Choosing a sleeping bag for your bug out bag is important. There are some basic factors to consider in order to make the best choice. There is no perfect bag for everyone and every situation.
Consider the following when choosing . . .
There are a lot of veterans in my family. I was raised by one. My Dad was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. I remember him telling me that he knew his number was going to get called . . .
There are a lot of things you could stash away but what are the items that will be most in demand in a TEOTWAWKI situation?
The answer to that is pretty obvious in
some ways but there are definitely some . . .
For those of you that don’t know, Samantha Biggers is the editor in chief at Backdoor Survival. We became friendly shortly after new ownership took over and did my best to mentor her relative to the ins and . . .
“Every mile is two in winter.” George Herbert
Escaping the unknown and overwhelming is the basic idea behind bugging out. It’s not as far fetched an idea as many might think.
This same concept is applied several times each . . .
This post is about a 72-hour kit that Matt and I put together with things we had mostly on hand. Some of you may have read the MRE article where we made our own MREs. Well, three of these . . .
The MRE or Meal Ready To Eat is a staple of the US military but here is a little secret: most people really don’t like to eat them unless they have to do so or so it seems from . . .
With October halfway gone, it is time to be thinking about any winter preps that you have not done. At 3,000 feet in the mountains of North Carolina, we have yet to have our first frost but we expect . . .
There are many different ropes, cordage, quick links, and carabiners that you should consider keeping on hand. Over the years Matt and I have found that having the right type of rope or chain can make all the difference on . . .
Editor’s Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2018
A good wool blanket is hard to beat in an emergency situation. They are also very nice to have just during the cool months and evenings. At night . . .
Did you hear the one about the bugout bag in the laundry room?
You know the one, where the owner is coaxed by a YouTube video to go check out their own bugout bag. It was a bag they assembled . . .
In addition to being healthful, herbs are a great way to add flavor to dishes, create a relaxing and invigorating tea, or use topically as medicinal remedies. But with a typical plant yielding more herbs than you can use at . . .
Water shortages caused by wonky weather patterns make finding ways to maximize the water we do have critical. In this article, learn 16 ways to conserve water in your home now so that the prudent use of water becomes habit. Your survival depends on it!
There is a lot of buzz around freeze drying foods at home. As a primer, be sure to check out the “prequel” on the Pros and Cons of freeze drying here.
Full Disclaimer up Front: One of the major . . .
When it comes to lighters, Zippos, and lighter fuel in general, there is a lot of misinformation to be found on the Internet. Learn about lighters plus the various types of lighter fuels that are available. Hint: there are alternatives to Zippo lighter fuel!
Paracord is amazing stuff. Here is a starter list that includes 44 ways to use paracord for prepping and survival purposes. Can you think of others?
During good times and bad, there may come a time when you need to have something like glue on hand. There are a lot of benefits to making your own glues at home.
Glues can be mixed in small batches . . .
Editors Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2018.
One of the biggest chores that preppers face is the accumulation of an emergency food supply. Prepping is not a new adventure. Many cultures have lived a prepping lifestyle . . .
When people think of crazy preppers, they often think of underground bunkers, full to the brim with supplies, locked up beneath a Fallout-style hatch. But few of us have, or want bunkers. Why? It’s not exactly something you . . .
Having a lot of glass windows is seen as a plus by a lot of people, however there are risks and issues that can make it harder. Window security film is designed to combat several problems associated with having glass . . .
People often ask where my ideas and where my knowledge comes from. When that happens, I chuckle a bit to myself because just like the person asking, my knowledge comes from a variety of sources: first hand experience, books, online forums and of course, Backdoor Survival readers. Here are some of those tips.
Did you know that you can recharge alkaline batteries? All you need is the right type of alkaline battery charger in order to give new life to your dead batteries. Here some tips to get your started.
I am always leery of any list that starts off with the word “best.” The reason being is that “best” is a subjective term that may or may not apply to the unique situation that we each face. As such . . .
Essential oils offer more than just a pleasant smell. You are probably used to using them for relaxing massages, but, did you know that they can be used as a natural substitute for chemical cleaners and disinfectants as well? Yes . . .
Ten reasons why backyard quail are the perfect food animal for urban dwellers or others where chickens are not allowed. Plus the eggs and meat are delicious!