Former Green Beret: Why Preppers Should Learn to Survive Without Brand Name Equipment

Why Preppers Should Learn to Survive Without Brand Name Equipment:

ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is a “trumpet call” to continue your preparations, or to commence with them if you have not done so already.  We don’t know what the inauguration is going to bring, if indeed it does occur peaceably.  For one thing, everyone and their brother on the Left has threated everything possible, such as mass demonstrations, mass disruptions, and physical violence against the incoming president.  The bottom line: we don’t know what will happen, and it is best to remain in a state of readiness and preparation.

I’m also going to explain something of my own mindset regarding matters toward preparation.  With some of the pieces I have written, there have been a good deal of disparaging comments, especially directed toward pieces with recommendations for tools, equipment, food, and on-the-spot preps from bargain sources and Dollar stores.

The reason I have suggested things such as small tool kits and “piecemeal” equipment from thrift shops or the Dollar Trees is that there are tremendous numbers of readers that are either just starting out prepping or are on a limited budget…so limited that they can do it no other way.

I fully understand there are some people who cannot afford laser rangefinders, Gerber Multi-tools, or Fat Max Stanley tape measures.  I suggest alternatives for them.  Know what?  Here’s the bottom line on that:


None of us are going to be completely prepared when the bottom drops out.  Knowledge and skills should be desirous over materials, because with these you can either acquire what is needed or improvise out of what can be fabricated into something useful.


Obama just recently signed Executive Order 12333 into play.  This one removes the restrictions over the intelligence-gathering agencies regarding the sharing of information pertaining to terrorist suspects, ad infinitum.  There is also mention of procedures that reinforce previous NDAA policies of taking any and all actions necessary against terrorists, whether they are actual or potential.  In essence, the EO hands over the unchecked power to snoop into the hands of soon-to-be president Donald Trump.

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The 14 Best Foods You Can Grow In a Survival Garden

Topinambour and Chinese yam root (Dioscorea opposita, Dioscorea batatas) should be on that list.

Additionally: Herbs, like the stinging nettle, goatweed, jiaogulan and many others should grow in and around a survival garden.


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Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?

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Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?:

One day in the not too distant future, a major emergency will strike this nation, and that will set off a round of hoarding unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Just think about what happens when a big winter storm or a hurricane is about to hit one of our major cities – inevitably store shelves are stripped bare of bread, milk, snow shovels, etc.  Even though winter storms and hurricanes are just temporary hurdles to overcome, they still cause many people to go into panic mode.  So what is going to happen when we have a real crisis on our hands?

We can get some clues about which items will disappear first during a major national emergency by taking a look at where such a scenario is already playing out.  One recent survey found that over 80 percent of all basic foodstuffs are currently unavailable in Venezuela, and about half the country can no longer provide three meals a day for their families.  Thankfully, some stores still have a few things that they are able to offer, but other key items are completely gone.  The following comes from USA Today

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Elevated freeways are perfect kill zones

Elevated freeways are perfect kill zones:

“There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance. 
That’s just the facts of life.”  
– Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates

I have had several requests from friends to review the self-rescue gear we carry in our Get Back Home (GBH) bags, probably due to the recent but not unexpected flooding we have had this spring.  Some readers may be surprised to learn that there is very little practical difference between self rescue from a flooded car and the common mountaineering skill known as rappelling.

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I first began carrying self-rescue gear in our vehicles after considering how much of the highways in our major urban areas are elevated for miles and miles on end.  I know what happens to these elevated freeways when they are subjected to an earthquake, or other shock wave, such as from a nuclear device.

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California Fault Lines Are “Locked, Loaded, & Ready” For The Big One, Expert Warns

But what concerned me just as much is that these elevated choke points are perfect kill zones.  One or two lightly armed bad guys could easily cause a traffic jam and proceed to execute tens or hundreds of people until they either run out of ammunition or are stopped by someone with a firearm that is ready, willing, and able to do so.

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25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know – ‘Skills That Could Save Your Life’

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25 FORGOTTEN SURVIVAL LESSONS FROM THE PIONEERS WORTH FINDING AND LEARNING:

This article was originally written and published at BioPrepper.com.

Editor’s Comment: If doing it the hard way has any benefit, it means actually learning something. Experience is the best teacher; the modern world is filled with pseudo-experiences produced only through the electronic screen. But do it a few times in real life, and you’ll understood the pros and cons of each method, and learn to actually do things for yourself, instead of just transferring all your wealth and energy to a system of government that minimizes your value as a human.

By the way, if a critical mass of people reconnected with these kind of skills, or retook to self-sustaining, self-reliant ways, the power of the corrupt system would dwindle, and new associations would form… for a number of reasons, these are skills that could save your life.

25 Forgotten Survival Lessons From The Pioneers Worth Finding And Learning

by Bioprepper

Pioneer life has a special meaning in America. In less than 300 years, civilization spread across a vast continental wilderness.

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Why every prepper needs a reserve of raw, natural honey

Real organic honey of good quality will last a lot longer than even (unhealthy) white sugar.

I consider it to be a good barter item as well.


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Why every prepper needs a reserve of raw, natural honey:

Honey is one of nature’s most amazing gifts. It’s a substance which offers dozens of useful and health-boosting properties aside from its wonderful, sweet flavor. All serious preppers should make sure to obtain a sizable quantity of raw, natural honey to add to their survival stockpiles.

It’s one of the few foods that has an unlimited shelf life; honey will never go bad due to its antibacterial properties, which are also part of what makes it so healthy. Considering its versatility in the kitchen, along with its medicinal value, honey is likely to prove to be an extremely valuable commodity to have on hand during a long-term survival situation.

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Tasmanian Tiger (TT) Backpacks: Pathfinder – Mission Pack – Trooper Light Pack – Essential Pack

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TT Pathfinder:

  • Capacity: 5187 cu in (85 l)
  • Backpack with snow guard
  • Detachable side pockets (7.5 l) – can be used individually or both as a day sack
  • Neoprene helmet fastener
  • Detachable lid subdivided into 4 pockets

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TT Mission Pack

TT Mission Pack:

  • Volume (liters): 37
  • Front loading backpack with two large main compartments
  • Subdivided into 7 separate pockets
  • Six tube or antenna outlets at main and front pockets
  • Hydration system pouch with tube outlet in the main compartment
  • Integrated rain cover and rescue handle in the bottom compartment for transporting casualties

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TT Trooper Light Pack 22

TT Trooper Light Pack 22

  • Universal 22 l combat backpack. Features: Ergonomically padded back; Ergonomically formed, padded shoulder straps; Removable hip webbing; Compression strap; Visible marking; Front and side areas with MOLLE system for optional attachment of additional pouches;

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TT Essential Pack

TT Essential Pack:

  • Two compression straps surround the complete pack;
  • Molle system on all strategic fastening points;
  • Handle;
  • Drinking system;
  • Measurements: 18 x 11 x 2 inches

5 Must Haves For Your Next Winter Road Trip

Powerful Winter Storm Paralyzes US

By Lee Flynn (Freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage)

Winter comes with treacherous road conditions. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain can quickly cause road conditions to deteriorate.

While none of us like to think that it will happen to us, we should always be prepared for the worst case scenario.

In addition to making sure that your gas tank is always half full there are five must have supplies that should always be kept in your during the winter.

1) Emergency Flares

Whether you slip off the road and down an embankment or come to a halt on the shoulder of the road, it is always important to let other drivers know that you are there.

Emergency flares are small and can be easily stored in the glove compartment or trunk of your car.

An emergency flare lets other drivers know that you are in trouble.

Emergency personnel often use these flares at the sites of accidents and other emergencies to illuminate the area creating a zone of safety.

Other drivers on the road will immediately know upon seeing a flare that the other driver as an emergency.

Flashers on your car may only indicate to another driver that you have stopped and not that you need assistance.

2) Warm Clothes/Blankets

Warm clothes and blankets are especially important during the winter months.

If your vehicle becomes disabled, you will have no source of heat.

Your only way to stay warm will be by layering on extra clothes and blankets.

Blankets made out of thick material such as fleece fabric can also be used to block any areas where cold air may be entering the car.

You should always make sure to group together with other occupants.

Use extra blankets to block off a section of the vehicle if possible and huddle together.

The more people that are huddled together the more you can use each other’s body heat to try and stay warm beneath your layers.

3) Water & Snacks

Hopefully, you will never break down or have an accident during the winter and if you do it will be on a frequently traveled road, where you are soon to be discovered quickly.

However, just in case, you need to make sure that you have an extra supply of bottled water and a few snacks, such as crackers.

You should always keep at least three days’ worth of food and water in your car.

Winter emergency food stashes could ensure that you keep your strength up and keep hydrated for when rescue comes.

These items can be stored under your seats or in the trunk of the car.

4) Cell Phone Charger

Your cell phone will be your only means of communication until help arrives.

You need to make sure that you have a dependable cell phone charger and should keep your phone plugged in and at full power while driving.

This way if your vehicle stops and the battery is dead you will have a full battery on your phone to contact help.

Cell phone chargers are small and easy to store. They will plug into your car’s cigarette lighter or USB port.

5) First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits are handy to have in the car no matter what the season.

You should ensure that at a minimum your kit contains hand sanitizer, bandages or gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain killers (such as Tylenol), a first aid manual, alcohol swabs, tweezers, scissors, and a packet of tissues.

These kits can be purchased from local stores or on the internet easily.

If help cannot get to you quickly, they could prove to be very helpful.

You should always keep your first aid kit within easy reaching distance.

The glove compartment or under the seat is an excellent place to store these kits.

Just remember it is always better to hope for the best, but plan for the worse and be prepared.

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Community Preparations For Catastrophic Events

Community Preparations For Catastrophic Events:

This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at Project Chesapeake

Many people now feel that pending trouble is in the air. They may not know what or why but they can feel it deep in their bones. For these people the urge to prepare for potential problems is now incorporated into their everyday lives. When something far reaching and catastrophic happens the ability of groups and communities to pull together is one way to deal with the aftermath and work through the problems to remain safe and healthy.

When something happens that may prevent outside help from reaching you, it is necessary to have the infrastructure and supplies to help yourself until the situation stabilizes. For the group or community there are certain actions that can be taken beforehand to insure the group can sustain themselves for the duration.

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Economic Crisis: How You Can Prepare Over The Next Six Months

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Economic Crisis: How You Can Prepare Over The Next Six Months (Alt-Market, Sep 9, 2015):

I wouldn’t say that it is “never too late” to prepare for potential disaster because, obviously, the numerous economic and social catastrophes of the past have proven otherwise. There simply comes a point in time in which the ignorant and presumptive are indeed officially screwed. I will say that we have not quite come to that point yet here in the U.S., but the window of opportunity for preparation is growing very narrow.

As expected, U.S. stocks are now revealing the underlying instability of our economy, which has been festering for several years.  Extreme volatility not seen since 2008/2009 has returned, sometimes with 1000 point fluctuations positive and negative in the span of only a couple days.  Current market tremors are beginning to resemble the EKG of a patient suffering a heart attack.

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Why Preppers Need to Focus on Local Food for Self-Reliance

H/t reader squodgy:

“Might be worthwhile getting a stock of seeds of favourite vegetables, or even doubling up the stock and keeping half in the refridgerator in case…..”


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Why Preppers Need to Focus on Local Food for Self-Reliance

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And collect the seeds of edible weeds and medicinal plants growing all around you, like nettles (Urtica dioica), bishop’s goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria), dandelion, chickweed, gallant soldier (Galinsoga parviflora), buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata) etc.

Books on edible weeds/wild plants and herbal medicine are essential.

A manual (wheatgrass) juicer will prove to be very helpful to extract all those nutrients from wheatgrass, barleygrass and the above mentioned herbs, when there will be no electricity and no supermarkets during bad times.

This juicer is for the good times … 🙂

Building A Shelter In The Woods Using Only Dirt, Trees And Rocks (Video)


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I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather. The whole hut took 9 months from start to finish. But it only took 30 days of actual work (I abandoned it for a few months before adding bark roof, chimney and extra daub ).

Preparedness Critics Are History’s Cannon Fodder

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Preparedness Critics Are History’s Cannon Fodder (Alt-Market, July 8, 2015):

The world is entering a kind of no man’s land, in between the realms of insane denial and utterly obvious crisis. Europe is now destabilizing amid the Greek soap opera (an event that I predicted in January would occur in 2015); China’s stock market bubble is bursting; and the U.S. dollar’s world reserve status is about to be decimated by the global shift toward the International Monetary Fund’s basket currency reserve system. I’m afraid I’m going to have to say this because I don’t know if anyone else will admit it: Alternative economic analysts were right, and the mainstream choir was either terribly wrong or disgustingly dishonest. However, as most of us in the liberty movement are well aware, being right is not necessarily a solution to disaster.

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Collapse Survivor Explains Strategic Savagery: ‘You Have Two Choices – Fight To The Last Or Run’

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If You Want To Survive The Coming Greatest Financial Collapse In World History: Bosnia War Survivor: ‘One year in Hell …’ – ’35 Excuses That Will Doom The Non-Prepper’


Collapse Survivor Explains Strategic Savagery: “You Have Two Choices – Fight To The Last or Run” (SHFTplan, Feb 18, 2015):

Editor’s Note: The following commentary comes to us from Selco of SHTF School, one of the preparedness community’s most well known authors – and for good reason. Selco survived the Balkan war of the 1990′s and described his experiences in his online course One Year In Hell.

He has seen the worst that humanity has to offer and once again shares his thoughts on living in a world that has completely fallen apart. 

If you want a first person perspective on what collapse looks like then keep reading.

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(Pictured: “Snipers Alley” Bosnia, Balkan War, circa 1994)


It looks like there is no sense and order in what ISIS folks are doing while they are terrorizing people and burning them alive, stone them to death, kill captured soldiers or simply women and kids. But spreading terror and pure fear makes lot of sense in terms of strategy, especially in already „chaotic“ times and territories where they are trying to advance.

Terror is a psychological game.

The “they are coming for me feeling”

I have experienced for myself, more than once the feeling that „they are coming for me“. It is that moment when you are armed and ready, together with more folks, who are armed too and we are all waiting for attack.

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This Is What a Real-Life Economic Collapse Looks Like

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This Is What a Real-Life Economic Collapse Looks Like (The Organic Prepper, Jan 27, 2015):

Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term disruption of services caused by an economic collapse.

What if you couldn’t run to Wal-Mart to get soap?  What if the grocery store had supplies so limited that they were rationed out to people in such small amounts that the food you got was not enough to meet your needs? What if there were no diapers for your baby or aspirin to cure a headache?

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89 Tips That Will Help You Prepare For The Coming Economic Depression

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89 Tips That Will Help You Prepare For The Coming Economic Depression (Economic Collapse, Jan 13, 2015):

What do we need to do in order to prepare for the coming economic collapse?  Are there practical steps that we can take right now that will help us and our families survive the economic depression that is approaching?  As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, I get asked these kinds of questions a lot.  Once people become convinced that an economic collapse is coming, they want to know what they should do.  And so in this article I am going to share some key pieces of advice from some of the top experts in the entire country.  If you are not convinced that economic disaster is on the way, this article might not be for you.  Instead, I would encourage you to go to my website where you will find more than 1,200 articles that set out the case for the coming economic collapse in excruciating detail.  For those of you that are interested in getting prepared, I apologize in advance for the outline format of this article.  To examine each of these points in detail would take an entire book.  In fact, I am the co-author of a book that will soon be published that discusses many of these things in great depth.  But you don’t have to wait for a book to get prepared.  Mostly, it comes down to common sense.  In this article, I share 89 common sense tips that will help you get prepared for the coming economic depression.  Hopefully a lot of people will find these to be very helpful.

This first set of tips are 11 things that I strongly encourage my readers to do…

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