It is pretty easy to get caught up in the act of packing bug out bags, stockpiling food and water and gathering basic supplies that will help you live after SHTF. Prepping is all about making sure you can survive with what you have. In a worst case scenario, you would have to bug out to safety. It isn’t like bugging out means you walk across the street. You are going to have to put some distance between you and whatever it is that has threatened your life.
In almost any scenario, bugging out is going to have to be done on foot. You aren’t going to have the luxury of jumping in the family car and driving away from disaster. You and about a million other people are all going to have the same idea in mind. Have you ever tried to drive home after attending a big concert or sporting event? It is chaos. You get nowhere fast. When you have the end of the world breathing down your neck, you can’t afford to sit in a traffic jam. You have to walk.
Could you physically walk 20 to 30 miles in the shape you are in now? Could you do it carrying your bug out bag or possibly even carrying your small child? If the answer is maybe, you are in trouble. You can’t just assume you will somehow find the energy and ability to do something so physically exhausting because you have to. You may be able to make it to your destination, but you are going to be drained.
You need to get in shape now. Quit spending your weekends on the couch watching survival shows. Get up and move. Walk around the block several times, go hiking, run on the high school track. You need to get your body into shape so you can walk and actually breathe when you are trying to survive. Don’t be the person who holds the rest of the group because you have to stop and catch your breath. GET IN SHAPE!
After a disaster strikes, doctors and modern medicine are going to be scarce. Your tummy ache or that incessant headache are not going to be important enough for a doctor to see you if you can find one. Hospitals and medical workers are going to be overwhelmed treating those who have been seriously injured. It doesn’t mean you have to suffer, though. You can take care of some of your minor aches and pains by growing a few plants or knowing what they look like so you can harvest them and use them to treat yourself.
Here are 5 plants that will come in handy after your life has been turned upside down.
1-Peppermint leaves can be chewed on or put into a tea to help ease a headache. The tea tea will also soothe an upset stomach and is safe for young children to drink. The refreshing taste is also known to be a mood enhancer.
2-Aloe vera is a common house plant, but it is also an excellent healing agent. Apply the juice squeezed from the plant to wounds to aid in healing. Burns, including sunburns, can also be soothed with the liquid from an aloe vera plant.
3-Garlic isn’t just for spaghetti. Eating garlic when you are battling an ear infection or other mild infection can help your body win the battle against the infection. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Eat it or make it into a tea.
4-Lavender fields are pretty easy to spot. Lavender can be made into a tea to help calm your nerves. When you are dealing with chaos, you may feel anxious and even suffer from anxiety attacks. A little lavender will help calm you. Smelling the lavender is effective as well.
5-Sage is nature’s gauze. It is super soft and contains antibacterial qualities. Wrap a wound with sage leaves to promote healing while protecting the injury from getting more dirt inside it.
There are many uses for herbs and plants found growing in the wild. Spend some time getting familiar with medicinal plants so you are ready to treat your aches and pains when there are no doctors.
Many people focus their energy on prepping food and water in case of an emergency. While this is certainly a necessary task, it is important to focus on all aspects of life without power or access to running water. In the aftermath of any serious event, many government and city resources are going to be unavailable. This includes sanitation and clean drinking water. We rely on electricity to clean the water and pump it into our homes. When there are no sanitation systems, we not only lose running water to our home, we lose the ability to flush toilets. There will be no trash collectors either. This creates a potentially lethal scenario of people living in and around human waste with no way to take care of personal hygiene needs.
You need to plan ahead in order to avoid dealing with things like dysentery, mice, cockroaches and a long list of other unpleasant and potentially dangerous problems that arise when sanitation is ignored.
Toilets—Invest in a camp toilet that you can use when there is no water. You can also use a 5-gallon bucket lined with heavy duty garbage bags. When the bag is half full, remove the bag and bury it at least 300 feet from your home and any bodies of water. You could also dig a hole in the ground and place a bucket over the top. When the hole becomes ¾ full, fill it in with dirt. You want at least 12 inches of dirt over the top of the waste. Place rocks or large logs over the area to keep animals from digging.
Trash-Get familiar with recycling and repurposing various items. No, there won’t be any recycling centers open, but you will be surprised at what you can do with items you normally throw out. Learn about composting. You can use up a great deal of your kitchen waste by tossing it in a compost bin to later use in your garden. You can burn trash as long as well. Avoid burning chemical containers and most plastics. Use the plastics to store water or as containers for gardening. You can also bury the trash. Dig a hole at least 3 feet deep and cover it with 18 inches of dirt.
Hygiene—Use soap and water to wash your hands frequently. Pour water over your hands rather than dipping them in a bowl of water. Use hand sanitizer in between hand washings to keep your hands as clean as possible.
It is extremely important you work hard at maintaining a relatively clean environment to reduce the spread of disease and viruses.
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