Anyone serious about survival in dire straits needs a plan. More importantly, they need the resources that help support that plan, covering everything from staying fed to staying mobile and well-protected. Listed here are some of the bare-bones essentials that should be any prepper’s supply list.
Firearms and Ammunition
A Gun Digest survey emerged recently and provided results about what readers felt more important in a long-term survival situation: hunting guns or food stores. The ubiquitous answer was in favor of the firearms, for a few reasons. Firstly, food stores that can’t be protected from hungry animals or people won’t last long. Second, guns will help you secure a long-term source of nourishment through hunting. Lastly, guns are valuable, and can always be traded should they outlive their usefulness to you. A steady supply of bullets means a steady supply of food. For those without extensive shooting experience, plenty of ammunition is a must. You’ll need enough to get over the learning curve at the expense of many rounds, so be sure to have many more afterwards.
Long Term Shelter
Holding yourself and loved ones down in an area familiar to you provides a serious advantage for survival. Combat veteran David Kobler suggests putting less emphasis on bomb-proof bunkers and ramping up security around your premises more generally, as fortifying too small an area eliminates mobility. Kobler adds that sustainability is key, urging preppers to think about heating, water collection, and generating power for extended time periods.
Means of Evacuation
Sometimes the best way to ensure survival is to get out of an affected area and get to a better place. Guaranteeing that you can move quickly and efficiently affords assorted options when an area becomes compromised.
All-terrain vehicles take the cake on land, but shouldn’t be your only option. If you’re near water, consider building a boat dock for private use and equip it with a raft and fishing gear. Some companies, such as Abbotts’ Construction Services Inc., know helpful this can be in an emergency situation. Water also provides anonymity and a consistent food supply.
Having a variety of mobile, pre-packaged supplies all in one place is an invaluable way to supplement the bigger things on the list. Think about immediate necessity, starting with water bottles, iodine, and two filters. Layer in a first-aid kit and know how to use it. Take a small, collapsible shelter, and ESS Recon 3 sleeping bag (or something rated for similarly cold temperatures). Top it all off with calorie-dense freeze-dried rations and a folding knife.
About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber