Comfortable Survival: It Matters

Is it Possible to Achieve Comfortable Survival?Comfortable Survival

Comfortable survival may sound like an oxymoron. It’s not so crazy three days into a grid down scenario. If you find yourself forced from your home or retreat, is it ludicrous to have a few comfort items? My “feel good” foods are very specific; Coke, french fries, and chocolate. I am very picky about my pillow and never sleep as well when I’m not in my own bed. When I am sick, or just “blah” in general, I like to lie in bed. I like to watch Food Network or trash on MTV. I like to load up on caffeine and carbs.

This made me think about how I would cope in a survival scenario. I started to think of little things to lift our spirits during hard times. I made a short list of comfort items that would make a huge difference to me and my family when the SHTF.

Lesson Learned the “Hard” Way!

On one of my many outdoor adventures with Greg, we made instant oatmeal for breakfast.  The problem is that I forgot the packets of Splenda. I was starving. So I ate it, but it wasn’t pleasant. On that camping trip I also (purposely) forgot to bring my sleeping mat. I kept thinking it’s too bulky; it’s extra weight. I didn’t want to lug it around in the mountains. What difference could it possibly make being so thin? I learned a hard (pun intended) lesson. I felt like I was sleeping on bricks. I was freakin’ freezing! I was SO uncomfortable! Never again will the Therma-Rest be left in the garage! Comfortable survival wasn’t with me on this trip.

Comfortable Survival Items

Take the time when you make your list of lists to consider the little things! When push comes to shove and I have to feed my starving family a cup of plain, white rice, they will eat it. I strongly believe that little things can make a BIG difference. Frantic, anxious, whining, or sick kids can be quickly soothed with a little familiarity. Costco has bulk containers of bouillon cubes for less than $10. They store easily in bug out bags, or with your food storage. A cup rice with some chicken broth is awesome compared to plain rice!

A Few Inexpensive Items to Consider:

  • Chocolate (you can’t underestimate this one)
  • Dried fruit
  • Flavored instant oatmeal
  • Trail Mix
  • Toothbrush/travel size mouthwash
  • Frisbee disk (doubles as a plate!)
  • Playing cards
  • Crayons/paper
  • Family picture
  • A good book (or religious text)

Survival attitude is guaranteed to improve when comfort items are a part of your kit! Comfortable survival will reduce panic, calm fears and promote rational thinking.  When the time comes to Get Out Of Dodge, I know I can’t carry my bed and pillow in my backpack. If I have to hunker down during a prolonged grid-down scenario, watching Netflix isn’t an option. We all have different ideas of what comfortable survival means. Rolos and a Coke works for me. Greg’s security blanket is his SIG-SAUER P-220 on his hip. Peace of mind comes with being prepared, thoroughly and thoughtfully. Peace of mind is critical for survival.

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About the Author


Andrea B. is the Vice President of Survival Tactics NOW! and is passionate about educating others in the art of self- reliance. She loves family, fitness, and challenging herself by learning new and interesting survival tactics!