I’ve been thinking a lot lately about making more and more of my own supplies. While I’ve made things like toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, and a few other cleaning products in the past, I’ve been contemplating going “all in” if you will, and attempting to make as much as I can. My reasoning is for cost savings, healthier products, and maybe just because I can.
The question here today is: does this make sense from a preparedness stand point? As an example, should I be stockpiling
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A buddy of mine sent me a link to this article on how a family of four lives on 14K a year and said I should write a post about it because apparently I’m cheap or maybe just broke (FYI, he’s always been much more frugal than I). Likewise, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on other blogs lately that suggest ways to save money on preps, be more frugal, DIY products and so on and I thought I would throw in
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Barter items are often discussed as a necessary prep. Generally, I discourage people from stockpiling barter items because you really should be focusing on what you and your family can use and will need to survive… it seems there’s always something that you haven’t bought yet–I know I always have this problem–or that you can buy more of. Only when these needs have been sufficiently met should you really consider barter items because, whether I like it or not, you really can’t expect to have
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It’s time for a “You Can Never Have Enough of…” list. These posts are always fun to contemplate! Here’s my top 15 (in no particular order):
1. Gauze pads (of all shapes and sizes) – Any serious skin wound is going to need more than just bandages and must be changed often. You’re going to want both sterile (for direct skin contact) and non-sterile gauze. Sure, you can improvise but when it comes to someone’s health, buy the gear that’s meant
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Today I want to talk about the US Army Molle II large pack. There is a lot of discussion about what to use as a BOB. This is what I use. This is the current issue Molle pack with Generation 4 frame. I highly recommend this pack, mine is in multicam, however most of them on the market are going to be ACU ( not fond of that myself ) and less expensive because of that.
As I pointed out in
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In my field gear, I tend to use military surplus whenever possible, as I know it will be suited for a decent amount of abuse. One thing I picked up, about 4 to be exact, is the German Army four piece utensil kit. This may be considered a luxury or an unnecessary item to some people, and again, what works for you is a choice only you can make. For me, this kit is something that comes in handy and makes life easier in camp or in the hotel room. This kit is issued to German soldiers,
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Today I’m going to start with the Cold Steel G.I. Tanto fixed blade knife. This is a knife that I have literally abused in the worst way now for over two years at work and in the field. I cant say enough good things about this knife. It does have its short comings, but for a general use and abuse, hack and slash blade, this is a good one to have.
I originally ordered it because
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A SurvivalistBoards.com thread a while back titled Know your gear, SHTF scare last night pointed out a seemingly obvious no-brainer, yet is something I’m surely guilty of and have been many times in the past. And that is to know how your gear functions! Here’s the full OP’s thread:
“So back when Japan was having all their issues with the nuclear reactor, I bought a NukeAlert key chain just in case. So this was a while ago and it has been kept on the key chain that primarily stays in my
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A library is “an organized collection of resources made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing.” Uh… duh! Let’s break it down a bit to be sure we’re on the same page:
A few days ago someone posted this thread regarding Things That are NOT Needed in a Bug Out Bag, which perked my attention. Normally, we like to focus our attention on what should be included in our bag but never really consider the opposite question: what doesn’t belong. I know for a fact that my bug out bag is stuffed to the gills with as much as I could fit; certainly, this will
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