Beginning Prepper’s Wish List: Christmas Gift Ideas For Emergency Preparedness

Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List is a great place to start shopping for someone new to prepping. Or perhaps you want to start getting your family’s 72 Hour Kits together. You’ll find our favorite stuff here on our Beginning Prepper’s Wishlist!  Heck, even experienced Preppers may discover some must have gear to make surviving Armageddon more fun.

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Beginning Prepper's Wish List


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Beginning Prepper’s Wish List:  Water

A couple of 7 Gallon Reliance Products AquaTainer Ridged Water Containers would get a Beginning Prepper’s emergency water storage on the right track!

These Datrex emergency water packets  are just the thing to get you through 72 hours with your 3 Day Kits. I like these because they can mold themselves around other items in your bug out bag.

Blue Can Pure Water allows a Beginning Prepper to have a safe, great tasting emergency water supply that will last for FIFTY years!  No chlorine, no fluoride, no BPA.  Blue Can Pure Water can get take the heat and STILL taste great!

Finally, both aLifestraw personal water filter and a Lifestraw family sized water filter are just the thing for a Beginning Preppers Wish List!  I have both the personal Life Straw and the Family Sized Life Straw as part of my preps.

RELATED   How To Choose The Best Water Filter For Your Family

In case you are like me, an over achiever in the worry department, the Sunflair Water Pasteurization Indicator is a nifty little item that will allow you to double check if your water is safe to drink.

Let There Be Light

I have a fear of trying to survive an emergency in the pitch black.  Many emergencies happen at night, therefore having a solid stash of lighting possibilities in my emergency kits is a must.  Our Beginning  Prepper’s Wish List has some some great ideas for you!

The Amerelle 71134CC Slimline Power Failure Lite is an emergency light that comes on when the power goes out.  A necessity for blackouts, storms, disasters, and over achieving worriers.

Every survivalist will love a Peak Plus Super Bright LED  tactical flashlight.  It is just the right size for keeping beside the bed, in the glove compartment of a car or in a 72 hour kit.

Light weight and collapsible, my favorite Eteckcity LED Outdoor Lanterns are a standard for every beginning prepper.  Don’t forget  extra Amazon Basics AA batteries!  Or am I the only one who does that?

A MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Light will rock the world of ANY Prepper.  Seriously.

Take a gander at a Goal Zero Torch With Integrated Solar Panel.  A flashlight with a built in solar panel! What’s not to love?

Charging Bricks

During the recent hurricanes people relied on their cell phones for important emergency information.  But once the power went out, so did the opportunity to recharge those phones.  Mophie Powerstation 8x Dual USB External Battery for Smartphones and Tablets will recharge most phones up to 8 times!  You can even recharge two phones at once!

Emergency Food Storage and Stove

Emergencies make me hungry.  What about you?  Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List can help you satisfy those munchies!

You can take a Gas One GS 3000 Portable Gas Stove  camping OR use it inside to cook a quick meal. Yes, you read that correctly.  This Butane fueled emergency stove can be used in doors!  Grab some extra butane too!

When a Beginning Prepper has hot water, they can make a hot meal using Mountain House freeze dried foods.Just pour the hot water right into the bag and ta-da! dinner is served!

 

The Gift Of Food Preservation

Dehydrating your own food is a terrific skill for a beginning Prepper that reduces the cost of building a stash of long term food storage.  Imagine being able to preserve your own food simply and inexpensively.

I got started dehydrating with a Nesco Dehydrator, which is one of the more inexpensive options available.

When my dehydrating habit…..er……..skills increased, I added an Excalibur to the family.  Excalibur’s heat from the back to the font, which allows all the shelves to dry without needed to rotate trays.  The square trays of the Excalibur makes it easier to get more food on a tray too.

A favorite book on how to dehydrate food can be found in The Ultimate Dehydrator Book.  Mine has become like an old friend, as I refer to it so often.

Staying Warm On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Emergency Sleeping Bag.  Made out of a thermal blanket material, the TACT Bivvy by Survival Frog provides a tear-resistant, water proof, weather-resistant protection that you can climb into just like a sleeping bag.

Military Grade, Heavy, Washable Wool Blanket.   Wool is antibacterial, temperature regulating and water proof.

Zippo Hand Warmers have the ability to provide gentle warmth for 12 hours.

Survive the cold of winter with a Portable, Indoor-Safe Radiant Heater like Mr. Heater.  I always think better when my teeth aren’t chattering.  Freezing through an emergency isn’t necessary when preparations have been made in advance.

Face Masks and Emergency Medical Kits

RELATED How To Choose The Best Emergency Face Mask

I love the Cambridge N99 Washable Respirator, and it’s ability to go for up to 300 hours before the filter needs to be changed.   Lab tested British military filtration technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, bacteria and viruses.  The Turquoise is my favorite!  What’s yours?

Here is a simple medical kit to add to add to your emergency vehicle kit.

Here’s a first aid kit to hang off of your 72 Hour Kit for quick and easy access.

 

RELATED: The Best Essential Oils For Medical Kits Survivalists

Other Really Great Stuff On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Spyderco’s Deica4 Light Weight Plain Edge Knife is the perfect Every Day Carry knife.

How about a  camping/survival knife  from our Beginning Preppers Wish List that will last for a generation or two, the Ka-Bar BK-22 Becker. Uh……Santa?  If you are reading this, I’ve been a very good girl……

Does your Beginning Prepper need a way to keep their new knife sharp?  A Lansky BladeMedic is a great choice for a knife sharpener light weight enough to fit into a Bug Out Bag.

World’s Loudest Emergency Whistle.  No 72 hour kit would be complete without the ability to let people know where you are.

The Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.  I hope your New Year includes the peace that being prepared brings.   Merry Christmas!

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar: Sausage Potato Soup

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar provide nutrition, convenience, and long term storage ability to your food storage plan.   Boil a pot of water, dump in the ingredients, and viola!, dinner is served in record time.  Even if that dinner is made for a year later!

How to make Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar

What makes Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar so fantastic?  Imagine coming home too tired to cook, and the family wanting to eat…..NOW.  You boil water.  Dump in the contents of the jar.  Stir.  Viola.  It’s dinner baby.  It’s way healthier than fast food, AND at about $10.00 a jar for a family of 4, CHEAPER too.

You are learning to use your food storage, saving money, creating shelf stable, long lasting meals for your storage, and making your life easier.   We aim to please, here at Simply Preparing.

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar Recipe using Thrive Life Foods

Sausage Potato Soup


Thrive Freeze Dried Ingredients:

1 C. Freeze Dried Sausage
1 C. Dehydrated Potato Chunks
1/3 C. Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
1/4 C. Freeze Dried Onions
1/3 C. Dehydrated Carrot Dices
1/3 C. Freeze Dried Peas
6 TBSP Chicken Bullion

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Ingredients Needed From Your Pantry

1 TBSP Parsley
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
4 TBLS Butter

Bring three quarts of water to a boil.  Add in the freeze dried ingredients along with the garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper.  While these ingredients simmer, make your thickening sauce.

 

How To Make A Thickening Sauce (Roux)

(Important Note:  The ingredients for the thickening sauce/roux will NOT be part of what you actually put into your jars.  These are items you’ll need to have on hand in your fridge/pantry to complete this meal.)

1/4 Cup flour

1 C reconstituted Powdered Milk

2TSPB Butter

 

Melt butter in a small pan over a low temperature.  Whisk 1/4  C. flour and allow to cook for a minute, whisking constantly.   Pour in 1 C. (reconstituted) Powdered Milk.  Stir until thick and bubbly.

Add a bit of your soup liquid to your thickening sauce to thin it out some.  Then add everything back into your soup and stir.  Allow to simmer for a few minutes before serving with a garnish of  Freeze Dried Parmesan Cheese.

When putting together the ingredients for your Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar, you also need to add an oxygen absorber to each jar or vacuum seal each jar.  Personally, I do both.  This will give you at least a year’s storage for this recipe.

Why You Should Have Freeze Dried Meals In A Jar In Your Food Storage Stash

Beans and rice might keep a body and soul together, but they are not going to be able to do much when food fatigue sets in.  Food fatigue is the idea that food is food and when you have nothing else you will eat it, whether you like it or not.

While this may be true to some extent, it is important to stock a variety of foods, as well as some meals that are tried and true family favorites.  That’s where Freeze Dried Meals in a jar come into play.   Having to eat beans every day for a month straight might just be what brings you down not only physically, but psychologically as well.

DIY Freeze Dried MREs for But Out Bags

Shelf stable meals such as Freeze Dried Meals in a jar offer variety and simplicity.  You can add fruits and veggies to your family’s diet even during an emergency.  You can even skip the jar and packaged these meals in mylar bags with an oxygen pack to store in your bug out bags.  Think homemade MREs.

How to cook your DIY Freeze Dried MREs

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar can also easily be cooked over simple bug out stoves using items found in typical 72 hour kits.  Just make sure you’ve got your water stored too!

How are you preparing to feed your family in case of emergency?   Do you have Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar in your preps?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Original Recipe by Amber Spackman   Modifications by me.
**Photo Credit:  Ladyheart

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Why You Should Store Food NOW.

I’ve had people ask me why they should store food now rather than waiting to see if a crisis event takes place.    Many would rather have their money earning interest in a bank so that if the s-ever does hit the fan, they have the finances to deal with their new normal.  Having a stash of cash is important in an emergency situation.  However, I believe that the time to get your tangibles is before the crisis, not after.  There really are times when food is more valuable than money.

Store Food

 

How do I come to this conclusion?

* You can’t eat money.  In times of crisis, store shelves will be wiped out in the blink of an eye.  It won’t matter how much money you have on hand if there’s nothing around to purchase.

* Items from your food storage will be highly valued barter items.  Cash stands a huge chance of being devalued to the point of worthlessness.

* Food prices are only going up.  And up.  And after that, they’ll go up some more.   When you store food now, using a variety of techniques, it’s like money in the bank that is actually earning interest in the form of  being exempt from rising food costs.

* A one dollar package of humble garden seeds will increase the value of that buck 20x in the form of fresh veggies, compared to vegetables purchased at a grocery store.  Where else can you increase the value of that greenback in such a dramatic way within one mere growing season?

Nobody can control the economy.  But we can control how it affects our lives.  Storing food is one way to prepare for what ever uncertainties the future may hold.

Do you store food in case of emergency?

*Photo Credit:  Visual Hunt

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The Pros and Cons of MREs

Most preppers and outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with MREs. MRE stands for meal, ready-to-eat, and they are most common as field rations for the military. MREs are meant to feed one individual for one meal. Fortunately, these meals in a bag or box have come a long way since hardtack, cans of Spam, and freeze-dried meat. Modern MREs offer a wide range of foodstuffs and now include heating elements, desserts, and beverage powders. There are even MREs made for cold weather that pack plenty of extra calories when you need them to stay warm.

All of the items included in modern MREs make them extremely popular for preppers and outdoor recreationists alike, including campers and backpackers. You might be wondering, though, if MREs are right for you as part of an emergency preparedness kit. Before you run out and buy cases of MREs to have when disaster strikes, it is helpful to know both the advantages and disadvantages of these.

pros and cons of mresThe Pros:

  • Versatility – Modern-day MREs offer a wide variety of options when it comes to food. MREs from the U.S. military offer a great diversity that was missing even just a few years ago. You can now select those with chicken, beef, or pork as the main dish or vegetarian meals. There are also a large variety of carbohydrates like pasta, rice, oatmeal, and applesauce. MREs come in breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices.

  • Heating Elements – MREs now come with some kind of heating element so that you can have a hot meal even if you don’t have access to a stove, and these heating elements come right in the bag. This makes MREs perfect when you are left without electricity or when you find yourself out in the wildness miles from civilization.

  • Sheer Number of Items – MREs come packed with numerous food items including a main dish, side dishes, desserts, energy bars, beverage flavoring powders, instant coffee, and, of course, the customary salt, pepper, toilet paper, spoon, chewing gum, and Tabasco sauce if you’re lucky. What is included in one MRE differs immensely, and no two are ever exactly alike!

  • Portability – MREs can be easily thrown into a backpack or bug out bag. Once you open a MRE, you have everything you need for a meal.

The Cons:

  • The Amount of Calories – Since MREs were designed for soldiers in combat, one meal contains a large amount of calories. Each MRE contains about 1200 calories and that makes it great for outdoor pursuits but hard on the stomach for more sedentary individuals. An entire MRE should probably not be consumed all in one sitting.

  • Weight – MREs weigh more than freeze-dried meals. It is something to take into consideration if you are thinking about packing them around all day.

  • Cost – MREs are more expensive compared to fresher foods and freeze-dried meals. On average, a single MRE costs around $8 to $10, and a case of twelve can cost around $80 to $100.

  • Availability – MREs are not something that you can find at your local grocery store. Special military supply stores or outdoor stores might carry them but they will probably be limited in quantity and variety. Thanks to the Internet MREs are now available from several online retailers. If you order online, however, you will obviously pay more for shipping.