I was perusing various prepper websites to see what’s happened during the last week, who has written what, and what’s worth linking to. While people have generated more content, there wasn’t anything exceptionally new or interesting that caught my attention. That’s when I got to thinking. I’ve been writing about prepping for … gosh, going on over a decade now. Perhaps that’s part of my challenge in finding “new” content. I feel like I have seen it all in one fashion or another. It seems like, no matter what the subject, there are few original ideas to be had these days. That’s not to say there’s nothing to write about. What I sometimes have to remind myself of is that although I feel like I have read most everything, that doesn’t mean others haven’t. No matter what the topic, there is al . . . Read More
I'm back. Hopefully my last survival roundup proved interesting enough to warrant another update this week. Just like last week, I'm fresh off camping at another Maine state park, this time Mount Blue State Park. Beautiful park - great for families! In addition to camping, a nature center, outdoor amphitheater, swimming, and water sports, the surrounding area has great hiking opportunities. Here's a doesn't-do-it-justice pic from the park: "Janine" commented on my last post asking this question:
What are the pros and cons of trying to use state or federal land as a bug-out . . . Read More
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. . . . Read More
When I wrote the first in a series of articles about diffusers a couple of weeks ago, my intent was to share an easy yet effective way use essential oils for both healing and a sense of well-being. In that article, I explained the role that smell plays in maintaining our overall health, along with eleven specific benefits of using essential oils with a diffuser. In addition, I explained how steam inhalation could be used to achieve similar results, no diffuser required. Of course, I feel that every household should include a diffuser. So does my favorite essential oil company, Spark Naturals. When they contacted me late last week and asked if I would like to give away a Sirq Diffuser and the Winter Blend collection of essential oils, I sa . . . Read More
During this year of personal changes, this holiday season is especially meaningful. Always a time of reflection, this year, in particular, finds me particularly thankful as I look back at the amazing adventure that began a little over a year ago. Personal changes aside, one thing is for certain. The Backdoor Survival community is filled with awesomeness not only in spirit but also in resourcefulness and kindness. Because of that, this year, I knew I wanted to come up with something I could offer as a gift - something free with no strings attached. What I came up with is a free copy of my eBook, The Prepper's Guide to Food Storage. . . . Read More
Finding the space to store water and food for emergency purposes can be dilemma. The reality is that not everyone has a large pantry, basement or cellar where buckets, cases and cans of food and water can be stored away, out of sight and yet accessible if and when they are needed.
That is why when my blogging colleague, Bernie Carr, the Apartment Prepper, asked if I wanted to introduce you to the LifeStack Storage Container and participate in a group giveaway, I jumped at the chance.. . . Read More
As I sit down to write this holiday message, I can’t help but look back at all of the changes that have occurred since starting this website in 2010.
Back then, the term "Prepper" was just coming into common use. Rather than being called preppers, those who practiced self-reliance and preparedness were often called "survivalists”. These survivalists were often considered loners, extremists, or fringe elements of society. A lot has changed since then, all for the good.
Which brings us to today.. . . Read More
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. This year I prefer to stay somewhere in the middle, for as bad as things are, we still have a lot to be thankful for.. . . Read More
Over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing. Perhaps I have mellowed a bit since becoming a prepper because these days, I prefer to look as the rosy side of life and life's events. I have learned, as I am sure you have, that less is more, material goods are just stuff, and that nothing beats a belly full of good food and a hug from someone who loves you.. . . Read More
One of the dilemmas I face is that buried in the archives are a ton of great articles that are lost to newcomers to the website. One of these days, I really do need to set up a better menu and organization system. The problem with doing so, however, is that it takes me away from researching and writing new material.
I have two solutions. First, hire a vice president in charge of work to do it for me. Second is to simply bring some of the most popular articles forward into present time. I like the second solution a lot better.
A little over a year ago, I shared my experience recharging alkaline batteries. What a game changer that became!
In the ensuing year I have learned a lot about the practical side of recharging alkalines; mostly that after a few recharge cycles, they tend to leak. This is especially true of those cheap Kirkland brand batteries from Costco. Actually, lately those Costco batteries tend to leak even when they are brand new so I avoid purchasing them entirely.
I have also learned that when the battery recharger says BAD, the battery really is bad. Being stubborn, I will often set the bad battery aside and try it again later. Sometimes it will charge up but for the most part, I send them off to the recycle box.