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Handling Medical Emergencies

Medical emergencies go far beyond straightforward fractures, sprains and breaks; would you know what to do in the case of an asthma attack, fever or dehydration? These things can happen to anyone and at any time, and when they do strike you might find yourself far away from emergency medical care. Then what? By Alex… Read More

Fortifying Your Home

If a burglar, kidnapper, or home invasion robbing crew targeted your home, it would be good if your home were a hard target, like a castle for fortress of the ancient days, but the reasonableness of your security measures must take into account the likelihood and severity of the risks you might face. Let’s go… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Best Glide Survival Fishing Kit

It better be an emergency if you use this thing, because this is not your Daddy's tackle box.  All 3 versions of the Best Glide Survival Fishing Kits (Standard, Basic, Compact) are pretty sparse but that is why they are called emergency fishing kits.  If you are building your own Bug Out Bag, I think… Read More

Five Emergency Toothache Remedies From Wild Plants

The crippling pain of a toothache can occur at inconvenient times - perhaps when far from your dentist or even your emergency first aid kit.  Because of the potentially intense pain and potentially critical health concerns associated with a tooth infection, wild herbs to treat toothache is an important category of medicinals to become familiar… Read More

The Survival Staff

In this “back-to-basics” article, we will look at a basic building material, tool, and weapon- one that can be used for shelter, a tool handle, walking stick, and the most basic and primitive weapon.  As a weapon, the more-or-less six foot staff is one of the most universal among many martial arts traditions, and often… Read More

Bushcraft Mushrooms: 5 Uses of Polypores and Other Mushrooms

Mushrooms were among the earliest survival essentials of man.  Otzi, the Ice Man, had two mushrooms with him.  One, the Tinder Polypore (Fomes fomentarius), used for firestarting and the other, the Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus), was quite possibly being carried for medicinal reasons.  The fire-starting and fire-carrying properties of Tinder Polypore and others like Chaga… Read More

Wild Edibles & Poisonous Plants of the Poison Ivy Family

The Poison Ivy plant family, Anacardiaceae, is well known to those who spend time outdoors. Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is one of the most notorious weeds of the wild, feared by campers and other outdoorsy folk because of the nasty rash it can produce with contact. While poison ivy is largely reviled, Anacardiaceae yields enormous… Read More

Emergency Storage of Wild Plant Foods

Wild foods are largely known as survival foods for emergencies or as novel delicacies to spice up normal kitchen fare.  In either case long term storage is not a primary concern.  In the event of a long-term survival situation you would want to store surplus food away as soon as you were feeling well-fed enough… Read More

Medicinal Uses of Pine Trees and Their Relatives in the Northeast

Evergreens are also known as conifers.  They make up the bulk of a group of plants called gymnosperms.  In my home area we have one conifer that is not evergreen: Larch or Tamarack (Larix).  You can also find the deciduous Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) under cultivation.  The broadleaf gymnosperm Ginkgo biloba is often planted, but… Read More

Natural Headache Remedies

Headaches are a part of being human. Some people get them regularly, and others get headaches only rarely. Severity varies from person to person, as does the cause of the headache. Even when only mildly annoying, a headache can affect your ability to function fully and alertly.  If you’re in a situation where Tylenol, aspirin… Read More

21 Survival Uses For Paracord

Paracord used to be used as the suspension lines for parachutes. After landing on the ground soldiers would cut the cord from their chutes because they found a multitude of uses for the light weight, durable cordage. Today, paracord has become incredibly popular not only with the military but with the civilian sector as well… Read More

Best Finishes For Your SHTF Gun

We recently had a reader email into the Survival Cache team with a couple suggestions for articles he’s like to see(those types of emails are always welcome, by the way!).   He’d mentioned one specific item he’d like to see gone over.  He wrote, “Another article I'd like to see if/when you and your team get… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Barricade Fire Blocking Gel

Looked at the news lately?  Hot, dry and windy.  Fire season is upon us again.  It is starting to really dry out up here in the high country of Rocky Mountains where wildfires are our biggest nemesis.  My paranoia level is around a 5 on a scale of 10.  Statistically the chances of your house… Read More

Food Storage With Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

One of the biggest obstacles we have to conquer as preppers is that of long term food storage and preservation.  While MREs and other long term food options that are purchased can be great, they can be expensive per serving and limiting in the options available.  A few years back I decided to research my… Read More

DIY: Five Gallon Bucket Washing Machine

Awhile back my washing machine broke down over a holiday weekend.  Instead of hauling the dirty laundry to a laundry mat, I decided that this would be a great opportunity to finally try out using a 5 gallon bucket to wash clothes.  Sometimes a little adversity is what you need to really be prepared.  Clothes… Read More

4 Step Household Evacuation Plan

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about fleeing a natural disaster?  The answer should be, panic.  Just imagine you turn on the news to see a wildfire barrelling down on your locale.  It could be a tornado, floods, hordes of the undead.  Even if it is a slow moving… Read More

DIY: Beer Can Alcohol Stove

Looking for a light, inexpensive, DIY alternative for boiling water while backpacking or camping? Have you bugged in without heat and power? Have you bugged out to find that your manufactured stove has broken? From the casual traveled to the hardcore prepper, the alcohol stove is a fun, handy, and ingenious little piece of technology… Read More

Wilderness Survival: Part 1

Even if you’re not an avid camper or backcountry enthusiast, knowing how to survive in the wild is at the core of a survivalist’s mindset.  After all, our survival instinct originated from our most primitive form’s need to navigate and overcome the harsh elements that Mother Nature can throw at us.  As a result, the… Read More

7 Tips For Your Bug Out Bag

Yea, I know, another BOB post. You have it all squared away, but do you really?  I like to think of my pack as a multi-scenario item. Call it a GHB (Get Home Bag), GOOD bag (Get Out of Dodge) or INCH bag ( I’m Never Coming Home ) or just a plain old BOB… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Valkyrie War Cord Survival Frag

I've only met one survivalist who said he didn't like paracord gear and I'm pretty sure he was lying.  Paracord is one of the staple items that have come to be accepted as a “must have” in your kit, and you'll have to travel far and wide to find a Get-Home bag or Bug Out… Read More

11 Things You Must Have On Hand In Case Ebola Hits The Fan

Ebola is not over.  As it becomes more clear that Ebola is firmly a worldwide problem, there may have been unintentional exposure to hundreds of people outside of the hot zone.  To be prepared, you should have a few things on hand that will keep you safer than without them. Ebola is a serial killer… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Primal Gear Unlimited Bow

When I was a kid my dad bought me a youth compound bow.  I loved shooting it but I never shot at anything other than the practice target in our yard. I spent all my hunting years using firearms even though the desire to bow hunt was always just below the surface.  I didn’t have a… Read More

DIY: Making An Activated Charcoal Filter

We've had a lot of rain up here lately.  A LOT of rain.  I was out puttering around the yard this week and I noticed the rain water slowly dripping through my raised fire pit and the wood coals it was full of.  Drip drip drip...... into a puddle below.   By Calamity Jane, a… Read More