get started prepping

How to get started prepping
Tips and advice on how to get started prepping

The first thing you do when you get started in prepping is to
simply start prepping! Then, just add water. Seriously, you'll
need more water than you think and it's easy to start prepping
by adding water to your list of reserves. Next, stock up on

gas mask purchase comes much later down the line.
Actually gas masks are incredibly hard to find since the whole
Ebola scare. Here is a list of the prepping most essential

Filtration (water filtration, purification and storage):
  • Raw water purification tablets: Aquamira
  • Water storage purification tablets:
  • Personal water filter straw: Lifestraw, Sawyer or
  • Water filter for the family - portable for bugging out:
    LifeStraw Family.
  • Water filter long-term: Big Berkey water filter
  • Water storage: 55 gallon drum to store water.

  • Shelf-stable foods: 37 foods for the prepper's pantry.
  • Long term storage (Freeze dried food buckets):
    Mountain House is the classic. Other brands include
    Legacy (non-GMO foods) or Wise Foods.

Firebuilding and cooking:
  • Firestater

First Aid

  • Honey bucket. Double Doodie.
  • Toilet paper
  • Bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • NBC Gas mask (nuclear, biological and chemical gas mask)
  • N-95 respirator (filters for viruses) and face shields
  • Tyvec suit
  • Gloves, boot covers
  • Drop cloths and duct tape

How to get started prepping
Getting started prepping begins with realizing the dangers of
not prepping! In the beginning, there's often a tendency to
want to quickly stockpile supplies, and if so, you can head to
the grocery store with our list.

There are many things you can do to get started prepping
today to keep the momentum going:
  1. Commit to being a prepper, but keep quiet. The first
    rule of Prep Club is "Don't talk about Prep Club." It's
    perhaps the best tip for new preppers. You'll want to
    avoid the unwanted commentary you'll receive from
    friends and family about prepping, so start your prepping
    journey by keeping your prepping secretive. Rest assured,
    you're not a crazy Prepper! People of the past were
    always preppers. They stockpiled food and supplies for
    lean times and for Winter. The way of our past has simply
    been forgotten by the convenience of our current economy.
  2. Start collecting bottled water. The first item on your
    prepping checklist is to get water because you won't be
    able to survive more than three days without it. Head to
    the dollar store or the now for some cheap finds in
    bottled water, but take heed of these bottled water
    warnings. Later you can get fancy with water storage
    tanks and water filtration methods.
  3. Get water. Buy a
    few gallons of water starting with at least three gallons
    per person in your household. Buy water at the dollar
    store for $1 a gallon. You can't live more than three days
    without water. It's a precious resource. It's just a start,
    but a good one. Cost: $12. Store the water in closet at
    room temperature, not n the attic or garage.
  4. Join like minded friends on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
    and Pinterest. Another activity for new preppers is to
    start connecting with other like minded survivalists. and other top prepper Web sites will
    give you loads of free information. Head also to Twitter,
    Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest to get more ideas.
  5. Get a firestarter or two. Among the best advice for new
    preppers is to get a few firestarters and learn how to use
    them. It's easy to stock up on matches and you can never
    have enough. Next, get a BIC lighter: the easiest
    firestarter is a BIC lighter because it takes little work to
    ignite. From these basics, you can progress to other fire
    starting methods, such as a ferrocium rod or flint.
  6. Create a food journal. Get a pad of paper and write
    down exactly what your family eats for an entire week.
  7. Make a 72-hour kit. When you first start prepping, there
    is an overwhelming feeling and question of what food you
    need in your prepper's pantry. Concentrate first on getting
    through the first 72-hours following a disaster. Then build
    your everyday reserves by stocking up on shelf stable
    foods you find on sale.
  8. Turn off the grid! See what you learn from turning off the
    electricity for an evening dinner. You may be surprised
    how much fun it is to tell ghost stories by cande light.
    Don't cheat: you'll need to make your dinner without
    electricity; and use your cellphone only if you have a way
    to recharge it using solar energy.
  9. Take an inventory of your food: Reorganize: Empty
    open packages, such as pastas, and store in airtight
    containers. Look for cans swollen, dented, corroded or
    outdated and toss them. Use a Sharpie to label foods
    with expiration year. Reorder supplies (older foods in the
    front, new foods in the back, ). Move food into dark, dry,
    cool areas. (The garage is not a good place for your food
    as the temperature fluctuates.)
  10. Get some meals together: Assemble ten shelf-stable
    lunches for your family or group. Then work towards ten
    shelf-stable dinners.
  11. Learn to make fire in more than one way. A magnifying
    glass is a good option for starting a fire if you don't a
    have a lighter. A good magnifying glass is around $4 and
    available with free shipping. Other good firestarters
    include a magnesium stick, fire ribbon or waterproof
    matches. Learn to build a fire.
  12. Do today's laundry (just get caught up). Get all your
    laundry caught up. Yes, it's an everyday task, but today is
    the day to air your dirty laundry! Suppose the power grid
    goes down, and you're laundry is stacked to the hilt.
    You'd be wasting precious water and time laundering by
    hand tomorrow. Discover off the grid laundry techniques
    and never wait until tomorrow what you can do today.
  13. Do tomorrow's laundry (off-grid method). Get an
    inexpensive washboard and do your laundry the old
    fashioned way. The Maid-Rite washboard,  pictured right,
    will do the trick. Or try the green Laundry POD, which has
    an easy to use spinning, washing and draining system,
    clean clothes by hand in less than 10 minutes. While
    you're at it, get some clothes pins, hangers and a wash
  14. Do your dishes by hand. This exercise will make you
    happy and grateful for the convenience of a dishwasher.
    Know that the dishes you pile into the dishwasher today
    could be your last. Get yourself some basins.
  15. Check your supply of paper plates, napkins, and
    disposable utensils. You won't want waste precious water
    washing everyday utensils when the grid goes down.
  16. Make doctor's or dentist appointments. Get a checkup
    while you can (before you have to be your own doctor or
    dentist).  Never delay surgeries. Get that new
    prescription. Talk with your doctor and stock your cabinets
    with extra supplies. Smile knowing you have made
    preparations when there is no dentist.
  17. Hold a yard sale or garage sale. Create more space for
    you to stock your preps, such as hunting equipment,
    camping equipment, or food storage. Convert wasteful
    junk into supplies and food.
  18. Go to a garage sale. Seek and ye shall find emergency
    preparedness supplies at garage sales. Look for used
    camping equipment, survival books, inexpensive bicycles
    and shelving, or hand-crank tools.
  19. Get a grinder! Grind your own wheat and save money
    baking your own breads. A Wondermill Grinder, pictured at
    the top of the page works with wet/oily grains; legumes,
    coffee, garbanzos, seeds, nuts, also!
  20. Check your bicycle (and have repair tools on hand)!
    Your bike might be the only mode of transportation in an
    extreme power grid failure. If you don't have a bicycle
    head to Amazon (we recommend getting an adult tricycle
    to load your essentials). Of course you can always procure
    a used bicycle at a garage sale. Extras would be great for
    bartering or backup! Ensure you have a bike lock for every
    bike and at one bicycle repair kit on hand. The bike tool
    kit left is just about everything you need. Add patches,
    extra tubes, chains, oil and a bike pump and you're just
    about good to go. You'll need some expertise in repairing
    bikes. Get bike tutoring help at where
    you'll learn how to tune up your bike, how to straighten a
    bent disc brake rotor and more.
  21. Count how many cans you have that contain liquids.
    Your food shelf space should contain 10 percent liquid
    foods. Any liquid foods you have will help you conserve
    your water supply. For example, you can make rice with
    chicken, beef or vegetable stock or and as mentioned
    above, coconut milk. Pineapple juice has an especially
    long shelf life (4-5 years). Other liquid cans include;
    vegetable juice (such as V-8 Juice) or tomato juice; and
    evaporated milk.
  22. Fill a pitcher of water for the refrigerator. Everyday,
    stock your refrigerator with ordinary tap water (even if
    you only drink filtered water). Filter it if you like, but fill a
    pitcher or jug. This will be your first source of water in the
    event of a disaster. Make the habit of putting water in
    your coffee maker in the evening, so it's ready in the
    morning and you'll have that much extra water in your
  23. Stay thirsty my friend. Enjoy a glass of water, right now.
    Most of us just don't drink enough water. If a survival
    scenario commences, most people will be operating at a
    deficit. You can tip the odds in your favor by quenching
    your thirst. Walk away from the computer and do it now,
    then go on to read the rest of this survival checklist. The
    Big Berkey Water filter, right is a prepper favorite for
    clean drinking water.  A water check is on the Prepper
    TO DO list!
  24. Rotate your canned goods. Prepare a meal from eligible
    stock or donate items that haven't yet met their
    expiration date to a food bank. Look for dented, rusted,
    or cans that have bulged and throw them out. While
    you're at it, check out the Food Rotation System: can food
    storage rack at the top of the page. It will fit in just
    about any pantry.
  25. Assemble something. Take something out of the box and
    test it. Assemble the camp cooking stove or try out the
    new solar oven. You may find it's missing or broken part
    or it doesn't work as well as you thought. It's better to
    find out sooner than later.
  26. Clean a closet or drawer. There's a closet you've been
    meaning to re-arrange, isn't there? You don't need to
    take on the chore all at once. Take it one drawer, box,
    shelf or compartment at a time.
  27. Buy an extra bucket opener. You already stock extra
    can openers, right? If you've got buckets of stored foods,
    purchase some extra bucket openers and Gamma Lids.
    You might not be able to open them otherwise!
  28. Check for leaks on your water supplies. Perhaps you've
    stacked water too high or a notice that a bottle has
    sprung a leak. Monitoring could save the day! If you
    neglect water supplies, the leakage could damage floors
    and possibly ruin your food sources and other supplies,
    like toilet paper and paper towels.
  29. Learn a new skill. Preppers always have new skills to
    master. Take up a new hobby today whether it's coin
    collecting. What the heck is Charcuterie? Find out how
    this skill could help you as a Prepper.
  30. Get into Junk silver! The price for junk silver on
    11/16/2014 was $16.35. Junk silver is the value of the
    silver, not the rarity or numismatic value of the coins. If
    you buy and sell silver coins, you should know where to
    consult the "junk silver" value. Check out coinflation now
    for junk silver prices.
  31. Get into Junk Copper (wheat back pennies 1909-1958
    and Lincoln pennies 1959-1982). Did you know it takes
    just 154 wheat-back pennies (junk-copper pennies dated
    from 1909-1958) and Lincoln pennies dated to 1958 to
    have a full pound of fine copper? Start saving the copper
    pennies in your loose change. It's worth about twice the
    face value! Check out Coinflation for the junk copper
  32. Start chopping some firewood! You know you'll need
    seasoned firewood, right? Your wood must be a half year
    old to burn it. Get chopping, my friend! This will be the
    most difficult part of an off-grid life: keeping firewood
  33. Build a fire. Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook
    has an excellent 30 page guide in chapter four on how to
    build a fire. In it he discusses the importance of lighters,
    goes over the fire hierarchy and shows you how to
    produce a spark and build a fire. Read 15+ Firestarter
  34. Fill your car with gas. A tank is never more than half
    empty in a prepper household. Keeping vehicles prepared
    also means having regular maintenance, and checking the
    oil and water levels. You'll be your own mechanic in the
    event of a major catastrophe. (Learn how to save
    money on gas.)
  35. Stock up on car maintenance items. You'll always need
    oil changes, coolants, spark plugs, and air filters. While
    you're at it, check your spare tires. Stock a fan belt and a
    timing belt.  If you can, put a car battery in your Faraday
    cage! Be sure to stock survival car essentials.
  36. Take a hike! Preppers and their families are in their best
    possible physical condition because they walk, run and
    excercise everyday. Hiking is a skill that may be required
    in the event the unthinkable happens. Do something
    active with your family to keep in peak shape!
  37. Say Howdy to "Double Doodie": Poor hygiene in the
    aftermath of a catastrophe could be one of the biggest
    killers for mankind. Because of the risk of infections of
    poor sanitation, it's important to get your portable toilet
    set up and go "Double Doodie." Plan your sanitation
    today, before the stuff hits the fan tomorrow.
  38. Get to know your neighbors. Perhaps there's a medical
    doctor, nurse or an EMT down the street. Ask him or her
    to review your first aid kit. Dentists and hygienists could
    provide some dental assistance. Just remember the first
    rule of Prep Club: don't talk about Prep Club. Be a good
    neighbor. If you are public about your prepping plans,
    which we don't advise, then you must integrate neighbors
    in your planning efforts. Help them develop their own
    means of survival! An acceptable way to approach
    neighbors is to set up or participate in a neighborhood
    watch. This is equivalent to pioneers banding together
    and "circling their wagons" to defend themselves on the
  39. Read a Prepper's books and articles. Pick up a book on
    prepping. Visit regularly for new articles. Surf Bing,
    Google or Yahoo for Prepper blogs. Head to YouTube for
    Prepper videos. There are always new ideas to consider to
    enhance your Prepper lifestyle!
  40. Try out a new Prepper recipe. Make dinner tonight with
    ingredients from your Prepper's pantry and stored Water
    you've never tried that sun oven? Now is the time to try a
    recipe and to calculate how long it will take to get that
    meal prepared from foods in your pantry. You may
    discover that you need some new recipes or to expand
    the ingredients of your everyday pantry. Here's our
    preppers list of foods to stock.
  41. Spend ten bucks. You can prep on any budget and the
    dollar stores are a great place to start. Read 99 ways to
    spend a buck at the dollar stores. Or shop online: we'll
    help you with prepping on the cheap for $10 or less.
  42. Head to the drug store to get some canned meat.
    You'll find canned meat inexpensive at the local
    pharmacy. DAK canned hams are sometimes two for $5.
    That's one pound of excellent Danish ham for $2.50!
  43. Live off your freeze dried foods for a week. Buy the
    individual sizes so you can sample a variety. Calculate
    how much water you'll need and how much food you need
    to eat as a family to feel satiated. Often the
    recommended serving size on the package will not match
    your actual needs. You'll also quickly discover the need
    for variety and you'll also recognize that your stomach will
    feel differently. Take heed and get some fiber pills! You'll
    also need more water.
  44. Consider adding a jar of Vaseline to your supplies list.
    Petroleum jelly is an excellent fire-starter when paired
    with cotton balls soaked in the stuff. Paired with gauze
    it's also an effective ointment for scrapes, burns, and cuts
    for your first aid kit. Additionally, it can soothe chapped
    lips, and prevent chafing between legs minimizing friction
    between skin and clothing for walking or running long
  45. Learn sign language. You may find yourself in a
    situation where communicating with family members
    covertly will be the best course of action. Practice a few
    essential signs (made up or real ones) to help you
    communicate should marauders threaten your family and
    supplies. Learn words in American Sign Language at
  46. Clear the condiment shelf of your refrigerator! Use the
    added shelf space for bottled drinks. You can never have
    enough water stored and this is a way to squeeze in
    some extra space. While canned foods can last well
    beyond the use by date, condiments in open bottles can
    be dangerous to your health. There's no need to store a
    salad dressing from 2009 or a hot sauce that's too zippy
    for your families tastes. Get rid of it.
  47. Listen to your inner voice. Take a moment to pause and
    reflect. Everyone was born with an inner voice that
    commands right from wrong. You don't need any person or
    agency telling you what to do. Listen only to the inner
    voice that guides you to do the right thing, in the right
    way. This is a universal command that transcends all.
    You've known it all the time.
  48. Test your Prepper knowledge. See if you know the
    glossary of Prepper terms in our Prepper's Dictionary. It
    means you're about halfway to becoming a Happy
    Prepper. "Ghee" there are a lot of words defined there.
  49. Talk with Great Grandma or Grandpa. Perhaps someone
    you know survived the Great Depression. Lend an ear to
    an elderly person to find out how they stocked their
    pantry in the old days or how they survived hard times.
  50. Shop a farmer's market. Supporting locals may not at
    first seem like a Prepper thing to do, but when you shop a
    farmer's market, you are supporting local families and you
    may find the perfect ingredients for your home canning
    or dehydrating projects. Most farmer's markets are
    organic: that's a total bonus!
  51. Add more iodized salt to your shopping list. Iodine is an
    essential trace element; and salting is an important task
    in preserving. Check the label as you'd be surprised that
    many sea salts do not contain iodine. Learn about salt.
  52. Boil rice. Seriously, you don't know how to boil rice? You
    may rely on the directions for box of rice, microwave
    frozen rice dishes, or plug in a rice cooker, but none of
    these options will work if there's a power blackout. It's
    better to work on this skill now before you need it. Now
    come up with some recipes around this inexpensive staple.
  53. Make some food with grains, beans and legumes. Sure,
    you've stocked-piled long term survival foods, but do you
    know how to cook something with them? Make some
    lentils with rice, mill some flour and bake some bread,
    sprout something. Practice making something edible from
    samples of your food storage. Legumes (including beans,
    lentils, peas, and peanuts), are rich in protein and also a
    good source of fiber. Plus they're low in fat. But if you
    don't know how to cook something, then they are
    worthless in your pantry. Rice and beans will probably be
    your staple, so you'll need to know how to make
    something tasty. Brown some rice in butter, then add
    some diced tomatoes and brown sugar and you'll have a
    wonderful Mexican style rice, that will be very tasty with
  54. Stock up on board and card games and books. How will
    you pass the time with your family when they watch T.V.?
    Buy books and games early for the holidays and keep
    them in reserve for the day the lights go out. Here is a
    list of our favorite family board games for prepper
  55. Splurge on a Prepper's Cookbook. There aren't many
    around and the Prepper's Pantry, pictured left is a good
    one. Where else are you going to learn how to cook those
    dehydrated potatoes?
  56. Learn how to read a map. Figure out how to navigate
    without a compass. A compass might not work and GPS
    might not be available. Your bug-out plan may require
    that you check alternate routes.
  57. Learn how to use a compass. The Silva lesson on how
    to use a compass is a great use of just six minutes of
    your time. Bookmark this page and watch the video if you
    don't know how to use the bezel ring on your compass. If
    you don't already have a compass, know that the Silva
    compass, left is highly rated. Keep your compass in the
    car or on your person so that you always have one with
  58. Be thankful if you love meat, consider eating bugs, and
    say goodbye to vegetarianism. Americans could
    certainly learn to live on less meat. Mykel Hawke,
    Captain, U.S. Army Special Forces, and star of "Man,
    Woman, Wild" on the Discovery Channel, says that "About
    90% of bugs and animals can be eaten by humans, but
    90% of plants can not." That's enough information to
    know that you simply can't beat meat when it comes to
    your prepping plans. One can only stay a vegetarian
    thanks to a stable agrarian society. Once we've been
    knocked off the power grid, survival kicks in an sustains
    itself through meat. Americans could certainly learn to
    live on less meat.
  59. Cut your old garments. If you're not going to donate or
    sell them, then start snipping your old clothes into quilt
    sized sheets to use when the toilet paper runs out! This
    material will surely store better than toilet paper. You'll
    need a plan B anyway. When water is sparse, you don't
    want to use it for your arse.
  60. Check your tarps and supplies. Do you have enough
    plywood to patch up a broken window or to batten down
    the hatches in the event of a world in chaos? A tarp can
    help you in a pinch. Tarps have many other uses! A tarp
    can help you temporarily patch a roof. The thing is
    ordinary blue tarps may attract too much attention.
    Prepper's often want to stay under the radar. The
    camouflage tarp, right can help you hide many things. Be
    sure to have enough duct tape, bungee cord and stakes
    on hand. Yes, they make camouflage duct tape. Get some
    camouflage nets, too!
  61. Buy some non-food supplies at the grocery store.
    Toilet paper: check. Paper towels: check. Trash bags:
    check. Can-opener: double check! Consider disposable
    vinyl gloves for sanitation, and dish washing gloves to
    help protect your hands. Then there's disinfectant wipes,
    and freezer bags.There are so many non-food supplies to
    hoard while they are still available.
  62. Head to the pawn shop. Pawn some useless stuff and
    get into junk silver coins or hard cold cash. Investing in
    precious metals could pay off the day the dollar devalues
    to next to nothing, just the way it did during the Great
    Depression, (owning pre-1964 coins can be considered a
    collectible, and likely won't be confiscated) but if you
    don't have a year's supply of food or more, don't even
    bother with trying to get some silver.
  63. Hide and save your silver, start collecting nickel and
    copper. Now that you've got some junk silver, find a
    good spot for safekeeping. Next on the list is to go
    through your coins and start sorting the old copper
    pennies and nickels from the new ones. Nickel certainly
    has more value as nickel than the 5 cents it's worth.
    Likewise, so does the copper penny. These raw materials
    may prove to be a barter item in the new world.
  64. Explore some new canned meats. Put down that can of
    SPAM and see what other varieties of meat you should
    stock in your Prepper's pantry.
  65. Start a Prepper's Binder (Survival Manual). Gather all
    your favorite articles, recipes, instructions and checklists
    in one place. This personal resource will be invaluable to
    your family in the event you are not able to continue
    preparing and protecting your family.
  66. Review your homeowners insurance coverage. FEMA
    says everyone lives in a flood zone. Ask your insurance
    agent to advise you on proper coverage. Oh forget FEMA,
    instead get your own food insurance!
  67. Prep for your dog or cat. Buy Friskies & Pedigree
    canned meat! Not to eat, silly! Although, we've heard of
    some crazy Preppers who plan to eat this inexpensive
    meat source (not us); however, surely, it's better than
    eating crickets. Dried dog or cat food is your easiest prep
    (provided you have a rodent proof container). Here's how
    to prep for your dog.
  68. Crank it up with a crank radio. Information could be the
    difference between life and death. If you have a crank
    radio, then you're able to stay on top of important news if
    it should surface. Best of all, all the power you need is
    available in your hand.
  69. Get a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it. Let
    everyone in the family know where you've stashed the fire
    extinguisher and give them a quick lesson how to use it.
    You just may have to play firefighter someday.
  70. Watch a prepper video. Entertain yourself by watching a
    prepper video. YouTube is loaded with ideas on prepping.
    Be sure also to see our list of Prepper television shows
    and movies.
  71. Read. Get yourself a Kindle and free prepper books online
    or browse the many wonderful top prepper Web sites
    we've gathered for you.

Know what you'll do to survive. Watch this short urban
survival video featuring survival expert Cody Lundin. You may
not take his advice, but at least you'll know what he's doing.
Get to know Cody, the shoeless survivalist from Seattle. You
may just want to purchase "When all Hell Breaks Loose: stuff
you need to survive when disaster strikes," pictured left. In it
you'll learn the various uses of ordinary freezer bags and the
realities of food plan.

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