The best way to prepare for a survival or emergency is to be prepared. This article will discuss how to start prepping for an emergency or survival situation.
You can never have too many supplies, so it's important that you don't wait until there is a problem before getting ready!
What is prepping?
Prepping is a term used to describe when people prepare for potential emergencies, disasters, or other hazards. This can range anywhere from preparing for a bad storm to preparing for nuclear warfare.
Prepping is typically done in preparation for some event that could cause chaos and panic, such as an earthquake or terrorist attack.
Preppers will prepare by storing supplies needed to survive the potential emergency they are prepping for.
While there are some preppers out there who are prepping for a certain situation (think economic collapse or world wars), many preppers are simply preparing for ANY survival situation.
Why you should start prepping
Gone are the days when preppers were considered paranoid, isolated weirdos.
It's a new world, and you need to be prepared for anything, whether it's simply surviving during an economic collapse or tracking down your next meal if you lose your job.
You don't want to get stuck without food, water, protection from the elements; any one of us could find ourselves in that situation at any given time. Without prepping beforehand, you're never going to have everything you need on hand if some disaster hits.
Being prepared is essential.
Prepping isn't just about having enough supplies on hand; preppers also think ahead by developing skills they can use in emergencies like first aid training or wilderness survival tactics.
These are what people call "life necessities", and having them down could mean life or death in a survival situation.
How to start prepping
Learning how to start prepping may sound daunting at first, but it doesn't have to be. The first step is understanding what prepping means and then deciding what you want (or need) to do for your particular situation.
To start small, try building a basic emergency kit that will last at least 72 hours or longer, depending on the hazards in your area. Basic kits should include everything from food and water to tools like flashlights and weather-appropriate clothing.
It's also important not just to stock up on practical items; emergencies can mean a lot of downtime once you are safe, so having some entertainment could really help pass the time! Books, games, hobbies – anything goes as long as it takes your mind off things for a while.
The following items are a list of everything you need to get started with prepping.
You need food if you're going to survive. There are many ways to go about this, and it really depends on your circumstances and location.
The foods you should store away as a prepper should be non-perishable, packed with nutrients, and easy to prepare.
It would be best if you started with at least a 30 day supply of food for yourself and each of your family members and then build on that supply.
If you're unsure where to start, then storing canned food is always a safe bet and can last for years if stored properly. It's also easy to heat up or eat cold when needed!
Storing dry, bulk foods like flour, pasta, and rice are great for when you're in a pinch, as you can mix them to make any dish.
Vegetables and fruits also pack an important punch with their dense nutrients - dried or dehydrated work best so that they last longer.
You can also consider other types of food like freeze dried foods and ready-made meals. These have a very long shelf life and can be cooked or eaten right away. The only downside to these is the expense, as they typically cost more than other food types.
You don't need to get this all in one go. Stock up a little at a time when you can afford it, and you'll have a great prepper pantry in no time.
You can only survive about 3 days without water, so it is the most important thing to focus on when you're prepping. It isn't just used to drink either; it is needed for cooking, cleaning and sanitation.
Water can be stored in any container, but ensure that they are clean and free of chemicals or heavy metals before use.
You'll need at least 1-2 gallons of water per day for each person with you. Try to start with a 30 day supply and build off of that.
Knowing how to purify water is important as well, in case you can't get to fresh.
There are many ways to purify water, but boiling is the safest and most effective way of doing so. Other options include using a filter or chemical treatments to purify it.
Do not drink untreated water if it smells bad, has oil floating on top, tastes salty/metallic or looks cloudy.
Live in an area that has extreme temperature fluctuations? Then having the proper clothing prepped is important as well.
Keep in mind that you'll be more susceptible to hypothermia (even at fairly moderate temperatures) and frostbite if you're not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
You should have clothing stored away appropriate for a wide range of climates, seasons and activities, as well as having an extra set or two on hand just in case your current one gets dirty or wet beyond repair.
This includes things like extra shoes/boots, hats, gloves, and jackets.
Get your finances in order
A shocking number of people live paycheck to paycheck and could not survive an emergency lasting even a month long.
Getting your finances in order now will allow you to prep for the inevitable and ensure that you aren't left struggling if something does happen.
The first step is being honest with yourself about how much debt you have, your financial obligations, and creating a budget that includes saving some money every month.
Doing things like cutting back on frivolous spending or getting rid of cable television can be great ways to start paying down debts faster while still having enjoyable activities in life.
Having an emergency fund set aside helps ensure that if the worst-case scenario does happen, at least there'll be funds available.
Survival gear and kits
Survival kits or bags can be a great way to prepare on a budget and have one's bases covered in the case of an emergency.
These survival kits should include the bare necessities to survive for 72 hours and include bottled water, food and a first-aid kit.
This is especially true when children are involved since they may not always know how best to react during an emergency (you can get them prepared with their own backpack).
These kits should be located in easy to reach areas of you home, and also in your vehicle.
Necessary items other than food or water
Food and water aren't the only things you should be prepping. Basic sanitation items like toilet paper, feminine hygiene products and so on are also necessary.
You should keep critical medications in a safe place as well to ensure that they're not destroyed if an emergency event impacts your home.
For those with children who have special needs or health concerns, it's important for them to pre-plan about what medication will be needed as well since prescriptions often need to be refilled ahead of time for these types of situations.
Other things like flashlights, candles, matches, and other light sources are also critical for making sure that you can see in an emergency event if the power goes out.
The list of these types of items is a long one. Take some time to sit down and think about the things you may need in a survival situation.
Having a plan for when disaster strikes is essential for those who want to make it through. With the possibility of a natural disaster, economic collapse, or terrorism event, there are many ways in which an emergency can come about.
The first step is researching what types of emergencies may occur, where you live, how they might affect you specifically, and planning for a general emergency.
Have a set plan in place that includes what each family member is responsible for, clear communication, meet-up points if you are separated, etc.
Practice and put these plans into motion beforehand so you'll have them down pat in an emergency.
Doing test runs without using power for a few days is a great way to get a sense of how you'll fare during the real thing.
First Aid training
Each of your family members should have first aid training, whether it's from a class or some other means.
Good first aid knowledge is key to being able to help yourself and others stay alive during an emergency situation.
Ignoring first aid can lead to serious health consequences for your family members -- even death in some cases. It's important not only to be trained but also to keep supplies on hand, so you're prepared when an emergency strikes!
Learn the skills you need to survive
There are tons of survival skills to be learned, and each one of them is designed to help you in an emergency situation.
Learning how to survive outdoors is one of the smartest things you can do as a prepper and will allow you to function if you end up losing your home.
Other great survival skills to have are how to purify water, how to cook food outdoors without a stove or grill, and how to build an emergency shelter.
These are skills that you'll be happy you know if an emergency situation ever occurs.
Final thoughts on how to start prepping
Learning how to start prepping doesn't have to be a daunting task; you don't need to prep your entire house in one day! Get started by prepping the essentials, like food and water.
As you're getting ready for emergencies, be sure to also think about how your family might react during an emergency; you may want to consider putting together some disaster kits with supplies that can help calm them down or provide comfort.
You never know when something could happen, but being prepared beforehand will make it much easier if the time comes where you are faced with an emergency.
What's on your list of essential prep items? Let us know in the comments below!