I got some goodies in the mail from The Ready Store last week, so I'll have some reviews coming up of some fun products as I get them tested out. I've got their ad on the left sidebar--check them out when you get a minute. But first, I'd like to share the love a little after a quick review of one of the items: the ReadyBottle Emergency Kit.
This kit contains basic emergency preparedness gear all neatly packaged in a 32 oz polycarbonate water bottle. It is really a cute packaging idea and a fun gift or stocking stuffer for someone wanting to get started on an emergency kit or who could always use a few extra parts and pieces to add to what they have. When we first saw these bottled type kits a few years ago, always practical sweet husband said, "That doesn't work. You won't have water in the bottle when you need it if you keep all the stuff in the bottle, and what are you supposed to do with all the stuff when you put water in the bottle?" True. So what I'd do with a kit like this is empty the bottle out and put all the stuff in a bag, backpack, emergency kit, or car kit, then use the bottle for water. I also would not bet my life on an emergency kit that can fit in a 32 oz bottle. Really. Add to what is in the bottle or use it to supplement a kit you are already putting together and you'll be better off.
Here is what is included: 32 oz water bottle with little carabiner, 5 function whistle/compass/matchbox, waterproof matches, emergency blanket, emergency poncho, random bandaids/antiseptic wipes/pain pills (first aid), light stick, mini LED light with batteries, 2 handwarmers, 12 function swiss style knife. No, it's not a Victorinox Swiss Army knife, just a knockoff and I haven't used it, but looking at it would guess it's functional without being a really good knife. Same for the rain poncho, flashlight, and the water bottle itself. They will work and do the job for you, but not the highest quality. Seriously though, the whole kit couldn't be $26.75 if it had really expensive high end components. So still a really good deal.
Yes, all the stuff did fit back in the bottle when I was done with the picture. Now for the giveaway. One of my amazing readers can win this bottle of fun for themselves or to give to a loved one. I'm going to run this one a little different than I have in the past. I still love you forever if you share a link to this giveaway on your blog or facebook or twitter or whatever and really you know you want to read whatever fascinating bit of blog post I happen to write so following the blog or subscribing is always a good thing. But for this giveaway, I just want a comment. And not just any comment, but I want to know something you'd like to do or learn to be better prepared and more self reliant. Or something you're planning on learning or doing. Or something you planned to do but haven't gotten around to yet. You could also tell me something you've done that you're proud of. And maybe we'll get some fun ideas of projects to try around here as well (not that I'm really lacking in preparedness project ideas of my own, but I want to know yours). That's it.
Oh yeah, we'll run this giveaway for a week, ending next Wednesday night, April 14th at midnight MDT, and I'll ship it anywhere USPS ships, but we'll have to check shipping restrictions if it's shipping to another country and those out of the United States may be asked to help offset the extra shipping costs depending on where you live. Got all that? Good luck! :)