Beginning Prepping: How to Get Started
Prepping in and of itself follows a very simple school of thought: Be ready for anything. The reality is that there is no single solution that will prepare us for every contingency. The more experienced preppers among us have developed a lot of knowledge and skill, built elaborate systems and generally possess a range of material and supplies that gives them a certain degree of independence. However, getting started doesn’t mean that everyone needs to have these advanced measures in place. In fact, all that you really need is a plan and some basic items to get started.
The first step is to have a good plan that covers a few different contingencies. Various strategies will need to be implemented as they relate to a specific set of crises. For example, if you need to bug out, then you want to make sure that you know where to go and how to get to safety. On the other hand, if you are going to be sheltering in place, then you should focus efforts on building a stockpile of supplies.
Instead of thinking about specific threats or scenarios, try to imagine how you would deal with a wide range of crises that occur with little or no warning. How would you contend with such a crisis? How would you cook? How would you stay warm? How would you defend yourself? Planning is key.
Considering various contingencies that may impact you and your family will help to lead you in the right direction in terms of how to be prepared. Just remember that planing involves more than just accumulating things. It involves thinking ahead, creating multiple solutions for various problems, and being in the right position to switch gears and take action.
It’s critically important to learn how to be independent instead of reliant on modern conveniences. What would happen if they suddenly disappeared or became inaccessible? Your success or failure during survival mode will depend greatly on how you can improvise and adapt. A solid skill set will include basic survival and self-defense skills, how to procure food, water and shelter, what to do if you become ill or injured and having a good sense of situational awareness.
None of these skills are difficult to master, but they do take practice. Learn how to live off of the land, hunt and fish with minimal equipment. Take time to practice building makeshift shelters and securing a perimeter. Get some self-defense training and learn how to make improvised weapons. Take some first aid courses. There are lots of little things that you can do now so that you will be ready later, and the more skills that you develop will give you lots of options in the future as well.
All of this information may be difficult to absorb, but it gets easier with time and experience. However, you should start prepping in areas that you can cover right now, so you will have at least something to fall back on if you get caught up in an unexpected event. Get yourself a good bug-out-bag or survival kit. Stock your pantry with a month’s worth of non-perishable items that will provide you and your family with daily nutritional requirements. Have lots of water on hand along with purification tablets or a filter. Make sure that your medications and first aid supplies are stocked.
These generalizations are intended to help you to start thinking about what actionable steps you can take right now. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone and every situation. Lots of people have good ideas, and there are plenty of resources out there to assist you as you get started. However, prepping all boils down to establishing a system that works for you. Address immediate concerns first and then expand into other options as time progresses. The name of the game is to be ready mentally, materially and physically to meet challenges head-on and come out on top.