Pack Hack: Tent Stake Stove (video)

Good way to reduce stove weight and size in your packs for hiking or bug out…

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Neat to See This at Home Depot


I was at a Home Depot recently in mid-Missouri while visiting my folks and as I walked into the front door I immediately noticed this TwisterPod storm shelter by Survive-A-Storm Shelters:

As I was intrigued I took a closer look:

Sadly, there isn’t anything inside to get excited about. Just two seats on either side of the shelter and that’s it. The brochure says you can fit four inside and, yes, you could but it would be a tight fit!

Made from 3/16″ cold rolled steel, I’d imagine this shelter could take a bit of a beating and keep you safe inside. The shelter is likely small enough to be mounted in the corner of a garage or other inconspicuous place.

At a cost of almost $3,700, however, it feels a tad expensive for the amenities provided, lol. The good news is that the price includes free delivery and installation, neither of which I would want to tackle myself.

It took me a moment to notice their other shelter which happened to be sitting right next to the above shelter

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Posted in Defense / Security / Safety

The Most Effective Mosquito and Insect Repellent for Camping (video)

Here’s a cost-conscious (read:free) and apparently effective way to keep bugs at bay while camping this summer… just follow the cows, lol…

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Posted in Camping / Fire, Hygiene / Sanitation

800+ Free Survival Manuals

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I was recently made aware of a huge survival guide resource at It seems this page alone has over 800 free resources (by my rough count) which you may freely download, though the subheadings claim nearly 3000 resources… I’m not quite sure where the other 2200 are at.

Regardless, every topic seems covered, from NBC to wilderness survival, medical, water, food, fire, gardening, shelters and so much more… you’ll find plenty to make use of I’m sure.

The only request the site owner has is that if you want to save yourself loads of time and download the provided ZIP or RAR files that you consider making a donation to help with bandwidth costs which, I’ll attest, really do cost website owners money and can do so quickly.

Here’s the link again to this wonderful resource page if you’re interested… and, of course, be sure to share this with all who may be interested.

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Posted in Everything Else, Skills / Knowledge

How To Get Antibiotics Without A Prescription (video)

Just repeat the mantra: “my fish are sick, my fish are sick, my fish are sick” and you’ll be on the right track for sure, plus this video discusses a wonderful SHTF medical preparedness book, , which is written by two of my most favorite people, the Alton’s of Trust me, you can’t go wrong with purchasing this book and following their advice…

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Posted in Medical / First Aid

Electric Knife Sharpener for SHTF Survival


I finally broke down and purchased an electric knife sharpener, a , which cost me just under $30 total on Amazon:

Yes, I’ve NEVER owned an electric sharpener until this purchase preferring, instead, to sharpen knives by hand perhaps because I wanted to be “manly”… or just because I figured I shouldn’t rely on anything electric for such a basic task as sharpening a knife during SHTF.

Perhaps I was wrong.


Because an electric knife sharpener is far better and much faster than attempting to sharpen a knife by hand. In fact, I’d say that unless you have a grinder you’re not going to be able to put an edge on at all with puny little sharpening gadgets like this:

I’ve owned a few of these (this is the one I’ve been using) but I’ve never been a huge fan because, unless you’re just trying to put an edge back on a knife that’s already relatively sharp, these aren’t going to do much good.

It was only until I sharpened

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How to Treat Tension Pneumothorax (video)

I’m glad I’m not an EMT! I can only imagine myself attempting to remember (let alone do) this if/when needed. I’d say the take away here is to call 9-1-1 should this ever be necessary. That said, if this is SHTF then you probably have no choice but to attempt. If you truly expect to do that then get appropriate training now…

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Posted in Medical / First Aid

Ways to Camouflage Your Face (video)

The folks at BlackScoutSurvival discuss several ways to camo your face, including mud, charcoal, improvised netting (including twine), a Shemagh, and, of course, face paint which they demo near the end of the video…

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness, Skills / Knowledge

Camp Tool Box (video)

What a nice setup! I’m jealous to be sure. 🙂 He’s got everything one could need, from axes and saws to shovels, mallets, chisels, files, and more. You’d be hard-pressed to make a better setup on your own…

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Buried, Earth-Cooled Shipping Container Home – $30k Total Cost! (video)

This guy doesn’t consider himself a prepper he says but the idea is still neat to see in action. Yes, he buried the container but his purpose was to also utilize the earth to passively cool and heat the shipping container home (there are two containers buried side by side to make the home bigger). Perhaps the biggest reason to consider this is that he paid a 30K total to make it happen.

He’s made all sorts of improvements, including adding sliding doors, solar tube lighting, cabinets and a pantry, an air exchange to reduce humidity, septic, well water, and more. He actually did a great job with the space he has, in my opinion.

Throughout the video you’ll occasionally see video snippets of the build process including the “secret” to keeping the roof from caving in at about the 8:30 mark. He’s also written a book titled if you’re interested in his build process…

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Posted in SHTF