Now is a great time to be thinking about what you want to do this next spring, summer and fall. A good place to start is to think about what you didn’t get to do last year that you would like to do, then move on to new knowledge, skills and gear you would like to gain this year. Next make a plan and tear into it. Since we are really into survival and preparedness, here are some hints on how to make the most of it.

Make all your adventures more fun and productive, by incorporating some kind of survival practice into it. You can pre-plan getting gear as needed.


  • Instead of just a camp out, plan a scenario and have everyone participate, it’s a fun way to learn.
  • Challenge yourself by planning an activity in a new area, or new types of surroundings different than normal.
  • If you have a skill you know pretty well, plan a fun way to teach it to friends, family or children who may be with you, you may be surprised by how much you will learn in the process.
  • For fun you might do some cooking with unusual methods. See a book like “Roughing it Easy” by Dian Thomas for ideas


  • If you don’t already do it, plant some kind of small garden with things you love to eat…uh not pizza…stuff you can grow in the soil, haha.
  • If you already do a garden, I always like to try to grow something I haven’t done in the past, try it, it’s fun.
  • Plan on canning/freezing some things like say green beans, corn, peas, tomato based items, etc. that you can really get a nice yield on.
  • Turn a small room or closet in your house into a little “Store.” Get extra of items you really like and arrange them on shelves, so you have your own store. If things get tight or a storm comes up, you have your own store, right in your house.

The best way to survive is to prepare, that being the case, survival and preparedness go hand in hand, they work together for your good. Try your best to make this a fun experience for your family, it really makes things more enjoyable and let’s them know they don’t have to go around dreading everything all the time, just be prepared and then don’t worry.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletters, we will be starting our fun new training series soon, lots of good material, classes, and fieldwork.

This is Perry Peacock for Wilderness Innovation, “Simplifying Survival”

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One Response to OK Time to Get Geared UP

  1. Mike H. says:

    For a great closet storage system, I purchased a 16″D x 4’W x 6’H 5-shelf wire shelf setup on sale at Costco for $70, but I believe they regularly go for $85. The assemble and break down very easily, carry a LOT of weight and I see different sizes in the office supply stores. I’m a carpenter so building custom shelves is no problem, but by the time you pay for all the wood, the metal wire shelves almost cost the same plus they come with wheels so I can easily move them as needed.

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