Jul 22, 2014
Although we see things for what they are, preppers aren’t immune to many of the problems that regular Americans find themselves in. Even though we seem to be coming out of the great recession, too many of us are still suffering from large amounts of debt. And the problem keeps growing. Among these numbers are certainly many preppers.
But for a prepper, the decision between what they need and what they have is a bit more complicated than for the average American. For example, while many Americans consider going into debt for such things as a new TV or computer, preppers may consider taking on debt for necessities like a food ... continue reading... Jul 21, 2014
Have you ever had those Datrex or Mainstay Emergency food ration bars? If so, you may have realized that they aren’t the best of survival rations for taste but they will keep you alive. Nuff said. And hard tack? Yikes! You may as well be eating a brick.
Well, I came across this article a while back on making survival bars and I thought I would give it a shot myself to see what they tasted like. Please read the original article if you like, though, I will post the ingredients and steps below, as well as my own experience making them.
Also note that according to the original article the entire batch makes ... continue reading... Jul 19, 2014
Do you enjoy going camping but find that you don’t quite go often enough to remember everything you need and, without fail, you forget a handful of useful items? I know I have that very problem. If you can say the same then this camping checklist is for you!
DOWNLOAD FILE: Choose to download the following camping checklist as a PDF file for easier use. Right-click here to download now. Note that if the file opens in your browser instead then you still need to save the file by choosing “File -> Save” or something similar.
DIRECTIONS: It’s easy to use, categorized, and sorted in alphabetical order. Simply print out and check ... continue reading... Jul 18, 2014
Since we’re still uber broke I’ve been trying to do what I can to save money. While I’ve learned to try and use less of our utilities, use less paper goods, less plastic goods, there’s still more that can be done and a part of that means using less of those things that we know we have to replace on occasion, including items like dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, toothpaste, and so on. Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the past few months:
Dishwasher detergent – You do NOT need to fill the little dishwasher’s cubby hole completely full. Dishes get cleaned just fine with half or even less depending on how clean they ... continue reading... Jul 17, 2014
After some significant debate with myself over the past few days I’ve decided to make a BIG change to the email feed. From this point forward I’m ONLY going to include posts that I’ve written in the email feed and will NO LONGER be showing “daily links” or “daily videos” in the feed as well.
I know some of you may have grown fond of these daily links and videos; rest assured, I’m not going to stop posting about the best links and videos found each day. They simply won’t show in your inbox any longer.
As a results, this means that on days when I don’t publish anything unique to reThinkSurvival.com you ... continue reading... Jul 16, 2014
Let me start off by saying that I’m really beginning to like multi-purpose flashlights like the Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light. At a cost of $30 shipped it’s almost a steal!
Specs from Amazon:
High-brightness, portable LED light – safe, long lasting, and highly visible
Safe and efficient mobile power – USB charging port with cable included
Long-distance flash light – 5 different lighting modes: bright, medium, dim, SOS, and strobe
High-strength alloy steel emergency glassbreaker
Waterproof and durable – can withstand inclement weather, accidental submersion, or spills
To be sure, the most important aspect of any flashlight is that the light be useful enough to see what you’re doing when you need it the most and I can say ... continue reading... Jul 14, 2014
I had fun making the water bottle survival kit a few weeks back and I thought I would try one more time. This time I choose to use an old Sawyer Water Filter bottle (here’s a link to the newer version) such as this one 0n the left (as compared to the 16-ounce bottle from last time):
Obviously, the Sawyer bottle is much larger (at 32-ounces if I remember right). As such, I should be able to get a lot more in there but there’s one big problem: the giant water filter element in the middle! Well, it’s kind of necessary since that’s the actual water filter so it must stay. Working ... continue reading... Jul 13, 2014
I’ve had a Global Sun Oven for years now and really enjoyed using it but, sadly, haven’t done so in about a year. (FYI: There’s a newer version, the All American Sun Oven, that seems to be a better design and less expensive if interested.) Anyway, while visiting my in-laws I noticed they’ve yet to unbox their sun oven–which they’ve also had for years–and so I figured I would get it ready for them, use it once or twice, and show you how easy it is to do, well, almost…
Step 1: Grab a beer and remove the plastic film from reflectors
This is without a doubt the most difficult part of ... continue reading... Jul 12, 2014
Since we’ve been visiting my in-laws this month I’m generally the handyman that gets to fix all the little things around their house even though I’m not really that handy. As such, my mother-in-law mentioned that the dryer was taking much longer to finish drying than it should and the first thing that popped into my head was a clogged dryer vent. I’d asked when the last time they had cleaned it and it had probably been a long time. Sure enough the dryer vent was seriously clogged!
This was no laughing matter. It’s actually a major fire hazard…
According to this website, there were 16,800 dryer fires in 2010 and, apparently, ... continue reading... Jul 11, 2014
We’ve never lived in a place where you didn’t need a heater in the winter and air conditioning in the summer… until our recent move to the Seattle area. Here, homes don’t have centralized air conditioning because they say you don’t need it.
While that may be true, we’ve noticed the interior of our home can be a bit too hot these days, hotter than even the outside! Enough to make you sweat, in fact. As such, we’ve been learning to strategically open windows and doors to get a good breeze so a handful of the suggestions below will be about maximizing that strategy…
1. Determine prevailing wind direction (and use it)
The first ... continue reading...