When your walking around a store – any store – and your doing your shopping, how often do you think about your survival supplies? Is it something you make a list of and make a special trip to town? Or do you incorporate your survival supplies shopping into your everyday life?
Lets take last night as an example, my wife and I went shopping at the local super wal-mart. While we were walking through the store, I picked up a 2 pack of strike on box matches. At 250 matches per box, that is 500 matches.
The last time I was at the camp I took inventory of my matches, and it came to like 6 or 7 boxes of 250 matches per box. So that equals out to around 1,500 – 1,700 matches. But I needed some for my house, so I picked up another 500. I also got a box of Remington 30-30 ammo, 12 gauge #4 shot, and a box of 12 gauge rifled slugs.
When we got to the food section, we picked up our grocery list for this weekend and 2 jars of olives – 1 jar for this weekend and 1 jar to put up.
My wife picked up some corn bread mix for this weekend. While we were standing there in the isle, I was wondering “how well corn bread mix would store in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers? The mix has an expiration date of 2013. So what would the date be if the corn bread mix was re-packaged for long term storage?” That is the kind of stuff I think about when shopping.
In 1 trip to wal-mart I picked up:
20 rounds of Remington 30-30 150 grain ammo
25 rounds 12 gauge #4 shot – #4 is great for squirrel hunting
15 rounds 12 gauge slug – good for deer or wild hogs
1 extra jar of olives – I really like olives
500 strike on box matches
The ammo is going to be put in their boxes and stored, olives will be put up, and 500 matches will be stored.
I see survivalist that put a lot of time an effort into their preps. If I put a “lot” of time and effort into it, I would probably get burned out. So I try to take the slow and steady approach.
While we are on the topic, take a look at this forum thread about survivalist burn out. I made 2 post on that page – scroll down to post #24 and #31.
One of the problems that I see, is that people put “too” much time and effort into survivalism. Its like they jump in with both feet, take off running, get tired and drop out of the race. Think like a turtle (slow and steady), or like a squirrel. A squirrel buries 1 nut at a time.
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