Prepper TO DO List
100 ideas to spend your Prepping time
Wondering what to do this weekend? Not sure how to start prepping? 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:
- 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 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.
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There you'll see the Amazon.com rewards offer. It's like getting free money for
prepper tools and freeze dried goods.
- 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.
- See if you have these 37 foods in your Prepper's 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.
- Shop for bug-out clothing. Everyone looks better in camouflage; even so, don'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 is a signal
that you have good things. Select the right bugout clothes now.
- 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. Grow potatoes as they are much
easier to grow than you think. Or grow mushrooms for a tasty addition to your
soups, stews, pastas and salads. Get survival seeds and grow them.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Do your dishes (enjoy your 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.
- 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.
- Hold a yard sale or garage sale. Shedding 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.
- Go to a garage sale. 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.
- 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!
- 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 bicyletutor.com where you'll learn how to tune
up your bike, how to straighten a bent disc brake rotor and more.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Methods.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 signingsavy.com
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
- Get product in a can that repairs punctures and inflates 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
- 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.
- Zip supplies in plastic zip-locked bags. Bags will help protect macaroni and
flavored rice products from moisture and vermin; plus you can identify expiration
dates quickly. These extra plastic bags would become useful in an emergency
survival situation too: use them like gloves, set them out to collect rainwater
and so much more.
- Get into the medical stuff. Think about Dental First Aid \ and be sure to add a
dental medic kit to your first aid lineup, pictured right. Consider holistic options
too; for example ginger is a spice that can aid in stomach upset.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 some tasty cheddar biscuits. Yes, they make canned butter.
Advanced Preppers can try baking biscuits with a stick on an open fire by
wrapping it around the stick.
- 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. Learn more about Masa Harina here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Join like minded friends on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Visit
HappyPreppers on Twitter 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Plan ahead for your growing kids. 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 some sturdy shoes for each of your kids in a size larger
than they currently own. Garage sales are a great place for such finds. You'll
also want to stock up on larger sized socks (find them inexpensively at the
dollar stores) and underwear, too. 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.
- Watch a Prepper video. See our list of Prepper television shows and movies.
"Take Shelter" DVD, right is on it. Noah had his arc, Curtis had his bomb shelter.
This Cannes Film Festival movie is food for thought and will help you at least
feel camaraderie with your fellow Preppers. When all the world thinks you're
crazy, this movie certainly will at least make you feel normal in the insane world
where most people don't prepare!
- 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
- Buy 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.
- Discover Scoutcraft. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dump your Teflon. 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. Instead, 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! A prepper favorite is Lodge Cast Iron, pictured left.
- 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: preppers must hoard survival drinks in seven categories.
- 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.
- Get some help for nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach. Your diet will certainly
change in a survival situation. Stash your medicine cabinet with your favorite
- 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.
- Eat some chocolate and stash some. Chocolate is a superfood for teeth and
better than fluoride at fighting tooth decay. It is also a luxury to savor. Stash
some in your preps.
- Make an extra 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!
- 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.
- Order some canned butter, canned 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check your freeze dried foods in relation to 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.
- 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%
- Enjoy National Geographic Doomsday Preppers. Controversial with the
Prepper Community, because of the sensationalized nature of the program, look
on YouTube or search On Demand with your cable company to find it. Enjoy it as
comedy and compare strategies just for fun.
- Make a Zeer pot. See survival manual links for more information on how to
make a zeer pot.
- 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.
- Turn off the grid! Have a drill with your family and bug in for the weekend
without electricity. See what you learn from a bug-in weekend. This is a
graduation to advanced Prepper status and you won't soon forget the
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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