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Edward Snowden Teaches You How To Make Your Phone “Go Black”

Whistleblower Edward Snowden is all about helping people take back the security the law grants them.  Whether it be informing them of NSA spying or personal internet security, he is a fearless pioneer in the field.

In a segment on Vice’s HBO show, he sat down with founder Shane Smith to demonstrate how to remove your cellphone’s camera and microphone, effectively making the phone ‘go black’, protecting your data from people and governments who may be trying to access it.

The process takes some minor electrical knowledge and the proper tools, but the video helps make it easier.  Check out the video below:

How to Pack a Backpack: Best Way To Pack A Backpack


Backpacking Tips: How to Pack a Backpack

As a survivalist, you know that there’s a chance you are going to need to bug out and take off at a moments notice.

Sure, we don’t want to think it will ever happen to us, but the reality is that it can happen….and you’ve better be ready.

The problem is that we can’t bring every.damn.thing. with us when we bug out.

The objective of packing a BOB or backpack the right way is to be able to carry all the essentials in the lightest possible way. By doing this, you have everything you need with you without having to struggle with a heavy load on your back.

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Remember that you should carry only the most important. Do not bring items you can do without such as books and heavy tools. People have a tendency to carry extra towels, shoes, clothes, and various other items that just add up to the total weight of the backpack.

However, carrying less weight does not imply on compromising your safety, as it must always comes first. Make sure to keep in mind these backpacking tips from REI’s YouTube channel.

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Water in China is a big issue.

According to the United Nations, China is home to 21% of the world’s population but contains only 7% of global freshwater supplies. Faced with an imminent water supply challenge, China introduced province-level water use quotas for 2015, 2020 and 2030, targeting improvements in water use efficiency across sectors, and rightly so.

The country’s water tables have dropped roughly one meter per year in the north where nearly half of the people live. The north is also home to more than half of national thermal power generation, four-fifths of coal production and reserves, and nearly half of China’s sown cropland, creating competition for limited water resources.

Rapidly expanding thermal power generation is increasingly placing strains on water resources, with the power sector already accounting for 12% of total water withdrawals. With domestic electricity demand expected to rise 65% by 2030, less water-intensive solutions are needed.

Enter renewable energy.

A new brief by IRENA and China Water Risk finds that scaling up renewable energy and introducing improved plant cooling technologies in China’s power sector can reduce water-intensity up to 42%.

“The global issues of water, energy and climate are completely interconnected. The only effective, immediately available solution to meet the rising demand for energy while limiting environmental impacts, is to scale up renewable energy. China has recognised this and must continue its leadership in the global energy transition.” IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

The brief examines the expected impact of China’s power sector on water and climate in 2030. It finds renewable energy is crucial to not only decarbonise the sector, but also to realise dramatic water-related benefits for the country.

China has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by sourcing roughly 20% of primary energy consumption from non-fossil fuels by 2030. IRENA analysis finds that achieving a 26% share or renewables in primary energy supply is both technically and economically feasible. Doing so would not only reduce emissions-intensity of power generation by 37% but also reduce water-intensity by 42% thanks largely to the water saving potential of solar PV and wind.


During power-generation, solar PV requires far less water than thermal to produce the same amount of electricity. Wind power requires no water.

Renewable energy offers benefits well beyond just emission reductions. For China, scaling up renewables can not only meet climate goals, it can also help meet future energy demand sustainably while leaving more water for people and agriculture.

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10 Best Books About Survival Part 2

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the 10 Best Books About Survival

this is part 2 of the “Best Books About Survival” list we have.

For part 1, visit the link here –> 10 Best Books About Survival

As a continuation we’re going to start at number 5…

5) SAS Survival Guide  

SAS Survival Handbook
This bestselling survival handbook written by ex-Special Air Service survival expert John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman contains some of the most reliable and respected survival info available.

From old-school navigation skills to up-to-date technologies like GPS, you can learn survival skills for any climate, on land or at sea. Disaster survival and other contemporary topics have been added to more recent additions of this popular and trusted book.

4) When All Hell Breaks Loose 

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When All Hell Breaks Loose 
Another great read from Cody Lundin is his 2009 disaster survival guide, When All Hell Breaks Loose.

For those that liked 98.6 Degrees, you’ll love this large book filled with disaster preps and emergency skills. With topics ranging from bugging out, to building an emergency outdoor kitchen, to dealing with a dead body, there is a wealth of information covered in this very detailed book. This is not just a disaster survival or urban survival book; there are lessons in here for almost any type of emergency. This is one of my favorite books.

3) Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants 

Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
Every survival library needs a copy of this book, and so does every Bug Out Bag. The 400 plants described in this book are found throughout the eastern half of the U.S., with many of them growing coast to coast.

This concise book tells you which wild plants to use for salad, tea, root vegetables, and many other foraged foods. Don’t let the black and white line drawings deter you.

This book has the details and an extensive number of plants that many slick-looking books with color photos are lacking. Never go hungry again with this book in your pocket.

2) Tom Brown’s Field Guide To Wilderness Survival 

Tom Brown’s Field Guide To Wilderness Survival
This back-to-basics book shows you how to take care of shelter, water, fire, food, tools, and supplies, along with instructions on identifying wild edible plants, tanning hides, improving your archery skills and much more.

This book, along with the author’s score of other books, have created an East Coast survival skills phenomenon.

1) The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook  

Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
This handbook by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C, is a very detailed medical book, full of technical info written in easily understood language.

This book caters to the outdoorsy crowd and covers many scenarios that you would commonly face while in the wilderness. Muscular and skeletal injuries, toxins, cold injuries, dental problems, and many other ailments and injuries are explained and a variety of treatments are offered.

If this book doesn’t keep you in one piece on the way to the doctor, nothing will.


For part 1, visit the link here –> 10 Best Books About Survival

10 Best Books About Survival

Looking for the 10 Best Books About Survival?

You’re in the right place if you’re looking for the best books about survival.

10) Your Survival

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Your Survival   
This manual by Dr. Bob Arnot and Mark Cohen is a simple, easy-to-read book focusing on disaster survival. The book is broken into three sections that provide advice “Before Disaster Strikes,” “During an Emergency,” and “After the Crisis.”

This book is packed with expert tips and helpful checklists so you can purchase and organize your food, first aid equipment, and supplies. As a bonus, the book comes with a 90-minute disaster preparedness video that the whole family should watch.


9) How To Stay Alive In The Woods   

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How To Stay Alive In The Woods   
This Bradford Angier book is an absolute classic, and the small paperback can be easily tucked into your gear and taken along for the trip. The content is fairly solid, though the drawings leave you a little short on the details of certain skills like setting traps and fire building.

Although the language is somewhat dated now (it was written in 1956), the book has one great thing going for it: The information is evergreen. That is, the skills presented have anyways worked and always will work. If you are lucky, this little book might be all you ever need.

8) Outdoor Survival Skills  

outdoor survival skills
This is the book that started my obsession with survival skills. I was 16 years old when I first bought Larry Dean Olsen’s Outdoor Survival Skills. This is a solid little wilderness survival book that shows us that less is sometimes more.

The book teaches Native American-inspired skill sets to acquire shelter, water, food, fire, tools, and much more. With this book you can effectively learn how to make string, archery tackle, and even functional friction fire equipment. Over the years, I’ve actively field-tested the lessons in this book, successfully replicating the skills outlined in its pages. If I can do it, so can you.

7) The Survival Handbook

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The Survival Handbook   
The Survival Handbook, by Colin Towell, is exactly what you would expect from the looks of it. This big book is a thorough study in all things survival. From different scenarios to different climates, the book covers the global skills you would need to survive in a wide variety of conditions and regions.

The contemporary writing and illustrations make this book attractive to younger readers, but the skills are the same as the those you would find in a more venerable book. If you can afford only one survival manual, this might be the one for you.

6) 98.6 Degrees  

98.6 degrees

98.6 Degrees
Cody Lundin’s first book, 98.6 Degrees, may be the ultimate “survival kit” book. It explains the physiological needs for certain things, and then explains the gear required to provide for these needs. With humorous text from Lundin and quirky drawings from professional cartoonist Russ Miller, the book is loaded with legitimate backcountry expertise presented in a memorable way.

This book may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s one of the most highly rated survival books to come out in recent years. If you like survivalist/naturalist Cody Lundin on the “Dual Survival” television show, then you’ll probably enjoy the skills and techniques taught in his book.f

click here for part 2 of 10 Best Books About Survival.


DIY: How to Make Endless Hot Water Without Electricity

As we all know, when SHTF you will need to have certain skills in place so that you increase your odds of surviving.

One of those skills is the ability to purify water and in this video we will show you how to make hot water without electricity.


Using some recycled parts and a small rocket stove you can heat and pump all the hot water you will ever need without power.

This ingenious technique utilizes thermal siphon pumping to move the freshly heated water into the reservoir.



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“Worlds Brightest” Military Grade Flashlight Now Available To Public

You know how after someone takes a picture of you at night with the flash on, it takes like 3 minutes to see properly again?

Now imagine that flash is 100x brighter and it doesn’t turn off. You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.

That’s what you get with the LumiTact G700 – a new Military Grade tactical flashlight.

The truth is, most people underestimate the importance of owning a great flashlight. And these days, in a world where terrorism, and natural disasters are becoming the norm, it’s more important than ever to have the right tactical gear.

This light’s incredible LED technology is used by the U.S. Navy Seals, the Coast Guard, Firemen, Policemen, U.S. Search and Rescue and now it’s been placed inside of an amazing Flashlight called the LumiTact G700…








These $200 lights are currently selling for 75% off their normal price! So make sure you hurry and grab yours now at the discounted price.

So if you want to make sure you’re always prepared for the worst, this flashlight is a great start. It has our vote.

How to make self-rising flour

How to make self-rising flour

Diversify your all-purpose flour to make it truly all purpose

If you are a prepper then the odds are you have a supply of grain somewhere in your food storage. You may have all-purpose flour stored up and even some self-rising flour. Still, you need to know how to create your own various flours and backing ingredients from scratch. Produce and baking ingredients may not be available in a survivalist situation. Where many overlook ingredient preparation skills, it is a vital part in being able to make and cook your own food. As bread is one of the cheapest foods to make (and yes I now there is little nutritional value in it), understanding how to make self-rising flour is important. Here is a step by step guide on how to make your own self-rising flour.

Step One: Get some grain seed

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If you do not have wheat or nuts, you can generally find a supply at an orchard or a farmer’s market. As grain grows in an abundance (as of now) the seeds are relatively cheap. Wheat seeds have a light brown texture or a somewhat white appearance. You do not want to get dark or roasted seeds. If you do not want to use wheat you can substitute barley, oats, nuts, rye, corn, and such to make your flour. Keep in mind that for the best results wheat should be used as you are going to prepare the ingredients for a chemical reaction. ENSURE YOUR SEEDS ARE DRY. If you need to use a dehydrator to ensure that all the moisture is out of the seeds. It is better that you have a dry seed then to have anything wet. If using nuts, you will want to shell the nut. Keep in mind that certain nuts have a low shelf life and do not make good flour (such as walnuts) where other nuts are great for flour (such as almonds). Do a bit of research to see which choice is best for you.

Step Two: Grind it to a powder

The next step is to grind the seeds to a powder. You want to ensure that there are no big chunks of seed within the mixture. Personally, I use a food processor and put the setting to pulp. The flour should be nice and fluffy. If it looks like blue cheese or has a sandy feel to it you need to grind it more.  As there is no liquid in the seed you should not have a paste.  If your seeds do form a paste then you will need to remove the moisture from your remaining seeds and start over. Of course, you can always cheat and go to a health food store and they will usually grind it for you.

Step Three: Add Backing Powder

Backing powder is going to be the main substance that causes the flour to rise. However, you do not want to overdo it. The ratio is 1 and ½ teaspoon for every cup of flour that you have made.  One pound of unground wheat will make about 4 cups of flour when ground. This would be the easiest way to add the baking soda as it would be a full 6 teaspoons.

Mix the contents in thoroughly.  It is recommended that you put the flour and the baking powder into the food processor and hit the pulse button a few times. If you are making the flour in a wilderness situation then you will want to mix the flour until there are no visible signs of the powder in the flour.

Step Four: Add Salt


¼ of a teaspoon of salt is added to every cup. Again, it is better that you add salt on a pound (4 cups) as it makes the math a bit easier. You do not want to use salt that has thick grains such as rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or Epson (as that should never be used in cooking). Salts should consist of iodized table salt. Mix

Ensure that you package the flour in an area that cannot get moist. Air tight containers are best. Also, label the flour so that you do not get it mixed up with your all-purpose flour.

Important Note:

While your bread may consist of fruits and nuts, it is not advised that you add anything to your flour except that which is needed to convert it to self-rising flour. As you are setting up the flour to create a chemical reaction, you should not add spices and other ingredients to the mixture which could compromise the process. Save your dehydrated fruits, nuts, and spices for when you are ready to bake your bread and then follow the recipe.

Why should you make self-rising flour?

From a prepper’s perspective, it may be more beneficial to stock up on bags of self-rising flour than to make it. Yet, this is not necessarily true. You will need to use all-purpose flour for many occasions and will rarely need to have the self-rising flour. Salt and Baking Powder should already be a part of your food storage. Therefore, you should already have everything that you need in order to make the flour. Why buy something extra that will take up additional space on your shelves?


An additional benefit to making your own self-rising flour (or purchasing it) is that you will eliminate the need to store up on yeast. Granted, if you are planning on making wine you will need yeast, but for baking and other standard uses, the self-rising flour will work out just fine.

Financially making your own flour saves a ton of money. The average bag of all-purpose organic flour costs between $7 (for Gold Medal) to $54 (King Arthur Flour).  Making your own all-purpose flour costs you about $2. Plus, making your own self-rising flour eliminates the dyes and the bleach used in commercial brands. Bottom line, you get a better product that last longer for cheaper.

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterization goes beyond the vehicle to consider the driver and passengers

Winter is a festive time of year for any person. Yet, with the season also comes the cold weather. And where you may be a seasoned prepper and survivalist, you may not be up to date on winterizing your modern day equipment, specifically your car. There are several ways in which you can drastically minimize the risk of damage to yourself or your vehicle with these easy to follow winterization tips.

Have Water in the car

water bottles

Crazy as it may sound, you need to have water in your vehicle. In the event that you are stranded somewhere because of a roadblock, downed tree, the apocalypse, whatever, you will need to have some water. Now, keep in mind that during the winter the temperatures can get to below freezing. Allow some space for ice expansion in the container to keep it from breaking. Store the water in a blanket to reduce the chances of it freezing.

Granted, you could live off the water from the snow for a while, but then again there may only be cold temperatures and hard ground.

Have a mobile air generator

Tire pressure fluctuates in the cold weather. You may have the ideal pressure when you set out on a trip, but because of the cold the air can reduce in the tires. You will find this common especially if the car has been sitting for a day or two (say at a hotel or campsite). A mobile air generator gives you the ability to pump up your own tires and regulate the pressure in the tires. There are several different air generators available. Most are electric and work off of the cars voltage plugs. However, you can find gas and even diesel air generators if you look around.

A shovel

Unseen dips in the terrain can quickly become a hazard to your vehicle. Having a shovel is a great way to keep you from getting stuck for too long. Granted, if you have a large SUV  or Truck you may need to use that tow cable to pull yourself out of a ditch or a hole. Those that just get too much snow around the tires or underbody of the car can use the shovel.

A chainsaw

I would venture to say that most people have not considered a chainsaw as part of the car winterization process. Yet, more people get stranded by fallen trees and debris during the winter than during any other time of the year (apart from maybe tornado season in Kansas). Now, I am not saying that you should start cutting on trees that are over powerlines or cause a threat to your health if you try to clear them, but if there is a tree that is blocking the road or close to falling on your car or another vehicle, cut it down and cut it up. If you have a large cargo area, take some of the wood for firewood for later.

A 5 gallon container of gas

Why 5 gallons? Typically a vehicle can hold anywhere from 10 to 20 gallons of gas. A 5 gallon tank will sustain you long enough to get to point B without painting a huge sign on your car that says “break in here and take my extra stockpile of gas”. If you want to have a backup for the entire tank, use small containers or lock down your large container. Remember, you will also need to take into account any tools and generators which rely upon gas.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

As a prepper, you are familiar with first aid and with first aid strategies. You also understand that the cheap kits that adorn cars are little more than novelty products to make consumers feel better about their purchases. Have a spare tactical first aid kit in your vehicle. This is imperative. For one, you are maximizing your chances of a successful winter by eliminating the excuses of not having a specific medical supply to help you in an emergency. Secondly, you are establishing an alternative place for your first aid to accompany your disaster preparedness plan. DO NOT use your primary first aid kit from your bug out bag.

Alcohol (closed container)

Let me be very, very clear here. In NO way do I promote drinking and driving and in no way do I promote having an open container in the car. Both are illegal in most states (drinking and driving is of course) as well as dangerous. That being stated, alcohol does not freeze and can provide you with an emergency source of liquid if needed. Do not get beer as this really has no purpose in a survival situation or in winterization. Use a strong alcohol like whiskey or vodka. Again, KEEP THE CONTAINER CLOSED AND STORED AWAY FROM THE DRIVER. If you have to use it, discard the bottle and do not drive till you are 100% sober.

Steel Wool and a Mobile battery charger

I would venture to say that 75% of winter problems with a car have to do with the battery. In most cases the battery is drained and the car just dies. There are a few ways in which you can go about checking your battery.

Lick your fingers and touch both terminals (NO, NO, DON’T THAT WAS A JOKE)

  • First try to turn the engine over. If you get some power and then the lights fade off or there is a slow dying it is probably the battery. If you get an abrupt dying of the interior lights it could be the battery or it could be the alternator.


  • Pop the hood and look for any visible signs of buildup on the terminals of the battery. This will be a green like substance. Do not touch it as it is battery acid and corrosion and not good for the skin. Instead remove the terminals from the battery (with the engine turned off) and use the steel wool to gently remove the build-up.


  • Most mobile battery chargers have a gauge which will tell you the power of your battery. Note that you will always have below 100% unless it is a brand new battery. If you find the numbers to be 10 to 50% then you need to use the charger to power up the battery.


These are but a few ways to keep your car and yourself ready for the winter season. Of course, you should do the proper and regular maintenance such as oil changes, fluid checks, and fuse checks. Remember, as a prepper/ survivalist you need to be ready for a catastrophic event at any time. That includes in your car in the winter.



Top Survival Priority: Water or Shelter?

Top Survival Priority: Water or Shelter?

Where should you be setting your priorities in a survival situation?

Survivalist and preppers understand that the essentials must be covered in order to sustain them should there be a catastrophic event. Sure, planning has gone into making a bug out bag and there have been some skills which have been honed in order to achieve this, but which element should be the top of the top? Should you focus on your food or your water as your main priority?

The Easy Answer

Focus on Shelter.shelter2 This may come as a shock to some people, but the reality of the situation is that you have already acquired your water for the first 5 days. Granted, this will not sustain you for the long run and you will need to find a water source, but if you have done your prepping and planning strategically (meaning that you have not waited until a catastrophic event has occurred) you already have located a sustainable water source.

What would cause you to need to find alternate shelter from your plan?

Your disaster preparedness plan should have a definitive location for your shelter and your water. However, the area can become compromised based upon several factors. These can include:

  • Military presence around your location is too strong – There is a theory that the closer you are to danger the safer you will be. This is not true in a catastrophic event. If your shelter is too close to a military base of operations, you will more than likely be found and seized.
  • Other Preppers have acquired the spot – Yes, you could fight to the death over the area, but this is really not the way that you want to start out your survival. The only way that I would say that you should duke out the survival spot is if you have erected a structure such as a bunker and another person has tried to occupy it.
  • Catastrophic Situations have unpredictably made the area insecure or unyielding – In a catastrophic event you will not be able to predict with certainty how the terrain will be affected. Should you find that the area in your disaster plan is unsuitable, you will need to go to another location.

Shelter should be sought over water as the environment is going to be harsh. As you are looking for an area in which to live, simply finding a spot that has water is not going to be sufficient. You need to ensure that there is a food source, water, a means of getting out quick if needed, tactical advantages, vantage points, the proximity to dangers, egresses, natural lighting, and the condition of the soil (just to name a few).  Now, keep in mind that during a catastrophic event, you will be battling against the terrain as well as everyone else to find a spot. The best solution: Find multiple spots prior to an event occurring.

The more difficult answer

Where shelter is a priority and will need to be found in order to keep you from over exertion, dehydration, as well as provide the basic functionality of a shelter, water may be the top priority depending upon the conditions. Should an event occur and the heat index rise to a substantial level you will need to find water and find it quickly. Granted, you will need to find a shelter to keep from getting sunburned and dehydrated, but without water you will die anyway.


You should not spend more than 2 days looking for shelter. If you have to think of water vs shelter and you have a 5 day pack, you need to ensure that you will be able to allot time to finding water. If after the end of 2 days you have not found s sustainable shelter, you will need to just make do with what is available and seek out some sustainable water. You do NOT want to totally deplete your bug out bags water prior to finding a renewable source of water.

It’s all about the location

Finally, when you are thinking about your survival plan consider where your plan is located. Are you depending on wilderness survival? If so, you will need to focus on the shelter first, as water is more abundant in the wilderness (usually). Are you planning for urban survival? Water will be your main priority as there will be plenty of abandon buildings and structures which you can choose to take shelter in. Look for residences with external water heaters as a quick way to gain access to stored and safe water.

Be prepared and you will not have to prioritize

Where you cannot fully plan for the worst situation, you can be prepared to survive. Preppers and survivalist who have a plan and a backup plan or two should have a few locations selected in various locations which provide ample shelter as well as have a natural water source. Bug out bags should be equipped with tarps and water to provide for immediate shelter and water if needed, but these should be understood to be temporary solutions. Bags which have water straws and water filters can maximize the time that a person can look for a shelter or a route to their bug out location. Do not limit yourself to one plan or have your location around one main river (For example: you would not want to have 15 locations picked along the Mississippi River. If the river becomes polluted to the point of not being able to use it you have 15 useless locations). Diversify your locations around several natural water supplies to maximize your potential for one of the locations to be functional in a catastrophic event.

It is in the best interest of the prepper/survivalist to perform checks on their shelter and water locations. Revamp your plan if you find weaknesses in your plan or if the shelter and water desirability change (for example a 4 lane highway is constructed cutting you off from accessing your shelter without compromising your safety). Prepare, plan, re-plan, and you should survive.

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

What to do before and during your purchase

If you are a prepper and just starting out, then one of the tools which you are sure to acquire is a gun. Yet, for those which have never purchased a gun, the process may be a little frustrating. There are a few things which must be considered prior to and during your purchase. Here is a list of the top considerations you need to have in line before and during a gun purchase.

Before you Purchase a gun

Before you purchase a gun, you need to select the gun which is appropriate for you. Now, if you do not have a gun then you will need to find a way in which to test various guns to find the perfect fit. There are a few ways in which you can do this.

  1. Find a friend that has a few different guns and ask to shoot them. Ensure that the person that has the guns knows what he/she is doing. You do not want to kill yourself just because you and the person that owns the guns thought it would be fun to unload a few rounds.


  1. Go to a firing range and ask if they can instruct you. Typically, you can find someone that will be able to match a gun to your needs, your build, and your ability.

Planning your Purchase

Remember that when you go to purchase a gun that you are entering into a commercial space. The person that is selling you the gun is going to try to up sell whatever they can to get the most profit from you. Do a bit of research on the various guns which are available. As with any commercialized product there are different makes and models available as well as different bells and whistles for each. This does not mean that you have to purchase these things. Do not get bamboozled by the salesman which is trying to get more on their commission and profits.

Once you have picked the gun or rifle that you want, then you need to ensure that you have the proper paperwork in place to purchase the gun. Where Hollywood would make it sound as if you can just go into a pawn shop or a gun shop and slap down a bit of money and get a gun that day, the reality of the situation is that you will have to have your paperwork processed and that the paperwork will have to clear before you can pick up your gun. In most cases this will take 7 days or more. To help expedite the process have:

  • Your gun safety license or a copy of the license
  • Your driver’s license and a secondary proof of Identity
  • The cash to pay for the gun
  • A background Check printout on you

The last point is essential in helping things along. Most of the delay that you will find is a result of the governmental stipulations requiring that all those which purchase a firearm have a background check conducted. Where the establishment may require a new background check, it may not if you have a notarized and authentic source for your background check.

Purchasing your gun

Again, I really want to drive the point home that you will be purchasing from someone that is not concerned with your safety and how you shoot the gun. They are concerned with your dollars and you leaving the store legally with a weapon. That is it. When you go in to purchase a gun, you need to have in mind the type of gun and the features which you will want to have on the gun. Be sure to ask about warranties, different models, and ask about the cost of ammunition and upkeep for the particular model that you select. If you are choosing a Glock or another similar gun which is notorious for not having a safety, ensure that you acquire a trigger lock or another way to ensure that you do not accidently fire the gun.

Gun stores love preppers, for some reason they think that the majority of us are ill informed theorist. This has, unfortunately, led to many gun providers offering over the top guns to those that make it known that they are prepping. Keep it to yourself that you are planning for a catastrophic event. Instead use terms like “I want some extra defense” or “what is your best long range hunting rifle”. You may want to consider stating that “I have a bit of precision training and I want a gun that has a bit more power than a (put gun type here).” The more informed you are the better you will be in getting things accomplished.

It is part of your plan so plan wisely

You do not want to look like a novice when you go to pick out a gun. Look like you have been there before and that you have a firm grasp on weaponry. The worse thing that you can say when you go to purchase your first gun is “I have never purchased a gun before and need a little bit of help” or something to the equivalent. Yes, you can ask questions and yes it is important to get help on a topic if you do not understand what is being stated. However, you do not want to be the target of every sales person that says you must have this and that in order to have a prepper ready arsenal.

TIP: Where gun purchasing does take time and there is usually a waiting period, you can usually purchase your ammunition the day that you go to a store. If you are certain that you are going to get a particular gun, go ahead and start buying up the ammunition for it. As the amount of boxes you can purchase is limited, buying now and later will give you more bullets.



How to preserve meat without a refrigerator

How to preserve meat without a refrigerator

Because let’s face it a GM is just too large for a bug out bag

Preppers will need to have a food source. If you are not a vegetarian it would be a health risk for you to completely take proteins and meats out of your diet. At the same time, the meat which you obtain from your hunting and fishing need to be preserved in order for you to have a sustainable food source. Where you could go out and hunt every day and cook the meat fresh, the chances of you finding food daily is bleak and you will have other tasks which will not allow you to constantly be sitting and waiting on game. Here are some ways in which you can preserve meat without a refrigerator.

You can dehydrate your meat PRIOR to bugging out

Dehydrated meat lasts for a very long period of time. As the moisture is removed from the meat it last longer and is less subject to molding and other damage which occurs when water is present. The easiest way for you to dehydrate meat is in a dehydrator. You will need to season and cook the meat before placing it into the dehydrator. The only instance in which you would put the meat into the dehydrator uncooked would be if you are planning on cooking the meat later and using it in your food or for bait. Of course, this is a bit counterproductive. If you can perform the task now then why wait for a catastrophic event and the survivalist atmosphere to do it?

Salt the meat


Salting the meat is going to be the best way to preserve meat when you are in a wilderness situation. Careful consideration needs to be given to how much salt you have in your bug out bag. Meats have to be placed into a brine of salt for a few days. Once the meat has absorbed the salt and dried out a bit, you will need to have a coating applied to it. The coating can be made with water and molasses. Keep in mind that the molasses may draw flies and other insects. Let the coating harden and then keep the meat hung in a dry climate. Again, you will want to keep the meat from insects and other animals, but at least it will be preserved.

NOTE: The coating that you add to the meat keeps it moist. If needed avoid the coating and put the meat in a covering of salt for a few weeks. The salt will preserve the meat. However, it will become jerky as the salts will draw out the moisture. You can rehydrate the meat to an extent, but you should keep this in mind when determine which methodology you wish to use.

Cold Water Does wonders

As water, specifically fresh water, will be a vital part of your wilderness survival, you can utilize your fresh water source to help preserve your meat. When using this method you will need to have a container which can also act as a conductor. Some people would state that a plastic cooler would work. Yet, I find that these are too bulky and too thick to preserve meat effectively unless the temperature of the water is very cold. Instead, I find that metal containers do real well. Place the meat into a container in a ziplock bag (to keep out toxins). Put this into the metal container. The metal container should be buried 2/3 to ¾ of the way in the water and secured. The top of the container should have water flowing over it but it should not be submerged to the point of having rapids going over it. As the container remains cool, so will the meat. Those using this method should understand that the meat is not going to be preserved for a long period of time. You are basically creating a wilderness version of a refrigerator.

The Cooking Method

One of the simplest means of preserving meat is to cook it. When you cook the meat you are killing the bacterium in the meat and reducing the moisture in the game. By doing this you can keep the meat longer. It is recommended that you add a salt coat to cooked meat when you are not planning on eating it soon.grilled meat

When you cook meat which you want to preserve, do it slowly. Keep the barbeque mentality. Slow and low. If you try to cook the meat too quickly you will only burn it to a crisp and have nothing that has any nutritional value. You won’t even enjoy eating the crust.

Keep it alive till you need it method

Many people do not consider their food source as a preservation of meat. However, it is a vital part to your meat preservation. If you have rabbits or chickens you have walking meat. Do not make the mistake of abandoning your meat source in a catastrophic event. Take you a few rabbits or a chicken or two. As long as the game is reproducing you will have a meat source. Do not kill your game until you are ready to skin and eat it. By doing this, you eliminate the need to have an abundance of salt, dehydrate your meats, or worry about spending too much time on the game trail. Of course, you will need to allocate time into keeping the animals alive, but I believe that the payoff is worth it.

When in a survivalist situation, you do not need to get food poisoning or run out of meat. Ensure that you have a tried and true way of preserving your meat. Start practicing you skills now so that you will not have to learn them when the SHTF. Additionally, preppers and survivalist should be practicing their canning and their cutting skills to maximize the amount of meat they have available when a catastrophic event occurs.

What is a Bug Out Bag?

After a natural disaster, you often hear people talking about having a bug out bag, but what is it and why do you need one?

Having a bug out bag in our home or vehicle could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency.

A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that is designed to last you for three days. These are also referred to as 72 hour emergency kits. They need to be portable and have all the things you need to survive during a disaster.


What should your bug out bag contain?

What you actually pack in your survival kit will have to do with your own needs as well as where you live. For example, if you live in area where hurricanes are common, you’ll need supplies related to surviving a hurricane.

But if you’re in an area that is more likely to be dry, you’ll want to have a different set of items. In general, though, you’ll want to have a first aid kit, a three day supply of food that doesn’t require real cooking, and a change of clothing.

Itís also a good idea to have a system for shelter, a bedroll, light sources, and tools to help you start a fire, stay dry and warm. Itís also important to have supplies for any personal needs. For example if you have small children, you may need diapers and baby wipes, toys to keep kids occupied, and children’s medications.

When would you use a bug out bag?

There are many situations that might warrant the use of an emergency kit. For example, you might have a gas leak in your home or a fire requiring you to leave it. You could also need to evacuate due to flooding or another natural disaster.

And, unfortunately, itís important to plan for instances such as terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, or chemical spills that may require you to leave your home and find alternate shelter. Your kit won’t be designed to take care of long-term changes, but it will give you time to seek something more permanent if needed.

A bug out bag needs to be easy to grab and go. Most people purchase a back pack for their bug out bag because itís easy to carry and allows you to have your hands free. Even small children can carry their own bug out bag that has essentials.

When you have a 72 hour emergency kit, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing you’re better prepared for a disaster. Having a bug out bag for each member of your family will protect you during an emergency that requires evacuation.

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11 Things I Wish I Knew About Building A Survival Kit When I First Started

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Most preppers assume that building a survival kit is a fairly straightforward process. However, there are a few common mistakes when selecting items to add to their first survival kit. Here are a few tips to make your survival kit more useful and efficient.

11) A Survival Kit Should Handle Many Potential Emergencies

A well-designed safety kit must contain tools and supplies to help you survive in a number of different emergency situations.

One common mistake made by people building their first survival kit is focusing on a narrow subset of emergencies.

They build a kit which might be fantastic for dealing with an invasion by China, but isn’t too useful when you fall off a cliff and break your leg!

The survival kit should contain items that:

  • Help you create shelter and protect yourself against the elements and extreme temperatures
  • Supply food and water
  • Satisfy basic health and emergency first aid requirements
  • Help you navigate the area
  • Allow you to communicate with other people and notify them of your presence

Looking at the items you have collected and thinking about the possible emergency scenarios which might occur will help you evaluate your survival kit.

10) Having Quality Gear Matters

A common mistake that people make when building their first survival kit is going for quantity instead of quality.

There is no point stuffing your survival kit full of items which are not well-made and are prone to breakage.

This is particularly true when talking about items like sleeping bags, signaling gear and communication gear. 

A poor quality sleeping bag could mean the difference between spending a night wide awake and shivering or resting comfortably. 

If your cheap LED torch fails it could mean the difference between rescued and dying alone!  

If you can’t afford quality items immediately, spend more time building your survival kit.

9) Signaling and Communication Items are Crucial

Many survivalists take pride in their self-sufficiency and survival skills. 

For this reason, they sometimes skimp on items which are important for signaling or communicating with other people. 

Don’t forget that a survival kit must cater for situations where your ability to be self-sufficient has been compromised by injury or illness.

Even if you are an expert in off-grid living, signaling, and communication items are essential for any survival kit. 

Useful signaling and communication tools include flares, distress radio beacons, laser pointers with lithium batteries, high-power LED lights with signaling capabilities, whistles, and signaling mirrors.

8) Retractable Gear is a Fantastic Space Saver

Space is always a chief concern when building a survival kit. 

There are some fantastic products which are designed to save space and add more value to your survival kit.

Sometimes they may cost a little more, but if they allow you to take an additional item, it is worth the expense.

7) Use Multiple Emergency First Aid Kits

Perhaps the most important aspect of a survival kit, the emergency first aid kit must include a wide array of items to deal with various medical emergencies. 

Unfortunately, they can become fairly bulky very quickly. 

One way around this issue is to use multiple emergency medical kits — one to carry with you while hiking or taking a short trip, and another more comprehensive kit which stays in your car or at your camp.

Smart preppers craft the contents of their kit to match the activity they will be performing and always take a medical kit with them.

6) Weatherproof Gear is Worth the Money

Experienced preppers understand that the weather is one of the toughest impediments to surviving in the wilderness. 

For this reason, everything that goes into the survival kit should be weather-resistant. 

The items should be able to survive submersion in water, dusty/sandy/icy environments and extreme temperatures.

Using gear which is not weatherproof can lead to disastrous results if you are forced to cross a waterway unexpectedly or the weather suddenly turns bad.

5) Knowledge and Skills Matter as Much as Gear

Many people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on their survival kit, ensuring they have the best gear available. 

However, if you lack the necessary knowledge to use the gear appropriately or deal with emergency situations, it could all be worth nothing.

Your knowledge base should include:

  • First aid knowledge — How to dress a wound, treat a burn, identify an infection
  • Navigational knowledge — Maps and navigational equipment
  • Survivalist and Environmental knowledge — The kinds of animals and plants which may be used to help you survive.  Survival tips including how to start a fire, build a shelter and so on.

Keep in mind that this information may not even be used by you! 

You might run into a situation where you have been injured and cannot gather food or light a fire by yourself. 

Another person might be required to perform these tasks and having this knowledge on hand could help them save your life.

Even if you are experienced with off-grid living, you might only have knowledge relating to a certain type of environment. 

What happens if you have an accident and are left stranded in a foreign location with completely different geographical conditions, wildlife, plants and weather conditions? 

Knowledge is essential to survival.

4) Redundancy Matters

When first building a survival kit, many preppers use a checklist to ensure that they have an item for each survival task. 

For example, a lighter for starting a fire or some chemical tablets for making water safe to drink. 

However, if they lack redundancy for particularly important survival tasks, they are asking for trouble. 

Bring two or even three ways to start a fire, have multiple options for purifying water including chemical tablets and a small filtration system. 

Preppers should also consider the varying weather conditions may affect the viability of some items. 

A traditional lighter might struggle to help you build a fire in an extremely wet environment, for example.  If you are interested in off-grid living, redundancy is particularly important.

3) Not all “Survival Foods” are Created Equal

Some foods that are sold as “survival foods” are actually packed with sugar and can do a great deal of damage in certain situations. 

If you are battling a fever or hypothermia, the last thing you want to eat is a sugary snack high in fructose corn syrup, because it will send your pancreas into overdrive. 

Pack natural foods that keep well under various weather conditions and provide you with a great deal of nutrition.

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2) Weight Matters

When choosing the items to go into your survival kit, the kit’s weight should always be monitored carefully. 

Look for items that offer great value without adding too much weight to your kit. 

For example, a Ferro-cerium rod might be a better option than a catalytic heater and gas bottle for lighting fires and cooking.

1) The Wrong Clothing

A common mistake for people building their first survival kit is not incorporating enough clothing or including inappropriate clothing. 

Take clothing that is one layer warmer than you think you will need.  That will ensure you can maintain your body temperature in the event of an accident or find yourself stranded at night.

Also, remember the ‘top and toes’ rule. 

Most of your body’s heat is lost through your head and feet. 

Even if the weather is quite warm, incorporate some comfortable socks and a beanie into your survival kit. 

You should also think about the kinds of materials used in the clothing in your survival kit. 

For example, cotton is fantastic at retaining warmth until it gets wet, then it can actually contribute to hypothermia! 

Materials like Polypropylene are hydrophobic (repels water), which makes them ideal for a base layer that keeps moisture off your skin. 

Wool is great for keeping you warm, nylon is tough and polyester is great at stopping wind penetration. 

Choose your clothes carefully!