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2016 Stocking Stuffers for the Prepper

Its that time of year guys! This year’s Stocking Stuffers list is a combination of previous years plus new items.


  • SAS pocket Handbook
  • Life Straw
  • Sawyer Mini Water Filter
  • Fire Steel
  • A Knife (SpyderCo, Morakniv, Kershaw, etc)
  • Conflicted the Card Game
  • Survival playing cards (they make them in decks with medical and survival advice, as well as edible and medicinal plants)
  • Multi-tool
  • Go Girl (for female purposes)
  • Diva Cup (for female purposes. There are also many companies that make this so look around!)
  • Small First-Aid Kit
  • Wool Socks

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Joe Teti from Dual Survivor shows us what he has in one of his bug out bags.

Over the weekend we bought some things for our kits. A nalgene bottle, a GSI Glacier stainless steel cup, a Sawyer Mini water filter and, the Sawyer Squeeze water filter.

We have taken a while to figure out the best water filtration system that fits our criteria. We wanted a water filter that had high capabilities in terms of gallons it is able to process before requiring a new filter, one that could filter out harmful bacteria, was lightweight, and one that could give us the most for our buck on a budget. With the Sawyer water filters we believe we have found it.

The Sawyer Mini is capable of filtering 100,000 gallons at .1 micron (which makes it nearly impossible for bacteria, protozoa, or cysts to pass through). It weighs 2oz and can be used four ways. 
1) Attached it to a reusable squeeze pouch (which is included with the filter), and you can drink directly from the pouch or squeeze the water from the pouch into another water container such as a water bottle.
2) It can be attached to most water or soda bottles, and drank directly from those bottles.
3) Attach it inline to a hydration pack without any adapters.
4) Use the drinking straw (which is also included) to drink directly from the source, or scoop up with a bottle of water from lakes, rivers, steams etc. To clean it, you simply backwash it with a syringe (also included). As far as costs go, we bought the Sawyer Mini for 24.99! However, I have since found it on Amazon for 20.00! So depending on where you buy it, you may pay between $20-$25.

The Sawyer Squeeze is a bigger version of the Sawyer Mini. It is capable of filtering a whopping 1 MILLION gallons of water at .1 micron, and comes weighing in at 3oz! This is perhaps the lightest filter with the highest filtering capabilities I have yet to find. A 1L squeeze pouch and cleaning syringe is included. The only difference between the Squeeze and the Mini (apart from weight) is that; a straw is not included with the squeeze. You would also have to buy adapter pieces for the squeeze if you want to use it inline with a hydration pack. We bought the Squeeze for $49.99.

Comparing the Mini and Squeeze, I would say that for those looking to get the most for their money, the Squeeze is the better buy. You would need ten Mini to be able to filter as much water as the Squeeze. I think it is also safe to say that with proper maintenance we will not need a filter for a very long time.

If anyone knows of another filter that can compete with these in terms of weight, price, gallons it can filter, and at the same micron level, let me know.

Stocking Stuffers for the Prepper

I made this quick list based on preps we currently have, ones we want, and some that I have seen around through videos. This list is made up of small items so you should be able to fit multiple in a stocking. Happy prepping everyone :)

  • SAS pocket handbook
  • Life straw
  • Sawyer mini water filter
  • Fire steel
  • Pocket knife
  • Conflicted the card game
  • Survival playing cards (they make them in decks of medical and survival advice, as well as edible and medicinal plants)
  • Multi-tool
  • 550 paracord
  • Go girl (for female purposes only)
  • Diva cup (for female purposes only. There are also many companies that make this so look around!)
  • Small first aid kit
  • Wool socks
  • Spork
  • Knife sharpener
  • Pocket flashlight
  • Heirloom seeds
  • Sewing kit
  • Water purification tablets
  • Paracord bracelet
  • Hand crank and or solar radio
  • Walkie talkies
  • Glow sticks
  • Moral patches
  • Box of ammo
  • Magazine for a weapon system
  • headlamp
The Multitude of Bag Names

Bug Out Bag (BOB)

Bail Out Bag (BOB)

Armageddon Response Bag

72 hr kit/bag

I’m Never Coming Home (INCH)

Everyday Carry Bag (EDC)

Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD)

Egress Bag

Grab Bag

Go Bag

Personal Emergency Relocation Kit (PERK)

Survival Bag

Get Home Bag

These are just some of the many names that these bags go by. Feel free to add to the list, as I am sure I have missed some.

Situation Wednesday

It’s that time of the week again!

In the summer of 2013, the Northeast experiences a massive blackout that left an estimated 50million people without power. The blackout lasted between 24 and 72hours (depending on the area). In NYC, people flooded the stores in search of supplies. Many even resorted to looting. Cell phones and cordless hones did not work. There were over 80,000 calls to EMS for help (more than double the average for NYC), and over 3,000 fire calls alone from people who caused fires using candles. Many people also discovered that their backup generators did not work.

Knowing this today (in 2013), what would you do to prepare should another blackout occur in the Northeast, or in your area.

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For the past year I have been interested in adding essential oils to our medical preps, so I started researching. I looked through many companies on the market, at the reviews, the prices, and third party testing. I found it hard to commit since I was worried about wasting my money on a company that may not have been worth it. I often went back and forth between companies, and so it took a while to finally decide to go with Eden’s Garden.

For Christmas BB got me their Supreme oil set, which is awesome! I have opened only a very small handful since I have not needed to use any of the others. I also got those awesome books which I have been reading lately to learn about each individual oil. They will be added to my prepper library (which I plan to grow this year).

Right now I am trying to learn all I can so that I can pick out a certain amount which I think will be useful to have in our BOBs. We haven’t used the oils that much, but for what we have, I can say that I am thoroughly pleased with this company.

If you are a YoungLiving or doTerra distributor please do not contact me trying to “convert” me. I have spent more than enough time researching before making my decision. Thank you.

Quick prepper tip

If you guys are in any of the areas that have been put under a tornado warning, or if your area gets put on alert later… keep you BOBs within reach in case something happens. That way you are ready to go at a moments notice. Also if there are any last minute things you need to do, you should do them now so you aren’t fumbling and wasting time later. I hope no one has to use their BOBs tonight but it’s better to be prepared than caught unprepared.

I posted this last year but I figure I should post it again as a very interesting prep. This is the HFX slingshot/slingbow, made by Chief AJ. The slingshot is designed to not only hold rocks and pellets but arrows as well. It also has a fishing reel attachment which allows you to fish. In this picture it is fully assembled. I can take off the fishing reel and just have a plain sling shot. HERE is his channel where you guys can watch it in action.