Becoming Prepared: Where to Start?


( – For those who are beginning to come around to the idea of prepping, figuring out where to begin can be overwhelming. There are many rabbit holes one can spiral down when it comes to the topic. When first starting out, though, it’s best to stick to the basics. After all, you have to learn how to walk before you can run a marathon.

Even if you aren’t planning on becoming a full-fledged prepper, having some essential supplies put away for unforeseen circumstances can provide peace of mind.

To help out those who are starting to explore the ideas of self-reliance and preparation, SensiblePrepper has provided the following video:

How to Get Started Prepping

The first aspect of prepping that should be addressed is water. If the water coming into your home were to be cut off or compromised in some way, having a backup source of stored water is vital. The general rule of thumb is to keep one gallon of water per person, per day for an emergency. This can be as simple as bottles of water hidden in a closet or five-gallon jugs — just be sure to store them in a cool area away from sunlight.

The next important factor to consider is food. Having a stockpile of canned goods, rice, and beans can keep you fed should an emergency wipe out the supplies at the local grocery store. Long-term food storage is great, but for getting started, these options are fine. Also, you can use them in your regular meal planning as they begin to approach their expiration dates.

Once you have covered the basics of food and water, consider what you’ll do if the power goes out. With winter right around the corner, having ways to stay warm will be important. Wool blankets and indoor-use propane heaters are great options to have on hand, just in case.

The next key ingredient to preparation is medical supplies. If things get bad, such as a natural disaster or massive civil unrest, emergency services might not be able to help. Having a first aid kit and a stockpile of medicine is essential.

If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that having a good supply of cleaning supplies and basic necessities such as toilet paper is a must. These items flew off the shelves at an unbelievable rate — and could easily do so again. Staying ahead of that curve will ensure you aren’t left looking at junk mail in a new light.

Preparation isn’t a passing fad, or for lone survivors waiting for the end of the world in a bunker. Preparation is something everyone should embrace for short-term survival, at the very least.

For more information on how to begin preparing for a “rainy day,” check out our article here.

Do you have questions about how to break into prepping? Are you an experienced prepper? Reply to your email and let us know where you stand, we would love to hear from you!

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