There is a large number of things which makes it easier to survive long term, but when you get right down to it, what you NEED is air, shelter from inclement weather, water and food. All are absolute requirements, but they are listed in order of most immediate to least immediate.
Here are articles on water:
Pretty much every person carries stuff with them “every day”. These are generally things which are important to the person’s life. Some of these things can, or perhaps should, have application during an emergency situation as well. For some ideas on what to have with you, see:
The big thing these days seems to be building your own firearm. Can you do this?
Yes (most places in the U.S.), and its not particularly hard. But there are some caveats. Here are links to my series on this, using the AR-15 as an example.
Part 1 (Laws): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/04/building-your-own-firearms-part-1-the-laws
Part 2 (Methods): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/10/building-your-own-firearms-part-2-the-methods/
Part 3 (Lower parts): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/27/building-firearm-part-3-ar-15-lower-parts/
Part 4 (Upper parts): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/05/08/building-firearm-part-4-ar-15-upper-parts/
Part 5 (“Manufacturing” the receiver): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/07/25/building-firearm-part-5-manufacturing-ar-15-receiver/
Part 6 (Assembly and Results): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/07/31/building-firearm-part-6-assembling-testing-ar-15/
My recommendation for your first build was to get a complete upper pre-built. I have written another article on how to build an upper for “advanced” builders:
I’ve given up consideration of the Ghost Gunner CNC mill; it’s a wonderful fantasy, but I just can’t justify the cost, and from what I can tell, it messes up a receiver now and again. I may still someday try out the molded receivers from ar15mold.com, but probably not any time soon.
For a short term, personal catastrophe, firearms are not always of great benefit. For a more widespread, longer term, catastrophe, replenishing your food stocks and defending yourself from those who have snipped the threads holding them to humanity become of significant importance. And in some of these cases, there is not much which is more effective than the appropriate firearm.
In this two part article, I take a look at perhaps the most versatile firearm choice, the ubiquitous shotgun.
Looking for an effective, easy to master weapon without the legal restrictions of a firearm? Check out my article about tomahawks:
I was asked for a contribution to the “Art of an Outdoorsman” blog. Here is what I sent:
Finally, I got deals on some field knives. These are the bigger knives, optimal for chopping, as compared to the smaller bush knives which are better at smaller or precise tasks.
KaBar/BK&T Machax: http://survivallife.com/kabar-bkt-machax-knife-review/
Ontario RTAK II: http://survivallife.com/ontario-rtak-ii-knife-review/
Benchmade HK Feint: http://survivallife.com/benchmade-hk-feint-fixed-blade-knife-review/
Benchmade Jungle Bolo: http://survivallife.com/benchmade-jungle-bolo-review/
I have two more of this class knife plus three bush class knives left to review, and that will probably be it for knife reviews for now. Have I found the best knife in either class? Probably not, but I think I’ve gone through a wide selection of knives which are “economically” priced. There were only a few left on my list to try, and those ones seemed not to be available at a suitable discount. So unless a company wants to send me one for review…