CategoriesCamping Disaster Response Hunting Prepping Survivalism

What To Consider When Picking a “Bug Out” Property To Buy

Times are changing, and it’s important to prepare for additional changes yet to come. Just as you probably never imagined you’d experience a toilet paper shortage in your lifetime, you may not have imagined you’d need to start looking for a “bug-out” property this year. But here we are. Wise preppers understand that when things get really bad, they may have to leave their homes and head out to the wilderness (at least for a while). The more prepared you are to handle such a situation, the more likely you will be to survive.

The good news is that your bug-out property can also double as a recreational property where you go to camp and practice your survival skills. But you don’t want to buy any remote property you see for sale. Here are a few things you should consider when deciding which bug-out property to buy.

water

This may seem obvious, but many people forget to even consider the availability of water when looking for a property where they can lay low for a while. However, if you’re serious about survival, you need to make sure the property has some sort of access to fresh water year-round. This may be in the form of a lake, river, well or natural spring. Stock up on water purifiers as well and keep them in your bug-out bag so you can make any available water safe for drinking purposes. If there is no water to be found within miles of a property, it’s probably not worth buying.

distance

You may be able to find the perfect survival property for sale, but if it’s going to take you days to get there in an emergency, it’s just not a practical solution. When it comes to location, here are a few things the ideal property should offer:

  • It should be close enough to where you live that you can get to it on a single tank of gas
  • It should be far enough from the city that you aren’t in danger of being overrun by others who are trying to escape the dangers of the city
  • It should be no more than 60 miles from your home so you can reach it on foot if necessary

It may not be possible to find a good survival property that meets all of these recommendations, but do your best. If you can’t find a good bug-out property close by and you know you’re going to have to travel many miles in a SHTF situation, make sure you pack extra fuel and supplies to bring with you.

self-suffiency

When looking for the right property for an emergency, consider how it will help you be self-sufficient. Ideally, you should look for a place that’s located near:

  • Game and/or fish
  • Firewood
  • Sufficient space and sunlight for gardening
  • A source of electricity (such as water, solar and/or wind)

Don’t count on the electrical grid to power your needs when SHTF. Alternative sources of power are essential for any bug-out location.

security

When buying a property for survival purposes, take some time to consider how secure it is. Is it concealed by trees, fences, gates, etc. or is it located in a wide-open space? How many paths and roads lead to your property? Is your property located right next to a main road?

Generally, the more secluded your property is, the easier it will be to defend it from anyone with ill intent. You may also want to invest in Sentry Alarm Mines when situations become dire. They’ll alert you if someone trips the wire and trespasses on your property so you have time to react.

These are a few of the top things to consider when looking for a property you can purchase for your bug-out needs. Do you have additional suggestions we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section!

CategoriesDisaster Response Prepping

How To Prepare for the Next Pandemic

If history has taught us one thing, it’s that nasty viruses have a tendency to show up at the worst times. What do you need to protect your family against the next pandemic?

1. NonPerishable Food and Water

Make sure you have plenty of food stocked up at home so you don’t have to go outside during the worst of the pandemic. At the very least, you want enough non-perishable food to last your family for two weeks. Many preppers extend that to three months, six months or even a full year, depending on the amount of storage space and funds available.

2. Medicine

Cover the basics without going overboard. Most medications have expiration dates, so you’ll need to update from time to time. Here are the most important medications to stock for emergencies:

  • Prescription drugs you have to take (try to get a six-month supply if possible)

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

  • OTC anti-diarrheal meds

  • OTC allergy meds (if someone in the family has allergies)

  • Antifungal and antibacterial creams (clotrimazole, hydrocortisone, bacitracin, etc.)

Antibiotic prescription medications (ciprofloxacin, cephalexin and metronidazole) can help with infections, but it’s best to get a doctor’s advice. Antibiotics won’t help with viral outbreaks.

3. Antiseptic Alcohol

If there’s one thing you can never have too much of for pandemics, it’s antiseptic alcohol. It can help you disinfect virtually any surface, from impermeable clothing to car doors. Have some spray bottles on hand to make disinfecting easy.

4. Protective Gear

Prepping for a pandemic realistically means accepting that you will probably have to leave the house eventually, such as to gather additional supplies, pay bills or seek medical treatment. To keep yourself and your family safe from the effects of viruses, stocking up on protective equipment should be a major priority:

  • N95 and N100 masks: These masks offer solid protection again virus particles. They will be your bread and butter during many viral outbreaks, so you want to have plenty.

  • Face shields: For a solid layer of protection against respiratory illnesses, wear a curved face shield over a mask. They can prevent almost 100% of droplets from reaching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Surgical gloves: Some viruses are transmitted primarily through cuts or absorbed through bare skin. That’s why it’s smart to have a good supply of surgical gloves on hand in your size, just in case something like Ebola ends up in the United States.

  • Cartridge respirators and powered air-purifying respirators: The benefit of gas masks and other cartridge respirators is that they can filter out smaller particles. PAPR masks are the ultimate in protection, but you have to buy one that fits you and use the right type of cartridge for each situation.

  • Hazmat suits/protective suits: Hazmat suits cover your clothing with an impermeable layer to keep viruses away from your skin. Disposable versions are cheaper and easier to replace while reusable ones are thicker and more durable.

The main difficulty in prepping for the next pandemic is that there’s no way to know what type of virus it will be. Diseases are transmitted in different ways, some via droplets and others through tiny cuts. Covering all the bases possible can make a huge difference.

CategoriesDisaster Response Prepping Survivalism

9 Foods That Last for Decades

Are you wondering what foods to include in your long-term food storage? In addition to freeze-dried options that you can buy, there are other, less expensive food options that will last for decades. Here are 10 items you should consider adding to your food storage list.

1. Alcohol

Alcohol may not technically be a “food,” but for some it’s an essential part of their survival plans. Liquor will basically last forever, and everyone knows that wine gets even better with age. So go ahead, add some quality alcohol to your food storage. The one exception is beer. It may not be unsafe to drink after a few decades, but it will taste so bad you won’t want it anymore.

2. Dried Beans

Dried beans are full of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, including zinc, iron, potassium, folate and magnesium. They’re also an important source of protein if you don’t have a lot of access to animal products. When stored in airtight containers, dried beans can last indefinitely.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and is an important component of many different recipes. It can also last for decades when stored in a cool, dry area.

4. Freeze-Dried Corn

Did you know you can freeze-dry corn, then seal it in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers to help it last for up to 10 years? This is a great way to make good use of your corn harvest while padding your bunker at the same time.

5. Ghee

Butter may not be something you want to put in your food storage because it can’t last long (especially without refrigeration). Fortunately, ghee is a great substitute for butter and can last indefinitely. It’s basically butter, but is processed to remove all milk solids.

6. Honey

Archaeologists have found honey that was thousands of years old and still safe to eat. Honey makes a great substitute for sugar and is a wise addition to your food stores. Over time it tends to get hard, so just be sure to heat it up before using it.

7. Pemmican

Pemmican is a Native American food that can last for up to 50 years when kept in air-tight containers in a cool, dry place. It’s made out of rendered fat, finely ground meat, honey, dried nuts and fruits. There are a lot of pemmican recipes online, so find one that you prefer and get busy making your own!

8. Salt

Plain salt does not have an expiration date, which means it can last indefinitely. This makes sense, considering the salt that’s on the shelf is probably already thousands of years old. However, it’s important to note that iodized salt does have a shelf life of approximately 5 years. So if you want salt that lasts indefinitely, don’t get the iodized kind.

9. White Rice

Did you know white rice can last up to 30 years, as long as it’s kept in an airtight container with oxygen absorbers in a cool, dry place? Rice is very filling and is easy to add to a wide variety of meals. Make sure you have enough in your bunker to last you and your family members for at least a year. Make sure you don’t choose the brown kind, since it doesn’t have a very long shelf life.

These are just a few of the foods you can add to your bunker that last decades. For greater variety, choose you favorite foods in freeze-dried form. Almost anything can be freeze-dried, which automatically adds years to a food’s shelf life. Above all, make sure you have enough variety to keep you from getting bored of your food if you’re forced to subsist on it for years on end.

CategoriesPrepping

How To Develop Mental Toughness for Survival Situations

Are you ready for natural disasters or SHTF moments? It’s easy to answer yes if you’ve got canned goods and other survival essentials, but they’re only part of the question. The real test of survival is as much mental and emotional as it is physical. Here are five ways to make sure you have the mental toughness needed to survive anything.

1. Stay in Control

To fight panic, it’s important to feel like you’re in control of something, even if it’s impossible to be in control of everything. Don’t focus on the things you can’t control. Use your energy on things you can change.

Here are a few things you can’t control:

  • The weather
  • Diseases or pandemics
  • Other people
  • Governments
  • The economy

The idea is that if you can’t control something, like a hurricane or forest fire, then it’s a waste of time to worry about it. All you do is spend valuable time and energy. Instead, focus on what you can do in the time you have.

In the case of a forest fire, get your family somewhere safe. For total economic collapse, forget about any worthless paper money and work with the resources you do have, such as fields to cultivate your own food.

2. Prepare a Plan Ahead of Time

It’s way easier to deal with the unexpected when it’s not really unexpected. Force yourself to think about the hard questions right now and come up with answers for them. Don’t wait for a tornado, fire, hurricane, pandemic or civil war to start planning. Make your decisions ahead of time. That way you have a general idea you can run with if you’re under pressure.

3. Protect Your Mind

Let’s talk about breathing exercises for a second. To many guys, the idea of taking a moment for calming down doesn’t sound very manly. It’s hard to imagine Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steve McQueen doing breathing exercises.

But you know who uses these mental relaxation techniques? Green Berets. Spec Ops are trained in deep breathing for combat situations. Here’s how:

  • Force yourself to stop and stand still.
  • Focus on your lungs and slow your breathing.
  • Take five or six slow breaths, exhaling slowly.
  • Focus all your attention on ONE task.
  • Accomplish this task with zero distractions.

This is a legitimate way to increase your focus in high-intensity situations. It doesn’t take more than 10–20 seconds, but the benefits are huge.

4. Learn To Break Complex Problems Into Simpler Tasks

If you look at survival problems all at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The solution is to break one huge disaster into tons of smaller goals, like a marathon runner taking things one mile at a time.

House leveled? Start with the most important things for survival first. Make a shelter to stay protected from the elements. Once that’s done, you’ve increased your survival odds a ton. Next, work on building a fire. After that, figure out what you’re going to do for water and then for food.

5. Just Accept the Adrenaline

Look, the adrenaline is going to be there. How it affects you is up to you. You can let the stress overwhelm you, or your can take advantage of this massive surge in energy to get essential things done. If you prepare mentally ahead of time, adrenaline can be your ally instead of your enemy.

Have another tip to help fellow survivalists stay in control during SHTF? Share your experience below!

CategoriesDefense Prepping Self-Defense

4 Best Weapons To Keep in Your Car

The need to defend yourself doesn’t disappear when you leave your home. In fact, as recent events have shown us, you could encounter violence when you’re just driving on public roadways. That’s why it’s important to keep a few tactical weapons in your car for self-defense purposes. Hopefully you will never have to use them, but you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing they’re within arm’s reach while you’re driving.

Not all weapons are practical to take with you in your car, and not all are easy to wield in a small space (sorry, AR-15s). So, it’s important to take a few things into consideration when deciding which weapons to take along with you. Here is our list of the top five best weapons to keep in your car, and why.

1. Handgun

In states that allow it, the most effective weapon to keep in your car is a handgun. Some people choose to keep a gun in the glove compartment, while others prefer to attach it beneath the steering wheel area for easy access. Still others leave their guns out in plain sight if they don’t have concealed carry permits but live in states that allow open carry. No matter how you choose to do it, packing heat is an effective way to protect yourself against criminals who choose to endanger your life.

Before you opt for a handgun as a form of self defense in your car, carefully study your state’s laws regarding handgun in vehicles. You want to make sure you’re fully in compliance with the law. Even if you’re abiding by the law in your state, you still need to stay frosty. If you plan to travel outside of your state, you could find yourself facing legal trouble if the area you’re traveling to doesn’t allow concealed or open carry in vehicles. Always stay well-informed to avoid legal issues.

2. Pepper Spray

There aren’t nearly as many laws regarding pepper spray as there are regarding handguns, so some people feel more comfortable keeping a canister of pepper spray in their vehicles. Pepper spray is non-lethal, but if you spray it directly into your attacker’s face, you have a good chance of getting away. Pepper spray is lightweight, portable and generally easy to use. That’s what makes it such a good option for your car.

3. Knife

A knife can be a very effective self-defense tool if you know how to use it properly. There are effective and non-effective ways to hold and use small self-defense knives. If you choose to carry one in your car, make sure you learn how to wield it. There are plenty of online videos that can give you helpful step-by-step instructions for using knives for self defense.

Some states ban some types of knives for both open and concealed carry uses. As with guns, you need to know the laws in your area before deciding what self-defense knife to keep in your car.

4. Stun Gun

Like pepper spray, stun guns and tasers are non-lethal tools used for self defense. They can temporarily incapacitate your attacker so you can get away to safety. Before buying a stun gun, make sure they’re legal for use in your state. Many states legalize their use for civilian defense purposes as long as you don’t have a felony and are not a minor.

Choose What’s Best for You

Ultimately, the best self-defense tool for your car is the one you feel most comfortable using. If you have a gun but refuse to use it, it’s probably not the best choice for you. In cases like this, you may be better off choosing a stun gun or pepper spray. No matter what self-defense tool you decide to use, you’ll be better prepared to defend yourself if necessary. Stay safe out there.

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