Doomsday prepper donates all of his stored food to Puerto Rico was the headline of a news article I read a few days ago. Interesting, I thought. I’ve been at this prepping thing in one form or another for decades now. I’ve always known that the prepper crowd is an overwhelmingly genuine, honest, and good-natured crowd, so this article didn’t surprise me. Okay, it surprised me a bit, because preps aren’t cheap (more on that in a minute). Yeah, you can find plenty of exceptions to the preppers-are-great-people notion. There’s the stereotypical hermit survivalist who preps because he hates everyone. There’s the suburban survivalist who plots how to take al . . . Read More
Note: This is a Special Guest Contribution from longtime BackdoorSurvival reader Donna! This topic is seldom discussed on prepper sites, but by the end of this article I hope you will have developed a greater understanding of just how essential this topic is, not only to self-reliance preps, but to the strength of families, our society and literally to our freedom and way of life. Stress is all around us. We experience it in some degree almost daily, maybe beginning with a glass of spilled milk or being cut off in traffic. We are teaching our kids how to respond to situations all of the time - they watch, they mimic. Learning skills to effectively make our own responses more calm and measured allows stressful times to make us stronger and more in control. If we haven’t mas . . . Read More
Poor Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria really pummeled the island, further exacerbating their existing problems (poor infrastructure, massive debt, and an out migration of youth). The Governor of Puerto Rico is warning of a brewing humanitarian crisis. Homes are destroyed. Power is out. Dams have collapsed. Streets are flooded. ‘Apocalyptic’ devastation. It’s a sad situation for an island of generally friendly people. Natural disasters such as this offers the prepper an opportunity to gain real world observations in today’s time. By watching the disaster strike and the recovery unfold (or not unfold as it may be), the obse . . . Read More
My husband and I built our own house, raised and butchered pigs, chickens, cattle, sewed clothes, made quilts, and a lot of other things over the years. We make sure to have medical supplies and can a lot of food. My writing has been in quite a few magazines read by preppers and homesteaders. I know how to can anything you want to put back and I can tan a hide. We live on nearly 11 acres. I say all these things not to brag but rather to show how others get the impression that I am in a position to get them out of a bad situation. Even when we were living in a 1970s travel trailer in 2008 with no bathroom and struggled to keep it 60 degrees in the winter while raising pastured pigs and a few chickens and cattle, I had people jokingly say “Well, if anything happens I am coming t . . . Read More
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