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Should You Be Comfortable When Shtf?
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Should You Be Comfortable When Shtf?

When it comes down to either bugging in or bugging out, is being "comfortable" an important factor? When prepping, you should narrow down your gear to the bare essentials: Food, water, shelter, first aid and possibly a weapon. You may have emergency food bars, a water filter, temporary shelter, basic first aid kit and maybe a handgun for self-defense. Even though they will likely get you through a very though time, these are not necessarily considered "comfort" items.

When SHTF or a generic emergency or disaster takes place, you may need to either bug out or bug in and hunker down. Regardless of which you choose, there are a few items that if you do not have, you will be very uncomfortable. Personal items including hygiene can make you very uncomfortable if you do not have them.

But do we need to have comfort? Don't we just prep to survive with the most basic amount of gear possible? Yes. However, there are some items, such as a simple toothbrush and toothpaste, that can make you very uncomfortable. What happens when you are uncomfortable in an already stressful situation? Your morale dips down and as a result, the morale of your group (if you have one) will also drop, as well. Some items may just seem to be, on the outside, purely for comfort. However, they provide a sense of sanity and morale increase, which can be the difference between psychological survival or death.

The psychology of surviving is often not talked about among preppers and survivalists. For example, did you know that spending any longer than 72 hours underground, in a bunker for instance, can cause someone to start experiencing panic attacks, depression and palpitations? This is simply because you are no longer exposed to fresh air, sunlight and your circadian rhythm because completely out of line with what you have always known to be "normal". This example is exactly why psychological survival is almost just as important as physical survival.

Psychological survival can be increased, primitively speaking, when you have some "comfort" items. Things that will not have you missing your home, conveniences or loved-ones as much can help make a stressful situation just a little bit more bearable.

However, many comfort items are not just purely for convenience, either. Many items can even save your life, as well. A mirror that has a picture of a loved-one can be used to signal for help, and sunscreen can not only make you feel more comfortable by not getting burnt, you can lower your chances of experiencing sun sickness.


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