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Planning To Raise Rabbits?: 30 Deadly Plants You Should Never Feed Them

In my quest for living self reliantly, I have begun taking steps to surround myself with low cost livestock choices that can serve multiple purposes. Animals that can not only provide me with meat during unstable and volatile times, but can reproduce quickly, as well as, provide me with fertilizer amendments for growing vegetables and


30 Items Every Prepper Should Carry When Traveling

This is the time of year when families travel to visit friends and relatives near and far.  When taking a road trip, it is easy to throw a bug-out-bag and extra food and clothing into the trunk of your car but what if you are traveling by air?  Not only do you have those pesky


Should You Eat Roadkill? 8 Important Rules To Consider First

If the thought of preparing dinner from a dead animal found in the road makes you squeamish, join the club.  I personally find the thought revolting but then again, I have a robust pantry full of food for both the short and the long term, and currently do not feel compelled to eat roadkill of any


The Greek Bank Holiday: This Is What An Economic Collapse Looks Like

A “bank holiday” sounds like such an innocuous thing, doesn’t it?  Playful, a well-deserved rest, maybe even fun. If you’d like to learn more about the fun of such a holiday, look no further than the streets of Greece, where people have been informed the banks will be closed for the next week. Why? Because


The Cheapskate’s Guide To Surviving Without Air Conditioning

It’s that time of year again. The mercury is climbing…and staying there, way up at the top of the thermometer.  But running an air conditioner at full blast to combat the heat can be very expensive, and for those of us on a budget, the resulting bill can be crippling. So what can you do when


Strategically Relocating? Here’s How To Move All That Prepper Stuff

In the prepper world, everyone always talks about “strategic relocation” but it’s rare to hear about the actual act of moving the enormous amount of stuff that we accumulate. We’re preparing for what I hope is my final move ever. We have a nice little farm awaiting us, with a deep well, a greenhouse, and


We Prepare For Survival But Is It The Main Thing?

In the past, I have written about the never ending list of things to do, the frantic pace of organizing preps, and the never ending quest to learn just one more sustainable skill.  Couple all of that with the burden of truth and knowledge that keeps you awake at night, and you have a recipe


Canning Jars 101 – Everything You Need To Know And More!

When I recently did some organizing of my supplies, I was a bit surprised at the sheer number of canning jars I had placed into boxes.  By the time I got to the 20th box, I admitted to myself that I am clearly a canning jar hoarder.  That said, I don’t think I am in


Defeating Drones: How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit (VIDEO)

This article was written by Brandon Smith and the included video was a joint project between Oath Keepers and Alt-Market Asymmetric tactics rely on the idea of fighting smarter, rather than fighting directly, against a larger or more technologically advanced aggressor. It means turning your opponent’s strengths into weaknesses. For instance, if your opponent relies


The Three Most Important Survival Skills According To Grandpa

Recently I asked some of the book festival authors the following question:  Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills? It has been interesting to read the answers and I am always surprised that the responses are so different from each other.  That just


Looking For Motivation? 21 Preppers Share The Stories Of How They Got Started

One of the most common questions I’m asked in interviews is how I got started prepping. That crucial moment when you decide that you need to change the way you live is paramount to understanding the motivation to live a prepared lifestyle. Recently, I asked many of you how you started out, too, for an article I


How To Prep When You’re NOT An Epic Wilderness Survival Guru

Did you ever read a blog post on a prepper site and sigh, because the person writing the post seemed to have been born a survivalist? In your mind’s eye, you could envision them at the tender age of six, weaving a snare from some vines that they wisely assessed not to be poison ivy, catching


The Natural Pantry: A Long-Term Storage Guide For Honey

Raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey has been a pantry staple for centuries. In the far stretches of human history, honey was stored for food, making wine and used for medicinal purposes. Theystored raw, unfiltered honey in porous, sealed jars and stacked them in cold caves. In fact, recently, scientists examined five-millennia-plus-old jars of honey unearthed in Georgia and declared that the artifacts contain the


San Andreas For Preppers: 12 Earthquake Survival Lessons From The Movie

Okay, sure, there was some pretty unrealistic stuff like when The Rock was driving a boat through post-tsunami San Francisco and just happened to find his daughter that he was looking for. The last time I went to San Francisco, my daughter and I had trouble finding each other on the first floor of Forever


How To Succeed At Prepping: 11 Tips That Will Help You Survive

These days, you can barely turn around without someone giving you advice on what you should or must do to succeed at prepping.  This is all good news because four or five years ago, most advice you found would likely be highly militaristic, political, or simply over the top unreasonable. I can recall the days


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