Most people associate doomsday preppers as those obsessed with the end of the world who have a bunker in their backyard. In reality, preppers are people with the end goal to arm themselves with the materials and skills necessary to survive localized or world-wide major disasters.
Yes, there are preppers with obsessive thoughts on the subject, but the general person in this category simply wants to learn to fend for themselves in the total absence of structured government and society. In fact, more people should focus on disaster preparedness.
Doomsday preparations are very similar to the off-the-grid lifestyle where homesteaders live self-sufficiently. For those people new to logical doomsday preparation, here is a list of the essentials that every prepper should concentrate on gathering or setting up.
Sanitation, Hydration, and Water
Healthcare professionals advise that to remain healthy, men should consume approximately 15.5 cups of fluids and women should drink 11.5 cups per day. This recommendation makes water a necessity for survival. If you have a well or live near a pond, river, or stream, then you may think youâ€™re set. However, what happens if that water source becomes contaminated? You need a backup plan.
First, you need an alternative source of water. This source could be survival water bricks since they are easy to store and donâ€™t take up vast amounts of space. These water bricks hold 3.5 gallons of water and are stackable and durable. Another option is a large 50-gallon food-grade barrel or drum. Also, always keep supplies to treat polluted water, such as large Ziplock bags, chlorine tablets, and activated charcoal tablets.
A long-term solution would be a system that collects rainwater. Many of these systems are easy to set up with a large barrel connected to the downspout of your gutter. Keep in mind, if the disaster is nuclear in nature, the rainwater will become contaminated. Youâ€™ll need to locate an atomic shelter close to your home. Maybe those cold war nuclear doomsday preppers arenâ€™t so extreme, huh?
Survival gear encompasses many tools. You may need to leave your house in a hurry, so some type of backpack or bug out bag is critical to hold everything youâ€™ll need for a few days. Vital gear could include:
- Versatile tactical knives
- A multi-tool that has a can opener, wire cutters, screwdriver, etc.
- Road maps
- Camel pack for water on the go
- Cleaning supplies such as trash bags, soap, disposable wipes, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, toilet paper, etc.
- Spare clothes
- Sewing supplies
- Toe and hand warmers
- Rain poncho
- Waterproof matches
- Tactical flashlight or headlamp
- Glow sticks
- Walkie talkies
- Rechargeable batteries
- Duct tape
- Personal defense such as a handgun and/or rifle
Any tools, equipment, or other items that you think would be necessary to help you stay alive or live without outside assistance would make great survival gear.
Obviously, food ranks high on the list of survival items necessary to live through the end of Earth. If youâ€™re on the move, it’s impossible to carry enough food for a week unless you bring dried meat and nuts that are high in protein. Choose nuts that arenâ€™t heavily salted or flavored.
For longer-term food plans if youâ€™re hunkering down at home, start by gathering a supply of non-perishable food items that will last for three days. Once you have that essential supply of food, begin collecting a yearâ€™s-worth of food that you can rotate through.
While expensive, you can purchase large supplies of freeze-dried or dehydrated food from many food companies that specialize in survival supplies and through places such as Amazon. Many brands offer high-quality food that doesnâ€™t expire for years and even have packages that include gourmet meals. A more economical solution would be to go to Samâ€™s Club or Costco to get large quantities of canned goods. You can store in mylar bags other foods that you purchase, such as rice, beans, pancake mix, and more.
If you can stomach MREs, they are also an excellent source of food that doesnâ€™t expire for decades. MREs or Meals Ready to Eat are a primary food supply for military troops in the field. Some people find them palatable, but most donâ€™t. However, when youâ€™re hungry and there is nothing else available, youâ€™ll find you can eat just about anything.
You may be able to stay at home and, therefore, your shelter is taken care of, or you may have a remote property that you can escape to, such as a cabin or mobile home in the mountains. If you plan to fall back to another house, make sure you stockpile all of your survival items there.
If youâ€™re on the go, your shelter may just be a tent or tarps and a bungee cord. If this is the case, youâ€™ll need warm sleeping bags and clothing, as well as something to remain waterproof, such as a poncho. Your chances of hypothermia significantly increase once you get wet.
First Aid and Personal Hygiene
During a prolonged emergency, you canâ€™t rely on emergency services. You must gather medical supplies to treat as many things as possible yourself. A standard medical kit is a necessity. Other items needed include:
- Prescription medications
- Pain medicine
- Super glue (to seal small cuts)
- Nail clippers and tweezers
- Cotton swabs
- Insect repellent
Personal hygiene items are also great to have on hand. These items include soap, oral hygiene products, razor blades, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, and much more.
This list represents just the bare necessities. As you start gathering supplies, youâ€™ll find other items that would prove useful in a survival situation.
Keep in mind that, as a doomsday prepper, you must protect your family to ensure their survival. In general, doomsday preppers are simply people prepared to live through any life-threatening incident in the future. These incidents can range from a natural disaster to nuclear war. Be creative with your survival tactics, plan for anything, and youâ€™re well on your way to making it through an apocalypse of any type.