Gear Reviews

From time we will post reviews of products that we have purchased and use as part of our own preparedness plan. All products are linked to and may be purchased through Amazon.

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Etekcity 4 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern

High on everyone’s prepper list should be some kind of light source. Following the must have flashlight/headlamp for getting around a darkened home we have chosen these little LED lanterns as our primary light source in a SHTF situation. They are a simple design pop up lantern that simply turns on when you slide it open and turns off when you push it closed. They have 2 handy little carry handles that can also be used to hang it from a tent, tree branch or even lights in your home. Read more…

Levin Solar Phone Charger

A dead cell phone is never a good thing and even worse in an emergency. We purchased 2 of these little solar phone chargers about a month ago and have been quite pleased with their performance. I have to admit that at $17 each I wasn’t expecting a lot as regular power banks often cost more. That being said, you have to take into account the limited output of solar panels in general and particularly one of this size. Read more…

American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger

Communication and an understanding of what’s actually taking place during a crisis are key to your proper response and ultimately surviving it. In times such as these it’s imperative to stay informed so you need some way to connect to the outside world even when hunkering down in a crisis. We’ve chosen this American Red Cross Hand Crank radio as part of our preparedness plan. Read more

Gear Review: FoodSaver V3240 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System

I know, I know; you would probably prefer to read about some cool new survival gadget, multi-tool, etc., however, anyone serious about food preservation should definitely consider purchasing a vacuum sealer.

A vacuum sealer is not going to replace Mylar Bags for ultra long term storage, but they are great for your short to midterm storage particularly if you a freezing fruits, vegetables and meat. Removing all the air, unlike using regular freezer bags, prevents the dreaded freezer burn that lowers the quality of your frozen food supply. Read more…