Survival Buzz: The Very Best Tool For Prepping

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 2, 2019

Have you ever stopped to consider the very best tool in your preparedness arsenal?  I am asked this question all of the time.  Requests come from readers, other bloggers looking for a quote, and even from independent authors doing research for their next book.

Now you might be thinking that I am setting you up to pitch a list of the top 10 items in my survival storage locker. Although that list may be interesting, nothing could be further from the truth.

What, in my opinion, is the very best tool for prepping?

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The very best tool a person has to survive is the gray matter between their ears. That’s it.

By using common sense and becoming a critical thinker, survival becomes instinctive.  In most situations, knowledge and skills will trump stuff.  To that end, my number one survival tip is to read, study, and learn as much as you can, then follow that up with a lot of practice.

What do you think?  Do you agree or do you think I am grossly over-simplifying the complex and highly variable quest for survival?

News Flash!  Articles from Around the Web

Have you heard about the Zika virus? It started in South America but is spreading rapidly across the globe. The symptoms are fairly minor unless you happen to be a pregnant woman, in which case it can result in horrific birth defects or miscarriage. The World Health Organization is getting involved now, calling the spread of the mosquito-transmitted virus “explosive.”

Another town has joined Flint, Michigan as victims of a tainted water cover-up. It has been discovered that the residents of Sebring, Ohio have been consuming water contaminated with lead.

Since 2012, hundreds of badges, credentials, and guns from the Department of Homeland Security have been stolen. The possibility for terrorist activity using these stolen credentials is great, since they are easily altered. “Officials entrusted with protecting the American public cannot consider the loss of sensitive items normal or routine,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said.

Social Shares for this Week

For your discernment, here are the best prepping, survival, and homesteading articles from my colleagues in the Professional Prepared Bloggers Group.  I hope you enjoy and learn from them.   Want more?  Visit my Facebook page for daily articles and links to free eBooks.

With the water issues in Flint, Michigan, does anyone really believe we can trust what is coming from our taps? This article explains how to test your water and tells you what you should be testing for. How to Test Your Drinking Water (And Why You Should Do It)

Digestive upsets can make you feel just awful. Here are some simple, natural remedies for heartburn, indigestion, and gas.  Natural Digestive Relief

Every bit of weight and space counts in your bug out bag. Ounce per ounce, these 20 foods will help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck.  20 Best Foods For Your Bug Out Bag

Did you ever think that making your own homemade pasta would be too complicated? Not true at all. This easy recipe uses only 4 simple ingredients, and all but the eggs will come right from your food storage pantry.  Homemade Noodles From Scratch

These winter survival tips come from a man who lived in the wilds of Alaska as a trapper. With a background like that, his advice is sure to be sound.  Winter Survival Basics

The downside to those little emergency stoves is the expensive fuel tablets they require. Did you know that you can easily make your own? This article gives you illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Homemade Fuel Tabs

Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #3

Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival.

These tips comes from Chapter 3 – “Let’s Cook: Emergency Cooking Devices and Fuel”

Tip: Your city or county government has requirements for how and where fuel can be stored on your property. Find out what they are and then follow them.

Tip: Color-coding makes identification easier. I have several 5-gallon (19-L) buckets with Gamma Seal Lids in different colors that I use for storing supplies. For example, I use red with lump charcoal, blue with briquettes, and black for pinecones.

For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.


The Final Word

Prepping wise, this week I scoured the surrounding area for biomass to add to my growing collection.  Although suitable scrub can be found here in Arizona, it does take some effort.  Back home in Washington State, steps from my door I can find old pine cones, twigs, broken branches, leaves and other types of burnable biomass for my rocket stoves.

A couple of my rocket stoves burn charcoal, so, just to be safe and to achieve redundancy, this week I purchased 4 large bags of charcoal from the local Home Depot.  Still, this is one area of my preps that needs some work.  As the weather warms up, you can bet that I will be out in the desert collecting more dried out scrub.  Hopefully, I won’t have any encounters with snakes and for sure, I will be wearing gloves (such as these).

It has been awhile since I have asked about your preps.  How are you doing?  Is there something you especially need to work on this year?

For your discernment, here are articles related to today’s Survival Buzz plus some personal favorites.

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide:  You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. This book offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow.  Written by my friend Daisy Luther, I recommended the book for everyone’s survival library!

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are perfect for keeping your hands and arms safe while working outdoors or cooking outdoors over an open fire. They also perform double duty when searching for biomass in snake country!

Solo Stove:  I personally own three solo stoves.  They are compact yet well-built and perfect for cooking off-grid with just a bit of biomass.  This is one item that you should gift to yourself if you do not have one already.

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EcoZoom Versa Getting Prepared Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid Backdoor Survival: This rocket-type stove burns wood, charcoal, and biomass. It is easy to use and fast. It will cook a pot of rice, as an example, start to finish in less than 20 minutes.  I actually own two.

Cast Iron Skillet with Hot Handle Holder: Likewise, I feel that everyone should own a basic, 12” cast iron skillet.  In spite of the myth, they are easy to care for and over time, will become a family heirloom.  On-grid or off grid, cooking with cast iron is the way to go.

The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner – Stainless Steel Chainmail:  I purchased one of these in October 2015 and it is friggin’ fantastic.  You will never ever have to scrub cast iron again.  I can’t say enough good things about this gizmo.  You want one (and I definitely need to do a review).


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5 Responses to “Survival Buzz: The Very Best Tool For Prepping”

  1. Gaye, I live in AZ too. I heard from a man who does search and rescue here in AZ that I should carry in my 72 hour bag foods that do not require much water to digest since water is so scarce here. He recommended S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bars because they are easily digested and provide plenty of calories. I have no idea if it’s true. Have you heard this?

  2. One of my uncles who survived going through Italy and other horrors during WWII gave me one, and only one, bit of advise: “Always keep your head about you”. Loosely translated, yes, “The very best tool a person has to survive is the gray matter between their ears. That’s it.”

    The only times I’ve ever had difficulty in life is when I failed to follow that bit of advise.

    Yup, become, “a critical thinker [and] read study, and learn as much as you can, then follow that up with a lot of practice.” – that’s the perfect follow up.

    RE: Zika, have you read what Jon Rappoport has to say about that over at NoMoreFakeNews? Interesting stuff, I tell ya.

    RE: “Is there something you especially need to work on this year?”

    Yes, bedding.
    I’ve been testing out various foam camping pads and camping pillows. I’ve not found what works best, yet. I want to try wool for both. Foam has been kind of disappointing and a bit on the wet/damp side while every camping pillow I’ve tried so far leaves Much to be desired.

    Also, every single time I buy a can of Alaskan salmon I think of your aversion to Pacific seafood. Then as I buy a tin of sardinias I wonder if you think the same of the Atlantic or the Mediterranean seas? Why not, didn’t they dump boatloads of atomic stuff there, too? Not likely as much though, eh. My hope is, the radiation I get from eating them is the same as I’d get from eating a banana. Time will tell. Perhaps? I’ll share the fate of the fishes.

  3. The car battery died yesterday in a spectacular fashion, got a jump from a neighbor and drove to the garage to buy a new battery. Decided that our tax refund is going to the new car fund. The mechanic describes the car as the 90 year old who works full time and skydives on the weekend, healthy and works well but it can change suddenly.

    Just met the 60 day supply goal and we’re having a buy nothing challenge in February to see how we manage. Trying simulate both of us losing our jobs at the same time.

  4. I too live in Arizona. Generally, if the temperature is below around 70 degrees you won’t see too many snakes but it is still prudent to be careful. They love to come out at night and will be close to roads that have soaked up the heat from the sun during the day.

    I also agree wholeheartedly that the brain is the most important tool any of us can have – as long as we use it.

  5. Knowledge is critical, but so is flexibility. If you’re too rigid in how you plan for various scenarios you can get yourself in trouble. Being able to improvise and think on your feet can be critical if things go to heck in a hand basket. So keep on learning, but don’t have plans set in stone and you’ll be much better off than 98% of folks out there.


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