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Seasoned Preppers, “Bug Out Bag” Revisited


“The Coach”

I recently wrote an article titled, Seasoned Preppers, “Bug Out Bag”. I thought I had a good ideaPhoto _ 0 about what to use as a Bug Out Bag when I observed a roller suit case at the airport, while I was picking up a friend.

These days it seems to be the trend to blame someone else for your mistakes. This author will state something that is not often heard these days.

I was wrong!

Readers of my original article commented:

Kevin Mains” asked, what is in your Bug Out Bag? I will be addressing this in a separate article that I will be writing very soon.

D” and “Aves Bird” stated that luggage bags with rollers are a bad idea. They state that the wheels on that type of roller luggage often break or come off. 

Since I had not used one of these bags before, I did not know this.

The wheels breaking or coming off during an actual emergency Bug Out is TOTALLY unacceptable. Remember Murphy’s Law!

However, many of the commenters to my original article have given some great ideas on other options to utilize. Below are some of them.

Photo _ 1D” and “Sam” write a “Deer Cart” would be a good idea.

Aves Bird” writes use several smaller bags and pack them inside the larger roller luggage bag. This way if there was a problem with the larger roller luggage bag, you could take out the smaller bags and continue on.

Irish 7” writes he uses a collapsible, folding, luggage hand truck.

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Bill” writes, try a golf cart.

It appears to me that you could carry a military duffel bag very easy on the gulf cart.

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retiredtpt” writes, use a yard cart.

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Patriot One” writes, try a Storm Case and put it on some type of wheeled cart.

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r try a Rickshaw.

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But the last comment that “Patriot One” makes the most sense to me. His idea is to use a grocery store shopping cart.

I found this metal grocery cart on e-bay for $30.00. Yes, I know there are other ways of obtaining a grocery cart!

It was the comment made by “Patriot One” that got me to thinking. One of the most important things that you should do during an actual Bug Out, should you be unfortunate to have to leave on foot for whatever reason, is NOT to stand out. You should blend in with the other people that are also leaving. You should become one of the invisible people in our society.

If you plan on dressing in your BDUs and looking like G.I. Joe, pulling an expensive cart with a lot of items that other people need and/or want; you are making yourself a BIG target. You are going to stand out. You will even have the police stopping you and checking you out.

As far as what to wear if you have to Bug Out on foot. DO NOT wear BDUs! Just look around at the homeless people in your area. What do they wear? This is how you want to dress. You DO NOT want to stand out. If you like BDUs and have to have them, carry them in a plastic bag in your Bug Out Cart. Then, when you get where you are going, put them on.

What type of reliable cart should you push/pull if you cannot get out in some type of vehicle?

What type of cart do the homeless people use in your area?

Here in New Orleans, the only type of cart that I see the invisible, homeless, people use is the one that “Patriot One” suggests. The grocery cart!

The grocery cart is very durable. It can carry a lot of weight. You can tie and/or hang things from the sides of the grocery cart. You are pushing the grocery cart so your property is in front of you. If you pull some type of a cart, the items that you’re carrying in it are in back of you. That makes those items easier to steal without you noticing it. Also, if something falls out of the cart that you are pulling, you will probably not realize that it is missing for a while.

Another advantage that the grocery cart has is that you can put some of your weight on the handle to help steady yourself in case you have bad knees or if you need assistance in walking. Think of when you go to the grocery store!

When you think about packing whatever you decide to take with you, try dividing up your food, water, clothes, etc. into numerous bundles of equal size and then placing those bundles in plastic trash bags in the grocery cart. By doing so those small bundles become more manageable and pack easier. In addition, by placing them in plastic trash bags your items will stay dryer if it should rain. The plastic bags also keep the dust in the air off of the items that you have packed. Also people watching you cannot tell what you are transporting. If someone should run up to your cart and grab one of your bags and run away, you have not lost everything. Another advantage to using the plastic garbage bags is that you can reuse those bags numerous other ways, if need be.

You can even secure a pistol holster into the child’s seat area of the grocery cart. Then place some lightweight object over the handgun to conceal it. Your handgun would be almost immediately accessible if you need it and always in sight.

The one drawback of the grocery cart is the same one that the roller suitcase has. It is not built to go off of the street or sidewalk. However, how many of you senior citizens will be going deep into the woods. Or, would you just be trying to get out of whatever major city you are in, any way you can.

The larger pull carts, such as the deer cart or garden wagon, are great ideas and maybe the answer for you. But if you are a senior citizen, like me, with bad knees and a heart problem and decide you have to attempt to walk out of a TEOTWAWKI situation, a grocery cart seems more the ideal solution to my problem. How far will I get? I do not know but at least it gives me an option other than Bugging In!

I must admit that I do like the yard cart. If you have small children or grandchildren the yard cart would be something to consider. You could place two small children and the items need to take care of them in the yard cart. This beats hand carrying them in your arms. In addition, I think the yard cart would be easier to go off road and possibly take into the woods. If you decide that the garden cart is right for you, be sure to take a can of “Fix A Flat” and a bicycle air pump. These carts have inflatable tires. Again, remember “Murphy’s Law”!

A question came up that you should not plan on leaving wherever you are on foot. My thinking on this is that a wheeled cart of whatever type you decide on is just another option. You should ALWAYS keep all of your options open. Besides, if you are planning on using ANY type of gasoline or diesel motor vehicle in a major prolonged national disaster, you are going to have a problem. Gasoline and diesel fuel are a finite resource. In other words, sooner or later you are going to run out of whatever fuel that is required to run your motor vehicle. So, some type of wheeled cart should be a requirement in you Bug Out plans.


Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

Insulated Britches

By the WE2sInsulated Hiking Pants

Both of us now have a spanking new pair of insulated winter hiking britches with suspenders! We might add though, that it seems like most of the big box stores seem to think that women don’t spend much time out in the elements, and only want the “pretty little pink things” that could cost them their lives!
Now if you’re a hunter, you may find some camo jackets, pants and hats. In the past, we’ve relied on top quality insulated under garments beneath our regular clothing, which is fine…so long as the outer garments stay dry.  That’s why it’s often said “cotton kills”, because if you get it wet it doesn’t dry very well and will freeze to your body. 
We’ve been in a really cold zone this winter, and got a sort of “wake up call” that perhaps some of the winter under garments we’ve got may not be adequate to protect us in sub-zero temperatures.  We’ve both got quite a few wool socks, good boots for hiking, snowshoeing and just plain wading through deep snows.  We stocked up on knit caps when we found them on sale for $1 or so at a sell out, we’ve got neck garters and just about every kind of “keep warm” thing we’ve been able to find.  But, we didn’t have the water repellent, insulated pants that we can slip on over our other clothing.  Now we do. 
We’re always on the lookout for things we know we’d need in a crisis situation, and ways to update what we do have.  This was one occasion.  I’m sure there’s a lot of others who have a lot of these types of pants, but we were not among them.  It took these sub-zero temperatures to rattle our cage to the fact that if we were suddenly out in the cold & damp snow with no immediate shelter, we’d be hard pressed to survive long enough to walk to a place of safety.  We’ve probably been like a lot of people…”oh, we’re only a block or two from help” or “I can wave down the next motorist”. 
But in a really critical situation, do you want to be walking up to some house you’re not familiar with?  Do you want to wave down a vehicle that may be looking for something they think you may have?  Just a few thoughts that have been fluttering around in this COLD weather that a lot of us are surviving. 
From the WE2′s…hang in there SCP friends and stay warm!
Editor’s Note: This really is a good idea. I was raised snowmobiling and we always had these types of pants for the snowmobile rides. However, I can say that now all we have are the flannel lined, insulated jeans – which we do truly love – but they are not waterproof.
My mother loves her silky feeling, polyester I believe, stretchy long underwear under her jeans.
If you have never made the investment ($30-$40) in insulated jeans, I can tell you that they make winter a whole lot better in Minnesota. Bob asks for a new pair every Christmas. He wears insulated jeans all winter, so the life is about 3 years per pair of jeans. They last longer if you can rotate them more and don’t rip them or hit them with battery acid, but that is the reality of homestead life.

Disaster Preparedness Video

Twenty Five Minutes long, but I thought he made some excellent points.


Simple & cheap survival tool – the Magnifying Glass

Boy Starting a Fire with a Magnifying Glass

Alright folks – how many of you remember burning leaves with a magnifying glass when you were kids? I do. I thought it was the coolest thing to get just the right angle so that the suns light was concentrated onto a pinpoint spot. I would get a small pile of dry leaves, place that bright spot onto them and watch the smoke start to rise – then…..”Fire!!!”

Those were the good ole days.


Now I have to admit I had visions of building a giant magnifying glass – like a mile in diameter – and sending that super-hot beam over to the Soviet Union. Can you tell my age?

Anyways – a magnifying glass can be extremely useful. Whether it is reading small print, removing a splinter, or starting a fire – a magnifying glass is an inexpensive item to have as part of a survival and preparedness system.

Sometimes cheap and simple works best.






Importance of oil……

Think about it – there are a lot of uses for different kinds of oil. Now imagine no stores open and no way of getting any. How does your supply look?

Not too good? Me neither.

I just came back from the store after picking up some Rem-Oil for some shooting I am doing tomorrow. I have several bottles of it along with many other brands, but for just a couple dollars I figured I would add to my supplies. It got me thinking though. How many of us keep a large amount of motor oil for our vehicles? I haven’t. How about bar oil for your chainsaw? Me neither. How about 2-cycle oil to mix with stored gasoline? I have a few bottles – but not enough.

I am going to start picking up a couple bottles of motor oil every week or two. Firearm oil – I still need to add a few bottles as well as a couple of spray cans. 

Black gold….Texas Tea……

Got oil?


Simple things to make survival easier…..


For many of us survival and preparedness involve long lists of things we have……and need to get. Firearms, ammunition, knives, foods of all types, water, water filtration – the list goes n and on….and can get expensive. I got home from work yesterday and was paying some bills when I considered some items that could be a true benefit whether it be a severe power outage for several days – or a total collapse resulting in the grid being down and supply chains non-existent.

Whatever “it” is… will be less comfortable and more difficult. So – let’s get to it:

  • Paper plates, plastic eating utensils and cups – Water will likely be scarce and need to be rationed. Using water to clean dishes and silverware could be reserved if paper plates and other items were stored.  Disposal of paper plates could prove easy as they could be burned and used for fuel. The water saved from washing dishes and utensils could prove useful other tasks at hand…like drinking!


  •  Wet Wipes – With the inability to just jump in the shower likely non-existent.


  • Glow Sticks – Especially if you have kids, glow sticks can provide a level of comfort in that soft glow. 


  • Toilet Paper – This stuff will be like gold after the SHTF. There is not much that will take the place of it……comfortably.  Sure you can store away a few phone books and rip pages out – but it certainly won’t be the same.


  • Candy/Gum/Chocolate – Huge comfort foods and morale boosters! Inexpensive now and worth so much for your state of mind when you could really use it. Grab some Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, a few Hersey bars and a couple packs of Trident.


  • Socks and Underwear – Going commando and without socks just won’t make the grade. Unless your a women buying underwear that glitters with gold sequence - the stuff is plain cheap. Grab a few each – especially socks.


  • Bic Lighters – Cheap and soooooo useful!


  • Trash Bags – A couple boxes of trash bags will be appreciated to assist in disposing of trash, food and waste.


  • Duct Tape – Every one knows that Duct Tape can be used for so many things including shoe repair and wound enclosures.


Alright folks – what needs to be added to the list?




I’m a Yard Sailor….are you? Or, “A Prepper’s Best Friend”!


I’m a Yard Sailor….are you? Or, “A Prepper’s Best Friend”!

Submitted by servantheart, Editor at Large


‘Tis the Season, and I’m so glad! For yard sales, that is.

Well, shiver me timbers….don’t you just love saying that?! Just don’t “blow me down”. I would not like that. That’s an old sailor’s saying; it came from true sailor slang.

Shiver my timbers (or shiver me timbers using the possessive me) is an exclamation in the form of a mock oath usually attributed to the speech of pirates in works of fiction. It is employed as a literary device by authors to express shock, surprise or annoyance. The phrase is based on real nautical slang and is a reference to the timbers, which are the wooden support frames of a sailing ship. In heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to “shiver” the timbers, startling the sailors. Such an exclamation was meant to convey a feeling of fear and awe, similar to, “Well, blow me down!”, or, “May God strike me dead”. Shiver is also reminiscent of the splintering of a ship’s timbers in battle – splinter wounds were a common form of battle injury on wooden ships (‘shiver’ means splinter in some English dialects). – Wikipedia

What does that have to do with yard sales? Not much, except that I consider myself a “yard sailor”, which just sounds more fun than, “going to yard sales”. O.K., whatever…

Well, I love yard sales, garage sales, whatever you want to call them. If you, too, are a yard sailor, you know why. Yard and garage sales are a prepper’s best friend, IMHO! It’s amazing what we can find and what we are looking for probably is not what the majority of our competition is looking for, so, that’s good!

I have a confession. I am bragging here – well, maybe just a little bit anyway. I’m so happy about one of my latest yard sale finds, and a 50 cent bargain, at that!

What am I so happy about? A vintage SaladMaster with slight disabilities, bought for only 50 cents. You heard me. 50 cents! It came with all five cones; for this job, I am using the grater cone; which finely grates.  Love it! I’m grating six bars of Kirk’s Castile Soap, which I have hardened off for a month; fixin’ to make a fresh batch of laundry detergent. Always harden your bar soap off; it lasts longer and certainly grates more easily. After this, I’ll finely grate a block of cheese. Note to self: remember to wash unit  well before grating cheese.

Anyway, about the SaladMaster…yes, this one is imperfect; it has a few minor disabilities, which has nothing to do with its ability to perform well. Sound familiar? The non-skid rubber feet caps are all missing…will be visiting the local hardware as soon as I get a “round tuit”; I’m sure they will have something that will do the job very well, for little cash.

I found this little treasure in a box, in a yard. I’m not opposed to sorting through boxes of junk. – and this is why.

I did have to remove the old muddobber’s nest from one of the pieces, wash them thoroughly, including cleaning out the “crevices” with a toothbrush, then run the pieces through the dishwasher for a final cleansing. The metal was heavily pitted, as it had been improperly stored, so, lots of “gentle scrubbing” (is that an oxymoron?) with steel wool; she will never be “like new”, but she works just fine, so, who cares?!

My 50 cent bargain is also missing the guard that’s supposed to help keep your fingers out of the unit while you turn it, I guess. But then, if you look on ebay, you’ll find about a dozen for sale, ranging in price from $49.99 to $100.00, most of them missing this same piece, or, at least, the pin that holds it in place. If you’re going to stick your fingers down in this while turning it, you probably shouldn’t be allowed to use it…just sayin’…  J

What’s your favorite yard sale find? Are you a yard sailor, too?


A Prepper’s Guide to Storage Units

A Prepper’s Guide to Storage Units

by LB

Prepping can quickly and easily become a way of life, but it requires a lot of thought and a lot of space. It can also be expensive. If you rent self storage you can add space and save money while creating a secure avenue for supplies in the event of an emergency whether you are in Denver, Colorado, Cincinnati, Ohio, or anywhere else.

In this economy many people are lacking two things that would allow them to better prep; money and space. From the probability of solar flares to the questions of coming economic collapse and chaos, being prepared is the only way to be.

Secure & Accessible

Preppers understand the importance of putting together a good plan and every good plan includes a bug-out scenario. Unfortunately not every prepper has a specific location outside of their home for stockpiling in order to diversify their bug-out options. For those who keep everything at home, if you have no way to get your preps to another location much of your prepping may be for naught if or when you need to boogie out of Dodge.

So what can we do to gain needed square footage without having to move to a bigger place? Get a storage unit!

They’re Everywhere

Storage units can be found in nearly every city or town across the country, even most small towns have them. When planning your bug-out decide where would be the best place to secure yourself (and your family) when things go south. Be sure it’s somewhere you will be able to get to, there are no telling what obstacles will be in your way.

Renting a storage facility in a town near your bug-out location allows for a few things. You get to learn the lay of the land you will have to travel; you will also have a place for all of your supplies that’s secure (keeping your preps safe is important).

You Can Afford It

It doesn’t cost much to rent storage units. Equally important, you can get them in many sizes and in multiples if needed. You can often find coupons on-line or in your local papers that make great first time customer deals.

Depending on the deal and availability, you may want to get two that are back to back with an adjoining door between them. This is great for a couple of reasons; you can open both ends and allow for airflow when loading and unloading or taking inventory and you can have enough room to be organized so that when a situation arises you can easily get in to find what you need.

On Being Stealth

In general it makes sense to help educate other people by showing them what you’re doing, but there could be danger in that. People will come unglued in a short matter of time after a life changing catastrophe, especially once desperation brought on by hunger and thirst comes in. You do not want to be your “good” neighbor’s target.  

It’s best to keep your activities to yourself and closest family. You can cherry pick who else should be in the know. Having a strong network of trustworthy fellow preppers is not a bad thing, you just need to choose wisely.




I just received some news that I wanted to pass on to everyone. Longtime affiliate just informed me they are now offering FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders.

In my discussions with Kelley over at I made some suggestions on ho to reach out to more potential customers – including offering free shipping. Well – I know I am the all mighty and powerful John Rourke but he actually took me up on it.

Cool!! offers up a huge line of bags, backpacks, and bug out bags in addition to other preparedness supplies such as knives, cooking equipment, food, flashlights, radio’s, first aid supplies, and more.

So – go over there and check out and know that on checkout – there will be no shipping charges.


What did I do to prep this week?


Spiritual Preparedness.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin



What did I do to prep this week?

By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor


I would like to thank Servantheart for sharing with Harold our efforts here at SCP. And I would like you ALL to Welcome Harold as a new Editor-At-Large! Harold has an unbelievable wealth of knowledge and experience that he is willing to share with all of us! Thank you Harold for stepping up to the plate and sharing with us all!

Many hands make a light load! To become an Editor-At-Large is only committing to one article/submission of a YouTube video you think is important/Preparedness Tip/Great article you saw on another website that you think would be valuable for other SCP readers a month. And being part of a circle of committed seasoned preppers who are trying to bring YOU prudent, practical preparedness information—we talk about how to Serve YOU all the time! J

And as we are talking about service, Rourke has added an “instant comment” feature to the site which almost allows for a “chat room” like atmosphere in the comments section of a post. AND he has added “emoticons” at the bottom of the comments box for us to play with at the suggestion of Jonesobo100! Gotta love toys!

Since my week has been spent organizing my preparedness supplies. And I actually got into my Pandemic Bucket to get out bottles of antiseptic hand cleaners and single pouches for my purse and Bob’s pocket to, hopefully, stave off the flu that is so prevalent this year! It has left me with lots of time to think as I worked.

As preppers (I personally loathe that word, but whatever…) we concentrate so much on things. But with my Mother’s birthday this week, it has turned my thoughts to, perhaps, even more important preparedness issues. My relationship with my God. My relationship with myself (How good I am to me?). My relationship with those I love and care about. My relationship to YOU.

And what do you do for those you love and cherish? Mom has everything she wants, devoted children, and a wonderful man friend besides–she’s widowed. Purchased gifts seem so shallow sometimes. And perhaps my favorite memories with Mother were the times she would take us kids out to search for sparkly rocks in the dry washes and gullies of the surrounding countryside. So this week I decided to grab my bag of wire wrapping/jewelry making supplies, along with some pretty rocks and sparkling geodes, and make the trek to Mother’s house. We spent the time chatting and she picked out a rock for a fan pull, I wrapped a geode for a necklace for her and we traded rocks! J Time and memories, perhaps the most priceless of gifts.

And then there are the people who are in our lives every day; the one’s we most easily take for granted. Bob and I are ex’s, but we are together again perhaps because neither of us wants to be alone. He works nights; I sleep nights. But when he comes home in the morning, I rub his back before he goes to sleep in bed. And when he leaves at night, I always try to leave him with a smile. He may not come home… I may not wake in the morning when he does… But these little rituals prepare us for a day when everything will change; and we will, hopefully have no regrets in how we treated each other. Preparing for whatever may come…

Well, that sounds melancholy! But it’s not! Rather to celebrate each day we have because that is all we have. Just as we have faith and pray for guidance and deliverance each day, being good to the ones we love that are in our lives today is so important!

How have I prepared this week? Perhaps I have prepared beyond things and skills and doing. Perhaps I am preparing my heart for trouble ahead. Thankful all the while for what I have today!

I wrote this after reading a recent post on MSO on Economic Collapse Predictions which is a PDF that you can download and/or print, food for thought:

Preview of the week to come…

  • Emergency Power…..Now!
  • More downloads
  • Prepper List – Part 1 of 3
  • eBooks
  • An Underground Economy
  • and much more……


Okay Patriots, what did YOU do this week to prep?


Feeling Good

A smile for you…

DEAR GOD…. purple and orange


A Nun asked her Sunday School class to write a note to God……..

Dear GOD: Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones You have? ~~Johnny

Dear GOD: I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. ~~Nan

Dear GOD: I read the Bible. What does “beget” mean? Nobody will tell me. ~~Love, Alison

Dear GOD: Did You mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? ~~Norma

Dear GOD: I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? ~~Neil

Dear GOD: Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. ~~Joyce

Dear GOD: Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before You can look it up. ~~Bruce

Dear GOD: If we come back as something – Please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her. ~~Denise

Dear GOD: My brother told me about being born but it doesn’t sound right. They’re just kidding, aren’t they? ~~Marsha

Dear GOD: We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said you did it. So I bet he stole your idea. ~~Sincerely, Donna

Dear GOD: I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool. ~~Sara

From the site:


In God We Trust


Rourke’s Recommendations -

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Mechanix Wear Fast-Fit Gloves

Doulton 10″ Water Filter Ceramic Candle Filter Element


The Perfect Christmas Gift


The perfect prepping Christmas gift—an kerosene lamp! 


The Perfect Christmas Gift

By John from Iowa, Editor-At-Large



Time’s running out, and if you haven’t found that hard to get person a gift yet, you could be in potential trouble!


Here’s an idea that will hopefully help. Try giving a Prepping gift, like a kerosene lamp! Wally World has a nice selection of kerosene lamps at prices that should fit into any budget. There are various decorative glass styles, but they even have the old outside barn style too. This, with a bottle of lamp oil, would make the perfect Prepping gift without breaking the bank. The lamp oils even come in various scents if you want add a special touch.


If the time comes when it is needed in a power outage, you’ll be thanked many times over! Kerosene lamps are much safer than candles, and were used in our recent past for many years. Good common sense must prevail in their use though, as with any item that uses fire. For a long while they were the only source of night time light that there was. The Amish still use them to light their homes to this day.


Most of the lamps come with instructions on how to trim the wick. Remind the gift recipient to pay close attention to it and do it for the best lighting results.



Note- My name is John, and I’m new to this website. I’ve been asked to share some of my knowledge of Prepper related topics with the other users of this site. I’ve been prepping for close to 50 years in one form or another, and I look forward to working with John and Bev in bringing you the useful info that you might be looking for. If there is a particular subject you’d like more info on, please ask. I’ll do my best to answer it, or get you pointed in the right direction. I don’t have all the answers, but I can usually find someone who does.

                                             John from Iowa



What to do with $1000 right now…..

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This post originally appeared over at my other preparedness website – ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen HERE.

- – - Rourke

A little while back I read a post over at IfItHitstheFan.comconcerning a recommendation on where to spend $900 on survival & preparedness preps. I love thinking about stuff like this. It is sorta like “What would I do if I won the lottery?”

Back to reality. There are many people across this great country that are just now seeing the light and beginning there preps. For many of these newcomers the question of where to begin is ever present. Some people are taking things serious and are willing to sink some serious change into their preparations – so I figured I would throw my 2 cents in. For someone relatively new to the prepping scene and having no purposely stocked supplies – a $1000 can go a long way. Here are my recommendations:

  • Food ($350)– this has to be the priority.
    • Purchase in quantity what you normally eat. A good idea would be to sit down with a notepad and pen and meal plan for 2 weeks.
    • Remember that there may be no electricity so all food items in the meal plan have to come from the pantry.
    • Next – take that 2 week meal plan and make a list of all items and use that as your shopping list. If you are able to buy 2 of everything listed – that would be a one month supply.
    • Take into consideration any supplies such as cooking oil that you may need to complete the meal. Don’t forget about spices and other condiments.
    • Lastly – do consider shelf life (often on the package) as well as buying store brands and buying on sale to maximize your available funds.


  • Water ($50)– You have to have it.
    • Buy the basics – gallons of spring/drinking water. These can often be had for less han $1.00 per gallon.
    • Save soft drink containers, rinse them out and fill with tap water (mark with date).
    • Buy a few cases of bottled water.


  • Light ($50) – In the dark – you will wish you had it if you don’t.
    • Pick up a few quality LED flashlights. [LED will give you long bulb life & super long batttery life]
    • Buy a bunch of candles at the dollar store or local discount store, as well as some matches
    • Pick up a lantern-type flashlight of the larger variety.
    • Get extra alkaline batteries for all.
  • Medical/First Aid ($40)– ‘Stuff happens – be ready.
    • Make sure you are up to date on all prescriptions.
    • Get a decent first aid kit – usually around $10.00 .
    • Pick up extra supplies like common band-aides, burn ointment, diarrhea medicine, pain killers, triple antibiotic, cold medicine, etc.

Alright – up to  $490.00………….$510.00 to go.

  • Misc Household Supplies ($60)- This category covers a lot.
    • Here is a chance to stock up on cleaning supplies as well as some sanitation.
    • Include a large variety of solutions for washing clothes, disinfection, as well as personal items such as deodorant, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, shaving creme, and razors.


  • Self-Defense ($200)- If you do not have the ability to defend your family and supplies – you may up with neither.
    • $200 can work to get yourself a firearm to defend yourself – as well as possibly put some meat in the pot.
    • Check out the used gun selection at your local pawn and gun shops. You may be able to pick up a decent shotgun as well as some shells for it for the budgeted $200.
    •  Another consideration may be getting a decent rimfire like the Ruger 10/22 along with a brick of ammunition. I know, I know… is not the best gun for defense – but we are on a budget here.

Maverick Model 88 shotgun – $177 at Wal-Mart

  • Alternative Power ($50)- With an initial investment in supplies of $1000 – you can only do so much.
    • Stock up on batteries for all battery powered items you have and will need.
    • Try to standardize your electronics so you only need a couple of battery sizes.
    • Look for the best deal on batteries – and stock up.
    • Alkalines are much better than standard heavy-duty.
    • Rechargable can be good – if you have a method of recharging them.


  • Fuel ($50)- Stow away some extra gas for your vehicle and propane for your grill.
    • 10 gallons of gas right now is running around $35.00 .
    • Getting a 20-lb propane tank filled is costing around $15.00.
    • Do what you can.


  • Knowledge ($)- Get on the ‘net and start printing.
    • Sure – you can buy books – but if you are on a budget just start printing stuff off the Internet.
    • Place printed subject matter in categorized binders and folders.
    • Store some of the material that is most important in large Zip-loc bags.
    • Practice some of the skills that you think you might need – like firestarting.


  • Methods for Heating ($150) - Getting cold out? You’ll be glad you spent some money on this catagory.
    • Depending upon your region – being able to get warmth in the winter may be critical.
    • One possibility is to get Kerosene heaters and then stock up on fuel.
    • Blankets, blankets…….and more blankets.
    • Stock up on gloves and thermal underwear.
    • Already have a propane heater? Get more fuel.

Well – that’s $1000.00 dollars. This list isn’t best for anyone – just to promote some thought. If someone already has a defensive firearm – that money can be spent somewhere else.  Same goes for every other category. This kind of thinking can be fun – and get you thinking about your own preps and where YOU might spend $1000 if you you came into it. Any thoughts? Rourke

Video Week at…..5 Things Every Prepper Needs


Good video with suggestions on 5 things every prepper should have:


SeasonedCitizenPrepper has it’s first sponsors…….

I am very excited to announce that has obtained a pair of new sponsors – Ready Reserve Foods and Ready Reserve Ammo.

Here is some additional information on this long standing supplier of preparedness products:



Ready Reserve Foods is your source for emergency preparedness products, including disaster survival food and water supplies. Emergency preparedness means being ready for the unexpected with emergency supplies and survival kits.


Ready Reserve Foods, Inc. is here to help. With the most knowledgeable staff in the business and years upon years of experience, we can assist you with getting an emergency supply started or completing what you already have.


Ready Reserve Foods, Inc. IS the manufacturer of our products, so we have quality control from start to finish and can vouch for the products and methods we use. This year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary – 1972-2012 – in the emergency preparedness industry.  We’ve been helping people prepare with products that are real-time tested for longer than anyone else in the industry.


We do not cut any corners in the packaging method; in fact, we go above and beyond to ensure the greatest shelf life and most nutritional food in an emergency.  We use a Nitrogen Packaging System, or NPS, that is a tried and true method.  By slowly removing the oxygen and replacing it with nitrogen, you are left with a 100% oxygen free atmosphere inside of the can without adding any harsh chemicals or chemical packets to your food. 



Ready Reserve Ammo enters the market:

Ready Reserve Foods recently started another company packaging ammunition with the same method as the food.  By canning and nitrogen packing ammunition, you will never have to worry about rust or corrosion happening to your ammo.  Overtime, gun powder WILL absorb the moisture in the air and cause problems when shooting.  By packing the ammo in an airtight container and changing the atmosphere to a dry nitrogen environment, the possibility of that happening is zero.  The packaging also prevents tampering and becomes child proof.  This is our own patented process.  We are working directly with Federal Ammunition.  High quality ammo in high quality (reusable) packaging. 


They help support this site – please give them consideration when selecting preparedness supplies.

- – - Rourke

Local observations………..


Walking around my local Wally-World I came across a pallet of Augason Farms food. I was kinda shocked to see Wal-Mart carrying what is so obviously a preparedness product. I shouldn’t have been as a couple of local WM’s have started carrying a lot more ammunition and a large variety of firearms including AR-15′s. I think WM realized that preparedness is growing and they are trying to make some change in the process. Fine by me. I plan to pick up a couple of the Augason Farm pails.

Wal-Mart can be a good source for many preparedness supplies. Maybe I will write another post and do a “”virtual tour” of Wal-Mart and the offerings available. Great for someone on a budget – which is most of us nowadays.

Another store I visted was a new Academy Sports sporting goods store. Came across a flashlight (see picture below) that is waterproof, floats, come with a battery, and shines a pretty respectable 75 lumens. The light is not LED but for $3.99 I can deal with that. Great inexpensive alternative lighting.

 Keep your eyes open and not only can you find preparedness supplies in unusual places – but you can find some good deals to stretch the dollar.

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Favorite tool or preparedness item?


I have a lot of preparedness stuff – some inexpensive and some absolutely not. Some of my stuff includes what might be considered a gadget, some are tools, some are essentials.

If I had to pick a favorite prepper item – it would be the Gerber Suspension multi-tool.

I have had and used many Gerber multi-pliers and the Suspension is by far my favorite. Why? It is very versatile. It is extremely useful and rugged.

I also have some other favorites including a Ka-Bar knife, my Stag M4, and a couple of Streamlight Stylus Pro flashlights.

So – what is your favorite prepper item?


YouTube Video: Prepping on a Budget


Here is one of my favorite YouTuber’s – Sootch00:




Take care all – Rourke video: Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans


This is a decent video describing some basic preparedness steps for “seasoned citizens”. It can be viewed at its original location HERE.

Take care all – Rourke


10 Preparedness Supplies bought for less than $10.00 each


It doesn’t take a ton of money to get prepared. Many of us – “seasoned citizens” or not live on a tight budget. I took a trip to my local Wally-World to check out some inexpensive supplies that can be purchased for less than $10.00.

Here are a few:

  • Batteries – Needed for flashlights, radio’s and any other electronic devices that may be needed in a grid down situation. Purchase alkaline and look for sales. It is also a good idea to try to standardize flashlights and other battery-operated items on just a couple of sizes. This will minimize the chance of running out of one type of battery and making devices powered by those batteries useless. I like AA the best.

  • Bleach – Inexpensive and can be used to make water safe for drinking. 1/2 gallon requires between 5 and 10 drops depending on how cloudy/dirty it is. If water contains particles of “crap” – pre-filter prior to adding Clorox Bleach. It is best to store Clorox Brand bleach – no perfumed versions.

  • Trash Bags – Imagine how life would be if you had no trash bags. In an emergency situation sanitation will be very important to prevent disease . Whether it is food wrappers or empty cans of beans they must be disposed of properly or vermin will be visiting. I don’t like vermin.

  • Candles – Candles have been a mainstay of preparedness for a long time. When the sun goes down along with the grid – candles can provide a warm glow to light the way to the bathroom, upstairs to see the grandchildren, or to pour a glass of Clorox tasting water.  Inexpensive and safe when used properly.

  • Emergency Lighting – If the power fails in the middle of the night will you be able to locate your flashlights and candles? These small “nightlights” plug into any outlet and turn on when the power fails lighting the area where placed. I have several of these placed in hallways. Makes a lot of sense.

  • Flashlights – Another mainstay item of survival & preparedness. Flashlights provide not only light when needed – but also comfort and a sense of security. If little kids are around they are invaluable. Pictured below is a small LED lantern. I highly recommend that LED-type flashlights are purchased as they are much more durable, bulbs last just about forever, and batteries last much longer.

  • Fire – Need to light a candle? Want to start the fireplace? Light the grill? Grab a pack of Bic lights for less than $5.00. Matches are also inexpensive.

  • Seeds and Growing Containers – Some crops like lettuce are incredibly easy to grow. Seeds are very inexpensive. Depending upon your housing and living conditions lettuce can be grown in a container on your patio or porch. Have a backyard? A few packs of seeds and some help from a young neighbor or grand-kid could provide some food on the dinner table.

  • First Aid Kit – It’s bound to happen – that paper cut from Hades! Having a decent first aid kit around is a welcome addition to your preparedness supplies. Band-aides, burn cream, antibiotic ointment, etc are basic supplies that should be kept on hand.

Well – there you go. 10 items that cost less than $10.00 each.

Know of some other supplies that are great for the budget minded prepper?

Take care all -