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Use These 7 Essential Oils In A Survival Situation

Essential oils are derived from plants.

Essential oils contain different properties depending on which plant they come from and have a variety of medicinal uses. This makes them a useful tool to have during a survival situation where pharmaceutical medications might not be available.

Uses for essential oils range from simple things like cleaning and stress relief to more serious issues like relieving chronic pain and fighting infections. Some even say they’ve fought cancer using the healing power of essential oils.

Essential oils can be administered by air with a diffuser, or ingested by mixing them with a drink. They can also be applied directly to the skin in some cases if you dilute them with a carrier oil first.

Nearly any plant can be used to make an essential oil, which means there are a lot of them to choose from. However, some are better than others, and you want to have the best ones with you during an emergency.

Here are the 7 essential oils that will be most useful in a survival situation.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is a versatile essential oil and is found on the shelves of nearly everyone who uses essential oils.

If you could only have one type of essential oil with you, I would recommend lavender. You may want to stock up on more lavender than the other oils because you’ll probably use it more often.

Lavender oil can heal cuts, promote relaxation, relieve allergies and reduce inflammation.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil has powerful anti-viral properties that make it just as effective, and sometimes more effective, than pharmaceutical drugs.

Oregano oil is known to be an effective treatment for those infected with HIV and AIDS. There is no cure for HIV and AIDS, though oregano oil relieves many of the symptoms and allows those suffering from it to live mostly normal lives.

In addition to its anti-viral properties, oregano oil is also known to boost the immune system, which is part of what makes it such an effective treatment for HIV and AIDS.

Oregano oil is also good at removing warts, skin tags, relieving back and joint pain, and getting rid of athlete’s foot.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil kills germs and prevents infection, making it a useful first aid treatment for cuts.

It’s also used to kill mold and mildew and relieves respiratory problems. Use it to relieve sinus infections, bronchitis, and airborne allergies.

Tea tree oil is sometimes called “melaleuca”, so keep that in mind if you have trouble finding it when searching for “tea tree oil.”

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is known for its cleansing ability and works well when ingested. Some say that adding a few drops of lemon oil to water will purify it, though there’s no definitive proof of this.

Lemon oil will get rid of harmful intestinal parasites, helps digestion, helps your liver, and dissolves petrochemicals that build up over time in your body.

In a survival situation, the hygienic conditions you’re used to will worsen.  Having a bottle of a powerful, edible disinfectant will maintain sanitary conditions, keeping you healthy and disease-free.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense is used as an anti-inflammatory and is also used to enhance the effects of other essential oils when paired together.

Its ability to reduce inflammation also gives it pain reducing properties, making it a useful all-purpose oil.

Frankincense oil tends to have relaxing effects, so you may also benefit from stress relief and mood enhancement.

Frankincense is also useful as an anti-depressant. It’ll be hard to stay in a positive mood during a survival situation, so you’ll be thankful to have a bottle of frankincense with you if depression starts to sink in.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is useful for treating allergies when applied directly to the affected area. It also increases alertness, focus, and oxygen absorption.

Try using peppermint oil to treat digestive issues such as heartburn, bloating, and constipation.

A unique property of peppermint oil is that it’s good for repelling pests such as ants, spiders, mice, and other unwanted critters. Use it to repel pests from your garden, or to protect your home from intrusive critters.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is great for those suffering from airborne allergies. It’s effective against mold and is also used as an odor remover.

Some people suffering from asthma report eucalyptus oil as an effective remedy. It dilates the blood vessels, which makes it easier for your body to transport oxygen.

The antiseptic properties of eucalyptus oil also make it good for treating wounds. The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia, and the Australian aborigines used to use eucalyptus leaves in their medicine because of its healing properties.

Plant Therapy is an online store specializing in essential oils and has an excellent selection. You can buy individual oils or get one of their starter kits if you aren’t sure how to get started.

You can also find many essential oils on Amazon, though there’s no guarantee you’re getting a quality product from the sellers there.

When used correctly, essential oils can have many positive health benefits for the user, but remember to practice caution and common sense when using essential oils. They’re more than just oils. They’re natural medicine that needs to be used responsibly.

The Best Fuels For Fire, Heat and Travel

Whether you plan on bugging out or bugging in when SHTF, you’re going to need fire and heat. Most of us use electricity right now, but what will you do when the power goes out?

You should have at least a couple backup fuel sources for emergencies, but you might not know which ones to choose. Let’s briefly cover the most common fuel sources and determine what each of them are good for.

Wood

Wood is the most basic fuel source for fire. Humans have been using it for thousands of years, and for good reason. Wood is a free natural resource and can be easily gathered in any rural area. Even if you have to buy your wood, it should still be relatively cheap.

Because hardwoods such as oak, ash, and mahogany have long burn times, they’re good choices to heat a house.

Another benefit of using wood for fuel is that even when the fire dies out the coals will still be hot for at least another day or two, so it’ll be easier to start another fire.

For best results when burning wood, make sure to dry it out for a long enough period of time beforehand. Although damp wood can be burned, it won’t provide as much heat.

If you plan on using wood as one of your fuel sources, keep it stored in a shed to keep it dry, or at least cover it with a tarp to prevent the rain from getting it wet.

Gasoline

There’s no shortage of gasoline right now, but when SHTF, it’ll get used up quickly and become a scarce resource. It’s better to stock up on this useful fuel now rather than try to scavenge for it later.

Gasoline starts fires instantly, is portable, and can power vehicles. Imagine you need to make a trip away from your base. You could bring a small container of gasoline with you so you can and easily start a fire.

One of the drawbacks of gasoline in a SHTF scenario is that it’s irreplaceable and it’ll become harder to come by as time goes on.

The other drawback is that it doesn’t store well. You’ll need to add fuel stabilizer to it to make it last for a decent length of time.

Due to its short shelf life, you shouldn’t rely on gasoline as a primary fuel source. However, it’s still a good idea to have at least a few gallons on hand just in case.

Diesel and Bio-diesel

Regular diesel fuel offers the same advantages as gasoline. It starts fires instantly, is portable, and can power certain vehicles.

The advantage of diesel is that it has a longer shelf life than gasoline, making it more useful as a stockpiling fuel, though it still won’t store forever. You’ll still need to add stabilizer to ensure it lasts longer.

The downside of diesel is that it’s less common than gasoline, which will make it harder to scavenge for when SHTF.

On the other hand, you can make your own bio-diesel fuel, which performs almost as well as commercial diesel when made correctly.

The most common ingredient used to make bio-diesel is cooking oil. The process for creating bio-diesel involves heating it to a certain temperature, sustaining it, and eventually adding a catalyst. I’m not covering the details here, but you can find this information online.

The drawback to bio-diesel is that it’s hard to make. However, as you practice the process, it should become easier over time.

Propane

Propane is another popular choice for heating homes, powering generators, and for cooking. It’s cheap, burns for a long time, and has a long shelf life, making it a great fuel source for survival.

It’s a good idea to keep a large propane tank at your bug-out location. You’ll have months’ worth of fuel on hand. Then you can add propane to smaller containers and transport them around for different uses.

Since propane is so common, it should be easy to find when scavenging, though it will eventually run out over time.

Kerosene

Kerosene is a great source of light for lanterns and performs well as a cooking fuel.

Kerosene has a long shelf life and can be safely stored for a few years without major problems. The typical shelf life of kerosene is around five years, though people report burning their kerosene after storing it for much longer than that.

Which of these fuel sources you choose is up to you, though I’d recommend everyone stockpile at least a little bit of wood and at least a few gallons of gasoline or diesel.

 

How To Fix Broken Bones In A Crisis

What would you do if you or a loved one broke a bone during a crisis?

Most people might try to hastily set the bone in a panic, with the reasoning that it’s a serious medical situation that can’t afford to wait.

It’s true that a broken bone is a serious problem, but many times waiting is actually the better decision. Setting a broken bone with little to no training comes with significant risk and can pose much more danger to the injured person than the broken bone itself.

On the other hand, sometimes setting the bone is the right choice. I’m going to show you how to fix broken bones in a crisis for those times when you have no other choice.

Risks of Setting Broken Bones

Whenever you handle a damaged part of the body, you risk causing even more injuries. Moving a bone haphazardly can cause severe damage to the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.

Setting a bone isn’t as simple as just moving it back into place. When a bone is broken, the surrounding muscles contract to protect the bone. These contracted muscles will put up a lot of resistance when you try to set the bone, making your job more difficult.

On top of all that, manipulating a broken bone is extremely painful. Without proper anesthetic treatment, the injured person you’re trying to help might flinch and accidentally cause even more harm to themselves.

Setting a broken bone during a crisis is risky at best, and potentially fatal at worst. That’s why in most cases, it’s better to temporarily splint the broken bone instead of setting it. Splinting means immobilizing it to prevent further damage until a more qualified person can set it permanently.

Setting a bone isn’t something to take lightly, but there are times when setting it yourself is the best option.

When Setting a Broken Bone is Worth the Risk

The following situations are severe enough that you should attempt to set the bone despite the risk involved.

Nerve Damage

A broken bone can pinch nearby nerves. If left untreated, this could cause permanent nerve damage.

It takes about one day for irreparable nerve damage to occur, so you can’t afford to wait if you suspect there’s nerve damage.

You can tell if there’s a pinched nerve by checking for feeling in the fingers and toes. If the injured person can’t feel their fingers or toes, they probably have a pinched nerve.

Loss of Circulation

A broken bone could block blood flow to the damaged area, which can cause major damage later.

You can check for loss of circulation in two ways: checking for a pulse past the damaged area, or by visually checking to see if the area past the broken bone is blue.

You have a window of a few hours to set the bone if there’s loss of circulation, so if this is the case, then set it yourself.

Bleeding

Some bones are located next to arteries and can damage those arteries when they break. For example, the femur is located next to a major artery and can cause life threatening bleeding if it isn’t set.

Usually, simply applying pressure is enough to stop most bleeding. However, in a deep area where the femur is located, applying pressure isn’t enough to fully stop the bleeding.

In this case, it’s better to attempt to set the bone.

Sometimes when a bone gets broken, it will pierce the skin. In this case, it’s important to stop the bleeding. Having a first aid kit on hand will make this process much easier and more hygienic.

You Can’t Get Help

If help is several days away, or if it’s simply never going to come at all, then your best bet is to set the bone yourself.

If you wait too long to set it, then it will heal in the wrong position and cause many problems down the line.

How to Set a Broken Bone

Let’s say you’re in a situation where a loved one has a broken bone, and they meet one of the criteria where setting the bone yourself is the best option.

The best way to set a broken bone is through a technique called traction. Traction, in crude terms, means to grab hold of one end of the broken bone and pull on it. This pulling pressure returns the bone to its original position. It sounds easy, but it’s harder to do in practice.

Here are some tips to help the procedure go as smoothly as possible.

Make sure you get a good grip on the end of the limb you’re pulling on. The contracted muscles will fight you, so it’s important that you’re able to firmly hold onto it.

Pull in the same plane as the bone sits on. Don’t pull at an angle or you’ll risk seriously damaging nearby nerves, arteries, and tissues.

Never suddenly jerk the bone. First, you could damage the sensitive tissues surrounding the bone. Second, the contracted muscles will fight against you harder if you suddenly apply lots of pressure. It’s better to pull gradually so the muscles loosen up on their own.

Those are the basics of setting a bone during a crisis. If you or a loved one breaks a bone during a crisis, try to stay calm. Remembering when to set a bone and when not to set it might just save your life.

Choosing The Best Optic For Survival

Choosing the best optic for survival can be just as tricky as picking the best gun. Many survivalists spend all their time picking out a gun, but never get a scope to go with it.

Maybe they think optics are too expensive, too much of a hassle, or maybe they just think they’re enough of a sharp-shooter with iron sights. Either way, not having an optic is a costly mistake.

Attaching a scope to your rifle makes you a much more effective shooter, and might be the one thing that saves you in a SHTF scenario.

Why Every Survivalist Should Have An Optic On Their Rifle

Anyone who plans on using their rifle for defense or hunting needs to have an optic that goes with it. If not attached to the gun at all times, then at least stored in their bag so it can be attached later.

Everyone likes to think of themselves as professional marksmen, but if you’re truly in a survival situation, then hitting your target is a matter of life or death. Do you really want to trust your survival to iron sights?

If it’s dark or if your target is far away, it’ll take significantly more time to line up your shot properly. If you miss, your target will run away unpredictably, making it even more difficult to land the next shot.

A scope improves the accuracy of the shooter by making targets appear larger and increasing clarity, especially in situations without much light. That way you’ll be able to land a clean hit on your first shot.

Plus, even a beginner can hit most targets with the help of a scope, making it an ideal addition for anyone who hasn’t been training their marksmanship.

There are several factors that determine the effectiveness of a scope. I’ll cover each of them below.

Objective Lens Size

The objective lens is the front end of the scope where light from your target enters the scope and reflects towards your eye.

The lens size is what determines the field of view (FOV) of your scope. FOV refers to the total amount of area you can see through your scope. A higher FOV means you would see more area than a scope with a lower FOV.

A good lens size for survival is around 30mm or 40mm. You can get a scope with a larger lens size if you want, but keep in mind that the larger your lens the more difficult it’ll be to carry it around and not damage it.

Besides, a 30mm or 40mm lens size is plenty big enough. Most people won’t get any benefit out of a larger lens size, so don’t burden yourself with something bigger than necessary.

Optic Style

Your two main choices for optic styles are either tube body or holographic, also known as heads-up.

Tube style optics are the best choice for survivalists because they’re generally better quality and good for general use.

Also, tube body optics can have variable magnifications settings while holographic sights are fixed magnification.

Variable Magnification VS Fixed Magnification

Scopes can be either variable magnification which allow you to zoom in and out on your target, and fixed magnification scopes which are locked in at a certain magnification.

Variable magnification allows you to zoom in at the perfect distance to line your shot up just right. This allows you to shoot at both long and short distances equally well, unlike a fixed magnification scope which is effective only for targets at a certain distance.

However, fixed magnification scopes have their benefits too. For example, fixed magnification scopes have no moving parts which makes them sturdier. They won’t change magnification settings while you’re moving around either, so you can just pull it out and be at the correct magnification every time.

The ability to change the magnification setting on your scope is a must-have for any survivalist, and is why I recommend using a variable magnification scope.

When shopping for scopes you’ll see their magnification settings listed something like this: 3-9x40mm. That means it has a variable magnification setting of between 3 times to 9 times, and the lens size is 40mm.

You’ll see optics with other magnification settings, but the 3-9x40mm is the standard, and the one I recommend getting.

Adjustments

You don’t need a lot of adjustments, but there are two which I consider necessary. They are elevation adjustments, windage adjustments, and eyepiece focus.

Anything else is unnecessary and likely won’t ever be used. A scope with more adjustments is going to much much more expensive than a similar scope without them. Stick to the basics and you’ll be better off.

Reticle

There are many types of reticles to choose from. It’s important that you get a reticle you like, and this is largely up to personal preference.

However, the simplest solution is usually the best choice for most people. If you don’t already have a personal favorite that you’ve trained extensively with, I suggest using a duplex reticle.

A duplex reticle is just like a regular crosshair reticle, but the lines out thicker near the outside and thinner near the middle where your target will be.

The thick outer lines make it easy for your eye to find the center of the scope while the thin inner lines don’t obstruct your view of the target.

Don’t want to go through the trouble of searching for a scope? The Vortex Optics Crossfire II 3-9x40mm is a great choice that isn’t too expensive.

Don’t throw away your iron sights just because you’ve got an optic. Things can go wrong, and having your iron sights as a backup is always a good idea.

Don’t have a gun yet? Check out this blog post for info on which ammo types are best for survival and some quality guns that will help you during a survival situation.

9 Foods You Can Grow In The Winter

If you thought your garden is doomed every time Winter comes around, think again. There are a variety of vegetables you can grow in the Winter.

These plants need to be sowed in the Fall, but with proper planning and maintenance you’ll be able to eat fresh, healthy food straight from your garden all Winter long.

Before I reveal which plants can grow during Winter, let’s go over a few basic things you need to know about cold weather gardening.

The location of your plants is more important during Winter than during other seasons. You’ll want your plants to get as much sun as possible, and also shield them from the wind.

The best location to keep your plants safe during Winter is usually on the South side of your house, as the South side gets maximum sunlight and keeps your plants safe from the wind.

You may also want to plant your vegetables in a raised bed. The soil in raised beds stays warmer than ground soil, and will give your plants the best chances of survival.

Don’t want to build a raised bed yourself? An easy way to get an instant raised bed garden is to roll out some old tires and fill them with soil. Plus, the black rubber absorbs heat from the sun and keeps your plants nice and warm.

The final thing you can do to give your plants the best odds of survival is to cover them with fleece frost covers. Frost covers go over the plant and retain heat. This protects them from frost on particularly cold nights.

Now that you know the basics of Winter gardening, you’re ready to choose some Winter-friendly plants you like. Here are 9 foods you can grow in the winter.

Winter Lettuce

Winter lettuce is a great source of continuous food through the Winter. With proper care, your winter lettuce will continue growing for the whole duration of Winter.

It needs to be covered by frost covers in order to survive harsher Winters, but those in regions with milder Winters might be able to grow them without covers.

Onions

Many types of onions can grow during Winter, so you can have your pick of red, white, and yellow onions. Plus, onions have a long shelf life so you can still eat them long after they’re harvested.

You could also plant shallots and leeks instead of onions to fulfill the same nutritional purpose. Shallots and leeks require the same care as onions so you can plant whichever you prefer.

Peas

Peas aren’t the best vegetable for Winter as they tend to struggle in extreme cold, though they can be an excellent addition to your garden in regions with mild Winters.

Even if you live in a region with harsh Winters, it’s still worth trying to grow them anyway. They’ll definitely need frost covers to stand any chance of surviving.

Many of your peas won’t survive, so plant them relatively close to each other so you can plant more to make up for your losses.

Asparagus

Asparagus is a perennial vegetable, so you only have to plant them once and they’ll keep producing year after year.

The drawback is that asparagus takes two years before they can be harvested, so you won’t be able to eat them this year or even the next year.

Take the time to plant them now and in a couple years you’ll have a reliable source of food through every Winter.

Garlic

Adding garlic to your garden will give your meals extra flavor that you won’t want to miss out on.

Garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow, even during Winter. Plant individual cloves fairly far apart from each other, and at a depth of between 1-2.5 inches.

Garlic requires very little work on your part, and you’ll be glad you planted it when you taste its fresh taste in your next meal.

Broad Beans

There are several advantages to growing broad beans during Winter instead of Spring.

First, sowing during Fall stops nutrients from leaching through the soil, which means more nutrition for you.

Second, they won’t be taken out by blackfly infestations, which could ruin your whole harvest.

Watch out if they grow too tall. If they grow over one foot tall the wind could blow them over and snap them. Fix that problem by tying them to sticks or canes for support.

Turnips

Turnips withstand frost well, and don’t need to be harvested unless the ground freezes. Frost will kill them, but this shouldn’t happen if you’re using a raised bed with frost covers.

However, to mitigate risk you can harvest some early and store them over Winter. Turnips store well, so there’s no downside to digging them up early.

Spinach

Spinach won’t last all the way through Winter like some other vegetables, but they still earn their place on this list.

Use raised beds and frost covers to extend their growth stage as far as you can, and harvest them when they’re at their limit.

Spinach can be picked early and still be very tasty. Instead of eating early leaves normally, try wilting them instead.

Spinach is one of the most nutrient rich vegetables, so they’re a must-have in any survivalist’s garden.

Carrots

Carrots are an easy vegetable to grow. All they need is loose soil without any stones, and a soil temperature over 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

This can be accomplished even during Winter with the use of raised beds and frost covers.

As a bonus, carrots get sweeter if they grow during cold weather. Some people routinely leave their carrots in the ground over Winter just to get that extra flavor.

Now that you know how to grow an amazing vegetable garden during Winter, it’s time to get planting.

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3 Reasons Never To Perform Surgery In A Crisis

What would you do if someone in your group needed surgery? If you think performing surgery on your own during a crisis is an option, think again.

Surgery is risky enough during normal conditions, but lack of training and suitable supplies make surgery an even worse option during a survival scenario.

If you attempt to perform surgery yourself, you’ll most likely do more harm than good even if you’ve done some research on doing field surgery. You could even end up killing the person you’re trying to save.

Don’t believe me? Here’s three compelling reasons never to perform surgery in a crisis.

#1 Uncontrollable Bleeding

Here’s something most survivalists don’t think about. Cutting someone open is easy, but doing it in a way that’s safe and doesn’t cause more damage than necessary is extremely difficult. If surgery was as simple as cutting an opening, then anybody could do it.

In order to perform surgery, you’d have to cut through skin, muscles, and fat. Blood vessels are found in all of those tissues, and they’ll bleed when you inevitably cut them.

If you’re unfortunate enough to cut a major blood vessel, well, good luck stopping that without years of experience and proper surgical equipment.

Let’s say you were lucky and managed to avoid major blood vessels and had someone to help you control the rest of the bleeding. That’s great, but you still need to perform the surgery.

There will be a pool of blood obstructing your vision, and any slip up on your part will cause even more problems and the bleeding will increase.

The risk of massive blood loss can be a bigger threat than whatever injury you were trying to fix with surgery. It’s better to avoid performing surgery by yourself in most situations.

#2 Difficulty Cutting and Closing Wounds

The inside of the body is delicate. If you accidentally scrape an organ it will bleed or leak another fluid, creating an unsanitary mess.

You need to know exactly where to cut before you make any incisions, but the problem is that not everyone’s organs are in the exact same spot.

Sure, they’ll be in the same general area, but they could be an inch or two off point, or even rotated a different way.

Imagine the disaster that will result from puncturing someone’s organ because their organ was located slightly to the side of where the anatomy book said it was.

Closing wounds can be difficult and you may end up doing more damage than you fixed while attempting to close them. As you become frustrated you’ll make even more mistakes, putting your patient at even more risk the more time passes.

#3 Deadly Infections

Even if the surgery goes well, the patient is still in a huge amount of danger.

Infections from surgery are fairly common even when the surgery is performed in a hospital by a professional surgeon, and any surgery performed during a crisis by a non-professional will be even riskier.

Infections are dangerous enough under normal circumstances, but in a crisis they become even more serious.

Antibiotics are limited in supply, and there’s no guarantee they’ll successfully stop the infection. Plus, if you ever need to use antibiotics again they’ll be even less effective than the first time.

How to Prepare for Surgeries In a Crisis Ahead of Time

An amateur surgery performed in an dirty environment is practically a death sentence. In many situations it’s better to not perform an amateur surgery at all and simply let the person try to recover on their own.

That’s easier said than done. When you see a loved one in pain your natural reaction is to do anything to help, but the better choice is to refrain from surgery and instead comfort them while they recover.

The best option is to prepare for this situation ahead of time. Coordinate with like-minded people near where you live and try to add a doctor to your survival group.

A trained professional has the best chances of performing a successful surgery, and this will also take a lot of pressure off of you if the need for surgery ever arises.

Plus, they’ll have high-end surgical instruments and also know how to sterilize them effectively to reduce the risk of infections.

What if you don’t have access to a doctor and you absolutely must operate or else your loved is guaranteed to die? In that case you’ll want to give yourself the best odds possible.

At the very least, you’ll need sterile instruments and medical supplies to give your loved one the best chances as possible to make it though the crisis.

But remember, it’s usually better to go without surgery unless it’s 100% necessary and should only be done as the very last resort. Most of the time it’s just not worth the risk.

Should Preppers Buy Cryptocurrencies?

Chances are you’re aware of the cryptocurrency craze that’s been going on lately, but maybe you’re not sure if they’re a smart investment.

It’s understandable why many preppers are cautious about investing in cryptocurrencies. Their electronic nature makes them difficult for non-techies to understand.

Plus, there are so many of them to choose from that it’s difficult to get enough information to make a smart move. Some are good, some are bad, and some are downright scams.

Whether you should buy cryptocurrencies or not depends on your specific financial situation and your ability to understand and accept risk.

First, let’s take a look at what cryptocurrencies are and what their true value is.

The True Value of Cryptocurrencies

What gives a currency its value? It comes down to supply and demand. This is the same whether we’re talking about national currencies or cryptocurrencies.

The major difference between national and electronic currencies are the people controlling them.

The value of a currency is determined by supply and demand, but governments can influence the value of their currencies by manipulating interest rates and printing money.

On the other hand, cryptocurrencies are much more decentralized, which means they can’t be manipulated by the government.

In other words, the value of a cryptocurrency is a true reflection of supply and demand. Its value is whatever people are willing to pay for it at the moment.

Their prices in dollars fluctuates according to the market just like any other volatile investment.

However, the real value of cryptocurrencies is that they’re difficult for the government to regulate. Sure, the government is trying as hard as it can to regulate them, but it’s impossible for them to ever have complete control.

For preppers, this freedom from the prying hands of the government is a compelling reason to consider investing in cryptocurrencies.

Which Cryptocurrency is Best for Preppers?

Anyone can create a new cryptocurrency, and new ones are being created every day. Last time I checked, there were over 900 available and growing every day.

With so many possibilities to choose from, you may be wondering which is the best one for preppers to invest in.

Preppers only need to be concerned with two major points when it comes to investing in cryptocurrencies: long-term stability and popularity.

Some cryptocurrencies are merely fads. They rise in value with media attention and then shrivel away into obscurity forever. Preppers need long-term stability because we’re relying on it to be there for us during hard times.

Popularity is also very important because it allows you to exchange your currency for goods. If you have a large amount of cryptocurrency that nobody accepts, then it’s useless.

Here are the top three cryptocurrencies for preppers.

#1 – BitCoin

BitCoin is the original cryptocurrency, and has been the most popular one for many years now. When you see news reports about cryptocurrency, they’re usually talking about BitCoin.

BitCoin’s source code is what’s known as “open source,” meaning anyone is free to make improvements to the code. This means it’s always becoming safer and more stable.

It’s also decentralized, so governments can’t shut it down even if they tried.

BitCoin is becoming more mainstream every day. Many stores accept BitCoin just like they accept cash and checks.

Survival Frog accepts BitCoin for all transactions because we know how important cryptocurrencies will be in the future.

BitCoin’s stability and popularity make it the number one choice for preppers looking to get into cryptocurrencies.

#2 – LiteCoin

LiteCoin is like BitCoin’s younger brother. It functions very similarly to BitCoin, but it uses a different algorithm and functions faster.

The LiteCoin community is also more unified, potentially giving it more long-term stability.

LiteCoin has historically been less volatile than BitCoin, rising and falling much more steadily. This is a great crypto for those who are afraid of investing money in something that changes as rapidly as BitCoin.

#3 – Ethereum

Ethereum is different from most other cryptocurrencies.

First, it’s not decentralized. It’s owned by a Swiss company, which exposes it to interference by national governments. However, this also allows it to make improvements faster.

Second, what makes Ethereum special is that it’s known as a “smart currency.”

This smart currency technology has the potential to give Ethereum practical uses beyond just sending and receiving money.

Downsides to Investing in Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies aren’t a perfect investment. They have some problems, but you can minimize the downside by understanding the risk and taking precautions ahead of time.

Remember earlier when I said anyone can create a new currency? It’s true, and some of these new currencies are complete scams.

They get created and then promoted so the price rises, and the creator can cash out at everyone else’s expense.

This is easy to avoid by simply sticking to currencies that have a significant track record. If you stick with the three recommended currencies listed above, you’ll be able to avoid this threat completely.

Another potential downside to be aware of is that cryptocurrencies are electronic, meaning they can be hacked and your investment stolen.

However, this doesn’t sound so scary when you realize that the same thing is true of the current monetary system. Even with U.S. paper dollars, you could still lose everything overnight due to an out of control government and a financial hack.

Also, because the value of a currency is determined by supply and demand, there’s always a chance you could lose money on your investment.

Everyone’s financial situation is different, and I can’t give you financial advice, but in general I think cryptocurrencies are a good idea for preppers if you understand the downsides.

9 Reasons Preppers Should Own Mace

Sometimes preppers put too much emphasis on guns when oftentimes Mace is the better choice for self-defense.

Mace, the biggest brand name of pepper spray, can be just as effective as a gun and poses much less risk for the user, making it a great item to have as an everyday carry.

Don’t believe me? Check out these 9 reasons preppers should own Mace.

No Permits Required

One of the biggest hassles of owning a firearm are the increasingly confusing laws governing them.

Merely owning a gun can be complicated enough, but if you want to actually carry it with you, then the regulations become even more outrageous.

Many would-be gun owners get discouraged by these overbearing laws and don’t bother carrying a gun with them, leaving them unprotected against criminals.

On the other hand, Mace is legal and doesn’t require any permits to carry. This makes Mace a convenient way to protect yourself without having to worry about all the rules and regulations that come with owning a gun.

There isn’t even any paperwork to fill out. You can simply buy Mace like you would buy any other item.

Note: Even though Mace is legal, you still need to check with your local jurisdiction’s laws on when it can and can’t be used.

It’s Easy to Use

Using Mace is as easy as aiming at your target’s head and pushing a button.

The button itself is very easy to press, and canisters are usually small enough for a child to hold. This is why many parents have their children carry a canister of Mace with them.

Don’t worry about accidentally firing it. The safety mechanism prevents you from accidentally harming yourself or others who aren’t your target.

It’s Non-Lethal

Preppers who carry guns can be reluctant to use them. The legal implications of shooting someone, or even concern for their attacker, prevent them from using their gun to its full potential.

This reluctance to fire your gun can be the difference between successfully defending yourself and getting killed yourself.

However, you will not feel reluctant to fire Mace.  Mace is non-lethal and only causes temporary pain for about 20 – 30 minutes.

That means you can quickly spray Mace at your attacker without feeling concerned about what will happen afterward.

Since Mace is non-lethal and does not cause long-term injury, it’s easier to stay out of legal trouble.

Alternative for Those Uncomfortable With Guns

Not everyone is comfortable using a gun.

For those who are untrained with guns or simply don’t want to use them, Mace provides a low-stress way to defend yourself.

Holding a loaded gun and knowing it can kill is a completely different feeling than holding a canister of mostly harmless Mace.

If you’re unable or unwilling to carry a gun, consider carrying a canister of Mace rather than being completely unarmed.

Easy for Seniors to Use

The sad truth is that seniors are targeted by criminals because they’re less likely to put up much resistance.

The recoil from guns is too much to safely handle for some seniors and as a result they choose to not carry them at all.

Instead of leaving yourself defenseless, carry a canister of Mace with you to stop attackers in their tracks.

Click here for some easy self-defense tips for seniors.

Bypasses Gun-Free Zones

Even if you can legally carry a gun in your area, there are still many places where it’s illegal to carry a gun. For example, colleges forbid firearms on campus, but Mace is still allowed.

This gives you a hassle-free way to stay protected even in areas with firearm regulations.

Many criminals attack people in these gun-free zones because they know they won’t have much resistance.

By carrying Mace, you’ll take your attacker by surprise and keep yourself safe even without a gun.

You Work a Late Shift Customer Service Job

Robbers are notorious for targeting convenience stores late at night. Just search for footage on YouTube and watch the videos pile up.

If you work a late shift customer service job, then you need to be aware of the danger and take precautions.

Unfortunately, it’s usually against company policy to carry a gun while at work, but company policy rarely prohibits Mace.

Watch this video to see actual footage of this happening.

You Jog, Bike, or Hike

Other people aren’t the only threats to your safety. Animals also pose a significant threat in the outdoors.

If you jog, bike, or hike on nature trails, then you could become the victim of an animal attack. Bobcats and bears are just some of the potential threats.

Even in a more populated area you could be one of numerous victims of rabid dog attacks every year.

You’re Not Skilled In Hand-to-Hand Combat

Most people overestimate their fighting ability, and this overconfidence gets some of them into trouble.

Be honest when you assess your own skills. If you’re not an expert, then chances are any hand-to-hand fight will leave both you and your attacker injured, and it’s even worse if your attacker has a weapon.

Carrying a canister of Mace allows you to safely disengage fights, saving both you and your attacker some serious injuries.

Mace is an underappreciated survival weapon and has enough advantages to earn a place in your everyday carry.

The 5 Best Types Of Ammunition For Survival Situations

Many people are overwhelmed by the different ammunition types, especially when trying to pick the best types of ammunition for survival situations.

There’s a lot for survivalists to consider, such as: price, availability, purpose, and stopping power. We’ll base the top five types of ammo on these factors.

Stopping power is important for defending against attackers and for bringing down large game. However, bigger and more powerful bullets will be useless on small game.

Perhaps the most important point for a survivalist to consider is availability of ammo. Even the best gun in the world is useless without rounds in the chamber.

If you carry a gun that uses a common ammo type, you’ll be able to find more ammo long after your original stash runs out.

Generally, if a type of ammo is common, it should also be inexpensive. Therefore, all the ammo on this list will be fairly cheap. Be prepared to pay premium prices to stock up on uncommon ammo for older guns.

.22LR

The .22 caliber long rifle is a small but versatile round that’s great for survival situations.

The .22LR is one of the most common types of ammo, and you shouldn’t have any difficulty finding it in a SHTF scenario.

Its small size makes it great for hunting small game, such as rabbits and squirrels, though you’ll struggle to take down anything much bigger than that.

This lack of stopping power makes the .22LR a poor choice for self-defense. A hit to a non-vital point will do little to stop an attacker, especially if they’re wearing any extra clothing.

While the .22LR is certainly a great round for survivalists, it shouldn’t be relied on as your only type of ammo. You should also carry something with more stopping power.

A good gun that uses .22LR is the Remington Model 597 HB.

9mm

The 9mm, also known as 9mm Luger, is the most common type of pistol ammo and is truly deserving of its popularity.

After the .22LR, you’ll be able to find this type of ammo most easily during a survival situation.

The 9mm is slightly larger than the .22LR and packs more of a punch. This makes it an excellent round for self-defense and hunting mid-size game, while still being small enough to hunt small game in a pinch.

If you plan on using your 9mm gun primarily for self-defense, you should consider getting hollow point 9mm bullets, though the legality of hollow points varies from state to state.

Also, don’t get a revolver for survival purposes. Revolvers are too slow for emergencies and are prone to getting grit in the cylinder.

Instead, get a reliable semi-automatic handgun that’s compact and lightweight. The Glock 19 is an excellent handgun that won’t let you down during an emergency.

.308

The .308 Winchester is a popular sporting round that’s also great for self-defense.

It has significant stopping power while also having minimal recoil, making it a great rifle round for those who don’t have the strength to shoulder a rifle with heavy kickback.

These rounds can have an effective range of around 800 yards when paired with a rifle with a long enough barrel, such as 24 inches. Combining its range with a scoped rifle will give you a massive perimeter of control and allow you to fortify an area.

The Winchester Model 70 bolt action uses .308 rounds and is great for both hunting and self-defense.

5.56x45mm

The 5.56x45mm round, also known as the 5.56 NATO, is the most common type of ammo used by the American military. In addition to military use, many gun owners favor the 5.56 as their rifle round of choice.

Its widespread use means you won’t have any difficulty finding this type of ammunition when SHTF.

The 5.56 has amazing stopping power and an effective shooting range of around 300 meters, though you’ll likely never have to shoot that far. These attributes make this round an excellent choice for both self-defense and hunting large game.

The Colt AR-15 is an excellent semi-automatic rifle that chambers the 5.56x45mm round and will help you through nearly any survival situation.

12 Gauge

If I could only have one gun with me in a survival situation, it would be a shotgun.

12-gauge shells can take down large game, flying game, and is truly terrifying in close range combat against attackers.

When deciding on a shotgun to purchase, make sure to get a pump action shotgun rather than an auto loader. The pump action is simpler and will have less problems over time.

Be aware of the significant kickback that comes with 12-gauge shells. If you don’t think you can handle the power of a 12 gauge, then scale down to a 16 gauge or even a 20 gauge, though this isn’t ideal since those gauges aren’t as common as the 12 gauge.

Also, since shotguns are typically only fitted for one gauge of shell, you should make sure to get a shotgun fitted for the gauge of shells you plan on using.

The Remington Model 870 pump action 12-gauge shotgun is an excellent gun to have at your side during a survival situation.

While there are certainly many other types of ammunition available, sticking to these rounds will give you the best chances of survival.

Want to get the best prices on ammo? There are two ways to get it cheap.

If you like to buy your ammo in person, Walmart offers great prices. You can also buy cheap ammo online.

Cold Weather Gear Checklist

We need to take the changing seasons into account for our survival plans depending on what climate we live in.

Winter will be here soon, so I’ve prepared a cold weather gear checklist so you can add some new season-specific gear to your arsenal.

Guardian Disaster Relief Wool Blanket

Everyone who lives in cold climates should keep a warm blanket in their car.

If you got in a car accident or spun off the side of the road, how long would you have to wait until help arrived? Also consider that you might have to wait longer during a blizzard, or hold out until the next day if your smartphone’s battery died.

Keeping a heavy wool blanket packed in your car will save you during this type of situation. The Guardian Disaster Relief Wool Blanket is made of a special wool and synthetic fiber blend that’s designed to be fire resistant, dry fast, and provide you with extra insulation from the cold.

If you don’t keep a blanket like this in your car, you’re dangerously unprepared for winter driving.

Coghlan’s Waterproof Safety Matches

Fire is important enough during warm weather, but when it’s dangerously cold, having the ability to quickly make a fire can mean the difference between living another day and freezing to death.

Making fires is the ancient method of staying warm.  The problem is, starting a fire from scratch is difficult, and most matches and lighters aren’t weatherproof.

Coghlan’s Waterproof Safety Matches are the easiest way to quickly start a fire, even if you’re in a snowstorm and the matches are soaking wet.

These waterproof matches look just like regular matches, but work much better. Don’t be caught in winter without these.

20-Hour Body Warmers by Heat Pax

What do you do if your car gets stuck during a snowstorm and you have to hike to get help? Starting a fire won’t help you here because you’re on the move, but you can still bring a heat source with you.

Body warmers take up very little room and can be easily stored in your glove compartment in case you need them. Before you get out of your car, just open them up and stick them under your clothes for 20 hours of life-saving heat.

Body warmers feel amazing on a cold day, and they can make an unpleasant situation much more comfortable.

Survival Dynamo Flashlight Radio

Keeping a flashlight with you is always a smart idea, especially during the winter season when the days are shorter. However, batteries drain faster when they’re cold.

To be fully prepared for cold weather, you’ll either need to replace your flashlight’s batteries periodically or use a flashlight that doesn’t use batteries at all.

The Survival Dynamo Flashlight Radio is powered by a hand crank, so it’ll never die during a critical moment like a regular flashlight could.

Better yet, it comes with a built-in radio that plays AM and FM stations. Listening to the radio will make a cold, lonely night a little bit more bearable.

Mountain House Noodles & Chicken

An activity we do every day can do wonders for staying warm:  the process of digestion releases energy and spreads heat throughout your body, so eating a hearty meal can actually help you stay warm.

One of my favorite food storage items is Mountain House Noodles and Chicken. It has a 30-year shelf life, mixes right in the pouch so there’s no mess, and last but not least…it actually tastes good!

Plus, if you have to hold out for longer than you thought, you’ll end up craving food anyway. So do some prepping ahead of time and get one of these for your car.

BaroCook Flameless Survival Cooking Bowl

Is there anything more enjoyable than a piping-hot meal on a cold fall or winter day? I don’t think so.

That’s why I’m recommending the BaroCook Flameless Survival Cooking Bowl. It’ll help you warm up by heating up your food even in the cold.

It doesn’t use fire or require electricity. Instead, it uses a heat pack that’s included with the bowl. It can be used anytime, anywhere.

Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Ration

Here’s a great way to boost your calorie count without carrying a lot of food. Just keep one of these little food bars in your coat pocket and you’ll have instant access to 3600 calories in each bar.

That’s almost double the recommendation for daily caloric intake. You’re going to want these extra calories to help you stay warm during the cold weather.

They come in packs of nine, so you could keep one in your coat, a few in your car, and still have some extras for family and friends.

Dragon FireKnife

Knives are one of the most versatile tools a prepper can have in their arsenal, but wouldn’t it be great if your knife could also start a fire?

That’s exactly what the Dragon FireKnife is designed to do. It’s razor-sharp and is worth carrying as a knife alone, but its added fire-starting ability makes this an obvious choice for anyone living in cold climates.

The sparks fly off this blade at an amazing 5,400 degrees. That’s more than enough to quickly start a fire even when it’s painfully cold outside.

Remember, cold weather requires special preparations. Make sure to pick up some of this cold weather gear to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be this season.