In terms of innovation, I assumed that camping lanterns had already reached their peak. Some lanterns might have better features, burn brighter, use batteries instead of gas, weigh less, or be more durable, but they’d all essentially be different versions of the same product. Packlite Max: Out of the Box Or so I thought. Originally designed for use in disaster zones, the LuminAID PackLite Max doesn’t look or feel like any lantern you’ve ever seen. That’s because it has a genuinely pioneering design, proving that even with camping lanterns, you can still invent a better wheel. . . . Read More
Water filtration is one of the most if not the most important part of any survival plan. You can do for a while without a lot of things but water is not on the list. There are a lot of filters out there to choose from and I will say right now that no filter is ideal for every possible situation, but this ultimate guide should help you sort through the best survival water filters on the market. After studying this guide many of you will probably come to the conclusion that you need more than one type of filter to cover all of your bases. You may even want three types if you want a personal back up filter on hand. Backdoor Survival has compiled this guide to the best survival water filters to help you find the right water filters for . . . Read More
It’s the last thing you want to think of; losing control of your car and sliding down into an embankment with a splash at the bottom. Freezing water begins to fill the interior and you realize you are stuck. Did anyone even witness the accident? Emergency car window breakers have made a lot of news recently. From new laws passed for rescuing babies and pets left in cars to concerns about being trapped inside a burning or submerging car after an accident. With so many stories hitting newsfeeds, more and more window breakers and multi-tools are released into the market. How do you know which to trust if your family’s life was on the line? . . . Read More
As soon as I unpacked the , I was impressed. It has a real heft to it, with no hint of that dreaded “cheap feeling” you get from some tools as soon as you pick them up. The carbon steel head feels very strong and solidly attached to the natural wood handle. While quite attractive-looking, I got the immediate sense that this was tool that could take lots of abuse. And for something that will spend its entire practical life being jabbed into the ground and slammed into wood, that’s a very important thing.
Rather than pop one of my car tires on one of the sharp edges trying to confirm this, I’ll . . . Read More
FiveJoy advertises that the shovel can handle being run over by two-ton vehicle, even encouraging customers to test their claim.
When you first hit the survivalist and prepper scene you’re looking to secure your basics: shelter, water, and food. Looking for advice online will quickly lead you to the Sawyer Mini as your solution for water, at least in your bug-out-bag or hiking bag. People are downright obsessive over this simple, hand-held water filter, and with good reason. It does a great job, for a long time, and at a cheap price. Our interview with Daisy Luther, author of the Prepper Survival Guide, revealed that she carries one. But, the Sawyer Mini isn’t your solution for every scenario, and is especially ill-suited for preppers. There are better filters for you, and let me tell you why. . . . Read More
One of the more frequent issues with food storage is the lack of viable options for those that must, for health reasons, maintain a gluten-free diet. I am not talking about individuals who do so by choice, but those who have Celiac disease or are seriously gluten intolerant. Since I do not have any issues in that area, I have been hesitant to write about gluten free food storage. On the other hand, a number of readers have asked, no begged, for recommendations. While I am still not in a position to make recommendations, I am thrilled to be able to share the experience of one reader and her family. . . . Read More
We need water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, and overall hygiene. Without good water, we will suffer and could even die. That said, a struggle for many is not how to source water but rather how to make bad water good. After all, the last thing we want to find a source of water, use it, and end up married to the toilet god or worse. Over the years, I have learned to trust Lifestraw products for their ease of use and portability. It is for that reason I am thrilled to share my experience with the Lifestraw Mission plus, in my usual style, offer one to a lucky reader in a giveaway. . . . Read More
Sometimes, just sometimes, you need another flashlight. "Just because" is often the reason. On other occasions, a new flashlight is called for based on features and value. Such is the case with the Choetech Rechargeable Emergency Flashlight & Power Bank. Not only is this little gem a flashlight with an integrated rechargeable battery, but it is also a mobile device/gizmo charger (phone, Kindle, reader), a seatbelt cutter, and life hammer that can break windows to escape during an emergency. The best part? You get all of this in one compact unit for only $7.99. And the next best part? I have five of these really cool flashlights to offer up in yet another Backdoor Survival giveaway. . . . Read More
Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment's notice. And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don't let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. In The Prepper's Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! . . . Read More
If there is one piece of gear that is universal in any bug out bag or survival kit, it is a knife. Simply put, in situations of self-reliance, there is no shortage of work to be done with a knife. Having the right knife is simply a must. One company that is doing their best to put out a lineup of quality knives is Wiebe Knives. In this review, learn about their specialty line of knives and enter to win a set of two knives in a giveaway. There will be two winners. . . . Read More
Most of the time when a vehicle will not start, it is due to a dead battery. This can happen at any time and it seems that the newer the car, the more likely this can happen. I know this from experience. We have a fairly new Subaru and unbeknownst to us, the battery stayed "hot" with the key in the ignition while turned to the off position. Until we figured this out, we had a vehicle that would not start at the most inopportune times. As annoying as this situation can be, it is even more so in the winter months, when being stranded in a cold vehicle while waiting for help to arrive can be miserable. Today I present a solution, the Archeer Car Jump Starter & External Battery Emergency Kit. The compact device will not only jump start your battery but . . . Read More
A couple of years ago, I was sitting in my upstairs office working when I heard a very loud and scary boom. I called down to my husband and there was no response. I tried again then rushed down the stairs, nearly tripping on my way down. There he was, Glock in hand, paying no attention whatsoever to my panic. Long story short, he was attempting to remove what he thought was an empty reload shell that was stuck in the chamber of his handgun. The shell fired and we now had a bullet hole into our Brazilian cherry floor. It could have been worse. A lot worse. It could have been his foot or my dog who is always underfoot. The point of all if this is that accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. It is my opinion that . . . Read More