Survival Skills

Two Things You Must Have To Survive In The Wilderness

How many blog posts have you read where the author talks about their bug-out bags and you think, "Holy cow, just the pack alone costs more than I make in a week!"  I'm here to tell you that you don't need to be rich in order to put together a good outdoor survival kit. Let… Read More

Get Survival Fit

In a recent article I brought up the importance of preparing your mind for the effects of living in a survival situation. I addressed that issue first because the mind controls all else that our body does.  There are many things that my body would like to do but I find that as I get… Read More

Making Fire With a Bow Drill

Imagine you're hiking with some friends on a day hike on a trail you've never been on.  The trail is well marked in places, not so much in others.  At one point you stop to make a quick bathroom break and tell the others to keep going, you'll catch up in a little while.  After… Read More

The Psychology of Survival

There are countless articles dealing with the how to of survival and tons of equipment for survival success but I wanted to bring up what it takes mentally to survive.  I believe that a person who has all of the best equipment and plans can still fail miserably if not mentally prepared.  The mind is… Read More

The Minimalist Tool Bag

I was lucky growing up as a kid in rural farmland country of Southeast Missouri.  I was raised in a two business family.  My father ran a flying crop dusting business, owned several planes and lots of mechanical equipment.  My mom ran her own auto parts store for 32 years.  I became a pretty darn… Read More

Maine Primitive Skills School

I was recently able to attend the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta, Maine.  Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in the forests here in Maine and I’m very comfortable in that environment; however, I know what I don’t know.  Any woodsman will tell you they are always ready to learn more… Read More

10 Best Survival Items

What is the best survival tool you can have along with you? A lot of people are looking everyday for the best survival tool or tools to have if things go wrong. Thousands of dollars are spent each month on the things we think will make us safe.  The truth is no one can have… Read More

Project Squirrel Gun

If you step outside right now and go for a short walk, the most likely wildlife (aka: prey) you are likely to see will be small and furry, or small and feathery.  While big game may satisfy our survival dreams, the reality is that the billions of squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, prairie dogs, and even rats… Read More

Survival Situation: Dog Gone Or Dog Stays?

Many folks are debating whether it’s good to have a dog during a survival situation or not.  For most dog owners, this is an easy question to answer.  They are a part of the family, so they go. But what if you are thinking of adding a dog to your survival plans?  If so then… Read More

Prepper Monthly Checklist

One of the biggest obstacles Preppers and Survivalists face in getting prepared is maintaining their emergency supplies. Often, gear and supplies are piled into a closet, or haphazardly stored in the basement. In a true emergency, trying to find items like spare batteries or first aid supplies becomes a stressful event as the items are… Read More

10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage

Electricity is the Achilles heel of most people's lives and preparedness plans.  You don't realize how much you need or use electricity until it is no longer available.  During Hurricane Katrina, an estimated 1.7 million people lost power anywhere from several days to several weeks.  Want to test your preparedness plans?  Go without electricity for… Read More

Ebola Is Predictable. Human Behavior Is The Wild Card.

The Ebola river is a tributary of the Congo river and runs for about 150 miles through the northern jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1976 there were two simultaneous outbreaks of a new hemorrhagic fever. Forever after, Ebola, or more properly EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) is a single word that conjures up… Read More

Summer Camp Mentality

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache A Bug Out is not going to be the equivalent of a vaca to summer camp.  Forget the white sands, the water slides, the picnic BBQs, golf, snow skiing, bonfire marshmallow roasts, shopping antiques in the quaint downtown area with a quiche… Read More