Consumerism is rampant in our culture and a large part of the holidays. But this year, instead of giving someone a useless gift, why not help them become more prepared and able to live a more self-sufficient life?
Of course, prepping gifts aren’t for everyone. In fact, some of my family members and friends think I’m crazy for storing food and keeping water filtration systems handy. To each their own, but if you do know a prepper, I can almost guarantee they’d rather have something useful for their survival stash than a useless knick-knack.
Books – You can’t go wrong with any of the following books. All would be well received by almost any prepper. Michael Snyder’s book, Get Prepared Now!: Why A Great Crisis Is Coming & How You Can Survive It is an excellent resource for all levels of preparedness. Tess Pennington’s book, The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster can teach us all one thing about the history of disasters: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not. Pennington’s The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals is also a fantastic resource, with a lot of helpful recipes to make a survival situation much more comfortable.
Butane Single Burner Stove – most preppers feel that having a backup source to cook the food they’ve prepared for storage is essential. I’d have to agree. It’s not always feasible to cook over a fire and one of these single burner stoves can do the trick. They don’t cost a lot of money but will be worth their weight in gold to any prepper.
LifeStraws – Whether you decide on the original LifeStraw or a water bottle, it’s kind of difficult to convince a prepper that too many ways to filter water is a bad thing. LifeStaws are great because they are known to work really well and are easy to tote around. A LifeStraw will filter up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; it does not require batteries and has no moving parts. It will remove a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards.
Cast Iron Cooking Items – Cast iron is a favorite of preppers because it’s durable, long-lasting, has many uses, and pretty difficult to actually destroy. Cast iron is the last, but not least, suggestion because this will be a little bit more pricey of a gift when compared to the above options. You can use a cast iron dutch oven to bake bread or make tasty stews with the healthful cooking of iron. Paired with Tess Pennington’s The Prepper’s Cookbook, it’s impossible to go wrong! But perhaps the best part about cast iron is that it generally
wipes clean (grease is good for “seasoning”) and doesn’t require soap (in fact, don’t use soap) to clean. If there are too many food particles, just boil with water, dry and season with olive oil, coconut oil or your even bacon grease and it is good to go!
These are only a few suggestions for gifts this holiday season for the preppers you know. If you have any more suggestions for our readers, please leave them in the comments below!
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Some other great things not mentioned here are paracord bracelets, utility knife, compass, back pack, camel back, silver coins (even for kids…they have some inexpensive disney character silver coins now), new boots or sneakers, sleeping bags or high quality blanket, medical kits (even kids love these with some artistic bandaids). Maps or books on the area where your loved one lives. Pick ones that show elevations and waterways.
These are just a few more practical ideas.
Another Uninformed Armchair Prepper Article and advice. If you want honest advice as a real prepper who has lived off the grid for nearly 5 years listen up here. People should go live the life challenges first, before they try to claim they are an expert and writing about it. Writing a book in the comfort of your grid tied house is fraud. And getting a book published does not make you an expert. It’s just another source of opinions, and look to see if the products they endorse they are getting paid to enforce it or recommend it. That is misleading and fraud. I would rather give you the best advice from experience than lie to you to make money off of clicks.
*Skip the overpriced prepper book and go for the online videos and take notes and go do your own experiments and find out like I did. You will retain the info longer by participating rather than reading babble opinions. Recognize this article as an info commercial to buy the junk they promote. Or seek the advice from real life off the grid prepper and has real life experience?
*Skip the dumb butane stove and butane fuels. Dumbest advice in this article. Way too pricey and Canned Butane will be hard to find in a collapse. Better to go with a Double Burner Propane stove and fuel, as millions of BBQ propane tanks are scatters across the lands sitting for the taking in a collapse. #15 to 20# Lb tank of Propane gas is about $13 in my area. Butane stove is good for a Sunday Brunch restaurant table for making omelets by a restaurant. Not practical for prepping and is dumb advice.
* Skip the overpriced Lifestraw and go with a Mini Sawyer, Sawyer is a third less in cost and filters thousand more gallon than the Lifestraw. The author mush be making money off clicking a lifestraw add, by giving bad advice. Sawyer has many more uses and attachments to customize your needs. Lifestraw just happened to be the first in the market with their inferior sucking straw. Sawyer blew Lifestraw away when they hit the market. You compare the specs of gallons of filtering per straw and you will see that I am right. That is the Under $20 Market. Go with the Sawyer only 2 ounces in weight great for a Bug out bag, and filters up to 100,000 Gallons. Lifestraw only 1000 Gallons. Yes the author pushed the inferior product.. Real Preppers also have a Katadyn Pocket water filter with a silver embedded ceramic filtration. The real deal and will set you back about $300 or more. Every bugout bag should have a Sawyer Mini filter.
*We use Cast Iron because we can cook on open camp fire flames which 90% of Americans in a collapse will have to resort to. A great light weight prepper frying cookware is “Ceramic” Finish which I suggest you put one of these in your carry Bug out bag with a lid. After you cook on ceramic, you just let the pan cool and wipe the food off the ceramic and it is nearly clean. As a prepper the amount of water needed to clean a Ceramic fry pan is fractions as compared to cleaning a Cast Iron. The prepper hand book does not tell you this fact.
Cast Iron is great for cooking pan pizza on a BBQ grill, Open campfire flame cowboy cooking in a Dutch oven, yes it is good cookware that will never wear out. Get a camp fire cooking stand so you can place the stand over the camp fire to put your cast iron on, or use a tripod stand for Dutch ovens hanging over the fire. I use ceramic on a propane stove and use little water to clean it. Ceramic should not be used on a camp fire. Too hot and probably ruin the pan. My Grid up choice is 1st choice is ceramic, 2nd is Cast Iron. For a grid down, open flame go with cast iron. Throw your Tefelon and other crap pans away.
Hope I can bring some real life practical experience and thought to this article, which seems to lack any depth beside pushing pricey inferior products the author endorses and gets paid on. Real preppers do the field testing and trial and error, and skip the nonsense as that info will ruin your chances for real survival in a collapse.
You think a Life straw will save your life only (1000 Gallons). Maybe for the first few hundred gallons of water, then you will die. Sawyer 100,000 Gallons and it cheaper in cost and smaller in size.
There you have it. The Truth, not some info commercial to hack inferior products. Like why lie?
Thanks for the info on the Mini Sawyer. Connects to a regular water bottle and also has a bag.
Cast iron means your food doesn’t have an extra ingredient ie. teflon
Like the ‘batteries not included’, the gift of preparedness requires self-reflection and forethought.
Important advice Mac. Ben Franklin is credited with the saying “AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.” This admonition can include preparation to avoid the worst effects of calamities on Earth. My ancestral line from Pennsylvania (Mennonites), as well as Quakers, Mormons, and others from our American past believed in PREPPING. Only those that deny HISTORY believe their lives will never see danger. PREPARE and PERSIST through whatever challenges come your way. None of us get out of here ALIVE.