Top 10 Overlooked Survival Tips You Need To Know Today

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    This article was originally published by Tracey Watson at


    Let’s face it: The world is a scary place to be living in right now. Many countries are dealing with serious political instability and the threat of terrorism; economic turmoil is pervasive worldwide; Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, has warned that antibiotic-resistance might “mean the end of modern medicine as we know it;” and then we still have to contend with good old-fashioned natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. The potential for collapse is immense, but instead of worrying endlessly, what we should be doing is preparing to face whatever comes our way.

    Ask a Prepper provides a comprehensive list of survival hacks that can be implemented ahead of time to cope with just about anything nature or humans might throw our way.

    1. Hide your valuables: While it might be a good idea to hide your valuables so that they can’t be stolen, it is equally as important to remember where you stashed them. A good idea would be to bury them somewhere in your garden and then take a photo of a family member standing in that spot. Put copies of the photo in the family bug out bags, and make sure everyone knows what they’re for.
    2. Improve your fitness: Any stressful situation calls for physical endurance, and there is always the possibility that you might have to carry injured people, the elderly or children to a place of safety. So, take the time now to get fit so that you’re up to the task when called upon. You’ll be protecting your health and longevity at the same time.
    3. Move to the ‘burbs: While convenience might make living in the city an attractive prospect, from a survival point of view it’s a really bad option. In any collapse situation cities become hotbeds of mayhem. Being in a safe area out in the suburbs will be far safer, and will likely save you money on your mortgage in the meantime!
    4. Rotate your survival foods: While stockpiling food is obviously essential, the problem lies in keeping it fresh and not wasting money on food that goes bad. An excellent suggestion is to keep taking food from one side of your shelf and replacing it with fresh cans or boxes on the other end of the shelf.
    5. Make sure you’ve got baking soda: Baking soda has a myriad of health benefits, and most importantly, in a survival scenario it will protect your dental health. All you need is to mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with half a teaspoon of water to form a paste, and then use it to brush your teeth. [RELATED: Discover the cancer-fighting properties of baking soda and lemon.]
    6. Learn about the trees and plants in your environment: Whether you’re making a rope, looking for drinkable sap or simply starting a fire, the plants and trees in your immediate surroundings are an invaluable resource. Start learning about what’s in your area now, and how best to utilize it in a time of need.
    7. Plan your escape: Everyone in your family should receive SERE (survival, evasion, resistance and escape) training, which involves learning when to rest, move and hide, among other things.
    8. Be ready to secure your person and property: Civil society quickly disintegrates into violent gangs in a collapse situation, so you need to be able to protect yourself and your family. Purchase things like bulletproof vests and barbed wire ahead of time for this purpose.
    9. Be careful who you tell: Don’t tell anyone anything they don’t need to know. Someone might inadvertently reveal important information about your plans, compromising your security. Even your family members should be informed on a “need-to-know” basis.
    10. Make sure everyone knows the escape plan: Since you never know where everyone might be in case of an emergency, every member of the family needs to know exactly where to meet, how to get there, and any other relevant information. Plan ahead and have family drills so you can be sure of exact time-frames.

    We all hope we never to have to deal with a natural disaster or other collapse situation, but if you take the preparatory steps above, you will be in the best possible position to keep your family safe. [RELATED: For more tips like these see]



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        • Yup, big stuff happening, meanwhile the MSM is all about, look over here everyone Comey is testifying!

          Twin Sunni ISIS attacks in Iran, one a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the Iranian (Shia) parliament building. Iran is sooo ticked off.

          • Organize your preps in 3 tiers:

            1) Staying in place long term
            2) Vehicle loadable preps
            3) Foot loadable preps, as a last resort

            • No, put everything in your 7×12 trailer. The one with solar panels and battery storage that provides power to your house.

              It gives a totally new meaning to “back up the truck”. 🙂

            • Get this: The FREESHIT Army is Losing it all. Bout Time!

              Alabama Sees 85% Drop In Food Stamp Participation After Work Requirements Reinstated
              by Tyler Durden
              Jun 7, 2017 8:20 AM

              13 Alabama counties experienced some ‘shocking’ results, or maybe not depending on your natural level of cycism, when they decided to once again require able-bodied food stamp recipients, without dependents, to be employed and/or engaged in a job-training program in order to participate in the program for more than 3 months over a 3-year period.

              As background, Alabama, like many states, lifted their work/training requirements associated with food stamp benefits after the great recession. That said, starting Jan. 1, 2017 the last of Alabama’s 13 counties reinstated those requirements and they promptly experienced an 85% decline in taxpayer-funded food subsidies. Per

              Thirteen previously exempted Alabama counties saw an 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements were put in place on Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

              During the economic downturn of 2011-2013, several states – including Alabama – waived the SNAP work requirements in response to high unemployment. It was reinstituted for 54 counties on Jan. 1, 2016 and for the remaining 13 on Jan. 1, 2017. As of April 2017, the highest jobless rate among the 13 previously excluded counties was in Wilcox County, which reported a state-high unemployment rate of 11.7 percent, down more than 11 percentage points from the county’s jobless rate for the same month of 2011.

              As of Jan. 1, 2017, there were 13,663 able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamps statewide. That number dropped to 7,483 by May 1, 2017. Among the 13 counties, there were 5,538 adults ages 18-50 without dependents receiving food stamps as of Jan. 1, 2017. That number dropped to 831 – a decline of about 85 percent – by May 1, 2017.

              Soft drinks were the top commodity bought by food stamp recipients shopping at outlets run by a single U.S. grocery retailer.

              That is according to a new study released by the Food and Nutrition Service, the federal agency responsible for running the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program.

              By contrast, milk was the top commodity bought from the same retailer by customers not on food stamps.

              In calendar year 2011, according to the study, food stamp recipients spent approximately $357,700,000 buying soft drinks from an enterprise the study reveals only as “a leading U.S. grocery retailer.”

              That was more than they spent on any other “food” commodity—including milk ($253,700,000), ground beef ($201,000,000), “bag snacks” ($199,300,000) or “candy-packaged” ($96,200,000), which also ranked among the top purchases.

              Link: ht tp://

            • Foot loadable preps need to include: MasterCard,visa, and American Express. Bring $10,00o in cash and 40 gold coins minimum.

          • But ISIS apologizes when it hits Israeli positions accidentally. Go figure. What’s that tell you ??? 🙂

        • I am deeply saddened by all these muslims killing muslims in the Middle East.

          We should end them as much assistance as possible,

          MORE BULLETS!

          • Need to address the ones in EU as well.

          • Show your friends your custom 1911 but show your enemy your Glock.

      1. Thanks for the great tips in preparing for a disaster!

        There are a lot of things going on outside the focus of the MSM that need to be monitored through alternative media. Thank God for alternative media.

        Louisiana Eagle

      2. Improve your fitness. This is a must. If your not in shape, you ain’t kicking anyone ass. After getting beat up too many times as a kid, I hate learn how to block and hit back.

        Baking soda, I need to add that. Last thing you need in shtf is teeth and gum problems…The women need to get these preps post collapse, since they will be blowing their way out of starvation or worse.


      3. Ahhh. The Lone Wolf has the Best OPSEC. Those little Rat Fink children you got will go tell everybody and anybody your prepping plans. Guess what they brag about at school to their hoodlem friends? And after school before you get home from work, they showed all their friends where you keep your guns, liquor and condems at home. Its all part of being the coolest kid in the click with bragging rights.. And those kids will tell other kids.

        • The number one thing to remember is never trust government scum.

          • Yes, this is true. But also look for the exception. There is often an exception, if you look for him, or her, who will keep your secret and help you, when they can. I know. I was one.

          • Also there is always some cop who would just as soon kill you as look at you.

            • I wasn’t only talking about cops as there are many types of government scum. I wish there was a way to tell the Patriots from the traitors now but unfortunately there is not nor do I even have the desire to sort that out. After shtf the good ones should be gone to protect their own families, not enforcing or dictating tyranny. I believe the enemy will become crystal clear.

      4. bulletproof vests will be MUCH More expensive when the bell rings…..BETTER get them NOW. if you don’t think you’ll NEED one, you aint thought much about it…..and get a military-grade one…..not a carrier with plates!

        • To BUTTCRACK … military grade are usually Ceramic and are worthless very quickly. They get cracks and so forth and can fail in protection. The Ceramic in military are constantly replaced and checked. SO not feasible.

          Metal plates are the best which is sad due to weight but hey your life or weight. And why would you trade or how could you sell body armor when SHTF??????? FIAT Currency which is NOT money will be obsolete.

          • Yes Sam I agree. I’ve got the good slightly curved level III plates in a nice carrier. I wear it routinely so I’m used to the weight. I installed trauma pads behind the plates too. Got a level III plate in a backpack I would potentially have to use also I keep in my vehicle in case I must walk home.

            • In the last terror attack in London there were claims the bad guys had body armor?

              I’m not sure the media can tell the difference between certain paramilitary garb and body armor, but true reporting or not, this will have authorities warming back up body armor control laws.

              • No doubt. A man better get his now.

          • i PROBABLY Wouldn’t “SEll” a vest….but i just might trade one of them…y’all are assuming i just got ONE? PFFT! y’all got YOUR things that will be handy for tradin’ after the bell rings….and i got mine. lets face off at 100 yards, me with my vest with plates too, and you with your plate carrier, with only that plate that is what?, 10×12 inches? i can’t believe someone would rather have a plate with nothing under it than a vest with plates, and much bigger kevlar backing that up….doesn’t sound like you even know what you are talking about. i watch people carrying out carriers at gunshows all day, and i just shake my head….yes, they are cheap, but i want the best when MY life will be on the line.

            • I’ve already put level III plates in a level IIIA vest and my mobility was greatly reduced. It is a trade off of sorts but I’d rather have a chance to avoid getting shot by being able to move around properly than just waddle around waiting for the bullets. If I’m hit in the plates they will protect me well enough.

              • at least you got a plan…good luck.

                • Back at you man

              • I know that I shouldn’t reveal my secrete identity, but I am “The Turtle”. Shhhhhh!

          • just make sure those “metal plates” are “certified, checked” for whether they will stop a 5.56, or .308, whichever the manufacturer SAYS they will stop……a LOT of crap out there. it’s expensive to get plates certified/checked to see what they WILL stop. i made the mistake of buying some a few years ago, and his competitor informed me what i had just bought….and how he spends a big chunk of money getting HIS metals tested. LOTS of fake stuff out there….shoot it with an AR and see just how good it is…..and as far as metal being better….why does the military use ceramic if metal is BETTER….i will take my chances with what the people that fight wars use…but i DO have both. as far as throwing away stuff, yes, a friend works at local landfill, and tells of DUMPTRUCKS full of vests have shown up at the local dump. they make them drive a cat around on them for an hour or two, then he buries them.

            “SO not feasible”? PFFT!

            if you need a parachute or a bulletproof vest, and you aint GOT one,….chances are you’ll never need one again.

      5. Have plan a,b and c.

      6. Survival Tip #11 – Leave now before they close all the exits on you.

      7. Reloading supplies are become available again and prices are normalizing. I’d previously only stocked up on what was available and not price gouged. I am still not seeing used presses for sale at shows except for rare, real old, used, near junk.

        I would not have bothered suggesting people reload with the constant serious shortages on powder, or if available crazy prices. Between the last two gun shows I noted a 40% drop in the price of Alliant Unique a common powder used for shotgun and pistol loads (also used commercially in .22LR thus the shortages).

        With availability improving I’d suggest people slowly build up some supplies. Buying the largest containers usually provides the lowest cost per round. Powder in 8 pound containers and primers in 5K boxes.

        I mentioned the other day about how people have discovered that powder coat paint can be applied to home cast bullets with amazing results. There are dozens of YouTube videos that can show you how. It seals in the lead minimizing exposure from handling and firing, and keeps firearms free of lead and copper fouling. Accuracy of home made powder coated bullets is better than low cost range FMJ ammo or reloaded FMJ bullets. Splash back of bullet fragments at ranges also seems to be dramatically reduced with polymer coated bullets. I have yet to find a negative to powder coating home lead cast bullets.

        Discovered and perfected on the Internet over the last four years or so, by common folk sharing information via YouTube, a few big name commercial ammo suppliers jumped on board in 2016 with polymer coated bullets. It’s the new hot poop in the ammo industry. Preppers and all shooters should watch a video or two.

        • hey Plan Twice thanks for the info on coated ammo. i will go watch some vids on the subject.As for the dies which i would suggest to everyone here who might not have them all you should get all the popular calibers(this is mainly for those that are not the usual readers of this site).You never know what might fall into your hands at some point and at least the other dies give you another option for resupplying yourself.And yes i keep different powders and items on hand for the different calibers even the ones i don’t have atm.I do reload for members of my group that have those different calibers

          • Sasquatch,
            Great, two subtle points I picked up.
            1. Many have been using cheap Harbor Freight paints with inconsistent results, cheap is the operative word. One inexpensive alternative with good results is “Eastwood ford light blue” powder coat paint. Very high end powder coat paint does not seem to be required, just not the bottom of the barrel stuff.
            2. The color does seem to matter. Avoid black, it may be that there is fine abrasive carbon particles in it. Some colors just seem to work better and provided a consistent even finish that was easier to apply.

            • Thanks again your info is very much appreciated

      8. Ok,help me out here. I stored water in 55 gallon,15 gallon and 25 gallon in those blue storage barrels, One barrel I put bleach,the other some chemicals I got,the other just plain. I REALLY need to know what I’m doing right or wrong.I’m thinking of emptying all of them and starting over. It’s the water I’m mostly concerned about right now. Please help me out. Thanks.

        • stand by, you asked your question at the right place….answers coming in 4…3…2… i will start by saying you don’t need to put anything when storing it….when you go to use it, have a good water filtration system like berkey, and or 8 drops of bleach per gallon before drinking.

          • or just boil it.

            • Boil it for 3 to 5 min after it reaches a “roiling/full of violent movement” boil.

          • buttcrackofdoom, whenever I bend over I always say “Release The Kraken”. Well now we all know.

            • LOL!

        • Southside, a lot of people say that you don’t need to treat water that comes out of the tap because it is already treated. What I do, as an added precaution is I add this “Water Preserver Concentrate: 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness” (I will provide the link to Amazon below in another post).

          I recommend that you watch this video as it will help. 7 steps for emergency water preparation

          • Southside, like butcrack states, it is best to boil the water taken from long term storage prior to consumption. Either that or use a “purification” filter or both.

            This is the link to the preservative that you add after filing you containers.


            This is the link for the Lifestraw Water Filter


            Hope this helps.

          • I put the barrels on a trailer uhaul? Drove them to a water ,ice machine ? Had the correct size hose and filled them up with reverse osmosis filtered water. It costs to get rid of fluoride. But I think you need a certain kind of filter to get rid of fluoride? I tried using tap water adding bleach but stuff started growing. Now my water is ultra violet, carbon , and R/O filtered. Done deal? O the water comes out slow so you might want to do it at off hours.

            • If you live in a humid area a dehumidifier will usually produce a gallon of pure water per day? As long as the air is clean?

        • it’s probly best to just google how to make water drinkable.
          BTW, a much better solution for STORING water is the 275 gallon cube used by many mobile detail guys….it stores what 5 55gallon barrels does, but takes up less room. craigslist “food grade” or “foodgrade” to find them for 75 to 125$.

      9. If on a tight budget? If you can find an trucker strap or any nylon tow strap . You can weave it and multi layer it for a poor mans bulletproof vest ? If you can stop or slow down a 22 it might be worth the time?

      10. As far as survival tips improvised weapons? Gasoline in a water bottle with pin hole in cap?Just squeeze. Or a good water pistol. Super soaker? Then just hold a lighter in your hand?

      11. It is amazing how many things happen besides a major collapse that benefit by having preps. Just the other day there was a major catastrophe and I was the only one prepared. Everyone quitting smoking is a good thing until somebody has a birthday. Like everyone else, I don’t smoke. But I’m prepared to light birthday candles. What a relief. Whew!!

        __ ?


      12. One of the best habits to form (and teach children) is to layer clothing. If the weather changes from hot to cold or vice versa from cold to hot; layer clothing for comfort. Wearing an under shirt or tank under a sweater or uniform is added warmth of it gets cold, and if it gets real hot you don’t have to suffer under a thick shirt or sweater. Some type of lightweight clothing such as silk long johns can be used as outerwear if it becomes very hot and all you have is thick wool pants. Also, keep a skullcap, gloves in your coat pocket, and take them even when it’s a hot day. You might be stranded and when night comes, it gets cold. An extra couple of pairs of socks and some clean underwear are basic preps everyone needs. A small everyday bag with socks, flashlight and a lighter and city map. Plus jug of water. Simple. Smart. Doable. Maintainable. Teach your kids.


      13. Thanks for the help guys

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