No one likes to spend time thinking about how their world would be turned completely upside down if the SHTF. It is an ugly sort of idea to entertain, which is why they call it “when SHTF.” But regardless of how unpleasant the reality of industrial collapse, natural disaster, manmade disaster, terrorist attacks or the outbreak of civil war may be, taking a moment to prepare for the worst is both wise and prudent. You don’t have to go all out, buy a small arsenal, construct a safe room or bury a shipping container in your backyard, in order to be better prepared. Sometimes it just comes down to having a few little things around your habitat, just in case. Here’s what we suggest.
This is an incredibly simple thing you can do that can save your bacon if the SHTF and you are on the road. Get an old milk crate and stock it with food that has a long shelf life. Things like chili, beans, protein bars, rice cakes, tuna, even peanut butter. These can provide the basis of nutrition and sustenance if you are forced to live out of your vehicle for unforeseen circumstances.
There’s a reason that one of the first things you are taught to keep on you at all times in wilderness survival courses is a knife. It is the one thing that you can’t really replicate, and it comes in handle for any number of reasons. Be it self-defense, opening cans, cutting cord, crafting, or more. Keep a small but sturdy pocket knife clipped to you at all times. You never know when it is going to come in handy.
This should be a no-brainer. In a SHTF scenario, access to potable water may be compromised for days. Yes, you can use other methods to purify water sources that aren’t immediately drinkable, but to do so takes time. Your body is made up of mostly water, as soon as you become dehydrated, you are at risk. Stock up on extra bottled water, and don’t touch it.
Large First Aid Kit
When SHTF, things get rough and people get hurt. Even in a situation where you are not under attack by assailants, it is critical that you have a first aid kit. Not just any first aid kit, although something is better than nothing. Go out of your way to purchase and store a heavy-duty first aid kit, with updated medications and materials for wound treatment.