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Make These Survival Products Your Next 4 Purchases

It’s all well and good to learn how to make it in an America that bears more resemblance to the days of the Indians than the days of the New York City Stock Exchange, but don’t get so caught up in survival purity that you ignore some of the best tools on the market. The best thing about prepping as a popular trend is that it has led to some extraordinary products. If you want to give yourself the best possible shot at survival, make these four products a priority.

A Personal Water Filter

Whether you’re surviving in the woods or roughing it without running water in your home, the time may come when you’re forced to drink from an unsanitary source. The problem isn’t impurities or dirt; the problem is deadly bacteria. Personal water filters like the one sold by Lifestraw can sterilize questionable water, making it one of the most important survival products out there. Buy one.

A Good Hunting Rifle

Not everyone is comfortable building an arsenal, but even committed pacifists should consider buying a good hunting rifle. If you live in an area without much wildlife to speak of, don’t let that discourage you from getting a gun. It may be that you will want to relocate when disaster strikes, and it may not be easy to buy firearms when that day comes. And obviously, the rifle can double as a weapon of self-defense if necessary.

A Multi-Tool

If you think the old Swiss army knife is still the epitome of the multi-tool, you haven’t seen some of the amazing products they’ve come out with in recent years. These extraordinary tools look like something Q would show James Bond in the 1960s. Some of them have as many as 40 separate functions, suitable for thousands of possible scenarios. A good multi-tool is especially essential for anyone planning to survive in an urban landscape.

A Tent/Tarp

If you think there’s a chance you may have to survive in a wooded landscape, then make sure you have a tent or a tarp in your survival room. Building a shelter on the fly is a good skill set to have, but you’ll be better off if you don’t have to rely on leaves for your only protection from the elements. Tents are better than tarps, but anything is better than nothing.

Four Things You Should Stop Throwing Away

How many would-be preppers are letting their income dictate whether or not they start taking the right steps toward self-sustained independence? The hidden beauty of prepping is that you can get started without spending a single dime. True, you’re not going to build an impressive survivalist fortress without coming off some dough, but every little bit counts. You can get started just by hanging on to some of the things you typically throw away.

Here are four things you should start collecting:

Empty Cans

Next time you pour the contents of a soup can into a bowl, don’t be so hasty to throw out the can. Get rid of the jagged top, clean out the can, and put it away. With your old cans, you can rig up a makeshift alarm system across your lawn, put them to use in various forms of cooking, and utilize them as small storage containers.

Bath Towels

You’re probably in the habit of throwing out those old bath towels that have been chewed to rags by years of bleaching. Next time you do a purge, save the ragged towels that embarrass you when company visits. They may not be good enough for the master bathroom, but they’re good enough for a survival situation. And hey, if that “situation” turns out to be nothing more serious than a flooding dishwasher, you’ll still be glad you don’t have to use the “good” towels.

Paper Clips

Paper clips are cheap, plentiful, and disposable. But if you’re serious about prepping, you have to remember that you may have a finite supply of these versatile little tools. You may not need to organize reports in a SHTF scenario, but you can use paper clips to sew, fish, and even broaden the scope of your radio transmissions.

Socks

A lot of people keep a few old socks around in the garage; they make convenient rags for checking the oil as well as dusting the house. They can also be useful in a survival situation. Rags in general could be of great use, but socks in particular make excellent water filters. For sediment, mind you, not bacteria.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Take this as a starting point. Start looking at everything in your home through a different lens. You will find that you already own many things that will serve you well in a crisis.

 

Tight Budget? 4 Tips for Frugal Preppers

For many Americans, the idea of an apocalyptic disaster comes in the form of a single missed paycheck. How can families prepare for a true survival scenario when they are already hanging on by a thread?

Thankfully, survival prep does not require a substantial bank account. If you’re interested in securing your family from the threat of societal collapse – even a temporary one – then you needn’t let cash problems become an excuse to procrastinate. If you take the slow and steady approach, you can gradually build a respectable survival storehouse without compromising your ability to survive everyday life.

Here are four tips for frugal-minded preppers.

Don’t Wing It

“Slow and steady” should not be read as “Buy a huge jar of peanuts whenever the mood strikes.” A gradual, budget-minded approach to prepping requires pinpoint precision. A plan, in other words. Sit down, figure out how much money you can afford to spend on prepping each month (or week), and then prioritize purchases that will make the most impact.

Check Your Stock

Many fledgling survivalists are surprised when they realize how many useful items they already own. Some of the most important “prep gear” belongs to an inventory that you should have in your house even if you have no fear of a civilization-crippling event. Blankets, kitchen utensils, flashlights, batteries, potable water, medicine; these things should be stocked in every American household and they provide the foundation for every survivalist’s cache.

Buy Generic When Possible

If you’re in a situation where every penny counts, you’re probably already taking advantage of generic products. If you can’t bear to sacrifice the luxury of brand name toilet paper or breakfast cereal in your day-to-day life, though, you should still err on the side of “cheap” when building your reserves. In many areas, generic products are just as good as their brand-name counterparts while only costing you a fraction of the price. Don’t let labels put an unnecessary burden on your budget.

Be a Smart Shopper

While you shouldn’t “wing it” when it comes to slow-and-steady prepping, you shouldn’t box yourself into an inflexible plan either. For instance, don’t get so granular that you can’t take advantage of sales and specials. These can save you a fortune if you keep your ear to the ground. Look for coupons, sign up for mailing lists, Google for savings codes, and watch your local newspaper like a hawk. What costs $100 today might only cost half that a month from now.

 

 

Myth: You Need to Be Rich to Be a Prepper

Perhaps buoyed by reality TV shows that focus on the most extraordinary examples of survivalist prepping, the myth that you need a lot of money to effectively prep for tomorrow is a persistent one. If you’ve let this misconception keep you from starting your own preparations, it’s time to let it go. Nothing, actually, could be further from the truth. While you may not be able to afford the greatest arsenal or a $25,000 bunker, you can absolutely improve your chances of survival in a world of disaster.

Value Knowledge
The people who fare the best in a post-societal world will be those who know how to get things done. And you don’t need a six-figure salary to gather that information. Use your free time to study, learn new skills, and practice what you’ve learned. Even if you have no income at all, you can learn to live off the land. In fact, you may be better prepared to learn these skills than someone living in the lap of luxury.

Live Below Your Means
This is good advice for anyone, but it especially applies to anyone preparing for a future that looks drastically different than today’s world. Learn to forgo the little luxuries that our materialistic world has told us we can’t live without. You don’t always need the newest phone, the latest tablet, or the nicest car. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, look around and start cutting unnecessary expenditures out of your lifestyle.

Buy Secondhand
You don’t need to buy everything from the mall. If you’re working off a budget, find cheaper ways to get what you need. Visit yard sales, troll eBay and Craigslist, and find the valuable items that people are ready to throw away. If you want to get really drastic about it, go dumpster-diving. There are people who make up their entire menu from dumpster food. You don’t have to go to that extreme, but you might be surprised at what perfectly good stuff people throw out.

Practice Self-Sufficiency
Self-sufficiency is an excellent practice for any prepper, whether a millionaire or a welfare recipient. By starting your own garden, getting a couple of farm animals, and finding other ways to live without the help of society, you can get a head start on the rest of the country. You’ll be ready to tackle the hardships ahead, and you’ll save a boatload of money in the meantime.

Become a Do-It-Yourselfer
This is related to self-sufficiency, but it deserves its own spot because it’s so important. You may not be able to find mechanics, carpenters, and plumbers once everything goes down. Learn how to do basic repairs on your own. YouTube is filled with awesome videos that take you step-by-step through almost any scenario you can imagine. From stitching your own clothes to baking your own bread, becoming a DIY guy will help you save money and prepare for the worst.

5 Ways to Start Prepping Now

The prepper community has grown so large and unwieldy that many would-be participants lose their will before they ever get started. With so many possibilities, so many opinions, and so much information, it’s almost inevitable that a certain amount of overwhelm will set in. If you’re so inundated with options that you don’t know where to start, this list will help you cut through the confusion. Survivalism has many doors, but you can’t explore them all simultaneously. Open one, look around, and move on to the next when you’re ready. Always remember: taking a little action is far better than becoming an inactive expert.

Set a Budget
You don’t have to be wealthy to start prepping. You don’t have to have a reinforced concrete bunker to get started. Tailor your purchases to your own budget. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend, and look for ideas that fit within that budget. There’s no sense ruining your economic life in preparation for a crash that may or may not happen in the future.

Keep Your Tank Full
A lot of people wait until their car is running on fumes before pulling into the gas station. If you’re going to live with a prepper’s mindset, you should amend that practice. Try to fill up when the needle hits the halfway mark, and your car will be ready to go if an emergency strikes. This is a good lifestyle change to make even if you think the odds of a full-scale apocalyptic scenario are slim.

Learn and Practice
It’s important to learn survival skills that can help you in the event of a collapse. Fishing, hunting, making fire – these outdoor skills will serve you well. But it’s not enough to learn them once and assume mastery. Practice them often, and you won’t be left holding the bag if things go south. Bonus: many of these skills are fun, and they can enhance the quality of your life right now.

Master Your Surroundings
It’s not going to do much good to learn the ins and outs of the Alaskan wilderness if you live in North Florida. Learn your surroundings. Practice identifying the wild edibles that are all around you. Know what kind of wildlife lives in your area. By mastering your environment, you’ll have the expertise you need to survive without modern comforts.

Exercise
Don’t underestimate how detrimental modern society is to the human body. Sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours a day is bad enough. Eating the kind of processed garbage that passes as food is even worse. Reject the sedentary lifestyle as much as possible. Get in shape. Exercise. There’s no telling what life might be like after the fall of society, but it may very well require you to be in peak physical condition. Prep your body just as you would your home.