Why You Should Store Wheat for Survival

Why You Should Store Wheat for Survival | Backdoor Survival

Why store wheat?  That was always been a question rolling around in my head.  After all, I had never eaten raw wheat and to the best of my knowledge, wheat had to be milled, ground, and otherwise processed before it could become usable.

On the other hand, my education in all things preparedness had taught me that wheat – or more specifically wheat berries – were one of the cornerstones to serious long-term food storage.  Basically every preparedness author out there recommends the storage of hundreds of pounds of wheat.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

Kerosene Pressure Lanterns | Backdoor Survival

The author of this next book needs little introduction since he has been a contributor to the Prepper Book Festivals almost since the beginning.

Ron Brown, author of Kerosene Pressure Lanterns is once again sharing his wisdom relative to non-electric lighting sources.  This particular book covers a wide range of topics relative to pressure lamps: theory, Coleman’s, Petromax (as a type and as a brand), safety, and, just to keep things interesting, the Aladdin Lamp which is not a pressure lamp at all but it does burn kerosene!

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What to Do If You Are In the Middle of An Active Shooting

What to Do If You Are In the Middle of An Active Shooting | Backdoor Survival

If you are at work, at the mall, or at a concert and some terrorist or crazy person starts shooting, what should you do?  Who has not sought an answer to that question recently?

I have read enough books by former law enforcement officers to know that run and hide are two of the best options for seeking shelter during an active shooting.  Becoming a hero and fighting back, especially if you are licensed to carry is a third option, but one that could have dire consequences.

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival

11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival | Backdoor Survival

When I meet someone for the first time and am asked “What is your blog about”, I always answer “Family Preparedness”.  This does two things.  First, if they are already prepper-centric, they will get it and start asking questions.  Second, if they don’t have a clue, they will look at me glassy-eyed and again, will start asking questions.

Do you get the main theme here?  Getting someone to ask questions about preparedness is the first step in helping someone embrace the preparedness lifestyle.  The next step is coming up with the answers.

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Survival Buzz #198: Do You Think Setting Short-Term Goals is a Good Idea?

Do You Think Setting Short-Term Goals is a Good Idea? | Backdoor Survival

This week in the Buzz I want to focus on looking forward and setting short-term preparedness goals.  Do you think setting short-term goals is a good idea?  After all, who hasn’t set long-term preparedness goals?  My guess is no one.  I know that I have, and my endless list-of-things-to-do proves it.

The problem as I see it is that a close examination of that list of preparedness goals reveals lofty, broad brush things such as “take another firearms course, learn to use my All-American Canner, and build a rocket stove out of cement bricks”. 

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Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit + Giveaway

Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit | Backdoor Survival

There are days when I think that I am taking steps to earn a PhD in emergency lighting.  Having 4 different flashlights in my nightstand has certainly earned me a masters degree, don’t you think?

Staying with the topic of emergency lighting, today I am introducing three items from OxyLED that are nifty emergency lighting ideas for your holiday survival kit.  One is a combination solar motion detector and lamp, another is a headlamp with motion sensor, and the last is a powerful rechargeable flashlight.

I have been testing all three items for the past few weeks and find each of them worthy of finding their way into your survival kit. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Prepper’s Survival Hacks

Preppers Survival Hacks by Jim Cobb | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to books about survival and preparedness, one of the more prolific authors out there is my friend and blogging colleague, Jim Cobb.  I have all of his books and can attest to their integrity, readability, and usefulness.  Today, I am pleased to introduce you to his newest book, Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits.

So what is this book about?  It is not so much an “about” book but rather a “to-do” book for do-it-yourselfers and MacGyver types. 

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11 Mistakes and Goofs That Every Prepper Should Avoid

11 Mistakes & Goofs That Every Prepper Should Avoid | Backdoor Survival

We have all done it – made a mistake with our preps that was either a stupid use of our time, a waste of our money, or both.  The good news is that with a couple of years of prepping experience behind you, you will begin to recognize those things that are worthwhile and those that are folly.

I say this from personal experience.  This year I have completely overhauled my bug out bag, started over with my pocket survival kit and EDC, and have shifted my focus on food storage from anything and everything, to a more select group of products that are good tasting and simple to prepare.

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The Survival Buzz #197: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone


Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz as life returns to normal after all of the Black Friday brouhaha yesterday.

I woke up to over 100 so-called deals on my inbox Friday morning and as tempted as I was to let my fingers to the shopping, I did show some restraint and stuck to my monthly prepping budget.  It did help that I had a few unused gift cards in my desk drawer so I was able to take advantage of some of the free shipping offers being featured this weekend.

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4 Amazing Skincare Products To Make Using Essential Oils

4 Amazing Skincare Products Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

Every month or so, I grab a few simple ingredients and play kitchen chemist while I concoct custom skincare products using essential oils.  It recently occurred to me that it has been awhile since I shared some DIY products using essential oils so what better time than now while we are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit?

Today I am going to share how I make some amazing, everyday skincare products along with some simple variations so that you can customize them yourself.  These products include:

Fantastic Facial Toner
Manly Man Beard Oil
Luminous Face Serum
DIY Makeup Wipes

Using your existing supply of essential oils plus fractionated coconut oil, alcohol-free witch hazel, or BDS Simple Salve as your base, you can make an endless variety of products.

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A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day

A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day | Backdoor Survival

As I sit down today and compose a message of Thanksgiving, my heart is torn. An optimist by nature, I find it difficult not to be dragged down by the events of the world.  Like many of you, I am experiencing a personal feeling of helplessness as I watch global enemies face off in an unconscionable manner.  I worry for my friends and I worry for my family.  I worry for the world.

As I wrote last year, over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing.

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The Prepper’s Holiday Gift Guide

Preppers Holiday Gift Guide | Backdoor Survival

With the onset of the holiday season, it is time to begin thinking about how we are going to spend both our precious time and money to ensure that we make the most of the spirit of the season.

My own household is entering into unchartered territory.

Where normally we spend the month of December traipsing around serene forest trails while wearing cozy down jackets, this year will be different.  We will be wearing tank tops and tee shirts and cooking outdoors using a Sun Oven. 

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Simple Comforts: How and Why You Should Make Your Own Bread

How and Why You Should Make Your Own Bread | Backdoor Survival

I’m pretty sure that if there’s a key to happiness, it is baking your own bread.  Think about it…

The smell when you proof the yeast.

Mixing all those fresh ingredients like a chemist.

Then, you put it in the oven and don’t even get me started about the smell! There is something special about that aroma created from the mixture of flour, water, yeast, and salt that makes you feel that all is right with the world.

Then…you get to slice into it, slather it with butter that melts on contact, and eat the entire loaf at one meal. 

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The Survival Buzz #196: Organizing Prep Purchases – Again!

Organizing Prep Purchases Again | 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.

For the past few weeks, I have been purchasing this and that and stashing the items in a closed off room.  Who has not done that from time to time?  This week I decided it was time to start putting things in their proper place so that is what I did.  It probably took more time to organize after the fact than if I had done it from the get go but heck, at least it is done.

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What Is In That Can of Freeze Dried Food?

What is in that can of freeze dried food? | Backdoor Survival

Something that has been troubling me lately is rumor that some freeze dried products are produced from ingredients that are sourced in countries whose standards of wholesomeness and cleanliness are less than what we are accustomed to in North America.

As I rebuild my own food storage from scratch, this has become a major consideration. Do I want my precious food storage to come from China where standards of sanitation and quality in food processing are lax?  I think not.

Don’t get me wrong.  Not all countries have lax standards and as soon as I can verify my research, I will let you know who is on the “A” list and who is not. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Spy Secrets That can Save Your Life | Backdoor Survival

Recent world events dictate that we remain on high alert, whether attending a concert, traveling using public transportation, shopping at the mall, or even walking around our own neighborhoods.  If you are like me, you may already be thinking that you know enough about situational awareness to know when something bad is about to happen and, as I have suggested, escape or take cover.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg.  To really get a grasp on the skills you need to stay ahead of the bad guys, you are going to need expert safety, survival, escape and evasion tactics. 

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What You Need to Know About Eating Expired Food

What You Need to Know About Eating Expired Food | Backdoor Survival

Have you ever been rooting through your pantry and come across a package that is well past its expiration date? Despite our good intentions, attempts at organization, and careful rotation of supplies, it still happens from time to time.

What about a really amazing sale on a packaged food? Sometimes that good sale is a last-ditch effort to clear out the product before the date. Should you still buy it?

When sorting supplies for my recent relocation, I discovered to my dismay that a couple of items had passed their expiration dates.

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How Not to Be a Victim and Survive A Terrorist Attack

How Not to Be a Victim and Survive A Terrorist Attack | Backdoor Survival

The world is abuzz with questions about the recent attack on the citizens of Paris.  How could this happen?  Why did this happen? And perhaps closer to home, could a similar horror happen to me?

I do not have any trite answers to ease your concern, shock, and panic over a seemingly random terrorist attack.  I can, however, share my own thoughts as well as those from some of the most trusted and credible people in my circle of colleagues.

Bracing for the New Reality

The first to weigh in is Richard Broome who reached out Friday evening, before the full scope of the tragedy was widely known. 

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The Survival Buzz #195: What It Means to Be Prepared

Be Prepared for What? | 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.

A couple of week’s ago this comment from “Chele” was posted to my Facebook page:

The boy scout’s motto is ‘be prepared.’ But be prepared for what–was the first thing I thought.

Be prepared…. for life, living, things as they come, things as they happen. Be prepared to make your way, as you become better enabled, as you can. Be prepared to respond, not just react, to situations as you face them.

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5 Oddball Uses for Duct Tape + RediTape

5 Oddball Uses for Duct Tape | Backdoor Survival

We have all done it.  Who has not squished a roll of duct tape flat so that it would take up less room? Or, alternatively, who has not taken a few feet of duct tape and wrapped it around a pencil so it could be stored easily in a tight space?  I will bet there are a sea of hands out there!

Well guess what?  You no longer have to do that!  Now there is RediTape Duct Tape which comes in pocket sized, 5 yard packs. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival Lights Out | Backdoor Survival

On more than one occasion, I have suggested that our greatest risk is that of an EMP, whether caused by natural events or a cyberattack.  Regardless of its source, experts say that the massive destruction of the power grid will send us back to pioneer days.  The difference, of course, is that back in those olden days, folks were not reliant on technology to power virtually ever aspect of their lives.

Circling back, today it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to  Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by award winning news anchor and journalist Ted Koppel. 

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How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag | Backdoor Survival

For years, my bug out bag has languished in a closet, stuffed to the gills with the gear that I “thought” I might need if forced to flee my home following a disruptive event.  My bag, as precious as it was, weighed over 40 pounds and the zippers were to the point of bursting.  It was full of gear to cover every contingency I could think of.

How did this happen?  Quite honestly, it happened gradually over a period of years.  It started six years ago with my first B.O.B.  

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The Survival Buzz #194: Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest!

Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest | 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.

When I was a young woman, my parents told me that everything I did became a grand adventure.  To this day, I don’t know whether that was a compliment or not, but hey, I will take it.  How that plays out now is that with each day and with each task, the mundane becomes a big deal.  Does that make sense?

And thus it is with prepping. 

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25 Natural Remedies For Diabetes

25 Natural Remedies for Diabetes | Backdoor Survival

A few weeks ago I read an email from a reader that made me sad.  In it, she said that given her daughter’s reliance on insulin, she had come to terms with the fact that in a true SHTF scenario, her daughter would die. Those of you that have read William Forstchen’s book, One Second After may recall that the main character’s daughter was a diabetic and died because of a lack of insulin.

I really had no words of wisdom to pass on to this reader. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping

Middle Ground Prepping | Backdoor Survival

Anytime I hear the term “Extreme Prepping” I cringe.  Extreme denotes exceeding the bounds of moderation and guess what?  That is not, in my humble opinion, what prepping is all about.  Give me the normal and give me the ordinary.  I want prepping to be a mainstream preoccupation and so that is what I write about.

Prepping in moderation using common sense and practicality is the mantra of this website.  For that reason, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the book Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach  as the next entry in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

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The Conundrum of Bugging Out and What To Do About It

The Conundrum of Bugging Out | Backdoor Survival

Over the past five years, I have seen the concept of bugging out escalate to the realm of ridiculousness.  Much of this, in my opinion, has come from the commercialization of bug out bags, the glamorization of bug-out preps in the media and within entertainment circles, and, quite simply, blogging sites that promote bug out strategies as part of their down and dirty fear mongering to get you to purchase over-priced info-products or survival gear.

Circling back, bugging out has its place as I will explain in a moment. 

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The Survival Buzz #193: With Mother Nature There Is No Room for Procrastination

With Mother Nature There Is No Room to Procrastinate | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  So what’s new this week?

You might recall that during my road trip, I had my friend and online blogging colleague, Daisy Luther, fill in for me with reports from her homestead in Northern California.  In keeping with that tradition, I have invited Daisy to come back and join us monthly with prepping news and tips that bring a different perspective to the Buzz.  The fact that it gives me a bit of time off does not hurt either!

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The Best Practices for Using Mylar Bags

Best Practices for Using Mylar Bags & Oxygen Absorbers | Backdoor Survival

Given the price of food these days, I take proper food storage techniques seriously.  That being said, I have learned over the years that practices for storing bulk foods vary widely, with some methods being both cumbersome and confusing.  Trust me, I have been there and done that.  With only two hands and two arms, there is just so much juggling of bags, buckets, and beans that a gal can do singlehandedly.

Today I am going to demonstrate how I package my own bulk foods and in addition,tell you about some of the best Mylar bags out there. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: The Penny-Pinching Prepper

Prepper Book Festival Penny Pinching Prepper | Backdoor Survival

Years ago, when Backdoor Survival was just a few months old, I ran across a small website that was also just getting off the ground.  At the time, many prepping sites were quite militaristic and doomsday-oriented so it was refreshing to see a site that was grounded in a set of core values similar to mine.  The site was ApartmentPrepper.com and from the get go, the site owner, Bernie Carr, and I became online friends.

A lot has changed in our world since then, and the scary events we prepare for these days seem a whole lot more intense. 

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7 Herbal Remedies You Should Have In Your Arsenal

7 Herbal Remedies You Should Have In Your Arsenal | Backdoor Survival

With Winter right about the corner, it is time to begin to focus upon building up an arsenal of remedies to get us through the cold and flu season.  Not surprisingly, these are not traditional over the counter meds but rather  a variety of herbal remedies that you can concoct yourself from inexpensive ingredients not the least of which are herbs that may be growing in your yard or in the surrounding locale.

For preppers, the importance of learning to use herbal remedies is that if the time ever came when traditional medicines were not available, sickness would spread and we would be left on our own to treat even the most common viral and bacterial infections.

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The Survival Buzz #192: The Gear That Made the Journey

Survival Gear That Made the Journey | 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.

Last week I told you about phase one in starting to acquire preps from the ground up here at my temporary home in Central Arizona.  As promised, this week I am showing you the gear that made the journey along with as many personal items we could stuff into a Subaru.

Here is the list.  The items were chosen based upon one of three factors. 

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No Power? No Problem! The Marsboy Portable Solar Charger

No Power? No Problem! The Marsboy Portable Solar Charger | Backdoor Survival

With each passing day, our reliance on portable electronics grows.  These little devices are powerhouse computers that store our calendars, digital reference libraries, photo albums, tasks lists and just about everything else you can think of.  Life before gizmos; can you even imagine it?

In spite of our reliance on electronic devices, there is a downside. They consume energy like crazy and require frequent recharging using electricity.  I know some folks that are so dependent on their devices that put them through a charging cycle twice a day!

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