When all hell breaks loose and the regular amenities that support our technological world suddenly go on the blink, some people will be better prepared to meet the catastrophe than others. Those savvy preppers that have invested their time and focus on collecting the things they need for when the worst strikes will have a better chance of sitting out the chaos until better times return.
The creed of the prepper is founded on expecting the unexpected. While there are a great many things that will be needed in the event of social or economic crisis, a basic prepper gear pack or bug out bag will be equipped only with the most essential items that will keep you alive until such a time as resources are replenished.
Following are a few important items to include.
Preppers will all have different contingency plans laid out for emergency events. Whether you plan on holding up at home or fleeing the city you will need a solid tool with which you can face a world of problems in urban and rural areas. A multitool will feature a nice assortment of blades, saws, tools and implements that will prove invaluable to your survival. With a small amount of experience, you can even learn to start a fire with flint and steel, create a solar still for clean water and much more. The most essential part of your prepper gear will be a quality versatile multitool.
You can last a week without eating and some people have lasted a lifetime without TV, WIFI and Power. But, if you have been cut from your supplies of potable water, your very life has a three to four-day time limit. One 55-Gallon barrel has enough water to extend this time frame considerably, but these can be tricky to move about. It would be a good idea to support this water supply with a more portable option, such as purification tablets, jerrycans or canteens. This is a very important point for urban preppers as the demands for clean water will be high in heavily populated areas will be desperate to the point of theft and violence. Reverse osmosis water filters are one of the best options for rural and urban preppers for procuring clean water from just about anywhere.
There are many schools of thought on how much food should be stored and in what form is best. Indeed, there are many different factors to consider when choosing between canned, freeze dried, MREs and other preserved options. Cans are heavy, freeze dried foods require lots of water and MREs have been referred to as “Moral Reducing Edibles”, so choose with care and consideration to those who will be eating. A year’s supply of food is ideal, but remember that even three days of food stores is three more days to find some new sources of food.
For an urban prepper, hunting for food may not be as easy as it would for a rural prepper. Therefore, urban preppers may get more from investing in solar power or gasoline generators than they would from a powerful airsoft or crossbow. A reliable MTB is a perfect form of urban and mountain transportation that can keep you mobile while everyone else is cursing gasoline prices. Consider what your most important needs would be before making your list of essential gear.