“How-To” & Survival Skills

How To Tie A  Square Knot, Clove Hitch, & Bowline

How To Tie A Square Knot, Clove Hitch, & Bowline

The following three knots are useful for survival, camping, general preparedness, and all sorts of practical knot tying tasks. It would be beneficial to practice tying these knots enough times so that it becomes muscle memory. After that, quiz yourself once in awhile...

Our Greatest Survival Tool : Awareness

Our Greatest Survival Tool : Awareness

I believe that this may apply more than any other survival skill or tool: Our greatest survival tool is awareness. In ANY environment, awareness is the first link to action. Awareness comes first.   Greatest Survival Tool - Awareness of self - Awareness of others...

POLL: Top Categorical Priorities For Your Personal Preparedness

POLL: Top Categorical Priorities For Your Personal Preparedness

I'm talking about categorical areas of preparedness concerns for YOU. The priorities as you seen them from your own perspective. And to add a twist, the poll will be gender based. Two polls. One for men and the other for women. Both polls have the same list of...

Practical Skills for Hands On and Preparedness Viability

Practical Skills for Hands On and Preparedness Viability

Most professional worker skills today are hinged with our modern day way of life. The majority of people in the United States generally work in services rather than manufacturing / hands-on. Preparedness for the 'here and now' Preparedness for the potential 'after'...

Direction Without GPS – How To Instinctively Know

Direction Without GPS – How To Instinctively Know

In our modern world nearly everyone has GPS in their smart phones and GPS navigation systems in their vehicles. It can be really useful technology. But how would you know your direction without GPS? Would you be lost without a clue? When I was young there was no GPS...

Catch A Fish: Basic Survival Fishing

Catch A Fish: Basic Survival Fishing

Guest article by Bogan: Much energy is expended on this blog and elsewhere in the preparedness community on food production, whether domestically raised, hunted or grown. Less so on fish, an excellent source of protein, which populates the planet’s water which...

Bugging Out – Will You Make It To Your Destination?

Bugging Out – Will You Make It To Your Destination?

When disaster happens (or is about to happen), some may choose to bug out. There are lots of things to consider before making that decision, including your planned final destination... However here's something to think about: Will you actually make it to your...

Characteristic Traits Of The Survivalist – Prepper

Characteristic Traits Of The Survivalist – Prepper

Traits - Characteristics - Attributes The survivalist is not your average 'Joe' (sorry Joe). There are many characteristic traits of the preparedness-minded survivalist / prepper which work together to embody the overall package of who they (we) are. It seems to me...

Green Coffee Beans Long Term Storage | Shelf Life | How to Store

Green Coffee Beans Long Term Storage | Shelf Life | How to Store

Green coffee beans are best for long term storage. Roasted coffee beans have a limited shelf-life and comparatively won't retain their fresh flavor for too long. The shelf life of ground coffee is even less - making both roasted coffee beans and ground coffee poor...

Best To Put Your Foot Down Only When You Know Your Footing

Best To Put Your Foot Down Only When You Know Your Footing

I had a recent experience that I want to share, given the reinforcement it will provide for 'lessons learned' both literally and metaphorically. Fortunately I did everything right or it might have been a bit worse... As often as I can and weather permitting, I enjoy a...

Lessons Learned From Missing Snowmobiler Found Alive

Lessons Learned From Missing Snowmobiler Found Alive

Yesterday a missing snowmobiler was found just across the border of northern New Hampshire into Maine after having gone missing the day before. He was lucky to have been found alive after a cold wintry day and night in the deep woods of this rugged and unforgiving...

Daring To Strive Towards Self Sufficiency

Daring To Strive Towards Self Sufficiency

I must say, it is a daring lifetime venture to endeavor towards self sufficiency. And let me also say this: It sure is fun! Having aspirations to be self sufficient is becoming more mainstream these days, although still only a tiny percentage of the populace at large....

Essential Hand Tools Without Electricity

Essential Hand Tools Without Electricity

Lets talk tools. Nearly everyone who is handy, or able to fix things, already has their own supply of various tools to get the job done. There are tools for every trade, many of them specialized for a particular task while others are general purpose. Many tools...

Silent Hunting After The Collapse

Silent Hunting After The Collapse

My Horton crossbow, and my bud 'Sampson'.   Pick any post-SHTF scenario. Maybe from your favorite novel or maybe from your imagination... One of the major points of post-SHTF survival is staying off the radar, staying of the 'X', laying low, being the gray man,...

Which Comes First – Emotion Or Thought?

Which Comes First – Emotion Or Thought?

(These days? A Tantrum) A recent comment here on the blog brought up a good topic... "Which comes first? Emotion or thought?" Can emotions cloud our judgement and actions during an emergency? Do emotions adversely affect the actions of people during everyday life?...

Prepper Rules-Of-Three

Prepper Rules-Of-Three

Guest article by NRP; Preparing and Survival for the most part may be broken down into “Time-Lines”. These concepts have been written about in many articles and seemingly are explained very simply. My attempt here is to expand on those concepts and to add a few more...

Become A More Well Rounded Prepper

Become A More Well Rounded Prepper

Most everyone is good at 'something'. What I mean by that is most of you have 'a job' or a career which is likely complementary with a skill or skill set that you posses - something that you're good at - or something that you have learned along the way. Even if you...

Can You Build A Fire In The Cold, Rain, Or Snow, Without Help?

Can You Build A Fire In The Cold, Rain, Or Snow, Without Help?

Guest article, by ‘NRP’…   Here is the situation; TSHTF big time, there is no one to help you and you need to get home, or to your BOL, or to safety somewhere else. You find yourself out in the middle of nowhere with only your GHB and maybe a few other items you...

Do Not Wait Until The SHTF Before You Practice Your Survival Skills

Do Not Wait Until The SHTF Before You Practice Your Survival Skills

If you want to go beyond 'Preparedness 101' and 'Preparedness 201', an integral part of '301' and '401' is practicing the survival skills that you read and learn about. Let me tell you this... It is easy to purchase just about any supplies, tools, and preps for just...

What To Do First When You Are Away And The SHTF

What To Do First When You Are Away And The SHTF

Having posted on this topic several times before, I would like to put out my opinion yet again, but this time at a very basic instinctual level. You are away from home and you are in a population-dense region (like most everywhere). Maybe you are visiting relatives or...

SURVIVAL – How To Survive

SURVIVAL – How To Survive

To survive under difficult or threatening circumstances requires good instincts and the right knowledge and actions working together for success. Here are some survival tips to consider:   The following tips come from the US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76...

The Rule Of Three

The Rule Of Three

Knowing and adapting to the 'rule of three' could make a difference between life and death when making critical decisions in an environment of potential or actual disaster. The Rule Of Three is a way to help remember a set of priorities to sustain life. Here's what I...

Find North At Night By The Star – Polaris

Find North At Night By The Star – Polaris

To find your direction at night, you only need to find the 'North Star' (Polaris) to know the direction of "true north". Note, the North Star is NOT the brightest star at night (many people assume that it is). The North Star is actually of average brightness. If you...

Missing Hiker Geraldine Largay Had Survived 26 Days

Missing Hiker Geraldine Largay Had Survived 26 Days

On the morning of October 14, 2015, the remains of missing hiker Geraldine Largay, was found. A contractor for the U.S. Navy 'SERE' program (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) was conducting a forestry survey on property owned by the U.S. Navy in Redington...

Survival Theory – A Preparedness Guide – by Jonathan Hollerman

Survival Theory – A Preparedness Guide – by Jonathan Hollerman

Having recently read the book, Survival Theory: A Preparedness Guide, by Jonathan Hollerman (former SERE Instructor and current 'grid-down' consultant), I felt compelled to recommend it for those who are willing to consider the cold hard facts of some of the things...

The Seven Steps of Survival

The Seven Steps of Survival

Guest post by 'Confused and in the dark' A few decades ago I took a series of wilderness survival courses through Sea-Grant and our local community schools program. I live in coastal Alaska and the classes were intended to teach survival in high stress wilderness and...

How To Really Prepare For Long Term Collapse

"The people who do the best (under such conditions) are not those who have prepared in an attempt to create a bubble of normalcy around them, but rather those who can adapt the fastest to changing circumstances." I very much agree with the quote above from a reader...

A Washboard is a Great Survival Prep Item

A Washboard is a Great Survival Prep Item

A number of years ago we purchased a washboard (actually we have several). It's something we'll be able to use to help clean the clothes if the power goes out for an extended time. It's a simple tool - made with a wooden frame that holds a metal scrub board lined with...

15 Hand Tool Groups For Preparedness

15 Hand Tool Groups For Preparedness

'Being prepared' is an enormously general statement. While most people think first of food storage with regards to preparedness, there are countless additional categorical ambitions that one might choose to venture... Many such categories involve a set of practical...

How To Escape From A Sinking Car

How To Escape From A Sinking Car

While the odds of you being in this situation are statistically low, if you do happen to be in a car that is sinking into the water (car accident off the road into a body of water - or over a bridge into the water), this is how you get out...   Do Not Panic!...

Using Visualization For Success

Using Visualization For Success

If you want to be successful (at whatever you're doing or planning to do), an effective method is to use visualization for your success. Visualize it. See it through your mind's eye. It works. Here's more of what I mean:   The power of visualization can create...

What Services Will Be Valuable For The Purpose Of Barter?

What Services Will Be Valuable For The Purpose Of Barter?

No one person has the abilities and skills to do everything. Today we trade our services for 'money' (currency) and we then use those FRN's (federal reserve notes) to buy the things and services that we need - which we otherwise do not have or know. When that system...