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Are You Making These Common Prepper Mistakes?

Hello! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas back again, and today I’d like to discuss some common mistakes novice preppers make. Let’s face it, unless you were born into a homesteading family, chances are you were new to prepping and survivalism at some point. We all were, but through trial, error, and research, most of us got a lot better at it over time. Today’s blog post is dedicated to those who are new to prepping, and I post it with the hope you will avoid these all-too-common mistakes and save yourself a lot of time, money, and effort.


Have You Taken Inventory of Your Food?

The failure to inventory the food you have stored is a common mistake. Many novice preppers stock a large amount of food when they first get started, but if you don’t take inventory of your stocks regularly, you may forget to replace anything that has expired. If your food expires and disaster strikes, you may find yourself with a lot of food you can’t use.


Have You Bought Gear You Can’t Use?

If you have invested in supplies, equipment, or even weapons, chances are you have spent a significant amount of time researching what to buy, where to buy it, and which tools were the right choice for your situation. What is surprising is that so many people who are new to prepping take the time to buy the right items, and then they don’t spend just as much time learning how to use them. If you have gear that you don’t know how to operate, it’s time to learn.


What mistakes did you make when you were starting out? Share your wisdom with the group by posting your comments to me, Robert Raskin, below.


Learn more about the worst rookie prepper mistakes with this video by YouTuber SNO Multimedia.

How Far Would You Go to Survive an Animal Attack?

Hello all, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and I’m back with more incredible tales of survival for you. Co-existing with wildlife is a part of survivalism and homesteading, and anytime you are in undeveloped country you run the risk of coming in contact with a potentially deadly predator. It’s important to have a firearm and ammo on you whenever you are out in the wild, because if you aren’t able to defend yourself you won’t be able to protect yourself against a predator attack. These men found themselves without the necessary defenses, but luckily for them they had nerves and fists of steel so they lived to tell the tale!

Carl Akeley

Conservationist and biologist Carl Akeley was also a taxidermist, and a leopard exacted its revenge by attacking him when he was on an African expedition. The deadly predator lunged at Akeley, who discovered too late he had run out of ammo. In a split-second decision that would ultimately save his life, Akeley forced his fist down the beast’s throat, slowly suffocating him to death. His arm could not have been in great shape after that, but it was better off than the leopard’s throat, and that’s the important thing.

Want to learn more about Carl Akeley? Check out this video by YouTube’s The Carpetbagger.

Gene Moe

When Alaskan hunter Gene Moe was attacked by a grizzly bear that weighed 750 pounds, he couldn’t reach his rifle, which left him with one weapon left to defend himself: a Model 110 Buck knife. This weapon was no match for the bear, which bit off a piece of Moe’s arm, his ear, and a chunk of his leg. As the bear charged Moe one final time, Moe threw a punch that was so solid that when it landed under the bear’s eye, the bear dropped dead. Moe’s arm was also paralyzed in the process, but it’s better than being a bear’s lunch.

See an interview with Gene Moe here.

What would you do if a wild animal attacked you and you didn’t have a loaded gun handy? Let me know in the comments! This is Rob Raskin, hoping you’ll visit the CATS2010 blog again soon.

Preppers: You Aren’t Prepared Without These Necessary Barter Items

Hello all! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I want to talk to you about what to do when you need to prepare for the inevitable downfall of society. When the SHTF, a barter stockpile is a must. When you’re stockpiling barter items, first consider what people need to use every day and if they’d still be necessary after a long-term disaster. Many of these won’t be readily available after. While some things can be made from common items, which you’ll also want on hand, some while need to be available ready to go. This is part one of a four-part series, so be sure to check back for more!


What Should You Have in Your Barter Kit?


I know you’re thinking this isn’t smart, because you need that ammo and you don’t want someone to use it against you of course, but in one way it could be useful. The exception for ammo falls on shotgun rounds. When you’ve stocked up a good deal of 12-gauge ammo, like 500 or so rounds, you can use smaller shot sizes for barter purposes. Birdshot could kill someone but it’s shallow penetration and short-range makes it one of the least menacing ammo types, making it okay for barter purposes.


Water Filters

Clean drinking water is always in high demand during a crisis and while storing water won’t be a great option, it’s easy to store water filters. Smaller filters are excellent barter items, they are easy to store, have a long shelf-life, and are small and lightweight. You can potentially store over 25 water filters in a small space like a military ammo can.



Even smokers, who you’d think would always be prepared for smoking, are always asking for a light. Once the SHTF and we rely on fire for everything from cooking to light, don’t expect your average person to be any more prepared than they are today–which is to say not at all! Everyone will need matches, lighters, and other fire-starting implements, so the more you have to trade with, the better. You can buy them in bulk for discounts.


Garden Seed

Seed is one of the if the best barter items around. Both non-hybrid seed and hybrid vegetable seed are great. It’s light-weight, inexpensive, and worth more than gold to a survivor. Do some research on what will grow best in your local area. Also, maybe think about starting your own garden and printing out any resource you used to hand out with the seeds. It will make this barter item even more valuable.


When the time comes to survive after a long-term disaster strikes, BE PREPARED, BE SAFE, BE SMART. This is part one of a two-part series, so be sure to check back!


Watch this video by Dr. Bones Nurse Amy to learn more about Bartering for Survival

Do you have a plan in place for what kind of trading you’ll do after TEOTWAWKI? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

Desert Survival Tips You Don’t Want to Miss!

Many of the world’s harshest environments are located in the desert, where water is scarce and the heat and cold can reach temperatures that would make many people steer clear. If you are thinking of camping or going off-grid in a desert area, you’ll want to read these tips first, because trust me, Rob Raskin, when I tell you it is not the place you want to be caught unprepared! I do live in Las Vegas, after all. These are just a starting point for your research, of course, and if you’re planning on braving the desert, the more research the better.


Travel by Night

If you are planning to cross the desert, it is highly advisable to stay in a shelter during the day, because it’s easy to overheat. Staying in even a minimalist shelter created from a Mylar sheet is better than nothing, as long as you build it at night so you don’t trap the heat inside. If you are lucky, you may find a cave or other rock structure you can take shelter in as well, just make sure you’re alone in there first and there aren’t any rattlesnakes or other dangerous animals already taking up residence. By only traveling at night, you will lower your risk of heat exhaustion and save your body three quarts of water per day, and you will be able to travel faster as well.


Don’t Forget Your Survival Kit

If your survival kit is well-planned, you will be able to fit everything you need for basic desert survival into a pack that is small enough for you to carry. Some basics you will want to make sure you have are a knife, plenty of water, a compass, and a Mylar sheet. Of course it is optimal to bring more than just this in a larger pack, but this is the kit you want to have on your person at all times, even if you are planning to travel a short distance and you are leaving larger items like tents in the car for the time being.  FYI – it is recommended that each person in your group carry at least one liter of water per day per person at minimum. The smartest thing to do is to take as much as you can carry.


To learn more basic survival tips, check my blog again soon, because I’m always posting something new. This is Rob Raskin, and I hope to see you next time.


Want to learn more about desert survival? Check out these videos!

How to survive in the desert alone

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