SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Pioneer Preps: Tinder Tubes

There are many fire tinder products out there. I am sure some of them are awesome and there are some that fall short. I honestly can’t say which ones are good or bad because I have never purchased one. Not because I didn’t want to give them a try, but because I figured I could make my own. I am sure most of us are familiar with the cotton balls saturated with petroleum jelly. These work, but are messy to store. I also thought to myself what if I don’t…

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

There is one thing that I believe everyone has in common and that is junk mail. No matter how many mailing lists we try to get off of there always seems to be some magazine, catalog, or coupons that ends up in our mail box. Normally we throw it away or perhaps use it to start the grill but ultimately the majority of it ends up in the trash. I personally don’t like to cause a lot of waste so I went out on the web and tried to see…

How-To: Winter Hiking and Camping

Not many people enjoy camping out in the cold.  The first time I took my wife cold-weather camping it got down to -4 Fahrenheit that evening and it was all I could do to get her out of her sleeping bag the next morning.  The secret to enjoying cold weather is dressing warm and having the right gear. By Jarhead Survivor, a contributing author SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Just because the temperature drops below zero, or it gets dark at 4:30 doesn’t mean you should hibernate like a bear for the winter.  Instead grab…

Build Up Fire Bug Out Bags

The consensus is that nothing feels better or soothes the savage brow than a good campfire.  Just having the flickering flames available for a comfort factor, providing some needed warmth, or available for cooking a hot meal, a fire can be an essential ingredient of having a working Bug Out survival camp set up. Sometimes though, just starting a fire can be a chore.  If the conditions are wet with little available fire starting materials at hand, then building a comfort fire can turn out to be just another stressful task.…

The Care and Feeding of Socks

The oft quoted proverb “Don’t sweat the small stuff, but it’s all small stuff”, often ignores the common sense point that sometimes forgetting to take care of some of the small stuff items and concerns could end up being a big deal.  And more often than not it turns out some small stuff thing is what causes a breakdown in the success of a survival effort. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache One of those “small stuff” items is foot care, and in particular socks. …

Surviving SHTF Holidays

Regardless of your current survival or SHTF living situation, it is imperative to maintain a lifestyle as close to “normal” as possible.  This includes maintaining regular long time established family traditions such as recognition of birthdays, anniversaries, and yes, even the holiday seasons.  A big, big part of survival success is being able to establish and maintain a strong psychological balance. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache The mere acts of survival existence whether during short term events like a disruptive storm or even a…

Cooking With Fire

Fire is one of the earth’s four cardinal elements and mythology is filled with stories of how mankind got their hands on it in the first place. We do know that being able to make fire changed the face of nutrition, health and human progress forever – and, whether you’re getting together for a barbecue or going camping, mankind is still making use of fire to prepare food thousands of years later.  Here are some practical tips for cooking with fire… By Alex, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog.com Wood for…

Bug Out Pants

Preppers most often tend to concentrate on the more exotic aspects of prep and survival gearing up.  We get all the bases covered with water stocks, food supplies, defense weaponry, ammunition, first aid kits, tools, gear, bags and everything else that goes with getting ready to Bug Out.  But, what are you going to wear?  Cut off shorts and flip flops just won’t get it long term, or really short term either. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Even under ideal (really?) Bug…