Here is a list of essential survival gear for the doomsday prepper
Prepping is a trend that is gaining momentum and for good reason; being ready for an emergency or natural disaster will help give you peace of mind knowing that you are ready for doomsday style disaster. There should not be any question that a catastrophic event will happen in the future; it’s not an issue of if it will happen, but only when.
You can get ready for a disaster by making an emergency essentials kit. This is done by storing the supplies that you will need and learning the skills that are necessary to help you survive a doomsday event. In today’s troubled times preppers will be ready to deal with catastrophic disasters, will you be one of them?
What kind of emergency essentials supplies do preppers use, and what supplies will you need to stock up on in order to become a prepper? Here is a general list of some of the items that you will need when for when doomsday style emergency arises.
This is top on the list because it is one of the most important resources that you need. Everybody needs fresh drinking water, and a shortage of fresh clean water is a very real possibility in the event of an emergency. How much water should you keep for survival preparedness? It is suggested that you have 10 to 15 gallons per person for a short term supply. This will last around two weeks giving you plenty of time to find a new source of water. You should have a water filter system to purify water allowing you to produce clean water if you run out of clean drinking water.
2. EMERGENCY FOOD
Some preppers get carried away with stocking up on emergency food, it seems like they have enough food stored up to feed an army of people for 20 years. One of the problems with storing this much food is that it could go bad resulting in somebody getting food poisoning at a time when they can least afford it. In reality, you should only need a year’s supply of food, and a variety of heirloom seeds to start a garden. This should be enough food for most survival situations and the seeds will allow you grow a garden if you start running low on food. Heirloom seeds are seeds that have not been genetically modified meaning that you can use the seeds from your harvest for next season.
3. MEDICAL SUPPLIES
First aid kits are a must during an emergency even if you never use it. Remember that is better to have one and not need it then to need one and not have it. If you are taking prescription medications then you should talk to your doctor and ask him how much you can safely store for an emergency. For over the counter medicines keep at least a year’s supply stored.
4. BUG OUT BAG
A bug out bag is a backpack with enough supplies to last 72 hours in the event of an emergency that requires you to leave at a moments notice. The bag should include the things on this list but in smaller quantities and a change of cloths. You can also include some basic camping gear such as a tent, fishing and hunting gear or a camping axe. Just don’t get carried away with supplies, you should only have enough that you can carry without getting tired while walking. The bug out bag should be plain looking so that it does not attract unwanted attention.
Having a rifle or pistol is also a given for survival preparedness. Having more guns is always better, just remember that once you run out of ammunition the gun becomes useless. Because of this potential problem you should have several other types of ranged weapons at your disposal. There are several good alternatives to choose from such as a bow, crossbow or even a blowgun.
For close range weapons your survival gear should include a few mêlée weapons such as a big survival knife, a machete or sword, clubs or spears.
6. SHORT WAVE RADIO
A radio is a must for vital information in case of a catastrophic event. Televisions are nice but they use a lot of power, and in the event of power loss will generally be useless unless you have an alternate source of power available. Most preppers keep an emergency radio on hand because of this type of situation. They use little power, are portable, and you don’t need the power grid to use them. You can get radios that have a generator built-in so that they can be charged never needing batteries. This will help you communicate with the outside world staying updated with current events.
7. BOOKS ON SURVIVAL
In today’s world all the information that you need is available on the internet, but if the power grid goes down you will lose access to that information, therefore having a survival guide is a must. Having some reference books on survival will make a great addition to any prepper’s kit. Get books on subjects such as gardening, emergency medical treatment, back to basics living, surviving natural disasters, and how to books.
Acquiring the items on this list will help you increase your odds of survival during a catastrophic time. Now is the time to prepare, if you wait until doomsday it will be to late. A good place to start is buying some heirloom seeds and starting a garden. You can buy survival gear one or two pieces at a time; this will build up your preppers’ kit fairly quickly with out hurting your wallet.
Once you have acquired the basic items on this list, your next step will be to add to your survival preparedness kit the things that would be more useful to your possible survival needs. Depending on where you live you will be exposed to different possible doomsday scenarios such as tornadoes, earthquakes, or hurricanes so you should plan and prepare accordingly. This list is just a starting point allowing you to get the basic necessities for survival.