How to Survive at Sea

Survive at Sea

Surviving at sea is unique in that it give you fewer options than other environments. You might be able to find water at a lake in a forest, by melting snow in the mountains, or even digging a solar still in the desert, but at sea you are stuck praying for rain. Your shelter is usually limited to your raft if you’re fortunate enough to have one, and you can forget about starting a fire. You can survive at sea… Read More »

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13 Things I Learned About Prepping While in the Marine Corps

Marine Corps

Prepping is a unique world because it’s filled with people heavy on theory but light on practical experience. And few of the folks with practical experience have actually put their skills to the test in an actual crisis. It’s one thing to store food, train with a firearm, and practice primitive skills in today’s society, but it’s an entirely different thing when your life is on the line. That’s why I decided to share some of the things I learned… Read More »

June 12, 2014 by | 13 Comments

How to Blend In, and How It Can Save Your Ass

Blend In

Unless you’re competing on American Idol, and I pray that you aren’t, blending in with the crowd is nearly always a better option than standing out. The guy who blends in is less likely to be the target of a psychopath on a killing spree, a meth addict looking for someone to rob, or even that annoying MLM rep we all seem to run into at the coffee shop. By not making yourself an immediate target, you buy precious time… Read More »

May 29, 2014 by | 4 Comments

How to Properly Load a Pack

How to Properly Load a Pack

Properly loading a pack can mean the difference between a leisurely stroll or grueling hike. One piece of gear in the wrong spot will dig into your body, damage your gear, or even throw you off-balance and cause injuries. A properly loaded pack offers several advantages, such as: Comfort Reduced fatigue Increased capacity Ease of access Reduced noise I prefer a pack with several pockets, both inside and outside, but I always like to include a few extra bags to… Read More »

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Situational Awareness in an Urban Setting

Situational Awareness

Most of us spend a fair amount of time in an urban setting, but few maintain a level of situational awareness that would allow us to respond quickly to a threat. You can change this, but it will take a lot of training to become proficient in identifying potential threats, and discipline to consistently implement your new skills. Your first priority is to identify exit routes. For example, I try to use the right lane while driving whenever possible because… Read More »

May 14, 2014 by | 3 Comments

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… Read More »

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