What is Prepping?
If you are new to prepping, you may find yourself asking, what is prepping?
Prepping is a huge subject in itself, in this post, I will cover what prepping is, and why your should start prepping. Being a prepper isn’t about running about in a tinfoil hat thinking the government are trying to tap into your brain, it’s more about being prepared for anything that life will throw at you, be it a financial collapse, flood, house fire, or whatever other disaster you may face.
What if your electric went out due to a storm, and you where without power for a week, I remember, when I was a child, our electric went out for I think it was 6 days, that was tough, and my Mum said she found it hard work. But think now, what would you do? Do you have enough candles, do you have another way of cooking your food without electric? Do you have a torch with spare batteries? Do you even have food that will last a week without being in the fridge or freezer? Maybe you are thinking, sure I will just go to the chippy, what happens if their electric is out? Now do you start to see where I am coming from? This is why prepping is a good idea, even if you only have an alternative method of cooking, and some canned food you can cook up anytime. Now you are maybe beginning to see what prepping is, and why it is important.
The key to surviving any disaster is to be prepared. Some people may want to prepare for specific events that occur frequently in their area, such as hurricanes, floods, wild fires, or whatever else you may encounter, others may want to prepare financially, but whatever your reason is, the end result is always the same, to be prepared and ready.
Do you have a plan?
The key to surviving any kind of disaster is to have a plan, even governments have plans in place for specific events!
More often than not, a disaster will happen without any warning, and how you cope with it greatly relies on how well prepared you where.
There are a number of different disasters that you may want to prepare for, depending on where you like, such as hurricanes, floods, wild fires, no electric, even a severe snow storm could render you powerless and isolated. In my opinion, everyone should have enough food and water in their house for at least 3 days, and a means to cook this food.
I remember, not so long ago, my mains water supply was switched off for work, and I didn’t get the letter about it. So, I had no water for basically, but, luckily, I am prepared, so out came the water jugs I had stored up, and I was set for a day without mains water. Easy.
If you are preparing financially, check out this blog, CactusWeaver, it goes into detail about budgeting and finance. My opinion, save up 3 months worth of living expenses, that should be enough to help you out during any hard financial times, or cover any surprise expenses.
The 3 things you must have to survive
Air, Water and Food. 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Thats the rule of 3 as I like to call it. Without these 3 things, you cannot survive, not matter what else you have. These are the bare minimum items in which you should have some stock of. You may be wondering how you stock up on air? Well, you can’t really unless you buy thousands of dive bottles, but what you can do it buy some FFP3 rates masks, these will protect you against air borne viruses, dust and other nasty particles.
You can store water in your house, I reuse old plastic bottles, wash them out with warm soppy water, let them sit to dry, then fill them with tap water, and store. Tap water will have a shelf life of about 6 months as it already has chlorine in it to preserve it. As for food, I always make sure I have enough food to feed my girlfriend and myself for a minimum of 2 weeks, though, if you are just starting to prep, 3 days is plenty to get you going. Each time you go shopping, add a few extra cans of tinned food into you basket, something that you actually like, I usually choose the cheapest cans, and make sure it is food I will eat.
It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit of some sort, you can buy them for around £5 online, maybe even cheaper, make sure it has some bandages, plasters, medical tape and medical wipes to clean any cuts/wounds.
So hopefully you now see what prepping is, and are going to begin.
Check out this article: 10 Easy Ways to Start Prepping