Whether you started years ago or like me, began the preparedness journey early in 2011, I hope you are feeling smug in the knowledge that you are doing something toward becoming self-sufficient and self-reliant should a crisis occur in your neighborhood, in your community or on your planet.
Today I would like to suggest that you add another item to your survival kit, namely a reference guide that you can consult when you need help with supplies or assistance with a specific prepping scenario. As luck would have it, a fellow blogger, Bernie Carr at The Apartment Prepper’s Blog recently wrote such a book and generously provided me with an advance copy. And my goodness, what a nifty little book! The title is The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster and it is a gem.
Here is why I love this book:
1. The tips are short and to the point. No extra fluff – just simple, easy to follow techniques for accomplishing a myriad of prepping goals. Nothing obscure or arcane. Just practical stuff that is universally applicable to a wide variety of situations including information useful to city and apartment dwellers.
2. Big bucks not required. None of the tips in this book require a fat bank account. As a matter of fact, many of the tips are of the do-it-yourself type that utilize common household items and no extra cash at all. Examples? How about “Learn to Purify Water” or “Make a Safe out of a Hollowed Out Book”? Or what about “Learn to Build an Outdoor Oven Pit”? See what I mean – useful stuff.
3. It does not weigh a ton. Don’t laugh. This counts for more than you might think. At 5” x 7”, stashing this guide in the pocket of your backpack is not going to weigh you down and take up valuable real estate that rightfully should be taken up by water, food, and first aid items.
4. No doom and gloom, no end of the world, no SHTF. This book will not frighten or disenfranchise beginning preppers with dark pronouncements or warnings of an upcoming apocalypse.
5. Experienced preppers can pick up a tip or two as well. For example, I learned some new ways to start a fire and how to make a home-made electrolyte solution to prevent dehydration.
6. The tips apply to day to day life where accidents, storms and insecurities about jobs and the economy are a reality. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide is about being ready for the unexpected with a security blanket of preparedness strategies and tools.
So there you have it. I would love this little book (which by the way is less than $10) even if I was not provided with a complimentary copy. If it were December, I would suggest this as a stocking stuffer but since it is July, how about a copy for family members and loved ones who have yet to jump of the self-reliance bandwagon?
After reading this book, I am certain they will no longer think of preppers or survivalists as gun-toting nut jobs who live in camouflage clothing 24/7.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Backdoor Survival Tip: I thought it appropriate today to post a tip from The Prepper’s Pocket Guide. This tip has to do with one of my favorite topics, emergency water supplies.
“If you want to avoid the expense of store-bought water, start collecting clean one-liter soda bottles. Two liters equals about .528 of a gallon, so two large soda bottles per person will be enough for drinking for one person a day.”
From the Bargain Bin: I have a huge stash of spare batteries in all kinds of sizes: AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 volt. But the one type of battery I have not stocked up on is the 3V CR2032 batteries used in my pedometer, camera, and a few other electronic devices. Reason? I have been paying about $6 for two batteries at my local store. That is what I call pricey.
But, long story short, I recently ordered a night light for my Sony reader (check out the Kandle II ) and the thing eats batteries. The Kandle, that is, not the eBook reader. Let me explain.
The Kandle uses 2 CR2032 batteries and they last about 24 hours but if you forget to turn off the light when you fall asleep – well, you get the picture. So back to Amazon and I went. My eyes did a double take when I saw a pack of 25 – that is twenty five – CR2032 batteries for $3.94 with free shipping. This is not a typo! Now that is what I call a deal!
Need a skillet? The Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is $17.95 – down about $1. Don’t forget to get the pan scrapers, too. And finally, the price of the price of 20 Gallon size Mylar Bags & Oxygen Absorbers. The price is now $16.99, down almost $5 from a month ago.
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