a reply to: bigpatato
First things first, before the food, water and so on have run out, put together a small ration pack, per member of an intended convoy or moving party.
One pack, to one person. Make it something that could be fit into a larger backpack easily. You have all the people you want to come with you, to do
the very same thing.
You gather your party, and any tools, knives, axes, hammers, and anything else you might need to build rudimentary shelter, or alternatively, defend
yourself with, and you get organised.
You take a map, figure out how far it is to the nearest forest, woodland, or other wild place. You go there. You use the tools you bought to build
shelter, to build traps to snag small mammals, and to gather firewood. You use the terrain and the bounty of nature to live off, gather water from
streams, devise purification techniques using anything you have to hand. After a time, you might send a party into suburbs to gather supplies and
materials, since many of the people living there will have died, leaving the cities a wasteland, populated only by scavengers and gangs. Kill any
gangsters you see, trade with any scavengers you meet. Reclaim good steels, useful wood, fuels, and other things that will make your rustic life
Raid offices for coffee filters, paper for drawing and template making. Raid workshops for tools and batteries, screws, nails, and other fixings.
Break into any pharmacy not already swarming with bastards, and take as many painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs as you can carry away. Also, if
you come across abandoned care facilities, raid their drug cabinets too. Basic first aid supplies are always an important target. In addition, raid
the library and carry away as many medical books as you can. These, if deployed carefully amongst your party, will allow the smartest in the group to
perform basic medical procedures, like splinting broken limbs, cleaning and suturing wounds, and so on.
Over time, make modifications to your shelter site, perhaps fortify it, or elect to blend it more completely with the woodland surroundings. In
addition to this, during the autumn, when the trees begin to throw their seed to the ground, take up some of the trees seedlings, and place them
OUTSIDE the current footprint of the woodland. Tend to them, water them, ensure they survive and become trees themselves over time. Do this every
year, not just one or two trees a year, but many. This will have two important effects.
First, the territory covered by the woodland will increase, which will mean that your encampment or settlement will take up less of a percentage of
the total whole, meaning it is less likely to be spotted by nefarious persons. Also, more trees will mean more wildlife, since the larger the forest,
the more attractive to populations of bugs, which, in turn, bring birds and small mammals and so on. This promotes the continuity of your food source.
If you live near the sea, you can fashion a boat, or steal one and fix it up, and go to sea and fish. With all the food and petroleum gone, people
will pay good money for fish to eat, so catch some, and maybe eat it yourself, or trade it for materials and supplies.
This is your life now. You lucky bastard.
edit on 30-9-2016 by TrueBrit because: grammatical error removed.