December 7, 2019

Can One Soap Do It All? Product Review: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

I originally picked up the unscented version of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap for backpacking.  It was highly recommended by experienced campers and backpackers because it is organic, bio-degradable, packed in recycled plastic AND not tested on animals.  Mainly, I picked it because I did not want to attract bears. Being the skeptical person that I am, I was  suspicious about how good it really is.  Because the product is a low suds soap, I was not convinced about its cleaning […]

My New Hobby

I found a new and relaxing hobby! Several months ago I posted about “Items I Carry Daily” which included a photo of my paracord bracelet that Mr. Apt. Prepper gave me as a stocking stuffer. Paracord is very useful to have around- you can use it as replacement shoelaces, to secure items to your car or backpack; anything you that rope is used for.  Wearing a paracord bracelet is a handy way to carry it.  If you ever need it, […]

Supply Check

After you have been accumulating supplies for a few months, it is a good idea to do a supply check:  take a few minutes to look over your supplies and check your equipment to make sure they are in working order. We went through a large Rubbermaid container of miscellaneous emergency supplies and found some items no longer worked or were improperly stored.  We had a Coleman lantern that I liked, since it gave off a pretty good light when […]

A Nifty Item to Help Beat the Summer Heat: Kafka Kool Tie

Apt Prepper husband found this item called Kafka Kool Tie at a camping website:  They are scarves that contain crystals that absorb water and puff up when you wet them.  Once they are wet, you wear them around your neck and the scarf can cool you off for hours. They can also ease headaches and help with high blood pressure.  It sounded good so we went and bought a few at the local REI.    I have no association with Kool […]

Backup Cooking Methods

Part of hurricane preparedness is having backups for cooking methods in the event of an extended power failure.  During our last major hurricane, Hurricane Ike, some of my colleagues did not regain their electricity service for one to two weeks.  Some folks who had money to spare stayed in hotels for the entire period, but that may cause you to burn through your emergency cash pretty quickly.  Several friends dealt with the inconvenience by staying with family and friends who […]

The Real Solar Charger Test

After the first failed solar charger test http://wp.me/p1dmhM-oJ I went and bought fresh rechargeable batteries from Lowes.  This solar charger, by XTG Technology, model XTG-SLRBC can charge both AA and AAA batteries, so I got a couple of sets of both types of batteries.  Just for good measure I also picked up a few more regular batteries, to get ready for hurricane season (see previous post “Hurricane Season is Almost Here” http://wp.me/p1dmhM-p8).  Costco had pretty good prices on regular batteries.  […]

Solar Battery Charger Test that Failed

A couple of days ago I was all excited to test a new solar battery charger we had purchased.  Per instructions I loaded it with four rechargeable batteries I had in the battery drawer. I left the solar charger in the window sill under direct sunlight for about five hours.  Then I plugged in a drained iPod to see if it would charge it.  Well… nothing happened.   Perhaps I didn’t leave the charger under direct sun long enough.  I move […]

Items I Carry Daily

A little less than a month ago, I posted about “A Gap in My Preparedness”  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-iR when I realized an emergency can happen while I am far from my home where I have most of my preparedness supplies. Since then I have carefully chosen a few items to keep with me at all times.  Each item is useful enough to keep around, even if there is no emergency.  Here they are in no particular order: Solar watch – I decided […]

Treating Muddy Water with the LifeSaver Filtration Bottle

I posted about our water preparedness plan several months ago in the post “Insuring against 3 Days Without Water”.  For our main water purification system, we chose The Big Berkey.  It works very well but is not very portable.  If we were to shelter in place, the Big Berkey would be the one we’d use.  For a more portable water filter, we decided to try the Lifesaver bottle. Why did we pick the Lifesaver bottle? It is known to remove […]

Bargain Shopping Tip

We are watching every penny these days, but still want to continue adding to our emergency supplies.  Before buying a new item, we compare prices between local area stores and internet sources like Amazon.  While we were at the store, I was starting to write all the items and prices down  when my husband came up with a good idea.  He said, “Why not use your cell phone and just take a picture of the item and price?”  I don’t […]

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