I was going to talk about the presidential primary races this week, with “special emphasis” on the Republicans. However, if you’ve been anywhere near any sort of media outlet, you’re probably well aware of everything that’s been going on. (The stupid–it burns!) They’re up to sixteen candidates now, and Trump is certainly living up to expectations. All I need is a bowl of popcorn…
So, instead of that, I figured I’d run through another list this week. This one comes from the folks at Urban Survival Site, and it’s titled “21 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Heard BEFORE I Started Prepping”. Without further ado:
- Start living below your means right now.
- Don’t blow all your money in the first month.
- Store lots of water.
- Don’t store water in old milk jugs.
- Don’t buy food your family doesn’t eat.
- Store more than just canned food.
- Use sturdy shelves for your storage.
- Don’t put all your preps in one place.
- There’s more to prepping than how much you store.
- Don’t forget about hygiene and sanitation.
- Don’t forget about those with special needs.
- Don’t forget your pets.
- Don’t be the only prepper in your household.
- Don’t tell everyone about your preps.
- Try to stay in shape.
- Don’t assume your stockpile of guns and ammo will keep you safe.
- Have a plan for getting home.
- Don’t make assumptions about what will happen.
- Test everything yourself.
- Take baby steps.
- The end of the world isn’t tomorrow.
Well, now. Those look like things I would say. In fact, they look like things I *have* said. Multiple times. It’s so nice to see others finally getting on this bandwagon…
In plain English, they amount to this: Don’t be in debt–and get out of it as quickly as you can. Ease into prepping–get a few things at a time, as you need them; if you blow your wad all at once, you’ll wind up with a bunch of stuff you don’t, can’t, or won’t use. Store lots of water, and use decent containers; those old milk jugs simply fall apart after a short while. Buy storage foods that you’ll use, things that you eat normally, and diversify your storage (canned, refrigerated, dehydrated, smoked, salted, etc.). Keep your stuff someplace stable and sturdy–cans add up to a lot of weight quickly. Diversify your preps–have your home storage, your BoBs, your GHBs, your EDC, maybe a small BoB in the garage or the barn, a kit you can grab & go at work/in the office, etc… Having your storage is good, but having knowledge is better. You’ve got to be able to keep yourself clean, and the morale boost from just brushing your teeth can’t be discounted. If you’ve got a family member with medical issues, you’d better know how you’re going to deal with that. If you’re like me, your pets are family members, and you’ll be prepping for them, as well. Make sure your family has bought in, at least a little. Make sure that the world doesn’t beat a path to your door when/if the lights go out. Make sure you can do more than a little “hard work” without air conditioning… Try not to need the ammunition–there’s almost always a peaceful way out. Know how you’re going to get from point “A” to point “B” in an emergency–whatever those two points are. Don’t do all of your prepping for just one type of disaster–the Fates are fickle, and like to mess with our heads. If you can’t actually use your gear, you might as well not have it. Start small, and work up. And remember–we’ll probably end up “muddling along” through a “disaster” or collapse–the odds of an overnight TEOTWAWKI are vanishingly small.
Well, that was a big paragraph. I may be incommunicado for my next “scheduled” post; I’ll try to get something written up beforehand, and see if the WordPress scheduling function will work for me this time… I hope your preps are going well!