Whether you call it prepping, survivalism, or something else, it is filled with what ifs. It seems as though we’re constantly running scenarios through our heads and coming up with ways to mitigate risks before they happen. This is all good stuff, don’t get me wrong. But, I think we sometimes approach it from the wrong perspective.
We talk a lot about societal collapse, EMP, economic disasters and all that sort of fun stuff. We make plans for bugging out should our homes no longer be safe to inhabit. We set aside food, water, and other supplies to last us weeks, months, even years. We put together bug out bags, get home bags, even INCH (I’m Never Coming Home) bags – that last one is really kind of ridiculous if you ask me.
We make plans for what we’ll use for barter and trade after the dollar collapses. We strive to be able to kill a deer, prepare it for dinner, and build a working bicycle from the carcass, all with nothing more than a knife that we’ve made ourselves from knapping an old beer bottle we scrounged.
Here’s the thing, though. We’re far more likely to need a simple bandaid than we are the giant pack filled with everything but the kitchen sink. By covering that cut properly, we’re going to lessen the chances of an infection that could have truly serious consequences.
Spare socks are likely to be more important in the grand scheme of things than that fancy $100 multi-tool. For damn sure they’re going to weigh less and they’ll probably get more use.
Learning 87 different ways to light a fire using everything from flint and steel to a chunk of ice to a freakin’ lemon is great knowledge to have…but pack a couple of butane lighters in your kit.
Packing several snares and knowing how and where to set them could prove very useful…but bring some trail mix and peanut butter.
Knowing how to slap together a debris hut will definitely help keep the rain off but a compass, map, and knowing how to use them might get you home before the storm hits.
It is the little things that keep us upright, alive, and moving forward. Survival is typically far more about the the little things than it is about the heroic efforts.