JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on Storage Totes. (See the Gear and Grub section.)


Published this year: You Can Farm, by Joel Salatin

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Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition – By Joel Skousen

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The High Security Shelter – How to Implement a Multi-Purpose Safe Room in the Home, 5th Edition (2017) – By Joel Skousen

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Also available as an audiobook (by JWR): How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Times



How It Ends. This is a quite passable “end of the world” disaster film. Despite some Hollywood cliches and plenty of dramatic Canadian scenery supposedly standing in for Idaho, it was worth watching. Available via free streaming for those with Netflix.

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Gran Torino. Available on DVD or via free streaming for those with Amazon Prime.


Vlogs and Instructional Videos:


Black Beard Projects: Knife Making: Serbian Kitchen Cleaver Knife

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Sootch00: Vehicle Weapon Options

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Building a French Cleat System for Power Tools


Gear and Grub:

If you are looking for some very tough plastic totes for storing your bugout gear, then these are probably the best on the market: Homz Durabilt Tough Storage Tote Box, 15 Gallon, Camo With Lid, Stackable, 6-Pack

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New Steel 30 Caliber Ammo Can – Blank.  Now available with free shipping for those with Amazon Prime.

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I have one of these mounted just inside my shop’s front door, and it has been incredibly handy for powering an air compressor, various battery chargers, a shop vac, a drop light, and assorted corded power tools: Goodyear Extension Cord Reel, 40 ft., 14AWG/3C SJTOW, Triple Tap with LED Lighted Connector, Heavy Duty

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Everyone seems to like these road trip “emergency rations”, and they store fairly well:  LARABAR, Fruit & Nut Bar, Apple Pie, Gluten Free, Vegan, Whole 30 Compliant, 1.6 oz Bars (16 Count)

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Why buy entire MREs, when all you want is the entree portion?  Long Life Food Depot MRE Beef & Chicken Entrees Combo – 18 pack


Make a Suggestion

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  1. I enjoyed “How it Ends” despite the cliches as mentioned. I was fully prepared to not like the film, expecting a left leaning show about the futility of trying to survive the inevitable, or a cautionary tale of not taking care of the Earth etc etc, yet the ending was unexpected (at least to me). Our “hero” actually began to see all the warning signs and acted on them.

  2. I thought it was interesting that they never identified the source of the “End”, but left it open. Also thought it interesting that the father chose to use his Cadillac as a BOV, rather than rent an SUV.

  3. The movie “How it ends” was a compilation of every prepping cliché ever devised.
    Good movie for newbies, entertaining for intermediate folks, and had me hollering at the screen…. no, don’t stop the car!!!!

  4. The movie was a survivalist romp. And the scenery was great. I like actor Theo, and Forrest always shows powerful acting. I was a little disappointed in the dialogue and directing, and my non-prepper spouse was pointing out things with a few remarks. Well, we weren’t watching Home and Garden after all, and she thought it would have been a better choice.

  5. I loved on how it ends they grab diesel fuel from a military train to fill up his Cadillac… like bro there’s a train full of armored military vehicles one of the conexs was bound to have arms and ammo……. but alas lets put diesel in the gas burner and pray to gods of hollywood.

  6. Costco has brand new steel ammo can set for sub $20, believe it’s $16. A 30 cal nested inside a 50 cal. Milspec. Easily best deal I’ve seen anywhere on ammo cans.

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