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Are Military Backpacks Good for Hiking: We Explain

Grab your bag and hit the trail. There’s nothing quite like the freedom of being able to drop everything and go for a hike. Whether it’s necessary for survival, training, or just good fun, hiking is a fantastic pastime. It certainly keeps the military in great shape. Surely their packs are perfect for long distances, or are they? I had …

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Best Bikes For Climbing Hills: Factors to Consider

The wind in your hair and the ruins of a fallen society over your shoulder as you escape are great feelings. Plus the ability to navigate around traffic jams and obstacles in a way no powered vehicle can manage is a fantastic reason to have a bike. When you’re learning to prep, getting your body ready for emergencies is a …

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Hip Holster Vs. Thigh Holster: Firing Solutions

Everyone has a thigh holster these days. You see them on soldiers and TV. Police are allowed to carry them some places too, so what’s the big secret? Are thigh holsters really better than the classic hip holsters most people have been using for years, or is this another “tacticool” bit of tomfoolery designed to sell you some junk you …

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What Self Defense Weapons are Legal in New York: Picks That Work

Living in New York can be part of the American dream, but self-defense can seem like a nightmare. If you don’t know what the laws say, you can end up in deep trouble very quickly. Don’t guess at safety. I looked into the local laws to see what you can carry to keep yourself safe and what I found may …

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Can You Feel an EMP: The Deadly Truth

The EMPs are coming! At least, that’s what it seems like with all the news stories lately. How can you tell for sure? You’d expect to feel something if a blast big enough to darken your part of the world went off. However, the science behind EMPs might just have something else to say about that. Can you feel an …

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Do Toilet Paper Tablets Really Clean: Wipe Out Bulky Rolls

Space isn’t just the final frontier, but it is a serious issue for many beginning preppers. If you live in an apartment, figuring out where to put your buckets of freeze-dried food is hard enough. Toilet paper is so bulky; it’s just not practical. You can add a bidet to your toilet, but your bug out bag needs a better …

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Can You Get Stopped Carrying a Bug Out Bag: Don’t Get Detained

Most of us are very proud of our first bug out bags. Whether you’re brand new and don’t own a backpack or just about ready to level up from ‘newbie prepper,’ you need to know if your BOB is legal. Simply put, you can carry a bug out bag in a suspicious or outright illegal manner. I went digging to …

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Why Prepping is Pointless: Should You Give Up

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” —Publishers Syndicate, attributed to Allen Saunders in 1957 We all want to be ready when disaster strikes. That’s why you’re here, after all, learning about how to work toward self-sufficiency and disaster preparedness. Of course, we all know the best-laid plans can go awry. When you’re just a …

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Is it Illegal to Carry a Baseball Bat in Your Car: Drive With Confidence

Baseball is a wonderful, all-American pastime. Crackerjacks and the roar of the crowd as a runner crosses home is something everyone should experience first hand. However, anyone who’s ever been hit by a bat can tell you they’re dangerous weapons. The upside of a bat is that they take little to no training to learn how to swing. Of course, …