25 Must Have Items for Your Survival Hygiene Kit

25 Must Have Items for Your Survival Hygiene Kit | Backdoor Survival

The Oxford English Dictionary defines hygiene as:

“Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.”

During or following a disruptive event, life will be tough enough without having to worry about maintaining health and preventing disease.  Why then, do I find the topic of a survival hygiene kit taking a backseat to articles about food, water, bug-out bags and life in the wilderness?

Today I plan to change that by sharing my own list of must have items to keep me clean, healthy, and looking good.

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Alcohol Mantle Lamps

Alcohol Mantle Lamps | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to emergency lighting, I am the first to raise my hand to try out the newest and bestest lighting gizmo out there.  It is not that I am a gizmo-junkie but rather I don’t like pitch black darkness.  As a result, I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting and who better to learn from than my pal Ron Brown, author of the The Non-Electric Light Series of books and e-books.

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Save Money By Raiding the Pantry for Food Preps

Save Money By Raiding the Pantry for Food Preps | Backdoor Survival

There are times when we all need to budget and to carefully watch our food expenditures.  Throughout my own adult life, I have done so on many occasions.  Sometimes it was because I was saving for something special but more often, my personal austerity had to do with the reality of income less expenses resulting in a shortfall.

As a prepper, this can be a dilemma, especially as we try to acquire emergency food and supplies that are going to stand up to the test of time. 

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Nine Things You Can Learn from Camping That Will Make You a Better Prepper

Nine Things You Can Learn from Camping | Backdoor Survival

One of the best ways to test your survival skills is to spend some time outdoors, without electricity, running water, and flushable toilets.  This is not to say that every disruptive event will require you to live outdoors, but rather that such an event will require you to cope without modern conveniences.  As preppers, our hope is that such an event will be short-term in nature, but, as the saying goes, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst”.

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It’s More Than SOS: How to Learn Morse Code

How to Learn Morse Code | Backdoor Survival

Unlike amateur radio, there is no license requirement to send Morse code.  With a bit of practice, anyone can send Morse Code and big brother will not stop you.  That being said, it would be extremely rude, impolite, and dangerous to send out irrelevant Morse Code, especially while in the midst of a disruptive event.

Why Morse code?  Morse code transmits text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks.  By interpreting these signals, a skilled listener (or observer in the case of lights), will understand the message without the need to have specialized equipment.

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Survival Buzz: Getting Started With the Pillars of Preparedness

Getting Started With the Pillars of Preparedness | Backdoor Survival

What exactly are the basics of survival?  Speaking from the heart, even I am a bit unsure these days.  Long gone are the days when a well-stocked pantry, a generous supply of clean drinking water, and bug-out bag were all you needed to be prepared.

As much as I would like to answer this question in a definitive manner, the more I know and the longer I am doing this, the more I realize the nature and scope of what we need to prepare for has changed over the years and, if anything, is far more exhaustive than I could imagine when starting in 2010.

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6 Useful Preps You May Not Have Thought Of

6 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. 

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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. 

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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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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. 

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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.

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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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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: 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!

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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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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.  

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The Top 10 Tips for Debt-Free Living

Top 10 Tips for Debt-Free Living | Backdoor Survival

Bailing yourself out of debt and remaining debt-free is not so much about tackling the debt as it is about the way you live your life every single day.

I say this from experience.  When you learn to be frugal instead of frivolous, you discover that you have a lot more money than you thought you did.  You also find that frugality is not something to dread but rather, in its own way, is an adventure in and of itself.

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Nine Reasons Why Adult Coloring is Important to Preppers

Nine Reasons Why Adult Coloring is Important to Preppers | Backdoor Survival

Six months ago, I discovered adult coloring quite by accident. It all happened as part of the daily haunt seeking out quality eBooks being offered for free on Amazon, I kept running into adult coloring book titles in the top ten ranking of all non-fiction books.  What was this?  Something new?  I had to check it out.

When my first adult coloring book and set of pencils arrived, I dug right in and become hooked from the get go.

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What Happens When the Lights Go Out for Good?

What Happens When the Lights Go Out for Good | Backdoor Survival

Have you put some thought into what would happen if your world went dark for a week?  I mean really thought about it, starting with day one and going out a week, a month or even longer?

I don’t know about you, but when I first started prepping, I heeded the warnings from NASA and considered the possibility of an EMP caused by solar flares, a coronal mass ejection, or even a meteor strike. 

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Every Survival Community Needs a Town Library

Every Survival Community Needs a Town Library | Backdoor Survival

I have always been a huge fan of public libraries.  As a matter of fact, before the era of eBooks, one criteria I used to determine where to live was the proximity of a public library.  Can you imagine doing that now?  These days, libraries do not need to be within commuting distance since most, if not all libraries offer a free and convenient way to download eBooks, magazines, music and videos from the comfort of your home.

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14 Essentials to Help You Fix and Clean Almost Anything

14 Essentials to Help You Fix and Clean Almost Anything | Backdoor Survival

Back in 2011, I wrote a little piece about the importance of having a selection of items on hand to fix and clean almost everything.  Since that time, my views have changed and whereas many of the items on the original list still hold a prominent place in my fix-it kit, some have dropped off and others have been added.

Given that my focus this year is on simplicity as well as frugality, this is a great time to go back and credo this list because let’s face it. 

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6 Surprising Lessons Learned from a Planned Water Outage

Six Surprising Lessons Learned from a Planned Power Outage | Backdoor Survival

Over the past few days, something has become very clear to me: Backdoor Survival readers are a community.  I have been reading the 176 (and counting) comments to the recent Buzz, and more than a few of you have mentioned that you learn as much from comments as the from the articles themselves.  Nothing could make me happier!

Along those lines, recently I received an email from Karen in Nebraska.  The topic was “What I learned about water recently” and she wrote about the lessons she learned during a planned water outage.

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12 Frugal Lessons From the Great Depression

12 Frugal Lessons from the Great Depression | Backdoor Survival

During the Great Depression, frugality was considered a virtue and the phrase “Use it up, Wear it out and Make it do” was the guiding principal in most households.

Times were tough.  This meant that everything from bits of strings to worn out clothing was saved and re-purposed in some other manner.  Not only that, but every last bit of food from a can or bottle was swished out with a bit of water and used to flavor a soup or stew. 

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