We live in challenging times. Across the world, there are those who believe that world war, famine, drought, and the end of life as we know it is a real threat. These are the survivalists. They actively learn what they need to know to survive a world-changing disaster.
The fact is, outside their close circle, most preppers keep their prepper activities to themselves. The reason is understandable. When the time comes to bunker down and survive in a world that is turbulent, they will become a target.
People who did not prepare for sustaining the lives of their families will try to take the supplies, shelter, and water from those who did. Therefore, a prepper only shares his operations with those he loves and other preppers.
Day to day life
A survivalist lives day to day just like the rest of the population. He may have the office next to yours. She may teach your child. They may run the diner that you go to for lunch.
They celebrate holidays. They coach the kid’s soccer team. They search for the perfect gift for their mother’s birthday. They order cakes from the bakery and send flowers from Roses Only when their friends bring a child into the world. Their days look like your days, but they are not.
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes of this perfectly normal family, there is a dynamic that they take very seriously. A survivalist is ready at a moment’s notice to go “underground” and survive the devastation.
There is more to being a prepper than stockpiling supplies. Of course, that is important. But it essential that you gain the knowledge of how to use what you have. Below are some suggestions to help you get started.
- Hook up the computer and plug in the printer, you have homework to do.
- Learn how to purify water (more than one way)
- Learn how to make a fire without matches
- Learn how to process human waste if you are forced to stay in one location.
- Learn how to prepare foods that last a long time.
- Learn self-defense and teach it to every member of the family
- Learn basic first aid and CPR (and how to make your own remedies)
Things Every Prepper Should Have
If you are new to prepping, you should aim at having enough food and supplies to last 30 days. Once you have reached that point, you can expand. By then you will know enough to know what you don’t know and you can adjust.
If you keep honey dry and cool it will last for years. It is not only good to eat, it has been used as medicine for centuries. It has antibacterial properties and can be applied to wounds. It can be used for rashes, acne, sore throats, and colds.
If you have to make a choice of water or food while stocking a small area, opt for water. You will die faster from lack of hydration than you will from starvation. Of course, the goal is to do neither.
- Dried foods
Dry foods are great for preppers. They last a long time, they are inexpensive, and you can store them easily, (even in bags on the wall). This includes beans, rice, oatmeal, grains, and pasta.
- Canned meat, fruit, peanut butter, and meals in a can (think pasta, ravioli, stew, etc.)
- Hard candy (it can be with sugar, sugar-free, gluten-free, etc.)
- A way to heat/cook your food
- Personal hygiene supplies
- Wet wipes
- Cell phone and charger
- Battery powered radio
- Can opener
You will expand as you prepare your emergency shelter. This is just a basic overview. Do some research and determine what works best for you. Then you will the peace of living life today and being prepared for tomorrow.