Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Last week I told you about phase one in starting to acquire preps from the ground up here at my temporary home in Central Arizona. As promised, this week I am showing you the gear that made the journey along with as many personal items we could stuff into a Subaru.
Here is the list. The items were chosen based upon one of three factors. First was the cost to replace them in the event I had to leave them behind, second was anything and everything water related, and third was size and form factor. If I could squeeze it into an empty pocket of space, it made the trip.
All-American Sun Oven
EcoZoom Rocket Stove
2 Solo Stoves; including one “Campfire” with stainless pots
Berkey Sport Bottle
Sawyer Mini-Water Filter
Solar Bag Water Purifier
AquaPod Emergency Water Kit (Bathtub Liner)
Katadyn Water Purification Tabs
Sun Bell Solar Light and Charger
Little Sun Solar Light
Portable LED Camp Lantern
MayDay Portable Potty and Survival Kit
2 Mora Fixed Blade Knives
Ontario ASEK Survival Knife
Mtech USA Machete
Infidel Body Armor
My Own Customized Bug Out Bag
Although it is difficult to see in the photo, my newly reorganized Bug Out Bag, or, as one reader called it, a “Just in Case Of Kit”, was the foundation of my traveling preps along with our Ammo Can First Aid Kit and various firearms. I have not included those items in the list above.
Before you ask me about it, yes, within the next few weeks I will go into detail regarding the items I selected for my kit but for today, just know that it was part of mix of gear that made the journey.
Prepping wise this week, we continued to fill our pantry with canned goods. Having learned my lesson in the past, everything was dated and neatly organized from the get go. One have learned that if you do not organize your preps the day you get them, you will have a big mess on your hands.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
I recently received an email from Larry, who is new to prepping. Here was his question:
I’m one of those people who has thought about this for years and now I find myself thinking I should have started this months ago if not years ago.
So the BIG question…Where first (with limited funds), water, food, other?
I’ve always been a do-it-yourselfer so I have tools, things which I’ve saved (in spite of my wife), I have knowledge, etc. so where do I really want to start? I hate to spend money on info when I can use it for supplies. I rent so gardening is limited and I live in N.E. Ohio so climate can be an issue.
I’m thinking those five gallon bottles of water like they use for water coolers (they may store easy enough).
I know canning so I am capable of that but what about prepackaged foods?
One thing I love about the readers and fans of this website is that they are so willing to step up and help the newbies. With that in mind, here was my emailed response:
Let me direct you to 12 Months of Prepping if you have not already seen it. Here is a link. http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/12-months-of-prepping-year-one/.
With limited funds, I would bottle my own water for storage and then invest in some canned goods as well as inexpensive rice, beans and oatmeal. Stock condiments (spices, sugar, salt) and then learn how to cook these items They may not be gourmet delights, but for just a few hundred dollars, you could have food to eat for a long time. Be sure to have some method for cooking outdoors. You can build a rocket stove (or even purchase one) for very little money, especially if you are handy.
Check out many of the survival basics articles on my website for ideas: http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/survival-basics-page/. There is no charge for anything and I refuse donations. The other thing is to ask questions in the comments. There are a lot of readers willing to offer suggestions that will help you reach your goal.
If you are new to prepping, please feel free to ask questions and to use the search box on the right hand side of the page to find what you are looking for. Although I can not respond to every single comment and email, with a little bit of digging, you should be able to find what you are looking for.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
Giveaway season is back and I have a fantastic lineup of gear and books that will carry us out until the end of the year.
First up is this Marsboy Portable Folding Solar Charger. Who wouldn’t want one of these?
With all giveaways, 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. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
The Final Word
I am starting to feel a little less panicked about this prepping from scratch business. I still have quite a bit to do but at least food and water wise, I feel like I have a good start. I have been venturing out into the desert and indeed, finding lots of dry brush to use as biomass. With boots and gloves, I should have no issues at all gathering what I need to keep those rocket stoves burning. Heck, I may even get some cinder blocks and build a DIY version of my own.
One last thing. I had no idea so many of you lived in Arizona! Thanks to all of you for your hints and support as well as an open invitation to give you a call if there is anything I need. You are the best! Know that although I have been unable to respond to all of you, you are in my heart and are appreciated.
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: Since I provided links above to most of the items that made the journey south, I hesitate to gild the lily with more stuff. That said, if you are interested in more information on any of the items, please go back and click on the links in the article. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites.
Portable LED Camp Lantern: This TaoTronics Lantern is collapsible, super bright, and water resistant. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries that will provide brightness for 40 hours. To use this lantern, just pull it open; there are no power switches to mess with. About $10.
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade: I can not say enough good things about the Morakniv. I have a number of them including the “companion’ with a 4.1 inch blade and the “Craftline” with a 3.6″ blade. I use them in the kitchen as paring and utility knives and with the included sheath and carbon steel blades, they stay super sharp. They are also well priced and $10 and $15.
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.
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System: Fans of the Sawyer water filtration systems are evangelistic in their praise. Did you know they only weight 2 ounces and fit in the palm of your hand? At $16 give or take, the price is right. Be sure to also check out the Family Color Coded Gift Pack which looks nice.
BaoFeng UV5R Dual-Band Two-Way Radio: I own two of these. Something to keep in mind that if you are just planning to listen, you do not need a license. Still, it is a good idea because it will make understanding the technical aspects of HAM radio a whole lot easier. Price alert! As of this writing, the price of the BaoFeng UV-5R is only $25.20
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