Build your Survival Kit

Assembling a survival kit may seem like an easy task, but it is much more complex than you think. First of all you must understand where you are going, if the place is cold, hot, humid, desert or forest. From this understanding you will assemble your survival kit , but remember the most important is self-knowledge.

Let’s talk about the main items you should take with you on your adventure. 

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Flashlight : in the absence of local electric lighting, the flashlight will be an essential guide for you to locate yourself.

Knife, pocket knife and machete : everyone knows that!

Glasses : protection for the eyes, they also protect from splinters, the intensity of sunlight and chemical elements that can cause irritation.

Gloves : just like the feet, the hands are the most susceptible parts to injuries in situations that require physical contact. Cuts, burns and perforations are accidents most likely to happen. Therefore, gloves are essential, as long as comfort and handling are preserved.

Canteen : lack of hydration can be one of the main problems for the survivalist. Always fill your canteen.

Flint : You will certainly need a fire, both for heating and cooking, so flint is essential, with it you can start the fire without much sacrifice.

First Aid Kit : a basic kit should contain sterile gauze, clean, packaged cloth, tape, band-aid, anti-allergic, bandage band, antiseptic, suture thread and needle, cotton, small sterile and packaged scissors, pain pills muscle, anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory.

Boot : who said feet should be unprotected? We have already talked about the need to protect your hands, and just like your feet must be equipped with excellent boots, as long as they are light, cushioned, with resistant and non-slip material.

Backpack : it needs to be made of resistant material, with great durability, and with a light structure, so that it does not add weight to all the items you will take with you.

“How to assemble a survival kit for the end of the world?

Donald Trump threatens to “completely destroy North Korea”; another hurricane is approaching; a second monstrous earthquake shakes Mexico; a new terrorist attack shocks London.

It seems that the world is close to the end. There is even a new date for this global apocalypse. But, is there anything you can do to prepare?

In a world where the bomb-proof bunker is the new status symbol for young plutocrats in Silicon Valley, it seems that everyone has become a survivalist, even though the notion involves preparations like a backpack stuffed with goodies and luxury items. side of the Louis Vuitton suitcases at the rear of the Range Rover already pointed to Litchfield County, Connecticut. See the mandatory list of this new generation for the apocalypse.

1. Sachets for survival

The power grid went into space; supermarkets are being looted. With the city on the verge of collapse, the first thing you will want to have on hand, after the soothing, is a well-packed “bug-out” bag.

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These backpacks, which have suddenly acquired a chic connotation, are usually lightweight military bags with provisions for at least 72 hours. The flours can be purchased ready-made and typically include water purifying tablets, a 20-hour body warmer and a multifunctional shovel for sale on Amazon for less than $ 200.

2. Betting on silver

Two years ago, Greece was forced to close its banks and limit withdrawals from ATMs to 60 euros / day during the crisis that threatened to shake the European currency. In the United States, experts like James Rickards, a veteran of hedge funds, and David Stockman, who was director of the Reagan government budget, guarantee that an even bigger crisis will soon hit Wall Street and the dollar.

While bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are in the headlines, many survivalists are quietly stocking up on $ 0.10, $ 0.25 and $ 0.50 coins minted before 1965, which are 90% silver and can be purchased from collectors or on precious metal sites. “It is my favorite version of the precious metal after the financial collapse; it only loses to -high-speed lead- (slang for revolver shots) ”, says a comment on SurvivalistBoards.com.

3. Alternative currencies

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Imagine a real economic end of the world that makes the German hyperinflation of the 1920s – the one that made money practically worthless – look like child’s play. To prepare for the worst, some prefer to use basic items like tampons, seeds and cigarettes (the eternal currency of exchange between prisoners) as alternative currencies instead of gold or silver.

Although it is not necessarily the dream of every survivalist, as indicated by Xavier Thomas, who runs the British website MoreThanJustSurviving.com with his wife, Elise, the scenario of an exchange economy must be taken into account.

“If you look at some examples of systematic social breakdowns, like Argentina in 2001, or the Balkans during the war, you realize that the most valuable assets are the most useful, like canned food, gas canisters, batteries, lighter. A good rule of thumb is the following: what you find useful in an emergency has value and you will always find someone willing to exchange for something in a time of need. ”

4. How to cover and protect yourself

When Trump threatened North Korea during the UN General Assembly, the reaction of many survivors was almost Pavlovian: checking the nuclear survival kit . Since bomb shelters disappeared, survival for the mushroom cloud seems highly relative.

Some survivors put faith in homemade options like sheets sprinkled with baby powder that they say block X-rays, or generous portions of turmeric mixed with black pepper to inhibit tumor formation.

Others use basic instruments, such as Geiger counters, radiation monitoring badges, potassium iodide tablets or a Seychelle radiological water jug ​​that, according to the manufacturer, “filters 99.99 percent of the contamination found after a nuclear event” .

5. The other survival bag

In the event of an apocalypse, have condoms handy. Very light, ultra-compact and durable, they can be used as an improvised canteen to store water, lighters or elastic bands for a hunting sling for small animals, according to survival trainer and TV presenter Creek Stewart.

6. Armed to the teeth, but with what?

If policing no longer exists and the law of the strongest prevails after a mega-powerful hurricane or a nuclear accident, that sling made of condoms can be quite useful in New York, for example, where possession of the most basic self-defense equipment of the survivalist – the weapon – is strongly restricted by law. (The same goes for brass knuckles, nunchucks, ninja stars, pocket knives, slings with an armrest and paint ball pistols loaded with pepper balls.)

But then what should a helpless and law-abiding survivalist do? Several books in the segment, like “100 Deadly Skills”, by ex-marine Clint Emerson, are full of improvised alternative weapons, such as the automatic umbrella lined with spanners. “It is not illegal to have one, but it is considered a weapon if used against someone,” says the New York Police Department spokesman.

7. Deliverance from heaven

Since the September 11 attacks, many people living in apartments have been plagued by fear of being trapped in a skyscraper when disaster strikes. Indeed, the tragic images of the World Trade Center have inspired the emergence of a niche for escape options from tall buildings. Today there are parachutes (basically giant retractable fabric tubes) of various sizes.

The SOS Parachute (about $ 2,400), which is compact and can be stored in a cubicle, opens in two seconds and is designed for use from the 11th floor upwards. It is true that it is not as reliable as the one used by the military, and for a man of 90 kg, for example, the landing will certainly not be smooth.

8. Who do you refer to as “Rocket Man”?

Sci-fi fantasy in the film “007 Against Atomic Blackmail” and space accessory in “Gilligan-s Island”, 50 years later the jet propeller does exist. Two years ago, a Californian company called JetPack Aviation launched a turbo version, capable of staying in the air for ten minutes, which moves at up to 160 km / h. The current models are only available to the Armed Forces, but David Mayman, the company’s founder, says he plans to create a commercial version in a year and a half.

Of course there is a cost: US $ 250 thousand, which the company intends to reduce “to the price of a luxury car”. For now it is the Maybach of the survivalists.

9. Rabbit: pet or food?

Even if a food shortage leaves the shelves empty, you will have to continue eating regularly.

That is why many survivalists are betting their hopes for sustenance on the rabbit, lean meat with a high protein content, considered as the “new chicken” by those who defend sustainable food, like Michael Pollan. “Raising rabbits is one of the most efficient ways of generating meat for consumption in a minimum space”, says the Survivalist 101 website.

By breeding standards, the rabbit is also relatively clean and quiet. They survive on scraps of vegetables, or even weeds – and, in addition, they still provide great skin for winter protection.

10. Beyond medieval times

Assembling a survival kit may seem like an easy task, but it is much more complex than you think. First of all you must understand where you are going, if the place is cold, hot, humid, desert or forest. From this understanding you will assemble your survival kit , but remember the most important is self-knowledge.

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