Today I am pleased to announce the winners of last month’s LifeStraw giveaway. There were 258 eligible entries and a ton of really great responses to the two questions I posed.
What, if anything, is your current portable water purification method?
What do you consider the most important item to have with you as an “Every Day Carry” (EDC) item?
Sipping pond water from a LifeStraw while in Alaska
The winners were selected at random so that everyone had an equal chance of winning. They have been notified by email and each has claimed their LifeStraw. The winners and their responses are:
We have this thing, not sure of the name, that uses ultra violet light to kill bacteria in water. My daughter used it for a science experiment a couple of months ago using creek water. Although the water did not look clean, it did taste really good.
Don’t have any options for water at this time. Hope to work on it soon though!
It is to hard to make a choice of just one item to have in case of SFTF. I would guess that I would have a supply of different types of metals to barter with. At least having metals to barter with you could buy almost anything you needed.
If you happened to miss the articles announcing the giveaway, I encourage you to go back and read the comments. There are some good ones and like me, you will find that you learn something new from each and every one that is posted by other Backdoor Survival readers.
The articles are Water – The Survival Basic and The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review and Giveaway.
THE FINAL WORD
As I mentioned above, it is always fun to do a giveaway because I get an opportunity to learn about new things and new ways of doing something related to preparedness. To tell the truth, the more entries I get, the more motivated I am to find good stuff to giveaway. In the coming months, I have additional giveaways planned including some backpacks, freeze dried food, gear and more. As long as I get entries, I will keep them coming.
I truly appreciate the support of my sponsors and from companies such as Eartheasy that provided the LifeStraws for this giveaway. These companies are the backbone that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival 100% free for everyone.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Today I highlight a selection of water storage and filtration options.
waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage: Have you considered storing water in your bathtub? The Water Bob is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing.
NALGENE BPA-Free Water Bottle: These $8 water bottles have served me well. I fill them up with water from my Royal Berkey and keep one bedside, one at my desk and another in the bathroom. Keep in mind that price-wise, some colors will be more expensive so if color does not matter, go with the cheapest (currently the green version).
Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water Filtration System: This highly regard water filtration system is currently on sale for $69.99 which is 26% off the normal price of $94.95. The Katadyn system combines the benefits of easy operation, high water output, and extended cartridge life. Not only that, it filters up to 2 quarts per minute of pumping.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive enough to keep in your backpack in case of emergencies or for hiking trips.
Colloidal Silver Medical Uses, Toxicology & Manufacture: If you are interested in learning more about colloidal silver, this is the book to get. It is written by John Hill, the same author of How to Live on Wheat which I reviewed awhile back in my article Why Store Wheat – Wheat 101 for Newbies.
55-Gallon Barrel Combo: Check around because prices vary on this combo. Back in January 2011, I paid about $160 for the same thing so anything less than $150 (with shipping) is a great deal.
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.
Sharpie Permanent Markers: The ubiquitous Sharpie pen is great way to mark your water with the date so that you have a reference when it comes time to rotate and replace. Less than $7 for a box of 12 markers is a great price – better than Costco, Office Depot, and Staples.
The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
We all know that we should store what we eat and eat what we store. In my own household, that means that we try to cook from our food storage pantry – not only the dried foods and canned goods that I have purchased from the grocery or Costco, but more esoteric items such as freeze-dried fruits and vegetables.
I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.
The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.
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This month my friends at Survival Life are offering their Survival Seeds Playing Cards for free. The only hitch is that you must pay $2.95 in shipping charges.
These cards are pretty cool – with each card showing all of the information you need to know about how to grow, harvest, and prepare 52 nutrient-rich vegetables and herbs from seeds.