Monday, January 16, 2017

Prepping on the move? Leverage your strengths.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an international listener that works as a "digital nomad."  Think of it as a lifestyle in which you travel the glove working from a laptop completely mobile.  Not having a stable place to store gear and provisions (as I often recommend) he presented me with a relatively unique set of challenges, though challenges that many other people encounter for periods of time.

In a previous career, I used to work on the road about six months out of the year.  Half of my months were spent living in a hotel, out of a suitcase, hundreds of miles from home in many cases.  Had I all the preps in the world, I was similarly to my listener cut off from them.  So the question was posed, how does one prep for a disaster (currency crash, natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.) without a permanent base of operations or if substantial distance from that base.  My answer was to carry enough hard currency, in this case precious metal in lieu of paper money, to bargain one's way out of the effected area and back to the relative safety of his family's homes in the US.  Having had more time to ponder the situation, I have considered how I would have reacted if a disaster had occurred while I was working out of state, and how I would have made my way home.

I feel that any time we are away from our homes, one should have a backup plan to return home with all available haste should the situation require it.  In many cases, this can be easily facilitated via several hundred dollars in a savings account to purchase a one way plane ticket home.  Alternatively, a rental car could be pursued.  If one has a vehicle, having expendable income to fund the fuel expense is viable.  In any case, the goal is to return to one's home residence while avoiding any area in which a disaster makes travel hazardous or more difficult.

In the unique situation of a currency collapse, in which the local governing body's paper money essentially devalues itself to zero, hard currency and precious metal will hold some value for a short period of time.  In the event of a more long term or wide spread disaster, precious metal would also devalue itself as food and basic provisions become more scarce.  If you find yourself away from home and a disaster strikes, your goal is to put distance between you and the disaster in the rough direction of your home with all available haste. 

The short answer to my listener's question is that there are no concrete examples to base a scenario on, and no universally good solutions.  A cautionary note about carrying food and water on your person will provide some short term relief, but in a long term disaster situation securing transportation away from the affected area has to be priority number one as the situation will worsen, and the ability to travel decrease, the more time passes.

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