Everyday Items You Should Have on You to Withstand an Apocalypse

By Cherie

In the event of an apocalypse, you want to be fully equipped with tools that increase your chances of long-term survival. Prepare yourself through tactful outfitting of everyday accessories that can withstand harsh conditions. Many of the devices you use are powered by battery or electrical energy, which may not be at your disposal in an emergency situation, so make sure you own devices that are sufficient enough to sustain power and support your perseverance. Here are the top everyday items you should have on you to withstand an apocalypse:

Rugged Watch

Your watch should be equipped with information that helps you keep track of the progression of time in several ways. For example, the Casio GSHOCK GA100SD digital watch is inspired by the military and has world time, a precise stopwatch, a countdown timer, four daily alarms, a 24-hour countdown timer, a date display, 29 world time zones, daylight savings and a 24-hour format. This helps you track time no matter where you are and who you need to contact.

The watch also is built with ultra-tough shock resistance, water resistance up to 600 feet and a steadfast buckle closure, so it can last through almost anything. The battery life on the watch lasts two years, so store enough batteries in your shelter in case you need a replacement.

Durable Phone

Your phone needs to be able to withstand any unpredictable conditions. A phone like the Galaxy S5 has up to 29 hours of talk time and up to 20 days of standby time as well as GPS capabilities, plenty of memory and 4G connectivity, which helps ensure that you can contact friends and family members after a disastrous event.

Pair your smartphone with the SatSleeve for Android to enable satellite access to your phone for reliable communication in remote areas. The satellite coverage provides access to phone calls, emails, instant messages and apps within Thuraya’s network that spans across 161 countries. The high penetration alerting capability lets you stay connected and receive calls and notifications even when the satellite antenna is stowed. The SatSleeve also can make predefined emergency calls without being docked to your smartphone.

Multipurpose Tool

Carry a multi-tool in your pocket to avoid having to carry a myriad of tools. The Leatherman Wingman multi-tool includes a 420HC combo knife, spring-action regular pliers, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper, three kinds of screwdrivers, scissors, file, bottle opener and can opener. It is thoughtfully designed for accessibility, as many of the tools have outside-accessible, one-hand spring action features. It has a pocket clip and measures at 3.8 inches, so it’s easy to carry around without adding any extra weight or bulk.

Pocket-Sized Kinetic Charger

In the event of an apocalypse, traditional energy sources may not be at your disposal, so it is important you have the means to create your own energy to power your devices. Harness energy from kinetic movement through the Ampy Move motion-charger battery. It is about the size of a deck of cards and the weight of a smartphone, which makes it easy to carry around in your bag or clipped to your pocket. It can charge any technological device that uses a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, including your smartphone and smartwatch. An hour of movement or exercise can produce up to one hour of smartphone battery life, five hours of smartphone standby battery life and 24 hours of smartwatch battery life. The Ampy Move is waterproof, but not submersible, and contains an 1800 mAh battery.

 

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10 Comments

  1. I have to side with Glenn on this one. I have several watches, all analog, wind-up, old school, and I wear none of them.
    I disposed of my cell phone about 3 years ago and never looked back. I have never sent a text, don’t know how, don’t care to learn.
    I carry 2 knives on my person but have a multi-tool in the truck, which I’m never far from.
    Other than not reading MSO daily, loss of technology from grid down will not change my life much.
    DRJ

  2. I used to wear the Seiko Diver automatics for years but got tired of re-setting the time once or twice a week. I now have the Seiko solar Diver and it is bomb proof and only needs to be adjusted for the time changes.
    I have a huge solar power plant on my roof and a battery bank so I’m not too worried about being able to charge phones and if and when TSHTF I won’t care about the phone anyway. I do have the Biolite Camp stove which will charge a phone if I needed to.

    • I have 2 Seiko automatic diver’s watches as well. One gained 13 seconds a day, the other lost 11 seconds per day. I have looked at a few solar or eco-drive, but have yet to make the investment. I also have a Luminox diver’s watch, which runs on a battery. That’s been getting the most use lately. I am NEVER without a watch. My EDC is likely heavier and more elaborate than most. Even before I was a Prpper, I always carried a ton of stuff in my pockets. Thirty years in the US Army afforded me the clothing to support that lifestyle. In retirement, I actually think I carry more. I wear tactical or BDU trousers in the winter and cargo shorts in the summer. At any given time, I have a .45 ACP (S&W 457 or Ruger P345), 3 additional magazines, a Swiss Army knife (Huntsman), Schrade multi-tool, 2 bandannas, cell phone, Nebo flashlight, 2 lighters, 2 packs of smokes, pack of Jolt gum, small tube of hand cream and several days worth of medication.

  3. Enjoy reading your thoughtful posts Cheri.

    Glen, DesertRatJak, A rugged timepiece can be most invaluable things derived from knowledge of time.

    For instance my GMT Master’s 12 hour hand is set at true GMT (Universal Mean Time). Knowing the local noon difference from GMT noon (at Greenwich, UK) lets me calculate longitude and coupled with the angular elevation of Polaris above the horizon, I can calculate latitude. Having been an aircraft pilot and ship master, I usually have a keen sense of location however if traveling commercial (which I avoid with a passion), one might become abandoned en route. In which case knowledge of position might just be invaluable. As the GMT Master is an analog mechanical self winder, it will also indicate north direction. Geographic position and direction vector are potent tools indeed for navigation. All from an analog wrist watch and elevation derived from two pieces of string (along with knowledge of the dimensions of body parts (such as the length of my foot, span of my hand, and/or index finger to index finger at greatest reach). These dimensions let me compute angles and from them derive latitude. In addition, I suspect my self winder would be extremely EMP resistant as well. It is waterproof, and being cased in stainless and synthetic sapphire, extremely rugged. Likely a grandchild or even great grandchild will get use of my old watch.

    Cheri, I have abandoned the Leatherman/Gerber conventional multitools to the caches and vehicles and now carry specialized combination tools (with knife blade of course) designed for AR15 and/or 1911 maintenance (see http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-eFECT-Weapon-Maintenance-30-001025/dp/B00KFF4GJQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1449868891&sr=8-2&keywords=gerber+ar15+tool).

    Commo is always nice and is a useful force multiplier. Few of us these days are without cell ‘phones and many of us travel with either amateur radio or SPOT/Iridium/INMARSAT commo for those locations not served by cellular. I’m not a smart ‘phone fan and carry an ancient stupid cellular not as much for me to call someone but to be called by a friend or family member perchance in difficulty.

    Capt. Turbo, somewhere in the jewelry box I have an thick case, old Viet Nam era Seiko stainless steel chronograph with a brown face. Those were quite the watch in the day and the month/day would scroll through both English and Japanese characters. It probably needs oiling and regulation but with those would likely run great for another 30 or 40 years.

    PR

  4. PR, I still must side with Glenn, though his comment is slightly more simple than mine.

    The original setting of the post is an apocalypse. The chances of my traveling widely now are slim. In a post-apocalyptic situation, those chances shrink to near zero.
    I plan on bugging in. If a bug out is required I do have plans in place. The distances to my primary, secondary, and tertiary bug out locations are short enough to be covered on foot if need be. (not a pleasant thought, but doable) All my navigation would be by landmark and/or star.

    If I initially survive TEOTWAWKI; travel, knowing the exact time, and communication with those not in my local area will be a fond memory but not a part of my continued existence.

    None of this, however, is a slight to your response. If YOUR situation requires the knowledge, skills, and talent you mentioned, your chances of success are vastly improved.

    DRJ

  5. Thanks for the responses to my grammatically mangled reply.

    The problem is, if one is traveling and stranded, or if one is forced from a prepared location. No fixed fortification in all of the history I have studied ever withstood determined attack. Which is why my family has emp prepared vehicles – and self-fueling horses, and bug out locations from our bug out location. Knowledge of location and surrounding geography can turn a melancholy situation around. Like the Boy Scouts, I like being prepared.
    PR

  6. Howdy, all!
    I always wear a watch. useful, and I liked them. never had a problem with my Seiko Black Monster.
    I also carry a knife, and a leatherman.
    As far as a phone? I have a cell for emergencies. I buy a charge card every three months. I checked it yesterday, and it expires today. I have not turned it on since I bought the last card.
    No texting, no twitter, no whatever else they invented today. Live life just fine without.
    I am confident that in a sttf situation, 80-90% of the population will be gone within a month, due to lack of tech toys.

  7. rOOIKAT,

    Likewise, I don’t tweet, or FB. My telephone is so my family around the world can contact me easily if needed. I studied during the slide rule era. Calculators were just being introduced as I graduated. Computers took up buildings and with huge 64k memories. Yet, my kiddos seem to have so-called smart ‘phones imbedded. When my daughter comes to visit, it looks like she fondles her telephone (it doesn’t work well on the mountain) as if frequent touch provides some comfort. When I told her I had the internet and WiFi she disappeared into the telephone and meaningful dialogue decreased dramatically. I agree that this fascination with communication modalities is strange. More strange is adults spending a lot of time with computerized war games. A sociologist/psychologist might opine this is indicative of frustration and acting out fantasies. My problem is avoiding stimulation that leads to nightmares. I think a few days of hard work on the mountain might solve this bizarre electronic addiction.

    PR

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