I’ve heard countless people complain that they bought all this gear and learned all this stuff but they’re worried or have come to the conclusion that nothing is ever going to happen!
I think this is such a strange mindset. You’re mad cause you’re prepared?
I’d like to summarize one of my subscribers:
We pay for these insurances for “just in case”, not because we’re hoping for something bad to happen.
When something bad does happen, wouldn’t you rather have those insurances around to help you out?
That’s what preparedness is. Insurance. It’s helping to ensure that we can take care of ourselves during an emergency or disaster. To take the strain off of others and the system and to be able to help ourselves.
Remember that preparedness is an investment. We’re not ‘throwing away’ anything, we’re investing in our own ability to take care of ourselves.
In saying all that, I would like to point out that there are plenty of ways we can be using our preps in our everyday lives. And how they could come in handy in everyday situations.
EDC: when you choose the right EDC, you use it frequently. Even the EDC items that you’ve deemed are more for “survival” purposes instead of everyday, those are still handy to have around as insurance.
Food and water: unexpected things happen all the time in which we may need to use our emergency food and water. But not only that, we should be eating and rotating our food and water regularly. There might be some preps that we set and forget, but for the most part we should be rotating. Eat the food. Drink the water. Get new stuff. Enjoy.
Test your skills: try out your gear and knowledge regularly. Have fun with it! Make a fire. Build a shelter. Cook on the grill or over a fire. Go camping. Go fishing. Use your survival kits. Use your gear! And test your knowledge. Use your skills and gear, don’t let it just sit there.
Weather happens: more often than not we’re prepping for weather events that happen every single year. The type of weather events will vary depending on where you live. Could be a snow, hurricane, tornado, flooding, wild fire, earthquakes, etc. We use our preps in our vehicle and in our home and on our person to help with these events.
At this point in time in the US, we are living in modern times where we have access to basically anything and everything. This should allow us to easily prep and easily test our gear and knowledge. Of course, your allowable budget and time will always be a factor, but we are living in a time where we have many available resources to us.
But also, our infrastructure isn’t perfect. People aren’t perfect. Bad things happen. Mother Nature takes no prisoners.
Our world is unpredictable. That’s why we need to stay prepared.
Be thankful that nothing bad ever happens to you. And feel grateful that you never have to worry because you’re prepared.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!
I told my wife that when I die if all of the preps were unused and unneeded everyone can have a big laugh at my expense.
Well put Morgan and I agree totally. A s an example of your advise, I’m currently on a little yep home to Detroit, and since I flew with only carry on, half of my edc was left at home. That being said I have reached for my knife or multi tool may times and they weren’t there LOL to perform the task they were needed for. Likewise, I miss judged weather just a touch (ie. Left 60/70* arrived to 40’s), but layering worked fine in place of no warm type coat. The other item I left sitting at home was my travel rain jacket, but the dollar poncho in my pack will work fine later today at the event I’m going to😎. So yes our prep items/skils are insurance NOT a waist of money or time. Prep On T