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Specialized Bug Out Bags (And What’s Inside Them)

‘Bug out bags’ are put together to be grabbed in a hurry. Their use stems from the bags issued by militaries to their soldiers in field situations, and it should contain everything you need to sustain yourself in an emergency situation for at least 72 hours. Ideally, every member of your group or family should… Read More

Your Survival Library

We all know that knowledge is power; but when it really comes down to an emergency, the right kind of knowledge could be the difference between life and death. We take a look at some of the best survival books for your library or Kindle. The books in this collection were chosen because they truly… 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

Book Review: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation

Zombie Apocalypse Preparation is a book of fiction.  I think.  I mean it says so in a disclaimer on the inside first page.  If and when you buy this book purely for some humorous edification, you have to keep in perspective at all times and upon the turn of every day that the work is… Read More

Book Review: Zero Footprint

Every once in a while you need to stop and read a good book.  A book that will make you laugh, cry, and rethink how lucky you are not to be in war or working in one of these hostile nations.  The book Zero Footprint is one of those type of books.  Written by Simon… Read More

Book Review: The Mission, The Men, and Me

I wish I could remember where I heard about this book, The Mission, The Men, and Me.  I was reading some training blog and they were talking about trimming weight from their packs and this book was mentioned.  So of course I bought it and read it immediately.  The book isn’t really about trimming gear… Read More

Book Review: Patriot Rising: The Unbroken

This is the sequel of Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises by Max Alexander.  The first installment is a book that is on my shelf of ‘books that must go with me’ in the event I must flee my home, right next to my survival guides.  By that I mean wild edible plants, the Constitution, and… Read More

Survival Book Review: Oathkeeper

Oathkeeper is not a prepper or post-apocalyptic survival story.  There are no EMPs, no asteroid strikes, no plagues, no collapsing governments, and no societal disorder.  No, it’s a story of the long-reaching arm of the federal Department of Justice, or maybe you could say “over-reaching” arm of the federal government.  Oathkeeper is the story of… 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

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

Book Review: The Evolution Of The Black Rifle

If you are like me and love the AR-15 platform, then you should consider reading the new book by Jeff Zimba called The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades and Accessories.  As you can infer from the title, the book was written with 20 years of experience by a person who knows… Read More

Book Review: Survival Guns – A Beginner’s Guide

If you are a reader of Survival Cache or SHTFBlog then you have probably spent some time thinking about survival guns.  Like you, I have spent more time than I care to admit reading comments and forums with people arguing about the best firearms for survival or the best caliber for a pistol or rifle… Read More

Book Review: American Sniper

Although American Sniper is not the typical book that we review on Survival Cache or SHTFBlog, we felt that this book was good enough to break the mold of our book reviews.  As far as redeeming survival lessons in American Sniper, there are quite a few that you can gain by reading this book.  Plus… Read More

Book Review: Patriot Dawn – The Resistance Rises

Well this is my first book review so bear with me as there is a lot of ground to cover.  If you do not know who Max Velocity is, you probably need to, here is a link to site (Click Here).  I could regurgitate his qualifications and experience, but reading his site for that info… Read More

Book Review: Ebola: Understanding And Preparing For An Outbreak

What does Drudge, PBS, The Mayo Clinic and Reddit have in common?  Ebola.  It’s everywhere – well, not literally anyway.  But it is dominating the media, and for good reason.  People are scared.  They see the authorities saying one thing, and events unfolding that say another.  News channels show “experts” making the completely illogical case… Read More

Book Review: Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon

About the Author (From the front matter in Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon):  Lynda King is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who lives with her husband in a 19th-century farmhouse on a one-acre “mini-farm” in Central Massachusetts, where they maintain a large organic garden and a small flock of chickens.  As a… Read More

Book Review: Star’s Reach

Star’s Reach, A Novel of the Deindustrial Future, is John Michael Greer’s latest piece of Fiction. It’s a great read for anyone of the prepper persuasion. JMG is one of the original doomers in my mind. When I first started reading up on this whole prepper thing, his words were some that spoke most clearly… Read More

Book Review: Holding Their Own

Joe Nobody exploded onto the survivalist scene in 2010 with his first book, an instruction guide titled, Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  That book became an instant success, catapulting Joe into the top tier of self-reliance writers. By Jimmy C, a contributing author to Who is Joe Nobody… Read More

Book Review: The Survivors Club

In the book The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood who writes for the L.A. Times, interviews people from around the world who survived events that would kill most, trying to answer the question “Why?”.  Why do some people survive while others capitulate and die from similar circumstances.  by Ed, a contributing author of The Survivors… Read More

Book Review: Expatriates

The Crunch continues.  In James Wesley, Rawles latest book, Expatriates, we find a new group of hardened individuals determined to survive against all odds during the major socioeconomic collapse which Rawles labels “The Crunch” that is sweeping across the modern world. By the Team The Crusade The Muslims are coming! The Muslims are coming!! … Read More

Book Review: The Pulse

I recently sat down and read “The Pulse” by Scott B. Williams.  A thrilling tale about a modern world suddenly left without electricity.  Set between the bayou and the open ocean, it is a reminder how some people will survive while others will perish in a major disaster. By Jimmy C, a contributing author to… Read More

Book Review: Prepper’s Home Defense

“The longer it takes for an attacker to get through your defensive measures, the more time you have to detect them and implement additional security protocols.”  With this sentence, Jim Cobb sets a serious survival tone for the book “Prepper’s Home Defense“. By Mike, a contributing author of Overview Jim Cobb’s book, Prepper’s Home… Read More

Book Review: Survival Mom

I recently sat down and read Lisa Bedford’s new book, Survival Mom and really enjoyed some of the insight it provided.  Since almost all survival and preparedness books are written from a man’s prospective, this was a nice change. By the Team Overview: The book is well written and focuses on the mainstream survival… Read More

Lessons from the Book of Eli

After the nuclear ash snowfall ended, there was very little left.  Their known world suddenly and inexplicably became unknown.  That was the reality for the mystical-fictional character named Eli found as the theater lights went down.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to It’s a movie (Book of Eli) all Survival… Read More

Book Review: The Art of the Rifle

“Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons.”  With this sentence Cooper begins his book The Art of the Rifle and sets the tone for all that follows. By Captain Bart, a contributing author to Overview: It amazed me that while I had… Read More

Book Review: Survivors

James Wesley, Rawles latest book Survivors follows a handful of determined individuals as they try to make their way to safety during a complete government and financial collapse.  The story takes place during the same period of chaos as with the author’s earlier book Patriots. By James, a contributing author of Overview The main… Read More

Book Review: Holding Your Ground

Most of the books that we review are somewhat general in nature. An overview, if you will, of the skills needed for survival. “Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart” by Joe Nobody is of a different mold. By Captain Bart, contributing author Joe Nobody spends his time talking about… Read More

Book Review: When Giants Fall

If you are looking for a thought provoking, well researched book on the state of US economy and the future standing of the United States, then this would be a book for you.  Michael Panzner spins an interesting tale about the future conflicts and economic crashes that our society faces. By the team When… Read More

Book Review: Patriots

James Wesley Rawles’ (JWR) book, “Patriots” is a great story for anyone who is interested in survival.  It’s a “How To” reference manual, written as an engaging narrative about a small group of everyday people who use teamwork to build a protected community in a post-economic collapse society. By the Team The book covers… Read More

Book Review: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

I am not usually a fan of the “Dummy’s Guide to….” or “101 Easy Steps To…” kind of books.  This excellent little handbook by Bernie Carr (The Apartment Prepper) is a rare exception to my rule. By Captain Bart, contributing author Prepper’s Pocket Guide is well written and broken down into logical subject headings… Read More

Book Review: Simple Survival

Honestly, do you really think the world needs another survival book?  Well, I’m in the education business professionally, so naturally I think the more the information out there the better.  Besides, this new revised book by author, Gary Benton of Pearl, Mississippi is a good effort work. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author… Read More

Book Review: Lights Out

This book is a work of fiction that tells the tale of a slow SHTF event that causes the breakdown of American society.  While this book is a work of fiction, the author spins a riveting tale of small group survival as modern society collapses. By Josh, a contributing author to Overview: Downloaded from… Read More

Book Review: Boston’s Gun Bible

If you have been looking to learn more about rifles, shotguns, pistols or carbines then look no further, Boston’s Gun Bible is a trustworthy book for the beginners to the advanced gun owner.  This is a great addition to any Survivalist’s library. By Captain Bart, a contributing author to Overview: As complete a work… Read More

Book Review: “One Second After”

This book is a work of fiction that summarizes what an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) could do if detonated in the United States.  Think it can’t happen?  Read the US Government’s official report on an EMP attack by clicking here.  This could very well be the greatest threat we face. Overview: In the quaint North Carolina… Read More

Book Review: LDS Preparedness Manual

Sometimes in life you get a pleasant surprise that makes you smile.  Then there are times when you are so surprised that you gasp with joy.  This was the case when I got the LDS Preparedness Manual and read it (Did we mention it is FREE). The Disclaimer First of all let me start off… Read More

Book Review: Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual

While there are many books about survival, few are willing to tell the cold hard bitter truth that really is Survival.  Some authors withhold the real information for fear of liability but that is definitely not the case with Mykel Hawke and he is not afraid to point that out. Background: The cover of the… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Kindle e-Reader For Your Bug Out Bag

Relying on or using electronic tools in a survival situation is a serious debate among the survivalist and the emergency preparedness crowd.  Sometimes the usefulness of a tool might out weight risk of something going wrong with it, which is the case with the Kindle. The common themes you will hear from those individuals adamantly… Read More

Book Review: “Will to Live” by Les Stroud

I recently picked up the new book “Will to Live” by Les Stroud, who is also the host of the TV show – Survivorman.  Based on this I had some preconceived notions about this book before I even started, especially since I am not a huge fan of Survivorman. It’s not that I think Survivorman… Read More

Book Review: The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

This book is based on the author’s first hand experience of the 2001 Economic Collapse in Argentina. He offers a broad range of very practical advice for how to prepare yourself and your family for a large-scale emergency or survival situation in an urban environment. Author: (From Amazon) “Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is a father, husband… Read More

Book Review: Adrift, Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea

Adrift is not your typical book review that you will find @ Survival Cache.  Most of the books we review here are written by people who have researched survival and prepping and tested themselves up to a certain point. Adrift is a true story written by Steve Callahan, who was somewhat of a survivalist but… Read More

275 Wilderness Bug Out Locations For Your Family

We always talk about Bug Out Locations in the abstract: “I’ll grab my bag and go” Go where? “The wilderness” is not an answer. If you don’t have a specific location you are unprepared. Bug Out contains a detailed list of 275 prime wilderness Bug Out Locations. The Bug Out Book Bug Out: The Complete… Read More

The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure

Would you know what to do if you met a bear in the woods? How exactly do you light a fire in the rain? What should you do if stranded in shark infested waters? Get the answers to these and many more questions in this no nonsense guide to survival training. This book review by… 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

Book Review: Emergency – This Book Will Save Your Life

This isn’t really an emergency book review, but more a review of Neil Strauss’ book Emergency. (clever I know). The full title Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life tells Strauss’ own story of his trip from a born and raised city slicker to a fairly well trained survivalist. Looking at the book jacket you… Read More

Book Review: When All Hell Breaks Loose

In the words of BackHome magazine, “When All Hell Breaks Loose – Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes is aimed toward educating and preparing you and your family for change and the unknown. Despite the serious nature of the subject, Cody Lundin approaches it in a matter of fact, frequently entertaining manner, without… Read More