This is a very common saying amongst survivalists and preppers. It’s used to sum up the kind of person who buys lots of shiny kit but doesn’t know how to use it properly. Everyone knows someone like that – the one who flashes the brand-new mobile in the office but can’t find the voicemail, or cuts themselves trying to sharpen the new multi-use brand-name survival knife.
We can all snigger at someone like that – but let’s be honest, in a future where we don’t know what’s coming, any of us might find ourselves in that position. Right now, there’s a lot of people in the UK who’ve had to learn how to fill and secure a sandbag in a hurry. There’s always something in life that’ll toss us an unexpected learning curve.
So, here’s where I’m going to be discussing not just the ‘gear’ that might be useful, but also why I think it’ll be needed, and how to get the most out of it. I’ve split it all up into various categories – shelter, water, fire, food, medical – that will be very familiar to survivalists, because they’re the basic priorities for anyone lost in the wilderness. ‘Fire’ in this case is really ‘Energy’, which is also the root of the problem.