The Basics of Living Off the Land

Living off the land: Just the phrase has an alluring ring to it. And so does the idea: the notion of utter self-sufficiency, rustling up grub and other resources from the wilderness and prospering free and clear of the grid and the rat-race alike. The phrase describes the everyday reality of human beings for hundreds of thousands of years, and continues to apply to many around the world who live off the land by necessity or choice. For our purposes, though, we’re looking at living off the land as a short-term DIY response to an emergency of one kind or … Continue reading

Happy National Picnic Month!

Happy National Picnic Month from all of us here at Mountain House! You did know July is National Picnic Month, right? –> scroll down or click here to enter to win a 3 Day Food Supply! Well, all right, so Picnic Month may not be the highest-profile designated month, but it certainly is a universally appealing one. Who doesn’t like a meal shared outdoors on a sunny afternoon? (There’s probably an anti-picnic faction out there, but hey: National Picnic Month isn’t a mandatory celebration. And plus we reckon most of our outdoorsy, food-focused Mountain House community can get behind the … Continue reading

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

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

How to Purify Water

Nothing’s more important in the backcountry than staying hydrated, but the same water that quenches your thirst and keeps you alive can also sicken you if you don’t take proper precautions. Out on a multiday backpacking or paddling trek, you should play it safe and purify any water you’re using for drinking or cooking. How? In this blog post, we’ll review the basic water purification methods and when they should be employed. But … Do I Need to Purify Water in the Backcountry in the First Place? We already hear some of you questioning the whole premise. Can’t you drink … Continue reading