Food and water, check. Emergency and first aid supplies, check. Water purification system, extra clothing, and shelter, check. The ultimate prepper has gathered and stored everything needed to keep themselves, family, and anyone else included clothed, fed, and cared for. Like any prepared person, you have imagined yourself and your loved ones in your bug-out location, bunker, basement, or missile silo munching on dehydrated food and feeling overwhelmingly thankful just to be alive. You envision each person appreciating all the hard work you have put into to preparing for their welfare and safety.
But have you taken into account the ugly side of human nature? Like the side that comes out when you are on an extended car trip? Has anyone, besides me, ever fantasized about duct taping shut the mouth of a spouse or offspring that keeps whistling the same annoying tune over and over again? Who among us hasn’t considered jumping from a moving vehicle to escape from the insanity that is the sixth hour on a road trip? The only thing that has stopped me is the risk that I might be too maimed to hobble away fast enough; giving them time to turn around and recapture me from the side of the highway.
My point is illustrated beautifully in the movie clip below:
As a child I can clearly remember Christmas vacation. I waited all year for the longest break of the school calendar. I daydreamed during math class about how great it would be to not have to get up at the crack of dawn and trudge to the bus stop. Day one of vacation was awesome. I slept in; focused on all those little projects I had wanted to work on all school year. Christmas Eve filled me with great anticipation, and Christmas Day was, of course, was never dull. By the time I went to bed on Christmas night I was so jacked up on sugar cookies that I couldn’t sleep, but it didn’t matter because there was absolutely nothing to do the next week or so. Then, things took a dark turn. A couple of days after my Christmas high I became listless and bored. I was sick of looking at my family and hearing them continually talking and breathing. Every day was bleak and one tedious day melted into the next. I began plotting and planning on how to send my mother into a psychotic rage just to break up the doldrums and watch her face turn colors.
Boredom, not hoards of zombie looters, could be your worst nightmare in a doomsday scenario. Those around you could begin aimlessly snapping at one another, nit-picky tendencies may erupt, and a general “Honey, I’m home!” Jack Nicholas in the movie Shining moment might be lurking around the corner. Every prepper should add a few boredom-busters to their supplies. And don’t assume you don’t need these items if you have no children to prep for. Adults, in many ways, can be the most annoying addition to every bunker because you cannot reasonably force them into time-out or threaten to pull their pants down and spank them. That last one might make things irreversibly awkward.
Here is a list of supplies you may want to add for everyone’s sanity:
What items have you saved to prevent boredom for your family?