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Eversafe Meals

Eversafe meals are kinda like a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), but are a little different. The meals are packaged in a see through package, so the contents are visible. This is unlike a standard military issue MRE, where the package is not see through.

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The meals are packed inside of a study cardboard box. The straps that help hold the box closed can also be used as grab handles.

On the top of the box it says – “Two meals, per person per day.”

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Unlike a standard MRE, Eversafe meals contain a mix of military and civilian food. Which is evident with the spam package being visible.

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Each package contains enough food for a grown adult to eat a meal, and have a snack for later. When I take these meals on a hiking or camping trip, I will usually eat the main entree meal, or the spam, and save the other one for later. So two Eversafe meals would be enough to provide 2 servings and 2 snacks.

One case of Eversafe meals should provide enough food for one person for around a week (5 – 7 days). While looking at the outside of box, no quantity as to how many meals each case contained was listed.

Each package contains:
MRE main entree
MRE snack
M&Ms
Spam
MRE heater
Paper napkin
Plastic spoon and fork
Coffee creamer
Salt & pepper
List of contents
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MRE Videos

Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) are an effective portable food solution. One meal is more then enough food for an average adult – who usually has some left overs. The outer pouch is tough and durable.

Hand crank flashlights

Three weeks after the power has gone out, and all of the batteries are dead, survivalist will be glad that they invested into some kind of hand crack flashlight – also called a dynamo powered flashlight. Whether its a type of lantern, or flashlight, it does not matter, these things are good to have around.

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The basic principle of a hand crank lantern is that it does not need batteries. Even though these devices say they do not “require batteries”, they have a couple of AA rechargeable batteries to store the charge. A few cranks of the handle is enough to charge the batteries for for several minutes of light. Continue Reading….

Questions about survival gear

If you have a question about survival gear, then visit the survival gear forum. Regardless if your looking for candles, flashlights, bug out bags (BOBs), alice packs, molle packs, or anything else, the community is there to help you. It does not matter what kind of disaster your preparing for – whether its a hurricane, plague or nuclear strike, its important to have the gear to help you and your family get through the event. Lets start things off with a few example topics: The best alcohol stove Cheap water filter Decent BOB setup for $20 Portable Solar Charger Survival Candles

Survival gear neoprene gloves

Neoprene gloves are my preference for cold weather. But these are only good to around 30 degrees. Once the temperature reaches the mid 30’s, I have a pair of thin, insulated gloves that I put on, and then pull the neoprene gloves over them. The rubber of the Neoprene allows the gloves to stretch over the first pair. With this combination I have a glove system that is good down into the 20’s and provides a good no slip grip. If you wish to comment on this video, please do so in this thread at the  survival gear forum.

Katadyn Hiker Water Filter

Water filters for SHTFThe Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option in the water filter market. Its available through most large sporting goods outlet stores, such as Gander Mountain and available through several internet store. Even though the Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option, there is nothing “cheap” about this product. It appears to be made out of quality material, is durable and is an overall well made water filter.

The first time this Katadyn filter was used, my son, my nephew and I were on a 6 – 8 mile hiking trip through the piney woods of East Texas. The trip started off a on the deer lease we belong to. From there, my nephew, my son and I hiked between a couple of the rolling hills, across 2 creek bottoms and stopped for our first rest break on an old logging road. This was when Korey (my son) realized he had lost his water bottle. Luckily for the three of us there was a deer stand near by where we found a discarded plastic water bottle.

An hour later the three of us arrived at a creek where I had planned on refilling the water bottles. One thing I did not know, the lack of recent rain fall had made the creek almost dry up.

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Stihl Chainsaws

The Stihl company was was founded in 1926 by Andreas Stihl. Andreas was an important innovator in early chain saw production. The Stihl company is one of the world’s largest sellers of chain saws and is the only chain saw manufacturer to make their own saw chains and guide bars. Chainsaws should be an important consideration for any survivalist. On average, one tank of gas can cut a one truck load of wood. After a disaster, such as a hurricane, chainsaws can greatly speed up recovery time. When stock piling wood, chainsaws are the preferred way to harvest the wood. In a long term collapse of society, the chainsaws dependence on gasoline is its draw back. For harvesting firewood, a chainsaw is the way to Continue Reading….

Large ALICE Packs

The All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (also know as “ALICE Pack“), was first introduced by United States Army in 1974. The ALICE pack was intended as a replacement to the aging M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment [LCE] and M-1967 Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment.

The ALICE pack has become popular with the players of airsoft and paintball. The popularity of the ALICE pack is due to the quality of the materials it is made out of, its easy to customize, and the packs area easy to find in most military surplus stores.

This video gives a description of the large and medium ALICE packs. After watching the video, be sure to visit the forum. More information can be found there on gear like the ALICE pack.


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Survival Gear – Splitting Mauls

Splitting mauls are different from an axe.  The maul is heavier and wider then and axe and usually has a dull edge.  The back side of the maul is sometimes flat so a sledge hammer can be used to drive it through blocks of wood. Every survivalist should have a way to cut firewood in their tools.  In this case its an axe, machete for cutting small limbs a sledge hammer and a splitting maul.

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