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Bringing Rural Back Podcast #4 Getting Ready for Winter Pt 2 On The Go

Quy and I on the Road

I am getting more comfortable recording the podcasts. I think you will find this one more interesting and me a lot more energetic. One thing that helps is this is a topic that I care a lot about.

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Show Notes

Have a plan. The plan will be different for someone who works, shops, and lives within a 3 mile radius compared to someone like me who drives 26 miles each way to work and my plan will be different from someone who drives 45+ miles to work. Be realistic with your plan, if you are not in shape don’t think you will be able to walk 20 miles in a day especially in a situation where travel will be difficult.

You may need to find a place to stay if a sudden winter storm hits and you cannot get home. Even if all you have are the numbers to local hotels (if that is an option for you) you will still be ahead of most.

Have a change of clothes. A good heavy pair of thermal socks are a must have for me. I really like these  Carhartt Men’s Artic Wool Heavy Boot Socks, Brown, X-Large .A good pair of either walking shoes or hiking boots/shoes. I suggest the hiking boots and ones that are waterproof are highest on the list, something like this   Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot,Dark Brown,10 M US. A good heavy coat and even sweat shirt of thermal underwear are a good idea. This is even more important for those of you who work in an office and are expected to be in business attire at work. The last thing you want to do is have to walk home in loafers or heels.


Have water with you.  I harp on this all the time with people. Have water, have water, have water. I don’t care if you have a plastic container or a stainless steel one, have water.

Have some food.  For what we are talking about today you do not have to have freeze dried meals or MRE (meals ready to eat for those of you who have never been around military folk) in your bag, but you do need food. We are not really even used to being hungry at all in the US and the same is true for most first world countries. Beef jerky, trail mix, granola, are all fine choices, but the important thing is that you have some sort of food in your bag. I don’t care if they are Little Debbie snack cakes or Twinkies.

Have a way to start a fire. If you only live 3 miles from where you work and shop and never go anywhere else in the winter this one might not be that big a deal for you. For me it is very important. I suggest everyone have AT LEAST two ways to start a fire, you never know what you might run into. I like UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers – Orange as far as matches. I really like the little bic lighters that you can pick up at any convenience store and I personally carry 2 Pack Magnesium Fire Starter, this is not the same name brand I carry, I couldn’t find it on Amazon.

Have a Mylar Blanket. Just do it. They are not expensive and have tons of uses. Emergency Mylar Blanket 52″ x 84″ – Pack of 12 Blankets

Have a way to improvise shelter. Even if you only have something like this Stansport Reinforced Brown Rip-Stop Tarp, 5 x 7-Feet, you will be able to improvise shelter.

There you have it. Those are the things I mentioned in this episode of the podcast. I would love to hear from you.

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Bringing Rural Back Podcast #3 Getting Ready for Winter Part 1 The Home

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In this episode we talk about getting your home ready for winter. We are just now experiencing our first cooler nights so there is still time to get ready. I hope you enjoy part 1 of Getting Ready for Winter.

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Show Notes

In this episode we talk about performing a poor man’s energy audit using a candle. This will tell you whether or not doors or windows are allowing cold air in and warm air out.

Products I mentioned in this episode

 

There are various thicknesses of the weather stripping that can be used to help prevent heat loss. These products may be available at your local hardware store.
Frost King R734H Sponge Rubber Foam Tape 3/4″ W X 7/16″ H X 10′ L, Black
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window
Dundas Jafine TDIDVKZW ProFlex Indoor Dryer Vent Kit with 4-Inch by 5-Foot ProFlex Duct

The heater and inverter  I mentioned is below.

BESTEK® 2 AC Outlets 1000W Power Inverter DC 12V to AC 110V Car Inverter Power Supply DC Adapter Laptop Charger Notebook Adapter DC charger AC Adapter with Battery Clamps and Car Cigarette Lighter Plug
Mr. Heater MH18B, Portable Propane Heater

I hope you are enjoying the podcasts and I would love to hear from you in the comments. Let me know if there is anything you would like for us to cover.

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You can like The Rural Economist on Facebook follow on The Rural Economist on Gplus. We now have a YouTube channel and we cover all sorts of things. Hop on over and check them out, oh and don’t forget to subscribe. I have just joined Instagram if you would like you can follow us HERE. We will be sharing several things over the next year, I hope to see you there.

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Bringing Rural Back Podcast Episode #2 Why Choose the Homestead Life?

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Hello everyone and welcome to Episode 2 of the Bringing Rural Back Podcast. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to have the time and energy to launch this new adventure. At this time the podcasts are not available on iTunes, but I will be working on that in the next couple of weeks.

Show Notes

We talk about two different “Back to the Land” movements in history and we compare these movements to what I believe is a cultural shift that we are seeing now.

We also talk about health and stability concerns with our current food system and how living a homestead lifestyle grants people more freedom from a consumer based system that is seen by an increasing number of people as completely unsustainable and a beast that devours most that serves it.

This is our first full length podcast so give us about a half hour, enjoy a glass of tea or just roll the window down a bit and feel the fresh air and spend a little time with us.

We would love to have you leave us a comment and tell us what you think or even give us a suggestion on things you think we should cover. We look forward to spending more time with you.

Thanks

Step by Step We are Bringing Rural Back

You can like The Rural Economist on Facebook follow on The Rural Economist on Gplus. We now have a YouTube channel and we cover all sorts of things. Hop on over and check them out, oh and don’t forget to subscribe. I have just joined Instagram if you would like you can follow us HERE. We will be sharing several things over the next year, I hope to see you there.

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