Having the right camping and survival gear can and will make all the
difference in the case of an apocalyptic event. You may find yourself
out of the house when the event happens, or you may feel that it's not
safe to stay within your own home due to radiation or subsidence. In
either case, you should not underestimate how much harder it is to
survive outside a permanent shelter, and your choice of camping
equipment needs to reflect this.
Every human has basic needs
that need to be met for survival and the weather and openness of the
outside world makes it much harder to meet them.
Your camping & survival gear should target these basic needs first before you start to address your long term plans:
- Without warmth, humans very quickly lose their internal body heat,
which in turns makes all of your internal organs work slower and less
efficiently. Once you and your family are safe, your first thoughts need
to be about fire, and you have numerous options available to you.
Packing matches or a lighter will only provide you with so many fires
unless you can keep one alive for days on end. A better option is a
simple flint to create sparks. You will need to practice using tinder to
turn the spark into a fire, but this way the heat will not run out. If
you have space, you should also pack thick blankets for additional
Shelter - Unless you are lucky enough to
live near some woods, you stand at the mercy of wind, rain and sunshine
without a form of shelter. These can affect your health and level of
warmth, as well as lowering moral. Your camping and survival gear pack
should include some form of shelter, whether it's a full on tent that
you can unpack and set up in minutes or plastic sheeting that you can
pin up with branches or attach to trees. If you choose a tent, make sure
it will be big enough for all the people staying with you and that you
buy one that you can use any time during the year.
- The human body can survive for a day or two without water and up to
three weeks without food, but you should have means of getting both in
your camping and survival gear. For water, you will need containers as
well as a means of purifying it, in case you cannot find a clean source.
For food, you'll need to think about how much space you have, as you
can either take canned or freeze-dried food for the first few days, or
take items like knives and snares to catch and prepare food that you
find in the wilderness.
Once you've worked out how
to feed yourselves and keep yourselves warm and dry, you can begin to
think about a long term plan for survival. You should think about
including some of the following in your survival gear:
kit - If you have to survive in the wild, the chances are that
hospitals will not be functioning. At a minimum, your medical kit should
include Band-aids, disinfectant, medical tape and painkillers.
- You can also use rope, but cord tends to be thinner and stronger. You
will find numerous uses for the cord, from tying up sheets against the
wind to fixing traps for wild animals.
If you need to leave your base camp, you will need to be able to find
your way back and you will not be able to rely on the weather remaining
constant. Your compass will be your guide in the first few days while
you find your bearings.
The content of your
camping and survival gear will depend on your storage space. It may be
worth having a larger supply stored somewhere in your house and a
smaller bag in the trunk of your car so "it's" ready wherever you are.