Times are never certain, natural disasters can strike with little notice. When collecting supplies to prepare for any possible emergency, it’s easy to get caught up in frenzy, but it is better to stay calm and collected when you’re prepping so that you can be ready with several plans of action when the time comes.
Define Your Prep
Prepper implies that you are getting ready for hard times. The problem is that we never know when the hard times may come or what hardships you may have to face. Ask yourself what exactly you want to prepare for. Are you getting ready for a natural disaster? Do you believe that there may be a political or economic crisis coming? Prepping for a long winter or hurricane is different than prepping for the next world war. The point of being a prepper is that you understand anything is possible and you want to be ready to face any challenge that may come your way.
It’s important to have supplies on hand, but how much food and water can you really store or carry if a serious long-term crisis takes place? It’s better to be prepared to take care of yourself and your loved ones in a variety of ways. Dried beans and rice can only last so long.
Some things you’ll want to have in your prep kit or bug bag:
- Water filter/jugs of water
- Dry foods
- Weapons/ammunition (for hunting/protection)
- Portable shelter
- Seeds suitable for your area
- Means to start a fire
- Cooking utensils
- Medications or special items
- Toilet paper
Guns and Ammo
If something serious happens and you’re in for a long haul then you need to be ready to hunt for food. When other people realize that you’re living easy while everyone around you is suffering then it may become necessary to defend yourself. When it comes to being a prepper, whether your goal is to protect your family or to be well stocked for a hunt, you’re going to need some good cheap ammo. If you are serious about prepping then you have to consider the possibility that it may come down to a “Me or You” situation at some point.
Guns are tools. They should never be misused, and those with access to them should be properly trained. Don’t buy a gun and just leave it in a closet until disaster strikes. Take the time to get to know your weapon. You can get cheap ammo and hire an individual to teach you and your family proper techniques and safety guidelines. Your life may very well count on it.
Prepping can really be a healthy activity. It can give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll be able to survive foreseeable disasters in the short term. How much or little you want to prep depends on you.