Is this the Best Personal Bug Out Vehicle?

The folks over a Motoped have been building motorized bicycles for a while.  They have recently released a product that places itself somewhere in between a standard mountain bike and a performance dirt motorcycle.  These bikes have a range of 125-150 miles on gas and as far as you’re willing to pedal on human power.  This is definitely a take you anywhere vehicle.

Motoped Survival with optional 1 gallon gas tanks. Motoped Survival with optional 1 gallon gas tanks.

check out their video below.  I’ll be placing my order with them.  At just over 100 pounds this bike could be the answer to getting you home or getting away.

A First Aid Kit to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Not all first aid kits are created equal and depending on your area or what SHTF scenario you are prepping for then there a different items you may choose to pack in your first aid kit. If you go with an off the shelf first aid kit then you’ll likely find they are missing certain common and uncommon first aid items that could help you survive the situation.

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Not all first aid kits are created equal and depending on your area or what SHTF scenario you are prepping for then there a different items you may choose to pack in your first aid kit. If you go with an off the shelf first aid kit then you’ll likely find they are missing certain common and uncommon first aid items that could help you survive the situation.

Get access to Freedom Prepper’s checklist of 23 items you MUST have in every first aid kit.

If the zombie apocalypse is what you’re preparing for here are 13 items you’ll need in your first aid kit.

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5 morale boosting foods for when the SHTF

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We all have a favorite food that we eat either out of pure enjoyment or for the “comfort” it provides.  Me? Kellogg’s Blueberry unfrosted Pop Tarts. Ever since I was a kid regardless of what was happening around me sitting back with a pair of hot Pop Tarts and a tall glass of milk = paradise.

In high stress situations these comfort foods can provide some level of stress release and a calming effect. This would be very welcome. Let’s face it – when the SHTF and people are freaking out and you are trying to calm them down anything that helps could be a lifesaver.

Here is my list for the top 5 Morale Boosting Foods For After The SHTF:

1.  Coffee – One of the most popular drinks in the United States, coffee is legendary as a MUST HAVE morning drink or functionality for the entire day just may suffer. Coffee can be stored ground with a limited lifespan or in bean form for longer life.

2. Hard Candy – Ever ate a candy cane in the middle of summer? For many it will bring back memories of past Christmas holidays and found memories. Hard candy has an excellent shelf life.

3. Chocolate – Chocolate has a limited life expectancy. Storing in the fridge helps and freezing makes it last for years. Chocolate bars can be vacuum sealed to help extend life as well.

4. Bacon – Imagine the smell of bacon several weeks after the SHTF. Would that not provide some sense of normalcy and lift spirits? Canned bacon with a shelf life of 2+ years.

5. Alcohol – This may be controversial but for many people a comfort “food” would certainly include alcohol. I am not recommending getting sloshed to drown stresses, rather a glass of wine here or there could be very welcome. Some common sense needs to be used with this one.

If there are kids in the group consider special accommodations for them. A few Pez dispensers and Tic Tacs would be good. Finding out some of their favorite snacks or foods that could be stored for at least the medium-term.

Many of us prepare for an uncertain future and want to do at least a little better than just survive it. While thriving may be too much to ask have some sense of normalcy would certainly reduce the burden on the nerves at least a bit.

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​Chanterelle’s on a stick.

It’s a great time to find one of the nicest types of fungi out there, relatively easy to identify and tasty to boot. Chanterelles.

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they are easy to i.d. with their egg yolk yellow colour and a very mild, slightly sweet smell

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but the false gills, looking more like folds or wrinkles than traditional mushroom gills, are a give away as to the fact you’ve found a chanterelle, (though just exactly what sub species of chanterelle is a different matter!)

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I’m not one for fancy recipes, preferring to actually taste the mushroom itself rather than a whole mishmash, so make a skewer, slice the ‘shroom, impale it and roast it over the fire, it starts to release it’s juices quickly and once slightly crisp just eat..

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one mushroom that tends to have a few more calories than most fungi, but to be honest as a survival food, you’re not going to get a huge amount of calories from fungi.

How to Prepare Dry Goods for Long Term Storage

Thanks to Michael Bush for this contribution.

dry-foods See Food Wise Options for purchase

If you are flush with cash and worried about a pending apocalypse there are plenty of options available for you purchase. Wise Company is an excellent choice for quality, long-lasting emergency food stores. Be prepared to pay a premium for these and other store bought freeze dried foods though.

Unfortunately, most of us do not have the available resources to pay thousands of dollars for food that will hopefully never be needed. Instead, we buy rice, beans and other dry staples a few pounds at a time. The problem with this approach is that the packaging these foods come in is not suitable for long term storage. Flimsy bags and boxes cannot seal out oxygen, water and pests. Instead we need to do a little work in order to project our food. Our weapons of choice in this exercise are 5 gallon buckets, heavy mylar bags and oxygen absorbers.

In the post, i will walk you through the steps needed to help preserve your dry foods. Always remember to use care and caution before consuming anything. No matter how careful you are in your preparations, nothing last forever. Not even the Pyramids. Always treat stored food and water as if it is contaminated and prepare it accordingly.

Step 1: Find your bucket and lid. I have a whole separate post of whether or not you need a food grade bucket. Please feel free to read that post at your leisure. Suffice to say, if possible find a new food grade bucket with a secure, tight fitting lid. If you like, opt for a gamma lid – which is essentially a fancy, high quality lid. I don’t personally use them due to the added expense though.

Step 2: Ensure your bucket and lid are clean and dry.

Step 3: Line your bucket with a large, thick mylar bag. Mylar bags are a mixture of metal and plastic layers, and are specifically designed to prevent gas from passing through. Ensure your back fills as much of the bucket as possible, and is free of any and all tears. the Mylar bag is really what is going to be protecting and preserving your food. the bucket is mostly to provide projection from tears, but also does help with the preservation.

Step 4: Ensure your food is clean, free from debris, pests etc.

Step 5: Fill the bag as much as possible with your food. Make sure it will fit in the bucket when closed.

Step 6: Shake and stir the food to ensure any potential air pockets are removed and the product settles. If necessary, top off with additional food.

Step 7: Add a fresh Oxygen Absorber or two (or three) to the bag. Oxygen absorbers do exactly that. They suck up excess oxygen. Without oxygen, most organisms that would rot the food cannot survive. All pest cannot survive without oxygen. I have been told that simple hand warmers will work as well, but I have yet to try it.

Step 8: Manually try to fold over the lid of the mylar bag in such a way that as much air as possible is forced out of the bag.

Step 9: Seal the mylar bag. This is relatively easy to do, and a fancy bag sealer is really not needed. Fold the bag over a broom handle and apply an iron across the whole width of the bag. Do this two or three time to ensure the seal is tight. I suggest practicing first – not because this is especially difficult to do, but because iron temperatures will vary. You want your iron to sort of weld the two sides of the bag together, not melt a hole straight through it.

Step 10: Secure your lid and make sure to put a label on it with the date and contents.

That’s about it. With a few minutes time and the right supplies, you can set aside beans, rice, pasta, flour and other dry goods for a considerable amount of time. Again, always be cautious before eating or drinking anything that has been stored for a long period. No process is perfect, and we all make mistakes.


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