17 Products for Preppers
Today I am going to talk about 17 products for preppers. My husband Brian is interested in this type of thing and I think it’s a really neat idea. But what is a prepper you ask? See translation from Google below:
Some people think that preppers are crazy lunatics, and of course there are quite a few that fit that bill. While my husband is not what I would consider a lunatic (most of the time), I really like the fact that he just wants the family to be ready in the case of an emergency. So since Brian feels like the world might be coming to an end in the foreseeable future, he has put together what is called a “Bug Out Box”. Gah, I hate that word because It makes me think of a box full of bugs. Yuck!
Ready to see what I discovered inside? Here we go!
1. Emergency Blankets
Yes, these are the same ones you see on TV where people wrap themselves up in a silver tin foil looking thing to shield themselves from electo-magnetic rays. But I guess they are actually really handy to have around for emergencies. Each one of these little packets contains a huge 54″ x 84″ mylar blanket that retains up to 99% of your body heat. We have a big pack of ER Emergency Blankets. But you can purchase them individually or get them in 4 packs on Amazon for around $8. Good to have as part of your arsenal!
Ok it’s actually a machete with a saw, but it’s so big, it might as well be a sword. It would definitely come in handy to chop away brush, or stab a zombie in the head. It comes in a nifty little case too. The one we have is called Gerber Gator Machete Jr. and it sells for around $30 on Amazon. They call this knife Jr?! I wonder how big the Senior size is. Fun stuff!
3. A Box Full of Bullets
I’m not even going to pretend like I know what kinds of ammunition this is. I find them scary. And I just want to add we don’t keep an actual gun inside the bug out box because it is too dangerous to have with children living in the home. But my hubby can always grab it on the way out the door.
4. A Multi-function Pocket Knife
A staple of preppers and young adult males everywhere. Ours even has a spoon and a fork. I’m not sure where he got his, but I you can find this Stainless Steel Multi-function Pocket Knife on Amazon for about $6. We should probably get two more of these so we aren’t fighting over who gets to eat first.
5. Folding Shovel with Pick and Compass
I have never seen anything like this before. It’s a really neat little gadget. The handle has a compass on the end and inside the handle is a box of matches and some razor blades. The shovel part includes two edges, one to be used as a hatchet, and the other can be used as a saw. There’s even a wrench, a bottle opener, a pick, and a nail remover. I don’t really know why you would need a nail remover at the end of the world, but it would still be a really cool product to have while we are still in existence. You can find this Folding Shovel with Pick and Compass on Amazon for about $15.
6. A Bottle Opener
You probably have one (or many) of these sitting in your kitchen drawer. Because beer.
7. A Magnesium Fire Starting kit.
Every prepper needs a fire starting kit. Rubbing two sticks together just isn’t practical. These kits are easy to use and pretty affordable and you can keep it on your key chain too. We have the SE FS374 Magnesium Fire Starter shown above. You can find it on Amazon for around $6.
We actually have 2 pairs of binoculars in our bug out box. I’m not sure why we really need two, but that’s cool. That means there’s one for each of us. But why couldn’t he get two of those multi-function swiss army knives instead? I don’t know where he got ours, but you can get these Bushnell PowerView Super High-Powered Surveillance Binoculars for about $50 on Amazon.
9. A Solar Powered Charger
Assuming we will get cell phone service, this is a really useful item to have. I don’t know what model we have in our box, but this Solar Charger by X-DRAGON shown above got some really high ratings. It sells for $20 on Amazon. And it is a really good thing to have in your kit.
10. Solar Powered Emergency Radio
This is one of Brian’s favorite items. It is a solar powered am/fm radio that also has a flashlight and headphones. In case the sun burns out, you can also manually crank it to get it to work. I think it’s a pretty cool gadget as well. We have the Ambient Weather Compact Emergency Solar Hand Crank Radio pictured above which sells on Amazon for around $28.
This is guide is essential for any prepper. It explains how to find food, create shelter, and so much more. There are many different editions of this book and all of them are best sellers. Not only is this required for your bug out box, but it’s also a really interesting read. You can purchase the SAS Survival Handbook on Amazon for around $16, and it is also available as a digital download.
12. The Merck Manual
Oh great. Just what we need to figure out what fatal disease we think we have. This is actually a professional medical reference book used by doctors. But I like to call it the Hypochondriac’s Guide to Self Diagnosis. The one we have in our box is a much older edition, but this was one of the biggest surprises I discovered in our bug out box. I guess it could come in handy, but it is also a little scary to have around. I mean, do you really WANT to find out if you just have a headache or a brain tumor? But I’ll admit, I kind of like reading about stuff like this. It could also make for interesting entertainment when you have no access to a TV or Internet. This book is a little pricey at around $57 brand new on Amazon, but you can find The Merck Manual as a hard copy or download it to your Kindle if you prefer.
Each one of these bars is 400 calories so one pack should provide enough sustenance for about 2 days. We tried some of the lemon bars and they were pretty good. They were thick squares with the consistency of a lemon sugar cookie. But I’ll admit, I felt guilty after eating one because I really could have done without that whopping 400 calories. You can get a 3 pack of Mainstay 2400 Emergency Food Rations on Amazon for around $18. They also come in 3600 calorie packs. It’s a great thing to have in your bug out box.
14. MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
Brian got a box of these MRE’s online from a place called The Wornick Company. They have several different packs to choose from. All we have left is the cherry cobbler because our curiosity got the better of us and we ended up eating the rest a few years ago. I know, we suck. While I wouldn’t suggest eating them in place of your regular meal, it is a great thing to have in your emergency box. You can check out the different menu options by visiting their website here.
15. Bottles of Different Flavor Salts
First of all, I was wondering where my bottle of garlic salt disappeared to. But second, do we really need to have seasonings in our bug out box? Isn’t finding food a greater concern? I guess hubby thinks we will need it to spice up our fresh kills of rabbit, fish, locusts, and zombies. Mmm. Available at your local grocery store or probably already in your pantry.
16. Potable Water Tablets
These are water purification tablets that make fresh water suitable to drink. You drop a tablet into a bottle of “questionable” water and in about 35 mins, it’s ready to drink. It is only meant to be used for emergencies and unopened has a shelf life of 4 years. You can find Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets on Amazon for around $7.
This was my contribution to the bug out box and my inspiration for creating this post. I received this item free for testing purposes, but I applied for the promotion with my hubby in mind.
The AcquaPura Personal water filter is a portable emergency water filter straw that allows you to convert any fresh water source, like lakes, rivers and streams into safe and drinkable water. So if you are stuck out in the woods with no water, you can simply set it up, literally dip your straw in the nearest water source and it filters out the harmful bacteria making the water safe to drink!
According to the manufacturer this straw filters every single virus and bacteria greater than 0.01 Microns. It features a Triple Absolute Filtration system with ultra carbon containing ionic silver carbon granules. You can filter 400 gallons of water at up to 14oz per minute. I don’t know what micron is or any of that other stuff they are talking about, but to me it sounds like a great thing to have in the event of an emergency. And it comes with extra filters for multiple uses.
Brian thought it was a really cool idea. But he pointed out one thing. He said that it is meant to be used as a temporary solution. Why? Because you need to be able to wash it out after use. And if there is no clean water available to wash it, well then you may be kind of screwed. He said that is really best used for short adventures like camping trips, or hiking. Either way, it’s still a great thing to have in any emergency kit. I would avoid using it in puddles of toxic waste because let’s be honest – that’s what caused the Zombie apocalypse in the first place. You can find the Acquapura Personal Water Filter Straw on Amazon for around $25.
What do you think of these products? Anything else you think we need to add to our arsenal? Leave me a comment!
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