10 habits of happy preppers

Ten Habits of Happy Preppers
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Here are the 10 habits of highly effective Happy Preppers:
Seven habits of highly effective preppers? Surely this has the makings of a proper
prepper's book
. If Steven Covey were a prepper, he might eventually write such a
book, but until then we have 10 habits to share, not just seven.

Habit #1: Being happy and grateful.
Preppers are happy and grateful for the lifestyle they have today.

  • Take a moment to be grateful for your current life of abundance. Be grateful for
    the toilet paper! Be grateful for a cup of coffee or chocolate or bacon. Be
    grateful as you take a shower. Explore every good thing in your relationships,
    your health, and your finances, and be grateful you have them now. Practice
    gratitude daily and more good things will grow and come your way. Rejoice in
    planning for abundance in an apocalyptic world because you are making
    preparations to have things for survival. This is #1 on the Prepper's TO DO list.

Habit #2: 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 your water.

  • How much water should you store? A family of three or four must have 270
    gallons of water for a three month supply for drinking and basic cooking. The
    260 gallon tank, pictured at the bottom of the page, will get you 260 gallons,
    the other 10 gallons is up to you.

Habit #3: Hoarding food.
Preppers stash food to ensure their future survival. It's hoarding with a purpose!

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.

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.

Habit #4. De-cluttering.
Happy Preppers are organized people who make room for new prepping supplies.
Sooner than later, they start cleaning up closets and de-cluttering 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.

Habit #5. Fueling up with options for 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 geomagnetic storm.

Habit #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.

Habit #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 bunker.

Habit #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.

Habit #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
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

Habit #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.

Among the first of
prepper skills to learn is firestarting. 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.

Happy endings...
Don't worry, be happy! Prepping is having the habit to set time and supplies aside  
to learn skills and build for tomorrow. Be a warrior and not a worrier. Prepping is a
fun activity that just might save your life.

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