Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal. There’s no shortage of people who are delighted to put 2017 in the rear-view. I’m one of them. Mine doesn’t even revolve around politics or the major disasters that struck over the course of the year – and they were legion. I was lucky enough to weep only for strangers. Mine comes from the repeated “small” one-two punches from nature. It was a tough year here, but it was only tough. We didn’t make national news (thank heavens). I am also lucky enough that, right now, I don’t need the things that were impacted. However, 2017’s local effects will resonate for years. As preppers, it makes a good case study. So… Leading Up To 2017 I’m not “new” to my area even though I only moved back in 2016-2017. (Shoutout to my peeps – ‘twas BAD moving prepper+plants+animals…again.) With close family ties and multiple visits per season, I’ve stayed in touch with our lands. Some of the property I acquired had actually been in our family up into my lif..
This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I'll earn a small fee at no extra cost to you.* When someone breaks into your home, you don’t usually get a five-minute warning. Oftentimes, you won’t even see the intruder until he’s already inside. If that happens, you won’t have time to run to your room and get your gun out of your safe. You might be forced to defend yourself with something that is only a few feet away. In this article by Rusty from True Prepper, he goes over several household items you can use as a weapon, and he also explains how to use them as a weapon. To ensure your safety, I think it’s a good idea to go through each room in your house and make sure these improvised weapons are easily accessible. Rusty writes, “Home intrusions can happen in a moments notice and catch even the well prepared off guard. While it may be nice to have a Mossberg shotgun in every room for self defense, it is not the most practical plan. Being able to defend ..
Keeping a knife sharp is the best way to ensure that it can cut, slice or carve anytime you need it to. After all, this tool is one that a prepper or survivalist should always bring along, ready for use. You have to see to it that your trusty knife is in good working condition. Its sharp edge also makes the knife easier and safer to use. Building a shelter, hunting and preparing food won’t take too much effort and time. Ray Mears – How to Sharpen a Knife at Camp Watch popular survival instructor Ray Mears demonstrates how to sharpen a knife using bench stones. This is actually a survival skill that we all need to learn so watch carefully and practice at home, camp, your survival shelter or bug out location. Preview Product Rating Price Hoffman Richter HR-1 Pocket Knife Sharpener 62 Reviews $9.95 Want more survival tutorials? Check out related articles from our website: How to Choose a Survival Knife 5 Ways to Sharpen a Knife How to Survive a Knife Attack Last update on 2..
Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal. Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Kevin Fleeman at LifeUnderSky.com to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today. Cycling/biking is one of the most loved crazes of youth, all ages in fact. No? Yes? For most of us it was our first “wheeled” escape vehicle. So let’s take this a step further and learn more about biking and if perhaps a hybrid bike is a good vehicle to depend upon in times of need, as well as just fun. Many people search the web asking ‘is a hybrid bike good for trails?’ In this article I’m going to answer this question. (You can check on the Best hybrid bike under $1,000 here.) About Hybrid Bikes A hybrid bike is the u..
My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type to change what I EDC very much. Thomas is one of those people who likes to change his gear, and at one point actually used up to 5-6 folding knives in a single day just because he could, and obviously because he felt like it. That’s never been me, however. I like what I like, and usually the pool of knives that are my current favourites to use and carry doesn’t grow beyond 5-10 knives in total. That being said, back when Thomas and I were in Canada, I did used to change up gear reasonably regularly – at least in comparison to how often I slot things in and out now. Spyderco Sage 1 Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Knife – Amazon / Blade HQ In Canada, I’d regularly find myself with either a Spyderco Sage 1, a CRKT Ripple, or a Kershaw Shuffle in my hand, ..
Written by Cody on The Prepper Journal. In uncertain times, many people are gathering the things they need in the event of an emergency. Food, water, and shelter are usually at the forefront of everyone’s minds; however, other safety and precautionary equipment are often overlooked, like items to reduce the impact of chemicals threats and attacks. N95 masks, and chemical odor masks like the FAST-ACT VapourKlenz Face Mask, are just one of these things that are essential to have in an emergency pack. What is an N95 Mask? An N95 mask is a specially designed mask that is worn on the face, covering the nose and mouth to protect against potentially harmful airborne particles. It is sometimes referred to as a respirator. N95 means that the mask will filter at least 95% of particles that are at least 0.3 microns in size. Can I Just Use a Surgical or Dust Mask? While a surgical mask looks very similar to an N95 mask, it most definitely does not do the same thing. Do not get a surgical mask..
This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I'll earn a small fee at no extra cost to you.* (Updated 1/15/18 with 16 more meds!) It’s easy to take the power of medicine for granted. We all grew up with the idea that you can just pop a pill and get rid of your cold and flu symptoms, but just a little over a century ago this was completely unheard of. Back then, people had to live with their symptoms and could only hope they would get better. If you ever find yourself in a long-term disaster without OTC (over-the-counter) medications, you’ll quickly find out how rough it was for them. The list below is not a comprehensive list of all the medical supplies you should stockpile. Rather, it’s a list of the most popular OTC medications that you can take orally (or in some cases, topically). If you’re looking for a complete list of medical supplies, check out this list. The medications listed below should take care of all the most common ailments such as allergi..
When you’re out in the woods and you get caught in a snowstorm, warmth will be very much needed. You might also want some warm food and hot coffee. The comforts of home may still be too far away so you will have to stop for a while and build a fire. You will need: a firestarter tinder/kindling/firewood (all of which can be found out there) knife cooking pot coffee sugar Starting a Fire in the Snow It’s important to remember that staying too long in the freezing cold can be very dangerous. In such a situation, we suggest that you get to a safe and warm place as soon as possible. Do not try to do this if you do not have the experience or the proper equipment and clothing. Here is the tutorial. Scroll down for our step-by-step instructions. 1. Flatten the ground a little bit. If you don’t, the platform will move one way or another because of the fluffy snow. Tap it down to get the air out and this will make the surface even and level as possible. Preview Product Rating Pri..
A crossbow offers many advantages for survival situations. While Discovery demonstrates how to make one by hand, it’s still basically the same weapon and benefits. The crossbow would be a better option than a longbow especially in a scenario where you may have lost your rifle or just didn’t bring one along. You Can Make Your Own Crossbow This weapon does not demand too much physical exertion like a longbow does. All you have to do is to draw the string and you’re ready to shoot. Shooting positions can be varied and your height will not be a hindrance. Another advantage is that you do not need to master the draw-aim-shoot technique. The crossbow is fairly easy to use so it’s a good idea to learn how to use it. STRINGER FOR CROSSBOWS Convenient to use this stringer can take care of the duty at home or before heading out on a hunt. Want more survival how-tos? Check out related articles from our website: Crossbow Shooting 101 Archery 101 Our Favorite Crossbow Reviews Related
Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal. In a past life I was involved in the Avalanche Survival Classes The Sierra Club taught. This was back when their ranks were filled with outdoor enthusiasts focused on survival and conservation as opposed to politics. Then the organization understood that hunters and fishermen and mountaineers were among the most aware and responsible of people in the wilderness and left the smallest of carbon footprints.As preppers we may end up in the mountains and snow and the physics of snow are another thing to understand to give ourselves the best chance at survival. While this was all on-piste skiing, the ski patrol was always dealing with the clown that went off-piste and got into trouble. (A note: the term is loosely used to mean within the bounds of a ski area and outside the bounds of a ski area.) Part of the certification process from the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA) was to recognize avalanche potential, on or near ski resorts..