JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books, and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how-to” self-sufficiency videos. There is also an emphasis on links to sources for storage food and a variety of storage and caching containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This week we have some recommendations for Hanukkah and Christmas gifts that will help your relatives and friends get better-prepared.


Mine Were of Trouble: A Nationalist Account of the Spanish Civil War

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Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl, by Jase Robertson

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I’m admittedly biased, but I believe that you will enjoy reading this newly-released nonfiction book that I co-authored with my #1 Son: Survival Retreats & Relocation: A Guide to Finding Your Secure and Sustainable Home. (It is available in softcover, in Kindle format, and PDF.)

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The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon


This great survival movie is available free for those with Amazon Prime: Arctic.

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Finding Nemo (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)

Instructional Websites, Videos & Vlogs:

Reader 3AD Scout wrote to mention:  “I came across Tillers International while reading the latest edition of Rural Heritage magazine.  I went to their website and they have many free resources that will be of interest to many of your readers.”

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Another reader wrote to recommend the Advoko MAKES videos on YouTube. His description:

“This fellow is a lawyer in St. Petersburg Russia. He is a brilliant bushcrafter, on the level with Horace Kephart, Bradford Angier, Dick Proenneke, or even Lewis and Clark (et al.) when they wintered over at Ft. Clapstop in Northern Oregon. With several of his innovations, he may be a step above them. You be the judge. He’s built a log cabin, makes boards using an Alaskan Mill, makes a water wheel powered grain mill, woodworking tools, a simple machine for making strong string (cordage) out of plastic pop bottles, etc. The list goes on… There are dozens of videos available, all of them under 15 minutes long and they are both fun and educational, at least to me.”

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Sub-Arctic Winter Bivouacking (1955 U.S. Army Training Film)


Here is some clean stand-up comedy that I enjoyed: Boomer Triggers Gen-Z Snowflakes. Brad Upton

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For The Ladies: Chondra Pierce

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The Worlds Funniest Police Officer. Kevin Jordan

Gear & Grub:

If you are looking for clever T-shirts for Chrismas gifts, then check out this new online store that was recently launched by one of my relatives: PrepperTees

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[Upgraded] BigBlue 3 USB Ports 28W Solar Charger(5V/4.8A Max), Foldable Portable Solar Phone Charger with SunPower Solar Panel Compatible with iPhone 11/Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7, iPad, Samsung Galaxy LG etc.

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Krisdonia 50000mAh Laptop Power Bank 5/9/12/16/20V Portable Laptop Battery Charger with QC3.0 & Type-C Port for Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, MacBook and More

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Jackery Solar Generator 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with Solar Saga 100 for Road Trip Camping, Outdoor Adventure

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An anonymous SurvivalBlog reader mentioned: “This is the time of year where I’ll buy three or four Claxton Fruit Cake Loafs, put them in the freezer (in Zip-Lock freezer-weight bags) and then throw half of one or whole one in my ruck whenever I’m headed to the woods. When I take a break or sitting around the campfire, a slice really hits the sweet tooth and is mighty tasty, they make a great energy and survival food. (The 12-ounce size is perfect for camp or trail and is calorie-dense)

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Much less expensive, in this bulk container: Old Bay Seasoning, 24-Ounce

Make a Suggestion

Want to suggest Recommendations of your own? Then please send them to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) Thanks!


    1. that would be 1 of my BIL…Said my gun shirts were offensive to his younger nieces & nephews. I bought a shirt that had a logo reading: NON-Offensive, NON-Political. He was offended by it! My wife said I was being passive aggressive 🙂

      Michael J.

  1. Friend of mine was expert in animal powered equipment back in 1960’s. Was a Mennonite missionary and it was his belief that you could not really bring a man to the true faith until he and his family had enough to eat and a stable place to live. If they didn’t have that, they would say what ever it took to get something, but they never really believed.

    He first tried making much more efficient harnesses and such for the horses and donkey’s, bringing that up to 1900 US standards, that didn’t work out, with more efficient harnesses and hitches, they just worked the animals to death and ended up with nothing. He ended up going from horses, higher speed, stronger pulling power, etc, to oxen as they thrived without grain, were acceptable for meat, and the females could be used for milk if not used for pulling.

    Interesting read, enjoyed it, Thank You.

    1. Great wisdom there: it was his belief that you could not really bring a man to the true faith until he and his family had enough to eat and a stable place to live.

      Body and soul live together.

      Carry on

  2. OK… I just spent 45 minutes and 3 cups of coffee watching ‘The Funniest Cop’ video.
    I haven’t laughed that hard since I saw Robin Williams and Jonathon Winters on Johnny Carson or a young Tim Allen on the Rodney Dangerfield show 35 years ago or more.
    No vulgarity or profanity and all the ‘old school’ laughs I could relate to very easily. Thank you.

    1. John, Thanks for the suggestion, and also the reminder. I ran to Sam’s yesterday to restock on fresh fruit & Veg and they were clearance selling their fully pre-cooked smoked turkeys at .99/lb, 12-14lb birds. They are all no antibiotics, no steroids, gluten free and no msg USA product. It probably varies by store, but I’m guessing the processors ended up with lots of ‘birds’ left and might be an opportunity for someone who wants extra easy protein! Guess what I’m having for dinner, and sammiches?

      As always, hoping you all…
      Seymour Liberty

  3. A friend was given a fruit cake by a customer; he said ‘thank you’ even tho he didn’t didn’t really care for fruit cake. He spent the next three days snow bound on a remote part of interstate eating fruitcake. Still doesn’t care for fruit cake but he carries one with him on his travels now.

  4. Just finished reading the Land Navigation Handbook from the Sierra club. Excellent book on topo map and compass use. Funny thing is, I’ve created a topo map once a few years back but never really used one. Great info in this book. There are two editions, the newer one includes gps usage. As an aside, the amount of math required to draw a topo map (and surveying in general) is phenomenal. God bless those old time surveyors that did all that work by hand without calculators, they were brilliant men.

    1. That reminds me of when we had grandchildren attending school in Texas. The grade school teachers told their students they didn’t need to learn the math/arithmetic tables…that’s what calculators were made for. That’s right before the teachers headed to their lounge for a much needed break.
      We are raising one of our grandchildren and she is home schooled. Thank God.
      A friend called and said he read on Parler that Fauci has been implemented in creating the entire COVID situation. I cannot find this info.
      Semper Fi

      1. To put the calculator into perspective, I went to grade school in the late 1960’s, learned the multiplication tables and cursive. We had simple calculators by the time I reached engineering school in the late 1970’s. I’m not sure what they taught my son in the 2000’s but I saw some of his engineering classwork in the early 2010s. As a junior he was learning theory and messing with equations that in my age would have been graduate or PHD level material that would have required mainframes to solve. The material was over my head. My son use MathCad to solve the equations in his dorm. The calculators, computers, and software are used to do the grunt work that I had to spend time learning how to do, leaving my son more time to learn additional and more complicated material. The student still has to understand the equation, what it solves, what it does, what the variables are, and which data values go into where in the equation and computer, just not how to solve it by hand. Think about cash registers, when I grew up the cashier calculated the change. Now the cash register is a calculator that calculates the change. Being a cashier no longer requires as many math skills as it did 50 years ago. I still think the learning the multiplication tables and how to add in your head is useful in daily life, but the calculators can be used to increase what people learn in a given period of time or what they can accomplish in industry.

        1. That’s a common sense explanation my grandson (one of my grandchildren I mentioned) would give. He too has an engineering degree, and a second. And he has done just great without having learned the tables.
          He is also a very strong Conservative, so the public schools did not take that away. They also did not offer anything remotely Conservative.
          Thanks for the “explanation,” but like so many other Americans I want my tax dollars spent on teachers being in the classroom.
          And no more CORE courses where so much time is spent drawing squares on your paper.
          I think the teachers have not yet returned from lunch.

          Semper Fi

          1. I think you may be right on teachers not yet returning from lunch. Many subtle benefits were included in such mundane tasks as memorization and copy work. My daughter, who homeschooled only high school, told me recently that if she writes something down, she is much more likely to remember it than if she listens to it only. There is some subtle skill involved in the act of memorization and cursive writing that cannot be duplicated digitally.

        1. Very interesting. This must be responsible for at least part of the article. I never could locate it. May have been taken down by libs.
          Thanks for this, I’m going to pass it along.
          Semper Fi

  5. I can vouch for the training classes offered by Tiller’s International as well. Good stuff. And if you want to go cheap, you can camp at their place for free (used to be able to, at least) while you attend the classes.

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