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Smart Ways to Use Zip Ties for Survival

Zip ties are handy little tools that can be used in pretty much any situation. In a way, they are kind of like duct tape in that the possible uses are infinite. Their strength and holding power are impressive, even in the smaller sizes. Originally called cable ties, the modern zip tie is made out of plastic. Original cable ties were used to, you guessed it, tie bundles of cables together. Nowadays, they are found in emergency kits, bug out …

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Survival Shopping at Costco: A Quick and Easy Guide

Several years ago I bought the James Wesley Rawles book, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, and to this day there’s one statement he makes in the book that has stuck with me: “Waiting until the eleventh hour to stock up on canned and bulk food is not recommended, but if your circumstances necessitate it, then consider it a calculated risk. Don’t hesitate once you see the first warning signs. You have only one …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: Garden Centers

You could do a whole lot worse on the verge of the apocalypse than doing some last minute shopping at a local garden store. Whether it’s a mom and pop garden center or one at a Home Depot or Lowe’s, you’ll find a pretty impressive array of products that will go a long way toward helping you survive. With zombies on the loose and the world as you once knew it collapsing around you, it’s a pretty sure thing that …

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10 Non-Edibles for Your Emergency Stash

It was so easy to stock up on food. I filled a couple of grocery carts with cans of soup, tuna, chicken, ravioli, and I was ready for a 2-week zombie apocalypse. Easy-peasy. Stocking up on non-edibles, though was trickier because I had to keep in mind the changing needs of a family of four and our needs ranged from razors to selenium supplements to dental floss. Those non-edibles, though, are every bit as important as food. While your family’s needs …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: O’Reilly Auto Parts

O’Reilly Auto Parts isn’t exactly the store of my dreams, although my husband could spend hours just browsing. However, it may be one of the most useful places to head to when faced with the apocalypse, and fortunately, a lot of folks don’t realize it. It’s the obvious place to pop by the local car parts place for new wiper blades or an oil filter here and there, but those who work on their own vehicles a lot can vouch …

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37 Must-Have Hygiene Items to Always Keep in Your Emergency Kit

Are personal hygiene items a part of your emergency kit? They definitely should be! It’s not uncommon to lose power and water in an emergency, and it is no fun to feel dirty day after day. Here is a customizable list of 37 hygiene items that should always be included in your survival supplies. If you’ve ever been camping for more than 2 or 3 days, you know what it’s like to start feeling icky and grimy and in desperate …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts

For a seamstress, JoAnn Fabric is a wonderland. From hundreds of colorful cotton fabrics for quilting to luxury fabrics like imported silk, it’s a store beloved by millions of women, in particular. My kids used to love to run their fingers and faces over the bolts of fabric and, yes, hide under the fabric displays, too. But what if a JoAnn Fabric store was the only store nearby that you could run to for a last-chance apocalypse shopping spree? With …

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How I Organize My Emergency Supplies

I wish you could have seen my Survival Closet before my intrepid daughter reorganized it a few months ago. When we moved into this house back in 2014, whenever we unpacked something related to prepping, I said, “Go put it in the Survival Closet,” and that’s what everyone did without any regard to organization. If it was related to prepping, into the closet it went. As I added new preps over the years, we piled them into the closet, and …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: National Parks & Historic Sites

Years ago, my cousin and her husband set a family goal to visit every National Park in the country. It was quite a lofty goal and by the time their boys were grown, oh, the memories they had! The National Park Service (NPS) is far and away my favorite part of the federal government. No matter where you go in the USA, there is a National Park of some sort not far away to enjoy. Many parks are tiny or …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: The Dollar Stores

It seems that even the smallest towns have some sort of dollar store, and I can understand the appeal. If everything in the store is a dollar, then you feel free to splurge and go crazy with your shopping. After all, everything in your cart is just a dollar, right? If there is ever a store that will be close by when the sudden need for apocalyptic shopping, it will be a dollar store. Whether it is a chain or …

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