Yesterday, the Virginia earthquake hit here in New York City, and it occurred to me that I am not ready for a natural disaster. Most of my vegan shoes are cotton and probably not fit for walking long distances; I don’t have a lot of canned goods; and I carry no cash!
I remember one reason my father became vegan: “I don’t want to have to stop for a piece of fried chicken when the revolution comes.” Now, this was during the height of the civil rights movement and quite a few years ago, but this gave him the resolve to stay vegan and learn some pretty useful survival tips while he was at it.
Since I have not seen a “surviving the end of the world” app for my iPad, I am going to put together a list of what I may need in a to-go pack, just in case all those disaster movies are right about NYC being first to go.
- A compass and a map (there’s no wifi in the wild)
- My favorite hat and a hoodie or coat
- A good pair of shoes (I still own my Timbs and ’94 Air Maxs)
- Five thousand dollars cash… what?
- Several pairs of clean drawers (clean underpants always make you feel fresh)
- Cans of beans and veggies (and a can opener)
- Water (or one of those self filtering water bottles)
- Matches and skins (in case we come across any medicinal plants)
- Home-made first aid kit with turmeric (for infections), Ace bandages, Band-Aids, baby wipes, gauze.
- My chef knife, a cutting board and baby cast iron skillet (no need to be a savage)
With these things set aside, I can feel prepared for whatever may come my way. As yesterday’s events showed us, you never know what mama nature has in store.
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