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13 Survival Must-Haves You May Not Have Thought Of

I’ve read dozens, and I mean dozens, of lists telling me everything I need to have with me to survive.  Usually there are no surprises. This list of 13 survival must-haves has some genius suggestions for items your emergency kit might be missing. I know a flashlight, pocket knife, and water are essential for my survival or emergency kit, but every now and then I come across some unusual piece of equipment that are brilliant but that I never would …

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18 Things to Always Have in Your Purse

All right, Survival Moms, what one thing do we ladies always have within easy reach?  Our purses, of course.  Most of us have preparedness items at home, at our BOL (Bug Out Location), and in the car.  But if we’re in the mall or at the park when an emergency situation occurs, our purses should contain the resources which will help us survive and enable us to reach our next level of preparedness. If you’ve never thought of things to …

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Build your emergency kit with this Junk Drawer Challenge!

Your junk drawer, love it or hate it, just might be the gold mine you’ve been looking for when it comes to equipping your emergency kits and other preps. The Junk Drawer Challenge saved me loads of time and money. Here’s how it went down. I wouldn’t have believed this, either, until I reorganized my own kitchen junk drawer a while back and came across a mother-lode of supplies: Packets of hand sanitizer A sunglasses case, perfect for a mini …

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36 Lessons Learned From Testing a 72-Hour Kit

Over the last two months, on two separate occasions, I had the opportunity to test my 72-hour kit.  Yes, these tests were intentional. Testing a 72 Hour Kit…Why? My background is one of preparedness.  In the military, we made casualty response plans, then tested those plans.  We called them “drills.”  Now, in my post-military life, I’m CERT-trained, and FEMA IS-22 certified and both deal extensively with emergency response and preparation. I’ve noticed many web sites that promote preparedness do not …

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How to Choose the Best Straw Water Filter For You

We so casually turn on our faucet and expect clean water to come out. We flush our toilets, wash our hands, use water for cooking and for watering the lawn without a thought. But if there’s anything we have learned from all the disasters that have happened in our country last year, it’s that we should not take clean water for granted. It doesn’t take a big disaster to dirty our water. A few days ago, in Atlanta, they had …

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The Simple Way To Make Bug Out Bags on a Budget

So I started a few months ago by making a list of everything I would want to put in our bug-out bags … the list went on and on. I quickly realized a simple backpack would fit enough gear to prepare us for anything we could possibly face. Likely Scenarios My focus shifted to the most likely scenarios in our area. Upon evaluating our emergency scenario possibilities, I realized there are very few scenarios that have us leaving our home. …

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4 Must-Have Mini Emergency Kits For Your Purse

Life is full of emergencies. Some are big, like earthquakes and hurricanes. Some are smaller and occur in our everyday lives.  Here are a few mini-kit ideas you can fit in a Ziploc bag! If your mini kit is really mini, you can use a metal Altoids tin or a metal eyeglass case like this one: Where can you get mini versions of these products? Some are on Amazon, and I’ve included those links, and many are available on a …

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16 Unusual Survival Preps to Have in Your Bug Out Bag

I sometimes roll my eyes at lists of “must-have” preps because they’re pretty much all the same: Paracord — check Multitool — check Flashlight — check Tell me something different! Something innovative! Something creative that is useful but out of the ordinary! Well, I took on this challenge myself and scoped out this list of 16 unusual survival preps for your bug out bag, your vehicle emergency kit, or even to stash in your home’s pile of preps. A few …

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The Ultimate College Student’s Emergency Kit

My daughter packed for college very thoughtfully and methodically. She sorted through her favorite books and mementos, then she went through her clothes, sorted them, and made decisions about what to take with her to her new hometown. During the winter, it’s colder than where we live, so she packed jackets, heavy socks, and all the winter-weather clothing she owned. A college emergency kit wasn’t exactly on her list of priorities. As she did her packing, I was doing some …

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8 Innovative Preps for Your Emergency Kits

I love finding new supplies and gear for our prepping and this month I hit a jackpot! I discovered two LifeStraw products I didn’t know about, tried USB-charged batteries for the first time, and then gave myself a full-body cleansing with an Epic Wipe! Here are the details of these innovative products for your emergency kit. Life Straw Flex I’ve owned LifeStraws ever since they were first introduced. It’s a handy filter but has its drawbacks. You have to plunge the …

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