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15 Jun

A pill bottle fire starter is a versatile tool that works great in a survival situation when other fire starting methods aren’t available.

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How to Make a DIY Pill Bottle Fire Starter

A Useful Skill for Survival

This is a fun and easy project to do with your kids. It’s also a useful survival skill.

Fire is very important in survival situations. It gives warmth, provides light, helps you cook food and gives a reassuring feeling that you can survive any end-of-the-world scenario as well as a simple camp-out on the weekend.

A Great DIY Survival Project to Do With Your Kids

At home it is easy to start a fire, what with the fire starting devices that we always seem to take for granted, like a box of matches, a lighter, or the electronic igniter in the stove or oven.

Out in the wilderness, however, matches and lighters could fail and fire starting becomes a necessary skill. The weather can be both a friend and a foe, making the act of lighting a fire an easy task when conditions are dry or very difficult when it is windy or stormy.

A box of waterproof matches would come in handy in this situation.

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Fire Starting Tools Kids Should Know

Children have to learn how to start a fire and there are actually many ways to do so.

There is the hand drill, the fire plough, and fire drill that requires two people to start. However, these methods depend greatly on dry wood and grass. During wet weather or damp conditions, it is best to use a waterproof firestarter.

When your kids learn how to start a fire or at least make a firestarter, you can consider it an achievement.

The Importance of Learning How to Start a Fire

This is a basic survival skill every child should learn so that when they are left on their own, they will be able to keep their bodies warm, prepare food, drive away wild animals and see in the dark, too.

Starting a fire is something that every prepper, old or young, should know how to do.

Teaching these skills can be made exciting and fun by letting kids participate and get hands-on experience, and making a pill bottle fire starter is a great place to start.

Who knows, when that fateful day comes, your children may turn out to be the ones who will help you survive.


Watch this simple process on how to make pill bottle into a fire starter from Rated Red:

Whether you’re going camping or facing an emergency, you should be able to start a fire. That’s why it’s important to keep a small DIY pill bottle fire starter in your or your kids’ bags at all times.

Check out the article below to learn how to make a pill bottle firestarter, a fire starting device that can work in all sorts of weather conditions.

Get Your Kids Involved: How to Create Pill Bottle Firestarters – Mom with a PREP
Do you have any DIY survival projects that you like to do with your kids? Let us know in the comments section below!


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15 Jun

Stockpile on these prepper items each month. There’s no need to buy a truckload of them all at once.

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Survival Items to Stockpile on a Monthly Basis

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Is Stockpile Worth It?

As crazy as it seems, some people make prepping harder than it has to be. Learning skills can be hard, but the end rewards are so worth it.

The work can be hard, but the pay off is that jobs get done and you have accomplished something for the future. However, preppers still need stuff.

We can produce a lot of our own things and survive just fine. We still need the items that will make survival easier now and, heaven forbid, if anything bad happens.

These things are needed to keep our lifestyle simpler and easier if something happens.

Over the eight years or so that I have been prepping, I have some things that I buy almost every month as a stockpile alternative instead of spending a huge amount all at once.

Some months when the budget is tight, I might not purchase any of these. Then I appreciate having these things on hand!

Below is my list of things I buy every month. I don’t make one big trip and buy all these things to avoid stockpile complaints.

These items are added to my cart at the grocery store, department store, online shopping, and whatnot. I spend a little bit every shopping trip or online order to spread out the cost over the month.

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10 Preparedness Items You Should be Buying Every Month

1. Canning Lids, Rings, and Jars

I buy canning lids every month without fail at least 3-4 packs of them. This includes canning rings and jars when I have more room in the budget.

I don’t really think you can have too many of these things.

2. Soap in Any Form

This includes bar soap, body wash, dish soap, laundry detergent, castile soap, all-purpose soap, disinfectant soap, etc. I usually buy at least 2-3 things of soap every month. Castile soap is probably my favorite soap, but I keep a good variety at home.

I really don’t think one can have too much soap when you have kids, have a garden, and have livestock. Staying clean is a good thing.

3. Toilet Paper

Enough said. I really don’t want to be without it.

4. Paper, Pens, and Pencils

I write down a lot just to remember it. My kids use a fair amount of paper, pens, and pencils for school even though they have computers.

We use paper and pencils to draw and to entertain. Paper is important.

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10 Items You Should Stockpile Every Month

Budget is always an issue even when acquiring your prepping materials. Not all serious preppers can afford to purchase everything they need in a short period of time.

With that said, this simple strategy will help gradually achieve what you’re aiming for your survival items. Take your time and witness the progress in due time.

Got more survival items to stockpile and add to this list? Tell us about it in the comments section below!


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 23, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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14 Jun

Alternative energy is the solution for preppers who want to be self-sufficient.

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Alternative Energy Option: The Tesla Powerwall

Alternative Energy for Preppers

Some preppers are thoroughly committed to the self-sufficient lifestyle and build their own self sustaining homesteads. Others just want to decrease their dependence on the power grid.

These days it is not uncommon to see solar panels or miniature wind turbines on the roof of some homes.

The Tesla Powerwall

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We have talked about solar panels for homes and building your own system. If you have been using a solar panel for some time, then there is no need to mention the importance of battery banks to your system.

These rows of batteries are charged by the panels and the solar energy is converted into chemical energy for storage.

Tesla Powerwall: What You Need to Know

As usual, Elon Musk was extremely convincing in his most recent announcement about Tesla’s new Powerwall battery. Imagine: in a matter of months, you could be weaned off fossil fuels and start participating in the clean energy ecosystem of the future. Your home or business could be off the grid completely.

As solar energy is more widely adopted, a dedicated battery to store the energy makes a lot of sense. Without one, that excess power generated during peak sun hours is often sold back to utility companies, then purchased back when customers need it. That actually adds demand on power plants, increases carbon emissions, and overall, it’s not sensible or efficient. The utility providers can end up making money off of the power you generate.

So Tesla made the Powerwall, which works like most other renewable energy storage systems. You may recognize names like Alevo or Enphase Energy, if you’re familiar with the clean energy industry. This battery stores electricity from solar panels and helps balance loads from the grid. It charges during non-peak energy usage hours, when the rates are lower — like the middle of the day or middle of the night — then provides you energy during morning and evening demand, when rates are higher.

However, there is still no great economic return because the market hasn’t matured enough and installing a whole system of solar panels and massive batteries remains incredibly expensive, even though the Powerwall was announced at a much lower price point than the industry expected.

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Beneficial as solar panels may be as an alternative energy source, storing all that power when it’s not being utilized can be a challenge. What’s more, sometimes those batteries do not last as long as we expect them to, even if they may be of the deep cycle variety.


Alternative Energy Innovation by Tesla

Enter the Powerwall from Tesla Energy.

Elon Musk has done it again; the CEO of popular electric car brand Tesla has added another feather to his already well-decorated cap.

His new product was just launched recently, a home battery for your solar panels he claims will free consumers (that would be you and me) from the utility grid and at the same time provide backup power in emergencies or power failures.

Prepping for Natural Disasters

Being ready for natural disasters or the end of the world means being able to survive without depending on others for your basic needs including electricity. We all know power is the first one to go when things go wrong, thus it is imperative that we have some form of alternative energy.


Learn more about Tesla Powerwall in this video courtesy of ColdFusion:

After all, self-reliance or self-sufficiency is not all about survival; it’s also about saving our planet. In doing so, we may save it from self-destruction and we know what that would lead to.

Do you think this new alternative energy option by Tesla will be useful for emergency situations? Sound off in the comments section below!


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13 Jun

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