There are some who find “prepping” to be a more extreme form of precaution, but after witnessing disruptive events such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, it’s starting to seem more and more like a smart thing to do. As the government as already shown us, they don’t have the resources to take care of every person during a crisis. Because of this, many feel a big pull to be self-sufficient so they can be reassured that if anything does happen, they have the resources to care for themselves and their family. A lot goes into prepping, but here are 3 important tips to make sure you’re prepping well.
Know How to Stockpile Food
Stockpiling food isn’t as simple as just filling your pantry with various cans, jars, and bags of food. There is an amateur way of hoarding food, and the pro way, and you want to make sure you’re prepping like a pro. One thing people neglect, is rotating through their stockpile. You want to make sure you’re actually consuming your stockpile and replacing it as it’s consumed. This ensures that when an emergency event does happen, your reserves will be fresh and not approaching the end of their shelf-life. You’ll also want to focus on food with high calorie and protein content, since survival typically consumes more energy, and you’ll get more energy for money and space used. Here are a few examples of basic emergency food:
Peanut Butter: Full of healthy fats and protein, peanut butter is great prepping food since it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated after opening.
Canned fish, chicken, or turkey: High in protein and with a lengthy shelf-life of two years, canned meat is an important prepping food, especially if there is no way of keeping other sources of meat refrigerated.
Dried beans and rice: These two high in calories, very filling, and can be stored for long periods of time.
The fact is, if you end up being injured or falling ill, then your chances of survival drastically decreases. Suffering from an injury or illness makes it harder to defend yourself, to search for and collect resources, or take care of dependents. Having a good first aid kit and taking care of yourself will be invaluable to making sure you get through your survival situation. Bandages, disinfectant, face masks, pain relief, are just a few of the things that should make up your first aid kid. Maintaining decent hygiene and sanitation with soap and toothpaste will lower your risk of tooth decay and illness. When you’re in an emergency or survival situation, injury and being sick is the last thing you want to have to worry about.
The topic of security may not be fun to think about, but it’s a realistic concern and potential threat to your reserves and ability to successfully prep for a disruptive event. When resources are scarce, there is risk of your supplies being taken by other desperate people. If you don’t own any firearms and never thought about ever using one, you may want to consider taking lessons and arming yourself. Other security measures such as dogs, pepper spray, knives and surveillance cameras can be used, but they probably won’t hold up for long against enemies with guns. If you’re really big into security, then make sure to stock up on ammunition and defensive gear such as bullet-proof vests, camouflage, helmets and sandbags.
Each of these tips were very summarized compared to all the information there is to learn about successful prepping techniques. The best takeaway advice is to continue doing your own research and equipping yourself with books for continued reading, since nobody can remember every little trick and tip.