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How to Start Prepping
Get a jump start on your preps with Prepping 101

If you're new to prepping, don't go into panic mode blindly
buying all sorts of survival gear, prepping supplies, and food
storage. Instead, start by analyzing your current needs, and
then see which direction you need to go. If you have basic
camping gear, then you

There are many directions you can take when you start
prepping. Eventually you'll need to....
  1. Plan your food supply.
  2. Store water safely and store enough of it!
  3. Set up an off-grid kitchen.
  4. Figure out an off-grid toilet system.
  5. Know how to do the laundry without electricity.
  6. Pack a bugout bag.

how you might stretch the
shelf stable products you use today,
to take you into the future, whatever it may bring.

Take a deep breath, sit back and learn from other preppers
before you jump in and get all the wrong stuff.

Basic prepper list to get started prepping

  • Learn from others, but trust your instincts. While you can
    learn from other preppers, you must always remember that
    your instincts will serve you best. You were born with
    knowing what to do: you need only listen to your inner

  • Learn from the past. People of the Great Depression can
    offer valuable ideas to help you weather an economic
    storm. The people of war torn Bosnia subsisted on next to
    nothing and have valuable advice on how to prepare for the
    next turbulent times. And the pioneers were preppers too!
    They forged the Oregon Trail and have valuable lessons to
    share on provision lists.

  • Forget what you may know about prepping. You don't
    have to be a camper, a gardener, a canner, a hunter, a
    fisherman, a marksman, or a self defense expert, (though
    these skills are helpful). You just need to want to survive
    and be willing to learn!

  • Know that prepping is mostly about persevering. It's
    about outlasting and avoiding suffering. Certainly you can
    get jump start on your preps with this beginning prepping
    tutorial; however, how you will get through a disaster or
    catastrophe depends on how you are able to ride out what
    comes your way and subsist on your own personal
    resources. In an emergency, you can keep afloat on
    ingenuity! It's important to always have hope.

  • Make do or do without. Above all, preppers adapt to make
    do with what they have or do without. Preppers are a clever
    bunch and can fix just about anything with duct tape, WD-
    40 or Superglue. Preppers find pleasure in multi-use
    survival items.

It bears repeating: "Go with your instincts!" No matter what
others say about your prepping plans, the most important thing
is to listen to the voice inside about what is right for you, your
family or your group whether it's a pandemic, economic
downturn, natural disaster or war, it doesn't matter. The only
thing that matters is how you handle the things that come your
way. You'll know what to do if you listen to your inner voice as a

Know the rules of prepping!
Before you spend a dime on preps, take some time to know the
rules of prepping and survival to get started:

Rule #1: First rule of prep club: don't talk about
prep club.
Don't go telling family and friends that you're prepping:

#1: Non-preppers will think you are insane.
Most people are not preppers, though their grandparents or
great grandparents were preppers. Today's society has become
complacent with the grocery system and folks just don't realize
how fragile we have become and how dependent we are on the
grocery stores, which deliver food and supplies at a constant
rate. However, preppers know: grocery stores are only three
days away from total anarchy.

#2: Talking about prepping will put your family or
group at risk.
The same people who mock you for prepping will be the first to
visit your home precisely when you need your preps the most.
Do not put your family or group at risk by divulging you have
food and supplies. Telling others threatens your survival!

Rule #2: Make it a priority to store water.
Before you head out and get canned food, first get savvy that
water is more important than food. You can live only three days
without water, but you can live three weeks without food. A
family of four needs 270 gallons of water, according to Utah
State University, for a three-month supply (90 gallons of water
PER PERSON = three-month supply). See the water tank at the
bottom right hand of the page. It holds 260 gallons of water
(the other ten gallons are up to you).

Here are two articles on water that are important for new

Rule #3: Buy what you eat, and eat what you store.
It's natural in the beginning, to want to put as much food in
your pantry as possible. Refrain from this rookie move until you
have a little wisdom under your belt. You may be tempted to
buy dried beans and a 25-pound bag rice, along with dozens of
cans of SPAM and canned green beans.  It's fine if this is your
current diet. The problem is when your family doesn't eat these
canned foods or if you don't know how to prepare dried beans
and rice. Cans expire after a couple of years, dried beans are
hard to cook and plain rice can get boring and vermin can get
into your stores!

The rule of
food storage is to buy what you eat and eat what
you store. Many people would be better off buying a large
bucket of elbow noodles and then stock various pasta sauces for
variety than stocking rice and beans.

Rule #4: Light the way!
A Chinese proverb says "Better to light a candle than to curse
the darkness." This is an easy prepper lesson to think about
how you will light the way. It begins with a candle.

  • Begin with ensure you have enough matches and candles.
  • Stock up on emergency candles, which have 100-hour burn
  • Get into solar lighting.

Rule #5: Make a campfire.
You'll eventually need to know how to make a fire for cooking
and warmth.

Rule #6: Stock your Fridge with long lasting foods.
For the short term, you can stock your refrigerator with long-
lasting foods your family eats.

Rule #7: Plan for substitutions.
From your food journal you know what your family or groups,
and from this list you  can plan substitutions. For example, let's
say you've noticed your family eat lots of sandwiches. Think
about how you can keep them satisfied in the event grocery
stores are closed and you can't buy bread.  Ideas include
stocking crackers, crisp bread, pumpernickle (only if your family
eats it), biscuit and bread mixes, and half-baked bread and rolls
or frozen. Learn to bake your own bread from scratch.

Rule #8: Pack your food properly.
HALT! Know the HALT method of food storage.  Namely the four
threats to your food supply are H-umidity (moisture), A-ir
(oxygen) L-ight and H-eat. For example, don't store food and
water in the garage because the heat fluctuates to extremes of
hot and cold and you will expose your food to moisture. You
see, on the cement garage floor on a hot day, the cement can
leach into your water supply and food grade buckets. On a cold
day, the cans will condensate and the moisture will cause your
metal cans to rust.

Rule #9: Set up a food storage rotation system.
Check your pantry now and you'll be surprised how many cans
have already expired. Learn now to rotate food so that the
oldest food is in the front and the newest food in your preps is
in the back. You can build a fancy food rotation system built
into your cabinetry,buy convenient storage solutions, or set up a
rotation system of your own design for free. Whatever you do,
take time to ensure you eat the oldest food first.

Rule #10: Learn to buy in bulk.
Stock up and buy your favorite foods when they go on sale at
the grocery store. Shop Costco, Sams Club and even Amazon for
bulk foods. Through Amazon's Subscribe and Save, you can have
your favorite foods shipped to your home in bulk! Learn
how to
get free foods on Amazon!

Rule #11: Get into first aid.
After you've secured the basic food and water, you can start to
build your preps to include First Aid supplies. Get started
gradually, but know that preppers go beyond the basics of
bandages. Ideal preps extend beyond to include
dental aid, care
for burns, and even surgical supplies!

Rule #12. Buy some toilet paper.
Toilet paper doesn't seem like an essential until you don't have
it. Before the stuff hits the fan, stock up on toilet paper. Left,
you'll get 27 rolls of tightly packed toilet paper for under $20
and with included shipping.

Rule #13. Get a gas mask.
While the iconic doomsday prepper has a gas mask on, this is
among the last of priorities for newbie preppers. There are eight
things to know before you purchase a gas mask for your family
or group.
How to  buy a gas mask.

Rule #14: Create a Food Journal.
The preppers before you have nearly all purchased food they
didn't really eat. Before you start buying all sorts of food, start
by writing down what you eat today. This list will help you build
an appropriate food storage system for prepping. Creating a
food journal is important to keep you on track for Rule #3,
which is buying only what you eat, and eating what you store.
Start by documenting your family or group meals.

When you've documented your meals, you'll have a nice
prepper's grocery list of sorts.

Rule #15: Get ten breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Begin your prepping journey by planning for short term
emergencies. Make sure you have at least ten shelf-stable
dinners you can serve your family. Ten breakfasts for your family
can be as simple as having four boxes of cereal on hand at all
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