Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Although sick room supplies are a serious matter, I had a bit of fun this week while trying on my Tyvek disposable coveralls. There was, however, a method to my madness if not to my antics. The purpose of my try-on was twofold. One, to assess maneuverability and two, to assess proper sizing since I did not find any size charts or guidelines in the product description.
The Tyvek coveralls were a cinch to put on and even though I looked like I was getting ready to go to a costume party, I was able to move around easily without feeling encumbered. A size medium fit me well enough although the hood was a bit large. Shelly, who is not a large man at 5’9”, found the medium to be too small. He could not even get it fully zipped.
I am a shorty at 5’ 2” and also pretty small so if my experience is worth anything, be sure to order up one size or perhaps even two. And, if you have already purchased Tyvek coveralls for sickroom use, be sure to try them on now to ensure that the sizing is right.
The rest of the week was spent traveling so my other preps were relatively passive. I traveled with my usual survival kit that since the Ebola scare emerged, also includes masks, nitrile gloves, a copious amount of hand sanitizer and my shield blend essential oil spray. I really do need to take a picture and show you what I take with me when I travel.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Here is a fire starting tip from “Gord” in response to the article Survival Basics: Starting a Fire that I posted a couple of months back.
While char cloth is useful, and it works, it’s a lot of work to prepare. I use cotton balls with my fire steel, with a dab of Vaseline. They light instantly with a single stoke of my fire steel and the Vaseline keeps it burning long enough to get even tough wood burning.
I fill an empty toilet paper tube with cotton balls and a small tube of Vaseline in a Ziploc bag, along with some waterproof matches (with a striker) and a Bic lighter. This keeps it dry, easy to carry and gives me several options for getting fire going ( if you don’t have a backup, you’re risking failure).
I like the idea of making a portable fire-starting kit stuffed into an empty toilet paper tube.
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ESSENTIAL OILS: DEAL OF THE WEEK
THE FINAL WORD
That about wraps things up for this week. I will be home tomorrow and will begin to settle in for the rest of 2014. Where the heck did the year go?
Now it is your turn. What did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
PS: I really did goof off a bit in my Tyvek coveralls!
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Bargain Bin: We have not heard much about Ebola lately but you can bet that the risk is still out there. Here are some sick room supplies to have on hand as a preventative measure in the event things get serious. Note that I am including a couple of amusements as well. See the article: Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola.
Disposable Protective Coveralls: There are plenty to choose from. I purchased these DuPont White Tyvek Disposable Coveralls With Hood in a medium and it fit me okay with a bit of excess room left over. Shelly needs a large, definitely.
3M N95 Particulate & Respirator Mask: This is an inexpensive mask that can be used in a variety of emergency situations. They come in a box of 20 and are NIOSH-certified. The molded cone design is fluid and splash resistant and will greatly reduces your exposure to airborne particles.
Moldex 2730 N100 Respirator Mask: Do not confuse P100 masks with the N100s. N100 is what you want since the P100’s are used to filter particulate only and not gasses and vapors. Note that if you are on the small side, you will need to order the smaller version which is the Moldex 2731.
3M TEKK Protection Chemical Splash/Impact Goggle: I read a ton of reviews before settling on these. I was so impressed with both the fit and comfort that I ordered another pair to use as a spare. These are great and the price is right.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: It is no secret that I prefer essential oils from Spark Naturals. They are well priced and of the highest therapeutic quality. You enjoy an additional 10% off all items, including sale items, when using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout. In addition, SN announces a discounted “Item of the Week” every Monday, and yes, the extra 10% discount will apply.
Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards: This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out. Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.
Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bare none. Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people. This is worth the splurge.
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