Most food that you buy in the grocery store is only packaged to last a few months up to a year. The only exception to this is canned goods, which can last for years if the seal isn’t broken. Check how short the life expectancy is by looking at the expiration date on the package. Food manufacturers and processors don’t bother with the added expense of packaging it for long-term storage because most people don’t keep food around for very long. However, that doesn’t apply to survivalists, who may store their food stockpile for years.
Living in survival mode is quite different than everyday life. I’ve run across many people who have thought that they were prepared for surviving a catastrophe, even though they hadn’t done anything to survive. Usually, these are highly capable people who are used to doing a lot of things for themselves. Many have extensive workshops, where they fix whatever their family needs.
Yet that doesn’t make them ready to survive. Most of those workshops have the wrong types of tools to survive. Besides, what good are a bunch of power tools going to do if there is no electricity to operate them? The tools it takes to survive in a crisis are much different than the tools we use on a regular day.
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Bug-out bags are the topic of a lot of conversations these days, even within the government. This increasing awareness is good because they’re not just a great idea; your bug-out bag could save your life. You never know when you will be faced with an emergency and have to evacuate your home. With a bug-out bag at the ready, you can leave with a moment’s notice, sure that you have everything you need to survive.
That doesn’t mean that a bug-out bag has everything you might want in it. We’re not talking about packing a suitcase for a weekend vacation, but rather preparing something that will be available for use in an emergency situation. For a bug-out bag to be effective, it needs to be focused on survival, nothing else.