I began writing this post with the millennial in mind but realized that this advice is good for most anyone. It is especially oriented toward those who find themselves drifting through life without a clear vision of what may come as I see with many millennials.
I know how you feel. I’ve been there and I have kids in a similar situation right now. The advice I have to share is both based on where I’ve been and where I see that we are going as Americans in particular. Although I see much of the world in a similar situation.
First, let me say that the situation we all find ourselves in right now is not “normal”. The economy only appears to be good because of the massive amounts of financial stimulus and rigging done by the government and the central banks done over the past eight plus years. Actually it has been taking place much longer than that, even 1971 and before. It may seem to be good and normal on the surface but I assure you that it is not. Look deeper and you’ll begin to understand.
I hate to paint a gloomy picture of what to expect from here on out but this is the way I see it. It is better to be prepared and hope for the best than to be unprepared and experience the worst. It’s common sense to button up and hunker down for a winter storm when you see the clouds coming and the temperatures dropping. You can feel it in your bones if you’re paying attention. The only difference with our current situation is that you have to be looking intently to find the truth. When the cold wind cuts you down you know that it’s going to be about survival, and you should know what to do about it. It’s my calling to help you to understand what the storm that is coming is about and how you can prepare for it. There’s no time to delay my friends!
So, where do we go from here? Right or wrong, here’s my advice.
First and foremost; Quit wasting time!!! Every minute from this moment forward counts toward your survival. Yes, I do mean survival. What would you do if a winter storm was approaching? Think of what our ancestors did to prepare for a long winter. They would make sure that all of the crops were in, that the root cellar was full, that plenty of wood was cut and stacked, home repairs were made, fences fixed and everything would need to be in order as much as possible as the usual chores become more difficult and dangerous to do in the cold of winter. The plan is to weather the storm comfortably from inside the safety of their home. The winter is upon us and there is NO time to delay.
If you are accountable only for yourself this will be much easier than if you have the responsibility of a family. If it’s more than just you get your spouse and kids on board and make the next several months an intense push to get prepared as quickly as you can. If you have parents and siblings who are unprepared they are your responsibility as well.
Second; Stop wasting your hard earned money! You are going to need it! Do not ever say or think the words; “I deserve it.” Sorry, this is probably just not true. The only things you deserve are what you have worked for and earned. If you bought that nice new car and think you deserved it let me ask you these questions. Did you pay cash for it? Do you already own a home and is it paid off? Do you have a reserve of money and everyday needs saved up? If you do then congratulations! You probably do truly deserve to buy yourself and enjoy a new car. If not, and you’re living paycheck to paycheck, don’t fool yourself.
Do you realize how much more expensive it is to eat out instead of preparing food at home? Stop it! Do you consider each and every one of your purchases and evaluate if they are a necessity or a want? I’m telling you right now if you are not already prepared there is no room for wants. Unless you want to be prepared. I’m hoping that is the case.
Third, you are going to need to make sure that you have a roof over your head. If you’re renting and single I say move back in with Mom and Dad. Take that money you are no longer spending on rent and put it into your preps, which I will list shortly. Pay your share of utilities and rent to your parents. Paying our bills is only going to get more difficult for all of us. The more people who can work and live under the same roof is going to make paying a mortgage easier. A landlord can evict you for lack of paying rent in a matter of months where as it takes much longer, even years, for foreclosure to happen. What if your roommates are no longer able to pay their share of the rent and move out? Consider other forms of shelter that will work for you in your situation? A shipping container home, mobile home, trailer, yurt, tiny home? There are many different and adequate options. At the very least make plans for somewhere else you can live if the worst happens.
Fourth, build up for your food storage. As an absolute minimum you should have 3 months worth of everything you need. Stuff you eat and use everyday. This includes hygiene, medical, cleaning, and other household supplies. Additionally, your goal should be to have one years worth of the essential life sustaining foods like rice, beans, flour/wheat, oats, salt, potato flakes, dehydrated milk, honey, seasonings, etc.
You should have water storage for at least 2 weeks for everyone in your home with ways and plans to get more. Re-use your 2 liter soda bottles and fill them with tap water. 1 to 2 gallons of water per person per week. Remember, you can only survive up to 3 days without it.
Fifth, you should be able to protect and defend yourself, your family, and your supplies. The first place to start is to own a handgun or shotgun. I say start with a handgun first. Train and become proficient and confident with it. Have at least 500 rounds at all times. When you’re good with a handgun you can shoot anything well. A shotgun is an very effective home defense tool that is much easier to use and learn than a handgun and will stop anyone in their tracks. The problem with a shotgun is that you can not always have one with you. They are not very easy to conceal.
The remainder of this list is not going to be exactly in order but you are going to need at least one of each of these items for your survival in the near future. Consider them personal items.
6. Water filters including large volume gravity type.
7. Quality and durable fixed blade knife and sharpening tools – I recommend the ESEE 3 or 4 or other of similar quality. A smaller budget utility knife like the Morakniv would be a good addition too.
8. Fire kit including multiple fire starting methods like Bic lighters and a large Ferrocerium rod.
9. Leather boots. Durable but comfortable footwear is essential!
10. A gore-tex jacket with a hood. Waterproof, windproof, breathable, quality.
11. Leather work gloves. Several.
12. Flashlights & batteries. Stick with one size of battery. I prefer AA and I prefer the Fenix brand of flashlights although there are many other quality brands. A headlamp or two is also a good idea. Solar charging lithium battery flashlights and lanterns are a great option too.
13. Full size Multi-Tool. I prefer the Victorinox Swiss Tool. Leatherman makes a great product too.
14. Hats. All kinds for all seasons including to keep the sun off you.
15. First aid kits. Check out www.survival-medical.com for long term storage products.
16. Shovels and other gardening tools. We will need to be producing all of our own food some day soon. Without quality tools you may not be able to do your part.
17. A quality axe. Most store bought axes are not durable enough for everyday use. A hand forged axe, a file, and a sharpening stone will be essential tools.
18. Rocket Stove. You can make one yourself. I really like my EcoZoom Versa rocket stove. It will not be able to heat a home but you can cook on it outside. It is very efficient and portable.
19. Garden seeds.
20. 5 gallon buckets. These have multiple uses.
21. A quality backpack.
Work, hard work, will be the norm in the near future. Hard work that was the daily work our ancestors did every day for their survival. If you can learn a specific trade and get the tools and supplies you need to perform that trade you will become a valuable asset to any community. Regardless, you will need to do your part and you will need the tools to perform that work.
Most likely wherever we go we’ll have to go on foot and we will be relying on our own heath and strength for our survival. Keep this in mind as you acquire the tools, supplies, and skills you’ll need to the near future.
Make changes now. Begin living a more self-reliant and self-sufficient lifestyle. We must look to the past now to prepare for the future.