Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper

The following items are all inexpensive ones that you can add to your preps with each paycheck.

Food Items

1. Rice: This multipurpose grain is a great way to extend a meal to feed more people.

2. Dried beans: These are very cheap, easy to store, and have a long shelf life.

3. Dry grains: Cheap and easy!

4. Ramen noodles: Admittedly, not the healthiest option in the world but definitely filling, easy, and calorie-laden.

5. $1 shelf storage milk:  Where to get this?  From the dollar store!

6. Pastas and canned sauces: A great way to make dinner for less than $1 per person.

7. Canned goods:  These can be acquired a few at a time when they are on sale.  Especially look for fruits, veggies and meats such as canned ham.

8. Peanut butter: This high-calorie snack can sometimes be found in small jars at the dollar store.

9. Salt: Also readily available at the dollar store. You can never have too much salt. It can be used not only to season food, but to preserve it. (In fact, here are 34 ways to use salt for preparedness.)

10. Tea bags: A cup of hot tea is one of the most frugal beverages around and can alleviate the boredom of just plain water.

11. Baking soda: Another multitasker that can be used for both cooking and cleaning.

12. Boxed macaroni and cheese: Not the healthiest, but kids love it and it will fill tummies.

13. Spices: These can jazz up bland storage food to make it more appetizing.

14. Paper plates, paper cups, plastic utensils: Don’t forget to stock up on disposable supplies to serve your food on. If water is limited, you won’t want to waste it washing dishes.

15. Powdered drink mix: Add them to water to make it more palatable to children. These are also useful if your water is a bit stale tasting, as long as the water is safe to drink.

16. Hard candies: These can serve as a treat for children, a sugar boost to someone with blood sugar concerns, or to assuage hunger just a little bit.

Survival Items (Medical, Misc, General)

17. Glow sticks: These are 4 for $1 at my dollar store, and they have lots of uses.

18. Cheapo firestarter supplies: Make firestarter tins with cotton balls, Vaseline, and a lighter.

19. Lighters: Not only can you pick one up for a buck just about anywhere, you can order 50 of them for $11 (this was the price at the time of posting.)

20. Bandanas: Use bandanas for covering your nose and mouth around foul odors or to protect you from breathing in particles like dust (or worse). They can also be used to filter sediment from water or to make a tourniquet. Here aremore uses for the ubiquitous, and budget-friendly bandana.

21. Socks: You should always carry extra socks in your bag in case your feet get wet or you are getting blisters and need an extra layer of protection. After Christmas you can often pick up seasonal ones for a song.

22. Flashlights: The cheap ones may not be top quality, but they do work and are very handy and slip into a purse or pocket.

23. Can opener: Something you never want to be without. Keep one in your car kit, your bug out bag, and stash a few extras for good measure.  This military type can opener is dirt cheap and takes up almost no space.

24. Zip ties: Zip ties are fantastic in their versatility. Use them to secure a makeshift shelter from tarps, to repair tents, to attach something to a belt loop, or to bundle items tightly together. Some recommend zip ties as makeshift handcuffs but in my opinion they are too easy to get out of.

25. Children’s Cookware: Reader’s tip: “The most budget-friendly item in my go bags is the following. I child’s kitchen cook set. A while back I found a tip about a stainless steel three pcs child’s kitchen cook set sold by Ikea. There’s a pot with lid, frying pan and colander for less then $10.00. Why spend a small fortune on a titanium cook set that you’ll use a handful of time or never?”

26. N-95 masks:  Check the aisle of the dollar store with painting supplies – you can find N-95 masks there in 2-packs. You can learn more about the importance of masks in this article.

27. Coffee Filters: These items are so multipurpose I wrote an entire article dedicated just to them. A reader adds:I plan to use SODIS to purify my water, so I need plenty of coffee filters. They are cheap. They would be used to filter the large particle of dirt, before using SODIS.”

28. Matches: Stock up on matches. I like the longer ones that come in a box as opposed to the flimsy ones in a matchbook.

29. Petroleum jelly: Petroleum jelly or Vaseline has a multitude of uses that don’t include putting it on your skin. It’s a great accelerant for fire-building, keeps machinery protected from rust, can be used to make flypaper, lubricates hinges, and can be used to soothe painful chapped lips.

30. Cotton balls: Add Vaseline to turn them into a firestarter. Use them for first aid to clean a cut or scrape. Pad an area that is getting a blister with a cotton ball secured by a band aid. Soak one in clove oil and apply to a painful tooth. The list could go on and on.

31. Homemade fire starter: “Our most budget friendly items in our survival kit are paraffin/dryer lint/egg carton fire starters.”

32. Solar garden stakes: Leave these outside in a flower pot as a decorative display. When the power goes out, simply bring them in and place them in vases around the house for a warm glow all night long. I stock up on these from the dollar store and Wal-Mart at the end of the season.

33. Water: You can pick up 1-gallon jugs for a dollar or less to beef up your water storage. As well, you can fill your own containers for free right from the tap.

34. Garbage bags: You can never have too many, and they aren’t just for trash. They can also be used as makeshift tarps or to haul something.

35. Duct tape: Of course.  This is one of the most useful preps around. Here are 50 ways to use it.

36. Plain Chlorine Bleach: You can pick this up at the dollar store. As long as it is unscented, it can be used to purify water. You can also use it to clean up messes that could make you sick, like spoiled food or sewage. Be warned, the shelf life of bleach is only about a year, so plan accordingly.

37. Utility knives: “Exacto” style knives are incredibly useful.

38. Baby wipes: Not just for babies, these handy wipes are good for a quick clean of the counters or for washing your hands.

39. Toothbrushes: Stock up on lots of extras. Not only will you be prepared for an unexpected overnight visitor, you will also be ready to clean hard to reach areas or to replace the toothbrush of a family member that has been ill.

40. Mousetraps: Often in the aftermath of a disaster, rodents seek shelter too. You don;t want them doing it in your house.

41. Bungee cords: These are invaluable for makeshift repairs or securing a load in a vehicle.

42. Aluminum foil: You can use it for cooking over an open fire, for lining cookware so that you don’t have to waste water washing it, or for reflecting heat. (And according to some, preppers like to make hats out of it!)

43. Candles: Look for votives and jar candles at the dollar store. Since they are self-contained you won’t necessarily need holders for them.

44. Hand Sanitizer: Not only can you clean your hands with it, but hand sanitizer also makes a great fire starting accelerant.

45. Vinegar: Vinegar is one of my favorite preps because of its many uses. It runs the gamut from cleaner to first aid item. (Here are 50 ways to use it.)

46. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, and board games: These can be fun group activities to pass the time when the power is out. Kids are always much more entertained by something new during a crisis situation, rather than the same old toys they always play with.

47. Crossword puzzle, word search, and Sudoku books: If you prefer a solitary pursuit, a puzzle book can keep your brain active.

48. Coloring books and art supplies: This may sound like it is just for the kids, but personally, I love the relaxation I find when coloring. Stock up on both children’s and adult coloring books, pencils and crayons for children and children at heart.

Here is a budget saving hint: order the ebook version of a coloring book.  Virtually all of them include a link where you can download the pages and print them out yourself. Not only that, they are frequently offered for free on Amazon.

49. Mylar blankets: “Space blankets” are good for a lot more than a way to keep warm in an emergency. They are also good for deterring birds from your garden, protecting plants in the hottest part of the day, or being strategically placed to increase heat output in a room. (Here are more ways to use Mylar blankets.)

Garden/Homesteading Items

50. Garden gloves: These can nearly always be found for a dollar, and the kind with the rubber grips will protect your hands with other types of light work, too.

51. Garden tools: Small hand tools for digging and planting will be useful in pots or raised beds, although they may not be very helpful for a larger garden plot.

52. Watering cans: If water is not abundant, it is important to direct it only where you need it to go – to the roots of your plants.

53. Seeds: In the spring, they are everywhere. But don’t just get the cheapest ones you can find. As one Backdoor Survival reader said:  “I think heirloom seeds deliver a lot of bang for the buck. Buy once, learn how to save seeds (and actually do it), and you can get food for the rest of your life.” (Keep in mind the cheap ones could be good for barter, though.)

54. Splatter screens: The kind of screens you use to keep bacon from making a mess in your kitchen are perfect for air drying the seeds you want to save for next year.

55. Twine: The rustic looking brown twine can be used in many ways in the garden. I particularly like it for tying plants to a trellis or other support.

56. Spray bottles: So many uses in both the garden and the barn. You can use this to mist animals during a heat wave, to spray medication on a wound, or to gently mist seedlings.

57. Epsom salt: Not only can it ease sore muscles, but it can also be used as a soil amendment.

First Aid Supplies

58. Bandages: Be careful with the dollar store bandages because sometimes the adhesive doesn’t stick very well. You can often get name brand ones at Wal-Mart for a dollar.

59. Pain relievers: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen will reduce pain and inflammation.

60. Gauze pads: Get a variety of sizes

61. Tensor bandages: Good for sprains or extra support for weak joints. You can also use them to hold a splint in place.

62. Hydrogen Peroxide: Good for a multitude of uses like disinfecting wounds, as an antiseptic mouth rinse, healing boils, and killing foot fungus. As well, peroxide can be used for cleaning.

63. Rubbing alcohol: Cools and relaxes muscles, gets rid of bacterial growth under the nails, heals cold sores, and can be used to disinfect medical instruments.

64. Alcohol wipes: Clean a wound, wash your hands before treating a wound, or wipe down instruments before you use them.

65. Triple antibiotic cream: Always apply this to even the most minor wound to prevent a possible infection.

66. Tweezers: Not just for your eyebrows! Use tweezers to remove splinters, pull off a tick, or removed debris from a wound.

67. Witch hazel: This natural substance can help fade bruises faster, can relieve inflammation in varicose veins, eases a sore throat when you gargle it (don’t swallow it), can be swished in the mouth to relieve painful or bleeding gums, and is the primary ingredient in many hemorrhoid pads.

68. Magnifying glass/strong reading glasses: These will help you see more clearly if you have to remove debris from a wound or find a splinter. Reading glasses are a good no-hands solution.

69. Wrist supports: Be sure to get one for each wrist, since they are usually hand-specific

70. Ankle braces: A twisted ankle is a very common injury. An ankle brace will support the joint if you must continue walking.

71. Cold and hot packs: Look for the instant ones that don’t require heating or refrigeration to work. These work with a chemical reaction, which makes them an excellent off-grid addition to your kit.

72. Hydrocortisone creams: This will soothe the itch from rashes and hives.

73. Benadryl/Antihistamines: For minor allergic reactions, bee stings, or bug bites. Be sure to stock products for both children and adults.

74. Calamine lotion: Dab this on mosquito bites, poison ivy or other itchy spots to tame the discomfort

75. Sunscreen: Prevent a sunburn before it happens

76. Aloe Vera Gel: Sooth a sunburn or minor kitchen burn

77. Superglue: In a dire emergency, it can be used to close a wound.

78. Sanitary Napkins: These aren’t just for feminine hygiene. They can be used as a compress to stench bleeding.

79. Chapstick: Not just for your lips – you can apply it to your face or other exposed skin to protect from windburn.

80. Antiseptic spray: Use this on scrapes and minor cuts to help prevent infection.

81. Lavender essential oil: One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender essential oil can be used for slowing bleeding, disinfecting wounds, or mixed with a carrier oil to relieve dermatitis. Its aromatherapy uses are as a sleep aid and for calming stress and anxiety.  Learn more about this Swiss army knife of oils in The Miracle of Lavender Oil: 25 Amazing Uses for Survival.

82. Antacid: An antacid like Tums is good for relieving the discomfort of heartburn and indigestion. As well, it can pull double-duty in the garden if you dissolve it in water and treat the roots of tomatoes with blossom end rot.

83. Antidiarrheal: The generic brand can often be found at the dollar store.

84. Toothpaste: This inexpensive prep is not only good for brushing your teeth. A little dollop can help clear blemishes and can also soothe the itch from bug bites.

85. Paint stir sticks: What? In the first aid supplies?  I’m not crazy. They make good splints for a child, a wrist, or a pinkie finger.

86. Saline solution:  A bottle of saline solution meant for contact lens wearers is excellent to have on hand for flushing out eyes if you come in contact with an irritating substance or get something in your eye.

87. Containers: The dollar store can be one stop shopping for containers for your first aid supplies. Pill boxes, bottles in travel beauty kits, and pencil cases can all keep your supplies organized at a discount price.

Other Items

And finally, here is some miscellaneous wisdom from you, the readers:

88. Knowledge:  I fear for the safety of my grandchildren, so any knowledge I can pass along to them is a great thing

89. I try to pick up books, clothing, and other items at thrift shops and garage sales.

90. I would say the most budget friendly items in my kit are the recharged AA batteries as they only cost a fraction of a cent (cost of electricity to recharge them)

91.  3 budget friendly items… Water. Water. Water.

92. Budget friendly items are matches, candles, water, canned food.

93. Don’t forget to shop secondhand! Thrift stores and garage sales can be economical ways to pick up camping supplies, cast iron cookware, etc. “The most budget friendly items in my kit are the items I found at a garage sale – headlamps for $1, which work perfectly,” wrote a reader.

94. My most budget friendly items are the numerous free samples that I’ve amassed. The individual aspirins, vitamins, food bars, etc. are packaged perfectly to fit into a BOB or first aid kit.

95. Homemade repurposed things like dryer lint fire starters, old t-shirt bandages, etc.

96. Tape, string and fix-it items you can keep stocked for everyday use or for emergencies.

97. Most budget friendly items are all the things I buy when they are on sale, the lint I save from my dryer that along with empty TP rolls form my fire starters, and all the free and nearly free books I get on kindle to increase my knowledge. (I just need to spend more time reading them.)

98. I like shopping for items at yard sales. Books are a great source of information you can use to enhance your skill sets

99. Most of my budget preps are repurposed or homemade. From knives made from old two man saws, to fire starters made from scrap products. I also find cheap treasures at yard sales, auctions, and flea markets. Some of the best are items you can swap for at flea markets with your own extra stuff.

100. It seems that the most budget-friendly item for everyone should be the means of storing or obtaining water should the supply of drinking water ever be threatened.

Gray Man Theory: The Art Of Blending In During Disaster

By Lisa S on Feb 10, 2016 07:30 am

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The concept of concealing your preparedness by blending in with the crowd during an emergency is behind the gray man theory. While it is generally referred to as the ‘gray man theory,’ this theory can of course be applied to anyone, man or woman, of any age, who needs to blend into a crowd amidst a disastrous situation to conceal the fact that they have survival skills and/or are carrying tactical gear.

When you think of ‘blending in with the crowd’ it’s generally a negative, right? Nobody wants to be just like everyone else, you want to be unique, to stand out – that is, until there’s an emergency and you’re the only one prepared. As a prudent prepper, you’ll be ready when disaster strikes, but what will everyone around you be doing? Panicking, most likely. In states of panic, people become desperate, and desperation can lead people to do whatever it takes to stay alive – at this point, you certainly don’t want to be singled out as the one person who is prepared for survival.

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Why Use the Gray Man Theory?

There are lots of advantages to blending in with the crowd when disaster strikes. For starters, by not drawing attention to yourself, you’ll be able to move more quickly and easily through the crowd without alerting others to the fact that you are prepared to handle the situation.

Also, by blending in and appearing to be among the unprepared, you are less likely to make yourself a target of those in desperation who may try and take your survival gear off you by force. The gray man theory is really about protecting yourself and your family by concealing the fact that you are indeed prepared to survive in the face of disaster.

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Executing the Gray Man Theory

The best way to not leave a lasting impression is to not leave any impression at all. This is the concept behind the gray man theory and it sounds simple enough, but execution can be challenging. In this article we will cover the basic concept behind the gray man theory and provide some key tips and tricks for effectively making yourself ‘invisible’ in a disaster scenario.

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The Benefits of Being a Gray Man (or Woman)

In a true disaster situation, your primary objective will be to move yourself and your loved ones as quickly as possible to a safe place – be that your home or bug-out location. In a disaster, everyone around you will have the same goal – get somewhere safe – but the majority will not have a sound plan in place, leading to frantic behavior and desperate attempts for survival.

In this situation, disappearing into the crowd and not drawing attention to yourself or your state of preparedness can greatly increase your chances of survival.

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As most around you will be unprepared for disaster, you will no doubt feel the urge to help those in need. However, your number one priority needs to be your own survival and you should only help others if you can do so without endangering yourself.

By blending in, or becoming a gray man, you will be less likely to be approached by others seeking assistance and, more importantly, less likely to be targeted by opportunists looking to prey on those with the forethought to pack essential items for survival situations.

Steps to Becoming a Gray Man (or Woman)

The ultimate goal of becoming a gray man or woman is to camouflage yourself into appearing as though you are just part of the crowd so as not to allow others to identify you as a potential gold mine of supplies or information. By exuding confidence and preparedness, you will draw in opportunists who will attempt to capitalize on your resourcefulness to the detriment of your own survival.

To conceal the fact that you are prepared with survival gear and skills from others, there are four key areas you will want to focus on: how you act, how you move, how you look, and how you carry your gear.

How You Act

The key to acting like a gray man is to appear average and non-threatening. Be careful about what you say and to whom you say it – being known as strongly antagonistic or too outspoken about your political beliefs can lead others to make assumptions about you and mark you as a prepared individual.

Maintain conversation topics within the norm of the group. If small talk seems to be the normal thing to do, engage with others so as not to draw attention to yourself.

While a good understanding of your surroundings is paramount in a disaster, be careful to play down any attempts to scan areas for escape routes or possible problems with security. This type of behavior will be noticed and lead people to question what it is you’re looking for, or worse, what it is you’re trying to protect.

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One important skill to learn in adapting a gray man persona is how to maintain your privacy without appearing overly private or obviously standoffish. When speaking with others, keep eye contact to a minimum as someone is more likely to notice you if they look in your eyes. Even brief eye contact when passing on the street can form a connection, making you more memorable than those around you.

How You Move

Knowing the local landscape can be a tremendous advantage as the better you know local streets and landmarks, the better able you will be to navigate them and alter your route to avoid troublesome areas. When moving, appear as much as possible to go with the flow, walking with purpose but not urgency. Any rapid motion will draw attention to you and raise suspicions as to your motives.

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When navigating a crowd, make gradual progress – cutting through a sea of people at sharp angles will draw attention to your movements and make you appear suspicious. Whether you are perceived by others as a savior or threat, either one can slow you down.

Unless it would impede your own safety, always appear to follow the herd. For instance, if everyone around you turns towards an explosive sound and gasps, join them. You don’t ever want to be the one person who is unaffected by an out-of-the-ordinary event.

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If you need to break away from the crowd, try and make your exit alongside a small group of people, keeping enough distance so that they know you’re not with them but close enough that you don’t appear to be alone, which makes you appear less vulnerable.

When observing your surroundings, be as discreet as possible. Leverage your peripheral vision as well as decoy objects, such as a piece of paper, to give the impression your attention is focused on the object as you survey the area. If appropriate, wear reflective sunglasses that hide your eyes allowing you the freedom to scan rapidly without drawing attention.

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If you need to engage in activities that will make noise and draw attention your way, try to take advantage of predictable noises to help mask the sound of any breaching you may need to do. Predictable noises include ‘white’ noises that people are accustomed to hearing and therefore raise little suspicion.

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For instance, wait for a loud bus to pass before climbing into a dumpster or synchronize busting a window with a loud siren. If you need to get into a building, choose a door near a noisy HVAC condenser. These preparations may take a little bit of extra time to execute, but those few moments of patience will ensure your activities go unnoticed and may just save your life.

How You Look

It goes without saying that when trying to appear less prepared than you are, camo prints or other outwardly tactical-looking clothing are not the best choice, unless of course you are in a situation where that type of dress is the norm, such as a hunting trip. While you don’t have to dress head-to-toe in gray, subtle color choices blend best into crowds and make it easier for you to move unnoticed.

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Ideally, you will want to keep any tactical gear concealed. This means packing your pockets and bags strategically to allow for quick access to key items. Reflective objects and bright colors will draw visual attention so ensure items such as your knife are tucked inside your clothing or bag, not hanging from your belt.

Avoid having any reflective materials or highly visible colors on your clothing and accessories, as well as any large text or memorable insignia. Any focal points can draw attention to you and hinder your attempts to blend in.

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If possible, carry an additional item with you that can change your look instantly, such as a hat, sunglasses, or jacket, as this can be quite helpful. If someone does happen to peg you as a target, you can use the item to slip under their radar as they scan for you in a crowd.

One last word of caution – be mindful of the way you smell. Yes, smell. Believe it or not, scent is a major memory trigger, so when trying to blend in, try not to have a noticeable scent about you.

How You Carry Your Gear

The simplest solution to carrying your gear unnoticed is to find a discreet bagthat blends well with your typical daily routine. Backpacks and messenger bags commonly seen on commuters are good choices as these tend to be less obvious. You can also find pocketbooks with compartmentalized interiors that can make it quick and easy to access your gear.

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Another good choice that lends itself well to blending is a jacket or vest with a streetwear outward appearance but hidden storage on the inside. Pockets, specifically cargo pockets, are excellent for storing gear but may not be the most ideal choice in some situations, such as an office with a dress code.

Belts are an excellent item to consider as gear can easily be attached to one, as long as your shirt or jacket provides concealment. Some belts also come with integrated survival tools, such as paracord, firestarters, multitools, and whistles.

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For your footwear, consider a type of tactical boot that offers a storage compartment – this can work perfectly for concealing a folding knife or multitool. For more information on tactical boots consistent with the gray man theory,CLICK HERE.

If your daily wardrobe limits your body storage options, consider adding leg and arm straps (or bands) to hold vital items you do not want to store in a bag.

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Conclusion

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster or in a post-apocalyptic scenario, the ability to conceal yourself as a gray man can be an extremely useful survival skill. The last thing you want is for all your time and effort put into prepping to be for naught by having your supplies taken off you by someone less prepared and more desperate.

To improve your gray man abilities, observe the way people dress and act as you go about your day – what stands out, what makes various people noticeable? This can help you hone in on the objects and behaviors that draw attention.

Combining this knowledge with the four key steps to becoming a gray man will put you well on your way to being able to ‘disappear’ into any crowd and increase your chances of survival when disaster strikes.

Internet of Things: Didn’t You Jackasses Read ‘1984’? Of Course Your Electric Shaver Is Going To Be Spying On You

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Back massager!

Electronic scale!

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Headsets & Boom Mikes for Baofeng UV-5RA

Baofeng 2-Pint PPT Headset –

Baofeng radio Headset - over the earAs I got everything lined out to test the next headset I was not encouraged.Actually I was very discouraged…the testing was going poorly and I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t find a decent headset to recommend. And honestly, it was looking as if all the headsets were made by the same company in China and they would all end up basically being the same thing.

I also started thinking that maybe it was the price range that was dictating the quality of the equipment. I kind of worried that this headset might be just as bad due to its price alone.

I got it all set up. The fit was surprisingly comfortable and stable. Strange, it had the least padded earpiece but felt just fine. Next I asked for a 5-count…no “pop.” The incoming transmission sounded very clear, I would say “crisp” and easy to listen to. I asked for another 5-count, same results. I was gaining hope. Now, it was my turn to give a 5-count, then another. When I asked for the quality check I received a “very clear” as the response. They said it was easy to understand what I was saying even when I spoke softly into the boom mic.

Being very encouraged I started paying attention to the quality of this headset. But, before I share that with you let me digress just a little. As I was putting it on, it felt a tad weird at first. I had to make four tries to get the fit just right and feel like I had the headset adjusted and secured. Remember, this is the headset that fits over the ears and then support band goes behind that head, not over the head.

Remember, I had that fear of the “over-the-ear” fit, worried that it would put stress and/or weight on my ears? Well, that was all for naught. The fit was fine, the little parts of the band that went over my ears felt fine and very comfortable. The earpiece felt especially comfortable and lay nicely against my ear.

I kept looking the unit over for quality control issues. Here is were the rubber meets the road…this is not a military grade piece of radio equipment. This is a $14.00 piece of radio equipment from China. It won’t make it through some Navy SEAL field trial or a month-long Delta Force operation. But, this piece of equipment is very decent. I like it and I am going to use it, it will become part of my communications center kit. I would also not hesitate to use this on guard duty or a patrol mission.

Undoubtedly it will break. I have already started looking for ways that I will fix this headset when the break does happen. I am also look for other configurations that might make it more battle worthy. But, don’t get wound around the axle in regards to the quality…it is plenty good enough. And if are that worried…buy 2 or 3 of these units for back-ups. One thing I noticed since I originally purchased this headset for testing is the price increase. This headset is not $14.99. This is a…Amazon - Headset - Baofeng

Buy!!!

But, there is still one more headset to review…hang on!

Arama B380K01 Overhead Earpiece Headset –

Arama radio Headset baofengI am trying to figure out the best way to review this headset…

Well, let’s go with…REALLY HIGH QUALITY HEADSET!!!   The only “over-the-head” model that I would recommend. Worth the Arama radio Headset baofengmoney…period.

  • Excellent reception clarity, no “pop” or “snap” sound.
  • Well padded earpiece that is very comfortable.
  • Sturdy expanding, adjustable, metal headband. The ONLY unit tested with a metal headband.
  • By far the best PTT switch, well protected. Maybe not weather-proof, but I wouldn’t doubt it.
  • The only headset tested that fits under a bump or ballistic helmet.Amazon - Headset - Arama

Arama radio Headset baofengRecommendation…

>>>>> BUY ! ! ! ! !

Note #1 – Since the review the price went down by $1 to $14.98

Note #2 – I bought a second one, for my wife.

Summary –

Here is the ranking…

  1. Arama B380K01 Overhead Earpiece Headset – $14.98
  2. Baofeng 2-Pint PPT Headset – $14.99

All tied for Dead Last (do not buy) –

  • Wouxun 2-pin Headset
  • Bigstone 2 Pin Overhead Earpiece Headset
  • Retevis 2 Way Radio Headset
  • SUNDELY® Over Head Earpiece/Headset

You would think I am done with this review of headsets with boom mics…yeah, not so fast! I am trying out one more option that is way off the chart for what I normally would have considered. But you will have to wait for the next part of this review series. I should have it completed within 7 – 10 days for you to read. Hand in there and keep your eyes open for it!