Many people don’t realize that survivalism is a lifestyle. For that reason, it can be greatly misunderstood. These are 8 deadly myths about the survivalist lifestyle:
#1. Survivalism is like camping. Camping is temporary while survivalism is permanent. One can go home at the end of a camping trip, whereas your survivalist “camp” is your home. You have to learn how to adapt to the setting, the weather and get along without luxuries like groceries stores.
#2. You can purchase a life’s supply of food and supplies. This is obviously not feasible. You will have to learn to grow and gather new food supplies and simply learn to use what is available to you. Someday there may be no gas to get to the store and the store may not even have anything on the shelves.
#3. Tech gadgets will help me survive. Any gadget – mini washing machine, generator, solar tracker – will break down eventually and you’ll need to learn to live without them. If you truly believe that society is in for a big shake up, you understand that instead of spending money unnecessarily, one should put their money into what is practical.
#4. It’s unnecessary to prepare a place. It’s important to have a place prepared for when SHTF. Think outside the box because likely, your neighbors have the same location in mind. Ensuring your bug-out bag is packed and ready with supplies may not be enough.
#5. I will be able to get to my survival location. When SHTF, it’s likely that there will be many obstacles in the way of you getting to the survival location. Roads blocked or closed, people may not be able to go anywhere. Even if your survival location is only a few miles away, you probably won’t be able to get there. If you truly understand the need for being “survival-minded”, why not begin living the self-sufficient lifestyle now?
#6. Your neighbors will work together and help each other. In many cases, your neighbors are not thinking about life outside of their comfortable suburban lifestyles. And they are likely not people you will be able to depend on when disaster strikes.
#7. I can convince my partner that survivalism is for us. You can give them the information, but you cannot convince them, nor should you. Let them make their own decision, even other family members. It is not for everyone. If all members of your family are not on the same page, you’ll have to determine what to do. Staying where you are may be your choice. Just do it as an informed decision.
#8. Kids will get bored. Your kids will be exploring so many new ways of living, learning different activities and chores, and connecting with nature, that they won’t have time to be bored. Help them look at this as an adventure, not a burden.
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