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The Simple Survival Kit List … Because Anything Can Happen

“The end of the world is on people’s minds. We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is what do you do with that responsibility.” ~ Nicolas Cage
“What are you going to do if it’s the end of the world? You better go out having fun instead of stressing about it.” ~ Kirsten Dunst

Two different takes from well-known actors, both of whom have starred in films with apocalyptic themes. The quote from Cage implies that […]

5 Things Hurricane Matthew Taught Us About Disaster Preparedness

After devastating Haiti, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across parts of Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. While death estimates in Haiti may be as high as 1,332, at least 46 people in the U.S. lost their lives due to the Category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Prior to the widespread flooding in North Carolina, early estimates of total economic losses in the southeastern U.S. stood at least $4 to 6 billion U.S. dollars. The before and after photos of this hurricane […]

7 Essentials in Your Survival Kit

Whether it’s an earthquake, a storm, or a flood; having a survival kit ready can get you a long way towards surviving a disaster. You’ll need solutions for food, shelter, and sanitation because you’ll never know to what extent the disaster can affect the facilities around you. So make sure you’re ready to face such calamities with a survival kit that contains the following:

Food – Pack up some extra food so you have something to eat in case disaster strikes […]

Backpacking & Camping Food for the Long Haul

If you are planning on going on a long backpacking or camping trip, you need to find the right balance between the weight of food and your caloric and nutritional needs. Being in the backcountry for days or weeks takes a good deal of advanced planning when it comes to food. This is especially the case if you are going on a backpacking trip in which you plan to hike every day—and even more crucial if you are thru-hiking. […]

A Dozen Items to Include in Your 72 Hour Kit

According to FEMA, in 2015, there were 79 natural disasters in the U.S. in which 94 people lost their lives. As of June 25, 2016, there were already 43 disasters with a loss of 79 lives, including the severe weather that devastated parts of West Virginia during the fourth week in June. According to meteorologists, this latest incident is the worst flash flooding in the U.S. since 2010. Torrential rains and high water destroyed more than 100 homes, washed […]

Long Shelf Life Foods to Keep in Your Pantry

If you are thinking about setting up an emergency pantry in your house, that is a laudable goal. However, you need to keep in mind that selecting the right foods is just part of what it takes to be a successful food prepper. It is just as important to pay close attention to storage methods and be aware of things that can decrease the shelf lives of products or even render them useless. Shelf life is defined in two […]

Vegetarian MRE: Options, Storage, and Usage

Of the estimated 240 million adults 18 and older in the U.S., research indicates about 8 million are vegetarians, and of those, about one million are vegan. According to surveys, the needs of people interested in vegetarian meals differs, which can certainly also apply to vegetarian meals ready to eat. Some consumers may have preferences that include vegan, low-sodium, gluten-free, locally grown, organic, gourmet, kosher, etc. While there are more companies offering civilian vegetarian MRE options these days, they […]

Filtering Water Without Modern Conveniences

You are on what is supposed to be an enjoyable hike during a camping trip and lose your water filter bottle down a ravine. It’s hard to enjoy the rest of your hike because you keep wondering how you are going to filter your water. Given that humankind has been filtering water as far back as 2000 B.C., it stands to reason that there are ways to do so even without modern conveniences. There are a variety of options, […]

What You Need to Know When You Camp Abroad

In addition to the usual things you need for traveling abroad—a valid passport and vaccinations for certain countries—there are a few other things to think about if you plan on camping overseas. The laws regarding camping and related activities vary by country, and in fact, some countries do not allow wild camping. It is important to do extensive research before embarking on your trip. While laws vary greatly from country to country, camping etiquette is pretty much universal. That […]

DIY Natural Laundry Detergent

Do you ever wonder how people managed hundreds of years ago, without all the modern-day conveniences most of us take for granted? Did our ancestors forgo doing the laundry or did they employ a rudimentary means (relative to contemporary methods) to clean what had to be rather smelly clothing? They certainly didn’t walk, ride their horse, or take a covered wagon to their local supermarket to buy a large jug of laundry detergent!
Soaking laundry in cold or hot […]