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u/skinrust · 18 pointsr/preppers

You're asking a very broad question while looking for specifics, making it very hard to pinpoint an answer. I'll give my advice on bug out bag items.

The bag itself - Should be a solid backpacking bag. Keep it light enough that it's manageable. For a very fit individual, the max weight should be your body weight divided by 3. Most of us are not that fit, so adjust accordingly. It should have hip support, well stitched straps, several compartments and a way to attach things to the outside (molle webbing, carabiner loops or exterior straps). Should be weatherproof.
Water - Depends entirely on your location. I live in Canada - Land of lakes and rivers. I wont need to carry a ton of water all the time. I've got a sawyer squeeze as my primary water filter. The collapsible water bottles it comes with work great for water storage as well. Wife and daughter carry a lifestraw as backups. We have some iodine drops as well.
As far as water carrying devices go, i find nalgene bottles work great. Theyre light and strong, and come in various sizes. A canteen is great if you want to use it to cook over a fire. Its not a bad idea either to have a large (5 litre+) collapsible water container. They're plastic and light. I havn't used mine extensively enough to recommend.
Sharp Things - I've got a Kabar as my primary fixed blade. It's tried and true. Good metal, full tang. I've got a leatherman wave multitool. Carry it everyday on my belt. Super handy. I should really add a 3-4" folding knife to my pack as sometimes the kabar is too big, and the multitool is hard to clean.
I also carry a Cold steel shovel. I looked into folding shovels, and they didnt seem reliable. Moving parts means they're more likely to fail. I haven't used this one extensively, but the few times i have tried it, its done an excellent job. If your pack's too heavy, put this one in your car.
Food - Your typical protein bars, dried rice/bean mix, snickers, small jar of PB, oatmeal and dehydrated fruit. A small bit of olive oil packs a ton of calories and adds flavour. It's good to have a small container of salt and pepper, or other spices to add flavour. You can grab MRE's or those mountainhouse dried meals, but theyre expensive. If you regularly buy pepperettes or jerkey, stick some in your bag and rotate it out when you buy it next. Multivitamins can keep you up if youre not getting a ton of food, but dont rely on them. Bring any meds you need, as well as tylenol or aspirin.
Hygiene - Pack a couple rolls of TP. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant (chuck if too much weight), wash cloth, soap, soap for clothing, feminine products (if applicable), couple garbage bags (can separate dirty clothes), wet wipes, lip balm, hand sanitizer. Sun screen and bug spray in small bottles.
Clothing - Carry at least 7 pairs of good socks. Some warm ones if the location's cold. Extra shirts, underwear are essential. Pants/shorts and sweater are optional (besides whatever you're wearing). Stick your clothing in a waterproof sack. Try to keep only clean, dry clothes in there (no airflow + damp = mold).
-Paracord and rope
-Sewing kit
-Tent patching kit (if you have a tent or a tarp)
-Tarp (who saw that coming). Doesn't have to be massive. Just know how to set it up to keep you dry.
-Fire Source. Have many. Lighters are cheap, stash away a bunch (7?). The lighter leash is awesome. You should be able to find that cheap at a corner store. Storm matches, for when its rainy. I think these are what I got. You can light them in any weather, put them under water, and they'll still be lit. Not a bad idea to carry regualr matches in a waterproof container. Firestarter packets are great. I just soak cotton balls in Vaseline. Flint and steel is cool, but only useful if youve exhausted all other fire starting methods.
-Super Glue
-Safety pins
-Zip ties
-Light. Hand crank flashlight is awesome. If you have a battery powered one, carry spare batteries. The mini maglite has a belt holster. Those small LED flashlights are great too. Grab a few glowsticks.
-fork and spoon
-emergency blanket or emergency sleeping bag. Only useful if you're SOL.
-sleeping bag for your location. If its warm you don't need this. Can use a hammock or sleeping pad. Try and keep these small as they take up a ton of space.
-Compass. Useful if you have a map.
-Map of your location/where youre going.
-Signal mirror and a good whistle.
-Fishing supplies. I've got an emmrod. You can put a fairly small cheap reel on here. I've got the shimano ix2000. It casts a pretty good distance. Hooks, weights, bobs etc. Can all fit in small waterproof containers or camera film containers. Dont forget line! Mines already on the reel. A fishing vest gives you lots of little pockets to keep things in arms reach.
-First Aid kit. There's extensive lists online depending on how large you want it. Some gauze, band aids, polysporin, burn cream are a good start. Try and build it yourself, don't buy the gimmikey premade ones. Keep yours in a waterproof Tupperware container.
-Tiny roll of Gorilla Tape
-Games. Some dice and a deck of cards go a long way. Don't underestimate the value of laughter. If a sudden collapse ever happens, these might save you from depression.
-Headlamp. I've got this rayovac one (i think). Seems easy on batteries and has lasted a few camping trips. Haven't put serious use on it tho.
-Eating equipment. A mug and a small plate go a long way. A folding pan goes a long way, but is heavy. I would love to learn to use a pressure cooker over fires.
-Handkerchief or travel kleenex
-Bandanas. 3 of them.
-Bungee cords can be useful, but they run the risk of snapping and taking out an eye.
-Ziplock bags are handy. Keeps a lot of small things organized and dry.
-Pencils, Pens, notepad/book, sharpie.
-Hatchet is useful, but heavy. Take one if you can. The sven saw is awesome and hasn't broke on me yet.
-Spare pair of glasses (if applicable)
-Some sort of firearm is almost necessary. I don't have one yet, but i was planning on a 10/22 takedown. It's small and easy to pack. Bullets are light. If you need more stopping power than a .22, you're in a heap of trouble. Guns are not my specialty (can you guess), so ill leave it up to you
-In lieu of a firearm, you could grab a crossbow. If that's still too much, a good slingshot will do great.
-phone booklet and address's. In case your phone craps out and you cant charge it.
-A small windable clock is great. A solar watch is better. I think thats the one i have.

All this stuff is useless unless you know how to use it. Do your research, take some courses. Learn the necessary skills to survive, because that's what's really necessary. I like Les Stroud's (survivorman) book Survive!. Learn to tie knots, fish, hunt, forage, fight, build a fire in all conditions, etc.
If you have questions on the use of any of the above items, ask away. Any advice or suggestions, I welcome those too.

u/Teerlys · 12 pointsr/preppers

I wrote this up earlier today for someone who wanted to start getting prepped on ~$75/Month but also wanted to not have to cook the foods. I did include some long term storage as the first step anyway because it's so cheap and easy, but so far as consumables go, this is a good start for you.


A lot of this is a shelf life and storage space issue. If you have plenty of room for storage, I'd start like this:

  • Month 1: This doesn't meet your doesn't-need-to-be-cooked guideline, but it's a really solid start to bulk up on available calories and requires minimal cash and effort, so it's going in anyway. Ignore it if it's not for you.

    Buy two 50lb bags of white rice from a place like Costco or Sam's Club. Find 3 food safe 5 gallon buckets with lids. Get Mylar Bags and O2 Absorbers. Then hit Youtube for instructions on what to do with them. If the Mylar bags bit will hold you back from doing this, then skip them and just clean the buckets then dump rice in them straight. Seal, date, set aside. That's 160,000 calories in month 1. Given normal pantry supplies that stretches things out quite a ways. Plan on rotating out at 7ish years if put straight into the bucket and 20 years if you use the Mylar. Realistically, with Mylar, white rice may be good for much longer than 20 years (most people say 30, but for the minimal investment I'd rotate earlier to be safe).

  • Month 2:

    Grab a Water Bob (not right now though, hurricane season has prices high and stocks low for them). Also, a Sawyer Water Filter or two. That gives you an opportunity to grab an extra hundred gallons of water in your bathtub initially given enough warning, and some water purification options later on.

  • Month 3:

    Assuming you have storage capacity, start looking at #10 cans of food. Those are the cans that are around a foot tall and very wide. Look for things that you would eat and would be usuable in your daily lives, but also ones that would be calorie dense. For example, refried beans, nacho cheese, baked beans, white potatoes, chick peas, chili with beans, etc. Those are things you can use in recipes at home, but can pick them up and store them for a couple of years first. Getting them in the larger can is a better return on investment/dollar than buying smaller ones.

  • Month 4: This is probably more what you were looking for.

    If your pantry isn't topped up with the things your family normally eats, drop that money to get a little deeper on those things. Velveeta cheese, crackers, cans of soup, noodles, peanut butter/jelly, canned vegetables/fruit, pasta/sauce, salsa, dried/canned beans, seasonings, canned meat, canned chili, etc. Date them and make sure to work through the oldest first. Having the normal foods you eat in bulk will likely end up being what gets you through most things (like the current hurricane season, job loss, winter blizzard, etc). Spending on these things can be used to fill out whatever is left of your budget when it gets partially used up on other things. I'd also maybe consider having some flats of bottled water at home as well. I usually keep 4-7 Costco sized ones on hand for my SO and I.

  • Month 5:

    Start looking at longer term bulk water storage. I like 5 gallon stackable water cubes as they're easier to move and use and you buy them as you have a little extra cash here and there, but if you want to bump the budget up a bit for a month and your wife won't look at you like you're crazy, a 55 gallon barrel is a better price per gallon than the individual cubes. Sometimes there's just no replacing having your own clean water source ready to go. Barring all of that, if your family will use them just grab a bunch of flats of bottled water and rotate them. Stacked high they don't take up a ton of floor space.

  • Month 6 and Beyond:

    At this point you're pretty well set initially for both water and food. Keep the pantry stocked and rotating. Add on for long term stored water as you see fit and maybe invest in something like a Big Berkey if you really want to drop some money into it. At that point I'd probably begin considering longer term food storage. More rice, add in some dry beans (roughly 5 year shelf life in Mylar/Buckets), and if you're feeling really into it you can get unground wheat and that will last 30 years or better in Mylar/Buckets. You'll just need to have a hand crank grinder or two to use it.


    I get wanting ready to eat foods, and that's pretty easy to do and a great place to start, but as one last recommendation... grab yourself a Propane Burner and a high pressure hose for it so that you can use regular propane tanks. You may be able to eat cold soup out of the can, but it's a lot more comforting when it's warm, and you can pretty easily have the ability to add more of your foods into your diet (like spaghetti or mac and cheese) when you can still have a burner to work with.
u/landmanpgh · 6 pointsr/preppers

This is one of my only prepping areas of expertise. Every time the power goes out, I learn about some new way that I could've been better prepared for the boredom. I've created separate categories.

No Power

If you're woefully unprepared or all of your power is completely gone, you still have a few options:

  • Playing Cards: I see these recommended all the time, and I'm sure everyone knows a few card games. But how many? 3 or 4? How many games can you almost remember, but not quite? That was an issue I realized I faced, so I bought a book of card game rules, like this one.

  • Board Games: For those who didn't know, there was a board game revolution of sorts that began in 1995 with Settlers of Catan. Since then, there have been some REALLY incredible games that have come out. I love board games so much, I go to monthly meet-ups with fellow enthusiasts to play new and different games. Once you play a gateway game like Ticket to Ride, you'll never look back.

    I now have a good 30 board games, and am always looking for more. A typical board game can last for over an hour including setup, so they're a great way to kill time and have fun if there's nothing else to do.

    Check out some of the recommendations over at the board games subreddit

  • Physical Books: Unfortunately, I don't have much of a physical library. But anyone who reads before bed knows how easy it is to get sucked into a good story and suddenly it's 3:00am.

    I like to have several books I love, some books of short stories, and stuff I'm kind of 50/50 on. I figure, if I try something out when there's no power and it can't hold my attention, then it really isn't a good book for me.

    Access to SOME Power

    If you're like me, you have a solar charger for electronics) coupled with a battery pack. With that, you should be able to stay at least sort of powered indefinitely. This setup increases your entertainment tremendously.

  • Kindle: Charge it once and the battery lasts forever. I have a ton of books I've been meaning to read and books I had to put down because life got in the way. They're all there, just waiting for the power to go out. Additionally, a lot of older classics are free to download. And...err...I hear you can find books for free if you are willing to compromise your morals a bit.

    I prefer the original Kindle or the Paperwhite, since I want it solely for books.

  • Tablet: Another prep I still need to make, but one I've researched a ton. Basically, you want some way of streaming movies, shows, and music. An old tablet+connected hard drive can potentially keep you entertained indefinitely, provided you can keep re-charging. And again, I hear there are places you can go to...find movies.

  • Phone: Of course, you should only use your phone if you can reliably keep it charged (and have a backup burner for 911 calls!). If you can do that, and you are still able to get 3G/4G, you should be more than entertained. And you can always download podcasts, movies, music, etc. to your phone in advance in case your cellular access is limited.

    Full Power

    There are only a few situations I can envision where you have access to uninterrupted power, but can't leave your house. If you have a generator, of course, or if you're in some type of Contagion situation. If that's the really don't have an entertainment problem.
u/uski · 78 pointsr/preppers

A few more ideas :

I would suggest having a battery-powered FM radio (and extra batteries if it's battery powered, or get one which charges via USB like the one I linked) to listen to the news and get vital information.

Also (if not too late), order a sawyer mini (best) or lifestraw (not as good). If you don't have access to clean water it can help you stay healthy (beware of chemical contamination which cannot be removed by these).

If you have the money, get a Garmin inReach satellite communicator (requires a (relatively cheap) subscription, down to $15ish a month). You can request SOS (much like 911), and send/receive SMS and e-mails, even without cell coverage. Excellent to keep in touch with relatives and in case of emergency. Can be used year-round when hiking, snow-mobile, skiing, ... Don't tell anyone you have this...

Download the offline map of your area on Google Maps on your phone beforehand. Can be priceless to navigate around and doesn't require internet access. Also get the Maps.Me app and download the map of your area too. Google Maps offline maps will expire and disappear from your phone after 30 days (I believe), Maps.Me maps will not.

If the cell service in your area is out of order, use your phone in airplane mode so that it doesn't continuously and desperately looks for a cell to connect to, which will drain the battery VERY quickly. Also use it on the lowest practical brightness setting to save battery power.

If not too late, get big USB power banks (>=10000mAh such as this one) and fully charge them beforehand. It's good as barter items and it can be nice to recharge your things when you have no access to a generator (on the go, or if you don't want to run the generator to avoid attracting attention). You can also get USB lights (this one for instance) and your powerbank doubles as a flashlight with a very long battery life.

Get a first aid kit, and not just one with bandaids... Get a CAT tourniquet, trauma dressing, Celox (preferred) or QuikClot bandage, triangular bandage, SAM splint, ... and know how to use them. Also get the basic medecines (stomach/diarrhea relief, basic painkillers, anti-allergy, and any prescription medecine if you require any). Remember 911 service may be unavailable for some time and you need to be able to take care of injuries. Tourniquets save lives, everyone should have one readily available.


I am a radio amateur and in these situations I like to have one or two portable radio for two-way communication but I realize it is not for everybody. Still, a pair of FRS/GMRS radio can be helpful. Please note that GMRS requires a (cheap) license in the USA. I would recommend this model which also allows to be used as a scanner and to program the NOAA weather frequencies (do it beforehand) and some local police/EMS/fire frequencies (if allowed in your juridiction).

Please DO NOT use a radio made for amateur radio use, where you can transmit on any frequency, such as the UV-5R; you may interfere with emergency communications, even if you can't hear them, miles away. Please stick to the FRS/GMRS frequencies. The radio above guarantees safe operation and still allows to be used as a scanner.


Take pictures of all your important documents (ID, properties, ...) and store them in a waterproof plastic bag. Try to keep at least your passport and driver license with you during the storm...

If you have a sump pump, try to arrange so that it can be battery powered and/or connected to your generator. If using battery power, get a battery charger and/or a generator connection, if the outage lasts and the battery runs down. Sometimes homes are not affected by the main storm but are flooded due to the lack of power around the storm and are still ruined, and that's totally preventable.

Also, beforehand, depending of the situation you might want to BLOCK your main sewage pipe. This way you might avoid sewage backflow into your home. There are normally valves already installed but in case of serious flooding (high backpressure) they sometimes are not up to the task.


Download a few offline movies on the Netflix app (if you have Netflix). I never lived though a hurricane but I assume after a few days/weeks, you might want some entertainment. You can also download e-books. Bonus if it's survival-related e-books.


Hope this helps... good luck to those affected

PS: oooo, thank you stranger for the gold, I think I never had one before ! Happy prepping :)

u/PettaFile · 1 pointr/preppers

Rice will poke holes in your bags. Most dry stock like beans and rice do just fine in a mylar bag. We put 30 lbs at a time in 5 gallon mylar bags inside food grade 5 gallon buckets with gamma seal lids. They stack and hold a lot. Easy to carry and the gamma seal lids for ease of portioning. We also tape an unused razor to the underside of the gamma lid to open the bag if needed.

In the past we vac sealed small amounts (2 - 3 US LBS) but quickly upgraded and I'll tell you the rice will not stay sealed.

We seal Fels-Naptha to keep it fresh and water tight. We do the same for washing soap. One bar of favorite soap on top with one clean wash cloth. We vac seal meats for the freezer and the normal uses but for the most part I would stay away from dry goods like beans unless you are a single prepper, then that might just be the best way...except rice and spikey pastas....just don't waste the bags!

Also if you are going to vac seal, we use a FoodSaver brand vac seal and it has done literally thousands of heat seals and around half that in actual vac/seals. You heat seal the one side first then the other side is where it sucks air out then seals when the air is expelled. 2:1

The bags on the other hand we purchase from a vendor on Amazon. The rolls do not fit in our vac sealer and have to be cut by hand, however the difference in price per foot is worth it for us!

Good luck! Well done thinking of your future and taking action!

u/shoangore · 1 pointr/preppers

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.

u/SolusOpes · 1 pointr/preppers

Shudders are good. I also use 3M security film. It's completely clear and my condo association has no idea. 3M only sells their stuff to professional installers but you can buy DIY quality stuff off Amazon cheap. Just look up '3m security film', and you'll get dozens of brands. Many very highly rated.

For water, I love me my Water Bob. Cheap and easy to use. If a hurricane is in bound, this is a no brainer.

For power that was the first thing I did when I bought my condo.

I did a ton of research and found indoor generators (all need professional installation that I was researching). Basically mine is tucked in my utility closet with my HVAC and water heater. But most places also make them to be concealed looking like benches or bars, etc.

Anyway, the grid keeps it full. Once the grid drops it instantly kicks over and powers my whole place (I spared no expense, but you can get them wired to just do a refrigerator, microwave, hot water, stuff like that).

Once the grid comes back, it recharges the generator.

Now, mine lasts full 12hrs under full load. Because my city is pretty good at restoring shit.

But! All of them get optional solar integration. Which I will be getting next year. Where I can pull the panels out of the closet, put them against my windows and plug them in.

So a lot of options here.

Google: indoor battery generators

u/d4rch0n · 5 pointsr/preppers

>What do you guys recommend for a lantern?


  • Get a good LED lantern and test it out while camping, make sure it is bright enough to let you cook in the dark and also doesn't drain batteries super quick or inconvenient for some reason. If it sucks, try a new one.
  • Get a headlamp. If you've had to cook in the dark while camping, you'll realize how damn useful it is to have. You've got both hands to work with and you see everything you look at. Test out while camping.
  • Some non-electric alternative
  • I love this thing. It can be a NOAA radio, it can charge a USB device, it can be a flashlight. It can be powered by charging through USB, through hand cranking, and through solar. Loved it when I was camping. Don't even have to worry about batteries.

    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 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?
u/eramnes · 5 pointsr/preppers

The best resource for this that I know of is The Self Sufficient Life And How To Live It, a book by John Seymour. There are explanations and drawings of pretty much everything you would need to work on a one or five acre holding - with 10 acres you would be even better off. He talks about farming, wood harvesting, butchering, beekeeping, woodworking, and basically anything else you can imagine about being as self-sufficient as possible. If you want to "try before you buy" you can read an older edition [PDF warning] for free. You'll get more information on plant types and other things by purchasing the revised version though. I'd suggest a hard copy in any case.

Carla Emery's book has been highly recommended to me, but I've never read it so I can't say anything about it one way or the other. Most posters here are trustworthy though so if they're suggesting it I would pick that up as well.

If you are looking for other resources, I can suggest the Foxfire series, which deals with how life has been lived in the Appalachian region of the US before the introduction of modern life. There's a lot of good information there if you're willing to put up with a good deal of folklore. Not that the stories contained are bad - they're highly entertaining if nothing else.

Another choice you might look in to is the Village Technology Handbook [PDF warning, again]. This book details a lot of improvised infrastructure items that may be of use to the self-sufficient person. This book can be difficult to find in print - I bought my copy from AbeBooks for about $60.

If you're looking for something that discusses a specific technology or problem, let me know and I may be able to point you to a resource.

Good luck - I wish I had the acreage you do!

u/edheler · 2 pointsr/preppers

Don't let fear of the future define you. You will have a much happier life if you just don't worry about what might happen. Plan for the worst but expect the best. Then planning for things that might happen is just a fun hobby and thought exercise.

Try to find a Sawyer Mini for water filtering. They are probably about €20 since they are $20 here in the US. It's easily the best option for water filtering at the moment.

At your age I would try to find a way to get into backpacking and camping. It will give you a good reason to have the kind of equipment you want to get without anyone thinking it was anything strange. It will just be a normal everyday kind of hobby that other people do. Just don't tell them about your other reasons for doing it.

u/dave9199 · 1 pointr/preppers

Yes. I am very interested in this. I would in part like general principals but also want something that specifically has reactions, and real stepwise instructions. There have been other books like The Knowledge which touched on many concepts but are so vague that the book does not really add much to my knowledge base. To be fair the author wrote it as a primer, but it could be so much more if it were more detailed.

for the biochem I would be interested in:

simple extraction of compounds: salicylic acid from willow bark. I would think you would want to cover various extraction techniques like crystallization, polar and non-polar solvent type extractions.

distillation methods.

making sulfuric acid, nitric acid, ammonia, potassium hydroxide, and some of the most useful and basic chemicals.

for the mechanical engineering i would like to see: pumps, motors, windmills, a shop press, cutting gears, pistons and hydraulics.

u/CJOttawa · 2 pointsr/preppers

You mentioned the basics... how about electricity? I'm specifically thinking of a portable solar arrays, and some multipurpose chargers, batteries devices. Here are a few links of interest:

Super portable 21Watt version that has USB outs:

Bigger model but capable of charging 12Volt batteries (I'm thinking trickle charging a car battery):

Multimeter for displaying power output:
(useful for positioning the solar cells for best power)

ThruNite U1 charger and battery; acts as not only a charger for NiCad, NiMH, and Li-Ion cells of varying sizes, but also (drum roll) can be used as a USB powerpack:

Then, standardize on lights that use 18650 cells as they're way, way better than NiMH (higher power, better capacity, longer life):

Oh, random idea... small stove that'll burn wood and comes with a backup alcohol burner:

u/thermidorian · 1 pointr/preppers

SAS Survival Handbook

Wilderness Medicine

Where There Is No Doctor

First Aid For Dogs

These are the ones I have. The SAS Survival guide is great for general survival know-how. Wilderness Medicine and Where There Is No Doctor are both great resources on field medicine and first aid. I got First Aid For Dogs because I probably wouldn't go anywhere without my dog and I want to be able to take care of him like he's part of the family.

If you buy all these off Amazon, then they will give you many more suggestions on good resource books. These are just the ones I keep ready and good overviews of many different scenarios.

u/lumberjackninja · 1 pointr/preppers

Pocket Ref by Thomas Glover (Amazon link)

Basically a small handbook of all kinds of useful reference data, especially engineering and automotive related (need to calculate the pressure drop of a given fluid through a pipe of a given diameter flowing at a given speed? Need to re-jet a carburetor? Determine the maximum safe loading of a soft pine floor vs. an oak floor?) in addition to miscellaneous data (zip codes, how to perform CPR on babies and small animals, major poison and burn centers for your region of the US, names of various groups of animals like hamsters and crows). I got these as gifts for my groomsmen, since I prefer to give "useful" items like tools and books.

For basic (non-electronic) electrical stuff, I've heard good thing about the Navy's training materials, but I haven't read it myself.

For electronic circuits, I recommend The Art of Electronics by Horowitz & Hill. They just came out with a new version that's apparently more focused on modern digital circuitry (microcontrollers). This is the book that I used when I was learning analog circuits; it gives good descriptions of things like resistance/reactance/impedance, LCR circuits, transistors, oscillators, op-amps and other amplifiers, as well as RF circuits. I think my edition also covered some 7400 series logic and ancient microcontrollers.

u/Crapletunnel · 3 pointsr/preppers

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm

This book is Amazing, and works hard to get the reader to understand many of the many technologies that make our world function, and has guides on how to short-cut our way through technologies to be able to use the most impressive tools we have now.

There is some amazing stuff in here, like how to build a wood gassifying engine to run motors, and other really great stuff. Plus, if people look at you funny, you can just tell them you're just reading it for the science or whatever.

u/Ataraxiom · 2 pointsr/preppers

You can also think of your food stores as an investment like you would for your guns and ammo. I have seen my rice and beans go up in value about 30% recently. The key is packing it correctly in airtight mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. This food can last you 20+ years if packed safely. I plan to rotate through my food stores about every 10 years, and I don't plan to touch my current stash until the ten year mark. I am hoping my Return On Investment will be pretty good after 10 years assuming we don't have any major deflationary times in the near future.
EDIT: Forgot to mention: In my opinion, the more likely survival scenario is going to be loss of a job or economic collapse. In this scenario I think it would be wiser to live off food stores in more populated areas rather than run to the wilderness and try to live off the land. I have come to this opinion after reading The Modern Survival Manual by Ferfal. He is a well studied survivalist and has survived Argentina's Economic Collapse for the past ten years. His shared experiences and knowledge is priceless and his book has changed my viewpoint on survivalism. Its a must read for the true survivalist.

u/ht1237 · 6 pointsr/preppers

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.

u/kmc_v3 · 1 pointr/preppers

I've been playing with APRS recently. It's not exactly a solution for the general public, but I think it'd be a great choice for certain types of emergencies. Basically it is a way to send small data packets, such as GPS location and text messages, over ham radio. All you need is a cheap VHF radio like the ubiquitous UV-5R, a smartphone or tablet (could be an old one with no service), and a cable to connect them. I use the APRSdroid app.

APRS works point-to-point between any two radios that are in range of each other. However, there's also a mesh network of digipeaters and IGates run by volunteers. These can relay your signal over a wide area and onto the Internet. They're free to use, and anyone can build one with pretty basic equipment.

With a good location and a directional antenna, such as this collapsible yagi made from hardware store parts, you could reach a digipeater/IGate 100+ miles away, perhaps in another country. And it'll work even if the cell network is down. If you have a mesh path to an IGate then you can send APRS messages, SMS, and email to anyone in the world.

Personally, I mostly prep for natural disasters. In a government repression scenario, there are some disadvantages to APRS. The biggest one is that everything is public by default. You can disable location broadcast (or even spoof it), and it wouldn't be technologically difficult to add encrypted messaging. Or you could use code words. Obscuring the meaning of messages is against the rules of ham radio, but if the government is already going after you for trying to communicate at all, then that doesn't really matter. Also, it's relatively easy to track down VHF transmissions using radio direction finding. The risk there depends on just how badly the government wants to find you, and whether you're operating fixed or mobile.

> If the grid was down, people would just need to be able to power their smartphones, and all that would require is a car to smartphone charger, which many people already have.

Solar is another good option. You can buy a fold-up panel that generates 20W in direct sunlight (enough to charge 2 phones at full speed) and has a built in battery too. A lot of people buy these for camping.

u/Tacos2night · 12 pointsr/preppers

Get a Baofung UV5R or similar from Amazon for about $30. It comes with a charger and if you set it up right it holds a charge for a good while. You will need a technician class licence from the FCC to transmit on it but it works great for hitting local repeaters on 2 meter and 70cm bands. I wouldn't bother with cb personally, the ham bands have further reach and repeater networks expand that across the state and even nationwide.

Edit to add:
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black)

Also, get the programming cable and download chirp software to set up the radio with your local channels. There's plenty of tutorials on YouTube etc.

u/OneleggedPeter · 2 pointsr/preppers

Oh yeah, it's a whole genre. The three that I have enjoyed the most are:

"Going Home " by A. American - Morgan is ~250 miles from home & family in Florida when everything fails / EMP, and he has to walk home. Book 1 of a series, Book 10 was just released a few days ago. Don't get too worried about the grammer / structure of Book 1, it was his debut book, and he has gotten better as an author, and editors are doing a better job.
There's a whole story about how the book came to be.

"Deep Winter" by Thomas Sherry. Volcano erupts in Washington state. There's 4 or 5 books in this series.

"Lights Out" by David Crawford. EMP event around Austin, Tx. I did enjoy the story, but some of the situations were just a bit too convenient (in my opinion ).


u/ADPrepper · 5 pointsr/preppers

Don't forget general skill books with old techniques for many of these areas, like:

The Encyclopedia of Country Living

Back to Basics

/u/dave9199 has already recommended "Country Wisdom and Know How" which I second. Really the whole series is great.

u/og_boyscout · 2 pointsr/preppers

The life straw and aquamira are both good choices. However I found that the life straw was overly bulky and large for the job it completes. Also I had two of the aquamira carbon elements break on me. My suggestion is to go with the sawyer mini -

Or the sawyer squeeze-

(Sorry I don't know how to condense these links.)

If you look at their weight vs. Filtering capacity it's almost unbelievable. They weigh just ounces and it's something like 100,000 gallons for the mini and 1,000,000 gallons for the squeeze. Plus walmart sells these so they are never to far away. Best $20 I ever spent!

u/GreatLakesPrepping · 1 pointr/preppers

The Bible (or other religious book of your choosing). Because praying is pretty much all you're able to do.

But this might be more what you're looking for. There are a variety of "tons of knowledge about all sorts of different survival scenarios jammed into one book" books. This one is pretty nifty, though it's very little (like, the size of a coaster you'd place under a coffee cup). Anyhow, if you haven't prepped anything (knowledge or supplies), then you're not going to be in "live off of my preparedness" mode. You're going to be in "survival" mode. So a survival book is probably more fitting.

u/Zurevu · 5 pointsr/preppers

I highly recommend this power bank. It’s small and portable but very powerful. As a matter of fact I liked it so much that I bought a second one. But you have to buy the Anker usb power adapter. For some reason the battery wouldn’t charge with my Apple usb wall adapter.

u/ruat_caelum · 23 pointsr/preppers

I'd going to answer in two posts here, this one will link stuff to websites or amazon for physical books. The other will be more discussion based. (e.g. this is just a raw data dump.)

I have used some google foo and I'm willing to post links, note that many of these will overlap (that is they have the same free PDFs or HTML pages etc.) Others are a bit further out there, e.g. magnetic pole reversal etc.

You get the point though people compiled whatever they though the world might need after aliens, the clintons took your guns, or trump and putin nuke everybody, global warming, plague, etc. Since it takes a massive amount of work to put these together and most people are not dedicated enough to do so, they all have the flavor of whatever the person building them thought was most important.

Here is a list, use from it what you can. Including in the list are things like RACHEL, hardware hotspot for wifi that any computer can connect to, like a library box or pirate box. Many of these resources are focused on and in use in 3^rd world nations. things like the one laptop per child might be a perfect resource to allow some technology designed cheaply but ruggedly to have to access this stuff.

cd3wd torrent magnet link. 2012 version

dropbox link for torrent files for the above if the magnet or trackers aren't working.

Pole shift library magnet link

Need 55 gigs of wikipedia offline? get it at this link

u/U_P_G_R_A_Y_E_D_D · 1 pointr/preppers

Try this: Going Home it's more adventure that One second after but a fun read with some good descriptions of gear and tactics. (Bug out bags/lights/knives and such)

u/illiniwarrior · 5 pointsr/preppers

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 ....

u/apestilence1 · 2 pointsr/preppers

From a student, spend some time at the library. Some skills you will learn once and then never need to re-learn. Getting a fire started is pretty straightforward and is more something you do rather than learn. Same thing with shelter building, get out and practice it. Unfortunately there is no "one book that contains all the knowledge accumulated over the first several thousand years of human existence" if there was, that would be amazing, unfortunately you could fill several libraries on the theory of such an almanac alone.
One of the more popular books for general survivalism is the SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman:
below i'll list a few more books you might find useful.
The Backyard Homestead - Carleen Madigan
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills - Abigail R. Gehring
Map Reading and Land Navigation: FM 3-25.26 - Department of the Army
The ARRL Ham Radio License manual (careful with this, they update the question pool every four years for the technician class so make sure to get a current edition)
Living Ready Pocket Manual First Aid Fundamentals For Survival - James Hubbard M.D.
Prepper's Guide To Knots - Scott Finazzo
Bushcraft 101: A field guide to the art of wilderness survival - Dave Canterbury
Alternatively, you might want to check out survivorlibrary, or the preparedness Encyclopedia:
you'll learn you don't need to buy books to learn new skills and pick up essential information. Some books you'll want to keep handy though, grab yourself some medical and anatomy textbooks, set aside $20 a week for a new book, pretty soon you'll start to notice your shelves filling up.

u/docb30tn · 1 pointr/preppers

BoB are supposed to be checked and inventoried every so often. If weather changes, then spare clothing and items will reflect it. BoB should have long-lasting food items. The loadout may change as needs change.
Water is most important. However, carrying it takes up space and weighs more. Having various ways to purify water is better; along with carrying it. Camelbaks are awesome!! I carried one during two deployments. One at least 3L would hold a good amount of water and can be refilled using the Sawyer Mini Filtration system (it's small).
Fire: waterproof matches, firesteel, and steel wool. Having various ways to start a fire is good. There's no guarantee that a person may have a safe place in a building. Fire provides heat and warmth as well as a way to cook/heat food.
Jacket: waterproof/resistant for rainy weather. Small and light, most can be folded or rolled to take up less space.
Compass and laminated foldable map.
Shaded safety sunglasses.
Small personal hygiene kit. Toilet paper. Small shovel for buring food and waste.
2 pairs of spare socks and underwear which he can put in himself.
Camping cook kit. Beef Jerkey and a hard tack type of bread.
Small mirror about 4".
Solar charger with crank cababilty and/or spare phone charger. Put these in good sturdy ziploc bags.
Duct tape. So many uses it's not funny. Can patch holes in clothing and shoes.
Small first aid kit with pain meds, antibiotic ointment, guaze pads, skin tape, anti-itch cream, etc. It doesn't need to be large.
Work gloves like the cheap ones at Wal-Mart made out of cow hide.
I web belt (google it). Made of the same material that's used in ratchet straps. Very strong. Can be used as a makeshift tourniquet and has lots of other uses.
Stash of cash; which should be hidden in a waterproof or ziploc bag. Women can stash then in their bra or the guy in his underwear. People can get robbed and this way he/she at least has cash on hand.
Protection: a full tang knife. Folded ones have weak points where the blade swivels out from the handle. The blade should be at least 4" but states have laws on knives and carrying them in public.
Last, the Bible of any prepper/disaster/survival sutuation: the SAS Survival Handbook.

u/ker95 · 16 pointsr/preppers

Have an accepted offer on 50+ acres of land (future home site). About 50% cleared for eventual pasture, 50% wooded. Lots of wildlife in the area, dirt is better than most of the area and plenty of pond sites available.

Ordered 'The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself' when it dropped about $10 on Amazon. Reviews make it sound like a must-have book for our next adventure.

u/thomas533 · 2 pointsr/preppers

First I see no rain protection. Even if you are wearing some, you should have a rain cover for your pack. A multitool is going to be far more useful than a big hunting knife. A Sawyer Mini Water Filter is far more versatile than a Lifestraw. Nothing beets Beef jerky and GORP for on the go food that is high in calories. The magnesium bar is great and all, but a mini Bic lighter is easy to use and almost as reliable. Carry both.

I would highly recommend looking at some gear lists over at /r/Ultralight. These are people who obsess over coming up with gear lists that they can spend weeks in the woods with but weigh next to nothing. Take their lists and add in a few items for those extra scenarios that worry you the most, and you'll have a good item list.

u/hobguy7996 · 10 pointsr/preppers

I would suggest you get your hands on the book "Strategic Relocation" and have a look at that authors take on the subject. Or watch the film "Strategic Relocation" available for free on YouTube (Disclaimer: Produced by, which may be linked to fear mongering). That guy has a TON of useful information and has got me setting my gears towards Northern Idaho. Good Luck.

u/jimmyd1911 · 9 pointsr/preppers

I'm also reading this The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse it's a first persons account of how the Argentina collapse went down, lots of good info on prepping in general, but what was most valuable as barter. But then comes the surprising news out of France that Nutella is a new consideration for barter in that area of the world.

u/bradfromearth · 2 pointsr/preppers

Best to move somewhere. Ideally IMO one should live 10 minutes drive from a small town that is outside of a moderately large city by at least an hours drive. An example using texas, where I am familiar. Outside of fredericksburg. It is an hour or so from austin texas.

Best book I have found. the guy lived through the argentine collapse and has seen and lived a true collapse. He really breaks through a lot of myths.

u/lomlslomls · 1 pointr/preppers

LifeStraw will expand your water resources.

Fuel. ~30 gal of gasoline in Gerry cans with stabilizer will last a couple of years. Also, TruFuel will keep your soon-to-be-purchased generator(s) ready to go after long-term storage. Don't forget the oil.

Edit: the LifeStraws go on sale occasionally for like ~$15 on Amazon so keep your eyes open for them.

u/shda5582 · -3 pointsr/preppers

Patently false, and shill for Lifestraw detected.

Sawyer (and the one I have, full disclosure):


Sawyer has a .1 micron, Lifestraw is a .2. Next time please post accurate information, thanks :) A Lifestraw will NOT filter out viruses.

u/Cavemahn · 10 pointsr/preppers

What you're describing is HAM radio.

$15 covers the license. You'll learn a lot to pass the test too.

Get a few of these. Watch Slick deals for the best price.

One of these would be a good idea.

As far as I understand you can communicate within two miles or around the world. Depends on the frequencies you use and the antenna setup.

u/Bored2BPsycho · 1 pointr/preppers

Olight S1A Mini EDC Best AA Flashlight 600 Lumens Cree XM-L2 LED PMMA TIR Lens Powered by 1x1.5V Lithium AA Battery Compact LED Flashlight for Every Day Carry,Black( Cool White)

u/satcomwilcox · 2 pointsr/preppers

While not what you specifically asked for, in the same vein I would suggest keeping a copy of both the Pocket Reference and the Handymain In-your-pocket good books to have on hand for lots of different situations.

u/EricPeluche · 16 pointsr/preppers

Personally "SAS Survival hand book" by John Wiseman. It's not a prepper book in the sense your looking for, but it is important in that it teaches mental preparedness.

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere

u/macetheface · 12 pointsr/preppers

Wow so this is fake? Seems to have pretty good reviews and fakespot gives it a B. Interesting...

u/touchmystuffIkillyou · 3 pointsr/preppers

No real leads on used equipment other than the usual ebay, CL, etc. but maybe the message boards related to the hobby. But I would start with a bao-feng UV-5R (or set of them) and then learn about external antennas. Cheap and great

u/realeyes_realize_ · 3 pointsr/preppers

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.

u/gizram84 · 3 pointsr/preppers

I remember reading that the Sawyer Filter is a much better product than the LifeStraw.

LifeStraw claims it can filter 1,000 liters. The Sawyer claims 100,000 gallons. Also the Sawyer filters protozoa much better (99.9999% vs 99.9%)

u/JoeIsHereBSU · 1 pointr/preppers

There are actual indoor safe versions at least according to packaging since it has a oxygen safety in it.

u/hewhoovercomes · 1 pointr/preppers

Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA 250 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe w/ 2 x AA Batteries

Thanks for the chance! I lost mine after 4 years on a camping trip lol

u/TildenKatz · 1 pointr/preppers

Going Home, I only read this one out of the series but enjoyed it.

u/shakeyyjake · 1 pointr/preppers

Winter Storm Xanto knocked our power out early Saturday morning and it just came on last night. We only had a couple cheap plastic flashlights and I was kicking myself for not having something better. Thanks for the opportunity!

u/vhfpower · 14 pointsr/preppers

Baofeng UV-5R

Remember it's got a flashlight, FM broadcast receiver, VHF/UHF analog FM scanning capability (where useful), picks up NOAA broadcasts, plus it's a great excuse to pursue an amateur radio license.

u/doublendoublem · 5 pointsr/preppers

Watch Les Stroud. Take notes.

Buy survival manuals, like the SAS Handbook:


Practice. Buy good gear. Practice more.

u/cribley · 7 pointsr/preppers

As long as you use mylar bags, you could store your food in a pile of manure, and it would be fine. The container is to keep the bag from getting punctured.

Personally I use non-food grade buckets from lowes / menards / home depot, depending upon what color i want, and 5 gallon sealed mylar bags.

I do have a few food grade buckets and gamma lids for easy storage after opening said bags though.

u/AngeloPappas · 3 pointsr/preppers

For anyone thinking this is a good buy, please check out the Sawyer Mini. It may cost more, but the Lifestraw filters up to 1,000L. The Sawyer does 360,000L and also filters out more than the Lifestraw. The Sawyer also works with fittings and attachments for hydration bags meaning you can set it up to work as a gravity filter in addition to using it as a straw.

It's better than the the Lifestraw in every single way. I have used both and have no affiliation with either company.

u/ExcaliburPrometheus · 1 pointr/preppers
  1. Sawyer water filters are really cheap yet can filter an immense amount of water:

  2. You can store bulk grains and beans cheaply to provide a large amount of emergency food using Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers along with 5 gallon buckets. These are what I got:

    Then just buy 5 gallon hdpe buckets for 2.50 each and lids for 1.50 each from your local hardware store. Add the grains, oxygen absorber, and seal the bag with an iron. Each bucket when filled with rice or beans will provide enough calories for someone for a month. This is wayyyy cheaper than freeze dried food and will last just as long.

  3. A crank flashlight with USB power, only $15: . Alternative power flashlights are always good and USB power to devices could either merely convenient or a life safer.

  4. You can convert any trashcan into a rain barrel for much cheaper than buying one using a kit like this:

  5. Buy some heavy duty plastic sheeting and Gorilla tape for general purpose use too. They aren't expensive and can be used for so many different things.

  6. With Ebola prep being something to consider now go and get a Flu shot. The symptoms are almost the same as Ebola (until Ebola gets really bad at least) and if the outbreak gets bad in the US you wouldn't want to have to go to the doctor to find out if you've got it or not. They are free if you have insurance and you can get them at most pharmacies.

  7. Find out what food crops grow well in your area's soil type and start experimenting with your own garden. Seeds are cheap and it is better to have a garden established before you need it to grow emergency food.

    I don't think you can avoid spending money to prep, but with these supplies you would be better prepared than 90% of people for not much money.
u/nut_conspiracy_nut · 2 pointsr/preppers

You could stack these guys in all sorts of configurations 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: - 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.

u/ToSeeOrNotToBe · 35 pointsr/preppers

There are a few like this already but the one that sounds closest to what you're talking about is The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm by Lewis Dartnell. I'd start there for market research and ensure you're offering something in addition to this one.

u/feistypenguin · 7 pointsr/preppers

I would recommend saving up $50, and buying a
Portable Buddy heater when it goes on sale. They are made for indoor use, and have safety shutoffs for low volume or getting knocked over. For another $10, you can buy an adapter hose that lets it use the 20lb "grill" propane tanks.

The 1lb "camping" bottles will last 3-5 hours, and the 20lb tanks will last several days straight (or a week, if you only use the heat a few hours per day).

u/lightscarred · 3 pointsr/preppers

I believe someone began work on a "Life after Apocalypse" type of encyclopedia that would teach humanity how to do everything we've learned so far... I need to google it.

Edit: This is specifically for the American Southeast but still useful.

In case humanity is nearly wiped out, here's a compendium of human knowledge. It only covers up till 1900... I still need to find where I saw that person tackling more eras...

u/timmy_the_large · 65 pointsr/preppers

Life straw is not a great product. Spend a little extra and get the Sawyer. It is a better, more useful product. It just doesn't have as cool of a name.

u/blitz-em · 7 pointsr/preppers

Pretty good book about surviving the economic collapse in Argentina. Some solid prepping advice in this book.

The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

u/RileyFenn · 3 pointsr/preppers

This is kinda cool as well but I agree with the other redditor that things happen quick.

u/InvalidUserAccount · 1 pointr/preppers

We have a couple of these, one in each vehicle and they pull double duty when the power goes out in the house. Propane is cheaper, safer and easier to store for us.

This specific heater has a low oxygen and tip over auto shutoff. We also pair it with a carbon monoxide detector in each room one is running.

u/PabstyLoudmouth · 1 pointr/preppers

The only thing I found my self not truly prepared for was heating my home in an emergency. Thankfully the oven is gas and we just cranked up the oven and opened the door a bit. It was cold in the outside rooms but the living room and kitchen were warm. I was thinking of getting one of these as they say they are safe for indoors but I am kinda skeptical, burning propane emits CO.

u/cwcoleman · 2 pointsr/preppers

About $45. I bought the BaoFeng UV-5 radio. link - you need the USB programming cable too (plus I bought an after market antenna).

the software is free.

I do not have my FCC license yet. I am planning on getting that soon. Until then I can only listen, not talk.

u/cH3x · 13 pointsr/preppers

I like the Morakniv and firesteel ideas, and also:

u/chip16 · 1 pointr/preppers

Well, aren't you just awesome for doing something like this!


u/TheBruceDickenson · 2 pointsr/preppers

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.



u/shadowbanningsucks · 5 pointsr/preppers

The Mr. Heater indoor propane heaters look pretty handy.

u/grizzlyfireguy · 1 pointr/preppers

Thanks for the quick reply! So essentially this for the absorbers/bags plus the buckets?

u/Glenbard · 2 pointsr/preppers

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.

u/Colemak34DD · 2 pointsr/preppers

Have you heard of the book Strategic relocation?. You might be interested

u/Jenivare · 3 pointsr/preppers

I recommend these buckets. These lidsand these Mylar bags.

u/mr-aaron-gray · 3 pointsr/preppers

My favorite book for your sort of situation is The Modern Survival Handbook: Surviving the Economic Collapse. The cover is a tad hokey, but it was written by a guy who lived through the massive depression in Argentina in the early 2000's, and the content is top tier. Really enjoyable read that taught me a ton.

u/archbox · 3 pointsr/preppers

Filters better and filters more:

| Lifestraw | Sawyer Mini
Membrane | 0.2 microns | 0.1 microns (2x better)
Capacity | 264 gallons | 100,000 gallons (378.8x better)
Bacteria | 6 LOG | 7 LOG (10x better)
Bacteria% | 99.9999% | 99.99999% (10x better)
Protozoa | 3 LOG | 6 LOG (1000x better)
Protozoa% | 99.9% | 99.9999% (1000x better)
Price | $19.20 | $19.97 or 4 for $67.51 ($16.88 each)

The mini is also smaller and comes with a 32 oz squeezable water pouch, 7" tube, syringe for cleaning (if it clogs)

>Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable bottles (28 mm thread), hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source

u/Rocksteady2R · 2 pointsr/preppers

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.

u/fidelitypdx · 19 pointsr/preppers

Hmm, might be time to stock up on Baofengs for those who have not yet.

I've bought about 20 different Baofeng radios.

For those who don't know, the UV-5R is the least expensive (see note below), around $30, and is a common radio used on the battlefields of Ukraine and Syria by militia forces. It has a practical broadcast range of about 0.5 miles in urban areas, and about a 1-2 mile range with line of sight. I know a lot of people claim their devices broadcast further, but this is just my actual practical testing.

A slightly more expensive (but much better) option is the UV-82HP. It effectively has double the range.

Both radios can be modified with software to operate outside of normal radio spectrum. I think a lot of us knew that eventually the government would catch up and do something. Conspiracy theorists have claimed that the Chinese government installs backdoor software on these, or that there's other nefarious components of these cheap radios.

It's rumored that these devices are substantially less expensive than US, Korean, or Japanese options because the Chinese government was subsidizing the price of each unit. Basically trying to flood the market with a cheaper version and unseat Motorola as the standard business radio. You do really get good capabilities for the price - but it's no where near what a $200+ HAM radio setup is capable of.

Personally, I think you should have a UV-5R plus extra batteries in every vehicle. If you ever run a convoy it becomes critical to have radio communications.

*There's older UV-5R models for $25, and they can be bought in bulk on Amazon. Or, this 5-pack for $111.

u/paneubert · 3 pointsr/preppers

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.

u/baconatedbacon · 2 pointsr/preppers

I have used the kerosene heater. They put out quite a bit of heat. Another option is the Mr. Heater propane powered version, such as

Safety around kids is another matter all together. Even wood stoves, space heaters, and radiators aren't safe around them due to the burn hazard. All I can say is that most kerosene heaters and Mr. Heater propane heaters have tip sensors that will shut them off if knocked over. The burn hazard will exist for almost any heat source.

u/greggorievich · 2 pointsr/preppers

You said in a comment that you just want to keep a cell phone charged for a week, and instead ended up dreaming about what you could run off of a generator and got off track. If that's the case, for just a cell phone:

A big cell phone battery is ~3500 mAh.

This bad boy is about 20,000 mAh. That's about five and a half full charges. Buy two, total cost so far is $100 CAD. This gets you 11 full phone charges, which should be plenty for a full week of moderate use.

If you want more, keep one of those packs attached to this guy during any sunny time, and you should be able to keep both of them topped up indefinitely. (Or if your phone happens to need to charge while it's sunny, attach the phone to it directly and don't use power from a battery bank in the first place.) total cost is now $180 CAD for effectively infinite power at the cell-phone-charging scale. Heck with the solar panel you could most likely get away with just one of the above power banks.

The Wirecutter has reviews of battery packs and solar chargers. While Anker isn't always the top notch option, they're reliable and I've never had an issue with any of their products (to date, six battery banks, two plug-in chargers, and probably 20 USB cables).


If you want to scale up a little bit more, I have experience making really big USB chargers and also solar power packs and could elaborate on that if you'd like.

It'll be hard to run a fridge without house-scale solar or running a generator, but I could probably size a system for hanging solar panels out the window and keeping a couple of LED lights going and your phone charged. Biolite (that company known mostly for the weird-but-awesome USB charging wood burning stoves) has a solution for this as well. That's $150 US.

u/improbablydrunknlw · 3 pointsr/preppers

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself

u/thelastboyscout007 · 2 pointsr/preppers

Becker BK22 - This knife is a freakin beast. I've batoned 4in thick hardwood logs with this badboy with no problems and it still held its edge. And at 1/4 thick you could pry open a car door with it if needed.

Sawer Mini Water Filter

Mountain House Meals - Lightweight long storage and taste great.

Laplander Folding Saw

u/newmdog · 12 pointsr/preppers

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)

As far as camp toilets, Ive heard people using kitty litter in a pinch, pardon the pun.

u/haole1 · 4 pointsr/preppers

I would recommend looking into Ferfal and his blog and book. He lived in Argentina when it defaulted on its debt and argues that it's better to remain in cities than live in very rural places during an economic collapse. With that in mind, he offers very pragmatic strategies for coping with almost every kind of problem you could run into.

His book is on amazon and is called, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse. If nothing else, I'd recommend browsing through the 352 reviews on amazon to get a feel for his strategies.

Also, he has a great blog called, Surviving in Argentina (I think he actually hosts it under a different name/site as well). It's here:

If you look through the titles in the left column of his site, you'll see that he's organized his previous articles according to topic.

I haven't gone to his site in a while, but I think it's just what you're looking for.

u/MyFreakyThrowaway · 1 pointr/preppers

Lots of good suggestions here. Thanks a lot! I do plan on posting again once I've had a chance to make some improvements/additions to the bag.

As for the rechargeable solar bank, I do have an anker 21 watt solar kit ( ) in the car that would fit in the bag and those items could charge directly from that if the power bank fails. I just don't regularly keep the panels in the bag for fear of them getting unnecessarily damaged.

I also have this shovel in the car as part of my regular auto gear.

u/OddTheViking · 3 pointsr/preppers

> apartment preppers - you need a WaterBob for your bathtub ....

Not just apartment dwellers, anybody with a bath tub!

u/ihadp_ · 5 pointsr/preppers

Unfortunately I don't believe there is any solar chargers which will work well in overcast conditions. The upside is even if it cannot provide a ton of power it should still be able to charge your batteries, it will just take longer than if in direct sunlight.

Personally I carry one of these -

I charge a power brick with it and then charge my devices off the power brick. Many devices (phones, etc.) need X power before they will allow charge, but most power bricks will charge under most any circumstances in my experience.

u/leedoug · 2 pointsr/preppers

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.

u/battleshorts · 1 pointr/preppers

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.

u/splatterhead · 2 pointsr/preppers


Turn your bathtub into a water supply tank.