Sunday Survival Tip: Sanity

December 21 is a little under four weeks away, and if the Mayans were right, that’s the date that something drastic happens on this little old planet of ours.

Regardless of whether you believe that or not, there is no harm done in actually preparing for a survival situation.

As we have seen in recent weeks, Mother Nature can unleash a fury upon us that we could not imagine, and all the weather predictions say that these patterns are bound to get more intense.

When it comes to packing a survival kit, bug out bag, or whatever you want to call it there are a few essential items that you MUST have in it, regardless of the situation.

Number one on that list is a deck of playing cards.

Have a look at any seriously prepared survival kit on the Internet, and you will find that nine times out of ten, there will be a pack of cards included in it.

This is because the most important part of surviving any situation is to not give up hope, which is where the deck of cards comes in.

Regardless of whether you are stuck on that often hypothesised desert island, or stuck at home for a few days without power, a deck of cards can go some way to alleviate the boredom of the situation.

With most of us buying ebooks now and using electronic devices as a source of entertainment, once the power goes off and the battery runs out, they will be about as useful as fly wire screens on a submarine.

There is even a story or it may be an urban legend now, that back in the days of World War II, a pilot always made sure he had a deck of cards in his flying suit. When asked why he did it, he responded by saying that if he ever had to eject and land somewhere remote he’d start playing solitaire, because it wouldn’t be too long before someone tapped him on the shoulder to tell him he should put that card there.

Even if you aren’t stuck in an extreme survival situation and its only a few days at home with no power, the deck of cards will keep our mind occupied for a while.

Are you prepared if the Mayans are rights?

What are your thoughts?