Prepper TO DO list

Prepper TO DO List
100 ideas for experienced preppers to spend prepping time

"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice." - Henry Ford

Not sure how to get started prepping? This is not a basic guide
to getting started prepping. This is a TO-DO list for
experienced preppers. A Prepper's work is never done! While
the list is endless, at some points in the Prepper lifestyle you
may feel as though nothing has been accomplished at all. You
need a preppers checklist! For such times and for extra time on
your hands, consider these ideas on how to spend your time
wisely:

Prepper Top 100 "TO DO" list:

#1: Be happy and grateful.
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, chocolate or bacon. Be grateful as you take a
shower
, take a drink of water, or wash your clothes. Relish the
abundances of a life unaffected by disaster.

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#3: Create a food and supplies journal.
Get a pad of paper and write down exactly what your family
eats for an entire week, right down to the snacks. You'll be
amazed at your family list and it can serve as a personal guide
to food storage. This will help you build your food storage.

#4: Check the list of 37 critical foods for the pantry.
Have you stocked the 37 essential pantry food items? Check
your pantry against our list and get them before they're gone
from supermarket store shelves.

#5: Shop for bug-out clothing.
Everyone looks better in camouflage; even so, you shouldn't
wear camouflage clothing directly after a disaster or you could
compromise your safety if you live in an urban setting. Looking
too much like military personnel is a signal to potential
marauders that you have things to take.


#6: Turn that brown thumb into a green one.  
Who says you need a garden? In five days you could sprout
seeds in a seed sprout tray, and add a crunchy home grown
goodness to your sandwiches, pastas or salads. Antioxidants
found in seed sprouts help protect your body against free
radicals. Try sprouting lentils, green peas, garbanzo, and mung
beans, too.


#7: Learn to make fire in more than one way.
A BIC lighter is an excellent tool, but the day may come when
it cracks or runs out fuel rendering it useless until you fix it. 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.


#8: 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.

#9: 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 line!

#10 Do your dishes (enjoy the dishwasher).
Be happy and grateful in the goodness you enjoy everyday, like
the convenience of a dishwasher. Know that the dishes you pile
into the dishwasher today could be your last. While you're at it,
you may as well check your supply of paper plates, napkins,
and disposable utensils. You won't want waste precious water
doing the dishes by hand if the power grid goes down! Also,
get yourself some basins so you can do the dishes by hand.

#11: Make doctor's or dentist appointments.
Get a checkup while you can. Never delay surgeries. Kep
current on prescriptions. Talk with your doctor and stock your
cabinets with extra supplies. Smile knowing you know what to
do
when there is no dentist.

#12: Hold a yard sale or garage sale.
Shedding your home of non-essentials will not only create more
space for you to stock your prepping essentials, but it will
provide funds to buy more prepping gear, hunting equipment,
camping equipment, or food storage. Or sell your collection on
eBay. Would you rather have a collection of freeze dried food
for your pantry or a collection of Beanie Babies? Enough said!
eBay is the perfect venue to convert collections into supplies
and food to meet your Prepper's list of essentials.

#13: Go to a garage sale.
Now that you've held your own garage sale to get rid of things
you don't need, head to a garage sale to find the things you do
need with your profits. You'll find plenty of emergency
preparedness supplies, including used camping equipment,
survival books, inexpensive bicycles and shelving, or hand-
crank tools and more at a garage sale.

#14: Get a Grain Mill (hard wheat grinder)!
Grind your own wheat and save money baking your own breads.
A Wondermill Grinder, pictured immediate works with wet/oily
grains; legumes, coffee, garbanzos, seeds, nuts, also!

#15: 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.


#16: 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.



























#17: 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 supply.

#18: 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.

#19: 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.

#20: 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.

#21: 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.

#22: 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. Gamma lids will make opening your buckets
easier without a bucket opener.  They seal up nicely. With an
ordinary bucket lid, you might not be able to open them up
without an bucket opener.

#23: Check for leaks in 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.

#24: Learn a new skill.
Preppers always have new skills to master. Take up a new
hobby today whether it's coin collecting, gardening, fishing or
charcuterie! What the heck is Charcuterie? Find out how this
skill could help you as a Prepper.

#25: 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 stocked.





















#26: Get a firestarter and 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, Hawje
discusses the importance of lighters, goes over the fire
hierarchy and shows you how to produce a spark and build a
fire.  You'll need to have stockpile many different kinds of
firestarters, so you'll always have backups.


#27: 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.)

#28: 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. A tow strap is immensely useful and
often overlooked. Grab one today. Also, every car should have
Datrex emergency food ration bars on hand. They are non-thirst
provoking and will give you the calories you need until you are
out of harm's way. Most people think of them for boating, but
Datrex provides smooth sailing for your vehicles too.


#29: Take a hike!
Preppers and their families are in their best possible physical
condition because they walk, run and exercise 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! Or hold a drill and
bugout by bicycle!

#30: 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.

#31: 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 prairies.

#32: 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!

#33: 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.

  • Splurge on a Prepper's Cookbook. There aren't many
    good prepper's cookbooks 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?

#34: 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.

#35: 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!

#36: 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!

NOTE: With freeze dried foods, you'll need to store more water.

#37: 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 distances.


#38: 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.

#39: 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.

#40. Take a self defense Class. Get some defense tools.
Even a simple self-defense key chain, pictured immediate right,
could save your life.

#41: 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.

#42: 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.
The Great Depression wasn't so great, but people made do with
what they had or did without.

#43: Shop a farmer's market and can something.
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!

44: Check the sodium content of your canned goods.
FEMA warns salty foods increases the amount of water you
want to drink. This extra thirst threatens your water supply by
depleting it faster than if you had low sodium goods. Donate
the foods with high sodium to food banks, and find alternative
canned products.

45: 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.

46: Boil some 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.

47: 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 beans.

48: 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 families.

49: Save seeds and sprout them.
Stockpile NON-GMO survival seeds before they are no longer
available, and Monsanto controls you. Have fun sprouting
seeds. They are healthy and fun to grow.












#50: 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.

#51: Learn how to navigate with 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 you.

#52: Get products to repair punctures and inflates your tires.
Some newer cars have the capability to driver 80 miles with a
puncture! if you don't have such tires, get help in a can to
inflate your tires. Two popular products include "Fix a Flat" or
Slime "Quick Spair" either is great to have in your car to help
you get to your destination. See our
Car Essentials page.  

#53: 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.

#54: Super-size your food storage.
Super-size your prepping and buy food in bulk and put into food-
grade buckets. Mylar bags will keep your food safe for the long
term. Plastic Bags will help protect macaroni and flavored rice
products from moisture and vermin; plus you can identify
expiration dates quickly. .

55: Get into the medical stuff.  
Add a Dental First Aid or a dental medic kit to your preps.

56: Switch toilet paper brands.
If you're not buying Scott's 1000 toilet paper, then you're
changing the roll too often! Test this product and you'll see.
You may prefer the fluffier stuff, but because Scott's is
concentrated and is not fluffed up, it will store away more
compactly for your emergency toiletry supplies.


57: Cut your old garments.
On the homestead nothing goes to waste. Cut up your old
garments and make a quilt. 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.

58: 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!

59: Buy some non-food supplies at the grocery store.
Toilet paper: check. Paper towels: check. Trash bags: check.
Can-opener: double check! Get extra can openers and spread
them throughout your supplies. Consider disposable vinyl
gloves for sanitation, and dish washing gloves to help protect
your hands. Then there's disinfectant wipes, and freezer bags.
Get the
non-food supplies to hoard while they are still
available.

60: Get your hands on some shop towels.
Generally used by auto shops, you'll find shop towels will be a
rugged addition to your Preppers storage. Heavy duty shop
towels will pack more compactly than ordinary paper towels.

61: 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).

62: 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.

63: Bake biscuits from scratch.
Bob's Red Mill has wheat and wheat-free varieties of biscuit
and baking mixes. Add some cheese, butter, water and salt and
you can have tasty cheddar biscuits.
Yes, they make canned
butter. Try baking biscuits with a stick on an open fire by
wrapping it around the stick.

64: Roll some tortillas.
With masa harina, some warm water and salt you can make
delicious home made tortillas. This will certainly be a welcome
addition to all those rice and beans you've stored.

65: Explore some new canned meats.
Put down the SPAM and start salivating when you see canned
bacon. See the list of
meat to stock in the Prepper's pantry.

66: 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.

67: Review your homeowners insurance coverage.
FEMA says everyone lives in a flood zone. Ask your insurance
agent to advise you on proper coverage for floods and
earthquakes too. What is FEMA hiding? Find out
FEMAs secrets.

68: Stock up on pet supplies.

  • Fish antibiotics might be useful for humans when there is
    no doctor and you can't get your hands on prescription
    drugs to save a life.

  • Kitty litter is good for home made toilets and will get your
    car out of the snow.

  • Dog and cat food. 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. But when you buy your pet foods on
    Amazon you'll save money and get it delivered to your
    door (no lugging required). You get 24 cans for around
    $11.96 and your purchase is eligible for FREE super saver
    shipping. That's .50 cents a can. And for dogs you can get
    24 cans for around $19.44.

69: Get some thermal under wear under there!
Available year round on Amazon, see what they have right now
for family, including thermal shirts and pants. Now those are
some Prepper's panties! Think about your
bugout clothes.

70: 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.

71: Join like minded friends on Social Media.
Visit HappyPreppers on social media and hook up with others
who are preparing for the best case scenario. Remember the
first rule of Prep Club is "Don't  talk about Prep Club!" Many
preppers are on Facebook and Twitter, two other good place to
try are Pinterest and Google+. If you like this article, please
Google+ us at the top right of the page. That's also where
you'll find the links to our Google+ page.

72: 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.

73: Think with your head!
Lice will probably be more prevalent if the world goes off the
grid. If you don't want to take on the harsh chemicals of the
traditional lice treatments, then at minimum get a special lice
comb.

74: Plan ahead for your growing kids.
Buy stuff in advance of kids growth spurts. For little kids, buy
the next size up of diapers, and plan ahead for toddler foods.
Get more powdered milk to replace the formulas. Set aside
sturdy shoes for each of your kids in a size larger than they
currently own. Garage sales are a great place for such finds.
Stock up also on larger sized socks (find them inexpensively at
the dollar stores) and underwear. If you have prepubescent
girls, consider stashing an extra supply of menstrual pads.
Hume schooling might be necessary, so get some material,
such as an illustrated dictionary and some work books a few
grades ahead. Ensure they have the right size gas mask.

75: Watch a Prepper video.
See our list of Prepper television shows and movies. Noah had
his arc, Curtis had his bomb shelter. When all the world thinks
you're crazy, the movie "Take Shelter' certainly will at least
make you feel normal in the insane world where most people
don't prepare!

76: Consider the art of self defense: using psychology.
There is an art to using the right tactics to defend yourself.
Anyone can avoid, hide and disguise, diffuse, surprise and
retreat. Read our
guide to self defense on these very principles.

77. Grow your own and Buy NON-GMO foods.
Stock your pantry with non-GMO foods:


Look for the "Non-GMO project verified" label to ensure that
food you buy is not genetically modified. High risk crops include
alfalfa, canola, corn, papaya, soy, sugar beets zucchini and
yellow summer squash. Look also for grass fed meats, and
milk. Cows/cattle should eat grass, not corn, barley, wheat,
soybean, or rye, because these grains are an unnatural diet for
them. Cows bloat eating those foods and need antibiotics.
Preppers are concerned with non GMO foods. That's why they
buy heirloom seeds that art non GMO. Besides, the protein can
be dangerously low in other seeds.  You'll have to make some
choices about foods in your survival pantry, including buying
more organic. Thankfully change is starting through awareness.
People are buying organic foods. Even Wal-Mart, which now
carries organic products! Learn the truth about food production
in the United States. Want to learn more about how cows eat
feed pumped with toxic chemicals? Watch Food, Inc. to learn
exactly why.  

78. Discover Scoutcraft as an adult.
You're never too old to pick up scouting skills. Pickup a Boy
Scout Manual and learn how to "be prepared" the original Boy
Scout way. The original aim of Boy Scouts was to promote the
ability in boys to do things for themselves and others. They
were the original Preppers! "Scoutcraft" includes first aid, life
saving, tracking, signaling, campcraft, woodcraft, chivalry and
patriotism among other subjects. Learn to make a sundial and
more.

79: 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 right. In it you'll learn the various uses of
ordinary freezer bags and the realities of food plan.

80: Duct tape something.
There's nothing you can't fix with duct tape, WD-40, paracord
or a bottle of whisky or vodka! Of all these things, duct tape is
most popular with preppers.

81: Dump your Teflon (and get into cast iron).
When you know the facts, you'll want to get rid of any Teflon
product you own. Teflon emits toxic particles that has been
known to kill birds.
Invest in a cast iron skillet, which provides
a healthy does of iron and is available to cook on any kind of
heat source. You can throw an iron skillet right on the fire!

82: Know how to make your own electrolytes.
A pinch of salt, a fistful of sugar and a half liter of water could
prevent you from a diarrhea death in the event you don't have
any Vitamin Water or Gatorade on hand. Learn more about
drinks for survival.


83: Learn how to tie knots.
Teach your kids how to tie knots, too. With all the Velcro
around, it's an art that has gone by the wayside and yet tying
knots is av very useful skill.

84: Get some help for nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach.
Your diet will certainly change in a survival situation. Plan now
for worms, diarrhea and general stomach upset.


85: Go to target practice.
Build your marksmanship. You're only as skilled as your last
shooting session.  Your husband may get on board now that
you want him to have a gun in the house. Don't like guns?
Learn archery or pick up a sling shot and practice.

86. Eat some chocolate and stash some.
Chocolate is an antioxidant and superfood and better than
fluoride at fighting tooth decay. Really! Learn
how chocolate is
a superfood for your teeth. It is also a luxury to savor for
boosting morale. Stash chocolate in your preps, but know the
expiration date is limited, so enjoy it.

87: Make an extra credit card or mortgage payment.
To reduce debt, start with the card balance that's smallest and
make an extra payment to get that debt paid off. Then work
towards your next goal. Ideally preppers should have no debt.
It is possible!

88: Read the Richest Man in Babylon.
Not your ordinary prepper book, this is a book of parables on
money written in the 1920s by George Clason that's easy to
read and imparts secrets of the ages with regards to finances.
In just 145 pages, you will learn how to "fatten thy purse,
control thy expenditures and make thy gold multiply." This is
invaluable information for Preppers, though it's not the typical
of
books recommended for Preppers because with more
finances, you can buy more preps.

89: Order canned butter, bacon and hamburger.
Yes, they make pure creamery butter, the real stuff and
packaged it in a can. Really! And while you're at it, consider
Yoder's canned bacon. Prepper's don't have to suffer. Yoder's
also makes grass fed hamburger meat in a can.

90: Buy distilled water (the purist form of water).
Reconsider your water supply. Get the facts about your local
tap water and start drinking distilled water and storing it
instead of tap water. Take some time to
learn why fluoride is
deadly in your water. There may be more lead and minerals in
hard water, so get the facts about water softeners too.

91: Get your water supplies off the cement.
Storing water bottles directly on cement of your garage may be
dangerous. If the cement heats, which it often does in an
unventilated garage space,  the cement may leach chemical.
Store your water on a pallet or platform to prevent lye leaching.
Even a plank of plywood is fine.

92: Check your freeze dried foods in relation stored water.
On average you'll need to store 1 cup of water for each
individual serving of freeze dried food. Grab pen and paper and
jot down the servings per #10 can and add it up. You may be
surprised where you stand. Of all the preps, water is the most
critical.
Discover the 7 Lessons on Water for Survival.

93: Start saving your pennies: quite literally!
The copper value of a penny is two or three times it's value as
copper than as a penny. Think of it this way, copper is a metal
you might be able to barter.
Learn the copper value of pennies,
and start saving them. The value of nickels is approximately
the same equivalent of .05 cents. Interestingly, nickels aren't
100% nickel (they are actually 75% copper).

94: Enjoy National Geographic Doomsday Preppers.
Sometimes controversial with the prepper Community, because
of the sensationalized nature of the program, the Doomsday
Prepper show is entertaining. Look on YouTube or search On
Demand with your cable company to find it. Enjoy it as comedy
and compare strategies just for fun.

95: Take refrigeration seriously.

  • Make a Zeer pot. A zeer pot is a simple refrigeration
    system that starts with clay pots, sand and water. See
    survival manual links for more information on how to make
    a zeer pot.

  • Realize they make solar freezers! The price will probably
    come down, but if you've got a spare $1,200 lying around,
    then buy a solar freezer. It sounds a bit like an oxymoron,
    but they really do make a solar freezer appliance. Ideal for
    off-grid solar homes or applications where grid electricity
    is not readily available, you'll get used to the idea of
    adding solar appliances to your home. Try a solar powered
    battery charger or a solar oven, or an inexpensive solar
    flashlight.

96: Build a Faraday cage.
Okay, now we're getting in to the fancy stuff. A Faraday cage is
shielding device intended to protect electronic equipment from
an intense interruption of solar radiation.
Here's how to build a
Faraday cage.

97. Turn off the grid!
Have a drill with your family and bug in for the weekend
without electricity. Light some candles and see what you learn
from a bug-in weekend. This is a graduation to advanced
Prepper status and you won't soon forget the experience.

98. Set up an inventory spreadsheet.
Once you've amassed enough supplies, create an inventory.
Soon you'll feel better knowing that you've prepped well or
you'll know exactly what you still need, so you can create a
wish list. At the top left hand of the page is a free Android app
to help you make your TO DO list.

99. Keep quiet.
The first rule of Prep Club is "Don't talk about Prep Club." Avoid
the unwanted commentary you'll receive from friends and family
by simply keeping 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.

100. Do something with a five gallon bucket!
If you don't have a five-gallon food-grade bucket, head to your
local bakery and ask for one, then get started prepping! There
are
dozens of do-it-yourself ideas for a five-gallon bucket.

Be happy! Be a Happy Prepper! Realize that you're never done
learning and never done prepping, but you can be happy
knowing you are protecting your family. Yes, Prepping isn't
always easy, but Prepping will surely ease your mind.

Happy endings...
While it's true the list of prepper chores is never complete, you
can be happy in knowing that everything you to today (while
there's still time) will help you survive whatever comes your
way tomorrow, whether it's a job loss, sickness, or local
disaster. There's power in preparedness!

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