Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations

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Since I started the Prepper Journal I have always believed that everyone benefits from as much information, discussion and sometimes debate as possible. No single person has all of the answers, but I think collectively great ideas come to the surface. I have my own opinions on practically everything out there but I won’t say that I know all about any subject. I have also had my mind changed on more than one occasion by the thoughts and theories I have read elsewhere on the subjects we discuss about prepping and survival.

To that end I wanted to share some of the best prepper resources I have come across in my preparedness journey with the readers of the Prepper Journal. I think that so many of these sites, prepper gear ideas and even books could be valuable to everyone and I believe anything that I personally use, read or recommend is worth sharing with the rest of the world.

This post will be my ideas on some of the best prepper resources and recommendations in the following categories.

  • Best Prepper Gear that can save your life
  • Best Prepper Books that can give you information when the grid goes down
  • Best Prepper Blogs that can teach you various subjects in the field of prepping and survival

These are just my current opinions and like I mentioned above are all subject to change. Some of these items are listed on my Prepper Essentials page and other links can be found on my Prepper Resources page as well. These two pages will always be links in the navigation bar at the top for future reference.

Best Prepper Gear

The best prepper gear is what you have available to you. In most cases that would be your EDC gear. The best gear in the world is worthless if it is packed away in your attic and you are stuck on some business trip hundreds of miles away from home.

Fenix170Fenix 170 Lumens Flashlight – Great for using on your keychain or as backup to a larger light. SpydercoTenaciousSpyderco Tenacious – Great folder that you can carry with you almost anywhere. LeathermanLeatherman Wave – Thousands of uses and small enough to always have on you.
LeathermanSquirtLeatherman Squirt – This is the Leatherman Wave’s smaller brother and I do mean smaller. This is on my key-chain and is for times when I can’t really wear my big Leatherman on my belt or throw it in a bag. BandanaBandana – No, they aren’t only for blowing your nose, they can be used as a bandage or to filter water to remove large particles. FenixPD22Fenix PD22 – Another flashlight? Yes, this goes in my pocket and when I don’t have my keys, this is always with me. 512 Lumens!
CasioPathfinderCasio Pathfinder – Great watch that includes several features that could aid in survival or at least make a trip into the woods better. ZippoLighter – You should have some way to make fire using something like this Zippo or even a regular Bic lighter.
Shemagh – You don’t have to be fighting in the Middle East to appreciate the versatility of this garment. Useful in so many ways, this makes a great addition to your prepper gear.

 

Best Bug Out Bag Items:

When you have to get out of dodge, there are some basic preparations you should already have packed and ready to go. These are great prepping items for your bug out bag.

NalgeenStainlessWater Bottle: Stainless – You need a way to carry water in your Bug Out Bag, but you don’t have to go the stainless steel route. The benefit of this is that you can boil this canister over a fire if your water is suspect. PlasticNalgeneWater Bottle: Plastic – This is what I used to carry daily but still take this backpacking instead of the stainless. It is a pretty good bit lighter and quieter. NalgeneBladderNalgene 48-Ounce Bladder – This bladder is a great companion to your water filtration system by allowing you to fill an additional reservoir.
SawyerMiniSawyer Mini Water Filter – It only weighs 2 ounces so if you are looking to lighten your backpack, this is the water filter for you. 100,000 gallon capacity. RainFlyENO Rain Fly – Great lightweight option for shelter over your head. Instead of packing a tent, you can just string a rain fly between two trees. FoodRationsEmergency Rations – There are a lot of options for bug out bag food, but these emergency rations stand up to years baking in the trunk of your car.
Recon3SleepingBagESS Recon 3 Sleeping Bag – Lightweight and fairly compact. These bags are rated down to 23 degrees. BivvyAdventure Medical Kits Bivvy – Last ditch survival or a shelter in a pinch. This emergency bivvy is lightweight but could save you from exposure. FreezeDriedMountain House Freeze Dried Chili Mac – No, they aren’t the healthiest option, but they are very filling, lightweight and only require hot water and a spoon. These are my go-to Backpacking meals for simplicity.
FiresteelFire starter – Matches can get wet and lighters can run out of fuel. It will take a long time of making fires before this old style method doesn’t work. It is a great backup. JetboilFlashJetboil Flash – There are lighter options out there, but this unit is simple and mostly self-contained. Perfect for quickly heating up water for coffee or Freeze dried food. GerberLMFGerber LMF II – Folders are great for around town, but if I am walking out the door never to come back, I want a serious survival knife. The Gerber LMF II is great and reasonably priced.

 

Best Prepping Books and Reference Material

Survival Manuals – Great introduction to the concepts of survival.  The first book I read on the subject was the SAS survival guide and that really opened up a lot of areas for me. I quickly found How to Survive the End of the World as we know it when I got more into Prepping.

Homesteading and Self-Reliance – If we do find ourselves on the other side of oblivion, these books below are great resources you can use to start feeding yourself again.

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Natural Remedies/ First Aid – Natural Remedies are available for thousands of ailments that we take prescription medicine for now and most can be found within a short walk away from your home. When the grid goes down, you will want to ensure you have reference material like this to make your own medicine.

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Tactical Methods / Strategies / Security – Unfortunately, I believe that security will be a major part of any life after a grid-down event. Knowing the skills you need to keep yourself alive and practicing them often will be very necessary if you want to survive.

Best Prepper Blogs

These are in no particular order.

  1. SHTF Plan – Mac Slavo runs this blog that is an excellent read everyday for a ton of new information. Most of the content is current events based around Economic issues, government tyranny or anything that preppers need to be warned about.  This is on my daily read list.
  2. Prepper Website – Todd Sepulveda runs this amazing resource of links to a myriad of prepping sites and content. Prepper Website is the Drudge Report of Prepping and if you could only have one place to go for information, the Prepper Website will have something interesting every day.
  3. Survival Sherpa – Run by another Todd. Todd Walker used to be Daniel Boone in another life I think. His site offers so much information on how to live and create useful items naturally. Full of incredibly instructive posts and ideas.
  4. ITS Tactical – More on the military side of prepping, ITS Tactical is run by Bryan Black and is always full of detailed posts with beautiful images clearly explaining a ton of concepts that could come in handy to anyone from the lowly prepper to backpacker. ITS Tactical frequently features articles from Special Forces veterans.
  5. Ready Nutrition – Tess Pennington has a somewhat eclectic offering of information on her site but it makes for a very interesting read. She covers everything from prepping to self-sufficiency to awareness of health issues. She also has at least two books out, The Prepper’s Blueprint and The Prepper’s Cookbook.
  6. The Survival Mom – Lisa Bedford is the Queen of Prepping Women. (I really hope that doesn’t land me in hot water.) who first came to my attention several years back. I actually gave my oldest daughter a copy of Lisa’s book, The Survival Mom because I thought she could relate to Lisa’s content better than my own.  Fortunately I was right and my daughter has since discussed prepping with me frequently. Lisa’s site is full of resources for preppers, even men too.
  7. Organic Prepper – Daisy Luther runs the Organic Prepper. Along with being a successful writer herself of two books: The Pantry Primer – How to build a one year food supply and her latest, The Organic Canner, Daisy writes about Preparedness, Health Issues, saving money and resisting tyranny in all forms.
  8. Gray Wolf Survival  – Gray Wolf Survival is another great resource for Preppers. Scott Kelly doesn’t post articles every day but when he does, his posts are incredibly detailed and packed with information. Check out his site for informative tips and how-tos.
  9. Survival Blog – The originator, not the imitator. Survival Blog was the first prepping blog I started reading and I still check in every day. James Wesley Rawles started Survival blog and relies on content from readers who submit articles for his contests that give away valuable prizes every couple of months. If you have any question on prepping, self-sufficiency, firearms or homesteading, Survival Blog will likely have the answers buried in its massive index.
  10. Backdoor Survival -Gaye Levy is another woman who ceaselessly writes on subjects important to preppers. Gaye writes about a lot of different topics, holds frequent book reviews and interviews major authors in the Prepper Genre as well as shares homeopathic health remedies.

These are by no means all of the sites that provide great information out here. There are literally hundreds of prepping resources and you can find more links on the sites below:

I hope this list of prepper resources helps you on your preparedness journey.

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EgbertThrockmorton1
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EgbertThrockmorton1

Pat, THANKS!! for the heads up on the Casio Solar powered watch. Have been looking for THAT one, only couldn’t find the model number! Would like to have a watch that lasts and is solar powered so no more batteries. The book references are excellent as well. I would like to put in a “plug” for Radio Reference dot com, as an excellent online source for public safety radio traffic. Covers all fifty states and many international locations as well. Always good to know what is going on in locations you may be visiting or transiting. Of course, those agencies… Read more »

Pat Henry
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Thank you very much Egbert. I love this watch and it is great for backpacking or just around the house. I don’t use many of the cool features in town but out on the trail this is great. Couldn’t be happier with mine.

Thanks also for the reference. I think I will add that to my resources page and I probably need a whole section devoted to Ham.

Survival Sherpa
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Survival Sherpa

Pat, thank you for providing this list of resources! I always gain value by reading your stuff, bud! Appreciate your kind words and feel honored to be part of this community.

Pat Henry
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Thank you Todd for all you do!

Bolofia
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Bolofia

Pat,

You’ve put together a great list of recommendations, one that should inspire new and potential Preppers to dig more deeply into the knowledge base that resides on this and other web sites, and in books.

I certainly won’t argue with your selection of bandana as a valuable piece of gear for for EDC. An alternative would be a tactical shemagh. It has all of the attributes of a bandana, but is large enough to also serve as an arm sling. Plus, it is a great camo head cover.

Pat Henry
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Thank you so much Bolo! Great idea about the shemagh, I added that to the list now. I have mine that sees more duty in the colder months for me personally. There should be a few other categories for this list, but that may be another post.

Herman Nelson
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Herman Nelson

Good starter list for a get home bag. I went with the Shemagh instead of a bandana. As to the JetBoil, alcohol burner because of the extreme cold climate where butane and LPG tanks would be useless (ever try to use a propane tank at -40F?). 1ea Condor 3 day pack 1ea 2.5L bladder bag 1ea Life straw 6ea 20oz mountain house meals (various) 2ea bic lighters 1ea hank (100 feet) of 550 cord 1 Shemagh 1ea toilet paper (in freezer bag) 1ea esbit 5 piece trek alcohol/solid fuel cook kit 2ea Coleman aluminum bottles (for denatured alcohol) 1ea Optimus… Read more »

Pat Henry
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Great list Herman! Thanks for sharing that with the community. How do you like that Condor?

Herman Nelson
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Herman Nelson

The packs are great! Lots of space and lots of pockets to put things in. There is also a zippered pocket in the back to hold the 2.5L bladder. Side note- the modular bag does not fit in it, but it straps down on the bottom.

They are a work in progress. When I find something that I think would be a good addition to the bags, I pick up two. If its really cool, I’ll pick up 3-4. Some things are handy impromptu Christmas/Birthday gifts..

Khaze59
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Khaze59

Always great information Pat. I visit your site daily! I do have a quick question. We need to pick up some sleeping bags. But I really do not want to pay $160+ Can you recommend one that is a little lighter on the pocketbook? That would pack well in case we are bugging out on foot? Thanks so much!

Pat Henry
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Thank you very much! Sleeping bags are something of a difficult thing to recommend because a lot of it comes down to the conditions you need to sleep in (temperature rating) and obviously how much you plan to spend. Usually, with sleeping bags, the higher cost equals warmer, lighter (smaller) bags but this isn’t aways true. I would go to an outdoor store and shop around for the style and type you want. You will find cheaper deals online, but they might be too heavy or not warm enough for you. Oddly enough I just recently got the Backpacker Magazine… Read more »