The 7 Prepper Fiction Authors You Should Be Following

I read a lot; 2-3 books a week, and frequently more. Due to the fact that prepping is one of the largest interests in my life, when I read fiction (which is most of the time, to be honest) it tends to be Prepper Fiction, and these authors are at the top of their game in my opinion. With the exception of Thomas Watson, whom I just discovered last week when I picked up Dark Titan Journey Book 1, I’ve read almost everything these authors have published and can recommend them without hesitation. [Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Top Rated Water Filters

I’ve heard a lot about Sawyer Mini water filters recently, which at first glance appear far superior to the Aquamira Frontier filters I’ve been a fan of for quite some time now. Since I like to research and review new things, I decided to see what I could find online about the various options. So, me being me, I started out by heading to the Water Filters Department at Amazon.com, where I then sorted by Avg Customer Review, and then skimmed through to find the top five bug out bag or get home bag sized water filters, as reviewed by customers. There was one in the top five from a manufacturer I’d never heard of, with nothing but 5 star reviews, which seemed just fishy enough for me to remove it from consideration. If you’re interested, that one can be found here. I’d be curious to hear from a real person what they thought of it.

Without further ado, here is what I found on the top rated water filters on Amazon. [Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Announcing The Winner of December’s Giveaway

Congratulations Cindy G! 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Winter Preps Tune Up Time

winter photo

With the possibility of a major storm headed towards the Pacific Northwest, combined with the knowledge of a multi-week power outage that occurred in the area I live in December of 2006, I decided today is a proper time to make sure my winter preps are all tuned up and ready to go. Luckily after thinking it through, there really isn’t much I need to do as I’m pretty solid on preps at the moment. Here’s my list of things to take care of tonight:

  1. Change the spark plug on the generator. It’s definitely time as it’s never been done before while I’ve owned it. Yes, I know. Bad Prepper.
  2. Top off the gas storage for the generator. I have enough on hand right now to run it for a couple days, but that’s it. I’ve been meaning to add to my gas storage for quite some time now, so we’ll top off the 14 Gallon Fuel Caddy I picked up last year, and treat it with Sta-Bil so it stays fresh in case we don’t need to use it immediately.
  3. Make sure the propane tanks are topped off for use with the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy. It’s indoor safe and on high it warms up the entire living room and surrounding rooms nicely.

My winter preps are likely lighter than most as it doesn’t get too cold here, so with all this I’ll be set for an extended power outage. What do you have to top off for winter?

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

December Giveaway – Fire!

I’m doing something different this month, and giving away a package deal of ways to start a fire. Specifically:

  1. A Zippo Outdoor Emergency Fire Kit
  2. A tube of NDUR Wind & Waterproof Survival Matches
  3. A two pack of Survival Firesticks, sponsored by yours truly. I found them unopened in a box and already have more of these than I need, so I figured I would pass them along.

Last month’s winner said he’d never won anything before. Enter to win and this may be your lucky month! =)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

What Ron Swanson Taught Me About Prepping

RonSwanson2

For years, I traveled the country hearing about this show called Parks & Recreation and I couldn’t help but ask myself “Why the f**k would I want to watch a show about a parks department?” Then about two months ago my lovely wife and I were sitting on the couch trying to find something to watch together. I saw the show pop up on Netflix and, since Netflix was recommending it to me, decided to give it a shot. I’m very glad I did. It was good enough that we finished all six seasons in a month, but I have to say that the driving force behind me watching it is Ron Swanson, the Director of the Parks & Recreation Department. He’s distant and as a staunch libertarian, a strong advocate for small government, and therefore believes that the parks department should not even exist. He’s turned into something of a cult figure, with a huge following outside the show. What I found while watching the show, though, is that a lot of the things he says and does are remarkably preparedness minded. Since I’m a prepper, I couldn’t help but point out a few of them.

[Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Prepping On The Road

flights

I used to fly a lot.

Since I’m in Phoenix this week on business travel, the idea for this post popped into my head. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for years now because until July of 2014 I traveled for business almost every week, at least 40 weeks a year. The map above is a fraction of my overall flights since 2005, and it covers 411,278 air miles.

One thing I discovered is that it is really quite difficult to be prepared while on the road, mostly thanks to our friends at the TSA, but also due to the fact that I just couldn’t carry as much because I had to carry everything else needed – toiletries, clothes, and the like – in addition to what I would normally carry with me on a daily basis while at home. I’ve got it down to a bare minimum of items that I carry with me which I’ll go over below, but first I’d like to cover a few thoughts I have about on Prepping On The Road. [Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

The Winner Of The Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Kit Is…

Jeremiah J, who was randomly picked by Rafflecopter, with this tweet being the winning entry:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ll be running another giveaway starting this weekend and running through the end of December. I’m not sure what it will be yet, so I would appreciate any suggestions!

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Weekend Prepper Reading

Weekend Prepper Reading

November 15th, 2014 Edition

Links I’ve collected throughout the week that offer useful prepping tips and interesting insights. While I have shared a number of these on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Pinterest, this is where you’ll find them all in one place! If you find any of them interesting, I would greatly appreciate you sharing the post and leaving me a comment. [Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

What’s In Your Bag? Part 8 – Epilogue

Yeah, I know I said the Light post was the last one, but during the process of inventorying my bag I noticed quite a few holes in my setup. I’m pointing them out so others don’t make the same mistakes I did.

  • I’m going to put together an Altoids Tin fishing kit. I grew up fishing, and the ability to gather my own food is crucial.
  • Similar to the above, I’m adding some snare wire. However, I don’t know how to use them yet, so I’m adding that skill to my list of things to learn. <- That’s quite a long list at this point.
  • I’d really like to find some better organizational system. I’ve heard good things about the Spec-Ops mini organizer so I might try that out eventually.
  • Adding a tube of Clotrimazole to take care of my feet and nether regions.
  • I’m going to add a roll of Charmin To Go toilet paper. I know it’s not 100% necessary, but there is a reason I have cases of toilet paper stockpiled at home.
  • To reduce the risk of disease, I’m adding a travel size container of Purell Hand Sanitizer.
  • I added three Millenium Bars; Raspberry, Blueberry, and Apricot. I like these flavors and they’re quick energy.

Since I own almost all of the things that are missing, it’s a simple matter of just transferring them over. If I hadn’t written this blog post though, I doubt I would have noticed they were missing until I actually needed them, which is never a good thing. What I also found was that maybe I didn’t need everything in my bag. I ended up jettisoning a 50′ hunk of paracord, two condiment containers that I didn’t even know were in there, and an extra folding spork from my GSI Halulite cooking kit.

WhatsInYourBag-28

Now that you know what’s in my bag, I’m going to ask the obvious question: “What’s in your bag?” Leave a comment or better yet write your own post and I’ll provide a link to it for future readers.

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page