Survival Buzz: A LifeStraw Go for You and Buzz Break for Me

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Who ever said that life was easy?  Kicking, screaming, and grumbling, there is a lot of “life is the pits” conversation going on in my house this week.

Perhaps it is due to the process of completing my tax return and realizing how little value I am getting for my money.  More likely, though, I am just plain tired.  Lucky for you, my being grumpy is your gain.  Brent from has offered to giveaway a free LifeStraw Go water bottle each month for the next five months so that I can take a monthly Buzz Break.

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I am all for it; after all, who wouldn’t like to have a “Lifestraw in a bottle”?    That, in simple terms, is what the LifeStraw GO is all about.  Like the traditional Lifestraw, it filters out waterborne bacteria and protozoa and makes turbid water healthy and tasty.

There are a couple of advantage over the traditional LifeStraw.  First, you do not have to carry around a second container for scooping up the water prior to drinking.  Alternately, you do not need to lie down next to the stream or river to take a drink of water.

Pop on down below and enter the giveaway.  This one is a no brainer.

Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

This tip comes from “JB” who wishes to remain anonymous.

You have many articles about radios but you are missing what I believe is the most important one for a prepper.

In my experience the so called emergency radios fall short of expectation. Their solar panels are tiny and the hand cranks are painful to use. They are also very subject to failure. And, they are expensive for what they are.

But I should first give you a bit of a background on me. I was doing amateur radio when I was a teenager. I have had many, too many, radios in my 52 years. I have a master of engineering degree, so I can appreciate the internals of a radio. And, I will show you the best radio that I have ever encountered for preppers so far.

That is the Sony Walkman SRF-59 – and it costs about than $40.

The headset is no good and should be replaced with a good quality one. I use a Sony ear buds headset.

The radio has a very good FM band receiver and the AM one is exceptional for its price. It is actually so good that you will find internet DX groups talking about that radio.

I live in Montreal, Canada and just tonight I was listening to an am station from Kentucky. That is a thousand miles away. I sometimes hear stations from Florida. Some New york City broadcasts are clear every night.

It does not have NOAA but in my view it is not mandatory for our purpose. If a weather condition arises, the commercial stations will consider it a public duty to cover it. What really matters to me, as a prepper, is the general news. With that radio I get that plus cheap entertainment.

But that is not the best part. That radio works with ONE AA battery and it lasts forever. I cannot confirm it but I have heard one hundred hours for one battery. My experience so far is consistent with that battery longevity.

Combined that with a small solar panel that charges 4 AA batteries then you have everything that you really need radio wise. You can also use the that charger to charge your cell phone (that is why the 4 batteries).

You add to that the small flashlight that you have featured which also works with one AA battery and you are all set power wise. And your system is standardized on one type of battery that is found in every corner store on the planet .

Note that you can made a head strap to turn your small flashlight into a headlamp – which can be useful.

To be honest, this tip was submitted quite some time ago and got lost in the shuffle.  That said, me thinks that JB is on to something.  Often, our old-fashioned devices have attributes that make them better suited to prepping than flashy new technology-advanced gizmos.  Portable solar panels not withstanding, of course.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #9

Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival.

Chapter 9 – Your 72-Hour Kit (AKA Bug-Out Bag)

Tip: You can purchase pre-packed 72-hour kits online. You will need to add food and water and a few other items based on your preferences, but this is an easy way to get started.

For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.  You can also read an interview with Linda here.

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With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway. 

Plus, the LifeStraw GO Giveaway

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Basic Shield was founded in 2015 by a group of U.S. military veterans with extensive knowledge and experience in business, technology, service, and education.  Their mission is to serve as a central resource and platform for responsible firearms ownership by providing educational resources, following and promoting products that modernize the industry in both function and safety, and by serving as a responsible forum for issues that affect the firearms industry.

They are supporters of the 2nd Amendment, and strictly espouse respectful and responsible handling and ownership of firearms by all people, for all people.

Check out their blog as well as their huge selection of downloadable gun manuals; it is all there  free for the taking.

The Final Word

This is not the first time I have mentioned being tired and in need of a prepping break.  In addition, the business side of running a website can be exhausting.  How I wish it were like the old, wild west, days of blogging.

Alas, none of us can go backwards.  The best we can do is soldier on, one step at a time.  Thanks, as always, for being the best blog followers on the planet!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Here are a selection of items related to today’s Survival Buzz.

LifeStraw GO:  I love my LifeStraw GO and use it day to day when I am out and about because I hate nasty tasting water.  Also available on Amazon although when you purchase from Backdoor Survival sponsor, EarthEasy, everyone gets free shipping.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Sony Walkman SRF-59: Talk about an oldie but a goodie.  You can probably pick one of these up used at a thrift store although they do tend to command a premium on eBay.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED FlashlightFAVORITE!  At the time of this writing, this one is only $2.88 with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

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Choetech 19W Solar Panel:  This lightweight and compact solar panel works great.  The two integrated USB ports are both rated equally so you do not have to fiddle around to see which one will work with your device.

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus USB Power Pack: This is the solar battery charger that I own.  Yes, it is pricey but if the time comes when I will need it, it will be priceless.  Note that it has a USB port so you charge your phones or tablets directly or remove the batteries and use them with other devices.

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Amprobe BAT-250 Battery Tester:  I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester.  Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week.  This newer version is an upgrade from the BAT-200 and well worth the additional dollar in cost.  I  especially like the redesigned side cradle that holds batteries securely in place during testing – no more erratic battery readings from movement off contacts.


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Survival Buzz: A LifeStraw Go for You and Buzz Break for Me — 177 Comments

  1. L.O.V.E. The Walkman idea. I’m a huge yard sale gal so I’ll be looking for them! Do enjoy a well deserved sabbatical. It’s well earned.

  2. I would love to win the Life straw bottle!!! What a great idea they made adding the bottle to the original straw product.

  3. I’m not a major prepper. Just want to be ready if we get hit by a storm or loose our jobs. Thanks for all the interesting info!

  4. Enjoy your well earned break. I love everything you write… wish I was as prepared and knowledgeable as you. Thanks for sharing.
    Lifestraw in a water bottle? Love it!!

  5. I love that LifeStraw makes is so easy to have clean water! Thanks for the chance to win a LifeStraw Go bottle. Enjoy the break, and thanks for all your great info.

  6. Everyone in my family has a personal lifestraw and we absolutely love them! Bet the water bottles are just as awesome!

  7. Take some time off each week so you can just relax. Or to ready your own preps. The internet makes it easy for people to work 7 days a week, but this is not a healthy thing to do.

  8. I still have my yellow Sony Walkman from the 80s that has a radio and plays cassettes. I used to run listening to cassettes, then CDs, then mP3 players, and kept them all because they still work! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Hi, I am looking for information on long term storage, freeze dried foods that can be purchased in Mexico.

    Any suggestions ? There is a ban on importing meats, and even pet food is confiscated at the border.

    Thanks for any help.

  10. You have a lot of wisdom, knowing when to take a break instead of going on til you drop or just quitting. You’re my main gal, Gaye. You give so much encouragement along with your information. Enjoy your break and get refreshed. I imagine that dealing with two households AND a website can feel like herding cats.

  11. Hello from Minnesota,
    I see we have come full circle with the Sony Walkman. Everything old is new again! I love the idea of the LifeStraw Go. It will be great to carry a couple in the RV.

  12. I had started a fairly long post on why your site is now the only prepper site that I read on a regular basis (every day), but let me just summarize….. You talk TO your readers, not at them. You have integrity, and something that seems to be sorely lacking these days – common sense. You have a great mix of topics and products that you cover and I love the book festivals. You provide not just a valuable service, but an enjoyable one.

  13. The LifeStraw Go looks perfect for little ones. We were worried with the regular LifeStraw how to keep him from getting frustrated and drinking straight from the water source. This looks like it avoids that whole scenario.

  14. Thanks for all you do, Gaye, and I hope you enjoy you rest. I love it that the Lifestraw is made by veterans who support the ns amendment. Excellent!!
    This may not be the best time to ask, since you are so tired, but have you mailed out the copies of the Dark Ages 2020 by J D Dutra? I was one of the winners and it seems so long ago that I should have received my copy by now. Thanks!

  15. With all the good information you share, and the wonderful giveaways, I don’t know why everyone on the planet doesn’t follow your website…but I hope they don’t so your loyal followers can win the giveaways.

  16. i can sympathize! my issue lately has been running out of money before i run out of month, but the result is the same: it wears one down. i have a lifestraw, but have always wanted a filter that gets rid of foul tastes as well as microbes. i never acquired one because i don’t think having to replace a charcoal filter is a very good prepping strategy. i wonder if someone has come up with a re-usable charcoal filter? in a grid-down or bug-out scenario people would be burning wood or other cellulose for cooking and/or heating (okay, maybe not so much in the desert, but in most of the country) so there would be charcoal available. i’m certainly no inventor, but there should be some way to have a filter component that could be refilled with freshly-ground charcoal as needed. i don’t know if that’s practical, but i can’t think of any reason why it couldn’t be done. take care of yourself; your insights are always valuable, whether they buzz or not!

  17. I carry Lifestraw in my hunting pack at all times and I have the “family” version at home. It would be great to have this new Lifestraw because of the convenience.

    Enjoy your break time.

  18. Thanks for this info today, but also for sharing all the good advice that comes along from your other readers, making this blog such a good resource.

  19. Thank you and may the Lord bless you as you impart your knowledge to us as well as your valuable time. May you get the rest and peace that passes all understanding, and come back refreshed with a new vigor. Thanks again, you have been a great asset in my arsenal.

  20. Thanks to you Gaye and Basic Shield for the give away. I’m a Viet Nam vet and after not touching a weapon for 35 years in the last three years I have stocked up on weapons and ammo, “Molon Labe” due to what is going on in our country and government. Therefore, I will check out he Basic Shield website. BTW, Lifestraw is a great product.

  21. I love Lifestraws. You can’t have too many. And thank you so much for the letter from JB in Canada. I am going to take his advice.

  22. I would love to try this product…. I am worried with all the reports that the regular plastic bottles may not be good for you and I am convinced we are getting too much bad stuff in our water.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  23. Love your stuff ! But everyone needs a break once in a while. Hooray for you for taking one. We’ll “survive” at little while without your posts (maybe even catch up on our prepping before you come back and give us great new ideas).

    • I had a lovely day yesterday and did no writing and no blog business. I plan on taking one such weekend a month. Maybe more! In the meantime, back to my normal schedule on Monday. You can’t get rid of me that easily!

  24. I love the variety of your comments and suggestions. They help show just how wide and varied the prepping field is.

  25. I have just started ”prepping” and have not yet gotten any kind of water filter. This looks like an excellent opportunity to get one. Would love a chance to win this. Hope you are enjoying your break we sure don’t want you to get burnt out.

  26. I love the tip about the Sony Walkman–I just happen to have one! I never even thought of it as a radio as I use it mainly for CDs…

  27. I hope your break helps you to get lots of sleep; and to just rest and relax in between sleeping. I know what it’s like to be exhausted and worn out.

  28. I love one comment entries! I don’t tweet so always come up short in total entries allowed. Been a reader and fan for years so keep it coming. Still waiting for the e oil series. I’m patient, so when you have time. If you have need of someone to help test products for you, keep me in mind. I have no money but plenty of time. I appreciate how you’re not an extremist. I get so depressed with the headlines sometimes that I just want to throw my hands in the air and shout ” What’s the point?” Thanks for keeping it real.

  29. Thank you for all you do for us! Anytime you need a break–take one! I understand (and so do most of us I’d imagine!)!!

  30. I absolutely Love your site! I always visit, and read everything you post. Thank you so much for your advise, help & humor.

  31. Enjoy your break, Gaye. It would be nice to have the Lifestraw bottle to go along with the regular Lifestraws that we already have! Take it easy!

  32. Hello, Everyone NEEDS a break especially when dealing with the public even if on a website where no physical interaction is involved. Relax & enjoy.

  33. These liefstraw bottles are absolutely necessary for prep! Never can be too careful. I have a filter straw in each BoB.

  34. I love the life-straw! My brother-in-law was going on a trip into _uncharted territory_ (cue the scary music). I right away suggested the life-straw knowing how easy it was to use and light to carry. What an awesome idea! And now they’re giving a hybrid one away!!! Awesome!

  35. Life straw bottle looks interesting how much does it hold? how many lifestraw bottles a day would one need to drink?

  36. Hi Gaye! Enjoying your insight and appreciate the fact that you write from your experience. Lifestraw is on my shopping list, would love to win one!

  37. This would be great to take while on vacation; especially walking around amusement parks to keep drink handy. Thank you

  38. I do not have any Life Straw products yet. I have a Sawyer mini and a Katadyn Vario. I even use the Sawyer when I travel due to inconsistencies and differences in how municipalities treat their water. I would really like to have the Life Straw GO to check out.

    Thanks for all the work you do on this blog and the evaluations.

  39. I just love your site! You have some great articles filled with so much information I have shared with my husband and put into action. Not to mention the great giveaways you always have. Thanks so much!!

  40. when i read jb’s review of the srf-59 walkman, i though he said it comes with the solar charger that recharges cellphones (not–that’s another $50 on amazon). i checked the radio on amazon and found that there are other, more current models that are now cheaper and have as good or better reviews. just a note for those who want to buy.

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