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STRONG WOMEN: At 67, Emma Gatewood (1888-1973) became the first solo female thru-hiker of the 2168-mile Appalachian Trail. At 5’2″, she was also an unwitting pioneer of extreme ultra-light hiking, wearing sneakers, carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, a shower curtain for shelter, a cup, a first aid kit & a change of clothes slung in a homemade bag over her shoulder. She gathered wild foods on the trail, supplementing them with dried beef, cheese, nuts & sausages bought in towns along the way.

firestarters from toilet paper rolls & lint

Awesome little WATERPROOF fire starter ready to Go

Easy long term food storage for a variety of stapes: rice, beans, grains (like polenta & cream of wheat) and sugar. Buy in bulk, store in clean empty bottles and use what you need as you need it! They are water and air tight and keep bugs out! So much better than 5, 10 or 55 gallon containers or even sacks. 1 and 2 liter sizes are great for trading too! Click LINK for full article.

Just because you're preparing for hurricane disasters doesn't mean you have to eat like a poor college student. These meals in jars have shelf lives of 5 to 7 years. This blog has instructions on how to make a large variety of meals that can be prepared with minimal effort and resources.

10 WEEDS YOU SHOULD EAT AND HOW TO ENJOY THEM

heat your home in an emergency

Award winning Methods of Alternative Refrigeration--awesome site with TONS of great ideas on every preparedness topic imaginable. And the emphasis is on doing it as inexpensively as possible.

One-Use Straw Containers: I. clamp near end of straw with needle nose pliers and apply flame. (let seal cool before releasing) II. put in whatever and seal other end. -- Straws come in various diameters. Seal HONEY, machine oil, tiny screws, threaded needles, small batteries, glue, purifier tabs/powder, creams, toothpaste, liquids, flavors, etc.

The documents you'll need in an emergency

Carry Duct Tape Minus the Bulky Roll Duct tape can be a lifesaver. But carrying an entire roll takes up valuable space inside a backpack—and you probably won’t need that much tape. Instead, I wrap a couple feet around a Bic lighter, so I always have a short supply inside my pocket. If you need more, you can also wrap some around a Nalgene bottle. —Ben Wagner, Bozeman, Mont.