Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
The wild goose chase for misplaced preps continues. First, I could not locate a small tin that holds my pocket survival kit. Why is my pocket survival kit in a tin and not my pocket? Too much stuff with some of it not really practical given my geographical location. Let me give you an example.
These are just some of the many items in my current pocket survival kit.
The island where I live is 24 miles long and 9 miles wide at its widest point. This means that for all intents and purposes, I am always within walking distance of my home. The items I keep in my pocket (actually my day pack or handbag) reflect this particular demographic. On the other hand, my pocket survival kit/tin goes with me when I travel to the mainland.
Make sense? It does to me except when I can not find it.
The other search operation was for the spare toilet repair kit I ordered from Amazon, Both Shelly and I looked high and low for it only to have it arrive the next day from Amazon. You know, there are some days that I simply row with one oar!
Other preps this week included taking another run at making healing lotion bars. Don’t they look nice? I want to make one more batch then I will go live with the directions.
Likewise, I made a reed diffuser using standard cooking oil, a bit of alcohol, and essential oils. After a bit of fine tuning, I will share that DIY with you as well. The nice thing about the reed diffuser is that you can make one for pennies yet still enjoy the aroma benefits of your favorite essential oils without investing $50 (or more) on a diffuser. Granted, the benefits of a diffuser are amazing but for some, the cost may be a bit out of reach for some readers.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
It has been a while since I shared some reader tips so here are a couple.
Chili or black pepper stops bleeding in seconds. I don’t know the science, bit I’ve used it a few times, and even used it on my dogs when I cut their nails too short.
Rita shared this:
Put a drop of water where you open the can. If the water is sucked in as you break the seal, the can is still good. If not the food will probably be off.
Regarding those expiration dates on food products? My personal opinion is that expiration dates are a myth and more of a CYA for the manufacturers than anything else. If you do a web search, you will find articles from Consumer Reports and other credible sources that say the same thing.
I tend to hoard food and am always finding old cans and packages dating back 10 years or longer. Except for packages of baking items (cakes, brownie mixes), I have used them and am still alive, kicking and healthy. That said, before consuming “old” food, open the can or package, check for bulges or leaks and definitely, if it smells hinky, toss it.
The following article includes a giveaway for a copy of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World by Robert Richardson. Note that the deadline for entries is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday.
As a reminder, all 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.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS – FREE E-BOOK
Although this book will not be available for free until Sunday, I did want to give you a heads up. I helped the author choose the cover; I hope you like it.
The Prepper’s Wife is an in-depth beginners guide to prepping for a grid down situation, and is targeted at wives of preppers. You will be able to download the eBook for free from Sunday, November 23rd to Thursday, November 27th.
Free is good, right?
THE FINAL WORD
That about covers it for this week. So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are some links to items mentioned in today’s Buzz as well as a bargain or two I found at Amazon. As you know, prices can fluctuate and the prices shown represent those as the time of this writing.
Fluidmaster 400CR Toilet Fill Valve and Flapper Repair Kit: This is one of those items you don’t think of stockpiling but believe me, we now have a couple in reserve for emergency purposes. Why fuss with adjusting a tank valve when you can replace the whole thing for less than $12 and 10 minutes of your time?
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. Need convincing? Here is what one reader wrote to me on November 20:
I have followed your site for over a year now and finally bought 3 of the Kershaw OSO pocket knives. I want to thank you for the reminders of how good this knife is. Once I had the knife in hand it is definitely all that you have been saying it is. I have lots of knives and also make sheath knives and the OSO is definitely a keeper and will become my constant carry knife.
As of this writing, the price is $18.10 with free shipping. I have never seen it that low!
Scrabble Folio Edition: I love my portable Rummikub game and tend to use it more than the full-sized version. Now I will have a portable Scrabble game as well. Keep in mind that board games will become a great distraction if you are ever without power for an extended period. The next game on my bucket list is Conflicted.
Kikkerland CD401 Classic Survival Tool: These credit card tools are back at an “almost free” price of $1.68 with free shipping. Thought I would mention it.
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: Extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.
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