I am writing this thread with the feeling that i will be the only one in this situation, however i know i most probably am not.
For years now i have been interested in "survival", well i say survival, i'm probably talking more about bushcraft skills here and there, a bit of
camping now and again.
Being ex forces, i do have some survival skills, but before now, everything i have learnt or prepared for has been with a view to look after myself,
in the middle of nowhere, for a few days tops.
Despite the fact that i've followed this forum since it started, i've not been one to "stock up".
The last couple of days though, have for some reason been a wake up call for me. Something made me realise that if a Sit X happened now, i hadn't got
some of the more important things that i would need to look after not just me, but my two daughters too.
I have my daughters (they are 10 and 11) half of the week, and luckily they love learning about bushcraft skills and the likes.
So today was a turning point for me. I won't post it on here, but i have joined a survivalist site which has great info on preparation, and between
here and there...and the rest of the net, i intend to start stocking everything i will need to look after me and the girls for much longer periods.
It's something as simple as water. So many take it for granted when it comes out of tap, but if that goes, you still need to cook, wash and
Today i went for my weekly shop, but on top of my usual grocery list, i added lots of items for the future. Four main groups i have in mind when i go
shopping from now on, Food and water, hygeine, medicines and equipment (equipment being anything, tools etc.)
It's the little things too that only you as a parent know about, the kind of things that will make a difference to your kids. I know my girls suffer
from dry lips and mouth ulcers a fair bit, so ulcer cream and Vaseline went into the trolley today. Things like that.
Funnily enough it was quite a nice feeling unpacking everything today, it's that security of knowing that we'll be living clean, fed and healthily,
whilst others are suddenly panicing as they can't even see in the dark!
It was nice finding out that stocking up on food does not have to cost an arm and a leg. I got all the value range items today, i thought ITSHTF, i'm
not going to be moaning about whether i'm drinking the best tea or not, i'll just be gratefull that i even have something that tastes vaguely of
Thats not to say i'll survive on crap though. Initially i want to have enough in the house to be able to support us for say two weeks, then i'll
work on building it up more with a view to months of supplies. (Only have so much room though lol) The nicer treats can still go in the trolley once
i'm on top of the basics.
I have a long way to go and lots to learn, but at least it's a start.
Initialy i am stocking up in preparation for a long spell confined to the house. I live in a part of the UK which is very tranquil and, to be honest,
dead! We are not about to have martial law declared in our forest village quite yet!
I think the worst that would happen here is a natural disaster or a water/power cut.
The more " extreme" survival aspects, i am quietly keeping them to the back of my mind at the moment. We don't/can't have guns here, so i'll sort
out some other "tools" soon. I have enough experience to look after myself and my family if it comes to that, so i'm not going to dwell on it too
Apart from you guys/ladies, i don't think i'll tell anyone about this, not always a good thing eh? Conspiracy theorists get a bad enough time as it
is, with out being a survivalist too! Can you imagine hitting someone with that all at once!!!
Just want to add a thank you to all on this section of the site, you've been a big inspiration.