As preppers we are always putting together our prepper checklist and working on things such as our food and water preps and bug out bags among others. These are all very important parts of being a prepper and require all of the attention we give to them but we should also remember not to over look other important aspects. As we build our food and water stockpiles and properly put together our bug out bags and prep our bug out locations we should also consider some important prepper skills that we can learn and use as preppers. These skills can be just a big a part of our survival as all of the preps we have stashed away and emergency planning we have done. Having all of the needed fundamentals in place is but one part of truly being prepared for a disaster or survival situation. Here are some basic prepper skills that we feel could be important in a survival situation and that every prepper should learn.
Ability to make a fire – This seems like an easy thing to do for many preppers and it hardly ever really plays a role in modern day society, but it is often harder then it seems. Even though we often prep tools and materials to make this easier there is always a chance at some point of those items being unavailable to us. It is one of the most important basic survival skills and is crucial in many ways. Fire can be used to fulfill so many basic functions such as making water safe to drink, cooking food, providing light and heat, and even warding off predators. Learning how to make fire from the most basic of materials is a skill that we feel all preppers should have a knowledge of.
Wound Care – Many preppers underestimate how important basic wound care can be to our health in a survival situation especially when lacking proper supplies. It is a lot more then simply adding a bandage and all preppers should have a working knowledge of how to properly clean and dress wounds. Along with understanding when to and not to close a wound and being able to spot signs of infections are also key factors to be familiar with. The importance of these skills is often magnified in a survival situation where proper sanitary conditions and materials may not be accessible.
Learn to grow a successful garden – No matter how large of a food stockpile we put together as preppers there is still a chance of it running out or that we will be separated from it. Having the skills and knowledge needed to be able to grow your own garden could very well be a life saver. Many believe that simply tossing seeds into turned over soil is sufficient enough to grow a garden, in fact it takes a bit more knowledge and effort to truly be successful at it. One needs to learn some basic gardening skills such as watering , fertilizing, weeding, and dealing with simple pest and diseases.
Food preservation techniques – Seeing that refrigeration will likely be unavailable to us in many survival situations learning some basic food preservation techniques is a must. There are many techniques that we can utilize in our efforts to preserve food in which we have all heard of like pickling, drying, canning, and even smoking. But oddly not enough preppers have a working knowledge of these basic food preservation methods. It is recommended that you learn at least a couple of these techniques because they are sure to come in handy along the way in a survival situation.
Hunting and Fishing – Again no matter how much of a food stockpile we put together all preppers should have some basic skills needed to survive in case that supply runs out or is no longer available to us. Learning to gather food from your natural surroundings can be a key factor in keeping you and your family from going hungry. Every prepper should learn some basic hunting and fishing skills so that they can harvest needed proteins found around them. Basic skills on how to make basic weapons and traps for hunting or learning how to fish using easily obtained items and materials. Also learning how to properly clean fish and game harvested is a very useful skill.
I’m sure you can add many more basic skills that you feel as a prepper is important to learn and if so please feel free to leave a comment and share your ideas with your fellow preppers. Now that you have an idea of some basic skill you need to learn you next question may be how and where to learn them. There are tons of great books on each of the items listed above along with many great how to videos that can be found on youtube that will help you to learn all of these skills. Not every prepper will learn each and every one of these ideas but learning as many of them as you can will only increase the likely hood of you being able to survive a disaster scenario.
As preppers we know that we have a lot of important preps that need to be stockpiled which can take up large amounts of space. Space is a constant variable that has to be considered when prepping everywhere from your bug out bags to you bug in locations. Not all of us have vast amounts of space available or we need to keep out bug out bags as light weight as possible so we need to take advantage of items that can be used for multiple functions. There are some common house hold items that can be easily stored and packaged and we think every prepper should take advantage of. Add these items to your prepper checklist or bug out bag checklist as soon as possible and implement them into your upcoming prepping plans.
Here are three common household items that can be used in multiple ways that we can will be useful to preppers.
- Trash Bags – Large trash bags offer a magnitude of uses and can folded away and stashed away in extremely small spaces and are very light weight. They should be added to your bug out bags , vehicle kits , and your bug in and bug out locations. These large trash bags can be used for water storage, turned into make-shift rain gear, and even used as a barrier against the weather. Simply a must add to all preppers as there uses are endless.
- Aluminum Foil – This material can be used for so many things its a perfect prepper item and you can get it in a standard and heavy duty form and it last for years. It weighs next to nothing and can be folded away and stashed in smallest of locations and is extremely versatile. The heavy duty foil can be used as a heat reflector, molded into cups and pans for cooking, make-shift solar oven, some electrical repairs, and can even be used to sharpen blades. It is a must have item for preppers.
- Petroleum Jelly – Also known as Vaseline this item also offers preppers a multitude of uses and can be easily stored and packaged. It last forever and can be slipped into an array of containers for easy storage and is a must add for your bug out bag and vehicle kits. It can be used to protect skin from cold weather , seal cuts, corrosion protection, rashes, chapped lips, and more. It can also be used by preppers as fire starter if combined with other items that take a spark like cotton balls since it burns for an extended period of time.
You may already be using all of some of these items in your prepping and can add even more uses for them and even more items. If so please feel free to leave a comment and share them with your fellow preppers. We feel like these are some prepper basics that some of our fellow preppers can benefit from. Remember there is no one right way to prep and we can all be effective in our own ways making sure our preps fit our own needs.
For many prepping means going back to basics and being prepared to survive when society crumbles or a disaster scenario occurs and chaos ensues. While all this may be true in many ways it doesn’t mean that as preppers we can’t still put to use current technology to help in our prepping. One of the most fashionable and powerful devices in use now is the iPhone and other iOS devices. Most wouldn’t consider this a common “prepper tool” to be used for prepping but it can be a very helpful one. Not only for its intended use of emergency communication but for its quick access to a depth of useful information.
This information can be added to your iPhone via Apps. Advances in today’s technology has made it possible for these cell phones to also be storage units containing tons of useful information to us as preppers. These apps offer unprecedented access to not only emergency assistance but more importantly emergency information that may be needed in a doomsday or disaster scenario. Here are some prepper apps that we feel may be of use to preppers and can be used on iPhone , iPad , or other iOS platforms.
- Free Emergency Survival Handbook – The free version of this iPhone App offers users information about a variety of potential emergency scenarios ranging from household chemical exposure to hurricanes, earthquakes, and other catastrophic events. App supplies tips and techniques for general preparedness in a vast array of emergency subjects.
- Pocket First Aid and CPR - This app is approved by the American Heart Association and supplies users with life saving information and tips on how to proceed in the event of drowning , choking , or even a cardiac episode. Faced with a disaster or doomsday event you never know when this type of event will occur and this hands of information could be a life saver.
- In Case of Emergency (ICE) - This app allows you to store all your important medical and contact information. You can store data on your daily medications , blood type , and more along with images of important documents like your drivers license and medical or insurance cards. You can add multiple types of contact information for family members, friends, or your local prepper community members. It’s offered in a light free version and a more multifunctional paid version.
- The Preppers Bible – This app supplies users a variety of resources that are key to providing a level of readiness in a disaster or doomsday scenario. Features include a food storage calculator, links to prepper resource videos, prepper checklists, survival manuals, and news and emergency feeds among others.
I realize that not everyone is an iPhone or other iOS platform device owner but many other smart phone brands also offer apps such as these. Also it is important to remember that as versatile as these units are they are still reliant on functionality and batteries. So if you implement them into your prepper checklist and as part of your prepping plans be sure to invest in alternate power supplies like portable solar chargers and extra batteries. Keeping your unit functioning and powered assures you the chance to access this life saving information.
As preppers storing food often sits atop our prepper checklist and is one of the main things we thrive to put together. Be it a beginning prepper or a more experienced one food storage brings with it a multitude of questions. One of the main problems associated with our food stockpiles is knowing how to store it safely. It is recommended that food be stored in a location that is approximately 50-55 degrees having no more then 15% humidity. Of Course these recommendations are in a “perfect world” kind of scenario and very few of us will have this kind of location at our disposal.
Now not having this prime storage location doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to store your food stockpile safely. You simply have to adapt the way you plan to store your food and adjust to the problems presented by the climate your currently in. Remember its important not to get fixated on the obstacles and problems you may have in your food storage efforts and let it hinder your plans. Your a prepper and moving ahead and adapting to your surroundings is what we do. So if you live in a much warmer or colder climate or one that present much more humid conditions you simply mold your food storage techniques to fit it.
Here are a few basic prepper tips and technqiues we think may be of help to you when prepping your food stockpile in not so ideal conditions.
- Be sure the area you plan to store your food is clean and dry before you begin to stockpile it there. Keeping your location as dry as possible in a humid climate is key.
- Try and avoid storing food items in cardboard containers in hot and humid locations when possible. Over time it can draw in small bugs and it allows heat and humidity to seep through.
- Rotate your food consistently. Label everything clearly on outside with expiration dates making it easy to keep up with. Remember in hotter and more humid climates some foods may expire quicker then it does in an ideal situation so do some research and watch it closely esp when dealing with bulk food storage methods.
- Take steps and plan ahead and adopt any needed pest control measures. You want to insure by time you begin to put your stockpile in place its pest free. Adverse conditions can be more conducive to multiple types of pest.
Again these are some basic things we think are important to consider and should be added to your preppers checklists for food storage. I’m sure there are many other tips that you can think of to make your food storage a lot safer and more effective. If you would like to pass on any more tips you feel may be helpful to your fellow preppers then please take a minute to leave a comment.
We will go over three main types of Bug Out sites; Temporary, Intermediate Use, and Relocation. The physical requirements and preparations are significantly different for each. Each type could arguably be worth its own article but we want to give you a basic breakdown here. Since most of us as preppers have bug out bags, plans, and more as part of our prepper checklist it important to gather as much information as possible on the subject. It is important to determine which type of bug out location fits best and is available to you and prepare accordingly. Once you have your bug out location squared away you can then begin to put together your bug out plan.
Temporary sites: as being occupied for no more than a few days; being either “rest-stops” or a “safe vantage point”. Caches would be located at these Temporary sites, either for en-route or as the “Vantage Point”. A Vantage Point site would be if there was a short term disaster/crisis, after which the plan would be to return home and begin recovery. One “Vantage Point” example might be on a ridge-line to avoid a flash flood.
Intermediate Use sites: would be similar to Vantage Points, but for waiting out a more prolonged crisis, possibly many months. I think that this is what most people think about, and typically consists of “camping” or a cabin. Another consideration which isn’t often voiced is being a prepared “house-guest”, possibly moving to a friend or relative’s farm. Rural preps should also include urban housing in several scenarios, so having a reciprocal “partner” would work well.
Relocation sites: is the big one. It could be additional preps to that cabin, a “summer home”, or a doomsday bunker. This is for indefinite duration scenarios which last for years and there is little hope of returning “home”.
Each type of site would have similar requirements of providing security, shelter, and provisions; just differing levels of them. Obviously there is some overlap, and “the cabin” or “guest” might fall into any category.Remember not every prepper will prep the same and its important to adjust to fit the needs of you and your family. If you have anything to add which you feel can help your fellow preppers please feel free to leave a comment.
For most of us as preppers having to bug out of our home location is a real possibility and its a part of our preppers checklist. There are many scenarios and factors that could force us to leave our main prepped location and stockpiles and its important to have a secondary option. For many having to bug out is considered a last option but still a very possible one so its easy to recognize the need for proper bug out plan. So having a bug out location could very well be the difference in whether you survive or not in a disaster scenario. Putting together a reliable and effective bug out plan can be harder then it seems as many factors have to be considered.
When considering a bug out location one of the most important factors you need to consider is whether its far enough away from any potential disaster or destruction that your trying to escape from. Are there alternate routes from your home location to your bug out location and if not is the main route a reliable one. Remember in a disaster scenario roadways may become impassable so being realistic with your bug out location access is important. You will also likely be storing alternate stockpiles of food and water at this location so you have to make sure you choose a secure location. This location has to be secure enough to protect the preps waiting for you but also secure enough to protect you and your family once you are forced to relocate there.
As important as getting far enough away from any disaster is you must also consider how far is too far for your bug out location. Want to be sure that you can get there even with many factors at the time likely working against you. We cant assume that we will be able to get things like gas on the way to your location or your tank will be full when something happens. So you may be working on relocating using a moderate gas stockpile and your bug out location has to be with in reach using only that. We must also consider the possibility of the usual travel routes being impassable and being forced to bug out on foot. Would you be able to reach your bug out location on foot factoring in things like weight of bug out bags , local terrain , or other potential problems and how long would it take you to get there and routes available.
This is just a basic breakdown of factors we believe are important for any prepper to consider when putting together a bug out plan. Im sure many of us can add some other important things to consider and please feel free to comment and add anything you believe may be helpful to all of our fellow preppers.
Almost every prepper new or experienced either has or plans to put together a bug out bag , get home bag , vehicle kit, food stock pile etc. But what if something happened and you were a disaster or doomsday event occured while you were out of reach of these preps. This is where the mostly over looked area of prepping called “EDC” or every day carry items comes into play. Now some preppers may consider this to be a less important part of emergency preparedness then say a food stock pile or a bug out location and that may be true. But this simple aspect of prepping could prove to be a saving grace in many situations.
I think we can all agree that as preppers we are only as prepared as what we have with us at any given time. Having all the needed preps in a location does won’t do us a lot of good if we are unable to get to them when and if a disaster scenario occurs. Having some essential every day carry items can be the difference in you being prepared enough to get back to your home or bug out location and main preps or even survive with out them. We have put together a prepper list of some every day carry items we think are essential for every prepper.
Preppers Checklists Of Every Day Carry Items
- First Aid/Meds – Simply adding a small amount of your needed prescription meds , a bandage or two, or regular or allergy pain meds to a tucked away location in your wallet or purse will do.
- Knife/Multi-tool – A nice quality pocket knife or multi-tool is a must and can easily be stored in your pocket, purse, or belt pouch on an every day basis.
- Light – Something as simple as a handy but quality push button key chain light or a small LED flashlight that attaches to ring on a key chain. Being able to see even if its just a small amount of light can be a big help.
- Duct tape – This stuff just has so many uses that if it can be added it should be. Simply make a few wraps of some around a old ID or canceled credit card and slip it back into your wallet or purse. Even a little of this can go a long way.
- Fire Starter – You can keep one of those little mini lighters in your pocket or purse or an even easier option is a Fresnel lens. It is slim and can easily be slipped into a wallet card slot or purse side pouch and is a great fire starter option as long as you have sun light. Also makes for a good magnifying glass if somehow needed.
- Money/Cash – Until something changes cash is still king and a little stashed away in case of emergency is a must. Debit and credit cards may be of no use to you in a disaster scenario so having some actual cash could be a life saver.
- Contacts – Keeping a list of all emergency contact numbers is important because you may not have use of the cell phones we have become so dependent on in many scenarios.
I’m sure as preppers we can all come up with an added item or two to add to this list. Remember there is no one set way to prep and we will all do things our own way to some extent or another. This is simply a guideline of some items we feel are important and we encourage all preppers who want to have some every day carry items to adjust it as they see fit. There is no such thing as being too prepared and the point of these EDC items is that what you have on you at the time of a disaster scenario is what counts.
As preppers we all know that water is one of most important items that we want to have stored. Beginning preppers often want to get started putting together a water stockpile at home but do not know exactly how to get started. Long term water storage at home can be rather simple if you take some time to use the proper containers and storage techniques. First thing you need to do when you start prepping for your home water stockpile is estimate how much water you will need. One gallon of water per day per person is the minimum required amount but it is recommended for preppers to store two gallons of water per day per person. Water gets used up very quickly and it will amaze you how much you can use during a day. Once you have figured out how much water you need its important to know how and where to store it safely.
Here are some good and bad ideas that all preppers will want to consider when putting together a prepper checklist for long term water storage at home. As always these are simply recommendations and you can add to them as you see fit.
Good Water Storage Ideas
- Prepacked Disposable Plastic Bottles – Regular bottled water u purchase at any store but remember they can eventually leach chemicals so you need to replace them regularly(every six months recommended).
- FDA approved containers – They come in sizes ranging from 5 gallon to as large as 55 gallons.
- Stainless Steel water container – Be sure to only store non chlorine treated water in these as chlorine is corrosive.
- 2 Litre bottles – These soda etc bottles are great for water storage and are durable.
- HDPE “#2″ Containers – Made of safe non leaching plastic and a often used choice by many preppers.
Bad Water Storage Ideas
- Plastic Milk Jugs – These are tough to get clean enough to remove all chances of bacterial growth.
- Glass Jars or Containers – Avoid them if possible as they are too easily damaged and broken.
- Old Chemical Containers – Even after good cleaning harmful residues often remain and can last for years making them unsafe.
- Unapproved Drums/Barrels – Many drums/barrels are not safe for long term storage even though they seem safe make sure you stick with approved water storage units of this type.
Remember that any containers you plan to use for your long term water storage should be cleaned very well with soap and water before using them. Also make sure when storing your water to avoid any areas that may contain gasoline or kerosene as the vapors from the fuel may permeate through your water containers. Also rotating your water stock about every six months is recommended by many preppers although certain storage selections will keep water safely for much longer. Also when possible be sure to boil and treat your water after it has been stored for an extended period of time to insure it is safe before using it. Hopefully these guidelines will help to make your long term water stockpile safe and reliable in case of a disaster or doomsday scenario.
As preppers focus on the more important aspects of prepping like food and water stockpiles among others its easy to overlook some other basics. We all know the importance of having a “bug out bag” and even a “get home bag” but putting together a “survival tool bag” can also be an important addition to your prepper list. This prepper tool bag can be a great add on to your bug out bag or to your bug in and out locations. Having some basic tools can make things a whole lot easier if you ever find yourself in a disaster or doomsday scenario. To often these basic tools never come to mind when we sit down to put together our prepping game plan. Most preppers already have a standard multi-tool added to there various prepper checklists but some other basic tools can be extremely useful.
When putting together your prepper tool bag remember that size and weight is often an issue for preppers so try and avoid using any kind of conventional tool boxes. You want to choose a light and durable type of bag made out of either a canvas or mesh that can easily be added to your bug out or get home bags. As always in prepping you want something that is easy to handle and not too bulky. We have put together a preppers checklist of recommended items for your survival tool bag.
- Standard Screw Drivers flat head and Phillips (avoid types w/ removable pieces too easy to lose)
- Small Wire Cutters
- Small Pliers (pair of needle nose or standard)
- Zip Ties
- Duck/Duct Tape (just has so many uses)
Yes these are very basic items and some may consider them as unnecessary when considering weight and space in most bug out and get home bags. But overall these items are great additions and well worth the little added weight and space as they could prove to be life savers in many situations. Having these items can give you some added durability in case you find yourself having to build a shelter or secure a secondary location when unexpected things happen. Having the basic multi-tool is always recommended but these tools while great do have limitations. As always remember these are only recommendation and you may want to add other items or subtract some you think are and are not important to your particular situation. Not all bags will be the same and there is no one correct way to prep.
Well the Mayan calender doomsday event has come and gone and we are all still here. But this doesn’t mean that we should all quit being preppers or anyone should decide against becoming a new prepper. This doesn’t mean that preppers are nuts or paranoid for choosing a prepping lifestyle. Many preppers may not even believe in such a end of world doomsday scenario will ever happen or at least with in their life time. But there are many other reasons to be a prepper and things to prep for which may make a lot more sense to most in the mainstream and even to some who don’t quite have an interest yet in prepping.
Preppers all decide to prep for different types of disaster scenarios and not just an end of days type of event which many out side of prepping world seem to believe. Becoming a prepper doesn’t mean to have to believe that the world is going to end but simply that you want to be prepared for if or when you are put into any kind of disaster scenario. We have put together a preppers list of reasons one may want to begin to prep for. Many of these scenarios are much more likely to occur during our every day lives then the dreaded doomsday.
- Natural Disasters – Many people live in areas that have a threat of being hit by some kind of natural disaster like earthquakes , tornadoes, or hurricanes. These types of disasters can be devastating and render local services useless for periods of time and are important to be prepared with stockpiles of food , water, and other needs.
- Financial Collapse - With the tate of economies around the world in flux more then ever before this has become a viable scenario for many preppers. Even if you don’t believe a complete financial breakdown is possible an unstable economy may cause you to loss your job unexpectedly and being prepared could make a big difference.
- Unexpected Evacuations – Being prepare to “bug out” can be very handy if you ever need to be evacuated from your home in a hurry. Being able to grab your “bug out bag” and get out quickly could be a huge advantage. Be it a house fire , local chemical spill , or some other unexpected event being prepared is important.
I’m sure we can all add a couple more things to this list which are important reasons for you to prep for. The end of the world isn’t the only reason we all decide to become preppers we simply want to be prepared for what ever comes out way. You don’t need to have massive stockpiles of things to be an effective prepper simply enough to keep you and your family well for a period of time should something unexpected happen. Remember there is no one correct way to be a prepper and each of us will do it our own way and be successful.