It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago I decided to pull up stakes and search for the perfect survival retreat. More than a retreat, I wanted to find a forever home. It has been quite the journey and now that I am within days of fully moving into my new home, it is time to come clean on the how-to’s of moving, prepper-style.
We need water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, and overall hygiene. Without good water, we will suffer and could even die. That said, a struggle for many is not how to source water but rather how to make bad water good. After all, the last thing we want to find a source of water, use it, and end up married to the toilet god or worse.
Over the years, I have learned to trust Lifestraw products for their ease of use and portability. It is for that reason I am thrilled to share my experience with the Lifestraw Mission plus, in my usual style, offer one to a lucky reader in a giveaway.
Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use essential oils, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by.
As someone who started using essential oils in the early 90s, I have come a long way in understanding how and when to use them for healing as well as around the home. Helping me along the way was a big fat book by Valerie Worwood, a book that to this day is my EO bible.
Her book was updated late in 2016 and I am over the moon thrilled to introduce you to both Valerie and The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded.
There is no other way to begin this article than to simply begin.
Back in the day, meaning 2011 and 2012, survivalist preppers were a curiosity. Those of us that chose this journey ended up soldiering their way through a maze of trial and error, amassing supplies and traditional skills that would carry us through the next apocalypse.
Early on, I chose to refer to the next apocalypse as a “disruptive event” and the label stuck. Whether a natural disaster, economic collapse, or manmade event, it was always my feeling that a broad foundation of self-sufficiency would carry us through the worst of times.
And so it has been for all these years.. . . Read More
One of the cornerstones of being prepared is to identify items that multitask and to embrace their use during normal times. Doing so not only saves money but also saves storage space and eliminates having to choose which product or item to use for what.
A good example is the common Mason jar. Another is the flour sack dishtowel.
I was chatting with Backdoor Survival reader, Susan Perry, about this very same thing when she offered to share her top twenty-five uses for flour sack towels. How cool is that?
I have said this before but one of the pleasures of holding these Prepper Book Festivals is that I get to work with a number of fantastic authors that not only write about survival and preparedness but also walk the walk. One of those authors is Deborah D. Moore.
Her cookbook, A Prepper’s Cookbook: 20 Years of Cooking in the Woods, has been especially valuable to me personally and is something I consider a must-have addition for every survival library.
Today I am presenting one of Deborah’s newest books of fiction, EMPulse. It is the story of what happens to a woman, Adele Michaels, who flees her old life and starts anew. The problem is that something happens along the way. That something was an EMP.
In January 2011, I did a walk-around-the-house inventory to assess my state of my preparedness. At the time, I was living offshore on San Juan Island in Washington State. Terrorism was an escalating threat, the economy was in shambles, and I was living in earthquake country. On that day, I officially became a prepper.
There has been no looking back. I have made it my mission to educate myself and the world as I put into place long-term survival tactics to ensure both safety and comfort in the event a major incident or disaster. Eventually, I began using the term “disruptive event” to describe such events, be they acts of Mother Nature or man-made.. . . Read More
Becoming medically prepared can be one of the most difficult aspects of prepping. First, there is the unpredictable nature of medical emergencies themselves. Then there is the prospect of inadequate medical training coupled with the lack of supplies and medicine.
Even during normal times, doing the right thing medically can have dire consequences. Something you may not have considered is the need for patient advocacy, both now and in the future when the prospect of getting good proper medical care is not likely.
Dr. Joe Alton is back again with an all-new and all-important article of medical preparedness.
Essential oils are tools that preppers of all ages can use to their advantage to maintain health and wellness. For that reason when a new book on essential oils crosses my desk, I pay attention.
Today’s book is a book written with moms in mind but that is just the beginning. The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils has information on the twenty-five of the most useful and commonly available essential oils. Plus, it is chock full of recipes of all types, including a robust section on using essential oils in DIY products for the home and for personal care.
Things tend to move fast and furious at times and at this moment, such is the case in Backdoor Survival Land. So what is happening? I am in the process of getting settled at my mountain retreat in Payson, Arizona. When a prepper moves, it is hectic!
That being said, a couple of days ago I took a break to be interviewed by Todd Sepulveda, the editor of Pepper Website. He has a new website, The Prepper Website Podcast, and today he is featuring an interview with both me and my BFF, George Ure, who runs the Urban Survival website.
Living in the desert has taught me not to take water for granted. Unlike the Pacific Northwest, I am not footsteps away from streams, ponds, or a vast sea just waiting for me to collect and purify for personal use.
In a continuing effort to educate our readers on the finer aspects of self-sufficiency, I have invited Dan Chiras to share his best strategies and tips for creating a rain catchment system that works.
Sometimes, just sometimes, you need another flashlight. “Just because” is often the reason. On other occasions, a new flashlight is called for based on features and value.
Such is the case with the Choetech Rechargeable Emergency Flashlight & Power Bank. Not only is this little gem a flashlight with an integrated rechargeable battery, but it is also a mobile device/gizmo charger (phone, Kindle, reader), a seatbelt cutter, and life hammer that can break windows to escape during an emergency.
The best part? You get all of this in one compact unit for only $7.99. And the next best part? I have five of these really cool flashlights to offer up in yet another Backdoor Survival giveaway.
How many times have you heard me write about surviving in comfort? In spite of what the doomers might think, this is not an oxymoron. Instead, surviving in comfort is the cornerstone of what this website is all about. Couple that with optimism, hope, and a keen interest in self-reliance, and you have a recipe for life.
A number of months back I featured a book by Dan Chiras and as a part of that process, I got to know him a bit. He generously shared an advance manuscript for his new book, Survive in Style: The Prepper’s Guide to Living Comfortably through Disasters. In three words, I was hooked. Survive in Style is a handbook for accomplishing self-sufficiency in the areas of water, energy, food, transportation, economics and just about everything else you can think of.
As preppers, we do our best to prepare for disruptive events that will turn our lives upside down. For the most part, we focus first on natural disasters that are common to our immediate area because if there is one thing we know for sure, Mother Nature knows how to throw a real hoe-down when she wants to. One example of such an event is an earthquake.
People who live in an earthquake zone know that an earthquake will happen eventually. For them, it is just a question of how bad, and how much it will affect them personally. For that reason, if you live near a fault line, you better be prepared for the inevitable shaker because it is going to happen.
This article is Month Three in the series “12 Disruptive Events to Prepare For This Year“.
Mint has been called “The World’s Oldest Medicine,” after being discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs and found in fossils ten thousand years old. The medicinal value of mint has been so universally recognized that it can be found growing wild almost everywhere on Earth where civilization has thrived. Both then and now, it is the herb of choice for digestive issues.
This is the second article in the series on common plants and herbs used for health and wellness.
Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment’s notice.
And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don’t let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. In The Prepper’s Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear!
No matter how prepared you are, survival is really about making the most of what you have on hand. Did you know there are many items sitting around your house that can protect you, no matter what kind of catastrophe strikes?
If this list is any indication, women may be the ones to stick closest to since they have some of the most useful items. If you aren’t one, hopefully, you will know one since they likely will have the best multi-purpose goods when the SHTF.
If there is one piece of gear that is universal in any bug out bag or survival kit, it is a knife. Simply put, in situations of self-reliance, there is no shortage of work to be done with a knife. Having the right knife is simply a must.
One company that is doing their best to put out a lineup of quality knives is Wiebe Knives. In this review, learn about their specialty line of knives and enter to win a set of two knives in a giveaway. There will be two winners.
Living and breathing preparedness is hard work and so, when the day is done, it is nice to kick back and think about something else. It is for that reason that a few months back, I personally took a break from survival fiction and immersed myself in popular fiction and adult coloring instead.
A few weeks ago that changed. A new crop of really excellent books crossed my desk, and I was once again hooked. One of those books was the novel, Without, by E.E. Borton. It gives me pleasure to introduce his work to you as I share an exclusive interview and offer up three print copies of his in a book festival giveaway.
Whether you are planning to survive disasters or simply want to be self-sufficient and less dependent on outside resources, raising your own meat animals is a smart choice. That said, raising farm animals can be tough for those who live in urban areas, small homes or apartments, or under the rule of restrictive homeowners associations. If that sounds like you, consider raising meat rabbits. Rabbits make it possible to produce your own meat without raising an eyebrow!
Why rabbits? Meat rabbits are an excellent way to supplement your family food supply. Rabbit meat is tender and mild, plus rabbit meat is one of the healthiest meat sources, even beating chicken for low calories, high protein, and lower cholesterol levels. Not only that, rabbit meat is also far lower in fat and is higher in calcium and phosphorus than other meats.
Perhaps one of the better reasons for raising rabbits for meat is that they can be raised just about anywhere. If you have a garage, a basement, a porch, a backyard or even a small corner of a living room, you can raise meat rabbits and produce quite a bit of meat for you and your family. Sound interesting? Here are some tips that will help you get started raising rabbits.