Survival Buzz: Win a Lifestraw Go With Buzz Break #3

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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.

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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.

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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!

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 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!
Gaye

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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.

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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.

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Survival Buzz: Win a Lifestraw Go With Buzz Break #3 — 154 Comments

    • Sounds like a good product. Already have the lifestraw. Would like to try this one. Especially like that you can get replacement filters.

  1. My absolute favorite non-electric lighting is the “little” lantern (the one to which you reference ^^ above). I keep it by my bed and use it all the time. My hubby cannot stand any bit of light in the room when sleeping….and the useful thing about that little lantern is that you can open it up just a teeny tiny bit to get just enough light to move around. Then, when I want a lot of light, it delivers….big time! Love that little thing!!!!! Thanks for the contests you always provide. You’re awesome and entering is always fun.

  2. I believe in redundancy, so I have many back ups upon back ups. My fave though is a couple of old fashioned oil lanterns I picked up at a garage sale.

  3. We use flashlights and Wick-style lanterns.

    During a power outage, aim a flashlight or two towards the ceiling. The reflected light from the ceiling will provide an even glow, without shining the light in everyone’s face.

  4. I’m just starting to collect items that you have suggested so the collapsible lightweight lantern is my first lighting purchase. I live in tornado country so I’ve always had plenty of candles handy, but I’m excited about this purchase.

    Thanks so much for sharing in such a positive but sensible way…

  5. The Life Straw is an excellent stocking stuffer- I keep a supply in the vehicle always since water will always be the first thing you need.

  6. My favorites are lanterns- my husband is in charge of keeping them in good working condition and well-supplied in fuel. I keep it simple with lots of candles.

  7. We have Life Straw in all our vehicles and in all our back packs. They aren’t just for looks, we actually use them on our hikes.

  8. My favorite off-grid lighting is oil lamps. I keep one in the major rooms of my house. I’ve used them off and on for most of my life so I’m comfortable with them and if we lose our power I don’t feel like I’ll be running around in panic mode.

  9. I use candles. I would like to learn/try simple oil and wick lighting. Although I know they don”t give much light. I also figure if there is no light, to just go with the sun. When it goes down, go to bed!

  10. I use pillar candles inside clear glass vases for some emergency lighting and LED battery powered lights for other.

  11. I keep a LifeStraw in both our “Get Home” bags in each car. I also have the LifeStraw “Family” in my “Bug Out” gear. I call it my “Burkey on thr run”.

  12. I like LED lanterns inhouse. We’re readers & they are easy on eyes “of a certain age”. But outside, we are exploring solar options. Our street has no street light & so for 20 yrs we’ve kept our porch/garage lights on as a neighborly gesture because no one else does. However, we’re trying to economize, to find more $$ for prepping 😋 & while wanting to continue “leaving the light on for ya” we’ll be using solar ground lamps along w these darling little solar Chinese lanterns along the roof line. Hopefully, it will be enough to still offer a bit of neighborhood security.

  13. I have several flashlights, some candles and oil lamps. For general lighting, I like the oil lamps and candles, for specific task lighting, I like a super large flashlight. The next light I want to get is a book light!

  14. Our current backup lighting is candles, and battery operated flashlights / lanterns. Interested to see what others say! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I always look forward to your daily blogs. You really think outside the box and make me realize many everyday necessities I am forgetting in my preps.

  16. I love candles, flashlights and lanterns. We try to keep multiples of everything for redundancy. Can’t be too careful? Thanks for the chance to win. This product looks great? Keep Looking UP

  17. I can see the power plant from my back porch. When the power goes out, I check the plant and lights between here and there. If I feel it is going to be short lived, I light the candles. After that, it will be the oil lamps. Then the kerosine lamps. I always have the little led lights that attaches to the 9 volt battery laying all over the house.
    If I still dont have power after all that is gone, I guess I will just cry in the dark.

  18. I like jar candles for short term power outages as background lighting. They are 100 hour candles so they last a long time. I also have stick on light bulbs that have a string you pull to turn on. Then lanterns for strong light in the kitchen.

  19. If I had the money, I would buy thousands of them, and hand them out, when a disaster struck. That would be one less problem to be faced with.

  20. I have kerosene lanterns, homemade candles, flashlights, oil lanterns and solar lanterns for my bob! Thank you for alllllll your valuable information you provide us! I love all the ebooks you provide thru Amazon!
    Best Regards,
    Cindy D
    God Bless America

  21. small lanterns and flashlights.. But I am hoping to buy a lamp that uses my cordless drill batteries….

  22. I have invested in solar flashlight, solar radio and solar device charger but my favorite light source is my kero lanterns that I have collected for many years. They can be used with oil also and shed a good light if cared for correctly.

  23. I use candles and lanterns, both oil and battery but my absolute favorite item are the little LED flashlights. You can store them anywhere and I have several around the house, in the car and my purse.

  24. My personal favorite is the little solar powered yard lights. The last time the power was out for several days we stuck them in the yard during the day to charge and spaced them through out the house at night. Just enough light in my opinion and cheap at the local big box store. We buy a few every year and put them in storage for future use. Of course that’s not our only means of lighting, we have battery and solar flashlights, battery and solar lanterns, head lamps, oil lamps, and as a result of the wife working in a middle school, we have accumulated 17 years of christmas and end of school candles received as gifts from the students.

  25. Really depends on what I’m doing but I think I like the lanterns best for all around lighting….love this site, I have learned so much…

  26. Sigh. This seems like an easy question, but it’s not. Short term, I have several of those plug in lights that function as a night light when the power is on but comes on automatically when the power goes out. You can then unplug them and use them as a flashlight. I have found these work really well to allow me to find my way to more substantial light sources. The fact that hey come on automatically and that I have them strategically placed, means that I can easily find my way around in the first few minutes of an outage without having to place/keep up with flashlights.

    Mid-term, my one favorite light would have to be the large family sized Coleman LED lantern. Yes it takes like 7 D sized batteries, but I have a bunch of rechargeable batteries and the light this bad boy puts out is amazing.

    Longer term – I have a variety. There are the cases of 100 hour candles and several different solar powered lights. The candle lantern is one of my favorites. I have oil lamps and plain old candles and flashlights.

    The 100 hour candles are fine for getting around, but light quality, the Coleman is hard to beat.

  27. I have 3 oil lanterns with spare wicks taped to the outside of them plus several battery lanterns and flashlights.

  28. I have several kerosene lanterns for outside use. For indoors I have a couple of LED lanterns that run for a long time on D-cells.
    I always carry a mini flashlight powered by one CR123A lithium cell, because the lights always seem to go off when I’m in a large room with multiple tripping hazards.

  29. Solar path lights are my emergency lighting. I bring them indoors and place several in a tall glass chimney as a flame-free lantern.

  30. I like candles because they give you light aND they will also provide heat. A couple of tealight candles can help keep a room warm at night very easily.

  31. When the lights go out I use my trusty flashlight to find a battery lantern to use. If electricity was out for more than a day, then I have solar lanterns to recharge and use.

  32. Inside the house we use “Charged solar lanterns” and kerosene lamps. Going to and from the barn at night, we use our more powerful UltraFire flashlight made by Cree. A very strong light and can be used as a handheld weapon if needed. Sitting on the back porch after dark, “Citronella candles”. Smaller flashlights all over the house, (kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms etc.)if needed.

  33. I have flashlights in every room (in nightstand drawers, on shelves – you can never have too many!) but my favorite one is my solar flashlight! I keep 2 of them on the window ledge so they’re always charged, but they also have a battery backup. I’ve also made solar lights out of mason jars and dollar store solar lights. They work great in a bathroom!

    I have lifestraws in our emergency bags, and would love to add the lifestraw to go!!

    Thanks for the give a way – love your site!

  34. My favorite lite is a 5 led light that attaches to the bill of my cap. It is always pointing where I am looking and both hands are free to handle whatever work needs to be done. It can be held in the hand if you don’t have a hat on, but without a hat outside I would feel naked. That is the stuff nightmares are made of.

  35. I have a number of flashlights in the house and garage. If we have a short duration power outage, I use candles, but if it looks like we’re in for 8+ hours of no power, it’s oil lanterns. Traveling, I keep a heavy duty flashlight in the car, but have a small mag light in my suitcase. I need to check into solar power lights!

  36. Favorite off grid lighting is actually old fashioned candles. I realize they arent always the brightest, but they are handy, posrtable and readily available. You can also make your own candles!

  37. We have had times of extended power outages, usually during storms and hurricanes. We use what we have, like flashlights, candles, oil lamps, or lanterns. But the easiest tricks are just using what you have to the best advantage. Line a saucer or plate with aluminum foil, and anything you put on it gets reflected. Putting a light in a shiny sink can help light a decent area.

    Having old fashioned candle holders with a finger grip make it a little easier to move around. You make do when you don’t have much.

  38. I have a stash of Dietz lamps that burn liquid paraffin, lamp oil or kerosene. They came in very handy when I had my Girl Scout troops. Easy to light, sturdy, and can be adjusted for the amount of light you need.

  39. For off-grid (electrical outage) use we have a nightlite/flashlight combo that is a night light but when the power goes out the flashlight comes on, and it is really bright. Otherwise we use candles set on a mirror and lamp oil lanterns. We also have Coleman lantern that we can use and we have a generator that while it dosn’t light up the whole house we can light up part of the house and the refrigerator.

  40. We have a few of each style of emergency lighting. Large heavy duty battery lanterns…wick lanterns…good flashlights…candles…Solar lights.

  41. We have flashlights and a couple of life straws. I would love to get a couple of bottles and extra filters… but finances are limited. Still love all the great ideas that are shared.

  42. The LifeStraw GoBottle is a great idea and more convenient than the original product. I currently use both and highly recommend.

  43. Electricity has a way of either shutting down as in power co. problems or storm damage, running out as in Batteries, or lack of sufficient sunlight as in Solar. My Britelyt Lanterns burn most any fuel including Gasoline Diesel, Kerosene, turpentine Oil, White Gas, and lighter fluid. They can provide heat, cook, light for up to 25 hours on a fill. Several emergencies since purchased I never left the house for fuel to light.

  44. We use flashlights, candles and lanterns for when e lights go out. We have a woodstove to cook on if needed. a lifestraw would add to our emergency preps

  45. I have two headlamps that have come in handy when the lights were out and I had to have use of my hands, once with the car. Otherwise I usually use a flashlight. In a longer term situation I’d favor a lantern, but I’ve not been tested with that yet. The big one is coming (earthquakes here in Cali) so I should be better prepared.

  46. I smiled when someone described using a car interior to dry out things! I use my car as a ‘gentle wash’ dryer for those items that can’t go into a commercial dryer. You can prop up small items over the driver head rest or set them in the back seat. In summer with the windows rolled up it’s toasty warm inside. Otherwise, you’d have to use your oven. Items in the car are safe from children, pets, etc. until you decide to take them out.

  47. I love these solar lights. http://www.nokero.com/ And just plain cheap-o solar lawn stakes. If the light go out, I bring the tops indoors, put them in empty glass jars and set them around the house to give off enough light to move around by.

  48. I really liked the car as an herb dryer tip. I also use a wind up light that will charge my phone in addition to the more usual emergency lighting methods.

  49. looking forward to winning a life straw – I want to try it out now before I need it under adverse conditions, which I believe are coming soon – and so I will be well prepared!

  50. Hi, I did purchase 2 of the straws just so I can have one in reserve but have yet to try it out so I know how to should the to use it arrive. I have 2 strike fire starters and 6 boxes of matches. I got myself a machete and a smaller machete type and one of those link type saw-ers: none have been tried yet. I know there is a lot that needs to be gotten yet; but baby-steps. It would be nice to win one of these straw bottles because they run just under $30. I did get myself a lantern but now need to get extra wick, a replacement glass and fuel. I want to get about 6 of those 100-hour candles along with a Solo Camp Stove Combo and 3-6 basic Essential oils. It’s hard to get things because of the economy and lack of work but we all have to try and do a little at a time.

  51. In the process of adding some redundancy to our preps, this would be a good addition. Also would like to say I enjoy your articles. Thanks

  52. We use a mix of flashlights, headlamps, solar lanterns, and our favorite Rayovac lantern which has three different brightness settings. We try to avoid candles and kerosene lanterns, although we have some, because of young children in the home.

  53. I use to live in Florida where hurricane lanterns were what we usually used. They are oil filled containers with a fluted top. The only bad part was keeping the fluted part clean of soot.

  54. I use firelight, oil lamps and candles. The open flames can be a problem, but I am certain to have glass covers to cut down on the chance of burns or burning down the place!

  55. We use flashlights, lanterns, solar lights, and candles. Looking to expand on these items….everyone’s comments are helpful, thanks!

  56. Solar led (garden) lights. Keep em outside charging and useful all the time, bring them in if needed. This also allows you to see if one is t working propyand replace it before it is needed.

  57. Oil lamps, LED flashlights, candles, large camping lantern that can be charged in the car or outlet in house if power is back on with an extra battery, solar lantern & solar flashlight. Stick up LED puck lights with batteries that can also be set on flat surface. I think I will invest in the lights several of you have mentioned that plug in to an outlet and come on if the power goes out. At Menards I found tall and round solar lights for the yard that can be set on surfaces that have a flat bottom with feet.

  58. Pardon me, due to ignorant curiosity, I wonder, What are the, “Customs requirements” you mention which our overlords have placed upon a supposedly free people that they may not allow their fellow Americans overseas to enter this contest?

    Is it a big fat tax?

  59. I would love to win the lifestraw bottle for our camping trips. I also think it would be greatvfor my bug out bag. Thanks.

  60. I love to use my Aladdin lamps, 2 solar lanterns, solar flashlights, & my little flashlights that I can charge in the car. Thank you for a chance to win a life straw!!!

  61. I love my Olight S1 baton it’s so tiny but so bright….. and then I got the rechargeable CR123 batteries,. And a charger it lets me charge them off 12 volt through a cigarette lighter plug connected to the battery Bank on my motorhome which is powered by my solar panels

  62. My first go-to is my Coleman lantern. It’s battery powered and pretty bright. I also keep flashlights and various types of candles on hand.

  63. I use the LED lantern Gaye recommends, they’re easy to use and I put them in every room just in case of a power outage.

  64. I love your blog. It has such a wide variety of subjects. Love to have a Life straw bottle for my BOB I am working on. Keep up the great work educating us. Thanks.

  65. I was late coming to headlamps, but now they’re my go-to. The way I see it, if I’m off-grid and need light it’s because there’s something that needs doing, not just for mood light or something.

  66. We keep miniature LED flashlights and headlamps in both our EDC’s and bug out bags along with spare batteries. Worse case scenario is you have both bags with you and too much stuff. Eight if we are together and have both of our bags. You either act as good samaritan to fellow refugees or if necessary barter out your surplus.

  67. I’ve got a couple new favorite off grid light sources.

    The first is UVPaqLite. These are those glow in the dark crystals that you used to play with as a kid, only supercharged. They don’t require any batteries, just light. The normal amount of light in a room for a few minutes is enough to keep them glowing all night. They can be supercharged by exposing to a bright flashlight or sunlight for a few seconds and they will glow brighter for a half hour or so. You can even write a message on the bigger ones with a flashlight! These are not bright enough to read by, but make very nice nightlights if you have to get up in the middle of the night and don’t want to ruin your night vision by turning on the lights. I have them in each of my bathrooms and they work great.

    My other new favorite off-grid light source is canning jar solar lights. These are a little solar panel, battery, and LED in a lid that fits on a standard canning jar. There are various types I bought some that are just single LEDs and others that are a string of little LEDs that look like a jar of fireflies! I bought some hangers that fit the canning jars so I can hang them up where I want them. These will stay lit most of the night after a sunny day. Again, not a lot of light, but enough to see my way down our front porch stairs on a dark night.

  68. would love to win this ! Never tried one but hope to. I also color to relieve stress and pass the time. TSHF comes, i’m fine for entertainment for awhile !

  69. I have two favorites. For the camp area a lantern is great because of the light volume produced but in the tent a smaller Surefire lantern or flashlight is best for me.

  70. I initially use flashlights to find what I need then assess the situation to see if other items are meeded short term or long

  71. I have candles, oil lamps and candles that use batteries. With small grand children around I use those a lot, usually at Christmas and we keep a lot of batteries on hand. Plus I have a couple of propane Coleman lanterns and LED flashlights. We also have the solar outdoor stick lights but they don’t seem to work as well, even though they get 8-10 hours of sunlight.

  72. I keep puck lights in the bathrooms and next to the bed. They tap on/off and provide enough light for those areas. Also use battery/oil lanterns and flashlights as needed for longer power outages.

  73. My sister and I are both newbies to the survival life style. I do feel over whelmed at times. I have a lot of candles put up but looking at what a lot of you have posted I need to invest in some lanterns. Thank you to all that have put ideas on here.

  74. I don’t have a favorite. I like my rechargable LED camping lantern because it gives a great amount of light for many hours, but it needs to be plugged into AC to charge. I like candles for all-around reliability and not depending on house current, but the amount of light isn’t the greatest. I haven’t tried solar yet, but am very eager to.

    • I forgot to mention that I also made the original 2000-hour lantern as described in Ron Brown’s book. I tested it afterwards and it actually stayed lit for more than 2000 hours. Made one for each of my kids. Now I want to make some more from the newer lantern for which he later gave directions. I don’t use this at present because I don’t want to use up batteries when solar is available. But I think these will be the best option in the long run because sunshine may not always be plentiful, especially if enough volcanoes blow to obscure the sun for any length of time.

  75. We don’t have a “favorite” as such. We have oil lamps, candles, Luminaid lanterns, Coleman Lanterns, flashlights, solar lawn lights, and UV Paqlite products. We also have several American Red Cross Blackout Buddy.

  76. I have so many flashlights I couldn’t begin to count them but my favorite light is the inflatable lantern I have. Why? Just because it’s solar rechargeable and it’s fun.

  77. I love my life straw and I give them away to all my friends who think I’m a little off for the prepping I do. When stuff goes down water is paramount and I would love to try out the new water bottle version! You rock, Gaye. I still have to get a copy of my new book out to you.

  78. For stationary off grid lighting,we prefer the collapsible solar lanterns. For moving around, we prefer handheld flashlights or the lights worn on the head or a cap.

  79. We have been making candles as a family activity – it is so much fun to include our young daughter in on the fun and preps (safely, of course!). We also have several solar lights, headlamps, oil lamps from my grandmother that I keep supplies stocked for, flashlights, and batteries for them of course.

  80. We have quite a of collection of oil lanterns we use kerosene in. Bought I big ‘barn light’ Dietz kerosene lantern at a flea market a few years ago at a steal! I haven’t gotten any life straws yet! One of many things on my ‘list’.

  81. As always, great blog, I use several forms of lighting, from Coleman lanterns with aluminum foil covering half the glass, to rechargable lanterns and spotlights. One of my favorite light sources, and I use daily, is a battery powered, motion light, that are designed to be under cabinet lights. I have several in the intended use in my kitchen, I rotate weekly when the batteries get changed, so I always have fresh batteries (batteries last about a month). I also have the large Coleman LED lantern, I find the usable light to be great, I love being able to take separate light sections for different rooms or projects where I might need light from multiple angles. On another note, I thought I had signed up, as a subscriber long ago, but I don’t get e mail alerts about new post, so I signed up today, everyone check, you want to get you life straw don’t you, not to mention so you get all the blogs while they are still hot!

    • Bad question, Can you add a flavor packet to the life straw bottle, or does it have carbon that removes the flavor, I am guessing it has carbon, but wanting to feed my curriousity! Thanks again.

  82. Great bottles for survival, emergencies or every day! If you have family members that are disabled or challenged, this will make getting safe drinking water a little less stressful. Although I bought my son the LifeStraw, if I win this I will give him this also for his B.O.B. as he is autistic.

  83. I’m a beginner prepper. Still trying to figure out what I’m doing. But, I have several small flashlights all over the house. They have come in handy when the electric has gone out. I even keep one in my satchel I carry around with me. A portable water purifier would be really cool to have, tho. Thanks Gaye

  84. I have enjoyed the newsletter for some time now and learn much from the other readers. We use solar/crank lanterns, solar generator and LED christmas lights, emergency liquid paraffin candles.

  85. I love the BYBLight lantern, man is it bright! I also love the Tactical G700 and G800 flashlight by Lumitact.com. And finally I love those Little Sun flower shaped solar lights!

  86. Im still working on my lighting. I currently have many flashlights,( both batterie and solar/hand crank), and 105 hour candles. Love your articals. Love that I dont have to jump to three different sites to read a paragraph of info, yours are well written, and thought out. Thanks.

  87. I bought a wick-stick lantern that has come in handy a number or times. Also, you can’t under estimate the importance of solar lights!

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