Equipment

Bug Out Pants

Preppers most often tend to concentrate on the more exotic aspects of prep and survival gearing up.  We get all the bases covered with water stocks, food supplies, defense weaponry, ammunition, first aid kits, tools, gear, bags and everything else that goes with getting ready to Bug Out.  But, what are you going to wear? … Read More

Survival Tools

Survival tools is a very large and varied subject to tackle.  One man’s wrench is another man’s pair of pliers.  It’s also hard to focus on just one classification of tools.  For this treatise we are talking about tools to build things, fix things, and maintain things.  For purposes of survival discussions solely this go… Read More

Why Shooting Practice is Essential

As the old adage goes, there really is no substitute for experience.  This counts double time for shooting experience only gained by “popping lots of caps” as the Mil-Gens like to say.  Of course, they borrowed that ole saying from us baby boomer boomers.  The point is though that to gain valuable shooting experience, competency… Read More

The Quintessential Survival Knife

Let’s get real here.  Is there really an ideal or “best bet” survival knife?  Well, no for the purposes of a general description, but then, yes, for the individual that selects a knife that does all of the tasks they need done.  For them, that knife or likely knives is ideal.  So, what makes an… Read More

Managing Complicated Inventories

As prep counselors and advisors, we get endless questions and inquiries about how much “stuff” to buy.  But even more importantly and often a question of inquiry is how to organize it all, then keep it all in order and up-to-date.  For many that is the hard part.  Just this week, I got a call… Read More

A Dozen Prepper Goodies

From time to time the prepper crew at SHTFBlog runs across a number of product items that really work well.  The deal is that these pieces of gear, guns, clothing, gadgets or other items often do not justify a complete lengthy article review on their own.  Then it is time to combine these goodies into… Read More

Using Tech In Your Doomstead After TSHTF

Is there a place for modern technology after TSHTF?  Some would argue that there isn't, but I believe that modern tech offers significant advantages over those that don't have it.  If you have a way to make electricity after the grid goes down and you have some high tech gizmos in your back pocket, you'll… Read More

You Have Your Bug-Out Bag – Now What Do You Do With It?

One thing I constantly try to keep in mind is that not everybody is familiar with the great outdoors. Recently I had a conversation with a friend at work who told me he had a bug-out bag full of good gear, but when we talked it became evident that he didn't have a real solid… Read More

Acquiring and Managing Survival Gear and Equipment

For the sake of excusing any semantical argument over words here, we are going to basically equate the terms gear and equipment as the same.  I suppose one could separate the two.  For example, equipment might be an electric generator while support gear might be a gasoline can, electrical extension cords and connectors.  But, why… Read More

Keeping Pack Weight Down If You Need To Bug-Out

You're at home one night and the power goes out.  Hackers have taken down the grid and you need to bug-out to your sister's house a hundred and twenty miles away.  Traffic is gridlocked and no one is driving anywhere anytime soon.  You decide to bug-out on foot with your pack. Six miles down the road… Read More

Poison in the Water? Trace Pharmaceuticals and Your Faucet

The issue of pharmaceuticals showing up in public water systems is gaining more and more attention in the media, and for good reason—because it’s there! While it isn't entirely clear what these drugs are doing to your endocrine system, it isn't positive. Moreover, your exposure to trace pharmaceuticals is probably greater than you imagine. Consider… Read More

Build a Longterm Survival Supply Bag

Some preppers and survivalists might scoff at such an idea.  After all, beyond the initial 72 or so hours of a bug out scenario, most would think you’d be surviving out of more permanent supply sources than another bag or storage box.  Well, you might be, or in some cases, you might not be.  SHTF… Read More

Conduct a Prep SWOT Analysis

American management practices use a lot of techniques to examine planning, program development, future goals, and modes of execution to achieve those goals.  One of the business school tactics used by many groups is called the SWOT.  This stands for (1) Strengths, (2) Weaknesses, (3) Opportunities, and (4) Threats.  Walking through this process applied to… Read More