Long term survival preparedness isn’t just planning, it’s a mindset. It requires you to think about the things you’ll need after the world grinds to a halt. The things to keep you fed, in good health, and entertained.
Putting together a comprehensive list of all the many things you might need for years of survival isn’t feasible or possible. You’ll need to rely on hoarding some of the most valuable and important items to keep you alive, then trade with family and friends for extra vanity items. For a list of some of my favorite items to hoard visit: Survival Economics: What to Hoard.
Fortunately for anyone reading this there is still time to get prepared, the world doesn’t run out of oil for another 25 years, and barring any immediate catastrophe or terrorist attack, you can still be better prepared than most for what’s coming.
How to Prepare
If each of us had infinite funding we could build an underground geo-thermal powered bunker, stock it full of food and goodies, and have few worries. That isn’t the case for most of us, so it often requires lifestyle changes to be able to adequately prepare.
Changing your lifestyle, even subtly, is the first step in preparing yourself for long term survival. Picking up an extra 12 can pack of beans or soup each time you go to the store, packing away a little extra ammo every time you go shooting, or starting to garden and learning more outdoor skills.
You could also start a flock of chickens, or keep some smaller meat animals. These also provide opportunities for sustenance, enjoyability, and a little profit.
Preparing for survival doesn’t have to just be a cost-based endeavorer, with a garden you can start saving money, and the same applies to growing your own meat/eggs.
Doing it in a Modern Society
As a survivalist you can often get sideways looks from family, neighbors, and friends when you expose your plans and world views. It’s great to meet people of like-mind, but they are rare.
By making survival a part of your everyday lifestyle, you can incorporate the non-believers. Having chickens can bring family and friends together, increases the quality of life of their caretakers, and fills a survival need. Gardening gets you delicious free vegetables that are chemical and poison free, and lets you start your own seed line and gain necessary skills for feeding yourself. Honing your outdoor survival skills can be done while camping with family and friends.
Combining day to day activities in a way that lets you prepare yourself as a survivalist, keep bonds with family and friends(while also assisting in their own training!), and potentially save you money is the key to a successful long term survival plan.