Scavenging for supplies in a post SHTF world will be more dangerous than you think.
Hello, my friend and welcome back! Most of us have never had to scavenge for food or anything else for that matter. In a post SHTF world, when you run out of food or maybe you just want to see if there are any usable items that others may have overlooked, you will need to scavenge and it will not be as easy as you may think. This is the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Modern day scavengers will tell you that it’s an art form and not one for the faint of heart. Then again they are not talking about a post SHTF world either. This is where it’s going to get really bad and you won’t be the only one doing it, you can bet.
Hopefully you will have enough sense to wait, until most of the walking dead have died off, before you even consider wandering into town to look for more food and supplies. In this case, the only people you should have to deal with are other Preppers who have weathered the storm, but I wouldn’t count on it.
I think it is a pretty sure bet that there will be someone watching the streets and stores around town, just waiting for someone to come along that they can rob of supplies or possibly even eat. If you are going to go scavenging, then you had best do it at night, when you can use the shadows to your advantage. The trouble is that you will have problems seeing and if you’re not familiar with the area you could easily get turned around or lost.
If you are going to go, I strongly suggest that you take several people with you and place one of them on watch, by putting them on the top of a tall building. This way they can see if you are being followed or if there is a trap ahead of you. It’s just good tactics and in a post SHTF world, you will need every advantage you can get.
So what is it that you can reasonably expect to find that other survivors would have most likely over looked? Here is a list of those items and where to look for them:
- Cloth, needles and thread – found in fabric stores and some grocery stores. Starving people will not be worried about sewing new clothes, so these should be available.
- Oil and water repellent – used to make oil tarps for keeping things dry.
- Garden supplies – Hungry people are not going to be thinking far enough ahead to take these vital tools. Fertilizer is another item that should be still available.
- Natural oils for healing – While the people are robbing the Pharmacy’s blind, they will in most cases not even considering the natural healing oils that many stores carry these days.
- Food – While people will swarm the stores, many will fail to look in the store-room in the back of the stores or in warehouses. Of course this all depends on how long it has been since the disaster struck.
- Toilet paper – Oddly enough, this is something that many will overlook, simply because they can’t eat it. The same will be true for cleaning supplies.
There are many other items that will be available if you only take the time and look. Just remember, unless you are out of food or sick, no supplies are worth your life. The largest issue you will face once you have located your goodies will be how to get them home? Anyone who has ever tried to push a shopping cart through grass knows that they are not made for soft ground. Your best bet would probably be to use a wheel barrow of some other such item to carry your loot.
Just remember that if you are caught, then you will probably be killed, so make your choices carefully. Scavenging will be dangerous at best, and deadly at worst. Be sure the risk is worth the reward before you set out.
Well, that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time my friend, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!