Romance vs. Reality
Many people have a romance vs. reality view of prepping.
Romance sounds great. However, reality sucks.
Preparedness is fun to talk about and plan. Unfortunately, the reality of what we are planning for is anything but nice.
If we have to put our worst-case scenarios plans into action, then we may be in for a tough time.
Going it Alone
Many preppers think they can and will face a worst-case scenario on their own and go it alone.
You can’t go it alone. Everyone needs sleep.
If the world is in such bad shape that you’re bugging out when it’s hit the fan, you’ll need others.
The best group of people is people you’ve known for a very long time.
If you don’t have a group, start building one now. Websites such as MeetUp.com work great.
When building a preparedness group, you need to build relationships. As you do, you’ll learn about people’s personalities.
When learning about personalities, you may want to consider the following:
- What stresses people?
- How do they react to stress?
- Do they have needed skills?
- Are they safe and not reckless?
- Do they act responsible?
- Are they just an eater? An eater is someone who takes more than they contribute.
You should consider building your group around a variety of skill sets. This will improve your overall resiliency and capability.
Don’t forget communications. Groups need to be able to communicate internally to remain effective.
Remember, building teams takes time, so get started!
The best way to draw out character flaws and see the real person is through mutual suffering.
Training in difficult and less than ideal conditions is the best way to reach meaningful levels of mutual suffering.
Careful training and team based pain also build camaraderie and cohesiveness.
Training does not need to focus on weapons!
Learning new skills and gaining non-weapons related knowledge is important.
Remember, practicing and training with gear in difficult conditions not only stresses people but tests equipment too.
Essential Lessons for Preppers
Coping with Difficult Situations
Many non-preppers say they will just give up and die in a bad situation. This is not usually the case.
Human instinct is to survive. A drowning person will try to live.
One key is to prepare now so that you give yourself a better chance later.
Everyone can have a positive impact on their situation and chances for a successful outcome. It just requires forethought and effort.
Gear and supplies don’t need to be expensive.
Many times, lower cost items work just as good as more expensive brand names.
Buy things that work now, then over time budget to buy the nice to have items.
Thrift stores can be an excellent and cost-effective resource for preppers.
How to Make a Bug Out Bag / Get Home Bag
First, if you don’t have one, get started and get one made!
You don’t need a top of the line bag. A basic pack, messenger bag, etc., will work and is much better than nothing.
Cover the following basics:
- Shelter – An inexpensive blue tarp and twine can make a shelter
- Water – A bottle and stainless-steel cup with a cheap filter works.
- Fire – Cheap lighters, strike anywhere matches, fire steel, and road flares work.
- Food – A bottle of rice and bouillon cubes are cheap and a good start.
- Security – Machetes, knives, etc., can work. You don’t need an expensive gun.
- Medical – A small first aid kit is easy to assemble.
- Energy – Batteries, Goal Zero charger, small solar panel set up.
Information is King
Being informed in any situation is important.
A smart phone loaded with PDFs of books and survival manuals is well worth the effort.
A small AM/FM radio can keep you informed and also make you feel more comfortable. A radio with shortwave capability is ideal.
Ham Radios are a great tool to staying informed.
You can learn to use ham radios through local ham groups. There are also computer apps to help you learn.
Biggest Prepping Mistakes
Preppers often over focus on firearms and tactical gear.
Try spending less on gear and more on education and training.
Instead of buying a $3000 rifle, but a $600 gun. Then spend $2400 on training to survive.
EVERYONE needs training! Focus on the basics!
How to Prepare in Spite of Society
Society puts up barriers to prepping.
Many people don’t want to prepare because they don’t want to discuss or think about bad things.
Be adaptable. The more adaptable you are, the more likely you are to succeed and survive.
Suck it up! The Strong survive! Don’t be weak and full of excuses.
Don’t assume because something has never happened, that it won’t.
Before 9/11 happened, most people don’t think it would happen. Box cutters and small knives were allowed on planes.
That is normalcy bias.
Lastly, never forget, you’re just one prep away.
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Stay safe, secure and prepared,