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 this week.
So what did I do? I learned how to make my own Paracord Survival Bracelet! With help from the Survival Husband, we bumbled around and figured out how to braid the Paracord just so.
The results? Workable but not perfect like the Cobrabraid versions we purchased on Amazon, Still, now that we have the basic technique down, we can make our own key chains and hopefully make a Paracord leash for Tucker the Dog.
Chuckle along as you see our results below.
The other thing we have done this week is gather up all of those little bottles and packets of travel toiletries – we paid for them, after all – and set them aside for barter purposes. As you might recall, I mentioned this is the article 40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World.
But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News Bytes & Articles from Around the Web
Alas, no links for you today since I really am trying to stay away from the internet for a few days. That said, the headlines from the MSM are as bland as always and therefore, irrelevant. The amount of sports coverage doled out to travelers is obscene. Sorry, but I just don’t get how the latest score can be more important than the truth that will affect our lives in a very personal way for a long time to come.
Backdoor Survival Tips
Another great tip from Pat in Scottsdale and especially useful when making bar soaps last in a survival situation:
The secret to making bar soap last is to remove the wrappers and let the soaps dry out first. The soaps will last longer because you have taken the time to dry them out and you will have a great air freshener for free. (Most bar soaps are scented.)
If you have a few extra pennies, purchase scented soaps and experience luxury on a budget!
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The Final Word
Tomorrow as I head home, I will be taking with me fond memories of the places I have seen and the people I have met. Being who I am, I have tried to spread the word of preparedness along the way. While it has been fun, I am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine and am a bit surprised to find myself looking forward to a simple meal of beans and rice!
Be safe and be well.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: Today I feature – what else – Paracord. Love this stuff. Lots of colors too so take your pick.
Cobrabraid Paracord Survival Color Combo Bracelet Kit – Pack of 6: If you are just learning, a kit is the way to go. 6 bracelets for less than $23 and some fun labor is not bad at all.
Paracord Lanyard: My paracord lanyard is in yellow and black. Making my own lanyards, is next on my list of paracord crafts.
Paracord Survival Adjustable Velcro Bracelet: This is the paracord bracelet I purchased for myself a number of months back. Remember, if you are going to purchase a bracelet (and this one is a lot nicer than the one I made – practice makes perfect and all), be sure to order the correct size.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: You can purchase 100 feet of Paracord for less than $10. Just be aware that prices vary, depending on the color. My current favorite is purple cammo (see the bracelet above).
Adventures in Paracord in Full Color: Survival Bracelets, Watches, Keychains and More: I have not read this book myself but thought I would throw it out there for you do-it-yourself types.
Each month, Emergency Essentials features a wide variety of specials. You will want to check them out and take advantage typical savings of 20% to 30% and sometimes more.
I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.
The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.
But not to be left out, there are veggies too. The deluxe supply of Freeze Dried Vegetables includes 18 #10 tins of the following veggies in various quantities: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Corn , Green Beans, Green Peppers, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Potato Dices, Spinach, and White Onions.
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