How to Bug Out from a Congested City in Five Steps

Cities are getting heavily congested as our society grows and more people decide to live in the city. Some of the worst traffic in America includes cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Boston, Seattle, New York, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. People want to be where all the action’s at, which creates congestion and – for many – frustration. Whether you live in the mentioned cities or not, in times of crisis, any city can quickly become congested. There’s nothing wrong with living in the city, of course. Many people…

Can You Live Off-Grid in A Van or Motorhome?

Van life is a very popular trend among young individuals seeking freedom, a simple life, and exploration. Off-grid living is a popular trend in the same vein that it incorporates the goals of freedom and simple living. Is van life and off-grid living mutually exclusive? Can you live the van life as a prepper and enjoy the aspects of off-grid living? For some budget conscious individuals, they may just be looking to live this style of life while building or saving for a more permanent home. For preppers, as during…

Attention SHTFblog and Prepper Press Followers

This blog post is intended as an announcement for SHTFblog and Prepper Press email subscribers. Prepper Press has acquired (or re-acquired after many years) SHTFblog.com. For this reason, email subscribers, particularly Prepper Press subscribers, will see changes coming to how the emails look. In other words, don’t be alarmed if you see emails coming in the near future – or present – from SHTFblog instead of Prepper Press. This is not a rebranding of Prepper Press, but an expansion of our business footprint. Prepper Press will continue as a book…

Pioneer Preps: Improve Your Magnesium Bar

Since 1973, magnesium bar fire starters have been around. A simple, waterproof, arguably unbreakable, fire starter that can get hot enough to light wet tinder. The bar can produce many shavings to make quite a few fires. Here though, is possibly the only downfall to the magnesium bar: making the shavings. It takes awhile and one has to be very careful not to allow all the shavings they have scraped off to scatter to the wind. Can it be done? Of course, I myself have done this many times on…

Book Review: US Military’s Dog Training Handbook

Dogs are commonly discussed as being a part of various preppers’ preparedness plans, but those discussions are typically centered on whether you’re better to have a dog or not; and if you have a dog, which dog is the best for survival. Less commonly discussed is how to actually use that dog in a survival situation; and ultimately, how to train it. Dogs in Survival Situations It should be no surprise to anyone that dogs have many uses, particularly in survival situations. Soldiers have known their value since ancient times. Egyptians,…

Bug Out Tip: Layers To Live By

After visiting San Diego in my youth I thought how wonderful it would be to live in a climate that had roughly one season. True San Diego does experience four seasons but not like where I live. The thought of a perpetual summer was enticing.  More time to play in the warm weather and not having to wear a lot of different clothing or layers. Alas I never moved and as I got older I am very happy that I didn’t. True four seasons keeps it interesting. There is a…

Gear Review – Osprey Talon 11 Pack

I recently went on a day hike in the desert and brought my Camelbak M.U.L.E. I’ve had this pack for at least ten years, maybe more. It’s been a good companion, holding 100 oz in the bladder and a few other items. Before my hike I had wanted to pack a rain jacket but didn’t have the room. Climbing over rocks later on, I got hot but didn’t have the space to stow my fleece. Then it rained on me. It was evident I needed something with more storage space…

Will Climate Change Attract More People to Prepping?

Climate change is all over the news. Let’s take a look at what this might mean for preppers and the prepping market as a whole, but first… Is Climate Change Real? Climate change is a political subject, and in today’s political climate, that means it’s a polarizing subject. Those on the right say it isn’t happening. Those on the left say the sky is falling. There isn’t much common ground. Self-identifying as the political middle, I generally try to avoid political subjects these days. Those on the left call me…