Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This week started out great, prepping wise. I finally completed the job I started weeks ago organizing my food storage. Everything is labeled, dated, and properly ensconced in Mylar bags, buckets or mason jars. I have griped about my overall lack of organization is this regard but as of last Sunday, I am golden. What a relief.
We have a week long road trip coming up next month so I have also had a lot of anxiety about putting together a road-worthy first aid kit. I have been working on this first aid kit for months and finally finished that as well. Not that it will ever be truly, complete, mind you, because circumstances change; but I am pleased with it. Not to tease, but I will be doing a show and tell, hopefully for this coming Monday.
The last part of getting a jump start on my road trip was to test out a new multi-function jump starter from 1Byone. You might recall that I have one of those all-in-one charging stations but I really wanted something smaller that would not take up so much room. More about my new charger below.
After telling you about it last week, I watched the PBS documentary on Fukushima and all I can say is WOW. It is still available to watch online and if you have any interest at all, please do so. Here is a link: Nuclear Meltdown Disaster.
That about covers it for me this week. Let’s continue with the Buzz.
Mini Review: 1Byone Portable Car Jump Starter
Sometimes a girl does not stand a chance. Whenever Amazon brings anything remotely interesting, Shelly aka the Survival Husband snatches it away from me. Long story short, after opening the box, my charger was whisked away. There was a price to pay. Shelly had to write the review.
Here is what he had to say.
This multi-function jump starter is incredible.
First off is its size. Then there is the fact that the battery pack and components fit into a small carrying case, taking up very little space. Here are the rest of the things I like.
1. The battery pack is a polymer lithium battery capable of jump starting a car approximately 200 times per charge.
2. Has the ability to charge your smart phone and other digital devices (iPad, Kindle, etc.) with the AC adapter which is included.
3. Has an LED showing amount of charge remaining in the battery pack. Very handy!
4. Has a built in flashlight which also flashes an S.O.S plus has a strobe function.
5. Has the capability of recharging the battery pack using the cigarette lighter in your car. This adapter is also included, although it is not described in the instructions)
The only negative is that the instructions are not easy to understand. Also they don’t explain how to open the access tab/door where you plug in the jump start cable or the fact you can charge the battery using the cigarette lighter adapter.
On the other hand using the 1Byone charge is intuitive so I wouldn’t let this deter you – this is a great device!
For more information, read about the 1Byone Smart Portable Car Jump Starter on Amazon.
Water Month Tip: How Much Water Do You Actually Need?
Most of us greatly underestimate the amount of water we need to see us through an emergency. Everyone likes to quote the rule of thumb about 1 gallon per person per day, but this leaves out some other very important factors.
For a two-week emergency, you need to plan on not only that amount for drinking water, but also cooking water, and water for hygiene purposes. You’ll need to wipe counters, wash your hands and face, and handle basic sanitation needs. Even if you have a septic system, you’ll need water for flushing.
Some options are storing additional water, using alternative methods for hand and surface hygiene, and sourcing in advance water that you can purify, should the water from the taps be unusable.
Speaking of Water Month, there were so many fantastic questions posed in the Prepper’s Emergency Water Guide giveaway that it looks like the Q&A will need to be broken up into multiple articles. What that means is that Water Month will run two months. Just setting the bar here, you know?
Deal Alert! Try Mountain House Food for Free!
You know that rock I sometimes hide under? I just learned about a rebate program at Mountain House. Purchase one of their food pouches with a value up to $11 and then complete a form to be sent a rebate.
Very cool. Pick something out at your local retailer (check the camping section), or pick up a pouch at Amazon and get free shipping. Either way, pick up something new and try it for the first time or snag a favorite. Here are the links you need:
Essential Oils: Tip of the Week
Ruth wanted to make some an essential oil Boo Boo Stick but has a problem with lavender. She asked:
Just curious. Can you recommend something besides lavender for this? I’m not break-out-allergic to it, but find the smell irritating. Although, come to think of it, I tried using lavender soap and it made me itch, but that could have been something else in it.
As always, if one person asks a question my take is another person may need the same information. Here is my response.
My first thought would be to use Frankincense since it is a good all-around oil that seems to boost the effectiveness of other oils. Even on its own, Frank is amazing.
You can also try omitting the lavender completely.
I banged my head on a car door a couple of weeks ago and had a huge gash. I used the boo boo stick topped with Frankincense (mixed in Simple Salve) and a week later it was gone. Shelly thought for sure I would have a scar.
True story about the gash in my forehead. If you want to give Spark Naturals Frankincense a try, be sure to use discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to get 10% off.
The Most Shared Article on Backdoor Survival
Last week, the most shared article on BDS was What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness? There is also a bonus giveaway for a personally autographed copy of Richard Broome’s book, Good Crazy. It is not to late to get in on the action.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Shelly and I will be taking a road trip next month. It is the first week-long road trip in over 20 years and maybe longer. For now let’s just call it our big adventure; I promise to share more details in the coming weeks.
Other things coming up include more water tips, a water-related giveaway (I know how you love those), and in celebration of National Preparedness Month, another webinar event. I also have a major update to my Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide scheduled for release within days. This is the book that goes out to new subscribers for free but no worries, I will be sending the new version out to existing subscribers as well.
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So tell me, what about you? What did you do to prep this week?
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
Ann sent me an email asking about bulk food packaging:
Can I use my vacuum seal bags to seal dry goods, pint size, then seal them in a gallon size Mylar bag that will have the oxygen remover?
Will that work or do I need to use the oxygen removers in my vacuum bags that will be sealed in the Mylar? Looking for a 25 year seal if at all possible doing this.
Here is my response. For those of you wondering the same thing, I hope you find my response helpful.
If it were me, I would vacuum seal the dry goods as you normally do then seal the smaller bags in a larger Mylar bag with a single oxygen absorber. If you happen to remove one of the smaller bags for use during an emergency, you could simply add a new oxygen absorber and reseal the Mylar.
This keeps things simple and does the job. Sounds like you have a good handle on things.
Speaking of food storage, DM Walsh offers the following tip for preventing rodents from chewing through your food storage buckets:
The trick with plastic buckets is to pack your food in Mylar bags and then store those bags in the plastic buckets.
Mice won’t chew into buckets that don’t smell like food, and sealed Mylar bags don’t smell anything like food to them. Yes, technically you can just put food in Mylar then put it on a shelf, but the buckets add a lot of puncture protection in case things start crashing down during an earthquake or similar event.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
This week’s book festival entry is The ZIKA VIRUS Handbook. This book addresses a whole lot more than the Zika Virus and when I say I learned a lot while reading it, I meant it. There will be five winners in this giveaway.
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.
Spark Naturals 4th of July Sale – 30% Off
My favorite brand of essential oils is having a huge 4th of July Sale. Now though end of day on the 4th, all essential oils, blends, and salves are 20% off. Plus, as always, you get an additional 10% off using my discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL. That means a total of almost 30% off your order.
There are a few other bonuses with certain purchases so you will want to check them out on the website. For this even there is FREE SHIPPING on all orders in the U.S.A!
Me thinks it is time to stock up on your favorite oils and salves (if you don’t want to make your own, that is).
Test Your Antibiotics IQ With the Quick Quiz
How much to you really know about antibiotics? When Marjory Wildcraft from The Grow Network sent out an email asking this question I took the bait and tested my knowledge with her short quiz. I am embarrassed to say I got a D minus. Yikes. I must not have read the questions very carefully.
If you want to take this quick, 10 question quiz yourself, here is a link. I hope you do better than I did.
The Final Word
Are you ready for the holiday weekend? As I reported earlier this week, we have put our home up for sale so most of the weekend will be spent packing up and getting rid of junk. The biggest challenge will be our preps. They are far too precious to leave behind and yet I don’t want a bunch of snooping strangers to see what I have. I may need to put them into commercial storage for the short term.
That’s a wrap for me. Be sure to take some time this weekend to recall the true meaning of Independence Day. Now more than ever, we need to be mindful of the intent of our forefathers.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are items related to today’s article plus some personal favorites.
1byone Smart Portable Car Jump Starter: For me it was time to downsize to a smart charger that doesn’t eat up a lot of space. You are going to love this ultra-portable charger that will not only jump start your car battery, but will charge your gizmos and light your way with a built in flashlight that also serves as an SOS signal.
Mountain House Meal Pouches on Amazon: In order to take advantage of the 100% rebate from Mountain House, pick up a pouch with free shipping from Amazon.
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource: Water Month on Backdoor Survival is focusing on free resources but if you have $7.00 to spare, this is the book that I recommend.
Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep. It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood. I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil. My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself). You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: 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 2 oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: This is the book that made me a Joe Nobody fan. It will teach you how to defend your your homestead in the event of civil unrest or a collapse.
Ticket to Ride: Speaking of morale booster, when it comes to board games, this is my favorite. (It helps that I usually win.) This is fun for the entire family. Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question: Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?
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Are You Interested in Essential Oils?
The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.