posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 12:13 PM
First, let me state that this thread is a discussion based on several conversations with a friend of mine. We have been wargaming a survival
situation, and these are a few things that I think most people miss out and overlook when planning for long term survival.
Second, this thread is for long term survival, meaning one or more years. It assumes that for the most part, society has broken down due to insert
disaster here that has no polluted the world. So, no long lasting virus or nuclear fallout.
Third, this is for survival, not active resistance. That is a whole other can of worms.
1. Clothing: I see many lists of what you would take, but few include clothing. The basic question you need to answer is where are you going to get
more clothes? Let us assume that you cannot return to an urban environment, and can't replenish that way. Even the most durable clothing will wear
out of used all the time outdoors, and synthetic fabrics would be hard to replace if not impossible. Your Gortex might last that first year, if that,
but what about the next? What are your long term clothing plans?
My suggestion is trying to learn how to tan and leather work. What you have to consider, however, is that this is far more bulky and less efficent
that modern clothing. It may be your only option unless you grow cotton or have sheep for wool.
2. Medicine: What do you do if you cut yourself? Get the flu? Break a leg or sprain an ankle? All this is quite possible in the open world. Without
modern medicine, even stockpiles run out, you may find yourself hurting. While there are many plants that can help take the place of them, do you know
where to find them? If you do, do you have easy access? Saying you can go into the woods and find plant X may sound good, but think about trying to do
that with a fever.
3. Access to water and location of your 'survial' spot: If you think that you have the perfect place in mind, chances are someone else does as well.
Chances are if you know about the perfect lake/river/building to run to, someone else does. You need to find a location that is hard to access by
motor vehcile, is not 100% ideal but still livable, and as far away from a water source as you can be but still reasonable.
Why? Because water will attract people. Everyone will be running to a lake or river, thinking they can live off fish and such. If you are too close,
others you do not know will find you, and they may not be friendly.
4. Other people: You need others. No two ways about it. As I said above, what happens if you get sick? Or hurt? Others will act as your safety net and
also diversify your skill set. You may not know how to farm, but your friend Joe does. Fred can blacksmith. Ted is a great hunter. Mary knowns folk
remedies. Plus, you will go crazy from isolation. You need people. Ask around and see who would want to chip in. With luck, everyone can put down a
couple hundred bucks you start setting up your future site.
5. Long term food: Hunting sounds great, but isn't a perfect way to get food. There is a reason humans developed agriculture. You may want to find
some simple foods to plant. Corn, beans, potatoes and low other low maintence staples would be good. If you can, look into prepositioning your site
and plant some apple or lemon trees. Don't make your site obvious, but scatter your plantings so not one thing is close. Make it look random so that
if someone finds your crops, they won't find you.
6. Tools: Think long term. Axes to chop wood, hoes for your garden, hammers and nails. Look at the Amish and see how they build. You won't be able to
head to Home Depot and get your lumber. You're going to have to chop down a tree and go from there. And do it with as few nails as you can.