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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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Top Survival Gear From The Pros

Have you ever wondered what survival gear the pros have and recommend? I have put together a list of items from some of the top survival pros. Their recommendations are a great place start if you are new to prepping. If you have been long time prepper, check if you have these items as part of your survival gear. Many of these may be “new and improved” compared to what you currently have stored. Jim Cobb Author and Disaster Readiness …

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Getting Started With Solar Cooking

How long can you go without craving a hot, homemade meal, if you have been eating only cold rations and snacks?  If you’ve ever been without power for more than just a couple of days, eating cold ravioli or tuna out of the can gets really old, really fast. Most survival minded people realize, better than most, that it doesn’t take much to disrupt the flow of electricity we depend on for cooking. A natural disaster or freak weather event …

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Survival Mom DIY: Build Your Own Fresnel Lens

The story of my DIY Fresnel lens began three years ago when I lost my house and all its contents in a fire. It started around 4:00 a.m. when my daughter got up and fluffed her job uniform in the dryer. We had no idea the dryer would short out and burn through a gas line. Later that same morning, I woke up and smelled smoke. It looked a bit hazy in the house, and it smelled acrid to me, so I woke …

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Learn Off-Grid Living Skills for Survival

Living off the grid is a dream of millions of people. No interruptions by telephone and away from the intrusions of technology and modern life — living as God intended, in fact. Knowledge of off grid living skills makes this dream a reality for many. Well, living off the grid works for some people but for most of us, it’s not a practical choice. However, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t learn off-grid living skills. Those come in handy …

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Prepping Supplies?

You’ve heard it a million times, “Why spend money on prepping stuff you’ll never use?” Poor excuse! I use LOTS of the supplies initially purchased, “Just in case we’re out of power”, or “Just in case there’s a huge emergency.” Here’s how I have put my supplies for preppers to use in my everyday life Preps to help with food storage and off-grid cooking Root Cellar Ours happens to be a large closet in the basement with two concrete walls …

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How Many Off-Grid Cooking Methods Do You Have?

When you buy, or otherwise acquire, preparedness supplies, do you practice with them or are you a prep hoarder? I think I’ve been guilty of both, especially with off-grid cooking methods. Maybe you know what I mean. Preppers are notorious for wanting every new survival gadget that comes out. We’ve got no less than 10 ways to cook that aren’t tied to the power grid, yet when another new off-grid cooker comes out, we simply must have it to add …

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Tight Space Prepping: Preparedness for power outages

Going without electricity for a few days can throw off the whole balance of a family. When living in an apartment or condo there are simple ways to keep the family in clean clothes, power electronics and provide decent cooking options. You just have to know a few things about preparedness for power outages. Power Sources Most apartments or condos don’t come with an emergency power generator. Not only are most generators are  expensive to buy (portable or not) but they …

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