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Cold Weather: The Great Equalizer

For preppers, cold weather has to be the worst of the elements.   In some parts of the country we are just entering the phase of the harshest part of winter. It has been pretty mild in most cold zones, but Mother Nature being as she is, I expect that to change.  Remember, if you saw… Read More

Book Review: Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide

I’ll say from the outset that I’m less familiar with air guns than “traditional” guns. Air rifles, to me, have always fallen into the category of a BB gun, the “Red Rider” type that Ralphie wished for in the classic movie, A Christmas Story. A “rifle” that kids use as a precursor to getting a… Read More

Daltech Force Bullbelt & IndestructiBelt Gun Belt Review

Let me start by saying that my primary objective in buying a new belt was not to get a belt for carrying a gun. No, I needed a new belt because the leather belt I’ve been wearing the past few years gets that inevitable sag where it doesn’t look right any more. I mean look… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Vargo Titanium Wood Stove

Most quality bug out kits give a hefty nod to a petroleum powered stove. Whether white gas, compressed gas or fuel tablets, the common thread is the need for man-made fuel. Even the multi-fuel stoves are at risk when there is nothing to eat. Enter the mini-wood stove.  Vargo makes an impressive line of titanium products… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul PMAG D-60 Drum Magazine

The wizards at Magpul have done it again.  As if their game-changing polymer 30-round PMAG wasn’t enough, they upped the ante with a 60-round drum magazine. And sometimes the obvious benefits of something are not, well, obvious.  Such is the case with the Magpul D-60.  The D-60 drum mag was announced at the February 2015… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Skinner “HTF” Tactical Garment Bag

The cliché saying is “hiding in plain sight.”  Preppers need to be sensitive to being able to hide critical gear, supplies, and SHTF stuffs away from prying eyes, thieves, or anybody else that might be snooping around your house or storage areas.  This is why we advise keeping quiet and discreet about your prepping efforts… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Crovel Elite

It’s quite likely that everyone reading this has firsthand experience with the old-school military-issue entrenching tools.  In fact military digging tools have been with us since the Romans were in diapers.  The dedicated trenching tool formally entered the soldier's loadout in WW1 as trench warfare ran the battlefield.  And that is where the entrenching tool… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT)

Before we dive in, let’s take some reality pills.  First, this tourniquet is for you, not for your good samaritan fantasy where you save the beautiful princess/prince with the severed artery (although I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for that as well).  Second, the mere fact of not carrying a tourniquet does not decrease your… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Leatherman Raptor Shears

Between three and four thousand years ago, somebody somewhere thought up the idea of having two opposing bronze knife blades slice towards each other and thus the spring shears were born.  But it wasn’t until about AD 100 that the recognizable X-shaped pivot shears were invented by the Romans.  By placing the pivot point in… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Helio Pressure Shower

If you are like me, the biggest luxury you will miss when the SHTF is a nice hot shower, that and a toilet that flushes.  I do a fair amount of backwoods camping and fishing in the Rocky Mountains, so going without a shower is something that I do often without complaint.  But when I… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Leatherman MUT

The day after Independence Day in 1983, Tim Leatherman and his buddy Steve Berliner formally launched the Leatherman Tool Group Inc. and started selling its first product, the Leatherman PST or Pocket Survival Tool.  From that point on, Tim and Steve’s creation and its offspring can be found in almost every survival kit, bugout bag… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gerber GDC Money Clip

I have always admired money clips for their sleek simplicity. However, time and time again I end up going back to a wallet as I stock my pockets with more junk.  I have a small collection of money clips and recently wanted to go back to using one.  The old ones in the top dresser… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Grid-It by Cocoon

Don’t you think it’s about time you get organized?  As survivalists we pride ourselves in having our “You Know What” together, but most of us lag way behind in having certain elements of our prep ducks lined up in a row.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Some may have… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Guide 10 Adventure Kit

With known electrical grid issues and the possibility of being in a remote area without electricity, the sun seems to be logical solution when the outlet is no longer available.  Although we never like to rely on survival gear that requires electricity, it often times can prove to be very useful. By Josh, a contributing… Read More

Essential Bug Out Gear

Admittedly I watch a lot of outdoor television programming.  For Christmas this past year my wife got me the upgraded programming on cable so I could receive outdoors television basically 24/7/365.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com I enjoy watching the different location venues, and the behaviors of the big… Read More

Survival Gear Review: RockD Auto Lock Carabiner

During my time in the Army, I served in both the infantry and Special Forces and had to hump (carry) all of my gear over some hellacious long distances and across various rugged environments with extremes in temperatures.    By Bama Bull, a reader of SurvivalCache.com One of the things I learned is that your… Read More

Base Camp Survival Tool Bag

Eventually everything you own that was conceived by a mode of industrial assembly or manufacture will fail.  Even if it doesn’t outright fail, it must be maintained in order to achieve maximum product utility especially for a survival situation. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com All of this preparation requires mechanics… Read More

Shemaghs, A Survival “Must Have”

From time to time we get an update to an original article here at SurvivalCache that we want to share with our readers.  "30 Uses for a Bandanna" has been a very popular post and one of our readers has written a great update. When I deployed to the Middle East, I found that all… Read More

A Real Emergency Fund

When you hear a financial planner talk about having an “emergency fund” they are referring to a savings or checking account that will get you through tough times.  We think this is wise but we also feel that the "Prepared Individual" should also plan for dire situations and have a Real Emergency Fund. If you… Read More

Survival Debate: Take In or Turn Away

One of the most basic questions survivalists and preppers wrestle with is what to do if unplanned guests turn up at your door in a SHTF situation. Do you take them in and divide your supplies or turn them away and protect your family? Pro: More People = Better Security Clear Conscience More workers Might… Read More

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Stock Precious Metals

The myth that stocking gold and other precious metals as a survival tool is perpetuated by survival blogs and message boards. Common sense shows that's not a good idea and your hard earned money is better spent on food and gear. First, let's look at history. You can study any group in the history of… Read More

7 Reasons to have Money in your Bug Out Bag

I believe in the event of total collapse money and even precious metals will become fairly worthless for quite a while. However, total collapse is unlikely. While you may be in a regional emergency the rest of the world still takes cold hard cash. Thanks to reader Jeff for the reminder to always carry cash. … Read More

6 Tools to Survive Anything

Some tools are so versatile you can't even begin to list all of the things they are useful for. In fact, 9 times out of 10, you won't even know what you'll need them for until it happens. Here are the 6 tools every self respecting prepper should have in large quantities and always available… Read More

Survival Debate: Gear or Knowledge

Since I run an entire website about survival gear you'd think I would be firmly in the camp that says gear is more important than knowledge.  Well that's not always the case.  Here we'll look at a few of the important aspects of each and you can decide where your priorities lie. Pro Wide Range… Read More

What Type of Survivalist Are You?

The traditional connotation of "Survivalist" is not good and usually involves crazy people with lots of guns, too much camouflage, and a bomb shelter full of food. You and I both know this isn't true. There are "survivalists" in all walks of life with various levels of gear and preps. I wrote descriptions of a… Read More

3 Maps That Should be in Your Survival Gear

Everyone says you have to have maps of your area in your gear. That's true, but how much time did you spend deciding exactly what kind of maps to take. If you just stuck a state road map in your Bug Out Bag, then you should reconsider and take the 3 types of maps that… Read More

Dust Mask for your Urban Survival Bag

In the years following 9/11 there were, and still are, thousands of emergency workers getting horrible respiratory diseases and cancer from breathing the dust left after the towers collapsed. You might not be working in a emergency zone for weeks after the SHTF, but there will be things in the air you don't want to… Read More

Survival Skills, EDC, and Homemade MRE’s

The Newsletter from SurvivalCache features great articles on survival and prepping from other survival sites that I follow. This week we have a survival skills quiz, a breakdown of an EveryDay Carry system, and a cool how-to on homemade MRE's. 1. Last week the TEOTWAWKI Blog wrote a great article on his EDC, or EveryDay… Read More

The Platypus Collapsible Water Bottle

Clean water storage containers are going to be in serious demand if the SHTF, both by you and all of the sheeple too. You really can't have enough, but at the same time you don't want to waste room in your gear bag on more water bottles when you've already filled as many as you… Read More

How can the ShamWOW help you Survive?

You've all seen the commercials with the annoying little Billy Mays wannabe guy who shows you how to soak up an entire bathtub full of water with that little chamois, but have you ever thought of using those super absorbent towels in your survival gear? Maybe you should. I've used a synthetic chamois as a… Read More

37 Things You Should Stock but Probably Aren’t

UPDATED:  67 Items! Every survivalist message board and prepper blog tells you to stock the same things; weapons, water, food basics, etc. So, I went looking for a list of things that you should be stocking, but probably aren't. Everything on the list will make your life many times easier after the SHTF, especially in… Read More

The Top 100 Items to Disappear First

You could also call this "The Top 100 Things You should start stocking up on." Even if you don't need more than 2 (you should always have 2 of everything) each item on this list will be great for bartering. This list was discussed and chosen by the members of SurvivalCache.com Forums.  No Particular Order… Read More

7 Great Uses for a Backpacking Bucket

A backpacking bucket can be an extremely versatile addition to your water system in an outdoor survival scenario. Many people might think that a collapsible bucket is an extra nicety and not worth the weight, but for a few ounces folded up to the size of a deck of cards you add a lot of… Read More

Use a Sawyer Extractor for Snake and Insect Bites

The Sawyer Extractor is the best first aid application for poisonous snake bites as well as insect bites and stings.  The Extractor is a venom suction system that removes the venom from the victims bloodstream.  The Sawyer Extractor system is also reusable and a definite must have for your Bug Out Bag or other survival… Read More

CamoForm – Camouflage anything without Painting

Last week I ordered 2 rolls of CamoForm camouflage wrap. After trying it out today on a rifle stock and knife sheath (pictures included), as far as I can tell, CamoForm is the easiest way to camouflage anything. You can use CamoForm on any gear without fear of damaging or the pain of painting. CamoForm… Read More

30 Uses for a Bandana

A bandana is another one of those things that is useful for a thousand things but nothing specific. It's right up there with duct tape and rope.  The things only weigh a couple ounces, they are dirt cheap, and are a must have in your Bug Out Bag or Urban Survival Gear. Here is just… Read More

Use Sunglasses to Maintain a Tactical Advantage

Sunglasses in a survival situation may seem like an unneeded item for some, and a frivolous extra for others, but I think taking a pair of sunglasses, especially in your Urban Survival Kit is a good idea, and not just to block the sun. They say the eyes are the window to the soul.  While… Read More

Why Ear Plugs could make your Urban Survival more Bearable

If you watch video footage of urban emergency events that include sound, like 9/11, you notice the constant stream of sirens. If they are that loud on tape imagine how it must be on the ground. You could be really glad you packed a couple sets of disposable ear plugs in your Urban Survival Bag… Read More

Use Coffee Filters to extend the life of your Water Filtration System

Water Filtration Systems have a set lifespan. After a while the filters just get worn out. You can use coffee filters to extend the life of your water filter. Zack and I did a quick demonstration of this system in Mason jars to show how effective it can be. (Click for larger pictures) Pre-filtering water… Read More

Bivvy Sack: It’s that much better than an Emergency Blanket

Just about every outdoor pack has an Emergency Blanket or two.  Mostly because they are small, cheap, and light.  But are they really that useful? Here's why I think you should go for an Emergency Bivvy Sack instead. A Bivvy Sack (or Bivouac Sack, Bivy Sack, or Bivi) is usually a slip on cover for… Read More