The Ultimate Go Bag for the Zombie Apocalypse
We got lucky with COVID-19. If this virus was stronger and took out 90% of the world population, we could easily have ended up in a post-apocalyptic world. Toilet paper would be gone. People would be fighting and killing each other in the streets for food and water. The riots and looting we've seen would be nothing compared to the havoc that would ensue in a world with no rules.
Living in a large city would be terrifying in a zombie apocalypse situation. I currently live in Chicago, and I don't have a gun. A baseball bat and White belt Jiu Jitsu skills would only get me so far. From watching 9 seasons of The Walking Dead, I've come to know that people are more scary than zombies. People in times of great stress can be conniving, manipulative, deceptive, murderers. Lord of the Flies is a perfect example: innocent little prep-school boys hunting and killing each other.
I've watched a lot of the Doomsday Preppers show, and though some of the people featured may be a little insane, I believe they are light years ahead in terms of preparing for a world of chaos. Some of the best strategies I've seen have been people who have multiple escape plans. In the event the home is attacked, you need to Bug Out with as few possessions as possible. Having redundancies is key. If you can't leave in your vehicle, maybe you can escape by boat or kayak. Or, you may have to go by foot.
Lets say the United States is about to be attacked by Russia and China in a World War III scenario. In order to protect your family, you may want to leave the country to somewhere safer, like Thailand or Malaysia. You will want your assets to go with you, but selling your home may not be realistic. Selling your stocks could take a few days to hit your bank account. The banks could run out of liquidity if everyone is cashing out at the same time.
Also, traveling to another country with 30 pounds of your life-savings in cash, could be cumbersome and dangerous. Your money could be robbed if you check your bag at the airport. Ideally, you want to be able to fly with one backpack per family member.
Storing Bitcoin on a hard-wallet, like the Ledger Nano X, would be a perfect way to travel with your life-savings. It doesn't weigh anything and doesn't take up any space. Here is what I would pack in my ultimate go bag:
Passport and other ID's
Water bottle with filtration
Clothes (socks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, hoodie)
Rechargeable battery pack
Cliff bars or similar compact snacks
Compass multi tool
Weapons (if not flying)
With these items, you could restart your family's life in another country at the drop of a hat. You can buy whatever else you may want or need because you have your wealth stored securely. All of your dear possessions are meaningless when it comes to protecting yourself and your family. You need to be willing to sacrifice all these things in order to survive.
Owning a house is risky because a lot of your wealth could be stored in the value of the home. It can act as an anchor when you consider changing locations. Even if your house is paid off, it can still be a hindrance in a situation where you need to leave the country for good. You may not be able to sell your house in time. If you have $1 million in Bitcoin, it won't matter as much if you leave your house behind.
Getting out of debt, saving, and building wealth as soon as possible could be vital to your survival in the future. China may become the world superpower in 20 years. We need to be prepared in case it becomes more beneficial to live in a different country. Flexibility and mobility are key. Always be ready to Bug Out!