One of the most complicated and underrated factors in keeping healthy for vault dwellers is keeping yourself psychologically in the game. Probably the most complicated and dangerous part is the humidity — but that’s for another blog as I don’t have the time right now to get into that other than to say if you buy a vault or bunker book and chapter one or two isn’t about the humidity then you need to take that book back.
Spending weeks, months, years in a vault can be quite depressing. No natural light, no fresh air, no input or sensory activation since you’re just staring at blank colored walls 24 hours a day seven days a week. What a drag. You probably don’t realize it right now but that can have severe effects on the human psyche. We *need* sunshine and we *need* clouds, trees, forest, water, and so on. Interestingly enough, back in the Soviet Union days — talk about some people who know bunkers! — the pinko Commie reds used to fly their Olympic athletes from the cities into the forests and beaches so they could walk around and see and experience that stimulii. The reason being that it helps the body recover mentally and physically.
Seeing as how we’re planning to spend years in our vault post-apocalypse, being able to introduce those kinds of factors into your environment should be a top priority in keeping yourself as healthy and happy as possible.
Your best course of action would have to be creating different rooms painted and decorated to different environments. Given sufficient preparation time and budget, I’d make a room in my vault for each season and setting. An icey winter landscape with walls painted like a snowy, frosty forest for winter-time. Fields of dandelions, daffodils, butterflies, birds, bees, and grasshoppers for the spring. Colorful leaves, covered bridges, and a colorful sunset for Autumn. A beach for summer with painted ocean, dolphins, catamarans, and maybe a lifeguard tower or two for the summer time. The imagination abounds.
hat’s an ideal world though. And I guarantee when contrails from Chinese missiles start criss-crossing the sky any ideas of idealism will be tossed out the window faster than a General Tsao Drone flying through the sky! So, as a contingency plan I’ve managed to commondere a dozen or so posters to decorate my bunker with. For winter, I went with the Finnish countryside. I thought about using a Siberian posted from Lake Baikal, but there was always something rusty in the background and just meh. For spring, I’m planning to use posters of sunflowers from the Spanish countryside and tulips fro the Netherlands. There are going to be so many flowers in that room there’s a big chance I’ll
get stung by a painted bee! And for summer, my piece de la resistance if you will, now this was a tough decision. While I weighed my options considering several different areas — Destin, Florida, Mogadishu, Somalia, Cape Town, South Africa — I ultimately decided to go with a beach poster from a resort city in the Phillipines: Batangas. I vacationed there some years ago and have been in love with the City ever since.
Okay, granted I spent all my time on the beach lounging and traveling around to area holiday towns and never saw the city, but still. There’s actually a whole saga on how I got the poster. I had bought one there to save for my vault back when I went on holiday, but it had been overcome with mold in my vault at some point in the last few years (remember when I said humidity was the biggest problem?). I wound up finding a photo for the website where I booked my holiday there from Vacasyonista.com and having it blown up at Wal-Mart to serve the same purpose. Now if I can get just keep that pesky mold out…