How to Survive the End of the World on a Shoestring

OK, that was a bit of a grandiose exaggeration, since if the literal end of the world did come, as I’ve mentioned in other posts, there won’t be any surviving it.  I suppose what I meant by it was “How to Survive until the End of the World on a Shoestring”, but hopefully, nothing of the kind will ever happen.  And hopefully you won’t ever have to confront anything like that but, you can get ready for and actually survive a lot more than you might imagine.  So here it is:  How to Survive The End of the World on a Shoestring.

Physiological Needs

First and foremost you will need to consider physiological needs.  The basics or the ‘essential’ physiological needs are something I detailed in another post called Bug Out Bag Essentials, but you have to explore and research just how little you can live with or without.  That is a matter of personal exploration and for me, it means not just learning from the experiences of others in extreme situations but going out into the elements for a bit and seeing how I feel about how I would handle things.  Nothing dangerous mind you, just little tests to see how far I might be able to go if the cold didn’t stop for example and I couldn’t find a centrally heated building to reside in.



The next thing would be to hone a positive attitude in any way you can.  This attitude really is like momentum in that if you can practice in the good times consistently when the bad times come you will be more likely to roll in that direction.

Hands Down, the Cheapest Way to Survive the World is to Save it!

I want to get into that much more in this Blog but for now, I want to get back to the end of the world thing for a minute and talk about the most cost-effective way of surviving some of the literal world ending threats that face us today.  The first is nuclear technology and the second is Global warming coupled with the accelerating factor of solar radiation management otherwise known as Geoengineering.  I have said it before and will say it again that no survival preparations will help to survive those catastrophes except prevention, and the prevention comes with everybody getting wise to the threat and on mass momentum stopping the insanity of these programs.

Take nuclear power and weapons for example, when there are so many ways to generate power through alternative methods like solar, wind and even ocean currents, why are there so many more nuclear power plants being slated for construction around the world and as we speak.  From Fukushima, we know that they do fail.  But at a cost that is astronomical for what you get in return.  And if you think we need them for military defense, well that’s a whole other rabbit hole, but in the end, I personally think we have, just like solar and wind, much more advanced ways of killing people than nuclear bombs at this point in our technology.  Yet for some reason, we are not really being told about them.  So even for military use, I think Nuclear weapons are a scam and a rip-off.  Still, for individuals, survival at this point in time, really is seemingly cheap.  Just talk about it as if there weren’t any baffling social taboos against discussing them in polite company.  Making a sign and posting it somewhere in town.  spamming the internet…lol….all relatively cheap things to do.  And yet why is no one doing it?

I think the economic structure has been designed in a way that has made it so most people have to put all their much energy into just paying the bills from day to day to the point that they don’t have the time or energy to put into civic duties like joining volunteer organizations that might protest, or voicing an opinion that might raise awareness or social consciousness.  On the whole, it’s a perfect setup for the complete failure of the human experiment when everything is set up for people to only have time and energy to be completely self-centered just to survive.

And then because of the daily frustrations of living paycheck to paycheck in often increasingly dysfunctional work environments, I think a lot of people secretly feel that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if the world ended in a ball of fire tomorrow as most of the world would deserve it…..and maybe it does….

So for me personally, the game is going to be to get the time and money to really be able to step away from all of that…to step back and look at the world.  It’s going to be about having the time and the security to speak my mind if I want to and for the benefit of others.  It’s going to be about being able to spend time working for the greater good.  I think I have found a way and I plan to share that in later posts.  The working title for that article which I am writing now is  “The Survival Back Pack Job”  lol

Hint and a Few Final Tips Specific to the Bag:

Tip #1

Instead of using an expensive ground cover for your tent get some 3M Tyvek from your local builder supply like Home Depot.  Tyvek is a reflective insulative material used for houses.  A piece of Tyvek instead of the ground cover typically sold with and for your tent will be much cheaper and very light.  There are different kinds of Tyvek.  They come in different thicknesses and reflectivity but any will do.  They are UV resistant and can also make a very nice substitute for a tarp that you might use for shade or rain cover to cook under or a fly for the tent.

Tip #2

Try to buy a little extra food every time you shop and stock up.  Food prices are rising and won’t be coming down (until the end of the world) so by buying ahead of time, you will be saving money.

Tip #2

Very often you can find items that are cheaply made and therefore are much lighter that can serve the same purpose as much more expensive items.  For example, I found a very thin down jacket for $20.00 that packed into its own pocket.  A thin down jacket is a must that can go along with a shell or be worn while sleeping, or for those moments when it just gets a bit too chilly in the evening.  So it’s not a big name brand ultralight jacket.  Big deal the end of the world is coming soon.

Tip # 3

But to get down to the nuts and bolts of a shoestring budget for survival preparation and a bug out bag specifically is to look at how you would do things in the absence of electricity and fuel.  Cut that out and you already save a lot of money.  One really crude example would be instead of counting on having a chainsaw, how would you live with just a hand saw?  If you really want to go extreme (as some do), you might consider how you might do things if you didn’t have a hand saw.  Could you cut down a tree with a knife?  It is possible but it takes a while and some know how.  This video is kinda long and slow, but that is how it is if you are going to cut down a tree with a knife.

5 thoughts on “How to Survive the End of the World on a Shoestring”

  1. Hi Gorden,

    Very good article. When I was reading this it kind have made me thought of the “end of the world” that supposed to happened Sept. 23, 2017. yeah like three days ago. Good thing it didn’t but I’m more inform now about getting an emergency bag prep. And I don’t need a lot of money for it to. Thanks!

    Dang that 4″ knife.. lol

  2. Great Advice on survival mechanisms! I am a nature lover but never occurred to me to have a water survival tool; especially considering the very recent disasters, such as hurricane Harvey in Texas, and hurricane Maria in the tropics! I like your idea of saving the world first, rather than trying to survive its end! Thanks Gordon!

    1. Yes the water everywhere is a concern now. Be sure to keep an eye out for an article I will be publishing in the next few days about water treatment and the best way to do it!

  3. chancellor merkel must have read your post Gordon.
    One of the geologists at work tell me that Germany are starting to phase out their nuclear power plants.
    You have got an impressive base of readers.

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