The United States civil war was a difficult time for our country and people back then didn’t have the luxuries we enjoy today. Even tough times were harsh and they couldn’t run to the corner market to get simple things such as cough syrup, they had the knowledge to make their own. Some of their household tips deserve to be resurrected and passed on to the new generations.
I travel a lot and even though some of my work projects happen near my home state, others will take me abroad in unknown areas. If you are preparedness-minded and you happen to travel due to various reasons, you should consider building a travel bug out bag. One that complies with various federal and international restrictions.
Our forefathers used many skills to survive. Tracking or “reading sign” is one of the ancient skills they left us. Some of their tracking techniques and knowledge can be found today in many army field manuals. Even though today we rely on modern technology for tracking and surveillance, their knowledge will become useful when technology fails.
If disaster strikes and you need to bug out, in order to survive without facing the less desirable elements of society you would need to have access to a large tract of roadless land. As you will see from this article, in our country, there are many potential bug-out locations that provide many thousands of acres of uninhabited wilderness.
Back in the day on the homestead, my father spent little money on his winemaking and he learned how to make all of his wine from ingredients he obtained from his garden, yard and even the woodlands. Making country wine is a lesson we learned from the pioneers and we shouldn’t forget about this legacy.
It took just a few weeks for society to collapse after the stock market crashed. Bank accounts were frozen, cash was a rare sight and it was pretty much useless, stores were looted and home invasion was a daily reality. Only a few people can remember what happened during the Great Depression and for most of them, bartering was the only salvation.
Before you end up bartering or growing a garden for survival, you must survive the first week on your own. If the power grid crashes, if an ice storm hits your area or if any other disaster will disrupt your normal living conditions, surviving week one post-disaster will become a challenge.
You can see more and more people wearing a paracord survival bracelet. You hear them talking about survival and prepping as they’ve seen it on TV, movies or after reading about it in various magazines. However, what the media transmits to the consumers does not reflect what true survival requires and this is how survival myths were born.
People end up back on the land for many reasons. Contrary to popular belief, homesteading requires a lot of hard work and passion. Many people think that today’s technology will make things a lot easier, and somehow you will not have to work hard if you decide to start on this path. While it has its place, technology is not all that it takes for homesteading success.
More and more people are choosing to leave everything behind and start a new life off-the grid. There is currently a tiny house movement and many families will downsize and learn how to live simply in small homes.
As functional members of our modern society, we are somehow accustomed to take things for granted. We become dependent of stores and the items we buy. Soap is one of the many items that we take for granted. If stores would stop selling this item tomorrow, we would have no clue how to make do without it. Luckily for us, there are soap plants that we can use as substitute when soap runs out.
Today, in our modern society we are all some sort of specialists. While we are good at our jobs, we don’t invest energy in learning new things such as preparedness skills. There is a false feeling of knowledge that is spreading due to the information available in the online world. We think we know a lot about how the world is functioning, but in reality we don’t know anything. Just because we can Google about how something works or how is made, that doesn’t mean we know how to act upon that information.
Having a vegetable garden of some sort is becoming a constant reality for more and more people. Gardening has been a way of life from the earliest days of the pioneers. It seems that in these uncertain times, a lot of people are starting a backyard garden just to deal with the increasing cost of food.