American Outdoor Guide October 2020

Prepare yourself family for when disaster strikes. Step-by step instructions on how to provide energy to your home, grow and preserve your own food, prepare a first-aid kit, make water drinkable.

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3 min.
first words

I came up with this aphorism many years ago, and it recently struck me that it relates pretty well to the current state of affairs for preppers in the United States. Originally, it was a rallying call of sorts for the department I was leading at that time. Business had been rough for a while, and the state of the economy at the time held little promise for our job to get easier any time soon (not that it was easy, even in the best of times). I’d been looking at the many conflicting priorities we were struggling to balance and the goals we were supposed to attain. It occurred to me that we’d truly need a series of miracles to achieve everything on our list. Not being one to readily accept failure,…

8 min.
new produgts

As the temperatures start to dip and leaves begin to turn, we look forward to spending time camping, hiking, hunting and pursuing other outdoor fun. Evenings are seemingly tailor-made for laughing around campfires and noshing on s’mores. At the same time, we’re in the last stages of winter prep, getting the house and outbuildings in order and finishing up those last few projects. Believe it or not, it won’t be long before we’re putting up holiday decorations. For now, however, enjoy the fall and all the wonders it brings. 1 PocKit Pico Classic Carry EDC Organizer Slightly smaller than the company’s standard PocKit, the Pico is just right for keeping the necessities organized as you go about your day. The three slot pockets will fit sub-3-inch pocket knives, AAA-sized flashlights and small pens.…

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11 min.
getyour financial house in order

“ONE OF THE BEST PREPS YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH IS TO GET YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER.” Let’s say your car breaks down tomorrow; it’ll cost you $1,000 to get it back on the road. You have no other vehicle, and you need this one to get to work and back. Could you swing the expense? What if it were $500? For far too many people, even $100 would throw their entire budget out of whack. One of the best preps you can accomplish is to get your financial house in order. As anyone who’s been there will tell you, the more broke you are, the more often the smallest emergencies seem nearly insurmountable. Nobody likes having to pay an unexpected $100 for a car repair, but when doing so means you…

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1 min.
don’t forget to have fun!

A financial crisis is nobody’s idea of a fun time. It’s one of the most stressful experiences you can endure, particularly because they aren’t often short-lived. It can be months before you feel as though you’re getting your head above water. It’s important to find the good in the bad for your own morale and mental well-being. Don’t feel guilty about spending money now and again in order to do something fun. When my wife and I were going through our own financial dark days, we had a couple of yard sales. We didn’t sell a lot and didn’t make nearly as much money as we’d hoped. But, out of the $100 we took in over a few days, I made sure we took $20 of it to get takeout and…

1 min.
estate planning

Part of getting your finances in order should include planning for your ultimate demise. Despite our best efforts, none of us is going to get out of here alive. When my father passed in July 2019, he left behind a rather sizable mess. His will was about as bare bones as it gets—extremely vague and decidedly unhelpful. He had no life insurance, no savings, nothing at all, so everything landed on our shoulders. My wife and I incurred tens of thousands of dollars in expenses from the funeral, home repairs, storage fees and more. It took us months to get his affairs squared away, as well as empty his house and get it ready to sell. If you have loved ones, don’t do this to them! Make solid plans for what you…

1 min.
cash in your b.o.b.

In a typical emergency evacuation, the vast majority of problems you’ll run across can be resolved through the use of a cell phone, credit card or cash. I know this flies in the face of much of what you’ll read in survival and prepper literature, but it’s the simple truth. Consider setting aside funds that are separate from your emergency fund for your bug-out bag or other evacuation kit. A good goal is to have enough cash on hand to allow you to fill up your vehicle with fuel, feed your family for a couple of days and pay for at least two nights in a decent motel. Doing so will give you options, should the time come that you need to beat feet immediately. It’s a judgment call as to where…