Category: Articles


Build a BOB: Navigation

The goal of bugging out is to reach a safe location, such as your predetermined bug out location (BOL) as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. That could be considerably hampered should you end up lost along the way. Part of bug out planning involves selecting primary and alternate routes to reach your destination. Those […]

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Marketing – What Works and What Doesn’t

For some authors, writing the book is the easy part. It is getting that book in the hands of paying readers that is truly vexing. Let’s face it, while we often write because we feel compelled to do so, if you want to pay the bills with your writing you’re going to have to find […]

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Tips and Tricks for Magazine Writing

Writing for magazines can be a great way to increase your name recognition as well as put a few extra bucks in your pocket. But, it isn’t for the faint of heart nor for those with thin skin. It can be a lot of work and rejections are very common, even for articles that are […]

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Tips and Tricks for Traditional Publishing

So, you’ve been offered a publishing contract? That’s awesome! Writing a book under contract is exciting and can also be a more than a little daunting. You may be feeling unsure of yourself, wondering why a publisher would want YOU to write a book. That’s very normal. Rest assured, most publishers do their homework and […]

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So, You Wanna Be a Writer?

When I first decided to take my writing seriously and pursue it as a career, there were a lot of people who had my back. I sought out and received a ton of advice. I also learned a fair amount from my own mistakes along the way. This page and the articles linked here are […]


Handcrafted Gear and Supplies

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as big of a fan of Amazon as the next guy. Great prices, usually quick shipping, and I can find damn near anything I need there. However, there is something about buying a handcrafted knife, fire kit, or leather bag. The men and women engaged in this sort of stuff […]

4 Tricks for Fall Gardening

4 Tricks for Fall Gardening

Guest post by Mike Podlesny It seems a lot of gardeners stop working their soil and growing food once the tomatoes have fallen over and stopped producing. But, did you know that gardening in the fall is just as productive and as much fun as growing tasty fruits, veggies and herbs in the spring and […]

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Fixed Blade vs. Folding?

Have you ever wondered what type of hunting knife you should get? From many hunters’ perspective, one of the most important things you should take into account is how the knife is made. In this post we are going to discuss which type of hunting knife is best from a construction point of view. Not […]

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8 Common Bug Out Bag Mistakes

[Subscribers to our free newsletter, The Survival Weekly Dispatch, received this article as a special report last week.  Sign up today so you too can get great content like this, delivered right to your inbox every week.] Assembling a bug out bag is one of the first steps preppers take in their disaster readiness journey. […]

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Belt Pouch Survival Kit

Inspired after reading and reviewing Build The Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann, I decided to put together a belt pouch survival kit. While this is still a work in progress, here’s what I’ve done thus far. I started with a Fieldline camo print belt pouch I found at Walmart a while back. I […]

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Matches + Toilet Paper = Roaring Fire!

One of the best homemade fire starters I’ve ever used is stunningly simple to make. Plus, they are small enough to fit into almost any size kit. For this project, you’ll need: –Strike anywhere matches –Toilet paper –Melted wax (such as old crayons or broken candles) Start by melting the wax. I’ve found one of […]

Cheap Entertainment for the Bug Out Bag

An area that is often overlooked when assembling a bug out bag, get home bag, or other kit is boredom relievers. Granted, if you’re in a situation where you are needing to rely on your kit to survive, you would think there are more important things than entertaining yourself. However, there are many potential scenarios […]

Paracord Survival Bracelets 101

Guest article provided by Andrew Hallinan If you are a prepper, adventurer, traveler, or just an everyday person with a passion to explore, there is no better way to improve your bug out bag (or personal safety kit) than adding a 550 Paraband bracelet to your kit. Paracord, which is also popularly known as 550-Cord, […]

Surviving a Bomb Blast- Are You Prepared?

Surviving a Bomb Blast by Protection Essentials As we have learned from the recent Boston Marathon bombing and other countless terrorist attacks since 9/11, those who seek to inflict massive casualties and terror on a populace prefer explosives as their primary means of destruction. The reasoning is simple to understand: such devices are typically cheap, […]

The Importance of Adaptability

A critical survival skill is being able to adapt to changing circumstances. Few if any disasters follow any sort of set game plan. We can and do make plans to mitigate the affects of a crisis but we need to recognize that not everything will follow any sort of playbook. Instead, we should assume there […]

Prepper or Packrat?

No two ways about it, prepping takes up space. Food, water, gear, it all needs a home. That would be no problem if you lived in a 20,000 square foot home, complete with a full basement in which you could have aisles set up to such a degree you’d make Walmart envious. But, I’m betting […]

Minimalist Approach to EDC

When I have the time to do so, I like to peruse a few different survival-related message boards. In addition to trying to keep abreast of the latest developments in the prepper community, I love to read lists of what people have in their bug out bags as well as what they have on them […]

Mental Health Prepping

Any disaster or emergency brings with it stress, anxiety, and frustration. Whether is it being lost in the woods or stuck at home during an extended power outage, you’ll find your stress level hitting 11 or higher. It is important to recognize this ahead of time and take measures to mitigate it. Make Plans Quite […]

Last Ditch Shopping — Think Outside The Box

How often have we heard non-preppers say that, if a SHTF situation were imminent, they’d just head to Walmart to grab supplies? Then, we silently shake our head and think, You sad, silly person…. Naturally, the crowds at stores like Walmart or Target in that type of situation will make Black Friday look like a […]

When Is It Time To Bug Out?

One of the most common questions I get, just behind What kind of gun should I buy? and just ahead of Who sells the best-tasting dehydrated food? is “How will I know it is time to bug out?” Variations of this include “How will I know this is the event?” and “How can I get […]