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It’s “Best of web” Monday again.  This week, I’m really stoked about the project that I have to share. Save Our Skills (www.saveourskills.com) is the incredible work of Nick LaDieu […]

Road Trip! After the 72 hour urban bug out that I did in downtown San Diego last May, Cody In Boise had been reaching out to me to come up and […]

For those of you who hadn’t heard, the Self Reliance Expo came to Salt Lake City last weekend.  I swung by for a little bit on Friday, and was able […]

The tights Prepisode. Since I did my 72 hour urban bug out earlier this year, I’ve received a handful of comments and emails from Cody in Boise (Urbivalist reader and […]

We live and die by the paper trail.  Certifications, documents, account numbers, and all kinds of other information allow us to navigate the waters of our everyday civilization. So it’s […]

  “Best of Web” Monday! In today’s edition, I feature a couple of sites that will get your wheels turning. www.everyday-carry.com-is a site featuring photos of different people’s EDC. Get […]

You tell me. In most scenarios, there are indisputable advantages to sheltering in place, or “bugging in.” But today, I want to know what situations you think make it a […]

With Fall officially underway, I’m ready to try another experiment.  Indoor vegetable gardening. Yep, fueled by my unexpected success with the squash, and some of Mel Bartholomew’s “Square Foot Gardening” […]

Simply put, the Aquamira Frontier Pro is truly one of the MOST bang for your buck pieces of survival gear out there. Why? VER-SA-TIL-I-TY. Say it with me folks.  Not only does […]

The Border Guard folder is definitely not the prettiest in the bunch.  Plus it’s too heavy and long to be a good EDC knife. But with it’s seat belt cutter, […]

Today is Monday, and that means it’s time for the Urbivalist’s “Best of the Web.” This week’s best of web comes from a video that I received from a friend […]

Could that really be possible? If so, how? Are we talking about hiring a 9-year old? Yes, it’s possible, and no, I’m not talking about hiring underage. I’m talking about […]

Excuse the somberness and the misty eyes, today I speak from the heart.  A couple weeks ago, we commemorated the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. […]

Water into wine? How about salt water into electricity? That’s what this crazy little battery charger by Infratech does. In this Prepisode, I test the unit, called the “Greenivative Magic” […]

  SQUASH! If you’ve been with me since the beginning, you’ll remember that in Prepisode 1, I planted “the latest season garden.” Just about 42 sunny days later, I have […]

  You ever thought about why college costs so much? I have. In fact I’ve ruined dinners out with friends debating this very thing. If you fall into the same […]

Field trip Friday! This time, to talk a little firearms with my good friend Seth, of utahguns.com. If you still have not dipped a toe in the world of firearms, […]

Whether you want a website to sell things, create a family blog, or just have your contact info and an online “portfolio”, there is an abundance of technology at your […]

After posting Prepisode 18, on bulk water storage, I had a little something brought to my attention.  Many garden hoses, in fact MOST garden hoses, are not recommended as “drinking […]

This prepisode doesn’t show you any life or death skills.  But it does give you a couple tricks that could save you some time and misery in your everyday interactions […]

It’s Monday, and it’s time for another “Best of The Web.” This week, I’m stoked to share a couple more awesome urbivalist resources. #1) Check out the FREE online video […]

After a couple weeks of silence, you deserve to know.  My beloved weed patch (a.k.a. “The Latest Season Garden” from Prepisode #1) is finally producing some itty bitty little fruit. […]

Looking to build a bug out or fall back shelter? What about a permanent home that can save you some money? ISBU shipping container houses offer solutions for both. At […]

If you don’t have enough space to store a 55 gallon water barrel, I feel your pain.  Prior to moving to my Utah abode, my wife and I lived in […]

It doesn’t have to be called a war for there to be violence. There doesn’t have to be soldiers, tanks or even guns. The Tottenham riots in London last month should […]

It’s time to get silly. No skills, no gear, no thoughts on life. It’s Friday before a 3 day weekend, and it’s time to relax. So enjoy this low key […]

We’re family right? So we can do stupid things in front of each other and still be friends? Good, because in this entire prepisode, I only have half a face. […]

Why didn’t I think of inventing the 4-in-1 Emergency Tool? It’s simple, inexpensive, and it serves multiple functions (way more than 4!). They assist in turning off gas, water, and […]

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually IN the arena…” On the coattails of a post from Apartment Prepper last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about taking […]

Time to let you in on more secrets… Last week we featured 3 projects that urbivalists need to know about. Today we feature 3 more amazing projects, that will BLOW […]

Money still doesn’t grow on trees. But as urbivalists, a big part of being prepared is finding ways to make more of it. In this Prepisode, I talk about 2 […]

It’s time to revisit the Totin’ Chip. The other day, in the midst of making the dead fall trap (Prepisode 17), I discovered that my trusty Gerber Prodigy was incredibly […]

In the eternal order of things, water is sacred. He who is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him (and he may actually […]

We have a new roomate. As of about a week ago, my wife and I started having mouse sightings. After setting a couple dcon traps in vain, I decided it’s […]

In spite of all it’s potential for time wasting and filth, there is some amazing stuff to be learned on the internet. Since beginning The Urbivalist a year ago, I […]

It’s been 21 days since I planted “The Latest Season Garden.” Now it’s time for the tune up, including: weeding thinning re-planting areas that didn’t come up removing old mulch […]

(apologize for the dark/grainy footage–not sure what mode the camera was in…) Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. If you’re anything like me, there’s so many […]

Who would win in a fight–you or the other guy? As unfortunate as it is, violent crime is part of our existence. Assaults, rape, robbery, and battery occur all over […]

In case we haven’t already chatted about it, I love the book Emergency. Unlike other survival books that contain checklists and step by step instructions, Emergency, by Neil Strauss, is […]

Presenting a new way to “live and die” by your cell phone. Haven’t we become a planet full of people unseparable from our cell phones? Well, it’s time to use […]

If you’re looking for a good way to create a hidden stash, look no more. A hollowed out book safe may be just the thing for you. Although I’ve always […]

After 8 episodes, it’s time to explain myself. My new daily video format “The Daily Prep” has been off the ground and running for 2 weeks. In that time, I’ve […]

I’ve held out for long enough. It’s time to commit to carrying at least a few items EVERY single day. To this point, I’ve just never been able to stomach […]

The gauntlet has been thrown down. The small game challenge is on. That’s right, today’s prepisode is a challenge. Today it’s about getting out of the armchair and getting the […]

I am not an expert on firearms and I am not a political analyst. But I am a Patriot. And that’s all you have to be to understand that executive […]

Water is liquid life. Everyone knows that we can’t last long without it. But what do you do if you have to purify salt water? Boiling it will only make […]

Be careful kid, it’s a jungle out there. In our age of information, there are so many ways that technology and shortcuts make our lives easier. However, with added ease […]

Introducing bathroom reading for preppers… I recently got my hands on a copy of The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do To Ready Your Home For A […]

When all’s said and done, doesn’t it usually boil down to money? We talk about saving money. We talk about getting out of debt. We prepare for a time when […]

Even though it’s already the beginning of August, I’m desperate to grow some veggies this season! So after only being in my new Utah home for 8 days, having not […]