As you may already know, people that prepare have a much bigger chance of surviving than those that don’t prepare. There also are a few way of prepping, the mental kind, the physical kind and the materialistic kind. The mental part, well everybody has their methods and we’ll never know if we’re ready until the time is there. For the physical prepping, people can workout, run, lift weights, etc…
Then there’s the material prepping, in this there’s a huge difference between the first two. The first two, physical and mental prepping, you always carry with you. No matter where you are, as long as you’re there, your body and mind are with you. If not, well you’re FUBAR 😉
So, the materialistic prepping. The thing is, you can prep all you want, but if you’re on holiday or at work, that huge underground bunker under your house won’t do you any good. If you can’t get to all the stuff you’ve prepped, you’re just as screwed as the boys and girls that didn’t prep a damn thing. Now, how can we increase our survival chances, anywhere we are? For that, I’m going to tell you, from home to nowhere, what you should always have with you.
First things first, you car. This will be with you almost all the damn time. It’s either parked in front of your house, work, the grocery store or wherever you go beyond walking distance. Therefor, it’s a good choice to make this your secondary prepping location. Next to your primary, say your house, or a getaway, this will be a huge toolbox that follows you around everywhere. So what should be in it?
- a backpack
- extra clothing
- water purifying equipment
- water proof matches
- army boots
- map of your most common environments
- first aid kit
- hose to steal fuel
This is what should be in the backpack in your car. It will help you survive, break in or out of places, gives you food and water and helps you navigate.
Onto the next place you spend a lot of time. Your work! We spend about 40 – 50 hours per week here, during the day, so the chance the apocalypse hits when you’re at work is pretty big. Now you will either have your car parked close to your workplace, or be in walking/cycling distance from home. So this will be just enough to get you to either your car or house safely.
- fire starter
- crowbar/baseball bat
- gun (if allowed)
- proper shoes
These items will turn you from office worker to ass kicker in no time! If you practice your emergency drill correct, you’ll turn into a skull smasher faster than your co-workers turn into zombies. Also this gear may help you wait out the initial outbreak on a rooftop, or get you geared up to beat your way home or to your car!
Now, last but not least, stuff to always have on you! Because you’re limited in the amount of stuff you may carry and still seem like a sane person. And of course not to draw too much attention to yourself, this list will be very small, but extremely helpful.
- a knife
- leg knife
- key-chain fire starter
- wallet multi-tool
- survival bracelet
- watch compass
- proper shoes
First, you need a proper folding knife. This should just be in your pocket, no matter where you are. Hell, I’m sitting in front of my laptop at home, with a drink and my cat and in my left pocket one of my trusty “Böker Magnum series folding knives, 440c stainless steel” . Always have a knife!!! Next, a leg knife. This is in a leg mounted sheath, preferably a proper dagger, hidden just above your shoe. Speaking of shoes, stop wearing flimsy little sneakers, wear proper shoes. There are a lot of functional, normal looking survival shoes out there. Go find them. Even if the zombies don’t show up, your spine will thank you!
A key-chain fire-starter, this tool will set fire whenever you need, enough said. The wallet multi tool looks kinda like a credit card, but with all sort of tools in it. The survival bracelet is a bracelet made out of paracord. When you unravel it, you have enough wire to build a shelter. A watch, need I say more? You have to tell time, time intervals, count turning time for walkers, etc… Plus a watch compass, well because we’re not able to navigate home like a cat does.
Okay, that sums it up. This is my load out, for about every day use. It will make sure you have all the gear with you every day, that still makes every day life possible. If anything, having these tools with you will only make life easier. So just imagine how much easier it will be during the apocalypse!
A little side note to these lists, you should always include person specific items. If you, for example, rely on a certain medication, don’t forget to put this everywhere you can!
Prep well, stay safe and hit hard, people!