masterlist:survival

Signs in a Zombie Apocalypse

The fearless leader who is done with crap and somehow knows what the hell is going on: Capricorn, Sagittarius

The one with the guns and blowing crap up: Aries, Gemini

Goes on a risky supply run because they don’t care about crap they just care about food might as well die trying right: Taurus, Leo

Screams but bashes zombies’ heads in anyway: Libra, Scorpio

Hides in the cellar or attic or some random house and boards up all the windows: Pisces, Virgo

Is the zombie: Cancer, Aquarius

We’ve joked about the impending nuclear apocalypse for years (because let’s face it, it’s pretty damn funny), but at the rate things have been going, we’re starting to wonder if we should stop laughing and start sounding alarms. Right now it’s still hard to say, but until WWIII hits we’re going to remain confident that our suggestion to build a bunker and stock it full of survivalist gear is merely precautionary rather than prophetic.

So check out this life-saving equipment which every day seems increasingly more and more necessary (gulp). And even if you’re not preparing for the End Days, at least the stuff is pretty awesome:

Keeping all of your priceless heirlooms and field rations in that cheeky bindle might make a few world-weary souls chuckle, but you’ll need a heavy-duty backpack if you want to make it through winter. This durable satchel is made of ballistic nylon developed by military material experts, and is big enough to carry a 15" laptop … because if it’s the end of the world, you’ll definitely want to be firing off angry emails to the people who made that happen. Wait, will electronics work in this new post-apocalyptic era? Well, it can’t hurt keeping your laptop around as a tool to bludgeon squirrels to death. Grab the Ballistic Backpack for $99.99.

10 Items You Need (More Than A Chainsaw) In The Apocalypse

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Botanical name : Morchella Esculenta

Common names : Morel, True Morel, Sponge Morel, Common Morel

Physical appearance : The morel features a distinctive cap which resembles a cross-section of a honeycomb. The deep pitting is a distinguishing feature which differentiates true morels from false ones. The stem is white to pale yellow whilst the cap is pale brownish cream and can include grey tones. The cap and stem form one continuous chamber.

Edible parts : Stem and cap.

Best places to find : Favours sandy soils, usually under broad leaved, hard woods. Can be found in pasture land, old orchards, woodland clearings and recently burnt arable or forest land.

Time of year : Best harvested in early Spring.

Serving suggestions : The pitted nature of the morel’s surface tends to accumulate a lot of debris and/or insects. Be sure to clean thoroughly before consumption. NB! - The morel should not be consumed in its raw state, as it contains a gastrointestinal irritant (hydrazine). Parboiling or blanching these mushrooms will denature this irritant, making it safe for human consumption.

Sliced and gently fried in butter with a hint of crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Also good for stews, soups and omelettes.

Other uses : These mushrooms are ideal for freezing and drying and can be stored for a long time in these states. Morels have also been used in Chinese medicine to help treat digestive problems and to control phlegm. Modern scientific research is being carried out, into the anti viral, anti fatigue and anti tumour properties of the Morel.

NB - Please be sure you know what you are picking. Many plants look similar to one another and many can be poisonous! Please seek professional instruction if you are unsure! This is all the more important whilst dealing with mushrooms. Don’t risk your life!!!

Educational Youtube

I said I’d post this some time ago, and I have finally got around it five hundred years later. Here are some of my favorite original content educational YT channels. (Not channels that simply repost documentaries/TV series.)

Historia Civilis: Roman history. This guy has a way of breaking everything down in a very easy-to-follow manner, and uses direct and to-the-point visuals (don’t let the powerpoint-ness of it fool you, the simplicity is excellent.) Great way to be introduced into this field of study. I particularly enjoy the way he lays out the tactics of specific battles. 

Primitive Technology: What it says on the tin. He starts with nothing but his hands and a plot of land, fashions primitive tools using ancient techniques, and makes more and more complex things using those tools. There is no narration or speech, so you have to be able to watch the entire time, but it is both fascinating and relaxing– there is an ASMR quality to it. Would recommend you start from the very beginning where he builds a wattle and daub hut.

scholagladiatoria: This one is for my fellow arms and armour geeks, or simply writers who want to write more realistic fight scenes. Hand to hand combat, swords, armour, all things of that manner.  Thinking about and talking about swords is difficult to get a real feel for in this day and age because we simply don’t use them any more and most of us can’t even visualize combat without defaulting to what we’ve seen in films– this channel helps you understand the more practical hands-on side of things and debunks a lot of the on-screen silliness we see.

The Great War: This channel takes you through WWI week by week. Simple concept really brilliantly executed. It’s sort of a drip-feed of history, which is sometimes preferable (and more memorable) to getting a lot of it in one go. Additionally, the upload schedule has them putting up videos of what happened at this time 100 years ago, which makes dates and things easier to memorize. (also fuck, would you look at those production values.) 

Alan Thrall: Powerlifting, and how to do it right. Down-to-earth, no frills, great sense of humor, everything you want in a powerlifting channel.

Ray Mears & Woodlore: I love and greatly admire Ray Mears. He’s exactly my kind of survivalist– he respects nature and the power it has over life and death, as opposed to being the kind of survivalist who seeks to conquer it. He also abhors gadgetry and prioritizes knowledge and in-field crafting skills to relying on carrying exactly the right piece of gear into a survival situation. His official channel is a bit commercial, but check out the playlists for an intro to the kind of survivalist he is and the kinds of skills he teaches.  While he’s best known for his series on bushcraft and wilderness survival, he also has great series on history and nature– they are not on his channel, but they are on Youtube elsewhere. 

Salt

One of the most overlooked things in a survival setup is Salt. It’s easily passed over and it is in many survival type foods but if you’re building a 72 hour kit, a bug out bag, a survival food storage or just a couple week camp setup you should remember to bring salt. 

It’s vital to your bodies functions, it is a fantastic seasoning to many things you can find out there and it packs very light. As long as it does not get wet it never taints or spoils and you don’t need so much you drown in it but a few salt packets will help you a whole lot. 

I like to just get the small paper packets at gas stations and fast food places along with some black pepper if they have it. I have a small bag full of the packets that I toss in with my food when I go on journeys. It keeps me healthy, gives me good tasting food and is just nice to lick every once in awhile. 

Salt can also be used for trade in an extended situation. If you stockpile salt you can use it to preserve meat and vegetables. 

So next time you go out for a few days in the wilds bring some salt.