Tactical Gear List & Considerations for SHTF

The below personal tactical gear list is taken from a proposal I put together for counterinsurgency / tactical team in West Africa a few years ago, this should give you a few hints on kit etc.

What Is the Best Bunker Design?

Editor's Note: This article was generously contributed by Clarence Mason and in it he compares and contrasts two different survival bunker designs. Each have their advantages, but if you are considering building your own...

How to Survive a Civil War in America

The last battle fought on US soil was, arguably, the Aleutian Islands Campaign, which took place during the World War II, in the year 1942. Japanese Expeditionary forces landed on the islands of Attu and Kiska. However, if you...

Back to Basics: Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies

I wanted to start a new series on the Prepper Journal called “Back to Basics”. I know many of the readers of this blog are already well along their own journey of preparedness so...

How to Use a Magnesium Fire Starter

A magnesium fire starter is one of the most standard and popular outdoor tools available in the market. They're often used by people on survival missions and military personnel, and are available in various...

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...

Six Primitive Traps For Catching Food In The Woods

If you do find yourself in the wilderness and need food, there are a lot of ways to fill the plate for dinner. Now, I will be the first to say that using primitive...

Survival Gear for Short Term and Long-Term Survival

Editor's Note: A contribution to The Prepper Journal from James at the Prepper Broadcasting Network.   What are you Preparing For? In the survival and prepping world there is a lot of confusion about what to...

I Know, Deer Season Passed

Looking ahead deer season is at best six (6) months away, but being prepared is never out of season and 6 months of practice never hurt anyone. So, whether you are an experienced deer...

How to Turn Your Car into the Ultimate Prepper Vehicle

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Megan Ray Nichols to The Prepper Journal. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share then enter into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three...

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...

Survival Fishing Kit: Worth the Time or Useless Gear?

Does a survival fishing kit make much sense at all or is it wasting space in our bug out bags, backpacks and pants pockets?

What is the Best AR-15 Scope for SHTF?

If you have an AR-15 or any rifle really, and you plan on using this in a defensive role should the need arise, you need to consider what is the best scope for your...

Skip the Shovel – Easy-Access Outdoor Caches

Having a cache isn’t a bad idea for all sorts of reasons. Even if we don’t plan to bug out anywhere, we can easily be cut off from our homes and vehicles by everyday...

Practical Prep: Range Tips

For many preppers, static square ranges are the only opportunity to put rounds through the barrel. They do have some limitations, and they can be pricey, but we can make a few tweaks here...

Hobbies That You Can Do In The Bunker

Editors Note: An article from Nicole to The Prepper Journal. In the past we have had posts on Easy Ways to Entertain the family without Electricity and The 16 Best Hobbies for Preppers, and now we have a...

Ultralight Get Home Bag List

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from John Ferry. Each of us has responsibilities and they all come in different sizes. In times of crisis or emergency, many...

Best Non-lethal Weapons for Home Defense

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Scott Hamilton to The Prepper Journal. Always an interesting prospective and I know Scott would freely admit a couple of these can be exceedingly lethal. Home defense is something that should...

Safe Drinking Water Strategies for Preppers

How to sterilize water? Simple: You don't need to ‘sterilize’ water. Sterilization is the destruction of all microorganisms in, on and around an object. What is needed for safe drinking water, is disinfection

Back to Basics: How to Stockpile Food for Emergencies

Last week I began a new series called, Back to Basics. As I said in my first article: “Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies”, this may be familiar ground for a lot...

How To Set Up An Observation Post

Editors Note: A guest contribution from David Chandler to The Prepper Journal. One of the many things the Army has taught me is the importance of having an Observation post. These can be used for...

Tips for Defending Your Bug Out Location

A guest post from Megan Ray Nichols. When things go down, you'll need to be ready to defend your bug out site, whether it is someplace off your normal beaten path or your home or...

Prepare for Disaster with a Portable Generator

Living or working in a disaster-prone area always requires that you be prepared for the worst. When a natural disaster strikes, you might not have the time to take the right recuperative measures if...

Where There Is No Kitchen: Cooking When The Grid Goes Down

Many of you are familiar with the nearly famous books “Where There Is No Doctor” and “Where There Is No Dentist” that are the most widely used health education books in tropical and sub-tropical...

Modern Minuteman – Yes-No-Maybe Skillsets

As if preparedness alone didn’t have enough to learn and do, along with the modern minuteman movement comes additional taskers. I’m going to cover a handful of the common ones we see on lists when...

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...

BOB Weight Sucks – Worth It

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from R. Ann Parris to The Prepper Journal. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share then enter into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three...

Survival Knife Options

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Jim Watson to The Prepper Journal.  As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share then enter the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to...

Bug out Bags and Survival Vests

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Mike Turner. For those of you who don't remember, Mike won second place in the last round of our writing contest...

Looter Defense Tactics

For many; the not too distant events in Ferguson are the first thoughts that come to mind when you mention the word looting. Looting in some circles is what you do apparently when there...