When disaster strikes, most preppers believe that they will be ready for whatever life has to throw at them. Unfortunately, even the best of us can make mistakes. From relying too heavily on gear, to becoming complacent and thinking we know it all, there are a number of mistakes that even seasoned preppers make that can get you into trouble.
Are you making some of these very common mistakes that could jeopardize your chances to survive?
An unhealthy Reliance on Gear
A lot of people who I meet in the prepping and survival community tend to focus far too much time and effort on collecting gear. While having things like Bug Out Bags, Survival Knives, Emergency Preps and Survival Gear sure make life a lot easier during a survival situation, all of these things will eventually fail.
The one thing that you will always have with you, and the only thing you can truly count on, is your knowledge. Unlike survival gear, the knowledge you possess can’t breakdown, it can’t get lost, and it’s not going to fail at the wrong moment.
The key to survival really is knowledge; you can have the best gear in the world, but without knowledge that gear is completely useless.
Thinking that you know it all
I have talked to a growing number of preppers who falsely believe they’ll be ok because in their words, “they know more than their neighbors and the rest of America…” They believe that everyone else is going to be so unprepared, that by default they will automatically be in a better place.
While I have no doubt that 99% of the world is grossly unprepared to survive even a small-scale disaster, this in no way guarantees your survival. In fact, it just adds one more threat to the equation, as you will likely have to deal with those unprepared people at some point during the crisis.
Should a massive SHTF situation go down, those that are unprepared will likely become out of control savages. You are going to need every bit of training and knowledge you can acquire to make it through.
Your survival education should be an ongoing process. The minute you think you know it all, is the minute you put yourself in danger of becoming a victim. Don’t ever become complacent; take advantage of every opportunity to learn and practice your skills.
Not Studying and Practicing the Basics
In most survival situations, basic survival skills are often what separate those that survive from those that perish. Yes, there are certain skills that go beyond the basics, but the basics are the foundation that everything else is built upon.
Preparedness is not a onetime event. It’s important to spend time reviewing and practicing your basic survival skills. In order to really be prepared to deal with disasters and threats, you need to bring preparedness training into your daily routine.
Believing that your Guns and Ammo are enough
I love guns! In fact, I think they’re one of the most important items that anyone who is serious about preparedness should learn how to use.
That being said, there are a number of people who have encountered over the years that think having a gun means they are somehow prepared to survive anything. I’ve actually heard people say, “I don’t need to stock up on supplies, I’ve got all the guns and ammo I need to survive.”
In my opinion, that type of thinking is not only juvenile, but it also shows a complete misunderstanding of what it really takes to survive. Stocking up on guns and ammo is definitely important, but it’s not the be all and end all of survival. Unfortunately, many gun owners never bother to take a single self-defense course, but still insist they’ll be able to stop an attack because they’re “armed”.
I hate to break it to you; carrying a firearm does not guarantee your safety.
Preparing for Doomsday
Another mistake that I see, especially by those who got into preparedness because they bought into some marketing gimmick like the Mayan Calendar or a specific “doomsday date”, is preparing for a single cataclysmic event. While these types of events a certainly scary, and help unscrupulous marketers sell a bunch of useless gear to gullible people, the fact is, preparedness is not about surviving doomsday.
Preparedness is about preparing for the most likely events that you will encounter based on your own personal threat assessment. The danger of preparing for these doomsday style events is once the predicted date passes, people often let their guard down and then become flabbergasted when a predictable even like a natural disaster catches them off guard.
Not Practicing what you Preach
Acquiring the skills needed to survive in a wide variety of situations can sometimes be a difficult task. While reading and studying the art of survival are a good start, one really needs to dedicate themselves to practicing these skills on a regular basis.
Don’t become an Arm Chair Survivalist; To really be able to count on your knowledge when the SHTF, you need to run through your techniques in a number of scenarios and environments. Simply reading about them is not enough to ensure your safety.
Nothing beats the knowledge that you will gain from practicing your skills in a real world situation. Reading about something is one thing, being able to perform that task in a survival situation is something that requires practice.