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Make Your Own Healing Lotion Bars

November 28, 2014 - by Gaye Levy About a month ago, I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it be nice to have some of my healing salve in lotion bar form?” This has been something I have often considered but as with a lot of projects, it kept moving to the back burner.  Finally though, I got ser ...

12 Months of Prepping: Month Eleven

November 25, 2014 - As we enter month eleven of 12 Months of Prepping, it might be easy to become complacent and  decide to set aside this month’s preparedness tasks until some other, more convenient, time.  After all, if you are following along in accordance with the calendar year, there are famil ...

Are You Guilty of These Prepper Mistakes?

November 18, 2014 - Webster defines an expert as a person “who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area”  That being said, when it comes to preparedness, is anyone ever really an expert? Let’s be realistic. Every prepper, myself included, was a novice ...

Disaster Preps: When the Storm Hits the Fan

October 13, 2014 -   I am a firm believer that our very best learning opportunities come from the learning experiences of others.  There is no better example of this than listening or reading about the experience of someone who has lived through a major disaster. This happened last fall, when reader a sh ...

How to be a Prepper! But Not One of Those Crazy Ones

October 12, 2014 - Daisy Luther Activist Post Did you ever think about dipping your big toe into the waters of “prepping” but it just all sounded so “out there” that you weren’t quite sure it was something you wanted to be involved in? Then this is the guide for you. Maybe it ma ...

Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination

September 15, 2014 -   Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are other, more entertaining distractio ...

12 Months of Prepping: Month Seven

August 22, 2014 -   We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of getting prepared one month at a time.  By now you should be feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready to beat the odds should a natural disaster or other disruptive event occur in your geographical area. Hav ...

Stepping Up to Manage the New Reality

August 4, 2014 - When it comes to prepping, risk assessment is something that tends to get shoved to the back burner as we move in a frenzy to learn new skills and purchase “stuff”.  I know that in 12 Months of Prepping, I stress the importance of evaluating specific and inherent risks, but you kn ...

Prepper Preparedness: Personal Fitness and Health

July 1, 2014 - The older I get, the more I value the importance of good health and good physical fitness as it relates to long term survival.  After huffing and puffing during a recent hike up 800 feet, I realized that the time had come to reassess my personal health and fitness goals and to bone up on pers ...

12 Months of Prepping: Month Five

June 11, 2014 -   For those that are new to prepping, time may appear to be your enemy.  You know the old cliché “I have so much to do and so little time”?  Well let me dispel the myth that prepping needs to be done all at once.  It doesn’t. When it comes to prepared ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 120

June 8, 2014 -   Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. I have one more day of travel left before I land back on the home front after being away for three weeks. ...

How To Recharge Alkaline Batteries for the Long Term

June 4, 2014 - A little over a year ago, I shared my experience recharging alkaline batteries.  What a game changer that became! In the ensuing year I have learned a lot about the practical side of recharging alkalines; mostly that after a few recharge cycles, they tend to leak.  This is especially ...

Is It Realistic to Grow Your Own Groceries?

June 2, 2014 - At one time or another, every prepper will ask him or herself:  could I become 100% self-reliant in terms of providing food for myself and my family? Many will say, no, that is not possible. Heck, a couple of weeks ago I even mentioned that I was all but giving up on my food garden. I have ...

Why Most Of The Western Half Of The US Is Completely Unsuitable For Strategic Relocation

May 13, 2014 - If there is one thing that you cannot live without, it is fresh water.  Just try it some time.  Seriously – try to live for 24 hours without using a single drop of fresh water.  You will quickly learn how indispensable it is.  Unfortunately, a lot of people that are “ ...

Beyond Prepping: 72 Ideas That Will Simplify Your Life

May 12, 2014 -   Every once in awhile, I come across something that is perfect just the way it is.  It could be a list, a concept, or simply an essay on a topic that brings understanding and meaning to life. Today’s article needs no adornment.  Is is a list of ideas that you can embrace to ...

6 Essential Food Types To Grow Your Own Food Prepper's Pantry

May 5, 2014 - by Tess Pennington Last year, I devoted a better part of a year encouraging all of you to get prepped in the 52 Weeks to Preparedness series. This program was so successful, we made it into a book. Hopefully, you have taken action and stocked up now that food prices are getting out of hand ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 115

May 4, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. Without a doubt, the most important thing I did this week was study up on strategies to combat a serious infect ...

Are You Living a Strategic Life

May 1, 2014 - A couple of years ago, my friend George Ure (UrbanSurvival.com) and I sat down and wrote an e-book titled 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times. To this day, our little e-book remains something that the two of us are quite proud of and something that we ...

Fast Track Tip 7: Jump Start Your Path to Preparedness

April 23, 2014 - I never get tired of coaching Prepper Newbies.  Friend, relatives and strangers; it makes no matter.  I talk about family preparedness where ever I go to anyone who will listen.  It is not that I want to get preachy (well maybe just a little), but that by implementing a few basic st ...

Are You Addicted to Prepping?

April 21, 2014 - And if so, what can you do about it? For many, prepping has been a mission and a  passion for many years.  It all starts innocently enough.  We are bit by the prepping bug and typically start storing some extra water, food, flashlights and batteries in response to a widely publiciz ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 113

April 20, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, let me wish everyone a joyous Easter and Passover.  Whatever your faith, I wish you weekend filled with good food, family, and abundant ...

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Reckoning Interview with RP Ruggiero

April 19, 2014 - Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  R.P. Ruggiero, the author of Brushfire Plague: Reckoning,  is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his book. I first got t ...

33 Awesome Uses of Lemon Essential Oil

April 16, 2014 - When someone mentions the word “Lemon”, I immediately think “fresh, clean and pure”.  There is simply something about lemons that evokes an overall feeling of wellness and goodness.  This might come from my memories of being given a lemon to hold and to smell when ...

14 Common Food Storage Mistakes and Goofs

April 14, 2014 - Waste is not in my vocabulary.  Even before it was considered environmentally responsible to recycle, I would snatch paper out of the trash and re-use the back side before sending it off to the trash bin.  The same thing applied to food.  I simply hated to waste those bits and scrap ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 112

April 13, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. Something I learned a long time ago is that when it comes to plans, things do not always work out the way your wa ...

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Simply Canning Interview with Sharon Peterson

April 12, 2014 - Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Sharon Peterson, the author of Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of herbo ...

12 Months of Prepping: Month Three

April 9, 2014 - Regardless of the time of year, the task of successfully preparing our home and families for an unexpected emergency is ongoing and does not end just because the calendar says it’s springtime, a holiday, or some other special day or event. Over and over, we learn of natural disasters ...

60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

April 7, 2014 - Tax day is right around the corner and after agonizing over the tax preparation process, I have filed my return and don’t have to worry about it for another year.  The bad news is that I had to make a donation to our government to cover the taxes due.  The good news is that the gov ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 111

April 6, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. I continued planting seeds for my summer garden; this time some bush cucumbers.  Using my new heat mat, they ...

Safety Considerations When Using Essential Oils

April 4, 2014 - When I first started writing about essential oils, I thought I knew it all.  Well not really, but I did believe I was well versed in how to use essential oils as an alternative to over-the-counter remedies.  I say this because I had been using tea tree (Melaleuca) and lavender for years ...

11 Steps Toward Being Ordinary

April 2, 2014 - Blending in has a lot going for it, for as nice as it is to be known for your uniqueness, when it comes to prepping, less is more and being ordinary rocks.  Said another way, looking and acting the same as everyone else allows you to go unnoticed as you gather supplies and spend time honing ...

Getting Hotter or Getting Colder Either Way You Need to Step Up Your Preps

April 1, 2014 - Lizzie Bennett Activist Post Climate change is the one subject that can polarize the guests at a dinner party in one minute flat, but what many people fail to recognize is that both scenarios require us to step up, and in some cases look in a different way, at how we prepare for the future. B ...

Are We Headed Toward a Cyber War

March 31, 2014 - One of the most insidious end-of-the-world-as-we-know it scenarios is an an invisible attack on our power grid and the communication and information networks that drive our daily lives.  I am not referring to a short term outage, as annoying and as disruptive that can be. What I refer to and ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 110

March 30, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. This week has been somewhat a blur so let’s see if I can remember everything.  How about a list this w ...

12 Tips for Coping When Life Gets the Best of You

March 24, 2014 - Has it ever happened to you?  You put your hands to your head, press hard, and think “it is all too much!” When you think about it, the daily stresses of our 21st century lifestyle places a tremendous burden on our psyche as we cram our busy days with more chores and more tasks i ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 109

March 23, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. Arriving home after being away for three weeks meant lots of chores.  The most pressing was my garden and my ...

Forget Doom and Gloom: Preparedness is the Ultimate Act of Optimism

March 22, 2014 - Daisy Luther Activist Post Does this sound familiar? You’re talking to a friend or family member who isn’t on board with preparedness. (And it’s even worse when they think they know what’s going on in the world but garner their so-called “information” from net ...

12 Months of Prepping: Month Two

March 22, 2014 - In the course of my travels, I am often asked about Backdoor Survival.  The most common question is “What is the website about?”.  The answer is always the same:  Backdoor Survival is lifestyle website that shares tips, tools and information for creating a preparedness l ...

Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival

March 22, 2014 - Are you ready to start reading again?  Today I am thrilled to announce the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  If I am counting correctly, this is Book Festival number five and once again,  I have lined up some terrific authors and their books plus of course, interviews and boo ...

Fast Track Tip 6: Test Your Survival Skills With A Grid-Down Weekend

March 21, 2014 - When it comes to family preparedness, it is easy to take stock of your food, water, gear and skills and be smug in the knowledge that you are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.  But, as a well-prepared Backdoor Survival reader shared in 5 Days with No Power – When the Ice ...

12 Months of Prepping: Month Two

March 19, 2014 - In the course of my travels, I am often asked about Backdoor Survival.  The most common question is “What is the website about?”.  The answer is always the same:  Backdoor Survival is lifestyle website that shares tips, tools and information for creating a preparedness l ...

Survival Medicine: Insect Bites and Stings

March 17, 2014 - Something that a lot of us fail to think about until we are in the moment is the ramification of being bitten or stung by a not-so-friendly insect.  In most cases, such stings are annoying and painful but for the most part benign.  Sometimes, though, the toxins from insect stings can be ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 108

March 16, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. Before hitting the road, Shelly spent about 30 minutes putting together my HERCules (Home Emergency Radiant Cooki ...

Free Food Friday: Will Mikey Eat it :

March 14, 2014 - When it comes to food storage, I like to think I have all bases covered.  Canned goods, bulk foods, freeze dried products – you name it, I have it.  As I tend to preach, having variety is as important as having foods that your family will eat. Realistically, in a survival sit ...

The Healing Garden: 10 Herbs To Grow in the Survival Garden

March 12, 2014 - For many, the time has come to plan our summer gardens.  Given the overwhelming interest in recent articles about essential oils, I decided to revisit the topic of an herbal healing garden.  My interest is a bit self-serving in that I am in the process of rethinking my own garden an ...

9 Tips for Buying Property With Little or No Money

March 10, 2014 - Many folks, whether Preppers or not, dream of having their own special patch of land where they can settle in, raise a family, grow a garden, and simply take joy in knowing that the earth they stand on is all theirs.  Whether you dream of homesteading as I do, or merely want to homestead in ...

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 107

March 9, 2014 - Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. I am very – no extremely – excited to report that I was able to score some free buckets for storing ...

Will Solar Panels Survive an EMP

March 7, 2014 - When in comes to all things solar, I am a novice.  I have a very basic set-up from Harbor Freight that is used for light duty power in my garage but other than that, I have a long way to go.  So when I was asked the question, “Will solar panels survive an EMP?” I was stumpe ...

Whole House Heating From A Single Wood Burner Or Open Fire

March 6, 2014 -   by Lizzie Bennett Yesterday I wrote an article that touched on my late grandparents. They lived in Devon, in a chocolate box cottage, thatched roof and stable doors that was built some 700 years before I was born. There was no electricity, no domestic gas or running water, by mo ...

Dealing with Poo After a Disaster

March 5, 2014 - Have you given any consideration of what you would do if your basic sanitation system was not available following a disaster?  As unpleasant as this might seem, not having a viable sewer or septic system – or even an outhouse – could pose a problem if you have not given it some th ...
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