It’s no secret that they’re are thousands of article’s out there about what’s the best Firearms, Knives, or any other item to inflict great bodily harm to have in a doom and gloom scenario. And tons of survival gear.
But let’s be realistic. When disaster strikes, you could possibly be far away from you’re survival gear and military grade arsenal. That ten year supply of freeze dried food won’t do you any good when you’re on a business trip or vacation fifteen hundred miles away from home.
So now what? If you are thinking like a true prepper, you know to take advantage of what is available in you’re immediate surroundings. Basic survival gear doesn’t have to be complicated.
Everyone’s definition of what they need will greatly differ depending on who you are talking to. For my immediate go to necessity item’s, they include a multi tool and a portable water purification system. These two items alone can greatly improve my chances of survival in the initial onset of peril.
Food definitely is comforting when you’re stomach is empty but without water you will surely perish quickly. A good multi tool is easy to carry either on you or in luggage and will have several items installed to help in foraging and scavenging activities.
As for water purification, I invested in a Berkey water purifier. The Big Berkey is perfect at home and camping. For home use, the money I saved over one year buying bottled water paid for it. Having piece of mind knowing that if the power goes off for an extended time that I’ll be able to filter water out of a pond, lake or ditch if need be. I use it to filter all city water now that I drink.
The Sport Berkey is perfect for those away trips. It’s a water bottle and small enough to fit inside my overnight bag. I even use it when I’m just out and about. I’m always prepared in the event that water isn’t abundant. The filters last for about seven to eight years and they’re cheap.
I always have my concealed firearm and CCW license on me. But unfortunately there are times when I can’t have it such as flying or going into areas where it’s not permitted.
Keep in mind that what I’m talking about here is being caught off guard when you’re away from stored supplies, a bug out bag or anything handy where you’ve saved in preparation for just such an event.
Another issue to consider is where you are and what is the climate. A winter coat may be a more important item to someone in one location and DEET may be more important to another in a different location. If the peril is bad enough, supplies may not be readily available because of looting and severe damage to that area.
I remember a friend of mine told me stories about Homestead Florida when Hurricane Andrew hit that area back in August of 1992. He was in the National Guard and was activated to respond to the area for security details. I’ll never forget how he explained the landscape from the effects of the Hurricane.
Literally thousands of acres had been stripped of everything. Even the street signs were missing at the street corners. No power or lights. He explained how it was like the wild west with people running around with shotguns and handguns on they’re sides. Trying to protect whatever personal property they had left from looters.
The rationing of food, water and other necessary supplies to thousands of displaced desperate people. Robberies and killing over the simplest items that we take for granted every day. The many wounded, dead and sick from unsanitary conditions with raw sewage and unclean water.
Now try and imagine the same scenario but instead of being confined to just a couple of counties within a state to being spread out over multiple states from some type of SHTF situation. With this frame of mind, you soon realize that what you have with you at that time, is going to determine you’re survival until meeting up with the next obstacle.