Daily Tips

I post a daily survival/prepping tip on Twitter (@TimGamble) using the hashtags #DailyTip and #preppertalk. Here is a list of those daily tips in one place. This list will be occassionally updated with additional tips, so please check back often.

#DailyTip 1 – Keep your cell phone fully charged at all times. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 2 – Keep your vehicles gassed up. Never let them drop below ½ tank. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 3 – Carry a lot of EDC gear? Be sure to empty all your pockets before adding to the wash. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 4 – Don't forget about first aid supplies. Include in your EDC, vehicles, bailout bags, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 5 – Physical fitness is very important. Walking, hiking, biking, and swimming make great exercise for preppers. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 6 – Deal now with any dental issues you have, so you don't have to during an emergency. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 7 – Invest in a good road atlas & maps of your area(s). GPS & Google Maps may not work in an emergency. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 8 – Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom & after contact with the sick. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 9 – Remember to include toothpaste, brushes & dental floss in your bugout kits and long-term supplies. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 10 – Over the years, my Swiss Army Knife has proved to be my most often useful piece of EDC gear. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 11 – Keep a spare jacket, gloves, and toboggan in your vehicle (consider a blanket, too). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 12 – Having extra cash (on you, in your BOB, and at home) is a good idea. ATMs may be down. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 13 – Keep quarters in your car: pay phones, parking meters, air for tires, drink/snack machines, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 14 – Keep your vehicle in good repair. Don't face disaster with bad brakes or faulty transmission. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 15 – Mental attitude is key – build good relationships (family, friends, neighbors, God...). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 16 – Have multiple plans. Unexpected events often force us to alter/abandon even the best laid plans. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 17 – Next to mental attitude, health is the most important factor in survival. Take care of yours. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 18 – Stop smoking. It saps your health and finances, and you don't want to face withdrawal during a crisis. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 19 – Don't try to be Rambo or Wyatt Earp during a crisis. Chances are you'll only get yourself and family killed. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 20 – Guns and ammo are important – and fun – preps, but survival will entail more than just that... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 21 – Home school your kids or send them to private school. Public schools have become indoctrination centers. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 22 – A good, easy read for understanding economics is “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?” by Richard J. Maybury #preppertalk

#DailyTip 23 – Getting out of debt is hard, but leads to less stress, more money, and more flexibility in your planning. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 24 – Dealing with debt? Check out Dave Ramsey's books, website, and radio show. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 25 – With shoes and clothes, forget fashion. Go instead for utility and durability. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 26 – Even if you don't need them on a daily basis, a good pair of steel-toed work boots are a necessity. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 27 – When acquiring tools and other gear, quality is more important than quantity. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 28 – Newbie? Concentrate first on acquiring a few weeks worth of food and water, as well as basic first aid supplies. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 29 – New to prepping? For your first new skill to acquire, take a good first aid/CPR course. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 30 – Homesteading at a remote retreat is many folks idea of prepping, but there are other ways. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 31 – On prescription medications? Work with your Doc to acquire a 60 or 90 day supply, rather than typical 30. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 32 – Think safety. Check your smoke detectors. Have a fire extinguisher or two, and know how to use them. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 33 – Think safety. Acquire steel-toed boots, safety glasses, and work gloves. Use as needed. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 34 – Think safety. Remember to lock your doors & windows. Install deadbolts & peep holes. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 35 – Think safety. Consider window bars and/or planting roses & other thorny plants under your windows. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 36 – Think safety. Make sure tires & brakes are in good condition and all headlights & other lights are working. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 37 – Everyone in your family should take a good self-defense course. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 38 – A good self-defense course won't just cover self-defense, but also give info on avoiding dangerous situations. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 39 – Avoid dangerous neighborhoods and sections of town. Travel, walk, shop in groups. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 40 – Park in a highly visible, well-light location near the entrance to minimize chances of ambush & muggings. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 41 – Don't make yourself a target by wearing expensive, flashy clothes & accessories, or driving an expensive car. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 42 – Don't make yourself a target by appearing easy-prey - wear practical clothes, walk confidently, head up. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 43 – Pay attention to your surroundings. Be wary of people who look out-of-place, are loitering, or who act nervous. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 44 – Before getting out of a car or walking out of a building, look out a window first to identify possible dangers. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 45 – Always be alert to what is going on around you. Danger can pop up quickly and unexpectedly. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 46 – Don't get so involved with your smart phone or I-Pod that you ignore your surroundings. Always be alert. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 47 – Be careful who you let into your life & share your plans with. Friendship & trust should never be given lightly #preppertalk

#DailyTip 48 Don't wait for disaster – practice your skills now by hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, canning, sewing, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 49 Good flashlights (and headlamps) are must have items for preppers. Don't forget extra batteries. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 50 Do not skimp when buying flashlights & headlamps. Go for high quality, bright (check the lumens) LEDs. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 51 Everyone in your family needs a high quality flashlight as part of their every day carry (EDC). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 52 In addition to an EDC flashlight, keep an extra one in each BOB, and in each vehicle. Remember extra batteries. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 53 EDC a good multi-tool, Swiss-army knife, mini pry-bar, 4-in-1 pocket screwdriver, & small roll of duct-tape. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 54 Google “Doc Allen's Versa-Tool” and consider getting one for EDC (unpaid endorsement). #preppertalk

I got mine from http://www.survivalresources.com/Products/Versatool.html (unpaid endorsement). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 55 Include a small sewing kit, eye-glass repair kit, and duct-tape in your BOB. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 56 Protect your digital information when online. Keep your firewall and anti-virus software updated daily. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 57 Protect your digital information when online. Scan your system often with anti-spyware software. #preppertalk

I use both SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (both available at MajorGeeks.com). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 58 Never download software from websites you don't know & trust. Do your research first. #preppertalk

I have used MajorGeeks.com for most of my freeware for years without any problems (unpaid endorsement). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 59 Looking for a rugged flash drive for EDC? I use and like Gorilla Drive (unpaid endorsement). #preppertalk

            I bought mine at Wal-mart, but Amazon may have it, too. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 60 I encrypt my private data on my USB with Rohos encryption software (unpaid endorsement). #preppertalk

You can get the Rohos software from MajorGeeks.com (again, an unpaid endorsement). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 61 No one can predict exactly what will happen. Allow room for flexibility in your planning. Adaptability is important. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 62 Search dollar stores for deals on first aid, cleaning, hygiene products, as well as matches, candles, other supplies #preppertalk

#DailyTip 63 Have an Ollie's in your area? It can be a good place for deals on various supplies, tools, spices, can goods, etc. #preppertalk

I check my local Ollie's often, since their stock changes frequently. Found some great deals there. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 64 Find a salvage store in your area. These are GREAT places to find deals on useful tools and supplies. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 65 Thrift shops & second-hand stores are worth visiting frequently. You never know what you might find... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 66 Flea markets and yard sales can be an inexpensive source useful supplies and tools at a very low cost. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 67 Be careful w/classified ads, both online & newspaper. Always meet people at public & visible spot, not your home. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 68 Turn off power for 3-day weekend & see how your family does. May find areas you need to work on in your prepping. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 69 Practice skills now – sew, garden, cut your own firewood, go camping, hunting, fishing, hiking... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 70 If no power, you won't be able to distract kids w/ DVD or video game. Have coloring books, board games, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 71 Need to save money for preps? Skip expensive vacation & stay home. Visit local museums, parks, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 72 A Boy Scout Handbook is good, but their lesser-known Fieldbook is a goldmine of useful info for preppers. Get one. #preppertalk

Seriously folks, the Boy Scout Fieldbook (not the Handbook) is absolutely loaded with survivalist information. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 73 Get a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution. Read it. Seriously, read it. #preppertalk

Orgs like Heritage Foundation & CATO Institute often provide pocket Constitutions free or for a small donation. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 74 Consider moving to a cash-only basis. You'll save money and be less likely a victim of ID theft. #preppertalk

            Also, going cash-only will make it a bit harder for government & corporations to
            keep tabs on your behavior. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 75 Become a professional bargain-hunter. Shop sales, compare prices, use coupons & rebates. See tips 62-67. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 76 Live frugally. Simplify. Spend less. Use freebies (libraries & parks) for entertainment. Repair, or do without. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 77 Don't eat out - much cheaper to make your food at home & take it with you. Leftovers. Even beats the dollar menus. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 78 Buy in bulk as much as you can, but watch the prices. Sam's Club & Costco aren't always the cheapest. #preppertalk

The big club stores typically sell name-brands in bulk, but generic & off brands often cost less than brand names in bulk. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 79 Our healthcare system is expensive & screwed up, getting worse. So, don't get sick. Take care of your health. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 80 Stop smoking. Don't abuse drugs/alcohol. Get plenty of sleep. Lose weight. Get into shape. Eat healthy. Good hygiene. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 81 When treating water with bleach, be sure to use plain bleach, not scented. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 82 Get several hand can-openers. Good ones. You might not have power for an electric one. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 83 Fire is important. Have multiple ways to make one. Redundancy is good in this case. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 84 Learn how to sharpen a knife. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 85 Have some foods you can eat from can, w/out cooking. For when you don't want attention of fire, smoke, smell. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 86 Hurricane Katrina taught importance of dry clothes, shoes, blankets, safe drinking water, & means of protection. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 87 Have plenty of soap, shampoo, toothpaste... Cleanliness isn't just polite, it is necessary for good health. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 88 Never put all your eggs in one basket. Have multiple plans. And be flexible. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 89 Seriously, get healthy and get into shape. Do whatever it takes to accomplish this goal. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 90 In a prolonged collapse, you'll be surprised how quickly clothes & shoes will wear out. Stockpile extras. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 91 If you can afford it, consider body armor. Things could get nasty in a economic or political collapse. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 92 In a prolonged crisis, first aid supplies will dwindle fast. Stock up a lot. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 93 If you have the room, and money, strongly consider a greenhouse. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 94 You may be a great shoot while hunting, but self-defense is very different. Take a self-defense gun training course. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 95 Homesteading? Small farm? Stockpile lumber, nails, and other building material. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 96 Set aside a few hundred dollars emergency cash in a safe, hidden spot in your home. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 97 Don't drain life savings to prep, even if you think an economic crash is likely. May need it before the crash happens. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 98 Your mental/emotional condition will be important in a crisis. Build good relationships with family, friends, God. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 99 During trying times, reading the Bible & praying gives me great comfort, peace, strength, and purpose. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 100 Learn about health effects of various plants and mushrooms. Google “medicinal plants” as a starting point. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 101 Learn how to tie various knots & why you would choose one over another, depending on circumstances. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 102 If you normally wear dress shoes, keep a good pair of hiking shoes at work or in your car. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 103 Keep your vehicle well-maintained. In best of times a break down is annoying, in a crisis it could be deadly. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 104 Think like a burglar. How would you break into your home? Now do something about it. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 105 Consider security bars on your windows. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 106 Check/change batteries on a regular basis (flashlights, radios, smoke alarms, etc.). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 107 Get your finances in order. Reduce living expenses as much as possible. If you are in debt, try to pay it off. #preppertalk

See my 3-part Back To Basics article for personal finance tips http://www.timgamble.com/2012/06/back-to-basics-part-1.html #preppertalk

#DailyTip 108 Stock up on food, water, medicine, soap, toothpaste, first aid supplies, matches, firewood, shoes, clothing, etc. #preppertalk

In other words, stock up on anything you may need that won't go bad before you need it.

#DailyTip 109 Consider buying your next set of tires now. Store in a dry, cool place (such as a spare room). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 110 Raise a portion of your own food by planting a garden. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 111 Consider planting fruit & nut trees and berry bushes if you have the room. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 112 If you live in an apartment or condo, consider participating in a nearby community garden (or starting one). #preppertalk

#DailyTip 113 Make improvements to your home’s energy efficiency to reduce the impact of high energy inflation. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 114 Take steps to improve your vehicle’s mileage to reduce the impact of rising gasoline prices. #preppertalk

See this article for gas-saving tips: http://www.timgamble.com/2010/06/three-changes-to-save-big-on-gas.html #preppertalk

#DailyTip 115 Take care of your health so that you are less likely to need expensive medical treatment. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 116 Most important thing you can do to survive future chaos is to start taking responsibility for your own life. #preppertalk

 #DailyTip 117 For a different take on prepping, read this article --->> http://www.futurnamics.com/theplan.php  (not mine).#preppertalk

#DailyTip 118 Watch this video by @FerFAL --->> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aF0t7tn0dw #preppertalk

#DailyTip 119 Regarding you gear: quality is more important than quantity.  #preppertalk

#DailyTip 120 Worried about pandemics? Wash your hands often. Avoid sick people. Improve your overall health. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 121 The “stuff” you stock up on can be lost, used up, broken, or stolen. Knowledge & skills will always be with you. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 122 Water is a major key to survival in any situation. Know how to conserve it, collect it, store it, and treat it. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 123 Mental health is very important in a crisis. The ability to not panic, stay focused & think clearly is crucial. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 124 Mental attitude plays an enormous role in overcoming adversity, so develop good mental health. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 125 Mental health is critical in a crisis. Developing a healthy spirituality is key to good mental health. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 126 My relationship with God gives me comfort, encouragement, strength, and purpose during times of stress. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 127 Deal now with any addictions you may have - drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, etc. - before any crisis. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 128 Build positive relationships with your spouse, family, friends, neighbors... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 129  Be a part of your community. Join a local church or synagogue. Meet your neighbors. Participate. Volunteer. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 130 Relax. Laugh. Enjoy life. Don’t dwell on the negatives. Be a hopeful realist. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 131 Don't be afraid of "weeding out" toxic people from your life. #preppertalk  

#DailyTip 132 Reduce stress by taking up a fun hobby or two unrealated to prepping and survivalism. #preppertalk

My non-prepping interests include cletic & folk music, Star Wars, SciFi & Fantasy, Sherlock Holmes, crossword & logic puzzles... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 133 Get enough sleep (for adults, that is at least 7 hours a night). Lack of sleep wrecks havoc on our mental health. #preppertalk

Sleep is also often overlooked in regards to our physical health. Being constantly sleep deprived is really bad. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 134 "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7 We are our thoughts, so be mindful what you think. #preppertalk 

#DailyTips 123 - 134 examined the often overlooked area of good mental health as a critical part of prepping. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 135 Read your water meter before & after several hours of no water use. If meter changes, there is a leak. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 136 Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food color to tank. If toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 mins #preppertalk

Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 137 Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 138 Mulch to retain moisture in soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 139 There are a lot of gardening & other useful articles on my old blog - http://tinyurl.com/n3673p #preppertalk

#DailyTip 140 Fill in gaps where pipes & wires come into the house (kitchen, bathrooms, etc) with can of spray foam insulation #preppertalk

#DailyTip 141 Have money for at least six months expenses in an emergency fund. More if you can. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 142 Keep some cash on hand (in a hidden, secure place) in case of bank holidays & ATM problems.  #preppertalk

#DailyTip 143 Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Split money between accounts, institutions, etc., as best you can. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 144 Get out of debt. Collapse will likely mean agressive collection tactics, debtor's prisons, not clean slate. #preppertalk

It will take total collapse of civilization including masive die-off for debts to just go away. Anything less will just remove government protection of debtors. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 145 Buying some Gold & Silver should come after other preps, but is a legit part of prepping, IMO. #preppertalk

For more on my ideas regarding gold & silver in relation to prepping, see my article on Silver & Gold. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 146 Reduce your expenses. Get "lean & mean." Use the savings to prepare for an uncertain future.  #preppertalk

Twelve Ways to Spend Less Money. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 147 Have plenty of blankets and warm clothing. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 148 Don't forget to stock up on personal hygeine supplies. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 149 In your prepping, don't forget the special needs of the elderly, babies, young children, disabled folks, and pets. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 150 Be sure to include some non-eletronic entertainment in your prepping - books, games, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 151 Build community. No one can "go it alone" for very long. You will need other people at some point. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 152 Constantly re-evaluate your plans. Things change, and we need to adjust to those changes. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 153 Stay within the limits of your abilities & equipment. Use good judgment & don't take unnecessary risks. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 154 Insect repellent & sunscreen should be included in your survival kit or bug-out bag. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 155 Prepping isn't just about stockpiling food & supplies, bugging-out, or even gardening/homesteading. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 156 Prepping is also about improving your health & fitness, learning skills, making smart financial decisions... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 157 Guard your privacy: Identity theft in America is now in the tens-of-billions of dollars a year. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 158 Guard your privacy: Politicians & bureaucrats can punish folks they disagree with, as recent IRS scandals prove. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 159 Guard your privacy: It is now very PC for law enforcement to consider preppers "potential domestic terrorists." #preppertalk

#DailyTip 160 Guard your privacy: Employers now routinely "spy" on employees & applicants through social media. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 161 Guard your privacy: Many schools now routinely "spy" on students through social media and other means. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 162 Don't say or do anything on-line, even anonymously, if you are not willing to accept the consquences. #preppertalk
 
#DailyTip 163 Never threaten someone (especially a politician) on-line, even sarcastically or in jest. You don't want that kind of attention. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 164 The real political divide isn't Right vs. Left, but the Individual vs. Collectivists. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 165 If you have an adjustable-rate mortgage, seriously consider switching to a fixed-rate. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 166 Ego is the enemy of the prepper. Ego demands latest electronic toys, cool car, status symbols, keeping up with fads... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 167 New to prepping? So much to do, it can seem overwhelming. Take small steps everyday. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 168  New to prepping? Write things down in a notebook: concerns, plans, information, lists of things to buy and do... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 169 New to prepping? NEVER go into debt to prep. Use cash, bargain hunt, save for big purchases, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 170 Develop a communications plan with family, friends, neighbors. #preppertak

#DailyTip 171 Keep a hard copy list of phone numbers, addresses, and written directions for important people & places. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 172 Learn alternative routes for getting to bug-out locations in case your main routes are blocked for some reason. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 173 Most important things to work on now? 1) mental preparations, and 2) health/fitness.  Without these, other preps useless. #preppertalk

For more on mental preparations, see my article Prepping Your Mental Health

#DailyTip 174 Don't expect government help. Don't depend on government. Don't trust government. #preppertalk 

#DailyTip 175 If you don't have a passport, get one. You never know when you'll need it. Get one for all family members. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 176 Flea markets, yard sales, salvage stores, and second-hand shops are great places to find bargains on prepper supplies. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 177 Have some "junk" silver coins on-hand. In an economic crisis/dollar collapse, they will be a means of economic exchange. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 178 The idea at the root of prepping is to build self-reliance, instead of being reliant on business-as-usual or the Government. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 179 If you had to stay home for two weeks (no going to store or anywhere else), what would you run out of? #preppertalk

#DailyTip 180 Major, often overlooked, part of prepping is financial - living on less than you make, building savings, getting out of debt, etc. #preppertalk

See my three-part series Back To Basics for more on financial prepping. 

#DailyTip 181 In your fitness training, work on endurance, strength, and flexibility/balance. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 182 For endurance training, ideas include walking, hiking, jogging, swimming, biking, and aerobics. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 183 For strength training, get a set of free weights (and use them). Cheaper in the long-run than a gym membership. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 184 For flexibility/balance, various stretching exercises should be part of daily routine. Dance (various forms) is also good. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 185 Of course, a great way to achieve fitness is by doing stuff - gardening, chopping wood, mowing grass with push mower, etc. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 186 Stay in touch with your fellow preppers using the #PrepperTalk hashtag on Twitter.

#DailyTip 187 Check out the PrepperWebsite. Updated daily, it is sort of the Drudge Report for the Prepper community. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 188 Check out SurvivalBlog.com by James Wesley, Rawles. The first, and still one of the best, survival/prepping blogs. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 189 Check out the Popular Mechanics website, especially the "home how-to" and "do-it-yourself" sections. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 190 Food production is crucial. If you have any land at all, plant a garden. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 191 If you can, consider planting fruit and nut trees on your property. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 192 Live in an apartment? Look into container gardening. Grow herbs on your windowsill, tomatoes & other veggies on your balcony. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 193 Live in an apartment? Look into joining a community garden. Or start one yourself. #preppertalk

American Community Gardening Association

#DailyTip 194 Support local agriculture. Shop at farmers' markets and stores that buy produce from local farms. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 195 Use coupons. Shop sales. Compare prices. Bargain hunt. Buy generic and off-brands. Avoid impulse buying. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 196 The most important part of personal security is awareness. Pay attention to what is going on around you. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 197 Make sure every driver in your family knows how to change a tire. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 198 A can of fix-a-flat might be a quicker (safer) solution in some circumstances. It is a temporary fix only, and may void tire warranty. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 199 Do you have a hobby that you could turn into a side business, or even a full-time job? #preppertalk

#DailyTip 200 Get your church involved in prepping. Ideas: community gardening, first aid/CPR courses, swap meets... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 201 Support private alternatives to government aid. More info on the Charity page of this website.  #preppertalk

#DailyTip 202 Stand up for the Second Amendment. Vote against politicians who favor gun control. Join pro-gun groups. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 203 All current & former military, police, and first-responders, please consider joining Oath Keepers. #preppertalk #ccot

#DailyTip 204 Not current or former military, police or 1st responder? Join Oath Keepers as an associate member to help support them. #preppertalk

Click for Oath Keepers membership information.

#DailyTip 205 Consider getting a generator. And, of course, learn how to use it before SHTF. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 206 Don't consider frozen foods part of your long-term storage. One extended power outage and it all spoils. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 207 Canned meats (chicken, ham, tuna, salmon, etc.) are great for long-term storage. Most are good for 2 - 5 years or longer. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 208 Canned pastas (beef-o-roni, spaghetti & meatballs, etc) can be eaten straight out of the can without needing to be heated. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 209 New to prepping? Dried beans and rice make a solid foundation to your long-term food storage. #preppertalk #ccot

#DailyTip 210 Coffee (and teas) store well and make a great comfort item for SHTF situations. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 211 New to prepping? Oatmeal makes a great addition to your long-term food storage. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 212 Gas may be hard to come by in and after a SHTF scenario. Keep your tanks full and look into safely storing some extra gas. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 213 Motor oil may be hard to come by in & after the SHTF. Store extra, if you can. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 214 Learn how to do routine maintenance and basic repairs on your vehicles. #preppertak

#DailyTip 215 Keep some spare parts (air & oil filters, spark plugs, wiper blades, etc) for your vehicles on-hand. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 216 Angel hair pasta cooks faster because it is thinner, therefore requires less time (saves energy/fuel) too cook. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 217 Peanut butter makes a great high energy, high protein food, but because of fat content it doesn't store very long-term. Watch expiration dates. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 218 Powdered milk makes a great addition to your long-term food storage. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 219 In addition to powdered milk, you can also get powdered buttermilk, powdered cheese, powdered butter, powdered eggs. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 220 Check out Liberty Mill for a great source of alternative news. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 221 Stay informed. Check out Zero Hedge for economic news. @ZeroHedge on Twitter. #preppertak

#DailyTip 222 Stay informed. Follow @CanadaFreePress (on the web at http://canadafreepress.com/) for a good source of alternative news. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 223 Check out CNSnews.com for a good alternative to the MSM. Their twitter is @cnsnews #preppertalk

#DailyTip 224 Learn about Agenda 21, and resist it strongly in your area. #preppertalk


#DailyTip 225 Work hard to elect pro-Constitution, pro-Capitalism, pro-Liberty candidates to public office, especially on the state and local level. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 226 Pay attention to what your elected officials do, and hold them accountable. Not just in DC, but in your state & hometown, too. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 227 Beekeeping is a fun and very useful hobby. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 228 If you don't already have one, have a trailer hitch attached to your vehicle. Could be very useful. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 229 Its important to talk to others about prepping, but keep details of your preps secret. #OpSec #preppertalk

#DailyTip 230 Don't just buy a gun. Learn how to shoot. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 231 Don't just learn to shoot at a stationary target. Take a good handgun self-defense training course. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 232 Learn how to cook without electricity or natural gas. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 233 Make prayer a regular part of your preps. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 234 Check out Broadcastify.com to listen to fire, police, EMS, and more in your area. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 235 Replace your exterior doors with heavy-duty security doors. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 236 Metal hurricane shutters could be used to harden your home's windows during civil unrest. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 237 Beware of politicians using a crisis to enact laws taking away our liberty, even "temporarily." #preppertalk

#DailyTip 238 A good set of walkie-talkies could be essential. Have enough for your whole group. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 239 Work with your neighbors to set up some form of neighborhood watch. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 240 Plan on helping neighbors who don't plan, so they don't become looters. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 241 Don't trust the news media or public schools. Learn real economics, real history, and the proper role of federal government. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 242 If you live in or near a mega-city, please consider moving somewhere safer. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 243 If your city is already "dying" (like Detroit is, and there are others), get out now. Things will get much worse. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 244 Are you already living where you want to ride out any economic or political collapse? If not, move sooner rather than later. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 245 Hunting/fishing may be a good way to provide food during/after a collapse, but game/fish may become depleted. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 246 Consider getting (and learning to use) fish traps, nets, and frog gigs. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 247 Consider getting night vision equipment - goggles, binoculars, scopes... #preppertalk

#DailyTip 248 Everyone needs a good pair of binoculars. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 249 Small engine repair is a VERY useful skill to acquire. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 250 Keep needed spare parts, tools, oils/lubes on hand for all your equipment. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 251 Learn about solar power, and how #preppers can use it. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 252 Do you know how to build a water turbine to generate electricity? #preppertalk

#DailyTip 253 For a take on engineering and Prepping, check out @PractPrepLLC you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/engineer775/videos #preppertalk

#DailyTip 254 Make sure you have hard copies of all important documents and information. Don't rely on digital info. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 255 Want to garden? Learn about soil. #preppertalk

Two great articles on soil: The Soul of Soil and Soil Health. Both on the Countryside Magazine website. 

#DailyTip 256 Storing gas? Gas slowly goes "flat" so consider using a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 257 Learn how to sharpen knives, and to repair & maintain tools. Tinker may be a great post-collapse job. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 258 Have an Israeli Bandage in your first aid supplies? Don't wait until you need it to learn how to use it: http://www.timgamble.com/2014/08/how-to-use-israeli-bandage.html #preppertalk

#DailyTip 259 Using a fuel filter funnel may save your engine from trash or water
 http://amzn.to/1u4mikW #preppertalk

#DailyTip 260 Its possible for your movements to be tracked via your cell phone, GPS, or other mobile devices, even if they are off. #preppertalk
Only way to prevent being tracked via your electronics is to not have them with you, or to remove batteries. Off isn't enough. 
#DailyTip 261 Carry on you at all times, a pocket-sized personal first aid kit. #preppertalk
For what I carry in my pocket-sized first aid kit, read the second half of this: http://www.timgamble.com/2014/09/pocket-dump-my-edc.html  #preppertalk 
#DailyTip 262 Take you family camping. It will be good experience for all of you. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 263 Hiking is good exercise and relieves stress. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 264 Fishing is great fun and a useful skill to learn. Take your family fishing often. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 265 Learn to read a compass. Learn to read a topological map. Practice orienteering. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 266 Purchase topological maps for where you live and for any potential bug-out areas. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 267 Do you know how to row a boat, canoe, or kayak? Could be a useful skill. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 268 Swimming is a skill everyone should develop. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 269 Learn to identity poisonous plants and animals that are found in your region. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 270 Learn how to tie a variety of knots. There are many dozens of knots, each suitable for different purposes. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 271 Learn a foreign language. Spanish is especially useful. Also, Asian & Middle Eastern languages. #preppertalk
Following 9/11 our military & intelligence services were hampered by a lack of qualified foreign language translators. 
#DailyTip 272 Be honest: Are you as healthy and physically fit as you could be? If not, start taking positive steps today. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 273 Be honest: Have you done a really complete home safety inspection this year? If not, do one soon. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 274 Be honest: Is your bug-out vehicle completely up-to-date on routine maintenance (oil change, brake job, good tires, transmission serviced, good battery, etc.)? #preppertalk

#DailyTip 275 Planning on being your group's leader? Be honest: are you a leader now? Do others think of you as a leader? #preppertalk

#DailyTip 276 Planning on being your group's leader? Lead by example. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 277 Good leaders don't just lead, they develop others into good leaders. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 278 Good leaders communicate very clearly. Always clearly define your expectations. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 279 Good leaders know how & why to delegate. It both frees up the leader's time and helps develop others. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 280 Good leaders know mistakes will happen. Never publicly criticize or shame someone for making a mistake. #preppertalk

#DailyTips 281 Good leaders accept responsibility for their mistakes & the mistakes of those under them. "The buck stops here." #preppertalk

#DailyTip 282 Good leaders know they must inspire trust in those they lead. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 283 A good leader knows he sets the tone for those around him. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 284 A good leader never "shoots the messenger." #preppertalk

#DailyTip 285 A good leader adapts his leadership style to the needs of those around him #preppertalk

#DailyTip 286 A good leader maintains realistic expectations. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 287 A  good leader is always consistent and fair. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 288 A good leader is willing to listen to honest feedback. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 289 A good leader is never a bully. Bullying others into doing what you want is NOT leadership. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 290 A good leader makes those around him better. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 291 Not every crisis will be large-scale. Minor emergencies happen everyday. Be prepared for those, too. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 292 Sure, cash might become worthless in an economic collapse. But, until then, you will need some. Have an emergency fund. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 293 Your mental attitude is key to surviving any emergency, big or small. Work on any issues now, before a crisis. #preppertalk

       Read Prepping Your Mental Health for considerations important for surviving
       difficult situations.

#DailyTip 294 If your aspirin has a strong vinegar-like odor, it has gone bad and is toxic. Do NOT take any from that bottle. #preppertalk

#DailyTip 295 Phone number for Poison Control is 1-800-222-1222. Website is http://www.poison.org/ #preppertalk

#DailyTip 296 Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 [a fee may apply].  Website is https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control #preppertalk



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