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11-29-2013, 04:59 PM
So, some of you know I'm writing a book about how to start prepping. I did ask this on my facebook page but then I thought you guys could give me a different focus and maybe I could continue this thread as I go along.

I'm trying to keep things as uniform as possible. Here's what I have for major categories at the moment:

## Food
## Water
## Protection from the elements
## Fuel and power
## Navigation
## Security
## Communication and signal
## Tools and equipment
## Sanitation
## Medical

I'd like the categories be the same for each section, whether it's bugout bag gear, bug-in equipment, stuff at your bug-in location, cached supplies, vehicle supplies, homesteading skills, EDC, etc. I realize some won't be really all that appropriate.

What are your thoughts?

11-29-2013, 07:17 PM
Having information on your computer is great until it doesn't work anymore .
Books and binders with printed information can save the day along with a spair pair of glasses .

11-29-2013, 07:22 PM
I'm definitely gonna be covering that. I use a kindle so I can easily hold a CRAPLOAD of information and a thumb drive with all that as well as digital backups of my information. Then I print out the most important pieces of those.

11-29-2013, 08:11 PM
Hey Wolf, I remember the guys talking about this when they were all here in October. I think it is a great idea. I've seen several books on the subject and even have a few that I've bought over the years. One thing I have noticed in quite a few books is that the authors tend to spend more time on the subjects that they know better, while lightly touching on some others. In my opinion, there isn't any one subject or topic that is more important than others, except for maybe health and the shape a person is in should the SHTF.

In your list above you covered almost everything, but I didn't see anything about personal protection unless that falls under the "Security" heading. Security covers a very wide range of topics that alot of people WILL need help with. Too many people tend to think that because they have went out and bought themselves a veritable armory, they are good to go should the apocolypse ever take place. Having guns and being proficient with them is all well and good, but they won't solve all of the problems one is liable to face.

Having a sustainable food sourceis just as important to security as having the proper weapons. You already know all of this though, so I won't waste your time on that. I think that what you are doing is great. Should you need any help at all, don't hesitate to ask. The Hostile Native and I are both well up on our homesteading skills as well as a few other things one will need to know if they find that things have gone to hell. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing the finished product.


11-29-2013, 08:55 PM
Hi Tex,

Yeah, protection/tactics is under security. I'm mostly gonna mention things like securing your home, combat multipliers such as signaling tripwires etc but it's a beginner's book so I'm not gonna go too deeply into it. A beginner should really be going out and learning about that stuff from an expert in person, not from a book.

I'm starting to get a bit more flushed out and I'll update you when it seems to fit together. I've added finance and barter for one.

11-29-2013, 10:17 PM
It is sounding interesting, Wolf. One thing I never see stressed enough in the books, is the need for a network and friends. All of the "Tactidorks" on all of the boards seem to think they and their family unit will head to the woods or bug-in on their little homestead and Mom and Dad will be able to handle everything that comes down the pike. That type of thinking will get people killed quick.

There is alot that the Hostile Native and I can do, both individually and together. Between the two of us we know about alot of things. That doesn't mean we will not need the help of others though. Everyone I know who has the ability to feed several people would need help. if with nothing else, atleast security. You can't work the cattle or till the garden if you are having to worry about security. I'm a welder and a pretty good blacksmith. We are also going to be getting a milk cow soon and I am working toward building a small dairy herd. with all of that being said, I am not a mechanic. I don't have alot of medical skills.

I can't think of a longterm situation where a single person or a family will be able to sustain without the help from someone else. No matter how good a person is, they can't prep for every eventuality. All of the money in the world can't buy them the peace of mind they will need to make it through the possibilities. Whether it is a localized event or a true EOTWAWKI, to survive, people will need a network of friends and community. People need to throw the Rambo mentality out the window and start developing relationships that can be beneficial should the need arise.


11-29-2013, 10:28 PM
Working with a team is a whole section on its own. You definitely can't do it on your own if SHTF. There's just too many things to do, too many hours in the day and too many skills to learn.

11-29-2013, 10:55 PM
Working with a team is a whole section on its own. You definitely can't do it on your own if SHTF. There's just too many things to do, too many hours in the day and too many skills to learn.

That is the truth. One of my goals this winter is to learn how to tan hides. If the SHTF though, all of my time will be spent tending to the cattle and protecting them. I will also be tending to the milkcows. The Hostile Native and my niece would be tending to the all of the small livestock and the garden around the house and barns. Eventhough I would have the hides and they would need to be utilized, none of us would have the time or energy at the end of the day to mess with them. There will still be predators around, and probably morebeing as others like us wouldn't have time to hunt the. Somebody would be needed to deal with them as well as run some traplines.

In the old days, each town or community would have a blacksmith, a baker, a butcher, a milkman and any number of other types of people to keep things running smoothly. It was because there were not enough hours in the day for people to do everything they needed to do inorder to survive and prosper.

I really hope that you can get this book off the ground and going. There are still too many sheep out there and the more people there are prepared, the better off we will all be. Alot of people pull their heads out just long enough to acknowledge that, yes, there is a problem, but then they see what all be prepared entails and they get discouraged and put their heads right back in the sand. Preparing is hard coming at it as a newbie. Once a person can get their heads around it though, they start thinking differently and then doing differently.

This is definitely a good place to come for feedback and advice. Let me know if I can help you in any way.


11-30-2013, 05:53 PM
The economy of specialization with division of labor is what allows societies to have free time for enjoyment and advancement. You can't do that unless you have enough people to be able to afford someone to sit down and perfect a trade - and then teach it to an apprentice. You also gain from economies of scale with larger groups.

kinda makes dating easier too.

11-30-2013, 07:14 PM
Here's what I have so far so you can get an idea of where I'm going with the book. The categories on the left will be duplicated in pretty much all the chapters except the last one, which is more of an appendix at the moment. I couldn't embed it here with this stupid iPad so here's a link...

Book outline mind map (http://graywolfsurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/image.jpg)

Anyone see any holes in it so far? I know it may be hard to envision with just this pic. Hopefully you can read it. If you click the link above, it opens a big pic.

12-01-2013, 07:36 AM
It looks great and I'm really interested in reading it when it's ready. I am particularly interested in defense-combat multipliers. Will you be touching on 'if you don't have a raging arsenal at your disposal'?

12-01-2013, 10:56 AM
Is this going to be a book about the steps you should take to beging prepping or is there going to be instructions in there as well? I would like to see bigger sections in books about trapping and snaring small animals. There isn't a lot of good information about tying snares.

12-01-2013, 11:50 AM
Julie, I will start another thread for that stuff if folks are interested in trapping and snaring.


12-01-2013, 11:58 AM
Graywolf, I like the outline you have came up with. It looks as if you have everything just about covered.


12-01-2013, 12:40 PM
Tex, do it!

12-01-2013, 01:02 PM
I like the bugging in vs bugging out. Also team vs alone. Looking forward to it.

12-01-2013, 04:05 PM
It looks great and I'm really interested in reading it when it's ready. I am particularly interested in defense-combat multipliers. Will you be touching on 'if you don't have a raging arsenal at your disposal'?

lol, kind of.

A combat multiplier is anything that allows you to fight as a larger force than you currently are. Night vision is an example. If you had 5 guys attacking one in the middle of the night but that one guy had night vision, the odds even out a bit and he could possibly even win. It's not all about firearms and weapons, although some of them are definite combat multipliers.

12-01-2013, 04:09 PM
Is this going to be a book about the steps you should take to beging prepping or is there going to be instructions in there as well? I would like to see bigger sections in books about trapping and snaring small animals. There isn't a lot of good information about tying snares.

I will have some things in there on snares but there is a LLLLOOTTT of information out there on primitive survival skills such as hunting and trapping. My goal is to help new people know how to focus their time on what they should be learning and doing. Giving them all those skills in one book would be tens of thousands of pages long. Some basic snare-tying is helpful but it's more of an advanced skill. There are a lot more things they should be focusing on.

12-01-2013, 04:11 PM
I like the bugging in vs bugging out. Also team vs alone. Looking forward to it.

I think bugging in is always preferable to bugging out but there are definite cases where people have already not been able to bug in - such as when their house burns down or gets flattened by a tornado/hurricane or flooded. You should have some idea where you're going to go if something happens where you have to leave or you can't get back to your house.

Teamwork is always preferable to going it alone as long as your team works together and doesn't tear itself apart.

12-01-2013, 06:34 PM
Well, I already see one thing I need to work on, now that I've started actually writing.

As it's written, 'Everyday life' is pretty much the whole book. It's about what you should be doing now, before SHTF. That means that 'Bugging in' then isn't really about prepping, it's about what you should be doing if you're already bugged in because I would have already covered it. That would make the everyday chapter gigantic and the bugging in or out ones very small and totally dependent upon what your crisis is.

I'm gonna have to pull down the 'life is about balance' part from above and put it into the 'everyday life' chapter and just have a section in both 'bugging in' and 'bugging out' that deals with how to prepare for each as well as what to do during either.

And I need to change that chapter title too. It's a bit vague.

Hopefully that made sense. It's still a little fuzzy to me.

Oh well, that's why I do an outline first, so I don't write myself into a corner too early.

12-01-2013, 08:37 PM
You might want a bit on "welcome to everyday life, 1870s style." For extended grid-down situations.

As usual (and even today,) there will be those who's only plan will be to take what they want, and without phones, many of those may find themselves in over their heads.

There will be trade between people who have, or can produce, some things, and those who need them. Eventually I may trade some spun wool or cotton for something I'm out of, and it won't be buttons because I can make those.

12-01-2013, 08:43 PM
I'm definitely going to have a good chunk of homesteading in the book. Even though it's an advanced prepper topic, it's something that takes a while to learn. It's difficult to learn about how to produce things you need to barter with when you're just trying to survive. It's also something that we've gotten away from too much. There are a lot of good things about those old-time skills such as cooking better food and living a simpler life.

12-01-2013, 09:04 PM
Graywolf, if I may offer a suggestion, perhaps you could hit on the homesteading a little bit, but that subject could easily be a whole book on its own.

Once you get into homesteading, there are ALOT of different sub-topics to discuss.


12-01-2013, 09:19 PM
It definitely could easily be its own book.

What I want to get across to beginners is that homesteading is pretty much a self-sustainment lifestyle. If they can start gearing their life that way then if a lot of things happen that could happen (such as the economy collapsing), it won't affect them as much. It's also something that they'd eventually have to figure out how to do if it does collapse. I won't be going into a lot of details like how to tan hides etc because it's not a beginner's topic (and I don't want to write War and Peace here) but just mention that those things would be necessary and give them an idea of what homesteading is.

12-01-2013, 10:07 PM
So go with more than one book.

12-06-2013, 06:13 PM
Wolf, sorry I just got around to this. You've got a really good start, despite the corners. Your initial idea, a chapter on each of those primary topics is great. Flesh them out, just go with KISS, this is a beginner's book. You can always follow this one up with separate books on the individual topics, Gray Wolf's Expanded Editions or something. I know I'm busy right now, but if I can help, feel free to jerk my chain.

You're on to something that's going to work, the folks in New York are very interested.

12-06-2013, 09:16 PM
Thanks AA. I have 2 more days of 14-16 hour/day Army stuff and then I'm hoping to get back on it. I'm hoping to at least have the writing sample chapters done by the end of the week and then maybe the synopsis/proposal next weekend.

I definitely have to stay with KISS. I've thrown out a couple thousand words already because I keep going too deep into things. I want to make the book worth reading and something they won't find in other books but I want them to be able to follow along and DO it. I'll be focusing on very simple and basic on Monday.

I wrote an article on the website a couple days ago on risk management called "why are you prepping" that I definitely want to include in the book but it needs slowed down and explained a lot better for a book chapter. It's going to be one of my sample chapters for the publisher.

My website has a mix of beginners and expert readers so I didn't mind flushing it out on there; the book won't.

12-06-2013, 09:48 PM
Sounds like a good book series. Might add in some where to have some type of entertainment if you are with a family and kids. Games, cards, toys, etc. Have a small pack that the kids can carry there stuff in to show they can help if needed. Just say'n.

12-06-2013, 09:54 PM
I have a section now in my updated overview that puts something about comfort, entertainment and staying sane in every chapter along with the rest. Definitely important. Not sure exactly what I'm going to title it yet though until I flesh it out a bit.

02-03-2014, 10:06 AM
Any updates on the project?

02-03-2014, 07:24 PM
Sent in the proposal right before the weekend. Haven't heard anything yet.

03-13-2014, 07:02 AM
Write it and they will come.

03-13-2014, 09:14 AM
I have had people ask me how to get started so many times. People with not a lot of money. I try to remember back on the very first things that I got. I think I spent $100 on my first purchases. I remember getting beans & rice right off. I also purchased several packs of seeds. Then I think in that first $100 I bought some medicine such as tylenol, aspirin, neosporin etc. Also some fire starters such as wooden kitchen matches and a few multi packs of bic lighters.
I saw your post on what you would buy if you had a thousand dollars. I was not sure if you meant starting out or if we wanted to spend that on "extra" preps or additional preps for what we have already??

I am more the type to do it in $20-$30 increments. There is just so much to worry about and buy. I would love to have at least $10,000 to use on preps, I don't have that but feel good about adding a bit here & there. When you first start, it is overwhelming and hard to know where to begin. But once you begin, you just add to it as you can.

11-14-2014, 08:43 AM
Working with a team is a whole section on its own. You definitely can't do it on your own if SHTF. There's just too many things to do, too many hours in the day and too many skills to learn.Great point. The hard part is finding trustworthy teammates.

11-18-2014, 03:23 PM
Hello, new here, I did not see a mention of martial arts. I have found great people, motivated, goal driven and honest at the studios I have studied at. The self defense and being in good shape is helpful as well. I would look more to the traditional arts rather than the more fashionable hard arts. The traditional arts draw people that want to improve themselves in more ways than physically. My family and friends study ITF style tae kwon do. I have visited good hapkido, karate and Judo schools. Good luck look forward to what you come up with.

05-25-2016, 06:09 AM
The section on staying sane - if I had to sum it up as a chapter title - 'Mindset' in that you could cover the why behind prepping as you mentioned earlier but also the questions you need to reflect on to determine where you are and what you need to do as well as how to get there. Living in Australia things are quite different (equipment primarily be it weapons, food, comms, etc) but the basics are the same (skills, mindset, forward planning), as well as a guide to how to prioritise your shopping based on your situation and scenario you are prepping for.

Thats my 2cents.