Monday, October 17, 2011

Gun, passports, credit cards and a wad of cash



Remember the “Nomad Theory”, that says you can deal with almost anything if you have a bottle of water, handgun and 1000 bucks? That’s pretty good.
Working with that minimum concept I have another one of my own for your consideration. The “FerFAL Principle” goes:  With a gun, a couple passports, credit cards and 5000 bucks you can buy what you may need, relocate to several countries and eventually start over.
The Nomad Theory is correct in a strict term with the inclusion of water, but in 99.9% of the cases you can either find water or just buy it. True, it is essential for life right after oxygen, but how many people die of thirst? As clearly essential as it is it would take a very specific scenario and location for you to die of lack of water. Strictly speaking, the items I list are what you need to relocate, move to the next state or catch a flight and start over somewhere else.

You could even do without the firearm too, but lets suppose a worst case scenario where violence becomes rampant and you may need protection, either while getting to the airport in a last minute flight or buying your way across the border. It wouldn’t hurt to have a few gold coins for a collapsed dollar scenario. Up until now though, a bunch of $100 buys most of what you need. The credit cards become important for getting a hotel room across the globe, renting or buying a car, but in the affected area they may not be accepted so that’s why you have cash too.
Again, it’s a bare bone proposition. If I had to go through the door now never to come back only with what I have in my pockets those would be items I don’t want to be without, items I cant just buy off the shelf, and would need some time to get. Of course I’d like to add a bag, food, water, spare clothes, etc, the typical BOB, but with those I could travel, eventually buy what I need and start over. The passport and credit cards, those you need with some time in advance, you can’t buy them off the shel, neither can you improvise them.

A cell phone (wi fi capable, combined with Skype) along with a healthy contact list would be invaluable as well. Even better if those are contacts in the countries I could go to.
Mobility and the possibility to acquire resources is the key here. More food for thought.

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7 comments:

Double Tapper said...

Interesting suggestion. That $5k wad would see you through some tough times were is properly hoarded and spent. A resourceful guy may be able to get into a small retail business on some high profit goods and generate some income. If you are clever enough, and know how to play the system should you or your family fall ill, you may even thrive.

Cash and passport give you a bit of mobility. Handgun some protection.

I am thinking of adding a skill/certification to go along with that. You can ALWAYS find a job as a security guard here if you go through the certification process. May be enough to get you on your feet in another location.

My question is, where would I go for more opportunity that I already have in the US?

K said...

I would include a multiplex knife or leatherman multitool.

Anonymous said...

This whole time you've said to not expatriate! I assume everyone else (besides Americans) needs another passport to start a new life? But we don't get advised to. Well we live here and it's becoming way less free as it was, and a lot of other countries are looking appealing.

Anonymous said...

this is a kinda/sorta
time-line deal:
1. first week, cellphone.
2. 2nd, passport.
3. 3rd, money.
4. 4th, gold.
5. 5th, guns.
in any situation, the valuables change with the times. if you can
'get out' early, then your cellphone makes it happen.
after that, who knows?

FerFAL said...

Anonymous said...

This whole time you've said to not expatriate! I assume everyone else (besides Americans) needs another passport to start a new life? But we don't get advised to. Well we live here and it's becoming way less free as it was, and a lot of other countries are looking appealing.

October 18, 2011 3:00 PM

I still say no, unless you dont have a choice. Its good to have options in case your country isnt viable any more. That doesnt mean you should leave USA right now and move to India.
FerFAL

Ryan said...

It depends a lot. Wouldn't have been good for Hurricaine Katrina or a snowstorm or an ice storm or a power outage. Good for an economic collapse but not much else. I don't disagree that you should have cash, a passport and a gun but some food and more water would be nice also.

Moe said...

Make sure you have plenty of small-denomination bills and fractional gold coins. I'd hate to pull out $100s or one-ounce gold Eagles, as they attract way too much attention.