Miscellaneous

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Upgrading Your Vehicle EDC

Like most of you, I want to be prepared and self-sufficient. I believe my safety is my responsibility. If you rely on someone else, chances are you will be disappointed.  By J. Bridger, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache I like knowing I can step into my vehicle and comfortably get by for a… Read More

Gear Review: Dynamis Alliance LoPro Belt Review

Finally, A low-profile belt I can hide stuff in! If there’s one thing I love, it’s good beer. If there’s a second thing I love, it’s hiding stuff. I saw this belt online months ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. By J. Bridger, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache I’ve… Read More

Seven Deadly Prepper Sins

Editor’s note: if you enjoy this article, check out Doc Montana discussing this same topic in much more depth on The Survival Cache Podcast; find it here: Seven Deadly Prepper Sins Recycling cans is good. But recycling faulty intel is bad. Yet so much of the general prepping information floating around includes recycled information based… Read More

Bugging Out With Your Best Friend

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably given some thought to “bugging out.” You may even have a solid kit and plan. It’s relatively simple when you’re a single manor woman. When you start adding in children, spouses, and pets, things get complicated. If faced with the situation, you may choose to leave your dog at… Read More

Bug Out Tip: The Devil is in the Details

When I buy clothing or gear I always give it a thorough look over. Usually this is to find any loose strings that may need to be cut or burnt off so as to not cause a bigger problem down the road. While I do this I also look at ways that I can improve… Read More

Bug Out Tip: Medical Matters

As one travels through the land of survival gear eventually they will end up at the medical supplies and equipment section. Bandages, creams, pills etc. come in many shapes and sizes. This can be a bit daunting since not everyone will have a medical degree to understand proper wound care or what an antipyretic is… Read More

The Digital Bug Out Bag

I like redundancy, and I hate clutter. I also love organizing things. So, it makes sense for me to keep backup copies of important documents digitally. I keep a USB drive with important documents, like copies of IDs and immunizations. It’s very convenient having everything in one place. This took me weeks to sort out… Read More

Lessons Learned From Firefighting in Rural America

Being part of my home town’s fire department is the most rewarding experience I have had to date. Every time I stepped into the fire house, I learned something. I saw sides of humanity you don’t get to see in a normal nine to five life, and I am a better person for it. If… Read More

The Individual Trauma Kit / IFAK

In my last article, we discussed the primary assessment tool “MARCH.” This writing is aimed at carrying the tools necessary for treating life threats. I call it an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit). Others may call it a trauma kit, blowout kit, or GSW (gunshot wound) kit. By J. Bridger, contributing author to SHTFblog and… Read More