The intent of this post is more philosophical than I usually write but I got to thinking yesterday...not always a good thing! My wife and daughter went on a 500+ kilometre trip yesterday to celebrate Christmas with my in-laws ( a good thing as I have great in-laws!). I had a number of hours to think and ponder my personal universe as I drove and one of the things that came up in my head was what I would do if an EMP hit during my trip. It would take me, who has a lot of hiking experience, about three weeks to hike home but only if I was fully prepared. With my wife and daughter it would probably become six to eight weeks considering my daughter is three and it is winter. My car was filled with presents and supplies such that it was basically full for a five day trip. It just wouldn't have been feasible to carry two months worth of supplies as a backup. So, my question for your consideration is, how do you allow preparedness to affect you in your life? Would you go on six hour trip prepared to walk home? If so, how? What about a trip to Europe or Mexico or other faraway place? Does your preparedness restrict your lifestyle? During the cold war it was a general point of US doctrine/belief/hope that a nuclear exchange would most likely be preceded by a roughly 30 day general breakdown in relationship with Russia. Seeing as it always better for one to be ahead of the curve rather than behind it, what signs around the globe or in your community do you use as a starting point to initiate your long term SHTF plans?