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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Keeping Your Powder Dry—How to Store Ammunition Using a FoodSaver

A big part of prepping is stocking up self-defense supplies—not only to protect your life-saving food and water, but to barter and trade for other goods and services. In addition, a huge part of prepping is OPSPEC—not letting others know what you have. Stockpiling guns and ammo isn’t exactly easy. Where to put it all without others finding out? Using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, I have started packing my ammo in various sized packages for a more organized and orderly storage of my long-term preps.

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Camping & Survival

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist: Katrina—Years Later

Nine years ago today, the third worst hurricane in Untied States history displaced hundreds of thousands, killed 2,000 and did billions in dollars worth of damage. That hurricane was Hurricane Katrina and it changed the city of New Orleans and its people forever. We are smack dab in the middle of hurricane season and on the even of National Preparedness Month. On this ninth anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, as we take a moment to reflect, I hope that you vow to yourself to prepare your family and your neighbors for any disaster. This hurricane preparedness guide provides a preparedness checklist of everything you need to add to your disaster kit.

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Camping & Survival

How to Prepare For an Asteroid Impact

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Is an asteroid really on a collision course toward Earth, ending life as we know it? According to Doomsday predications there is. But do those predications have any basis in reality? The answer might surprise you. Read on to learn how to survive an asteroid impact on Earth.

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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday—The Essential Preppers Guide to Packing a Bug-Out Bag

A bug out bag is any bag or container stocked with essential survival items that will see you through any type of emergency or disaster, at least for 24 hours. Usually filled with either water or a way to get safe drinking water, food—like energy bars or MREs—a way to start a fire, copies of important documents and a good knife, but out bag are designed to be a grab and go carry all if you have to evacuate or bug-in at home due to bad weather, power outages or civil unrest. Cheaper Than Dirt! presents its essential guide to packing a bug-out bag. This post highlights the top 10 articles guiding you through prepping for an emergency—earthquakes, storms, flu, zombies, hurricanes and other man-made or natural disasters.

Mag of Jade Helm 15 military exercise depicting Texas as a "hostile" state

Camping & Survival

Jade Helm 15—What if Martial Law Was a Reality?

Martial Law would be one way President Obama could actually take our guns. Operation Jade Helm 15 began this week in seven states. This massive military training exercise, of the likes the country has never seen before have many speculating on what it is exactly the military is training for. Is Jade Helm preparing the U.S. Military for nationwide Martial Law? Are Blue Bell and Wal-Mart in on it? Read to find out all you need to know about Jade Helm and how to survive Martial Law.

The true meaning of camping.

Camping & Survival

The Essential Summer Survival Guide

One of our favorite things at Cheaper Than Dirt! is helping people. Be it guiding you in purchasing your first handgun, providing our expert opinion on what optics are best for your AR-15 or prepping you for any form of disaster, we want you to make the best decision for you and your family. Summer is a time many of us look forward to—camping, fishing, hiking, barbecues and all other forms out of outdoor activities. However, being outdoors means more chances of injury and accidents. Read our essential guide to surviving the summer for all you need to know on how to get through the summer unscathed.

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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday—Preparedness: Anticipation and Planning

When you hear the term prepper or survivalist, do you image someone who has spent his or her life savings building a million dollar underground bunker, while wearing a tin foil hat? Preparedness and survival isn’t just for the paranoid. It is for everyday people. From tornados, to flooding and hurricanes to the accidental house fire, all American should prepare for disaster. In this beginner’s guide, Cheaper Than Dirt helps you learn what to prepare for, how to build a bug out bag and what kinds of things you need to store in case of emergency.