People new to prepping may feel overwhelmed by the entire process, and we understand that more than most. After all, there’s a lot of information that preppers have to absorb, and there are new principles that a prepper is going to have to press into service in their lives. And when a person factors in that they are probably going to have to purchase some extra supplies and tools to aid in their emergency preparedness, it can all seem a bit too much.
However, we’re here to reassure all of our readers that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Anyone can come into the prepping lifestyle and start things according to their experience level and knowledge base. Even if you’re an absolute beginner, all you have to do is be willing to begin, and this guide is going to show you how.
Decide What Kind Of Prepper You Want To Be
The first step for beginners to take is to decide how dedicated they want to be to the prepping lifestyle. Although there seems to be a lot of gatekeeping in the prepping community that tries to dictate how much prepping a person should do, we’re here to change that. In our opinion, a prepper is anyone who prepares for either a specific or a widespread emergency.
This can mean something as simple as keeping a few extra supplies to weather through storms to something as complex as having a full-on prepper retreat. Your level of dedication and how much you want to spend on emergency preparedness is entirely up to you. Do not let other people dictate what you should and shouldn’t do. Hopefully, this takes a little bit of pressure off of you.
Formulate A Plan
The next step to prepping is to formulate a plan. A plan that will help get you started prepping. Unfortunately, we can’t tell our readers what that plan is because each prepper has to customize it according to their skill level, and their expectations. Some people are going to want to start slowly by adding tools and supplies over time, while others are going to want to come out of the gate quickly and buy everything they need in one shot. All we can do is offer some suggestions for beginning the journey. The rest is up to you and the rest of our readers.
Educate Yourself On The Subject
As part of your prepping plan, you should decide what kind of emergencies you want to be prepared against. Do you want to protect yourself against any threats imaginable, or are you wanting to protect yourself against something more specific such as a hurricane or forest fire? Learning about some of the things that can occur will help you determine what threats you’re likely to want to be prepared against.
Gain Some Basic Emergency Preparedness Knowledge
Now let’s continue our exploration of this subject by stating that the next step is to gather some basic emergency preparedness knowledge. This means learning how to deal with common medical emergencies, what to do during break-ins, floods, fires or storms, and so on. You can visit the American Red Cross and Ready.Gov to learn some basic information on these subjects.
Start With A 3-Day Food & Water Supply
The next step on your journey should be to start your preparedness with the most important items that you’ll need: food and water. For the basics, we suggest that you begin with a 3-day supply of food and water for everyone in your household. While doing this, remember that you should stock nonperishable foods and 1-gallon of water per day for each person in the home. Some of the nonperishable items that can be included in your 3-day supply include:
- Canned Or Packaged Soups
- Canned Meats, Fruits, Vegetables
- Freeze Dried Foods
- Dry Pasta & Cereals
- Canned Juices
Since we understand that not everyone has enough money to purchase an extra 3-days of food right off the bat, especially with so many people living hand to mouth or paycheck to paycheck these days, we’d like to tell our readers that they don’t have to. They can add a few extra food items here and there until they build up their emergency food supply. Regardless of whether you purchase the food all at once or slowly over time, just be sure to rotate your food regularly to keep it in good condition. This can easily be done by just eating it and replacing what you’ve eaten. Also be sure to have a working manual can opener around, too.
Collect Basic Supplies
It’s also a good idea to begin gathering together some basic supplies like extra soap, toilet paper, trash bags, and other such items that you would need to get yourself through an emergency situation.
The next step to becoming a prepper is to begin collecting some of the tools that you will need for prepping. Although preppers are known for collecting a wide variety of tools and equipment in preparation of emergencies and natural disasters, the beginner can begin slowly and work their way up to more advanced tools. Some of the tools that beginning can get together include:
- Water Filter
- Survival Knife And/Or Swiss Army Knife
- Emergency Blanket
- Emergency Radio
Now Expand On The Basics
Once you have the basics covered, you can then work to expand on it. This includes building up your food supply (as quickly or as slowly as you like) from 3-days to over 3+ months, adding more tools and defensive weapons to your emergency supply kit, and expanding on your emergency plan.
People expand on their “preps” in a variety of different ways including adding bug out bags, coming up with advanced evacuation plans, even getting emergency generators for their home or homestead. How advanced you want to make your preps will depend on what you want to do and how much you have to spend. All that matters is that you’ve begun your journey towards being better prepared.