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How to Be a Prepper (and Live Happily Ever After):
(March 28, 2015) Being a prepper is not just about hoarding food and prepping gear.
Prepping is about combining your
skills, hobbies and interests to survive whatever
comes your way. Prepare to live happily ever after with us. Enjoy our prepping articles!

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  • 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.

  • Copper is an incredibly overlooked prep! Not only does copper have a
    monetary value for preppers in bartering, and practical use for preppers in
    forging tools, but copper also has an array of healthful benefits! Learn the many
    interesting uses of copper for preppers and how to use copper prepping.

  • Happy Prepping with these money-saving ideas:

  • Every day carry: Altoids survival tins: How to Make a Mini Survival Tin. Make
    several for friends and family, for your vehicles, and for your bugout bag. It's a
    satisfying do-it-yourself prepper project to customize your kit with our survival
    tin list.

  • 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).

  • HAPPY idea of the Month: Fill a bean bag with edible beans! No worries, the
    mylar is at the bottom, the stuff on the top is what you'll use to barter. Learn
    more secret compartments.

  • 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.

  • 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 preparedness.

  • Prepper's are insanely smart:

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  • Panic shopping for groceries? If you're new to prepping, then you'll appreciate
    our popular list of the 37 Foods To Hoard. (Ours is a free guide, so don't pay for
    this valuable information.)

  • Foods can boost morale. When levels of stress are high, having the right kinds
    of foods can help you survive. Here are 10 Morale boosting snacks

  • Oxygen absorbers (what are they, why does a prepper need them, and what
    is a dessicant):

  • 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.

  • How to have a Mexican Fiesta during an apocalypse: 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!

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  • 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.

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. Bic lighter.
  8. 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.
  9. Bleach 10 Things you should know about bleach before you buy too much.
  10. Bugout bag
  11. Bugout bike
  12. Boots (hiking, work boots). Stash an extra pair of good walking shoes in your
    car and another at the office.
  13. Borax
  14. Bucket Openers. You'll need a way to open your food storage.
  15. Buckets of Emergency Food. Bulk Emergency food (three months minimum)
  16. Bullion – silver and gold (for long term scenarios)
  17. Cable ties
  18. 'Camp stove, The Volcano collapsible grill and stove, pictured right, takes three
    kinds of fuel: 1.) propane, 2.) charcoal 3.) Wood.
  19. Camp solar shower.
  20. Cash in small bills will be immediately useful; however, not in the long term
  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. Pictured left, is a chemical suit strong enough to handle Ebola!
  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 wax, braces kit, Chlorahexamine
  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. Tarps (green or camouflaged, not blue)
  92. Tent, car camper recreational vehicle, temporary shelter or bugout location
  93. Toilet paper
  94. Thermometer, no touch (infrared) or disposable, digital and analog
  95. Vaseline
  96. Vinegar
  97. Vehicle essentials – jumper cables, fluids, tire repair kit, tire chains, tow straps
  98. WD-40  –  a good all-around lubricant
  99. Wood, seasoned.
  100. Water filtration system and water purification system (there is a difference).
  101. 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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Grow your own Medicinal Herbs:
What will you discover in Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs book, a beginners
guide? Bring herbs into your life! Learn to make an aloe lotion soothes poison ivy,
dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for
stress relief. Pair this guidebook with the Medicinal Herb Garden in a can, also pictured
left. Soon you will enjoy.

  • Cayenne, the most widely regarded as a circulatory stimulant said to
    strengthen the heart and blood vessels while promoting increased vitality.
  • Borage, effective against weak or diminished adrenal function, inflammation,
    sore and inflamed eyes, colds, bronchitis, congestion, and fever.
  • Pleurisy root, used by Native Americans, has been used in the treatment of
    diarrhea, dysentery, chronic rheumatism, and as an expectorant
  • Nettle treats asthma as well as cold and allergy relief when steeped as a tea.
  • Skullcap treats insomnia and is a headache remedy.
  • Culver's root treats liver and gallbladder disorders.
  • Hyssop leaves have been brewed into a tea to soothing properties for colds,
    flus, sore throat, bruises and burns!
  • Lemon balm is a known folk remedy used as an anti-viral agent.
  • Lavender has a multitude of uses for preppers.

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