Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Holiday Gift Guide: $50 and Under

    Holiday Gift Guide: $50 and Under

    The holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still time to get a jump on your holiday shopping this year.

    Over the past two weeks we’ve given you gift ideas that’ll help your loved ones get prepared. You’ve seen options for gifts $10 and under and for gifts between $10 to $25. Here are some ideas for gifts between $25 and $50.

    My family is crazy into outdoor adventures—rock climbing, backpacking, skiing/snowboarding, canyoneering—all of it. We’re always looking for new gear that’ll make our trips more comfortable. Whether your loved ones are diehard adrenaline junkies or just love the outdoors, these gifts will bring a smile to their faces.

      1. Suisse Sport K-2 5° Sleeping Bag-- $49.99
         
        This sleeping bag is perfect for three-season camping (fall, winter, and spring). The Suisse Sport bag features a durable outer shell, with an inner double layer quilting and insulation to provide maximum warmth. It also has a full chest battle and draft tube to keep your body heat from escaping.  So if you enjoy winter camping, or hate being cold even in the crisp temperatures of spring and fall, this bag will keep you toasty warm.
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        Holiday Gift Guide: Suisse Sport K-2 5° Sleeping Bag

         

      3. Castlepine™ Internal Frame Backpack (green)--$34.95
         
        When you have to carry all your gear on your back (I’m thinking 50 milers, campouts, or other backpacking trips), it’s important to have a pack that’s strong enough to hold the weight you need, and durable enough to last as long as you do (and likely longer). This pack is great for backpacking trips or larger-scale emergency kits with its 3,200-cubic-inch capacity. Available in red and navy.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Castlepine™ Internal Frame Backpack (green)

      5. Gerber Gator Combo Axe II with Saw--$50.00
         
        This combo is great because in one compact item, you get an axe and a saw. The Gerber Gator Axe II is longer than the original, giving you a stronger striking force. The handle is covered with the Gerber Gator texturing to give you a better grip, even in wet conditions. This is a gift that can be used in an emergency or in your regular outdoor adventures.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Gerber Gator Combo Axe II with Saw

      7. Katadyn MyBottle MicroFilter--$49.95
         
        Having clean water is essential no matter where you are. The Katadyn MicroFilter is a great filter for on-the-go expeditions because you can filter water as you drink it. The microfilter removes bacteria and pathogenic cysts (such as Giardia and Cryptosporidim).  This MicroFilter gives you clean, fresh-tasting water.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Katadyn MyBottle MicroFilter

      9. Twin Peaks Mountain Trails Tent--$49.99
         
        This is another great gift to give outdoor enthusiasts. Tents can be complicated, intricate, and just plain user-UN-friendly. But this lightweight, easy-to-set-up tent provides a quick shelter for 3-4 people. On backpacking trips, a quick set-up is ideal for when it starts to downpour before you’ve had a chance to set up camp—or if you just want to get through setup and focus on the fun stuff.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Twin Peaks Mountain Trails Tent

      11. Goal Zero Rockout Speakers --$39.99
         
        When we go climbing, my brother always brings along his phone and speakers to pump us up. These Rockout Speakers would be the ideal gift for him. They provide a great experience during outdoor adventures, playing your music while keeping your device nestled safely inside. These portable and lightweight speakers have an internal battery that prevents it from draining your device’s battery, so you don’t have to worry about your phone or other device dying so quickly.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Goal Zero Rockout Speakers

      13. Optimus Crux Lite Canister Stove--$39.95
         
        This lightweight stove is ideal for when you’re on the move. Being able to eat well when outdoors is great; being able to eat well in an emergency is luxury. This high-quality stove is built to last whether your loved ones need it now for adventures, or to store for future emergencies. Within 3 minutes, this portable stove can boil 1 liter of water—that’s pretty quick!
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Optimus Crux Lite Canister Stove

      15. MyChoice™ Hot Cocoa Combo (4 cans)--$25.95
         
        My family loves to drink hot chocolate with our dinner when we’ve just gotten off the snowy slopes and need to warm up. This combo gives you four delicious flavors (French Vanilla, Mint Truffle, Milk Chocolate, and Raspberry) for one price. This gift is a great option for all of your loved ones—whether or not they’re outdoor enthusiasts. Hot chocolate just makes the evening complete when you cuddle up to watch a movie or read a book with the snow falling outside your window.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: MyChoice™ Hot Cocoa Combo (4 cans)

      17. Goal Zero® Switch 8 Recharger--$49.99
         
        This power pack is fantastic outdoors or in emergency uses. The Switch 8 can power smart phones, flashlights, GPS, tablets, laptops, or anything else that powers with a USB. It can be charged with a USB plug or a solar panel, and is no bigger than a fat marker. It’s simple to use for when you are canyoneering, skiing, or need to charge your device on the go.
      18.  Holiday Gift Guide: Goal Zero® Switch 8 Recharger

      19. The Reliance Fold-n-Filter--$47.50 
         
        The Fold-n-Filter is water storage with built in water treatment. You can filter up to 200 gallons of water by simply squeezing the container to dispense the water you need to use. It even rolls up for storage and weighs in at just one pound. The filter is great to hang from a tree when camping, or to have on hand during an emergency. This is a great way to store clean, filtered water for you and your loved ones

      Holiday Gift Guide: The Reliance Fold-N-Filter

      So there you go—a few gift ideas costing between $25 and $50. Preparedness items (and the principle itself) are the gifts that just keep on giving.

      If these ideas don’t seem to be quite what you are looking for, check out beprepared.com for all of our products or our Pinterest gift boards for other great ideas.

      Happy shopping!

      -Kimberly

       

       

       

       

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holiday, emergency preparedness, emergency kit, preparedness, gifts, food storage

  • Crazy for Christmas! Holiday Gift Combos

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    Round here, at what some like to call the “North Pole” Santa’s little helpers are getting pretty stoked about the coming holidays. In fact, try as we might, we haven’t been able to restrain them from singing carols and obsessively checking the Naughty/Nice list.

    The bad news? Reindeer droppings in the office. The good news? Early deals on great gift ideas.

    Two of our favorites are the holiday gift combos. No wrapping paper? No time? No problem. These little babies come with 10-12 gifts, along with the same number of gift bags and bows. You can have the perfect little present assembled in seconds, with zero time spent hunting through red and green bins for bits of ribbon or tissue paper. Buy in bulk and you can check neighbors, teachers, co-workers, the bus driver, and the mail lady all off your gift list in one fell swoop. Genius!

    Right now, we’ve got two holiday gift combos available. Get one of each, and spread twice the Christmas cheer!

    Hotspots Holiday Gift Combo 

    Caroling, sledding, snowball battles—all our favorite winter outdoor activities are more fun when we can feel our fingers. Give the gift of warmth with 10 [Hotspot heat packs]. The packs are reusable and stay warm for up to two hours. Great for emergency storage and seasonal use—and the cheery color scheme looks so festive with our transparent gift bags and bright green bows! The Hotspots Holiday Gift Combo comes with 10 Hotspot heat packs, 10 gifts bags, and 10 holiday bows—each gift only coming to about $2.50!

     HotSpot Gift Combo

     

    Emergency Candle Gift Combo

    Need something a bit more substantial? How about 100 hours of peace of mind for that special someone? These smokeless, odorless emergency candles not only look snazzy in red, but lend themselves to all sorts of sentimental metaphors (“light of my life,” “you light my way,” “I’ll be your candle on the water…”) (Too much?). A thoughtful gift that can be used in an emergency or for every day, the candle gift combo comes with 12 candles, 12 gift bags, and 12 bows—and it’s currently more than 40% off the regular price! Each one of these candle gifts you give your loved one only costs you about $4.20.

     Emergency Candle Gift Combo

    We’ll keep you posted as more fantastic gift-giving deals become available…but right now, there’s an elf stuck in the Xerox.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency lighting, emergency preparedness, gifts, warmth

  • How to Winterize your Car

    How to Winterize Your Car

    Winter is coming: the sparkling snowfalls, the unexpected storms, the chilly nights. Are you ready? Amidst the rest of your holiday planning, don’t forget to prep your car. Vans, trucks, cars, and SUVs all handle the winter weather differently, but there are five universal parts of your vehicle that you should winterize before the weather turns:

    Brakes

    Before a storm comes your way, get a standard inspection of your brake pads and brake fluid to make sure they’re working properly. Remember to give yourself extra room to brake during bad weather. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, then it’s better to pump your brakes when trying to stop to avoid spinning.

    Tires

    Cold weather means less air pressure in your tires. Make sure to refill your tires as the pressure decreases to enhance their performance and your gas mileage. Also, it’s a good idea to fill your spare tire, just in case you need it during a particularly crazy storm. According to TireRack.com, “Proper tire inflation pressure . . . stabilizes the tire's structure, blending the tire's responsiveness, traction and handling.” Underinflated tires can lead to loss of steering accuracy and stability, and even tire failure.  For those of you who are living in a new area, check with the locals to see if you should be carrying snow chains with you (I’m lookin' at you, North Dakota).

    Well-worn tires can also pose a threat in the wintertime. Your tire’s traction is all that stands between you and an accident. If the tread depth of your tires is worn away, make sure to either buy new tires, snow tires, or get your “balded” tires siped.

    Engine

    You can easily have your engine and anti-freeze checked at any car stop. Just make sure you don’t replace your anti-freeze with water! As temperatures decrease, the water will freeze, expand, and crack your engine.

    Windshield Wipers

    As relentless winter storms blow around you (especially if you live in areas that get snow), your wipers are what stand between you and seeing the road. Make sure your wiper blades are relatively new and that the wiper fluid is filled. Don’t use water, though. If the temperatures get too low, the water will freeze on your windshield and then you have a whole new set of problems.

    Headlights & Brake Lights

    Lastly, get your headlights and brake lights checked. If you can’t see, and more importantly if others can’t see you, then you’re just asking for trouble. Get your headlights aimed properly—keeping your low lights aimed low to reduce glare from storms (if you live in an area that gets snow).

     

    Finally, just in case something does happen this winter, don't forget your Emergency Car Kit, or your Auto Tool Kit and toolbox.

    It goes without saying that the best way to winterize your car is to keep up on your regular maintenance checks (but we are going to say it anyway). These checks will keep your vehicle in prime condition no matter what time of year it is. Now that you’re all set to brave the winter weather on the road, good luck with your other winter prepping!

    -Kimberly

     

     

    Sources:

    http://autorepair.about.com/od/regularmaintenance/a/winterchecklist.htm

    http://www.uvureview.com/2012/11/12/how-to-winterize-your-car/

    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/travel/news-10-easy-steps-winter-reay-car-and-you

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=1

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Survival, emergency kit, preparedness, prepared, Winter, skills

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