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Building a Basic Defensive Arsenal

Times are tough. The economy is rolling, but not like a freight train. The country is in heavy debt from social spending and the support of conflicts abroad that are not really our conflicts. The middle class is taxed to death. The oil industry is still dragging. Ironically, we continue to import oil from the… Read More

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

The Fallkniven Professional Hunting Knife: When Quality Really Matters

As knife designs evolve they have to overcome the traditions and stereotypes of the past. In an effort to drive knife sales, manufacturers have produced more versatile, creatively inspired blades. While this has yielded a multitude of blades, some manufacturers have missed the mark entirely with poorly designed, gimmicky knives. Others, like Fällkniven, produce modern… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Kelly Kettle Ultimate Camp Kit

The Kelly Kettle was developed by the Kelly family in Ireland and has been in use for over one hundred years. The kettle has a simple yet very effective design for boiling water.  The body of the kettle is a doubled wall construction with a hollow core.  When the kettle is placed over the hobo… Read More

Survival Gear Review: The Mora Camp Axe

Mora knives are the paracord of survival blades. Their utility is unquestioned, but not so much is their reliability as a true survival instrument. Having a partial tang, thin blade, plastic sheath, and average steel, the Mora Knife is more of an inexpensive convenience, but by no means the last word in survival blades.  However… 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

Survival Gear Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Persian Peach Stew With Chicken

I recently got a few samples of Backpacker’s Pantry freeze-dried meals to review, and I was very excited to try them out, because Backpacker’s Pantry is one of the few large-scale freeze-dried meal producers to not just feature, but promote and develop a large variety of gluten-free and/or organic ingredient options.  Backpacker’s Pantry, based out… Read More

How To Prepare For Hurricane Matthew

After rampaging through the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew will make landfall in the US later this week. It is uncertain how destructive Matthew's impact will be in the United States. Here's what we do know: Matthew constitutes at least a Category 3 Hurricane and officials are taking the storm's arrival very seriously. Governors in Florida, South Carolina, and… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Food

The blockbuster movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released in 1991. That was 25 years ago.   Why that’s important is that even though T2 is like ancient history to many folks these days, there was a scene in the movie (at 1:25:20 to be exact) where the young John Connor and the T2 (Arnold… 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

10 Tips Everyone Should Know Before Carrying Concealed

With more and more states (fourteen, per Wikipedia - not counting Puerto Rico) giving the green light to some form of “Constitutional Carry” - that is, carrying a legal concealed firearm without a state-issued permit - citizens have been heading to gun shops and training facilities in droves to enable themselves to exercise their right… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Escape & Evasion Gun Belt

Since the Bronze Age belts have been worn by all ages and all genders.  A belt round the waist is a fashion statement (1), holds utility essentials (2), and is safety equipment in all manner of work-related and recreational applications (3). And it is those very same three aspects of a special purpose belt that… Read More

A Brief History of Martial Law

Wherever a military exists, so too can martial law.  Martial law refers to the period of time when the military is in place as the top governmental authority of a population.   As former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a man from a country well-acquainted with martial law, so succinctly put it, “Martial law rests… Read More

Survival Gear Review: C.A. Myers Sewing Awl

This is sewing for the caveman in you, or cavewoman.  If you have a well thought out Bug Out Bag, then repair gear is included in it.  A small sewing kit, duct tape, multi-tool, IFAK, and maybe some cable ties.  I have been putting a heavy sail needle and thick thread in my kits forever. … Read More

12 Preps For Under $30 Bucks

I'm willing to bet that at least 90% of the people reading this article have to function under a budget of sorts.  Bills need to be paid, houses need to be heated, cars need to be maintained, stomachs need to be fed.  It's a fact of life and how we have to operate on a… Read More

Professional Level Key Fob Lights

A growing space in the world of personal lighting (flashlights) is the USB rechargable key fob light. These are not your grandma’s key ring lights of yesteryear, but powerful photon blasters that in some cases outreach even your dual-celled flashlights.  Like any new tangent in lighting, there are tradeoffs. Being rechargeable, you cannot simply replace… Read More

Bug In Contingencies

Though Katrina hit more than a decade ago, I remember it like yesterday.  Forty-eight hours before the pundits at the National Weather Service finally decided on a landfall location, the local grocery stores were already picked clean like vultures working a road kill.  I only wish I had taken pictures of the mayhem.  I walked… Read More

More Tips For Your Bug Out Bag

If you read my post on 7 Tips For Your Bug Out Bag, considered this part II.  Many posts on Bug Out Bags out there in the blogosphere talk about specific items being better than others.  I prefer comparing ideas instead of whether a Mora is better than a Bushman for low budget survival, boy… Read More

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Upgrades For SHTF

Outfitting the Ruger 10/22 Takedown for SHTF Duty: Since its introduction in March, 2012, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown has set the survival world on fire.  Finally, survivalists and outdoor enthusiasts had an esteemed rifle design of known reliability, quality, and accuracy that broke down easily – no tools required! - and stowed into an easily-managed… Read More

Book Review: Everyday Survival Kits

Being prepared is more than knowledge, it is also gear. Leave your visions of surviving on just what is around you for Tom Hanks and his Castaway scenario. Had Mr. Hanks more than a soccer ball and video tapes, he would have been off that island in days, not years. But frankly, this book does… Read More

Wilderness Survival: Part 2 – Desert

Having just returned home from teaching a survival course in the deserts of Nevada, and given the parts of the U.S. currently stricken with drought, it felt appropriate to put together a piece addressing survival in one of the most unique types of ecosystems in existence: the desert.  The desert is amongst the most daunting… Read More

Book Review: Directive 51

I have been pouring through some survival manuals recently and as I read them I was thinking, OK this is good stuff.  Each book has its own unique flair and that is due to the writer’s own experiences.  I always learn something from a manual and always receive a reminder of stuff I haven’t thought… 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

Holsters For Bug Out Carry

Being able to quickly bring a handgun to bear during a Bug Out situation can be essential.  In fact, it could be life saving.  This includes the utilization of a good holster for gun security and carry.  Many options are available, some better suited to a Bug Out than others.  Let’s take a look.  For… 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

I’ll Bug In Thank You

One of the most basic premises of a SHTF survival scenario is whether to stay put or pack up the SUV and hit the highway.  If you dodge out the garage to join the caravan of other escapees on the interstate, where are you going?  Do you have an alternative site already in mind or… 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

A Baker’s Dozen SHTF Blades

If you’re like me, you’re probably knife poor.  I like knives and all kinds of blades, but sometimes they don’t like me.  I have a tendency to get cut.  Imagine that.  Among all the survival tools we could amass, I highly suspect that knives or more generically then, blades would be tops on our lists… 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

Easy Survival Tarp Shelter

There are a thousand ways you can make a shelter out of tarp.  It's a great piece of knowledge to have, so I'm going to show you an easy system I came up with.  The first thing you need is a tarp.  The bigger the tarp the larger your shelter will be, so keep that… Read More

15 Ways To Start A Fire

Fire starting is at or near the top of all survival checklists with redundancy of method also on the list.  In reality, keeping the fire alive is arguably more important than starting one since the burning flame does the work, not the ignition.  But of course the fire must begin somehow.  Most kits have multiple… 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 Shotgun Selection

The shotgun is probably the most versatile survival firearm on can possess.  It has unparalleled versatility.  With a change in ammunition it can take down large game or small birds. High quality firearms can be found for reasonable prices, ammunition is affordable and it is the one weapon where you get to practice on moving… Read More

Survival Coffee

Every morning I take the pulse of the planet by brewing a cup of coffee.  As the second most traded commodity on earth, and the number one imported food item in the United States, coffee is a major indicator of how smoothly the world is turning.  Any hints of social collapse will hit coffee faster… Read More

SHTF Firearm Choices

I read a lot of articles about the best choice of firearms. They generally focus on the AR-15 and the AK47.  I believe the discussions generally miss the point by failing to ask the question of what are you trying to do with the weapon. For example, if your goal was to stop a vehicle… 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

The Romance and Reality of Survival Fishing

Most of us have never needed to catch a fish to save our life.  Finding food in a survival situation, whether hunted, fished or foraged, is nothing more than a accountant's balance sheet where calories are added and subtracted all day long, and you are the accountant. by Doc Montana, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Spyderco Bushcraft Knife

A dog is a man’s best friend, and his knife is a close second.  With that said, I am often surprised when price is used as the limiting criteria of a new blade. What would you think if someone called a breeder and said what’s the best dog I can get for under $30? by… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fire Starters

All commercially available fire starters designed for survival will start fires provided that you have enough time and the conditions are right.  So with that premise in mind, we wanted to take a look at which one performed the best and would be the easiest to use in a pinch with different fuels. By Murphy… Read More

10 Non-Power Tools You Need for Survival

I knew we were in trouble the moment I saw the Black and Decker battery-powered adjustable wrench.  I’d encountered screwdrivers with dead batteries, saws without extension cords, and drills with easily over-heated motors, but an electric wrench? By Doc Montana, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Even the Craftsman electric hammer wasn’t as frightening as a… Read More

Survival Bicycling: Part 1

Imagine walking at 15 MPH. That’s right, walking a 4-minute mile! Well, that’s exactly what a bicycle can do for you on a good day. There is no more efficient form of transport than the bicycle. And when it comes to carrying the most weight with the least effort, the bicycle again wins hands-down. by… Read More

20 Things You Need in Your Get Home Bag

It may seem like Monday morning quarterbacking, but we want everyone to think about what happened recently in the SE United States to prepare.  When you prepare and plan ahead you limit the number of bad things that can happen to you and your family when a major storm or event hits your area. By… Read More

Managing SHTF Sleep Deprivation

Before I even got started on this report there was an initial title change from avoiding to managing. It quickly occurred to me that during any type of prolonged SHTF event that sleep was highly likely to suffer. Count on it. But can we learn to deal with it? By Dr. John J. Woods, a… Read More

Urban Survival

To survive in the urban environment you will need to learn and use and whole new set of skills and tools than you might ordinarily consider in other survival situations.  Urban survival techniques and objectives are completely different from the survival skills you would use in the wilderness. By Dan C. – a contributing author… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Hennessy Hammock Expedition

Staying off the ground is not just an important part of back country camping, it can also be a matter of life or death if you are outside the sphere of assistance or in a survival situation.  The ground can literally suck the heat from your body.  Enter, the hammock. By Murphy, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Going Off Grid – Part II

After we made the move to a more rural setting, my focus turned to our reliance on the grid and what that meant for our long term survival after some type of catastrophic event.  Just being away from people did not provide enough security, we needed to cut the cord. By Virginia Tom, a reader… Read More

The Ultimate Survival Pistol – Glock

Time and time again the Glock pistol has been used by military personnel, law enforcement, survivalists, hunters, and the Average Joe for home and personal defense.  They provide value relative to their cost, they are reliable, accurate and consistently perform when put to the test.  When you factor all of the major considerations for an… Read More

Going Off Grid – Part I

In 2006 my life was humming along the normal path of middle class Americans.  Living near a major metropolitan area, mid 30’s, working for a fortune 500 company, married, kids, two cars, house  in the suburbs, 401k, health insurance, life was good. By Virginia Tom, a reader of SurvivalCache.com Unbeknownst to me at the time… Read More

How To Bug Out From Mother Nature

Are you prepared for an emergency evacuation due to Mother Nature?  Between forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other natural and/or man-made disasters, none of us are completely immune to the threat of having to bug out from our homes. By Mark, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com For certain people that live in high risk… Read More

Defending Your Elysium

Will the hardscrabblers disrupt or overrun your Elysium?  Bug In or Out locations will likely be susceptible to infiltration or harassment once it is discovered that people are in residence meaning supplies may be available for pilfering, or outright theft. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com It’s a SHTF scenario that… Read More

Dire Straits

A bad situation is what we all anticipate happening?  Is this not what prepping is all about anyway?  Regardless of the failure of the world, we prepare for the same outcome.  We are smart enough to plan for a SHTF event. We are also paranoid enough to lay a groundwork of strategies to survive it… Read More

5 Dollar Preps: DIY Fire Starter

Being able to start a fire in an emergency situation is critical to your survival.  Fire provides warmth, comfort, protection, and the ability to purify water.  A low cost do it yourself fire starter might be just what you are looking for. By Dave H, a reader of SurvivalCache.com Here is a cheap and effective… Read More

Raid Routes

Alright, take a moment and imagine with me, you have been a “Survivalist” for a couple of years.  Every paycheck you try to set aside a few dollars to put towards emergency supplies.  Thanks to your frugality and foresight you have been able to stock enough supplies to last you for some time. By Josh… Read More

Quick Tips for Dehydrating Food

Over the years I have tried dehydrating various foods.  I have done fruits, vegetables, meats and shrimp.  Some of the items I will continue to dehydrate and some I will write off as a learning experience.   By Dave H, a reader of SurvivalCache.com When thinking about dehydrating food for a survival situation, you most… Read More

Expedient Family Survival Water Filter

The ability to purify water in an emergency situation is not a "nice thing to have", it is an essential part of your preparedness plan.  Whether you are planning to bug in or bug out, safe drinking water is the foundation for survival. By Dave H, a reader of SurvivalCache.com In my never ending quest… Read More

Preparedness in Practice

As it turns out in the face of reality, action really does speak louder than words.  I read several of the Blog sites posted on prepping, survival issues, arming for Armageddon and much of the impractical advice that is dished out as though hordes of experts have contributed their wisdom. By Dr. John J. Woods… Read More

First Aid Training – An Essential Survival Skill

Based on what happened at the Boston Marathon and Texas Fertilizer Plant, you never know when you may be called upon to administer first aid.  Both are rare occurrences but illustrate the need to know urgent emergency care and how it saves lives. By Dan C. – a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com This article intends… Read More

Survival Without Firearms

The current furor over the threat of a new round of restrictive firearms laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook killings has gotten me to think further about what kinds of weapons we might choose to protect ourselves.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Here we are talking about… Read More

Survival Sense: Part 1

It has been said that Alaska’s upper Yukon River valley is the harshest, most unforgiving environment on the planet.  Local humor quips that there are only two seasons here –winter and the Fourth of July. This is a land of incredible extremes. By Brian Heaphy, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Dark, six-month winters known for… Read More

Survival Situational Awareness

One of the scientific definitions of Situational Awareness is “The perception of elements in the environment within a volume of space and time, the comprehension of their meaning and the projection of their status in the near future.”  By Dan C. – a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com In simple terms, Situational Awareness is the process… Read More

Active Shooter!!!

What do I do?  How do I protect my family and loved ones?  What are the recommendations?  How do I get away?  What does Law Enforcement tell us to do in a mass shooting?  How do I not get shot if I act? By Mark, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com It seems that the term… Read More

Survival Footwear

Ask any experienced backpacker or outdoors-man and they will tell you that the single most important piece of equipment is their shoes. Take away his or her knife, tent or jacket and a resourceful person may still find a way to survive but.... By FerFal, a special guest post for SurvivalCache.com Author of "Modern Survival… Read More

5 More Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading

In an update to one of our original articles "5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading" here are 5 more Survival Blogs that we follow on a regular basis.  What separates these Survival Blogs from others is that they practice what they preach. By the SurvivalCache.com Team * In no particular order Although maybe not… Read More

(OpSec): Protecting Your Survival Preparations

Are you intentionally setting your survival preparations up for failure?  Are you or others in your family or group telling extended family, friends and/or strangers what you are doing to survive the next disaster or the coming apocalypse? By Bama Bull, a reader of SurvivalCache.com Are you advertising to others that you are the “GTG”… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Tuf-Cloth and Tuf-Glide

As a daily knife user and avid shooter, I’ve been looking for a product that would clean, lubricate, and protect my tools, with a special interest in my EDC knives.  My EDC knife faces a lot of dirt, grime, dust, and lint. By Mr. Smashy, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Both my wife’s and my… Read More

10 Best Survival Movie Lessons

Here is a list of nine movies and one TV show that, in my humble opinion, are a good portrayal of what life could be like in the future in a  TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know it) situation.  From time to time the motion picture industry produces movies and TV shows… Read More

Looking To Our Past – Part 2

Our forefathers have given us many tools and knowledge to survive and rebuild from a disaster.  Whether it is soap making, gardening, woodworking or manufacturing gun powder, these are skills you may need in the near future.  By Regulator5, a contributor to SurvivalCache.com This is the 2nd Post in a Series - Read Part 1… Read More

The Rebuilding Survivors

The rebuilding of society after a catastrophic event is something that we have not explored @ SurvivalCache until now.  Regulator5 takes a hard look at the worst case scenario and what it will take to rebuild for the future.  Please join in on the discussion.  By Regulator5, a contributor to SurvivalCache.com We have all discussed… Read More

Teenage Survival Part 3: Food

Planning for emergency food and water is your parent's job right?  If your parents are not of the emergency preparedness mind set then it is up to you to make sure you and your family are prepared.  Are you a teenage survivalist? By Captain Bart and Josh, SurvivalCache.com contributing authors Capt. Bart: (But I am… Read More

Looking To Our Past – Part 1

We all know the stories about Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and many more too numerous to list; but how many have studied the skills and everyday chores that these men used to establish the United States as we know it today? By Regulator5, a SurvivalCache contributor The… Read More

The Survival Binder

"What is a Survival Binder?" you may ask.  The answer to that is quite simple, a survival binder is all the pieces of paper that make up your life and the lives of your family, along with other information that may prove useful in an emergency, together in an easily accessible place . By Josh… Read More

SHTF – T MINUS 2 HOURS

If you have a limited time before the SHTF, What do you do?  What are your priorities?  Recently we saw this first hand with Hurricane Irene (see article).  The actions of the unprepared raises good questions for all of us.   By Captain Bart, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com There was a science fiction short… Read More

Grid Down Survival

A variety of natural and man-made disasters can impact your local or regional power grids.  Natural events like recent Hurricane Irene (that disrupted power to 4 million customers), along with earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, snow storms, flooding, wildfires and lightning strikes cause major impacts. By Bama Bull, a reader of SurvivalCache.com Human caused disruptions can include… Read More

Tooth or Tail

I first came across the phrase "Tooth or Tail" in a paper entitled "The Other End of the Spear: The Tooth to Tail Ratio (T3R) in Modern Military Operations"  by John J. McGrath (download free).  I found it an interesting read but then again, I do not deny being a tad on the strange side… Read More

6 reasons Why Even Skeptics Should Prepare

For every prepper out there, there are dozens more who are skeptics.  Some of these people raise an eyebrow when they hear about storing food or packing Bug Out Bags, while others are loud in their ridicule. A Special Contribution by Lisa Bedford, TheSurvivalMom.com 1. Unemployment can happen to anyone.  Incredibly, the weekly number of… Read More

5 Easy Steps to a Clean Gun

Mechanical devices demand regular and proper maintenance.  This certainly includes all firearms which do require a good cleaning and lubrication after use to keep their operational performance at a peak for a survival scenario.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Generally though, regular maintenance does not imply that a firearm… Read More

Survival Eating

Food is not just a source of energy and sustenance, but a comfort item as well. When you are hungry, morale goes down and chances of survival dwindle.  There will be several opportunities to find food after the supermarkets close, you just need to know where to look and what tools to have. By Regulator5… Read More

Tail Risk

Tail Risk - Definition: A form of portfolio risk that arises when the possibility that an investment will move more than three standard deviations from the mean is greater than what is shown by a normal distribution. By the SurvivalCache.com Team Tail Risk is a term, that until a few years ago, very few outside… Read More

Survival Nutrition

Staying healthy in a survival situation should be at the top of your preparation to-do list.  By maintaining health in an extreme circumstance you can better insure your own survival and that of your families. By Rivanon Koz, a SurvivalCache.com contributor Along with attention to proper hygiene, the key to staying healthy when you are… Read More

3 Things Every Bug Out Bag Needs

One “survival myth” that needs to be addressed and eliminated is the equation that web gear along with an assault pack constitute an "Emergency 72 Hour Kit" or if you have a large camping back pack then you are good for 7 days, add a large duffel bag and you can survive out to 14… Read More

SHTF: Women & Sex

If you are a woman, "roughing it" will take on a whole new meaning in a SHTF situation. Coping with "that time of the month", sex, birth control, and giving birth in an emergency situation are all things that you will have to take into consideration in your emergency preparation.  By Valerie, a SurvivalCache.com contributor… Read More

How to Vanish: Part 2

Remember that camouflage does not make you invisible, especially when you are moving.  A human face is a dead giveaway to the trained eye against a heavily forested background.  Breaking up the pattern and removing the natural shine of human skin is a fundamental component of camouflage. By F.C. Brake, a reader of SurvivalCache.com This… Read More

Survival Psychology – Close Quarters Survival

I want my house back!  Whether you are bugging in or bugging out, eventually you are going to be holed up somewhere.  Most likely you will have a family or a small group around you and that is all.  There may be others outside this small group but those others are "them" and we are… Read More

Teenage Survival Part 2: Tools

Having the right tools for survival is important at any age.  If you are a teenager then acquiring these tools can be difficult depending on your age and local laws.  One thing you can do is prove to your parents that you are up the task.  by Captain Bart and Josh, SurvivalCache.com contributing authors Capt… Read More

I Survived

At 6pm on June 13th,2009 I had just gotten off of work and decided to go for a ride on my new ATV.  About a month earlier, I had purchased a brand new 2008 Polaris Sportsman, which was my first ATV and possibly my last. By Blake, a SurvivalCache.com Reader My first month with my… Read More

Survival Psychology: Hello the Camp

In many western stories there is a scene where someone approaches a camp site after dark. Often the phrase "Hello the Camp" is used to hail those at the campfire.  Many assume this is just a "Hollywood" line; it is not. By Captain Bart, contributing author of SurvivalCache.com The need to identify yourself as you… Read More

How to Vanish: Part 1

For many years ability to disappear or blend in to one’s surrounding has become both necessary and popular, to the point that it has earned the right to be called an “art”.  In this series of posts we will look at this art and how it plays a roll for the Survivalist. By F.C. Brake… Read More

Teenage Survival Part 1: Before Their Time

If you are an old dinosaur like some of us then you have been acquiring the tools needed for survival for decades.  If you are not quite so long in the tooth, you may have just started preparing for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event but you still have the legal right to make all of… Read More

Reading The Signs: Survival Situational Awareness

Survival "Situational Awareness" is a key component in your ability to survive almost any situation including a SHTF disaster or a TEOTWAWKI life changing event.  Being prepared with the proper gear is only half the battle, you must also be aware of your surroundings. By Captain Bart, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com "A man has… Read More

Private Property: Control and Patrol

Private lands left uncontrolled and not patrolled will soon fall victim to trespassers, poachers, thieves, and no goods.  Every year landowners, hunters, and others roll into their recreational camps, retreats or Bug Out locations only to find evidence of vandalism, theft, and outright meanness.   By Dr. John J. Woods a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Survival Psychology: Why Me?

It is day 8 of SHTF.  You are hunkered down in your retreat location waiting it out and trying to understand what's happening.  The digital TV sets became useless about 3 hours into the event but at night, the old AM stations still come in from the major cities. By Captain Bart, a contributing author… 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

Lessons From Japan

As Neil DeGrasse Tyson, PhD, points out in his many videos, the earth is NOT your friend.  Dropped down naked in almost any spot on earth you will survive less than 48 hours.  Accept that as a fact and then proceed to make sure you are never without the tools needed to survive. By Captain… Read More

Survival for Omnivores, Vegetarians, and Vegans

In true SurvivalCache fashion, we are looking at a topic that we are almost positive has never been covered before on a survivalist website...."Survival for Vegans".   Of course the only person that could tackle this topic is the legend...Captain Bart. By Captain Bart of SurvivalCache.com In the comments of an earlier article we were… Read More

Female Self Defense: Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is a key factor in daily survival.  Many people do not realize just how vulnerable they are doing a normal activity such as grocery shopping.  I see so many people, women in particular, making careless errors that could cost them their life. By Valerie K,  SurvivalCache.com Contributor This post is part of a… Read More

SHTF vs TEOTWAWKI?

This past President's Day, all the satellite channels on my cable went out.  Annoying.  About an hour later all power in the house went out!  This is about how it would play out if a big CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) were to hit the earth. First the satellites and then some time delay later (depending… Read More

Pellet Guns, Not Just For Kids Anymore

The survivalists’ old standby for hunting small game has always been a small .22 rifle or pistol. While definitely no replacement for a good rifle, the pellet gun offers several advantages in a survival situation, here are a few to think about. By Josh (The Survival Kid) and Captain Bart 1. Open Carry. Open carrying… Read More

Survival Fitness Part 2: The Assessment

Starting anything you might be uncomfortable with or challenging is daunting to almost anyone.  With the right mindset, support structure, guidance, coaching and most importantly motivation, you can do just about anything you put your mind to. Contributed by By Mark, Former Marine Reconnaissance Team Leader, Marine Infantry Officer, Cross Fit Coach, Endurance Athlete, and… Read More

Survival Gardening: Part 1

First of all what is survival? It is quite simply what we've all been doing since we were born.  We provide for ourselves shelter, fire, water, medical, food, and social life, these are the foundation of our existence.  Without these core principals, our very existence is at risk. In our modern society these basics come… Read More

Family Survival: Grandparents

When thinking about emergency preparedness and preparing for a possible event, Getting Out Of Dodge is often part of the plans.  If possible we want to be able to relocate our families to a remote location.  Planning to also move an elderly loved one requires a whole new set of plans and ideas. During a… Read More

Survival Operating Procedure (S.O.P.)

S.O.P. is an acronym for Standard Operating Procedure.  We are going to put the SurvivalCache spin on things and change the term to Survival Operating Procedure to help your family with Emergency Preparedness. The idea behind using an S.O.P. is that it outlines the steps that would be taken in an emergency and lays them… Read More

Water Purification and Survival: Part 2

Choosing a good water source or having a water purification system before you drink "Unknown Water" could mean the difference between life and death.  We cannot stress enough how important it is to take the time and use the proper methods and tools to make sure your drinking is safe.   This article is part… Read More

Survival Reloading

Reloading, now and in the future, is the best way to ensure your ammunition independence instead of relying on supply chains and retailers to provide a secure supply of ammunition.  Reloading affords you the freedom to create your own ammo outside of the ups and downs of the global economy. By Mr. Smashy of SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Death by GPS

Relying on electronics is a fool's game at best.  The new term is "Death by GPS" but you could expand that to any technology in your Bug Out Bag that you are relying on.  Remember, when it comes to gear "Two is One and One is None".  Having served in the Marine Corps I’ve seen… Read More

Survival Psychology “The Aftermath”

You are now 5 hours into a very long day. At oh-dark-thirty a bad guy kicked in your front door. Took him three tries so you had time to meet him armed. In the ensuing encounter, he came in second place.  The police and paramedics have come and gone. Your attorney, that you keep on… Read More

Survival Fitness: An Introduction

When the Emergency Broadcast comes over the radio, TV or you receive frantic calls from your friends, co-workers, loved ones, and it is for real this time.  Will you be ready?  Mentally? Is your gear in order?  Is your bug out location stocked and ready to weather the storm? Contributed by By Mark, Former Marine… Read More

The Survival Edibility Test (Before You Swallow)

Foraging on plants or wild fruits and berries in a survival situation is something that a lot of us have thought about but very few have researched and practiced.  Here is a guide for your survival salad bar. First a few warnings: 1. Avoid any mushrooms or fungi, unless you are extremely confident and have… Read More

Survival Psychology “Deadly Force”

A great deal of survival talk and survival psychology centers around weapons and their use. The use of weapons for hunting or protection from aggressive animals is a (relatively) morally neutral action, but the use of weapons against another human being is not. Note:  SurvivalCache.com remains "Religion" neutral, this entry was submitted by a man… Read More

Emergency Preparedness: Your Vehicle

When talking about emergency preparedness and survival, your vehicle is your ticket Out of Dodge if you decide that ‘Bugging In’ is not your first choice of options.  There are a number of good tips that can help keep you and your family safe as you navigate your way out of an urban disaster area… Read More

Female Self Defense: 5 Weapons You Need to Survive

Self defense for women is a vital consideration for every female's survival as well as an important part of your "Everyday Carry".  Here are five weapons you need to have with you at all times. This article was contributed by a female reader of SurvivalCache.com 1. Ninja Spike Keychain (aka“kubotan”) This weapon is intimidating and… Read More

Family Survival: The Spouse

When thinking about "Family Survival" it is important to have your spouse on board with the emergency plan and emergency preparedness.  Here are some ideas to get you started talking with your spouse about emergency preparedness.  Over the years I have discovered several things about the non-survivalist by talking with friends, relatives as well as… Read More

Stay Dry – The First Rule of Survival

There is an old saying that has to do with hypothermia - "Stay Dry...Stay Alive."  Hypothermia is the #1 killer of people in the outdoors and a serious concern for individuals preparing for both natural and man made disasters (TEOTWAWKI). If you are caught out in the elements unexpectedly without proper clothes and shelter, hypothermia… Read More

Survival: Then vs. Now (A Look Back)

At Survival Cache, our contributing authors come to us with great ideas for articles.  Chuck has come across some old survival information from the early 1900's that listed out gear to have in case of an emergency.  He has written a great piece looking back at the Bug Out Bag from a different era. I’ve… Read More

Murphy’s Laws of TEOTWAWKI

We decided to take a lighter look TEOTWAWKI with a Survival Cache original,  Murphy's Laws of TEOTWAWKI.  If you know Murphy then you know, if it can happen.....it will. Murphy's Laws of TEOTWAWKI From Wikipedia: Murphy's Law is an adage that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". 1.  Food… Read More

Survival Debate: Which Dog is the King of Survival

A few months back we asked the question, Dog or No Dog?  The overwhelming response was to bring the dog for a variety of reasons, excellent early warning system, close quarters fighting advantage, threat deterrent, companionship, and your emergency "last resort" supply of food. Now that most of us agree to bring the dog, the… Read More

Weather Preparedness Part 2: Low-Tech Survival

Part 2 of our weather survival series explores several techniques you can use to detect severe weather without power or technology, increasing your preparation time and chances of survival long before the threat is imminent. If you missed it be sure to read Weather Preparedness Part 1: The Top 4 Killers where we covered the… 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

Weather Preparedness Part 1: The Top 4 Killers

Tornadoes and Hurricanes do incredible damage and usually get a lot of attention in the mainstream media but despite their dramatic appearance, they are not the most lethal weapons in Mother Nature’s arsenal. Know the top 4 weather killers: Guest article by Rory Groves, a weather preparedness expert and developer of Weather Defender, desktop weather… Read More

4 Types of Base Camps and When to Use Them

Choosing the type of base camp you need is dependent on your gear and the current situation. Here are four types of survival base camps I have open to myself that range from overnight emergency cache to permanent defensible shelter. Article by Survival Cache contributing author Chuck This style base camp is better for groups… Read More

Survival Debate: Dog or No Dog

Deciding whether or not to take your dog in a survival situation is a more difficult question than choosing between types of gear. For animal loving pet owners it's a no-brainer. Others might see dogs an an unnecessary risk and use of supplies. Dog Pro: Excellent Early Warning Security Close Quarters Fighting Advantage Threat Deterrent… 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

5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading

Usually I point my readers toward a specific article on other sites that I found particularly useful and wanted to share. Today I'm giving you my list of 5 survival blogs I think you should be reading. All five were chosen because they each regularly publish quality survival and prepping information for you. *In No… Read More

Back to Basics

Back To Basics- How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills is about just that, learning the skills that our forefathers used in their everyday life. Every independent minded American would enjoy this book. It includes everything from building log cabins to churning butter the old fashioned way.  Back to Basics was originally published in… Read More

How Can Bottled Water Improve Your Bug Out Bag?

Everybody knows that you need a water supply in your Bug Out Bag, or any other preps for that matter. Bottled water comes in cheap plastic bottles that are obviously not ideal for long term use. So how can bottled water improve your Bug Out Bag? If you are like me once you have packed… 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

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

5 Dollar Preps – Fishing Gear and First Aid

We decided to start another new weekly column here on Survival Cache called 5 Dollar Preps. Each week we are going to buy $5 dollars worth of survival gear to show people that preparing doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive. You can get a surprising amount of useful survival preps with just 5 bucks and… 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

Do you have 5 Ways to Make Fire?

I would put the ability to make fire right behind water, shelter, and food in the list of most important things in a survival situation, and before food and shelter in some cases. Since being able to start a fire is so important, are you really going to rely on only one or two ways… 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