The Survivalist Blog

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For more times than I care to remember the rain has come down on camping holidays. When you go for three weeks you are bound to have a few days of rain somewhere in that time. Hiking in soft rain can be fun as the air is fresh, most people are hiding in t...

Hey there, Pack. I hope you have had a successful week of prepping. The way things are going with the continued violent protests in cities across America and the presidential election less than 100 days away, we all need to be battening down the hatches t...

Chances are you will have had occasion to talk to someone about fighting before in your life. Does it ever strike you as a little bit funny that everyone you talk to is a hardened fighter who knows just what to do, and if they were attacked like that fell...

Hello Pack. I hope you all have had a safe and productive week of prepping. Our hay bale stack fell over in the pole barn. As you can see by the photo above, it was quite a mess to deal with, and involved baling hay a second time to get it from loose to n...

MAGs, or “Mutual Assistance Groups” are popular concepts for preppers who don’t already have built-in reserves of manpower or backup in the form of large families full of able-bodied members, or several friends in the area who are of like mind. A MAG is l...

Hello Pack, I hope you are all safe, doing well, and busy prepping. Our barnyard of critters have taken to the new goat additions quite wonderfully. My Bobby surprised me with three new guineas this week. It is hard to tell what 2020 still has in store fo...

Sometimes the most practical and important items receive the least amount of consideration in our plans. Among these things gloves might certainly be a contender for the crown as they are vitally important pieces of personal protective equipment that will...

Hello Pack. Our new beehive is thriving. They have already filled out five frames in the top box we added on. The Italian bees are so docile neither of us are wearing the bee suit when doing weekly checks and water refills. After complaining about rain fo...

Gluten-free, gluten-intolerant, gluten-sensitive. It can be hard to keep track of all these different terms and even more difficult to know what they all mean. But, gluten is everywhere in our food these days. So, it’s critical that you understand exactly...

Hello Pack. I hope you are all getting by alright in this heat. We baled hay for two days and it did not get below 92 degrees either day. Needless to say, my suntan looks like I just spent a week in Florida. Before baling hay on Saturday, my daughter and...

You might think if you have been prepping long enough that you have your bug-out bag and its load out completely perfect. Down pat. Ideal. Maybe you do, and will end up proving me wrong, but I will still go on and assert that there is always something you...

Hello Pack. Happy Independence Day, and Happy 4th of July! With everything going on in our country right now, it is more important than ever, both as Americans and preppers, to remain keenly aware of this nations’ past and focus on preserving the greatest...

I used to belong to the group of people who inherently trust that others aren’t going to fiddle in your camping gear while you are out hiking or at the beach/lake. Not anymore. This was after an incident where every single tent in our circle of friends –...

Is the harvesting of rain illegal? The internet seems to think so, at least some parts of it. For clarity, when I say “harvesting of rainwater” I am referring specifically to the collection of rain falling from the sky before it hits the ground, not takin...

Hello Pack. We have had weird Ohio weather this week, but still managed to get a lot of prepping done. Bobby’s new workshop is coming along well. He is going to pour a concrete pad, and then place three shipping containers on it in a “U” shape. A porch on...

Let’s be real: Surviving a disaster is a monumental task for anyone. But, when you have a disability, getting through a SHTF scenario mostly unscathed is even more challenging. Unfortunately, there are few resources out there for people with disabilities...

Life isn’t all beans, bullets, and bandages. Sometimes you get in a bind, and need to find your way out of it. In some situations, this will involve your bullets, but in others, the bad guys get the drop on you first. In these situations, the fastest draw...

Hello Pack. I hope you all have had a very productive week of prepping this week. Our wheat crop is coming along nicely, we are going to devote more space to cultivating red winter wheat in the fall. Our bee colony is thriving, and we had to expand their...

If you or a loved one has a disability, surviving a SHTF situation is even more challenging. While adequate prepping is essential for everyone, when you have a disability or chronic condition, you need to take extra steps to ensure that you have precisely...

Hello Pack. This summer weather has been glorious, and allowed us to get a lot of work done on the survival retreat. Getting in enough warm and sunny days in-between rainy ones has truly been a challenge this year… again. Bobby spent a lot of the weekend...