Sold Out After Crisis Review

sold-out-after-crisisYou’ve heard of Sold Out After Crisis, but the lingering question is whether it’s a scam or something that you shouldn’t miss. Well I’ve bought it and in this review I’m going to reveal to you what my honest opinions about this product are.

Sold Out After Crisis is a downloadable ebook in pdf format that teaches people about the 37 critical food items, how to get a hold of them, how to store them and also shares invaluable, essential survival knowledge as well. Great! right? Well not all of it is perfect, but let’s start with the good stuff.

Want an insider’s look?

I here’s my video review on YouTube that I figured would also be very helpful to you.

The Pros:

  • It’s a short and concise guide that will take you through the essential basics that you need to know to start storing food properly, so even if you are limited on time — it’s very quick to get through.
  • The 37 items outlined in this guide are well chosen. They all have a long shelf life, provide the nutrition that you and your family need and are easy to store. This makes it so that you don’t have to think too hard about what to get. It’s basically like a grocery list that you can use to stock up on whenever you’re out at the grocery store. This makes it very easy.
  • It teaches you about the food items that you shouldn’t be stocking up. I found these to be quite interesting, but it’s good to know so that you don’t waste your time.
  • There is an included list of 10 non-food items that you should always have on hand, which is helpful, because these aren’t things that you would normally think of.
  • There is some wonderful information about actually storing your 37 critical food items, which covers where to store them and how to avoid common stocking problems that often times lead to food spoilage.

The Cons:

Nothing is going to be perfect. I only really had one major complaint, which is that I wish that it had gone into more depth on some of the topics. It’s a good go-to guide though which if you are new to prepping will get you off to a great start.

Final Thoughts

This 37 critical food items guide is not appropriate for more experienced preppers, naturally. It is however very helpful to the person just getting started who needs guidance and an action plan to follow.

If you are looking for something that will take the research out of the equation so that you don’t have to waste a lot of time tracking down information yourself, this will do the trick.

I would recommend that you read it through thoroughly so that you can start making a list of what you need to get and start planning how and where you are going to store your survival items.

Check It Out

The Red Cross’s website also has some really good information emergency items.

Crucial Knots Everyone Should Know How To Tie

From sailing to construction, from traveling to survival – there are knots and then there are KNOTS. Having a good understanding of the most important and strongest knot-types and being able to tie them can come in handy when you least expect it.

Tying a rope or string using the age-old shoelace approach is not appropriate for every situation and can get you into some serious trouble. Some knots can be so powerful that they can hold a lot of weight. It’s not something that most people would consider as “survival know-how”, but I would argue otherwise.

Rather than attempt to come up with fancy images and diagrams to attempt to teach you the most important knots that you should learn to tie, I would like to instead give a shout out to a fantastic website that has already done this. It’s called Animated Knots and can be found at

You should start with the basic knots section, but there are sections for specific needs; such as climbing, fishing,  boating, household and scouting. For any survivalist who is dedicated to growing their mental knowledge bank, this is a fantastic resource that you should take full advantage of. Best of luck.


How To Store Food Long Term At Home

There are countless articles online about what food items you should be storing away, but finding solid information about how to actually store food long term and what storage means to use is a little trickier to find. That’s why today I thought that I would share some of what I’ve learned about how to actually contain these items.

This subject can seem overwhelming at first, but the truth is that storing food long term is actually quite simple and easier today than it was so many years ago.

Food Storage Containers

You’ll want to seek out food-grade buckets. I have a little trick that you might be able to use! our local pizza shop receives many of their ingredients such as mushrooms in food grade containers. After they have used up the ingredients, they don’t know what to do with the buckets. Chances are that you can find a similar restaurant in your area that would be more than ecstatic to have you take these food storage containers off their hands!

You can also of course buy them through Amazon. Recently I saw a top listing of 3, 5-gallon food grade buckets for $20. That’s super cheap and you can store food long term in these…quite a bit actually!

But regardless, whether you buy them or are able to get food containers for free, you want to make sure that they are food grade. This means that there are no chemicals in the plastic that can contaminate your food goods. To be sure of this, try to find a seal that has the acronym HDPE on it. This will stand for high density polyethylene. But always make sure to thoroughly wash and rinse the food storage buckets anyway.

Mylar Bags

The worst thing that can happen is to discover that despite your best efforts, bugs and even a little bit of oxygen were able to get in and ruin your hard work. This can happen, so take it seriously. One extra precaution that most preppers take is to line the inside of their buckets with Mylar bags.

Mylar bags are made from a polyester material called BoPet. This material is so effective that even NASA has used it! it offers strong protection against gases and oxygen to prevent food spoilage. Again, you can get these pretty cheap online. The real solution is to find the thickets bags possible in terms of millimeters. This means added strength and the ability to handle more weight.

Typically you will want to get 5 gallon Mylar bags to use in 5 gallon food-grade buckets. When storing food in these bags, leave room at the top to properly seal them. You will need to suck out all the air and seal them as tight as possible.

Look for Mylar bags that come with oxygen absorbers. Typically this is the way they come, but just make sure before buying. The oxygen absorbers come in tightly sealed packaging, because once they are exposed to any air they are activated immediately. This means that you need to have everything ready before you unpack them and throw them into your Mylar bags. One way to tell if your absorbers are already used up is to check if they are warm. They should stay cool.

How To Seal A Mylar Bag

  • The best way is as follows..
  • Fill your bag with your food goods
  • Leave an inch some room at the top
  • Use a hair straightening iron to seal the top of the bag
  • Leave a few inches unsealed at one end
  • Wait for the seal to cool
  • Open and add your oxygen absorber into the bag
  • Use a vacuum to carefully remove the remaining air out of the bag, while being careful not to suck up any loose food product
  • Immediately finish sealing the remaining area of the top of the bag

It’s impossible to get all the air out, because as you remove the vacuum hose from the bag, naturally some air will be let back in. Hopefully the absorber will take care of the rest. It’s important that over the course of the next week you occasionally check your buckets to see if the bags are still air-tight. If not, you will need to cut them open and try this again.

How Do You Know If You’ve Done It Right?

The bags should be hard as a rock! rather the contents altogether.

What Should I Store In Mylar Bags?

Mainly dry grains. Pastas, pinto beans and rice are the perfect candidates. Keep this in mind, however. If you are adding anything that is contained inside of a box into your Mylar bags, make sure that you poke some holes in the boxes so that the air can be sucked out of those as well.

  • You can also store..
  • oatmeal
  • grits
  • pancake mix
  • powdered eggs
  • powdered milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • flour
  • dried vegetables
  • wheat

Ethnic grocery stores often times have a lot of dried foods on hand. For variety you may want to visit such a place to put together your long term food storage inventory.

Hopefully this is helpful! take care and best of luck.

How Much Water Should I Save For An Emergency?

Storing water long term is not something we as humans want to address, but is vital if you are going to get serious about preparing for an emergency. You need potable drinking water, water to cook with and you certainly need good old H2O for sanitary purposes as well, which begs the question how much water should I store for an emergency?

1. Determine How Much Water You Should Stockpile During An Emergency For Your Family

First, according to the Red Cross the average person will need 2 quarts of water per day, and if it’s the time of year when there is a heat wave — even more! I wanted to know how much water I should stockpile, so I sat down and did a little math that you can as well.

Let’s assume that there are 4 people in your family that you need to care for. Now let’s take the example of 2 quarts per person. That’s exactly 1 gallon per person per every 2 days.

2. Estimate Your Storage Timeline

It is recommended that you stock up on the 37 critical food items, enough emergency supplies and water for at least 3 days. Serious preppers are in it for about 1 year. You don’t need to take it that far unless you are really determined and passionate about this. Let’s say 3 weeks would be smart.

This would mean that for one person you would need 10 1/2 gallons of water. Multiply that times 4 family members and you get 42 gallons of water you should store for your family.

3. Storing Your Stockpile Of Water

This is where it might get a little tricking when trying to prep. Something like forty-two gallons can take up space, so let’s find out just how much. I did the math and here is what we come down with..

Rounding up a little bit, the average U.S. gallon is 6″ x 6″ in width and length. That’s half a foot in either direction. So technically you could get round about 4 gallons per square foot. If you used 2 square feet for water storage, you could stack sections of 8 gallons on top of each other until you have reach 5 rows high…which would be 42. You would probably have to separate the sections with boards to distribute the weight evenly and prevent the jugs from imploding, but you get the idea.

4. Ways To Store Water For An Emergency

You’re not just limited to the jug. You have water coolers, food grade buckets and pretty much anything that is sanitary enough to store drinking water. Where you stockpile water is up to you, but a basement, spare room, under the bed, etc — these are all viable methods.

Final Thoughts

I ran the numbers based on what the Red Cross said, but suggest a gallon per person per day. That’s more accurate, as you should think about having the extra 2 quarts for washing your hands, cooking with, light bathing, etc.

But don’t overwhelm yourself. Set a goal. At least 3 days is a good idea, and little-by-little you can set aside water for a disaster and you’ll get there!


The Critical Emergency Car Kit List You Should Know

It’s winter time as I write this and boy has it been a horrible one at that! The snow this time is relentless with some nights dipping into the range of -10. Living in an old farm house, we are up every hour to make sure that pipes don’t freeze and that pets are OK.

And it’s not just us! Even some normally warmish states this time of year such as California and Texas are facing troublesome winter-time conditions. This brings up the subject of being safe on the road! If you were to get stranded, what would you do? What would you pack? Well I’ll tell you what I would take in this list of emergency car supplies.

It’s good to have an emergency road assistance kit at all times of the year, but this is imperative during level 2 – 3 snow emergencies.

On November 10th a missing Nevada family was found safe and sound after disappearing off the map for two days. They pulled together and made it through despite the sub-zero temperatures. They were lucky, because they did not have some of the emergency car kit items I am about to talk about, but instead relied on their survival instincts. Had it been any longer that they were found and it may have been another story.

You can buy a kit through Amazon, but I also recommend that you make one…some of these items are not included in an Amazon kit that you might purchase.

1. Blankets, Gloves & Hats

Let’s start with this. Take the time to get some heavy duty blankets and put them in the back of your car. Get a small bag and throw in winter apparel such as gloves, hats and scarfs. If you ever get stranded and your car won’t run, you will have no heat and will need to seriously bundle up! Especially if stranded overnight when night time temperatures can drop below zero. Even better – add a sleeping bag!

2. Food

Most people don’t think about this one, because they figure that if they do get stranded it won’t be for long. Don’t count on this. Get a little lunch bag and stock it up with some critical food items such as power bars, nuts, beef jerky and crackers. Any other items that can be eaten right out of the packaging are good to consier.

3. Water

Carry at least a gallon of water in your car with you. But wait, won’t it freeze? Yes, but there are specially made cannisters that you can purchase that can withstand freezing temperatures. I suggest you look into these. Likewise, you can also wrap regular drinking water bottles in blankets or keep them close to your body to prevent freezing.

4. Flares, Foghorn & Whistle

These two items on our survival car kit checklist are all about getting attention. One uses visual signaling while the other two use sound to alert passers-by of your whereabouts. A foghorn is the better route. It’s loud and very inexpensive. It can also be used to keep wild predators thinking twice about messing with you.

5. Pepper Spray

An odd choice, but part of survival is always protection. In this case you might need some form of defense. Some would go the route of a firearm, but if that’s not comfortable with you – consider something like pepper spray just in case.

6. Flashlights & Batteries

A flashlight is essential in our emergency car kit! It will cut through the darkness for comfort should you be in this situation, but can also be used to signal emergency response crews or good samaritans.

7. First Aid Kit

you never know when you’re going to cut yourself or slip and fall. Having different sizes of bandages and anti-biotics on hand is crucial for survival if you’re going to put together a car kit checklist. Also include a basic pain killer such as aspirin.

8. Boots & Extra Socks

Most people during the winter will be wearing boots, but if you’re trying to meet a certain dress code at work you might forego this. As a backup, you should definitely have boots and several pairs of thick, wool socks in your car. The worst thing that can happen is to have your feet get wet. This could lead to frost bite on your toes.

9. Shovel & Rock Salt

This one is obvious, but when it comes to putting together an emergency car kit, two of the critical items that people forget are a shovel and rock salt. If you aren’t stranded too bad in snow, there is a good chance that you might be able to get your tires free. But you can’t do this without the right tools! you will need a shovel to dig your way out and salt to melt the ice.

10. Blow Torch & Kindling

A blow torch is the no-mess-around method to starting a fire, and butane doesn’t freeze until it reaches -216 Fahrenheit. Although no one really wants to haul around a bunch of wood kindling, you might find yourself inclined to do so. You may also find that fire bricks are a better substitute, but warning! building fires is for outside and away from your car period!

12 Prepping Supplies That Every Family Should Have

Whether a massive hurricane hits your part of the country or the power is knocked out for more than a week, having a prepping supply list that you can easily follow is one sure step to insuring the safety of your family! A lot of people call this a doomsday prepping supply list, but even if you aren’t preparing for some sort of apocalypse – having an emergency items list for your home that you can use to stockpile essentials goods is empowering.

There are so many emergency items to have on hand that it can become overwhelming, so that’s why I put together this short list of MUST-HAVE emergency supplies.

1. Batteries

When the power is out your only source of electricity is going to be those little, cylinder-shaped gizmos called the battery. You should ideally stock up on AAs, AAAs & Ds for good measure, as most survival items will require these sources of charge.

2. Flashlights

You probably could have guessed by reading about the batteries that the next crucial item is going to be plenty of flashlights. The more the better.

3. Matches & Candles

What if a power outage lasts longer than expected and you’ve drained all of your batteries? You need light! dry matches and plenty of candles should be your next item to stock up on. Tea candles are great, but don’t last long. Try to go to a dollar store and round up some decent-sized candles that will burn for long hours through the night.

4. First Aid Kit

You can either make your own with items that you probably have on hand right now, or by a cheap one at most stores. Regardless, the the Red Cross suggests that critical items should be at least aspirin, bandages, scissors, antiseptic wipes, tweezers and anti-biotic ointments.

5. Battery Powered Radio

When you have no access to the outside world through common sources such as television or the internet, the next fallback is the good old radio. However, if power lines are down then you will need to have on hand either a battery powered radio or a weather radio with a hand crank.

6. Blankets & Extra Clothing

If you get caught during the winter, you do not want your family to freeze obviously. This is why you should stockpile crucial items such as plenty of thick, warm blankets and sweat shirts. Go the extra step! also include mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs and coats. You can store these items using the next critical item…

7. Trash Bags

Trash bags have many uses. As hinted earlier; they can be used to store items, but also can be turned into raincoats, used to patch up holes, create a water filtration system and to keep your environment sanitary.

8. Water Stored Away

If you plan to stock up enough water for a whole year for your family, well you’re going to need a lot of space and a lot of containers! But I would recommend that any family try to store enough water to last a week. This means about a gallon per person in your family. Milk jugs, large jars, canteens, water jugs and 5 gallon beverage coolers stored in a cool, dry area such as your basement work best!

9. Multi-Tool

For a $12 – $30 investment you can have access to a device that contains all of the critical tool items that you might need in an emergency. Knifes, pliers, scissors, screwdriver ends — it’s all in this little device and extremely useful when the SHTF!

10. Can Opener

If you are stashing away canned food items, and you should be – you will need this! Some multi-tools may have a pre-equipped can opener, but I wouldn’t count on it. This is essential to have on hand.

11. Paper Plates & Plastic Silverware

Stock up on paper plates, plastic forks, spoons and knives. Also try to acquire paper towels and napkins. These have many uses. However if you are storing up critical food items, you’ll need these to eat with!

12. 37 Critical Food Items

These food items have a long shelf-life, are easy to afford, are full of nutritious value that you need and can be stockpiled little-by-little. You my not think that you need them, but you’ll be glad to have them during an emergency! Some of these items include rice, beef jerky, grains and canned fruit.

How To Make Water Potable

Water is by far one of the most important things that us humans need for survival. You can go a good while without food, but without water you cannot live. The general rule of thumb is that¬† But what if you are stuck out in the wild or do to flooding your water at home isn’t potable? Well there are some important techniques to making water safe to drink that most people should know and some of these are included in the 37 Critical food items list.

1. Can You Really Use Bleach To Make Water Safe To Drink?

Although it may seem strange, this is one of the recommendations even recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As recommended, for every gallon of water that you have simply add 1/8 of a tsp of bleach to the water. If it’s very cloudy looking then kick it up to 1/4 tsp.

2. Using Purifier Tablets

If you have been interested in making a bugout bag for yourself, I would say that this would be one of the first items I consider putting in mine. Using these tablets won’t make your water taste all that great, but it’s worth the price to have safe drinking water.

These tablets are usually in iodine form and some other will be chlorine tablets. If you have concerns about the condition of the water that you might drink, add a water purifying tablet to it and wait about 30 minutes for good measure. These tablets will kill any bacteria that
could potentially be harmful to the human body.

There are two things to keep in mind with this method. One is that if the water is really cold then this method is less effective and you will need to wait longer for the results to take effect. Recommended is to wait over an hour and try to find a way to heat the water on some level.

The other thing to keep in mind is that iodine and chlorine tablets don’t last for ever. Like many food resources, they to have an expiration date, so you will want to make sure that you keep a fresh bottle on hand.

3. Natural Outdoor Filtration Systems

This method comes with a lot of caution. This should only be used if there is no other solution at hand. What you will do is make filtration system of some kind. The idea is to make a funnel of some sort. Typically you can get creative with this process by using random materials that you have at hand, but if not – use a sheet of bark removed from a tree and fold it into a funnel shape. You’ll have to bound it with something so that it maintains its shape.

From here you want to layer your outdoor water filtration system with different layers to catch the bacteria. Small pebbles, sand, grass, small, burnt pieces of firewood and charcoal make for good layers. The more layers that you have the better this will work. Just keep in mind that this does not guarantee safe drinking water by far. It only increases the chances of removing any kind of bacteria such as Giardia lamblia.

4. Harnessing Water Outside

There are two good ways to do this, but both require that the conditions be just right. The first is if it’s raining. If you have access to any plastic such as grocery or trash bags, you can hang them up between some branches and then wait the center down with a small rock. This will create the right shape to capture some of that rain.

The other involves a really hot day with plenty of sun. If you have any plastic or glass bottles on hand – use them. Take green leafs and stick them in these bottles. Make sure that you seal up the containers tightly and put them out in the sun. After a day or so the condensation will build up you should have a good amount of drinking water left over.

There you have it! some helpful ideas if you are ever stuck without potable water. These pair up perfectly with the 37 critical food items in your arsenal of survival knowledge.

The Storm Of 2012

Living in the Midwest we get our fair share of bad weather during mid-summer and even into autumn. I have to say that the thought of severe weather dished out by mother nature is unsettling, but something that you just get used to. You know, batten down the hatches, take a radio with you, maybe a flashlight or two, head for the basement and await for it to clear out.

Well on one particular day the story was more than exceptional. A really fierce storm producing high mile an hour winds swept through the midwest and left in its wake an absolute disaster. Now I admit that some states had it worse, but I had never seen such widespread chaos across my area.

Power was down for up to a week even in and around major cities. Trees lay across the highways as though a child had snapped them in two. Powerlines were down everywhere and emergency crews were blasting around all throughout the nights with blaring sirens. It was very stressful, but that was just the beginning.

I knew how frantic weather could be, but what scared me and lead me to stock up on the 37 critical food items was what I witnessed in people. There was absolute panic amongst the masses and it really shook me up. Everyone was without power, so many folks were relying on their gas powered generators. The problem was that most people rely on debit or credit cards for their transactions. That’s not a big deal, except for the fact that nearly every gas station we encountered had defunct credit card processors.

I soon noticed how their was a highway patrol car stationed at every gas station, because I suspect that people were so desperate that they were actually trying to steal gas in any way that they could. I wandered into store after store and was terrified at how the store shelves were wiped clean. No bread, no water, no snacks – nothing. It was first come, first serve.

I was driving around and noticed that my gas tank was on empty. I didn’t panic, thinking I’ll just stop at this next exit and get gas. That next exit soon became 4 exits, and it got to the point where I was pretty darn sure that I was going to be stranded by the side of the freeway.

Every town that I drove through would lead me to inevitably have to find a new route to take, because many of the roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines, and this lasted for at least a week, as road crews were to short in demand, that locals just had to get by. Sadly I would drive by cemeteries where grave stones had been shattered by fallen trees.

The debris of limbs and leafs alone took a good week for everyone to clean up in their own yards. This got me to thinking…”This is bad, but if this ever happened again and was much worse – what would we do?”. This thought scared me and lead me to seek information, and that’s how I learned about the 37 critical food items along with many other resources for preparing for such an event.

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