This week in the Survivalist Prepper show, we did something a little different. Instead of going over one subject, we answered some listener questions. We talked about bug out bags, an economic collapse, prepping skills, and the NSA.
The show notes are a little short this week, but the podcast was full of useful information . We also talked about the Prepper Med class here in Colorado that we are going to in October, the members giveaway, and how to get a free trail of the Survivalist Prepper Academy.
Make sure and check the bottom of this post for details about everything we mentioned in the beginning of the show.
SPP211 Bug Out Bags, Economic Collapse, Prepping Skills and the NSA
Which is more important, a bug out bag, or bug in bag?
In the show I talked about why I think a bug in bag might be more important than a bug out bag. Actually, it doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as it’s with you when you need it.
Most of us have no plans on bugging out, unless it is unavoidable. A bug in situation is more likely to happen because you never know where you will be when disaster strikes.
I noticed you have Medihoney in your bug out bag first aid kits. Can you explain what it is, and why to have it?
Lisa answered this question much better in the podcast than I can here. She uses Medihoney quite a bit at work helping people with diabetic wounds. For preppers the applications may not be as severe.
Medihoney helps expedite the healing process, and donates moisture to the wound when necessary. For preppers, Medihoney would be good for larger wounds, burn wounds and even blisters you might get from bugging in.
If you are interested in the Bug Out Bag First Aid Kits we have a few more available at the SHTFShop.com here.
You two seem very level headed, how do you stay that way? The more I read about all the bad stuff in the world today, the more I want to hide in the corner.
While it’s true that some people are just “less stressed out” about things, I think we should all try to not become overwhelmed when we are researching preparedness. There are a number of ways our lives could be turned upside down, but if we can’t change it, why consume our lives worrying about it.
It is important to research all these disaster scenarios, and it’s important to be prepared for them, but other than that, things are out of our hands. The reason we prepare is to give ourselves the best possible chance in the event of a disaster. Doing this actually makes me more confident for if and when something happens.
I know that what you are concerned with most is an economic collapse. Could you expand on why, and how you are preparing for it?
To me, preparing for an economic collapse means preparing for a number of disaster scenarios, not just investing in silver and storing food. An economic collapse could be the first domino in a long line of domino’s to fall later.
A financial collapse could cause civil unrest, Martial Law, military actions, loss of income, and even the inability to maintain some of our critical infrastructure. While an economic collapse would not cause a complete grid failure, a grid failure could trigger a financial collapse.
What (in your opinion) are a few of the most important skills to learn?
To me, the right mindset is vital in any survival situation. While mindset might not be considered a skill, it allows you to better utilize the skills you already have. This holds true for everyday life as well. If you are constantly looking for solutions, you are bound to find a way. If you are constantly looking for excuses, you won’t get very far.
Building on the skills you are already good at, and becoming really good at them is also a good idea. The more useful you are in a SHTF scenario, the more likely people will want to “keep you around”.
As far as the most important skills, I would say the basics. Fire starting, water filtration, bushcraft and operational security are always a good place to start. Once you get the basics down, you can expand and grow from there.
Tin Foil Hat Time
This week during tin foil hat time Lisa and I talked about how the NSA and getting spied on is becoming accepted, and a part of daily life. These days people are guilty until proven innocent and it really doesn’t matter if you are innocent in the first place.
I hear people say “I have nothing to worry about, I’ve done nothing wrong. If someone wants to build a case against you, and has the resources of the NSA behind them, they will.
Colorado PrepperMed Course
Over the last couple of weeks I have been talking about the wilderness medicine class that Kevin from the Wilderness Safety Institute is going to be doing in October. He is still in the beginning stages of planning, but if you would like to get updates you can sign up here.
This course is going to cover some first aid skills we might need in any sort of disaster scenario when medical help in unavailable. There might even be a couple bonus classes, but like I said, everything is in the planning stages at this point.
7 Day Trial at the Survivalist Prepper Academy
I have had quite a few people asking what exactly the academy has to offer, so for a limited time I set up a free 7 day trial (no credit card required) so people can have a look under the hood. If you’re interested, click here to sign up.