Field Survival Category

SHTF Mental Preparedness For Beginners

mental preparedness
Unless you’ve been in combat or survived a real disaster, you probably didn’t get a chance to see things blowing up and people dying. You never experienced the feeling of despair or not knowing whether you’re going to make it out alive and see your children. And that fine. Mentally preparing for an SHTF event can be done even if you’ve never [...]

Rocky S2V Substratum Hiker Review

A good pair of boots is truly worth its weight in gold. Whether you're a grunt in Afghanistan or hiking in your local forest, the comfort of your feet is top priority. I've owned more than a few boots throughout the years, New Balance, Merrell, 5.11 and others. All of which were good, but not quite what I was looking for in regards to quality. Then the [...]

Choosing A Survival Knife

Choosing a survival knife is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make when it comes to survival gear. Make the wrong choice and you will regret it, I can guarantee that! Make the right choice and you will have a companion you can rely on when the chips are down. The choice isn't easy to be sure, there are many fish in this sea and sometimes [...]

Chapstick – 20 Uses For Survival

A tube of Chapstick might not look like much, but it has multiple uses in the field. Chapstick is a cheap addition to your survival kit, evac gear or your primary ruck. I've found it handy in more than a few situations which makes it a must have item in my gear. Let's discuss a few uses for the all mighty Chapstick. 1. Moisten skin and lips 2. [...]

Budget Bushcraft Gear

What does bushcraft mean to you? For me, it's pretty simple. Trim the fat, all the Gucci gear and roll with just the basics for survival. When you talk basics, you know you have to cover your shelter, fire, water and food. That's it, anything more in regards to gear is not essential. When you cut out all the nice to have items, one is then forced to [...]

Long Range Patrol Kit

The word long range patrol probably conjures up images of Rangers in Vietnam, creeping behind enemy lines, ambushing VC, taking intel and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The Rangers were professionals in the art of the Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRP), but they were not the first. The concept of sending reconnaissance teams patrolling deep [...]

Quest For Friction Fire – Part 1

When it comes to primitive survival skills, you can't get more technical than fire by friction. Just because our ancient ancestors mastered this art, it doesn't negate from the level of skill one needs to get that ember turned into a blazing fire. In our day, there are more than a few ways to make fire, all depending on how lazy you're feeling at the [...]

Gear Review – Sawyer Mini Water Filter

When it comes survival, there are few things you can't live without, good clean drinking water is one of them. Whether you are out on a day hike or a longer trip, you need a water filter, no way around it, unless you feel like boiling all your water, which I personally try to avoid unless absolutely necessary. I've gone through more than a few filters [...]

DIY Shelter – British DPM Basha

DIY Shelter Shelter is one of those critical aspects of survival you cannot ignore. Apart from fire, you have to have shelter in order to stay warm and dry. There are more than a few options for shelter on the market, most obvious of which is the classic tent. I remember the tents we used when I was a child, sure they seemed to work fine but in the long [...]

Field Repair Kit – Staying Operational

Field Repair Kit Here's the scenario, you and a friend are out in the field for a few days, on a recon mission,  checking out a new training site deep in the mountains.  At the end of day one, you break out the shelter and proceed to setup a small campsite. In the process of shelter setup, you notice a large 4x4 inch rip in your shelter. The rain is [...]