Survival Buzz: When SHTF You Will Need Boots + Giveaway

When SHTF You Will Need Boots | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to personal items, I tend to be a bit of a fashionista.  Except when it comes to boots.  Boots are boots and performance trumps fashion.  But what if you can have a pair of tactical boots that both look good and perform well?  And I am not talking just about the ladies, either.

It takes a lot for me to get excited about survival gear that is worn which is probably why I don’t write about such products very often. 

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Light Your Way With Nokero Solar Lights

Light Your Way With Nokero Solar Lights | Backdoor Survival

Let’s face the facts.  Prepper’s are lighting whores and solar geeks.  Add a flashlight or lantern to our preps and we are over the moon excited.  Get our hands on something powered exclusively by the sun we are thrilled.  Who said preppers are difficult to please?

Today, for all of you lighting and solar fans, I have the perfect solution to your portable lighting needs: Nokero Solar Lights.  Part lantern, part light bulb, the Nokero N233 Solar Light is lightweight and small but puts out an extremely bright beam..

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Review: Emergency Lighting with the Aladdin Mantle Lamp

Emergency Lighting Aladdin Mantle Lamp | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to non-electric lighting, there actually is a genie in the bottle.  Oh my gosh, if you only knew how long I have been waiting to say that!  So now you ask:  Genie? Bottle?  What the heck?

Many of you have mentioned that you have a kerosene lamp.  Some have been of older vintage, passed down from grandparents or purchased for a song at a garage sale.  Others have a newer lamp, purchased specifically for prepping purposes.  And then there are the rest of us, lamp-less and yearning to learn more.

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Backdoor Survival Interviews Emergency Essentials

Interview with Emergency Essentials | Backdoor Survival

As some of you may recall, late last year I had a number of customer service issues with personal orders I placed with Emergency Essentials.  After many attempts to resolve these issues, I felt I could no longer endorse them even though I felt they had a robust product line filled with terrific products at a good price point.

I will not bore you with the details other than to say that after a number of heartfelt conversations with their management team, I came away feeling that Emergency Essentials was committed to improving their customer service infrastructure so that my experience would not happen again, to me or to anyone else.

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Review: How to Charge a Laptop Off-Grid with Enerplex

How to Charge a Laptop with Enerplex | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to solar panels that charge portable electronics, you have a lot of choices.  At the top of my head, I would say I have reviewed at least six different set-ups and have given as many away to lucky readers.  So, when I was approached by Enerplex to review their entry into this field, I sighed and thought “here we go again”.

But wait.  There was more.  In addition to the Enerplex Commandr 20 Solar Panels, they had the Generatr S100  battery unit that included a 19V laptop port and an integrated AC inverter. 

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How to Use the Amazing Solo Stove

How to Use the Amazing Solo Stove | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to having alternative methods of cooking food when the power is out, most preppers have it covered.  For some, an outdoor gas grill will do the job while for others, camp stoves, fire pits, and rocket stoves of various types will ensure that at the very least, there will be a viable method for heating both food and water.

My favorite are rocket stoves, mostly because they are fueled by wood and biomass.  To that end, since the start of my own prepping journey I have been enamored by the amazing Solo Stove. 

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Charge Your Devices With the Choetech Portable Solar Panel

Charge Your Devices With the Cheotech Portable Solar Panel | Backdoor Survival

As more of our lives become digital, having a simple way to keep our devices charged poses a dilemma when out in the field, hiking, or during a power outage.  Luckily, there are many solar options available and with each passing year, they get lighter in weight and lower in cost.  Plus, as technology advances, the panels are producing more sun-juice then the portable systems that were available a mere three years ago.

Why should preppers care about charging our digital gizmos? 

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Review: LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter

Review: LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to filtering water while on the go, the LifeStraw personal water filter rocks.  It is lightweight and easy to use, and, in sort of a perverse way, a lot of fun.  That said, I do not mean to poke fun at the very important task of ensuring that drinking water is safe, but it sure does help when the experience is pleasurable.

Do I love my LifeStraws?  You bet.  I own three of them, one for each of us and a spare. 

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All-New AquaPod Emergency Water Kit and Filter

AquaPod Emergency Water Kit | Backdoor Survival

A couple of years ago, when I first learned about the AquaPod Emergency Water Kit, I jumped on the bandwagon and tested one for myself.  At the time, I was thrilled by the reasonable cost and my own ability to assemble the kit myself, without the need for any male-type brawn.

As I explained then, an AquaPod Emergency Water Kit is a heavy duty bathtub liner that is filled with water in advance of an upcoming hurricane, storm, or weather system. 

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Store Water With LifeStack Storage Containers

Store Water and Food With LifeStack Storage Containers | Backdoor Survival

Finding the space to store water and food for emergency purposes can be dilemma.  The reality is that not everyone has a large pantry, basement or cellar where buckets, cases and cans of  food and water can be stored away, out of sight and yet accessible if and when they are needed.

That is why when my blogging colleague, Bernie Carr, the Apartment Prepper, asked if I wanted to introduce you to the LifeStack Storage Container and participate in a group giveaway, I jumped at the chance.

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Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit

Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit | Backdoor Survival

There are days when I think that I am taking steps to earn a PhD in emergency lighting.  Having 4 different flashlights in my nightstand has certainly earned me a masters degree, don’t you think?

Staying with the topic of emergency lighting, today I am introducing three items from OxyLED that are nifty emergency lighting ideas for your holiday survival kit.  One is a combination solar motion detector and lamp, another is a headlamp with motion sensor, and the last is a powerful rechargeable flashlight.

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The Prepper’s Holiday Gift Guide

Preppers Holiday Gift Guide | Backdoor Survival

With the onset of the holiday season, it is time to begin thinking about how we are going to spend both our precious time and money to ensure that we make the most of the spirit of the season.

My own household is entering into unchartered territory.

Where normally we spend the month of December traipsing around serene forest trails while wearing cozy down jackets, this year will be different.  We will be wearing tank tops and tee shirts and cooking outdoors using a Sun Oven. 

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5 Oddball Uses for Duct Tape + RediTape

5 Oddball Uses for Duct Tape | Backdoor Survival

We have all done it.  Who has not squished a roll of duct tape flat so that it would take up less room? Or, alternatively, who has not taken a few feet of duct tape and wrapped it around a pencil so it could be stored easily in a tight space?  I will bet there are a sea of hands out there!

Well guess what?  You no longer have to do that!  Now there is RediTape Duct Tape which comes in pocket sized, 5 yard packs. 

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How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag | Backdoor Survival

For years, my bug out bag has languished in a closet, stuffed to the gills with the gear that I “thought” I might need if forced to flee my home following a disruptive event.  My bag, as precious as it was, weighed over 40 pounds and the zippers were to the point of bursting.  It was full of gear to cover every contingency I could think of.

How did this happen?  Quite honestly, it happened gradually over a period of years. 

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No Power? No Problem! The Marsboy Portable Solar Charger

No Power? No Problem! The Marsboy Portable Solar Charger | Backdoor Survival

With each passing day, our reliance on portable electronics grows.  These little devices are powerhouse computers that store our calendars, digital reference libraries, photo albums, tasks lists and just about everything else you can think of.  Life before gizmos; can you even imagine it?

In spite of our reliance on electronic devices, there is a downside. They consume energy like crazy and require frequent recharging using electricity.  I know some folks that are so dependent on their devices that put them through a charging cycle twice a day!

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15 Uses For the SportsTek Survival Shovel

15 Uses for the SportsTek Survival Shovel | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to multi-function survival shovels, my experience up until now has been two-fold: crappy and crappier.  Those I have tested bend while digging the simplest of holes and they have blades that become dull after just a single use.  Honestly, they have not been worth the money I paid and therefore I have never reviewed such an item for fear you might buy one.

Like I said, that is until now.  Today I am thrilled to introduce you to the SportsTek Multifunctional Survival Shovel

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Never Be In the Dark With The Awesome Luci EMRG Light

Luci Inflatable EMRG Solar Light | Backdoor Survival

Lighting is important for so many things, not the least of which is finding your way in the darkness during a power outage or while stumbling around outdoors on a moon-less night.  It therefore should come as no surprise that emergency lighting is one of the top ten items on every prepper’s must-have list.

The collection of emergency light sources we gather for preparedness purposes is often extensive and includes flashlights, propane lanterns, and USB charged light sticks.  Heck, anyone that has been around this website for any period of time knows that I have portable lighting stashed everywhere, including three flashlights sitting on my nightstand right at this moment.

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Survival Friday: An iClever Product Review

Backdoor Survival iClever Review and Giveaway

Have you ever had something happen that would normally be a major inconvenience and find you are okay with it?  That is happening to me, right here and right now as I am sitting here writing.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone of no internet, no cell service, and no communication with the rest of the world! I do have my Ham radio turned on, but there is no activity at the moment so all is very quiet.  And I am loving it.

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Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox

Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox | Backdoor Survival

Having all of the food in the world is not going to help you if, following an emergency, you have no way to cook it. Heck, even during a short term power outage, having the ability to boil water becomes important.

In my own home, I have a wood burning fire pit, propane stove, charcoal grill, and three different rocket stoves.  Since they all work great, why even bother with another method to use for emergency cooking?  The answer is form-factor, versatility, and portability.

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Minutemen Cabinets: How to Hide a Firearm in Plain Sight

Minutemen Cabinets How to Hide a Firearm in Plain Sight | Backdoor Survival

A dilemma for many of us is how to keep a personal weapon accessible if we need it, yet safely hidden from prying eyes. Here in my own household we have a safe but keeping our weapon of choice locked up is not going to help us if there is a middle of the night intruder and we can not get to it.  The compromise, and not a very good one, has been to keep our accessible firearm a drawer in the nightstand.

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Don’t Be Caught in the Dark! The SportsTek Headlamp

Don't Be Caught in the Dark! The SportsTek Headlamp - Backdoor Survival

As far as I am concerned, you can never have too many ways to light your way.  Perhaps this comes from some forgotten childhood trauma that occurred in the dark, but whatever the reason, pitch blackness has never been an option in my household.

It is for that reason I am always anxious to test out the next great thing when it comes to lighting, be it a flashlight, solar powered light, lantern, chemical glow stick, or something else.  This week it was my pleasure to test one of those “something else” items; namely, the SportsTek LED 4 in 1 Headlamp.

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UV PAQLITE: Emergency Lighting Without Batteries

UV PAQLITE Emergency Lighting Without Batteries - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to emergency lighting, I am hooked on redundancy.  In my desk alone, I have at least six flashlights, probably more.  Talk about overkill.  On the other hand, as much as I love flashlights, when the batteries are dead, that’s it.  It is time to get out the recharger or pop in some new AAs.

Solar lighting is also an option and I have a number of solar lights as well.  The problem is they require sun.  Granted, many will charge up when it is overcast, but that takes time.

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10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Survival Kit

10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Survival Kit - Backdoor Survival

Whenever I think of glow sticks, my first thoughts are of kids’ sleepovers or rock concerts. Despite the visions of the Dollar Store party supply section that are probably dancing through your head, the bright tubes are actually a great addition to your preparedness supplies.

Glow sticks are also known as light sticks or chemical lighting.  Here is how they work:

A glow stick is made from a plastic sheath or tube that houses a mix of chemicals. Basically, the way it works is that you bend the sheath to crack the capsules that hold the different chemicals separate from one another,  then you shake it up to mix the contents, creating a chemical reaction that emits energy with only a teeny emission of heat.

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Stay Connected with the Sunferno Portable Solar Panel and Battery Pack

Sunferno Portable Solar Panel and Battery Pack - Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that prepper and survival types are in love with solar.  What is not to like?  With solar devices, we can use the power of the sun to give us light and to energize our devices, large or small.

Whereas using the sun to power a refrigerator or laptop takes some doing, providing power to a phone, tablet, Kindle or other eBook reader is not only easy, but downright inexpensive.  Each month, it seems, I learn of a new device that can be used for this purpose. 

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Best Practices: The Every Day Carry Bag aka EDC

Every Day Carry Bag - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to survival kits, there are a group of items that are traditionally found in all kits.  A flashlight, a knife, and some sort of fire-starting tool are ubiquitous and universal.  But beyond that there are so many variables that I really have to go with the cliché: one size never fits all.

Personally, I have a number of different kits.  Most are currently in a state of disarray as, over time, they are being reworked and broken down into additional separate and discrete kits. 

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