The Folks over at SHTFplan.com have a reposting of an article from the Daily Sheeple on 5 overrated survival items and suggested alternatives. Far be it for me to disagree with such “experts” in the filed of survival, but one thing I’ve learned about survival and prepping is, “it depends”.
It depends on your circumstances and what you personally are preparing for. On top of that, these items might not do as a long-term solution for your survival needs, but they may work fine for short-term solutions. They may also provide a “bridge” till you get your long-term survival plan up and running. And let’s not forget the important psychological needs these items may fill.As the father of a family of five, whenever there is an emergency situation, the entire family looks to me for leadership and answers – they want “normal” back fast. Some of these survival items might immediately supply that sense of normal and allow us to adjust to what the new normal is going to be – however long that may be.
What this article and my take on it does, I think, is highlight the most important part of prepping and survival – planning. So, remember as you read this article, there is no right answer, no one size fits all, it all depends on your needs and your planning. I think it also highlights what professional survivalist have been saying for years, knowledge trumps gear. While gear has its place and can make things easier, we’ve lost the ability to fend for ourselves in nature. Even here though, it depends – do you think the world as we know it is going to end? Or, will there just be some natural disaster you have to weather for a while?
You can read their article here so I won’t go into their objections and alternate ideas, I just want to point out some things they may be over looking – IMHO.
Canned Food and MREs
Of course they have some valid points here but there are some professionals who disagree and I posted an article on the nutritional value of canned goods – it’s better than you think. Still, you need to read the labels and regardless of which foods you store, store some vitamins too.
They’re probably right that a gasoline generator might not be great for long-term survival and they do admit they are good for short-term solutions. So, here again “it depends”. I’ve got one and I and the whole family are glad we do. We’ve tested it out and it works. I live in Scotland and in a place where flooding and snow storms are a distinct possibility. Many people here have generators. Again, planning. Amazon has them for less than $200. WEN 56180, 1500 Running Watts/1800 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator, CARB Compliant
I’ve never used one or had any experience with them and so I don’t have much to say here. I do notice on survival shows that, most of them carry stainless steel canteens so they can boil the water directly in the container – cuts down on what you have to carry. Again, it depends.
As they author points out himself, it depends. Camouflage probably isn’t much use in an urban environment and maybe even be detrimental to blending in. But if you are going to hunt for your food, then it’s a different story.
I really have no difference of opinions here and they are probably right about the kevlar.
Anyway, that’s my take on this article and, sorry to repeat myself but it is important, approach all these subjects with an “it depends” frame of mind. Planning and learning skills is the most important part of prepping and survival – IMHO.
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