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13 Survival Must-Haves You May Not Have Thought Of

I’ve read dozens, and I mean dozens, of lists telling me everything I need to have with me to survive.  Usually there are no surprises. This list of 13 survival must-haves has some genius suggestions for items your emergency kit might be missing. I know a flashlight, pocket knife, and water are essential for my survival or emergency kit, but every now and then I come across some unusual piece of equipment that are brilliant but that I never would …

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Build your emergency kit with this Junk Drawer Challenge!

Your junk drawer, love it or hate it, just might be the gold mine you’ve been looking for when it comes to equipping your emergency kits and other preps. The Junk Drawer Challenge saved me loads of time and money. Here’s how it went down. I wouldn’t have believed this, either, until I reorganized my own kitchen junk drawer a while back and came across a mother-lode of supplies: Packets of hand sanitizer A sunglasses case, perfect for a mini …

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16 Unusual Survival Preps to Have in Your Bug Out Bag

I sometimes roll my eyes at lists of “must-have” preps because they’re pretty much all the same: Paracord — check Multitool — check Flashlight — check Tell me something different! Something innovative! Something creative that is useful but out of the ordinary! Well, I took on this challenge myself and scoped out this list of 16 unusual survival preps for your bug out bag, your vehicle emergency kit, or even to stash in your home’s pile of preps. A few …

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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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8 Innovative Preps for Your Emergency Kits

I love finding new supplies and gear for our prepping and this month I hit a jackpot! I discovered two LifeStraw products I didn’t know about, tried USB-charged batteries for the first time, and then gave myself a full-body cleansing with an Epic Wipe! Here are the details of these innovative products for your emergency kit. Life Straw Flex I’ve owned LifeStraws ever since they were first introduced. It’s a handy filter but has its drawbacks. You have to plunge the …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: Walgreens

Picture this. The S has hit the fan in a big way. You’re fairly well prepped but have the chance to get to ONE store to buy anything at all that might help you survive in the coming weeks/months. What if that ONE store is: Sally Beauty? Walgreens? Tractor Supply? The Dollar Store? ACE Hardware? Hobby Lobby? My writing team and I scoped out these “oddball” stores, among others, to track down prepper/survival supplies and gear and to inspire you …

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Top 10 Uses for Paracord (550 Cord)

Paracord comes in handy at the oddest times. A couple of years ago my family was vacationing in Iceland, staying at a different campsite almost every night. Pretty soon, laundry became an issue and we found ourselves in need of a clothesline. A length of paracord strung from one side of our camper van to the other worked perfectly. Not exactly a hard-core survival scenario, but uses of paracord are many and varied Paracord is said to be one of the …

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Don’t Leave Home Without It: The Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

Soccer moms, football moms, cheerleading moms, whatever they call us, “chauffeur” better describes what we, Survival Moms, do every day. In my world, it’s not unusual to have a kid’s dentist appointment, a field trip, and a swim meet all on the same day, transported by our trusty Tahoe. Now, if that Tahoe ever broke down or for some reason we couldn’t get home as planned, what would we do? My answer is the Vehicle 72 Hour Kit, or Emergency …

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The #1 Item Every Bug Out Bag Should Contain — But Probably Doesn’t

For more than a year my husband walked around, worked at his job, went scuba diving, and tried to lead a normal life, all with a broken back. He was in pain 24 hours a day, and his insurance company would only pay for chiropractic treatments. That’s right. To this day he hates insurance companies, and I don’t blame him. It took a single visit to the right doctor to determine that not only was the pain real but that …

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How to Prep Your Kids For Emergencies: Supplies

Being a parent means that your kids are the very first things you worry about. Doubly so when it comes to prepping your kids for emergency situations. Our first thoughts in any emergency are for our children; we want them to be healthy, safe, and not scared. That seems like it could be a tall order in the face of a scary emergency. READ MORE: “Are Your Kids Equipped to Handle These 7 Scary Scenarios?“ The truth is, having a child …

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