Sometimes things simply do not go as planned.
Here at Backdoor Survival there have been some technical issues with my RSS feed that prevented email updates from going out. Then there were silly little problems like a computer mouse that stopped working just as I was sitting down to do some writing. On the positive side, the prepping gear that was cluttering my dining area has been organized and put in its proper space and I can now see the dining room table.
Today I am taking a break from my normal posting schedule and sending out this news flash with a few announcements. There is a winner to the Food Insurance giveaway, some free stuff for you, and brand new giveaway. There is a lot going on – so let us get started.
THE FOOD INSURANCE BACKPACK AND WATER FILTER GIVEAWAY
In March I attended the FoodInsurance.com Ready Set Prep Summit in Dallas in late March. I came away from that event excited about the Food Insurance people, the company and their freeze-dried food products.
Each of the attendees at the Summit was presented with one of their lightweight, weather resistant backpacks plus a portable water bottle and filter. Not being bashful, I asked if I could give away the same backpack and water bottle to one of my readers. And of course, being the nice folks that they are, they said yes.
I am thrilled to announce that “Phil H.” is the winner of the Food Insurance backpack and water filter. His response to the question “what is your greatest food storage challenge” was this:
My biggest challenge is balancing nutrition. Most freeze-dried entrees are exceedingly heavy on sodium. That can be remedied by stretching them with rice or pasta or potatoes, but my next concern is eating an abundance of starchy, high glycemic impact foods. I want low fat, low sodium, low glycemic impact foods with a decent amount of protein and nutritious vegetable content.
Now I must tell you, there were close to 200 entries in the giveaway when I have a chance, I plan to tally the responses and get back to you with a list of the top Backdoor Survival reader food storage challenges.
But in the meantime, a big THANK YOU to everyone that entered. Even though you did not win this one, I have another great backpack giveaway starting today. You will find the details below. And by the way, Food Insurance is currently offering 20% off and free shipping site wide on orders over $100.
THE PREPAREDNESS REVIEW – SPRING 2013
I have another great announcement for you today. The Spring 2013 issue of The Preparedness Review is hot of the press and available for you absolutely free at The Preparedness Review website.
The Spring TPR is chock full of great articles from 17 of the best preparedness authors out there – including yours truly, of course. Here is a list:
- Chris Ray
- James W. Rawles
- Ray Gano
- Creek Stewart
- Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy
- Tess Pennington
- David Safewater
- Joe Nobody
- Gaye Levy
- Daisy Luther
- Gary Griffin
- John Beck
- Jeff “The Berkey Guy” Gleason
- Michael Bunker
- Chris Newman
The theme for the Spring TPR is “skills” and you will not be disappointed with the selection or articles. You are going to want to print this out and use it as a reference over and over again. Download your free copy now!
CELEBRATE MAY WITH THE CAMPING SURVIVAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY
Starting today – another fabulous giveaway. Backdoor Survival sponsor Camping Survival is giving away a Rothco Medium Transport Pack stuffed with a few hanks of paracord to one lucky reader. I happen to own two of these packs and they are just perfect, even for a smaller person such as myself.
How to win? In the comments area below, please share the following:
What aspect of prepping you would like me to cover in more detail in the coming months?
I am always looking for new ideas as well as old ideas that need to be updated so I hope you will take a moment or two to enter. Besides, even if you do not need a backpack, paracord is neat stuff and infinitely useful.
The Camping Survival Backpack and Paracord Giveaway will run until May 15th and the winner will be picked at random from all of the entries. Good luck!
AND FROM THE ALMOST FREE DEPARTMENT
In the Sunday Survival Buzz, I announced a new collaboration with Survival Life. In honor of this new relationship, Survival Life is letting me offer my readers a business card sized survival tool for free. The only hitch is that you must pay $2.95 in shipping charges. This is a good deal that to the best of my knowledge has only been offered in the past to Survival Life newsletter subscribers.
1. Can Opener
2. Knife Edge
3. Slotted/Flathead Screwdriver
5. Bottle Cap Opener
6. 4 Position Wrench
7. Wing-nut Wrench
8. Saw Blade
9. Direction Ancillary Indicator
10. 2 Position Wrench
11. Keychain Hole
This tiny but powerful survival tool is no bigger than a business card and fits right in your wallet. Now why wouldn’t you want one of these?
Here is a link were you can get it: Free Survival Business Card & Multi-Tool. (You can also click on the image above.)
THE FINAL WORD
In closing today, I want to welcome all of the new subscribers to Backdoor Survival email updates as well as the new fans on my Facebook page. I am humbled by your interest in my website and salute you for taking time out of your busy day to visit.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, here are some foundation items for your bug-out-bag. Sure, you still need to add food, water personal care items and a whole lot more. But these basics will get you started.
Rothco Medium Transport Pack: What I really like about this pack is the narrow profile. As you can see in the picture, it is only as wide as my body. Sure, it sticks out a bit in back but at least I do not bump in to things. There are lots of compartments and pouches and it by far, the most comfortable pack I have ever worn.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
Kershaw Volt II Pocket Knife: This is an alternative to the OSO Sweet but equally nice and similarly priced.
Flash Drive: I cannot over emphasize the importance of having important documents on a flash drive. Sure, the power may be out temporarily but for the nominal price and virtually no weight, it is silly not to carry all of your documents and survival reference guides on a flash drive.
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.
Pepper Spray: It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
For May, all of their Mountain House Pouches are on sale as is their Freeze Dried Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese for $34.99, discounted from $40.95. (And you know how I love my cheese! Great on those homemade pizzas or even as a snack right out of the can – yummy!)
Another special to consider is the Kelly Kettle® Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Combo for $109.99, discounted from $132.92.
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