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Words from a Bosnian Survivalist (bitterclinger)

- by - February 5, 2013 - 23:28 America/New_York - 11 Comments

Think you have what it takes to survive economic/social collapse? Learn from someone who did.

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  1. Unruly Refugee

    February 6th, 2013

    I can survive at least until I run out of ammo. Fighting off the desperate fools who cannot survive on their own will be the hard part.
    You can make a water filter out of sand and gravel that will remove the dissolved solids and kill bacteria.
    Many people have died in the forest not knowing that you can survive on birch bark, pine cones, and many other things widely available.
    Medical supplies will have a very high barter value. With two Canadian Maple Leaf coins, a few 9-volt batteries, some wire, a resistor, and two alligator clips you can make colloidal silver to use as an anti-biotic.

    It will always be harder for city dwellers. Me and my dog — we have no worries
    :smile:

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  2. MaryfromMarin

    February 6th, 2013

    Sobering and informative.

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  3. MaryfromMarin

    February 6th, 2013

    I guess it’s time to go supplies shopping again.

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  4. Dadof3

    February 6th, 2013

    Every collapse will be different. Too many variables to predict exactly what to prepare for. Bosnia had a military aspect to it.

    I know I’ll have to leave the city if it becomes RWOL. Being alone means: You have to sleep sometime and you WILL be vulnerable. You have to leave your home sometime and it will be unprotected leaving it with all your supplies vulnerable. I have the majority of my food and guns elsewhere for this reason.

    A guy named FerFal wrote an account of Argentina’s collapse in 2001. You’ll find similar advice but I hope you read it anyway. Excellent story of how it was, what it looked like from the inside.

    http://www.survivalmonkey.com/threads/ferfal-some-first-hand-experience-a-brief-story-of-argentina.2715/

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  5. Bayouwulf

    February 6th, 2013

    This writer placed emphasis on hygene and I could not agree more. Personal hygene and medical supplies will be at the top of my list for survival needs. One can go for days without food but can an infection from a laceration will weaken and kill you quickly.

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  6. bitterclinger

    February 6th, 2013

    The friend who sent me the original article is a heckuva prepper. And she’s doing it on a shoestring in some ways.

    She suggested going to Ollie’s (or Big Lots or a Dollar Store) for all your first-aid needs. She took a few of us on a “fieldtrip” and we got triple-antibiotic creme, generic Vicks salve (put on the bottom of feet to stop nightime coughs), alcohol wipes, Calamine lotion, bandaids, gauze bandages, cold/hot packs, etc.

    The dollar stores have a great selection of this stuff as well as face masks — handy for epidemics.

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  7. Claudia

    February 6th, 2013

    Lighters. I never thought of that. Good info but sad.

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  8. Bayouwulf

    February 6th, 2013

    Another important item for your bug-out-bag is a water purifier of some sort. Mine is a Katadyn Hiker Pro. Good for making ditch water drinkable. Also have a durable container to pump the water into. This way you won’t have to lug around large amounts of water (added weight) if you need to leave your AO on foot. Less water carried = more ammo carried.

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  9. Unruly Refugee

    February 6th, 2013

    Bayouwulf, I have the Hiker Pro in my bug out bag too. If you use coffee filters and a rubber band on the inlet, the filter will last a lot longer. If you don’t have access to a filter, a teaspoon of colloidal silver will kill the bacteria and viruses in a qt of water.

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  10. Unruly Refugee

    February 6th, 2013

    The Japanese soldier, Yokoi Shoichi, hid out on Guam for 28 years not knowing that the war had ended. I think some hunters finally found him in 1972. It can be done.

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  11. Bayouwulf

    February 6th, 2013

    Good advice Reugee. Thanks. I have also heard that tossing a few silver dimes in a water canteen will also kill bacteria.

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