Selecting a Pack for Your Bug Out Bag

Bug Out Bag

Selecting the right pack for your bug out bag takes a lot more than a trip to the surplus store. You need to consider a number of factors, such as your environment, what you’ll need to carry, and even your size. The first thing I evaluate is the current situation. In most cases, any style of pack will work just fine, but let’s imagine a scenario where could be a massive police presence on the ground—perhaps triggered by a terrorist attack or riots. In that case, you’re going to get a lot of unwanted attention from all sides, however, donning something like a USMC FILBE rucksack will likely bring you some “special” attention from the folks patrolling the streets in... View Article »

Commonly Overlooked Preps—What Are You Missing?

Commonly Overlooked Preps

Most of us have the basics covered; food, water, weapons and ammo, but are there any holes in your plan? The answer is yes—there are holes in every plan, no matter how experienced you may be. There are several commonly overlooked preps that may not be as exciting as the latest tactical rifle or as obvious as a 30–year food supply, but are equally important. Check out the list below and see what you’re missing: Containers: You won’t be going to the grocery store during a disaster, so make sure you have plenty of durable containers, such as glass jars and bottles, milk jugs, Tupperware bowls, soda bottles, metal buckets—anything that can be used over and over. Hygiene supplies: You can... View Article »

How to Survive a Near-Drowning


Short of being burned alive, I can’t imagine a more terrifying way to die than drowning. It is often a shockingly slow process that gives you plenty of time to realize exactly what’s happening—something I’ve experienced several times. All of my near-death experiences with drowning were the result of exhaustion; once when I bit off more than I could chew and tried to swim across a rock quarry, and a few other times, ocean currents pulled me out to sea and I had to swim harder and longer than I had planned. As my energy dwindled and muscles cramped, my head slowly crept closer to the surface of the water. All it would have taken was one unexpected wave, a... View Article »

88 Resources for the Beginning Prepper

Beginning Prepper

Part of being prepared is accepting that you don’t know everything, and taking the steps to round out your knowledge. I’d love to keep you on my website, but even if I could devote all of my time to producing great content, I could never provide all the information you’ll need—there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of resources that I believe will be valuable to you. Below, you’ll find a list of blogs, podcasts, books, magazines, and YouTube channels loaded with information that will be valuable to everyone from beginners to seasoned preppers. Prepping, self-reliance, and survival blogs Apartment Prepper Are We Crazy or What? Backdoor Survival The Backyard Pioneer The Blue... View Article »

How to Make Tannerite


So you want to learn how to make tannerite? Of course you do—there are times when explosives come in handy. Besides, they can be loads of fun! But making explosives without an elaborate lab and an extensive background in chemistry is usually about as smart as letting the local meth dealer babysit your kids. However tannerite is different from other explosives because it’s a simple binary compound that is incredibly stable. Before we get to the fun stuff, let’s get the disclaimer out of the way. There are currently no federal laws prohibiting the production or use of tannerite, but you need to be aware of any state and local laws that may apply—for example, it is illegal in Maryland.... View Article »

Updated Review: Seychelle Pure Water Straw

Seychelle Pure Water Straw

Update–2/28/14 I was recently made aware that the Seychelle Pure Water Straw can only be used with chlorinated water, and since you aren’t likely to find that in a survival situation, it renders this product absolutely useless. I recommend the LifeStraw instead. Water is critical to enduring a survival situation; in most cases, you’d be extremely luck to last more than three days without it. You should carry water anytime you head off into the wilderness, but given that it weight about 8½ pounds per gallon, and you’ll need a minimum of one gallon per day, you’re going to need more than you can carry on long trips. That brings another challenge—ensuring your water is safe to drink. Failure to do... View Article »