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?


Hallway Woes: Making The Best Out Of Your Entrance

*Not my hallway, nothing like my current dark, uninspired hallway. I have plans though to make mine look as inviting as this fabulous example.

I love my home, truly I do. I don’t, however, love my hallway. It is a dumping ground for coats, doesn’t get enough light and does nothing to inspire me. It’s time for a switch up in both the style and practicality departments.

Despite what people say, first impressions do count. So, when it comes to your hallway, you should make the most of the space you have available. The entrance to your home sets the tone for the rest of your property so it’s important to take care of it, after all, no one wants to be stumbling over shoes and coats after they come in from work, do they?

If like me, you’re looking for some new hallway inspiration these tips may help:

Hallway Flooring

The entrance to your home sees a lot of traffic. So it’s understandable if the floor has seen better days. Now is the time to spruce up your flooring and you can totally transform the space in an instant! If your hallway is on the narrow side or small side then avoid loud, busy carpet prints. You could add a touch of class or glamour with some hardwood flooring or keep things simple and maintainable with a simple laminate. If you’d like some more flooring ideas then click here.

You could always add a hallway runner if you don’t want to commit to full flooring solution. At least if it gets dirty, you can freshen it up again with ease! With two boys and a husband with big work boots, I need something serviceable yet nice looking.

Hallway Colours

You’ll want to make your hallway as inviting as possible, so your next course of action is to pick up that paint roller. Choose colours that are light and fresh, something like white or an off cream. If you’d prefer something not as sterile as white, or you envisage wiping mud and marks from the walls for the rest of your life then try a pale blue or a light grey.

If you prefer wallpaper and would like some kind of pattern, then opt for a large pattern; geometric styles are a popular choice. Just steer clear of small, busy patterns.

Introduce Some Culture

With your newly painted, light coloured walls, you’ve created the perfect canvas to hang some artwork. Whether it’s something calming, something bright or something that’ll evoke thought every time you walk through the door, hanging art is a great way to give your home a personal touch as well as a luxurious look.

Add a Hallway Mirror (Or Two)

Mirrors are a quick and easy way to add light and space to any room, making them ideal in smaller hallways. You can create a focal point with a statement mirror and check your lipstick with ease before you step outside and take on the day.

Hallway Organisation

There’s nothing more stressful then a messy room, and if your hallway is blocked up with pairs of shoes, coats draped on the floor, toys, wellies, the dogs lead and whatever else has found itself dumped there, then just getting inside your home can be a struggle! Keep everything in check with some easy storage solutions. High shelves, a table with a bowl for your keys, hooks for coats placed at various levels so everyone can hang their coat up without help!


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