So it’s the end of the world. No problem. Don’t panic. Just grab your handy bug-out kit, sit back with some popcorn, and try to make the most of Armageddon. I just have one question for you: what in the world did you put in that bag that makes you so confident you’ll do any better than the unprepared masses around you? (Don’t answer that… it’s a trick question!)
Do you remember that old cartoon “Felix the Cat”? There was a line in the theme song that went, “…whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks!” Those were the good old days, huh? Well the sad truth is that we often approach survival preparation just like that. If you think you can pack a bunch of gear in a bag and call yourself “survival ready”, then you are in for a world of hurt. If being prepared were that easy, we’d all just pick up a FEMA-approved survival kit from Wal-Mart and wait out the next disaster in duct-tape-and-plastic shelters. The truth is, there is no magic bullet, and if it’s TEOTWAWKI out there, there’s no guarantee you’ll even make it home to your bullets. There’s one thing that I will guarantee though: In an emergency, your survival kit will not contain everything you need, no matter what you’ve packed.
Now before you get too bent out of shape defending the $15,000 you spent on Bisquick, whiskey, and ammo, here’s what I mean: Packing a bag is not the same as being prepared. Regardless of what gear you’ve decided you need for survival, I’d like to offer you six important things that won’t be found in your kit:
#1 Questions (BE SPECIFIC!)
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