What is prepping?
Prepping is the practice of preparedness for unseen circumstances which may happen in the future so as to ensure that you can survive through these uncertain times. Being a prepper helps you survive through horrible things in life that you may not want them to happen or affect you such as war, natural disasters crime among others.
For those who are new to prepping may get intimidating information out there and probably think of quitting. That’s why every new survivalist should have a beginner prepper checklist to start with.
Below is a beginner prepper checklist that will help you prepare for prepping
The shelter is one of the important things that you should first consider in the list of things you need for prepping.
Items for shelter may include:
- A rain poncho which you can use to make shelter
- A few blankets to cover your self
- A Tent
- A tarp which can be used alongside the tent so as to avoid sleeping directly on the ground.
An average human being can survive for 3 days without water. So it’s important that you have water with you.
Therefore you should have:
- A water filter
- A bottle of water for all your family members
- Water treatment tablets
- A water storage container
As a beginner, you don’t need to have a large stockpile of food. You can start with small amounts and increase with time.
Food for survival
You may need the following foodstuff:
- Canned meat
- Powdered milk
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Peanut butter
- White rice
- Dried beans
You need to have a bag which you can carry your items with. You need to have a smaller bag if you plan to bug in a location nearby or have a bigger one with the internal frame and padded shoulders.
A bug out bag
The bag should carry the following:
- Topographic maps for the area
- Water filter
- Cooking utensils
- An emergency radio
- First aid kit
- You need
- Cold weather clothes
- Warm weather clothes
- A nice pair of hiking boots
- A poncho
- You will need
- A headlamp
- Means to light fire
- A LED flashlight
You can’t be a prepper without survival knifes.
You will need:
- A folding pocket knife for small tasks
- A solidly fixed blade bush-craft knife
- A smaller and high-quality knife
You need to have different ways to protect yourself from any danger.
Self-defense beginner prepper checklist
They may include:
A DIY first aid kit
You need basic supplies to deal with minor ailments such as allergy and headaches and they include:
- Wet wipes
- Antibiotic creams
- Hand sanitizer
Make sure that you have:
- A CB radio
- A solar charger for your phone and for any other communication device with you
- A walkie-talkie for you and the other members of your family
- Extra phone battery
- Extra phone
- HAM radio
Now that you have the beginner prepper checklist, how do you begin your journey as a prepper? The following steps will guide you through the prepping process.
Find out what everyone needs to survive
Every human being on earth needs almost the same things for survival we have basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and security. You can lack some of the basic needs such as food and water but due to poor nutrition, your health will be affected and therefore make you weak and unable to face other life-threatening situations that you may face such as attacks by wild animals. Apart from the normal basic needs, you may have special needs such as medication ensure that you have enough stock for the medication. You should have a defense mechanism to use in case there is danger which can be life-threatening. You need to know how long you can survive if you had to count on yourself to get water for drinking, provide for yourself food.
Pinpoint areas which you need to prepare
Before you start prepping you need to know the things that you and your family need. You can start with two weeks; ask yourself how much you need for 14 days? Considering that you will not have access to water food, shelter and it will not be possible for you to call the police in case there is a danger.
Start acquiring your supplies, skills and gear
You have already prepared a checklist of the things you want for the period of prepping. What is remaining is to get all the things that you want ready to begin your journey. First get water and food because these are the things which are easy to acquire. Once you have all the food and water that can last you for days, you can now take care of other things that you may need such as shelter and security.
Reexamine and adjust where necessary
After having developed the plan above you may feel that you may have just done just part of it. Your goal may be living for about a year without having access to food, water, shelter and any other basic need. Therefore you need to make some adjustments in your plan. Some days you can make wide steps and others you may step back. This should not worry you, remain strong and always look down the road.
Relax but don’t quit
Prepping needs a lot of commitment and time. Sometimes you will wake up just to meet with disaster at your doorstep. However, this should not make you give up on your prepping journey. Don’t always prepare for one kind of a disaster because you may get frustrated when it doesn’t come to reality or maybe a different kind of disaster occurs.
Prepping is a kind of lifestyle which will help you in times of events that you may not see them coming but making early preparation will give you and your family security and also hope when there is no hope left.