I have seen quite a few posts on survival techniques and preparedness, and most have helped me to think of things I should do to protect my family.
But thinking about this stuff I have also thought of things people don't put on their lists. So this thread is to help us think of those things that
would be necessities but aren't always on the list, especially if it were a long term survival situation.
First let me list some supplies that would be useful/needed in case of a long term need for survival (note this is a list of things people might not
think about when preparing).
* extra eye glasses/contacts
* Aloe Vera Plant
* Feminine Hygiene Products
* medical books
* Latex Gloves
* bug repellent
* fishing equipment (store up on fishing line and hooks)
* seeds (including cotton seeds)
* (if possible) livestock/chickens
* Salt and other spices
* Livestock and feed (if possible)
* plastic sheeting (useful for making a greenhouse)
* extra shoes/socks
* hats/gloves (multiple pair)
* sun glasses
* Fire Wood
* sewing kit (also good for medical)
* metal sheeting
* trade supplies
* back packs
* duct tape
* hand tools
* knee pads
* bold cutters
* A full tank of gas
(note, some of these things will not be able to be taken with you if you have to bugout)
Feel free to add to this list, this stuff was off of the top of my head, so I am sure there are a lot more I didn't think of.
Another thing I want to point out is that often I see people preparing for their families survival, but it will take a lot more than that to survive a
long term situation. Let's say you have all the supplies you could possibly need for years of being self sustained, you even have a stash of weapons
to protect you and your family. But I do not see that as enough to survive.
Once food supplies run out, they will eventually be coming for your supplies. They will come in numbers too, and any amount of weapons you may have
will not keep a mob of starving people from taking everything you have. Sure you may kill a few, but will you be able to shoot them fast enough
before they over power you and your family? Remember many of them have guns too, and if they must choose between killing you and your family or
letting their children starve to death, they will almost always choose to kill.
It is my opinion and observation that the only true way to survive a long term situation where their is civil unrest (such as a food shortage or long
term power outage) is to first gather a group of initial people with various skills (such as medical training, hunting, farming, military, etc...),
get out of the cities and find some land or a farm you can go to, the farther from the city, the better (Have an escape route planned away from main
roads). The best Idea would be to know where you are going ahead of time.
Depending on your resources this group can grow if need be, but remember the group must be able to be sustained (food, medical supplies etc....) for a
period of time until things are settled and you are able to help others too. (you will not be able to help everyone, especially not at first.)
Next you must plan for long term living and possible growth and alliances with other groups, but that is a thread in itself.
So what are your thoughts? anything I should add to the list? (remember things people may not think
edit on 4-11-2013 by tw0330 because: (no