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Camping In Winter? Here’s What You Need

(The Following is a sponsored post). by Billy Cold temperatures and shivers can be an added challenge to the already challenging and adventurous activity of camping. The winter weather conditions can make it difficult for campers and hikers to tread the path, pitch their tents, source food, etc. But, if you’re still determined to experience camping in winters, then here are some important tips for you to keep in mind. Hydration and Nutrition In winters...

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What Foods Have the Longest Shelf Life? [My Top 20 Checklist]

by Amanda Hermes There is a surprising variety of foods that can last for years, or ever forever, at room temperature when stored correctly. For all of these foods, the storage method is paramount. To protect your food supplies, store them in airtight containers in cool, dry locations away from light. Containers might be bins, jars or cans with lids or even plastic bags that close securely. Buying in bulk is a great strategy, but...

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Should a Faraday Cage Be Grounded?

by blogRot. Yes, a Faraday cage should be properly grounded to be more effective at preventing damage to electronics as grounding provides a discharge path for EMP. I’ll cover the why and how below so read on… Electromagnetic Pulse (aka EMP) or a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from our sun produce high-powered electromagnetic ‘rays’ that are very damaging to electrical and electronics based equipment. Rubbing your bare feet across the carpet generates a significant electrostatic...

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How to Escape New York During a Catastrophe

by K.C. About two years ago, we moved our family to New Jersey so that my wife and I could pursue jobs based in New York City. Our commute is about 23-25 miles each way and as a result, we use public transportation to bring us back and forth from work. Since our move, we have experienced an earthquake, a “snowpocalypse” and two hurricanes; the most recent being superstorm Sandy, which wiped out key transportation and...

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Building a Get-Home Bag and Action Plan

by John R (AKA SickSkilz) There have been multiple discussions on getting home during a disaster and the contents of a GHB (get home bag).  In the 11/18 weekly preps, I mentioned that I decided to test out my get home plan with the assumption that I would not have my truck available and would have to travel on foot.   Here is how it went and what I found: I work downtown in a medium to...

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How to Be A Vegan Prepper (and still survive TEOTWAWKI)

by DocJ I have passed my 70th birthday.  A year ago, I ate lean meat, dairy products, eggs, and olive oil.  It was an overall healthy diet.  I was a controlled diabetic dependent on medication, not insulin, statins for high cholesterol, and an ace inhibitor, blood pressure medication, to protect my kidneys from diabetes. Last February, two sisters and two cousins contacted me about starting a program developed by Dr. Esselstyn from the Cleveland Clinic to...

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The Complete Guide to Raising Goats for Beginners

by Millie from KY Goats are fun, quirky and are great pets!  But we Pack Members are interested in with them for an “off the grid” homestead or SHTF situation.  That being the case, the previous qualities only enhance the fun of having them.  They are a great homestead and often dual purpose animal to raise and enjoy. And they are fun in spite of what some will say!  Perhaps you have heard that “billies” are...

Strategic Relocation Finding The best Place to Live if SHTF

Strategic Relocation: Finding The Best Place to Live if SHTF

by Sierra Grey Robert Burns once wrote, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”. Translated—no matter how well we plan, things often fail, turn out wrong, or go awry. Humans have limitations. We possess only fragments of knowledge and limited experience. Pride and emotions cloud our thinking. Only God plans perfectly. We, mortals, are left to hope we have planned well enough to survive what comes. And learn from our mistakes early in...

Are Preppers Normal

Are Preppers Normal? Blending Prepping Into Your “Normal” Lifestyle…

By: Matt in the Midwest I enjoy prepping. I value independence, self-sufficiency, and taking responsibility for myself. I consider it a hobby with perks. I like growing my own food, canning, hunting, shooting, reusing or repurposing materials. I love reading apocalyptic fiction as well as survival nonfiction; homesteading (free homesteading guide), organic gardening, Mother Earth News, Outdoor Life, Guns and Ammo. But I also live in the “real” world of having a wife, 2.5 kids,...

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Hiking Tips For Beginners – Test Your Gear to Know Your Gear!

by Ian D The Importance of Knowing Your Equipment, and the Reality of the Using It. A few months ago I decided it would be a good experience to go on an extended backpacking trip.   I carefully researched the area I was interested in by asking people who knew the area and by looking over various maps and descriptions. I initially thought I’d attempt this solo but then asked my daughter if she’d like to come...

How Can I Contact My Family After The Grid Goes Down

How Can I Contact My Family After The Grid Goes Down?

The family disaster communications plan… by Moira M You are at home waiting on the cable guy on a drizzly Monday morning. You relax in the quiet house since your spouse is at work, older kid away at college and younger kid in school. You settle in with a nice cup of coffee and the paper when suddenly the TV show is interrupted for a breaking news bulletin. There have been terrorist attacks in your state...

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How to Make a Rabbit Cage

by Anthony Purpura For the longest time, I was toiling with the idea of getting rabbits for my homestead.  As we all know they grow fast, the feed to finished meat ratio is the best of almost any animal, they don’t require a lot of space and they are easy to raise and you can do it almost anywhere. So what was stopping me from starting the adventure?  Well, like you guys and gals I...

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How to Make a Seed Starter Box

By Juleigh Howard-Hobson Mirrored flush-mounted bathroom medicine cabinets are easily one of the most non-upcycled objects out there. They are short and shallow. They don’t stand by themselves. And, frankly, they aren’t very nice to look at once they are out of their recessed wall enclosure. But, the thing is, just about every house has one…sometimes two or more. You can pick them up for a song at garage sales, rebuilding centers or CraigsList. Sometimes...

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Types of and Effects of Nuclear Weapons on Humans and The Environment

by Ron G Think of this as a primer if you will. It is written to cover the basics that will matter most to you as a prepper. I am intentionally leaving out a lot of technical jargon; there are others willing to throw that out at you.  There will be some terms and concepts that do need to be understood. One I will use a lot is Ground Zero (GZ). Ground Zero is that...

How to make a rocket stove

How to Make a Rocket Stove

by Randy As a frugal and self, sufficient individual, you may be interested in an alternative to the earthen block, tin can or commercially made, version of a rocket stove.  Here is another effective alternative to those found in articles that are circulating on the internet, YouTube or in “Prepper Blogs” these days. I have not seen anyone touting or describing how to turn common black stove-pipe fittings into a rocket stove so I will try...

How Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

How to Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

by Jane W My interest in chickens began at age three when my grandmother would allow me to gather eggs from the nests in the chicken house at their farm. I learned from her to be observant and gentle with animals. When my own child reached that age, I wanted to share some of that magic with him and began considering raising chickens. As an avid reader of Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening magazine and other...