Survivor:Horrible things that can happen - death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, food shortage.
1. Stockpiling helps. but you never know how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's the easiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.6. Bring some books - especially ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. Have you ever watched Survivor? How fast they will trade for just a little bit of toothpaste, shower, soap or cotton towel. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches. Even better get flint and learn how to use it before you have to use it to survive.
Does anyone have their own survivor check list? Please share any advice about being self sufficient and surviving.
I think adding a sawing kit is a great idea. A needle and some thread will come in handy. May be some material would be handy stored properly it will last tell you need it.