As any good Survivalist will tell you, the art of survival is in preparation- after all, there is a reason we’re known as ‘Preppers’. By preparing for society after the SHTF, you will be adequately set up to carry on living even when all around you lose their heads. Of course, what exactly should your preparation entail? That is the question that stumps many a Survivalist, as there are myriad different situations one can prepare for. Of course, there are a number of basics that need to be addressed, such as food, water, and shelter. However, on top of this there are a number of areas you should be aware of before you find yourself in a George Miller-esque wasteland. One of the most important things to be aware of is body armor.
Keeping yourself protected is the ultimate aim of any Survivalist; it is the Survival part. This is why water, food, and shelter are so important (perhaps not in that order, depending on the situation). However, there are a number of other precautions that can be taken to ensure your safety, and one of the simplest is a bullet proof vest.
Imagine for a moment that society has crumbled, and the world has devolved into a survival of the fittest arena, where only the most ruthless and the most prepared will come out on top. As a Prepper, you are uniquely qualified to deal with this situation. Your attention to detail has led you to survive quite comfortably and live on through your considerable stores and wealth of knowledge. However, not all will be as forward thinking, and may view your success with jealousy.
Protecting yourself against attackers is just one reason to consider body armor. If you find yourself besieged by raiders, a bullet proof vest can help keep you safe. You will likely already know the importance of being well-armed, and no doubt your attackers will too. By utilizing a Kevlar vest, you can defend yourself against the vast majority of firearms. Similarly, by wearing an overt vest- one worn over the top of clothing- you can potentially deter any attackers and avoid an attack altogether.
Of course, as time goes on, supplies of weapons and more importantly ammunition will dwindle, leaving any would be attackers armed with other weapons. Knives, arrows, and bolts can all be just as deadly as a bullet, and cannot be stopped with a Kevlar vest. You should perhaps consider a stab or spike proof vest, which is usually provided in addition to ballistic protection. These vests uses materials like chainmail and/or plastic laminate to provide a tough surface that can protect you against these weapons.
As mentioned before, the key to surviving any situation is preparation. All of the advice provided to Survivalists is in this vein, so that when things do go south, you are ready to face any challenge. But what if that day never comes? Body armor can be incredibly useful in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but it can be just as useful in day-to-day life. With the prevalence of both firearms and crime, it is very easy to face an attack and an injury in today’s society. However, a bullet proof vest will mitigate the effects almost completely, and let you live to fight another day.
For this reason, it may be worth considering a covert vest. These vests provide all the protection found in an overt vest, but in a slightly thinner and far more discr4eet style. These vests are designed to be worn under clothing, close to the skin, and are almost undetectable. This allows you to go about your business without alerting anyone to your protection. Moreover, some covert vests are designed with temperature-regulating materials that can actually help keep you cool.
Whatever the choice, any purchase of body armor must reflect your own preparation. Being aware of the scenarios you may find yourself in, apocalyptic or no, allows you to decide whether or not a vest is right for you. However, as a cheap and accessible product, the benefits it provides are too good to ignore. From an armed robbery, to a traffic accident, or even the teeth and nails of the undead, a bullet, stab, or spike proof vest can keep you safe and confident in your protection.