Just in case all goes wrong, many people are looking for ways to prepare a survival retreat. While most of us picture a survival retreat as a cabin in the woods, and this is not a bad start, there is much more to be prepared to survive than just a building. This article will help you to have a survival retreat ready in case of nuclear war, hyperinflation, civil war, or other things that may tend to cause a general breakdown of society.
Addressing the basics of human need will, of course, be of great importance. Food, water, and shelter will be necessary as well as a source of heat. This does not mean that you need to have a retreat cabin stocked with food, water, and firewood, but rather you need to have the information and tools to produce these things. Being able to make things for yourself will help you survive, 10 cases of meals ready to eat, such as one from XMRE or Meal Kit Supply, will only delay the inevitable. It is not a bad start to help you overcome first few days. But in fact, your survival retreat may only be a large tote with saws, files, rope, a .22 rifle, ammunition, knives, simple garden tools, water purification tablets (you'll need water quickly, you can boil it later), seeds, fishing equipment, and other small objects. A good set of reference books on survival and first aid / medical books are a must as well.
If you are able to secure an actual physical location for your survival retreat, there are some things that will be very useful to stockpile, but they may not be what you expect. What is considered junk today, will be invaluable in a survival situation. Another good point about storing waste at your survival retreat is that no one will steal it! The junk that I am talking about are things like sealable plastic containers (butter bowls, soda pop bottles, etc.), scrap metal (for building, etc.). Sections of pipe (to move spring water where you want it or irrigation purposes), and other things that we routinely throw away in modern life but will be quite useful if there is no manufacturing or retailing.
The most important tool to bring to your survival retreat will be between your ears. A person with information and knowledge is more prepared to survive than a fool with a hardware store full of supplies. Read survival books and practice survival skills. Build fires with friction and sparks, learn to fish, hunt, garden, find edible wild foods, and generally spend time outdoors. While all this studying and practice may not ever be used, it can provide a great measure of confidence to simply know that you are ready.