When it comes to prepping it’s pretty easy to figure out the basics when it comes to the preparedness supplies…for the most part. The problem is digging through that information and making prepping easier.
Some of these hard to prep for supplies include items like prescription medications, storing bulky items like water and fuel, and even items to maintain your sanity. In this weeks Survivalist Prepper Podcast we talked about some of these hard to prep for supplies, and even some easy to prep items that we just don’t.
SPP168 Hard to Prep for Supplies
Without water, all of our other preparedness means nothing, and this is why we need to think about other options to supplement our water storage. There are quite a few other options for finding water in an SHTF scenario if we know where to look, and you need to know where some water sources are in your area.
The Good Foods
Storing extra food for a disaster is not that hard to do. Even if you just buy a little extra here and there, in a short period of time you can store quite a bit. The problem is that this canned food, and freeze dried long term food storage just isn’t the same as a nice juicy steak, or BBQ chicken.
There are a few solutions like pressure canning and raising chickens or small animals, but these still require you to learn how to do it. A few other foods that come to mind are cheese, ice cream, milk and butter. You can get the freeze dried version of all of these, but it’s just not the same.
Prescription Medications & Antibiotics
Some people have preexisting conditions that make prescription medications a necessity, and some people could reduce their dependency on these medicines by trying to be healthier. Eventually these medications are going to run out, and we will need to find alternatives…if possible.
This might not be a huge issue in a short term disaster because most prescriptions are given out on a monthly basis, and if you have a good relationship with your doctor, you might be able to get a little extra. Long term is another story, in this case you will need to do some research and see what your options are.
In the past we have gone over using fish antibiotics as alternatives in an SHTF scenario, but make sure you understand what they will be useful for, and when to use them. Using the wrong antibiotic can not only be useless, but harmful.
We all have our personal “addictions” whether that’s coffee, cigarettes, chocolate or alcohol, and most people think that when the S hits the fan we will need to cut these out altogether. My opinion is that the opposite is true, for a couple of reasons.
The first reason is your sanity. Any sort of disaster or SHTF event is going to be stressful enough, and having some of these stockpiled will give you a sense of normalcy, and help you maintain your sanity.
The second reason is bartering. While it will be dangerous if the word gets out that you have 30 bottles of vodka, or 30 cartons of cigarettes, they can be used for barter items if the need arises. It’s sad to say, but I think that anything that helps people “escape reality” will be some of the best bartering supplies in an SHTF event.
Our Personal Sanity
By our personal sanity I mean ourselves and our family. We need to have the mental capacity to handle the situation, and we just don’t know how we, or our family will react. The more we plan for these events now, the better our chances or reacting rationally, rather than losing control.
Our family could add undue stress on us as well. If we have family members that are not on board (and most people do) they will not handle the situation well. While it’s important to try to get them on board with prepping now, we also need to understand how to deal with that situation when disaster strikes.
This is another one that on a small scale is fairly easy. We can store extra batteries, have a couple small solar chargers or some firewood stockpiled, but large scale is a different story. We won’t need, or use the energy we do today, but we will need something.
Putting together a solar set up that will supply enough power is expensive, and is hard to learn. I made this solar generator last year, but this is nowhere near what I would need if something lasted longer than a few days.
Any sort of disaster that lasted longer than a couple of weeks would require a battery bank. You can even connect your battery bank (or generator) to your home fuse box with a transfer switch which allows you to supply power to necessary circuits.
If you own a gun you know that you need to practice with it, that means using ammo. This makes storing ammo a little challenging and expensive. We you are storing ammo you need to store hundreds, or thousands of rounds. My challenge is the more I have, the more I want to go shoot.
Price and availability can also be a challenge. In my area .22 ammunition is about 25 cents per round, and 223 ammunition is about 50 cents per round. This might not seem like a lot, but if you are storing thousands of rounds, it means hundreds of dollars.
Storing Extra Fuel
Fuel doesn’t just mean gas for your car, fuel is everything from wood, to propane and even batteries. Just like everything else when it comes to prepping, eventually it is going to run out.
The easiest challenge to overcome when storing fuel is rotation and storage. Rotating is important because fuel does not have an unlimited shelf life like water, and how you store it also affects its shelf life.
Whether it’s kerosene for your lamps, or fuel for your car, you need to have a plan on how to store it, where to store it and how much you can (or want) to store in the first place.
Easy to Prepare for, But we Don’t
At the end of this week’s show we also talked about some items that are fairly easy to stockpile, but sometimes we just don’t.
Toiletries & Hygiene
Items like soap, toilet paper, household cleaners, toothpaste, deodorant and razors have long shelf lives, and should be easy to store right? The problem is that we use most of these on a regular basis so one month we could be sitting pretty, and the next month we can be completely out.
We also get so focused on food and water that these sometimes get put on the back burner. The grea thing about all these hygiene supplies it that they have a long shelf life, and can be purchased fairly cheap. You can even get most of these at the dollar store.
I can’t tell you how many tools I have (that I never use) because I had to buy a certain tool for a certain job. The other side of the coin is that over time I have built a large collection. when and if something happens I know my odds of having the right tool for the job is higher.
Even if you have no use for tools or no mechanical ability, its still important to have some tools because someone else might have the ability, but not have the tools. Garage sales & thrift stores are a great place to find used tools at a low price.
Having some reading material in an SHTF event is not only important because you want useful information, but you want some entertaining material as well. There might be a lot of downtime, and without our modern day distractions we will need a way to fill that time.
Different types of reading material include survival information, tutorials, entertainment, prepper fiction, stored files, printed files, survival manuals and even books that have nothing to do with prepping, but you enjoy.
Lastly, and possibly most importantly, is the fact that we are all guilty to one extent or another of learning about survival techniques, but never putting that knowledge into action. If you own a ferro rod, and never started a fire with it, it’s time to get started.
An SHTF event is no place to “practice” in that situation it’s game time. When resources and time are limited, the last thing you want to do is be making mistakes. We have these resources available to us now, so why not use them while we have them.