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After years of prepping, I’ve been reflecting on what I would do differently if I were starting to prep right now. I’ll bet some of my mistakes are pretty common among all preppers and survival-minded people. These are some of the mistakes I made. Do any of these sound familiar?
1) I read too much Survival Blog when I should have watched more how-to videos on YouTube.
Survival Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in preparedness, but it also sucked my wife and I into near-panic attacks and bouts of despair. One day I came home from work to find her at my desk, still in pajamas, hypnotically reading article after article on Survival Blog.
Everybody likes to get something for free and here’s a huge collection of free manuals for you to download. I have not had a chance to review all of them so I can’t say that everything they suggest is accurate. Many of them are hundreds of pages long, so take your time reviewing them and making note of the books or pages in books that you may want to print out.
Free Manuals on Edible & Medicinal Plants
Common Edible Mushrooms — Be careful here.…Read More...
I have always been taught that there are four core elements required for wilderness survival. If you can master these four subjects, you stand a good chance of surviving under almost any conditions. So what are the core elements needed for wilderness survival? The following list is not necessarily in their order of importance sine that can vary depending on conditions.
Water is often number one, but sometimes fire and shelter can be of greater importance, depending on the weather. First, look for surface water. Second, look for hidden sources. Learn how to locate water from watching the wildlife including insects and birds. …Read More...
A – Accept your situation. Denial of the fix you are now in is pointless.
B – Have something to drink, eat if you have food, stop and think. To do this, you have to stop, gather materials, build a “hide” or daytime shelter, light a fire, etc. This gets your mind organized and doing something useful.
C – Consider your options. Stay? Go? Reexamine your map? Signal? Wait? Make camp?
D – Decide on a plan.
E – Execute the plan, modifying it as necessary.…Read More...
If you are lost in the back country or looking for resources after TEOTWAWKI, an automobile can be a gold mine of survival items. Every year I see stories of people who get lost and die after leaving their vehicles. This year two adults and several children were stuck in Nevada, and by staying with their jeep and using their resources were able to survive.
If you are lost and there is a search being conducted to find you, a vehicle is easier to spot from a plane or road. It provides shelter from the wind and rain. Lying under it can shelter you from the sun.…Read More...
In today’s sociality when the weather is to hot or to cold or any other adverse condition most of us run from our air conditioned house to our air conditioned car and simply avoid the bad conditions. But what happens if a major disaster occurs, we may have to face the outside conditions.
Now most of us have the sense to have a good jacket. However, in talking to some of the less prepared types one thing that they forget about is hats. Remember, in the winter you can lose a significant amount of body heat from your uncovered head. In the summer, you can suffer from heat or sunstroke from an uncovered head.…Read More...
A while back, I received a copy of the book “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag” by Creek Stewart. Creek is the owner of Willow Haven Outdoor a wilderness an urban survival training school located in Anderson Indiana.
This is over a 200-page book devoted to the subject of building and using a bug out bag. Now over the years I have seen many good publications on this subject, but this is the best one. It is broken down into 19 chapters that cover everything from choosing your pack to bugging out with pets.
One of the things that I liked about this book is that he writes about how to handle young children and older people. …Read More...
The Psychology of Survival is something that you start work on now. There are many questions that you can make your mind up on now. For instance, will you eat a rat? A lot of people think when I am hungry I will be probably be able too. If they can’t answer an unequivocal yes, you have not made up your mind.
When I first went of the fire department many years ago they made us jump into life nets and climb into situations that we would probably never face again. The same thing occurred in the military when we ran the confidence courses. …Read More...
Today’s post is an excerpt from my book Emergency Preparedness and More. As I see the changes that are occurring throughout the world. I feel that the following section becomes more and more important. Don’t forget the spiritual side of your preparations.
Psychology of Survival or Will You Eat a Rat?
“Will you eat a rat?” is a legitimate question. If your answer is no, you are not mentally prepared to survive. Rats are a delicacy in parts of the world. One of the first ideas the military teaches about surviving in a prisoner of war camp is no matter how bad the food, never miss a meal. …Read More...