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January 20, 2015 by Susan 48 Comments We’ve had the mildest winter so far here in Georgia.
Someone recently mentioned in a comment that they were looking forward to this year’s Winter Survival faves. I would love to hear your winter faves, too so hope you’ll leave a comment sharing those along with any new ones you just discovered this season. They come in all the colors above including this plaid that I first purchased in early fall before I redid all my bedding a few months ago. Now that I’ve redone all my bedding in plaid, I need to buy these sheets in a solid color.
My winter survival list would not be complete without mentioning my winter bedding makeover.
It almost doesn’t matter what size you purchase because they all fit pretty snuggly, which is exactly why I love them. After purchasing my first pair of Uggs last winter and discovering how much I love wearing boots during the winter, I decided to add another boot to my wardrobe for winter. You would think they would be ridiculous expensive with all these stars wearing them, right? Unfortunately, the pair I wanted wasn’t on sale online anywhere online and retail was $725. I was thrilled to find they had one of the pairs I liked online called Letty and even had it in my size. This boot is normally pretty expensive due to all the detail and overlay but at half price, I paid around $350. Here in the hills of NC, my winter survival kit includes hot apple cider laced with some stuff I buy off the back of a pick up. Jelena, I know River Trail Mercantile will let you return them but I think they have a restocking fee.
I’m tempted to do that for summer next year although I usually live in sandals during the summer months. I’m the same height as you, Susan, and I love it when I can find a pant leg that needs nothing done to it. I also buy t-shirts from WalMart, but I found Hanes (no tag), both short and long-sleeve, for about the same price as yours, maybe a little weightier by the looks of your photo. I found some boots this year that I’m wearing a lot, Lucky Brand ankle boots with zips, and I can even walk in them. When it comes to survival kits and tactical gear, you want to ensure that you have the best that is offered.
Cheaply made products or brands which have not been established as being reputable, will prove to be a waste of money. Here are the 10 most influential brands for survival gear and what these brands specialize in. As your knife is the most critical tool in your survival pack, it is essential that you chose a knife that will not only get the job done, but one which will last as well.
Cold Steel makes it to the top brands as the company not only offers survival knives but also busman bowies and other such knives needed for off grid living and tactical gear.
This brand of knives are sold to manufacturers with extreme use and abuse as the main focus. In terms of durability and use the 7 to 12.3” blades are ideal for not only hunting and gathering but for survival tool usage as well. You will need to have dehydrated food in your survival pack which can sustain youfor a minimum of 3 days. MREs were designed with the sole purpose of providing food to soldiers which is not only filled with the vitamins and minerals needed to survive, but with durability and longevity in mind. Ideally, your survival kit will contain only dehydrated foods to ensure the longevity of use. The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness. The family system can purify up to 12 liters per hour where the individual lifestraw can process up to 264 gallons.
It is recommended that you have both in your pack even if you do not have a family in which to provide water for. As water will be your #1 need, ensuring that you can process the maximum amount of water is critical to your survival. Specifically, the ever ready first aid bag provides you with everything that you could possibly need in a first aid kit. However, the kits do tend to be a bit on the bulky side and may even need to be strapped to the bottom or top of your pack.
Phoenix Lazarus offers a great many medical supplies so be sure that you pick the complete survival kit.
Where this kit may not have some of the survival gear of the full tactical first aid kit, it does have all the essentials and then a few extras to keep you alive. This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry.
You do need to bear in mind that this is a 72 hour kit, though since it is designed for 4 people you can probably last a bit longer. Regardless of the brand you choose, you need to ensure that the make and model of the products you purchase are geared to the functionality not to the marketing. It may be appealing to buy the most popular brand, but if that brand does not provide a functional purpose you are really limiting your chances of survival. Remember, the best way to evaluate a product is to find out what others who have field tested the product are saying.
At Sovereign Survival, our mission is to provide the best survival knowledge to people interested in prepping. Additionally, the vast majority of pastors and churches refuse to deal with any of these issues and do their best to keep people comfortably sedated. Yet, I remind readers that the Old Testament story of Joseph was written “for our learning.” (Rom. Most sensible people know that America’s economic outlook is bleak, the current phony surge in the stock market notwithstanding. Regardless of the ostriches among us, the fact is, there are millions of people across the country that are already preparing for the “seven years of famine.” I would even dare say that God is NOW relocating much of His remnant in a way that hasn’t been seen since the Pilgrims fled Europe for the new world in America.
Accordingly, people from virtually every walk of life have asked my thoughts on how they should prepare. Over the past several decades, masses of people have migrated into large metropolitan areas. Plus, as I have already noted, if you live downwind of a major military installation during a nuclear attack, you are in an extremely jeopardous situation.
If you must stay in your urban location, have some common sense plans in hand in the event of a major disaster. Most readers probably know that my entire family and I made the decision back in 2010 to move 2,600 miles from our home of 35 years in the Florida panhandle to the Flathead Valley of Montana, which is located about 75 miles south of the Canadian border in the Rocky Mountains. Gas masks, Geiger counters, plastic sheets for doors and windows, and iodine tablets are an absolute necessity in any kind of radiation emergency. And one more suggestion while we’re on this subject: the best resources in the world are of little use if one is physically incapable of making good use of them. Of course, some survival gurus insist that during any cataclysmic climate, precious metals will become the only reliable currency. In fact, in a disaster, what is considered a valuable commodity can change rather quickly, as the barter system takes a life of its own. Speaking of cars, remember that during a prolonged national emergency that might involve some sort of nuclear attack or widespread civil unrest, an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) might be employed; in which case, most every late model vehicle would be completely inoperable.


Needless to say, during any kind of disaster, your safety and protection will be completely up to you. In the New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Ferguson emergencies, many people found that police protection was non-existent. Face it, folks: in any kind of disaster, you must be able to defend yourself or you and your family will be meat for these animals of society that will quickly descend without mercy upon the unprepared, unsuspecting souls around them. Now, when it comes to a discussion of which firearms are preferable for self-defense, the suggestions are as varied as the people who proffer them. If you are someone who has never owned and seldom fired a handgun, I recommend you buy a Glock.
Whatever you choose, practice with it to the point that you are able to use it proficiently. Go to your local independent sporting goods store (I don’t recommend the large national chain stores to do your firearms shopping) and get to know your hometown firearms dealer. And if you have not been able to find a local church where the pastor isn’t afraid to deal with the kind of issues like I am dealing with in this column, I invite you to worship online with us at Liberty Fellowship.
Plus, we recently launched the Liberty Church Project, through which we are helping pastors and churches break free from the 501c3 government church status and revive the independent patriot pulpit and liberty church once again. I am sure that I have left out several items that others more qualified than I would include. If you appreciate this column and want to help me distribute these editorial opinions to an ever-growing audience, donations may now be made by credit card, check, or Money Order. Use this link. If you are like us, if you are in the market to buy something there is nothing better than finding a site that has detailed product reviews. We, at The Home For Survival, have sampled and tested many survival gear items out there in the market.
We hope you enjoy it and we’d love your feedback on anything that is on your own personal survival gear list.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross recommend that your emergency kit should include enough supplies to get you through at least three days. But that doesn’t mean you can afford to overlook your most important documents and records.
The last few years I’ve put together my winter survival list and posted it here on the blog. They deserve mentioning again though because this past winter I found the best flannel sheets.
I love that idea and have been thinking of doing that too because flannel sheets are soooo soft and cozy.
I’ve been sleeping toasty warm this winter and the plaid has been such a nice way to warm up the room. If you looked in my closet, you would find about half my shirts have the tags cut out because I can’t stand a scratchy tag on my neck.
In the process I came across some really cute boots by Macie Bean…ever heard of them? They are all hand-crafted in Leon, Mexico and in the reviews online, folks were raving about how comfortable they are to wear. They have a huge fan base which includes Country Singer, Miranda Lambert seen here with all her bridesmaids at her wedding, all wearing Old Gringo boots. The Letty is described as being purple, olive-green and chocolate online but as you can see, it doesn’t look purple. I’ve been told they last a life-time, folks just get a new heel put on when the old one wears out. Nobody carries them in town where I live, so I’ll have to wait until I travel to Colorado again (Denver, Colorado Springs) so I can actually try them on.
My problem (I know, I know) is I am very thin, and it is hard for me to find a pant leg slim enough that it doesn’t look like palazzo pants. The knives are perfect for hunting and fishing as well as providing a tool which will not easily be harmed by weather and use.
It is critical that you get an authentic MRE and not just a product that is packaged like an MRE. Generally, I am against such packs as they are more costly and tend to be lacking in one area or another.
You will need to add items such as clothing and a modify it to meet your disaster plan, but all-in-all it is a great start. Once you have made a decision on a brand test it for yourself prior to being in a survival situation. We share blog posts about tips, tricks, tactics and skills for all things related to survival and preparedness. Hardly anyone in the national media will even entertain the idea that anything catastrophic could ever happen in this country that would disrupt our lives for more than a few days. I also know that when you try to discuss these issues with church leaders, you hear such things as, “This is America–it can’t happen here,” or “God won’t let that happen,” or “The Rapture will take place first,” and other such expressions of denial.
15:4) I also remind readers that the tribulations, which American Christians keep saying can’t happen to them, have been happening to Christians throughout the world for decades. I know, because I see it every day here in Montana; and this State is not the only place experiencing a surge of pilgrims. Therefore, I will, again, attempt to share with my readers some of the counsel I have given these folks.
And, no, don’t fool yourself: not every area of the country is as vulnerable to fallout during a nuclear attack as others. And I can tell readers without equivocation or hesitation that we are so glad we made this move. Living for over three decades on the Gulf Coast, I can tell you with absolute certainty that whenever disaster strikes (usually an approaching hurricane, for those folks), food and provisions at the store completely sell out in a matter of a few hours. How will you communicate with your loved ones when the phones (including cell phones) go down? Just about any and all disasters will result in banks being closed for extended periods of time. Accordingly, if one can keep an older, pre-computer-age vehicle in good working order, he or she might be driving the only non-government vehicle capable of going anywhere.
If you really think that the police are going to be able to protect you during an upheaval, you are living in a dream world. Lawless gangs quickly took control of the streets, and people were left to either defend themselves or swiftly become the helpless prey of violent marauders. Of course, the 1911 .45 ACP (I prefer Colt or Springfield Armory) is also proven to be very effective.
These calibers are not for the limp-wristed, but when one is facing a brown bear, it is what one will need to survive.
Most of these people are kind and helpful folks who will be more than happy to assist you in finding exactly what type of firearm is suitable for you and your family. I really don’t know how people can face an uncertain future without the spiritual knowledge, wisdom, comfort, and power that is made available through Jesus Christ. If you seriously want to help launch a non-501c3 church where you live, please go our website and fill out the online application. I welcome their suggestions, as I am always desirous to learn from those who are wiser and more experienced. This completes the security of your payment information from A to Z keeping your private information secured and private all the way through the transaction. The comments on those posts are filled with wonderful ideas and suggestions for surviving winter in style and comfort! They are a narrow wale so they don’t add poundage to your frame like a wide-wale will do sometimes.
You can wear them underneath a sweater or shirt and they don’t add any bulk but they definitely add warmth.
I didn’t buy any Macie Bean boots but when I googled to learn more about them, I discovered another boot by Old Gringo.
I remembered having seen what I thought were probably Old Gringo boots in a local boutique store a few years back and drooling over them back then. I pulled up my pants leg for this picture so you could better see them, but normally just the shoe part will show under my pants unless I cross my legs or wear them with my pants tucked inside.


One doesn’t buy expensive cowgirl boots to let them sit in the closet, so the fit needs to be right.
I have good luck with JCrew, Eddie Bauer and, WalMart carries Levi’s Signature line that are awesomely fitting for me.
They even call it the EB Favorite line, and Sam’s usually sells them for $10 (long sleeve) and a little less for short (seasonally). I use it religiously, even under lipstick, wear it to bed, and keep a pot in at least five different places so it’s always close by.
Many of our posts are for the absolute beginner who is interested in learning about living off the grid. I guess God must not love those poor folks as much as He loves us fat, lazy Christians in America, huh? If it happens, about a dozen large American cities, which contain strategic military targets, will be flattened–as well as our key military installations and nuclear missile silos. Anyone who knows me or who has listened to my speeches and messages knows I am constantly proclaiming, “Fear not.” It is the federal government and its puppets in the national media who are constantly trying to instill fear in the hearts of people, in order to scare us into accepting their Nanny State and Police State.
Only foolish people would sit back and do nothing to try and protect their families and loved ones in the face of danger. While this may be well and good for times of prosperity, it is an absolute nightmare during any kind of disaster.
I strongly encourage readers to purchase Joel Skousen’s excellent book on strategic relocation to see an in-depth, analytical review of nuclear target and fallout areas–along with other helpful information.
People panic, and within hours you cannot find food, bottled water, ice, generators, batteries, candles, etc. Stay stocked up on batteries, candles, portable lights, first aid supplies, and toiletries–especially toilet paper and toothpaste. During any kind of emergency situation, physical exertion and stamina become immensely important. In fact, in New Orleans, some of the policemen actually abandoned their oaths to uphold the law and joined with the criminals, turning their weapons against the public.
A gun without ammo is reduced to being either an expensive club or a cumbersome paperweight. I trust that some of my suggestions will help you be better prepared for what lies before us.
You can confirm this by looking at the top left of your browser in the menu bar – where you will see the GREEN lock. The Uggs I’ve worn for the last two winters are a purchase I made after reading your comments on previous Winter Survival posts, so thank you for that! I purchased a couple thinking they would be good for wearing underneath sweaters and shirts as an extra layer this winter.
They are so cozy, I usually sleep in whichever one I happen to have worn under my clothing that day, they are that comfortable. I didn’t realize it until I looked them up online, but I think these are in Junior sizes so look in that area if you shop for these in the store. As mentioned, they come in  tons of styles, designs and colors, including more conservative styles. You can see all their styles at their website here: Old Gringo The pictures never do the boots justice.
Other posts are more advanced and detailed posts to help the expert further their skill development.
Woe to those of us who live within a couple hundred miles of those cities and those who live directly eastward of any of these targets. They know people will surrender liberties they would not ordinarily surrender if they are frightened enough.
Needless to say, any inner-city environment could become a powder keg almost instantaneously given the right (or wrong) circumstances.
You can purchase MREs from a variety of sources, as well as camp-style packaged food from many sporting goods stores. During a disaster, you would trade your best suit from Neiman Marcus for a good pair of boots. You need to have enough cash to be able to purchase essential goods (if they are even available) for an undetermined amount of time.
Therefore, I strongly suggest that you purchase firearms sufficient to keep you and your family safe, and also that you practice sufficiently to know how to use them.
My two favorites in this caliber are the Model 66 with a 2 ?-inch barrel and the Model 586 with a 4-inch barrel. Plus, here is an excellent website chock-full of great suggestions and resources for all things survival.
I ordered one of their other flannel sheet sets this past fall and returned them because they weren’t any better than the department store brands. The best pictures I’ve found are on the River Trail Mercantile site because most of them are taken outdoors. Zappos lets you return anything and I don’t think they even charge for the shipping back. Every honest economist knows this is true and is making personal preparations for the inevitable. In fact, I have logged nearly 300,000 miles crisscrossing this great country over the last few years. Have a “bug-out” bag containing essential ingredients to live on for at least three or four days. I remember witnessing a man give an ice vendor $100 for an extra bag of ice after Hurricane Ivan. I prefer the Remington Model 700 BDL or Browning X-Bolt, but there are several fine weapons in this configuration and caliber by numerous manufacturers. If you live in a cold weather climate, you probably already have some sort of wood stove or fireplace.
Many of you would be shocked to discover just how much “prepping” is being done by in-the-know federal agents and military personnel. The possible eventualities that might spark a serious national catastrophe are so numerous, it is virtually impossible to count them all.
You’ll need to think about things such as food, water, medicine, warmth, self-defense, etc. Believe me, I got a taste of just how precious bottled water, ice, batteries, generators, fuel, etc., can become. Do you have enough medical supplies to take care of routine (and not-so-routine) emergencies? I’ve formed my own opinions and priorities, of course, but everything I’m sharing has been said or written about before.
Plus, I suggest you have some water purification tablets or a Katadyn water filter on hand. But if I can share something in today’s column that will help someone be better prepared for the days to come, then my goal will have been achieved. If you live in a cold weather environment, how long could you stay warm without electricity? In cold weather climates such as we have here in Montana, people quickly learn how to construct and utilize greenhouses in which to grow food.
And as most folks here in Montana know, “cotton kills.” For extended outdoor wear in cold weather, wool is the only way to go. Those plants growing in your “back forty” might just cure a headache, stop bleeding, or even save your life. If your parents and grandparents lived through the Great Depression as mine did, this was standard operating procedure. For ladies, however, a 20-gauge shotgun is probably a better choice, and at “bad breath” range (where a shotgun shines, anyway), it is just as lethal. I like to have those sorts of tops for around the house…cooking, working in the yard, etc.



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