Guide For Those Interested In Becoming A Prepper
An Introduction To Prepping For Disaster
Over the years I’ve witnessed various different motivators for people to get interested in prepping. I would like to share my own tips for newbies to get started as a prepper. Such prepping motivators have involved in many different things such as natural disasters and politics. For a lot of preppers concerns such as changes in politics leave people with a sense of urgency with worries of the future. Prepping should be for everybody no matter your primary motivator, it’s that urgency that causes beginner mistakes.
From the beginning create a plan that will be the foundation of setting your prepper goals and provide guidance to stay on course. Ideal goals of your plan should be achievable and realistic with the emphasis specific to your situation. In order to help you get to a good start and hopefully prevent you from making some of the more common mistakes many preppers make I’ve outlined some suggestions to follow.
An Outline To Help The Newbie Prepper Get Started
- Put the most likely scenario first. – Your primary concern might be some sort of global pandemic, but you should prepare for the most likely disaster first. Establish the basic needs and advance your preps from there. Chances are you will experience some sort of natural disaster sometime in your life time. In the last decade we’ve seen many examples of catastrophic natural disasters. Flooding is the most deadly weather related disaster.
- Make a list. – Your list should contain the areas of your preps and be prioritized by needs versus wants. The list may contain categories such as food, water, power, gear, etc. Clearly if you have non of those things and are just starting off acquiring all those things would be very expensive. Most of us don’t have an unlimited budget so your priorities should be based on the importance.
- Who are you prepping for? – Think of the needs of all that your prepping for. Babies, small children, elderly and those with illness or diagnoses that have specific needs. You might need to prioritize having extra diapers, formula or medication.
- Invest in knowledge & skills. – Try to think of your gear & equipment as a luxury. Knowledge and the ability to make do without gear is far more valuable. Buying lots of gear can get really expensive. Knowledge and skills have a far greater value than gear because gear can be lost or destroyed. Imagine finding yourself in a position without gear and relying solely on what you know. There is an endless amount of free resources available to you online from youtube to downloadable manuals of all sorts of Survival & Preparedness topics. Utilize these and gain as much knowledge as you can. You shouldn’t rely solely on fancy gear anyway.
- Set a realistic budget. – Prepping shouldn’t cause you to go into debt and actually should motivate you to free yourself from debt. Set a realistic budget you can afford and utilize it towards your preparedness goals based on needs. Prioritize those needs. A $5 or $10 a week budget can go a long ways in the long run over a period of time. Altering your grocery shopping methods such as purchasing an extra packages or more bulk. Getting a 10lb bag of dry rice instead of 2lb. The extra helps you acquire an emergency storage stockpile by setting the extra bulk aside.
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- Store what you eat. – Your food stock should include items like dry rice, dry beans, canned foods especially canned meats because of the amount of proteins. You want to store foods that you enjoy eating. Things that you can cook without the need of adding ingredients with short shelf life that you won’t be able to store. Doing so allows you to have meals you’ve perfected in preparing but also allows you to have a canned food rotation system. This rotation system puts the item closest to the expiration date to be used the soonest.
- Start small. – Despite having many long term goals when you’re first getting started your goals should be having needs for 3 days, a week, a month and so on. Reaching these small milestones can give a sense of accomplishment and help keep you motivated.
- Make wise investments. – When it comes to tactical gear, tools, equipment and firearms there are some items that you shouldn’t skimp on. Some name brand stuff that is well known usually has some cheaper alternatives that give reasonable bang for your buck. For example when it comes to gear and affordability there is plenty of items I suggest buying used Mil surplus. Some of the new China-made crap in the same price range just isn’t worth it. For more information on making wise prepper investments please read this article.