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“Is Prepping Reserved for Crazy People?” A Thoughtful Response to Skeptics

Recently, I saw someone asking a question about prepping on the popular question and answer site, Quora.   The questioner so eloquently asked: “Are preppers crazy, or do they have a point?”   That was it, no further elaboration needed apparently! I normally don’t entertain internet trolls and just keep scrolling, but for some reason this one stuck with me. I mean, maybe this person was legitimately searching for justification to go against the grain of society and begin prepping themselves.... Keep reading

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How to Choose the Best Knife for Your Bug Out Bag [+6 Expert Top Picks!]

Have you heard the saying, “The best knife for your bug out bag is the one you have on you at the moment you need it?” If you’ve ever found yourself without when you needed one, you know this all too well to be true.   That said, a good, reliable knife is one of the most valuable additions to your Bug Out Bag you can make.   Reason being… Your knife will likely be your primary tool when building... Keep reading

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The Fantasy & Reality of Bugging Out

I don’t know about you, but as part of my career I spend a fair amount of time discussing Bugging Out on “prepper” and “survival” related forums.   Not surprisingly, it’s is one of the most popular discussion topics.   On any given day, there are lively debates on everything Bug Out related.   Topics ranging from:   – What is the Best Bug Out Bag (BOB) – What to Put in a Bug Out Bag – Bug Out Vehicles (BOVs)... Keep reading

Top 10 Best Survival Gear in 2018 for Your Bug Out Bag

I hope Survival Santa is going to visit your house this year, but just in case he gets lost, here are a few of our favorite gift ideas to treat yourself or someone you know (hint: we’ve saved the best for last)! And the great thing is, regardless of your budget, there’s something here for every bug out bag! Read on to see our “Top 10 Best Survival Gear in 2018…”   1) Condor 3 Day Assault Pack The Condor... Keep reading

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5 Dangerous Bug Out Bag Mistakes [Are You Making These?]

If you’re new to this site, a bug out bag (BOB for short) is one of the most important tools in the survivalist toolbox. In its simplest form, it is an assortment of survival gear and supplies that will allow the user to mitigate whatever life tosses their way. Each BOB is different and unique and the contents are dependent upon the user’s skill sets, experience, and area of operation. While every BOB is different, there are a few bug out bag mistakes that... Keep reading

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13 Wilderness Survival Kit List Items [You Need to Pack These]

Did you know the average person can survive up to 3 weeks without food… but only 3 days without water and 3 hours outside of their core body temperature? Knowing this, what to include on your survival kit list and carry in your kit can literally mean the difference between life and death in just a few critical minutes or hours. The good news is, you can greatly increase your chance of survival…if you have the right supplies with you (and know... Keep reading

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Bugging Out Basics: Choosing the Right Bag For You

A Bug Out Bag (also known as a bug out backpack), is meant to hold all of the items you need to survive in a situation where “bugging out,” or leaving your home for an undetermined period of time is the only option. While we all have the tendency to hoard survival items that load our BOB down, this is not the point. A Bug Out Bag that’s too heavy is a liability and could impede your ability to survive. It... Keep reading

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Emergency Preparedness and Bug Out Bags: 17 FAQs from Atlas Obscura

Recently we were approached by the lovely Lauren Young, a writer at popular online travel blog, Atlas Obscura. She wanted to know if we’d be willing to “talk shop” and do an interview for her readers on the importance of bug out bags and emergency preparedness for the common person… Of course we said yes. And while our answers to her probing questions far exceeded the space, and time permitted for her article (you can read her condensed writeup here), we... Keep reading

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How to Organize Your Bug Out Bag

Bug out bags have evolved a lot over the years, especially as survival experts have made their way online to collaborate and share their own tips and tricks. This post contains several reminders when you are considering how to organize your bug out bag. Preppers and manufacturers have engineered ways to make them cheaper, lighter, smaller and so on in an attempt to reduce their payload and maximize chances of survival in a disaster situation. In fact, it has also... Keep reading

How to Survive a Power Outage: A Common Man’s Guide

“Great. The Power Is Out…. Now What Do I Do?!” …fears of fatal vulnerabilities in major government systems and national power grids leading to a more widespread malicious attack have people preparing for the worst case scenario. We’ve all been there: you wander into the kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water, only to find the light switch doesn’t work. You glance over at the microwave to see what time it is, and it too... Keep reading