I’d like to start off by thanking you for visiting and taking the time to browse around! If you’re at all interested in prepping, I believe you’ll find this blog interesting. I’ve been into this sort of thing for several years, and over that time, I’ve learned a lot from a lot of people. Some of the people I’ve learned valuable info from are people like military personnel, naturalists, as well as other survivalists. I’ve gone to classes, read books and endless amounts of website visiting all in an effort to get as much knowledge on the matter as possible. After all, if some wild event that changes life as we know it happens, you really can’t be too prepared. Add to that, if you have a family or friends you care about, you’ll want to learn as much as you can for their sake too, even if they think it’s a waste of time to prep…
If you’re thinking it’s not crazy to prep. If it’s not senseless to you to prepare for future chaos, I think you’ll find this blog a good place to visit. I’ll share what I’ve learned, including posting videos of “how to” and much more. I’m hoping I can help some get a little more prepared or open someone’s eyes to why it’s important to prepare for survival. In return, I know I’ll learn more from you as well, as you’re welcome to post comments or even post an article. If it has to do with prepping and is useful, I don’t mind publishing it! Just contact me about it.
If you’re looking for an easy way to start a fire with a ferro rod, perhaps the easiest is by using a char cloth. Char cloth can be bought online and is relatively inexpensive, but you can also easily make it yourself. Why not get some practice at it? It’s not hard but it does take good timing…
Things you’ll need:
A fire, specifically hot red coal/ashes
A tin can/lid (altoids can works great)
Cotton cloth (100% cotton tshirt)
First you’ll need a tin can, an altoids can works great. Puncture a hole in the top to release pressure. Loosely put pieces of your cotton cloth in your can and close the lid.
Set your tin can in some hot ash/coal. In a few minutes you’ll see smoke burrowing out. Once the smoke clears, pull your tin can out (caution it will be hot). Let it cool for a few minutes and open to discover your char cloth. That’s really all it takes.
What’s truly impressive is how easy they light up. The smallest spark from your ferro rod will light them right up. Make a bunch and pack them up for safe keeping in your bug out bag. If you ever needed a fire and all you had was a small spark, you’d be happy you did!
One of your concerns and reasons to prep could be due to the threat of the power grid going out, whether by way of a nuclear device taking out the grid or even a solar flare. One easy thing you can do to protect some important devices, like a hearing aid, gps device, maybe some handheld radios, is build a faraday cage. A faraday cage is basically a shield from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). By doing a simple internet search, you can find anything from simple faraday cages to elaborate ones.
So there you go, for probably 50 or so bucks, you can have your own EMP protected storage container for all your important electrical devices. Moreover, trash cans offer a decent amount of space, ensuring you can fit all your needed devices.
There’s really 2 schools of thought when it comes to survival food prepping. One school of thought is to stock up on food and water in your own home or survival shelter, perhaps in a different location than your home. The other school of thought is that you may need to be on the go, so prepping for food and water “on the go” is the way to go… Both school of thoughts have valid points. In short, it really just depends!
If your home is your fortress (for many preppers it is) and the disaster or chaotic situation is far enough away to not immediately affect you, staying home or in your survival shelter would be optimal. However, if disaster struck your home, staying there may not be a real option. In that case, everything you stored up and paid good money for would likely be left behind. If you had to take off with just your bug out bag, would you and your family have what you need to survive? Things like water purification tablets are extremely important to have in your bag. As recently as Katrina, there was no drinkable water due to no one having a way to purify it. Despite having literally several feet of water throughout the area, there was no water to drink… Check out our top 10 things you need in your survival pack. If all you do is store gallons of water and buckets of food before the catastrophic event, then it happens and you need to leave asap, how many gallons of water and buckets of food can you feasibly carry? You want the right tools and gear to survive on the go in your survival gear pack. Having tools to get food, like hunting or trapping, and prep it for eating, is a must have in your bug out bag. On the other hand, if all you do is prepare for bugging out with no stock pile of food and water in your house or bunker, and an event happens where you’re stuck where you are, what happens to you and your family?
Perhaps being prepared for either scenario is the best course of action. Having a stock pile of food and water at home or in your survival bunker is an excellent idea and I would encourage you in continuing to stock pile. Preparing your bug out bag for a wide range of scenarios is also an excellent idea, because lets face it, we don’t know what the big event will be, or which one will come first. Whether it’s a super volcano eruption or the power grid goes down (or whatever you think is likely to happen) we need to be prepared! Focusing on surviving a particular catastrophic event or serious of events instead of preparing for a wide range of possibilities, could be detrimental. This is something I want you to avoid, so think about, plan and prepare on various events and scenarios. It could save you and your family’s life.
Here’s my top 10 most important survival gear necessities. This is just my opinion and to be honest, I could easily switch a few of these around. Ultimately, I think everyone should have all top 10 things you should have in your survival kit…
10. Rope: There’s a ton of reasons to have rope, I like 550 para chord best due to it’s durability, strength, and size/weight (fairly small and light which is great when you have to lug it around). Tossing a roll of dental floss could also be helpful for various reasons, one example is you could set a snare trap.
9. Ammo: There’s little reason to carry a handgun, shotgun and/or rifle around if you don’t have any ammo for it. Ammo is heavy, so you won’t be able to carry a ton of it with you, which means use what you have wisely.
8. Gun: Whether it’s self defense or hunting, having a handgun, rifle, and/or shotgun is important. It’s nearly senseless to think you could survive a dangerous situation with no protection or hunt anything other than perhaps trapping a rodent without a gun. I personally have a .40 xdm and a rifle.
7. Fire Starter: You may want to pack away some matches & a striker in a water proof container. Having a lighter or two isn’t a bad option either and lastly, having a bar or two of magnesium and a flint stick is also a reliable option. Even a steel wool pad can light up when connected to the positive and negative of a battery. Steel wool can also be used for other applications, like cleaning off rust.
6. Hatchet: Small tasks using a hatchet can become hard tasks if you don’t have a hatchet. Grab one with some quality to it and comfortable for you. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a sharpener, working with a dull hatchet will wear you out quick.
5. Survival Knife: There’s a ton of reasons to have a good survival knife. Just make sure you have a good quality knife, a cheap one will give you headaches every time you use it.
4. Duct Tape: There are endless uses for duct tape. From repairs to holding things together to a million other uses, duct tape is a must have. If you haven’t already, throw a roll or two in your bag right now!
3. First Aid: In a world of the unknown, 1 thing remains… There’s bacteria & disease out there! Get a first aid kits with at least the essentials, disinfectant, rubbing alcohol, band-aids, bandages, gauze, and so on…
2. Water Purification: They make water purification tablets which makes bacteria ridden water drinkable. Clorox can also be used to easily purify water. After all, water is the essence of life.
1. Water/Water Storage: You need water, that’s obvious. But having a good water container that can last is also important. Make sure you have a canteen or some sort of water container, something that can be put in/near fire to boil water to purify it would be ideal!
Did I miss anything? Got something more important in mind? Let me know about it!