Boot Laces: Pocket Preps

Let’s face it — the quality and versatility of shoe and boot laces tends to get overlooked. We’re wondering why footwear companies tend not to put as much effort into this component as they do sole construction, padding, and breathability. It has created a...

5 Surprising Survival Uses for a Tampon

On certain days, the tampon is a woman’s best friend. However, everyone can actually make use of a tampon in emergency or survival situations. Here are the survival uses for a tampon. Survival Uses for a Tampon: Don’t Leave Home Without One There are survival uses for...

Winning the Germ War

Pick your favorite (or least favorite) disaster scenario and ask what your top priorities following that disaster will be. Are a clean body and living space on your list? They should be. Sanitation and hygiene are fundamental forms of preventative medicine to block...

Surviving a Carjacking

Carjacking” is a term first coined in 1991 by writers of The Detroit News to describe an epidemic of auto thefts at gunpoint that plagued their city. The crime first became prevalent in the 1980s, when anti-theft alarm systems made old-school car theft more...

Masks and Respirators for Covid 19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our lives. Among the most obvious is the routine use of protective masks to prevent spreading this disease. There has been much debate about the usefulness of masks, and official guidance has flip-flopped from...

12 Unusual and Unexpected Survival Uses for Duct Tape

Ah, duct tape… is there anything it can’t do? Duct tape has become so popular because of its versatility. Ask anyone who is familiar with the polyethylene-coated, pressure-sensitive roll of adhesive about how they have used it and they will tell you about the many...

Hurricane Survival Tips: How to Survive Natural Disasters

If hurricane survival is your goal, then preparedness is the solution. Being prepared is the most effective way to increase your chances of surviving natural disasters. We all know the destructive power of hurricanes, with the storm surges and flooding, as well as the...

Secrets of Traditional Knowledge

Look outside your window. What do you see? Are you staring into the windows of a 50-story high-rise apartment building? Are you looking at your neighbor’s suburban, perfectly manicured front lawn? Or perhaps you live more intimately with nature, deep in the...

Pain Management

Did you ever think that Sigmund Freud would be found in the pages of RECOIL OFFGRID? Freud is often cited as the originator of the pleasure/pain principle. This principle suggests that we’re born into pleasure and avoid pain at all costs. The problem is that we...

Self-Defense Against Sexual Assault

Watch any TV show about criminals and the people who catch them for long enough, and you’ll inevitably see an episode that begins like this: A lone woman out for a jog early in the morning, or drunkenly walking to her car after a night at a club, is suddenly not...

Alone Season 7 Contenders

Bursting into its Seventh Season, the survival Series Alone upped the challenge by requiring contestants to last 100 days on Northern Vancouver Island. Where before, contestants fought against the environment to survive, and their own mind to stay in the...

Hot on the Trail

On any given Saturday, hiking trails are brimming with the seasonal and accomplished hiker or the friend who was dragged along for “fresh air” and “exercise.” The wilderness doesn’t discriminate between the experienced outdoorsman and the...

EDC Flashlight Review

Summer is officially here, and with it comes a natural variation in wardrobe. Warmer weather leads to lightweight clothing and increased physical activity, neither of which is conducive to pockets crammed full of gear. It’s for this reason that many of us pare...