Solo Prepper http://www.soloprepper.com A place to prepare individuals for the worst possible situations. Sat, 13 May 2017 21:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 How to survive in the cold. http://www.soloprepper.com/how-to-survive-in-the-cold/ Thu, 11 May 2017 17:00:58 +0000 http://www.soloprepper.com/?p=655

How to survive in the cold:

When it comes to the winter months in the year, typically December through February and you’re stuck outside in the cold, you’re going to need to know how to survive and overcome the cold. Whatever the scenario is when it comes to the cold you need to prepare the same. Throughout this post, I will be going over the simple things that you can do to prepare to survive in the snow or just the sheer cold. Remember, as always, the sooner you prepare for all things, the better off you will be when the time comes to a survival situation.

 

Knowing the simple rules of the cold:

The cold is one of the most dangerous situations you can be in when it comes to a survival situation. You need to understand that there are different climates within the winter season and it depends on what part of the world you are in. For instance, if you’re in Flordia during the winter it would still be good to be prepared but your chances of freezing to death are slim. Compared to if you were in Montana or northern Idaho you need to be extra prepared because it gets below zero there. So the first step is knowing your terrain and the types of winter those areas produce. The second thing you need to remember is that the colder it is the more dangerous it is and the more easily it can kill you. Third, know what the main killers of the cold are. 1) Frostbite, 2) Hypothermia, 3) Hypoglycemia. If you can avoid these three problems you will have a better chance of surviving the cold.

Understanding Frostbite:

If you don’t know what frostbite is then it’s your time to learn because when it comes to surviving in the cold this is something you have to understand for survival. Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to the extreme cold and the water freezes within the skin cells of the body. The normal parts of the body that experience frostbite are the hands, feet, and the face. You can get it anywhere on the body if it’s exposed long enough. Your worst enemy when it comes to frostbite is the wind chill in the area you are in. The higher the wind chill the higher the chances for frostbite. (Wind chill is when the lowering air tempature is caused by the wind.) To explain it better refer to the chart below. The beginning stages of frostbite are called frostnip. That’s when you will not be able to feel certain parts of the body and they will turn different colors. These are the beginning stages of frostbite but you can still save the body part that’s being affected. For example, if its the tips of your fingertips that are exposed you’re going to want to put your fingers under your armpits because that is the warmest part of the body. If you can do this you will save your fingers and the nerves in them.

Knowing your resources:

The cold can be brutal and even deadly. To avoid serious situations that are between life and death you need to know what resources are around you. While trying to stay warm this is the first things you need to do when stranded in the cold. Look for resources such as the simple things in life you need to live such as food, shelter, heat, and water. If you can start a fire you can use it to boil down snow for fresh water. Depending on the terrain there are different shelters you can make such as a lean-to with a tree or if you have lots of snow, a snow cave works great if you can properly make one. Finding dry material to burn can be tricky in these situations, depending on the situation it can be easier than others.

Get out of there:

Last but not least to surviving in the cold is getting out of the cold. You need to get out of the situation your in at all cost, your life will depend on it. Your body can’t survive out in those kind temperatures without the proper winter gear. Without the proper gear, there is a good chance of hypothermia or frostbite. Your main goal is to find another person that might know their way around, look for a road or a trail that might lead you to safety, look for aircraft in the skies and try to warn them that you are stranded with something reflective of a smoky fire. If you do see and aircraft and they circle your position stay put where you are. When they circle like that it means they know your location and they will most likely call for help. It will be hard in a situation like that but find your way out or you might not be around for very long.

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–Written by: Daniel Lee (SoloPrepper) 5/11/2017

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Guns and Prepping. http://www.soloprepper.com/guns-and-prepping/ http://www.soloprepper.com/guns-and-prepping/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:50:59 +0000 http://www.soloprepper.com/?p=564

Guns and Prepping:

This blog post will be dealing with guns and how they are a big part of being prepared in today’s world. There are so many situations and scenarios that if we had a gun it would change the situation for the better. There are no negatives to owning a firearm. Firearms keep you and your families safe from those that would be looting and killing during a crisis. Guns are a major political topic in the United States right now, but Solo Prepper is pro-gun and stands with the second amendment. I’m not here to discuss politics with y’all, but I’m here to go over the many benefits of owning a gun.

Why own a firearm?

Owning a firearm can help in many scenarios, especially when it comes to a life or death situation, but why own a firearm? There are so many benefits that a firearm can bring to you and your family. The main one is protection. You want to be safe at all times especially in a scary situation. A gun is one of the main things that is going to keep you protected. Another Benefit that firearms can bring you is a sense of security. It is so important to have a sense of security during a catastrophic event, sometimes your gun will be the only thing that will keep you from panicking and the only thing that brings you a clear mind so can focus on survival.

Where to start with Guns:

A lot of you reading this might own a gun, but for those that don’t, where do you start when you are making the decision to purchase a gun? The first thing to do is to research the guns laws in your particular state and to abide by those. Second, do research and watch reviews of the gun you are thinking about purchasing and make sure it’s everything you are looking for in a gun especially when it comes to self-defense and security. Your best places for purchasing the guns you are looking into will be the internet, gun shows, and gun shops. When it comes to home defense shotguns will be your best bet. For more out in the field agendas, assault rifles. When looking for concealment, a handgun.These will be the weapons of choice that will benefit you mostly when it comes to defense.

Becoming Familiar with your firearm:

You have found the gun that best fits your circumstances, so now what? It’s time to become familiar with it. Gun safety should be the number one thing on your mind whenever you are holding a gun or even looking at one. It’s critical to be trained by someone who knows guns inside and out so you can get that proper training and especially that safety training. Learn how to properly fire your weapon and begin target practice. The more target practice you have with your gun the better chances of hitting your target when it comes down to needing it in a real life defensive situation. Learn also how to take apart your gun and clean it properly. you don’t want to have all that training with your firearm for it to jam in a situation where you needed it most because of a dirty gun. Learn to take it apart and also put it back together. Those are your first steps to becoming a responsible gun owner.

Becoming the professional gun owner:

At this point, you are familiar with your weapon and know how to properly use it. Now it’s time to take it to the next step. To become a professional gun owner you will have to learn from the professionals. There are many different types of guns and professionals to go with them. For example, if you wanted to become a professional in active shooter scenarios you would contact an active shooter instructor. If you wanted to become as good of a shooter as a navy seal and learn their firearm tactics, you would contact a navy seal instructor or read books they have written. There is also a place that you can learn from some of the best gun instructors in the country. A free event, coming up, called The Dueling Gun Summit. This gun summit is a free event from October 24 – October 31st, 2016. There will be some of the biggest gun gurus from across the nation talking about specific gun topics with the host Tim Andersen CEO and founder of The Man It Up Academy. The goal is to educate people across the country on guns and everything about it.

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There is so much to learn about guns and I hope you can take something from this and apply it. Stay tuned on soloprepper.com to learn more. If you thought this post was helpful in any way please leave a comment and please share on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Copy the URL above and post it to your social media. Thank you

Written by: Daniel Lee (SoloPrepper) 9/30/16

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Beginning steps on long term prepping. http://www.soloprepper.com/beginning-steps-on-long-term-prepping/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:33:55 +0000 http://www.soloprepper.com/?p=535

Basics of Long-term prepping:

Preparing for a long term basis, one of the most difficult things when it comes to prepping. In this article, I will be going over a few basic things we can do to begin preparing for long-term survival. This will be a summary for this section so all the major details will be in the later post regarding long term prepping. Just know when it comes to long term prepping it takes patience, time, and money but in the end, it will be worth it.

Finances:

If you your goal is to be an avid prepper and to prepare for long-term situations then the first thing you are going to need to do is to be financially prepared to purchase different long-term survival items. It all comes down to budgeting. If you want to prepare in a shorter amount of time you will put a larger percent from each paycheck towards prepping. If You want to make it a long term thing then take a small percentage out of your paycheck to purchase items. It’s up to you how fast you want to be fully prepared. Most people take their time when it comes to preparing for long-term situations. Be frugal with your money so you can be prepared for when the time comes.

Food Storage:

Once you figure out how much you wanna put towards long term prepping on a monthly basis, you most likely want to start off building up your food storage. Food storage is essential when it comes to long-term survival. Food storage is built up of your food supply and water supply. There are a lot of different food storage supply companies that you can purchase from. Another method for food storage is to collect canned foods with very long expiration dates. We’re not looking for high-quality meals but we are looking for the essential nutrients that are bodies need every day. For example, my father has a food storage built up of water, bags of pinto beans, and lots of bags of steel cut oats. He has many other things but those are the main things that make up his food storage. Food that lasts forever and that will give you the nutrition you need in troubling times, this is the food you want to have as your main source of food storage.

Home Defense:

Guns, Its a giant discussion in the United States right now. Without guns say goodbye to defending yourself. When it comes to a major catastrophic event do you want your house to be a gun free zone or a home defense barricade? I’m gonna go with a home defense barricade. Home defense is essential in a survival situation. There could be people looting and killing on the street so you want to be ready. Your best choice for home defense weapon will be a semi-automatic assault rifle or a handgun. If you purchase a handgun learn the concealed carry laws in your state and get one if you can, it’s good to always be prepared. If you have never shot a gun, learn. Go to you local shooting range and bring your own gun or rent one there and trainer yourself on gun safety and target practice because when the times comes you’re gonna be glad you practiced.

Home Essentials:

Once you have your finances in order, Food storage stocked up and home defense prepared then comes home essentials. What are home essentials? They are items that you should have to make life just a little easier for you during a crisis. There are many home essentials you should have but I will be going over a few today. Some of the main ones you should stock up on are toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, body wash, shampoo, a ham radio, tools and blankets. There are many things you can include but make sure to stock up on the most important things first. You won’t regret having those simple everyday essentials when it comes to a crisis.

As you apply these four tactics in your long term prepping you will be ready when the time comes. Finance’s, food storage, home defense, and home essentials are your start in long term prepping. Remember to take it slow. Preparing for long-term situations takes a while to prepare for. Be patient and practice different scenarios. You will be ready when the time comes. If you thought this post was helpful in any way please leave a comment and please share on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Copy the URL above and post it to your social media. Thank you

Written by: Daniel Lee (SoloPrepper) 9/7/16

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Survival…Where to start? http://www.soloprepper.com/survival-where-to-start/ http://www.soloprepper.com/survival-where-to-start/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:31:04 +0000 http://www.soloprepper.com/?p=486

Where to start:

Surviving. It’s one scary word, especially when you have to put it into action. Where do you even begin when it comes to preparing to survive with little to no items? Solo Prepper here will help you with that. When you prepare yourself for survival situations the easier they will become. If you ever end up in a situation that threatens your life that’s when your survival instincts kick in and I’m here to give you a few tips on where to begin preparing for many different survival scenarios. Throughout this blog post I will be giving ideas for certain survival tips. My goal later on is to Blog on each of these subjects alone. Everything I know about each subject will not be in this post but in later ones.

1. A clear mind:

You just had to flee your home because of major catastrophic events and you have lost almost everything in the process. There are many scenarios but when it comes to Prepping / survival you need to have a clear mind set. In survival situations there will be times you have to make major decisions that your life depends on. When you are in those situations you need to have a clear mind set. It will be hard not to be feeling every bad emotion out there during these situations but you have to put them aside and focus on surviving. There are many scenarios for survival situations but having a clear mind set is by far one of the most important things to have when it comes to survival.

Shelter:

After you have a clear mind you want to search for a shelter. Shelters can range from a lot of diffrent things, and also depending on the terrain you’re in. If you have a tent with you that’s great, use it and keep it functional. I will go over a very simple listing of shelters for survival. When looking for a shelter in any terrain you want to look for a mass of some kind to sleep under and to call home till you find or build something permanent. For example a large tree, large rocks, large brush, etc… Anything is better than sleeping in the wide open with no cover. Next thing you want to do when you find a large mass is to lean anything you can find against it. At a time like this you are looking for anything that can lean up against your shelter. Some examples would be, sticks, brush, etc… Anything you can lift and carry that can shelter you. Your main objective of a shelter is to keep you dry and warm. If you can accomplish that you have successfully completed the step on building a shelter.

Water:

Shelters are very important to have especially in harsh weather but next on the list is a fresh source of water. The human body can not survive more than three days without water. Three days is a pretty short time so that means it’s the number two priority while in the wilderness. If you have a supply of water you still need to know how to locate water because your surplus will run out eventually. Here are just a few to get you started. First is to head down hill. Water Flows with gravity which is down. Look for hills to go down. Further down you go the better chances of water. Second listen for water. Stand still and put your listening ears on. If you hear what sounds like rapids or a waterfall, head in that direction. If you find a good source of water and your shelter is not built near it you might want to consider rebuilding near your water source. Remember, stay hydrated!

Fire:

The next thing you want after you have your shelter and water is your source of heat. Your only sources of warmth outdoors is going to be the sun, your clothing, other humans, and the most important, fire. Fire should be your main source of warmth when it comes down to it because you can always make fire. It might be hard depending on your circumstances but I’m going to go over a few basics you can do to start a fire. The traditional rub two sticks together to make a fire, it actually works believe it or not. Get ready to waste a lot of energy doing it but if all you have are pieces of wood then get spinning! There are very smart ways of doing this especially if you have some rope and a knife but i’m giving an example for if you have nothing at all. You want to find a very dry piece of wood that’s flat on both sides. Then find a well rounded stick that won’t break while putting some pressure on it. make a notch in the flat piece of wood and set the stick in it and start spinning it between your hands. Have small pieces of wood nearby to get a baby fire going when that time comes. If you have pocket lint, a tree that has lots of fibery bark, weeds, or dry grass use it as your fire starter. When you start to see smoke lightly blow in the hole of the notch and keep repeating until you see a flame. You have to have warmth so make fire a priority.

5. Food:

Last but not least on the list for what you need in the wilderness is food. Food is somewhat of a high priority because your body needs those calories and energy because you’re going to be working harder than normal trying to survive. The body can go about three weeks without food before not being able to function properly. You will be weak but still functionable before that three week mark, that’s why it’s a lower priority on the list. The normal man should be intaking 2400 calories per day and the normal women should be intaking at least 2,000 calories per day. Meeting these requirements while in the wilderness with nothing might be kind of tough. There are many ways to catch wild animals for a source of food. Snares are probably your best bet while in the wilderness. If you don’t know what a snare is I’ll explain. A snare is a contraption to lure in small or large animals to a trap that will either crush them or hang them in a tree. While you’re sleeping or away the snare is there to catch every creature that walks by. It’s hard to explain how to build a snare in words so the picture below will be a diagram on simple snares to make for small animals(You will need some kind of rope or wire). If you don’t have wire or rope there are snares where you can use holes to catch animals or crushing them with rocks(Diagrams below). When you catch your wildlife you need to learn how to gut them and cook them, all animals are different when it comes to gutting them. Remember the more you practice making snares the better and more successful you’ll be at trapping animals when it comes time to needing food.

Now you have an idea of where to begin in a survival situation. I will be posting more about these subjects in the future. There is much more to learn when it comes to prepping/surviving so stay tuned on soloprepper.com to learn more. If you thought this post was helpful in anyway please leave a comment and please share on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Copy the url above and post it to your social media. Thank you

Written by: Daniel Lee (SoloPrepper) 8/23/16

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Where to begin With Prepping/Survival? http://www.soloprepper.com/where-to-begin/ http://www.soloprepper.com/where-to-begin/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.soloprepper.com/?p=223

Where to begin:

A Lot of people have an idea of what prepping is but they have no idea where to start. Before you even start with the big projects we need to think of ” what if something happened tomorrow, would I be ready”? If we have that question in our mind we will be on the right path from the beginning. We need to think about tomorrow. What are we going to do today to prepare for tomorrow? I have come up with a list of things we should accomplish before we start preparing for the long term so we will be safe tomorrow.

1.Your Bug out Bag.

What is a bug out bag? A lot of people just learning about survival and prepping don’t really know the lingo yet. Let me explain, a bug out bag is a bag of any sort, usually a large pack full of things that will help you while you’re living in the wilderness. It consist of many tools you need to survive. The main things you want to have in your bug out bag is a tent for shelter, a knife, a gun (if you own one), first aid, sanitation, lights, a week’s supply of food, and water. Those are the main things you want in your bug out bag but there are many more. I will be putting together a bug out bag checklist that you can print out. Bug out bags are your source of survival so this should be one of the first things you do as a Prepper/survivalist. Remember you’re not crazy no matter what the rest of the population says. You will be ready to survive when all others will be wishing they had prepared themselves.

2.The outdoors.

We as humans tend to overthink everything especially when it comes to projects such as this one. Don’t over think it and take it one step at a time. When it comes to being in the outdoors we don’t typically have the luxuries of our warm cozy homes. One of the first steps on where to begin is to become familiar with the outdoors. This might take some time to get use to no matter who you are. The more you’re outside the better and more prepared you’ll be when it comes time to leave your warm cozy home and flee into the wilderness. Become familiar with the terrain in your area because it’s different everywhere and think to yourself of the pro’s and con’s of certain areas. When you find the terrain that fits your situation the best, that’s where you want to spend your time outdoors so you can become familiar with the area. The terrains and locations that you become comfortable with will most likely be the place you bug out to in catastrophic events.

3.Know your surroundings

When you become familiar with the outdoors, especially in the area where you tend to live, then you should move onto knowing your surroundings. What I mean by knowing your surroundings is to have an specific place in your mind in the wilderness that you -and if you have a family- can head to in a major catastrophic event. This means you want to choose a place that is not around other people, where no one will find you because in major catastrophic events the number one thing people will do is panic because none of them will be prepared and that’s when the looting, stealing, and killing begin. You want to be away from cities and in the wilderness. Choose a place you can camp out, and when you choose that area, walk around it and become familiar with it. Buy a map and a compass and have your area that you have chosen marked on the map. Know how to get there with multiple different routes because you never know what’s going to happen during major catastrophes. Always be aware of your surroundings.

4. Practice

Once you know your bug out location and have become familiar with it, that’s where the practicing comes in. What I mean about practicing is to have a emergency plan that is step by step, starting with being in your home and finishing being at your bug out location in a decent amount of time. Remember time is your best friend in an evacuation scenario. You want to time yourself in these practicing routines on how fast can you get from point A to point B. You should have a routine setup for different scenarios. It might seem ridiculous but in those events you will be ready. Normally you want your bug out location to be no more than a 20 minute drive from your home. There are so many scenarios for example: An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) has gone off and there is rioting in the streets of the city. During an EMP strike, no motor vehicles work so you would have to make the hike to the bug out location. That means practice hiking with your bug out bags from your home to your bug out location. There are many examples because anything can happen. The more routines you practice to get from point A to point B, the more prepared you will be when a large scale event happens. Practice makes perfect as my father has always told me.

Now you have an idea of where to begin when it comes to preparing/surviving. There is much more to learn when it comes to prepping so stay tuned on soloprepper.com to learn more. If you thought this post was helpful in anyway please leave a comment and please share on your Facebooks and Twitter accounts. Copy the url above and post it to your social media. Thank you

Written by: Daniel Lee (SoloPrepper) 8/18/16

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