Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Prudent Prepping: Status Update & Get Home Bag Additions

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.

Status Update
I am back to being under-employed (which beats being under-the-freeway), so big changes to the equipment and stored items will be slow in coming. That being said, I am still writing and looking to change out, and change up, any items every chance I get.

Why I Write This Series
I am documenting my journey to build a 30 day supply of necessities (from scratch) on a very limited budget, which is why this part of Blue Collar Prepping is named Prudent Prepping. Mistakes, wrong decisions and winners will all be described.

Get Home Bag/Bug Out Bag Additions

A new cooking pot!

This is the MSR Alpine Stowaway 37.2 fl. oz, or 1.1 Liter*, pot. It's all stainless steel, with a tight fitting lid and a handle that also serves as the latch to keep the lid down. The pot weighs 15.5 oz or 440G*.

MSR makes several different series of cookware and the Alpine is their entry level. There are Stowaway pots from as small as 16 fl.oz to as large as 54 fl. oz. I had a cheap imitation of this for many years, and now I have bought the original.

Things to use after the cooking is done!

Shown are a collapsible cup and plastic utensils from Sea To Summit, a company from whom I've previously purchased utensils. Check them out, because they offer some amazing products!

The XMug
This is a very cool item! I first saw this in the camping equipment of the buddy that has all the neat solar gear.

From the Sea To Summit website:
"The X-Mug is constructed from a flexible, European standard compliant, food-grade silicone. A rigid ring within the rim keeps it sturdy to hold onto and easy to drink out of but still allows the mug to be collapsed to a disk that will fit in the palm of your hand! The X Mug fits neatly into the X Bowl and X Plate and altogether the collapsed set is less than an inch thick."
The mug holds 16 fl.oz, weighs 2.7 oz. or 78 G* and is about 1/2" or 12 mm* tall when collapsed. I tried the mug with a fresh pot of coffee and there is no plastic ordor or taste.However, I did soak it in warm, soapy water before trying to drink anything. Filled about half full, the nylon rim is warm but not hot. I do not recommend holding the mug around the middle or filling it more than half way up. (Very. Hot. Liquid. Separated from your fingers by a thin layer of silicone.) Filled with hot coffee, the mug is stiff enough to stand by itself.

Delta Cutlery Set

Another item seen in my friends' gear. From the Sea To Summit website:
"The Delta Cutlery Set is a short knife, fork and spoon set designed to fit inside your Delta Bowl. The supplied carabiner can be used to hang or clip the 3 piece set together. The knife is half plain blade for easy spreading and half serrated to aid cutting." Total weight 1 oz. or 29 G*.
The utensils are made from food-grade, glass-reinforced Nylon 66 to resist odors and stains and are BPA-free. Being made from a nylon compound, the chances of breakage during use is almost zero. I used the knife and fork to eat some pork roast and the knife performed orders of magnitude better that any disposable utensil I've seen or tried to use. The serrations, while not great, are sharp enough to cut cleanly with a bit of effort on my part. I really like the carabiner clip to keep everything together.

  • MSR Alpine Stoway pot. Sturdy, not the lightest pot out there, but exactly what I need and wanted.
  • Sea To Summit 16 oz. XMug. Folding cup that holds hot coffee with no funny taste.
  • Sea To Summit Delta Cutlery Set. Durable, compact, stain-resistant and almost sharp.


4.5 out of 5 strars for all three items. I would buy these items again and have recommended them to friends setting up camping gear or GHB/BOB's.

And as always, if you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please post them so we all can learn. And remember, Some Is Always Better Than None!

NOTE: All items tested were purchased be me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

* Metric conversions shown for countries that haven't been to the Moon.

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