Best camping safety & survival equipment according to redditors

We found 1,276 Reddit comments discussing the best camping safety & survival equipment. We ranked the 498 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Camping bear protection products
Camping first aid kits
Camping emergency blankets
Camping hand & foot warmers
Camping signal whistles
Camping emergency fire starters

Top Reddit comments about Camping Safety & Survival Equipment:

u/dickingaround · 64 pointsr/guns

This is easy, the answer is bear-mace. 1-day shipping from amazon.

u/Gullex · 29 pointsr/Survival

One of my favorite pieces of gear, everyone chuckles until they try it:

Makes burning bowls in wood a cinch.

u/xyzzzzy · 23 pointsr/homesecurity

This is a scary situation. I would recommend involving law enforcement to the extent that you can, if you can do any more than you already have.

Besides that, first priority is perimeter hardening. Cameras may provide some deterrent but won’t protect you if someone comes for you. I know it’s a rental but maybe you could convince the landlord that these are upgrades done at your own expense. Or just don’t tell. Reinforced door jamb

Door Armor MAX - Complete Door Reinforcement Set For Jamb, Frame, Strike Plate - DIY Home Door Security - Aged Bronze

Upgrade to steel door or similar if your door is not strong.

Add security film to the windows

BDF S4MC Window Film Security and Safety Clear 4 Mil (24in X 13ft)

Next, I would also add a security system with door/window sensors that sets off a siren when triggered. There are many, Ring is a popular DIY currently

Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit - Home Security System with optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring - No long-term contracts - Works with Alexa

I would recommend paying for professional monitoring at least for a couple months so that it calls law enforcement for you

Next sleep with a pepper spray of your choice beside your bed. I like this one

SABRE Red Pepper Gel - Police Strength - Family, Home & Property Defense Gel with Wall Mount Bracket

AFTER you have done these things, yes add a camera or two. Might provide some deterrent, might help you go after them if they do property damage. Wyze cams are cheap and decent. Will need an outdoor housing if installing outdoors.

Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant

Good luck, be safe

u/tacomandood · 23 pointsr/army

Reusable Zippo hand warmers for cold nights/mornings and those compressed towel coins to wipe your face/ass/tears are life savers in the field.

Links for reference:

Zippo Hand Warmer

Towel Coins

u/Bolinas99 · 21 pointsr/Seahawks

Was at Green Bay two seasons ago when we were last in the playoffs.

It's likely to get insanely cold there, so don't just layer up get hand warmers, foot warmers (you can buy both at any local Walmart in Minny), wear at least 4-5 layers with several being fleece, including thermal socks, long thermal underwear, and waterproof shoes. It was -30 and we barely survived it in GB; not sure if it'll be as bad in MN for you.

Doubt you'll have any problem beating them btw.

Wish I could buy the tix from you man; how much do you want for them?

u/corgibutt19 · 21 pointsr/Equestrian

Merino wool socks (Darn Tough or Farm to Feet are my go to) and the Noble Outfitters "Cold Front" muck boots. I love these boots, they're incredibly comfortable all year round and I've ridden in them hundreds of times as well. I've heard good things about the "Original Muck Boot Company" muck boots as well and I know they have an insulated variety. Basically, muck boots that neoprene based rather than just lined rubber will be way, way warmer. They have not failed me. Plus, if I'm teaching or out for more than a couple hours, I'll use the stick on toe warmers which really are lifesavers. Big bonus tip: putting on extra socks/etc. and cramming your feet into boots is a bad idea. Insulation works by trapping warm air, so you need some space for it to work. You will be infinitely warmer in one pair of socks that fit well into your boots than in two pairs that are crammed in. Some kids would wear plastic bags or bread bags over their socks, which works great but they don't breathe and once you're feet are sweaty, you're screwed.

For the rest of your body, base layers are fantastic. They come in many varieties, from Walmart dirt cheap to nice merino wool (my personal favorites, but expensive and I only invested after using them for hiking a lot). The cost doesn't matter as much, as the goal is to get sweat away from your skin to keep you toasty, but in general, stay the f*** away from cotton for socks or base layers. The instant it is wet from sweat or something else, it will suck your body heat away and it doesn't dry out. Synthetic or wool is your best bet for anything against your skin. Layers, layers. I wear my base layers (top and bottom), a pair of Kerrits winter breeches (the best I've found, one pair has lasted me two winters so far, too), a fleece athletic top of some kind (love Avalanche gear), a down vest, and then my trusty, rusty Mountain Horse winter jacket. Gloves are weird in a barn -- I've had my best success with a thin water repellent glove with good grip on the fingers and palm that I can stuff into bigger mittens after using my hands (usually complete with hand warmers). Anything thicker and I am taking them off so often to do things in the barn that it doesn't matter if I have gloves on or not, although Heritage makes an "Extreme" winter riding glove that I adore, each pair has lasted me at least three winters of constant use and are impressively mobile for their bulkiness and okay-ish to ride in.

And for when you're back, hot chocolate with whiskey/rum enjoyed in a shower really will warm you right back up. Start the shower just lukewarm or your feet/legs/hands will feel like they're on fire.

u/TheRealDynamitri · 14 pointsr/london

> Self-defense pepper sprays

Not legal in the UK

Pretty much only legal self-defense you can have on you is a spray-paint, but even then it can get you in a lot of trouble.

u/Zak · 13 pointsr/flashlight

Sabre Frontiersman bear spray, 9.2 oz can.

A flashlight is not a weapon. It's great for situational awareness, identifying the person who's walking up your driveway, and conveying an attitude of preparedness to a potential attacker, but it's pretty ineffective for disabling someone.

With that out of the way, how much can you spend on a flashlight after you buy the bear spray for $27.20?

u/triplehelix013 · 13 pointsr/homedefense

Short answer: You need to move, this could escalate to violence including a murder. If taking a job in another state can keep everyone in your household alive then it is an action you need to seriously consider.

If for whatever reason you decide to stay then read on.

If you are the target then typical criminal deterrence will not be effective.

Cameras are good for collecting evidence for police, without evidence police won't do anything. Their job is to arrest criminals after they have committed a crime not protect you from a future crime.

You need to ensure the entries to your house are hardened, there are many resources online on how to harden your doors and windows. Here is a simple guide from the sidebar that has some good ideas: . I personally have a stronger strike plate with 3" screws and a door jam on my external doors.

None of this protects you from someone burning your house down while you are inside. You need good fire detection and quality fire extinguishers as well as methods to escape through windows on upper floors is necessary. Create an escape plan for multiple scenarios and ensure your family does a regular walkthrough and everyone knows it by heart. Beware that the fire may be used to lure you outside to attack you with violence when you are no longer protected by the walls of your home. This is a fairly common carjacking technique where the criminals cause a small fender bender and when the person gets out of the car they steal it with violence or the threat of violence. I briefly cover personal protection below but you must be aware of that tactic so you can be prepared if that is the scenario you find yourself in

If you are the target then you need to take your personal protection and the protection of your family very seriously. Don't take this responsibility alone, your gf and her kids need to up their awareness. If something seems out of place do not ignore it, mitigate your risk by removing yourself/family from the danger that could surround that abnormality.

You also need a means to protect yourself if this harasser gets violent with you or your family. I'm a firearms person and live in Nevada where I can fairly easily obtain a concealed firearms permit. Where you live you may not be able to legally carry outside your home. A firearm and training are the best force multipliers civilians can use to defend themselves against unknown threats (we don't what this person is capable of, what tools he will use, or if he is acting alone). Personally, I believe an 5.56mm AR-15 rifle is the best home defense tool and a 9mm handgun is the best on person defense tool. You mentioned your girlfriend has 2 kids, regardless of age you must be 100% committed to ensuring any firearms you bring into a house with kids is behind a lock any time it is not on your person. In your situation I would recommend you have a handgun on your hip at all times you are awake. If you need more help with fireams advice/tactics/resources I can help you.

If firearms are not right choice for you (they aren't if you can't be 100% committed to ensuring it is impossible for the kids to get access) there are other less effective tools. I prefer pepper spray and carry it in addition to a firearm. Get some small canisters for on body carry and some of these larger canisters for in the home. Understand that when you deploy the spray everyone will be impacted and it will only buy some time to escape. I do not recommend stun guns as they are inconsistent and many people recover fairly quickly when they are done riding the lightning. Knives are effective at creating fatal wounds but not effective at stopping threats. A wounded attacker can still inflict damage for minutes after receiving a fatal stab wound. So I would not recommend those unless you have some knife defense proficiency already. Striking tools like batons and baseball bats can be effective medium range tools but can also be used against you if you are disarmed and rarely incapacitate in a single swing. These tools are only to ensure you and your household survive in the event you have to fight for your life, awareness and avoiding the fight is your most effective tool and only if your awareness fails should you have to resort to your fighting tools.

Hopefully your cameras can catch this individual doing something significant enough that the police will get involved and remove them from the general public. You can't depend on that though and have to have a layered approach to ensuring the safety of yourself and everyone in your household. Good luck!

edit: my phone bugged and I had to finish this from my computer, sorry for the originally cut off response.

u/moneyboog · 13 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

I'd highly advise borrowing one, at least until you can get a handgun. I don't know about your local gun laws or financials, but based on how tricky it can be to get ahold of a pistol, I'd also suggest you look into getting pepper spray. A friend of mine is 5' 3", somewhere around 115 pounds, and very young-looking despite being old enough to concealed carry. However, she lives in a college dorm at the moment, so she's resorted to carrying a Kimber Pepperblaster II in wake of her usual handgun. It's two-shot, direct, and even has a small handle and sights for better accuracy. If that doesn't seem like your cup of tea, though, I'm sure someone at your local gun store can tell you a lot more about alternative self-defense options than I can.

u/DankHumanman · 12 pointsr/PublicFreakout

Everyone should have one of these in your vehicle at all times.

u/randumbthought · 11 pointsr/homedefense

Every single person, especially a living-alone female (and/or someone without a gun and trained) should have at the very least a large pepper spray can (not the tiny key chain model, but definitely have that on your key chain) in their home.

Ideally two of these: one by the bed and one in the living room (wherever you spend most of time while awake).

$40 ($80 for two) that may save your life.

This is the best in my opinion:
SABRE Red Pepper Gel - Police Strength - Family, Home & Property Defense Gel with Wall Mount Bracket

Of course, a lethal option is also best, but training along with it is crucial.

Also, a metal or ‘solid core door’ for your front door and bedroom. It will help / make it much harder for someone to get to you at night (and lock it at night). Couple that with replacing all of the screws for those doors with 3” screws and you have seriously helped your security setup.

Oh, and an alarm system...and swap out the cats for a dog ; )

u/edcRachel · 11 pointsr/ElectricForest

Instead of regular Mylar, look into a SOL blanket. They're reflective on one side so they will reflect heat outwards without reflecting it inwards as well. They don't crinkle or tear like regular mylar, and are specifically designed for shade. I hold mine on with binder clips.

I bought a fan for $10 at the army surplus which works well and goes through about 2 sets of D batteries through the weekend.

You can also look into making a Figjam Swamp Cooler if you need extra cooling power. It's essentially like an air conditioner for your tent!

u/arcbeam · 11 pointsr/internetparents

So I’m guessing you’re in Oxford by your name. y’all can’t use pepper spray right? I found this on amazon that’s legal in the UK Self Defence Spray Id buy more than one and test it on something to see how it shoots out. It’s supposed to release a dye and I’ll bet it doesn’t sting like pepper spray but shoot it right in that goons eye and Im sure it will slow him down.

I carry a little pocket knife with me everywhere (like a lot of people do in Texas) but from what I understand you can’t carry one with you unless you have a reason to have one on you.. You can keep one in your home though right?

If I were in your position I might try to talk to other neighbors about him. See what they think/warn them. I would feel better if other people were on the same page as me about this dude. What about the apartment owners/employees? Can you talk to them?

This dude is way too bold about watching you. What a creep. You should always feel safe in your home can’t imagine how frustrating this must be.

u/TOGTFO · 10 pointsr/bestoflegaladvice

Nah I could see you just needing to set up like five to ten of those bear spray ones, then have those tiny little black hose ones that spray a super fine mist about to water your garden. You could then have it set to go off by a trigger, motion censor (I think this one could prove problematic for local wildlife), or maybe even have an app for it.

When I read the bit about the pepper spray rigged to the sprinklers, it really got me thinking on how you would do it effectively. Where you would position them and if you could set them off in relay.

That's why I think the multiple big can of bear spray like this or this but they only seem to have a 5 second blast. So having a bank of about 20 or 30, with 3 on each sprinkler system, meaning you can send more 5 second bursts through it.

As I'm in Australia and pepper spray and most definitely bear spray is illegal (without a licence I think) I'd have to find some of that fart spray instead. I could get some Raspeberry Pi's, servo motors and with my 3D printer could cobble something together.

Realistically if he had access to a 3D printer (even without you could managed with duct-tape), and could learn how to do some basic programming, you could knock something up in a month or two of weekends and some after work time.

EDIT: Just found this awesomely perfect for the purpose sprinkler.

And this one for those neighborhood kids who you don't like. Or this, or maybe if you have some Bronies this.

u/Teerlys · 10 pointsr/preppers

If you're looking at outfitting a 72 hour kit first before building out, there are some low cost ways to get that done relatively quickly.

  • Food: Go to Walmart. They have Mainstay 2400 bars for about $5 each. Each bar weighs about a pound, requires no water to prepare, lasts for up to 5 years, and is good in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to 300 degrees F. Throw each one in a gallon sized ziploc baggie as they are not individually wrapped. That's a day's worth of calories per bar, or two if you eat under your calorie requirements. Get three of them in the bag along with a few multivitamins and call food covered.

  • Water: Pick up 2 flats of bottled water. That's like $3-$5 each. Drink from one of them, when that one empties, replace it and drink from the next oldest one. Your water will always be relatively new then, and a flat of water is more than you're going to carry on your back anyway. If you need to grab and go, you can do it easily. You'll also have excess water if you need to throw it in the car. Longer term, get yourself a Sawyer Water Filter. Stay away from Life Straws. The Sawyer allows you to refill bottles from contaminated sources and then filter them out into other bottles. This is critical for cooking and allowing movement away from water sources. The Life Straw does not do this. These are also available at Walmart for around $20.

  • Self Defense: Get yourself a camping knife of some sort. I like Ka-Bar's a lot, but they're a bit expensive. Kukri's are also nice, but of wildly varying quality and not great for fine or point work. A good knife is a multipurpose tool, and you can get one fairly inexpensively when you're just getting started. Just make sure it has a good edge on it.

  • Shelter: There are better options, but for staying cheap when getting started, grab some Mylar Blankets and maybe a Mylar Sleeping Bag. Both can be acquired inexpensively and give some options you might not have otherwise. The Mylar Blankets you should probably always keep around. Add some duct tape to the bag and they can make an easily constructable temporary shelter given a little resourcefulness.

    There. For less than $100, and maybe less than $50 depending on what you get or already have, your 72 hour kit will be at a base level, ready to get you out of the door. Of course first aid stuff is a smart call, and you can get as finely detailed and over packed as you like with a BOB, but as a base this will get you out and moving for a few days.

    As a recommendation for getting started after that pack, grab a 100 lbs of white rice. Get it divided across 3 clean, food safe, 5 gallon buckets with lids. It'll keep better wrapped in Mylar bags, but you can have oodles of calories that will still last for years for less than $50 without that. It's a smart way to start prepping a food supply.
u/SaorAlba138 · 9 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

These are legal in most countries, as they only cause temporary blindness, confusion and can identify criminals due to skin staining.

u/buddboy · 9 pointsr/Survival

pocket bellows. It's like a turbo charger for your fire.

u/Glinda_Da_Good_Witch · 8 pointsr/Assistance

Requesting not for myself but for a small unit of 20 Marines currently in the Middle East in an area that has no power or heat; there are no working showers or toilets. PX is not at this site, nor will one come. They are using bottled water for hygiene and also for wag bags; burn barrels are used for waste disposal.

They have requested Under Armour cushioned Cold Gear boot socks

and hand warmers

They are living in unheated tents currently and the weather has dropped below 30 degrees.

If you would like to help, please let me know, and I can share their info with you for authenticity. I don't feel comfortable posting it on Reddit for a matter of security on their behalf.

Glinda :)

u/DrAwesomeClaws · 8 pointsr/wmnf

The general dangers of running at high elevation notwithstanding, just speaking from a gear perspective:

If you're willing to spend some money you can put together a really lightweight kit that'd be sufficient for an unplanned overnight in reasonably wmnf-bad conditions. You'd need more than a vest to carry it, but there are some nice fastpacks at 20-30L that would be runnable (Osprey Rev series, Six Moon Designs Flight). I'd put together something like the following, but there are many other options.

A solid, but small shelter that can withstand reasonable wind like the MLD Solomid ~1-1.5lb w/ a (trekking or otherwise) pole ~$500

An Emergency Blanket / Ground Sheet ~3oz $6

A very warm quilt like the EE Revelation 0F Short/Slim (for survival, not comfort) 950fill ~24oz $425 You could probably get away with a less warm quilt, but even at 0 degrees the 950fill will compact enough to fit in a smaller fastpack.

A light down jacket like the Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer ~8oz $200-$300

Now you're at around 4lbs with a shelter that can handle some wind and snow loads, a 0 degree quilt, a decent jacket, and a general purpose groundsheet/extra blanket. This isn't a complete list obviously, and I wouldn't generally suggest super ultralight gear for winter backpacking... but it can be a great addition to a winter daypack kit for unplanned nights out.

u/BeltPress · 8 pointsr/halifax

Spare hiking socks

u/CoverIsCode3 · 8 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

Here is an article relating to the event. Evidently the subject pulled a Kimber Pepper Blaster on the deputy.

u/sixtoe72 · 8 pointsr/CampingGear

Scoutmaster here. This pocket bellows for starting a fire is my favorite purchase this year:

Epiphany Outdoor Gear Pocket Bellow Collapsible Fire Tool

u/PrincessAnika · 8 pointsr/TheMassive

Stock up now, you'll want them on the 21st

I already have my ticket, but I'm hoping that OSU will do $10 tickets again to drag some friends along.

u/0x18 · 7 pointsr/CampingGear

Snowboard clothing is overkill unless you plan on staying through a winter storm. Just remember: cotton kills and wool is your friend. If nothing else get yourself a pack of wool socks and some wool underwear and then wear your normal clothes over those. The coldest I've seen Yosemite get to (in the last ~7 years of visiting every winter) was about 30F in the day and ~0-10F at night (really easy to manage). A good wool hat also helps for staying warm at night.

I'm jealous; I just moved from SLO to Oregon and won't be able to do my normal yearly winter Yosemite trip :( I'll miss wandering around in a kilt and tshirt when it's 30F and making everybody think I'm insane, but I can give some misc advice on Yosemite winter camping:

  • Bring snow chains appropriate for your car. Even if the road is clear up into the park it's not guaranteed to be de-iced the entire stretch into the valley, and for most of winter the park rangers will deny you entry if you say you don't have chains even if the road is clear. There's stores not far out of the park that sell them but they're far more expensive than your local car parts store.
  • Use the bear boxes for all food, deodorant, hair spray, tooth paste, and anything with a scent you could imagine a pet animal trying to consume against all logic because the bears, coyotes, and racoons will try and are much larger and smarter (and I have watched them all try).
  • Last time I was there sleeping in your vehicle was verboten. I'm not sure on the exact reason why, but I think it's because bears are known to break into (and ruin in the process) cars while looking for food. You're safer outside the car than in it.
  • Good sleeping bags are great but don't forget to put an insulating layer between yourself and the ground. Air mattresses are okay but suck for temperature control; one of those thin roll-out insulating pads are seemingly worthless but great for staying warm through the night.
  • For $25 you can get 40 chemical handwarmers -- activate two or three (or four if you're cold) at night and toss them into the bottom of your sleeping bag to stay warm at night. Wear a shirt with chest pockets and put another two there, then get a wool beanie and slip another one between it and your head (if there's a blizzard...)
  • Don't go to bed wearing wet (including sweat) clothes! It will cool through the night and wisk away your body heat. Before going to bed change into a fresh suit of dry clothing.
u/OriginalSyn · 7 pointsr/Calgary

Just be aware when you're shopping, if you ask a Canadian for recommendations you're going to get stuff that is much lighter than you will probably want to get. Up to -10C many of us consider this light winter wear weather, but you will probably be wanting full on baselayer, gloves, boots and heavy jacket.

Calgary winters are fairly mild (averaging lows of -10 to -15C), but they come with wild swings due to our proximity to the mountains, you might go to work and it's -20C and when you leave its +10C so be prepared with layers as other have mentioned.

In the middle of Jan/Feb it's going to get real cold, often reaching -30C to -40C for a few days and a couple weeks below -20C. Be prepared for these days, if you have a vehicle make sure to plug it in (all vehicles sold in Canada have a block heater installed) if you take transit make sure to get some hand and feet warmers (like this). Wind chill is no joke it's not usually is listed as a "feels like" when looking at forecasts, if you're outside a lot pay attention to that number.

Also if you have a vehicle and street park at home or work make sure pay attention if you're in a snow route, they will ticket you if you're parked there during/after heavy snow fall.

u/acisnot · 7 pointsr/SaltLakeCity

Until you acclimate, try putting some [toe warmers] ( on top of your toes to keep you warm. CVS, Walgreens, Costco, REI, Scheels - they all carry some brand variation of the one I linked.

Also +1 for one pair of wool socks (I don't double layers on my feet until single digits.)

and +1 for a good pair of Sorels. My husband's are going on 20 years old and just as good as new. Mine are almost 10 years old and I love them.

u/droidhound · 7 pointsr/Survival

If you don't already have one, try an emergency bivy like this. Much better than the usual emergency blanket.

u/theg33k · 7 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

I live in Florida so I have very different thermal requirements than you do. My coldest winter camping only gets down to the mid 40s at night. That being said, I feel like using a quilt is closer to using a comforter in your bed than a sleeping bag is. The foot box largely keeps it in place when I change positions at night. As for the pad, odds are good that whatever pad you have now will suffice. Remember your sleeping bag is probably not providing any insulation on the bottom currently. So if the crappy foam pad you have now has a high enough R rating you would likely be fine with a quilt. The only concern is how it might feel on your skin if you don't cover it with something. Foam on skin is kinda bleh.

If you find you're cold a lot, here's a few things I've picked up over the years. To start off, the standard beginner camper stuff. Make sure you're wearing proper camping clothing in layers. Avoid cotton at all costs, you want polyester. If you don't already own UnderArmor type stuff I highly recommend getting some. I recently bought some other brand (Adidas I think?) at Ross for $20 for a pants and shirt set. I generally do not wear these during the day but wear them as pajamas at night when it's cold, adding more layers if need be. Speaking of at night when it's cold. You shouldn't be wearing the same clothes to sleep in that you wore during the day. Especially underwear and socks. Those trap lots of sweat which will keep you cold all night long. Also, invest in good wool socks if you haven't already. You probably already have one to wear during the day, but don't hesitate to get an additional thin merino wool beanie to keep your head extra warm at night (again, don't wear the one you were wearing during the day).

The next thing is check out the R-rating of your sleeping pad. Your standard cheap foam pad like this has an R value of only 1.4. An R rating of 1 is considered "minimally insulated." A better but still cheap model like this thermarest has an R value of 2.8 but is still only $20-30. An R rating of 5 is basically rated to around 0 degrees, here's an example from ThermaRest with an R rating of 5. I've seen R ratings as high as 8. I can only assume those pads set you on fire as soon as you touch them.

Don't forget, you can bring some heat with you. You may wish to invest in some of those Hot Hands products. You can get some designed to go in your gloves or your socks. I generally don't differentiate. Each one will put out a lot of heat for 8+ hours. You can either use them as recommended or just toss a couple loose in your sleeping bag. Yes, it'll cost you a buck or so per night of sleep and you have to pack them in/out, but that's not too bad compared to being miserable. I don't typically do this, but keep a few in my pack in case I get wet during the winter. If I get wet in the cold this is pretty much the only thing that really gets me warm again.

Get at least one of these SOL emergency blankets, use it as your ground cloth. It's similar to but much tougher than the standard mylar emergency blankets. It'll reflect your heat back towards you much better than the plastic sheets most people use. If you're feeling spunky, buy a 2nd, put some reinforcing duct tape or something on the corners and add rivets. Hang it above your tent or strap it in between your rain fly and tent to reflect rising heat back down to you. Fair warning, you will look like a giant dork for doing this one, but it does work surprisingly well. I personally use one for my ground cloth but never do the hanging over thing in conjunction with a tent. I have used one as a shelter though when practicing emergency survival. It kinda sucked as a shelter but it does keep in some heat.

Last but not least, you mentioned some frustration with sleeping bag liners. You could go the opposite route and get a thermal bivvy sack. I don't have much experience with them though so I don't have any real advice. I will say I tried using one of these as my only sleeping bag once and it SUCKED because it DOES NOT BREATHE AT ALL so I was soaking with sweat. I'm sure there are better options that do breathe though and you could slip your sleeping bag inside.

u/queeraspie · 7 pointsr/disability

Can you feel your feet and get to them relatively quickly if the need arises? If so, these are awesome. I've never used them in my boots, but I use them in my gloves.

For a reusable option, these are good too, but they're a bit big for putting in boots.

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u/pointblankjustice · 7 pointsr/bugout

I mean no disrespect, but I also tend to be rather blunt: There is a lot of work that needs to be done to this bag. It seems really thrown together, out of an amalgamation of random stuff that's vaguely "outdoorsy".

Firstly, the bag itself. There's probably a reason it was in the trash, and my suspicion is that it wasn't because it was well built, durable, and comfortable. Good bags can be had for not much money and there are definitely used options on Craigslist and at outdoor store garage sales if you're on a shoestring budget. Your bag has to be able to take the abuse of multiple days and many miles of rucking.

FOUR knives? And they are all folders to boot? And you're trying to tell me this isn't "bloated"? Come on. Get one good multitool like a Leatherman, or keep the Gerber if you must (you don't need 87 bits for your Gerber in the woods, either). Maaaybe carry a fixed blade, too, if you really think you'll be needing it.

Mess kit: That looks bulky as hell, and aluminum has an incredibly low melting point (something like ~1200F) which is easily attainable in a mature fire. Hello melted mess kit. If you are really just bugging out you shouldn't need to cook anything. Calorie dense food bars, jerky, nuts etc. should be sufficient. Get a super small mess kit like this amazing one from GSI Outdoor and use this very cheap but decent backpacking stove and you have a lightweight, highly functional way to cook, boil water, and drink for under $25.

Blade sharpener? If you somehow manage to dull all four of your knives in a few days you're doing something wrong. Save the blade sharpener for the Zombies-Are-Attacking INCH bag or whatever.

Sunscreen and bug repellent are both great. that said, you are carrying almost as much sunscreen as you are water. Embellishing, of course, but that's a fucking lot of sunscreen.

I would also seriously work on flushing out that medical kit. If you don't have much first aid training, that's fine (though you should get some) but a basic boo-boo kit will be really functional. Gauze, small band-aids, some medium sized non-stick pads, alcohol wipes, burn cream and/or antibiotic cream, tweezers, rubber gloves, pain relievers, anti-diarrheals, generic antihistamines (for regular allergies and allergic reactions), etc. etc. Avoid pre-built medical kits and avoid things you don't know how to use.

The MSR filter is actually fantastic, can't fault you there. That said, something like a Sawyer Mini would be a fair bit lighter, and has integral water storage should you need more.

Metal water bottle: Looks like a thermos, which is great for keeping your coffee warm on the way to work but is single-use and heavy in the backwoods. I'd suggest changing it out for a widemouth single-walled metal container like those from Klean Kanteen because now not only do you have a way to store water, but you also have a way to boil it! And you can cook in it if absolutely necessary. And you can fill it up with hot water and add it to your sleeping bag to stay warm.

Wait...where is your sleeping bag? I know you mentioned having some miscellaneous camping gear in your car, but what if you need to abandon your car? Look at even a simple bivy sack like this one from SOL. Coupled with a lightweight tarp and you have a functional survival sleep system. Throw in a small inflatable pad for insulation from the ground and you can survive in all but the most inclement of weather.

Lose the rat traps and 200(!!!) fishing hooks in exchange for calorie dense food bars and other foods that need little or no preparation. Try to stay above 130 calories/gram and pay attention to things that are high in protein, fiber, and fat. You're bugging out, remember? Not sitting around camp all day with a cold one and your rod in the lake.

Substitute your few cheap (read: heavy and unreliable) flashlights for one good one. Something like a Four Sevens Quark AA2 or something from Fenix, Nitecore, or Olight. It will be reliable, well built, and powered by an efficient driver to produce multiple modes of light and provide for good run time. Get something that takes standard AA or AAA batteries. Avoid CR123As.

Noticeably lacking are things like a map and firestarters. You mentioned a ferrocerium rod. Instead of spending $7.00 on a decent one of those, get three BIC lighters and a pack of waterproof matches in a container. And save a couple bucks in the process. Ever started a fire with a ferro rod? It sucks. I've done it. I do it for fun and honing my skills occasionally. But a simple ass BIC will work 100 times better in almost any situation.

Add a high quality, water resistant topographical map of your region. Do you know how to use that compass? I'm not talking about pointing it north, but for things like triangulation or magnetic declination or navigating to a point on your map by finding a bearing. There are tons of Youtube videos out there that will help you in understanding these techniques if you don't already. A compass by itself is near useless.

How about things that you're more likely to encounter?

Throw in a charger for your phone, or maybe one of those $5 burner flip phones and a $10 minutes card in case yours dies. Take the battery out (should be removable on a cheap pay-as-you-go bog standard phone) and write important numbers on the inside.

How about wiping your ass? Go to your nearest Walmart and hit the toiletries section. You'll find bins of $1.00 miniature travel accessories. I'd recommend a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant bar, personal wet wipes (preferably biodegradable), Chapstick, and some baby powder or Gold Bond. Throw it all in a gallon Ziplock or a small pouch. Now you can survive in the woods AND survive overnight a friend's house after you get too drunk and can't drive.

I see nothing for cold weather gear. I know it's summer but depending on where you are night time can still be cold as hell. Add a beanie, wool gloves, a fleece underlayer, a poncho or rainproof hard shell jacket, and a change of GOOD wool socks.

Lose the 9 million feet of paracord. 50ft should be plenty sufficient (if that) especially considering the inner strands are strong enough for most applications.

I think that covers all my major gripes. Back to drinking and being an ass.

u/yumu · 7 pointsr/EDC

No mace/pepper spray but you can carry this criminal identifier spray! It just makes them orange.

u/nicolenicolenicole · 7 pointsr/bonnaroo

Protip: If you are using a tent, put one of those mylar emergency blankets on top of your tent, it reflects the sun. I did this my third year, I slept in everyday. It was glorious. I just secured it to the top using clothes pins.

u/Dondervuist · 7 pointsr/Bushcraft

I use the EOG Pocket Bellows. It works amazingly.

u/SpacemanSpiff23 · 7 pointsr/discgolf
  • Keep one of these in your pocket, and always keep your hand in your pocket with it.

  • Or get the much more bad ass Zippo version. It's more expensive up front, but after the initial purchase, the price drops dramatically. This are also warmer than a Hot Hands.

  • There is a guy around here that makes this Mitten thing that is open on one end. It's hard to explain. It is a sheep skin mitten with an open end. You wear it on your left hand all the time, and when you are walking or standing around, you put your right hand in the front of it to warm it up. Kind of like a quarter back hand warmer, except you wear it on your left hand. The best part is that is has a thumb, so you can still use your left hand to pick up your bag or hold a disc. I have seen them sold at D-Town Disc Golf in Doylestown PA, and I think he sells them out of his trunk at tournaments, but I don't know if he has an online store or anything.
u/Kazyole · 6 pointsr/bicycling

Eh, I mean I also ride in a very rural area, I don't carry anything, and have never felt unsafe. Criminals tend not to target rural areas because the amount of potential victims they'll encounter is low, meaning they don't have a huge field of people to pick from, meaning they'll probably have to select a less than ideal target.

They also don't tend to target bikers (at least not in any city I've ever lived in) because we move too fast. Even a slow cyclist, moving at only a bit faster than a fit man can run, is capable of a burst of speed that would leave any potential mugger behind. Even if they caught you at a light (which is rare for rural areas), you still have the option of running faster than they can chase. For avoiding muggers, I'd just give the simple advice of:

Never get off your bike for a pedestrian at night.

For animals, I also generally wouldn't worry. The dog treat idea people listed will work well for dogs, which imo is probably the largest concern. Like I said, I live in a pretty rural area with a lot of wildlife, and I've never had any issues with wild animals. I've been chased for about 1/4 mile by a dog, but they tend to give up quickly once they get out of their yard. I've also ridden in close proximity to large black bears, foxes, deer, and (on one instance) a couple wolves, none of which expressed any interest in following/chasing me.

Generally speaking when you're riding a bike, you're much larger and going much faster than any animal's typical prey, so they'll leave you alone. The only situation I would be concerned about would be if you live in an area with a LOT of wolves, or an area with more aggressive bear varieties (like the grizzly)

If that is a concern, I'd recommend a combination of a strong pepper spray (they actually make pepper spray specifically for deterring grizzlies), and some sort of air horn.

u/GIS-Rockstar · 6 pointsr/duluth

Duluth is an absolute mecca for outdoor winter sports. Gear up properly and you'll love your life in the 8 months of the Northland's winter!

If you're getting outside a lot in Eau Claire, you'll do fine in Duluth. If you plan on spending significantly more time outdoors in Duluth, then that's another story. Depending on where you live in town, you'll have different levels of need for snow tires; either way I'd strongly recommend them. PM me - I'm selling a set of snow tires in great condition over on the Online Rummage Sale for Duluth/Superior facebook group.

  • Thermal regulation is the name of the game. Not enough protection and you're cold. Once you're cold, you're done. Too many layers and you start to sweat. If you can't wick the sweat away or stop overheating, you're done

  • Cotton kills. You need 100% wool/poly/synthetic layers. Cotton absorbs moisture from your sweat, then freezes or just becomes a frigid sopping sponge against your skin

  • Layer selection is important. Something like a North Face Thermoball is great as a mid-layer under a parka for those insanely cold days. I have a SmartWool Marino wool base layer that was expensive but it was essential for keeping me warm and dry. Otherwise, synthetic long sleeve Under Armor kinds of shirts are perfect base layers.

  • Jeans are great at breaking wind and worked pretty well for me as a mid-layer. I usually just used synthetic long-johns to take care of wicking water from my skin. Roll both legs of the jeans up your shin to make room for boots and to keep the bottoms away from the snow or they will just get sopping wet. It's added warmth for your shins too. I'd finish off with a pair of snow pants that can go on and off easily

  • I used solid boots that were comfortable and insulated, with 1-2 pairs of various smartwool/puffy wool socks. Don't over-do it with socks. If your boot is too tight, it'll cut circulation to your toes and then you'll be cold. That's a delicate balance between "it's literally too damn cold out" and "I don't have circulation and I feel like it's too damn cold out."

  • A solid parka that goes below your butt is ideal. I got my North Face parka for around $300 and it was an excellent investment

  • Consider a shell that can break the wind. If you're hiking in Lester/Chester/Munger/etc. it won't be too windy; and if you're geared up properly those super cold temps are really a cake walk

  • Ice chains were important for my wife and myself. ICEtrekkers' Diamond Grip were my favorite. They really bite into glare ice where as coiled wire like basic Yak Trax were more slippery

  • I have a stack of the cheapest bandannas I could find in every color and pattern available. They're usually on sale for a buck each. The problem is that they're cotton, so my breath would condense on them quickly and they would freeze solid within 10-15 minutes, but the point is to keep the wind off of your mouth and cheeks. Even when frozen, they worked very well, and at 32° it was easily 30-50° warmer than the ambient air temps! I usually had 2-3 on me at all times for face protection and to wipe my nose/forehead (in case I started sweating) and I was very happy with them considering how cheap they were. Wash them once or twice before you use them to soften them up. I'd be interested in seeing other options for face covering.

  • Nothing beats a nice long wool knit scarf. Wrap it straight around your face and lay the tails flat against your chest or back for another insulating layer, or tie it in various ways for style and function around town

  • Sunglasses are a must to keep sleet and ice out of my eyes. Consider a set of very lightly tinted shades for evening/dark walking. There was nothing worse than hiking at night when it was sleeting. I've been told snowboarding goggles were lame, but ya know, Lake Superior is fierce before it freezes over. Ha. I would snowbaord all the time with amber tinted wrap-around shades that were snug to my head, and I'd hike with light Wayfarer-style frames

  • Finally, gloves are a real mystery to me. I'm not down with leather/animal skin, but it may be the only option to cut wind, and insulate the most efficiently. I usually used a thin woven wool base layer to wick sweat, a medium sized glove liner that usually comes with a decent set of gloves, and the thickest, heartiest, most beefy damn glove you can find. Pro tip: Make sure ALL gloves work with smartphones (capacitive touch). Never take a glove off to do something because you will never regain that heat without going inside

  • Just get a case of hand warmers. They're good in your gloves; next to your Achilles tendon in your boots; and against your camera or smartphone to keep those batteries running longer

    FIY: I spent 3 years in Duluth as a Floridian with no experience with real winter. Gear up properly and you'll be outside all winter long! It's expensive, but it's TOTALLY worth the investment. Otherwise you'll be cold and miserable; and that is one hella long-ass winter.
u/thejuice33 · 6 pointsr/homedefense

A lot of people would not be comfortable having or using a gun. I understand that. If that’s the case you should add as many other additional layers of security as you can to dissuade someone from coming in in the first place;

  • trim large shrubs against house someone could hide behind
  • add quality motion lights (RAB 360 Stealth I recommend to all my friends)
  • quality hard wired security cameras (avoid WiFi/battery if you can). If you/spouse/friend are a little tech savvy and can run a wire you can setup a very advanced camera system to alert you immediately when someone approaches. Time buys you a lot more options
  • making sure all doors and windows are always locked
  • securing doors and windows properly
  • alarm system
  • DOG (one of the best deterrents)...if you like them and they’d get along with your cats. Big investment though I get it
  • if worst comes to worst I’d have one of these on hand and go crazy with it: SABRE Red Pepper Gel - Police Strength - Family, Home & Property Defense Gel with Wall Mount Bracket

    If you want to add an alarm sign to the yard add the sign from a different alarm company. Probably not going to have to worry about sophisticated burglars that look up ways to circumvent specific systems but it’s possible so can’t hurt to avoid that possibility. Beware of dog sign can’t hurt either.
u/stutteringstalin · 6 pointsr/guns

Some bear mace should do the trick. Sprays 30 feet and is much lighter than any useful rifle or handgun.

u/Omnifox · 6 pointsr/guns

The only time I will ever recommend a kimber.

They are quality.

u/littlebells8787 · 6 pointsr/infertility
  • For PIO - I got these little hand warmers. Then when I don't have time to sit on a hot pack after the PIO in the morning I can pop one of these in my pocket and go on my way. It also worries me less post-transfer when I don't want to heat up too much.

  • I started wearing cloth pads/liners. My periods have always been super light so I generally can't wear tampons. During my stim cycles I had a lot of cervical mucus and wearing pantyliner all of the time was so uncomfortable. These are much better!! I haven't done suppositories, but I assume that they would be better for that as well. I got this idea from someone on this board and thought it was dumb but was willing to try it anyway. They are amazing!

  • Arnica for bruises, especially the ones I get from repeat blood draws. It really helps the bruising to dissipate - I always get the blood draw from the same place and it really starts to hurt.

  • I paid the extra $2.99 or whatever it is a month to have Visual Voice Mail on my cell phone. I don't have a job where I can answer my phone whenever the clinic calls and it stresses me out to not be able to talk to them or listen to the voice mail. But with the VVM I can read the message and get the gist of what's going on. It's not perfect (it doesn't get my doc's name right or 'blastocyst'...a few other things), but it's good enough. At least then I know right away whether things are OK or if there's a problem.

  • I bake cookies for my clinic. I go to a satellite clinic, and on the last day that I see my RE before retrieval/transfer I bring her a plate of homemade cookies, and then I bring a plate on retrieval/transfer day to the main clinic. I find that a) it's good to feed the people who stick you with things and b) they remember it. I only see those nurses at the main clinic for procedures but they know my name and go out of their way to help out...which ended up being super important on my 4th retrieval. It's a little thing, but they all really appreciate it. Apparently this isn't super common, and I think it should be...they do so much, they can have cookies. You are all welcome to this hack as long as you don't see MY RE at MY clinic...that's my thing and she knows it!
u/BigTastyWithBacon · 6 pointsr/glasgow
u/davebrook · 6 pointsr/DesertDaze

Pro Tips: Bring something to give out/help others out.


I learned this from an old GF who was a Burner and thought it was a pretty cool thing to do.


Bringing some really cheap stuff to give out can VASTLY improve someone's experience. I bring these things ... and if the temps dip as low as expected, these space blankets (they are super warm) will be appreciated.

Space Blanket:

Primacare HB-10 Emergency Foil Mylar Thermal Blanket (Pack of 10), 52" Length x 84" Width
Learn more:


No-Rinse Bathing Wipes by Cleanlife Products, Premoistened and Aloe Vera Enriched for Maximum Cleansing and Deodorizing - Microwaveable, Hypoallergenic and Latex-Free (8 Wipes) - 5 Pack

by Senior com
Learn more:

u/IPlayTheInBedGame · 5 pointsr/okeechobeemusicfest

Replying to my own comment with some purchasing recommendations:

2. Next level folding chair. The locking feature is sick, most comfortable camp chair I've owned.

My goto folding table. I've got a bigger 8 foot one if I'm camping with a big group but this small one is perfect for 1-4 people.

3. Highly recommend this charger. Will charge a typical iPhone like 5 times and has QC 3.0 built in (quick charge, which is a nice feature at a festival). Currently on sale for $40 if you clip the coupon, I've seen it as low as $30, they'll probably go on sale for black Friday and Christmas too.

5. Bring a box of these babies and if it gets cold, you've suddenly made like 40 friends.

6. Something like this is a good choice for makeup. In case you have to go back to camp and freshen up, the light is a nice touch.

u/possible-troll · 5 pointsr/guns

I talked to a wild life officer in NC about this a few months back. He actually said that in most cases hikers/campers are better off with the large "Bear Sized" pepper sprays. The reason is, most people when in an "attack" situation cannot get off well placed shots on an attacking animal ( And that in the last 2 years, he has had ~5 reports of people shooting at bears in 'self defense' and none of those people have actually hit the bears). Where the spray can "Blanket" the area. He also said that people are more likely to use the spray as a deterrent before even getting into an attack situation. Which also helps keep the animals scared of humans.


He did however say that most officers carry 45 and that 10mm is gaining popularity for capacity reasons. The reason being that they are both devastating rounds at close range, which is where most likely you'll end up needing it. He also noted that they are not just for protecting against animals, but also against people which is why there isn't much .357.

That was the other interesting thing. He stated that many hikers/campers tend to carry CRAZY firepower. .44mag, .357, etc. Thinking that they need "Grizzly Bear Stopping" type rounds. He joked and said that they should be more scared of the people in the woods, and not the animals and a good personal defense round is what they should carry. (He noted he personally carries .45 Winchester PDX).

Personally, If I was in your shoes. I'd carry the spray, and then what ever personal defense round you feel most comfortable. The only exception to this rule may be Grizzly bears -- But IIRC That is really only an issue in like Montana.

u/opinionsareus · 5 pointsr/funny

Good alternative (*might be illegal in some states): Pepper spray can blow back to cause problems; this is the best alternative (except for the one below). The disadvantage is that is has only two shots. I knew a guy whose 10 year old got hold of it from his hiking backpack and accidentally shot it against the wall. the whole family had to get out, fast.

  • A superior ingredient formulation combines a powerful solution of 10% OC (2.4% capsaicinoid content) with benzyl alcohol for viscosity
  • Delivery speed of 112 MPH keeps blasts on target, reducing the risk of blowback or drift
  • At just 4.2 ounces, pepperblaster II is state-of-the-art protection


    Best alternative (probably illegal (for carry) in most states unless you are hiking. This stuff will stop a bear - really! I decided to test mine with a fraction-of-a-second shot into a (clean) empty toilet bowl. On firing it *completely* displaced all the water in the bowl which dissipated throughout the bathroom, including onto "moi". Within 2 seconds I was gasping for air (even though the stuff has been highly diluted with clean toilet bowl water). I had to run for an open window or I would have collapsed. Had to leave my place for 5 hours, and then come back and clean up the bathroom with rubber gloves. I had really uncomfortable burns on my hands and face for the next 10 hours from the initial hit of diluted spray. Makes a great bedside weapon if you are shy about owning a gun. Also, a handly concealed alternative if you are walking through a dangerous neighborhood at night. We're talking a 30 foot jet of pure heat that will deter a bear.
u/nickrct · 5 pointsr/Hammocks

So I added two of these mylar blankets between two fleece blankets like [this] (, though cheaper since I bought them at Ikea.

I did a regular straight stitch on the four corners to attach the mylar blanket to the fleece. Then I used a sewing machine to sew blanket stitch style pattern on the edges (hopefully you know someone who is handy with a machine or needle). I then made a small knot on the top two corners of the blanket and tie these off to the ridgeline of my hammock and that keeps the blanket secure and not moving all night.

u/PileOfCardigans · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

They make reusable hand warmers and they're fricking amazing!! They absolutely work, I was so skeptical but they're great. HotSnapZ Hand Warmers Reusable Round & Pocket Warmers

u/bjornkeizers · 5 pointsr/EDC

You might want to consider other options as well, like the reusable ones that have a fluid inside and a little activator. You 'snap' a little disk inside it and they give off about two hours of heat. You reuse them by boiling them back to a liquid state.

u/janeylicious · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/CaptRon25 · 5 pointsr/flashlight

I agree with other's. The strobe will more likely piss off the attacker. Perhaps get her a Kimber pepper blaster as well as a light for her purse. Pepper spray is legal in NY, companies just can't ship it to NY. (go figure) So, you'll have to buy it for her and mail it to her yourself. Just don't tell the post office that it's pepper spray.

u/southern_boy · 5 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

Creepster indeed... the T seems to be getting worse of late.

I'm not sure this is the subreddit for such things but I have to recommend carrying one of these with you in future. Tucks right into your purse or carry-all.

As I'm sure you know Massachusetts is rather restrictive regarding self defense implements of any variety so you will need to get yourself a FID... $100 and a few pieces of paperwork is all it takes.

Chances are you'll never need it but should you get in a pinch with any inappropriate person without assistance around such a tool can buy you the time you need to get back to decent people who can help.

u/gramps14 · 5 pointsr/AppalachianTrail

I already use a sleeping bag liner, so I bought the SOL Escape Bivvy to use with it. I used it from after Damascus VA to Hanover, NH. I sleep hot, so I was fine - only a couple nights up north that I used a lightweight layer.

It was worn out by the end, so it's not a long term solution.

u/becomearobot · 5 pointsr/bicycling
u/endlessvoid94 · 5 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

After the essentials, I'd honestly recommend a pocket bellows. I got it as a gift and I've used it to assist construction of every single fire I've made for the last several years.

It's definitely not an "essential" item. You can obviously start fires without it. But it's quite nice.

u/NatesYourMate · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

I picked up this thing for about $11, it's called the Pocket Bellows V3.

You don't need it, that much can be established. However, it is just long enough for you to not have to have your face that close to the fire, effectively allowing you to never get smokey eyes while building up your campfire, and to me, it's totally worth every cent.

u/dmoney247 · 4 pointsr/aves

Buy some hot hands they work miracles. I remember someone last year gave me one for my wife and I definitely made the cold bearable and they're pretty cheap for big pack maybe you can pass them out like I will be doing!!
HotHands Hand Warmers 40 Pair Value Pack

u/Finnrick · 4 pointsr/FigureSkating

I use toe warmers inside my boots on particularly cold sessions.

I know a few people who love their boot gloves.

You might be surprised what a difference something like simple leg warmers can make.

If you can find zip off or snap off warmup pants, it’s an extra layer you can shed when you get warm or add when you get chilly. I wouldn’t wanna wear them the whole time, but they’re nice for beginning and end of the session

u/macbooklover91 · 4 pointsr/onebag

Are you looking to travel a lot in the middle east? The reason I mention it is you might want to look at something that serves the same purpose without being a tacti cool or potentially irrational racial trigger with the climate in the states and parts of Europe right now something like:

u/eldorel · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

> Is drying yourself too slow? Hate how damp and smelly common bath towels get? Be enlightened with space-age materials!

This really looks like the hook from a crappy 3am commercial, or the results of a 1000 level marketing course final project.

Instead of the campy product focused sales-pitch, focus on the results instead.

> LPT: Use PVA or Microfiber cloth as bath towels instead of Cotton.

The other day I used a PVA cloth like THIS instead of a regular bath towel and was amazed at how effective it was at drying me.

I've grabbed a few yards of PVA and microfiber cloth to experiment, but just wanted to share the discovery.

End result: Subtle product placement, without 1000 downvotes.

u/DubsTx · 4 pointsr/Military
u/EpistemicFaithCrisis · 4 pointsr/Frugal

If you can handle the noise (which you can reduce by sandwiching it between two sheets), space blankets are preposterously warm.

No, seriously, I'm not fucking with you. They are hot. You will not be cold if you have one of those on your bed. You don't need an electric blanket, these are warmer than that.

u/HowDoIBucket · 4 pointsr/SpaceBuckets

These should work well. And there should be plenty for a second bucket. If you have a well stocked first aid kit you might have one of these in there.

u/wvtarheel · 4 pointsr/homedefense

All you want to do is piss them off? Because that is how pepper spray and tasers generally work on animals. If they understand you did it, you are screwed. If they just think something happened and they don't know what you might be OK. Animals like bears and dogs are very sensitive to pepper spray in their noses due to their sense of smell, but their nose and eyes aren't connected in the same way as humans so you don't get the same set of effects as you do with pepper spraying a human.

That being said the best pepper spray device on the market is made by Kimber. It shoots further and more accurately, requiring less proximity to be useful.

u/VaguePeeSmell · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

I live in Lowell and this is what I carry on myself for self-defense. Lowell also has a 2.5" blade limit.

u/xalorous · 4 pointsr/CCW

There's a spray that comes in a shape that is similar to some of the pocket pistol holsters that expose the trigger. So you basically grip it like a gun and shoot the attacker in the face. Here's the one

u/tractor_fart · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

Hey bud i like your little starting set up v tidy. But, like the others have said cardboard is rather flammable .

Maybe a 35/50 gallon plastic container might suite as a better containment solution.

35 Gal. Container:

50 Gal. Container:

Also instead of tin foil you can go to the dollar store and pick up an emergency blanket which is made out of mylar it is a much more thermally efficient material and way more reflective while still cost effective.

Emergency blanket/Mylar sheets:
Primacare HB-10 Emergency Foil Mylar Thermal Blanket (Pack of 10), 52" Length x 84" Width

When i did my first grow i used tinfoil too and i was told the emergency blanket (mylar) was the way to go. Also those reflectors for car windscreens work as well if you have one laying around. Pretty sure they’re made outta mylar too.

Good luck and happy growing 🤙🤙

u/reddilada · 4 pointsr/camping
u/Andimia · 4 pointsr/camping

I made the mistake of subscribing to monthly camping box. The previous month's box looked awesome and came with a camping pillow (something I needed) and a bunch of other stuff for $25 so I signed up with the intention of getting one and canceling. I ended up with three months of the box before I was able to get the cancel function on the site to work. The second box I got came with pocket bellows.

When everything is damp and we're car camping we often used a lid from a tote box or an empty cardboard box to fan the fire but now we have this little thing and it works amazingly. It gets a lot of condensation in it by the end of the night but it's fun to use if you get past the spit. It's great for backpacking too and it's got a nice little carrying case so you don't have to worry about it getting bent in your pack. It's simple, it works. I love this stupid little thing.

u/jordanlund · 4 pointsr/Portland

It's a shame they are going for disposable hand warmers. They could get a lot more than 40 uses out of the traditional kind, for less money

Here's how they work:


I might need to order them some of the metal ones.

Edit Tweeted at Zippo and Street Roots to see if I can buy them a case.

u/davidguydude · 3 pointsr/bengals

It will be cold as fuck, bundle up good and bring some of those hand warmers

he will likely catch a bit of harassment, but it shouldn't be all that bad.

parking will fill up early. it will be a lot of traffic, but imo its worse at the end of the game when leaving.

i dont know exactly where 333 is, but imo, this stadium has some of the best views from the upper levels compared to the old stadium especially.

who dey!

u/Neeko6ix · 3 pointsr/Overwatch

They're heat packs. Commonly used by skiers and snowboarders on very cold days. I got a real kick out of seeing them used in OWL. Voila

u/Sardonos · 3 pointsr/MTB

I bike year round in the prairies in Canada. I've tried different footwear and sock combos and nothing worked. I just have bad circulation I guess. The only thing that works for me is winter boots with these.

There are battery powered heated insoles that I will hopefully get for Christmas. That's the real solution I think.

Gloves don't cut it when it gets cold. I bought some good mitts for the cold days (my idea of cold is -25C/-13F). I haven't had problems with my hands getting cold.

I'm getting really excited to try my newish Farley in the snow. None yet though.

u/DoctFaustus · 3 pointsr/skiing

Next step from decent socks and boots, is a pair of these -
After that, it's on to electric heaters. Although I do have a pair of Boot Gloves that I find do help on very cold days.

u/EorEquis · 3 pointsr/astrophotography

A few of my own:

  • Expanding on /u/mc2222's field battery idea:

    A great many things...including things you might not otherwise think of...can be powered by a 12V DC power source, such as a car battery.

    Swing by Wal-Mart, and check out the Deep Cycle "marine" batteries. They're pretty low quality for marine needs, but they're perfect for ours. Even a mere 50AH of capacity will be PLENTY for what we do. You can pick one up for $40-$80 depending on size/capacity.

    Next, look for or build some sort of distribution panel/box/etc. It can be as fancy or plain as you want. All you're after is some central point so you can plug in all this stuff you never knew could be powered off 12V. Personally, I use this guy but there's lots of other methods of doing this.

    Now...there's all the obvious things you can power with it. Most motorized mounts, for example, plug right into the car lighter outlet. You can, of course, clip that connector and put some other connector (like the banana plugs my unit takes) on if you wish. But for these items, no further mods are necessary. Dew heaters and camera coolers are other common 12V devices.

    Now here's where we get cute...Got a DSLR? It probably has an AC Power Adapter available for it, right? Take a close look at the specs for'll see that while its INPUT is 120VAC (plugs into a wall) it's OUTPUT is plain ole DC...PROBABLY 7.2V or so (a 2 cell LiPo, for the record). Grab yourself a little adjustable step down gadget, cut the cable on the CAMERA side of the converter that's inline, and just use the handy battery adapter piece. Solder it up to the output side of your step down supply, solder up some wires on the input side, set it to 7.2 (or whatever) output, and poof...12V power for your camera. :)

    You'll find there's a zillion devices that "plug into the wall", but if you check their OUTPUT, it's 12V DC (or less)...and thus, you can use this method to power them in the field off your field battery. :)

  • Hand Warmers : Not only good for keeping hands toasty on cold imaging nights, but useful for keeping your guide scope or camera lens warmer to help ward off dew/frost.

  • HobbyPartz (among many others, but these guys are amongst the cheapest I've found) has these slick Red LED strips that can be powered by as little as 3V, or up to 12V. They use insanely low amounts of power, so even a small battery pack will power them all night.

    What good are they? Well...they're adhesive on the back, AND you can cut them to your desired length, and solder new lead wires onto each strip.'ve got night-vision safe lighting for your laptop, your telescope, your field table..whatever! They serve both to illuminate your work area, AND mark your equipment for others' safety.

u/zaxor0 · 3 pointsr/Survival

Space blanket, thats a good idea! They don't take up any space. Or you can get an emergency bivy, like this They are a bit bigger and work like a sleeping bag make out of a sleeping blanket.

Also headlamp is a really good idea too. Or a small led pocket light.

u/brzcory · 3 pointsr/preppers


I have 2 hammocks, a Grand Trunk Skeeter Beater for camping, and an ultralight one that stays in my backpack/bob. The Skeeter Beater is definitely more comfortable, but takes longer to set up (due to the ridgeline that holds up the bugnet).

The cheap one is good for naps or hanging out at work. I'd spend a night in it if I had to. Mostly in my bag for napping though. I also have an inflatable hiking pillow that works really well.

There are many shortcomings to hammocks though. You have to find somewhere to hang them, which sounds easy but can be hard sometimes. You get a cold butt without really warm temperatures (or an underquilt, or a sleeping bag). It takes a night or two to get used to sleeping in one, but holy hell is it better than the ground! You also need a rain-fly if it's going to be wet (which is a whole 'nother bag).

They're also useful for keeping the creepy crawlies off you.

I wouldn't use it for a primary long-term arrangement, but with proper planning they can make an effective system. 9 times out of 10 I'll reach for the hammock while loading up for a backpacking trip, and like I said I do carry one with me pretty much everywhere I go.

Another option to look into for BOB's/GHB's are simple Bivvy Bags. Smaller/lighter than a sleeping bag or hammock system, but still provide protection from the elements. Not great for sleeping in, but much better for surviving.

u/Rocko9999 · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

I take one of these when I know it will be cold. This is for worst case scenario but putting this over your bag will keep you warm if your layering doesn't.

u/lieslieslieslieslies · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

> Basically the only really important factors are that it weighs less than 24 oz, can go to 30 or anywhere below that(20 degrees would be preferable just in case) and I can compress it in a stuff suck to less than 12x7.

Here ya go.

Technically, it meets your criteria in spades.

On the other hand, if you want to be comfortable, listen to xixor.

u/betyouknowtabari · 3 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

Buy these, it makes you feel about 25 degrees cooler Ergodyne Chill-Its 6602 Evaporative Cooling Towel, Blue

Ergodyne Chill-Its 6700CT Evaporative Cooling Bandana with Cooling Towel Material - Tie, Lime

u/housemusik_luvr · 3 pointsr/MDMA

Sun Block.. A breathable hat (not a baseball cap) like a safari type hat.. drink plenty of water.. like everyone else said.. lots of sips instead of just downing a bottle every hour.. here is the deal once you get dehydrated you can't get out of it.. I know it's a a lot to ask but keep the dancing at a minimum. Once your lips get dry you know you're dehydrated.. seek medical attention if that happens because your brain will swell. We just had 2 deaths and 57 other people sent to the hospital at a Festival here. Oh one last thing.. Don't take 400mg+... Do your normal dosage plus your re-dose..

Get yourself a couple of these.. they are amazing®-6602-Evaporative-Cooling/dp/B001B5I57I

u/SoManyQswithAs · 3 pointsr/MultipleSclerosis

I saw your reply to u/vedsten. Your friends should be understanding if you have to sit out for a little bit because of the heat. That's what friends are for. I went to see The NBHD a couple summers back and my friends and I got SUPER close to the stage. However, I couldn't take the heat like I used to. I told them I'd go stand in the back and meet them later. They came and stood with me, sat with me when I needed to sit... it was still a fun night. Your friends will probably surprise you, especially if you talk to them about your fears beforehand.

You can still do the things you love, you just may have to adjust a little bit. Will you still dance all night? Maybe you still can. Maybe not. Take care of yourself first. Never give up something you love for fear of what others are going to think.

Hydrate. Also, look into getting some cooling scarves. You could wear it while you're out and that might help keep you cooler while you're enjoying the show! Something like this one:

u/Velkyrion · 3 pointsr/migraine

Those cooling cloths they sell are really great. You soak it in water, wring it out, and then it just stays cold all day. Doesn't even feel damp or wet, just cool! You can wear it on the back of your neck or keep it in the container (while wet, not dry) it comes in in a bag and use as needed. Using it on the back of your neck, inner wrists, back of your knees, etc.

Here's an example:

My local Academy sells some (l think a different brand) that has a full size one and also comes with a smaller travel size one, each in their own sized container. I'm getting one for my Disney vacation to keep in my bag.

u/MrMakeveli · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

I like that these gifts are quality items and "general purpose", and by that I just mean that they are accessible to most people. Let's face it: those who want niche high end gear will be purchasing that themselves because they'll know exactly what they are looking for. This is the sort of stuff that almost anyone would be pleased with.

Here are a few random things off the top of my head I might add:
Mora Knife - $15.
Casio Pathfinder watch - $40
Light Tripod and phone mount $22 + $15 (added these because a lot of people use their phones as cameras out there
[Constellation Playing cards]( Night Sky Playing Cards - $6
Anker 10,000 mah battery pack - $26
Chill-Its Cooling Towel - $8
Nite Ize S-Biner - $4

u/rockstang · 3 pointsr/MultipleSclerosis

I've been to the islands a fewntimes since my diagnosis and didn't need one. I would rate my heat intolerance as moderate. Usually there are good breezes so it is often just the intensity if the sun. I was in the Bahamas in June once and the heat really varied. I bring a [cooling towel] ( with me when traveling to Florida now. I feel like it works pretty well.

u/TrueFakeFacts · 3 pointsr/funny

Should be using a shotgun for home defense. Hard to beat a pump action for intimidating sounds. Minishells and an Opsol Adapter will take care of over penetration.


Edit: Sprays are also a good choice. The home versions are easier to handle in a stressful situation.

u/Dbljck · 3 pointsr/BurningMan

Sounds like a perfect use-case for a durable "emergency blanket." Not the cheap mylar blankets that are almost literally a dime a dozen, but something more like this*:

or even a bivy:

If you don't need it, great! It was cheap, packs small and you can put it in your emergency kit. But if you do need it, well…maybe a little crinkly or even sweaty but better than freezing, n'est-ce pas?

I keep an SOL blanket in my car but so far I've never needed it. (Holy shirt, I *just now* remembered a time I was camping right next to my car a couple of years ago and froze my ass off all night — I should have grabbed my emergency blanket!)

u/Lurkndog · 3 pointsr/Survival

You could lose the multitool and whistle and fit plenty of other useful things in that tin. I'd suggest:

  • flat survival whistle
  • Bic Mini lighter
  • Tinder
  • Small roll of duct tape
  • Space blanket or Heatsheet
  • A wire key loop to keep everything together

    I'd suggest a Victorinox SD pocket knife as a replacement for the multitool.
u/mentospuregum · 3 pointsr/preppers
u/Craig · 3 pointsr/bugout

I'll play. Let's assume bugging in. No wind in your house, right? You don't live within 1000' of a school, right?

Answer: Pepper spray. Or mace, or whatever, preferably this.

And now the flip side: you just sprayed a hell of a lot of a toxic substance inside your house. But you had time to put on eye, nose and mouth protection, right? And you can close yourself off from that room for hours so that the toxins can settle a bit? And then you can go clean that room without getting it in you eyes, etc.?

Huge pain in the ass, but way better than letting a home invader get the best of you.

Also, while they are rolling around on the ground, holding their face and screaming, beat the crap out of them with your baseball bat.

u/txgsync · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Go for the stuff marketed as "bear spray"; the thirty-foot range puts you a little further from the attacker, and you don't need more than the 7-8 ounce size which fits conveniently in a jersey pocket. Most sprays only have a ten-foot range.

A rape siren is usually better at dissuading wildlife than the pepper spray; the sound drives them just as nuts as it drives you.

u/krsvbg · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Yikes! I'm sorry to hear that. Was it pretty serious (like amputations and shit?) or more like frostnip?

Try these. I've heard of people stuffing them in their gloves, back pocket, and socks. I can send you some Amazon links for my jacket, balaclava mask, thermal kit, and cycling overshoes. They're all pretty cheap, but effective.

u/drbudro · 3 pointsr/guns

Anyone have experience with the Kimber Pepper Blaster? Without firearms experience, I'm thinking that going directly to CC might not be the best route.

I would still recommend she get a firearm for home defense since posting up with your back against the wall aiming down a hallway in your own home is something you can easily train for at the range.

u/nerdgirl · 3 pointsr/lupus

I hide from all cold like a total freak and tell everyone that I am "allergic to cold". But seriously...

I have a heated blanket in my bed.
I keep gloves in every jacket that I own just in case.
I buy hand and feet warmers ( and stash them everywhere.
I wear sheepskin booties when I'm in the house.
I wear UGGS (I hate the way they look, but they keep my feet warm).
Lots of hats and scarves.
I have a little heater on my desk at work.

I tried nifedipine, but I hate it. I have also tried viagra, but it gave me huge headaches.

Basically, I do my best to bundle myself up all the time even in summer.

u/cwcoleman · 3 pointsr/skiing

A few of my suggestions (I have no clue what the price range is):

  • Wool Buff - $30 - get a funky color, they are versitile in winter
  • Gloves Kinko work style - $25 or FlyLow John Henry - $30 - both quality, light gloves
  • Chap stick - $5 - a funky case or just fluff to add to your gift
  • Liquor mini bottles - $5 each - it gets cold out there
  • Clif Bars - $5 each - hippy hikers eat these up (literally)
  • Duracell USB battery pack - $11 - phone/camera batteries die fast in cold weather
  • HotHands warmers - $13 - I really don't like these things, but most people do. Zippo version is pimp
u/AramisNight · 3 pointsr/childfree

I would recommend pepper spray for situations like this. Though apparently in the UK, you are pretty limited on legal options but supposedly this is legal there.

It sadly wont hurt like pepper spray, but it will suddenly making the spitting they did not worth it and it will mark them for days so they can be identified.

u/7thAndGreenhill · 3 pointsr/philadelphia

My recommendation is to be prepared for very cold weather during the game. December highs during sunlight hours might be in the 40/50s, but it will likely be colder by game time. Be prepared to wear multiple layers, have thick socks and gloves. I personally always have hand and foot warmers as well.

u/Fatdap · 3 pointsr/Competitiveoverwatch

You telling me they couldn't fork out for a bulk order of hand warmers? They'd probably even get a significant mark down if they ordered a large quantity considering how fucking much retailers mark up prices.

u/littlemsshiny · 3 pointsr/teaching

Thank you for doing this! The children and teachers of Oakland deserve so much better from the district. i know it's scary. Talk to your veteran teachers if you're feeling anxious since some of them may have been on strike before. I second going to the rallies! It'll inspire you. We did a lot of parent education before and after school to let them know why we were striking. It also helped build solidarity.

As a practical matter, (1) wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet a lot; (2) bring snacks and water; and (3) get some hand warmers since you know how cold it is on February mornings.

u/snizuitz · 3 pointsr/mormon

I served in a cold-weather climate and one of the best things was those pocket warmers you can get.

Also, you can't go wrong with all kind of American candy or snack foods. Even if she doesn't like it, maybe her comps will, or she can share it with the people she meets there. People are always curious about treats from other countries.

u/polyphasicbalisong · 3 pointsr/golf

Most of the responses will either be Hand Warmers or Gloves. I prefer hand warmers as they are the most convenient.

Zippo Hand Warmer, 12-Hour - Chrome Silver

These are refillable ones I have that last for 8-12 hrs. Get hotter than the disposable ones, and last longer. Also cost less over the span of a few months.

u/ministerofdoom · 3 pointsr/photography

Yes, it sounds crazy but it is a bifl sort of thing. Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer, Chrome Silver

Captialists try to get people to forget how things were done in a non-disposable fashion. (IMO)

u/Smurphizzle · 3 pointsr/ProtectAndServe
u/jbisinla · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Pepper spray is essentially the same thing (and also useful against dogs).

Bear mace often comes in larger containers, which can be an issue if you live in CA or another state with a size limit.

u/Se7en_speed · 2 pointsr/IAmA
u/soproductive · 2 pointsr/videos

If you live somewhere where this is a risk, why not stock these in your car? Probably a safer alternative to a space heater that you could sleep soundly with.

u/KjoeLjan · 2 pointsr/leagueoflegends

> Like can they go on facebook in picks and bans or draw in paint?

I think I've seen some players play OSU! as a warm-up once or twice, but I'm not sure if it was during LCS. I assume they have limited access to internet and the computer's software though.

> Also what is that squishy thing in their hands all the time?

They use it to keep their hands warm. As /u/CFThirty mentions, they are called "HotHands".

> And are those face cameras always on? or just when broadcasting?

It's another assumption I make, but I think they're always on. The LCS producer will probably tell what images are showed on stream.

> Can they hear the crowd or announcers?

Sometimes, because it is very hard to cancel out all sounds. The huge black things on their ears are meant to keep out the noise though.

> Is it illegal to remove their headsets?

Yep, unless the game is on pause and the referee needs to ask the player something. In that case communication is just easier by removing the headset ;-)

More information about all the LCS rules can be found here.

u/not_a_throw_awya · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive
u/stevegcook · 2 pointsr/hockeyplayers

These! Boot-specific versions exist and they stick onto your socks, but the hand ones work just as well and are easier to find. Plus they're usually bigger. Quality varies brand to brand.

u/ThePinkPanther2 · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I don't think it is necessary to give a gift card for a lowkey care package, but if you know they are struggling financially or they have a favorite grocery store or clothing shop then it sounds like a great idea. You can utilize things like Groupon, Amazon home services for cleaning and home repairs, BlueApron or equivalent food prep boxes. I have heard that many people like those type of subscription boxes.

My personal favorite care package goodies are shared below. I would wrap a pretty scarf around a small bundle of goodies. And to make it all pretty, I would pin artificial flowers and a thoughtful card to the front.

HotHands Hand Warmers

[Nature's Approach Aromatherapy Neck Wrap Herbal Pack, Celestial Indigo] (

Handcrafted Goat's Milk and Olive Oil Soap Bar with Attached Natural Organic Sea Sponge - Sweet Strawberry Scent

Tervis Sunflowers Tumbler

Power Thought Cards

But in terms of "adulting" you could give them Groupon vouchers for cooking classes or yoga/meditation. But if they are strapped for cash, I would definitely include a gift card to their local grocery store.

u/SkinII · 2 pointsr/cycling

They're expensive but I absolutely love my Lake winter boots. Got them used on eBay about 5 years ago for $180 in excellent condition. For gloves I use Pearl Izumi lobster gloves.

I've always had cold hands and feet and sometimes even the above isn't enough. When it's really cold I put Hot Hand hand warmers in my gloves, against the palm/base of fingers, and in my boots on top of my toes. They are very toasty.

Tip: The Hot Hands last quite a while and are still useable after a ride. They heat up with air contact so when I finish my ride I put the Hot Hands in a plastic bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. They can't stay in the bag forever but will stay in limbo for a few days. I've used one pair on three different rides. Another trick is that they get hotter the more you shake the package so the first time I only shake it a bit. That way I can be sure they'll be good for another ride.

u/jrwreno · 2 pointsr/preppers

Write yourself a reminder of how to start a fire with the items within your car:

How to start a fire with your car battery

You know, in case you do not have a cigarette lighter working in your car.

It is REALLY. IMPORTANT. To stay dry. Get a slicker for each member of your family, as well as sturdy, water proof foot gear. If you can get a combo snow coat/water proof whatchmacallit, that is perfect. I personally take all items, and vacuum seal them in ziplock Space bags (including first aid, flashlights, flares, everything, to ensure they are protected from moisture before being placed into the duffle bag)

Handwarmers. A buttload of handwarmers. The can last up to 10 hours!

first aid kits, -40 degree sleeping bags, solar rechargeable/hand cranking latterns/flashlights, a simple manual on field survival (scavenging for food, simple traps, signaling for help, a small sum of money in case you need to purchase gas/towing/food, flares, freeze dried, high calorie foods (nuts work amazing))

Water. I am a bit miffed at the person that said he does not store water, but carries a water filter. ALWAYS. CARRY. WATER. A 24 pack of water bottles in the trunk with the tire is good, or a few liter bottles with some air space for expansion. Having a water filter does nothing if you do not have a source for water, or the means to melt snow/ice. Get a water filter as something supplementary. Pack a cheap multi tool and a good knife as well.

A fire starter (flint) and some simple kindling(a sandwich baggie of cotton balls) added tip--coat your cotton balls partially in vaseline, it will increase the flammability of the cotton, and help repel water.

Something I also include, is a pair of foot long 2x4 pieces. I name them the 'clackers'. Smacking 2x4's together is akin to a gun shot, and will get the attention of someone if you do the typical SOS morse code pattern. They also scare away wildlife. Although I always travel armed.

A typical portable jump starting battery
You can often find these little systems with ports which can charge your phone.

A tarp or tent in case your car is compromised and cannot provide adequate shelter

Maps, both local and national (in case you travel) and a compass.

A simple dig out kit for getting your car free (shovel, kitty litter, or a tin can and candle trick, ropes, tire chains, etc)

u/kingofpluto · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Doesn't matter - get some of these - they are cheap and they last for 10 hours. I have a pair in my socks right now.

u/dgxshiny · 2 pointsr/discgolf

I always make sure to pop 4 hand warmers in my pockets.

cheap on amazon -

u/ShockaJesus · 2 pointsr/cannabis

You're in luck!

tight underwear or the boxer briefs that run down your legs 6-8 inches preventing anything from falling out. buy an extra pack of hand warmers read the instructions on how to get them to warm reliably. Either preheat the urineluck in a microwave with the cap off in ten second increments (two should be max needed) or set it in a ziplock bag in a cup under hot water for five minutes to raise it up to temp. I let mine stay above temp and then drop it down to the right temp just outside the test clinic (two heaters will do this well) remove one heat pad and head in. Before I drop it in their cup I make sure its below 100 (some can measure initial too hotness) but above 90. Having it not be warm enough is the big risk.

If you get screwed like that a last ditch effort is to rub your thumb on your jeans until its real hot and then touch the temp strip till it hits 96 or so (risky)

Fuck Ronald Regan he was a B movie president and his workplace drug laws are a joke. A MAJORITY or near majority of people here in WA actually smoke pot regularly and fake it like this or in a similar fashion.

u/akaganyaku · 2 pointsr/aves

Something not much people do, but handwarmers really help and give me a sense of warmth in the cold!

u/Hanginon · 2 pointsr/camping

> My biggest issue so far has been my feet feeling extremely cold and eventually numb. This would happen at around the 3 or 4 hour mark

Get some of These, I use them during cold New England hunting trips and they keep my feet are warm all day in the woods. Stick them to your sock under your toes, the science is an oxidizer in them that generates hours of mild heat once exposed to air, done by opening the package. Carry a second packet with you and if the first one is losing it heat you can just swap them out during a break.

u/pdub99 · 2 pointsr/Velo

Those toe heaters work wonders. I used them during a CX race and they worked great - plus no covers to collect frozen mud / complicate clipping / unclipping.

Otherwise, thick woolies w/ winter cycling shoes + a set of the thicker Pearl Izumi shoe covers ( works well.

u/Radixx · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Toe warmers

Put them on top of your toes, not on the bottom.

u/Forester263 · 2 pointsr/goodyearwelt

Have you tried toe warmers, by any chance?

In the future, if you're in the market for some lined boots, give these a look. I have a pair, and easily they're my warmest boots. They frequently go on sale, too.

u/yeoman221 · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Ok so if DC doesn't get a lot of snow, you might not need all these, but I went to all the trouble of typing it up so here you go.

Some tips I hope will help you: The most important parts of your body to keep warm are your head, hands and feet. Layer your torso all you want, but if those parts get cold, so will the rest of you. Get some of these for days when you might need to be outdoors longer than usual, and keep an extra set in a pocket in case of emergencies.

Spray waterproof Scotchgard (or something similar) on the outside of your coat, gloves, hat and boots. Even if they are “water resistant,” under the right conditions (sleet, heavy snow in temperatures at or just above freezing, or simply the melting of snow once you are indoors) these items can easily and quickly become waterlogged. This will also help prevent salt stains.

You should probably have a pair of actual rain boots (some folks call them galoshes) that come up to at least mid-shin and will still fit with thick, warm socks for days when it’s slushy but still cold.

Personally, I prefer a long coat that covers my knees because they get stiff and sore if they are cold, but that’s just me. You might only need a coat that covers your butt. I would definitely suggest making sure it’s at least pea coat length, if for no other reason than to avoid snow and wind.

u/phpdevster · 2 pointsr/telescopes
  1. An 8" dob is definitely a bit much for a 7 year-old, but as long as it's for both of you, it's a good purchase. The most complicated part of owning a dob is collimating the optics (just making sure they're all aligned properly). There are plenty of tutorials on how to do this online. It will take a tiny bit of practice, but once you do it a couple of times, it's easy.

  2. Get this eyepiece set. Don't bother with a barlow. The 9mm that comes with that set will replace the 9mm Plossl that comes with the telescope. It's much, much easier to look through and offers a wider field of view. That set is a good spread of focal lengths for that scope, and will compliment the 30mm nicely.

  3. Does that even matter? Yes. You will be fighting condensation on the finder scope like crazy. I recommend buying a pack of those chemical handwarmers and just strapping one to the underside of the viewfinder with an elastic band, and maybe also one to the eyepiece of the view finder as well. That will keep it above ambient and keep the condensation off it.

  4. Yes, several things to know:

  • Obviously, never ever point the thing at the sun unless you have a visual rated solar filter that sits over the FRONT of the scope. You cannot put a solar filter at the eyepiece, it must block the light before it enters the scope.

  • The biggest limiting factor to seeing lunar and planetary detail is the atmosphere. It bends and distorts light just like water in a swimming pool does when trying to view items on the bottom. Some nights are steady and planets are super crisp with tons of detail, other nights are abysmal and the planet looks like an amoeba. It takes patience and some luck to get a night of good atmospheric "seeing" as it's called.

  • You also need to make sure the telescope is thermally acclimated to ambient temperatures. If the mirror is warmer than the outside air temps for whatever reason (e.g. stored in a hot un-insulated shed all day), then the heat coming off the mirror will distort light on the way to the mirror, and again bouncing off of it. If you store the scope in a cool air conditioned space, when you bring it outside in the hot humid air, the mirrors will instantly fog up and the scope will be unusable.

  • It's best to view the planets when they are the highest in the sky. This is known as their transit time - when they cross the southern meridian in the sky. If you try to view them when they're low on the horizon, atmospheric seeing will be worse, and the atmosphere will act like a prism and badly scramble the light, obscuring fine details.

  • The full moon is the least interesting phase to view because lighting is very flat. Best to view near 1st or 3rd quarter so you can see the moon illuminated from the side, where you will see deep shadows on craters, mountain ranges etc.

  • If you buy the eyepiece set I linked to, the 9mm and the 6mm will be your planetary and lunar eyepieces. The 9mm is at the low-end range of planetary magnification and can be used when the atmosphere is very turbulent. The 6mm will be useful when the atmosphere is steady. Eventually you can get something between 3mm and 4mm for very high magnification, but it will only be useful on very rare nights unless you have particularly stable air.

  • I recommend getting the book Turn Left at Orion, which is a good guide to get familiar with the night sky and using the telescope.
u/ParkyMeowl · 2 pointsr/rheumatoid

HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmers - Long Lasting Safe Natural Odorless Air Activated Warmers - Up to 18 Hours of Heat - 40 Individual Warmers

Used to use these for skiing :)

u/krex_ · 2 pointsr/MTB

To start, I would recommend looking into something like a bivvy bag:

They fold pretty small and are lightweight.

u/PaletoBayPlayboy · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

Don't die. Take one of these so you have a plan B.

No one here is Les Stroud. If we were we'd have a show as well. Don't let Internet hubris get you hurt. Take an emergency bivy as a backup plan. If you don't need it, great but if you do you'll be around to send me a Christmas card thanking me...

u/Masterweedo · 2 pointsr/Flipping

Just keep some "Bear Attack Deterrent" handy.

u/The_English_Major · 2 pointsr/DIY

Bear Spray would be an effective, if somewhat extreme, deterrent. I bring it with me into the backcountry. It won't cause lasting damage and, once those dogs get a facefull of that, they won't bother you ever again.

edit: I just learned they also make [dog attack pepper spray] ( I would use that instead.

u/greatgolferhugeass · 2 pointsr/phoenix
u/biglebowski55 · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I have a couple of these and they work wonders, especially combined with a fan.

u/rainbowterfly · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

They are made of some magical material. You get it wet, and then put it around the back of your neck. It totally cools you down! I got one in my swag bag for a marathon a few years ago and became obsessed with them! And they are really reasonable price-wise. Here's one for like $8: Ergodyne Chill-Its® 6602 Evaporative Cooling Towel, Blue

u/atesbo · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I just got this towel. It's just like a diver's shammy if you are familiar with those. It's crazy absorbent, stays cool because you dampen it before use, and has a very smooth texture so it shouldn't rub you raw while trying to use it.

u/ismon · 2 pointsr/Welding

there is no way to escape the heat. I'm in the southeast US in a building that retains heat well, after a couple hot days it will be 100-105 heat index. have to drink a lot of water to avoid heat stroke. I always wear a cotton long sleeve work shirt, very rarely will I put on a heavy jacket unless I'm doing overhead work.

they handed out these cooling towels the other day but I haven't tried it yet.

u/bboromatt · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

I would suggest buying moisture-wicking clothes. This will make things a lot better and it is not heavy material. Also you can buy cooling towel ( to stay cool

u/RipcitySun · 2 pointsr/Construction

I work in Hawaii and the sun and the humidity is super brutal. The best stuff on the market in my opinion are the "Chill-its", they include bandana's, neck towels and neck shades. Other than that bring a ton of sun block and water.

Here is an amazon link for the products.

u/redd255 · 2 pointsr/BurningMan

This works really well: Chill-Its 6602 Evaporative Cooling Towel, Blue

u/im_sooo_mature · 2 pointsr/WaltDisneyWorld

Maybe take a cooling towel or two in the parks. My family went in July and these helped a lot!

u/ShiftedClock · 2 pointsr/MultipleSclerosis

This cooling towel was a life saver this summer. I haven't been able to afford a cooling vest yet, but I'm amazed at how effective this thing is. Just soak it in cool water and wrap it around your neck. I was able to get a lot more done this summer because of it.

By the way, I absolutely love this thread. Such a great idea for a post, and the comments have been very helpful.

u/geekymama · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Sun shades for the window. Make sure the vents in the center and on the passenger side are aimed toward the back. You can even have someone sit back there while you adjust them to check on the air flow. If he's still in the infant carrier with the little canopy, make sure that's down.

There's also this cooling towel that could help.

u/BBorNot · 2 pointsr/homedefense

>my interest in guns has rapidly diminished since this happened

This is interesting because you used the gun in the way it was intended. I wonder if you wish now that you'd just had a big ass can of pepper spray. Having been through this ordeal, is this an alternative you would advocate?

u/RotationSurgeon · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Totally worth the $2-5. The SOL emergency blanket is $4.95 on Amazon (linked, non-affiliate), and has grommets on it to help keep it in place (or rig it as an emergency tarp shelter / fire reflector)

u/drotar447 · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Yeah this method works well and is very light.

This kind of Mylar blanket is my favorite since it won't completely shred if it gets a puncture. S.O.L Survive Outdoors Longer 90 Percent Heat Reflective Emergency Blanket

u/foghorn5950 · 2 pointsr/flying

I rent a lot of planes, so I integrated the survival bag into the flight bag. Now it just comes with me everywhere. Here's what I have:

  • Yaesu FTA-550 Handheld Air Band Transciever

  • CAT Tourniquet

  • Emergency blanket (tin foil)

  • Handheld GPS

    It all fits in a small pocket in my pack, and gives me everything I need. I can communicate with other airplanes or rescuers. I can treat life threatening injuries. I can remain warm and build a shelter if needed. And I can tell precisely where I am, which I can communicate to my rescuers.

    That's the bare minimum basics. If I owned an airplane I'm sure I'd cram more into a dedicated kit, but since I'm only doing short day trips I don't anticipate being very far from civilization.
u/despardesi · 2 pointsr/sanfrancisco

Bear sprays work from 30 feet away. If the bear was an arms length away from you, the spray wouldn't help much, would it?

You be fucking real.

u/Negative__One · 2 pointsr/Frugal

Just buy some bear pepper spray and stop being such a girly man.

u/GraySocksAreNice · 2 pointsr/Atlanta

this shit does the trick too

picturing scenario of ordering this off amazon, and having it stolen off porch

u/Jackazz4evr · 2 pointsr/running

Fuck, get this! This shit stops BEARS!

u/splatterhead · 2 pointsr/backpacking

I carry Frontiersman because it's got a good 30' throw and I really like the holster.

I carry it on my belt on my right (dominant) hand side with the safety tab still in place. The lining of the holster is smooth and doesn't bind up the can.

I can draw the can free with one finger while I'm pulling the safety tab back with my thumb and then spray it in one fairly smooth motion.

u/shmi · 2 pointsr/photography

I carry bear spray, just in case. Honestly the biggest worry I have is wild animals.

u/Cronus6 · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Things I haven't seen mentioned....

A 12 Volt compressor (plugs in cig outlet, fills tires with air) small, not too expensive, handy as fuck. (Bonus, they fill bike tires, air mattresses, footballs/volley balls/soccer balls etc.)

"Baby wipes"... great for cleaning. Like your hands after changing a tire for example. (I steal those little packet hand wipes from restaurants and keep them in my glove box.)

Paper towels.

"Spare" cellphone/USB charger and cable.

Small-ish umbrella and cheapo poncho.

Emergency ("space") Blanket. link I live in Florida and I carry 2 of these.

A decent (i.e. not expensive, but serviceable) first aide kit. Keep in mind high and low temps destroy band-aids and medical tape over time, rotate and restock regularly. You don't have to buy a "kit", just build your own. Google that shit!

A can of "fix-a-flat".

Duct Tape and electrical tape.

A good multi-tool. Leatherman, or Gerber. Don't skimp on money here. Buy a decent one.

Rope or paracord. A "decent" length.

And personally, I keep (in a small plastic tote, sealed up) a tee-shirt, pair of socks, and an old wind-breaker type jacket.

Edit to add :

I carry everywhere I go (in my pockets) a decent quality pocket knife, a small "cigarette" lighter (mini Bic) and a 1 AAA flashlight.

If you don't carry this stuff, you should have it in your car (with spare batteries for the light...).

u/KartoffelverKaufer · 2 pointsr/RealEstate
  • Share utilities with roomates on a pro-rata basis if you aren't already
  • Grab these and put them on your windows when you are out during the summer. Reduces your AC bill.

    That's all I really got. Correct me if i'm wrong but from what I gather you are not an "official" landlord but are just renting out the rooms that you have. Nothing wrong with that but you are missing out on some tax benefits.

    If all else fails it seems that according to my calculations you are effectively paying around $1000/year net to live in a house. That is honestly not that bad. You and your SO could use your salary from your current job to put a downpayment on another apartment complex and kick your roomates out to there. You have the added plus of utilizing those tax benefits in this scenario.
u/tigemm · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Mylar blankets

They're small, reflective blankets that will fit easily in your glove box. If you live anywhere that it might ever snow, you should get one. It's much easier to cart around than a full size blanket, and will probably do a better job of keeping you warm.

u/Perramas1337 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery
u/VenusenvyXP · 2 pointsr/Winnipeg

It's not a kit, but something I made. These lights in a crappy light greenhouse like this wrapped in mylar sheets and the seed level has this heating mat.

u/Ilsensine · 2 pointsr/preppers

Have you seen, "Naked ane Afraid" its a crappy show, but the one thing that is the same in each show is that the people that can make a fire and boil water on the first day do just fine. Everyone else cries and bitches, and doesn't do much of anything, some even "die".

Half the men bring a blade of some sort, and in the 4 episodes I watched, one group never used the blade, and it took them 3 days to start a fire, cause all they had was a pot and a knife.

Here is what I would have before anything else:

1 - a canteen that has a cook able cup attached. (not endorsing bear grylls, just the first one Google gave)

2 - fire starting tool, Firesteel I love this product.

3 - Mylar Blankets so cheap and work so good.

With this you are set for 3 weeks, everything else you are even thinking of putting in your pack had better be eatable, if it's not it's just slowing you down.

Edit: if you have time to sit and fish you are not bugging out you are camping.

u/Hotdazedandconfused · 2 pointsr/findareddit

I got you! Here’s a quick list of my absolute favorite products for maximum toastiness on the go (the shirt is the first one)

Winter Flannel Plaid Button Down Top with Sherpa Fleece Lining Navy Green S Size

Heat Holders The Warmest Thermal Sock - Womens Comfy Wool Socks for Leisure, Outdoor Wear, and Cold Weather | Warm, Cozy Socks for Women Insulate Heat and Improve Circulation | US Size 5-9, Soft Navy

HotSnapZ Hand Warmers Reusable Round & Pocket Warmers

Electric Car Blanket- Heated 12 Volt Fleece Travel Throw for Car and RV-Great for Cold Weather, Tailgating, and Emergency Kits by Stalwart-BLACK/WHITE

u/eric_arrr · 2 pointsr/Seattle

> What? Pepper pellets are fired from paintball style guns. They're larger than the typical concealed carry pistol.

Not necessarily. Some look like this, others like this.

I admit there's nothing visible in the videos that looks like either of those. I'm relying on police and witnesses quoted in the recent Times article for the info about pepper pellets.

> I can't actually make out anything in his hands except for an (admittedly really ugly) scarf.

About that scarf:

> From that video I'm not even sure it was yellow hat guy that fired the shot.

I have to admit I share your puzzlement at the apparent incompatibility between yellow hat guy's posture and the direction of fire. But I know for a 100% solid fact that YHG and his wife (the petite woman you see by his side most of the time) are the ones who turned themselves in to UWPD.

And I think it's possible you might be onto something. At the moment the shot is fired, YHG's wife is looking directly at the victim, and YHG is not. It seems reasonably plausible to me that YHG would claim to have fired in self-defense as a cover for her if, for example, she didn't have a CPL.

u/pfaffo · 2 pointsr/cycling
u/FattyTfromPSD · 2 pointsr/CCW

I know this is talked out, but when I’m in a prohibited zone, I use a Kimber Pepperblaster II .

• I’ve been Sabred to carry for security work, and this stuff feels way worse to me.

• Pistol grip form factor uses existing training from point and shoot muscle memory for quick target acquisition.

• It’s a projectile gel so you don’t have to worry about blow back or wind which is a HUGE plus.

• 2X the shelf life

• No accidental discharge drips in your pocket

• Cheap enough to toss in an amnesty bin at a security checkpoint.

u/Radnor · 2 pointsr/Seattle

Yeah, if you're looking for pepper spray I recommend this pepper spray gun: Kimber PepperBlaster II. You can get them at Cabela's as well.

u/cazzamatazz · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

I'm going to suggest something a bit more advanced than a traditional tent. Have you considered going with a flat-tarp and a bivy bag? It is certainly cheaper than a tent and significantly lighter. Take the following for example:

| Item | Weight (g) | Cost (AU$) | Notes |
| Equinox Egret Tarp (8x10ft) | 766g| $49 | Will require either sticks or trekking pole to pitch
| SOL Escape Bivy | 156g (312g total) | $31 ($62 total) | This will actually work as a 10C sleeping bag. There is a bigger version to help accommodate a sleeping bag, if it's more appropriate. Obviously you'll each need one.
|Polycryo Groundsheet (6x8ft) | 104g | $10 | Cheap and lightweight waterproof floor.
| Total | 1026g (1184g)| $90 ($121) | Cheap and Light.

You will obviously need to do a little reading on how to pitch it. Here is an article to get you started. You'll probably find a better one if you google it.

u/aussie_jason · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

I use the Adventure Medical Kits Survive Outdoors Longer Escape, Bivvy Breathable Blanket when I am camping in the middle of summer and just want something to cover me.

u/hesiii · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Probably depends not directly on rating, so much, as on loft. I'm sure it's easier to fit my thin synthetic quilt inside SOL Escape with me than my 2.5" loft quilt. I think I can fit the quilt in and keep it pretty lofted, but that's probably partly because I'm slim (5'9" and 150), if you were bigger person it might take more care and have less room for error, but you could probably still do it. I haven't used any quilt inside mine, since I bought the Escape Bivvy as more of a lightweight standalone quilt alternative on warm summer trips.

FWIW, you can pick up an Escape Bivvy for $31 on Amazon, cheap enough to experiment with:

Some interesting videos on Escape Bivvy as bag alternative (this guy finds Escape slightly small but he's quite a large guy): (note the cheap mod he made in this video to make the Escape Bivvy much bigger, basically cutting the back and taping in piece of emergency blanket)

Here's the video guide showing step-by-step how to make Escape Bivvy bigger:

u/chefmclite · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

You can pick up an emergency bivvy on amazon for $50. SOL makes what they call an escape bivvy that is 70% reflective. will keep you warm down to 30 degrees. 8.1oz I use it from late spring thru early fall.

u/volcanotechie · 2 pointsr/summonerschool

Do you mean besides using conventional methods (tea/coffee/warm water/a hot rice sock)?
My gf uses these and they get really hot really fast. (LCS players use similar hand warmers if not the exact same ones if it makes any difference to you)

u/designbydave · 2 pointsr/astrophotography

I use hand warmers to remove and prevent due. Don't wipe the due off, you will only make it worse. I use an ace bandage to hold a hand warmer like these on. They will clear and prevent due

u/msoxydone · 2 pointsr/opiates

Im sure any handwarmer will do but here is an example. You can also get the foot warmers which are nice because one side is sticky. When I did it I would get the urine right before I head to the test and then stick a handwarmer onto the bottle immediately to keep it warm. Im not a 100% sure about this but im guessing there is a range that the temperature needs to be, probably somewhere between 80-120 degrees Fahrenheit, I never had a problem with it being too warm but I did have a friend that was using the same method and his turned out too cold, I think its because he got the urine too early. The goal of the handwarmers is just to maintain the heat that is already there not actually warm the urine. Good luck, hope everything works out for you!

u/IDFKwhereGilliganIs · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

In hopes of encouraging people to do what you said, just a little push to make it even easier... $6 for 10 pairs, prime eligible!

Thanks for the awesome idea<3

u/tangenttoyou · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

whenever my friend snowboards she brings these with her. it'll warm you up for a bit!! good luck surviving! brace yourself!

u/MegaTom · 2 pointsr/djimavic
u/NoisyPiper27 · 2 pointsr/bagpipes

Your fingers are what you really want to be worried about.

My suggestion would be to have some hand warmers in your sporran, and possibly have a pair of fingerless gloves on, if it's within uniform regulation in your band.

By tunic, do you mean a doublet? Because those are quite warm. When you're playing your body warms you up in your core, so mostly you just need to be worried about your extremities - feet and hands mainly. Thermal socks can help under your hose.

Also if it's below freezing I'd avoid playing pipes entirely.

u/playhertwo · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Yeah, or Walmart, Rite Aid, whatever. They are a few dollars for a small pack, but they are one use only.

u/Tzunamitom · 2 pointsr/bestoflegaladvice

Also in the UK and looked into this after my wife had a scary encounter and something like this (Safehaus Mini Self Defence Spray Criminal Identifier seems like a decent legal self-defence option here.

u/hardNheavy · 2 pointsr/preppers

I'd throw a pack of these in there.

u/natelyswhore22 · 2 pointsr/secretsanta

There are a lot of really cool camping things! I'll be back to edit this post on my computer with some things that we like / are unique /cool

EDIT - these are things that we use that we love. These things all range in price, so hopefully you can find one or two to fit whatever budget you have.

  • Collapsible Coffee Dripper : They can use this to make REAL coffee on the trail. They just have to heat water!
  • Portable camping grill : This takes a little time to set up, but it's a very compact grill and makes it easy to cook food or even just balance your mess kit
  • Nonstick camping mess kit : A nonstick kit is much easier to clean than a stainless steel one IMO. this set has a kettle, utensil, and scrubber which is awesome.
  • Camp Suds : An environmentally safe soap so they can clean their gear but preserve the trail!
  • Dry sacks : Dry sacks are just what they sound like... waterproof bags that keep your stuff dry. They can also double as a pillow if you stuff clothes in them!
  • Portable camping stove : This little guy connects to a small fuel canister and gives you a nice little stove. These are great for heating water / soup as they provide a better heat source than a fire you'd build.
  • Food dehydrator : This is not something they'd take camping, but it can really help them to save money on meals. If they are backpacking, they likely won't want to carry around cans of food and won't be able to carry around ingredients that would go bad. The dehydrator allows them to make their own backpacking meals that they will reconstitute with water.
  • Pocket bellows : allows you to stoke the fire without having to get your face super close. Also this lets you target a small area.
  • LED light bulb ; This does require a portable battery but it's really great to have this little guy. We use it in the tent at night or when we're hanging out but need a little light to chop food/etc.
  • Pocket chain saw : Cut big pieces of wood! It takes some muscle, but it really does work and it's a lot smaller than a hatchet or actual chain saw..
  • Literally the best backpacking chair : when you're backpacking, you have to carry EVERYTHING with you. So that means that stuff has to be light and small. These chairs are great, because (for chairs) they tick off both of those boxes. They have a back! And they are big enough to actually sit on!

    Other general items that are useful: Climbing/heavy duty carabiners (to clip stuff to other stuff. you can even get locking ones); water filters (if you get a Lifestraw, I recommend the water bottle. The actual Lifestraw is an interesting idea, but we've found in practice it's a little awkward); hammocks with nice straps; base layers; battery-operated lights of any kind (especially ones that clip or are hands-free); a set of waterproof cards (to pass the time on a break); nice, wicking socks; hiking poles; a camping knife.

    I haven't tried Cairn (the camping sub box) but they always look interesting.
u/onebright · 2 pointsr/AskMen

ive been using this pocket bellows to get fires cranking fast and minimize the smoking stage. Also, I almost never collect enough kindling; it's such a chore. This allows me to get a hot fire going with very little tinder, or just newspaper.

u/justtookatest · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

You can also get something like this

u/TheJD · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

Pretty standard stuff but the details depend on weather and what I plan on doing (if I'll be spending time working on bushcraft, fishing, or if I'll be hiking or portaging long distances). One thing I strongly recommend is a pocket bellows. You should be able to make one with an old collapsible antenna (although I prefer the one I bought because of the width) but these things are incredible at helping get a fire going, keeping a fire going, or starting up the fire from last night again in the morning.

u/TylerLB · 2 pointsr/running

Hand warmers are great! HotHands hand warmers its probably to late to order them but you can find them at most camping out doors sports type stores. Or even in the camping isle of Walmart, target etc. I used two for the start of a colder marathon start. One I would switch between my hands and the other one I put in my sports bra lol. Once I warmed up around mile 2 or 3 I tossed them near a water stop.

u/Mr_Stinkfinger · 2 pointsr/chicagobeer
u/FundingNemo · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

Never heard of them. Being from Zippo and looking at the picture I thought it was the size of a lighter. It’s pretty large (4” x 2 1/2”).

u/ren33nay · 2 pointsr/ADHD

*you're maxxed out & drained. Your attention is overloaded & it's shedding side jobs like socializing. We've all been there & feel for you, it's awful. If you're missing the extroverted you, put some social appointments on your list. If you're not up to it at all, don't worry your extra energy will eventually rebound.

*keep setting the timer on your phone eat. Lessening your physical weakness is a great thing! It might not feel like it's worth it to eat balanced meals now but it will pay off in a slow build to energy months from now. Eat vegetables! People w ADHD especially need to eat leafy greens for nutrition. And if you can't be interrupted long enough to chew, nuts are calorie-dense & have helped me stay fit

*I use handwarmers (for hunters?) from Zippo from Oct - April. They stay warm about 18 hours. I wrap one around each knee, where I get especially cold even with layers. I've heard that the new electric rechargeable handwarmers are also great. I also wear 2 layers at all times, top & bottom--heat tech from Uniqlo, Hot Chillys thermal underwear from the ski shop, or my favorite ultra-thin silk thermal bottoms from the LLBean sale. Why be cold?? There are work-arounds.

*that project is killing you, even if it's just murdering your subconscious with worry. Get your attention pumping on how to strategize starting on it. Bribes? 3-minute bursts? A different location? Figure out how to make you work & how to cope with yourself. There will be a lot of these killing projects in the future but you're going to get better at working around your strengths.

u/screennameoutoforder · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I'm glad I don't face such extreme temps anymore, but when I did I found a Zippo Handwarmer to be a help.

Get the larger size. They're super finicky to get started until you get some practice; I use a Ronson Jetlite until the element is glowing. I also learned a trick - splash a bit of the fluid onto the element, then ignite that and keep it turning. Blow out the flame when the element is glowing red in a dark room.

It gets quite hot and then 'smolders' for many hours. It comes with a bag to limit air - less air means lower temperature but longer burn. I don't use the bag, just tuck it into an inside pocket, under my coat but over my sweater. You can use a couple, and there are plenty of sealable containers for taking along extra fuel.

They get much hotter than the trash disposable Grabber maxi pads, and you don't need to recharge them either. Mine have lasted me for several years.

This doesn't replace sealing around gloves and neck, etc. But it lets me get away with fewer layers.

Just one caveat - it's a flame. Small one, catalytic, relatively low temp, totally safe to keep in your pocket. But when I'm pumping gas or fixing a generator, I leave it a distance away. I don't feel like tempting fate or igniting vapors.

u/inquisitorthreefive · 2 pointsr/scleroderma

These right here are lifesavers. I'd recommend the 6 hour version. They last closer to 8 or 9. The 12s are the same way and last all day, but there's no way to turn them off short of putting them in a zip-lock bag and depriving them of oxygen.

Zippo Hand Warmers

u/IrNinjaBob · 1 pointr/EarthPorn

No, you are changing your argument now. These statements specifically are what people were arguing against:

>It's not actually Mace (that is a name brand of tear gas) but pepper spray.

>Except that Kleenex is facial tissue, while Mace is teargas. Bear spray is not tear gas, therefore....

>Tear gas is completely different chemicals than pepper spray.

> Human triple threat spray contains Mace, pepper spray, and UV dye and the laws on their usage regarding humans tend to be the same.

>However, it's illegal to spray bears with tear gas.

You are acting like tear gas and pepper sprays are different things, when in reality, tear gas is a term that describes any gases that act as a lachrymatory agent. CN gas is one type of tear gas that was originally used in Mace, and every time you used the term "tear gas" I think you were instead referring to CN gas, but so is pepper spray. Your confusion over this subject made a lot of the things you said incorrect, like the lines quoted above.

>Never once said that Mace is only one thing, just that if it's called Mace it's not for bears.

And I didn't mean that you meant mace is only one chemical, you made it clear you understand one of their popular formula uses three chemicals. Although you incorrectly called one of the chemicals "mace", when the chemical you were really thinking of was, again, CN gas. Instead, my point was you were acting like "tear gas/mace" only refers to kinds that contain CN gas, but that isn't the case. A lot of mace is just pepper spray these days. Which also makes you saying "if it's called Mace it's not for bears" wrong. Go ahead and take your pick:

Point being is you are trying to clear up confusion over a topic you yourself seemed to be confused over. So read this sentence again if you still feel adamant about your stance:

>Subsequently, In the United States, Mace became synonymous with tear-gas sprays in the same way that Kleenex has become strongly associated with facial tissues (a phenomenon known as a genericized trademark).

It isn't just talking about "defense sprays" or whatever you are saying, it is talking about how mace is synonymous with all tear gas sprays. And pepper spray is a tear gas spray. The fact that you are differentiating those things in your head is part of what is leading to this confusion.

u/N_Denial · 1 pointr/occupywallstreet

And in case your more into offense there is always these!!!

u/goodluckbrah · 1 pointr/DarkNetMarkets

Yes, throwaway for this question.

here's what I'd do.

  1. clean house. I mean rip your house appart and trash your computer, or at least wipe it. fresh OS, ect(although you SHOULD be using Tails, but if you didn't you didn't). if you have product on hand see if anyone you trust wants to buy it at cost, if nobody says they want it on the spot, burn it.

  2. deny, deny deny.

  3. get a new cell phone number. Hell, new cell phone. Track phones are like, $50 bucks. Better yet get a blackphone.

  4. after doing the above, see if you can get a restraining order as well. or at least a no contact order. he texts you again, you call the cops.

  5. try to relax, if you do 1-4 they've got nothing on you. testimony from one crazy dude won't get you in trouble, especially if you have filed for a restraining order.

  6. do NOT, get a gun. It'll look sketchy if someone with drug trafficing accusations buys a gun, because of stigmas. instead, get a couple cans of bear mace.
    If he comes at you in person, he's going to the hospital. Possibly dying.

    You don't wanna play with this guy, or LE. If you weren't involved with DNM or drugs in general (especially Molly that shit gets crazy penalties), then yea, maybe you could stomp his shit. But right now it looks like he's trying to provoke you.

    btw, has he made any demands? Like, is he trying to squeeze you?
u/blarghusmaximus · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Pocket sized? Fuck no don't keep it in your pocket.

This sprays 35 freakin feet!

u/RisenLordM · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

Bear mace, you freedom-hating terrorist.

u/TyburnCross · 1 pointr/guns
u/pomod · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Stock up on these

u/jstricks87 · 1 pointr/AirForce

What about when I toss one of these to you?

u/guinnevere · 1 pointr/infertility

PS- I love these for thick injections. Wrap 'em in a washcloth and apply. Also, w the PIO, letting it run under hot sink water can thin it out a bit before injecting.

u/MacabreChaos · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm a college student, so I totally understand buying cheap stuff. Here are some of my personal finds.

I bought these cute rain boots for myself about a year ago, and they've held up well! They come in a lot of patterns; I have the argyle plaid just because I like plaid, but the polka dots are cute too. :)

I have this scarf in red. It's super warm and comes in multiple colors. :)

I'm pretty attached to my phone, so I have these gloves. I love the knitted pattern, and it's a must for me to still be able to do stuff on my phone while I have gloves on.

I have some heated purple slippers (battery operated) from Sears, and they're really nice since my floor is wood. I have my eye on these adorable slippers though because they're just so cute. I love food with cute faces on them. :D They're kinda pricy though.

Also, Hot Hands are a savior. I would buy them from Walmart or Target; it's cheaper, and you can get however many you want. These kept my hands warm when I was outside in freezing temperatures from midnight to 10 am!

u/jeifurie · 1 pointr/teslamotors

I bought a pack of handwarmers off amazon (~$25 for 40 pairs, but you can cut in half so its actually 80) and will keep them in the trunk. Hasn't gotten cold enough in Boston to need to use yet though. But, I think they would get warm enough to unfreeze the handles & trim areas w/o damaging anything.

u/ImmovableMover · 1 pointr/medicalschool

I have the same problem. I started using hand warmers, slipping them into my boots and pockets, and it's been great.

Something like this:

u/eloreb · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

I wore these when I was in Iceland in March 2016 (so. freaking. cold.) and they were great! I can't stand having my hands cold, so I bought some wool liners for the gloves and Hot Hands to stash in my jacket pockets too. Have fun in Iceland; it's an amazing place!

u/alohaepicure · 1 pointr/dji

I went to Iceland this past February and took my Mavic Pro. Some tips I have for you are:

  • Keep your batteries warm! The color temperature can really kill your battery life, or prevent the drone from turning on if the batteries are too cold. I put some of these hand warmers ( into a sock and placed them next to my batteries in my backpack. They did wonders to keep things just warm enough to maintain charge, but didn't make me worried at all that the heat would damage the batteries or anything else in the bag.
  • Be careful of the wind! The wind in Iceland can be super unpredictable, especially as you move over steep drops or cliffs. I saw someone lose their Phantom when they flew it up over a ledge (we were standing below a cliff). My best guess is the wind gust above the cliff was much stronger and took the drone in the opposite direction from where we were standing. He tried to throw it into sport mode (I think) and fly it back, but the wind was too strong up over the cliffside.
  • Be prepared to bring your drone back from flight at a moments notice. Again, the weather is unpredictable and can change in minutes. I arrived at a landmark and it was bright/sunny with barely a cloud in sight. I took the drone up and no joke, ten minutes later it was full on snowing with sleet and the entire sky above me was overcast. Just be aware and be ready to bring the drone back when things change. In Iceland they say if you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes. This is 100% true of my experience in the winter.
  • Be respectful to others. Icelanders are SUCH nice people. If there's a no drone sign I'd really encourage you to respectfully keep the drone in your bag and just enjoy the amazing scenery.
u/TubesBestNoob · 1 pointr/learnprogramming
u/TabbyFoxHollow · 1 pointr/AmItheAsshole

Prepare to have your life changed. I use them on the slopes, look into gear people use for the snow, there’s all types of heat gear.

u/glombus · 1 pointr/chibike
  • These giro winterproof shoe covers have been lifesavers when I want to wear normal shoes/non-boots. I just wear them with my gym shoes and platform pedals and they work fine. They're not waterproof, but they're water-resistant enough and warm. I've found they're good enough that my shoes keep totally dry in snowfall. Just don't try except them to stave off heavy rain
  • champion base layers from Target keep my legs just warm enough. I don't even wear the thermals, but I'm sure they'd be great
  • Topside's helmet light is bi-directional (front and back) and really bright with steady and blinking modes. I find it's handy to have a light this high up when visibility is tough in winter
  • Showerpass waterproof socks are fantastic if you think your shoes are going to get soaked. I've had days where my shoes are drenched from the rain but these keep my feet dry. The only downside is they get a bit clammy if your shoes are soaked

    I typically adjust my helmet so I can just put my hoodie or a normal winter hat under it, which keeps me pretty warm on my ears and head. Barring that, a balaclava is nice too

    I have yet to find gloves that are good enough to keep my hands from freezing so I often take the time at lights to rub my hands together. I really want to try out Bar Mitts or similar "pogies". I keep Hot Hands in my backpack in case of emergencies

    I've found that cheap light waterproof non-breathable jackets can be helpful because they're thin and really trap heat. Most rain shells are breathable so they don't suffocate you in warmer weather, but I've found that the crappy non-breathable ones are great for winter for that same reason. I can go with just a sweatshirt and one of those and I'm usually sweating by the end in freezing temps. The only problem is I have to keep moving. It's useless if my body's not doing work to keep the heat building up, which is problematic if you may get stuck somewhere remote.

    I want some clear glasses as well, for windy/snowy days when the precipitation stings my eyes. I think something like these would probably do the trick. REI sells, Tifosi, a brand of bike glasses, but I think these would be overkill for me
u/slapplebags · 1 pointr/hab

[foam box, apply duct tape to hold shut] (!2966!3!50916733197!!!g!82129239837!)

just a thing to hold your electronics in to keep them insulated from the cold during flight, and cushioned for the impact of landing.

[piezo electric buzzer, attach to arduino to give an audible alarm to help track down your payload after landing] (

not required but can be helpful when hunting down your payload

[hand warmer] (

also optional, i've never used them, generally used to keep your batteries warmer as warm batteries perform better than cold.

[GPS Antenna] (

gotta get GPS signals somehow, i highly suggest the MAX M8Qs from Ublox

[AA battery packs, i suggest using the energizer ultimate lithium batteries] (

you'll likely use a 4-6 pack that has the batteries connected in serial to supply the 5v the arduino needs

[trackuino shield and guide] (

this tells you where your payload is via sites like

[cheap external temperature sensor] (

the trackuino code already has provisions for this temp sensor so it requires very little modification to the code to use.

[antenna, no coat hangar required] (

Any antenna thats made to operate on 144.390 mhz (assuming you are in the US, other countries you'll have to check your band plan) will work. I make mine from 2 19" pieces of 20 gauge wire.

u/oldlinuxguy · 1 pointr/Survival

They are single-use chemical heating pads. You activate them by shaking them and they get very nice and warm. Handy to keep around.

u/ArtieLange · 1 pointr/snowmobiling

Last winter was ridiculously cold so I tried to find the best gloves this year. I came to the conclusion that you need at least 2 pairs (maybe three) for the varying conditions.

For the super cold days I settled on Black Diamond Soloist finger gloves. I also bought a case Hot Hands for when the conditions change on the trail.

u/justnotthatcool · 1 pointr/Construction

I do construction in Michigan and feel like I need extra warmth for my hands. I use the nitrile or rubber coated gloves that are insolated for winter. Then wear a knit or cotton glove inside the insolated one. On really cold days i add the small hand warmers in between the glove layers in my palm. I can hammer, carry stuff and never be bothered by the handwarmers. I use one set of both kinds of gloves in the morning and then put on a dry set after lunch. I use these hand warmers....

u/drumlogan · 1 pointr/secretsanta

This is better than drinking Lionshead.

Burntdoor twotoaster... say it fast and you get better toe toaster. My guess.

u/fartlick1 · 1 pointr/running

Yep. I think these are the specific ones I've used in the past. They have an adhesive on one side which allows me to stick them to the top of my sock. Without the adhesive they just end up getting wedged into the end of your toe box.

u/AbsolutelyPink · 1 pointr/lifehacks

Foot warmers and disposable. Thermal socks and/or good winter shoe liners or winter workboots.

You can also get heaters for the truck/car

Lacking all of those options, you may want to see a doctor about poor circulation or other, possible medical issues.

u/madsbrain · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Foot warmers are awesome since they have an adhesive on one side, allowing it to stay in place in your boot/glove/wherever. Also, what winter wish list is complete without a multicolored assortment of fuzzy socks!

Brace yourself.

u/Robolo · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I wear Toasti Toes! Just stick them on your socks.

u/D9969 · 1 pointr/Philippines

Depende sa temperature. Kung naglalaro lang sa 0 C, yes. Otherwise, consider something yung may insulation.

However kung di ka naman masyado sa labas (and kung may car kayo), okay na siguro yun, just buy warm socks like yung Heat Holders or yung mga foot warmers which can provide heat up to 8 hours. Ang problem kasi with insulated boots is that it can be really warm pag nasa loob ka ng building, papawisan talaga paa mo, especially yung mga Sorel which are made for -20 C and below.

Though Timbs and Dr. Marten aren't really good at gripping slippery surfaces. For that, just buy cleats.

Source: I live in the Great White North.

u/Docbr · 1 pointr/djimavic
  1. Let your Mavic sit out in the cold (without a battery) for a few minutes (at least 5) before you pop in a warm battery and take off.

    This helps reduce condensation frost from forming in your barometer. The barometer is the most sensitive instrument in your Mavic to moisture.

  2. Slap Adhesive toe warmers on the back of your phone or tablet to extend its battery life in the cold. Something like this:

  3. The batteries warm themselves up in flight, but in extreme cold (-5 or colder) the same adhesive toe warmers could be used on the Mavic Battery. They don't add much weight. Disclaimer: I haven't tested this on the Mavic, but we've used this trick for years on DIY built drones with "naked lipos" (a lipo without a plastic case).
u/jugglist · 1 pointr/bicycling

Chemical heating packs above the toes solved this issue for me.

Amazon sells giant boxes of them. They glue in place onto your sock and don't cause any problems. Totally saved my winter riding.

u/Potokitty · 1 pointr/Thritis

I am so bummed to hear you had such a lousy experience with your PTs. It makes me wonder if they had any experience with arthritis. :/
So no pools by you...what about just soaking in a tub for a bit with some epsom salt? I know it sounds hokey (and is totally something my grandparents used to do), but it's relieved some of the ache for me, especially during the wintertime. Another thought is heating pads and those shakey heater thingies? ([]st[p]cjcatfjvc00r2mvy6pklgx6ft[i]sYgGPh[d]D[z]m[t]w[r] - I shove these in my pockets to help with the ache.
One more suggestion and I promise I'll stop. I dropped 50 pounds about a year before I got my diagnosis, and after my diagnosis I really focused on strengthening my glutes and hamstrings (I worked with a trainer). That has also made a different for me in terms of pain - maybe something to look into?
It's badass that you got the weight off and have KEPT it off, despite dealing with freaking hip OA (seriously, aren't bone spurs the worst? nobody tells you your freaking HIP IS GOING TO GET STUCK with OA. UGH).
Hang in there, man.

u/o_Oscar · 1 pointr/alaska

Gloves AND mittens you say? How about convertible mittens!? You can find them at winter/outdoor clothing stores.

Another thing to consider would be the insulation of the gloves. I have gloves with 40 gram "thinsulate" insulation and they work fine for me. If you get them with insulation, make sure they're "breathable" otherwise it's going to be difficult to get them dry. There is nothing more disgusting than putting on gloves that are completely wet. Ugh...

There are also those air activated hand warmer things. They might be overkill for 40F temperatures, but might be appropriate for -40F.

Glove liners could be useful as well.

Two tips that might work for your friends' problem:

  • Avoid putting on your gloves outside when your hands are already cold. Try to put them on before leaving your house or car, otherwise the gloves will be uncomfortable to wear and will take a while for them to warm your hands.

  • For the same reason, avoid leaving the gloves outside (e.g. leaving them in your car overnight).
u/sarcasmdetectorbroke · 1 pointr/TrollXChromosomes

The hothands ended up burning me which sucked so I tried to put in a barrier(a paper towel). It was not strong enough because the heat is tight against your body. I only usually need heat the first few days of my period so I stopped using the hot hands but next month I'll try a stronger barrier for the heat. It's a less expensive solution to buying these every month for IBS and period pain. So I'm really going to try to make it work. I bought a 40 pack of hothands for $15 which is a pretty good deal considering how expensive thermacare is.

u/StrangerMind · 1 pointr/bugout

Bag - I agree. I was a bit too short with my answer above. It was more to show that I did not care if it was military or civilian style.

Food - I have no real problem with anything. I just chose the bars to link because they seemed good on weight/calories. For 3 days in a row I figure I could choke down almost anything. Freeze dried is good in theory but I would rather have something I could eat on the go.

Tools - I was afraid someone would bring up the eating tool. It was the one piece I considered "gadgety" that I really liked the idea of so I cant argue.

Light - I was already considering dropping the first light so I agree there. The crank/solar light is also more for the radio and charging ability and a back up if the head lamp broke.

Clothing - There is about a 1 in 3 chance I will be wearing very little (since I sleep in the buff or just underwear) so the spare shirt and underwear were to reflect this.

Sleeping - I had not researched bivy sacks but I will be. It seems a good choice from first glance. I assume you mean something cheap like this. I could definitely see leaving the tarp out then.

Misc tools - Maybe... I do like that the twine can double as tinder. Especially after waxed to waterproof it. I dont know that I would want to burn paracord unless I absolutely had to.

Guns - This is more of a personal choice. I have several handguns but I was looking at something light and concealable I could keep in the bag. I felt the Glock 19 was not right for me while shopping around recently. The next one I buy will probably be the Shield despite the smaller magazine size because I could not get the Glock 19 to feel comfortable in my hands. Maybe the a gen 4 would feel better. I do seem to have a problem with gen 3s.

Thanks for the feedback. Especially the bivy sack. That looks like a great addition I had not seen before. I am also glad to see someone else packed a belt. I looked at dozens of posts here(and elsewhere) before making my list and I found only 1 that had a belt.

u/RoscoesCheddar · 1 pointr/Survival

You might want to try something like this emergency bivvy. I have one but I've never used it in my hammock. It's amazing how warm it actually keeps you... I was sweating at about 10 F when I used it.

u/cascadegreen · 1 pointr/Ultralight

A couple questions:

  1. How much per night were the minshukus usually?

  2. If you wouldn't bring a tent next time, would you bring something like a bivvy or an emergency bivvy like this (to go over a sleeping bag) in case of bad weather? I'm worried about no tent but would love to not have to carry the weight.

u/EpiJnke · 1 pointr/StreetFights

Will stop them dead in their tracks and has a long range.

Frontiersman Bear Spray - Maximum Strength & Maximum Range - 35 Feet (9.2 oz)

u/korruptedone · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

Grab a cooling bandanna! Get it wet and it stays damp and cool for hours. Saved my life in the heat last year. I rock this one:

u/AlanBeforeTime · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Digital drawing

I can't access my WL


u/clearlyrambling · 1 pointr/OctoberBumpers2017

The heat is killing me too! I had a friend recommend one of these cool towels (she is due in Oct too) and said it's completely worth it - she basically lives with it on her neck now.

u/CrFrk11 · 1 pointr/photography

I always have water, some sort of food, change of clothes, a bridal emergency kit that was mentioned earlier, of course spares for all equipment, baby wipes (these suckers take off damn near everything), and cooling towels.

I have a bunch of these. They are great to cool off or wiping yourself down.

u/gym_rat90 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Cooling towels work similar to wet washcloths and might be a good alternative since they have re-useable, flexible stuff. $10 on amazon

u/ASnugglyBear · 1 pointr/dragoncon

To carry (these aren't affiliate links):

nut butter packs ( they're like giant chocolate condiment packets which are very tidy to eat, very filling, and popular with hikers and politicians

Collapsible day bag ( so much easier than a backpack for long hours

Cooling towel ( will drop your personal temp 10 degrees during the parade or just a hot day

Extra power for a phone, even after you turned the screen down, and turned the phone off during panels ( if you're taking pictures, lots of little slips with you info to hand out to people you snap if you want to give them copies

u/shutyercornhole · 1 pointr/SelfDefense

Given that guns are not a choice for you, there are still plenty of options. Professional security focuses on Layers. You should too:
-Driveway sensor or doorbell with video capabilities
-Door alarm and interior/exterior cameras
-Reinforced bedroom door

None of these options are permanent and all could be taken with you when you move.

Next, weapons- If you choose not to train with a specific weapon you should focus on something that can't be taken away and used against you. Pepper spray can have an effective spray pattern of up to 30 feet (

A taser gun ( can also be a good choice especially when combined with pepper spray.

-Next, an escape plan. Can you get out of the house from your bedroom (access to the roof, rope ladder, etc.). Do you have quick and easy access to your cell phone? Can you call a neighbor or someone who may be closer than the police?

-Practice! Practice answering the door under a threatening situation. Practice deploying your pepper spray. Know when you'd resort to your next tools. Practice locking and securing your safe room door (One of those wooden triangle used to keep doors open will also keep them closed!).

-Finally, commit to your plan. If your plan is to fight, then practice that. If your plan is to escape, resist, or give in, know in advance what you want to do.

Security doesn't have to be expensive and a gun is only a good tool for those who educate themselves and train regularly. Being prepared and making yourself look like less of a victim is much more important.

You'll find renewed confidence in doing all of this. Best of luck!

u/PmMeYourFoods · 1 pointr/PoliticalHumor

>As a society we have been moving away from personal responsibility ... We think that advocating for personal responsibility is selfish or non-empathetic.

I disagree. As a society we've been sold on this "rugged individualism" bullshit because the powers that be know that when people band together, they make change happen.

The people currently in power don't want that. They saw how the gilded age fell, when workers came together and demanded things like overtime, weekends, and the 40 hour work week. They want to go back to those days where they can get American labor just as cheaply in America as they can a third-world sweatshop. But that's a whole other fucking rant for a different topic entirely.

>I know that other western countries haven't descended into "crime-ridden shitholes". But they haven't eliminated violence, or violent crime. They still have shootings. They still have terrorist attacks

> All I'm saying is I'd rather have the most slim chance to defend myself than abandon civil liberties for a half measure of false safety.

You don't need a gun to defend your home. This is easier to fire and hit someone with, won't go through the wall and hit some poor bastard living next door to you, and I promise it will make any intruder regret the day they were born until the cops come.

u/YouAlwaysGoogleMe · 1 pointr/baltimore

Pepper spray is legal.

I keep one of those in the car, along with my pocket knife. If you're being assaulted, there's nothing wrong with opening up with that canister of pepper spray. Just be aware that some folks after being sprayed multiple times, will no longer react to the spray. Same goes for folks on Meth/PCP.

u/thetruthhurts2016 · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I totally feel ya bro. I had a similar situation a number of years ago, though the ex bf wasn't a muslim, he was still a crazy. Buy a large Sabre pepper spray:

and keep a firearm nearby. Buy some rubber bullets and keep the first 2 rounds loaded as less-lethal and the rest HP or self-defense oriented, it will help in a trial determination.

Also, regardless of this situation, but especially important in lieu of; buy a door reinforcement kit. Something that wraps around the door frame at the lock/jamb interface, such as:

and install 3in screws at the latch, as well as at the hinges.

Your a good man for helping a woman in distress, but considering the risk you are taking, and in-order to protect her effectively you need to be 100% in charge of things. It's your way, or the high-way. She needs to comply with whatever provisions you deem necessary.

Best of luck

u/Buckerthefucker · 1 pointr/Truckers

Most of our trucks have these:

SABRE Red Pepper Gel - Police Strength - Family, Home & Property Defense Gel with Wall Mount Bracket

u/piscesman · 1 pointr/AnnArbor

It appears that the 35 gram limit is for carrying with you. I would feel confident in bringing home or ordering a large canister for home use only. REI sells 230 gram bear spray. I like the look of this one;

EDIT: Home Security System

u/crankypants15 · 1 pointr/preppers

> I live in Michigan, in an area where -40 windchill isn't uncommon, and -20F is just average winter.

Are you in the UP? I'm in lower Michigan. I grew up in Northern lower Michigan. I'm now in West Michigan. I got pink insulation board and cut it to size for each of my windows and it works great. Just cut it so it fits snugly.

> In the case that it does, what are the most efficient blankets to use?

Wool. Or put a tough emergency blanket with a mylar layer under the wool layer. Sew them together if you can. Don't use the cheap thin myler blankets, they aren't worth anything. Get wool blankets at surplus stores online. Giant wool blanket $24.

> Wool is a good choice as well, but wool is also dry clean only.

Then make a cotton shell and clean the shell in your washer.

> Are some blankets about the same as others, but better to buy in bulk/cheaper?

I haven't seen thick blankets in Michigan stores in 10-15 years. Fluffy comforters? Yes. Thick blankets? No. Everyone seems to be selling super thin "fleece" blankets.

> Are sleeping bags (individual) a better choice?

Yes. Get ones designed for weather at 0F. I used them for camping outdoors in the winter with the Boy Scouts. Then if you are still cold (in a sleeping bag in your apartment) throw in a disposable heater for $1. They last 8 hours.

> That said - anyone have a good schematic for a DIY storage bed,

Just make sliding drawers, one big one or two smaller ones, that fit under the bed. I bought one just like this at the store.

u/NotThe1UWereExpectin · 1 pointr/thewalkingdead
u/Defc0n · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Don't carry bear spray specifically but I do carry OC spray (essentially the same stuff but for people, AKA less strength).

I use Sabre Red for work. Their bear spray line is 2% major capsaicinoids (what makes it hot) while the stuff I carry is 1.33%. Don't get drawn into the claims of scoville units as a rating of how effective it will be.

I've been sprayed with stuff that was less than 1% (somewhere around .75% if I recall) and it felt like my face was melting for a good long while so I could only imagine what 2% feels like.*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Also comes with a holster for your belt but with your hip belt for your pack it might not be feasible to carry it there. You could probably find a way to rig it to a shoulder strap on your pack fairly easily though.

Also, most bear sprays are a "fogger" type spray. They will shoot with a good bit of force to propel it some distance but after that initial burst out of the canister be ready for it to get blown around by wind quite easily, and if the wind is blowing towards you, you could be in for some pain.

u/cinemabaroque · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I have a can of Sabre but I've never actually had to "use" it. Some friends of mine who are hiking guides up in Alaska carry it for what thats worth.

u/SavageHenry0311 · 1 pointr/SelfDefense

Can you get Bear Spray in the UK?

Bear Spray example

u/Gun_Defender · 1 pointr/news

Bear spray has range, but it's weaker than the stuff you can get for people. Most bear spray is around 2% OC, while the human stuff is up to 17% OC

We don't have to be as nice to people as we are to animals.

u/Rept4r7 · 1 pointr/camping

Buy Bear Spray for piece of mind. It's basically just pepper spray that you can use from 30 feet away.

u/nagurski03 · 1 pointr/preppers

In a mass casualty situation, I would completely ignore anyone that needed CPR and focus on the bleeders. The time you spend giving one person CPR could be used stabilizing a dozen people who are bleeding.

For extremities, the most useful thing is a tourniquet. I prefer one with a windlass like a [CAT] ( or [SOFTT] ( over a [TK4] ( or [SWAT] (

For injuries to the abdomen, armpit, crotch, or neck; you will want a homeostatic agent. [Combat Gauze] ( is the way to go here, it is much better than powdered QuickClot.

For penetrating chest trauma (also called 'sucking chest wounds'), you need a large, occlusive bandage on both the entry and exit. In clinical testing of chest seals, the [Halo] ( and [Hyfin] ( drastically outperformed the [Asherman] (

I also personally have a [decompression needle] ( to treat tension pneumothorax, but I advise you not to get it unless you have specific training on it.

For general bleeding the [Israeli bandage] ( is way better than other bandages.

You will also want an [NPA] ( to help keep an open airway.

Edit, I forgot that you are also going to want a good pair of [trauma shears] (

Some other things to consider are rubber gloves, [Kerlix] (, [cravats] (, [medical tape] (, a [SAM splint] (, and a [space blanket] (

u/RugerRedhawk · 1 pointr/Survival
u/Lagomorph_Wrangler · 1 pointr/Spaceonly

Nikon D7100 w/ 70-300 VR (@300mm & f/5.6)
External Intervalometer
Manfrotto 190XB with an off brand ball head
Solar Filter (made from two sheets of mylar emergency blanket (as such) and the lid from a peanut butter jar, which was painted matte black using leftover chalkboard paint (left because of this wonderful project)

I captured images at 1/80th of a second approximately every ten minutes (more in some places) starting at 1:17PM (EST) and ending at 2:35PM. I took lots of images (5+) at a time and picked the "best" ones that were suffering from the least atmospheric distortion.

I processed (using a preset on the first image and applying it to the rest) in Lightroom. I had some difficulty with the last three images in the series, as they were significantly darker, so I had to lighten them in post to compensate. I have no idea what made them darker. Processing was pretty simple, with some changes to darkness (to get rid of the haze from the filter), saturation, white balance, and highlights, as well as my typical sharpening routine. Cropped images were then exported and composited in GIMP. Getting these lined up (both on the composite, and in orientation) was by far the most difficult part of this, as I didn't bother keeping the orientation of my camera stable while I was imaging, so it had to be done manually after the fact.

Overall, I'd say I'm rather pleased with how this came out, the weather was really nice, and the homebrew filter worked better than it had any right too (although I wouldn't recommend it over spending a couple bucks on some solar film). I think in the future (probably specifically 2024) I would be a bit more careful with timing and orientation to give a slightly more consistent result.

u/elkster88 · 1 pointr/motorcycles

> -books


cheap air mattress or pricey Thermarest pad

emergency mylar reflective blanket(s)

A few tools, duct tape & zip ties are worth including, as well.

u/CaucusInferredBulk · 1 pointr/AskNYC

If your hands get really cold I would recommend either the dachstein extreme mittens, or something from Ojbro Vantafabrik

Also, chemical hand warmers last too long for most uses, unless you are going to be outside for hours they are a waste of money. But the reusable gel handwarmers last 20-30 minutes, which is just right for commuting or shoveling, and can be recharged in a pot of boiling water (or even in a microwave)

This kind you stick in the microwave to warm up

This kind you just "recharge" in the microwave, but you can activate them at any time

u/pangalaticgargler · 1 pointr/Michigan

There are also these. Which are reusable. The one I bought my sister you through in boiling water and it reset them.

u/Sigma476 · 1 pointr/chemicalreactiongifs

HotSnapZ Hand Warmers Reusable Round & Pocket Warmers

u/VietOne · 1 pointr/PSVR

Fans that small are generally VERY LOUD because they have to spin at a much higher RPM to generate air flow. So while it may keep your PSVR from fogging up, you probably won't be able to keep the sound from leaking to your ears.

As someone who has been snowbaording for years, i solved the PSVR fogging up the same way I do for my snowboard goggles. Warm it up before I use it to equalize the temperature of the goggles and my head. I usually do this by placing it within my jacket before I start my first run and anytime I take them off. With the PSVR, I do something different but the concept is the same.

I kept the PSVR box since it was already lined with foam and helps to retain some heat.

With reusable hand warmers, I activate it, place it in the box on top of the PSVR HMD part and leave it for about 10 minutes. The hand warmer warms up with HMD where it's lightly warm but never hot since the warmers themselves never get hot enough to cause any pain anyway.

Never had fogging issues even here now in the PNW where it's getting a lot colder and more humid.

u/jefferyphillips · 1 pointr/videosurveillance

The only problem with pepper spray is that you will most likely get sprayed too. Not to mention most people panic when they are being attacked and can't get them unlocked in time.

These are a little bit better than the regular cans you see.

If I were her I would put in a call to the local sheriff. Most of the time they don't mind driving by every once in awhile. It wouldn't hurt if she would stay at a friends house for awhile.

Security Cameras and alarms are nice but look at the 15 min response time they have...I hate it say it but if it were someone that wanted to cause her harm them it would probably be too late by time police arrived.

u/misschelsea · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I'm with you! Also if you aren't comfortable carrying here is the kimber nonlethal. It makes me feel safer.

u/ZanderDogz · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I know it's been a month, but you should get something like this, which is smaller than a water bottle and acts as an emergency sleeping bag that is easier to carry than the blanket if you need to go on foot. You should also get a life straw and some other methods of getting clean water and some more food like trail mix.

u/iynque · 1 pointr/CampingGear

You and a hand warmer in a reflective bivvy bag, in a synthetic sleeping bag, under a cheap down quilt. You can probably put it together for near or under $100 (these links total $114.66), and you have options to adjust how warm you need it to be, so it works winter and summer.

I used this setup (with a different synthetic bag that was on sale at the time) for some very cold nights. The heat reflective bivvy is a little uncomfortable sometimes, but it makes things so much warmer (and it’s much more comfortable than a Mylar space blanket). I now have better down quilts and no sleeping bag at all. Synthetic bags often provide better insulation, but are also bulkier and heavier than down. I needed smaller, lighter insulation. I also now use a USB hand warmer instead. Never tried hot water in a Nalgene bottle. 🤷🏼‍♂️

This setup’s warm enough that I didn’t need to wear a lot of layers, just my base layer, wools socks, and a down jacket.

u/tunafishjoe · 1 pointr/backpacking

While unconventional, this bivy is THE cheapest and lightest sleeping bag option. Read the reviews. Many people have slept comfortably with it in 40 degree weather. You can also use it to winterize a summer bag or as an ultralight bivy. I don't have any personal experience with it, but I'm planning on purchasing it.

u/vtjohnhurt · 1 pointr/flying
u/lowerleftside · 1 pointr/photography

A hand warmer attached to the lens barrel should help with keeping any condensation on the glass at bay.

u/Link1017 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

That's... Not at all what I had in mind. I was looking at these.

And it's not that my room is cold(cuz if it is, I can just wear a hoodie or turn on my fireplace), it's just that my hand gets cold.

u/Spectre216 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

What about adding several of those smack-to-heat pad thingies (like this or this)? Although I know the insulation isn't perfect, I was just thinking that maybe with a little tweaking it would be enough to work.

u/LittleBlueEyes · 1 pointr/proED

These hand warmers.

u/juzcallmeg0d · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

I know the pros use hand warmers during tournaments. Though, that's probably not the most cost efficient way to keep your hands warm playing every day throughout the winter lol

u/pjsdino · 1 pointr/AskWomen

Naproxen sodium, weed, masturbation. Also heat water bottles/heated pads/ect. Oh, LPT: if you live in a cold place, you can probably get these and put em near your uterus area (I stuffed em down the front of my leggings lmao) for days where you need relief fast and you're at work or out and can't do the aforementioned remedies. I was a bit desperate one day, and these brought me sweet, sweet relief.

u/Me_for_President · 1 pointr/scuba

I have a few different sizes of this product. Based on the fact that they're air activated, I'm guessing this this is the type of product that won't work?

Edit: clarity

u/Just_Smurfin_Around · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive
u/MissPeanut · 1 pointr/running

Gloves/mittens plus hand warmers. You can buy them at any sporting goods store or on amazon I'm sure. They last a long time. They also make ones for feet and toes. Here's a link!

u/martysthreegirls · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Keep your hands warm

The Spirit Of Detroit

u/Wolfs_Claw · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I assume this is like the UK where victims can only "mark" their victims with inert marking dye for later identification by the police.

Of course if the suspect just goes back to his migrant jungle camp until the spray wears off, no one will find him.

u/MattWey · 1 pointr/BDSMcommunity

Your reply got my attention so I did some quick research and you are partially right. It is illegal in some countries and you can get a fine if cough with it, but how often are you searched by Police? Yeah, so considering the risk and think it's still worth it because if unfortunately you will need to use it, what the attacker gonna press charges?

Here is a link with a list of countries and different laws that apply.

UK is the most fucked up with paper spray = gun. One more reason not to go there. But they have this shitty thing:

That is basically non toxic liquid dye that leaves both visible and invisible marks. Better than nothing in my opinion. The shock effect itself can be enough to get away. But still fuck UK and their stupid laws.

u/remy_gton · 1 pointr/HotPeppers

Most of the stoff comes from Amazon:
Shelves/wardrobe :
Lights :
Emergency blankets for lining :
Space heater :

The rest is salvaged items

1 out of the 4 lights had the power connector not soldered. I fixed it myself but you should be able to return it if this happens to you

u/apexheadcase · 1 pointr/preppers

Regardless of whatever you settle on for active heating, you want to capture as much ambient heat as possible.
Mylar sheets in addition to the vapor barrier you mentioned will help. Each pack of the link I shared will cover ~315 sq ft. Of course it would be best to line ceilings and walls, if you only do one, ceiling is more important.

Shrink your living area. Shrink your sleeping area. Move to the highest comfortable spot in your house.

I actually have had some limited success (regardless of bad reviews) with the terra cotta pot style heaters you see from time to time. They're obviously more successful in smaller areas that don't bleed heat.

u/Skinsfreak88 · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

Emergency blankets are the best! Tape them to the outside of your tent and canopy to reflect sunlight and always good to have in case someone starts overheating! Im going weekend 1!

u/shrimpandgritz · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

I haven’t tried it yet but I’m using some of these and some paracord to make some reflective curtains. Hopefully that will keep the canopy nice and cool

u/gamemaker_user · 1 pointr/Anarchism
u/Alien1099 · 1 pointr/camping

Have a look at this. It's basically a collapsible lung operated version of the same thing that is inexpensive and invaluable. I first saw it on the Outdoor Gear Review on Youtube. It kicks ass.

Epiphany Pocket Bellows:

u/whitebean · 1 pointr/camping

I've seen a lot of comments on fuel choices and stacking, and that's all very important. But don't forget oxygen!

Blowing on a fire can take an ember into big flames very quickly. I recently bought a bellows on amazon, it looks a lot like a collapsible antenna but is about twice as fat. It did a great job of 1) keeping my face away from the flames and 2) focusing my breath into a really strong column of air. It's going on my short list of must haves for every camping trip.

Edit: I used a Pocket Bellows: Epiphany Outdoor Gear Pocket... This was also easy to get the fire re-lit the next morning. It looked dead, but a few puffs from the bellows and a flame popped right back up in the coals. We put new logs on top and cooked some eggs!

u/Alycion · 1 pointr/pokemongo

I love being in Florida for the winter. But trust me, we have weather problems here during the summer. The last thing you want to do is hike around in the humidity for too long.

Have you tried using hand warmers that go in your gloves? They are often found on the counters at stores like Walmart and Walgreens. Also any sporting goods store carries them for hunters and other people who do activities outdoors. They are pretty cheap since they are disposable. I pick them up during our cold snaps to hand out to the homeless. The portable, non disposable was mentioned as well, and amazon has a ton of those. Here's the link to the disposable.

u/faerylin · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I swear by bentonite clay in a tub for 30 mins to soak. I use warm to hot water and afterwards you feel so refreshed. The clay helps with detoxing your body and the first few times your water will be black or purpleish. But after using it awhile it will only turn it light grey or alittle murky. The clay will clump up and i dont unclump it just stir it around the water. I run the water then put in clay once im in the water, swirl it around and then just close my eyes and relax.

Its like $10 for 2lbs and you only use 1/4 to 1/2 cup at a time so it lasts a while. I started out every 3 days then when water stays grey i turned to once a week or when i start having pain/spasm/ feeling sick.

Hope this helps.

Oh and keep some hot hands on you they are great for when it gets freezing.

u/JD2Chill · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

Not sure how no one has posted this yet, a popular solution in the pro scene (you can literally see them doing it between rounds at LAN) is to keep one of these at your desk. I've found this helps a bit myself.

u/mang0lassi · 1 pointr/BurningMan

I hope Reddit doesn't frag me for posting an Amazon link: link

u/Skruby · 0 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

You can get them on Amazon, you can probably get some for cheaper, these are the just the first ones I saw. Sometimes they might have them at your local sports store (usually in the winter)

u/Darkone06 · 0 pointsr/pics

I would also throw in some hand warmers in cold climates.

I'm in Austin so it's not as cold but the few cold nights we get can really Suck since you don't have any exposure to come weather.

That's why when I know it's going to be cold at night. I bring a few extra hand warmers to pass around the bus stops that I know homeless people frequent.

For $20 you can get a nice box of 40.

HotHands Hand Warmers (40 pairs)

u/nuclearbunnies · 0 pointsr/Survival

For the rehydration salts... I use RecoverORS. It's expensive for what it is.. but also the best I have found. More hydrating than even Pedialyte and more electrolytes than that and Gatorade or any sports drinks.

The SOL Bivvy weighs only 3.5 oz and packs pretty small. It looks bigger in pics then it is.

My favorite energy bars are Soldier Fuel - 3 year shelf life, ideal balance of protein, fat and carbs, give you TONS of energy, and also some of the best tasting out of all the energy bars (aside from maybe Clif, but those only have like a 6 month shelf life). They were designed originally for soldiers on the field that needed a quick boost (previously HOOAH bars), so you know they are loaded with nutrients, more so than the average bar.. and field tested by soldiers. They also have peanut butter flavor but I'm crazy for the chocolate. I have a problem saving them in my survival packs because I end up eating them as snacks. It's good they come by the case :). But then it's a good idea to actually LIKE the food you put in your survival kits. Nothing like food comfort in a bad situation. It's the little things.

Like I can suffer pretty bad from low blood sugar crashes. One of those things will keep me going for hours.

u/OleDeadwoodDick · 0 pointsr/SanJose

I highly suggest you buy a gun. Preferably a hand gun or shotgun. Next time this guy does this, go outside with the gun and tell him to leave. I'd even take a few bullets or shotguns shells in your hand and throw them at the bum. Put on some boots too and give him a good kick too to get him moving. You can't let these dregs of society walk all over you. You have to be firm with them or they'll take everything. Even without having to deal with the bum. I suggest you buy a gun before governor moonbeam and the communist state legislature bans them.

If he attacks you, regardless of the law you have every right to defend yourself. Even with lethal force. That's God's law.

I've had to deal with plenty of bums and hippies squatting around my property and the property of friends/relatives. A good quality mace (not that $6 pepper spray crap) can also be helpful. Especially when used like in that video. Mace likely will only agitate the bum instead of stopping them. So be prepared to have a baton, bat, ax handle, etc ready to smack once they start shuffling over towards you. It's annoying, it's tedious. But if you live in certain parts of the Bay Area you get used to removing degenerates from property.

u/vapeandcoffee · 0 pointsr/guns

I rather have this SABRE Red Pepper Gel - Police Strength - Family, Home & Property Defense Gel with Wall Mount Bracket

u/--- · 0 pointsr/self

If I were you, I'd buy her a weapon to protect herself.

Specifically, this pepper spray gun:

u/ruat_caelum · 0 pointsr/OffGrid

Cheap and reliable is best for fire.

  • Fire been sorted out for hundreds of thousands of years.

    Even more important when you need fire, sometimes you need it NOW! and delays, dead batteries etc are not okay.

  • Get a combination of reusable fire starters like flint and steel or Fresnel lens (only daylight) and anytime fire (matches.)

  • Get fire helpers like Magic biscuits, or saw dust and wax, or accelerates (like ether, gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid)

  • Get an 8'5" x 11" frenzel lens. (for starting with sun light.)

  • Matches

  • birthday candles for kids / make your own fire starters from make-up remover pads and parifin wax. These are the best fire starter helpers you can have. (you can use crayon wax if you don't buy paraffin)

    The only thing the above video fails to do is use a double boiler so what you want is to make a "cup" or the like with some tinfoil, put the wax in that, then set the cup into a pot of boiling water. In this way clean up is a breeze, whatever wax you don't use you can just wait to cool and harden and throw away with the tin foil.

    These "magic biscuits" style fire starters will stay dry forever, and you can "crack" them in half to expose cotton fibers for things like flint and steel starters or the focus point of your Fresnel lens, or a match. etc.

    Make use of the small fire you do start.

  • Getting a flame is just the start. One of the VERY BEST things I've ever bought cost about 10 bucks. It was a collapsible tube used like a very long straw to blow air at a fire without having to have your face close enough to suck in a lot of smoke when you take a breath.

    Made in america version for $12 from amazon.

    Absolute cheapest version $4


    Fire is great. You don't need to go out int he pouring rain to start a fire, but doing so once in a while will help. Same with the wind. Mostly you need to know how to build a stack of wood so that stuff burns. There are many ways to do this.

  • most of the time building your fire (kindling and med sized wood.) before hand and then covering it with a tarp or plastic. is the best practice. Building on a slight hill or digging a trench around the fire area is also a good "prep" to do before hand.

  • If you are going camping or want a few kits making easy to use fire starter kits from pine cones, dryer lint, wax, pop-sickle sticks, cardboard etc will help. Old pine wood scrap from two by fours or lumber mills or woodworker shops works well too. These are things you can make in your spare time, when it's dry and comfortable.

    Fire cups!

  • Fast food cups that are the wax paper cups (down south and in warmer places use Styrofoam cups) are great for a kit. You can put Popsicle sticks, some matches, some magic biscuits (waxed cotton pads), some black paper (to better start with Fresnel lens / sunlight). Then you put the plastic lid on with a bit of tape over the straw hole and you have a "water proof" cup you can set out, and use when you see fit to start a fire.

    Edit corrected spelling.
u/MediocreFisherman · -1 pointsr/homedefense

Bear Spray.

He knocked, you opened the door, he threatened you. You were in fear for your life and protecting your infant.

He's a known quantity with the cops and they know he's a whackjob.

u/jake_rawr_meow · -1 pointsr/MotoLA

You can purchase these small heat packs that you shake and they warm up for about 30 min. Only downside is that while they are reusable, they have to be boiled each time after use.

HotSnapZ Hand Warmers Reusable Round & Pocket Warmers

Find a better brand than that but it’s to give you an idea.

u/justanothercommenter · -4 pointsr/politics

Take your own bear spray and fucking spray them back you fucking pussies. Here, you can buy it on Amazon.

Jesus Christ ... how many times do you stupid fuckers have to get your necks stomped before you start stomping back?

Why the fuck is Linda Katehi still walking around the UC campus not in fear of being bear sprayed by you guys?

Bill Ayers bombed shit. That's how he got his power. Used it to install a President.

If they don't fear you, you're nothing.

u/Tetsuo666 · -8 pointsr/FloridaMan

> Especially if they get fucking shot every time they go into it.

yeah I'm sure the numerous surviving bears will go straight away explain to theyr mates that the bloody hole in their side was for trespassing a human house. That makes total sense. Maybe the bear could even write a book about this so that the other bears would have this decisive knwoledge widespread in their community.

> They figure out the whole "in there = death" thing pretty quick.

Those dead bears are very talkative. I'm impressed. And very fast too. Evolution takes decades to change the behaviours of most animals but bears, not at all, one or two dead bears and BAM every other bears are suddenly very aware of the danger.

Guess they have some kind of The Black Bear Times or DANGER: Your Only Source On Dangerous Predators for Black Bears".

> Most animals aren't dumb.

They aren't dumb they just don't think the way we do at all. They don't have the same concerns.

> a bear doesn't mean it can't learn these things.

Did you ever see a trained bear ? It takes literally years of intense training and positive reinforcement to get them to do anything reliably and even when they do we still have numerous cases of trained bears attacking their trainers. THIS IS A WILD ANIMAL, NOT A DOG.

> Killing them for breaking into our homes and threatening our well-being is neither wrong, nor is it going to have a substantial effect on their numbers.

Of course it's wrong if you don't make any kind of effort whatsoever to avoid this kind of situation. Other communities very well understood that leaving food in open garbage cans is like asking for bears to come and feast. They may think that it's dangerous to come close to a human house and even if they do, they will come anyway if they are hungry enough. A wild animal will not respond to being hungry like a human would do. They will just do anything possible to eat and they won't spend 10 minute wondering what's the best plan here. It's either I DIE THERE or I EAT THERE.

> But I'm curious, what do you think should be done in this scenario? Imagine you get up tonight to find a 400 pound black bear standing in your kitchen. You have your rifle locked and loaded. The bear shows no sign of leaving, and is starting to get a bit aggressive. What would you do?

Well any sane person would think that if you end up in that situation in the first place, something went wrong beforehand.

  1. Spread the word to people not to feed black bears near houses.

  2. Don't ever leave any food unattended or in plain sight around your house.

  3. Patiently try to teach bears to be afraid of humans, and I'm not speaking of shooting them everytime they show up. Think of plans like that.

  4. Ask for subventions/financial help from autorities and environmental associations. Be it traditionnal fences or electrical fences if that's something that can be done.

  5. Give proper tools to neutralize or fear bears. Some people in the wild use specific species of dogs that can be very effective at protecting a house. Or use bear pepper spray. It's apparently used in Canada quite a lot and seems to work well. It's probably safer/more effective than shooting at close range a charging bear.

  6. Black bears while being very impressive basically never attack humans. They can domage good and steal some food but your are far more likely to die from lightening than from a black bear attack (61 death in the US in 100 years).

    > Black bears have killed 61 people across North America since 1900. This no longer worries me. My chances of being killed by a domestic dog, bees, or lightning are vastly greater. My chances of being murdered are 60,000 times greater. One of the safest places a person can be is in the woods.

  7. Some communities manage very well to live with black bears and have no issues with them whatsoever. Because they learned how to live closely while not killing each others.

    > Can we co-exist with black bears? The residents of Hemlock Farms, Pennsylvania suggest we can. Seven thousand residents share their seven square mile town with over 20 black bears. That's 3 bears per square mile, a higher density than is found in any national park. In that town, seeing a bear is not a problem - they enjoy seeing the bears.
u/shamelessnameless · -21 pointsr/television

yes this is the answer.

has to keep the anti-SJW defense up by making a point about it.

here's the reality:

most gun deaths in US are by suicide by white males. its not the method of death more than the fact there is so many cases of white male suicide thats worrying.

the top 10 countries with the most firearms per head of the population does not correlate strongly at all with the top 10 countries with firearms deaths per head of the population.

The pandora's box of guns in the united states has already been opened there is no way of putting it back especially when the second amendment is so entrenched into the thinking of most Americans.


In the most recent case of the church shooting, an old kindly man with a grandpa beard and absolutely not any kind of rambo mentality managed to shoot and wound the murderer who had body armour and a helmet on, and the only reason he shot him to stop his continued spree [he had more guns in the car] was because he was using an AR-15 to confront the church shooter and not a handgun. The police took a while to respond and he hopped in a car with another fellow and they managed to stop the situation escalating to even more casualties outside of the church.

This guy is a hero, but not only that he very clearly mentioned how terrified he was about the whole ordeal and that he had to shoot at another person, and that he may need to go through grief counselling. That type of guy is what most responsible gun owners both look up too and are like.

Its a nuanced discussion reddit, and as much as you want to pretend violence will stop if guns are gone, it won't. Just the form of violence changes.

I do think however the various gun lobbies could do a better job of educating people on guns, gun safes and just everything basically.

Because most people who skew left have no clue what anything means and start saying stuff like 'assault weapons' without having much of a clue of what it all means.

I think further education would help a great deal.

I'm not even an American saying this, I'm a brit. We have absolutely zero form of effective legal self defense over here, lethal or non lethal it doesn't matter everything's banned.

That means if the police don't arrive within a few minutes you are getting hurt and there's nothing that can be done about it.

The best 'security' weapon on amazon uk for women is a can of spray paint to alert the police that the person in red paint was the thief, rapist or assailant. And the kicker? It has to be non-toxic. It doesn't mace, it doesn't irritate, it just does nothing.

My town is not a big place so it does not affect us here but when i visit or stay in a hostel up in london for a few days holy shit there is so much violent crime in some of the cheap accomodation areas. And police just can't respond to it all, or basically any of it depending on neighbourhood.

These are real problems that i think US lefties gloss over praising how forward thinking the UK was banning guns.

I just think the US is a different beast man, its part of your constitution, your culture and as a redditor said it keeps the government more in check than they would be without it gone.