What would happen if you lost access to the internet and electricity? Could you survive without looking up things like where to find water and how to cook over an open fire? While you may do okay with some things, there is a good chance that you might be screwed on some things. That’s why it is so important to create a survival library where you can easily refer to the information that you need. And, you need a library that doesn’t require electricity or the internet, cause you never know what might happen.
To get started, you need to have a brainstorming session where you try to think about all the types of things that you’ll need information on in the event of a disaster with no access to the internet or even electricity. Obviously, this list of topics will vary from one person to the next. That being said, we have a few basics that you might want to look over below to make sure that you’ve got them covered in your own survival library:
- basic first aid tips
- water purification tips
- recipes and campfire cooking tips
- tips on items that can be used as natural remedies
- gardening tips
- food canning and dehydrating instructions
- meat curing, smoking, and drying instructions
- tips on edible plants
- alternative fuel tips and instructions
Those are just some of the topics that we suggest you add to your survival library, but there are plenty of others as well. Fortunately, you can add to your library over time as you come across new information that you think will be helpful. Just don’t wait until it is too late to start collecting and compiling all of the information that you will need.
Once you know what you want to include, you now have to decide how you want to store your survival library. There are a lot of different articles out there that gives you tips on using everything from a Kindle to a collection of printed instructions to a USB drive to physical books. So, what is the best way for you to create your own survival library.
Well, we don’t advise you to use a USB drive, Kindle or any other type of electronic device. Sure, you can use solar panels to keep the devices charged up, but what happens when they break? Assuming that you’re in the middle of a disaster of some type, that means there is no one around to fix that device for you and you’ve just lost your entire survival library. With that in mind, we only recommend electronic devices like the Kindle as a backup and then only if you have a solar charger to make sure you can power it up in any situation. The only situation where we would recommend a Kindle as your primary survival library is when you have to be on the move, since these devices are so lightweight.
We’re big fans of physical books, even though they do weigh a lot and take up a lot of space. Obviously, this means that you need a safe location to ride out the disaster where you can keep your books safe as well. You could also print out information that you need and store it in binders or folders. We actually suggest this as a backup – but it is important that you store it in a waterproof and fireproof safe so that you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged during the catastrophe.
So, now that you know how you can store your survival library so that it is accessible and will last you, it’s time to consider how you will protect it.
As previously mentioned, a waterproof and fireproof safe is good for storing items if you are stationary and not on the move. But what if you are on the move? Then you need to be able to protect your library not only from damage due to force, but also damage from water. So, if you’re using a device like a Kindle, then you need a military grade case for it and a dry bag. And you’ll also want to make sure that your solar charger is equally as protected.
For something like books or papers, then you’ll want to have them protected from water damage by using dry bags or something similar. Ideally, you can store them in an air tight container, like a plastic tub, at a bare minimum. Obviously, the fireproof and waterproof safe is the best option for something like this. You can even store a Kindle or other electronic device in such a safe.