Good For You! You’ve survived the end of the world. Now what? The truth is, yes, you’ve survived, but there were seven billion other living people just the week before.
Yes, yes, total killjoy, but it is a matter of fact, most people have no idea how to survive without the plentiful resources which we have been nurtured with for our entire lives. And by the time the world ends, the Internet will no longer work, so Google cannot save you. The local library is one of the places that on your list of things to hit first.
– The library, or many libraries, not only are the structures themselves built to last, the information stored in books is everlasting, provided you don’t break your prescription glasses, and it doesn’t require a battery, plus, reading and spreading knowledge to others can help with your people skills and ensure that the continuation of the human species does not resort to caveman levels of intelligence.
– A firearm. A rifle can go a long way. Especially if you come across a dangerous situation. While many claim that a gun will provide no use after a while, let me tell you that this is false. As long as you keep your empty cartridges and can get a hold of simple chemicals or minerals, you are fine. A book can teach you to become a blacksmith, and while you learn, you can scavenge gun powder in whole barrels and keep your supply up in that way, make it so that eventually, you are no longer a petty scavenger, but a safe, smart, productive member of the PA world.
– A knife of quality. Smaller multi-tools or fishing knives are all that one would need, and they serve multiple uses, multi-tools are basically a whole tool box in one nicely compacted package, and fishing knives can assist in casual slashing, cutting, carving, and skinning of a kill. A machete or hatchet can provide you with anything that needs more of a kick. Also, be sure to have a whetstone handy that way your edge doesn’t go dull.
– Paper and a pen. I’ve got my journal, it allows me to retain my sanity through expression, and these tools could be used for documentation. Knowledge is power friends. Writing, again, can help to retain your center of focus and can keep you sharp, you don’t want to go and survive the end of the world just to burst your melon.
– Water purification, and storage. You must be sure that now that you have survived the end of the world, you don’t go down to a bacterial infection. There are tablets, and again, books that can teach better and more efficient ways to purify your water sources, whether it be a coal/sand shoot, or chemical cleaning. Not to mention that now that you are the only person alive, you aren’t going to want to drink from contaminated water. By contaminated, I mean water polluted by the dead. Rotting flesh does hell on your immune system. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and be careful of the water you drink. Not to mention that you will be on the move to continue collecting resources, so several water bottles would be necessary to maintain the bodies health. Plus thirst can drive a person mad.
– Playing cards. I’m being serious. Your X Box is now useless, and a deck of playing cards are gold, and is a great way to pass the time by yourself and meet new people, provided you wander onto other cardsharks like yourself.
– Adequate clothing. You don’t want to freeze to death, and it is always easier to remove clothing when it gets hot than it is to become warmer. A nice jacket and pair of boots could save your life more than a gun could in the freeze of Winter.
– A first aid kit. Keep yourself clean, and be sure to be aware of your body at all times, if you feel as though you can’t do something, don’t do it, you will not respawn. There will no second chances in the PA world.
– A compass and map. Keep your bearings. You do not want to get lost, whether you are in a city or in a rural area, a map could keep you from aimlessly walking about, which wastes energy. And whenever you get into a new area, get a new map. Its that easy.
– Transportation. A bike would work great, in terms of realistic capability. And it would be best to stay on the roads, because that is where you are most likely to come across others, which at first, is a good thing, you will want friends. Power lies in numbers. Roads and rivers, friends. That is where you will find easy travel.
– Sanitation, similar to the first aid materials you would need to survive, you would want basic soaps and to actually look healthy. You don’t need to bathe in mineral water with a mountain of suds as your companion, but you would want to be clean-ish. You don’t want to repulse others by your scent.
– This next bit is more important than any of these other items. A picture of your loved ones. Your efforts of survival will question and test all of what makes you, you. An image to hold dear can keep you going in the hard times, not to mention you don’t want the guilt of forgetting their faces.
Its not as easy as many would believe to survive. The implications of being the only surviving being in the area will crush you. No one is heartless enough to go from everyday life into PA life. That transition will not be easy. A
You will want to bury or burn the dead, and respectfully say goodbye to those whom you have lost. Once this is done collect the essentials of your survival. One of your goals now is to move, and continue to move. Your goal would be to eventually find other survivors and organize a self sustaining colony of individuals, and continue to collect resources.
Surviving doesn’t mean a thing if the world resorts to self reliance. The only hope of not letting seven billion people die in vain is ensuring that humanity makes a comeback, as we always will. The individual is weak, the colony will reap the benefits of collecting and maintaining the human mind. Archiving their knowledge for the future and rebuilding a society of farming, agriculture, and books will allow us to skip past the boring years of the Middle Ages. We could use our paper friends and scavenged materials to build generators, which would again provide us with energy. Which we could use to broadcast a signal to other survivors, further expanding the colony.
At this point in survival, you are no longer surviving, you are living. Freely going about life in the new world, with a new infrastructure of people that coexist together, building at a rate that will astound even the most cynical of people. At this point, you can relax, years after the world ended, you can finally sit, and listen to your wonderful heart beating. Earths human population shot from seven billion to a few thousand over night, and you are one of the people responsible for helping to push for life, and not give up. At this point, you would have discovered everything that being human is, and you could die knowing that you did something.
Condensed from “Survive The Apocalypse.Net” for Dr. David Jensen