Waxed canvas jackets and pants: this old-school prepper outerwear still delivers

Modern outdoor clothing is a miracle of science. Polyester, nylon, and other synthetic fabrics and blends have a combination of strength, weight, comfort, and protection that our fur-wearing ancestors could never have dreamed possible. But this stuff stops being amazing when you get too close to a fire and burn a hole in it, or

Orange candle

Making a candle from a hollowed out orange: hack or hoax?

Candles are still a worthwhile second or third backup option for an emergency light source, even though almost any combination of an LED light and rechargeable battery now blows away the best candle by any metric that matters — size, weight, lumens, reusability, durability, safety, cost, etc.. The one advantage candles still have over modern

A child using a radio

BaoFengs are fine radios, but they don’t have hundreds of miles of range

In our online travels, we sometimes see preppers buying pairs of BaoFeng handi-talkies for themselves and their distant loved ones because they think they’ll be able to communicate over hundreds of miles in a grid-down. Nothing could be further from the truth. The BaoFeng’s range isn’t anywhere close to that. Yes, the popular BaoFengs are

Key developments for Thursday, December 3, 2020

US Embassy staff are being pulled from Baghdad: Climate change fears are impacting some US-Americans’ plans to have children. Some participants in the peer-reviewed study divulged regretting having children knowing those children could be forced to struggle to survive through potentially tough conditions in the future. Speaking of the impacts of climate change, the Great

Key developments for Friday, November 27, 2020

The head of Iran’s military nuclear weapons program has been assassinated–tensions with Iran continue to grow: Authorities in Iran suspect Israel is responsible for the assassination: And, incidentally, the US is moving warships back into the Middle East (the decision to do this was reportedly made before tensions grew today): The world has nearly 62

Save 50% preordering the new Water Essentials video course

Today we’re launching the preview video and 50%-off preorders for the upcoming course on water preparedness and survival — get it for $24 instead of $49 when released in a few weeks (with money-back guarantee if you don’t like it!) Similar in-person lessons cost hundreds of dollars, require travel and field time, and still won’t

Key developments for Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Here are some free resources for neighborhood crime statistics—but don’t let the notifications get you rattled. Crime-information overload could be an anxiety-inducing time sink. It’s best to put the data in perspective. Shipping container bottlenecks are causing irregularities in supply and logistical headaches. In general, the shipping industry has been more robust throughout the pandemic

Your car will probably be fine after an EMP

William S. Forschten’s post-apocalyptic novel, One Second After, famously describes a post-apocalyptic world of clogged roadways and stranded motorists, as all the continent’s cars are instantly stopped by a single blast from a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP). All cars, that is, except one — the protagonist’s 1959 Edsel, a car so old it didn’t have

BaoFeng radios and accessories

Must-have BaoFeng radio accessories for tactical comms, go-bags, and cars

BaoFeng radios like the UV-5R and BF-F8HP are some of the most popular ham radios in the world. They can be found for as little as $25, and sometimes even cheaper in bulk. Their price and features make them mainstays in bug out bags and on plate carriers around the world. They’re often derided by

Key developments for Thursday, November 12, 2020

Prepping was recently considered an eccentric pastime. The folks at NatGeo link modern day prepping back to the Cold War. I’ve always considered it simple self-sufficiency, myself, and saw these commonsense practices as a legacy of the American expansion west from the first big cities. In any case, it’s increasingly mainstream. Bloomberg has a rosy