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Couples Defense: What You Can Do With Your Partner To Stay Safe

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Forget the chocolate and flowers! What better way to say I love you this Valentine's Day than to commit to staying safe with your partner.  This Valentine's Day, we celebrate couples defense as a vital skill everyone should learn.

Couples Defense Is Part of The Survivalist Mentality

The world is constantly changing, and in the United States alone there were 3 million preppers in 2013. There isn’t exactly a checkbox to register as a prepper, but the prepping, survivalist and homesteading lifestyles have been on the rise. A decade ago prepping and the survivalist mindset was seen as dramatic and drastic, but in 2018 it’s a common topic. Between the possible threat from other countries, and the equally frightening threat of natural disasters being a prepper makes more and more sense. Even blizzards on the east coast have names now because of their ferocity, being prepared with survival skills to handle natural disasters, or more, is essential, but what can you do to stay safe with a partner?

Planning is part of couples defense

Planning is important when you’re prepping with a partner. Survival is based on strategy and having a solid plan. If you’re together when a situation inevitably happens what’s your plan? Are you staying in place? Moving? What is your game plan if you’re separated when everything goes down? If you’re both at work where are you meeting? Do you both have survival kits in your car just in case? Being prepared and having a solid plan can be the difference between life and death. Make a plan together, ensures both parties know what their side of the plan entails. Together you should figure out if you want to stay at your home or if you want to bug out, plan for both. Agree on a location to meet up again just in case you’re separated when something terrible happens.

Learn how to defend each other

Does your partner know how to defend themselves? Are they skilled at knife throwing or an expert marksman? To defend each other, without one being a burden to the other, you both need to know how to defend each other, and you need to play off each other’s strengths. You can also play off of each other’s strengths when it comes to regular duties, such as purifying water or hunting. Both of you should know hand to hand and long distance techniques to ensure you can keep each other safe in multiple scenarios. Learning a fighting style, or learning how to shoot with your partner, are both tactics that can help you stay safe while also giving you someone with whom you can train. Most importantly though, you need to be sure your partner is on board with the defense plan.

Get in shape and stay in shape

You don’t want to be the person who knows karate but can’t execute the proper moves because you are out of shape. You need to stay in shape while keeping on top of your self-defense game. Make sure you’re in top shape, cardio is essential, in case you need to get out of a dangerous situation fast. Eat right and work out regularly. Being prepared doesn’t mean getting ready and then being sedentary, it means getting ready, and then staying ready. A regular workout regimen, which you can do together, keeps you in shape while giving you a partner to hold you accountable.

Couples defense requires you to be prepared for anything

If something happens, either a natural disaster or something more sinister, you need to be ready. A bug out bag is what a lot of enthusiasts put together and regularly maintain. They have limited supplies of food, water, a way to purify water, medical necessities, along with anything else you may need. The most significant mistake when getting a bug out, or go bag, together is over packing. You’ll need to pack light, remember to play off each other’s strengths. For example, if one of you is faster and stronger, they should carry the heavier objects. You need to stay together and work together. Travel light, only with necessities, such as food, water, a water purifier, a change of socks, feminine hygiene items if one of you is female and perhaps collapsible cookware. As little as possible is what you’re aiming for. Plan out your bug out bags ahead of time, and keep your bags up to date. 

You can also start stockpiling resources such as medical supplies, canned goods, and dehydrated foods. Take a look at emergency response lists; they may have different objects you might be forgetting about. Preparing for survival at home isn’t difficult, you can compile resources regularly, but you should always be prepared to bug out, just in case your home is compromised.

Know basic first aid

If neither of you is a doctor or nurse, learning basic first aid skills together is essential. In a survival situation, a small cut from the wrong piece of wood or metal can make you sicker than any sneeze. Tetanus alone can kill if you’re not up to date on your shots, and you need to be prepared with any medicines either of you may require regularly. Always be sure you’re up to date on your shots, and learn basic first aid together such as how to clean and stitch wounds and stop bleeding. It’d also be wise to stock up on antibiotics and pain relievers or painkillers if you can, you’ll never know when they’ll be helpful. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use the knowledge, but if you need it, then you’ll have it.

Learn the basics together

Worst case scenario your home has been ransacked, and all your gear and materials have been compromised if not stolen. Do you know how to survive without all of your things? Knowing how to find food, purify water, and handle defenses without having all your gear can be the difference between life and death. Always prepare for the worst-case scenario. If you lose or break your water purifier, do you know how to make one? Do you know what part of an animal to eat, and what parts you shouldn’t eat? Do you know how to hunt, kill, skin and prepare that animal? How about how to build an adequate shelter? Knowledge is power, and being ready for the worst case scenario is the best for your survival. Learn the basics together, if you forget how to purify water than your significant other will likely remember.

How will pets fit into your couples defense plan?

If you have pets how do they fit into your plan? Will you abandon them, or take them with you? Taking them with you is hopefully what you’ll choose, and if you do, you’ll need to prep for them too. How are you keeping them safe? Whose job is it to watch them? Are they cats or dogs? What are they eating or drinking? Dogs in a disaster situation are more useful than cats; they help deter people from approaching you keeping you safer. Cats are less helpful, but you should still bring them with you if you can. Plan together about how you’ll handle the pet situation if a disaster strikes.

Use couples defense tactics to prepare for the worst

When you’re planning to survive you need to prepare for the worst. Plan, to either bug out to a secondary location, or stay in your home. Are you bringing your pets or not? Are you physically ready to defend yourself and your things? Do you have all your bug out bags ready and necessary medicine tucked away? There is no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to survival. Preparing for survival alone is a full-time job, but preparing to defend each other with your partner ensures you can focus on your strengths. You can hold each other accountable for different aspects of prepping, and ensure that you’re ready, no matter when disaster strikes.

This Valentines Day promise your loved one that you will work with him/her to prepare a couples defense strategy that will protect you both!

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The Golden Horde – Redirecting & Misdirection

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First, Who is or What is the “Golden Horde”? While the phrase originally came from the ancient Mongols who overran eastern Europe in the 13th Century, the prepper community uses the phrase as follows: “The “Golden Horde” is (are) the anticipated throngs of unorganized and organized individuals, groups, and ‘gangs’ who will be out roaming, searching, and even looting & pillaging for food and supplies following a major widespread societal and infrastructural collapse – without the rule of law.” There’s a lot of varying opinion regarding the possibilities and probabilities of a Golden Horde, and how far (or not so

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Lavender Oil Survival Uses

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For someone who's an essential oil enthusiast, I could testify there are a lot of lavender oil uses for survival. Lavender is a green plant, producing beautiful purple flowers, known as a natural antibiotic due to its antiseptic properties.

Lavender Oil Uses: 7 Benefits of Lavender for Survival

With its antiseptic properties, this plant is a popular choice for home remedies, helping relieve a number of illnesses such as headaches, anxiety, or upset stomachs. This wonderful essential oil has been a go-to first aid treatment of my family for a long time now. Get to know some uses for lavender oil as you read through this article.

1. First Aid

First Aid | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
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If you have scalds or burns, apply topically some lavender oil on the affected area to prevent blisters from forming. This can also lessen the pain from the scalds or burns. Additionally, if you apply lavender oil to minor scrapes, this can avoid scarring. Lavender oil is definitely a must-have in your first aid kit!

2. Bleeding

Bleeding | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
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When you accidentally get a cut, no need to panic. Simply put a few drops of lavender oil directly on the cut to stop it from bleeding. The essential oil can also clean the wound and kill bacteria.

3. Muscle Pains or Sprains

Muscle Pains or Sprains | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
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For muscle pains or sprains, mix lavender oil with a carrier oil like olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil. Once you have your selected carrier oil and lavender oil combined well, rub the mixture on the affected area for soothing relief. This is best done right before going to sleep.

4. Splinter Removal

Splinter Removal | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
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Getting a splinter out from your foot or finger can be quite challenging. Normally, you would think of using tweezers to remove the stubborn splinter but using lavender oil could be the better thing to do. Simply put a few drops of lavender oil to the splinter. Wait until you see some swelling so you can easily remove that annoying splinter.

5. Insect Bites

Insect Bites | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
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Insect bites can cause itching and swelling. But don't fret! Just grab your lavender oil and apply a few drops to the insect bite. This will lessen the itch and reduce the swelling.

6. Insect Repellent

Insect Repellent | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
If you're going out into the wilderness, it's best to be prepared against insect bites. While there are a lot of insect repellents you can buy, you can choose instead to make use of lavender oil to ward off those pesky insects. Mix lavender oil with a carrier oil of your choice then rub the mixture to any exposed skin, normally the arms and legs. This should keep those insects away.

7. Headache

Headache | Lavender Oil Uses | A Survival Life Guide
Suffering from a headache? Lavender oil can grant relief! Just rub some lavender oil on your forehead or temples. You can also combine lavender oil with peppermint to have a calming and numbing effect.

Watch this video for other lavender oil uses:

Essential oils such as lavender oil are wonderful for survival situations. Understanding lavender oil uses will come in very handy inside your home or in the wilderness.

Do you know other lavender oil uses? Share them in the comments section below!


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10 Eye-Catching Folding Hunting Knives

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Folding hunting knives don't have to be practical and boring tools—they can be beautiful and still serve their purpose. If you're looking for exquisite knives, take a peek at our list and you might just fall for these beauties!

10 Folding Hunting Knives For Every Hunter

When hunters choose folding hunting knives, they factor in the knives' weight, quality, efficiency, and accessibility. These are very important features to look for in folding hunting knives, as you may already know. But these babies don't just have to be functional—they can be very classy and even fancy as well. Why choose practicality over aesthetics when you can get both? Upgrade your hunting gear with one of the lovely folding hunting knives on this list!

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Hoffman Richter HR-30 Tactical Folding Knife Hoffman Richter HR-30 Tactical Folding Knife 222 Reviews $39.95

DKC-37 Victorian Damascus Folding Pocket Knife Camel Bone

DKC-37 Camel Bone | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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This beautiful piece of art from DKC Knives is made of Damascus steel with camel bone inlay. Uniquely engraved and antique-looking, this folding knife is handcrafted by artisans. It comes with a leather sheath, which gives the knife a rustic charm.

Buck Knives' 110 Folding Hunter Knife

Buck Knives' 110 Folding Hunter Knife | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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Buck Knives is famous for producing the top hunting knives in the market—and the 110 Folding Hunter is one of the oldest and most beautiful folding hunting knives they sell. One glance at this knife and it fills you up with nostalgia. This model has a simple and classic design that has remained unchanged for many years.

Open Season Folding Skinner Knife

Open Season Folding Skinner Knife | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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Another entry from Buck Knives is the Open Season Folding Skinner Knife. This knife is specifically designed to skin game as cleanly as possible. The blade is made from double-tempered S30V steel, and its handle is crafted from Rosewood Dymondwood.

Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Plain Edge Knife

Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Plain Edge Knife | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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If you need to do some heavy chopping, the XL Voyager Vaquero Plain Edge knife is strong enough to do the job. The blade is beautifully contoured just like a cow's horn, which explains why the knife is named ‘vaquero'. Its grip or handle is secure enough to endure challenging conditions.

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Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Serrated Edge Knife Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Serrated Edge Knife 45 Reviews $139.90

Boker Kwaiken Flipper

Boker Kwaiken Flipper | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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The Boker Kwaiken Flipper's simple, slim, and sleek design makes it look very classy. Its blade, crafted from high-quality VG-10 steel, has a satin finish. The handle is made from carbon fiber and it sports a pocket clip on one side.

Kershaw 3810 Dimension Folding Knife

Kershaw 3810 Dimension Folding Knife | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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The Kershaw 3810 Dimension Folding Knife has an interesting modern look. Because of its ‘futuristic' appeal, it seems like a perfect prop for a sci-fi movie. This heavy-duty folding knife has a very solid feel because of its titanium handle.

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Kershaw 3810 Dimension Folding Knife Kershaw 3810 Dimension Folding Knife 46 Reviews $32.48

SOG AE07 Aegis Folding Knife

SOG AE07 Aegis Folding Knife | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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If you fancy a knife which you could use as both a survival and a tactical knife, the SOG AE07 Aegis Folding Knife is the one for you. The blade has a black finish, which gives the knife a combative and serious appeal. This knife is quite easy to use for both right-handers and left-handers since it has ambidextrous features on its grip.

Spartan by Cold Steel

Spartan by Cold Steel | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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Here's another knife from Cold Steel—the Spartan, which is a heavy-duty outdoor hunting knife. Its handle, reinforced by steel liners, is uniquely designed for easier and more stable grip. The blade, meanwhile, is made from American BD1 Alloy Steel and sports a stonewashed finish.

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Cold Steel Spartan Folding Knife 21SC Cold Steel Spartan Folding Knife 21SC 206 Reviews $62.99

Opinel N08

Opinel N08 | Folding Hunting Knives For The Outdoor Warrior | Hunter Gear
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Opinel Knives' N08 folding knife has a round, beechwood handle and a carbon steel blade. This knife is easy on the wallet since its price is relatively low compared to the other knives on this list. It is an example of a simple tool, free from elaborate designs, but still serves its purpose.

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Opinel Carbon Blade No8 Folding Knife Opinel Carbon Blade No8 Folding Knife 2079 Reviews $15.00

Ka Bar Bobcat Dozier

Ka Bar Bobcat Dozier | 10 Good-Looking Folding Hunting Knives | Hunter Gear
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Ka Bar's take on this folding hunting knife is quite beautiful in its own way. Bob Dozier's design is more practical than elaborate. The blade detail is plain and supported by a handle made from Zytel.

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KA4062BO-BRK Dozier Folding Hunter KA4062BO-BRK Dozier Folding Hunter 114 Reviews $19.99

Watch this video to check out Craig Shipp's list of the best folding hunting knives:

Each knife on this list is beautiful in its own way. Moreover, every single one of them has a practical purpose for hunting, including other outdoor activities. So, upgrade your hunting gear with one of these beauties!

Is your favorite folding hunting knife on this list? Let us know what you think of this list by writing a comment below!

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37 Urban Survival Skills

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It is definitely fascinating to think about applying the survival skills you have mastered in an urban setting. Visions of zombies flooding the streets might come to mind, but in the real world, there are still a lot of dangers that we have to face or prepare for. If you look at the current events in our country, you will always find plenty of good reasons to have or learn urban survival skills.

In the end, it's your urban survival skills that can save your life. It doesn't matter if the threat comes from your job, your neighborhood, the road, or right in your own home. You're a prepper/survivalist and you will try everything you can to help yourself and your loved ones get through difficult scenarios. Here are some abilities that you need to learn and master:

Urban Survival Skills

1. Open a Can Barehanded

A can opener may not be around when y

acess your precious supplies. Learn this trick to stop depending on the device.


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2. Cook the Old-fashioned Way

Old recipes not only taste better, they help preserve our culture.


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3. Survive a Fight

With all the violence going on, you need to be ready for any attack.


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4. Tampon Hacks

Find out how to repurpose a sanitary item in ways you never imagined.


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5. Unexpected Survival Tricks

Hacks like these make being a survivalist fun and interesting. Always keep an open mind.


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6. Pointers from the Modern Age

There are more lessons that can be learned from today than ever before. Use them to your advantage.

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7. Grow your Own Food

Because you can't depend on the market or someone else to sell you food when the economy collapses.


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8. Use a Tin Can in Every Possible Way

There's always a lot to learn when it comes to repurposing.


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9. Make Tea for Vitamin C

Tea is a great source when you need to boost your immune system in the winter.


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10. Escape a Shooting

A safety expert shows you how to get out alive when your workplace is attacked.


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11. Get Rid of a Tail

Know when someone is following you and what to do.


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12. Make a Long-lasting Flashlight

A reliable light source may not always be available.


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13. Fix your Bugout Bag

Parts will break as you use your gear to the fullest. Learn how to fix them.


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14. Prepare Survival Food

It is important and to have food that won't go bad for a long time.


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15. Make Water Safe to Drink

Having a WAPI ensures that you won't put dangerous microbes into your body.


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16. Light up the Darkness with Tuna

When the grid is down and you have no light source, a can of tuna can save the day, or night.


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17. Turn a Battery into a Firestarter

Use electrical energy to light a fire.


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18. Defend your Home from Invaders

Learn to protect your house and family from invaders.

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19. Resurrect Dead Batteries

We live in an electronic world, so know how to get those gadgets to work.


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20. Repurpose Soda Cans

Turn your garbage into very useful items.

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21. Survive Anywhere in the World

Here's what you need to do when things get awry and you're in a strange place.


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22. Get Out of a Dangerous Situation

Find ways to get safely out of a hostage or terror scenario.


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23. Exit a Car Before it Sinks

It’s imperative to get out of the vehicle before it reaches the bottom.


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24. Escape Zip Ties

It’s not easy to break free from zip ties…or so you think.


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25. Practical Intelligence

Sometimes all you need is to think out of the bo or adjust to the situation.


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26. Live Through Winter

Even when you're indoors, the coldest season can be unforgiving.


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27. Make Waterproof Firestarters

It's important to be able to start a fire whatever the weather throws at you.


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28. Be Street-smart

Learn all the skills necessary to get through a bad situation, starting with awareness.


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29. Hide in Plain Sight

To any survivalist, the benefits of using camouflage no longer need to be discussed.


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30. Answering a Door Safely

If you're not careful, bad guys can invade your home from your front door.


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31. Stay Fit

Being in top shape is important if you want to make it through any survival situation.


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32. Be like Harry Houdini

No one wants to be held captive, especially people like us. An expert shows us how to escape bound hands.


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33. Know What to Expect

If you have an idea on what could happen in a certain place or condition, you are better equipped to survive.


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34. Keep your Cool on the Road

Don't turn a simple trip into a life-and-death situation.


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35. Deal with Urban Terror

It has happened, it's still happening so it's best to learn how to deal with senseless violence.


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36. Hunker Down in Your Car

Your personal transport does not have to be a tank or zombie survival vehicle to help you get through the night.


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37. Save Yourself from an Active Shooter

Hard as it is to accept, but we all need to learn how to handle this new kind of terror.


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Master these survival skills, and you might just be able to save your own or someone else's life when society collapses.

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How to Treat Bee Stings

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Thanks to bees, plants and flowers are continuously thriving and reproducing. Every prepper or homesteader knows this much, but no matter how helpful and miniature they are, bees are some of most the feared animals for the simple reason that they sting.

There is a misconception that when they start buzzing around a person, they are positioning themselves to attack. Not all bees sting, and many of them do not use this defense mechanism unless they are provoked. Nonetheless, there’s no harm in being more careful since bee punctures are painful, uncomfortable, and sometimes deadly. 

(A word of caution: If you have (or even think you might have) an allergy to bee stings, seek a doctor as soon as possible.)

Bee Sting Treatment:

The initial reaction to stings is pain, swelling, itching, and redness of the affected part. These are not serious threats to the skin and can be treated easily. In treating these mild reactions, the initial step is to wash the area with soap thoroughly so that the venom injected is removed. If the bee’s stinger is still attached to the skin, one can simply pull it out by using the fingernails or a pair of tweezers.

After cleaning, ice can be applied on the area or lavender oil can be dropped directly on the sting. Another remedy one can use is a homemade rub of beeswax, coconut oil, and honey. Once all these are smeared on the skin, let it cool off, and cover with a bandage to avoid further irritation and infection. 

A More Intense Reaction to Bee Stings

However, there are more life-threatening symptoms to bee sting allergic reaction also called anaphylaxis. Effects to watch out for are dizziness, wheezing, stomach cramps, rashes, breathing difficulties, and nausea. Upon the first sign of these symptoms, immediately wash the affected area and remove the stinger and any other parts of the bee left on the skin. As much as possible, do not pinch the stinger as doing so will only release more venom.

The next step is to apply an ice-cold compress to prevent further swelling and bloating of the area. Afterwards, take aspirin or acetaminophen, if present at home, to relieve the pain and antihistamine drugs to reduce the itching and swelling. But before ingesting these, make sure that they are given in the right dosages to avoid other health complications. If you are not sure about these medications or lack the needed first-aid drugs and treatment, it’s best to call for medical help. 

Usually, it takes two to five days for the sting to heal, depending on the gravity of irritation. It will take longer periods of medication if the person is allergic to the venom. 

To stave off all this pain and hassle, keep in mind that you should be wary of your surroundings, especially when you can hear a buzzing sound. 

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18 Items to Stockpile for Emergencies

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In the event of an emergency or a disaster, people tend to hoard great volumes of food that they can grab on store shelves. However, money would not be a matter of concern during the time of calamity. It will always boil down to the basics of food, water, shelter and a means to protect yourself and your family.

In order to avoid such panic buying or hoarding at the last minute, it is best to prepare items to stockpile in case of emergencies or a disaster. The following items are the most basic yet vital in order to survive or get through an emergency situation.

  1. Extra Batteries and Boxes of Granola Bars

    – Stockpile batteries that you commonly use. You would want to be able to listen over the radio about weather updates or incoming help. This would power up your flashlight or emergency lamp. You can chomp down on those granola bars if cooking isn’t possible.

  2. Peanut Butter

    – Loaded with healthy fats and protein, it provides great amounts of energy for the body. Once it’s opened you wouldn’t have to keep it refrigerated.

  3. Brown Rice

    – This non-perishable food has a long shelf life and it provides essential vitamins and minerals which are much needed for the body. It also high in calories and protein. The downside is it needs to be boiled for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the brand.

  4. Bottled Water and Water Purifying Tablets

    – Water is basic, yet it is the most important element needed by the body. Stocking up bottles by the gallons would greatly increase your chances of survival. The water purifying tablets will come in handy once you run out of drinking water. It is the quickest way to ensure that you’re drinking safe water.

  5. Pasta

    – This item can easily be stored and provides a large number of carbohydrates. Like rice, you will have to boil it, but it enables you to create a wide variety of dishes. This would keep you and your family getting fed up or sick to the stomach from having to eat the same kind of food every single meal.

  6. Fuel

    – Stockpile just enough for your Bugout vehicle, generator, and gas-powered tools in a one year rotation period. More than that would be a waste since gasoline or diesel fuel is a perishable product.

  7. Matches, Lighters, and Candles

    – If all else fails, going back to the traditional way of keeping your house illuminated would not hurt at all. This would also be great tools for starting a fire should the need to cook or keep your family warm arise.

  8. Commercial Firewood and Tinder

    – What good are fire starters if you don’t have anything to fuel the fire? Stacking Duraflame logs will provide an alternative fuel for the fire if your real firewood gets wet.

  9. Seeds, Beans, And Nuts For Sprouting

    – You can use mason jars or empty containers to grow fresh sprouts for consumption. There is a high probability of bacterial contamination for sprouts though. Knowing how to grow them in a safe method is essential.

  10. A 72-Hour Emergency Kit

    – This kit contains other items such as a crowbar, liquid bleach and duct tape other than the basic food, water, and first aid.

  11. A Bugout Bag

    – Other than the other stuff stockpiled in your home or bunker, you must have a bugout bag ready. It should contain all the essentials in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.

  12. A First Aid and Emergency Medical Kit

    – It should contain the basic elements so one could stopgap injuries and diseases until such time they are able to get full medical attention.

  13. Coconut Oil

    – This type of oil outlasts all the rest in the market for up to two years. It can be used in a lot of different ways. Not just in cooking, but also for home health remedies.

  14. Black Bean Soup Mix

    – Mainly composed of Black Beans, Navy Beans, Pearly Barley and Black-eyed peas. You can store this mix in large quantities and it requires very little space.

  15. Dried Eggs And Dairy Products

    – Dried eggs come in powder form and have a very long shelf-life. It is a great source of protein which is really needed by the body in stressful situations. Just add a little water and you’re good to go.

  16. Esbit 1300-Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Tablets

    – These solid fuel tablets make starting fires as easy as ABC. They are residue-free and practically smokeless which is great for cooking or heating food and beverages and even boil water.

  17. Insta-Fire Single Pouch

    – This water-repellant fire starting product provides a safe, versatile and simple way of getting that fire started. It burns for fifteen minutes and has a shelf life of thirty years.

  18. 5 Gallon Collapsible Water Container

    – This leak-proof collapsible container can be unfolded when you need it and then folded again when its contents are used. No hassle or carrying empty containers around.

These are only a few of the basic or advanced items that everyone should stockpile in case the unexpected happens. Never assume that disaster won't happen to you or your loved ones. As a lot of doomsday Preppers say, we should always expect the unexpected.


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30 Money-Saving Stockpiling Tips

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One common factor among preppers is their stockpile. It is their way of preparing for the day of the apocalypse and making sure that they would have all that they need for months or years to come when it happens. Stockpiling is a fun way to store items with long shelf lives by the bulk. It’s actually an art where preppers would buy items in bulk at very low prices.

The amount of satisfaction is immeasurable when they realize how much money they saved by doing so.

Of course, purchasing items at bulk is not really light on the wallet. Especially when it’s something that you don’t need at the moment.  It requires strict budgeting and practical thinking. Otherwise, you might end up sacrificing your current needs.

Not to worry though because you have come to the right place. Here’s a list of money-saving stockpiling tips that you can follow to ease the pressure.

1. Start Small

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Aside from the regular weekly grocery budget, you can add a few more bucks for the goods that you need to stockpile on.

2. Figure Out How Much of Each Item to Stockpile


An ideal stockpile should last you at least 3 to 6 months.

Segregate the fast moving items from the slow-moving ones. One way to to do this is by writing down the date at the bottom of an item upon opening. When empty, just check the date and you’ll know how long it lasted.

3. Stockpile on Items that You and Your Family Enjoy

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This is pretty basic, otherwise, the rest of the goods will just be put to waste.

You might as well be giving your money away…if that’s always the case.

4. Assess your Families Staple Food Consumption

This is how you narrow down on the items based on the previous tip.

The grocery receipts will show your list to the frequently bought non-perishables such as canned goods and dried staples.

5. Make a Master List

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After the previous tip, list down all the products that you and your household members use all the time.

Start with the groceries. This way it will help you refrain from indulging on “good deals” and just down to the basics.  The best method is to cut down on the average expenditure on the products on the list.

6. Know Your Stock Up Price

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It may sound ridiculous but without knowing the realistic stock up price of the items on your list, you’ll never know if you were actually saving money.

7. Avoid Impulsive Buying

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It was noted that families spend a few thousand dollars on spur-of-the-moment buying.

Other than following the list and sticking to the budget, always use cash as much as possible. That would mean your credit card should be left home.

8. Start Using Coupons


Clipping, organizing and matching coupons to sales may be time-consuming.

However, when done with due diligence it can save your 60- 75% off your average grocery bill.

9. Know What Breed of Couponer You Are


There are three main types of couponer:

  • The Casual Couponer
  • The Skilled Couponer
  • The Extreme Couponer

This way you know which breed saves the most.

10. Try Different Brands

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Even if you may be loyal to a certain brand, you will have to match your coupons to a brand on sale. You will be surprised at how the brands you are currently using aren't any better than the ones on sale.

11. Set Aside a Specific Amount or Budget on Building your Stockpile

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You can actually start your stockpile even on a tight budget.

You can start by setting aside a specific amount solely intended for it on a monthly basis.

12. Start with $5.00 a Week

You’ll be amazed at how you can fill your pantry by spending $5.00 a week on a specific  item.

This article can show you a list of 18 items that you can rotate to make sure you don’t run out. And this is without the use of coupons!

13. Watch for Sales on Basic Staples During Holidays


With just $10.00 a month, you can save a lot with basic pantry staples such as dried pasta and beans. The key is to look out for sales on these items during Labor Day, the 4th of  July or other holidays.

14. Use Storage Jars

To avoid losing your stockpile to mice and bugs you should store them in glass storage jars as much as possible.

15. Keep Your Stockpile Organized


First, you need to know where to put it. Next, you need to know which items you have and don’t have. That way you don’t get to spend unnecessarily on items that you already have in stock.

16. First In First Out


Organize your stocks based on the expiration date labeled on the item.

This way you don’t waste any product because since it's in the rotation based on the expiration date.

17. Stock up on Powdered Milk


This product has a shelf life of up to 10 years if stored properly. Commercial powdered milk can have a shelf life of up to 10 years.  Imagine the savings when buying this in bulk.

18. Stock up on Rice


This product has a very long shelf life if stored properly. You can actually extend its storage value by placing it in buckets or canisters. Plus it’s super cheap.

19. Store Non-Perishable Food Items

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Food items such as brown rice, canned Alaskan wild salmon, bulk nuts, and wild beans are just some of the items that are considered as best survival foods that have great packaging and can last very long.

20. Economize by Buying in Bulk


Comparing prices among stores is a good way to find out which ones have the lowest prices. Usually, warehouses, cooperatives, and buying clubs are the ones that offer great prices. By buying them in bulk you sometimes get a discount.

21. Purchase the Bulk of Your Food Supply from a Reputable Dealer


Reputable dealers usually have their products in good packaging and containers to ensure quality sealing. That way it will bring you more bang for your buck.

22. Don’t Go Overboard

As tempting as it may be to buy a bulk load of products, you need to control that urge.

Stores usually put the same items on sale on an 8 to 12-week cycle. So, you just need to purchase that amount for the same number of weeks depending on your usage.  By the time you run out it’ll be on sale again.

23. Use the Buddy System


Partnering with bulk purchases can save you a lot of money by splitting the purchases.

24. Shop from your Pantry

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Plan your menu based on what you have in your stockpile.  Then just replace what you used in order for it not to run out.

25. Grow Your Own Food

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If you have available space or piece of land, why not start your own garden?

26. Purchase a Food Dehydrator

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A quality product like this allows you to store healthy or perishable foods for a longer period of time.

27. Invest in a Freezer

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This will help you store freezable items that will also create variety in your daily  meal preparation.

Additionally, you can extend the storage life of your perishable items.

28. Buy an Exact Amount of Ammo for Every Gun You Own

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Being able to determine which gun should have more ammo than the rest is a good way to determine how much you need to buy every few weeks.

Other than being able to use it for hunting game, it can also be used for defense.

29. Don’t let Naysayers Bother You

As long as you follow all the tips aforementioned and you don't waste any of the items you purchased, then it isn’t a disorder. It’s just smart.

30. Know When to Stop

Knowing when to stop stocking up on a certain item or as a whole is a vital part of stockpiling. Learning how to say no to a certain deal or sale is equally important.

Of course, there may be one or more factors to consider in order to come up with this decision.

As long as you follow the tips mentioned above you will surely be able to save a few bucks on a daily basis. Before you know it, you will have saved a thousand dollars in a year on your grocery bill.

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13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

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Popping an aspirin or pain reliever rather than considering natural remedies for headaches seems to be the only solution that comes to mind for a lot of people. Most scoff at the thought of going through all the work just to come up with a remedy of natural origin.

13 Natural Remedies For Headaches: A Soothing Relief

Taking over-the-counter medication is a quick and less messy headache solution and may be less bothersome for those that experience them on a regular basis. However, whether we admit it or not, these synthetic solutions do have devastating side effects on our body. Most especially if taken without thought where dependency becomes an issue. For those who do want to take the natural course of getting rid of throbbing pain in their heads, here's a list you might want to consider.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Steam Treatment

Apple Cider Vinegar Steam Treatment | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Apple cider vinegar or ACV has been known to relieve a variety of ailments over the course of history. If you're in doubt you can look it up on the web. You'll need 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3 cups of boiling hot water, 1 glass of refreshing cold water, one large bowl or small basin, and a towel.

How To:

  • Pour the ACV into the bowl or basin
  • Pour in the hot water
  • Drape the towel over your head and lean over the bowl just close enough wherein the steam doesn't burn your face
  • Breath in the steam during this whole process until there's no more steam coming from the mixture
  • Pat your face dry with the towel when you're one
  • Drink the glass of cold water

2. Sip A Hot Cup Of Gingerroot Tea

Sip A Hot Cup Of Gingerroot Tea | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

This herbaceous perennial is known not just as a spice but also a known folk medicine. Ginger is a natural home remedy for headaches. The ingredients are 3 slices of ginger about the size of a quarter and 2 cups of water.

How To: 

  • Heat the gingerroot in a pan with 2 cups of water for about 3o minutes
  • Remove the ginger before pouring it into a cup or a mug
  • Sip, breathe in the steam until your headache goes away

3. Sip Chamomile Tea

Sip Chamomile Tea | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Chamomile has slight sedative elements and anti-inflammatory properties that aid in relieving migraines. Allow it to steep in hot water for 10 minutes and you can add honey if you want to make it have a sweet taste.

4. Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day

Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

With the different kinds of drinks other than water made available in the market today, we tend to drink less water on a daily basis. Dehydration, or the lack of water in the system can result in a throbbing headache. Rehydrate and make sure you gulp in the required number glasses of water regularly.

5. Flaxseed

Flaxseed | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Flaxseed contains high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids which can aid in reducing inflammation. If inflammation would be the cause of a headache that is. But you'll never know, right? It can be taken in oil or ground form or added directly to your food or smoothie…even in a glass of water.

6. Thyme Or Rosemary Oil

Thyme Or Rosemary Oil | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Place a small amount of rosemary or thyme oil on your forehead and on your temples. Let it sit for a few minutes for it to relieve you of your aching head.

7. Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Aromatherapy is what they call it. Just add a few drops of the lavender essential oil in boiling water, just like what we did with the ACV and inhale the vapors to get rid of headaches. If you don't like to do that much work, you can apply it topically without having to water it down.

8. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Just like lavender oil, the scent provides a relaxing solution to your headache. The menthol content improves the blood of your blood vessels, most especially if they are clogged. There are different ways to do this:

  • Through aromatherapy in a dark and cool room
  • Steep 1 tsp of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain it before adding honey for added flavor.
  • A solution of 1 Tbsp almond oil or water and 3 drops of peppermint oil. Apply topically on the back of the neck area or on your temples.

9. Massage

Massage | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Having a message on your shoulders, on your back and neck or on your temples can provide you with temporary relief.  This can be a series of massage sessions on a daily or weekly basis for a long-term relief.

10. Hot or Cold Compress

If you have a throbbing pain on your temple area, you can apply a cold compress over the area. Lowering the temperature can ease a bit of the throbbing. The hot compress should be applied to the back of the neck if you're experiencing tightness of your neck muscles.

11. Drink A Cup Of Coffee

Drink A Cup Of Coffee | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Coffee lovers are definitely gonna love this! Caffeine in your coffee is said to reduce the swelling of your blood vessels. This in turn will reduce the severity of the pain and how often you experience a headache.

12. Soak Your Feet In Hot Water Mixed Mustard Powder

Soak Your Feet In Hot Water Mixed Mustard Powder | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

This will redirect blood from your upper body to your feet lowering the pressure in the blood vessels on your head. Soak your feet for at least 30 minutes.

 13. Constrict The Blood Vessels

Constrict The Blood Vessels | 13 Natural Remedies For Headaches

Tie a scarf or a bandana snuggly, just enough to feel the pressure, around your forehead area down to the base of your skull. You will reduce the blood flow to your head which will provide relief if your vessels are swollen.

Top 10 Home Remedies gives us her Top 3 home remedies for headaches:

Sometimes, the pill or medicine bottle is the quickest way get rid of that splitting pain on your head, however, many can say that taking the natural route is the best way to go. You get to enjoy a lot more benefits and make less havoc on other parts of your body or system compared to the synthetic process. So take your time, relax and do it the natural way.

Do you have any natural remedies for headaches that are not included in the list? Please add them in the comments below!

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20 Exercises to Boost Your Chances of Survival

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Emergencies and disasters are stressful situations for anyone. They take a physical, psychological, mental, and emotional toll on everyone, but especially on those that are physically unfit. Survivors undergo challenging situations such as anger, fear, stress, frustration, and depression once they experience the death of friends or loved ones. Illness and injuries are no exemptions. The following list is made to help those who need to be physically and mentally fit to increase their chances of survival.

  1. Walking

    – Find a few minutes each day to step away from your daily routine. Undergo different walking exercises for physical upkeep. This is especially important for people who are sitting most of the day at the workplace and at home. Proper breathing techniques along with steps/strides help to increase blood flow, stamina, and overall physical condition.

  2. Running

    – Running works to condition your body and increase stamina. Running in the event of a disaster or emergency can be the difference between life and death. Start slow and then increase the coverage and pace of running over time as you become comfortable.

  3. Sprinting

    – Also called interval training, you perform 30-second sprints at least once a week with slow walking in-between sprints for at 20 minutes. Survival situations sometimes require you to run as fast as you can from tsunamis, wild animals, thieves, fires, and so much more.

  4. Squats

    – In order to have a solid foundation to build their physical stamina on, you must build up muscle endurance in your legs.  Surviving might mean you have to pick a fight. Being able to stand your ground should it come to blows with an opponent is important to your survival.

  5. Burpees

    – Burpees are a great conditioning exercise and should be integrated with a strength building plan. You can use them for warm-up or for core training.

  6. Wall Pushups

    – This can be especially beneficial for older people since it aims to increase the strength in the chest and shoulder areas. It is not hard on the body like regular pushups, yet, it helps build upper body strength. This is essential especially if you were to ever have to carry heavy items for a long distance.

  7. Plyometrics

    – Also known as “the jump training technique”, this exercise aims at strengthening the muscles through explosive movements. It improves your muscle power, agility, balance, and strength. Being able to continue going strong ever after hours of physical endurance is vital to survival.

  8. Parkour and Freerunning

    – Even one without prior knowledge or experience can easily follow the step-by-step instructions to this exercise. It’ll teach you superior balance, how to land with minimal impact, the proper rolling techniques, and how to get up and over walls in a jiff are just among the few skills that one can learn which will surely be useful if in a survival situation.

  9. Natural Movement Discipline

    – Train in the Brazilian rain forest with one of the most physically fit men in the world, Erwan Le Corre. He will enable you to learn about converting speed and forced into an endless set of practical movements that could spell life or death in a survival situation.

  10. 20-minute Hotel Workout

    – You can do this inside the room of your hotel or your bedroom at home without the use of any gym equipment. Broken down into three levels from beginners to advanced training, it consists of four types of exercises which focus on the legs, push-pull and core that aims to burn fat, build muscle, and exercise your heart.

  11. Prepper Fitness Guide

    – This workout consists of walking, carrying weights, running, strength training, flexibility, swimming, and defensive skills. Learn all these on a day-to-day basis at your own pace. A more serious fitness program for Preppers is a book from Dan F. Sullivan’s called, “Run, Prepper, Run!”

  12. The Wild Woodsman Workout

    – The use of an ax or sledgehammer, a log /old tire, a backpack or a saw are most basic things you will need. With the use of one or more of these tools, you will learn a proper swinging motion that engages your core muscles.

  13. Survival Fitness Daily Workout

    – You don’t have to go to the gym to do this workout. It’s easy to do and you will only have to do it at 3 to 5 times a week. Generally, you will have to walk at least a mile. increasing the distance and the weight of your backpack over time.

  14. Survival Training Workout

    – This workout can be broken down into five parts. These parts are named Evade, Escape, Attack, Balance, and Rescue. It is composed of different unique methods, but primarily promotes sprinting, do chin-ups, pull-ups, and squats.

  15. Zombie Apocalypse Workout

    – This workout consists of ladders (also known as suicides), deadlifts, overhead shoulder presses, pushups, squats, biceps curls, standing wood chops, and deep knee bends. It will test your strength and stamina as it works on key muscle groups on your body.

  16. The Walking Dead Workout

    – This ultimate workout literally says it all. It requires little to no equipment in order to be in tip-top shape whatever the odds.  A total of 7 days which is composed of three days of running and another three days of strength training.

  17. Military and Navy Seal Exercises

    – If you want the hardcore proven and tested exercises then this is the one for you. It will start with basic US army boot camp exercises, military workout then the Navy Seal workout. It has videos that show various exercises of which you can choose from. You can go through each session at your own pace. As long as you perform each correctly, you’ll be fine.

  18. Comprehensive Bodyweight Workout

    – This is a list of various workouts created by different people from official Crossfit trainers to athletes. You will surely not run out of options with this list of WOD’s. Just take your pick and see how it can change your life when it comes to being fit and ready.

  19. Winter Workout Survival Regimen

    – For those that live in areas that have four seasons, preparing for the winter survival is critical. It has a High-Intensity Interval Training that intends to up your cardio, melts away excess fat and boosts your body’s metabolic rate. This workout will also help keep you warm.

  20. The TACFIT Commando System

    – With just 20 minutes a day, you can have a full body workout based upon real programs used to train SEALs, secret service, and Israeli counter-terrorism trainees. It uses only your body weight and very little space. If you wish to follow the Complete TACFIT Commando Training System you can order it online.

Having these awesome lists to pick from is really great for those that really want to increase their chances in surviving a disaster situation. However, without the proper commitment, time and dedication to really following it to the letter and incorporating it into your daily activities, you’re never gonna achieve anything at all in any emergency or disaster. So suck it up and start now! Not tomorrow, not even later! But NOW! You’ll reap the benefits when the time comes. You can thank me later…

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