We need water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, and overall hygiene. Without good water, we will suffer and could even die. That said, a struggle for many is not how to source water but rather how to make bad water good. After all, the last thing we want to find a source of water, use it, and end up married to the toilet god or worse. Over the years, I have learned to trust Lifestraw products for their ease of use and portability. It is for that reason I am thrilled to share my experience with the Lifestraw Mission plus, in my usual style, offer one to a lucky reader in a giveaway. . . . Read More
Sometimes, just sometimes, you need another flashlight. "Just because" is often the reason. On other occasions, a new flashlight is called for based on features and value. Such is the case with the Choetech Rechargeable Emergency Flashlight & Power Bank. Not only is this little gem a flashlight with an integrated rechargeable battery, but it is also a mobile device/gizmo charger (phone, Kindle, reader), a seatbelt cutter, and life hammer that can break windows to escape during an emergency. The best part? You get all of this in one compact unit for only $7.99. And the next best part? I have five of these really cool flashlights to offer up in yet another Backdoor Survival giveaway. . . . Read More
Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment's notice. And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don't let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. In The Prepper's Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! . . . Read More
If there is one piece of gear that is universal in any bug out bag or survival kit, it is a knife. Simply put, in situations of self-reliance, there is no shortage of work to be done with a knife. Having the right knife is simply a must. One company that is doing their best to put out a lineup of quality knives is Wiebe Knives. In this review, learn about their specialty line of knives and enter to win a set of two knives in a giveaway. There will be two winners. . . . Read More
Most of the time when a vehicle will not start, it is due to a dead battery. This can happen at any time and it seems that the newer the car, the more likely this can happen. I know this from experience. We have a fairly new Subaru and unbeknownst to us, the battery stayed "hot" with the key in the ignition while turned to the off position. Until we figured this out, we had a vehicle that would not start at the most inopportune times. As annoying as this situation can be, it is even more so in the winter months, when being stranded in a cold vehicle while waiting for help to arrive can be miserable. Today I present a solution, the Archeer Car Jump Starter & External Battery Emergency Kit. The compact device will not only jump start your . . . Read More
A couple of years ago, I was sitting in my upstairs office working when I heard a very loud and scary boom. I called down to my husband and there was no response. I tried again then rushed down the stairs, nearly tripping on my way down. There he was, Glock in hand, paying no attention whatsoever to my panic. Long story short, he was attempting to remove what he thought was an empty reload shell that was stuck in the chamber of his handgun. The shell fired and we now had a bullet hole into our Brazilian cherry floor. It could have been worse. A lot worse. It could have been his foot or my dog who is always underfoot. The point of all if this is that accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. It is my opinion that . . . Read More
If you are anything like me, you have a tough time facing the day without first imbibing on a robust cup of hot coffee. Can you imagine being in a survival situation, faced with the stress of a disruptive event, and not having your morning fix of java? Although I say this somewhat tongue in cheek, the reality is that drinking coffee is a simple comfort that can bring pleasure when things are not going well. With that in mind, over the past few months, I have been on a mission to create an excellent cup of coffee while using minimal effort and as little fuel from a heat source as possible. What I settled on was the Ecooe French Press. Today I will show you how it works plus, in my usual style, offer one up for grabs in the first product giveaway . . . Read More
For most of us, the holiday season is festive, filled with good food, fun get-togethers with family and friends, and the sharing of gifts, large or small. The challenge we face is to determine 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. Last year this time, my own household entered into unchartered territory as we experienced the holidays in the Arizona sunshine, instead of the cool winter climate of the Pacific Northwest. This year, it is more of the same as we now call the Southwest our forever home. Even though our location has changed, one thing remains constant. In December we still don our hiking boots and sturdy socks and hike the trails, seeking solitude and respite from the business of the season. . . . Read More
Who can resist taking advantage of free energy and power provided by the sun? I know that I can't and for that reason I opt-in to try out as many solar products as I can. Free energy that is renewable every twenty-four hours is difficult to ignore!
Over the years I have tested a number of portable solar panels. I recall the first one. It was heavy and cumbersome and the stupid mix and match of cables was a nightmare. These days, portable chargers rely on USB ports and standard USB cables you already own and not an oddball mish mash of proprietary cables. Thank goodness.
With that introduction, I would like to introduce the newest solar charger in my collection, the . . . Read More
Home baked bread is one of the simple joys in life. It is no wonder that I periodically write about baking bread. I have even gone so far as to say that the key to happiness is baking your own bread! Seriously, who can resist the aroma and taste from a fresh loaf, straight from the oven, or even from your automatic bread machine?
I think making bread the old-fashioned way is grand. Rolling your sleeves up and transforming a lump of dough into a smooth loaf is a great way to work off stress. But what if you could save some of the work and create delicious breads by using a manually operated dough maker? You may have seen these advertised but do they really work?. . . Read More
The biggest issue with emergency lighting, and flashlights especially, is if the batteries are dead, you are out of luck. Sure, you may have lots of extra batteries but why is it they are never handy when you need them? Although there are a number of light sources that can be charged via a solar panel, they take both planning and space, and are not ideal for someone on the go.
One solution to the "my flashlight is dead" dilemma is the Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with its integrated solar panel. You read that right. This is a powerful flashlight that can be charged using the sun! But that's not all. The Torch 250 can also be charged with a hank crank or via a USB source. In my opinion, this rugged flashlight is right up prepper-alley, and the best news is I have one to . . . Read More
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. On the other hand, if a particular item is outstanding, I am going to tell you about it. Such is the case with my new Maelstrom TAC FORCE Tactical Boots (also available for men). I have been wearing them full time for the past week and have to tell you, these are fantastic.. . . Read More