[Review] 3 High Quality Emergency Survival Kits

I bought an emergency kit last year for my car. It gave me “peace of mind” and all that warm fuzzy marketing crap – but I ran into a problem when I actually had to use some of the stuff from the kit during a camping trip.

Specifically, my kit had one of those hand crank flashlights – and the lever part was so crappy that the handle broke off after -literally- two minutes of use.

Good thing I only had a midnight toilet emergency and not a real emergency.

Lesson learned, I’m all about quality over quantity in my emergency survival kits from now on. In fact I have a trick for identifying a low quality emergency kit:

emergency kit with tons of water

When half your kit by weight is cheap as dirt packets of water, you’re not looking at good value for money.

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The “Easy Mosquito Trap” that Doesn’t Work – Plus one that does

Want to trap tons of mosquitoes? Click here to jump directly to some mosquito traps that actually work!

I’m sure you remember when this 2 liter pop bottle mosquito trap went viral on every channel of the internet. Finally, a solution to those pesky little vampires that we all deal with every summer!

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According to the tutorial, all you need for a mosquito genocide is a 2 liter bottle, cut in half with one half inverted, some brown sugar and some yeast. This contraption is supposed to bring mosquitoes in from miles around to happily dive into the sugar water and die.

There’s just one problem – it doesn’t work.

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DIY Emergency Survival Kit (updated)

With regular large scale disasters already common in North America, it’s a good time to talk a bit about disaster preparation and how a 5 gallon bucket can help provide some good physical insurance against a catastrophic situation.

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Image Credit: SafetyKitStore.com

A well designed emergency kit will contain the best bits of modern technology and healthcare. IT should be designed to secure you in a variety of disaster scenarios, while remaining portable enough to take with you if you need to evacuate.

Since this is a website about buckets, we are designing a sample kit that fits neatly in a 5 gallon bucket. You could also use a backpack, but you won’t get the benefit of an airtight, waterproof seal. Continue reading

Grow your Own Mushrooms from Store Bought

This post is a continuation of our guide to growing oyster mushrooms here. If you haven’t read it yet, please check it out first, as we go through a lot of vital information, demonstrating how to grow oyster mushrooms using old coffee as a substrate.

You might wonder after reading our guide whether there’s a low cost alternative, one that doesn’t require you to buy spawn on the internet. The answer is: Yes there is. The pay-off may not be guaranteed, but it’s certainly worth a shot.

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DIY Egg Sign

DIY how to flexible egg sign eggs available switch
If you have chickens in your backyard, you might like to sell eggs to passersby. So, you put up a sign that says “eggs for sale”, but might not always have eggs available. The solution is a flexible egg sign. The bright yellow on the open sign only shows up when there are eggs for sale.

The sign is actually composed of two separate signs, so the sign is visible to travelers coming from either direction. When the sign is flipped down, there is no bright yellow. This is a much more effective visual notification than the words and shape of the egg sign alone, especially when viewed from a fast car. We’ll teach you how to make one yourself!

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