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Your Best Preparedness Item That Cost <$100?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bolster, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

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    What is your best/favorite prep or survival item, kit, or gear that is worth <$100? It may be something you've put away for a disaster, or something you use on a daily basis, which would become very valuable after "the event."

    Feel free to interpret "best" and "favorite" as you please: most useful, most durable, most comforting, wouldn't want to live without it, etc. I'm mostly interested in what modestly-priced items people feel they've invested the best, and what they'd recommend to others. Looking for durable goods, not philosophical perspectives.

    If it's a bunch of little things, then tally them up until they're worth $100. Maybe for you it would be 10 bottles of vodka. :drunk: Whatever.
     
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    Oop, forgot to post mine. It would have to be a Zebralight headlamp such as this one, which would get an enthusiastic recommendation from me. $60. Add some rechargeable Eneloops and a 12v charger, and you're still well under $100.

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    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Hands down a Sawyer water filter.
     
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    Most likely my Voyageur water purifier. Could probably make potable water from a septic tank with a decomposing ebola victim in it. May or may not be over $100 now; I paid something like $80 for mine 12-15 years ago.

    A fair number of books would make the top-ten list.
     
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    running shoes.....
     
  8. wjv

    wjv Zip It Stan Lee.. . .

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    Some of my LED flashlights and lanterns.
    My Solo backpack (Sorcerer 33L Technical)
    CCI Velocitor ammo
    Winchester silver box .22 Magnum ammo
    Frontier emergency water filter straws
    Multi-fuel stove
     
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    You got all that kit for <$100? What's your source?!
     
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    wjv Zip It Stan Lee.. . .

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    No. . Each was under $100
     
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    Katadyne Hiker Pro water filter for $69.

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  13. Babynine

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    Trangia 27-5 Swedish alcohol stove cookset for $80 and a gallon of denatured alcohol for $14($10/gallon when on sale). These can safely be used indoors for cooking/boiling when trying to maintain a low profile. It is also the most wind/weatherproof stove I have ever used outdoors. Also alcohol is not explosive like propane, butane, and petrol based fuels. That makes me feel better about indoor use.

    I can cook anything in this setup that I can cook on my home stovetop...Several times I have even made Tomato sauce from scratch from my homegrown heirloom organic tomatoes. That requires about two hours of simmering to reduce, and I dont know of another camp type stove that has that kind of temp control ability, however crude as it seems.

    Almost forgot to mention that alcohol stoves are dead silent, unlike so many other camp stoves that hiss loudly.
     
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    Streamlight stylus pro<$20
     
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    In 1957 I bought a 1903A3 from the DCM for $17 delivered to Fairbanks. With it I have shot moose, black bear, deer, and caribou, multiples of each. With the Ideal hand reloader, primers, bullets and powder, it came to under $100.
     
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    Well I guess it depends on what I am trying to accomplish.

    Being Spring and all...

    Shovel - $30 A good shovel is a big deal.
    Heirloom Seeds (Mylar sealed from EE) - $20

    Other than that I love this thing:

    Gerber Recon Flashlight - $20

    Clip it to the bill of your hat as a headlamp
    Multi Color Lens(and I don't have to store a sperate lens cover)
    Takes AA
    Lasts forever.
    Takes a beating
    Small
     
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    +1 on that one. I traded 3 bottles of $10 wine for a brand new one and an AC refill.

    I also love my C3-907 lights from Greg Mcgee. Best $25 spent in a long time.
     
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    I would say our best was the 16 cent/can tuna and 8 cent/can sardine haul last year. I cleared the shelves, 40 cans tuna and 30 cans sardines, I think the total was under 10 bucks

    This weekend we got 30 boxes Stove top stuffing and 12 bottles kraft BBQ sauce for $12 so that was good too...
     
  20. Bolster

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    Source for deals like that? Don't worry I won't cross the nation and compete with you...