How to Survive an Encounter With America’s Most Dangerous Creatures [STEP-BY-STEP]

Do you know what to do when you cross paths with a black bear? A grizzly bear? How about a hungry mountain lion? You’re supposed to stare directly into a wolf’s eyes to assert dominance, right? Or was that for coyotes? Hmm… If you’re like most Americans, you have way more questions than answers when it comes to facing a touch-and-go encounter with dangerous predators in the backcountry. And truth be told, the best practices you need to follow change dramatically from predator to predator, and species to species. Black bears require a totally different approach than you’d use with […]

10 Great Guns for $249 or Less!

Whether you’re looking for a concealed carry weapon or simply want to get the most bang for your buck possible, there are more cost-effective options out there than ever before. We love high-end plinksters and collectibles as much as the next guy. But if keeping your shooting sports on budget is at the top of your list, we’ve got good news: There are plenty of reliable, even highly rated guns on the market for less than $250… sometimes much less. So whether or not you’re working with a limited budget, it’s still wise to consider adding at least one or two of […]

5 Life-Saving Medicinal Mushrooms Growing in Your Backyard [FIELD GUIDE]

According to Dr. Oz, mushrooms are one of the super foods you should incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. All mushrooms have anti-cancer properties, according to Dr. Joel Furhman, preventing tumor growth and even aiding in weight loss. Whether you’re lost in the woods or dealing with a post-apocalyptic situation without any access to medical care, it’s vital to be aware of the many medicinal options that nature has to offer. Plus, it’s just cool to be a wealth of alternative medical knowledge. Although certain mushrooms are poisonous, there are many others that can provide a source of […]

Top 6 Telltale Signs it’s Time to Bug Out

Whether there’s a predicted natural disaster unfolding in your area, social upheaval, or even a political crisis, it critical that you recognize the signs that it’s time to put your survival plans into action. This is especial true if your plans involve traveling. “Bugging out” may mean going to a remote cabin, visiting relatives far away, or disappearing into the woods. Either way, timing is everything. After all, hesitating could easily make the difference between getting out while the getting’s good or getting stuck in hopeless gridlock. In more dire circumstances, it could make the difference between living and dying. Most situations only […]

Get Free Heat With This DIY Solar “Window Unit” [STEP-BY-STEP]

Let’s face it; the cost of heating is ridiculous these days. And it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. But you have must keep warm; it’s a matter of safety every bit as much as it is a matter of comfort. In many parts of the country, keeping your home warm throughout the bitter winter months is challenging to say the least. What’s more, winter storms are often the culprits when the power goes out. A massive frigid and volatile air mass is the last thing you need in a blackout. That’s why it’s so important to have a backup plan. […]

7 Ways to Quickly and Easily Fortify Your Home

Here’s a question most of us don’t think about until it’s too late: Would your house be properly protected if a SHTF scenario were to happen tomorrow? No, we don’t mean do you know how to use all of your weapons, although that is important. What we’re talking about is the level of protection that exists between the inside of your house and the potential intruder who is on the outside. If your answer to the first question is “No,” how long would it take you to get your home ready for a SHTF crisis? Many of the tips we’re […]

5 Dirt Cheap “Space Heaters” You Can Build Today [STEP-BY-STEP]

Does the idea of wearing all of your winter clothing and gear indoors sound awful? It should because the only reason you would need to do this is if you have no heat. It’s possible to lose access to heating for a long list of reasons, including a winter storm that knocks the power out or a SHTF scenario. If you don’t want to be at risk of freezing to death in your home, it’s important to learn how to make a DIY space heater. Even the listed projects that need electricity are cheaper than store bought space heaters, and […]

How to Build a Super Shelter (and Whether or Not You Should)

Whether you get lost deep in the woods or society completely crumbles, it’s going to be imperative to find shelter right away. In many cases, this means creating your own shelter out of nearby supplies. We have showcased several simplistic shelter builds in the past, and we’ve also touched on the concept of a super shelter. Now it’s time to dig more deeply into the super shelter idea to help you determine whether or not it will be a viable option when the SHTF. Photo from Survival Lily on YouTube

How to Build an Emergency Survival Shelter

Getting lost or stranded in winter storm conditions can happen to anyone. You could be hiking in the backcountry, or you could simply be driving to a family Thanksgiving. A serious winter storm, complete with “white out” blizzard conditions, can leave anyone in a bad situation. RELATED: How to Build a Winter Emergency Car Kit [STEP-BY-STEP] The rule of thumb is that a human can survive around 3 hours in extreme weather conditions without shelter. So even if you don’t plan to go hiking this winter, it’s very important that you’ll need to know how to build an effective survival shelter, and quickly. […]

15 Surprising “TSA-Friendly” Preparedness Items

Since the creation of the TSA, packing your bags and heading to the airport has become a continuing source of confusion and anxiety for the American traveler. What’s allowed? What’s banned? Do I have anything in my backpack that could land me in a TSA interrogation room for the next 10 hours? This has made traveling a nightmare scenario for preppers seeking to stay prepared for anything while traveling; many important survival items won’t be allowed in your carry-on. Fortunately, there are actually several surprisingly useful items that the TSA is currently allowing people to bring on board — or […]