Preparedness

Survival Gear Review: The BioLite Solar Apartment Kit

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’ve been horrifically slow to adapt to solar power for my home survival preps. There, I said it. Maybe “slow” is an inappropriate term – “reserved” might be better – but the point of fact is that while I use and rightfully adore other solar-powered illumination flashlights and… 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

Pioneer Preps: Paracord Donut

Cordage is long stringy gold for us survivalists. It bundles items, lashes structures, creates the noose for the would be dinner, and so much more. As most survivalists do I went with the military spec paracord as my cordage of choice. Its strong, inexpensive, and versatile. I also wanted a good deal of it, 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

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

Pioneer Preps: Rain Catches

In a survival situation whether you are being nomadic or setting up a new homestead a key factor to your prosperity is going to be your access to water. Every time I go out on a Bug Out trip or just your run of the mill camping trip I like to find my nearest water… 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

How To Choose The Best Firearms Instructor For Your Needs

Everyone should take a firearms class! Unless you have been in the military or law enforcement, there is an excellent chance you do not have good training in firearms management. Without a doubt, firearms management is the key to safety and contributes significantly to reducing injuries and deaths. What is “firearms” or “weapons” management? You… Read More

How Ultralight Backpacking Influenced my Bug Out Bag

Before I became interested in backpacking, I made several iterations of “bug out” bags. The idea of living out of a bag fascinated me; it was the ultimate freedom. My first bug out bag was an olive drab ALICE pack with three full MREs, an old poncho and liner, a cheap hunting knife that wouldn’t… Read More

MARCH – A Lifesaving Primary Assessment

During my first EMT course, our instructor outlined the phases of a patient encounter: scene safety, general impression, primary assessment, secondary assessment, and reassessment. If you’ve ever done the psycho-motor skills exam, this probably sounds familiar. After working on an ambulance, I quickly learned this organized approach was somewhat academic. Things don’t happen in real… Read More

Building a TSA-Compliant Bug-Out Bag/Get Home Bag

If you tried to get through an airport security checkpoint with your bugout bag as a carry on, what would set off the alarms? The obvious offenders would be your gun, your knives, your water, your pepper spray, and many of your tools. But happily, the list of what you can take past security is… Read More