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Site Announcement, May 7, 2016 in Survival - Prepping, Bushcraft & Homesteading
Are you at the point where you are comfortable with your prepping progress? By that I mean you have done enough to know you can get by if you have to, and, for better or for worse, wonder if you have done enough.
If this describes you, I can relate.
As promised, this week I am going to tackle another one the questions that were posed during the April Lifestraw Go giveaway. Robin asked:
This is a great questions on many fronts. While it is easy to become obsessed with prepping, at some point you are going to ask yourself if it is all worth it. After all, the major global economic collapse and disruptive event we have been prepping for has not happened. It may never happen.
On the other hand, the more mundane, yet equally disruptive events such as floods, fires, winter storms, and power outages occur daily, just not to us.
So what happens next? I will speak for myself with the hope that it inspires you to keep on prepper, albeit at a less frantic pace.
Three Items to Add to the Prepping Priority List
Learn new pioneer and country living skills.
Practice getting by with less.
Live in the moment.
I hope that in some small way, this helps those of you that are asking yourself the same question that Robin asks. It should also address the question posed by Stacey:
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
Becoming proficient in the use of herbals and natural remedies is another one of those skills to pursue once you have reached a mid-way point with your food, water, shelter, and first-aid preps.
Janis offered the following tip:
Cayenne pepper is inexpensive and relatively easy to grown. It makes a great pain reliever, too, when compounded as a salve. If you want make your own, visit Make an Awesome Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief.
Essential Oils Deal of the Month – FREE Shipping!
For those of you interested in essential oils, I am thrilled to let you know that Spark Naturals is offering free shipping all month long when you use my code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
If you have been hesitant to dip your toes into the essential oils water, now is the perfect time to pick up some Melaleuca (Tea Tree) or Lavender. Both are quite inexpensive at $6.99 each plus you get an extra 10% off (as well as free shipping) with my code.
Need some inspiration? I am currently using Melaleuca in a roller ball to remove an annoying skin tag. It has been less than a week and it is half gone.
The Final Word
As you may have surmised, I am back home in Washington State. It took a few days to become acclimated but the smell of the saltwater and the pine trees is simply fantastic and I am glad to be back on San Juan Island, tucked far away from big box stores and cactus!
A number of you had question relating to my move. How did I adjust to the diametrically different environment and cultural challenges. What about my preps? Was I comfortable knowing that I had only the bare minimum of supplies? What was the biggest adjustment?
These are great questions not only for someone moving from a temperate climate to the desert, but also for someone moving from the city to the country, or from on-grid to off-grid. As the dust settles back into a normal routine, I will get back to you with my thoughts. Promise.
So what about you? What did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: A number of these items are mentioned by Backdoor Survival readers in the article 39 Fantastic Prepping Tips as well as some personal favorites.
Smart Soapmaking: If you have any interest at all in making soap, this is the book you will want. Anne lives close by in Friday Harbor, WA and is a lovely friend as well as someone who really knows her stuff. Not only that, if you go to her website (there is a link in the book) and ask a question, she will respond personally via email. Only 99 cents. You just can’t lose.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. If you have not read this book, you really should. This is my #1 pick when it comes to survival fiction.
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual-Band Ham Radio: The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. Here is the antenna I ordered along with the programming cable: NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R and USB Programming Cable for Baofeng UV-5R UV-3R+.!
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you and they are dirt cheap at less than $5 for 10.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: I have many cheap whistles but for in my bug out bag, I stash the Windstorm whistle. I have tested it and this particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.
Pepper Spray: It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices. Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.
Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.
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An Update on the Oil of the Month Club
There is some exciting news for essential oils enthusiasts. Spark Naturals has introduced a Premium Oil of the Month Club that features the higher priced oils at the bargain price of $24.99 with free shipping. To give you an example of the savings, the May oil is a 15ML bottle of Frankincense, normally $70. That is a discount of almost 65%.
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The post Survival Buzz: How to Move From the Mid-Way Point of Prepping by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.
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