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  • Winterizing your car. Build a car survival kit! Mind you, this is not your typical
    list of gear or car essentials to pack in case your car breaks down. This article
    is about winterizing your car for survival and more.

  • Got water? Make sure your family has enough water to survive a pandemic or
    other disaster where water may be in short supply. A family of four needs 270
    gallons for a three-month supply, according to Utah State University. We have
    a unique water storage tank that will fill 260 gallons. (The other ten gallons
    are up to you.)

    Seven habits of highly effective preppers? Surely this has the makings of a
    proper prepper's book. If Steven Covey is a prepper, he might eventually write
    such a book, but until then we have 10 habits to share, not just seven.

    You're not crazy for being a prepper. Your ancestors were experts in
    preparedness and survival and this is why you are here today. Need more
    reason? We've prepared a list of 25 reasons to keep on prepping!

    While others may charge for vital information on the 37 critical foods to hoard,
    HappyPreppers.com has been giving away this knowledge for free.
    Got milk? There are 12 reasons preppers hoard powdered milk.


    You won't believe what's on our survival list that you overlooked!

  • 99 Ways to Spend a Buck Prepping the Dollar Stores. The buck stops here at
    happypreppers.com with the original article for preppers on the top prepping
    supplies to get at the dollar stores. Other prepper Web sites have tried to
    steal it, unsuccessfully*. Print our list and head to the dollar stores.
    *Please feel free to link to this article, but just don't pass it off as your own.

  • How to prepare for an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
    "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which
    hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology," so says Carl
    Sagan. It's true, our humans depend on the grid. Certainly Solar Flares and
    EMP are on preppers minds in addition to the Ebola matters. Recently NBC
    reports X-Class Solar Flare Cause Radio Blackouts.


  • How to Do Off-Grid Laundry  
    Are you ready to do laundry the way your Great Grandmother did it back in the
    day? Discover off-grid laundry techniques, including doing laundry the Amish
    way. It doesn't have to be expensive. If you have a 5-gallon bucket, you're half-
    way towards getting your own off-grid laundry system set up, thanks to the Do-
    it-yourself (DIY) Manual Washing Machine, pictured immediate left!

    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.

    Settle in with a good Prepper fiction book this Winter, or hone your survival
    skills with expert tips from Bear Grylls, Mykel Hawke or Creek Stewart.

    Get busy chopping wood, decluttering closets, learning new recipes and skills.
    Our popular list will keep you busy prepping.

  • Get into Essential Oils! Essential oils have been used by mankind for
    thousands of years to help enhance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual
    health; and now science is unraveling the health benefits. These precious
    liquids and powerful compounds work to affect the body and mind.
    Frankincense and Myrhh were gifts to the Christ child. Isn't it time you
    discovered Essential Oils and the best guide to Essential Oils, pictured right.

  • Gift from the Three Wise Men: (Frankincense and Myrrh). Preppers will find
    a fascination with the biblical references to Frankincense and Myrrh.

  • Frankincense: The botanical name for Frankincense is "Boswellia serrata." It
    has a rich woody, earthy scent with a deeply mysterious nuance dating to
    biblical times. According to Matthew 2:1-12, wise men came from the East to
    visit Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense (an aromatic gum resin used in
    incense and perfumes), and myrrh (another aromatic plant resin). Frankincense
    is indeed mysterious. It's not only an excellent mosquito, flee, tick and fly
    repellent, but it is an antiseptic, astringent, carminative (to prevent formation
    of gas in the gastrointestinal tract), diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. It
    has a grounding aroma that's often used in meditation. Frankincense may help
    rejuvenate aging skin, and is effective with bacterial and fungal infections as
    well Frankincense is a luxury, but doesn't have to be expensive. Left, is the
    affordable Plant Guru Frankincense. Goodness from nature, check out
    Frankincense and other essential oils.

  • Myrrh: Also mentioned in the bible, Myrrh (botanical name  "Commiphora
    myrrha") has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic aroma. Oil of Myrrh comes from the
    resin of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora. This essential oil
    is an oleoresin or natural gum. Oddly, Myrrh is used in embalming, making it an
    unusual gift for the baby Jesus. That was the third gift to Jesus and often
    overlooked luxury.  Though Myrrh Essential Oil can be possibly toxic in high
    concentrations and it was used as an embalming oil, Myrrh is an antimicrobial,
    antifungal, astringent. Perhaps the embalming qualities would make it good for
    burial of Ebola victims.

  • Thieves Oil and Ebola: They say Ebola isn't airborne, but why not dab a little
    Thieves Oil during this whole Ebola thing for extra measure? Thieves Oil by
    Young Living Essential Oils, pictured immediate left was tested at Weber State
    University, Ogden, Utah, and found to be effective against airborne bacteria!
    During the 15th-century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and
    other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.


  • Grab your Thieves Oil for Enterovirus, too! Enterovirus EV-D68, the other
    pandemic, is spreading with thousands of kids nationwide. What are the
    symptoms of EV-D68? Primarily Enterovirus is a respiratory illness, accompanied
    by fever, skin rash, mouth blisters, body and muscle aches. Its' time to get out
    your Thieves oil, elderberry, Calcium pills and other super immunity boosters.

  • One stove that takes three fuels? Yes. The Volcano 3 Collapsible Cookstove,
    pictured both left and right, will help you grill, wok, bake, roast or use a dutch
    oven and it take three fuels! Propane, charcoal and wood.  Never be without a
    source of heat for cooking. Whether you camp regularly, need a portable grill
    for tailgating, or need an off-grid solution for emergencies, the extremely
    versatile Volcano Collapsible grill and stove is the answer.

  • What's on your bucket list? There are dozens of projects you could be starting
    today if you have a 5-gallon food grade bucket. We have dozens of ideas to

  • Mouthwash saves lives?
    Certainly mouthwash helps prevent cavities and plaque buildup as it delivers
    its promise of freshening breath, but mouthwash has applications preppers
    also as an antibacterial (kills bacteria), antiseptic (kills bacteria, fungi, protozoa
    and viruses), and a disinfectant (destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi). This
    article highlights the 12 strange survival uses of mouthwash.

  • 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.

  • Emergency foods that boost morale! 10 Morale boosting snacks. A basic
    human need for sustenance and comfort, a prepper's pantry is filled with
    variety. When levels of stress are high, having the right kinds of foods can help
    at a subconscious level to improve morale and help you survive. Preppers can
    help plan for a sense of well being and normalcy in uncertain times by stocking
    variety.

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 beginning.
  5. Aspirin 11 Weird (and not so weird) uses of aspirin for preppers.
  6. Axe / hatchet and sharpener for wood chopping. Learn also about the
    importance of a Pulaski axe.
  7. 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.
  8. Bleach 10 Things you should know about bleach before you buy too much.
  9. Bugout bag
  10. Bugout bike
  11. Boots (hiking, work boots). Stash an extra pair of good walking shoes in your
    car and another at the office.
  12. Borax
  13. Bucket Openers. You'll need a way to open your food storage.
  14. Buckets of Emergency Food. Bulk Emergency food (three months minimum)
  15. Bullion – silver and gold (for long term scenarios)
  16. Cable ties
  17. Camp stove, The Volcano collapsible grill and stove, pictured right, takes three
    kinds of fuel: 1.) propane, 2.) charcoal 3.) Wood.
  18. Camp solar shower.
  19. Cash in small bills will be immediately useful; however, not in the long term
  20. Compass and maps
  21. Communications (cell phone, weather Radio, CB, HAM radio, two wave radio,
    walkie talkies)
  22. Candles (emergency candles) and candlemaking supplies
  23. Canned foodmeats, fruits, vegetables, soups, stews, stocks
  24. Can Openers – multiples for redundancy
  25. Carts – hauling food, water, wood, and equipment
  26. Chemical Suit. Pictured left, is a chemical suit strong enough to handle Ebola!
  27. 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!
  28. Cigarettes  – for tinder and bartering
  29. Cordage - paracord
  30. Dehydrator
  31. Duct tape
  32. Dental aid dental wax, braces kit, Chlorahexamine
  33. Dental Hygiene –  dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash (which
    is an antiseptic!)
  34. Disinfectants (chlorine bleach, Steramine tablets)
  35. Drink mixes, powdered milk, and other emergency drinks
  36. Electrolytes – Pedialyte, Saltstick Electrolyte Capsules
  37. Epsom Salt
  38. Flashlights – LED, hand crank, and solar
  39. Flu Mask. Get apandemic mask for the flu season. The curad mask, pictured
    immediate right, inactivates 99.99% of tested influenza viruses on 5 minutes
    contact with the surface of the face mask. Tested on specific seasonal flu
    viruses, Pandemic H1N1, Avian, Swine and Equine, the mask has a hydrophilic
    plastic coating that rapidly absorbs aerosol droplets away from the outer
    surface of the mask.
  40. Firearms (guns and ammunition)
  41. Fire extinguishers
  42. Firestarters – BIC lighter, matches (including waterproof matches), flint,
    firesteel, magnesium firestarter
  43. Freeze dried foods Augason Farms, Honevyille Farms, Mountain House,
    Legacy Foods,
  44. Fishing gear – fishing pole and reel, fishing line, lures, swivels, sinkers,
    tacklebox
  45. First Aid supplies – bandages, butterfly bandages, finger cots, finger splints,
    smelling salts, (see also Medic Bag)
  46. Fuel – kerosene, propane, white gas
  47. Gas Mask – Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) gas mask
  48. Gardening tools – rake, hoe, planters (see also shovel and spade)
  49. Generator
  50. Grains
  51. Grainmill
  52. Hammer and nails
  53. Home defense tools – barbed wire
  54. Homestead supplies – chicken wire (aka poultry netting) and garden staples,
  55. Hunting – alternate gear including, BB gun, crossbow, snarewire, slingshot,
    pellet gun
  56. Hygiene – cloth diapers, plastic diapers, sanitary napkins or tampons, adult
    diapers, wipes
  57. Hydrogen peroxide
  58. Immunity Boosters - Vitamins
  59. Knives (fixed blade knives)
  60. Knives (folding knives )
  61. Lanterns  – solar, gas, hand crank
  62. Laundryoff grid washing machine, centrifugal dryer, washboards, clothes
    pins and washing line
  63. Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment – chemical and splash resistant,
    disposable clothing, booties  pandemic mask, goggles, nitrile gloves, gauntlet
    gloves
  64. Protein bars, energy bars, cereal bars, granola bars
  65. Manual kitchen tools – butter churn, cheesecloth, cheesewax, manual egg
    beater,  manual knife sharpener, juice press, corn husker, heavy duty apple
    /potato peeler, pea sheller
  66. Mason jars
  67. Medic Bag and first responder supplies – scalpels, Quickclot
  68. Morale boosters – chewing gum, coffee, hard candy, desserts
  69. Pressure cooker – for home canning
  70. Rainbarrels
  71. Rice and beans
  72. Respirator – Niosh certified (e.g., N100 or N95)
  73. Salt
  74. Saw, plus saw horses, clamp
  75. Screwdriver and screws
  76. Seed vault (non-GMO, heirloom seeds)
  77. Soap laundry
  78. Solar chargers  – cell phone solar batteries
  79. Shoe repair –inserts, laces (or thin paracord), rubber heels savers and soles.
    Shoe Goo
  80. Shovel and spade
  81. Sewing Kit –  sewing notions (needles, thread, sewing awl), patterns, treadle-
    powered sewing machine
  82. Spices
  83. SuperGlue
  84. Survival Guide(we recommend Mykel Hawke’s Survival Guide)
  85. Tarps (green or camouflaged, not blue)
  86. Thermometers disposable, no-touch, digital and analog!
  87. Tent, car camper recreational vehicle, temporary shelter or bugout location
  88. Toilet paper
  89. Thermometer, no touch (infrared) or disposable.
  90. Vaseline
  91. Vinegar
  92. Vehicle essentials – jumper cables, fluids, tire repair kit, tire chains, tow straps
  93. WD-40  –  a good all-around lubricant
  94. Wood, seasoned.
  95. Water filtration system and water purification system (there is a difference).
  96. 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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