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20 Answers to Common Prepping Questions

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What is prepping?

Prepping is simple; to be prepared for everyday emergencies and natural disasters. We want to be able to rely on ourselves during times of crisis instead of putting unnecessary strain on others or the system. This way, we can help ourselves, as well as others, instead of needing someone to save us. It’s empowering. It’s not about the end of the world, it’s just being a little more self-reliant.

How much should my bug out bag weigh?

It should weigh as much as you can handle. There is no right or wrong, no percentage based on body weight; it all comes down to how much YOU can and/or want to carry.

Can I reuse bottles to store water?

Only if you plan to stick them in the freezer. Due to potential left-over bacteria, I wouldn’t advise refilling water bottles and then storing them for long term water storage. Even if you clean the bottle(s). However, it’s a great idea to fill them and freeze them. It keeps your freezer running better, keeps your freezer colder for longer when there’s a blackout and you can always use it as potable water.

Where do I store my preps?

Store your preps under your bed, under your table(s), put stuff in storage bins and make a table out of them (place a table cloth over it), inside closets, behind your couch; get creative! You can store many things out in your garage or shed, the only things I wouldn’t store out there are food and water. I would even say water is okay, just as long as it’s sealed and doesn’t come in contact with the floor or direct sunlight.

How can I prep if I have no money?

Read blogs. Watch YouTube videos. Read books. Practice skills. Shop deals. Save your money. Enter giveaways. Check out the free section on Craigslist. Make extra money however you can.

Where do I practice my skills?

In your backyard, at the park, inside your home, using the BBQ at your apartment complex. Unless you plan on camping, you don’t need to go anywhere special to practice your skills. Many times it’s actually better to practice them at home so that you’re in a controlled environment and if anything goes wrong, you’re at home and can easily fix it.

How do I get my friends and family involved in preparedness?

Be prepared for them. What I mean is, when you’re out and about and your friends need a bandaid, pull out your first aid kit and give it to them. When your spouse needs chapstick, pull it out and offer it to them. When your friend needs to cut something, pull out your multitool or knife. It may not dawn on them right away that you’re always prepared, but over time they should hopefully get it and maybe even get curious about it. If it’s a spouse, you could sit down with them and have an open conversation about what prepping means to you and why you feel it’s an important investment. It’s insurance; ensuring that you’ll be safe and taken care of during emergencies and disasters.

How much food should I store?

There is no magic number. It depends on how much space you have, how much money you have, how many people you’re storing food for, etc. I would advise making a goal of having at least 2 weeks worth of food for everyone in the household, but even a few days is better than nothing. Just get started by getting a little bit at a time during your normal grocery store visits and it’ll add up quickly over time. Don’t forget to keep it organized and inventoried.

How do I properly store food for long term storage?

There are a couple ways that are best. The first one is getting mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. It lasts quite a long time this way, unopened. The second way is to vacuum seal. Vacuum sealing works great for most things. Be aware that oxygen absorbers are good for one use. Once you open the package with the old oxygen absorber, it will no longer continue to work. Place a fresh one in there. Same goes for if you store food in a mason jar, every time you open it, you’re letting oxygen in, but the old oxygen absorber isn’t going to work any longer. You should place the vacuum sealed bags or the mylar bags in a bucket or some type of storage bin to prevent any breakage or animals or insects from getting at it.

Where do I start?

I have a great guide here that shows you exactly how to get started.

What if I don’t want to prep for the end of the world?

Then don’t. There’s plenty of other things to be prepared for like everyday emergencies and natural disasters.

How much water should I store?

I always recommend that people store at least 2 gallons of water per person, per day. One gallon for drinking and 1 gallon for hygiene, cleaning and cooking. Don’t forget to store at least a gallon per pet.

What skills do I need to learn?

There are so many. Pick and choose and never stop learning. Download my 365 Preparedness Ideas.

Do I need a gas mask?

Sure, if you want. I have one for each member of our household. A gas mask is a temporary use item, it is not meant to be worn or used for long periods of time. The way that we plan to use our gas masks would be in the event that we must get away from a chemical spill/attack or nuclear fallout. In these instances, you’d want to get far away from the situation while using the gas mask and get to a point in which you don’t have to use the mask any longer. The filters don’t store for a really long time and you can only realistically buy and/or carry so many filters.

What items should I buy first?

I always recommend that people start buying food and water first. After that I’d look into alternative cooking methods and water purification methods.

What if SHTF never happens?

Great! What if I never get into a car accident? What if I never need my health insurance? It’s not about one day hoping to use these things; they’re for ‘just in case’. It’s good to be prepared!

How do I prep if I’m disabled?

Talk to your doctor about how you can be prepared for blackouts (such as having backup power for medical equipment). Talk to your doctor about getting extra medications to keep in the freezer for emergencies and disasters. Keep everything within easy reach. Make a list of emergency numbers and keep them in many places throughout the house and easily accessible. Make a bug out bag that is right for YOU and your transportation needs (if you can’t carry a backpack, can you pull or push a cart?). Consider how long it’ll take to get from point A to point B. All of this must be planned out in your emergency disaster plan and openly talked about with anyone in your household or caregivers.

How long should my preps last?

If you’re properly rotating your food, it should only last 2-5 years. Freeze dried foods will last much longer, of course, but you may even want to rotate those, as well. Keep the freshest items on hand. Rotate medical supplies at least once a year. Rotate your water every 1-3 years. Test your gear regularly.

Do I have to bug out?

Absolutely not. Many situations don’t require it. However, even if you don’t ever plan to bug out, I’d still make a bug out plan. It’s all part of being prepared.

How do I prep in an apartment?

Same way you’d prep in a house; except at smaller scale. No space? Get creative by storing stuff in bins, stacking them and making it a table. No backyard? Go to the park or use the BBQ. No place for a garden? Try container gardening and sprouting. It’s all about getting creative.

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Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!


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