The Survival Mom » Instant Survival Tips http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:09:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Dollar Store Beans and Rice http://thesurvivalmom.com/dollar-store-beans-rice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dollar-store-beans-rice http://thesurvivalmom.com/dollar-store-beans-rice/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=14642 Beans and rice combine to make a “complete protein,” as most people know. Dollar store beans and rice make a great addition to food storage pantries for two reasons: 1.  They can be purchased and stored in large or small quantities, Read More

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Dollar Store beans and riceBeans and rice combine to make a “complete protein,” as most people know. Dollar store beans and rice make a great addition to food storage pantries for two reasons:

1.  They can be purchased and stored in large or small quantities, depending on the likelihood of transport

2.  They are inexpensive! Most Dollar Stores offer two cans of beans for $1. I prefer the Chili Beans, as the seasoning is great, but black and pinto beans are also available at the same price. Dollar store beans and rice are an easy way to stock up for emergencies.

These survival staples have a long shelf-life, and my favorite thing about them is the ease in which I can move them from the pantry to the car or backpack. Additionally, the beans can be heated in the can over a fire or stove, then the empty can remains as a cooking implement for later use.

On a camping trip, prepare the rice, stir in the beans, and enjoy!

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Teach Your Kids to Be Creative http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-teach-kids-creative/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-teach-kids-creative http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-teach-kids-creative/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13008 Whether they need to keep occupied during a long power outage or survive in the woods for days, creativity is one of the most helpful resources your children can have. They may not be experts on survival, but they’ll be Read More

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Bored child AndrewWhether they need to keep occupied during a long power outage or survive in the woods for days, creativity is one of the most helpful resources your children can have. They may not be experts on survival, but they’ll be able to come up with enough ideas to keep themselves safe and comfortable at least for a few days.

Encourage them to read a wide variety of books. Give them Legos or other building sets. Next time you prune your trees, gather the branches and have your kids practice fire or shelter building. Thinking creatively also gives them a much better mindset in a survival situation. Teach your children to view survival situations as exciting (though potentially dangerous) adventures and not something to be feared.

What ways do you teach your kids to be creative? How do you view this as an important survival skill?

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Everyday Carry for Kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-edc-kids/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-edc-kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-edc-kids/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13006 Many of us have long lists of EDC items that never leave our sides, but what about our kids? Would they be ready for an emergency at school or even a friend’s house? Here are some ideas for your child’s Read More

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PicMonkey Everyday Carry for KidsMany of us have long lists of EDC items that never leave our sides, but what about our kids? Would they be ready for an emergency at school or even a friend’s house?

Here are some ideas for your child’s EDC:

  • Whistle - If your child feels threatened by a stranger, a whistle will let other adults know that something isn’t right. Be sure to discuss with your child the difference between truly “threatening” and simply “unfamiliar” when it comes to strangers.
  • Small LED Flashlight – Of course a light is always important. They’ll be both prepared and comforted if the power goes out at school or at a sleepover. (This can also come in handy for late night games of flashlight tag!)
  • First Aid Kit - A few band-aids and a triangular bandage along with a small card describing basic first aid skills should be plenty.
  • Food – Something small like a pack of trail mix or a couple of granola bars. Whether your child forgot his lunch money or had to stay overnight at school due to extreme weather, a high-protein snack can be very handy.
  • Water Bottle or Pouch – Water is just as important if not more so than food. Even if they already carry a water bottle for lunch, give them a spare for emergencies. You can buy mylar water pouches on Amazon, and I really like those for packing in emergency kits.
  • Clothes – A change of socks and underwear along with a hat, gloves, and scarf could all be put in a vacuum sealed bag (using something like a Food Saver) and either left in your child’s locker or kept in his backpack.
  • Knife, Phone, and Keys – Depending on your child’s age (and whether or not they’re at school), these are all important items to carry. Use your discretion to know when they’re ready for these.

Not all of these will be easy for your child to carry everywhere, so be ready to adapt for different scenarios. Try putting everything but the knife in the backpack on school days. For playing in the neighborhood, they may just need the first three in their pockets. Consider getting a small purse for girls or a string backpack or cargo pants or shorts. What other ideas can you think of?

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: 7 Things Your Child Should Have in His Bedside Table http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-7-things-child-bedside-table/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-7-things-child-bedside-table http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-7-things-child-bedside-table/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:35:46 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12989 It’s important that your kids are familiar with the basic concepts of survival and emergency preparedness. For any emergency situation, whether it’s a middle of the night asthma attack or an unexpected evacuation, your child should have these five things Read More

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It’s important that your kids are familiar with the basic concepts of survival and emergency preparedness. For any emergency situation, whether it’s a middle of the night asthma attack or an unexpected evacuation, your child should have these five things in his bedside table (or another easy to access location) and should know how to use them.

Bedside Table

  1. Flashlight – This one’s pretty obvious, a flashlight can be used in just about any emergency scenario.
  2. Light stick – Consider adding a light stick that comes with a neck cord and teach your child to activate the light and wear it around her neck in the case of an emergency. When the power goes out, you want to be able to find each and every family member, thus the handy neck cord, and light always brings comfort.
  3. Emergency Medical Supplies - If your child has asthma, diabetes, hypoglycemia, or another medical condition which involves sudden attacks, it might be difficult for him to make it to the medicine cabinet for his emergency inhaler or find the right snack to stabilize his blood sugar. It’s much more efficient to have these things at hand.
  4. Mini First Aid Kit – This doesn’t need to be a full size first aid kit, just enough that your child would be able to grab a bandage quickly whenever necessary.
  5. List of Emergency Phone Numbers – Of course this will probably be somewhere else in your house, too, but it can be comforting for your child to have the list right with him.
  6. Small Survival Kit – This should be something that he could grab anytime he leaves the house, so he has the basic tools for most survival situations. This one is a good example, of course it might need to be adapted for younger kids.
  7. Shoes – Everyone in the family should get in the habit of keeping a pair of shoes right by the side of their bed or directly underneath where they can be easily accessed. Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, house fires, and other disasters often happen when the sun goes down and a scared kid trying to get out of the house might find himself walking on glass shards or splintered wood.

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: You CAN compost during winter’s chilly months! http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-freeze-compost-next-spring/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-freeze-compost-next-spring http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-freeze-compost-next-spring/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:29:51 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12489 If you live in a cold climate that will keep you mostly indoors through the winter, consider storing your compostable items in your freezer. Keep them in a Zip-Loc freezer bag or another container that will be easy to open Read More

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If you live in a cold climate that will keep you mostly indoors through the winter, consider storing your compostable items in your freezer. Keep them in a Zip-Loc freezer bag or another container that will be easy to open and reseal as you add more stuff.

All those compostable foods will stay fresh through the winter, but when the weather warms up and you can venture out to your garden, they will compost much faster and you’ll be that much further ahead with your compost for the summer months.

 

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Chick-fil-A and your kid’s emergency kit http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 23:05:24 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12262 Today my kids and I sat down to sort through our emergency kits, looking for anything that had spilled, no longer fit, or had been ruined by the heat. At the bottom of one kit, we came across a collection Read More

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imagesToday my kids and I sat down to sort through our emergency kits, looking for anything that had spilled, no longer fit, or had been ruined by the heat.

At the bottom of one kit, we came across a collection of books from Chick-fil-A that had been in our kits for at least 2 years. Even though my daughter is now a freshman in high school and my son is junior high age, the books were still very appropriate.

I remembered all the great educational books and activities we’ve collected over the years, thanks to Chick-fil-A and wanted to mention what a great addition they are to a parent’s or child’s emergency kit. They often include pencil and paper activities, creative drawing, riddles, and puzzles. Plus, they always have an educational edge.

What’s even nicer is that when you come across one of their kids’ meal prizes that you especially like, it’s inexpensive to buy the whole set.

When you add these books and activities to your emergency kits, be sure to include pencils, colored pencils, and a sharpener for hours of fun, even when circumstances might be tough.

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: When packing your emergency bag, include these 3 OTHER bags! http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-when-packing-your-emergency-bag-include-these-3-other-bags/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-when-packing-your-emergency-bag-include-these-3-other-bags http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-when-packing-your-emergency-bag-include-these-3-other-bags/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:11:18 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12227 If you’re emergency kit, or Bug Out Bag, is all packed, you might consider adding one or more of these additional bags to cover emergencies you may not have thought of: 1.  A nylon drawstring backpack or smaller nylon backpack Read More

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If you’re emergency kit, or Bug Out Bag, is all packed, you might consider adding one or more of these additional bags to cover emergencies you may not have thought of:

1.  A nylon drawstring backpack or smaller nylon backpack

It can be very helpful to have a second, smaller backpack if your main bag gets too heavy to carry comfortably, its weight slows you down, or if you have a second person who can help carry your supplies.

These smaller, lighter packs can be tightly rolled and secured with rubber bands so they take up very little space.

For more tips about these 3 bags, listen to this episode of The Survival Mom Radio Show!

2.  A wet bag or wet sack

If you have a baby or toddler, you know how important it is to always have on hand a waterproof bag of some sort for wet clothing, dirty cloth diapers, etc.  If you find yourself trying to stay dry, these bags are a godsend for keeping important gear dry.

I have a few ZipLocs in my emergency kits as well, but a wet bag is far sturdier and more dependable.

Wet bags can be purchased in all sizes, colors, and pretty designs and are machine washable.

3.  A “key chain tote”

I discovered the usefulness of these bags several years ago on vacation when we ran into souvenir overload! These nylon totes collapse into a tiny, inner pocket which can be attached to just about anything.

These bags come in different sizes; I think the duffle bag size is the most handy.

4.  And, here’s a BONUS 4th type of bag to carry! Dog poop bags

Well, yes, if you often travel with pets you already know about these, but consider that you may need to carry out human waste. Just one of these rolls contains 20 bags and each roll takes up only a tiny bit of space.

And, they’re not just for poop. With so many bags in one roll, you’ll find many other uses for these “guaranteed not to leak” bags!  (Just tie a knot in the top of the bag to seal.)

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: A refrigerator for life and death scenarios http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-a-refrigerator-for-life-and-death-scenarios/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-a-refrigerator-for-life-and-death-scenarios http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-a-refrigerator-for-life-and-death-scenarios/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:51:41 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12054 In this blog post I shared that what I would miss most in a grid-down scenario is ice. I seriously need my iced tea everyday. Truth be told, though, I could exist without iced tea but many of you have Read More

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In this blog post I shared that what I would miss most in a grid-down scenario is ice. I seriously need my iced tea everyday.

Truth be told, though, I could exist without iced tea but many of you have family members who rely on medications that must be kept refrigerated –  matter of life and death.

Well, if you’ve priced solar refrigerators or those powered by other fuels, the price tags are a real wake-up call. However, I have a suggestion that is much, much lower priced AND will be far easier to operate without electrical power: the lowly dorm-sized fridge.

Powered by a generator, these tiny refrigerators use as little as 90 watts of power and could keep milk, fresh produce, and drugs such as insulin cool. A standard refrigerator requires far more power.

Yes, you’ll need a generator (check out solar generators if you can’t store a lot of gasoline/diesel or don’t want to), but if a loved one requires medication that must remain cool, this solution is low-cost and compact. You’ll find them on Craigslist as well as in home improvement stores.

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Under-the-bed stored food now easily accessible! http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-under-the-bed-stored-food-now-easily-accessible/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-under-the-bed-stored-food-now-easily-accessible http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-under-the-bed-stored-food-now-easily-accessible/#comments Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:59:50 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=11959 In a recent conversation with my 70-something year old Dad, he commented that he had purchased oil drip pans for their food storage. He explained these were the type of drip pans, or trays, used to catch dripping oil from Read More

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In a recent conversation with my 70-something year old Dad, he commented that he had purchased oil drip pans for their food storage. He explained these were the type of drip pans, or trays, used to catch dripping oil from underneath a vehicle.

oil trayIntrigued, I asked him to explain how on earth these trays helped with food storage. Well, it turns out that their new home has very little storage space. Since neither he nor my Mom fancy trying to fish loose, individual containers of food from under their bed, they’ve placed their stored items on these trays and then just slide them under for storage and back out again when they want to use the food.

How smart!

You can get these trays in varying sizes and could place them in horizontal rows under a bed on each side for easiest access. Also, you could organize the items on each tray so you wouldn’t spend time on your hands and knees locating what you need.

Hope this tip helps you maximize the empty space under beds!

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Take a look at solar backpacks. Really! http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-take-a-look-at-solar-backpacks-really/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=instant-survival-tip-take-a-look-at-solar-backpacks-really http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-take-a-look-at-solar-backpacks-really/#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:38:52 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=11927 I’ve been kind of slow coming around to viewing solar backpacks as a survival necessity because I trend toward thinking in terms of worst case scenarios. In such a scenario, electronics will likely be completely worthless, but! We’re not there Read More

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birksun-infographicI’ve been kind of slow coming around to viewing solar backpacks as a survival necessity because I trend toward thinking in terms of worst case scenarios. In such a scenario, electronics will likely be completely worthless, but! We’re not there yet and may never be.

So, circling back around to the solar backpack, I started remembering all the times I was out with the kids and my cell phone battery was dead. Once, on a trip to Lake Tahoe, my phone died at a critical moment, just as I was depending on the GPS to tell me which highway to take! At other times, I sure could have used a charge for my laptop for one reason or another.

Very often, we moms depend on electronics as a form of security. That’s why, when I received a lovely sample solar backpack from BirkSun, I realized that it wasn’t just a luxury plaything but something that could really make a difference in an emergency.

You can check out BirkSun’s backpacks here and watch the video I made recently about the high-end, fully equipped J. Bullivant backpack here. There are other brands out there and it’s worth comparing prices.

Yes, there could be an EMP that totally wipes out our electric grid from coast to coast, but until then I still want to be able to have a cell phone and other electronics that are charged when it matters most.

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