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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17 Best Home Fortification Tactics To Keep Criminals At Bay

Home Fortification - Glass On Top Of A Wall - Home Defense

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Few human initiatives are as ancient and respectable as home fortification.

We separated ourselves from the animal kingdom by the strength of our wits, and our knack for self-defense. So in order to defend our family from others, we need to become home fortification experts.

Especially if the world we know collapses and desperate people want to take what’s ours.

Now good home fortification doesn’t require a full castle moat and a mangled barbed wire fence ringing your lawn. Creating a secure home can be done by adding up a lot of simple tactics. It all depends on how far you want to take it.

So first you must ask yourself:

  • Do you want a secure house that looks as normal as possible?
  • Or are you trying to remodel the structure you live in to resemble a bunker with maximum defense capabilities?

The bottom line is this: The more difficult your home is to penetrate the more likely a criminal will choose an easier target.

That’s the ultimate goal. Make it an absolute pain-in-the-ass for the enemy, and he’ll move on to easier targets. (a.k.a your neighbors). [Read more…]

Paracord Uses: How To Actually Use Your Survival Paracord

Paracord Uses

The Ultimate Guide to Paracord Uses For Survival

Name one survival item with more uses than some high-quality survival paracord.

Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Done? Well, I bet the first items that came to mind were a good survival knife, a survival hatchet, multi-tool or duct tape; and you’d be right. However, today I’m going to argue that paracord belongs in this “many uses” category as well.

When left intact, paracord has lots of important survival uses and if you unweave the threads of the cord, the number paracord uses grow. Honestly, the real number of paracord uses is only limited by our lack of imagination.

In this article, we are going to cover the 35 best survival paracord uses. [Read more…]

Cold Weather Survival: How To Keep Warm and Alive

Cold Weather Survival - Keep Warm and Stay AliveThe unprotected human body is ill-equipped for cold weather survival. The colder it is, and the more exposed we are to it, the deadlier the results.

Cold weather is often a deadly obstacle, especially for the unskilled and unprepared.

They didn’t ask for it, they didn’t expect it, it’s not fair, but Mother Nature doesn’t care. She’s cold and heartless when the seasons change. When the winds shift and she drags the frigid Canadian tundra down into the lower 50.

So you have a choice. You can either be a cold weather victim or a cold weather survivor. [Read more…]

Basic Survival Needs: The 5 Things You Need To Stay Alive

Basic Survival NeedsLet’s Do A Quick Basic Survival Needs Thought Experiment.

If we strip away all the BS…what does a human being really need to survive?

  • Not taking into account what makes us comfortable
  • Not discussing how to avoid injury or disease
  • Not figuring out what it takes to thrive

At the end of the day, what are the basic human needs for survival to avoid a premature death? [Read more…]

Survival Hatchet: Should You Be Carrying One?

Survival Hatchet (c)Do you own a survival hatchet?

Or maybe a better question to ask is…should you carry a survival hatchet?

And what qualities does a good one have?

As with most survival gear related discussions…there’s the good and bad qualities to consider, but mostly there are tradeoffs. [Read more…]

7 Crucial Steps To Get Your Family Earthquake Ready

Earthquake Ready (1)Are You Earthquake Ready?

Whenever a large earthquake hits, I’m always reminded of how dangerous they are.

It’s extremely unfortunate when people get hurt by these powerful forces, but they are a natural cycle of this planet we call home.

So what can we do to prepare ourselves for this force of nature?

This infographic will give you 7 highly actionable steps you can start taking today.

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