Make Emergency Preparedness or Prepare for Adventure With These Homesteader-Tested Products – Mother Earth News

These products make the difference in an emergency, whether it’s a crisis or an outdoor adventure.

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Think Tank Rotation Pro Camera Backpack.

As many Mother Earth News readers, we continue to develop our capacities to adapt and build farm resilience and up to our emergency preparedness. We’ve doubled our freezer capacity for food storage and doubled our wood supply, just as national natural gas prices seem to be taking off.

Inflation appears to be anything but ‘transient’ or ‘temporary’, despite messages from politicians. So we made an investment in Monroe Money for future local purchases, where we received a $20 bonus on every $100 invested; turns out, it’s a guaranteed return of 20 percent. We also stocked up on provisions, such as rice and coffee, as well as flour for our home food business under our state’s cottage food law.

Again, it looks like most of these items will be 5-20% more expensive in six months, assuming we can even find them on the shelves. And the next wave of covid-19 currently hitting Europe will likely hit the United States this winter, now that our borders are much more open to international travellers.

We’ve also invested in a few additional products that can make a difference in an emergency or if we need to hit the road for some reason, whether it’s because of a crisis or on an outdoor adventure. After the assault on the nation’s capital and the big freeze in Texas that exposed the vulnerability of the power grid, anything seems possible, at least for my wife Lisa Kivirist and me. So we continue to prepare. The following list contains some new items that we have added to our stockpile.

Protect your gear on the go with the Think Tank Rotation Pro 50L Camera Backpack

As a photographer, I was looking for a versatile, sturdy and innovative backpack for my gear. In fact, I even have written credentials from Mother Earth News when I choose to go into the field to cover disasters or other calamities. By testing the Think Tank Camera Backpack with my camera gear, I quickly realized that it was also perfectly designed as a survival or “bug out” bag, with its water resistant coated fabrics, abrasion resistant nylon and other characteristics.

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Think Tank Rotation Pro Camera Backpack.

Photographer with vintage red tractor

Think Tank Rotation Pro Camera Backpack.

Photo courtesy of the think tank

What makes this well-constructed and super comfortable backpack unique, however, is its innovative 180 Backpack Rotation technology which allows a spacious storage compartment to be rotated from the backpack, for quick access to the contents of the backpack. compartment and without removing the backpack. The main center compartment of the backpack provided spacious space for food, clothing, hiking essentials, and other gear.

On top of comfort, besides the perforated back panel for airflow and breathability, there’s an adjustable 10-point harness, to customize how I could carry my load. The pockets have been carefully designed to accommodate a water bottle, quick access to a flashlight, and daisy chain attachment points where I can attach items, like my solar light. There is a padded place to store up to a 16 inch laptop.

Because I was surprised more than once by bad weather, I opted for a rain cover for the backpack. Similar Think Tank bags, some in smaller sizes, like their 34L, which is accepted as carry-on by most major airlines.

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GoDark Faraday bag

Small purse in the shape of a wallet

GoDark Faraday bag

Photo courtesy of Go Dark

Privacy and security for your phone with the GoDark Faraday Bag

It’s getting harder than ever to protect and maintain your digital security and privacy while traveling in our connected world. For the only cell phone in our family, we opted for a GoDark Faraday bag for extra protection. From potential radio frequency identification (RFID) skimming of credit cards to ubiquitous location tracking and potential data theft attacks, cybersecurity threats are becoming very real. A localized digital attack could result from a simple, but harmful shock, which we might encounter in a coffee shop or outside on the street.

Now we’re covered, as long as our phone is inside the GoDark Faraday bag. Every day we discover a new potential problem, like our phone’s “airplane mode” that only prevents it from transmitting, not receiving. Also, our location history is still saved by our phone even if it is turned off, then transmitted later when we reconnect.

When our cell phone is zipped inside, the GoDark Faraday bag protects our electronic device from hacking, location tracking and possible damage from external electrical magnetic frequencies or EMF. The GoDark Faraday Bag blocks all incoming and outgoing EMF signals between 600 MHz and 6 GHz, including cell phone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS signals. We tested it on our property and found it on par with our homemade EMF box in terms of blocking cellular connections. GoDark has verified the effectiveness of the bag through third-party lab testing.

As long as our cell phone is inside the Faraday bag, it’s as if we turned off the phone and removed the battery. It’s a little surprising to us that so-called “burning phones”, cheap, prepaid, disposable cell phones, are still legal. A Faraday bag may be the only option when the day comes when cell phones are nowhere to be found after the government decides to clamp down on this disposable technology, often used by people who don’t want to be tracked for any reason.

The super durable outer shell of the GoDark Faraday Bag is both water and puncture resistant; guarantee of its quality, it is guaranteed for life. The interior felt liner protected our phone and actually did a better job of preventing accidental screen activation than when I was walking around outside with just the phone in my front pocket.

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Roving Blue O-Pen Water Filter

Pen on Stream Water Filter

Roving Blue O-Pen Water Filter

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Purify water with the Roving Blue O-Pen Ozone Water Purifier

Whatever the situation, access to clean water is essential for survival. Roving Blue has succeeded in compressing its ozone technology and process – electrolytic ozone – into a convenient, portable, lightweight and efficient device. Roving Blue O-Pen Filter. It can purify 16 ounces of water in less than a minute.

The O-Pen is so small it fits in a pocket. But don’t let its small size fool you. By infusing water with a cloud of ozone gas, this filter is highly effective against dangerous bacteria, cysts and viruses, including giardia, salmonella and E. coli. Unlike other water purification options and more powerful than chlorine, there is no unpleasant taste, odor or residue after water has been purified with the Roving Blue O-Pen . When the process is complete, the ozone quickly turns into oxygen, so there is no chemical residue. Fully charged, the O-Pen can purify approximately six gallons of water, after which the device is recharged with a USB cable.


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Picture Photo by John Ivanko

TrailHeads Cold Weather Gloves

TrailHeads Cold Weather Gloves

Photo by John Ivanko

Get a better grip with the TrailHeads cold weather running gloves

I have learned the hard way that my snowmobile gloves and other work gloves have limitations when it comes to performing certain tasks during the cold months. As a result, I was forced to take them off when often I shouldn’t.

TrailHeads Cold Weather Running Gloves, however, provided the warmth, comfort, and waterproof protection I needed while providing the finger freedom needed to get the job done safely. The gloves are also touchscreen compatible, so I can still access a smartphone without removing the gloves. The black convertible gloves allow me extra warmth with the pull-on mitt liner, but retain finger access when it comes to small projects where more finesse is needed.

They are now an integral part of my emergency preparedness kit and bug out bag. I found them to work great too when using my camera and drone in cold weather shooting conditions. Their Hi-Vis pull-on mitt feature could be useful if I need to stay visible in dark situations.

John D. Ivanko, with his wife Lisa Kivirist, co-wrote rural revival, House for sale, the winner ECOpreneuring and farm manager parallel to the operation Serendipity Inn B&B and Farm, powered entirely by the sun. Both have been speakers at the Mother Earth News Fairs. As a writer and photographer, Ivanko contributes to Mother Earth News, most recently, Living with renewable energy systems: wind and solar and 9 Strategies for Independent Living. They live on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin with their son Liam, a 10.8 kW solar plant and millions of ladybugs.

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Posted on January 17, 2022

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