The One Long-Term Survival Tool Everyone Forgets
by Mark M., a prepper in Great Britain.
OK, the SHTF
big time, and it is going to be a very long time until things settle
down. You, as a prepper, have your food, medication and fuel stores,
your guns and ammo, your water and power needs sorted out and your
retreat. You have even arranged allies amongst your neighbours.
You are set to ride this thing out until things slowly get back
to normal. Your garden is growing, and the odd intruding deer, raccoons
and rabbits that fancy a free lunch are making a welcome addition
to your meat stores.
You have probably
forgotten all about the major tool for serious long term survival.
After all, there are not going to be any TV shows or movies for
a while. Talk radio is off the air, and the HAM radio is used for
contact first, gossip second.
Books are not
just for information but, more importantly, entertainment. A musical
instrument or two, if you or one of your party are blessed with
musical ability. Songs, as anyone who has had to do a route march
knows, makes even the most mind numbing tasks bearable. Music in
general, as there is nothing more pleasing than listening to music
of an evening.
has a mix. Some are just paper and ink, mainly the how-to manuals
and the repair manuals for every piece of machinery we have. At
the insistence of my wife, one inclusion I should mention is a good
vegetarian cookbook, for the summer months. The ability to trot
out into the garden, grab some veggies and make a truly tasty and
interesting meal without digging into your meat store is not to
be sneezed at, yet, like most preppers, it was a blind spot for
We have three
and a hand cranked charger that will charge them and our MP3 player.
hand crank charger is dirt cheap, easily repaired if it breaks
and takes up almost zero room (as usual, I am not affiliated with
this site or product in any way, merely a happy customer). Two of
the Kindles have yet more manuals on them, with duplication of the
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