Monday, 9 May 2022

9 Prepping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

 It’s always better to be safe than sorry – and this is the mantra that survivalists go by. However, with all the information galore, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and make mistakes along the way. This goes double if you are actually a new prepper.

Everyone makes mistakes; what’s important is that you learn from those mistakes and figure out how to avoid them. So, here are some prepping mistakes that many people tend to make – and how you can avoid them. 

1. Not Having Books in Your Survival Library

Let’s say that you are put in survival mode and cannot exit your house or bunker. You may be surrounded by zombies, a natural disaster keeps you locked inside, or enemy troops may bomb away while you are in a bunker. Lucky that you have a Kindle full of books, right?

Wrong. Let’s say that the power goes off and you have no access to recharges and the Internet. What then? Well, in this case, a survival library might be very helpful. It will keep the boredom away and, if you pack the library with survival books, you might even find something that can help save your life. 

2. Focusing on Supplies Rather than Skills

Sure, supplies are very important – even crucial in a survival situation. But this does not mean that you should avoid honing the skill. Let’s say that all your books get destroyed, and you won’t be able to get to your food and gear; what will you do then?

If your home is destroyed by some terrible event, make sure that you have the skills to survive even if you only have to use your own knowledge. You need to ensure that you won’t be depending on the gear and food that you have at that point.

3. Not Prepping for Water Enough

The fact that we need water so much is so obvious that it never even crosses our minds to prep more for it. We set out thinking that we’ll “surely come across some water,” which is why we pack food for six months – and water only for two weeks.

Here’s the problem, though: we are more likely to last without food than without water. If you can’t pack more water than food, at least make sure that you have just enough water as you have food. Also, make sure that you have tools to collect and filter the water, in the event that it runs out.

4. Not Storing a Larger Food Variety

Let’s say that you packed a lot of beans, rice, sugar, and salt; those will probably keep your stomach satiated in the event of a disaster, but you will end up being miserable. Your body won’t have an easy time adjusting to the bare-bone diet that you’re putting it through, which is why you might end up going through food fatigue. Thus, try to pack various types of food.

5. Only Planning for Bugging Out

Sure, a bug-out plan is important to have in the event of a disaster. However, unless you have been announced in advance, bugging out might not leave you enough time for you to reach your safe house.

For this reason, you might want to have some home security measures in check as well, aside from your bug-out bag. Make sure that in the event that you become housebound, you still have the ability to survive in there. 

6. Not Buying the Right Ammo

You’re in survival mode and you need to bug out really fast – but you only packed a few rifles because you thought it was what you needed in the event that you were in danger. 

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Now that you are planning to bug out, you suddenly realize that those guns are too heavy and that you can’t carry them along with your luggage. They’re hindering you too much. Make sure that you pack something for every circumstance in the event that your area becomes a warzone. 

7. Not Focusing on Safety

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It might be very tempting to leave everything in sight in the event that you have to bug out soon or reach for something. The bug-out bag right under your bed, and the loaded gun in your nightstand drawer; they’re easy to reach this way, ensuring that your bug-out is flawless.

However, this “easiness of access” can be very dangerous – particularly if you have kids around. There’s no telling what might happen if they come across your gun and the disaster that will go down if the gun is actually loaded. 

This is why you will have to invest in a gun safe to keep everything away from the wrong hands. There are dozens of options that you can go for – and they can be as big as you want, in the event that you also need to store your bug-out bag. 

8. Not Practicing at All

Let’s say that you prepared everything that needed preparation. You put the food away, you are very confident about the water, and even put a few guns away. However, when you are put face to face with the situation, you realize that you have no idea how to fire a gun or light a fire without a set of matches. 

This is why you need to practice these skills before being forced into an unfortunate situation. Your survival may depend on it, which is why you need to perfect your skills – with or without your gear.

9. Not Prepping for Every Season

We all imagine that Doomsday will happen on a sunny day when the weather is warm outside. However, what if the day comes, and there are two feet of snow outside in the freezing cold.

When preparing your bug-out bag, you should pack for every season and temperature possible. This is also recommended because you can never know how many seasons this will span out through. 

Final Thoughts

Preppers make mistakes – but what’s important is that we learn from their mistakes so that we don’t suffer as well. Hopefully, now you also have further insight into how to properly prepare for a crisis.


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