Best emergency & survival kits according to redditors
We found 370 Reddit comments discussing the best emergency & survival kits. We ranked the 72 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1)
COLLECT DRINKING WATER IN YOUR BATHTUB: The waterBOB is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in any standard bathtub in the event of an emergency. Don’t wait in line to buy expensive bottled water or worry about keeping large barrels or tanks. Collect dri...
2. Light my Fire Titanium Spork
100% Titanium spork, spoon-fork-knife combo with serrated edge on side of forkDurable, lightweight, Heat resistant (melting point 2, 372 F/1, 300 C), non-corrosive and non-magneticPolished Titanium surfaces produces no metallic taste; middle is slightly textured for an anti-slip gripHypoallergenic, ...
3. Mountain House Classic Bucket
Quick prep! Just add water to the pouch and eat in less than 10 minutes, with no extra cleanup!Contains 12 total pouches, two each Beef Stroganoff with Noodles, Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Beef Stew, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Noodles & Chicken, and Granola with Milk & Blueberries. Bucket con...
4. Blue Can 50 Year Shelf Life Water
24 Case Pack: 24 -12oz cans (354.88 ml) unitsNo plastic taste,stores safely in heat, won't affect tasteCans are made of corrosion resistant aluminum and are hermetically sealedEco-friendly packaging, BPA Free, no chlorine or fluorideStorage Temperature: 33 degrees F to + 150 degrees F (1C to +60C)
5. Mountain House Essential Bucket
Quick prep! Just add water to the pouch and you're good to go in less than 10 minutes, with no cleanup!.32 Servings.Allergens: Soy, Milk, Wheat.30 Year Taste Guarantee. Packaging May Vary.Great for emergency food storage, camping trips, and RV expeditions.
6. ER Emergency Ration 3600 Calorie Food Bar for Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness, Single Bar, 1B, White
Each packet contains nine individual, ready-to-eat 410 calorie rations; requires no preparationContain no cholesterol, coconut, or nuts which may cause dangerous allergic reactions when medical aid is scarceFormulated with an optimal Balance of nutrients - Enriched with FDA recommended vitamins & mi...
7. Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single)
Ready to Eat: Each package contains 9 pre-measured 400 calorie meals.6 year Shelf Life, Non-Thirst Provoking, Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)Individualized portions eliminate the messy breaking-up that occurs with other bars, Allows for on-land emergency consumption i...
8. Augason Farms 30-Day 1-Person Emergency Food Supply – QSS Certified
QSS-Certified food supplyAverages 1, 854 calories per day8. 5-Gallon Watertight pail is easy to transportEasy to Prepare and ready in minutesShelf life of up to 25 years*
9. SurvivalKitsOnline 515100 On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires, Floods, Disasters and Emergencies
Shuts off gas valves quicklyDesigned to shut off water meters tooAlso pries open doors, cabinets, and other openings to allow you to get into areas that have been damaged during a disasterAllows you to dig through debris safely and effectivelyTough Heat Treated Alloy; Won't Spark; Won't Rust; Patent...
10. Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bar - 3 Day Supply - Less Sugar and More Nutrients Than Other Leading Brands - (5 Year Shelf Life)-9 bars
Contains 9 pre-measured 400 calorie rations, to last one person up to three daysUSCG approved for 5 year shelf life within its durable, air sealed Mylar packaging to ensure preservation under all climatic conditionsNon-thirst provoking, with a pleasant Lemon flavor. Kosher and it meets the dictates ...
11. S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bar - 3 Day / 72 Hour Package with 5 Year Shelf Life Net wt. 1.60lbs (756g)
Emergency Food3600 + Calories Per Package5 Year Shelf LifeUS Coast Guard ApprovedMade in U.S.A.
12. Mountain House Cooked Diced Chicken #10 Can
FREEZE DRIED MEAT - An excellent source of protein, use Mountain House cooked, diced chicken in any recipe requiring chicken like stews, soups, and chili.NO ARTIFICIAL ANYTHING - Made with no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Can contains 14 total servings. Great for feeding a family or a...
13. Therm-a-Rest Ridgerest Solite Reflective Foam Camping Ground Pad, Small - 20 x 48 Inches, Silver/Sage
Advanced Warmth: Patent-pending ThermaCapture surface boosts warmth by reflecting radiant heat back to your body.Light & Durable: Virtually indestructible and light enough to carry anywhere.Unique Design: Soft peaks and heat-trapping valleys provide exceptional comfort.Reg: 20" x 72" / Large: ...
14. Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Reflective Foam Camping Ground Pad, Regular - 20 x 72 Inches
Advanced Warmth: Patent-pending ThermaCapture surface boosts warmth by reflecting radiant heat back to your body.Light & Durable: Virtually indestructible and light enough to carry anywhere.Unique Design: Soft peaks and heat-trapping valleys provide exceptional comfort.Reg: 20" x 72" / Large: ...
15. ER Emergency Ration 2400 Calorie Food Bar for Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness, 4 Pack, 1AQK-4P
Each packet contains six individual, ready-to-eat 410 calorie rations; requires no preparationContain no cholesterol, coconut, or nuts which may cause dangerous allergic reactions when medical aid is scarceFormulated with an optimal Balance of nutrients - Enriched with FDA recommended vitamins & min...
16. Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Kit [31-000701]
16 essential tools in a zippered, waterproof bag that is easily packedContains Clutch multi-tool, mini light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, emergency chord, and moreLand to air rescue instructionsPriorities of Survival - Pocket guide contains Bear's survival essentialsO...
17. Complete Earthquake Bag - Emergency kit for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Wildfires, Floods + other disasters (2 person, 3 days)
100% Satisfaction Guarantee - Built for 2 People for a 3 day periodFOOD & WATER: 3600 Cal Food Bars (2), Water Pouches (24), Hydration Bag w/ Straw, Water Purification Tablets (20)FIRST AID & HYGIENE: 107 Piece Extended Life First Aid Kit, Hygiene Kit (2), Pocket Tissue Pack (2), Waste Bag (2)LIGHT,...
18. XMRE BLUE LINE Food Packs Shelf Stable, Fully Cooked Ready to Eat Meal Kit- No Refrigeration - Great for Camping, Backpacking or Disaster Preparedness Case includes 12 Full Meals
ACCESSIBLE MEALS: 12 meal value case is packed with fully cooked ready meals, rich in protein and bursting with flavor! Whether in an emergency or enjoying the outdoors the extended shelf life allows you to use as needed to satisfy your hunger.CONVENIENCE: No hydration, no refrigeration needed. Prov...
19. AquaPodKit- PlusOne - Emergency Drinking Water Storage (130 Gallons - Two 65 Gallon Reservoirs) - Made in USA!
Aqua pod kit manufactures their liners here in the USA! trust your waterAqua pod kit liners are constructed of food grade (lldpe) plastic. This material follows and stays within usda and FDA guidelines and BPA freeFits almost any tub and holds 65 Gallons of water - standard tub holds 70 Gallons of...
You could get a water Bob and be able to drink tub water. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_dkYLBb0JHR9C7
Buy a waterbob liner. https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Hahah those buckets of food are exactly what I bought from Amazon only way more expensive.
Exact same bucket, $99.
Hi, I run a business called ShakeproofLA and what I do is set people up to get ready for The Big One.
To set the stage, you have to understand that Los Angeles has, historically, had a major earthquake every 100 years, but right now we haven't a big one since 1857 when a 7.9 struck Fort Tejon.
So, add that extra 60 years to the amount of tectonic pressure that will be released when it finally does happen.
Now, what I'm going to say will scare the shit out of people, but here it is: When the next major quake hits LA it will be a major, major catastrophe. Thousands of people will die and the damage will be counted in the tens, if not hundreds of billions of dollars.
The water mains will break. The highways will crumble. The gas lines will erupt and fires will break out all over the place. It's estimated, worst case scenario, that 1/3 of the city will burn down, partially due to the broken water mains. If the earthquake is during a heatwave, those problems will be compounded.
The dust and smoke and pollutants (asbestos, etc) thrown up by the quake will cause further health problems down the line as well.
Downtown, all the glass in the buildings will break and fall. Except glass doesn't fall straight down, it floats down like a leaf, meaning that it will be thousands of razor blades slicing across the street. The fire department thinks there will be up to 10 feet of broken glass in the streets afterwards. Moreover, some 1/3 of the buildings in downtown could collapse, including many of the skyscrapers which were build using flawed construction techniques, during the 60's and 70's and 80's. Many of those same buildings are packed with asbestos, much like the World Trade center.
Scary AF, right? Well, I have a motto: "It's absolutely going to happen, so don't worry." All you can do it get prepared.
As the freeways will be out, there's basically going to be no leaving town. More likely than not, you will have to shelter in place. That being the case, you will need supplies.
Here's a list of ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES for you to have on hand. It's only a few hundred bucks and it very well could be the difference between life and death.
What I have listed are only suggestions and I'm not endorsing any particular brand over another. If you find something that does the same job for cheaper, great.
Have at least 2 weeks supply of food above and beyond what is kept in the freezer and/or pantry. Below are some options, but feel free to search around and find the best price/amount for you and your family
Food Option 1
Food Option 2
Food Option 3
Emergency Radios are a must-have and the wind-up type, with a flashlight cover multiple bases at once.
Radio Option 1
Radio Option 2
These jugs are available at any local Home Depot and will last for 5 years in storage. Do not store on concrete floors at it will leech, instead store on wood, cardboard or carpet only. You want one jug per person per week. Additionally, if you have a hot water heater, wait until it cools and use that. Be aware that the first water that comes out will be mostly mineral silt, so be sure to run it through a coffee filter.
The Lifestraw allows you to drink any gross water you find.
If you have an outdoor grill, great. That's your cooking platform. Make sure you have extra propane. If not, get a camp stove.
Camp Stove 1
To be sourced locally.
You're going to need a place to poop, right? Get a honey bucket, or get hepatitis. Your choice.
First Aid Kit
I can't emphasize enough for people to buy these. N95 is the standard you want, as it will filter most pollutants. Buy these and don't get mesothelioma later in life.
And the list continues. Have a car kit ready, consisting of water (I like VOSS water, as it's in glass, a couple Clif bars, a hat, sunblock, and old pair of walking sneakers and a space blanket. And dust masks. Don't forget those.
Fill out a FEMA Emergency Plan. and you'll really know where to go and who to contact in an emergency.
And that's the basics. Two weeks of survival supplies and FEMA will be on the scene, hopefully and roads will be open enough to get out of dodge.
Another good idea is to strap your furniture and TV to the walls, into the studs. I'd provide a guide, but that's my job, y'all.
Not OP but I'll chime in.
Overall, it's definitely better than nothing and better than what most people have.
When you're building an emergency kit, you have to decide a couple of things.
What is this for? Are you trying to survive in your own home? On the road? Something to make your stay in a hotel/shelter more comfortable?
What you're preparing to do will inform what you pack and how. If you're preparing to hunker down in your own home, you can have more supplies and focus less on keeping things light and portable.
Who is this for? Are you trying to keep yourself safe? Family? Friends? Supplies for one twenty-something are going to be different than supplies for a family with two kids under ten. Consider the needs of everybody you expect to be with you. That means talking to the other people and asking what they might need and listening to them.
Where are you? Consider the terrain and climate that you're going to have to be in. Is it cold? Wet? Hot? Dry? A good way to measure this is ask yourself what you'd need to be outside at an all-day event. Pack with that in mind. Because this is /r/LosAngeles, heat is going to be a big factor so think rehydration salts, sunscreen, and burn gel.
How far away is help? Most people either radically over or under prepare for problems. My general rule of thumb is to assume that help is either one hour away, one week away, or never coming.
If it's bad, EMS and some form of help is probably going to be accessible within the hour, either by you going out and seeking out help or help coming to you. If it's really terrible, meaningful help is probably going to take about a week to reach you. If it's truly massive in scale, help won't be coming.
The majority of the time, help is going to be about an hour away. Planning for a week or two away is usually the most prudent balance between spending tens of thousands of dollars on preparing (which some people do) and doing nothing.
It's prudent to have several "caches" of supplies; one for "I'm staying in my home (bugging in, more on this in a minute)" and one for "I am leaving my home (bugging out)." You can (and maybe should) have extra supplies in your car such that if you get caught out somewhere, you're not completely stripped of everything helpful.
There is an entire community built up around working out kits and supplies for "bugging in/out" (search these terms and you'll get a pile of results) and there are large lists of guides and supplies for every occasion and type of event.
A word of caution, it's really easy to go down the fear/paranoia rabbit hole of "I might need this, so I may as well buy it" and end up spending thousands of dollars. Don't do this. A basic kit is not radically expensive and the money you invest in your "I am ready for fucking anything!" kit is better spent on something else. There is a huge market out there for "prepper/survival" products and 80% of it is fucking garbage. Read reviews, ask questions, and test stuff out yourself.
A good education is indispensable. There are many, many disaster survival guides out there, some of better quality than others. Best thing to do is to skim as many as you can and get a good sense for the range. Some stuff will immediately jump out as BS (you don't need to learn how to make improvised explosives and booby traps).
If you're really fucking lazy, watch something like Survivorman; Les Stroud is a great teacher without the sensationalist bullshit and he has several episodes devoted specifically to surviving in your home during/after a natural disaster. Avoid Bear Grylls. I don't question the guy's toughness but he probably one of the more over-the-top "survival show" hosts out there, most of his stuff is for entertainment.
Take CPR/First Aid training courses and repeat them regularly. The Red Cross gives classes regularly and while the actual certification costs money, instructors are usually happy to let you "audit" for free. Local fire departments also usually provide similar classes.
Oh and buy a can opener. Like a real can opener. You will thank yourself.
Special Note: If your first question is "What kind of gun do I need!?" you're doing it wrong. This has been argued ad nauseum on infinite message boards but it usually boils down to "What if someone tries to take your stuff?" Without wanting to get into the argument again, a firearm is generally impractical if you're leaving your home. If you just have to have the boom boom, get one for your "I'm staying home" supplies and practice with it. Don't just shove it in a box and leave it, you'll probably blow your own stupid face off if the time to use it ever comes.
Je me suis toujours demandé, vous transportez quoi vous, dans vos sacs à dos ? Depuis que je me suis intéressé à se qu'on appel des EDC (Every Day Carry), je transporte toujours avec moi un équipement qui ferait passer Marry Poppins pour une petite joueuse. Mes recherches sur le sujet m'ont forcement fait passer par le survivalisme, qui est un sujet vachement intéressant ! Mais comme pour la muscu j'ai du subir tout les clichés qui vont avec... Exemple rapide :
Muscu = Gros cons masculiniste superficiel et beauf
Survivalisme = Facho agressif et asocial
C'est dommage que les gens aient autant de clichés, parce que c'est un domaine très instructif. Bref, en gros j'ai toujours sur moi :
*Rangé dans une pochette Maxpedition.
Voila. J'vais peut être passer pour un gros taré aux yeux de certains, mais ça m'a bien aidé d'avoir tout ça sur moi, en de nombreuses occasion. Je vous invite à partager vos sac, comment vous prévoyez les coups dur, votre avis sur le sujet, etc !
PS: Il existe un sous du doux nom de /r/edc, sauf qu'eux, ils rajoutent aussi des armes à feux pour certains ('murica style...).
use this thread as your guide
Businesses closed. Stores were raided. It turned out to be absolutely nothing
We'll be lucky to get as much rain as they're forecasting.
Most of the serious storms are going to happen in August.
In other news, ZIMA has made a return to shelves and is currently $2.5 / 6-pack at Wally World.
If you're interested in MRE stocks, these are actually really good packs and take up less space
> Water blob
LOL. Here's a link to a WaterBOB https://amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
The 100% best solution is to have a propane burner along with a High Pressure Hose so that you can use normal propane tanks that you'd get for your grill. Then keep maybe 3 of those full and ready to go and that will maintain your ability to use your stocks for a good while. (Note: I didn't dig too deep into direct compatibility of those two items. I just listed them as an example so you could see what I was talking about.)
Barring that... it's a question of shelf life vs cost. Obviously MRE's would be one of the better options, but they're pricey and it's best to store them in cool environments which may not be doable for everyone. Mainstay 2400 Bars are available at Walmart for $5 apiece and are fantastic for BOB's due to their hardiness, but surviving on those for any length of time would probably be miserable.
Dropping into normal foods... yeah, a well stocked and rotated pantry is the way to go.
pro tip Though at this point it is more of a have on hand for next time tip.
I use this utensil and this bowl. Both take up very little space in my backpack.
(Yes, I know the bowl is marketed for "pets" but it holds human food just fine and is collapsable. It meets my needs, even as a non-pet.)
Ever try one of these? Giant plastic bladder that sits in your tub and holds water. https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
I highly recommend the Light My Fire titanium spork.
I like the Morakniv and firesteel ideas, and also:
Waterbobs for the win.
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Cs5NzbY5TDVB6
There are giant water sacks that fit inside bath tubs and can be used if the tub isn't as clean as you'd want to drink out of.
(WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_my9Gzb5772SMJ)
As far as camp toilets, Ive heard people using kitty litter in a pinch, pardon the pun.
If you're worried about your bathtub not being very clean or if it has leaks, there are bladders you can buy. Even has a hand pump.
Sort of tempted to get one of these sometime. Could probably just keep it in one of my cargo pockets even.
I didn't really have any aviation related gear as a CFI. I had my headset which was way too expensive for my girlfriend to want to buy me, and I used a Jansport backpack from high school as my flight bag.
Once I got to the airlines my 'gear' increased immensely. Since I'm on the road a lot I have two of everything. Two of each toiletry, two razors, two phone chargers, two pairs of running shoes. I've forgotten things so many times that now I just keep one set of everything in my overnight bag, with a separate set at home and that way I can never forget anything on a trip.
For strictly flying related expenses I have an Aerocoast EFB bag, luggage works suitcase, nice sunglasses, a backup power brick, an anker 5 port charger, this incredibly expensive spork, some window shades, a pen recorder because passengers are idiots. Other than the sunglasses, I didn't need any of that as a CFI.
This is nice and I appreciate all the thought that went into it.
And yet, I find double-ended utensils annoying. If one end has good on it, it's awkward to use the other end.
I'd rather have this than this
Hmm...36 packs for $200?
Amazon currently has the equivalent for 10% less (12 for $57).
Instead of collapsible water containers, I bought a WaterBob bathtub container. If anything is headed my way, it gets filled up. After the flood in 2015 city water was screwed for almost 2 weeks in my area. 100gal is enough for about a month for me, my kid, and my dogs if needs be.
If you live on the coast and have a bathtub, I would recommend investing in a waterbob some point. They're like $35, they hold 100 gallons, and they don't take up much room for storage. Flashlights are good, but battery powered lanterns are better light sources for a room. Above all, make sure you have some bug spray.
Mountain House diced chicken costs a little less than $3 per serving.
Harmony House vegetables cost $2.50 per pouch.
Minute Rice costs $0.30 per serving. So at the end of the day, mixing all of these into one bag will save you about 40% compared to the prepackaged Mountain House meals with a very minimal amount of effort.
I have one of these I keep in the bathroom. No worrying about how clean the tub is. Also then the water is not exposed.
Hi there. Welcome to an unfortunate club where membership sometimes has steep prices. I am glad you have gotten an early start on preparing 12 cases of water may be enough. The guidance is normally 1 gallon per person per day for 3 days. This includes enough for food preparation, drinking, sanitary, and hygiene needs. You may also want to consider a bathtub liner that acts as a storage tank (like this one ) to aid in toilet flushing or if your water delivery system fails. This did happen for some folks during Harvey, so its importance cannot be overstated. The same amount of food and water should also be stored for your pet.
You also want to make sure you have non-perishable food on hand. If you can eat it, Peanut butter is a great source of energy when you need it during problematic times and clean up. Otherwise think like a hiker for food options. They are usually light easy to store and have high yield for you.
Consider power banks for electronics. Also purchase a hand crank radio as these will be vital to you for communication and information from local authorities in the event your power is out. Flashlights and batteries too. It is hard to see you at night if you need rescue, waving your hand in front of a flashlight is a basic but amazing beacon. Also entrainment like some music and a deck of cards are an extreme comfort when it sucks most. I can also say, from personal experience, extra socks and underwear are GOLD!
Your local and county OEM will be the best people to listen to for evacuation advice. They are paid to constantly consider and revise plans on this.
I hope that all of this is for nothing and that you are spared a major incident, but this is a good start for an all hazards kit. Check out Ready.gov for more specific information on this in case I missed something.
Above all being prepared is being safe.
I wish you ease in this time and hope that Irma decides to vacay somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic instead of any land.
It's useful to get one of these water storage bags so you can fill up enough to last a few weeks if necessary. They aren't very expensive either.
Light my Fire of Sweden's titanium spork. Got it at Natural Grocers for $11.79.
Stash a gas shutoff wrench somewhere near the meter. Encourage your neighbors to do the same, and encourage others to look out for one another.
There's a thing you can buy that fills your bathtub with water in a plastic bag.
If you get one of these then you can store potable water in the tub.
I really like the Light My Fire utensil. It's got great utility and even has a tiny serrated knife!
In an emergency situation you want high calories. Unless it's an emergency lean bulk :)
You'll notice true emergency rations have extreme caloric density. Try something like this: S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bar - 3 Day / 72 Hour Package with 5 Year... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MF41LI/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_jAvlzb1QFBB0A (No affiliation.)
They have a 5 year shelf life in all climates. They pack small and light.
EDIT: I should add that these do not taste good. It's like eating a super-dense cliff bar. I know, because I tried one once out of curiosity. I don't really care, because they're true emergency rations. It's not something I would take backpacking or camping (like the tuna mentioned or someone else mentioned MRE's.) The plan with these is to have them if you need them, but you probably won't. And if I do find myself eating these out of my SHTF bag, whether they taste good or not is of little consequence.
Not free then. $15. Or you could get ten times as much emergency food at a 33% better value. Oh, and it has a 20 year shelf life. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IW1NQDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_5qpLAbZBNEQWP
Edit: also. You're being lied to and manipulated. The normal price is $14.95 with free shipping and handling. Don't fall for marketing gimmicks or shills on reddit.
Edit 2: holy fucking shit he didn't even try to hide it. OP's history is filled with internet marketing posts. I mean literally, he's posting links to marketing services that help you market your website. Gtfo
Buy one of these, turn off all the clocks in your house, and get to grinding with Ganesha. We'll see you in a month when you have 750k MP.
Jokes aside, I'm not really sure. You have a few avenues, but none of them look easy. Your long term plan probably does involve DAthena though.
Pizza's idea of the Sawyer was an excellent suggestion and would be one of my top recommendations as well. To hit some other categories for ideas:
Anyway, just some suggestions. Hard to get too crazy on a budget. I'm sorry I missed the exchange but I signed up to give someone who gets screwed something so I'm sure I'm gonna help someone out.
Because no matter how clean you think you made your tub, it isn't the best vessel for storing potable water. It is literally a vessel meant for catching the rinsed filth off your body. If you want to store potable water in your tub, get a liner https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
If you're filling up your bathtub with emergency water, you could get something like this to keep it more sanitary: http://i.imgur.com/IrdgkV0.jpg
I've never liked 72hours' kits, but I suppose they are easy if you want a click and forget experience. They do have the best prices on the #5 food grade Mountain House dehydrated food tins though. 20 year shelf life and you can take them camping to rotate your supply. Unfortunately they're packed with sodium.
In the event of a moderate earthquake or prolonged power outage, you can assume that you will be able to return to your home after the utilities have been checked and/or turned off. The key things you need to do are to save what food and water you can. 72 hours is wildly optimistic, in a city supplied by bridges on all sides I'd think the average prepared family should be able to sustain itself for at least a week. Some people buy a big turkey after Christmas and leave it in a deep freeze only to serve as an ice block in case the power fails. Water is the larger concern though.
By that, having a sink adapter for a water filter is invaluable. So is a bath tub waterBOB if you don't have space to stockpile flats of water or aquatainers. Assuming the water still has slight pressure, even if the pipes have cracked and the water is now contaminated with rust or dirt, as long as you can get some of it into a BOB (or even just a bathtub, just, be aware that bathtubs are notoriously filthy), you can treat it. Even toilet water... Having aquatabs, an aforementioned filter or even iodine (5-10 drops per quart) can easily get a bathtub full of dirty water into drinkable condition.
I think people almost fantasize about heading out into a park, setting up camp and defending their homestead. In an emergency event, you will want to be in your home. Authorities want you to be in your home. The backpacks on their websites... they're not going to keep you alive. A proper bugout bag needs to have clothes, money, medication, luxuries to keep children calm, high protein snacks, some water and more money. Any bug out bag will not keep you alive for a week, it's just not possible to carry that much alone. Focus on having enough to keep you alive while not being able to return to your home for 24 hours, because the chances are you will be able to return. In all likeliness you will end up in an emergency shelter which will have food and water, but not the personalized things mentioned above.
So the shitty tube tent, the $1 plastic parka, the gardening gloves, the water juiceboxes.. all that junk in the 72 hour bag.. you may find it useful but in all honesty it's not going to help you for fuck all in 99% of the emergencies we may experience in BC.
Not sure if this is common knowledge, but you can flush a toilet by filling the bowl with water. Obviously water will be scarce, but you can reuse any gray water you may have, i.e. from washing.
If you're planning to bug in, or at least want it as an option, I highly recommend getting a water bob. That link is to Amazon, but I'm sure you can get it a little cheaper. Well worth every penny and can help in any situation. For example if a big storm is coming, you can fill up one of your tubs and have fresh potable water just in case something happens, i.e. power outage or contamination.
This works well. I've used it before. Actually this might be different cause it was cheaper
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_byWRzb5RZPS2Q
Titanium Spork: https://smile.amazon.com/Light-My-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO/
Balisong trainer butterfly knife: https://smile.amazon.com/Amarey-Butterfly-Knife-Trainer-Unsharpened/dp/B01N2OPT60/
Novelty switchblade comb: https://smile.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel-Switch-Blade-Comb/dp/B00A967Q3O/
Kickboxing gloves: https://smile.amazon.com/Everlast-MMA-Kick-Boxing-Gloves/dp/B005OOFTA8/
Foam Nunchakus: https://smile.amazon.com/Sets-Ninja-Foam-Rubber-Nunchakus/dp/B01ER3FPNC/
(there's also Nerf swords on amazon, good for a quick battle)
MALL NINJA PATCH!!! https://smile.amazon.com/Maxpedition-Mall-Ninja-Patch-SWAT/dp/B00P18G9SI/
Rubber Throwing Stars: https://smile.amazon.com/Eight-Assorted-Rubber-Ninja-Stars/dp/B001NW1MEC/
And a Ninja Mask (that's good in winter too) https://smile.amazon.com/Balaclava-Winter-Fleece-Windproof-Women/dp/B01KG78NVE/
Not entirely mall ninja stuff, but I'm figuring you don't want the 11 year old to be lethal just yet ;)
I backpacked through Russia and China a few years back, and due to the different terrains encountered I had to pack quite a heavy bag (I think my total was almost 17kgs and I hadn't brought anything obviously unnecessary even if it felt that way).
I think you should bring:
There was another poster /u/flyinglotus1983 who'd had problems finding deodorant and similar items in China, that wasn't an issue for me but it does require some adaptions, so it's easier to bring but still a PITA. I didn't bring a computer, I simply brought my iPhone and iPad, you if I were you I'd consider if you need a computer. If you don't that's a lot of weight you can save.
I would however suggest an e-book reader. Books are heavy and I had loads of time on trains and on busses with nothing to do but read. I read more books in those months that I did in the 2 years prior. It will set you back $100, but in my opinion it's a well worth investment.
ridgerest solite short on sale at amazon
$11.97, free shipping
I second Mountain House. Either the classic bucket or the essential.
Buy the Mountain House Meals. They taste quite good and last 30 YEARS!!! Take that Jim!
In the '89 earthquake we were without power and water for a few days or more. Telephones didn't work (no cell phones back then). "Liquifaction" caused buildings in the Marina to slid off their foundations. The Bay Bridge was out of service for months. Then came the Northridge quake. Having an earthquake kit is being prepared. Here's some of what's in mine.
I used this freeze dried chicken a lot on trial.
my favorite recipe, I call thanksgiving dinner. A box of stove top stuffing, cup or two of this chicken and a handfull of craisins. put stuffing and craisins in a large vacuum seal bag, vacuum and seal. in the top of the bag put the chicken, vacuum and seal or however you want to do it but keep chicken separate from stuffing. in camp, put 1.5 cups of water and chicken in your pot and bring to boil. add stuffing and craisins and let set for 10 mins or so. eat yummyness! If you put the chicken in at the same time as the stuffing, the stuffing absorbs most of the water and the chicken is kinda crunchy
>What do you guys recommend for a lantern?
I've discovered camping is the perfect time to test out lots of your preps. You don't know how useful this stuff is until it's pitch black and trying to fry up some burgers and also mix your girlfriend a margarita and multi-tasking. I've found some things awesome (headlamp) and some things just impractical this way. It's made me remove and add stuff to my BOB. I highly recommend taking your BOB and other prep gear camping and trying it out for real.
Going by amazon.com reviews is almost always a good idea in my experience. Whatever battery lantern has 4.5 or 5 stars and 150 reviews is almost always a good pick. Buy spare batteries too!
Q2: Do you have a tub?
I think the main thing here is you want >72 hours of spare water already without doing anything fancy. You should have some water ready without having to filter anything. If your faucet turns off, you're not going to go start filtering ocean water. The sidebar has info about requirements, suggesting 2 gallons of water per person per day, and 5 per if it includes hygienic purposes.
Chances are you'll way more often deal with not having water for a couple of days rather than not having water ever again. If you can't go a few days without water comfortably, you should focus on that. Get something to store water and fill them. Buy a few packs of bottled water and keep it in the closet. Get that waterBOB. Have at least 72 hours worth for your family just directly from stocks. After you've got that done, then maybe consider "long term solutions"... but arguably you've probably got a lot of other stuff you should take care of before that, like extra beans and rice and cans of food.
I don't think there's any easy way to handle ocean => potable. Here's the thing. Let's say you'd benefit from something like that. That means you have no more water? Your city is completely water-free, as in everyone is trying to get water? Shit will get hellish. What are you going to do, go to the ocean, grab a few buckets of water and take it home? Either you've got a stealthy way of getting a lot of salt water to your house (live near the ocean?) or you are going to be noticed and people will start begging you for water for their grandmother, infant, etc. Get ready to have families lining up on your door step, begging for your help, fighting over half cups of water.
My point is, if you're prepping for never having water running again, you've got a lot more to handle and it'd be absolute chaos. It'd be better to make sure you can go 2 weeks safely at home without food and water, and if you've got that covered, then you can maybe consider long term homestead craziness. You prepare for a flat tire before you prepare for lightning striking your car, know what I mean?
CTD has them.
Edit: So does Camping Survival
Edit 2: So does Amazon, but the price sucks.
Amazing amazon: a product for every need
Maybe a water bladder that can be filled up in your tub.
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6LnJDb5HQ9AS6
first off - great kudos to you having those Aquatainers - it's a major omission mistake newbie preppers make - moving those containers is one of the lesser problems to solve - there's always wheels and a beefy back in the barter ....
eazy to store for apartment dwellers are 2.5 & 5 gallon poly collapsible jugs - good handle arrangement and durable overall - sqeeze store into those nooks & crannies and deploy for SHTFs ....
suggestion on water jug carry - a yoke is your friend - a 5 gallon container on each end (80lbs) is very doable for most middle aged men - even over rough open ground where wheels are a no-go ....
apartment preppers - you need a WaterBob for your bathtub .... https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
I bought one of these (you do need a tub). Seemed like a good investment. https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1536781041&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=water+bob&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2 keep forgetting to buy this
I just looked for a waterBOB and they are out of stock. There is one seller trying to sell it for $255.77.....https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1504636705&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Emergency+Drinking+Water+Storage&amp;condition=new
I didn't... I think the mods did. So I'm going to sneak in and repost.
What are some of the staple gadgets and gizmos you have to maximize portability, versatility, durability, and price, time, and space efficiency?
Here's my list:
-Feiyue shoes. Crazy cheap, they take up no room, and they don't look out-of-place in most situations.
-Light My Fire titanium spork. This is the only eating utensil I ever use, and I take it everywhere.
-Pyrex 4-cup Bowl. As long as I'm just making food for me, this dish is the only one I need. It can withstand pretty much everything, and the microwave-friendly lid is awesome.
-Platypus roll-up water bottles. Carrying around an empty water bottle is really annoying. These guys hold lots of water, and only take up as much space as the volume of water they contain.
-Milk crates and heavy-duty Rubbermaid containers instead of furniture. The only thing you can really do with a chair is use it as a chair, and the only thing you can do with a chest of drawers is use it as a chest of drawers. Might as well combine the two -- and make them really light and portable to boot!
-Lifetime folding table. This is the closest thing I have to furniture.
-Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed. It's a twin mattress, or two separate twin mattresses, or a king-size bed, it's comfortable as poo, and it folds up to nothing.
-Night Ize Gear Ties. I've used these for everything from coathangers to patching the handle on a neighbor's lawnmower to attaching the basket to my bike.
-MicroNet Microfiber Towel. Linen actually takes up a surprising amount of room. This guy works great, and folds away to nothing.
-Wellspring FlipNote. I've had my FlipNote for 5 years and it's been in my pocket every single day -- whether I was in South Africa, military combat training, business meetings, or going out with friends. It's an idea journal, an address book, a wallet, a writing surface, a pen... all kinds of stuff, and it's super-slim and super-durable.
-Bug-out bag. This isn't quite the one I have -- mine was about $60 and came with a CamelBak and tube inside -- but it's the right idea. When I was discharged from the military, I fit my entire life in this amazing backpack with room left over for the full CamelBak and hiked up and down the California coast for several days with no problems. The same backpack's still the only piece of luggage I use for travel, for class, for everything. It expands from normal backpack size to HUGE.
TL;DR If I can't pack everything I own into my tiny car in one hour, I have too much stuff.
(Edit: This list isn't everything I own, but it's the things that I figure would be useful to anyone.)
If you really wanted to be frugal and give yourself a bit of an ascetic test you could buy a large bag of rice and a multivitamin. You would be fine for the month, and just think how good that first real meal would be when the month is over. Plus, you'd save a lot of that card for other things. If you wanted to make it less harsh, you could buy a few splurge foods like:
Spaghetti-O's (you could actually just buy these and be fine for the month too, 5 cans a day = $5 x 30 days = $150)
Mountain House dehydrated meals
Mac and Cheese
Any number of other things, really. The rice is an absolute frugal grocery staple. Beyond that, go to Amazon and search the listings under Grocery>Packaged Meals & Side Dishes. Just don't forget a multivitamin.
ITT: people getting hung up about the gun(s).
You all wouldnt be saying shit if he put in a machete for self defense.
The powerbank should probably be one with a solar cell. It isnt going to be very much but if power is out, at least the sun will help a little.
Also I'm not sure how long this kit is supposed to last. According to FEMA, at least 72 hours if not longer. I've also seen some rumblings of a food supply to last two weeks.
Rations vs Supply
One's literally ready to go out of the wrapper the other needs prep.
An adjustable wrench as well to turn off water or more importantly natural gas flows
Praxis prepper is pretty level headed. Canadian prepper is okay, but pitches his products a bit much. Outside that you've got LDS prepper and viking preparedness, both of which are strong on the religious aspects. Prepping princess is a bit odd, but does target a lower income viewer.
You'll want to prepare for the events that are most likely to happen in your environment, and then just general social unrest second. Go watch "One year in hell" to get an idea of what a truly dire social unrest situation can be like.
Personally, I'd also suggest securing water, then food, then arms. I assume you've probably already got arms, so if something happened tomorrow, you could offer your services as a defense agent to someone that has the ability to take care of you and yours in return. I bought a 1000L IBC tote, commonly used in industries that are also re-purposed into aquaponic tanks a lot. I got it $40 used and another for free from work, you want one that's been used in something food grade safe, that you could store out of direct sunlight, and put in some sort of long term water storage chemicals, which is often just a very low dose of chlorine. I suggest keeping it out of the sun in order to avoid the clean water leeching the plastics in it. Another way to go for mobile situations, is smaller containers you can put in your car or some methods to purify the water that you do collect if your environment allows for such activities. You'll want about a gallon of water per person per day. That will actually seem like a whole lot if you ever have to use it, including showers and what not.
Amazon has a bucket of food from Augason farms, it isn't the only thing you'd want for 30 days but it would keep you alive. It's mostly the cheap carbs, rice, noodles, potatoes, etc, but you could add in anything you like. The spices are a bit off from good, but it's workable and "cheap." I bought one for each member of my family, threw them in a closet and hope they stay there for 18 more years. This is the one I bought. Really just aim for around 2,000 calories per day per adult, then add in your neighbor's pets as needed. This gives you a month to find a way to produce food or get the hell out of your location. I favor aquaponics and greenhouses for longer production methods if you're got the space, focused on things like wheat, potatoes, beets, but also I love perennials. Kiwi, black/rasp/etc berries, apples, walnuts (can also be tapped for a walnut syrup, like maples). Also consider anything that grows locally, it'll take less efforts to keep alive and can spread on its own. If you're moving, bugging out, focus on hunting and trapping animals less than plants as a food source. Unless you're familiar with the plants it's easy to kill yourself. I downloaded an app that can ID plants, but that'll only work when the system is up, and in which case I'd just buy apples.
You'll need a way to remove your waste, if you can safely process that into biomass for your garden, awesome. That's something that'll take some time to master, so I'd say don't read about it and try it just on some Tuesday night. Outside that, waste systems for a city will usually keep operating long after water systems fail.
Learn how to make something you can trade in an emergency that people will need and you'll need less abilities to do it all.
Like alcohol or fuels.
They sell canned water. In particular, they sell canned water in soda cans that has a 50 year shelf life. Heat wouldn't be an issue.
This stuff is more for deep storage than something you're going to rotate through and be drinking every day. It's not cheap like bottled water is.
are you looking for something like this?
More detail of the second pic in the link above:
I LOVE that lower compartment. So great to have all the random items I might need available, but out of the way and out of sight.
Or hold on to that food for the next hurricane. Come to think of it maybe you should always keep a rotating stock of about 2 weeks worth on non perishables at home that way when the next storm or power outage comes you arent stuck scrambling for the last can of beans like the rest of the idiots.
seriously, my storm prep consisted of fill up truck with gas, sit at home and drink beer. I always filled up a water bob in one of my tubs
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_piXNBbRXQQ8MJ
edit fixed the link
If you can't buy water you can buy a Water BOB and fill your tub before the storm.
I just bought this thing for storing up to 100 gal of fresh water in my tub.
Light My Fire Titanium Spork. Excellent reviews, and it's made of frikin' titanium.
EDIT: Weighs only 17 grams, and costs only $11. Pretty impressive.
I have this wrench:
I would look at survival rations. ER Bar, S.O.S. Rations, Mainstay, and Datrex were the brands I looked at. I ended up with Mainstay after a little research. There honestly appears to be little difference overall though so you could actually get whatever you can find cheapest or whatever little differences you prefer. One 3600 calorie package is supposed to last 3 days giving you 400 calories per day.
The biggest thing to remember is that these are made specifically to be light, compact, and the minimum you need to keep going for 3 days. You would not want to pack them for living for months off of but for 3 days they were the best alternative I could find.
I also recommend Mainstay bars for something to keep in your car/office. They taste like extremely crumbly and dry lemon cookies, but they'll keep for five years in just about any place you're likely to put them.
This Survival Kit. My old stuff is expiring or aging and since I live in a potentially dangerous area, care for 2 elderly parents and babysit my nephew a lot, I'd like to update my gear.
Cheaper Than Dirt has them for $20
EDIT: Thanks to danger_one from the other thread, they are also available at a place called Camping Survival for $20 - http://www.campingsurvival.com/waemdrwast.html
and on Amazon for $30 - http://www.amazon.com/waterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Water-Storage/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1314394973&amp;sr=8-10
While I'm not one to discourage people from cleaning their bathrooms, I would think a 65-100 gallon water bladder would be a safer/smarter way to store drinking water in the tub (or in general): https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
pro tip - Get a water storage bag for your bath tub $20 so you can store 100 gallons of clean drinking water as soon as you hear an emergency happening. Great emergency investment
A vending machine-style can rotator. You can buy one or you can customized it DIY.
The best way I've found for water storage, outside of cisterns and towers, is the emergency waterBOB which is designed to fit 100gallons into a standard bathtub. Not for long term storage, though. Or the water brick, which you can stack into nearly any pattern you want.
Every bit of space counts. And here. More organization here, here, here, and here.
You can even add storage in your backyard.
Really it's only limited by your space and your imagination.
I feel for you dealing with that polar cold being in northern Illinois. Ouch.
They make a bathtub bladder for water I recommend for apartment living. Amazon link.
If you know a bad storm is coming this can be very useful.
Depending on your window situation a small solar charger can keep your phone powered up (or emergency radio, etc).
Food is always tricky. There's lots of good options to toss in the bottom of your closet like a Mountain House bucket. But be sure you can make hit water to mix in. So a few sterno cans can be helpful here.
For the daily med requirement, that's a tough one. I'd talk to your doctor about "What if...." scenarios. What if you take a cruise and the ship gets stranded and you run out of your meds. What if you're on vacation and your carry bag gets stolen.
See if he or she can give you an in-a-pinch over the counter plan. Or a secondary option, etc.
> apartment preppers - you need a WaterBob for your bathtub .... https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Not just apartment dwellers, anybody with a bath tub!
First: not food safe. Second: they are made of thinner plastic that would not hold that amount of water.
What you are looking for is a Water Bob. Costs about as much as a camping air mattress, but purpose-made to store water for emergencies. Ideally you would want a bathtub or shower that you could deploy it in.
If you are looking for something you can buy right now, because you are worried about the hurricane... maybe go to walmart and get one of those $10 kiddie pools that you could deploy and fill up in your shower?
This is kinda cool as well but I agree with the other redditor that things happen quick.
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_yvWRzb39128V2
Just get this. It's a lifesaver and you get 100 gallons of clean water.
I would recommend a waterbob: https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1504580873&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=waterbob
Check this out. Kind of interesting:
Here is a fantastic 20$ solution that gets you 100 gallons of clean water
Also, LENTILS LENILS LENTILS. They taste great, store more compactly, cook faster and are better for you. Throw some curry powder in there and you got yourself a tasty ass meal.
You can get 100 gallon bags that you fill in your bath tub if you need drinkable water.
You say you have water covered, but at less than $25, a bathtub water bladder is always nice to have on hand. Especially if you know the crisis is coming and you have time to fill it up.
6.75" according to Amazon
I'm got an alcohol stove, GSI Tea Kettle, and a titanium spork. I take a little aluminum cup that I use for instant coffee/tea but I've been thinking about getting a sea to summit xmug because they pack down nice. One of my favorite things is a little table by cascade wild.
Yup! I hadn't either until I stumbled upon it. This guy.
Salt/Pepper: In a small sandwich bag inside Ziploc bag (with other spices) then rubberband it together to prevent opening.
Oil: Small Nalgene bottles. Durable, seal very well, easy to clean.
Spatula: Silicone Spatula good to 500F (or more) similar to this but a bit lighter.
Utensils: Titanium spork and a plain-edge Spyderco knife I carry anyway.
Tongs: Lightweight tongs (metal).
I never carry a ladle. I eat/drink out of pot or pour/scoop with spatula.
*Edit for formatting
A Titanium Spork means never having to eat your icecream with a stick.
I bought one of these a while back and it works just fine for a summer bag. No need to invest in an expensive one. It pretty much takes up the same space as my three-seasons bag. Cheap too. Worth it to invest in imo.
If you don't have a groundpad though, it should be the first thing you buy when sleeping outdoors. I've used this one for years.
>Would something like this work? Thinking about throwing two of em on top of the mattress, then a wool blanket, then the sleeping bag.
Let's see here, Mountain House Essential Bucket is $52.49 today: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-House-80663-Essential-Bucket/dp/B00955337I/
[re]EDIT: Hey it works! (but current price does not match what Amazon says today; has to do with the Amazon API, I am told.)
Well, any carb that digests quickly is basically off–limits as well. So white rice even in very small amounts is out. Brown rice in small amounts is sometimes okay. Beans in small amounts are sometimes okay. But by the time I eat anywhere enough calories of either to come close to counting as a meal, I’ve probably crossed the threshold of way too many carbs. So beans/rice/pasta really can’t be any more than a minor supplement. White potatoes are out. But sweet potatoes, strangely enough, I can eat one or two of just fine.
I was just looking at this (https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-House-Just-Classic-Bucket/dp/B00955DUHQ/ref=lp_13922515011_1_1?s=outdoor-recreation&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474200663&amp;sr=1-1) from another post, and the beef stew is the only option there that’s close to being acceptable.
Similar thing. 3600 Calories per Bar
I am prepper and a FIL, here are some things I can never have enough of...
Your FIL will be thrilled that you support his prepping no matter what you decide to give him!
For the Car
inx: Just recently here at my work, we celebrated a Bday Party for a co worker, when its time to light the candle, all my co-workers ( 16 people) don't have a match/lighter to light the candle. I don't think we have any first aid kits, flashlights, or most of the basic emergency stuff. SO when SHTF, looks like I'm the only one carrying the basics on me and in my car. It's kinda sad.
You could also get some of those bars for lifeboats that have a 5 year shelf life.
If you want to see some real crazy shit:
If you've ever tried the emergency food rations available at your local camping store (https://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-Gear-Emergency-Food-Rations/dp/B00NGYGCH2) they are very similar in taste, but they offer one notable difference, hence the cost difference.
Lifeboat bars don't induce thirst.
That is their selling point, and why they are popular.
Blue Can - Premium Emergency Drinking Water https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9O9HTK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_2GNmybHGA1FS9
I'd recommend some canned water. It'll last longer than plastic bottles and is probably easier to store. We have these ones at my house. Besides that, canned fruits and vegetables are good, any non perishables.
The freeze dried stuff is kind of expensive but it does get the job done. Depending on what other items you get them if could be a box of groceries (PB, pasta, rice, snacky bars, dehydrated things, etc.) or you could get them tubs of
soylent green bachelor chowPrepper Chow. While I generally dislike these products due to the large amounts of inedible filler that goes in processed food it may be the best tool for the job.
Some of the freeze dried meals from REI really aren't too bad! I want to get a dehydrator one of these days but until that happens I tend to rely on those. The Thai style noodles from AlpineAire are my favorite!
They are pretty high in protein, but still carby too. To make up for it I usually pack edamame, jerky, and nut butters to even it out. (Though I always have to remind myself that while backpacking carbs are also necessary).
They also have dehydrated soups and such at Whole Foods which you could check out! Or you could look into bulk freeze dried chicken on Amazon. I've been meaning to buy this and add the soup mixes/other freeze dried veggies to my own freezer bags and see how those work.
Lastly, I totally get you. When I come back from trips (Going backpacking this weekend actually) all I want to eat are carbs.. But either way, have a good trip!
I use ova easy egg crystals which are the best tasting. For bacon I do precooked or bacon jerky. For freeze dried, I buy the big can of mountain house freeze dried chicken.
Get some freeze-dried chicken, add some veggies, cook over a stove to make soup or a stew.
Product description: 4 in 1 Emergency ToolTM Designed and Tested by Professional Firefighters. A light-weight, heavy duty, easy-to-use tool which Shuts off Gas, Shuts off Water, Pries Open Doors, and Digs through Debris. This tool will help you prepare for any emergency.
The thing with bug out bags is first figuring out where you're going to bug out to and how you're going to get there. Do you have relatives that live 100 miles away? If so can you walk there if your car is unusable? I'm still struggling with this as my family is in the exact opposite direction of where I'd want to bug out to in a disaster/ SHTF situation.
Unfortunately, BOB's can get pretty expensive quickly - I picked my bag and contents for an indefinite bug out so naturally I ended up spending a good amount of $ on it - BUT spaced out purchases throughout many months as I also didn't have the money to be spending all at once.
Anyway, if you want to keep it under $50, I'd suggest looking for second hand bags....even for a halfway decent one, this can bring your budget to at least half that. Ideally, you'll want one with an internal frame and a belt strap. This will keep the weight off your shoulders and distributed evenly throughout - this is especially important if you plan on walking a bunch of miles. If you're not planning on walking far, then this isn't much of an issue but to me, bugging out assumes some walking involved.
Following the survival rule of 3's, the first item you'll need to address is some sort of shelter. Get some 550 paracord and a decent tarp. This shouldn't cost too much and you can make a quick & easy A frame type shelter. Even a few heavy duty trash bags could go a long way (ie solar shower, solar still).
I'd def get at least a light summer sleeping bag unless you feel ok sleeping on a bundle of pine sprigs. Do you have decent hiking boots and wool socks ready to go? I see a lot of bug out bags skimping on this but to me is one of the most important things to have.
Can you start a fire with the fire striker you have? How about if the ground is wet? Not saying you need to get one of these but also not sure if you would be able to process wood with a leatherman.
Next is water. Do you have a cup/ canteen to hold/ boil water in? If you're on the run, get something like this. But if you have time to boil any stagnant water, the canteen with cup linked above is a good idea to have.
For food, yeah protein bars, cans of tuna are cheap and good to have. I got a few of these. But they actually get kinda heavy quick (3 days worth of food in one block). For longer term, I'm currently looking into a decent fishing rod and setting snares.
Hope this helps! If you want to spend a bit more $ I can share with you some of the other contents I have..
1. Something grey
2. Thunderstorm MP3
3. Take your pick just scroll down
4. For my baby because I want a cool ass baby haha! Also, daddy will like it!
5. The Hater trilogy, linked is the first of the 3. This book keeps you on your toes. It's an amazing apocalyptic book that has immense imagery. All I can say is read it.
6. Nail tape, it's not nail polish, just decoration.
7. Cats! There is a cat in the design.
8. So pretty!!
9. Because it'll always put a smile on your face!
10. Survival Backpack Has enough items to help a group of 4 survive for 72 hours. This will give the people with the pack a 72 hour head start from everyone else to establish a safe spot. Everyone else is trying to find essentials now getting stuck and eventually taken over by a hoard, whereas the person with the pack doesn't need to waste time getting food, water, and some medical kit.
11. Cookware My boyfriend and I have been living with his parents for a while now and we are getting our own apartment soon (all utilities included, yay!!). His parents decided not to pay the gas company the $500 deposit to have it turned on because we live in the south and don't need to heat our apartment, we would only use gas for cooking. Because of that I haven't had a meal cooked on/in a stove in about a year. We either eat things fresh, microwaved, in a crock pot, or fried. I am sick and fucking tired of it. With the cookware I'll be able to change my eating habits because I won't be limited to what things I can cook with. Also, when I was a little girl, I never ate at a kitchen table because we didn't have one. We would eat meals separately, and I always longed for the family dinner atmosphere. My goal is to have a family dinner at least 3 times a week. I know the cookware won't help me achieve that goal, but it puts me one step closer.
12. Baby mittens
13. Soda Stream It's the 2nd most expensive item, the survival pack above is, but the Soda Stream is my dream item. My ex roommate had one and it's amazing! Also, I'm pregnant and can't have caffeine, but I love the bubbles so much!!! With the Soda Stream, I'll be able to make anything carbonated!!! I LOVE mixing in the Crystal Light powered packets, yummy!!
14. Cute storage cube
15. Owl Necklace
17. Beautiful Katmari
19. I'm obsessed with my unborn baby. But then again, aren't most expecting mothers??
20. Instant smoke ring machine! Does the awesomeness of instant smoke rings need to be described!?!
Made in Oregon
Thanks for the contest, this was fun!!
fear cuts deeper than swords
Item which would most make you seem like an old posh Englishman: Earl Grey... Hot! (On my What I want most! list)
Most "oh god, I would never be seen with this in public" looking item: Mooooooooooooo! (On my What I want most! list)
Most phallic looking item: Bones, heh... get it? (On my Chewbacca - My pooch list)
Most geeky item: Darth Vader sheet set, because who cares if I'm 36, I want these sheets! (On my Nerdy stuff list)
Item which would most help you achieve a goal: A cooling towel for runs, because I hold in a lot of heat when I run, and it would help keep me cooler longer for longer runs. (On my Couch to 5k/exercise list)
Best item to bring to a deserted island: This emergency backpack! (On my Household list)
I use these
OR, get something like this...the water stays cleaner, and you can get it all out.
If all you're worried about is basic bathing and water to flush toilets, then fill up a bathtub with water before the storm hits.
If you're worried about drinking water, then look into a Water Bob. A giant plastic bag you put in your tub and fill up for drinkable water.
This is the product.
I believe amazon will ship it to the middle of... well, the amazon, if you ask them.
barring that,ask the manufacturer where they have a uk distributor.
There's the "water bob" which is a water bladder that fits in your tub. You should also have smaller jugs of water on hand under the bed the the closet, etc. In an emergency you can deploy this and store many gallons of water. That is as long as pipes don't freeze where you are and earthquakes don't break the main, but here's the link.
Basically turns your tub into water storage.
Yep - get a bath tub water storage bag instead
Or if you want to be fancy you can use a WaterBOB.
I keep a knockoff version that is built as well but didn't include the pump as I have a hand pump already, saved a few bucks.
Turn your bathtub into a water supply tank.
What's missing from my shelter-in-place plan??? A LOT, I think...
any guidance on this list??
Well, I keep a month's supply of water on hand, so no issues there. I might pull out my emergency water holding tank and fill that up (just in case). My portable solar array will keep the refrigerator going and charge my cell phone and radio. My fireplace will keep the house warm. And, finally, my outdoor grill will allow us to cook food for a while. I have roughly 6 months of food and about month worth of frozen meats, etc. so I wouldn't even have to make an unscheduled trip to the grocery store.
Of course if it is looking like things will be too crazy and the interstate is somewhat clear I'll just take my family on a little vacation trip up to the cabin. No worries.
Localized disasters are easy when you practice preparedness as a way of life.
>KEEPS WATER CLEAN FOR DRINKING: Water stored in an open bathtub with dirt, soap film, and exposure to debris will spoil and become useless. WaterBOB lets you negate these health risks and make your bathtub a clean and fresh water storage container that can keep water fresh for up to 16 weeks depending on the water source. Keep your water clean for drinking, cooking, washing, and flushing.
Real world product for disaster/survival scenarios. Id think in PZ it wouldnt be too much to ask to store the water to use for boiling.
Get one of these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_BPeSzbRENBBK2
I'm too OCD for that. "Things" would get into my water. A waterBOB or just get water bricks are great for water storage and my peace of mind. Of course, your water tank should hold around 50 gallons.
A full bathtub can still go to crap if the sewer backs up the drain like it did to a friend of mine in Houston.
Get one of these:
> Just fill your bath tub before the storm.
If anyone is thinking about this for future use, there is a plastic tank/bag you can put into the tub to fill to keep the water a little cleaner.
You could stack these guys in all sorts of configurations http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-27-Gal-Storage-Tote-in-Black-HDX27GONLINE-5/205978361 or even through your mattress on top of them. They are ugly but they make a good use of 3d space. Only 10.77 each when you buy 12 or more. Since you do not want guests to see them, incorporate them into the furniture somehow.
Use your bathroom to store some stuff. Get a good shelf that goes over your toilet seat. You are not occupying that space anyway. All (most) of your first aid kit stuff and maybe paracord and fire extinguisher and bleach and soap and baking soda and ... other non-edibles(drinkables) could all be stored in the bathroom. Also something like this: https://www.amazon.com/waterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2?th=1 - only $23
A bath Bathroom is the first place I run to when I say cut my finger with a knife, so it only makes sense that you put your first aid kit there.
I have a couple of these and these.
I particularly like the Sceptre cans because they're quite stout, unlike the cheaper 5-gallon camping cans you can get at Walmart or other places.
The water bob container is what you are looking for.
It is usually $22.99 when sold and shipped by Amazon and not a 3rd party seller. Amazon as a seller appears to be sold out.
CamelCamelCamel will tell you Amazon price history - it will help you know if you are buying at a low point.
Overkill for you, I think but I'm grabbing a non-playa tested WaterBOB and yes you can use it without a tub. Seems decent. We shall see. I'd totally spring for a military bladder if I could, but, I can't. For you, I'd just get gallon jugs to supplement what you have. It makes it easier to distribute the weight in your car as well. The homer buckets aren't food grade IIRC, so, your milage/smell may vary. You'd probably be alright. If you want to do that, you'd be best off swinging by a restaurant or bakery and asking them for some food grade 5/7 gal buckets.
It is funny that you say that. this is also an option. nizmob is correct solar is not cheap especially for small projects.
still just a spork
I have this one.
I use this for lunch every day. It's superb.
Personally, I usually have a titanium spork, chopsticks (you could find similar ones cheaper) and I usually have a knife of some sort on me (like a swiss army knife or something). in case I need to cut up something a little tougher than the spork could handle.
Titanium is nice because it's super light and antibacterial. If you look in an outdoor store you'll find lots of lightweight options that should be easy to carry/store in your car.
Based on my experience with the NeoAir Xtherm, I'd be a bit sketched out about using a NeoAir Xtherm or Xlite for a lengthy thru-hike. Mine started to leak air significantly after only a handful of uses, in such a way that it was impossible for me to repair it (even after getting out of the field). Fortunately, Cascade Designs replaced it for free, but mine is now reserved only for the trips that I really need that added warmth on to keep the wear and tear of the pad to a minimum. Perhaps someone who has carried a NeoAir on a thru-hike (or a lengthy section hike) can chime in, but again, I'd be hesitant to carry one myself on a longer trip.
I agree with /u/AussieEquiv that a 30 degree bag may or may not be sufficient, depending on the timing of your thru especially. Some details on when you plan to depart would be helpful, but I suspect in any case that you might want to consider at least carrying a liner- that way you can send it home once things have warmed up enough that you won't need it. Based on my experiences hiking Georgia in early spring, a 30 degree bag by itself would be a bit cold on at least some nights until some time in April. And even if you start in GA late, you may not finish in ME until late Summer/early Autumn, and accordingly you may still find that the 30 degree bag isn't warm enough in the northeast towards the end of your hike.
Similarly, I also agree with the comment about a thermal top in addition to the leggings. You'll likely be glad to have a full set of long underwear on at least some nights early into your thru-hike. I see you're planning on getting a light puffy which is good, but a light thermal top will be more comfortable for sleeping in.
And again, on another similar note, I would at least consider a hat liner and glove liners for occasional cold weather as well.
And yes, definitely ditch the town clothes (especially since they weigh nearly a pound). A spare t-shirt, underwear, and socks are OK, but you can otherwise just your cleanest hiking clothes (even if that includes your rain gear) while the rest are in the laundry.
I might suggest also carrying a pair of pants in addition to shorts- perhaps look into zipoff/convertible pants to keep weight down. You'll be glad to have pants on colder days, when hiking in grassy areas with ticks, etc.
Was the decision not to carry rain pants a conscious one? If so, what was the rationale behind it? Are you OK with soaking wet pants/shorts at the end of the day (and having to put those same soaking wet pants/shorts on the next morning)? I don't always bother with putting on rain gear myself when the weather is particularly warm (on hot and humid days you sweat just as much under it as you would get wet from the rain without it), but for a longer hike I think it's probably a good idea to have a full rain suit. You will have some cold, rainy days during which I think you'd be glad to have rain pants during in addition to a jacket.
I think if you have a spork with shallow fork tongs it will be OK. Something like the Sea to Summit Titanium Utensil Spork will be fine. Or you might look at the Light My Fire Titanium Spork, which has a fork/knife combo at the opposite end of the spoon (I'm a huge fan of this one, personally).
I hope this is helpful!
Solar chargers are great for a renewable source of energy when you're not certain you'll be near any outlets soon, their drawbacks are their weight and durability, though some new models are decent on both accounts.
I do; I have a plastic bag with some money in small to large bills and copies of my birth certificate, license, health insurance, and passport. This is in case I'm not at home, where my actual documents are all in my emergency binder.
Plastic sporks? Depending on the brand they may get brittle in the cold. My preferred utensil is the Light My Fire Titanium Spork, it's super light and durable.
I recommend nitrile for medical reasons, but I was talking more along the lines of work gloves.
Good idea! If I needed glasses I'd be super paranoid about not having a spare pair. One of the things that's impacted me lately are the stories from the Californian wild fires. There are a lot of first hand accounts about dealing with the smoke and how essential protecting your lungs and eyes is.
I have a few in titanium, they're actually very nice to use camping or at home.
I bought one of these http://www.amazon.com/Light-My-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO I really like it. It's not uncomfortable to use unless you use a death grip to hold it.
I prefer the super spork from Light My Fire. It's actually double ended, instead of the real combo utensil.
Sporks are fun ideas, but then you realize you have a fork with stubby tines, and a spoon with slots in it. The super spork isn't ideal, but it is better. The titanium model also fixes the primary design flaw of the (lighter and cheaper) plastic version, which is the slight fragility of the middle section.
I use this for a utensil http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E7S5BO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I use this for a bowl/plate http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007MJ9TGS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=2KO70LRROUK7U&amp;coliid=I245GJ6QHYV8H1
Do you mean, $10 light my fire spork.
Here you go (on mobile so I can't link well): http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001E7S5BO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1405896580&amp;sr=8-1
This is what i roll with, it doesn't pack down but straps to the bottom of my pack like a champ.Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad When more insulation is needed to double it up with what you are currently using.
I've relied a lot on these Neutrogena refill pads for keeping clean and acne control. They're built for the wave face cleaner, but work fantastically with a few drops of water and a moist washcloth for camping. These little buggers have held me over when out on two week treks. Alternatively, you can use moist towlettes - although I prefer the cleaning pads.
Also, if the trouble you have with sleeping outdoors is the ground, you might want to look into a sleeping pad. I'm not sure if you'd want to invest the money into one, but they can make a world of difference. You may want to check REI for sales.
Synthetic fabrics are also great for keeping dry and avoiding moist, sweaty clothing. I recommend replacing cotton with synthetics as much as you can, especially in the undergarment department.
Thanks for the response! I was thinking of getting this thermalite solite in small, but at 5'11" I wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy for going for a torso length type setup.
The zlite and neoair x-lite are a little pricey for me right now, would you be able to offer an opinion on the linked pad? I really appreciate your response and help!
This one is worthless without a siphon.
I keep lifeboat rations in my vehicles for emergency food supply: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MF41LI/
not really that good a choice. You'd ideally want something with a higher calorie density and more carbs/fat.
something like this would be better:
What species if roach are you keeping? I've read dubia (I'm sure most other roaches too) are smart enough to be selective about what they eat vs what nutrients they need. I'm sure they can use that, but I would at least supplement it at a 30/70 ratio with some cheap dry dog food, for protein mostly. Dubia can produce protien from carbs (interesting stuff), but it's not efficient and they'd prefer a straight source of it.
If you want to go cheap though, I feed mine almost exclusively dog food I steal from my parents house and leafy table scraps. I'm not saying it's the best diet, I'm sure there is better, but my little guys do just fine
Edit: just checked the nutritional facts on that page, they have nothing. They're just carbs. No vitamins, no other nutrients. They're not really even cheap, for a staple food you're trying to feed roaches. You'd be better off with those orange slice candies, they're basically the same, but available in the super market for a fraction of the cost, and with both products you'll have to supplement something else in for nutrients anyhow. I'm not saying carbs aren't important for your roaches, but I'm sure there are better sources. Maybe something like this. It has a bit more nutrition, more than double the calories, and costs less
just watched some videos! This is incredibly helpful, what do you think about Emergency Ration Bars like this? Not sure if I'm going overboard but one of these suckers with 3600 calories could come in handy in a pinch as well
Yeah, it doesn't need to be great stuff either. You can build out a pretty good pack for like $40 at walmart...
Preferably to powerbars though: http://www.amazon.com/ER-Emergency-Ration-Survival-Preparedness/dp/B008DEYC86
EDIT: oh yah, a cheapo flashlight too for a few bucks... comes in handy... but this is something everyone should just have in the glove box.
EDIT2: best free fire tinder in the world too is dried out pinecones, compress a few dried ones into a freezer size ziploc bag and you'll be able to start a fire with the wettest shit on earth... lite those with a piece of TP or keep a napkin in there with them.
I know folks on here generally favor "real"-ish foods, but I have marine emergency rations for this purpose. They're pretty compact, vacuum sealed, and will keep you alive for up to 3 days. No frills, apparently tastes pretty blah, but does the job.
I have a different brand, but there are many companies that make stuff like this: https://www.amazon.com/ER-Emergency-Ration-1B-Preparedness/dp/B008DEYC86
All bug out bags should have one thing in common: The rule of threes.
In survival situations, the rule of three states that you should preferably have at least three ways of performing any survival task. For a bug out bag, this means you should have the tools to perform each of the following actions in at least three ways:
Start a Fire
Signal at a Distance
There's really only one way to treat injuries, so rather than having three different ways of doing it, make sure you have the three essentials:
As well as these items, you should have as much of the following as you can get:
Take some of theses.
Also load up your pack with all your shit and weigh it. Then either "practice" hike with it or something heavier.
There are also backpacking subs that could help you out.
The essential bucket is also lowered to $49.99. I picked up two since I still have some of the essential bucket left and I don't use the breakfast meals. Either way, I would've missed it if I didn't see this. Thanks.
$6.50 a meal on amazon
Food. These things are delicious. You just boil 2 cups of water and pour it in. let it sit for about 8-10 minutes and feast. I take them backpacking with a jetboil to boil the water and I eat like a king.
This is what I got, one for me and one for my wife:
She doesn't realize it, but I've stocked up WAY too much baby food at home too :)
4G LTE repeater,
1 tub of this 30 day food thing
ps. better information doesn't hurt. I've heard of people saying they would store gas in bulk homemade cisterns - that's not a good idea for obvious reasons... (boom!), Gas doesn't last forever but you can have a month worth storage before hurricane season in a couple of gas friendly canisters.
tormenteras are a must
not living in a wood house is another plus.
On principle we ban all links with paid affiliate links. I approved your link for now but I have to ask you to edit it down to the base product link
Awesome suggestions. Just be careful of the fish--many of them are packed in a broth that contains onions, which people with IBS may be sensitive to.
Questions for you regarding your chicken: How low will it keep at room temperature and how well does it re-hydrate? I've been buying freeze dried meats in bulk for a while now, and haven't really experimented with my dehydrator except to make low FODMAP beef jerky.
A few people already mentioned a kit (which should include drinkable water, non-perishable food, basic first aid kit & a tool to shut off your gas like this one) & moonchild02 seemed to cover most steps although the doorway thing is a dated concept and could be dangerous since doors swing during earthquakes. If your house/apartment is newer & up to code (likely) then you'll want to tuck under a sturdy desk/table with your arms covering your head and neck.
Most earthquake injury & death is from stuff falling so if you plan up putting stuff on shelves make sure there's a way to secure items so they wont go all willy nilly but chances are when the big one happens, shits gonna go everywhere anyways so just keep knickknacks to a minimum and make sure you secure big furniture (wardrobes, bookshelves).
If you plan on keeping pets, they will act really strange afterwards (also keep some kibble for them in your emergency kit). They might hide, get super clingy, or run off, try to put a collar on them and if possible get them chipped.
Get a bathmat that is nonslip, if an earthquake happens while you're showering, you don't want to panic, slip and fall.
They said they like beer so I ended up getting them an S-biner that doubles as a beer bottle opener, the SAS Survival Handbook, and the interesting 4-in-1 turn off wrench suggested by you shown here. I'm going to post an update when my match posts their gift to see what they thought.
You could try something like this... http://www.amazon.com/Mainstay-Emergency-Food-Rations-Calorie/dp/B000QZ3CWC
Nuts, avocados, bananas, peanut butter, and coconut/olive oil and butters are all healthy, high calorie foods and have pretty much been covered in this thread.
The only other option I can think of is something like the Mainstay Bars. They're designed to be calorie-dense for emergency situations, however you might find breaking a bar down and eating a bit every day would work for you. They're about 400 calories a bar, have some added vitamins and minerals, and have a mild lemon flavor. There are other types of these bars as well, but Mainstay is one of the more common ones.
We absolutely do - they're just marketed as emergency rations, and in bar form instead of kibble since we eat with our hands.
However, the US military has spent a buttload of money on rations research and developed better no-cook light-weight rations.
This is currently the fore-runner:
As a Floridian, these can be useful
And if your tub can’t keep the water from seeping down the drain. There’s always this.
I'm in Orange County.
To my north is LA. To my south is San Diego. I'd have to go through something worse before getting to something better there.
To the east is desert (part of it it literally named death valley. To the west is Ocean. There's nothing there for me unless I've specifically planned something beforehand.
There's local mountains, but those are two lane, winding roads and are likely to be jammed up or (intentionally or accidentally) physically obstructed. Any chance at scoring some game will be exhausted in a matter of weeks due to overhunting.
Unless there's a deadly environmental effect like radiation, your safest bet is to hunker down. Keep a couple months worth of shelf stable food, get a WaterBob and keep it topped off until you've got no running water. Make sure you know of the closest location you can get more water and come up with a plan to get it and purify it. Keep stocked up on plenty of ammo.
Then if you find yourself in a food riot kind of situation, do your best to remain hidden. If it's known no support would ever come, you'd have better chances of relocating to a more suitable place after 1-2 months and most everyone is either gone or dead.
like this https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_13?keywords=bathtub+bag&amp;qid=1567103643&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-13
Buy a WaterBoB instead.
Do you have a bathtub in your apartment? If so, get one of these waterBobs - average price is usually $25-30 shipped. You can use that in conjunction with a Sawyer filter such as this (but there are many options). Time how long it would take you to fill your bathtub up completely (or research average time). If SHTF, you'll need that much time to fill it up completely. 100 gallons of water should last you quite a bit of time if you use it sparingly, and if you live alone, even 30-50 gallons will last you a good amount of time.
As for food, look for kits that offer you 30+ days of food that don't take up much space. Get a good variety of foods that are ready to eat immediately, require a bit of cooking, or foil pouches that you can just add boiling water and wait. This gives you flexibility (and potential mobility as the circumstances dictate).
Flashlights and batteries are important. Headlamps are very practical. If the power goes out, nighttime is dark. Super dark. If you're in the city, it's pitch black. Get yourself two headlamps, two flashlights and a lantern. Using common batteries is ideal. Calculate the lifespan of their batteries, then make sure you have enough batteries to last you a month of moderate use. (This is less than you'd expect, some headlamps can run 10+ hours on a single set of batteries, and good LED lanterns Like this popular one have up to 90 hours life on low setting. Use it 5 hours a night on fresh batteries, you have potentially half a month of use (so just two sets of batteries would last you a while).
You'll need a way to cook, too. Make sure the area you decide to cook if you need to bug in is well ventilated. Cooking by a window is ideal. Again, most the food you have will mostly just be boiling water and rehydrating the food, or heating water up for extra disinfectant. So figure if you're going to use alcohol, fuel gels, solids, etc and get yourself a good supply of them. Stock up on matches and lighters.
Have a bug-out bag with 72 hours worth of supplies near the door. This should be completely self contained and under the assumption that you'd leave EVERYTHING in your apartment behind except for the clothes on your back and whatever shoes you put on. People like their packs being tactical, others say nondescript. I say whatever is comfortable for you to travel in.
And that's just the very tip.
If you live in a place where this could be an issue you can also invest in something like this. There are several similar products search bathtub water and bladder or bag or emergency
No worries about cleaning the tub or getting sewage bsckups
\^ That's what you should buy if you want to use your tub for storing drinking water. I know some folks in FL who have used these successfully.
A Water BOB https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_.XZLBbPTJ7R5H
In addition to stored water and filtration, I have one of these:
The drawback is that you have to anticipate a water outage and fill it up before. My plan is to fill it up within a couple hours of s power outage, but I live in a desert and it never freezes.
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container
Looks like it would be a big hastle to clean and dry from use to use ?
Found it, for anyone wondering: https://smile.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Thanks for posting. Didn't know this existed.
Get one of these
They also sell basically giant bath tub sized "balloons" that are handy if you're in a place with unreliable utilities. I'm not sure how big a tub is but they probably hold at least 80 gallons.
Edit: this one holds 100 https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
there's also things like this
Also, if you're worried about Potable water, check out local camping supply stores for a LifeStraw (or similar) water filter. I use one while camping instead of lugging ten gallons of water into the woods. It'll clean up the scummiest pond water into clear drinkable stuff.
It doesn't filter out things like oil contamination, though, so fill up your bathtub. They're sold out for obvious reasons, but something like this really helps.
Raid your recycling for containers, too. Fill up all you can while you can.
If this is a recurring thing, you may want to invest in a WaterBOB
Why? Because she bought all the water? Its first come first serve. Sure, a little compassion would always be nice but you should never expect people to show it, especially during an emergency.
The fact is: If seeing this pisses you off, you're woefully unprepared yourself. Most Americans don't even have the FEMA recommended amount of supplies, and wait until something is imminent before doing anything. This is why stores are flat out of stock and its a giant shit show. If you'd spend time/money on basic emergency preparedness (and were prepared yourself) you'd be looking at this photo and instead of getting angry at the woman buying all the water, you'd worry for the obviously under prepared.
Water doesn't need to be in a bottle to be clean. You can filter/sanitize it yourself if need be, but most tap water is absolutely fine.
Here are some solutions for water in an emergency:
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_DY9RzbVQSJNTDHS
New Wave Envrio Products BPA Free Bottle, 5-Gallon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003B27RAA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_k19Rzb8JNTDHS
Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QC31G6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_129RzbHHVHTV4
If all else fails, get a steel cup and a bunch of those butane/propane camping fuel sources. You can boil your own water. Filters can and do work, but I usually don't recommend them unless youre willing to at least read how they work, and what they can/can't filter. I never recommend the iodine tablets for water purification unless its an absolute emergency.
I do not know why people just don't get a Water Bob particularly for events like this where you have a warning about an impending storm.
I ran across this on Amazon the other day. Wish we had seen it when I lived in Florida.
Maybe too late unless some camping store or Walmart sells it but if you're going to continue to live in a potential disaster zone buy one of these: https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Or order it from Amazon and do next day delivery if possible.
This will get you the ability to instantly store 100gallons of drinking water.
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WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage | Be Safe During Disasters (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_RqEaBbBCGHKRS
Yeah after the fact its not really great, as the water is already contaminated. However if your well water is still clean but at risk of contamination it's a vaible option.
As for portability, no it's literally a bag the size of a bathtub. 100 gallons of water. Not something you can move as its not rigid without a bathtub to sit in. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001AXLUX2?pc_redir=1407179256&amp;robot_redir=1
$60 from Amazon, plastic "bag" for bathtub that holds 100 gallons and has a pump.
Arrives by end of September.
I use it all the time. Next time out is the 25th-27th.
edit: ya, if you're referring to the mess kit it's new this season. I still have two more things on the way as well. A Lite My Fire titanium spork and a folding grill.
Buy a Spork everybody should own a spork !
Just finished my holiday shopping: Titanium Spork
I introduce you the mighty spork.
Steam ID http://steamcommunity.com/id/1nf4m0uz
These are the items I currently have in my pack:
Collapsible plate, bowl, and cup
single burner - there are probably better/smaller/lighter weight ones but this is just what I'm using at the moment
Titanium spork knife
I toss a sponge and a travel bottle of dish soap in the pot.
It'd be nice to see if other people have similar travel packs and what they use.
I got a titanium spork! I'm very excited about my spork. :)
I'd worry about the rubber edges. Rubber tends to wear out/flake after time and exposure to the elements, and it's definitely less durable than metal. Not really sure rubber is needed to scoop out every last bit of a meal either. The shape of the spoon end also seems less than optimal for eating. Is this product better than, say, this spork?
I've got both of these. Both are great.
there are titanium sporks
Titanium spoons - they are the future.
I also have the titanium version and it is great. Never once worried about breaking it. I typically am only using the spoon on dehydrated foodstuffs, but every so often I do "luxury" hikes where we bring steaks and whatnot and so a discrete fork is a boon. It's because of the fork that I think it's superior to the frequently recommended long spoon option. "Spork" is a total misnomer for the utensil since it is a fork and spoon on opposite ends, not a mutant amalgamation of the two.
Creator of /r/Whatsinthebag and still in dire need of a new EDC backpack.
I haven't made any final decisions on it, but I've got dozens of great options so far.
Othar than that....Oh....
...just to name a few things...ya know...off the top of my head.
Don't get the Light my fire Titanium Spork. While it's sturdy and has a good "hand feel", they made the stupid thin about a quarter inch too large to fit in the typical steel mess kit, even removing everything but the pot and outer bowl. You have to buy their stupid spork cover if you don't want crud all over your spork.
Tiny (near perfect) 16gb USB Flash Drive
Fenix E05 Flashlight
Pull-Apart Key Ring
I wasn't blown away by the organizer thing, but the rest are good.
I don't know about needed, but I'd want one. It provides a lot of warmth for little weight. Even a cheap foam one. It'll really cut down on heat loss from the wind, even with an emergency blanket under your hammock.
9oz and $20 for the small. That'll at least give you some coverage for your torso.
Edit: It also gives some extra ability to go to ground if needed.
You've got a few of these, but just in case you want to hit the trail soon, these are Amazon available. I'm emphasizing lighter but similar gear to what's in the package. I think buying ultralight gear when you first start backpacking is questionable. It's expensive, there's a learning curve for a lot of it, and it's hard to know what you like until you've done some actual backpacking. My "bundle" weighs in at 7-ish pounds and costs $180.
A 2.5-pound sleeping bag of similar rating to the Siesta one:
A 14-oz standard sleeping pad that's less comfortable than the one in the bundle but will serve decently well and can act as an adjunct to an inflatable as your needs evolve (I still have one in my winter kit):
For a tent, I'd grab the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 instead: https://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-5024617-Lynx-1-Person/dp/B00BMKD1DU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1469111834&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=alps+lynx+1
Wondering if I should get this, or just a basic foam one from thermarest. What do you guys think?
> The 2 tents you looked at are a very expensive 4 season military grade tent and probably the cheapest 1 person "tent" (it isn't a tent, it is a hooped bivy) on the market? C'mon man.
To be fair, I've actually looked at a lot of tents, the MH is just my favorite for obvious reasons, and the other was just something I liked the size/shape of. I also concede red bivys, but I feel like I'd really like the extra space.
>First of all you don't need a 4 season tent. Almost no one needs a 4 season tent. Especially not in Alaska in the summer.
Fair enough. Thanks for the dose of reality.
>Stretch your $100 budget a bit and get a Kelty Salida 1. https://www.kelty.com/product/salida-1
This looks awesome, thanks for showing it to me!
>Backpacking tents, including 4 season tents, don't keep you warm. They just keep stuff off you. They're all drafty because they need air flow to prevent condensation. Use a good sleep system to keep warm.
Right, It's just that the solo is really just a bug net with a rain liner over top, so I was worried in a stiff breeze it would be to floppy?
I'm planning on using this with this and maybe a liner. Do you think I'll be warm enough?
This is incredibly important now that we're starting to roll into the big storm season.
Burt's bees hand salve I got this for my boyfriend. He climbs so his hands get all roughed up and he's a bit "metro" himself, so likes to take care of his hands.
Really fucking nice utility gloves For working on shit.
Bear Grylls survival kit
George Forman grill/bachelor pad's best friend
First of all I just want to say that, that strainer looks amazing.
I'm going to guess that you'll have $43.24
here is an item under $10, here is one under $25, and here is one under $50
I have a two-part 'bag'.
I use a utility belt for a few things, so the weight rides in my hips. That carries a 9" KBar, a Letterman MultiTool, a GoGirl (chicks can stand to urinate, think: small transmission funnel in silicone so it can roll up small), a couple days of Emergency Ration 2400 Calorie Food Bars, metal canteen, ferrous fire starter, and a good compass.
It's handy for a quick hike or in addition to my little backpack.
My backpack had a bunch of little stuff: spare socks, face mosquito net, mess kit, German WWII cutlery set, skein of paracord, spare ammo, cheezy little whistle, small fishing kit in an Altoids tin, fire starter in three flavors, old military rain poncho, glittery space blanket (has many uses), LifeStraws,etc.
Allow me to introduce you to the Emergency Survival Bar. 3600 cal in a 6 x 5 x 1.4 inch package, or 42 cubic inches.
From personal experience, these pretty much taste like edible (fatty) bricks. The issues others are mentioning with speed of absorbtion (fiber etc.) can be dealt with by just pacing how fast you eat these - on a short term basis anyway.
If he does backpacking, these will be appreciated:
Depending on how much you're looking to buy they come in buckets for emergency storage.
Grab the mixed dinner buckets on amazon! Usually about $60 for 12 dinner bags. Mountain House Just In Case...Essential Bucket https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00955337I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_7CVQzbZ8VJ5W9
some can. like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-House-80635-Classic-Bucket/dp/B00955DUHQ/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;s=sporting-goods&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1416587859&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=mre
Here you go. Use the MRs.
Got room in a cabinet for some of these? Just sayin', would beat toothpaste.
Buy yourself one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-House-Classic-Assorted-Package/dp/B00955DUHQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1505671407&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=mountain+house
Along with a camping stove and a camping pot to boil water in (oh, and gas!). Should last you a few weeks.
Here is the Amazon page.
Nothing beats Blue Can premium emergency canned drinking water.
Also spend a few bucks and get￼ this
Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bar - 3 Day Supply - Less Sugar and More Nutrients Than Other Leading Brands - (5 Year Shelf Life)-9 bars https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NGYGCH2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wB9YDb6AZ5HG7
While bland and not the best, it’s a have it and forget it thing. Also an emergency blanket (shiny one) to reflect heat.
Has come in handy in a few situations. Last year On the highway during an ice storm my car randomly died, something about the battery.
Took triple A 3 hours to get to me, fucking A was I hungry as a motherfucker, shivering I presume used a lot of calories. Took a solid 20 minutes in the storm chipping open my trunk for the food and blankets. Once I got situated with the survival blanket and a blanket overtop I was actually too warm.
They do - 50 year water ...
and I swear I've been served plain water in a can on an airplane somewhere
Now you have: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Can-Premium-Emergency-Drinking/dp/B00M9O9HTK
This is a bag that goes in your tub to store drinking water in case of emergency
AquaPodKit- PlusOne - Emergency Drinking Water Storage (130 Gallons - Two 65 Gallon Reservoirs) - Made in USA! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W2BQT4G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_vCZLBb21EVY85
I think I bought mine on amazon as a 2 pack a long time ago.
this is the new version but it seems to be unavailable :(
I haven't pulled the trigger yet but I've been considering getting canned water.
I don't normally buy bottled water so I don't want to have to worry about rotating them, so $40 seems like a decent price to pay for emergency water in my car that I can trust for a few years. I'll probably keep them in a cooler to prevent freezing in the winter (despite the username, I'm not actually in Texas).
I ordered this bag off of Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Earthquake-Bag-earthquakes-hurricanes/dp/B0756MV23H?ref_=ast_bbp_dp
I also have a plastic tote with other stuff that the bag didn't include like a full size towel, clean clothing, baby wipes, deodorant, sunscreen, canned food, feminine products (!!!), toilet paper & paper towels, a couple trash bags, etc.
Nothing special, but I picked up one of these a couple months back.
I also keep a few extra 2.5 gallon water jugs lying around in case water isn't accessible for 24-48 hours. I'm putting medications, batteries, and some other stuff in my go bag. Going to grab my atlas and put together a route out of the city that doesn't involve the highway.
I just bought some off amazon a while back.
I get what you're saying but I keep one these in my truck and one in my work bag; https://www.amazon.com/Light-my-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO/
And I'm not even a hippie! Just liked it well enough to stash a few where I'll need them.
A 3600 Calorie breakfast bar maybe?
This should keep him alive