A lot of preppers daydream about having the ultimate bug out vehicle. It becomes a hobby for some. For those with plenty of money, it becomes a “Toys for the Big Boys” kind of thing. For those on a budget, you can still prep your vehicle for when SHTF. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of bug out vehicles out there rolling the streets right now, they just don’t look like one. The end goal of the bug out vehicle is to quickly and safely get you and your family where you need to go in an emergency situation. Almost any vehicle can become a survivalist vehicle with the right preparation. Still, it’s nice to dream about having the ultimate badass bug out vehicle. Here are a few of our favorites for inspiration.
The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle Come Doomsday
1. The Tactical Armored Beast
This 4×4 fully armored vehicle weighing at a whopping 20,000 lbs with a 6.7 L V8 Diesel engine that roars 300HP and 600 lbs-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed auto tranny and a 40-gallon tank.
2. The Hyundai Zombie Survival Car
Features a zombie plow with massive spikes, spiked all-terrain tires, and armored windows just to name a few. It’s amazing how Hyundai was able to come up with an anti-zombie ride by transforming an Elantra Coupe.
3. Paramount Group Marauder
Fully armored and can withstand TNT explosions. It has long range fuel tanks and can even run on a flat tire. It can reach up to 120 KPH despite its heavy weight. With a fording depth of half the vehicle, it can practically swim.
4. M1126 Stryker Combat Vehicle
This eight-wheeled armored vehicle weighs about 19 tons. It has a central tire inflation system and has room for 9 people, plus a crew of two. It can mount either an MK-19 or a .50 caliber machine gun and has a 40mm grenade launcher.
5. Mike Penhall’s 1986 4Runner
If budget is an issue for you and you would still want to make your own bug out vehicle, this is the one for you! Start from the basic vehicle and work your way up with upgrades as you go.
6. The Survivor Truck Bug Out Vehicle
It’s a Chevrolet C70 upgraded into a bug out vehicle and weighs about 13 tons. Its storage capacity for food, water, clothing, and gear can last weeks (even months!) when need be.
7. Gurkha Armored Tactical Vehicle
This badass vehicle can be made available for civilians. It uses the Ford F-550 chassis, 6.7L Powerstroke diesel which can give up to 300ho and 660 pounds-feet of torque. It’s a 4×4 which uses automatic transmission and is installed with disc brakes.
8. The Silverado Black Ops
This vehicle is like a survival kit on wheels. Made by Chevrolet, this badass bug out vehicle setup can be fitted with any ready-made accessories to fit the need of every Prepper.
9. The Mobile Assault Bunker Level 1
This badass truck is called MAB1 for short. Has ¼” bulletproof AR500 steel to armor plating, bulletproof windows, a fuel mileage of 8 to 10 MPG, 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide, 25 feet long and weighs 24,000 lbs. It even has a bulletproof 220-gallon diesel fuel tank.
10. The M117 Armored Security Vehicle
This is just one of the many used military vehicles for sale. Purchasing a used military vehicle will require very little upgrades since it may already be armored plated and have bulletproof windows. Not to mention a lot of other weapons that you can mount on these things.
11. Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 Custom
Originally made for the military, this truck features a 7.2-liter turbo diesel engine boasting of 326 hp. It is a six-wheel drive with three locking differentials. This custom bug out vehicle even has a satellite dish and a flatscreen.
12. EarthRoamer XV-LT
This is a totally badass bug out vehicle with lots of comforts. It took the 2008 Silver Ford F550 and modified it with the latest technological features to date. It can carry 90 gallons of fuel, 85 gallons of fresh water and has 510 watts solar panels.
13. Buffalo MPCV
This badass truck has a 440 HP CAT C13 12.5L engine and can go up to 55MPH. With a fuel tank that can store up to 85 gallons, it can travel up to 300 miles.
Check out this video of the Mercedes Benz Zetros by auto imagen:
Just look at these state of the art bug out rides. Zombies won’t have a chance to get their hands on you once you’re inside. With these Badass Bug Out Vehicles, the post-apocalyptic world doesn’t stand a chance against you! So make a choice right now in case of SHTF the next day.
Do you think these bug out vehicles is enough to keep you safe if SHTF? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Every guy needs a man cave to unwind, breathe, and forget the outside world for a bit. Even preppers need some time away from planning, packing, and prepping. Whether you just need a breather from the ol’ ball and chain or a break from killing zombies, a bunker with a solid man cave can do wonders for your relaxation. Tuck yourself away with these badass man cave ideas and start building it.
Is Your Man Cave Badass Enough?
1. DIY Toilet Paper Holder That Everyone’s Talking About
Probably the most straightforward man project you’ll ever complete. We know how much dudes love their cars, and this is for sure the best way to honor your pride and joy. All you need is your old rusty license plate and some wood and you’re good to go! Just glue some slabs of wood together. BOOM! Instant TP holder (and you’ll impress the ladies). Find out more about this project here.
2. DIY Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser
Don’t just toss that old bottle of Jack away. It can still be useful. Check out this awesome soap dispenser fashioned from an old Jack Daniels bottle. The best part? Well, you get to drink the whiskey first, duh. Find out more about this project here.
3. Hooks Made from Wrenches
Aren’t these rad? It’s pretty awesome that you don’t need anything other than your superhuman strength, a screwdriver, and an old wrench to throw these puppies up in your man cave. You can bet the dudes will be jealous. Get a set of Craftsman wrench set to get started.
4. DIY Cutting Board
This is one fascinating and easy to do log project. Check out this awesome DIY cutting board along with the step-by-step tutorial on how it’s made here. Adds a handsome, rustic touch to any man cave.
5. Make a Wood Pallet Coffee Table
Have you ever made anything out of pallet wood? This classic wood has been used for hundreds of repurposed projects. Check out how to make your own pallet table by reading this awesome post on cool pallet projects here.
6. Book Shelf Made out of Pipe Clamps
Did you know that building shelves out of plumbers pipe is actually really easy? This is one of the most cost-effective DIY shelving units you can make. Best of all, everything you need you can find right at your neighborhood Home Depot. Now, all your stuff is already part of your awesome man cave. If you need some more items to display, you can always check out the net for man cave stuff for sale. Check out the detailed tutorial here.
7. A Beer Barrel Bed
Yep… it’s real. A giant bed made out of a giant beer barrel. You thought nursery rhymes weren’t real. Guess again. This barrel bed is pretty damn cool if you ask us. You might be wondering, “How did they fit that thing through the door?” Find out more details about this one of a kind bed here.
8. A Sink…That Is Also a Tire
This is just pretty freakin’ rugged. Impress your lady and your buddies with this awe-inspiring project. Check out the full tutorial here.
9. Beer Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher
What makes a beer bottle opener worth using? Not having to bend over when the sucker flies off into oblivion. Streamline the bottle opening process (so you can drink faster!) by snatching one of these sick gadgets. Find out more about this cool stuff here.
10. Man Cave Barbecue Made out of a Car
Barbecue and cold beer is ALWAYS a good idea. And to make it even better, you can turn your old car into a barbecue grill. Make sure to remove the engine before trying this at home, kids.
11. Create a Tiled Floor Using Pennies
Now you can make the most the most non-expensive floor you’ve ever walked on. Seriously, it will probably cost you… uh, pennies. Check out more details about this eye-catching project here.
12. DIY Bar Made out of Shipping Pallets
Impress your friends with this stunning, rustic bar. All you need is some old wood, a little bit of ingenuity and carpentry skills. Find out more details about this marvelous project here.
13. Make a Vintage Ice Chest from Wood Pallets
Make a pretty awesome vintage ice chest out of free wooden pallets. What’s better than free? Talk about cooler envy. Check out the step by step instructions here.
Looking for budget-friendly tips on how to build your own man cave? Watch this video by Next Luxury:
Having your own space is crucial to your well-being. It gives us men a certain sense of freedom. A man cave lets us get away from the stress life brings in the comfort of our own home. A man cave is a place for you to unwind, relax, reflect and be yourself again. Be it a garage, an attic or a basement, you need that spot for yourself. We all need that space to have the freedom and peace of mind to stay sane in an insane world.
What’s your idea of a great man cave? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 31, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Homemade weapons are actually pretty badass and they come in handy when you have no weapons left in your arsenal. Improvised weapons are great against an intruder or attacker. But if the situation really calls for it though, these homemade weapons would be handy. Homemade but badass weapons are great non-firearm weapons when you need to improvise. Check out the updated list below to see the top 14 picks of homemade weapons!
14 Badass Homemade Weapons To Add To Your Arsenal
1. PVC Pipe Compound Bow
Get all raw and basic with your skills by making your own compound bow. Bows and arrows are badass weapons but they can be pretty expensive. But this DIY project does not put a strain on your wallet as it can be made from inexpensive, readily available materials.
2. Homemade Pepper Spray
Pepper sprays are for everyone because it is convenient to carry and can protect you when SHTF. Just spray it in the face of the attacker and escape the situation instantly to call for backup or help. These homemade self-defense weapons are easy to make. This pepper spray may become one of your personal favorites, check it out here.
3. Multifunction Pocket Tool
If you’re looking for very convenient homemade weapons then you need these bad boys. Other than being weapons, multifunction pocket tools also help you with your everyday tasks. They’re the perfect life hacks! You can easily make and customize these DIY pocket tools to fit your specific need.
4. Pump Action Rocket Gun
Looking for homemade guns or improvised firearms? This inexpensive rocket gun is a fun project and a cool item to have around. The DIY is very simple and relatively cheap as well. The entire project, including a bunch of ammo, could easily be made for around $20.
5. Homemade Taser Gun
Hand-to-hand combat and a pepper spray aren’t the only survival options against an attacker. When talking about self-defense, some people tend to purchase a taser gun or a stun gun. That’s what most people think of buying when they want to have some protection or weapon they can easily use in an emergency situation. But instead of buying a taser gun, you can also make your own.
6. Primitive Club Tool
If stuck in the wilderness with limited resources, knowing how to make this tool could come in handy for your survival. This simple technique will quickly transform a few items into a very useful weapon and bring out the Ragnar Benson inside you!
7. Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge
This homemade bolt action 12 gauge is one of the best homemade weapons you’ll come across. You can just imagine the power this awesome weaponry is packing. Although you can’t take it anywhere, this weapon is very reliable and can protect you from attackers or home intruders especially when SHTF. Homemade firearms like this air rifle does not need to be registered and never runs out of ammo.
8. War Hammer
Other war hammer designs may be a bit more difficult to make because they require you to weld, drill, and file. This is one of the easier homemade weapons, and you need nothing more than a black pipe. It’s a simple design, and the name says it all. Don’t underestimate the power of the war hammer!
9. Saw Blade Tomahawk
As you can probably tell already, this is one unique homemade weapon. The name leaves little to the imagination when it comes to what this thing is made to do. Almost completely made with a couple pieces of wood, this saw blade Tomahawk is inexpensive to make if you have the right equipment.
This particular flamethrower is made to fit in a normal backpack. With an air compressor, a diesel nozzle, a fuel tank, hose, and some fittings, you’ll have a flamethrower! What’s more awesome about this homemade flamethrower is it can run on tiki torch fuel. You can buy one from Amazon.
This classic weapon is brought to another level with this DIY project. This giant trebuchet has an equally giant amount of power, making it capable of catapulting things with immense force. Since this project is pretty big, you can invite your buddies over to help you make an awesome trebuchet.
12. Homemade Landmine
You can actually make an airsoft landmine by using airsoft pellets. But since you’re making a landmine, be very, very careful. You might be making this one for fun but things can go badly for you and other people if you’re not careful enough.
13. Death Ray
Have an old television around? You can turn it into something way cooler than it’s former, dated identity with a few steps. With some simple disassembling, you can have 2000 degrees of heat to use for cooking, water sanitation, or just to burn things. You can actually use the screen of an old TV to make a death ray!
14. Pipe Gun
This is another one of the classic homemade weapons. Using a few items from your garage, you can make your own pipe gun. But remember it takes risk to make one, so please be careful. Don’t mindlessly test this pipe gun by shooting someone or something as it can potentially hurt you and other people.
Watch this video from Be Amazed for more homemade weapons!
You don’t always need firearms to feel safe. These homemade weapons are fine for home protection but you have to be extra careful in making these—especially when you are testing them. You can also use these homemade weapons for your outdoor survival trips. Remember these weapons are still dangerous even if they are homemade.
Do you know how to make homemade weapons? Tell us what you know by writing a comment below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on March 19, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Are you looking for the best DIY camping hacks for your upcoming trip? Most survivalists live by the motto, do more with less, but it doesn’t stop at your emergency preparedness plans. It’s something you can take with you across all aspects of your life, especially for your next camping trip. So on that note, here are some awesome camping ideas to impress your friends and family and make your trip a lot easier!
Camping Hacks For A More Awesome Outdoor Experience
What better way to experience camping than with these DIY camping tricks that are borderline genius. Of course, the traditional Boy Scout survival skills are always welcome, but it’s also refreshing to think out of the box sometimes. Check out these camping hacks we have pulled from our previous posts (plus some new ones!) Just remember, the great outdoors does not solely belong to you. The plants and animals have as much right to it as you do. Let’s share and enjoy nature together.
1. Craft a “Drinkable Lantern”
This DIY drinkable lantern is one cool camping stuff. You can easily make an ambient lamp out of a milk jug. All you need to do is fill the milk jug with potable water and point a headlamp in it. It will create a soft light that is perfect for reading and writing inside the tent.
2. Camping Lantern
In today’s culture, if we need something, we buy it. Fortunately, improvisational skills can be learned and thanks to the vastness of today’s resources, it’s never been easier. Books on the topic of Survival abound, but the real boon lies on the World Wide Web. A Google search for “survival tactics” yields 10,600,000 results! The following improvised lantern how-to was actually passed on to me by a friend some years ago. Read more about this project here.
Here is my recommendation for a camping trip lantern to have handy.
3. Silicone Drinking Cups
Plastic cups are not environment-friendly and they don’t really sit well with long travels because they get crushed by other camping gear. These break-proof cups are perfect for your camping trip as they are easy to use, wash, and transport. Get your cups here.
4. Soap Pouch
Make this out of a washcloth and a bar of soap for convenient campsite scrubbing. Who said you need to be filthy all throughout the camping trip? Click here to learn more about how to make your own soap pouch.
5. Cowboy Bed Roll
The basic idea of a cowboy roll is a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag all rolled up in a big piece of canvas. This makes sleeping on the ground, under the stars comfortable, warm, and weather resistant. The canvas is a waxed canvas that is not waterproof, but if dew falls at night, you will not get soaked. So the canvas should be a little more than twice as wide as your sleeping pad and a little more than twice as long. For more info about bedrolls, read more about them here.
6. Outdoor Toiletry Kit
Too often situations occur when a properly packed outdoor toiletry kit is truly needed. These times mostly happen when we’re outdoors, far away from the comfort of home or during desperate scenarios commonly labeled as emergencies. In short, everybody knows the uncomfortable and vulnerable feeling of having to use an unfamiliar latrine or simply having to go outside. Fortunately, though, there is a way to beat such a terrible dilemma by keeping properly prepared outdoor toiletry kits in the car, at home, and even with various outdoor gear in case such an emergency arises. Learn more about making your own kit here.
7. Tin Can Grill
Make your own grill out of a tin can. You don’t need to bring a large grille to make your favorite campfire food. Learn how to make this awesome tin can griller.
8. Natural Insect Repellant
Sometimes, commercial mosquito and bug repellents are not enough. There are just those bugs that are too stubborn. Get Mother Nature to help you and throw a bundle of sage in the fire to keep away those annoying bugs. Find out more about these bug-repelling plants right here.
9. Egg Carton Firestarter
This is a fun little project for a rainy or cold day, any day. You just need a paper egg carton, wax and dryer lint. Takes an hour from start to finish to make them and only about 10 minutes of your time. (Your wax will be cooling most of this time) Making fire starters is pretty cool and I needed some motivation to get my laundry done, anyway. Two birds, one stone. These light amazingly well. I never knew dryer lint would do that! Be sure to check out my burn test at the end of this post. Read more about this project right here.
10. Frozen Water Jugs for Your Cooler
Do you find it difficult to keep your food and water cool all throughout the trip? Use frozen water jugs for longer lasting cold in your cooler. Get more info about this cool trick right here.
11. Foam Floor Tiles
Sleeping bags can only do so much to provide us with a comfortable sleeping experience outdoors. But when you’re faced with rocky terrain, your sleeping bag will be as comfortable as a bag of rocks. Don’t sleep on the hard, uncomfortable ground! Put down some of these cheap and easy tiles for ultimate camping comfort. Know more about what else you need to bring for your sleeping needs in this article.
12. Solar Charger
You can create this one on your own or buy one like it off the internet! If you’re interested in the homemade version, find the full instructions, click here.
13. DIY Toilet Paper Dispenser
The call of nature is too difficult to resist, so if you need to go, it’s best to be prepared. Keep your TP clean and rolled up with this easy DIY. Find out how you can transform your Folgers can into a TP container right here.
14. Cook with Foil
One of the biggest challenges when planning your camping meals is keeping food cold in advance. A great way to plan for this is to eat the food that needs to be kept cold first. Plan a meat-based dinner for the first night and then try to use canned or dry goods for the next day. Try to think outside the box when it comes to refrigerated foods. For more info on how to cook with foil, click here.
15. Know Which Plants to Avoid
Poisonous plants are everywhere. They’re in the woods, the forests and the mountains. In fact, some of them may even be in your garden. This makes bugging out look like a dangerous proposition when the SHTF. However, these plants would not cause harm if you did not eat or touch them. As you read our guide, you will realize how simple and easy it is to avoid these poisonous plants. Just stick to your regular food and avoid the bitter stuff. Avoid eating seeds and flowers. More info about these poisonous plants can be viewed right here.
16. Make Matches Waterproof
Whether you are getting ready for a weekend camping trip, a natural disaster, or the end of the world, you are going to need something to start a fire with. A firestarter is possibly the most important item you should have in your backpack or bug out bag. Learn more about how to make your own waterproof matches.
17. A Bathtub in the Wild
If you’re camping in or near a sand-river, dig yourself a nice pit and line it with a groundsheet — and voila, you have a makeshift bathtub. Heat some water on your campfire and pour yourself a whiskey as you fill the tub. Recline under the stars for the ultimate Al fresco soak and watch as the night unfolds around you. Know more about bathing in safety in this article.
18. Don’t Forget Your Knots
As any Boy Scout knows, knots aren’t a one-type-fits-all deal. Learn a few and it’ll make your camping (and your life) easier. From fishing to first aid, these knots can go a long way to make or break any camping experience. Learn more about the different knots in this article.
19. Stay Organized
You’re dealing with a ton of crap when you’re camping: millions of little things, gloves everywhere, socks lying around, a penknife, you have your boots lying somewhere. It’s really easy to lose stuff. Having a really well thought-out system for where you put stuff once you’re inside the tent means you don’t risk losing things. Learn how to organize your camping gear in this article.
20. Beer/Soda Can Popcorn
Popcorn in a Beer Can. Pour some popcorn kernels into an empty beer can (about ¼ of the way full), add some popcorn oil, and place the can on the edge of the fire. Allow the kernels to do their thing until the pops slow down to more than a couple seconds apart. Cut the can in half and enjoy! Read more about this awesome trick right here.
21. Prioritize Your Sleeping Comfort
Your choice of shelter is up for debate, be it a big tent, small tent, hammock or tarp. But don’t you dare skimp on an A-list sleeping bag and sleeping pad. They are the two most important deciders of your comfort when in the wilderness. Click here to know more about sleeping outdoors.
22. Practice Fire Safety with the Kids
Firepits get hot to the touch almost instantly. Use rocks to surround the firepit. It makes the pit look great (style points!) and creates a bit of distance between kids and the flame. Explain the process of fire building to your kids so they understand what you’re doing and how it all works. Giving them an activity like collecting tinder can make them feel included. Establish a “one poker” rule. Kids will want to poke the fire but it can be avoided when the poker is in the hands of an adult. Consider what your children are wearing. Some synthetic garments can be dangerous when exposed to an open flame. Read more about fire safety here.
23. Easy-to-Spot Bear Bag
I take a reflective cord for my bear bag. It lights up when your headlamp hits it and makes it easy to find at night or for an early morning departure. Tie your aluminum cup up with your bear bag near the clip so if something tries to get at it, you will hear it. See more examples of bear bags here.
24. Campfire Pizza
Surprise your family with pizza on your camping trip! Using pre-made pizza crust from a tube makes it a snap to prepare. Remember, any type of pizza you can make at home, you can make in a Dutch Oven! You can make your pizza over this camp stove kit. Learn how to make this delicious pizza here!
25. Duct Tape Around Your Lighter
Duct tape can be a lifesaver. But carrying an entire roll takes up valuable space inside a backpack—and you probably won’t need much tape. Wrap a couple feet around a Bic lighter, so you always have a short supply inside your pocket. Read more about it here.
26. Prepare Food at Home
Because I’ve grown somewhat tired of freeze-dried fare, these days I often cook something I like at home, something in the one-pot category, and freeze it in plastic, let it thaw in my pack, and warm it up over the old MSR XGK set on low heat. Get more recipes here.
Watch this video and check out the 26 most ingenious camping hacks ever!
Camping doesn’t need to be a stressful or expensive experience for you and for the whole family. With these camping hacks, you’ll be able to cut down on costs and maximize whatever gear, equipment, or food for the entire camping trip. But 26 is just the tip of the iceberg. You can come up with your own ingenious camping hacks. All have you have to do is let your creative juice flow.
Do you have other camping hacks in mind? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.