Sod Houses on the Prairie

Once the grid goes down and you bug out, what then? Even if you have a “permanent” settlement, it’s best to plan for the worst. And when your position is compromised and you’re forced to pack up and ad hoc relocate, what’s your plan for procurement of food, water, and all-important shelter? The latter is where we have an idea […]

Improve your survivability with Misogi

Right now, you’re probably sitting in a chair in a brightly lit, climate-controlled environment as you read this. You’re likely not hungry, exhausted, thirsty, in pain, or in danger. You’re comfortable. Maybe too comfortable? Not by today’s standards. In fact, should we experience any of the above-mentioned discomforts, a large proportion of individuals will feel compelled to document their “plight” […]

Which Wood Can I Burn in the Fireplace?

On Tuesday February 16th, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport recorded a temperature of -2 F, which broke the previous cold record set back in 1903. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) declared Energy Emergency Alert 3: An EEA3 is declared if operating reserves cannot be maintained above 1,375 megawatts. If conditions do not improve, continue to deteriorate or operating reserves drop […]

Why Vinegar is a Bug Out Essential

Surviving in the backcountry has its limitations. You will no longer have a 3-car garage to store junk, boxes, materials, or supplies. This may sound ironic but the more space you have in the wild, the less you have. This is because no matter how much security you may think you have to protect from wild animals, humans, or material […]

How to Track Animals Using Track Traps

Knowing your environment is critical in the wild. After all, one of our very first skills in any situation is awareness of what you are up against. In this article we’ll go over one of the skills which humans have exercised for thousands of years, tracking animals. Now, this can go far beyond simply tracking animals and apply to other […]

Financial Preparedness 101

Whether you’re 20-something and straight out of college or in the grind-out years of making extra payments on your mortgage, sticking to a budget and committing to personal finance goals is crucial for financial prepping. While it’s easy to say, ‘I am sticking to my budget this time,’ it becomes doubly important to make plan action. While everyone knows some […]

Prepper Home Security System

Making do with what you have has always been a motto of rural America. Growing up on a farm teaches you this first-hand. As a kid you figure out that only some Popsicle sticks and barbed wire can make for a fun-filled afternoon. It is a learned skill, and the older you get the more creative and resourceful you become. […]

How to Prep in a World of Dependence

After being asked many times over the years why I prep, it’s time I highlight my rationale and mentality for implementing prepping into my lifestyle. Prepping is not about being scared for the world to end, but it’s about avoiding being scared. Survival prepping is to protect yourself and those around you that you love. For me, it’s all about […]

Prepping and Saving – Do Both Now

People tend to categorize prepping, or emergency preparedness, as either one or the other: a lifestyle choice, or a hobby. We could say that this changes on a case by case basis. Is a mother who preserves fruit, maintains a survival garden, and keeps a backup generator in case of a power failure really anything like the gun-toting doomsday prepper […]

Are you a Prepper?

There are legions of people that consider themselves to be “preppers.” But you can’t consider yourself a prepper if all you do to prep is buy a few cans of vegetables and a gallon or two of water. Being a prepper isn’t about what you have but instead it’s more about your mindset. It’s about a strong mental and physical […]