Survival Skills

Prepare for War: Survival-Mastery

Prepare for War

At some point in the future, a war is nearly an inevitable prospect, no matter where you live. This means you need to understand what it would mean for a war to occur in your country and what you should do if war does occur.

By understanding how to prepare yourself before the war occurs, you’ll be ready for the event if and when it happens. You don’t want your family to be unprepared because more than likely a war will start quickly. Make sure you prepare for war so you are ready if there is even a possibility.

Building Your Stockpile

One of the first things you need to do is store everything you will need if you are cut off from the rest of the world. This stockpile is extensive and will need to be prioritized since some items will be more important than others.

Building your stockpile

So what basic items should you include in your stockpile so that your family will be safe and protected no matter what happens?


The most essential items are food and water. You need to have enough so that if you are cut off from the rest of your city or town, you’ll have enough to get your entire family through. This will take up a lot of space in your stockpile, and that means you need to have a dedicated area where you can easily store it.

Make sure you stockpile perishable foods rather than many microwaves or even stovetop meals. Again, it would help if you operated on the assumption that you will have no electricity, and that means only items you can eat as they are (the majority of your stockpile) or items that can be cooked over a fire.

Survival gear

Many products should be part of your survival gear stockpile. These would include knives, rope, hiking boots, canvas or tents, and anything else you might need if you had to hike through the wilderness. This is entirely possible if a war occurs and especially if that war starts to get ugly quickly. See our list of the top survival knives for you to choose from.

You may need to disappear with the rest of your family and make sure to survive in the wilderness. There are a lot of tools you will want, and you’ll need to make sure that most of them can fit into a knapsack before you go as well.

Survival gear

The best thing to do with your survival gear is to find the essential items, something like a compass, a large knife for cutting branches or meat if you go hunting, rope, canvas, and non-perishable food and pack it into a heavy-duty knapsack. You’llYou’lla bag for each member of your family, but make sure that it’s insight weight for them to carry and that you have plenty of food and water. You never know if you’llyou’llfreshwater wherever you go. You want to keep these bags packed, so they are ready at a moment’s notice and keep them with your clothing as well.

Heavy Clothes

You never know precisely what’swhat’sning around you when war hits, and that means making sure that you have plenty of heavy clothes to wear. You’ll need several layers along with thermal layers, outer jackets and pants, and hiking boots.

All of these things should be near your survival gear pack so you can put them on and run out the door in a moment if necessary. If it’s uit’sessary, this also helps you know precisely where that gear is whenever you need it to head outside in the cold weather or take care of anything. Of course, it would help if you had a decent store of heavy, warm clothes and blankets.


You always want to make sure you have a weapon ready. That means more than just a small gun or a couple of knives. You want something that you can use for hunting and something that you can use to defend your family if something terrible happens.


You don’t risk your family over anything, and that means you need heavy-duty weapons, and you need a good store of ammo as well. It’s aIt’simportant to remember that things could get nasty out there if your neighbors are without food or water and they know that you have it. So you need to defend yourself and do whatever it takes to keep the family safe. Do check out our reviews of the top 10 guns for home defense to give you more options to choose from.

Fortifying Your House

You need to make sure your household is prepared for whatever may come. That means more than just building a wall around your house (which may be a good idea if you have the time and money, or skill to do it). It means making sure that your home is capable of withstanding whatever you need to.

Fortifying your house

That means cutting yourself off from the outside world or at least having the capability of doing so if you need to. To do this, you will need a lot of work around the place, which means putting in the effort long before there is a threat.

Build a Well

Your well will make you more capable of supporting yourself and your family. You will have the ability to supply everyone with water that doesn’t need anything from your city or government to function. You’reYou’regoing to be able to do things like water, animals, and plants, which means surviving a little bit longer than someone who has a well. Water is the most crucial thing if you are cut off from society because, without water, your family will not survive.

Plant a Garden

Planting your garden will keep you surviving even longer because you’ll have food to help your family.

Plant a garden

It would help if you had some protein in your diet. Still, But, still, the family will be able to survive on a vegetarian diet for quite a long time, a lot longer than they’lthey’llwithout that garden because all that non-perishable food isn’t to do as much for you as the vitamins and minerals you can get from fruits and vegetables. So sure, it should keep them alive, but it’s not going to do a whole lot more, and they won’t be as healthy as you would want them to be.

Raise animals

If you at all have the time, energy, and inclination, raise your farm animals too. This will help you prepare for your society and the different things you and your family need. You’ll need protein and feed the family even healthier foods, which is the most important thing. Raising animals can be just a few chickens and a cow, or it could mean having an entire farm. It’s entirely up to you, but even just a few animals could be the difference between having everything you need and feeling a little hungry at the end of the day. Check out our guide on how to raise pigs for consumption.

The key is finding animals that you and your family can take care of and that you will continue to take care of. Yes, this animal will likely be a meal for you and your family one day. First, of course, you’ll need to know how to care for them, which means putting in some work, but you will need to understand how to prepare the meals you need.

Live Off Grid

The more off the grid you are already, the better off you will be. Now, of course, if you’reyou’reg in the middle of the city, this isn’t to be accurate as much, but if you’reyou’reg in the middle of the country and you don’t don’tneighbors, you can quickly get yourself entirely off the grid. Also, because you’reyou’reoing to be on the network, other people will have a much harder time finding you, which keeps you a lot safer when you’reyou’reg from war.

Live off grid

The best things you can dare are the ones we’ve we’ve discussed, and make sure that you aren’taren’tliant on energy. Suppose you can produce your point, there’there’sng wrong with that, though it can draw your familyfamily’stion. But, on the other hand, if you use electricity all the time for things that aren’taren’td, you’re very upset with your entire family because it could lead to you or one of them getting hurt. No one wants that to happen.

Preparing to Fight

It would help if you understood that your fight isn’t isn’tgoing to be against a few people who want to take your supplies. You’reYou’renot only going to be fighting the actual enemy. It would help if you made sure that you’reyou’recting yourself against anything and everything that comes your way, and that that’s to include anything from martial law to the infestation of computer systems. Of course, you need to be prepared for the fact that anyone and anything could be your enemy. It means watching your surroundings and never taking anything for granted.

Martial law takes over when the government decides the country is at war and in imminent danger. It means that the military can take control of your city, and they can make their own rules. The military can suspend other laws that you would usually have under the Constitution, including anything from the right to a speedy trial to the right against soldiers coming into your home whenever they want. Make sure you’reyou’rered for this.

Marines in formation

Another thing to be prepared for is the possibility that everything around you could be corrupted. Because so much of our country relies on computer systems, it’s entirely possible that those computer systems will become compromised and that the many enemies we have will seek to destroy us through our computers.

After all, taking down our computer systems destroys most of the countrcountry’sstructure, including the communication of our military and, therefore, the ability of that military to carry out and coordinate attacks. So you never know what could happen at that point.

What Else You May Need

Even though you’veyou’vedy started to prepare yourself for any survival situation that may occur, you’reyou’rebly not fully prepared for just anything, and that means you’re to need a lot of extra supplies and tools that will protect you just in case of some worst-case scenarscenario’s a nuclear attack or other chemical warfare.

The basics would include some extra clothes and a place where you can keep yourself and your entire family safe no matter what may be going on outside in the rest of the world.

Chemical Protective Suit

You want to make sure you have the gear to protect yourself against anything, and that means having a chemical protective suit that will keep you and your family safe if there’there’schemical released into the air.

Chemical protective suit

Everyone in your family should have a full-body suit, and you want to make sure that it includes a helmet as well. That way, you will all be ready for anything that comes, and you won’t worry about breathing in harmful chemicals that could result in death, even long after the war and all the supposed danger is gone.

Fallout Shelter

You really should have a bomb shelter in your home or very close nearby. Maybe you want to build it under the barn or somewhere else, but you want to make sure that you have one because it will keep you safe if a bomb of any type does go off, especially if there’there’slear a bomb blast.

Fallout shelter

You don’t be caught in the blast so make sure that you have this type of shelter prepared with all of your gear and extra stuff to run in and lock the door without any notice.

Detailed Maps

You want to have more than one way out of any area. If you only know one path, the quickest one, to get out of your city or state, you’reyou’reoing to make it. So you need to make sure you have several options when it comes to getting out of the area because if your primary way is blocked, you don’t be then trapped or trying to figure out something new at the last minute.

Detailed maps

A set of detailed maps will make sure that doesn’doesn’tn to you.

Emergency Plan

What do you and your family intend to do if your country is invaded? Do you have a plan to stay, or do you plan to leave the country? You want to make sure that you and your partner talk this over before it ever comes to pass. You don’t find yourself trapped and looking for a way out because your newly formed plan relies on you getting out of the country.

If you’re you’re to hunker down, you want to do that right away, and if you’re you’re to make a run for it, you need to do that right away as well. So the sooner you know what you’re you’re to do, the more likely you will succeed.

What Happens Long Term?

So what if everything goes down and it stays that way? What do you do if the government never seems to come back up or the rest of your world is no longer out there? Well, you need to have a plan for this too. It goes beyond just knowing if you’re, you’re to run or hold out. You need to make sure that you understand how you’re to do it. You need to know the exact plan for how you’re to make a living for yourself and your family if the war and any subsequent invasion happen.

All-in-all, there are many things you need to keep in mind if you’reyou’reing to protect your entire family from some war. But, first, you need to know what you’reyou’reng into, and you need to know how to take care of your whole family. It’s nIt’soing to be easy, but you can accomplish it if you’reyou’reul and pay attention to everything happening around you—That’sThat’snly way to prepare for war.

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David Dawson

David Dawson is a retired security specialist with over 20 years of experience. He worked for a secret manufacturing facilities and hospitals in Illinois. David's responsibility was to protect people in case of any disaster or cataclysm that might occur. Now he keeps on doing it through teaching others about how to prepare and survive flood, earthquake or even war.


  • Unfortunately, we live in an uncertain, troubled world, so a war breaking out is not a fantasy, it is likely to happen, anywhere. I believe the best thing to do is be fully prepared to fly away at any desired moment, because an invading army can take over everything you have, the government too. Also people who aren’t as prepared as you are may represent another threat.

  • I am quite concerned for the safety of everyone on planet Earth at the moment. With the constant threat of nuclear conflict and advancement of military technology, devastating war is a possibility.

    Those are some useful tips when it comes to equipping your home for a catastrophe, but what if moving out becomes a necessity? What kind of a vehicle would you recommend?

  • It is important to listen to broadcasts on the radio and tv too. If there is bombing involved there will be different air horns available for different kinds of dangers. Learn them and make sure to follow through with what experts tell you.

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