December 6, 2012
A lot of folks seem to think the world will be ending on December 21, 2012. A quick look at the ol’ calendar will tell you that the day of reckoning is a mere 14 days away, and if you’re a believer, that means time is running out to finish all of your prepping.
Now, just because the impending apocalypse is only two short weeks away, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for the best deals possible. After all, if you do survive — or better yet — if the world doesn’t actually come to an end, wouldn’t it be nice to have not spent your entire life savings on supplies for your survival?
First off, you may want to exchange some of your cash for precious metals like gold and silver. There’s no telling if paper money will retain its value in the end-of-times. But before you do that, make sure to purchase some supplies.
Create a stockpile of the following items somewhere in your house, basement, in a safe box buried in your backyard or an undisclosed location in the desert or mountains near your home:
- Water (it is recommended that you keep one gallon per person per day)
- Food (canned or shelf-stable food is recommended)
- Hand-powered radio
- NOAA weather radio
- Extra batteries
- Signal whistle
- Dusk masks
- Manual can opener
- First Aid kit
- Moist towelettes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Camera (hey, there are still memories to be made!)
- Beer or liquor (bottle opener may be required)
One easy way to ensure you’re prepared for Doomsday is to start your shopping at REI, where you’ll find everything you need, from shelter and cooking tools to clothing, accessories and gadgets. Though their offerings aren’t specifically marked as “Doomsday survival” items, we all know what they’re for. Wink, wink, REI. Wink, wink. Camping gear is always a good place to start when it comes to survival, so let’s take a look at some great items at REI now! Don’t forget that when you shop with KickItBack, you’ll earn an additional 2.5% cash back, which will come in handy if the world doesn’t come to a crashing halt.
When you shop right now, you’ll find markdowns of up to 50% off on winter clothing for men, women and children, and when you spend $100 or more you’ll receive a $20 gift card! Make sure to shop their Gift Center to find great gifts under $25, $50, $100, or over $100 as well.
First, you’ll need shelter. Easiest solution? A tent, of course! You’ll need to ask yourself how many people you’ll need to provide shelter for. If you have more than one child, you’ll have to ask yourself which one(s) you’d be willing to part with and which one (if any) you want to keep around. One way to determine this is to find out what useful survival skills each has to offer. Can they cook? Hunt? Find edible plants? (This is also a good way to weed out your dependents.) Figuring out the size of your clan will also help later in the prepping process, so be sure to keep this number in mind.
Now that you’ve determined your number, you can start your search for a tent. REI has a wide selection of tents that includes a multitude of brands and sizes. If you’ve whittled your family down to two, congratulations! You’ve passed the first test. We love the Marmot Limelight 2-Person Tent that costs a mere $219, a small price to pay for a comfortable existence after the apocalypse.
As with all Marmot products, this tent has a stellar 4 1/2 star rating out of 5. It’s lightweight (easy for packing on those long treks to the Twinkie factory in the next town over…oh wait…), comes in a great army green color (perfect for camouflaging yourself from roving packs of marauders), and is, most importantly, easy to set up. Of course, if you’ve decided to keep your children, you can find many tents with a larger maximum occupancy.
Next you’ll want to find some suitable sleeping bags, and possibly some sleeping pads or air mattresses. But remember: you may find yourself constantly moving from place to place, either in search of food, or on the run from looters, murderers, wild dogs, zombies, annoying neighbors trying to “borrow a cup of sugar” AKA steal your survival supplies (really, who’s baking at a time like this?), the children you’ve left to fend for themselves, and other undesirables.
Cooking Tools and Utensils
Now that you’ve got your sleeping and shelter situations resolved, it’s time to think about how you’ll cook and eat all those squirrels you’re hunting. You could just build a fire using this handy StrikeForce Fire Starter that costs only $24.95:
Or you could opt for any one of their backpacker’s stoves. Though they’re a great option and are extremely lightweight and easy to pack, you’ll have to keep in mind that they do require fuel canisters. But if you’ve stockpiles fuel canisters, you should have no problem operating one of these bad boys. If you opt for matches and fire, make sure to check out their selection of camping cookware, as you’ll need pots, pans, and utensils both for cooking and for eating. (Can’t you just taste that roasted squirrel now?)
Of course you’ll need water to survive, so a canteen or reusable water bottle will be necessary. But you can’t always ensure that the water you’re about to consume is safe to drink. (Again, we suggest having any children you decided to keep test the water first.) If you want to go the “techie” route, check out the award-winning SteriPEN Water Purifier. It’s a simple way to sterilize your water. Press the button while submerging the pen in water, and let the UV light kill any bacteria!
Lastly, you’ll want to stock up on warm clothing like jackets, hoodies, gloves and beanies. You can never be too prepared, so make sure to throw in a rain jacket or two as well. Oh yeah, good hiking boots are imperative. Of course REI has the widest selection of outdoor clothing, so check out their options!
We sincerely hope that this guide has been useful, and that you can move forward in your Doomsday prepping. In the event that absolutely nothing happens, be sure to shop with KickItBack to receive your cash-back rewards. After all, it will be nice to have a little cash left over for holiday shopping and such.