Top Tips for Surviving an Apocalypse


The beauty of having your own blog is that you may write about anything you like. Anything. Today I’m considering my plan for surviving an apocalypse.

First off, there are different kinds of disasters. In the unlikely event of a zombie apocalypse, I’m pretty screwed. Roy has already shared his zombie-related survival plan with me and if we are cornered I think that he’ll be shoving me to the front as I’m diabetic and therefore my blood will be sweeter and so I’ll be able to keep the hoards happy and occupied while I’m supplying their lunch, allowing everyone else to disappear to safety. Once the zombies arrive it’s every man/woman for themselves.

Luckily, zombie apocalypse isn’t likely. Whatever the cause these top tips for surviving post-disaster may be worth saving (or printing out because there’s unlikely to be the internet if anything goes sidewards).

Top Tips for Surviving an Apocalypse

This isn’t a specific plan, that would depend on what caused the apocalypse but a good starting point for “normal” apocalypse situation.

Get Provisions

It doesn’t matter whether your post-world-as-we-know-it knowledge comes from The Tribe or Walking Dead. Provisions are the first thing on your list, once you gathered your family and your wits. 

Think short, medium and long-term:

  • Medicines: Anything you can get your hands on. It’s unlikely big pharmaceutical companies will be up first aid kitand running for a while post-disaster. Any medical supplies will be of invaluable use so don’t forget the first aid kit.
  • A Radio: Every disaster movie shows someone finding someone via a cranky old radio. It’s a good thing to have.
  • Batteries: Electricity is going to be a gonna so load up with as many batteries as you can. You never know when they may come in handy.
  • Canned food and dried goods.
  • Sundries: Glue, tape, string, needles and thread and so on.
  • Tools: Everything from a can opener to a pair of scissors.
  • Clothing: There’s no fashion show post-apocalypse so consider serviceable layers. The more pockets the better. You want to be able to stay warm and dry. Likewise, sturdy footwear. It’s very likely that you’ll soon realise that the older folks were right when they said they don’t make things to last like they used to but do what you can.
  • Seeds and cuttings: We’ll cover this more later but if you have homegrown produce or can get your hands on seeds and tools, this would be a huge advantage long term.
  • Protection: I’ll be warding anyone with bad intentions off with my steely Mum look. How you plan to protect yourself is up to you.

Get The Hell Out of Dodge

If you live in an urban area which relies entirely on modern utilities to keep going, you may need to relocate. And fast. Leave a note for anyone coming looking for you to tell them you survived, are ok and are moving on but not to worry, then grab what you need (and can carry) and start looking for somewhere you can have shelter and start to be self-sufficient. A natural, clean water source is always good.

Be Self Sufficient

There aren’t any supermarket stockists coming, the local cafe is going to be closed and we’re all going to get hungry pretty quickly. In the short term, we can be frugal with what we’ve collected however we really need to get cracking on protecting our future. Hopefully, when relocating you went for somewhere with shelter and planting soil. Again, clean water is a must. Take a day to get your head together then alternate between foraging and planting. If you managed to settle somewhere with chickens and so on, you are laughing. The key to survival is long-term planning.

Make Friends

My overall plan is to live a fairly isolated, self-sufficient life (eventually). In the meantime having a few friends is not going to be a bad thing. Trading goods is a way to not only survive but thrive and it’s good to know people have your back if needed. 

Survival of the Fittest

Clearly, those who will survive are the ones with one eye on the future. Find a safe and steady base and build a new life, pronto. Make sure you keep some provisions and tools hidden away, just in case a local maniac decides to take a shine to you and your land, requiring you to make a quick exit. Staying off the grid as much as possible is always advised. Enjoy the fruits of your labours and get plenty of exercise and sleep. This is my plan for post-apocalypse life. What do you have in mind?


Sales Shopping For Grumpy Clothes Shoppers (Like Me)

Nicki CawoodI’m a keen fan of sales shopping because sales shopping is all about finding items you want or need, without much effort and without parting with too much money. More on this in a minute.

Over the summer we moved to a new house. We only moved down the street but this house (as much as I loved the other one) is quite frankly bigger and better. As expected moving to a new house came with a long list of very necessary purchases. We needed a new bin for the kitchen. We needed curtains. Bathroom storage was something I needed to think about (we’ve a bigger bathroom but nowhere to put the towels) and then there were all the little expenses that seems to add up. The new doormat, a clock for the kitchen, new cutlery and so on.
We also got new sofas for the lounge. That was an adventure as we had to get a window company out to remove the bay window glass to get the damn things in as I hadn’t measured the hall properly. The less said about that decision the better I think.

I love my new house, but I have to say, you can only get so excited about new placemats for the dining room.

Sales Shopping
Photo by Artificial Photography on Unsplash.

I’ve posted about Love The Sales before and continue to be quite the fan. Now that I’ve well and truly scratched my homewares shopping itch, my sales shopping attention is now pointed elsewhere. It’s pointed at me.

Yes, I know, I hate shopping for me. Or at least I say I do. The thing is, I’m not very good at shopping for myself. Need new nets for your lounge? I can find you a bargain, measure up and locate a piece of great quality net curtain that will transform your window with no problem. When it comes to treating myself however, I’m not great. I don’t like physically shopping, I just don’t, and I find spending money on myself difficult, much to my husband’s frustration (he wants me to treat myself but I tend to look for something for me and then buy new storage for Taylor’s room, a book for Roy or a treat for everyone else but myself).

I can’t escape the fact however that the seasons are turning, and my wardrobe is looking somewhat shabby to say the least. I really do need some new items and to be honest, I probably should spend a little more on myself. Maybe it’s the Irish in me, maybe it’s the Yorkshire but I find parting with money (for my own benefit) difficult so I’ve come to a compromise with myself. I’m going to buy myself a few nice new items but only if that involves sales shopping and avoiding changing rooms with their all-too-honest mirrors and ridiculously bright lighting!

Now that I’ve (sort of) made peace with myself about needing to buy a few key items for my winter wardrobe and parting with some pennies, I’ve actually enjoyed having a good browse. I’m definitely going to be treating myself to some new jeans from the Dorothy Perkins LoveTheSales offers. I know jeans don’t seem like a very swish or sexy purchase but I live in jeans so a really nice pair makes all the difference to how I feel about myself and the rest of an outfit. I find DP Jeans to be a decent fit if you’ve got plus-sized bottom and short legs. They’re also made of decent quality denim which make life easier as they last longer.

I’m also going to try and find a few tops that are a bit more…feminine. Believe it or not, under these saggy jumpers and my collection of identical ¾ sleeve tops (I have the exact same top in 4 colours that I wear constantly) hides a woman. A women with curves! I’m considering letting her out from time to time and maybe even adding a splash of colour to break up all of the grey, black and dark brown. Don’t faint. There is a limit to how girly I can go in one leap but I have to say that there are some fab tops at Laura Ashley which I could actually cope with, especially with new jeans!  

You know what, the more I consider sales shopping and dive in and out of online stores I wouldn’t think to consider otherwise, the more I’m enjoying the experience. Not only have I found some brilliant bargains with very little effort, there’s not be one smelly changing room in sight.

What about you? Are you a sales shopping fan or are you less strict about spending money on yourself than I am? Why I find it so hard I’ll never know, but at least I’ve found a relatively low stress and budget friendly way to buy quality items without too much angst. I’m not promising that I’ll not grumble a little during the process though……



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