Prepping for Beginners – Top 5 Tips

Prepping for Beginners :: Five Little Homesteaders

Are you a “prepper?”  Know what a prepper is?  Think “prepping” is just for those “crazy” people who worry about the armageddon, zombies taking over and/or the world coming to an end?

For those of you who don’t know – a prepper is generally considered to be a person who takes seriously the responsibility of caring for themselves and/or their family during difficult or catastrophic times.   Could this relate to the zombie apocalypse?  Sure!  But more likely, it relates to an electrical storm that leaves you without power or snow storm that makes it impossible for you to leave your house or perhaps, it can even relate to the loss of a job by the bread winner of the family.

Prepping for difficult times is important for all of us to consider.  It is definitely something I need to do more of and something that I PLAN to do more about – hence my interest in writing a post on prepping for beginners.  (Not to mention that I was introduced to this really cool preparedness planner recently and if you know me, you know I like a good planner.)  I definitely consider myself a beginner in this department and if you do too, this might be just the post for you.

Prepping for Beginners – Top 5 Tips

photo via stevendepolo on flickr

photo via stevendepolo on flickr

1. Water

Without a doubt the number one way to be prepared for a disaster is to take into consideration how you will get water.  You can go a long while without eating but no more than 3-5 days maximum (depending on conditions) without water.

For many people, this means having water stored in jugs or barrels on site.  This might also include having the means and ability to purify water, if need be.  Having a water catchment system might also be something to consider.

You could simply buy water purification tablets like these or something like the LifeStraw personal water filter.

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2. Food

Should you be unable or unwilling to leave your home in a time of disaster or emergency, having plenty of food on hand will ease worry, tension and stress.  Depending on the length of time you are secluded in your home, it also might be a necessity.

A preppers food storage might be as simple as canned foods and dry goods or as complex as barrels of food, dehydrated goods, and gas powered stoves.

3.  Medical

Having basic medical supplies on hand is a necessity for any home.  In a previous posts I discussed stocking your first aid kit and how to prepare an herbal first aid kit.  This would be the basic level of medical prepping. 

However, there are many other issues to consider.  If you (or a family member) take medication on a regular basis, having extra on hand is important.  Depending on one’s expertise and training, having supplies to be able to handle minor to severe injuries may also be important.

Don’t want to deal with putting together your own kit?  There are many ready-made options that you can purchase.  Some are cheap and others are more comprehensive and expensive.  Choose whichever option best fits the needs and requirements of your family.

4.  Gardening/Seeds

If relegated to your home for a long period of time and during good weather, it may be possible to survive by gardening and growing your own fruits and vegetables.

Being sure you have a good seed store that is well rotated may be incredibly helpful in times of disaster.

I have to admit, I’ve been really taken with the idea of keeping a Survival Seed Vault.  I can think of many ways that a product like this would come in handy and I know that it wouldn’t go to waste.

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photo courtesy of SlipStreamJC on flickr

5.  Bug Out Bag

Have you heard of these?  Do you have one?

Sometimes called a 72 hour kit, a bug out bag is a bag (usually a backpack) that has the supplies you and your family members would need to survive for 72-hours or so should the need for an evacuation occur.

Not sure how to put one of these together?  Not up for gathering all the supplies?   You can buy a ready made one on Amazon.  At the very least, take a look at what this product maker suggests you include.

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Now.  The question.  How do you organize all of this?  How do you get everything you need together?

Planning is incredibly important when it comes to preparing for a disaster or difficult time and that is why, perhaps, planning should have been at the top of this list on prepping for beginners.

Does the planning part intimidated you?  I know it intimidates me.  That’s why when I ran across the Preparedness Planner from Jennifer of the blog Are we crazy or what? I was really excited.  It’s an 87 page, printable planner that help you get all your “prepper” ducks in a row.  It will help you get all 5 aspects of prepping for beginners, as mentioned above, in order.

And the best news?  It’s on sale right now for just $14.99 using the code “springsale”  but is only on sale until end of day Friday, March 7th.  So hurry and snatch it up now!

Click Here to Learn More

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Comments

  1. Good ideas. The only thing with a “bug out bag” is that it assumes you have somewhere to go, and a way to get there. In a big regional emergency, like a quake, there may not be a way out…. hunker down…

  2. I love all these tips and hints, thanks for posting them!

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