How to build emergency tarp shelters

 There may come a time when you find yourself without shelter for one reason or another. There are several options but the two easiest forms of shelter are tarps and tents. This is not going to be a debate on whether a tent or tarp is better. This article will teach you a few easy to pitch tarp shelters and how to make a great survival tarp on the cheap.

Survival Uses for pill bottles

I'm pretty sure that we have all seen the pill bottle survival kits, fishing kits, and mini first aid kits. They are all over the internet so its apparent that pill bottles can be recycled for better purposes. Well I have come up with a few more uses for them.

Air rifles for prepping and survival

Umarex Octane and Surge

My admiration and respect for  firearms began at a young age with my first bb gun. I had lots of fun plinking and shooting pinecones out of trees. I learned basic firearm safety and aiming with my red ryder. Then I got a little older and saved my pennies so I could buy a daisy Powerline 880. It was even more fun than the red ryder. I shot many, many cans with it. Of course like most other kids I wanted to see what else I could shoot with it, so I shot my fair share of barn birds and sparrows.

DIY Coffee can rocket stove

Living in an urban setting can be a challenge from a preppers standpoint. One of the big challenges is finding fuel wood for fires and cooking. Sure you can go elsewhere to get a chord of wood but this gets expensive instead think about using the fuel that is already available to you. By building a  rocket stove you can still use firewood to cook but you only need a few handfuls of sticks instead of split logs. Rocket stoves will burn as long as there is fuel to put in them.

Build a Get Home Bag

My get home bag

You are half way home and the car dies. No problem right? You'll just call someone and be on your way. Oh you didn't charge your phone last night and now its dead. So off you go on a ten mile hike back home. On the way home you deal with rain, blisters, a bad neighborhood, mosquitoes, dehydration, and exhaustion. By the time you reach home you are in no condition to do anything. You look at the couch and just collapse on it unable to move from being so physically drained.

A beginners guide to survival fishing

***Most of the survival fishing techniques covered in this article are illegal. Always check your local laws if you are unsure. In a true survival situation self preservation should trump fishing laws.***

"You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for life." Fishing is an ancient and proven form of food procurement that has turned to more of a past time in our modern society. Fishing is a truly important survival skill to learn. It can be practiced easily anywhere you see water. You don't need a whole lot of money to get started. All you really need to start is bait, hooks, sinkers, bobbers, and a pole. Fish are a perfect survival food because they are abundant in most areas and full of nutrients. In this article you will learn the basics of freshwater fishing, survival fishing, how to make lures, find bait, find fish, assemble a survival fishing kit, and how to cook your catch among other things.

Survival fire kit

About a week ago I started assembling new packs for myself and the wife. I wanted to create a survival kit that would be lightweight and easy to use even for someone with limited outdoor knowledge. Fire is especially important here in Wisconsin where its cold three seasons out of the year, so I decided weight wasn't an issue for the fire kit. I did quite a bit of research and pretty much ignored cost to make sure the wife would be able to get a fire going no matter what.

Solo vs Group survival; You have to sleep sometime

The big one finally happened. It's chaos all around you now. What will you do? What plans do you have in place. Some people will bug out and join a team that was chosen long before the shit hit the fan, others will go completely solo, and the sheeple will probably die while they wait for help. Lets take a look at some of the pros and cons for each tactic.

The gray man

The gray man, the one guy at work that everyone sees but nobody notices. He is soft spoken and keeps his opinions to himself. His old pickup truck runs great but looks ragged and boring. No lift kit or shiny rims just boring. Most people don't know much about him and hardly even remember his name. He is always polite and never causes problems or makes enemies. If he takes a day off not a single person notices he is gone. When work lets out he simply disappears from your sight and mind until the next shift. You don't know a thing about his life nor do you care because nothing about him draws any attention. He is so boring and average in dress and demeanor that he is essentially ignored. Nothing about this individual invokes the slightest bit of curiosity in the human mind. He is in almost all regards to the term a ghost and does not exist.

An evac plan for your dog

I have two dogs that are just as much a part of the family as my wife and kid are. They sleep in bed

with us and lay on the couch. In return they protect the house while we're away and alert us when they hear  something go bump in the night. I don't think you should have a dog if you lack that mindset. A dog will do anything for you and lives to make you happy so please remember to include them in the family evac plan.
The pros to having a dog in a crisis far outweigh the cons. Your dog will guard the family with its life and they'll hear stuff long before you do so they are an excellent early warning system. Size doesn't matter, even the smallest dogs will still alert you and try to protect you. My ma has a little Pomeranian that's gotta be getting close to ten years old now and she still runs the pack which includes a pitbull, a lab, and a hound.
Dogs can be trained to help with hunting and tracking as well.