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Self Defense Techniques

October 19, 2017 PreppersSurvive 1

What! Did you just say it’s NOT lawful to hit an attacker after you mace him?  Yes, the police officer says patiently while he waits for the indignant chatter to die down. This was one of several self defense classes I’ve taken over the years. Each class left […]

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DIY Backpack Ideas – Quick Emergency Backpack

September 26, 2017 PreppersSurvive 0

Turn a windbreaker jacket or sweater into a backpack, without any sewing. There are some situations where it would be extremely useful to have a backpack. Knowing these quick and easy DIY backpack ideas may be a useful skill, here’s why: Have you ever been in a grocery store that […]

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Is it Safe to Drink Old Water Storage?

September 19, 2017 PreppersSurvive 1

Have you ever noticed how water doesn’t taste the same in all locations? Whether it’s straight tap water, water softened tap water, well water, bottled water, or tap water in a different city, it all tastes different. In fact, the drinking water from my faucet tastes different from […]

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Steps to Use a Fire Extinguisher Correctly

July 3, 2017 PreppersSurvive 2

Do you know the steps to use a fire extinguisher correctly?  What may seem like common sense, is not as common as you would think. I felt a little bad as I snatched the fire extinguisher out of my coworker’s hands. The catered food, tablecloth, and table were on fire! […]

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How to Recharge Batteries Using Saltwater

June 27, 2017 PreppersSurvive 2

Did you know you could recharge batteries without electricity?  That’s right, no electricity needed, a completely off-grid battery charger.  This is a cool product!  A fellow reader of this blog recommended I look into a prepper product that recharge batteries using salt-water created by Greenivative.  The company agreed to let […]

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What Should Be In Emergency Kit?

March 7, 2017 PreppersSurvive 2

A friend of mine lives in Northern Idaho and recent cold weather and a windstorm had her living without power.  They had to figure out how to stay warm during a power outage for 10 days!  With the cold weather and storms moving in, I’ve had several people […]

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Food Storage Starter Kit

February 21, 2017 PreppersSurvive 3

Having a month supply of food storage is simpler than you might think.  It’s known as a food storage starter kit.  In one box (19 x 13 x 7.5) you can put 6 cans of food that will make 90 meals.  The 6 cans are a bit bigger […]

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B.O.S.S. Survival Kits Review

December 29, 2016 PreppersSurvive 4

Stanford Outdoor Supply has two B.O.S.S. Survival Kits worth checking out.  The first is a 127 piece Fishing and Hunting Kit.  The second is a 33 piece Fire Starting Kit.  In previous posts, you’ll find articles on assembling a mini fishing kit and fire starting kit but I get the occasional […]

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Testing Faraday Bags

November 29, 2016 PreppersSurvive 11

Do Faraday bags work? There’s a lot of misinformation about what a Faraday cage (or bag) protects against.  The basic belief is that Faraday bags are designed to block radio wave transmissions, act as an insulator to protect against electronic currents, block tracking and hacking.  Federal agencies and […]

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An Uncensored Peek Inside a Prepper’s Pantry

October 25, 2016 PreppersSurvive 4

My friends and family get caught off guard by me sometimes.  “Can I get a picture of your prepper’s pantry for an article I’m writing”?  The first few times I asked this, the response was the same, an indulging smile followed by an awkward silence.  The hesitation, which is totally […]

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5 Emergency Heat Sources Worth Considering

September 8, 2016 PreppersSurvive 11

Like most of you, I enjoy being warm.  I live in southeast Idaho where its common to have 6 months of snowfall so staying warm is not always easy.  As a dutiful Prepper, I am constantly on the lookout for affordable emergency heat sources (my first source is […]

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9 PRINTABLE Food Storage Cookbooks PDF

July 12, 2016 PreppersSurvive 0

Food storage is, for many of us, the most expensive prep.  However, not all of our food storage preps need to cost money.  The Prepper community is growing (YAY!!!) which means there are a wide variety of resources available to us and some of those resources are FREE. […]

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Quickest Way to Start a Fire

June 28, 2016 PreppersSurvive 6

Building a fire may look easy but for most people it takes some practice.  The quickest way to start a fire is with a fire starter!  Fire starters are designed to start quickly, burn hot, and last for a couple of minutes.  This allows tree branches that are placed […]

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Prepper Calendar: 12 Month Prepper Checklist

May 30, 2016 PreppersSurvive 1

Ever wondering what the preparedness community is up to each month?  We not only have the National Preparedness month in September but there are eleven other national observance months that make up the 12 month prepper checklist calendar.  Here are several uses for this prepper calendar: Save money on emergency […]

12 Survival Books Worth Reading

12 Survival Books Worth Reading

April 26, 2016 PreppersSurvive 2

Like many of you, I enjoy being swept away by a good book. I even carry a light novel in my bug out bag.  The Prepper in me wants to make sure I have a good book to read even if the “lights-go-out”.   The library is a great […]

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Canned Food Gone Bad – Do you know all 8 signs?

February 1, 2016 PreppersSurvive 2

How can you tell if canned food is bad?  Do you know the signs of spoiled canned food that might be deadly?  There are several ways harmful bacteria can contaminate canned food.  In the United States, there are over 100 cases of botulism are reported each year.  This harmful bacteria […]

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Prepping for Beginners – plan, checklist, tips

January 22, 2016 PreppersSurvive 3

Preppers Survive gets quite a few emails each month.  My favorite emails are from newbie Preppers because they have an intensity and an urgency in their comments and questions.  This intense urgency is how I felt when I first started prepping.  I laboriously looked for articles on prepping for beginners.  It […]

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Prepper Supplies Checklist

September 8, 2015 PreppersSurvive 0

Do you have a way to measure the prepping milestones you’ve hit?  Are you looking for a list of survival gear that can help you determine the right preparedness supplies for you and your family?  Have you ever felt anxious or overwhelmed on your prepper journey?  You are not […]

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Powdered Milk Uses

July 21, 2015 PreppersSurvive 2

It took me a long time before I would even considered purchasing powdered milk for food storage.  First, I do NOT enjoy milk.  It’s just not something you’ll find in my fridge.  Second, my parents introduced me to powdered milk as a child, YUCK!  My dad had a seasonal […]

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Simple & Inexpensive Off Grid Room

April 28, 2015 PreppersSurvive 4

Have you ever considered which room in your home would make the best Off Grid Room in an emergency?  After reading Fernando Aguirre’s book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, I began looking at my living space with a new perspective.  The book is based on the author’s […]

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4 Knife Sharpening Hacks

February 24, 2015 PreppersSurvive 0

Most bug out bags have a knife, many do not have a whetstone or knife sharpening tool.  There are several easy hacks that might surprise you.  These knife sharpening hacks will put a cutting edge a pocket knife, machete, or a kitchen knife with items you’d find in or around your […]

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Antibiotics for Preppers – Fish Antibiotic

May 28, 2014 PreppersSurvive 2

Several people have asked me questions about antibiotics for preppers like:  How can I get prescription-quality antibiotics for my emergency kit? Are animal antibiotics safe for human consumption? And then there is my question, how can I get antibiotics cheaper? At the beginning of the year I visited […]

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Bug Out Bag Printable Checklist

April 15, 2014 PreppersSurvive 9

 Bug Out Bag Printable Checklist FOOD & WATER Personal daily rations for three days 32 oz water bottle (It’s recommended to drink 8 oz, eight times throughout the day = 64oz.) Water filter Camping cook set, utensil, scrubbing pad LIGHT & WARMTH Flashlight with extra batteries and/or solar/hand […]

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Tactical Pen Uses

August 29, 2017 PreppersSurvive 0

A tactical pen is a popular everyday carry for preppers. Although they can widely differ in weight, size, and design there are some common features that all tactical pens have. These features are a replaceable ballpoint pen, aluminum kubotan for self-defense, and a steel tip designed for breaking glass. I’m a big […]

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Mobile Charger Battery Bank – Kogalla Solar Bank Review

August 8, 2017 PreppersSurvive 1

Awesome prepper gear! A mobile charger battery bank is an item you’ll find on most prepper’s emergency supply checklists. It’s handy for recharging cell phones, walkie-talkies, NOAA radios, digital readers, GPS, and high tech camping lanterns when a power outlet isn’t available. My husband is a Boy Scout leader […]

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Power Failure Emergency Lighting SK638 Review

July 28, 2017 PreppersSurvive 0

Growing up in California power outages and rolling blackouts were common, especially during the summer.  This may be one of the reasons I’m a collector of emergency lighting. My collection varies widely mostly focused on off-grid lighting. However, my collection of lighting was lacking power failure options so I […]

5 Basic Military Survival Skills

5 Basic Military Survival Skills

July 17, 2017 PreppersSurvive 0

Nobody knows survival better than military forces, which is why it’s always a good idea to turn to them for advice on this matter. However, we don’t all need to be professionals when it comes to life in the wilderness, but essential skillset is important if you want […]

Best Food to Pack for Hiking

Best Food to Pack for Hiking

July 10, 2017 PreppersSurvive 0

One of the most important things you need to plan for a multi-day hike is the food. You need enough to keep you going and keep you healthy, but at the same time, you want it to be lightweight. You will be limited to a few options, but […]

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