Honestly I think the most important thing to have in a survival situation is knowledge. Think about the show you're watching, too. If those people didn't -know- about things, they wouldn't get anywhere! I'm a hobbyist prepper, but I have a few gripes about common prepping practices (at least that I've encountered when talking to people.)
1. High focus on gear, low focus on actually using it.
2. Bugging out...when you have a wife and kids/toddlers. Are you going to leave them behind, or what?? Are they as "prepared" as you are for an event?
3. Bugging out...no physical preperation. (this is a big one IMO.) "I've got a 50lb pack...never walked 5 miles with it!" Get out there!
Anyway, I don't want to get ranty...but if you want to prep, I think the best thing you could do is actually use your skills. Build something...by hand. Get water from a local source, purify it. Go gather some nuts/fruit/or edible plants. Figure out what resources you have locally that can be used.
For instance, I recently learned while playing around that in a survival situation I should NOT use Mulberry wood to start a fire. My goodness, that stuff just does NOT burn!! Would have never known if I wasn't out there actually trying to use my skills.
2017 pipe purchasing sabbatical (Exemptions: B&B LE, Cobs, 1 Meerschaum, 1 Bones, and spiteful "Sabbatical Busters")