Ten Habits of Happy Preppers
Become the happiest of emergency preparedness planners
Seven habits of highly effective preppers? Surely this has the makings of a proper
prepper's book. If Steven Covey was a prepper, he might have written such a book,
but we have 10 habits to share, not just seven.
Here are the 10 habits of highly effective Happy Preppers:
1. Hoarding water. Happy Preppers stash as much water as possible in the event the
unthinkable should happen. Given that humans can only live a few days without water,
this concept is of foremost importance. Did you know that water can last indefinitely in
commercially sealed bottles? Newbie? Learn how much to stash for each family
member and more. Advanced Prepper? Consider new ideas about filtering and storing
2. Stashing canned goods and shelf stable foods. Happy Preppers, on their regular
shopping routine, look for canned goods with the longest shelf life. In addition to the
staple of canned tuna, Happy Preppers stockpile canned salmon, crab, mackerel,
sardines (even shrimp is available) for essential Omega 3 oils. They stock canned oils.
They have a system of rotation in place. Using a Sharpie marker, they mark cans with
the date for easy storage and retrieval of pantry items, and they stock comfort foods
their family enjoys.
3. Starting a pantry of freeze dried goods. Happy Preppers order freeze dried foods
online in #10 cans, which have a 25-year shelf life. They know freeze dried foods in
plastics may last only up to five years each. Their pantry includes stashes of ready
made meals in combination with long term essentials, such as freeze dried ground
beef, powdered milk, butter and eggs; dried herbs and spices including extra
measures of iodized salt for preservation; sprouting beans and seeds for enzyme
nutrition, as well as non-HMO seeds for planting; and even raw wheat.
4. De-cluttering. Happy Preppers are organized people who make room for new
prepping supplies. Sooner than later, they start cleaning up closets and decluttering
the household. Knick-knacks and brick-a-brack are not useful to Happy Preppers who
realize it will bring a new source of revenue for them. Happy Preppers may hold a
garage sale, which can help them with funds to stock up the pantry with food, water,
fuel and other critical supplies. Every conceivable shelf space or attic crevice becomes a
potential hiding place for food stashes or new items such as a grinding mill for the
stash of raw wheat. Extreme Preppers may set up a secret safe room for storage of
food or even set up a secure bunker under ground.
5. Fueling up with fire and light: Fire provides fuel for cooking, plus warmth and the
comfort of light. Yet Happy Preppers also know that fire and light can be a dangerous
signal in a world where the "have nots" will be on the hunt for who to loot. They know
that it may be better to eat silently food that's cold than to alert the "have not"
zombies of their stockpile. Happy Preppers never let their gas tanks go below the half
way mark, and they are prepared with emergency candles, fuel for cooking and more.
Alternative sources of fuel and transportation are a constant thought whether it's
solar power to human power, a Happy Prepper analyzes every need. Some Happy
Preppers may create a Faraday cage to prepare their electronic equipment to survive a
6. Keeping silent. The first rule of prep club is to not talk about prep club! Silence is a
virtue and among the first lessons of the prepping life. Happy Preppers never reveal
the full extent to which they are prepping. Partially, this is because it advertises to the
masses of unprepared "zombies" about where to go in the event the unthinkable
happens. Confiscation and looting would be very real threats. And while Happy
Preppers want to let the world know of the threat geomagnetic storms and other
scenarios, they also know this information will fall on deaf ears to the "zombies" who
don't see the very real need to prep. Why advertise? At some point the stockpiling
becomes defensible in the quest for sustaining life. Why risk it all? Aside from that, and
more importantly, keeping silent defends the Happy Preppers heart. You see, Happy
Preppers often feel alone in their quest. As the passion grows, Happy Preppers may
eventually make headway with spouses, family or friends to secretly join the quest.
This is what Happy Preppers call "seeing the light." Extreme Happy Preppers may
stockpile goods for charitable giving, ensuring some provisions for the unprepared.
7. Setting up a sanitation station. Happy Preppers prepare for their sanitation needs.
At minimum they buy a toilet bucket with a seat and bags for sanitation disposal. Stock
the bucket with hand sanitizers, a first aid kit, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and enzyme
products. Extreme Preppers may have a complete toilet sanitation system in their
8. Becoming your own convenience store. Happy Preppers stash antibiotic
medications, fever reducers and emergency electrolyte products in addition to their
first aid kit. Individual plans may vary. Happy Preppers stash luxury comforts ranging
from candy to comfort foods, cosmetics to condoms. Happy Preppers think about what
they simply couldn't live without and use that list to start their own convenience store.
Toilet paper and sanitary napkins may not seem luxurious, but if you don't have them,
then you'll understand the luxury. Sanitary napkins can also double up as a sterile pad
for deep wounds, should the unfortunate happen. A lip balm cosmetic or lotion could
be an essential comfort.
9. Preparing to filter and collect water. It's one thing to store water, it's another to
know where to find new sources of water. Happy Preppers learn about hidden water
sources available in their region and study more about water and hydration. Happy
Preppers know of various ways to prepare, filter and collect water. They know about
water purification tablets, water filters, water pasteurization indicator, Berkey filter,
calcium hypochlorite, and SteriPENs.
10. Learning new skills and taking on new hobbies. Happy Preppers enjoy the full
time activity of prepping. There is always something more to do. Happy Preppers are
happy to hone a Prepper skill or learn a new one! And practice makes perfect, as with
Marksmanship or Horsemanship for example. Perhaps they start one week to learn
how to tie knots, make bread from scratch, or can their own wholesome foods. Maybe
next, they take on first aid, attend a Martial Arts class, or register for firearms
instruction. Perhaps they learn the Amish way of life and order a washboard. Maybe
they get a license for Amateur radio. Happy Prepper men may learn how to mend
clothes or knit new ones. Happy Prepper women may learn how to hunt or fish or just
go camping. Sign language can be an essential skill for the Happy Prepper family in a
hostile situation to communicate a defensible strategy. Learning to identify edible
plants might be another survival essential. For those skills they don't want to learn,
they create a library of books on subjects such as plant identification, first aid, farming,
disease control, food preservation. The list is endless, but Happy Preppers take it all
on, one skill or book at a time.
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