I Am a Survivalist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 162 People

    Idea #6 Location, Location, Location

    Choose a good location for your retreat. I have found that the further one goes from the beaten path, the further one moves from urban centres, the real estate values drop accordingly. Anything within a few hours driving distance will likely attract families with children or a...
    Older1962 Older1962
    51-55, M
    Sep 4, 2013

    Survivalist V Prepper

    I happen to be both of the above. But I hate when people think that prepping for the end of the world is an impressive survival skill.. It's not. It's an economic skill. The people you see on Discoery's show Preppers aren't really all that impressive to me. I spend my time...
    PeaceLoveLiberty PeaceLoveLiberty
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 20, 2013

    Bring It On!, I'm Ready As I'll Ever Be.

    I've been a survivalist for about 6 years now, and am in no means an "expert" on the subject, and still feel like a newbie, but due to hard times, and an uncertain future, I've been kicking the practice into overdrive lately, preparing my gear, stockpiling what I can, and using...
    downhomehick downhomehick
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 3, 2012

    New To Survivalism

    The title says most of it, as  I have been a member of this group for about 2 minutes, & of the site for about 5. I feel a bit of a fraud making an entry here, because I have not had any of the type of experiences I have been reading about, but perhaps describing  the process...
    sedtanta sedtanta
    56-60, M
    1 Response Jun 19, 2011

    Does anyone here prepare

    for survival? What kinds of things do you prepare or stockpile?
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 21, 2014

    Gun Nut Survivalist? Maybe

    I've never really thought of my self that way, but it is the general impression that most people seem to get when they meet me. It doesn't really bother me, I usually get a laugh out of it. Other people say things like "oh yah, you can tell he's ex-military". On the bright side...
    xj287 xj287
    41-45, M
    1 Response Sep 24, 2013

    Survival Through Science!

    My personal interest in survival and independence, with all the associated fields of avoiding disasters, frailty of existing systems, and off-grid infrastructure, started before I even began high school. The details I prefer to keep to myself for various reasons but the general...
    doctormadmann doctormadmann
    Dec 14, 2011

    Depression Survival

    My grandmother shared many stories of her growing up during the depression and here is some of what she remembered. Luckily I was a curious child that was VERY interested. I've learned alot from her. Her family slowly lost everything they owned during the depression. They sold...
    HigherIQthansome HigherIQthansome
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Oct 11, 2009

    Better Surviving-Electricaly

    Those of you who have read my previous posts may have guessed that I am a major proponent of using electricity wherever possible at your retreat. We are not connected to the power grid, we have to provide all of our own electricity. It is not as difficult as one would imagine. It...
    Older1962 Older1962
    51-55, M
    Oct 24, 2013

    I'm Obsessed... And Proud Of It!!

    It started with a book. Well a series of books. John Marsden's 'Tomorrow When The War Began' novels had me hooked when I was sixteen. I began writing my own fictional survival novel three years after that. I am constantly learning new skills:  building shelters, lighting...
    RustyCrunch RustyCrunch
    26-30, M
    3 Responses May 19, 2010

    Man Vs Wild

    im the crazy guy that everyone knows that takes off into the woods for a week with just the bare-essentials. i can show you how to fish, hunt, start fires, find fresh water, use natural herbs as remedies, build shelters, and signal for distress when **** really hits the fan.
    roqlimer roqlimer
    22-25, M
    Mar 6, 2012

    it is interesting (to me) the chain of events

    that led me to finding out and becoming interested in survivalism. i have been reading about peak oil, the decline of the U.S and food storage and survival skills. the short version of my story is that i read pat frank's "alas, babylon" ( fiction about nuclear war). it just...
    kpl2014 kpl2014
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 16, 2015

    Diy Ac Experiment

    I decided to see what I could do to create an ac that would run from dc power, either a battery or a solar panel. I ended up creating two different homemade air conditioners. These were very simple to create and they are listed practically EVERYWHERE online. The first one I...
    HigherIQthansome HigherIQthansome
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Apr 26, 2010

    Part-time Survival

    To add a few comments to what I already posted. In an emergency you must remember safety above all else, especially if you have children with you. If you have a bad feeling then you're probably right. React to it, don't dismiss it. In a bad scenario, people become like feral...
    HigherIQthansome HigherIQthansome
    56-60, F
    5 Responses Sep 12, 2009

    A Girl In The Woods Alone

    I was on some medicine and I got high and hallucinated off of it. I took my bible and my social security card and ran away from home in the middle of winter. I ran into the woods. I ran deep deep into the woods. Cut my leg on branch, kept running, no animals attacked me. I...
    missangie missangie
    1 Response Aug 21, 2012

    Still Learning

    I have yet to gain much practical experience and hope to make some like-minded friends to teach me how to survive in my new environment, south FL.
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    Oct 27, 2012


    I was a boy scout for a long time and i have learned to survive but im lacking some skills im looking to talk with others who are interested in same thing and see what all we can teach or learn and talk about things
    Js1985 Js1985
    26-30, M
    Oct 1, 2011

    Idea #2

    Many people who have a survival plan often include a large vehicle capable of off road travel. Some even obtain large, surplus military trucks for the purpose. But, what about staying put? 10 years ago there was a massive power failure in Ontario, Canada and the North Eastern...
    Older1962 Older1962
    51-55, M
    Aug 28, 2013

    Japan's Possible Meltdown Of Nuclear Plant

    How many are preparing just in case Japan's Nuclear Plant has a meltdown? Hopefully winds will carry the radioactivity away from the US and blow to the South as they predict into the open ocean. I'm getting ready in case of though. Getting everything I need gathered up together...
    HigherIQthansome HigherIQthansome
    56-60, F
    Mar 15, 2011

    Idea #4 Survival Retreat

    I have been planning this for many years, more years of planning than actual execution of it. This will not come quickly or easily, and it will be costly. Once committed, once money and time are invested, we must push on. We obtained a large property in a wilderness area. It...
    Older1962 Older1962
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 2, 2013

    The Mind Is The Greatest Weapon

    Physically when confronted with harm by any means it is ones ability to assess remain calm and disarm another that secures survival.
    KinkyJerseyCpl KinkyJerseyCpl
    Feb 19, 2013

    How To Survive A Mega Disaster

    ( this was intended predominantly for a supervolcano event, but there are other references as well ) article by ME The Psychology of Survival   One would ask what psychology has to do with survival? Everything. Your life depends on it. Allow yourself to daydream. Place...
    bitterdregs bitterdregs
    46-50, F
    13 Responses Oct 15, 2009

    Idea #3

    The second lesson I learned from the 2003 power outage was a simple one. Cash is King. ATM machines stopped working. The few businesses that remained open could only accept cash for payment since the credit and debit processing networks were down. Supplies that were not...
    Older1962 Older1962
    51-55, M
    1 Response Aug 28, 2013

    Well its time again for the wire brush to polis

    my skills I have a 60 day seclusion coming up I can only take my backpack and what I can grab in 5 minutes and lock my house and go. what I will have is entirely up to space, weight and if I need it... basically I already have a big ketchup jar that has my 72 hour kit all...
    willmaster32 willmaster32
    22-25, M
    1 Response Apr 21, 2015

    Important to Know How to Survive.

    I'm really surprized there are not any survival stories in here yet. Being poor has it's benefits. Learning survival tactics is one them. I knew I was going to remain poor due to a health condition. I was a single parent as well and did not receive child support. I opted to live...
    bitterdregs bitterdregs
    46-50, F
    11 Responses Sep 7, 2009

    Idea #5 Travelling

    We need to decide before hand if we will be travelling during a survival situation. Can you stay put, if so for how long, and if you are going to leave, then where will you go? 1. What is the purpose in travelling? 2. What is the destination? 3. What is the cost/benefit...
    Older1962 Older1962
    51-55, M
    Sep 2, 2013

    Well the name says it all.

    I would last a week in some places on earth in a survival condition in the wild. :)
    jimmybank jimmybank
    18-21, M
    1 Response Sep 18, 2014

    Part-time Survival

    Another single mom raising a child here. I always wondered if I had what it took to survive in an emergency. Hurricane IKE answered that question for me. IKE hit the Gulf Coast with a vengence. Most of my neighbors evacuated and stayed away for months while the grid got back...
    HigherIQthansome HigherIQthansome
    56-60, F
    1 Response Sep 12, 2009

    Living Tactically

    I have been training for the imminent collapse of modern society for years now. Each summer (I'm currently in college) I spend 1 month in various locations and climates with my bug out bag and nothing else. The idea of total self-reliance, which invokes a feeling of panic for...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 3, 2012

    Doing Without Ac

    My grandmother once told me that before her family could afford a window watercooler or even a modern air conditioning unit that they figured out how to stay cool at night using only a small fan. If you're like me, it's really hard to go to sleep at night when you're hot and...
    HigherIQthansome HigherIQthansome
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Oct 10, 2009

    He He, Were A 'group'

    considering all the issues going on in society, only the prepared have a really good chance in disaster situations. What with all the human idiocy, natural disasters and bad luck that has been thrown our way you'd think that people would get taught basic outdoors skills, basic...
    VladimirStronsy VladimirStronsy
    Oct 9, 2012


    I am the kind of person that would survive a zombie apocalypse. I know how to survive with nothing in the wilderness, and have done it before. I can also fight very well. Always alert, always ready. I have spent over 15 years on learning various survival skills, and making sure I...
    VincentValentine VincentValentine
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jul 23, 2011
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