Here we go again with another LifeStraw Go Giveaway. This is month number three as I keep my promise of offering up a total of five LifeStraw Go water filter bottles, one a month for five months. I get to take a break from writing, and one lucky reader wins a LifeStraw Go.
Do you know about the LifeStraw Go? In the simplest of terms, it is a “LifeStraw in a bottle”. What that means is no bending down to water level to suck up drinking water. All you need to do is scoop or pour the questionable water into your bottle, and drink from the straw. Not only that, unlike the original LifeStraw, refill filters are available.
And what is a Buzz Break? It is one Friday a month where I am not sitting at the computer writing and instead, am outside playing, hiking, or simply enjoying the scenery. If the weather is not cooperating, I am inside doing crafts, making salves, or coloring in my adult coloring books.
These giveaways and my Buzz Break are sponsored by Brent Wingfield and his company, www.BasicShield.com, are providing the free LifeStraw Go water bottle each month and is doing so for no other reason other than being a fan of Backdoor Survival.
Sign into the Rafflecopter below to enter this easy peasy giveaway.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
Today I share a gardening tip from Virginia. Sometimes, it is the simplest things that get overlooked!
The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup.
The quickest way in the world to dry herbs: just lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, arrange the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried to perfection. What’s more, your car will smell great.
Many confuse the use of desiccants with the use of oxygen absorbers. DMWalsh shares this:
Oxygen absorbers won’t absorb useful amounts of moisture, and desiccants won’t absorb oxygen. So you’re better off using both when storing dry goods.
Quick tip: put the desiccants at the bottom of the bag, fill it with product then put the oxygen absorber in just before sealing the bag. Oxygen absorbers actually need some moisture to do their thing, but desiccants take time to work so by separating them at the top and bottom of a bag, the oxygen absorber is finished before the desiccant has done its job fully.
Although this is an abbreviated Buzz, I am not forgetting the giveaway to win a LifeStraw Go from Basic Shield. If you visit the site, be sure to check out their free selection of downloadable gun manuals.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.
One more thing. I had to disqualify two winning entrants in the last giveaway. One claimed they were a subscriber but was not. The other claimed to have left a comment but did not. If you are a cheater and are selected as a winner, you will get caught!
In case you missed it, yesterday I posted an interview with the Director of Operations at Emergency Essentials. Many of you have noticed that I once again promote and endorse their products. This article explains why.
The Final Word
That is a wrap for me. The Lifestraw o will make a fantastic addition to your preps so I hope you will take a moment to enter the giveaway.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are some links to LifeStraw items and some of my own favorite off-grid lighting solutions. Thank you for your support.
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter: The Lifestraw Go integrates the fantastic LifeStraw Personal Water Filter with a sippy-type bottle. It is like getting two for the price of one. The included carabiner hook makes it easy to attach the LifeStraw Go to your pack.
LifeStraw Go Bottle 1,000 Liter Replacement Filter: This replacement filter for the LifeStraw Go water bottle filters up to 264 gallons (1,000 liters) of water down to 0.2 Microns.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
Ultra Bright LED Lantern – Collapsible: I admit to now owning 3 of these collapsible lanterns. It uses 30 different LEDS and is powered by 3 AA batteries, including rechargeables. Instead of a switch, you turn it on by extending the lantern from its collapsed condition. With a lifetime warranty and over 1,350 close to perfect ratings, I can see why this is popular. Currently $9.99 with free Prime shipping.
10 Inch Premium Glow Sticks – Assorted: These glow sticks are fantastic! Each stick glows for 8-12 hours, and comes with a pre-attached hook and lanyard. They are well priced and hold up well when packed around in a pocket or handbag. For more information about glow sticks and chemical lighting, read 10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Survival Kit.
Panasonic eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries: These days, I try to use eneloops as much as possible. They hold a charge forever – or so it seems – and work well in flashlights and small electronics. Note: I also use the Amazon Basics brand and will purchase those if the price is less. I have done a lot of reading and to the best of my knowledge, they are an eneloop twin, branded by Amazon.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: This light is awesome. I use mine downstairs as well as on my stairway and when I get up in the middle of the night, they come on automatically. They are quite unobtrusive and give off a ton of light. Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries. As of this writing, about $18 with free Prime Shipping.
For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices. Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic. This month note the great sale prices two of my favorites, the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) now only $14.95 and the Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid, now only $11.79.
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An Update on the Oil of the Month Club
The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.
But there is more! Introducing the Premium Oil of the Month Club. The Premium OOTM Club features both products and higher priced oils. The cost is $24.99 per month and shipping is free.
Additional Reading on Backdoor Survival: Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club
If you would like to learn more about the Oil of the Month Club, visit the page I created for you (shown below) or head on over to Spark Naturals web site.