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Things I Wish I Knew About Prepping (Before Prepping)

In our modern environment where the government jumps in to rescue us when there are any disasters, it certainly is easy to get comfortable. But the problem with that situation is that everything is safe and easy, until it is not… and then everything goes bad at the same time.

We live in a world where there is only enough food in a city to feed that city for 8 hours. If there is a disruption in food transport, things will get crazy fast. We need zero interest rates to keep the worlds economy from imploding and disasters like Katrina show how quickly communities can become unraveled.

But before you take the prudent steps to get a few things in order in case any disasters take place, take a moment to learn from the those who have done it before. Join us as we reveal the best tips to prepping from someone who has done it.

Cut Down on Bills

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You’re going to need some cash when you start this project, so start weeding out anything that isn’t absolutely necessary.

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Start Outlawing Your Credit Cards

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You certainly won’t be able to use them if something catastrophic happens, and you don’t need the interest in your life.
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Buy Bottled Water

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Bottled water is safe, clean and can be stored practically anywhere.

Save Rain Water

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Part of prepping is making use of your natural resources, so start figuring out how to use rain water constructively.

Space Out Your Prep Time

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The disaster isn’t likely to happen tomorrow, and this gives you a chance to buy the perfect items rather than make impulsive purchases.

Scrutinize Each Purchase

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Many people who prep buy things they don’t use, or blowing their budget on a few items when they need many more.

Do Not Use Old Milk Jugs

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These are so handy, but ultimately milk bacteria is just too hard to get out and can contaminate your water supply.

Get Sturdy (More Expensive) Plastic Containers

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Your plastic needs to be able to hold up for some time, so don’t buy the flimsy (cheaper) stuff.

Know What Your Family Likes to Eat

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While there’s no doubt that people will eat things they don’t like if their options are limited, you should still be buying food people enjoy rather than tolerate.

Avoid Foods With Too Much Sodium

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Canned and freeze-dried foods typically have preservatives, so keep your long-term health in mind.

Diversify Your Diet

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Prepping is the time to consider not just nutrient intake, but also having enough variety to give you and your family choices.

Anticipate Boredom

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You’re likely going to have times when there’s not much to do, so bring toys, books and games as well as necessary supplies.

Spread Out Your Supplies

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Do not leave supplies in one place of the house, since you won’t know which areas will be affected at the time of the event.

Don’t Forget Your Car

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You may not be at home when something happens, so your car should always have supplies.

Spring for Better Shelves

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Better shelves mean that supplies are less likely to be destroyed when a disaster occurs.

Test Your Structures

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Prepping is an active process, so if your containers or storage facilities are starting to wear out, then you may want to upgrade them.

Learn a Trade

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You’ll need to be able to cook and clean for sure to survive, but it’s better if you know extras like administering medical aid or building shelter.

Practice Negotiating

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If you’re going to learn a trade, you should also learn how to barter to fill in the gaps of what you need.

Practice Good Hygiene

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You will need to be able to eat, but you’ll also need things like antiseptic and toilet paper as well as food and water.

Plan for Those with Special Needs

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If someone in the family has a wheelchair or oxygen tank, now is the time to plan for that contingency.

Care for Pets

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Food and supplies should be gathered for them now, so they can travel with you.

Enlist Family and Friends to Help

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You should not be the only one prepping in the house.

Get In Shape

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Physically speaking, you’ll need to be in good shape to sustain what’s to come.

Keep Certain Information Quiet

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You don’t want people to know that you have everything they need when they’re in dire straights.

Do Not Do Anything to Encourage Confrontation

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While guns are handy to have here, you’re better off trying to function in shadow until you know who to trust.

Sketch Out a Plan If You’re Not at Home

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Make sure you know how you’ll get to your supplies regardless of where you are.

Ensure Your Family Understands

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Make sure that every family member has the same expectations and knows their responsibilities.

Never Assume

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Train yourself to be ready at all times.

Have a Plan B for Everything

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You’ll probably use it more often than you think.

Test and Retest Tools

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Tools get rusty or break down, so test them out from time to time.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

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It’s scary to think about how much there is to do, so get your list together and go from there.

Learn About Solar Power

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Solar power can be used in even the most awful situations, and harnessing it can really make a difference.

Start Composting and Gardening

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Making your own food from organic soil can keep people nourished from the inside out.

Learn About Water Sources

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Bottled water may eventually run out, so make sure everyone knows more about where to find relatively clean water.

Get the Waste Worked Out

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Have a plan for how bodily waste will be disposed of (composting is a great way to use it.)

Get Different Kinds of Pets

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Bees make honey, chickens make eggs, and cows make milk. All handy items to have.

Mentally Prepare

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It won’t be easy, but you don’t have to feel fear. This is about taking control and being ready.

Have Some Fun

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This doesn’t have to be drudgery. Knowing that you have the power to influence your future is empowering.

Learn About Plants

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You’ll need to know if they’re edible or poisonous.

Learn to Hunt

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Hunting is not encouraged in our society, but having this skill is still extremely valuable.

Do a Test Run

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Try living for a day or two as if something had already happened.

Get Fuels Together

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Cooking needs fire, so make sure you have all of the fuels needed to power your everyday needs.

Preserve Foods

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Knowing how to can foods is incredibly handy for anytime of year, but necessary when prepping.

Consider Your Shelter

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You may want to map out several sources for shelter during your prep time.

Devise Communication Systems

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This is a good time to figure out your preferred methods and styles of communication as well as back-up plans if they can’t be used.