Personal Fire Starting Kit

If you are even halfway serious about your survival, you have a fire kit stashed away on your person or your gear, ready for use. Everyone has a slightly different take on what goes in a kit,  but generally speaking any basic fire kit has a fire starter and some type of tinder. From this point, a personal fire starting kit tends to evolve based on [...]

Packaging A Survival Cache

I remember my first caching operation like it was yesterday. I was just a kid, Slick Willy was President and the bloody aftermaths of Waco and Ruby Ridge were driving anti government sentiment through the roof. Sitting in my room reading the latest edition of American Survival Guide, I ran across an article on caching. All the ins and outs, how to [...]

Pros and Cons of Freeze-Dried Food

If you ask preppers around what type of food they have on hand and what preservation techniques they use, you're gonna a get a lot of answers. MREs, canned food, dehydrated food, freeze-dried... these are all proven to stand the test of time as long as the foods in question are stored in good conditions (which usually means in cold, dark places). But [...]

9 Bartering Tips and Tricks

With many people fearing a total dollar collapse, it’s easy to see that if the U.S. will fall down on its knees, all its citizens will go back to a bartering society, meaning trading goods and services with other goods and services. Even if the dollar survives, you can still use the advice I’m going to give you to successfully negotiate monetary [...]

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 [...]

Survivalist Holiday Gift Guide

In the not so distant past we had no internet, shocking but true. Back then, holiday season meant pushing through the mall, hunting for sales and trying not to go insane in the process. Now thanks to Tim Berners-Lee and other pioneers, we get to kick back on the couch and shop deals from around the world. So many deals, it's hard to sort through and [...]

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 [...]

Train For The Fight

Train For The Fight
There's more than a few ways to get in shape and everyone has a different opinion of what "in shape" looks like. For me it's pretty simple, I want to be strong, but lean, I want to be quick, but still retain my endurance. So after years of weight training and power lifting, I decided to switch it up and try something new, a training style that gives me [...]

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 [...]

Eating Healthy Made Simple

Diet is arguably the most important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Controlling what we put in our bodies can be a real struggle, especially when you are bombarded by terrible food choices on a daily basis. Fast food ads on TV, frozen dinners and quick meals are easy but bad for our bodies. As I've grown older, I've found out the hard [...]