Stop! Before You Spend A Penny Prepping, Read This!
Survival Life has a post on the “5 Tips for Beginning Preppers”. If everyone heeded their advice, just think how much better prepared our world would be. If all you did was follow these 5 tips, you’d be better prepared than probably almost everyone in your neighbourhood. Ok….so why are you telling me to stop. Here’s why.
I’ve been prepping for a couple of years now and I made my share of rookie mistakes. You can read about them here. And while I’m by no means an expert on prepping, I’ve learned a thing or two along my journey. The most important lesson I’ve learned is to “analyse and prioritize”.
Before you spend one penny prepping, ask yourself, what am I prepping for and how would I react should that happen? In other words, analyse YOUR situation and prioritize your prepping purchases accordingly. Here’s what I mean.
The first thing we’re told as preppers is to store water and lots of it. Makes sense as you can only live 3 days without water. But what if you live in a high-rise building in the middle of an earthquake area and your plans are to “bug out” if there’s a disaster? You can’t carry gallons of water can you? Better for you to have a bottle of water to carry and a water filter system of some type like this Life Straw: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Likewise, if you live in a rural area and your main source of water is a fresh water well, you don’t need to buy gallons of bottled water.
The same can apply to food. If you’re plans are to “bug out”, you need to prepare accordingly.
I want to repeat, I’m not knocking Survival Life’s article; far from it. All I’m saying is, before you spend a penny prepping, analyse your situation and prepare for what’s best for you. OK, so how do I do that you ask? You can start by making a Threat Matrix. This is what the military and emergency planners do and so should you. Once you know which threat is most likely to occur to you, then you can begin to prepare intelligently.
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