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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Camping with Pets 101

Perhaps you have always dreamed of taking a camping trip with your beloved pet. You’ve pictured your black Labrador Max gleefully splashing and dog paddling in the campground lake while you prepare your fishing gear. Maybe you are a cat person and never considered bringing your tabby cat Pepper along because she is so independent. Yes, it is true that cats are more autonomous than dogs, but with a lot of preparation, camping with felines is a possibility. Whether […]

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How to Store Water for an Emergency

Water is essential for survival and an absolute necessity when preparing an emergency supply kit. In the aftermath of a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Water in your home may be cut off or contaminated with raw sewage. If grocery stores are open, the huge demand for bottled water may deplete shelves within minutes, without a viable way for stores to promptly restock.

How Much Water Should You Store?
Most experts suggest storing at least one gallon of […]

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Wilderness and Disaster First Aid and Medical Care

There are many situations where you might need to receive or administer immediate first aid without the benefits of high-tech medicine. Learning basic first aid as well as CPR is a good idea for anyone old enough to take a class. You never know when these skills will come in handy, and in some cases, be lifesaving. Perhaps you are an avid camper and come across a fellow camper in the midst of a medical crisis—there are no doctors […]

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Gluten-Free Survival Food Guide

Perhaps you have celiac disease or have chosen to live a gluten-free lifestyle due to other health concerns. You know that doing so can be challenging under normal circumstances, especially if other people in your family are not following this diet. Once a week, somebody brings delicious looking bagels and cream cheese to your office. When you go out to dinner with friends, that basket of freshly made Italian bread looks pretty tempting! Living gluten-free takes time and energy […]

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