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10 Prepping Tips Everyone Should Know

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Unless you’re a psychic, you never know when s*** is going to hit the fan. If and when a crisis occurs, the last thing you want is to be unprepared. But prepping isn’t always easy. With so much contradicting information out there, it can be difficult to separate the good information from the bad. With that said, I want to show you 10 awesome prepping tips that actually work. By following this advice, you’ll be ready for any survival situation.

#10: Build a Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is basically an emergency kit that will provide you with the ability to survive for a minimum of 72 hours after a crisis. They should contain all of the essentials required for survival: food, water, basic first aid equipment, etc. While you can buy a bug out bag that’s already comes with items, it’s much better to build one in my opinion. Not only is it cheaper, but it also allows you to know exactly what’s in your bug out bag.

#9: Stock Up on Non-Perishable Food Items

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There’s no sense in stocking up on foods that have a short lifespan. Why? Because you never know how long grocery store shelves will remain empty. Non-perishable food items include dried oats, dried rice, honey, powdered milk, and dried means. It’s also a good idea to invest in MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat). When purchased in bulk, they can be relatively inexpensive. Plus, they’re super-practical. Finally, consider investing in a food dehydrator so you can dehydrate foods.

#8: Check for Expired Food Items

This is one of the most overlooked prepping tips out there. There’s no use to having a bunch of food stored if it’s all expired. It’s much healthier to not eating anything at all than to eat something that’s expired. For this reason, I highly recommend keeping an eye out for when expiration dates are due. That way, you’ll know exactly what to throw out and re-stock on. Note, by learning advanced food storage techniques, this will become less of an issue.

#7: Rotate Clothing Based on Season

Another big mistake that a lot of people make is not rotating their clothing based on whatever season they are in. For example, during winter months, make sure that you have jackets and other insulating clothing packed in your bug out bag. Then, as the summer months roll in, swap out those clothes with lighter ones. That way, you’ll be prepared for the specific type of whether that your location is currently experiencing. This is one of those prepping tips that are super-important to remember.

#6: Focus on “The Big Three”

As a general rule, your emergency kit should be located in three places: in your car, in your home, and at your office. Why? Because you can’t predict when a crisis is going to occur. A bug out bag isn’t any good at home if you’re at work (and vice versa). By having emergency kits in all three locations, you’ll be able to reach them no matter what, and ultimately increase your chances of survival.

#5: Read Survival/Prepping Books

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When it comes to survival and preparedness, nothing is more important than knowledge. I would recommend reading books on the topic. Some of the more popular ones include The SAS Survival Handbook, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide, and The SAS Urban Survival Handbook. There are many other great titles out there as well. Reading is important because it teaches the fundamentals of survival when modern technology is gone. As the old saying goes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you give him a fishing pole, you feed him for life”.

#4: Invest in Iodine Solution

I would recommend investing in a 5% or 10% iodine solution and placing some in all of your emergency kits. Aside from the fact that it can be used as a disinfectant for minor cuts, you can also use it to keep your thyroid functioning normally. Remember, iodized salt is typically enough to keep your thyroid functioning properly. However, if you run out, you’ll definitely want to have some iodine solution available. A few drops per liter is typically enough. Plus, iodine can help purify water!

#3: Weigh Your Bug Out Bag

When I first put together my bug out bag, I was happy and proud of myself. Then I picked it up, “Uh oh…” I could barely lift it. Sometimes we get so caught up in putting as much stuff in our bug out bags as possible that we forget about weight. That last thing you want when bugging out is hurting your back because your bag is too heavy. That’s why it’s a good idea to weigh your bug out bag beforehand. That way, you’ll know whether or not you’ve got too much stuff.

#2: Buy a Weapon

You don’t necessarily need to buy a gun, but it’s still a good idea to invest in some kind of weapon. Whether it be pepper spray, a Taser, or a knife, you always need something to protect yourself. And here’s why: have you ever watched a video of people on Black Friday? If not, here’s a quick look:

As you can see, these people are acting CRAZY- and there isn’t really a real threat happening. Imagine if a crisis took out the power grid and the grocery store shelves were empty. You can be rest assured that people would act far, far worse. That’s why I recommend investing in some kind of self-defense weapon (preferably a gun).

#1:  Prep a Little Each Day

We’ll leave you with one final tip: prep a little each day. Some people get discouraged from prepping because they think that they need to spend thousands of dollars to do it. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s nothing wrong with spending just a few dollars each day on supplies. Personally, I like to spend an extra $10 on canned foods each time I visit a grocery store. After a few months, it adds up to be quite a collection. Remember, prepping is a marathon, not a sprint. So be sure to treat it that way and you’ll do far better.

Bottom Line

These prepping tips should make the process much easier on you. The biggest takeaway from this article is to make sure that you have your bug out bag ready. If possible, try to have an emergency kit in your car, at your home, and at your office. That way, you’ll be prepared for anything, anytime. Good luck, and leave a comment below if you have any questions (or your own tips and strategies for prepping). Thanks for reading.


 

About the Author: David is a prepper, survivalist, and founder of www.TruthSurvival.com. His goal is to make sure that people all around the world are prepared for any crisis. You can learn more about him by checking out his blog.

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  • Sideliner1950

    Good tips, every one, and very sound guidance for newcomers to prepping. I’ve only been involved for a couple of years and the more I do, the more there seems to be done. While reading your article I found myself saying, “Check…check…check…etc.” until I got to iodine — thanks for the reminder.

    Re: your Tip #1: Prep a Little Each Day:

    Achieving greater “peace of mind” through prepping is one of the most important goals we seek, and having greater confidence in our own abilities to handle and overcome adversity takes us a long way in that direction. To that end, I’d like to suggest that improving our fitness and guarding our health be highlighted and emphasized in your “#1 Tip” as things to be practiced Every-Single-Day. Because if the SHTF, this relatively comfortable “quality of life” we are so used to will most likely deteriorate rapidly, requiring us to endure more physical work, discomfort, and pain, whether we are “Bugging In” or worse, “Bugging Out”. Nearly anyone can jumpstart their personal campaign to enhance that confidence and their “peace of mind” by getting ahead of the game…starting right now, gently but firmly embrace good health habits and a reasonable exercise program. By doing so you will allow yourself to “work out the soreness” now, while you can still recover in relative comfort. What’s to be lost, besides maybe some unwanted extra pounds? Even slight improvements in your fitness will position you to start stronger and to stay strong longer when required. And you’ll sleep better in the meantime. Also, it’s good for your brain…just this morning I am seeing in the news that “Moderate to intense exercise results in 1) Higher scores on cognitive tests; and 2) Slowing of brain aging by up to 10 years — CBS News”. These are all huge positives, and together they can’t help but improve our “peace of mind” and our confidence in our ability to handle whatever gets thrown at us by this crazy world.

    Thanks for the great tips, and good luck to us all.

  • Chris McCarty

    I have my emergency kit in my car. My car is always where I am at home or work. Should I still consider 3 emergency kits? Just wondering if my thought process is flawed?

    • Huples

      Hi Chris,

      Depends. If there is zero chance the car would get covered by rubble at work then why have one at work and one at the car? I’d assume worse case and have some stuff at work and most in the car.

      My home bag is a big and heavy one. Contains sleeping and cooking systems. Day one I’m bugging in and opening the bug out bag.

      The other advantage for multiple is you can use one for any guests and/ or use as a small reserve cache of food ( if safe to get to and if it is secured)

      I’d go further and have bags at friends and families homes but I’m paranoid

      Cheers

      Huples

  • merryinfidel

    First of all, most foods and medicines are still safe to consume YEARS after their so called expiration dates. If a can is not dented, swelled or rusted, it is almost certainly good to eat. The US Army conducted a study over a number of years of medicines and other products back in the 80’s. They determined that the vast majority of medicines were still effective 15 years PAST their expiration dates. Do some research people. Don’t believe everything you read (including my post!) check it out for yourselves. People waste millions of dollars per year replacing “expired” items that are still perfectly good to use.

  • WW

    An important preparation is to have an every day carry “EDC” on your person whenever you walk out of the door. This can be in an Altoids mint metal box , items on a key ring, or dispersed in your pockets. Your final layer of preparedness.

  • Cruella DeVille

    Regarding # 3 – weigh the thing!
    This weekend I put every single item in my GHB on my food scale. I had thought the weight for the bag was reasonable….. http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2015/12/29/ultralight-get-home-bag-list/

    NOT:
    It was quite illuminating, and I’m making adjustments – in particular the food, backup clothing, edged, and defense implements.
    For example: three MREs. Nice and convenient, self heating, 2,700 calories at a go. BUT: about a pound each. Specifically 1,214 Kg for three meals! Holy Bleep Batman! I have to pare that down significantly. Looking over freeze dried single meals used by the ultra-lite camping enthusiasts, it looks like I may be far ahead with 9 FD meals and cart along my usual MSR pocket stove.The stove and a single butane container run 278 g. The meals work out to 87 g each. So 9 x 87 is 783g, add the stove and I’m at 1070 grams. So I can save almost 200 g and have tastier food. I’m going to check out a Pocket Rocket stove to replace the butane unit as I like the idea of no manufactured supplies needed, But I’ll need to test it.
    Next to go was the wool sweater – 815 g! I’ll plunk some cash down for some synthetic ski under garments.
    My beloved bayonet has to stay in the BOB: 350g vs 218c for one of my survival knives = no brainer.
    The 50 count box of .380 is gone. Even though that’s my three season CCW load, I’m specifically packing a long barrel .22 in the GHB kit. So it’s a hundred rounds of .22 hollow point instead. I’ll keep the .380 with me, but won’t pack extra ammo.

    I’ll be repeating this exercise for every system I might have to pack on my back….

  • MustangWriter

    I’m going to disagree with your assessments on expiration labels. I’m old enough to remember when canned goods didn’t have expiration labels. When the FDA enforced placing nutrient content on canned goods the food companies then put expiration labels on packaged foods. Why? Because the food companies only guaranteed nutrient content to the expiration date. It didn’t mean the contents were expired just the nutrient level on the can was expired or over time could change. Sure…we all want the freshest food and I’m a big advocate of food rotation but an expired can of beans is far better than no beans at all.