A reader wrote in asking: I’m just getting into prepping and wanted to know how often I should inspect and go through my gear?
Preparedness is something that you can never forget about. Even after you’ve an established a good supply of emergency preparations, you still need to periodically reassess your situation and your supplies. In fact, we advise going through your supplies at least once every 3-6 months. This will ensure everything is in good working order and ready to go should you need it.
Four things you should be doing to ensure your gear’s always ready to go.
If at all possible you should be rotating your supplies into your normal everyday life. For instance, if you’re storing emergency food and water, they should be rotated into your normal eating patterns.
Far too many preppers make the mistake of not using their emergency stockpiles. In my opinion, there’s no need to waste good money stocking up on food that you’ll never use. By stocking up on foods that you already eat, and then rotating them into your normal diet, you will ensure that you not only have fresh food when a disaster hits, but you’ll also be saving a huge amount of money by not throwing away expired food.
Over time, all gear will eventually break down and corrode. In order to make you’re your gear is in optimal working condition, you need to take time to perform routine maintenance on your supplies.
From cleaning and oiling your guns and knives, to making sure your lighters still have fluid, maintenance is something that needs to be factored into any good preparedness plan.
Seasonal Checks & Swap Outs
Depending on the time of year, the type of gear you carry is not always going to be the same. This is especially true when putting together a bug out bag.
Unless you have a bag for each specific season, you want to go through your gear and make sure it’s designed for that specific time of year. There’s no reason to have a bag full of winter clothing when it’s 90 degrees outside.
Another important part of being prepared includes periodically reassessing your plans based on the most up-to-date information and intelligence. From new threats that need to be taken into account, to route changes that could affect your evacuation plans, it’s always a good idea to make sure your emergency planning is up-to-date.