With October halfway gone, it is time to be thinking about any winter preps that you have not done. At 3,000 feet in the mountains of North Carolina, we have yet to have our first frost but we expect . . .
You know the weather event that I dread more than snow.
An ice storm.
The ice storm can turn roads and paths into an ice skating rank in no time at all. Just 1/10 of an inch of ice . . .
Glue is an important thing but it often gets overlooked until it is needed the most. Having a variety of glues and adhesives on hand is a wise move for any prepper.
Glues and adhesives are not expensive preps to . . .
Mankind’s Greatest Predator
As humanity broke through the paleolithic we were leaving behind a variety of medieval predators that stalked and killed us for thousands of years.
Real-life monsters like the short-faced bear that was larger than . . .
Over the years I have discovered that there are many different uses for the inexpensive fleece blankets that you can pick up at any Wal-Mart, grocery store, or Dollar Store.
Since they are so versatile, it is a good . . .
Leatherman is a brand I have carried perhaps more than any other brand of knife due to my enthusiasm for the classic multitool. My foray into the world of Leatherman began in college when I was working on the school . . .
There is a lot of buzz around freeze drying foods at home. As a primer, be sure to check out the “prequel” on the Pros and Cons of freeze drying here.
Full Disclaimer up Front: One of the major . . .
When it comes to lighters, Zippos, and lighter fuel in general, there is a lot of misinformation to be found on the Internet. Learn about lighters plus the various types of lighter fuels that are available. Hint: there are alternatives to Zippo lighter fuel!
Paracord is amazing stuff. Here is a starter list that includes 44 ways to use paracord for prepping and survival purposes. Can you think of others?
During good times and bad, there may come a time when you need to have something like glue on hand. There are a lot of benefits to making your own glues at home.
Glues can be mixed in small batches . . .
Editors Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2018.
One of the biggest chores that preppers face is the accumulation of an emergency food supply. Prepping is not a new adventure. Many cultures have lived a prepping lifestyle . . .
When people think of crazy preppers, they often think of underground bunkers, full to the brim with supplies, locked up beneath a Fallout-style hatch. But few of us have, or want bunkers. Why? It’s not exactly something you . . .
Having a lot of glass windows is seen as a plus by a lot of people, however there are risks and issues that can make it harder. Window security film is designed to combat several problems associated with having glass . . .
People often ask where my ideas and where my knowledge comes from. When that happens, I chuckle a bit to myself because just like the person asking, my knowledge comes from a variety of sources: first hand experience, books, online forums and of course, Backdoor Survival readers. Here are some of those tips.
Did you know that you can recharge alkaline batteries? All you need is the right type of alkaline battery charger in order to give new life to your dead batteries. Here some tips to get your started.
I am always leery of any list that starts off with the word “best.” The reason being is that “best” is a subjective term that may or may not apply to the unique situation that we each face. As such . . .
Essential oils offer more than just a pleasant smell. You are probably used to using them for relaxing massages, but, did you know that they can be used as a natural substitute for chemical cleaners and disinfectants as well? Yes . . .
Ten reasons why backyard quail are the perfect food animal for urban dwellers or others where chickens are not allowed. Plus the eggs and meat are delicious!