The Lost Ways – A Book Review

 The Lost Ways

The Lost Ways

When I first ordered The Lost Ways book I wasn’t sure what I could learn from it. I was raised on a Montana cattle ranch by grandparents who still did things the old school way. So to be honest I was a little skeptical. However, I felt it was something I needed to read if I was going to put a link on our site.

The Lost Ways Arrives

The book arrived on a Monday this was a busy time here on the homestead we were expecting the first real snow of the winter to hit this week so we were busy preparing for it. When the snow arrived we were ready for a break. Firewood has been cut and stacked, repairs made to the chicken coop and the goat shed.  There is constant work to be done on a homestead but it isn’t until the weather threatens that you realize how much you still have to get done.

Back to the book. So it was Friday evening when I set down to browse The Lost Ways. You can check the table of contents and pick out the things you are most interested in. I began this way but later read the entire book cover to cover.

Much of the material I had learned growing up but had forgotten over the years. Memories of my childhood flooded back my grandmother’s kitchen, making and learning to use snowshoes with my grandfather. What good times those were. We use many of the suggestions in The Lost Ways book on the homestead today. I wish I had this book 20 years ago when we started building our off-grid life would have saved a lot of time and resources. You will find everything from cooking with cast iron to making snowshoes and water wheels. You will learn about tanning hides and, beer making. How to build a smokehouse to navigating using the stars and so much more

How would I rate The Lost Ways

On a scale of 1 to 10, it is an 11. This book belongs in any homesteaders or preppers library. If you are new to homesteading or prepping this book is invaluable. For the experienced, you may learn something new I did.

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Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials

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This post Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials originally started out as a checklist for our website. But as it grew I knew I would end up turning it into a post so here it is hope you enjoy.

Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials

We will list the Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials first on our list and then what we feel are important items to add.

First of all, you will want a way to carry your must have bug out bag essentials in either a bag or pack. You want your pack to be sturdy, durable and preferably with an internal frame. Choose a pack that is of neutral color Black, brown, do not choose a bright color pack or bag.  Look at the packs listed here one of our favorites is the  Monkey Paks Tactical Backpack with Hydration Water Bladder.

Also, check these packs and bags.

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Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials


Staying hydrated is an essential part of survival. You will need at minimum one liter a day for each person in your group. Water can be carried with water bottles or canteens. Collapsible water bottles will save space in your pack. If you choose a pack with a hydration system your one step ahead. You will also need water filters or another way to purify your water. Find water bottles, filters, and purification supplies in addition to other hydration needs.

Water Bottles, Filters and Purification 


While water is first on our list shelter is one of the most important must have bug out bag essentials.  For shelter, you will want something to protect you from the weather rain, snow, the wind and the sun. While shelter can be anything from a garbage bag or a cabin in the woods. A shelter is also clothing, sleeping bags and or blankets. Tarps make great temporary shelters drape it over a rope or tree limb and you have a quick shelter.

Look at this article in Boy’s Life Magazine on building shelters.   You want to consider lightweight backpacking tents also emergency shelters like tube tents.   Finally look at lightweight backpacking sleeping bags as part of your shelter needs.

Heat and Fire Starting

A heat source will be necessary for not only keeping you warm but for cooking and purifying water. You will need at least 3 ways to start a fire. Rubbing two sticks together is a great skill to have but not always practical. Bic lighters, magnesium fire starters, and waterproof strike anywhere matches are all great choices. Add a few of these fire starters to your Bug Out Bag Essentials.

You will also want to consider body warmer pads these pads will give sustainable heat for up to 24 hours. You can use these pads with a lightweight sleeping bag or wool blanket and sleep warm all night. Body Warmer Pads


This would be obvious right? Guess how many people don’t think of it? Because the bug out bag is normally designed for 72 hours some people don’t think of food as a necessity. We’re here to tell you food is necessary for a survival situation. You’re burning calories and energy so you will need to replace those. Many members of our team only carry some beef jerky and food bars.  This is fine for one or two people but traveling with children you will want something more substantial. Try these freeze-dried foods for great taste and nutrition. You will also find a wide selection at your local outdoors store or Wal-mart.

First Aid 

This is where we are not medical professionals and that you should take a basic first aid course. Contact the American Red Cross or your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Also, make sure you have all the prescribed medications you or your family may need in your bag.

After you have taken the basic first aid course make sure you have a good First Aid Kit. You will also want a good first aid manual to refer to.  Recommended First Aid Manual.  Also Recommended First Aid Kits. Also, see this post-Basic Medical Kit For Your Bug Out Bag

Protection, Security and the Proper Mindset

This is a very personal thing and you need to consider it carefully. No matter what weapon you choose, get to know it well Your life could depend on it. If you choose a firearm, get training on how it works, how to clean it, and how to use it properly.

Keep in mind that any weapon is there to protect you and members of your group so choose well. And most noteworthy of all is the proper mindset. If you don’t feel you can take another life to protect yourself or family you won’t last long post SHTF.

Survival Tools

Survival tools include Knives, machete, ax or hatchet, and of course the ever popular multi-tool. Check out Northwest Survival Supply for all your survival gear needs


A good LED flashlight comes in real handy and might just save your life or someone close to you. Always have extra light sources and batteries ready for when one fails. Everyone on our team carries a headlamp for hands-free operation and at least two other light sources.

Suggestions would be Miniature flashlights, Keychain lights, and as already mentioned headlamps.


Include in this section hats, wool socks, rain gear or poncho, underwear. Also short and long sleeve shirts, extra pants preferably not jeans. Layers work best so that you can add or subtract as needed.


especially relevant here is you are in a crisis SHTF situation and hygiene practices are important. In this type of situation, diseases can be spread  and  staying healthy is of the up most importance.

Hygiene items to include are hand sanitizer, toilet paper, soap, wet naps, and don’t forget sanitary needs for women in your group. Also, include a toothbrush and toothpaste, and any other items you might think of.


In any survival situation, you can’t always count on your cell phone to be working so you will need someway get news and communicate with your group.

Because you will want to keep in touch and know what is happening we recommend the following communication gear.

KAITO KA500 VOYAGER SOLAR RADIO. Operate on 3 AA batteries, hand crank or solar and weighs in at less than 3 pounds.

KAITO KA350 VOYAGER TREK SOLAR/CRANK AM/FM/SW NOAA WEATHER RADIO FLASHLIGHT.One of the best parts about this radio is it can be charged 3 different ways. You can charge it with the simple dynamo hand-crank. Or set out in the sun and the solar panel will charge the built-in battery. You can even plug it in and charge it via USB. Plus the built-in lithium rechargeable battery will even help you charge other USB powered devices (like cellphones) with ease, meaning you’ll never be without the ability to use your favorite portable electronics.

Another communication tool you will need is communication within your group. So we suggest high-powered handheld radios like the ones here.

Those were all the must have bug out bag essentials we keep in our bug out bags. the heaviest bag in our group weighs in at 38.5 Lbs. and includes a few extra items. Below you will find a few miscellaneous item you will also want to include in your own bag.

Other Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials


  • Compass
  • Maps of the area
  • Very loud whistle (especially for children)
  • Paracord
  • Duct tape
  • Fishing line and assorted hooks
  • Extra batteries
  • Wire for making snares
  • Sewing kit
  • Sun Glasses
  • Reading Glasses
  • Insect repellant

Consequently, this is not a comprehensive list you will add or subtract items as needed and let us know if you would like to see something added to the list.

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4 Essential Survival Necessities

4 Essential Survival Necessities

4 Essential Survival Necessities

Almost everyone who writes about survival or prepping has written about the bug out bag. But what about the 4 Essential Survival Necessities I’m talking about the rule of 3 here guys. You all know about the rule of 3 right? You can survive 3 minutes without Air, 3 hours without Shelter, 3 days without Water, and 3 weeks without Food.

So the 4 Essential Survival Nessececties would be Air, Shelter, Water, and Food. You have already built your bug out bag or at least have it started to make sure you include these 4 Essential Survival Necessities in that bag.

Let’s start from the top of the list.

4 Essential Survival Necessities


Air can be withheld for a number of reasons drowning, toxic gas, dust storms, smoke. I have never drowned although I have had to give CPR to drowning victims. I remember one I was still in med school and spending the day at the lake with some friends. When a woman began yelling that her young son had gone under and didn’t come up everyone began diving. After a few minutes someone brought him to the surface there were no O2 tanks and thanks to our medical training my friends and I were able to revive the boy.

How to treat for drowning

I’m not going to get into terms like hypoxemia and acidosis. If you encounter a drowning victim the most important thing you will do is get them breathing.
1. Get Help. Notify a lifeguard, if one is close. This will probably not happen in survival situations.
2.Move the Person. Take the person out of the water.
3. Check for Breathing. Place your ear next to the person’s mouth and nose.
4. If the Person is Not Breathing, Check Pulse.
5. If There is No Pulse, Start CPR.
6. Repeat if Person Is Still Not Breathing.

So what happens if it’s a toxic gas spill or a fire or both? You will need to move away from the area as quickly as possible. What if you can’t get out fast enough? Try using a wet towel, handkerchief or other wet cloth over your nose and mouth to help filter the gas or smoke you can do the same in dust storms.4 Essential Survival Necessities
If you did your homework you probably have at least an N95 dust mask in your bag personal I keep one the fire masks in my pack.


At the minimum, you will have to have a large contractors trash bag this will help you to at least stay dry in a downpour. Here is what I keep in my bag for shelter in addition to the trash bag. You will want to have at least one of these items with you a poncho, tarp, tube tent, emergency survival blanket I also have a fleece blanket they are lightweight and will keep you warm even when wet. In the truck, I also keep a backpackers tent and sleeping bag.

Make sure you have extra dry clothing including underwear and socks. Have at a minimum of 3 types of fire starter lighters, waterproof matches, flint or magnesium strikers.


Of the , I believe shelter and water are the two most important. The chances of running out of air although possible are slim and food can usually be found within the three week period of time. Water on the other hand maybe found but is it good to drink? You will need three liters of water per person per day.

Distilled water would be the cleanest and safest but takes time and that you may not have. Boiling would be my next choice but again you will probably not have the time unless you are staying put for a few days. So here are my suggestions keep 3 liters of water in your bag I use collapsible water bottles so as they are used they don’t take up much room in my pack. Also, you will need a portable water filter and a way to treat water either purification tablets or bleach I carry the tablets because it’s just easier.


As for food my opinion is canned good take to much room and are heavy although I do carry a couple cans of tuna my bug out bag is only designed to last me three days and as I pointed out above if you know how you can find food. So here is what I carry.

4 Essential Survival Necessities

2- 3600 calorie food bar: These food bars have a great shortbread cookie flavor. They have a 5-year shelf life and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Each package contains 9 individually wrapped bars containing 400 calories each — this prevents the loss of food by not having to break pieces off.

2- Cans of tuna, however, I am considering switching to the tuna pouches saves weight and space in the pack.

2- Millennium Food Bars Cherry Flavor: These food bars maximize the physiological efficiency of water usage by including low sodium levels. They also include a sufficient amount of carbohydrates and calories to prevent dehydration. This lightweight emergency bar is perfect for traveling, camping, hiking, and disaster preparedness kits. Millennium Food Bars have a 5-year shelf life and each bar contains 400 calories. 4 Essential Survival Necessities


3- Pouches of Freeze Dried long Term Storage food I like the Wise Chili Mac

Those are the 4 Essential Survival Necessities  you will need there are others but they are all covered in the Bug Out Bag posts found everywhere on the internet.

Prepping For Disasters- A Food Guide

Prepping For Disasters- A Food Guide For Emergency Situations

Prepping for Disasters Infographic

No one thinks that they will be caught up in a natural disaster or some other emergency, but it can happen to anyone. If the situation arises, will you be prepared? With Wise Food Storage’s new infographic, you will learn how to store food for emergency situations.  What foods are easily preserved? Find out what equipment you will need to store and cook this food properly? Plan ahead with this food guide and be prepared for anything that comes your way.

Use The Links Following the Infographic for Additional Guides and Information on Prepping for Disasters

Prepping for Disasters Infographic

This infographic is a good start but you will need to get more information. However, there is much more information that you will want and need when preparing for a disaster. Use these guides in addition to the information above. Prepare NOW for what may come later.

FEMA –  Food and Water in an  Emergency

CDC – Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency – Planning for an Emergency Drinking Water Supply

University of Idaho – Your Emergency Food and Water Supply



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