I had the saddest thing happen the other day at Walmart. When you buy 50 of something, whether it be toilet paper or cans of SPAM, the cashier usually comments in some way. This cashier was probably a 19 year old girl, and of course she asked why I was buying such a huge amount. I am seldom one to mix words, so I answered that a big collapse is coming and some of us are trying to prepare ourselves for what we know is coming. She answered “well whatever it is, I’m probably going to come out at the bottom of it.” I asked her if she knew that the Greek banks had been closed for several weeks. She did not, and she was wide eyed about the prospect of only being able to take out $60 from the ATMs, a policy which was instituted in Greece as well (it is 60 Euros). It makes you not wonder how all of those people in Greece got caught in the mess, when the writing had been on the wall so long. “It can’t happen here. They will figure out something to keep my life chugging along like normal.” This girl could of course do something. Cans of SPAM are about $2.75. But she won’t because she has been taught that she is powerless.
That whole thing got me thinking about what this girl’s life would look like when the collapse happens, because even if somehow the government showed up with food (which they won’t eventually), they sure won’t be supplying toilet paper and maxi-pads, and that goes for us preppers as well. I did an article some time ago with a lot of little things you might not think about, but there are some things you just can’t store enough of, because of the space and money required. You can grow food. Most likely a replacement economy will create supply chains for food, but once the collapse happens, who wants to swap whatever you have available for toilet paper or other disposables? We have to find replacements.
One of my big peeves in the prepping world are the articles written by people who aren’t actually preparing for anything. Nearly every print magazine and 90% of the blogs out there are just people writing about a popular topic to sell advertising. This column on GunsAmerica is about actual survival, and actual survival is not what a lot of people think. I read a column recently about toilet paper where the writer suggests a “Bidet” product from Home Depot. Bidets are popular in Europe, and they work great…if you have good water pressure. I don’t know what this idiot is using to pump his water, but from everything I have figured out, city water is going to go down fairly quickly, and most home well pumps have motors in the 10 amp range, at 220 volts (2200 watts), which is at the very very top of the range you will find on an inverter. Even the inverters that claim 15,000 peak watts don’t take into account that you need a ton of batteries in parallel to draw even 1000 watts. So even if you could rig your well pump to work with solar, the drain is very high, if you can even pull it off with the budget of a paycheck to paycheck prepper.
The low tech version of the Bidet is called the Perineal Bottle. You can find them on Ebay for less than a buck each in bulk packages of 6. These bottles are commonly used by women after a natural birth delivery, because wiping is painful, but if you have never been through that, you wouldn’t know that they even exist.
As a toilet paper replacement you can use cloth, and yea, it’s icky, but if most of the work is done with the Peri bottle, it isn’t as icky. If you want cheap cloths, Costco and other big box stores usually have either white or read utility cloths cheap in bulk, but if want something a little thicker, you can either make or buy what people call a “Family Cloth.”That foolish article with the Bidet also linked to a blog written by a woman who had switched to hand sewn cloths for her family. You could do that, but I think that buying quilted cloth diapers from China is a lot smarter. I found them in Ebay in packs of 10 for less than 40 cents per diaper, delivered. You won’t find a US made name brand cloth diaper for several times that, and I already have some. They are great quality.
I also bought the outer diaper cover/holder because I have a newborn right now and diapers will be in my future for some time. In China, the people don’t have the disposable income that we do for things like disposable diapers. Cloth diapers aren’t a fringe moonbat product like here in the US, so the products are extremely mature and work great. The diaper covers are generally about 4 bucks each, and come in both boy and girl colors. You can buy them with or without the inserts. For me the big selling point is that they are adjustable for all the years of diaper use with a snap system. From a Prepping 101 perspective, these things are an absolute must have.
The same thing goes for what in the US are called Diva Cups, and the rest of the world seems to call them Moon Cups. Most prepping columns are written buy guys, either single guys or old guys, neither of whom think much about menstruation. But if you have a woman in your group, or a lot of women, these things are going to be absolutely essential. I initially tried to store feminine pads, like I initially tried to store toilet paper, but at some point I realized that you just can’t store enough. A moon cup is a silicone rubber insert that takes the place of pads or tampons, and if you read the Wikipedia, they are reusable for ten years or more. In the US they are expensive. If you go into Whole Foods (that store used to be called Bread and Circus – look up where that comes from), Diva cups are upwards of $30 each. But again, like the diapers, in China these things are not a fringe product, so you can buy them directly from China for $1.00 to $5.00 each, delivered. No, that is not a misprint. I think that the Chinese government is subsidizing shipping or something, because the prices of these things coming from China are ridiculous, and they are all great quality.
Now we come to birth control, and this can be a controversial topic and political football, so I’m not getting into that side of it. The painful reality about survival is that it is not a good idea to get pregnant, and as much as you think that it won’t be an issue due to the “survival mentality,” there are people living on garbage dumps in Indonesia with no teeth who get pregnant and have babies. No matter how bad things get, pregnancy is always going to be an issue. You can buy birth control pills without a prescription from India under their Schedule H laws, but they are expensive. The obvious answer from a Prepping 101 perspective is a regular old Diaphragm, used with spermicide cream, which you can stock up on because it is not a prescription item.
Another option, which to me seems much more durable than a thin latex Diaphragm, is the Cervical Cap, but it seems that the old brand of it is no longer made. Again, in the US, this is not really a promoted product, so it is understandable that it would die. But in Europe, and even Canada, the FemCap brand seems to be very popular, used with a natural spermicide called ContraGel. The FemCap is FDA approved, and approved by most of the big the medical associations around the world, and I found it on Ebay for about $100. There are only 3 sizes, unlike Diaphragms, and the reviews I have read suggest that women prefer the FemCap to the Diaphragm. Read up on it for yourself if this is an issue for you.
Survival in a post collapse world is not going to be easy or fun. But remember that less than 100 years ago there were no imports from other countries, and less than 200 years ago there was no electricity, city water, or toilet paper. If you put your head back into those times, and think about what daily life would bring, making plans for it isn’t that hard if you do the research. It is hard to commit resources to something that may never happen, but ask the people in Greece if they thought this was going to happen to them, and its not over by any stretch. The can doesn’t have much road to kick down, and that goes for the US financial system as well. For my regular readers, I do still feel that the core of the collapse, the wars, the terrorism fear porn and all of the race riot nonsense is to cover up the global disaster of GeoEngineering. I explained in my latest article on Jade Helm. But I don’t expect the powers that be to give up easily, and part of their plan appears to be a coming worldwide financial collapse so that they can institute a world government and currency. It all gets pretty clear when you understand the core of it, and who knows how it’s going to work out. But you can either be like that powerless and defenseless girl at Walmart, or you can simply do the best you can do to recognize what is going on and prepare for it. None of us are guaranteed survival, no matter how much we think about this and plan for it. But isn’t it an obligation to at least try?