Survival and Preparedness Books SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation Price: about $12 The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Price: about $11 Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients Price: about $16 How to Live on Wheat Price: about $12 Where There Is No Dentist This is a very useful book that is published by the Hesperian Foundation. It includes lots of drawings and is useful in teaching laymen how to recognize, treat, and prevent common dental and oral hygiene problems. Price: about $10 Survival Gear and Tools Gerber 22-41120 Steadfast Knife, Fine Edge Price: about $38 Radians Remington Interchangeable 5 Lens Kit Price: about $20 Howard Leight R-03318 Leightning L3 Shooter’s Premium Earmuff Price: about $20 Uncle Mike’s Deluxe Range Bag Price: about $41 Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener Price: about $9 AA and AAA Solar Battery Charger – Charge Your Batteries Via USB or Sun Power – Features Also Include a Battery Tester and USB Output for Charging Cell Phones, iPods/mp3s, and More Price: about $25 Kaito Portable Dynamo & Solar Powered Radio and Cell Phone Charger Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red) Price: about $30 Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) Price: about $38 Swedish Firesteel – Army Model Price: less than $15 550lb. Type III Paracord 100′ Black Price: less than $9.00 Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier Price: about $25 UCO Original Candle Lantern Price: about $16 in silver Victorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus Pocket Knife Price: This model is about $32 – other models starting at $15 Cool Stuff for the Home: Presto 1755 16-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner Price: about $65 Volcano II Collapsible Cook Stove Price: about $95 Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device Price: about $148 Food Saver Price: about $75 Lodge Logic L10SK3 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet Price: less than $20 Ove Gloves Price: $32 for two Nesco FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator Price: about $60 The Final Word When all is said and done, it is the spirit of the season that matters most when sharing your love and friendship with the important people in your life. Giving of yourself is your most precious gift and that does not cost a cent. I hope you will keep that in mind not only now, as you begin your holiday shopping, but also each month and each day of the months that follow. Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye Emergency Essentials is your source for all things preparedness, from prepackaged foods to water barrels, to first aid kits. From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some ideas to get you started. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools M37-N SEAL Pup: This highly rated knife will do it all whether you are an avid hiker, hunter, camper, fisherman or just someone who wants to be prepared for whatever the world will throw at you. Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago. Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: I think a common mistake is to pick up a cheap hatchet from Harbor Freight and call it a day. This is something you do not want to skimp on. A Fiskars is easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10. MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle. Square Foot Gardening: You do not need a lot of space to grow your own food. Start with some awesome greens and branch out from there. This method works. Seed catalogs will be out next month, why not start your planning now? Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware. 50 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 50 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers for Dried Dehydrated and Long Term Food Storage: Anytime you can get 50 Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for less than $20, make a grab – fast. Prices tend to fluctuate so even a set of 50 for $25 is a good deal.