15. Survival Uses for Glass Bottles

    There is not much more disheartening than to see the natural world littered with trash such as glass bottles. The upside to this is that there are many uses for such bottles that we are so easily able to find laying around, which is a bright side of sorts. The many uses of glass bottles in particular bodes well for us as these seem to be rather plentiful out in the world. Repurposing someone's discarded glass bottle could be just what it takes to make your life and survival easier. Photo:...
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