Survival Tools & Prepping

Survival Buzz: Getting Started With the Pillars of Preparedness

What exactly are the basics of survival?  Speaking from the heart, even I am a bit unsure these days.  Long gone are the days when a well-stocked pantry, a generous supply of clean drinking water, and bug-out bag were all you needed to be prepared. As much as I would like to answer this question in…

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6 Useful Preps You May Not Have Thought Of

One of the very first things I did when I adopted the prepping lifestyle was a walk-around inventory.  This was years ago and although I had not consciously considered myself a prepper at the time, I discovered that I had a lot of stuff, but it was woefully disorganized and lacking in many key areas.…

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Survival Buzz: Coming to Terms With Your Prepping Priorities

A number of years back, I opened a discussion of preparing for probable events and setting aside the extreme for a later time.  It all started with a conversation in my household, and whether we needed to take our prepping to the next level. The specific context was freeze drying our own food but it…

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23 Brilliant Uses of Duct Tape In Real Life

Anyone with a modicum of cleverness can come up with the list of 50 ways to do this or 50 ways to do that.  The problem, as I see it, is many of these lists are a rehash of another list with the author having little or no first hand experience with each of the…

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Survival Buzz: Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life

This week in the Survival Buzz I was going to talk about freeze dried food.  And then the tragic event in Nice happened.  I have been to Nice and have walked the Promenade des Anglais.  It is a beautiful seaside city that is idyllic in many ways. Beauty notwithstanding, the death of innocents anywhere in…

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7 More Skills You Need to Survive SHTF

When it comes to prepping, once the basics are covered, skills will trump stuff. The good news is that many of the skills needed to prevail following a disruptive event are things we already know.  How to cook from scratch, start a fire, grow a vegetable garden, and administer basic first aid are just a…

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Getting Out of Dodge: The Survival Retreat

There comes a time when every prepper takes a look at what they have done, what they are currently doing, and what they plan to do in the future.  Sometimes, they retrench and rethink past preps and improve on what they have done and especially what they have learned skill-wise.  Sometimes they take a break…

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Survival Buzz: 4 Ways to Control Slugs Naturally

Even though my garden is tiny, slugs and snails are having a heyday.  They are getting into my flowers and hostas which is especially hurtful.  I hate slugs so although I am certain they have some purpose in the big picture of our ecosystem, I want to get rid of them. Lucky for us, the…

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15 Ways To Prepare for a Rogue Wave of Collapse

Spend ten minutes on the web surfing the key words “prepping skills” and you will be presented with site after site preaching the gospel of prepping for the time when the stuff hits the fan, something we commonly call SHTF.  The truth is it is a bit bittersweet to see so many of us planning…

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Survival Buzz: Tips to Help You Organize Your Preps

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with answers to your questions, an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. This week I return to your questions, with the query this week having to do with organizing your preps.  Here is the specific question that was asked: Can you tell us…

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