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$15 Dollar Store survival kit

Something a little different today.

I was scrolling through YouTube and came across Wranglestar’s $10 Dollar Store Challenge. Using only $10, come up with a survival kit. With only $10 (tax not included) come up with Dollar store items that will satisfy the following rules. He and his wife did the challenge separately, then compared and gave reasons for each selection.

  1. Something to start a fire.
  2. It must be water proof/repellant for at least 60 sec.
  3. Some sort of shelter from wind/rain.
  4. Provide 2 meals.

Wranglestar Video (don’t watch if you want to participate) I am bias now, but why I upped the challenge. Thanks for your videos and your channel if you see this!

Wranglestar and his wife went above and beyond the rules for their kits, so I am adding things they met beyond the rules. I am creating an additional challenge that I want to challenge my wife to. We will video and post both our selections and rationale. Weight/size of items not important. Don’t spend your $15 allotment, great! You do not have the ability to use your EDC (Every Day Carry items) i.e. I always have a knife, and lighter on me.

Using $15 from Dollar Store (Dollar Tree, etc.) meet the above rules in additionally to:

  1. Provide light.
  2. Some way to cut items.
  3. Some sort of cordage.
  4. Some sort of 1st aid. (what you may think you will need)
  5. Some way to signal rescue.
  6. 10 Some way to purify/transport water for drinking.

You cannot assume you can hunt to find food. You cannot assume, that you can use things in your environment to build shelter or easy access to water.

Do you want to take the challenge? Video yourself shopping or video yourself explaining your rationale and reasoning for what you selected. I will post videos online if you submit to me. EXTRA BONUS show yourself using these items in the real world (back yard use is appropriate)

Don’t get caught in a disaster situation unprepared

Purdue now has a program to help farm families maintain a central location for critical documentation. This is key of there is a disaster, for instance flood, fire, or tornado.  The LAST thing you want to be thinking about is having to PROVE to government agencies and insurance companies you are who you say you are, you own the property that was just wiped out, your kids belong with you, your critical financial documents bank accounts etc.

Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night, leaving in the car with only the clothes on your back, your kids, maybe your pets, and fleeing your home, only to come back and it is all gone. You have no wallet, no birth certificate, no bills to prove address, no contact for you bank, no checkbook for accounts, no ATM or credit cards. Where will you stay, how will you get money out of the bank. Worse, it happened on a holiday weekend. Insurance companies not available at the only number you have in your phone, no policy numbers available, no ATM card. What are you going to do? How do you prove you are not a looter when police come by and see you picking through what was once your home? Scary thought isn’t it? Don’t let this happen to you. It can be prevented. We offer help with the Be Prepared Series of classes. Purdue is also offering limited help with a program for farm families and small businesses in the form of their “Code Red” program.