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Top 12 Solar Battery Chargers

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Finding yourself at an important event like a wedding, graduation, sporting event, or child’s school play with a phone or camera that has gone dead is inconvenient. It’s disappointing to not capture those photos. But finding yourself stranded on the side of the road, in a city-wide blackout, or in …

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Are Sleeping Bags Waterproof?

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The idea of a waterproof sleeping bag may seem appealing. it may seem like a good feature to have. After all, when you’re out camping, you want to be protected from the elements, right? Of course you do, but the purpose of a sleeping bag is to keep you warm …

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Camping Knife vs. Survival Knife: What’s the Difference?

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Discussions about gear make up an inordinate amount of conversations revolving around prepping. yes, yes, we all need to be buffing are skills, but the idea of taking off into the wild blue yonder when we need to bug out with inadequate or inferior equipment seems to keep people awake …

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5 Rights You’ll Lose Under Martial Law, and 1 You’ll Still Have

Martial law is a concept usually discussed with derision and fear among preppers, and with good reason. Any declaration of martial law in the United States is an obvious symptom that something bad has happened, perhaps something society-alteringly bad. Visions of people being dragged out of their homes, held without …

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Does Bottled Water Ever Expire?

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Bottled water is just about as simple a prep as can be had. Water is essential to life and hygiene, and most folks properly begin their journey to emergency preparedness with the first baby step of stashing an extra case of bottled water. Over time, one case becomes two, then …

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The Prepper’s Guide to Job Loss

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You probably read the title of this article and paused for a beat. At first blush, one is not likely to associate prepping with job loss. That seems to me something that would be better covered on a financial wellness website, or perhaps somewhere else. But when you think about …

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Exactly How Strong is Paracord?

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Paracord is one item that all preppers love, being rightly renowned for its great flexibility, resistance to rot, versatility and of course its great strength-to-diameter ratio. You can use paracord for all kinds of rigging, construction and repairs, and used very carefully in a pinch you can even use it …

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Michigan Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly Any Knife Illegal to Carry Concealed, including in vehicle Fixed blade knivesDaggersDirksStilettosOut-the-Front (OTF) double-edged automatics/switchblades Michigan Knife Law Overview Michigan is a fairly permissible state for knife owners, hampered only by a few odd discretionary laws restricting the concealed carry of the entire category …

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The Best Ear Protection for Shooting

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If you are a shooter, even one who practices infrequently, you must have ear protection. It’s that simple! You may think you are some kind of hardcore type who can deal with the noise, or that your ears will “harden up” but that just isn’t the case; what is the …

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Figure of Eight Knot on a Bight – Rethreaded

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The Figure of Eight on a bight is a very strong mid loop, where the two ends come out of the knot parallel, so it is best used when the direction of the load from the knot towards the ends is similar for both ends, and the knot is loaded …

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11 Easy Mindset Exercises for Survival

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We all travel through life with a certain swagger. For some this is limited to a narrow set of circumstances. While for others it is all encompassing to the point where the mind exceeds the body’s ability to back it up. Webster defines mindset as “A fixed mental attitude or …

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Maine Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Illegal to Carry Concealed Bowie knifeDirkStiletto Legal to Carry Openly Potentially any knife, some concern over statutory language, see below. Maine Knife Law Overview Despite some recent advances in cleaning up their legislation of spurious and outdated knife laws, as well as legalizing switchblade knives wholesale, Maine is …

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10 Critical Survival Lessons From the Homeless

The homeless people around the world may be a poor and pitiable lot, but they have a lot to teach us about survival. At first glance you might not think the people surviving in the middle of urban and suburban centers are in “real” survival situations, but you’d be wrong. …

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How Many Doomsday Preppers are There?

As a prepper, I have often wondered to myself and aloud to my associates and friends just how many of “us” are out there. How many citizens are taking the task of preparing for the inevitable Big Boom and resulting hard times, or the slow slide into the post-empire phase …

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Here’s Why Jerusalem Artichoke Is a Fantastic Survival Crop

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Growing Jerusalem artichokes can keep both your and your survival livestock well fed during a long-term disaster – with barely any manual labor from you required in the process. A single Jerusalem artichoke plant is capable of producing 200 pounds of nutrient-rich tubers that is safe for both humans and …

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Vermont Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly or Concealed Any knife except a switchblade with a blade of 3” or long, or a knife with knuckleduster handle Vermont Knife Law Overview Vermont is a reasonably permissive state for knife owners, one that is more concerned with punishing those who carry knives …

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The Top 10 Neck Knives for Survival

The neck knife is an often neglected option for preppers who want to carry an extremely low profile and lightweight secondary or even tertiary blade, or who want a barely-there primary blade. While users today might think the often concealed nature of these small knives lends itself best to blades …

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Tinder vs Kindling – What Exactly Is the Difference?

Tinder and kindling are not the same thing, but you do need both to start a roaring fire – and sustain it. Being able to understand exactly what each element of fire-making is and does, you will be better equipped to get a campfire going no matter what weather elements …

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