The Bare Necessities.

As usual I’ve been reading other people’s wisdom about prepping.
The level of expertise and depth of knowledge from some is truly impressive.

(Because I didn’t appreciate how much I don’t know).

Only as explained to another:-
There is too much information out there.
It sort of clouds the mind, and I have a VERY SMALL MIND.

It’s impossible to know everything, it’s impossible to remember everything.
Hell at best I retain about 10% in my head and the rest I write down in notebook form.
No, to be more accurate I write EVERYTHING down in notebook form.
Only there isn’t a notebook big enough to cover everything.

So what do you do to cope with information overload?
How do you sort out the wheat from the chaff, what’s important from unnecessary, as applicable to your particular situation?

To what “depth” do you gather Intel and knowledge and keep that to hand?

It’s a problem which seems to be pretty geographic.
By that I mean some places are naturally stable, others aren’t.
Stable? Economically, climatically, geological, and population stability, etc.

Looking at the UK, disasters or civil unrest are pretty rare.
Sure we have trouble here from terrorists of certain faiths and generic ethnic origins.
Boy my PC, sensitivity training really kicked in there!
We do have criminals. Common, stuffed shirts (that would be the politicians), their scummy agents (uncivil servants), and of course the bankers.
Plus we have drugs, immigrant problems, and a really mucked up system of government.

Yet when it comes to disasters, I mean REAL DISASTERS we never seem to get anything of REAL substance. Earthquakes only shake a few tiles (shingles) loose, Tornadoes are a non event, although when it comes to flooding?

We occasionally get very wet but no tsunami’s.

Yet UK’s prudent, them with their eyes open, are prepping for. . . . .
And there is the problem for some.
Do we all need to think about exotic events or just the basic “tilts” in life?

Now we’re lucky.
Living off grid, prepping is SOP for the wife, dog and me.
With the main day-to-day danger to us coming from the river, the weather, and out of control ducks.

As for the other things?

  • No money is usual for us so that failing completely would be a minor inconvenience.
    Apart from anything else both of us are fully qualified skip divers, foragers, and scavengers.
  • No electricity is a bit worrying though as everything needs that.
    Although we’ve probably got that covered as part of our  skills base?
  • Not forgetting a real possibility of an all out attack by the government.
    Where our solution to that would be to simply disappear.
  • One thing we do prep strongly for is civil disorder or collapse and all that entails.
  • That and a pandemic. Things can get kinda “personal” regarding both those events.
  • We aren’t particularly worried about WW3 though.
    NATO are full of hot air and piss with little desire to take on a REAL force aka Russia, China, and Mothercare.
    Thus WW3 is not something we lose a lot of sleep on.

Having said that we are keeping up our knowledge and equipment “just in case”.

I suppose all this is leading up to quite a major question.
If you were to write out a list of what knowledge is essential.
That’s the stuff which is non geographic specific but going to keep one and all alive.
What would your core list consist of?
That and just how big a notebook would you need to cover that list.

I’m a fan of printed matter too although my book collection is pretty small.
Quality of information taking over from the dozens of books I used to collect.

The SAS survival Guide, FM 21-76 has recently been superseded by FM 3-05.70
The ship captain’s medical guide and the Austere Medic, plus
Where There Are No Doctors (WTAND), and it’s companion i.e. WTA No Dentists.

Hardy a lot is it. What’s in yours?

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11 Responses to The Bare Necessities.

  1. A long time ago you had posted about skills needed in survival. You and I talked about medicine and medications. Since then, I have really focused on getting the family off of pharmaceuticals and onto herbal remedies. I have a couple books that have proven to be extremely useful.

    So, my herb guides, hubby’s survival guides from his military service, and a notebook of my medicinal recipes would be our printed matter to keep.

    • Thanks for your input.

      Recently we’ve gone through yet another re-evaluation of our prepping plans.

      As I’ve probably said before, you need to re-visit your plans occasionally to ensure everything still works. Most of our plans stood up to evaluation BUT some didn’t.

      Know what tripped us up the most?
      Too much detail, too rigid in execution. No ‘wriggle’ room.

      So once again we stripped away the if, maybe, and if nothing changes thinking and went back to basics.

  2. shtfprepper says:

    Prepper’s Water Survival Guide, Daisy Luther
    Penny Pinching Prepper, Bernie Carr
    Prepper’s Natural Medicine, Cat Ellis
    Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook, Scott Finazzo
    Complete Survival Shelters Handbook, Anthonio Akkermans
    SAS Survival Handbook, John “Lofty” Wiseman
    SAS Guide to Tracking, Bob Carss
    Survival Medicine Handbook, Dr. Alton & Nurse Amy

    Jim Cobb’s…
    Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide
    Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness
    Prepper’s Financial Guide
    Countdown to Preparedness
    Urban Emergency Survival Plan
    Prepper’s Home Defense
    Prepper’s Survival Hacks

  3. Wow dropped into your blog by accident and be engrossed by the posts, need to come back and read more. Planning anything in my book need to follow the keep it simple rule – I guess that’s why I like lists!!

    • Thank you for your kind comments and welcome to my scribblings.
      Only with anything you read on the Internet, check for yourself to ensure accuracy of content.

      That’s what the “Dangerous Advice” tag is all about on the blog.

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