Why do Preppers Hate Preppers?

Why do Preppers Hate Preppers?

I REALLY didn’t want to write this article… “Can’t we all just get along?” . Recently, I read an article, and the comments that followed, on Facebook. Based on this article, and a few I’ve read in the past few months, I’ve come to the conclusion that we hate each other. Really, we do. Preppers hate preppers. It’s the reason I quit joining prepper groups on Facebook. You’ll probably hate me for writing this. I’m ok with that because it needs to be said. To some extent, I’m guilty too. We use the phrase “It’s not Doomsday Prepping…It’s everyday prepping”. We use it more to describe the difference in the mindset of those who prep as a lifestyle versus prepping for the end of the world as we know it. I could see where it might be interpreted as shaming the “Doomsday Prepper” types. I don’t really want to do that. It’s just a different mindset. Do knitters have this much animosity toward each other?     With statements like these, it’s hard to find much encouragement.  “Sorry, poser-guy at Chick-fil-A, but you looked pretty dumb when I saw you there last week.” “You know I’m all in favor of firearms and am grateful for our Second Amendment rights, but come on!” “I’ve even heard of people putting a year’s worth of food on a credit card because they can’t afford it any other way. Dumb.”  …and those statements were from the article, not the Facebook comments.  Now, I don’t want to get into a big First Amendment debate. This isn’t about “can you talk like that?” it’s about “should you...
REVIEW – TUFF Products EDC Kit

REVIEW – TUFF Products EDC Kit

This review of the TUFF Products EDC Kit is a little biased… Not because of anything they did. It’s just that I love their flashlight but I hate “Tactical pens”… I’ll explain in the article below.  This kit includes: Break Out Tactical Pen T180 Rotating Head Flashlight Stainless Steel Money Clip Gift Box Batteries are included.  -TUFF Products T180 flashlight.This is a well-made flashlight of the every day carry size and is essentially unique in its ability to use both CR 123 and AA batteries. Output is reduced when swapping from the CR 123 battery to the AA. Maximum output on CR 123 is approximately 130 lm, while output with a AA battery is limited to about 90. The switch is comfortable and gives a positive click when initiated. The body is anodized aluminum with good knurling. This should provide a good grip even in wet conditions or with gloves. All indications are that this flashlight will last you a very long time. Runtimes are comparable with several other flashlights from manufacturers such a Surefire, Thrunite and Nitecore. Many lights in this category offer the ability to run for several days in a “moonlight mode” but that is not the intended purpose of this light. It is rated to run approximately 106 minutes on a cr123 and 50 minutes on a AA in high mode. I exceeded both by nearly 50% They don’t provide a low mode runtime but I got up to 44 hours on a cr123 and a 37 hours on a AA. I was impressed that it came with Energizer batteries and not the standard off...
Solar Lights for Power Outages

Solar Lights for Power Outages

You know those cheap solar lights you find at discount stores or on clearance? Not the Dollar Store ones. Those are a little too cheap. These are $3-$6 each. We use them when we are camping. We mark the entrance of each tent with one. Well, after our last camping trip, I had an idea. If we use them camping, where we have no power…why not use them at home WHEN we have no power? Those would work perfect in an extended power outage. Take them out in the morning and bring them in at dusk. Virtually all of them can be removed from their mounting stakes. Most have a flat top where the solar cell is. This works two ways; it makes it perfect to set on a counter, table, or shelf and most sense light through the solar cell. By flipping it over and placing it on a solid surface, you’ll activate the “Dusk to Dawn” feature. Essentially, the sensor will think it’s dark and turn on the light. Some have a multi-function switch; on, off, and Dusk to Dawn. You can choose what works best for you. They should give enough light to get around the house easily without eating into your flashlights or lantern fuel. They’d save on candle use too. Best part of this? No open flame for kiddos or pets to knock over? Sounds like a great option to me. I just ordered this set. Amazon Affiliate Link Good reviews and seems like enough light for the job. It’s even has a base designed to sit flat on a...
The Rules….

The Rules….

The Rules#1 Heat kills.  #2 Water is our best friend and worst enemy.  #3 Just because it was expensive doesn’t mean it won’t break. #4 Imitation is NOT the highest form of flattery.  #5 Nothing is Idiot Proof! #6 If it ain’t broke, don’t try… Too often.  Yeah, I screwed up. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone! You’ll ruin my DISreputation! I am here to help you avoid some mistakes. I can’t save you from all of them. I do hope I can save you time and money by learning from my mistakes. Rule # 1 Heat kills Your gear has a usable temperature range. Food spoils faster at higher temperatures. Band aids get slimy in a summer car trunk. Medications lose their potency when toasted. We all know the car gets hot in the sun. If you keep your bag in the trunk, you’ll have to rotate your perishables and adhesive items more frequently. If you keep it in the closet with the electric water heater… yeah, it’s not much better. Rule #2 Water is our best friend and worst enemy Mold sucks. Period. Keep your gear away from moisture. I lost an entire travel trailer to mold. A winter storm came through and destroyed thousands of trees in our area. We had a medium sized branch fall on our Get Out Of Dodge trailer. I didn’t notice the quarter sized hole in the roof until spring. It looked like a science experiment in there. Rule # 3 Just because it was expensive doesn’t mean it won’t break I’m a hard use kinda guy. I treat most things really well....
Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Now that the website is working again, I can post the reviews from our friends In Arizona! They are camping for an extended period and we had the opportunity to send them some gear to test for us.  Stainless Steel Chainmail Cast Iron Scrubber(7×7 size with a hanging ring) I love cooking with our cast iron set. And detest cleaning it after certain meals. After a couple weeks out here I realized it was affecting what we eat. We were eating way more junk food than normal simply because less clean-up was involved.  When we have a big sink with hot running water and a washer in the next room I love using the regular heavy duty dish sponges with a scrubbie side. They get thoroughly rinsed after each use and rotated out daily. I have a ventilated basket just for kitchen cloths and scrubbies. The moment they get too gunked up (such as after cleaning a casserole dish or a pot from spaghetti sauce) into the wash-bin they go. Easy peasy.  But at camp that gunky scrubbie is the bane of my existence. First, water is a premium so I can’t rinse them out as well. Second, food traces bring unwanted pests – and in certain places can even be dangerous. So all our rinse water must be accounted for carefully. Any wet scrubbies and cloths must be dried before being put in a laundry bag or they’ll get super smelly before laundry day. Which then makes it harder to get the entire load clean at a DIY laundromat. I just can’t afford to throw away a scrubbie...
Reviews from 1/2 a world away

Reviews from 1/2 a world away

We had the opportunity to help sponsor an amazing young woman on the trip of a lifetime. An 11 month, 11 country backpacking mission trip. With the help of some manufacturers, we were able to set her up with some great gear for her 3rd world adventures. Here are her reviews of the goods. –Katie As we head into our next country, it was so fun making this video and being able to reflect on this past month and all that was experienced and ways that I was impacted by the people in Pretoria, South Africa. From the kids and staff at the township, to our host and the friendships that were formed. Watch and see a glimpse of what life was like the past month!   The World Race South Africa     Shoutouts!   Okay, so this part is WAY overdue, but so important. There were a lot of people and companies that sponsored me with gear to make this trip a little better so here are some shoutouts to them as well as some awesome gear recommendations- whether you are a future world racer or just someone that has an adventurous spirit and will be traveling soon I highly recommend all of these products!    First of all, huge thank you to Todd Jones for setting this up, you are a great rep for your companies and I am so thankful to you and the extra work you put in to make this happen.    Okay here it goes:    Luci EMRG Light by Mpowered: http://amzn.to/2h9dmqN This is an awesome solar powered blow up lantern that was...
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