6 Things You’re Not Doing That Will Bite You In The Rear-end

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    6 Things You’re Not Doing That Will Bite You In The Rear-end

    I found a great website with useful tips:

    6 Things You're Not Doing That Will Bite You In The Ass | SurvivalLife - Online Survival Blog & Survival News

    There’s a ton of survival tips and tricks out there that focus on lists of junk you don’t need and forget about the small things.

    Sure, there are lots of items that would be great to have around in a post event environment.

    Does this mean you should be focussing on these lists of gear and other items as a means of preparation?

    My answer to this question will always be, “no.”

    To really stay prepared, try to integrate these habits into your life to improve your chance of survival when the SHTF.
    Check out the link for the list of 6 things to start doing now.

    Also, check out the survival gear reviews, 80 uses for a paracord, etc.

    Lots of good info
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    "If your primary source of survival information is the internet or the only survival book you have is the SAS Survival Handbook, you’re going to be royally screwed post-SHTF. You aren’t going to know any remedies for headaches, ways to repair things, gardening tips or any number of other things you’re not an expert at."



    Or if you do not feel like spending money on hard copy books.
    Get your trusty old printer fired up - locate some staples for your stapler - buy a few reams of printer paper and start printing stuff now off the Internet.
    Make your own future reference books.

    If something happens to me like I happen to win the ultimate booby prize (also known as) The Eternal Dirt Nap my Wife, Brother, Nieces & Nephews can tie a bone to my ass - let the starving dogs drag me down the alley and they will still have a "go to" source for critical knowledge.


    BTW:
    Two books that I just purchased recently even though I personally am already pretty much familiar with "stuff" are ~ When Technology Fails & When Disaster Strikes by Matthew Stein. I feel that they were worth what I spent on them. I bought both of them "used" off of ebay.

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    Good info.
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    If the poo hits, there will be a very sharp learning curve for a lot of folks.

    Better to start practicing now.

    It's one thing to have all the preps on hand. It's another thing to know how to use them.
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    Thanks for the book info.
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    Excellent inför for a future certainty...we are so close to some future problems, and most things we are now reading, seeing on TV, and sometimes even having the 'gubermint' warning us about, should be a 'wakeup call'.
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    If the SHTF, I have always planned on being one of those that makes himself valuable to everyone else around here. I have particular highly developed talents when it comes to fixing and maintaining any and all things mechanical. My neighbors and friends will benefit from those talents, and I will expect them to benefit me with theirs in return.

    If that doesn't work out, I'm screwed. I'm too lazy to survive long in a primitive world
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    In my mind, #6 kind of negates the need for #2 & #3. The good news is, now there's only 4 things to bite you in the backside.

    A few decades ago, I had survival training. I could have handled long term SHTF scenarios without too much trouble. When you go into survival mode, or even long, long term camping mode, fine cuisine isn't anywhere near the top of your priorities. Only getting nutrition, and more importantly water, is.

    I wouldn't feel too bad if you didn't cook with your gear once a week or were not incorporating your prepping food into your normal diet. I would suggest you stockpile Tabasco or Hot Sauce that doesn't require refrigeration to add a little spice / variety to your food though. Tabasco is great since a little can go a long way.

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    Camping, hunting and general outdoor activities help to acclimate one to a wild , less tech environment. While I may not use my cookware or gear weekly , I have spent enough time to be comfortable in its use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F350_6 View Post
    I would suggest you stockpile Tabasco or Hot Sauce that doesn't require refrigeration to add a little spice / variety to your food though. Tabasco is great since a little can go a long way.
    .... and it can even make the nastiest MRE's edible - sort of.
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    I patently disagree with most of the list. I live my life the way I do because it is the life I want to live. I'm not going to sacrifice my lifestyle now simply because I may not have a choice in the future. That would be like telling me that I should sleep outside and pan handle when I can because someday I may lose my job and not have options.

    To go item by item:
    1. I'm not going to try to use solar now. I'm on the grid until I'm not. I know what can and cannot be done with solar energy and my situation. But I'm not going to kill my electric heating (or A/C in the summer), the computers, television, etc. just because I can use solar power and not have the luxury items that make life better.

    2. The items I have in my bug out kit are picked because they provide carbs and calories to provide energy. However, like most Americans getting enough calories isn't a problem for me. I resist the temptation to eat the kind of foods I would be eating in a bug out situation because my energy expenditure isn't high enough to keep me from gaining lots of weight very quickly eating those kinds of foods.

    3. I agree with this one, in part. Rotating the stock is a good thing. Knowing how much water it will take to prepare meals with your stored food is a good thing. However it runs into the same problem as the item above. In storing food I stock some "comfort" items to help get through bad times mentally. But most of the food is stored calories. In a normal situation I don't eat rice, pasta, or potatoes- I don't do well with those kinds of foods. However I will depend on them when/if modern life slips away and I'm burning 10 times the calories I presently am.

    4. I enjoy technology and have no interest in not having access to it. Not being able to read the news on the internet and stream netflix is probably the worst part of a SHTF situation to me. I'm preparing to live in a bad situation, not trying to simulate it. No need to miss out on things we enjoy simply to prove we can.
    5. This one is about 2/3 right. Knowledge is more important than gear. However books aren't the only source of knowledge. I'd much rather spend a weekend in a class learning skills than a week or two reading a book about those skills. Sure, having a well stocked library in a SHTF situation would be nice. But having the skill sets that the books talk about would be better. Having both would be ideal.

    6. One of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. You endure the suck when you have to endure the suck. I've done it, and I can tell you that it isn't as bad as you think it will be. Being dirty, tired, scared, and disoriented isn't something I'm ever going to seek out. In fact the point of prepping is to eliminate as much of the suck from the future as possible, at least to me. Humans are amazing creatures. We're capable of far more than most would ever imagine. Waking up and finding that life sucks isn't going to kill anybody (assuming they can dump normalcy bias). Not having food, water, and shelter in the suck will kill lots of people. I don't need to practice to know what life sucking is all about. I just have to think about what can make life suck and then try to figure out a way to reduce that discomfort in a SHTF situation. Someone that is striving to pretend to enjoy such a situation probably spends more time talking about prepping than actually doing it in my mind.
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    Good tips. The one about cold showers struck a chord with me. I already take a cold shower at least once a week as a nod to one of my great-grandfathers - when I was younger my grandfather told me stories about their first water heater, and how excited they were...and how his dad, after a long day in the steel mill, would take a cold shower after everybody else so his wife and kids could take hot showers. I never forgot that, and never will. A cold shower reminds me of what it means to sacrifice so the people you love can have it a little better, and it sure makes the hot showers feel good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo_Four View Post
    1. I'm not going to try to use solar now. I'm on the grid until I'm not. I know what can and cannot be done with solar energy and my situation. But I'm not going to kill my electric heating (or A/C in the summer), the computers, television, etc. just because I can use solar power and not have the luxury items that make life better.
    Solar is nice, but I'd bet that I have enough junk and old car alternators in my shop to whip up a decent 12 volt bike or wind powered charging system within less than a week. It wouldn't even be that hard. With that I could do most of the things I would really miss, if it even turned out to really be that important at all. We already exclusively use wood for heat now. I might not even miss the electricity in the long run. I would mostly want it to fix other people's stuff with the tools I have.

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    like most Americans getting enough calories isn't a problem for me.
    I resemble that remark. A lot.

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    6. One of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. You endure the suck when you have to endure the suck. I've done it, and I can tell you that it isn't as bad as you think it will be. Being dirty, tired, scared, and disoriented isn't something I'm ever going to seek out. In fact the point of prepping is to eliminate as much of the suck from the future as possible
    Exactly my sentiment as expressed above in my previous post
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    Not doing those things won't bite anybody in the ass. That article was so bad it is mind boggling.

    "Yeah, when shtf, I am going to need this expensive and inefficient solar power to charge my iphone, but when everything is ok I am not going to use my iphone..."

    What in the name of all that is good and holy are you guys talking about?
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    Was reading about WWII people knowing hard times were coming and one of the things the went out and bought ahead of time, having been through WWI was, soap.
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