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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.

Things I Wish I Knew About Water Purification Before I First Started

I’m sure you’ve heard stories of solo hikers or bikers that manage to get themselves lost in the wilderness, and then, after battling with nature and its extremes, they return to civilization because of their will to survive and of course – that handy bottle of water.

We humans can only survive around 3 to 4 days without water, while staying alive without food is much easier, because trying to survive in extreme heat conditions can actually worsen your thirst and your body will start craving more fluids.

While over-hydration is not a good thing either, you will still always need a certain amount of water in your body so that your organs can function fluently.

When you find yourself lost in the wild or venturing through unknown and tricky terrains, carrying enough water with you can be hard.

This is why water purification methods have been devised by survivalists who understand how important constant access to clean water is when you are traveling off-the-grid.

However, many people are left regretting the fact that they didn’t know ‘enough’ about water purification, before venturing into the wild.

So here are a few pointers that can help you understand water purification to upgrade your survival chances.

Be Conscious About the Water Sources You Choose

Your best option for retrieving pure water is from sources of clear flowing water from areas where there are no people around, no manmade buildings or any obvious signs of pollution.

When you are making your way through the wilderness and you run across a stream or a spring, you should try to fill up as many bottles of water as you have.

Ponds, lakes, & Rivers

You should know that ponds, lakes and rivers are less ideal sources of water since the first two are water bodies that are stagnant, which means that it may have a lot of bacteria, while rivers can often typically be heavily polluted.

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Be extra careful after the area has experienced any flooding, or if there are population centers or chemical plants operating nearby.

Snow & Ice

As long as this is not frozen seawater, ice and snow are also great and instantly available sources or pure, or at least, clean water in the winter season.

You shouldn’t et ice or snow though, since that lowers your body temperature quite a lot and does not do much to quench your thirst.

You should still purify ice or snow after it has melted, but only as long as it isn’t brown, yellow or black in color. Adding snow to a hot pot and melting it will make for an awful taste.

Filtering & Digging for Clean Water

You can also try to retrieve clean water from mud, dry river beds or any other kinds of low lying terrain.

One thing that I haven’t particularly tried but have heard numerous times about is creating a swamp well which is done by digging up a hole and then trying to shore it up back from the shoreline.

The main concept behind this procedure is trying to find bodies of clean water underground which are usually present in excess around other large bodies of water like oceans or seas.

However, while all of the aforementioned ways of looking for clean water are very useful, sometimes you are stuck with very limited options and the only thing that you can do is look for possible purification methods that can help you.

Also, it is never a good idea to plan a risky trip in water scarce areas, because if you get lost, your survival instincts will be the only thing that can help you stay alive.

Boiling Water

The best way to purify water is through boiling, and it is also the easiest.

All you need is a little bit of equipment along with a camp stove or a campfire.

You should try to bring the water you have to a full boil until you have rolling bubbles as the pot simmers over high heat, and make sure that you let those bubbles roll for at least five minutes to ensure maximum purification.

Then cool it down and drink up!

Purification Pumps or Filtration

When you make a visit to a camping supplies store, you will find a number of different kinds of filters and purifying pumps that actually enables you to clean water almost instantly.

This can easily be done by squeezing water though charcoal or ceramic filters, after which it is treated with chemicals to become safe for drinking.

There are a variety of hi-tech water bottles available that have this process built in as mechanism, so that water can be purified without being pumped from bottle to bottle.

The purification takes place as you suck the water into your mouth through the head of the water bottle. 

Tablets & Drops for Purification

This is a very inexpensive and simple procedure, but the water extracted through this method will not necessarily be the best in taste.

The easiest way of purifying any kind of wild water is simply by dissolving purification drops or tablets in it and then waiting for a few minutes.

You can either use Iodine, which is more common, but potassium permanganate and chlorine can also be highly effective.

You should let the water be for at least 20 minutes after adding these chemicals before you can think of consuming it, and if the taste is unpleasant, use powdered fruit juice mixes to mask the taste.


10 Ways You’ll Fall In Love With A Prepper

10 Ways You'll Fall In Love With A Prepper

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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.

Benefits of the prepping lifestyle

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.

1. Preppers have their own resources.

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.

2. They are handy.

Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.

9 reasons I won't be trusting the government any time soonA 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.

3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources

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.

4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.

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.

5. They are realistic.

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.

6. They fight for freedom.

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.

7. They can be your insurance plan.

Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.

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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.

8. They help the entire community.

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.

9. They are independent.

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.

10. They see the world differently.

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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10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Everyday Carry Pack

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.

Bring Survival Gear with You

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.

1. Staying Hydrated Means Staying Alive

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.


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2. Fueling Up with Food Supplies

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.

3. Preventing Infection with a First Aid Kit

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.

4. Maintaining Your Sense of Surroundings

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.

5. Building and Repair with Durable Multi-Use Items

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.

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6. Warming Up and Using Light without Electricity

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.

7. Recording Information and Communicating Off the Grid

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.


8. Taking Care of Yourself

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.

9. Clothing for All Situations

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.

10. Remembering the Other Important Things

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.

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If You Read One Article About Survival Training Read this One

You find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere with the sun setting fast.

It’s too late to try to find your way back to civilization, and you only have about an hour of good sunlight left to seek shelter and protect yourself from the chill that is coming.

Luckily, you know the six most important survival skills that every person must master.

By thinking quickly and putting your skills to good use, you can find a suitable location, build a shelter and protect yourself from the elements.

The Six Survival Skills You Must Master

Survival training protects you in the event that you find yourself battling the elements. Hopefully, you won’t find yourself in a situation where you need to call upon this training.

However, knowing how to protect yourself can mean the difference between life and death if you do get stuck in the wilderness.

1. Finding and Building a Suitable Campsite

You may not have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a place to set up your camp. Look for a location that is high, and avoid paths and valleys that make it easy for water to flow directly toward you.

Look at the area around you and make sure there aren’t any dead branches hanging above you that might fall during the night. When possible, look for an area close to running water and against a rock face to help protect you from the elements.

The best shelters are made from natural elements. Look for a downed tree that is firmly secured by rocks or other trees. Cover the tree with any debris you can find like moss, leaves and branches.

Finally, cover the inside of the lean-to with debris to help insulate you from the ground.


2. Finding Ingredients for a Fire

No survival training course would be complete with instruction on how to build a fire.

Building a fire requires tinder and kindling ranging in size from a toothpick to a pencil. Place a large log as the base and then add your tinder. Tinder consists of fibrous material that tends to burn easily and quickly.

Look for dry brush, leaves or shred branches to create your tinder. Light the tinder and then start stacking the smaller pieces of kindling. Gradually add larger pieces of kindling in the shape of a lean-to.

This allows air to flow through and fuel your fire. Once the fire gets big enough, add additional logs to the fire. If the logs are damp, keep them close to the fire to dry them out and make it easier to keep your fire going strong. A fire can act as a signal for help and protect you from the cold.

3. Finding Clean Water

Ever wondered why cats tap water with their paw before they drink it?

It’s a behavior that stems from a knowledge that stagnant water is not safe to drink. Running water is your best option for clean water.

Avoid anything that has been standing for a long time, such as water you might find in puddles. The best option is to boil your water, but that isn’t always possible.


Rain, snow and dew are also fairly safe options for water. If there is a waterfall or a river with water that cascades over rocks, that source should be your second option.

You can filter the water by taking some clean clothing, soaking the water in the clothing and then wringing it out. Maples trees and cacti contain good sources of water if you cut a hole and let the water drain out. Water can also be squeezed from vines and thistles.

Finally, consider filtering the water yourself if you have good sunlight. Find a leafy branch and tie a plastic bag around the leaf, come back later in the day and drink the condensation that formed on the inside of the bag.

4. Finding Edible Food

One of the biggest mistakes people in a survival situation make is trying to hunt big game. In a survival situation, you need to conserve your calories and the time and energy required to hunt, cook and prepare game might overextend you.

Plus, if you fail to find food or can’t cook it correctly, you’ve just wasted a day’s worth of energy. Look for easy to catch and find foods like edible plants.

Additionally, you can catch small game like fish, frogs and even lizards. Just make sure to cook anything you catch properly. This is where good survival training becomes important.

Being able to identify the plans that can kill you from those that are safe to eat is crucial to surviving. Memorize the plants common to the area you frequent most often. Safe plants common to many areas include cattail, dandelions and wild spinach.

5. Finding Help

If you are injured, you won’t have time to find your way home.

You need to send out a signal for others to find you. In fact, sending up a signal is a good idea even if you aren’t injured. Each day, find time to create a signal so that any planes overhead or search parties can find you more easily.

Use a signal fire on top of a clearing or hilltop. Create large amounts of smoke by piling on green branches, pine boughs and other green plants.

If you have a mirror, cell phone screen or any other reflective surface and use it to reflect the light from the sun. A reflective signal can often be seen for miles at day or night and is far more effective than a flashlight.

6. Finding Your Way Home

While surviving, you also need to make progress towards civilization. If you’re lost and you don’t have GPS, you can use your environment to ensure you don’t go in circles.

If you’re on a mountain, choose a direction and head down. Follow any streams or lakes when possible, since these natural flow along the line of least resistance and will lead you to the mountain’s base.

If there is no sun, then look for moss on trees. Moss doesn’t grow exclusively on the north side of a tree, but it does grow the most on the north side. This only applies to the northern hemisphere. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, it’s the reverse.

If you find a trail, road or any other indication of civilization, stay on the trail. The important thing is to make a decision on a direction and stick with that choice. Create large markers every 500 feet. This way, if a search party is looking for you they can follow your trail markers.

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9 Reasons Why You Suck At Prepping

What is a “prepper?”

Some would say that when survivalists go off Zoloft, they become doomsday preppers. Whether it is the zombie epidemic, the collapse of the Federal Reserve, radioactivity from a supernova explosion, or the armed terrorism of ISIS, preppers believe that the world is headed for the Day of Judgment.

They call it SHTF – when the “sh*t hits the fan.” Consider it insurance against Uncle Sam. Across America, three million people identify themselves as preppers.

Here’s why you’re not one of them.

9 Mistaken Assumptions of the Newbie Prepper


1. You are not Jason Bourne.

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No matter how many Xbox Live hours you’ve logged on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, you are not adequately prepared for the pandemonium of martial law. You’ve put all your eggs in one basket: an automatic M4 Carbine or semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

Take a hint from the years 2008-2013, when AR-15 ammunition was harder to find than a Democrat in Alabama. AR-15 rifles have achieved market saturation, and once Armageddon cometh, ammunition will quickly be stockpiled and sold for Brobdingnagian black market prices.

Your better bet is a double-barrel, pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun. Ammunition is plentiful. Parts are cheap. Uses are multiple. With an adjustable choke, you can hunt everything from rabbits to turkey to fish. With a set of slugs, you can take down a deer or looting criminal.

Take a lesson from Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch in Robert B. Parker’s western novels: Nothing beats a trusty shotgun.

2. You lack potent social skills.

Think your bear spray and bottled water will protect you if a Category 5 Hurricane razes the American South? Think again! Three-quarters of Americans dwell in urban areas. For most survivors, people skills will be more important than survival skills. Ever watched “Survivor”?

Read, study and practice the seminal book, “Social Intelligence,” by Daniel Goleman, and then follow it up with his other work, “Emotional Intelligence.”

Goleman believes that social and emotional intelligence allow humans to navigate complex social situations. Humans are wired to connect at the neural level, he argues.

Mirror neurons encourage empathy, altruism and corroboration. So when you need a shot of penicillin for a bacterial infection, remember that the pen is mightier than the sword.

3. Your stash is a target.

Thomas Hobbes contended in “Leviathan” that the pre-civilized natural condition of man is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

If Hobbes is right, then once Y2K Edition 2.0 hits, your stash of canned green beans, sourdough starter and salted venison will be under fire. So don’t brag about your stash.

Everyone you inform will either become an asset or a liability. Maximize the first; minimize the second.

4. You fall into analysis paralysis.

Which will come first: a dirty nuclear explosion? Genetically-engineered killer bees? Solar flares? An electromagnetic pulse?

Where does the list end?

Keep your sanity. Plan and prepare only for the top three or four doomsday scenarios.

5. You bug out instead of bugging in.

In the event of an apocalyptic societal collapse, Mother Nature will wipe out far more of mankind than man himself will. Surviving in the wild takes a lot more than a Swiss Army knife and a 120-pack of MREs.

Can you build a snow cave? Brew tea with spruce needles? Identify flint versus sandstone?

Build a water filter using charcoal, leaves and sand? Most preppers will survive the collapse of civilization squirreled away inside a home with a 2,000-watt inverter generator and a gutter garden, not playing hermit in Rocky Mountain National Park.

6. You don’t know how to use your gear.

Can you find the North Star in Argentina?

No, you can’t. Because you didn’t know that once you cross the equator, Polaris disappears, and instead you use the Southern Cross for navigation.

Moral of the story: You must know how to use your gear! Can you convert GPS degrees, minutes and seconds into decimal notation?

Just remember this equation: Decimal value = Degrees + (Minutes/60) + (Seconds/3600). Can you tie a bowline loop, a prusik knot and a hunter’s bend? How about a highwayman’s hitch or a constrictor knot? Can you build a ham radio from parts cobbled together from eBay auctions?

7. You stored all the wrong food.

Freeze-dried chicken breast. Canned French-cut green beans. Spicy Ramen Noodles. You spent $5,000 on food that looks like it’s going on a mission to the moon.

In starvation situations, men have been known to murder longtime friends over a spare bar of chocolate or a fresh orange. So don’t skimp on the sweets, and understand how food is stored. Fight against the six food storage enemies: temperature, oxygen, moisture, pests, light and time.

8. You don’t have any documents.

The most important, most ignored prep is a documentation package: Social Security cards, bank account numbers, family contact information, insurance forms – and a minimum of $5,000 in cash.

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9. You forgot to make a personal library.

Doomsday will not be spent fighting invading armies or setting snares for jack rabbits. Most of doomsday will be spent in the shadow of candlelight, surrounded by family and friends, sharing memories and reading outdoorsman handbooks and mystery novels. So don’t ignore the power of entertainment.

Learn to play the harmonica. Amass a personal library. Laugh often.

Don’t just survive; live.


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Clearly Filtered Water Filters Review: Are They Any Good?

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Today’s article we will be reviewing the Clearly Filtered water bottles. I am currently testing out three different water filtration bottles from ClearlyFiltered. We’ll be reviewing these three bottles:

Clearly Filtered Athlete Water FilterClearlyFiltered Stainless Water bottle

as well as the one that we’re using as our full time hunting/fishing water bottle.

ClearlyFiltered Canteen

My personal favorite for my day-to-day is the Athlete edition. The reason for that is because it fits great in my hands, fits in my normal everyday carry pack along with fitting in the car’s cup holder perfectly.

My girlfriend was very excited about receiving “The Stainless” as she has always had these types of stainless steel water bottles and really likes them. She’s not too big on prepping/survival so this is kind of an under-the-radar way of getting her prepared for anything and everything.

And the Filtered Canteen is the perfect bottle for hunting/fishing. It holds more water and if you hunt, you know that you want to stay stationary as much as possible so this holds enough water for ya. Plus, it’s green and blends in great with the woods.

I’d recommend keeping the Canteen in your bug out bag (it comes with a little leash that can attach to your bag, all of these bottles do and I REALLY like that about them)


Now you’re probably thinking…. sure they look good, but how do they work? Well here’s the kicker…. they freakin kick ass and I’ve tried out a bunch of different water filter bottles.


Here’s one of the charts I found that compares with some of the other water filters/bottles.



As preppers, we want something that is going to last and this will last 100+ gallons.

Although I have found that people say it’s actually much closer to 200+ gallons, I feel that for legal reasons they have to put 100+ to keep everything legal.

After testing out a few of the other types of water filters, I really like the Clearly Filtered bottles and the company is really standing behind their statements and research.    

All in all, I really like the ease of their filter. With many of the filtered bottles I’ve tested you end up expending a lot of energy sucking the water through the filter in order to actually get the drink.

To me, that’s a pain in the ass.

With the Clearly Filtered bottles, it’s as easy as drinking normally. The only downside I see with it is that I can’t “gulp or chug” my water and after long hikes/runs I sometimes just want to do that. I guess that’s where the other filters they offer come in handy.

However, as a great day to day and bug out bag essential I would definitely give my highest ratings to the guys over at Clearly Filtered.

A+ review


How to Store Water for Long Term Emergencies

Everyone knows that an emergency or disaster can happen at anytime. Flooding, tornados, hurricanes and loss of electricity can affect the livelihood of people so that is why it is a good idea to take precautions beforehand.

One of those solutions should be planning for emergency survival.

Food and water are critical when bad weather arises. During winter months when an unusually strong winter storm threatens an area, people trying to stock up raid the grocery stores.

The average store is emptied in hours after an emergency declaration has been announced.

Storing Water for Emergency Situations

The government recommends storing at least a 3-day supply of water for everyone in the household. At one gallon per day for each family member, this only allows for 3 gallons each. This isn’t enough. People should store clean, safe drinking water for up to two weeks or more.

The problem with storing so much water is finding an area to place it in. Another problem is that with all the storage containers available today on the market, buying them can become expensive. Buying water already bottled at stores can become costly, and the shelf life is usually for only a year.

A better solution is to invest in Clearly Filtered water filtration products. A major advantage of using water filtration is the ability to keep clean, safe drinking water available at all times. Stock rotation is the key. People can drink the water as needed and continually keep a clean filtered water supply available for emergencies.

Investing in 5-gallon water containers is essential to having an emergency water supply. The benefits are that they are much easier to move around. They can be purchased at hardware stores, online and at some pawnshops that sell military gear. The price is reasonable over other water storage containers. Filtering clean water in these size containers is easier to do.

Amazon has a great deal on the Coleman Water carrier. Click here to get yours on Amazon.


Water Filtration Products

People can choose from a variety of water filtering devices. From water pitchers, personal water bottles, countertop faucet filters, inline refrigerator filters and whole-house filtration devices, there is no limit to the products available.

Making decisions on what types of filtration devices are required is up to everyone based on family needs. A wise investment would be to purchase individual water filtration bottles for the need to be on the go in case a situation arises. Along with a filtration pitcher or faucet filtration device for the home, most water emergency needs would be met.


Storing Water for Extended Periods of Time


Always store water in non-corrosive containers tightly sealed. As mentioned, 5-gallon containers are ideal for this purpose. Place stored water containers in a cool area of the home with low sunlight.

Rotate the water supply by using it for drinking and replenishing it as needed. This will keep all the stored water fresh and clean. It also keeps the family ready for an emergency situation if one happens in the future. This is the great thing about water filtration products. People can always be prepared and keep a safe drinking water supply along the way.

Never depend on others to take care of an emergency situation. It is up to everyone to make sure that they have clean water to drink in the event of an emergency

Top 3 Water Purification Water Bottles

We wanted to create a Top 3 water purification water bottles list for you so you can learn a little bit more about the companies behind your favorite water purification bottles.

It can be difficult to choose which is the right for you and we’ve tried these three and have found that these 3 companies are doing great things not only for survivalists like you and me, but are doing their part to make the world a better place.

We simply wanted to put together a short list so you could learn more and make an educated decision on your own on which product you would like to carry with you in your everyday pack and your bug out bags.

Take a few minutes and watch the videos below to make your own decision. We provide you with direct links to buy below the videos to make it easier for you to find each respective product.

1. Clearly Filtered Water Filter

Click Here to Order the Clearly Filtered Water Filter

What makes them different?


We aren’t satisfied with the options people have when it comes to water. That is why we are committed to coming up with better solutions that will keep you healthy and wont hurt the environment in the process.

The truth is bottled water isn’t good for our bodies, our wallets or for the planet. The faster we get people to realize this the sooner we can start considering better alternatives. Clearly Filtered can help make a positive impact on your health, your finances and our ecosystem. It’s not the only choice, it’s the best choice.

What they’re passionate about:

We are passionate about helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle by ensuring that the water they drink is clean and pure.

Their Mission:

Our mission is to provide clean, safe drinking water to people all over the world.

We believe that clean water is a basic human right and we intend on doing everything that we can to make sure that people don’t go thirsty.

Click Here to Order the Clearly Filtered Water Filter

2. Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Click Here to Order the Sawyer Mini Water Filter

About Sawyer Products

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness use to our newest topical insect repellents that use time-released liposome technology.

We’re specifically dedicated to eliminating two of the biggest causes of death in the world: bad water and mosquito bites.

We acquired Coulston Products in 1999, the company that helped develop the use of permethrin, an insect repellent treatment for clothing that provides protection for U.S. troops and outdoor enthusiasts and was adapted for use on mosquito nets now widely used in Africa, saving millions of lives. Sawyer partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct the underlying studies that led to the widespread use of repellent on mosquito netting. Sawyer now sells the number one brand of permethrin in retail stores.

We are also the proud developers of point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water. Developed using advanced kidney dialysis filtration technology, our hollow fiber membrane filters are the fastest, easiest, and most cost efficient way to deliver clean water anywhere. They are small, portable, don’t require chemicals, a power source, or trained operator for use or maintenance.sawyermini

Click Here to Order the Sawyer Mini Water Filter

3. Lifestraw

Click Here to Order a Lifestraw

How it Works

When you purchase any type of LifeStraw® filter, we use part of the funds to distribute LifeStraw® Community institutional water purifiers to schools in Africa. LifeStraw® Community is specifically designed to deliver clean, safe water to school children by removing waterborne pathogens and dirt commonly found in source water.

In 2013 and 2014 we are distributing LifeStraw® Community purifiers to schools in Kenya, which is one of the top 10 countries in the world with the largest population of people without access to safe, clean water. We chose this area for our first program because only 37% of Kenyan schools have access to safe, clean water within 200 meters of the schools grounds.


We have over 40 full time employees based in Western Province of Kenya who are managing programs. In 2013 and 2014 your purchases of LifeStraw® filters will be directly impacting schools in Bungoma County, a rural area in Western Province. The large-scale distributions will begin in March 2014 and we will be capturing the program throughout its progress using mobile monitoring systems which will be uploaded into a public GIS database easily viewed by the public.


Click Here to Order a Lifestraw



How To Purify Water – Survival Water Purification

Let’s say you’re out in the wilderness. Slowly the temperature has been rising since you left camp.

…you know that you’re in for a good, clear, but unmistakably hot day.

You look up to see that there are a few clouds in the sky and there are some trees for shade to keep you cooler.

Taking a quick break, you put your survival pack down and reach for your water bottle….only to find out it’s empty.

While you know that in reasonable conditions you might last 3-5 days without water, there’s no reason you should bother testing your body to see how it reacts to dehydration. It’s time to find water.

Walking around, you find a puddle or a flowing stream and you assume the water is good to drink. However, you do need to keep in mind that the water could be a bacterial breeding ground…. and you know a bad case of diarrhea or vomiting will highly decrease your chance of survival.

Now it’s time for you to think.

How do I turn this dangerous water into purified, drinkable water?

Whether or not you are prepared, there is a way to purify the water. We’ll give you 5 of these different ways in this article.

Survival Water Purification Methods:


You are probably already aware of purifying water by boiling it. To do this, you’ll need a container and fire. To actually purify the water, you’ll need to let it boil steadily for 10 minutes. Some say 1 minute is fine while others recommend a minimum of 7 minutes.

Personally, I feel the longer you boil it the more likely you are to kill the nasty micro-organisms in the water. Remember, you don’t want to get sick during these situations so boiling longer is in your favor. Also a tip to remember is that the higher the altitude, the longer it takes to boil.


Chemical Treatment

Another way you can treat your water is to chemically treat it. Some examples of chemicals to treat water are Iodine, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Chlorite, Potassium Permanganate, and bleach.

Some of these chemicals are actually already sold as purification tablets designed specifically for campers, hikers, and survivalists. These tablets are pretty easy to use.

Simply drop the correct number of tablets into your container filled with water and let the tablets work their magic. Usually the water is safe to drink after about 30 minutes. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before you use these tablets.

Plain old household bleach – one that has no scents, cleaners, or was manufactured to be color safe – is also a good water purifier if you know what you’re doing, but be careful!

To make your water safe, add around 1/8 teaspoon of the bleach to a gallon of water and let the bleach do its thing for no less than 30 minutes. Similarly, mix 5-10 drops of iodine (specifically 2% tincture of iodine) for every liter of water and wait for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Commercial Filters

Some of us would prefer to use commercial filters, which tend to be a little easier for us. That’s why Commercial Filters were created!

There are tons of these filters on the market now and most of them operate the same.

Basically the unsafe water goes in one hose of the purifier, passes through either a ceramic or charcoal filter (which cleans the water) and then the clean water comes out another hose and into a container.

One point to keep in mind, however, is that not all the commercial filters will be able to remove viruses (although most of them do remove bacteria, protozoa, and other microorganisms).

To see for yourself how these filters work, check out the video below:

Methods for the Unprepared Survivalist

While many of us are prepared, there are some of us who are still learning. If you for some reason aren’t prepared with the proper equipment, here are a few other ways to purify your water….

Method One:

Soil/Sand filter

One of the most primitive ways to filter water is by using soil or sand.

To do this, you’ll need to create a makeshift filter that will hold the sand or soil and clean your water.

1. Get a container (perhaps your empty water bottle?) and place your shirt over it.

2. Place sand or soil on top of the cloth. This will be your makeshift filter.

3. Pour the water over your makeshift filter to remove any sediments and particles in your water. Repeat this process several times until your water is looking clear.

Another method is to dig a hole near the location of your water source and drink the water that seeps into that hole which was filtered by the soil surrounding it. However, keep in mind that this method does not guarantee that microorganisms such as bacteria are no longer contaminating your filtered water.


Method Two:

Solar Still/Distilling

For microorganism-free water, a solar still is actually a great method to use when safe, drinking water is not readily available.

1. Dig a hole or pit in the ground.

2. Put your container in the center of the hole/pit to collect the condensed water from the solar still.

3. Cover the hole/pit with transparent plastic and secure it tightly by placing dirt or rocks on the plastic around the edges of the hole/pit.

4. Then, place a rock or any heavy object on the center of the clear plastic so that it points towards the container. Like a greenhouse, the water in the soil will evaporate and condense on the plastic sheet. When it condenses, the water will run down into the cup.

Tip: You can add some vegetation into your pit/hole to increase the water output. You can also pour unclean water in the pit so that it can be distilled and made safe for drinking.

The concept of a still is far from new. Follow our steps and create an emergency still of your own.


Whichever method you choose to use, pay close attention to the signals your body is giving you. Staying hydrated, whether or not you are in a survival situation, is absolutely essential to your well-being.

If you find yourself in a less than ideal situation, remember these tips for hydration and these wise words from Bear Grylls:

“Keep your head about you, use common sense, don’t panic……and above all think outside the box!”


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