Primal Survivor

Stay Aware, Stay Prepared, Stay Vigilant

The instant and active dry yeast you use for baking is actually a living microorganism (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). This organism is very sensitive and can die if kept in the wrong storage conditions. Dead yeast won’t work so it’s important that you store...

Baking soda is one of those products which has so many uses that you’ll want to store a lot of it to have on hand for everyday use and emergency prep. Baking soda can last for many years but it’s really important that you store baking soda properly. Does...

Bees spend all summer gathering nectar so they can make honey to eat through the winter. In this sense, honey was designed to be stored. This makes it one of the best emergency foods to store and, if stored properly, honey can last for thousands of years.

While I’m a big fan of squeeze and pump type water filters, manually filtering water for a large group of people is a tedious, time-consuming task. It’s much better to let gravity do the work for you. But, because gravity filters are prone to clogging and...

We don’t think about it much, but shovels are a big part of our survival.  Without shovels, agriculture wouldn’t have been possible. Shovels were crucial for building homesteads and cities, and entrenching tools played a big part in warfare. The pos...

Whether you want to store last night’s leftovers or stockpile food and water for emergencies, it’s important that you use food-safe containers.  Plastic containers which are not food safe can leach chemicals into your food, potentially causing health...

Dehydrating is one of the best DIY methods of preserving food.  Because the process removes moisture from food, dehydrated foods can last for years when stored properly. Dehydrated foods are also compact and will take up less space than methods like...

What makes one fire starter better than another for survival? It must be reliable and able to light a fire in bad weather.  It should also be easy to use, even if you have gloves on or your hands are trembling from cold. Ideally, a survival fire star...

Finding a budget four-season tent is a big ask, particularly if you want it to be light enough to carry for any kind of distance. All the tents we’ve reviewed below offer great value. There’s always a trade-off between durability, size, weight and price w...

The Olight Seeker 2 Pro is a small but powerful flashlight with excellent battery life. It’s a great everyday flashlight and a reliable option for a disaster situation — as long as you can recharge it. If you’re looking to optimize size and weight with po...

Bushcraft backpacks are designed to be robust and hard-wearing with space for all your essential survival kit. They’re typically more heavy-duty than hiking or backpacking rucksacks which often sacrifice durability for weight. Whether you’re after a light...

Throughout history, poultices have been used to draw out infections, treat wounds, and heal aches.  Many traditional poultices are made from natural herbs or even things like entire onions applied to sores.  But, of these traditional remedies, a...

In the ideal world, we would all be able to go to the dentist at the first sign of a tooth infection to get professional treatment.  But not all of us can afford a dentist and there are plenty of situations where you might not be able to get to a den...

Activated charcoal is an incredible substance because it binds to toxins and pathogens.  This ability means activated charcoal has numerous uses, including for emergencies and survival.  It’s one of those versatile items you definitely want to h...

Not to be confused with BBQ charcoal, activated charcoal is an incredibly adsorptive material which can bind to pathogens, gases, and chemicals. This property gives it many uses ranging from treating tooth infections to purifying water.  But, with so...

Bushcraft knives prioritize function over flashy looks. Their design may seem deceptively simple, but if you find yourself in the wild when the SHTF, a bushcraft knife is the one blade you want to have by your side.The good news is, there are plenty of gr...

Designed for fighting in close quarters, boot knives are traditionally a last-resort self-defense tool. (See also best knives for self defense.) While they still serve this purpose, some can also double as a survival knife or EDC. Before you buy, you’ll n...

In a do-or-die situation, you could get by stitching a wound with fishing hooks or bent sewing needle.  There are certainly many stories of field medics who’ve had to resort to these. However, most of us would end up doing more harm than good with im...

How to stitch (suture) a wound is a life-saving medical skill to know during emergencies when help might not be available. But let’s be clear here: If you aren’t trained, you will probably do more harm than good by trying to stitch a wound yourself. This...

Charcoal is an amazing substance with many survival uses, one of which is for water filters.  It’s what’s used in Brita filters, many camping filters, and even high-end water filters like The Berkey. The charcoal absorbs impurities in water and is ac...