I recommend picking up a few copies from Amazon for your prepper and non-prepper friends.  Beginners can ease into some of the quick projects and build confidence, and more advanced preppers will also appreciate the practical prepper hacks.  Good book! Disclosure: This is a professional review site that sometimes receives free merchandise from the companies whose products we review and recommend. I have been hoping someone would address apartment prepping which is not easy in a 600 sq’ apartment.
Just started getting my emergency kit together so haven’t had time to get into the nitty gritty DIY projects yet. 17,5000w portable generator and manual transfer switch install to take the house off the grid manually when needed and not backfeed my generator when I fire it up. The project I am working on currently are Emergency Comfort bags for my little ones as well as mini bedside (or window) kits if there were ever a reason we didn’t have access to getting out of the house via the exits downstairs.
Ever sat down and wondered, “What the heck am I going to get him or her this year”?
Whether you’re looking for a gift for your dad, husband, wife, brother, sister, son, daughter, cousin, neighbor, boyfriend, workmate, or whatever, pretty much anyone who likes to camp or be self-reliant will like these items.
Believe me, if you ever wondered if you got him the right thing in the past, you won’t wonder that if you get it from this list. Because everyone has different budgets and you may be considering getting more than one thing, I’ve decided to list budget items and high end items so there are actually 14 things here. Personally, I prefer the Sawyer MINI so you may want to also consider that one as well but the LifeStraw is a HUGE seller and people love them.
If you’re looking for the ultimate water filtration system, a reverse-osmosis desalinator is it.
This one is made for family camping, which can get everyone out there to learn what gear works and what doesn’t. One of the biggest reasons I like it is that it has a waterproof floor, which is a feature that I won’t compromise on. Here’s a quick video on how easy it is to set this one up, which will also let you see how big it is. Quick and Simple Conversion – In just seconds, this tool transforms from an unassuming card in your wallet into a fully functional knife.
Surgical Steel Blade – Stainless steel construction for durable, rust-free sharpness. Built-In Safety Sheath – This prevents any accidents caused by an open blade in your pocket or pack, and even prevents the blade from becoming blunted during everyday carry. Snap-Open, Waterproof Locking Mechanism – Easier to open than ordinary penknives, and no metal hinges that rust. It’s one of the best selling tactical knives on Amazon and is the best one anywhere near this pricepoint.
It’s the knife I wore on the front of my body armor in Iraq and Afghanistan and the one I now keep on the tank of my Desert Warrior Harley. Because holy crap! It can put out 1,000 freaking lumens, which is almost definitely brighter than any flashlight you’ve ever seen that takes batteries.
If you want him to have a giddy look on his face when he shines it, this is the one to get.
For over 40 years, high school students in Foxfire programs have helped to gather and publish information about their Southern Appalachian heritage.
These are the coveted Foxfire books. They were originally to gather information for high school students many years ago on their Appalachian heritage but they were so useful, they are the ultimate prepper book collection. Not only are these fantastic to learn the old ways of backwoods survival, they’re a great way to start a discussion. I set up a portable camping solar box to be able to take mine camping but it would have been a LOT easier if I would have gotten this model instead. Here’s a video that kj6bbs did that included his whole setup and not just the FT-897d but it was the best video out there for you to get an idea of what this thing can do. Obviously, there are all kinds of good deals out there but these were the ones that I found that really stood out. About graywolfI am a former federal agent and military veteran who has deployed to combat theaters in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan and have almost three decades of military and military contracting experience. My goal is to help preppers and others understand how to intelligently protect their family and their way of life against real threats, without all the end-of-the-world doomsday crap.
You ever think of teaching a seminar(s) to us folks (interested in self-sufficiency) who live in the Phoenix area? Former Counterintelligence Special Agent, US Army Chief Warrant Officer, and Combat Veteran. Everyday carry (EDC) gear – what I carrySo what do you really need to carry every day?

What you need in your bug out bag – a comprehensive lookA bug out bag is critical but what do you put in it? How to communicate when the world goes silentSo if cell phones stopped working, how would you communicate? 99 freakin’ awesome ideas for your bug out bagLots of articles tell you the basics of what you need in your bug out bag.
Top 10 best selling prepper gear you should considerOccasionally, I want to let you know which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. My personal go bag contentsThere are a lot of different things you can put on your bug out bag list and there’s not really one list of contents that you should follow.
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I have spent many years learning wilderness survival, military survival, and urban survival.
There are 1575 species of bamboo worldwide and of those 1575 species, 110 are known to be edible. You essentially would have to be an expert to determine which species is edible and then boil it enough to remove the toxin.
A bamboo section can be filled with water and placed near heat to allow the water inside to pasteurize or even boil in some cases for purification.
Before using for firewood, split the sections to ensure there are not any chambers full of water.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It can turn saltwater into drinkable water and removes bacteria, viruses and other contaminants. It has a tanto blade (which not only makes it look like some kind of ninja thing, it’s my preferred blade style).
I got a few just as throwaway lights (they’re under $5) and was so impressed, I did a review of this flashlight. It takes 3 CR123A batteries (the same as most of my military gear takes) and can also be set for 15 lumens in case you’re not out there to signal the space shuttle one night.
Best known for the best-selling Foxfire Book series, the series and the other topical titles were all grown from interviews gathered for The Foxfire Magazine. Many people have the first few books in the series but very few have the last – and almost no one has all twelve. I have the FT-857D version at home, which I absolutely love, but this version has two built-in battery bay slots and you can get a bolt-on auto-tuner for it.
I grew up in the woods and spent a lifetime in various environments from deserts to jungles to politically-sensitive urban environments, and I'm here to tell you what I know.
When considering disaster preparedness, keep in mind that what survival gear and emergency supplies you add to your bug out bag and then pack for your survival kit can mean the difference between life and death, or at least affect your level of comfort if SHTF and you had to get outta dodge. Each item in your kit will depend on your skill set and what you’re trying to prepare for.
All content on this site is subject to copyright law and cannot be reproduced in part or in its entirety without express permission from the original author. Please use newer version of your browser or visit Internet Explorer 6 countdown page for more information. In any survival situation you have to weigh outcome versus effort, for example if you burn 1,000 calories hunting down food that only provides 300 calories then you are probably better off conserving your calories. Once the shelter is built, split the poles and attach several inches below the roofline for water collection.
The water can boil inside the chambers and cause the section to explode from the expanding steam. Dried bamboo makes an ideal fire spindle for creating a friction fire because the fibrous material creates an ember quickly. Split the end in to prongs and sharpen then place small pegs between the prongs to hold apart and lash securely.
Bamboo because of the hollow and typically air-filled chambers makes it extremely buoyant, so it is able to float and hold considerable weight. If you make the raft big, enough you can make a sleeping platform and lash poles in to a teepee to provide shelter on the raft. Maybe a friend or family member went through a personal disaster like a burglary or bankruptcy and it got you thinking. I know I put this in the high end category but it’s actually less than $100, which is dirt cheap for a good knife. I also like that it has the click-type tailcap switch instead of a button or slider (or twist) thingy.

The success of the student-driven program led to professional research that generated the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning and its support materials for use by other educators hoping to achieve similar levels of student involvement and create life-long learners. If you want a full power radio that you can put in  a backpack, you really can’t beat this thing.
Here’s what Graywolf from Graywolf Survival carries and why, as well as some suggestions on how to plan your EDC kit. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each.
Boiling the shoots on the edible plants however, will remove the toxin but the effort put forth to determine which plant is edible versus the gain to you may not be worth the effort and some may not consider bamboo a viable food source in some cases. It’s 9 feet by 7 feet, so it can fit a small family or a couple with all their gear with no problem.
It also has a glass breaker on the end and a strap cutter, which is great for cutting 550 cord. I may actually be selling my 857d and getting this one because it’s pretty much built for preppers. The poles can be lashed together using vines or cordage to make sleeping platforms as well. Cut off the top of a section to access the hollow chamber, fill with water then plug the hole with a wooden plug and attach cordage to the joint so it can be carried over your shoulder. Use heavier poles for animal spears or as a self-defense weapon. The slender poles make ideal hunting arrows and long bows can be made from the bamboo as well. They also make powered versions that will run off 12v as well but this one weighs less than a few pounds and will fit into almost all emergency kits. When I got my first set, they took a few weeks to come in so order them early (although the last couple orders were here in just a couple days).
I’ve always thought of having a generator but the prospect of noise letting others know that I have some thing always turned me off.
Two Weeks of Food – For now, just stock up on what you normally eat, except for things that have to be refrigerated. Instead, focus on non-perishables like canned food, boxed meals, and various pantry items such as peanut butter, crackers, apple sauce, spaghetti, marinara sauce, etc. Cookware – The kind you can use to cook over an open fire, such as pots, dutch ovens, and cast iron skillets. Your standard kitchen cookware typically isn’t durable enough to use on an open fire.
Axe for Chopping Wood – Even if you have a camp stove, you still might want to build a camp fire and use it for cooking, heating up water (for bathing and cleaning), and warmth.
It should contain the supplies needed to survive for at least three days while you travel to another retreat.
I recommend LED flashlights because they last longer and usually don’t require as many batteries.
Solar Charger – This solar battery charger can charge all the standard battery sizes (except for 9V). Security Measures – During a grid-down scenario, many criminals will take advantage of the situation and start looting stores or robbing houses. How far you go with your security measures is up to you, but you should at least get some battery-powered alarms for your doors and windows. They won’t necessarily stop a burglar from breaking in, but most burglars will move on to another house if they hear a noisy alarm. Weapon for Self Defense – This can be a gun, a taser, a knife, a bow and arrow, or whatever else you want to defend yourself with.
I recommend a good gun, but if you go with that be sure to have plenty of extra ammunition. You can use hand sanitizer in between hand washings to keep your hands relatively germ free. Roll of Plastic – Use plastic sheeting to cover broken windows, stop leaks, create a sick room, and more. Check out our other articles and some of the books I recommended above, and practice practice practice!

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