Sunday, December 31, 2017
How to SUCCEED at Prepping
Here is what you need to do to succeed at prepping:
1 - Do Something. Quit making excuses, and get started doing something. Don't know what to do to get started? Want to prep, but feeling overwhelmed? As the saying goes, every journey begins with a single step. As long as you are doing something to get ready for the bad times ahead, you'll be better off than most of your friends and neighbors who are dong nothing. If you really have no clue as to where to start? Check out my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End. Pick something easy, like putting together a week's supply of food and water, and do it this week. Congratulations on your first step.
Want a more detailed step-by-step guide to getting prepared? Jim Cobb's book Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper's 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness may be perfect for you.
2 - Strive for Balance. Don't concentrate all your efforts into only one or two categories of prepping, such as guns & ammo or gold & silver. Sure. Do those, but do other things, too: Get your finances in order, pay off debt, learn first aid, take some permaculture classes, take some home repair courses, buy hand tools and gardening tools, make your home energy efficient, accumulate food, water, medicine and other supplies, take a defensive shooting course, improve your home security, and plant a garden and some fruit & nut trees in your backyard. In other words, spread your prepping efforts over a wide-range of categories.
New to the self-reliant, do-it-yourself, lifestyle? Check out my article on how to put together a Basic Starter Tool Set.
3 - Avoid/Get Out of Debt. In my opinion, next to not taking care of your health, the biggest mistake you can make as a prepper is to go into debt to pay for all your great new gear, guns, and supplies. Find ways other than maxing out your credit cards to prepare. And if you are in debt, find ways to pay it off. Remember the proverb "The debtor is slave to the lender." Too much debt causes stress and bad decisions, yields control of your life to others, and interferes in your ability to make needed preparations. My article Prepping 101: Finances - Get Back to Basics if full of tips and ideas on personal finance & prepping. If you are already struggling with debt, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey's website, books and radio show.
4 - Learn By Doing. Book learning is useful, but the best preparation for difficult times by actually doing things now - gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canning, sewing by hand, doing your own home & auto repairs... Here's a great idea: volunteer to help build a house with Habitat For Humanity. You will learn lots of useful skills while actually helping people in need. Also, check out local gardening clubs for both training and volunteer opportunities. Put all that theoretical knowledge you've been collecting to use now, and develop the actual skills and experience you will need later on.
5 - Pay Particular Attention To Your Health and Fitness. If you aren't taking serious care of your health and fitness, you are not preparing. Improving your health and fitness can be done at any age, and should be one of your top priorities. Check out my article Steps to Good Health for a lot of great ideas and resources on health and fitness.
6 - Always have a Plan B. And a Plan C is nice, too. My primary plan is to ride out whatever comes where I am at now. That is where I am putting most of my efforts and resources. But I also have a back-up plan (three actually) in case things become too dangerous to stay where I'm at now for whatever reasons. I've even pre-positioned some supplies at two of the three locations. And I have figured out (and actually driven) at least two alternative routes to each of those locations, in case one of the routes were blocked for some reason.
Don't just have back-up plans for your location. Have them for accomplishing various tasks, too. For example, your plans for water may include 1) your current primary source, 2) stored water, 3) a nearby creek or pond, plus having the ability to filter and purify it, and 4) collecting rainwater, plus having the ability to filter and purify it. Do the same for other tasks, such as cooking (regular stove, propane grill, charcoal grill, wood stove, etc.), staying warm (natural gas, electric heaters, propane heaters, fireplace, wood stove, plenty of insulation & warm clothes, etc.), and so forth. Have multiple back-ups for every task/system.
7 - Be Part of a Community or MAG. Sorry, but most lone wolves won't survive over extended periods. No one has the endurance and strength to do everything by themselves 24/7/365. We all need other folks for mutual aid and comfort. I wrote about this in more detail in my recent article Why Survival Requires Community.
This article is a follow-up to yesterday's semi-humorous, but with a serious point, article: How to FAIL at Prepping.
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