Bug Out Bag Basics: Tips from Mountain House Ambassadors

Ah, the perennial prepper’s quandary: what to put in a bug out bag. Well, thanks to our Mountain House Ambassadors, we’ve got some genuine, real-life examples to inspire your own disaster preparedness! First things first, though: What is a bug out bag? It’s essentially a version of the 72-hour kit, an arsenal of survival tools and provisions that will see you through at least three days of an emergency situation. “Bug out” references the bag’s specific purpose of supporting your basic needs as you navigate to a safe longer-term location to ride out a disaster scenario of some kind. (You’ll … Continue reading

How to Start an Emergency Fire

Every outdoors person should know how to light a fire. It’s not simply a source of pride at that lakeside cookout with your buddies: It’s also a vital, life-saving skill in case you ever find yourself in a survival situation. Let’s review some firestarting basics, including the requisite ingredients and the easiest way to start a fire. Practice makes perfect when it comes to quickly and efficiently lighting a fire—and speed and efficiency are the bywords when you’re caught out in a blizzard or a torrential downpour, or you just took an unexpected dip in the river and need to … Continue reading

15 Ways to Reuse a Plastic Bottle for Survival

Even though we’re pretty sure most of the Mountain House community opts for reusable water bottles, the truth is single use plastic bottles aren’t going away any time soon. And even the most eco-savvy adventurer may still stumble across a bottle on a beach or tucked into the bushes along a trail. So pick it up, pack it out, and if necessary, turn that trash into survivalist treasure by making good use of garbage. We love the outside-the-box thinking from YouTuber “Sensible Prepper”. Take that trash and make it useful! Create a funnel, or a paracord dispenser, a cup with handle, … Continue reading

Tips for Prepping in Limited Space

Many of us would love to stockpile supplies in preparation for emergencies and disasters, but don’t have the luxury of some sprawling estate—or even a single-family home with a yard—in which to do it. If you live in a small apartment, an RV, or some other modest-sized domicile, it’s true that storing survival gear and provisions can be a challenge. It’s not, however, a prohibitive challenge. Limited space storage solutions abound. Anybody, no matter the physical footprint of their home, can take steps to prep for trouble down the line. All too often we use a constraint such as limited … Continue reading

20 Expert Survival and Preparedness Tips

Our greater Mountain House community makes one big, wonderful, and diverse family: outdoorspeople, survivalists, and all manner of other people for whom our products make quick and easy meals on busy work nights or handy emergency stashes. Our greater Mountain House community makes one big, wonderful, and diverse family: outdoorspeople, survivalists, and all manner of other people for whom our products make quick and easy meals on busy work nights or handy emergency stashes. And one of the real joys of this Mountain House family is the ability to share knowledge and learn from one another. After all, there’s a … Continue reading