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    Hi all! If you're reading this, the title intrigued you. That's the idea. I wanted to start a thread where members could come for ideas, to document, to keep the idea on your radar if it's not already. Not just disaster/zombie/bugout prep, but camping/self sufficiency, etc. Got out in the garden and got dirty? Post it. Aired out your tent and inventoried gear? Post it. Ran your generator for it's quarterly exercise? Put it here. Added to your pantry? Got to the range? It belongs here. NO POLITICS please. I'm starting not quite from ground zero after spending the last 13 months rebuilding after a good 20 years of accumulating gear, knowledge, and supplies so your posts will act as motivation. Let's hear what you did today!
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    I'll start. The last couple weeks, I've been jogging two miles after walking my dogs in the morning, weather permitting. It's been a while, and I need to lose a few pounds, build some endurance, and start getting back in shape. So that was todays prep.
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    Oat smoothie breakfast - 25 g oats blended into oat flour, 133 ml water, 16 g whey protein, 16 g casein protein, 12 ml omega oils, blended into the consistency of a melted milkshake. Nearly 1:1:1 macros with fiber and no sugar. Enjoyed with coffee made through a paper filter to not raise bad cholesterol, followed by a tall glass of Animal Pak vitamin powder which covers micros/antioxidants/probiotics. Pretty much feels like I can lift a car after that, and I'm down 20 lbs since New Year's.

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    Scout..... I just.... I KNEW you were my internet flashlight hero. And this is proof. Well, at least top 10- with much respect to Arch and the others for sure. Uncle reppans and WoodsWalker and many, many others. But yes. YAAAAAASSSSSSS.


    I am a life long Floridian and always had "hurricane" threats in the back of my mind. I am only 40 so don't remember the 70's gas and inflation issues and shortages. I didn't live through a WW or a Missile crisis. But the "cold war" threat had me thinking about the "worst case" at a pretty early age.

    Really, as a younger married adult with a child, I started out a firearms geek. During the y2k scare and the (later)first real "panic" over ammo and gun control, etc., I realized we COULD have limited access to more than just ammo and firearms. That's when I learned about "just-in- time" inventory and the limited foods in peoples pantries and the stores.


    SO- yesterday, I planted some more food (just some herbs, tomatoes and bell peppers,) reorganized some camping gear for an upcoming couple of car and then backpacking trips, fertilized the orchard (manure) AND worked out.

    This morning, I took the garbage (trash discipline ranks up there for me with keeping gas tanks at half full- if you've ever gone a while without trash service, you know) and cleaned out the chicken coop. While I was doing that, I topped off and rotated my 18650s in my EDC bag. Basically just maintenance stuff.

    Good thread- I hope to get some reminders and tips and maybe give some too!

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    Well today was an early start, 5am so up around 4 ish to get in. Extra jobs getting done with a shut down, robots, conveyors, all kinds of stuff. So naturally i get quite tired come afternoon haha. Making a start on doing bits of the garden, been maybe 3 months due to winter, so the grass is in tufts and i just cant stand it any more. This week has forecast 18oC temps, been cold (4oC) ish at night, but not freezing with the clear skies. So hopefully catch up on other days. Between this, dog walks, usually a later one and a torch of some type(mostly either a BOSS or MD2 of late) gets some use . Also Callum has his MMA classes, so this gets fitted in Mon/Wed/Thu and Sat for sparring class. My chill daily when i get a minute, is some netflix series of sort, also PS4 . Recently completed resident evil 2 and devil may cry 5,. Soon Sekiro should be here for some samurai kick a55 lol Thats my chill/unwind to help keep me sane.

    Planning for some future camping trips also, be it roof box or trailer for out gear. Will update with pics once i decide. The ven family camping bus set up!.

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    Great thread!!

    Today, I just organized some lights and checked batteries. I recently moved so I want to put some lights around the house. Now that I have gotten used to the layout, I know where the spots that make the most sense are.

    A downside of me moving was going away from a nice big hilly park where walks and runs were more challenging. I will have to figure out how to make up for that.

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    My prep today was buying another Zebralight SC32 for my GHB. I work just a mile from home in a super small village, and usually walk to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bignc View Post
    Scout..... I just.... I KNEW you were my internet flashlight hero. And this is proof. Well, at least top 10- with much respect to Arch and the others for sure. Uncle reppans and WoodsWalker and many, many others. But yes. YAAAAAASSSSSSS....
    Honored to be included in this list, and will have something to post here at some point, I'd imagine
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    My prep for today was searching for the right place/price to start prepping. Iím wanting to start easy and get some Mylar bags and buckets and maybe just keep rice and beans. For now. Easy to store, easy to prepare, easy to move if need be.
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    Bignc- You're far too kind- Arch and Woodswalker have forgotten more than I know about this...

    Today, 2 mile jog again and picked up an 8 pack of Energizer lithium AA's at Home Depot.

    Bigburly- Mylar and oxygen absorbers are a great way to add to the long term pantry. Thick bags, ziplock as well as iron the top, and oversized O2 absorbers took some of the worry out for me. Don't forget Quaker instant oats, in the big cardboard can. They "mylar" quite well. And don't forget to label the bags! There's tons of good youtube videos on the subject.
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    I embellish a little bit itís nice to not be alone in my paranoia. There are a ton of smart folks here I listen to for sure. . Today, I lifted weights and meal prepped some. Not much else yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigburly912 View Post
    My prep for today was searching for the right place/price to start prepping. Iím wanting to start easy and get some Mylar bags and buckets and maybe just keep rice and beans. For now. Easy to store, easy to prepare, easy to move if need be.
    Depending on many factors (spouse/s.o., finances, space, etc) I always say to start buying ONE more (unit, item, $ amount- whatever works) of whatever canned or dried things you currently eat. Can you get by TODAY for a week? 2 weeks? A month? Set a goal for that personal apocalypse before spending money on the zombies. And have multiple ways to get water!!! This is important for short and long term planning imho.

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    Great theme! Exchange of experience is invaluable

    Today I sharpened a knife and wondered what would happen if I lose all my grinding stones? Tools should always be able to sharpen, I have nothing suitable in the area, all the soils are clay and black soil, even there is no silicon deposit to make a stone chopper. And then I remembered the old way that my great-grandfather used. It is necessary to take clay, red or river, it should be cleaned, crushed several times and crushed. Need to find sand, fine sand, sift sand. Next we need to mix clean clay with clean sand. Put this mixture in the form of a circle, stick a suitable stick in the center and leave to dry. Then you can rotate this circle on a stick and sharpen the tools like an emery wheel.

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    Desert.snake- Both good ideas! I've been trying to use the bottom of a ceramic coffee cup, and also the top edge of one of my truck windows as knife sharpeners. I've got a long way to go, but both work in a pinch. Just can't use Mrs. Scout's coffee mugs...
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    i don't know if i'm missing the point of this but here's my prep: Thinking of myself...i've been too worried about my family, clients, work that my doc forced me into an early vacation. i meditated this morning like Deepak Chopra taught us in the 80's when we worked together at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, NJ where he interned (my mother was his nurse in the e.r., and she has all his books personally signed by him). When i was a police officer, i would mentally prepare myself before i went to work. then, soak in everything the sgt would tell us before we hit the road. Then, get into character before i drove out the parking lot to do my duties. it became second nature. since i retired, i don't do that any more, but i live in the outskirts of a bad neighborhood, distracted drivers still try their best to ruin my day. i'm more vulnerable now, and my current mental health is proof. i'm too stressed out. My patrol car was shot up 3 times and i remained calm, cool, and collected every time because i was always ready. one of those times, i was calling out the pursuit, and my sgt yelled at me on to get off the radio because i was so calm, he thought i was horsing around and couldn't possibly have been in a shootout and car chase.
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    I like it. Having gear and skills is useless if youíre dead from a stroke or heart attack because you were in bad physical or mental shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aginthelaw View Post
    get into character before i drove out
    distracted drivers still try their best to ruin my day
    my current mental health is proof. i'm too stressed out.
    Funny to think that people reading this a couple decades from now when transporting yourself by autonomous car won't involve driving will have no idea what you're talking about; if you read the book Blue Zones, about areas of the world where people live longest, they talk to a 100+ year old shepard [still at it] in Sardinia, who relates the story of once seeing a traffic signal when he was a teenager. Not really any secret to a long life there..

    Add fish/omega oils to your morning routine, that can help take the edge off of stress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bignc View Post
    I like it. Having gear and skills is useless if youíre dead from a stroke or heart attack because you were in bad physical or mental shape.
    ^This is key. It's a bit shocking seeing how many of these prepper folk are fully prepared for Soviet zombie ground attack but not for a blood test. If you won't last that long in civilization, you'll just go faster without it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    ^This is key. It's a bit shocking seeing how many of these prepper folk are fully prepared for Soviet zombie ground attack but not for a blood test. If you won't last that long in civilization, you'll just go faster without it..
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    I'll be taking inventory on paper today, and keeping that list with my canned goods. And some Eneloop AA's are "out for delivery"
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    I prepared for an evening chef's salad by swiping 2 hard boiled eggs off the breakfast bar at a hotel. Already had everything else ready, just needed sliced eggs.

    Later I did some knee isometrics as prep for climbing stairs after the salad.
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    Today's preps were load pockets with smallest, lightest flashlights since a quarterly checkup means step on the scale and I wanted to gauge how things are going weight-wise. Grams mattered today. (Spare batteries in jacket pocket.)

    Put on comfy shoes in case car breaks and walking is required.

    Next was guzzle a half bottle of water to ensure a sample could be produced for checking kidneys etc. Also swells veins slightly for easier blood draw for checking other 'old guy' stuff. Second half of water was sipped on during visit to thwart off bad breath during the process.

    Make sure check book had extras since doc don't take plastic for co-pays.

    Carry spare garments in case last nights salad causes sudden digestive tract purge. Years of poor eating habits are replaced with healthy stuff so my body is still adapting.

    Next prep was carry battery pack in case of auto breakdown and extra celphone battery capacity was capable.

    Carry spare phone from alternate carrier in case breakdown occured in no signal zone of carrier A.

    Give car once over for basic fluids etc.

    Give myself a pat down prior to leaving to ensure basic items are loaded in my pockets. Knife, clippers, chap stick etc. Check.

    Carry extra vape gear so I won't smoke if vehicle breaks.

    Carry cigarettes in case vape gear fails during auto break down.

    Carry spare lighter.

    Look to passenger side of car to ensure I didn't forget to bring Mrs. Fixer.

    Go to doctor, receive goods news then go home and drink a cup of coffee left in the microwave in case the kids drank the last cup in the coffee pot. Get home and coffee pot is empty.
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    I've been stocking up on canned fermentables lately. Malt Extract, Fruit Extracts, etc. In addition to Food, water, tools, etc. I'm gonna need some beer and wine when the Zombies take the grid down. Its pretty easy to make home made beer and wine and not a lot of tools are necessary beyond that you would also find useful toward other areas of prepping. For example, brew kettles can be used to boil pathogens out of large quantities of water, Mash Tuns can be used for long term water storage, as can the fermentation vessels, etc.

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    Today, I'm looking into a wild edibles woods walk class in my area in late spring. I missed one last year, and have been looking forward to another one. Books are great, but nothing beats hands on training. Also, it's Friday. Putting a case of Red Feather butter into my shopping cart online to purchase Monday. Oils and fats don't store well, but this stuff has a 10 year shelf life.

    Mr. Fixer with the most important prep of all- Don't forget The Wife!!!
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    Yesterday laid out some gear for camping. Today we are taking a short shakedown trip to a state park for an overnight car camping trip. It's been too long and we are backpacking in a few miles next weekend- gotta make sure the gear is still all good before living out of our packs for even 2 nights.

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    Those of you who are ready to try out some of what you've prepped - tonight's power outage practice is your opportunity..

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    Thanks for the link, SH. Proper Prior Planning and all... (Google "The seven P's") A couple of good friends and I are scheduling a "Bugout Weekend" this spring, basically car camping but the idea is one of the wives is going to actually pick the date and time, and "GO!" You have 20 minutes to have the car packed with what you need for an extended stay off the grid. Drive roughly 2 hours, meet up at our rendevous point, and take everyone's inventory before camping from scratch for the weekend. Makes you have gear in labeled totes, inventoried and checked. In theory. And makes you triage what fits in and on your vehicle.
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    Friday I ordered 4 cubic yards of garden soil.
    I have a tractor with a front loader and we are going to add 10 more raised garden beds.
    We have 10 beds that are 4'x12' and they also need some fresh soil added. We pressure can enough vegetables every year so we know what we are eating. This year we will have beats, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini,squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, green beans, onions, peppers, soup beans, sweet corn and popcorn, cucumbers, and I'm sure I'm missing something.
    My wife enjoys the garden and it's pretty nice having a couple years worth of canned food.
    We canned venison for the first time last fall and it turned out great. I'll add some pictures when I start building the new beds with details on what has worked for us and what we have learned from past mistakes. Dan

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