Survivalist Tip: Whether you plan to head out on foot, or at some point, need to go hunting for your food, you must have some sturdy boots on hand – preferably more than one pair. They definitely must have thick soles, but they also should have alloy-enforced toe fronts, reach above your ankle and be water and fire resistant. Keep your fancy, over-priced designer footwear stored away. They’ll be useless in almost any situation when the apocalypse hits. Besides, with that alloy toe, you can easily disable anyone who tries to break into your home to steal water or fruit with a swift kick to the crotch or the butt. Trust me – I’ve done that when someone has tried to snatch a beer or burger from my hand at music festivals. Sturdy work boots just sort of command respect that way.
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Survivalist Tip: You must have plenty of containers to hold water; preferably made of steel, but firm plastic ones will suffice. Containers for long-term water storage come in a variety of sizes – starting at 5 gallons. If you plan to stay at home, I recommend much larger ones. You can keep these vessels in your garage or house or even in your apartment. Making certain the water stays fresh and drinkable is an obvious concern, so that’s why you also need a battery-powered water purification system. The ancient Mayans developed sophisticated water storage and purification methods without the benefit of electricity, computers, or utility companies. Therefore, it’s critical that you learn to gather, ration and treat your own water. These items will ensure a stable environment for you and your family. And, once things settle down, don’t just throw away these containers! Any good survivalist knows they’re for long-term use. Besides, you can store excess chocolate and gold bullion in them.
Survivalist Tip: Some people will laugh at this, but you must have a bow and arrow amidst your cache of supplies. Humans have been utilizing bows and arrows for thousands of years – mostly for food, but also for self-defense and to frighten away mooching in-laws. Handling one takes some skill, but you can learn rather quickly. It also literally can be the difference between life and death. A nicely-shot arrow can take out someone trying to steal your food rations or water. But, it also can provide sustenance for you and your family; a large game animal doesn’t stand a chance against a strategically-fired arrow. And, neither will those lousy in-laws! Bows and arrows aren’t just for Cupid anymore.
Survivalist Tip: Whether or not you live near a coastline, river, large lake or a sewage plant, you must have some heavy-duty rain wear. You need sturdy attire made of firm yet malleable rubber. Heavy precipitation is expected when the apocalypse hits next week, and since it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere, that means snow and ice for most of the region. Heavy rain gear includes hip waders, boots, ponchos, jackets and backpacks; all will help to keep out water and snow. There’s no worse feeling than trying to save your kids, pets, or bags of chocolate while soaked to the skin. Believe me – I’ve been there.
Survivalist Tip: As I’ve stated constantly throughout these posts, there’s a strong likelihood the Earth’s magnetic fields will reverse on or immediately after December 21st. This will be a good thing in some ways; mainly that utility companies will go off-line and anyone stalking you will become confused and lost. You won’t, though, if you get a compass. This will be especially helpful if you decide to head out on foot, or even if you have to evacuate your home. Either way it’s an essential tool – particularly for finding water and chocolate amidst the chaos.
Survivalist Tip: You’ll need some hydrogen peroxide. This multi-purpose chemical isn’t just for hair bleach. It can serve as a substitute for toothpaste, but it also can be used as a disinfectant and water purifier, which will be essential in a society without power companies.
With plenty of hydrogen peroxide, you can:
- Disinfect your tap water;
- Disinfect any wild game you might have to kill;
- Disinfect any cuts or scrapes you might incur from killing the animal;
- Disinfect any cuts or scrapes you might incur from preparing the animal for a meal;
- Brush your teeth after eating.
Since cleanliness is next to godliness, you’ll want to be as clean as possible in the presence of the Mayan gods. And, there are few things more rude and classless than smiling at a god with stained teeth and then keeling over with stomach pains because you drank infected water!
Survivalist Tip: Since old photos of family and friends are the way most people stay connected, even in this digital age, it’s imperative you gather and safeguard as many of your own as you can. Old pictures provide a solid link to the past. Photography is one of modern humanity’s greatest inventions. If necessary scan your photos onto a computer and then copy them onto a portable zip drive, so you won’t have to carry them around. That’s, of course, assuming you have to evacuate. Once things settle down, you can look at those old photos and remember how life used to be. Hopefully, you were sober in them, so the memories won’t be too painful.
Survivalist Tip: You must have some flashlights amidst your cache of supplies. Since they’re battery-powered, they’re vital, as utility companies will probably collapse when the apocalypse hits. As an alternative light source, a flashlight will provide some sense of comfort in the darkness. You can also surprise unwanted relatives trying to sneak into your house at night and then, knock them over the head with it.
Survivalist Tip: Whether you plan to stay in your home when the apocalypse arrives, or flee to safety, you need to have a well-stocked tool box among your supplies. The best ones are made from aluminum or steel and therefore, not easily damaged if you drop it, or use it as a defense weapon.
A complete tool box features the usual items:
- tape measure
- duct tape
- black electrician’s tape
- wire cutters
- assorted nails
- assorted screws
- various size batteries
But, it also should contain:
- drill (battery-operated)
- blue painter’s tape
- work gloves
- safety goggles
- utility knife
- vice grips
- staple gun
- small wrecking bar
Whether you have mechanical difficulties with your vehicle, need to build an impromptu outdoor shelter, or make a quick home repair, a well-stocked tool box will help you get through the initial chaos at the start of the next Baktun. The ancient Mayans always kept their tools organized and concentrated. Why else do you think their temples have survived for over 2,000 years, while you have to buy a new cell phone every year?
Survivalist Tip: Every good survivalist / camper / hiker / outdoor enthusiast knows how to build a fire from scratch. Whether you plan to stay at home, or head into the hinterlands when the apocalypse hits, building a fire literally from the ground up is an essential skill. A healthy, but contained fire is obviously a great way to cook and stay warm, especially outside. It’s how humanity survived for thousands of years before electricity, so don’t disregard its importance.
First, make sure you have a healthy supply of firewood or some other kind of kindling, such as shrubbery, grass, telephone books, newspapers, and utility bills.
Second, make certain you have plenty of matches, lighters and / or a magnifying glass.
Third, make sure you have shovel, in case you have to dig a hole in the ground.
Aside from the matches and lighters, here are other options for creating a fire:
- Use a magnifying glass. Hold the glass over the ignitable material and in front of the sun, so that a small bright dot will appear on it.
- If the sky is cloudy, you can start a fire with sticks, but the kindling must be dry. If it’s cloudy and wet, just tough it out!
- Make a bow, using slightly bendable wood. You’ll be putting a lot of pressure on the bow, and dead wood is more likely to break than similarly sized green wood. Use as thin a piece of wood as you can so the bow will be as light as possible. A lighter bow is easier to control and takes less strength to push back and forth. However, it has to be stiff enough to not bend when you’re using it. The bow doesn’t need too much of a curve. Use a shoelace, drawstring, small rope or whatever cordage you can find. Leave a little slack in the cord so that you can twist the drill into the bow. Once the drill is in the bow, the tension should be nice and firm.
- Make a fireboard. The best wood for this won’t have any sap and will be light and soft enough to easily dent with your thumbnail without gouging. Shape whatever wood you choose into a piece about an inch thick, 2-3 inches across and at least 12 inches long. Set it aside for now.
- Make a drill. The drill should be made of harder wood than the fireboard. Poplar and maple are good woods for this. Try to find the straightest piece of wood possible.
- Find or make a socket. A socket can be made of bone, wood, or rock. Look for a rock with a smooth dimple in it. The ideal rock is fist-sized with a deep dimple and smooth sides. If you can’t find a rock, the easiest socket to make is of wood. Either the rock or the piece of wood should be small enough for you to hold in your hand, but not too small. If you can’t find either a suitable rock or a piece of wood, use the head or butthole of the most uncooperative member of your clan. Put the fireboard on the ground.
- Put your left foot on the fireboard. The arch of your foot (not the ball or the heel) should be over the fireboard.
- Drop to your right knee, as if you’re giving thanks to the Great Creator for letting you survive the initial apocalypse – which you should be doing anyway.
- Hold the bow in your right hand and the drill in your left.
- Put the drill on top of the string with the pencil-sharp end pointing right, and twist it into the bow.
- Put the blunt end of the drill on the crater and put the socket on the drill.
- Grab as close to the end of the bow as you can. Put some downward pressure on the socket and start to pull back and forth on the bow. It’s a delicate balance between putting too much and not enough pressure on the drill and having the bow string too tight and not tight enough.
- Saw back and forth with the bow faster and faster, and put more pressure on the socket. Eventually, some black powder and smoke will form around the bottom of the drill. Begin blowing softly through the bundle, while gently squeezing the tinder around the coal. And thus, you have fire!
You must know this skill! I can’t emphasize enough how important it is; regardless of whether you’re able to stay indoors or have to head out on foot. Fire not only will keep you warm in cold weather, but ward off insects in hotter temperatures. It definitely can provide illumination. Like water and air, it is the sustenance of life. It’s also perfect for warming your chocolate!