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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Car Emergency Kit

As a follow up to the Get Home Bag post that went over pretty well, I will also post what items I keep in my car outside of my Get Home Bag. I don't take my Get Home Bag unless I'm going on a longer trip, so for the shorter trips I have things in my trunk that could get myself, or someone else out of a pinch. There are many different things that could happen on the road, and it's important to be prepared for emergency situations even if your just 30 minutes or an hour from your home.

Year around it's important to keep jumper cables, a basic tool set, some extra engine fluids and a working flashlight in your car. There are also some seasonal items to keep in the trunk which include warm clothes in the Winter and cool clothes in the Summer. And going even beyond that, it's important to keep a couple days worth of food and water, and a good first aid kit in your vehicle.

Another thing to keep in mind is your spare tire and jack. Checking your spare tire air pressure needs to be as regular as you check your car tires pressure. It needs to be kept at pressure in case you ever need to use it. The stock jack and lug wrench are decent at best, so if your looking for something better than the stock one, a hydraulic jack and heavy duty lug wrench can be purchased at any store for pretty cheap.


Above is a picture of my trunk with the emergency items that I keep in it. Most people don't use their trunk for much other than collecting junk, and even with the preps in mine there is still room to put a few other things in there if I needed too.

To keep things organized and from flying around the trunk while driving I use a UTG Duffle bag to keep my extra clothes and smaller things in.


Below is a cart of the things inside the duffel, with thumbnail photos underneath of the contents. Click on the thumbnails to open the full size picture in a new window.




Outside of the duffel bag I also keep a small tool box with tools in it, a small emergency kit, a large 206pc tool set, and some engine fluids and in a plastic crate do they don't roll around in the trunk. Below is the cart and thumbnails for all the trunk items.




So there you have it, a pretty complete car emergency kit. There could be a few things I left out, but prepping is an ongoing activity. Outside of the trunk I keep a small hand powered LED flashlight and my Leatherman Wave multi-tool in the cab with me. I try to get things when they're on sale, so if you see a good deal snatch it up, and add it in. Car emergency kits are important because they could get you out of a pickle, but you could also use your preps to help someone else who's broken down or needs a jump at the grocery store. Part of being a prepper is using our knowledge and intuition to help others who are in need.

Also, here's a picture of my trunk with all my emergency preps and my Get Home Bag in it to show that it all fits with room to spare.


Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KentuckyPreppersNetwork/~3/fGb3tSi5Ues/car-emergency-kit.html

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

After realizing that fluoride is bad for you, and that using conventional toothpaste which is made from fluoride is bad, I started making my own homemade toothpaste. I have been using this toothpaste recipe for a few months now and it works great. It makes your mouth feel fresh, tastes good, it's cheap, and makes me feel better knowing I'm taking better care of my teeth. Traditionally toothpaste was made from mainly baking soda. It has only been the last few decades that toothpaste has fully switched over to fluoride based. Now when you're shopping for a new bottle of toothpaste, you would be hard pressed to find a toothpaste without fluoride. There is a company that makes a fluoride free toothpaste that is sold at some Wal-Marts. Tom's of Maine sells toothpaste without fluoride added that can be purchased from Wal-Mart for less than $5 a bottle.

The Tom's toothpaste is great, but somewhat expensive. Making your own toothpaste will help your teeth, your wallet, and give you the knowledge to make your own toothpaste if you were unable to purchase any from the store, due to a disaster. The homemade toothpaste recipe is below:

-6 teaspoons baking soda
-1/3 teaspoon salt
-4 teaspoons glycerin
-15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

Mix thoroughly. Should be a toothpaste consistency. Store in an airtight container.

The baking soda, salt, and peppermint flavor can all be purchased at your local Wal-Mart. Baking soda is around $1 a box, most should already have plenty of salt, and the wintergreen flavoring is in the arts and crafts section of Wal-Mart; 2 small bottles for $2. I was unable to find glycerin at Wal-Mart and ended up finding some at Rite-Aid. It was around $4 for a bottle, which brings the total price up to around $7. For $7 worth of ingredients and a couple minutes of your time to mix it up, the ingredients will last you months. I have been making it for around 3 months now and I'm still using the $7 worth of ingredients I purchased when I started.

I got this recipe from PioneerThinking.com. There are a lot of other great recipes for homemade products on their site including a good mouthwash recipe.

Here is a picture of my ingredients, and what the toothpaste looks like. For best results, use a butter knife to spread it on your toothbrush and keep it sealed in an airtight container.


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Make your own lip balm for cold sores

1 oz. Emu Oil
1 oz. Almond Oil
1 oz. Avocado Oil
1/2 oz. Shaved Beeswax or Beeswax Pellets
1/4 oz. Aloe Vera Gel
6 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 Drops Lime Essential Oil

Mix the almond, avocado, emu oil and beeswax together in a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave for a couple of minutes or until the mixture is completely melted.
(Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop).
Stir the mixture often until the wax is melted.
Add the aloe Vera gel.
Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.
Stir again and set aside to cool completely.
When cool, transfer into small portable plastic containers or tins.
I generally find my ingredients at our local health food store but if you cannot find them near you, I'm sure you can find them on eBay.

Original at http://vermontpreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/make-your-own-lip-balm-for-cold-sores.html

Is Chap Stick a Survival necessity?

By Joseph Parish

Many people often pose the question of whether Chap Stick should be included in our first aid kits or survival packs and I repetitively respond “yes”. In addition to the customary lip use there are other lesser recognized uses as well.

We are all familiar with the lip use for this product. I prefer to stock the miniature, individual sticks in my first aid kit and bug out bags. These are very economical if you pick them up at the Dollar store. You will likely get 3 for $1.00. They come in an assortment of flavors such as chocolate, etc.

In areas of intense bitter temperatures you can wipe the Chap Stick on your facial areas to help conserve and sustain your body heat.

As a lubricant it is just great. You can use it on your fire bow or anywhere that you would need to use as petroleum based grease. It can be used just as you would use any type of Petroleum Jelly when wanting to fuel a fire. Merely rub it on a small segment of cloth or perhaps a cotton ball from your first aid kit or even some type of natural tinder and you are set to go. Since I stash a complete bag of cotton balls in my larger first aid kit this is ideal.

In the event that you develop a small leak in your tent and do not have anything to seal it with you can always use the Chap Stick to accomplish a quick and temporary fix. It also works great on any other products that you would need to waterproof in an emergency.

As you can see you can use this “neat” invention for a vast number of different purposes. If you sit down for a few moments I am sure you will come up with a lot more interesting and imaginative ideas also.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles11/IsChapStickaSurvivalnecessity.htm

How to Eat Scorpions for Survival

Eat scorpions to survive. The bad news--that just sounds nasty. The good news--scorpions can be found in many environments, forests, caves, grass, deserts, so chances are you can find them. But to eat them you've got to hunt at night. Unless you're lucky you won't see them during the day.

Step 1 Find scorpion holes. During the day search your area for shady little niches close to the ground, lips beneath sticks or small protruding rocks or even exposed tree roots. Look for small holes just below the lips.

Step 2 Dig another hole. Right below the scorpion's hole, scoop out a shallow hole in the ground and place an open mouthed container like a jar, cup, soda can, whatever you can find inside the newly dug hole. The trick is to place it so that when the scorpion comes out at night, it will drop right into your cup and can't climb out of the smooth side.

Step 3 Go get a good night's rest. In the morning, check your traps and hopefully you will have caught enough scorpions for a filling breakfast.

Step 4 Skewer the scorpions with a sharp thin stick or sturdy weed. Scorpion stings are very venomous. Skewer the scorpions through their sides while they are still in the cup or jar. Use two sticks for easier manipulation.

Step 5 Lift the skewered scorpions out of the jar and hold down against the ground or a rock. Keep out of reach of the venomous curling tail and cut off and discard the tail. You don't want to eat that.

Step 6 Cook over the hot coals until they are nice and brown, almost blackened, Cajun style.

Step 7 They are somewhat gritty so eat them fast. Don't think about it. This is for survival.

Warnings and Tips: Another way to eat scorpions is to dunk them in wine, cut off the stringer and poison sac. They are supposed to taste like raw shrimp. They can also be fried.

Original at: http://www.ehow.com/how_2087478_eat-scorpions-survival.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art