Emergency Car Supplies

Emergency Car Supplies

emergency car supplies

There are two types of supplies you need to keep in your car. Car safety supplies consist of the things you need if something goes wrong with your car. Emergency car supplies, however, are the items you need if you get stuck somewhere. This can be for a short amount of time, or a longer amount of time.

Your vehicle is an extension of your home, and you should keep supplies in it as if it may have to be a temporary home during disaster. If there is a catastrophic event in your home town while you are away, you need supplies to keep alive and thrive.

What if your home is flattened or a sink hole swallows it whole? If family does not live nearby, and money is tight, you need to turn to your vehicle.

A reliable and well stocked vehicle can keep you alive and comfortable. Emergency car supplies are imperative to have at all times. Let’s go through a list of items to keep in your vehicle at all times.

Keep these items in your car at all times

Emergency car supplies are important. These items are in case of disaster, which can strike any time. Who is to say disaster will strike when you are comfortable at home? Anything can happen. Instead of being afraid, just be prepared!

Car Safety Supplies

Car Safety Supplies

car safety supplies

Your vehicle is an extension of your home. You can take your car away from home, thousands of miles away, and still have some familiarity. Vehicles can have many things go wrong. A tire can pop, or slowly deflate thanks to a nail on the road. A window can stop working, a bumper can fall off, etc.

There are two sets of items you should have in your vehicle – car safety supplies, and car survival supplies.

Today, I’m focusing on the car safety supplies. In an emergency, you need your vehicle to work. When something happens on the road, you need to be able to make repairs, and make due. You wouldn’t let your home’s windows break and do nothing about it, right?

Treat your car the same way you treat your home. Know how to make repairs, read your instruction manual, and keep the following car safety supplies with you at all times.

Car Safety Supplies to Keep with You at All times

These car safety supplies help ensure that if something breaks or something goes wrong with your vehicle, you can make due. It’s important to always be able to safely get to your destination, or a safer location at any given time. No one needs to be stranded on the side of a freeway in the middle of the night.

These supplies are important, but it’s also important to know how to use them.  Make sure you know how to change a tire, use jumper cables, and any other important motor vehicle skills.

Are there any emergency supplies I forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!

Why You Should Be Self Sufficient

Why You Should Be Self Sufficient

Why You Should Be Self Sufficient

There is so much fear in the world today, and it’s easy to see why. Political relationships between the U.S. and other countries are not currently in the best state. North Korea continues to be a threat to the West. At times, it seems as though we are moving towards a police state. There have been terrifying attacks from both terrorists and psychopathic citizens in the past decade. It feels less and less safe to go to the movies, see a concert, or fly on an airplane. We can not let fear defeat us. We must stay prepared and remain vigilant.

The best way to feel safer is to rely on yourself, and no one else. What if there was no government after today? Are you ready to live and thrive in that sort of a scenario? It’s best to be ready for this scenario and more. The power lines could be completely shut down by a simple virus or hack into the system. A mega storm could knock out power for weeks, months, or even longer. The government could run out of funding for social security and more. A virus could wipe out 90% of our population. As far fetched as these scenarios may seem, it’s important to be ready for anything that could come your way. This is why you should be self sufficient. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, however you can secure yours as best as you can.

Luckily, there are helpful guides to becoming self sufficient available online, namely on Amazon. These guides can help you start the process to being able to live without any interference if necessary. My favorites are listed below.

Guides for Self Sufficient Living

What is your favorite guide for self sufficient living? Let us know in the comments section!

Things to Buy for Self Sufficient Living

Things to Buy for Self Sufficient Living

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If you are beginning a more self sufficient lifestyle, it’s a great step! Perhaps you start with a garden, or buying some land. Maybe, you even have a tiny home and some crops by now. If you are beginning your journey, there are many items to consider purchasing as a wise investment. These items will come in handy for now as well as in the future. Think of these items as an investment into your new self sufficient lifestyle. Journeying into this new world can be daunting, but it can also be very exciting! Enjoy shopping for these unique items, because they are a part of your brand new future, the start to a wonderful and grand journey into self sufficiency. Here are some things to buy for self sufficient living.

A Chicken Coop

A chicken coop is a wise investment. Having one can provide eggs for eating and adding to recipes. Even if you are in the suburbs, some areas do allow a chicken coop to be kept in the backyard.

A Dehydrator

A Dehydrator is wonderful for drying out fruits as well as meats. This will help you store food that lasts a very long time compared to traditional foods. It’s a solid investment.

A Water Filtration System

Water is a must for all life. This includes you, your family, and your animals. This filtration system has everything you need to start.

A Tool Kit

Making your own home repairs is a must for self sufficiency. Learn and practice on how to use tools to repair every day items. Use them for tasks around the house regularly to get used to them. This kit is fairly comprehensive and is inexpensive.

A Solar Power System

This is an expensive item, however it is well worth the investment. Solar power allows you to live more off-grid. There are base kits such as this one available for purchase online.

What advice would you give on things to buy for self sufficient living – sound off in the comments!

How to Become Self Sufficient

How to Become Self Sufficient

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So, what exactly is self sufficient living? In essence, self sufficient living is being able to provide for yourself and your household without outside resources or assistance. This means financially, with food, water, and everything in between. There are many reasons people want to become more self sufficient. Political climate may not be the best in a given country. Environmentally, it’s very responsible to be self sufficient and have a low impact. Over time, it becomes a much cheaper way of life to not depend on money and outside resources. So, let’s learn the first steps in how to become self sufficient – at least more self sufficient.

Garden

One of the best ways to begin self sufficient living is to start a garden. You must do plenty of research before you start, however. You need to know which plants thrive during which times in your specific climate. Here is a fantastic book on how to start growing your crops.

Water

Water is perhaps the most important resource you must have to survive and thrive. You need a way to collect it, and a way to filter it. One simple way to collect it is to harvest rain water with a collection barrel.   You need a high quality water filter, or a barrel and filter all in one such as this one.

Housing

A growing trend in the housing industry is actually perfect for becoming self sufficient. Tiny homes have a minimal impact on the environment. They are often moveable as well. You can use solar power on a tiny home, which is much easier than on a standard size home. It takes less energy to power a tiny home. There are many clever and creative ideas for building your own tiny home in this book.

So, to learn how to become self sufficient, you need to start somewhere. Read up, study, and begin with food, water, and housing.

What is RFID Technology?

What is RFID Technology?

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RFID stands for radio-frequency identification. This technology identifies and tracks tags attached to objects (or even people) – automatically. These tags store information inside of them electronically. There are many examples of this technology that you may already be familiar with. For example, when you microchip your pets, RFID technology is in the microchip. It Contains the pet owner’s address, phone number, and other identifying information. This way if the pet is lost, you can scan the RFID chip and the information will be readily available to the Veterinarian who scans the microchip. Some credit cards use RFID technology so that the credit card information can transfer to a card reader without physically touching it.

Is RFID technology safe?

There are hackers and criminals out there in the world. There are many who know how to hack personal information off of your RFID chip credit cards. Criminals carry an RFID reader with them and silently steal away identities and financial information. If you happen to carry a credit card with RFID technology, it is best to protect yourself.

RFID protection

There are several options when it comes to RFID blocking wallet protection. Here are some popular items that can help keep your identity and personal information safe:

New technology sometimes seems to be a hindrance to safety. However, we can always stay prepared and protect ourselves. For any new technology that comes out, there will always be a protection plan in place if we stay vigilant. Don’t become the person who gets their identity stolen. Be the person who prevents it by carrying the latest protection available!

Do you have any RFID credit cards in your wallet? Check your wallet out, and let us know in the comments!

Ultimate Hurricane Supplies List

Ultimate Hurricane Supplies List

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A hurricane is no joke. Whatever the category may be, destruction comes from any hurricane. If you are under mandatory evacuation, it is best to listen to the authorities. People who stay in areas with mandatory evacuation orders tend to either die, or barely make it out alive. If you’re outside of these mandatory zones, you have the choice of leaving or hunkering down. If you do hunker down, there are many supplies you need to consider purchasing. Don’t wait until the hurricane is a couple of days out. By this point, the stores will be flooded with last minute preparers and supplies are limited. You can have these supplies handy at all times, so that there will be no need to rush to the store.

Supplies List for Hunkering Down

  • Water – Make sure to have enough for each person in the household, including pets. Two weeks’ worth minimum, a month’s worth is more desirable.
  • Food – Have non-perishable food storage available at all times. In addition to this, emergency meal bars can be kept in case of emergency supplies running out.
  • Flashlights – The electricity might go out, and you want to be able to see!
  • Batteries – Have extra batteries for any battery powered tools, including flashlights.
  • Emergency Radio – You need to have access to listen to current weather conditions when internet and television are not available. You can choose a model like this one, which is multifunctional.
  • Power Generator – These can be portable or quite large and stationary. You don’t keep them inside your house, but outside. This can be imperative for families with disabilities who need power for medical reasons.
  • Dog Food / Pet Food – If you have pets, you need to keep them in mind as well. Always have extra food to last them for as long as it will take for stores to be normal again.
  • Medication – Whether it is your medication, your pets’ medication, or someone else in the household – you need to make sure to have enough before the storm hits to last at least another month. Doctors will normally work with you on this when natural disasters strike. Call them.
  • A First Aid Kit – You need one of these to be well stocked just in case of medical emergencies.

Additional Supplies

These supplies are not required, but will make hunkering down during and after a storm more bearable.

  • Board Games – What else will you do when the power is out, besides talk to each other? Why not have some fun!
  • Clean Clothes – Make sure your laundry is done, or you could be stuck in the same shirt or pants for a few days.
  • A Boat – Flooding can occur during and after a hurricane. Having a boat can give you peace of mind that if it does happen, you can get out safely.
  • A Dam – These may provide protection to your home in case it floods. It’s much cheaper than flood damage!

Protect Yourself from Ticks

Protect Yourself from Ticks

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Ticks are no joke. Those little pests can spread Lyme Disease, which is not a good condition to have. Lyme Disease can mimic many other diseases and their symptoms. It can affect your organs which includes your brain and your heart. Unfortunately, lyme disease can spread to an unborn child as well. You need to protect yourself from ticks, which spread this vicious disease. There are many ways to do this, and I recommend utilizing more than one of these ways.

Protect Your Animals

The first way to protect yourself from ticks is to protect your animals from ticks. They easily hitch a ride on your dog’s fur, and are found on horses fairly often. Make sure you are giving your animals the proper, vet recommended tick prevention medication they need. Sprays also help, but medication is of utmost importance.

Insect Repellant Clothing

There are different insect repellant clothing items that go through a special process to prevent insects from entering. There are shirts, pants, and even socks. It’s very important to protect your feet, since nymphal ticks are on and near the ground. These are the smallest ticks, which you may not even notice.

Check for Ticks

Even if you pick up a tick, how long it sits on your skin matters. Its head is feeding underneath the surface and spreads more bacteria the longer it sits there. Search your whole body. If possible, have someone else assist you. The faster you find this parasite, the better.

Removing Ticks

Know how to properly remove a tick. There are specific instructions here on how to properly remove the tick so you do not spread any more bacteria. If you have a tick, send it in for free testing. It’s much better to be safe than sorry.

How to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus

How to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus

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Zika is a very scary virus. It can cause birth defects for pregnant women who contract the virus, including an awful condition which causes a baby to be born without a brain. It can also cause a host of other symptoms, ranging from very temporary and mild all the way to permanent and major. Instead of letting fear take over, learn how to protect yourself from the Zika virus. Let’s focus on the protection part, rather than the effects aspect of this virus. Simply put, you must protect yourself from this virus. While you do so, you’re also protecting yourself from a host of other diseases that can be spread via mosquito bite. You don’t want any of those either, trust us on that one.

Prevent Mosquito Bites While Out

If you’re not at home and you’re outside, you must use mosquito protection. Consumer reports lists repellant products having 20% or more DEET or 20% or more Picaridin are the most effective. Sprays such as OFF! with less than 20% DEET are shown to be quite ineffective. Picaridin sprays and lotions may have a more pleasant or mild scent over their DEET counterparts. It’s good to have both types of repellants available to you, as mosquitoes can quickly become resistant to one type of chemical. Switch it up regularly.

Prevent Mosquito Infestation at Home

There are many ways to prevent mosquito infestation at home. For example, you can get rid of any standing water. However, sometimes a neighbor or a bayou nearby makes it nearly impossible to do so. There are fog machines with mosquito prevention chemicals that you can buy online. You can spray them around your home, protecting your most vulnerable areas. You can also have your local pest control professional spray for you, but it is going to be expensive. Using a fogger lasts anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on the weather, so we recommend doing this often.

The Zika virus is also passed through sexual contact, so it is important to practice safe sex. Make sure to protect yourself from this virus, it has caused devastation in other parts of the world. Let’s prevent devastation here. Know how to protect yourself from the Zika virus.

Why Self Defense is Important

Why Self Defense is Important

why self defense is important

If you follow our blog, you may notice that we write about self defense. This is a survivalist blog, so why do we post about self defense so much? Survival is not only about unique disaster situations such as hurricanes or tornadoes. It’s also about day to day survival, in situations that happen all to often. Especially for women, it can be a dangerous world out there. People are arguably more dangerous than other survival situations you may find yourself in. You can’t predict an attack from an individual. The best thing you can do is to protect yourself using self defense, and this is why self defense is important.

Self Defense Classes

One way to protect yourself is to take self defense classes. There are classes in most major cities you can take to learn to protect yourself. These classes include more broad self defense classes, as well as more specific classes. These specific classes include Karate, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and mixed martial arts classes. These classes can truly be useful to anyone. A bonus is you will most likely find yourself in better shape after completing any one of these courses, and practicing regularly.

Self Defense Products

Another way to protect yourself is to carry self defense products with you. You can keep an item in your pocket, at work, in your vehicle, and at home. Here are some examples of self defense products available for purchase:

Self defense is imperative. You must always remain prepared. Danger can lurk around any corner, at any time. Being afraid is not necessary, but being prepared is. There is nothing to fear when you are ready for any situation that may occur. We try our best to help you remain prepared here at Survival by Southern Zoomer.

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