Survival Skills, EDC, and Homemade MRE’s

Survival Skills, EDC, and Homemade MRE's

The Newsletter from SurvivalCache features great articles on survival and prepping from other survival sites that I follow. This week we have a survival skills quiz, a breakdown of an EveryDay Carry system, and a cool how-to on homemade MRE’s.

1. Last week the TEOTWAWKI Blog wrote a great article on his EDC, or EveryDay Carry system. The post is just a simple breakdown of the gear you should carry regularly, but what I really liked was the list of “Don’ts” that he included. It’s easy to get carried away with gear, read the list for some common sense limitations.

The EDC Bag

2. The Survival Mom posted a great survival skills list you need to know. I liked it because, much like my Survival Food Pyramid, it is multi-leveled. If you are truly new, you can start with the “Easy Skills Level” and progress from there. Again, intelligent and logical improvement is the idea.

Do You Have the Skills to Survive a Depression?

3. The Chief, over at Accept the Challenge, wrote a brilliant how-to article on homemade MRE’s, a concept I had never even considered before.  All you need is a food saver and some basic dry foods to get started.

Homemade MRE’s


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servingbrother July 21, 2010 at 1:38 am
This website is for hikers. They have recipes that you just add water, cooking stoves, back packs and most of the stuff a person would use in a bug out situation. Best of all, they test it regularly because they hike regularly. Check it out.


T.Rapier February 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

One very handy item that should be in any urban survival pack or better yet , on your person , is the Tool Logic survival card . Yes its very gimmicky and a bit cheesy but it is about the size of a credit card and has 4 features that are very useful . 1. a red LED light , 2. a fire making devise , 3. a small knife ( yes its a bit of a joke ) but large enough to cut cord, rope , etc. the backside of the knife is the spark striker for the fire making strip of the card , 4. its so small and light that it can be hidden almost anywhere on your person without notice . That alone makes it worth it . It also has cheesy flat tweezers like the swiss army knife but if your reduced to not much it might be useful .


T.Rapier April 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Between the leatherman wave and leatherman crunch ( has vice grips instead of pliers and more screwdriver things .) you should be in good shape , light tool wise .


Leatherman September 8, 2013 at 5:48 am

Leatherman wave are a great tool. I have two of them myself. 25 year warranty so you can't go wrong


murjd17 May 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Have you ever seen the streamlight stylus (not the stylus pro)? I purchased one for use as a penlight for medical exams and now I've taken to carrying it everywhere I go. I can't say enough good things about it. Its the size of a regular pen, has a 60 hr run time per set of batteries, puts out a surprising amount of light (better than a mini-mag out to 40 yards or so), and a price under $15. To me it is the epitome of EDC b/c it has great features and still looks like a regular pen.


Kevinthenurse June 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I have recently started dehydrating again (after my jerky phase years ago). Now I'm dehydrating burger, fruit, veggies, spaghetti sauce, chicken, eggs, etc. Im planning on purchasing an Excalibur 3900 soon, but for the time being I'm using the oven method. Its a bit slower but I put things dehydrating each night before bed. I'm amazed at the weight and space savings. Believe it or not, 12 cans of dehydrated vegetables will all fit in ONE 40oz peanut butter jar. Although these things aren't actually MRE's they are pretty quick. Rehydrating is a snap. Boil water, pour it in, wait 30-60 min and its ready t eat. There are 100's of youtube videos on dehydrating. Next week… making clarified butter!


Mike August 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

my EDC is basically my key ring. It's attatched to about 5 ft. of paracord (knotted up), it's got a can opener on it, mini nail clippers, a knife, and a flint-fire starter. And I carry three knives and a multi-tool, a lighter, alcohol pads in my wallet with some bandaids, a bandana, and a little flashlight. I've used em all quite a bit. Seems enough for EDC (I work about 2 miles from my house and have relatives living close by too). I also drive everywhere and my GMC has a bunch of stuff in it too. So. I strongly believe in EDC gear.


joe April 24, 2012 at 7:28 am

Mine is a 3" flash knife, 38 special, cell phone, keychain window punch seatbelt cutter, And I have a small backpack in my truck with small home made survival kit and liter of water, poncho and spare socks.


Tray May 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Here is a great site for Homemade MREs. Lost of great tips and recipes:


Bill Williams October 6, 2012 at 7:09 am

An insulin pen is used to inject insulin for the treatment of diabetes. It is composed of an insulin cartridge (integrated or bought separately) and a dial to measure the dose, and is used with disposable pen needles to deliver the dose.


Sell my car today October 22, 2012 at 5:20 am

This post is so well written and it's easy to see you know what you're talking about.


christian prepper February 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

my EDC bag has a multi tool, a swiss army knife, a water bladder, some candy, a first aid kit a scarf and gloves(during the winer and fall)and some other items like chapstick, mace and some hand EDC bag is not my bug out bag, i always carry my EDC bag every where i go exept the air port and other places where mace and knives are not allowed


Nazneen2906 July 9, 2013 at 3:31 am

As a regular visitor of this all-rounder site (as it covers a lot of aspects and tips on self improvement and survival in today’s competitive world), I was delighted to see this post with links to several other blogs , including the Survival Mom. Her article on homemade MREs was simply awesome. Keep posting.. Review Omni Tech Support


Aston December 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

The Survival Mom posted a great survival skills list you need to know. I liked it because, much like my Survival Food Pyramid, it is multi-leveled. If you are truly new, you can start with the “Easy Skills Level” and progress from there.


Rachelle January 2, 2014 at 6:20 am

Ya I would think anyone in the professional field would want to protect their eyes with higher end sunglasses and lenses. Also, as you said, the intimidation and power factor are always nice :)


Guest January 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

home made MRE's? it's called canning! great skill to learn!


StayFocused57 July 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I make my own MRE's. I buy 1 gallon Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. The Mylar bags can be cut to any size you need. I also bought a womens hair straightener That has the exact heat that it takes to seal the mylar bag together. I also bought a zip lock freezer bag kit that has the hand pump with it.
After i cut the mylar to the size i need i put the food it that i want and then seal the top and the sides if i have sides to seal. Then i go about a 1/2 inch down from the outside edge and i take a thumb take and cut a 3/8 inch hole in the mylar being careful not to go through the back side.
I get about 2 inches or less peace of scotch tape ready i use the zip lock hand pump and pull out as much air as i can and i grab the tape and quickly slide the pump off to one side and stick the tape over the hole it get easy with practice. I found out that powder and anything that is a bag can be very hard to get all the air out if any at all but that is what the oxygen absorbers are for.


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