Let’s take a look at the 25 Must Have Items to ensure your survival during a disaster – either at home or in the wild, in no particular order. Water Filters and Purifiers.  Stock up on these, as well as portable ones if you are forced to be on the move. Guns, Ammo, Knives and Bats.  Be sure that you are comfortable using them and have adequate training. Charcoal, Lighters, and Matches.  These are must haves whether you are home bound or are on the move.
Matches and Lighters.  Store strike anywhere matches in a waterproof container, as well as lighters.
Flashlights and Batteries.  These will also help you in a situation where you may need to signal for help. Flash Drive.  Store all your important personal documents for each family member on a flash drive, including medical records and birth certificates.
Tinder and Kindling.  These are a must to quickly start fire and keep it going throughout the night. Portable Toilets.  While you can get by without it, it makes the list because it can be a great bartering item.
Basic Tools.  Having basic tools like a saw, ax, and a hammer will be helpful in building a shelter if you need to do so with natural materials in the woods. Before I get everyone from the South upset, I will say that most places in Georgia aren’t used to snow. Before I get into the actual content list of items to store in a winter car survival kit, I should bring up fuel. Yes, I assumed it was pretty dismal weather even though the overall accumulation in inches wasn’t that significant(relatively speaking). Atlanta or any large city is not where I would want to be if anything serious happened; I agree with you. Many preparedness books (mine included) are full of lists that tell you what supplies you need to survive a coming zombie apocalypse, an epic climate change flash freeze, or a plain old everyday power outage. When planning for disaster, we run through scenarios in our mind and those scenarios give us a visual baseline for which we make plans. There is no doubt in my mind that every day there are more and more new preparedness-minded (preppers) out there who have made the decision to get started. 17 Things To Do Before the Economy Collapses If You Want to Survive the Economic Collapse, You Need to Read This Venezuela is in full free-fall collapse, where it is an adventure getting home from the grocery store, assuming the store has any food. When I am asked how preppers stockpile food for an economic collapse or other emergency, I am often surprised by the reaction that people have. So how does a typical prepper stockpile food for an economic collapse or other “SHTF” (Sewage Hits The Fan) scenario? The thing about short-term food storage is that it includes all the items in your pantry that you eat every day. So Job One for a serious prepper is that each week they want to be cooking at least one meal from items in their long-term food storage, to ensure that when the time comes, they will be already acclimated to using them.
Stockpiling food this way is both very practical and very economical and can be done step by step instead of requiring a single, budget-busting purchase of survival foods from some online store. The whole point of being governed by a Constitution and not by men or directly by the people themselves was to stop incredible stupidity from annihilating our Freedoms. In the latest think piece from contributor Richard Broome, we ask that question within the context of a disruptive event and SHFT.  Going beyond that, we ask a few questions in our quest to establish a baseline of fitness. All you have to do is hike ten miles with a twenty or thirty pack on your back to realize that fitness is indeed an important part of prepping.  This article is going to make you ponder, no doubt, but beyond that it just might trigger some positive action to set you on the path of prepper fitness, or, what Richard has call “PrepperFit”. I have been out of town for the last week spending time with my wife, my four children and their spouses, and four grandchildren at a resort in Florida. As I spent time sitting in the shade of a large umbrella, watching my family splash about in a pool, I took note of the other people at the resort and was taken aback some by the fairly rotund people around me. For me, retired from both the military and the business world, and now teaching at a university, I do have more time each day to try to stay fit. The first time we were told to drop to the ground with our rifles cradled in our arms, and then low crawl on our stomachs using only our arms and legs (no getting up on our knees, hands or elbows and crawling like a baby) and move for 50 yards as fast as we could go. But at the end of the day and getting ready to settle in for the night, the drill sergeants then told me to dig a foxhole that I could shoot the machine gun from. So, as we begin to have a conversation on Backdoor Survival about what standards we need to have as preppers, it occurred to me while sitting comfortably in the shade by the pool at that very nice resort in Florida looking at some less than physically fit people, that while preppers may well be ready with the material items they need to gather, will our bodies fail us? On the long plane ride back from Florida to Montana, I was on one of those airlines that had a TV embedded in the seat back facing you. And…how do you even prepare for something like this without your neighbors thinking you have gone completely bonkers? Given my suspicion that most of us will likely be physically challenged if the SHTF, how do you prepare for a sudden increased level of physical demand?
I was able to get through my first weeks of Army boot camp because I had a baseline of high school athletic physical fitness to start with.
In short, at whatever age or state of life you are presently in, a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and routine exercise needs to be a baseline for all preppers. So, as our starting point to developing a PrepperFit standard, suspecting most of us will only be moderately physically ready for the SHTF moment, here are some questions for all of you. If asked for your opinion today, before the SHTF, what would your answers be to the following questions? But, most important, how far behind do you think you are right now, before you will be able to get out front? He is considered a national expert on the subjects of preparedness, disaster recovery and survival. Now living in a small community in Montana, he is a member of the faculty at Montana State University where he teaches leadership.

Also, note that his two books, Leaving The Trees and Good Crazy (Leaving The Trees Journey) (Volume 2), can be found on Amazon.  His next novel, Final Reckoning Day, will be out in the fall of 2015. If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to email updates.  When you do, you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-Book, The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic. Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices. Being one of those older Americans whose activity levels has steadily gone downhill as I’ve gotten older I wonder if I could even bring up the rear. I don’t think, in the long run, that immense physical strength is going to be as much an asset in a SHTF scenario as will endurance. Like most other aspects of prepping, the baseline will probably vary from one individual to the next. Its times like this that I wonder how things would have been different if everyone involved had taken the time to prepare a simple winter car survival kit. The weather forced a lot of people to wait in traffic for hours due to accidents or road clearing operations.
It can’t be said enough that you should have no less than a half a tank of gas at all times. That goes to show you even more so how important it is to be prepared for little blips like this. The reality for a lot of people is that because of work or family they simply don’t have any better options at this time. Wouldn’t take up too much space but in the off-chance of an ice over like Atlanta, you could stud up your tires and be on your merry way. The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone else. They’re people who despise the very idea of prepping and actually pride themselves on being as non-prepared as possible. As preppers we talk a lot about the steps you can take right now to get preparedso that you will have a plan, supplies and options for when that disaster may strike.
Preppers focus some of their attention on stockpiling food as well as creating renewable sources like gardens or livestock (chickens and rabbits) as protection against the possibility that the local grocery store is no longer able to provide something to eat.
They naturally assume that I have a bunch of pallets of Army MRE’s or freeze-dried survival meals in the garage. But I live in the real world and as a Prepper Consultant I have to advise people who don’t have unlimited resources.
More likely, it is food that is in Number 10 cans that you can get from a LDS (Latter Day Saints, or “Mormon) church cannery. Preppers are also thinking about being stranded in their cars away from their supplies and are thinking about what they will do if the power grid goes down. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear.
As we age, it is clear to me that with our intense lifestyles and demanding careers, many of us are not as fit or lean as we would like.
I walk at least a couple of miles every morning with my golden retriever, Molly, and then go to the gym on most days to lift weights and generally workout. Every time we tried to rise up and crawl on our knees and elbows, (which would expose us to enemy fire if we ever got that high off of the ground) they kicked us in our rumps to encourage us to learn how to do the low crawl correctly. As a former football player, a big guy at 6’4”, I was assigned the job of carrying my platoon’s machine gun.
Every time the platoon finally stopped to take a quick break and drink some water out of our canteens, I was grateful to rest the machine gun on the ground for a few moments. There are moments when you have read as much as you possibly can, so you are grateful for anything that is on TV on an airplane to help pass the time. Men and women competitors were doing feats of strength and endurance such as picking up a 50 pound bag, running the length of a football field with it, then dropping it and running back to fetch another 50 pound bag until they had several bags moved from one end of the football field to the other.
My guess is for every 1000 people who read this article about prepper fitness on Backdoor Survival, maybe 25 of you have this level of fitness now and 975 don’t. I think the most honest approach is to know that you are going to be, as the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu says, behind before you are out front. I was sore and tired each day and would fall into my bunk as soon as our drill instructors turned the lights out in our barracks. But…for all of us, the key factor is going to be where you start from on the fitness scale and it cannot be grossly obese and seriously out of physical condition.
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This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen. Since developing psoriasis on the soles of my feet my walking and running endurance has tanked. We will be required to do a lot more physically everyday than our normal lives are used to. The packs alone which stare me in the face each day are telling me I couldn’t possibly carry them for even 2 miles, much less 15 or more.
As far a swimming, I think that also depends on your situation, for me the nearby lake is the largest body of water that we have, so probably should be able to swim across the whole thing.
I think that there are certainly factors that would have made this little amount of snow something to contend with anyway, but the lives of a lot of people could have been much better with a little planning and preparedness.

The cities in the south do not have the equipment to take care of the snow as well as cities in the north because they so rarely get anything at all it is hard to justify the expense.
Having simple preparations ahead of time (even more so with the threat of inclement weather) would have made these delays more tolerable and could have ensured that more people could have made it home to their families instead of spending the night on the floor at CVS. Some of the winter car survival kit items are just as important in the summer and can be considered as core. Had people (Anyone with a smart phone, government officials, almost everyone involved) believed what the weather predicted AND PLANNED accordingly, perhaps we would have a different outcome. As long as you carry your car-sense forward to the rest of your preps, you will be far better off than the average person I bet. The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced.
These foods are staples like wheat, flour, potato flakes and oats that will last in their cans for 10-20 years, so rotating them is not a major consideration.
Admittedly there are plenty of people in Montana who could stand to lose a pound or two or more (and, I reluctantly, but honestly must count me in this group).
But, admittedly, I am very far from that peak level of fitness I had at age eighteen as a high school athlete. However, pretty early in boot camp they required us to learn to do the things we were expected to be able to do as soldiers.
The second time they had to kick you in the rump, they were also nice enough to have you start over at the beginning of the 50 yards, so you could be really sure you understood how to do it right.
Just try walking twelve hours in 100-degree Texas heat carrying a heavy machine gun with its belts of ammunition also draped around your neck.
I could not stop until the drill sergeants were satisfied I had built a good fighting position.
I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow and was always startled when the bugle sounded reveille early the next morning and the drill instructors ran through the barracks yelling at us to get out of our racks. Brute strength will help for some things, but as with most of the examples in the article, hiking with a pack, cutting firewood, caring water, etc. I have been building my endurance and strength this year (and have committed to trying to eat as clean as possible with minimal processed food) and I am really starting to see the results!
But the ability to put what strength you have to use hour after hour, day after day, will be more important.
This type of road incident isn’t unheard of and it simply makes good sense to have supplies in your car that you can count on if you are stranded. The threat of any snow sends people to the stores in a panic and forces school closings for days after most of the snow has melted.
Because if for some reason, you aren’t able to fill up, a half a tank will last longer and get you more places that sitting on empty. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. Prepper Today helps by presenting current survival news and resources in an easy to access format. Have you ever read and noticed all kinds of Acronyms that you really don’t understand? Most Montanans I know here like to hunt, fish, hike, bike, ski and have the physical fitness level to do this. Exercise falls to the bottom of the priority list when all you can do is just cope with each stressful, hectic day. It was an early, painful, but necessary lesson as we went through the rites of passage from civilian to soldier. I thought I was in great physical shape, but was staggering with exhaustion when I finally finished all of this. I also believe that most of us in the 975 are doing as well as we can, but have no real hope of ever getting into the top 25.
Each day I just kept on, keeping on until my muscles grew stronger and my endurance improved.
As well, if you think a good lunch is a bag of Cheetos chased down by a can of Mountain Dew, I am going to suggest you rethink this lifestyle too. I can hike a couple miles with a moderate size backpack on, run a couple miles without a pack, and I have been doing the Body shred program during the week which involves weights.
A snow like this in a city like Atlanta is rare and it is perfectly normal to expect some level of chaos for southern drivers when faced with weather they aren’t prepared for. For those people who had to sit in their cars for hours, a half a tank of gas could have kept them warm and more importantly moving. They do take up a little room, but you can fit all of this in a decent sized plastic bin and forget about them. If vehicle travel was not an option, then I would need to hike 7 miles per day, so there is baseline #1 for me.
Yet…it was a great family time renewing our connections before we scattered all over the country at the end of the vacation and tended to our very busy lives. My heaviest dependent weighs 40lbs so I would need to make sure I could carry that much weight at least besides by GHB(which is 15#). We will not be together again until my youngest son gets married during the holidays this winter. A wise man I know said that you have to voluntarily and intentionally embrace some pain in order to really grow.

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