Never Be In the Dark With The Awesome Luci EMRG Light + Giveaway

Luci Inflatable EMRG Solar Light | Backdoor Survival

Lighting is important for so many things, not the least of which is finding your way in the darkness during a power outage or while stumbling around outdoors on a moon-less night.  It therefore should come as no surprise that emergency lighting is one of the top ten items on every prepper’s must-have list.

The collection of emergency light sources we gather for preparedness purposes is often extensive and includes flashlights, propane lanterns, and USB charged light sticks.  Heck, anyone that has been around this website for any period of time knows that I have portable lighting stashed everywhere, including three flashlights sitting on my nightstand right at this moment.

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Emergency Water for Preppers Part 2: Purification

Emergency Water for Preppers Purification | Backdoor Survival

While sourcing water, and especially an adequate supply of water, is a challenge, making such water safe to drink is a whole other matter.  There is much confusion relative to the best method to use to purify water.

Is it boiling, filtering, adding bleach, distillation, or something else?  Truth be told, the answer is “it depends”.  Over time, I am starting to believe that the answer you get is dependent upon who you ask and what interests they happen to represent.

In this article, Daisy Luther, responds to the water purification questions posed by readers in a recent Prepper Book Festival giveaway

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Homesteaders and Preppers: We Are All On the Same Team

Homesteaders & Preppers: We Are On the Same Team | Backdoor Survival

I’m not sure why people so often feel the need to be smug and put down others for their self-reliance efforts. Maybe it’s because they need to feel superior. Maybe they don’t actually see the entire picture, and their opinions are based on only partial information. Maybe, giving the benefit of the doubt, they don’t realize how demoralizing their comments are to others who are doing the best they can with the resources they have.

The other day, I saw a comment that made me see red.

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The Survival Buzz #184: Where Did Those Bags of Rice Come From?

Where the heck did this rice come from? | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  Let me warn you, I am in a rambling mood.

This week I continued to organize my stuff and surprised myself by finding two large sacks of rice hidden away in a dark corner.  Don’t ask.  At least they were dated and are only a couple of years old.  Plus, they were in a cool part of my house.

I set the the rice out to be packaged in a six gallon bucket.

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Emergency Water for Preppers Part 1: Acquisition

Emergency Water for Preppers Acquisition | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to planning for a disruptive event, nothing tops the quest for a source of good clean drinking water.  Water followed by food, are the top priorities for 99.9% of all new preppers and even the seasoned pros still seek knowledge relative to keeping themselves both hydrated and fed.

What is most surprising is that as much my colleagues and I write abut water, there are still questions to be answered and water-related skills to be learned.  For that reason I have chosen to declare “Water Month” at Backdoor Survival.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Shadow Patriots New Recruits + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival - Shadow Patriots Series |Backdoor Survival

A small part of each of us harbors a lack of trust in those organizations and agencies empowered to keep us safe.  This, I am afraid, is a 21st century reality.  While it easy to point fingers and play a blame game, it is my opinion that we are better served by fostering self-reliance so that we can depend upon ourselves and not on third parties.

The latest entry in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is a work of fiction titled New Recruits (The Shadow Patriots Volume 2)

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How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit

How to Create an Ammo Can First Aid Kit | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to having a well-stocked first aid kit, I want to be prepared.  I truly do.  Having spent weeks at a time on a boat in the remote waters of British Columbia, I have always understood that a drugstore and medical doctor may not be accessible.  If sick or wounded, I would be on my own.

So why then, were my first aid supplies in such a disorderly mess?

In hindsight, I believe that in spite of having good intentions, it was a lot easier to keep purchasing supplies then to organize them. 

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The Survival Buzz #183: Traveling with Long Guns

Getting Ready for Traveling with Hand Guns | Backdoor Survival

Greetings from the weekly Survival Buzz!  I can hardly believe another week has gone by. That said, what a week it has been in terms of the catastrophic wildfires here in Washington State.  I happen to live in a Firewise community and so far, the only fire I have seen is a minor one in the nearby marina.

I know that many of you live close to some of the burning fires. My advice is get out of harm’s way before you have to.  Bug out to a friend or relative’s house or check into a hotel outside of the danger zone. 

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Survival Friday: An iClever Review and Giveaway

Backdoor Survival iClever Review and Giveaway

Have you ever had something happen that would normally be a major inconvenience and find you are okay with it?  That is happening to me, right here and right now as I am sitting here writing.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone of no internet, no cell service, and no communication with the rest of the world! I do have my Ham radio turned on, but there is no activity at the moment so all is very quiet.  And I am loving it.

You might even say that ultimately, this sense of taking things in stride comes from being prepared and being a prepper!

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine + Giveaway

Preppers Natural Medicine | Backdoor Survival

As an advocate of both essential oils and medical self-care, I am constantly on the look out for credible information that will afford good health without dependence on toxic pharmaceuticals.  I do not mean to imply that I totally shun modern drugs but these days, many of the newer drugs cause more harm than good.

To coin a cliché, this week’s entry in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is just what the doctor ordered.  In this case, the “doctor” is Cat Ellis, the Herbal Prepper, and the book is Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies.

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A Glimpse at Everyday Life Without Running Water

Everyday Life Without Running Water | Backdoor Survival

Something I have learned over the years is that my own experience coupled with the anecdotal experience of my peers will always trump the theoretical.  Most assuredly, this also applies to coping skills learned in a disaster or what I like to call a “Disruptive Event”.

Some of you might recall that due to a break at the water meter coming into my home, I was without running water for 12 days.  Because I was prepared, the lack of running water was at most an inconvenience.

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The Survival Buzz #182: Prepping For a Road Trip

Prepping for a Road Trip | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week started out great, prepping wise.  I finally completed the job I started weeks ago organizing my food storage.  Everything is labeled, dated, and properly ensconced in Mylar bags, buckets or mason jars.  I have griped about my overall lack of organization is this regard but as of last Sunday, I am golden.  What a relief.

We have a week long road trip coming up next month so I have also had a lot of anxiety about putting together a road-worthy first aid kit. 

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5 Best Comebacks To Win Every Argument Against Prepping

5 Best Comebacks To Win Every Argument Against Prepping | Backdoor Survival

Let’s face reality.  As much as we believe in family preparedness and prepping, the majority of our peers think we are nuts.  Although we would never tell them that they are the one’s that are nuts, we might possibly put up a good argument in favor of prepping.

Prepping is insurance, right?  You know it and I know it but the rest of the world?  Not so much.

When it comes to discussing prepping with non-preppers, the conversation can get quite heated.  Been there, done that.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: The Toymaker by Joe Nobody + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival 9: The Toymaker by Joe Nobody

Living in a post-apocalyptic world is something we can only imagine.  Sure, we can watch movies and read books, but no one can really predict what life will be like after SHFT.  On the other hand, stretching our imagination is something we absolutely must do to mentally prepare for life during uncertain times.

With that introduction, I would like to introduce the next book in  Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9The Toymaker is the latest book from Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own series that follows the lives of Bishop and Terri as they suffer through the challenges of living in a society that has turned upside down.

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What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness?

What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness | Backdoor Survival

Of the myriad of preparedness topics, one that is often shunned is that of prepper fitness.  It is easy to see why.  Fitness is hard work and with busy lives that border on frantic, we barely have time to go to work, do our chores, spend time with our families, then crash as our head hits the pillow each night.  Physical fitness?  What’s that?  And why is that important?

In the latest think piece from contributor Richard Broome, we ask that question within the context of a disruptive event and SHFT. 

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The Survival Buzz #181: How Not to Harvest Lettuce

Harvesting Lettuce from the Tower Garden - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week I get the idiot of the week award.  I had some romaine growing on my front porch and thinking that it better get harvested before it goes bad, I picked it early in the day and put the leaves in the refrigerator.  Come dinner time, I had a basket of limp lettuce.  Nothing would save it.

Later I learned from a knowing friend that I should immerse freshly picked romaine in cold water to keep it crisp. 

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Survival Basics: 16 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

16 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home | Backdoor Survival

With the recent proliferation of water shortages caused by wonky weather patterns, finding ways to maximize the water we do have has become a focus of preppers near and far.  That said, in addition to knowing how to find, harvest, purify, and store water, it is important to develop a lifelong habit of conserving water.

The bottom line is that careful water conservation methods will allow you to make the most of limited supplies not only following a disruptive event but also day to day as you learn to make do with what you have during a drought.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Water Survival Guide + Giveaway

Preppers Water Survival Guide - Backdoor Survival

Last week I indicated that this was going to be “Water Month” on Backdoor Survival.  What better way to kick the month off then with a book on water that was written specifically for preppers?  So, with that in mind, this week’s featured book in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.

Written by my friend and colleague, Daisy Luther, I have to tell you that this little book is the definitive resource on all things water. 

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50 Reasons Why Preppers Need Vinegar in Their Stockpiles

50 Reasons Why Preppers Need Vinegar in Their Stockpiles | Backdoor Survival

As preppers, if we stored a different product for each of our cleaning needs, we’d need a storage room the size of Costco to put it all in. That’s why I love vinegar.

Vinegar is multi-purpose, non-toxic and inexpensive.  With the addition of a few drops of essential oil, it even smells good. There are about a million different ways to use it, and that’s before you even get into the use of vinegar in some of your recipes.

My favorite use?  Easy. Vinegar is the key component in my all purpose DIY cleaner aptly named, Peppermint Juice

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The Survival Buzz #180: Being a Prepper Means Being a Pack Rat

Being a Prepper Means Being a Pack Rat | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The most significant prep around here this week was to dig out my old Sony eBook reader and load it up with all of my preparedness related eBooks as well as 200 novels that will help me while away the time if there is a disruptive event.  I then stowed it away in my Faraday cage and set up a reminder to dig it out and add new material every six months.

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Survival Basics: Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water to Spare

Hand and Surface Hygiene When There's No Water to Spare | Backdoor Survival

Much has been written about the need for drinking water in a survival situation.  And luckily, most people have gotten the message and either store extra water in barrels, have cases or jugs of bottled water, or have a source of fresh water that can be made ready for drinking with filters, chemicals, or bleach.

Not as frequently mentioned, although of equal importance, is the need to have water to use for washing your hands.  The use of good old-fashioned soap and water is the tried and true way to get rid of the germs lurking in our environment. 

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide + Giveaway

Shotguns A Comprehensive Guide | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to firearms, I admit to being a rank novice.  Even though I have had quite a bit of training, it has not been enough and I am smart enough to know it.  That being said, I do make an attempt to practice at the range whenever I can and in between I read and study.

Currently I am learning about shotguns. I have never used a shotgun so this next book in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is quickly bringing me up to speed. 

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An Open Letter to Preppers: How to Conquer Self-Doubt

Open Letter to Preppers: How to Conquer Self Doubt | Backdoor Survival

There you are, going about your business, when it strikes.

The cashier rings up your purchase of sale items and you realize you just spent the equivalent of a car payment on canned food.  Or you realize you have more net worth in beans and silver coins than you do money in the bank. Or, after you spent all of this time, energy, and money prepping…and nothing happens.

Sometimes you start to think, “Maybe I’m crazy.”  You might begin to feel like you’re wasting your time. 

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The Survival Buzz #179: Prepping for Redundancy

Prep for Redundancy | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  The topic this week is something I rarely see mentioned in the preparedness community; namely being prepared for a computer hard drive failure.

Let me begin by saying that most of you probably do not have a laptop glued to your hip like I do.  That being said, chances are your computer is still an important part of your life.  The computer, and more specifically the hard drive, is where you store copies of important documents, cherished family photos, a music library, and quite possibly a large collection of electronic books, operating manuals, and other items that for all intents and purposes, have been just a keystroke away.

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Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox + Giveaway

Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox | Backdoor Survival

Having all of the food in the world is not going to help you if, following an emergency, you have no way to cook it. Heck, even during a short term power outage, having the ability to boil water becomes important.

In my own home, I have a wood burning fire pit, propane stove, charcoal grill, and three different rocket stoves.  Since they all work great, why even bother with another method to use for emergency cooking?  The answer is form-factor, versatility, and portability.

Let me introduce you to the Flamelite BurnBox, the coolest little stove I have seen in a long time.

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Suburban Prepper

The Pros and Cons of Being a Suburban Prepper

“Everyone who lives in the city is going to die when the SHTF.”

Have you ever been on a preparedness website and read that? It makes my blood boil, and not just because it’s a negative and discouraging thing to say. I am also not convinced that it’s correct.  Wherever you live, there are pros and cons, and your job as a prepper is to maximize the positive aspects of your location while taking steps to minimize the negative aspects.

This is especially true when it comes to the suburban prepper.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Cascadia’s Curse

Preppers Book Festival Cascadia's Curse | Backdoor Survival

Last week, The New Yorker published a no-holds barred article describing what could happen if the “Really Big One” hit the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest.  It is scary stuff, especially since this is where I live and unless I get to higher ground very quickly, my home and everything else would be swept out to sea in a massive tsunami.

With current media attention focusing on a major quake in the PNW, it seems appropriate to kick off Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 with a fictionalized tale of what what happens when the big one hits.

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The Survival Buzz #178: Mixed Results with a Collapsible Water Bottle

Mixed Results with a Collapsible Water Bottle | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  I have a mixed bag of odds and ends for you this week.  So let’s get right to it.

First off, a month or so back I was asked whether those inexpensive collapsible water bottles leak.  I finally got around to testing one so I could report back to you.  So does it leak?  Yes and no.

Here is the deal.  The bottle holds 16 ounces of water and for the most part, stands up to quite a bit of abuse without leaking. 

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Make Your Own Healing Boo-Boo Stick

Make Your Own Healing Boo Boo Stick | Backdoor Survival

Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw.  Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone.

In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place.  In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.

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Get Some Sleep! 7 Reasons the Well-Rested Prepper Will Prevail

7 Reasons the Well Rested Prepper Will Prevail - Backdoor Survival

According to the CDC, there’s a public health epidemic you need to be on the lookout for. It’s not contagious, but has spread due to the North American lifestyle. You may have suffered from it yourself, without even realizing you were part of the population at risk.

That epidemic is insufficient sleep.

Blamed for automotive accidents, industrial disasters and occupational errors (including ones by those chronically sleep deprived health care workers) lack of sleep effects more than 35% of adults in our country each day.

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Prepper Book Festival 9 Is Now Here!

Prepper Book Festival 9 - Backdoor Survival

In what has become a Backdoor Survival tradition, Prepper Book Festival 9 is now here with an all new selection of books, author interviews, and giveaways. This time around I have an equal split of fiction and non-fiction, all unique, and all quite different from the others in the festival.

In the non-fiction arena, you are going to find books about survival water, natural medicine, chickens, and shotguns.  Really, a mixed bag with something for everyone.  In the prepper/survival fiction genre, I have titles from tried and  true authors Joe Nobody and G.

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The Survival Buzz #177: Update Your Emergency Kits At Least Once a Year

Update Your Emergency Kits at Least Once a Year | Backdoor Survival

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

As you may have noticed, in recent weeks I have been moving beyond a simple report on my personal preps.  Since I am getting bored with it (the reporting, not the prepping) I can only assume that you might find it tiresome as well.  Okay, maybe not.

That being said, this last week I continued my efforts to re-work and update my emergency kits.  The primary focus has been on my bug out bags and first aid kits.  

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