- What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Getting Started
- What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Bug Out Bags
- What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Bug In Bags
- What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Car Kits
- What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Everyday Carry Kits
- What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Preparing at Home
- Prepping Supplies and the 5 Areas of Preparedness
Recently I’ve have received a few questions about what prepping supplies you need after you get the basics down. Even though there are about a million posts about what to put in your bug out bag and other prepping supplies, I figured I would write this series and have it all in one place for you. I will also be digging deeper into this at the Survivalist Prepper Prepping 101 course.
So, over the next few days I will be doing a series of posts that will go through the steps to takes when you first start prepping. Something that seems pretty simple on the surface can get a little confusing the more we get into it. In this series I will go over…
- What prepping supplies you need. I will cover bug out bags, get home bags, everyday carry, car kits and prepping at home.
- What supplies to get first, and why. Getting everything you need can add up pretty quickly, so I will go through the step by step process we use.
- And a cheat sheet to keep everything organized at the end. There will be a cheat sheet and a PDF for you to download at the end of this series that you can download to help you stay on track.
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When we first come to the realization that preparing ourselves and our family is important, it can be a little scary and a little exciting all at the same time. It can be scary because usually one thing or another leads us into preparing. It could be something that changed our lives personally and uncovered areas that we need to improve in, or it could be the fact that everywhere we turn now we hear about someone or something that could do us harm.
This could be just me, but I think it’s a little exciting also because I know I have the opportunity to increase my chances and insure the safety of my family as much as I can. Excited might be the wrong adjective to use, but it does give me a feeling of satisfaction and security knowing I did what I could, and every day I am making my family stronger regardless what happens.
In the beginning it can be frustrating though. You start out by stocking up on some extra food, storing some water and buying a few supplies, but as you dig deeper into preparedness you begin to realize that to become completely prepared you need to do more than you thought you did. Pretty soon you have a little of this and a little of that, but you really aren’t prepared for anything.
I say it all the time but it’s true, prepping is like building a house. You need a good foundation to build on before you start putting up the walls and the roof. A quick shelter will protect you from the elements for a little while, but eventually it will come crashing down. Building a strong fortified home will protect you and your family for years to come.
I remember when I first started, I stocked up on some food and water, I got my bug out bag ready and started working on adding to my supplies. The excited feeling I had quickly turned to an uneasy feeling as I learned more about preparedness and realized that while I was “kind of” prepared, I wasn’t “really” prepared for anything.
It’s really easy to start getting pulled in every direction and forget what your main goal was in the first place. We have natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes, we have bigger disasters like EMP’s and terrorism and all of these could lead to Martial Law or a grid down event.
Everything I would read about these different events would tell me about something else I needed to be prepared for that event. Pretty soon my brain was swimming and I didn’t know which direction to go first. At this point I only saw two options…
- Rob a bank and buy everything I could.
- Stop getting pulled in every direction and focus on one area of preparedness at a time.
Because prison didn’t fit into my preparedness plan I decided on option 2. I decided that instead of trying to juggle 5 balls at a time, I would pick one, and drop everything else until I was completely done with the first one. To do this I had to become comfortable with the fact that it was impossible to get everything done right now, and doing what I could was better than nothing at all.
I have had quite a few people ask me what they need when they first start out prepping, so the rest of this guide is going to be a list of general supplies you should start out with. There is no “one size fits all” preparedness plan, but if you start out by getting the basics taken care of, you can personalize your supplies as time goes on.
This might sound a little strange, but to do this you need to completely forget about all these different disaster scenarios and focus on the basics. Trust me, this is easier than it seems, and this is just like learning anything else.
Remember when you are first started learning how to read? Nothing made sense and everything looked like Chinese, It probably seemed like you were never going to get it. As time goes on you begin to put some words together and pretty soon you were reading a Dr. Seuss book. The same goes for prepping, you can’t expect to be able to read War and Peace if you can’t even read Green Eggs and Ham.
My point is, don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself, if you set the bar too high you will never get there. If you take the time to build a ladder, and take it one step at a time, you will get there in no time at all.
Where to Begin
The first step you need to take has nothing to do with supplies, the first step is to figure out a prepping budget and figuring out what you can spend without going into debt. I’m not going to go into a lot about this because this is about what supplies you need right? Not how to manage your budget. I have written a couple articles about this like 10 Ways To Reduce Debt as a Prepper which includes a free budget planner and Ways To Earn Extra Money For Prepping that might help you out.
I also have the book Be Prepared For Anything that is available on Amazon that goes into quite a bit of detail about what to do when you first start out prepping. Just remember that if you are going into debt on your way to becoming more prepared, you are actually hurting your situation, not helping it.
When you are building the foundation of this preparedness house it’s not about how pretty it is yet, a foundation is an ugly slab of concrete that needs to be put in place to insure that everything you put on top of it stays where it should be for years to come.
5 areas of preparedness
For everything you do from now on, regardless if you are preparing for a week or a year needs to include the 5 areas of preparedness, these are…
These are the building blocks of any good preparedness plan. How you prepare in each of these areas will depend on your personal situation, but they need to be included in every preparedness plan.
Stockpiling food and forgetting about water puts a huge hole in your preparedness plan and makes it ineffective. Having food and water without a way to secure it also puts you at risk. It really does no good to have all these supplies if someone can come and take everything you have without any repercussions.
While it’s impossible to protect everything we have, we can take steps to make it harder for someone to take advantage of us. Criminals are opportunists, and will take advantage of the easiest targets first.
The Rule of 3’s
This might seem obvious but it also needs to be in the back of your mind when creating a preparedness plan. The rule of 3’s in any extreme situation is…
- You can go 3 weeks without food
- You can go 3 days without water
- You can go 3 hours without shelter
- You can go 3 minutes without air
Again, this might seem pretty simple, but it’s just as important as the 5 areas of preparedness. Without water, it doesn’t matter how much food you have.
One Step at a Time
As I said earlier, don’t focus on any disasters at first, get your affairs in line and start working on a foundation you can build on. As you climb this ladder of preparedness you will find that in just a few months you will be more prepared than you ever dreamed of. You might even find that you are more prepared now than you thought you were.
Some of you might be further along than others, for the sake of making sure everyone gets the most out of this I am going to start from ground zero. If you are further along this will be a good refresher, and if you’re just starting out, this will be just what you need.
The next post in this series will be about some of the general supplies you need in your bug out bag. Each persons needs will be different but there are some supplies that are needed in any bug out bag. Until then we also have a couple of articles you might be interested in this one titled Prepping and Survival Where to Start and Why and some information about bug out bags here.
See you then.