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Who are the happy preppers? We are happy bacon-loving preppers (and scout leaders)
who camp, fish, hunt, shoot, grow, can, and stock survival supplies for the day when the
grocery stores and banks are closed. We are the happiest preppers on the planet!

How to Be a Prepper and Live Happily Ever After:

(August 31, 2015) Being a prepper is not just about hoarding food and supplies.
Prepping is about combining your
skills, hobbies and interests to survive whatever
comes your way. Prepare to live happily ever after with us.

  • Hurricane season is here! Take a look at how prepper's weather the storm to
    survive a hurricane.

  • Kids heading back to school? Head lice is on the rise in 25 states with a new
    mutant army! If you're getting itchy just thinking of it, then it's time to have a
    look at how preppers deal with head lice.

  • Enhance your Everyday Carry! What's in your pocket? If you did a pocket
    dump of the average prepper, likely you'd find a knife and/or firearm, a
    firestarter, and a flashlight. Have you neglected one of the most important
    tools to carry with you daily? Read our Prepper's Everyday Carry List and
    compare with what's in your pocket.

  • Mylar Thermal Blankets - you've been using them all wrong! Newsflash, a
    mylar blanket is not supposed to warm you up! A mylar blanket can save your
    life, but only if you know how to use a mylar blanket properly. Spread the
    word to the prepping and survival community.

  • How to Survive the plague: Did you the United states gets 1-17 cases of the
    plague annually? Right now, preppers in Utah, Colorado, California and
    Arizona need to take particular note of the plague and how to survive.

    Everyone lives in an earthquake zone.

  • More reasons to stash chewing gum in your preps. Only four out of five
    dentists recommend gum for their patients who chew gum and we wondered
    why! Chewing gum can help you in a survival situation. If you read our original
    article back in 2012, you'd have noticed 7 great reasons to stockpile gum, but
    we've added more compelling reasons to stock gum for survival, bringing it to
    a total of ten reasons in this revised article.

    want to avoid the toxin that's poisoning tap water, bottled water and

  • Pretty Little Prepper Lies! Whether lies are secretive, boastful or come from
    the misinformed, preppers need to be aware and to take a measure of
    caution before accepting prepping ideas and misinformation. Don't succumb to
    the pretty little lies from other survivalists, FEMA, the U.S. Federal Drug
    Administration, or the Centers for Disease Control either.

  • Curl up with a good prepper book or get ready for some home cinema:

  • Four "Fix it" prepper supplies to stockpile:

Prepper's Pantry:

  • Food Storage: 37 Foods To Hoard. (Ours is a free guide, so don't pay for this
    valuable information.)

  • Got Vitamins? Did you know a healthy diet of potatoes supplemented only
    with milk or butter is all a human body needs to sustain proper nutrition? The
    combo provides two vitamins (vitamins A and D).

  • Mexican Fiesta  Food Storage: Plan ahead and your family can dine on tacos,
    tostadas, enchiladas, and other specialties with Yoder's canned taco filling,
    home made tortillas, canned beans, olives, corn and even sour cream!

  • Yoder-Lay-He-Who! Yoder's canned meats have a 10-year shelf life. Try
    canned sausage, canned hamburger, and canned beef taco filling too!

Survival Tools and Gadgets

  • Pantyhose for survival? It's good to know about these admitedly weird,
    wonderful and wacky survival tools.

Homesteading and Self Reliance

  • Home sweet homestead. 65+ ways of Homesteading with the farm! You don't
    have to quit your job and move to the country! Start living off the grid now
    and enjoy your urban homestead. Get started with this list of 50
    homesteading skills anyone can try.

  • Got antibiotics? Here are 19+ natural antibiotic alternatives. Take a closer
    look at the available natural antibiotics. Prescription antibiotics may not be
    available when you need them most, so you'll need alternatives. There are
    many natural, botanical antibiotic alternatives to find in the natural food
    stores or search easily online. Natural antibiotics can be your first line of
    defense (before going to the doctor for antibiotic drugs).  Natural antibiotics
    can help you with sinus infections and colds, sore throats, urinary tract
    infections and ordinary cuts and scrapes. You need only have the knowledge
    of the right natural antibiotics.

  • Growing Lemons: Are lemons part of your preps? Every prepper needs a
    lemon tree or a stock of crystallized lemon and juice in their preps.

First aid and Medical

  • Stash this surprising survival tool in your medicine cabinet: mouthwash!
    We uncovered 12 strange survival uses of mouthwash. Mouthwash contains
    alcohol and has many first aid applications and interesting uses in

Master List of Prepping Supplies  

  1. Alcohol  – Even if you don't drink, preppers should stock alcohol: rubbing
    alcohol for first aid and also spirits for bartering.
  2. Antibiotics You may not have access to antibiotics from the doctor, so
    consider the natural antibiotics available to you now.
  3. Antibacterials Good hygiene is the start of being happy and healthy. Go
    beyond antibacterial soap and find options.
  4. Antiseptics – Neosporin (or polysporin if you are allergic) are only the
  5. Ammunition.
  6. Aspirin 11 Weird (and not so weird) uses of aspirin for preppers.
  7. Axe / hatchet and sharpener for wood chopping. Learn also about the
    importance of a Pulaski axe.
  8. Bic lighter. Pictured right, a BIC is a favorite of many survivalists.
  9. BlanketsStock up on both mylar and wool blankets. Mylar is lightweight and
    helps you retain 90% of body heat (it's essential for you bugout bag). A fire-
    resistant wool blanket for first aid is a valuable prep to own and ideal for
    Winterizing your vehicle.
  10. Bleach 10 Things you should know about bleach before you buy too much.
    Consider Steramine tablets, right, as a bleach alternative.
  11. Bugout bag
  12. Bugout bike
  13. Boots (hiking, work boots). Stash an extra pair of good walking shoes in your
    car and another at the office.
  14. Borax
  15. Bucket Openers. You'll need a way to open your food storage.
  16. Buckets of Emergency Food. Bulk Emergency food (three months minimum)
  17. Bullion – silver and gold (for long term scenarios)
  18. Cable ties
  19. Camp stove
  20. Camp solar shower.
  21. Compass and maps
  22. Communications (cell phone, weather Radio, CB, HAM radio, two wave radio,
    walkie talkies)
  23. Candles (emergency candles) and candlemaking supplies
  24. Canned foodmeats, fruits, vegetables, soups, stews, stocks
  25. Can Openers – multiples for redundancy
  26. Carts – hauling food, water, wood, and equipment
  27. Chemical suit.
  28. Chewing gum. Chew on this: Gum could help save your life in a survival
    situation and we'll show you how, so don't over look this inexpensive part of
    your preps!
  29. Cigarettes  – for tinder and bartering
  30. Citrus - prevent scurvy malnutrition.
  31. Cordage - paracord
  32. Dehydrator
  33. Duct tape
  34. Dental aid dental medic kit, dental wax, braces kit
  35. Dental Hygiene –  dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash (which
    is an antiseptic!)
  36. Disinfectants (chlorine bleach, Steramine tablets)
  37. Drink mixes, powdered milk, and other emergency drinks
  38. Essential Oils. When medicines are not available, preppers will be turning to
    wisdom of the centuries with tinctures and essential oils.
  39. Electrolytes – Pedialyte, Saltstick Electrolyte Capsules
  40. Epsom Salt
  41. Flashlights – LED, hand crank, and solar
  42. Flu Mask
  43. Firearms (guns and ammunition)
  44. Fire extinguishers
  45. Fire starters – BIC lighter, matches (including waterproof matches), flint, fire
    steel, magnesium fire starter
  46. Freeze dried foods Augason Farms, Honeyville Farms, Mountain House,
    Legacy Foods, bucket of potatoes.
  47. Fishing gear – fishing pole and reel, fishing line, lures, swivels, sinkers, tackle
  48. First Aid supplies – bandages, butterfly bandages, finger cots, finger splints,
    smelling salts, (see also Medic Bag)
  49. Fuel – kerosene, propane, white gas
  50. Gas Mask – Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) gas mask
  51. Gardening tools – rake, hoe, planters (see also shovel and spade)
  52. Generator
  53. Grains
  54. Grain mill
  55. Hammer and nails
  56. Heirloom, non-GMO Survival Seeds.
  57. Home defense tools – barbed wire
  58. Homestead supplies – chicken wire (aka poultry netting) and garden staples,
  59. Hunting – alternate gear including, BB gun, crossbow, snare wire, slingshot,
    pellet gun
  60. Hygiene – cloth diapers, plastic diapers, sanitary napkins or tampons, adult
    diapers, wipes
  61. Hydrogen peroxide
  62. Immunity Boosters - Vitamins
  63. Knives (fixed blade knives)
  64. Knives (folding knives )
  65. Lanterns  – solar, gas, hand crank
  66. Laundryoff grid washing machine, centrifugal dryer, washboards, clothes
    pins and washing line
  67. Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment – chemical and splash resistant,
    disposable clothing, booties  pandemic mask, goggles, nitrile gloves, gauntlet
  68. Protein bars, energy bars, cereal bars, granola bars
  69. Manual kitchen tools – butter churn, cheesecloth, cheese wax, manual egg
    beater,  manual knife sharpener, juice press, corn husker, heavy duty apple
    /potato peeler, pea sheller.
  70. Mason jars
  71. Medic Bag and first responder supplies – scalpels, Quickclot
  72. Morale boosters – chewing gum, coffee, hard candy, desserts
  73. Powdered milk.
  74. Pressure cooker – for home canning
  75. Rain barrels
  76. Rice and beans
  77. Respirator – Niosh certified (e.g., N100 or N95)
  78. Salt
  79. Saw, plus saw horses, clamp
  80. Screwdriver and screws
  81. Seed vault (non-GMO, heirloom seeds)
  82. Sewing Kit –  sewing notions (needles, thread, sewing awl), patterns, treadle-
    powered sewing machine
  83. Soap laundry
  84. Solar chargers  – cell phone solar batteries
  85. Shoe repair –inserts, laces (or thin paracord), rubber heels savers and soles.
    Shoe Goo
  86. Shovel and spade
  87. Silver
  88. Spices
  89. SuperGlue
  90. Survival Guide(we recommend Mykel Hawke’s Survival Guide)
  91. Steramine tablets, pictured left
  92. Tarps (green or camouflaged, not blue)
  93. Tent, car camper recreational vehicle, temporary shelter or bugout location
  94. Toilet paper
  95. Thermometer, no touch (infrared) or disposable, digital and analog
  96. Vaseline
  97. Vinegar
  98. Vehicle essentials – jumper cables, fluids, tire repair kit, tire chains, tow straps
  99. WD-40  –  a good all-around lubricant
  100. Wood, seasoned.
  101. Water filtration system and water purification system (there is a difference).
  102. Water Storage. If you have kids, you'll want a 260-gallon water tank that will
    ensure a family of four has water for three months.

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