6 Useful Preps You May Not Have Thought Of

7 Useful Preps You May Not Have Thought Of | Backdoor Survival

One of the very first things I did when I adopted the prepping lifestyle was a walk-around inventory.  This was years ago and although I had not consciously considered myself a prepper at the time, I discovered that I had a lot of stuff, but it was woefully disorganized and lacking in many key areas.

For example, I had lots of canned goods, supplemental lighting, off-grid cooking devices, tools and more.  On the other hand, except for a 55 gallon water barrel and a small first-aid kit, I was sorely lacking in water and medical supplies. 

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Survival Buzz: Coming to Terms With Your Prepping Priorities

Coming to Terms With Your Prepping Priorities | Backdoor Survival

A number of years back, I opened a discussion of preparing for probable events and setting aside the extreme for a later time.  It all started with a conversation in my household, and whether we needed to take our prepping to the next level. The specific context was freeze drying our own food but it could have just as easily been medical supplies, firearms, and communications gear.

This got me thinking about prepping in general and the various stumbling blocks that many face along the way.  These stumbling blocks may include expense. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Winter Fortress + Giveaway

The Winter Fortress | Backdoor Survival

During these days of extreme terrorist, crazy politics and uncertainties relative to government control,  it is easy to lose track of some of the threats we initially prepared for.  Case in point is a nuclear threat.  Although it is difficult to separate nuclear threats from terrorism, the recent spate of events has been focused upon shootings and suicide bombs.  That said, threats of nuclear sabotage has been around since WW II, and if anything, it has only gotten worse. 

With that introduction, today I present The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb, a piece of non-fiction that is gong to rock you off your chair. 

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23 Brilliant Uses of Duct Tape In Real Life

23 Brilliant Uses of Duct Tape In Real Life | Backdoor Survival

Anyone with a modicum of cleverness can come up with the list of 50 ways to do this or 50 ways to do that.  The problem, as I see it, is many of these lists are a rehash of another list with the author having little or no first hand experience with each of the listed items. Not that it is devious or wrong, but there has to be a better way.

Something I like to do is to ask real people how they manage situations and use things.  I couple that with my own knowledge and experience and viola! 

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Survival Buzz: Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life

Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life | Backdoor Survival

This week in the Survival Buzz I was going to talk about freeze dried food.  And then the tragic event in Nice happened.  I have been to Nice and have walked the Promenade des AnglaisIt is a beautiful seaside city that is idyllic in many ways.

Beauty notwithstanding, the death of innocents anywhere in the world always motivates me to stand up and pay attention to my surroundings even more than I normally do.  It is one thing to watch for eagles that may swoop down and snatch my dog. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins

Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins | Backdoor Survival

You might think this is an unusual title for the Prepper Book Festival but given the keen interest many of you have in precious metals, I felt this book worthy of your attention.

The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins by Brian Smith is a fascinating journey down the historical path of U.S. coinage. Not to be left out, it also includes a brief history of paper currency in the United States. Remember when paper currency was a “silver certificate” and not a Federal Reserve Note?  Back in the day, currency was backed by silver that the US government had on deposit, dollar per dollar.

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How to Make an Awesome Healing Body Butter

How to Make An Awesome Healing Body Butter | Backdoor Survival

For the longest time, I have shunned learning how to make a body butter. Most likely this is due to a commercial product I purchased a few years back that was a sticky, smelly mess.  I just did not understand the popularity of such an item and why I should bother.

Fast forward to today and I wanted to come up with a carrier for essential oils that supplemented the simple salve I concoct from coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax.  An important motive was feedback from readers who were allergic to bees. 

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Survival Buzz: How to Deal with Buckets of Food for Daily Use

How to Deal with Buckets of Food for Daily Use | Backdoor Survival

Purchasing food in large quantities is certainly economical but not always convenient.  Not only are there issues with finding adequate and temperature controlled storage space, but If you are like me, you struggle with setting aside an appropriate amount for daily use.

In keeping my commitment to respond to reader questions, today I share thoughts on the following question that was asked back in April.  Although the question is specific to tubs coconut oil, the answer applies to other food products as well.

I have questions about how you use and store your coconut oil since you buy the larger tubs from Tropical Traditions.

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Prepper Book Festival #12: A Prepper’s Cookbook

A Preppers Cookbook | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to prepper cookbooks, I have been disappointed more often than not.  You might be wondering why so let me just say this:  many are simply compilations of recipes that are on the internet in the public domain.  Not only that, I know some cookbook authors that are prepper frauds.  They have not prepped a day in their life. I know because they have told me.  Let us leave that unpleasant tangent for another day.

Today I want to introduce you to a real prepper and real cookbook author, Deborah D.

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7 More Skills You Need to Survive SHTF

7 More Skills You Need to Survive SHTF | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to prepping, once the basics are covered, skills will trump stuff. The good news is that many of the skills needed to prevail following a disruptive event are things we already know.  How to cook from scratch, start a fire, grow a vegetable garden, and administer basic first aid are just a few of the skills most of us have learned over time.

Beyond the basics, there are skills that are more personality and lifestyle driven.  A few examples include perseverance, frugality, and problem solving. But what about going beyond these traits?

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Survival Buzz: How to Avoid Nicks and Cuts by Sharpening Razor Blades

How to Avoid Nicks and Cuts by Sharpening Razor Blades | Backdoor Survival

What started out as a great Wednesday shortly turned into a bloody mess.  The short version of the story is that Shelly, aka the Survival Husband, decided to touch up his bald head with a dull razor blade.  What happened next was a scrape about one and a half inches long and a half inch wide.  Who would have thought that so much blood could pour out of such a small wound.

I grabbed some gauze to soak up what I could, then dabbed on some boo-boo stick followed by miracle slave. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook

Zika Virus Handbook | Backdoor Survival

How much do you know about the Zika virus?   Whereas it is easy to consider Zika to be someone else’s problem, the reality is that that ramifications of Zika evolving into a global pandemic are horrifying. This is the next generation we are talking about and honestly, we need to care.

Today the Prepper Book Festival features The Zika Virus Handbook by Joseph Alton.  Many of you are familiar with both Joe and his wife Amy who blog at Doom and Bloom dot net.  They are also authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook and a periodic contributor to this website.

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Getting Out of Dodge: The Survival Retreat

Getting Out of Dodge Survival Retreat | Backdoor Survival

There comes a time when every prepper takes a look at what they have done, what they are currently doing, and what they plan to do in the future.  Sometimes, they retrench and rethink past preps and improve on what they have done and especially what they have learned skill-wise.  Sometimes they take a break because let’s face it, we all need balance in our lives.  And then there is the most difficult part which is planning for future preps, if any.

I am very good about asking questions about prepping goals and readers excel at answering. 

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Survival Buzz: 4 Ways to Control Slugs Naturally

4 Ways to Control Slugs Naturally | Backdoor Survival

Even though my garden is tiny, slugs and snails are having a heyday.  They are getting into my flowers and hostas which is especially hurtful.  I hate slugs so although I am certain they have some purpose in the big picture of our ecosystem, I want to get rid of them.

Lucky for us, the newest Backdoor Survival sponsor, Seed for Security, has some great tips for getting rid of slugs naturally.  Not only that, in order to give me my monthly Buzz break, Nan is providing one lucky reader with a complete Seed for Security Super Survival Kit

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Borrowed World Novel of Post Apocalyptic Collapse

The Borrowed World | Backdoor Survival

For the past year I have found that when it comes to post-Apocalyptic fiction, there is a lot of sameness.  Either the story lines have been told before or the writing is dark and oppressive to the point where I can’t get beyond the first twenty pages.  Call it a personal quirk if you must, but I want to learn from survival fiction and to open my mind to possibilities and scenarios that could play out if “it” – whatever it is – happened to me.  But I also want to enjoy the read.

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Light Your Way With Nokero Solar Lights

Light Your Way With Nokero Solar Lights | Backdoor Survival

Let’s face the facts.  Prepper’s are lighting whores and solar geeks.  Add a flashlight or lantern to our preps and we are over the moon excited.  Get our hands on something powered exclusively by the sun we are thrilled.  Who said preppers are difficult to please?

Today, for all of you lighting and solar fans, I have the perfect solution to your portable lighting needs: Nokero Solar Lights.  Part lantern, part light bulb, the Nokero N233 Solar Light is lightweight and small but puts out an extremely bright beam.. I am going to share with you my thoughts on the Nokero  N233, but beyond that, I have five up for grabs in a giveaway plus one super Nokero W100 Solar Work Light valued at $179. 

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Survival Buzz: Do Old Geezers Think or Care About SHTF?

Do Old Geezers Think or Care About SHTF | Backdoor Survival

The term old geezer has been around for as long as I can remember with the common definition being “an elderly man that is extremely old”.  That seems like an oxymoron to me but what do I know?

Wikipedia has this to say:  “Geezer is a slang term for a man. In the UK, it can carry the connotation of either age or eccentricity. In the US, the term typically refers to a cranky old man.”  Okay, so an old geezer is both eccentric and cranky.

I would like to soften that definition a bit. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: 5-Gallon Bucket Book

5 Gallon Bucket Book | Backdoor Survival

When this newest Prepper Book Festival was launched, I indicated there would be some fun titles along the more serious fiction and non-fiction titles. Couple practicality and usefulness with fun and and we have a real win.  Such is the case with today;s book, 5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles.

Here in my household, collecting 5 gallon buckets takes second place only to mason jars, and you know how I feel about them!  Give me a few dozen buckets and jars and I can and do store anything. 

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15 Ways To Prepare for a Rogue Wave of Collapse

15 Ways To Prepare for a Rogue Wave of Collapse | Backdoor Survival

Spend ten minutes on the web surfing the key words “prepping skills” and you will be presented with site after site preaching the gospel of prepping for the time when the stuff hits the fan, something we commonly call SHTF.  The truth is it is a bit bittersweet to see so many of us planning for a major meltdown of our economy, food supply, power grid, country, society, and quite possibly our planet.

Call it a feeling or an intuitive guess, but It is as though we are preparing for a huge rogue wave that will hit an any moment. 

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Survival Buzz: Preparedness Is A Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way

Preparedness Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way | Backdoor Survival

Call it a feeling but I sense the fear mongers are coming out of their closets and getting ready to scare the unsuspecting would-be preppers this summer.  Perhaps it is due to the upcoming conventions where our presidential candidates will be selected, or perhaps it is simply that time of year.

Whatever the reason, I am dismayed by the number of pitches reaching my inbox from less than credible sources.  Some of these sources are video marketing companies with no personal prepping experience, and others are so-called prepper-bloggers who are frauds.

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

Survival Doctors Complete Handbook | Backdoor Survival

How many times have you had a medical or first aid issue occur during the middle of the night or on a weekend when getting help would be difficult?  Or, equally bad, help is available but only at a hospital emergency room an hour a way?  What if the power was out, roads were blocked, or there was something going on that precluded EMTs coming to the rescue?

What I describe are typical survival scenarios and those that we, as Preppers, plan for.  I don’t know about you, but for medical and first aid emergencies, I don’t rely on free information on the internet or free eBooks on Amazon. 

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15 Common Food Storage Mistakes To Avoid

15 Common Food Storage Mistakes to Avoid | Backdoor Survival

Coming to terms with a realistic food storage strategy can be tough.  Everyone seems to have an opinion whether it is to focus primarily on store-bought canned goods, commercially packaged freeze-dried products, or food that is preserved at home using a pressure canner.  Each has advantages and disadvantage in terms of space, cost, portability, and convenience.

Regardless of your stand on food storage, there is a common thread among all preppers.  We want our food storage to remain viable and nutritious for the longest period possible.  The very last thing we want is to be in a situation where our stored food is no longer palatable or worse, spoiled.

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Survival Buzz: Tips to Help You Organize Your Preps

Tips to Help You Organize Your Preps | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with answers to your questions, an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week I return to your questions, with the query this week having to do with organizing your preps.  Here is the specific question that was asked:

Can you tell us more about organizational techniques? Inventories and the like… I swear, I might have enough to survive in my apartment for six months, but that’s only if I can FIND all the stuff!

This is a timely question since, at the moment, I am attempting to minimalize my surroundings by finding a new home for for the excess accumulation at my Washington State home. 

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Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy

Prepper Book Festival 12 | Backdoor Survival

After a short break, it is time to get our mojo in gear for an all-new Prepper Book Festival.  This is #12 and it is, without question, another eclectic mix of books covering a lot of topics.

This did not happen by accident.  Since the beginning, Backdoor Survival Book Festivals have brought you some of the newest and the best titles available to educate you about preparedness and survival.  That being said, it was time to get away from generalist books and focus also on staying healthy and being happy.

Who can argue with that?

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Prepper’s Guide to the Health Benefits of Parsley

Health Benefits of Parsley | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to the survival garden, those of us with insufficient space or inadequate growing conditions feel kind of stuck.  Rather than fight to overcome environmental conditions beyond our control, I have been actively promoting the establishment of a medicinal or health-related garden in lieu of a food garden.

The most obvious reason is that herbs, spices, and other medicinal plants do not take a lot of room and many can be grown in pots either indoors or outdoors.  Perhaps a more important reason is this:  given a survival situation, traditional healthcare and medicines may be difficult to get so having supplies of herbs and the knowledge of how to use them will become invaluable.

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Survival Buzz: Creating Custom Healing Salves on the Fly

Creating Custom Healing Salves on the Fly | Backdoor Survival

As life would have it, I am approaching the weekend with the remnants of severe cold; something I have not had to deal with in years.  I can’t even remember that last time that the combination of sniffles, coughing, and congestion affected me in this manner.

To be honest, I believe this is the result of burning the candle at both ends as a result of a family crisis and quick trip to Seattle.  Ten hours in a vehicle is way to long when squeezed into a 14 hour period.  This had me thinking about the impact of stress to our overall health as a topic to explore a bit deeper over the next months.

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Review: Emergency Lighting with the Aladdin Mantle Lamp

Emergency Lighting Aladdin Mantle Lamp | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to non-electric lighting, there actually is a genie in the bottle.  Oh my gosh, if you only knew how long I have been waiting to say that!  So now you ask:  Genie? Bottle?  What the heck?

Many of you have mentioned that you have a kerosene lamp.  Some have been of older vintage, passed down from grandparents or purchased for a song at a garage sale.  Others have a newer lamp, purchased specifically for prepping purposes.  And then there are the rest of us, lamp-less and yearning to learn more.

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Practical Reasons to Learn Morse Code for Survival

Practical Reasons to Learn Morse Code | Backdoor Survival

This article is about Morse code and why, as a prepper,you should learn just a smattering for survival purposes.  Before you groan, hear me out.

In the event there is a catastrophic end of the world event, the grid will be down and you will need to communicate your location and your status.  With a few simple Morse code signals, you will have the ability to summon help or to tell the world you are okay.  You will be able to communicate with your peers using signal mirrors, flashlight beams, handheld radios, and even simple, DIY devices.

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Survival Buzz: Win a Lifestraw Go With Buzz Break #3

A LifeStraw Go for You and a Buzz Break for Me | Backdoor Survival

Here we go again with another LifeStraw Go Giveaway.  This is month number three as I keep my promise of offering up a total of five LifeStraw Go water filter bottles, one a month for five months.  I get to take a break from writing, and one lucky reader wins a LifeStraw Go.

Do you know about the LifeStraw Go?  In the simplest of terms, it is a “LifeStraw in a bottle”.  What that means is no bending down to water level to suck up drinking water. All you need to do is scoop or pour the questionable water into your bottle, and drink from the straw.  

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Backdoor Survival Interviews Emergency Essentials

Interview with Emergency Essentials | Backdoor Survival

As some of you may recall, late last year I had a number of customer service issues with personal orders I placed with Emergency Essentials.  After many attempts to resolve these issues, I felt I could no longer endorse them even though I felt they had a robust product line filled with terrific products at a good price point.

I will not bore you with the details other than to say that after a number of heartfelt conversations with their management team, I came away feeling that Emergency Essentials was committed to improving their customer service infrastructure so that my experience would not happen again, to me or to anyone else.

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How to Survive a Dental Emergency

How to Survive a Dental Emergency | Backdoor Survival

I don’t know about you, but I have had my share of dental emergencies, including one major emergency while in the middle of nowhere.  Thank goodness I had some clove essential oil to mitigate the pain until I got back to civilization three days later.

In the event of a major disaster or disruptive event, finding dental care from a trained professional may be impossible.  First responders are going to be saving lives and not tending to a nagging toothache or even to a broken tooth.  For that reason, we need to think about being dentally prepared with the tools and knowledge to get us by during a dental emergency.

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12 Wellness Reasons to Include Elderberries in Your Preps

12 Wellness Reasons to Include Elderberries in Your Preps | Backdoor Survival

The first time I learned about elderberries is when a homesteader I know told me she supplemented her income from making and selling her homemade syrups and tinctures.  At the time, I knew nothing about elderberries even though they are quite common near the edges of the forest here Washington State.

As my interest in natural remedies grew, I started investigating the merits of elderberry then stumbled upon this fact: elderberries can and do fight the flu.  Not only that, they do so exceptionally well.  Talk about a light bulb going off in this prepper mind of mine!  

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