Well, I've got the basic instructions to surviving the apocalypse covered. Just make sure to print these tips and tricks out before the internet is destroyed.
How to Preserve Books, Comics, and Documents
Now, use those techniques to preserve all the print outs you'll be making from this guide. It's not like you'll be able to access the internet AFTER the shit hits the fan.
How to Barter in an Economic Collapse
Hunting and Fishing
Not only will you need something to barter with in your brand spanking new post-apocalyptic society, you'll need to be as self-sufficient as possible, so it's back to the basics for you: fishing and hunting small game. Luckily making a primitive bow is pretty easy and making fish hooks is even easier. Start scrounging around for old soda cans because you'll be converting the pop tops into hooks.
Growing a Victory Garden
The term victory garden may only date back to the early half of the twentieth century, but the concept predates that by millennia. Victory gardens are small plots of plants grown for and tended to by individual families in order to produce a modest but varied harvest of fruits and vegetables. Planting them will help ensure you and yours stay healthy and may even produce a surplus you can use to trade.
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Building a Rocket Stove
Unless you want to eat game tartare, you'll want to make a DIY range, aka a rocket stove. You'll have to cook outside but the rocket stove's design significantly reduces the chance of starting unintentional fires or burning yourself.
Cooking in a Cardboard Box
Don't have access to all of the materials you need to make a rocket stove just yet? Thankfully, you can cook in a cardboard box and no, you don't set the box on fire. How's that, you ask? Using aluminum foil, black construction paper, and plastic, you can transform a cardboard box into a solar powered oven. It'll take longer to cook the food but it will cook.
Water Collection Systems, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels
These are pretty self-explanatory. You'll need a way to collect water, a place to raise chickens if you want eggs, and solar panels to help generate heat. The editors over at Instructables have collected their favorite DIYs to make several different version of the three.
Electricity is Possible!
You don't need to plug into the national power grid nor build a gigantic wind powered turbine to generate electricity for life-sustaining equipment. You can use pedal power. With a stationary bike and a handful of other necessary pieces, you can plug in your iPod and tune out.
Look, I'm just gonna say it. If getting your period sucks when civilization's up and running, guess how inconvenient it's gonna be in a post-apocalyptic world. No one's gonna be mass-producing feminine hygiene products anytime soon which means you're gonna have to get your craft on and DIY some reusable pads. Start hording flannel now, ladies, 'cause that's what you'll be using.
What to Do When Medical Help Isn't on the Way
Speaking of health concerns, what the hell are you going to do when you're hurt and there are no more hospitals? Family and emergency room doctor James Hubbard has you covered. The Survival Doctor site has loads of tips on how to deal with medical issues ranging from lack of diabetic medication to how to treat burns. Hubbard also has two eBooks on wounds and burns available for purchase.
Just Because It's a Post-Apocalyptic World, You Don't Have to Be Dirty
Sure, it's the end of the world as we know it but you'll feel fine (or at least much better) in clean clothes. Using a plunger, homemade soap, and a couple of five gallon buckets, you'll almost forget the zombie apocalypse happened.
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