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First Aid Kits: When to Build and When to Buy Them

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

Is it better to build a first aid kit from scratch, or is it better to buy a good one to start with and customize it for yourself? I’ve asked myself that question more than a few times over the years, and each time I’ve come up with another grand scheme in my head on how I might put together a new first aid kit with only the best of the best gear and medical supplies and save myself a ton of money doing so. But it is never really that simple, is it?

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City Girl Prepper Survival Backpacks Reviewed

Posted on Apr 23, 2017

There are an endless number of reasons to carry a go-bag… It could be anything from natural disasters to a simple break-down on the side of the road, or something much more serious. There are quite a lot of pre-built survival bags on the market these days, some good and some not so much. While I would never consider any of them complete, they often provide a good platform to start with. Especially as a gift for a non-prepper or someone just getting into it. City Girl Prepper has a unique series of 72-hour survival backpacks designed specifically for women and children that I thought were interesting and I’d like to share them with you…

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Wormwood Book Reviewed

Posted on Jan 15, 2017

Whenever I get the time to read or listen to an audiobook, I typically gravitate toward all types of post-apocalyptic dystopian thrillers and survival adventures. Quite some time ago, I came across a book called ‘Wormwood’, by author Micah Ackerman. It was about a small group of people living in Middlebrook, CT who survive a nuclear attack on the United States. Read on for more about the book…

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Fast Track to Your Technician Class Ham Radio Lice...

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

The Fast Track to Your Technician Ham Radio License is not just any old exam prep like those that offer all of the questions and answers along with a few sample tests. This guidebook offers a comprehensive, yet easy to understand digest focussing only on what you need to know to pass the FCC’s Level 1: Technician Class license exam, and why you need to know it…

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SOG Prophet Backpack Reviewed

Posted on Jan 5, 2017

Packs come in many different shapes and sizes, and each with a different purpose in mind. I recently had to take a flight, but I didn’t have any luggage, bags or packs that were large enough to carry what I needed, and small enough to use as a carry-on because I really didn’t want to deal with the nightmare of having to check any luggage. Thankfully, I was able to get my hands on a 33L SOG Prophet for the trip that would easily fit in an overhead compartment or under the seat. Read on to see how it went…

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Greenbelly Meal2Go Bars Reviewed

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

Whether I am backpacking on or off the beaten path, preparing a bug-out bag or restocking my EDC, I like to pack plenty of lightweight, nutritionally balanced sustenance that not only tastes great, but also doesn’t require much preparation if any. There are many options available, but most of them that lack in one way or another. Greenbelly recently sent me a few of their Meal2Go bars to see how well they could meet the need as a convenient meal replacement…

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The Survival Medicine Handbook Reviewed

Posted on Oct 9, 2016

An intrinsic part of any emergency preparedness plan is survival medicine which is so much more than treating minor wounds or stabilizing a patient with a severe physical trauma until they can get to a hospital. What if SHTF and there aren’t any hospitals available, or you are so far off-grid that getting to a hospital is impossible? The Survival Medicine Handbook, now in its third edition was written to help answer many of those questions. Join me as I dig into the book…

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Serg If – The Knifemakers Series

Posted on Oct 7, 2016

For the fifth installment of Knifemakers From Around the World we will be talking with the western Ukrainian artisan and knifemaker, Serg If. He is known for his incredible mosaic Damascus steel blades with beautiful handcrafted handles and leather sheaths where he frequents many of the custom knifemaking groups on Facebook. It is a real treat to finally meet Serg and talk with him about his craft. Therefore, it is my pleasure to introduce Serg to you…

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Disaster-proofing your personal data

Posted on Oct 4, 2016

When it comes to emergency preparedness planning, there are many situations to prepare for, each with different considerations. I’ve read numerous articles and watched countless videos discussing the importance of keeping photocopies of your essential personal documents in your bug-out bag like birth certificates and passports, bank and investment accounts, insurance policies, title deeds, wills and the like. The obvious problem with paper documents aside from being paper is the massive amount weight that they can add to your gear. In this article, I’ll be discussing ways to disaster-proof your personal data without breaking the bank…

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FREE Kindle eBooks

Posted on Oct 1, 2016

Since I was a young lad, I’ve always enjoyed getting lost in books. Some of my fondest memories growing up were when I was sitting in my fourth-grade classroom with my teacher reading aloud to the class. Some of my favorites were Where the Red Fern Grows, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Summer of the Monkeys, Old Yeller, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and the list goes on…

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Boker Plus Tech-Tool Carbon 7 Reviewed

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Multi-purpose pocket knives have been common amongst those that carry knives every day for hundreds of years. With the utilitarian in mind, these multi-tool pocket knives come in a wide-variety of options. Boker, the German knifemaker has recently released a modernized version of their widely successful Camp Knife design called the Boker Plus Tech Tool series. Boker USA has kindly provided us with one of their Boker Plus Tech-Tool Carbon 7 knives to share with you…

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The WaterBOB Reviewed

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

Emergency water storage is one of the biggest challenges for most preppers. Especially those living in urban environments like apartments and condos. There just isn’t enough room for large water barrels, much less any type of rainwater catch system. Storage of gallon jugs or cases of water bottles is not very practical either. Today, we’ll be looking at the waterBOB as an innovative alternative for dealing with temporary water containment during short-term emergencies…

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Rapid Application Tourniquet (RATS) Reviewed

Posted on Aug 21, 2016

As a prepper, I’ve always felt it was a good idea to pack plenty of trauma supplies in my various preparedness kits. But it wasn’t until my EDC included a firearm that I realized I should have been carrying a well-rounded trauma kit as part of my EDC. Not just for firearm-related injuries, but also for other equally pressing medical emergencies. RATS Tourniquet has kindly sent me a couple to see how they might augment an IFAK…

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LuminAID PackLite 12 and PackLite 16 Reviewed

Posted on Aug 10, 2016

Lighting is an important commodity, especially in an emergency. All to often people have left battery-operated flashlights and lanterns unmaintained with dead batteries. Recent advancements in solar power have spawned a new generation of solar-charged lighting. One such company named LuminAID has taken those advancements and developed a series of lightweight and waterproof solar-powered lanterns that provide ample light when you need it and fold flat when they are packed away. LuminAID has kindly provided two models for us to have a look at…

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Living Rational 2-person Survival Kit Reviewed

Posted on Jul 24, 2016

Preppers and survivalists who have been doing it for a long time typically create their own custom, and often very elaborate bug-out and get-home bags closely tied to their personal emergency preparedness plans. But what about someone who is just getting started? Where is the best place to begin? Living Rational has put together a series of general emergency packs and those specifically tailored to various emergency scenarios like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and so on. Lets dig into one to see what they include and if it is a worthwhile platform to build from…

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Steel Will Druid 240 Reviewed

Posted on Jul 17, 2016

This time around, I will be reviewing Steel Will’s Druid 240. While it was part of their 2015 lineup, this was the blade pattern that really caught my eye. Billed as a skinning knife, it has all of the characteristics of a rugged and versatile outdoor survival blade. So let’s take this thing for a spin…

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