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What Exactly is a Bug-Out Bag?

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If you are new to prepping, you have doubtlessly seen bugging-out and the corresponding piece of luggage that all preppers love, the bug-out bag, mentioned all over the place in self-sufficiency and prepper circles. I know for a fact you have seen it all over this very site; I have …

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How to Make Milk Thistle Extract

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Milk thistle extract or tincture can easily be made on your own kitchen counter instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money from a specialty store. When made and stored properly the extract should be shelf stable for at least two years. In my experience, it remains potent for a …

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Are Sleeping Bags Safe for Toddlers?

Sleeping bags are designed with a specific occupant in mind and lots will change depending on whether the occupant is a 200lb adult or a 35lb toddler. A child can sleep in an adult sleeping bag, but will the child be comfortable and safe? The short answer is no, sleeping …

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Top 5 Rooftop Tents for Camping and Survival

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It’s easy to get tent envy when we pull into a campsite and there is that couple who pop up their rooftop tent within minutes and settle down to watch the sun slip below the horizon while sipping a glass of champagne, and popping strawberries into each other’s mouths. Meanwhile, …

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The Best 9mm Ammo Money Can Buy

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Shooters who are real serious about defensive shooting care an awful lot about “bests.” The best pistol. The best holster, best sights, best upgrades, best customizer. Best, best, best. This will of course include the endless, Sisyphean task to find the best ammo. And they well should. Self-defense is a …

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Preparing and Executing a Bug Out on Foot

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Bugging out is a central tenet to prepping. You cannot count on staying where you are! The best laid plans, the most fortified location, all of it could be rendered moot, even dangerous in the wrong situation. That could be from bad luck, a bad plan or just something you …

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Are Sleeping Bags Fire Retardant?

If you are concerned about how flame-retardant your sleeping bag actually is, and what that little label really means in terms of protection should a fire break out in the campsite, then this article should clear up those questions. A common fear is how much time there will be to …

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How to Survive an Armed Robbery

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Robbery. Mugging. A classic hold-up. The threat of violence- injury, or death- if you do not part with what you have. This is the bread and butter, literally, of plenty of scumbags. The quickest way to a man’s wallet is just to stick a gun or knife in his face …

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Does Bear Spray Actually Work?

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If you are venturing into the deep woods of the western U.S. and much of Canada, or even into the Smokies of the eastern U.S. there is a decent chance you’ll encounter bears. Bear attacks on people are rare, but bears are not, and anytime you find yourself in their …

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Can You Predict How It Is All Going to Go Down?

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Preppers perhaps more than anyone spend a disproportionate amount of time analyzing, wondering and even, perhaps, darkly fantasizing about the Big One, the event that will set society and perhaps the entire country, even the world, up on its end. It is in our nature to try and discern what …

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The Ultimate Urban Bug Out Bag

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For preppers, one of the most central tenets of preparedness is the concept of the BOB, or bug-out bag, that one, vital piece of luggage that contains everything you need to drop what you are doing and escape to someplace safe ahead of or right behind a disaster. The BOB …

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How to Make Milk Thistle Tea – And Why You Should

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Milk thistle tea is quick and easy to make, and the primary way folks use this wild edible plant for its proclaimed natural medicinal properties. Studies about the prowess of milk thistle to heal or prevent disease are sparse and remain ongoing, but in a survival situation when you have …

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Clove Hitch Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Clove Hitch is a simple hitch for securing a line to a post or pole or other round object, somewhat larger than the diameter of the line. In most situations the round turn and two half hitches will do just as well, and the clove hitch is known to …

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Low Profile Carry of Long Guns: Good or Bad Idea?

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The surging popularity of brace-equipped AR pistols and short, handy “firearms” like the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 and Tac-13 has seen more and more shooters getting interested in the idea of carrying a “long” gun around as part of their EDC, either on their person or in their vehicle. …

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Are Sleeping Bags Machine Washable?

Technically yes they are, BUT the more you wash your sleeping bag the more likely it is that the filling may shift and compress and then you lose the loft of the sleeping bag that makes it so comfy. If however it has got so grimy, and the loft isn’t …

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Milk Thistle Identification and Uses

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Milk thistle is one of the easiest to identify fall foraging offerings. The plant is used in natural medicinal remedies, to brew as a tea, and as a recipe ingredient. Like stinging nettles, you MUST wear gloves when harvesting any part of this plant – or suffer the consequences of …

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How to Prep if You’re Renting

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Serious prepping seems on its surface to be the province of the well-heeled land owners upon first inspection. The “ideal” is a remote hideaway, deep in the forest, on a mountainside or deep in the desert or tundra stocked to the rafters and beyond with every imaginable provision, piece of …

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How to Shoot a Pistol Accurately

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Shooting is not rocket science, but is not as easy as falling off a bike, either. Among all the various firearms that one could endeavor to master, most will find that the humble pistol is the most difficult. This presents a problem since it is the pistol, not the rifle …

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The Best Battery Backups and External Batteries

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The modern world is full of wonderfully portable and amazingly capable rechargeable electronic devices. The now ubiquitous smartphone is a miracle do-all gadget that handles everything from email and voice comms to record keeping and even star charting. The latest GPS systems are more accurate and small enough to ride …

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