10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month
This is Living Life in Rural Iowa’s list and it’s a good list. The only thing I would caution on is, like most things in prepping, you need to access your situation and plan accordingly. Just make sure the prepping items you’re buying every month fit your assessment and plans.
For example, someone’s needs in a snow or cold threat environment are different from those in a flood threat environment. Likewise, family size has to be taken into account. Then there’s are you bugging in or bugging out? All of these things must be taken into account.
I made a lot of mistakes when I first started prepping and you can read about them here. After about two years prepping, I can tell you my experience has taught me that planning is paramount. I know it seems obvious and I thought I was planning, but I was being too smug thinking I knew it all. I thought all I had to do was buy what’s on lists like this and that would be it. Boy, was I wrong!
For instance, I read one of those lists that gave you a “20 can” challenge. You’ve probably seen them; buy 20 cans of peas, then 20 cans of carrots and then…well you get the idea. It should have been obvious to me, that my family wasn’t going to eat just cans of peas or carrots for days on end. At the time I hadn’t prepared much and needed a lot of supplies – that’s why such a list appealed to me.
Then I put a little more thought into it and realised, that for me, it would be better to buy meals. So I planned out exactly what an emergency meal would look like and bought accordingly. I soon learned how hard it was to plan weeks or months of meals without using fresh supplies!
Finally I thought, I’m getting the hang of this prepping and know what I’m doing. Then I read about if my food supplies were nutritious or not. Oh man, here we go again!
Then it started to dawn on me – preparation was far more important than I had been investing time in. And in order to be better prepared, I had to read and study a whole lot more. I began to read far and wide – the more I read, the more I realised I didn’t know. Because of that, I started my website in order to gather what I’d learned and pass it on to others.
I’ve a long, long way to go and I guess in the prepping world, you’re probably never done. But I can say this, I sleep better now knowing that I’m far better prepared to take care of my family during an emergency. I have water and food supplies, alternate means of heat, cooking, light and power, as well as many other prepping supplies I didn’t have two years ago.
Interestingly, as a side and unexpected bonus, my finances are in far better shape! That’s right, despite spending additional money on prepping, I realised that money was part of the prepping world too – and I began to hoard it too.
Bottom line and lessons learned – read, study and read and study some more. Never be complacent that you know it all or that you’ve arrived. I can assure you, there will always be more to learn.
Good luck preppers!
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