On many disaster-preparedness and prepper websites, there is a lot of information on storing food, water, medicines and consumables. They often give advice on everyday carry bags, bug-out bags and go-bags. Some sites talk about go-vehicles, off-grid survival cabins and even survival shelters or bunkers.
But, as the hurricanes in Puerto Rico showed, sometimes being prepared is not enough to out-smart a disaster. Sometimes, the stored supplies become unreachable or are themselves destroyed, and we are left with nothing.
For the past few months, I have been teetering on becoming homeless, so my prepper considerations are changing. I now think about what I can carry with me, if I have to walk away. Carrying 3-weeks worth of water, or tinned food is not an option. I am trying to acquire useful tools, skills and knowledge in order to survive. Learning to forage for wild food, and water. Having portable shelter, and tools. Learning to navigate in the countryside.
I recently watched the film “The 5th Wave“. In this film the main character literally runs
away with a small day pack on her back, and nothing else. That is all she has to survive. Although set in a disaster scenario, where looting is (sort of) allowed, the main character supplements her needs on the go.
If you had to walk away from your home, with no prospect of returning, and no vehicle, would your preparation knowledge, skills, supplies and tools allow you to survive?
Would you prefer to be homeless in a town or city, living in a cardboard box, or a tent or shelter, in the countryside or woods?