February 26, 2017

Does the Travel John Work?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com My last post discussed possible alternatives for dealing with liquid waste while trying to bug out without having to stop.  We found the Travel John, a popular product among campers, online.  Before I recommend anything I always try out the item to make sure it works. What is the Travel John? It is a disposable urinal that is portable, is said to be leak proof, and odor free. The box came with 18 […]

Dealing with Liquid Waste While Bugging Out

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Close to a year ago, while we were focused on building our home preparedness items, I wrote about toilet paper substitutes in this post.   These days we are focusing on “bug out” supplies. Houston residents still talk about their nightmare trips right before Hurricane Rita, when people were trying to leave the city all at once.  Thousands of people were stuck in traffic for hours, as freeways turned into parking lots.  Drivers just […]

Epic Wipes Review

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always on the lookout for products that can help you maintain good hygiene in an emergency.  When a representative from Epic Wipes contacted me with an offer for a sample, I thought it would be a good fit for a review. Here is what a box of 10 and an individual packet looks like:   What are Epic Wipes? Epic Wipes are individually wrapped wet wipes that are 16 times larger […]

Assemble a Personal Care Bucket

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Five gallon buckets that are commonly used for food storage can be used to organize and store other non food items.  They are very convenient and portable, and they stack well if you get the same types.  I find they are great storage containers for small spaces. In an emergency, hygiene and personal care still need to be maintained for health reasons as well as morale.  Even if you never have an emergency, […]

Pest Control and Prepping

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Tomorrow is the official start of the spring season, and with the pretty flowers, spring showers come the bugs… lots of bugs.  I’ve seen some huge bugs here in Texas, and though I know many insects are helpful, and can even serve as food, I am not fond of bugs. Pest control is not probably not one of the top ten survival and preparedness steps you will take to get started but it […]

Reader question: How Do you Protect your Emergency Supplies from Pests?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I get a lot of emails on Apartment Prepper, and I always respond to readers’ questions.  Here is an excerpt from a recent email from reader “S.”  (I have removed any personal references.)  “S” provided actual photos. I had some bad luck recently. My car broke down coming home from work.  As a result I had to leave the car at a mechanic for a week to fix a now bigger problem & […]

Other Uses for Homemade Laundry Detergent

In a previous article, I posted about trying out Survival Woman’s super easy homemade detergent recipe. It turns out to be even more useful than originally thought.  I was cleaning the toilet and needed a little extra help scrubbing with the toilet brush.  Normally I use plain bleach but decided to try something different.  (Note:  I don’t use any other chemicals in the toilet such as leave-in bowl cleaners.   If you are using them, do not mix in other chemicals.)  […]

The Portable Potty Bucket

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Five gallon buckets are not only great for long term food storage, they are also great for other emergency items such as personal care, and health supplies.  We posted a non-threatening way to get them to prep and clever reader Ginger came up with her gift idea to give her family this year:  the portable potty bucket.   Ginger did some research on what to include  in the buckets (here’s the You Tube […]

Rare Virus could become Widespread after a Disaster

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyone saw the news report about visitors at Yosemite National park who stayed at tent-style “signature” cabins in Curry Village becoming exposed to the Hantavirus.   Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) which attacks the lungs and can be fatal.  The disease is carried in the urine, saliva or feces of deer mice and other rodents.  In this particular case, the rodents nested in between the double walls of the cabins, and thus unknowing […]