You never know when you’re going to have to get out fast. That sounds like a something a crazy person would say if you don’t happen to be a survivalist. But if you live by the old scouting motto, be prepared, then it makes perfect sense to you.
It’s not about expecting the zombie apocalypse at any moment. That would be nuts. But the world offers real dangers that require advanced preparation for the best chance of survival. Consider all those who didn’t make it during such cataclysmic events as:
- Sudden outbreaks of war
- Civil unrest, looting, etc…
- Race riots
- Terrorist attacks
There are all kinds of reasons to have a survival mentality and a well-stocked survival kit. Even if some of this things are not likely where you live, they are highly likely in other parts of the world. If you never have a situation when you have to bug out in a hurry, consider yourself lucky.
But if you do every need a bug-out bag, there are a few pieces of tech you are going to want to have in it. Survival doesn’t mean living like an animal. So make sure you have these very civilized supplies on board:
Protective Cases for Your Tech
Everyone knows to pack a cell phone. Don’t count on the one you already have. That one may be in a different part of the house you can’t access. Have a spare in your bag, activated, and have it ready to be used at a moment’s notice.
That cell might just be the most important thing in your pack. So make sure you have it in a protective case. BodyGuardz is one of the companies that specializes in protective cases for your most important tech gear. For your smartphone, you need a protective case and a screen protector. The phone is useless to you if the screen is shattered.
You also need to slip your laptop into a case. There are even screen protectors for those. It may be a while before you can get to a repair shop. So your tech has to work when you need it the most. The best way to ensure that is to protect it from the first moment of the crisis.
Batteries and Chargers
Your MagLite won’t do you any good without the 4 D batteries you will need to feed it. Although batteries are heavy, you will want to make sure you have plenty of the kind needed to power every one of your emergency devices.
When it comes to the best battery packs you can buy, bigger is better. It is not about size. It is about the maximum number of mAh. 20,000 is better than 15,000. 100,000 mAh is 5X better than 20,000 mAh. When it comes to survival gear, it is not about brand or beauty. It is about making sure you have the raw power and brute force to get the job done.
In the first few hours of a crisis, you are going to need to use your devices a lot. A smartphone broadcasting GPS to the world might be the difference between life and death. Choose life, and a huge, honking battery pack.
Crucial Personal Data
Having a Xerox of your driver’s license, social security card, and medicare card will do you no good in a perfect world. But when the world is a lot less than perfect, having a Xerox of those documents will put you ahead of the game when you absolutely have no other way to prove who you are.
You might also want copies of college degrees, certificates, and proof of employment. A lot of things are better digitized, and paper documents can easily suffer water damage. You can also carry a lot more in digital form. Those are just a couple of reasons you need a survival flash drive.
Here is the sad truth, in the event of an emergency, not everyone is going to make it out alive. To ensure that you and your loved ones are among the people who do, you need to be prepared for the unexpected. Protect the tech that protects you. Keep it fed with emergency power. And keep your data handy and safe.