Anyone new to Prepping and Survival will know that its not as easy as buying some kit. Many other things need to be considered in terms of mental preparation, training to use equipment as well as boring but essential skills like stock keeping and being aware of expiry dates.
In this Ultimate Guide to Prepping for beginners we will look at the essentials to get started and create a solid foundation.
Think of this guide as a starting point as it is certainly not complete. Prepping is a vast subject so this is just to get you started and to give some food for thought.
Ultimately this is your own personal insurance brought and paid for by taking full responsibility for your own life.
Why Are You Prepping?
Seems a reasonable question. But so many get carried away with prepping they are unaware what they are prepping for and therefore are not looking out for the signs of that thing beginning to occur.
If we only act when the situation is upon us then of course we are still in a better situtaion than those who have not prepared.
But I think far better to see the situation coming and be ahead of it. It may mean getting out of town or fortifying our home or heading to higher ground.
Regardless, if we know our ‘Why’ then we are going to be aware of current events and be watchful ready to respond to what we see rather than reacting to events taking us by surprise.
What I will say is there a number of legitimate reasons why you should prepare. Everything from government saying out of your houses there is a gas leak, natural disasters like we saw in Katrina, civil unrest due to some election fraud to of course full scale alien invasion 🙂
When we talk about Prepping and Survival we are talking about everything from a power outage and natural disasters to full scale movie scenarios of a dollar collapse and civil unrest.
These are not relaxing scenarios and if we are not mentally prepared then all the survival supplies in the world are not going to help.
We will freeze under pressure and put others at risk if we do not prepare ourselves. This means we should put into action some of the following.
It all begins here. Looking at the realities of what happens in the world when the normal rules of society breakdown. This broadens our horizons and allows us to see the patterns and the way humans react under pressure.
It also serves to give the shock of reality to those fortunate to have never experienced the real chaos of humans being let off the leash.
The big thing here is do not judge other people or situations by our own standards, just because you may think it would be insane to harm a person for a gallon of water or fuel does not mean that everyone shares the same view.
Misjudging this can mean an early end to prepping and our life.
Getting Used To Pressure
How do we give ourselves pressure? We voluntarily enter tough situations and challenges. This might be deciding to do a workout when we are tired and the game is on TV or it might be entering some sort of Marathon and training for it everyday.
It takes mental discipline and develops our backbone and courage to do what we would rather not do.
Think of those recruits in boot camp, they may not like the experience but they come out the other side not just physically but mentally stronger.
Visualization and Mediation
This might sound strange but if it is good enough for Elite Special Forces and Sportsmen then its good enough for anyone.
Mental rehearsal via visualization has been shown in numerous tests to improve performance and the benefits of meditation are well documented all creating a cushion against the build up of stress which of course in a SHTF scenario, stress is experienced daily.
Have you seen Rambo First Blood? Classic movie as we see Rambo surviving in the wilderness showing off his survival skills while the local cops make every mistake possible.
Did Rambo look like he would struggle to lift his Bug Out Bag? Would he have trouble getting over a fence or lifting his own weight?
The answer is no.
He is in incredible shape and while we don’t need to look like him we should at least consider this aspect of Prepping and Survival.
Having a 120 pound Bug Out Bag but not being able to lift it or run with with it is absolutely no good to us.
Going to the gym is a great habit to have to keep a general level of strength and fitness but we also need to have specific strength and conditioning to match the task.
So get used to using and handling survival tools, get used to eating emergency food and building emergency shelters.
If that all sounds too much then kettlebells and sandbags are a good start.
It doesn’t need to be taken to extremes but if you have never done these things then don’t expect theory alone to help you in SHTF scenario.
The essential resource we all need outside of the air we breathe. Without water we are dead in 3-4 days or certainly not at our best.
It is strange as it is relatively easy to prepare adequate water supplies but when preparing emergency food and water, water is often a distant second place behind pickup trucks full of emergency foods.
So do not forget water, think 1 gallon per person per day. This is not only for drinking this is everything they will be using inclusive of washing etc if you have that luxury.
Now if we are thinking longer term we also want to set up systems that allow us to reclaim some of the water we use and be more intelligent in the way we use it.
Our next essential food. Without it we are dead or wakened inside of 21 days.
Just look at the garbage the average family throws out every week. See all that food we have consumed? We eat a lot and most families don’t have more than 3 days food in the house.
What if something happens today? What if the supermarkets are closed and stripped of their supplies in the morning?
It doesn’t take long for the network to breakdown and panic to set in. Visit your local store next time there is any kind of storm on the way. Food and water is gone by noon!
So how should we tackle the storing of food? Firstly we should try and buy a little extra each time we shop.
Canned food and long term storage emergency foods still needs to be stored and managed carefully, rotated as we use it and as time moves on.
As you don’t want the zombie apocalypse to arrive only to find all your canned beans are 2 years out of date!
Adding to this store brought food is great in the short term but for long term it’s a good idea to get specific survival food as it has a far longer shelf life, packaging more resistant and usually comes with other survival tools well packaged for travel.
Thinking longer term, gardening and knowledge of the environment to eat off the land are vitally important to include in our ongoing education so that we are never without options.
We all remember our school days and the big bully who wanted everyones lunch money. Well nothing really changes when we grow up those people are still around.
Now imagine when it really is a SHTF scenario and normal social rules, expectations and laws disappear. Now its back to the school yard.
So if you have been responsible, prepared for the unknown and have adequate supplies for you and your family then well done. But if you cannot protect it or yourselves from those who wish to take what you have then why bother prepping at all?
This is vital. It is our responsibility NOT to be a victim and instead to protect what is ours and be in a position of strength.
We have to think that there is no help coming it is all on us. Self Responsibility. The central pillar in my opinion of the whole idea of prepping.
So how do we stand up to the bullies? We put the previous steps into action frst we prepare. We mentally and physically prepare.
This automatically changes our level of confidence and self esteem. Physical actions and posture have a direct effect on mental states.
Well known in the military and well known in practices such as NLP.
With our foundation set we learn how to fight, not how to defend ourselves. This is a big distinction.
Now of course legally we are only ever defending ourselves against a clear threat. But mentally we must never see ourselves as prey. This is a victim mentality and not conducive with a survive and prevail mentality.
Where do we start?
Physical Fighting – I would suggest a solid base such as old school boxing and some wrestling or Brazilian Ju Jitsu (BJJ). Martial Arts can be great but we want something tried and trusted to produce results that is also good for mental toughness. Getting it for real or choked out in these arts shows us who we are really quickly.
Edged Weapons – Ability to counter bladed weapons with empty hands or with a edged or impact weapon.
Impact Weapons – Sticks and clubs. We have been swinging sticks for nearly as long as we have been walking. Know how to use everyday objects like umbrellas and baseball bats to put odds in our favor.
Firearms – How to use and maintain small arms and assault rifles in a dynamic fashion. Standing stationery at the range is a good start but by no means is it realistic training for real life events. Seek out real experts with military or close protection experience.
Lastly of course just like our food and water we need to safely store any weapons we may have while keeping them accessible for when we really need them.
We are addicted to power! One power cut and we don’t know what to do with ourselves. This is one attachment we need to deal with psychologically in the long term but also find good alternatives to power our equipment in the short term.
Looking at the previous essentials we have food, water and self protection taken care of, these are our priorities. Now we can branch out and look at how to supply power to any equipment we may have.
There are many things that we need power for from communications to refrigeration for food and medication.
Now after 7 days any freezer is usually going to be defrosted and the contents ruined. So yet another reason to stock up on emergency food and water n addition to having back up power.
Now lets look at some good options.
Now you might not need or want a generator now, you might not do camping or have an RV but perhaps in the future you may NEED a generator.
You may need power. Whether you are in a temporary emergency and need to keep your frozen food frozen or it is a bigger emergency mad max the movie and you need power tools to rebuild.
Who knows but it is nice to be in a position have it and not need it.
If you do get yourself a generator then you will also need to keep stock of fuel for the generator and maintain sufficient stock levels safely. So don’t forget to research this aspect thoroughly as if you cant fuel it you cant use it.
Other options depending upon you location include Solar but this is not a certainty. So I would not put my faith in and only use it as a possible extra source of power on top of a solid generator.
Depending upon your beliefs you may have different ideas but before we move on take a look at the following video. Let me also preface this by saying this is several years old and actually quite tame compared to the current Geo Political situation.
When we look at the progress BRIICS is making internationally in rallying countries to drop the US Dollar and trade in precious metals or RMB then we can see the warning signs are there and it is only a matter of time.
Need to see more? Okay here is Jim Willie explaining it all as of August 2016.
What do we do?
We stack precious metals. There are no guarantees in life but what we do know is that all fiat currencies die and that Gold and Silver have always been seen as money.
We know in the event of serious civil unrest dollars will start o have less value than resources and precious metals.
Even forgetting about disaster situations just having precious metals means we protect ourselves from loosing wealth. Don’t try and get rich from these though that could happen, think instead of it as preserving the wealth you have while fiat currencies race to the bottom.
Now we also need to consider what happens when normal currencies loose their value in the eyes of the people. What do we do ?
Bartering often becomes the thing to do. This will mean those that have prepared will have items with which to barter and those that didn’t prepare will be desperate.
This is the big trouble with bartering in that it exposes what you have to those that need it. By all means barter but go into it with your eyes wide open and weapons at the ready.
I will end this post here. We have touched upon many subjects and as stated at the beginning of this post the idea here is to introduce prepping and to get you thinking.
Everyone is different and needs to make a decision as to how much time and effort they put into being prepared.
Whatever your views I hope this post has been useful in providing a balanced view on what is required to be prepared from my perspective.
I love to hear from fellow preppers so please let me know your thoughts on what you believe are prepping essentials. So leave a comment below or say hi on our facebook page.
Keep safe everyone.