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Bolster
04-02-2012, 14:16
What is your best/favorite prep or survival item, kit, or gear that is worth <$100? It may be something you've put away for a disaster, or something you use on a daily basis, which would become very valuable after "the event."

Feel free to interpret "best" and "favorite" as you please: most useful, most durable, most comforting, wouldn't want to live without it, etc. I'm mostly interested in what modestly-priced items people feel they've invested the best, and what they'd recommend to others. Looking for durable goods, not philosophical perspectives.

If it's a bunch of little things, then tally them up until they're worth $100. Maybe for you it would be 10 bottles of vodka. :drunk: Whatever.

Bolster
04-02-2012, 14:18
Oop, forgot to post mine. It would have to be a Zebralight headlamp such as this one, which would get an enthusiastic recommendation from me. $60. Add some rechargeable Eneloops and a 12v charger, and you're still well under $100.

http://www.zebralight.com/assets/images/h501_1_large_thumbnail.jpg

eracer
04-02-2012, 14:20
Hands down a Sawyer water filter.

Glock30Eric
04-02-2012, 14:27
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quake
04-02-2012, 14:39
Most likely my Voyageur water purifier. Could probably make potable water from a septic tank with a decomposing ebola victim in it. May or may not be over $100 now; I paid something like $80 for mine 12-15 years ago.

A fair number of books would make the top-ten list.

Manimal
04-02-2012, 14:46
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm112/noops08/toilet-paper.jpg

Protus
04-02-2012, 14:51
running shoes.....

wjv
04-02-2012, 15:05
Some of my LED flashlights and lanterns.
My Solo backpack (Sorcerer 33L Technical)
CCI Velocitor ammo
Winchester silver box .22 Magnum ammo
Frontier emergency water filter straws
Multi-fuel stove

Bolster
04-02-2012, 18:10
Some of my LED flashlights and lanterns.
My Solo backpack (Sorcerer 33L Technical)
CCI Velocitor ammo
Winchester silver box .22 Magnum ammo
Frontier emergency water filter straws
Multi-fuel stove

You got all that kit for <$100? What's your source?!

JK-linux
04-02-2012, 18:38
.....

wjv
04-02-2012, 19:21
You got all that kit for <$100? What's your source?!

No. . Each was under $100

UneasyRider
04-02-2012, 19:56
Katadyne Hiker Pro water filter for $69.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4146WXTT70L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Babynine
04-02-2012, 20:07
Trangia 27-5 Swedish alcohol stove cookset for $80 and a gallon of denatured alcohol for $14($10/gallon when on sale). These can safely be used indoors for cooking/boiling when trying to maintain a low profile. It is also the most wind/weatherproof stove I have ever used outdoors. Also alcohol is not explosive like propane, butane, and petrol based fuels. That makes me feel better about indoor use.

I can cook anything in this setup that I can cook on my home stovetop...Several times I have even made Tomato sauce from scratch from my homegrown heirloom organic tomatoes. That requires about two hours of simmering to reduce, and I dont know of another camp type stove that has that kind of temp control ability, however crude as it seems.

Almost forgot to mention that alcohol stoves are dead silent, unlike so many other camp stoves that hiss loudly.

Jackalo626
04-02-2012, 21:10
Streamlight stylus pro<$20

Kayaker
04-02-2012, 23:41
In 1957 I bought a 1903A3 from the DCM for $17 delivered to Fairbanks. With it I have shot moose, black bear, deer, and caribou, multiples of each. With the Ideal hand reloader, primers, bullets and powder, it came to under $100.

DrSticky
04-03-2012, 10:39
Well I guess it depends on what I am trying to accomplish.

Being Spring and all...

Shovel - $30 A good shovel is a big deal.
Heirloom Seeds (Mylar sealed from EE) - $20

Other than that I love this thing:

Gerber Recon Flashlight - $20

Clip it to the bill of your hat as a headlamp
Multi Color Lens(and I don't have to store a sperate lens cover)
Takes AA
Lasts forever.
Takes a beating
Small

Kieller
04-03-2012, 10:55
Katadyne Hiker Pro water filter for $69.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4146WXTT70L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

+1 on that one. I traded 3 bottles of $10 wine for a brand new one and an AC refill.

I also love my C3-907 lights from Greg Mcgee. Best $25 spent in a long time.

kirgi08
04-03-2012, 11:01
Water production.'08.

sebecman
04-03-2012, 11:24
I would say our best was the 16 cent/can tuna and 8 cent/can sardine haul last year. I cleared the shelves, 40 cans tuna and 30 cans sardines, I think the total was under 10 bucks

This weekend we got 30 boxes Stove top stuffing and 12 bottles kraft BBQ sauce for $12 so that was good too...

Bolster
04-03-2012, 12:30
I would say our best was the 16 cent/can tuna and 8 cent/can sardine haul last year. I cleared the shelves, 40 cans tuna and 30 cans sardines, I think the total was under 10 bucks

This weekend we got 30 boxes Stove top stuffing and 12 bottles kraft BBQ sauce for $12 so that was good too...

Source for deals like that? Don't worry I won't cross the nation and compete with you...

wjv
04-03-2012, 12:36
I would say our best was the 16 cent/can tuna and 8 cent/can sardine haul last year. I cleared the shelves, 40 cans tuna and 30 cans sardines, I think the total was under 10 bucks

Did those cans say "Friskies" on the label?

:tongueout:

sebecman
04-03-2012, 12:44
Source for deals like that? Don't worry I won't cross the nation and compete with you...

No worries.

The tuna/sardines deal was at Rite Aid pharmacy, we used a combo of coupons and "Rite Rewards".

The stove top stuffing/bbq sauce was at Shaw's supermarket. well documented on many extreme couponer sites - See link below;

http://www.moneysavingmaineac.com/2012/03/31/stove-top-stuffing-kraft-bbq-sauce-for-40-shaws/

dtuns
04-03-2012, 12:46
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11610210&search=WATER+STORAGE&Mo=8&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=WATER+STORAGE&Ntt=WATER+STORAGE&No=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

M1A Shooter
04-04-2012, 00:33
got a pressure canner from an auction for $7. it was buried in a shopping cart full of fake flowers my wife wanted for crafts.

traded a compound bow i got for $80 for a Katadyn Hiker and a MSR MIOX water filters.

my next $100 will be spent on a pair of black Berkey filters for bucket berkey projects.

Great idea for a thread BTW.

MoneyMaker
04-04-2012, 04:47
Trojans

Bolster
04-04-2012, 10:13
Haven't made use of this myself (yet) but this ceramic filter posted in another thread looks like a well-spent $25

http://shop.monolithic.com/collections/just-water-filters/products/just-water-ceramic-drip-filter

syntaxerrorsix
04-04-2012, 14:20
Trojans

Good thinking. We will want to keep the gene pool as clean as possible :thumbsup:

jeager
04-04-2012, 14:40
Pay for someone who loves you to take a First Aid/CPR course.

Ethereal Killer
04-04-2012, 14:42
two. a swedish Mora knife, and the Steripen I got on sale at REI.

BENCH
04-04-2012, 17:29
I bought two ALICE packs, one large and one medium. for $50. I also bought two MSR International stoves for $40 each off ebay.

BENCH