ReThink Survival

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What’s with my (and most other preppers) seemingly endless fascination with bug out bags? I’ve got my own ideas, made plenty of variations over the years, and still I always enjoy watching or reading about what other people have done. Maybe I like to see...

It feels to me like the lull before the storm. And, while I can’t say what’s going to happen for sure, if we have another round of COVID-19 and/or quarantines as a result this coming winter then it would be a good idea to ensure you have the following ess...

I’d heard about similar DIY fireproof “inventions” elsewhere but I’ve never seen anyone try to make one before, especially something so easy. Made from nothing more than flour, baking soda, corn starch, powdered sugar, and water, it’s quite an interesting...

I recently watched the following video about this WOWTAC BSS V4 Tactical Flashlight and I’m actually quite impressed with what they’ve come up with. Specifically, they’ve adjusted the design to avoid accidental turn on’s or having to cycle through modes,...

When I posted this video last week on ditching your bug out–which I still think is generally a bad idea–I noticed that John Lovell made some good points about how easy it would be for people like him (he’s a former Army Ranger) to simply storm your proper...

Popular media portrays survival preppers as the crazy families hiding out in the woods. They’re hoarding supplies and waiting for the end of the world or the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. In reality, these families are creating caches of supplies so...

If you’re planning on going off the grid or are working on creating a cache of survival supplies, being able to grow your own food is a necessity. In warm climates, that is easy — places like Texas and Florida have incredibly long growing seasons, so you...

Well this video caught my eye. After all, he’s chosen NOT to have a bug out bag… is he crazy!? Perhaps not. At least, not when trying to survive an apocalyptic event or societal collapse, in which case I tend to agree with him. Personally, I’d be far more...

We live on a volatile planet. At any given time, there are fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions taking place all around the globe. These natural disasters may vary depending on where you live, but floods, in particular, can happen n...

So you think you’ve been watering your garden properly all these years? Maybe not. Here’s why watering your garden deeper is important, how to do so properly (he makes some good points), and when you shouldn’t bother…...

When we first moved to the Seattle area more than six years ago now, one of the first items I purchased was a Royal Berkey Water Filter and I’m so glad that I did. Although I’ve had other filters that I kept for survival purposes, I never bothered to get...

I’ll let you in on a major character flaw of mine: I’m a horrible “outside of the box” thinker. If solution A doesn’t fix problem B then I’m usually in trouble. I think that’s why I’m so fascinated with DIY projects and why I truly enjoy watching YouTube...

Last week I posted this solar water heater using glow plugs video and, while an interesting idea, it’s not very useful when it comes to making the best use of a precious resource: off-grid electricity. With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to sh...

After watching this video on EDC Necessities Kit, it got me to thinking about some things I do that aren’t solely about preparedness, but more for just in case something happens day to day. And one of the actions that I do (more so than I realize) is keep...

This video isn’t really about preparedness, though he does include some useful survival gear, but more about the daily items one might want to have handy for everyday needs. Like he said, it’s a very personalized kit, so you shouldn’t just copy what he’s...

Knives are a hotly debated and popular gear item in the survival community. Choosing the right knife is a personal choice and the purpose of this article is not to sway you to a certain brand or model. However, my goal is to possibly shift your perspectiv...

Although there’s no verbal explanation given as the video plays, I think I generally get the idea: Use two glow plugs like a hot water heating element to generate a constant current using a small solar panel and battery. And, while it’s a relatively small...

Your home is one of the most expensive purchases that you’ll ever invest in, often spending years saving for just the right place. It’s critical to feel safe in your home and, unfortunately, the world isn’t such a safe place anymore. You need to be proact...

I’ve long been interested in doing some sort of underground shelter, but never bothered in large part because I have no idea what I’m doing. Besides, it’s a rather expensive prepping project, so I’d hate to get it wrong and waste a bunch of money or, wors...

If you’re considering setting up a survival space in or around your home, don’t jump immediately to digging a hole in your yard and setting up an underground bunker. After all, a bunker might end up killing you. If your home has a basement or cellar, you...