News Flash: Backpack Giveaway and More Free Stuff

announcementSometimes things simply do not go as planned.

Here at Backdoor Survival there have been some technical issues with my RSS feed that prevented email updates from going out. Then there were silly little problems like a computer mouse that stopped working just as I was sitting down to do some writing.  On the positive side, the prepping gear that was cluttering my dining area has been organized and put in its proper space and I can now see the dining room table.

Today I am taking a break from my normal posting schedule and sending out this news flash with a few announcements.  There is a winner to the Food Insurance giveaway, some free stuff for you, and brand new giveaway. There is a lot going on – so let us get started.


In March I attended the Ready Set Prep Summit in Dallas in late March.  I came away from that event excited about the Food Insurance people, the company and their freeze-dried food products.

Each of the attendees at the Summit was presented with one of their lightweight, weather resistant backpacks plus a portable water bottle and filter.  Not being bashful, I asked if I could give away the same backpack and water bottle to one of my readers.  And of course, being the nice folks that they are, they said yes.

I am thrilled to announce that “Phil H.” is the winner of the Food Insurance backpack and water filter.  His response to the question “what is your greatest food storage challenge” was this:

My biggest challenge is balancing nutrition. Most freeze-dried entrees are exceedingly heavy on sodium. That can be remedied by stretching them with rice or pasta or potatoes, but my next concern is eating an abundance of starchy, high glycemic impact foods. I want low fat, low sodium, low glycemic impact foods with a decent amount of protein and nutritious vegetable content.

Now I must tell you, there were close to 200 entries in the giveaway when I have a chance, I plan to tally the responses and get back to you with a list of the top Backdoor Survival reader food storage challenges.

But in the meantime, a big THANK YOU to everyone that entered.  Even though you did not win this one, I have another great backpack giveaway starting today.  You will find the details below. And by the way, Food Insurance is currently offering 20% off and free shipping site wide on orders over $100.


I have another great announcement for you today.  The Spring 2013 issue of The Preparedness Review is hot of the press and available for you absolutely free at The Preparedness Review website.

The Spring TPR is chock full of great articles from 17 of the best preparedness authors out there – including yours truly, of course. Here is a list:

  • Chris Ray
  • James W. Rawles
  • Ray Gano
  • Creek Stewart
  • Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy
  • Tess Pennington
  • David Safewater
  • Joe Nobody
  • Gaye Levy
  • Daisy Luther
  • Erich
  • Gary Griffin
  • John Beck
  • Jeff “The Berkey Guy” Gleason
  • Brandon
  • Michael Bunker
  • Chris Newman

The theme for the Spring TPR is “skills” and you will not be disappointed with the selection or articles.  You are going to want to print this out and use it as a reference over and over again. Download your free copy now!

The Preparedness Review


Starting today – another fabulous giveaway.  Backdoor Survival sponsor Camping Survival is giving away a Rothco Medium Transport Pack stuffed with a few hanks of paracord to one lucky reader.  I happen to own two of these packs and they are just perfect, even for a smaller person such as myself.

Gaye's Bug Out Pack Rothco   Bug Out Bag

How to win?  In the comments area below, please share the following:

What aspect of prepping you would like me to cover in more detail in the coming months?

I am always looking for new ideas as well as old ideas that need to be updated so I hope you will take a moment or two to enter.  Besides, even if you do not need a backpack, paracord is neat stuff and infinitely useful.

The Camping Survival Backpack and Paracord Giveaway will run until May 15th and the winner will be picked at random from all of the entries.  Good luck!


In the Sunday Survival Buzz, I announced a new collaboration with Survival Life.  In honor of this new relationship, Survival Life is letting me offer my readers a business card sized survival tool for free.  The only hitch is that you must pay $2.95 in shipping charges.  This is a good deal that to the best of my knowledge has only been offered in the past to Survival Life newsletter subscribers.

survivalbusinesscard-uses-large Following along with the numbers in the diagram, here is what the took includes:

1.  Can Opener
2.  Knife Edge
3.  Slotted/Flathead Screwdriver
4.  Ruler
5.  Bottle Cap Opener
6.  4 Position Wrench
7.  Wing-nut Wrench
8.  Saw Blade
9.  Direction Ancillary Indicator
10. 2 Position Wrench
11. Keychain Hole

This tiny but powerful survival tool is no bigger than a business card and fits right in your wallet.  Now why wouldn’t you want one of these?

Here is a link were you can get it:  Free Survival Business Card & Multi-Tool.  (You can also click on the image above.)


In closing today, I want to welcome all of the new subscribers to Backdoor Survival email updates as well as the new fans on my Facebook page.  I am humbled by your interest in my website and salute you for taking time out of your busy day to visit.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: For the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, here are some foundation items for your bug-out-bag. Sure, you still need to add food, water personal care items and a whole lot more. But these basics will get you started.

Rothco Medium Transport Pack: What I really like about this pack is the narrow profile.  As you can see in the picture, it is only as wide as my body.  Sure, it sticks out a bit in back but at least I do not bump in to things.  There are lots of compartments and pouches and it by far, the most comfortable pack I have ever worn.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. About $23.

Kershaw Volt II Pocket Knife:  This is an alternative to the OSO Sweet but equally nice and similarly priced.

Flash Drive: I cannot over emphasize the importance of having important documents on a flash drive.  Sure, the power may be out temporarily but for the nominal price and virtually no weight, it is silly not to carry all of your documents and survival reference guides on a flash drive.

Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight:  extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.

Paracord Survival Bracelet:  Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!  Or, if you prefer, a paracord lanyard or keychain.

Windstorm Safety Whistle:  This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.

Swedish Firesteel:  Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.

Pepper Spray:  It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:  These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.  You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. About $8 for a pack of 10.

FD Cheddar Cheese Emergency Essentials

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For May, all of their Mountain House Pouches are on sale as is their Freeze Dried Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese for $34.99, discounted from $40.95. (And you know how I love my cheese!  Great on those homemade pizzas or even as a snack right out of the can – yummy!)

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  1. I’d like to h
    Read about more skill orientated things. Building a shelter with a little para cord and a poncho or trash bag. Different ways to make fire. Maybe something about easy thing you can do to help fortify your home, like rosé bushes in front of all your lower level windows.

  2. I’d like to see some urban or city type foraging skills most people live in the city and I think it would help them out alot.

  3. Hi, I’d like to read more real life stories about how being prepared helped in emergency situations. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  4. I would like know how long all purpose flour will last if it is transferred to mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. I would also like to see about canning such things as potatoes in a regular canner.

  5. i,m interested in ways that i can take care of humidity in my root celler. i have a problem with every thing being damp all the time and it,s really creepy if we have to spend any time down there if theres bad weather coming down on us.

  6. I would like to see interviews/articles about people who had to use their survival supplies and how they would change their kit now.

  7. Id be interested to read more about bugging out vs bugging in, as I get older I think bugging in is more for me, although I am just about ready for bugging out should the need arise. Thanks for all you write, its inspiring.

  8. Hi,
    I would like to learn more about solar power options. Things to run small appliances up to a fridge. I love all the information you provide. Thanks for you hard work to help us preppers!!!

  9. Hello! I would like to see information on bugging out and more specifically: where to bug out to, general locations, and options when purchasing a second home or property is just not an option.

  10. I would like to see the long term storage of spices, dried herbs, condiments, etc. How to package and prepare for storage and an estimate of shelf life.

  11. I would like to learn more about shorter-term food prep. This would include topics like canning, preserving, using a food-saver, etc.


  12. I am brand-new to prepping so am interested in anything and everything that will help me help my family. I appreciate product reviews –what looks cool but isn’t particularly helpful? What is something you wouldn’t want to do without? What Bug Out Backpack has the best configuration and toughest construction? What resources are helpful and which ones aren’t? What companies are honest? Who can I trust? Who CAN’T I trust? Thank you for being a great, trustworthy resource yourself!

  13. Perhaps some information targeted at your older audience (I’m 75). I live in West Michigan so no hurricanes, no earthquakes and haven’t seen a tornado since 1965. I live in an area blessed with copious amounts of water. I guess my question is ‘what should I prep for’?

  14. i would love to learn more about the bug out. maybe a way to drill and prep for the time when you may need to walk/bike/run/crawl out of an urban area and to your bug out location. how have different people planned for this and how do they make sure they are ready? in addition to this series you can do little vignettes on survival skills needed along the way, i.e. signaling, shelter building, fire starting, fishing, securing a building, etc.)

  15. I would like to see something regarding prepping with disabled members of the family, such as wheel chair bound, blind, deaf, any special needs.

  16. I would like more articles on emergency first aid. Especially info regarding use of common household products like sugar, honey, etc. to stop bleeding, help in healing wounds, and any products that can be used to clean and disinfect larger cuts and scrapes

  17. Dear Gaye, I would love to win a Rothco backpack and paracord. I get a lot out of all the topics you cover. In addition, I would enjoy hearing more about juggling prepping or “hitting it on all fronts”. For example, I am working on weight-loss and fitness, bugging-in, bugging-out, hardening my home, self-defense, and redundancy. I wind up being overwhelmed, and not addressing each issue as I would like. Most of the plans are in my head. For example, most of my bug-in food is in the kitchen on a rack. But I would like to hide food around the house and under the house. The redundant food has not gotten prepped yet.

  18. I would like to take advantage of some of the dried or freeze dried foods, but I have all sorts of food allergies (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, white potato, black & white pepper, peanuts…) so MREs and the other just add water meals don’t work for me. I check out the energy bars in my local health food stores, but not much luck there either. I have started canning, and have looked into drying, but as I understand it, what I dry is only good for 2-3 months refridgerated.

    1. I like to dehydrate “ingredients” herbs, onions, celery, etc. I dry them very well, then put them in jars with tight fitting lids on the pantry shelves out of direct sunlihpght. I dried last summer and what I haven’t already used all up is still in perfect condition. Meat, on the other hand, like jerky, would be a problem to get really dry and keep without refrigeration…especially considering our humidity levels are always high around here.

  19. Hi, Gaye,
    I’d really like to hear more about guidelines for organizing a prepper community prior to TEOTWAWKI. A Basic Requirements framework would be helpful to adjust mindsets toward success of a contracted community setting. What skill sets are absolute essentials?

  20. Hi! I am an avid prepper who may be medically retired due to a work injury- I could use that backpack too! I would like to see more “prepping on a budget.” Until now i really haven’t had to worry about this, so I feel like I am beginning all over again!

  21. I love your website and have found so many interesting and useful articles here.
    I would like to see a different paracord bracelet and belt designed.
    I make some jewelry items, and if using nylon cord in a pendant, always make sure there is at least one link which will break if it is snagged on something, rather than strangling the wearer.
    Perhaps a heavy, but breakable jump ring could be attached at the buckle just in case an unbreakable object should get under the belt/bracelet which could cause broken bones or worse.
    I would also like to know a safe, but not bulky, method of storing small vials of Essential Oils so that if dropped, nothing will break. Thanks.

    1. For the oils, I’m using a tool box and spray foam. I’m putting a layer in the bottom, smoothing it flat with non-gripping plastic wrap (a trick from baking with sticky dough), and leaving it to solidify. Then using bottles in plastic wrap to hold space for oil bottles, spray another layer of foam to fill in space around the wrapped bottles – up to the curve toward the tops of the bottles — to prevent bottles from knocking into each other. Foam can be trimmed to make space for larger bottles of oil, or smaller bottles can be wrapped in paper towel, etc., to keep them secure.

  22. A Rothco backpack would be just wonderful for our preparedness for Bugging Out. My problem at the moment is a mess kit, cookware and possible stove. Weight in a backpack is essential especially for us women. Trying to combine a mess kit with cookware has been a nightmare. Cheap mess kits have pans that burn & stick. A good frying pan for fish is essential & the mess kits don’t provide nontoxic, nonstick pieces. More research on this problem & weight of cookware is my next problem to be solved. Need help!

  23. With what we have seen unfold in Boston, we must all know how to shelter in place (house arrest). There is no certainty we will be able to get to a safe place in an event meaning every tip on shelter in place survival is worth its weight in, dried beans, more than gold.

  24. I have a backpack, though not as large at this.

    However, my idea for a article would have to do with carrying water. Water is HEAVY. So you aren’t going to carry as much as you would really need in a bug-out situation. Survival ‘straws’ are good if you are near water or will have access to water. But, it you have to deviate from your preferred track, how much water is reasonable to carry? If you have your family with you, or children, who carries how much for each day you will possibly be away from another source?

    Thank you.

  25. I think living here in a desert(Phoenix), water storage has to be my biggest concern, and with limited storage space.


  27. I am new to prepping, but very excted about it. What I would like to see is the following, 1st-how to store and where to store in a small house. 2nd-What can I store outside in a really nice shed.

  28. How to prep and survive in urban settings with kids. How to pack gear to maximize space. Food storage. living off the land in an urban setting

  29. How about covering how people lived and worked back in the late 1800 and early 1900’s as far as it relates to prepping. That can cover all types of things and will give you alot of leeway as far as your articles go. Tools and how they were used,kitchen tools, gardening as they did it then, and the list goes on. Sewing,medical home remedies, educating children at home,blacksmithing,shoe and clothing repair, sewing, soap and candle making, are more subjects that you could use. These subjects are endless.
    We live off grid now and have lived totally off grid in B.C. for a couple of years and find the old ways very interesting. Soon everyone will be living like this.

  30. I would like to see articles on preparing basic stored foods using different spices, preparation methods, etc. to add variety. Also, along with storing the basics, I would like to see methods for storing spices, along with shelf life for them. I enjoy your site and appreciate the effort you put into it. Thanks

  31. I live in Alaska, and last fall we had a pretty nasty wind storm. Trees fell over all around town. They destroyed cars, damaged homes, and above all, they knocked out most of the town’s power. Some houses went without power for 5-7 days. We were one of the lucky ones to have power back in just a few hours, but we were completely unprepared. What if the power were to go out in the winter when it’s -20 F outside? I’d love to see some tips on how to prepare for a power outage in a cold weather climate. What kinds of tools should I stockpile to keep me warm when my heat goes out (mine is directly linked to the electricity, and I live in an apartment)? What types of heaters (if any) are safe to use without building up carbon monoxide? How can I cook my meals if the power stays off for a week?

    Thanks for all the tips you already provide! It’s so helpful for someone just starting to get her emergency supplies together!

    1. I’m in Alaska too……close to the island of Revillagigedo, but not on it.
      I’m new at prepping too!1 Good Luck to you!!

  32. I would like your opinion, Gaye, on barter items we should stow away.
    Because if the SHTF, money will just be kindling and the change may be meltible or put in a sock as a weapon, but that’s about it.

    I don’t know what all you have touched on, but what are the longest storage items (foods ), that you know of?

  33. For most, water will be the most important immediate and long term need they will have. I have 4 easy ways to get clean drinking/washing/cooking water and about 5 ways that are more difficult. if/when something happens i plan on helping others with clean water, if they are in need. Bartering would take place however, bartering with a desperate person or group could be challanging. “Bartering with the desperate” would be my question for the day. How do you make the other person feel they made out well in the trade. Bill B

  34. Gaye, there’s so much stuff my family has for our BoBs that it’s tough to get the bags to a bearable weight. I’m a worrier and don’t want to leave anything out that we may need. Could you cover how we go about thinning out our packs? Thank you!

  35. What aspect of prepping you would like me to cover in more detail in the coming months?
    I would be interested in “urban foraging”; not just wild, native plants, but also neighborhood & business foraging when TEOTWAWKI.

  36. Well gosh, looks like a lot has been covered on topics. I have not been able to prep much because I was laid off nearly 3 years ago and am just barely paying the bills. Do you have any advice for people who can’t spend much money? What are the essentials? My main concern is water. Is there a cheap way to have some stored? Thanks.

  37. Already entered contest; this is simply another question…..Today I looked up SPACE BLANKETS, wondering what to do with that shiny thing in my BOB. It would be great to read more about SPACE blankets on Backdoor Survival.

  38. “What aspect of prepping you would like me to cover in more detail in the coming months?”

    Skills building.

  39. Gaye,
    Holly Molly, quite the responses on your newest post, just can’t compete with these. I have some answers to many of the questions, but it would take writing a booklet. I would like to see info on more books on
    pure basic survival skills if a person had no time to grab a bag and go, or couldn’t get to it. a book, or books that would give a person simple instructions on surviving, no frills. Since you have quite the following-YAY!!! maybe starting a discussion thread for questions, answers, discussions where people can learn from each other and not overwhelm you. I honestly don’t know how you are juggling everything
    that you do. I would love love love to get a bug out back pack, but I think there are others who need it more than I do.

  40. I just found your site via urban survival website. I would love to learn more about bug out bags. I seem too have bug out bags for my bug out bags and I can’t seem too get a handle on the clutter of it all. Even my dogs have have bug out bags…. The problem is WTSHTF I may not have enough hands or time to grab it all. Even my medical kits have multiplied!!!! HELP ME !!

  41. How to handle a lock down and 5 police come to the frount door. Demanding to search for guns, food, and water! How do we protect our selfs and property that is rightfully ours. If we shoot them, They will send in more and more and bigger guns?

    PS. They have another alarm, But it takes the old caps, from a cap gun. Thats on a plastice ring. Break off two, put them on the heads of finishing nails. Set the spring rat trap, In place of cheese tie a string to the bait lever, becomming your trip wire.Once its triped the lever comes down stricking both caps and eather sides, giving you a big bang. keep the bright side up! Bill

  42. I am having a hard time figuring out how to go about getting everything done. Like most people, I have limited funds to use, so have to do a little at a time. I’m just overwhelmed at what to do first, how far to take that and when to move on to the next thing. I could use some help trying to

    1. oops…hit the reply button by mistake! I wanted to say that I could use some help trying put everything in order. Thanks!

  43. There are so many concerns that we all have for prepping. How do you convince others in your family of the necessity of preparing for the upcoming turmoil rather than sitting like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand?

  44. I would like to learn about using solar ovens or other ways to cook and/or sterilize drinking water by utilizing the sun. How practical and effective are they whether someone is bugging out or bugging in. I would also like to learn about of how our ancestors did things in the 1800’s and early 1900’s as mentioned by someone here as well.

  45. What other items can we add to our EDC for emergency situations?
    After seeing the horror of the marathon bombing I now carry 2 extra bandannas when I go out for makeshift bandages, etc.

  46. I would like to see more information on the security/safety decisions of staying in place or bugging out from your home during an emergency.

  47. How can multigenerational families combine their abilities to best prepare to help one another? Especially the older and youngest generations so that all needs are met and everyone feels useful?

  48. Would really like a simpified method of herbs for healing, and/or essential oils/tinctures/remedies. There are many lists out there on what to grow, but no info on how to use, or the other way around. Also there are many seeds for sale but no info on how much space a particular plant needs. For example, our heirloom seed company sells seed for a toothache plant and I thought to get some until I saw a documentary on herbal remedies and saw a “toothache tree”…literally a huge tree and I thought ther was no way that thing would fit in my herb garden!

  49. Gaye,
    Would you please cover in more detail how rock climbing skills could help preppers. I became interested in the field after another prepper site encouraged us to learn how to tie knots.
    After a little web surfing, I came across a posting by a prepper who said that repelling skills might save your life and to carry a static line with your preps.

  50. Gaye,
    Would you please cover in more detail about how rock climbing skills can fortify a prepper’s foundation. I have become interested in the subject after being encouraged to learn the art of knots by another prepper site.

  51. I would to see more articles on how to use our food storage, how to cook dried foods with less aroma and learning more survival skills especially for the elderly. Most articles are for the younger people. What is the best, lightest backpack for us older folks.

  52. Love your site! I would like more information on long term storage of fuels for cooking and heating. Thanks

  53. I would like to know which foldable solar charger is best for portable electronics like iPads and laptops. (And how many watts do I need to buy?)
    Thanks, your blog is helpful!

  54. I would like more info on food storage places when you dont have the room in your home but you have lots of outdoor space….i.e. outdoors stage ideas.

  55. I have been experimenting with Oven Canning after reading an article in Countryside Journal. I would love to know more and hear others experiences with this method.

  56. Hi Gaye
    I’d like more info on preparring and storing all kinds of meat, I already can some, so I’m interested in Salting, smoking, etc. Some of those old skills.
    Love the info you give us and the resources. Keep up the good work.

  57. I would think all of us old folk, as we prep, intend to prep for out children and grandchildren. Can someone tell me why I have goats and pigs? I know what to do with chickens and rabbits. Goats and pigs. How many meals do I get from them. If I can’t preserve meat,(smoke? make jerky?) each goat or pig is one meal. Why am I working my butt off taking care of 2 pigs and 4 goats? I’m serious. Someone help me here. Is it worth it?

  58. I would love to see some articles on things like prepping for diabetics or other health issues that are minor in regular life, but which could have significant implications in the event that the grid goes down for an extended period. If medicine isn’t available, or the conditions to maintain your medications, in the case of insulin, how do you manage?

  59. Perhaps some articles on food storage AFTER things go south. Such as, meat storage without refrigeration. Thanks for you site. Very useful.

  60. i am wondering if you can talk about :using gray water: to water your garden. some people say not to use it and some people say to use it. where i live we can only water one day a week and that makes it pretty tight when a person is trying to grow a garden. i do use other methods to helpsave moisture in the ground but i think it would be interesting to hear more on gray water. thanx.

    1. I have not had cooperation, let us say, in setting up a gray water system, but we have friends who drain their washing machine and kitchen sink water towards their fig tree, and it is huge and full of figs every year.


  62. Wow, what a huge bunch of great questions! I see several of them relate to water storage, and I will add my voice to theirs. We live in a very dry area – some nearby have wells, but these usually give out by the end of the summer as drought is the normal thing. We are on city (very small city) water, which of course will be inaccessible if electricity goes out.
    Thanks, Gaye, for your hard work in getting out reliable info to us, and in finding experts to interview.

  63. I would like to know how to freeze veggies from a garden. Do you blanch them? What storage is best for freezers. I am so overwhelmed with progression planting and storing what you grow.

  64. I just had a thought for those who want to store water. If you have some money, you can buy a water tank and bury it, or try to find used fish totes, they are huge, and can be cleaned with vinegar, and I have used a product called febreeze Oder eliminator for laundry, this stuff works good enough to eliminate cigarette smell from ash trays. Then flush, soak with vinegar. Soak with vinegar to neutralize. Just an idea. Freezing fruit is fairly easy, slice, place on wax paper on cookie sheets and sprinkle with a slight dusting of sugar, lemon juice and place them in deep freeze for a couple hours, then you can put them in bags, ziplock, or vacuum pack them for long term storage. Veggies need to be blanched, depending on what it is, and how dense they are, the times vary, usually 5-7 minutes is what I do, just long enough to stop the enzymes from deteriorating the food. Once you blanch them, immediately put them in ice water to stop the cooking process, drain, and package.
    Hope that helps.

  65. We plan on using the grey water for our garden, Teresa’s long as you don’t use nasty soaps, and things, it should be ok. I will be using Gaye’s recipe for laundry soap, and other soap recipes from her. They are easy, and safe, and less clogging and sludge in the tankage.

  66. I would love to see you cover helpful plants and vegetation that can be used n the wilderness. For example, plants for eating, healing, etc. Also, plants to stay away from.

  67. I live in a small town (semi-rural)20 miles from Kansas City. My wife and I are to old to bug out so we intend to bug in. I have been pretty motivated and enthusiastic so far about prepping. I have a lifetime set of skills to draw on so living an 1800’s style life would be no problem. I can live without electricity, food and water are no problem. I have survival skills learned in the military and have hunted, fished and harvested wild edibles all my life. However the other day I became so disheartened and depressed over the thought that my wife and I are alone in prepping in our community and that all these people who are going to “Bug Out” and people from the city will descend upon us like a hoard of locust. The only way to defend ourselves from marauders, thieves, cutthroats and people trying to kill us for food and water is to arm ourselves with weapons, booby traps, explosive devices etc… Having the harsh reality of being in a firefight with a group of people trying to kill me and my wife and the thought of taking another person or many people’s life, the thought of having to be “On guard” 24/7 everyday day in and day out made me think that this is not worth it. It would be better if we ended it ourselves and not go through the pain and anguish to survive. I am in a better space now but the feeling of overwhelming doom and gloom was so powerful when I was faced with the real harsh realities of a SHTF situation I almost gave up. I would like to see articles on how to stay motivated and focused when you are aware of the realities facing us. I would also like to see articles on how you would deal emotionally with taking someone’s life.

  68. I am trying to learn more about medical care with natural sources in case of the shortage of medicines.

  69. Input from other parts of the globe via interviews etc. Example might be South Sudan or Bosnian/Serb survivors of conflict zones where some bugged in and others bugged out. See what they did to survive and what they might suggest. A big thanks for all you do too, TY.

  70. Thank you for this giveaway. I would really love to win this backpack as I have not packed a BOB yet. I tried to check paracord on Amazon & it would not let me get to the colors, same with the things you hang around your neck you used to make at summer camp. I would like to find out if there is a way to heat your house with solar power that is not real expensive. Thank you for all the information you give us!

  71. Hey Gaye,
    I would LOVE to win this backback!! I would like to know how long it would take to make the transition from the grocery store to the garden as far as survival goes. Maybe some info on which season would take how long to be self sufficient. For instance if the shit hit the fan in November how much food would I need stored to last until I could provide for my family from the garden. Also how much do you realisticly need to grow to feed your family from year to year. Another question is lets say I order heirloom seeds, grow some plants, now how do I harvest and store seeds from different plants to grow for next year. Thanks for all you do!!

  72. More or prepping toward achieving financial security ( not becoming rich ) just methods of organization that will still be useful in the disaster or the crunch.

  73. Wow! There are so many awesome questions on here that now I am overwhelmed! Mine was food allergy related too, celiac and dairy being the biggies…

  74. I’d love to read about how to survive in the colder climates specifically bugging in because there is no way I’d survive a wilderness trek in dead winter. Thanks for all the hard work you put in to helping us.

  75. I would love to hear your opinion and thoughts on long term prepping such as gardening and learning new skill sets. I think to few people think about prepping in a long term seance. Its wonderful to have the security of a years worth of food and all the household and fancy survival gear. But knowing how to find water, wild edibles and game are a must and if you are able to “bug in” one would need to know what to do when the food ran out.

  76. I love the information you provide. My husband have a significant amount of food, first aid and general prepper goods stored in our basement. If we had to bug in here, we would be good. What I would like more information on is this: in a couple of years (when my hubby retires) we plan to sell the house and live on the road in an RV. While it will be a fairly good sized RV it will have no where near the storage space we have now. How does one go about prepping when they live in such a confined space and never in one place for long. I am sure the priorities will change I am just a little overwhelmed as to exactly how they should change. I know you and your followers have the answers. Thank you!

  77. Backpack giveaway:

    Hey Mrs. Levy, Im sure many of your followers, like myself would be interested in learning more on how to bring the other members of our families inline with our prepping and survival mindset. How can we make the “prepping” activities and appearance a normal family function so we don’t seem like some paranoid freaks? In todays world, the educational system just seem to be producing sheep and these kids think we all just need to follow the flock and just go buy what we need at the malls. A little guidance on turning our preps into a normal everyday “All American” family activity, could go a long way, especially if its fun for teenagers and doesn’t seem like a crazy survivalist boot camp drill. Keep up the good work, and thanks for doing what you do.

  78. Most all prepper authors say we can’t survive alone, that we need a community . Well, we don”t and have no hope of finding anyone who wants to prep or who cares. So how CAN we survive alone and bug IN?

  79. “What aspect of prepping you would like me to cover in more detail in the coming months?” I would like tips on getting our young adults and teens to take us seriously.

  80. Thanks for all your great info here. I am fairly new to your site, having come by way of Homestead/Survival on Facebook.

    I would like to see more information on skill building in the area of medical and urban survival. I see lots about camping type survival, but surviving in the city will definitely be a different critter.


  81. I am looking at moving back to North America and will be renting an apartment or possibly a basement suite. I will be starting with nothing – literally. I can get started easily enough but need more information on how to become more self sufficient in a very limited space in an urban/suburban area. I will not have a vehicle so if I have to bug out a backpack will be a necessity.

  82. Fairly new to prepping here looking to bug in my home. One of the things I’m thinking of is hiding food throughout the home like removing drywall in the closets and stashing canned food between the 2×4’s in the wall. Ideas for first aid like maybe using period pads for wounds…pretty much everything that can be discussed for surviving what’s to come at least I know how to grow a garden and raise veggies and farm critters thanks to my farmboy stepdad.

  83. I would love to see something on how to budget prepping on a fixed income. An easy pick up list. I think 20.00 a week should be the amount. I wish I had a fraction of the money half of these people can shell out but truth is when you have one income and 4 people your lucky to get the groceries done.. let alone put money or supplies back for an economical disaster or food shortage. Love your site.. and thank you for the hard work you put in it*

  84. I would like to read about actual “survival stories”. Factual stories from people that have lived through circumstances where they or their family were in danger and how they might have got out of it. I believe that these are extremely helpful in learning from because real-life scenarios never go as you have planned and studied for. Could be a contest for readers, or stories from the web of actual circumstances.

  85. This seems like a loaded question. Everything you write about is good. For me personally, I think more about total off-grid anything would be awesome. We are trying to get setup for whatever comes along and I know that means competent off grid. Water supply, medical, food storage……… it is all hugely important now more than ever.

  86. I guess any helpful tips on getting your adult children on board. This generation either really get’s it or ia too dependant. Also more on the every day basic opposed to just the food and water. Housewares, basic items we don’t always think about. Great Page one of my Favs.

  87. After SHTF – – What might one expect at day 90 or 180. What about family or friends that have not prepped and show up at your house because they know you are prepared via prior situations (storms, loss of power ). What to do or Not do after recovery from SHTF?

  88. I’d love to win this for my husband’s birthday this month! He’d love it.

    We have kids and grandkids. I’d like to see all the info you have on prepping for a big family/extended family situation.


    1. Fresnel lens, and we purchased a few on eBay. They need to be focused well, but they’ll light a fire in seconds! Caution…do not look directly at the light, it could cause blindness (think welding). Our teen kids have been experimenting with them, and my oldest had to build a solar cooker for physics…guess what he used to boil water? 🙂 yep, we live in a great community.

  89. Since most of us have freezers, what type of steps can be taken when the power goes out to quickly preserve meats etc. in an emergency?

  90. I would be interested in more information on home security and staying in place for the single woman during an emergency event. Things like how to protect from dirty bombs that may be close to home or keeping safe in an economic collapse and protecting your own stores/garden.

  91. You may have covered this many times, but…
    I live in a very small house that is already pretty jammed packed. What “survival foods” do I need to focus on storing for prolonged emergencies? – things that I can get at the grocery store, not order from specialty sites.

    Also over time – say a collapse – what will be valuable for barter?

  92. Just found your site and thought it is very informative. I’d like to see you provide more info on getting families back together during a situation. who gets the kids from school? What if they are at a friends house? Mom or Dad at work, what takes priority? I’ve got several action steps listed in our info book, but would like to hear from others.

  93. My husband wanted to know if you could do a more deatiled article about survival blankets? We have the mylar type but they seem to rip easily. Is there anything more substantial?

  94. Hi everyone! What fabulous questions – I think there are over 125 so far. I have written about many of these topics before and am working on a site redesign that will make these articles easier to find. I do plan on some updates as well.

    I do need your help, however. How would you like me to answer these questions? A separate article with a Q&A and some links to previous articles or new articles altogether? Or perhaps a combination? What would be easiest for you?

    Also, I apologize that I am not answering each question individually as they come in – but I do read each one as they are delivered to my email. I promise you that. So good luck in the drawing – there will only be one winner but I have more giveaways coming up!

    1. Q&A is always simple and straightforward, and links would be helpful. When you post your blog or Sunday BUZZ, I always scroll down and check out your links, too. 🙂

    1. Me, too! I read a lot of historical fiction and always read about snares, but have no clue. Wish my grandfather was still alive, he was a true backwoodsman…hunt, fish, trap, gather, gleen, dig roots for medicinals, etc. He’s been gone nearly 30 years now and I was just a kid. Wish I’d asked more questions! At least I can catch a fish. 🙂

  95. Just a thought on our comment above: Why not set up your requests so those of us who can answer could post our thoughts? As the syaing goes, no one knows everything, everyone knows something, tnough.

    1. @Bill – Thanks for the suggestion. I need to figure out how best to do that from a technical point of view. Perhaps some sort of call to action that will direct people to comments that answer the question. As it stands, some of the really useful comments get buried so I re-post them on the Sunday Survival Buzz.

  96. I can’t tell when the deadline is. So here goes … Also, I suspect the most of the requests are made just to be an ‘entry’ for the backpack. They are not a comment that your website is difficult to search. I have not exhaustively searched your website for every topic. I am interested in:
    1. how to figure out how large of a solar system I need to set up.
    2. How to detect fake or fraudulent silver and gold. For example someone covers lead with a thin layer of silver. or even uses less than .999 pure silver and tries to pass it off as real. There are many other areas I still lack sufficient knowledge. But that will do for now. Thanks for all your efforts.

  97. I would like to see you cover prepping items for FREE. I am currently not working and still trying to prep as I go along. For example. I get my groceries in plastic bags at the store and reuse bags as garbage bags, but have also found that the checker will give me a few free brown paper bags which I have been using for drying herbs and seeds. Also working on getting free food grade buckets from grocery stores.

  98. When the SHTF, I will be doing a LOT of fishing.
    Primarily because of the nutritional value, secondarily because it can be done in quiet, without making too much noise, drawing attention to myself (as opposed to firing a .30-06).
    Right now I only catch and take home what I’ll use in the next 3-5 days.
    What would be the most appropriate and practicable way to save some of that fish (reserve and / or barter)?
    And THANK YOU for everything you do!

  99. I’d like to see some things about preserving meat in an TEOTWAWKI situation. What good is it go be able to hunt, fish, or even raise your own animals if you cannot preserve the meat. I’m new to the site, so perhaps you’ve addressed this before; but few people have much on this from my experience.

  100. I would like to see an in depth article on how to plan and prepare for an emergency when you have a disability that makes bugging out almost impossible. Thanks for another great giveaway. Good luck everyone.

    1. Have you read this one? Preparedness Tips for People with Mobility Challenges


  101. I enjoy reading all of your articles. Ideas for new articles? How about some information on solar panels and exactly what they will and won’t do. Much of what I read sounds like hype. Thanks for all you do.

    1. I have only had my solar panels for a short time and am still learning what they will or will not do. I did have a few problems – mostly due to use error (the ground wire was loose). Anyway, I try to share my experiences as I go and will continue to do so. One thing: my portable sewing machine works great. But a big no to my coffeemaker.

      Stay tuned.

      PS – And I know what you mean about hype. I try many of the DIY cleaner recipes I find online at other sites and I swear, they have never been tried – they are THAT bad!

      1. Yes, the DIY cleaners are too weak to clean our dirty work clothes. Or maybe it’s because we are extra dirty….? 🙂 RE: Solar panels: how do you generate enough current to start the compressor/motors on ref. and freezers? If yours won’t start a coffee pot I don’t have much hope for a freezer. Much to learn. Thanks for help.

  102. You are doing a great job. I would like to see more on weapons other than firearms. May be that ammo for them will be gone. My thoughts were on long bows, slingshots Etc:

  103. I recently read an article on underground gardening and would like to see more information on this. During any extended emergency, food will be an issue. What crops work well in this type of growing environment and also which ones are fast growing and have a high yield? Thank you

  104. I am disabled and have a difficult time standing or walking any distance or length of time (but i’m not in a wheel chair). What will I do when SHTF? I do have a car, but if I run out of gas, or if for some reason cannot use it, what else can I do to get where I need to go? How can I prepare for those times. I’m also single, and a woman, and starting to get older. Sure, my son’s are close by, but what if I am unable to get with them? I guess what I need most is to know how us disableds need to prepare for hard times. I need the backpack because the one I have isn’t big enough to put all my stuff. I have great medicine needs so that takes up a lot of room in there. I have quite a bit in there already, but could certainly use more room. Thanks for your blog, and keep up the good work.

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