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Are you really prepped or are you doomed for failure?
You have a survival bag made and you believe that it is up to par.
However, many times those which take on off grid living find that their survival gear is greatly lacking.
Understanding the common mistakes which new wilderness survivalist make concerning their survival gear will ensure that you do not do the same.
So here they are, the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your Survival Gear.
1) Keep away from Goliath Sized Packs
You want to ensure that you can carry all your gear in your survival pack, but at the same time the pack has to be manageable.
Getting a pack that is huge will only make you a target for others which are trying to survive as well as become a burden to you.
As you will be toting the pack over large distances, ensure that the pack does not weigh more than you.
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The best survival packs are those which contain all the necessary items in the smallest space.
Consider, if you have to tote a 70 to 100 pound bag on your back that is the equivalent of carrying a 9 year old child all day.
2) Don’t pack just water, pack water purification tools
If you pack bottled water and a few canteens and expect to survive then you have already been defeated.
Water will be your primary objective in wilderness survival.
You need to ensure that your pack has water filters, water purification tablets, and that you have a way to heat up water.
Water purification tablets should be used with any water which is held for a day of more to ensure that you do not get contaminants.
When possible, you should save those bottled waters and canteens for days when you cannot find any fresh water.
3) Don’t forget to pack paracord
String is often overlooked as a luxury item.
However, a nice amount of paracord can be used to make fishing line, it is needed for a bowdrill, it can be used to hang your clothes or to make a very quickly shelter (if you have a tarp or large sheet).
Where it may not appear at first glance that string is important, you do not want to have to sacrifice your clothing or weave rope cords if you can avoid doing so.
4) Go beyond the standard first aid kit
Your emergency preparedness kit needs to go beyond the everyday first aid kit.
By this I mean that you need to have ample gauze, bandages, tweezers, superglue, needle, thread, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Nail clippers, pillars (for when tweezers just won’t work), and if possible a survival heat blanket. These are best to have packed in your bug out vehicle.
Do not forget to pack Benadryl or the equivalent either as you may have an allergic reaction to plants and other digested food.
5) A pack without a whetstone is a doomed pack
Regardless of how sharp your knife and axe are currently, they will become dull. Yes, you can make you a “natural” whetstone, but why?
This is time that can be dedicated to hunting and tracking and other survival skills.
Besides, if you are in a situation where you need a sharp blade you do not want to have to go about finding a suitable substitute for a whetstone.
The size of the stone does not matter too much (though you do not want to get one that is too small) so long as you can keep your knife and axe sharp.
6) You forgot to pack dehydrated food
Until you can actually do so, you have to eat.
Finding a good game trail can take days to find. If your wilderness survival begins in winter, plants and game may be unavailable for a substantial amount of time.
To minimize the probability of starvation, you need to have non-perishable food. The best way to do this is with dehydrated food.
Dehydrated food lasts a very long time, and let’s face it if you forget food it will probably outlast you.
7) Don’t pack your gun
You may have seen on prepper videos and other survivalist broadcasts that certain survival gear packs have guns stored in them.
This is a very bad idea.
First, it is impractical to have one in your pack.
If someone comes up on you and you need a gun, the time that it takes to get out the gun and then use it will be too long.
The person will already have fled or mugged you.
You’ll want to have your gun on your person, ideally in a gun holster.
8) Avoid florescent colors when selecting a survival pack
Logically, a fluorescent survival pack will hinder your chances of survival.
First, as a survivalist you want to blend into the surroundings and not be noticed. Colors which attract attention are a danger to you.
The more attention that you draw from other survivalist the lower your chances of survival become.
Yet, your main concern should not be from the other survivalists.
Consider, if you are trying to track or capture game and you have a bright pack giving away your location you won’t be successful.
This is why camo was invented.
Pick a pack that has natural greens, browns, or one that has a cameo pattern.
By picking a design that accents your natural environment your chances for survival increase dramatically.
9) Have a way to repair your pack
The easiest way to have your survival gear go to ruin is to have a damaged pack. You can easily avoid such by packing a small sewing kit, or better yet, choose duct tape.
Tears and rips are bound to happen to your pack.
If left unattended, they will grow leaving you to decide what gear can be carried and what gear must be sacrificed.
10) Pack a complete pack; do not rely on a partner survivalist
Finally, do not pack a half pack.
Those who go into a survivalist “partnership” do so with the lowest probability for survival.
If you are in a wilderness survival situation, your pack should have everything you need to survive.
Think about it.
If food rations get low and your pack does not have the food in it, who is going to be the person to control the food.
If an emergency happens and the decision comes down to you or him, do you think that your survivalist buddy will let you live and die?
More than likely they will not.
Make sure you pack a complete survival gear kit.
Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.
The policeman who was videoed slamming a teen girl to the ground and pulling his gun on other teens during the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident has resigned.
As reported by Western Journalism, the most controversial part of the video was when McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.
Brandon Brooks, 15, who shot the video, said in an interview afterwards: “I think she was quote unquote running her mouth, and she has freedom of speech and that was very uncalled for him to throw her to the ground. When he pulled his gun my heart dropped. As soon as he pulled out his gun, I thought he was going to shoot that kid. That was very scary.”
The video also shows Casebolt manhandling and yelling expletives at other teenagers.
Casebold was placed on administrative leave following the incident, pending an investigation.
The officer’s resignation comes after hundreds of protesters marched through McKinney Monday night, carrying signs calling for him to be fired and chanting that he should be “charged.”
The AP reports that Nikki Perez, a black resident of McKinney, attended a city council meeting Monday to express her concern about the incident.
“I don’t excuse the behavior of those teenagers, but if I call 911, then I wouldn’t want that cop to respond,” Perez said. “He blew his credibility when he opened his mouth and started cursing at the kids.”
The McKinney Police are scheduled to have a press conference Tuesday night to further address their actions at the pool party.
When these abandoned shacks were discovered in Antarctica, researchers hit the jackpot when it comes to understanding how explorers in the frozen land lived nearly a century ago.
Ernest Shackelton and Robert Falcon Scott were two of the first men to reach the South Pole and call the frigid, harsh landscape home for any length of time. Now a few of the structures they erected are still there and they shed light on how these men survived in such a desolate, frigid place.
Pip Cheshire is a conservation architect who has been working hard to restore Shackelton’s buildings in the coldest place on earth.l
He has been working to restore them to the condition of when the great South Pole explorers had lived there.
The shack seems very unassuming from the outside.
And it is clearly in a cold, harsh landscape.
Scott’s Hut is surrounded by nothing but winter wilderness.
Life was crowded in these Antarctic huts. Scott is pictured working at his desk.
Clothing was hung up to dry and despite being inside, the temperatures were still cold.
Supplies were brought in and stored in boxes and jars inside the shack.
The ancient-looking stove needed to provide heat to the explorers who had left civilization to venture into the subzero wilderness.
The average high in the summer was 20 F while the average low reached about -56 F. And that stove was the only source of heat…
The men survived on lots of carbohydrates like flour and crackers.
Fortunately the men never had a shortage of salt.
Do you enjoy the rustic look of the place?
The buildings were supposedly abandoned because they leaked water.
Shackelton and Scott were brave explorers who survived the unendurable cold to bring civilization in touch with the South Pole.
Share these historic photos today!
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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.
They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.
This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.
A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.
They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.
Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.
They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.
Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.
If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.
Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.
A good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.
Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.
Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.
The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.
These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.
Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.
Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.
For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.
Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.
The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.
This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.
Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.
They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.
Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.
The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.
A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.
They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.
Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.
Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.
They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.
Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.
There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!
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We live in an age when an increasing number of people are relying on the government.
Reliance on the government does not just extend to social welfare programs; even middle class people are taking advantage of the ‘free’ public education and low cost health care insurance programs that their taxes fund.
However, there are a multitude of reasons that many of us insist on doing for ourselves. Here are the top nine.
Is anyone else concerned about increasing the scope of power that a small amount of oligarchs wields over us? Every day brings a new example of Big Government telling people what to do with their most intimate lives.
For example, in some states the government has done away with all exemptions for vaccination.
If you want your children in a public school or a state-funded hospital (and they’re all state-funded now), you have to let them decide how your children are raised. Rather than biting the hand that feeds you, stop taking the food.
Anyone who has been in the military or any government service can attest to the immense amount of paperwork needed for even the smallest decisions.
Committees of experts and a team of consultants are necessary to make a decision on what color of toilet paper to put in the restrooms.
Government employees spend their days in meetings and pushing papers, with very little actually getting done. Depending on a government program for any necessity means becoming yet another piece of paper on a desk somewhere.
Bureaucracy is expensive.
All of those paper pushers sit on government-funded chairs at government-funded desks writing on government-funded laptops and then take home government-funded paychecks.
Most tax dollars are spent on all of the people working in big shiny buildings before they ever reach the intended target.
Sure, a lot of us are paying taxes for these services we will never use.
However, it is usually impossible to avoid taxes. It is, however, possible to avoid becoming another drain on tax dollars.
When fewer people use government services, the government will have less of an excuse for its blatant waste of funds.
Hurricane Katrina is a fine example of the government being a day late and a dollar short.
People waited for Uncle Sam to dig them out of the wreckage left behind but no one came until the formerly world-renowned city of New Orleans was a cesspool of sewage, looters, and rotting bodies.
They’ve done little more than damage control since then; the waterfront has still not been rebuilt and many levees remain in such poor condition that another hurricane might cause the same situation.
You might as well send a check to the mafia every month; they probably have less overhead.
There are a few people who can successfully depend on the government, but they’re lobbyists and the cronies of our representatives.
Unless you can afford to pay off a few senators, the government cannot be relied upon.
Even worse, collectivist government programs are where some of the worst and most egregious corruption occurs.
Contractors for bridges and roads, for example, are chosen by who they know and how many minorities work in the back office while the well-connected CEO pockets millions.
When you rely on the government for anything at all, you are feeding the beast.
Anyone who thinks that the government cares about the people it claims to help needs a reality check.
The government doesn’t care about your kid or your grandma. Institutions are not people; they do not have a heart or emotions. Only people can care, and that’s why charity is best handled in our own homes and neighborhoods.
Don’t get too comfortable relying on the government to handle the distribution of aid and benefits.
Programs like Social Security are being driven into the ground and costing far more than the benefits paid–and far more than taxpayers can financially sustain.
The programs simply cannot continue to exist in their current form. Smart people don’t let themselves become dependent on aid that is, at best, temporary.
If you’ve ever seen a four-year-old feed the chickens or complete even the simplest chore, you have seen pride. Yet somehow our society beats this important human feeling out of us by adulthood.
We forget how good it feels to do things ourselves.
Refuse to let go of that simple joy.
Taking care of yourself and your own is sometimes difficult, sometimes a sacrifice, and always worth it.
Even the best and most hardworking people of our times have an odd sense of entitlement.
It’s easy to see how this develops.
Most Americans work hard and pay their fair share; it’s only right to expect something in return. However, there was a time when government dollars were not a fact of life.
People maintained their own roads, grew much of their food, and lived without carefully tracked and rationed public utilities we now take for granted.
I can run my life just fine without government assistance, so I will.
We like to make sure our families and homes are prepared for the unexpected. We have shelves stocked with disaster-preparedness items: bottled water, canned goods, flashlights and batteries.
Our family members know a safe meeting spot—the basement or a hallway, maybe— to gather in case of emergency. Being ready feels great. The only problem is, we aren’t always home.
While it might not be practical to spend every possible moment in the safety of our houses, we do have a practical alternative.
One of the best ways we can stay prepared for the unexpected is by keeping a smart stash of survival gear in an everyday carry pack. That way, we will be ready for almost anything no matter where we are.
Many options of bags are available, from army-style backpacks to sleek messenger-style bags. Once you have your pack, optimize its usefulness with the following suggestions.
Without hydration, our bodies shut down quickly. Always keep a reusable water bottle with fresh water in your daypack. A stainless steel canteen or thermos is your best bet, as metal is durable and holds up well despite extreme temperatures. It could also help you with cooking needs.
Pack water purification tablets so you can create more drinkable water when necessary. Consider iodine tablets or chlorine dioxide tablets. Beyond water, all living things also need a small amount of salt to stay hydrated.
Quench your body’s thirst completely by filling a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with electrolyte powder. This can be dissolved in drinkable water, and when your supply has been exhausted you can find a new use for the bag.
Hydration, sleep, and sustenance are our top three biological needs. Be prepared with several nutrient-rich, high-calorie meal bars. Also pack some lightweight dehydrated meals, which are optimally consumed with the addition of a small amount of water.
Be ready to find and prepare more food, if necessary. Always carry a small, metal cooking pan with a folding arm. Food can be cooked in it and eaten out of it.
Also invest in a set of metal utensils—again, they can be used for both cooking and eating. Keep a small book with an abbreviated list of edible plants found in local woods.
Small wounds can turn into serious infections, if not treated properly. Pack a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with medical supplies.
This should include cloth squares of several sizes. Large pieces can be used as slings or tourniquets, in the case of injury. Small pieces can be used on wounds in place of gauze, and later sterilized in boiling water for re-use.
Pack several individually wrapped alcohol-soaked toilettes that can be used to disinfect cuts. Also pack band-aids, athletic tape, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. A small tub of petroleum jelly is very helpful for treating chapped or damaged skin.
Not knowing where you are can be disorienting. Keep maps of local and surrounding areas in your daypack. Pack maps in a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag.
Also keep a sturdy compass, and make sure you know how to use it properly.
It can be difficult to know exactly what types of situations you might find yourself in. But a few survival supplies have proven themselves to be so useful that it makes sense to keep them on-hand. Rope can be used for securing branches together when building shelter, or hanging damp clothes up to dry.
Duct tape can be used to patch up damaged supplies, or cut and folded to create new items. A multi-purpose knife can help harvest wild edible plants, carve wood, and tear fabric if necessary. Pack all items in re-sealable plastic bags.
Exposure to the elements can be dangerous to your health. Stay warm and dry by allowing yourself to build a fire anytime, using waterproof strike-anywhere matches.
Keep a super-lightweight emergency thermal blanket in your daypack to help stay warm. Also keep a solar-powered headlamp in your supply kit.
Headlamps are extremely convenient, as they allow you to see and freely use both hands in the dark. A headlamp equipped with solar panels will stay lit for seven hours.
You will often benefit from recording or swapping information with others. Make this possible by stocking your daypack with a leather-bound journal and waterproof pen.
Pack a whistle in case you ever need to sound a distress signal, and memorize SOS. A mirror can also be used to make signals, help you maintain personal hygiene, treat wounds, and stay sane if isolated.
Poor personal hygiene can lead to poor health. Illness is the last thing you need in a survival situation.
Be prepared with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and multi-purpose biodegradable soap. Use the soap for your face and body, hair, clothing, and cookware.
Keep a tiny, travel-sized sewing kit in your daypack. Make sure you have a basic understanding of how to use a needle and thread to repair clothing.
Pack a lightweight waterproof outer layer. Staying dry in inclement weather will help you maintain a healthy body temperature.
Also pack an insulating thermal layer, hat, and gloves, which may be needed to stave off cold weather. Pack extra wool socks to keep feet dry.
Wool is an excellent survival material as it is durable, dries quickly, and repels moisture.
Psychological research has shown how important it is for us to feel a sense of love and belonging.
Feeling connected with others not only tethers us to reality—it often gives us reason to live. Help yourself through the most unexpected and unwanted of times by keeping a personal memento or two in your daypack.
Someday, a special photograph or trinket might be just what you need to keep on pushing forward.
We wanted to create a list of the Top 10 Forums For Survivalists because we previously made a post of the top 20 websites for survivalists that has gotten a lot of positive comments. We didn’t want to leave out the forums, because they are different than traditional websites so we felt that it was important for us to share forums as a separate post.
Becoming a survivalist is not so much as a destination as it is an ongoing journey. A true survivalist is constantly looking for ways to not only improve their prep gear, but to also find the absolute best information wherever they can get it.
Anyone that wants to be a true survivalist should take a look at these top 10 forums that will help them answer major questions, find the newest gear, discuss pertinent news stories, and enjoy a sense of community with like-minded individuals.
American Preppers Network is a comprehensive website that will be useful for those that are new survival techniques as well as highly-trained preppers that have been living this lifestyle for years.
The forums are filled with helpful threads covering everything from basic 3-day kits to simple tips for surviving in different environments. Users also maintain a working map of upcoming expos, items for bartering, and meetups.
While the name may sound a bit odd, Zombie Hunters is actually one of the most popular survivalist forums to-date and has been going strong for over 12 years.
In addition to basic tips and suggestions, there are also a number of relaxed threads with funny, interesting, and though-provoking “what if” questions about certain survival situations such as getting caught in traffic during a zombie apocalypse.
Prepperforums.net has recently undergone a major renovation with a clean, responsive, and intuitive layout.
Members will be able to find any information that they will need on bug out bags, survival kits, hunting tips, and more. The highly-active community also discusses current news and events from around the world with a focus on how it may affect their prepping.
Survivalists that want to avoid the frills or unnecessary discussions may enjoy Wildwood Survival forums.
This website breaks down its forums into basic categories such as shelter, fire, tracking, and foraging. The discussions often focus on a specific location such as the Pacific Northwest, and then offers tips and suggestions for surviving in that area.
These forums do focus on knives, hatchets, and other bladed tools, but it also has quite a bit of information for the survivalist.
Every survivalist is going to have at least a handful of blades on them at all times, and the members of these forums offer in-depth reviews of various bladed products and can even help survivalists save money with upcoming sales and redemption codes.
The Survival Mom is a sister site to American Preppers Network and focused on busy mothers that use a minimalistic approach to their prepping.
While the layout is geared towards women, anyone can join the forums and enter into discussions on survival products, upcoming sales, foraging, home gardening, and countless other topics. This is one of the best websites for those that are prepping on a strict budget.
Survivalist Boards is another comprehensive site for those that are ready to get serious about their survivalist mentality. The community is extremely active and members continue to help one another with everything from new bargains on gear to trades and bartering.
As an added bonus, Survivalist Boards also has regular giveaways for active members with prizes such as new knives, backpacks, flashlights, stoves, and more.
This website is useful in the fact that it covers many of the topics that a survivalist may wonder about but is generally not covered in other forums.
The primary focus of Survival Cache are the products that most preppers will want to acquire with regular reviews done by members and moderators. he forums are primarily used to discuss recent articles or make suggestions on what future articles members would like to see.
Much like the name implies, the AR15.com forums focus on the guns, ammo, and knives for survivalists. Members often post their experience with certain guns and how they feel those weapons would hold up in a survival situation.
While there is quite a bit of information on AR-15s, members will be able to find broad information on other guns and manufacturers including pistols, AK-47s, precision rifles, and hunting rifles.
The Wilderness Survival forums covers some of the highly-specific skills that a survivalist will need when out in the wild.
The discussions often bypass the basics and move directly into more advanced information such as the medicinal uses of specific plants or how to make emergency repairs on specific vehicles. Overall, these forums are a great option for the advanced survivalist.
Becoming a true survivalist is about constantly searching for the best information, new techniques, and advanced gear that can be used to survive and thrive in any situation.
These 10 forums are great places for preppers and survivalists to collect information as they move toward self-sufficiency.
During a time of distress and anarchy, the term “Man’s best friend” cannot be stressed enough. Amongst experts, dogs are the first animals domesticated by humans and have proven to be versatile allies and useful.
Dogs have been with humans every step of the way, even since primitive humans took their first step on this world. Dogs have helped ward off predators, hunt and herd a variety of other animals.
Although the majority of dog owners do not have their pet for utilitarian reasons, they would be very useful if anarchy erupted tomorrow. However, should society collapse, not all dogs would be suitable.
The following is a list of the best dogs to have on your side if the lights of civilization burn out.
These dogs were originally bred for moving heavy sleds across long distances through the northern tundra. As a result, they have become tough dogs who do not have any quit in them.
Of course they need to be trained by a strict owner. They are a proud breed who will not have any respect for demands from someone who is not stronger than themselves. Regardless of this attitude, if you are able to rein them, they will prove to be strong and intelligent.
Also, despite their large size, Huskies are light eaters which is critical to survival. Most dogs eat in excess while Huskies will only eat as much as they need. Similar to Border Collies, Huskies require a large amount of open space and attention.
Given that Huskies were bred in rural areas, it is best to keep them in their natural habitats.
You may be asking yourself, what is the best dog to have in an urban area that has had its lights knocked out?
This is a difficult question due to the numerous factors of a good survival dog, most of which are not found in apartment-dwelling breeds. Dogs willing to work tend to have a large amount of energy and are larger in stature. They require continuous stimulation or they will end up being destructive.
In an urban environment, you must have a dog that is small and calm enough to be able to handle a small space but big enough to keep up if you must go out into the wilderness. This breed must also be a good watch dog to inform you of intruders but that doesn’t bark constantly either. This type of dog needs a lot of exercise to remain alert and well-trained. Overall, you need a dog that has a balance of all these traits.
The best candidate is the Miniature Schnauzer who, despite not being great work dogs, are excellent watch dogs.
They are trainable, intelligent and obedient, all of which are crucial characteristics of a prepper dog. You want to be able to teach them how to handle threats by alerting you only when necessary. A dog that barks at every creak in the apartment will be great at revealing your position.
Although the Miniature Schnauzer requires a fair amount of exercise, they are much more adaptable than other breeds. They are family-oriented and want to please their owner more than run and play. Therefore, plenty of walks in the park during the good times is necessary but you can keep them indoors during the bad times. If you flee the city, they are natural vermin hunters and can easily adapt to a rural area. Additionally, their fur can withstand warm and cold temperatures but not the most extreme climates.
This list would not be completed without mention of the German Shepherd which is one dog that certainly will not let you down in a bad situation.
For this reason, they are dominant in the military, police and search and rescue forces. They are the strongest, fastest and most intelligent and obedient breed of dog with exceptional senses. From a temperament standpoint, German Shepherd’s are fearless and extremely faithful to their owners.
Also, they are always weary of strangers which make them excellent guard dogs who only bark when they feel threatened.
Training is critical for this breed but is all worth it in the end. With proper training, they can adapt to almost any situation. German Sheppard’s are probably the best prepper dog for a survival situation as long as you keep enough food around to feed them over a long period of time.
Aside from the relentless condemnation of the American Pit Bull by the media, this species of dogs provide love and tenderness toward their family and ferocity toward a threat.
Like all species of dogs, keeping them in line is a matter of training and proper treatment. They are versatile and can be excellent family pets and “man’s best friend.”
Featuring a lean and muscular build, the American Pit Bull can boast incredible feats of strength and would run into blood and bones to protect their family.
This makes them excellent watch and guard dogs who have a natural instinct to discern threats. Also, their muscular build makes them excellent working dogs, as was found during the 19th century.
Many animal researchers consider border collies to be the smartest of all domesticated dog breeds.
As a result of their intelligence, they are able to adapt to almost any situation. They have a need to learn and there are numerous tasks you can train them to do in a post apocalyptic world.
Additionally, they are very athletic and seem to have endless energy. The only caveat to owning such a dog in a lights out scenario is that they need regular stimulation. If they are cooped up in a confined area with no activity, their energy can turn more destructive than most breeds.
They will tear up the walls, supplies and furniture. If cooped-up in a small house or apartment for a regular period of time, they could become a nuisance. Given this behavioral trait, it is considered inhumane to own a Border Collie if you live in an apartment.
As a result, this breed of dog is ideal if living in a rural area with endless fields.
Every good survivalist wishes that they had started sooner. Becoming a prepper requires a keen awareness, and cultivating this heightened level of attention leads to the revelation that precautions have always been needed.
Most newcomers to the ways of preemptive vigilance realize that they have been missing out on vital tools and skills. This list shows 12 reasons why most preppers regret not initiating their safety practices earlier in life.
Preppers happen to be some of the nicest people on the planet. Safety is their top concern at all times, and the group efforts of survivalists are creating extra stability for society.
Because their philosophy revolves around disaster prevention, these are the kind of individuals to raise children around. Their mere presence ingrains a sense of well-being that is indispensable, and it is hard to imagine reverting to life before their help arrived.
Survivalists are attempting to prepare for every kind of emergency situation. Logically, it takes plenty of time for amateur preppers to accumulate all of the necessary resources.
There are always more potential problems to anticipate, and new dangers must be countered every single day. Those who have been doing this for a long time will naturally be better suited for moments of crisis.
There is no such thing as too many rations. Inevitably, the people who have been prepping for the longest amount of time will possess the most materials. Unfortunately, a limited budget can slow down the process of collecting supplies. Starting sooner would have permanently remedied the fear of being caught off-guard.
Personal security will never have to be left to others again. An enormous quantity of prideful self-defense can be instilled. No bodyguard has as much to lose as the person they are protecting.
This factor generates significant risks that can be avoided by managing one’s own safety. Preppers will feel scared for their past selves whilewhile looking back at all of the risks that came with letting others take care of serious concerns.
Being able to handle any scenario will create a heightened level of self-esteem.
Most preppers cannot believe that they ever lived without the extreme confidence engendered by implementing a philosophy of total protection.
This self-assured composure could have been useful for years, but most incipient preppers are only just discovering it now.
There are countless possible apocalyptic scenarios that mankind knows about, and knowledge is the sole key to surviving these potentially devastating worldwide incidents.
Once the information has been passed down, the previous level of ignorance is absolutely terrifying. Most preppers regret the period of their life where oblivion took precedence over facts.
The lifestyle surrounding the prepper approach is fundamentally invigorating. Survivalism involves endless pasttimes, pursuits and hobbies. Becoming a prepper is an especially favorable endowment for those who appreciate the outdoors.
Firearm enthusiasts will also be pleased with ample amounts of gun training and collecting. All of these wonderful additions to life can be enjoyed right away, but today’s survivalists often hesitate until the undertaking becomes a chore instead of a mindful practice.
The days of dealing with a broken car are long gone for preppers. Their worldview stresses the importance of a trustworthy vehicle. They usually have a couple back-up cars and trucks for emergencies.
While this is intended as preparation for cataclysmic events, it is also quite convenient for handling daily hassles.
Many preppers can looked back at times that they were stranded, and they will fill with remorse knowing they could have staved off misfortune with practical reasoning.
When getting stuck on the side of the road no longer happens, preppers know they made the right decision in switching their philosophy towards life.
Here is an extension of the previous entry on this list. Because of their vehicular expertise, preppers are rarely restricted on the basis of geography. In truth, they like to travel a lot.
This allows them to sample various survivalism techniques, and it makes their activities difficult to trace when they are bugging out.
Self-reliance is vital and useful, but modern culture deprives people of this trait through excessive comforts and forced complacency.
No one is equipped to handle today’s challenges through regular means, and isolation is becoming increasingly prevalent. Fortunately, being alone is never an issue for preppers; in fact, they usually appreciate a little bit of solitude.
Many preppers live with the regret of knowing their family’s safety was improperly enforced all along. Before the transition in lifestyle, everyone was at risk and they didn’t know it.
In hindsight, this perceived mindlessness was very reckless and feckless. This is why the majority of survivalists will never turn back. They have learned through experience that life’s lurking dangers are not worth encountering in any manner.
This notion is at the center of all preppers’ mentalities, and it is the scariest thought in their minds’ collective repertoire. Doomsday could arrive at any moment, and it just as well could have happened at a time when preparedness practices were non-existent. This threat of worldwide annihilation is constantly looming over humanity, and it is only a matter of luck that we have survived this far into the future.
When preppers commit to the survivalist lifestyle, they intrinsically discover the fragile nature of reality. Mankind’s perseverance up to this point has been downright miraculous, and preppers know that a lack of precaution in the wrong moment would have been devastating.
They may be ready to face any future emergency, but it is only a consequence of fate that they lived long enough to confront these hazards in the first place. This realization is frightening, and it culminates in a deep regret for having previously risked everything by not paying attention to today’s pervasively imminent dangers.
If you are thinking about whether or not you want to live off the grid, you will not want to make this decision quickly. In order to live off the grid, certain comfort items will have to be taken out of your lifestyle. Think long and hard about whether or not you are willing to do what it takes to take yourself off of municipal slavery.
Many people think that living off the grid is simply switching from basic energy to solar and wind energy. While this is a step in the right direction, this is not the whole of the matter. By living off of the grid, you are taking yourself off of municipal power, water, sewage, trash and any other outside source of living. Eventually, you will learn how to grow your own food, dispose of your own waste, create your own power source and produce your own water source.
If you are looking to purchase a piece of land to homestead on, you will want to take seasonal weather changed into consideration. Since you will be living off of wind and solar energy, you need to ensure that you have a plot that will be able to provide enough wind or sun to power your home. You will also need to make sure that you are able to dig a well or septic tank that can take care of your water and waste. Living completely off the grid inside a city is almost impossible.
Okay, you will not always have to work extremely hard, but you will need to be able to put a lot of work into making your home functional and comfortable. You will need to be willing to keep a garden, hunt for food, maintain a fire, locate timber for winter storage and many other things that you probably do not absolutely have to do right now. There is no point in living off of the grid if you have to purchase your firewood from the local grocery store.
Living off the grid does save a lot of money, but it can be expensive getting there. You need to either be willing to build everything from scratch or fund your decision. While it is not rocket science to build a solar panel, it may not be something that you choose to do. If you decide to purchase all of your equipment already intact, you are looking at tens of thousands of dollars going into your project.
Living completely off the grid is great, but there may be some instances that you want or need power. Think ahead, and buy a generator. While you may have to purchase fuel for it, a generator can come in handy when trying to charge batteries, make it through a cold winter or just plain give you entertainment for a night. No matter what you decide, a generator is an essential item to have around. If you happen to be able to purchase two, that is even better.
A lot of hard work goes into keeping a house off the grid. You need to make sure that you take some time to smell the roses. You do not want to put out all of this work and energy and never be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sit down and read a book, relax on your front porch or start a hobby. Living off the grid is meant to make life a little easier, and you deserve it if you have made it this far!
To put it simply, you need to be mentally, physically and even financially prepared to live off the grid. You need to make sure that your debts are taken care of, you have a useful plot to live on, can take care of your own waste, grow your own food and much more. The best advice that can be given is if you are in doubt about going completely off the grid, take baby steps. It’s okay to start with something small and go from there. If you take baby steps, you are better preparing yourself, anyway.
In an ideal situation, you will have everything from your BOB to your BOL to your BOV preset and ready to go in a SHTF scenario. The problem is that most people do not live in the ideal world.
Most people nowadays live from paycheck to paycheck with minimal money that is free to use as they please. So, your BOV (bug out vehicle) is likely going to be a vehicle that is used on an everyday basis.
That being said, it might be a little difficult to keep your entire bug out readiness equipment and essentials stockpiled in the vehicle. If you are one of the many that this rule applies to, you will likely have limited long-term storage space.
There are three main things that need to be kept and stockpiled in your vehicle at all times, just in case a SHTF scenario occurs.
Vodka is Versatile
By no means am I suggesting that you go get plastered while driving to your BOL (bug out location). Keeping a half gallon of the cheapest vodka you can buy could actually save your life.
Vodka is a great disinfectant when you do not have any other way to sterilize equipment. If you get injured, you can pour it onto the wound, and it will help kill some of the infection that could occur.
Vodka is also extremely flammable. In a situation where you need fire in a hurry, pouring a little vodka and then lighting a flame will almost light up the sky.
Vodka can also be used as a temporary pain reliever or sedative (or sedative). There are many ways that this substance can be used in a SHTF scenario, but you have to remember that it is not meant to party with!
Never too many Tools
When you think of tools, you probably think of hammer, nails and drills.
When I say tools, I mean hammer, nails, drills, sockets, wrenches and every other tool that you can possible fit into the area.
If you need to build a temporary shelter, tools can come in handy. If you break down on the side of the road, tools can get you going again.
If you need to climb, dig, hide, break into an abandoned house, tools will come in handy. The need for tools is going to be never-ending, so you should start gathering them now.
Not only will tools be handy for survival, but they will also be in great demand if there is a need to rebuild civilization. Having equipment to build homes, beds, furniture and more could almost guarantee you a place in a civilized group.
Remember, most groups will not accept new members who cannot contribute to the group as a whole.
Weapons and Ammo
Not that you will necessarily have to shoot someone, but that you may need to get some food or protect your family.
While you BOB will likely have some ammo and weapons, it will likely be very little compared to what you can store in your vehicle.
You can never have enough protection and hunting equipment. Also, there is a great chance that when SHTF gun ammo will be as good as gold when it comes to the barter system.
Not everyone will have been as prepared as you, and they will need ammo to get food for themselves or their families, and that is where an abundance of the cheapest ammo that you can find will be handy.
You might even have enough stockpiled to gain some comfort items with the crappy ammo that you have stored for this exact circumstance.
In an ideal situation, you will have things like tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, lighters, fuel, ammo, food, water and everything else in your vehicle.
If you cannot spare a vehicle to keep stockpiled, make sure that you have your BOB ready to go and your vehicle filled with things that you will need to acquire the fundamentals for surviving the SHTF situation.
In a SHTF scenario, all things are possible.
From a nuclear explosion to civil war, there are many things that you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. The problem is that most people think that they are prepared, when in fact they are not.
So, in order to better prepare you for the unthinkable, we have compiled a list of 10 things that will better help you when shit hits the fan.
If you live in a large city, you may want to rethink that. When hell breaks loose, the city will crumble. People will be fighting, stealing, raping and murdering, and you do not want yourself or your family caught in the cross-hairs.
If you are unable to leave the city, you should invest in either property in a rural area or invest in friends who own property in a rural area. Make sure that you are honing in on all of your skills though, most people will deny you access to their land and goods if you have nothing to bring to the table.
No matter where you reside, you will need a couple of evacuation routes.
So what if you have the PERFECT plan laid out. If that route has been blocked, damaged or made impassable, you will need a secondary one.
When deciding which route is best, make sure that you take the road least taken. In other words, do not take common exits and routes that are well known.
When chaos ensues, you will realize that everyone else is taking the same road, you will be better off and able to move quicker if you are not having to stop and wait for traffic.
So, you bought a Prius? Well, when the grid goes down, so does that smart, high gas mileage car. It doesn’t matter if you drive one, as long as you have another hard-fuel vehicle ready.
Diesel will be more readily available than gasoline. If you get something that is military-grade diesel, you will also be able to use things like rotten/dried leaves as a means to make your own fuel.
Do some research about how to do that now because when SHTF, you will not have time.
Self-defense does not mean carrying a gun that you have never shot. Self-defense means knowing multiple ways of how to defend yourself and your family in a bad situation.
Whether you are trying to escape a rabid dog or trying to overpower someone whose goal is to hurt you, self-defense is essential to survival.
You can start with reading this article about 10 self-defense techniques everyone should know.
All of the escape routes, self-defense maneuvers and survival skills that you have learned will get you nowhere if you cannot outrun the situation.
You need to start working out and exercising now because you will not have time to hit the gym when things get rough.
You will need to know AT LEAST your basic survival skills.
You should be figuring out how to catch your own food, how to sew basic stitches, start fires, find and filter clean drinking water, CPR and even which plants are poisonous. If you cannot distinguish poison ivy from an English Ivy, you need more lessons!
Survival is more than getting away from the bad people. It is surviving on your own when you have no one else to turn to.
So, you know how to do everything in number six?
Well, now you need to start worrying about other things. If you don’t know how to shoot a bow, this lesson could really help you in a survival situation.
You should be learning how to track animals and people, how to use different vines to make cords, how to store food so that it doesn’t go bad and anything else that could help you.
Think outside of the box because everyone and everything else will be trying to survive as well.
You don’t know who BOB is?
Oh, well, you need to get to work on that! BOB mean bug-out bag. In a bug-out bag, you will have everything that you need in a hurry up and go situation.
You will have things like first aid kit, fishing twine, water, food, firearm with extra ammo, raincoat (these are handy for so many different survival things), medications and anything else that you think is necessary to have at all time.
So, discover your inner BOB, make friends with him and get your butt in gear.
One last note, do not pack the bag so much that you cannot carry it because then it is useless.
If you already have your evacuation route planned, you should start thinking about other things.
In an emergency situation, you may not have time to pack up your car, so you need to have some necessities stored along your evacuation route.
If you are traveling country roads, dig a whole near a familiar landmark and bury some essential items in it. You would be amazed at how much you can store along your route, and how handy this will become.
All the primping and prepping will be useless if you have not mentally prepared yourself for an emergency situation. You should start going on survival camp-outs, now.
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You should have timed drills using your escape route. You need to make sure that all of your hard work pays off.
Basically, you need to think like you are the last person (or family) on Earth who is sane and in control of the situation. There are many other ways to plan for a survival situation, but this list is a great place to start if you are just beginning your trek to surviving ultimate demise.
So, the apocalypse is coming, and you think that you are prepared.
Well, have you thought about how you will be contacting your friends and family during the post-apocalyptic world?
If you are reading this, you might have actually started preparing for that exact scenario.
The truth is, when the apocalypse happens, the power grid will likely go down, and that will leave all modern technological advances null and void.
Many of the younger generation do not even know what walkie-talkies are, but they will definitely come in handy when the power grid goes down.
Due to the fact that many walkie-talkies are battery operated, it is important to not only have the handheld devices ready, but make sure that you have plenty of batteries on hand to keep them working.
The great thing about walkie-talkies is that each channel can be used for communication. Everyone in the family should agree on using a specific channel, and stick to that agreement.
It would be a great idea to store the walkie-talkies after switching them to the appropriate channel.
By doing this, you are ensuring that every member of your family is on the same page (i.e. channel) if/when all hell breaks loose.
Now with all of that being said, if you do not sell yourself short on your preparedness you should definitely invest in solar-powered walkie-talkies.
If you choose solar-powered devices, you will no longer have to burden yourself with batteries for this device when you could be thinking about more important items like food, water and shelter.
Given that many people will have to travel to get to their relatives, there are more factors to consider than walkie-talkies.
Always leave notes on easy-to-see landmarks.
Now, if you are not properly trained in self-defense and/or gun safety and handling procedure this could be dangerous, but that is why we are going to go ahead and recommend that you start training now.
In the event that chaos ensues, you will need to be able to protect yourself and/or your family.
Back to the point… By keeping something handy to write with (i.e. permanent marker), you will be able to lead any of your friends/family directly to you.
Not only do you want to let them know which way you have gone, but you will also need to inform them of where you are going, when you left and when/if you plan on returning to that point.
It cannot be stressed enough that when using this method of communication, you need to be well-trained on how to take care of yourself. If hell breaks loose, people will no longer politely ask for a cup of sugar or a can of corn, but they will likely hurt or even kill you to get what they want.
To put it in a nutshell, when the power grid goes down, cellphones, tablets, computers and landlines are no longer useful.
You and your family should have a secret code for communication, walkie-talkies that are all set to the same channel and a clear understanding of what to do and where to go.
Once that line of communication has been incorporated, the rest should fall into place.
We came across this article and had to share… we’re sharing the beginning and you can read the rest with the link included at the end of the article if you want to learn more!
You never know when you might need natural camouflage. Whether to escape and evade or to hunt and stalk, blending into the wilderness around you might be a necessary part of your survival scenario one day and it’s important that you understand the basics. Luckily, the process is fool-proof – and – surprisingly fast.
It all starts with muddin’ up! It goes without saying that this method of natural camo lends itself to warm weather scenarios. This process also works much better on BARE SKIN. I started the whole process by striping down to my skivvys and then scooped some goopy clay-mud mix from the edge of the pond. There’s really no delicate way to do this – just smear it on! I had to go Garden of Eden style in these shots with a Burdock leaf for the sake of decency.
Get it on nice and thick. A thick, wet base layer is critical. Once you’re all mudded up, the next step is pretty easy.
Forest duff, debris and leaf litter cover the floor in every type of forest environment. What better material to use than the stuff that exists naturally in the area that you’re in. Just grab handfuls of forest debris and slap it all over your wet gooey base layer. It will stick and as the mud dries, it will become cemented into place. You can even roll on the ground. You’ll be surprised what your fly-paper like body will pick up.
Read the rest of the article: How To Disappear In The Wilderness: A Natural Camouflage Tutorial
To many people, building a bunker may seem like an extreme hobby.
That is before the weather turns and tornadoes develop.
The main reason why people build bunkers is to provide protection from tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as chemical and biological weapons.
Bunkers offer secure locations, especially in emergencies. The reasons for building a bunker determine its planning and construction.
The bottom of the bunker is required to be a safe distance from the water table to prevent flooding in the bunker.
Research local and federal building regulations to determine restrictions and permit requirements for your locality.
If you live in a rural area, you still need to consult local building codes to prevent problems with local authorities.
Dig a hole, which should be two feet deeper than the bunker container, a foot wider on three sides and four feet wider at the front of the container to allow room for the front door and entryway.
Fill the bottom of the hole with six inches of pea gravel.
Some people use fuel tanks as bunker containers.
These tanks can be used as bunker containers if they are cleared of dangerous fumes and toxins.
Cut a doorframe on the narrower side of the container then dig a hole near the door.
Make sure you leave enough space between the doorframe and the hole for the sump pump.
The sump pump is for removing excess water in case of flooding.
Once you cut the door frames, install pre-hung steel doors in the door frames.
Use a soldering gun to seal the top, bottom and sides of the door frames.
Create ventilation holes in the top of the container by cutting through the container and connecting air vents and a fan to the holes using nuts and lock washers.
Use soldering iron to seal off the edges.
This prevents water and dust from leaking into the bunker unit.
Use appropriate equipment such as a forklift, to lift the bunker container into the hole. Alternatively, hire a septic tank company to do this job for you.
Once the container is in the hole, drill two-inch holes into the sides of the container and insert electrical conduits and PVC pipes.
Use silicone caulking to seal the spaces between the pipes and the conduits.
The PVC and conduit lines will be used to connect the bunker to an electrical source and plumbing. Make sure the tops of the pipes are capped to avoid clogging.
The stairway can be made with plywood or concrete.
Plywood looks appealing.
However, concrete is more durable. The entryway or the area around the front of the stairway should be left open.
Cover the top of the container with dirt then sod or using corrugated metal.
Dirt and sod are more effective in “hiding” the bunker from view.
Corrugated metal helps prevent moisture from leaking into the bunker.
Planning ahead for an unexpected evacuation is crucial for safety and survival.
Whether you are facing a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, tsunami, chemical spills or any other kind of disaster that requires you to leave your home, you should always have a solid evacuation plan in place that can help get you and your family out of harm’s way as soon as possible.
Knowing what kind of disaster is heading your way will help you determine the best route that will help you avoid the disaster path so that you can get to safety.
You should be able to find out what’s going on just by listening to a radio, television news channels, or police scanner.
It is important that you figure out how you are going to gather your family members during an evacuation.
Often times, the disaster will cause phone services to stop working and you won’t be able to call anyone.
The best way to get everyone together is by choosing at least three meeting locations in your town in case one of the destinations has become unreachable.
Getting to safety is a priority during any disaster, so knowing where you will go and how you will get there is an important aspect of evacuation planning.
You need to make a list of emergency shelters in your area, along with a list of emergency shelters in nearby towns that you can drive to just in case all of the shelters in your town are inaccessible.
You should also become familiar with alternative routes that will help you get to the next safest shelter.
Before you evacuate your home, you will need to gather important documents such as your identification card, social security card, debit/credit cards and bank information.
You will also need to bring prescription medications and basic necessities such as clothes, bottled water, canned foods, and personal care items.
You should also gather items that are irreplaceable such as photo albums and computer hard drives that contain important information.
And if you have enough time, it wouldn’t hurt to bring along valuables such as jewelry and collectible items that you can sell for other things that you need.
After you’ve answered the four questions above, you will have an evacuation plan that gives you a much better chance to escape and survive any kind of disaster that comes your way.
Learn more about what you should put in a bug out bag here —> The Top 10 Essential Items for Your Bug Out Bag
Prepping is all about protecting yourself and having the means to survive on your own. Here are some tips for beginning preppers.
Sometimes a beginner prepper can become overwhelmed with all of the websites on the Internet about preparing for natural disasters.
The number one reason that you must prepare yourself and your family for a natural disaster is because you may end up in a life-threatening situation where you have no choice but to survive without the assistance of any relief agencies or government aid.
Besides the most obvious of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, we are living on a planet that has been impacted with asteroids and coronal mass ejections from the sun.
We could also be facing terrorist attacks or a nuclear war in the future.
There may even come a day when our very own government will become the people’s enemy by enforcing martial law on the entire nation.
No matter what the scenario is that you want to prepare for, there are some basic tips that will help guide you into becoming a master prepper for whatever comes your way.
Beginner preppers often feel overwhelmed because of their fear and lack of experience in getting prepared for a disaster. For this reason, it is suggested that newbie preppers start out simple and stick to the basics by preparing for a three day survival period.
After you’ve gained enough experience and confidence, you can then start expanding your survival gear to ensure your survival for a week, a month or even an entire year.
It is important to always be prepared for a power outage.
You should make sure you have a few LED flashlights with new batteries, some candles, a lighter and waterproof matches in case the power ever goes out.
You can also purchase a generator or solar panel to use as an electricity backup.
In most disasters, clean water can become very hard to find. It is estimated that a family of four would need 28 gallons of water to survive for one week.
While you could store single gallon jugs of water in your basement, garage, or outbuilding, it would take up too much space and is therefore recommended that preppers store their water in a large food grade plastic barrel that can hold at least 28 gallons.
Stock up on non-perishable food items such as canned foods, boxed meals, nutritional food bars, and ready-to-eat meals like those given to soldiers that are out on missions.
Make a copy of all of your important documents including your driver’s license, state ID, passport, marriage license, medical history, and emergency contacts list and store this information in a waterproof plastic bag. You could also make a backup of this information on a USB flash drive that can be accessed via a computer.
If something should ever happen that knocked out the Internet and telephone communications, you need to have a way to connect with your family and loved ones.
You should decide on a central meeting place that everyone can easily get to just in case you have no way of contacting them.
It might also be a good idea to have long-range walkie talkies that work over a distance of 4-5 miles so that you have an alternative way of contacting people if the meeting place ends up being a disaster zone.
Learning survival skills is the fun part of being a prepper. You should learn basic skills such as how to build a fire, how to catch fish, how to shoot a gun, how to use a bow and arrow, how to grow a garden, and how to cook over an open fire. It would also be a good idea to learn how to perform CPR just in case you need to save someone’s life.
Putting together a “bug out bag” is the most important part of prepping for a disaster just in case you have to leave your home for some reason.
The basic things that you’ll need is a change of clothes, a first aid kit, an emergency supply of prescription medications, non-perishable food items, water (one gallon per person per day), personal items such as tampons and pet food if you have pets.
You’ll also need other survival items such a blanket, a tent, a hunting knife, a water filter, a lighter and box of matchsticks, a flint stone to help you start a fire, a flashlight with new batteries, and a rain poncho.
If you’re concerned about getting robbed for your food, you might also want to stash away a gun and ammo in your bag.