A reader emailed me last asking the following question:
I’m new to prepping … How do I start and what gear should I be stockpiling?
If you’re just getting started, prepping can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. From stockpiling food and water to picking the right survival gear, figuring out where to get started can be a pretty big challenge.
My advice to anyone who feels lost is to start with the basics and the essentials. There’s no use stockpiling a room full of ammo if your water supply will only last you a couple of days. That’s not downplaying the importance of security; it’s just a reminder that you need to keep a balanced approach when stockpiling preparedness items.
The first things I suggest doing is making sure you have all of your essential needs covered. The essentials include water, shelter, food and personal security. At a minimum ,you are going to want to have at least two weeks’ worth of food and water on hand at all times. Once you have that covered you can then start to build upon that initial stockpile, with a goal to build up enough supplies to last you for 3, 6 and then 12 months.
Here are a couple of articles that can help you get started:
- Survival Food – 56 long-term survival foods and supplies that you can buy from your local grocery store. This will give you a good idea of what items last the longest, and how you can build your supplies shopping at your normal neighborhood grocery store.
- Survival Food – Feeding your family when the SHTF – A couple more food tips to keep in mind when starting your preparedness stockpile.
- Water – Long-term Water Storage is probably the single most important prep item, and should be at the top of your list of things to do when getting started.
- Bugout Bags – How to build the perfect Bugout Bag. A Bug Out bag is something you need to build in order to survive disasters that may call for the evacuation of your area.
After covering the essentials I would move onto stocking up on basic survival supplies, first aid items, and anything else that may be unique to your situation. I often tell people to pretend they’re packing for an extended camping trip, one where they have no access to grocery stores, power or other modern conveniences. In that situation, what would you need? These are the kinds of things you should be focused on.
A couple of things to consider:
- Do you have a medical condition, or something that might require you to stock up on certain supplies that won’t be available during a crisis situation?
- How will you stay clean? The importance of sanitation during a SHTF situation.
- How will you cook your food? You need to have a plan, and the equipment to cook with when you’re without essential services.
- How will you communicate or acquire up-to-date information? You might want to think about becoming a HAM Radio operator.
- List of Important Survival Gear and Emergency Preparedness Supplies
- Emergency Preparedness – Are you really prepared to survive?
My final piece of advice for those getting started is to study, practice and take every opportunity you can get to sharpen your skills. While prepping and stocking up on emergency preparedness supplies is an important part of being prepared, nothing can take the place of knowledge and real world experience.