From doomsday scenarios to the fallout of the economy, our news waves are full of reasons why you should become a prepper. No, I don’t believe that aliens are going to attack us and force us into isolation. More likely, however, is that our government will crumble, leaving every family to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, if that happens, most of the infrastructure we have grown accustomed to over the last century will likely fade away.
What does that mean? Electricity will likely become a thing of the past, unless you’ve prepared to generate your own. Gathering food won’t be as simple as walking through the grocery store and filling a cart up. Having clean, drinkable water will no longer come with the simple turn of the faucet. No, these things will likely be thoughts of the past if a catastrophe or disaster was to rattle our way of life.
That’s why there is a growing trend among people to become a prepper. You don’t have to go all out, like the man who built a literal castle to protect his family. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve gather a few ideas to get you started, regardless of what your budget is.
- Bug out Bag (BOB)
In an unpredictable world, you never know when you and your family will need to make a quick getaway. Sure, it sounds like something you would see in a movie but the possibility of your family having to quickly leave your home is always a likely scenario. That’s why the best place to start in your journey to become a prepper should be a Bug Out Bag.
Simply, this is a bag that you have ready that has supplies you would need to survive and is ready to be grabbed quickly. Here’s a standard list of what to include:
- Water: If you really want to go all out, you can get water purification tablets that will make any water drinkable.
- Food: Be sure you get high protein food. Best would be MRE meals or Meals ready to Eat. These are meals that you can fix on the go. Here’s some I like to use.
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- Knife/Multipurpose tool
- Clothes: Be sure to have seasonal clothes. This means you will have to change them out occasionally
- Weapons: This can be a knife or gun, whichever you feel comfortable with
Let us know what you keep in your BOB by commenting below.
- Build up Water supply
This is easy and cheap. While the collection of rain water may be illegal, or heavily legislated, you have the ability to store water from your Faucet. Water jugs can be purchased from any camping department. Here is the one that I use.
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- Extra canned goods
One habit I have got in to is buying a couple extra cans of canned foods when I go to the grocery store. Instead of buying a bunch at a time, this will help you prepare while still staying within your budget.
- Save Dryer Lint
Dryer lint is very flammable. For this reason, it works great as a fire starter. I simply have a gallon sized Zip-Lock baggy that I save this in. It can be very compressed, meaning you can save a ton of it in one bag.
- Learn to Garden
Perhaps the best way to become a prepper is to start a garden. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just be sure you grow the food you will want to eat. Once you grow it, canning is a great way to preserve it. Find out more about canning by clicking here.
- Create a survival plan for your family.
This should include meeting places should the family become separated in a disaster as well as making every member familiar with the inventory of supplies. This plan should be rehearsed often and drilled so that it becomes embedded into the mind of each member.
To become a prepper simply means that you prepare for the survival of your family, regardless of what may be thrown at you. These steps are only meant to be a start to the prepping lifestyle. Let us know what you have done to prepare your family by commenting below.
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