“Toothpaste Dots for camping. Lay out foil sheet or parchment and make rows of dollops of tooth paste. Allow to dry for 2-4 days. Sprinkle baking soda on top to keep from sticking. Repackage in small bags. To use simple pop one dot in your mouth, chew, then add a small amount of water in your mouth and start brushing. This tip reduces weight in your pack. could also work for travel in general.”

Interesting thing I found on Pintrest, I wonder if the home made toothpaste in my last post would work this way too?


A couple different ideas for making paracord bracelets that differ from the standard designs. Both pictures that show the yellow center cord can be taken apart almost instantly by pulling out the center cord as opposed to having to undo all of the knots on a traditional paracord bracelet. The third shows a method for alternating colors by swapping the internal and external pairs. A large gap is left for demonstration purposes but if you leave them close together you get an interesting change in color pattern without cutting and restarting your cobra braid.

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DIY vehicle recovery kit,

Tool kit in the back of my F-150 pickup. I have always been a fan of the toolkits on older military vehicles like Jeeps and Tanks. I made my own kit on the cheap using the spring brackets for hanging brooms on the wall mounted to the inner bedside with self tapping screws. The axe was a little harder because it’s handle is oval shaped so the broom hangers had to be turned upwards 90 degrees. This was done using a one foot section of predrilled angle bracket (sorry I don’t remember the proper name) that can be found in the electrical and plumbing sections of hardware stores.

The axe is a Collins Boys axe (youth axe under other brands) chosen because it feels like a full size axe but is much smaller. A small head digging shovel with about 18 inches cut off of the handle. And finally a mini-pick.

The first aid kit is a modern military surplus vehicle first aid kit box held down by 2 cinch straps. To secure the straps to the truck use a soldering iron to melt holes through the straps to prevent the screws from fraying the webbing. Use large washers on the screws between the head and the webbing to prevent the straps from pulling off.

I will have an update on this project in the near future.

Don’t forget your pets in your preps and your bugout bags. Getting a set of bags for your pet (if possible) is a good idea, having your pet carrying their own gear takes the load off of you. If your pet is larger and can carry a little more weight consider putting a water bladder or 2 in their bags as well.

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How To Start a Food Storage Plan On $10 A Week

In my house we keep a storage of food and water that will last two people a full year. It might sound “apocalyptical” but in all reality, all it means is we’re ready for whatever life has to throw at us. You can start your own food storage (even if it’s not a year’s worth) for as little as $10 a week. Want to see how?