Summer Survival Blast: Win a 72 Hour Survival Bucket


WOHOO! This week Backdoor Survival sponsor SurvivalBased is back with another chance for you to win a 72-Hour Survival Bucket.  This time around, the giveaway was put together specifically for the Summer Survival Blast plus, at my request, I was able to invite a handful of my best blogging friends to join in.

Naturally, you want to learn about the prize, right?  The winner will receive the following kit full of all kinds of useful items as well as some great food!

The Food Fire Filter Bucket by Food Supply Depot 72 Hour Survival Kit

1 – Artisan Oatmeal 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Harvest 6 Grain Cereal 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Texan Sunrise Skillet 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Instant Low Fat Milk 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Instant Orange juice 8 Serving Pouch
1 – Rotini A La Marinara 5 Serving Pouches
1 – Nantucket Potato 5 Serving Pouches
1 – Rio Grande Beans 3 Serving Pouches
6 – InstaFire Paper Pouches
1 – Folding BBQ Grill
1 – Cooking Pot w/ Detachable Handle
1 – 8 oz. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127


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

This has been a satisfying week here in Backdoor Survival-land.  Taking up most of my time was finalizing the print version of my book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The print version is now up on the main Amazon website as well as at Createspace although it has not been linked to the eBook yet.  There are still some formatting issues with the description on Amazon but I am sure they will get resolved shortly. . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Day After Disaster


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Sara Hathaway, the author of Day After Disaster, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

When Sara first reached out to me, she said:

‘As an individual extremely concerned about the future of our world and our survival in it, I found your blog very insightful and I was thrilled that you have a section on fictional novels about this subject.

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The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife


I have a habit of suggesting this piece of gear or that, especially when it is value priced.  This is not to say that a bargain priced piece of equipment is going to perform the same as something more expensive but that sometimes, for the task at hand, inexpensive or even cheap will do just fine.

Over the years I have suggested bargain-priced deals on whistles, knives, fire-starters, and flashlights. Many times I refer to these items as “almost free” because at under $5 or $10, they are practically giveaways.  That being said, my primary bug-out-bag and survival kit includes higher quality items that I know will stand up to the rigors of a SHTF world – if it ever gets to that, of course. . . . Read More

Fast Track Tip #9: Test Your Preps Camping!


There is no reason that prepping has to be a drudge or a chore.  As a matter of fact, preparedness can be combined with a hobby and actually be productive and fun at the same time.

What kind of hobbies?  Some examples include fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, crafting (for example with paracord), reading (survival fiction!) and of course, camping.  I know that I tend to be repetitive when it comes to extolling the virtues of combining hobbies with prepping but the fact remains, doing so is the very best way to coast a reluctant spouse, partner or family member into the preparedness lifestyle. . . . Read More

12 Months of Prepping: Month Six


One of the challenges we face is finding time to do it all.  Not only do we have families and jobs to attend to, but also the never ending list of household chores.  There is always something that needs to be done, right?

When faced with too much to do in too little time, it is easy to turn our thoughts away from preparedness and instead to take whatever smidgen of time is left to enjoy our hobbies or even to catch a bit of extra sleep.  The need for sleep notwithstanding, I want to remind you that many hobbies can be part of your preparedness journey. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 126


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

Those of you that have been around since early Spring will know that I lost my tomato seeds.  Yep.  I had brand new, 2014 heirloom tomato seeds that I used to start some seedlings.  Long story short, but when it looked like the seedlings were not going to make it, I was all set to start over.

This is the truth.  I spent over two hours looking for my tomato seeds.  . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course, a book giveaway.

Before starting, I just want to say that before getting my hands on this book, I assumed that it would be more of the same.  There are a ton of prepping books out there and when you have read and reviewed as many as I have, the lines of distinction start to blur.  . . . Read More

Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism


There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard.  The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live a normal, middle class, mainstream life.

I have given a lot of thought to this and even though I tell strangers that I am a “crazy old prepper lady”, in my heart of hearts I know that I am doing both myself and every other prepper-type a disservice by minimalizing the importance of embracing preparedness and self-reliance. . . . Read More

Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children


As someone who is well past child-bearing age, I often tend to overlook the importance of addressing survival and preparedness strategies for families with young children. That being said, when it comes to children, three words come to mind:  safety, security, and comfort.

As adults, I believe it is our duty to introduce children to preparedness activities at a young age. This needs to be done in a fun, but serious manner, so as to avoid fear.   The last thing we want to do is introduce a boogie man when there is none! . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast Bonus: A HERCulean Giveaway


At the risk of going “giveaway crazy” this summer, I have a special bonus giveaway for you today.

As you know, I am part of a very special group of Prepared Bloggers that shares information amongst ourselves.  Not only do we share information about the technical aspects of blogging, but we also share prepping and homesteading tips and draw upon each other for article inspiration.

So here is the deal.  In an effort to help our loyal readers be prepared for the unexpected, we have teamed up with Titan Ready USA for a giveaway so fabulous we have named it HERCulean! . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 125


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

There was not a lot of prepping going on at my place this week.  Most of what I accomplished had to do with research for blog articles, including cutting up an old pair of Shelly’s jeans to make some char cloth.  I also purchased a 5 gallon tub of coconut oil.

I am certain you are thinking that I must have lost it because 5 gallons is a lot of coconut oil.  . . . Read More

The Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival


It is time to launch a brand new Backdoor Survival Book Festival and what a great line up I have for you!  Not only are there lots of books, but many of the authors are including multiple book sets and multiple winners in their giveaway.  This is the 6th book festival and to me, it seems as though they get better and better with each round.

Before I start, for the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, let me tell about the Backdoor Survival book festivals and how they work.

What the heck is a book festival? . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: The SolarBag Water Purifier


One of the first rules of preparedness is to ensure that you have an adequate supply of water to sustain your drinking, cooking and hygiene needs in the days and weeks following a disaster.  To that end, I am positive that we each do the best we can given space and budget constraints.

Now what if I were to tell you that with a 4 ounce BPA free plastic bag and some sunlight, you could take raw water and purify up to  2 gallons of water a day?  Impressive right?  Well there is more.  . . . Read More

25 Ways to Use Oregano Essential Oil for Health and Wellness


Five years ago, if someone were to mention the use of oregano essential for health and wellness purposes I would have looked at them cross-eyed.  Although well versed in the benefits of essential oils, for one reason or another, oregano essential oil was nowhere to be found on my radar screen.  Oregano for wellness?  Although I grow it in my yard and use it in pasta dishes and on pizza, I had never considered it to have healing qualities.

Moving forward in time, as I began to toss out conventional over-the-counter remedies, I discovered that Oregano essential oil has some amazing qualities.  . . . Read More

It Takes a Village: 33 Awesome Projects for Preppers


It is an old classic and we all know the words: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high.”

Without a doubt, summer is the time that most of us break out of our cocoons and embark upon all manner of projects, both large and small.  I know that I do and, no surprise, most of my projects are preparedness related.  That being said, I have a lifetime of project on my to do list and the poor Survival Husband; his list is long enough for two lifetimes. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 124


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

This week I repackaged the contents of a tin of instant powdered milk into Mason jars using my FoodSaver and the jar attachment gizmo.  As a test, I decided to give “dry canning” a shot.  I did this by putting some of the powdered milk in a jar along with an oxygen absorber.  I added a standard canning lid and ring and did nothing else.

No FoodSaver, no vacuum seal, no nothing.  . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure


Today I wrap up the Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival with a final, special treat.  My friend Bernie Carr is back along with the perfect book for young readers, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids

As with a number of the other author’s in this round, Bernie is a member of my “Prepared Bloggers” group – a very special community of about 110 bloggers with prepping, homesteading and self-reliance websites.  I like to think of our group as the best prepping and homesteading support group on the planet. . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: Win an Ultimate Volcano Cooking Combo


Happy 4th of July everyone!  What better way to celebrate than to kick off the next terrific giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Blast.

Up next is something you will covet for sure.  The Ultimate Volcano Cooking Combo is up for grabs thanks to one of my favorite preparedness vendors, Emergency Essentials!  For those of you that are not familiar with the Volcano Stove, I purchased an earlier model, the Volcano II, way back at the beginning of my prepping career.  Dare I say it is the best charcoal grill I have ever owned? . . . Read More

How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven


As part of a recent giveaway, one of the questions I asked was What DIY project would you like to see featured on Backdoor Survival?”  There were some amazing responses and over time, I hope to work through the list.

Interestingly enough, two readers requested a similar topic and when more than one reader makes a request, I sit up and pay attention.  The DIY projects were:

1.  How can I build a bread-baking oven with mud and straw?
2.  I would like to learn how to build a Horno oven (traditional Native American wood-fired oven).

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Prepper Preparedness: Personal Fitness and Health


The older I get, the more I value the importance of good health and good physical fitness as it relates to long term survival.  After huffing and puffing during a recent hike up 800 feet, I realized that the time had come to reassess my personal health and fitness goals and to bone up on personal medical preparedness.

It is not that I am in bad shape, mind you, but that there is room for improvement.  What I am talking about here is not only the replacement of toxic pharmaceuticals with natural remedies, but with an overall physical assessment to include mobility and stamina as well as diet, exercise and heart health. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 123


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

Prepping wise, this week I spent quite a bit of time cleaning up the data on an old laptop computer.  My goal is to strip out all of the unneeded applications and load it up with scanned copies of my documents, important photos of my family and worldly goods, and as many survival and prepping eBooks that I can get my hands on.

The latter is not a problem since, as all of you Facebook fans know, I have shared over 500 “free at the moment” eBooks on my FB page over the years,  Granted, some are terrible but many are very good and these eBooks will be a useful resource if the stuff hits the fan.  . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Phoenix Island


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  This week Mark Shepard, the editor of Charlotte Paul’s Phoenix Island, is on board to tell us about the book, it’s re-launch in 2014, and about himself.

You might be interested in learning that the author (when she was living) as well as Mark and myself, reside in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  That is where the story unfolds.  As Mark will tell you, this is a story of survival that follows a tsunami and tidal wave right in our own back yard.  . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: Win a Honey Bucket 2-Person Survival Kit


Without question, summer is finally here and to get all of you Prepper’s geared up, Backdoor Survival is kicking off the Summer Survival Blast with some fantastic giveaways.  I have partnered up with some great companies and through their generosity, will be giving you a chance to gear up and get ready!

First up this summer is the 2 Person Honey Bucket Kit from  If you think this is just a “Honey Bucket” you are in for a surprise.  This is a fairly complete survival kit housed in a bucket that is topped by a toilet seat!  . . . Read More