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.

Karambit Knife

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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19 thoughts on “Survival Skills, EDC, and Homemade MRE’s”

    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.

  2. 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 .

  3. 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 .

  4. Wanted to post another idea for making your own MREs. I've been looking around at the foodsaver vacuum sealers and the cheapest one that I could find was around 34 bucks. Not too bad but the bags for it weren't very big. Ziploc recently came out with a handheld manual pump for quart and gallon size bags. I got this for about 8 bucks. Don't know if it seals as well as the expensive ones you buy and you can't make "pockets" within the bag like a vacuum sealer but from the few items i have tried in them it seems to pretty darn well. Plus they are quick and easy and don't take up much space at all. I have been putting foods in them as well as other other items to stay moisture and air free, like matches, etc. I'm a real cheapskate so this was a great find!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. chicken, beef, vegetable bullion hard candy sardines and peanut butter packets of mustard honey salt pepper ketchup malt vinegar horsey sauce syrup and slalsa from restaurants.
    I keep some jerky but I would probably grab more Dependant on situation.
    instant coffee tea gatoraid packets a couple packets of hot chocolate some Kipper snacks and a can of Spam as I like to catfish and them dudes like Spam dried on a treble hook so none goes to waste.
    Keep a gallon of water and a case of bottled in the vehicle plus my stainless bottles a stainless cup foldable stove and fuel tabs.
    I can add minnows frog, bird, fish small critters to bullion or alone for a soup and I have a #10 can of pilot crackers.

    I have other things to take care of serious business and a shotgun and a couple boxes of shells they are commercial
    dove loads that I have carefully refilled with mostly buck & some slugs re-glued the carton the shotgun butt has a elastic 6 shell holder so in total I have 56 rounds for the shotgun.

    of course the obligatory leatherman tool machete trenching tool / shovel stainless wire brush a slingshot
    and popiel pocket fisherman and a small clear snap box of fishing tackle there are creeks and cattle tanks all over the place and a few lakes.

    wool blanket tarp and folding chair and clothing / boots and survival gear most of this above is not survival gear but
    a few day fishing stint if the mood hits me.

    I carry a lot of stuff / tools I like to extricate myself if I get stuck jury rig if I can and get home.

    Any winter gear and rain slicker suit is stuffed in a canvass clothing sack / old sea bag, it also has a gas mask with a
    couple of cartridges a tube sock makes a good pre filter for dust / dirt.
    not for what most might think we have numerous rail road tracks enough to warrant air quality protection as well as
    brush fires / smoke and irritating ash.

    all of this including road accidents can cause many hours of delay I have been stuck for 6 hours on the freeway
    if not for my 12 volt drink cooler I may have been put out I also make it a rule to keep the tank topped off
    have brake power steering oil transmission and coolant fluids.
    Cash money and change about 30 bucks a roll of quarters and 20 ones good looking bills for machines old bills
    will not trip the machine and all you have is green paper and a hankering for a cold soda and some snacks.
    Also have a phone charger.

    My blanket and a bucket with a plastic bag liner I have a personal rest room
    If I have my vehicle I am good for many days if I have to ditch it I am good for 4 to 5 days doing nothing but you know I won't be just doing nothing.

    Tornadoes are a reality fallen power lines debris all over train wreck car fatalities and whatever could happen
    I know it could take time to get home I want enough food fuel water and comfort to get there.


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