When I first started prepping I made a ton of mistakes. I rushed into things, got overwhelmed, panicked, then quit.
This seems to be the route of many beginner preppers as well. These are the prepping tips that I wish someone would have told me before I started prepping.
Best Prepping Tips From Experienced Survivalists
So I reached out to the prepping community and ask them for their best prepping advice for beginner survivalists. There a lot of common points about what they wish someone would have told them when they started on this journey.
1. Do your own research and use your best judgement.
The is a lot of shitty prepping advise out there and a million different opinions on how to do things. Your smart, use your best judgement.
2. Read, Read, Read.
Educate yourself. Books, Podcasts, You tube, magazines etc…Information is key.
3. Don’t Tell Everyone About Your Preps
You don’t want to advertise what you have. If and when disaster strikes, you will have a line of people at your door, and you won’t be able to help them all.
So keep your plans within the family and a select group of fellow preppers.
4. Make lists of your priorities
Don’t just start with someones else’s list. Each person and family will have their own priorites. Sit down and evaluate what is most importation to you and start there.
5. Be Realistic in Your Preps
For the love of god PLEASE be realistic in your preps. I see a lot of fear motivated posts here as if people are prepping for imminent biological or nuclear warfare on U.S. soil. Not impossible, but a highly highly unlikely scenario.
Prep for the most likely of scenarios to happen given your geographical location I.E. Natural disasters, prolonged power outages (especially in areas with wide temperature variations, extreme heat and extreme cold), etc etc etc. Prep for what’s most likely to happen, then expand your preps to include means of dealing with less likely to happen scenarios.
6. Apply the KISS method
Keep It Simple Silly!
7. Find a Prepper Community
Most of the time your best skills will be learned from other like minded preppers. Find a community of preppers and become actively involved. You will gain more knowledge from others than from any books.
8. Have A Plan For Getting Home
Disaster happen all times of day. They can happen when you’re at work, school, or elsewhere. Do you have a plan for getting home, or a place to meet the rest of your family?
9. Start Slowly
Get what you need to get by a couple of weeks. Food, water, filters, batteries, radios, etc. Build in all areas slowly to keep the cost low. Then determine what you need for longer term – a month then 3 months.
10. Pay down debt
Payoff your bill’s and get a savings account. Build up $1,000 cash for emergencies. Then get three months worth of Bill’s. Then get into the rest of it. This will prepare you for the small disasters which you are much more likely to happen
11. Live below your means
Don’t prep on credit cards. Work on lowering your bills and use the money left over each month for your prep items.
12. There’s More To Prepping Than How Much You Store
Knowledge is the lightest and easiest to store prep you can make. Prepping is much more than just how much you can store in your basement. It takes knowledge and skill as well. If you need to leave your stores of food you need skills to stay alive.
13. Learn Vegetable Gardening Basics
At a basic level vegetable gardening is pretty simple. Having just a bit of knowledge here can end of feeding your family.
14. Know proper food storage techniques
Learn how to properly store your food so that it will last a long time. Growing food or hunting is useless if you have no idea how to store and preserve your bounties.
15. Learn how to recognize will herbs and plants
Is it edible, medicinal, or poisonious? Learn to answer these questions about plants in your area so you are not taking chances later. It could be life or death in some cases.
16. Don’t Store Water In Recycled Milk Jugs
Don’t be tempted even if it seems like a good idea at the time. It will always end in disaster. It’s hard to wash out all the milk residue which means you could end up with harmful bacteria growing in you water.
17. Learn to Barter
Learn to barter with friends and neighbors for things,so you won’t have to spend a lot of money to start with. You would be surprised how many older people need help but don’t have money, they have canners and jars and things they will part with for grass being cut
18. Inventory what you already have on hand.
You’d be surprised at how much you already have and it avoids duplicate buying.
19. Don’t Forget About Hygiene and Sanitation
You have to stay clean in order to avoid becoming sick. Getting sick during a survival situation–when hospitals are either closed or overrun–could end up killing you.
20. Focus Your Preps
Decide on what SHTF you’re preparing for so you may focus your preps.
Is it for winter storms or earthquakes, or tornadoes, or hurricanes, power outages, or bigger events like EMP, CME, cyber attack on utilities, economic collapse, food disruptions, famine, drought, pandemic, etc.
21. Prep a 72 hr kit for each person in your family
Yes even for the little ones, although the parent will carry the heavy items. Let them pick out a backpack, favorite toy, coloring book, crayons, snacks, small bottle of water, wipes, and shoes, and change of clothes.
22. Test our all equipment that you buy.
Do some test runs will your gear and practice using it. All that fancy gear will be useless if you don’t know how to use it properly.
23. Buy the best you can afford
Up grade when you can afford to not because it’s what everyone else is doing but because you want to do.
24. Don’t Forget About Your Pets
If you have pets, you have two choices: plan on feeding and caring for them, or abandon them. If you care about your pets, be sure to store pet food, water, and other supplies for them.
Make the decision about what you will do with your pets today and don’t wait until the heat of the moment when your emotions are already running high.
25. Don’t Rush
More than likely SHTF wont happen tomorrow. You have time. Don’t panic and make terribly bad decisions. Be prepared, but enjoy all that life has to offer. Don’t become so focused on prepping for doomsday that you forget to enjoy what you have today.
You have already taken the most important step in your prepping journey.
Researching, learning, and starting.
Remember, focus, keep it simple, and find a community.