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How to shop for preps online without getting scammed

As an editor at The Prepared, I've spent a lot of time over the past two years professionally shopping for gear on the internet. When we put together one of our in-depth reviews, we go through a lengthy process where we first put together a list of what's popular in forums and other venues. Then we obsessively research those items in order to narrow that list down to a smaller group of products that we then buy and test. So not only have I spent thousands of hours reading reviews and forum th

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5 indigenous techniques for getting through winter the old-fashioned way

From the Inuit of Alaska to the Sámi of Finland, the winter survival skills of indigenous peoples were developed over millennia of trial and error. Much of the indigenous knowledge of how to get through winter falls into the following categories: Shelter craft --- how to build dwellings from natural, local materials that will trap heat, accommodate a fire, and provide security from storms and predators. Clothing --- how to make layered outfits from natural materials that can insulate an

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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 fall down a ravine and rip it up. Synthetic fabrics have two big drawbacks: they're vulnerable to open flame, and once damaged they're difficult to repair. These issue

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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 any modern electronics that could be fried by the electromagnetic pulse from a nuke. Forschten's Edsel is the car that launched a mil

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I’m a professional prepper, and here’s a look inside my go-bag

I have a confession to make: despite the fact that prepping is my day job, I didn't really have my go-bag in good working order until this past April. Yeah, I had a go-bag, but it was more aspirational than operational --- more "Jon's bag of survival stuff" than the kind of well-planned and painstakingly assembled emergency resource we promote at The Prepared. But the experience of walking friends, family, colleagues, and strangers through pandemic-inspired evacuations from major cities motiv

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