So the crap has hit the fan and you have enough food and supplies to last for a while. Good for you.
After sitting down to another tasty feast of canned chilli beans you get up and walk to the bathroom to brush your teeth before you go hit the sack.
You make it to the bathroom and open the cabinet to find (much to your horror!) that your toothbrush has worn out.
Then it hits you like a ton of bricks “Holy crap!! I forgot to buy extra toothbrushes!!!!!”
Yes I know there are alternatives to toothbrushes but hey, I’d prefer a toothbrush for post-apocalyptic dental care instead of a twig.
So if you want to avoid getting splinters in your gums if the crap goes down, pack a good supply of toothbrushes away for a rainy day (or Nuclear Winter).
2. Toilet Paper
So the chilli beans are working their way through your system and you find yourself running for the crapper at 3am.
Flashlight in hand you burst through the door and plant your ass firmly on the throne.
You go about your business and then reach for some good ol’ Double Ply only to find the roll empty!!
After a while you manage to duck walk to your supply closet to confirm your worst fears “Your out of Crapper papper!!”
TP takes up more room that a few extra toothbrushes but believe me, if you put a good supply away then you won’t regret it!!
You need clean rear-end while you fight off the hordes of Zombies!!
No point having high power flashlights, walkie talkies, etc if you run of batteries to power them in the first week.
You can buy batteries in bulk and they are definately worth their weight in gold during a crisis.
For long term storage you can seal them in an airtight bag and chuck em at the back of your fridge.
Duct tape is an essential tool to be included in any survival kit or bug out bag.
Invented in the early 1940s by scientists at Permacell (a division of the Johnson & Johnson Co.), duct tape was built to fill the need for a strong, flexible, durable tape that could help the war effort, according to Henkel Consumer Adhesives, one of the world’s largest makers of the stuff.
The main point is that it has a number of uses and can help you make emergency repairs on just about everything.
Ideal for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situation!
Here’s just a couple of things you can do with it in a survival situation:
- Make emergency repairs on, tents, gear, bags, tarps, pack, sleeping bag, clothing, rain gear, etc….
- Medical Uses – making large bandages, adding padding to blisters, and making slings. It can also be used for wrapping sprained ankles in an emergency.
- Sealing Windows and doors
- Making emergency temporary repairs to you vehicle.
- Stopping Leaks
- Repairing Torn Clothing and Warn out shoes.
- Wrapping plastic water bottles to prevent cracking and leaking.
In a survival situation one of the major choices you may need to make is whether to stay put or get the hell out of dodge.
No matter what the potential crisis, whether it be economic collapse or nuclear war, the key decision to make is whether or not your current location will be suitable for medium-long term survival or whether you will have to get out before the situation gets too dire.
To help you work out whether you place is an appropriate survival base, I’m going to run through some of the Pros and Cons when it comes to bugging in.
The Upside of Bugging In are:
. You’ll have more time to improve your home’s chances of survival (move items to high ground, put plywood over windows, etc.)
. It offers shelter against most elements.
. You’ll have access to all your clothing, bedding and other comforts.
. You won’t suffer from boredom as much as you might in a shelter.
. You can protect your stuff from looters.
The Downsides of Bugging In:
. You could be putting yourself in unnecessary, life-threatening danger. (The fire, flood, hurricane, riot, etc. might be worse than anticipated. We’ve all seen TV coverage of people clinging to their roofs as the house washes down stream.)
. If you decided to evacuate later, it may be too late.
. Without heat, electricity, hot water or other services, home just isn’t the same.
. There is no sense of community, unless other neighbors or members of your local survival group stay home, too. You may feel cut off and alone.
. If a mandatory evacuation has been ordered, you may be prosecuted by local authorities (although this rarely happens).
. No matter how much you wish to stay at home, there are times when evacuation is the only choice. These include a nuclear, chemical or biological event as well as any impending disaster that is likely to destroy your home.
Hopefully these factors will help you to decide well ahead of time whether you should bug in or bug out depending on the disaster but remember that everyone’s situation is different so there is no hard and fast rule.