Survival in a can: A novel attempt
I purchased one of these you can survive cans with low expectations and it did not surpass them. This should be labeled as You Can Survive Snack Time. It does have a few good items in it but nothing that warrants a price tag of 12.00.
Let’s go over the contents and their uses:
Folding stove: Easily the best part of this kit, this small folding wing stove is great for boiling small pots of water.
Fuel tabs: essential for using the wing stove or starting a camp fire, the second best part of the entire kit.
Strike anywhere matches: Generic strike anywhere matches, OK for normal use but in bad weather it may be hard to get a fire going.
Poly water bag: (aka a zip lock) a small off brand zip lock bag that can be used to carry extra water or a few other items, not very durable, mine ripped the first time I opened it.
Beef & chicken broth: Good for warming up on a cold evening but not very nutritional, and high in salt.
High energy, vitamin powder: mine came with orange EmergenC powder, gives you a boost of vitamins. This is Ok for a breakfast drink but not very filling and a bit chalky.
Hard candy: simple jolly ranchers, just a sugar and morale boost.
Tea bags: another morale boosting beverage.
Sugar packets, used to sweeten the included tea.
Aluminum foil: heavy duty foil can be folded into a cup or bowl or wrapped around a small food item to help cook it. I find this a bit useless considering the can works as a cup and bowl.
All in all, this product is a great novelty item, keep it on your desk and use it as a joke, or use it as a stocking stuffer for your favorite prepper.
As a survival tool it falls short. The best thing about this is that it can be reused and repacked with other more beneficial items that suit your personal needs, once it has been opened. You never need to assume that something pre-packed and off the shelf is going to have everything you need to survive in it.
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November 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM
One of the problems I have seen in the preparedness arena is those who will financially prey on people who are trying to strech tight dollars to be prepared. This is not to say that there are some legitimite products and suppliers out there; but it always stands to reason: Buyer Beware.
Another problem occurs when people want to charge for “training / teaching” preparedness. Sometimes the cost of the course does not mean quality information, but merely a chance to capitalize on the movement as a whole.
Most of the time I have seen information provided by those giving the courses that I had previously come across ( or even provided myself in posts, and blogs). The free flow of information is avalible through many sources on the web, so again beware.
Given the gravity of the situations that may soon present themselves to the citizenery in total, I will alway provide free information and guidance to those who wish to be better prepared or are just starting. Products that I know of I will tout as on their merits and caution against those things that look good but are just a novelity “survival in a can” item.
The only way that we as Americans citizens can survive any form of disaster is by being prepared and helping others also be prepapred; that will only benifit the whole and allow people to make it through rough to terrible times. And it always comes down to the concept of “Forming Community”. Weither it be with the next door neighbor, or several in the neighborhood, or with people across the city. That is the concept we should work for in our prepping, working together.
November 28, 2012 at 5:21 AM
Don’t buy Solutions from Science seed bank. The seeds don’t grow and the seller will not answer my letter. He was quick to take my $164.00 and made a fool out of me.
December 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM
Make your own!
Get a relatively water resistant carrying bag; and load it with things; that you know work!
Example Swiss Army knife, Energy bars @ 400 Calories ea., water purification tablets, Magnesium[Magnesium deteriorates in wet climates](Ferosium) fire starter, small size water filter, and so on.
Don’t get the biggest most expensive type (the biggest Swiss Army XAVT- is too large to use effectively; and remember the Leatherman design was invented to do many things better than the SAK.)