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Prepare for Anything (Outdoor Life)

338 Essential Skills

Published by Weldon Owen
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Are you preparing for the collapse of society? Concerned about making it through the next category 4 hurricane? Looking to be less dependent on an increasingly fragile infrastructure? If so, you are definitely not alone. In this timely follow-up to The Ultimate Survival Manual, Prepare for Anything is packed with hundreds of gear recommendations, skills, and survival tips and strategies to help you be ready for anything. From an economic collapse to natural disasters to government surveillance, this book has you covered.

Learn where to begin, from stocking and storing your food and water correctly to buying the right gear for your area, as well as how to create the perfect Bug-Out Bag—and emergency plan—for any situation.
Fortune favors the prepared—and the multi-talented. When disaster strikes, will you know how to perform first aid, defend your home, and remain self-reliant? Learn skills that will get you through everything from a power outage to a hurricane to the apocalypse.
If the worst happens...what happens next? Your survival, if you're read this book. You'll learn how to handle everything from organizing a community and protecting your homestead to growing food, purifying water, and even making weapons.
Prepare for Anything will take you through potential threats and teach you how to become prepared for them. This is the book for the preppers all over America. With hands-on hints, easy-to-use checklists, and engaging first-person stories to break down the crucial do’s and don’ts, you know how to ride out whatever Mother Nature, the government, foreign powers, or modern society can throw at you.

Packaged in a durable, wipe-clean flexicover with metallic corner-guards, this practical manual withstands heavy-duty use indoors and out.


The solar still is a simple invention that collects water and distills through a greenhouse effect. It’s not perfect, nor does it collect massive quantities of water, but it does provide fresh water in arid climates and it can effectively desalinate saltwater.
In the original method developed in the 1970s, a square of clear or milky plastic is draped over a pit with a clean cup in the bottom. The plastic at the edge of the pit is sealed with a rim of dirt or stones to keep any of the steam from escaping. The plastic sheet is weighed down in the middle with a small rock, pushed down to shape the plastic into a cone shape. The sun will create a steamy environment under the plastic, and the steam will condense on the underside, running down into the cup below. Each site works for days, and you may get a up to a liter of water per still per day.
STEP 1 Set up the still in a sunny area with the dampest dirt or sand available.
STEP 2 Make certain that the point of the cone of plastic is directly over the container inside the still.
STEP 3 Add vegetation inside to increase production.
STEP 4 Urine can be recycled by peeing down a hole dug next to the still so the liquid can soak through the ground and vaporize into the still.
STEP 5 A rubber, plastic, or vinyl drinking tube can be placed in the cup and lead outside the still. This way, water can be sipped as it collects without having to take the whole still apart to get the water out.

About The Author

Tim MacWelch has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoor skills for over 26 years. His love of the outdoors started at a young age, growing up on a farm in the rolling hills of Virginia. Eating wild berries, fishing, and learning about the animals of the forest were all part country life. Tim became interested in survival skills and woodcraft as an offshoot of backpacking as a teen—out in remote areas, it seemed like a smart plan to learn some skills. The majority of his training over the years has involved testing survival skills and devising new ones, but the biggest leaps forward occurred as a result of teaching. Tim’s teaching experiences over the years have been rich and diverse, from spending hundreds of hours volunteering to founding his own year-round survival school 18 years ago. He has worked with Boy Scouts, youth groups, summer camps, and adults in all walks of life, as well as providing outdoor skills training for numerous personnel in law enforcement, search and rescue organizations, all branches of the United States Armed Forces, the State Department, and the Department of Justice and some of its agencies. Tim and his wilderness school have been featured on Good Morning America and several National Geographic programs, and featured in many publications including Conde Nast Traveler , the Washington Post, and American Survival Guide . Tim has written hundreds of pieces for Outdoor Life and many other publications. Tim’s current and past articles can be found at and you can learn more about his survival school at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (May 27, 2014)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781616286736

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