Which Survival Water Filter Should I Use – The Sawyer Mini or the LifeStraw?

Reading Time: 10 minutesIn this post, I compare two of the more popular survival water filter options for your bugout, get home and other survival bags. Those two filters are the Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System and the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. These are the two water filters I have the most experience with and seem to be the most popular within the survival community. (more…)

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Winter Car Emergency Kit – Pick-Up Truck EDC – 2017/18

Reading Time: 6 minutesDo you have your winter car emergency kit squared away? Part of survival might be just getting home from work or the grocery store. Or it might mean getting your car rolling from the side of the road, pulled from a ditch, or just getting your car with a dead battery started – without relying on a roadside assistance membership. Can we say self-reliance? That’s what this article and video are all about. I’m going to cover the basics that I have set-up for my winter car emergency kit. (more…)

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Survival Gear I Didn’t Need And Shouldn’t Have Bought – A Couple Of Real Examples

Reading Time: 7 minutesHow does posting survival gear I didn’t need and shouldn’t have bought help you? I’m hoping by posting a few of my mistakes, you might benefit by finding a more direct route to preparedness and self-sufficiency.

Jumping in blind and head first caused an expensive set-back on several levels. Sharing some of those setbacks every now and then just might help you. That is why I’m sharing the survival gear I didn’t need. (more…)

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Building Survival Kits Beyond The Altoid Tin

Reading Time: 6 minutesBuilding survival kits can be fun and they can save lives too. Or, they may fall short, right?

We cannot predict, with any degree of certainty, what types of emergencies and disasters we might have to deal with. What we can do, and should do, is be as prepared as we can.

Survival Kits Come in Every Size

I don’t know about your home, but here in the Hawkins’ residence, you can barely walk across the room without tripping over some type of survival gear. (more…)

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Survival Podcasts I Listen To

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Update 04/04/2020: Several of the podcasts have stopped recording episodes so I removed those from the list. I’ve also cut down on the number of podcasts I listen to but still listen daily.

Last week Brian Duff of Mind4Survival asked a pool questing on his Facebook group, “Regarding podcasts in general, how do you listen to them“?

My answer was, “Pocket Casts on Android. 16 podcast subscriptions I never miss.”

Another member of the group, Ben W., asked what are those 16 podcasts. I thought that would make a nice blog post topic so here we are. Thanks Ben. 🙂 (more…)

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Your Bugout Food Kit – How To Plan For Bug-Out Survival

Reading Time: 9 minutesA persons gotta eat, right? Are you packing enough bugout food and water in your bag. The right food?

Call it a bug-out bag, 72-hour pack, get-home bag, get out of dodge bag, INCH (I’m never coming home) bag, whatever – your food needs to be accessible, light weight, portable, and provide the nutrients and calories to get you to your destination. Your bugout food should also stay good long term but don’t forget about it until it’s growing mold. Rotate and use it. (more…)

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Failed Overnight Hiking / Lost In The Woods And Lessons Learned

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn this post, I just want to cover a few things I learned from my latest overnight hike. I ended up calling it quits about 3AM and packing it back up for home. That was the plan anyway. What actually happened was I got so far off track that I spent 1 1/2 hours trying to find the trail I came in on. (more…)

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