Winter Preparedness

Survival Afterwards: Living in the Aftermath

August 29 is my wedding anniversary.  It was the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf South Coast.  I try not to attach any connection between the two.  Though I lived 150 miles north of the landfall, our community was greatly impacted by the storm.  High winds and driving rain took down scores of… Read More

11.5 Bug Out Bag Mistakes That Are Not Mistakes

About the only tangible aspect we have for a real bug out is the bug out bag.  Sure you might have a BOVehicle or BOLocation, but BOBag is often the beginning and the end for most lightweight survivalists and preppers.  The problem is that unlike taking a cruise to Alaska, or a family trip to… Read More

10 Tips For When You Get Lost In the Woods

In July of 2013 Geraldine Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine by herself after her partner had to leave because of a family emergency.  She was 66 years old and had a poor sense of direction and when she went off trail to use the bathroom she got lost and couldn't find her… Read More

2 Types Of Military Sleeping Bags To Use On Your Bug Out

I love military gear.  Some people hate it for various reasons, but to me this gear has proven itself on the battlefield.  It's constantly evolving and being updated as technology changes, but it's always being put to the test.  Another good reason is that you can usually get it relatively cheap after it's been used… Read More

TTP’s For SHTF

Prepping takes time and preparation.  This is essential whether you are doing a Bug In at home with family, a few extended family, neighborhood friends, or a Bug Out solo or with a partnership team.  Just know that the more numbers you add, the more complicated and difficult things suddenly seem to become.  It is… Read More

Good Stuff Cheap (er)

My dad always used to say “It only costs a little more to go first class.”  He drove Cadillac’s, flew Beechcraft Bonanzas, wore Hart, Schaffner, and Marx suits, drank Gordon’s Gin, and hunted with Weatherby rifles, because he thought those brands were the best of the best, and worth every penny regardless of what they… Read More

How to Make Your Camp Fire Burn All Night

Have you ever wanted a fire to last all night long, but didn't want to stay up feeding it hour after hour?  Most nights you lay down and open your eyes again two hours later just in time to throw more tinder and wood on just before it goes out.  Recently I was watching a… Read More

How to Navigate without a Map and Compass

A good survival kit always has a compass in it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find yourself lost in the wild without any way of gauging your direction. Being able to navigate without a map and compass is not only an integral skill to the survivalist, but an ancient art. With some knowledge and… Read More

5 Shoe Styles For Your SHTF Gear List

Survival shoes?  Really?  You bet.  I mean after all had you intended to run around the woods at your Bug Out locale in bare feet like a Hobbit?  I didn’t think so.  Even if you Bug In, you still need decent footwear for the durability and comfort of everyday task completions.  Anybody that works on… 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

A Basic SHTF Wardrobe List

What to wear, oh, what to wear?  Ever heard that coming from your wife’s closet?  It is not as though the next potential SHTF is going to be like dressing for a party or anything, but frankly I never read any prepper advice on what clothes to take.  Perhaps the concept simply sounds too rudimentary… Read More

Setting Up A Back Up Generator

In a recent article on SHTFBlog called "10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage", I fielded several questions about how my generator was set up for a power outage, so I thought I'd walk you through what I've done with my back up generator.  You'll need a few things and they aren't cheap; however, if… Read More

10 Natural Substitutes for Toilet Paper

While not the most pleasant topic in survival circles, it is one that cannot be denied. When nature calls, you will answer the phone. It took humans about 400 years to realize that paper could be used for more than just taking notes, and the Chinese were the first to document what would be later… Read More