Apocalypse Now: The Best Gear You Need to Get Through Desperate Situations

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You may have come across the term “survivalist” or “doomsday scenario”. But what do they mean exactly, and what are prepper websites? In simple terms, it refers to proactively preparing for disasters that can cause potentially massive social destruction. The origins of the current movement lie in the Cold War era, when the threat of nuclear warfare was rampant, particularly during the 1950s. Around that time, many families were building fallout shelters in their basements. Nowadays, you can go online and discover pages that instruct you on the steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.

For many people, however, it can seem like investing in tactical gear is a waste of money. After all, why would you want to own something you’ll probably never use? But this won’t be your thought process if you’re a prepper, part of the military, or a dedicated camping enthusiast. Not long ago, many would have been, at best skeptical, at worst smug about preparing for a doomsday scenario. After all, modern society is fully equipped with the systems necessary to prevent life-threatening events from spiraling out of control and endangering humans worldwide. Then, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and many of those same people stood corrected. Global-scale events threatening human life could indeed occur, and while the world navigated the event, it was still a tough time, mentally, physically and financially.

So, what’s some of the gear you should ensure you include in your backpack? What skills can help keep yourself and your family safe in case of unplanned and unpleasant situations you have to face?

What is the point?

So, just because a doomsday scenario doesn’t come to the worst possible outcome, does it mean all your preparations have been for nothing? Absolutely not. There are many other benefits to being prepared. So, what is the tactical gear used for, apart from survival situations? Well, for starters, you are protected in case of natural disasters, and with one of the effects of climate change being an increase in extreme weather phenomena, it’s essential to be vigilant. Your supplies can also be helpful in case of daily emergencies, such as your car breaking down or seeing someone pass out in public and being able to use your first aid kit to help them. Lastly, depending on the type of tactical gear you get, it can also serve a health-promoting purpose: keeping you in better shape. Building things, learning self-defense and using your equipment to go hiking and take getaway trips in nature are leagues more beneficial to your health than being on your couch in front of the TV.

Food

If you’re in a desperate emergency, the most important thing you need to secure is a steady food source. You don’t have to worry about surviving if you have sufficient sustenance. Storing food is the preferable option, with canned foodstuffs being widely recognized for their non-perishable qualities and ability to go on for years without becoming bad. Freeze-dried foods and MRE, the rations used by the military, are also popular options, known to be ideal when the going gets tough.

However, if the situation stretches over several months, the ability to grow your food becomes paramount. The best tactical gear toolkit should therefore include seeds and gardening tools. You should also get the items necessary to disinfect water and make it safe and drinkable. However, if you’re asking yourself, “what tactical gear should I have” to achieve that, you should know that even straining fluid through a T-shirt goes a long way to remove impurities.

Clothing

Heavy-duty, resistant clothing is among the most important tactical gear you can own. You want something that keeps you both well-protected and comfortable, so it needs to be made to withstand diverse environmental conditions, all while using materials that don’t feel stifling or so heavy you become tired walking around in them. Your best bet when it comes to fabrics is natural, animal fibers, such as wool. It is arguably the best option for keeping warm at all times, making it particularly valuable in cooler climates. However, lighter, smoother wool can also be used safely in warmer weather.

Silk is also surprisingly resilient, although it is typically associated with dainty, ornate clothing. However, it is also very comfortable and makes a perfect base layer for survival clothing. Synthetic fibers that can be used as an outer layer for their rainproof and wind-resistant qualities are also an obvious choice. Be sure to choose items that are still breathable enough, however. If they can’t be adequately vented, they’ll become very uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Tools

Among what every doomsday prepper should have been tools that help you perform various tasks and activities. Some of the key items you should have in your duffel include:

  • Basic cooking equipment: Make sure all the items you pick can work without power. You can include stainless steel cookware such as pots or pans, a tea kettle and a can opener.
  • Fire-starting implements: A lighter can be useful, but matches can be even more so. You must keep these items dry so that they’re fully functional. It also helps to learn how to start a fire yourself.
  • Maps: If you’re not very knowledgeable about your area, maps are a prerequisite for going around safely. Becoming lost can lead you to waste your supplies.
  • A first-aid kit: One of the most important items, a kit can sometimes make all the difference in a life-or-death situation. If someone has become injured, you can help them recover at least momentarily until you reach a place where they can receive more thorough medical attention. If you use any prescription drugs or wear glasses, make sure to pack them among your supplies.
  • A knife: Knives have many purposes. You can use them to cut your way through thick vegetation, prepare ingredients for meals, and defend yourself.
  • Rope or twine: Very important for tying things together, so you don’t lose them, and also for hauling heavy objects around when you’re doing manual work.

When you’re prepared for extreme situations, you somehow expect the unexpected and ensure you’re ready to face anything.

 

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