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Secret Chambers and Hiding Places: Learn How To Stash Your Valuables Safely At Home Or On The Go was a free kindle book when this was posted.

We've all had the need to stash something at least once in our lifetime. We have all had the need to hide something to well, that no one on earth could possibly find it. This could to hide something as simple as a birthday present or a stack of cash.

These hiding places can be as simple as a hollowed out book. Sometimes though, a hollowed out book just isn't secure enough for you. In this book we will discuss many different hiding places, from the simple to the complex projects. Weather you want to hide your stash from your thieving roommates or from the prying eyes of the government. From family heirlooms or gold bullion there's a creative and safe place to fashion a hiding place. Not only valuables but also weapons can be safely stashed in clever hiding places. In case there is an emergency or a natural disaster, don't you want to be protected?

Learn how to hide your treasures, items and documents securely: Whatever the case may be, this book is here to help by detailing over twenty ways and places that you can stash your stuff.

In Your Home
On The Road
When You're Traveling
From Hackers/Cyber Thieves
Posted: February 28, 2015, 12:28 pm
Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Floods, Oh My!: An Emergency Preparedness Guidebook was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

 Do you know what to do if disaster strikes? Are you prepared to survive without the conveniences of a modern society? This guidebook will teach you the basic principles of emergency preparedness and disaster planning, and will walk you through the initial steps required to become reasonably self-sufficient for short term emergencies.
Posted: February 28, 2015, 12:16 pm
Natural Laundry Detergent: DIY Organic Laundry Detergent Recipes To Clean Better & Save Money was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 To live a green and healthy life, there are many changes we can all make in various areas of our life. One simple change you can make, is the choice of laundry detergent you use to wash your clothes. Most people would like to rid their homes of pollutants. But, how often do you think about these toxins thriving in the laundry room?

In this book by best selling author Kate Anderson you are given easy to follow steps to give you fresher, cheaper, organic, cleaner and safer laundry!

What You Will Learn From This Book

* Clean Better. Be Safer. Save Money!

* What Is Really In Conventional Laundry Detergent?

* Labels – How They Cheat Us, What To Look Out For

* Protecting Yourself and Your Family

* 15 Easy Steps for Safer Laundry

* The Truth About Fragrances

* The Truth About Optical Brighteners

* The Truth About Dry Cleaning

* Keep Your Fabrics Safe and Looking Like New!

* Caring For Allergy Sufferers

* Tips, Tricks and Recipes

* Top 8 Solutions For All Natural Stain Removal

* Easy Recipes To Make Your Own Detergents!

* The Tools You Need For Your Own DIY Recipes

* Stain Removal Recipes

* 'The Basics' Stain Recipe

* Mama's Secret Weapon Recipe

* The Lemon Fresh Stain Removal Recipe

* The Oxygen Stain Beater Recipe

* The Red Wine Magic Fix Recipe

* Ink-Be-Gone Recipe

* The Contender Recipe

* Detergent Recipes

* The Freshman Recipe

* The Sophomore Recipe

* The Big Batch

* Basic Liquid Detergent Recipe

* Liquid Detergent Plus Recipe

* Liquid Magic Recipe

* A Safer, Cleaner, Better Way!

And much more!
Posted: February 28, 2015, 12:14 pm
Have you ever wanted to cook with the sun, than  the GoSun Stove, Sport Edition, Portable, High Efficiency Solar Cooker - World's First Easy-to-Use Portable Solar Oven is the one that you will want to use. It is awesome.

It is compact so that you can take it with anywhere and use it anywhere. It cooks quick. Heating to about 550 degrees with just the sun. You can even use it on cloudy days. This portable GoSun Stove is the quick and efficient cooker for anyone. 
Posted: February 27, 2015, 4:02 pm
The Preppers Apocalypse Survival Guide to Camp Fires and Fire Pits (Volume 2) was a free Kindle book when this post was written. Make sure that you check the pricing.

 Fire is the most important tool you will have at your disposal in a survival situation. It is vital that you have a strong understanding of how to make and use fire to increase your chance of surviving.

This book will tell you how to make fire in any situation. Even if you have no fire lighting tools and you’re stuck out in adverse weather conditions.

After reading this book you will have the knowledge and the skill set you need to make fire no matter where you are, and most importantly, survive.

Jam packed full of concise information and fantastic tips that may well be new information to even experienced survivalists, what you get is a small book that really packs a punch.

This book is part of Steve’s books series that really has been a revelation in the survival and prepping genre. So you know you will be getting a fantastic product that any survivalist needs to read.

“This book is, in a word, fantastic. It tells you not only how to make the most important types of survival fires but also how to use them to increase your chances of survival. I would like to think I know a lot about survival, but even I learned from some of the great little tips in this book! A brilliant job by Steve, big pat on the back from me. Can’t wait for more!” – Prepper Survival Supplies
Posted: February 25, 2015, 1:34 pm

All of the ingredients for this simple recipe were bought at the Dollar store. Cheap, quick, and easy to make. Great for a very quick meal.


2 big cans of chicken, dollar tree

1 can of diced tomatoes, dollar tree

1 package of taco seasoning, family dollar

1 can of black beans

1 package of taco shells

toppings - lettuce, cheese, etc

Open and drain the chicken, put in a saucepan.  Add the seasoning and the tomatoes. Warm up. Simmer for a few minutes.

In another smaller pan or a microwave safe bowl, warm up the black beans.

Warm up the taco shells in the oven.

Create your tacos!! I put the chicken mix, then the black beans, topped with cheese on ours. No lettuce in the house. But , really, no one likes the lettuce too much anyway. Today I am out of cheese, so I am having to use my Saratoga Farms nacho cheese sauce powder mix and poured it over the tacos. Still really good. Actually have been doing a pretty good job of eating well while snowed and iced in. About 8 days now. No one has complained yet, except for running out of candy. haha
Posted: February 23, 2015, 4:29 pm

A portable propane space heater is a great alternative to running your central heater to heat the entire house. If there are rooms that are not used all the time, a propane heater can be used to just heat those rooms. Many people take portable propane heaters on camping trips or use them in their garage or workshop.

Propane heaters do not need electricity to work. That makes them handy for winter storms when you might lose electricity or on trips or places where you might not have electricity. Portable propane space heaters work best outdoors. They look very nice on a patio. You can have a lovely night outside on your patio or balcony with the space heater warming you. The one thing you have to be careful of when using a space heater inside, is carbon monoxide fumes. It may not make sense to ventilate the room you are trying to heat but you must not allow the gases to accumulate inside. Many people make the mistake of not ventilating the room and suffer dire consequences.

The worse mistake you can make is to pull out the old heater from the basement that hasn't been used for awhile. Don't use old and possibly dangerous heaters. Make sure you have an UL listed sticker on your heater. A new space heater does not have to cost a lot of money; there are lots of cost effective heaters available. You are better off spending the money than taking the risk of using a dangerous heater. Your heater needs to be efficient to work well and save you money.
They are handy because you can move them easily to heat up another room. Many people will use a space heater in rooms that are more heavily used and close off the rest. This methods works well even in smaller homes. There are always rooms that are less used during different parts of the day and night. You can close the room vents, close doors, and only heat the rooms when you go in them. The difference in your electric bill may be worth the inconvenience of moving the heater from room to room. A good portable heater can quickly and efficiently heat up a small office or bathroom.

Propane space heaters usually cost less to run than equivalent electric heaters. By heating only a portion of your home you are using less electricity and saving money and also using an alternative form of heat.

A portable space heater [] can easily take the chill out of the air. Get more information on the different types of units. Find out which are the best portable heaters [] and which one is right for you.

Posted: February 23, 2015, 2:58 pm
Prepper: Bug Out Basics: Create Your Apocalypse Survival Bug Out Bag (Prepper, Prepping, and Apocalypse Survival Book 1) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Prepper: Bugout Basics Basics - Create Your Apocalypse Survival Bug Out Bag

Will you be ready when the SHTF?

Disaster happens.
It has happened before and it'll happen again. You need to be prepared.

A tornado hits. Floods sweep the country. A deadly virus is released into the population. A nuclear bomb explodes. The zombie apocalypse finally arrives. Are you ready?

In Prepper: But Out Bag Basics, Jack Gunnar gives readers a step-by-step guide to preparing for any major disaster. A bug out bag contains an important set of supplies which will help anyone to survive the evacuation and first few days after disaster strikes.
Beginning with the preparation, this book ensures that the reader starts out on their adventurous journey with all the right foundations. Moving on to the supplies that every bug out bag should contain, this guide has impressive, comprehensive and reliable advice for both budding beginners and experienced survivalists.

Perhaps one of the most unique and helpful aspects of this book is the chapter dedicated to life beyond the bug out bag, which offers tips and advice for surviving long-term in a post-apocalyptic scenario.

This easy-to-read book is the perfect accompaniment for anyone who likes to be prepared, for anyone who wants to prepare for the end of the world, or for outdoors types who want to challenge themselves to something different.

In Prepper: Bugout Basics Basics you will learn:

  • The different types of bug out bags and how they're used
  • Essential items for your bug out bag and how to procure them
  • How to build a bug out bag for long term survival
  • How to maximize your bug out bag for wilderness living
  • Living out of and then beyond your bug out bag
  • ...and more
You need to be prepared for any scenario - that's the job of a prepper. Are you prepared?

Take action now. Scroll up and click the 'buy' button at the top of this page and you can read Prepper: Bugout Basics Basics on your Kindle device, computer, tablet or smartphone.
Posted: February 18, 2015, 2:09 pm
Confetti Rice


 4 cups hot cooked white rice

 1 cup green pepper, diced

1/2 cup red pepper, diced

1/4 cup yellow pepper, diced

1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

 1/4teaspoon oregano

salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the vegetables in a skillet over medium-high heat for 4-6 minutes, adding the seasoning salt, dried parsley and oregano. Stir together and gently fold in the rice.

Posted: February 17, 2015, 3:58 pm
This is a simple recipe for making a quick snack for the kids.


1/2 cup popped popcorn

2 milk chocolate candy bars

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

Create a double burner for melting the chocolate bars , so it will not melt too fast and burn.

After the chocolate is melted pour it over the popcorn and mix up well.

Add the peanuts.

Spread the mixture out onto a cookie sheet. An even spread.

Let it sit until it is set up and then slice and serve.
Posted: February 12, 2015, 1:16 pm
Ready For All Shelter Survival Guide: What You Must Have To Thrive In An Emergency Situation (catastrophe, disaster relief, survival food, emergency preparedness, ... Education & Reference, self sufficient,) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

 Would you be ready for a disaster?
Have any doubt about the strategies you have? Fear Not!
With this book as your new reference you will soon be able to have and do anything you need to be able to prosper in a crisis.

Do you always tend to wait to the last second to get well-prepared?
You must change your tactics now and get the minimum needs if anything would come to happen. You must take action for you and your family. There is a lot of disaster happening these days all over the world, natural disasters, epidemic like Ebola, social crisis... So it's fair to say that... Prevention is the key!

Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn in this book...

  • What kind of food you should have
  • How to prepper the food
  • Essential tools to have with you
  • How to react quickly to a catastrophe
  • The things to know to be really prepared
  • And much, much more!
Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:24 pm
Depending on where you live you may have a few different items that you have in your winter survival kit, but listed below are some of the main things to consider:
Home Winter Kit
  • Food: Make sure that it requires no cooking or refrigeration in case there is a loss of power. Don't forget the babies and pets. Also make sure to have a non-electric can opener to open canned goods.
  • Water: At least 5 gallons per person, more if you are in an area prone to have long periods of cold temperatures.
  • Medicines: Extra medicine for anyone in the house on prescription medication.
  • Heat: Have an alternate way to heat your home during a power failure such as a fireplace, woodstove or a kerosene heater. Store enough wood or kerosene to get through a long term power outage.
  • Blankets
  • Matches
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlights or battery powered lanterns (don't forget extra batteries)
  • Battery powered clock
  • Snow Shovel if you live in an area with lots of snow
  • Rock Salt
  • Special needs items such as diapers
Getting Ready to Travel and Getting Your Car Ready for Winter
Being stranded in your car during a winter storm is something we all hope never happens to us, but it is best to be prepared. Make sure to have your car maintenance up to date such as the radiator system serviced, replace windshield wiper fluid with a winter time mixture and make sure that you have good tires with the right air pressure.
Also during the winter if you keep at least a half a tank of gas in the car it will help avoid ice in the fuel lines. (Although I recommend you ALWAYS have a half a tank of gas in the car no matter the season in cases of emergencies).
During the winter it is always best to pay attention to weather reports before you make any travel arrangements. If you have to travel during bad visibility or snow make sure you have your mobile phone with you. You should let someone know where you are going and when you expect to arrive so they can notify the authorities if needed.
Listed below are some things to have in your car during winter.
Winter Car Emergency Kit:
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Emergency tire sealant such as Fix-A-Flat (I know this is bad for tires, but in an emergency it might make the difference between being stranded and getting home).
  • Water and food such as high energy bars: If you wish to store a few cans of food in your car make sure you have a non-electric can opener.
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Tire chains (for those in really heavy snow areas)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Blankets
  • Windshield scraper (although if you live anywhere it snows you already have this in your car)
  • Booster Cables
  • Road Maps
  • Tool Kit
  • Paper Towels
  • Bag of cat litter or sand for traction if you get stuck
  • Tow rope so if you get stuck someone with a larger vehicle can pull you out
  • Additional warm clothes: You want to be able to stay warm enough if your car breaks down.
Most of the things listed above in the home emergency winter kit and the car winter kit you probably already have on hand or it is already with your emergency supplies. However, it is a good idea to go through this list and make sure everything is in working order or that you (or one of your children) hasn't removed an item from the kit or car.
Preparing in advance for winter and extreme cold weather you are assured of greater wintertime safety for you and your family.
Kristie Tadlock
Full Moon Survival is a family owned and operated business helping you and your family be better prepared, We offer a variety of emergency kits, food storage and survival supplies.

Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:14 pm
Urban Survival Handbook: The Beginners Guide to Securing your Territory, Food and Weapons (How to Survive Your First Disaster) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 When disaster strikes, don't be left standing clueless. The Urban Survival Handbook is your comprehensive series of survival strategy tips and guides. When it comes to survival you'll need to protect not only yourself but also property and loved ones around you. Preserving and replenishing is essential to getting out alive. Make sure you know exactly how to handle any disaster situation, otherwise the results may be fatal.

An All-In-One Course In Securing Your Territory, Food, and Weapons

  • How to properly ration perishable food in the refrigerator and store them for maximum expiration

  • Starting a fire with anything in your house

  • Fortifying and barricading your home

  • Improvising tools and weapons from looters, zombies and thieves

  • Locating and tapping into every source of water supply possible
Posted: February 4, 2015, 4:22 pm
This is a great recipe using your food storage. I always keep a couple of the #10 cans of Ground Beef Flavored TVP and Taco Flavored TVP in my food storage. Great for recipes.


1 onion, chopped

olive oil

1/2 cup of TVP

4 cans of chili beans

1 can of stewed tomatoes

4 cups of water

2 tablespoons of chili powder

Saute the onion up in the olive oil in a large sauce pan.

Add everything else in the list to the same sauce pan with the onions. Let simmer for about 30 minutes. The TVP will expand and cook up with the chili. 

Posted: February 4, 2015, 3:44 pm
Gun safety

Gun safety is the most important thing about being a responsible weapon owner. Understanding how to handle a gun properly often lead save lives. This means making sure that the weapon is always in proper working order. It also means keeping ammunition separate from the within itself especially when there are kids in the environment. Being able to handle emotional challenges is also an important part of being responsible with a weapon.


Making sure that the weapon is functioning properly can be done every time it gets cleaned. Checking for any issues related to improper functionality is the responsibility of the owner average time they clean the weapon. Choosing the right solution to perform the cleaning process with is also essential to avoid any problems which can be created through not maintaining proper procedures with the weapon.

Emotional Stability

Many people who own a weapon need to make sure that they are able to control their negative emotions before using the weapon in a way in which they may regret at a later time. This means being able to deal with anger appropriately so that an individual does not feel like they are using the weapon in order to control the outcome of situations which are frustrating them in some way. Understanding the emotional triggers but which may cause a person to desire to use their weapon is also important for safety reasons.Being honest about emotional stimulation is probably one of the most important thing is that it responsibly owner can do to protect the safety of others. People interested in gun cleaning can click here for further information.

Posted: February 4, 2015, 1:49 am
I have been seeing a lot online lately about a new ordinance by the EPA for wood burning stoves.

I still need to read through all of it... not quite understanding it at first glance.

How is this going to affect wood burning stove users??

It is said to ban about 80% of the wood burning and pellet burning stoves in America. It is supposed to improve the air quality. Not sure how. But,  That is awful. A lot of homes depend on wood heat.A lot of families cannot afford the cost of updating their wood burning stove.

Posted: February 3, 2015, 4:53 pm
All of the Goal Zero silent generators are on sale TODAY ONLY for 39% off.

 Safe for indoor use; refuel from wall, car or sun car charger and solar panel sold separately. Great thing to have in case of a power outage.  

Get one today while they are on sale.
Posted: January 31, 2015, 1:08 pm
Prepper's Urban Survival Handbook: How to Prepare for and Survive an Urban Disaster and What to Do When the Grid Goes Down was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Prepper’s Urban Survival Handbook: How to Prepare for and Survive an Urban Disaster and What to Do When the Grid Goes Down

What skills are necessary to survive an urban disaster and how to live in a grid-down society

This book was written for one purpose: to teach you the specialized skills necessary for surviving an urban disaster. Even something as simple as a widespread power outage can quickly escalate into a full-scale emergency as people struggle to cope with the lifestyle changes required to survive these situations. You will learn how to make a survival plan which includes provisions for evacuating if possible and hunkering down within the city limits if necessary. You will learn how to procure food and water. We will also talk about self-defense, creating a bug out bag, generating power when the grid fails and even tactics that can help you survive if and when a right breaks out as a result of a disaster.

Learn what specialized skills are necessary for surviving an urban disaster.

Also, you’ll discover..

How to live off the grid when the power goes out.
The five best handguns for urban self-defense.
How to an urban survival plan that will keep you alive no matter what happens.

And much more!

Table of Contents

Urban Survival Ain’t Easy

Plan to Live

The Ultimate Urban Bug-out Bag

Trespassers Will Be Shot on Sight

Threats to the Grid

Powering Your Home

Keeping Warm

The Importance of Fresh Water

Off Grid Cooking


Posted: January 28, 2015, 12:38 pm
21 Reasons to Become a Prepper: Most Reasons People Prep are Reasonable was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 Preppers have been cast in a negative light in the past few years. They have become thought of as crazy hoarders who are collecting weapons and thousands of cans of spam in their basement waiting for the end of the world.

There are many reasons to prep that have nothing to do with the end of the world. Many people prep in case they lose their job or a storm hit knocking out utilities for weeks.

In this book I discuss 21 reasons people prep. Many of these reasons are reasonable. Several of them are a little unlikely. A few more are unrealistic, but can help prepare you for any unforeseen trouble in the future.
Posted: January 26, 2015, 2:19 pm
Hypothermia usually occurs when the body temperature falls below normal. The causes of it could be being out in the extreme cold that is added with wet clothes and wind chill.

Symptoms of it is drowsiness, a lowered heart rate and breathing, and unconsciousness.

Treat it very carefully , if you have no way to get medical help. In an emergency situation.

The number one priority is to raise the body temperature of the person evenly and gently.

Get the person out of their wet clothing and replace it with dry clothing.

Place them in a sleeping bag in a warm area. Like, close to a campfire, etc. If you have to , get in the bag with the person so your body heat is helping raise theirs.

If you have the way to - get them in a warm bath.

If breathing stops perform CPR.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Posted: January 24, 2015, 1:59 pm
1. Flexible Schedule

Homeschooling enables a flexible schedule. For example, your child does not need to wake up at 7 every morning. With homeschooling, your child can start homeschooling at 9am or later depending on your preferred schedule. You can schedule your child's homeschooling education as you see fit with materials or subjects that may be not available in a traditional school.

2. Individual attention

With homeschooling, your child gets all the individual attention he/she needs. For example, if your child is weak in mathematics, you could devote more time and energy into teaching mathematics.
Your child's homeschooling schedule can be adjusted to crater for that. For example, if your child is better at science than at mathematics, simple devote more homeschooling hours to mathematics and cut back on science. With homeschooling, the choice is yours. Traditional schools can't do that.

3. Family Activity

The schooling of the child can become an extended family activity. Examples are field trips and experiments. Plus, the child also receives more quality time with his/her parents. There is more time for family bonding.

4. No peer pressure

With homeschooling, the child does not need to prove his/her abilities to other children. Parents are able to deeply understand their child better with homeschooling and therefore are able to plan the learning program according to his strengths and weakness.

Posted: January 23, 2015, 11:48 pm
The Preppers Apocalypse Survival Guide To Bug Out Bags was a free kindle book when I wrote this post.

 This comprehensive guide to bug out bags covers everything you need to know about choosing, storing and packing your bug out bag.

Full of fantastic tips, ideas and items you may not have thought of this book make a great read for everyone. From those of you who are just starting out to more experienced survivalists who are looking to refine their kit.

This book suceeds where many in the genre have failed by packing loads of valuable information and ideas into a small package.
Posted: January 23, 2015, 1:17 pm
One of the simplest, most crucial steps in disaster preparedness is to have a well-thought-out and organized bug out bag list to aid in your preparations. This will ensure you have the equipment needed to make your departure from an area of disorder or complete chaos a safe one.

A Bug Out Bag List is Not One Size Fits All

An excellent bug out bag starts with a great bug out bag list.
It doesn't necessarily mean everything you put on the list will end up going into your bag, but at least you've got a pretty good idea of where to start.
The last thing you want to happen is not start because you don't now how. Especially if you're just beginning, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the ton of information out there.
Some of it's really good. Some of it's... not.

Building A Bug Out Bag Does Not Have to Be Difficult

Building your own customized bug out bag doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you're planning well-in-advance should help put your mind at ease about "SHTF" scenarios.
So whether you're new to the idea of bugging out, or you've been in this neck of the woods for a while now, there's most likely something you can take away from the following.

Choosing a Bug Out Bag

The first item on your bug out bag list is the bag itself. There are several schools of thought on this topic, of which the two main ones are:
1) You should choose the best bag for you
2) You should only choose the bag after you have the items
Regardless of how you decide to go about it, make sure your bug out bag is durable, fits you well and is comfortable and has plenty of storage space and compartments to stow your survival gear.
Make sure your bug out bag list includes the following items:

Water and Hydration

Arguably the most important bug out bag essentials are related to water and hydration. The human body can go without water for only 72 hours, whereas it can go without food for about 3 weeks. Water is an absolute must-have in your bug out bag. One liter minimum, per day, per person is highly recommended.
Recommended items critical to adequate hydration are listed below.
  • Drinking Water (3 Liters)
  • Collapsible Water Bottle
  • Hard Water Bottle
  • Metal Water Bottle / Canteen
  • Water Filters / Purification Systems
  • Water Purification Tablets (Qty 3)
Food and Food Preparation

Next up are food stuffs. In the preparedness community there are a lot of people eager to recommend various products, mostly off-the-shelf, dehydrated, store-bought items. A goog bug out bag list contains a variety of non-perishable food items, some that might require water and some that don't. In a real bug out situation, you don't know how scarce your water source might be. To be safe, plan for more scarce than you think.
Most of these items are self-explanatory, but the important thing to know now is, you'll want enough food to last three days at least. Multiply your food requirements by the number of people that would be traveliing with you. For heat-resistance and durability, make sure you have metal cooking utensils and cookware.
  • Protein / Energy Bars (Qty 6)
  • MREs / Dehydrated Meals (Qty 3)
  • Spork
  • P-38 Can Opener
  • Metal Cooking Pot
  • Metal Cup
  • Pot Scrubber
  • Portable Stove
  • Stove Fuel (Qty 8 Tablets)

Choosing clothing for your bug out bag is a very personalized selection as everyone has different body types, tolerances and levels of fitness. The items listed below are to be strategically layered to maintain a healthy, comfortable body temperature at all times.
Your clothes selection will obviously depend on your location, climate and the other factors listed above. You should evaluate your bug out bag every six months. At these times you'll want to have a seasonal selection of clothes that you can swap out when necessary.
At least two changes of clothes ensure you can always have a dry set to wear. The last thing you want while bugging out, and in the elements, is wet clothes. Not only are they uncomfortable, but hypothermia is a real concern not to be taken lightly.
  • Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Convertible (Zip-Off) Pants
  • Underwear
  • Wool Hiking Socks (Qty 3 pair)
  • Medium Weight Fleece
  • Hat w/ Flex Brim
  • Working Gloves
  • Rain Poncho
  • Shemagh
Shelter and Bedding

At first glance, to the experienced survivalist, some of the items listed for this category might seem excessive or even impractical. But the items on this list are specifically made compact and lightweight with the backpacker in mind.
Yes, you can make a shelter out of a tarp or use a trash bag filled with leaves as a makeshift ground pad, but these items are a wise choice to include for numerous reasons. Being well-rested, both mentally and physically, is extremely important when times are rough. Do what you can to make sure you're at your mental and physical peak at all times.
  • Tarp
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground Pad
  • Wool Blanket
Heat Source

Having several means for starting a fire is also essential when bugging out. The following basics should be included in every bug out bag. The reason being, there is a saying in the survivalist and firearms communities:
"Where there are two, there's one. Where there's one, there's none."
Essentially that means, if you don't have a back up, and your primary fails you... you're toast.
For that very reason, have at least three different means of starting a fire on your bug out bag list of items to pack.
  • Ignition Source (Qty 3)
  • Tinder (Qty 3)
  • Waterproof Storage
First Aid

First aid is one of those areas where there are a lot of "done for you" type products out there that just aren't well-suited for a survival kit. Look for first aid kits that are specifically made for "survival" and have high ratings from reputable sources. Of course, you can always build your own if you know the right items to include.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Insect Repellant
  • Mylar Survival Blanket

Various aspects of personal hygiene are often overlooked when compiling a bug out bag list of essentials. But the implications of forgoing any of these for an extended period of time might lead to infections and a rapid deterioration in health. When bugging out, you need to be at the top of your game, so be sure to pack these items.
  • Wet Napkins
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • All-Purpose Camp Soap
  • Hygiene/Signal Mirror
  • Small Pack Towel
  • Travel Toilet Paper (Qty 2)

Next to weapons, this is the one category that everyone loves to go crazy over. And it's easy to see why; gadgets are cool, and some of these are especially sweet. But remember this: "every ounce counts." Determine the must-haves and forget the rest. That said, consider including the following three tools in your bug out bag.
  • Survival Knife
  • Multi-Tool
  • Machete

Illumination, like fire sources, is something you'll need multiple instances of as well. If one fails or you lose it somehow, you have another to take its place. Each item listed below has multiple uses, but they all serve the same purpose - helping you see what you're doing or find where you're going. Don't forget the extra batteries!
  • LED Headlamp
  • Mini LED Keychain
  • Light Glowstick
  • Mini LED Light
  • Candles
  • Batteries

Communications is another highly contested category in the preparedness community. Not all potential scenarios will allow for use of these items, but if your situation does, you'll be glad to have these items with you.
  • Cell Phone
  • Crank Power Charger
  • Emergency Radio with Hand Crank
Travel Aids

Depending on the situation you find yourself in, these items might prove quite useful. Don't leave home without carefully thinking these through first.
  • Documentation (Passport, Identification etc.)
  • $500 Minimum in Small Bills
  • Quarters (Qty 8)
  • Gold / Silver Bullion Coins
  • Local Area Map
  • Compass
  • Small Note Pad / Pencil
  • Emergency Whistle
Self Defense

Without a doubt, this is a controversial topic.
Self defense is something everyone should give serious consideration. Bugging out, in its severest of circumstances, is a survive or die proposition. Whether you choose a handgun, a rifle, both, or just a can of pepper spray, it's completely up to you. But you can be sure in a bug out scenario, being equipped to defend yourself and hunt wild game will be a welcomed option for most.
If you choose not to carry a weapon, or are not allowed to do so, then at least consider some degree of self defense training - especially if you have a family - as they'll be depending on you for their safety.
  • Pepper Spray
  • Handgun
  • Takedown rifle
  • Ammunition (Qty 25 rnds minimum)

These are items that didn't necessarily fit into any of the other categories, but they're just as important for inclusion in your bug out bag. Chances are some of the items will have you scratching your head, but you'll want these items in your bug out bag too.
  • 550 Parachute Cord (50')
  • Cotton Bandana
  • Duct Tape (25')
  • 55 Gal. Contractor Garbage Bag (Qty 2)
  • Resealable Bags (Qty 5, Various Sizes)
  • Sunglasses
  • N95 Face Mask
  • Sewing Kit
  • Latex Tubing (3')
  • Fishing Kit
  • Condoms (Non-lubricated)
  • Binoculars (Optional)
  • Face Paint
  • Military Surplus Survival / Snare Wire
The Bug Out Bag List above isn't intended as Gospel truth. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do your own due diligence and come to your own conclusions. Your bug out bag will not "automagically" keep you alive. It is, however, intended to help you survive a bug out scenario.
If you don't learn how to use these items effectively and practice using them on a regular basis, all the bug out bags in the world probably won't be able to help you.
Emergency preparedness is not a fad, nor a hobby. It's a way of life. If you believe that, you'll be all that much better off as a result.
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Posted: January 22, 2015, 10:54 am
A solar oven is a great to cook off the grid and are easy to make on your own. Not difficult to make and your family will enjoy the fresh and hot meal. It takes about 30 minutes for a solar oven to preheat.


 · two cardboard boxes (one large and one smaller)

· black construction paper

· scissors

· aluminum foil

· glue and tape

· staplers

· old newspapers

· a pencil (or a marker)

·  plastic wrap.

- First, line the bottom of the large box with well crumbled newspaper. Then, insert the smaller box into the larger one, and fill in the empty side spaces between the boxes with newspaper crumbles.

- Make sure to cover the inside walls of the small box with aluminum foil. You can use invisible tape to glue the edges of the aluminum foil to the edges of the cardboard box.

- Glue the black construction paper onto the bottom of the small box. This will help absorb the heat much better, and your homemade solar oven will be more efficient.

- Next, on top of the large box, you need to lay a large piece of cardboard. Now trace the shape of the box on the board nicely, using a marker. Allow around 2-3 inches on each side around the trace line, and cut the cardboard.

- Now use aluminum foil in order to cover the cardboard. The aluminum foil that is placed over the cardboard must be extremely smooth and without any wrinkles so that it will reflect the light properly. Use invisible tape or glue in order to secure the aluminum foil onto the cardboard. The reflector that you obtained this way should be stapled or glued to the back of the large box.

Now your homemade solar oven is ready, and you need to make sure to place it so that the reflective part is facing the sun directly, for maximum efficiency. You can place just about any type of pot with a glass top that fits into your oven, and start making food using solar energy. You need to be patient however, because it might take even up to 3 or 4 hours until your meal is ready, so make sure to start cooking earlier than usual. If you want to make your cooker even more efficient, place a plastic wrap on top of your oven. Keeps the heat in a lot better with the plastic wrap over it.

Posted: January 22, 2015, 8:00 am

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