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Last May, we did a post on emergency preps for two dollars or less. Since many would say that we are in worse economic territory now than we were a year ago, it seemed only fitting to consider “Cheap Preps, Part 2.”
When checking the cost of survival equipment, pricey gear seems to be the new normal. But the frugal shopper can still find real bargains that could prove to be lifesavers at the right time and place.
Here are some more preparedness items hovering around the $2 mark: [ Read Full Post ]
While teaching an Urban Survival class this past weekend, the topic of storing your own drinkable water came up in conversation many times. How much water you should have on hand, how you bottle it, and where you store it are the three most common concerns.
So let us suppose for a moment that your town’s or region’s normal water supply has been cut off. You’ll be on your own for drinking, cooking, and some basic hygiene. In the realm of water, being prepared for emergencies means keeping water on hand, and also being ready to disinfect more water as needed. [ Read Full Post ]
The signal whistle is probably the most useful piece of survival gear that people are NOT usually carrying today. Sure it’s natural for us to crave a wicked looking survival knife. And your instincts are right on the money if you want to have explosive fire starting tools. But that humble signal whistle can end up catching someone’s attention, and draw in your rescue team if you are too banged up to be using that survival knife or fire starter. And that rescue is your ticket home. [ Read Full Post ]
Throughout much of North America, tree sugaring time is near or already underway. Depending on the weather and your latitude, you will have trees with running sap between January and early March. Some of these trees can be sources of water if you get caught without anything to drink. Other trees can provide live-saving calories at one of the roughest times of the year for survival. [ Read Full Post ]
There are countless different survival kit iterations out there, both on store shelves and assembled at home. Many of these kits include a few multi-use items—like needles, duct tape, and dental floss—that can be used for gear repair.
Since your gear can literally save your life if you run into trouble, why not take gear repair a little more seriously by building a dedicate repair kit within your survival kit? [ Read Full Post ]
In case you don’t pay much attention to the goings-on of the nation’s urban areas, Brooklyn, NY, has become a fertile crescent of sorts for a now decade-long handcrafted/artisanal movement. These days, you can’t swing an ironically bearded and bespectacled inhabitant of the borough without hitting a beeswax candle maker or a chocolatier or a haberdasher of some stripe or another. And to be honest, a lot of the stuff these folks are making is of remarkable quality, if also remarkably expensive. And as a 10-year resident of Brooklyn, I take a certain amount of pride and satisfaction in being surrounded by such creative and hard-working types.
This movement has also spawned a cultural paradigm in which eating locally-sourced, organic, and/or wild food is de rigueur, and participating in activities like gardening and even hunting—activities that people who live in the country classify as “everyday life”—have become trendy and cool.
And then there are the nascent businesses that aim to supply these budding bumpkins with the wares they supposedly need to lead this sort of lifestyle. Take for example, Bush Smarts, a... [ Read Full Post ]
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