So, You Want to Learn How to Start Prepping?
Congratulations! Let me be the first to welcome you to the community and hobby of preppers and prepping! As the guardian said to Indiana Jones when he selected and drank from the Holy Grail, “You have chosen … wisely.”
So, let’s get started learning how to start prepping, but – first – let’s look a little more at prepping in general.
What is Prepping Anyway?
Every time someone asks me what prepping means, it’s usually in response to prepper shows they have seen – like Doomsday Preppers. They always look a little shocked when I get all practical on them.
What do I say?
I tell them that prepping is a way to gain peace of mind by becoming self-insured against things that can and do happen to them and that they should be preppers too.
The more I talk, the less crazy they think I am for being a prepper.
Should I Be Prepping?
Just in case you’re scanning and missed reading above, or just found what I said to be unclear, let me try to answer a little differently this time.
Should we be prepping? In a word? Yes!
If you’re a living person that currently resides on planet Earth, there are tons of things you should be preparing for that range from water main breaks to hurricanes and more.
More people are becoming interested in learning how to start prepping as a result of the times we live in and who can blame them?
The more the population increases, the less government can respond in a timely manner when things go really bad. In fact, the government is aware they can’t always respond as quick as they should. Go read the FEMA site, if you think I’m wrong.
My Best Advice for Learning How to Start Prepping
So far we have talked about what prepping is (because I like to share my own perspective on that), and who should be prepping. Next, I’d like to dig into the process more. It’s pretty simple:
- Get Your Finances in Order
- Start Small and Build Over Time
- Get the Most Important Prepping Supplies First
- Beyond the Basics
1. Get Your Finances in Order
You’re probably wondering why the first thing I think you should do is to get your finances in order.
It’s simple, really.
One of the biggest reasons people give for failing to prepare is the expense, and most people could easily afford to start prepping if they just changed the way they spend their money.
Do you really need that 5 dollar cup of coffee twice a day? Probably not, and skipping it will probably help you lose weight too.
Even if you’re not the coffee type, I bet you have guilty pleasures. I’m not saying you have to give them up entirely, I’m just saying you need to set priorities.
That’s all I’ll say about that … for now.
2. Start Small and Build Over Time
I’m sure this won’t be received well by some, but I’ve found that the best way to tackle a large goal is to break it up into smaller goals. Tackle each small goal one after another, and – before you know it – you’ve completed the big goal.
Sometimes, those small goals need to be completed in a certain order; sometimes they don’t. It’s important for you to think about this as you break down big goals into smaller ones. Is there a right or wrong order to complete the small goals in?
It’s important to think about this stuff as you learn how to start prepping, especially if – like most people – you’re working with limited time and money.
3. Get the Most Important Prepping Supplies First
I believe that prepping should be done the same way, and I definitely believe there is an order for the goals that you need to complete.
In fact, I’m going to recommend that you start with the following as your first big goals:
- 3 Days of Stored Water for Your Entire Household
- 3 Days of Stored Food for Your Entire Household
Once you’ve got those down, you can move on to these:
- 1 Week of Stored Water for Your Entire Household
- 1 Week of Stored Food for Your Entire Household
You should know that, by the time you start goal 3, you’ll be ahead of most people. Don’t stop too long to pat yourself on the back though.
You want to be prepared, right?
For more on water storage, see: How to Store Water Long-Term.
For more on food storage, see: How to Store Food Long-Term.
4. Beyond the Basics
If you had less than a week of stored water and food when you started prepping, you’re probably already getting benefits because you have them now.
You’re rotating your stock, right? You should be!
It’s pretty clear how you could cycle through your food storage to keep it rotated. How to rotate your water may be a bit less clear. However, if you like to go camping, this is a great opportunity to help cycle through your water storage.
You’re Done! Now Pick Another Goal!
At this point, you’ve got a great idea of how to start prepping, and you’ve even built up your water and food storage. You should also be rotating your stored water and food.
The very next thing you need to do is learn about the risks you’re living with at your location. For a lot of people, this will come down to natural disasters. However, depending on your location, your greatest risk might come from your neighbors.
Remember how we talked about making a list and breaking big goals down into small goals?
Put together a list of big goals. Sort them from most likely to happen to least likely to happen. Break them down into small goals.
You know the drill by now!
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If you’re still with me, I want to thank you for your time. I hope you found the information useful and that it helped you get out of your armchair and started prepping.
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Thanks again, and good prepping!