Summer Survival Blast: Win a SolarBag Water Purifier

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One of the first rules of preparedness is to ensure that you have an adequate supply of water to sustain your drinking, cooking and hygiene needs in the days and weeks following a disaster.  To that end, I am positive that we each do the best we can given space and budget constraints.

Now what if I were to tell you that with a 4 ounce BPA free plastic bag and some sunlight, you could take raw water and purify up to  2 gallons of water a day?  Impressive right?  Well there is more.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 121

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

One of the more important things I did this week in inventory the Potassium Iodide I had purchased shortly after Fukushima.  At that time there was a big panic; everyone wanted some so the merchants sold everything they had at an inflated price.  I was stuck with a couple of packets with a short, remaining shelf life.

Long story short, I set aside the two packages that were past their shelf life (they still may be better than nothing) and replaced them with fresh.  . . . Read More

These Boots Are Made for Hiking + Altai Tactical Boots

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It takes a lot to get me excited about clothing and other personal items.  It is not that I am particular but these days, I value my investment in survival gear and supplies far more than an investment in the clothes on my back and the shoes on my feet.

On the other hand, hiking boots are something I take quite seriously.  When push comes to shove (or the stuff hits the fan), a good pair of boots will be well-purposed during everything from a trip to the lake for fresh water, to an emergency evacuation on foot to higher ground.  . . . Read More

Off-Grid Cooking with the Amazing HERC Tea Light Oven

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One of the challenges during a power outage is cooking meals.  While there are many options, most require cooking outdoors using stove-type methods such as a rocket stove, BBQ grill, fire pit or camp stove.  These methods work great, especially if they are coupled with a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven.

The problem, however, is that we can not predict or time when the power will go out.  Nor can we predetermine how long the grid will be down; it may be hours or it may be days or even weeks.  . . . Read More

Free Food Friday: Will Mikey Eat it? :-)

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When it comes to food storage, I like to think I have all bases covered.  Canned goods, bulk foods, freeze dried products – you name it, I have it.  As I tend to preach, having variety is as important as having foods that your family will eat.

Realistically, in a survival situation you will likely eat anything, including plants that you forage and even snakes, bugs and heaven-forbid, road kill.  Fortunately, the likelihood of a desperate and dire survival situation is remote when compared to the possibility of a short term crisis or disaster where you will need to fend for yourself for a much more limited period, say one week to one year. . . . Read More

Clean, Drinkable Water – LifeStraw Family Review

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One of the first things newbie preppers do is get themselves set up with water.  In my own case, I purchased a 55 gallon water barrel and lots of bottled water and indeed, this set the groundwork for moving forward not only with my own preparedness activities but with Backdoor Survival as well.

Fast forward a few years and a lot of research later, and I now know that having stored water is not enough.  An essential component of every family preparedness plan should be a simple, non-mechanical method of purifying water whether at home or in a bug-out-situation. . . . Read More

BDS Book Festival – Living On The Edge + Interview with F.J. Bohan

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Every once in awhile, a book will come along that fills me with inspiration and allows me to dream about things that perhaps I may never be able to experience myself.  Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency is one of those books.  Written by F.J. Bohan, this book memorializes F.J. and his family’s 17 year adventure that included everything from living in a tent to homesteading in the desert.

With that introduction, I would like to welcome back F.J. Bohan as I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Naturally, one lucky reader will win a copy of Living on the Edge so be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below. . . . Read More

Survival Friday: Free Food Again!

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It is somewhat of a joke among my family and friends that I talk about food all of the time but never eat.  Let me re-phrase that a bit; I don’t eat all that often or all that much.  That does not, however, prevent me from having good, healthy food on hand not only for day to day meal planning but also for long term emergency needs.  And to that end, I am always on the lookout for something new, food-wise.

Given my penchant for all things food related, it should come as no surprise that once again, I have done a taste test on some pre-packaged meal pouches.  This time around, the meal pouches were provided by Backdoor Survival sponsor, Survival Based.  Not only that, Survival Based is providing an assortment of 12 different Food Supply Depot meals to one lucky Backdoor Survival winner.  More about that in a moment. . . . Read More

The Tactical Traveler Bug Out Bag – Review

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Let’s face it.  No matter how much we hope we will never have to evacuate the comfort of our homes, there is always a possibility that circumstances will require that we gather our emergency supplies and leave on a moment’s notice.  When that happens, you want to be ready to grab your spouse, your kids, the family pet and a well stocked bug-out-bag with enough gear to get you by for at least 72 hours.

Where do you start?  If you are like me, you started with a very basic kit using items you already owned.  . . . Read More

Secrets of Successful Fuel Storage

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One of the benefits of maintaining the Backdoor Survival website is that I am often asked to review various products of interest to the preparedness community.  I have personally tested and used all of the products I have written up and as you know, it is always more than a simple “two-liner” or just the rewrite of a pile technical specs or press releases.

But there are some products that I can’t effectively review because the Survival Husband and I do not always have the necessary review tools. In such cases, I occasionally turn to my long-time friend George Ure at Urban Survival, who’s one of the “old hands” at prepping, having exited from big city life in early 2003. . . . Read More

Special Report: Winner of the Amazing WonderMill Giveaway

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We have a winner!  Today I am thrilled to let you know that “Jo” is the winner of a new WonderMill grain mill.  She has been informed and will have her choice of the WonderMill electric or the manual Wonder Junior Deluxe.  It is a tough choice.

Here is how Jo responded to the question “What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?”:

Self defense will be first and foremost. You can’t do any gardening, water gathering etc.

. . . Read More

The Remarkable EcoZoom Rocket Stove plus Giveaway

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When I first got my EcoZoom rocket stove in 2011, I  barely knew how to start a fire, let alone keep one going.  How things have changed since then!  Since that time, I have used my EcoZoom often – not so much because I was in a grid down, but because it is fun to use.  Yes, I know.  Prepper’s can be strange sometimes.

When I was recently contacted by EcoZoom about a review, I was excited because I already had an EcoZoom and was big fan of their product.  This was going to be easy. . . . Read More

Winners of the LifeStraw Giveaway!

Today I am pleased to announce the winners of last month’s LifeStraw giveaway.  There were 258 eligible entries and a ton of really great responses to the two questions I posed.

What, if anything, is your current portable water purification method?
and
What do you consider the most important item to have with you as an “Every Day Carry” (EDC) item?

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The winners were selected at random so that everyone had an equal chance of winning.  They have been notified by email and each has claimed their LifeStraw. . . Read More

Gear Review: Trademark 4 in 1 Hunting Knife

It must be a guy thing.  One knife is never enough and neither are two or three.  Most men that I know have a collection of blades, each serving a slightly (with the emphasis on “slightly”) different purpose.  That said, when planning for emergencies, you should have a reliable knife in your pocket, in your vehicle, in your pack and in your tool box.  In our household, we have pocket knives, multi-tools, tactical knives. machetes and more.  And in all fairness to the men out there, I have three knives of my own. . . . Read More

The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

I first learned about the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter a year ago when one of the readers of Backdoor Survival sent me an email extoling its virtues.  Although it sounded cool and the price (about $20) was right, I did not bother to test one myself.   After all, I already had a Berkey Sport bottle, a Nalgene water bottle and some water purification tabs in my pack.  I was all set.

Or so I thought. 

During my recent trip to Alaska, I decided to carry along a LifeStraw and use it for some field testing.  After all, what better place to stick a straw in the water and drink than a beautiful Alaskan glacial pond or stream? . . . Read More

Meals Ready to Eat – Not!

The concept of a meal in a pouch is not new.  For years, military organizations have contracted to have “Meals Ready to Eat” (or MREs) made for distribution to hungry soldiers in the field when a mess kitchen was unavailable.

The evolution of military grade MREs from the 1960’s era to now has resulted in light weight pouches that contain a complete meal sealed into a tidy packet.  A typical MRE contains a main course, side dish, bread, dessert, and flameless ration heater.  There will also be a napkin, eating utensil and condiments such as salt and pepper.  . . . Read More

Product Review: No-Rinse Personal Hygiene Products

A while back I was sent an assortment of personal care items that could be used for bathing and personal hygiene following a disaster when the grid was down and clean running water was not available.  The products were from the company Clean Life that is located in Ohio.  They have been around for eons, since 1948 to be exact, and the products have traditionally been used in convalescent care, in military field operations and NASA.

I have always been interested in products that can be used without water.  When I was an avid boater in the Puget Sound area, water while at anchor in a remote cove or at a marine park was precious.  Sure, there were sun showers but a sun shower with salt water is, well, not much of a shower. . . . Read More

Preparing for An Emergency with Limited Space and a Limited Budget

I don’t care what our government is telling us.  Times are tough.  Even for the fully employed, the cost of energy – fuel to heat our homes and gas for our vehicles – has skyrocketed, the cost of healthcare and healthcare insurance has gone through the roof, and food?  Don’t get me started.

For many, the cost of getting by day to day has resulted in downsizing of all types.  For some, that has meant moving to a smaller home or apartment and for others, it has meant home-sharing with grown children, relatives or close friends.  For many, it has meant cutting the household budget to the bone and then some. . . . Read More

Bug Out Bag Basics: Cooking Outdoors Using a Solo Stove

Have you ever thought about how you would cook on the run?  What I mean is this: you are ordered – or need – to evacuate the shelter of your home and are not sure where you are going.  You may need to camp out and you are most definitely going to have to fend for yourself.

The bug-out-bag is ready to go will all kinds of gear including some paracord, a good knife and whistle, Mylar sleeping bags and a tent, water purification tablets, first aid items, plus some freeze-dried food pouches.  . . . Read More

Eight Survival Lessons Learned from the Brushfire Plague

Based upon the number of review requests I receive, the genre of “survival fiction” is hot.  More than hot, actually.  It is exploding with new authors putting survival stories to paper on a regular basis.  As someone who lives and breaths prepping and survival, when I take a few moments out of my day to relax, reading a terrifying tale of survival during a SHTF situation is the last thing I want to do.  I would much rather take to the trails, hiking with my dog or hitting the dance floor with the Survival Husband. . . . Read More