Do you remember me telling you about the LifeStraw Go last month? The LifeStraw Go is a “LifeStraw in a bottle”. What that means is no bending down to water level to suck up your drinking water. Don’t get me wrong. The original LifeStraw is a fantastic product and has a prominent place in my preps.
Still, with the LifeStraw Go, you simply fill the bottle and take a drink. Everything is nice and tidy in one simple water filtering package. In addition, refill filters are available. How cool is that?
This week I am keeping my promise of offering up a total of five LifeStraw Go water filter bottles, one a month for five months. This is month number two and it corresponds to my monthly “Buzz Break”.
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 or inside doing crafts, making salves, or coloring in my adult coloring books.
Let me give credit where credit is due.
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.
Want to take a shot at winning? Sign into the Rafflecopter below in another easy peasy giveaway.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
While cleaning out my tips folder I found this one for last year. Orrin writes:
Out here in tornado country one of the prep’s people forget is to have digging tools; full size shovels, pick, fire ax, sledge hammer, heavy duty pry bar and saws in their basements.
Sure, you might be safe in the basement, but during post-disaster rescue ops we have found individuals, families and even multiple families trapped by rubble and no way to cut through or escape without outside help.
To add my two cents to this tip, please ensure that your digging tools are stored with you at your safe place, be it a basement, cellar or someplace else. They are not going to help you one iota if you are digging out from down below and your tools and implements are in the garage.
Free Stuff: The 340-Page Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide
A while back, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government compiled a free guide that addresses a plethora of preparedness and survival topics. Over 340 pages long, the guide is applicable around the world, not just in Tokyo.
The best part? There is an English version and it is 100% free. Because of it’s length, you must download in sections but that is easy enough to do. Here is a link to the Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide.
My favorite section is this one, Survival Tips, where I learned how to convert a AA battery to a C battery, and a C battery to a D. This section includes a lot of first aid tips and instructions for making a portable toilet, DIY diapers and sanitary napkins and a lot more. It is all done is graphical format, and, in my opinion, is a real find.
As promised, I am keeping things brief so I an enjoy my day off. That said, I did not forget to include the giveaway to win a LifeStraw Go from Basic Shield. While you are at it, check out their free selection of downloadable gun manuals. This is another one of the great finds!
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.
The Final Word
What’s coming up? At the end of the month I head home to Washington state so right now I am inventorying my stuff. What stays and what goes? I need to figure that out.
In addition, I am trying to work out an arrangement for making some sample jars of Miracle Healing Salve available. Spark Naturals is helping me with this and I am grateful for their support. I will be crafting the samples myself and sending them out for free although I will ask you to pay shipping.
Speaking of Spark Naturals, for the month of April my discount is 15% (up from 10%), making their essential oils and even better value than ever. (Use code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.)
Finally, what am I currently reading (actually listening to)? I am listening to the audiobook version of One Year After, William Forstchen’s sequel to One Second After. For many, this book was the game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared.
That’s a wrap for today. Have a lovely week, everyone. Be sure to enter the giveaway!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are items mentioned in this week’s survival Buzz.
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 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.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. It is a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) used as a weapon. It could happen. If you have not read this book, you really should.
In addition here are links to items used to create your own, custom-crafted, Miracle Healing Salve.
Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz: I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better. That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.
Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them. When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers. Learn from my mistake. The price is the same go get the glass ones.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: These is what you need for the Miracle Salve: Lavender essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil. Enjoy a 15% discount during the month of April with code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
NOW Foods Essential Oils: My salves were made using essential oils from Spark Naturals. My sniff test tells me they are stronger and more pure smelling. For healing purposes, I feel they are superior. On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price: NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil and Now Foods Lavender Oil.
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions is my preferred coconut oil. I love it so much I purchased a 5 gallon tub. Really, I did! I find it very silky to work with and love the taste when used in cooking. Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees. The Nutiva brand from Amazon or Costco works well too.
Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Liters (Product of Italy): If you have a Costco close by, get it their. Otherwise, you can use this or any other quality extra virgin olive oil.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream. I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the some of its individual components). My bible then, and even now, is this book.
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