This post is part my wandering thought process about food production/distribution during a large-scale societal collapse and part a request for feedback/ideas. This is one of the benefits of writing to an audience such as this - free advice. I'm generally more of an opinion and thought-based writer than I am an advice-giving writer. For that reason, I'm quite comfortable asking for help. Help? I'm writing a book, you see, and while I like to think I know something about prepping on an individual and familial basis, I'm not going to pretend I have an understanding of large-scale food production and distribution. This is the area I could use reader help with. Readers of Backdoor Survival, it seems, trend toward homesteading as much as they do prepping, so I think I'm asking . . . Read More
Many readers of our Survival Medicine Handbook are surprised to find entire chapters devoted to the treatment of dental problems. Visitors to our store are likewise surprised to find dental supplies in some of our medical kits. Why is it so important for the survival medic to be “dentally” prepared as well as medically prepared? A standard first aid kit will usually suffice for most short-term disasters, but when you’re talking about a long-term survival setting, you’ll need a more varied set of supplies. Dental issues probably won’t be of major concern if th . . . Read More
Katadyn is one of the major manufacturers of water filters for backpacking, expeditions, and emergency and medical workers. One thing that is important to point out with Katadyn is that they have a wide range of filters to meet various needs and capacities for filtration from personal pumps to a 10L Base Camp Bag. For virus protection, Katadyn offers a great value for what you get no matter what level of pump you are getting from them. Far too many assume that all water filters get rid of everything and that is simply not true and a dangerous assumption to make at that. The is a quality pump style water filter with a primary filter that boasts a life of at least 500 gallons making it last twice as long as the MSR Sweetwater. I was amazed at how little this filter costs for the value . . . Read More
The advantages of a portable solar generator are easy to see. Harnessing the energy of the sun and getting the power you need can be a great thing for any short or long term emergency. If you are off the main power grid or have a property that you sometimes use that is lacking in power then a solar generator may be an affordable solution to your power needs. First, let’s start with a few things you need to know about portable solar generators.
They are ready to plug in your devices, appliances, extension cords, etc.
Special Guest Contribution from longtime BackdoorSurvival reader Donna This article is all about how you can have a year’s supply of toilet paper, no matter what size house or apartment you live in. Lack of sanitation has caused the death of more people worldwide than all of the wars in human history combined. Many of those deaths were due to poor sanitation methods and lack of understanding of diseases and how they link to poor hygiene. So why is it that those who live in prosperous countries do so little about that aspect of self-reliance?Sanitation is such a vital part of survival yet do we consider it a vital part of our survival preps….at least enough to have a year’s supply of toilet paper and other sanitation supplies as well as “cleanliness” knowledge? I’m makin . . . Read More
Trying to make a comprehensive list of skills a prepper might need is a laughable task. There are so many possible SHTF situations, so many strategies and tasks to be performed, that there’s just no way to learn it all in your lifetime, and no way to cover it in an article. In fact, all of these skills are part of what makes starting out as a prepper so overwhelming. It’s hard to go from being completely reliant on our modern systems to even thinking of providing everything you and your family may need without those systems. Skills are More Important than Gear Perhaps that’s why so many preppers neglect skills and prefer to collect gear. Gear can be a shortcut to learning the required skill. Don’t get me wrong, gear is highly valuable and you should be investing in it. It’s not just a . . . Read More
Today I’d like to discuss cooking pots, specifically cooking with cast iron cookware and why you should not only get some now but learn to use them properly. Your life could very well depend on it! Planning your strategy for long-term survival after the end of the world should begin well before the actual end of the world. This being the case, your kitchen should be a priority focus. I’m talking about going beyond MREs and herb gardens here. Why Choose to Cook with Cast Iron Cookware Long-lasting Generations of women have been using cast iron cookware primarily because of its durability. Cast iron will last for decades if properly maintained. So even after all the stores close and zombies are running amok in the streets, your cast iron will still be going strong. . . . Read More
Millenials (Generation Y), the iGen generation, and younger people in general seem to be taking a beating in many studies and news reports. Entitlement and fragility seem to be a recurring theme. I haven't been around that long (Gen X here), but I've been around long enough to see each new generation get critiqued by the preceding generation(s). Fair? I don't know, but I find myself doing the same thing at times, particularly when it comes to prepping. "Prepping" in this case, isn't the accumulation of beans, bullets, and Band-aids, but mindset and fortitude. These are the areas where younger generations seem to be struggling. Entitlement Psychologists say m . . . Read More
Chickens have gained in popularity here lately because they can be kept in smaller areas than other livestock and are light enough for people of all ages to take care of without a huge amount of strain. The type of chicken coop you need depends on the following: 1. How many do you want to keep? A lot of people keep 5 hens or less but some of you out there may have more space and want to take on 25 hens or so and sell excess eggs or put them back for future use. In fact, check out my article on top ways to preserve eggs to get started on that part of your prepping plan! The amount of chickens you have versus how many eggs you consume is a very important factor to consider. If you like to bake a lot then add that in as well. A family of 4 that each eats an egg a day and uses two . . . Read More
Like the white picket fence that surrounds it, a thick, green, weed-free American lawn is a symbol of suburban success. But for all the pulling, mowing, weed-whacking, and spraying of poison we do to kill these fast-spreading invaders, few homeowners stop to learn exactly what the plants are that they’re so dutifully destroying. If they did, they’d learn that most of the peskiest and most common backyard weeds are also nutritious, delicious edible plants. Even for people who can identify some edible weeds, a frequent assumption seems to be that while they’d be great to know in a survival situation, wild edible plants would need to be choked down just for the nutrition, and couldn’t be prepared in a tasty or satisfying way. The reality is, harvested at the right time and cooked t . . . Read More
Even the most expensive and longest lasting filters have a limited life. In a survival situation, it is important to take care of your filter so you can get the most out of it. Although it is not pleasant to think about, a crisis requiring you to make use of your prepping might last far longer than anyone can imagine. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your filter. 1. Let water settle out before pumping If water is very cloudy or dirty, you should fill a larger container and let it set until sediment is on the bottom. Filters can become clogged quickly if you are filtering very muddy water. How long it takes for sediment to settle out depends on just how much is in it. Any amount of settling that you allow to happen is going to be a major help and significantly . . . Read More
One of the best ways to learn how to deal with a SHTF situation is from real-world examples of how the average person deals with them and which threats are most essential to protect from to ensure their survival. There were plenty of SHTF scenarios this year that we all can learn from. I’ve chosen a handful of the best examples that provide intriguing lessons for even the long-time prepper. These cover a huge range of scenarios, from military conflict, to flooding, to financial collapse. Although, they aren’t always the most extreme scenarios. After all, one part of prepping is preparing for the small crisis that we could simply survive a lot better. But, others are truly the life-altering experiences that few of us will experience more than once. 1. Philippines In May 2017, I . . . Read More