Survival Gear: Tiny Survival Gadget BEATS Much Larger Versions

Survival Stove Gear Review

With everyone worrying about disruptions in the food supply chain – as well as other problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – we've all been gearing up like crazy.

I've talked to people around the country who are focused on getting what they need to survive more than ever before.

(And no, the shortages aren't over – I was in the grocery store just yesterday and everybody was complaining that the paper towels were gone again.)

One thing that almost every survivalist and prepper has in common is that he or she has a bug-out bag… and that means needing a stove to cook your survival rations.

There's a good reason for that.

If you've ever been camping deep in the woods, or (especially) if you've ever been in the military, you already know how important a hot meal is.

Let me tell you… when you're stressed out, wet, tired, cold, and miserable, a hot meal can really soothe the soul and give you the mental break you need to push on.

But, here's the thing…

When it comes to a survival scenario – especially as the result of a nation-wide crisis like the pandemic, or even a grid-down blackout – you've heard me say that you need to look at your situation much like a “military mission”.

Your goal should be to lay low and stay hidden as much as possible so the “enemy” doesn't locate you and target your supplies.

Unfortunately, starting a fire is a dead giveaway of your location.

Some people pack a “backpacker's stove” that uses propane to heat up food and water.

As cool as these things are, they're pretty damn expensive (as much as $30-40) and when you consider the fuel canister you need to pack, it's pretty bulky and heavy.

As you know, I'm not a big fan of “bulky” or “heavy” when it comes to my survival gear.

That's why I pack a tiny “survival-stove” in my bugout bag instead.

Mine is an older version of the newest pocket stove from Survival Frog.

Survival Stove Gear Review
Survival Stove Gear Review

It's only about the size of your palm, but quickly folds open to allow you to set a pot on top of it, or cook your food directly over the long-burning “heat tabs” that fit inside.

And while it costs very little, it EASILY beats much more expensive, more elaborate “survival stoves.”

When it's time to eat, you simply pull the stove out of your side pouch… light the candle… and in no time, you'll have boiling water in your canteen cup.

Then all you need to do is drop in your survival food (like freeze-dried meals)… stir… and in just a few more minutes, you have a hot meal ready to give you a well-deserved break from your stress.

I can't tell you how much of a difference this can make in your peace of mind and decision-making.

You wouldn't think it does, but trust me… there's a big difference.

I've tried several different stoves over the years and I've always found “simple” to work the best (and it's also the cheapest option).

I highly recommend you pack one of these small “pocket stoves” into each bugout bag you have (yours and family members) as well as keeping one in each car with a meal packet just in case you break down in the middle of nowhere and need something to use for heat and cooking.

For a limited time, you can get a discount on these stoves from my favorite survival goods resource here…

Check it out and see how simple and efficient the latest version of this little gizmo is.

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Most People Don’t Know This 5 Step “Grid-Down” Food Response Plan

Survival Food Planning

A good friend of mine, Adam, was in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit with a vengeance.

The streets were shut down… the power was out… grocery stores were picked clean in a matter of a few hours… and everyday citizens were literally digging into trash dumpsters looking for food.

But being a “prepared” type of guy, he wasn't all that worried.

He had some extra water… he was safe and secure in his home… and he had a small stockpile of food to keep him fed while the city was recovering.

That was until his “friends” came over.

In no time they had devoured his supplies – in fact, all of his BEST supplies – and in just one day he was struggling to even keep himself fed after his buddies went through his stockpile like a pack of teenagers at a pizza parlor.

It taught him a valuable lesson about surviving, which we can ALL use in these days of “food shortage” talk.

Here is…

Your 5-Step “Grid Down” Disaster Food Response Plan:

Survival Food Planning

Ok, first let's assume that you're not stupid enough to run out to the local grocery store to try to wrestle some little old lady for the last box of oatmeal.

Grocery stores are where the panicked “unprepared” zombies will go because they didn't plan ahead.

Fist fights will break out and potentially even full-blown riots and looting.

You need to take your “survival food planning” seriously and if you don't have ALL 5 steps below covered, you can't wait on this, ok?

You may even want to print this email out and put it somewhere you can instantly whip it out when you need it.

Now, let's get started… *BOOM*… the power is out and you don't know for how long.

Here's what to do…

Step 1: First To Spoil = First To Go

Look at your produce and in your refrigerator to identify the most perishable foods you have right now.

Think about the “meal” you can make with just these foods that will also give you a good combination of protein (helps you feel “full”), carbohydrates (for energy) and fats (for long-term energy and also for feeling “full”).

Try to keep it “healthy”, but your primary goal right now is to consume the foods that will spoil first without refrigeration.

Be creative with things like mayonnaise or other high-fat items that are going to spoil very quickly but can help you mix something up that will give you a lot of calories from the fats that you can use for long-lasting energy and feeling “full”.

BTW… this includes your garden produce also, which would be on-going if you can continue to gather from it during a crisis and it's not destroyed by a disaster.

Step 2: Hit The Freezer

Your freezer food will last the longest of your perishable supplies in your refrigerator, so hit these after your fridge perishables.

Start with the smaller, non-processed packaged foods because they will defrost first.

Then move on to the larger foods like large cuts of meat.

If you know how to preserve foods (canning, salting, etc.), now is the time to do it as they begin to defrost in order to extend the lifespan of what you have.

Step 3: Mmmm… Preservatives!

Highly-processed and preservative-filled foods are horrible for your health – but hey… man can't live on tree bark alone, right?

These foods (like boxed macaroni and cheese, raman noodles, potato chips and other snacks, etc.) typically have the longest shelf-life.

Search your pantry to plan out your meals, using these foods first.

Step 4: Canned Goods And Staples

Canned goods and staples like dried pasta, rice, dried beans, etc are some of the easiest foods to store away and can last a very long time while providing a bulk of food.

But their NOT the “saviour” of your stockpile by any means.

Many of these foods can be ruined by moisture (like if it's hot and humid out and you have no air conditioning) or other outside elements that can take a long shelf-life and destroy it (more on this in a minute).

And make sure to look at expiration dates!

Even canned goods have a limited shelf life (unlike what most people think).

Ok, one more step…

Now, it may seem from this plan so far that you'd be squared away for several days and not have to worry, right?

Not so fast there Sparky…

There are any number of things that can go wrong that can throw your entire response plan out the window…

A disaster can destroy your entire stockile in one strike… the disaster can go longer than expected… your friends and extended family can strain your supplies… you can even be attacked by looters or just plain old ticked-off citizens who will do anything – including beg, borrow or STEAL – to feed their families.

Plus, you may be forced to evacuate your home to get to safety and in that case, you can't take those perishable foods with you and your pantry of canned goods and sacks of rice won't be practical.

That's why you need…

Step 5: Have A Long-Term “Mobile Stockpile”

This one requires you to plan right away, so take this seriously…

It's the #1 thing you can do to be ready for ANY crisis that gets thrown at you.

Everyone needs to have a stockpile of dehydrated or freeze-dried survival food (NOT military MRE's!)

I don't care if you call yourself a “prepper” or not.

Having a stockpile of “survival food” is a critical necessity these days. Period.

It's a “one-and-done” investment that I think every serious “protector” needs to take action on to sleep better at night.

I know I do.

Evaluate where you stand right now based on this action guide and don't wait around on filling in the gaps.

“Waiting” is for “victims”.

Survival Food/Survival Stores Advice: Eating Pets & Bugs? Ugh!

Venezuela Protests - Store Survival Food Now!

There's been a lot of talk about food shortages in the news recently.

Well, what a lot of people have forgotten is that talk of food running out hit the news at least a year ago… and then they were telling us we needed to start eating bugs!

Last year, there were a BUNCH of headlines where the “Powers That Are” are saying we'll need to eat everything from the family dog… to a handful of crickets… to each other to survive if the food supply runs out!

Fact is, we're ALREADY seeing parts of the world where human beings have been forced to eat Fluffy, Buttons, and even their local zoo animals so they don't starve to death!

There are, right now, places in the world that are in various stages of collapse – and not only is this a stern warning sign that hard times are ahead, but it also gives you a glimpse into how people, governments, and “security” will react in a crisis.

Take Venezuela for example…

Venezuela has been “failing” as a state for some time now.

They've continued to run out of money and responded by simply “printing more”.

Sound familiar?

Problem is, you can only print so much money until inflation skyrockets (this can happen almost in an instant) and the money in your pocket and bank account becomes worthless.

We've warned US citizens of this for some time now that in the near future, our national debt, endless money printing, and borrowing from other countries will eventually crush our economy – and when it does, we'll see the same things Venezuela has been seeing…

Your #1 Resource Will Dry Up

Venezuela Food Lines: Store Survival Food Now!
Venezuela Food Lines: Store Survival Food Now!

We're hard-coded as human beings to do ANYTHING we need to do in order to stay alive.

You know that means – at its very core – food, water, and personal security, right?

Well, most people don't realize that most cities and towns operate on a 3-day resupply cycle of food.

That means that during any disruption in our supply chain (from financial collapse, blackouts, disasters, etc.), it only takes 3 days to go from calm… to complete chaos.

Grocery store shelves will be cleared out in a matter of hours when people realize food is scarce.

Endless “food lines” will pile up at markets and distribution points handing out smaller and smaller portions.

In Venezuela, May marked the month where the entire nation has declared it is starving… and people are no longer in the “wait-and-see” mode of hoping for relief.

Food at supermarkets went from insanely expensive… to scarce… to gone.

(Sound familiar?)

Chants of “We are hungry!” echoed through the streets of Venezuela and in front of barren supermarkets.

People have resorted to hunting dogs, cats, pigeons, and anything they can capture in order to put food on their family's table.

Crime Becomes Inevitable

Venezuela Looting: Store Survival Food Now!

If your children were hungry and there were no resources to feed them, would you resort to stealing in order to keep them alive?

If you're like and caring, protective parent (or grandparent), the answer becomes easy when you see that society has transformed into “every man for himself”.

In Venezuela, looting of grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping malls, and food delivery trucks has become common as food supplies have dried up into a state of emergency.

And while looting grocery stores has been “accepted” by the citizens, stealing from individuals has turned violent.

In one case, a man who was caught robbing fellow citizens was the victim of “mob justice” when passers-by beat him and set him on fire before police could arrive.

Demonstrations And Looting Are Common

Venezuela Protests - Store Survival Food Now!
Venezuela Protests – Store Survival Food Now!

Dependent on the government, desperate Venezuelans have grown panicked and angry over not being able to buy food.

In demonstrations across the country, citizens overwhelmed military and police – sometimes as high as 250 people for each National Guard officer.

They jumped gates… stormed supermarkets… raided government food dispensaries and attacked police that got in their way.

Rumors spread around the entire state about where to find products that couldn't be found locally which caused massive migrations of “out of towners” to look for resources in nearby cities – further causing unrest and tensions.

Fellow citizens are turning on themselves and civil war looks inevitable as the government has failed its people and the mobs grow restless in waiting for a solution.

You must understand that during a collapse, there is no more “civilized society”… and the wolves will be circling the sheep, looking for victims.

As the “protector” of your family, you don't want to be the “wolf” OR the “sheep”… but rather the “sheepdog” that can effectively watch over those you love and who are counting on you.

Fortunately, the #1 thing you can do is
ALSO the absolute EASIEST to plan for.

The bottom line reality is that, if you don't have food to feed your family, you are guaranteed to suffer the same fate as the unprepared citizens of Venezuela.

But if you take care of this very simple survival factor now, then you'll NEVER have to worry about having to steal for your family… begging for handouts… being attacked at the grocery store… or forced to eat dogs and cats.

You can start out small with the survival food of your choice and build from there – but I can't stress enough that this is the very first thing you need to take care of to keep your family safe during a crisis or collapse.

(A lot of us have had to do this during the pandemic, with waiting lists for survival food months and months long.)

The scenes coming from Venezuela right now are very real… and should be a serious wake-up call to every American as the threat of our own financial collapse looms in the near future.

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(Story) Urban Survival And The Current Pandemic

Hurricane Sandy Survival Lessons

Back at the beginning of the year, I made some predictions about the need for more “practical prepping.”

Then 2020 turned around and kicked EVERYBODY'S behind with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, people have struggled with disruptions in the supply chain and in our infrastructure – some of them caused by panicked behavior, and some of them caused by deliberate shutdowns.

This drives the need for more basic “urban survival” preparations no matter WHAT the emergency – because if you're prepared for one of them, you're prepared for MANY of them.

For example, I still remember my friend, Adam's, story about when he was trapped in New York City during Hurricane Sandy – one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the U.S…

People in the city didn't think “it would happen to them”, but when the 115 mph winds and massive flooding hit, the storm was blamed for 233 deaths and power outages affected more than 8 million residents.

At the time, all travel was blocked out of the city and Adam was forced to stay at a downtown hotel with some friends.

Here's a picture he took (below) when he finally stepped out of the hotel to find residents sifting through dumpsters, looking for food, and crowding around a couple of stores that somehow (magically) still had electricity and:

Hurricane Sandy Survival Lessons

Adam told me all about how people reacted after the storm gave way and there were a LOT of “lessons learned” you can take away from his experience:

1. Get Creative With “Food Hoarding”

Hopefully you're stocked up on some survival food that can help you weather a long-term power outage when the food in your fridge bites the dust.

Since Adam was visiting, he didn't have a stockpile of food so he went down to the local grocery store to see what he could round up.

What he discovered was a mob of people quickly grabbing every last bottle of water – and even fist-fights over the last scraps of food on the shelves.

Rather than chance getting attacked over a box of Frosted Flakes, Adam found that the local ethnic grocery stores (he found an Asian market) had very few people inside.

He was able to find all the fresh food he needed and without the threat of a mob looting spree!

Lesson Learned: Map out where your local ethnic groceries are in your area and consider them as a last-minute addition to your current food stockpile when choosing to shelter-in-place during a disaster.

2. Guard Your Food (From Friends!)

As you'd expect, none of Adam's friends were as prepared as he was when the hurricane hit.

But you can damn well be sure they knew ADAM had food… and that's where they headed to huddle up through the storm.

Not only did they feast away on his food, but they didn't even think about WHAT they were eating so, rather than beginning with perishables, they ate the longer-lasting canned goods instead.

Lesson Learned: If your friends know you're “prepping”, you can count on them showing up at your door when a crisis hits and they're hungry. You may have a hard time turning them away so be sure to have a “decoy stash” of food you can share… but then a “super-secret stockpile” that NO ONE else knows about!

3. Beware The “Electricity Warlords”

Oddly, one of the worst things Adam experienced was the lack of communications caused by the hurricane.

News reports of people dying were hitting the nation and with the power-outage, Adam wasn't able to let his family know he was safe.

Adam wasn't able to call out to his family, but found that he was eventually able to get a text message through right before his phone went dead.

What's funny is that 8 million people were without power, yet a few convenience stores somehow had electricity and a few other places had generators.

But get this… those stores and “electricity warlords” were charging people $70 to charge their phone for 15 minutes…

… and people were standing in line for hours just to get their chance! (The picture above was right from Adam's camera.)

Lesson Learned: Even when phone lines are jammed, you may be able to get a text message through to let loved ones know you're ok – or coordinate with them to link back up. But the key here is that you have to “own” your own electricity and not rely on the “wolves” of our society who look to prey on other people's misfortune.

I use a simple rechargeable solar lantern, but a good power bank or portable battery will do the job too.

And it's not just for survival…

It's perfect for everyday carry (it's saved my bacon dozens of times when my phone was dead!)… in your vehicle (if you're stranded on a back road or in a snowstorm)… bug-out bag (for maintaining commo when evacuating)… and at home (when sheltering-in-place and need charging capability).

Because like I said in my free survival gear guide, while a major power outage can be caused by bad weather or a terrorist attack, it can even happen because of a falling tree branch thousands of miles away!

Plus it's always best to learn from other people's mistakes, right?

Hopefully you'll learn from Adam's… and take action now to avoid these same dangers!

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3 Critical Steps To Take NOW To Survive A Grid-Down Blackout Collapse!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You take it for granted every day, and you depend on it for EVERYTHING.

It is ELECTRICITY, and with our fragile electrical grid essentially held together with duct tape and hope, it’s only a matter of time before we experience another widespread blackout like the Northeast United States did just a few years back.

What’s worse, terrorists have figured out that our grid is a point of vulnerability — and we’ve already seen what may be the first tentative steps to target our electrical grid for destruction.

When a grid-down blackout strikes there will be many factors you’re going to need to plan for in order to avoid being one of those 281 million Americans who won’t survive…

…but there are three you had better get on RIGHT NOW (and yes, I know we're all in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic… but this is very serious food for thought).

Here is a summary of advice given to me by survival expert Jonathan Hollerman when we talked recently…

The Three Most Critical Steps YOU Should ALREADY Have Taken To Prepare For A Grid-Down Blackout Collapse!

Jonathan Hollerman

A long-term loss of the electric grid will be infinitely harder to survive than a massive financial collapse, for instance.

Outside of the financial collapse, it’s also the MOST LIKELY thing to happen in our future.

In the best-case scenario we’re looking at a minimum of SIX MONTHS without power, more likely a year or two, and at that point our country will probably have lost 80 to 90 percent of its population.

There’s no plan of action that the military or DHS can put into effect to feed 300 million Americans without the electric grid, and people need to understand that.

That means you’ve got LOTS of prepping and stockpiling to do… but it also means there are…

3 Critical Grid-Down Blackout Survival Planning Tips You Should Already Be Doing…

Okay, let's take them by the numbers.

There are more things you should be doing to survive for a grid-down blackout collapse, but these are three of those most critical ones.

First of all…

1. Don’t Tell ANYONE That You’re A Prepper.

It's natural to want to talk about prepping.

After all, we naturally want to discuss what interests us… and we may feel we owe it to our friends and neighbors to explain to them the need to prepare.

The problem is that if people know you are prepared, they know you have supplies…

…And that means your doorstep is the first one they're going to show up on if things go crazy and they need to survive.

Don't expect your friends to stay your friends during social chaos.

They'll ask… and beg… and finally, they may resort to violence to take what they want.

Make your prepping a closely guarded secret.

That way, none of your neighbors will come looking to kick in your door when they are starving and desperate.

2. Store Enough Food And Water For 1 YEAR.

If you can't eat and drink, no amount of gear in the world will help you survive a crisis.

Only having adequate stores of food and water will see you through the worst of it.

Our government recommends preparing for a few days to perhaps a week.

In a long-term survival situation, that's going to leave you thirsty, starving, and desperate.

You have GOT to be preparing for more than just a few days.

A grid-down crisis could go on for MONTHS.

Keep that timeline in mind and make storing food a constant, revolving process.

3. Make Sure You Have Protection, And I Don’t Mean Just Physical Shelter.

You’ve got to have weapons and supplies for fighting off the human predators that your neighbors will become when they are starving and looking to stay alive.

You may think it can't happen to the people you know.

You may think the folks who know you're a prepper would NEVER turn on you.

The harsh truth is that they can and they WILL.

When people are desperate to live, they'll do almost anything to ANYONE.

That includes you.

Your survival stores must therefore include the weapons, ammo, and other gear you can use to fight off hostiles who want to take what you have.

Don't put off your prepping.

Don't tell yourself it can't happen to you.

See to these three things NOW, before the next crisis hits.

You need all the time you can get to be ready.

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Sneaky Ways To Hide Your Survival Food During Collapse!

Secret Hiding Spots For Your Survival Food

I know you don't want to be the “bad guy”…

But when it comes to the very survival of you and your family during a time when food is scarce, you gotta look after your own first, right?

During this pandemic, many of us were confronted with completely empty store shelves for the first time in our adult lives.

But in the future, the same thing could happen during an extended grid-down blackout where your neighbors have nothing but spoiled garbage…  or even a period of martial law lock-down following protests and riots that shuts off your town's food supply.

I'm sure by now you've at least started stockpiling an emergency food supply (or you wish you had, and you're searching for supplies while worrying about getting sick), but during a crisis, that “smart stockpile” can quickly make you a target to those who haven't prepared like you have, so…

Here's How To Hide Your Survival Food During Periods Of Crisis, Collapse & Martial Law

Secret Hiding Spots For Your Survival Food

1. Choose A Combo Of “Covert” & “Decoy” Food

Yes, you need 2 kinds of survival food.

For you and your family, you need to have set aside your own “covert stockpile” of real survival rations, like dehydrated survival food.

Forget the military MRE's, though, unless there's nothing else available.

If you were discovered with ACTUAL “survival food”, it would be a dead-giveaway that you were one of the “smart ones” that prepared – and likely have OTHER supplies that people will want.

That's why you need a decoy…

“Decoy survival food” is your standard canned and boxed goods you can get down at the local grocery that everyone around you will recognize as “normal”.

(I recommend inexpensive, bulk options like Ramen Noodles that you can get by the case.)

THIS is the food you'll use for “strategic sharing”..

2.  Share Your Food “Strategically”

Openly handing out food to your neighbors, friends, or anyone else can make you a target.

If there's really someone you want to help, consider putting together an anonymous “care package” and secretly dropping it off at their home.

Again, this is where your “decoy food” (like canned goods and Ramen Noodles) can help you AND your closest friends.

3. Have Several “Hiding Spots” In Your Home

Don't put all your eggs in the same basket (literally).

If neighbors, beggars, looters, police, or military enter your home – discovering your stockpile could instantly wipe you out.

Instead, keep your pantry near empty and stocked with your “sacrifice supply”, so if you're confronted, you can simply say, “See?  I barely have any food to feed my OWN family!”

But they still may take your food, which is why you need to split up the rest of your rations throughout your house.

As you can see, you can still be the “good guy” you want to be and help those close to you in a time of crisis.

But for your own family's sake, you have to be both “smart and sneaky.”

Otherwise, that old adage of “nice guys finish last” could have a whole other meaning if your family is the one left starving because you didn't have a “covert survival food plan.”

Survival Food Covert Cooking Tips For Grid-Down Scenarios & Food Caching

Every single day, people were faced with extreme life-or-death survival conditions…

Dwindling food supplies (people were literally slaughtering ZOO ANIMALS for meat!)…

No drinking water treatment (they even tried to purify sewer water!)…

And wide-spread crime as even “upstanding” citizens turned to stealing from neighbors to feed their family… sometimes by force!

It's this last threat that I think most Americans are just not prepared for.

I mean, think about it…

Assuming YOU are more “prepared” than your neighbors and have the foresight to stock away some food and a way to provide safe drinking water, you and I both know that the citizens around you are NOT preparing (like, at all!)

That's why EVERY daily activity you're used to doing needs to be looked at with a more “covert” approach in order to keep your level of preparedness hidden from all around you.

That especially includes your food supply, and here are…

3 Grid-Down Covert Cooking Tricks To Keep The Starving “Zombies” Away From Your Front Door In A Crisis…

Grid Down Survival Food Cooking Tips
Grid Down Survival Food Cooking Tips

Ok, first of all, yes… I know that, without electricity, you could just start a fire and roast a local cat over a spit (just kidding), but here's what you must understand…

Fire attracts attention!

Anyone from MILES around who smells a “campfire” under extreme conditions is going to show up to see if you're cooking something over that fire.

No bueno amigo!

Here are 3 better methods, and their pros & cons…

1. Gas Cooking

This is definitely the easiest method of cooking for most families.

If you have a backyard gas grill or gas “camp stove”, you could just spark it up and throw things like meat and veggies onto the grill.

But there are some drawbacks…

First of all, while people won't smell the fire… they WILL likely smell what you're cooking (and you know what they'll do next, right?)

Also, you can't take most backyard grills with you if you're forced to bug-out to a safer location.

You CAN take a “camp stove” in your vehicle, but then there's also this problem…

Once you run out of propane canisters, you're done.

And I'm not a big fan of depending on ANY limited resource without a backup plan.

Here's a better option (I'm pretty sure you've not heard of)…

2. “Wonderbag”

I have to say, this is pretty cool…

It's basically a giant foam-filled bag that acts like a powerless slow-cooker.

All you do is boil or cook a large cast iron (or other) pot for about 5-15 minutes and then stick it inside the foam bag where it will continue to cook for the next 12 hours.

No “smells”… no electricity needed… and unlike a large gas-grill, it's portable if you need to evacuate.

The downsides are that…

  • You still have the challenge of finding a way to get the cooking started BEFORE you put the pot in the Wonderbag.
  • 12 hours is a LONG time to wait for your food to cook.
  • It doesn't cook “small amounts” of food very well because it needs a larger pot's heat to continue the cooking process.
  • It's actually bigger than what I prefer. In order for it to have enough insulation to continue cooking the food, it ends up being almost a quarter of the size of the big bean-bag chair I had as a kid! It's very lightweight… but still not very transportable in my opinion.

I have one of these, but it's not my primary method for “grid-down covert cooking”.

Here's what I switched to…

3. Solar Cooking

I've see this “Sun Oven” demonstrated at all the “survival conventions” I speak at and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the ultimate in “off grid cooking”.

No fire needed… no smells to attract unwanted moochers… easy set-up… and easy transporting.

Basically, it's a fully contained unit that uses reflective panels to focus the sun's rays into a tightly sealed “mini oven”.

It cooks both small and large meals nearly as fast as a conventional oven and never burns the food, so you can go about your day without ever having to worry about timing your trip .

Of course, it does need the sun to be able to cook… but it doesn't even have to be a warm day to use it (it's even been used to cook meals at the Mt. Everest Base Camp in frigid temperatures).

Plus, there are all kinds of extra “survival uses” for the Sun Oven, like:

  • Dehydrates food for long-term storage
  • Boils water for purification
  • Kills bugs that get into stockpiled food
  • And it even sterilizes medical equipment!

Learn more about the Sun Oven here, and enjoy your meals as you stockpile and prepare food for survival.

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Survival Food Stockpiling Tips: Guidelines For Storing Food

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Jeff AndersonMy years in the military have made me really appreciate mama's home cooking.

Sure, chow hall food was pretty tasty (I always made sure the cooks knew I appreciated them – which usually led to extra helpings in the field).

But being in the 10th Mtn. Division light-infantry, I often found myself on long-range missions and far away from a hot meal.

Of course Uncle Sam doesn't want us to starve so we were always issued MRE's (Meal Ready-To-Eat) to pack with us to make sure we survive, but…

Here's What GI's Know About Survival Food (That You Might Not)…

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1. Taste Matters

I know that “Spaghetti & Meatballs” and “Lemon Pepper Tuna” sounds like something you might order off a restaurant menu… but coming out of an MRE foil package, it damn sure doesn't taste the same.

I can tell you that if you were one of the lucky ones who go an MRE with Hot Dogs & Beans in it, that was a happy day indeed – but you were miserable if you pulled an unlucky “Chicken A La King”.

Good-tasting survival food really does boost morale and that means something when you're under stress and need the will to go on.

2. Shelf-Life Matters

MRE's and canned-goods have a pretty short shelf-life (2-5 years average).

In the military that's just fine because they get issued steadily to the troops and stock gets rotated quickly.

Canned goods can be good if you have a survival pantry, but you want to make sure you're eating what you're storing and refilling your stockpile regularly to keep things from going ba.

Freeze-dried survival food is best because it lasts up to about 25 years and takes up very little room (which brings me to…)

3. Weight Matters

I absolutely hated lugging MRE's around in my backpack because they were heavy as hell and we walked practically everywhere when training and on missions.

Trust me, when you're humping a rucksack 7-10 miles to your next destination, you feel every single ounce.

Canned goods are even worse – great for home, but a no-go if you're ever forced to bugout to survive.

Again, this is where freeze-dried survival food kits rule because they're portable and since they don't have any extra “water weight”, they're ultra light if you need to bugout on foot.

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Prepping, Storage, & Stockpiling In Limited Spaces, Apartments, & Small Homes

“Most preppers are NUCKING FUTZ!”

If you ask me, that's the message that television shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and others tried to send to the public, don't you agree?

But hey… that's the kind of sensational crap that sells advertising for the television networks, right?

In fact, I remember one episode of one of those shows that was particularly bad…

This woman lived in an apartment and was SCARED TO DEATH of what would happen to her if the excrement hit the oscillating atmosphere agitator.

Her apartment was FILLED from top to bottom with soda bottles of every size – all of them filled with tap water.

I think a lot of would-be preppers and even experienced survivalists think that this type of hoarding is their only option if they're prepping in limited space, like an apartment.

But that's absolutely FALSE!

At least, it's false if you understand. . .

3 Tips For Prepping With Limited Storage Space

Prepping, Stockpiling, and Survival For Small Homes, Apartments, And Other Limited Spaces
Prepping With No Storage Space

One of the most common complaints I hear from preppers is about where to store all of their emergency food, water, medicine, and ammo.

I mean, who the hell has an endless chain of buried school buses in the back yard, or a warehouse worth of storage space in the attic?

No one. That's who.

A LOT of people live in smaller homes, apartments, or even trailers and RVs and don't have the space or moolah to build their own bat-cave of survival gear.

Hell… even those with what they think is PLENTY of storage might have trouble with long-term storage of supplies, because the bare necessities themselves take up a LOT of valuable space.

Your plan will change depending on your situation, of course.

For example, if you live near a reliable fresh water source, you may be stockpiling less water but investing more money in filtration systems.

No matter WHAT your situation, though, almost every prepared citizen asks him- or herself this question sooner or later:

“Where do I find more storage space?”

Well, HERE'S where…

1. In “Negative” Space

One way to fit more stuff into the same amount of space is to take advantage of “negative” space — the areas in between where things are now.

For example…

  • The space between the wall and a bookshelf or desk might be wide enough for you to fit a lockable file cabinet that instead holds cans of food stacked neatly on top of each other.
  • The space under a bed or even under a sofa could be used to store anything that will lay flat enough to go unnoticed.
  • Stackable totes and storage containers can be stacked up to take up less overall space.

These stackable plastic storage containers are a good example of eliminating negative space because they also allow you to force irregularly shaped items to fit in more neat “pockets.”

These storage containers can then be stacked on top of each other much more neatly, eliminating wasted area.

2. In The SAME Space You Have Now

The secret to fitting “20 pounds of sh*t in a 10 pound bag” has always been organization.

Some of you are old enough to remember the game “Tetris.”

In that game, you stack bricks of different shapes together, like puzzle pieces, to make full rows to score points (and make room for more rows).

Well, storing your survival gear is like a big ol' game of Tetris.

You've got to find a way to fit everything together – like a puzzle – eliminating wasted space and fitting what you have in the smallest, most efficient “envelope” possible.

I guarantee, if you look at how your supplies are stored, you can find ways to make them…

  • Neater
  • More organized
  • Easier to find
  • More tightly stacked and grouped

Again… large plastic storage boxes are GREAT for making your gear more organized, modular, and helping you fit more into less space.

That brings me to. . .

3. In “Secret Hiding Spots” In Your Vehicle

OK, this is probably the biggest opportunity that people just don't think about…

First of all, there are so many hidden open spaces in your vehicle, it will make your head spin. (Just ask any cop who's had to search for drugs at a traffic stop!)

The most obvious places are in the trunk… glove box… and under the seats.

But there are even some “secret” places like inside the bottom of the seats… in the spare tire compartment… or even disguised storage boxes (one of my sneakiest tricks)!

The fact is, my vehicle is my PRIMARY storage location for my most critical survival gear… and right now I'm driving a tiny Mini Cooper!

(Um… you don't have to snicker!)

You see, these supplies are the ones that will not only keep you and your family alive at home… but also if you're ever forced to evacuate your home.

In fact, this is one of the “5 phases of survival” I talk about in-depth in my online “survival masterclass” that frankly, most people are doing all wrong!

Look, the bottom line is this…

Making a plan now, and organizing your supplies to support that plan, is a critical part of survival stockpiling and prepping – no matter how much space you do or don't have!

Hopefully these tips will help you re-think your storage options and take the next step in better protecting yourself and your loved ones.

There are a lot more tips that can help you that, unfortunately, are more detailed than I can go into in just this one article.

However, if you're interested in the RIGHT way to set up your survival plan and your supplies based on real-world scenarios, you can download a report about that right here.

This is something that ANYONE can follow to be prepared for ANY disaster, crisis, or attack — whether you live in a mansion, a small apartment, or even a camper or house boat.

There's no reason not to get started — and get prepared — right now.

What Is Your Survival Plan? How Are You Storing Your Supplies?

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MCS 246 – “Geo-Customizing” Your Survival Plan

Customizing Your Survival Plan
Customizing Your Survival Plan
How Does WHERE You Live Affect Your Survival Odds?

What do you think of when you visualize your own personal disaster response plan?

Well, that picture changes depending on if you're living “out in the country”… or you're sunk deep inside of a city, right?

And of course, so do the challenges and threats you would face depending on your location.

Failing to take your environment into account – failing to accurately gauge your own personal “survival threat matrix” – could be a critical mistake in building your survival plan…

..and in the world of survival, making a mistake COULD mean life or death – for you AND those you love and are depending on you to protect them.

In this week's podcast episode, survival expert, Russ Adler, will reveal how to accurately assess the threats your environment poses… and fine-tune your own survival plan to shift the odds in your favor.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • Why a “one-size-fits-all” approach to survival planning is a big, giant mistake for truly prepared citizens!
  • Think you're safe out “in the country”? You might want to re-think your options after learning what you really face when the “S hits the F”!
  • “Urban survival” – Little-known threats that even “city folk” might not have on their radar.
  • Austere environments… what are they… and what do you need to know about what you'll face in these zones.
  • The ultimate bug-out survival matrix – how to make sure you can survive in ANY environment – under any conditions – when moving in and out of unknown areas.

We can all get nice and comfy in our familiar surroundings… but there could be unknown threats that can crop up at the most unfortunate times.

Use Russ's advice to take your own survival plan to the next level based on your personal threat factors.

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What OTHER Survival Factors Are Important To Consider In Your Geographical Area?

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MCS 240 – Grid-Down Survival Lessons From Venezuela’s Collapse

Venezuela Grid Down Collapse
Venezuela Grid Down Collapse
Grid-Down Collapse: Could The U.S. Suffer The Same Fate As Venezuela?

If you ever want to see what life is like in a post-apocalyptic world, look no further than Venezuela!

With the collapse of this once thriving country's entire economy, a recent collapse of their electrical grid put the entire nation back to the Dark Ages.

Starvation… chaos… looting… disease… death…

Are these all just isolated to other countries that lack the resources we have in our “modern world”?

Maybe not.

In fact, in this week's podcast episode, “grid-down” expert, Jonathan Hollerman, returns to our show to share his personal insights into survival lessons we can all learn from Venezuela's crisis!

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The TRUTH about the U.S. electrical grid! (C'mon… we can't REALLY be as vulnerable as some “3rd world country”, right?)
  • Venezuela vs. U.S.:  A side-by-side comparison of what life would REALLY look like in a grid-down blackout!
  • Little-known services and resources most people take for granted that could literally disappear OVERNIGHT with the collapse of our own electrical infrastructure!
  • Beyond food and water: The “OTHER preps” you should consider in your off-the-grid survival plan.
  • Your most critical “next steps” to sleep with confidence that you and your family will be 100% prepared when the lights go out… and STAY out!

The threat is bigger (and closer!) than you think. These grid-down survival tips will help you prepare for the worst while there's still time.

Resources Mentioned In This Podcast:

What OTHER Survival Lessons Do You Notice From Venezuela's Grid-Down Collapse?

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MCS 229 – The CIA Bug-Out Bag: A Look At What’s Inside…

Jason Hanson Bugout Bag
Jason Hanson Bugout Bag
What's In Jason Hanson's Bug-Out Bag?

You've probably figured this out by now…

… I'm a “bugout bag junkie”!

There's a reason that the bugout bag serves as the core pillar of any serious survivalist's emergency plan

It contains all the supplies you'll need to face a short-term crisis, whether you're surviving in place or evacuating to a safer location.

And one of my favorite research tasks is to find out what other survival trainers are doing with their bugout bags based on their own personal backgrounds and experience.

That's why, for this week's podcast episode, I called up my friend (and former CIA “spy”) Jason Hanson to get a peek into what he packs in his own bag.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • Key components to look for when picking out the perfect bugout bag!
  • What types of “survival food” you should consider packing in your bag for short- and longer-term nourishment!
  • A secret trick to pull clean, drinkable water out of a 1/4″ mud puddle!
  • Escape & evasion! Gadgets and gizmos to avoid society's predators when the “rule of law” has gone bye-bye!
  • “Bugout weapons”! What Jason carries to protect his wife and kids during a disaster or crisis!

It's very rare we get a glimpse into the training of one of the government's most secretive agencies. Compare your own bugout survival gear list with Jason Hanson's and fine-tune your plan now!

Resources Mentioned In This Podcast:

How Does YOUR Bugout Bag Compare With Jason Hanson's?

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