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#1 BEST Survival Skill for 2016

Look, survival skills aren’t limited to spearfishing, eating grub worms, or building fires by rubbing sticks together… While this is the type of “survival skill” that gets attention in the mainstream media, the fact of the matter is that wilderness survival skills will be almost completely irrelevant in a true SHTF crisis. You already know that the keys to human survival are: Food, water, and shelter. So why is it that so many forces seem to be working to make us more dependent on forces outside of our reach to get these things. To keep us in the dark about […]

How to Open a Can in 30 Seconds Without a Can Opener [No Tools Required]

One of the fundamentals of any SHTF crisis plan is, of course, an emergency food stockpile. Of all of the stockpiles we’ve seen over the years, 99.99% of them include canned food. The vast majority of those with a self-reliance mindset do think of the obvious need for a manual can opener. However, it’s the type of detail that can easily fall through the cracks, or break, or get misplaced… In the event that you need to open a can without an opener, in an emergency or even on a camping trip, there are basically two types of methods: The […]

The Oddest Things That Need to Be in Your Bug Out Bag

Your bug out bag has been assembled, and it contains all of the basics: non-perishable food, a gun, bullets, a first aid kit, etc. You’re all set, right? Wrong! Basic supplies are a great starting point, but there is much more to consider. For example, your bag should have some safety pins attached to it because they can be used in a wide variety of situations. Additionally, it is important to consider allocating some of your precious bug out bag space to some unusual items that could really come in handy after the SHTF. RELATED: Top 50 Items to Stockpile […]

20 Weird (But Effective!) DIY Home Remedies [PICS]

For years, the so-called health experts scoffed at the phrase “home remedies,” dismissing many of these powerful old world cures as superstitious nonsense, old wives tales, or worse… In recent years, however, study after study shows that many of these old fashioned cures actually work, sometimes better than the drugs at the pharmacy and will far less side effects. Better results with fewer risks… that’s a deal we’ll make every single time. These simple remedies are not only effective, but almost all of them involve simple everyday items you have sitting around your house. For example, did you know that […]

10 Best Places to Hide Your Guns in Plain Sight

A gun safe is a great place to hide your guns from burglars… At least, that’s what the safe manufacturers tell us. Another school of thought holds that gun safes are a great way to keep all of your guns in one convenient place for burglars to find them. One thing is sure, safes are practical in terms of keeping your gun out of the hands of children and unauthorized users, but there are many downfalls to taking this approach. After all, burglars aren’t our only concern when it comes to hiding firearms. Not to mention, you can hardly call a […]

10 Edible (and Free!) Springtime Wild Plants

As springtime rolls around, you will soon begin to see a large and diverse list of plants and flowers growing wildly in many places. This opens up many fantastic opportunities for preppers and homesteaders who wish to save money by getting as much as possible for free. It is dangerous to randomly pick plants and flowers without researching whether or not they are actually edible. Fortunately, the following list of 10 examples can be consumed by almost everyone without any complications. As an added bonus, they all offer some type of medicinal or health benefit! Please make sure to try […]

7 Highly Effective Self-Defense Weapons That Don’t Go BANG

When it comes to self-defense, there’s a reason that the police, secret service, military police and FBI all carry sidearms. Firearms are the overwhelming favorite among security professionals as well they should be. Unfortunately, civilians aren’t always offered the same access to self-defense tools that government officials are given. Even with the Second Amendment enshrined in the US Constitution, some cities virtually prohibit the possession of firearms within their jurisdiction. Likewise, many states have laws the oppose carrying firearms. If you happen to live in one of these cities or states (often both), you may need to be innovative in […]

The World’s Best Knife Sharpener (HINT: You Already Own It)

Every hunter or fisherman eventually forgets to pack that very important item, no matter how thoughtful their preparations. In our experience, it’s remembering the knife but forgetting the sharpening stone. Well, here’s an ingenious backup solution that will prevent you from ever having to deal with a dull blade again… When it comes to sharpening your knives, the best sharpener is the one that’s there when you need it. If that sharpening stone just happens to be free, all the better! RELATED: Top 5 Pocket Knives for Wilderness Survival Necessity is the mother of invention, and resourcefulness is the Boy […]

The BIGGEST Mistake Preppers Make

While you’re taking some time to review your preparedness plans this season, it’s crucial that you don’t make the #1 prepper mistake of all-time. It’s a very easy oversight to make, especially for survivalists… In fact, I think it may be a natural byproduct of the preparedness mindset. What is it? Most of us dream of a remote cabin retreat, a “safe house” of sorts, where we can escape all the madness and civil unrest in the event of an extended crisis. We can almost smell the timber, the campfire… we can almost taste the fresh well water. We tend […]

13 Prepper Uses for Vinegar

If you read this blog regularly, then you know that we champion what we refer to “hyper-multipurpose items.” The best thing about these items isn’t that they serve multiple purposes at a high level — although they do. The best thing is that they allow you to become a masterful improviser. [RELATED] How to Make Your Own Easy SHTF Candles Items like paracord, aluminum foil and hydrogen peroxide are a few examples. In this post, I’m going to nominate vinegar as one of the most useful items to have on hand in an emergency. Vinegar has way, way more than […]