From Y2K to 2012, many alleged iterations of the “end of the world” have already come to pass. Yet here we stay. That said, there has also been a slew of world-changing events that do make it more clear that it might be smarter to have that doomsday preparation pack at the ready just in case. Of course, you don’t need to arm yourself in paranoia. It’s only right to have an emergency kit that would work in the event of major events that change so many aspects of daily life that we rely on. Just look at the effect of COVID-19 within just a year and how much it has completely shifted things from how we get our food to who we get to see and where we go.
So, what exactly does go into a doomsday pack? Here are some essentials for you to start with:
- Alternative communication devices
If phone lines were hard to come by, and you suddenly had no access to the internet, it would still be essential to find a way to communicate with others. That is where you’d be able to make use of push-to-talk devices like the satellite PTT. Through transmissions that don’t rely on your ISP, you can have secure and reliable communication throughout the world with little latency and suitable battery life.
- First Aid equipment
This item is essential for sudden sickness or injury, so you should not scrimp on this part of your pack. A lot can be included here. But some basics that should always be present are bandages, gauze dressings, plasters, sterile gloves, alcohol-free cleansing wipes, digital thermometer, antiseptic, cotton, painkillers, a little water for cleaning, and other relevant medications. It may help you to have scissors and tape in there as well.
- Survival toolkit
What goes into this item are the tools you’ll need like a reliable knife, a flashlight, a multitool, a lighter or matches, extra clothes, a compact tent or bedroll, and some rope. If you even want to go the extra mile, you can add a power supply, some chargers, and a portable internet hotspot if you think those could be of use.
- Cooking equipment
Even though you can pack edible goods that will last long like uncooked rice, noodles, and canned goods, it can still do wonders if you have the necessary cooking gear. This way, you can cook up a healthy and quick meal whenever you do get any sources of food.
The worst thing is to get lost if you have to evacuate the premises and you’re not sure where to go. It would be wise to map out possible places already to head toward, then keep an array of up-to-date maps you can follow (especially if you’re not sure if your GPS devices like your phone will have enough juice). In addition to this, a compass can be a lifesaver.
Even if you’re not waiting for a movie-like day of judgment, it’s a good idea to invest in building this pack in the event of natural disasters and major calamities or social unrest that may suddenly crop up in your area.