Prepare Anywhere: Quick, Easy Water Storage

Little preparedness tip: If you don’t already keep bottled and bulk water on hand, you can start doing so by refilling gallon vinegar jugs with water when you use them up. I buy vinegar in bulk because I use it for cleaning and fabric softener. As each bottle is used up, I fill it back up with tap water and mark the lid “NP H2O” with a permanent marker. (NP stands for non-potable. I know one could filter it and a smidge of vinegar in your water wouldn’t be bad for you [might even be good for you?], but I just look at it as a flushing/rinse/cleaning water so I don’t waste time and water rinsing the jugs.)

Why is this so necessary? I’ve had water pipes freeze, our water go out because of a leak at the local water tower, and oh yeah, that whole Chernobyl thing back in my youth. Having water on hand for drinking, hygiene, and flushing is one of the fastest ways to get started on your preparedness journey.

Don’t use gallons of vinegar for cleaning? If you have any canning jars sitting around waiting to be refilled in the new canning season, fill them up with water. Don’t let them sit on the shelf empty! If you’ve got to store them, store them full. You can always use the water for watering plants as you get closer to canning time.

How Do YOU Prepare for Drought and Heat?

A dear friend asked me a while back how to prepare for drought and heat. After all, she remarked, it seems so much simpler to prepare for cold weather and how to keep warm if the power goes out. But what do we do if water rations take effect or for a summer power outage?

These are things I’ll be addressing soon – I’ve got two different articles in the works for you on the matter. In the meantime, I’d love to know how YOUR family adapts during hot weather and deals with drought. (And no, hiding in the air conditioning at the mall or library doesn’t technically count – it’s already on the list and what most folks automatically do!)

Thoughts?

Pantry Pests Piece Posted at The Organic Prepper

Try saying that five times fast, eh? 😀 I’m excited to share that my third article for The Organic Prepper has been posted. This time it’s about those creepy crawlies that can wreak havoc on our food storage. Pop on by and check it out – it’s entitled Dealing with Pantry Pests: Bugs. You’ll never look at your oatmeal the same again!

An Unexpected Benefit of Portable Solar

As I’ve mentioned several times on Frugal Accomplishments posts, my husband and I received Goal Zero solar panels for Christmas from my folks. These nifty little portable solar panels, called the Nomad 7, are meant to be small and lightweight so you can tuck them into a pack for outdoor activities. Each of our Nomad 7’s fold up to be the size of a tablet device and they are meant to charge small devices like cell phones, tablets, and the like. While we’re very, very happy with how the Nomad 7 chargers work out for us, we’ve noticed something: they do not charge a smart phone with any speed. Want to use the “fast charge” setting on your device? Better plug it into the wall. Depending on how low our batteries are, it could take several hours to charge our phones, even in direct sunlight.

But you know what I’ve found? Continue reading