There are two general things you want out of your off-grid books. First, you need a general guide, that explains the basics to you and offers a starting point for the more advanced material. Then, you need books that go in-depth on specific topics, covering more ground than a general book ever could. In this article, we’re going to cover both. We’ll point out the best of the general books, and bring in the more specific guides that you can pick and choose from to suit what off-grid knowledge you most need. Last, we’ll talk about some newcomers to the scene, published in 2017 or late 2016, that we think are worthy additions to every off-grid bookshelf. A Note on Books to Avoid The market is absolutely inundated with off-grid books, and not all of them are worth your time. In parti . . . Read More
There is no other way to begin this article than to simply begin. Back in the day, meaning 2011 and 2012, survivalist preppers were a curiosity. Those of us that chose this journey ended up soldiering their way through a maze of trial and error, amassing supplies and traditional skills that would carry us through the next apocalypse. Early on, I chose to refer to the next apocalypse as a "disruptive event" and the label stuck. Whether a natural disaster, economic collapse, or manmade event, it was always my feeling that a broad foundation of self-sufficiency would carry us through the worst of times. And so it has been for all these years. . . . Read More
It seems fitting that while things are a bit more relaxed, prepping wise, we take a few moments to reflect upon preparedness strategies that are universal. I have given this a lot of thought and found that the rules of prepping boil down to just a few simple words, twenty-two to be exact. Here, in simplistic terms, are four steps every prepper needs to adhere to in order to succeed. . . . Read More
Shortly after the 2016 election, I read an article by one of my blogging colleagues titled "Is Prepping Dead?". I felt so strongly about what she said that I shared her article throughout the social media, hoping that others would see it and continue their preparedness efforts. Now, one month later, I can confirm that I too am seeing signs that prepping, while not dead, has certainly slowed down. This seems odd to me since the likelihood of a disruptive event has not changed. It is as strong now as ever. What are those signals and why should we continue to be prepared and to proudly call ourselves "Preppers"? Let me explain. . . . Read More
A few years back, I wrote about Prepping as a form of activism. In one of the comments, a reader coined the term Prepper-Activist, or Practivist for short. He went on to say that it does not matter what we are called, as long as we prepare the best we can for whatever the future may bring our way.
Another reader said that a hundred years ago most people did, as a matter of course, what preppers do today. People who didn’t were called slackers. Now that irresponsibility is the norm and what used to be normal is called activism. I could not agree more. Activism does not have to manifest itself in marching, carrying signs, and making a lot of noise. It can be a quiet, individual thing that we do to affect change in our personal lives.
So why this, and why now? I have b . . . Read More
Why is it that humans, especially American humans, collect so much stuff? It is not that we need all this stuff and it is not that we necessarily want it. It just is.
Perhaps we should blame the Madison avenue types so aptly portrayed in the now defunct TV series Mad Men. These days, it seems we are bombarded by ads for every conceivable item, from toothpaste, to fashion, to pharmaceuticals we never knew we needed. Then there is the seduction of shopping! Sometimes it is simply too much, and at least for me, it often takes more than a modicum of will power to simply say no.. . . Read More
You know what a curve ball is, right? In baseball, the term curveball is used to describe a pitch of the ball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter. In other words, it is a ball that is unexpected and when it arrives, it takes you by surprise.
Alas, in life, curve balls come out of nowhere all of the time. Something unexpected happens that throws you off your game. In the survival and prepping world, this could be a flood, a storm, a power outage or something more esoteric such as the loss of one’s job, ill health, or even financial collapse. When this happens, we suffer fear, disappointment, vulnerability, and a loss of control. In general, life sucks.. . . Read More
Whereas I am not generally a doom and gloom person, sometimes I get both stressed and depressed over the state of the world, generally, and my country, specifically. Furthermore, as much as I do like to stay informed, there are times when what I read is all too much and I just want to go hide under a rock somewhere. The upcoming election is a good case in point. Regardless of the outcome, my belief is that uncertain times are not over and further, bad times are right around the corner.
Does this make me angry? Yes. But unlike six years ago, I am now well-prepped and know that when it comes to material things, I will weather the storm.. . . Read More
The term old geezer has been around for as long as I can remember with the common definition being "an elderly man that is extremely old". That seems like an oxymoron to me but what do I know?
Wikipedia has this to say: "Geezer is a slang term for a man. In the UK, it can carry the connotation of either age or eccentricity. In the US, the term typically refers to a cranky old man." Okay, so an old geezer is both eccentric and cranky.. . . Read More
Call it a feeling but I sense the fear mongers are coming out of their closets and getting ready to scare the unsuspecting would-be preppers this summer. Perhaps it is due to the upcoming conventions where our presidential candidates will be selected, or perhaps it is simply that time of year.
Whatever the reason, I am dismayed by the number of pitches reaching my inbox from less than credible sources. Some of these sources are video marketing companies with no personal prepping experience, and others are so-called prepper-bloggers who are frauds.
That is a harsh statement but if the shoe fits?. . . Read More
Over the course of the last few months, I have given a lot of thought to the role of our more seasoned citizens as harbingers of the prepper movement. Since I am very much a baby boomer, I throw myself into that lot. As far as I am concerned, boomers are smart, funny, active, resourceful, and, for the most part, experts in perseverance. Many of us are also MSH people, a term coined by my pal George Ure back in the early seventies. What does MSH mean? Make "stuff" happen! As easy as it is to praise my own generation, I find it trendy to disparage the younger generation, commonly referred to as Millennials. Why is that? I know some pretty awesome young adults that are as responsible and as caring about the world as I am. They prep as well; per . . . Read More
Are you at the point where you are comfortable with your prepping progress? By that I mean you have done enough to know you can get by if you have to, and, for better or for worse, wonder if you have done enough.
If this describes you, I can relate.
As promised, this week I am going to tackle another one the questions that were posed during the April Lifestraw Go giveaway. Robin asked:
My question…. When you’re feeling like you're mid-way (of your personal goals/expectations), how do you decide what comes next? You have food, you have water, you have a heating source, lighting, a couple methods to cook that food you’ve stored…., etc., You’re calmly, b . . . Read More