I’ve owned a Streamlight Nano for a couple of years now and have found it to be a useful backup light. It has gone with me on several overseas trips and has come in handy a few times when I needed illumination. You can read my review of this useful little LED unit over at Survival Life. SPOILER ALERT: I like it a lot.


I’ve been using PFI’s Z-Blade for several years now and have found them to be VERY handy. Not long ago I decided to write a review on this helpful tool over at Survival Life so hop on over there and give it a look. It is a great tool to have on-hand around the house and in your various kits. I own a bunch of them and they have also proven to be popular gifts. Give it some thought and consider buying some for your preparations.


The first article I wrote for Survival Life was a review of the Sunjack 14w Portable Solar Charger. Everybody should have multiple power backup sources for their battery-powered devices (i.e., cell phones) in case of an extended power outage. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, a solar battery charger is a good option. Read the review and decide for yourself if the Sunjack is right for you.


Not long ago, a friend of mine recommended a blog that focused on the specific needs of apartment-dwellers. Apartment Prepper is a helpful prepping blog that covers many of the basics of preparing for emergencies. Don’t let the title fool you either, many of the practices and principles mentioned on this blog are applicable to single-family domiciles as well. What I really like about Apartment Prepper is the primary writer for it, Bonnie Carr, is a normal person who is less concerned about TEOTWAWKI than more practical and likely events. This makes her blog more readable and understandable to regular civilians, which is why I enjoy reading it.

Bonnie also wrote the Preppers Pocket Guide, which I reviewed a while ago in this post. That book is a great starting point if you are new to prepping so I highly recommend it. You can click on the image below to order your copy today.

There is lots of good information on the site and her Twitter feed is worth following too. So do what I did and add Apartment Prepper to your reading list.

Sometimes a hidden problem can cause issues over a long period of time. What’s maddening about this is that the damage is difficult to discern and the affects not immediately traceable to the root cause. I had such an issue that cost me a lot of money and frustration before I was finally able to get it resolved. Hopefully you can learn from my experience so you don’t encounter a similar problem.

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It’s evident that prepping has gone mainstream, which is a good thing. When center-right political blogs like Ricochet and PJ Media publishing posts on the subject, you know prepping has gained newfound acceptance. One recent post deserves more attention since it represents actionable steps we can all take to make our homes more secure. This post talks about how to make your home a harder target and it’s worth a read. Here are some posts I have done on the subject that go into greater detail on some of those steps:

The goal isn’t to make one’s domicile into a suburban Fort Knox, that is neither feasible nor desirable. The objective is to make your house less attractive to a criminal so that he doesn’t target your house. Take the first steps now and see which of these actions you can take to harden your home.

Being prepared sometimes means planning for the worst, as in the end of you. We are all going to die, there is no getting around that. The only questions are where, when, and how you will meet your end. This isn’t anything to get upset about, it is a reality one has to deal with though. For the longest time I put this off due to laziness more than anything else. Preparing a last will and testament is a pain, takes time, and costs money…but every responsible adult should have one. A few months ago, I decided to correct this.

My employer offered a legal plan as a part of the benefits package, so I decided to avail myself of this service once my benefits kicked-in. I scheduled a meeting with a local attorney who was a part of the legal plan network, and within ten days, my will was done. I made multiple copies and gave one to the executor of my will so he would have it on-hand in the event of my demise. If and when my family situation changes, I will have it re-done to account for that. At least now, I have something in-place that provides clear instructions on how my assets will be disposed of.

In reality, preparing a last will is a courtesy for the friends, family, and loved ones that are left behind. It removes a burden from the survivors and can also help avoid probate issues. Of course, laws vary from state to state so before you create a will, make sure to consult an attorney who is familiar with the laws of your state. Like anything else, do your due diligence by researching the topic of will before having one created. Be sure to ask questions and know what are in the documents before you sign them.

Just remember that life will go on, just without you. Plan accordingly…