How To Start Prepping

Prepping is preparing in the present for disasters that may happen in the future. Preppers and survivalists are people who have taken steps so that they can be self-reliant when catastrophes occur. Consider what usually happens in the aftermath of natural disasters. In most cases, there is a panicked rush to the grocery and hardware stores as people run out to get items that they need. They need those items because they failed to prepare. In many cases, the stores sell out quickly and many unprepared shoppers leave empty handed.

A natural disaster can affect your ability to get essential items including food, clothing and water. However, the possibility that you will at some point experience a disaster that leaves you unable to get those things is very real.

Essential Items When Prepping
Some of the items that you will need to effectively prepare for a disaster are expensive while others are affordable for most people. If you are a new prepper, you will need to stock up on some of the most basic and inexpensive items that everyone should have on hand when disasters strike. Consider the following essentials:

You will need a way to store your water, so your first purchases should include a supply of water storage containers. The 5-gallon containers found in the camping sections of major department stores are good for both capacity and portability. You should also have methods on hand for water purification. There are many methods for purifying water; useful supplies include coffee filters and chlorine tablets.

Your food supply should consist of short-term food items and long-term food items. Short-term foods are what you eat on a daily basis. At all times you should have at least 30 days worth of short-term food. Your long-term food supply should consist of foods with a long shelf life like dried beans and canned food.

You should seek out clothing that is meant for use in the outdoors. Keep in mind that in the winter, you will need layers as well as heavy socks. In the summer, you will want clothes that wick moisture away from your skin. Durable, sturdy work boots are important at all times of year.

Tents and tarps can keep you protected from the elements for short periods. Consider investing in emergency blankets and bivouac bags as well. These are obviously not meant for long-term shelter but can be useful in an emergency.

First Aid Supplies
Along with any necessary prescription medications, your first aid kit should have items for treating the most common causes of preventable death. It should have supplies for wound care and for the treatment of diarrhea as well as for upper respiratory infections. For wound care, you will need bandages and surgical tape as well as alcohol, iodine and saline. Anti-diarrheal medication like loperamide hydrochloride (Imodium) and cough medication for severe congestion should also be included.

As you consider the tips and items above, remember that preparing yourself and your family for the worst is just basic common sense in times of uncertainty. The conveniences and services on which we have come to be reliant may not always be there. The need to prepare is therefore something that no one should ignore.