reply to post by DrumsRfun
Just to answer your question, I have carried 100 lb pack for over 50 miles. I lived out of that backpack for over a year. It is possible, and there
are people capable of it. In all fairness, it has been several years, but I also have a very large dog capable of taking on some of that load. I can
also start a fire without a match, and so can my son.
The skills are there in far more people than we would realize.
You raise very valid points. People are very capable of being able to survive without the supplies that we seem to see as necessities. Knowledge is
also first and foremost. Without fire, water and unspoiled food it will be next to impossible to survive a major long term calamity. However, learning
to can the food in your freezer, or how to start a fire without matches, and how to find water can save your life and that of your family.
That being said, with 2 small children to worry about as well, it makes sense to have on hand some supplies that will make a family through a first
portion of a disaster and lay low (if possible). Tools are priceless, basic, non electric tools will provide one with the means of supplying needs for
Smylee, it is a very real scenario to lose power. Make a game of it. Turn off your breaker for a day. Do it on a weekend when the weather will be
decent, and nobody has to work or go to school. Make a food plan so you don't waste anything.Treat it like a campout in the house, and your family may
be more receptive to the exercise. Living a full day or more without our modern lifestyle begins to show you what you need to thrive.
Personally, I can't wait until the snow is gone here and we can get back out into the woods. One of my survival kits is really my summer go box. We go
deep enough in the woods though that there is no cell reception, so I am capable of spending 3 days waiting for help, or most likely hiking home with
kids if something happened. My husband also knows our general location, and he's been known to drive out to meet us if I am not in cell range when he
gets off work, so I know that I am covered, but you never know what might happen anywhere.
A great way to learn and practice skills is to make it fun, throw a canning party with a bunch of friends and a couple of bushels of goodies from the
farmers market. Go on hikes with friends and family. get your son a firestarter and let him practice with it, under adult supervision, they have a
Everyone has to come to these realizations on their own and practice them in their way to actually be comfortable. If you cover your basic needs of
water, food and shelter, than you are major steps in the right direction.
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