Lessons from History – Hand Powered Tools

A disaster is a bad time to lose all of our conveniences in life. There are also some hand powered tools we can pull from the pages of history – and that inspire modern tools – that will help us with our self-reliance.

Winter Prepper Project Ideas – Outdoors

There’s a lot that winter (or early spring) can tell us about our properties, both for planting decisions, siting various things around our property, and for mitigating some of the weather that comes with winter and spring.

Why Do Preppers Need to Know Basic Plumbing?

As a homeowner I will be the first to admit that I would rather change out a 220v circuit breaker during a hurricane while knee deep in vermin filled flood waters than work on...

Simple Tarp Rigging System: Quickly Shed Pounds off your Bug Out Bag

One item that can take up a lot of space and potentially the most weight in your bug out bag is a tent. That is unless of course you are spending a lot of...

6 One-Day Preparedness Projects & Skills

A ton of preparedness projects and skills can be completed in as little as an afternoon, regularly with minimal outlay of cost.

What to Bring When Camping in the Rain

Editors Note: Another guest submission from Cody Jarrett to The Prepper Journal. Some good points for prepping for all kinds of weather. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like...

MIL vs MOA: Understanding The Difference in Scope Measurements

When the military standardizes particular ammo calibers, the civilian world usually catches on. Although it was not made as a military round, the 6.5 Creedmoor chambering suddenly becomes very popular in the long-range shooting...

Gardening Without A Garden: 10 Ideas For Your Patio or Balcony

Editor's Note: A guest contribution to The Prepper Journal from Wendy Dessler. People who live in urban areas may never consider planting vegetables. The need for food that is grown without harmful chemicals is a...

Teaching Your Kids How to React to an Active Shooter

There has been some time that has passed since the latest “mass” shooting, although the news yesterday of a recently fired UPS worker killing two of his co-workers and eventually himself, reminds us that...

Simple Steps to Raising Healthy Backyard Chickens

Editors Note: An article from Claire Woods of The Happy Chicken Coop to The Prepper Journal. A source used by our own R. Ann Parris. If you have information for Preppers that you would like...

How To Open A Can Without a Can Opener

One of the scenes or opportunities to learn something from American Blackout was the scene where the Yuppie guy was trying to open a can of peaches that he apparently had stolen. I guess...

Lessons from History – The Importance of Water

When we’re ready to delve into long-term disaster planning, water needs to be a focus. Without water, and a backup plan for water, all the rest of our preparations become null and void.

3 Survival Tips From Season 4 of Bear Grylls’s “Running Wild”

Editors Note: As preppers know there have been several TV shows that deal with the prepper lifestyle, from the extreme, Dooms Day Preppers, to the benign shows that show up on the DIY and...

How to Build a Bunker

Another guest contribution from Scott to The Prepper Journal. Serious survivalists are becoming more prominent in modern society, especially as nuclear treaties change and the threat of war is omnipresent in everyone's minds. Having...

How to Make Beeswax Soap

It has been on my list of things I should probably know how to do and when my stepfather, who keeps bees, brought me seven pounds of beeswax from his hives, I thought the time was right.

Tracking and Separating Seeds for Success

Both tracking seeds and their results and separating seeds in storage can help limit some of the pains and aggravations of gardening.

A Complete Guide to Adopting the Right Hunting Dog

Being a sporty type of person, I’ve always dreamed of long hikes to vast landscapes stretching out to the horizon. Unfortunately, coming from a family of four lovable people who’d rather spend the day...

How to Preserve Tomatoes and Apples With a Homemade Solar Food Dryer

By: Mary Lou Shaw I saw dried tomatoes selling for $10/pound at a food coop and thought that price was outrageous. Now that I make and eat my own dried tomatoes, I think they’re priceless. My...

Stay Dry, Safe in Camp in the Rain

Editors Note: A post from Melanie Campbell, the enthusiast behind Ardent Footsteps, to the The Prepper Journal. Following the links she has provided is recommended to get the detail behind the thoughts and to get some sound...

Planning Your Homestead Orchard: Benefits of Dwarf Trees

There are a lot of times when we’d be equally or better served with a smaller tree, and lots reasons to consider a dwarf tree or semi-dwarf instead of a standard

Free Preps — Really!

Editors Note: A guest contribution from David Hoes to The Prepper Journal. I love this. Goes well as a supplement to the recent post on Prime Locations for Post Disaster Salvage. As always, if...

Covering Your Tracks – Pt. 1

Editor’s Note: This article has been generously contributed by Bolo and brings up another interesting subject. What if you were forced to flee and needed to avoid detection at all costs? Would you know...

Important Tips for Backpacking with Your Dog

Editor's Note: A timely guest contribution from Dennis as the weather and the mid year holidays see more and more of us getting off the grid for some decompression time.  Many backpackers want to take...

How to Break Through a Locked Door in an Emergency

A guest contribution from Ryan to The Prepper Journal. Seemed appropriate today as I am doing my taxes.  “Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you beat down the door.” In a disaster scenario involving...

Tools You’ll Need When Manufacturing No Longer Exists

Figuring out the basic tools and machines that can get you productive in a time of crisis or in everyday life is more important than you think.

Shooting Accuracy: Its Importance Can’t be Overstated

Editors Note: A guest contribution from Andrew of theshootersoptics.com  to The Prepper Journal.  Nowadays, it is completely reasonable and rational to enhance our marksmanship skills by installing any type of optics. Regardless of whether we...

Could you Find a Bug Out Retreat After the Grid Goes Down?

If you are like me you don’t have the resources to afford a bug out retreat. My prepper ideal of a remote fortress located on hundreds of wooded acres, miles away from civilization and...

Snap Caps: Training Anywhere, Anytime for Anyone

Beginner or advanced shooter, incorporating dry fire in training can help us improve. There is the potential that we can damage our guns with excessive dry firing on empty chambers, though. Snap caps are...

Simple Flashlight Mod Increases Run Time 3.6X

Who doesn't want to get the most from all of their preps? One of the most frequently exhaustible resources is batteries and almost everything you could use in a grid-down situation uses batteries (obviously...

What to Pack for a Day Hike

Planning a day hike can teach you so many skills that you can incorporate into your bug out plans. I have advocated that longer backpacking trips are extremely valuable for the lessons you can...