Gray Man Concept and Philosophy

Are you a gray man? Do you drift through the world unnoticed? Does your presence trigger a reaction in the majority of people you meet? The concept of the Gray Man is crucial to understand and implement into SHTF type situations. In this post I’m going to break down who the Gray Man is and how you can cloak yourself in his mysterious aura when the time comes to do so.

The concept

The concept is this. In a fully blown SHTF situation there will be people desperate for resources. Around you, a desperate hoard of men and women who have no idea how to survive in the chaotic environment. Desperate men become violent and violent men become scanners of “opportunity” – always looking around for someone with resources they can steal. As a prepper and survivalist, you have gear to survive. In fact, you’ve been prepping for this moment for a good amount of time.

The last thing you want is to get your gear jacked. This is why you must go Gray man. In other words, you must go under the radar and unnoticed.

Who is the Gray Man?

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The Gray Man is everyone and he is no one. He blends in with his environment to the point where people gloss over him. He is the ordinary man, a product of his environment. The Gray Man knows his survival depends on his ability to become part of the herd. If everybody is panicking, he appears to be panicked. If everybody is running, he is running. If people are dressing or behaving a certain way, he adopts the same style and mannerisms as to not stand out and draw attention to himself. The Gray Man is Joe Blow.

In the suburbs, he has a house, a white picket fence, and a Toyota Corolla. He waves to his neighbors with forced glee and is always in a cheery mood. You can see him wheel out the garbage containers on trash tuesdays along with the rest of the neighborhood. Hidey-ho neighbor! Here the Gray Man knows dressing like a hood rat will only draw attention to himself.

In the Ghetto, he has a beat up car, he dresses in rags too big for his body, and he neglects his outward hygiene. Here the Gray Man knows appearing upper class will only draw attention to himself.

So you can see, the Gray Man is not simply a static entity. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the Gray Man. The Gray Man adapts to his environment no matter what is thrown at him. You have to prepare for everything.

Gray Man philosophy in an SHTF scenario

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Needs more shit

 

If shit has hit the fan and your environment is quickly reducing to a scene out of planet of the apes, it’s important that nobody knows you have the skills or the gear to survive. This can lead to you becoming a target for the alpha ape who decides you have something he wants. This ape will stop at nothing to take anything he wants from you. He’s probably stronger and well armed. That’s why he’s the alpha.

Sure, you might be packing heat too. But, the philosophy of the Gray Man is conflict reduction and avoidance. Nobody gets any points for being a badass. You do not get points for putting your life on the line. Going Gray Man means blending in and not rocking the boat (unless everyone else is rocking the boat.)

Even though you are a wolf, you must make your bed with the sheep. I’m not saying you have to assimilate into a group. I’m saying you have to adopt the behaviors and appearance of those around you. At least until you get to your bug out location or until order is restored.

Practical advice for going Gray Man

Clothing choices – I used to think dressing like you were homeless was the ultimate path to Gray Man. I don’t recommend this anymore for a number of reasons. For one, it’s hard to pull off the body language and mannerisms required to look truly homeless. Savvy street smart people will know something is fishy about you right away. You dress homeless yet you aren’t projecting the “aura” or “vibes” of a homeless person. It’s much better to wear regular clothing. Think about the clothing you normally wear when you go out in public, chances are your day to day clothes are Gray Man enough. Going commando and decking yourself out with camo is a good way to draw attention to yourself.

Your bug out pack – if you’re bugging out with a pack then there’s the age old discussion of whether or not you should go with a military or civilian BOB. The thing is, a backpack is going to draw attention to yourself either way. Especially if it’s fully loaded with a ton of stuff lashed to the outside. I don’t think your choice of BOB matters as much as the survival and prepping community has led us to believe. There could be small benefit to going civilian because it’s obviously going to blend in more than a military ruck. However, either way somebody is gonna wonder what kind of loot you got in there. Do yourself a favor and try not to put any gear on display outside of the pack.

Avoid eye contact – looking at someone directly in the eyes is sub conscious communication. A lot can be deduced from a simple glance at a stranger. The eyes give away everything. The eyes give away that you have a bunch of awesome shit in that backpack of yours. Especially if you are nervous, the eyes will give you up. There is no hiding your emotion from someone who’s intuitive and out to score some loot. Do as the other sheep will no doubt do in an SHTF scenario – avert your gaze. Get to your bug out location and stick to the SHTF plan.

Avoid scented fragrances – Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory and a serious trigger for some people. Ever had someone dislike you for no apparent reason or vice versa? It could be you wear the same cologne as their ex boss who treated them like shit for 10 years of their life. Sounds crazy but being human is a crazy thing.

Observe your surroundings – when you go out in public be sure to observe those around you. See how they react to you being in close proximity. Are they staring at you? Are they giving you funny looks? Do you have remnants of that Carls Jr burger all over your face? You could be someone who naturally commands attention which is not ideal for the Gray Man. Observation will lead to insights about yourself and how others perceive you. Be careful though, observation is a double edged sword. People can tell when you are observing them. Try not to stare but do you best to take in a peripheral understanding of the people and events going on around you.

Final thoughts

Going Gray Man is not difficult. In fact, many of us unconsciously fall in line with whatever our surrounding tribe is doing. This psychology harkens way back to the times where we lived in small tribes. That same unconscious desire to assimilate into a tribe will serve most of us well. For you tall poppies, well, you better start toning it down unless you want to get chopped! Do your best to blend in but don’t be afraid to pistol whip anybody who takes a crack at you. Stick to your SHTF plan and get to the BOL at all costs.

Remember. you are here today because you come from a long line of survivors. Have confidence in your ancestral blood and soldier on.

 

 

 

Bug Out Bag vs Get Home Bag

If you’re new to prepping you have no doubt stumbled across many acronyms by now. SHTF, WTSHTF, TEOTWAWKI, BOB, GHB are phrases thrown around all the time – and it’s enough to send you running for the hills (which you may actually have to do some day.) You might think BOBs and GHBs are the same but the truth is we are dealing with two completely different bags. This post will clearly illustrate the difference between a bug out bag and a get home bag.

The bug out bag

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The bug out bag is the backpack you grab when the shit has hit the fan. The bug out bag has everything you need to leave behind everything you know and love. The bug out bag is locked, cocked and ready to rock for situations where you might not be able to return home  for a length of time. The reasons for why you cannot return do not matter. All that matters is you have everything you need inside this pack to survive on your own.

**Note** In most situations, you’ll only be bugging out for a short period of time. A typical bug out bag will have the supplies you need to survive 72 hours along with tools to secure your own resources for longer periods of time.

The get home bag

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Example of a get home bag

 

The get home bag is a pack you carry with you at all times. This is the pack designed to get you back home in case of emergencies. Perhaps your car broke down in an area with no cell service. Maybe your bus broke down and you decide you don’t want to wait around for the replacement. Maybe terrorist cells or protest groups have blocked critical roadways and have begun to riot. Whatever the case, the GHB has all the goods you need to make it back to your home where you have access to a more comprehensive set of gear.

Contents of a bug out bag

I have written an extensive post on everything you need to include in your bug out bag. It’s crucial to cover the 4 elements of survival. Fire, water, food, and shelter. I will briefly cover the basics here but you should read the above post for a detailed look.

Fire – matches, lighter, ferrocerium rod. Very simple stuff. If you want to go all out you can take cotton balls and slather them in Vaseline. Store these in a watertight container for easy fire starters.

Water – 72 hours worth of water. This works out to about 3L in mild conditions or up to 6L in more extreme. The amount of water you bring depends on your unique physiology, your environment, and how much water you expel through exertion. Carry a water filter to replenish your sources.

Food – 72 hours worth of food. Clif bars, tuna packets, peanut butter, dried fruit etc. Think hiking foods. Foods with a lot of caloric density is what you’re going for here. Also foods that don’t perish.

Shelter – Either a tent or a tarp. Your choice depends on your comfort threshold. Trust me, you can survive with only a tarp but will you be comfortable? Probably not. A tent will provide you with a cushy environment but not entirely necessary in many environments. There are many ways you can rig up a tarp and it’s a lot easier to carry.

That’s the basics. Everything after this is pure luxury. Hell, they might as well put you up at the Ritz at this point. While the above is the bare minimum of what you need, there are items that will make life a lot easier. Here are a few gear recommendations.

Knife – What can’t you do with a good knife? It’s the most important survival tool in your bug out bag. Use it for anything. I’m a big fan of the Bk2 but there are many others to choose from. Read my post on choosing a survival knife. 

Paracord – You never know what you’re gonna need it for, you just always need it. Use it to rig up a fine shelter for the night or replace your boot laces. Lots of versatility here.

Headlamp – a headlamp or flashlight. I like a headlamp because it frees up my hands to do night tasks. Either way, you’ll want some kind of illumination in case things decide to crack off in pitch black darkness.

I could drown you in more gear recommendations but I’m going to stop here. You have your work cut out for. Now it’s time to find a decent bug out bag. I only have two requirements for a bug out bag. It must hold all of my gear and it must be durable enough not to fall apart on the road. If you want to shortcut the process of reading through a thousand BOB reviews, my choice is always the 5.11 Rush. It’s a solid backpack with marginal flaws. Really, anything but that Jansport you’ve had in your closet since you graduated highschool.

Contents of a get home bag

This list is going to be much shorter.

Snacks and water – Clif bars, dried fruit, granola bars, etc. Up to 3L of water in a steel container or Camelbak.

Flashlight – for those times you get stranded at night.

Light rain poncho – save yourself from getting soaking wet.

Lighter – You probably won’t need a fire but you never know. Lighters are too light not to have on hand.

Pepper spray – getting stranded in a bad part of the city is never fun. If anybody starts giving you shit blast them right in the face and get out of dodge. Don’t feel like a little bitch because you used pepper spray. Most guys think they can fight but are severely delusional.

Extra socks – not particularly exciting but extremely valuable. Walking in wet socks is a miserable experience. Pack an extra just in case.

Spare cash – If the power is out you won’t be able to make electronic transactions. Cash ensures you can get what you need without relying on the power grid.

The GHB – I like to keep my GHB light and agile. I’ve looked at many bags and finally settled on the Camelbak Mule. I love this pack. It’s a 12.5 Liter pack with an included 3L hydration bladder. I can run forever without stopping and it’s large enough to carry all my basic get home items. It’s something I carry with me wherever I go. In my city I do a lot of walking and it is always on my back – locked, cocked, and ready to rock.

That’s the basics. Consider adding a first aid kit, sunscreen, and an extra pair of glasses if you wear prescriptions. Other items to consider are spare chargers and batteries for your electronics. Some of you take certain medications which must be included in both your BOB and your GHB.

The thing is, there is no such thing as a perfect bug out bag or get home bag. Some guys carry everything and the kitchen sink. Some guys keep it light and only pack the minimal gear. No approach is “correct.” Start with the basics and expand based on your own personal preferences.

Off The Grid

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ATTENTION FELLOW CITIZENS:

Do you want to secure a safer future for you and your family?

Does globalized government send shivers up your spine?

Do you fear you can no longer rely on the system to provide basic utilities?

Do you no longer trust your politicians?

Do you fear total system collapse?

If you answered yes to one or all of the above questions, congratulations. You are a prime candidate for off grid living!

Off grid living is fun for the whole family. Work together to create a bright future independent of modern utilities systems provided by Big Brother. Rest soundly knowing you have what it takes to survive with the sheer power of your own will and self reliance.

Off grid living harkens back to a time when men and women pulled their own weight. You see, without the grid there is lots of work to be done. There are solar panels to be installed, wells to be tapped, food to be canned and freeze dried, crops to be grown and harvested, supplies to be prepped, chickens to feed, and lots of other “old timey” duties you probably aren’t use to.

Don’t worry, the acclimation process is quick and mostly painless.

Yes, it’s true. Our government, our PRECIOUS government who once held up the divine rights of the constitution has turned against us. No longer can we sit by idly waiting for things to get better. In fact, if we look at the past 8 years we can speculate that things are only going to get much much worse. Look at what is happening in Venezuela. Look at the scarcity of food, the mile long lines, the sky high prices on basic goods.

Families cannot provide for themselves and many turn to crime to secure the resources they need. There is a thick economic fog moving through the world and it’s headed straight for us. Yes, resources will not only become scarce but crime will shoot through the roof as marauders and looters fix their eyes on those who prepared.

Little do they know you are packing heat. You ARE packing heat aren’t you? Now is the time to begin buying guns and ammo. Now is the time to teach those close to you what it means to be a true American – someone who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do the dirty required to keep the family safe.

A shotgun is a good start. Shotguns are cheap and deliver solid stopping power. Slugs will increase both accuracy and distance of your shots. It’s a great jack of all trade guns. If you only get one weapon get the shotgun.

Yes, it helps to have a plot of land. It will do you no good to be holed up in an urban high rise apartment when the jackbooted boys of the NWO come marching through. Land provides you the means to do the work required to go off grid and the means to protect yourself. Ideally, the land is remote and hard to get to.

And yes, there’s going to be a lot of work and a steep learning curve. Many of you have a head start. Many of you have a plot of land, some guns, and perhaps a small supply of food locked, cocked, and ready to rock. That is great.

Sure, you might not be fully off grid yet but you’re getting there.

This message is to kick your ass into high gear. You need to do whatever to takes to become as self sufficient as possible.

You must do whatever it takes to slip away from the iron grip of the grid.

 

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Bug Out Coffee

At some point in prepping your B.O.B. you start to think about including things to make life comfortable. This is a good idea from a mental health standpoint. It’s the small day to day pleasures which restore order to your mind, even in the middle of complete chaos. I can’t think of any greater pleasure than that first sip of coffee in morning. The smell. The jolt to your brain. Especially on a cold winter morning, is there anything more satisfying? I sure as hell want to have my coffee, even in a bug out situation. But, what’s the best way to pack your caffeine fix? Obviously drip coffee is out of the question.

There are many ways to pack coffee. Some methods trade quality for lightness while others favor a premium fix. Let’s take a look at some of the options.

Instant coffee – the most lightweight solution to pack in that sweet morning boost. Instant coffee is locked, cocked, and ready to rock. Instant coffee mixes straight in to water and is easily carried in plastic bags or small storage containers. This is a great on the go solution to making coffee fast. In an SHTF situation time may be of the essence and you might not have the luxury of brewing a quality batch of your favorite blend. The downsides of instant coffee are immediately obvious. The taste and experience of instant coffee is far removed from the smooth and soothing texture of freshly ground beans filtered through clean water.

All is not lost however. There are a few brands of instant coffee which deliver an almost-just-as-good fix for those cold apocalyptic mornings. A few notable brands include the Starbucks VIA Ready brew, Mount Hagen, and Davidoff Cafe.

I recommend removing the instant coffee from the bulky containers and stowing the goods in a plastic Ziploc or other waterproof container. This will significantly cut down on weight and keep your pack light.

Taking things to the next level…

If you loathe the thought of drinking instant coffee then there is always the cowboy coffee approach. Cowboy coffee uses real coffee grounds. The method is simple. Bring a mixture of coffee grounds and water to a boil and drink up. Better than instant coffee? Perhaps. This method of brewing coffee is known for its bitter taste – the rapid escalation in water temperature brings out the bitterness of the coffee grounds, leaving you with a less than savory experience.

Cowboy coffee done right…

There is a better way to brew cowboy coffee. Here are the steps:

1.) Bring your water to a near boil over the fire (don’t mix in coffee)

2.) Remove pot from fire and let stand for 2 minutes

3.) Stir in coffee grounds, cover, and allow coffee to steep for 2 minutes

4.) Remove cover and add a splash of cold water to the top. The cold water will cause the coffee grounds to sink to the bottom.

5.) Pour off the brew into a cup and enjoy. Do your best to keep any coffee grounds from entering your cup. A thin piece of cloth can be used to filter the brew if you’d like.

A pinch of salt works wonders to lock in the flavor of the coffee and prevents the bitter components of the grounds from expressing themselves.

You can bring your coffee pre-grounded or you can bring whole bean coffee. Whole bean coffee will require you to pack in a hand grinder. These are fairly small. The advantages of whole bean coffee are better taste and longer shelf life.

Bugging out to the Ritz…

This is for the prepper who wants to go all out. This is for the guy who demands nothing but the finest brew no matter what is happening. It could be fully blown zombie apocalypse and this man ain’t doing anything until he painstakingly prepares and drinks his morning cup of premium choice coffee.

For this next method we look to coffee addicts who spend lots of time backpacking. Trust me, they really know their stuff. The jet boil camping stove paired with the jet boil coffee press is the luxury way of living large in a bug out situation. The jet boil boils water in a hurry and makes morning coffee a complete snap with the french press.

It’s clean. I like the jet boil because having a fire might not be a good idea in many SHTF situations. If you want to conceal your location having something like the jet boil will keep you nice and stealthy while allowing you to enjoy your old-time morning ritual.

Extra weight is the obvious consideration.

Tea – Tea gets an honorable mention. Tea is an extremely lightweight alternative to coffee. It comes conveniently packaged in its own bag and ready for steeping. While not as potent, teas contain similar amounts of caffeine. At the end of the day, it’s the caffeine and not the coffee you’re hooked on. Black breakfast tea is a good and strong option for those looking to pack light. All you need is a stainless steel thermos to boil water in and you’re good to go.

Final thoughts

If the thought of going a day without coffee scares you more than a hoard of approaching marauders, be wise and pack the necessary precautions. One should not deprive themselves of the simple pleasures just because the world has gone to hell in a hand basket!

Do you have your own method of packing coffee? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Essential Oils To Immediately Add To Your Preps

Imagine, TSHTF and now you can’t go the pharmacy for medicine. Does that mean you’re shit out of luck? Of course not. You see, before we had pharmacys and doctors we used plants to heal. Even in the modern world we use plants to create many of the medicines and drugs we use everyday.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated forms of plants. They are the most powerful natural medicines you can find. Using a distillation process, the potent properties of the plants are extracted and then bottled to give you the most powerful version of that plant. Take lemon for instance. A lemon by itself is all well and good, although in its current state it is not strong enough to have a truly therapeutic effect. Lemon essential oil, however, is concentrated and boasts powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties.

Essential oils, don’t you mean snake oil?

When I talk about essential oils to my prepper friends I catch a lot of flack for “falling for scams” or being a “peace pedaling hippie with no sense.” I don’t blame them because I thought the same thing when the oils were introduced to me. It wasn’t until a friend treated a deep cut with Lavender that I realized there was something to the oils. The cut healed rapidly. I know how long my body takes to heal and this sped up the process 2 – 3 times. And there wasn’t even a scar left!

I ended up doing the research and found a metric ton of scientific studies attesting to the powerful healing properties of the oils. When I showed my prepper friends these studies their eyes glazed over. They had such a deep ignorance of the subject and to this day, only one of them has started to come around to the idea of including essential oils in his preps. Well, I’m here to spread the message that the oils are completely legit and you would be wise to include a few in your preps as well.

What oils should you include in your preps?

Every oil can benefit you in some way and keep you healthy. Because they are pricey I recommend starting off with only the must have essential oils. These are oils that have multiple benefits and uses. As you experience the true power of the oils, you can spring for more down the road, or purchase a kit and save – and I’m going to show you how to get them as cheap as possible later.

For now let’s check out the oils and all the benefits.

1.) Lavender

Lavender essential oils is a miracle cure for many ailments and bodily diseases. It’s the best oil out there for treating burns and healing wounds. A single drop is all it takes to begin the powerful healing process of burns, cuts, and scrapes (including sunburn.) Imagine, in a fully blown SHTF situation there’s a good chance you or a loved one could get burned. Lavender is also a calming plant, inhaling the aroma of Lavender can calm you down and help you sleep. It’s an oil I use every single night to relax and unwind. A calm mind will be essential when the EMP blast hits.

2.) Lemon

Lemon has strong antibacterial properties. It’s an all natural disinfectant you can use on your hands or around the house. Homesteaders will be the first to tell you all about this oil – it has so many uses and benefits. Lemon also boosts the functioning of the immune system, relieves stomach aches and cramps, and relieves depression. Certainly another essential oil with a ton of benefits too good to pass up.

3.) Clove

Clove was a classic staple and natural remedy of the old world. Only now is science discovering the truly potent benefits of Clove. Clove has proven anti-inflammatory effects and its one of the best all natural painkillers for toothaches and gum disease. These anesthetic effects are thanks to a natural compound in clove called Eugenol. It’s no wonder ancient tribes from all over the world have been using Clove for centuries. Oh yeah, Clove also contains 30X more antioxidants than blueberries! A single drop on the skin is enough to absorb the many dense nutritional properties. Clove is also loaded with Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium – these nutrients are crucial for many different processes in your body.

4.) Oregano

Oregano is quickly becoming known as natures natural antibiotic. Oregano is a potent powerhouse for fighting bacterial infections. Oreganos active component, Carvacrol, has been cited in over 800 pub med medical studies which attest to the unstoppable healing power of this essential oil. Oregano has also been shown to be particularly effective for treating E. Coli and keeping your gastrointestinal system functioning at full speed. I can see this oil being very useful if you end up drinking from a bad water source. In a fully blown SHTF situation, anything is possible and you have to prepare for it all.

5.) Peppermint

I keep this one handy if I’m doing anything requiring mental focus. It gives you a pick me up on par with a cup of coffee and jolts your brain into “ON” mode. Very stimulating stuff. When taken  internally peppermint helps with indigestion and other stomach problems. God only knows what a week of eating those MRE’s can do to the stomach! The cooling properties of this oil relieve tension and relax your muscles. Peppermint also works wonders on aching bones and joints. When things get physical and you need deep muscular and joint relief, peppermint is one oil you won’t want to be without.

Where to purchase essential oils

My first experience with essential oils was with a couple “cheap-o” bottles I found on Amazon. I thought I was getting a good deal but I was really getting ripped off. Later, a friend (who’s a licensed aromatherapy practitioner) told me most of the oils on Amazon are diluted with water and other constituents which can actually do more harm than good (no wonder they weren’t working.)

She gave me a link to an online shop and I purchased a kit. The company is called doTERRA and they’re well known for producing and stocking the best essential oils, they’re the number one trusted brand for aromatherapy and essential oil practitioners.

You can check out the online shop here.

They’ve got every essential oil available to order. This site gives you an introduction to doTERRA oils and also shows you how you can save 25% on your orders. If you order a kit they will ship you a free copy of Modern Essentials – this is widely considered the bible of the essential oils world and shows you exactly how to use them for specific treatments. It’s recommended you pick up a book because there’s a lot you need to know.

Final thoughts

I use essential oils on a frequent basis and consider them invaluable to my preps. Now there is lots of evidence to back them up as extremely potent alternatives to modern medicine. At this point, there is no argument – they are the most concentrated form of plant healing you can find. To be honest, you could probably learn to make them on your own but you need a lot of plant material to do so, and the right equipment to distill the oil.

Grab yourself a couple bottles and experience the power of these oils for yourself.

 

 

How To Survive a Nazi Concentration Camp

When the tanks roll in, when the new world order plunges mankind into a rapid descent of depopulation, what will you do? What will you do when the new Hitler rises and brings forth a new era of extermination? What will happen when the angel of death fixes his eye on you? Those precious preps will do little to save you in a concentration camp. The jackbooted boys of the NWO will throw your ass onto the most foul smelling cattle train imaginable. You’ll be right there among your fellow men, breathing deeply the stench of fear, headed straight for a forced labor concentration camp where there is little chance of survival.

How do you survive such a death trap? Is there any way out of this sadistic camp? The guards beat and torture you brutally. Your will to survive is on the line…

We can look back and extract lessons from the men and women who survived historically sadistic concentration camps like Auschwitz. Men like Victor Frankl and countless others hold the key to ultimate survival in the face of death.

Surviving Auschwitz

Aerial view of the Auschwitz concentration camp - source: BBC
Aerial view of the Auschwitz concentration camp – source: BBC

 

Looking back through the chaos of world war 2 we see Auschwitz – the most infamous concentration camp in history. Over 1 million people were exterminated in the camp before the Soviets blasted through and liberated the remaining prisoners. Prisoners of this notorious death camp were forced to labor and were heavily guarded by the sadistic and brutal Nazi Schutzstaffel, or more commonly known as the Waffen “SS.” As you entered the camp you were inspected by the SS to determine if you were fit for labor. If you weren’t, you were sent off for a “shower” where you were gassed to death with Zyclon-B and then shoveled in to a crematory.

This leads straight into the first survival tip…

Appear strong and fit

What use are you to the camp if you cannot work? You’ll be gassed straight away if you appear frail, sickly, or too weak. Muster up as much strength as you can to pass inspection. Be grateful for the opportunity to work. When asked about your skills, tell them something practical even if its not true. People with no skills were the first to get gassed. Straighten your spine and puff out that chest. Don’t look at any SS directly in the eye, appear strong but not so strong that the SS think you might have a go at them. One wrong look and you’ll be ordered on your knees and shot in front of your family.

Escape the death wagon

A typical cattle car fully loaded with prisoners deported to Auschwitz
A typical cattle car fully loaded with prisoners deported to Auschwitz

 

If you’ve been rounded up and herded on to one of the many cattle carts destined for the camp, attempt an escape. One man has lived to tell the tale of his escape from an Auschwitz bound death train, with the help of 3 Belgian resistance members. The 3 men were able to stop the train and sever the thick barbed wire holding the metal doors together. Robert Maistriau recounts the experience of stopping the 20th convoy:

The brakes made a hellish noise and at first I was petrified. But then I gave myself a jolt on the basis that if you have started something you should go through with it. I held my torch in my left hand and with my right, I had to busy myself with the pliers. I was very excited and it took far too long until I had cut through the wire that secured the bolts of the sliding door. I shone my torch into the carriage and pale and frightened faces stared back at me. I shouted Sortez Sortez! and then Schnell Schnell flehen Sie! Quick, Quick, get out of here!

Leverage your skills

Joseph Mandrowitz was another survivor who was able to make it through the hellish experience of Auschwitz. One day while laboring in the camp he came across a patch of tomatoes. Almost starved to death, Joseph picked a tomato and ate it. The SS saw this and he was brutally beaten for misconduct. He was sent to the hospital to heal. The rule was, if you were not healed within 4 days you were sent off to the gas chambers. It was in the hospital where Joseph had his first encounter with Josef Mengele, infamously known as the “Angel of Death.” Because Joseph was a trained tailor, he was allowed to work indoors mending and repairing the suits of the SS officers, despite the entire population of the hospital being ordered into the gas chamber at that time. The SS saw value in his skills and spared his life.

Later, Joseph and the other prisoners were forced to drill into a mountain quarry for reasons unknown. After 17 days without food or water they were liberated by the Russians and Joseph returned to his village of Czemierniki, a small polish town, where he found everything completely scrubbed of Jewish tradition.

Play dead

Mordechai Ronen is an Auschwitz survivor who quickly learned how to survive in the camp:

I worked out pretty quickly certain survival tricks. That if the guards called us to line up in front of the barracks, I should hide or sneak into another barracks. The safest place I could find to hide was in the yard near the bathrooms where all the dead bodies were brought and piled up … I would get on the pile, lie down next to the dead bodies and pretend I was one of them.

Mr. Ronen also found a way to secure extra food:

They gave us food in barrels. When the barrel was empty, I could get inside and scrape the leftovers from the bottom. In that way my dad and I got extra food.

Grand theft auto…

Out of the estimated 1.3 million people deported to the camp, 144 prisoners made a successful escape. Perhaps the most daring story of escape comes from a man who stole the commandants personal transportation vehicle and drove straight through the gate with 3 friends. Kazimierz Piechowski was spurred into action when he discovered his friends name was on a death list. Piechowski, being a former scout hatched an escape plan with his friend and comrades. At the time he was working in the camps store room where he had access to SS uniforms. They would later use these uniforms to drive out of the gate.

The plan was ballsy. They had to make it through 2 gates to get to freedom. The first gate sealed the main camp area from the motor pool and store room. They managed to convince the SS guards at the first gate that they needed to dump the days rubbish. They prayed the guards would not look them up on the registration list. Their plan worked and the guards allowed them through.

In the store room, Piechowski secured uniforms for himself and his 3 comrades. His friend who worked as a mechanic had previously made a copy of a key which allowed them into the motorpool – the area storing the commandants personal transport vehicle. Now all they needed to do was drive through the gate and hope nobody stopped them.

As they approached the gate they noticed the guards were not opening it. What was wrong? Had they been discovered? Piechowski confidently barked an order in perfect German to open the gate immediately and the guards complied. The 4 men had made their escape, taking back roads to avoid detection.

The commandant was furious and from that point on all prisoners were tattooed so they could be identified as a prisoner if they escaped.

The psychology of survival

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Viktor Frankls famous book detailing the 3 years he spent as a prisoner at Auschwitz

 

Victor Frankl survived Auschwitz for 3 years before the Soviets came through and liberated the remaining survivors. Viktor was a student of psychology and noticed certain characteristics present in those who were able to endure the brutal conditions of life in Auschwitz. The most important thing he noted among survivors was a strong sense of meaning. He was adamant that meaning can be found in even the most grave conditions, and finding meaning through suffering was a key component to survival.

When you lose hope the body gives in to death. Where hope is absent, death is present. Without hope you are no longer spiritually able to sustain life. Even in your own life you can see people who have died prematurely because they lost hope. The body cannot live on bread and water alone. You must cultivate the spirit and never give in to circumstances, no matter how grave the situation might be. Viktor also lays out the importance of choice and choosing how to perceive ones current life experience. It is your choice whether you give in to death. It is your choice to decide to die.

Do not doubt the human spirit. Do not fear death. Fear is the little death that brings total annihilation.

Relentless hope and a little luck

More people died in Auschwitz than the British and American losses of WW2 combined. There was a good chance if you went in, you weren’t coming out. The survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp all had one thing in common. Relentless hope and a little luck. In any survival situation, if you believe it’s over it is. However, if you believe you will see it through then your odds of survival are maximized.

The horrific tragedies of war reveal the spirit of the human being. The spirit that cannot be silenced. The spirit that always survives.

Thanks for reading.

 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/26/tales-from-auschwitz-survivor-stories

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/11/i-escaped-from-auschwitz

 

 

 

 

Use Your Spidey Senses To Blow Through Any SHTF Situation

By nature, a fully blown SHTF situation involves a certain degree of chaos. Loss of power, terrorist attacks, rioting, explosions, and other situations create an environment of danger and places everybody on edge. If there was ever a time to make a good decision, this is that time. But the science is out and the studies prove time and time again – a stressed mind is a recipe for miscalculated and erroneous decisions.

There’s the old saying – come to your senses. When chaos strikes its easy to transform into a chicken with your head cut off. This is a good way to get yourself killed. A fully blown SHTF situation requires a calm mind. Only from a space of calm and calculated reason can you blow through the madness and ultimately survive. In this post I’m going to teach you to tap in to your spidey senses. In other words, I’m going to teach you how to keep your cool and properly assess any situation.

Getting back to reality

Your ability to stay calm under pressure must be cultivated. Many folks who say they can handle the pressure have never been tested. In the first world we live a nice cushy life. Despite what you see on the news, when was the last time you personally witnessed an explosion? When was the last time you personally experienced violence? The fact is, humans have never lived in a safer environment than today yet everyday we are told otherwise by news and T.V.

This kind of stress is mental. It’s not real. It’s a fabricated form of stress with little bearing on the real world. If you want to cultivate your spidey senses, or to use another phrase, your situational awareness, the first order of business is to cultivate a real sense of the world. This means no more watching the news. The fabricated fantasy world of non stop violence should have no place in your mental register.

By cutting the cord to toxic media you begin to lower the adrenal response and reduce cortisol levels. Humans are hardwired to produce cortisol when exposed to violent images. The news is a giant cortisol machine with the sole purpose of instilling fear into the hearts and minds of the citizens. They use this fear to keep you locked in to a state of complacency, and to push political agendas that threaten your freedoms.

By constantly watching the news you slowly erode your ability to perceive real dangers. The lines of what is real and what is fantasy become blurred. Much like a drunk who cannot see beyond his drunken stupor, the man who watches too much T.V. cannot see beyond fantasy. Cut the cord to regain your bearing on reality.

Controlling your stress response

In a fully blown SHTF situation your survival is largely hinged on how calm you are. Since there is little training on the subject of SHTF survival, you must do what you can to train yourself. Look at situations in your life where you become stressed. We all have something. An ex wife, kids who don’t listen, a boss we don’t see eye to eye with, whatever the case, learn to control your stress response when exposed to these triggering situations.

You can learn a lot about keeping your cool by actively staying cool in situations that get you heated. Remember, the same stress related chemicals responsible for day to day stress are the same chemicals released in a fully blown SHTF situation. Take a deep breath. By training yourself in this way you strengthen your ability to stay calm under stress.

Situational awareness

Situational awareness is a crucial skill to possess in a fully blown SHTF situation. A person with strong situational awareness can sense problems before they manifest themselves. They can sense the energy of others and have the capacity to see all the moving parts of a given scenario. Situational awareness begins by simply becoming conscious of your surroundings wherever you go.

Let’s say you are at the supermarket. You are fully aware of who’s behind you, who’s in front of you, and what the overall “energy” of the space is. Is the guy behind you looking a little on edge? Is the cashier having a good day or a bad day? What are people purchasing?

Situational awareness doesn’t mean you selectively scan for threats. For better or worse, it’s about observing what is actually going on and developing an accurate sense of what’s happening in a given environment. Developing situational awareness does not mean you walk around in a paranoid stupor. Objectively assess your surroundings with a discerning eye so you are ready for anything.

Tapping in to the 5 senses

Your access to the external world is made available through your 5 senses. Without your senses there is no way for you to know what is going on or how you should respond to your environment. The thing is, many of us never use all 5 senses. Most of us lean heavily towards one sense and most of the time are not aware of the other senses. Ask yourself; do you primarily use your sight? Your auditory system? Your kinesthetic (touch) system?

I have a friend who is always asking, did you hear that? We never do! He leans dominantly towards his auditory system and hears things nobody else does, not because we can’t hear, but because we aren’t paying attention to that particular sense like he is. We naturally lean towards one sense and dominantly use that sense to perceive the world.

How do you know what sense you or a person primarily uses? Pay attention to the words they use. If they use phrases like “just hear me out” you can be sure they are auditorial. If they say things like “If you could see things my way” you know they’re visual. I’m sure you’ve also heard people say “let’s get in touch soon.” This person is surely tapping into their kinesthetic (touch) system. Language is a dead giveaway. Focus on the words you use to discover your primary system.

Now, what if you could tap into all 5 senses at once? You can see how powerful this would be in a fully blown SHTF situation. You would have a complete understanding of the situation. With this total understanding you will make an informed decision to get you and your family to safety.

How do you practice tapping into your senses? You can do this right now. Close your eyes and pay close attention to what you can hear. Forget about everything else. Can you hear the wind? Can you hear the fan of your computer? What can you hear in the distance? What does this information tell you about the environment?

Do the same with the other senses, making sure to focus all your attention on that one sense. Like a muscle, you will develop the sense to the point where you can almost smell a fully blown SHTF situation going down!

The next step is integrating the senses and using them all at once. This is an advanced topic well beyond the scope of this post.

Final thoughts + resources

It will take willpower to exercise your different senses on a daily basis. But with time it will become second nature and you will be fully prepared to handle anything thrown your way. Developing your senses and staying calm is something nobody ever talks about in the survival community, but I feel it’s one of the most important aspects.

The following resources and books dive deep into the subject of staying calm and honing your senses:

Deep Survival

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This book is written by a jet fighter pilot (high stress profession) who became fascinated with the mindset of survival. He delivers hard hitting facts and thoroughly explains the science and psychology of survival. With numerous examples and case studies, he illustrates why staying calm is the single most important characteristic found in those who survive versus those who don’t.

Power of Now

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This book is about going deep into the present moment and seeing reality beyond fear and anxiety. Only in a state of complete presence can you take appropriate action. If your mind is filled with fearful thoughts every action you take will lack power and direction. This book has helped millions overcome fear and anxiety, a true powerhouse of a read.

Wilderness Survival

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Wilderness Survival is written by a USAF survival and escape specialist. This book is notable because the author stresses the importance of staying calm. He outlines a few powerful psychological techniques to stay calm and assess the situation properly. The book is also extremely practical for any kind of wilderness survival situation.

If you an make it through these books and put the material into action, you will give yourself an edge in any fully blown SHTF scenario. Good luck out there and keep those spidey senses tingling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survive A Snake Bite Like A Boss

You’re out in the Australian deep bush with your mates when suddenly you feel a pair of fangs sink deep into the meat of your calf. You look down to see a brown snake slither away into the grass. You go into shock knowing you just got bit by one of the worlds deadliest, most venomous snakes. Heart rate and pulse increase significantly as your mates attempt to calm you down.

At this point, what’s the best course of action? First, it’s first necessary to understand one thing about snake bites, especially from the truly venomous types: The only solution is anti-venom. Now repeat again: The only solution is anti-venom. Contrary to what you’ve seen in movies, you cannot suck the venom from the bite or otherwise bleed out the venom. If you do not get treated within an appropriate time you’ll be dead by sundown and your mates will have the unfortunate job of burying you.

With that little factoid out of the way, here are a few practical tips to implement right away while you get to a place that has anti-venom.

The eastern brown snake - one of the most deadliest snakes in the world commonly found in populated regions of Australie...yikes!
The eastern brown snake – one of the most deadliest snakes in the world commonly found in populated regions of Australia…yikes!

 

1.) Stay calm

A large number of deaths are not from the bite itself, but from a panic induced heart attack. The shock of the snake bite along with the morbid thought of dying is enough to give you a heart attack, especially if you’re older. Stay cool my friend. Remember, it’s just another day in the bush and you’re going to make it out alive. The bite could have been dry – meaning the snake did not inject any venom at all. Even if it’s not a dry bite you spread the venom faster by panicking.

2.) Walk to a safe place to rest

Move away from the snake and into a safe spot. Removing yourself from the immediate area prevents secondary bites and puts you in a safe position to treat the bite. Venom from vipers create a vasodillating effect, opening up your blood vessels which increases the flow of circulation and spreads the venom through your body at a much faster rate (ain’t mother nature a bitch sometimes?) You will experience dizziness as a side effect of this response. This is why you must walk not run. Running intensifies this process and you could pass out and crack your head straight on a rock. Remember, the idea is to maximize your chances of survival.

3.) Remove any constrictive clothing or jewelry

Any rings, wristbands, watches or other constrictive articles should be removed immediately. Your limb will undoubtedly swell up from the bite and these things will be impossible to remove once it does. These items will also create a tourniquet effect and concentrate the venom in one spot, increasing the chance of losing the limb. Your blood should be allowed to freely circulate. That’s right, let the venom take you over. Be the venom. Become the venom.

4.) Immobilize and apply pressure

The effected limb should be immobilized and wrapped to prevent the lymphatic spread of the venom. This is especially crucial for the more venomous snakes whos venom can drop you within minutes. The bandage should not be so tight as to cut off circulation. The idea here is to slow the spreading long enough to reach help. Do not wash the bite!! The bite will be used by medical personnel to determine the type of snake bite and to administer the appropriate antivenom. If you fall into a high risk chance of survival a tourniquet can be applied but only as a measure of last resort. In fact, no first aid is better than bad first aid in the case of a snake bite.

5.) Plan a swift evacuation

At this point you should be in a calm head space to come up with a calculated plan of evacuation. Do you have a cell phone? Do you have service? Where was the last place you had service? Staying calm will allow you to make a call and communicate accurate directions to search and rescue personnel about your location. If you can’t reach anyone via cell phone the best thing to do is walk back out the way you came, no matter the distance. Don’t remain motionless because you don’t want the venom to spread. It’s going to spread regardless and walking out could be your only hope of survival. Perhaps you will see someone who can offer you assistance or maybe you reach a road where you can flag down help. Remember, getting to a place with anti-venom is your number one priority.

A few comforting (and not so comforting) facts

Eastern Diamondback - Most venomous snake in North America
Eastern Diamondback – Most venomous snake in North America

 

If you’re in North America the chances of you actually dying from a snake bite are very slim. In fact, you’re more likely to die from a lightning strike. In the United States, fewer than 1 in 37,500 people per year are bitten by venomous snakes and only 1 in 50 million people will die as a result. These stats are largely due to a robust medical system and access to high quality medicine. The snakes found in North American regions are also much less venomous than the snakes found in the Australian outback or Eastern Asia. Our most venomous snake, the Eastern Diamondback, doesn’t even make it on a top 10 most venomous snakes list. A strong healthy male could probably shake off a bite from a copperhead even without antivenom. You primarily run into problems in remote rural locations that don’t have access to antivenom.

Your survival entirely depends on where you are, the snake that bit you, how much venom was injected, and how healthy you are. Snakes do not always empty their entire load. Sometimes they prematurely inject their venom resulting in a dry bite. If you’re a strong healthy male and you just got bit by a copperhead, you’ll probably survive – even without antivenom. However, if you just got bit by an Australian brown snake 50 miles from civilization, you better start dictating your will to your mates.

Like I said, your number one priority is getting to a place with antivenom. If that isn’t possible, it’s time to accept the cold embrace of death and die like a man.

Prevention

Most bites occur in 18 – 25 year olds who started messing with the snake. They thought everything was fun and games until the snake went on a fully blown strike attack. When the central nervous system shuts down and the body begins to convulse, that’s when you understand the realities of this world. Don’t mess with the snakes and the snakes won’t mess with you. Respect mother nature and she might be kind. Disrespect her and watch your world go dark.

A snake wants nothing to do with you and would much rather reserve its precious and limited venom for a tasty meal. However, if it feels you are a threat it won’t have any problems sinking some fangs straight into your leg. You don’t want to be on the business end of that!

Final thoughts

If you or a loved one has gotten bitten by a snake, follow the procedures outlined above and get to a medical facility with antivenom straight away. If you’re too far out, if you can’t reach help in time, you will have to make peace with your death. If its someone you love, cradle them softly. Stroke their face and tell them about how beautiful life is. Remind them how much you love them until you see the last bits of life drain from their face. Honor the snake for the power it commands over the natural world and always respect nature.

8 Violently Toxic Plants That Will Kill You (or your enemy)

I’ve always wondered how our ancestors discovered which plants they could eat and what ones they should avoid. I can’t help but imagine the gruesome and unexpected deaths suffered by those who had to endure the deadly process of testing food sources. Humans now have a complete understanding of plants and we can avoid the bad ones and use the good ones, that is, if you understand which plants are safe and what ones aren’t.

Below I have compiled a list of the 8 deadliest plants found primarily in North American regions. Upon doing my research I was surprised to discover just how deadly these plants are. Many of these plants will outright kill you if ingested (thanks mother nature.) Tread carefully and under no circumstances eat any of the following plants:

Water Hemlock (Cicuta)

Water Hemlock is one of the deadliest plants in North America. Hemlock grows on the edges of fields and near damp areas. The plant is well known to kill within 15 minutes of ingestion but can take up to days before it does the job completely. Symptoms include seizures and respiratory complications. The plant grows up to 8 feet in height. Cows often unknowingly dig up and eat the roots, the most poisonous part of the plant. Socrates was famously executed with a tincture made from Hemlock. Steer clear of this one my friend!

Castor Beans (Ricinus)

Who knew one of the most deadly substances on earth was a bean? Castor beans come from the Castor plant originating from East Africa but currently grows in warm climates like the southwestern United States. Despite being extremely deadly, The Castor Bean plant is commonly found in homes as part of ornamental arrangements. Beauty kills. Castor Beans contain a compound called Ricin. Ricin is deadly in dosages of 22 micrograms if injected or inhaled, or in doses of 20mg (roughly 8 beans) if consumed. Once the Ricin is in your system your cells absorb the poison and quickly die. You will die a slow death and won’t even feel the poison for 1 – 3 days. The KGB are famously known for usng Ricin to take out enemies. In pop culture, Ricin was used by the notorious character Walter Whitman in the hit show Breaking Bad to poison a competing drug dealer. Ricin is a popular choice for assassins because of the slow onset of death, making a clean getaway possible.

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna)

Deadly Nightshade is one of the most well known toxic plants. If you haven’t heard of it perhaps you’ve heard one of the many aliases given to this deadly plant: belladonna, devil’s berries, naughty man’s cherries, death cherries, beautiful death, and devil’s herb. The entire plant is toxic. Everything from the roots, to the leaves, to the berries, and even the purple flowers can kill you if eaten in large enough doses. Historically, women made oil tinctures from the plant to enlarge their pupils, creating a seductive effect. Beware of the lady in purple!

Manchineel (Hippomane Mancinella)

The Macnhineel is a toxic tree native to the Florida everglades. Even standing close to the tree can have devastating effects. Standing beneath the tree during a rain can cause your skin to blister. Eating the fruit will close your throat up and choke you to death. Smoke from a burning Manchineel can cause blindness. The sap of the tree contains strong and toxic skin irritants which create unbearable allergic reactions. Indigenous people of the Caribbean would not only dip their arrows in the sap, but tie their captives directly to the tree as to endure a slow and painful death.

Oleander (Nerium Oleander)

The most common decorative plant yet the most toxic…oh the irony! Go to any park or school in North America and you will see this plant proudly displayed on the edges of the property. The entire plant contains two toxic chemicals – Oleandrin and Neandrin. These chemicals can cause cardiac arrest and have significant effects on the nervous systems. If poisoned by Oleander, induce vomiting immediately and seek medical attention.

White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)

This is a perennial plant very similar to Hemlock and commonly found in the woodlands of Minnesota. This plant induces a sickness called tremetol, also known as milk sickness. Thousands of people have died from this plant, mainly during the 1800’s where local populations would eat or drink dairy products from a cow who had eaten the plant. The cow absorbs the poison and the poison seeps into the milk. This is why pasture management has become so important in the modern world. The leaves however can be used medicinally to calm nerves. Traditionally the dried leaves are burned to produce a smoke which is calming to the nervous system.

Devils Trumpet (Datura stramonium)

This plant also goes by a number of names: hell’s bells, devil’s weed, tolguacha, Jamestown weed, stinkweed, locoweed, pricklyburr, devil’s cucumber, devils snare, and Jimson weed. The first settlers of Jamestown mistakenly cooked up a batch of this stuff thinking it would make for a tasty vegetable. They proceeded to have vivid hallucinations for 11 days. This hallucinogenic account is documented by Robert Beverly in his book The History and Present State of Virginia:

“In this frantic condition they were confined, lest they should, in their folly, destroy themselves – though it was observed that all their actions were full of innocence and good nature. Indeed they were not very cleanly; for they would have wallowed in their own excrements, if they had not been prevented. A thousand such simple tricks they played, and after 11 days returned themselves again, not remembering anything that had passed.”

In other words, the soldiers were completely delirious for 11 days and then had no idea anything happened afterwards! In Ayurvedic medicine the leaves of the Datura plant are smoked to treat asthma. The entire plant however is extremely toxic and can be fatal. Near fatal doses of the active compounds produce a delirium like state which can last anywhere from 24 hours to 2 weeks.

Canadian Moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Moonseed is a poisonous plant native to North America and produces poison berries which are easily mistaken for grapes. The poisonous compound is a chemical called alkaloid dauricine. The seeds inside the berries are shaped like a crescent moon, hence the name. One should always visually inspect the seeds of any wild grapes to make sure you are not making the grave mistake of eating the fruits of the deadly Moonseed!

Learning more about plants

Knowing your plants is crucial to surviving in the wild. Plants hold the key to many cures and illnesses, as well as containing the power to kill you as seen here. Eat the wrong plant and you can die. Use the right plant in the right way and you might save your life, or the life of another. If plants interest you I highly recommend you check out The Complete Medicinal Herbal. This book covers absolutely everything you need to know about healing with plants. This will be important knowledge in a post societal collapse world.

 

 

 

Top 15 Best Prepper Foods

What happens when the food trucks stop running? What happens when the government cuts the food stamps program? If you live in the city it’s going to be absolute chaos as desperate humans transform into complete animals. Within hours the major grocery stores will be looted and Walmarts everywhere will burn to the ground. WARZONE.

Country folks don’t have it too much better. The animals of the urban environment will strip their city of resources and then come into the country looking for more stores to loot. When the food runs out, you better have a stockpile of goodies locked, cocked, and ready to rock.

Here are some of the best prepper foods you can buy.

1.) Grains

Grains store very well for up to 12 years. When figuring out the best prepper foods to buy, you always want to gauge the shelf life of the foods you are buying. Grains are dense with nutrition, have a long shelf life, and form the staple for many other foods.

  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Wheat

2.) Canned Foods

Canned foods are sealed from oxygen and have very long shelf lives. All kinds of foods can be canned. You can even do your own canning with a little practice or simply purchase them from the store.

  • Tuna
  • Beans
  • Soups
  • Chili
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Vegetables

3.) Flour

Works just as good!

 

Flour is a key ingredient for making bread and other foods.

  • Wheat flour
  • White flour
  • All purpose flour
  • Bisquick (for those who want a ready made mix)

4.) Rice

Everything the body needs
Everything the body needs

 

Rice is another staple in the preppers food cabinet. Beans and rice form a complete protein and make for a highly nutritious meal. Rice can be stored for up to 10 years.

5.) Coconut Oil

Most cooking oils have a shelf life of roughly 2 years. Coconut oil stores for about 3. Nothing lasts forever as they say so make sure to rotate your prepper food stock every couple years. Keep an up to date list of foods with the date of purchase so you know when it’s time to rotate. If something is about to go bad you can pull it off the shelf early and use it so you do not waste.

6.) Peanut Butter

Another classic staple and great for the kids. Due to the oils, peanut better can be stored unopened for a year. It’s dense with fat and provides the body with a lot of calories. In the post apocalypse, you’ll need all the energy you can get to go out and hunt and do what it takes to survive.

7.) Coffee

Whoever said coffee wasn’t a food! Coffee for many of us is an everyday ritual. Why should we give this up just because the world is crawling with man eating zombies? Coffee, depending on the type, can be stored anywhere from a few months to indefinitely. FYI, Coffee lasts much longer when it’s frozen. Ground coffee lasts 3 – 5 months in the pantry or 1 – 2 years when sealed in a freezer. Whole bean coffee lasts 6 – 9 months in the pantry and 2 – 3 years in the freezer. Instant coffee lasts indefinitely.

 

8.) Ramen Noodles

The classic college dorm room staple makes a guest appearance in the preppers pantry. Ramen is not particularly nutritious but when combined with rice or beans, makes for a tasty meal. The ramen noodles undergo a dehydration process which allows them to be stored indefinitely. Stored in a cool, dry place, ramen noodles will outlast you and your family. One of the cheapest prepper foods out there

9.) Seasonings

The post apocalypse does not have to be a tasteless experience. Generally, whole spices can last up to 5 years while ground spices will make it about 2 or 3.

10.) Powdered milk

Powdered milk can store up to 20 years. It’s almost just as nutritious as normal milk too. Powdered milk does contain oxidized cholesterol due to how it’s processed. You can bypass this harmful form of cholesterol by purchasing non-fat powdered milk. The non-fat powdered milk contains very little cholesterol to begin with so it doesn’t oxidate nearly as much.

11.) Whey Powder

Powdered forms of protein supply the body with easily consumable energy. Whey powder can be mixed with your powdered milk for a quick meal on the go or tasty protein shake. You can get creative and add other ingredients like peanut butter for a calorically dense meal.

12.) Honey

Honey has an indefinite shelf life and can sweeten even the blandest meals. By itself, honey provides raw energy in the form of glucose and sugar. This energy can blast you through a hard days work on the land or through a long day of hunting – not to mention making that oatmeal go down just a little easier!

13.) Vodka

Let the post apocalypse celebration begin!

 

Vodka is included as a best preppers food because it can be used to cook and grill. Of course, vodka can also be drank or bartered with neighbors for items you need. When TSHTF alcohol will be one of those items in very high demand.

14.) Crackers

Crackers are good up to a year. They go great with soups, ramen and many other hot dishes. They can provide a sense of normalcy and variety in a world that has gone down the toilet. Pick up as many boxes as you need for your family.

15.) Chocolates

Last but not least, the chocolate! When things go fully blown and the world crumbles before the eyes of you and your family, you want things to lighten the day. You want sweet things to remind you of the old world, the world you used to know. Chocolate does the trick. Make a communal experience out of eating. Make sweets something the whole family eats together. Eat chocolate and laugh about the old days. Eat chocolate and plan a bright and tasty future.