Backdoor Survival Winter Blast Giveaway

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Over the past month I have been hinting and winking and teasing as I have alluded to the Backdoor Survival Winter Blast Giveaway.  It’s not that I mean to keep you in suspense but rather that the number of review and giveaway items keeps growing and I wanted to make sure everything was perfect before making the big announcement.BDS Winter Blast

You do not have to wait any longer! Today I am announcing the BDS Winter Blast Giveaway along with a list of the booty.  Before getting into the details, take a look at some of the fabulous prepping goodies that lucky readers will have a chance of winning.

The Winter Blast Giveaway

Gayes Royal Berkey

Royal Berkey Water Filter System – Provided by LPC Survival (Sponsor)

Camping Survival Food Items

Fabulous Canned Food Kit (Coffee, Butter, Beef & Bacon) – Provided by  Camping Survival (Sponsor)

Tactical Traveler

Tactical Traveler Emergency Kit – Provided by Ready To Go Survival (Sponsor)

Food Supply Depot Kit

Food Supply Depot Emergency Food Kit – Provided by Survival Based (Sponsor)

Lifestraw Family

Lifestraw Family – Provided by Eartheasy.com

HERCules Oven stove Combo

HERCules Home Emergency Cooking Oven & Stove – Provided by Titan ReadyWater

EcoVessel Innova

Aqua Vessel Tritan Filter Water Bottle and Innova Micro Light – Provided by Eco Vessel and Nite Ize

Survival & Fishing Kit

Vigilant Trails Survival Kit & Pocket Fishing Kit – Provided by Vigilant Trails

Y-Shot Slingshot

Y-Shot Slingshot – Provided by Montigear

OnlineCarry

Online Permit to Carry Course – Provided by Online Carry Training

The Nitty Gritty

The question you may now be asking is this:  How the heck do I win one of these fabulous prizes?

Between now and the end of the year, I will be featuring articles and reviews that tell you about these products along with instructions on how to win.  Every single reader who enters will have an equal opportunity to win since the winner will be chosen at random.

Of course, as with all of the BDS giveaways, you will have to be on your toes since winning will require some thinking – meaning you will have to answer a question.  You know how I love those giveaway questions!  I may be throwing in some bonus items as well as some sneaky ways to get some extra entries so be sure to keep a look out for those too.

So what is first up? We are going to kick off next Thursday with the Royal Berkey.  Come back and visit next Thursday when I will tell you about the Royal Berkey and some of the accessories that will help you get the most out of your water filtering experience.

The Final Word

The Winter Blast Giveaway is my way of thanking you – my readers and subscribers – this holiday season.  You will not see this set up as one of those open raffles that anyone and everyone can enter.  The only way to enter will be to visit Backdoor Survival and hopefully, to visit the generous sponsors and friends that have agreed to provide the prizes.

I know I say this a lot but it is said with sincerity so I will say it again.  Thank you for being a fan of Backdoor Survival and equally important, thank you for your interest in preparedness.  You are appreciated.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Whistle

Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are some items that are popular with BDS readers including the items in the current Amazon Top 10.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.  I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one.  It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger:  The description says it all.  Everyone should have a self-powered emergency radio).

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.

2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 ModelThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.

Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern: This sturdy Coleman has a runtime of up to 28 hours on the low setting and 18 hours on the high setting but does require D cell batteries. Personally, I have both a battery operated and propane lantern. Of course by now you know that I like redundancy with my preps.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.


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Although I have plenty of flashlights and batteries (you might even say I have a flashlight fetish) I also stay stocked up with a dozen of these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles as well.  For the best deal, purchase a dozen at a time to get a discounted price.

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Backdoor Survival Winter Blast Giveaway — 81 Comments

  1. Wow! What a bounty! SO many useful items ….

    Love your site. I’ve passed so many articles and newsletters along …. thank you for all your effort!

  2. always look forward to these shopping lists ,this year im thinking of giving little gift packs of small survival /safety items..I noticed many even have free shipping.this contest looks like its going to be amazing, such great prizes. your/we are lucky to have such generous sponsers,thanks to you and them for giving us all the chance to win some cool stuf and learn more on how to survive and THRIVE.Isigned up again for the newsletters to my email account and downloaded a pdf of your book.now i have a pdf and a printout copy.I may include that in the gift packs as well as your website link

  3. Gayle, Thank you so much for your fantastic news letters. They are always loaded with great info., much of it I pass on to friends! This giveaway is “Awesome”!!!

  4. I’d love to win the ‘Tactical Traveler Emergency Kit’! Thank you so much for all you do! Looking forward to Thursday!

  5. I am old and computer challenged. I also have a heck of time with your website and emails. I saw on the email you sent me that there was a give away of two books by A. American and to answer the question in the comment section below. There was no comment section. I went to the facebook site and I can’t even find the 2 book giveway. Your sites are the most frustrating ones that I have come across in a long time. I suppose that it is just me but I am still having trouble. Any info or suggestions would be helpful. I really like your sites but have a world of trouble on them.
    I generally have no trouble on other websites. What’s the difference? Dennis

    • Dennis – The email you get is a courtesy copy of the article that is on my website. Heck, a lot of bloggers only send a summary by email forcing you to go to the website. I send out the full article. Now how cool is that?

      When I say “comment below”, I am referring to the website and not the email. You have to click through and go to my website then go to the bottom of the article. That is where you will find the comments.

      Hope this helps. (And BTW, I am old too LOL).

      Gaye

      • Thanks Joel. I think I have it if adding a comment signs me up for the giveaway. I”M 71 yrs. old and technology is hard. It changes all the time and I can’t keep up with it. I’m trying but it’s like learning a new language. If a person grows up with it, that’s fine. To start from scratch when old is tough.

        • i understand i’m not that young but im not as old as you no offense ment,i tought myself how to use the computer and i am currently taking free classes at my local library on how to use some of the more advanced programs.most editions of microsoft have a training program built in what type of program are you using windows xp,widows vista.windows 7 ?
          For some of the contests she will ask a question that you have to answer in the comment section .So make sure you read the whole article.It’s her clever way of making sure people actually read the whole thing.I can also vouch that see does indeed give the stuff away as I won the wondermill Jr handmill grain grinder

        • Joel, How close are you to a senior center? Many of them offer classes and for those of us who don’t take to technology like the young ones do, sometimes they can even help us when we get tangled in it. It’s like prepping. Doing it by oneself may get it done but it’s so much easier when you have others with others strengths to share. 🙂

          • Joel: Thanks for the suggestion but we live off grid and it quite a ways to a town that would have a center. I’ll just have to go it alone.

          • dee i take free classes at the library.Its tought by a computer genius.he charges 100 bucks an hour when he teaches in NYC im getting it for free.im learing how to use windows word,power point and excel. but you are correct lots of senior centers have classes as well thanks for the tip .Like i said dennis if you click on help on the startuo menu it will teach step by step how to use your system .its a nice feature that most folks dont even know exisits. when i first goy computer years ago i didnt have internet for awhile so i just used that for weeks learing how to use the machine and the programs i suggest ya give it a try

  6. Dennis; I’m giggling here……but not because I’m laughing at you.
    I didn’t touch a computer till I was 55yrs. old, and that was only because I was prodded by my eldest daughter to do it. I was annoyed at her because she set me up with a user name and password, even after I told her that I wasn’t interested. Frankly, I was afraid I would break something……and the story gets longer. Facebook; I’ve activated and deactivated my membership on that thing, more times then I care to admit. Finally, when I found out my family was participating in there and my relatives in England were on there, I decided to try to make sense out of it. “IT” was slow, I gotta tell ya, and frustrating…… I am now 65 and go in there like I’m walking into someone’s crowded kitchen.
    About Gaye’s site; Like you, I didn’t see where to comment because ……I didn’t go far enough ( that’s me all over the place ). It’s a long scroll to the end for members to comment. Hey, you found it, right? Don’t give up……I almost did. Hey, comments need to be at the end, because we have to have something to comment on :+). By the way, I still struggle with computer stuff…..things are always changing in the big www. and sometimes I wonder why….for somebody’s paycheck? You don’t want to know how old my computer is…..HA!!

  7. I would add a large Rat Trap for squirrels and rabbits. A few snares for trapping. Some folded heavy duty foil. 8×10 tarp. A small pot to cook and boil water in. Dehydrated water (mix 128 ounces of clean water and you’ll get a gallon of good drinking water).

  8. Giveaway answer: i would add a cap with a shade flap, for keeping sun and rain at bay. Gald to see you included pet food, too, that would be a MUST!!
    Thanks.

  9. I would add char cloth and a slingshot along with some of the items you listed to the bug out bag.
    Thank You for a great site Gaye glad I found it!

  10. I would definitely add some personal hygiene items. Part of staying healthy is being clean. Also a machete or small camping hatchett

  11. So many good ideas for additions to what seems to be an already excellent pack. I would as many as I could while still keeping the weight manageable and with an eye for personal needs. Everyone is different in their needs so like others have said “tailor it to suit your situation”.

  12. Who wouldn’t want to win this pack? I would add a knife sharpener (most people forget this item). TP is always good to have. Also a ferro rod and a ball cap light that fits on the bill. Last thing would be a P-38 G.I. can opener. These items are so light as to be negligible weightwise.

  13. Thanks for everything you do to keep us up to date with our preps. I especially appreciate the description of the bug out bag as that is my weak link right now. Would love to have one already put together.
    My target for next year is a complete bug-out-bag by Spring and a Berkley water purifying system soon after.

    Regards, Nita Croteau

  14. ADD
    –Gerber LMF Knife (less than 5″ blade, strap cutter & sharpening device included). Tons of uses;
    –1 Liter water bottle (Nalgene?) store some of the items inside it to reduce space consumption;
    –Better water filter (MSR Waterworks/Miniworks or Katadyn pocket filter);
    –FRS/GMRS/portable HAM radio (Baofeng UV-5RE) You can monitor and call out if necessary;
    –Alternate Fire starting source (Magnesium/Ferrus Striker);
    –Small Foldable rocket stove (maybe a small aluminim cup (old canteen style).

    REMOVE
    –Emergency H2O packets??–too much weight (water weighs more than one might think);
    –UVEX goggles (these look similar to the ones issued to us in the Military, we scrapped those and went with APEX or WileyX or even Oakely wrap around sunglasses);

    • I forgot two things to add:

      –Steripen (any model that works best for you adn your situation)
      –Solar charger (Solio or Brunton)

    • I carry a water bottle everywhere I go in my purse. it really helps if you get to feeling fatigued to drink some water. I’d leave the water modules in so if you decide to share water with someone else your not risking your water filter by letting someone else have some.

  15. Gaye, Emergency Essentials has ReadyBath™ Basics Antibacterial Formula Total Body Cleansing System towels on sale for $1.95 for an 8 pack. These are used in nursing homes and hospitals

  16. I would add personal important docs and some entertainment items (notepad, colored pencils, and cards) since I have 5 kids to keep motivated.

  17. I would add personal meds, a pair of binoculars and a pistol with extra ammo. Other than that, this bag is very well put together.

  18. Sounds silly, but……a disposable camera/journal and that’s about it……everyone else covered it .Except, I would not carry a gun…..separate case; cross bow.

  19. I would add my personal meds, (which I would change out each month to keep fresh), some light weight underwear and a thumb drive with containing all of my personal info and records.

  20. I would add money or CC for store bought necessitites, and of course, personal medications, personal weapon, important documents, change of clothing, and maybe a two way communication device (walkie talkie or hand held cb radio) so that even if the cell service is down, you can communicate with others some distance a way for help. I have animals so they need food (unless they become the food), I would also include instructions on how to use Morse code. How many of us know how to use it on a general basis? NOT ME, tho I suppose I can learn…but my memory doesn’t retain very well, so having the instructions would be a blessing for me. I’d also include a pocket guide to emergency proceedures. Like a boy scout hand book. Something that shows me how to tie knots, how to use the firestarting materials, you know, general instructions for how to survive. Good reading for passing time too.

  21. Tom, Dick and Harry are the 3 I would want. How often have you heard a sentence that begins with “Every Tom, Dick and Harry….”. OK, that was a pretty feeble attempt at humor. 3 useful items would be Boy Scout Fieldbook (preferably one published 30 years ago); Euell Gibbons book on Edible Wild Plants or as it was published, in Search of the Wild Asparagus or something like that; good pocket knife. Those 3 items could probably help me survive most anywhere.

    • whoa; I haven’t heard that name in eons….”Euell Gibbons”. Good think’n Duane!! Actually, I’ve been thinking MORE about what we would need. Anything and Everything….I was thinking underwear, socks….clothes. No one knows what is going to cause us to hunker down, and shopping is out…..so Everything we can get our hands on and stock up on.

    • Anna – Shelly showed me how (he was in the Army way back when and learned then). I made a video but have not shared it yet. Thanks for the reminder. In the meantime, do a search on YouTube and you should be able to find some decent instructions. I will look around and perhaps put something on the Sunday Buzz as well.

      — Gaye

  22. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy?

    Well water is essential for life. And now in light of the W. Virginia chemical spill that happened earlier this week, it’s obvious that everyone concerned about being prepared should have a supply of water stashed for just such times. So how can a LifeStraw Family fit into the overall water storage strategy… Simple, one is none and two is one. Redundancy is a key component to survival and this device is precisely that, another backup to clean and make potable water from water that might be questionable. I keep water stashed in my basement and should we ever need to use it, rest assured it will be run through a water filter prior to our drinking it. That’s right, we will filter water we have stashed away despite the fact that it came from a potable source. In addition to this, captured rain water will be filtered through this unit and if I’m fortunate enough to be awarded this item I plan to build a water capture system that gathers rain and divert it through the filter. Overflow would be caught in a large barrel so as not to waste. But the bottom line is waste not want not and we never want to find ourselves in a situation where we’re saying “WATER WATER EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK” and with this item you’re sure NOT to be short of safe drinking water.

  23. @hoagie, W Virginia post,, That is Frightening! I read an article recently about an area of California that is literally running OUT of water then factor in the Fukishima pollution of so much water and the very staff of life seems to be dwindling away at an alarming rate! Preparedness isn’t just some ‘trend’ for a fringe group, it should be as much a part of our lives as our weekly grocery lists! Or investments! Or what day the trash truck comes on! What frightens me the most is knowing that those of us trying to be prepared for Whatever hits the fan STILL seem to be a fringe group! I know there are a lot of us but when I read my social networking pages, out of the hundreds of family, friends and aquaintences there only seem to be a handful that are prepping or at least talk about it and even fewer who are actively Posting about it! I give them ample opportunity by posting sites, articles and a lot of Giveaways to try and sweeten the pot but sometimes it feels like the average John & Jane Q.Public don’t even Want to know the probabilities because then they have to face pictures that aren’t very pretty and take responsibility for themselves! It’s so sad that these same ppl who click “LIKE” on a pic of my casserole I made last night may very well pose a future threat to me and my family who are trying to be prepared for anything even if it’s not always financially feasible to do as much as I would like! Sorry to have been so long winded but it just freaks me out that otherwise normally functioning people just ‘Intentionally’ throw on their blinding shades so they don’t have to look at the ugly that a lot of them most probably will become!

  24. Patricia, your comment reminds me of something I have heard often about many different topics. “If I learn more, then I have be more responsible.” Sadly, this seems to be the case, but I still look in shock when I hear it. I’m an educator by character and training, even so, it’s difficult to allow people to make their own choices. So you give them examples, information and share your skills; then allow them to make those choices.
    *I still keep a life ring around for some just in cases, though*

  25. So true Dee! Even the Bible says “To whom much is given, much is required”… I guess what I need is to win publisher’s clearinghouse so I could build a fully stocked bunker for about 200 ppl,,, my entire family and closest friends,, sigh. But wishes are just child’s play and life is reality…

  26. Wow…..I’m missing out and have a lot to catch up on. Not happy to learn about CA; my kids are there. Trouble is, they will do nothing to prepare, unless they are scared….really scared. I’ve tried to communicate to them about preparation. They saw some of my prepping came in handy for recent reasons, but still……they are blind. I have internet connection for now, and hope to keep up better. I hope everyone is well!!

    • Good to see you are back online. Shelly was asking yesterday whether I had heard from you. As you know, my own family does not prepare so don’t feel like you are the only one preaching to a blank wall at times.

  27. I’m on temporary internet service, in an inn. I don’t feel safe staying at the house at night…..you’d have to know my condition. During the day, I go to do what I can to secure belongings and clean what we can. When the ground thaws, I’m afraid the house may shift some more, because of the re-directed stream. It has many tributaries and everything will be muddy. Nothing has changed as yet and I guess it will take time to repair the damage and stabilize the house enough to live in it. It’s a very odd feeling but we are safe. I have to keep that in mind. Then again….I wonder if it will happen again. …..I think we are being tested!! Anyway, so far, so good!! Thank you for thinking about me!!

  28. @kathryn. I feel your pain of trying to get loved ones on board with prepping. My mother, sister and myself were brought up to be preppers, however the woman I married refuses to talk about it (much less do anything to be prepared). I don’t know if the aversion is the fear of the unknown or that she doesn’t like anything to do with the uncertainty of the future, but there very well may come a time that she will have to make some hasty decisions because of her unwillingness to be prepared.

    As for your situation, good luck with your home. I hope that this misfortune is resolved soon. Wishing you the best.

    Quinton

    • Some people just cannot perceive anything bad happening. I mean their brain won’t let them let in the possibility. What has happened here is just a teeny weeny taste of a National or International disaster.I am able to dwell in a comfortable place, and eat regular food, and plan what comes next. When TSHTF, none of this will be available. We will ALL be off the grid at some point. No lattes, no utilities, no internet or (gasp..cell phone ),anything we take for granted. My girls will panic…..I just know it. THEN they will try to call mom…..
      Thank you, Quinton!!

  29. I just hate that for all our families. My family literally thinks I’ve gone overboard and am in full blown tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy mode but I know where they’ll come knocking when their kids are hungry and who could turn them away? I’m trying to stock up on some beans and grains soup mixes and dried vegetables so that at least I can feed them something! And don’t get me started on my stocking up on essential oils, etc to take the place of some medications that will be impossible to get,,, They’re all sure I’m off into voodoo! lol I have to laugh a bit or I’d cry for them, me and us all continually so I just pray they will open their eyes.. I’ll be giving them all a crash course in foraging for wild edibles and hope they pull their weight. It seems as though a lot of people sit with the truth glaring in their faces while they remain willingly ignorant. Ok climbing off my soapbox and social high horse although if it means I’m in any way prepared for the coming days then perhaps I’ll just sit up here awhile..

  30. Patricia, don’t know where you live; just wondering how your family would do/or did during these winter storms we’ve had. I’m a practical sort and come from a large family. I am in the same boat as you. No special advice except at some point, survival means survival. If no one is listening, at some point you will have to make decisions and choices you don’t want to face right now. Me too. It’s not soap box as much as concern for loved ones. So as you prepare with stuff, please do your mental prep too.

  31. Terry, Thank you so much for the affirmation that I’m not insane! Sometimes with all the negative voices that come thru from the ones you love the most you begin to doubt yourself but that little voice in my head says, “Something is coming and you better be ready sister”. I know in my heart that my first loyalties are to my husband and son so I’m gonna make sure that my son does ever have to come up to me with pleading eyes, “Mama, I’m so hungry”…. I can’t bear that thought so I’d much rather bear the ridicule.
    ps, there are NO ACTUAL voices in my head. LOL

  32. I had what I needed a few years ago, but it was stolen. I have no income and have been starving since 2008. When you do not have the proper shelter or enough money to survive, well you are a cooked goose. People do not help you when you are isolated and disabled. Even the “supposed government” wants to know every little thing you are given or do, and then they turn you down.
    I need so much, but at this time I might last a week since I do not drive. I might be able to use a friend’s van, but it is old beat up, and has mechanical problems. I am going bind, and need surgery on both eyes–cannot afford it. I need a good water purifier and so much more. However, that is in my dreams at 67. I never win anything, and cannot find where to enter unless this is it. I hate to cook and have gone through food fatigue. Being between the two fires each year, let am very scared. Anyway I just wanted to let you know what a senior with being stolen from and trying to service is going through. I know what to have once I have the money, but oh well…I love your site by the way. I wish I could get all the books, but I know the information…just no income right now…best to you…

    • Holy – Have you tried getting eBooks from your library? You can download them from home and if you know of something you are interested in, many times they will order it for you. The same with audio books which are great if you have sight problems.

      Please do keep entering the giveaways. There are a lot of them and someone always wins.

      Best to you – Gaye

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