Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Still more gift ideas, part 2
More ideas to buy for your friends and family members. These will definitely help out in a disaster, and they can also use some of this stuff for camping.
Inverter- $25-$100 or more- This one cost around $20-$30, and has one electric plug. (You can buy inverters with two or three plugs, but they cost more.) You can plug it into the car's power port/cigarette lighter and then plug any electrical device into it. This one will run a computer, or a TV, etc. I doubt if it will run a microwave, but I know my friend's inverter was bigger and it would run their microwave. They plugged a long cord into the inverter and then ran the cord into their house and powered their freezer for a few hours at a time. Honestly, I don't know how long their car battery lasted but thats the story I heard.
Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater- $100. Portable propane-powered heatger, auto shut off safety switch, for indoors.
Sleeping bag rated for 0 degrees- Dick's sells them for $69. Something to think about owning if the power goes off and your house is frigid inside.
Sleeping bag rated for 20 degrees- Dick's sells them for $49.
JetBoil Zip Cooking System $69 at Dick's, $119 at REI. - Wayne is a big time camper, and he has coveted one of these for a long time. It is a personal cooking system (only cooks enough for one person) but the fuel can attaches directly to the stove which is directly attached to the pot. Wayne said it cooks very efficiently, and boils water in 2.5 minutes.
Tent- $70 and up.
Bikes- When times get tough, this will be a good way to transport yourself if there is no gasoline.
Wagons, Bike trailers- transporting things if you have no gasoline. (Buy these for the kids for Christmas, but plan on using them for yourself in an emergency situation. Anything with wheels will come in handy.)