5 small things you can do to prepare for bad times

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The odds of you and your family experiencing some type of disaster seem to be increasing. From financial woes to the downright uncertainty of what the future has in store for us, you can no longer afford to ignore what’s going on.

Here are 5 things that every beginner should do.

  1. Stock up on the necessities – Start stocking up on the basics.  Check out our list of foods to start stockpiling.
  2. Learn the Basics - The basics are food water and shelter; make sure you know how to find all three during an emergency.  Click here to read more about the basics of survival.
  3. Bugout Bag - Make a bugout bag that you can quickly grab during an emergency situation. Click here to for more information on Bug out Bags
  4. Have an Evacuation Plan – Having an emergency evacuation plan  is critical in any survival situation.  Click here to find out what should be in your emergency plan.
  5. Learn - Start learning everything you can about survival.  Read books like SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Seasubscribe to our RSS Feed, follow us on Twittercheck out our past survival articles, and check out our big list of survival websites.

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  1. Mick says:

    i like this!

  2. Rich says:

    I would like to add one thing to the list. Before i say it though I am guilty of not following my own advice for a while now and have started getting back into it. My suggestion is exercise. Especially for the adults. Kids at school have a phys ed program they go through regularly. Adults on the other hand are on their own. I do a lot of walking and that helps but I just take in way more than i put out.

  3. Josh says:

    I think it’s also important to understand what lengths
    To go in defending yourself and your family as well. Great article,
    I’ll be checking out some of your suggested resources.

  4. Jake says:

    Such a good resource for beginning Preppers like myself.

    I’ve thought about this a lot and something that I might also add to this list is to just really take some time to think about WHEN you should bug out.

    Many assume that they will “just know” when is the right time, but I believe it will be a lot more complicated when SHTF. Take some time to write out your personal criteria and I think you’ll be immensely better prepared to make a good decision when the time calls for it.

  5. Awesome Article! says:

    I agree with Jake. A person that has a plan to bug out needs to go over scenarios in their minds and decide with each if they’d stay or leave. Of course you’ll never think of every possible situation but having thought about many your mind with work faster.

  6. Brian says:

    Do you include some form of trade or method for protecting your money within your planning? I’ve been focused on the basics of surviving but have not done anything to with preparing for how to prepare my finances.

    • Off Grid Survival says:

      Yea there are a number of financial preparedness articles on the site. Look up emergency fund and economy in the search bar and you should find some.

  7. I was expecting #1 to be “gun and ammo”. Apparently not, which is reassuring. Good list.

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