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Preparing for when the SHTF is something that we are all planning and implementing. Some of us are further along than others who are just getting started. I know some of us are willing to share everything that have done and some will share just enough to let others know that they are doing something.

What I would like to do is have a thread for people to list off recently acquired items that they make or buy or trade-for that are normal "everyday" items that have a use in their preparations. I would like to keep guns and ammo out of this thread if at all possible.

For my partner and I, we have just purchased another set of 12-volt based communication devices, also known as CB-radio. One CB will be mounted in each of our vehicles and one will be mounted in our travel-trailer. The reasoning behind these is because we like to talk to each other. Yes, we have cell-phones and text-messaging, but, with the crack-down on cell-use in vehicles, we would like to have another form of communications. Personally, I believe that the crack-down on cell-use is warranted due to the fact that my dad's arms are screwed for the rest of his life due to an idiot on his cell-phone while driving caused an accident with my dad on his Harley.

Next everyday type of item is a matched set of fire-proof, water-proof, security-based safes. In the safes we have copies of all important papers (vehicle registrations, birth-certificates, credit-card contact information, banking information, drivers licences, insurance-photos to prove that we own what we say we own, insurance policies, etc). The SHTF-scenario we are planning for is break-n-enter theft or fire.

With the safes, I purchased a laminator to create another level of protection for the important documents. With the laminator I have a Dymo label-maker to label anything that needs to be labeled. The reason behind that is no-one can read my hand writing, not even me. I can type fast-n-furious, just, please don't ask me to write with pen-n-paper.

The next everyday type of item is books. We have purchased a few more story-books to read. If the power goes out and I can't get the 'net to run for any reason (even with my UPS systems running all my computer-based equipment), turn to books to read. Candle-light, flash-light and lanterns are great ways to read.

Found a great deal on solar-powered with hand-crank AM/FM radios. There are lots of normal battery or AC-powered options, and the radios in our vehicles and in the travel-trailer - but - sometimes it is nice to have a radio that doesn't ever need fresh batteries and sometimes the current-bush doesn't have holes to plug in the power-plug.

Finally, an everyday type product is DVD movies. The only reason for that is because I don't have a portable BluRay player and that is because they are not on the market from what I can tell. Portable DVD-player's battery is charged via solar or 110vac so I can watch on the mini-screen or plug it into my (soon to be ordered) 12-volt 22" TV (located on
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why CB instead of FRS/GMRS radio?

I have Garmin Rinos w/ map Gps, altimeters
We have a couple match'd sets of Cobra FRS radios that are directly rechargable for their internal batteries. They work well enough and are CB-radio compatable, but, their range is quite limited. I have a couple of fairly large handheld Cobra CB-radios that plug into a 12-volt powerport or can run on a whack-load of Double-A batteries and I can hook up an external antenna as well for greater range than what the stubby can signal to.

I am looking at the range-factor of CB-Radio as well as the "internally-powered" factor as being combined with the vehicle instead of needing to rely on rechargable or throw-away batteries.

As for this thread - I was just looking to have a posting where people can update others with their latest multi-use prep-related items. Not looking for a list of everything that a household has stashed (Yes, Jerry - I am teasing you about your lists :sssh: )
Yesterday, finished the Food Storage Excel spreadsheet and inventoried just about all of my long and short term food storage and essentials. Found some surprises, and some good news.
Do tell ... what kind of good news?
Just added another tool tonight to the collection of goodies. Picked up a vacuum sealer with bags and jar-attachments and such. it was on special for fifty-bux, figured couldn't really go wrong with it.

Might get a chance this weekend to test it out - well - after the winch gets mounted on the LJ.
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Your communications just got a boost .... good to hear.

BTW: Do you know what the standard CB-channels are for your area?
The two primary channels for off-roaders (the guys like me with big tires and a winch on the front) are 4 and 16. If you happen to slide off a road, stuck, but not damaged you can try those two channels to see if someone is nearby with a winch that can help you out.
UncleJoe - not only is TP essential, but, we also must have the means to dispose of it. Dig your pit for the outhouse now, purchase a few large plastic bins to fill your shed with and fill those bins with TP or Sears catalogs ..

I only keep about a years supply of TP. 100 rolls in the bathroom plus another 400 (or so) rolls in my storage area.
:sssh:Ok, I hate to admit this but....

I just got my first camp stove and camp oven, tent (I have had a tent before so technically it is my second tent) and screen house.:eek:

Please, let me say in my defense that we have camped every year for the last 20 or so years with my family. With 13+ people we had enough equipment that I did not need my own. And frankly when my husband and I used to camp on our own we used a tent, grabbed a castiron skillet and just went!
Sometimes circumstances beyond our control dictate the loss of equipment or loss-of-access to equipment that has always been there. Good to see that you are replacing useful stuff that has a multitude of uses!
Honeyzeke, I know this isn't the thread to discuss recipees, so I hope the moderators don't tar n feather me, but...............our canned ham and bean soup always comes out mushy.

Any advice?

Try either less water or a different thickening agent - maybe corn-starch. Another would be to shorten your cooking time by 15min or lower the cooking temperature.
Thanks for the advice, NaeKid. We don't use a thickening agent and since there is ham in the soup, I'm not sure how far I could reduce the temp or time without poisoning the whole gang! The standard for quarts with meat is 10 lb presure for 90 minutes.
Are you cooking and canning at the same time?
Sold a bunch of stuff for cash, put the cash into a zip-lock baggie and stashed in my BOB (Bug Out Bag). Checked my main-BOB for expiry-dates and checked the hardware for any possible damage. Finding everything in good order, I put my 2010/2011 fishing licence into a Coghlan's All Weather Wallet and placed into my BOB.


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Looks like I will be getting divorced so am totally rethinking my preps and plans. I will nolonger have to worry about a wife and step kids. They all thought I was nuts anyways when it comes to being prepared for what ever. This is a major sense of relief and hopefully I will have things worked out the way I want them before:shtf:.
Divorce = TEOTWAWKI for many people, leaving them in dazed state for months or even years. Personally, I was in a dazed-state for 'bout 10 months. My best-friend's mom went into permanent-dazed-state till she passed away.

Hope that everything goes well for you.
Wildmist and I both decided that the BOB-pack that we had was too small for the gear we want to carry and that the straps were too narrow for our shoulders, so, we stopped in at BassPro Shops and snagged matching packs that have a fanny-pack and back-pack strapped together that can also be carried seperatly.

They are called the "Red Head Illuminator Pack" stock-number 38-870-130-49 (incase anyone wants to order one online for delivery). Last night I emptied my BugOutBag and moved the contents to my new pack (with built-in carry case for a rifle) and I have lots more room for gear. I plan to setup the fanny-pack as a quick-carry of fire and shelter and the main pack to be setup as clothing, food, fluids and communications.
For my next level of preps - I got my motorcycle learners licence which means that I can licence my motorbike for street-use (it is an enduro) instead of just riding it on the trails and on private land.

Another level of my preps has been reached ....


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Bizzy, if you don't mind, I might just change my signature line to the closing lines of your post above. I really like that!
Jason, I think that you should keep yours and Bizzy should be putting that into her signature-file ... that was funny!
We can make our own water from the humidity in the air.
Out of curiosity how are you doing this?

Good luck and stay safe!
The science behind it is good: Drinking Water From Air Humidity

It can either be a system that collects water via electricity (like a de-humidifier) or a system that collects water via solar (Solar Still)
I just refilled my empty 20# propane tanks so I now have 7 good full tanks, five BBQ's ready to cook food, 4 propane stoves (portable and fixed) and a good sized fire-pit ... I'll be able to cook for a good portion of the winter without any issues even without electricity.

Now, to start planning / building a pop-can solar heater and attaching it to the house.
I use bio-degradable kitty-litter to soak up automotive fluids from when I spill (over flow) gear-oil, transmission-oil, engine-oil, etc when working on my vehicles. The kitty-litter is made from all natural ingredients.

I originally purchased the kitty-litter for "poop-tubes" that I made based on instructions from a book called How to Shit in the Woods written by a lady who guides along water ways.

Great book!
I used to ride lots of long-distance bicycle, so I still have the water-bottles that used to be mounted in the cage on the downtubes. Those same cages easily attach to the roll-bars on my Jeeps. I refresh my water bottles when going for long drives and carry them in my Jeep. As far as keeping water in a vehicle just for emergency use, I keep several water-pouches (Datrex) in my Jeep's saddle-bags (made by BackTrail Outfitters) right beside my containers of GORP and such.
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