Two preps you probably havent considered

Everyone wants to think that everything they have spent hard earned money on will save them when push comes to shove. The simple fact is, you can never be too ready and you will never be prepared for everything that may happen.

So what two preps do I believe are extremely important and almost entirely neglected by a large percentage of preppers.
1. Sandbags
2. Rolled barbed wire
Yes, that simple. And yet, I bet you dont have them. If you do, than you are a thinker and likely quite advanced or experienced in this area.

Why do you need these two invaluable preps? Simple, in a hammer down situation is your modern suburban home really going to provide reasonable security? Wouldn’t you feel better with barbed wire coiled along your property line to at least slow threats down? What about sandbags placed in windows and below windows to provide secure areas for keeping an eye on things? (Use your imagination and get some solid rifle training) You can also use sandbags to add security to your entry points, 4′ high in front of entryways on the inside would make it difficult to enter successfully.

So how do you use these preps properly? It is simple really, buy good polyester sandbags, I prefer the white ones, they will last longer in the sunlight. A short shovel, get a good one not a collapsible piece of junk that some military paid bottom dollar for, get one with a solid handle and steel fittings. Fill the bags half to 3/4’s full, never more. Use soil or sand, try to avoid using rocky soil, you need them to settle well and rocks prevent that. Roll, tie and use them like bricks and stack in rows and offset next row to cover split. They will settle quite well and will provide very solid cover from most small arms and even shrapnel, small explosions. You can sew them shut if you have time but this is unnecessary really. In the high desert of Arizona you can find the perfect soil around 6-10 inches down pretty much anywhere.

As for barbed wire, a solid pair of wire cutters, heavy leather gloves and an understanding of human behavior will help you set up what you need where you need it. Remember build it to prevent others from easily engaging and to funnel them where you have the advantage. This works for animals as well. Be smart, be safe and remember this is for your families survival and yours.

So, what do you think? Make sense? These are really inexpensive preps and easily stored, empty, the bags (several hundred) can be stored in a relatively small area. The wire comes in tightly wrapped coils and is also easy to store. Remember, prepping is really just understanding that you alone are capable of saving yourself in the end. Put the odds in your favor, make life easier and learn to enjoy being ready!

Free the mind and the body will follow.


– I have not taken pictures this time around, apologies-


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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6 Responses to Two preps you probably havent considered

  1. Jack says:

    Funny you mention barbed wire. We (a couple other prepper types and I) were talking about that this weekend to be used in certain situations to protect entrances of property wrapped around logs at the entrance of long private drives, and in intervals along the way, only to be moved by the tractor to allow other vehicles to cross… Sandbags, I have thought about, but need to give more consideration in my geography…


  2. Not bad advice,…for most people. In considering it for my situation, however, I’m of the opinion they are not that critical. Which is not to say, however, that I will not get some eventually. But living here on an acre in a rural horse estate type area surrounded by other multi-acre properties and vast open areas,…the ability to come at my home from any angle is so easy, that I would literally have to turn my acre into a ringed prison compound to make use of barbed or razor wire. Additionally, my modular home would require so much sandbagging to produce sufficient cover, with that much time and energy I could build even better fortifications. (As for flooding, we have drainage dug out well enough to preserve us from that.) In my situation, in considering defending against a general mayhem or societal upheaval, my location and terrain dictates a more communal cooperation model. This area of pseudo-cowboys mixed with real ones, as well as many men of the trades, mixed with near 90% gun ownership and limited ingress routes,…he have amongst my neighbors all that is required to lock down our own area to secure it. While I may not have barbed wire, some of my mini-ranch neighbors do. We all have wells. This entire area is higher in ratio of self-sufficiency types. My plan is to love my neighbors and defend them, hoping to develop the same in return. I will of course do for myself what I can. But none of us is an island.


    • I agree, no man is an island and no castle impenetrable, this said…I get along well with my neighbors even helping several rather than calling coppers etc,

      We all have well built steel storm doors and understand the benefit of having individual and mutual “preps/understanding” defend the core and move outward, with kids and broken down people it is wise to prepare

      As always, thank you. 🙂


  3. Sandbags are good. I multi use them for (funnny enough) as a sandbag but also as eel sacks. Find some road kill, drop it into the sack with a house brick, loose tie the neck with a long line (leaving about a 2 inch hole), and drop the whole thing into the river.
    Next morning, pull the sack out quickly and you may find a couple of river eels or crayfish for breakfast.
    Nothing fresher than that!

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