DIY Projects Skills / Knowledge

DIY Fireproofing Material

I’d heard about similar DIY fireproof “inventions” elsewhere but I’ve never seen anyone try to make one before, especially something so easy. Made from nothing more than flour, baking soda, corn starch, powdered sugar, and water, it’s quite an interesting idea. Substituting borax for baking soda appears to have some additional benefits, including being mold […]

Lighting / Communications

The Best EDC Self-Defense Tool, Carry Anywhere

I recently watched the following video about this WOWTAC BSS V4 Tactical Flashlight and I’m actually quite impressed with what they’ve come up with. Specifically, they’ve adjusted the design to avoid accidental turn on’s or having to cycle through modes, it has an aggressive bezel for striking that can be removed for TSA requirements, made […]

Defense / Security / Safety

Reality Check: Your SHTF Security Sucks

When I posted this video last week on ditching your bug out–which I still think is generally a bad idea–I noticed that John Lovell made some good points about how easy it would be for people like him (he’s a former Army Ranger) to simply storm your property and take everything you’ve managed to stockpile. […]

Equipment / Supplies

21 Items Every Prepper Needs for Survival

Popular media portrays survival preppers as the crazy families hiding out in the woods. They’re hoarding supplies and waiting for the end of the world or the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. In reality, these families are creating caches of supplies so they’re ready for anything. And at the beginning of 2020, during the great […]

Homesteading / Gardening

How to Make Your Own Greenhouse

If you’re planning on going off the grid or are working on creating a cache of survival supplies, being able to grow your own food is a necessity. In warm climates, that is easy — places like Texas and Florida have incredibly long growing seasons, so you can stagger your planting and harvest all year. […]

Bug Out / Wilderness

3 Reasons I Ditched My Bug Out Bag – Wait, What?

Well this video caught my eye. After all, he’s chosen NOT to have a bug out bag… is he crazy!? Perhaps not. At least, not when trying to survive an apocalyptic event or societal collapse, in which case I tend to agree with him. Personally, I’d be far more likely to stay put in such […]

Defense / Security / Safety Disaster Planning

Flood Survival Advice

We live on a volatile planet. At any given time, there are fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions taking place all around the globe. These natural disasters may vary depending on where you live, but floods, in particular, can happen nearly anywhere. If you live in a flood zone or find yourself in the […]

Homesteading / Gardening

Deep Watering for Better Garden Results

So you think you’ve been watering your garden properly all these years? Maybe not. Here’s why watering your garden deeper is important, how to do so properly (he makes some good points), and when you shouldn’t bother…

Food / Water Skills / Knowledge

Will My Water Filter Remove THAT?

When we first moved to the Seattle area more than six years ago now, one of the first items I purchased was a Royal Berkey Water Filter and I’m so glad that I did. Although I’ve had other filters that I kept for survival purposes, I never bothered to get a really good gravity filter […]

Equipment / Supplies Homesteading / Gardening Skills / Knowledge

A Wealth of Survival Supplies Post-Apocalypse

I’ll let you in on a major character flaw of mine: I’m a horrible “outside of the box” thinker. If solution A doesn’t fix problem B then I’m usually in trouble. I think that’s why I’m so fascinated with DIY projects and why I truly enjoy watching YouTube videos on anything survival-related, especially in a […]