4 Things you need in your survival gear but probably don’t have.
There are 4 “things” I rarely see discussed – if at all – on survival sites and forums, that I find incredibly important. One in particular is shocking to see ignored by this community (and somewhat related to another item on this list).
1. Merino Wool Clothing
As far as I understand, merino wool is one of, if not the best clothing fabrics on the planet. Far superior to both cotton and “under armor”.
Here’s why it’s so great
- it is soft
- it does not have the ABILITY to retain odor
- it dries quickly
- it keeps you warm even when wet
- it is the warmest fabric by weight
- it breathes better than under armor in cool weather
- it is fire resistant
- it offers high UV protection
- It never itches
The only real downside is that is not cheap,
But the good news is the clothing lasts and lasts.
Anyway, I’ll never willingly buy cotton clothes again over merino wool – money aside. It’s just awesome… and if you consider it’s benefits, I think it’s a valuable survival tool. Cotton for one sucks heat when wet, and takes forever to dry. Under armor and other synthetic clothing stink pretty quickly, and can not be worn for extended periods without resulting rashes.
Neither of which insulate or breathe as well as merino wool.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is excellent for you, digesting much like a carbohydrate due to it’s high concentration of MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides). Translation? Fast fast energy, without the same degree of insulin spiking found in carbohydrate.
Better yet, since it’s pure fat (mostly saturated, the good kind), it’s packing a lot of calories. Without protein or a host of other vitamins/minerals it is not a complete food, but never the less it’s a ton of calories. Even a relatively small jar could sustain the average many for quite a few days, especially if keto-adapted (more in a sec).
But food is only one use of coconut oil. It’s other uses are just as, if not more important.
Coconut oil is:
- anti viral
- anti bacterial
- anti microbial
- anti fungal
- completely sterile (no kidding)
The first one is perhaps the most important, as it will “kill” any virus it comes into contact with, in addition to virtually all other pathogens.
Better yet, it is easily absorbed by the skin.
So, considering all of this (and yes coconut oil is safe to apply to wounds), I find coconut oil especially useful as a survival item. You can eat it, and it can save your life. It’s even useful as a skin moisturizer – as in significantly better than almost anything else you can find. Chapped lips? Look no further, this will heal them faster and better than all chap sticks I have ever come into contact with.
And need I take a step back and discuss other skin infections? Oral infections? Coconut oil can even be used to heal eye infections (although I’d be cautious with the amount I applied to my eyes).
“Fat adapting” or “keto adapting” is more of a trait than an item. It is what happens when one consumes little or no carbohydrate. It takes 2-4 weeks for most individual, during which some head aches can occur due to a magnesium deficiency in the SAD (standard american diet). Producing ketone bodies consistently (keto adapting) requires more magnesium, hence when you dont have enough, you have minor problems.
In any case, that kind of information is something one can Google or search for on Wikipedia. The point I’m trying to make is that once “keto adapted”, you are significantly better suited to burn both dietary and bodily fat – when necessary.
You are less hungry, and when you are hungry, there is no serious pain. No stomach cramps, muscle weakness, head aches, grumpiness, etc.
Once fat adapted, your body lives off of, well, mostly fat. Guess what you have plenty of just sitting around?
Where this comes into play is in a survival situation. A person who is keto adapted can easily go 24 hours WITHOUT EATING A DAMN THING, and be completely fine, and function normally.
A person who typically consumed 200-350 grams of carbohydrate per day? They will be RAVENOUS in far less than 24 hours without a fix and regularly scheduled meal.
I think this is a major factor in SHTF scenarios actually. People get hungry, FAST, because they are accustomed to eating 4-6 times a day.
Personally? (I have been fat adapted for many months). I eat once, maybe twice a day. It is extremely rare I eat 3 times a day, and when I do, that third meal is hardly a “meal” but a small snack of jerky or something.
I regularly go more than 24 hours without eating, and while I “know” I should eat some food, I won’t blink an eye till it’s convenient. I just don’t care, and I’m not keeling over from starvation any time soon.
See how this is playing out in a survival situation? Carbohydrate addicted person is freaking out without constant and readily accessible food. When they don’t get it, head aches ensue among other problems.
A fat adapted person? Going to last a hell of a lot longer with minimal or no food. You’re body is made up of fat, nearly 100% saturated. I recommend you practice using it =).
Pemmican (properly made) is the closest thing one can find to a “perfect food”. It is a highly stable mix of rendered animal fat, and completely dried animal protein (very lean meat).
Properly made and stored (dry location, relatively low temp, although “warm” temps won’t seriously limit it’s life span), it has been reported to last for decades. In fact, the taste can even improve over time.
Pemmican, in the absence of any significant amount of carbohydrate, prevents all deficiencies – including scurvy – and satisfies all nutritional requirements. (When significant carbohydrate is present, scurvy would be the primary concern, followed by other lesser deficiencies).
Most will find this hard to believe, as the amount of carbohydrate in animal meat is tiny and insignificant. But, never the less, carbohydrate is not a necessary nutrient for humans.
This doesn’t make it useless, or “bad” for everyone- and many people may actually live best on X amount – but for survival purposes, it simply isn’t necessary. The body can produce all the carbohydrate that is required, and the brain runs better on ketone bodies.