Keep the Most Important Survival Supplies Ready

torch-159580_1280Survivalists are the masters of minimalism. They are not sentimental and know that one can only pack so much into a survival kit. That means one’s favorite books, mementos, and knick-knacks will have to be sacrificed to the effects of nature and potentially looters when the drama has died down and survivors start to process the damage. Survivalists hone in on important supplies and leave the rest to one side. Their motto is “if you don’t need it, leave it.”

Important Supplies for First Aid

In the event of injury, the first priority is preventing infection. One might not have the expertise to deal with a major problem. If infection sets in, antibiotics will be required but are potentially weeks or months away. Prevention is the key to survival. Keep a first aid kit stocked with tweezers, antiseptic, band-aids, and gauze. Be ready to stem the flow of blood should someone suffer a major cut and even carry skin glue with you as an alternative to stitches in an emergency. It is important to be ready with antihistamines and anti-inflammatory products in case of an allergic reaction while pain relievers that fight fever come in handy if someone does become sick. Keep all medications up-to-date. Consider children: stock a toy for distraction.

Let’s not forget hygiene and sanitation; bulk up on toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, and any other critical items that help keep you clean.

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Important Supplies: Eating and Drinking

Survivors pack light so food is designed for traveling. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables stay edible for months and aren’t susceptible to bruising and squishing. Black beans can also be found dried in vacuum sealed packages. Smoked meats and fish last longer than fresh protein without being refrigerated and they take up little room. If you can carry some canned goods, select foods that provide essential vitamins and protein, not foods high in simple carbohydrates. Good examples include baked beans and meatballs.

Water is the only drink you need. Drink powders are only useful if they contain multivitamins. Otherwise, focus on stocking water in durable jugs. Buy filtered water without fizz.

Tools for Surviving Disaster

Try to picture what might happen during a flood or tornado. Rope can come in very handy for either gaining access to the tops of houses where people are calling for help or to fasten down storm doors and keep out looters during a hurricane. A propane-powered generator provides energy during a loss of power. Make sure you own an analog watch so you can mark time during an EMP.

A knife enables someone living off the land to kill and skin animals for food or to build a shelter from natural resources. Something as simple as a packet of dry matches is critical for starting a fire for light, warmth, and cooking. Ensure flashlight batteries are topped up too. Keep some warm blankets in a survival kit: exposure kills people in a matter of hours.

As you have seen from the other articles here on this site, if the electricity goes down, you need to be prepared. Wind-up and/or solar powered radios will be important. In your mind, go through the motions of what your actions and activities will be like, and what you will need to make it through.

Don’t wait until the evacuation orders come blaring through your neighborhood during a storm to think about this. Get prepared today.