Mini Review: 1Byone Portable Car Jump StarterSometimes a girl does not stand a chance. Whenever Amazon brings anything remotely interesting, Shelly aka the Survival Husband snatches it away from me. Long story short, after opening the box, my charger was whisked away. There was a price to pay. Shelly had to write the review. Here is what he had to say.
This multi-function jump starter is incredible. First off is its size. Then there is the fact that the battery pack and components fit into a small carrying case, taking up very little space. Here are the rest of the things I like. 1. The battery pack is a polymer lithium battery capable of jump starting a car approximately 200 times per charge. 2. Has the ability to charge your smart phone and other digital devices (iPad, Kindle, etc.) with the AC adapter which is included. 3. Has an LED showing amount of charge remaining in the battery pack. Very handy! 4. Has a built in flashlight which also flashes an S.O.S plus has a strobe function. 5. Has the capability of recharging the battery pack using the cigarette lighter in your car. This adapter is also included, although it is not described in the instructions) The only negative is that the instructions are not easy to understand. Also they don’t explain how to open the access tab/door where you plug in the jump start cable or the fact you can charge the battery using the cigarette lighter adapter. On the other hand using the 1Byone charge is intuitive so I wouldn’t let this deter you – this is a great device! For more information, read about the 1Byone Smart Portable Car Jump Starter on Amazon.
Water Month Tip: How Much Water Do You Actually Need?Most of us greatly underestimate the amount of water we need to see us through an emergency. Everyone likes to quote the rule of thumb about 1 gallon per person per day, but this leaves out some other very important factors. For a two-week emergency, you need to plan on not only that amount for drinking water, but also cooking water, and water for hygiene purposes. You’ll need to wipe counters, wash your hands and face, and handle basic sanitation needs. Even if you have a septic system, you’ll need water for flushing. Some options are storing additional water, using alternative methods for hand and surface hygiene, and sourcing in advance water that you can purify, should the water from the taps be unusable. Speaking of Water Month, there were so many fantastic questions posed in the Prepper’s Emergency Water Guide giveaway that it looks like the Q&A will need to be broken up into multiple articles. What that means is that Water Month will run two months. Just setting the bar here, you know?
Deal Alert! Try Mountain House Food for Free!You know that rock I sometimes hide under? I just learned about a rebate program at Mountain House. Purchase one of their food pouches with a value up to $11 and then complete a form to be sent a rebate. Very cool. Pick something out at your local retailer (check the camping section), or pick up a pouch at Amazon and get free shipping. Either way, pick up something new and try it for the first time or snag a favorite. Here are the links you need:
Essential Oils: Tip of the WeekRuth wanted to make some an essential oil Boo Boo Stick but has a problem with lavender. She asked:
Just curious. Can you recommend something besides lavender for this? I’m not break-out-allergic to it, but find the smell irritating. Although, come to think of it, I tried using lavender soap and it made me itch, but that could have been something else in it.As always, if one person asks a question my take is another person may need the same information. Here is my response.
My first thought would be to use Frankincense since it is a good all-around oil that seems to boost the effectiveness of other oils. Even on its own, Frank is amazing. You can also try omitting the lavender completely. I banged my head on a car door a couple of weeks ago and had a huge gash. I used the boo boo stick topped with Frankincense (mixed in Simple Salve) and a week later it was gone. Shelly thought for sure I would have a scar.
True story about the gash in my forehead. If you want to give Spark Naturals Frankincense a try, be sure to use discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to get 10% off.
The Most Shared Article on Backdoor SurvivalLast week, the most shared article on BDS was What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness? There is also a bonus giveaway for a personally autographed copy of Richard Broome’s book, Good Crazy. It is not to late to get in on the action.
The Final WordAs I mentioned in the beginning, Shelly and I will be taking a road trip next month. It is the first week-long road trip in over 20 years and maybe longer. For now let’s just call it our big adventure; I promise to share more details in the coming weeks. Other things coming up include more water tips, a water-related giveaway (I know how you love those), and in celebration of National Preparedness Month, another webinar event. I also have a major update to my Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide scheduled for release within days. This is the book that goes out to new subscribers for free but no worries, I will be sending the new version out to existing subscribers as well. Not a subscriber? No worries, it is not too late to get in on the fun: Click Here to Subscribe. So tell me, what about you? What did you do to prep this week? Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to email updates. When you do, you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-Book, The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. You can also vote for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!
Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are items related to today’s article plus some personal favorites.
1byone Smart Portable Car Jump Starter: For me it was time to downsize to a smart charger that doesn’t eat up a lot of space. You are going to love this ultra-portable charger that will not only jump start your car battery, but will charge your gizmos and light your way with a built in flashlight that also serves as an SOS signal.
Mountain House Meal Pouches on Amazon: In order to take advantage of the 100% rebate from Mountain House, pick up a pouch with free shipping from Amazon.
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource: Water Month on Backdoor Survival is focusing on free resources but if you have $7.00 to spare, this is the book that I recommend.
Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep. It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood. I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil. My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself). You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: 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.
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: This is the book that made me a Joe Nobody fan. It will teach you how to defend your your homestead in the event of civil unrest or a collapse.Ticket to Ride: Speaking of morale booster, when it comes to board games, this is my favorite. (It helps that I usually win.) This is fun for the entire family. Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question: Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?
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