Ten Rainy Day Activities For Preppers
The weather outside may be dreary, but you can keep your boredom level down while accomplishing things that will help you be better prepared. Throw on your favorite old pair of sweats, brew some coffee, and cross one of these things off your list.
1. Read a book
You can definitely get deep into that bestseller you have been neglecting all summer, but why not make it educational? There are many books that are both entertaining and chock full of survival information. Brush up on emergency medical manuals. Learn knot tying for different circumstances. If you are looking for helpful tips with a twist of humor try The Zombie Survival Guide or The City Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse. (I know, I know, but a little bit of shameless advertising never hurt anybody ) For a blueprint on homesteading the Little House on the Prairie series can’t be beat. And if you are looking for survival/drama, The Road and I am Legend are novels that are was more spectacular than their movie counterparts.
2. Check your preps, and check them twice
Go through your BOBs and make sure you have everything you might need in an emergency, and that your backup clothing is season appropriate. Toss out any food or medicine that has expired, and make a list of any new prescriptions you are on now so you can order a backup from the pharmacy. Make sure your emergency supplies are in good working order, and replace anything that seems iffy.
Besides making you stronger and faster for any upcoming catastrophe, working out releases endorphins which reduce stress, promote a blissfully uplifted mood, and chases away stress. Perfect for alleviating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that affects many after days of no sunlight.
4. Learn a new craft
There are many things one will need to master WTSHTF. Sewing and mending boxers and pants, knitting warm winter hats, drying meat… Use rainy days to plan your spring garden, learn how to make candles, or the proper techniques to churn butter. And practice. Remember: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Train you dog in a cool and useful new trick . Teach your family members something new. Everyone is going to need to be adept at something post apocalypse, and there’s no better day to start than today.
Beer and wine crafting is surprisingly simple. There is plenty of free information on the interwebz, or you can start with a kit.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Or rather, what is your dream post apocalyptic job? There are many skills that will be needed after a catastrophe: Naturopathic Doctor/Basic First Aid, Gardener/Seed Saver, Mechanic, Construction, Animal Husbandry, Food Processing/Preservation, Hunting, Fishing, Gathering, Alternate Energy and Fuels, Water Purification and Irrigation, Soap and Candle Making, Defense Expert, etc… Choose your dream job and become an expert. Of course this is easier if you have a pack of survival buddies or a family that is likeminded, and granted everyone should know at least a bit about everything, but if you are well knowledged on a particular (helpful) skill, you will be that much more popular after TEOTWAWKI.
Take a day to do nothing. Watch a marathon of movies. Meditate. Everyone needs some downtime. It is good for the soul and lets you recharge. A wise monk once told me “the brain and body is like a car. Leave it running constantly and it will break down. Turn it off and let it rest and it will start perfectly every time.”
9. Get Outside
Unless there’s audible thunder and visible lightning, get out into the woods and hone up your survival skills. Don those layers and put them into field use. That way you can see what works, needs modified, or replaced. You can make a shelter, try making fire in a downpour, practice your snaring skills, learn to track… The possibilities are endless.
10. Google Earth
Is a great resource for your bug out plans. Starting at your home and place of work, devise routes to get out of dodge. Memorize roads and have several alternate routes.
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