Free 104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist: Not Just What But Why

Bug Out Bag ChecklistThis article is Skilled Survival’s Ultimate 104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist. A free bug out bag checklist that not only tells you what to add to your pack but why.

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14 Improvised Survival Uses For Your FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight

14 Improvised FireHawk Uses

A real tactical flashlight should be able to survive the harshest of conditions. Heat, moisture, and high impacts should be a non-issue if it’s truly tactical.

And I’d also argue that it should have more uses than just illumination. If it’s going to truly live up to its tactical nameplate; it needs to be designed to help keep you alive. To help you survive.

So what could be more tactical than a flashlight that has 14 survival uses? So in this article, we’ll cover 14 improvised uses for the FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight. [Read more…]

How To Build, Plan and Bury A Survival Cache

Survival Cache - Shovel and Bear BinYour Survival Cache Guide

Real quick, for those new to preparing and survival, a Survival Cache is a well-hidden stockpile of survival supplies. It’s a collection of extra supplies you want to keep hidden and in reserve just in case.

There are many reasons why survival caches useful. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • To prevent all your survival supplies being in one single location. By spreading our your supplies in unique hidden locations, if one site becomes compromised, you don’t lose everything.
  • To support a bug out. A strategically located survival cache can provide extra supplies along your bug out route. This helps keep your pack weight down but allows you to restock on critical bug out gear and supplies (food, water, ammo, etc.)
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  • For those who plan to bug in, you want to avoid the Feds from confiscating all their guns (should that day ever come to pass).
  • Maybe you have a remote survival retreat in the woods somewhere and want to hide some extra supplies when your not there. Stocking your retreat without hiding those supplies properly puts them at risk. Without caches, you will probably lose your entire survival stash if someone stumbles on that location while you’re away.

So as you can see, there are lots of reasons to develop survival caches. However, behind all these reasons, there nearly as many survival cache options.

Options such as:

  • The best and worst type of containers to protect your survival supplies from the elements
  • The best and worst supplies to add to your survival caches
  • The best and worst locations to keep your survival cache hidden for the long term
  • The best and worst methods on how to hide or bury your survival cache
  • The amount of survival supplies you should add to your survival caches

One of the major factors in making the right decisions for your survival cache is adapting to your geographic location. Different environments have unique survival cache best practices.

Swamp Caches vs. Desert Caches vs. Mountain Caches, etc.

Each environment has its own unique survival cache challenges you must be aware of and overcome to achieve long-term success.

In this article, I will provide you with my favorite survival cache ideas and also give you the most common survival cache mistakes. That way, you’ll get to learn from others mistakes and get it right the first time.

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Survival Retreat – How To Plan And Build Your Own

Survival Retreat - remote cabin in woods

There are lots of reasons you should build a survival retreat: Maybe you want to prepare for the threat of a doomsday or a “sh*t-hits-the-fan” scenario. Maybe you just want to have a backup shelter in case you someday lose your primary place of residence. Or maybe you’re just desperate to get off the gridfor criminal, personal, or recreational reasons.

Whatever your motive, having your very own survival retreat is one of the best ways to ensure your safety should you ever have a real reason to get-out-of-Dodge. Such a retreat can act as a large personal survival cache for necessary survival supplies, or as a sustainable place to hunker down and defend yourself.

A survival retreat also acts as a permanent “bug-out-location” – a place where you and your family/friends meet up if things get real bad.

Even if you never actually use this refuge retreat for survival, it can still be an incredibly rewarding DIY project. Working with your hands to create your very own shelter is a primal experience that most human beings never get to experience.

What project could be more satisfying than building your every own roof over your head?

And besides, in times of peace this little sanctuary can function as a great place to get away from the monotony of social life. A place to bask in the glory of the natural world, hike, fish, hunt, ski, mountain bike, meditate, and breathe the cleanest freshest air available.

This article serves to guide you through the process of creating your very own survival retreat. It will cover the following:

  • Budget considerations
  • Legal Considerations
  • Where is the best place to build a survival retreat
  • Several kinds of structures available and how to create them
  • Storage and supplies
  • How to fend off unwanted guests (both human and otherwise)

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EMP Survival: Surviving The Darkest Days Of Disaster

EMP Survival - Blackout City

Imagine a powerful EMP blast casts darkness in our cities. Is your EMP survival plan ready for this?:

  • Across the affected area, planes and helicopters would helplessly fall from the sky. While the panicked masses leap from their dead cars and tried calling 911 on their dead phones.
  • The police would have no organized way to respond. The firemen would have no idea where to go. Our paramedics would be virtually immobilized and the Internet would vanish.
  • All the money in your bank accounts would be lost. Chaos and anarchy would slither out of the masses, slowly at first, but with increasing intensity and speed…

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How To Disappear Completely – The Great Vanishing Act

How To Disappear Completely

How To Disappear Completely Without A Trace

I’m not here to question the reasons why you want to disappear. I’m sure your interest in disappearing are complicated, diverse and very personal.

  • Maybe you are a curious surfer, casually perusing the Skilled Survival site.
  • Maybe you owe the mob a fortune in money you don’t have, and they’re going to break your legs and feed you to the sharks.
  • Or perhaps you are preparing to do something so dastardly – so sinister – so illegal – you’re going to need to vanish from the face of this earth.

Whatever your motivation, be it for good or evil, the following is a guide to disappearing entirely.

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Minimalist Camping: Taking Only What You Need To Survive

Minimalist CampingMinimalist Camping Done Right

Minimalist camping is surviving. It’s about testing yourself and battling nature with as little equipment as possible. Can you grab your bag and make it three days with only its contents?

Yes, you can. I’m going to show you in this article exactly what you need and how to camp with a minimum amount of stuff.

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Bug In vs Bug Out? Smart Or Guaranteed Death Trap

Bug In vs Bug Out

"Bug In vs Bug Out" is a Guest Post Written by Dan Sullivan 
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Bug In vs Bug Out, Which Scenario is Best for You?

No matter how you look at it, regardless of which disaster hits, you’ll only have two choices.

You can either bug in and stay inside your house hoping for the whole thing to be over quickly. Or you can bug out to no man’s land or your bug out retreat.

Both are plausible, both have sparked controversies, and there’s still some level of confusion related to them.

When I hear people say

I know what I’ll do, I’ll just bug in no matter what!” or “I don’t need a stockpile, I’ll bug out and never look back!

I shake my head… How can one assume things will go his or her way during a disaster?

The only certainty about all SHTF situations is that they’re totally unpredictable. [Read more…]

Survival Bug Out Bag Infographic Guide

Survival Bug Out Bag Infographic Main ImageHow To Buy A High-Quality Survival Bug Out Bag 

Note: The end of this post has a useful infographic to help you find the right survival bug out bag.

There’s a lot that can go wrong in any bug out situation. There are many disaster variables to plan and practice for in order to truly be prepared to “GO at a moments notice”.

So why add a low-quality survival bug out bag into the mix?

A poor survival bug out bag will hurt your bug out. Instead, invest in a survival bug out bag you can trust with your life. Because if you’re forced to bug out, it’ll be that important. [Read more…]