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9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle

Ultimate Survival Tips: 9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle


Ultimate survival tips are nothing if you don’t have the right tools at your disposal. This ultimate survival guide will unveil every item you can make out of an empty pill bottle.

9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle

1. Survival Kit

You can put anything you want in your survival kit as long as it fits without damaging any other components. The bigger your pill bottle, the more stuff you can put in your survival kit. While it’s not a full-fledged bug-out bag, what you put in your pill bottle can help you in emergencies. Remember, knowledge is your ultimate survival tool – everything else is just helpful!

As shown above, the list of items for this particular pill bottle survival kit includes:

  1. Pill Bottle
  2. Matches
  3. Birthday Candles
  4. Fire Straws
  5. Button
  6. Mini Red Finger Flashlight
  7. Index Card
  8. Safety Pins
  9. Dental Floss
  10. Neosporin Straws
  11. Tweezers
  12. Ibuprofen
  13. Allergy Medication
  14. Cotton Balls
  15. Alcohol Wipes
  16. Band-aids
  17. Money
  18. Aluminum Foil

Further details and instructions can be found here.

2. First Aid Kit

Here, we’re going to zoom in on medicines you must add to your pill bottle. You can’t afford to go out with a fresh wound since it will likely get infected. Also, bring needle and thread in case you get a deep cut. Stack it with the following items:

  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Iodine prep pad
  • Non-aspirin pain relievers
  • Aleve
  • Alka-Seltzer
3. Sewing Kit

These decorated pill bottles can turn your never-ending search for a particular crafting item into short work. This survival guide should help you make a well-rounded sewing kit.

4. Waterproof Money Container

Regardless how precarious the situation is, you will always need to take some money with you. Unless it’s a zombie apocalypse or something even worse, be sure you have some dry money with you.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • A pill bottle
  • E-6000 glue
  • Goo Gone
  • A nylon cord
  • A drill or a large screw

Click here for the full tutorial.

5. Hide-A-Key


A pill bottle has the perfect shape and size for hiding a spare key. To help it blend a little more, glue a rock on top of the bottle. Bury the bottle in a hidden spot with the rock showing to help you find the bottle when you need to retrieve it. Click here to read more.

6. Ammo Storage

Keep your ammo in a pill bottle to prevent it from getting wet. This will also keep it together in one place rather than loose in your pocket or jingling around at the bottom of your BOB. Read more here.

7. Battery Storage

Place batteries inside for cool, dry storage and easy access when needed. It’s always a plus to have an alternative source of energy outside your solar-powered equipment.

8. Seed Collecting and Storage

An empty pill bottle makes a good seed storage. Survivalists store different seed variants in case there’s a shortage in their food supply. For starters, here are the easiest vegetables to grow:

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
9. Pill Bottle Fire Starter

This is a fun and easy project to do with your kids. It’s also a useful survival skill. This item is also a great alternative if other fire-starting methods aren’t available. Click here for the tutorial.

Watch this video by kipkay to learn how to make the most affordable pill bottle survival kit:



This item may not appeal as a necessity in survival situation before, but it sure does now. Its portability and versatility make it a great addition to your inventory. Be sure to keep an eye on some empty pill bottles at home as they may come in handy in the future.

Do you know other ultimate survival tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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F.B.I. moves on Militia: One Shot Dead, Others Wounded. Armed standoff underway.

The federal government has sealed off the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, after last night’s deadly confrontation with Ammon Bundy and other militia members. Late last night, the F.B.I. shot and killed one of the protesters and took seven others into custody.

Hours after Ammon Bundy was arrested in the deadly encounter with the federal government, additional protesters took control of the Oregon wildlife refuge at the center of a weeks-long standoff. This morning at a press conference the feds signaled that time may be running out.

Earlier this month Bundy told media that he and two of his brothers were among a group of dozens of militia occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Ammon Bundy said the group planned to stay at the refuge indefinitely. “We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon Bundy said. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”

The Bundy Family came to Oregon to protest the arrest and attempted land seizure of an Oregon Ranching family that was being targeted by the federal government.

Why Would the Feds Attempt to Turn this into a Deadly Situation?

Think about it; was the F.B.I. called in to arrest or shoot the liberal Occupy Wall Street people who did much more than just assemble at a wildlife refuge? Did the F.B.I get sent in to arrest the armed criminals who burnt their own neighborhoods in Baltimore and Ferguson to the ground last summer?

No matter how you feel about the Bundy family, or the militia who is peacefully assembling at the wildlife refuge in Oregon, keep in mind that nothing they are doing is harming anyone. The Refuge is in the middle of nowhere, and the F.B.I. could have easily just waited them out. This after all is public land; land we pay for with our tax dollars. There was NO THREAT to public safety, and there was no reason to try to start a gun fight.

Earlier in the day, Jason Patrick, one of the leaders of the militia remaining at the outpost, said he could see an armored convoy and a number of law enforcement officers gathered from his perch in the compound.

“Sounds like the definition of peaceful resolution is either forcefully kidnapping me or death,” Patrick told USA Today. “A peaceful resolution is not dead people.”

“Right now, we’re doing fine,” Patrick said. “We’re just trying to figure out how a dead cowboy equals a peaceful resolution.” Patrick’s comments could have been aimed at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown who asked for “patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution.”

Patrick told The Oregonian: “We’re all standing here ready to defend our peaceful resolution.”

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From AlertsUSA

Black Gangs Targeting Police
More Widespread Lawlessness Expected
May 2, 2015
Between April 25-30, 2015, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:
4/30 – Law enf in urban areas across US prep for poss violent protests 5/1 (May Day). Incr rpts of violent black on white assaults nationwide. Extreme caution urged.
4/27 – MD Gov has declared a State of Emergency. MD National Guard activated. Special Situation Update forthcoming via email.

4/27 – Baltimore police warning of credible threat to local law enforcement by multiple gangs intending to target police officers. Monitoring…

4/27 – AlertsUSA monitoring widespread renewed civil unrest in downtown Baltimore. 7 LEOs injured. Evolving dangerous sit. Police warn of major resp. Avoid the area.

4/25 – Widespread rioting and vandalism in downtown Baltimore, MD. Avoid the area. Watch Live:

What You Need To Know
On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding breaking developments on the topic of growing civil unrest in Baltimore, MD and several U.S. cities, in addition to new threats by black gangs specifically targeting police.
On Wednesday, law enforcement agencies nationwide went to a heightened state of alert following an advisory message from the Baltimore Police Department warning credible information had been received that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips had entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers. This partnership between what are normally rival gangs is reported to have beenbrokered by the leadership of Nation of Islam, who themselves have repeatedly called for all manner of violence and civil disobedience (see this and this).

By afternoon, numerous individuals had been arrested for assaults on police. The combination of uncontrolled rioting and attacks on police promptedactivation of the Maryland National Guard.

Members of law enforcement nationwide are being urged to maintain a high level of vigilance, to be aware of possible ambushes, to change travel patterns and to tone down clothes or emblems identifying them as police.

Since criminal charges were announced against six Baltimore police officers on Friday morning, officers on the ground are reporting heightened tensions and violent challenges to police authority.


On the topic of the broader causes of the civil unrest in Baltimore and other major urban areas across the U.S., AlertsUSA has little to add to that which is already widely understood but rarely ever spoken of openly at parties. Going forward, one would normally expect that as violence and overall lawlessness in America’s inner cities increases, so to would the heavy handedness of the police response.. The tax payers of a city and state expect law enforcement to keep evil contained and in check.

Unfortunately, there is a high likelihood we are going to see the exact opposite take place.

Given current political winds, the growing trend of treating the lawless as the victims, as well as further efforts at demonizing police and restraining their activity, readers can reasonably expect an increasing tempo of criminal behavior and civil unrest as police both individually, as well as a part of departmental policy, curtail their efforts. Frankly, what police officer in their right mind wants to end up as the next YouTube sensation, face financial ruin due to a civil lawsuit or become the focus of national media attention?


Racial tensions in America are climbing fast, as are the number of violent black on white attacks being reported across the U.S.( just not by national media – see this and this). AlertsUSA cautions readers of the need to exercise extreme caution when in urban areas nationwide. You know where you and your kids are supposed to be, and more importantly, what parts of town would wisely be avoided. Parents of high school and college aged children should strongly consider a sit down where these realities are communicated or reinforced.


To this end, AlertsUSA highly recommends finding a copy of the acclaimed 1997 New York Times bestseller, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, by Gavin De Becker. The author is a three time Presidential appointee as an advisor to the Department of Justice and whose security firm protects eight of the ten private Americans currently considered most at-risk, as well as 60 of the Nation’s most prominent families.

The book lays out the pieces of the human violence puzzle and helps you clearly recognize both the subtle and blatant signals of danger. Considering the times, this book should be at the top of your reading list. If your children are old enough to stay out after the street lights come on, it should be at the top of their reading list as well.


New Black Panther Head: We Are Willing to Kill for Black Nation

Baltimore Uprising: Is ISIS Using The Riots To Recruit Black U.S. Muslims?

AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor growing civil unrest across the U.S. and will immediately notify service subscribers of the outbreak of new violent protests, rioting, or any other changes in the overall domestic threat environment as events warrant.


4/28 – BREAKING: Al Arabiya reports Iran has seized a US cargo ship and 34 crew. Vessel taken to Bandar Abbas port on the S. coast of Iran. Developing situation.

4/25 – Intel sources rpt DHS/FBI investig ISIS-inspired terror threat on aviation sector. Numerous hub airports incl LAX, DEN and ATL incr security. Expect delays.

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World News Roundup
May 2, 2015
Other Developments We Are Following
Officials: FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat 
Officials Pick Up Possible ISIS Threat to U.S. Military, Police
Los Angeles Airport Security Boosted Amid Possible ISIS Threat
No Phones for Workers at Passport Offices Due to Data Theft
Announcement on New JCS Chairman Expected Soon
Guantanamo Detainees Balk at Life in Uruguay
U.S. Bill Would Create ‘Hostage Czar’ to Coordinate Rescue Efforts
Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska


UK Airport Security Stepped Up After US Warns of New Threat 
What Is China’s Navy Doing in Mediterranean?
Top NATO Commander: Russia Readying For A New Ukraine Offensive
Chernobyl Fire: Kiev Claims No Radiation Threat, Experts Ring Alarm Bells


U.S., Allies Stage 18 Air Strikes Against Islamic State
US Navy Ships to Accompany US-Flagged Ships in Gulf
US Commander: Loss of Military Toehold in Yemen is Worrisome
Saudis Uncover Plot to Bomb U.S. Embassy
Isis Leader Incapacitated with Suspected Spinal Injuries After Air Strike


North Korea’s Nuclear Leverage
Rechristening the U.S.-Japan Defense Alliance
U.S. to Protect Disputed Japanese Islands
North Korea ‘May Have Restarted Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor’
China Says Worried by New U.S. Cyber Strategy
Has Japan Abandoned Its Policy Of Being A Pacifist Nation?

Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Central African
Nepal   05/01/2015
Iraq   04/29/2015
N. Korea   04/23/2015
Mexico   04/03/2015
Worldwide Caution   01/09/2015
Worldwide Alert   12/19/2014

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance


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Activated Charcoal: A Must-Have Item in Every Preppers Med Kit



If I were to guess, activated charcoal is probably not one of the items found in your med kit right now.

Well, it’s time you change that…

The thing is, in a long-term disaster or a post-collapse situation, you’ll likely not have access to professional medical help. And if you or your loved one accidentally ingests something poisonous, it could end up being a very bad day for you or yours.

That’s where having activated charcoal could be a very real life saver.

In this article you’ll discover just what activated charcoal is and how it can be used to ward off potential disaster when things go very bad. In addition, you’ll learn about many of the other potential uses that this long-standing “medicine” has.

Activated Charcoal Throughout History

The first recorded use of charcoal for medicinal purposes comes from Egyptian papyri around 1500 B.C. as a method of staving off infection of open wounds. Since then, activated charcoal has continued to be an effective form of treatment for a variety of ailments down to the present time.

In fact, it’s common to find activated charcoal in modern emergency rooms for treatment of drug overdose and poisoning.

How does it work you ask? Well, read on…

How Activated Charcoal Performs its “Magic”

It may at first seem a bit unbelievable as to how a simple black powder can be so effective at removing poisons from the body. But there’s real scientific reasons as to why.

Activated charcoal works mainly by adsorption (no I didn’t spell that incorrectly). Since activated charcoal is 100% alkaline (i.e. negatively charged), this negative ionic charge attracts postive ionic charges like toxins and poisons, causing them to bind to the charcoal which then gets escorted out of your body through the eliminative process of your intestines.

Even when made as a poultice (a moist paste of charcoal and water that you spread over a wound or sting) this adsorption process will work to draw out poisons caused by stings and bites of animals.

Basically the process that creates activated charcoal (steam heating and oxidation) ends up creating an internal lattice of very fine pores. This structure allow s charcoal to adsorb over 100 times its weight in bacteria, toxins and other positively charged chemicals (like drugs and unwanted medicine).

For that reason, it’s important that you don’t ingest charcoal if you’ve recently (within the last 24 hours) taken perscription medicine for medical reasons since it can also adsorb certain medicines as it does poisons.

Charcoal Remedies

Here are just some of the examples of charcoal remedies (both internal external) that you’ll find used in modern as well as folk medicine:

Internal Uses:

  • food poisoning / drug overdose: This is really the only remedy I’ve found where charcoal is used in modern medicine. My ER doctor friend has used charcoal a number of times in the Emergency Room for drug-overdose patients.
  • elimination of toxins that contribute to anemia in cancer patients
  • stomach bug/flu: This has worked very well in my family. Anytime we feel a stomach bug coming on we take a teaspoon of charcoal in a cup of water which stops it in its tracks.
  • filter toxins from blood
  • headaches
  • minor arthritic symptoms
  • diarrhea
  • sore throat irritation
  • tooth abscesses

    External Uses:

  • disinfect wounds
  • teeth whitening: Charcoal surprisingly does an excellent job at removing tartar and plaque buildup on teeth (no the black will not stain your teeth) and even removes stains (especially those caused by coffee).
  • cold sores
  • insect bites: Very effective against bee and wasp stings. I’ve personally seen this work wonders for my 4-year old daughter with a wasp sting. The pain subsided very quickly after making a poultice and covering her sting.
  • snake bites

    Is Activated Charcoal Something I Can Make?

    As a quick warning, this is not the charcoal that comes as briquettes that you use in your charcoal grill. Since many of them are laden with dangerous fillers and petrochemicals (firestarter) to help them ignite, ingesting or using these for medical purposes could certainly lead to a very bad day for you or your loved ones.

    True activated charcoal is made industrially through a process of exposing pure charcoal to hot steam in order to oxidize it. So while you can certainly make normal charcoal from a woodfire and grind it up fine enough to be somewhat effective (if that’s all you had available to you), it’s not the same.

    Given the purity that you can buy as well as it’s practically limitless shelf life I would still highly recommend you purchase it.

    Where Can I Purchase Activated Charcoal and How Can I Learn To Use It?

    It’s important that you purchase a high-quality charcoal. Here’s the one that I recommend and buy for my own family:

    Hardwood Activated Charcoal Powder 16 oz (1 lb) in Mylar Bag

    In addition, if you want to learn all of the fantastic ways to use this as well as dosing information be sure to check out some of these resources:

    Activated Charcoal: Antidote, Remedy, and Health Aid

    Charcoal Remedies


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Is Buying a Pre-Made Survival Kit a Good Idea?

Given the popularity of prepping today, it stands to reason that many companies would jump on the bandwagon and try to cater to that market.  You can now find pre-made survival kits at places like outdoor stores like REI and even at discount retailers like Walmart.  But is buying a pre-made kit a good idea?

Problems with Pre-Made Kits

Well, like anything else in life, it depends.  The first problem I’ve seen with many commercial kits is that some or all of the components are of poor quality.  If you are staking your life on an item, you want it to be up to the task.  Some kits are nothing more than cheap, dollar store quality items tossed into a sub-average knapsack.  You really aren’t saving much money with those kits.  Sure, the package says the kit contains 200+ survival items.  But, they also count each adhesive bandage as a single item.

The second problem I’ve seen is the kits are often incomplete.  They are almost always lacking gear for at least one major category.  Maybe it has food, water, and shelter covered but it has nothing for first aid.  Or, it is missing any sort of fire making equipment.  Few kits on the market today truly cover all of the major categories of survival needs:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • First aid
  • Signaling
  • Navigation
  • Communication
  • Tools

A third issue with many pre-made kits is the container they use, such as the backpack or duffel bag.  Typically, these are cheaply made and aren’t going to hold up in any sort of realistic survival scenario.  If you’re hoofing it to your bug out location, you don’t want to discover a hole in the backpack halfway through your journey, a hole through which much of your gear has managed to leak out from over the last several miles.

Why Bother Buying One?

In most cases, you are far better off assembling your own kit from the bottom up, taking into account your own skill sets, your needs, and your overall situation. What works for one person might not be the best idea for another. However, commercial kits can serve as a starting point.  If you purchase a kit with that in mind and take the time to become familiar with each provided item, you’ll be in a far better position to decide what else needs added to the kit.

Personally, I like the products sold by Echo Sigma as well as those made by Survival Resources.
Both companies take great care in selecting gear that actually works under real life conditions.  Of course, the kits they assemble and sell aren’t cheap, but neither is your life.

Of course you can go back through this blog to older articles and find many ideas for making your own kit.

The best thing to remember is either buy or make your own, but “HAVE ONE“.

Check out what the local Walmart had:

The black bags on top are kits for around $35.00

On bottom where emergency food storage and 72 hour kits.

Not too bad for Walmart.


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Basic Knife Throwing Videos

The one thing to remember is this:

“Why would you want to throw your weapon away?”

Reality is sticking someone with a knife looks cool and easy on TV, they bounce off ribs and other bones most of the time. Layers of clothes make throwing one ineffective as well.

Not saying it won’t injure them, now you are without a blade and the other person has it to use on you.
Possibly good for rodent size critters and reptiles.


So there are uses but remember this important fact – “don’t throw your last knife“.


Basic Knife Throwing (Russian Army Style)



How to Throw a Knife: Different Styles | COMBAT KNIFE THROWING



How to Throw Knives: Introduction to Martial Arts Knife Throwing



Spin vs. No Spin Knife Throwing



Best Beginner Throwing Knives (Part 1 of 3)



Best Mid-Range Throwing Knife (Part 2 of 3)



Best High-End (and No-Spin) Throwing Knives (Part 3 of 3)



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Could Real Life ‘Purge’ Threat Happen

Reports are coming in from cities around the United States where flyers are being put up announcing “The Purge” and saying “Get Your Squad Ready!”  They say “The Purge” will begin on August 31st!  It’s also going out on Instagram, Facebook and other social media!

Specific cities, venues and activities mentioned include; Louisville, KY; Detroit, MI; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Cleveland, OH; St. Louis, MO; Pittsburg, PA; The Kentucky State Fair and after school activities (sports events, concerts, etc.).

Where I am (Louisville, KY) the threats of a violent crime outbreak for tonight and other dates going forward — based on the movie “The Purge” — are being taken seriously by police.

For those that don’t know, “The Purge” is a movie series that has so far had two movies – “The Purge” and “The Purge Anarchy”.  In the movies, the government allows 12 hours where any crime is legal.  You can murder anybody in those 12 hours (7pm to 7am) and do any kind of crime and it’s perfectly legal!  Of course no emergency services will be available during the purge hours so they advise you to get off the streets if you’re not purging this year!  You can use weapons of Class 4 or lower during the purge.  The only people that you can’t murder are government employees of ranking 10 who are immune to the purge.  This was all setup by “The New Founding Fathers” who said that the yearly purge was necessary to “Release the Beast”, keep full employment and to bring about a renewed America!

Could it be that our society is so dumbed down and evil now that many gang bangers could go out and copycat the movie and start killing people!

Police in both Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., said they are aware of the “Louisville Purge” threats circulating on Twitter and will have officers ready to respond.

Louisville police spokesman Sgt. Phil Russell said the police “take any threat that would incite violence on our community seriously.”

LMPD: Residents urged to report suspicious ‘Purge’ activity

POLL: What image describes your feeling about “Louisville Purge”

He said their investigation has not identified any specific threats; they have only come across general information that goes along with crime that happened in the movie.

However, Russell said with the trend in the nation of mob violence and violent outbreaks, “it would be prudent for us to monitor it and to be ready for any possibility.”

As reported  by Connie Leonard of Wave 3 News, awareness of random violence was heightened beginning with a wave of violent crime beginning with theMarch 22 attackon the Big Four Bridge, in which a group of teenagers beat and kicked a man in the presence of his family without provocation. The violence continued seemingly aimlessly throughout the downtown area, captured on surveillance video. After a leaked FBI memo suggested planned gang violence might take place two weeks later, the LMPD placed additional officers at events like Thunder over Louisville and the Pegasus Parade. No actual planned violence took place.

Russell said he doesn’t know if the intent of the original poster of the “Louisville Purge” idea — which says the purge will take place from 8 p.m. Friday until 6:30 a.m. Saturday — was to be taken seriously. But now the police have to watch out for any criminals who might use it as a catalyst to exact violence in the community.

He said a lot of officers were already supposed to be on patrol Friday for various other events, such as the Kentucky State Fair, so the department will be adequately staffed and prepared.

Jeffersonville Police Maj. Josh Lynch said his department had received calls from concerned citizens about the threats.

Lynch said the department decided to beef up patrols and develop contingency plans in case something did happen.

“In law enforcement, we have to take all threats serious,” he said.

Both Jeffersonville and Louisville police are encouraging anyone who sees something suspicious or witnesses a crime to report it.

As reported by WLKY, Louisville Metropolitan Police report that posters and fliers have sprung up advertising that a ‘Purge’ crime spree would be in effect on Friday from 8:30 pm to Saturday at 6:30 am for residents in Kentucky’s largest city. Louisville MPD released a statement on the posters and fliers assuring residents that the department will be ready if there are any sort of mass disturbances.



Alright, all I can say is this is another reason to take you, your family and friends safety in your own hands at all times.

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Preppers Checklist : 10 Things To Do Now!

No matter how much I beg, some of you, no doubt haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are). I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is give you the information, it’s up to you to act. No one can do it for you. No doubt some of you are intimidated by my repeated suggestions of storing and using whole grains and beans. If it doesn’t come from the supermarket shelf it’s strange and unfamiliar and you want no part of it. Fair enough.

But you still need to prepare. Here are ten things that you can do now that will make you better prepared than 90% of the population. And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy.

You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. But you need to get it done as soon as possible. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed list.

1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.

6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.

7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.

Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.

9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.

10. And lastly pick up the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started.



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Could you stomach these Great Depression meals?

With all the talk about food storage and growing our own food, I did a little digging around to find out what some people ate during America’s Great Depression of the 1930′s.  Surprisingly, a few of these were made by my mother and grandmother, traditions, I’m sure, from a more frugal era.  I still have a soft spot for Chipped Beef on Toast!  How many of these are familiar to you, and do you have any others to add to the list?

Milk toast

Chipped beef on toast

Cucumber and mustard sandwiches

Mayonnaise sandwiches

Ketchup sandwiches

Hot milk and rice



Potato soup – water base, not milk

Dandelion salad

Lard sandwiches

Bacon grease sandwiches

Sugar sandwiches

Hot dogs and baked beans

Road kill

One eyed Sam – piece of bread with an easy over egg in the center

Oatmeal mixed with lard

Fried potatoes and hot dogs

Onion sandwich – slices of onion between bread

Tomato gravy and biscuits

Deep fried chicken skin

Cornbread in milk

Gravy and bread – as a main dish

Toast with mashed potatoes on top with gravy

Creamed corn on toast

Corn mush with milk for breakfast, fried corn mush for dinner


Rice in milk with some sugar


Fried potato peel sandwiches

Banana slices with powdered sugar and milk

Boiled cabbage

Hamburger mixed with oatmeal

American cheese sandwich, ‘American’ cheese was invented because it was cheap to make, and didn’t require refrigeration that may or may not exist back then.

Tomato gravy on rice

Toast with milk gravy

Water fried pancakes

Chicken feet in broth

Fried bologna

Warm canned tomatoes with bread

Butter and sugar sandwiches

Fried potato and bread cubes

Bean soup

Runny eggs with grits

Butter and grits with sugar and milk

Baked apples

Sliced boiled pork liver on buttered toast (slice liver with potato peeler)

Corn meal mush

Spaghetti with tomato juice and navy beans

Whatever fish or game you could catch/hunt

Tomato sandwiches

Hard boiled eggs in white sauce over rice

Spam and noodles with cream of mushroom soup

Rag soup: spinach, broth and lots of macaroni

Garbanzo beans fried in chicken fat or lard, salted, and eaten cold

Popcorn with milk and sugar – ate it like cereal

Lessons learned from this list?  Stock up on ingredients for bread, including buckets of wheat.  Bread, in some form, is one of the main ingredients for many of these meals.  Second, know how to make different types of bread.  Next, have chickens around as a source for meat and eggs, and if possible, have a cow or goat for milk.  Another lesson is to have a garden that will provide at least some fresh produce, and plant fruit trees and bushes.  Finally, don’t waste anything, even chicken feet!


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Portable Military Wood Stove – Gear Review

by Jarhead Survivor on November 15, 2013

Winter approaches and this season I thought I’d branch out a little.  If you’ve been reading for a while you know that I’ve used the Ammo Can Stove in my 5 man ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) military tent as a heat source when it gets cold out.

It’s a good stove and you could even backpack it in on a long trip if you were so inclined, but last year when it got really cold, like around 10 or 15 F. it would only heat the tent up to about 45 degrees or so.  Not bad when you consider how cold it is outside, but still a little chilly.

The downside of the ammo can stove is that the wood has to be cut very short for it and it requires a fair amount of attention to keep it going.  Again, if you’re on a long hike it could be worth its weight in gold if you have a tent with a stove opening in it, bu this year I decided to try something a little bigger.

Enter the Portable Military Woodstove.  This is a larger stove – 18 x 10.2 x 11 inches- and it is not something I’d hike in somewhere as it weighs in at just under 30 pounds.  Now, I might use a toboggan or sled to move it around along with my heavy tent, but it’s definitely not for carrying.

Keep in mind the military does everything as a team, so moving equipment like this around would be done by a group of young, in-shape guys, pulling it on a sled, or maybe on a truck or Hummer.  But once it’s set up and running in the tent in a cold weather environment you’ll be happy to have it despite the extra work it entails.  We used to use the Yukon stove, which was an unwieldy piece of equipment that could burn gasoline or wood.  I nearly set my hair on fire once burning gas in it, but when we got up in the morning and got that baby going it was all worth it.  We spent a month or more living in the field in Norway and two weeks in the field in Minnesota in -40 F. weather and we were damned glad to have any heat we could get at the end of the day.

The stove arrived within two days and my son and I eagerly unpacked it.  It comes with the main stove itself, four sections of pipe and a stove cap, four legs to get the stove off the ground if you want, and a small poker and another tool to pull the ashes out of the stove so you don’t have to dismantle it every time.

The reviews that I read indicated that I should do a couple of burns outside first so that it could burn off the cheap paint that comes with it.  I did and some of the paint did indeed flake off.

Another thing people talked about was the design of the door handle.  Again, a valid complaint.  The door itself isn’t anywhere near air-tight; however, if you have a good draft it isn’t an issue.  I did notice that if you leave the door open on the stove when putting wood in it will smoke, so if you’re in a tent you’ll want to make sure to keep the door closed as much as possible.  When I tried to wedge it closed it seemed to make it worse, so I let the door hang as it came and that seemed to help it reduce the smoke.  I’ll report back on this more when I have it in a tent instead of outside.

One of the features I liked a lot were the air vents on both the front and back of the stove.  You can open both for a good hot fire or to get air to wood that might not be good and dry, or you can shut it down for a longer, slower burn.  If you’ve used wood stoves you know how important good ventilation is to their efficient operation.  So far this gets much better ventilation than the ammo can stove.


Something like this could also be adapted quickly for emergency home use if need be… say the power went out for more than a week or two.  I have a pellet stove and if I needed to I could have this small wood stove up and running in its place in the matter of an hour.  It may not heat the entire house up to 80 degrees in the winter; however, it would certainly be enough to take the edge off.

You can use it outside if there’s a ban on open fires.  There’s a grate on top where you can put your water to heat.  You can flip the grates to the outside and dry your socks and gloves (carefully), and if you look closely you’ll see two hollow tubes running along the top of the stove.  Supposedly you can put a potato wrapped in tinfoil in there and cook it.  I might give it a try, but I’ve got to admit I’m a little skeptical.  I’ll report back on that feature later.

The grates fold up into a handle, so moving it is fairly easy.  I also like the fact that all the components are stored inside the stove itself, so when you’re done with it at the end of the season you just put it away and don’t have to worry about all the parts that go along with it getting lost.


I put the stove in the tent last weekend and fired it up.  Outside temp was in the high 30′s.  Inside temp?  Must have been about 85 or 90 degrees!  This thing keeps it warm!  Of course I haven’t tried it at -10, but when I do I’ll give you another update.  It didn’t smoke at all although I took care to keep the door closed as much as possible.

I’ve got to say I’m really looking forward to trying this out in very cold weather.


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