New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Miracle Inventions for Preppers

I have been preparing since the early 1970’s and I must say that some “modern inventions” have been more like “miracles” to someone like me. Now I have always been partial to Leatherman Tools, Swiss Army Knives, Space Blankets, Thinsolate and the new mini water filters but here are a few of my all time favorites.

Duct TapeCan be used for just about anything
Super GlueKeep in your portable First Aid kit. Can replace sutures for those cuts that are just a bit too much for butterfly bandages (this is not for deep lacerations or puncture wounds). It does STING, so bite the bullet !!!
VelcroAnother great multi-purpose item. Avoid the packages of dots or small strips and get a roll of this stuff that can be cut to size. Now you can even purchase those “Velcro ties” for controlling electrical cords or say rolled up tarps, tents and the like.
Seal-A-Meal These vacuum sealers are fantastic. After you dehydrate your items, seal them in this and then date, place in a reusable plastic container and put in your freezer. Seal your bottles of vitamins and OTC drugs in these for your preparedness stash. Really stretches the shelf life!!!!
Space BagsThese cannot be beat for storing your bulky preparedness items: sleeping bags, clothing, blankets, pillows and the like. Moisture and insect resistant to boot!!! I also use some of the smaller ones to store those photos and stuff that cannot be replaced.
Sham-Wow – These buggers work great as towels or wash cloths. They come in a rather large size but can be cut to suit your needs. Light weight, compact and easy to store. Great for golfing, camping, hiking, backpacking and Go-Bags.
VinegarSo many uses. It pays to start a Vinegar Book just to keep track of all the things this is good for!
Baking Soda Another of those household items that can be used for all sorts of first aid, cleaning, polishing (from teeth to metals) and baking needs. This is another of those items to keep a list or book on just what all it can be used for.

Got a favorite? Let us know!

Prep On!

From a 50 Something, soon to be rural homesteading, Prepper ;-}

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