As I type this article, many strange things are a foot in my neck of the woods. The sun has moved even farther North from the North East position it was heading for. I am waiting for my compass to get here before I can give a more solid reading of what is going on, but according to the one in my car, the sun has moved around 30 some degrees.
Needless to say, the bug-out bag is ready. If you want a good run-down on what is going on, check out the IntelHub’s report by Dr. Mark Sircus about the evidence that the earth has shifted. I tend to agree, and I think its just going to get worse from here.
As such, I want to make sure I get one more good post out to people regarding survival tactics in these times. I would assume we have about a year left. Maybe more, maybe less, but a year regardless of planning should get you to where you need to be.
First up, lets talk about equipment. You really only need a small backpack with a few items to get your basic kit together, but this article will deal with slightly more equipment. I have set a limit for my purchases to $1000 Canadian dollars, which excludes big purchases like a boat or kayak, which I plan on getting next spring.
Ok, lets get started:
#1 – Bug-Out Bag:
There are many variations on your main bag, but I think the best videos available are the following ones by Sean Kennedy and his series “Patrolling”.
For my personal bag, I ordered a standard military surplus GI backpack. Nothing fancy, but sturdy and comfortable with a full load. It was a grand total of 140$ with the shipping from Ebay.
As well, for sleeping I purchased a Mummy sleeping bag (good to -30c) and have a cover for it to make it suitable for -50c (which is possible in my area).
#2 – Shelter:
Feeding yourself and keeping warm at night will be a big challenge in the face of surviving on just one backpack full of supplies, so you need to learn how to build a suitable shelter for both semi-permanent and permanent situations.
You may also want to carry a tent and a tarp with you, in case its going to take you a few days to get to your location. We have a few available at our survival store!
#3 – Food:
Food will be perhaps your greatest issue in a survival situation. Just picking up random plants could get you killed, and small game isn’t nearly as easy as you think it would be.
This is where you need to “own your skill” and practice while you have the luxury of practising.
Here is a video from Tam Wendell dealing with local edible plants:
And here is a video on trapping squirrels (as they tend to be plentiful in most areas):
Now, some folks will tell you to have freeze dried food on hand, and that is not a bad idea. Unfortunately, you can not live off freeze dried food until the end of time. Its good for a few weeks, even months, but sooner or later, you will need real food.
I suggest having around 14 days worth of food in your bug-out bag, and 3 months worth at your home. Any more than that, would be a waste!
If you need a good deal on some freeze dried food, why don’t you check out our best seller from our store (click here!!!)
#4 – Fragmenting of society
Perhaps one of the hardest aspects of a world-wide cataclysm will be dealing with your fellow man. They may be perhaps the most difficult to understand in times of dire consequences.
Your once calm neighbour may become your worst enemy should he need to feed his family, and you have a stockpile of food. While if you are in a “designed” community where everyone agree’s and works together, that works as well.
#5 – Plan Ahead:
You have to have multiple plans utilizing different situations. If you are in a city, that amounts to having a few different routes to go, and what to do upon various check points in your route.
I will be writing more of these in the time to come, but for now, get your gear together!