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Above are survival lessons from the Homeless to help you with a
personal SHTF scenario.

Happy endings...
As many as half a million Americans are homeless and you can
learn from them now by studying homelessness and putting
together a homeless survival kit before you need it.

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Never underestimate the importance of socks to a homeless person. It's not
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#8: Stay in Communicado!
Communications is a key component of any survival plan, which
means it applies to a homeless survival plan.

  • A portable AM/FM radio. A small AM/FM radio can serve as
    news and entertainment and keep your cellphone usage
    down. Get batteries for cheap at the Dollar stores. It's
    lighter and more practical than a survival radio unless you
    have a car.

  • Cell phone. Homeless who have a cellphone fair better than
    those without one. A cell phone is a lifeline to family and
    friends; medical help; homeless housing or social services; a
    hot meal; navigation; music and entertainment; an odd job
    and your former life! Using Craiglist can get you free stuff.
    Social media can help you feel connected with society and
    you can also get the news.

    You may wonder how can homeless people afford cell
  1. Prepaid phone. One option is a pre-paid flip phone.
    Call, text and browse the web with the AT&T Prepaid
    Cingular Flip 2 phone. It has large buttons for easy
    dialing, while the large display simplifies menu
    navigation and online browsing. This Cingular flip phone
    has 4GB of internal storage for saving photos from the 2-
    megapixel camera and a convenient external display for
    viewing the time.
  2. Government issued phone. You can also find out how
    to get a government-issued phone that includes a
    limited amount of free minutes and texts. The average
    cellphone bill at more than $100, this could be out of
    reach for many. There are some programs for free cell
    phones for the homeless. Search now for any programs
    in your area. For example:
  • Texas
  • Canada

  • Laptop. A laptop is more powerful as a connection to get
    back into housed or employed society. It can better help you
    access homeless resources and be able to job to put
    together a resume. A lucky few can earn a living from a
    laptop writing or designing. Consider being a homeless
    blogger or creating YouTube videos about homelessness. The
    lucky few earn passive income from a laptop and you can
    too. If you learn now you might be able to avoid
    homelessness altogether while you couch surf with family
    and friends. Of course you could use a community center or
    library computer if you can borrow an address, but your
    productivity will be limited to 2-hour increments and the
    hours of the center. What's more, you need a library card to
    operate the computer and that requires an address.

#9: Get mobile with a bicycle or skateboard.
Your mobility as a homeless person increases with use of a
skateboard or bicycle; however, it will also be a target of theft.

  • Skateboard. A skateboard is transportation, but it can also
    be entertainment. In Monterey California, a homeless man
    earns his living entertaining tourists at the peer with his
    skateboarding dog. Don't risk performing tricks which could
    cause you injury and further your problems. You can deter
    theft with a skateboard lock. Just add cable, combo lock and
    perhaps some tamper resistant hardware. The one pictured
    right also includes a built-in bottle opener. You'll find some
    school-style backpacks equipped for your skateboard.

  • Bicycle. A bicycle can expand your horizons as a homeless
    person to help you "Get out of Dodge" but it can also limit
    you as you'll have to secure it outside of a homeless shelter
    or your campsite.

  • Add pannier bags to your bicycle. A waterproof pannier
    for your bicycle can add extra storage to your mobile

#10: Have Survival Street Smarts.
Being homeless will require street smarts some of which you can
learn from happypreppers.com:

Get urban survival skills from the homeless:

  • Know where to hang out. Beware of "bum bashers"―the
    people who beat on the homeless for no reason. They'll
    leave you alone on cold nights where you can find a secluded
    location. Sleep out in the open, not in secluded areas on
    warm nights, because you won't attract attention from law
    enforcement and avoid the bum bashers. Such are the
    lessons from a man who was homeless for 2-1/2 years. Read
    Homeless: a day in the life of a homeless veteran by Todd
    Murphy. It's fiction, but it's based on his experiences.
Homeless Survival lessons
Survival lessons from the homeless

Build your own homeless survival kit!
Are you living paycheck to paycheck and having sleepless nights
about being homeless? Could you survive the streets? The
nights? The hunger? The cold? Build a homeless survival kit to
survive being homeless and broke before you need it, or put
together a survival kit for someone you love who is on the brink
of homelessness.

Learn from the homeless and find out why you need to:
  • Get a plain looking backpack.
  • Have a bathing suit.
  • Be careful of the crunch!

This homeless survival guide for preppers is a special look at how
you might survive if it ever happens to you and your family...

Homeless Survival Guide, Preparedness
If you're about to be homeless (or if you find yourself worrying
about it) do what you can now to invest in key survival items to
make your return to the employed and housed society that much
easier. Build a homeless survival kit!

To give you an overview of the kinds of things you'll need on your
homeless journey, the
Wise Foods Five-Day Survival Backpack can
give you a head start. It's low profile backpack and has most of
what you need, including a convenient stove and fuel tablets, a
mess kit and just add water foods from Wise. It's a good start.

Build your own homeless survival kit:

#1: Select a low profile backpack.
As a homeless person you must be low-profile and avoid conflict.
One of the best ways to be a homeless grayman is to get a plain
looking backpack for your gear in black, dark grey or neutral colors
like the
Rothco Bomber backpack. (Just cut off the red zipper pull.)

Most homeless people carry backpacks. The more low-profile the
backpack the better, so that it's not the target of theft. A low
profile backpack will also help with donations! "
Tony says that
owning an expensive backpack actually works against street
donations, as people assume he is too well off to warrant help,"
according to an interview from BusinessInsider.com

More tips about selecting your backpack:

  • Consider adding a Rothco Daypack. The Rothco Daypack is
    around $20. It's a 100% water-resistant cotton canvas
    daypack where you can keep your most treasured
    possessions when you want to leave your larger gear behind.
    It's thin enough that you can put it into a larger backpack.

  • Find a way to sleep with your backpack. Living in hostels
    and homeless shelters requires theft prevention measures.
    Hug your backpack like a body pillow. Wrap your legs around
    it. Do what you can to make sure the worldly possessions
    inside your backpack don't disappear while you're asleep.

  • Add a black sports duffel bag. The Northstar Sports Duffle
    Bag is a durable gear bag at a low price. Select a versatile
    duffle gear bag that like carry-on luggage.

#2: Get gear to get a good night's rest.
You'll sleep better at night if you have the right gear, but the
gear you pack shouldn't weigh more than 1/3 of your bodyweight.
Pack carefully and selectively.

Here's how to get a good night's rest:

  • Invest in a compact all seasons sleeping bag. One of the
    most important items in your homeless survival kit is your
    sleeping bag.

  • Consider a bivvy. You can extend the life of your sleeping
    bag and stay warmer at night by slipping your sleeping bag
    into an emergency thermal bivvy bag.

  • Get a good night's rest with a travel pillow. A pillow is a
    luxury item, but it can help you stay healthy (avoid pink eye
    and lice), and get a good night's rest. You could save on
    space stuffing your clothing into a pillowcase, but having a
    small travel pillow, like the MyPillow GoAnywhere Pillow is
    only around $20 and will give you comfort when you need it

  • Fleece blankets. Fleece is warm and cozy. It's a fabric that
    handles moisture relatively well, and a small fleeze blanket
    can also double as a pillow if you don't have one.

  • Hot water bottles. If you can get hot water for tea you can
    transfer the warmth to a hot water bottle to keep you cozy
    through the night. Remember thought that hot water bottles
    can cause burns and you must avoid prolonged direct contact
    to skin. What's more, bottles should be replaced after two
    years of use, and you should check stopper for wear and tear
    damage at regular intervals.

  • Adopt a Dog. While a dog is a liability and limits your
    access to services, investing in a dog also is beneficial for
    many reasons:
  • For a homeless person, a dog offers security in terms of
    battery and theft homeless people experience from
    their  homeless peers.
  • Additionally, a dog can help you keep warm at night.
  • Most importantly, a dog can add to donations. People
    who donate to homeless are more compassionate when
    they see a dog but you'll also have to feed them.

#3: Have a survival weapon.
While law enforcement may hassel you, it's good to have a
survival weapon ready should you find yourself in a bad situation.
Check with local laws about what's not legal. For example, there
pepper spray laws and state restrictions.

It's good to have plans for a survival weapon:

#4: Build a simple first aid and hygiene kit.
Be self sufficient on your hygiene and first aid needs.

  • Find microfiber towels. Microfiber quick dry towels can help
    you with your hygiene. Fast drying, they pack condensed in a
    size 4 times smaller than a towel of the same size.

  • Make a mini first aid kit. Get a box of bandaids and
    antiseptic wipes and stash them in a small travel pouch or
    an altoids tin. Add tweezers

  • Put together a small hygiene kit. You'll find homeless
    essentials for hygiene at the dollar stores to replenish
    deodorants, soaps and shampoos, combs, razors,
    toothbrushes and toothpaste. Other sites may recommend
    you bring baking soda in lieu of toothpaste, but baking soda
    isn't something you want to bring along your homeless
    journey. It will be a mess in your backpack and it's a bit
    abrasive on your teeth. Women should consider tampons to
    pads as they're easier to pack.

#5: Don't mess around. Get a mess kit!
Cooking while homeless is possible

  • Mess kit and utensils. You don't want to be stealing plastic
    forks and knives, so having a small utensil set with your
    mess kit is essential. You don't need a full camping mess
    kit, which could be rather bulky. Backpacker mess kits made
    of titanium are lightweight, though expensive, but it includes
    the cookstove!

  • Military Can opener. Everyday carry for many preppers is a
    military can opener. Look for cans with a pop top and be sure
    to have a military can opener handy. Just in case a good
    canned meal comes your way that isn't a pop top.

  • Get a small camp stove.  While you may find yourself
    relying on food banks, soup kitchens, and bread lines, you're
    better off having a mess kit and a small camping stove to
    get you through your homelessness. Food bank meals offered
    are usually geared at the low-income families more so than a
    homeless population, but you may be able to get some dry
    pasta, rice and beans to cook. That's when it's handy to have
    a way to cook them. Opt for a small folding stove that burns
    twigs and fuel cubes. Solid Fuel Cubes by Esbit is an item
    easy to transport for the nights when you can't fuel a little
    stove, but it won't be easy to get replacements later down
    the road. Canned heat isn't something you want spilling in
    your bag. A drawback of the folding camping stove is that
    the metal is heavy. The nice thing is that it folds away in
    your backpack.

  • Remember to pack a water filter. Invest in a water bottle
    with a filter before you're homeless so you always have clean
    drinking water. The Lifestraw water filter has a carabiner so
    you can attach it to your gear. Best of all, having a water
    bottle handy means you'll save money on bottled water and
    be more apt to skip the sugary drinks.

#6: Be careful of the crunch!
Shop for the most wholesome foods available and be careful of
the crunch! Avoid the top foods that can crack teeth...

  • Resist the donations of crunchy granola bars that come from
    well meaning people. For snacks, avoid the nutty chocolate
    bars, or biscotti that could crack your teeth and send you to
    the Dentist. Opt for the soft breakfast bars or Poptarts

  • Skip the enamel sharding hard pretzels and other common
    snack foods that crack your teeth. While you're at it, skip the
    puffy cheese snacks and tortilla chips that may lodge
    between your teeth and cause dental work down the road.

  • Be mindful of the crunchy croutons lurking in salads along
    with too crunchy bacon bits.

  • Pass on the popcorn too! It's the kernels that crack!

  • Don't use your teeth to open food packaging. Have nail
    clippers handy or a knife.

#7. Pack layers of clothing.
To prepare yourself for a job make sure you have three pairs of
pants and three shirts to make it through a work week, along with
socks and underwear. A pair of black pants and a solid polyblend
shirt is essential as are having black socks, which will help hide
the dirt. Socks are an important survival tool, and a welcome
donation to the homeless. You might alternate with a pair of dark
khaki pants and a black shirt to stay low profile and blend in.
Pack also a fleece jacket for warmth.

Most of your worldly possessions will be your clothes. Layer
clothes to adjust to the time of day, temperature and season.

Here are some ideas from the homeless about your clothes:

  • Look for shirts pants and jackets with pockets. You'll find
    pockets are essential for your key items, like identification, a
    small flashlight, a BIC lighter or other everyday carry.

  • Get a bathing suit. You'll want a bathing suit because
    having a suit will enable you to better use public showers.
    You may be able to shower at youth hostels, homeless
    shelters, public beaches, gyms, pools and even college
    universities.Having a bathing suit also will be useful when
    you're cleaning your underwear.

  • Consider thermal underwear. Depending on the weather
    conditions in your locale, consider adding a layer of warmth
    with thermal underwear.

  • Skip the heavy overcoats. Since you're bringing clothes in
    layers, pack a watertight rain jacket that's lightweights. It
    could be the most important clothing you bring.

  • Look for moisture wicking and wool-blend crew socks.
    When your feet are toasty so are you. That's why it's
    important to look for wool and wool-blend socks in winter,
    which will keep you warm and dry at night. Avoid cotton
    socks which retain too much moisture when you perspire.
    Having a change of socks will give you opportunity to rotate
    to keep your feet clean. Never underestimate the importance
    of socks.
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