Improvised Gear

The Modular Survival Kit, Cache Valley Prepper

by Mr-Jones August 1, 2012 Bug In
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The Modular Survival Kit is a fairly simple concept.  And one that I know that the military is familiar with, but not one that I’ve heard get much attention in the prepping community.  Once I had built up my kit, as any aspiring survivalist would do, I did a few practice bug-outs in the form […]

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Survival Heater for Your Car, My Test

by suburban February 13, 2012 Fire
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I know. Everyone has done a YouTube lesson on how to build one of these inexpensive emergency heaters for your car. Honestly, I had to try it for myself to be sure that it “worked.” Many people use empty steel coffee cans, some people improvise and use what they might have in the garage as […]

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Hypothetical SHTF if Traveling for Work

by suburban October 13, 2010 Bug Out
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So, this morning when I woke up, I decided to write a post about what if the SHTF while I was traveling for work, and all I had time to do is grab gear from out of the hotel room and get the heck out of Dodge on foot.  I did a quick survey of […]

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Survival Gear Bargains on Craigslist

by suburban September 29, 2010 Gear
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There is no doubt that buying gear can get expensive.  I personally have purchased and wasted a ton of money on gear that I have purchased and have replaced because after buying it learning that it may not have been the best solution.  I have also learned not to purchase a single piece of equipment […]

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Storing Your Bug Out Gear in the City

by suburban September 27, 2010 Bug Out
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When I worked in NYC (post 9/11), I was always wondering how I was going to store any type of gear to get me across two rivers into NJ to my apartment, so I could bug in or bug out if the SHTF and the bridges and tunnels were shut down.  I decided on, but […]

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A Friend Has Lost Everything, Checked Into a Men’s Shelter…

by suburban September 9, 2010 Clothing
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This post is very close to my heart…  It pains me to write it, as it affects a friend of mine directly, that refuses help, as I will illustrate. I have a friend I got a call from this week.  He has lost his job, his apartment, much of his clothing,  his parents (family) lives […]

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Survival Cooking With Aluminum Foil

by suburban July 16, 2010 Cooking
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I always carry aluminum foil.  In fact, in my Altoids kit there are two square feet of aluminum foil.  I carry it because if I need a makeshift bowl or need to cook something I have what I need to do the job, and can possibly reuse it if I had to.  I only carry […]

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DIY – Make a Simple Cardboard Box Solar Oven

by suburban July 13, 2010 Cooking
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The sun is arguably one of the humanity’s most important tool for survival. It gives off practically unlimited amounts of light that is used by plants to generate energy and animals for heat. It can be used to generate electricity with solar panels, hot water with solar hot water heaters, and many other uses. Even though […]

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DIY – Field Sink Project

by suburban July 1, 2010 DIY
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On the heals of the DIY Washing Machine, I thought this would be a cool project that would work as well…  It is a DIY sink that you can build to keep things clean, including your mess kit, yourself, etc…  Have fun and enjoy. Field Sink – More DIY How To Projects

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My Survival and Outdoor iPhone Apps

by suburban June 20, 2010 Books
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When I bought my iPhone last year, I quickly realized it had the potential to be a survival tool  My search for iPhone apps under “camping, hiking, and survival” quickly returned many options for me.  I have tried a bunch of them, and am using the ‘best ones for me’ at the moment.  They may […]

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