You can use your vacuum sealer for more than just food. This article explores some surprising and innovative non-food uses for your vacuum sealer, from preparedness to enhancing organization to facilitating travel and unexpected DIY projects.
Get started prepping by taking some simple and frugal actions. Here, you’ll find tips and instructions for assembling an emergency food storage pantry, how to put together emergency kits, preparing for natural disasters and power outages, and creating a safe and healthy home for your family.
Canned food is one of the easiest, most accessible ways you can start building up your emergency food storage pantry. With the nearly unprecedented number of man-made catastrophes and natural disasters we have endured in the past few years, and the threat of still more to come, now is a great time to think about what you want in place before the next disaster happens. Here are the basics you need to begin.
First aid kits come in various sizes, from compact versions that can slip into your purse to more extensive kits suitable for large toolboxes. When assembling the contents of your first aid kit, it’s essential to prioritize over-the-counter (OTC) medications that address a wide range of common ailments. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 OTC medicines that should be a staple in your emergency supplies, everyday carry, and bug-out bags.
Is there a more satisfying feeling for a prepper mom than adding items to your emergency supplies? Every time you check something off your list and squirrel it away, you feel more confident that you’re preparing your family for the unknown. The problem is a stockpile needs organization and maintenance or it becomes more frustrating than helpful. So I decided to test out some of the food storage apps to see if any of them could help me set up a useful organization system. Which food storage app is best? Well, the answer is complicated.
Whether you’re a veteran prepper or just beginning to delve into the world of survival topics like food storage and bug out bags, it’s a wise strategy to start building a library of books that can be helpers and guides through all sorts of survival scenarios. In this article, we’ll offer some guidance on building your own survival library.
I consider the Vehicle Emergency Kit an essential part of being prepared for emergencies, and fortunately, it’s pretty easy to put together. In fact, you might have all the necessary, basic supplies in your home and garage right now. You may never need this Vehicle Emergency Kit, but I’ll bet it will bring you and your family peace of mind just knowing it’s there.
Imagine a scenario where you’ve meticulously prepared for six months’ worth of provisions, complete with an ample supply of water and essential supplies. You’ve taken every precaution possible, ensuring you’re well-equipped to face any unforeseen challenges that may arise. But amid all your preparations, did you remember the power of comfort foods? Here’s why I recommend that you include in your emergency food storage planning foods that make you feel better.
Laundry day is a universal chore we all face but when there’s no power, it’s the little insights and hacks that can turn this seemingly daunting task into a manageable one. While it might not be the most straightforward task, it’s absolutely achievable with the right knowledge and a few tricks up your sleeve.
Do you like feeling clean? The vast majority of people want to be clean and hygienic. Daily showers or baths (sometimes more than one!), multiple hand washings, and brushing teeth a couple of times per day is the norm. But how will you do that if the grid is down, or after a disaster, or if you’re just wanting to explore a more off-grid type of lifestyle? Cleanliness remains paramount whether by choice or after a disaster. Especially after a disaster! Here are some options for off-grid personal hygiene.
Survival sanitation is paramount because it prevents the spread of diseases, protects water sources from contamination, and maintains hygiene in emergency situations. Inadequate sanitation can lead to deadly outbreaks and negatively impact physical and mental well-being, emphasizing its critical role in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts.
I’ve seen the idea come up in conversations from time to time that acquiring food for long-term storage is pointless when you know you’re not going to live in any one place for very long. It’s a pain to lug it from house to house, and if you end up giving all that food away, you probably won’t have it long enough to need it, anyway. My perspective is a little different and comes from my experience with food storage overseas.
Summer is a great time to get better prepared, with longer days and more daylight hours giving you more time to tackle projects and tasks. And summer will be over before you know it. Hard to believe, but every year it seems to get shorter and shorter. Jump into action this week and make the most of these long days that seem to never end.
Power’s out! All you have to eat is cold food. For hours. For days. How soon will you get tired of that? How soon will the kids? If you haven’t planned for alternative ways you can cook off-grid without power, now is the time to start thinking about it. By having various options for cooking, you can ensure that they always have a reliable way to prepare their meals, regardless of the weather or any other unforeseen circumstances. The morale boost of a hot meal cannot be overestimated!
We can’t always choose our crisis, but we can try to be prepared for things that may come our way. Maintaining healthy food storage so we can pull together a nutritionally balanced pantry meal when the paycheck doesn’t stretch to payday is one less thing to be stressed about. Knowing you have what it takes to keep your family well-fed with healthy meals is security.
Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) seem to make it into the stockpiles, bug-out bags, and trunks of many preppers. Unfortunately, few people do the leg work to understand MREs fully and whether they are a wise decision for themselves and their families. In this article, we’ll discuss the information you should consider to determine whether to include these meals as part of your food storage and emergency plans.
Many dehydrated and freeze-dried foods are easy to add to our food storage pantries because we know what to expect when we buy them. There’s no big surprise when you open a can of dehydrated onions or freeze-dried strawberries. However, when it comes to dried milk, there are many confusing options. This guide helps you decide which variety you might want to store.
Wheat, rice, and beans are the building blocks of most survival food storage checklists, but on their own, even with canned food, they don’t create a healthy, highly nutritious diet. Building an effective emergency food storage requires more than just storing shallow calories. Superfoods, combined with staples, allow us to build a food storage pantry with the nutrition to help us thrive, not just survive.
Finding food storage containers that will fit your needs, your space, and your wallet can be a challenge. Regardless, there are a lot of options from which to choose. To help you find the best fit for you, the author has critiqued many of the traditional and some not-so-traditional food storage containers. Almost everything on this list is available second-hand so don’t let cost deter you initially.
With care, and perhaps even without care, cast iron cookware will last nearly forever, ensuring you can pass it down to your children or grandchildren. By using cast iron with your everyday cooking, you are not only getting more iron and fewer chemicals in your diet, but you’re also learning how to cook with time-tested cooking gear. Once you learn a few basics, you can use cast iron in your kitchen every day with great cooking results. Plus you’ll be ready for emergencies.
Once I got over the price shock of freeze-dried meat, I discovered its versatility is as limitless as any other meat. Factor in its ability to remain fresh and ready to eat for ten years or more, then it makes sense to add it to your food storage pantry. One can at a time adds up, and you can begin to assemble simple recipe ideas like the ones in this article and the other ingredients you’ll need.
30 percent of women globally have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Safety for women should be everyone’s job but you can’t count on that. If you’re a woman, you could be a target someday, but you don’t have to be a victim. Learn some of the same skills used and taught at the CIA to improve your street smarts and avoid violence.