In 2020, prepping has become a bandwagon. The life-saving knowledge about gear, tools, and life-hacks has become a must-have. Waiting for disaster to occur, every prepper is carefully packing up their bug-out bag, shop for gear, and stock up their water supplies. In this article, you will learn all about survival skills and find out recipes to diversify your survival menu.
What images come to your mind when you hear about prepping? A crazy hermit prepper who lives in a bunker and does not communicate with anyone. Yes, it also happens. But it is not what prepping is. In general, prepping is the process of preparing yourself, your reserves, skills for the unknown.
None of us know exactly what the future holds. We can guess, we can expect, but we cannot be sure. The future depends on too many factors, opinions, and actions. The prepared one will feel more confident.
A prepared person is much more likely to succeed. That is for sure.
What Prepping Is
There are two components to the prepping concept:
- thoughts about the future event;
- actions that can be taken now.
Let’s consider both of these components.
Actions are what prepping is all about. We put in the effort and take action.
There are three subtypes of prepping actions:
- Replenishment of stocks;
People need stocks to have the necessary resources when they are not freely available. For instance, if stores stop working for any reason (lockdown, war, natural disaster).
Each family should have at least a small supply of food. Anything can happen, anytime. Therefore, having at least 3 days’ supply of food and water at your home is a basic necessity.
Then you can think of an extended supply for several months or even years. This will come in handy in case of long-term extreme events.
Be sure to protect your stocks not only from internal spoilage but also from external hazards:
This part of the prepping tasks includes getting basic survival skills:
- Ability to use a knife for survival (to protect yourself, hunt, remove obstacles);
- Ability to find food in the wild;
- Setting traps and hunting;
- Desert survival skills;
- Cold weather survival;
- Orientation on the ground;
- Constructing safe shelters.
These are not all skills. The skills you need depend on the environment you live in, your predispositions, and much more. In any case, the more such skills you have, the better your ability to survive in an emergency.
No matter how many stocks you make, sooner or later, they will run out. You can prepare water and food for a month, but you will have to live with supplies for 3 months. Or worse. Nobody knows. Stocks can be stolen, or they can spoil. Unfortunately, even with the most careful preparation, force majeure is possible.
What to do? You need to get self-dependence skills. Using them, you can replenish your stocks.
How can you replenish water supplies?
There are several ways:
- drilling water wells;
- living near a natural water source;
- rainwater harvesting.
Our favorite and not difficult way is rainwater harvesting. It can be easily set up with tiny action and money spent.
We advise you to learn how to grow plants from seeds. You can even do this on your window sill. Learn to grow fresh vegetables for your table and have an advantageous hobby.
It requires less investment than raising livestock and does not require great skills like hunting.
For survival, it is best not to rely on electricity. Stock up on food that does not require storage in the refrigerator or freezer (also see underground food storage); do not rely on a cell phone, but have a spare means of communication.
But we still live in the modern world so that you can think about alternative energy sources. Moreover, our technologies allow it. It is possible to learn to live off the grid.
Guns require ammo that tends to run out. Plus, it is not always possible to use a knife effectively. Our option is arrows. You can make arrows from natural materials anywhere.
If you want to have every chance of survival in the post-apocalypse, then acquire survival skills. Do not limit yourself to one skill, experiment and improve.
People always prepare for something. For a wedding, for a retirement, a meeting, a vacation by the sea, and so on. We need preparation for almost any event. But these are all ordinary circumstances, while prepping means something different. Preparing for disasters.
Disasters are not only TEOTWAWKI and doomsday. You can think less globally. You can start prepping for more local situations—natural disasters, short-term power outages or water supply failure, and so on.
Every person who takes care of themselves and their family is obliged to prep.
Terrifying statistics that cause fear:
Below is a summary of some of the striking findings from our 2012 poll of U.S. adults:
- 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits
- 48 percent lack emergency supplies
- 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water’ at home
- 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
- 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
- 42 percent do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
- 21 percent don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
- 37 percent do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
- 52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents
More than half of US residents do not even have a three-day supply of food and water. What will they do even with the shortest lockdown?
In addition to the zombie apocalypse and the end of the world, you can think of dozens of situations when you need emergency preparedness. Floods, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes. Besides natural disasters, riots can happen, power plant accidents, you can lose your job eventually. And what then? Die of hunger?
Yes, we live in a civilized and most developed society. But let’s take a look at other events:
We know about the world that it is very fragile; any deviation from the plan and the consequences can affect everyone. You do not have to go far, for example. Who would have thought that the COVID-19 lockdown would drag on for so long? This is a call for all of us. We have forgotten, sitting in our luxurious apartments or houses, stuffed with electronics and with large grocery stores around the corner, that the world is a fickle and fragile place, where sooner or later sh*t hits the fan.
Our world has completely changed since the invention of the nuclear bomb. On the one hand, we got the peace. Because if a nuclear war starts, we will all destroy each other, it will affect all corners of the earth. Albert Einstein also said that sticks and stones would be used in World War IV. Do you know why? Because the nuclear bombs which are likely to be used in World War III are capable of destroying the society we are used to. We will go back to the stone age and lose all our technology, comfort, and experience.
Probability Theory Knowledge
Let’s turn to math. The probability that an extra terrible event will happen in a particular year of your life is minimal. But this concerns only one event. To get a result close to reality, you need to add up all possible situations.
Even if we keep in mind only 10 such disasters and the slightest percentage of probability:
10 x 0.01% = 0.1%
One event has 1 chance in 10,000, and 10 events already had 1 chance in 1000. Recall that there are far from 10 possible catastrophes.
And that is only for one year of life. What are the chances that a disaster will happen in your life? Let’s answer without numbers — they are very high.
This is the answer to the question is it worth starting prepping right now, or is it better to wait for something.
What Prepping Is Not
Prepping May Be Not Expensive
Of course, fancy survival gear can be worth a fortune. But in our articles, we always try to advise and offer budget alternatives.
If you want to limit your budget for prepping, check out the article on 17 prepping steps you can take for under $ 100’s.
In any prepping category, you can find budget options:
- Rainwater harvesting systems do not require you to invest a fortune;
- Own backyard garden will be even cheaper than purchased products;
- Rice is generally one of the coolest survival foods; it is very nutritious, and its calorie-to-price ratio is amazing, and it has a long shelf life.
Canning fruits and vegetables, make pemmican, learn how to get food. All this will help you save money.
If you do everything in advance and not in a hurry, then this action will cost much less.
Prepping Is Not Overkill
People are unique creatures. We have an ability that has played a large role in our evolutionary survival. People know how to plan.
Only often our fear, laziness, prejudice can prevent planning.
What is crazier: be prepared for a 10-day event or to run to the store trying to grab some food supply?
Until emergencies occur, most of us will not think that they will not live long without water or food. Perhaps you will lose precious time or, in principle, it will be too late to do something. Usually, emergencies do not announce their arrival. You need to get ready in advance.
How much less would we hear in the news that people are suffering if everyone were better prepared?
Prepping Knowledge Is Neither Easy Nor Fast
If we are talking about drawing up stocks for 3 days or even 10 days, then yes, it is not very difficult and does not require special investment and time from you. If you approach the process with more involvement, then there will be no end to it. It takes time, money, and effort.
If your goal is completely self-sustaining, gaining survival skills and supplies for a long time, then this can be an ongoing process. You can always do more. Preppers can improve their skills throughout their lives.
To Sum Up: Is It Worth It?
Each person must be prepared to live without outside help for at least a week (a lot of preppers would say 1 month). This is elementary common sense.
But if the question arises about longer-term consequences and the doomsday world, then everyone must answer this question independently.
Few have the experience of living in a post-apocalyptic world, but we have all seen it in the movies:
In recent years, we have got a ton of dystopian blockbusters that can be taken almost like instructions.
But not everyone wants to live in such a world. Not everyone has enough mental strength and desire to live there.
If your answer is yes, it is worth living even in such a world, then you should acquire special skills. They will help you not only survive but also have confidence.
Consider learning to:
- Live off the grid
- Seed saving
- Reloading ammo
- DIY energy generators
- Many other activities that will benefit you.
You can either go all the way into being a prepper or stop where you want. It is only your choice. But some basic level will not hurt anyone.
How do I start prepping?
Start small, and no one forces you to build a bunker right away. Your emergency preparations may start by purchasing water, food for several days. Leave these supplies intact. Keep the things in your first aid kit up to date. Make sure the shelf life does not expire in the next month. The good idea is to have a savings bank account and insurance plan. These are the things that can save you in the event of a disaster money situation.
Make a plan and stick to it.
What prepping mean?
This is preparation for extreme events that may occur. It includes several components:
- Stocks — food supply, store water, first aid emergency kit, even toilet paper;
- Skills — ranging from the ability to grow food to things like self-defense.
It is a lot more than just food, water supplies for 3 days.
A prepper is a person who gets ready and has a plan for everything.
Why should you prep?
Even if you live in abundance, the world can turn upside down at any moment.
Be the prepared one means to:
- Take care of your and your family’s future;
- Be confident that even in terrible disasters, you can survive;
- Do not depend on others.
The likelihood that your life will have at least one outside event is very high. A lot of simpler failures happen all the time. Prepared people have an airbag to get through all of them.
What should I buy for prepping?
First of all, purchase basic things like water storage systems, food supplies, first aid medicines. A person can live without food for some time, but only up to 4 days without water. It is worth calculating 1 gallon of water per day per person.
Then move on to purchasing supplies by category:
- Light and fire;
- Hygiene things;
- Power and communication;
Make sure you do not forget about mental sanity and stock up on entertainment supplies for long-term lockdown.
How to start prepping on a budget?
The prepper does not necessarily spend a lot of money on preparing. The main thing to do to stay on the budget is to plan everything.
We recommend keeping an eye on discounts and special offers from stores.
Buying essential supplies will not cost you a fortune, and many things you can do by yourself.
Invest time in your skills. With the help of them, you can solve most of the problems without unnecessary expenses.
How to prepare for a doomsday event?
You need to make a plan and be prepared. You can use the advice of survival experts and preppers and take the following steps:
- Pack a bug-out bag with clothes, food and water supplies, blanket or sleeping bag, medications. Your bug-out bag should be packed all the time.
- Make sure you know several escape routes.
- Check on likely disasters.
- Get additional skills you need to survive.
- Check for a possible shelter.