10 Prepping Tips Everyone Should Know
That’s the title of this article from The Prepper Journal and it’s got some good advice, so please read the entire article. I did want to add my two cents worth however, because, as I like to say, there is no one size fits all when it comes to disaster preparedness. And the most important thing to do, is to analyse your situation and plan accordingly.
#10 Bug Out Bag
Number 10 on the list is the “bug out bag” (BOB). The BOB is all the rage and there are no end of articles on the subject. But a word of caution may be in order here. Yes, I think everyone should have one, but is it your number one priority? BOB’s can be as small or as large as you can carry. True survivalist would argue that knowledge is all you need – well maybe throw in a survival knife at least. Others create check lists of all the stuff you’re going to need. Bottom line, you have to evaluate what you think works for you. What I do believe though is, the more knowledge you have the less gear you probably need.
But do you need a fully kitted out one right now? I don’t. My first plan is to bug in because I’m in a pretty good location – in fact some relatives may bug out to me! So my priority right now is addressing my bug in needs. I have my Every Day Carry (EDC) bag which I would grab and I have started an outdoor survival BOB, but bugging in is a higher priority for me.
As I said, there are many articles you can search for on how to put a BOB together. Here’s one I wrote earlier.
#6 The Big Three
Number 6 on their list is called the Big Three. Here they’re not talking out the 3’s of survival – 3 mins without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food – but three emergency kits. By that they mean, have an emergency kit at work, in your car and at home. One of my favourite preppers, The Patriot Nurse, explained this concept in terms of time. Her at work kit had enough supplies to last her till she got to her vehicle, her vehicle kit had enough supplies to get her home and her home kit was her BOB. Again, you have to decide what works for you.
Number 5 on their list is reading prepper books. I’m not sure if they put these in their priority order, but I’d put this at the top of the list. Knowledge is the key. As I said earlier, the more knowledge you have the less gear you will need. In addition, knowledge will save you time and money by not making rookie mistakes. You can read my rookie mistakes here.
But buying books can be expensive. That’s where the Internet comes in handy. There are thousands of free survival, prepping, homesteading, small engine repair and on and on, that you can download. Just Google them but in the meantime, I’ve started a download page here. Download them to an ereader such as a Kindle or iPad, get a solar charger for your ereader and you can have a library with thousands of books you can carry in a backpack!
#1 Prep A Little Every Day
Number 1 on their list is to prep a little every day and that’s great advice. By adding a little every day to your stocks, bug out bag, first aid kit or whatever, you can spread the cost and not feel overwhelmed at prepping.
One of the first mistakes I made was in gathering food when I should have been gathering water. Even then, after I had the water and moved on to food, I made mistakes. I was doing the “20 cans” challenge – you get 20 cans of peas, then carrots and then…well you get the idea. A better way is to plan meals for your family. Then buy either a meal a day or a days worth of meals, what ever you can afford. This is where knowledge comes in handy.
Whatever you do, do something! Evaluate your situation, prioritize your needs and start acquiring, first knowledge, and then the supplies you will need. Need help evaluating your situation? Here’s a Threat Matrix to help get started.
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