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How to Get Started Prepping
Tips and advice on how to get started prepping

How to get started prepping:
Becoming a prepper doesn't happen over night ~ it's a series of
steps that you take towards preparedness. You might not even
call yourself a prepper at first. You may simply realize that you
need to set aside some water and that it's good to have a few
dinners put "away just in case" ~ or that your first aid kit could
use some enhancement. Then all of the sudden, there's a
commitment that happens when you realize you're unprepared if
the electricity goes off or if there's suddenly no more water
dripping from the faucets.

Once you feel the commitment to start prepping, it's very easy
to get overwhelmed. You may feel a sense of urgency to get
started because you immediately when you realize the perils
you and your family might face if you're not ready. No worries.
You've come to the right place if you want to prepare your home
and family for a catastrophe. Use as a
resource, but always trust your intuition.

Below is your step-by-step guide for how to start prepping...

How to Start 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.

Step #1: Gather five kinds of water.
Start collecting bottled water. The first item on your prepping
checklist is to get water... Anyone beginning their prepping
journey should start their quest securing potable water because
you can live only three days without water, which is why it
should be at the top of your list.

Concentrate your energy on getting five kinds of water:

  • Bottled water. For starters preppers should hoard the
    basic two-weeks of water in their home. That’s 14 gallons
    of water per person in your house. One gallon of water, per
    person, per day will quickly add up. This is a necessary
    step in survival, so you’ll need to find a place for your
    water. Store it preferably at room temperature, not on

  • Water purification tablets. Water purification tablets are
    an area that even advanced preppers forget about, but it is
    a basic survival item. Water purification tablets make raw
    water potable. Acceptable raw water is from creeks, rivers,
    streams and lakes. You can turn questionable water in
    bacteriologically safe water to drink.

  • Personal water filter system. At the top of the water
    filtration system is a Katadyn water filtration system which
    is used by the U.S. military. If you’re starting out prepping
    you may feel overwhelmed and it’s good to get an
    inexpensive water straw for every member of the family.
    Lifestraw Water Filter is the most popular choice.

  • Gravity filtered water system. An ideal gravity filled
    water system is the Lifewater Family 1.0 ~ buy one for
    camping and relax knowing you have your basic emergency
    water needs handled. At the top end of a gravity filtered
    water system is the Big Berkey, pictured right. You’ll enjoy
    a Berkey everyday and it will save you from buying bottled
    water for everyday use.

  • Water storage tank. You’ll eventually need to find a water
    storage tank, but if you have the other items on the list,
    you should feel happy. As you advance in prepping you can
    invest in a water storage system that meets your needs.
    Another option is a WaterBOB. A WaterBOB will provide
    you with storage of 100 gallons of water for a short-term
    emergency, such as a hurricane. You place the bag in a

Step #2: Start to fill your prepper's pantry with food.
One of the steps to get started with prepping is to develop a
prepper's pantry. You may have a pantry with some flour and
rice, a bit of peanut butter and some crackers, but when you're
a prepper you have a pantry filled with ingredients and meals
for the long term. FEMA says you should have three days of
food (or a 72-hour kit), but as a prepper you'll want to start
with a two week supply of food for you and your family.

Here's how to get started building a prepper's pantry.

  • Make a one-week journal of what you eat. It’s tempting
    to want to stock up on all sorts of food when you’re new to
    prepping, but before you go shopping for food in your
    larder, be sure to create a one-week journal of what you
    eat. This is very simple. Just document the breakfast,
    lunch and dinners your family eats. If you eat out, then
    document what you ate.

  • Shopping at the grocery store. Take our prepper’s
    shopping list of the 37 foods to hoard, but before doing so,
    take a look at what you eat and be on the lookout for sale
    items. If you had made a one-week journal of what you
    eat” then you’d know the kinds of foods you stock in your
    home and can truly go shopping buying foods on sale that
    you’d normally eat. If you and your kids don’t already eat
    oatmeal, for example, then you shouldn’t stock oatmeal.
    By the way, you should eat oatmeal for health benefits. It’
    s also a very low cost food that has a long-term shelf life.

  • Have an ability to cook your food indoors. You may have
    an outdoor grill, but when you

#3: Put together a prepper's first aid kit.
Start to get serious about prepping and emergency
preparedness in general by enhancing your first aid kit and
putting together a prepper's first aid kit.

Advanced preppers may
stockpile fish antibiotics, but this isn't
necessary as a beginner and it could be dangerous if you're
allergic to antibiotics and have no skills or training. A first aid
kit is something you can build and grow.

#4: Get comfortable with firebuilding.
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.  

  • 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.  

#5: Understand how to life an off grid life.
The only way to see how you're going to do in an emergency is
to unplug from the grid. Learn to live without electricity!

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 candlelight. 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.

#6: Build your own survival kits.
There's plenty of fun as a prepper in building survival kits.
Tackle one thing at a time.

  • 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.

#7: Learn to do without.
During the Great Depression, people learned to do more with
less. In that spirit, take a look at how you can do without basic

Here are some ways to learn to do without:

#8: Join like-minded friends, gain some skills.
Join like-minded friends on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and
Pinterest and start to gain some prepping skills. Build
information and skills so that you can adapt and survive! Know
how to take ordinary items to survive.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 you.

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

#9: Get a side gig, cut your expenses.
Prepping costs money, but it also provides a sense of
satisfaction. If you have a secondary source of income you'll be
better able to afford to pay for the things you want and need.
Get a budget together and find out how to cut expenses and
earn more money.

  • 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.

  • Get into couponing! Coupons will help you save money
    and stockpile food simultaneously.

Here are just a few more ways to make money:

Here are few ways to cut your expenses:

#10: Commit to being a prepper!
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

But what about the gun, gas mask and bugout bag?
The gas mask purchase comes much later down the line. There's
no sense in having a gas mask if you don't have the other gear
to survive the aftermath. Some preppers decide not to have a
gas mask. There are no rules of prepping!

The bugout bag is important, but you need to first familiarize
yourself with the kinds of gear that's available and what you're
comfortable using. These things all take time.

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