Get Through Any Disaster – What You Need To Know: Planning Your Escape II
The first step has to be to wean yourself from your current modern materialistic lifestyle. It will be much easier on you to acclimatize yourself to it slowly rather than go "cold turkey" all of a sudden and go from filet mignon with shaved white truffle on the celeriac puree to climbing a tree to grab a coconut or smacking a rat over the head with a rock to serve as dinner.
Therefore, start eating simpler foods day by day, with less preparation and fuss. Stick to the types of natural foods that will be present in your new environment and try to eat as many of them as possible in their raw state. Evangelists of the raw food movement swear by their belief that eating raw foods energizes you as well as sculpts your body. Anything has to be better than Big Macs, Whoppers and KFC, so I can certainly sympathize with those beliefs.
Start cutting down, on the way to cutting out, all horrible addictive substances including tobacco and alcohol. Although it might send most physicians (and their patients) into paroxysms of denial, most people really don't need most of the pharmaceuticals that they take. The same applies to most of the multivitamins, mineral supplements, and other flotsam and jetsam that we pour into our bodies on a daily basis. The majority of people on earth don't have access to these magical pills, potions and lotions, and they survive just fine. So can you.
It may seem unthinkable to some people but it would do us all no harm at all to withdraw from the media as well. The current gyrations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the latest hijinks between Chris and Rihanna, or (gasp) even the latest Star Trek movie are not the reasons for living. If the world decides to disembowel itself, your tranquillity and peace of mind might be best served by not even knowing nor caring about it. Therefore, start cutting down your addiction to CNN.com and its televised equivalent, as well as Desperate Housewives, Gray's Anatomy and CSI: Wherever. ZZZZzzzzzz. As for music, there have been precious few great songs in the last decade or two, so no big loss there.. it's mostly forgettable trash. As for the real classic tunes how many times can you hum Stevie Nicks' Edge Of Seventeen, The Beach Boys' Darlin', Jefferson Starship's Miracles, or anything else from the 1965 to 1985 golden era of rock? I really hate to say it but music's become passe.
As you begin to detoxify yourself from the inner and outer pollution of civilization it would be a good time to give firm logistics some strong consideration. After all, you cannot just assume that when the day arrives that you decide you want to cut and run that you will just be able to take a cab to the airport and catch the next A380 first class nonstop to Nouvelle Caledonie. Not only might the jets no longer be flying, but the taxis might not even be driving either.
That is why you would be far better off, if you are lucky enough to currently reside in one of the ( A ) nations, to choose a location that you can access by land. If you have a capable four wheel drive vehicle, and you can either take along a trailer or stuff a huge fuel tank on the back or the roof, you will find that there is pretty well nowhere on your continent that you can't reach.
And remember... although this may be the most controversial suggestion in a controversial Hub series: Take lots of guns and ammo. You're going to need them!