SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Gear Review: Epic Water Filters Nano Pitcher and Nalgene OG

We should all take a moment to appreciate that here in the US, most of us have access to clean drinking water. Not everyone is so fortunate. When I was growing up, we didn’t have city water. Occasionally the well would go dry, and we’d have to gather up some quarters and haul water from the water tower. Even when the well was dry, we could still get water easily. The upside of that was whenever there was a boil advisory, or zebra mussels invaded the water tower, it didn’t…

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 Survival Cache I think everyone who carries a weapon should have an IFAK and be proficient with it. I was guilty for a long time of having a $500 optic, but no med kit. Remember,…

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 life the way they do in text books. Real life is messy. Not all patients want you there, not all calls are exciting, not all calls warrant a head to toe trauma scan. That being…

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 actually quite long. The TSA lists the things on its no-fly list in this brochure. By Doc Montana, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache While I am quick to buy prohibited items after I…

You Have No Excuse Not To Carry These 5 Items Every Day

As the currently-popular Steven Crowder meme goes, “change my mind”. In the interests of upping everyone’s basic preparedness, I hereby proffer the following five items that practically no human has any reason to not have with them or within arm’s reach every day – day in, day out. When the balloon goes up, these five items will provide a good head start on improving your lot in life when combined with knowledge and experience. By Drew, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache You’ll notice that I did not include…

The Ultimate Compact Survival Kit

Got your attention? We have all read many posts on those Altoid Tin kits, at least I hope you have. They look like a fun project, affordable, and useful. Put your hands up if you liked the idea, but couldn’t convince yourself because it was too wimpy or small to be effective. What’s a tinkering survivalist to do? Make it better and a little more robust, at least in the eyes of the creator. By Pineslayer, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache So my mission that I chose to…

How To Make a Lamp From Natural Materials

Years ago I was camping next to a lake and as darkness began to fall I discovered that I’d forgotten my flashlight.  I had some firewood cut and ready to go, but knew that it was going to be a long dark night with just the campfire to shed light. I remembered something I’d read about making a lamp, so I went down to the shore and found a couple of freshwater clam shells.  Now I had my container I needed something to burn.  I’d hiked in early and made…

Keeping Pack Weight Down If You Need To Bug-Out

You’re at home one night and the power goes out.  Hackers have taken down the grid and you need to bug-out to your sister’s house a hundred and twenty miles away.  Traffic is gridlocked and no one is driving anywhere anytime soon.  You decide to bug-out on foot with your pack. Six miles down the road, you’re dying from the weight of the pack.  It feels like you’re carrying a Volkswagon on your back because you’ve got so much stuff in it. There’s a lot to be said for sticking to the…