What do preppers need – 10 things for your list
You feel and know in the back of your mind that you should be prepping and saving up but… you’re not doing it ? Well, this is for you then. Even if you can’t afford saving, buying a gun or a underground bunker. Even if you don’t think to be able to survive in apocalyptic times!
Begin prepping by becoming super-organized, creating lists and gathering the things around you that will be needed if they are not readily available around you. Such things include foods, water, tools, weapons, clothing, cooking utensils and survival skills.
Here are the 10 prepper’s tips you need, to start looking at it with a new perspective and actually become a prepper.
1 – Prepper ideas – start small
One step at a time. Prepping can become a hobby, and you’ll be good at it. Get a bag ready that you can grab at any time and you know it’s got everything you need. You don’t have to think about it when the time comes.
Now start filling it up with all the supplies needed in case of a 24h power shortage : flashlights, candles, batteries, easy to cook food (ramen noodles), camping stove and its gas bottle, water bottles.
Now what about 2 days at home without power or water? Do you have enough supplies? And go on expanding : can you last at home for 3 days, a week, a month, and on and on can you last a year?
Ok, you get the idea. Your initial bag is not big enough. And it will expand slowly but surely with time.
2 – Write Your prepper’s shopping list
First of all : food and water.
- How long can a person survive without water ? 3 days
- Without food ? 3 weeks
These are average figures for average conditions and people.
So no need to rush and buy a gun and ammunitions! This is not first priority, especially if you live in a urban environment, where there’s not much to go hunting at. Aside from not being the first necessity items, these are also quite expensive.
Prepping is not about putting your monthly household budget off balance. Build up your stock progressively : each time you go shopping, buy for a few extra dollars of stock (canned foods and water mostly).
And keep them aside, don’t go consuming them on a regular basis because you just don’t feel like shopping. Stock them up and leave them.
3 – Develop the mind and skills of a prepper
Buying stuff is good but not enough!
- What do you know about 1st aid for example?
- Do you know how to keep yourself and your family warm?
- Do you know how to purify water? Is filtering enough?
- Do you know how to fish? To hunt?
Or any another skill you can think of that can help you and your family to survive, whether you live in a urban or rural environment. Will you be alone in a survival situation or with a family or a community?
Don’t focus only on buying stuff : develop your knowledge of survival and your skills about it.
4 – Contact or build up a prepper community
Instead of being embarassed about prepping and avoid talking about it, try to know if they are any preppers in your community (friends, neighbours, co-workers). It’s all about building up a more self-reliant community.
You don’t need to advertise but simply talking will get you to know who you can rely on in difficult times.
You might be surprised and find that there are more preppers and like-minded people out there than you’d think.
5 – Tailor Your preps to your location
Your prepping priorities here depend on your direct environment and geographical location. Up north you really need to keep your home and family warm during long winters, but obviously down south, you’ll need to keep cool in the summer heat.
Think about it, because,both excess of cold and warmth can harm you health and condition. If you are lucky to live close by a renewable source of fresh clean water, then no need for your preps to focus so much on buying and stockpiling gallons of water. You might also benefit from learning how to collect rain water.
6 – Develop a ‘prepper plan B’
When the power shortage lasts long enough, you’ll eventually run out of supplies and might have to leave your home and usual location to replenish. This is where the concept of the « bug-out » bag comes in.
Your 1st bag of supplies is a « bug-in » bag, you rely on it to stay home as much and long as possible. The « bug-out » bag contains enough supply – food, water, fire and shelter creating – for surviving 72 hours away from home.
Your plan B also includes where to go and what to do with your « bug-out » bag. Keep in mind that your plan B will never be your plan A. Home, and enough supplies at home are your plan A.
7 – Practice your preps and prepper skills
Stockpiling and forget about it? Surely not.
You need to practice. Practice down to the details. Such details like candle holders will make a real practical and safe difference when you have no light in the house.
A candle by itself can be pretty much useless. From time to time, prepare a meal with your preps. The gear itself is not enough : you need to become familiar with it, have the experience of using it and know all about it.
8 – Create a prepper’s list (Yes, another list!)
To help you stay organised, start a brainstorm jotting down everything that you can think of and that would be useful in a survival situation.
What is that you need? Matches, flashlights, thermal blankets, propane burner, food. Then set yourself a goal to achieve in the next month. Don’t go buying everything at once, just go at it very smoothly and regularly. The preps will accumulate quicker than you’d imagine.
The list helps you to be organised and make sure all your basics are covered.
9 – Get into shape for living the prepper’s life
In our society, we tend to let go, relax and rely on the society to keep us going. When it breaks down, if you want to survive you can only fend for yourself and for that you really need to be fit. Out of shape people can’t really live independently.
You might need to walk 3 miles to collect drinkable water and 3 more miles carrying back the water. Are you able to do it? How many times a week? For all the dear ones living with you?
Survival situations involve a lot of strenuous activities, but they can also be pretty disturbing on a emotional and psychological level. Just think about a big storm or huge flood.
Bad health won’t make it easier to survive in these situations. When you can’t rely on an ambulance or hospital nearby, what will you do?
10 – All preppers should learn 1st aid
It is going to be very important in a survival situation. At least some basic 1st Aid. It is not about becoming a brain surgeon. Get some basic knowledge about your body, and about basic common conditions.
- What are the symptoms of dehydration, of heatstroke ?
- Can you properly splint a broken bone?
- Bandage a deep wound?
These are invaluable knowledge and skills when you are isolated, when the hospital can’t be reached anymore with a simple phone call, then your life and your family’s is in your own hands.
So these are my 10 tips for new preppers. Start small so you won’t get overwhelmed with it.
Reach out to the preppers community on the net. You’ll learn a lot from them people, so often generous and looking forward to share their knowledge and experience. Start building up your prepps nicely, and being part of the community yourself.