Looking After Your Feet: A Prepper’s Priority
When we think about coping in any emergency type situation, we may picture ourselves in any number of different scenarios. Making plans, sorting supplies, filtering water, defending our homes or surviving on the move – all of these things, and more, will feature heavily in a disaster scenario.
One thing which most preppers won’t do is picture themselves sitting down and having a rest. Why? Because when the SHTF, there will be no time for rest. This is what being a prepper is all about – making sure you are fully equipped to think and live on your feet, to have the best chance of making it through a disaster scenario in one piece.
Why Our Feet Are So Important
Living and thinking on your feet also means knowing how to look after your feet. In the army, foot protection and hygiene is taken very seriously. Even something so small as a blister can incapacitate a man and leave him unable to walk for days – or even weeks if the wound gets infected. This is something which a prepper simply cannot run the risk of. Without the use of our feet we will become vulnerable to attack, and will be less able to find food and shelter, let alone escape from hazardous situations.
Developing a Foot Care Routine
Looking after your feet in an emergency situation will be much easier if you’ve developed the habit beforehand. Make caring for your feet part of your daily routine – invest in clean socks, wash your feet daily and make sure that you are wearing shoes which support both your feet and ankles. This won’t weaken your feet. Instead, it will help to ensure that your feet and ankles don’t sustain any injuries which might slow you down when the SHTF.
Preparing for an Emergency
As part of your preparations for when the SHTF, you should have included provisions for your feet. This means making sure that your survival kit and bug-out bag contain clean socks, medical supplies (gauze, bandages, support garments, antiseptic and tweezers ) and at least one pair of high quality footwear.
Choosing the Right Footwear
Choosing the right footwear is of utmost importance for preppers. In an emergency situation you will find that you literally live in your footwear, and it therefore needs to be able to withstand many different types of terrain and activity, whilst providing exemplary protection for your feet. Companies such as RV Ops offer a wide range of different types of footwear which are ideal for preppers, as they’re specifically designed to offer maximum protection for the wearer.