Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Preventative Measures: Six Survival Basics

Taking preventative measures now is one of the most important things you can do to effectively survive any apocalypse whether it be one of a zombie nature, hellfire and brimstone, or just an average run of the mill berserker rampage by mother nature. Today we have put together a starter guide to help you in your quest to be as badass as you can be.  
"Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One of the biggest secrets in any survival situation is that if you never get sick or injured, you are already ahead of the person who failed to read this blog. Below we have listed what we like to think of as the six basics of preventative measures. These will help keep you alive which is way, way better than being dead.

  • Adequate Nutrition - You will want to keep yourself well fed and hydrated with clean water. You body will be able to fight off infection and heal wounds faster if your energy reserves are kept at a high level. We will have more in future articles on how to find sources of fresh water in a survival situation, but for now, please check out our fantastic squirrel stew for ideas on supper.
  • Rest - This goes hand in hand with nutrition. An unrested mind is one of the most dangerous forces at play in a survival situation. You can and will be your own worst enemy. Without sleep you will make more mistakes than you would if well rested. Mistakes will lead to cuts and bruises at best and death at worst. Always remember: death is bad. Avoid death.
  • Personal Hygiene - It's not just a good suggestion your momma gave you, but it will save your life. Washing your hands and bathing will clear harmful bacteria from your skin that can either make you sick if ingested or infect wounds on your skin.
  • Immunizations - Make sure you are up to date on shots and immunizations. If you have a regular physician (recommended) they can tell you when and if you need any shots. Even if you shy away from flu vaccinations which might or might not be a bad thing (but that's another debate), you still want to make sure you are immunized from common diseases and viruses. You know... like chicken pox and stuff like that.
  • Dental Hygiene - Some of us are more scared of the dentist than others, but detal hygiene is one of the most important things you can keep up to date on. Not only will cavities hurt like hell, but if left unattended, they can become infected and cause you all sorts of problems. Gum disease can even lead to eventual heart problems if left unmonitored. So suck it up and go get them perty yellows scrubbed clean.
  • Adequate Shelter - For ideas on a quick solution check out our excellent Lean-To article. Why are shelters important you might ask? Well, read the article and you will find out some specifics but basically the elements will kill you. You want to stay as protected from them as possible so you can enjoy some of the previously mentioned essentials like rest and personal hygiene.
Knowledge is a currency that will never fade.


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