Knowledge and skills are sometimes more important than equipment that you’ve stockpiled in case of a major catastrophe. While you definitely need a short-term food supply at least, you won’t be able to stockpile enough food to last forever, and if we have a “TEOTWAWKI” (The End Of The World As We Know It) scenario, you will need to eventually grow your own food.
The old backpacker’s adage is very true; the more skills you carry in your head, the less equipment you need to carry on your back. So, if you believe, as many “Doomsday Preppers” that we are headed for a total societal collapse, you need to determine what you will do when your supplies run out.
Since you can’t master every skill you’ll need to really be self-sufficient long-term, you need to have some reference material to help get you the knowledge you’ll need. Let’s take a look at a couple of books that should be on your shelf.
1) Home Canning. Even if you already do canning, having a book with recipes, times and pressures are essential.
2) Medical / First Aid. Having a reference book, preferably one with some home remedies, could be a matter of life and death.
3) Water filtration systems. You definitely need a good book that includes all the ins and outs of making water safe to drink, otherwise, you won’t even realize key things like the fact that bleach has a shelf life..
4) Gardening. There is so much more to growing food than merely putting seeds in-ground and watching them grow. There are diseases to worry about and insects and all sorts of things that can make your crop yield horrible.
5) Field Sanitation. Most people don’t appreciate that bad plumbing can kill you, which is why building codes are so important. Whether you are in your home or at some remote bugout location, there is a lot to know about field sanitation. It was even covered in the Old Testament, as God gave sanitation laws to Moses for the people when they were wandering in the desert.
So if you want to be a prepper or a survivalist, don’t just focus on guns and ammo and food to the neglect of these other important areas. They may not be as fun or as glamorous, but they will keep you alive.